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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.2.15 

I thought I was dressed appropriately for the hipster Water Avenue Coffee shop in East Portland -- Keens, blue jeans, orange "Life Is Good" T-shirt and semi-matching ball cap -- until Amy Dearest began pointing out the styles around our table. Dark blue is the...

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Parting Shot -- 9.2.15 

Tourists Joseph Lin, Ning Chao, center, and Linda Wang, left, pose for a selfie along the south rim at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. The throngs of tourists have been showing up in big numbers at other national parks, including Yellowstone in Wyoming, Yosemite in…

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Clerk won't issue gay marriage licenses 29 

ABC News: "Another same-sex couple was refused a marriage license today by the Kentucky county clerk who has come under fire for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage. Rowan County clerk Kim Davis defended her decision today when Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz tried to get a marriage license."

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 13 

The Cutline Contest today features horsewoman Katie Stewart working with Triumph during football practice for the Western Michigan University Broncos. (Winner of the last pre-vacay Cutline Contest on Thursday: Nic)

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Weatherman Harris signs off 

Cliff Harrison, long-time weather columnist for the Coeur d'Alene Press, has retired from his writing duties. In an editorial Sunday, Editor Mike Patrick wished him well and welcomed new weather columnist Randy Mann. (Question: Did you follow the weather columns by Cliff Harris?)

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Trump to Bush: Speak English 

Donald Trump believes that Jeb Bush should only speak English while in the United States. “I like Jeb,” Trump told Breitbart News on Wednesday. “He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.” (Question: Do you speak a second language?)

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Paragon premieres Hiawatha Pale 

Paragon Brewing is beginning to live up to its name. On Saturday, the Coeur d’Alene pub tapped its first house beer, Hiawatha Pale, with growler specials in honor of the debut. “We’re pretty excited. We’re happy with how it came out,” says Chris Kieres, who…

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Bruce Reed chose way out 

Bruce Reed, the erstwhile presidential adviser and national Democratic heavyweight who graduated from Coeur d'Alene High, chose a third option when he saw a possible presidential battle between friends looming in the distance. Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles provides the background.

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Blogos: Rain, rain, come again

Daily roundup of HucksOnline blogosphere links includes: Smoke no more/Bay ViewsEnd of summer/Faithful Geek,Pain of change/Dogwalk Musings, What would you call 'Pig-Out'?/Slice,Press shows its liberal bias/Arch Druid, Uncomfortable options/Randy Stapilus, City Beach gets wheelchair ramp/CdA Today & God help us if she moves to the DMV/Fort Boise...

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Rove to speak in Boise in December 

Karl Rove, the political consultant and former top advisor to President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at the Idaho Association of General Contractors annual convention in December in Boise. The banquet at which Rove will speak on Dec. 10 at the Boise...

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Council elections attract 3 so far

The City Council elections in Coeur d'Alene have attracted three contestants so far: Incumbents Ron Edinger (Seat 1) and Dan Gookin (Seat 3) and challenger Dan English (for Seat 5, currently held by Councilman Steve Adams). City Clerk Renata McLeod tells Huckleberries that her office…

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City decides not to hike taxes 10 

The Coeur d'Alene City Council Tuesday night approved an $85.9 million budget, and at the last minute decided against an increase in property taxes. The proposed budget called for increasing property taxes 1.75 percent. "This is a great budget for this year," Mayor Steve Widmyer said during the budget hearing.

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McKinley renamed, loses 10 feet 

In this June 16 photo provided by Compass Data/USGS, two of the Survey team climbers continue their trek up towards the next base camp on Denali, with gear in tow. The U.S. Geological Survey announced today that the new official height for Denali has been…

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2 hours for a restaurant breakfast? 12 

On my recent trip to Portland, I set a personal record re: waiting for a restaurant meal -- 2 hours. In Portland, the funky restaurants are too small and the crowds of people waiting for tables too long to expect anything other than a long wait. But 2 hours? I would have insisted on moving on but there was a nice coffee shop next door.

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AM Headlines -- 9.2.15

AM Headlines for Wednesday includes: 90YO pianist from Idaho Falls still playing + Idaho Records, Forest closures continue over Labor Day Weekend holiday, Coeur d'Alene rejects tax increase, Law enforcement targets drunk driving, Idaho gas prices are 6th highest in USA, Zoning change sought for former Quad Park site + more ...

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Renfro bound over for trial 

Jonathan Daniel Renfro will proceed to 1st District Court on a charge of first-degree murder in the May shooting death of Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore. Magistrate Barry Watson decided this morning that Kootenai County prosecutors had made their case for a 1st District Court trial against Renfro on 6 felony charges, including murder.

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Poll: Flag photo will help Scott 

In the Vacation Poll stretching from last week until today, a plurality of Hucks Nation says that Rep. Heather Scott's Facebooked photo showing her holding a Confederate flag will help her in Legislative District 1. Today's Poll: Do you follow University of Idaho football?

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Sun Belt to decide on UI, NMS 

Idaho has never been quite "at home" in the Sun Belt Conference -- geographically speaking at least. Now, it seems, the Vandals could be without a football home altogether pending a review from SBC commissioner Karl Benson. Idaho and New Mexico State, the only football-only schools in the Sun Belt.

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Whitworth women’s soccer team members posted this photo online. The university removed it Tuesday.

Whitworth apologizes for blackface photo 42 

A day after a social media post depicting soccer players wearing blackface at an informal event, Whitworth suspended the 5 players shown in the photograph. University officials said Tuesday that they met with all 5 players, whom they declined to name, and said the players said they were not aware of the racist implications of the use of blackface.

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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.