SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 8.27-28.16 

High school and college football are here, so we can no longer pretend. Summer is going, going, almost gone. Yet, the weather remains nice. And the tourists are about to go away. We're entering the time of the year when the waterfront is mostly ours....

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2016

Parting Shot -- 8.26.16 

"People like my shirt," said Michael Conrath of Post Falls, as he carried his son Aiden, 2, through the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo at Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Thursday. The fair runs through Sunday. SR buddy Kathy Plonka snapped the photo.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 8.26.16 10 

This morning, Marci, my dental hygienist pooh-poohed recent reports that claim there's little proof that flossing improves health for teeth and gums. Yeah, right, she said. You should ask a dental hygienist about that report before you quit flossing. She said she gets a first hand peek at the damage caused when patients don't floss. I'm a believer.

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Sunday concert to benefit K27 memorial

A benefit concert Sunday in Coeur d’Alene will raise money for the K27 Fallen Officer Memorial planned for McEuen Park. The memorial will honor the late Sgt. Greg Moore, the Coeur d’Alene police officer shot and killed on duty in May 2015, and other fallen officers around the nation.

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HBO Blogosphere -- 8.26.16 

The HBO Blogosphere roundup today includes a fond farewell to retiring SR Editor Gary Graham, who served my newspaper well for 13 years including 8 as editor. Also: Back to school/Fort Boise, Your weekly planner/On Tap, Grateful to the Wizard/Slight Detour, State kills 6 wolves in pack/Outdoors, Seahawks sharpen up at the right time/Grip ...

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At the North Idaho Fair 

Eight-year-old Amber O'Brien, left and her little sister Ashlynn, 3, of Coeur d'Alene rode a roller coaster after geting their faces painted at North Idaho Fair & Rodeo at Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Thursday. The fair runs through Sunday.

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Regan thanks Fulcher for IFF service 

Former state senator Russ Fulcher has resigned his position on the Idaho Freedom Foundation Board of Directors. Fulcher resigned from his trustee position Wednesday, before announcing his run for Idaho governor in 2018, according to an IFF news release. IFF Chairman Brent Regan thanked Fulcher for his service.

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Post Falls man faces rape charge 

A 38YO Post Falls man was arrested on rape and battery charges after a Hayden woman reported that she was grabbed by him, forced into her home during a lunch break and sexually assaulted. Billy L. Joslin Jr. was booked on several felony charges after law enforcement used chemical gas to force him from a shop where he had holed up.

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Cops use bus to catch errant drivers 

A school bus roaming the streets of Moscow this week has been a cover for police officers looking to catch traffic violations. When a driver was seen committing a traffic violation such as texting while driving, the bus-riding officers would radio a patrol car in the area and then a traffic stop would be made.

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Court overturns burkini ban 12 

The New York Times reports: "France’s highest administrative court on Friday overturned a town’s ban on burkinis, the full-body swimwear used by some Muslim women, setting a precedent that challenges similar bans in at least 30 other municipalities, most of them on the French Riviera." (Q: Do you agree/disagree w/burkini ban?"

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Handeen happy w/Regan leadership 

Bjorn Handeen is happy with the leadership shown by local GOP chairman Brent Regan Tuesday: "I was pleased that Chairman Regan announced that the will of the primary voters (re: Donald Trump's nomination) must be honored by the KCRCC. Some of our religious right allies have been very vocally part of the 'Never Trump' movement."

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Food Porn 

I'm haunted by the sight of Taryn's delicious breakfast. I had my teeth cleaned this AM. So I didn't eat breakfast (which isn't much of a meal, even in the best of mornings). I can imagine few breakfast entrees better than this one -- this side of The Garnet restaurant in Midtown.

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Poll: Continue 2-hour free parking

In the Thursday poll, Hucks Nation overwhelmingly rejected an idea floated by Councilman Dan Gookin in a Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed, to end free, two-hour parking in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Almost 86% rejected the idea. Today's Poll: What is your favorite attraction at the fair?

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\A group of teen-agers take a swing on The Yoyo ride at North Idaho Fair & Rodeo at Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Thursday. The fair runs through Sunday. (Kathy Plonka/SR photo)

The Fair 

Jeanne Helstrom, a Facebook Friend and former SR colleague who writes devotional, provides some thoughts from her visit to the North Idaho Fair this week. Generally, she said, the fair hasn't changed. It still provides the same fun. But she was disappointed that she didn't run into as many old friends as she once did.

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Dobler no longer with city 

By mutual agreement, long-time City Engineer Gordon Dobler has resigned his position with the city of Coeur d'Alene. Dobler, whose ending salary was $97,970 per year, left his job, effective Monday, Aug. 8. He began working for the city on Aug. 23, 1993, and continues to serve as a consultant on such projects as a proposed H95 upgrade.

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Unnerved by sinister ice cream truck 

Tongue firmly cheeked, Facebook Friend Katrina Wright Swaim, who enjoys an occasional Stephen King novel, has a different reaction than most when she hears the sound of the ice cream truck patrolling her neighborhood: "Imagine it echoing through the empty streets of our small town at three in the morning calling out ... to whom?"

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NPR shuts comments section 

Alicia Shepard/Moyers & Co reports that NPR has joined a growing list of media organizations that are closing their comments. It's headlined: "Goodbye to the Loudest Drunk in NPR’s Online Bar: Once seen as a way to democratize the media, news site commenting sections have become playgrounds for nasty trolls."

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Stapilus: It's on for 2018 -- already 

Have you noticed that two people -- Lt Gov Brad Little and former state senator Russ Fulcher -- have already announced their plans to run for Idaho governor in 2018 -- two years from now? Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press sighs: "There really is no break in this anymore, is there?"

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Atlas Elementary School Principal Heather Somers grabs backpacks donated by the Kroc Center and Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Wednesday, out of a car at the school parking for kids in need as part of the Tools 2 School Pick up program. (Loren Benoit, Coeur d'Alene Press)

School fees ruling relieves parents 

Loren Benoit/Press: "Classroom fees in public schools have often posed problems for families across the state and the nation. Now, those families may find a little financial relief. School districts across Idaho are tossing class fees and shortening school supply lists in response to a district court ruling that class fees are unconstitutional."

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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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