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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

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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Wayne & Co strike again 

This flier from Idaho Freedom Action, the Siamese sister organization of Idaho Freedom Foundation, was waiting in the mailbox last night. IFF/IFA, Wayne Hoffman, Brent Regan and the anonymous high rollers who back IFF desperately want to extend their brand of rigid ultraconservative ideology even deeper into Kootenai County and North Idaho.

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James Piotrowski is one of three Democrats running in the primary for the opportunity to face Congressman Raul Labrador in the 1st Congressional District election in November (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Democrat Piotrowski looks to unseat Labrador

James Piotrowski, a first-time Democratic candidate, has set his sights on Republican Congressman Raul Labrador’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but first he has to beat two challengers in the primary. Piotrowski will face Shizandra Fox and Staniela Nikolova for the Democratic nomination in the May 17 primaries this year.

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Closed primaries, warped democracy? 

In an article for the Christian Science Monitor, Harry Bruinius writes in part: "... At a time when Democrats and Republicans are a shrinking share of the population, closed primaries are shutting more and more of America out. The irony is that America is no less partisan."

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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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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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