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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017


Federal regs and small biz: "Enough is enough!" 26 

The Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration held a regulatory roundtable, Thursday. The president and CEO of Kuma Stoves in Garwood brought a display of two pipes — one 15 times longer than the other — to illustrate the same ratio of how much the EPA has required stove emissions to be reduced in recent years.

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Which fish will anglers prefer for Priest Lake? 

Anglers attached to fishing Priest Lake tend to fall into two camps that are being asked to make a decision. One group favors a return to the good old days of fishing for abundant kokanee and cutthroat trout. The other group generally prefers the current abundance of delicious shrimp-fed mackinaw. Which would you choose? CH

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Raevn DeAugustino, after several years living on the street, stands with her cat Leo in the doorway of a modest basement apartment Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She ran away from home and lived on the Spokane streets, in fear for her safety every day. A recent push by the city of Spokane, with help from SNAP, is putting formerly homeless youth, like DeAugustino, into housing. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Finding A Way Home

Spokane is in the final weeks of a challenge to house 100 homeless young people, ages 12 to 24, in 100 days. King and Pierce counties also are participating, with backing from A Way Home Washington, an advocacy group for homeless youth. DeAugustino is one of 65 young people who have so far found a permanent place to live during the challenge.

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Sorry ladies: $1,000 offer for date withdrawn 

Lucas Werner, the 37-year-old Spokane man who made national headlines late last year when he was ejected from a downtown Starbucks after asking a teenage barista on a date, is back on social media, where he offered younger women money to go on a date with him. Would you go on a date with this guy for $1,000? $10,000? CH

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Eels slime cars on Oregon highway 

So. At least I didn't encounter eel slime on yesterday's drive to Cheney. A truck hauling eels overturned on an Oregon highway, turning the coastal road into a slimy mess. Oregon State Police on Thursday posted a photo on Twitter that showed damaged cars covered by the gooey eels.

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GOP guv candidates to speak in Cd’A 

Republican candidates for governor will square off in a forum that’s open to the public at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn on Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m. The forum, hosted by the Idaho Republican Party, will include businessman Tommy Ahlquist, Congressman Raul Labrador and Lt. Gov. Brad Little. Are you planning to attend? CH

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The Stranger in the Woods

Whatcha readin'?  25 

I finished "All the Light We Cannot See" this weekend. I was sad to close the cover. A remarkably beautifully read. Now, I'm on to "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit," an absolutely riveting true story of a man who lived alone in the Maine woods for 27 years.

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Smoke in Hayden just a test

Where there's smoke there's sewer system testing. That will be the case in the Hayden area during the weekdays starting Monday through Aug. 18 as the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board (HARSB) performs smoke testing in its sewer lines to meet water quality standards.

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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017


"Ice Road Truckers" star visits Post Falls 

Never heard of this show. You? CH When a star of History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers" made a pit stop in Post Falls on Tuesday, Thomas Torvik made a break to meet her. The Coeur d'Alene man was among those who went to Love's Travel Stop and Country Store to meet Lisa Kelly.

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Insect attack! US West is battling crop-killing swarms 

Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: Swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads. The 3-inch-long Mormon crickets are actually katydids, an entomological cousin to grasshoppers. Ugh. Experts predict a banner bug year. CH

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Zinke: no changes to Idaho, Washington monuments

Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state are no longer under review for possible modification, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday. The monuments were among 27 covered by President Donald Trump’s April executive order calling for a review of monuments created since 1996.

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Thursday Wild Card 7.13.17 

If it's Thursday, DFO must be on vacation. Again. Oh well, I daresay we'll get along without him. I did let a beagle lick my toes yesterday, but it wasn't Dave's doggie. This fella was named Louie. In addition to toe-licking, Louie is passionately fond of going through purses.

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Huckleberries: We knew way back when ...

Look up “states(wo)man” in the dictionary (that device we used before Google and Wikipedia), and you’ll find a picture of state Sen. Shawn Keough. The Sandpoint Republican has represented Idaho’s 1st Senate District superbly for more than 20 years.

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NIC Foundation Really BIG Raffle winner really elated

Never underestimate the power of an act of kindness. It can be worth a few kind words — or, in the case of Hayden’s Robert Swider — a $350,000 house. Not a bad return on a hundred-buck gift. “NO WAY!” Swider exclaimed after he was told over the phone Wednesday night that he’d won the North Idaho College Foundation Really BIG Raffle grand prize.

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The Spokane Empire take the opening kickoff against the Colorado Crush in front of a sparse crowd, May 26, 2017, in Spokane Arena. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

No more arena football in Spokane?

The Spokane Empire is out of business for the 2018 season and probably for good unless a local owner or ownership group steps forward. Seattle-based majority owner Nader Naini said the decision to sack the 2018 season was made for financial reasons. I LOVE football, but have to say I wasn't a fan of arena ball. Been to an arena game? CH

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Proposed face scans stir privacy issues 16 

If the Trump administration gets its way, all Americans boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call an ill-advised step toward a surveillance state. The Department of Homeland Security says it’s the only way to successfully expand a program that tracks nonimmigrant foreigners.

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Glacier loosens boating restrictions

Glacier National Park officials, under pressure from U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, loosened boating restrictions enacted when invasive mussels were found in a Montana reservoir about 100 miles from the park, the Flathead Beacon reported.

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Sara Douville, left, and her mother, Cher Desautel, right, have opened a yoga studio, Yogajoy, in the Wandermere area, shown Wednesday, July 5, 2017.  They offer yoga and barre classes.  Jesse Tinsley/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A family passion for yoga 

Cher Desautel and her daughter, Sara Douville, have taken their passion for yoga to a new level. In May they opened YogaJoy North, in the Wandermere West shopping center. I confess I'm a yoga dropout. Have you tried yoga? CH

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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.