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We survived another day together, HBO. We got to enjoy some creepy art by Rachel Dolezal, we found out that Atholians are getting a shopping mall and we shared about the things we like to smell. What fun! And there will be more to come tomorrow. Promise. Have a great night.

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Herb's Breaking News: Athol shopping center!! 15 

Kudos to Bayview Herb for the scoop: Athol is going to be home to a shopping center! Herb confirmed with Mayor Bob Wachter that a shopping center is planned between Highway 95/Howard Road. Rumored anchor is Super 1 Foods. Says Herb: "This long-awaited development is going to change our lives..."

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Bamboozled? John Bartheld holds Peanut, a miniature panda cow, Thursday on his farm in Roy, Wash. Bartheld has been breeding miniature cows on his farm for seven years, hoping to re-create black and white markings in the pattern of a panda to make a “panda cow.” He succeeded on June 28 when Peanut was born. (Associated Press)

Cow manure, a sweet perfume? 19 

Slice reader Jim Emory says the smell of cow manure is nostalgic.: "It reminds me of days riding my bicycle on small backcountry roads in Germany as a young teenager (my dad was stationed there with the military)." Question: What smells bring you comfort?

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Steven Jones, president of the Bloomsday board, unveils the official poster for Bloomday 2016 at a news conference on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The image in the poster of the two runners is made from pieces of Bloomsday T-shirts. (Jonathan Brunt

Bloomsday shirts: What's your fav? 

KHQ has pictures of every year's Bloomsday Finisher shirt here. Scrolling through, I figured out I participated for three years: 1990-92. I have friends who are Bloomsday fanatics, but I'd rather be in the mountains. How about you? Bloomsday, yay or nay?

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Early spring brings sniffles for allergy sufferers

Spring came early to the Inland Northwest. The seasonal weather is a great treat for outdoor enthusiasts, but can be rough for allergy sufferers. According to, the tree pollen count for Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to be very high. Meanwhile, the grass pollen count is expected to be very high over the next three days.

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Yates: Idaho GOP convention will "unite" 21 

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates is striking an optimistic tone as he announces the state party convention, which is set for June 2-4 at the Idaho Center in Nampa. "This convention will serve to unite and launch the party into the 2016 general election from a position of strength," Yates said.

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HBO reader unloading Dolezal art 17 

The art tells the story of her people. At least that was story Rachel Dolezal told before Coeur d'Alene Press reporters Jeff Selle and Maureen Dolan outed the prez of Spokane's NAACP as being a Montana-born white girl. An HBO reader has an original painting…

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Idaho leads nation ... in something 

Job growth: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that from March 2015 to March 2016, Idaho led the nation for increases in employment. During that time period, 37 states had statistically significant increases in seasonally adjusted, non-farm employment; Idaho led the pack at 3.6 percent.

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Robyn Brody (Betsy Z. Russell)

Brody: Time for a woman on the bench 

Today Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise profiles Robyn Brody: She’s among four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court – which currently is all-male, and hasn’t had a female justice in nearly a decade. "While I’ve never tried to make gender my issue, I think I would bring a unique perspective to the bench that’s missing."

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Sheriff's No. 2 resigns in spoof site flap 

Bonner County Undersheriff David Hale resigned amid a scandal involving a phony website he set up for Sheriff Daryl Wheeler’s political rival in the May 17 GOP primary. “I have accepted the resignation of David Hale as Undersheriff of Bonner County,” Wheeler said in a news release issued on Thursday.

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Hotelier plans NW Blvd "Incoeurbator" 13 

In today's CdA Press, Jeff Selle reports that Ayers "plans to incorporate a new economic development engine into the campus called 'Coeurllaborate'" and build "a business incubator called 'Incoeurbator.'" "Coeur"stion: What fun words can you make using 'Coeur'?

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Second Spokane Valley councilman resigns 

A second Spokane Valley city councilman has quit amid acrimony between previous political leaders and the council’s new libertarian-leaning majority. Chuck Hafner resigned Monday morning, following Councilman Dean Grafos, who quit on Wednesday. Question: Were they right to throw in the towel?

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Tuesday Wild Card 4.26.16 

Happy Tuesday, HBO. I wrote yesterday about my view of Rathdrum Mountain from the backyard. I still think it's funny to wake up in this town, even after living here for four years. When I graduated from Lakeland High, I wanted nothing more than to live anywhere but here. If I've learned one thing over the years, it's to never say never.

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Unclebob: To the Bard of Sherman Avenue 

Unclebob offered up a nice tribute to The Bard of Sherman Avenue, the late Tom Wobker, under yesterday's Wild Card post. He writes: To the Bard of Sherman Avenue/Known to many, yet truly known by few/You help us see things as we wander/Feel things as we ponder

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The Idaho Potato Commission says its traveling advertisement, the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, could roll on indefinitely. The Capital Press reports that IPC considered retiring the truck after its current tour, but recent comments from celebrities like retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant may have saved it. The truck is scheduled to cover 25,000 miles during its fifth national tour. Highlights include stops at the Kentucky Derby and the premier of Idaho the Musical in Las Vegas. This file photo from 2012 shows the truck in front of Idaho's state Capitol. (AP / John Miller)

Kobe Bryant and the Idaho potato truck 

The infamous giant Idaho potato truck might not be going into the garage after all -- thanks to an inquiry by NBA star Kobe Bryant. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise shares from an AP story: "How long have you been working with Idaho potatoes?" Bryant asked Cox, nicknamed "Spud" by professional athletes. "Have they found that truck yet?"

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Sgt. Greg Moore and his wife Lindy are seen as part of a video during the funeral service for Sgt. Greg Moore at Lake City High School on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Remembering Officer Greg Moore

Law Enforcement Memorial Week officially begins May 15, but it will be recognized 10 days earlier in Coeur d’Alene. In honor of Sgt. Greg Moore, the police department will hold its memorial ceremony on May 5. Moore was fatally shot in the line of duty.

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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.