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FRIDAY, AUG. 4, 2017

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.4.17

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (19 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 13 more items) includes near drowning at Beaver Bay in Farragut State Park. And a fast-moving brush fire along I-90 at Pleasant View/Post Falls.

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Like father, like son 

I've been missing me some Kathy Plonka photography. And you probably have, too. So I snagged this from a recent series that Kathy shot of the United Steel Workers rally at Hecla Mining HQ this week.

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Boise area youth football plummets

Earlier this week, I learned that parents in the Spokane area were expressing concerns about the dangers of Junior Tackle and high school football. Now, Rachel Roberts of the Idaho Statesman tells us that Youth Football in the Boise and Meridian areas is off 44% from 2011 to 2016.

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SR file photo for illustrative purposes.

Dentist Office 

Most of us fear going to the dentist office, no matter how nice the local teeth pullers try to make it look. The late Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, hinted at the discomfort we feel simply stepping through the front door in this two-line poem.

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Huckleberry Friends -- 8.4.17 

A roundup of social media links at Huckleberries Online begins with a look at the coming harvest at Marianne Love's Lovestead. Also: No WH chaos!/Fort Boise, Boy Scout reunion/Bay Views, Your weekend planner/On Tap, Movies, Mahnke & money/Faithful Geek, 2 class acts, 1 classless/Carlson Chronicles + more ...

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Poll: Most undecided re: Lt Gov race 

In the Thursday poll, 52% of the respondents said it was undecided about the candidates in the five-way race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Today's Poll: Which of this weekend's events in Coeur d'Alene will you attend: Art on the Green, Downtown Street Fair, and/or Taste of Coeur d'Alene?

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AM Headlines -- 8.4.17

AM Headlines: Drivers license office delayed/Press, Hagadone CFO Magnuson dies/Press, Sayer joins Hagedorn campaign/EOBoise, Man attacked, harassed in downtown CdA/Press, Avista, Telect, now Red Lion ... what gives?/SR, Female jogger dies after logging truck hits her/KHQ, Red Lion Hotels moves corporate HQ to Denver/SR ...

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Idaho may limit int'l prep athletes 

A move to limit international students in high school athletics will not affect just a few students at Genesis Prep in Post Falls. Try the whole student body. Approved as a first reading at Wednesday’s Idaho High School Activities Board meeting was a motion to limit International Students to regular season games only, starting with the 2018-19.

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Albertson's responds to criticism re: CdA supermarket 

Earlier this week, a HucksOnline reader criticized store operations at Coeur d'Alene's Albertsons here. Rob Backus, senior vice president of Albertson's Store Operations in Seattle, Wash., responds to Huckleberries Online that the store is taking the criticism seriously and taking steps to address the problems.

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Geopolitics, Kootenai style

In a Ridenbaugh Press column, Randy Stapilus comments that former Coeur d'Alene mayor and Congressman John T. Wood would fit in well with today's Kootenai County Republican Party. In his later years, the physician who helped found Coeur d'Alene's first hospital turned to dark conspiratorial theories.

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Mountain bikers ride through Tunnel No. 26 – one of nine tunnels visitors enter on the Route of the Hiawatha rail trail. (Rich Landers)

Hiawatha Trail sets monthly record 

Driving to the Montana-Idaho border to ride a 15-mile rail trail over nine trestles and through 11 cool tunnels appears to be even more popular in hot weather. The Route of the Hiawatha has set a new monthly visitation record with 15,663 riders during July. Rich Landers/SR Outdoors reports ...

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Hollingsworth defends GOP CC 12 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press, Jim Hollingsworth sides with the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee in the war of words with Precinct Committeewoman Christa Hazel, who has submitted her letter of resignation. Hazel says the GOP CC is paranoid and biased against moderate Republicans. Hollingsworth disagrees.

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ACU: Vick scores high, Malek low 

The most conservative state senator in Idaho lives in Dalton Gardens, according to the American Conservative Union Foundation. Sen. Steve Vick in District 2 was the highest scoring senator in the American Conservative Union’s ranking of Idaho lawmakers’ voting records during the 2017 legislative session. Rep. Luke Malek scored low.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2017

Trump: White House 'real dump' 30 

A golf journalist is standing by his report that President Trump called the White House a "dump" despite Trump's claim that it's "totally untrue." Alan Shipnuck told Golf Magazine that eight or nine people heard Trump call the White House a dump. The Hill reports ...

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Church discount angers atheists 39 

On her Facebook wall, Huckleberry Friend Jamie Sedlmayer reports that area atheists are angry at the discount to church goers offered by Spokane Taco Times: "Not sure of the legality of it but the group is sure that this type of discount violates federal law. Therefore the group is hell bent on bringing it to a stop." Thoughts?

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Logging truck hits, kills jogger

Officials say a jogger, who has not yet been identified, died as a result of being hit by a logging truck Thursday morning near Priest River. The collision happened on Dufort Road and the truck overturned afterward. Adam Mayer/KHQ reports.

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Poll: Leave immigrant level alone

In the Wednesday poll, a majority of Hucks Nation opposed plans by President Trump and some U.S. senators to dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. Today's Poll: If the 2018 race for Idaho lieutenant governor was held today, who would you support?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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