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Hump Day Wild Card -- 5.24.17 

This'll be our last day off together for at least a week. A family wedding is beckoning. I've lined up the dog/house sitter. And I'm looking forward to some R 'n R and the get together with my five siblings. After this wedding, we'll have only 2 more Gen 3ers to marry before we move on to my soon-to-be-92YO Mom's great-grandchildren.

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Vito leads legislators in travel expenses 

Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session, according to the Associated Press. And guess who leads the pack? Vito Barbieri. So far, the House District 2 legislator has the highest total in travel reimbursements: $7,100.

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Take 2 24 

Alas, I didn't see this AP photo when I looked for the Cutline Contest subject today. It would have been a dandy. U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump, left, met with Pope Francis today at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

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Loaded gun found under tree 

A Post Falls Parks and Recreation employee found a loaded gun near the intersection of East Seltice Way and North Idaho Road on Tuesday. The employee contacted the Post Falls Police Department who responded to the scene. KREM 2 reports ...

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Faithful Geek: A growing disillusionment 

In a Faithful Geek post today, Nic comments: "It doesn’t bother me that Christians voted for (Donald Trump); what does disturb me is how many Christians gleefully supported and embraced Trump's hateful rhetoric. I am dumbfounded by how willingly they overlooked his moral failures." Much more below.

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AM: Williams returning to Gonzaga 

AM Headlines begins with good news for Gonzaga Bulldogs fans: Forward Johnathan Williams has withdrawn from NBA draft and will return for his senior year. Also: Records for May 23-24/Press, Resort geraniums in place again/KXLY, Idaho State Police taking to the air/Press, Orofino woman faces murder charge/KHQ + more ...

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Any reason to change horses? 

I've asked Mayor Steve Widmyer several times about his thought on re-election. He told me months ago that he was 99% sure that he would run again. But he wanted to clear things with wife, Marie. Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, he sent out a statement via email that said he would seek re-election. Let's discuss this.

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Trib: Labrador can keep his day job 

In the Lewiston Tribune today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments that there's nothing illegal about Congressman Raul Labrador running for Idaho governor while serving in the Idaho House. Democrats are calling on Labrador to resign his day job if he wants to run for another.

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Poll: Labrador, Little should resign

In the Tuesday poll, almost two-thirds of Hucks Nation says elected officials, like Congressman Raul Labrador and Lt. Gov. Brad Little, should resign to run for another office. Today's Poll: Do you think Steve Widmyer has earned a second term as Coeur d'Alene mayor?

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Trump cuts will hammer Idaho 37 

In Idaho, the Trump budget proposal unveiled (Tuesday), if enacted, would mean big hits to the state budget, from health care to education, according to an analysis by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. Betsy Russell/SR reports ...

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No use for California drivers 12 

Shannon Forbes of Coeur d’Alene can sum up her feelings about California drivers in three words: not a fan. She encountered 2 California drivers during a stop in Yellowstone Park this week that you wouldn't want to meet on a public roadway. Q: Do you really think drivers in some states are worse than those in others?

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Ryan: 'We will get hit over this' 

Speaker Paul Ryan is acutely aware that Republicans will be attacked over the health care bill that his chamber passed a few weeks ago, but the Wisconsin Republican felt that inaction was not an option. “I’ll accept that we will get hit for this,” Ryan said Wednesday. Q: How hard will House Republicans be hit over their health care bill?

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Stunned, on July 21, 1917, townspeople of Harrison, Idaho, watch the smoke billowing from an inferno that destroyed the town’s business district and half the residential area. This photo is from an article written by Estar Holmes about the 1917 fire: “The Town That Few Out of Fire: The Inferno on Lake Coeur d’Alene.” (Courtesy photo)

Huckleberries: Harrison celebrates rise from ashes

It’s hard to believe now, but Harrison, in 1911, was the biggest town in Kootenai County with 1,200 residents, five sawmills, and a large fleet of paddle-wheelers and steamboats. Huckleberries tells you about the town celebration of a fire that leveled the small Lake Coeur d'Alene town 100 years ago. The celebration begins Saturday.

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Widmyer to seek 2nd term

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer announced late Tuesday afternoon that he'll seek a second term in office: “The future of the community that I have called home for 54 years is very bright,” Widmyer wrote. “I would like to continue to work to make our city a great place to live.” Widmyer is the first city candidate to announce.

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Trial to begin for former LCHS teacher 

A late summer trial is scheduled for a former Lake City High School science teacher who faces lewd conduct charges. A two-week jury trial will begin Aug. 26 for Jeffrey L. Kantola, who is charged with lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16, and attempted lewd conduct. Ralph Bartholdt/Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

Mayor Widmyer to seek re-election

Mayor Steve Widmyer announced late this afternoon that he will seek re-election:​ "The future of the community that I have called home for  54 years is very bright. I would like to continue to work to make our City a great place to live. Today I am announcing that I will be seeking a 2nd term to serve as your Mayor." Full statement below.

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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.