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THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 9.10.15 

Well, four hours of my training for a new digital-first system is in the books. And I'm not all that sure that I've made much progress. I'd like to think I made more than columnist Paul Turner, who was one of the seven guinea pigs in the first class of the training for the new program. He looked befuddled. I merely pulled my hair out.

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Where's the fire? 

JohnA, who may or may not be attached to that fishing pole in the right foreground, snapped this photo of a plane that picked up water from Hayden Lake several times today. JohnA didn't know where the plane was fighting fire today. But there are…

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Kimber Follevaag got into fiber art later in life, but has found an immediate audience.  (Young Kwak / Pacific Northwest Inlander)

CdA artist Follevang embraces mystery 

The Pacific Northwest Inlander shines its spotlight on Coeur d'Alene artist Kimber Follevaag, who considers herself to be an unconventional fiber artist: "Combining such disparate materials as metal, embroidery thread and photographs, Follevaag creates work that brings textiles to a new level."

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Scanner Traffic -- 9.10.15

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (21 items & counting) includes serious crash involving driver of 4-wheeler who rolled vehicle down mountain onto road, just above Fernan Lake Village. CPR is being performed.

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State won't appeal racing ruling 

There will be no appeal of today’s Idaho Supreme Court ruling overturning Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation to ban slot machine-like “instant racing” machines, according to the Idaho Attorney General’s office. “It’s been clear from the get-go that the Secretary of State has said…

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Jolene Feher holds up her self-published book of poetry after reading from it at the Poetry Scribes of Spokane on Sept. 2 at the North Spokane County Library. Like many others, Feher published her own work for posterity. (Jesse Tinsley / Spokesman-Review)

Club well-versed in joys of poetry

Poetry is as timeless as language itself and a local group offers a supportive forum for poets, both novice and accomplished. Since 1937, Poetry Scribes of Spokane have met to share poems, offer feedback and indulge in their love of verse. (Question: Have you ever written poetry?)

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Tribe: Governor must follow law, too 

Chief Allan, Coeur d'Alene Tribe council chairman, has issued a statement re: the Idaho Supreme Court decision overturning Gov. Butch Otter's veto of a ban on "instant gaming." Chief Allan's bottom line? Even Idaho's highest elected officials must follow the Constitution. Whatta concept in Idaho, hunh?

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The Nampa School District is offering free lunches at 11 of its schools this year — under a federal program designed to cut paperwork and serve more meals in high-poverty schools. (Photo by Andrew Reed, Idaho Education News.)

Free lunch program expands in Idaho 15 

Even in a state with high poverty rates, Nampa is a high-poverty district. In 2014-15, 64 percent of Nampa’s 14,892 students qualified for free or reduced-price school lunch. In five Nampa elementary schools, this percentage topped 80 percent — well above the statewide average of…

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Does Crapo now back land transfers? 

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, once a strong voice of reason within conservative GOP circles, seems to be veering far right to avoid a political challenge from that extreme. During a series of small-town meetings recently, Crapo seemed to be siding with the radicals calling for state takeover of federal lands. Which will never happen.

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'Instant racing' ban upheld 29 

Idaho’s highest court says the state must enforce legislation banning lucrative instant horse racing terminals. In a unanimous decision issued today, the court ruled that Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the legislation was invalid because he didn’t complete it within the required five-day time span.

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Luke Sharon, 9, made a short video to encourage people to help Syrian refugees in Europe. (Spokesman-Review)

Boy's video meant to help refugees 

Recent news accounts and alarming photos of desperate Syrian refugees fleeing into Europe captured the attention of Luke Sharon, a 9-year-old boy in Coeur d’Alene who wants to contribute to relief efforts. After his family talked about the plight of the refugees, Luke got on his dad’s phone and made a short video to call attention to the crisis.

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Souza, Sims set urban renewal forum 

State Sen. Mary Souza and her House side kick, Rep. Kathy Sims, are staging a town hall on urban renewal next Thursday. Souza says, apparently with a straight face, that she's open to anything the public has to say about urban renewal. But I suspect that she'll listen most to those who agree with Sims and her that it needs to go away.

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1 old dog, many new tricks 

The downtown office is trying to teach this old dog a new trick -- how to use the new digital-first software that will be going live later this month. Greg Lee, Betsy Russell & I spent 4 hours this morning in the downtown office trying to grasp the basics. When did you last learn something new in technology that was radically different than before?

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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.