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MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Mon., June 26, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Mary Lou: No finer place 

In a recent column for the Inlander, former state senator Mary Lou Reed confessed that she has a habit of "complaining, whining and even bitching a lot about the state of the state of Idaho." But she goes on the say that the plusses far outweigh the minuses in this incredible part of the country. What do you think?

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 3:19 p.m.

Tribune editorial miffs Labrador

In an op-ed column, Congressman Raul Labrador reacts strongly to an editorial by Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune. Trillhaase opined that Labrador was "inching toward" using his congressional office to "subsidize" his campaign for governor. Labrador contends that Trillhaase was off the mark.

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In this Monday, May 20, 2013, file photo, Sotheby's director of the department of printed books and manuscripts Dr Philip Errington poses for photographers by holding a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" containing annotations and illustrations by author J.K. Rowling on top of a stack of other annotated first edition books featuring at auction, at the auction house's premises in London. Wizarding legend Harry Potter's tale has turned 20. Author JK Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997. Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Mon., June 26, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Harry Potter series turns 20 

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." Twenty years ago today, that sentence welcomed readers into the world of Harry Potter - and things have been anything but normal since. Forbes magazine reports. (Q: How many Harry Potter books have you read?)

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 2:45 p.m.

Did you lose your pet snake?

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office posted on their Facebook page Monday saying they found a pet snake over the weekend. A snake has been on the loose in Coeur d’Alene for over two weeks. KREM 2 reports. (Q: Anyone out there ever own a pet snake?)

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The colorful baskets of flowers that line downtown Coeur d'Alene are one of the features of this community that add to our quality of life. Don Sausser snapped this photo for his Facebook page.

Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:45 a.m.

Huckleberry Friends -- 6.26.17

Huckleberry Friends provides a roundup of links from HucksOnline social media. Today, it includes: Summer time/Bay Views, inter's coming/David Bond, I wasn't ready yet/Simple Mind, On the record again/Fort Boise, Week's Openings: Heists galore/7 Blog, Numbers of consequence/Randy Stapilus, A perfect allegory of our time/Faithful Geek ...

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From left: Dr. Seth Oliveria, Mrs O, me and daughter-in-law, Stephanie. We're shown prior to the graduation ceremony at the University of Florida on Saturday, June 17.

Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:35 a.m.

What I've been doing 10 

Mrs O and I have been busy this past month, as I mentioned in the Wild Card. First, we flew to a family wedding in central California. Then, more than a week ago, we flew to Gainesville, Fla., for the graduation of my son, Seth, from the University of Florida Department of Neurosurgery.

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Press: Ironing out political cheap shot 

In an editorial Friday, the Coeur d'Alene Press comments that Riverstone developer John Stone picked the wrong target for a critical message he posted on a Riverstone billboard. The Coeur d'Alene chamber, not Mayor Steve Widmyer, was the entity that asked to drop the full Ironman race.

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 10:05 a.m.

AM Headlines -- 6.26.17

AM Headlines: The SR offers a look at the Riverfront Park overhaul in downtown Spokane. Also: Public Records (June 24)/Press, Ironman proposal gets yes answer/KREM, Local government meetings this week/Press, Spokane is no longer a gritty railroad town/SR, New thrift store, community center opens/Press + more ...

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 9:50 a.m.

Poll: We're pessimistic 

In the last poll that I conducted before leaving on vacation, almost half of you described yourself as "pessimistic" re: the future of this country. Today's Poll: Which summer events in Coeur d'Alene interest you most?

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 8:52 a.m.

Court refuses to hear gun cases 

The Supreme Court on Monday announced it would not hear two key cases surrounding the Second Amendment. One case involved California's concealed-carry law. The other dealt with the federal law that bans felons from possessing guns. The Hill reports ...

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 8:48 a.m.

Idaho district lines favor Republicans 

Republicans have controlled the Idaho Legislature for nearly six decades, but a national Associated Press analysis shows that the state GOP may have gained even more control last fall with the help of Republican-friendly districts. The Associated Press reports ...

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

City considers cat conundrum 20 

A Coeur d'Alene man is fed up with straying cats who relieve themselves in his flower beds and garden where his wife works. Howard Kuhns wants the city to do something to rein in the problem. (Q: What do you think the city should do to address the problem of straying cats?)

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Haley Chura, 32, of Bozeman, Mont., holds up the Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene finish line tape after winning the women's race in a time of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 16 seconds. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Mon., June 26, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

Iowan, Montanan win Ironman 70.3

To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. And in Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene, there was nobody better than Matt Hanson. Not a two-time defending champion. Nor the defending world champion. Sunday belonged to Hanson, and he left no doubt about it....

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Mon., June 26, 2017, 8:11 a.m.

Malloy: A race Fulcher could win

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher's decision to dtop out of the governor's race may be a blow to supporters and friends. But there's a silver lining to the move. Chuck Malloy/Idaho Politics Weekly says Fulcher is now entering a race -- for the 1st Congressional District -- that he could win.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Fri., June 23, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Trekking poles boost hikers 21 

Trekking poles are modern versions of staffs that date back to Moses for easing the way along difficult routes, catching your balance and prodding the occasional sheep along the way. My husband just got a set and loves them. Have you tried trekking poles? CH

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Fri., June 23, 2017, 3 p.m.

Tell me something good 

It's easy to find things to complain about-- especially when you've been at your desk reading and writing newspaper stories all week. So let's use this thread to share some good news. I'll start. I just had lunch with a dear friend who always makes me smile.

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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.