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MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

Monday Wild Card 7.17.17 17 

So. A guy grabbed my bottom at the grocery store, Saturday. Outraged, I whirled around to confront him. I looked into his big blue eyes as he grinned happily at me. "HI! HI!" he said. I spared him the sexual harassment lecture. It's flattering to know a younger guy finds me attractive. Even if he is in diapers and sitting in a stroller.

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Snake River Fire could be contained soon

The Snake River Fire burning in Garfield County could be suppressed as early as Wednesday. The fire, about 10 miles west of Clarkston, had reached more than 2,500 acres by Sunday and was expected to hit 3,100 acres this morning, said Michael Krueger, the public information officer on the blaze.

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How do ID Lawmakers Earn Their Money? None of Your Damn Business 

Folks in Idaho Falls are of the “live and let live” sort, says Dan Knudsen, a longtime area math teacher. That mentality applies to politics as well. Knudsen doesn’t seem too bothered, for instance, that the Gem State is one of only a few where lawmakers don’t have to report the sources of their revenue. Are you ok with this? CH

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Manure pond deaths raise concerns

Vazquez-Carrera got into a feed truck to deliver the cows their morning meal. About 5:30 a.m., he called his brother, who also worked at the farm, to warn him about the conditions. By sunrise, Vazquez-Carrera, a 37-year-old husband and father of six, was dead. Vazquez-Carrera had mistakenly driven the truck into the manure pond.

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Wayne Melquist prepares to return a banded osprey chick to the nest, July 15, 2017, on Lake Coeur d’Alene. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

The view from on high 

After 45 years of studying osprey, Wayne Melquist does a pretty good imitation of the bird’s distinctive call. The retired biologist let out a high-pitched chirp, followed by a keening cry as the pontoon boat he was riding in approached a nest on a piling in Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Cougar Bay on Saturday morning. An adult female answered him.

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Quit Your Job for a Better One? Not if You Live in Idaho 10 

Idaho achieved a notable distinction last year: It became one of the hardest places in America for someone to quit a job for a better one. The state did this by making it easier for companies to enforce noncompete agreements, which prevent employees from leaving their company for a competitor. So. Maybe I'll stay in WA. CH

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Opinion: Talk of impeachment premature 15 

Rush Limbaugh says we are witnessing “a silent coup.” The radio host has sometimes been accused of rhetorical excess, but his claim is based on a demonstrable truth. Many of President Donald Trump’s critics would indeed like “to get rid of him,” as Limbaugh says. Would you like to see President Trump impeached? CH

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‘Now I see why they’re illegal’ 

A 41-year-old Pocatello resident, John Woods, claimed responsibility for lighting so-called illegal aerial fireworks that caused a massive brush fire that destroyed one home and severely damaged another on Bitterroot Drive on Thursday evening.

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RIP Martin Landau and George Romero

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89 and zombie flick director George Romero dies at 77. I saw Landau on stage in Spokane in "Dracula" back in the late '80's. He was fantastic! And yes, I've seen all of the "Night of the Living Dead" movies. Have you? CH

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Gem State surplus 19 

Idaho has more money than economists expected. A lot more money. State tax revenues for the month of June came in nearly $30 million higher than projected – 8.8 percent above forecasts and 9.9 percent higher than the previous June – bringing state tax revenues for the fiscal year to $93.9 million ahead of forecast. That's some rainy day fund! CH

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Idaho sonar team to search for WA state man’s body 

Northern Idaho officials say a sonar team will look for the body of a Washington state man believed to have drowned in Lake Pend Oreille earlier this month. Officials say 67-year-old John Key of Newman Lake, Washington, disappeared July 2, and friends found his unoccupied boat idling on the lake.

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

TGIF Wild Card 7/14/17 10 

Whew! I had quite a day yesterday. Health scare with my 86 year-old mom. A trip to Cheney to cover a special library storytime made difficult by massive roadwork. And you know; blog duty! I'm just really glad it's Friday. How about you?

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John "J.D." Leonetti eats his Voot Burger somewhere over Ritzville on Sunday afternoon.. (Courtesy of Skydive West Plains / courtesy of Skydive West Plains)

Chowing down, two miles up 

When skydiver Kara Menke asked chef John “J.D.” Leonetti if he’d jump out of an airplane to eat his Voot Burger at 12,500 feet, he didn’t hesitate. The owner of Prohibition Gastropub in Spokane recently had completed only the second skydive of his life when Menke posed the question on the patio of his North Monroe Street restaurant.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.