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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2005

Tue., Feb. 22, 2005, 5:46 p.m.

Inside Huckleberries

5:44 p.m. Still fighting the crud a bit, so I'm heading home. Every time I think I'm OK, I cough. And that deep rumble in my chest sez otherwise. I'd like to catch the guy who finally nailed me with this stuff. And I'm trying...

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Tue., Feb. 22, 2005, 4:29 p.m.

Question No. 2

Issue: The state should separate in two, some GOP senators say: Eastern Washington suffers from rules made in Olympia, a supporter maintains/Rachel La Corte, AP.DFO: State Sen. Bob Morton, R-Orient, doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hades of winning majority support for his measure. But...

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Tue., Feb. 22, 2005, 1:17 p.m.

SR Headlines (2/22/05)

*BNSF fuel depot leak draws federal attention: Aquifer spans two states, and interstate commerce and Railroad Act rules may apply, Sen. Murray notes/Jim Camden & James Hagengruber: BNSF may have its hands full because it no longer has just Idaho to push around here.*Generosity overwhelms...

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Tue., Feb. 22, 2005, 11:38 a.m.

Best of the Northwest (2/22/05)

Repub Bob Morton of Orient is tired of playing second fiddle in Washington state to the Puget Sound area. So, he's pushing a resolution that would split Washington into two states, with the 20 counties east of the Cascades forming the 51st state. This one...

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Tue., Feb. 22, 2005, 10 a.m.

Peanut Gallery (Trashing IDEQ)

Good Morning Dave,Isn't the Idaho legislature something? While we sit here and beg the railroad to stop its refueling activity at the Hauser site, the legislature wants to take even more power away from the DEQ by removing their mandate to inspect certain construction sites...

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Tue., Feb. 22, 2005, 9:42 a.m.

Columnist rips Gonzaga's anti-Christian bias

In an open letter to President Spitzer, columnist Mike S. Adams/ rips Gonzaga University for intolerance toward Christian clubs and warns Catholic parents to avoid sending their children to the school. Quoth:"I understand that the only two Christian clubs recently formed at the law school...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2005

Mon., Feb. 21, 2005, 4:28 p.m.


Item: New York Times executive sez the state of the print media isn't that good: "This is not a time when editors swear off alcohol."DFO: The immediacy of online publications, including blogs, constant cable news updates and journalism scandals have caused circulation declines that have...

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Mon., Feb. 21, 2005, 4:25 p.m.

Best of the Local Blogs

*Our Eye In Boise tells you about the 7 North Idaho legislators who were forced to return to Spokane because Idaho's capital city was too foggy here.*CDADave notices a lot of things around the Coeur d'Alene waterfront are slip-slidin' away here.*My head's too clogged to...

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Mon., Feb. 21, 2005, 12:07 p.m.

Q & A

Questions from CDADave: Are you The Bard of Sherman Avenue? And: Is this poem worthy of The Bard?He owns the townHis name is DuaneAll his proposalsCause residents pain. Answer: I am not The Bard of Sherman Avenue. The only hint I've ever given re: The...

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Mon., Feb. 21, 2005, 11:38 a.m.

Question of the Day

Item: Whatever has happened to Washington's Birthday? California lawyer gamely tries to show 'Presidents Day' is the wrong designation/SF Chronicle.DFO: When I was growing up, we celebrated Abraham Lincoln's birthday on Feb. 12 and George Washington's on Feb. 22. Now, the two great presidents have...

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Mon., Feb. 21, 2005, 9:49 a.m.

Peanut Gallery (Dan, izzat you?)

Here's the proof of my post, Truman (Hairy Springer Truman to be exact). And yes, he has a sign above his dish that says, "The Bone Stops Here."dan of the countyDFO: County Clerk Dan English took that test last week that shows what kinda dog...

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Mon., Feb. 21, 2005, 8:52 a.m.

Quick Fix 6 (2/21/05)

The number of Americans who want our troops brought home from Iraq has reached the highest level since October 2003: 59 percent. On the other hand 88 percent believe So-Damn Insane would have built WMDs if we hadn't intervened and 76 percent believe Iraq is...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 20, 2005

Sun., Feb. 20, 2005, 9:41 p.m.


A funny thing happened to Sandpoint High J-instructor Erin Daniels in her sixth period class last Monday. Her water broke. In an e-announcing the birth of Emma Marie, she blames the poor timing on Principal Jim Soper. Quoth: "He was in my room 5th, and...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 19, 2005

Sat., Feb. 19, 2005, 2:28 a.m.

Question No. 3

Item: Depot foes rallying: Attorneys look to laws for help in shutting down leaking operation/James Hagengruber, SR.DFO: That's what I'm talkin' about.Question: Defend one of three positions: a. Everyone's getting a little hysterical here -- the railroad caught the latest leak and deserves one more...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2005

Fri., Feb. 18, 2005, 6:36 p.m.


Item: Limbaugh rushing to visit U.S. troops Conservative talk-show host offers alternative to 'liberals, leftists'/WorldNetDaily.DFO: Rush has a lot of fans among the troops. Couldn't hurt.Question: What do you think of Rush Limbaugh going to Afghanistan to give the troops a positive message from the...

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Fri., Feb. 18, 2005, 1:43 p.m.

Best of the Northwest (2/18/05)

Didja hear the one about the, ahem, gentleman's club that got around Boise's ban on public nudity by posing its dancers as art models. Yep, Erotic City made international headlines by quietly challenging the city law -- and so far its getting away with the...

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Fri., Feb. 18, 2005, 10:22 a.m.

Peanut Gallery (Busy, busy, busy)

One of my hats as County Clerk is that of County Recorder. In that capacity, I'm the last one in a fairly long foodchain of public officials and agencies that must sign off on every new plat in the county. In the case of the...

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Fri., Feb. 18, 2005, 10:09 a.m.

A Tip for PR Flacks

When your talefor facts they’re combing,have a train wreckin Wyoming.The Bard of Sherman AvenueDFO: Above, scene of train collision west of Rathdrum in February 2001 (Jesse Tinsley/photo)

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Fri., Feb. 18, 2005, 9:22 a.m.

Q & A

Question: How do I get a gig as an opinion writer?Answer: You begin with a degree in journalism. Then, you spend a decade working your way from reporter to editor at podunk newspapers, moving your family every few years. You may get fired a time...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2005

Thu., Feb. 17, 2005, 5:57 p.m.


Item: Harvard president faces faculty revolt: Ex-Clinton official suggested women may not be as good as men at math/London Times.DFO: Dunno about women ... but I was lousy in science and math. Got one of my two D's in high school in geometry. And I...

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Thu., Feb. 17, 2005, 5:45 p.m.

Quote of the Day (2/17/05)

"I've got to run. I've got a derailment in Wyoming" -- BNSF Railway flack Gus Melonas, explaining why he's too busy to answer any more questions from SReporter James Hagengruber. Melonas is one of those PR types whose whole purpose seems to be keeping information...

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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.