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Almost Ready To Go

Nov. 25, 2014 11:53 a.m. - Updated: 12:01 p.m.

From his perch high above Sherman Avenue, Don Sausser snapped this photo of workers putting the giant Coeur d'Alene resort wreath in place for the lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday evening.

Question: Which part do you like best about downtown activities on Black Friday evening — the parade, the caroling, the fireworks, the tree lighting or the Festival of the Trees?

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AM Scanner Traffic — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 11:45 a.m. - Updated: 12:01 p.m.

Coeur d'Alene Police Facebook: On (Monday) two separate victims reported someone used a large rock to smash out the rear window of their vehicle. One incident occurred in the 1200 block of Lakeside at approximately 6:40 p.m. The other incident happened in the 1200 block of E. Birch at approximately 7 p.m. No items were taken from the vehicles but the rear windows will need to be repaired.

  • 11:28 a.m. Deputy en route to check theft report @ 3200 block of Maple Avenue/Hayden.
  • 11:11 a.m. Lake City apartment resident reports another resident regularly involved in domestic fights.
  • 11:02 a.m. Coeur d'Alene male reportedly shoved mother down the stairs.
  • 10:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov 24-25 here.
  • 9:39 a.m. Driver of black vehicle is cutting other motorists off @ s/b H95/MP 435.8 (Wyoming/Hayden).
  • 9:33 a.m. Driver of black pickup is possibly DUI @ 4th Street/Appleway, CdA.
  • 9:28 a.m. Driver of gold Sebring is possibly DUI @ e/b I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd/CdA).
  • 9:01 a.m. Female driver in gray Jeep Liberty almost hit equipment @ business @ Wilbur/Govt Way, Hayden.
  • 8:59 a.m. Driver of gold Sebring ran lights @ H41/Hayden & H41/Prairie, heading north toward Rathdrum.
  • 8:49 a.m. EMTs en route to evaluate female victim of domestic abuse after attempted strangulation.
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Ski Date Triggers Happy Dance

Nov. 25, 2014 11:25 a.m. - Updated: 11:40 a.m.

I just did my “I'm going skiing” dance for the first time this year upon confirmation of my plans for Friday — SR blog buddy Alison Boggs.

Question: Do you do a happy dance when the snow begins piling up at this time of the year?

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Ex-Postmaster Gets Jail For Theft

Nov. 25, 2014 11:13 a.m. - Updated: 11:17 a.m.

Former Postmaster Teresa Belau abused her position when she stole a gift card from the mail, a Boise County judge said in sentencing her Monday. “I do think the punishment needs to be harsher than petit theft and recognize that you did abuse trust,” Magistrate Judge Roger E. Cockerille said. Belau worked for the Idaho City Post Office for 16 years, 14 as postmaster. Her salary as postmaster was $60,000 in 2013, according to a national database of Postal Service employee salaries. Belau was sentenced to spend at least 10 days in the Ada County Jail and pay about $400 in fines and court costs for the July 2013 theft. She was given 90 days to complete the jail time/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Aren't post office employees among this country's most trusted people?

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UI To Face BSU At Neutral Site

Nov. 25, 2014 11:03 a.m. - Updated: 11:40 a.m.

The Vandals take the court tonight for an event that, as of late, has been one-sided, both on the scoreboard and by location. Idaho (2-1) will face Boise State at 6 p.m. at CenturyLink Arena with the hopes of snapping a five-game losing streak against the Broncos (3-1). The meeting also marks the fourth-straight time the two teams will meet at a neutral location, which isn't exactly ideal for the Vandals coach Don Verlin.“Is that game important? Yeah, I just wish it was played differently,” Verlin said during his weekly press conference last Tuesday. “I wish they would come up here and play every once in awhile and that doesn't seem to be something that is going to happen in the near future”/Michael-Shawn Dugar, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (AP file photo, of UI coach Don Verlin)

Question: I agree with Coach Verlin. Boise State should be required to travel to Moscow for an occasional basketball game. State elected officials can make that happen. What do you think?

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AM Headlines — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 10:29 a.m. - Updated: 11:07 a.m.

In this Aug. 4 file photo, a female bear cub with badly burned paws who had been named Cinder is put into a crate before a flight from East Wenatchee, Wash., to Lake Tahoe, Calif. The cub that was injured in a massive Washington state wildfire over the summer will be moving to a rehabilitation facility in Idaho for the winter. Story here. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook, File)

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Poll: Lake City More Diverse Today

Nov. 25, 2014 10:18 a.m. - Updated: 10:21 a.m.

  • Monday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation sez the Coeur d'Alene area is more diverse today than it was 10 years ago. 67 of 166 respondents (40.36%) said Coeur d'Alene is a little more diverse today. 39 of 166 (23.49%) said it is a lot more diverse today. 34 (20.48%) said the Lake City is about the same today as it was a decade ago. 22 (13.25%) said they don't want any more diversity. 4 (2.41%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you think the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., is justified and/or understandable?
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Activists Push For Legal Idaho Pot

Nov. 25, 2014 9:43 a.m. - Updated: 9:47 a.m.

With recreational marijuana legal or nearly so in four Western states - including two that border Idaho - pro-pot activists in Idaho say it's time to make another attempt at legalization here. Marijuana becomes legal July 1 in Oregon, in late February in Alaska and likely later in the spring in Washington, D.C. It will take longer for at least Oregon to start retail sales, as was the case for Colorado and Washington state. A ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho got only 406 verified signatures earlier this year, while backers of a drive to legalize and tax marijuana in Nevada say they turned in nearly 200,000 signatures supporting their measure. Now a new Gem State organization, New Approach Idaho, aims to push for full legalization/Kristin Rodine & Alison Gene Smith, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo, of a marijuana plant)

Question: Is it time for Idaho to legalize marijuana, too?

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Menus To Feature Calorie Counts

Nov. 25, 2014 9:18 a.m. - Updated: 9:24 a.m.

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply. The regulations will also apply to convenience stores, bakeries, coffee shops, pizza delivery, amusement parks and vending machines/Associated Press. More here. (AP commercial wire)

Question: Do you really want to know how many calories are in the Big Mac that you're eating?

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Crapo’s Not Conservative Enough?!

Nov. 25, 2014 8:56 a.m. - Updated: 9:04 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is a conservative's conservative. When the National Journal combed through a series of votes, it ranked Crapo the 10th most conservative member of the U.S. Senate. That puts him behind fellow Idahoan Jim Risch, who heads the list, as well as Tim Scott, R-S.C. (third), Mike Lee, R-Utah (seventh) and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (ninth) but well ahead of Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Pat Toomey, R-Penn. - who didn't even make the top 15. But you wouldn't know it from the Club for Growth. The conservative group famous for going into GOP primaries and targeting Republicans it deems not pure enough - including Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson - just issued its endorsements. Johnson's on the list. Same goes for Lee and Scott. As are Paul, Rubio and Toomey. Crapo? … He's not on it/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is conservative enough?

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