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Old Hagadone Cabin On Market

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson writes of the photo above:

Five years ago the historic log house, circa 1932, long owned by Duane Hagadone, was bought by Rocky and Mary Watson and barged from Casco Bay to Cougar Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. I took many photos during the transport of the two sections in 2008. This afternoon I spent an hour or so walking through the home with Claudia Brennan and John Condon. The house and 5 acres are now on the market. Claudia is handling the sale for the Watsons and John just happened to drive by this afternoon and stopped in. It was John (N.Idaho Maritime) who coordinated that incredible move of the structure in 2008. The home is settled in nicely in Cougar Bay and looks just as I remember it from the numerous times I'd visited when it belonged to the Hagadones. If I win the Powerball this week, I'll pay cash for the property and live happily ever after.”

Question: Would you buy the old Hagadone Casco Bay log cabin if you won Powerball?

Wolfinger Pins On Sheriff’s Badge

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger's first day on the job began with swearing in his staff Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Ben Wolfinger took the oath as Kootenai County’s new top cop Monday, but he shared the spotlight with Boston Wolfinger, his 5-week-old grandson whose tiny outfit declared, “New sheriff in town.” The first grandchild for Wolfinger and his wife, Mary, marked a peak in a rollercoaster year for the 30-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. Emerging from the spring primary as the Republican nominee, Wolfinger was swept into office last November with 72 percent of the vote. But four days before the victory, his mother, Alice, died from congestive heart failure. “She was one of my best campaigners,” Wolfinger said.

Question: Who was the better sheriff over the last 25 years — Rocky Watson or Pierce Clegg?

Wolfinger Ready To Become Sheriff

Wednesday's final ballot counts marked both a stark victory and a clear failure in the Kootenai County races. Residents voted overwhelmingly for Ben Wolfinger to take up the sheriff's badge, while they also shot down the proposal for an alternative form of county government. Wolfinger easily took the four-way sheriff's race with 72 percent of the votes, or 39,707 votes. Currently major at the sheriff's department, Wolfinger was pleased with the victory on Wednesday. “The numbers turned out well,” said Wolfinger, who has served in all of the agency's departments over the past 30 years. “We're looking forward to moving forward come January.” Wolfinger, who will serve a 4-year term as sheriff, has no plans to immediately tweak the agency of 300 employees, he said/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: Ben Wolfinger)

Question: Can anyone name the sheriff before Pierce Clegg?

Wire Burglar Hits Sheriff’s House

Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson's property on Cougar Bay sits vacant today. It was burglarized sometime between Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, Watson reported. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Someone copped the top cop’s copper in Kootenai County. A burglar broke into a lakefront home owned by Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson and stole copper wire and copper plumbing earlier this month, according to a report taken by the sheriff’s office. The vacant log home, at 3730 South Highway 95 on Cougar Bay, used to belong to Coeur d’Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone and his wife Lola. Watson and his wife Mary bought it and had it barged from the Hagadones’ Casco Bay estate to the new spot looking out at downtown Coeur d’Alene in May 2008. The 4,084-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, built of larch and Douglas fir during the Depression, is listed for sale for $849,000/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Artist rendering of  Rocky Watson's house on Cougar Bay)

  • Flatlander writes: “Does that make it a copper copper caper?”

Question: Go ahead and suggest a better headline for this post …

Jail, Turnover Topics Of Sheriff Debate

Item: Sheriff candidates face public: Five hopefuls state their case during forum/Alecia Warren, Press

More Info: Kootenai County has a high turnover of deputies, noted Keith Hutcheson on Wednesday night, and he believes it's clear why. “Where they're going is Spokane County,” said Hutcheson, Coeur d'Alene Tribe police chief and candidate for Kootenai County sheriff. “They're making 22 percent more by crossing the state line.” Deputy retention, as well as jail overcrowding and officer prioritization were among the issues analyzed on Wednesday at a forum of sheriff candidates, held by the Coeur d'Alene Police Officers Association. The approaching retirement of longtime Sheriff Rocky Watson has garnered five candidates campaigning to win the county's highest law enforcement position in the May 15 primary.

Question: Did you watch the debate? Thoughts?

Sheriff Rocky Sues Kootenai County

John Condon General Manager of North Idaho Maritime talked about the procedure they used to barge the log home formerly owned by Duane Hagadone from Casco Bay to Cougar Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene on May 8 2008. The house was split into two pieces for the move, this is the first of the 2 halves to be transported. (SR file photo: Kathy Plonka)

Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson has filed a lawsuit against the county and current and past officials, with accusations of misconduct and officials acting on personal vendettas. The suit, filed Nov. 7 in District Court, is directed at the county, past Commissioner Rick Currie and Community Development Director Scott Clark.  Both Rocky and his wife, Mary, are listed as the plaintiffs. Requesting damages of more than $10,000, the lawsuit states the county was wrong and brought on unnecessary fees for the couple when it halted the relocation of the Watsons' home by barge. The suit also claims the county violated the plaintiffs' rights in stopping road work they were conducting/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Isn't there something curious re: a sitting sheriff suing Kootenai County?

Sheriff: Low Staffing, Highest Crime

Item: Sheriff battles budget: Watson: 'We're the lowest employed with the highest crime rate'/Alecia Warren, CdA Press

More Info: The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department budget has more than doubled over the past decade, but the department is still below the state average of officers and facing an uptick in crime. “Compare us to other metropolitan areas, and we're the lowest employed with the highest crime rate,” said Sheriff Rocky Watson. Much of the extra budget dollars have gone toward shipping out inmates from the overcrowded jail, Watson said.

Question: In terms of budget priorities, where would you place law enforcement?

NIdaho Blogs: Tad Laughs Last

“Longtime Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson is a legendary prankster so retiring Undersheriff Tad Leach planned a payback for his last day,” posts Kerri Thoreson of More Main Street. “Tad (on right) arranged to have a forklift place Rocky's Durango on top of two ammo bunkers in the Sheriff's Dept. yard on Wednesday afternoon.” More here.

Top Blog Post: The opening of Ugly Fish Asian Bistro was first reported in the CDA Press a few months ago, but apparently we were having a vodka holiday that week and somehow missed the news. I haven't driven by the newly-constructed Riverstone location (1927 W. Riverstone Drive) to see if construction of this place is indeed an actual reality but I'm assuming it's happening since they already have a presence in the various listings and maps on Google and the online yellow pages (the internet never lies)/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Hucks Online numbers (for Wednesday, April 20): 8350/5225

Question: Anyone know whether Ugly Fish Asian Bistro has opened in Riverstone?

Press: Anonymous Opinions Worthless

These are what we consider not just effective but appropriate uses of the Internet to sway public political opinion in opposite directions. They’re appropriate because the sources were steadfastly identifiable and responsible. But not everyone lives by these standards. You may not see the termites, but you can detect them from the rotting wood of blogs and online comments including sites like this newspaper’s. The upside is anyone is free to express an opinion. The downside is that the vast majority choose to do so anonymously, rendering their opinions roughly equivalent to termite scat. And now the termites are busy here. There’s an e-mail campaign that links to a website established to unseat Sheriff Rocky Watson (pictured) in 2012/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you think online anonymous opinions are worthless?

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