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Edit: Fire Up The Grill, Eagles

A two decades-old tradition came crashing down like a loose grill lid recently when the Coeur d'Alene Eagles vacated the walkway in front of their Sherman Avenue club and moved their Thirsty Thursday cookout inside. For 20 years, the Eagles have barbecued hot dogs and burgers for passersby, including non-Eagles, charging customers for food and drink and a relaxing atmosphere. The more income the Eagles make, the more charitable good they do - and they do a heck of a lot. Because of Thirsty Thursdays, The Press has learned, that's typically the biggest revenue day of the week for the organization. Unfortunately, one or more businesses in the vicinity complained to the Downtown Association about smoke generated by the barbecue for those two or three hours each Thursday/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Would you like to see the Eagles continue with their Thirsty Thursday fund-raising barbecues?

City Buys 5 More Acres Of Cherry Hill

The city of Coeur d'Alene agreed Tuesday to purchase roughly 5 acres of land north of Cherry Hill Park - a site that could play home to an American Legion baseball field by 2013. Mayor Sandi Bloem split a deadlocked City Council by voting to approve the property acquisition, which passed 4 votes to 3 votes. The outcome mirrors last month's council vote not to issue a public advisory vote on McEuen Field, and could repeat itself on future issues related directly or indirectly to the downtown park's redevelopment project as each council member has stood firm on his or her stance on the divisive topic/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo of BMX racers at Cherry Hill Park)

DFO: Whether a future diamond is built on the old Eagles property or not, I consider this a superb move because it allows the city to own almost the entire hillside of Cherry Hill Park. Score one for the majority.

Question: What do you think of this move to buy 5 more acres of park land for Coeur d'Alene?

Eagles Slow In Return To Lake CdA

The annual gathering of bald eagles that feast on spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting off to a slow start. The eagle count at Wolf Lodge Bay is down about 70 percent from last year at this time, said Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist. Hugo made the first weekly survey of the season on Tuesday and counted only 12 bald eagles compared with 42 counted on the same day last year. “It could be the storm we just had,” she said. “We’ll be out on the lake Saturday for the special eagle boat cruise for veterans, so we’ll see if the changing weather makes a difference”/Rich Landers, SR. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Which spot is your favorite for watching eagles?

Blanchette: Eagles Never Blinked

EWU wide receiver Brandon Kaufman stretches out in a full dive to get across the goal line and score on a two yard pass from quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. The play earned EWU their first touchdown enroute to a 20-19 win in the National Championship game against Delaware in Frisco, Texas on Friday. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

“This game wouldn’t be right if this didn’t happen,” said quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, “if we didn’t go down 19-0 and have to make a comeback.” Not just 19-0, but 19-0 with less than 19 minutes to play and no indication that the Eagles would ever get anything going. At that point – with three minutes left in the third quarter – they still had fewer than 100 yards of offense. Delaware had gashed EWU’s defense at will. There was no spark, no tempo, no pulse. So rosy were things for the Blue Hens that spectator Joe Biden, undistinguished as a Delaware undergrad but now our vice president, could probably even envision re-election in two years/John Blanchette, SR. More here. And: Eagles are national champs/Steve Bergum. And: 39 photos of the game/SR photos.

Question: Did you really think the Eagles were going to come back from their 19-0 deficit with 19 minutes to go?

EWU 20, Delaware 19 (Final)

Delaware running back Andrew Pierce (30) jumps over Eastern Washington cornerback Jesse Hoffman (21) during the first half of the FCS Championship football game tonight in Frisco, Texas. After trailing 19-0 in the third quarter, EWU scored 20 straight points to win 20-19. ESPN game activity & score here (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Bo Levi Mitchell led three straight late touchdown drives, the finale coming with 2:47 left, leading Eastern Washington a 20-19 victory over Delaware and its first FCS championship. The Eagles (13-2) trailed 19-0 and had gained only 92 yards midway through the third quarter Saturday night. Facing the defense that gave up the fewest points per game in the FCS, their title hopes looked shot. But Mitchell took them on drives of 80, 89 and 69 yards. He converted a fourth-and-8 on the second of those series and needed two video replays to uphold a fourth-and-1 conversion a few plays before the winning touchdown. Delaware (12-3) — with Vice President Joe Biden, an alum, watching five rows behind the team’s bench — had one last try, but turned the ball over on downs with 47 seconds left/Steve Bergum, SR.

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PM: Eagles Ready To Move On

A bald eagle lands near another in a tree above Lake Coeur d'Alene, to wait for a catch of kokanee on Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene. The birds will soon move on from the winter feeding stop in North Idaho. You can view 7 more wonderful eagle photos by Jesse here. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley)

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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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