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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2006

APhoto of the Day -- 1/10/06

Jessica Gates, 5, wears her father's battle dress overcoat to ward off the cold after his return from Iraq Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Technical Sgt. Brian Gates and 40 fellow airmen from the 49th Security Forces Squadron returned home...

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Local Question of the Day -- 1/10/06

Issue: Gov. Dirk Kempthorne proposed (in his State of the State address) expanding the "circuit-breaker" property tax assistance program, which helps low-income elderly and disabled people, and adding a tax-deferral program. But he dubbed the property tax issue, overall, a local problem. "If citizens believe...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2006

Wild Card/Monday -- 1/9/06

We're off to a good start today, with breaking news about non-reformed creep John Tuggle and the beginning of Sam Alito's hearing. Plenty below, too. If you have your own thread to start, however, here's your first Wild Card of the week ...

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Extra! Some K-County Vets Up In Arms

Ed Note: HBO has intercepted this e-mail from Hayden vet Dusty Rhoads. Where's that PR firm when you need it?"The Resolution that was on the Kootenai County Commissioner's Agenda for 1400 hours Tuesday January 10th has been pulled from the table. This resolution was to...

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Top Cutlines -- 1/9/06

Blink182 drummer Travis Barker hammers away on his drum kit during the Cadillac Escalade party at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. You write the cutline.Top Cutlines:1. Said the drummer's proud father to a bystander: "Tat's my boy!" -- John Austin.2. Drummer Travis...

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We Think We Can, We Think We Can, We Think ...

Novice pair skaters, Kalie Budvarson and Chris Anders of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, perform a death spiral during their short program Sunday at the State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis. The pair are in 11th place going into Monday's Free Skate. Colin...

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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest -- 1/9/06

A cow makes a dash onto 8th Ave. S. in Great Falls, Mont., while running from law enforcement officers. Appeals to spare the life of the 1,200-pound heifer came from across the nation after she fled Mickey's Packing Plant on Thursday, and had several near-death...

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Local Question of the Day -- 1/9/06

Issue: Airport suspends police chief: 'Vulgar' e-mail attachment also leads to loss of pay for a week, new airport director says/Karen Dorn Steele, Spokesman-ReviewDFO: At this point, everyone should know that Internet porn and work don't mix.Question: Do you think the punishment was appropriate here...

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Huckleberries Local AM Headlines -- 1/9/06

*It takes gall to pass a stone: Surgery delays celebration of couple's 37th anniversary/Christi Wilhelm, Coeur d'Alene Press -- Ouch!*Bonner County family recovering after blast/S-R, Associated Press -- There's a lesson here re: what not to do when you smell a gas leak.*Spokane's skating event...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2006

WIld Card/Sunday -- 1/8/06

I just posted Monday's column below and now this Wild Card. If you have a thread, you're welcome to post it here. I'll check back later today. If not, I'll catch you in the morning with the first Quick Fix 6 of the week ...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2006

A Freak of Nature

Speaking of cats, this poor little critter wasn't lucky. Cy, short for Cyclopes, a kitten born with only one eye and no nose, is shown in this photo provided by its owner in Redmond, Oregon. The kitten, a ragdoll breed, which died after living for...

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Best of the Local Blogs -- 1/6/06

CDADave provides this vintage photo from 1907 of the docking area in Coeur d'Alene. Also, he has some words to say about taxes after finding a CDA tax receipt from Christmas time 1910 here.*Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise reports that the Idaho Transportation Dept. has reviewed...

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Ah'm Your Huckleberry

You may know that local hospitality mogul Duane Hagadone sold his 205-foot yacht, Lady Lola (above), and her shadow boat (which is now called “Amevi Surprise”). But did you know that Hagadone started a trend with his Lady Lola Shadow and that former skipper Stan...

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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest -- 1/6/06

Two antelopes are seen as they graze through a field of snow off of Old Yellowstone Trail near Gardiner, Mont., Thursday/AP Photo by Garrett Cheen/The Livingston Enterprise. Photo Extra: The Billings Gazette runs its best photos of 2005 here.1. A Post Falls, Idaho, second-grader was...

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APhoto of the Day -- 1/6/06

Officer Amy Lowe of the Humane Society of Cascade County and a cow that had escaped from a local slaughterhouse in Great Falls, Mont., Thursday. You write the cutline.AP Photo by Robin Loznak/Great Falls Tribune.

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Monopoly Cards Depicting Life In K-County

Remember those Monopoly Cards from Digital Fog Thursday night? Well, Dang answered the Huckleberries challenge and has come up with some of his own. And CDADave offered several ideas for other ones in the comments section from last night here. Anyone have any other ideas?

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Huckleberries Local AM Headlines -- 1/6/06

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Idaho Gov.Dirk Kempthorne hold a signed memorandum at a news conference inside the governor's office at the Statehouse in Boise Thursday. Idaho has assumed management authority over more than 500 gray wolves that roam the state's central...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2006

P.S. (from Digital Fog)

Asks Chris, who produced these three Monopoly cards for Digital Fog: "Don’t these new Monopoly Community Chest cards better reflect reality in 2006? I think so."Question: Can you think of any other Monopoly cards that might apply to 2006?

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Best of the Local Blogs -- 1/5/06

CDA's Phil Corless (aka Family Phil) has become one of the best bloggers in North Idaho. After taking a break from his blog for the holidays, he has returned this week in style by posting a list of his 2005 "bests," including favorite kid quote,...

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Quotable Quote -- Spinning PR Story

"Well, Gus said it always takes a "negative" to get a mention in the paper. Time will tell if he's right. I've been wondering, do you think the PR firm put a positive PR spin on the announcement of the PR contract here?" -- I.B....

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Buh-bye Ex-Mariner

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Pat Gillick helps pitcher Ryan Franklin on with his team jersey during a press conference Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 in Philadelphia. Franklin was signed to a one-year baseball contract here. Question: Are you optimistic that the M's can rebound from two...

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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.