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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2015

English calls out Adams' partisanship 17 

In a statement submitted to Huckleberries Online, challenger Dan English calls out incumbent Steve Adams for trying to bring partisanship into their City Council race. Adams said last night that he wasn't doing so. But his campaign literature points out that he's a former GOP precinct committeeman and GOP District 4 chairman.

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Mayor bans bunnies from classroom 10 

A south-central Idaho mayor is threatening to veto a city-council approved exemption allowing school kids to raise rabbits. The Times-News reports that Burley Mayor Merlin Smedley said Tuesday that he is totally against the exemption, which was unanimously approved by the City Council.

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How to tell people are old 

In his Slice column today, Paul Turner offers a delightful perspective from a 6YO child's viewpoint re: aging. The grandson of a woman named Sue Reiner told her how he knows when someone is old.

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Adams: I represent Christians 24 

One of the few statements that triggered fireworks during the Coeur d'Alene City Council debates last night came from incumbent Steve Adams, who said: ""I represent the constituency, the Christian conservative constituency. ... I don't believe Bruce or Dan have the same philosophy as I do." Dan English begged to differ.

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Schindelbeck will show us the way 46 

Challenger Toby Schindelbeck made the point, more than once, that his experience living in bigger California cities has given him an edge in his race with veteran Councilman Ron Edinger. He said during a council debate last night that he isn't "insulated" like Edinger and will help the Lake City not become another Oakland or Spokane.

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Refugees coming to Coeur d'Alene? 26 

A national blog that tracks refugee resettlement efforts warns that Coeur d’Alene could be the next resettlement site for Syrian refugees. But those in charge of the program say that is simply not true. (Question: Would you mind if the Coeur d'Alene area received some refugees from troubled lands?)

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 (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Feds: County jail overcrowded 

The debate over whether the Kootenai County jail should be expanded and how the local justice system can be improved has rekindled. And this time, all of the players are at the table. Representatives of the National Institute of Corrections reaffirmed on Wednesday that the local jail is overcrowded.

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Woodman: We need to protect Tubbs Hill 

Councilman Woody McEvers supports whatever it takes to protect Tubbs Hill -- and that includes building an 1,100-foot access road for firefighting purposes. He came to this conclusion by watching the fires threaten Coeur d'Alene's downtown treasure this summer.

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J-Locke: Silly attack by Stewart, Spencer 

Commenter Jennifer Locke says she's disappointed in the silly attack on Commissioner Marc Eberlein. She urges Commissioner David Stewart, who has claimed that Eberlein has memory loss, to "stop the silliness and let the county commissioners office focus on getting back to county business."

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 10.7.15 

I'm knocking off early today to attend the televised Coeur d'Alene City Council debates at the Coeur d'Alene Library community room. The debates are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. They'll feature incumbent Ron Edinger and Toby Schindelbeck in the Seat #1 debate and incumbent Steve Adams, Dan English & Bruce MacNeil for Seat #5.

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Parting Shot -- 10.7.15 

Members of CodePink protest the deadly U.S. attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan, as U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testifies.

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'In God We Trust' on patrol cars? 38 

Benewah County Sheriff Dave Resser wants to add the words "In God We Trust" on his department's patrol cars. Dozens of law enforcement agencies across the South and Midwest have added those decals to their patrol cars in rcent months. Resser said: "I feel, personally speaking, we have taken political correctness too far." Thoughts?

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Democrats to host council debates

The Kootenai Democratic Club will host a debate for the Coeur d Alene City Council elections for Seats 1 (incumbent Ron Edinger and challenger Toby Schindelbeck) and 5 (incumbent Steve Adams and challengers Dan English and Bruce MacNeil). The debate will begin at noon Friday at the Iron Horse.

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Artist's rendering of location leased from the city of Coeur d'Alene for Coeur d'Alene Carousel location, from carousel foundation Facebook page.

Carousel lease gets council OK 

Last night, the Coeur d'Alene City Council gave unanimous approval to a lease agreement to locate the old Coeur d'Alene Carousel near Memorial Field in the re-make of the Four Corners. On its Facebook page, the Carousel Foundation announced this morning that fund-raising will begin in earnest to match $500,000 offer by Charles 'Bud' Ford.

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Lutherhaven lands $151K grant 

Lutherhaven Ministries of Coeur d'Alene was awarded a $151,000 grant by the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust to complete the camp's Pinecrest Lodge Retreat Center remodel. Lutherhaven’s $650,000 Retreat Center remodel flips the camp’s original building into a year-round adult and family-friendly facility with seventeen flexible motel-like retreat rooms.

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On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, photographer Linda Lantzy labels this viewtiful picture, "Reflections on the Clearwater (River). (Linda Lantzy)

HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.7.15

Daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: The eyes have it/Slight Detour, Another big hit at Avista/On Tap, No experience needed/Fort Boise, Republican woe/Dogwalk Musings, Where are the peanuts?/Simple Mind, NFL doesn't understand that words matter/Grip, NIC film club to screen 2 October films/CdA Today ...

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Northern Lights coming to sky near you 

Sisyphus reports: " Many lament that they have never seen the northern lights. Right now we're in the midst of a major solar storm which should continue into the night. You in north Idaho should get a spectacular show weather permitting." See more detail in link below.

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It only hurts if you look 

Hanh To, a first-year pharmacy student at WSU, prepares herself for a flu shot from 2nd year pharmacy student MaryAnne Gellings today at the school's South Campus Facility, in Spokane. (Question: Are you planning to get a flu shot this year?)

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Sheriff warns of 2 new scams

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger warns residents of two new scams -- one involves a bogus message purportedly from the jail and the second of preys on family members of recently deceased military veterans.

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Sandpoint Robo-calls under scrutiny 

A racist robocall is hijacking the discussion surrounding Sandpoint’s mayoral race, but no one has publicly claimed responsibility for the ad -- and that might be at odds with the state's campaign finance laws, according to Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports.

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Advisories lifted for 2 local lakes

Health advisories for Hayden Lake and Avondale Lake have been lifted by Panhandle Health District and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The advisories were issued in late June/early July due to high concentrations of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

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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.

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