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Erica: 2 Of My Favorite Things

On her Facebook wall, former SR colleague Erica Curless (now an equine & canine massage therapist), posts: “Horses and words: two of my favorite things. Massaging horses and then going to the kick off for Jess Walter's new novel (“Beautiful Ruins”) tonight at Aunties.”

Question: What are two of your favorite things?

Did Spencer Hang Up Or Not?

On Wednesday, Larry Spencer denied in a Huckleberries Online comments thread that he hung up on SReporter Erica Curless during a phone interview about his race.  You can read his comments by following this thread here. Curless reported in her story that Spencer had hung up on her. Curless sent this sequence re: the disputed hang-up:

  • Curless: Just a reminder that you hung up on me this morning, refusing to answer my questions and indicating that you would only answer email questions. I have received your emails. I still want to talk with you about these issues instead of receiving written sound bites.
  • Spencer: Erica, the only question you asked prior to my receiving a call I needed to take was about my age. I told you I needed to take a call that was coming in, and had informed you of that prior to your telling me you had more questions. While the conference call repeatedly called me, I asked you to send the questions by email. I took a lengthy unscheduled interview a few days ago, but my schedule today simply doesn't provide me the opportunity today. Thanks for understanding.
  • Curless (to me via email): I also sent him a text indicating that I had more questions and wanted to talk with him on the phone. We were way past the age question and into his legal dealings when he told me he wasn't going to respond and to send e-mail questions and then he hung up when I indicated that was unacceptable.

Question: Wouldn't Spencer have been better served had he simply answered the questions rather than create a mini-flap by seeming to avoid a reporter?

Spencer Hangs Up On SR Reporter

From Erica Curless' story on Kootenai County commissioner Seat 3 race: “This is the first time Spencer has run for elected office and instead is known for his behind-the-scenes efforts against anything he sees as a misuse of taxpayer dollars or an assault on private property rights. Yet he hasn’t dropped his evasive persona, refusing to tell his age, which public records show is 39, or the name of his company, DH Consulting. Spencer hung up on a reporter who asked about a 2008 property foreclosure and three run-ins with the law in the early 1990s that resulted in traffic-related charges for racing, obstructing an officer and careless driving.” More here.

Question: Should a Kootenai County commissioner candidate refuse to answer a reporter's questions?

Erica: Dover Mayor’s Pay Misquoted

Apparently, the Bonner County Bee aired misinformation that caused the mayor of Dover some discomfort over the weekend. First, you should know that Mayor Randy Curless earns $2400, not $45,000, according to his daughter and former SReporter Erica Curless. Now, onward. Here's the beginning of a comment in the Bee, by Sandpoint Mayor Gretchen Hellar: “The mayor of Dover earns $45,000, the mayor of Coeur d’Alene earns $28,800, the mayor of Hayden receives $15,840, and the mayor of Post Falls receives $18,963 while the mayor of Sandpoint earns $12,000 plus benefits. I should point out that Cd’A, Post Falls, and Hayden have a city administrator, which reduces the administrative burdens of the mayor. Neither Dover nor Sandpoint have administrators.” (Hellar's full post here.) On her Facebook wall, Erica posts: “This is a mind-boggling error … Not even sure how Gretchen ever thought that could be correct with tiny Dover paying its mayor way more than Coeur d'Alene or Sandpoint. Hope Gretchen and the Bee make this right.”

Question: Are you satisfied re: the amount of money that your mayor and council earns (if you know what those figures are)?

Erica Massages Pups & Pooches

In case you were wondering what former SReporter extraordinaire Erica Curless is doing now … Erik Loney of KXLY will bring you up to speed in this clip. (Hint: Erica's still operating her Dog & Pony massage business for pooches and horses.

All Aboard For Her First Roundup

You’re simply not going to beat this photo for cute this week. I spotted it on Facebook. And asked my former SR buddy Erica Curless for permission to post it. That’s Erica’s daughter, Quinn, aboard her first horse. Erica, of course, runs a massage business for horses and dogs. (BTW, you should join my HucksOnline Facebook page, if you haven’t already.)

Question: When did you last ride a horse?

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