FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

The local artists participating in Art on the Green include, clockwise from top left: William Fickinger and Barbara Ellison, Judy Mintner, Deb Gelet, Joanne Walker and Leland Hollis. (Spokesman-Review)

Art On The Green, CdA Fests Kick Off Today 

Art on the Green. Taste of Coeur d'Alene. Annual downtown Street Fair on Sherman Avenue. It's all apart of the weekend ahead as Coeur d'Alene continues to celebrate the swell summer that we've had. (Question: Question: Which feature of the Coeur d'Alene waterfront festivals do you enjoy best?)

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NIC Adds Aircraft Maintenance 

North Idaho College is making the final addition to Aerospace Center of Excellence in Hayden, which opened in 2013 with programs focused on airplane manufacturing. Next month, the center kicks off its new, aircraft maintenance program certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Zimbabwe Seeks Dentist's Extradition 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of Cecil the lion and Zimbabwe has now called for identified killer Walter Palmer's extradition to be tried in their country. Palmer, a dentist in Minnesota, has not been heard from since Tuesday when he...

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.30.15 

I enjoyed getting acquainted with Joel Osborne of the site over coffee this morning at Calypso's. Afterward, I rushed off to discover that a driver of a ha-huge Toyota Sequoia had parked so close to my 4Runner that I had about a foot of...

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Downtown Bar Report -- 7.8-21.15 

Our late restaurant reviewer OrangeTV (Patrick Jacobs) used to love the old Downtown Bar Report. Which told of all the cuh-razy things that happened in Downtown Coeur d'Alene. Well, it's back. And I no longer have to use clandestine means to get it. The Coeur d'Alene Police Department provided today's report, covering July 8-21. Enjoy!

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Struggling Test Graders Rewarded 

Idaho may be last or near last in so many areas of public education. But they're very good at rewarding poor performance. Idaho Education News reports that the vendors who have struggled to grade the state's new standardized student test are going to haul in $12.1 million. Hey, it's great work if you can get it.

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Senate Panel OKs Wilderness Bill 

The Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill went to mark-up in the Senate Resources Committee today and won committee approval by unanimous consent; the measure, authored by 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, already has passed the House without objection. Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

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UI Prez, Wife Buy Boise House 

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben's recent acquisition of a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom home for $283,000 in the east end of Boise is not an indication of changes in residency or an increased dedication of time in the capital, reports M-P Daily News.

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Post Falls Animal Safety Officer Kristi Alexander gives a treat to leonberger therapy dog, Caliber, Wednesday afternoon in Post Falls during a neighborhood visit. The Post Falls Animal Safety Division received a generous donation from a Post Falls man that previously passed away. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Man Bequeaths $485K For Sheltered Animals

Richard Weitzel, a World War II veteran from Post Falls, bequeathed three gifts totaling $485,000 to animal protection groups, including $235,119 to the Post Falls police's animal safety division. Said PFPD Chief Scot Haug: "We can do a lot of things to improve the Animal Safety Division with this."

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Taking Reading To The 'Hoods

Each week, a silver Mead School District van rolls into apartment complexes or mobile home parks in the Shiloh Hills neighborhood, bringing boxes of books, a cooler of Popsicles and an chance for teachers to read with kids who may not get much reading support during the summer. (Did you read to your kids while they were growing up?)

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Keith Boe/North Idaho Life Facebook lists among his favorite things -- the Umbrella Ceiling at My Favorite Things antique mall in Post Falls. Which local business do you consider well decorated? (Keith Boe / North Idaho Life)

HucksOnline Blogos -- 7.30.15 

Daily roundup of HucksOnline blogosphere includes links to ... Bay Trail stroll/Slight Detour, Battle of the Belgians/On Tap, Hooray for mindless blurting/Fort Boise, Fund launched to aid KZZU's Hopkins/7 Blog, July 'War Bonds' reviews from Amazon/War Bonds, Football is quickly marching into ear shot/A Grip on Sports + more ...

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Drowned Sandpoint Man Found 

Bonner County sheriff’s deputies have found the body of a Sandpoint man who dove off a fishing boat in Lake Pend Oreille three weeks ago and never surfaced. Jeremy Heckert, 38, was pulled out of the lake around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday north of Ellisport Bay,...

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Kevin Richert of was surprised to find in today's mail something he thought he'd never see again -- his old driver's license.

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Raining On Teen Drunks' Parade 13 

A gimlet-eyed PFPD graveyard officer noticed a suspicious vehicle at Black Bay Park. Upon further observation, he and fellow officers discovered the suspicious vehicle contained a whole lotta alcohol. The story gets better from there.

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Wanted: City Enforcement 

A commenter writes: "If the city administrators were really concerned about the safety of people crossing Mullan Ave, they would spend $20 on red paint, mark the curb between the two no parking signs with the paint and then heavily enforce it for all of...

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Idaho Dems To Pick New Leader 

The Idaho Democratic Party announced today that its state central committee will elect its next party chairman this Saturday, at simultaneous meetings in three locations around the state in Lewiston, Pocatello and Boise. “It’s hard for people to all get to Boise,” said acting Chair...

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Former President Woodrow Wilson, with the help of an unidentified aide, leaves his Washington home in 1921. (Associated Press file photo)

SR Edit: Revise History Only With Great Care 

In an editorial today, the SR cautions people, like Tacoman Dan Hasty, to be careful in their attempts to rewrite history. Hasty is the guy who wants Wilson Elementary in Spokane renamed because Wilson was a racist. The SR points out that Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners. Where does it stop?

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Gun Bearing Woman Ruins Day 236 

An open-carry woman who packed her gun and toddler to the children's play area/splash pad at McEuen Park ruined the peace of mind for others around her. Sez Big Mac: "I don't trust people I don't know to carry guns around my children." (Would you be comfortable in a situation like the one described by Big Mac?)

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Things About Me That Surprise People 

In a Facebook post today, Bruce Twitchell addresses the topic, "things About Me That Surprise People." With his permission, Huckleberries Online posts his list, including: "I have never ridden a horse," "I have never been hunting," and I have never been boating in CDA Lake nor Hayden Lake. (What suprises do you hold?)

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A group of climbers, including Post Falls resident Sheldon Meuer, attempt to reach the summit of Mount Rainier in a recent climb. (Sheldon Meuer / Courtesy Photo)

Mount Rainier Climb 'Intimidating' 

Sheldon Meuer, a district circulation manager in the SR's Coeur d'Alene office climbed Mount Rainier after a friend invited him out of the blue to do so. The climb was part of a fund raiser for leukemia and lymphoma research. Meuer told SR bud Greg Lee afterward that the climb was both intimidating and exhilarating.

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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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