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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

Parting Shot -- 9.23.16 

Joel Goldsworthy, 11 and Ellis Archer,10 climb to the top of a new soft rope play structure in lower Manito Park. The pavilion-shaped structure and its accompanying features are intended to challenge children and spark their imaginations. A German-based company called Berliner is the manufacturer.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 9.23.16 11 

Another weekend looms, as does another opportunity to help a friend who is moving into a new house. One of the greatest gifts you can give to someone else is to help them move. You're donating time & muscle. If there are enough hands on deck, you have a good time, too, especially if pizza and/or sub sandwiches are involved.

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GoFundMe set up for coaches 

Friends and family have established a GoFundMe account for assistant basketball coaches George Swanson and Christopher Kemp. The two coaches were seriously injured Tuesday AM when hit by a vehicle that was trying to avoid their wrecked car, west of Spokane. The goal of the NIC Coaches Medical Fund is $10,000.

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PSAs (public service announcements) for today: KCSO provides results of impaired driver emphasis. North Idaho College trustee meeting agenda for Wednesday/NIC. 104th CdA chamber annual meeting set. Day of Caring helps several local nonprofits. Fire danger in Kootenai County to be lowered ...

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Rumorama: To debate or not 

A rumor is circulating on local social media that local Republican candidates are dodging on Oct. 7 debate at the Coeur d'Alene Library, to be sponsored by the League of Women Voters. A League of Women Voters official told me that the group was having trouble contacting GOP candidates. And that Mary Souza had just called.

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In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens as Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. Cruz announced today, he will vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face for the Texas senator who previously called the New York businessman a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral." (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Never say never: Cruz backs Trump 29 

Do you remember the bitter GOP primary between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and eventual presidential nominee Donald Trump? They swapped personal insults. Trump called Cruz "Lyin' Ted." Cruz said he would never endorse Trump. Well, now he has. Today. Thoughts?

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No more Phantoms in Bonneville

Bonneville School District trustees have tabled the new name and mascot of the district’s unfinished high school. For now, no more Black Canyon Phantoms. The board’s decision followed a social-media outcry on Bonneville’s Facebook after the district posted a request for images of phantoms that were “mysterious and power, not cryptic or dark."

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Seagull Sunday

On his Facebook wall, photographer Don Sausser says of this gathering of seagulls last Sunday: "Obviously, a beach gull service this Sunday morning." The seagulls were hanging out on the beach between Hagadone HQ and Independence Point.

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Simpson, Labrador push PILT funding 

Idaho Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson have joined the push to rescue federal funding for schools in Idaho timber country. The Republican lawmakers joined 50 colleagues Thursday, signing a bipartisan letter supporting the Secure Rural Schools program. Kevin Richert/Idaho Education News reports.

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IFF: Oliver Twist pays for Bruce Wayne 

In his latest Idaho Freedom Foundation column, executive Wayne Hoffman spotlights a possible ordinance in Lewiston that he says "would provide special deals for businesses that create 30 jobs or more and make multimillion dollar investments in the city."

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Stapilus: Missing the debates

In his weekly column, Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press comments on the failure of 3 Democratic congressional candidates -- Jerry Sturgill for the Senate and James Piotrowski and Jennifer Martinez for the House -- to respond in time to Idaho Debates request to debate the Republican incumbents.

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9/11 musical captivates CdA producer

Dunno if you've heard of the play "Come From Away." It's about a town in Gander, Newfoundland, that served as host for 6,579 passengers on transatlantic flights that were stranded when terrorists attacked America on Sept 11, 2001. The play is Broadway hot. And it has a connection to Coeur d'Alene.

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Poll: Dvorak should keep job 

In the Thursday poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation says former AG spokesman Todd Dvorak shouldn't have lost his job, despite being charged with misdemeanor pot possession. Today's Poll: Will you keep watching NFL football if the race protest started by 49er QB Kaepernick spreads?

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League to register voters at libraries

Did you know that 8,114 of the 69,029 Kootenai County voters who cast ballot on Election Day 2012 registered to vote that day? That caused longer lines. This year, the League of Women Voters will register voters at the libraries at Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Hayden on Sept 27, to address the problem.

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City announcement for open house re: Seltice Way revitalization project.

Taylor: Seltice Way renewal project vital 10 

In response to HucksOnline commenters re: "Open house set for Seltice Way proposal," Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor says that the proposed revitalization of Seltice Way is crucial. Sam defends the use of urban renewal money to fund the project. And says that it's obvious that Seltice Way is "unsafe & deteriorated."

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Factoid 10 

For those keeping score at home, the percentage of Washington residents getting a free bunk & 3 meals a day at the Kootenai County Jail, courtesy of local taxpayers, is 13.34%. Lt. Stu Miller told Huckleberries this morning that the jail population from Spokane usually runs between 15% & 20%. See state breakdown below.

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AM: Dolly Parton entertains Spokane

AM Headlines today: Washington pot sales inch closer to Idaho/KXLY, Lewiston man gets prison for 10th/11th DUIs/Tribune, Crapo, Risch lobby for PILT payments/Crapo office, Spokane murder suspect makes appearance/Press, Ed Board now wants to keep dual-credit program/IENews, Edit: Need for funds adds pressure for CdA schools/Press ...

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Huckleberries hears ...

Huckleberries hears that ... popular Hastings on Appleway may be gone. But a similar store is about to take its place. A well-placed Berry Picker tells Huckleberries that Vintage Stock, a Missouri company, will take over the store 3 weeks after Hastings closes at the end of October

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500M Yahoo accounts hacked 

Yahoo says "state-sponsored" hackers stole data on about 500 million users in what could be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. The breach included swathes of personal information, including names and emails, as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers." (Q: Do you have a Yahoo account?)

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North Idaho Cider has added flavors with their expansion. (Carrie Scozzaro/Inlander photo)

North Idaho Cider changes ownership 14 

North Idaho Cider may have fewer partners since the departure of two founding members, yet the numbers look good, say remaining owners Jeff Selle, Keith Allen and Matt Peterson. In the past year, they have nearly quadrupled their cider offerings from two to seven and doubled the places carrying their ciders. Carrie Scozzaro/Inlander reports.

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A 2nd amendment sanctuary city? 

The city of Spokane Valley could become a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, if a proposal by a city councilman is approved. Caleb Collier is pushing for the designation, which would symbolically proclaim the city's support for its citizens' right to keep and bear arms.

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NIC coaches in stable condition

George Swanson and Chris Kemp, assistant men's basketball coaches at North Idaho College, are in stable condition after they were struck by a driver at an accident site west of Spokane Thursday morning. They were on a recruiting trip with head coach Corey Symons & 2 other men. Ryan Collingwood/Press reports.

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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.