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THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

100 Years Of Rotary Club History 

Dozens of folks braved the drizzling rain Sunday to view the past 100 years through the eyes of Rotary Club 21. The one-day exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture included bound volumes of the Hub weekly newsletters dating back from 1922, now…

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Survey: USA Feels Better Re: Job

Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to a near normal level from its record low after the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy. Americans increasingly feel they could find a new job if necessary, according to the 2012 General…

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Vestal Unveils 'Godforsaken Idaho' 

Shawn Vestal grew up in a Mormon family in Gooding, Idaho, but he left the faith as a young adult. His new book, Godforsaken Idaho, is based in part on his experiences growing up Mormon. The stories in the book also examine secular takes on…

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Honoring Fallen First Responders

Honor guard stand in front of caskets prior to a memorial service for first responders who died in last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, today, in Waco, Texas. President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are set to…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.25.13

11:46 a.m. Suspicious male checking out houses @ Maple/Wyoming, Hayden. 11:33 a.m. Deputy has taken juvenile into custody & to detention center on outstanding warrant. 11:31 a.m. 40YO male sweating/light-headed @ Dirne Health Center, 2090 W. Park Place/CdA. 11:15 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities…

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Trustees To Discuss Common Core 

From Coeur d'Alene School District Web site: The Coeur d’Alene School District Board of Trustees will hold a board workshop at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss Common Core state standards. The workshop will be held at Midtown Center, 1505 N. 5th St.. The school board…

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Tree Giveaway Set Friday

Idaho Department of Lands assistant fire warden Shane O'Shea talked about the conifer tree seedling giveaway near his office in Coeur d'Alene this morning. The giveaway is Friday from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Cherry Hill Park on 15th Street and…

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CdA To Consider Ban On Gay Bias 

Coeur d’Alene soon may join a growing number of Idaho cities to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation – a reaction to the Legislature’s steadfast refusal to add such protections to state law. City Councilman Mike Kennedy is drafting an ordinance modeled after one adopted…

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Poll: Coeur d'Alene Tolerant Enough

Wednesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation says Coeur d'Alene is tolerant enough or getting there. 41 of 173 respondents (23.7%) each said Coeur d'Alene was "tolerant" or "getting there." 34 of 173 respondents (19.65%) said the Lake City wasn't tolerant enough. Another 54 (31.21%)…

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Walk For Wolves Set In Lake City 

A Walk for Wolves will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Kootenai County Courthouse Building. This walk is organized and led by citizens concerned about the plight of the wolves in the Northwest. The Following was information sent to us from "Adopt…

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AM Headlines -- 4.25.13

Brent Roundtree has been working for weeks to repair the dock at Sun Cove Resort on Clear Lake. His family took over the resort in the fall. Outdoors reporter Rich Landers reports that the Spokane region is a hot bed for rental fishing boats. Story…

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Rocking Pink Socks 

Former President George H.W. Bush, wears pink socks as he is seated in a wheelchair with, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former first lady Barbara Bush, and former President George W. Bush, at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential…

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Keeping Lid On Toilet Etiquette 

In case you missed it. On April 8, a 25-year-old transgender woman was banned from the Lewiston Rosauers after customers complained she used the women’s restroom. According to an Associated Press story, Alberto Robledo of Lewiston identifies herself as female but has not had gender…

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Labrador Bucks GOP Leaders Again

In October, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., was in Boise to help Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador raise money for his first re-election bid. But when Cantor needed Labrador’s vote on a bill allowing people with preexisting health conditions to buy into a high-risk…

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Trib: Idaho Sends Wrong Message 

For the better part of a decade, Idaho's elected leadership has been sending this message to the young people of this state: Get your college education. As long as you and your families are willing to pay for it. But don't look to us. Message…

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Press Bans 3 Comment Trolls 14 

In the article this morning re: Mayor Sandi Bloem's decision not to seek re-election, reporter Tom Hasslinger discusses the newspaper's decision to rein in nasty online commenters. For example, "bionic man" had directed this comment at Bloem and three council incumbents who supported the McEuen…

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Teachers Blast CdA School Board 

Item: Teachers chastise board: Bargaining team criticized for bringing 'premature proposal' to table/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: A plan to make a major change to the Coeur d'Alene School District's employee health benefit plan received some pushback from the local teachers union Wednesday…

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Cutline Contest -- 4.25.13 

Victoria Sheard, right, of Dallas, receives a kiss on the cheek from former governor Jeb Bush, left, during a book autograph session after a speaking engagement at the Dallas Council of World Affairs Wednesday in Dallas . Sheard had commented to Bush that she had…

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RRs Cry Foul In PF Trustee Races 

Item: Election plan draws concern: But teacher union denies wrongdoing, district finds none/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans are raising red flags over the Post Falls teachers union plan to support school board candidates for the May 21 election,…

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Bloem Won't Seek Fourth Term 

Mayor Sandi Bloem said Wednesday she will not seek a fourth term this fall. Bloem, the city's only three-term mayor -- and its only female leader - cited personal and professional reasons for not running for re-election Nov. 5. Bloem didn't elaborate on those reasons,…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.24.13 

Spring is trying to finally break out in the viewtiful City by the Lake. Which means you'll soon be abandoning Huckleberries Online for the beaches. Alas. That's my burden to bear -- sun worshippers who forget that I'm slaving away at Hucks HQ to make…

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Parting Shot -- 4.24.13

The Nichols family walks along the rocks on West Beach at Decpetion Pass State Park in Oak Harbor, Wash. Deception Pass State Park is the poor man’s San Juan Island getaway with all the glory of those island landscapes without the ferry wait and costs.(AP…

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Idaho Quilters Overwhelm Prison 

Overwhelming response to a call for donations to an inmate quilting project has left the Idaho Department of Correction out of storage space and unable to accept new donations of quilting material. “Idaho’s quilters are generous and eager to share their passion for quilting,” says…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.24.13

5:04 p.m. Caller reports reckless driver has turned off H41 @ e/b Scarcello/Twin Lakes. 5:03 p.m. A crutch is laying on the highway @ w/b I-90/MP 7 (H41, Post Falls). 4:51 p.m. Resident @ Glasgow/Havichur, PF, reports motorist driving over bushes in yard. 4:49 p.m.…

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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.