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A glance at what Spokesman-Review bloggers have to say


By Catherine Johnston

April 16 – The world’s oldest man died last week. At 114 years old, Walter Breuning left this world, but offers a legacy of wisdom: embrace change – “all change is good”; eat only two meals each day because “that’s all you need.”   He told people to “work as long as you can” since costs go up and that money is handy, and, finally: “help others.”

Breuning had a simple and successful secret to longevity: “Everybody says your mind is the most important thing about your body. Your mind and your body. You keep both busy, and by God you’ll be here a long time,” he said.

Outdoors blog

By Rich Landers

April 15 – Canadians have been telling Parks Canada they don’t want new thrill-seeking activities or special events in Banff, the country’s flagship national park – but Ottawa chose to ignore them.

Parks Canada last year approved national policy that paves the way for adventure activities such as via ferrata, zip lines and hang-gliding in a bid to boost visitor numbers in parks across the country, including Banff.

But there was virtually no support for such thrill-seeking activities during Banff’s controversial management plan review.

Huckleberries Online

By D.F. Oliveria

April 13 – In’s 10 best/worst places for making a living, Idaho ranks slightly below mid-pack, at No. 32, with an average adjusted income of $34,393.37. Washington ranks No. 2 with an average adjusted income of $41,455.73. Meanwhile, Montana is No. 48 with an average adjusted income of $29,495.73; Oregon, No. 45, $30,343.10.

Adjusted average income is the average income for each state after taking into account state taxes, unemployment rates and cost of living.

Office Hours

By Tom Sowa

April 12 – Yes, we’re finally getting that Trader Joe’s store after years of hearing rumors the food chain was eyeing this region.

We heard a rumor about IKEA, the Scandinavian furniture store, looking at setting up shop in North Idaho. We went calling and tracked down the company’s North American spokesman, Joseph Roth.

“There are no plans for an IKEA store in the Spokane, WA or Post Falls, ID area,” he said in an email.

“With only 37 (going on 38) stores in the U.S., we typically require a population of approximately 2 million people within a certain trade area.”


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