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FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 2015

Country Autumn 

Linda Lantzy, Idaho Scenic Images, posted this photo on her Facebook wall recently, of snowberries and an old barn near Pinehurst. You can see more of Linda's viewtiful scenics here.

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Archives: Adams & the parking ticket 

Digging into the archives of my Huckleberries print column, I found this little gem from April 7, 2013, involving Councilman Steve Adams, who is running for re-election. It involves a parking ticket he received in the Coeur d'Alene Library parking lot that he thought he shouldn't have to pay.

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Reagan Repubs back Malloy, Rubin 

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans announced endorsements today for candidates in the two competitive Post Falls Council races for the Nov. 5 municipal elections. The conservative organization’s Board of Directors unanimously recommended Joe Malloy for Council Seat 3 and Barry Rubin for Council Seat 5.

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SR: Is Malmen senators judge pick? 

The editorial board of The Spokesman-Review is calling on U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch to shed light on their secretive process for nominating the next U.S. District Court judge. Are they backing Erika Malmen, the wife of political operative Jeff Malmen? If so, says the SR, they should say so.

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Letter: In defense of House rebels 14 

Angela Cross, of Post Falls, writes the following in defense of Congressman Raul Labrador and the House Freedom Caucus that toppled House Speaker John Boehner: "Sixty-two percent of Republicans feel betrayed by their party because the party has ignored the promises made to us." (Question: 62% of GOP feels betrayed? Seriously?)

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BNSF plans 2nd set of Rathdrum tracks 

BNSF Railway won't start construction on a second set of tracks through Rathdrum in 2016 as planned, but has asked the city to start preparing for the project. (Question: Have you ever lived near railroad tracks? Do you become accustomed to the noise?)

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Chico editor: Toby's outta here 12 

We all know by now that relative newby Toby Schindelbeck ran for the City Council in Chico, Calif. And that he was running for Rep. Luke Malek's office within a year after landing in Coeur d'Alene, after forsaking Chico, Calif. Robert Speer, editor of the Chico News-Review, tells of Schindelbeck's departure from the northern California town.

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Lawyer to seek Malek seat 16 

Idaho Legislature campaign announcements kicked off Thursday, and Republican Art Macomber said he’ll be running for the District 4 House seat currently occupied by Rep. Luke Malek, reports the Coeur d'Alene Press. Macomber has the support of Sen. Mary Souza and NIC Trustee Todd Banducci. In other words ... vote Luke.

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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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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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