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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2015

Huckleberries will start late Today 12 

Greg Lee, Betsy Russell and I will be in to our Spokane bureau this morning (and again Friday morning) for the first of two, four-hour sessions to learn our new digital-first system, which will go online next month. For the first time in newspaper history, the...

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.9.15 

Thirty-one years ago today, I stepped into the Coeur d'Alene newsroom of The Spokesman-Review for the first time as an SReporter. Doug Clark was the regional editor. There were 4 other Daves on board (Wasson, Bond, Boling & Ballard). I elected to go with my...

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Parting Shot -- 9.9.15 

I broke bread with Eye on Boise blogger Betsy Russell at Crafted in downtown Coeur d'Alene this noon hour, along with Scott Maben, Greg Lee & Becky Kramer of our Idaho office. Betsy is here this week for training in our new digital-first system (more…

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How would you define 'the Northwest'? 13 

Paul Turner/The Slice asks: "Is the Northwest made up of Washington and Oregon? Washington, Oregon and Idaho? Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the top of northern California? Do you include any parts of Canada? Would you draw the line at the Cascades?" See my answer and give your answer below.

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Vandersloot now GOPrez kingmaker 

Frank VanderSloot, eastern Idaho businessman and one of the GOP’s wealthiest donors, is being courted by GOP presidential candidates eager to benefit from VanderSloot’s fundraising reputation, which he brought to bear as a critical fundraiser for Mitt Romney in the last presidential race, the AP reports.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.9.15 

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday PM (24 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 16 more items) includes two-car, rollovers, injury accident that injured an 18YO Coeur d'Alene woman & 2 people from Silverton ...

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Quotable Quote -- Jadd Davis 

Jadd Davis, the talented artistic director of the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, enjoyed another season with our fine professional company. But, in a Facebook quote, he admits he's looking for some time off.

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What happens if Davis fires crew 

If county clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky fires the clerks who issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she was in jail, Wedeln6969 predicts that those clerks "will obliterate her on administrative appeal." See what else Wedeln6969 predicts will happen (below).

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In this 2011 file photo by Kathy Plonka/SR, Betty Squires of Moscow tried her luck at the Coeur d'Alene Casino. Each year, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe donates 5 percent of its net profits from its casino to help fund education on and around the reservation. The tribe announced today that it will donate almost $1.2 million to education and the arts.

Thank You! 

The Bard of Sherman Avenue tips his cap today to the generous donation by the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe to education on and off the reservation, as well as to the arts. The donation is part of the tribe's pledge to annually give 5% of its net proceeds from the Coeur d'Alene Casino to help fund education.

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Boisean's body video goes viral 

One Idaho mother-of-three went much further than just sharing kind words to promote body acceptance: She put her own body on full display by stripping down in a public market and inviting strangers to draw on her. Amy Pence-Brown, from Boise, is an artist and writer who described herself to USA Today as a "nearly-40-year-old fat feminist mother."

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.9.15 

Daily roundup of HucksOnline blogosphere includes: Release the kraken/Fort Boise, I suffer from L.W.A./Simple Mind, First Take: Stephen Colbert/Randy Stapilus, Is the 'Feed' on the endangered list?/The Slice, Hiawatha Trail switches to new hours/Outdoors, Useful German phrases for Oktoberfest/On Tap, No Kevin Hart tix? Head over to Aunties/7 Blog.

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Should CdA expand bike lanes 12 

The city has a total of 20 miles of bike lanes and 19 miles of trail for a total of 39 miles. In 1980, the city had just 3 miles of trail, along the U.S. Highway 95 corridor. Which leads to the current question On city of Coeur d'Alene web site: "Should the city continue to expand its bike lane system?"

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How much should we help refugees 24 

On its Facebook page, KXLY quotes Secretary of State John Kerry as saying that the U.S. is committed to increasing the number of refugees it is willing to take in to help manage crisis in Syria and Europe. (Question: How much should the US help out?)

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Iran: Trick or treaty? 

In the Inlander, columnist Robert Herold writes: "Opposition to the Iran nuclear treaty is driven largely by ideologically motivated, anti-Obama Republicans supported by a few pandering Democrats. Their strategy to defeat the president? They are willingly and enthusiastically playing Charlie McCarthy to Benjamin Netanyahu's Edgar Bergen."

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Convoy of Hope coming to help

The Convoy of Hope makes its return to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds Saturday for the 2015 North Idaho Day of Hope. The Day of Hope is a free event that provides guests with health and dental services, school supplies, a kids' zone, job services and more. (Q: Did you or your church or agency participate in last year's Day of Hope?)

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Josephie Dean Jackson holds Frank, a French bulldog, in her freshly planted tea garden Thursday. (Kathy Plonka / Spokesman-Review)

Premium tea time -- in North Idaho? 

Josephie Dean, an Australian-born Texas transplant, is putting in camellia plants at her new home in east Coeur d’Alene with the goal of producing premium teas -- up to $600 per pound -- for an exclusive clientele under the name Coeur d’Tea or Coeur d’Thé.

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Poll: Idaho anti-vax appalling

In Tuesday's poll, Hucks Nation was overwhelmingly appalled by Idaho's position as No. 1 state in the nation for the percentage of kindergartners who have not been vaccinated. Today's Poll: Who would you prefer to be chairman of the Kootenai County commissioners?

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Green becomes county chairman 15 

Huckleberries has confirmed that Commissioner Dan Green has taken over for David Stewart as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. Green became chairman on a 2-1 vote of the commissioners Tuesday. Commissioner Marc Eberlein made the motion to change the chairman and Green seconded…

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AM: Is that a potato or horse apple? 

Headlines making the news this Hump Day AM includes an AP photo of the footwear that Miss Idaho will wear in the Miss America pageant's "Show Us Your Shoes" parade -- high heels with what looks like a giant Russet on top. Or izzit a horse apple? Inquiring minds want to know ...

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Tribe donates $1.2M to schools, arts 

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe announced today that it will donate almost $1.2 million to local schools and arts. Locally, the Tribe's donations include the Coeur d’Alene School District, Gizmo, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, the Post Falls Food Bank’s Backpack Program, as well as Gonzaga Prep andAnchor the Spokane Neighborhood Action Partnership.

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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.