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Hoffman discusses IFA (501c4) role 15 

An endorsement by Idaho Freedom Action was published in the CdA Press last week. Huckleberries Online incorrectly said Idaho Freedom Foundation endorsed the candidates. The two are sister organizations. IFF, as a 501c3 can't endorse candidates. IFA, as a 501c4, can. Huckleberries asks exec Wayne Hoffman about the close relationship b/n the 2.

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Avista Utilities linemen work on a power pole high above Division St. and Hawthorne Rd. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. A wind storm torn down lines and threw thousands into darkness Saturday evening and crews are working to get power restored. Avista lineman are the subject of a fine haiku by Wedeln6969 (Jesse Tinsley/SR photo)

Final Call: Haikus anyone?

Alison Boggs, my downtown Spokane online bud, is collecting haikus for a planned page on April 17, National Haiku Day. Wedeln6969 has supplied several swell haikus for Alison's page. Anyone else with a haiku bent is free to run them here, too. Or send them to We have a haiku example below.

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Bonner County: Wheeler? Or Ford?

From Dave Keyes' Facebook wall: "Looks like the Bonner County Sheriff's race is heating up. Incumbent Daryl Wheeler is facing his strongest challenger to date. Retired ISP Terry Ford is also running. Both are running as Republicans so they will face each other in the May primary. I am lucky enough to know both men. ... Who do you support?

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White House comes to Clinton defense 

President Obama’s top spokesman on Tuesday defended the civil rights record of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who have come under fire for making a racially tinged joke at an event last week. “Mayor de Blasio and…

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Ryan: Won't seek presidency 

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday definitively ruled out running for president, saying the Republican nominee should be one of the candidates already running. "Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept, the Republican nomination," Ryan said at Republican National Committee headquarters.

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Doubt cast on Idaho 60% goal

Idaho continues to languish well behind its lofty college completion goals, according to a newly released national study. On top of that, Idaho’s numbers rank No. 46 in the nation. In 2014, 37.7 percent of Idaho’s adults held a postsecondary degree or certificate, the Lumina Foundation wrote in an annual report on college completion rates.

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AM Headlines -- 4.12.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: Autism walk raises $20,400/Press, 8YO CdA boy digs up a mystery/KHQ, CPD holds annual awards ceremony/Press, Editor of Missoulian/Republic quits/AP, NIC raises $2.7M for new tech-ed facility/Press, Idaho drivers test now includes bikes, walkers/KXLY, Penalties mount for alleged attempted abductor/Press.

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Poll: Constitutional sheriff? No!

In Monday's poll, Hucks Nation overwhelmingly (94.51%) rejected the concept of a sheriff deciding which laws are constitutional before enforcing them. Today's Poll: If you voted today, which candidate would you support for House District 4B representative in the local GOPrimary (incumbent Kathy Sims or challenger Paul Amador)?

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Fatal crash victim, survivor ID'd

A man who died when his pickup truck rolled early Saturday morning near Rathdrum was identified Tuesday as Brian L. Messerly, 37, of Rathdrum. His son, Kevin L. Messerly, 13, suffered extensive injuries in the crash and was in stable condition Saturday. Emergency crews responded to the crash site, at East Chilco Road and North Hope Valley Road.

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Regan defends IFF Freedom Index 17 

In an op-ed for the Coeur d'Alene Press Saturday, Chairman Brent Regan of the Idaho Freedom Foundation board defended his organization's controversial Freedom Index: "Critics of Wayne Hoffman and the Idaho Freedom Foundation say that the IFF has an 'agenda.' The critics are right and the 'agenda' is telling the truth."

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Moscow summer theatre closes

After more than 60 years of live summer performances on the University of Idaho campus, the Idaho Repertory Theatre is closing its curtains for good. (DFO: This news makes me either more thankful that Jadd Davis & Co were able to bring back the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre from the dead. Thoughts?)

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In his travels as a Montana newspaper executive, Dave Keyes spotted this informational sticker on a vehicle in a parking lot in Livingston, Mont. In Montana, the "hanging needs" might mean different things to different people. Dave is the former publisher of the Bonner County Daily News.

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Ward criticizes KCRCCPAC as 'deceptive' 

Betsy Russell, of Eye on Boise, picks up on the controversy involving the secretive Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens PAC that shares the same acronym as the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. Jeff Ward of Reagan Republican Victory Fund has criticized the naming of the KCRCCPAC as "definitely deceptive."

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Minimum wagers bid Idaho farewell 

In a recent edit, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune says minimum wage earners in Idaho have no where to turn for better entry wages, than to leave the state. The federal government and the state of Idaho has turned their backs on them. Worse still, Idaho has passed a law blocking local governments from addressing the issue.

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Spokane author Shawn Vestal has many thoughts swirling around in his head. (Dan Pelle/SR photo)

Vestal releases first novel 

Shawn Vestal and Sam Ligon are friends. And it was a happy accident that both writers are releasing books in April, just in time for Get Lit, Eastern Washington University’s annual literary festival. Vestal has just written his first novel, "Daredevils." Ligon has two books out, "Wonderland," and "Among the Dead and Dreaming."

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Rising night temps melt snowpack 

About 14 percent of the Spokane River basin’s snowpack melted away over the past couple of weeks. Sunny skies weren’t responsible for the rapid snow loss. The culprit was nighttime mountain temperatures that were 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal. “We’re not cooling off enough at night to freeze things up,” said Scott Pattee.

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Risch defends judge selection process 

Now that Idaho finally has a nominee for its vacant federal judgeship, state 6th District judge David Nye, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is defending the lengthy, secretive process he and Sen. Mike Crapo followed over the past 19 months to vet potential nominees, saying anything else would have violated the U.S. Constitution.

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.11.16 40 

A buddy just told me that he swung by the DMV this morning to get a new license because his is expired. He discovered the problem while trying to get a hunting license last week. He figured that the DMV might be busy this morning. He was right. The place was packed, not a parking spot to be found in the administration building parking lot.

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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.

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