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THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 10.15.15 

And you and I thought the municipal elections were going to be boring. Pshaw. The dirty pool introduced by the Tea Party fringe in the local Coeur d'Alene city elections has made things interesting. Veteran Councilman Ron Edinger probably hasn't enjoyed this campaign as much...

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In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, photo provided by Amy Carey, of Vashon Island Pet Protectors, a setter mix named Tillie, left, watches over Phoebe, a basset hound who was trapped after falling into the cistern nearly a week earlier before being rescued by searchers on Vashon Island, Wash.  (Amy Carey photo)

Washington honors hero dog who stood by friend

A setter mix named, Tillie, has been named Washingtonian of the day after the governor learned of her heroic loyalty and care for a basset hound named Phoebe. Tillie remained by Phoebe's side for a week, occasionally trying to draw attention to her friend's plight, after Phoebe got into an old cistern and couldn't get out.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.15.15

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (24 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 13 more items) includes pickup driver asking Spirit Lake officer to dispatch injured dog she hit and guy wearing a fedora, lying in grass along freeway ...

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Ex-Marine calls out gun radicals 16 

FishinJay, an ex-Marine with a "ticked out M-4," is calling out those who push for no limit on gun ownership or the type of guns they own: "Considering the amount of destruction a single person could do with weapons like mine, I'm dismayed at the fact that I never have been asked to show a basic level of safety, competency or mental stability."

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Bergdahl reveals why he left base 11 

Daniel Walter/Inlander provides an in-depth look at Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive from Idaho who walked away from his base in Afghanistan intentionally. Idealistic Bergdahl was a fan of Ayn Rand and her most famous hero, John Galt. That idealism and weak interpersonal skills would betray Bergdahl.

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 (Caleb Walsh illustration / Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Reuter: Racist robocall defines election 

John T. Reuter, a former Sandpoint council member, columnizes re: that classless robo-call that tried to call into question the sexuality of a Sandpoint mayor candidate: " This week an ugly robocall in Sandpoint, my adopted hometown, effectively defined the candidates in the race for mayor — although perhaps not in the way the caller hoped."

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KCSO: Shakeout exercise worthwhile 

KCSO Lt. Stu Miller sez the Great Idaho Shakeout exercise was worthwhile. Some of today’s goals included promoting community signups to our emergency notification systems prior to emergencies, evaluating issues and limitations related to the systems and promoting disaster preparation, survival and recovery to the community.

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Cody Bray wields an ax while Jenny Twitchell plays piano to accompany his singing while rehearsing a scene from the musical "Living Through the Fire," on Monday at Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater in Coeur d'Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Teaching local history on stage

Jadd Davis, artistic director for the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, is bringing local history to the stage in a 45-minute production, "Living Through the Fire." The production provides a historical background in musical form of the Great Fire of 1910 when Ed Pulaski saved 40 men from dying on a burning mountainside in the Silver Valley.

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Idaho gets REAL ID extension 

Idaho has been granted another one-year extension on federal requirements to comply with the REAL ID Act, easing fears that Idahoans could soon be barred from using their state driver’s licenses to go through airport security or enter military bases or other federal installations.

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More human remains found

For the second time in recent weeks, the Boundary County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify human remains found in its jurisdiction. A skeleton was found by workers clearing brush as part of a restoration project off an island in the Kootenai River, east of Bonners Ferry.

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What would happen if ... 

... The state conducted a "Great Idaho Shake-up -- Drop, Cover & Hold-on" drill for 60 seconds, to test emergency alert systems -- and nobody noticed? Seems that may have happened today -- at 10:15 a.m. The county emergency system was suppose to alert residents…

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Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) shoots over Memphis during the first half of a college basketball game on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash.  Przemek Karnowski looks on. Sabonis, Karnowski and Kyle Wiltjer are three reasons why the Zags are ranked No. 11 in the nation in a coaches' preseason poll. (File photo/Spokesman-Review)

Zags No. 11 in preseason cage poll

If you're like I am, Gonzaga men's basketball is the perfect antidote for cold winter nights in the Inland Northwest. The winter becomes bearable when you know the Zags are playing at least twice a week on television. They're going to be good again this year. A preaseason coaches' poll ranks Gonzaga No. 11 in the USA.

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Cindy: I don't like surprises

In her Front Porch column this week, Cindy reports that she doesn't like surprises -- other than ones that involve flowers, candy or jewelry. However, she was pleased at the outcome of a surprise request from her publisher to attend a booksellers trade show in Portland. She came away rejuvenated.

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City, county mull parking idea 

CdA officials pitched a parking proposal to Kootenai County Wednesday that aims to solve two problems. The idea for the agencies to share parking along Northwest Boulevard near Memorial Field could eliminate traffic woes at the courthouse during business hours on weekdays and open more spots downtown during busy weekends & major events.

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2 in GMC try to grab Post Falls jogger 

From Post Falls PD Facebook (Swing Shift & Graveyard logs): "Suspicious in the area of 16th and Greensferry -- Reporting Party stated they were out jogging on 16th when a older Jimmy (GMC) pulled up and two males asked the (Reporting Party) if they needed...

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Spotlight: Steve Adams 

In Huckleberries Online today, I'm posting the first of five spotlights by SReporter Scott Maben re: candidates in the 2015 Coeur d'Alene City Council elections. Today's spotlight is on incumbent Steve Adams, who is running against Dan English and Bruce MacNeil. The spotlights are capsules that provide pertinent info re: a candidate.

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Edinger to gun group: I own 3 guns 54 

On Wednesday, HucksOnline brought you news that the Second Amendment Alliance had claimed in a Facebook post that Councilman Ron Edinger was anti-gun. Today, Edinger responds that he owns 3 guns, his family owns guns, and that the southern Idaho organization is clueless re: why he voted for a city law that bans guns at parades.

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In this April 5, 2007, file photo, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner poses with a copy of Playboy magazine featuring Anna Nicole Smith as Playmate of the Year, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. The magazine that helped usher in the sexual revolution in the 1950s and '60s by bringing nudity into America's living rooms announced this week that it will no longer run photos of completely naked women. Starting in March, 2016, Playboy's print edition will still feature women in provocative poses, but they will no longer be fully nude. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Clark: Playboy without nudes?! Inconceivable 

SR columnist Doug Clark: "Every now and then there’ll be a moment in the culture that will stop you in your tracks. Johnny Carson’s last “Tonight Show,” for example. The death of Michael Jackson. And another bombshell rocked the Kasbah on Monday with the following news: Playboy magazine will no longer publish nude photos. What?"

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Cyclist hits jogger, screams at her 27 

A clueless bicyclist crashed into a jogger at full speed on the Centennial Trail, breaking her arm. And then he screamed at her before riding off, leaving her to suffer. Now, Coeur d'Alene police are looking for the hit-and-run rider who thought he'd done his road duty by yelling, "On your left."

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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.