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HISTORY CORNER: Washington, Oregon and Idaho ‘Ho-hum’ about Civil War

January 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Civil War was so far away from the Northwest’s Washington Territory — that then included Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming, while Oregon was already a state — that people living there chattered about it over a beer but ...

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Legion: ‘Good Ol’ Boy’ system needs to go

January 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

As current legionnaires, military veterans, former post officers and former executive committee members of the American Legion, Post Falls Post No. 143, we are outraged to read in a public forum that the state (department) adjutant and his ...

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Adopt 10 financial resolutions

January 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

Considering a New Year’s Resolution? Healthier habits and weight loss are probably the most common, and the topic of a recent column. Others resolve to be kinder or more patient, perhaps less stressed — which are not unrelated. In fact, mon...

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Thanking those who make a difference

January 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

Back in October, in reference to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I mentioned a quote by Mr. Rogers about helpers. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always ...

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Two words that tower over 2017 socially

January 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hold on to your hats, folks. It’s a youthquake — the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Just what is a youthquake? Pretty much like it sounds:“A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of y...

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Weather and climate disasters mar 2017

January 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been updating the weather and climate disasters for 2017. As of mid-December, there were 16 major events that had losses of $1 billion or more across the United States. Since 1980, the...

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The mountain man, the bear and the gun

December 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

The incredible story of Hugh Glass — as seen in the 2015 movie “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio — paints an amazingly accurate picture of life as a trapper in the early 1800s American West, except about his gun.Hollywood almost go...

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Missing the old Fish and Game guys

December 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

There used to be a day living in Lewiston when I felt a heartfelt reverence and gratitude toward all of our Fish and Game wardens. Lewiston and Clarkston, being a border town, produced great men on both sides of the line. You could count on...

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Getting Idaho students over education hurdles

December 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

Many of us in higher education and across Idaho’s education system have spent a lot of time in recent years working to get more of Idaho’s students to go to college. In today’s economy, we all know how important postsecondary education is f...

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Shoshone County: Taxation, yes; representation, no

December 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm

By MIKE BLACKBIRDSpecial to The PressNot too long ago Shoshone County was the richest county in Idaho due primarily to a vibrant mining industry. The county was also home to the second largest employer in Idaho, the Bunker Hill Mining Comp...

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