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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.7.16 

"Little Bear" the cat, foreground, sits in the shade as Sequoia the black bear walks past at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary on Thursday in Folsom, Calif. The pair have formed a relationship were zoo keepers have seen them share meals and have seen them sleeping in the shade near each other.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.7.16 12 

Today is garbage collection day in the Borah Triangle -- or not. If we're going according to the old Waste Management schedule, we won't have garbage service until Friday, due to the 4th of July holiday. I didn't put my trash bins out, none of the four of them, anticipating the skipped day. Some of my neighbors did.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.7.16

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (22 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 14 more items) includes non-injury crash between train and transport vehicle near Prairie Falls Golf Course/Post Falls ...

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 20 

The Cutline Contest today features a Pennsylvania woman's booking photo after she was arrested at a convenience store for pouring gasoline on another woman who criticized her for smoking near fuel pumps. Wednesday Winner: DFO.

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Tubbs Hill fall injures boy

At about 12:30 p.m. today, a boy enjoying Tubbs Hill slipped on the rocks above the water and fell to the rocks below. Fire crews provided medical aid and transported the patient via fireboat to the ambulance waiting at Third Street dock. Then, he was taken to Kootenai Health, and a level 1 trauma alert was called to the hospital.

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Dr. Huynh is practicing at Kootenai’s newest specialty clinic, Kootenai Clinic Neurosurgery located in Coeur d’Alene. (Kootenai Health photo)

Kootenai Neurosurgery welcomes new surgeon 

Dr. Katie Haynh overcame the hardship of being a Vietnamese refugee who was 6 when her family fled Vietnam for a new life in the United States. Dr. Haynh's (pronounced "win") father was a Vietnamese officer who found the Viet Cong. Now, Kootenai Health welcomes Dr. Haynh as the community's newest neurosurgeon ...

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In this 2012 SR file photo, community garden organizer holds up the early bounty of cucumbers from the garden behind Sacajawea Middle School in Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

Cucumbers

I've been checking the progress of my zucchini and cucumbers. Which brought to mind a rhyme that my old friend Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, penned for publication on July 20, 2014.

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Quotable Quote 

I'm willing to accept the argument that spiders are beneficial and deserve to live. But frankly, if you're going to launch yourself off the ceiling on a string, and dangle right in front of my face, or in my hair, then I think you deserve...

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Free concert promoter Chris Guggemos of Handshake Productions poses for a photo in front of that wall of community movers and shakers that graced Sherman Square Park three years ago. (Duane Rasmussen, file photo)

CdA's Music Man begins free concert year 25 

In an op-ed in the Coeur d'Alene Press, former Coeur d'Alene Parks director Doug Eastwood acknowledges the tremendous contribution Chris Guggemos has made to the Coeur d'Alene area music scene for the past 25 years. Guggemos and Handshake Productions have produced free summer concerts for 25 years. He's now battling health issues.

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Show tunes at Riverstone tonight 

If you're going to make one free concert in Coeur d'Alene this summer, you should do so tonight. Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre performers will be singing show tunes for the crowd at Riverstone Pond. The Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance has been sponsoring the...

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Annual 4th of July fireworks show, off City Beach, provides good business for Hagadone Hospitality tour boats. Here, photographer Don Sausser catches the scene as the boats are being loaded prior to the show Monday evening.

Blogosphere -- 7.7.16

North Idaho blog roundup: Bayview Daze crowds/Bay Views, Remembering Rambo/Slight Detour, There ought to be clowns/Fort Boise, The new arena for local beer/On Tap, Words about birds tonight at Aunties/7 Blog, Greater love hath no man/Carlson Chronicles, Russell Wilson gets married, now beat Pats/Grip ...

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Report: Sanders to endorse Clinton 

Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton for president next week, the New York Times reported Thursday. Sanders, who kept up his presidential campaign even as Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, will back her at a campaign event Tuesday in New Hampshire, the report said.

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Coulter: How about Crapo for VP? 26 

In a column, conservative firebrand Ann Coulter believes that Donald Trump is about to make a big mistake by picking someone to balance the ticket, as recommended by the GOP establishment. Trump should trust his gut, she said. His running mae should be smart, courageous & not in love w/his own press releases, like Mike Crapo.

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Edit: Officials stonewall public info 

In the Quad Cities area (Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow and Pullman), elected public officials (a police chief, a sheriff and a courthouse clerk) are making the gathering of information by newpapers difficult. As a result, writes Lee Rozen in a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial, the officials are stonewalling the public's right to know.

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Labrador wants Cruz as VP nominee 36 

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador, who will be going to the national GOP convention in Cleveland as a Ted Cruz delegate, called today for Donald Trump to choose Cruz as his running mate. The move, Labrador said during his monthly "Conversations with Conservatives" Q-and-A, would bring the GOP together.

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Spence: Surrounded by slobs 13 

After spending 3 months in Washington, D.C., covering Congress for the Lewiston Tribune, columnist William L. Spence can't stand the place and is pessimistic about the future. He's rooming with 4 slobs. And he considers the antics of partisan Congressmen and their staffs to be juvenile. Spence can't wait to get back to Idaho.

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AM Headlines -- 7.7.16

AM Headlines: Suspicious device evacuates Café Rio/KREM, Planners approve downtown Starbucks/Press, Giant bee hive found in Lewiston building/KXLY, Family locked in CdA cemetery on 4th of July/Press, Website helps track Idaho campaign donations/Press, Coeur d'Alene schools desperate for counselors/Press ...

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Quotable Quote

"So sick of these internet paywalls for newspapers I am THIS CLOSE to subscribing to them and supporting journalism" -- Daniel Walters, Inlander, via Facebook.

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CSD sees big need for more counselors 

A hike in troubling student behaviors at Coeur d’Alene School District middle and high schools is prompting a cry for more counselors. Trustee Dave Eubanks has advocated for more counselors during discussions at school board meetings. (Question: Are you troubled by the news that student misbehavior is increasing at CdA highs and middle schools?)

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Tweetable 

And here's a big no vote re: the possibility of the city of Coeur d'Alene selling nearly 2 acres of Blackwell Island river frontage to help upgrade City Hall. From KEA: Publicly owned waterfrontage should remain in public ownership. Once it is gone ... you can't get it back."

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Gun group to protest actor's Idaho visit 20 

Greg Pruett of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance said his organization will protest the July 20 visit to Meridian of actor Matt Damon. In a press release, Pruett said: "Idahoans don’t take kindly to those who would strip us of our protected rights.” Damon advocates for an Australia-like gun confiscation program for the US, the press release said.

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Poll: Not winning war on terror

Overwhelmingly, in the Tuesday poll, Hucks Nation said the USA isn't winning the international war on terror. Today's Poll: Should the city of Coeur d'Alene sell 2 acres of Blackwell Island waterfront to help finance a City Hall upgrade?

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Eatery boots veteran w/service dog 

In his finished story, Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 reports how disabled veteran Scott Yochum and his service dog, Lady, were kicked out of a Priest Lake restaurant on the 4th of July. Ben Votava, the bar tender and owner of the establishment, apologizes and and says that his miscommunication was inappropriate.

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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.