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HISTORY CORNER: U.S. Army using camels for transportation in the southwest desert was a good idea, but it didn’t work

January 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

The U.S. was expanding westward during the 1830s and found the going tough when faced with rugged desert conditions, difficult mountains and dangerous rivers in newly acquired territories that are now Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Ca...

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Salmon: Their story of survival hinges on dams

January 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

Shortly after taking office as Idaho Attorney General in January 1983, I took a crash course in the life-and-death struggles of Idaho’s anadromous fish. The U.S. Supreme Court set oral argument that March for a case filed years earlier by a...

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Local group seeking help dealing with climate impacts

January 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

On Jan. 14, the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, announced it was ending investments in coal-fired power plants and would begin asking clients to disclose their climate-related risks. BlackRock manages about $7 trillion in funds. T...

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Your social media posts can be used against you

January 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

For many reasons, it’s a good idea to watch what you post on your social media accounts. One of them is because companies like Airbnb may well be monitoring the habits of its possible renters in order to predict bad behavior. As more repor...

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Research: Happy new year, you rats

January 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

I suppose it was the plague.What else could have given rats such a bad reputation? They’re quite clever and make, as our family discovered, very sweet pets.And this is their year.Because Chinese astrology is based on the moon’s cycles, not ...

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OPINION: TONY AMBROSETTI — Jan. 22, 1973: Two fateful Supreme Court decisions

January 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

As we mark the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which resulted from the Supreme Court’s apparent discovery of a “right to privacy” in the U.S. Constitution, it may interest readers to know that on the same day, another infamous...

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Research: Living machines no longer sci fi

January 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

Don’t worry. These bots are itty bitty.If you’re a Trekkie (guilty), this will remind you of a certain Borg bombshell. How often “Seven’s” nanites came to the rescue — miniature bug-like machines from her bloodstream adapted to save a life,...

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Fifty years passes in a flash

January 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

Half century, 50 years, 18,250 days ... any way you say it, it’s a long time. My fellow Vikings from Coeur d’Alene High School Class of 1970 are planning for our 50th Class Reunion the fourth weekend in July. It made me think of today’s hig...

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Honor King, not conspiracy theorists

January 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

When I read the article in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Jan. 8 entitled “Embattled Shea a Guest Speaker at 2nd Amendment Rally in Cd’A,” I was concerned. Why would someone who’s been found to have participated in armed standoffs with the Unit...

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Re-entry center: Look hard at merits

January 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

Weighing in on the debate about whether or not Kootenai County should accept an Idaho Department of Correction re-entry center, I am on the “pro” side. As a teacher and administrator at Anchor House/Idaho Youth Ranch for 20 years working wi...

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