City Councilwoman Dixie Reid told Huckleberries moments ago that she has decided not to seek re-election. The decision has been 18 months in the making. Dixie, who was the first woman to be elected to the Coeur d'Alene City Council, in 1975, has served consecutive terms since 1983 to the present. She told me that she'd lost her passion for the job (although she was tempted to seek re-election when Dan Gookin and others began attacking her and the Lake City Development Corp. on which she serves). "I was ready in May (to announce re-election decision) when the nasty (attacks) came," she said. "However, I realize that was the wrong reason to seek re-election. I have to have passon." Dixie said her prospering interior design business also factored into her decision, as did prompting from God. Said Dixie: "I'm proud to have served for so long in Coeur d'Alene's best interests." Huckleberries learned last week that former city planner Suzy Snedaker will seek Dixie's now open seat.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.