MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Women's Winner Morgan Busko gives a kiss to the sky after winning Sunday afternoon with the time of 10:24:45 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Bruce Twitchell/Special to SR photo)

Portman, Busko win Ironman CdA

For the first time, there were no pros at IronmanCdA, which focused the spotlight on the age group winners. This year, Morgan Busko, who is in an internal medicine residency at New York University, and Californian Kevin Portmann won the women's and men's overall titles. More below including photos of winners (see photo package).

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Butch & Lori to stump for Trump 

In her Eye on Boise column Sunday, Betsy Russell leads off with the news that Gov. Butch Otter and his First Lady, Lori, have been named honorary chairs of Donald Trump's Idaho campaign. Also, Betsy tells us about the names that'll be on the presidential ballot and a vanity plate that is at risk, due to little interest.

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Lady Lola cruises back into view

Duane Hagadone and his Lady Lola launched Sunday's Huckleberries column in the Spokesman-Review. The column also mentioned that Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall was preparing a book of Tom Wobker's (Bard of Sherman Avenue) poems and wished long-time sports writer Howie Stalwick well in his retirement.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- Aug 20-21 

We're about to enter North Idaho Fair week, which means local and state politics are about to emerge as a topic of conversation again. But that'll have to wait a week or two. Meanwhile, I'm hoping my tomatoes defy master gardener Pat Munts' prediction and...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2016

Parting Shot -- 8.19.16 27 

In this image made from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), a child sits in an ambulance after being pulled out of a building hit by an airstirke in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The child's name is Omran. And the photo of him sitting quietly in the ambulance has gone viral.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 8.19.16 55 

I saw two sweet sights while attending the Swing Street Big Band concert at McIntire Park in Hayden Thursday evening -- a man dancing with his 80-something mother and another man dancing with a woman in a wheelchair. In the first case, the aging mother...

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Agencies expand Fernan advisory 

The current health advisory for Fernan Lake has been expanded by Panhandle Health District (PHD) and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The advisory was initially issued due to high concentrations of blue-green algae on the east side of the lake, which has now spread, impacting the entire lake.

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Blogos: Avista donates to K27 memorial

HucksOnline blogospere roundup includes $2000 donation to K27 Fallen Officers memorial from Avista Foundation. Also: 'Gleason': A raw, dramatic look at life/7 Blog, Glorious, glorious, hallelujah sky/Slight Detour, Trump 82: Conspiracy theorist/Randy Stapilus, Snake River steelhead run looks grim/Outdoors + more ...

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Wolves: Handle with care -- Madsen 

Columnist Sue Lani Madsen writes: "As popular culture loses daily touch with nature, romanticizing it becomes the dominant attitude. 'Wolves are really, really popular if you don’t have any,' northeast Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz said on the recent TVW special 'Wolves in Washington.'"

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Kootenai Co joblessness at 4.6% 

Kootenai County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, down from 5 percent a year ago, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. Other North Idaho counties had improved labor market outlooks in July compared to a year ago, the agency said.

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Vandal Lover: UI needs own Regents 

Commenter LovetheVandals, who has attended every home football game played by the UI Vandals in the last 20 years, says the Moscow university should have its own Board of Regents. Why? So the board can decide what's best for UI, not a distant Idaho Education Board, which no longer has a local representative.

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Lochte ap-hollow-gizes for behavior 10 

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology Friday for his behavior surrounding last weekend’s late-night incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station with three other American swimmers-- while sticking to his claim that he had gun pointed at his head by someone who demanded money. This, according to Fox News.

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Wrong Constitutionalist on Idaho ballot 

Remember that $2 million that Idaho squandered so the Idaho GOP could endorse Ted Cruz in that early presidential primary? Well, the Idaho Constitutionalists held their own primary -- and picked Rev. Scott Copeland of Texas as their nominee. Copeland's name will be on the Idaho ballot. But Darrell Castle is the Constitutionalists pick elsewhere.

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AM: IronCop to join triathlon 

AM Headlines features 3 stories about Sunday's Ironman CDA race, including one spotlighting Coeur d'Alene police officer Ashley Caiafa, who will be honoring fallen Sgt. Greg Moore with her participation. Also: WW2 bomber at CdA airport through Sunday/Press, Unique $11.5M Sandpoint home up for auction/KXLY + more ...

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Have you heard of the 'Idaho stop'? 17 

Did you know that Idaho bicyclists, by law, aren't required to stop at stop signs. Rather, they can treat a stop sign as a yield sign. It's called the "Idaho stop." As a part-time bicyclist, I support the 1982 law, the only one of its kind in the nation. But some motorists don't. What say you?

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Fair board mixed on audit report 

It remains unclear why Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon wants the commissioners to authorize a forensic audit of the county fair’s finances and operations. Brannon was not present Tuesday when the matter came up on a commissioners’ meeting agenda, just days before the start of the North Idaho State Fair.

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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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