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Oktoberfest In Downtown CdA

Sept. 29, 2014 10:35 a.m. - Updated: 10:37 a.m.

Here's what the scene looked like in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday night. Don Sausser and his handy camera were on hand to document another Oktoberfest. This photo was taken at 2nd & Sherman. You can see more of Don's Oktoberfest photos on his Facebook site here.

Question: Did you attend Oktoberfest?

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Poll: Hucks Nation Backs Jana Jones

Sept. 29, 2014 10:31 a.m. - Updated: 10:43 a.m.

  • Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation overwhelmingly supports Democrat Jana Jones in her race against Republican Sherri Ybarra to become supertintendent of public schools. 124 of 171 respondents (72.51%) supported Jones. Only 28 of 171 respondents (16.37%) supported Ybarra. 19 (11.11%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support the fact-finding mission of the Idaho Legislature Federal Lands Interim Committee?
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M’s Fall Short, Show Promise

Sept. 29, 2014 10:29 a.m. - Updated: 10:34 a.m.

The 2014 season felt like a breakthrough in a long rebuilding process for the Mariners, who have wiggled back into the hearts of many who have abandoned them during their 13-year playoff drought. For a franchise that came so close this time, it should fuel their passion to finish the task. The consolation arrived within seconds of the disappointment. After a Safeco Field scoreboard changed to show Oakland’s 4-0 victory over Texas — an outcome that eliminated the Mariners from playoff contention — a crowd of 40,823 groaned. Then a most amazing thing happened. The fans stood and cheered, long and loud. The Mariners were halfway through their season finale, and hope had expired in the 11th hour, but there was a celebration anyway/Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times. More here. (AP photo: Felix Hernandez raises his cap to fans during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday)

Question: Are you back on board the Seattle Mariners bandwagon after a season in which they missed the playoffs in the final game of the season?

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Ybarra Isn’t Basque,Hubby Is, Sorta

Sept. 29, 2014 10:24 a.m. - Updated: 10:27 a.m.

When little-known candidate Sherri Ybarra won a four-way GOP primary race for state superintendent of public instruction in May, some speculation focused on her Basque-sounding last name as an advantage in the race. Basques are one of Idaho’s more colorful longtime ethnic minorities; they're also known for winning Idaho elections, as Basques have held the Idaho Secretary of State’s office for the last half-century, in the form of current Secretary Ben Ysursa and predecessor Pete Cenarrusa. Asked about it, Ybarra said she’s not Basque, but her husband’s ancestors were, way back/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you have a surname that identifies your nationality?

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KCSOffice Goes Pink For October

Sept. 29, 2014 10:08 a.m. - Updated: 10:21 a.m.

From Lt. Stu Miller/Kootenai County Sheriff's Office: “This October, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is proud to participate in the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. To show our support, Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has authorized his staff to wear pink.  Specifically, deputies and civilian staff are authorized to wear pink t-shirts, ribbons and wristbands throughout the month of October to not only raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer, but to also encourage our community partners, organizations, families and individuals to get involved.” (Photo: KCSO)

Question: Good for Ben & Co. Thoughts?

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Federal Lands Panel Lawyer: $420/Hr

Sept. 29, 2014 9:43 a.m. - Updated: 9:43 a.m.

The bill for outside legal fees for the Idaho Legislature’s Federal Lands Interim Committee has now swelled to $61,375, according to documents obtained by The Spokesman-Review under the Idaho Public Records Act. The law firm Holland & Hart has submitted invoices to the Legislature for work from April to August totaling $19,613; that’s on top of the $41,762 the firm already had been paid before then. The joint interim committee, which is looking into how Idaho could demand to take over federal public land within the state, hired Holland & Hart lawyer Bill Myers, former solicitor for the U.S. Department of Interior, to advise it. Myers’ most recent charges to the state, at $420 an hour, include charges for a phone conversation and email with Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood in July/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Idaho Legislature photo: state Rep. Lawerence Denney is co-chair of the federal lands interim commission)

Question: I guess it's OK to waste money in a futile cause as long as the futile cause is supported by the state's noisy/angry Tea-Publicans, right?

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AM Headlines — 9.29.14

Sept. 29, 2014 9:29 a.m. - Updated: 9:41 a.m.

The HUB Sports Center hosted a Bubble Ball Jam event Sunday, at Liberty Lake, where people, encased in a blow- up clear plastic bubble, played a game of soccer while bouncing off each other. Story here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

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Poll: Less Interest In Obamacare

Sept. 29, 2014 9:12 a.m. - Updated: 9:47 a.m.

The public is less interested in buying health insurance from ObamaCare's exchanges in their second year, according to a new poll. Forty-seven percent of voters told the Morning Consult that they are “not at all likely” to purchase coverage in the marketplaces this year, up from 28 percent last year. The decline in interest, seen across the board, could present challenges to the White House and insurance companies if exchange enrollment stagnates. It also points to complicated public perception of the ObamaCare marketplaces, which stumbled out of the gate last fall but rallied to register more than 8 million people by May 1/The Hill. More here.

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A New Federal Judge For Idaho

Sept. 29, 2014 8:56 a.m. - Updated: 9:09 a.m.

It would be difficult to overstate the importance to Idaho of the various political and judicial decisions that will be made over the next few months at the White House, at the Justice Department, and in the United States Senate. These decisions will be made almost entirely behind closed doors. We’ll likely have to speculate about why the decisions that we eventually hear about were made and who influenced them. Lots of politics, partisan and personal, will be involved. Chances are some deals will be cut. In the end, the decisions will impact the state – and arguably all of its residents – for a generation. As Joe Biden might say – nominating and confirming a federal judge is a pretty big deal/Marc Johnson, Johnson Post. More here.

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Edit: Banned Ignorance

Sept. 29, 2014 8:46 a.m. - Updated: 8:57 a.m.

Now that Banned Book Week 2014 has concluded, we've got something to say. Thanks. Thanks to all the parents who have communicated openly and effectively with their reading children. Rather than be scared by controversy or difficult subjects presented in books, these parents have taken the time and demonstrated the love to ensure their children understand what they're reading. That's no small feat for small feet. Or bigger ones. Thanks to all the librarians and other library employees who ensure that the whole wide world is open to anybody willing to come in and check out books. We suspect that there remains some pressure, subtle or overt, to get “disgusting” or “inappropriate” materials off the book shelves. Thank you, library staff, for standing guard at the gates of intellectual freedom/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Are/were there times when you guided a child away from a book because you thought it was inappropriate for his/her age?

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