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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 5.13.15 

Leadership River City survived its close encounter with Your Huckleberry Hound during a noon meeting on Media Day at the Coeur d'Alene Inn today. Or at least I think they did. Only facilitator Kerri Thoreson knows for sure. At least no one vomited. Next week, I have a spot on the Leadership Coeur d'Alene agenda. Here's your replayed Wild Card.

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A BASE jumper hangs from her parachute on supports of the Perrine Bridge on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Twin Falls, Idaho. (Stephen Reiss/The Times-News via AP)

Parting Shot -- 5.13.15 

Photo Set: Huckleberries Online closes daily posting with a photo set & story of the dramatic rescue of a BASE jumper whose parachute snagged on a support beam below the Perrine Bridge, high over the Snake River. Photographer Stephen Reiss and the Twin Falls Times-News provides the rest of the story.

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Heather Scott: 'Something Stinks' 18 

Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, one of nine Republicans on the Idaho House Judiciary & Rules Committee to vote against Child Support Enforcement legislation, is non-repentant. In fact, she is miffed that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and others are meeting privately to write legislation for Monday's special session that may overturn the committee vote.

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Rubio To Attend Idaho GOP Confab 

Well, it looks like that $2M that we Idahoans handed the Idaho GOParty for an early prez primary is paying off -- for the IdahoGOP. Prez wannabe Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will be keynote speaker at the party's summer central committee meeting in Idaho Falls. Meanwhile, the IdahoGOP is mum about next week's special session ...

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Kenck: GOP Scrambling To Cover Tails 

Larry Kenck, the Idaho Democratic Party leader, says the Idaho Legislature is scrambling "to justify the blunder that threatened $205 million in child support for Idaho kids." Kenck labels the scramblers as the "You Just Can't Make This Up" caucus.

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Harassed Newscaster Fights Back 17 

Video: I usually don't post videos on topics pertaining to events from outside Idaho. But this is something I heard about on Colin Cowherd's sports show this AM as I drove to work. A group of vulgar men harassed a female newscaster after a Toronto soccer game. What she did to these jerks is priceless. (Caution: Very vulgar language)

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PGA To Feature Wounded Soldier 

Army Sgt. Brandon Adam, who lost both legs to an IED bomb in Baghdag, Iraq, in May 2007, will be the subject of a Professional Golf Association feature on CBS Saturday. Adam hasn't let his severe war injures prevent him from living life to the fullest. A downhill skier, he has now taken up golf. Slight Detour provides more about him below.

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Boulder-White Clouds End Game 

The end game on the future of the Boulder-White Clouds and additional wilderness protection is starting. Cross your fingers that the right changes can occur, and though he owes Idaho absolutely nothing, President Barack Obama will declare as a new national monument an area almost…

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Fort Boise: 15 Years A Blogger 

Today marks 15 years as a blogger for Fort Boise. 15 years ago, he explains, he was "in another world, temporarily relocated to the heart of the dot.com bubble and bicycling to work in Palo Alto." Question: Have you ever tried blogging? How long? Why did you quit?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.13.15

Today's roundup of HucksOnline blogosphere posts includes: 15 years of blogging/Fort Boise, Amtrak crash/Bay Views, Being a grandparent/Simple Mind, Day 3: Spokane Craft Beer Week/On Tap, Boulder-White Clouds end game/Carlson Chronicles, Will birds eat oatmeal/The Slice + more ...

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Risch Helps Idaho Power Friends 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has introduced a bill that would allow public utilities like Idaho Power to deny contracts to independent power producers if they can show they don’t need the electricity, Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker reports today, making a big modification to the...

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County Gets Life Jacket Loan Station

Boaters on Lake Coeur d’Alene who forget their life jackets are about to have one more option. On Friday, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will be installing a new life jacket loaner station at the Higgens Point boat ramp, located at the east…

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Do Know Much About Geography 15 

Karan Menon of New Jersey high-fives members of the audience as he takes the stage for the Championship round of the National Geographic Bee today at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Menon went on to finish first in the contest. Question: Do you know much about geography?

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Expert To Discuss 2nd Amendment 12 

Constitutional expert David Adler is returning to Coeur d'Alene again, this time to discuss the 2nd Amendment. Adler's appearance is sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council and the Friends of the Library. His topic: "The Second Amendment: Fundamentals and Myths."

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ACLU Rips Delco High Dress Code 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho blasted Declo High School’s graduation dress code in an announcement Tuesday. The organization sent a letter to Idaho’s school district superintendents warning about gender stereotyping and dress codes that discriminate by gender. A document handed out to students…

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Jeb Bush Announces For Prez, Sorta 

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) may have let the cat out of the bag on his expected White House bid during a media event on Wednesday. “I’m running for president in 2016,” Bush said to reporters in Nevada before walking that declaration back. “The focus…

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New Gen Rising To Protect Lake 

I'm delighted that Kootenai Environmental Alliance is involved with local high schoolers, to impart a love among the younger generation for our tremendous waterways. With the recent loss of Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed, it's time to find new, young leaders that will carry the torch to protect our waterways and quality of life. Thoughts?

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Poll: No Moratorium On Charters

Tuesday Poll: Hucks Nation opposes a suggestion that a moratorium be placed on new charter schools until charters address lack of minority students in their ranks. Today's Poll: Are Idaho charter schools practicing de facto segregation?

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CPD To Join Officer Memorial Day 

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department will participate in National Peace Officers Memorial Day at the Fallen Heroes Plaza at Cherry Hill Park. The day is set aside to remember police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. This year, it comes only days after the loss of CPD Sgt. Greg Moore. This is also National Police Week.

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No One Here But Paper Carrier

The Post Falls Police Department located a "suspicious" van after a resident reported that someone may have been looking in her vehicle early this AM. Only the driver of the van had a good excuse for being out and about, visiting various homes ...

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Easy For Criminals To Get Guns Here 48 

Lt. Stu Miller, spokesman for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, told KHQ that it's easy for criminals to get guns in Idaho. Stu's comments came on the heels of the fatal shooting of CPD Sgt. Greg Moore a week ago. Jonathan Daniel Renfro, 26, of Rathdrum, the man charged with the crime, is a convicted criminal.

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AM Headlines -- 5.13.15 

Brian Bunch points out a lone coffee can resting atop a shot down tree by Hayden Creek Tuesday. Brunch and a group of others plan to clean the remnants of a shooting range on Saturday. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Kristen McPeek) Immunization clinic...

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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.