WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
Wed., May 31, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
Parents whose children made Amazon purchases on mobile apps without their permission will begin getting their money back, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. And it turns out that money could amount to more than $70 million – charges incurred between November 2011 and May 2015. I can only imagine what the kids bought! CH
Wed., May 31, 2017, 4:26 p.m.
Tried in vain to convince my youngest son to become a dentist. Yesterday I found out it's going to cost us more than $2,000 to get his wisdom teeth pulled. I get to go to the dentist myself for my regular cleaning this afternoon. Glad I could get in since he only works THREE DAYS A WEEK.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 4 p.m.
Idaho State Police Lt. Col. Kedrick “Ked” Wills has been named the next director of the Idaho State Police, to succeed Col. Ralph Powell when he retires July 2 after 34 years with the ISP. Gov. Butch Otter announced the decision on Wednesday; Wills will be promoted to colonel as part of his promotion.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
A Mexican businessman offended by President Donald Trump’s insults to his countrymen is seizing on a possible oversight in the magnate’s branding plans. Corporate lawyer Antonio Battaglia is introducing “Trump” brand toilet paper. It’s marketed under the slogans “Softness without borders...." Would you use this? CH
Wed., May 31, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has requested charges against Dwayne Thurman, who is suspected of shooting and killing his wife Brenda Thurman early last year while he cleaned her gun. Reaction? CH
Wed., May 31, 2017, 2:01 p.m.
Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people in Oregon to update their birth certificates away from public view beginning next year. The measure makes Oregon the second state after California to adopt laws specifically designed to help mitigate potential discrimination against transgender individuals.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists to participate in its “ArtCurrents” program. Artists submit applications for placement of their sculptures around CdA’s downtown for a period of one year. The displayed works will also be offered for sale, with the City of Coeur d’Alene receiving a 25% commission from the sale.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
The man who married his former sixth-grade teacher after she was jailed for raping him has filed for legal separation from her. Regardless of the situation, I've never thought a large age difference between partners is a wise thing. What's the age difference between you and your partner? CH
Wed., May 31, 2017, 1 p.m.
I have no problem agreeing with Trump on this. Holding up the bloody severed head of the president for a photo is beyond disgusting. Then again, Griffin hasn't been funny for a very long time. Of course your thoughts may differ. Did you see the photo? CH
Wed., May 31, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 14th annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Meacham’s topic will be “America Then and Now: What History Tells Us About the Future.”
Wed., May 31, 2017, 11 a.m.
A garbled late-night Twitter posting by President Donald Trump sent the internet into a frenzy on Wednesday. Six hours after Trump wrote it, the tweet that befuddled the world and launched a thousand memes was deleted. But questions about the true nature of “covfefe” remained. Challenge: Use covfefe in a sentence. CH
Wed., May 31, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Visitors to the Minidoka War Relocation Center in southern Idaho will get a closer sense of what life was like for thousands of Japanese Americans forced to live at the internment camp during World War II now that a new visitor center has opened at the site. I absolutely want to visit. Do you ? CH
Wed., May 31, 2017, 10 a.m.
Here's my Dolezal story. A couple weeks ago I was at an invite-only art function at a small gallery. It was fairly crowded. In walked Rachel Dolezal pushing her son in a stroller. The crowds parted. The chatter quieted. I didn't see anyone greet or talk to her, but I soon left. It was awkward and a little sad. Now, she's uninvited to Baltimore.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 8:45 a.m.
A new trial is underway for a former Nez Perce County sheriff’s deputy charged in connection with the strangling death of his ex-wife. Joseph A. Thomas Jr. was convicted in 2011 of killing Beth Irby-Thomas and sentenced to at least 25 years in prison, but the Idaho Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2014.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Yellowstone National Park is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the shooting death of a rare white wolf near Gardiner, Montana. The wolf is believed to have been shot April 10 or 11. Wildlife managers euthanized the 12-year-old female wolf after hikers found it injured.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 8 a.m.
Unease about white supremacist activity in Portland deepened after the fatal stabbings of two men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade, and some people worry that the famously tolerant community could see a resurgence of the hostilities that once earned it the nickname “Skinhead City.”
TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
Tue., May 30, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
One part of housing roughly 250 animals that not everyone talks about is their medical care. Creatures at Zoo Boise get yearly wellness checks. They’re given vaccinations and have bloodwork done.And like humans, they get sick. Cancer is a particular scourge. When is the last time you visited a zoo? CH
Tue., May 30, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Haley’s trip last week to Jordan and Turkey showcased the outspoken former South Carolina governor-turned-Trump diplomat’s emergence as Trump’s foreign policy alter ego-- “I think ‘America First’ is human rights and ‘America First’ is humanitarian issues,” Haley said. Agree or disagree with Haley? CH
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.