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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2016

TGIF Wild Card -- 9.30.16 20 

My winter wood has arrived and it's half stacked. Per usual, Chris arrived with 2 cords of top-notch, split red fir late yesterday afternoon. We caught up on things as we tossed the wood into a big pile to be stacked later. Chris & his wood represent my first step in preparing for winter.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.30.16

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (17 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 20 more items) includes excitement on I-90, near Seltice Way overpass, when wrong-way driver crossed over into median and then was followed by driver in white GMC who tried to block him ...

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Gfeller announces NIC trustee run 

Greg Gfeller, director of operations for Avista's East Region, will challenge incumbent Todd Banducci in one of two contest North Idaho College trustee races. Gfeller officially announced his candidacy this week. He already has the endorsement of Balance North Idaho.

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FloraBelle and Glenn Dobbins stand in their living room in rural Cheney Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, with some of the many photos and balloons they received when they recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. Glenn is 90, FloraBelle is 87. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Love Story: 70 years, 25,550 pennies 

They say the value of true love cannot be measured, but when Glenn and FloraBelle Dobbins celebrated their 70th anniversary, Sept. 15, a friend tried. He gave them a penny for every day of their marriage. That’s 25,550 pennies (not counting leap year days) and he had to go to six different banks to collect them. Cindy Hval/SR reports.

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Dietrich seeks to seal assault files 

Hours after the Dietrich School District’s internal investigation in a student sexual assault case went public, the district was in court taking legal steps to try to seal the document. Kevin Richert/Idaho Education News reports.

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Vintage Stock taking over CdA Hastings

The Hastings chain is in it's final days , leaving some more empty retail spaces around the Inland Northwest. But there is one store space that won't be vacant very long and will actually be filled by a very similar yet still expanding chain. reports.

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Carousel building taking shape 

Walking partner Greg Lee snapped this photo of a worker involved in the next phase of construction of the back-to-the-future Coeur d'Alene Carousel. Cari Fraser of the Carousel Foundation tells Huckleberries that she hopes the project is finished for an open house by late November.

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Quotable Quote

We have these ad stickers on A1. One day it covered Hillary's face on a particular reader's paper. Is this misogyny or unfortunate or both? Got an email claiming misogyny -- Opinion Editor Gary Crooks/SR tweet.

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Betsy explains ballot measure

Betsy Russell, my blog pard in Boise, posts: "I’ve had some questions from readers about HJR 5, the constitutional amendment on Idaho’s November ballot, noting that the issue is obscure and the ballot explanations complex." The bottom line here. Passage of the ballot measure won't change anything.

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From left, Jessica Kidwell (stripes), Tanner Carr (hat), Madison Call (blue sweatshirt), and others cheer on the turtles as they race Friday, August 19, 2016 at Crafted Tap House in downtown Coeur d'Alene. (Bruce Twitchell/Special to The Spokesman-Review)

Crafted's turtle races packs 'em in 

Crafted Tap House and Kitchen in (downtown) Coeur d’Alene has been hosting turtle races on Friday nights for about two years. The owners implemented the competition for added entertainment, another attraction to draw people to the restaurant and bar. Adriana Janovich/SR reports. (Q: Have you seen the turtles race?)

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Trib: Spear resisted UI Big Sky move

Emails collected via a public records request show that Athletic Director Rob Spear resisted the move this spring by the University of Idaho to move back to the Big Sky Conference. Theo Lawson/Lewiston Tribune provides story on what was going on behind the scenes.

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AM: Gonzaga breaks ground 

AM Headlines for Friday include ground-breaking on $250M Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement at Gonzaga University. Also: Public Records/Coeur d'Alene Press, USFS OKs prescribed burns near Hayden/KHQ, Photos released of Lake CdA cabin where accused killer caught/KHQ + more ...

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73YO CdA woman killed in rollover

A one-vehicle crash Thursday evening on U.S. 95 killed a 73-year-old Coeur d'Alene woman. Mary Ann Scoggins was traveling north after 9 p.m. and was roughly 15 miles south of Coeur d'Alene when she drove off the right shoulder of the road, according to Idaho State Police. CdA Press reports.

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In this June 15, 2016, file photo, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado speaks during a news conference at a Latino restaurant in Arlington, Va., to criticize Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Machado became a topic of conversation during the first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo, File)

Trump attacks former Miss Universe 56 

Donald Trump went on an early morning Twitter rant on Friday, taking aim once again at former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and imploring his followers to watch her "sex tape." Opponent Hillary Clinton referred to the pageant winner as an example of a woman Trump has objectified and denigrated. NBC News reports.

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Ybarra: Teacher shortage critical 

In a guest opinion in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra comments about Idaho's teacher shortage: "Idaho is seeing an increased demand for teachers, but the supply is hitting a critical low and school districts across our state are struggling to fill teaching positions." (Q: How can Idaho resolve this crisis?)

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Poll: No to constitutional amendment 

In the Thursday poll, Hucks Nation overwhelmingly said it opposes a state constitutional amendment that would give the Idaho Legislature veto-proof authority power to make decisions of agency rules and regulations. Today's Poll: Has the Wells Fargo scandal shaken your faith in banks?

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Edit: Is Wells Fargo only bank bully? 

In a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial this week, Anthony Kuipers comments: "The government has been holding Wells Fargo's feet to the fire following a recent scandal relating to fake accounts. We hope they don't let up." Later, Kuipers wonders if Wells Fargo is the only big bank padding its corporate wallets with these tactics.

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TPP trade deal dead for now

The Senate’s top Republican said Thursday that the sweeping 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal championed by President Obama will remain on ice until another president revives it, reports the Washington Post. Thoughts?

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Colfax speed trap catches Cougars 

One of the few places I've been pulled over for speeding is Colfax, Wash. It is known as a speed trap. Mrs. O & I were returning from a high school football game in Orofino. I wasn't paying attention. I didn't get a ticket. Today, the SR looks at the speed trap that has caught many Cougar fans on WSU game day.

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Brody makes case for high court 

The two candidates running for the Idaho Supreme Court -- Robyn Brody and state Sen. Curt McKenzie -- both acknowledge the elephant in the room -- McKenzie's years of partisan political involvement. Brody discussed that with the Coeur d'Alene Press Thursday.

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CdA library named best in state 16 

Bette Ammon received a big surprise Wednesday night when she was perusing a list of the 50 best libraries in America on Facebook. She didn’t expect to find her very own library on the list. But there it was, wedged between Hawaii State Library in Honolulu and Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown Branch. Maureen Dolan/Press reports.

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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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