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4th of July Weekend Wild Card 13 

My extended 4th of July weekend is going to be filled with family gatherings (on both sides), the downtown parade, fireworks and some more gardening. I'm still filling out my garden as a result of my quick trips to California and Florida in the last 5 weeks. But I'm getting there ...

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TGIF Wild Card -- 6.30.17 

Forty is the biblical number for testing. The Israelites were in the desert for 40 years. Jesus was tempted for 40 days. This weekend marks my 40th anniversary as a Northwesterner.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.30.17 

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (25 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 16 more items) includes rescue of 2 women who were thrown into Lake Coeur d'Alene after kayak capsized off City Beach ...

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A Washington connection, too? 

We all know of the Canadian connection that put Mike "Landslide" Kennedy over the top by 3 votes over Jim Brannon in the infamous Coeur d'Alene City Council election race back when. But it appears that there might be a Washington connection, too. Terry Werner of Post Falls spotted this sign in the Liberty Lake area and posted in on Facebook.

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Archives: North to Alaska 

The annals of my Huckleberries column 25 years ago had a nugget about my next-door neighbor who was miffed when he had to sit through three light changes at a Coeur d'Alene traffic light.

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In this AP file photo, a Thai cooking instructor leads his foreign students tour the Bangkok market prior to a cooking class in Bangkok, Thailand. With its blend of salty, sweet, sour and spice, Thai food is a sophisticated cuisine that pleases even the most discerning palates. (AP file photo)

Caution: Thai Food 

Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, offered short rhymes for a wide range of topics, including Thai food. In the rhyme below, as he did on other occasion, he choose "poor Uncle Joe" to be the subject of the rhyme.

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CPD: Beware of being drugged in bars 

Coeur d'Alene police are warning locals to be careful when drinking at local bars. In recent weeks, the CPD has field several reports from both men and women who feel they have been drugged after drinking at different bars around town.

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Huckleberry Friends -- 6.30.17 

The roundup of links from Huckleberries Online social media: Can't. Even/Fort Boise, A Viking rebirth/On Tap, Tidbits/The Faithful Geek, My cousin Dick/Simple Mind, At home in Connemara/Slight Detour, Pushing the F-35 odds/Randy Stapilus, Has 'Transformers' finished Michael Bay?/7 Blog ...

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Christa, Indiana Jones share phobia

All Indiana Jones fans know that their hero fears/hates snakes. So does Christa Hazel. Seems some garter snakes slithered onto the Hazels' cabin property -- and not it's "me or them," according to Christa. She looked for a snake repellent but ran into another problem. Q: Are you a snake phobic, too?

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4th of July starts early 

I enjoy fireworks. Mrs. O and I watch the chamber fireworks from City Beach on the Fourth of July. We enjoy the neighborhood fireworks while riding to and from the community fireworks show. But I don't have much use for the clowns who shoot them off before and after the Fourth of July, as a neighbor did last evening. How about you?

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AM Headlines -- 6.30.17 

AM Headlines: Public Records (June 30)/Press, Beer heist bungled by lies, driver/KHQ Crapo, Risch praise Davis choice/EOBoise Talks to focus on Idaho extremist groups/Press Lightning torches Lake Coeur d'Alene home/Press Fireworks enforcement up to local police agencies/Press

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Poll: 'Hooligan Island' must go 

In Thursday's Poll, Hucks Nation had no sympathy for efforts by the owners of 'Hooligan Island' to dodge city regulations and anchor their water jungle gym off the city shoreline for commercial purposes. Today's Poll: Do you have a bias against California transplants.

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Letter: CdA didn't become Dodge City 

Letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor from Mike Alan/Coeur d'Alene points out that the world hasn't come to an end in the year since permitless carry became the law in Idaho: "To my knowledge, Coeur d’Alene has not turned into the new Old West Dodge City or O.K. Corral." Thoughts?

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NRA commercial upsets some 33 

An commercial, featuring spokeswoman Dana Loesch, is getting social media circulation. In it, Loesch urges Americans to join "freedom's safest place" as protesters and members of the "resistance" movement who oppose Donald Trump's presidency "smash windows, burn cars," and "terrorize the law-abiding." See video below.

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Which podcasts interest you? 

I've begun listening to podcasts with on my iPhone. Usually, I listen to them while I walk during the lunch hour or while watering the garden during the evenings. At this point, my podcast range is limited. I listen to "Fresh Air" and "Ask Me Another" from NPR and Colin Cowherd's "Best of the Herd." (Q: Which podcasts do you listen to?)

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'50 Shades' popular in Spokane 

Like the rest of the nation, Spokane was obsessed with “Fifty Shades of Grey” a few years ago. Spokane Library circulation records say the e-book was borrowed a total of 696 times in 2012 and the total number of checkouts for the trilogy was 1,677. But the hard-bound copy of the book, for some reason, wasn't as popular. (Q: Have you read the book?)

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Huckleberries Online

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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