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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.27.16 

People play AnchorPokemon Go near the Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Pokemon Go” players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 7.27.16 

Tom Hearn, Coeur d'Alene school trustee and Democratic candidate for the House District 4B (Coeur d'Alene) seat, stopped by Casa Oliveria last even, with campaign worker Cindy Algeo. I showed them the work that I have done in my yard. Tom and I reminisced a bit. Back in our Glory Days at Chico State University (Chico, Calif.), circa 1972.

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Otter firm in transgender dispute 

Gov. Butch Otter is standing by his numbers, in an ongoing dispute over transgender student policies. Otter maintains that the Obama administration’s transgender student guidelines jeopardize about a third of the state’s education funding. The claim was made in a legal brief filed by the state Friday.

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Who's to blame for all the litter along the North Fork? Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander is reluctant to point fingers. But evidence exists to show that Kootenai and Spokane county residents probably are. Here's a directional sign from the area. (Shoshone County SD courtesy photo)

Who's responsible for littering North Fork? 

On the Shoshone County Sheriff's Department Facebook wall, there's a debate occurring re: who are the slobs trashing the popular North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River -- locals, Kootenai County residents or Washington residents. Evidence points to the latter two groups.

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Fort Grounds Drive open to walkers 

Fort Grounds Drive (formerly Mullan Avenue), between City Park and Memorial Field, reopened today -- to pedestrian traffic. Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor provides a photo package of 9 views on the city of Coeur d'Alene Facebook wall re: new features of the $1.5M Four Corners Project.

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Purple hands are a sign of a happy huckleberry hunter.

Blogosphere -- 7.27.16 

North Idaho Blog Roundup features some photographic proof that the hills are swarming with huckleberries. Also: Great orators/Bay Views, 10 cent shave/Fort Boise, Guilty pleasures/Faithful Geek, Half empty or half full?/On Tap, This & that & ridin' Lefty/Slight Detour, See this movie if you have the 'Nerve'/7 Blog + more ...

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City plans Fort Grounds power outage

Power to Coeur d’Alene City Park and the intersection of Fort Grounds Drive, Government Way and Northwest Boulevard will be out for up to eight hours for utility work Aug. 2. The outage will enable Avista Utilities to conduct important work in the area.

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16-month Ethan Jennings grabs a cardboard cutout of the face of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his father Florida delegate Bernard Jennings holds him during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Phaedrus: Why no photos of Hillary? 13 

Phaedrus and other Democrats are wondering today why so many newspapers elected to post a photo of Bill Clinton speaking to the Democratic National Convention on the night his wife, Hillary, made history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party.

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Don't shoplift at Walmart, Super 1 

IdahoLiberal brings up a subject that I, as compiler of the Scanner Traffic features here, have wondered about. Do stores other than Walmart and Super 1 nail people for shoplifting. I rarely hear of shoplifters caught in other stores. Any law enforcement officials out there who can tell me why there aren't more shoplifting arrests?

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Idaho priest faces sex charge 

Authorities in south-central Idaho have charged a Mountain Home priest with raping a Mountain Home Air Force airman after he passed out. Magistrate Judge David Epis released Rev. Victor Jagerstatter on Monday without requiring him to post bond after nearly 100 parishioners attended the arraignment.

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Study: In-state grads likely to stay

Seventy-seven percent of Idaho residents who graduated from in-state public colleges or universities from 2010 to 2014 were employed in Idaho a year later, according to a new research report from the Idaho Department of Labor and the Office of the State Board of Education; and five years later, 67 percent still were employed in Idaho.

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Alex Hamill, left and Paul Landers run a company that raises money for high school sports. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

LCHS grads starts fund-raising biz

It’s not a newfangled idea, but Alex Hamill believes he can help high school and club athletic teams raise funds to meet needs where traditional fundraising falls short or takes more time, reports Greg Lee/SR. Hamill and a high school buddy have started a company specifically focused on raising money quickly for athletics.

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Poll: Execute cop killers 

In the Tuesday poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation said that individuals convicted of murder in the slaying of a police officer should be executed. Today's Poll: Have you picked huckleberries in the last 5 years?

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KCSD: Shoplifters hit supermarkets 22 

The Kootenai County Sheriffs Department dealt with an unusual number of shoplifting incidents at local supermarkets Tuesday, including one involving a 17YO male who decided to eat his "comfort food" -- a jar of Nutella -- without paying for it at Hayden Super 1. The male had shoplifted from Walmart earlier in the day.

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AM: Hagadone hosts garden party 

AM Headlines features Coeur d'Alene Press story re: 3Cs Garden Party at the Casco Bay estate of Duane and Lola Hagadone. Also: Idaho Dems gain national spotlight/EOBoise, Wildfires, smoke affect Boise's air quality/EOBoise, Court orders new trial in 33YO murder case/EOBoise, Hospital releases Post Falls Legion commander/Press + more ...

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Eden Irgens daughter, Riley, holds up her driver's license certificate, after receiving it this morning from the driver's license department. Riley waited 4 1/2 hours at the courthouse office to take her written and driving test -- and then returned this morning to get her license. Sheriff Ben Wolfinger weighed in on the problem of incredibly long lines and waits at the office that his department oversees. I don't know what needs to be done to fix this, but the sheriff, commissioners and Idaho Transportation Department needs to fix this unacceptable waste of county taxpayers' time.

Sheriff explains wait at drivers license office 13 

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger responds to criticism re: long lines at driver's license department: ""Yes, I know that the lines are long I waited as well for my driver's license renewal. We have the same number of staff in Driver's License that we did 15 years ago. Turnover, sick days, vacations all add to lack of staff in the office." More below.

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Part-time solons get full-time bennies 

Amazingly, the part-time Republican Idaho legislators who steadfastly refuse to close the Medicaid gap to provide coverage for the working poor enjoy full-time health benefits, courtesy of Idaho taxpayers. Bill Dentzer of the Idaho Statesman spells out their coverage in a report today.

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Did You Know? 

Did you know that picking huckleberries with the intent to sell them is considered commercial gathering and, therefore, illegal on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests? SR Outdoors blogger Rich Landers tells you all about it in a post. BTW, the fine for commercial harvesting of huckleberries starts at $250.

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Idaho Lottery returns $49.5M dividend 

Director Jeff Anderson announced Tuesday that the state’s lottery saw a 10 percent increase over last year’s dividends. The previous lottery dividend record of $49 million was reached in 2014. Yet a year later, the state’s lottery dividends dropped for the first time in 11 years.

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Labrador, Crapo traveling state 

1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has launched a “Conversations with the Congressman” tour that he says will hit all 19 counties in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District; he’s in Wallace at the Books Hotel this morning. Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Crapo is continuing his series of town-hall meetings in tiny towns throughout the state.

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Perv gets 55 years in co-worker attack 

A Coeur d’Alene sex offender was sentenced Tuesday to 55 years in prison for an assault on a co-worker last fall. Jason A. Edwards, 45, who worked at the Coeur d’Alene Press, was sentenced in 1st District Court for attempted kidnapping, battery with the intent to rape, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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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.