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WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 5.20.15 10 

I suspect things will be fairly tame on the local political front for the next three months, unless incumbent Coeur d'Alene Councilmen Dan Gookin and/or Steve Adams decide to announce re-election bids early. Then, we're in for a wild ride for the next 15 months...

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Parting Shot -- 5.20.15 

People assemble outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York during the final taping of the CBS "Late Show with David Letterman" today. Letterman. Letterman signed off Wednesday after 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Coeur d'Alene Growing As Arts Destination

In an article in this week's Inlander, reporter Carrie Scozzaro interviews Kerri Wilfong, new director of Coeur d'Alene's Arts & Culture Alliance. Have you noticed that the arts scene in the Coeur d'Alene area continues to grow. Wilfong and the alliance are two of the reasons for that.

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Letter: Please Explain, Vito 19 

In a letter to the editor, a Hayden resident wants Rep. Vito Barbieri to explain why taxpayers paid for his trip to the 2014 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference, which is a conservative think tank. The writer, Judith Farrey, of Hayden, considers the event to be a private one, not public.

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No Murder Charge Yet For Renfro 

Sixteen days after he allegedly shot and fatally wounded a Coeur d’Alene police officer, Jonathan Daniel Renfro has not yet been charged with murder. A judge today was ready to take up a motion to charge Renfro with first-degree murder in the May 5 death…

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Paul Bunyan Form Brings Coeur d'Alene Comfort 

Seeing Paul Bunyan outside the restaurant on Northwest Boulevard that bears his name is a comforting part of every trip of Coeur d'Alene. Question: Everyone brags about Hudson's Hamburgers a few blogs farther south. But there must be Paul Bunyan hamburger fans out there, too. Because I see the cars lined up next door. Are you a fan?

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Just Wondering ... 13 

Who would be a good candidate in nonpartisan municipal races for Coeur d'Alene City Council seats now held by Councilman Dan Gookin and Steve Adams (presuming that Councilman Ron Edinger is going to re-up for another term)? I can think of several good ones, including Christa Hazel, Dan English and Jim Pierce.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.20.15

In the daily roundup for the HucksOnline blogosphere, Marianne Love/Slight Detour leads off with a sweet photo of a flower. Also: Roll up the barrels/On Tap; About your feet/Simple Mind; M & M wins/Bay Views; Emphasize fun while fishing with kids/Outdoors; Wellness Fair to promote healthy choices/CdA Today + more ...

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No Criminal Charges In Prison Probe 

After an extensive, 15-month investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, federal prosecutors today declined to final any federal criminal charges of fraud or public corruption in connection with Idaho’s canceled private prison contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The main reason:…

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Old Downtown Building Renovated

In his Business Bits column for the Coeur d'Alene Press, Nils Rosdahl reports: The Sherman Arms building on the south side of Sherman Avenue midway between Fourth and Fifth streets has been completely renovated on the second and third stories with changes to the first (retail) floor being completed this summer. Complete column below...

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Hats Aweigh, Er, Away 

Members of the graduating class of 2015 U.S. Coast Guard Academy throw their hats in the air near the end of their ceremony in New London, Conn., Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Question: Anyone serve in the Coast Guard? Or have a relative who did/does?

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Poll: Biggest Losers -- 9 Local Solons

Poll: The biggest losers as a result of the victory for the child support enforcement bill in the special session? Hucks Nation says the 9 North Idaho legislators who voted against the bill, followed by the Idaho Freedom Foundation which lobbied hard against the legislation. Today's question: Why didn't you vote in a Kootenai Co election Tuesday?

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Update: 13% Voted In CdA 

SReporter Scott Maben tells Huckleberries Online that only 13% of the registered voters in the city of Coeur d'Alene cast ballots in the various elections. Also, I've included a link to the vote break down by precinct for the Coeur d'Alene Public Safety Bond. Only 69 voted in my Precinct 52.

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And This Is How They Took Over 25 

My 2 Cents: Coeur d'Aene is too great of a community to continue to be represented by two legislators who owe their 2014 GOPrimary and general election wins to a closed primary and the magic R after their names. They succeeded because voters were apathetic. The lousy turnout Tuesday is an indication that voters are still asleep.

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AM Headlines -- 5.20.15

"I like adding a little color," said Barbara Satterfield of Athol as she worked in the community garden at Unity Spiritual Center of North Idaho in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) CdA seeks East Sherman ideas/Press Ybarra's tech director to leave June...

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Molander, Lewis Win Bonner Seats 

Joel Molander and Geraldine Lewis won seats in the Lake Pend Oreille School Board elections last night. In West Bonner County, Margaret Hall won one seat, & there's a two-way tie for a second seat. Anyone out there able to interpret these results? Any Tea Party winners? Arpee?

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And A Word From Christie 

Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department thanks Coeur d'Alene voters -- those of us who actually voted -- for passing the important $6M public safety bond. How big of a deal was it to our police and fire departments? Christie used 4 exclamation points.

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Scott To Get Case Of Oberto 

Oberto Brands in Seattle, manufacturer of beef jerky, is planning to send Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, a case of beef jerky, after seeing the post on Eye on Boise about how Scott said, during a lengthy hearing that was part of a special session of the Legislature on Monday, “Hey, I brought beef jerky, I’ll go for days.”

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Quotable Quote 

Idaho Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill denounces goofy statements by Black Helicopter Brigade that lawmakers violated the Idaho Constitution by approving the Child Support Enforcement Bill in special session.

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Ex-Worker Alleges Red Robin Racism 

An ex-worker of the Coeur d'Alene Red Robin restaurant has filed a federal lawsuit against the chain claiming wrongul termination after she complained about alleged racist comments made by her boss. Stacie Ward alleges a boss responded to her attempts to hire a black man at the Coeur d’Alene burger restaurant by using a racist epithet.

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8% Voted?! 12 

According to County Clerk Jim Brannon's office, only 8 percent of the eligible voters in Kootenai County cast ballots Tuesday. Yeah, yeah, I know. Many of you live in areas where the only thing on the ballot involved the highway district. Not sexy stuff. Still ... 8?! Are. You. Kidding. Me? Explain yourself, non-voter.

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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.