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HISTORY CORNER: Ancient fish of the dinosaur days facing extinction by man and marine mammals

October 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shared by Idaho, Washington and Oregon, the Snake River weaves its way through the walls of Hells Canyon, rising a mile and a half above sea level — a gorge deeper than the Grand Canyon.In the Snake’s dark cold waters lurk giant fish whose ...

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Opinion: Disneyland or dreary? How you see N. Idaho

October 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Looking back …I think there was more to your survey answers than the way I presented them.With so many people responding to the question of how they feel about living in Kootenai County, perhaps I accidentally pictured things as too simply ...

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Opinion: Primary election circus leaves town

October 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

You can get up off your knees, North Idaho.Those prayers have been answered, and …The May primary is finally over.But who can blame the average citizen for wondering if the madness would ever end?This was a primary that saw one Kootenai Cou...

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Consumer advice: Yo ho ho! Mess with scam callers

October 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Jolly Roger (jollyrogertelephone.com) is a new program using artificial intelligence (AI) to drive scam callers crazy. The program “engages” the live caller using AI to keep them on the phone as long as possible and to frustrate them to no ...

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Travel: No trick: Halloween is a town in Oregon

October 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Halloween ain’t what it used to be. No longer a mere one-night candy scramble, All Hallows Eve is becoming a major holiday in its own right. More houses decorated, more costumery, more hokey pumpkin adornments and “ugly” sweaters. When it c...

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Opinion: And now, time for the good stuff

October 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sorry for doing things backward.When I started asking for opinions about what readers loved — or maybe didn’t like — about living in Kootenai County, obviously I planned to highlight the positive responses first.And there have been a truckl...

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Lifetime of lessons learned from my father

October 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Oct. 12, 2004, was a Tuesday, a beautiful bonus summer-like blue sky sunshiny autumn day. It was a day I will never forget ... not the sunshine or the sounds or the words that came out of a doctor’s mouth as I stood alone in the “quiet room...

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Idaho’s top treat is a trick

October 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Chat Day! Before we begin the show, here's something you need to know ... The survey we've been conducting to see what folks love about living in Kootenai County, and what might bother them, was never meant to focus on the negative. It just...

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Research/Opinion

October 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

Empathy is nice. Compassion is better. But when it comes to shifting cultural attitudes, what counts most is complete understanding. That’s impossible without an exercise in what it is like to live the life of another person. Or gender.Jack...

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‘Big Blows’ no match for world wind records

October 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

The fall season is here, and we often see windy weather from time to time. At this time of year, the clash from the invading cooler air from the north and the warmer air to the south can often generate large windstorms. The bigger the colli...

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