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THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2017


Pia: Smoke gets in my eyes, nose ... 

"Day 10 of waking up with a crusty smoke induced cough and a head that feels like it's full of cotton. That smoke is really getting to me this summer" -- superb SR colleague Pia Hallenberg. Q: How are you dealing with the smoke?

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In this image taken from video on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, provided by KTVB-TV, Lucas McCulley talks during an interview in Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho. (Paul Boehlke / Associated Press)

Man with rare tumor seeks help w/costs

An Idaho man with a large, rare tumor that dominates the right side of his face is asking for help with the medical costs to remove it. Lucas McCulley, of Nampa, was born with a rare lymphangioma tumor that was not detected during his mother’s pregnancy, KTVB-TV reported.

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Searcher: My perspective changed 

I've been touched deeply by the comments you have made re: my retirement. I was hesitant to post any out front b/c I don't want to be seen as blowing my own horn. This one by Searcher touches on a goal I had in mind when I started blogging -- to establish an online community that could debate issues in a civil manner. I think we did that.

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Fort Ground to host Farewellfest 

Mayor Steve Widmyer and I have tentatively set up a Farewellfest for this washed-up blogger from 5 to 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Steve's Fort Ground Grill on River Avenue in the Fort Grounds area. The SR will provide cake, cookies, coffee, soft drinks. And there might be a speech or two.

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Jesse Raymond. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

One moment changed everything

Everything was fine in Jesse Raymond's world just a little more than a month ago. His business, Ace Moving, was really getting off the ground. He just bought a house. Life was going along smoothly. Then one innocent dive into the Snake River changed everything. Devin Heilman/Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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Time to fix flawed judicial elections 

In his column this morning, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune comments that something needs to be done about the flawed Idaho Supreme Court elections. As a case in point, he comments that poorly qualified then-state senator Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, came too close to winning a justice seat, trading on his Republican credentials.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9, 2017


Hump Day Wild Card -- 8.9.17 15 

For the third day in a row, I forgot to buy coffee for the office. I may have to go out and fetch my own -- at least 16 ounces. It's difficult to blog in the morning's with less than 2 cups of coffee. Here's...

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My apologies 

I'm sorry that Huckleberries has been so flat today, other than the Redoubter/GOP CC devotee attacking Christa and my retirement announcement. Frankly, I've been overwhelmed by your kind comments here and on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I thought I was prepared for today. But I was wrong.

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A final Blogfest in the works 

Editor Rob Curley/SR insists that the newspaper send this washed-up old blogger out in style. Usually, that means a H/T in the newsroom and maybe a trip to a watering hole after the final day of work. But Rob knows that Coeur d'Alene, not Spokane, is my universe. So he graciously has asked me to find a venue.

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Fire erupted at a sawmill along U.S. 95 Wednesday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and suspending operations as firefighters arrived. (SR photo)

Fire burns lumber mill near Athol 

Fire erupted at a sawmill along U.S. 95 Wednesday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and suspending operations as firefighters arrived. There were no reports of injuries. Employees were on break when the fire started in the planer mill building at about 10 a.m.

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Services set for ex-Vik star Ramsay

Samantha Ramsay, a UIdaho assistant prof and former Coeur d'Alene High athlete, relished life, always striving for new heights. Now, she's gone. A lightning strike in the Swiss Alps took her life while she was climbing recently. She will be remembered with a service in Moscow on Saturday, Aug. 19

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Adult ash aphids infest the bottom of this currant plant leaf. (Pat Munts/SR photo)

Ash aphids 

If this poem about "Ash Aphids" doesn't make you smile, check your pulse. Or your attitude. I miss my old friend Tom Wobker most when I run across a whimsical rhyme like the one below. Another of The Bard of Sherman Avenue's best.

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National Book Lovers Day 17 

Today is National Book Lovers Day, according to Christmas at the Lake on Sherman Avenue. And there are 139 days left until Christmas. Question: What book are you now reading? Moi? "The Life of David" by Arthur W. Pink.

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Willie wows 'em at Northern Quest 

I am now and will always be a fan of SR photog Kathy Plonka. In fact, I'm the fan of the whole SR photog gang, from Liz to Colin and Jesse. Here's the photo that Kathy snapped last night at Willie Nelson's concert at Northern Quest Casino. Q: Are you a Willie Nelson fan?

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New details about hit-and-run

New information obtained Tuesday evening by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office could help identify the black Dodge Caliber that left the scene of a crash involving a pedestrian Monday on Prairie Avenue. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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DFO announces retirement 80 

With mixed emotions, I must tell you today that I've accepted a generous buyout from the SR and will be retiring soon. (If my buyout application is accepted, my last day as a blogger/columnist would be next Wednesday). The buyout didn't quite meet my retirement time table. But it was close enough. I would have been a fool to pass it up.

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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.