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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 10.14.15 

So I'm headed back from Hayden last night on fourth -- and I encountered at least 12 deer in 5 different groups, from one to four. The saddest pair involved a deer standing over the body of another one who'd been killed moments earlier along...

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Uncle Bob: I'm a gun fan, but ... 

In a comment today, Uncle Bob writes: "I'm a gun "fan" in much the same way as I'm a Rolling Stones "fan"; I enjoy both, to a point. My entire life and belief system doesn't revolve around either, thankfully. This outfit is comprised of gun fetishists/fanatics." Are you a small-letter "gun fan"?

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Carlson: Crapo loses political soul 

In his latest Carlson Chronicle, Chris Carlson criticizes U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo for naming "Republican Tea Party zealot" Danielle Ahrens as his Bonner County campaign chair. Ahrens has twice unsuccessfully challenged new JFAC Chairwoman Sen. Shawn Keough, who endorsed Crapo for re-election.

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Study: Idaho becoming more urban 

A study from the University of Idaho's McClure Center for Public Policy Research shows Idaho has become steadily more urban since the Great Recession, a trend that has some worried about the future of the state's rural communities. "You would expect urban Idaho to lead in growth, but it's quite dramatic," center director Priscilla Salant.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.14.15 

The daily roundup of HucksOnline blog roll links begins with Slight Detour's report re: a meeting between President Barack Obama and Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson, a University of Iowa professor who was born & raised in Sandpoint.

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Gun fans targeted Edinger in March 

Seems the Second Amendment Alliance activists targeted Councilman Ron Edinger and another councilman, Steve Frey of Emmett, in the spring. The alliance is angry that Edinger opposed an effort by Councilman Steve Adams to allow guns at Coeur d'Alene parades, a motion that failed on a 3-2 vote before it was overturned after legal advice.

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Edit: Talent trumps tax cuts

Another newspaper spotlights the wise words said by outgoing Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer to a group of legislators considering tax cuts. The Idaho Statesman applauds Sayer's words: “We do need lower taxes some day, and not today. The return for the state is not in lowering taxes. It’s investing in talent.”

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Leon Brown, left, and Loren (Dale) Brown joined the Navy in 1968 at 18. They ended up in the Marines, did boot camp together and both were trained has corpsman. At the time that job had 50 percent mortality rate, so they were told one of them wouldn’t be coming home. They beat the odds. Dale was wounded, however. The corpsman who came to his aid? His twin brother, Leon. They settled in the area; Dale in Spokane and Leon in Deer Park. (Colin Mulvany/SR photo)

Twins: Together in war & peace 

Leon and Loren “Dale” Brown have been watching out for each other since the day they were born. The fraternal twins arrived March 5, 1948, in Topeka, Kansas. Dale, the older by 20 minutes, said, “Mother swore we were identical until the day she died. They went to Vietnam together. They suffered PTSD together. Cindy tells incredible story below.

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NYTimes: Grownups take Dem stage 33 

In an editorial today, the New York Times said: "It was impossible not to feel a sense of relief watching the Democratic debate after months dominated by the Republican circus of haters, ranters and that very special group of king killers in Congress." Did anyone watch the Democratic debate Tuesday? Do you agree/disagree w/the Times?

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Update: Renfro trial set Sept 2016 

Jonathan Daniel Renfro, the man charged with first-degree murder in the May 5 shooting death of Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore, is scheduled to go to trial in about a year, according to SReporter Scott Maben. First District Judge Lansing Haynes set Renfro’s trial date for Sept. 6, 2016, estimating it will last about four weeks.

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Why guns needed at CdA parades 

Responding to that Second Amendment Alliance Facebook attack on veteran Coeur d'Alene Councilman Ron Edinger, Wedeln6969 explains (tongue firmly cheeked) why guns are needed at Coeur d'Alene parades: "because PARADES ARE PRETTY DANGEROUS and law abiding good mentally healthy people need their guns."

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Gun activists back Toby, bash Ron 34 

Second Amendment Alliance, the group led by Greg Pruett who staged a rally in Coeur d'Alene advocating permitless carry of firearms, is attacking veteran Coeur d'Alene Councilman Ron Edinger. The flier above is posted on the organization's Facebook wall. Does it make you more or less likely to vote for Edinger?

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Demo Club to host Post Falls debate

The Kootenai Democratic Club will moderate a debate for the Post Falls City Council Elections for Seats 3 and 5. The debate will begin at noon Friday at the Iron Horse on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d'Alene. The Democratic Club has been meeting at the...

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Army Ants 

On the North Idaho Life Facebook wall, photographer Keith Boe posts this photo of the south side of Tubbs Hill with the simple heading: "The Army ants of summer on Tubbs Hill." Keith nailed it, didn't he? Question: How many times have you hiked Tubbs...

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Poll: Leave Columbus Day alone 

A plurality of Hucks Nation proved to be traditional as it voted to leave Columbus Day alone. 93 of 226 respondents (41.15%) said the holiday that recognizes the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus should be left as is. Today's Poll (courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Press): How would you rate this country's gun laws?

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CdA trespass program works 

Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 reports on a Coeur d'Alene PD program targeting trespassers that has proven effective. The program allows officers to enter the property of consenting businesses, even when they are not there. One of the businesses happy with the program is the popular new Crafted restaurant on Sherman Avenue.

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Gas, registration fees shock drivers 11 

ITD officials are wrapping up $49.2 million in new transportation projects that were funded with the fee increases the Legislature passed this spring. And while the Idaho Transportation Department has a backlog of road and bridge projects that need to be built or maintained, the new gas and registration increases are catching some people off-guard.

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DFO: Schindelbeck could win 

Below, you can see my response to concerns by commenter Eric Hoteman that newcomer Toby Schindelbeck could defeat veteran incumbent Ron Edinger in their City Council race, if Coeur d'Alene residents are apathetic. I see a close race with Edinger winning, as was the case in 2007 when Dan Gookin gave Edinger a run for his money.

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NIC students run own restaurant 

In a report aired Tuesday night, Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 spotlights Emerys, a restaurant on the North Idaho College campus run by culinary students. The students are responsible for everything from cooking to waiting tables. Taylor's report below includes video. (Question: Have you ever eaten at Emerys?)

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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.