Investigators remain calm in media storm

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005

Khris Bershers has been riveted to the tragic national news story about the three killings and two missing children at Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Wolf Lodge Bay. Khris? She’s a Kootenai County product who supervises PR for the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. As former press secretary to Helen Chenoweth-Hage, Khris knows how to pronounce local places and winces when talking heads say “Cware-dee-aleen” and “Koo-TEN-ay County.” Overall, she feels Sheriff Rocky Watson and spokesman Capt. Ben Wolfinger have represented Kootenai County well on the national stage, except p’haps for Thursday when Ben fidgeted with his cap before a press conference. Not knowing a CNN mic was on, Ben wondered: “Does this look all right?” Luckily, he didn’t say anything inappropriate. Of such things have more than one career ended.

Out, Out, Damn Citation

Post Falls Junior Miss Jessica Kuhn is no longer facing that minor in possession charge. Seems Post Falls Prosecutor Joel Ryan recommended it be dismissed after Jessica, 17, completed her substance abuse evaluation. Jessica became embroiled in a controversy this spring when she won Junior Miss only weeks after being nabbed at the Junior Prom by a PFPD Blue. Other contestants complained she shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the Junior Miss competition. But state Junior Miss officials disagreed. And the rest is her-story. You shouldn’t chalk the citation dismissal up to favoritism or the fact that Jessica’s mother recently won a seat on the school board. Huckleberries hears the prosecutor’s action was routine. Besides, how many of us adults did worse when we were Jessica’s age?

Greener Grass? Not

“Divorced at 40, spending the ensuing years when you are developmentally intended to be finally enjoying the fruits of your labor and settling down into middle age with your partner, instead struggling in the dating/new relationship world. That (expletive) is for teens and 20 somethings. It’s just wrong at this age” – Bob Salsbury/The Unbearable Bobness of Being re: the dating game for a middle-aged divorced man.

A New Law?

You’ve heard of Mike Godwin’s law, right – “As online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” Well, Huckleberries proposes an amendment: As online discussion about Iraq grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler or Vietnam approaches one … In Huckleberries Past, you read that The Hill selected the Idaho race between incumbent Demo Frank Church and Repub Steve Symms as one of the top 10 U.S. Senate races of its first 50 years of publication. Do you know which House race tops The Hill’s Top 10 list? In 1994, House Speaker Tom Foley vs. George Nethercutt in Eastern Washington’s District 5.


Dunno which sight was stranger outside the crime scene of the triple slaying at Wolf Lodge Bay – national media talking heads streaming to the porta-potty before their 5 p.m. newscasts or femme reporters dressed to the nines from the waist up and in jeans and hiking boots from the waist down? ‘Twasn’t pretty. But it was functional … Quotable Quote: “Our administration is counting on you to come back and pay for their raise next year” – Savannah Cummings/North Idaho College Sentinel re: why NIC students should be careful this summer while enjoying the beach, “the massive amounts of skin exposed to the cancer-causing death-rays from space and, of course, the parties” … Yeah, Coeur d’Alene residents refer to those red flowers in front of The Coeur d’Alene Resort as “Duaniums” in honor of resort owner Duane Hagadone. But not to his face.

Parting Shot

“The mayor called it a brutal outing while everyone else called it perfect irony” – comedian Jon Stewart on Spokane Mayor Jim West’s political troubles.


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