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Local GOPers armed w/resolutions 13 

When we last checked in on Toby Schindelbeck, he was trying in vain to unseat Coeur d'Alene council incumbent Ron Edinger. Now, he's headed to Boise, as a county GOP committeman to push a resolution calling for the state central committee to support halting refugee resettlement until security and economic issues are examined.

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A pedestrian climbs over the three-foot snow berms in the turning lanes of Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday. The City of Coeur d'Alene will begin removal of the berms using a snow blower and dump truck this evening. KATHY PLONKA

January: Hate, hate, hate 

Marianne Love/Slight Detour has little use for the month of January. It's long. It's cold. And she has a terrible cough this year. She'd like to get away to a warmer climate. But that might be difficult this year with airplanes sliding off the Spokane Airport runway and all. (Question: Which month of the year do you dislike/hate most?)

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Booking photo for Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga

Man pleads guilty to double murder 

A man charged with killing his wife and stepdaughter in Post Falls in 2014 pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Wednesday. Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, 27, accepted a plea agreement that calls for him to be sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in prison with no chance of parole.

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Macy's to close Spokane store 

The historic Macy’s store in downtown Spokane will close in March, part of a wave of company store closures across the country, the company announced Wednesday afternoon. The closure will leave downtown Spokane with just one department store, Nordstrom in River Park Square.

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Standardize testing faces challenge

Idaho’s new standardized test — the SBAC — could face an important midterm this legislative session. Known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam, the test went through a rocky rollout in 2015. Test results were delayed — and some educators say the time-consuming online test fails to provide useful data anyway.

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Griffey may get record HOFame vote 15 

Ken Griffey Jr., the superb centerfielder for the Seattle Mariners for so many years, will be elected to the Hall of Fame today. The only question that remains is -- How close will Griffey get to becoming a unanimous first ballot Hall of Famer. (Question: What is the greatest play that you saw Griffey make?)

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Dying woman found near CdA resort

A Coeur d'Alene Resort worker was unable to revive a 72YO female found unconscious on the east side of the resort this morning. Her vehicle was found partially submerged at the 3rd Street boat launch. The woman was later pronounced dead at Kootenai Health.

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A member of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, looks on from a manned watch tower Tuesday, near Burns, Ore. Law enforcement law enforcement took no action Monday against the group numbering close to two dozen who were upset about the imprisonment of father-and-son ranchers who set fire to federal land. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

AM: Killing of mule shocks family 

The daily roundup of headlines making the news this Wednesday AM includes link to Coeur d'Alene Press story re: the senseless killing of a family mule in the Rathdrum area. Also: Anti-Islam speakers set talk on refugees/SR, Scott, Nate seek permitless gun carry/EOBoise, Idaho GOP to mull range of resolutions/EOBoise ...

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Poll: Obama gun action backed 13 

A majority of Hucks Nation agreed with executive action taken by President Barack Obama to tight gun law regs. 155 of 286 respondents (54.2%) agreed with the president's action. 117 of 286 respondents (40.91%) disagreed. Today's Poll: What term would you use to describe Bundys & Co who are occupying the wildlife refuge near Burns, Ore.?

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Resolution targets Otter PAC 13 

Huckleberries has obtained a copy of that top-secret resolution kept under wraps by the non-transparent Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. "A Call for Party Unity" resolution passed unanimously last night when the elephants gathered for a special meeting. The resolution was definitely aimed at the new Otter PAC formed by Gov. Otter.

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President Barack Obama wipes tears from his eyes as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. Also on stage are stakeholders, and individuals whose lives have been impacted by the gun violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Fox Critic: Obama used raw onion to cry 24 

A Fox News contributor on Tuesday suggested President Obama used raw onions to fake tears while he was talking about school shootings. “I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears,” Andrea Tantaros said when discussing Obama’s address earlier Tuesday about gun control. “I mean, it’s not really believable.”

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Ranking Idaho's minimum wage 21 

Idaho's minimum wage is equal to the federal minimum wage, which is the lowest amount an employer can legally pay most workers. Set at $7.25 per hour, this means a person working 40 hours a week for 52 weeks per year will take home just $15,080 per year, less than $1,000 above the $14,570 set for national poverty line for 2-person fam.

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Independent contractor John Zinser talks about the task of carving an ancient cedar log into a canoe at Coeur d’Alene Tribe Fisheries garage in Plummer, Idaho, on Monday. The Upper Columbia United Tribes gave one of the logs to each of the local tribes. The canoes will rendezvous at Kettle Falls this summer. (Kathy Plonka / Spokesman-Review) (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Tribe carves canoe from ancient cedar 

An ancient cedar tree is helping members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe reclaim their identity as canoe-makers. From toddlers to elders, tribal members are taking turns shaping the dugout canoe with hand tools, each fragrant cedar shaving bringing them closer to the craft they plan to paddle more than 100 miles down the Spokane River next summer.

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GOP finally passes Obamacare repeal 17 

On Wednesday, House Republicans expect to pass a bill that guts Obamacare – their 62nd attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. The crucial difference is that this time it will get all the way to the president’s desk, instead of being blocked by Senate Democrats. But this bill will never become law. At least, not under Obama.

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More people have health care, but ... 

Columnist Shawn Vestal notes that some 37,000 more people had health care in 2014 than in 2013 in Spokane, as a result of Obamacare. But the number of providers hasn't increased substantially to take care of them. You can find out why Vestal calls this the Puyallup-sized ripple effect below.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 1.5.2016 

I was on vacation when the playoffs for the first season of the Huckleberry Patch Fantasy Football League occurred. And an unexpected, unheralded team emerged from a fourth-place finish during the regular season to win it all -- Eric Hoteham's Foster's Hammy. The hamstrings barely...

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Parting Shot -- 1.5.2016 

With a tear beginning to run from his eye, President Barack Obama recalls the 20 first-graders killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 21 

The Cutline Contest today features anti-government activist Ammon Bundy at a news conference after he and others took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters near Burns, Ore. Monday Winner: Sibulsky.

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Local D's offer caucus training

Local Democrats are offering training for individuals who want to participate in the state's annual caucus process on March 22. The training session will take place at the Coeur d'Alene Library next week. Local Democrats will conduct their caucus at the North Idaho College Boswell Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. on March 22.

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Water rates increase for Lake City

Idaho's water rate is going up again this year as it will on Jan. 1 for the next two years. Coeur d'Alene is in the middle of a multi-year rate increase. The usual increase for home owners will be about 82 cents per month. These increases were recommended in the 2012 rate study and are necessary to maintain the high quality of CdA's water system.

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Oregon patriotism 

Here's another of the photos by former colleague Bill Morlin, who is in Burns, Ore., reporting standoff involving anti-government activists who have taken control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ. Bill emails: "Showing USA pride in Burns, even with a little rust around the edges."

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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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