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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

Coeur d'Alene tribe member Jeanie Louie, left along with her granddaughter North Star Garvais Lawrence, 10, spoke during the dedication of the statue of her great grandfather,Coeur d’Alene Indian Chief Morris Antelope in Coeur d'Alene on Monday, July 18, 2016. The statue of the chief – a strong advocate for the rights of the Coeur d’Alene Indians – is located in the area of the tribe’s historical gathering place, Yap-Keehn-um. The site is on the Centennial Trail bulkhead where River Avenue meets Rosenberry Drive. (Kathy Plonka/SR photo)

P.S. City, tribe dedicate statue 

Chief Morris Antelope was known to be fair and just, a strong advocate for the rights of his people at a time when the Coeur d’Alene Tribe began to follow the ways of the missionaries and settlers and turn to farming and ranching. On Monday, the city of Coeur d'Alene and the tribe dedicated a statue to him. Scott Maben provides a report below.

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Wild Card/Monday -- 7.18.16 34 

Mrs O & I finally found a feeder that attracts hummingbirds. The previous 2 that we've had this year were flawed in some way. One newly purchased feeder had a hole in it. Finally, we struck gold with a new feeder from Home Depot, situated in a Russian Olive tree that the hummers perch in. I enjoy watching the hummers feed and dart. It's relaxing.

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Cindy issues warning 

"Telling me, 'You know how women are, they get to talkin' and manipulating....' is not going to endear you to me. In fact, it's probably wisest if men just refrain from saying, 'you know how women are.' But maybe that's just me" -- Cindy Hval...

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Here's proof that I wasn't lollygagging today. I'm in the right corner (sunglasses), standing next to emcee Jennifer Drake. Kathy Plonka/SR photog is in the lower right corner photographing the event. In the foreground, Jeanie Louis and her granddaughter, Northstar Garvais Lawrence, 10, discuss their famous ancestor, Chief Morris Antelope. (Eden Irgens' Facebook photo)

Just returned 

Sorry, I should have warned you that I was going to the dedication of the statue of Chief Morris Antelope. Nice turnout. Inspirational talks from Chief Allan, Quanah Matheson and artist Cheryl Metcalf. I appreciated what Chief Allan, the chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe said: "This may seem like a small thing. But it is a big thing to us."

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Trump (44%) leads Clinton (23%) in Idaho 

Donald Trump is ahead of Hillary Clinton by almost 2-to-1 in the latest statewide presidential poll in Idaho. The poll also shows men are significantly more likely to support Trump than women. And it shows a good deal of dissatisfaction on both sides of the aisle with the two presumptive major-party nominees.

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Waste Management half finished

Waste Management is about half done with the pickup of the residential trash and recycling carts as of mid-July. We continue to ask residents to use the Cd’A Garbage and recycling carts only and to not fill any Waste Management containers. See video below.

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Delegates react as some delegates call for a roll call vote on the adoption of the rules during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Trump to introduce wife tonight 18 

Republicans cast Donald Trump as the right man for turbulent times as they opened their presidential convention Monday against a backdrop of unsettling summer violence and persistent discontent within their own party. In a surprise, Trump announced he would come to Cleveland and go onstage on opening night to introduce his wife, Melania.

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NIC to erect $7.7M student rec center

North Idaho College broke ground earlier this month on a $7.7 million, 30,000-square-foot student wellness and recreation center on its Coeur d’Alene campus. The two-story center will include a gymnasium, an elevated running track, a weight room, a spinning area, a climbing wall, fitness classrooms, a multipurpose room, and administrative offices.

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Edit: Dealing with home-grown hate 11 

In an editorial, the Twin Falls Times News says that Magic Valley residents don't need to look to Nice, France, to find hate. It's sprouting in the community. Twin Falls officials have received more than 100 emails in the fallout from the Fawnbrook Apartment case, in which police say a 5YO was sexually assaulted by young boys.

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Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, gavels during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

What to expect at GOP confab today 32 

When the lights go up in Quicken Loans Arena at noon CDT Monday (July 18), the 2016 Republican National Convention will commence as the stiff upper lip of a political party grappling with an existential crisis, writes Richard Rainey of New Orleans Times Picayune. Rainey tells us what to look for during the opening day of the convention today.

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Labrador praises Pence pick 

Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador posted this statement on Facebook over the weekend, reacting to Donald Trump’s decision to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who also served in the U.S. House for more than a decade, as his vice presidential running mate.

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AM Headlines -- 7.18.16

AM Headlines: Julyamsh returns next weekend/Press, NIC gets $1.38M for tech-ed equipment/Press, Woman leaves gift card for Spokane police/KREM, Idaho newspaper to drop Monday edition/EOBoise, TV show on Priest Lake murder set to air Aug. 4/Press, Legislative group of Medicaid gap sets meeting/EOBoise + more ...

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Poll: We're not racist 

In the weekend poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation doesn't consider itself to be racist. 156 of 270 respondents (57.78%) said that they aren't racist. Today's Poll: How much of the Republican National Convention do you plan to watch?

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Sheriff comments on police shootings 108 

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger of Kootenai County offers these thoughts re: recent police shootings: "When people intentionally target those who are sworn to protect, it is nothing short of terrorism on the way of life we enjoy as Americans. Please pray for those who were injured in Baton Rouge and the families of those who were killed."

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Don't blame assessors for tax shift 

In today's editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that property owners shouldn't blame county assessors when their taxes go up. The Idaho Legislature is responsible for the tax shift. The Legislature sided with commercial, industrial and agricultural interests when they froze the homeowners exemption.

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Edit: Time to cancel fireworks show? 16 

The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce dutifully put on the annual 4th of July fireworks display, to the delight of 30,000 onlookers. However, the chamber went in the hole $9,000 to put on the show. The bucket brigade which rolled down the parade route earlier in the day collected only $1,435. Is it time to end the CdA fireworks on the 4th?

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Crash injures 3 Legion officers

Three officers from Post Falls American Legion Post 143 were injured in a crash on Highway 95, just south of Plummer Saturday. Ron Johnson, judge advocate for Post 143, confirmed the officers involved in the crash were Commander Dennis Wheeler, Vice Commander Doug Wheeler and Adjutant Chuck Buttz.

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John Beacham speaks with the Press, Friday, about water reclamation facility upgrades including two flow equalization tanks, a solids storage hopper and a biofilter, seen left, to control odor. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

$14.75M project to clean river, cut stink 

Odor control, along with improved treatment of the wastewater that's discharged to the Spokane River, is part of the $14.75 million project at the wastewater facility along Seltice Way that is slated to be completed by the end of the year. Brian Walker/Coeur d'Alene Press reports on the story below.

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Sushi I to open at Riverstone 

In his Business Bits column, Nils Rosdahl of the Coeur d'Alene Press, opens by telling of 3 chefs with considerable experience opening a sushi restaurant in Riverstone. Sushi isn't my cup of tea. But it could be yours.

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Chief Antelope looks on lake again 

Chief Morris Antelope, a leader of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe at the turn of the 20th Century, is in the spotlight today, as well as the featured item in my Sunday Huckleberries column. A statue to Chief Antelope will be dedicated today by the city of Coeur d'Alene and the tribe.

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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.