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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015

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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Poll: Legalize Pot In Idaho 

According to an online poll conducted Feb. 18-23 by Boise Weekly, readers of your friendly neighborhood alternative newspaper overwhelmingly say that they approve of legal weed in the Gem State. The question was simple: "Do you support the legalization of marijuana in Idaho?" and released…

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Vestal: We've Wronged Barbieri 23 

As someone who initially gloried in the apparent idiocy of Vito Barbieri and his tiny-camera question, I think it might be time for a second opinion: Vito was wronged. Barbieri – whose political ship tacks right so hard that it goes in circles – was...

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Local GOP Rejects 'Christian State' 21 

At a meeting Tuesday night, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee rejected a resolution to declare Idaho a "Christian state," without a formal vote. More that 2/3s of the Central Committee stood in opposition to the resolution offered by Precinct Committeeman Hans Neumann. Precinct Committeeman Bjorn Handeen offered a motion

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Edit: Phil Batt's Remarkable Speech 

At the Canyon County Lincoln Day banquet, former governor Phil Batt said he'll be remembered for the way he fought for workers compensation to cover farm laborers, against nuclear waste & for Idaho's Indian tribes. He was sending a message to the current governor.

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CSD Voters To Decide $15M Levy 

The Coeur d'Alene School District will ask voters to approve a $15 million-a-year, two-year tax levy March 10. The levy is $2.1M more per year than the one expiring in June. It is targeted to buy new books and instructional materials, as well as hire new teachers.

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GOP Splits Over Prez Primary 

Internal divisions within the Idaho Republican Party were on display at a Senate committee hearing this morning, as Republican Party officials spoke both for and against legislation to allow for an early presidential primary in the state, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $2...

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Hitching Post Suit Dismissal Sought 

The city of Coeur d’Alene is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the owners of the Hitching Post wedding chapel who claim the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance violates their religious right to refuse to marry gay couples. Hitching Post Weddings, owned by Donald...

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