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Huckleberries: Councilman’s free parking stratagem shot down

You may know that Coeur d’Alene Councilman Steve Adams decided not to appeal a judge’s decision to allow sewer expansion without a public vote. But did you know that Adams lost a different appeal last week? Seems Adams, who is a stickler for his version of the federal and state constitutions, believes elected officials shouldn’t get parking tickets when they’re conducting official business. Adams was involved in a joint meeting of the council and Lake City Development Corporation when his red Ford pickup was tagged with a ticket for overstaying its two-hour welcome in the Coeur d’Alene Library lot. Which, BTW, is reserved for library patrons.

Eye on Boise: Risch knows value of early campaign launch

BOISE – It’s more than a year before the primary election, but Idaho Sen. Jim Risch announced last week that he’ll seek re-election in 2014. “When I ran for this office just over four years ago, I said our country was facing many challenges,” Risch said in a statement. “Those challenges not only remain, they have gotten worse. ... Idahoans are opposed to the ever-growing role of the federal government in their lives, and my votes in the Senate have reflected that sentiment.” Risch, who turns 70 in May, knows the importance of getting into a race early. When he was considering a run for governor in 2006, then-congressman Butch Otter jumped in just after he’d taken the oath of office for his third two-year congressional term, a move that allowed him to tie up GOP contributors and outmaneuver Risch, who decided not to run.

Idaho’s Risch vows to stall U.N. arms treaty

WASHINGTON – An international framework for controlling the global arms trade appears to be headed for a brick wall on Capitol Hill, and Idaho’s junior senator is among the chief bricklayers. “Save your ink. It’s not going anywhere,” U.S. Sen. Jim Risch said this week.

Risch pessimistic about odds for progress in Congress

Idaho’s junior U.S. senator sees little hope for breakthrough on some of the thorniest issues confronting Congress and the president this year. “In the short term I’m very, very pessimistic,” Republican Sen. Jim Risch said during a visit Friday to Coeur d’Alene.

Huckleberries: Crackdown on drugs is nothing to sniff at

Nic Casey, of Coeur d’Alene, hasn’t purchased rubber cement for some time. But he’ll be ready with his driver’s license if he has to do so. You may think rubber cement is harmless. But someone out there doesn’t. Seems a 50-something co-worker of Nic’s was carded when she and her husband tried to buy rubber cement at a local Wal-Mart during the New Year’s weekend. Nic laughed when the co-worker told him the story. His colleague and her husband are old enough to be Nic’s parents.

Region’s lawmakers divided on tax vote

This week’s votes to keep income tax rates from rising for most Americans split the House delegations in Washington and Idaho but unified the two states’ senators behind the last-minute deal. Two Washington Democrats in the House voted against the tax changes, while the state’s three other Democrats and all four Republicans helped approve it.

Idaho senators oppose expanded caribou habitat

Only two woodland caribou were spotted in North Idaho in 1983, when the last wild herd in the Lower 48 received emergency protection under the Endangered Species Act. As the federal government looks to protect old-growth habitat for the still-struggling South Selkirk caribou herd, it should consider the small territory occupied at the time the herd was declared endangered, said Idaho’s two U.S. senators.