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FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2015

Weekend Wild Card -- 9.12-13.15 

The Huckleberry Patch Fantasy Football League launched quietly Thursday, with the game between host New England and the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the NFL season. All but one game is expected to be decided by 10 points or less. I won't bore you with…

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Parting Shot -- 9.10.15 

A fireman salutes a memorial honoring first responders who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks today in Memphis, Tenn.. Americans marked the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in countless ceremonies, small and large, on Friday. Question: Where were you when you heard the news about the 9/11 attacks?

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TGIF Wild Card -- 9.11.15 19 

This was one weird week, blogwise. First, there was the Labor Day Weekend, which shortened the week. Then, there were the two mornings of training for our new computer software system that will go into effect at the end of the month, Thursday and today. Things will return to normal at HucksOnline Monday. Or as normal as they usually are ...

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Finish This Statement ... 26 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes: "Life is better when you stop fuming about the trains that make you late and start counting boxcars. Today I got up to 47 before I got dizzy and had to stop." Finish this sentence : Life is better when ...

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4 Dog Day 

Two woman get their daily exercise by walking their four dogs around the bend on Dike Road at the mouth of the Spokane River. And photographer Don Sausser was on hand to get their picture. The Dike Road is a popular place to walk...

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Trib: Idaho flirts w/disease outbreak 12 

In an editorial this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune notes that Idaho is ranked first in the percentage of kindergarteners who haven't received immunization thoughts. Idaho, says Trillhaase, should subject families who claim a faith-based exemption to provide proof or clergy approval.

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Trustees OK $1.2M emergency levy 

An increase of 261 students in the Coeur d'Alene School District has prompted the Coeur d'Alene School Board to approve an emergency levy of $1.2M. The average daily attendance (ADA) through the third day of school in 2014 was 10,317. This year, the ADA is up at 10,578 students attending school.

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Les Bois track lays off 80 workers 11 

Les Bois Park shut down its historical horse racing facility and laid off 80 workers, after Secretary of State Lawerence Denney certified a bill that repealed legislation allowing "instant racing" machines. Denney's actions followed an Idaho Supreme Court ruling Thursday that threw out Gov. Butch Otter's veto of the legislation.

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Also on her walk around town today, Walkabout spotted this critter in a tree above a Fort Grounds home.

Blogos: Hangin' in the Fort Grounds 

The daily roundup of HucksOnline Blog Roll links includes: A wonderful night/Slight Detour, What should I throw into lake?/Slice, 70 years and still in love/War Bonds, Idaho court kiboshes instant racing/Fort Boise, See secret side of Brando at The Lantern/7 Blog, and Aggressive mountain goats prompt closure/Outdoors + more ...

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Poll: County chairman? Don't care

Surprisingly, Hucks Nation doesn't care who is chairman of the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners. When asked about the courthouse coup this week that replaced Commissioner David Stewart with Commissioner Dan Green, Hucks Nation shrugged. 88 of 198 respondents (44.44%) said they didn't care who was chairman.

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GOP opposes refugee resettlement 23 

At its August meeting, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee also approved a bill against resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States until economic and security issues are addressed. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) has called resettlement plans "a federally funded jihadi pipeline."

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County GOP wants Magna Carta read 16 

Another resolution approved by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee at its August meeting involved the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence. The local Republicans want times set aside at schools and other public venues to read them annually.

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An aircraft, at right, is seen as it is about to fly into the World Trade Center in New York in this image made from television, Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001. The aircraft was the second to fly into the tower Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/ABC via APTN)

9/11 

On every anniversary of 9/11, The Bard of Sherman Avenue has sent Huckleberries Online the same poem. It's as relevant today as it was on the first anniversary.

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County GOP: Defund PParenthood 16 

At its August meeting, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution calling for the state of Idaho "to follow the lead of several other states and terminate any public funding for any purpose of Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliates." You can read the resolution below.

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Grizzly spotted along CdA river

A Montana grizzly bear that had been trapped, collared for research and released northwest of Noxon has wandered to the Coeur d’Alene River area north of Interstate 90 where Idaho wildlife officials say they’ll attempt to trap it again. Like many bears trying to survive the record-dry year, the 2-year-old male grizzly appears to be on the search

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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.