MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015

Athol Mayor Offers Fire Help

At 8:57 a.m. today, Mayor Kuhman of Athol posted the following message on the city's Facebook page: "Athol City Hall Plan is: We will coordinate to send people to the below listed areas: People can wait at the Community Center 208-683-2101, or the Athol Baptist Church 208-683-2802, has room: We are still on standby."

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IFF: Idaho Raised Gas Taxes Most 12 

In his recent column, executive Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation comments: "If you’re angry about Idaho’s new, higher fuel taxes, here’s a reason to be a tad angrier: The start of a new month brought gas tax increases to six states. But one state raised its tax the most, and you’re living in it."

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Sandpoint's Survival Amazes NYTimes 11 

Reporter Kirk Johnson of the New York Times had this to say, in an in-depth article, after visiting Sandpoint: "Through grit and persistence, the center is holding in this Western small town, against forces that are turning other hamlets into ghost towns."

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Edit: Obamacare Here To Stay 12 

In the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments: "The moment a 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling removed all doubt that Obamacare was here to stay, it became inevitable that Idaho would extend Medicaid coverage to working poor adults. Because of that ruling, the last threat to Obamacare's core premise has been removed ..."

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Bayview Fire Destroys 6 Homes 

At least six homes along with other structures have been destroyed in a wildfire near Bayview that grew to more than 3 square miles Monday and forced about 200 residents to evacuate. The blaze that started Sunday afternoon was being fought by about 100 firefighters on the ground, four aircraft and a U.S. Navy boat.

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Hagadone Seeks Street Vacation 

The Coeur d’Alene City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening on businessman Duane Hagadone’s request to vacate portions of two downtown streets for a second hotel tower at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. A preliminary design shows a narrow tower rising 19 stories above...

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Herb Among Bayview Evacuees 

Bay Views blogger Herb Huseland was among the residents of the Lake Pend Oreille community who were forced by the Cape Horn fire to evacuate their homes. Herb writes of his experience from a Coeur d'Alene motel room.

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FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

4th Of July Weekend Wild Card 73 

I'm off for the three-day 4th of July weekend, beginning today. Like the rest of you, I'll try to stay cool as the heat continues to beat down on us this unusually hot summer. My dance card is fairly well booked for the next 3...

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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015

Parting Shot -- 7.2.15

Young men jump into Lake Lucerne, near Beckenried, Switzerland, on Wednesday. The European weather forecast is promising high temperatures for the next few days. Question: Do you plan to jump into a local waterway during the 4th of July weekend.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.2.15 

The 4th of July weekend has special meaning to Mrs. O and me. Thirty-eight years ago, we moved to Kalispell, Mont., from California's Central Valley to being this Northwest adventure. Mrs. O saw the Flathead Valley and her future home for the first time when...

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Columnist Stein: No Strangers In Sandpoint 26 

Writing for the American Spectator, conservative columnist/actor Ben Stein writes about his return to Sandpoint after 10 months away, and why he embraces the North Idaho town: "Everyone has guns and no one gets shot. That’s the thing about living in a place where there are no strangers and everyone has guns. No strangers. That is huge."

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Officer Robertson's Busy Night 

Officer Robertson of the Post Falls PD had a busy night earlier this week. First, he got head-butted while trying to arrest an out-of-control female. Then, he used his canine buddy, Andor, to persuade an adult male who was freaking out to quit reaching under his bed. In other words, Officer Robertson had a typical shift in the River City.

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Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." (AP file photo)

Hunger Games To Settle GOP Race? 10 

Tongue firmly cheeked, President Barack Obama mused today that there's enough Republicans running for their party's presidential nod to form an actual "Hunger Games." What do you think? If we put all the current GOP candidates into a do-or-die ring for the GOPrez nomination, who would win? Why?

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Anthon Named To Cameron Seat

Kelly Anthon has been appointed to Dean Cameron's old seat in the Idaho Senate. Anthon is the Rupert city administrator. Cameron, who represented the area in the state Senate for more than two decades, stepped down last month to become director of the Department of...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 7.2.15

Today's HucksOnline blogosphere roundup includes: Finally! A race/Dogwalk Musings, Family vacay to the moon/Idaho Dad, Takei vs Thomas on dignity/Fort Boise, How the heck did we do it?/Simple Mind, Thursday this & that & throwback/Slight Detour, and As Cano goes, so go the Mariners/A Grip on Sports.

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Husky Named To Appeals Court 

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed 3rd District Judge Molly J. Huskey to the Idaho Court of Appeals. Otter announced Friday that Huskey will replace Judge Karen Lansing, who is retiring after 22 years of service. Huskey's appointment is effective immediately. In a prepared statement,...

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Why? 

At Rosburg, Ore., Facebook Friend Robin Loznak knows why this rooster crossed the road. He was following the hens. Why did the hens cross the road? Who knows? You can see more of Robin's outdoors photography here.

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Letter: Pedestrians Have Right Of Way 10 

About a month ago, Greg Lee & I were almost nailed by a punk in a sports car while crossing Garden Avenue along Northwest Boulevard. The clown car missed us by 2-3 feet. Max. During my noon walk, I regularly see motorists who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians on crosswalks. That's why I liked a letter to SR editor today.

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Idaho GOP Remains Opposed 49 

In a report for Boise State Public Radio, Frankie Barnhill reports that the Idaho GOP remains opposes to same-sex marriage, despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. GOP Executive Director David Johnston said the ruling is an example of judicial activism and overreach. Thoughts?

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Why Roses No Longer Smell Same 

Shakespeare was wrong. A rose by any other name doesn't always smell as sweet, especially when the smell has been lost due to breeding for traits like color or longevity. This, according to a study released today by the journal Science.

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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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