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TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2015

Kerrie Thoreson's squirrels

Parting Shot: Squirrely fun

Kerri Rankin Thoreson shot this photo and writes, "Our squirrel family really enjoys the snow, leaping from branch to branch, hanging upside down and playing tag. The entertainment value right outside our window is worth the price of peanuts."

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Tuesday Wild Card 12.29.15 

Well yesterday was certainly interesting. Blog comments didn't get enabled until after 10 AM, glitches and slowdowns in the system made posting and loading pages very slow. Kinda fitting for the last Monday of the year.

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Chad Gilbert leaps onto his snow sled at the top of the sledding hill at Valley Mission Park Monday. He and his family were enjoying the fresh snow. (J. Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

Woman injured while sledding at Valley Mission Park  

As the mom of 4 active sons who played most every sport aside from rugby, the two things that made me most nervous were skateboarding and sledding. The park near our house is fine, but when my husband took them to parks with steeper hills, I stayed home. Made me too nervous. Have you or your kids ever been injured while sledding?

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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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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.