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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2015

Frightful weather for Halloween 

Even the weather is expected to be a little spooky this Halloween if you were banking on no rain and mild temperatures. "It won't be the best Halloween for people wanting dry weather," meteorologist Randy Mann said. Mann said there's a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday night come trick-or-treat time and temperatures will dip into the 40s.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 10.27.15 

The municipal elections for Kootenai County and the rest of Idaho are a week away. It'll be interesting to see what last-minute attacks occur this year. Huckleberries, of course, will be here to report on those. Here's your Tuesday Wild Card ...

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Parting Shot -- 10.27.15

A University of Washington student smokes at one of a handful of designated smoking locations on the campus Tuesday in Seattle. Tobacco and nicotine products may be banned from the sprawling Washington State University campus in Pullman. The Board of Regents will vote Friday on the proposed ban.

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Trouble for US Rep Mike Simpson? 

Commentator Bill Colley of Fox News Radio 1310 KLIX believes former state Rep. Janice McGeachin could give, ahem, RINO US Rep. Mike Simpson and his vast warchest a run for his money if she enters GOPrimary. McGeachin backed Russ Fulcher in the last gubernatorial race and is popular among the Tea Party wing of the Idaho GOP.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.27.15 

Scanner Traffic for Tuesday PM (20 items + link to AM Scanner Traffic w/20 more items) includes 3 instances of motorists/passengers flipping off others in 3 different locations on area roads between 3 p.m. and 3:12 p.m.

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One of the new plaques at McEuen Park that celebrates use of the green space over the history of Coeur d'Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

City installs McEuen history plaques 

Eight historical photos were recently installed on the donor wall at McEuen Park near the Fourth Street entrance.The Historical Picture Plaques remember the people, events and special moments in history that make the beauty of McEuen Park and the surrounding area so unique, said Tinka Schaffer of the Panhandle Parks Foundation.

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Edinger out-raises Schindelbeck 18 

In the race for Coeur d'Alene City Council Seat No. 1, incumbent Ron Edinger easily leads challenger Toby Schindelbeck in fund-raising, according to the 7-day, pre-election financial disclosure report. Edinger has raised a total of $8,363 for his campaign, while Schindelbeck has raised $3,320.

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Blogos: Recalling old Cloud 9 

The daily roundup of HucksOnline blog roll links begins with this photo of the old Cloud 9 restaurant at the North Shore Resort: This is what Templin's Resort looked like when I arrived in Coeur d'Alene from Lewiston in September 1984.

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Schindelbeck backs permitless carry 13 

On an Oct. 3 post on his campaign Facebook page, Toby Schindelbeck urged backers to attend the upcoming Idaho Second Amendment Alliance rally at CdA's City Park. Greg Pruett's group pushing permitless carry of concealed firearms. Schindelbeck said there would be great speakers there, including Reps. Heather Scott & Matt Shea.

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Stockton to coach Montana St daughter 

Now you can call him Coach Stockton. Spokane’s own NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton said Tuesday that he’s accepted a position as an assistant coach for the Montana State women’s basketball team. Stockton said it’s a win-win for him and his family – especially his daughter Lindsay, a senior guard with the Bobcats. Q: Have you ever coach your kid(s)?

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English leads in fund-raising

Former county clerk Dan English leads in fund-raising among the three candidates for Coeur d'Alene City Council Seat No. 5. English has raised more than $9,000, according to the 7-day pre-election finance report. Incumbent Steve Adams has raised $6,825 total, including several contributions from Reagan Republican supporters.

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Sgt. Harold Markiewicz, a member of American Legion Post 143 in Post Falls, delivers a flag to Parkinson's family in his honor.  (Young Kwak / Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Homeless vet honored at funeral

In life, Robert Parkinson, 56, was a homeless vet who lived in the woods on Potlatch Hill, occasionally venturing into Coeur d'Alene to eat at one of the soup kitchens or to check out a new book from a library. Yet, after he died from smoke inhalation from his camp fire, 70 attended his funeral. Mitch Ryals/Inlander tells us why.

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Suit targets lynx habitat trapping 15 

A suit that may restrict trapping across much of Idaho is being heard in Boise today. Arguments are being presented involving inadvertent trapping of federally protected Canada lynx. The Center for Biological Diversity and three other groups say Idaho is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping that catches lynx occasionally.

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Kempthorne backs 'conservative' Crapo 

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced today that former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, also a Republican and former Idaho senator, has endorsed Crapo’s re-election bid, something that’s hardly a surprise. Crapo is seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate. ... It’s no coincidence that Kempthorne’s statement repeats the word “conservative” twice.

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What did they used to call #? 

And now a word from Joe Butler of our marketing department: If you want to impress/annoy people THIS week, use the word "octoherp." It was a name suggested by Bell Labs in the 1960s to describe the # symbol on new touch-tone phones since they didn't think people would know "pound." In 2007, Twitter users changed the word to "hashtag."

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Traffic Patrol 15 

A flock of urban turkeys crosses 17th Ave. on Spokane's South Hill Tuesday morning, slowing, and occasionally stopping, morning commuter traffic. Question: Have you encountered wild turkeys in North Idaho?

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County mulls indoors vape ban 

Vaping, which some consider a safer alternative to smoking, may be creating another problem. It may be helping ease young people into nicotine addiction. A recent survey found that 26% of Spokane sophomores had used an e-cigarette, some of which taste like fruit or candy. As such, Spokane County is mulling ban on indoor vaping.

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In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responds to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's closing remarks during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)


Of today's poem, "Candidates," The Bard of Sherman Avenue emails Huckleberries Online: "Even the least of them deserve some credit for guts." Indeed they do.

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Edinger slams Schindelbeck plan 26 

Councilman Ron Edinger sent Huckleberries Onine an email challenging one of the cornerstones of challenger Toby Schindelbeck's campaign -- the claim that Coeur d'Alene can spur economic development by "freezing property taxes and waiving impact fees for ten years." Nonsense, says Edinger.

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 (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

AM: Officials assess summer fires

AM Headlines for Tuesday includes: Kempthorne endorses Crapo/Eye on Boise, Spokane considers ban on indoor vaping/SR, Settlement pares Avista rate hike request/Press, Impact of summer wildfires still being gauged/SR, WSU's Pullman campus may go tobacco free/SR +more ...

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Spotlight: Ron Edinger

This is the final of SReporter Scott Maben's 5 capsule looks at Coeur d'Alene City Council candidates. Today, the spotlight shines on incumbent Ron Edinger. Also, I'm providing links to all previous capsules, spotlighting Edinger's opponent Toby Schindelbeck, as well as the 3 candidates for Seat 5: Steve Adams, Dan English & Bruce MacNeil.

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Poll: CdA better off today

In the Monday poll, a majority of Hucks Nation says Coeur d'Alene is better off today than when it first got here. However, a significant minority disagrees. Today's Poll: Is a presidential candidate's religion important to you?

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