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THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2017

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.3.17 11 

Scanner Traffic for Thursday AM (20 items & counting) includes report that 20-foot boat, with people aboard, is sinking on Lake Coeur d'Alene, off Higgens Point. Also, logging truck rolled ejecting driver into Pend Oreille River, near Priest Lake. Driver OK. But jogger may be involved.

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AM Headlines -- 8.3.17 

AM Headlines begin with story & Kathy Plonka/SR photos of the United Steel Workers strike near Hecla's HQ in CdA. Also: Public Records (Aug. 3)/Press, Injured deer euthanized/Press, Judge picks rehab for heroin dealer/Press, Region deals with hazy, lazy August days/Press, Judge picks rehab for heroin dealer/Press Region deals with hazy days ...

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West Nile virus case in North Idaho 

A Kootenai County resident has contracted West Nile virus from a bite from a local mosquito – the first such case ever reported in North Idaho. Panhandle Health District reports that the resident tested positive for the virus and was hospitalized, but is now recovering. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports. Q: Does this report worry you?

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City fixing NW Blvd cloverleaf area 

"Some crucial road maintenance near the Northwest Boulevard-Interstate 90 interchange this morning!" reports Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor. "Over the next week or so our amazing Streets & Engineering Department crew will be laying asphalt to patch areas outside of the 'clover' of this interchange area."

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Letter: Local GOP CC unwelcoming 

In a letter to the editor, Deborah Rose agrees with Christa Hazel that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee and its leadership are unwelcoming to those who disagree, even if only a little. Rose's comment attracted an online response by Angela Ippolito-Cross in defense of the local Central Committee.

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Cougar sighting at Priest Lake 

Kim Heinrich of Huckleberry Bay/Priest Lake photographed this "kitty" outside her cabin Tuesday. You can also see a video by Kim of the cougar moving around. Pecky Cox posted 3 photos and video of cougar on Priest Lake Facebook page.

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Heat wave won't end soon 

The region's heatwave may top out just shy of the triple-digit temperatures that forecasters were calling for earlier this week. Coeur d’Alene may see 94 degrees on Thursday and Friday and then low 90s on Saturday and Sunday. Mike Prager/SR reports ...

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Elle Kienow, then 2, paints at a children's art station at the 2015 Art on the Green event in Coeur d'Alene. (Shawn Gust/Coeur d'Alene Press file photo)

3 ways to have fun for 3 days

This weekend up to 60,000 people are expected to flock to downtown Coeur d’Alene to experience fun, shopping, food, music and art at three of the area’s most anticipated annual events. Starting Friday and running through Sunday are the Downtown Street Fair, Taste of Coeur...

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Earlier this week, Will Meyer of Lakeside House Inspections scrapes and paints a bump-out windown above the porch at Casa Oliveria. (Mrs. O photo for Huckleberries)

Hump Day Wild Card -- 8.2.17 14 

My house has undergone a transformation in recent weeks, thanks to Precision Roofing, Will Meyer of Lakeside House Inspections and Bill Towner of Towner Inspections. I can't applaud these companies enough. Meticulous. Reasonable rates. They've transformed my two-story house after 32 years from baby blue to two-tone gray. It's viewtiful.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.2.17

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday PM (16 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items) includes pitbull left in car while female driver visited someone in the Kootenai County Jail this PM ...

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Cutline Contest -- time2vote 

The Cutline Contest today features a MLB postgame ritual in which Toronto Blue Jays' teammates douse Steve Pearce for hitting a walkoff grand slam to beat the Los Angeles Angels Sunday. Tuesday Winner: Dennis.

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Closed-door meeting 

President Trump on Wednesday signed a bill that imposes new sanctions on Russia, ending immediate hopes that he might be able to reset U.S. relations with the Kremlin as Congress overruled his opposition to the provisions' curb on his executive power. The Washington Post reports ...

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In this Sept. 19, 2016, AP file photo, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a neo-conservative, introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Ft. Myers, Fla. (AP file photo)


In his whimsical way, Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue addressed the neo-conservative movement. His sentiments appear to apply to some today.

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Local GOP ran off military veteran 

If you think that Christa Hazel was the first committee person to quit in frustration with the Far Right antics of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, you're wrong. Here's a Huckleberry that I wrote when retired Army National Guard Major Andrew Whipple quit in August 2015 ...

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Peekaboo 35 

A boy looks out of the hatch on the Sheriff's new "tank," which is used for protecting officers in a potential shooting incident or standoff. The vehicle was on display at the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office 4th annual National Night Out at McIntire Family Park in Hayden Tuesday evening.

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Bill would slash immigration total 17 

The Washington Post reports: "President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade, a goal Trump endorsed on the campaign trail that would represent a profound change to U.S. immigration policies that have been in place for half a century." Thoughts?

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AM Headlines -- 8.2.17

AM Headlines today includes a photo set of 4 by Duane Rasmussen, from the KCSO's National Night Out event at McIntire Family Park Tuesday night. Also: Air alert issued in Spokane/SR, Court OKs Mt Spokane expansion/SR, Blazes keep firefighters busy/CdA Press,Reggae, folk band to perform tonight/Press 'Ales for the Trail' to help Centennial Trail/SR.

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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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