re: This is the second of my now weekdaily column that appears in the Idaho edition.
The lame ducks in the Kootenai County commissioners' office quacked everyone up prior to a Board of Equalization hearing Monday. Tongue firmly cheeked, Commish Katie Brodie launched the guffaws as Chairman Gus Johnson walked into the room. Asked she: "Did you fall in that aftershave?" But Johnson had his wits about him, responding: "And your perfume don't (sic) linger for half an hour after you get out of the elevator?" Unfortunately, things went downhill after the bell rang for the equalization hearing. Johnson was rude to the appellants, and Commish Rick Currie interrupted proceedings to challenge S-R photographer Kathy Plonka's right to snap shots – at a public hearing. Currie, who should reread the state's Open Meeting Law pronto, climbed off his high horse when the appellants said they didn't mind Kathy shooting photos. Kathy told Huckleberries afterward: "I've been thrown out of better places than that."
Huckleberries: "We all sail a cruiser/that we dock down at Duane's/and we spend shipboard hours/counting capital gains" – The Bard of Sherman Avenue ("The Way We Live In North Idaho, Part 2") … Two Seasoned Citizens out for a bike ride at Ninth and Locust sent a mixed message to passers-by Monday morning. One wore a T-shirt with the message: "Grandpas are dads without rules." Yet, both Easy Riders wore helmets. So much for flaunting the rules … After reading on Huckleberries Online that one of her yard signs was sprouting out of season at 7th & Harrison (and hearing about it from Paul Anderson at Rotary), Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander picked it up. And wrote to HBO: "Don't know where it came from, I try really hard to get all the signs gathered up right after the election." … Parks Director Doug Eastwood tells Huckleberries that the city of Coeur d'Alene is negotiating for property, on Canfield Mountain and in the Fernan area, that will double the size of natural wildlife area in the Coeur d'Alene vicinity. Stay tuned.