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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

Weekend Wild Card -- 5.30-31.15 

I have one more weekend of gardening and honey-do's before I can take a break. I hope I find time Saturday to hit the Farmer's Market Saturday. My garden is weeded but has a lot of empty areas that need plants. Soon, I'll have a…

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TGIF Wild Card -- 5.29.15 

Mrs. O asked why I agreed to 2 speaking engagements in May, for Leadership Post Falls and Leadership Coeur d'Alene. She knows I don't like to do them. But I can. I told her that I have a weakness for the chamber leadership program because...

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City To Dedicate Tubbs Hill Trail Saturday 

A 1,600-foot section of trail on the east side of Tubbs Hill that was recently improved to make it more accessible to seniors and the physically challenged will be dedicated this Saturday at noon. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the east entrance to the trail at near Ninth Street and East Lakeshore Drive.

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Mary Lou Says Goodbye To Scott 

In this touching column for The Inlander , former state senator Mary Lou Reed says goodbye to "my best friend and roommate" -- her husband, Scott, and admired local attorney and conservationist who died May 2. Few have left behind a legacy like Scott's.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.29.15

HucksOnline Blogosphere roundup: The irises at Marianne Love's Lovestead are putting on quite a show this week. Also: More beer on the menu/On Tap; 'San Andreas': 9 essential Q's/7 Blog; Steelhead to be released again/Outdoors; Video: War Bonds on Northwest Profiles/War Bonds; Summer can get crowded for everyone/Grip on Sports.

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Idaho CEOs Got Ha-huge '14 Raises 12 

2014 was a very, very good year for Idaho CEOs, with several high-performing ones receiving double digit raises. An Idaho Statesman story reports that the median raise for these guys was 37 percent. Meanwhile the median Idahoan made $14.93 an hour last year, up 25 cents from a year earlier or a 1.7% raise. woo-hoo.

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Bell Music To Drive By 

During the evening commute hour Wednesday, Cynthia Marlette directed the bell choir of the Community Methodist Church in Coeur d'Alene. The idea was to give motorists and the neighbors a taste of bell choir music -- and possibly bring a smile to them. The church…

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Hastert Paid To Keep Sexual Scandal Quiet 15 

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a former student to keep quiet about sexual misconduct that happened while he was a high school wrestling coach, according to published reports Friday. “It was sex,” a source told The Los Angeles Times. “It goes back a...

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Crash Hurts Priest River Bikers

A Bonner County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a crash that sent 2 people to the hospital today on H95 near Sagle Road. Sgt. Phyllis J. Jay, 62, was driving a 2006 Chevy Tahoe west on Sagle Road, according to the Idaho State Patrol. She pulled out from the stop sign and hit a northbound motorcycle driven by Rodney F. Howard, 67, of Priest River.

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Cameron Takes Insurance Dept Job 

A state senator and co-chairman of the panel that crafts Idaho's yearly budget will take over as director of the Department of Insurance next month. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced the appointment of Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, on Friday. The position starts June 15. That…

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How The Other Half Lives 

North Idaho Life photographer Keith Boe snapped this photo along Sanders Beach, along East Lakeshore Drive/CdA, during the recent Coeur d'Alene Marathon. I thoroughly enjoy living in my home of nearly 30 years. But wouldn't it be fun to spend a week in the shoes…

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IFF: As Maine Goes, So Should Idaho 14 

At a Heritage Foundation event near Seattle, executive Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation listened to a Republican governor from the East espouse ideas that he wished Idaho Republicans would take to heart. In his column today, he discusses Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the issues LePage is tackling in a blue state.

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CdA, LCDC Finalize BNSF Land Buy 

Coeur d’Alene and the Lake City Development Corporation are completing the acquisition of a 2.2-mile stretch of former railroad right-of-way adjacent to the Spokane River. The land purchase will allow opportunities for improved public access and economic development along the waterfront. The BNSF right of way being purchased is in pink.

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Anti-Censorship Coalition Backs Steinbeck's Book 

The National Coalition Against Censorship, based in New York City, is urging the Coeur d'Alene School District to push back against efforts to limit in-class reading of John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice and Men." The Coeur d'Alene district will discuss a recommendation to limit exposure of Steinbeck's book to ninth-graders.

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Court: 20-Week Abortion Ban Illegal 121 

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today upheld U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill’s earlier decision that Idaho’s “pain-capable abortion” ban was unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the appeals court held that banning abortions from 20 weeks on is “facially unconstitutional…

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AM Headlines -- 5.29.15 

Former Coeur d'Alene police chief Wayne Longo carries the torch for Special Olympics near the Vermont state capital of Montpelier this week, in a cross-country run from Maine to Los Angeles. Longo is part of a three-man team that will spend the next month running...

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Poll: We Want ... Rand, Jeb? 

Thursday's HucksOnline poll paralleled the national won that shows a handful of GOPresidential wannabes clustered at 10% or better among the partisans. Rand Paul and Jeb Bush led the pack in the HucksOnline Poll. Today's question: Should Idaho become the 2nd red state to ban the Death Penalty, behind Nebraska?

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County Suffering 'Severe Drought' 12 

Kootenai and Benewah counties, and half of Bonner County, are in "severe drought," according to the U.S. Drought Monitor's newest report. Two conditions primarily are contributing to the drought: The Panhandle region's 2015 snowpack was half of normal levels and melt-off was a month sooner…

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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.