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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016

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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Lake City loves a parade 

Lake City turned out en masse to another Fourth of July Parade Monday -- and it was treated to one of the best. In the photo above, Lora Gervais, holding the American flag, leads the local Daughters of the American Revolution as it marches down Sherman Avenue.

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Man dies in Post Falls drowning

A Spokane Valley man died Sunday morning from an apparent drowning in the Spokane River in Post Falls. Michael Williams, 25, was pronounced dead at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene. Williams was swimming Saturday evening at Q’emiln Park when he slipped under the surface for unknown reasons.

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Hucks: Out, out, damn Litterbug

A Silver Valley woman found out how passionate Keri Alexander is against littering when she decided to toss trash from her vehicle at the I-90 exit at Osburn. Keri, the publisher of the Shoshone News-Press, saw red when she saw that blatant disregard for the state's littering laws -- and her community. Now, the litterbug is facing a court date.

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SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- July 2-4 21 

I enjoy these three-day weekends. It gives me a chance to catch up on the honey-do's, as well as relax. Independence Day means hanging out at the parade and then hosting a family barbecue. Mrs. O loves the fireworks show. So we'll probably brave the 10s of 1000s on the waterfront Monday night to see it.

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

65YO Seattle man drowns at Twin Lakes 

Donald A. Greene, 65, of Seattle, drowned in lower Twin Lakes about 1 p.m. Friday after jumping off a boat to swim. A relative on the boat and others on shore were unable to rescue him after he yelled for help. KCSO divers located Greene's body about 5 hours later in 19 feet of water. The search was hampered by poor visibility and heavy vegetation.

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Parting Shot -- 7.1.16 

If you want to start the Fourth of July Weekend with a good dose of cuteness, look at the wonderful photo by SR photographer Kathy Plonka. Then, click on the link to see a one-minute video of the Kids Parade provided on the city of Coeur d'Alene Facebook wall.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 7.1.16 

We're officially halfway through 2016. At this point, you either are fulfilling New Year's resolutions. Or there long gone in the rear-view mirror. Moi? I'm actually taking a third course. I'm lagging behind on my resolutions. But still trying to fulfill them. I'm behind on my fitness goals. But not that far behind.

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Man missing in Twin Lakes

The holiday weekend is getting off to a tragic start in Twin Lakes today as divers continue searching for a suspected drowning victim. Before going under the water, the 65-year-old man had jumped from a stopped boat to cool off in the lake at Twin Lakes Village, said Jim Lyon, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District.

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Cutline Contest -- 7.1.16 14 

The Cutline Contest today features that odd, three-way handshake among President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday. Thursday Winner: DFO.

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Chief White to visit White House 15 

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White wants felony crime suspects to be unable to board planes, and will share ideas on that during a White House discussion Wednesday, July 6. White is one of a select few police chiefs around the nation to attend a 21st Century Policing Briefing at the White House.

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Huckleberries Online

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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