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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

Jeers: Now they oppose librarians, too? 

In his Cheers & Jeers column today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives JEERS ... to U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. Both Idaho U.S. senators voted in the overwhelming minority to oppose President Obama's choice of Carla D. Hayden to head the Library of Congress. Marty's last line in superb.

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June revenues $20.1M over projections

Idaho’s state tax revenues for June came in $20.1 million higher than projections – 6.5 percent higher – a revenue bump that means Idaho closed out its fiscal year June 30 with a balanced budget and also automatically transferred $15.6 million to the Budget Stabilization Fund, the state’s main rainy-day savings account.

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Terror truck attack kills at least 84 10 

France's President Francois Hollande has declared a vicious Bastille Day attack in the French city of Nice to be an act of terror. At least 84 people died. 25 more are on life support. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French Tunisian, has been identified as the driver of the truck that plowed through one mile of Bastille Day revelers.

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County OKs $11.9M jail expansion

Kootenai County commissioners are on board with a bigger jail. They agreed Thursday to move forward with plans for a 126-bed, $11.9 million expansion that is expected to be operational by late spring of 2018. A shell will be included in the expansion to add 108 additional beds in the future.

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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.14.16 

French soldiers stand guard by the sealed off area of an attack after a Anchortruck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday. A spokesman for France's Interior Ministry says there are likely to be "several dozen dead."

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.14.16 

I'm facing a difficult choice this weekend, put up another side of fence, or shovel 4 yards of rock into an expanded garden spot in the back yard. Mrs. O is cracking the whip as we get ready to host a small family reunion in mid-August. But, as Scarlett O'Hara might say, I won't think about that today, I'll think about that tomorrow.

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Carlson: Trump 'borderline insane' 

In a column this week, Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles declares presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to be "borderline insane." Carlson is hoping against hope that Republican delegates to the national convention in Cleveland this week will step up and find someone else to carry their banner this fall.

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Truck plows into Bastille Day crowd

Another Terror Attack? At least 60 people have been killed in France after a truck ploughed into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern city of Nice. The city’s mayor said dozens had been killed in the apparent attack. Local media is reporting up to 60 fatalities.

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The pains of labor are stained on the hands of a huckleberry picker during an outing high in the mountains of North Idaho. Pickers are reporting a very good year in the outback for the huckleberries as supplies are good and large berries are plentiful. (File photo by Brian Plonka/SR)

There's huckleberries in them thar hills 

In her post this AM, Marianne Love was typing with purple fingers, a good indicator that her first huckleberry foray into the woods this year was successful. True to the code of the huckleberry picker, Marianne isn't saying where she found the purple gold this year (just picture something above 4,800 feet elevation). Have you been picking yet?

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Main Street: Standing with the Blue

In her Main Street column this week, Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson was at a meeting at the PFPD station as the US flag was lowered to half mast to honor fallen Dallas police officers. She shares some thoughts re: the national turmoil that we're going through.

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The Fabulous Shadows in a more recent photo shoot. Pictured from left to right: Mike Bolan, Dexter Yates, Jack Fulwiler, Doug Wanamaker, Pete Shepperd and Jim Frame. (Courtesy of Dexter Yates via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Fabulous Shadows return to spotlight 

The Fabulous Shadows, a local boy band that started in the 1960s and have been off and on since, are planning a performance on a Coeur d'Alene Lake Cruise with the Rhythm Dogs. This could be their last concert. "We are getting old," saxophonist Dr. Jack Fulwiler, 68, said. "We are wearing out."

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District picks Schueller as CHS principal 

Troy Schueller will take the helm at Coeur d’Alene High School as he accepted the offer today to become principal of the CHS Vikings, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. Schueller has played a key leadership role as an assistant principal at Coeur d’Alene High School, a position he has held for the past eight years.

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Inlander weighs in on prosecutor post 

On its Bloglander blog, the Inlander weighs in on the controversial post re: the relationship between police and American blacks: "Bushling has not faced any blowback from Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh, who is on vacation this week. But Tony Stewart of the (human rights task force) says it will be interesting to see how McHugh reacts.

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When a wife changes her name 17 

Former Spokane broadcaster Dan Mitchinson comments on his wife's decision to change her name to his. The Mitchinsons were married in May, "but it's taken this long to get her name changed at the DMV, social security, the bank and so on." Dan said he left it up to his wife to decide if she wanted to change her name. But he's glad she took his.

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Serra Frank, a Boise-based cannabis legalization activist, hopes to make Idaho more like neighboring states that have relaxed their pot laws. (Inlander photo)

Is Idaho's 'tude toward pot changing? 19 

Idaho is neighbor to two western states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use: Oregon and Washington. It is one of the most anti-marijuana states in the West. Yet, in an article for the Inlander, reporter Jake Thomas notes that there may be seeds of change re: marijuana use sprouting in Idaho.

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Cindy: Parents keep magic alive 

In her Front Porch column this week, Cindy discusses the job parents have to keep the magic alive in their children's lives: "From sharing beloved childhood favorite films and books with my boys to discovering new stories and new adventures with them, parenthood has allowed me to retain a bit of the ability to believe in the impossible."

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Poll: Deputy prosecutor's post 'racist' 

A plurality of Hucks Nation said a controversial Facebook post by a Kootenai County deputy prosecutor was racist. 70 of 183 respondents (38.25%) said the post by Bryant Bushling re: police patrolling black neighborhoods was racist. Today's Poll: Was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrong in publicly criticizing Donald Trump?

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Business: Buy a car, get a gun 

Liz Burch/KHQ: Gotta Lovitt Motors says business has been booming since they started their "buy a car, get a gun" ad campaign. Salesman Jonny Keller explains despite the ad's wording, the Hayden business isn't actually handing out guns. Instead, they're giving out gift card to hunting and sporting stores in the area.

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AM Headlines -- 7.14.16 

AM Headlines features news that environmentalists have filed a federal lawsuit, contending that 26 dams are harming bull trout. Also: Bull trout suit targets 26 dams/EOBoise, Prosecutor to crack down on DUIs/KREM, District announces CHS principal finalists/Press, Senate Judiciary OKs Nye for Idaho judge/EOBoise ...

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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.





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