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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

Jeers to guy who ignores dying kids 25 

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase JEERS Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls. Heider? He's the clueless legislator who refused to have a hearing on a bill to reform Idaho's faith-healng loophole. The loophole allows parents to refuse medicine for ill kids.

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Risch in place to help small business 

Small businesses that are struggling with federal regulations could gain an ally in January if Idaho Sen. Jim Risch becomes chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Risch, who is two years into his second term in the U.S. Senate, is the ranking Republican on the 19-member committee.

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5 refuse to answer Press questionnaire 

The Coeur d'Alene Press has provided a valuable service today by publishing a 35-page voter guide to introduce you to candidates, ranging from the Kootenai County sheriff to candidates for legislative seats. However, the usual suspects refused to answer a Press questionnaire: Barbieri, Vick, Mendive, Cheatham & Sims. Oh my.

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Mica Grange forum 

At a candidates' forum at the Mica Grange last night, the six candidates for two Kootenai County commissioner seats are shown listening to a question from the audience.

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Levy would upgrade PF library 

A levy of almost $5M would benefit 7 Kootenai County area libraries and the Bookmobile, including improvements to the Post Falls Library. The levy, spread over three years, is estimated to cost $16.65 per year for taxpayers with a home valued at $200,000.

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Patty Duke service Saturday

The memorial service for Anna Marie Pearce is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake City Community Church in Coeur d'Alene. Pearce, known also by her stage name, Patty Duke, died in Coeur d'Alene March 29. She was 69YO. KHQ will stream the service live tomorrow.

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City seeks to keep privies in check

The city of Coeur d'Alene's Planning Commission unanimously made an ordinance recommendation that will keep the locations, maintenance and use of Porta Potties in check. Previously, the city didn't really have an ordinance that regulated Porta Potties, or portable toilets.

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Littlejohn vs Redman in HD4B 

In the House District 4B race, you have an incumbent (Eric Redman) who introduced a bill in the 2016 Legislature to block Sharia law in this country. And you have a challenger (Alan Littlejohn) who retired to Kootenai County after a career as a California fireman -- and will have the backing of the Phil Hart wing of the local GOP. Throw a dart.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.14.16 11 

It had to happen some day and Mike Kennedy had to see it. This morning, Mike informed me via email that he was busting up re: the headline I wrote for a post featuring US Sen. Mike Crapo: "Crap may chair Senate Banking in '17." Mike says the headline reminds him of a sign he once saw on a Texas LaQuinta: "Enjoy Use of Our Pubic Meeting Room."

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Parting Shot -- 4.14.16 

President Barack Obama gestures as he stands next to retired Army Capt. William Reynolds, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, after the veteran introduced the president at the Wounded Warrior Ride, a cycling event for wounded veterans Thursday at the White House in Washington.

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US attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson (Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise)

US Attorney Olson: Protect rights of all faiths

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson is in Pocatello this afternoon, where she’s holding a press conference and meeting with Muslim, Arab and other international students at Idaho State University in Pocatello to discuss federal hate crimes and civil rights statutes that protect “persons of all races, religions and national origins.”

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.14.16

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (17 items & counting + AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items) includes a lot of road rage out there, with drivers beating other drivers and/or waving guns at them. Be careful out there ...

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Frat allegedly hazed, drugged members 

Washington State University's Interfraternity Council Senate confirmed the suspension Wednesday of the Washington Gamma chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at WSU after allegations were made to the university's student conduct office of hazing, providing alcohol to minors and drugging drinks at a party.

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Blogos -- 4.14.16

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline blogosphere includes: Dispose-all/Fort Boise, Cooks needed/Bay Views, New look for No-Li/On Tap, Gentle giants/Simple Mind, Favorite SR typos/The Slice, Pretty horses & such/Slight Detour Debut writers tell all/Cindy's All Write, A pope who understands/Carlson Chronicles ...

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Osprey web cam at McEuen Park 

On Wednesday, I posted a photo by Greg Lee/SR of an osprey hanging out on a nesting platform at McEuen Park. Nearby, a Canada goose couple were hanging at another nesting platform. I couldn't open the web cam viewing link on the city of Coeur d'Alene site. Can you click on this Web cam link (below) and see if the osprey cam opens for you?

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Catching up

Rosie Olsen, left, and June Shapiro, longtime friends, catch up on a bench by the pond it the Japanese garden at Manito Park Monday. Both used to live in Spokane, but Olsen now lives in Hayden, and Shapiro lives in Seattle.

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UI prof addresses inner Stephen King

When T.J. Tranchell was 11 and friends his age were reading Goosebumps, he was entranced by his introduction to Stephen King. "It was Misery," Tranchell says, "and I still wanted to write" after finishing the horrifying tale of an author and his biggest/craziest fan. Now the University of Idaho teacher has published his first horror novel.

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Vestal, Fifield to discuss 'humor in fiction' at NIC 

North Idaho College is hosting authors Shawn Vestal and Richard Fifield for a free discussion on “Humor in Fiction” at noon Friday in Seiter Hall Room 102. Two fiction writers whose work has been praised for being witty, sly, and laugh-out-loud funny will discuss what they love about humor in literature, from Shakespeare until today.

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Bonner undersheriff tied to bogus site 

An impostor website unflatteringly touting Bonner County sheriff candidate Terry Ford is being traced back to Sheriff Daryl Wheeler’s second-in-command. The rudimentary website features a blurry photo of Ford at an event and some brief statements about his candidacy.

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BNI endorses $5M library levy 

Balance North Idaho today announces their endorsement for the approximate $5 million Community Library Network Physical Plant Levy to upgrade their seven library facilities. The facilities are in: Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Spirit Lake. They also have a Bookmobile.

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AM Headlines -- 4.14.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines today includes: Vandals attack Post Falls IOOF building. Also: Idaho Records/Press, Spencer Street extension now open/Press, Fugitive Sought: Nathan Jake Dendaas/Press, Antifreeze used to poison Post Falls dog/KREM 2, CdA Audobon banquet celebrates 25 years/Outdoors + more ...

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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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