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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 2.25.15

State Rep. Vito Barbieri's bumbling attempt to cross swords with a doctor and the aborted "Christian state" vote at the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee meeting last night got us to the midpoint of the week. Now, we'll see where our wacky politicians and political...

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Parting Shot -- 2.25.15 

Scott Leininger, left, owner of Red Oak Landscaping, and Kiel Weston, his cousin, pose atop a giant snowman in the front of Leininger's home in Guilderland, N.Y., that they have been building since last November. (AP Photo/The Daily Gazette, Patrick Dodson)

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McEuen Park Or McEuen Field? 

I just heard a 911 dispatcher announce that a loose dog has been caught at "McEuen Field." Since the makeover, I've been calling the renovated greenspace on the waterfront "McEuen Park." Before the makeover, I switched the two names. Is there a difference between a...

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Civics Test Bill Barely Alive 

Sen. Jim Patrick’s (pictured) bill to require high school students to pass a civics test is alive — but just barely. The Senate Education Committee sent the bill to the Senate floor for amendments late Wednesday afternoon — after attempts to pass the bill, and...

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Gun Activists Won't Ap-hollow-gize 21 

Gun rights activists have posted the photo and phone number of Rep. Tom Loertscher after he spoke out against their bullying tactics on the Constitutional Carry bill. Their lame excuse for the boorish behavior. "There are a lot of angry gun owners." Thoughts?

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5 Years Ago: Zag Now CPD Blue 

On Feb. 25, 2010, one of the stories making the news at Huckleberries was the Coeur d'Alene Police Department's hiring of former Gonzaga Bulldog player Winston Brooks. In November 2013, Brooks moved on to the Spokane PD. Huckleberries looks back ...

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House OKs Parental Rights Law 

The Idaho House voted 37-31 in favor of a parental rights bill that some warned would have "unintended consequences." Below, you can find Betsy Russell's Eye on Boise report re: the bill and a round-up of her coverage of various legislative issues today ...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.25.14 

In the daily blog roundup, Walkabout spots color on Tubbs Hill+Dogwalk Musings targets President Obama for criticism+Simple Mind discusses Rep. Vito Barbieri's controversial comment this week+Fort Boise discusses an insult.

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Corn Maze Fined $14K In Teen Death

The Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser has been fined $14,000 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for last October’s death of a Spokane Valley teenaged worker dressed as a zombie when he slipped beneath and was crushed by a school bus. Jeremy T.…

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'In God We Trust' Wins 2-1 Vote 

Clark County residents, holding up signs, gather in a public hearing room in Vancouver, Wash., to talk about whether the motto "In God we trust" should be displayed in a public hearing room. The Columbian reports that the Clark County Council voted 2-1 in favor…

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Moyle Seeks End To Daylight Saving 21 

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, wants to do away with daylight saving time in Idaho. Under legislation he got introduced today in the House Ways & Means Committee. I'm more for this bill than against it. How about you?

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Press: County Needs Spinmeister 

Reporters and editors aren't high on many popular professions lists. But there's a rung on the ladder even lower, in the eyes of some journalists. It's called, Public Information Officer. With general disdain for PIOs whose jobs are to filter cold truths out of "news"…

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'Christian State' Backer 'Apologizes' 10 

PCommitteeman Hans Neumann, who backed the resolution calling for Idaho to be declared a "Christian state," offered an ap-hollow-gy to the local GOP Tuesday. Huckleberries Online has obtained a recording of that ap-hollow-gy (audio below). Also read Press story re: meeting.

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Post Falls Drops Suit Against EPA

The Post Falls City City Council voted to dismiss a lawsuit against the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the (Tuesday) City Council meeting. The decision to end the lawsuit, brought by Post Falls and the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board (HARSB), comes after...

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Yesteryear: Coeur d'Alene Waterfront 

At Old School North Idaho Facebook wall, Heather Heber Callahan posts this photo of the Coeur d'Alene waterfront from many decades ago. I suspect that the photo was taken from Tubbs Hill looking across the water toward the area where the Coeur d'Alene Resort and...

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1 Year Ago: Winter Returns

What were we discussing here on Huckleberries Online one year ago? We were grousing about the vicious return of Old Man Winter, which created treacherous driving conditions and white outs. CPD reported 16 weather-related crashes b/n 6 a.m. & 3 p.m. last Feb. 25.

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Vito Unfazed By Attention 19 

State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, remains uncowed despite the social media attention he's received from his one-sided encounter with Dr. Julie Madsen during a hearing on an anti-abortion bill. Quoth Vito: "This is not any big deal to me."

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Otter Still Backs Common Core 

The tide may have turned in Idaho’s debate over Common Core standards, Gov. Butch Otter said Wednesday — and Otter said he remains a steadfast supporter. “We’ve overcome most of the resistance to (Common Core),” Otter said in a briefing with reporters. “We’re going to…

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Tondee Pick Burns Job Seeker 

Timothy Paulding, who interviewed for the job former Kootenai County Commissioner Todd Tondee landed at the county, said he was passed over despite being "extremely qualified" for the county gig. "I have two master's degrees in the disability-related field, worked four years as a database...

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AM Headlines -- 2.25.15 

Stories making headlines this AM include: opening of renovated Spokane Convention Center (photo)+Avista has higher 2014 earnings+former AP reporter Quane Kenyon dies+6 firms interested in school Broadband contract+4 corners workshop tonight.

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Poll: Vito Not Taken Out Of Context

Tuesday Poll: Nearly 90% of Hucks Nation voted that Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, wasn't taken out of context when he asked Dr. Madsen that tiny-camera-female-exam question earlier this week. 199 of 229 respondents (86.9%) said Barbieri wasn't taken out of context, as he claimed...

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Shut Government? Watch It, GOP 12 

In today's editorial, the Idaho Statesman warns the new Republican Congress that there will be repercussions if its goes ahead with plans to shut down government again, especially re: the Homeland Security office at a time of heightened security concerns. Agree/disagree?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.