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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2015

8 towns will have no races 

Although 8 cities will have no contested races this fall, several towns, including Coeur d'Alene, Dalton Gardens, Athol and Harrison will see challenges. You can see the whole candidates' list for city and fire districts in Kootenai County below (provided by the clerk's office)

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TGIF Wild Card -- 9.4.15 11 

Well, it looks like the Hard Right is trotting out Toby Schindelbeck to try to capture a second -- or third seat, depending on how you view Dan Gookin -- on the Coeur d'Alene City Council. Gookin cut his teeth by running and losing to...

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Parting Shot -- 9.4.15

A dinghy with migrants sails under a rising sun a few miles off the coast of the southeastern island of Kos, Greece. Wrenching images of a drowned Syrian boy on Sept. 2, focused the world's attention on the plight of people fleeing their homelands. But…

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Hedden seeks Gookin seat 

A last-minute filing today means that all three Coeur d'Alene City Council races this fall will be contested. Barbara Hedden completed the lineup of candidates by filing for Dan Gookin's council Seat No. 3 this afternoon.

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Schindelbeck files for Edinger seat

It's official. Toby Schindelbeck has filed for Coeur d'Alene City Council seat No. 1, the position now held by long-time incumbent Ron Edinger. Edinger has also filed. Schindelbeck, a relative newcomer from Chico, Calif., where he ran unsuccessfully for city council, made a splash on...

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Idaho: The Wildness State 

Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman writes: "There used to be a popular bumper sticker that read “Idaho: The wilderness state.” I want to change the slogan to “Idaho: The wildness state.” I love wilderness and Idaho certainly has a lot. ... But only Alaska and perhaps Montana and Wyoming can compete with Idaho for wildness."

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What a difference 6 years make

On Facebook, Dan English remarks: "Well, who says life doesn't have a sense of humor or at least irony. At this time 6 years ago I was County Clerk getting ready for some city elections including a council race between Jim Brannon and Mike Kennedy. Jim was the exec director at Habitat for Humanity." Now, things are reversed.

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Adams files for re-election 

Councilman Steve Adams, who is known for opposing all purchases or contracts that have ties to federal money, has filed candidacy papers for re-election today. Adams, of 5292 N. Parkwood Circle, turned in his filing papers with signatures of six people including that of Toby Schindelbeck, who announced that he is running for Ron Edinger's seat.

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A wild ride

Taylor Lovell, 14, talks to her mom on the phone as she and her friend Mathew Nickleson hang upside down on the Fireball ride during the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days this morning in Walla Walla, Wash. (Question: Do you enjoy the wild rides at Silverwood, the fair or other places that have them?)

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F&G euthanizes bear that bit fireman 

Idaho Fish and Game personnel trapped and euthanized a male black bear in the McCall area Wednesday, Sept. 2 that is believed to have bitten a sleeping firefighter on Tuesday night. The firefighter was taken to the hospital, treated for minor wounds and released, then…

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Idaho low-balls home-care workers 

The U.S. Department of Labor is urging Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to act on a new rule that requires home-care employers to pay most home-care workers minimum wage and overtime. Several states already include home health care workers in minimum wage and overtime-pay protections, the Idaho Statesman reports, but Idaho is not one of them.

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Pooping cyclist faces ha-huge bill 13 

Authorities say a mountain biker who started a 73-acre wildfire in southwest Idaho after lighting his toilet paper on fire could be faced with all or part of the costs of extinguishing the blaze. Reports said U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say the costs…

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Judy Poirier, of Coeur d’Alene, smoked for more than six decades, but quit a few months after being prescribed oxygen about two years ago for health-related problems.  (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Bad Combo: Oxygen & Cigarettes 

Pat Benes was surprised and frightened when she recently witnessed a man smoking a cigarette while using oxygen at the Coeur d'Alene Casino. "I know the dangers of it, and I was appalled," said the Post Falls woman. "I went to my room and called the front desk immediately." Benes said the hotel attendant was only able to offer an apology ...

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MikeK: 'Do what you can' 

On his Facebook page, Mike Kennedy urges friends and followers to do what they can to help the crisis of refugees fleeing Syria to get away from extremists terrorizing the country. (Question: What can an individual do?)

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Ken & Carolyn Lewis ...

Greater love hath no man ... 

Do you want to know what courage looks like? Well, it looks like Ken Lewis. The veteran survived a fire-fight that killed 87 South Vietnamese soldiers 400 yards from base. He was wounded and scheduled to be flown out. But before that he volunteered for a second tour of duty to take the place of his son in Vietnam.

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What is key city election issue? 

On Twitter, Councilman Dan Gookin asked what issue did I think would be important during the fall municipal election campaign. I said, "urban renewal," but 140 characters didn't allow me to explain much further than that. I explain myself a bit more below.

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Poll: Much ado about nothing 

In the Thursday poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation voted against any punishment for the 5 female soccer players from Whitworth who appeared in "blackface" in a Facebook photo, mimicking The Jackson 5. They were going to be part of a skit of some sort.

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Educators gather in the gym as Matt Handelman, Coeur d’Alene School District superintendent, welcomes back staff for the 2015-2016 school year. (Story below) (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

AM Headlines -- 9.4.15 

Headlines making the news this AM include: Idaho Records/CdA Press, County to unveil airport ramp/Press, Alberton Gorge access reopened/Outdoors, Bear gets up close with Hayden family/KREM, IFF files lawsuit against Boise schools/Eye on Boise, CdA teachers attend Back to School Breakfast/Press, Driver pleads innocent to Coeur d'Alene crashes ...

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HBO Fantasy League is a go 

I couldn't figure out how to handle the commission work for a HucksOnline Fantasy League last night. But fantasy-comrade-in-arms Tom Greene, from North Idaho College, has offered to help set it up this afternoon. We have 10 players signed up for the 10 teams: Greg…

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Letter: A word re: red-light runners 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, L.M. Gibson of Rathdrum provides interesting info re: how long traffic lights remaining yellow before changing to red. His letter is in response to another one that complained about all the red-light runners in the Coeur d'Alene area. (Q: Do you think we have more than our share of red-light runners?)

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Ybarra earns Tribune cheer 

In his Cheers & Jeers column today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune cheers Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra. Why? "She's not letting up on her fellow Republicans in the Legislature or Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Next year, she wants them to boost public education spending $110.4 million, or 7.5 percent."

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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.