FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Review: 'The Deep Dark'

David Bond/Wallace Street Journal has written a superb review of Gregg Olsen's "The Deep Dark -- Disaster & Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine." The book describing the May 2, 1972, Sunshine Mine Disaster was released 10 years ago. Now, for this week, Random House is offering an e-version for $1.99.

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ITD Moves Up 27 Projects 

As a result of the funding boost from gas tax and registration fee increases, the Idaho Transportation Department has moved up 27 road and bridge projects. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise provides a full list of those projects below. Huckleberries didn't see any North Idaho projects on the list.

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Man Seeks Missing Emu

There are large feathers scattered throughout the property at Dan Dolezal's Coeur d'Alene home, the remnants of a battle between his two emus and two neighborhood dogs. Dolezal, who owns the Camera Corral on Sherman Avenue, was at work last Friday when he received a...

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No Ducking Cold War Readiness 

While much of the country was caught up in Cold War paranoia in the 1950s and 1960s, the Spokane area outdid itself. Columnist Shawn Vestal explains how local government officials and newspapers fanned the paranoioa. Then, there were all those fallout shelters dug in back yards.

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County Denies Athol Zone Change

Kootenai County commissioners heard more than four hours of public testimony Thursday night on a contractor's controversial zone-change request for 34 acres near Athol. Most in attendance opposed the zone change. Ultimately Commissioners Dan Green and Marc Eberlein voted to deny that change.

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 5.21.15

I've been re-reading the late Louise Shadduck's history of Coeur d'Alene, "The Edge of the Ice." And enjoying the way she connects the names of the pioneers to the places that we all know. Like Oscar Canfield (Canfield Mountain), who once hosted General William Tecumseh...

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Parting Shot -- 5.21.15 

This photo from Weber County, Utah, Animal Services shows Brutus, a horse that had fallen into an 8-foot hole that had opened during a rainstorm in Hooper, Utah. The horse had his neck pinned to one side and had little visibility. Neighbors used heavy-duty machinery...

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Sub Sen Regan Explains Child Support No Vote 14 

Brent Regan, who served as an acting state senator for Steve Vick at the special session Monday, explains in a Coeur d'Alene Press Online op-ed article this afternoon why voted against the child support enforcement bill. Regan, a board member for the ultraconservative Idaho Freedom Foundation, was one of only 2 no votes in Idaho Senate.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 12 

The Cutline Contest today features President Barack Obama hamming it up with an ensign who received his diploma and commission at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation Wednesday. Wednesday winner: DFO.

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Geddes Can Boost Pension 559% 

Former state Sen. Bob Geddes can use a new appointment to a state job to finish adding thousands of dollars a year to his taxpayer-funded pension. By checking the right boxes, Geddes could spike his pension a staggering 559 percent. Geddes will take the helm at the Department of Administration June 1 ...

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Bilingual Guide To School Choices

In wake of the hubbub re: possible discrimination by Idaho charter schools against minority student, a nonprofit organization has released a free bilingual "Parents' Guid to Idaho's School and Learning Choices." The nonprofit is funded by the Albertson Foundation.

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On The Waterfront ... 

One of the activities that I enjoyed seeing today during my Walk Along the Waterfront was the splash pad in operation. Little kids enjoyed playing in the water, while parents watched and picnicked.

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Groups Back Boulder-White Clouds

At a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing today on wilderness legislation for the Boulder-White Clouds and Jerry Peak mountains, Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation spoke in favor of the bill on behalf of a coalition of 26 groups, reports Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman,...

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$1.49, Small Organic

The Bard of Sherman Avenue is suffering sticker shock at the cost of a small avocado at Huckleberries in Spokane. He tell Huckleberries (the blog) that large avocados cost 2.49 now & are heading higher. As a result of the sticker shock, you'll be treated to the latest Bard rhyme.

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CdA Cellars To Honor Sgt Moore

Coeur d'Alene Cellars is released a K27 label for its No. 6 Red to honor fallen CPD Sgt Greg Moore. In a news release, Coeur d'Alene Cellars said $6 from every $26 bottle will go directlly to the Greg & Lindy Moore Fund at Umpqua Bank in Coeur d'Alene.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.21.15

Top posts in the Huckleberries blogosphere today include: Big deal/On Tap, How sweet it is!/Simple Mind, Sunshine & splashing at McEuen Park/Coeur d'Alene Today, Spokane River at Post Falls opens for boating, but .../Outdoors, This remake not so 'Magnificent' news/7 Blog, Klay Thompson is first all-NBA WSU Coug/SportsLink + more ...

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Will Scouts Reassess Gay Adult Ban? 

Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, says the organization must reassess its ban on gay adults, saying, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be." Gates, a former CIA director and former...

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WW2 Historian Reviews 'War Bonds' 

Historical fiction writer and World War II historian Melissa Marsh posted this review of War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation on her blog, The Best of World ll. “Wartime brings out some of our strongest emotions, but arguably one of the most powerful...

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Close Encounter w/David Letterman

Gary Graham, editor of The Spokesman-Review, tells of his one encounter with now-retired, late-night, talk show host David Letterman. The attended Ball State (Indiana?) together. Question: Have you ever met a late-night, talk show host?

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Flowering Downtown 

From the Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association Facebook page comes word -- and this photo -- that the flower baskets are in place again along Sherman Avenue. Also, walking buddy Greg Lee and I saw the geraniums back in place at The Coeur d'Alene resort. That...

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PFPD Produces 'King Of Road' Video

A chaplain for the Post Falls Police Department produced a parody theme song for the agency, reworking Roger Miller's old hit, "King of the Road." You can hear "Out on Patrol" by clicking on arrow below or by going to YouTube. Enjoy.

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