FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

Weekend Wild Card -- 2.25-26.17 26 

I admit that I welcome Fridays more than ever, since I began the 4X/week column-writing gig. Going into a week, I keep my fingers crossed that there's enough fodder to fill 4 columns. There has been. But it's nice to reach Friday with all the columns in the book. Next week, however, the column is going to shift to Monday through Thursday ...

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The Parting Shot today features a military veteran revving his Harley-Davidson in Walla Walla, Wash., to disrupt Friday's Where's Cathy (Rodgers McMorris) demonstration at the Walla Walla County Courthouse.

Parting Shot -- 2.24.17 43 

Veteran Ron Goodall stands by his Harley-Davidson three-wheeler revving the engine to disrupt Friday's Where's Cathy demonstration at the Walla Walla County Courthouse along Main Street, Walla Walla, Wash. The demonstrators gathered to call attention to what they feel is McMorris-Rodgers unwillingness to hold town...

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Column No justice in Jim Jones' diagnosis 

Opinion Editor Robert Ehlert of the Idaho Statesman writes re: recent diagnosis that former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones has pancreatic cancer: "I'm struggling to find the justice around the fate that has overtaken (Justice Jones)." Jones, who is facing chemotherapy in March, is now writing for Randy Stapilus' Ridenbaugh Press.

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Judge: Trump didn't hurt Bergdahl case

A military judge on Friday rejected defense claims that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cannot get a fair trial after Donald Trump, when he was running for president, repeatedly called the Idaho native a traitor and said he should be pushed out of a plane without a parachute. John Sowell/Idaho Statesman reports ...

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Mikki Stevens, founder of the Red Hot Mamas in 1993, is ready to lead her popular parade troop to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the third time. (Red Hot Mamas Facebook photo)

Macy's Parade wants Red Hot Mamas back 

With their wigs, walkers and wacky ways, the Red Hot Mamas have won the hearts and minds of millions. The colorful entertainment troupe has again been invited to perform in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This is the Mamas 3rd invitation to the Macy's parade. Devin Heilman/Press reports ...

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Thought for the Day 

"Faith is not about everything turning out OK. Faith is being OK no matter how things turn out" -- Leather Works in downtown Coeur d'Alene ("Thought for Today") whiteboard outside front door.

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2012: An interview with DFO 

Almost 5 years ago to the day, Kerri Thoreson interviewed me for her KVNI-AM Monday morning show. You can hear that 9+ minute interview by clicking on this link and then the one provided from that interview. It's a shame that KVNI no longer has local news items in its programming.

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Associated Press file photo for illustrative purposes.

Spring in the North

Remember The Bard returns with a rhyme about the icy winds that blow as spring approaches. Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, enjoyed rhyming about the weather. Remember The Bard is honoring his memory.

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Well Read Moose down to 1 Bard book

Melissa DeMotte of the Well Read Moose/Riverstone tells Huckleberries that she is down to 1 edition of "The Bard of Sherman Avenue: Poems by Tom Wobker." The local book store has sold 37 of the 38 it received in the first days after the Big Reveal at Huckleberries Blogfest 2017.

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Reporters raises their hands as White House press secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump blocks NYTimes, CNN from briefing 176 

Journalists from The New York Times and two other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Trump’s press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps. The New York Times reports. DFO: This. Is. Wrong!

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Cover of Emily Ruskovich's book, "Idaho" (Amazon.com photo)

Author Ruskovich of 'Idaho' is young rising star

"Emily Ruskovich's voice is exactly what you would hope it to be: soft, lyrical and sweet. Just like her writing. Her insight—way beyond her years—on the many secrets buried deep in Idaho's backcountry is particularly keen. Just like her writing." George Prentice/Boise Weekly describes Amy Ruskovich, who was raised near Blanchard.

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TV interrupts Zag beat down 

Vince Grippi, of the Grip on Sports blog, wasn't the only one who was miffed that a "total transmission failure" on the San Diego end interrupted Gonzaga's 58-point win over the home team last night. But he is one of the few with press access to write about it. Where were you when the lights went out on the GU-San Diego broadcast?

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Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho gives his victory speech at the Idaho GOP Election Night Party, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

Moscow townhall to Idaho congressmen: Do your job 

A “do your job” chant reverberated off the walls of a packed Great Room at Moscow’s 1912 Center at the end of Thursday night’s town hall meeting hosted by the Palouse Action League and LC Valley Indivisible. The chant was directed toward Idaho’s missing U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo. The Daily News reports.

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Solons ignore public, vote for con-con 

Typically, an Idaho Senate panel heard from 25 people over 2 1/2 hours, all speaking in opposition, before voting 5-4 in favor of a constitutional convention. No North Idaho legislator was involved in the Senate State Affairs Committee vote. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise ...

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AM: Docs can't explain $$$ mess

AM Headlines feature a Spokane medical couple who are at a loss to explain a bankruptcy of up to $191.2 million. Also: Public Records (Feb 24)/Press, Hayden up for challenges/Press, Trucker cited for 4th of July crash/Press, St Maries mom searches for son's heart/KHQ, Maintain support for transgender protections/SR, Zags clobber San Diego ...

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Poll: Just say no to con-con 

In the Thursday poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation is against the idea of staging a constitutional convention to change the U.S. Constitution, an idea approved 5-4 today by the Senate House Affairs Committee. Today's Poll: Do you agree with President Trump's move to revoke transgender guidelines for public school bathrooms?

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Press: Enemy of the People? 57 

In its editorial today, the Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board writes that all media are not alike. Sometimes, the editorial says, the criticism of the media is justified. However, the editorial said, President Trump painted with a brush too broad when he painted the media as "an enemy of the American people." Words matter.

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Penney's to shut 130-140 stores 

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) today announced it is implementing a plan to optimize its national retail operations as part of the Company's successful return to profitability. Under the plan, the Company expects to close two distribution facilities and approximately 130 - 140 stores over the next few months.

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Legislators to host townhalls

Unlike their Republican congressional counterparts, several state lawmakers representing Kootenai County districts will meet this weekend with constituents at town hall gatherings. Rep. Eric Redman will host 2 townhalls. Reps Luke Malek & Paul Amador will combine their townhall.

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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.