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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015

Dems Want Cruz, Fear Bush 

Democrats are rooting for Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to win the Republican presidential nomination, and Jeb Bush is the 2016 candidate they fear the most, according to a survey conducted by The Hill. In interviews with more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers, former members and…

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AM Headlines -- 5.27.15

Matt Knoblich, a lineman with Fatbeam, works on moving fiber optic lines to a new utility pole near the intersection of Greensferry Road and Seltice Way as part of the Greensferry overpass project on Tuesday. First District Judge John Mitchell has ruled that the Post...

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Hoffman: I Don't Trust Luke Malek 27 

State Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, must have really gotten under Wayne Hoffman's skin. As you may recall, Luke had the audacity to take Wayne's Idaho Freedom Foundation in an SR op-ed article. Wayne fired back in another op-ed piece. And now Hoffman is saying he doesn't trust Luke as a result of a past slight, real or imagined ...

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Letter Targets Flatulence 

I really tried to resist this letter to the East Oregonian editor re: flatulence that was getting social media play. But I caved when Mike Kennedy posted it on Facebook, noting: "The real reason I left City Council when did: I knew these foul winds were blowing eastward from Pendleton, Oregon, and I couldn't hold them back any longer." Mea culpa.

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Labrador Joins Rand Paul Team 

Congressman Raul Labrador has climbed aboard the U.S.S. Rand Paul, to serve as the co-chairman for the western states. The Rand Paul for President folks haven't announced the remainder of the western states "dream team." Question: Is this a good move for Idaho's ambitious 1st District congressman.

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Hall: End To College As We Know It 13 

In his weekend column, Bill Hall of the Lewiston Tribune explores the possibilities the future of colleges. We all know the current approach to college is getting too expensive for many -- most -- families. In this electronics age, does it make sense that families spend beaucoup bucks sending their children off to a far away university?

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Letter: Oppose Book Banners 

In a letter to the editor, Jayson Dalseth of Coeur d'Alene urges the community to oppose an effort to remove John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" from the required reading list of Coeur d'Alene School District.

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Officials To Dedicate Tubbs Trail 

On Saturday at noon, members of the community and city officials will be at the east entrance to Tubbs Hill Park, 982 E. Lakeshore Drive, for a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the trail, and to honor the life of the man instrumental in its formation: Tom McTevia. Question: When did you last hike Tubbs Hill?

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Edit: East Sherman's Time To Shine 

The city of Coeur d'Alene is finally turning its attention to an upgrade of East Sherman Avenue, the east entrance to the Lake City and its most rundown area. A workshop is planned to get community input next week. Some have recommended formation of another urban renewal district to help fund a makeover. Would you support that idea?

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County PIO Not In Budget 

The Kootenai County commissioners don't plan to designate funding in next year's budget for a public information officer position. Commissioner Dan Green said Tuesday it's not in the budget right now, though he cautioned the budget isn't final. Question: Do you think Kootenai County needs a spokesman?

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 5.26.15 

Mrs. O cracked the whip all weekend, encouraging this old mule to move five yards of rock from the driveway to the vastly improved garden area in the back yard. At times, I felt like the guys on the chain gang at the beginning of...

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Parting Shot -- 5.26.15

The Air Force Thunderbirds practice in the skies above The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., today, in preparation for Thursday's Air Force Academy Graduation. (Mark Geis/The Gazette via AP)

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Post Falls High Available For $2015? 

A Post Falls High graduate placed an real estate ad on Craigslist that offered to sell the high school on Poleline Avenue for $2,015. According to KREM and the ad, which was later removed, the high school was available on June 2, the same day as commencement exercize. Ad text said that PFHS had made the last 4 years of student's life hell.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.26.15

Scanner Traffic this afternoon (20 items & counting + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes vehicle leaving Safeway gas station at Govt Way/Neider Ave, possibly on fire & public urinator who was caught at another local gas station.

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Idahoan To Auction Nobel Prize 

Leon Lederman, 92, who used the cash from his 1988 Nobel Prize in physics to buy a vacation retreat in Driggs, Idaho, is now auctioning his Nobel Prize medal as the locial thing to do. The online auction closes Thursday evening. Minimum bid is $325,000. Question: Would you auction such a prize?

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Crapo Pushing Craig's Budget Idea 

In the Lewiston Tribune, reporter William L. Spence reports that U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has picked up the mantle of former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig in pushing for a balanced budget amendment. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, Crapo believes that a vote on the balanced budget amendment is a realistic goal. Passage? Not so much.

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English Takes Adams To Task 

Dan English, a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council, has taken incumbent Steve Adams to task for voting on ideological principle to oppose the hiring of three more badly needed Coeur d'Alene police officers. English says Adams' stand isn't about fiscal conservatism. It's about "fiscal imprudence." Bingo.

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Fort Boise Dissects Mary's Op-Ed 

Fort Boise isn't buying what state Sen. Mary Souza is selling in her recent op-ed in the Coeur d'Alene Press -- that fear was motivating each side in the struggle to pass Child Support legislation. FB comments that the fear on the side of those opposed didn't have "a very tight connection with reality."

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.26.15 

Today's HucksOnline blogosphere roundup includes: Beautiful chaos/Faithful Geek; 20 years a Bayview resident/Bay Views; Seneaquoteen Cemetery/From A Simple Mind; Free meals program begins June 1/Coeur d'Alene Today; No ghosts in Boulder City/Slight Detour; Why you never purchase tiki torches/The Slice; and more ...

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Coffee Spill Break

When did you last spill coffee or a drink all over your work or home office desk -- and had to take considerable time to clean it up. Daniel Walters of The Inlander feels your pain.

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Adams Opposes Fed $$$ For New Cops 17 

Shortly after Dan English announces his candidacy for Steve Adams' council seat, Adams gives us a reminder why he's outstayed his welcome as a city elected official. In a subcommittee meeting, he voted in the 2-1 majority against 3/4s federal funding for 3 new officers because he didn't like the federal strings attached to the hirings. Sad but true

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Person Field Shut For Month 

Person Field, at 15th St & Garden Ave, will be shut for a month, beginning today, so city crews can install a new irrigation system. The city has worked to upgrade Person Field since purchasing it from the school district. Future upgrades, including new restrooms and additional parking, will occur as funding is available.

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You're Getting Old When AARP Calls 

In a column for the Lewiston Tribune, Chuck Malloy comments, in true Jeff Foxworthy style, that you know you're getting old when AARP calls. He got the call 15 years ago when he was 50. Then came 62 when he could collect Social Security if he so desired, and still work. And now he's facing the Medicare decision. When did you know you were old?

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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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