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Sandpoint Mayor Admits Mistake

In a guest opinion in the Bonner County Bee on Sunday, Sandpoint Mayor Gretchen Hellar , pictured, said Dover Mayor Randy Curless earned $45,000 per year. Which was news to Mayor Curless and his daughter, former SReporter Erica Curless. Mayor Curless earns $2400 per year. In a mea culpa on Tuesday, Mayor Hellar writes in the Bee: "In my rush to get my guest editorial published I committed a stupid error. I did not check the information I got from the Internet. I tried to call Dover City Hall and Randy Curless, mayor of Dover, before I submitted it. I could not reach them. I should have waited until I could confirm the data. The Dover mayor does make $45,000, but that is the salary of the mayor of Dover, Md. I sincerely apologize to Randy and the citizens of Dover for the problem I caused."

Question: Have you ever been embarrassed by information from the Internet that you used in a public way?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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