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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 5.26.15 

Mrs. O cracked the whip all weekend, encouraging this old mule to move five yards of rock from the driveway to the vastly improved garden area in the back yard. At times, I felt like the guys on the chain gang at the beginning of...

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Parting Shot -- 5.26.15

The Air Force Thunderbirds practice in the skies above The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., today, in preparation for Thursday's Air Force Academy Graduation. (Mark Geis/The Gazette via AP)

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Post Falls High Available For $2015? 

A Post Falls High graduate placed an real estate ad on Craigslist that offered to sell the high school on Poleline Avenue for $2,015. According to KREM and the ad, which was later removed, the high school was available on June 2, the same day as commencement exercize. Ad text said that PFHS had made the last 4 years of student's life hell.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.26.15

Scanner Traffic this afternoon (20 items & counting + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes vehicle leaving Safeway gas station at Govt Way/Neider Ave, possibly on fire & public urinator who was caught at another local gas station.

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Idahoan To Auction Nobel Prize 

Leon Lederman, 92, who used the cash from his 1988 Nobel Prize in physics to buy a vacation retreat in Driggs, Idaho, is now auctioning his Nobel Prize medal as the locial thing to do. The online auction closes Thursday evening. Minimum bid is $325,000. Question: Would you auction such a prize?

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Crapo Pushing Craig's Budget Idea 

In the Lewiston Tribune, reporter William L. Spence reports that U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has picked up the mantle of former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig in pushing for a balanced budget amendment. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, Crapo believes that a vote on the balanced budget amendment is a realistic goal. Passage? Not so much.

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English Takes Adams To Task 

Dan English, a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council, has taken incumbent Steve Adams to task for voting on ideological principle to oppose the hiring of three more badly needed Coeur d'Alene police officers. English says Adams' stand isn't about fiscal conservatism. It's about "fiscal imprudence." Bingo.

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Fort Boise Dissects Mary's Op-Ed 

Fort Boise isn't buying what state Sen. Mary Souza is selling in her recent op-ed in the Coeur d'Alene Press -- that fear was motivating each side in the struggle to pass Child Support legislation. FB comments that the fear on the side of those opposed didn't have "a very tight connection with reality."

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.26.15 

Today's HucksOnline blogosphere roundup includes: Beautiful chaos/Faithful Geek; 20 years a Bayview resident/Bay Views; Seneaquoteen Cemetery/From A Simple Mind; Free meals program begins June 1/Coeur d'Alene Today; No ghosts in Boulder City/Slight Detour; Why you never purchase tiki torches/The Slice; and more ...

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Coffee Spill Break

When did you last spill coffee or a drink all over your work or home office desk -- and had to take considerable time to clean it up. Daniel Walters of The Inlander feels your pain.

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Adams Opposes Fed $$$ For New Cops 17 

Shortly after Dan English announces his candidacy for Steve Adams' council seat, Adams gives us a reminder why he's outstayed his welcome as a city elected official. In a subcommittee meeting, he voted in the 2-1 majority against 3/4s federal funding for 3 new officers because he didn't like the federal strings attached to the hirings. Sad but true

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Person Field Shut For Month 

Person Field, at 15th St & Garden Ave, will be shut for a month, beginning today, so city crews can install a new irrigation system. The city has worked to upgrade Person Field since purchasing it from the school district. Future upgrades, including new restrooms and additional parking, will occur as funding is available.

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You're Getting Old When AARP Calls 

In a column for the Lewiston Tribune, Chuck Malloy comments, in true Jeff Foxworthy style, that you know you're getting old when AARP calls. He got the call 15 years ago when he was 50. Then came 62 when he could collect Social Security if he so desired, and still work. And now he's facing the Medicare decision. When did you know you were old?

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News: Feds Plan To Save Honeybees -- The Bard 10 

In today's rhyme, The Bard of Sherman Avenue targets the phenomenon of "Colony Collapse Disorder. In practice, what this means is that the bees simply vanish from their hives, leaving behind their most precious worldly possessions: honey and larvae." You can see The Bard's rhyme below, as well as a link to explain "Colony Collapse Disorder"

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Basque Nationalism At Home In Boise 

In the Blue Review of Boise State University, writers Kyle Eidson and Dave Lachiondo explain how the Basque fight for a homeland has impacted the many Basque living in Idaho: "Basque immigrants who came to Idaho in the years before the Spanish Civil War hesitated...

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Adult Spelling Bee Thursday 

An adult spelling bee is scheduled Thursday, featuring seven teams that will dot their i's and cross their t's. The event takes place in the Edminster Student Union at North Idaho College, sponsored by the American Association of University Women. Question: Are you a good speller?

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The Way We Were 

In an old Coeur d'Alene Press newspaper clipping, Woody McEvers is shown at the Kootenai County Centennial Appreciation Party, 25 years ago. Question: How many of you remember eating at Woody's Rustler's Roost when it was located downtown?

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Trib: Evil, Stupid Or Plain Chicken? 

At the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase said legislators who voted against the child support bill in special session last week were not evil or stupid, just plain afraid of the Tea Party, Wayne Hoffman's Idaho Freedom Foundation "and conservative talk radio that they're willing to sacrifice the well-being of 183,000 kids ..."

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Dem Chairman Kenck To Resign

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck will resign on May 29. In his resignation letter, Kenck cited his health as the reason he is stepping down. Kenck was re-elected for his second term as chairman in March. Vice chair Jeanne Buell will serve the remainder...

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Poll: Local GOP Solons Hurt Idaho 

Hucks Nation isn't a fan of most of the North Idaho legislative delegation. In a poll that offered five choices, 51% said the antics and votes of most of the delegation (who are conservative hardliners) were strange but not laughable because they hurt average Idahoans. Another 27.61% said their actions were laughable. More below.

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AM Headlines -- 5.26.15

Among the AM Headlines today: Hayden resident Alan Golub was inspired to create this digital art by the community's response to the death of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore. Also: Former Athol clerk to be sentenced/Press; Jerky quip earns Oberto sampler/Eye on Boise; 'Welcome to Idaho' sign stolen/Press; Jobless rate holds steady/Press + more.

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English To Run For Adams' Seat 18 

Dan English, the former Kootenai County clerk, will seek election to the Coeur d'Alene City Council seat currently held by Councilman Steve Adams this fall. English, who will become executive director of Habitat for Humanity June 1, also is a former Coeur d'Alene councilman. Adams is known for his strong anti-federal government stands.

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Anthony's Coming To Riverstone

In his Sunday Business Bits column for the CdA Press, Nils Rosdahl reports that Anthony's restaurant is coming to Riverstone: "Anthony's at Coeur d'Alene will be a new building on the pond at Riverstone just north of Bardenay. The 6,125-square-foot dinner house will seat 150 people indoors and many more on a 4,200-square-foot exterior patio.

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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.