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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2015

Lazy campers start Priest Lake fire 

Rich Landers/Outdoors blog tips his hat to the USFS for the name it came up with re: a fire started near Priest Lake this weekend -- by campers who failed to extinguish a camp fire. (Question: How stupid -- or thoughtless -- do you have to be to leave a campfire burning in the North Idaho woods in summer-fall 2015?)

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Another robbery -- state liquor store 

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department reports another robbery in the Coeur d'Alene-Post Falls area -- this one taking place at the Idaho Liquor Store on Northwest Boulevard last night. That's 3 this week -- Zip Trip, Quality Inn & now the liquor store. Plus, the Frontier Grocery in Post Falls was robbed Sunday. Let's get this creep.

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Little $$$ in Hayden elections so far 

"While thousands of dollars have recently poured into the campaign accounts of Coeur d'Alene City Council candidates," writes Devin Heilman/Coeur d'Alene Press, "their Hayden counterparts have not been so financially active." How much money should be spent on a campaign for a non-partisan office like City Council or school board?

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In this AP file photo, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, followed by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and others, leave a hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 8, 2015, after a nomination vote to replace House Speaker John Boehner fell apart. Now, Labrador and his Freedom Caucus are in play to name the new House Speaker. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Raul & Co will decide next Speaker 18 

For weeks, the hard-line conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have said what they want most in Congress is a say in how the institution is run. Now, they have it — and they have until Friday to decide if they will support Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin for speaker. (This NYTimes article quotes Idaho's Raul Labrador.)

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Hatred for project intensifies 

Nearly 50 people attended Tuesday's city council meeting, many to ask the city to reconsider a 208-unit apartment complex in the Fieldstone subdivision. Obviously, the Save Our Subdivision organization has a beef with this project. How about you? Have you ever protested a project in your neighborhood to a ruling body?

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Time for Shock to get new name 

John Blanchette provides SReaders with a fun column re: the team formerly known as the Spokane Shock forced to find a new team name. (For those keeping score at home, I've never watched a Shock game -- and I don't think I'll watch the team in the Indoor Football League. How about you? Is this divorce with the AFL the last straw?)

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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.