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Mixed feelings about Athol development 

My Grandma used to joke that if they ever paved the streets of Athol she was going to close up her craft shop and move away. Most of the streets remained unpaved in her lifetime, but Athol definitely changed. There are two gas stations now, two fewer bars, a little grocery store and a highway interchange that bypasses the city.

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George Periman, middle, a United States Air Force Korean War veteran is welcomed home at the Spokane International Airport by supporters on Tuesday. Perlman was escorted by his wife Lee Periman, right, Shari McKinley, middle, and grandson Trevor McKinley. (Loren Benoit/CDA Press photo)

Vets visit D.C. war memorials 

Tears streamed down Ryan Mallery's face as he awaited his father Dave's return on Tuesday night from Washington, D.C. Dave's return to Spokane International Airport with fellow veterans and Inland Northwest Honor Flight volunteers following a two-day trip to visit war memorials was vastly different than his return from the Vietnam War.

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"America First": Trump says US should be less predictable 40 

In a rare formal policy speech, Republican front-runner Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to put American security “above all else” if elected president, warning allies they would be left to defend themselves if they don’t “pay their fair share.” He also called for an easing of tensions with Russia “from a position of strength, only.”

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Clive Strong speaks at a press conference in front of the Idaho Supreme Court on Thursday; at left is House Speaker Scott Bedke (Betsy Z. Russell)

Strong amassing endorsements in court race 

Clive Strong has amassed endorsements from an array of prominent Idahoans for his run for the Idaho Supreme Court, from former governors of both parties to industry, business and education leaders and elected officials. He’s even been endorsed by both sides in a long-running water fight.

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Dilbert comic: Why Trump exceeded expectations 23 

Hillary Clinton effectively sealed her nomination last night. And Donald Trump almost certainly did the same, winning five states by larger margins than the polls and the pundits expected. Why did Trump exceed expectations? Probably lots of small reasons added together. But I’ll call out a few from the field of persuasion.

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PI Pulver discusses VA doc's death

Private Investigator Ted Pulver tells KREM 2 there are questions surrounding the death of VA doctor John Marshall, though police have suspended the investigation: The one conclusion he could come to was there was no way Marshall’s body could have been pulled through the rapids.

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Idaho: The Comedy Musical

Like it or not, Idaho is being memorialized in a new theatrical project: “Idaho: The Comedy Musical.” Notice it’s not billed as a musical comedy. According to its writer, Buddy Sheffield, that’s because the comedy and satire drive the action and the music, not the other way around. (Link below to story and song, "Heck It's a Helluva Day.")

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Wednesday Wild Card 4.27.16 17 

Happy Wednesday, HBO. I see DFO checked in briefly last night and confirmed that he plans to dig into the archives every now and then and will continue featuring some of the Bard's poetry on the blog. Today's stacking up to be a pretty action-packed day. We have some major headlines dropping, much to discuss and I have a ginormous to-do list.

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Trump v. Hillary and now this 13 

The headline says "Forget Yellowstone ... Snake River Plain's volcano is MUCH BIGGER threat to America: For those that thought Yellowstone super-volcano was one of the biggest natural threats to the USA, think again." Not in our lifetime, right?

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Screenshot from Benewah County Sheriff's Facebook page

That should hold 16 

Benewah County might not have much money in the county coffers for road repairs, but that doesn't mean they aren't addressing the problem. It just takes a little creativity -- and a whole lot of duct tape -- as evidenced by the photo the Benewah County Sheriff's Department has posted to its Facebook page. Question: Best use for duct tape?

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Marshall Chesrown’s former Black Lake Ranch sits partially submerged on Monday, March 7, 2016. A proposed land swap involving this property is under consideration. After it went into recievership, new owners acquired it. They’re interested in swapping it for state-owned timberlands in Benewah County. Idaho Fish and Game says the pasture lands could be converted into high value wetlands along the Coeur d’Alene River. The 1,000 acres also has high recreational value. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Black Lake land swap on hold 

A proposed North Idaho land swap is on hold while the state Department of Fish and Game attempts to negotiate a public access easement on the property to be traded. The agency wants to acquire a 1,000-acre former horse ranch on the Coeur d’Alene River, restoring wetlands and improving water quality in nearby Black Lake.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves after speaking during a primary night event Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

Big wins for Trump, Clinton 

In a front-runner’s rout, Republican Donald Trump roared to victory Tuesday in five contests across the Northeast and confidently declared himself the GOP’s “presumptive nominee.” Hillary Clinton was dominant in four Democratic races and now is 90 percent of the way to the number she needs to claim her own nomination.

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Two down, one to go 

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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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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