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Directory Finds One Highlight In North Idaho

You need look no further than the 53rd Idaho Legislature directory to see how North Idaho rates in the capital city. A crude map on the cover supposedly highlights Idaho features, including southern “hot spots” such as Bruneau Sand Dunes, City of Rocks and the Snake River plain. And north of the Clearwater River? Apparently, the only thing Boiseans consider interesting is Lake Coeur d’Alene. There’s no Silver Valley. No Cataldo Mission. No Lake Pend Oreille. Oh well, I guess we’re lucky the Aryan Nations compound wasn’t penciled in.

We stand corrected

When told by Spokane’s National Weather Service office that the wind chill was 3 degrees, an S-R reporter responded, “OK, cool.” Not so, corrected the weathermeister: “Positively frigid.” … A signboard along Northwest Boulevard warmed the hearts of classical music lovers: “BY THE LAKE RAVEL.” Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F or “Scheherazade” at the City Park band shell sounds nice this positively frigid winter. But I don’t think that’s what the folks at By The Lake Travel had in mind. … Seems Hollywood has chosen Chico, Calif., my old college town, to replicate the Ruby Ridge standoff for a movie based on former S-R colleague Jess Walter’s book, “Every Knee Shall Bow.” Sniffed stagehands: It’s too cold to shoot the movie in Naples. Let’s hope Tinseltown doesn’t try to pass off Northern California’s oaks for bull pine.


So, what did the Generation X driver of a Schweitzer Mountain Resort groomer say when an S-R cell phone slid forward and shattered his $1,000 window? “Dude, you broke the window!” - over and over as he drove our two staffers down the mountain. You can buy a lot of lift tickets for 1,000 bucks, boys. … Bob Whiteman’s class at Kellogg’s Sunnyside Elementary School used its share of money from a chocolate bunny fund-raiser to buy an educational aid with a sweet tooth for Bugs B., et al.: the young bull python you saw Chuck Culpepper holding on Page 1 Friday. … Ex-Hauser councilman Bob Laverdure, who now insists on sitting in the back row of his town’s small council chambers, blames civil softspokenness for his inability to hear official proceedings. But a hearing-unimpaired seatmate had the audacity to recommend a hearing aid.


Question from photographer Jesse Tinsley, our resident snowboarder: How many snowboarders does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: One to change the bulb and the rest to say, “I can do that.” … Hmmm. For people who don’t like Hillary Clinton pilloried, Kootenai County Democrats didn’t mind Bob Brown referring to Republican U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth as “congressthing.” Reasoned Bob: “She doesn’t want us to call her ‘congresswoman’ or ‘congressperson,’ and I can’t call her a ‘congressman’ because she’s not.” … What’s this? Doc Howell pointed out the dark cloud hanging over those “new businesses” listed on Page 34 of the North Idaho Business Journal. On the facing page, the same list reappears under the subheading: “Liens released.” … Whoever erected the sign for Computer System’s of Idaho wasn’t using spell-checking. … Sight ‘em: A protest sign on the Hayden Lake Elementary School office door Thursday: “Unfair to men and boys - discriminatory (We want cookies, too).” The male help did without, though. There were no leftovers from the previous day’s Women and Girls in Sport Day, celebrated with an assembly and refreshments for girls.

Parting shot

Athol volunteer firefighters could raise money by selling tickets to their meetings. Recently, two spectators waged an impromptu cat fight after one accused the other of spreading rumors about her around town. There was choking. And slapping. And cussing. Eventually, four women were involved, and one went to the hospital - her feelings hurt more than anything else. Imagine what happens when the fire commissioners raise taxes.

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Got a Huckleberry? Call the Huckleberry Hound Hotline, (800) 344-6718 or (208) 765-7125, or send a fax to (208) 765-7149.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = D.F. Oliveria The Spokesman-Review