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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

Weekend Wild Card -- 4.22-23.17 10 

In honor of Earth Day today (Saturday), I finally got around to pruning my roses Friday evening after work. The winter did a number on them. I think I've lost 3 or 4 of my big ones. I got them back hard and hope something emerges from the dead wood that's left. It was fun to get out in the garden again. But there's a lot of work ahead ...

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Parting Shot -- 4.21.17

The Parting Shot today features a bullet hole in a shop window of the Champs Elysess boulevard in Paris Friday. A police officer was killed on the French capital's most famous boulevard when an assailant opened fire with an assault rifle in the name of the Islamic State group.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.21.17 15 

Mrs. O and I settled on Steven Spielberg's "BFG" Thursday evening, as we clicked through possible movie selections on Netflix. I enjoy well-done, movie animation. And "BFG" was well done, indeed. When it comes to movies, I'm into escapism. Sci-fi. Fantasy. Murder mysteries that aren't too violent. Q: What kinds of movies do you like?

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Caudle named interim super

As reported earlier this PM, Coeur d'Alene Superintendent of Schools Matt Handelman has resigned, effective at the end of the month, to take a job with Evergreen Public Schools in Washington state. In the interim, Dr. Trina Caudel will serve as superintendent. An official news release was issued moments ago.

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Handleman lands another job 

Moments ago, Huckleberries received an email message circulated within the Coeur d'Alene School District that Superintendent of Schools Matt Handelman is stepping down. He has accepted a job as chief academic accountability officer with Evergreen Public Schools in Washington state.

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Scraping away 

Workers from Cannon Hill were busy leveling another of the 4 remaining houses on a wedge of urban renewal agency land that stretches north from Coeur d'Alene Skate Park to River Avenue. At one time there were 10 or 11 homes on the wedge, fronting Park Drive. They were purchased by the urban renewal agency for future use or sale.

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AP file photo for illustrative purposes.

Utopia

In the poem I've selected today from "The Bard of Sherman Avenue: Poems by Tom Wobker"), our late friend tells us in 14 words what would make a perfect world.

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Former state senator Mary Lou Reed. (SR file photo)

Huckleberries Redux: Mary Lou vs Marti

Twenty-five years ago, North Idaho had two good Democratic senators in adjoining Kootenai and Shoshone counties: Mary Lou Reed and Mari Calabretta. In the redistricting that occurs every 10 years, however, wascally Republicans changed the lines, forcing a Democratic primary between Mary Lou and Marti. Here's a column item about that.

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Stapilus: Labrador gets an earful 

Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press credits Congressman Raul Labrador for staging a townhall meeting in the Republican stronghold of Meridian. And Labrador got an earful from individuals who don't usually attend a townhall headlined by a Tea Party Republican. He got an earful, as are other congressional Repubicans this year.

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Best lawn care in town? 10 

Personal question: Who offers the best weed & feed lawn care in town. I was planning to go with one company. But the owner-operator retired. I've been fertilizing the lawn myself for years. But I've developed a problem with dandelions and a new weed. I need commercial attention to problem now. Any suggestions?

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Trustee Christa Hazel of the Coeur d'Alene School Board and her new Corgi terrier, Millicent Przemek Hazel.

Introducing Millicent Przemek Hazel 12 

Trustee Christa Hazel of the Coeur d'Alene School Board swung by Huckleberries HQ this morning to introduce the newest Hazel to her household: Millicent Przemek Hazel. The Hazels adopted the corgi, now 8 weeks old, on Easter. Q: When did you last get a new puppy?)

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AM Headlines -- 4.21.17 

AM Headlines: A petition drive to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho will be part of the annual Moscow Hemp Fest. Also: Public Records (April 21)/Press, Self-proclaimed 'Spanker' arrested/SR, Ex-deputy pleads not guilty to 4 felonies/Press, Man wanted for drug trafficking arrested/Press, Man arrested for mail fraud gave fake name/SR ...

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Poll: We don't smoke pot

In Thursday's poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said it has never smoke pot, while another 25% said it did long ago but not now. Today's Poll: Should Idaho's veto law be changed to prevent governor's from vetoing overwhelming popular bills after session ends?

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Letter: Give Dr. Toelle 2nd chance 

I've wondered about an issue that a letter in the Coeur d'Alene Press addresses today. Should Dr. Stanley Toelle, who recently had a number of charges dropped against him in his ex-wife's drug trafficking ring, be given a second chance by the medical community and residents of Coeur d'Alene?

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Jeers: No cheese for Ybarra whine 

In his Cheers & Jeers column this morning, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune gives JEERS to ... Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra. Ybarra complained to columnist Chuck Malloy that she was a victim of a hostile Idaho media during her first run for superintendent. But Trillhaase notes that her wounds were self-inflicted...

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Live Life Forward TV Show host Adrian Paul films an introduction to the “No Poverty / Zero Hunger” episode featuring Blessings Under the Bridge, an organization that serves dinner to the homeless under the freeway overpass at 4th Avenue and McClellan Street. The show will air May 30 on Lifetime Television. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Lifetime spotlights Spokane charity 

Blessings Under the Bridge has fed thousands of homeless people over the past 10 years at dinners under the Interstate 90 bridge every Wednesday evening. Now, Lifetime Television is spotlighting this Spokane ministry. (Also: you can find link to column item re: Kevin Serr, a CdA contractor, & fam who's active in this ministry.)

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Tubbs Hill compromise in works

A compromise solution, offered by former state senator Mary Lou Reed, may keep two lots at the northeast base of Tubbs Hill in public ownership. The two lots, valued at $960,000 and owned by ignite cda, would be preserved if the city, Tubbs Hill Foundation and urban renewal board sign off on the offer. Keith Cousins/Press reports ...

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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