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FRIDAY, AUG. 11, 2017

TGIF Wild Card -- 8.11.17 27 

We've settled on the time and date for Huckleberries Farewellfest, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. The SR will provide the cake, punch, and other treats. Mayor Steve will shut down the dining room area, as he has for the many February blogfests at the Grill.

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Cutline Contest -- time2vote 43 

The Cutline Contest today features old codger DFO and his trophy wife, Mrs. O, at the Summer Concert Series Thursday evening, sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Arts and Culture Alliance. Thursday Winner: gitrdun.

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No charges in bank robbery try 

Detectives from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office have identified and interviewed the person of interest regarding the reported attempted robbery at US Bank in Hayden. After a thorough interview, the prosecutor decided not to file charges in the case.

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Task Force acknowledges DFO 

OK, Tony Stewart and Christie Wood, my two-long time friends at the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, insist that I publish the following Hat Tip on Huckleberries Online. I was worried that one of the two of them would retire from their important duties. And I'm the one who stepped off the roller coaster first.

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Real service dogs only 

I spotted this sign on the front desk of the Coeur d'Alene Library earlier this week when I turned in an overdue book, "The Rain in Portugal: Poems" by Billy Collins. It cost me 70 cents to be late. Magnanimously, I gave the librarian a dollar. Then, I wondered how many users try to sneak their non-service dogs into the library.

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Flashback: He loved me not 

Those of you who have been around her for awhile will remember the battles between Huckleberries (nee Kootenai Grapevine) and Mayor for Life Ray Stone. Stone fired from the hip. And Huckleberries quoted him. That created some interesting fodder on Mondays, the original publishing date of Huckleberries. Here's an item from August 1992.

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Wedding crashers steal gifts, slip up 

Police say a selfie taken by two wedding crashers who stole the gifts led to their arrest in Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley Police Department says detectives arrested Joshua Davies and Sierra Davies Thursday. If these two are guilty, they are the definition of bottom feeders.

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Spudbob: Where will we go? 16 

Spudbob asks an interesting question: "With DFO's retirement things will change. Huckleberries is one of my go-to websites for local news and pleasant (hopefully) banter but if Huckleberries goes away (or changes significantly) what other sources of local news and amusement are out there?"

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Beautiful music times 2

Marissa and Kelsey Weddle entertain the audience at the Summer Concert Series at Riverstone Pond Thursday. I'm not sure which is which. They're twins, after all. Both sing beautifully. Second time I've heard them this summer, courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance.

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Peter Rivera, center, and Doug Clark perform on Main Avenue during Street Music Week, June 16, 2016, in downtown Spokane, Wash. (SR file photo)

It was all Clark's fault

I don't know how many of your know this, but SR columnist Doug Clark and I have been fast friends since we met in Red Bluff, Calif., in the early 1970s. I was instrumental in getting Clark into the newspaper business. He was instrumental in bringing me to the Northwest in 1977, to Kalispell. And, then, in 1984, to the Coeur d'Alene ...

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Regarding trolls 19 

Trolls are easy to spot. Some are drive-by, attracted by a topic. Others have a chip on their shoulder and some over-sized idea re: there rights to post what they want in the comments section. Still others are ideologues who have no interest in community. Long before I heard the expression, "Don't Feed the Trolls," I wasn't.

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Poll: Smoke gets in eyes, everywhere

In the Thursday poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation said it is suffering some reaction from the poor air quality that we've been experiencing, including 22.27% who say they've had to stay indoors. Today's Poll: Is it right to play Fantasy Football when so many of the footballers will suffer life-changing brain injuries?

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NIC Chorale seeks community singers

Below, you'll find a news release from my NIC bud Tom Greene re: the North Idaho Cardinal Chorale seeking community singers for its 2017-18 season. Mebbe you're interested. But the news release also sets up this personal question: Do you sing well? Describe your singing.

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Mixed emotions 

I am uneasy with a hobby of mine. I ♥ Fantasy Football. But I also know that many -- most? -- pro football players are putting themselves at risk of serious brain problems by playing. So how can you play Fantasy Football knowing people are harming themselves for our amusement?

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Cathyanne leads the strings 

So I've waited decades to hear Cathyanne Nonini play her violin. And I finally did last night, at Riverstone. She didn't disappoint. Nor did the string and (earlier) brass sections of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony. Cathyanne & Co. entertained a nice audience at Riverstone Pond.

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Montana State fan Mark D’Agostino, right, pours a beer for friend Jerry Johnson before the start of a college football game against Idaho on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, outside the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. The University of Idaho is asking Idaho’s State Board of Education to amend its alcohol permit policy to allow pre-game alcohol sales in the Fan Zone and tailgating in Kibbie Dome parking lots. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UI seeks booze permit again 

The University of Idaho is asking Idaho’s State Board of Education to amend its alcohol permit policy to allow pre-game alcohol sales in the Fan Zone and tailgating in Kibbie Dome parking lots. The board will consider a first reading of the proposal when it meets Friday at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

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Cheers: Risch gets tough w/Trump 

In his Cheers & Jeers column this week, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune CHEERS ... Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Trillhaase applauds Risch for calling President Trump out for drafting a misleaing statement about a 2016 session between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer.

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Jail expansion spurs mixed emotions 

Watching the construction of the Kootenai County jail expansion, Sheriff Ben Wolfinger had bittersweet thoughts during Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony for the $12.4 million project, reports Brian Walker/Press. The sheriff knows the expansion is needed. But the jail will be full again the minute the new addition opens.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2017

The Parting Shot today amuses me. Notice that 4 of the 6 people pictured are on their cellphones. Here, they're at a football preseason game -- and they simply can't take in the fun and feel of that. They have to be on there cellphones, rather than communicate with one another. I love cellphones. But I

Parting Shot -- 8.10.17 

The Parting Shot today amuses me. Notice that 4 of the 6 people pictured are on their cellphones. Here, they're at a football preseason game -- and they simply can't take in the fun and feel of that. They have to be on there cellphones, rather than communicate with one another. I love cellphones. But I don't like what they do to our conversation.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 8.10.17 22 

I thought I'd shaken off the after effects of my retirement announcement Wednesday. But that apparently isn't so. I realized at 10:22 a.m. that I hadn't turned on either police scanner. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa. (From my days as an altar boy saying the Latin mass. Mike Kennedy can translate.)

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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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