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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.5.16 

Let's end today with cuteness times 2, provided by Marianne Love/Slight Detour. Marianne snapped a photo of these twins riding in the 4th of July Parade in Sandpoint Monday. Also, Marianne has several other photos of the 4th of July celebration in her neck of the North Idaho woods, plus a think piece on the annual Independence Day celebration.

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City responds to cemetery incident 

In response to an incident reported by Taylor Viydo/KREM re: a family that was locked in Riverview Cemetery on 4th of July, Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor comments that the city of Coeur d'Alene regrets the incident. A city employee had locked the cemetery after the family refused to leave to prevent people from shooting fireworks off there.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.5.16 15 

I enjoyed the full Coeur d'Alene 4th of July experience Monday: 4th of July Parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene, a family potluck picnic in my back yard, and then the fireworks show from City Beach at night. Fun. Fun. And fun. I've been attending 4th of July parades for 32 years in Coeur d'Alene. The one Monday had to be among the best.

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A trio of wild felines take up residence under a vintage tractor along Main Street in Asotin. A stray cat issue has become an epidemic, with cats having free roam over the small town along the Snake River. (Kyle Mills/Lewiston Tribune photo)

Mayor Bonfield: The cat woman of Asotin County 

By day, Vikki Bonfield is mayor of Asotin, Wash., near Lewiston. By night, she's the cat catcher of Asotin County. Mayor Bonfield has trapped 45 wild cats in her town. She takes them to the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter to be spayed or neutered. The city pays $100 for every two cats spayed or neutered.

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Family locked in Riverview Cemetery 

At KREM 2, Taylor Viydo reports that a local woman and her family was locked in the Riverview Cemetery (behind Forest Cemetery) by a city employee after they refused to leave. The woman visited the cemetery to celebrate the birthday of her late 3YO son.

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Idaho's state/sales tax ranks low 

Idaho has one of the lowest combined state and local sales taxes in the country, ranking in the bottom 15, well behind such states as Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and neighboring Washington. The Tax Foundation has released a new comparison of state and local sales taxes by state.

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Vandal wants to stop hate 

Seems one misinformed person thought it was within his/her prerogative to spray-paint an otherwise reasonable message on a high-profile stop sign at 2nd Street & Indiana Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Duane Rasmussen snapped this picture while photographing the 4th of July parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene Monday.

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Idaho ranks Top 5 in new ed report 

In an Idaho Education News report, Kevin Richert tells of a recent national report that shows Idaho scoring in the Top 5 -- yes, you read that right -- for students getting a bachelor's degree after they've earned an associate's degree. The high standing speaks to Idaho's support for high school students who dual enroll in community colleges.

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Lawyers explore plea deal for Kyle Odom

Prosecutors and defense lawyers for Kyle Odom, the man accused of shooting a CdA pastor in March, will meet with a district judge to discuss a possible plea agreement in the case. Any plea deal that emerges from the confidential mediation would be presented in open court to the judge in the case, who could accept or reject the agreement.

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Jail courtroom sets use record 

Our local jail saw a record number of defendants in custody to see a judge following the busy holiday weekend. Today, jail staff will escort 62 inmates to a court session, which will take place using a video-arraignment system. There are usually 25 to 30 inmates awaiting first appearances on the first working day of the week.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.5.16

Scanner Traffic for Tuesday AM (18 items & counting) includes Coeur d'Alene police search along downtown Coeur d'Alene waterfront for missing female with dementia. (Responding to a HucksOnline inquiry, Detective Jared Reneau reports the woman was later found.)

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Poll: Gun law will trigger more mishaps 

In the weekend poll, a solid plurality of Hucks Nation predicted that Idaho's new permitless carry law will trigger more accidental shootings in the Gem State. Today's Poll: Do you agree with FBI decision not to file criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server?

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Why Little announced guv run early 

Adam Cotterell of Boise State Public Radio comments on possible reason why Lt Gov Brad announced his plans to run for governor in 2018: "Long-time Idaho political analyst Jim Weatherby says by becoming the first candidate in the race, Little may be sending a message to Republicans who respect the party hierarchy that he is the heir-apparent."

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Magic Valley tries to keep millennials 

Millennials, with their faces buried in technological gadgets much of the time, exasperate the older generations around them. But they're sought nationwide by employers who want to tap their creativity. Now, the Magic Valley is looking for a strategy to keep southern Idaho millennials home. (Do millennials exasperate you or inspire you?)

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AM Headlines -- 7.5.16

AM Headlines today: Road kill fair game in Washington/Outdoors, Passenger in ATV Kingston ATV crash dies/Press, Fatal bear attacked triggered by collision/Outdoors, Ag leaders welcome Little as guv candidate/EOBoise, Business Bits: 777 Take-and-Bake opens soon/Press, Boulder-White Clouds wilderness planning starts/Outdoors ...

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FBI: No charges in Clinton email matter 100 

The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign. But Comey called her actions “extremely careless.”

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Malloy: Idaho GOP restores order 

In his Idaho Politics Weekly column, Chuck Malloy comments that party Chairman Steve Yates & exec Dave Johnston have restored order to the Idaho Republican Party, despite its deep divisions. Johnston, a 27YO who has mastered the art of herding cats, and Yates are responsible for an orderly party convention last month, Malloy comments.

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Waste Management picking up bins 

As of Friday, Waste Management no longer serves as the garbage hauler for Coeur d'Alene as the service transitioned to Coeur d'Alene Garbage. Waste Management asks that all old containers be left out where they are visible and they will be removed. (City says the removal process will take the entire month.)

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Chief has no right to remain silent 

In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase takes Police Chief Chris Ankeny of Lewiston to task for his new policy that cuts the public off from information from his office on weekends. Ankeny has declared that his office won't provide public information on crimes from noon Friday to noon Monday.

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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.