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Tea Party, Patriots To Discuss Militia

Classified ad in this week's Nickel's Worth: “Tea Party and Patriot meeting, Monday, March 5th, 6:30 p.m., Blanchard Community Center. Discussion will include Republican caucus, candidate forum, caribou update, Idaho Lightfoot Militia and Obamacare.”

Question: Can anyone interpret this? Has North Idaho Tea Party and Patriot types thrown in with Idaho Lightfoot Militia? Or do they want to discussion combining forces? Or what?

Blanchard Fire Claims 2 Women

Two bodies found in a home near Blanchard, following a fire early this morning are believed to be those of the homeowner’s wife and daughter. When Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, homeowner Robert Sands, 66, said he believed his wife, Mary, 52, and daughter, Angela Sands, 23, may have been trapped in the home, a news release from the sheriff’s office said. The fire began early this morning at 320 McDonald Creek Road and fully engulfed the home, the release said/SR. More here.

Overcoming A Abusive, Racist Father

Kelty Walker grew up in an isolated trailer house in the woods outside Blanchard, Idaho. “We took five dirt roads to get to the trailer,” she said. “It was out there.” And in that trailer, her father did all he could to block out the world. Kelty and her sister barely left the house. On rare trips to town, they had to wait in the car or stay within three feet of their dad. They never attended school. No one came over. Their mother left to work in town and their father schooled them in the things he thought were important: calculus and the supremacy of white people. Kelty would read anthologies of English literature and American literature – “He’d tear out all the pages about the Civil War” – and the volumes of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. If she disobeyed her father – or if he just thought she had – he’d become violent. He was careful not to leave a bruise. The house was full of guns, and her father prepared them for the day when armed foes would arrive/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Do you know someone who has overcome an abusive parent to prosper in life?

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