FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend -- 5.23-25.15 

You get a break from Huckleberries Online for the next three days. It'll be my chance to overhaul the garden. But I'm sure you have way better plans that that. So enjoy yourself. Be safe. And I'll see you back here Tuesday. Here's your Memorial...

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Parting Shot -- 5.22.15 

Cub Scout Easton Kulm, 8, of Florence, N.J., places a flag as scouts placed thousands of flags on veteran’s graves at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day Friday in Wrightstown, N.J.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 5.22.15 

I might be anticipating this weekend more, if I didn't have a ha-huge garden project waiting for me. Out with the old wood chips. In with the rock. I tried to tell Mrs. O that I'm getting too old for this stuff. But she merely...

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19YO Mistakes Dog For Wolf, Kills It 

A North Idaho man said his dog was shot on a Forest Service road last weekend by a teen who mistook the husky-malamute cross for a wolf. The dog later died. The same bullet struck Jim Rosauer’s second dog, which survived. “We saw both of our dogs drop to the ground. It was just shocking,” said Rosauer, who lives near Eastport.

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Idaho Sheriff Rips Military Gear Ban 

An Idaho sheriff is questioning President Barack Obama’s order ending the transfer of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said the prohibition is an overreaction to recent events and images of combat-ready police trying to quell violence and looting, first in Ferguson, Mo., and then in Baltimore.

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New Parking Law In Effect Saturday 

Prompted by concerns with delinquent public behavior at the McEuen Park parking facility, the Coeur d’Alene City Council recently passed an ordinance restricting certain activity at the sub-level parking lot. The new law, which applies to all city parking facilities, goes into effect on Saturday.

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CSD Sets Long-Range Plan Meetings

The Coeur d'Alene School istrict will host a series of information gathering meetings to discuss future high school growth. The meetings begin next week. You can find out more about them as well as the schedule for them below.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.22.15

Coeur d’Alene Community Planning Director Hilary Anderson records a public service announcement on East Sherman Avenue. CDA-TV director Jeff Crowe is also pictured. The city and CDA 2030 have scheduled two town hall meetings in June to kick off a visioning and master planning effort...

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Squirrel KOs Post Falls Power 

A squirrel knocked out power to 2,566 Post Avista customers in Post Falls for nearly an hour this morning. Debbie Simock, Avista senior communications manager, said the squirrel took out a transformer around 8:30 a.m. Crews deactivated the system to find out what caused the...

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Riverstone Pond 

One of the nicest places for a summer concert in North Idaho is the amphitheater at Riverstone Pond. This photo by Keith Boe of North Idaho Life doesn't show the amphitheater. But it makes me think of the concerts, sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Arts...

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30 Years Of Leadership CdA 

It's hard to believe that 30 years have gone by since I attended the first class of Leadership Coeur d'Alene, a group of up-and-comers in the community who learn about the community by attending monthly meetings on given local topics: Government, transportation, media, etc. Why am I telling you this. Planning for 30th reunion party is under way.

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ICL Head Makes Wilderness Pledge

Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson told the opponents to his own Boulder-White Clouds National Monument proposal what they wanted to hear when he testified Thursday. Wyoming Republican Rep. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests,...

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PSA: KCSO Warns Boaters 

As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Marine Division has a public service announcement for boaters. You can see below re: several things that should be checked before putting your boat in the water. Question: Who plans to boat this weekend?

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Memorial Day 

Memorial Day is upon us again, which signals the beginning of the summer season in North Idaho. More importantly, it is a time when we remember veterans lost in war fighting for the freedoms of this marvelous country of ours. What do you do to remember the fallen military personnel on Memorial Day?

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.22.15

Scanner Traffic for Friday morning (24 items & counting) includes animal control trying to catch large, gray dog who is creating a traffic hazard along I-90 between H95 & 4th Street overpasses in Coeur d'Alene.

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Hayden Mayor Rips NIBCA Ad 

In an op-ed column in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Hayden Mayor Ron McIntire takes the North Idaho Building Contractors Association to task for a recent ad re: Hayden's sewer capitalization fees ...

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Worst Food Smell Ever? 10 

In comments, MJHartid mentions that a KREM reporter said that cat food smell on I-90 near Medicine Lake was bad and getting worse. The worst food-type smell that I've encountered was beet pulp that I was required to fork into our cows' hay as one of my Saturday duties on the dairy. Question: What is the worst food-related smell you've encountered?

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Poll: Most Aren't Kroc Members 

Most of Hucks Nation aren't members of the Kroc Center -- or have ever been members, according to the Thursday poll. Today's Poll: Do you consider the actions of the Far Right wingers of the Idaho GOP to be laughable?

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Actions Of GOP Fringe Not Funny 17 

Writing for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial board, Devin Rokyta comments that the "paranoia permeating from the far right of the Idaho Republican Party is usually more laughable than anything." However, such actions weren't laughable this year when the fringe almost derailed child support enforcement in Idaho.

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AM Headlines -- 5.22.15

In today's AM Headlines: Q'emiln launch opening delayed/Press, Wolf concerns lead to hiring of expert/SR, Memorial Day ceremonies planned/Press, Rathdrum man wins $50K in scratch game/Press, Washington's water crisis likely to worsen this year/SR, Idaho Records/Coeur d'Alene Press ...

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IFF: Geddes Snags Gold ring 

I don't say this often, but I thoroughly agree with Wayne Hoffman, the Idaho Freedom Foundation executive, who, in his latest column, decries pension spiking by former legislators. Hoffman says that former senator Bob Geddes is the latest to grab the golden ring. He could hike his pension $37,000 if he can hand onto his new state job for 42 months.

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Lee Chain Shuts Helena Bureau 

Usually, I wouldn't post a separate item re: a Montana newspaper chain closing its capitol bureau. But I wanted to use this story to underscore the point that the readership of Huckleberries Online, The Spokesman-Review and the state social media is fortunate that my paper keeps a Boise bureau staffed with someone as high-caliber as Betsy Russell.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.











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