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Huckleberries: She gave us hope for 40 years as Leia – and that hope lives on

Mon., April 3, 2017, midnight

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) search for an escape route on the maze-like Imperial Death Star in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” (1997 LUCAS FILM LTD photo)
Before Carrie Fisher introduced us to Princess Leia in “Star Wars: A New Hope” 40 years ago, comments Coeur d’Alene blogger Nic Casey, women were typecast in roles as damsels who needed rescuing. While fighting her personal demons, Fisher, as Princess Leia, modeled a new kind of woman who took part in her own rescue and fought alongside Jedi. A joint memorial for Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, brings to mind the superb blog post Casey wrote re: the importance of Fisher for Nic’s daughter.

Snow, rain delays planting in Treasure Valley

UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

An unusually harsh winter, followed by a string of rainstorms, has left farm fields soggy and delayed planting at least two weeks in many parts of the Treasure Valley area of southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting

Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:58 a.m.

Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of the 2017 session.

Huckleberries: Fan finds only one dark lining in Gonzaga’s postseason silver clouds

Thu., March 30, 2017, midnight

Sean and Naomi Boutz are ha-huge Gonzaga Bulldogs fans. They are season ticket holders. And have attended 8 straight WCC tournaments in Las Vegas. But skipped this year, anticipating the Zags’ deep tournament run in the NCAA tournament. They mostly enjoyed Gonzaga’s best weekend of basketball in its history, to date, in San Jose last weekend. However, Naomi didn’t appreciate the crud she came down with before the flight home.

Ban sought for cyanide trap that hurt Idaho boy, killed dog

Wed., March 29, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

Environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to ban its use of cyanide-ejecting devices aimed at killing coyotes after one went off near a boy and his dog earlier this month, killing the dog.

Huckleberries: A chance encounter restores woman’s faith in people

Wed., March 29, 2017, midnight

Charlotte Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services, is shown with husband, Roy. Charlotte learned that people are still kind during a chance encounter at a Coeur d’Alene Winco checkout counter. (Courtesy photo from Charlotte Mitchell)
Charlotte Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at the cancer center, learned two things at the checkout counter of Coeur d’Alene’s Winco. Winco doesn’t take credit cards. And there still are terrific people in this world. She was in distress at Winco when she met one of them.

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