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HISTORY CORNER: Cruising the magnificent and historic coast of Oregon

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

For 12,000 years, Native American tribes enjoyed permanent settlements along the Oregon coast ó until European explorers changed everything. Inland, the forests and grasslands teemed with wildlife, while rivers and lakes were alive with fis...

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Wildlife management is an Idaho travesty

December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

Open Letter to the Idaho Governor, Legislature, commissioners, biologists and employees of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game:In nearly 40 years of hunting in the Great State of Idaho, I have seen the ever-progressive depletion of our on...

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Presidentís Muslim-bashing hurts American interests

December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

The presidentís statements, tweets and retweets that demean, vilify or ridicule Muslims are harmful to American interests in a number of ways. Whether he is denigrating a Muslim Gold Star family or retweeting anti-Muslim video clips spewed ...

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Building on faulty premises

December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

Homebuyers, young couples and retirees may need to learn the meaning of buyer beware. Some of our Kootenai County commissioners do not believe there is a need for the county (not cities) to issue building permits. If adopted, the need for ď...

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This might be the perfect gift

December 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

It comes up every holiday season. Someone on my gift list has a tight budget; Iím tempted to buy a gift, but fear the recipient will feel obligated to reciprocate. Perhaps itís the opposite; what do you get for the person who either has, or...

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Retirement starts with a bang for Bartoo

December 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

When Amy Bartoo throws a retirement party, she does it up right. Her husband, Gary, was feted at a celebration of his 40-year career in physical therapy on Sunday afternoon at the Lake City Center. Iím not sure the occupancy limit of the ce...

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Earning an ĎFí for school taxes

December 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

After reading the letter from Mrs. Grossard from Athol in regards to school taxes, my wife and I are in the same boat. We are in the process of selling our home, not because we want to, but we canít afford to live in Coeur díAlene with the ...

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Lawyers for the working poor

December 05, 2017 at 5:00 am

Virginia Robinson is passionate about empowering the working poor. So passionate, in fact, that sheís set up an unusual not-for-profit law firm to serve them. But she needs help.Yes, nonprofit law, and no, this isnít Legal Aid. Contrary to ...

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White Christmas? Maybe! Deep snow? Maybe not!

December 04, 2017 at 5:00 am

Weíre now into the final month of 2017 and many folks have asked, ďAre we going to see a White Christmas this year?ĒWell, based on the current weather patterns and the fact that we have a weak, cooler than normal sea-surface temperature eve...

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Miners Need Assurance They Can Produce Minerals for the Nation

December 04, 2017 at 12:39 pm

This week, reason prevailed and the American minerals supply chain won. After being forced into a nonsensical rulemaking process born from environmental litigation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided not to impose new, c...

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