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Could North Idaho have another rough wildfire season?

April 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

The spring of 2019 is starting off wet across North Idaho and the rest of the Inland Empire. Last week, on April 9, Cliff measured .90 inches of rain from a strong storm. That broke the record for that date of .70 inches set back in 1943. H...

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Boo-boos that can burst your credit score bubble

April 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

I recently received a pleasant email from a reader letting me know that he bumped up his credit score by almost 100 points with information I shared in this column. In that spirit, I thought I would share some more practical tips to avoid m...

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History Corner: After mapping the North American West Coast, Captain Cook returned to Hawaii and his death

April 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

James Cook was born into a farm laborer family in Yorkshire, England, and only lived to be 51, yet in that short life, he rose from being his father’s farmhand to becoming a distinguished Royal Navy officer and remembered in history as one ...

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Trying to understand the Middle East

April 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is finally out of Syria. Or is it? A last stand of resistance by the insurgent fighters was confronted recently by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Baghouz, Syria. The town of 10,000 s...

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Here’s why I didn’t sign Prop 2 petition

April 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

Why would we need to expand Medicaid in Idaho? That question was answered as I read Brent Regan’s guest opinion piece “Idahoans deserve truth about ‘Reclaim Idaho.’” I did not fall prey to the clever tactics of the signature gatherers last ...

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OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY — Idaho redistricting can be improved

April 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

Former Chief Justice Jim Jones, who gets his kicks these days writing independent political columns, can put together mind-numbing legal opinions with the best of them. He has written plenty of those during his 13-year career with the Idaho...

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We all love charity, but beware of this

April 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

Let’s face it: We all like a good deal. When we go to a charity event, what better way to get a deal and help a good cause at the same time? Local merchants and others graciously donate their expertise such as photography services, spa serv...

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Research: Autism’s benefits are Super Simple

April 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

We are finally beginning to learn that different doesn’t mean deficient. In fact, different can become an asset — a growing topic in conversations about autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Rather than reproduce a list of signs, FAQs, a...

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Research: Quiet! My brain is growing

April 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

Are you a noise person, popping on headphones to blast tunes? Or the quiet type, who feels overwhelmed by chatter and too much noise?Most people must like noise; it’s everywhere. Long gone are the days when we could shop, dine out, or even ...

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Everyone wins with #TrashTag challenge

April 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

The friendly competition to pick up trash along I-90 pitting Coeur d’Alene (#lakecity) against Post Falls (#rivercity) was inspired by the #TrashTag challenge. Last Saturday was drizzly and gray, but that didn’t stop nearly 100 volunteers f...

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