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Wild Card/Thursday -- 3.23.17

This is the day that I come up for air. All 4 columns are written for the week. And my next deadline isn't until 5 p.m. Friday, for the Monday newspaper. AND I have plenty of material now for that Monday column. Hallelujah! It's definitely...

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A double rainbow appears at a lookout near Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls recently. Heavy runoff from winter snow and recent rain have increased water flows at Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls to more than 18,000 cubic feet per second, creating the biggest water show in 20 years. Shoshone Falls, is 900 feet wide and features a 212-foot drop, making it one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States. Flows are expected to be above normal through May. (Kyle Green/The Idaho Stateman via AP)

AM Headlines -- 3.23.17

AM Headlines: Where are they now? 1999 Zags/KREM, Sunshine Minting has eye on Nevada/Press, Scott forces full reading of another bill/EOBoise, Officials: Beware of drinking well water/SR, Teen fight videos surface on social media/Tribune, Fernan Elementary says bye to therapy dog/Press, •Kayakers risk dangerous conditions at stateline/KREM ...

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Betrayed by butternut squash 

David Townsend, the communication coordinator for the Coeur d'Alene Library and a lover of the Pilgrim's Market salad bar, feels betrayed/bamboozled today -- not that it's necessarily a bad thing in this instance. Butternut squash masquerading as shredded cheddar cheese is the source of his angst.

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Poll: Use die/dice as public art

In Wednesday's poll, a majority of Hucks Nation would like to see the city of Coeur d'Alene use the die/dice that washed up on Lake Coeur d'Alene's north shore as public art, if its owner decides to get rid of it. Today's Poll: On a scale of 1 to 10, how nervous are you about this country's future?

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Phaedrus: Don't fear empty nest 

On Wednesday, Cindy Hval wrote about her uneasiness re: the "empty nest" that looms in the not-to-distant future for hubby Derek and her. Now, Phaedrus comes along and says that there's nothing to dread. The house will be quieter and you'll miss the kids, he says, but there's many upsides to the new situation.

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Hecla, miners at impasse

Proposed changes to work assignments are one of the main reasons the Lucky Friday miners voted to strike March 12. Union and management remain far apart on a variety of issues, most of which are unrelated to pay. Becky Kramer/SR reports that Hecla and its miners have reached an impasse.

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We're all stressed out re: USA future 

Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of the nation, according to an American Psychological Association survey published in February. Understandably, Democrats are more stressed than Republican Eli Francovich/SR provides a local look at these numbers. Q: On a scale of 1 to 10 how stressed are you about the future?

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 3.22.17 

Izzit my imagination or is the weather beginning to settle down in the Coeur d'Alene area. Mrs O was surprised when I broke out a short sleeve shirt today to wear to work. She said it was premature. I said that I could wear pajamas to work and no one would notice.

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Cindy Hval. (SR file photo)

Cindy: Dreading days dealing with empty nest 

On one hand, Front Porch columnist Cindy Hval sez: "No matter how hard I try to carve out an empty house to write in, someone always comes home early. Or leaves late. Or brings a friend over. You get the picture." OTOH: "It’s hard to imagine an empty, silent house, but one day soon these rooms will echo with memories instead of noise."

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Huckleberry Friends -- 3.22.17

The daily roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online social media: Spring outing/Slight Detour, A fuller Filling station/On Tap, Oops! So I forgot/Simple Mind, Ubiquitous eyes/Carlson Chronicles, Complicated & uncomfortable/Fort Boise, Openings redux: Harrelson & MacLaine/7 Blog, Clagstone Meadows access to start Aug. 1/Outdoors ...

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Senate OKs grocery tax repeal 25-10

The Senate has voted 25-10 in favor of HB 67a, the grocery tax repeal bill. The bill, originally an income tax cut bill when it passed the House, now goes back to the House for concurrence in the Senate amendments. (Huckleberries is happy to report that all 4 North Idaho senators voted for this bill.)

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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.

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