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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015

Bekken's Wife Files For Divorce 18 

The wife of Joseph M. Bekken has filed for divorce one week after the former North Idaho College financial aid director was arrested on felony charges for allegedly soliciting sex from students in exchange for scholarship money. Molly G. Bekken, an instructor in NIC's College…

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Yesteryear: State Line's Kon Tiki 

On Old School North Idaho, we had a good discussion of the old Kon Tiki at State Line Wednesday. Keva Wolfe posted the photo (courtesy of the Museum of North Idaho) with the note: "This was a popular place in the 60s and 70s." The…

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1 Year Ago: NIC Sports Switch 

A year ago today, some in the community were upset that North Idaho College decided to abandon the National Junior College Athletic Association for a lesser regional league. The move was put forward as a means to save money. It appears at this point that there's no going back.

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Historic Press Pages Now Online 

More than 100 years ago, Coeur d'Alene's first mayor said in an address to the first City Council meeting that the town had come a long way in its first 25 years. Now you can read online the reporting of the Coeur d'Alene Press from 1892 to 1910.

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Post Falls To Vote On Bond, Levy

For a decade, Post Falls school officials have held off asking voters for help in dealing with population growth. Now, they believe it's time to seek a $19.5M bond to build a new school and upgrade others, as well as a $4.7M a year supplemental levy.

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Leak Miffs 'Christian State' Backer 

Hans Neumann, a local GOPrecinct committeeman, is miffed that he was outflanked by opponents to a resolution to declare Idaho as a "Christian state," which he tried to propose. Neumman issued a faux apology to fellow Republicans Tuesday. Hear audio below.

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AM Headlines -- 2.26.15 

AM Headlines today offers heart-rendering photo/story of scene in Tri-Cities where Mass said for Hispanic male shot by police+bad fuel maybe caused fatal Spokane plane crash+community shares thoughts on 4 Corners+Ybarra happy with broadband stopgap funding.

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Panel OKs Inspector General Office 11 

North Idaho Reps. Kathy Sims & Shannon McMillan couldn't stop a bill that would create an Inspector General's Office to investigate corruption, fraud & malfeasance in Idaho. Which is needed in wake of private prison & broadband scandals. But they were on losing end of 9-8 panel vote.

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Poll: Legalize Pot In Idaho 

Wednesday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation says it's time to legalize marijuana in Idaho. 218 of 321 respondents (67.91%) voted that it's time to legalize pot. 97 of 321 respondents (30.22%) said pot should remain illegal in the state. 6 (1.87%) were undecided. Today's…

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Cindy: Stumped During Q-and-A 

Cindy was ready for all questions during a Q-and-A at recent book signing events -- that is, until a nice lady asked the $64,000 question: "What advice will you give to your (future) daughters-in-law?" Question: Did you give advice to your future daughter- or son-in-law?

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Edit: Rhetorical Questions For Vito 

Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase has some rhetorical questions for state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, who has won, ahem, acclaim (insert eye roll) for his rhetorical question re: gynecological exams that was heard around the country & even overseas.

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Wife Won't Help Sex-For-Aid Suspect 10 

Joseph M. Bekken, the former North Idaho College financial aid officer, is still sitting in jail seeking legal help. In a request to the 1st District Court, he said he has a desperate need for a public defender because his wife is unwilling to help him. Imagine that.

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Hindu Prayer To Open Idaho Senate 37 

In what may be the first time in Idaho's history, Senate business will open Tuesday with an invocation that includes ancient Hindu mantras. Idaho Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, confirmed Wednesday that Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the...

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URA Files Condemnation Suit 12 

The Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency's quest to secure right of way for the under-construction Greensferry overpass has resulted in another condemnation lawsuit. The URA, which is funding the $15 million overpass expected to be completed this fall, filed suit in First District Court against Coeur d'Alene RV Resort, Inc. and Downey Enterprises

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Idaho GOP Feud Threatens Road Fix 

U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch whispered sweet nothings into the ears of Idaho legislators, saying how much better they are than your average congressman. But, truth of the matter, they're getting as bogged down in infighting as the Foggy Bottom boys, says William Spence.

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Drone Disturbs Lake CdA Rescue

Police were trying to persuade a suicidal man to come out of the frigid lake near the Coeur d’Alene Resort earlier this month when overhead a small drone darted about, distracting them. The unmanned aerial vehicle was about 75 feet in the air – “close...

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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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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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