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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017

Poll: No to New Year's resolutions

In the Tuesday poll, 2/3s of Hucks Nation said it doesn't make New Year's resolutions. Period. Only 2 percent of this online motley crew said it makes resolutions every year. Today's Poll: How often do you drink coffee or a coffee drink at Starbucks?

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Huckleberries: Tween gets no wine for his whine 

OK, here's the first Huckleberries print column of my new, 5X/week gig. It launches with a fun experience that I observed while traveling on an Alaska Airlines/Horizon flight to Portland on Christmas Day. Also, you'll see how you Merry Hucksters participated in my first column in the rest of my newspaper career.

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Avista electric rates rise 2.6% 

We should be celebrating that our Avista electric rate went up only 2.6% ($2.64/month for most residences). Our favorite utility was asking for an increase of $6.54/month for most residences. Small victories.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Parting Shot 

"Despite a 20-year high number of kokanee spawning in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene, bald eagles still occasionally battle for their share," posts SR Outdoors blogger Rich Landers. More about the photo below.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 1.3.17 20 

So we've finally arrived at "go" day -- the day that I'm to write my first mini-Huckleberries column. I'd planned to have a chunk of it written already but a nasty head cold thwarted those plans. So I'll have to write it on the fly, as I will do most days. I'll need your help more than ever. Let me know if you see interesting things out there.

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Foxy solon wanted to guard hen house

In his column today, Shawn Vestal/SR comments that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wanted to eliminate the ethics watchdog "that gave her a big old bite in 2014." Sez Vestal: She "would've if she could've." Ditto for many other House Republicans, I suspect.

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In this SR file photo by Jesse Tinsley, a snowplow works its way down B St. in Coeur d'Alene after a 24-hour snowfall total of about a foot in the city by the lake.

Streets chief explains bermy winter 

I'm afraid I called Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor from sick bay to answer my morning whine re: berms left in the driveway after the snow plows go by. Sam tapped Streets chief Tim Martin. Who had a spot-on answer. (Hint: The type of winter we're having is a big part of the problem.) Read on.

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In this Jan. 25, 2015, file photo, Carrie Fisher, right, presents her mother Debbie Reynolds with the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "La La Land" star Ryan Gosling thanked Reynolds at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, for serving as an inspiration to the cast and crew of the film. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)

Faithful Geek: Why Carrie Fisher matters 

In a superb Faithful Geek blog post, Nic explains to us why actress Carrie Fisher matters to him (and many of us). He writes: "Because of her portrayal of the Princess of Alderaan, I have discovered something much like what was delivered to her at the end of Rogue One: Hope."

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 (Linda Lantzy)

Blogos: Independence Point at sunset 

Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images continues to amaze me with her outdoor photography. Here's one of Independence Point (and Mudgy & Millie) at sunset taken some time ago. Linda asks on her Facebook page: Where's your favorite place to enjoy a North Idaho sunset? Also: You can see first 2017 blogosphere roundup below.

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Warming center to remain open

Reacting to weather forecasts of extreme cold, St. Vincent de Paul's reports that the warming center will remain open tonight through Friday night. The warming center has been open 34 out of 61 days, including the last 30 days.

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Electoral College works if ...

In a recent column, Opinion Editor Gary Crooks/SR comments: "Nothing exemplifies pure politics better than debates over the Electoral College. We all knew the deal going in, so the winner of that contraption is rightly the president of the United States." Crooks goes on to say that we've junked what Founding Fathers wanted.

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What should legislators focus on? 13 

"Idaho Reports wants to hear from you," writes Melissa Davlin/Idaho Records. "What would you like lawmakers to focus on during the 2017 legislative session?" School funding? Justice reform? Taxes? Economic development? Social issues? What? Melissa wants you to answer the question in a short video. You can also answer the question for the blog.

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Edit: Abortion isn't murder 10 

In an editorial for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Devin Rokyta editorializes against a petition drive by Abolish Abortion Idaho that seeks a change in state law that would equate abortion to first-degree murder.

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You know it's North Idaho Cold when ... 16 

Wedeln offers some ways that you can tell it's "North Idaho Cold." For example, he writes: "You know it's North Idaho Cold when the newly arrived Californians use their fondue pots to warm up their mittens." I like that one. It'll end up in my first mini-Huckleberries column Wednesday. Do you have any other suggestions?

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AM Headlines -- 1.3.17

AM Headlines features story on Rathdrum Police Chief Tomi McLean, the only female police chief in Idaho. Also: Public Records/Press, Zags reach #5 in AP poll/SR, Deputies arrest car burglary suspects/Press, Grip on Sports: Rose Bowl lives up to billing/SR, Post Falls bridal store owner faces fraud charges/Press + more ...

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Quotable Quote 

"1st day back at work after a week off. BLECH!!!!!! I don't think there is going to be enough coffee in the world to get thru the day" -- Jean Evans. (Q: Is this your first day back from Christmas vacation? How are you dealing with it?)

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House GOP yanks plan to gut ethics panel 34 

House Republican leaders have pulled a proposal that would gut its independent ethics panel, amid widespread criticism of the plan. The decision comes less than two hours after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the timing of the vote. CNN reports. (Q: What do you think of the House GOP's plan to reverse direction on is matter?)

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Snow flakes clinged to Courtney Pettoello's eyelashes as she prepared to jump into Lake Coeur d'Alene on Sunday, Jan. 1 2017 during the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene. (Kathy Plonka/SR photo)

What it's like to go polar bear

I asked Tom Richards of the Enaville Resort to describe what it's like to jump in Lake Coeur d'Alene on New Year's Day when snow is coming down. Also, you'll find a photo gallery of the plunge by Kathy Plonka/SR. And SR coverage of the plunge. (Q: How you ever participated in the Polar Bear plunge?)

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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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