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Weekend Wild Card — 4.19-20.14

April 18, 2014 11:30 p.m. - Updated: 11:46 p.m.

We reach what I consider the last herald of spring this weekend — Easter Sunday. Groundhog's Day. Daylight-saving time. Easter Sunday. We're suppose to have a good weekend to herald the coming of spring.. I hope so. I need to do a whole lotta yard work. It'll be interesting to see how much planting Beagle Huckleberry will help me with. I attended an uplifting Good Friday evening service to launch the Easter weekend. And am looking forward to Sunday services to complete it. Then, Easter lunch with friends. Best to you this weekend. We'll meet back here Monday AM. Here's your weekend Wild Card …

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Parting Shot — 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 5:06 p.m. - Updated: 5:07 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers' Scooter Gennett (2) forces out Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison and throws on to first for a double play on Russell Martin during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

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TGIF Wild Card — 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 4:57 p.m. - Updated: 11:49 p.m.

I'm glad to see my old pal Herb Huseland busy campaigning for GOPrecinct 4 committeeman. Herb has a lower tolerance for nonsense than I do. If he wins, I doubt that the Powers That Be who control the Rally Right disciples on the Central Committee to such a degree that they could ensure that their choice for County Clerk appointment would skate through. Herb is an independent thinker. More of his kind are needed on the local GOP Central Committee. Now for today's Wild Card …

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Avalanche Misses CdA Lawyer Erbland

April 18, 2014 4:40 p.m. - Updated: 4:44 p.m.

A Coeur d’Alene man was climbing Mt. Everest on Thursday when the deadly avalanche hit and killed 12 people.  Pete Erbland’s wife told KREM 2 News that he was training on a lower section of the mountain when the avalanche took place elsewhere on the mountain. The avalanche killed at least 12 Nepalese guides and left four missing. Four survivors were injured badly enough to require airlifting to a hospital in Katmandu. (At 5 tonight), hear from the Coeur d’Alene man’s wife about what happened during the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Tiffany Erbland spoke to her husband on the phone about the disaster. She sent an email to family and friends saying Pete was alright/KREM2. More here. (Facebook photo)

Thoughts?

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PM Headlines — 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 4:24 p.m. - Updated: 4:55 p.m.

A cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in Montana greets visitors as they enter the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington recently. The original fossilized bones of this T. rex arrived at the museum Tuesday and will be reassembled for display. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Cutline Contest — 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 4:22 p.m. - Updated: 5:09 p.m.

Time 2 Vote …

Young men dressed in traditional Paloc folk costumes pour water from a bucket on a young woman performing an Easter folk tradition, the Easter sprinkling, in Kazar, Hungary, on Good Friday today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/MTI, Peter Komka)

Thursday Winner — DFO, with 9 likes: One small step for Prince William, one giant step up the monarchy line for Prince George. You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

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PM Scanner Traffic — 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 4:13 p.m. - Updated: 11:49 p.m.

  • 5:37 p.m. Juveniles are causing problems @ 10thStreet/Davis Avenue, CdA.
  • 5:34 p.m. Father reports daughter may be getting battered by boyfriend @ 3700 block of E2nd/Post Falls.
  • 5:27 p.m. A porta-potty is on fire @ Ramsey Road/Lopez Avenue, CdA.
  • 5:13 p.m. KCSDeputy asks dispatch to have county coroner call him (3:56 item).
  • 4:51 p.m. CPD officer en route with mother of missing boy who was found at Kroc Center.
  • 4:12 p.m. Female driver has suffered slight facial injury in 2-vehicle crash in front of Outback Steak House.
  • 3:56 p.m. CPR under way on individual who tried suicide by hanging, deputies en route, unknown location.
  • 3:51 p.m. PFPD officer has cited & released driver & passenger for open container in vehicle.
  • 3:35 p.m. Hayden day care reports Coeur d'Alene father may have been drunk when he picked up child.
  • 3:31 p.m. 2-vehicle accident @ Prairie Avenue/H41 (Rathdrum Prairie) is non-injury, minor damage.
  • 2:42 p.m. 16YO female in Lakeland School District can't remember name after hitting heads w/another girl.
  • 2:14 p.m. 2 ladders on cab of pickup appear to not be secured properly @ H95/Brunner, Hayden.
  • 2:10 p.m. ISP officer stopping pickup that's pulling two trailers @ e/b I-90/MP 25 (west edge of 4th of July).
  • 2:09 p.m. Caller reports driver of Ford vehicle, license in Spirit Lake, passed on shoulder of I-90.
  • 1:49 p.m. Officer stops motorist on I-90 for open container, and finds marijuana & paraphernalia.
  • 1:30 p.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 700 block of W. James Avenue/CdA.
  • 1:28 p.m. Vicious dog reported @ 3200 block of N12th Street/CdA.
  • 1:17 p.m. New traffic lights @ 7th/Harrison, CdA, aren't recycle; officer responds that they're solar-powered & should be operational 24-7.
  • AM Scanner Traffic
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17th Amendment Repeal? Who Cares?

April 18, 2014 3:49 p.m. - Updated: 3:52 p.m.

The Idaho Republican Party endorses repeal of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows election of U.S. senators by popular vote – and not the Legislature. I say get ‘er done, because it makes no difference. Election by the people and the Legislature would produce the same results in this Republican state. Idaho has not had a Democrat in the U.S. Senate since Frank Church and, since Democrats are so inept, I doubt if I will see another Democrat in the Senate in my lifetime. So what kind of U.S. Senators would we get if they were elected by the Legislature? We’d have Mike Crapo, for sure. He was a former president pro tem of the Idaho Senate and a member of the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. Who would fill the second slot? Why, it would be Jim Risch – a former Senate pro tem, majority leader, lieutenant governor and governor/Chuck Malloy, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Why are the Tea Party types so worked up about the 17th Amendment when the results would be the same either way?

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HBO Blogosphere — 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 3:30 p.m. - Updated: 4 p.m.

At Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy offers this viewtiful sunset over Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. You can see more of Linda's scenic Idaho photography here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, April 17): 8356 page-views/4847 unique views

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McEuen Going Green w/Trees, Shrubs

April 18, 2014 3:16 p.m. - Updated: 3:39 p.m.

Hundreds of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and ground covers (the lowest growing layer of vegetation below shrubs) continue to be trucked into McEuen Park as landscapers plant the greenery at a feverish pace.“We have significantly increased the number of trees in the downtown with this project,” said landscape architect Dell Hatch of Welch Comer Engineers. “Obviously, McEuen Park is going to have a much more lush appearance than previously at McEuen Field.” Upon completion, the park will be home to 202 trees, 2,350 shrubs, 1,922 ornamental grasses, and 366 ground covers, Hatch said/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

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