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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017


Redoubter attack on Hazel, too far

Alex Barron, secretary of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee and prominent Redoubter, has been slamming Christa Hazel since she resigned her post as a precinct committeewoman. He's called her "little liar" many times in posts on his Redoubter blog. Now, the Coeur d'Alene Press calls Barron out on his vicious attacks.

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Gary Greenleaf of Coeur d'Alene gives Duane Hagadone a friendly pat on the arm as they say hello Saturday evening at the entrance of the Hagadone Marine Grand Opening Celebration. Hagadone greeted each guest with a smile and a handshake. (Devin Heilman/PressP

Hagadone Marine Center complete 

The Hagadone Marine Center campus in Coeur d'Alene just opened its mega service center on Thursday, Hagadone Marine Group president Craig Brosenne said. The service center will ensure that even when a boat is acting up, repairs won't eat up the whole summer. Devin Heilman/Coeur d'Alene Press reports.

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100s mourn brothers who drown

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course to mourn the loss of two young brothers who drowned last week in the Pend Oreille River. Jonathan Glover/SR reports ...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 12, 2017

Weekend Wild Card -- 8.12.17 24 

I've had so many things on my mind these last few days that I forgot to post this Weekend Wild Card. Sorry. Been out running errands this morning. Ran into the Coeur d'Alene Triathlon in downtown Coeur d'Alene/City Park. Also ran into a Huckleberries Online...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 11, 2017


TGIF Wild Card -- 8.11.17 27 

We've settled on the time and date for Huckleberries Farewellfest, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. The SR will provide the cake, punch, and other treats. Mayor Steve will shut down the dining room area, as he has for the many February blogfests at the Grill.

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Cutline Contest -- time2vote 43 

The Cutline Contest today features old codger DFO and his trophy wife, Mrs. O, at the Summer Concert Series Thursday evening, sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Arts and Culture Alliance. Thursday Winner: gitrdun.

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No charges in bank robbery try 

Detectives from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office have identified and interviewed the person of interest regarding the reported attempted robbery at US Bank in Hayden. After a thorough interview, the prosecutor decided not to file charges in the case.

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Task Force acknowledges DFO 

OK, Tony Stewart and Christie Wood, my two-long time friends at the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, insist that I publish the following Hat Tip on Huckleberries Online. I was worried that one of the two of them would retire from their important duties. And I'm the one who stepped off the roller coaster first.

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Real service dogs only 

I spotted this sign on the front desk of the Coeur d'Alene Library earlier this week when I turned in an overdue book, "The Rain in Portugal: Poems" by Billy Collins. It cost me 70 cents to be late. Magnanimously, I gave the librarian a dollar. Then, I wondered how many users try to sneak their non-service dogs into the library.

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Flashback: He loved me not 

Those of you who have been around her for awhile will remember the battles between Huckleberries (nee Kootenai Grapevine) and Mayor for Life Ray Stone. Stone fired from the hip. And Huckleberries quoted him. That created some interesting fodder on Mondays, the original publishing date of Huckleberries. Here's an item from August 1992.

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Wedding crashers steal gifts, slip up 

Police say a selfie taken by two wedding crashers who stole the gifts led to their arrest in Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley Police Department says detectives arrested Joshua Davies and Sierra Davies Thursday. If these two are guilty, they are the definition of bottom feeders.

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Spudbob: Where will we go? 16 

Spudbob asks an interesting question: "With DFO's retirement things will change. Huckleberries is one of my go-to websites for local news and pleasant (hopefully) banter but if Huckleberries goes away (or changes significantly) what other sources of local news and amusement are out there?"

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Beautiful music times 2

Marissa and Kelsey Weddle entertain the audience at the Summer Concert Series at Riverstone Pond Thursday. I'm not sure which is which. They're twins, after all. Both sing beautifully. Second time I've heard them this summer, courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance.

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Peter Rivera, center, and Doug Clark perform on Main Avenue during Street Music Week, June 16, 2016, in downtown Spokane, Wash. (SR file photo)

It was all Clark's fault

I don't know how many of your know this, but SR columnist Doug Clark and I have been fast friends since we met in Red Bluff, Calif., in the early 1970s. I was instrumental in getting Clark into the newspaper business. He was instrumental in bringing me to the Northwest in 1977, to Kalispell. And, then, in 1984, to the Coeur d'Alene ...

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Regarding trolls 19 

Trolls are easy to spot. Some are drive-by, attracted by a topic. Others have a chip on their shoulder and some over-sized idea re: there rights to post what they want in the comments section. Still others are ideologues who have no interest in community. Long before I heard the expression, "Don't Feed the Trolls," I wasn't.

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Poll: Smoke gets in eyes, everywhere

In the Thursday poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation said it is suffering some reaction from the poor air quality that we've been experiencing, including 22.27% who say they've had to stay indoors. Today's Poll: Is it right to play Fantasy Football when so many of the footballers will suffer life-changing brain injuries?

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NIC Chorale seeks community singers

Below, you'll find a news release from my NIC bud Tom Greene re: the North Idaho Cardinal Chorale seeking community singers for its 2017-18 season. Mebbe you're interested. But the news release also sets up this personal question: Do you sing well? Describe your singing.

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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.