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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

Parting Shot -- 5.31.16 

This viewtiful photo of the Palouse, south of us, was provided by the Facebook page of The Spokesman-Review. This is one of the photos on our Readers Photo Gallery. Craig Goodwin snapped this shot of the town of Cashup, Wash., as seen from Steptoe Butte State Park.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 5.31.16 11 

I'm blogging from home today, while waiting for my computer to be fixed by our fine techs in the Spokane office. That means to I'm not listening to Scanner Traffic. Nor do I have some of the same blogging-at-the-speed-of-light capabilities per usual. But we should...

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Idaho legislators planning a heist 

In a recent column for the Inlander, former state senator Mary Lou Reed warns that Idaho lawmakers are planning to steal public lands in Idaho. Reed takes aim at the push by the Far Right for a state takeover of federal lands in the Gem State.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 12 

Secret Service agents remove a man from the crowd during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, Calif., on Monday. A group of animal rights activists briefly interrupted the Sanders rally in Northern California when...

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CdA among dog-friendly Idaho cities 

In a Visit Idaho article, Coeur d'Alene is listed No. 4 among "5 Idaho cities with dog-friendly adventures." Coeur d'Alene follows Boise, McCall and Stanley -- and is ahead of Sun Valley. Coeur d'Alene is touted mainly for all the pedestrian and bike trails in the vicinity. No mention is made of the three dog parks including one at McEuen Park.

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Mayor condemns Dietrich bullying 

Don Heiken, mayor of tiny Dietrich, is speaking out after a family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the school district. The family are seeking damages as a result of an alleged sexual assault by 3 white football players on a black, mentally disabled child. The mayor says the coaches & others should be fired for allowing ongoing bullying.

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Susan Jacklin, who spearheaded the rennovation of The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls, speaks to a crowd of more than twenty on Thursday in the center's main room. (Jake Parrish/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

JACC helps Post Falls stand united 

Devin Heilman of the Coeur d'Alene Press shines a spotlight on my favorite place in Post Falls -- the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center. The JACC was the site of my 40th wedding anniversary last June. My wife and I renewed our vows before 60-70 family members and friends. A wonderful venue for such an event.

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Idaho No. 5 in job creation 

Wow! Here's one of those polls that show something's going right in the Gem State. Not only does Idaho lead other Northwest states in job creation, it's ranked No. 5 in that category in the nation. John Talton of the Seattle Times weighs in on this story.

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Blogos -- 5.31.16

The daily roundup of posts from the HucksOnline blogosphere begins with another photo by Marianne Love/Slight Detour re: her recent trip to O Canada. Also: Simple Mind bids adieu to May. Cindy tells us that the thrill isn't gone from signing her "War Bonds" for fans. And SportsLink says it wasn't easy for Gonzaga to snag NCAA baseball berth.

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Poll: 73% of Idaho wants land takeover? 13 

According to a poll from Idaho Politics Weekly, most Idahoans want federal lands handed over to the state. The poll, conducted on 603 Idaho residents April 8-19, showed 73 percent of them would like to see management of federal lands given to the state of Idaho. This poll flies in the ace of a 2014 poll that showed 52% opposed public land takeover.

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Ed Hartz, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 889, places a wreath in the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene during Memorial Day ceremonies (Don Sausser/photo)

Remembering our fallen warriors 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 889’s incoming commander, Robert Martin, spoke to a large crowd at the McEuen Park Veterans Pavilion on Memorial Day morning. With the pavilion flags at half staff, decorated Vietnam veteran and retired Army Sgt. Martin opened with a poem — "Just a Common Soldier," by A. Lawrence Vaincourt.

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Idaho teen takes dying mom to prom 

Get your hankies and Kleenex tissues out, Berry Pickers. Here's a wonderful story about a thought Magic Valley teen who took his dying mother to his prom. You'll appreciate what the teen said when his mother asked him why he'd want to take his "old, bald mom" to the prom.

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T-Wolf: We're in a lose-lose situation 

In a comment today, T-Wolf22 brings up a good point: "Who in their right mind would run for office in the climate we have in this country. Jesus Christ could be a candidate and 50% or more of the populace would be trying to dig up sleaze and smear him." (Q: Would you risk the scrutiny of your past to run for political office?)

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One of Marianne Love's many viewtiful photos from her day-trip to Canada.

Visiting Canada to take Trump break 

Marianne Love/Slight Detour and husband, Bill, joked to friends re: looking for property in Canada in case Donald Trump became president. "We were successful in pulling off a temporary escape from that Trumpwellion logorrhea that dominates the American air waves." (Q: When did you last visit Canada?)

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Idaho GOP announces speakers 

The Idaho Republican Party has announced four national speakers who will be featured at the upcoming state party convention in Nampa that runs this Thursday through Saturday: David Keene, Kimberley Strassel, Foster Friess and Buck Sexton.

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Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane sells 

Auntie’s Bookstore is being sold for the first time in its nearly 40-year history to the owner of Merlyn’s Comic and Games. Merlyn’s owner John Waite announced Tuesday afternoon he’s buying the revered independent book store from its original owners, Shannon Ahern and Chris O’Harra.

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Idaho leads USA in melanoma death rate 

daho had the highest melanoma death rate nationally between 2001 and 2005, 26 percent higher than the national average with about 40 Idahoans dying of melanoma every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s skin cancer state statistics. In 2012, Idahoans developed melanoma at a rate of 26.9 per 100,000 each year.

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A boy brings flowers to put beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Monday, May 30, 2016, in Cincinnati. A gorilla named Harambe was killed by a special zoo response team on Saturday after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit and it was concluded his life was in danger. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Trump OK w/zoo killing gorilla 10 

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says the Cincinnati Zoo had "no choice" but to shoot dead the gorilla that was dragging a toddler around an enclosure. "I think it's a very tough call." A gorilla named Harambe was killed Saturday after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit and it was concluded his life was in danger.

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Father makes girl marry her rapist 16 

An Idaho man will spend about four months in jail for taking his 14-year-old daughter to Missouri to marry a 24-year-old man who raped and impregnated her. The father pleaded guilty to injury to a child last week, and a judge put him behind bars for 120 days and ordered four years of supervised probation, the Idaho State Journal reported.

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Trump calls reporter 'sleaze' 

Donald Trump lashed out at the press over scrutiny of the money he raised to donate to veterans groups, in one instance pointing to a reporter and calling him a “sleaze.” Which raises the question. What one word would you use to descripe reporters for this country's media? (Yeah, I know, I'm probably asking for it.)

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Of coal trains & lefty agendas 46 

In a recent Bay Views post, Bayview Herb comments: I've had it with the lefties bouncing from one anti people issue to another, while trying their best to destroy the human race, so they can more efficiently return our globe to whatever it's natural state...

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Never-Trump cons seek alternative 

I'm considering a bye when it comes to voting in the presidential race in November. I'll vote down ticket, of course. But I don't think I can bring myself to vote if the two main choices are Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump. Conservatives, like Bill Kristol, are beating the bushes for a 3rd-party alternative. Would you vote for an Independent?

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1st time in Portland, where do you go? 12 

On his Facebook wall, Thom George asks: "First time in Portland, where do you go?" He posed the question with a photo of Powell's Book Store on Burnside. Powell's, of course, is a must stop for any book lover. One of Thom's Facebook friends suggested that Saturday Market was the go-to place in Portland. What would you suggest for first-timers?

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2nd F&G commissioner rips legislators 

Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner Mark Doerr of Twin Falls has joined commission Chairman Will Naillon in announcing he won’t reapply for his post – and criticizing state legislators for meddling in the management of fish and wildlife in Idaho, the Lewiston Tribune reports. “We...

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Cecil Andrus rides horseback into Hells Canyon. As governor, he and U.S. Sen. Jim McClure wrote the Idaho boundaries for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. (Cecil D. Andrus Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University)

Andrus reflects on long political career 

Former Idaho governor Cecil Andrus is 85 now. He is yhe last Democrat to lead deep-red Idaho, serving four terms, interruped by a four-year Cabinet post as Interior secretary under Jimmy Carter. Recently, Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise interviewed Andrus about his career and a nuclear wate showdown that looms large.

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