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‘Mayor’ Stone Back Where He Belongs

Mon., Dec. 22, 1997, midnight

Raymond L. Stone, Coeur d’Alene’s ex-mayor for life, was looking fit Friday when he stopped by to chat. He and wife, Betty, who had been living in the Puget Sound area, moved back to Coeur d’Alene a week ago, settling in the Whispering Pines subdivision off Fourth. Ray, a former North Idaho College dean, wanted to talk about state Sen. Gordon Crow’s plan to merge NIC with the University of Idaho. He doesn’t like the idea. His visit brought back memories. As a reporter, I counted on “Hizzoner” to enliven dull council meetings with his rim shots. Once, he stirred up Spokane residents by labeling them “those suckers” who ought to pay to use our waterfront. He was cantankerous. He also was big-hearted. In 1993, CdA voters broke that heart when they turned him out of office. Now, Stone takes comfort in the fact that he’s the only Lake City mayor elected to two consecutive four-year terms. It’s good to have him back where he belongs.

Judy will wow ‘em

By the way, Hizzoner believes Mayor-elect Steve Judy, the Boy Wonder, will become a good mayor because (drum roll, please) he cares for people. … Separated at birth? Marshall Mend and Eree Cameron, better known as Mad Mary, proprietress of the Thai restaurant on Northwest Boulevard bearing her pseudonym. The two share initials - and a penchant for outrageous advertising. … Apparently, one wag couldn’t resist the temptation posed by the chain-link fence surrounding the Kootenai County Courthouse construction site. Hence, the sign: “Please don’t feed the animals” … Was it really that long ago when Riverbend Commerce Park was no more than a small wooden headquarters and some big ideas? … If I were king of the universe, I’d give Post Falls a downtown and a new high school to go with the Jacklins’ Riverbend development and bustling East Seltice Way.

Patty’s staying put

Our attempt at levity in the People column Dec. 14 panicked readers. In one item, we noted CdA’s Patty Duke had turned 51 that day, below the headline: “We hear she’s moving to Twin Falls.” We were, of course, trying to tie her to the old “Patty Duke Show,” in which she played identical cousins. (I was infatuated with the English cousin.) However, Mike Kennedy, Patty’s nephew, assures me that auntie isn’t going anywhere soon. So, at ease.


“A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket” proved “a smashing success” this year as the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation’s first organized fund-raiser. But that didn’t stop a critic from nominating it as 1997’s worst-named fund-raiser. There’s one in every crowd. … They made a difference: A fund-raiser staged by Hauser Lake firefighters for a young leukemia victim named Michele enabled her family to pay bills and plan for a Merry Christmas. So, this one’s for the volunteers: Saaalute. … And all this time I’ve criticized Kootenai County commissioners for allowing Judge Gary Haman to smoke in his private office. It’s actually Prosecutor Bill Douglas’ job to enforce the courthouse’s no-smoking policy. … Gotcha: How long do you suppose Allied Water Co. plans to operate in Idaho with Oregon license plates on its vehicles? … Thanks to Joyce Nowacki’s new, informative Northern Lite Press, we now know Willie Eddy’s last words before scratching the last “Grand” on his $520,000 lottery ticket. The Rathdrum man asked Korner Stop proprietor Don Donnenwirth: “What do you think my chances are of getting the third Grand?” The answer was lost in the pandemonium that ensued.

Parting shot

My favorite tree-hugger took exception to a recent published statement by a woman who said it’s “a tragedy” that common people can’t afford shoreline property. Wrote MFTH: “A tragedy is when people can’t have a roof over their head. And something sadder than the wealthy buying the home sites is the fact that the public and wildlife have so darned little access to such a public, natural resource.” Amen. , DataTimes MEMO: Gotta Huckleberry? Call the Huckleberry Hound Hotline: (800) 344-6718 or (208) 765-7125;

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Gotta Huckleberry? Call the Huckleberry Hound Hotline: (800) 344-6718 or (208) 765-7125;

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

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