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Huckleberries: Remembering the battle of McEuen Park

Former Coeur d’Alene mayor Sandi Bloem wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Four years ago today, on Memorial Day weekend 2014, Bloem, her successor, Steve Widmyer, and town dignitaries dedicated the new and improved McEuen Park for public use.

Eye on Boise: Idaho agrees to pay transgender women’s attorney fees

Idaho’s top state elected officials have approved a $75,000 payout to the attorneys who successfully represented two transgender women born in Idaho who sued to overturn the state’s law forbidding any changes to the gender listed on a person’s birth certificate.

Sue Lani Madsen: Regressive progressives in Seattle

If the Seattle City Council had a mantra, it would be “most regressive tax structure in the country.” So last Monday the council voted unanimously to make it more regressive by passing a head tax.

Faith and Values: To manage negativity, look to the courage around you

Lately it seems examples of courage are swirling all around us. Tarana Burke, who spoke not so long ago at Gonzaga, has become a celebrated activist for starting the “Me Too” movement – offline, at first – by letting young women know that she too, had endured sexual assault. She had been raped multiple times growing up, but kept that painfully quiet until she realized others needed to know they weren’t alone. Now the whole world knows her deeply personal story. And an entire culture is changing because of it.

Shawn Vestal: The state of Liberty may not have a shot, but it’s heady fiction

As the concept of an Eastern Washington “Liberty State” – a far-right fantasyland of God, guns and free-cattle-grazing envisioned by Spokane Valley conservatives – evolves from a bad 100-year-old idea to bad contemporary idea, supporters are selecting the symbols that will define this would-be 51st state.

Steve Christilaw: Spokane Valley will miss dentist Morrow

One of the things that comes to us with age is a new perspective. I’m not sure when it changed, but I suddenly found that my measurement of a place began to have more to do with who a place had much more than what it offered.