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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

Blogfest 2015 Weekend Wild Card 11 

At long last, we've reached the day for Blogfest 2015, celebrating the 11th anniversary of Huckleberries Online. All of you blurkers, bloggers & commenters in good standing are invited to Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill from 2-5 p.m. today for free food and pop. You'll…

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Parting Shot -- 2.20.2015

Snow billows in the air as the Marine One helicopter, carrying President Barack Obama, lands on the South Lawn of the White House, on his return from Chicago, Thursday, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Blogfest Minus 1 WC -- 2.20.15 

Well, it's the day before Blogfest 2015 -- and I see the mice are still stirring. One last promo here. Steve Widmyer, who has gone on to bigger and better things since he's been hanging with the Huckleberries Online crowd, has the Fort Ground Grill...

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Resolved, Delay Instant Racing Vote 

Kootneai County Republicans will discuss a resolution requesting that the Legislature hold off a vote on "instant racing" until machines at Greyhound Park and other venues can be investigated for legality. Also, this post contains copies of all resolutions to be discussed Tuesday.

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Cindy: When It All Became Real

HucksOnline sidekick Cindy Hval posts about her five-year journey to publish "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation." She said the whole exercise became real for her when a friend posted a photo of her books on display at Aunties.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 13 

A participant holds her nose as she tries a "Cricket Consomme," a broth made from crickets at a seminar on edible insects at Le Cordon Bleu. A group of chefs and food scientists are trying to extract innovative flavors from insects. Blech.

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Days Gone By: Woolworth's 

Another from Keva Wolfe's Old School North Idaho collection: This is the old Woolworth's on Sherman Avenue (site of the current Sherman Park Square, just west of The Vault, San Francisco Sourdough & Pita). I got here in time to venture into the old J.C.…

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.20.15

HucksOnline Blogos today includes Jim Meehan's SportsLink analysis of the Gonzaga-Pacific WCC game last night+Dogwalk Musings wonders if Hillary Clinton is inevitable+On Tap posts about a man who found his true calling+more weird stuff around Doug Clark's house.

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Expert: No Dike Trees Cut w/o Reason 

Laura Winters, senior project engineer for Ruen Yaeger & Associates, told Mayor Steve Widmyer & the Coeur d'Alene City Council Tuesday that no trees were removed from Dike Road that shouldn't have been. Here's the draft minutes from that discussion.

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Hoffman: Can't Have Everything 

Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation columnizes that he learned a lesson from his mother early in life: You can't have everything. That's a lesson the Legislature should take to heart, he says, as it looks at competing interests for the limited dollars at its disposal.

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Legislature 

Does The Bard of Sherman Avenue have a rhyme to commemorate the less-than-stellar performance by the Idaho Legislature so far during the 2015 session? Of course.

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Commish Out To Gut Comp Plan? 

Are the two new Kootenai County commissioners -- Marc Eberlein and David Stewart -- out to gut county planning? Adrienne Cronebaugh of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance thinks so after listening to a recording of a special meeting b/n county planners and the two men.

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Ironman 98.5% Satisfied w/CdA 

Ironman athletes are in love with the Coeur d'Alene venue, giving it a 98.5% satisfaction rating in comparison with other venues throughout the USA. Only deduction? Little public transportation. The City Council learned these facts at its Tuesday meeting.

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Homeowner: 'Don't Mess w/Marines' 

Brian Becker, the 38YO Wallace homeowner, who shot Shoshone County Jail escapee Roy Bieluch told KHQ that he was glad that Bieluch happened into his yard rather than someone else's. Becker is an ex-Marine with a law enforcement background.

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Days Gone By: Old North Shore 

OK, I know that I posted a photo earlier this week of Bob Templin's old North Shore Hotel & Convention Center, from Neva Wolfe & the Facebookers at Old School North Idaho. But that one was of the North Shore without the seven-story tower that's…

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Morrisroe To Seek Hamilton Seat 14 

Casey Morrisroe, 39, of Hayden, has issued a press release stating that he will run for the Coeur d'Alene School Board seat now held by former board chairman Tom Hamilton. Morrisroe is vice chairman of the district's Long Range Planning Committee.

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Tax Bill Enriches Rich, Hurts Poor 38 

Believe it or not, Idaho legislators are giving serious consideration to an omnibus bill that would raise taxes on the bottom 20 percent of Idaho taxpayers and provide a tax cut of $5000 to the richest 1 percent. It takes quite a bit of chutzpah to even consider nonsense like this. Thoughts?

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AM Headlines -- 2.20.15 

AM Headlines: North Idaho College AD Al Williams is among the men who are stepping up to speak out against domestic abuse in PSAs for North Idaho Violence Prevention Center+links to 7 other stories making the news this morning.

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Edit: Idaho GOP Hijacks Lincoln 

At the Twin Falls Times News, Opinion Editor Jon Alexander opines that the small-tent collection of religious radicals, fringe anarchists & cowardly old-school Republicans have little in common with the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln. And that their Lincoln Days are a sham.

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Resolved: Idaho, A Christian State? 40 

A resolution calling for Idaho to be declared a "Christian state" is one of the items on the agenda when the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meets Tuesday night at the county courthouse. Here's some of the language of that resolution: "Resolved, That the State...

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Poll: Uber-Cons Are Real RINOs

Hucks Nation identifies the real RINOs as uber-cons (Constitutionalists, Ron Paulers, John Birchers, Rally Right, etc) who like to call other people RINOs. Today's poll: Should Kootenai County have hired former commissioner Todd Tondee as a $21.74/hr 'transit program specialist' in the grants office?

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NIC Sex Scheme Under Review 

Investigators want to know how far back a recently fired North Idaho College administrator had been offering students scholarship money in exchange for sex and if there are any victims of the alleged scheme. Question: Who checked out this guy before NIC hired him?

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Schools Scramble For IEN Mess Fix

From the crowded suburban West Ada School District to the Central Idaho’s remote South Lemhi district — schools are scrambling. They need to procure high-speed Internet as best they can, and as quickly as they can, with the statewide Idaho Education Network in mothballs. The…

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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.