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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016

Hump Day Wild Card -- 11.29.16 

Either Mrs O or I forgot to latch Huckleberry's kennel last night. So we heard the pitter-patter of little feet an hour too early this morning. I thought -- pretended? -- I was dreaming. So Mrs O got up to let Huckleberry outside earlier than usual. I couldn't go back to sleep. So I went down stairs to begin the day. Huckleberry seemed satisfied.

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Coeur d'Alene: Drunkest city in Idaho 

The Web site 24/7 Wall Street has decided that Coeur d'Alene is the drunkest city in Idaho, based on several factors. But don't worry too much. Idaho is a tea-totaling state. "Drunk" Coeur d'Alene consumes a tick more than the national average.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.30.16 

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday AM (12 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 16 more items) includes argument over a vacuum and suspicious male sitting on a Post Falls street corner with a spray can.

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Sign of the Times 

"I'm sorry I hurt your feelings by calling you stupid, but I thought you already knew" -- sign for sale in window of Northwest Gallery in downtown Coeur d'Alene during noon hour.

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Retirement perk safe for now 

It’s looking unlikely that Idaho lawmakers will move this year to do away with a special retirement perk for certain legislators – even though a citizens commission this year called for lawmakers to reconsider the perk.

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Downtown shopping

SR photographer Kathy Plonka enjoyed a recent trip downtown to photograph shoppers. Here, Judith Billingslea and James Berthoud of Missoula shop in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday.

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On the Waterfront

I was surprised to find that the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk was open for pedestrians, when I ventured out for my daily noon walk today. I was planning a new route as I approached the clock tower. But I noticed the boardwalk open. Usually, it closes in November through the end of January to protect all the light displays along the boardwalk.

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In this Aug. 21, 2008, file photo, Big Mac creator Michael "Jim" Delligatti sits behind a Big Mac birthday cake at his 90th birthday party in Canonsburg, Pa. Delligatti, the Pittsburgh-area McDonald's franchisee who created the Big Mac in 1967, has died. He was 98. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Jim Delligatti, Big Mac creator, 98, RIP 

Jim Delligatti, an erstwhile McDonald's Corp. franchisee in the Pittsburgh area who created the Big Mac, has died at age 98. Delligatti concocted the Big Mac in the mid-1960s because he believed the burgers-and-fries menu needed something bigger and juicier. The Wall Street Journal reports. Are you a fan of the Big Mac?

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House D's pick Pelosi again 39 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) won an eighth term leading the Democratic caucus Wednesday, prevailing in a contest that became a vote of confidence in her continued stewardship and an early proxy battle over the future of the Democratic Party. The Washington Post reports. Q: What do you make of this vote?

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Artist's Concept: CdA German Market 

On Tuesday, I told you about plans of Darrell Dlouhy/Daft Badger to bring a German Market to the Coeur d'Alene waterfront for the 2017 Christmas holidays. Darrell plans a soft launch this holiday season at his 2nd Street brewery. And he provided this preliminary artist's concept re: how the German Market will look when it is set up at McEuen Park.

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Little: Return power to the states 

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little told hundreds of legislators, lobbyists, state and local government officials and others are gathered at the annual conference of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today that he believes the nation is at a turning point. Little said it’s time to shift more power from the federal government to the states and the people.

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Otter: Education remains top priority 

Gov. Butch Otter said today that education, and the continuation of a five-year plan to improve it in Idaho, will be his top priority in the upcoming 2017 legislative session. “I’m not taking my focus off of education,” Otter told an audience of more than 500 ... at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference.

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AM Headlines -- 11.30.16

AM Headlines: Public Records/Press, Zags take balanced approach/SR, Spokane bans new outdoor pot farms/SR, Commissioner: Fair audit cleared air/Press, Racing Commission faces funding woes/AP, Grip on Sports: Oregon boots winning coach/SR, Report of man with rifle prompts lockdowns/Press + more ...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.30.16

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday AM (16 items & counting) includes an alert that led to a lockdown of Lakeland School District schools, involving a man walking along the road (uncertain location) carrying a rifle. Now, officers and school officials believe the man may have been a hunter.

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Report of man w/gun locks down schools 

A report of an armed man, possibly a hunter, set off a series of school security alerts Wednesday morning in Rathdrum. The Lakeland School District sent parents and staff a message just before 9 a.m. saying an armed man had been spotted on the railroad tracks at Washington and Main streets, which is near John Brown Elementary School.

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Charles Ray Bartkowiak, 34, of Hayden. (KCSO booking photo)

KCSO details bank robbery arrest 

In a news release this AM, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office describes the arrest of Charles Ray Bartkowiak, 34, of Hayden, who is the suspect in the Monday PM robbery of BankCDA/Hayden. Bartkowiak has an extensive criminal history in Kootenai County, dating back to 1999.

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Idaho tax shifts to residences 11 

Residential property owners are now paying 65 percent of the property taxes collected in Idaho, while commercial property owners are paying 27 percent, reports Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise. That’s a shift from back in 1996, when commercial property owners paid 30 percent and residential property owners paid 54 percent. Thoughts?

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Poll: Trump's wrong re: flag burning 15 

In the Tuesday poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation disagrees with President-elect Donald Trump that there should be stiff punishment for Americans who burn the U.S. flag. Today's Poll: How will Santa judge you this year -- naughty or nice?

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Bill: You can burn the flag, but ... 116 

Bill Blumenauer, a long-time Facebook Friend from Bonners Ferry, posted a response to Donald Trump's comments that flag burners should be punished with jail time or loss of citizenship. Bill served in the U.S. Navy from 1992-96 and in the U.S. Army from 1996-2000.

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McMorris Rodgers eyed for Interior 23 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers reportedly is being considered as the next interior secretary by President-elect Donald Trump. The New York Times reported Tuesday the Eastern Washington Republican, who just won her sixth term in Congress, is getting a “hard look” for the job of managing the nation’s public lands. Jim Camden/SR reports.

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Napoleon, Pedro reunite over tots 

More than 12 years after their Napoleon Dynamite took the box office by storm, the stars of the hit indie comedy are reuniting in an unconventional way, reports Brian Gallagher/MovieWeb. The two will appear in an add for Burger King, promoting Cheesy Tots.

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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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