MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016

Parting Shot -- 12.5.16 

Military veterans huddle together to hold a United States flag against strong winds during a march to a closed bridge outside the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Monday.

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Wild Card/Monday -- 12.5.16 42 

We got off to a slow start today as a result of technical difficulties with the SR system in downtown Spokane. But it appears as though things are moving along now. I'll be in catch-up mode for awhile. So you can use this Wild Card...

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Visiting Pearl Harbor 

After nine years of interviewing World War II veterans, some of whom served at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack, Cindy Hval and husband, Derek, visited the site she had written so much about. As the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day approaches this week, Cindy shares her experience in visiting the hallowed site.

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Blogos -- 12.5.16 

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline social media includes Marianne Love's photos of eagles and doves from Bayview/Farragut. Also: Changes/Bay Views, Your weekly planner/On Tap, 'Allied' is trek back in time/7 Blog, The 'lying' news/Barrett Rainey, RP, The ultimate political football/Fort Boise + more ...

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Idaho mom wants looser pot laws 18 

Southern Idaho mother Kelsey Osborne wants the state to loosen its marijuana laws, according to the Twin Falls Times-News. Osborne is facing a misdemeanor charge of injury to child for giving her 3YO daughter, Madyson, a smoothie with marijuana butter. The child suffers seizures and hallucinations after going off antipsychotic medication.

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Bus plan in works for seniors, disabled 

Kootenai County is opening the bus doors to better serving senior citizens and those with disabilities. A dial-a-ride program is expected to be added as early as next month to the Citylink paratransit system that serves those populations in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Huetter and Dalton Gardens. Brian Walker, Press reports.

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Crapo's committee of 2

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has again been selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chair the Senate’s Committee on Committees, meaning he’ll lead negotiations about which senators get which committee assignments. This is the seventh consecutive two-year congressional term that Crapo’s been tapped for this role.

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Trump picks Carson for  44 

Ben Carson, who took Donald J. Trump on a tour of blighted neighborhoods in Detroit during the presidential campaign, including his boyhood home, has been chosen by Mr. Trump to oversee one of the government’s main efforts to lift American cities as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. NYTimes reports.

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Poll: We trust OUR repair shop 

In the Weekend Poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said they trust their personal shop to make car repairs and to charge a reasonable amount for them. Today's Poll: Do you expect Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to complete his third term?

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Lawson: Stuck in the Potato Bowl 

Theo Lawson/Lewiston Tribune comments on the Potato Bowl matchup in Boise that pits the University of Idaho (8-4, 6-2) against Colorado State (7-5, 5-3). Vandal fans were looking forward to the Arizona Bowl but that invite fell through at the 11th hour.

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AM Headlines -- 11.5.16

AM Headlines today includes a second carousel that may find a home in North Idaho. Also: Chance for snow flurries Thursday/KHQ, Holiday Bowl: WSU to face Minnesota/SR, Amador, Malek announce appointments/Press, Benefit for murder victim's fam raises $10K/Press, Eye on Boise: Losing candidate files challenge/SR + more ...

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In praise of Top Ramen 21 

I doubt I'm the only man who relied on Top Ramen to survive college and bachelorhood. I love the stuff. But Mrs. O won't buy it for me. She says it isn't good for me. I pointed out Sunday that Coeur d'Alene Super 1 was having a special on Top Ramen. She merely rolled her eyes. Now, I learn Daniel Walters of the Inlander is another Top Ramen fan.

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Grinch Award No. 2

The Grinch, of course, was an individual who wanted to destroy Christmas because he had a heart several times too small. Well, the one who lived above Whoville wasn't the only Grinch in existence. Last week, we met a Grinch who stole the outside projector lights from the front yard of Joel and Christa Hazel. Today, we'll meet another.

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Butch Otter: Ambassador to Cuba? 

In a weekend opinion piece, Marty Trillhaase notes that others have a better chance to become Secretary of the Interior that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. But Otter may be a perfect candidate for an ambassadorship, say in Cuba, of all places.

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Bergdahl seeks prez pardon

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials said Saturday that Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency.

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Gun sales remain steady locally 35 

Fear of stringent gun restrictions under a Hillary Clinton regime stoked gun permit background checks nationwide to an all-time high for the month of October. The pre-election worries of Second Amendment advocates softened, however, when NRA-endorsed Donald Trump defeated Clinton on Nov. 8. Ryan Collingsworth/Press reports.

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Lake City carousel awaits ponies 

A new building for an old carousel has risen in downtown Coeur d’Alene, but the ponies won’t be spinning until next spring. Organizers had hoped to complete the project and begin offering rides this year, but poor weather in October and minor design changes delayed the work. Scott Maben/SR reports.

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Odom faces court date

Kyle Odom, 30, the Coeur d'Alene man accused of shooting Pastor Tim Remington in the parking lot of The Altar church on March 6, is headed for a court date this month. Keith Cousins/Press reports.

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Hucks: A final ride for 'White Whale' 

My Sunday Huckleberries column launches with the story of Dover's Gail Curless breaking down en route to selling her old Ford F-350 to a dealer in Bonners Ferry. She and the "White Whale" had been through much, hauling horses, sheep and border collies around the Northwest and Canada. Maybe it didn't want to leave her?

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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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