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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 4.23-24.16 10 

I'm going to take Monday through Wednesday off this coming week. Taryn will step in to run this three-ring circus. She did a superb job on her initial run at feeding the insatiable maw of this cyber beast. I suspect she'll repeat that performance again during another of my infrequent vacays. Enjoy the weekend. Behave yourselves for Taryn.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.22.16 

Mrs. O & I are headed to the annual Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations banquet tonight at the Coeur d'Alene Inn. SReporter Becky Kramer is going to a community Seder Dinner elsewhere. And I believe there's a Dancing with the Local Stars event at the Kroc Center. It appears that Coeur d'Alene will be stepping out tonight.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.22.16

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (16 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items) includes attempted suicide by hanging by female at Kootenai County Jail. Also, there was a boat crash off Blackwell Island

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Shoplifting leads to bigger arrests 

Deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office made much bigger arrests than they originally thought possible when they responded to a call of shoplifting at Hayden Walmart this morning. A bag full of stolen goods led to a Coeur d'Alene home, a search warrant, and arrests for alleged drug crimes. Walmar employees helped track down suspects.

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Initiative targets campaign finance 

A woman approached me at the Coeur d'Alene Library after work Thursday to sign one of these petitions. As a journalist working for the SR, I can't sign any petitions. She was surprised to hear that. However, I told her, if I had the freedom to do so, I would sign hers. Sneaky money has ruined Idaho's campaign financing. It badly needs to be reform

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Liberal questions? 22 

Here's a list of the "liberal" yes-and-no questions posed in the Coeur d'Alene Press Voters Guide that state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, called a "threat" and refused to answer. They include: Raise the minimum wage? Add the Words? Increase gun rights? Increase abortion rights? Increase Medicaid coverage?

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Man shot while peeing in bar 

A man was shot in the knee late Thursday as he was urinating in the bathroom of a downtown Spokane bar. Police were called to The Pin at 412 W. Sprague just after 11 p.m. Thursday after a gunshot was heard in the bathroom.

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Editorial: Politicians lie? Shazam! 

In an editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Devin Rokyta comments on a recent AP story: "Experts in psychology and political science say politicians lie more often than your average Joe and Jolene, distorting the truth more frequently and deceiving in larger ways -- and of course the consequences are much higher."

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Surprise! IFF/IFFA targets Shawn, too 

Here's the black-and-white version of the attack flier that was sent by IFF's Siamese twin 501c4 organization, Idaho Freedom Action, to applaud Confederate flag waving Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Sandpoint, and to diss powerful JFAC co-chair Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint. Do you...

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Walking partner Greg Lee snapped this photo earlier this week of construction crews working on the flood prevention program in front of the North Idaho Museum.

Museum remains open during flood project

The Museum of North Idaho is surrounded by ditches, mounds of dirt and orange construction safety fencing, but it is indeed still operating and open to the public. The work being conducted by Contractors Northwest, Inc. in the area of the museum, located at 115 Northwest Blvd., is a part of the city's flood works repair project.

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Poll: Tubman on $20 bill OK 10 

In Thursday's poll, A plurality of Hucks Nation support the decision to put 19th Century abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill in place of former President Andrew Jackson. 143 of 301 respondent (47.51%) favored the change.

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AM Headlines -- 4.22.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes story re: tonight's Team Challenge Cup at the Spokane Arena, featuring top ice skaters from around the world. Also: Idaho Records/Press, Walmart burglary leads to arrests/KCSO, Idaho immunization rates on rise/EOBoise, North Idaho Museum open during work/Press, NIC forums for prez candidates open/Press...

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Macomber wants Malek's spot 22 

Here's the flier that I received from attorney Arthur Macomber, who is trying to unseat state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, and has been designated by the Hayden Area Tea Party as one of its "stars."

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Cougar Gulch suspect caught 

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger, of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, reports that the suspect who fled from an ISP officer earlier this week -- and possibly fired a shot at the officer -- has been caught. The suspect is J. Scott Salmond, 46, of Riverside, Calif.

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In this 1995 SR file photo, North Idaho representative Jim Stoicheff, in front of the capitol building, gets a homemade plaque from childhood friend DeVon Smith to commemmorate 60 years of friendship. Smith made the plaque from recycled scrap metal. (File photo by Joe Relk)

Redux: When public servants were civil

Cis Gors of Kootenai found a 1999 editorial that I wrote for the SR, shortly after the death of long-time state Rep. Jim Stoicheff, D-Sandpoint. Stoicheff modeled what it meant to be a public servant and reach across the aisle to get things done. I'm reprinting that editorial to show how much worse off the political environment is today

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JEERS: What-me-care Otter, Denney

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives JEERS to ... Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Secretary of State Lawerence "Boss" Denney: "If they won't defend their constitutional authority, who will?" Trillhaase contends the two have been abdicating their authority to the legislative branch.

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Press: Garbage pact choice correct

In its Friday editorial, the Coeur d'Alene Press said the City Council made the right choice in choosing the low bid for its 10-year garbage contract: "The applause comes from many residents who appreciate the fact that the Council stood up to tremendous pressure and did what’s right."

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Commish Stewart skips Athol debate 

A debate Thursday at the Athol Community Center featured five of the six candidates running for two seats on the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners. Nearly 100 people attended the debate. David Stewart, an incumbent commissioner for one of the seats, was invited to the debate also but didn't attend.

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Sims saw Voters Guide as 'threat' 19 

State Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, said at a debate Thursday that she didn't answer 12 yes-and-no questions for the Coeur d'Alene Press Voters Guide re: various important issues because she viewed the questionnaire as a threat: "Those 12 questions are difficult for most Republicans to answer," she said. Hunh?

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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.