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TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016

Vet fights Hayden hunting violation 

A veteran who is facing a misdemeanor hunting citation charge plead not guilty to the charge in court on Tuesday. The decision comes after James Brummett, 74, from Tacoma, said he wanted to have a jury trial. He said prosecutors offered that he pay a $250 fine but he declined. Brummett said he wanted to take the case "up the ladder."

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Labrador: I will fight Obama 11 

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s executive action on gun control: “Once again, President Obama has ignored the will of the American people and subverted our Constitution which gives Congress, not the president, the power to write our laws."

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Standoff SOS: Please send snacks 34 

Apparently, in the the process of planning for the big armed militia party at Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Burns, everyone remembered to bring their extra camo cargo pants but no one packed snacks, reports the Oregonian. The radicals asked for snacks in a social media plea. (Question: What kind of snacks would you send them?)

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Blogos: Nose to nose 

The daily roundup of posts from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes a photo of some livestock activity near standoff site in Burns, Ore. Also: Feel good movies/Faithful Geek, Not everybody loves it here/Slice, In-house barrier broken/Slight Detour, Mansion to zero in 10 days/Fort Boise, Feel good movies/Faithful Geek.

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KCSO: Woman's body dumped in lake 

In a news release this PM, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has released more informatiion on the death of 27YO Kimberly Sue Vezina, of Spokane, whose body was found in Lake Coeur d'Alene Nov. 9. The coroner's office said Vezina died of "combined drug toxicity." The KCSO believes she died elsewhere & her body was dumped in the lake.

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SR: Standoff should end in jail time 12 

In today's editorial, the Spokesman-Review Editorial Board says: "Nobody wants this to blow up into a Ruby Ridge. The best strategy is waiting out the occupiers. However, once this is over, the feds should file charges against the participants."

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NRA rips 'condescending' Obama 14 

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is ripping President Obama's emotional plea for action against gun violence, calling his remarks “condescending.” Obama’s “contempt for the Second Amendment” is turning law-abiding gun owners into “scapegoats” for mass shootings, the NRA’s top lobbyist said Tuesday.

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Risch: Obama lacks authority 15 

U.S. Senator Jim Risch in response to President Obama’s executive orders on gun control: "Those like the president, who want stricter gun laws, must do so by electing a pro-gun control Congress and not try unconstitutional lawmaking by the executive branch." (Thoughts?)

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Bill Morlin of Southern Poverty Law Center Hate Watch snapped this photo while spending two days covering the standoff between anti-government activists and federal authorities near Burns, Ore.

Oregon standoff enters 4th day 24 

An armed occupation of a federally owned wildlife outpost in remote Oregon rolled into its fourth day Tuesday, even after the two men at the center of the unrest disavowed the protest. The group, which calls itself the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.5.2016

AM Scanner Traffic for Tuesday (15 items & counting) includes hit-and-run on Sherman Avenue in which red vehicle hit another car and a garbage truck. Coeur d'Alene Police are looking for driver of red car that drove off on N16th St.

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Anti-Islam speakers set Capitol forum 22 

Two anti-Islam speakers have reserved the Idaho Capitol auditorium and invited every Idaho legislator to a talk on refugee resettlement during the opening week of Idaho’s legislative session. (Question: Would you want your legislators to attend this forum?)

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Poll: McHugh right to seek death penalty 

In Monday's poll, Prosecutor Barry McHugh received supermajority support from Hucks Nation for his decision to seek the death penalty in the May 5, 2015, slaying of Coeur d'Alene PD Sgt Greg Moore. Today's Poll: Today's Poll: Do you agree/disagree with the series of executive actions taken by President Obama to tighten gun laws?

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AM: Plane slides off runway 

AM Headlines for Tuesday includes United Airlines plane slide-off that temporarily shut the Spokane Airport today. Also: Body found in burning camper near Pinehurst/KXLY 4, Angler gets chilly reminder re: ice conditions/Outdoors, Plan to sterilize Idaho wild horse herd faces lawsuit/KTVB, Man gets 5 years for Wells Fargo bank robbery/Daily News.

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Secretive local GOP to discuss unity 17 

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will meet tonight to discuss a resolution calling for party unity. Only the secretive GOP leaders refused to circulate the resolution prior to the meeting, fearing it might fall into the hands of the media (read: Huckleberries). The local R's usually don't meet until the final Tuesday of the month.

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Playing the North Idaho card 

In his Slice blog today, Paul Turner writes of former banker Wade Griffith who headed marketing for the First National Bank of North Idaho in Coeur d'Alene in the 1980s. Griffith told Turner that his bank played the "North vs South" card to the hilt.

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English to be sworn in tonight 

Winning Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Dan English is scheduled to be sworn in at tonight's council meeting. Incumbents Dan Gookin and Ron Edinger also will be sworn, but for new terms. The City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Coeur d'Alene Public Library community room.

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Icicles form on the gutter of a home in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Winter freeze spawns great icicles 

Icicles are a common winter sight in Spokane, but this year’s crop of frozen daggers is the best in recent memory. A near-perfect series of weather conditions has allowed icicles to form not only on old houses where you would expect to find them but...

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Plane slides off Spokane Airport runway 

Spokane International Airport is temporarily closed after a United Airlines 737 slid off part of a runway in icy conditions around 6 a.m. No injuries have been reported. The flight was scheduled to depart for Denver at 5:38 a.m. before continuing on to Dallas.

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MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2016

Wild Card/Monday -- 1.4.2016 

As much as I like you guys, it was hard to come back this morning after a wonderful week in Portland and at the Oregon Coast. I missed the snow coming and going. And caught sunshine on the coast for 2 days. Mrs. O &...

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Parting Shot -- 1.4.2016 

Work began today to remove J.R. Simplot’s mansion from a hill west of Bogus Basin Road in Boise, said Ken Dey, spokesman for the Simplot family. Most of the work should be done in about 10 days, Dey said in a news release. A giant American flag atop the hill, recently removed, will be replaced once the project is done.

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Oregon ranchers report for prison 

Father-and-son ranchers convicted of setting fire to federal grazing land reported to prison Monday as the armed anti-government activists who have taken up their cause maintained the occupation of a remote Oregon wildlife preserve. Federal authorities made no immediate attempt to retake the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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