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Fri., June 15, 2012, 1:53 p.m.

Gookin Blasts Gabriel For Story

Speaking of Gookin, Huckleberries Online has received, via a public information request, an email that he sent to City Administrator Wendy Gabriel, pictured, chastizing her for not giving him a heads up on that McEuen Field announcement Thursday -- you know, the one about a possible compromise for boat-trailer parking. City officials are suppose to provide the mayor and council members a heads up in such instances. And Wendy had told a Coeur d'Alene Press reporter not to post his story before she alerted city officials, including Gookin. But the Press inadvertently jumped the gun (for which Editor Mike Patrick properly and commendably apologized to Wendy in writing. Also, Patrick just posted this on his Web site here). Here's the note Gookin fired off to Wendy:

"I find it telling that I have to learn of this move through the Press website and not from City Hall. In fact, it pisses me off. Who is in charge? Are you in charge? Do you ever plan on telling ALL of the council these things are will there be a continuing pattern of my learning about changes at City Hall through the blogs and newspapers? Isn’t there a big sign right outside your office that says, “Have we informed the council?” Can you read? This move doesn’t make me think too highly of your administrative and communications skills.


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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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