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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 10.7.15 

I'm knocking off early today to attend the televised Coeur d'Alene City Council debates at the Coeur d'Alene Library community room. The debates are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. They'll feature incumbent Ron Edinger and Toby Schindelbeck in the Seat #1 debate and incumbent Steve Adams, Dan English & Bruce MacNeil for Seat #5.

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Parting Shot -- 10.7.15 

Members of CodePink protest the deadly U.S. attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan, as U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testifies.

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'In God We Trust' on patrol cars? 38 

Benewah County Sheriff Dave Resser wants to add the words "In God We Trust" on his department's patrol cars. Dozens of law enforcement agencies across the South and Midwest have added those decals to their patrol cars in rcent months. Resser said: "I feel, personally speaking, we have taken political correctness too far." Thoughts?

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Democrats to host council debates

The Kootenai Democratic Club will host a debate for the Coeur d Alene City Council elections for Seats 1 (incumbent Ron Edinger and challenger Toby Schindelbeck) and 5 (incumbent Steve Adams and challengers Dan English and Bruce MacNeil). The debate will begin at noon Friday at the Iron Horse.

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Artist's rendering of location leased from the city of Coeur d'Alene for Coeur d'Alene Carousel location, from carousel foundation Facebook page.

Carousel lease gets council OK 

Last night, the Coeur d'Alene City Council gave unanimous approval to a lease agreement to locate the old Coeur d'Alene Carousel near Memorial Field in the re-make of the Four Corners. On its Facebook page, the Carousel Foundation announced this morning that fund-raising will begin in earnest to match $500,000 offer by Charles 'Bud' Ford.

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Lutherhaven lands $151K grant 

Lutherhaven Ministries of Coeur d'Alene was awarded a $151,000 grant by the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust to complete the camp's Pinecrest Lodge Retreat Center remodel. Lutherhaven’s $650,000 Retreat Center remodel flips the camp’s original building into a year-round adult and family-friendly facility with seventeen flexible motel-like retreat rooms.

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On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, photographer Linda Lantzy labels this viewtiful picture, "Reflections on the Clearwater (River). (Linda Lantzy)

HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.7.15

Daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: The eyes have it/Slight Detour, Another big hit at Avista/On Tap, No experience needed/Fort Boise, Republican woe/Dogwalk Musings, Where are the peanuts?/Simple Mind, NFL doesn't understand that words matter/Grip, NIC film club to screen 2 October films/CdA Today ...

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Northern Lights coming to sky near you 

Sisyphus reports: " Many lament that they have never seen the northern lights. Right now we're in the midst of a major solar storm which should continue into the night. You in north Idaho should get a spectacular show weather permitting." See more detail in link below.

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It only hurts if you look 

Hanh To, a first-year pharmacy student at WSU, prepares herself for a flu shot from 2nd year pharmacy student MaryAnne Gellings today at the school's South Campus Facility, in Spokane. (Question: Are you planning to get a flu shot this year?)

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Sheriff warns of 2 new scams

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger warns residents of two new scams -- one involves a bogus message purportedly from the jail and the second of preys on family members of recently deceased military veterans.

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Sandpoint Robo-calls under scrutiny 

A racist robocall is hijacking the discussion surrounding Sandpoint’s mayoral race, but no one has publicly claimed responsibility for the ad -- and that might be at odds with the state's campaign finance laws, according to Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports.

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Advisories lifted for 2 local lakes

Health advisories for Hayden Lake and Avondale Lake have been lifted by Panhandle Health District and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The advisories were issued in late June/early July due to high concentrations of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

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The community room of the Coeur d'Alene Library is ready for candidate forums for 2 City Council seats tonight. The debates will be carried live on CdA TV, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Council candidate forum today 12 

The City of Coeur d’Alene’s CDA TV Committee is sponsoring a Candidate Forum Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., in the Library Community Room. This forum is for City of Coeur d’Alene council seat candidates. Candidates for contested Seats 1 and 5 will be participating. Because Seat 3 is uncontested, that candidate, Dan Gookin, will not participate.

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Poll: Change CSD dress code

A whopping 91% of Hucks Nation agrees with a proposed change that would allow high school girls to wear strapless or spaghetti strap gowns to Homecoming dances and formal/semi-formal dances. Today's Poll: Do you support construction of an 1,100-foot road onto Tubbs Hill for firefighting purposes?

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Coeur d'Alene firefighters battle a small blaze on Tubbs Hill Tuesday afternoon. The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department is back on the scene this morning to check out smoke coming from the burn site. (Coeur d'Alene Fire Department / Courtesy Photo)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 10.7.15 

Another day, another grass fire on Tubbs Hill. Coeur d'Alene Fire Department just got the call to check out smoke coming from the iconic hill in downtown Coeur d'Alene. That's the top story on AM Scanner Traffic this AM (14 items & counting) ...

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Council votes to pay more legal fees 

Stop me if you've heard this one before: "It took less than 5 minutes today for the state’s Constitutional Defense Council (the governor, the Attorney General, the speaker of the House and the president pro-tem of the Senate) to vote to pay the state’s latest bill for attorney fees for the other side in a court case the state lost.

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Shelby Rognstad is shown in photo posted on his "Shelby Rognstad for mayor of Sandpoint" Facebook page.

Robo-call ad attacks mayor candidate 10 

A "childish" robo-call ad attacking Sandpoint mayor candidate Shelby Rognstad is creating a stir. In the ad (audio provided below) a male voice claims Rognstad is running for mayor because he needs a paycheck & that Sandpoint needs a real leader, "not a feminized male SHELBY (yelled in a high falsetto voice)." See how low you can go below.

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In memory of solitary veteran 

In her Main Street column today in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Kerri Thoreson pays homage to Robert Parkinson, 46, the homeless veteran who died in a camp site fire between Potlatch Hill and Fernan Hill on the east side of Coeur d'Alene last week.

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A Coeur d'Alene firefighter deals with a hot spot after the blaze on Tubbs Hill was knocked down Tuesday PM. The fire department returned to Tubbs Hill this AM when smoke began appearing again. Also, the fire department, in conjunction with community groups, has decided to build an 1,100-foot access road to enable it to better fight fires on the hill, which are getting more frequent. (Coeur d'Alene Fire Department / Courtesy Photo)

AM Headlines -- 10.7.15

AM Headlines for Wednesday includes: City Council forum today/Press, Firefighters control Tubbs Hill blaze/Press, City to build Tubbs Hill access road/CdA Today, Avista to install pipeline under Spokane River/Press, 'Instant racing' machines shut down in Wyoming/EOBoise, Hunters, anglers must stop at Idaho check stations/Outdoors ...

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Quotable Quote -- Ron Burgundy

"His mistake was moving here and running for office without knowing the difference between urban renewal and urban meyer" -- Ron Burgundy re: City Council candidate Toby Schindelbeck, who is an opponent of local urban renewal efforts.

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Gun tragedies bring lame excuses 86 

In an editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News today, Devin Rokyta comments that he's tired of writing the same editorial after another senseless mass murder in a school/movie house/church/military base, etc. Nothing seems to be getting done to address this epidemic. Rokyta disagrees with the NRA notion that more guns mean more safety.

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Raul ain't callin', Mike ain't pickin' up 

In his Lewiston Tribune editorial this AM, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase spotlights the animosity between Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador. The two haven't talked to each other in six months. Marty's conclusion? What's one more spat among the warring U.S. House of Representatives, even among those from same state.

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CdA to build Tubbs Hill access road 12 

In Coeur d'Alene Today, Amy Ferguson reports that the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department has developed a plan to build an 1,100-foot access road onto Tubbs Hill, to provide the department with a better ability to fight the increasing number of fires on the lakeshore treasure. (Question: Anyone out there opposed to this idea?)

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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.