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THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2017

Cutline Contest -- time2vote 15 

The Cutline Contest today features a cat running across the field at Busch Stadium during a ballgame between the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals. (BTW, I've never understood how Sidekick Cindy preferred cats to dogs. But I thought I'd post this one for her.) Wednesday Winner: Dataxman.

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Farewellfest will be next Thursday 13 

Steve Widmyer, the SR, and I have settled on a time and day for Huckleberries Farewellfest, from 5 to 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Fort Ground Grill in the historic Fort Grounds. The SR will provide cake, cookies, punch, and coffee.

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Huckleberry Friends -- 8.10.17 

Huckleberry Friends features links to items in the HucksOnline blogosphere: Investigation lit up/Fort Boise, Oh, Sunburn (in other words, ow)/Faithful Geek, Glacier Park popularity continues to climb/Outdoors, Friday's Openings: Snarky squirrels & haunted dolls/7 Blog, How many grocery items can you carry on bike?/Bike Adventures ...

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A bunch of good guys 

I usually don't run check-passing photos. But I'll make an exception this time. The Coeur Group donated $2,250 to the K7 Memorial at McEuen Field. H/T for that. But bigger H/T to this group of young professionals who are making a difference in this community. I became a fan of the Coeur Group through JimmyMAC and Dustin Ainsworth.

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Labrador Town Hall U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador talks during a town hall at Meridian Middle School in Meridian April 19. (Kyle Green/Idaho Statesman via AP)

Very Scary Creatures

Tom Wobker, the late Bard of Sherman Avenue, routinely spoofed politicians. Here's another of my favorites re: those "Very Scary Creatures" who haunt us for our votes, up to 18 months before election time.

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Brain tumor affected McCain vote? 10 

Sen. Ron Johnson suggested that fellow Republican Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in the Arizona lawmaker’s decisive vote against the GOP health care bill. The Associated Press reports. Thoughts?

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AM Headlines -- 8.10.17

AM Headlines features Cindy's story re: Camp Sweylolakan connecting friends for lifetimes + photo set by Kathy Plonka. Also: Public Records (Aug. 10)/Press, Former UI star Campell dead at 73/SR, Council to get raise, but no tax hike/Press, Judge weighs heroin plea deal/CdA Press, Trio stands up to paddle Spokane River/SR + more ...

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Poll: We're worried about North Korea

In the Wednesday poll, two-thirds of Hucks Nation is worried about a war with North Korea, especially after harsh, recent rhetoric between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jung Un. Today's Poll: Are you affected by the poor (smoky) air quality?

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Christa fires back at Redoubter 17 

On Wednesday, we discussed a nasty post on the Charles Carroll Society blog from some guy who calls himself The Bard of the Redoubt. Christa says he's an official with the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee -- and returns fire (without name-calling) in a Facebook post.

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In this image taken from video on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, provided by KTVB-TV, Lucas McCulley talks during an interview in Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho. (Paul Boehlke / Associated Press)

Man with rare tumor seeks help w/costs

An Idaho man with a large, rare tumor that dominates the right side of his face is asking for help with the medical costs to remove it. Lucas McCulley, of Nampa, was born with a rare lymphangioma tumor that was not detected during his mother’s pregnancy, KTVB-TV reported.

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Searcher: My perspective changed 

I've been touched deeply by the comments you have made re: my retirement. I was hesitant to post any out front b/c I don't want to be seen as blowing my own horn. This one by Searcher touches on a goal I had in mind when I started blogging -- to establish an online community that could debate issues in a civil manner. I think we did that.

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Fort Ground to host Farewellfest 

Mayor Steve Widmyer and I have tentatively set up a Farewellfest for this washed-up blogger from 5 to 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Steve's Fort Ground Grill on River Avenue in the Fort Grounds area. The SR will provide cake, cookies, coffee, soft drinks. And there might be a speech or two.

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Jesse Raymond. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

One moment changed everything

Everything was fine in Jesse Raymond's world just a little more than a month ago. His business, Ace Moving, was really getting off the ground. He just bought a house. Life was going along smoothly. Then one innocent dive into the Snake River changed everything. Devin Heilman/Coeur d'Alene Press reports ...

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Time to fix flawed judicial elections 

In his column this morning, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune comments that something needs to be done about the flawed Idaho Supreme Court elections. As a case in point, he comments that poorly qualified then-state senator Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, came too close to winning a justice seat, trading on his Republican credentials.

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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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