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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

One of the many morels I picked over the weekend.  (Taryn Thompson)

Sure, I have morels 

Several friends tagged me in a meme this weekend: "I hunt for mushrooms because I have no morels." This weekend's forays paid off for the Thompsons, but hours of hiking in Mountain Goat territory have my muscles crying out today. As anyone who has enjoyed a morel-topped steak can attest, the pain is so, so worth it. Question: Are you picking?

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A Spokane-themed coloring page created by Spokesman-Review staff artist Molly Quinn. Print and color, snap a photo of it and post it to your Instagram account, using #spokesmancoloring. (Illustration by Molly Quinn/SR)

Adult coloring as an escape 11 

I'm a huge fan of coloring books. I just bought a new one that incorporates some of my favorite Psalms. I find it relaxing. The SR's Carolyn Lamberson reports on the craze of adult coloring in Sunday's SR. Question: When is the last time you picked up crayons and colored? How do you de-stress?

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Not all outrageous letters are signed Athol 

Last week there was a lot of chatter on HBO about the type of people that hail from my hometown of Athol. The suggestion was made that all of the craziest letters to the editor in the Coeur d'Alene Press are authored by Atholians. As evidence to the contrary, I'd like to share this letter from Sunday's Press, headlined "MEAT: Eat less, heat less."

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Marilyn Shuler sits in front of, from left to right: Steve and Judy Meyer, Sandi Bloem and Norman Gissel on Friday at the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations' 19th annual banquet. All five were inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. (JAKE PARRISH/CDA PRESS)

Meyers, Bloem, Gissell, Shuler inducted into Idaho Hall of Fame 

For their contributions to the lives of people in Idaho and beyond, five “outstanding” men and women were inducted into Idaho’s Hall of Fame Friday evening in Coeur d'Alene. ... The inductees included many local names: Sandi Bloem, Norman Gissel, Steve Meyer and Judy Meyer, as well as Marilyn Shuler of Boise./Mary Malone, The Coeur d'Alene Press.

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North Idaho No. 1 in nays 

Every year a bloc of lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature votes against billions of dollars in spending for routine functions of state government, and this year was no exception.When the 2016 session ended March 25, one lawmaker had voted against nearly 60 percent of spending…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016

Tom Wobker is shown at Blogfest 2016 at the Fort Ground Grill. Tom, who died Saturday morning, was revealed for the first time as The Bard of Sherman Avenue, the man behind the short rhymes that delighted the Inland Northwest for the past 14 years. (Tyler Tjomsland/SR file photo)

The Bard of Sherman Avenue, 71, RIP 10 

My friend Tom Wobker, who we knew here as The Bard of Sherman Avenue, died Saturday morning, on the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. I'm glad that you were able to meet this fine man at Blogfest 2016. Also, I'm delighted that he enriched your life as much as he did mine.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 4.23-24.16 10 

I'm going to take Monday through Wednesday off this coming week. Taryn will step in to run this three-ring circus. She did a superb job on her initial run at feeding the insatiable maw of this cyber beast. I suspect she'll repeat that performance again during another of my infrequent vacays. Enjoy the weekend. Behave yourselves for Taryn.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.22.16 

Mrs. O & I are headed to the annual Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations banquet tonight at the Coeur d'Alene Inn. SReporter Becky Kramer is going to a community Seder Dinner elsewhere. And I believe there's a Dancing with the Local Stars event at the Kroc Center. It appears that Coeur d'Alene will be stepping out tonight.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.22.16

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (16 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items) includes attempted suicide by hanging by female at Kootenai County Jail. Also, there was a boat crash off Blackwell Island

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Shoplifting leads to bigger arrests 

Deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office made much bigger arrests than they originally thought possible when they responded to a call of shoplifting at Hayden Walmart this morning. A bag full of stolen goods led to a Coeur d'Alene home, a search warrant, and arrests for alleged drug crimes. Walmar employees helped track down suspects.

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Initiative targets campaign finance 

A woman approached me at the Coeur d'Alene Library after work Thursday to sign one of these petitions. As a journalist working for the SR, I can't sign any petitions. She was surprised to hear that. However, I told her, if I had the freedom to do so, I would sign hers. Sneaky money has ruined Idaho's campaign financing. It badly needs to be reform

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Liberal questions? 22 

Here's a list of the "liberal" yes-and-no questions posed in the Coeur d'Alene Press Voters Guide that state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, called a "threat" and refused to answer. They include: Raise the minimum wage? Add the Words? Increase gun rights? Increase abortion rights? Increase Medicaid coverage?

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Man shot while peeing in bar 

A man was shot in the knee late Thursday as he was urinating in the bathroom of a downtown Spokane bar. Police were called to The Pin at 412 W. Sprague just after 11 p.m. Thursday after a gunshot was heard in the bathroom.

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Editorial: Politicians lie? Shazam! 

In an editorial in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Devin Rokyta comments on a recent AP story: "Experts in psychology and political science say politicians lie more often than your average Joe and Jolene, distorting the truth more frequently and deceiving in larger ways -- and of course the consequences are much higher."

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Surprise! IFF/IFFA targets Shawn, too 

Here's the black-and-white version of the attack flier that was sent by IFF's Siamese twin 501c4 organization, Idaho Freedom Action, to applaud Confederate flag waving Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Sandpoint, and to diss powerful JFAC co-chair Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint. Do you...

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Walking partner Greg Lee snapped this photo earlier this week of construction crews working on the flood prevention program in front of the North Idaho Museum.

Museum remains open during flood project

The Museum of North Idaho is surrounded by ditches, mounds of dirt and orange construction safety fencing, but it is indeed still operating and open to the public. The work being conducted by Contractors Northwest, Inc. in the area of the museum, located at 115 Northwest Blvd., is a part of the city's flood works repair project.

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Poll: Tubman on $20 bill OK 10 

In Thursday's poll, A plurality of Hucks Nation support the decision to put 19th Century abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill in place of former President Andrew Jackson. 143 of 301 respondent (47.51%) favored the change.

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AM Headlines -- 4.22.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes story re: tonight's Team Challenge Cup at the Spokane Arena, featuring top ice skaters from around the world. Also: Idaho Records/Press, Walmart burglary leads to arrests/KCSO, Idaho immunization rates on rise/EOBoise, North Idaho Museum open during work/Press, NIC forums for prez candidates open/Press...

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Macomber wants Malek's spot 22 

Here's the flier that I received from attorney Arthur Macomber, who is trying to unseat state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, and has been designated by the Hayden Area Tea Party as one of its "stars."

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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.





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