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THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 11.22.15 

So now we have our first look at the proposed new tower for The Coeur d'Alene resort -- 12 stories high, 40 feet wide, towering over the west end of the resort shopping mall. The map delivered by John Barlow to the city planning commission...

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Dems oppose fed judge nomination 24 

Dean Ferguson of the Idaho Democratic Party issued the following press release re: "news that Erika Malmen has been nominated to the federal bench. The IDP regards this as a nomination tainted by her husband's role as Idaho Power lobbyist and GOP operative--noting that Malmen wasn't even short-listed for a state judgeship in a merit process."

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Voting records of council candidates 20 

Below, you'll find a record of the elections in which each of the 5 candidates for 2 Coeur d'Alene City Council seats voted dating back to spring 2013. In pursuing those (see link), you'll find a cross-over vote. A decision by an unaffiliated voter not to cast a ballot in a partisan primary. And several missed votes by one candidate.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.23.15

PM Scanner Traffic for Thursday (16 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 16 more items) includes complaints from motorists who can see due to smoke from burning fields crossing a Post Falls road ...

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Poll: 58% support NRA 

According to a Gallup survey released Thursday, 58 percent of Americans view the National Rifle Association favorably, despite a mass shooting in Oregon this month that prompted criticism of the gun lobby and strong words from the president.

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All-day kindergarten plan in works 

The State Board of Education is pushing a $9.8 million all-day kindergarten plan. The idea is to identify students who are struggling with reading — and make all-day school available to them. Before this happens, the 2016 Legislature would have to buy off on the…

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Ghosts roam Spirit Lake tavern

The White Horse Saloon in Spirit Lake was built in 1907, and is known to be haunted by a woman named "Big Girl," or "Mama Jo." It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is the tallest building in Spirit Lake. Coeur d'Alene Press photographer Jake Parrish received quite a scare during a visit to the Spirit Lake saloon recently.

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'Shark Tank' to feature drone makers 

When JD Claridge got a phone call from a producer at ABC’s reality TV show “Shark Tank,” he briefly thought it was a prank. Claridge and his friend and business partner Charles Manning founded the drone company XPlusOne in Sandpoint, and when the phone rang back in April they’d just raised $143,000 on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.

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At McEuen Park 

There are 2 new features in McEuen Park this week. My walking partner today, Tom Greene of North Idaho College, encountered Recreation Director Steve Anthony and former mayor Sandi Bloem during the lunch hour. They directed us to new plaques showing McEuen's history and a new bench for users of the dog park.

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OOST: Scott unravels years of progress 

In a comment this morning, Out of Stater Tater says state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, should learn more about this region's long battle with racism before supporting the confederate flag and spouting off about the Civil War causes: "Every time she pulls this stunt, she undoes years of hard work."

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AM Headlines -- 10.22.15

AM Headlines for Thursday includes: Dalton Gardens firebug still on loose/Press, Rathdrum burglary, fraud suspect ID'd/Press, Micron donates $25M to Boise State/Eye on Boise, Cape Horn Fire investigation to wrap up soon/Press, Post Falls land swap could trigger sports complex/Press + more ...

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Poll: Hillary over The Donald

In the poll Wednesday, Hucks Nation wasn't enthused re: a possible presidential race matchup next year between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Another solid minority said it would rather "put a fork in my eye" than vote for either candidate. Today's Poll: Do you plan to get a flu shot this year?

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Schindelbeck follows through 28 

Challenger Toby Schindelbeck followed through on his promise to remove reference to incumbent Ron Edinger's political pedigree from his campaign fliers. I received this in the mail Wednesday. In the original flier, Schindelbeck referred to Republican Edinger erroneously as a "registered Democrat."

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Mike Beggs can add these two silver medals to his collection after he won the pair at the World Amateur Arm Wrestling championships, Oct.18, 2015, in Buena Park, California. He now has a total of 177 medals and trophies. (Dan Pelle/SR photo)

Grandpa arm wrestler brings home 2 silvers 

Arm wrestler Mike Beggs feels "hollow" after returning home with 2 silvers from the 38th annual Amateur World Arm Wrestling Championships in southern California. The 57YO grandpa wanted to finish his career with gold. He won a second place with each arm. (Question: Are you strong enough to do well at arm wrestling?)

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Time for flu shots 17 

Flu season is underway in the Inland Northwest, with two cases confirmed this month in Spokane County. If you haven’t rolled up your sleeve for a flu shot, now is the time to get immunized for the best protection, health officials say. (Question: Do you get flu shots annually?)

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PParenthood to build Spokane facility 

The Spokesman-Review reports: "Women’s health organization Planned Parenthood on Wednesday announced plans to construct a $5 million facility in Spokane. The nonprofit has started a $2 million capital campaign and already has raised $1.2 million toward the project." Thoughts?

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A preliminary plan for the new Coeur d'Alene Resort tower was delivered to the city's planning department Wednesday. (Courtesy Coeur d'Alene Press)

City gets glimpse of new resort tower 22 

Hagadone Hospitality provided a glimpse of what the proposed new tower of the Coeur d'Alene Resort will look like when it delivered plans to the city's building department Wednesday. A meeting with the Design Review Committee is cheduled Nov. 19. The tower will be 12 stories tall and 40 feet wide.

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Time for Idaho to fix public defense 

In an editorial this week, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune said: "Friday, a panel of Idaho legislators seemed to have finally grasped the concept that the right to a fair trial -- guaranteed by the Sixth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- is a state obligation. (Q: Do we spend too much on public defense?)

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Ignite holds line of director's pay 

Commissioners for Coeur d’Alene’s urban renewal agency voted to maintain Executive Director Tony Berns’ compensation package at current levels for another year. Berns’ salary will be $135,346 for fiscal year 2016, according to Board Chairman Denny Davis. (Question: Do you agree with this decision?)

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