I haven't heard the particulars re: the Coeur d'Alene Press pulling former P&Zer Mary Souza's column. I've heard that she was planning to use her Friday column, today or soon, to blast the proposed Education Corridor, another pet peeve of the anti-LCDC group, headed by former council wannabe Dan Gookin. As a long-time Hagadoneologist, I'd guess that Mary had become a liability, her cause and her associates had become a liability, once he failed to use them to wrestle council seats away from urban renewal supporters. Now, as he ages, he understands that he needs to good will of city elected officials to move his various projects ahead, including the propose big-boat shop and enlarged marina on Blackwell Island. After the election defeat of the anti-LCDC ticket and Mary lost her seat on the P&Z commission, Hagadone had no further use for her column-writing. He dropped her as fast as he dropped Ray Stone's jazz combo from its Coeur d'Alene Resort venue, following Stone's election loss to Al Hassell. So what becomes of Mary and the anti-LCDCers? They'll probably be back next spring, attempting to influence the commissioner and legislative races. They'll have money and be capable of another last-minute, direct-mail attack on incumbents. But they won't have a weekly voice in the hometown newspaper. Their road to power just got that much steeper.
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.