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If Sammie could talk, she’d say ‘Feed Me!’

April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yes, Sammie the Cat has made an appearance in this space once previously.Maybe twice.But that was about a year ago, and I’m writing about her today because you readers with pets need to hear a story.Sammie went through a health scare last s...

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Smile! That teeth-whitening offer might be a scam

April 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

An employee of a local grocery store called me with a story I found hard to believe. It seems that a woman wearing scrubs, the clothing that staffs of doctors and dentists sometimes wear, was wandering around the food store, selling teeth w...

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BULLETIN: Some good traffic news

April 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Think of your most furious curse word.Go for the Grade A scream that’s delivered red-faced and very much as though you’re steaming and angry at the world.Now then …Let me guess that at some time, on some awful day, you’ve unleashed that fur...

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Local celebs dance for performing arts benefit

April 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Two years ago I declared there were two things I knew I’d never do: jump out of a perfectly good airplane or become a professional dancer. I’ve stayed true to my word. 2016’s debut of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s Dancing with the Celebrit...

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Clock is ticking to vote on favorite books

April 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

First up, imagine a giant sign.You can’t miss it.Pretend it’s like one of those signposts you see as you approach the California border ...“No live plants or vegetables can be brought past this point. No desert turtles or certain species of...

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Private school vouchers aren’t helping students

April 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

A 2017 study in the District of Columbia about the effects of private school vouchers has further confirmed the results of recent studies in Indiana, Louisiana, and Ohio. By and large, the performance of voucher students on standardized tes...

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Following your tax dollars

April 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

If you haven’t yet filed your income tax forms, you’d better move fast. They must be postmarked today, or if filed electronically, by midnight. The feds need your share of 2017’s estimated $2.2 trillion (individual and corporate) income tax...

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Alarming security system stories

April 16, 2018 at 5:27 am

One of the doorknockers that plague subdivisions in our area are the sellers of security systems. The doorknockers are employees of third-party companies that sell services AND collect the money on behalf of the large companies that sell ho...

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More hurricanes are expected for the 2018 season

April 16, 2018 at 5:27 am

In a little more than six weeks, the 2018 tropical storm and hurricane season will begin. The official date it begins is June 1, and it ends Nov, 30. Over the last 30 years for the Atlantic and Caribbean waters, there are an average of 12 n...

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HISTORY CORNER: Idaho’s “Buckskin Bill” may have been the last of the real mountain men

April 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hard to believe that there could ever be another man like “Buckskin Bill” who’d be 112 next month if he were still alive. He was as scruffy as “Liver Eating” Jeremiah Johnson; knew the wilderness like Jim Bridger and lived off the land for ...

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