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THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 10.1.15 

Huckleberries Online has reached the 3/4s turn of 2015 in better shape than ever. The blog passed the 2 million page-view mark at mid-month and appears headed for a record 2.8 million page-views for the year. I thought we would have a barn-burner of a...

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Pronouncing Hval correctly 

At the recent Spokane County Library Ditrict Night at the Library, emcee Kris Crocker of KXLY nailed the pronunciation of Cindy's surname (Huh-vall). Kris made sure that she pronounced it correctly by contacting "War Bonds" author/HBO supersub Cindy before hand. (Question: Is your surname easy to pronounce?)

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Keith, Bent to offer North Idaho Ciderfest 

KeithinCDA and our old buddy Bent are behind the first North Idaho Cider Oktoberfest being planned for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the North Idaho Cider tasting room at the Coeur d'Alene Airport industrial park. Keith & Bent will offer brats and cider, plus vendor booths.

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Richter, Uzur to perform at JACC

Classical guitarist Brad Richter of Tucson, Ariz., and Viktor Uzur will present a live concert at The JACC in Post Falls Friday. Richter is described as "one of the most influential classical guitarists working today." Mr. Richter is returning to the Inland Northwest for his annual Lead Guitar residency program with the Post Falls High School.

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Idaho wines impress 

Idaho is, by far, the smallest wine region in the Pacific Northwest − and it is poised to continue to grow. Thanks to a commitment to quality and explorations into what the best grape varieties could be, the Gem State wine industry is showing it’s ready for prime time. (Question: Which alcoholic beverage type do you prefer: beer, wine, hard liquor?

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Analysis: Common Core lawsuit 

At Idaho Education News, Kevin Richert breaks down the lawsuit filed against Gov. Otter, Superintendent Sherri Ybarra & Co re: Idaho's version of the math and English language standards of Common Core. The lawsuit is underwritten by Wayne Hoffman's ultraconservative Idaho Freedom Foundation.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.1.15

Daily roundup of links from HucksOnline blogs includes: School's out/Faithful Geek, How would you fix ice hockey?/Slice, Ales of Avista: Rest of the fest/On Tap, Last yard sale of the year/Simple Mind, Where did we go off the rails?/Fort Boise, October among best of sports months/Grip, and School's out/Faithful Geek + more ...

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Ed Board told to be active in K-12

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants the state Board of Education to take a “more active role” in K-12 education, Idaho Education News reports, while in the past he had asked the board to focus on higher education. Otter articulated the new direction in a letter to the board over the summer, EdNews reports.

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Hunter kills grizzly near Wallace 10 

The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a collared grizzly bear was shot and killed by a hunter at the bottom of Kings Pass and Beaver Creek Road which is located approximately 6 air miles north of Osburn/Wallace.

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Police search students outside Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, following a deadly shooting at the college. (Mike Sullivan/Roseburg News-Review via AP)

Up to 13 dead at Oregon college 101 

As many as 13 people were killed and 20 injured Thursday when a shooter opened fire in a classroom at a community college in southern Oregon. Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum said the shooter was killed in the melee at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Ore.

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Sheriff: Killing was self defense

The Bonner County Sheriff released the identity of the man shot and killed during a domestic battery on Tuesday at around 11:00 p.m. Scott Spangler, 44 from Priest River, was killed from gunshot wound. The Bonner Co. Sheriff confirmed Spangler was fatally shot by his wife in self-defense during a dispute at 4800 block of Spirit Lake Cutoff Road.

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Update: Body found near I-90

Local law officials are now investigating the death of an individual at a grass fire along I-90/15th St, CdA, early this morning. Authorities weren't able to begin the investigation involving the burned body sooner because the area was too hot. The victim of the fire has not been identified.

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RRepubs back Adams, Schindelbeck 12 

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans have endorsed two candidates for the Coeur d'Alene City Council: Toby Schindelbeck (over incumbent Ron Edinger) and incumbent Steve Adams (over former county clerk Dan English). Thoughts?

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Edit: UI fans backing Petrino, team 

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News has published three stories in recent months that give the Idaho Vandal football team a black eye. Now, some -- many? -- Vandal fans are accusing the newspaper and sports reporter Shawn-Michael Dugar of having a vendetta against Coach Paul Petrino, his staff and his players.

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Finish this sentence ... 10 

We've been talking a lot about Homecoming Dances the last week or so, as a result of the flap over spaghetti-string dresses at Coeur d'Alene High and now the Lake City High no-tolerance policy that turned away home-schoolers. So do you remember a Homecoming Dance that you attended? Finish the sentence below ...

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Front Porch: 103YO nearly unsinkable

In her Front Porch column today, Cindy spotlights Jeunette Nelson, who was born the same year the Titanic sank -- 1912. She's approaching her 103rd birthday on Nov. 16 and jokes that she needs to start counting backward. (Question: How old is the oldest person in your family? Moi? My mother, who is now 90.

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AM Headlines -- 10.1.15

AM Headlines for Thursday includes story of government agents gunning down double-breasted cormorants in an effort to save salmon populations + Few: Big 3 to play together/KREM, No field burning on prairie this year/Press, Rubio campaign taps controller Woolf/EOBoise, Suspects caught in Spokane bank robbery/KHQ + more ...

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Poll: Certify service dogs 

Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation says the state should require that service dogs be certified to prevent clueless owners from masquerading their pets at service dogs to enter stores with them. Today's Poll: Should prosecutors seek the death penalty against Jonathan Renfro in the shooting death of CPD Sgt. Greg Moore?

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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.