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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2, 2017

Kerri: Lazy days of summer aren't 

Kerri Thoreson, Main Street columnist for the Coeur d'Alene Press, wonders where all this lazy-days-of-summer talk comes from. August is anything but lazy with all the activities planned for the coming weeks, including Art on the Green. Kerri's right. I've been anything but lazy this summer. How about you?

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A word of caution 

"OK men, some important advice. After chopping hot peppers, never go pee without washing hands first!" -- Huckleberry Friend Hugh Imhof of Spokane. Thoughts? ;-)

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Press: Beware of budget B.S. 

In an editorial today, the Coeur d'Alene Press comments that the vibrant economy has taxing entities salivating. The editorial goes on to applaud Kootenai County commissioners for second guessing a budget request from the sheriff's office for six new Interceptor cars -- while 8 new cars have been sitting idle for months.

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Letter: Bradway takes issue w/Hazel 41 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Don Bradway, editor of the Redoubt News, targets an op-ed article by Christa Hazel, who just quit the GOP Central Committee: "Christa seems to forget that the KCRCC represents all Republicans in Kootenai County, not just the moderates ('Reasonable Republicans') she likes to hang out with."

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Govt bloat? Don't waste your breath 

In a column for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, former opinion editor Jim Fisher takes issue about the notion put forward by gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist that he can reduce state spending by cutting government bloat. Fisher says: "Stop it!" All candidates should know better.

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Fire burns historic barn at event venue 

A large historic barn that had been repurposed as a private event venue just outside Coeur d’Alene was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. In recent years the farmstead has been called Settlers Creek, a venue for concerts, weddings, corporate dinners and culinary classes. Chad Sokol/SR reports ...

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Superior Court Judge Michael Price (back to camera) swears in new Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tony Hazel during an investiture held Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Gonzaga University Law School. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Hazel first in Spokane judge race

Tony Hazel, a deputy prosecutor appointed to a Spokane County judicial seat in May was easily in first place in a vote this week to win the spot on his own. Why are we interested in this race? Tony is the brother of Coeur d'Alene attorney Joel Hazel.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 1, 2017

Huckleberry checks out a sale on Huckleberry Dog Soap at Mountain Madness Soap Company in downtown Coeur d'Alene. (Mrs. O photo)

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 8.1.17 16 

Mrs. O and Huckleberry have been enjoying their summer inspecting downtown Coeur d'Alene and the waterfront. Huckleberry has had enough training that she'll respond when you call her. And sit. And even roll over, if there's a treat being offered. But she's mischievous. She likes chewing up toilet paper, socks, gloves, etc.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.1.17 

Scanner Traffic for Tuesday PM (15 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 12 more items) includes 2 structure fires that are occurring now -- one along Sunnyside Road, east of Coeur d'Alene, and the other along Riverside Drive, west of Coeur d'Alene.

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Cutline Contest -- time2vote 

In today's Cutline Contest, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's body guards stand on duty as Pence addresses servicement participating in multinational military exercises outside Tbilisi, Georgia. Monday winner: gitrdun.

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Priest Lake bear swats jogger

A black bear charged a man jogging along Priest Lake on Monday, inflicting minor injuries to his leg before running off, Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say. The incident follows a more serious attack on a woman hiking near the lake with her two unleashed dogs on July 4.

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CdA man seeks info on assailant(s) 

Downtown Coeur d'Alene can be unsafe at night if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Facebook Friend Christopher Tracy Baker of Coeur d'Alene is at the hospital now for following tests on his injuries. He tells what happens when a group of troublemakers tried to rob him on Lakeside Avenue, between 3rd-4th streets last night.

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Fire damages Settlers wedding venue 

KREM 2 is reporting that fire along Riverside Drive is at the Settlers Creek wedding venue. One structure is destroyed and fire has jumped to two other buildings. It also has spread to nearby grass and brush, burning 20-30 acres.

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The cover photo from Samantha Ramsay’s Facebook page. (Facebook)

Lightning strike in Alps kills UI prof 

Faculty and staff at the University of Idaho began mourning one of their own Monday when it was announced Samantha Ramsay, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, died Sunday after being struck by lightning while climbing the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.

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Boundary County Sheriff's Office photo.

Boundary County struggles w/commercial huckleberry pickers 

The Boundary County Sheriff's Office sympathizes with residents who are unhappy with commercial huckleberry pickers in the woods. But they on't have the authority to stop them. That's the job of the U.S. Forest Service, says Mike Meier, county public information officer. But the county can enforce other laws like littering, threats, etc.

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NIC vandalism suspect. (Coeur d'Alene police photo)

CPD seeks suspect in NIC vandalism 

Coeur d'Alene police are looking for this guy in connection with vandalism at North Idaho College. From the CPD Facebook page: "On July 29th, 2017 between 3:00 - 6:00 AM, this person was caught on video trying to kick the door of Lee Kildow Hall causing extensive damage."

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Reading scores trending upward

One year into an $11.25 million-a-year literacy initiative, Idaho reading scores are trending upward, reports Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News. More kindergarten through third-grade students are reading at grade level — and fewer students are lagging behind.

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Separated at Birth? 

A newborn calf in Kerrville, Texas, resembles KISS rocker Gene Simmons so much that Simmons tweeted his admiration for the animal. The calf was named Genie. Q: Do you look like someone or something?

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Poll: We won't eat roadkill 

In the Monday poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said it wouldn't knowingly eat a meal containing roadkill. 91 of 164 respondents (55.49%) took that position. Today's Poll: Would you allow your son to play high school football?

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Association cancels tackle football 

The Spokane Youth Sports Association set up shop more than 50 years ago with the tackle football as the very first sport offered. This year for the first time they will discontinue tackle football. Rob Harris/KREM 2 reports. (Q: Would you let your son play Junior Tackle or high school football?

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10-digit dialing coming to Idaho soon

Required 10-digit dialing for local calls starts Saturday in Idaho with the addition of a new area code. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission says the state’s current 208 area code will be joined by new area code 986. That means callers will have to dial the area code along with the seven-digit telephone number to make a local call.

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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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