WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 11.25.15

This'll be our last day together this week. I'm taking Black Friday off, to host Amy Dearest and Okie Doke. We might see you at the annual downtown Christmas holiday parade and wreath lighting Friday evening. We'll definitely check out the Festival of Trees at...

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Shopper catches coupon snafu

An Albertsons shopper said he was overcharged for two turkey breasts last week, and the way it happened has him wondering if someone [Click and drag to move] had a thumb on the scale. “I had a very troubling purchase at Albertsons tonight, which I can't help but think is fraud,” James McKenzie said in an email message to The Press last week.

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Sequoia Wheelan, a ninth-grade student at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, works on an art project during class Tuesday in the school’s new fine arts wing. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

CdA Charter Academy adds fine arts wing

Fine arts classes at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy got a much-needed upgrade over the weekend with the opening of a new wing of the school. Construction on the fine arts wing — which will house all of the band, choir, drama and art classes for grades six through 12 — began last spring.

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Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis (11) tries to pull down a rebound between Mount St. Mary’s players, including Khalid Nwandu (4), during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. The Bulldogs resume their cross-state rivalry with Washington this morning in their first of three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Rajah Bose)

Gonzaga 44, UW 27, (Halftime) 

After a nine-year gap, the Gonzaga Bulldogs will play the Washington Huskies this morning in the Bahamas. The two are matched up in the 8-team Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Jim Meehan is covering the game for the SR. It will start at 9 a.m. on ESPN 2. You can follow the ESPN boxscore via a link below.

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No Thanksgiving power for 5,000

A warm Thanksgiving meal at home may be out of reach for thousands of people even as linemen race to restore electricity to homes battered and blacked out by last week’s windstorm. Avista said late Tuesday that 18,000 customers remained without power. And at least 5,000 are not expected to have power by Thursday.

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County prioritizing facility needs 

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports: "With $15.5 million to spend on discretionary projects, including facility upgrades, Kootenai County commissioners are bantering and prioritizing numerous projects. With the hefty fund balance, commissioners are in the early stages of prioritizing needs to address issues without raising taxes."

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TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 11.23.15 16 

What's with KVNI? Christmas music through the holidays? No sports? Are you kidding me? First, we lost the local broadcasts in the mornings. Then, KXLY mixed and matched things for us, trying to find some combination that worked for Coeur d'Alene listeners and the station. Then, Golden Oldies. Then came sports 24/7/365. Now, they're messing w/that.

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Parting Shot -- 11.24.15

The Pentagon is reflected in the instrument of the U.S. Army Band before the arrival of French Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drian at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Army Band was to play the U.S. and French national anthems, but was cancelled due to time constraints.

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NYPost spotlights RH Mamas 

In a video today, the New York Post spotlights the Red Hot Mamas of Coeur d'Alene: "At the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a dance team of elderly ladies absolutely stole the show. Meet the Red Hot Mamas, an eccentric and badass group of women from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, whose goal is 'the enhancement of the ridiculous'."

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.24.15 

Scanner Traffic for Tuesday PM (19 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 14 more items) includes shoplifters who stole items from Post Falls Walmart and then tried to get a refund at State Line Walmart. Also, a UPS truck has crashed down bank in Wolf Lodge area.

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Bond: Wages of savings is debt 

Columnist David Bond of the Wallace Street Journal recalls the old days when a child learned about interest rates by putting a nickle and dime regularly into a savings account. Well, he columnizes, prepare for a coronary. The bit-by-bit additions in a child's account will be eaten away by service charges as it gains very little interest.

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Idaho pays $34K more in marriage case 

Idaho’s state Board of Examiners, which consists of the governor, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of State, has approved an additional payment of $34,502.70 to the attorneys who successfully represented four same-sex couples in their lawsuit challenging Idaho’s ban on gay marriage.

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Fedora to serve free Thanksgiving meal

The fifth annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday, and everyone’s welcome. Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fedora Pub & Grill, 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. Last year, the Fedora fed more than 1,700 people, said owners...

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As I mentioned Monday, I operated a 90-pound jackhammer for awhile, as a neighbor and I dug the concrete from the post holes in the fence that we set 25-plus years ago. I don't plan to operate a jackhammer again. But I still can delete jackhammering from my bucket list. Question: What is something that you removed from your bucket list this year?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 11.24.15 

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes a photo of wind damage to Coeur d'Alene Resort boardwalk. Also: A robust response/Fort Boise, Day 2: Thankful for/Simple Mind, Openings: Boxers, monsters, dinosaurs/7 Blog, The wages of savings is debt/Wallace St Journal & Library shut Thursday, Friday/CdA Today.

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YPMule: Thanksmas? Santagiving? 11 

YPMule laments that the Christmas season is starting earlier and earlier -- even before the turkey thaws this year. He suggests that we find a new name for this transitional period, like "Thanksmas" or "Santagiving." Anyone offer something better?

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Huckleberries Online

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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