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Research: Meet your North Idaho lake monster, Paddler

September 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

It pays to have pilot friends. After reading my Nessie column last week writer, photographer and pilot extraordinaire M.K. passed on a news tip: Pend Oreille has one. A monster, that is. To be fair, he didn’t exactly say “monster.” But he d...

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OPINION: Education funding out of whack

September 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

First of three parts

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HISTORY CORNER: The glory and tragedy of America’s steamboat era

September 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

For a century starting in the 1780s, America’s rivers, lakes and ocean shores were dominated by steamboats, as wind-driven and pole-powered vessels were fading into history.The world’s first steamboat was invented in 1776 by French nobleman...

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The road to better education starts here

September 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

A quarter of a century is very long time. Unless you’re a road. Or a school. Twenty-five years ago this month Coeur d’Alene got a new one of both. It all began in the early 1990s when the Coeur d’Alene School District announced they were ad...

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Equinox about to make another return

September 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

Conditions across the Inland Northwest have certainly become more like autumn. However, fall doesn’t officially start until next Monday, Sept. 23, at 12:50 a.m.The first day of fall is also known as the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemi...

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Lake CDA: We’re all in this together

September 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

What is a homeland? What is needed to preserve a homeland? Our ancestors have always said water is the lifeblood of everything. Whatever came in or through our homelands with the water, we utilized for the continuation and betterment of our...

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OPINION: TOM GUMPRECHT — Home, sweet, small-town home

September 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

Remarks at 50th Year Class Reunion Coeur d’Alene High School — Aug. 17.The morning before coming over here, I was doing surgery and a young scrub tech asked me, “Doc, what are you up to this weekend?” And I answered, “I am going to Coeur d’...

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Mind your P’s and queues

September 12, 2019 at 8:44 am

The English are a funny lot — with some idiosyncrasies that seem as odd as, undoubtedly, ours must seem to them. Now that trips to the UK have become routine for us, thanks to our English daughter-in-law, one thing is clear: Whatever you ca...

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Anniversary of attack on America brings back memories

September 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, which claimed nearly 3,000 American lives. In addition to the first responders who ran selflessly into burning buildings and lost their lives on Sept. 1...

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Americans saving more for college

September 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

American parents are saving more for their kids’ college. That’s good, because tuition keeps going up. According to the College Board, between 2008 and 2019, published tuition and fee prices rose by an average $930 (in 2018 dollars) at publ...

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