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MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

Mon., July 24, 2017, 1:20 p.m.

Idaho 1 of 2 w/o campaign disclosure

Thanks to legislative action this year in Vermont, Idaho is now one of just two states in the nation with no requirements for personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers or other elected or appointed officials. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports ...

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Many hands join in to help as an anaconda snake at the Oklahoma City Zoo has dental floss taped to it's head and along it's body as it is measured at the zoo in Oklahoma City. The floss and tape are necessary because it would be nearly impossible to stretch out the snake. The anaconda weighed 152 lbs. and measured 16 feet. (AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Mon., July 24, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Jaws of the Anaconda 

The majority of Tom Wobker's poems were about local news, pigeons, flowers and the weather. But occasionally he tossed in an offbeat one -- for example, this one about anacondas ...

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Mon., July 24, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Redman 'term-limits' himself 

North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, has announced that he won’t seek re-election after his current term ends next year. “I’m going to term-limit myself,” said Redman, who’s in his second two-year term. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise provides this update. Q: What age is the ideal one to retire?

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Mon., July 24, 2017, 11:40 a.m.

Huckleberry Friends -- 7.24.17

The roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online social network includes: Dirt bag/Fort Boise, Your weekly roundup/On Tap, Correct me, if I'm wrong/Simple Mind, All in a summer Sunday/Slight Detour, White Elephant Stores founder dies/Outdoors, Sam Elliott bowls us over in 'The Hero'/7 Blog + more ...

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Mon., July 24, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

AM Headlines -- 7.24.17 

AM Headlines begins with a photo essay of Duane & Lola Hagadone's garden on Casco Bay, which will be the focus of this year's Coeur d'Alene Garden tour. Also: Idaho Records (June 22)/Press, Gasoline prices headed north/Press, Former exec picked at Idaho GOP chair/SR, Drivers Licensing office closed Wednesday/Press + more ...

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Mon., July 24, 2017, 9:44 a.m.

Idaho GOP rejects loyalty oath 12 

At the Idaho GOP’s summer central committee meeting over the weekend in Coeur d’Alene, a proposal to bring back the party’s former requirement that all Republican candidates declare their commitment to upholding every plank of the state party platform, or specify where they disagree, failed. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports ...

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Mon., July 24, 2017, 8:48 a.m.

Guv wannabes play nice in CdA

The three 2018 candidates for governor -- Lt. Gov Grad Little, Congressman Raul Labrador and businessman Tommy Ahlquist -- played nice and agreed on most questions posed to them by the Idaho Employer Alliance at an opening "debate" in Coeur d'Alene Friday night. Steve Cameron/Press reports ...

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Mon., July 24, 2017, 8:31 a.m.

Clark: The Canadians are coming! 

So you're wondering what the purchase of Avista by Canada's Hydro One means to the utility's cuss-tomers? Wonder no longer. Tongue firmly cheeked, Doug Clark pulls back the curtain to show you what it means.

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Humorist Bill Whittle fires up the crowd of Idaho Republicans who came to hear him speak in Coeur d'Alene Saturday. (Duane Rasmussen photo)

Mon., July 24, 2017, 8:28 a.m.

Uber-con humorist fires up GOP 

Uberconservative humorist Bill Whittle entertained Idaho Republicans who gathered in Coeur d'Alene over the weekend. Whittle got laughs while railing against progressive "destruction" of states like Idaho and suggested conservatives pick up the first for the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. Steve Cameron/Press reports ...

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Hobbyist Mark Arbic uses his metal detector to find lost rings and other important or sentimental items on Coeur d’Alene beaches -- and then tries to reunite them with their owners. (Facebook photo/Coeur d’Alene City Beach/NIC Beach Lost & Found)

Mon., July 24, 2017, 8:16 a.m.

Huckleberries: Pastor reunites owners with lost treasures 

Huckleberries Monday begins with a feel-good story about a Coeur d'Alene pastor who searches our lake beaches to find rings, keys, etc. -- and then tries to find the owners. Rev. Mark Arbic of the Coeur d'Alene First Baptist Church is trying to form a community of like-minded people to help those who have suffered such losses.

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FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

Fri., July 21, 2017, 11:52 p.m.

Weekend Wild Card -- 7.22-23 23 

Izzit just me, or are we having incredible summer evenings of late. The weather at the Riverstone summer concert was terrific Thursday evening. And it made an encore performance Friday as Mrs. O and I enjoyed dinner on the patio. Days in the mid-80s and nice evenings are to be remembered about six months from now.

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Fri., July 21, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Suspects in Latah Co killing caught 

Ferry County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that two suspects wanted in connection with a homicide in Latah County have been apprehended. The suspects, Keagan C. Tennant, 17, and Matthew J. McKetta, 18, were taken into custody near Kroupa Road in Ferry County around 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Ferry County Sheriff Raymond Maycumber.

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Fri., July 21, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Parting Shot -- 7.21.17 

The Parting Shot features incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci during a press briefing today. (Q: Which SNL actor is best suited to play Scaramucci in future skits?)

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Fri., July 21, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

TGIF Wild Card -- 7.21.17 

I ate my first tomato from the garden this morning and packed 2 more for lunch. Yum. I gorge on tomatoes during this time of the year, until first nasty frost KO's the plants. I don't like the pasty store-bought ones that you're forced to eat the remainder of the year.

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The late Jeffrey Marfice and his now 6-year-old daughter, Bailey. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Fri., July 21, 2017, 3:56 p.m.

Breakfast fundraiser set for fight victim's 6YO daughter

A breakfast fundraiser to benefit the young daughter of Jeffrey Marfice, who was killed recently in downtown Coeur d’Alene, will be held Saturday, July 22, at Applebee’s in Coeur d’Alene. Bailey Nicholas will be greeting guests at the door. She turned 6 the day her “Daddy Jeff” died. Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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Fri., July 21, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Cutline Contest -- time2vote 10 

The Cutline Contest today features silver medal winners from China performing during the women's duet free synchronized swimming final free routine at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Thursday Winner: SLFisher.

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Trustee Tom Hearn of the Coeur d'Alene School District. (Facebook photo)

Fri., July 21, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

Hearn: Let's put 'surplus' to work 

In a My Turn article for the Coeur d'Alene Press Thursday, Coeur d'Alene school Trustee Tom Hearn addresses the so-called budget "surpluses" that Idaho runs annually. The state creates the "surpluses" by under-estimating tax revenues and over-estimating expenses. In doing so, it underfund important items like schools and health care.

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Fri., July 21, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

Simpson rips Trump administration 12 

Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, had harsh words for the Trump administration, according to an item that appeared in Politico Thursday: I don’t even pay any attention to what is going on with the administration because I don’t care. They’re a distraction. The family is a distraction, the president is a distraction.”

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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.