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Opinion: The allure of a video store experience

July 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Your kids might never have heard of Blockbuster.If they have, it’s likely they think of it in the same manner as a rotary telephone.Maybe they even laugh when you insist that giant video stores were a way of life in another era — a place to...

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OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY: Heather Scott enjoys swamp VIP treatment

July 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard, a hardline conservative and one of the few legislators who writes regular newsletters to constituents, usually has plenty of dialogue that appeals to her base.She thinks the Legislature is too liberal overal...

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Rural romance is a dance

July 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

I know Valentine’s Day won’t be here for seven months, but this most wonderful love letter Sherry Mundt posted over the weekend is just too perfect not to share. She and her husband, Larry, farm and ranch just south of Coeur d’Alene in the ...

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Grammar/Humor: MLP (never) walks into a bar

July 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Today’s dilemma, dear Readers, is whether to die laughing, or from the abject horror of these grammatic fauxs-pas:A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.A b...

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A globalist steps out of the closet

July 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yes, it’s Wednesday, and after an ear-splitting drumroll, let’s all holler it together ...“Chat Day!”You know, I wanted to open the show that way for a reason — besides the fact that I’m a tad goofy and wanted to have a little fun.The point...

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Water is becoming more of a precious commodity

July 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

Here in Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area, water is rather plentiful. There have a recent number of years where precipitation totals have been above normal. Last year, Cliff measured 39.41 inches of rain and melted snow, compared to a ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Frontier battles between sheep and cattle men include Deep Creek Murders in 1890s southern Idaho

July 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sheepherder Bill Tolman was scared to death of the patrolling detectives hired by the cattlemen to keep the sheep out of what they considered their grazing grounds. He was especially afraid of Jackson Lee “Diamondfield Jack” Davis, hired by...

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Opinion: Stewart hits homer on humor

July 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

I’m thrilled.Beyond all expectations, really.You can imagine, I’m sure, that readers respond to most of these columns. Sometimes there are just a couple of emails, but once in a while some subject really hits home and the messages come flow...

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Take a close look into Avista sale details

July 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

Kenny Moore’s My Turn column provided an excellent analysis of the BC Hydro-Avista buyout issue.Here I add my belief that Scott Morris’s and the board of directors’ actions are fraudulent legal violations of their fiduciary responsibilities...

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Will young voters reroute Idaho?

July 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

The math is pretty embarrassing.For background here, I happened to be talking with Shaun Keenan, a local Democratic organizer.Keenan is also the campaign manager for Rebecca Cleveland-Schroeder, who is running against Republican Jim Addis f...

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