Weekend Wild Card -- June 25-26

You'll have to contend with Iron-type people, if you go downtown this weekend. They'll be practicing and strutting their muscular bodies on Saturday. And performing on Sunday. I'm curious what the announcer on Sunday will say when the individual participants in Ironman CDA 70.3 cross the finish line. "You are half an Ironman"?

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

TGIF Wild Card -- 6.24.16 

Gary Graham, the low-key editor of the SR for the past 8 years, has announced his retirement, to take place in September. Gary is a month older than I am. When he leaves, I'll be the oldest person in the newsroom. At least, that's what Gary once told me over lunch. Gary, I believe, is a month older than I. We're both 66.

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Weapons of mass murder popular 

In view of the U.S. Senate votes against 4 gun control proposals, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News opines: "We're moving in the wrong direction, and our head-scratching response to these terrible tragedies will only empower more terrorists to pick up their guns and wreak havoc in another American city." Agree? Disagree?

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Cleanup work begins this year on the old Sunset-Star Silver Mine in Nine Mile Canyon north of Wallace, Idaho. The mine, owned by the Success Mining Co., is pictured with a boarding house in this historic photograph. (Courtesy/Wallace District Mining Museum)

Sunset-Star Mine cleanup starts at old boom town 

Sunset is one of the forgotten boom towns of Silver Valley. Its school, its general store and its largest employer, the Sunset-Star Silver Mine, faded into the forested landscape decades ago. But the toxic legacy of early 20th century mining practices lingers at the old town site north of Wallace. Superfund cleanup work will begin this summer.

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NIC recruits double amputee wrestler

A double-amputee will join North Idaho College’s wrestling team. The school signed Class 6A 2016 wrestling state champion Hassan Hawthorne from Alabama. Hawthorne recently graduated from high school with a 37-0 record in his senior year. He also earned Alabama’s Most Valuable Wrestler for class 6A.

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Flyer announcing the dedication of a new piece of Coeur d'Alene public art, honoring Chief Morris Antelope of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe.

Dedication set for new CdA public art July 18 

A new piece of public art honoring Coeur d’Alene Indian Chief Morris Antelope will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Monday, July 18. The statue of the chief – a strong advocate for the rights of the Coeur d’Alene Indians – is located in the area of the tribe’s historical gathering place, Yap-Keehn-um.

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Blogs: Out, out, damn deer 

Great England/Fort Boise Week in Review/Better Idaho Other Side of Bayview Blog/Bay Views 'Conjuring 2': More Warren malarky/7 Blog Rotary embraces 'War Bonds'/Cindy's All Write Fireworks banned on most public, tribal lands/Outdoors

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So many editors, so little time left

As I mentioned in the Wild Card, I have had 10 editors during my 46 years in the newspaper biz. Here they are: Eddie Booth, Lou Walther, John Fenrich, Paul Zimmerman, Marlon Hanson, George Cecil, Paul Emerson, Chris Peck, Steve Smith & Gary Graham. Graham, who is retiring in September, is the only one of the 10 still newspapering.

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A map of the Seltice Way reconstruction plan was included in the ignite cda minutes.

ignite cda discusses Seltice Way plan 

The $3.5 million proposed reconstruction of Seltice Way, from about Riverstone to Huetter Road, was discussed at length at the recent ignite cda meeting. Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer raised concerns that the estimated cost of the project has increased to about $5 million.

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WND doubles down on Twin Falls case 

World Net Daily, a conservative news compilation site, is doubling down on coverage of the sex assault case involving three young boys, from Iraq and the Sudan, and a 5YO special-needs girl in Twin Falls. The site announced the release of two of the boys with this headline: "Muslim child sex-assault suspects back on the streets of Idaho."

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Boys in Twin Falls sex case released 

The 14- and 10-year-old boys charged in a sexual assault at Fawnbrook Apartments have been released from juvenile custody, and federal prosecutors are urging the community to stay calm, stop spreading falsehoods about the case and let investigators and court officials do their jobs.

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NIC board seeks trustee applications

The North Idaho College Board of Trustees is seeking applications for the pending vacancy that will be created in a week when Trustee Ron Nilson's resignation becomes official. Nilson resigned when a new zone was formed to include Trustee Todd Banducci and him in it. The two live a mile apart. They had opposed a plan that put them in the same zone.

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AM: Fairchild angling for Boeing planes 

AM Headlines today feature Fairchild AFB making short list of possible homes for new Boeing planes. Also: Centennial Trail director resigns/Press, Statesman names new editor/EOBoise, Wiltjer signs free agent deal with Rockets/KREM Supreme Court names administrative director/EOB, Zag alumni game kicks off Hoopfest/SR ...

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SR editor Graham retiring 

Spokesman-Review editor Gary Graham plans to retire in September after leading the newsroom for eight years. His replacement is expected to be hired this summer after a national search, newspaper publisher Stacey Cowles announced.

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Trump hails 'beautiful' Brexit vote 23 

Speaking on a visit to Scotland, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate, hailed the Brexit vote. According to the Telegraph News, he said the British people had “taken back their independence” and predicted the end of the EU could be “on its way” with other member states fed up with immigrants flowing across “Swiss cheese” borders.

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Calm urged in Twin Falls case 10 

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson has issued a statement about the June 2 sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl involving three other children at a low-income apartment complex in Twin Falls that led to false stories, circulated nationally on the internet, about a supposed knifepoint gang-rape by Syrian refugees.

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The manager of the University Mobile Home Park at 9518 E. Fourth Avenue called 911 Wedneday when she learned that one of the residents was keeping an alligator in a covered backyard pond. But the animal and the presumed owner were gone and now the man is saying he has never owned an alligator

Day 2: Gator on the loose

A 3-foot alligator is still on the loose in Spokane Valley. The manager of the University Mobile Home Park called 911 Wedneday when she learned that one of the residents was keeping an alligator in a covered backyard pond. But the animal and the presumed owner were gone and now the man is saying he has never owned an alligator.

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'Peter', 'Mermaid' head CST lineup

At the Inlander, E.J. Ianelli checks out the schedule of plays planned by the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre this season, including "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "The Little Mermaid." (Mrs. O bought 4 tickets for "The Little Mermaid." (Note to Self: Purchase season tickets next year and save a few bucks.)

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Brits vote to leave European Union 59 

Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum that forced the country's prime minister to step down, upended markets and set the stage for a messy untangling with far-reaching implications. (Question: Do you think the consequences will be as dire as many have forecast?)

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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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