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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2015

A demonstrator who did not want to be identified by name holds a sign disapproving of Confederate heritage supporters who were bearing Confederate flags in front of City Hall in New Orleans today. City Hall became the scene of competing opinions over the removal of prominent Confederate monuments along some of New Orleans' busiest thoroughfares. The City Council set aside time to let the public voice feelings over a proposal to remove four monuments linked to Confederate history. Woman at left is Arlene Barnum, of Oklahoma, with a group calling themselves Confederate Veterans Lives Matter. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Parting Shot -- 12.10.15 

A demonstrator who did not want to be identified by name holds a sign disapproving of Confederate heritage supporters who were bearing Confederate flags in front of City Hall in New Orleans today. City Hall became the scene of competing opinions over the removal of prominent Confederate monuments along some of New Orleans' busiest thoroughfares.

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Trump's lead grows to 19 points 

Donald Trump has recaptured the lead in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll of GOP voters nationwide, which finds Ben Carson falling to third place. Carson had led the survey in October but now falls to 13 percent support, according to results released Thursday. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is now Trump’s closest competition among GOP primary voters

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New snow prompts ski area openings 

The five Inland Northwest downhill ski areas could all be open this weekend for the first time this season. Most will be open on Friday, thanks to new snow and forecasts of more on the way. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park and 49 Degrees Mountain Resort announced on Thursday that it has enough snow for a Friday opening.

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Gov. Otter & the working poor 

Columnist Duff McKee says: "The Governor’s proposed plan to avoid recognizing the Affordable Care Act remedy for Idaho’s working poor ... is just plain dumb. ... Further, as stories of needless deaths and suffering from lack of affordable health care continue to mount, the Governor’s continued obstinacy to expanding Medicaid is just plain cruel."

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HucksOnline Blogs -- 12.10.15 

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes the latest count of bald eagles visiting Lake Coeur d'Alene + Who are Republicans/Fort Boise, 4th time's the barleywine/On Tap, Out and about after the rains/Slight Detour, The good name of Bumpus defended/Slice & The Empire strikes back this morning/Grip ...

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Cindy still alookin' for a book title 

As you may know, Cindy Hval, who subs here during my infrequent vacations, is struggling to find a name for a new book she's compiling. She has the first part down: "Don't Make Me Write a Column About This!" But she can't figure out what the kicker should be. She has some ideas. See below. But she wants your input, too.

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Raffling AR-15 military rifle 38 

On Tuesday, Kahri Wigen walked into Mitchell's Harvest Foods, her hometown grocery store in Priest River, and was startled to see a military-style rifle on display. The store doesn't sell the AR-15, but it did allow the Priest River Yacht Club to come in and sell $5 raffle tickets, with the gun as first prize, for a fundraiser.

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DOTC: Show county meetings, too 

Dan of the City, who served this area well for years as the county clerk and is about to return to a seat on the Coeur d'Alene City Council, isn't impressed that Kootenai County will now offer the audio of public meetings -- 3 days after the fact. It's time for the county to broadcast public commissioner meetings, says Dan. Bingo!

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Tribe launches Facebook page 

Heather Keen, spokeswoman for the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe, informs Huckleberries that the tribe has launched a new Facebook page: Enjoy. And tell 'em that Huckleberries sent you.

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SD 271 science texts to be available 

The Coeur d’Alene School District invites the public to view sample K-12 science instructional materials that is under review for possible adoption. The material will be on display next Tuesday and Thursday, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the old Vertical Earth store at Riverstone.

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New resort tower rendering 31 

Here's 5 artist renderings from the city of Coeur d'Alene for the new Coeur d'Alene Resort tower that will cover the western end of the resort mall and a portion of what was formerly Front Avenue. 4 of 5 design show the new tower from the eastern side. One shows the tower from 2nd Street, looking south.

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2 districts lose students, collect levies

Fourteen school districts across Idaho will collect nearly $8.7 million in emergency tax levies this year — designed to offset the demands of growth. But two of these 14 districts actually lost enrollment in 2015-16, based on fall numbers compiled by the State Department of Education.

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Cover Up 

"When I wear a hat it's because my hair is a mess," said Mai Vickery as she shopped during the Holiday Bazaar at Garden Plaza Independent/Assisted Living in Post Falls this week. (Question: How often do you wear a hat?)

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President Grover Cleveland ...

How Grover Cleveland saved Idaho 22 

As we approach Dec. 24, Dave Burnett of reminds us of the day that the Territorial Legislature transferred the state capitol from Lewiston to Boise -- and how President Gover Cleveland prevented the Idaho Panhandle from joining with eastern Washington in protest.

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Advisory lifted for Fernan, Black lakes

A news release from the Panhandle Health District: Health advisories for Fernan Lake and Black Lake have been lifted by Panhandle Health District and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The advisories were issued due to high concentrations of blue-green algae that can produce toxins…

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AM Headlines -- 12.10.15

AM Headlines for Thursday includes: Storm brings less wind, a lot of rain/Press Lightning Creek struck by big run-off/Outdoors, Annual Polar Bear Plunge will help less fortunate/Press, Hayden woman has world's 2nd largest nutcracker collection/KHQ, 13 Republicans, 3 Constitutionalists file for Idaho GOPrimary/EOBoise ...

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Poll: Give me a gun

In Wednesday's poll, a majority of Hucks Nation said it already had a permit to carry concealed weapons, was thinking about getting one or would definitely get one, in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in San Benardino, Calif. Today's Poll: What do you think of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl?

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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.