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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015


Rural Schools Brace For Deep Cuts 

In the heart of Idaho’s timber country, federal dollars have helped the Cottonwood School District renovate school buildings and move out of an aging grade school. “It’s money we used to keep our buildings functional, and keep them up,” Superintendent René Forsmann said. The district…

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What's Wrong With Idaho Politics? 11 

Have you ever wondered what's wrong with Idaho politics? Conservatism is one thing. But the type of uber-conservatives controlling state government takes distrust for government to a whole new level. Derek Farr of Better Idaho blog addresses the subject.

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Poll: Most Back Tree Thinning

Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation selected an option that supported the tree thinning project by the city of Coeur d'Alene along Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive). 51 of 161 respondents (31.68%) said the thinning project was a good compromise with the U.S. Army Corp…

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AM Headlines -- 2.3.2015

The Post Falls City Council will consider a new $40 dog adoption fee to help pay for sheltering animals and add a value on those that are picked up. The council will also consider increasing the cost of burial lots and niches, when it meets tonight.

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CSD Picks New Finance Chief

Brian Wallace, a board member of the Lakeland School District, has been selected as the new director of finance and operations of the Coeur d'Alene School District. The announcement was made this morning by CSD Superintendent of Schools Matt Hanelman. The appointment is subject to approval by the district board of trustees.

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Dike Road Tree Cut Concerns KEA 

Seems the Kootenai Environmental Alliance is concerned with the ongoing tree cut along the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) along Coeur d'Alene's waterfront. The KEA's Adrienne Cronebaugh has expressed that concern in an email exchange with City Engineer Gordon Dobler.

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GOP Reps Condemn Anti-Vaxxers 34 

Republicans on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday used a hearing on the flu season to debunk claims that vaccines are not safe for children as fear continues to grow over the measles outbreak. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) asked four of the country's…

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Guns-On-Campus Price Tag: $3.7M 11 

Five of Idaho’s universities and community colleges have spent more than $1.5 million to beef up campus security because of the concealed-weapons-on-campus law approved last year, the Idaho Statesman reports, and the schools expect total costs to top $3.7 million for the year. They sought...

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'Maniacs' Want Specialty Plate, Too

Orofino could become the first school district in the state with its own specialty license plate, writes reporter Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, after Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, introduced legislation Monday to create a special plate to benefit the “Friends of the Orofino Maniacs.”…

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Attack Prompts Call For Action 58 

An assault on a transgender woman at Boots Bakery Friday night has led to calls for better training of Spokane police as an impassioned crowd urged the City Council to take action. Two men punched and kicked Jacina Carla Scamahorn (pictured) in the face, breaking...

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Powwow Cancellation Bums Nonini 

Two of the three state lawmakers whose district includes the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls said Monday they were surprised and disappointed that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe had canceled its big annual powwow there this summer, amid a dispute over “instant racing” betting…

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Cop Renders Aid Thru Doggy Door 

In a heart-warming story, Taylor Viydo/KREM2 tells how a Post Falls officer crawled through a doggy door to help a 90YO woman who had fallen: "A Post Falls police officer went out of her way to make sure an elderly woman was ok on Sunday....

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 2.2.15 

Even I, a 49er fan, was yelling at the television set when Seattle eschewed a near-certain-TD handoff to Marshawn Lynch for a high-risk pass call in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX. I was watching the game with a Seahawks fan who also has...

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Parting Shot -- 2.2.2015 

Delta flight attendant Christi Turner, right, holds a team flag as Seattle Seahawks' players and coaches disembark on the teams' return from the Super Bowl today at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac. The Seahawks lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots on...

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Idaho Licenses Not Security Worthy 12 

Seems our ability to use our Idaho driver's license to go through airport security may be in jeopardy. In 2008, our paranoid Legislature passed a law preventing ITD from following federal guidelines for licenses. Beginning next year, Idahoans may not be able to use them for airport IDs. Seriously.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

Rusty Mills stands on the corner of Castro and Market streets in the Castro District of San Francisco, Calif. during a protest against the city's no-nudity law held on the ban's second anniversary Sunday. Three naked protesters where arrested by San Francisco police for violating...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.2.2015

When Don Sausser saw a flock of birds swirling around a downtown Coeur d'Alene condominium before kickoff Sunday, he considered it to be a good omen for his Super Bowl XLIX team, the Seattle Seahawks. Alas. (Also, links to 14 INW blog posts)

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Mary Offers Senate Journal 

If you want to keep informed and engaged during the 2015 Legislature, you can follow state Sen. Mary Souza's Senate Journal on her web site: marysouzaforidaho.com. I received this handy dandy postcard in the mail over the weekend. It concludes with Mary's promise to "work…

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Panel OKs Con-Con Bill 

The House State Affairs Committee, which seems to be where the action is so far this legislative session, has OK a bill that would lay the ground work for Idaho to participated in a Constitutional Convention calling for a Balanced Budget amendment. Another party-line 12-3 vote.

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Phil: 6 More Weeks Of Winter 

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha, left, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., today. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast six more weeks of winter weather. Story here. (AP Photo/Gene…

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Edit: It's Official, Ybarra Clueless 10 

Writing for the Twin Falls Editorial Board, Opinion Editor Jon Alexander notes that it takes longer to make a good hamburger than it did for new Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra to present her $1.4B draft education budget. Bottom line for Alexander? Ybarra really is clueless.

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Huckleberries Online

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.





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