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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2015

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: www.facebook.com/cdatribe. 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 580KIDO.com 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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County now offering audio recordings 

The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners is now offering audio recordings of their public meetings. Audio files are anticipated to be available within three (3) business days of the meeting date and will remain available on the site for a period of sixty (60) days.

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About a dozen youths in black Boys and Girls Club T-shirts filed onto the stage in the Hagadone Event Center on Wednesday evening. Their smiles and grins lit up the room as they sweetly began to sing: “T-h-a-n-k y-o-u, we thank you Mr. and Mrs. Hagadone.”

Hagadones give $2M to Boys & Girls Club 

About a dozen youths in black Boys and Girls Club T-shirts filed onto the stage in the Hagadone Event Center on Wednesday evening. Their smiles and grins lit up the room as they sweetly began to sing: “T-h-a-n-k y-o-u, we thank you Mr. and Mrs. Hagadone.” The Hagadones donated $2M to make the Boys & Girls Club of Coeur d'Alene a reality.

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Edit: Idaho practices death by poverty 

Idaho is not without a heart. That seems to be the message Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's administration is sending in response to Jenny Steinke's death. Earlier this year, the 36-year-old Idaho Falls woman died from complications of asthma. For anyone with health insurance, that's a…

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Spence: GOP would gobble up 'Fair Share' 15 

In a column in the Lewiston Tribune this morning, William L. Spence writes that the Idaho GOP would use lion's share of the "Fair Share" measure, proposed by the League of Women Voters, to fund every tax-cut scheme it has been dreaming about for past two decades.

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Army and Navy Outdoor owner Phil Motl poses next to a expansive collection of more than 10,000 pins from various divisions of the United States military that are for sale in the store. After investing thousands of dollars into the collection, he hasn't yet found a place for the pins for when the store closes in the coming months.

 (Jake Parrish / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Army-Navy store owner gives up 

It was a battle that Phil's Army and Navy Outdoor store could no longer withstand. The military surplus and outdoor store, which has operated in Coeur d'Alene since 1982, is closing. "The Internet killed me," said Phil Motl, who has owned the store since 2006.

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Shock becomes Spokane 'Empire' 

A locomotive might not fit on an arena football field, but it suits Spokane’s franchise just fine. The organization on Wednesday revealed its new name – Spokane Empire – and logos – among them a speeding locomotive and the letter ‘S’ with a railroad spike down the center.

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wind damage causes mail delays

Mail delays across Eastern Washington and North Idaho are likely over the next few days following wind damage and flooding at a U.S. Postal Service mail storage facility at the Spokane airport. Strong winds Tuesday night damaged the building’s roof, which was still under repairs from the mid-November windstorm.

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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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