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In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Harney County Sheriff David Ward arrives at a community meeting at the Harney County fairgrounds in Burns, Oregon. Ward, whose jurisdiction includes the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, cooperated with federal and state police during the siege at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In the next county to the north his counterpart, a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, questioned the FBI’s authority. (Rick Bowmer / AP)

Constitutional sheriff's group revealed 21 

Nicholas Geranios/AP reports that the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff shined a spotlight on the Constitutional Sheriff movement, founded by "Sheriff" Richard Mack. Why is it important to know about this movement. The 2 challengers to Sheriff Ben Wolfinger (Republican John Green & "Democrat" Tina Kunishige) are followers of the movement.

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US Bank robbery suspect caught

The Spokane Valley Police Department arrested Robert Earl Mackey Jr., 39, on a charge that he robbed the US Bank in downtown Coeur d'Alene Monday afternoon, March 28. Mackey was spotted by an off-duty officer from Coeur d'Alene, who contacted the Spokane Valley Police Department.

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Jennifer Drake (left), with husband, Ben, and Sara Meyer are shown protesting the launch of the unsuccesful 2012 recall effort against then mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members. The two women later would be instrumental in stopping the effort that divided the city of Coeur d'Alene.

Redux: Souza & Co launch recall try 

On this day in 2012, Mary Souza & Co. launched a recall effort against then mayor Sandi Bloem & councilors Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander & Mike Kennedy. Mary failed to get the signatures needed to put her wrong-headed effort that tore up the city on the ballot. Below, you'll see the mini-editorial I wrote on April 4, denouncing the recall try.

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District 3: Cheatham v Riggs 

Brent Regan's wing of the local GOP must be concerned with the candidacy of Peter Riggs. Regan, Kathy Sims & District 4 candidate Pat Macomber asked several questions from the Panhandle Pachyderm Club audience Friday. Seems Regan wasn't happy with the tightening of urban renewal laws this year & wanted to know what more the candidates will do.

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Republicans gather for Lincoln Day 35 

Hayden resident Jennifer Locke belted out a rendition of "God Bless the U.S.A." as more than 350 guests began their meal at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday evening. The guests filled a conference room of The Coeur d'Alene Resort, where the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee hosted the dinner and fundraiser.

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Trib: Dr. Otter remains in denial 10 

In a Lewiston Tribune edit, Marty Trillhaase writes: "Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter must think he knows more about medicine than the people who actually went to medical school. Because the people who practice medicine in the Gem State fear he's just condemned 78,000 Idahoans who can't afford private health insurance to more misery and even death."

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Post Falls Police Officer Pat Eismann cited a woman for shoplifting at the Post Falls Wal-Mart the Friday before Easter. But the woman’s situation -- shoplifting food for her four young children, who were with her in the store -- made him want to do something for the children, he said. He bought Easter baskets for the three oldest children. (Dan Pelle/SR)

An officer's kindness resonates 

Post Falls police Officer Pat Eismann often deals with shoplifters in the course of his job, so when a call came in from Wal-Mart on Mullan Avenue the Friday before Easter, it seemed routine. It turned out the shoplifter sitting in the store’s office was unlike any he’d encountered before.

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Allison Tenold, a former Spokane resident now living in Hollywood, photographed Patty Duke's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame recently. She sent it to Huckleberries over the weekend.

Huckleberries & Patty through the years

Patty Duke’s name has appeared in this column many times since Sept. 26, 1994, when I mentioned that I’d bought her album (featuring 1965 hit single “Don’t Just Stand There”) at a garage sale. For 50 cents. She later autographed that copy. You'll find a smattering of the mentions of Patty Duke in Huckleberries below.

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Idaho targets texting while driving 

Idaho this month is joining Washington in organizing emphasis patrols to target people who text while driving, and other forms of distracted driving. Law enforcement officers in the Gem State started their emphasis patrol on Friday and will continue to be on the lookout for distracted drivers through April 11.

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Weekend Wild Card -- 4.2-3.16 15 

I have planned two glorious days of working in the yard and grabbing some sun rays. Nice spring and summer weekends are made for those of us who are stuck inside during work days. I might plant something, just to feel an early sense of gardening accomplishment. The cold weather stuff is a can't miss this nice spring.

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Parting Shot -- 4.1.16 

A giant octopus sculpture named Ivan settles into his new home in Lake Robertson near Lexington, Va. The sculpture was created by Natural Bridge based artist Mark Cline who along with his helpers, owed Ivan to the middle of the lake Wednesday after putting the creation together at the boat launch to be displayed for April Fools' Day.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.1.16 13 

Mike Kennedy tells Huckleberries that the family of the late Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce has tentatively settled on Saturday, April 16, as the date for a public memorial to the actress, who died earlier this week in Coeur d'Alene. The place has yet to be determined. Stay tuned. Here's your Wild Card ...

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In this Aug. 31, 2015, SR file, Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark, left, sings a song parody to Randy Shaw, retiring KREM news anchor, to the tune of Barry Manilow's "Mandy" during the retirement roast for Shaw at the Bing Crosby Theater. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

Ex-broadcaster Shaw battling cancer 

Randy Shaw, who appeared on nightly newscasts in Spokane for three decades, is battling cancer after moving to Arizona just a few months ago to run a restaurant with his wife. Shaw, who after stints with KHQ and KREM is the longest-serving TV news broadcaster in Spokane’s history, said Friday he was receiving rounds of chemotherapy.

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Edit: Why not permit guns at GOPfest? 

In an editorial this morning in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, editorialist Lee Rozen wonders why guns shouldn't be allowed at the national Republican convention. After all, aren't the gun-loving Republicans who attend the goodest of the good?

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Blogos -- 4.1.16

The daily roundup of posts from HucksOnline blogosphere includes: Truly bizarre/Fort Boise, Cooking up interest/On Tap, Political terminology/Bay Views, The lights are on in Pullman/Grip, In inauspicious day, indeed/Slight Detour, Small world of writing, 'War Bonds'/Cindy's All Write, Yellowstone roads yield to bikes until April 14/Outdoor ...

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In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Gonzaga's head coach Mark Few argues a call with an official during the second half of a college basketball game against Syracuse in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Chicago. Few tells The Associated Press Friday, April 1, 2016, that the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse's come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. Refs called a 10-second violation but the 10-second limit in the backcourt should have reset once a player touched the ball in the front court. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

NCAA: Officials blew key Zags call 

For Gonzaga, the timing could not have been worse. Coach Mark Few told The Associated Press the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse’s come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. The turnover came with 1:17 left and Gonzaga leading 60-59.

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Rusche: Proud of F-minus IFF grade 13 

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, takes pride in the fact that he received an F-minus rating, as did about half of the Idaho Legislature, from the extreme Idaho Freedom Foundation "Freedom Index." The "Freedom Index" grading system shows how skewed the organization is -- not the legislators it claims to track, he said.

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JEERS: Raul Labrador 

In his Cheers & Jeers column this week, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune JEERS Congressman Raul Labrador: "He's not the first member of Idaho's congressional delegation to shuffle employees between official and campaign duties," Trillhaase writes. "But Labrador has taken things to the next level by having ..."

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Poll: Hucks Nation 'feels the Bern' 

In the poll Thursday, a plurality of Hucks Nation said it would vote for Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders if the presidential election was held today. Today's Poll: How influential do you think the Idaho Freedom Foundation is?

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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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