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Dec. 17, 2014 8:09 a.m. - Updated: 8:10 a.m.

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Parting Shot — 12.16.14

Dec. 16, 2014 5:22 p.m. - Updated: 5:23 p.m.

Twins Alexa Ochoa and Camila Ochoa are held by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann Southwest in Houston today. The twins are going to have their first photos taken. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran)

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Wild Card/Tuesday — 12.16.14

Dec. 16, 2014 5:14 p.m. - Updated: 5:25 p.m.

Mild weather and Fantasy Football helped me through the fall. Now Gonzaga basketball & the holidays will finish out the rest of the year. In two weeks or so, the circus begins again as Idaho Legislature launches its 3+ months of silliness, to be followed by the school board elections and later in the year, the City Council races. I can almost hear Dan Gookin practicing his stump speeches for re-election purposes. What? You think he won't run again? Pshaw. Now for today's Wild Card …


Top Comments — 12.16.14

Dec. 16, 2014 4:56 p.m. - Updated: 5:17 p.m.

Top Comment — Psalm 37 (RE: Taliban kills 141, mostly children): How anyone can be so filled with hate that they can look into a child's face while killing them is beyond my comprehension. How does someone detach themselves from humanity to justify such evil?

Most Commented Stories — Man keeping an eye on ex (31 comments), and: CSD $1.8M short on Winton (20 comments), and: 'Explorers' installed at McEuen (17 comments), and: Gun remark miffs Constitutionalists (14 comments).


Cutline Contest — 12.16.14

Dec. 16, 2014 4:50 p.m. - Updated: 4:55 p.m.

Time 2 Vote …

Green Bay Packers fans react during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo upset Green Bay 21-13. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Monday Winner — JPinkman with 6 likes: “Joker, dressed as Santa, still gets DFO's ire and is about to be nipped into the dungeon, next time…” You can see Monday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.


PM Scanner Traffic — 12.16.14

Dec. 16, 2014 4:42 p.m. - Updated: 5:30 p.m.

  • 5:22 p.m. Unknown injury crash reported @ Spirit Lake Cutoff, near Kelso Lake.
  • 5:12 p.m. Officer en route to give death notice on Mossberg Circle/Post Falls.
  • 5:11 p.m. Blue 2009 Honda w/Bonner  Co plates almost hit mile marker off H41, before turning into Twin Lakes Village.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Dept activities report Dec. 15-16 here.
  • 4:38 p.m. Troublesome man trespassed from Hayden Burger King.
  • 4:36 p.m. Kootenai Animal Clinic reports receiving an animal hit by a vehicle.
  • 4:12 p.m. Male shoplifter in a beanie cap w/ball on top ran around back of Kohl's & may be hiding behind Best Buy. Meanwhile, a female accomplice in dark-blue Chrysler w/”for sale” sign in back window left w/b on Honeysuckle.
  • 4:08 p.m. A door of a residence in 700 block of Govt Way/CdA has been open all afternoon.
  • 4:01 p.m. ISP officer reports traffic backed up from w/b I-90/MP 6-10 (Seltice Way to almost NW Blvd) as result of construction for Greensferry overpass in Post Falls.
  • 18 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below
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New Commish To Pick Airport Manager

Dec. 16, 2014 4:30 p.m. - Updated: 4:32 p.m.

The Kootenai County commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the hiring process for a new Coeur d'Alene Airport director. That means newly elected commissioners David Stewart and Marc Eberlein will have a voice in who should be the next airport director, once they are sworn in next month. Current Commissioner Dan Green, who will remain on the board, also will be part of that selection. Friday was the application deadline set by the commissioners for those seeking to replace fired director Greg Delavan. Commission Chairman Todd Tondee said the board was in the process of going through more than 30 applications to determine who should be interviewed/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did the lame-duck commissioners finally make the right call on appointment of a new airport manager?

Tondee said applicants could not be interviewed until Jan. 6, at the earliest, and that was just too close to a new board being seated.


PM Headlines — 12.16.14

Dec. 16, 2014 4:24 p.m. - Updated: 4:48 p.m.

Gonzaga's Angel Nunez slams home 2 points against Texas Southern in the opening moments of the first half in the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday. Gonzaga routed the visitors 94-54. Game story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)


Edit: Butch Back To Helping Rich Buds

Dec. 16, 2014 4:06 p.m. - Updated: 4:12 p.m.

At the Twin Falls Times News, opinion editor Jon Alexander opines: File this under Surprised No One: Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is calling for tax cuts to benefit Idaho’s wealthiest and his biggest campaign backers. It’s the response from Republican lawmakers that’s more intriguing. Otter faces, what looks to be, substantial pushback from a slew of Republicans in the Legislature. Grab your popcorn. This could be good. Otter kicked off his “stay the course” tour last week — though many in his own party are still unsure eight years in where that course actually leads — at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho’s annual conference. His “plan,” otherwise known as a giveaway to special interests, includes slashing the state’s income and corporate tax rates to below 7 percent. And, in an especially friendly group-hug to Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry, he also wants to throttle local governments by axing the personal property tax. More here.

Question: Has Butch Otter mentioned public education since he won re-election for a third term?


ABB: A Catalogue For Utility Box Art?

Dec. 16, 2014 3:56 p.m. - Updated: 3:59 p.m.

AmericanByBirth (RE: 'Explorers' installed at McEuen): Does anyone know if the utility box masterpieces are all done by area artists and is there a resource that identifies the specific locations? I keep seeing new ones and would like to take a tour with visitors over the holidays. I remember the moose from a few years back had a simple brochure that told a bit about the artist and the location of each one.

DFO: Superb question, AmericanByBirth. I know that a lot of those utility boxes were designed by local artists, including some with ties to Huckleberries. I also would like to know if there's a list that includes name of the artist and location of their work. Anyone?

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