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Huckleberries: This time the bell tolls for DFO

In 1993, D.F. “Dave” Oliveria met his newspaper hero Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle, the master of three-dot journalism, at the annual convention of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in Portland, Ore. In 1999, D.F. won the society’s Herb Caen Memorial Tidbits Column Award for his long-running Huckleberries column in The Spokesman-Review. (Courtesy photo: Brenda Oliveria (aka “Mrs. O”) / Courtesy photo: Brenda Oliveria (aka “Mrs. O”))
In 50 years, D.F. “Dave” Oliveria has come full circle. He graduated from high school at age 17 in ’67. Now, he’s 67 in ’17. And he’s retiring. This will be his last column. Forty-seven years in the newspaper biz ends today. So let’s bring out Dave’s final set of three dots.

Idaho officials eye selling 10 commercial properties

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, left, and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, right, announce a $400,000 final settlement of disability-access violations at the Idaho state capitol. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
State officials on Tuesday moved forward with a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy timberland and agricultural land that the state uses to generate revenue to fund schools.

Huckleberries: Kootenai County Republican leaders picked on the wrong woman

Alex Barron, left, secretary of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, talks to state Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, while county party Chairman Brent Regan listens. (Duane Rasmussen file photo)
Christa Hazel is living rent free in the alleged minds of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee leadership. After turning in her resignation as a precinct committeewoman, Christa criticized Chairman Brent Regan and other leaders for stifling debate, embracing Far Right ideology, and wasting time on wacky resolutions. Regan & Co. fired back, but none as viciously as secretary Alex Barron, who fancies himself to be the Bard of the American Redoubt.

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