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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

Sam needs our help 

At City Hall, Sam Taylor is going buggy looking at the bare walls to his office. His stuff from Morro Bay is in storage. So he Facebooked an SOS asking for something -- anything -- to help decorate his office. One responder offered Sam a large photo of Morro Bay. We can do better than that, my Huckleberry friends. Do you have something for Sam?

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A real cowboy wants to be governor 

In his online column, Randy Stapilus comments re: Lt Gov Brad Little's decision to run for guv in 2018: "Brad Little comes from one of the major Idaho pioneer families, for three decades running his family’s large ranching operations based at Emmett. He has been an actual cowboy – the real thing, not a rodeo enthusiast but a working cattleman."

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City explains 4th of July traffic control 

The city of Coeur d'Alene has provided a map and explanation of traffic control for the 4th of July activities. Downtown Coeur d'Alene and a key freeway interchange will have numerous road closures in order to ensure adequate traffic flow for Independence Day festivities Monday.

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Guardian: Ban private fireworks 

The Boise Guardian wants a ban on private fireworks, after a fireworks-caused fire burned a house, an outbuilding and 2,500 acres of the Boise foothills: "Possession of guns is protected by the U.S. Constitution, but fireworks are not a “right” of citizens. We say there is nothing patriotic about burning houses and injuring people with fireworks."

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CdA garbage transition explainer

In a video posted on the city of Coeur d'Alene Facebook site, Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor explains the transition phase of the switch for the Coeur d'Alene garbage collection from Waste Management to Coeur d'Alene Garbage Co. Coeur d'Alene Garbage officially took over today.

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STCU surveillance video of robbery. (Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Customer shoots robbery suspect 41 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has released images from security footage that clearly show a robbery suspect holding a gun Thursday afternoon at STCU’s South Valley branch. One image also shows the customer who shot the suspect. The customer has retained a lawyer. (Question: Did the customer act correctly in shooting robbery suspect?)

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Blackwell Island annexation begins 10 

A request filed Friday asks the city of Coeur d’Alene to annex a largely developed portion of Blackwell Island. The currently unincorporated land is owned by Marina Yacht Club LLC, a subsidiary of the Hagadone Corporation, and is leased to the entities that operate The Cedars Floating Restaurant and Hagadone Marine Center.

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More bad news for newspapers 

In The Nation, writer Eric Alterman writes that the time is getting late for the newspaper industry, as digital media continues to hasten its demise. And Alternman explains why the death of good, hard-nose newspapering should matter to all Americans who value democracy.

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Big Fish 11 

On his Outdoors blog, SR outdoors editor Rich Landers introduces us to a huge, white sturgeon, caught-and-released in Hells Canyon, that might be a century old. The sturgeon was 10 feet long with a 54-inch girth.

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Tiny Library 

On my bike ride home Thursday, I spotted one of those Tiny Libraries, south of the intersection of Hattie Avenue and 5th Street/CdA. I stopped long enough to check out some of the authors. As I biked off, I thought about returning with some books to share. Which 3 books would you want to be part of a Little Library in your neighborhood?

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AM Headlines -- 7.1.16 

AM Headlines today includes an activity by Brookdale Senior Living that permits oldtimers to try to catch fish at West Medical Lake. Also: I-90 rollover injures Alaskan/Press, Jobs Plus connects dots with education/Press, Comedian saves choking child at Spokane airport/KXLY, Major campaign finance reform initiative falls short/EOB + more ...

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KCSO seeks hit-and-run pickup

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help identifying a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision near Hayden. At about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Dakota Howard, 21, of Spirit Lake, was driving his Ford Ranger pickup carrying three passengers east on West Hayden Avenue when he was hit head-on by an unknown man turning south on Huetter Road.

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CHS picks Hanna for boys' basketball

Tony Hanna has aspired to coach at the highest level possible. So to land at Coeur d’Alene High as the boys basketball coach – at a 5A school – allows Hanna to check off a box. Hanna, who has coached at 3A Timberlake the last five years, was offered the Vikings’ position Wednesday. He replaces Kurt Lundblad, who was fired last month.

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Poll: 4 more years -- for Obama 26 

In the Thursday poll, Hucks Nation voted that it prefers to see a third term for President Barack Obama than to see either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump elected this fall. Today's Poll: What effect will the new permitless carry law have on Idaho?

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Gun lobby celebrates brave new Idaho 

In an editorial, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the permitless carry law that takes effect today: "The conceal carry movement, in fact, may be making us less secure. Looking over records from 1979 to 2010, Stanford law professor John J. Donohue III linked these laws to 'substantially higher rates' of violent crime."

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Rare Earth singer to perform in CdA

Peter Rivera, the former lead singer of the popular 1970s band, Rare Earth, will perform with Spokane-based The Step Brothers in downtown Coeur d'Alene Friday evening. Rivera, whose children graduated from Coeur d'Alene High, will be making a rare appearance when he performs for 1st Friday Funk.

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Truck hits 2 Litehouse workers, kills 1 

Two employees of Litehouse Foods near Sandpoint were struck by a pickup truck while on a lunchtime walk Thursday. One was killed and one was critically injured, the Idaho State Police said. The workers were walking along McGhee Road just north of the Litehouse headquarters...

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Volunteer Ellie Labrucherie, 8, and her mother Amanda, left, wipe down seats in the Spokane Arena Thursday, June 30, 2016. Volunteers from local Jehovah's Witness congregations will scrub and scrape around every seat and walkway of the Spokane Arena before their three-day convention. Church officials say that the church likes to leave their meeting spaces in better condition than when they arrived. More than 50 JW congregations will assemble for a three-day meeting July 1-3 at the Arena, a group estimated to be 6200 people. The evangelical group also invites everyone who would like to know more about their beliefs to attend also. There will be two sessions, morning and afternoon, each day. (Jesse Tinsley/SR photo)

Jehovah's Witnesses gather in Spokane 

With a big Jehovah's Witnesses convention coming to Spokane, SR online developer Dan Gayle was asked by the SR to discuss his faith. Gayle admits in his comments that he was reluctant to step forward because "a vocal minority of crackpot religionists ... decry us as the mouthpiece of the beast." What is your view of Jehovah's Witnesses?

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Permitless carry takes effect today 16 

Buckle your seatbelt, my Huckleberry friend, permitless carry is now the law of Idaho, in time for the Fourth of July celebration in Coeur d'Alene. For the first time, everyone over 21, who are not otherwise disqualified, can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. (Question: How will the new law impact Idaho?)

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Progressive PAC forms in Lake City 

Don't look now, but a progressive PAC is forming in Coeur d'Alene, with a goal of bringing balance back to local politics. Coeur d'Alene brothers Dan and Sherm Hanks are the brain trust of the new Freedom PAC. That name, of course, will make the Liberty wing of the Republican Party go nuts.

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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.





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