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MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 10.12.15 

Today is the day that the 30-day pre-election financial disclosure statements are due for city council elections throughout Kootenai County. A quick look at the city election web site shows that all but one candidate has filed their financial paperwork -- Ron Edinger. Even Dan...

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Parting Shot -- 10.12.15 

Danielle Hall of Roseburg, Ore., displays her recently minted tattoo in memory of the Umpqua Community College shooting as she joins hundreds of others at Tapestry Tattoo in Roseburg, Ore. Monday was the first day back to campus at Umpqua Community College for students since the deadliest shooting in state history on Oct. 1.

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Update: English leads fund-raising 

Dan English, former county clerk, has raised the most money for Coeur d'Alene City Council candidates, according to the 30-day financial disclosure statements. Meanwhile, Idaho Freedom Foundation's Brent Regan has donated $500 apiece to Toby Schindelbeck and incumbent Steve Adams. This post has been updated to include Ron Edinger's numbers.

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State Rep. Luke Malek, and his wife, Tara, during a hike in summer 2014. Tara has taken a new job as special assistant U.S. attorney for Canyon County.

Malek's wife, Tara, takes Canyon County job 

On his Facebook wall, state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, announced that his wife, Tara, has taken a new job as a special assistant U.S. attorney for Canyon County (Nampa-Caldwell). However Luke tells Huckleberries that he plans to seek re-election from Coeur d'Alene next spring.

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Costello: Obama exploits tragedy 25 

In the Lewiston Tribune, conservative columnist Michael Costello says that President Obama is trying to exploit the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Says Costello: "Barack Obama is never one to let a tragedy go to waste. And how he chooses to exploit a convenient tragedy depends upon what best serves his cause of the day."

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.12.15

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online's blog roll includes: State of confusion/Slice, Your weekly planner/On Tap, SUNday moments/Slight Detour, Even newer media/Randy Stapilus, Indigenous Peoples Day/Fort Boise, Our hearts are broken/Simple Mind, It has all gone up in flames/A Grip on Sports + more ...

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Kootenai Coffee gets name change

In this week's business bits, Nils Rosdahl/Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai Coffee on Government Way, opposite the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is now Longboard Coffee. I haven't been to the coffee shop much since it changed hands. Have you?

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Indigenous Peoples Day? 16 

Lovella Black Bear, left, holds a sign calling for the abolishment of Columbus Day during a demonstration for Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, in Seattle. As the U.S. observes Columbus Day, it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine U.S. cities. (Question: Should Columbus Day be dropped for Indigenous Peoples Day?)

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Gas below $2 by New Year's? 16 

Gas prices in Idaho are now 89 cents a gallon lower than they were a year ago, the AAA reports today, but Idahoans still are paying the eighth highest gas prices in the country. The Idaho average is now $2.52 a gallon, 30 cents from just a month ago. (Question: How much did you last pay for gas? Moi? $2.39 last night at Cenex.)

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Idaho schools ignore LGBT policies 

Kimberlee Kruesi reports: "The majority of public schools in Idaho have not adopted new policies on gender identity and gender expression protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Only a handful of public school boards have rejected the proposed guidelines ... but many more have not even broached the issue."

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Farm Gal: In praise of Columbus 14 

In the comments section, Farm Gal is amused by the "Monday morning quarterbacks" who dis the accomplishments of Columbus: "Without Columbus taking his journey west towards the end of the [Click and drag to move] world, who knows if any of you sentimentalists would be here today to demand justice for what happened when a strange new land was found."

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Look, up in the sky 15 

Photo: Window washers use cables to lower themselves from a skyscraper while working on a polluted day in Beijing. Which doesn't look all that safe. Question: Describe the most dangerous job that you've done.

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AM Headlines -- 10.12.15

In today's AM Headlines, supporters of the Coeur d'Alene Carousel are busy fund-raising to match a $500,000 donation, now that the future site for the carounsel has been leased + Hunter killed in accident near Colfax/KHQCampus shootings: It could happen here/Press,Nephew jailed in Boundary County death/Press + more ...

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When a holiday isn't 

Taryn Thompson tells of what happens when you think Columbus Day -- today -- is a holiday for all -- when it isn't. Columbus Day is the most confusing holiday of all. Some in government have it off, while others don't (city of Coeur d'Alene, for example). Almost all private entrprise works. Isn't it time to do away with this confusing "holiday"?

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Simpson, Labrador not speaking 

In her Sunday column, Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise looks at the rift between 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador and 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson. The two haven't spoken to each other in six months. (Question: How does the bad relationship between Idaho Congressmen Simpson and Labrador hurt Idaho? Or does it?)

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Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Toby Schindelbeck and a pup in his nutrition store in Coeur d'Alene. (From: Toby Schindelbeck for City Council 2015)

Schindelbeck requests Hucks to play fair 76 

In an email to Huckleberries over the weekend, Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Toby Schindelbeck asks for fair play by this blog and its readers. And in the interest of fairness and full disclosure, I am posting Toby's email (which he suggested that I do) and a link to video of his debate with veteran Councilman Ron Edinger last week.

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Edit: Retiring Sayer speaks his mind 

Nearly four years ago, newly hired Idaho Commerce Director Jeff Sayer sang a trickle-down economics tune for a legislators contemplating cutting taxes. Now, as he plans to leave his appointed office, Sayer is urging legislative tax experts to invest in training future leaders and not cut taxes. Lewiston Tribune editorial backs new approach.

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In a photo taken by a Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center staff member, Pam Bird and Tookie Hensley in the front seats, and Don Hensley in the back seat smile shortly before taking off Thursday morning. The trio was killed when the plane crashed a short time later. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Crash claims aviator Bird, friends 

Dr. Pamela Riddle Bird and two of her close friends were killed in a plane crash in the Cabinet Mountains near Hope on Thursday. Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler confirmed on Friday that the trio departed the Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center at Glengary Bay in a Cessna 182 at 8:16 a.m.

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Press: Spit out partisan poison 

In its Sunday editorial, the Coeur d'Alene Press correctly said: "There’s really no difference between partisan politics and dirty politics in local elections. That’s because in local elections, political affiliations aren’t supposed to matter." (Question: Which candidates are guilty of infusing partisanship in a city council race?)

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Chairwoman ready to bare shoulders 

Sunday's Huckleberries prints leads off with the flap involving the dance code for the Coeur d'Alene Homecoming dance. Remember? School Board Chairwoman Christa Hazel stepped forward with photos that showed her modestly dressed, with bare shoulders, back in the early 1990s. More below.

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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.