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Idaho Food Stamp Rolls Nearly Triple

Two families from Nampa were featured in an NBC piece this week about the high demand for food assistance and the rush to purchase food on the first of the month, when money is deposited into recipients’ accounts.  What the piece doesn’t detail is the number of Idahoans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), and how much that number has grown in recent years. According to this study from the Urban Institute, Idaho saw its SNAP enrollment go up by 123 percent between 2007 and 2010.  Idaho’s increase in SNAP rolls was second only to Nevada’s, where use of the program grew by 128 percent over the same period/Molly Messick, StateImpact. More here. (Photo: Rock Center/NBC)

Question: Do you know Idahoans who rely on food stamps to supplement poor-paying jobs to get by?

High Noon: ‘Playboy Club’ Bites Dust

NBC's Playboy bunnies are being replaced by Brian Williams. The network said Tuesday that its 1960s period piece drama “The Playboy Club” is being canceled, acting less than 24 hours after the new series drew only 3.5 million people for its third episode. It's the first cancellation of the new fall TV season. Williams' new prime-time newsmagazine, “Rock Center,” will take over the 10 p.m. Eastern time slot on Mondays, starting Halloween night. Reruns of the drama “Prime Suspect” will fill the hour for the next three weeks/AP. More here.

Question: What other TV programs should be canceled?

Plane Crash Kills Reporters, 2 Others

Four young western Montanans were found dead late Wednesday afternoon in the wreckage of the small plane they took on a weekend sightseeing flight. Dead are Sonny Kless and Brian Williams of Missoula, and Erika Hoefer and Melissa Weaver of Kalispell. A Border Patrol helicopter spotted the plane in the Revais Creek area at 2 p.m., but could not land because the terrain is extremely rugged, very steep and heavily timbered. The crash site was very near the last GPS and radar contact the Federal Aviation Administration had with the aircraft on Sunday afternoon, when Kless took his three passengers on a sightseeing flight from the Glacier National Park area to the Bison Range and along the Flathead River/Tristan Scott, Missoulian. More here.

Montana Plane Crash Site Found

The small plane missing since Sunday with four people on board may have been found. According to spokeswoman Carey Cooley at 3 p.m.: “The Border Patrol about an hour ago did find a crash site matching the airplane’s description.” She said nobody was on the ground yet, but a rescue helicopter from Malmstrom Air Force Base is heading to the site. Cooley said a pilot with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection spotted the crash site Wednesday afternoon after 1:30 p.m. in rough terrain just inside the Sanders County line. There was no immediate word on survivors/Daily Inter Lake. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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