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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016


At Panhandle Area Council, near the Coeur d'Alene Airport, this morning, JohnA photographed icicles that are hanging from the office roof almost the ground. Do you have comparable icicles hanging from your roof?

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Dozens oppose pro-refugee resolution 

Dozens of Sandpoint area residents spoke out against a proposed City Council ordinance, offered by new Mayor Shelby Rognstad, that called for welcoming Syrian refugees. Grace Ditzler of KXLY reports that the proposal attracted a standing-room-only crowd that listened to public input for an hour. The matter was later tabled.

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AM: Gas station canopy collapses

The daily roundup of headlines for Wednesday AM includes roof collapse at 76 gas station in Post Falls. Also: Tribe opposes Mount Spokane expansion/SR, Lookout Pass free ski school begins/Outdoors, Open house honors long-time Hayden mayor/Press, CdA protester backs Malheur refuge occupiers/Press, Hill: Compromise sought on 'Add the Words'/EOB

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Poll: Occupiers = anti-guv activists

Hucks Nation doesn't think highly of the armed Bundys & Co. who invaded the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Respondents to Wednesday's poll described Bundy & Co alternatively as "anti-government activists" (29.5%), "terrorists" (23.6%), and "outlaws" (22.12%). (Today's Poll: How would you describe the Kootenai Co GOP Central Committee?)

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Raul to Ryan: Honeymoon is over 

Seems Raul Labrador is unhappy with the performance so far by new House Speaker Paul Ryan. Lauren French of Politico reports that Labrador has delivered a stark message to Speaker Ryan: the honeymoon is over. Labrador wants Ryan to start delivering some real conservative reform. In other words, Ryan is jumping as high as Raul wants.

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Otter not backing down on PAC 

Sorry to disappoint the tin gods who railroaded that "party unity" resolution through a special meeting of the Kootenai County GOTP Central Committe, but Gov. Otter isn't backing down on plans for his PAC. Also in this post, you'll find links to several topics addressed by the governor in today's AP Legislative Preview.

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Throwing good money after bad 

"I am asking to replenish Constitutional Defense Fund" -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter at the AP Legislative Preview this morning. (Question: Can you predict which wrong-headed appeal will Gov. Otter and GOP legislative leaders waste Constitutional Defense Fund money on this year?)

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Otter targets insurance 'gap' 22 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told reporters at the AP Legislative Preview this morning that he’ll propose a new $30 million program to lawmakers this year to provide preventive, primary medical care to the estimated 78,000 Idahoans who now fall into the “gap” population.

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A cyclist pedals a fat bike through the night on a groomed winter trail at Pearrygin State Park. (Photo courtesy of Steve Mitchel)

Snow biking inspires trail options

"Snowshoers and snow bikers appear to be forging a relationship that could expand the reach of single-track trails during winter," posts Rich Landers/SR Outdoors. "While snowshoeing and winter cycling generally are banned from groomed skiing trails, the two winter recreation groups are finding harmony among themselves."

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Trib: Bundy crossed the line 26 

In the Lewiston Tribune this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments that the Oregon carpetbaggers who are occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon have gone too far. They have lost the moral high ground, even among some sympathizers. The Trib warns that other insurrectionists may meet same fate.

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Local GOP wants party unity 

Here's the Coeur d'Alene Press story re: the top-secret resolution passed by the local GOP Central Committee targeting the new political action committee formed by Gov. Butch Otter. Also, you can find the story and copy of the resolution that Huckleberries Online published Wednesday.

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 1.6.16 13 

Am I the only one anxious for the 2016 Legislature to start? My anticipation has little to do with the competency of the collective legislative crew that gathers annually in Boise. I expect little from the gaggle of legislators that North Idaho sends to Boise,...

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Occupiers not welcome at Malheur 

The new year begins with the media taking a nonstory and blowing it up into front-page stuff in The New York Times and the lead story of CNN. The story concerns a band of armed know-nothings from Nevada who have taken over the visitors center at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Fired cafeteria worker rejects offer 

Interim Superintendent Doug Howell said the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District plans to move forward and the window is now shut for fired school lunch lady Dalene Bowden to return to her job. Bowden was dismissed from her position at Irving Middle School last month after she gave a free lunch to a hungry student.

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Griffey now Hall-of-Famer 

Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame Wednesday with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza will join him in Cooperstown this summer. A slugger of the Steroids Era never tainted by accusations of drug use, Griffey was on 437 of 440 votes in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot.

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Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad/Facebook

Sandpoint resolution backs refugees 

New Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad is urging residents to support a resolution that will be discussed by the City Council that backs relocation of Syrian refugees to the United States. Rognstad writes: "This resolution is in response to the recent opposition by Bonner County and Governor Otter on this issue."

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A pedestrian descends the skywalk stairs near the Macy's store in downtown Spokane, Wash. The store will be closing the doors in March. Paul Turner of The Slice wonders, meanwhile, if you've ever stopped calling Macy's "The Bon"?

Blogos: 'The Bon' fades away

The daily roundup of posts from the Huckleberries online blog roll includes: Riding the range/Fort Boise, First Take: Hammonds/Randy Stapilus, Your weekly (brew pub) planner/On Tap, Elder abuse of a sort/Dogwalk Musings, Good service makes a good meal/7 Blog, Someone's going to die/Barrett Rainey, WCC may be down, but skill persists/SportsLink ...

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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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