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April 11, 2019, 5 a.m.
It has been almost three years since Tom Wobker shuffled off this mortal coil. But his poetry, penned under the nom de plume, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, remains popular.

News >  Spokane
March 29, 2018, 5 a.m.
Avondale Lake’s neighbors were watching out for a couple of boys playing on thin ice.

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March 15, 2018, midnight
Long before John Shuster led the U.S. men’s curling team to Olympic gold, the Utility Now Known As Avista was touting the merits of the sport.

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Feb. 15, 2018, 5 a.m.
Rebecca Schroeder, now of Coeur d’Alene, remembers how Gritz and his followers introduced fear and political turmoil into her childhood hometown of Kooskia.

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Jan. 25, 2018, 6 a.m.
With a sly grin, John Austin admits he liked to window shop but not buy as a young man growing up in the shadow of the now-defunct Wallace bordellos. But it was something else for his classmates at the University of Idaho.

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Jan. 11, 2018, midnight
As Idaho legislators prepare to be wined, dined and hypnotized by monied puppet masters and lobbyists for another session, the voice of a favorite journalistic curmudgeon sounds from long ago.

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Dec. 22, 2017, midnight
Every holiday season brings much goodwill. But there are also random acts of meanness that cause us pause.

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Dec. 14, 2017, midnight
After three Chihuahuas and a long-haired German shepherd, Kevin and Wendi Powell, of Rathdrum, decided to go big. Really big. They fell in love with Moose, an abandoned English mastiff, during a visit to a Southern California animal shelter this year. Baby Moose, who keeps Kevin company at his Triple 7 Fabrication shop on Boekel Road, shares the same Valentine’s Day birthday with the Powells’ 9-month-old daughter, Raegan. But that isn’t the only connection. Kevin has a fondness for English mastiffs that dates back to the film, “The Sandlot.” Kevin grew up in Aqua Dulce, California, playing sandlot baseball, from morning until night, with Marty York, the actor who later played Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan. Yeah, that “Yeah-Yeah.” Kevin has an affection for one-liners from the film – like, “You’re killing me, Smalls” – and English mastiffs. His mastiff, Moose, has a gentle temperament, much like “The Beast,” who at first terrorized “Sandlot” denizens Squints, Smalls, Ham, Yeah-Yeah, and the dreams of many young fans, until he showed off his stash of baseballs and showered them with slobbery kisses. Aryans, Smaryans

News >  Spokane
Dec. 7, 2017, midnight
Like others before them, Connie Anderson and her family were lured to the Inland Northwest by rumors of a Shangri-La in the woods of North Idaho.

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Nov. 29, 2017, 2:07 p.m.
The clock is winding down on Jim Hammond’s long career of public service to Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. Councilman. Mayor. State senator. And city administrator in both Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. Hammond will retire as Coeur d’Alene city administrator at year’s end.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 23, 2017, midnight
A funny thing happened to Coeur d’Alene City Councilwoman Kiki Miller on her way to her car in the Coeur d’Alene Resort parking garage recently.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 9, 2017, midnight
Judge Gene Marano emerged from retirement Tuesday to win a term as a councilman for the village of Fernan by a single vote, 25-24.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 2, 2017, midnight
On this day in 1967, as the Vietnam War raged, a political ad appeared in the lower righthand corner of the Coeur d’Alene Press. The ad, sponsored by the Community Action Committee, was backed by then mayor L.L. Gardner and three former Coeur d’Alene mayors – Marc Souther, P.A. Christianson, and O.W. Edmonds. They all supported an energetic political newcomer in his five-way race for one of two council seats.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 25, 2017, 10:35 a.m.
Has it been 25 years since the late Sheriff Frank Crnkovich faced trial on corruption charges that changed the pecking order in Shoshone County? Indeed. To the day.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 19, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
Vince Bozzi of “Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living” has seen the error of his ways.

News >  Idaho
Oct. 12, 2017, midnight
A first-of-its-kind ordinance in Idaho dedicated to public art has helped transform Coeur d’Alene into a bonanza for publicly-owned art.

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Oct. 5, 2017, midnight
Pecky Cox, of Priest Lake, hunts mushrooms alone. Mushroomers are like huckleberry pickers.

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Aug. 17, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
In 50 years, D.F. “Dave” Oliveria has come full circle. He graduated from high school at age 17 in ’67. Now, he’s 67 in ’17. And he’s retiring. This will be his last column. Forty-seven years in the newspaper biz ends today. So let’s bring out Dave’s final set of three dots.

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Aug. 15, 2017, midnight
Christa Hazel is living rent free in the alleged minds of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee leadership. After turning in her resignation as a precinct committeewoman, Christa criticized Chairman Brent Regan and other leaders for stifling debate, embracing Far Right ideology, and wasting time on wacky resolutions. Regan & Co. fired back, but none as viciously as secretary Alex Barron, who fancies himself to be the Bard of the American Redoubt.

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Aug. 14, 2017, midnight
Some chuckled at Dave Chamberlain’s Huckleberries slap at a Washington driver, but not Dave Vogel.

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Aug. 9, 2017, 5:26 a.m.
Most of us have catty nicknames for the town newspaper. Socialist Review. Coeur d'Alene Mess. Lewiston Trombone. Huckleberries asked readers for the nickname of their hometown newspaper. Owner Trish Gannon of the River Journal tops all the responses by revealing what a rival Bonner County newspaper thinks of her monthly fish wrapper. And vice versa.

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Aug. 7, 2017, 5:52 p.m.
Shelly Robins Zollman, director of North Idaho Family Magazine, has this thing about rolling her ankle on Tubbs Hill. The Coeur d’Alene woman estimates that she has done it about 10 times, the latest incident occurring Friday morning. Now, she wonders when one of her falls will be “the big one.”

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Aug. 5, 2017, midnight
The online criticism of the Coeur d’Alene Albertsons stung, especially coming from a longtime customer who wondered if the store was going downhill. But Albertsons corporate executives responded quickly, promising to address the customer’s concerns.

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Aug. 3, 2017, midnight
Some of the Hired Hands at Kellogg City Hall were concerned recently when a couple pulled into the parking lot, grabbed their camping chairs, and sat down in front of the door. In Idaho, you can jump to conclusions about a situation like this.

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Aug. 1, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Lee Sorenson of Post Falls enjoys reading Ammi Midstokke’s adventures in the S-R Outdoors pages. It reminds him of “the years of commutes, winters, and Mother Nature’s jokes” in the Spirit Lake and Blanchard Valley areas – and a troublesome woodpecker that interrupted sleep.