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MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

Parting Shot -- 3.27.17 

I'm not sure where photographer Don Sausser snapped this photo. I suspect it was in the Independence Point area since Don's eye in the sky overlooks that portion of north shore real estate. Obviously, the recent flooding has provided us with some interesting flotsam on Lake Coeur d'Alene this year.

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Rupert withdraws from trustee race 

Candidate John Rupert withdrew from his race against Lisa May in the Coeur d'Alene School Board Zone 1 race this afternoon. County Clerk Jim Brannon told Huckleberries that Rupert withdrew at 3:24 p.m. today. His decision to withdraw means that May is the only candidate for the seat now held by Trustee Christa Hazel.

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Wild Card/Monday -- 3.27.17 

My taxes are done, emailed and my checks are in the snail mail en route to their state and federal destinations. I visited the H&R Block office on Government Way to do my taxes this year. I usually do them online. But once every 3-4 years, I take them in to make sure that I've been doing them correctly.

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County hires new airport director

The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners have announced the hiring of Steve Kjergaard to direct the Coeur d'Alene Airport in Hayden. Kjergaard has spent last six years as director of the Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston, N.D. He replaces Greg Delevan.

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AP file photo of Stradivarius for illustrative purposes.

Violin string broke, but symphony played on 

On today's Wild Card, FlorineD comments re: an extraordinary display of cool at the Spokane Symphony Sunday. Seems the guest violinist was in the middle of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto when a string on his Strad broke. The guest violinist traded violins with the concert master, beginning a series of flawless handoffs.

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Reflections on Lake Coeur d'Alene 

Photographer Don Sausser caught this shot of reflections at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk Sunday. The boardwalk was hard hit by the recent flooding. But I suspect that it won't be long before the preparation for the tourism season begins in earnest again.

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NIC hires human resources exec 

North Idaho College President Rick MacLennan today announced the selection of Don Millikan as NIC’s new Executive Director for Human Resources. In this cabinet-level position, Millikan will play a critical role in cultivating NIC’s greatest resource: its people. Tom Greene/NIC Press Room reports.

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Ahlquist adds spice, $$$ to guv's race 

Columnist Chuck Malloy/Idaho Politics Weekly comments that Boise developer Tommy Ahlquist will add spice and dollars to the 2018 Idaho governor's race. Ahlquist is the physician-turned-developer who is responsible for ridding Boise of a huge, ugly embarrassment.

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Keep Fearless Girl on Wall Street? 

Seems pressure is mounting to keep the Fearless Girl statue in New York City's financial district, challenging the iconic Charging Bull of Wall Street. What say you? Q: Why should/shouldn't Fearless Girl be allowed to stay in its current location, in front of Charging Bull?

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Amendment for bill reading? Really? 

So Rep. John McCrostie, D-Boise, has proposed a constitutional amendment to ensure that the stalling tactics of state Reps. Heather Scott and Priscilla Giddings won't get in the way next session. Really? A constitutional amendment to deal with a couple of protesting Hard Right legislators? Talk about overkill.

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AM Headlines --3.27.17 

AM Headlines: Public Records (March 27)/Press, Fans flocking to see Zags in Final 4/SR, Idaho unemployment remains at 3.6 percent/AP, Inmates: Violations led to amputations, death/AP, Officials discuss sliding, landslide hazards/Press, Lake City sets record for moisture, melted snow/Press, Goodwill's new Post Falls location to open Friday/Press

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Trib: Do grandstanders have a point? 

Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune and other political observers didn't expect much from the 2017 Idaho Legislature. But he did expect the lackluster session to end on time. The Legislature wasn't able to meet that modest goal due to the grandstanding of two Panhandle representations: Heather Scott & Priscilla Giddings.

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Down side of senior discounts 13 

In a Lewiston Tribune column, Kathy Hedberg comments: "I know I should not look a gift horse in the mouth but when the 20-something store clerk gave me the senior citizens discount recently without even asking for my ID, I was miffed." Question (for Seasoned Citizens): Do you get miffed when a clerk arbitrarily gives you a senior discount?

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When did you become a Zags' fan? 12 

I became a Gonzaga Bulldogs fan during their golden run in 1999, when they advanced to the Elite Eight as a No. 10 seed, before being beaten by UConn, the eventual NCAA Tournament champion. Question: When did you become a Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball fan?

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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.