In recent years, we’ve blamed the appearance of starlings in and around North Idaho College on the sewer plant nearby. But no more. Now, starling watchers are convinced that the springtime return of the pesky birds are caused by (drum roll, please) NIC prez Bob Bennett. Yep. The starlings swoop down on Bob’s folically impaired head every time he steps out of the administration building. Maybe they, like crows, are attracted to shiny things.
Down & out at NIC. Erin Siemers, the talented photographer for the North Idaho College Sentinel and Publications Club president, pestered her papermates to give blood recently. For the cause. She figured the club could earn a few bucks by participating in the spring blood drive. In fact, the only time she shut up about the project was when her turn came. She fainted. The medical helpers were concerned. But Sentinel staffers report that Executive Editor Fekadu Kiros smiled and said, “That was refreshing! Siemers actually shut up for a whole 10 minutes.”
First come, first served. Yes, there’s a reason vehicles parked outside the courthouse and along the Department of Motor Vehicles have low license numbers. Courthouse employees know when the numbers are available and usually are first in line for them. When new plates were issued a few years ago, ex-commish Frank Henderson got K1 for one rig. At the time, Kootenai County residents could reserve their old numbers or trade for another one for $5 apiece. That’s how I got two consecutive ones under K200. My numbers are easy to remember and make me look like I’ve lived in the county forever. Not just 11 years.
Get that thing outta here. Hmmmm. A bloodhound spotted the county garbage hauler helping a resident unload a hot-water tank into the Garwood Dumpsters at 4 p.m. Friday. And wondered: Aren’t the Dumpsters for household trash only? Excellent question. … For those who asked: Janice Everhart is out of a Spokane hospital and undergoing one to three months of rehabilitation. Janice? She’s the S-R ad exec critically injured when a bicyclist hit her April 4 on a downtown Spokane sidewalk. She spent three weeks in a coma. Now, all signs point toward a complete recovery. … Kudos to the Dairy Queen in Post Falls for staying open to 3 a.m. Sunday. General manager Larry Vosen provided a wholesome place for kids to go after the PFHS prom or Falls Christian Academy dinner/play. Dairy Queen cut prices, ordered an espresso machine and set up outside seating for 120. Attaboy.
Huckleberries. Charles Lang was surprised when he saw two “mature ladies” step from a newer-model car with the vanity plate: “2CROOKS.” He was expecting politicians. … Hey, “Dirk in Post Falls,” get your facts straight before you call KGA and gripe about boycotting the left-wing Socialist Review. We offered you a six-month free subscription to keep you as a customer? Baloney. … Next year, Coeur d’Alene High principal Steve Casey will deal with a student body president who has fire in his belly. Junior president-elect Willy Miller organized January’s school walkout on Martin Luther King Day. Willy thought the school wasn’t teaching enough about the civil rights leader. Stay tuned. … The protest sign hanging on a tree pointing toward Sandpoint’s Memorial Field is tacky: “Festival at Sewer Plant.”
Parting Shot. The $6 million monument Ron Puryear is building to himself overlooking the Spokane River at Post Falls has Amway dealers drooling. Puryear wannabes throughout the West have bombarded the S-R with calls requesting copies of Tuesday’s story about the Spokane Valley Amway exec’s Taj Mahal Northwest. A Seattle Amway manager is using the 25,000-square-foot mansion to entice skeptics into the fold. Sorry for stirring ‘em up, folks.
The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = D.F. Oliveria The Spokesman-Review