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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

Idaho gas prices lower, but ... 

Idaho’s gas prices are the eighth-highest in the nation, 24 cents over the national average, reports AAA of Idaho. But they’re also running 59 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, are at the lowest level for July since 2005, and have been stable – within a penny or so of their current $2.47 average – all summer.

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Piotrowski slams Labrador legislation 

Democrat James Piotrowski issued a statement today critical of Congressman Raul Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act." The bill is designed to protect against any federal penalties, including loss of federal grants, contracts or tax exemptions, for those who act out of religious objections to same-sex marriage or extra-marital relations.

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Jeff Dechenne of Clearwater Summit Group landscapers plants bushes at the northern edge of City Park as part of the Four Corners project. (Greg Lee/Huckleberries photo)

Four Corners project coming along

Jeff Dechenne of Clearwater Summit Group landscapers plants bushes at the northern edge of City Park as part of the Four Corners project that is transforming the entrance to historic Fort Grounds. Work crews have made significant progress on Fort Ground Drive, installing decorative street work, roundabouts & the pad for the Coeur d'Alene Carousel.

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Sightem (Pokemon Go) 19 

Walking partner Greg Lee and I counted 39 millennials (and Tom Greene of North Idaho College) doing Pokémon Go walkabouts in McEuen Park, City Beach and elsewhere on the waterfront during our noon walk. They were easy to spot. Almost all had their head down, looking at their cellphones. Their ages ranged from early teen to mid-20s.

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GOP: Internet porn is 'health crisis' 37 

The Republican Party will declare internet pornography a "public health crisis" under an amendment added to the draft party platform Monday at preliminary meetings in Cleveland. (Question: Do you consider internet pornography to be a public health crisis?)

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, followed by former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, arrive for a memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Tuesday, in Dallas. Five police officers were killed and several injured during a shooting in downtown Dallas last Thursday night. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Obamas in Dallas for officers' service 16 

"President Obama arrived at a memorial service here Tuesday to address another city heartbroken by a mass shooting, seeking to comfort a nation mourning the deaths of five officers while protests over policing have continued in cities across the country," according to the Washington Post.

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Are we using McEuen greenspace? 

I asked Deputy City Administrator to provide a list of activities planned for the large green space at McEuen Park, fronting the Avista Pavilion. Basically, I want to know how much the space is being used. There are four major events planned this summer. Question: Would you like to see anything else done with that large green expanse?

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AM Headlines -- 7.12.16

AM Headlines features a look at the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department's new fireboat. Also: County changes jail expansion plan/Press, NIC trustees seek to fill board vacancy/Press, KCSO seeks fugitive who fled traffic stop/Press, House hears Labrador's 1st Amendment act/EOB, Judge doubles bond for STCU robbery suspect/KXLY ...

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OOST: Weed out confused codgers 26 

Out of Stater Tater is sticking by his guns re: the need to keep us codgers from causing too many driving problems. OOST supports the current Idaho law that prevents anyone over 62 from buying an extended, 8-year license: " We just ought to be able to weed out a few more of the confused codgers who seem to keep plowing through the farmers markets."

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Starbucks cups are shown mugs in a cafe in North Andover, Mass. Starbucks announced today that it was raising prices slightly on brewed coffee, espresso and tea lattes in U.S. company-operated stores. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Starbucks hiking coffee, espresso, latte prices 13 

Starbucks says it's increasing prices slightly on brewed coffee, espresso and tea latte beverages. The Seattle-based coffee chain says prices on select sizes of brewed coffee in U.S. company-operated stores are jumping 10 to 20 cents Tuesday, while prices on espresso and tea latte beverages will rise 10 to 30 cents.

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Poll: Keep codger driving law 

In Monday's poll, Out of State Tater and the other whippersnappers who read Hucks Online oppose any change in the driving law that would allow those 62 and over from buying an extended, eight-year license. Today's Poll: Should Idaho ban the sale of aerial fireworks?

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Finally: Sanders endorses Clinton 22 

Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, capping off a contentious presidential primary and solidifying the former secretary of state's hold on the Democratic party. Question: What lasting impact will Bernie Sanders' quixotic campaign have on the Democrat Party?

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Yokes to buy 4 Trading Company stores 

Yoke’s Fresh Markets is expanding again. Less than a year after buying Haggen in Liberty Lake, the employee-owned company announced Monday that it is buying Trading Company Stores, a local chain with four stores in Spokane Valley, Post Falls, Cheney and Latah Valley.

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Edit: Ban sale of aerial fireworks 

The Idaho Press Tribune (Nampa-Caldwell) is calling for a ban on the sale of illegal fireworks in Idaho. Now, it's OK to buy aerial fireworks, but not to shoot them off. Can you see where that might be a problem. This year, as a result of aerial fireworks, two houses burned down. The editorial says it's time to put teeth into this law.

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L.T. Jones, owner of Pegasus Auto Recycling in Garwood, is seen in this 2013 Press file photo with Dyno, his pet and his business’ mascot. A tundra wolf-malamute mix, Dyno was with Jones from the time the animal was 6 weeks old. Known to many Press readers, Dyno died in June. (Jerome Pollis/Coeur d'Alene Press file photo)

Dyno the Junkyard Dog dies at 12 1/2 

Dyno the Junkyard Dog at Pegasus Auto Recycling in Garwood was a favorite of many locals, happily posing for photos with them: "He looked forward to his photo shoots," said Susan Pare, daughter of Pegasus owner L.T. Jones. The family announced this week that the loved wolf-malamute hybrid died recently.

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Illustration via Coeur d'Alene Press

Post Falls, developer strike park deal

Plans for a sports complex and a neighborhood park will move forward in Post Falls thanks to a deal between the city and a developer. The agreement between the city and Copper Basin Construction will allow for a future 25-acre, multi-use sports complex on the north end of the Tullamore subdivision on the south side of Prairie Avenue.

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13 caught in child-rapist sting 

Thirteen people have been arrested in Spokane County in a major sting operation targeting would-be child rapists. Nine of the suspects appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Monday afternoon and four had hearings last week. Most responded to a Craigslist ad posted by detectives from the Missing and Exploited Children Task Force.

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

Wild Card/Monday -- 7.11.16 56 

Every inch of me is sore today, after spending Saturday and Sunday digging out the concrete from old fence posts, to build a new fence. Nasty, slow going. But we got the one side done. Now, it's onto the back and a lot of rock work to complete one section of the garden. No rest for this old guy.

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