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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017


Wild Card/Monday -- 7.31.17 17 

On this day in 1944, my parents married. Both were second generation children of Portuguese immigrants that migrated from the Azores Islands in the middle of the Atlantic. My parents were married 32 years when my father was killed in a traffic accident in October 1976. My mother never dated or remarried. She figured she'd already had the best.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.31.17

Scanner Traffic for Monday PM (21 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 18 more items) includes female who can't unlock door of RV. Air conditioning is off. And her cats are inside ...

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KCSO to stage National Night Out in Hayden

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office will sponsor the 4th annual National Night Out community event from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the McIntire Family Park (aka Hayden Park, 8930 N Government Way, Hayden. The event promotes police-community partnerships. The event has attracted more than 100 booths. More below.

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Idaho insurers want 38% hike 15 

Dean Cameron, director of the Idaho state Department of Insurance, announced today that health insurers offering plans on Idaho’s state insurance exchange have proposed premium rate increases next year averaging 38 percent.

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In this July 21 photo, incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, right, blowing a kiss after answering questions during the press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job. A person close to Scaramucci confirmed the staffing change just hours after President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump dumps Scaramucci 50 

That Was Fast: President Trump on Monday removed Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, the White House announced, ousting him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff.” The New York Times reports ...

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Anti-California hysteria grips Idaho 28 

The prejudice against Californians is so deeply entrenched in Idaho, writes Anna Webb/Idaho Statesman, that it's as familiar as fry sauce and sagebrush. (She must be talking about southern Idaho.) Anyway Idaho keeps attracting Californians -- now more than ever. How can you explain that?

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Sea lion pups play near the shore of San Cristobal island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, Friday, Jan. 26, 2001. The Jessica, an Ecuadorean tanker, ran aground last week spilling at least 185,000 gallons of diesel fuel off of San Cristobal Island. Experts continue to monitor the effects of the spill that poses a threat to the unique wildlife of this fragile natural treasure where Charles Darwin forged his theory of evolution. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Galapagos Islands

Here's another offbeat poem from Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, that'll probably make you smile. In "Galapagos Islands," Tom found a way to weave in words like Euador, Charles Darwin and blue foot boobies -- and made it work.

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Poll: Christa right to quit CC

In the weekend poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said GOP precinct committeewoman Christa Hazel was right to submit her resignation to the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee "because you can only take so much." Today's Poll: Have you eaten roadkill?

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State Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, is considering a run for Raul Labrador's 1st Congressional District seat. Former Idaho attorney general David Leroy has announced his candidacy for the position now held by Republican Congressman Raul Labrador. Photographer Duane Rasmussen snapped the photo of Malek at Michael D's recently.

If not now then when for Malek? 

In a Idaho Politics Weekly column, Chuck Malloy comments: "Republican Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d’Alene is asking most of the right questions as he contemplates a run for Congress in the First District. Is the timing right? Can he raise the money needed to make a competitive race? Can he win?"

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Local GOP needs a black list 

It's time for the Kootenai County Tea-GOP Central Committee to produce a list of "RINOs" (Republicans in Name Only) a la the "Hollywood blacklist" of the Joseph McCarthy era. Then, we'd all know who the Central Committee considers political enemies. Wouldn't that be fun?

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Trib: Tommy veers right, Raul follows 

In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the July 21 GOP gubernatorial forum in Coeur d'Alene. Boise developer Tommy Ahlquist is altering the political landscape by running hard to the right. And, Trillhaase said, Congressman Raul Labrador is following him. Meanwhile, Lt Gov Brad Little is smiling.

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Letter writer admits to honking 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, George Silva of Coeur d'Alene admits he honks at cars parked in front of him at stoplights, if they hesitate too long before going. Q: When do you honk at other drivers?

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Candidate: RINOs must go 23 

In an interview with Joe Newby of Conservative Firing Line, 1st Congressional District candidate Michael Snyder of Boundary County said the Republican Party should rid itself of all RINOs (Republicans in Name Only).

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Landers: Roadkill anyone? 

Outdoors editor Rich Landers/SR introduces us to Steve Clark, who has two of some 1,600 salvage permits issued in the first 12 months of Washington's program for picking up deer and elk killed in vehicle collisions. Clark tells Rich that roadkill is every bit as tasty as fresh meat. Q: Have you eaten roadkill?

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Regan reacts to Hazel's column 17 

In a comment under Christa Hazel's op-ed column in Saturday's Press, Chairman Brent Regan of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee labeled Hazel's opinion as "offensive and inaccurate." Then, he told precinct committee members not to respond in kind.

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Christa: Local GOP has gone off rails 

After tendering her resignation from the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, former Coeur d'Alene school trustee Christa Hazel submitted a My Turn column to the Coeur d'Alene Press. She spells out what has gone horribly wrong with the local GOP Central Committee under the leadership of Chairman Brent Regan.

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SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017

Weekend Wild Card -- 7.29-30.17 33 

On Monday, we'll be discussing a confrontation between a group of white man and a young black man on a beach near the Coeur d'Alene Resort that has gone viral​. There are 2 snippets of video about the incident. I'll post the story on Monday for broader comment. But you can get an advance peek at the story below.

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FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

Parting Shot -- 7.28.17

The Parting Shot today features members of the gold medal USA women's water polo team pushing head coach Adam Krikorian into the water after winning the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, today.

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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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