Cindy did her usual bang-up job subbing for me here at Huckleberries Online. I couldn't do this without her. I'm not planning anything too wild this New Year's Eve. Mebbe hanging with Frito Ray and the Coeur d'Alene family, after spending 5 days of quality time with Amy Dearest and Okie Doke in Portland. I have a new iPhone 7.
SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016
FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016
There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Sunday. Now another frenzied affair joins the shopping line-up: Holiday Hangover Day. This year, it falls on Tuesday, Jan. 3, the day most Americans head back to the office. Er. Some of us didn't leave the office much over the holidays. Did you get extra time off? CH
We've reached the stage of life where our young adult children give us gifts at Christmas! One son wrapped a present and wrote "As you wish" on the tag. It was a "Princess Bride" mug-- my favorite movie. And my oldest son bought me a new "Chronicles of Narnia" set. He and his brothers literally read my previous set to shreds.
A Twin Falls chiropractor has been sentenced to 4 months in jail for sexually exploiting patients. The Times-News reported that 54-year-old Robert Johnson on Wednesday was sentenced to five one-year jail terms to be served concurrently with eight months suspend from each.
How do you celebrate New Year's Eve? Our traditions have adapted over the years with our family's size and interests. This year I'm cooking a Prime Rib roast and then we're going to see Rogue One. And of there will be crackers, poppers and a wee bit of champagne at midnight.
The Canyon County sheriff is planning to ask the Attorney General’s Office to investigate county commissioners for willful neglect of duty following a string of escapes from a jail tent facility.
Washington State University Cougar fans are going to want to spend a bit of time staring at their feet this morning. Bartell Drugs issued a recall this week for an $18 Christmas pair of Strideline WSU College “Cougar Socks.” The red-and-white socks have a not-so-Cougarish slogan printed on the inside cuff. It reads, “Go Dawgs.”
A Missouri Republican saw last year’s debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected businesses that deny services to same-sex couples bring lawmakers to tears and grind legislative work to a halt. His potential solution: Take state government out of marriage completely. Good idea or bad? CH
Idaho customers of Avista Utilities will pay more for electricity in 2017. The Public Utilities Commission approved a rate increase for the Spokane-based utility, effective Sunday. For residential customers, electric rates will go up by 3.1 percent.
Small plastic cups spanning a spectrum of colors covered the kitchen table, and a gaggle of kids gathered around. Robert Hulseman was trying to nail down the colors for his newly invented plastic Solo Cup. When is the last time you had a beverage in a red Solo cup?
A co-chairman of Republican Donald Trump’s New York presidential campaign who publicly insulted Democratic President Barack Obama and his wife has been asked to resign from a local school board. Yeah. I'm thinking the school board made the right call here. Your thoughts may differ. CH
Convicted triple murderer John Lee has filed a third appeal with the Idaho Supreme Court, despite previously giving up his right to appeal in a plea agreement he accepted in March.
Amid a two-year flurry of prison reform in Idaho, Henry Atencio faces the challenge of maintaining that momentum within the Idaho Department of Correction. In December, Atencio was named the Department of Correction’s new director, succeeding former director Kevin Kempf, who during his tenure oversaw a whirlwind of reform.
Ask any bride: Planning a wedding is tough enough without having to worry about being ripped off while picking out your gown. But that's what allegedly happened to many brides who found their dress at a Post Falls bridal shop. Dozens of women who shopped at Cameo Bridal say they were either double-charged or never received their gown.
Pepperdine did something only two other Gonzaga opponents have done this season. The Waves made 51.6 percent of their first-half shots, joining Bryant and Iowa State as the only Zag opponents to hit at least 50 percent in a half. There was no repeat performance in the second half. In fact, the Waves had more turnovers (13) than field goals (nine)
A grassroots citizen group has launched a ballot initiative signature drive that proposes to outlaw abortion in Idaho. The initiative proposed by Abolish Abortion Idaho seeks to change state code to make performing or having an abortion an act of first-degree murder.
Eddie Vedder, front man for the rock group Pearl Jam, says the band plans to contribute $25,000 to the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners' next surfacing project on the trail that runs from near Republic to the Canada border. How cool is this!?
President-elect Donald Trump’s opposition to President Barack Obama’s retaliation against Russia for trying to influence the U.S. election will immediately pit him against the hawkish wing of the Republican Party. And it soon could force him to veto additional penalties supported by his own party.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016
A Tennessee woman’s $1.2 million estate has gone to the dogs – and cats, too. The Johnson City Press reported Glenda Taylor DeLawder’s bequest to an animal shelter was announced Christmas Day on the Carter County government website by Mayor Leon Humphrey. Who are you leaving your estate to? CH
My husband had a nightmare. He was yelling and thrashing around. I woke him up. "You're having a bad dream," I said. "Hush!" Then of course, I asked him what he was dreaming about. "Triceratops," he muttered. "In the tent! Not the BIG dinosaurs, Little tiny ones.'
In his latest controversial statement, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, known for his bloody anti-drug war that has killed thousands, threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter, saying he has done it before, to a kidnapper, and won’t hesitate to do it again.
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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