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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

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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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 7.23-24. 16 

I'm facing another weekend of fence-building with my neighbor. Once we get the back fence built, I have one last honey-do item on the agenda and then it's kick back time for the rest of the summer. One of these years, I'll have to take the whole summer off, to see what that's like in our viewtiful city by the lake.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 7.22.16 

For all the long faces, including mine, re: the quality of nominees at the top of the presidential tickets for the Republicans and Democrats, I can't wait for the debates. They are going to be barn burners. Mano y mano. Trump versus Clinton. No holds barred. First, however, I'm looking forward to watching the DNC next week.

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Rathdrum McDonald’s owners Tim and Terri Skubitz presented Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer with a check for $3,006.43 from the July 16 event. (Photo courtesy of city of Coeur d'Alene)

Event raises $3,000 for Sgt Moore memorial 

A fundraiser at the Rathdrum McDonald’s netted more than $3,000 for a Coeur d’Alene memorial honoring Sgt. Greg Moore and fallen officers nationwide. Rathdrum McDonald’s owners Tim and Terri Skubitz presented Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer with a check for $3,006.43 from the July 16 event.

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Memorial set for Post Falls grid coach

A memorial service will be held for football coach Jeff Hinz at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, on the Post Falls High football field -- Friday Night Lights style. Afterward, a celebration of life will take place at the Greyhound Park Events Center. Coach Hinz died this week after a three-year battle with cancer.

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The Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe Facebook offers photos of the crossing of Lake Coeur d'Alene by tribal members in canoes today. The caption reads: "Safely out of the water after a long day's paddle from Camp Larson. Great way to kick off Julyamsh weekend and great job to everyone who made the journey!" Julyamsh begins tonight and runs through Sunday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.

Blogosphere -- 7.22.16 

North Idaho blog roundup: This is surely one sweet hunt/7 Blog, Brett, tart American summer/On Tap, One down, 1 to go/Dogwalk Musings, Down the Trump escalator/Fort Boise, Thank you, Mark Cuban/Slight Detour, What MADE America great/Bay Views, Magic, make-believe & me/Cindy's All Write, We love the parity of minor league baseball/Grip ...

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Quotable Quote

In Clark Fork, River Journal Publisher Trish Gannon says today via Facebook: "I think people who get in trouble should have to sand drywall as a punishment." She goes on to explain why. I haven't sanded drywall. But I have dug out 2 feet of concrete for fence posts. (Q: What is the nastiest job that you have done in the last year?)

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Breaking! No charges in Nault death 

No criminal charges will be filed against anyone in the July 21, 2015, death on Lake Coeur d'Alene of Coeur d'Alene High athlete Reggie Nault, according to Boundary County Prosecutor Jack Douglas: "I have determined that no criminal act can be shown to be a direct cause of Mr. Nault's death."

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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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