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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

K-9 Koda To Retire In August 

After nearly six years of taking a bite out of Post Falls crime, Koda is eying retirement. Koda, the 8-year-old German shepherd who became Post Falls Police's first K-9 in 2009, will retire in August due to a neurological disorder. "He's been a great partner," said Officer Frank Bowne, Koda's handler.

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Rusche: Legislature Panders To GOP 

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, says an appropriation of $20,000 is considered a big expense, unless you're a GOP legislator considering a $2M request from the Idaho GOP to pay for a presidential primary beauty contest.

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About Those IFF Freedoms 12 

Idaho Freedom Foundation VP Fred Birnbaum suggested that policy changes that expand freedoms are attracting out-of-staters to Idaho. But Clearwater1950 suggests those freedoms are fine for business. But there may be something more at work in people moving here. The freedom from congestion and concrete.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 5.28.15 

I've returned from my speaking gig with Leadership Coeur d'Alene. The group didn't throw things at me or walk out the door. So we both survived. Your regular Huckleberries Online programming will begin in three, two ...

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Parting Shot -- 5.28.15

Jessica Kehl, center, watches an instructor demonstrate a move during aerial silk class at Aerial Arts of Utah in Salt Lake City. Aerial silks is a combination of modern dance and acrobatics utilizing two long strands of fabric hung from the ceiling.

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Is Idaho A Freedom Magnet? 16 

Fred Birnbaum, vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, comments that more people are moving into Idaho rather than out of it because the Gem State is a freedom magnet. In an op-ed article in the Idaho Statesman, Birnbaum says that out-of-staters are ignoring negative publicity to move here to experience our growing freedoms.

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You Can Help PFPD Replace Koda

On its Facebook page, the Post Falls Police Department has established a Web site for those who want to contribute to replacing canine unit Koda. A neurological disorder will force the popular dog to retire soon. PFPD is trying to raise $23,000 to replace Koda. See link below.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

We're returning to the national Spelling Bee for 2nd straight day for the featured photo in today's Cutline Contest. Today, a young speller is comforted by his mother after failing to correctly spell "archaeology." Wednesday Winner -- JohnA.

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Edit: Rare Pat On Back For Walmart 10 

In the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, opinion writer Devin Rokyta applauds Walmart for " its announcement last week that it would ask its meat, seafood, poultry, deli and egg suppliers to adopt animal welfare standards that include sufficient space and easy access to food and water." Question: Do you have anything nice to say about Walmart?

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Rubio To Address Idaho GOP 21 

That $2M that Idahoans of all political stripes ponied up for the GOPresidential Primary next year to attract A List candidates is paying dividends. This morning, the Idaho GOP tweeted that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has agreed to give the keynote speech at the...

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HucksOnline Blogos

In today's roundup of HucksOnline Blogosphere links: Found poetry/Fort Boise; Tribal ties that bind/Bay Views; School teachers walk out/Simple Mind; Fiorina is something/Dogwalk Musings; New 'Coffee with the Mayor' now airing/Coeur d'Alene Today; For the love of reading & pickle chiffon pie/Idaho Dad; and Win a copy of War Bonds/War Bonds + more

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PM Headlines -- 5.28.15 

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, left, and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, right, announce final settlement Thursday afternoon on accessibility improvements to Idaho's renovated state Capitol. Longtime Idaho disability-rights leader Kelly Buckland calls Capitol ADA settlement "bittersweet."

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One Of Idaho's Best 1st Ladies

At Carlson Chronicles, Chris Carlson remembers one of the best First Ladies in Idaho history, John Evans wife, Lola, who died recently. Writes Chris: "What made Lola Evans stand out was her fine sense of humor and her sense of adventure." Question: Have you met any of Idaho's First Ladies? Which one did you like best?

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Garden Valley Installs Guns In School 25 

The isolated Garden Valley School District has installed firearms in its only school building and trained staff to use them in response to an active shooter. Citing safety reasons, Superintendent Marc Gee won’t say how many guns and safes were installed or where they are…

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Drive-In Theater? Nah, Just A Joke 11 

Those signs at the corner of Huetter Road & Meyer Road on the Rathdrum Prairie caused a stir -- you know, the ones that said "Drive-in Theater" and "Coming Soon." Now, landowner Corky Hughest explains that they were just a joke to add sunshine to people's life & he's sorry if Kootenai County staff wasted time dealing with the fallout ...

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Merica: IFF Follows Attack Playbook 34 

Merica believes that Dustin Hurst's shot-across-my-bow this AM in his report re: Councilman Steve Adams & Yours Truly, the, ahem "leftist blogger" is simply part of the Idaho Freedom Foundation playbook to identify, label & warn disciples about "libruls." Have you now or have you ever been a member of the great Huckleberries Online conspiracy?

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Body Of CdA Man Found In River 

The body of a Coeur d’Alene man who disappeared on a canoe trip near Riggins, Idaho, was found in the Salmon River on Wednesday night. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Jason Gritten, 35, was located by family and friends searching the...

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Men In Bras? Extreme Fundraiser 

The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 889 will be putting the "fun" in "fundraiser" this Saturday, putting their veterans in blingin' bras. "We try to come up with fun, extreme ways to let people know who we are, why we are here and what we do," said Ladies Auxiliary President Christie Beeler.

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Love Story: 75 Years & Counting 

Louis Kirschbaum had his eye on his future wife long before she acknowledged his existence. “She was best friends with my sister, Helen,” he said. However, Louis held little interest for Margaret. “We lived on the same side of town, two blocks apart, but I…

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