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Will we see a new El Nino this year?

February 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

Winter has certainly arrived across North Idaho and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. As of Sunday afternnon, Cliff had measured over 13 inches of snow for February, with more expected later this week. Our original snowfall projection was ...

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Another Facebook discovery: Invade privacy for a price

February 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

Did you know Facebook has been paying people to install a “Facebook Research” app on their smartphones that lets the company follow all of the user’s phone and web activity? This app is similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple ban...

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HISTORY CORNER: Historic walls from Jericho to Mexico — do they work?

February 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

With all the chatter today about building a security wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, perhaps there’s merit to looking into the history of walls and whether or not they have been a good idea.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate mino...

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Climate change: Let’s actually do something constructive

February 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

Thank you, Gov. Brad Little for the courage to come out and admit what a lot of people see but deny. “Climate is changing.” The governor’s observation made no claim about the cause or the cure and proposed no elaborate regulations. He just ...

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Ten inches can mean a mountain of bureaucracy

February 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

As Planning and Zoning commissioners in Coeur d’Alene we see many unique challenges that have a huge impact on life on our roads, waterways and even schools. So when our commission followed the letter of the law and insisted an entire garag...

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OPINION: REBECCA SCHROEDER — No more dallying: Put Prop 2 in play

February 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

From the very beginning, expanding Medicaid in Idaho was a grassroots effort. Ultimately, thousands of volunteers from every corner of the state worked to pass Prop 2. Expanded Medicaid access is now law in Idaho. This is a big deal. For si...

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Consumer advice: Alexa, are you spying on me?

February 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you use Alexa and haven’t asked that question yet, then perhaps you should. According to those who have asked the question, here’s what Amazon’s Alexa said: “I only send audio back to Amazon when you activate me. For more information, ...

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Research: America, this looks like you

February 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

The well respected and comprehensive Pew Research Center’s statistics go beyond demographics to “take the pulse of Americans and people around the world on a host of issues.” Exploring public opinion among teens to senior citizens on issues...

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Embracing change in new year

February 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

I’d like to preface the following with the fact that I still own a 1976 Dodge van purchased when I lived in Portland in 1977. In 1989 I bought a 1988 Chevy Cavalier Z24 convertible, driving it until I bought a 2006 Chrysler Sebring converti...

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Research: It’s a pig’s year, people

February 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

Shout-out to you pigs: Xin nian kuai-le (happy new year)!Like its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology focuses on divining the future. Yet instead of monthly constellations, theirs is based on numerology, astronomy, the elements, animals ...

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