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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015

Pickford, Fillios, Fountain Win 

In the Coeur d'Alene School Board race for Zone 3, challenger Tambra Pickford has upset incumbent Trustee Terri Seymour by 29 votes. Diane Fountain and Chris Filios have won highway district seats. Complete results in nonpartisan races below.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 5.19.15 10 

I'll return this evening to provide results of the various nonpartisan elections in Kootenai County tonight. So you can check back here to find out what happened. Meanwhile, Hucks Nation can make a difference in these elections if you'll get off your duff and get out there and vote.

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Parting Shot -- 5.19.15

Trinity Pablo, Whitman Elementary school 5th grader, and some 2600 Spokane Public School students practice in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Tuesday morning, for the evening's Band and String Spectacular.

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Otter Signs HB 1 Into Law

Gov. Butch Otter announced this afternoon that he has now signed HB 1, the child support enforcement bill that passed in yesterday's special legislative session, into law. On Twitter, Otter reported, "Today at 3:24 pm I signed HB 1 into law, maintaining Idaho's child support…

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Hispanic Group Files Bias Complaint 

The Centro de Comunidad y Justicia of Boise has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against several Idaho entities, including the Department of Education, as a result of under representation of minority students in Idaho charter schools. The complaint was filed Monday.

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Cutline Contest -- 5.19.15 18 

Today's Cutline Contest features a 27-year-old landscaper who survived having a nail hurtled into his eye as a result of a weed-whacking accident. He escaped the episode with vision intact. Monday's winner: SLFisher.

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Voter #35 At Precinct 52 12 

Another sign that the voter turnout is going to be lousy today: I was voter #35 at Precinct 52 at 3:30 p.m. I was the only one at the Assembly of God Church balloting place this afternoon. I asked the women for Precinct 50 at…

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.19.15 

Today's Huckleberries blogosphere roundup includes: Protecting our children from The Beatles/Idaho Dad; Northwest Profiles to feature War Bonds/War Bonds; East Sherman Ave workshops set/Coeur d'Alene Today; Scotchman Peaks group plans hike, trail work/Outdoors; I have the social skills of a marmot/Slice + more ...

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Ex-Employee Sues CdA Red Robin

Stacie Ward was fired from her position as the lead bartender and a certified trainer in October 2012 after questioning the hiring practices of the restaurant, specifically in regards to people of color, according to a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the District of Idaho Tuesday.

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The Cancer Clinic 

As many of you know, The Bard of Sherman Avenue has been undergoing treatment for cancer for the last 6-8 months. He has completed those treatments now & is now working on regaining his strength. This poem was written from his experiences during treatment.

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Frightened Montana Boy Kills Pal 

Authorities are considering whether criminal charges are warranted against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case that an investigator called an accident. The unidentified suspect apparently had been startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and another…

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Luna Lands Another State Job 16 

Teresa Luna, a key figure in the Idaho Education Network broadband contract mess, has a new job as a state emergency planner. Luna [Click and drag to move] began the job with the state Bureau of Homeland Security Monday. Luna stepped down as director of the state Department of Administration in March ...

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Adler: Misinterpreting Constitution 

Dr. David Adler, a constitutional expert who has spoken several times in Coeur d'Alene, said yesterday's special session of the Idaho Legislature could have been avoided if the 9 House Judiciary & Rules GOP members had been presented with a constitutional history lesson. Here are Adler's thoughts going into the special session.

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Abused Dog Leads To Arrest 

The owner of a dog kept locked in a car outside of a Post Falls bar learned a hard lesson. Seems the officer checking on the 911 call from Club Tequila had other issues with the owner. The latest from the River City PD Facebook page ...

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Hadian Ran For Washington Guv

Washington political activists with decent memories may have recognized the name Shahram Hadian when they read staff writer Scott Maben's profile in this morning's paper about the Spokane-area pastor who has played a role in the Idaho Legislature's dispute over a child support law. Hadian…

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It's Over 

In comments at a press conference today, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill dismissed those who say that the Idaho Legislature violated the state Constitution by supporting the child support enforcement legislation: "We did not compromise our state sovereignty. We did not neglect due process. We did not breach confidentiality."

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Quotable Quote

So, some walked away from the summer session of Idaho government without having learned a thing. They came in to this “Extraordinary” session with their pride and fear and left with them — because therein was the sum of their argument -- Idaho Statesman editorial.…

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Poll: Pricey Air Fares Are Big Deal 

An overwhelming majority of Hucks Nation sez that the fact that 3 Kootenai County legislators (Nonini, Barbieri & Sims) buy air fares at double the costs of other legislators is a big deal. Today's Poll: Who was the biggest loser after the child support bill was approved in special session of the Idaho Legislature?

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Fort Boise: An Extraordinary Day 

In a blog post, "An Extraordiary Day," Fort Boise admits he couldn't look away from the special session Monday: "The nexus of nuttery is unquestionably north Idaho, leaking down toward the 45th parallel to pick up Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood, wearing a leather biker's jacket and reading from George Washington's Farewell Address." More below...

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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.