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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 5.4.15 

We begin another week at HucksOnline on a sad note. Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed, another of our giants, has died. I can't imagine where this community and region would be without Scott. His fingerprints are all over areas that we enjoy without a second...

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Parting Shot -- 5.4.15

Star Wars characters dressed as Darth Vader, right and a stormtrooper walk through the stands prior to a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston today. Star Wars Day is observed by fans globally on May…

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Analysis: New Child Support Draft 

The long-awaited child support draft legislation is finally posted, and according to the governor's office, Sen. Bart Davis, Rep. Lynn Luker, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, House Speaker Scott Bedke, and others have signed off. Are the changes substantial? Judge for yourself. Most of...

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Critic: 'Of Mice' Not A Classic 25 

Mary Jo Finney thinks one of the novellas Coeur d’Alene high school students read is unworthy of its standing as an American classic. “The story is neither a quality story nor a page turner,” Finney said of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” Finney and...

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Uncle Bob Gives Legislature Z+ 10 

Uncle Bob comments that an "F" is too conservative a letter grade for the 2015 Idaho Legislature -- and then goes on to excoriate Idaho politicians for being "Too Hateful to be Great," a play on that old human-rights phrase, "Idaho Is Too Great 4 Hate." In Uncle Bob's view, the only good thing about the 2015 session was the salamander bill.

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Poll: D's Like '15 Legislature, R's Don't 

A majority of Idaho's Republicans think their lawmakers struck the right balance on education funding this year but opposed increasing the gas tax, according to the latest poll from Idaho Politics Weekly. Democrats, meanwhile, were split on the gas tax but think the increase in…

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Farmers Market To Begin 30th Year 

The 30th season of the Kootenai County Farmers Market begins its season Saturday at the southeast corner of Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue. With more vendors and products, items include plants, produce, meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, flowers, coffee, local wine, crafts and live music from…

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.4.15

Viewtiful photo from Honeysuckle Beach of Hayden Lake launches HBO blogosphere roundup today. Other topics include: Bay Views discussing jihad, Texas style+War Bonds dreams of being a bestseller+Grip on Sports is glad weekend & Houston Astros are in rear-view mirror+7 Blog names 'most honest Avenger of them all'

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Mistaken For A Bank Robber 

One of the great stories about the late Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed occurred in December 2010 when he was mistaken for a bank robber by Coeur d'Alene police. Not only did Scott take the case of mistaken identity in stride, but he wrote a letter to Sgt. Christie Wood commending the officers who handcuffed him. You can read all about it below.

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City Playground Upgrade Complete

Renovation of the Fort Sherman Playground was completed Saturday, according to a Coeur d'Alene Today report. Not only was the playground spruced up with sealant and new wood chips, but several of the features were painted to provide some variety of colors to the wooden structure.

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And Then The Times Weighed In 

Edit:Just when it appeared that Gov. Butch Otter had the votes to overturn the goofy House Judiciary & Rules vote against Child Support Enforcement legislation, the librul New York Times & Washington Post weighed in. The only thing worse at this point would be to have President Obama and veep Joe Biden say something that'll agitate Idaho solons.

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Ride To Honor Fallen Trooper Huff 

A Boise woman will join the annual Police Unity Tour in memory of one of ISP's five fallen troopers, Linda Huff, who was shot and killed in the line of duty at regional headquarters in Coeur d'Alene on June 17, 1998.Toshi Kempkes will make the 300-mile ride, beginning in East Hanover, N.J., and ending in Washington, D.C.

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FEC Warns Larry Craig 10 

Federal election regulators have sent former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig a warning letter that he failed to submit financial disclosure documents. The Federal Election Commission says Craig failed to report his April quarterly finances. Craig told The Associated Press that he submitted the report Monday.…

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Remembering Scott Reed

Tony Stewart, long-time leader in the Inland Northwest human rights movement, pays tribute to the late Coeur d'Alene environmental attorney Scott Reed. We have Scott to thank for many of the amenities in this community we take for granted -- Tubbs Hill, Cougar Bay, the NIC beach, etc.

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42,000 Complete Bloomsday Course 

Another Bloomsday is in the rear-view mirror, with Lani Kiplagat Rutto overcoming a tooth extraction and besting racing partner Allan Kiprono to win the elite men's division in Spokane Sunday. Huckleberries offers a roundup of Bloomsday results, color & photos in the link below.

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Grading Legislature: C Or Worse 

A new poll conducted for the Idaho Politics Weekly newsletter published by Zion Bank asked Idahoans how they’d grade this year’s legislative session. The results: Just 3 percent gave lawmakers an A, and 16 percent handed them a B. Thirty percent – the largest single group – awarded a grade of C. Question: What grade would you give?

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AM Headlines -- 5.4.15

AM Headlines for this Monday include: 42,000 finish Bloomsday race+controlled burns planned for CdA watershed+Kootenai Health expansion halfway finished+Common Core-aligned testing ahead of schedule+Skinny Dipper Hot Springs returning to nature+Denney refused to certify 'instant racing' repeal+more

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Poll: It's Fair To Compare 

Is it fair to compare the damage cause to Idaho's reputation by a few thoughtless legislators to that caused years ago by the Aryan Nations. Hucks Nation sez ... yes. Today's Poll: Should Coeur d'Alene School Board ban R-rated movies from use in the classroom, including those edited for TV?

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Local GOP Supports Deadbeats, Too 18 

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has sent a letter to Gov. Butch Otter, along with a copy of a resolution passed last week, supporting the controversial decision by the House Judiciary & Rules Committee to kill the Child Support Enforcement legislation. Otter has called a special session May 18 to overturn that decision.

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Denney Denies Tribe Request 

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says he won’t comply with a legal demand letter from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe asking him to certify SB 1011, the instant racing repeal bill, as law. “I don’t think personally that we have any authority to do that,”…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 27 

... That the Coeur d'Alene School Board will deal with two, hot-potato issues tonight: a recommendation be a review committee that John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice & Men" be removed from required reading by all ninth-graders, due to profanity, and that all R-rated movies be banned from use in district schools, including those editted for TV.

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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.