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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

Teton County rejects lands transfer 34 

After hearing support for continued federal management of public lands from a dozen residents yesterday, the Teton County Board of Commissioners (Driggs, Idaho) voted to formally oppose efforts to transfer America’s public lands to the state of Idaho or local governments.

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"My daughter says she'd "much rather learn about science @OMSI than go shopping" in Portland. #AttaGirl #ScienceChicksRule #STEM #LoveToLearn" -- Chairman Christa Hazel of the Coeur d'Alene School Board.

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Renfro could face death penalty 

Jonathan Renfro of Rathdrum, the accused killer of Sgt. Greg Moore on May 5, 2015, could still face the death penalty, according to Drew Reeves/KXLY. After deliberating for 30 minutes Monday, a 1st District Court Judge refused to take the death penalty off the table.

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AM Headlines -- 7.26.16 

AM Headlines: July 2016 meeting minutes/ignite cda, Cedar Fire continues to grow/Daily Fly, Pitbulls attack 2 Orofino boys/Daily Fly, Celebrating 3 years of CdA 20/30/Press, US Senate art came from Cataldo Mission/Press, 4 bikes worth $4,800 total stole from RV park/Press, Otter helps Kochava celebrate new headquarters/Bee + more ...

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Poll: Democrats will be united

In the Monday poll, a slight majority of Hucks Nation says national Democrats will emerge from their convention in Philadelphia united behind standard bearer Hillary Clinton. Today's Poll: Should individuals who commit premeditated murder against police officers be executed?

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Trump blasts Hillary 'Rotten Clinton' 142 

Donald Trump went after Hillary Clinton's maiden name on Monday, unveiling a new nickname for his presidential opponent: "Hillary Rotten Clinton." "Why did Hillary get rid of her middle name, huh?" Trump asked during a town hall in Roanoke, Va., repeating "rotten" several more times instead of "Rodham."

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Mike: Bernie's speech made difference 17 

On his Facebook wall, Mike Kennedy said he didn't support Bernie Sanders in his quixotic run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He didn't support Hillary Clinton either. But, Mike said, Sanders speech and willingness to work for Clinton's election is the glue that separates Democrats from dysfunctional Republicans.

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Case dropped in undercover video 

The case was dropped Tuesday against activists in the center of a Planned Parenthood undercover video lawsuit. Several Planned Parenthood groups joined the federal lawsuit against David Daleiden and the people behind the discredited video smear campaign that targeted Planned Parenthood health centers and staff.

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Audit raises red flags about fair 

Acting on an audit that raised financial concerns about the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, county commissioners on Monday unanimously decided to expand the volunteer fair board from seven to nine members. ... Green said the audit raised multiple financial concerns about the fairgrounds.

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Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democrats try to resolve discord 

Reuters: Hillary Clinton was set to become the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. party on Tuesday, a historic moment that Democrats hope will help eclipse rancor between supporters of Clinton and her rival in the primary contests, Bernie Sanders. (Question: Did you listen to any of the speeches Monday?)

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GoFundMe helps Bernie delegates 

Idaho delegates for Bernie Sanders used crowdfunding campaigns to pay their way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Price tags for the national convention range as high as $5,000. More than half of the 20 Idaho delegates for Sanders created GoFundMe accounts to pay expenses for the convention.

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Oil train vote goes to Spokane voters 

The future of oil and coal traveling by rail through downtown Spokane will be decided by voters in November. The City Council voted 6-0 on Monday night to put the question before voters, with City Councilman Breean Beggs saying he hoped the platform of a presidential election would send a strong message to federal lawmakers & regulators.

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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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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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