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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

Poll: It's Fair To Compare 

Is it fair to compare the damage cause to Idaho's reputation by a few thoughtless legislators to that caused years ago by the Aryan Nations. Hucks Nation sez ... yes. Today's Poll: Should Coeur d'Alene School Board ban R-rated movies from use in the classroom, including those edited for TV?

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Local GOP Supports Deadbeats, Too 18 

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has sent a letter to Gov. Butch Otter, along with a copy of a resolution passed last week, supporting the controversial decision by the House Judiciary & Rules Committee to kill the Child Support Enforcement legislation. Otter has called a special session May 18 to overturn that decision.

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Denney Denies Tribe Request 

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says he won’t comply with a legal demand letter from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe asking him to certify SB 1011, the instant racing repeal bill, as law. “I don’t think personally that we have any authority to do that,”…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 27 

... That the Coeur d'Alene School Board will deal with two, hot-potato issues tonight: a recommendation be a review committee that John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice & Men" be removed from required reading by all ninth-graders, due to profanity, and that all R-rated movies be banned from use in district schools, including those editted for TV.

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Make Zealots Pay For Special Session 17 

In a Lewiston Tribune editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments that the zealots responsible for the Child Support Enforcement mess should be made to pay for the special session to fix it -- 9 House Judiciary & Rules Committee members, IFF exec Wayne Hoffman, Congressman Raul Labrador, etc.

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Hill Saw Controversial Veto 

Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said he saw the controversial SB 1011 veto on April 3, but did not take possession of the bill. Sen. Hill, R-Rexburg, said the governor had called to inform him that he intended to veto the bill on…

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CdA Attorney Scott Reed, 87, RIP 

Scott Reed, a Coeur d’Alene attorney well known for championing environmental causes, died Saturday night. He was 87. This post includes stories of Scott's passing from both SR and Coeur d'Alene Press, as well as a tribute to him penned by Tony Stewart of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations.

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How Idaho Picked Its Last Fed Judge 

With all the questions being raised about the secret selection process Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are using to vet candidates for the state’s next U.S. District judge, it’s worth looking at how Idaho did it the last time around. Idaho got a…

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Frank Was Calm Amid Xmas Storm

My fondest memory of the late Frank Henderson happened during the Christmas holidays 1986, when he and his wife invited us to a Christmas get-together at their house. All was calm, all was bright, until my 11-month-old daughter, Amy, crawled over to the Hendersons' Christmas tree unnoticed. Enjoy this week's print Huckleberries ...

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

Weekend Wild Card -- 5.2-3.15 

Remember, Cindy will be at Hastings, 101 Best Ave/CdA, from 1-4 today (Saturday), autographing copies of her book, "War Bonds: Love Stories of the Greatest Generation." Even If you have a book already, I suspect that she'll enjoy hobnobbing with a fan from Huckleberries Online.…

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Parting Shot -- 5.1.15 

Fans watch a race before the 141th running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs today in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby, dubbed "fastest two minutes in sports," is scheduled for Satuday afternoon. Question: Do you have a favorite horse in the race?

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TGIF Wild Card -- 5.1.15 

Cindy tells Huckleberries that she'll be at Hastings, 101 Best Ave/CdA, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, autographing copies of her book, "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation." And that this will be the last North Idaho book signing for her for the near future.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.1.15

Here's the PM Scanner Traffic for Friday (22 items so far, plus AM Scanner Traffic link) includes school bus on fire in Rathdrum area and commercial building fire that has closed Hayden Avenue on Rathdrum Prairie ...

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Ex-Gov Batt, 88, To Wed Again 

Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt is engaged to be married to Francee Reilly, of Boise, later this summer. Batt declined to provide The Associated Press information on when or where the wedding will take place, but added those details will be released eventually. Batt also…

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CdA Lawyer Named To Bench 

Gov. Butch Otter has named Coeur d’Alene attorney Cynthia K.C. Meyer a state 1st District judge, to replace Judge Benjamin Simpson, who is retiring after 15 years on the bench. “I believe Cynthia has the right mix of temperament, decisiveness and personal integrity for the…

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.1.15

The daily Huckleberries Online blogroll roundup includes: Viewtiful photo of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes+Simple Mind tells why she enjoys going into the woods+Slice speaks for those who don't "do Bloomsday"+Dogwalk Musings opines re: appeasing rabble rousers+more ...

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Could Warm Winters Be New Norm? 

In a report just filed, SReporter Becky Kramer reports that climate scientists are eager to study the unusual winter of the Inland Northwest. Some are saying that milder winters could be the Northwest's new normal by 2050. Would you mind slightly milder winters here?

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RonB: Idaho 9 Earns Comparison 

In a comment, Ron Burgundy says apologists for the Idaho Nine -- the 9 House Republicans who created the Child Support Enforcement mess -- are messing the point. They take policy cues from the John Birch Society wing & have a mega phone to inflict more damage on Idaho than marginalized Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler could.

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'Hey Joe' 

Guitar enthusiasts raise their instruments after playing the Jimi Hendrix version of the song "Hey Joe" in an attempt to break the Guinness Guitar Record in Wroclaw, Poland, today. 5003 guitarists took part in the annual event, but not enough to break the number of musicians playing the tune. Question: Do you know how to play a guitar?

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DOTC: Habitat, Here I Come 

Dan of the CASA is gearing up for his next challenge -- directing Habitat for Humanity. As I've mentioned before, Jim Brannon used Habitat for Humanity as a stepping stone to a race for City Council and then appointment to the county clerk's post. Dan has been the county clerk and now he's directing Habitat. Is there significance here?

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Fluoride Change Doesn't Affect County  39 

For the first time in more than 50 years the federal government is reducing the fluoride level in public water -- but it won't matter in Kootenai County. While 75 percent of the public water systems in the United States add fluoride to their drinking water, the systems serving Kootenai County residents do not.

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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.

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