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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016

Parting Shot -- 4.21.16 

A gaggle of goslings huddle together under the protective wing of a parent along the bank of the Deschutes River as a heavy downpour passes through Bend, Oregon, late Wednesday afternoon.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.21.16 

In the comment section, Wheels said that I shouldn't endorse candidates here because I'm an "employee" of the SR and not the SR itself. He has a point. But I need to point out that for 13 years I was responsible for the paper's endorsement of candidates in Idaho. In all that time, I had only one endorsement rejected -- for Idaho governor in 1994.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.21.16

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (20 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 17 more items) includes male with bleeding forearm from dog bite who sought attention at Spirit Lake Police Department ...

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 22 

The Cutline Contest today features Republican presidential contest Donald Trump reacting to a comment by his wife Melanie Trump this morning on the NBC "Today" television program. Wednesday Winner: JDanMike.

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ignite cda seeks new board member 

The ignite cda Board of Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming a volunteer ignite cda board member. Ignite cda currently has one vacant position, with the term expiring in June, 2020. (DFO: Although the PSA doesn't mention it, interested parties need thick skin to deal w/misinformed public.)

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Alex Sylvain (left) and Dan Stokes open their Post Falls Brewing Company on Friday.

Post Falls Brewing ready to make mark Friday 

Post Falls Brewing is ready to make a big mark on the local craft beer scene. Its 15-barrel brewhouse is larger than most established local breweries. Its beers tend to the beefy side, with a session IPA clocking in at 6.5 percent alcohol by volume. And when it opens its doors on Friday, it will have an ambitious list of eight selections on tap.

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Blogos: Sgt. Moore anniversary nears 10 

The daily roundup of posts from HucksOnline blogosphere begins with an invitation from the Coeur d'Alene PD to attend the annual tribute to fallen police officers and firefighters. This year, the tribute at Fallen Heroes Plaza on Cherry Hill will be held on the first anniversary of the death of CPD Sgt Greg Moore in the line of duty.

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Bedke strongly backs Clive Strong 

House Speaker Scott Bedke strongly endorsed Clive Strong for the Idaho Supreme Court today, joining former Speaker Bruce Newcomb, former state schools Superintendent Jerry Evans and a group of Strong supporters at a press conference on the steps of the Idaho Supreme Court.

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Arson destroys Bonners Ferry church

Arson destroyed St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry early Thursday and firefighters continued battling the blaze nearly 12 hours later. Investigators believe the arson may be related to vandalism that occurred to St. Ann’s and at least one other Bonners Ferry church earlier this year, said Bonners Ferry Police Chief Vic Watson.

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Huckleberries hears ... 15 

Huckleberries hears ... that there was an interesting exchange between state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, and her GOPrimary challenger Paul Amador. At one point, Sims said she supports the GOP position on "Add the Words" and then explained why she wouldn't answer the "liberal questions" posed to her in the CdA Press Voters Guide.

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Queen celebrates 90th birthday 

What kind of present do you give a nonagenarian who lives in castles and is arguably the world’s most famous royal? The thick crowds that lined the streets in Windsor on Thursday, where Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 90th birthday, opted for flowers, cakes, cards and a giant stuffed bulldog, according to the Washington Post.

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Idaho tried $7.2M IEN settlement 

Idaho was negotiating a $7.2 million settlement with Idaho Education Network vendors, but the deal went south when the Idaho Supreme Court voided the broadband contract. Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press reported on the negotiations Thursday, citing a draft settlement agreement.

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Why NIPAC didn't back Green

In its endorsements of five Republican candidates in the region, North Idaho Political Action Committee explains why it didn't endorse "constitutional sheriff" candidate John Green. Basically, the mainstream Republican PAC said it still has the same concerns about Green that it did when he ran four years ago.

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Is Athol the epicenter of whacko? 

"Is it just me, or is Athol becoming the epicenter for everything whacko happening in North Idaho. Read the letters to the editor in the CDA Press. Most everything goofy comes from people living in Athol. Edit: My apologies to you normal people that also live there" -- LovetheVandals.

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A scene from the fire at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry Thursday morning. (Boundary County Emergency Management / Courtesy)

AM: Fire levels Bonners Ferry church

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes the fire this morning that destroyed St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry. Also: 4th of July Pass flag returns/Press, Land Board OKs 2017 timber harvest/EOB, Alleged pastor shooter Odom on move/KHQ, Night work set for Seltice-to-Mullan trail/Press, Mediation set in marina embezzling case/Press ...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.21.16

Scanner Traffic for Thursday AM (17 items & counting) includes call that a transient hitchhiking along Highway 95 @ Mica Creek Bridge might be fugitive that was the subject of a manhunt earlier this week. He wasn't.

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Poll: Strong gets justice nod

IN the Wednesday poll, Hucks Nation is split almost evenly between Deputy AG Clive Strong and "undecided" re: the four-way race for the Idaho Supreme Court. Today's Poll: Do you support the move to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson?

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Singer Prince, 57, RIP 31 

The music world has lost another legend. World renowned pop artist Prince has died at age 57. The singer was found dead at his estate in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota Thursday, two sources told E! News. Prince's rep later confirmed his death.

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Should news sites charge for comments? 19 

In an article in Bloomberg Technology, Joshua Brustein reports on an idea by MP3.com founder Michael Robertson that news sites begin charging individuals who want to comment on stories. Robertson argues that the prospect would produce a new revenue stream and upgrade the quality of the comments.

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Alexis Beebe (Photo courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

CPD searches for 13YO runaway girl

Coeur d’Alene PD officers are searching for runaway Alexis Renee Beebe. Alexis lives with her father and was last seen leaving for school on the morning of April 11, 2016. She is believed to be staying with family members in the Spokane area. Alexis is a 13 year old white female. She is 5’01” tall, weighs 90 lbs, and has brown hair and blue eyes.

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Idaho immunization rates improve

Idaho’s child immunization rates improved in 2015, reaching a five-year high. And Department of Health and Welfare officials don’t know what to make of the numbers yet. In 2015, 86.7 percent of Idaho students were considered “adequately immunized,” according to H&W spreadsheets obtained by Idaho Education News.

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This image provided by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman, between 1860 and 1875. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years. (H.B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP)

Trump: Tubman on $20 'political correctness' 42 

Donald Trump thinks anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman is "fantastic" -- but he says the move to have her replace 7th president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill is "pure political correctness." "Well, Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it's very rough when you take somebody off the bill," Trump said during a town hall on the "Today" show.

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NIPAC surprise: Nonini & Souza 

In a bit of a surprise, the North Idaho PAC endorsed the unopposed GOPrimary candidacies of Sens. Bob Nonini and Mary Souza: "The NIPAC board members wanted to commend these two senators for casting a number of responsible and well-considered votes during the 2016 legislative session."

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Supreme Court wannabes square off 17 

The four candidates in a rare contested race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court faced off in a two-hour forum this week sponsored by the state bar, and got a chance to highlight their differences and what each would bring to Idaho’s highest court.

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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.