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Sweeping reform initiative falling short 

It looks like a sweeping campaign finance reform initiative may fall short of the number of verified signatures needed to make the November ballot – even though backers collected roughly 79,000 signatures, when just 47,623 valid ones were required. We likely won’t have the final word until tomorrow.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 6.30.16 17 

On my bike ride to work this morning, I noticed a Waste Management truck picking up garbage in my neighborhood, the last day of service by the company to the city of Coeur d'Alene. I thought about posting a sign on my trash cans thanking the workers for all the good years of service to the city. But forgot to do so.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.30.16

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (24 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 19 more items) includes 3-vehicle crash on Highway 54, near Athol; a loose pitbull in Spirit Lake, and a custodial dispute b/n b/n two people who each had arrest warrants served on them ...

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STCU to open downtown CdA branch

The region’s favorite credit union has announced plans Thursday to open a new branch location with a view of Coeur d’Alene’s McEuen Park. Remodeling is scheduled to begin this summer at 401 Front Avenue, Suite 100, in downtown Coeur d’Alene. STCU is leasing the former Bank of America branch from Blackridge Properties.

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Nevada Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore, R-Las Vegas, is shown during committee work at the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev. (AP file photo)

Nevada politicians visit 5YO assault victim 10 

Nevada politicians were in Twin Falls recently to visit the 5-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted at the Fawnbrook Apartments. Michele Fiore and Shelly Shelton, both Republican Assembly members from the Las Vegas area, were passing through on their way back to Nevada and visited after talking to Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard.

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Pickup strikes 2 Litehouse workers 

Two employees of Litehouse Foods near Sandpoint were struck by a pickup truck while on a lunchtime walk Thursday. One was killed and one was critically injured, the Idaho State Police said. The workers were walking along McGhee Road just north of Litehouse headquarters in the former Coldwater Creek complex in Ponderay.

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STCU robbery try ends in gunfire 

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who may have been shot by a credit union customer during an attempted robbery Thursday afternoon. Witnesses reported an armed robbery at the STCU South Valley branch, 13211 E. 32nd Ave., around 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

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Carousel base taking shape 

The pad for the back-to-the-future Coeur d'Alene Carousel is taking shape behind Memorial Field as part of the Four Corners project at Northwest Boulevard and Fort Ground Drive. Construction crews have also installed much of the future parking lot at that corner. Don Sausser provides…

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Lewiston PD shuts down weekend info 

Looks like Lewiston Police Chief Chris Ankeny could use some PR training. Ankeny has issued a new policy that restricts the flow of public info about criminal activity that occurs on weekends. Ankeny's policy will limit info from his department from noon Friday until noon Monday. Ankeny says he doesn't have the staff to handle media inquiries.

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In this Dec. 18, 2008, SR file photo, Emma Burke, 12, and Jessica Fortis, 13, ski down the sidewalks on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d'Alene, as snow continued to fall from the massive snowstorm that blanked the region. Though it was only eight days until Christmas, few shoppers braved the conditions in downtown. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

Sherman Sidewalk 

If you visit downtown on a sunny summer day or warm evening, you'll find the place teeming with diners and drinkers. In 2003, the late Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, penned a rhyme about the ever-changing downtown Coeur d'Alene sidewalks.

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In this 2002 SR file photo, Scott Reed, a member of the committee of nine, listens to the comments on the three alternative plans for McEuen Playfield. (Jesse Tinlsey/SR file photo)

City to honor Reed, Manley

The late Scott Reed and Art Manley will be honored by the city of Coeur d'Alene for their enormous environmental contributions to the Coeur d'Alene area at 5 p.m. Friday at the Avista Pavilion at McEuen Park. Below, you'll find links to stories that sum up the contributions these two environmental giants made to our community.

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FDA/CDC: Don't eat cookie dough 

Those spoilsports at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are warning people not to eat cookie dough. Seems they're nervous as a result of E. coli outbreaks associated with some batches of flour. (Question: Is cookie dough good enough to risk illness, despite the warning?)

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Riverstone concerts start this PM

KeithinCDA reminds us that the summer concert series at Riverstone begins at 6 p.m. today, with Big Band Jazz playing. You can find a link below to a schedule provided by the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance. Also, Keith will have 5 varieties of his North Idaho Cider available to drink while listening to the concert.

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A group of hikers using a Tubbs Hill trail earlier this week are this week are caught on camera by Don Sausser.

Hiking Tubbs Hill 

Mrs. O and I thought about hikes past as we hiked Tubbs Hill with Huckleberry the Beagle last Saturday. The truth of the matter is ... we don't hike the popular downtown attraction all that much. We plan to do better this summer. How about you? When did you last hike Tubbs Hill? How often do you hike it?

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Pentagon lifts ban on transgender troops 

The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change Thursday. Carter says it's the right thing to do. He says only a person's qualifications should matter.

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AM Headlines -- 6.30.16

AM Headlines features the frustration of many INW residents who are trying to settle with insurance companies to repair property destroyed by Wind Storm 2015. Also: Post Falls purchases 245 acres/Press, Hayden opens doors to greater growth/Press, NW vet gets back ID thanks to Facebook/KREM, Residents fed up with aggressive salesmen/KXLY ...

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Poll: We want City Beach lifeguards 16 

In Wednesday's poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation disagreed with a decision by the city of Coeur d'Alene not to hire lifeguards to supervise City Beach this summer. Today's Poll: Would you rather see President Obama serve a 3rd term than see either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump elected president?

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Swimsuits out at Miss Teen USA 19 

In an attempt to keep up with the times, the Miss Teen USA pageant is eliminating the swimsuit portion of it’s competition. Instead, the 51 contestants (from the 50 states plus D.C.) will be judged in athletic wear, which will replace the swimsuit portion of the competition.

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Hunt on for grizzly who killed bicyclist 

Justin Franz & Dillon Tabish of the Flathead Beacon provide this detailed report on the grizzly attack that killed a mountain biker near Glacier National Park Wednesday. Killed in the attack was Brad Treat, 38, of West Glacier, a long-time US Forest Service employee who was mountain biking with a family member.

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Edit: Idaho won't overturn abortion law 10 

At the Lewiston Tribune, Marty Trillhaase comments that pro life activists in Idaho should stop trying to overturn the nation's abortion law. As a point of reference, Trillhaase offers the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down anti-abortion law in Texas. Trillhaase said that action means states can't chip away at abortion law.

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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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