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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

IReporter Defends Adams, Slams DFO 85 

Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter picked up that story about Coeur d'Alene Councilman Steve Adams voting against federal dollars to fund three more police officers for the city of Coeur d'Alene. And added: "Adams’ vote drew the ire of leftist blogger Dave Oliveria, who bashed the councilor in a Spokesman Review blog post Tuesday." That hurts my feelings.

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Guv Now In Court Of Public Opinion 

In the Lewiston Tribune, Marty Trillhaase writes: "U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson did not indict Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's administration in the private prison scandal over which he presided. That did not, however, stop Olson from issuing a condemnation in the court of public opinion." Question: Do you think this scandal will tarnish Otter's legacy?

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5 GOP Hopefuls Lumped At Top 

Five Republican presidential hopefuls are lumped atop the pack in a crowded 2016 Republican presidential race that remains relatively wide open, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio & Scott Walker. Question: Who is your choice?

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NIC To Increase Tuition Again 

For the third consecutive year, North Idaho College trustees decided to balance the college's budget by increasing tuition rather than levying additional property taxes. The $44.2 million general fund budget approved for fiscal year 2016 includes a $561,000 increase over the previous year's budget, and...

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Poll: English Will Defeat Adams

A supermajority of Hucks Nation says Kootenai County clerk Dan English, who announced his candidacy for the Coeur d'Alene City Council, would win a one-on-one race with incumbent Steve Adams (if Adams runs for re-election). Today's Poll: If you had to pick today, who would get your vote for the GOPresidential nomination?

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Canfield Speller Acquits Himself Well

Kendall Foster, 13, a Canfield Middle School student, correctly spelled all three words presented to him at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. But he was eliminated from becoming one of the 49 finalists as a result of a multiple-choice "bubble" vocabulary test. Still, the 7th-grader called his participation in the bee "awesome."

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Drive-In Theater Coming Soon? 

Signs advertising "Drive-In Theater" and "Coming Soon" have turned drivers' heads and gotten people talking on the quiet prairie, writes David Coles/CdA Press. The two bright-colored signs were staked in an open lot on Prairie Avenue a few days ago. Question: When did you last attend a drive-in movie?

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Smylie: I Like Wayne Hoffman, But ... 13 

In the last week or so, state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, attacked Wayne Hoffman and his Idaho Freedom Foundation in an op-ed column. Then, Hoffman attacked back, saying he likes Malek but doesn't trust him. Twice. Now, former Idaho legislator Steve Smylie weighs in on the commotion, saying he likes Hoffman but doesn't trust him.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 5.27.15 20 

First you should know that a giant, beautiful moth flew onto our patio Tuesday evening and died. I let it lie where it had fallen while I did some yard work. Mrs. O warned me to remove the moth because she was afraid Huckleberry the...

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Parting Shot -- 5.27.15 

Josh Vander Plaats of Opera Coeur d'Alene / Opera-tunities kept the attention of the students from Prairie View Elementary during The Wonderful Wizard of Opera performance at the school in Post Falls today. Opra-tunities, an arts education program was created to instill the appreciation of…

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And Now A Message From Raul 19 

Check out the link below to find what Congressman Raul Labrador tweeted after he was officially named a co-chairman for the western states for Ron Paul's bid for the presidency. Are you a Ron Paul supporter?

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Cutline Contest -- 5.27.15 

I had several decent choices of Cutline Contest photos from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, including one of a father consoling his son who had just misspelled a word. But I thought this one was the most unusual one. Good luck coming up with a cutline. Tuesday's Winner -- SLFisher.

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Wanted: Brandon Michael Ross

Crimestoppers has issued a reward for Brandon Franklin Ross, 27, who is wanted on a Washington felony warrant for larceny but has been living in the Kootenai County/Spokane Valley area. You can see a photo of him and find more information at link below.

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Santorum Is Running Again 

The crowded GOP field for the presidential nomination got more crowded today when Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, tossed his hat in the ring again. Santorum, as you may recall, visited Coeur d'Alene during his surprisingly strong 2012 bid for the presidency. Mebbe he'll come back? Do you care if he does?

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Fort Boise: I Don't Trust Wayne 

Earlier today, I posted Wayne Hoffman's follow-up to his op-ed criticism of state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Idaho, the only House Republican from North Idaho not blinded by ideology. Malek has had the audacity to take on Hoffman and his secretive Idaho Freedom Foundation. Now, Fort Boise comes to Malek's defense.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.27.15 

In the HucksOnline Blogos roundup today ... Walkabout spotted this curious garter snake sunning itself on the rocks at Tubbs Hill this week. I'm running a Photo Set, so you can see the snake in context in his Tubbs Hill setting. Enjoy.

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Ailment Forces PFPDog To Retire 

On its Facebook page, the Post Falls Police Department reports that a neurological disorder will force canine patrol Koda to retire soon. Koda's local vet and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine say Koda's health problems aren't curable. The PFPD will have a K9 fund raiser this August to help pay for Koda's replacement.

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Spokane Teachers Join Walkout 10 

Spokane and East Valley teachers began their one-day walkout Wednesday morning to protest the Washington Legislature’s failure to meet a state Supreme Court demand to increase school funding. Question: How loudly would Spokane County teachers protest is they worked for the wages & bennies provided to Idaho teachers?

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Memorial Day Remembrance: No Flag For Tony Again 

Last Veterans Day, I told you about a strange phenomenon re: the Forest Cemeter grave of Navy veteran Tony Wagner -- how it routinely was missed during flag distribution for special remembrances. JBelle drove from Spokane to put 3 flags on Tony's grave after the HBO story. Now, Dave Wagner provides an update re: this year's remembrance.

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Edit: Give Head Start To Idaho Kids 

Writing for the Editorial Board of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Anthony Kuipers notes that Idaho is one of only 10 states that doesn't offer a public preschool system. Kuipers goes on to tout the benefits on such early education, which includes improvement in student's non-cognitive skills such as persistence, self-control and emotion regulation.

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Ybarra: Ed System Isn't Broken 

Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra, could do with a little positivity from her constituents, she told the Daily News on Tuesday. "It's not just Idaho," she said. "Nationally there is a lot of education bashing going on."Ybarra said she has heard a good…

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DE, Glutton For Punishment 

Does The Bard of Sherman Avenue have a few thoughts -- and lines of rhyme -- to welcome Dan English back to Coeur d'Alene's political waters? Of course. (Photo: Dan English, as county clerk in 2010, tossing a coin to decide a precinct committee winner between two men who'd tied with 123 votes apiece)

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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.





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