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TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2017

Photo from 2016 Blogfest. (Nic Casey/Faithful Geek)

Grill to provide 1 more HBO event

The Fort Ground Grill has been home to most of the Huckleberries Blogfests over the year. On Thursday evening (5 to 7 p.m.), we will have a Huckleberries Farewellfest, as this oldtimer shuffles off into retirement, All are welcome to come buy for some hugs, cake, thank yous, and mebbe some discussion about the future for old DFO.

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New email address

I've established an email address for contact purposes re: a possible future blog or online commentary. To leave your email address or for personal contact, you can use this Gmail address:

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Malloy: IFF wins if Labrador does 

"If Congressman Raul Labrador is elected next year as Idaho’s next governor, then you can count on this: The Idaho Freedom Foundation will emerge as the most influential lobbying organization in the Statehouse." So says Chuck Malloy of Idaho Politics Weekly ...

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Otter presides over Land Board

Gov. Butch Otter is back and presiding over the state Land Board meeting this morning. He’s gotten lots of welcome-backs and questions about how he’s doing. His response to one of the well-wishers: “Good – slow, but mobile.” Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports ...

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Press spotlights GOP CC clash 

Steve Cameron of the Coeur d'Alene Press digs into the growing controversy involving the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. Chairman Brent Regan, of course, claims the committee is diverse & treats everyone fair & square. Duane Rasmussen, however, makes some interesting insider observations.

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Renfro to appear in court today 

Prosecutors in the county’s most high profile murder case will try to persuade a First District Court judge today to allow their experts to conduct psychological tests on Jonathan D. Renfro without his counsel present. Ralph Bartholdt/Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017

Wild Card/Monday -- 8.14.17 18 

Well, my Huckleberry Friends, we're reaching the end of the line, for now. Four more days of breaking big rocks into little rocks here at Huckleberries Central. Last week, I was the focus of many kind remarks. This week, I want to turn the tables and focus on you: the bloggers, commenters, and blurkers who made this place such a nice cyber spot ...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.14.17

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (18 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 17 more items) includes ISP report on that AM crash near Silverwood that sent 50YO Priest River resident Shelley Swoboda to the hospital via air ambulance.

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I gotta write 

Sorry, guys ... I need to write my penultimate column. I think my long-time friend Christa Hazel will make a final guest appearance. In the lede. I'll be glad when the column writing is out of the way (although I know I'll be missing it by next week). I don't have any idea what the final column will say.

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Hamilton torches local GOP CC 49 

Tom Hamilton, former chairman of the Coeur d'Alene School Board, condemns the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee for remaining silent during repeat attacks by its secretary, Alex Barron, against resigned precinct committeewoman Christa Hazel. Here's a comment made by Hamilton below the Sunday Press editorial ...

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Huckleberry Friends -- 8.14.2017 

I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one here who is jealous of the lifestyle that Marianne Love/Slight Detour lives on her Lovestead. The beautiful scenery. The rural setting. Color me green (with envy). Also, Nic & Herb say nice things about your Huckleberry Hound ...

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What if ... 31 

I am not precluding the possibility of returning to blogging after a six-week respite, to try my hand at private blogging for the City Council races this fall. I don't know what they'll look like. That's why I plan to keep my Facebook and Twitter accounts active. If I should return to some sort of retirement platform, how do I let you know?

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Tom Wobker, aka the Bard of Sherman Avenue, center smiles after being being revealed during Blogfest 2016 on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at in Coeur d'Alene Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland/SR file photo)

Giving Thanks for Readers 

Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, read this poem at his first and final Blogfest, in February 2016. He gave thanks to the readers of Huckleberries (column and blog) who appreciated his poetry for the many years to he wrote for us. This is the last post in his book, "The Bard of Sherman Avenue: Poems by Tom Wobker."

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Shoutout 20 

So many people have provided so much of their writing talents and comments to make Huckleberries Online a swell online watering hole. Question: Which Huckleberries Online regular would you most like to share a beer or coffee with? And why?

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Alex Barron, left, secretary of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee and the self-described Bard of the American Redoubt, speaks with state Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene, while local GOP Chairman Brent Regan looks on. (Duane Rasmussen file photo)

Local GOP official attacks Christa 28 

In a podcast, Alex Barron, the secretary of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, steps up his attacks on Christa Hazel. Barron, the self-described Bard of the American Redoubt, attacks Christa as a "little round liar," as well as her heroic former FBI father, Wayne Manis.

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Regan, writer fight re: Roberts rules 

In an op-ed article in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Robert Hunt of Post Falls calls out local GOP Chairman Brent Regan re: his handling of debate at the July meeting involving precinct committeewoman Christa Hazel, who subsequently resigned from the committee. You can read a link to Hunt's comments on Roberts rules below. Regan, of course, responds ...

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Press heralds new digital approach 

Publisher Larry Riley of the Coeur d'Alene Press explained in a weekend report that his newspaper is going to tighten up its online firewall. The Press will provide 10 free articles per month to readers. If they want more, they must pay $9.95 per month for the access.

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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.