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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.25.16 

angry Democrats in Philadelphia today. So I thought I'd close with a viewtiful, tranquil photo by Marianne Love/Slight Detour of a sailboat on Lake Pend Oreille, which she calls the elixir of North Idaho.

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Wild Card/Monday -- 7.25.16 

My fence busting days are over, at least until next spring when I tackle the remaining side with a third neighbor. Lotsa hard work Saturday and Sunday. But the end result is wonderful. My back fence was standing before I moved into my just-built house in December 1985. Parts of it blew down over the years. But it served its purpose.

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I'm not sure where photographer Don Sausser snapped this photo last week. But his caption says, "A new motel in Athol." Poor Athol. Always the butt of jokes. Anyone guess where this photo was taken?

Blogos: Athol motel? 

North Idaho Blog roundup begins with a camera's eye view of a string of porta-potties. Also: Bayview evenings/Bay View, So much work still to do/Fort Boise, Political chaos reigns/Dogwalk Musings, Who needs conventions?/Barrett Rainey, Junior causes NW fans to choke up/Grip, Openings: Bourne & some bad moms/7 Blog + more ...

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Sanders to backers: Don't Boo 

Bernie Sanders is urging his supporters to back his push for party unity behind Hillary Clinton — but it’s not clear his supporters are listening. The Vermont senator sent an email to his supporters Monday afternoon asking, as a “personal courtesy to me,” that they not protest or demonstrate on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.

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Welch-Comer chip-seal map (Courtesy: City of Coeur d'Alene)

City to chip seal Indian Meadows area 

About $130,000 will be spent to chip seal on July 28 and 29 in the Indian Meadows area. Streets being chip sealed include Belmont Road and Sherwood Drive from Appaloosa Road north to Nez Perce Road; Appaloosa Road from Belmont Road west to its end; and the side streets off Appaloosa.

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Poll: Trump scored a hit 

In the weekend poll, slightly more of Hucks Nation credited Republican Donald Trump with, in baseball terms, some sort of hit at the National Republican Convention (from a single to a home run) than an out (strike out, ground out, fly out). Today's Poll: Will Democrats emerge from their national convention united behind Hillary Clinton?

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Out for a swim 

You can't tell by looking at the photo, but the common garter snake enjoying itself in Fernan Lake is uncommonly long. Christina Budd of Sunshine Haven Photography snapped this photo from a bridge using a 300mm lens. Until Thursday, Christina didn't know that garter snakes in Idaho can grow up to 52 inches. Did you?

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Idaho challenges transgender policies 

Accusing the White House of “an incredible overreach,” Gov. Butch Otter’s staff attorney has urged a federal court to put the brakes on guidelines designed to protect transgender students’ rights. But in a 34-page legal brief, filed Friday, Otter attorney Cally Younger appears to greatly misstate the potential fiscal impact of the federal policies.

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Video: Julyamsh Grand Entry

On his Facebook wall, SR photog Jesse Tinsley posts: "Check out this wonderful video by Colin Mulvany from the Julyamsh powwow, which is now held in Coeurd'Alene. Good interviews, audio editing and visuals."

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Idaho: Hay passes spuds as top crop 

Believe it or not, hay is Idaho's top crop now, not potatoes, reports Zach Kyle, Idaho Statesman. When you add the amount of hay used by farms and dairies that grow it, with the amount sent to market, you'll find that hay has a slightly higher total value than potatoes. Are you ready for "famous hay"?

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Protesters yell as DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., arrives for a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sanders' backers boo party unity 53 

A gathering for California delegates at the Democratic National Convention took a chaotic turn Monday as Bernie Sanders delegates booed and chanted over speakers. At a breakfast for California’s 551 delegates, Sanders supporters made their ongoing support for the candidate known with T-shirts, "Bernie or Bust" signs & jeers for Hillary Clinton.

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CPD takes 'trap' from speeding tickets 

Is it a speed trap if you know where the cops will be waiting? asks Keith Cousins, CdA Press. It’s the “trap” part of that question that led the CPD to change its approach to monitoring traffic infractions. As of July 13, officers’ locations are posted in advance on the department’s Facebook page. (Q: When did you last get a a speeding ticket?)

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AM Headlines -- 7.25.16 

AM Headlines: Hayden's City Park has been renamed for Ron McIntire and family, who own the Super 1 grocery chain and have contributed much to the town over the decades. Also: Relay for Life raises over $60K/Press, Missoula driver dies in I-90 accident/Press, WSU student accuses gridsters of assault/KXLY + more ...

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Hedberg: Adult version of summer camp

Kathy Hedberg, my former Lewiston Tribune buddy, compares political conventions to summer camps: "Conventions are the adult equivalent of youth summer camp. It's a time to get away to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and learn unfamiliar things, some of which might actually be useful later in life."

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DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., greeted the Florida delegation at a breakfast, Monday in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sanders to address divided D's 130 

Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz faced an angry backlash at a meeting of her home state activists Monday morning as new signs of party discord emerged while Democrats prepared to kick off their national convention.

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Spokane airport scores high marks 

A study conducted by Phoenix Marketing International gives a top ranking among small hub airports to the Spokane International Airport for its accessibility to the terminal and convenience of parking. And I couldn't agree more. I enjoy picking up or dropping off friends and family from the Spokane airport because its. So. Easy.

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Press: NIC provides hope for poor 19 

In Sunday's editorial, the Coeur d'Alene Press comments on the economic disparity in the Coeur d'Alene area. The wealthy are healthy. There isn't that much of a middle class. And 43 percent of the households subsist just above the poverty level. North Idaho College may have an answer for people who are struggling.

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Tourists not fond of cooler weather

Some -- many? -- locals may enjoy the cooler summer weather. But those who depend on warm summer days for a good seasonal living don't. Clouds and rain chase the tourists away. Devin Heilman of the Coeur d'Alene Press reports on how the cool June weather affected Rogers Ice Cream and other tourist spots in the Coeur d'Alene area.

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Model w/face disorder forges own way

Alison Midstokke, a 31YO Sandpoint native, is realizing her dream to be a fashion model and actor in New York – ambitious goals for anyone, but especially challenging for a woman who has endured scores of surgeries on her face since birth. SReporter Scott Maben tells Alison's amazing story.

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Hucks: CdA Music Man needs our help

My Sunday Huckleberries column featured the fundraiser in City Park for Chris Guggemos of Handshake Productions. A naked man roaming Tubbs Hill. Two high-profile local Republicans with vastly different views on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. And several other items, including a poem from The Bard of Sherman Avenue.

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Trib: A glimpse at Gov. Labrador? 

In his editorial this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune wonders if a possible future Gov. Raul Labrador will act like U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. Trillhaase zeroes in on the July 12 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Labrador's "First Amendment Defense Act."

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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.