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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 5.27.15 20 

First you should know that a giant, beautiful moth flew onto our patio Tuesday evening and died. I let it lie where it had fallen while I did some yard work. Mrs. O warned me to remove the moth because she was afraid Huckleberry the...

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Parting Shot -- 5.27.15 

Josh Vander Plaats of Opera Coeur d'Alene / Opera-tunities kept the attention of the students from Prairie View Elementary during The Wonderful Wizard of Opera performance at the school in Post Falls today. Opra-tunities, an arts education program was created to instill the appreciation of…

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And Now A Message From Raul 19 

Check out the link below to find what Congressman Raul Labrador tweeted after he was officially named a co-chairman for the western states for Ron Paul's bid for the presidency. Are you a Ron Paul supporter?

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Cutline Contest -- 5.27.15 

I had several decent choices of Cutline Contest photos from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, including one of a father consoling his son who had just misspelled a word. But I thought this one was the most unusual one. Good luck coming up with a cutline. Tuesday's Winner -- SLFisher.

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Wanted: Brandon Michael Ross

Crimestoppers has issued a reward for Brandon Franklin Ross, 27, who is wanted on a Washington felony warrant for larceny but has been living in the Kootenai County/Spokane Valley area. You can see a photo of him and find more information at link below.

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Santorum Is Running Again 

The crowded GOP field for the presidential nomination got more crowded today when Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, tossed his hat in the ring again. Santorum, as you may recall, visited Coeur d'Alene during his surprisingly strong 2012 bid for the presidency. Mebbe he'll come back? Do you care if he does?

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Fort Boise: I Don't Trust Wayne 

Earlier today, I posted Wayne Hoffman's follow-up to his op-ed criticism of state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Idaho, the only House Republican from North Idaho not blinded by ideology. Malek has had the audacity to take on Hoffman and his secretive Idaho Freedom Foundation. Now, Fort Boise comes to Malek's defense.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.27.15 

In the HucksOnline Blogos roundup today ... Walkabout spotted this curious garter snake sunning itself on the rocks at Tubbs Hill this week. I'm running a Photo Set, so you can see the snake in context in his Tubbs Hill setting. Enjoy.

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Ailment Forces PFPDog To Retire 

On its Facebook page, the Post Falls Police Department reports that a neurological disorder will force canine patrol Koda to retire soon. Koda's local vet and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine say Koda's health problems aren't curable. The PFPD will have a K9 fund raiser this August to help pay for Koda's replacement.

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Spokane Teachers Join Walkout 10 

Spokane and East Valley teachers began their one-day walkout Wednesday morning to protest the Washington Legislature’s failure to meet a state Supreme Court demand to increase school funding. Question: How loudly would Spokane County teachers protest is they worked for the wages & bennies provided to Idaho teachers?

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Memorial Day Remembrance: No Flag For Tony Again 

Last Veterans Day, I told you about a strange phenomenon re: the Forest Cemeter grave of Navy veteran Tony Wagner -- how it routinely was missed during flag distribution for special remembrances. JBelle drove from Spokane to put 3 flags on Tony's grave after the HBO story. Now, Dave Wagner provides an update re: this year's remembrance.

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Edit: Give Head Start To Idaho Kids 

Writing for the Editorial Board of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Anthony Kuipers notes that Idaho is one of only 10 states that doesn't offer a public preschool system. Kuipers goes on to tout the benefits on such early education, which includes improvement in student's non-cognitive skills such as persistence, self-control and emotion regulation.

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Ybarra: Ed System Isn't Broken 

Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra, could do with a little positivity from her constituents, she told the Daily News on Tuesday. "It's not just Idaho," she said. "Nationally there is a lot of education bashing going on."Ybarra said she has heard a good…

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DE, Glutton For Punishment 

Does The Bard of Sherman Avenue have a few thoughts -- and lines of rhyme -- to welcome Dan English back to Coeur d'Alene's political waters? Of course. (Photo: Dan English, as county clerk in 2010, tossing a coin to decide a precinct committee winner between two men who'd tied with 123 votes apiece)

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Dems Want Cruz, Fear Bush 

Democrats are rooting for Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to win the Republican presidential nomination, and Jeb Bush is the 2016 candidate they fear the most, according to a survey conducted by The Hill. In interviews with more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers, former members and…

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AM Headlines -- 5.27.15

Matt Knoblich, a lineman with Fatbeam, works on moving fiber optic lines to a new utility pole near the intersection of Greensferry Road and Seltice Way as part of the Greensferry overpass project on Tuesday. First District Judge John Mitchell has ruled that the Post...

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Hoffman: I Don't Trust Luke Malek 27 

State Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, must have really gotten under Wayne Hoffman's skin. As you may recall, Luke had the audacity to take Wayne's Idaho Freedom Foundation in an SR op-ed article. Wayne fired back in another op-ed piece. And now Hoffman is saying he doesn't trust Luke as a result of a past slight, real or imagined ...

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Letter Targets Flatulence 

I really tried to resist this letter to the East Oregonian editor re: flatulence that was getting social media play. But I caved when Mike Kennedy posted it on Facebook, noting: "The real reason I left City Council when did: I knew these foul winds were blowing eastward from Pendleton, Oregon, and I couldn't hold them back any longer." Mea culpa.

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Labrador Joins Rand Paul Team 

Congressman Raul Labrador has climbed aboard the U.S.S. Rand Paul, to serve as the co-chairman for the western states. The Rand Paul for President folks haven't announced the remainder of the western states "dream team." Question: Is this a good move for Idaho's ambitious 1st District congressman.

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Hall: End To College As We Know It 13 

In his weekend column, Bill Hall of the Lewiston Tribune explores the possibilities the future of colleges. We all know the current approach to college is getting too expensive for many -- most -- families. In this electronics age, does it make sense that families spend beaucoup bucks sending their children off to a far away university?

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Letter: Oppose Book Banners 

In a letter to the editor, Jayson Dalseth of Coeur d'Alene urges the community to oppose an effort to remove John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" from the required reading list of Coeur d'Alene School District.

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Officials To Dedicate Tubbs Trail 

On Saturday at noon, members of the community and city officials will be at the east entrance to Tubbs Hill Park, 982 E. Lakeshore Drive, for a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the trail, and to honor the life of the man instrumental in its formation: Tom McTevia. Question: When did you last hike Tubbs Hill?

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Edit: East Sherman's Time To Shine 

The city of Coeur d'Alene is finally turning its attention to an upgrade of East Sherman Avenue, the east entrance to the Lake City and its most rundown area. A workshop is planned to get community input next week. Some have recommended formation of another urban renewal district to help fund a makeover. Would you support that idea?

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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.