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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2014

New Years Eve Wild Card 12.31.14 14 

I don't get overly sentimental about the last day of the year. 2014 has had some incredible highs and some devestating lows for our family. I'm ready to turn the page and welcome 2015. We don't have any New Years Eve traditions. Sometimes our kids...

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The world is not falling apart 

It’s a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops—who can avoid the feeling that things fall apart, the center cannot hold? Last year Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

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Fireworks in Rathdrum

RATHDRUM - Rathdrum is lighting up New Year's Eve tonight. The fifth annual "Let Freedom Ring" show will be at the northwest corner of Lancaster and Highway 41 on the south side of town in George Thayer's field. There will be a warning shot at...

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Participants in First Night Spokane 2010 visit a balloon sculpture on display at the Spokane Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Across the Universe: Year of the UFO.” (File)

First Night Fun 

Participants in First Night Spokane 2010 visit a balloon sculpture on display at the Spokane Convention Center. Tonight’s First Night celebration ringing in the new year in downtown Spokane will feature fire and ice. “We have approximately 150 different performers and different types of activities,”...

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NYPD sends cops to Twitter school

NEW YORK (AP) — As city officials work to soften the New York Police Department's image and change how officers engage with citizens through reforms and training, part of the effort is happening online. The nation's largest police department, once a slow adopter of social…

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Resolute or not? 

I'm seeing lots of posts about New Years resolutions on my newsfeed. I've never been a fan of them. How about you? Do you make New Years resolutions? Have you been successful at keeping them?

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Gun that toddler used was in purse's holster 43 

The gun that a toddler used to shoot his mother at Wal-Mart Tuesday was in the zippered pocket of a purse designed to hold a concealed weapon, the woman’s father-in-law said today. Veronica Rutledge was shopping with her 2-year-old-son and three nieces when the fatal…

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Main Street: No photos allowed 

About a week before Christmas, I was in the grocery store and came across a product I'd been discussing with my daughter, Melani. Melani lives in Vancouver and hadn't been able to find this product in her grocery store, so I took a cellphone photo…

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Champagne, yes or no? 

Adriana Janovich photo. Dress up a flute of sparkling wine for the holidays with a few fresh cranberries and sprig of fresh rosemary. Break out the coupes and Champagne flutes, and – as Dom Pérignon supposedly said when he sampled his first sip – taste...

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Kerri's Eagle Moon 

Okay, I know DFO already outed me for saying I was tired of bald eagle photos all over my social media feeds, but this picture taken by Kerri Rankin Thoreson at Higgins Point is extra special. Kerri writes, "Nice of this fellow to pose with…

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50th Anniversary of Idaho State Parks 

LEWISTON, ID - With the New Year, Idaho State Parks will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary. And you can join Hells Gate State Park in their celebration on January first. They'll also be holding the 2015 'First Day Hike' event, which is celebrated in all…

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Press Poll: Clinton vs Bush redux? 

Today the Cda Press Poll asks: What would you think of another Clinton vs Bush presidential contest in 2016? Awesome. Bring it on. No! Been there, done that. I don't care. So far the No! votes far outweigh the other two choices. What say you?

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Bats could be link to first Ebola case

A man suffering from the Ebola virus lies on the floor outside a house on Oct. 21 in Port Loko Community, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, in Sierra Leone NEW YORK – A team of researchers think they have pinpointed how the Ebola epidemic...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2014

Idaho Scenic Images (Linda Lantzy)

Parting Shot: Picture Postcard Perfect

Linda Lantzy of Idaho Scenic Images took this gorgeous shot December 28. She writes: I went for a morning drive in Eastern Washington near Chewelah today. This is one of several barns I photographed. This image available here: Don't miss my 25% off print sale....

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Tuesday Wild Card 12.30.14 

Crossing my fingers (which makes it hard to type) that all well be well in blogland today. Wasn't thrilled to have yesterday morning's posts mysteriously vanish leaving only a sentence or a picture in some cases. Days like yesterday help me understand DFO's 134 vacation...

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So. "Manspreading" is a thing. 

I’m not going to cross my legs like ladies do,” Fabio Panceiro told the New York Times last week, “I’m going to sit how I want to sit.” He’s not alone in his sentiments about New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) new campaign to discourage…

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Andrea Espinosa

Idaho woman all smiles after punching cop 23 

Andrea S. Espinosa, Photo courtesy ADA County Sheriff's Office So this is how Idaho makes People Magazine. Idaho resident Andrea S. Espinosa, 25, was all smiles in her mug shot early Saturday morning after being arrested for punching a cop in the face as he...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.

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