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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016

Tony Parks (Kootenai County Sheriff's Department booking photo)

Update: Ex-resort employee sentenced 

Tony Parks, the former marina manager for the Coeur d'Alene Resort, was sentenced to two years in prison fixed with a possibility of serving eight more. He was accused of stealing $467,800 from the resort since 2005. An auditor for the resort found 1,259 fraudulent refunds since 2005 including 156 transactions totaling almost $53K in 2015.

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City trying to re-shape E Sherman 

In a briefing to membes of the Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene chambers of commerce, Hilary Anderson said the city of Coeur d'Alene is working to re-shape East Sherman Avenue. Anderson, the community planning director for the city, said Coeur d'Alene is focusing on smaller projects to accomplish the goal.

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Parting Shot -- 7.28.16 

Singer AnchorCarole King, a long-time resident of Idaho, performs during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia earlier today. King, whose hits include "You've Got A Friend," gave a shout out to Idaho during her time on stage.

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Ex-resort dock master sent to prison 

A former marina manager for the Coeur d’Alene Resort was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Hagadone Corporation. First District Judge Cynthia Meyer told Anthony David Parks his behavior was calculated, deceptive and selfish, and “a complete dereliction of your duties as a manager.”

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.28.16 20 

I listened to part of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's speech last night and all of President Barack Obama's. Obama was dealing. He's an amazing orator. But I can't help but thing that the Hillary Clinton campaign is spending too much time off message in dealing with the shenanigans of Donald Trump.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 37 

The Cutline Contest for today features Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embracing President Barack Obama after Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Wednesday Winner -- 4 ties with 3 votes apiece.

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Hydros want another shot at CdA 

Don't look now but Unlimited Hydroplane racing is eyeing Lake Coeur d'Alene again, for a 2017 race. Commissioner Steven David is focused on the future, and that future includes a Lake Coeur d'Alene race, if organizers can come up with the necessary money to ensure that all vendors are paid.

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Labrador 6th poorest in Congress 11 

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by, with an average net worth, based on his federal financial disclosures, of minus $216,000. By contrast, the site ranked Idaho Sen. Jim Risch the 18th richest member of Congress, with an average net worth of $53.4 million

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HucksOnline Blogosphere -- 7.28.17 

North Idaho Blog Roundup: Weekly (pub) planner/On Tap, Democratic ambition/Bay Views, Back on the political scene/Fort Boise, Go for a 'Joyride' tonight at Aunties/7 Blog, One absolute requirement/Carlson Chronicles, Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle Aug 13/Outdoors, Golf's majors are about to be over/A Grip on Sports ...

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Letter: Retired cops love it here, too 

A Post Falls letter writer tells Coeur d'Alene Press readers that retired police officers and firefighters move to the region for the same reasons others to. It's a safe place. The writer, Sharron Gough of Post Falls and her husband were both in law enforcement for decades. Why did you move to North Idaho?

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Pmurg: CdA Garbage trucks trashy 

Pmurg offers this observation re: the city of Coeur d'Alene switch from Waste Management to Coeur d'Alene Garbage service: The WM trucks were clean and appeared well maintained. And: "Most of the CdA GS trucks that I've been seeing around town are filthy, many look downright dilapidated, rusty, and beat to hell."

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In a Friday, May 27, 2016, file photo, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks to supporters and delegates at the National Libertarian Party Convention, in Orlando, Fla. Omn Sunday, May 29, 2016, The Libertarian Party again nominated former New Mexico Gov. Johnson as its presidential candidate, believing he can challenge presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton because of their poor showing in popularity polls. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

How about this guy? 

A lot of people are dissatisfied with the two major party candidates for president. That leaves Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jim Stein of the Green Party in a position to pick up some folks. Would you consider voting for a Libertarian for president?

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WM makes final garbage bin sweep 

Nearly all Waste Management garbage containers should be picked up and the company will be doing a final sweep next week. WM has driven through the entire city twice now and there should not be much left to pick up. They continue to pick up containers daily. The company asks that all Waste Management containers be out by 6 a.m. on Monday.

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Walking: Antidote for office work 

As you know, Greg Lee and I walk during our lunch hour. At least most of the time. Now, the AP reports, that activity is vital for guys like us -- and maybe you -- who sit behind a computer 8 hours a day. The health benefits are ginormous. The risks of sitting all day or watching TV for 5 hours are ha-huge, too. How much do you exercise daily?

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Dr. Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, waves at a rally in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Anyone going Green (Party)? 

For disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters -- and those with a Green (Party) thumb, Dr. Jill Stein may be the answer in this year's presidential contest. Stein has been courting disaffected Sanders voters this week outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Is she a candidate that appeals to you?

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Don't take gun lobby's 'no' for answer 

In his editorial this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune takes on the dug-in gun lobby. Trillhaase says Washington Initiative 1491 is a start in keeping guns out of the hands of people who are dangerous to themselves and others.

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Cindy Hval. (SR file photo)

Front Porch: Let me entertain you 

In today’s SR Front Porch column, Cindy Hval writes about the simple joy of breaking bread with friends: "You can call it 'company,' 'having people over,' or even the loftier 'entertaining,' but I just call it fun," writes Cindy. She adds: "I hope entertaining isn’t a lost art. Do you enjoy having people over?"

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Alexander: Can Hillary be judged fairly? 23 

Jon Alexander, the former Twin Falls Times-News opinion editor who now holds the same position for the Quad Cities Times, capsulizes the problem many of us have with Hillary Clinton: "I just can't help it. I'm skeptical of Hillary Clinton. Polls show I'm not alone." He wonders, however, if he's a victim of anti-Hillary propaganda of last 25 years.

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AM Headlines -- 7.28.16 

AM Headlines launches with a look at the erosion damage on local waterways caused by wakeboarders. Also: Idaho transitioning to 2nd area code/EOB, Post Falls reports string of gas thefts/Press, Davis becomes Post Falls chamber CEO/Press, Kootenai County Sheriff's log (Friday-Wed)/Press, Project uses app to keep drones away from wildfires/EOB ...

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Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 1 point 32 

Democratic nominee leads Republican nominee Donald Trump by 1 point in a new Rasmussen Reports poll. The poll finds that Clinton has 43 percent support compared to Trump's 42 percent among likely voters polled by the conservative-leaning Rasmussen. Another 10 percent of respondents like another candidate, and 4 percent are undecided.

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