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MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 10.18.15

Two kids with rakes showed up at my door Sunday, wondering if they could rake make some money raking the leaves on my front lawn for me. I told them to come back in a week when they had all fallen. However, there presence guilted...

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Parting Shot -- 10.19.15

Elderly blind voter, Abdel Naby Abdel Baset Gomaa, 83, is assisted by election officials to mark his finger with ink to show he has voted in the first round of the Egyptian parliamentary elections, at a polling station in Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Monday.

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Kibbie Dome #10 venue in USA? 

From out of the blue comes a report from College Football Fan Index (as published in USA Today) that UI's Kibbie Dome is the No. 10 on the list of "Ten stadiums with the best atmosphere in college football." Can that be? The stadiums for LSU (Tiger Stadium), Ohio State (Ohio Stadium) and UCLA (Rose Bowl) rank 1-2-3 on the list?

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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office booking photo, of Joseph Michael Bekken.

Update: Bekken gets 107 days in jail 

Moments ago, Joseph Bekken, former financial director for North Idaho College, was sentenced to 107 days in the Kootenai County Jail, 3 years probation and given a $10,000 fine. Bekken admitted guilt in crimes that involved using his position with the college to solicit financial aid for sex. (Q: Do you agree with the sentence?)

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Bill Hall: We're all smart & dumb 

Writing for the Lewiston Tribune, Bill Hall nails it when he says that we're all smart and dumb. In some areas, we might be brilliant, while in other areas we're lost. I'm lost at mechanics and repairing things, for example. My brothers laugh at me. So do others. However, I do have a knack for collecting information and reporting it. And writing.

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Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Nick Knoll watches for speeders near Lakes Middle School in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (Kathy Plonka/photo)

CPD targets school zone speeding

For those keeping score at home ... the speed limit for school zones with children present is 20 mph. You should know that because Coeur d'Alene police are cracking down on speeders. You could end up with a ticket well north of $100 if you violate limits in speed zones.

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Avista wants more dough from Idaho 

Avista’s Idaho customers could begin paying more for electricity and natural gas on Jan. 1. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is expected to act on the settlement in December. If approved, a typical household would see its monthly electric bill increase by 0.9 percent, or 75 cents, for a total of $85.74.

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This is one of my favorite photographs of Coeur d'Alene. But no one seems to know who snapped it. Do you? I found it on the North Idaho Life Facebook wall.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.19.15 

The daily roundup of links from HucksOnline blog roll includes: Your weekly planner/On TapHomey, don't play dat/Fort Boise,What is pop culture?/Faithful Geek,Cannin' & jammin' is our game/Simple Mind, And the winners are .../Coeur d'Alene Today,Adrenalin can kill innocents/Barrett Rainey, RP Seahawk losses don't create good vibrations/Grip ...

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Extremists don't represent NIdaho 

In a recent online column, Randy Stapilus of the Ridenbaugh Press says that the extremists in control of the GOP machinery are a minority who don't reflect the mainstream conservative views of the area. But they're organized and they vote. Stapilus came to this conclusion during a tour of the panhandle with Chris Carlson.

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Pro-wolf protesters talk with Gov. Butch Otter's secretary after they chained a member's arm to the door of the governor's office on Monday. (Betsy Z. Russell/photo)

Activist chains self to guv's door 36 

A half-dozen pro-wolf activists from around the country demonstrated at the Idaho Statehouse today, and a woman from Virginia chained herself to the door of the governor’s office, demanding that Gov. Butch Otter respond to the group’s concerns. Otter, ironically, was in Virginia. (Q: Ah, do you think this approach will work with Otter?)

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Quotable Quote -- Cindy 

Remember when the Seahawks used to win games in the 4th quarter? -- Cindy. (DFO: I hate to bring it up to Seattle Seahawks fans, but it's even worse than they think. As inept as the San Franciso 49ers are this year ... they still have the same 2-4 record as the Seahawks. Ouch!) I suspect the Seahawks will recover soon. Do you?

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Tea Party banks on voter discontent 

Badly outspent and targeted by a withering Chamber of Commerce television ad, Woody White lost the Republican primary for an open House seat from North Carolina last year. Yet with anti-establishment Republicans riding high in the presidential race and Congress these days, the tea party-backed lawyer senses a better environment for a '16 rematch.

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In this Associated Press file photo, John Jackson, co-owner of Capitol City Arms Supply shows off an AR-15 assault rifle for sale at his business in Springfield, Ill. (AP file photo/Seth Perlman)

Poll: Most want more gun control 18 

Most Americans want stricter gun control laws in the wake of multiple mass shootings, according to a new poll from Gallup that found support for tighter firearm rules jumping by 6% since 2014. The latest Gallup survey released today said that 55% want more restrictive gun control guidelines, a total up from 49% the year before.

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Cenex clerk thwarts robbery try

Coeur d'Alene police are looking for a man in a red-hooded sweat shirt who tried to rob Cenex Zip Trip at 15th Street & Best Ave this morning. The male was thwarted when the store clerk refused to give him money and walked into a back room. The male matches the description of a robber who took $250 from Frontier Grocery in Post Falls.

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Medicaid ideology hurts Idaho 

Frankie Barnhill of Boise State Public Radio reports that states that expanded Medicaid saw many more people added to their state-run health insurance plan but only a slight increase in cost. However, state's like Idaho who refused to expand Medicaid not only hurt constituents but saw Medicaid costs increase by twice as much.

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Bob's 21 Club owner Bobby Wilhelm looks over a table top that was recently renovated with historical artifacts encased in resin as part of a makeover of the bar on Friday at the bar's Post Falls location. (Jake Parrish/Coeur d'Alene Press)

Restoring a bar's reputation 

Bobby Wilhelm admits his late father was right -- that he was mostly to blame for the bad reputation of Bob's 21 Club in Post Falls. Now, he and his sister's have remodeled the bar and are working to restore its reputation. Bob's 21 Club is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the area.

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Cops: Man dialed 911 during drug deal

Police in Idaho Falls, Idaho, say an Oregon man accidentally dialed 911 while making an alleged drug deal that was overheard by dispatchers. The Post-Register reports that (http://goo.gl/Zv0OsB) Lawan Sanders, of Portland, is accused of several drug-related charges stemming from the Sept. 27 incident.

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Poll: Lift Cuba trade restrictions

In the weekend poll, 80.5% of Hucks Nation agreed with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter that it's time to lift trade restrictions with Cuba. Today's Poll: Are you directly affected by the federal government decision not to increase Social Security payments next year?

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State suspends casino liquor license 10 

The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel is blaming “excessive” dance moves by hunky male performers for a 10-day liquor license suspension. No alcohol will be sold in any of the casino and resort venues from Nov. 1 through Nov. 10. (Question: Hmm. What are excessive dance moves?)

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AM Headlines -- 10.19.15 

AM Headlines for Monday includes a feature story about the growth of air ambulance service in the Inland Northwest + Spokane IFL team can't keep Shock name/SR, Post Falls police chief wants substation/Press, Robber steals $250 from Frontier Grocery/Press, Business Bits: Anthony's to open in June/Press ...

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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.