MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 7.6.15 

I was amazed Sunday AM re: how quickly Coeur d'Alene city parks crew cleaned up City Park, City Beach and the waterfront after the big 4th of July bash this year. Mrs. O, Huckleberry & I watched parks employees picking up litter in City Park...

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At The Parade 

State Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene, points something out to executive director Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation at the Coeur d'Alene 4th of July parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

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Poll: No To Polygamy 

Weekend Poll: After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in this country, a polygamous Montana trio asked to be married. In its 4th of July weekend poll, HucksOnline asked: "Do you support legalizing polygamy?" 199 of 306 respondents (65.03%) of Hucks Nation voted "no." Today's Poll: How are you suriving hot summer?

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Sara: 2nd Resort Tower Will Destroy View 

Sara Meyer (RE: Hagadone seeks street vacation): From what I've read and heard I'm opposed to the city vacating the air rights above the resort sky bridge. If a 19 story tower is built above the current sky bridge it will block all mountain views...

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Idaho Statutes Ban Gay Marriage 13 

Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court struck down all gay marriage bans nationwide last week, making Idaho's marriage definition unenforceable. However, removing the language will be an uphill battle.

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At The Parade 

In this first of several Photo Set pictures from Duane Rasmussen: Dan English, who has announced his candidacy for the City Council seat now held by Steve Adams, prepares to mount the small bicycle that he rode in the 4th of July Parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday. Question: Which entry did you consider most interesting?

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AM Headlines -- 7.6.15

Photo Set: Michael Mastor snapped this photo of the Cape Horn Fire through a spotting scope Sunday. The tiny pinpoint that is a helicopter provides some idea re: scope of fire. Idaho Records/Press Person Field irrigation system nears completion/Press Lake City man competes on 'American...

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Athol Mayor Offers Fire Help

At 8:57 a.m. today, Mayor Kuhman of Athol posted the following message on the city's Facebook page: "Athol City Hall Plan is: We will coordinate to send people to the below listed areas: People can wait at the Community Center 208-683-2101, or the Athol Baptist Church 208-683-2802, has room: We are still on standby."

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Cutline Contest -- 7.6.15 

Revelers open their mouths as they wait to cool off with water thrown from a balcony, while celebrating the official opening of the 2015 San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, Spain, today. Revelers from around the world turned out here to kick off the festival with...

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IFF: Idaho Raised Gas Taxes Most 

In his recent column, executive Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation comments: "If you’re angry about Idaho’s new, higher fuel taxes, here’s a reason to be a tad angrier: The start of a new month brought gas tax increases to six states. But one state raised its tax the most, and you’re living in it."

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Sandpoint's Survival Amazes NYTimes 

Reporter Kirk Johnson of the New York Times had this to say, in an in-depth article, after visiting Sandpoint: "Through grit and persistence, the center is holding in this Western small town, against forces that are turning other hamlets into ghost towns."

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Edit: Obamacare Here To Stay 

In the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments: "The moment a 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling removed all doubt that Obamacare was here to stay, it became inevitable that Idaho would extend Medicaid coverage to working poor adults. Because of that ruling, the last threat to Obamacare's core premise has been removed ..."

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Bayview Fire Destroys 6 Homes 

At least six homes along with other structures have been destroyed in a wildfire near Bayview that grew to more than 3 square miles Monday and forced about 200 residents to evacuate. The blaze that started Sunday afternoon was being fought by about 100 firefighters on the ground, four aircraft and a U.S. Navy boat.

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Hagadone Seeks Street Vacation 

The Coeur d’Alene City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening on businessman Duane Hagadone’s request to vacate portions of two downtown streets for a second hotel tower at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. A preliminary design shows a narrow tower rising 19 stories above...

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Herb Among Bayview Evacuees 

Bay Views blogger Herb Huseland was among the residents of the Lake Pend Oreille community who were forced by the Cape Horn fire to evacuate their homes. Herb writes of his experience from a Coeur d'Alene motel room.

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FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

4th Of July Weekend Wild Card 73 

I'm off for the three-day 4th of July weekend, beginning today. Like the rest of you, I'll try to stay cool as the heat continues to beat down on us this unusually hot summer. My dance card is fairly well booked for the next 3...

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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015

Parting Shot -- 7.2.15

Young men jump into Lake Lucerne, near Beckenried, Switzerland, on Wednesday. The European weather forecast is promising high temperatures for the next few days. Question: Do you plan to jump into a local waterway during the 4th of July weekend.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.2.15 

The 4th of July weekend has special meaning to Mrs. O and me. Thirty-eight years ago, we moved to Kalispell, Mont., from California's Central Valley to being this Northwest adventure. Mrs. O saw the Flathead Valley and her future home for the first time when...

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 (AP file photo)

Columnist Stein: No Strangers In Sandpoint 26 

Writing for the American Spectator, conservative columnist/actor Ben Stein writes about his return to Sandpoint after 10 months away, and why he embraces the North Idaho town: "Everyone has guns and no one gets shot. That’s the thing about living in a place where there are no strangers and everyone has guns. No strangers. That is huge."

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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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