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Research: On 228th birthday, here’s to Coast Guard

August 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hats off to Mr. Hamilton.It was the nation’s first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, who created the Revenue Cutter Service — precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard — via the Tariff Act in August 1790. Those first 10 single-mast cutters...

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Opinion: Lyrics to lift you when you’re down

August 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you’re a “feel good” person — and yes, I really am — sometimes the bad news seems just too much.Sure, I know it comes with the gig.I’ve been working in journalism a long time, and when it’s your job, you have to know what’s going on in t...

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Consumer advice: Take this tip to the bank

August 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

Just this week, I have received an unusually large number of reports of bank account hacking and fraud. In that most of our transactions are electronic, it often happens before you know it. Fake bank drafts, account info phishing and accoun...

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OPINION: SHERIFF BEN WOLFINGER: Americans, warm up to need for I.C.E.

August 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

As the president of the Western States Sheriffs’ Association, I have the privilege of representing sheriffs from 16 states west of the Mississippi River on a variety of issues. One of the most predominant issues facing sheriffs and their co...

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First August weekend signals summer’s homestretch

August 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

For as far back as I can remember, the first weekend of August — with Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d’Alene and the downtown Street Fair — has signaled the homestretch of summer. In the 1960s, with JC Penney between First and Second on S...

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Of smarty cats and roundabout weirdness

August 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

I don’t even have to mention it again, right?It’s Wednesday, at least in my time zone, so obviously it’s Chat Day.And yes, for all you feline fans who keep asking for a few more tidbits re: Sammie the World’s Greatest Cat, we have something...

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Research: 5 simple steps to prevent a disaster

July 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

The devasting breadth of destruction in California’s beautiful Redding-Shasta area is a rude awakening to an especially dry 2018 fire season. Forest fires are part of life in the Northwest, but many are entirely preventable. As in human-cau...

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A tale of two coasts: Heat in the west and floods in the east

July 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

Heat in the West and floods in the East

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HISTORY CORNER: Indians and the long and deadly history of Oregon wildfires

July 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Professional golfer Tom Watson once said, “I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire you know where your flames are, but in the woods it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you.”Forest fires have...

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Pull the plug on power company scams

July 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

Here we go again. A very sharp businessman who owns a midsized, successful company in this area reported to me that he had just lost over a thousand dollars to a caller posing as an Avista employee. Here’s how it went down.He got a call las...

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