Columns

Woody waste does wonders

October 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Wood-based fuel in an airplane? Done that — a forest-powered Alaska Airlines plane flew to D.C. in November 2016. To power a car? Feasible, according to researchers at Washington State University interviewed for a 2015 issue of Northwest Mi...

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CONSUMER ADVICE: More people online, more chances to be scammed

October 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

SENIORS — EASY MARKS?: Are seniors targeted more than other consumers for frauds and scams? The answer is yes. Communications and banking technologies move money around the world at lighting speed these days. Crooks that would separate you ...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer is an historic and natural wonder

October 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s hard to imagine a monster glacier-size block of ice breaking open and unleashing more water than in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario combined — drowning the landscape from Montana through Idaho and Washington to the Pacific Ocean.But that’s ...

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OPINION: Robocalls, Snickers and STEM genius drivers

October 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yes, this is an opinion column.It says so right there in nice pretty letters.And since the boss is willing to let me talk about anything I want, and toss my thoughts to you on this, that and the other …Why don’t I just dig into the file her...

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Prop 2: There are actually 3 choices

October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

The people of Idaho will soon be voting on whether to offer the medical care available under Medicaid to the 62,000 fellow citizens who are not eligible now for assistance, and who will never be able to purchase useful insurance on their ow...

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Opinion: The 2018 election and ‘Swede’s Law’

October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

There is a very solid theory for deciphering Kootenai County politics.It’s complicated now, so pay close attention as I explain the specifics.Ready?Good, you’re going to need a pen and a large notebook to transcribe all the intricacies of w...

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Consumer advice: PayPal: An old scam is making an encore

October 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

PayPal offers a valuable service by allowing us to pay for our purchases over the Internet without having to use our debit or credit cards. This helps us protect our valuable personal information. But be aware of an email phishing scam wher...

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Opinion: Holding nose, it’s back to Facebook

October 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

What should we do about Facebook?No, I’m not talking in the global sense. I’m referring to how this humble column — A Brand New Day — should connect with the social media giant that basically has done everything wrong.Obviously, I want inte...

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Research: Here’s how the pledge evolved

October 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

What do magazine sales, the Nazi salute, and the threat of communism hold in common? Why, the pledge of allegiance, of course.The pledge’s evolution has been nothing if not ironic. Tuesday’s column reiterated its legal status and strength i...

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Halloween candy to die for

October 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Oh, yeah, it’s Wednesday and that means Chat Day.Celine’s back, she’s in good form, so we’ll try to get off stage in time. Celine doesn’t like to be kept waiting in the wings.But before we hit the chat, though, I need to make a correction c...

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