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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Feeling Stressed? Throw A Tantrum 

Item: Feeling stressed? You ought to have a tantrum/Daily Mail ReporterMore Info: The end of the holidays, cold weather and economic gloom (made Monday) one of the most stressful days of the year for returning to work. But experts have come up with an unlikely...

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Should Otter Return Housing Stipend? 

I don't really like the idea of asking state employees, even ones at the top, to bear the brunt of budget shortfalls. People vote for fiscally conservative legislators, and they accordingly try to keep the budget lean. When state employees don't get raises, or take...

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The Hill: Minnick 2nd Most Endangered 25 

Minnick won in large part thanks to outgoing Rep. Bill Sali’s (R) inability to play nice even with members of his own party. The incoming Democrat will attempt to hold down a district that voted 69 percent for President Bush in 2004, and he has...

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AM Headlines -- 1/6/08 

Kjell Sthioeberg strides uphill near Coeur d'Alene during a 10-mile run Monday. Despite record snowfall in North Idaho, those who are determined face the winter blast to exercise outdoors regularly. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos) *Kellogg woman sentenced for impersonating FBI agent/Alison Boggs,...

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Online Poll: Polar Bear Plunge 13 

What would it take for you to do the Polar Bear Plunge (into Lake Coeur d'Alene on New Year's Day)?/Lewiston Tribune*Nothing, I'd do it for free.*$10*$50*$100*No amount could get me into the river on a winter day

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Idaho F&G Wants Hike In Fees 

Item: Can Idaho F&G land fee hikes in a recession? The agency wants hunters and anglers to pay more, but plan faces tough time in Legislature/Idaho StatesmanMore Info: Hunting a big buck could cost you more bucks next fall, and the price of a salmon...

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Snow Loads Shut CDA, Lakeland Schools 15 

Item: Roof snow load levels close area schools: Snow-covered sidewalks, narrow streets cause concern for student safety/Brian Walker & Maureen Dolan, CDA PressOfficials in the Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland school districts decided late Monday afternoon that schools would be closed today so they could deal...

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Wild Card -- 1/5/09 95 

Well, it was nice -- and challenging -- to get back in the saddle at HBO Central today. It took awhile to get going. But I finally started to achieve some sort of rhythm this afternoon, thanks to Blogmeister Ryan moving the blog rolls to...

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Parting Shot -- 1/5/08

A group of protesters stand outside the Grove Hotel in downtown Boise while U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne addresses members of the public at a luncheon today. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

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TUBOB Does New Year's Resolution 

So, it is heretofore resolved therein: *I'm gonna write a screenplay and sell it for mid-high six figures in 2009.*I'm gonna find a love that makes the angels cry with envy. *I'm gonna lose 30 pounds of stupid dead pizza fat and gain 10 pounds...

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Because You Asked ... 47 

Chatterbox: Can anyone out there confirm there is no school tomorrow in Coeur d'Alene? At least for Lake City High School? Sonny-boy texted us with that news as he's on his way to Wallace for a basketball game. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.DFO: An...

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Headlines @ Closin' Time -- 1/5/09 

"This sign warns against thin ice on the fishing pond at Falls Park in Post Falls," posts Councilwoman KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho. "It's also a good reminder that until there are sustained temperatures much colder than we've had here in North Idaho, caution is wise when...

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Scanner Traffic -- 1/5/09 

5:12 p.m. Apartment resident on Heartland/Hayden reports that she hears cracking on her roof. But the apartment manager hasn't done anything to clear off the roof.5:04 p.m. Dog is alive and needs to be put down after being hit on Highway 41, M/P 14 (cross...

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Kempthorne Spends $235K On Bathroom 11 

Seems Kempthorne spent about $235,000 in taxpayer funds renovating the bathroom a few months ago, which included installing a new shower, a refrigerator and a freezer and buying monogrammed towels, department officials told our colleague Derek Kravitz. Washington Post. More here.Question: Anyone out there willing...

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EOB 3-Fer: Dubya's Nickname For Dirk? 

He’s not telling. Among the many questions Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne received from the audience at the Boise City Club/Idaho Environmental Forum today was what nickname President George W. Bush had for Kempthorne as a member of his cabinet. After much laughter, including plenty from...

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S&S Herb: Conservatives Should Laugh More 13 

Pecky Cox picks up where she left off in 2008, with another terrific winter scene, of snow circles on Priest Lake.For the last two weeks or so, Huckleberries on line has been without it's mentor, Dave Oliveria, while he lounges on vacation. As we approach...

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Washington Ignores Cell Phone Ban 23 

Item: Washington drivers ignore cell-phone/AP More Info: Then cellphone use started creeping back up, said Sgt. Freddy Williams of the State Patrol, who has carried on his own informal off-duty study of driving-and-talking. He can't think of another law that's been flouted quite like this...

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Poll: 9 Of 10 Oregonians Dis Public Schools 

Nearly nine out of ten Oregon residents would send their children to private, charter, or virtual schools, or educate their children in a home school setting if they had the decision-making authority, according to the results of a public opinion survey released today by the...

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BSU Coach Earns 8X Otter's Salary 15 

Idaho’s highest-paid state employee isn’t the governor, a university president or a key scientist - it’s Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen. Petersen heads the list of a record 310 Idaho state employees who now out-earn Gov. Butch Otter. The list has swelled...

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CDA Press Lays Off 3 In Newsroom 15 

Huckleberries hears ... that the CDA Press has laid off 3 people in the newsroom, including veteran reporters Tom Greene and Linda Ball. Huckleberries also hears that the newly unemployed were given less than a week's notice and no severance pay. They did receive pay...

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Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Recount 31 

In this Nov. 4 file photo, Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken shakes hands with supporters after speaking at the Democratic election night party in St. Paul, Minn. Franken will be declared the winner of a recount by 225 votes with incumbent Republican Norm Coleman today....

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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