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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016

Idaho leads nation ... in something 

Job growth: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that from March 2015 to March 2016, Idaho led the nation for increases in employment. During that time period, 37 states had statistically significant increases in seasonally adjusted, non-farm employment; Idaho led the pack at 3.6 percent.

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Robyn Brody (Betsy Z. Russell)

Brody: Time for a woman on the bench 

Today Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise profiles Robyn Brody: She’s among four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court – which currently is all-male, and hasn’t had a female justice in nearly a decade. "While I’ve never tried to make gender my issue, I think I would bring a unique perspective to the bench that’s missing."

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Sheriff's No. 2 resigns in spoof site flap 

Bonner County Undersheriff David Hale resigned amid a scandal involving a phony website he set up for Sheriff Daryl Wheeler’s political rival in the May 17 GOP primary. “I have accepted the resignation of David Hale as Undersheriff of Bonner County,” Wheeler said in a news release issued on Thursday.

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Hotelier plans NW Blvd "Incoeurbator" 13 

In today's CdA Press, Jeff Selle reports that Ayers "plans to incorporate a new economic development engine into the campus called 'Coeurllaborate'" and build "a business incubator called 'Incoeurbator.'" "Coeur"stion: What fun words can you make using 'Coeur'?

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Second Spokane Valley councilman resigns 

A second Spokane Valley city councilman has quit amid acrimony between previous political leaders and the council’s new libertarian-leaning majority. Chuck Hafner resigned Monday morning, following Councilman Dean Grafos, who quit on Wednesday. Question: Were they right to throw in the towel?

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Tuesday Wild Card 4.26.16 

Happy Tuesday, HBO. I wrote yesterday about my view of Rathdrum Mountain from the backyard. I still think it's funny to wake up in this town, even after living here for four years. When I graduated from Lakeland High, I wanted nothing more than to live anywhere but here. If I've learned one thing over the years, it's to never say never.

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Unclebob: To the Bard of Sherman Avenue 

Unclebob offered up a nice tribute to The Bard of Sherman Avenue, the late Tom Wobker, under yesterday's Wild Card post. He writes: To the Bard of Sherman Avenue/Known to many, yet truly known by few/You help us see things as we wander/Feel things as we ponder

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The Idaho Potato Commission says its traveling advertisement, the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, could roll on indefinitely. The Capital Press reports that IPC considered retiring the truck after its current tour, but recent comments from celebrities like retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant may have saved it. The truck is scheduled to cover 25,000 miles during its fifth national tour. Highlights include stops at the Kentucky Derby and the premier of Idaho the Musical in Las Vegas. This file photo from 2012 shows the truck in front of Idaho's state Capitol. (AP / John Miller)

Kobe Bryant and the Idaho potato truck 

The infamous giant Idaho potato truck might not be going into the garage after all -- thanks to an inquiry by NBA star Kobe Bryant. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise shares from an AP story: "How long have you been working with Idaho potatoes?" Bryant asked Cox, nicknamed "Spud" by professional athletes. "Have they found that truck yet?"

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Sgt. Greg Moore and his wife Lindy are seen as part of a video during the funeral service for Sgt. Greg Moore at Lake City High School on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Remembering Officer Greg Moore

Law Enforcement Memorial Week officially begins May 15, but it will be recognized 10 days earlier in Coeur d’Alene. In honor of Sgt. Greg Moore, the police department will hold its memorial ceremony on May 5. Moore was fatally shot in the line of duty.

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

I'll be back ... tomorrow 

Well, I have to say I'm pretty proud of you, HBO. DFO said behave and you all behaved. I'm switching from blog mode to mom mode now. I will check in from time-to-time to make sure the comments section remains troll-free, but otherwise I'm checking out for the day. Have a great rest of the day. I will be back in the morning. Bright and early.

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Monday Wild Card -- 4.25.16 11 

Rise and shine, HBO. The skies over Rathdrum Mountain are looking mostly blue from my back window, so I'm just going to call it now: It's going to be a beautiful day. By now I'm sure much of the HBO family has heard the sad news that Tom Wobker, the beloved Bard of Sherman Avenue, died Saturday at the age of 71.

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Mendy Plotkin and Sholom Dubov, right, who hosted what they believe may be the first publicy announced community seder in Coeur d’Alene on Friday, pose for a photo, Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Coeur d’Alene. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Coeur d'Alene's first Jewish seder 

Led by two Orthodox rabbinical students, the group took part in a three-hour seder meal commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Friday’s dinner is believed to be the first publicly announced Jewish seder in Coeur d’Alene.

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Feds take over BF church arson investigation 

Federal agencies have taken over the investigation of the arson fire that destroyed the Catholic church in Bonners Ferry early Thursday morning. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office, are leading the investigation of the fire set at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

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Herb Huseland is the Bayview columnist for the Post Falls Voice.   JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review (Jesse Spokesman-revi / The Spokesman-Review)

Bayview Herb: Contested convention? Seen it. 10 

Herb Huseland/Bay Views reminisces about contested presidential conventions of years past in a new blog post: "I have some personal knowledge of contested conventions, the last being the Democratic Convention in the 1952 election year. This has to go down as the only advantage to…

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The Slice: Typos come in all sizes 

In my former life as a newspaper reporter, I was witness to some major typos. One of my worst was when I miscalculated the impact of a school levy in an article printed on election eve with no time for a correction. As bad as that was, it paled in comparison to a couple legendary typos made by my colleagues. In today's Slice, a reader shares:

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No Dems on ballot in 8 districts 

Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise shares some interesting stats about the May 17 Idaho primary election. There are 8 districts with no Democrats on the ballot and 49 incumbent Republicans unopposed in bids for re-election to the Idaho Legislature. More here.

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Throwback: Proud Atholians protest name change 23 

My former NIC journalism prof, Nils Rosdahl, loved making cracks about Athol. He told me that one time the town leaders grew tired of being the butt of jokes and proposed changing the town's name. I thought he was ribbing me, but I recently found an old newspaper clipping that proves otherwise.

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A green light for those who don't look up 11 

In the "Seriously, what next?" department: Officials in the city of Augsburg became concerned when they noticed a new phenomenon: Pedestrians were so busy looking at their smartphones that they were ignoring traffic lights. The city has attempted to solve that problem by installing new traffic lights embedded in the pavement.

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Press: Does Labrador owe Sims? 

The Coeur d'Alene Press editorial board says U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador's endorsement of State Rep. Kathy Sims "hints at two things: Labrador owing Sims a favor, and Sims feeling uneasy about her chances against a smart young candidate who represents rational approaches to common problems, rather than Tea Party politics at any cost."

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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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