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THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017

Thu., July 27, 2017, 4:37 p.m.

Parting Shot -- 7.27.17

The Parting Shot today features Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse Jones being recorded on camera as he is interviewed during the team's arrival for NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa.

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 4:13 p.m.

Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.27.17 

My house exterior overhaul continues unabated today as a couple of superb handy men continue to strip off paint in preparation for priming and painting next week. One even replaced by sprinkler electrical box and offered tips on how to fix some gutter problems. I still need to fix one fence side before settling in for a long winter's nap ...

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.27.17

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (17 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 13 more items) includes angry woman who called husband because motorist pushed disabled vehicle onto driveway entrance ...

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Hospital releases Gov. Otter 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was released from the hospital today after being admitted on July 14 for his second back surgery in a week, and then remaining hospitalized for treatment for a post-surgery infection.

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State Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d'Alene. (Courtesy of Paul Amador's Facebook page)

Thu., July 27, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Amador weighs in on Art Spirit hubbub 

State Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d'Alene, says he won't attempt a controversial piece of art at Art Spirit Gallery that has upset some local Catholics. But, in a letter to Coeur d'Alene Press editor Mike Patrick, Amador said "the constitutionality of this piece is quite clear."

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 2:45 p.m.

Avista wants more moolah 

I know this is probably apples and oranges. But Avista wants a 3% increase to cover "under-collection" of $9.6M from Idaho customers in 2016. This, despite the company's pending sale to Hydro One of Canada for $5.3B. And it doesn't take into account the two-year rate hike it also wants. Methinks Avista/Hydro One wants too much.

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Concert on front lawn of Lakeside condos Wednesday evening. (Don Sausser photo)

Thu., July 27, 2017, 1:55 p.m.

2 downtown music venues

On his Facebook wall, Don Sausser noted that there were two summer concerts only blocks apart in downtown Coeur d'Alene Wednesday evening. The Live After Five crew used to stage concerts kitty-corner from Crafted. Now, Darrell Dlouhy of Daft Badger has scheduled a handful of concerts there. Don says the concert promoters need "a new scheduler."

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 1:29 p.m.

Did Chris lie/lay low? 

In Huckleberries Thursday (July 20), I wrote that the 26th year of free Handshake Productions concerts was in doubt when cancer, surgery and treatment caused Chris Guggemos to "lay low" last year. That prompted reader Mary Morris to ask via email whether I'd use lie/lay correctly. Frankly, I don't know. Some readers have tried to help out.

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 1:25 p.m.

Sanders Beach 

Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, had his thoughts re: the public/private nature of Sanders Beach. This poem leaves little doubt re: which side he came down on.

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Scout CEO ap-hollow-gizes for Trump 18 

The Boy Scouts’ chief executive apologized Thursday to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Scouts’ national jamboree. Thoughts?

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Sandpoint's Luke Mayville, a Columbia University professor, author and co-founder of Reclaim Idaho, speaks in Sandpoint Wednesday. (Marianne Love/Slight Detour photo)

Thu., July 27, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

Reclaim Idaho tour in CdA today

HucksOnline reader Joe Lambert reminds us of that Reclaim Idaho rally, complete with the Medicaid Mobile, will be held at 6 this evening at the City Park bandshell. Joe says: "We'll be having people affected by the gap in coverage speaking and sharing their story as well as having supporters sign the RV in each town and city."

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.27.17

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday AM (13 items & counting) includes 7-vehicle pile-up on w/b I-90, west of NW Blvd/CdA. Coeur d'Alene police are blocking on-ramps to w/b I-90. Only one lane of traffic moving w/b. Expect delays.

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 11:16 a.m.

Crapo: Russia threatens our security 

Responding to the Mother Russia-loving Kootenai County GOP, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo issued a statement today defending his bipartisan Russia sanctions legislation: "Russia's increasing aggressive actions are a threat to our national and economic security, as well as to the security of our allies." Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports...

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:53 a.m.

AM Headlines -- 7.27.17

AM Headlines begins with SR story re: Palouse town of Latah that's considering disincorporation. Also: State agencies to get new buildings/Press, Connecticut firm buys Liberty Lake's Telect/SR, Scammers target Social Security benefits/KHQ 6, New device nabs Lake City parking violators/Press + more ...

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

My 2 Cents: County GOP has gone nuts 15 

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the absurd resolution passed by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, embracing closer relations with Mother Russia while condemning sanctions supported by conservative Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. We've stepped through the Looking Class, friends.

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 9:59 a.m.

Poll: Let transgenders serve 

In the poll Wednesday, a solid majority of Hucks Nation says transgender people shold be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Today's Poll: Should Art Spirit Gallery remove an artwork of the Blessed Virgin Mary that offends local Catholics?

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 8:46 a.m.

2YO girl 'critical' after being hit by car 

A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane after being hit by a vehicle in a parking lot. The driver of the vehicle didn't see the girl prior to the accident, according to a Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release.

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Thu., July 27, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

When murder becomes a state secret 

In his editorial this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune wonders why police were mum for most of a day as they began a manhunt for 2 teens suspected of murdering a third teen: "Nobody in authority seemed to give much of a damn about keeping you safe."

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Some members of the Catholic community have asked Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene to remove “Our Lady of G and Me,” from display at the gallery. They said it is offensive and it is blasphemy. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Thu., July 27, 2017, 8:29 a.m.

Art exhibit riles local Catholics 35 

A piece of artwork exhibited at the Art Spirit Gallery on Sherman Avenue has riled some local Catholics. Parishioners from at least two local Catholic parishes have asked the gallery to remove the piece -- a sculpted depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe -- from display. Maureen Dolan/Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017

Wed., July 26, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Parting Shot -- 7.26.17 

Maggie, 4, and Sam Thompson, 7, try on their new solar eclipse glasses after class at the South Hill Library, July 26, 2017. The eye protection was passed out after the room of children and parents learned how to view the August 21 eclipse that...

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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.