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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

65YO Seattle man drowns at Twin Lakes 

Donald A. Greene, 65, of Seattle, drowned in lower Twin Lakes about 1 p.m. Friday after jumping off a boat to swim. A relative on the boat and others on shore were unable to rescue him after he yelled for help. KCSO divers located Greene's body about 5 hours later in 19 feet of water. The search was hampered by poor visibility and heavy vegetation.

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Parting Shot -- 7.1.16 

If you want to start the Fourth of July Weekend with a good dose of cuteness, look at the wonderful photo by SR photographer Kathy Plonka. Then, click on the link to see a one-minute video of the Kids Parade provided on the city of Coeur d'Alene Facebook wall.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 7.1.16 

We're officially halfway through 2016. At this point, you either are fulfilling New Year's resolutions. Or there long gone in the rear-view mirror. Moi? I'm actually taking a third course. I'm lagging behind on my resolutions. But still trying to fulfill them. I'm behind on my fitness goals. But not that far behind.

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Man missing in Twin Lakes

The holiday weekend is getting off to a tragic start in Twin Lakes today as divers continue searching for a suspected drowning victim. Before going under the water, the 65-year-old man had jumped from a stopped boat to cool off in the lake at Twin Lakes Village, said Jim Lyon, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District.

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Cutline Contest -- 7.1.16 14 

The Cutline Contest today features that odd, three-way handshake among President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday. Thursday Winner: DFO.

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Chief White to visit White House 15 

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White wants felony crime suspects to be unable to board planes, and will share ideas on that during a White House discussion Wednesday, July 6. White is one of a select few police chiefs around the nation to attend a 21st Century Policing Briefing at the White House.

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Sam needs our help 

At City Hall, Sam Taylor is going buggy looking at the bare walls to his office. His stuff from Morro Bay is in storage. So he Facebooked an SOS asking for something -- anything -- to help decorate his office. One responder offered Sam a large photo of Morro Bay. We can do better than that, my Huckleberry friends. Do you have something for Sam?

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A real cowboy wants to be governor 

In his online column, Randy Stapilus comments re: Lt Gov Brad Little's decision to run for guv in 2018: "Brad Little comes from one of the major Idaho pioneer families, for three decades running his family’s large ranching operations based at Emmett. He has been an actual cowboy – the real thing, not a rodeo enthusiast but a working cattleman."

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City explains 4th of July traffic control 

The city of Coeur d'Alene has provided a map and explanation of traffic control for the 4th of July activities. Downtown Coeur d'Alene and a key freeway interchange will have numerous road closures in order to ensure adequate traffic flow for Independence Day festivities Monday.

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Guardian: Ban private fireworks 

The Boise Guardian wants a ban on private fireworks, after a fireworks-caused fire burned a house, an outbuilding and 2,500 acres of the Boise foothills: "Possession of guns is protected by the U.S. Constitution, but fireworks are not a “right” of citizens. We say there is nothing patriotic about burning houses and injuring people with fireworks."

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CdA garbage transition explainer

In a video posted on the city of Coeur d'Alene Facebook site, Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor explains the transition phase of the switch for the Coeur d'Alene garbage collection from Waste Management to Coeur d'Alene Garbage Co. Coeur d'Alene Garbage officially took over today.

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STCU surveillance video of robbery. (Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Customer shoots robbery suspect 41 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has released images from security footage that clearly show a robbery suspect holding a gun Thursday afternoon at STCU’s South Valley branch. One image also shows the customer who shot the suspect. The customer has retained a lawyer. (Question: Did the customer act correctly in shooting robbery suspect?)

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Blackwell Island annexation begins 10 

A request filed Friday asks the city of Coeur d’Alene to annex a largely developed portion of Blackwell Island. The currently unincorporated land is owned by Marina Yacht Club LLC, a subsidiary of the Hagadone Corporation, and is leased to the entities that operate The Cedars Floating Restaurant and Hagadone Marine Center.

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More bad news for newspapers 

In The Nation, writer Eric Alterman writes that the time is getting late for the newspaper industry, as digital media continues to hasten its demise. And Alternman explains why the death of good, hard-nose newspapering should matter to all Americans who value democracy.

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Big Fish 11 

On his Outdoors blog, SR outdoors editor Rich Landers introduces us to a huge, white sturgeon, caught-and-released in Hells Canyon, that might be a century old. The sturgeon was 10 feet long with a 54-inch girth.

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Tiny Library 

On my bike ride home Thursday, I spotted one of those Tiny Libraries, south of the intersection of Hattie Avenue and 5th Street/CdA. I stopped long enough to check out some of the authors. As I biked off, I thought about returning with some books to share. Which 3 books would you want to be part of a Little Library in your neighborhood?

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AM Headlines -- 7.1.16 

AM Headlines today includes an activity by Brookdale Senior Living that permits oldtimers to try to catch fish at West Medical Lake. Also: I-90 rollover injures Alaskan/Press, Jobs Plus connects dots with education/Press, Comedian saves choking child at Spokane airport/KXLY, Major campaign finance reform initiative falls short/EOB + more ...

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KCSO seeks hit-and-run pickup

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help identifying a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision near Hayden. At about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Dakota Howard, 21, of Spirit Lake, was driving his Ford Ranger pickup carrying three passengers east on West Hayden Avenue when he was hit head-on by an unknown man turning south on Huetter Road.

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CHS picks Hanna for boys' basketball

Tony Hanna has aspired to coach at the highest level possible. So to land at Coeur d’Alene High as the boys basketball coach – at a 5A school – allows Hanna to check off a box. Hanna, who has coached at 3A Timberlake the last five years, was offered the Vikings’ position Wednesday. He replaces Kurt Lundblad, who was fired last month.

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Poll: 4 more years -- for Obama 26 

In the Thursday poll, Hucks Nation voted that it prefers to see a third term for President Barack Obama than to see either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump elected this fall. Today's Poll: What effect will the new permitless carry law have on Idaho?

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Gun lobby celebrates brave new Idaho 

In an editorial, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the permitless carry law that takes effect today: "The conceal carry movement, in fact, may be making us less secure. Looking over records from 1979 to 2010, Stanford law professor John J. Donohue III linked these laws to 'substantially higher rates' of violent crime."

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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.