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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

P.S. Trump clinches nomination 

Donald Trump was formally nominated for the presidency by Republican delegates here on Tuesday night, a landmark moment in American political history that capped the business mogul’s surprising conquest of the GOP, reports the Washington Post.

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.19.16 80 

On my Huckleberries Facebook wall today, a Right Winger compared Hillary Clinton to a sack of ... manure. And a Left Winger posted a meme showing a bunch of sheep with swastikas and KKK hoods under the caption: "Early arrivals to the RNC." Yeah, it's funny, unless you realize that both extremes actually believe the stuff they're posting.

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Murder-for-hire try costs man 10 years

Darin Kyle Taylor, 56, of Post Falls, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on drug charges and in a murder-for-hire plot. After being indicted on drug charges last August, Taylor solicited a confidential federal informant to murder another person in return for $5,000 cash, according to court records.

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Blogosphere -- 7.19.16 

North Idaho blog roundup: Passion/Slight Detour, Weekly planner/On Tap, Day One/Randy Stapilus, To quote Hillary/Dogwalk Musings, Republican convention/Bay Views, The law-and-order candidate/Fort Boise, Author Koep to speak at library/CdA Today, These Olympics seem to be snake bit/Grip, Mountain goat drowns fleeing crowd/Outdoors ...

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Idaho delegation plans to behave 

Idaho’s delegation to the Republican National Convention isn’t participating in a petition to get Ted Cruz nominated instead of Donald Trump, though Cruz won Idaho’s GOP presidential primary, and the state’s Cruz leadership team has promised that Idaho delegates will not participate in any anti-Donald Trump demonstrations or walkouts.

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Yates: Trump plagiarism flap mere 'blip' 12 

Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates, who’s a Cruz delegate at the GOP national convention in Cleveland, told Eye on Boise today that he views the plagiarism charges about Melania Trump’s convention speech last night as a mere “blip” that will quickly blow over.

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Harmful algal bloom scum near the eastern boat ramp at Fernan Lake. (Idaho Department of Environmental Quality)

Advisories issued for Fernan, Hayden

Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued health advisories for the east side of Fernan Lake and the northern arm of Hayden Lake, near the Sportsman Access. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water.

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Poll: GOP has lost socialist millennials 32 

Republican pollster Frank Luntz on Tuesday told delegates at the Republican National Convention that the GOP has “lost” the millennial generation of voters. Addressing the South Carolina delegation, Luntz attributed the Democratic Party’s hold on younger adults to colleges and universities that he said are leading them toward socialism.

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This man robbed an Umpqua Bank in Spokane Valley on July 19, 2016. (Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)

Armed man robbs Spokane Valley bank 

A masked man robbed a Spokane Valley Umpqua Bank at gunpoint Tuesday morning, escaping with cash inside a blue athletic bag. The man entered the bank at 11205 E. Sprague Ave. around 9:45 a.m. and demanded cash. The heavy set man was wearing a one-piece...

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Obama's open letter to police 

In an open letter to the nation's law enforcement officers, President Obama mourns the recent killings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., thanks officers for their service in the face of danger and calls for national unity. The letter, dated Monday, is addressed to "the brave members of our Nation's law enforcement community."

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Amazing rainbow 10 

Don Sausser provides this Facebook photo of that amazing rainbow that touched down in this area yesterday. And, if you click on the link and then the arrow on the rainbow photo, you'll see the equally amazing sunset that Don photographed last night. He commented: "Rainbow to the east, sunset to the west."

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Quotable Quote 

"What have you done today to make your ancestors proud?" -- Coeur d'Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan at the dedication of the statue of Chief Morris Antelope on the Spokane River in Coeur d'Alene. Question: Do you ever think of your daily activities in terms of making your ancestors proud?

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4 Corners work to finish next week

Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 reports: "The Fort Grounds Drive project in downtown Coeur d’Alene is on schedule to open next week. The road realignment project part of the Four Corners project will be done by next week. The project costs $1.5 million and there is a spot in the area reserved for a historic carousel."

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Artist Cheryl Metcalf poses with descendants of Chief Morris Antelope, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe leader depicted in a statue on the banks of the Spokane River, looking out toward the confluence of the river with Lake Coeur d'Alene. The statue was dedicated by the city of Coeur d'Alene and the city's Arts Commission as part of the community's ongoing public arts expansion. (Roberta Larsen/Facebook photo)

AM Headlines -- 7.19.16

AM Headlines: Hayden re-tools outdated code/Press, Wasden resolves suit w/boat builder/EOBoise, Suspicious fire damages Pullman motel/KHQ 6, Fort Grounds project to open next week/KREM 2, Local Blue community thinking of lives lost/KXLY 4, Post Falls to mull de-annexing urban renewal area/Press + more ...

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GOP to Trump: Fire somebody 16 

The Donald Trump campaign should take action against whoever is responsible for the similarities between Melania Trump’s address at the GOP convention and Michelle Obama's convention speech in 2008, some Republicans gathered in Cleveland, Oho, said Tuesday. (Question: How would you deal w/this Trump/GOP mess?)

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Poll: Not watching GOP convention 

In Monday's poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said it isn't watching the Republican National Convention this week. Today's Poll: Do you agree w/Prosecutor Barry McHugh's decision not to discipline deputy Bryant Bushling over controversial Facebook post?

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Robber sentence upsets PFPD officer 

Post Falls Police Capt. Greg McLean says the punishment of Samuel J. Davis doesn’t fit the crime. Davis received 10 years probation and a $5,000 fine while the Check 'n Go female employee who was held up is still suffering from the effects of the March 17, 2015, encounter. McLean called the sentence "disheartening."

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Idaho loophole allows kids to die 

In his Sunday editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune castigates legislators for allowing a loophole in Idaho law that allows faith-healing parents to deny medical treatment to their children.

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Constitutionalists worry Asotin resident 

An Asotin County resident is concerned about the possibility of a growing militia in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. The discussion at Monday's Asotin County commissioners' meeting centered around a group called the Oath Keepers, who were supposed to be in the area performing an emergency survival training this past weekend.

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Melania Trump waves after speaking during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Melania's speech raises questions 80 

The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints “just absurd.”

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CdA to pay $427K in raises

The city of Coeur d'Alene's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes more than $400,000 in merit-based pay increases. Finance Director Troy Tymesen told The Press 126 city employees are scheduled to receive a raise this year based on their annual review. Question: How much of a raise did you get in the last year?

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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.