FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

Bill would raise smoking age to 21 22 

An Idaho senator says the state should raise its smoking age from 18 to 21. “I feel very strongly about this,” said Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise. He’s been serving on the state’s Millennium Fund committee, which directs proceeds from a nationwide tobacco settlement to health-related programs. Q: Did you ever smoke?

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A preliminary drawing by Miller-Stauffer Architects of a proposed 370-stall parking garage in downtown Coeur d’Alene in the 300 block of Coeur d’Alene Avenue. (Courtesy of Miller Stauffer Architects)

Lake City plans downtown garage 

The city of Coeur d'Alene is planning a downtown parking garage to address parking shortage during summer months. The $5.9M structure will be four stories and provide 370 parking spots. The garage will be built in the 300 block of Coeur d'Alene Avenue on property owned by the city and the urban renewal district ...

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John Chamness, divisional commander of the Salvation Army in Hawaii and the Pacific, enjoys the sunshine in his new post and reprising the iconic World War II V-J Day kiss with wife, Lani, in front of the battleship Missouri. (John Chamness courtesy photo)

Huckleberries: Enjoying sun, smooches in Hawaii

The Friday Huckleberries column launches today by visiting with John Chamness, the former guiding light for the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. Chamness is now the Salvation Army divisional commander for Hawaii and the Pacific. He misses his friends in Coeur d'Alene but not the North Idaho winter ...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

Parting Shot -- 2.16.17

The Parting Shot today is a reminder that another harbinger of spring has come -- the beginning of spring training in Major League Baseball camps in Arizona and Florida. The photo shows a coach for the Texas Rangers catching a ball as a hot air balloon floats overhead in Surprise, Ariz.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 2.16.17 14 

Thirteen years ago today, I launched HucksOnline. I had no idea what I was in for. I only knew that it was growing tired of writing editorials for the SR and it was something new. As it turned out, Huckleberries Online crowded out my editorial writing duties and eventually I became the only full-time newspaper blogger in Idaho ...

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Huckleberries Past -- Feb 17, 1985 

Woody McEvers suggested that I begin running Huckleberries from days gone by. I've accumulated them for 32 years. Here's one of the first from my Feb. 17, 1985, column -- about the retirement of CdA street superintendent Reid Walker. Did you know that Reid never plowed snow in February. Reid, BTW, died Sunday at age 89.

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Kevin: Trump can't handle the facts 21 

Kevin Richert, the former Opinion Page editor of the Idaho Statesman, knows what it's like to be criticized by elected officials: "Often, they were right on the mark, and I willingly and promptly corrected the record," Kevin Facebooks. But the ongoing campaign by President Trump would be ludicrous if he didn't have the podium of the presidency.

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Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy administrator Nichole Thiel is accused of having sex with a Bonner County teenager. In 2006 Thiel was selected for the Fulbright fellowship and lived in India for a month studying textiles. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Update: Charter VP/AD faces sex charge 17 

A Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy administrator is accused of having sex with a Bonner County teenager. Nichole Noel Thiel, the vice-principal and athletic director at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, is charged with felony sexual battery against a minor child 16 to 17 years old. Eli Francovich/SR reports ...

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Idaho lawmakers consider Con-Con

Idaho lawmakers are considering joining fellow Republican-dominated states calling for a constitutional amendment to limit federal government power. The Senate State Affairs Committee introduced legislation Wednesday calling for a convention of states to propose a federal balanced budget requirement. The Associated Press reports ...

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In this April 1998 SR file photo, North Idaho College second baseman Al Bevacqua turns his head away from the impact and tags out CSI's Mike Gillies, who was trying to steal, in the first inning. The first poem that Tom Wobker/The Bard of Sherman Avenue wrote for either Huckleberries or my old Hot Potatoes columns targeted the NIC trustee decision to abandon baseball and other sports. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

The Bard's 1st poem

As far as I know, this was the first rhyme provided to Huckleberries by The Bard of Sherman Avenue, on May 20, 2002. The Bard offered this ode to North Idaho College trustees in wake of their arbitrary decision to cut five sports programs to help balance the budget.

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This is Huckleberries

In the beginning, Cis Gors/Simple Mind described Huckleberries Online perfectly: "(Huckleberries Online) is like the guys who get together for coffee at a local shop, and everyone has an opinion, about almost everything ... Now take that table and expand it as far as your mind can think."

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Here's a political cartoon drawn by Noah Kroese, then of Moscow, awhile ago.

1st Huckleberries Online post ever 

Here's the first post I made as a blogger (on Feb. 16, 2004). The blog was then called No Holds Barred. Later, it was known as Hot Potatoes before becoming Huckleberries Online. BTW, the original name of my Huckleberries print column was Kootenai Grapevine.

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Sgt Greg Moore of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department has been awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor posthumously. Officer Moore was killed in the line of duty on May 5, 2015. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department photo)

Idaho Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt Moore 

In an email sent to his department this morning, Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White relayed an announcement by the Idaho Medal of Honor Commission: "The Idaho Medal of Honor Commission met this morning and voted unanimously to posthumously award Sgt. Greg Moore the Medal of Honor."

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Quotable Quote

"I can't count the number of hearings I've attended where the testimony is entirely skewed one way or the other and the committee votes the opposite way" -- William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune.

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AM Headlines -- 2.16.17 

AM Headlines: Public Records (Feb 16)/Press, Jail to remain within CdA limits/Press, Fliers at WSU target illegal aliens/KREM 2, Helping PFHS teens deal w/tragedy/Press, Priest Lake revved up for snowmobiling/SR, Gonzaga's Collins puts NBA draft talk on hold/SR, Families outraged over memorial fund theft/KXLY 4 ...

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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.