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Huckleberries: Always betting on the gray horse doesn’t break the house

Wed., May 10, 2017, midnight

Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson models the hat she bought from a Churchill Downs, Ky., store for this year’s Kentucky Derby. (Courtesy: Kerri Thoreson Facebook page)
On Saturday, Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson of Post Falls donned her fancy new Kentucky Derby hat and plunked down $2 on the gray horse to win at Churchill Downs, Ky. Her grandmother had taught her a most important thing about ponies: “Always bet on the gray horse.”

Cities choosing ‘welcoming’ over ‘sanctuary’ for immigrants

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 5:05 p.m.

In this Dec. 8, 2015, file photo, Rena Garibyan, English Language Teaching coordinator for College of Southern Idaho Refugee Programs, teaches recently resettled refugees in a classroom in Twin Falls, Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)
A rural town in south-central Idaho that’s become a hotbed of refugee support and opposition has opted to take a softer stance in affirming its role as a welcoming city rather than adopt policies defying U.S. immigration officials.

Huckleberries: She has a connection to a Wallace bordello – and she’s talking

Mon., May 8, 2017, midnight

Molly Tsalaky, of Mica Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene, was laughing when she contacted Huckleberries. My Wednesday column about the infamous Wallace brothels brought back memories. Molly and her late husband, John, had a connection to one of the houses. And Huckleberries will explain that connection before you draw the wrong conclusions.

Idaho Press Club presents annual journalism awards, scholarships

UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

The Idaho Press Club presented its annual “Best of 2016” journalism awards over the weekend in Boise, and the biggest winners, taking numerous awards, were the Idaho Statesman and Twin Falls Times-News; the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum; and KTVB-TV in Boise.

Bowe Bergdahl scheduled for trial in October

Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. (Ted Richardson / Associated Press)
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled for trial in October on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, according to a new timetable set Friday after several delays in the case.

Idaho Power wants to speed closure of Nevada coal plant

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 10 p.m.

Idaho Power has announced its intention to close a Nevada coal plant it co-owns with NV Energy 10 years sooner than planned, a move that would shutter both units at Nevada’s last utility-owned, coal-burning power plant by 2025.

U.S. plan to improve firefighter shelters falters

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

In this Aug. 22, 2015, file photo, volunteers learn to deploy fire shelters with practice equipment after a call out by fire officials seeking to supplement their usual resources in Omak, Wash. Wildland firefighters will have to wait at least an extra year before getting better fire shelters than the ones that failed to save the Arizona 19 firefighters. The U.S. Forest Service's expedited attempt following those deaths to have an upgraded shelter later this year is being pushed back a year after nearly 100 prototypes couldn't outperform the current shelter developed in 2002. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Crews who battle wildfires will have to wait at least another year before getting better fire shelters than those that failed to save 19 firefighters trapped by flames in Arizona four years ago, officials told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Huckleberries: This bet was one that local human rights leader wanted to lose

Thu., May 4, 2017, midnight

In this August 2013 photo, Yvonne Wallis, of Bayview, wears a helmet to protect her brain from further injury, after being victimized by a hammer attack on Dec. 19, 2010. (Herb Huseland/Bay Views blog photo)
Human rights activist Tony Stewart has never been so glad to lose a bet. At the annual Human Rights Banquet on Friday, Stewart announced he had bet a lunch on the amount a basketball signed by all the players of national runner-up Gonzaga basketball team would bring at auction. He bet Jeanette Laster of the Human Rights Education Institute that the ball would sell for less than $2,500. Tony’s buying.

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Wild Card/Tuesday — 5.23.17

I'm unsure how Huckleberries should handle international or national events involving slaughter by terrorists. Mainly, I suppose, I don't know what we could say that hasn't been said before. Words ...