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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16, 2017

Luke Malek chats with his mother after his announcement that he's running for Congress. His brother is in the background. (Duane Rasmussen photo)

Malek announces for Congress 10 

Maybe it was the worst-kept secret in town. Nonetheless, there was still a slight air of drama Tuesday evening on the sun-splashed deck of his lake-view law office. Despite the casual surroundings, with the star of the show dressed as a proper Idahoan in jeans...

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Judge rules on Renfro testing

A Coeur d’Alene judge denied a motion to allow murder suspect Jonathan Renfro to undergo testing by prosecutors without having his attorneys be part of the process. Ralph Bartholdt/Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2017

Parting Shot -- 8.15.17

The Parting Shot today features Elvis fans gathering at Elvis Presley's Memphis, Tenn., home near Graceland. Fans from around the world are at Graceland for the 40th anniversary of Presley's death.

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Labrador condemns all racism 15 

In a statement issued moments ago by his office, Congressman Raul Labrador said: "As a public servant, as a man of faith and as an American I abhor and condemn the violence, racism and bigotry we saw in Charlottesville. Racism and bigotry in all of their forms are abhorrent."

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Mayor condemns racist violence 

In no uncertain terms, Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer condemned the racist violence of Charlottesville, N.C.: "Coeur d'Alene stands with Charlottesville. Racism and bigotry should never be tolerated in a community." More.

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Miners setting up Rock Drills in The Bunker Hill Company Mine at Kellogg.  (1959 SR file photo)

Prayer for Silver Valley Miners

Tom Wobker, the Bard of Sherman Avenue, loved people who did the tough jobs, from the firefighters who rushed up the towers on 9/11 to the soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here, he remembers the Silver Valley miners who toil "where the snow never falls."

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Cindy and Christa haven't age since this photo was taken at Blogfest 2013. But that Old Fart on the right sure has. Here are 3 of the 4 individuals who have sat in the tailgunner's seat at Huckleberries Online over the years. The other is Taryn Thompson. Wouldn't it be swell if Christa emerged next year as state senator-elect Christa Hazel from Coeur d'Alene in November 2018.

Christa vs Mary in 2018? 

Here would be a main event worth coming back to blog for: Christa Manis vs state Sen. Mary Souza in the Senate District 4 GOP race. Christa would be formidable, even in a closed Republican primary. However, she has little kids. It would be hard...

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Poll: OK to play Fantasy Football

In the Monday poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said it's OK to play Fantasy Football (despite the fact that NFL players risk serious brain injuries) because the players know the risks. Today's Poll: Should Chairman Brent Regan step down from the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee?

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Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor, who cut his teeth as a communicator at Huckleberries Online and The Spokesman-Review, wants you to take a selfie at a city facility and send it in to City Hall.

Sam: Stop by, take a selfie 

Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor has contacted Huckleberries to promote a City Hall Selfie Day. Mayor Steve will proclaim the Selfie Day at tonight's council meeting. After you take a selfie, Sam wants your photos to post online. All the info is below.

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Bloggers who made it 

In this post, DFO applauds the bloggers who have hung in there with Huckleberries Online for a long time, beginning with Marianne Love/Slight Detour, Cis Gors/Simple Mind, and Herb Huseland/Bay Views.

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Last-column ideas? 21 

I don't like final columns. Most of you know that I'm out the door Thursday afternoon. But the majority of my column readership doesn't. They're going to be surprised when I -- or the newspaper -- announce that I'm packing it in. So I need to come up with some final thoughts to end a 47-year newspaper career.

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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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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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