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Consumer advice: That secret sister is no secret Santa

December 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the festive season upon us, stay away from the Yuletide Facebook secret sister scam. Facebook seems to be a favorite delivery method for this one, probably because it’s easier for scammers to reach out to our large social connection ne...

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Research: Words of the year not exactly invigorating

December 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

If there is one thing they all lack this year, it’s integrity.Since at least 1990, prominent dictionaries and other publications around the globe choose a word of the year. It may be the most looked-up word, perhaps the most controversial o...

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Real trees at Christmas are gift that’s renewable

December 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

Mica Flats farmer and rancher Sherry Mundt shared a perspective of real versus artificial trees that I thought interesting. Some people simply don’t like the hassle of real trees, which do require care through the holiday season. She also k...

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Opinion: JIM JONES — For would-be immigrants, another hurdle is looming

December 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

In 1907, Congress enacted legislation to deny entry into the U.S. of “persons likely to become a public charge.” The idea was to prevent immigration of people who would be drawing upon public assistance.The “public charge” legislation is st...

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Travel is the theme on this Chat Day

December 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yo, it’s Chat Day, my friends ...And I’m still stuck in Kansas City while a gaggle of surgeons decides what to do with my back.In truth, they’re just examining it from plenty of angles with various devices, and will ultimately figure out th...

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Research: Hanukkah: Keep your spirit alight

December 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

Happy Hanukkah. It’s such a beautiful ceremony. After sunset on this third evening of the Festival of Lights, an estimated 5.3 million Americans will light one more candle of the menorah, reciting this Hebrew blessing:“Blessed are you, Lord...

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Extended warranties: Worth it, or not?

December 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

Many retailers don’t like the term “extended warranty,” preferring to use “product protection plan” instead. Whatever you call it, the real question is: Is it worth buying?In most cases, extended warranties offer little in terms of real pro...

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Conditions lining up for possible ice storms

December 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s certainly been a chilly weather pattern east of the Rockies in November. Parts of the Northeast had one of the coldest Thanksgiving holidays in recent memory. It was cold enough that rare early snowfalls were reported down into the pan...

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HISTORY CORNER: National Park Service’s Horace Albright and Stephen Mather battle to save America’s wilderness

December 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

“Horace Albright will be revered for his great contributions to a variety of causes, but perhaps he will be best remembered for his integrity, honesty, sense of humor, idealistic fighting spirit, loyalty, and devotion to his beloved Nationa...

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Opinion: Vets: Ignore one-and-done home loan myth

December 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Home loans financed by the Veterans Administration are rising spectacularly.In the Coeur d’Alene metro area, VA loans have jumped 87 percent in the five-year period from 2013 to the present.Even in a county experiencing dynamic growth, that...

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