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TUESDAY, AUG. 8, 2017

Wild Card/8.8.17 30 

And the heat goes on. I checked the 10-day weather report last night to see when this heat wave would end. It looks like next Monday. So we have another hot 4 days to share at Huckleberries Online before the cooling trend begins. I dropped A/C when I moved to the Northwest 40 years ago.

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Cutline Contest -- time2vote 12 

The Cutline Contest today features U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking to Chinese Ambassador the the United Nations Liu Jieyi before Security Council vote on new sanctions for North Korea. Monday Winner (3-way tie): gitrdun, CDAJim & SLFisher.

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CdA launches accountability tool 

In a news release, Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor announces "a new, interactive online financial transparency tool for the community in partnership with OpenGov, the leader in government performance management." The tool, sez Sam, allows the city to share its preliminary budget with the new system.

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Blackberries ripening on the vine. (Marianne Love/Slight Detour photo)

Yes, those were rain drops

"If ya think something you did not expect is happening, check on Facebook. You may be right," comments Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "I did see lightning. I did hear thunder, and thought for sure the decorative rocks outside our sliding glass door looked a little wet in the darkness of the early dawn." Q: Did you feel rain drops?

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The codger was a 'boyfriend'

A middle-age Huckleberry Friend noted on her Facebook page recently that she and her "boyfriend" had ridden the Coeur d'Alene Carousel. I've always wondered about that. Lovers do refer to their Significant Others as "girlfriends" and "boyfriends," even when said friends are middle-aged. Should there be another name? Lovers?

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SR file photo for illustrative purposes ...

Those Zucchini from Your Garden 

This one is for my friend Cindy Hval, who fills in ably during those few instances when I'm on vacation. Cindy has been conjuring ways to get rid of zucchini. Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, felt her pain back when.

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Quotable Quote -- 8.8.17 

"I like our dumb cats. I don't like anybody else's dumb cats" -- Derek Hval, long-suffering husband of Cindy Hval, author/blogger/columnist/woman about town. Question: Are you the type that likes your kids and your pets, but not other people's?

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AM Headlines -- 8.8.17 

AM Headlines: Public Records/Press, KCSO log (Aug. 3-4)/Press, Victim bashes attacker/Press, Library offers eclipse program/Press, Spokane drivers face long wait at DMV/SR, 2nd boy dies after brother tried to save him/KHQ, Priest Lake bear attacked woman, dogs/Outdoors, North Idahoan nearly runs into mother bear with cubs/KHQ ...

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Poll: Tourists/visitors welcome 

In the Monday poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation appreciates tourists and visitors to the Coeur d'Alene area to some extent. Only 14.5% consider tourists and visitors to be a "nuisance." Today's Poll: Which kind of cuisine othe than standard American do you prefer?

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Gyro Shack opening in CdA

The Gyro Shack is opening in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. The new quick-service restaurant is located in the Ironwood Square Shopping Center. Its motto is “Real Greek, Real Fast!” Adriana Janovich/SR reports ...

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Kiki Miller Facebook page.

Put a penny on it 18 

Snopes says this old-fashioned remedy is “probably false,” but Coeur d’Alene Councilwoman Kiki Miller begs to differ. When she suffered “a nasty bee sting” recently, Kiki put a penny on it. And the pain diminished quickly. How do you deal with wasp/bee stings?

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Settlers Creek employee Dylan Vahey sprays water on a grass burn spot near the property's amphitheatre Monday afternoon. Last week's fire destroyed the barn and a westerly wind blew sparks into nearby pastures and forest land. (Loren Benoit/Press photo)

Settlers Creek in rebuild mode 

There's been no time to sulk at Settlers Creek after last week's fire wiped out the historic barn of the wedding and event venue. Staff, seen literally jogging on Monday between duties at the farmstead west of Coeur d'Alene off Up River Drive, is scurrying to host its largest wedding of the season this Saturday. Brian Walker/Press reports ...

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Break in poor air coming

What’s shaping up to be a record-breaking heat wave could come to an end early next week as a storm system blows into the Northwest. The change would help rid the region of wildfire smoke from British Columbia that has hung over the region for days and prompted Spokane health officials to declare the the air “unhealthy.” Break in poor air coming...

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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2017

Parting Shot -- 8.7.17 

The Parting Shot today features head Coach Paul Petrino and starting QB Matt Linehan of the University of Idaho Vandals during practice Wednesday. College football is gearing up for another year.

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Wild Card/Monday -- 8.7.17

I forgot to buy coffee for the office today. So I'm trying to make do with instant coffee. So. Dang. Awful. And it provides none of the caffeine kick that I need. I may have to run to the store. Or post a disclaimer warning readers to beware of anything posted this morning.

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Sam responds to HHouse complaint 

As you may recall, Dave Wagner of Coeur d'Alene saw and smelled a mess behind the Harbor House last week, including a used condom that someone had left on the deck. Assistant Deputy Administrator Sam Taylor addresses the issue and other comments about Coeur d'Alene cleanliness at big events below.

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Op-Ed lauds Hate Studies milestone 

In an op-ed article, President Christie Wood and Treasurer Tony Stewart of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations applauded the Gonzaga University Institute on Hate Studies for reaching a milestone -- its 20th anniversary.

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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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