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TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2015

Idaho sells out "$1,000,000 Raffle" tickets 

The 2015 edition of the Idaho Lottery’s “$1,000,000 Raffle” game has ended in a sell-out, officials said. The 250,000th ticket was sold early Tuesday morning, according to Lottery spokesman Dave Workman, and sales have now officially ended. No additional tickets will be issued.

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Christmas Tree

Taking down the tree 

Yesterday I started the untrimming. We always have to have the tree down by New Year's Day because we host a big party and need the space. How long do you leave your Christmas Tree up?

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Idaho sucks at Skyrim 

A company created a map of the video games each state sucks at the most. Apparently Idaho isn't good at "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." Researches looked at Google searches of how to cheat at each game to compile their data. What was the last video game you played?

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Taking burned trees to the bank

Timber that burned in 2015's fires on 6,000 acres of state endowment land in Idaho will be salvaged to make millions of dollars for the endowment funds that support Idaho’s public schools and other state institutions.

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 31. Alabama Shakes released their second album, "Sound & Color," in April.

Are you a Gee Bee? 14 

Music journalist Jim Fusilli calls them the generationally biased, or Gee Bees. They’re the folks who lose touch with popular music around the time their first grey hairs sprout, and are convinced that nothing can compare with the music of their youth. Well? Do you prefer the music of your youth?

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Woman allegedly axes boyfriend’s home 11 

BAYVIEW — A woman was arrested for allegedly ransacking her boyfriend’s home and causing damage with two axes early Saturday morning following a Christmas party. Note to self: hide axes before holiday parties. Also, doesn't this sound like a country western song?

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Gabriel Feller, left, and Luke Patterson release clouds of vapor at Smokin’ Legal Vaperz vaping shop on Dec. 16, 2015. The two are salespeople at the shop, which sells vaping devices and juices that are inhaled using the battery-powered devices, sometimes called e-cigs. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane considers vaping ban 

A Spokane Regional Health District proposal is part of the health district’s effort to extend prohibitions on smoking in public places to vaping devices. Anywhere that smoking is forbidden, vaping would be forbidden, too, said Paige McGowan, the health district’s coordinator of tobacco, electronic cigarettes and marijuana prevention.

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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2015

What would it take to make 2016 your best year? 

It’s probably something we recognize only when looking back on our lives. But just imagine. What if you could see it coming? What would it take for you to consider 2016 your best year ever? Meet the love of your life? See your career take off? Watch your child rally from a life-threatening illness and fearlessly move on? Overcome addiction?

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Monday Wild Card 12.28.15 

This is the Christmas Leftovers Wild Card. Plenty o' stories you may have missed during the holidays and maybe a cat photo or...forty. Comments are enabled now through Thursday morning. DFO, of course, is taking the REST OF THE YEAR off.

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All I want for Christmas is a tax break 

In a letter to the Cda Press, Monte Hillman writes, "I hope the state of Idaho and local cities and counties can cut taxes on many items to lessen the burdens on Idaho residents. One thing I’ve seen in another state I lived in, tax breaks that saved its citizens large amounts of money paid on taxes. That state reduced their taxes by allowing only one public school district per county."

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Snowblower stolen 

The Post Falls PD FB page notes: Victim called in and advised someone had stolen his snow blower left in front of his garage. A report was taken. Which reminded me of a previous super snowy winter when we returned from Christmas Eve celebrations to discover all 3 of our snow shovels had been stolen.

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Are you a man or a maven? 

This just in: a man can be a maven. I didn't know this until I was followed by a guy on Twitter who describes himself as a real estate maven. I always thought that term described a powerful, knowlegable woman, but nope! It just means a person who knows a lot about something.

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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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