July 31, 2008 in Voices

Big stink in Bonner County

D.F. Oliveria Staff writer
 

At From A Simple Mind, blogmistress Cis from the small town of Kootenai isn’t impressed with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Seems she and many others in her ’hood called the sheriff’s department after spotting a badly injured moose in a nearby field Sunday morning. The animal had a broken shoulder – and was mercifully killed by a Bonner County Deputy Dawg. Who refused to give two resident hunters permission to gut the animal and save the meat for the Food Bank, jail or animal shelter, stating that the F&G is touchy about such things. That was 8:10 a.m. The dead moose was still lying in the field when the blogmistress returned from church at 12:10 p.m. Another neighbor got a recording from the F&G when she called for permission to butcher the animal. The F&G didn’t respond by 6 Sunday evening. Or by 9:11 a.m. Monday. Not only were Cis and her neighbors furious at the waste of meat, reports From A Simple Mind, but they were concerned about the smell they’d have to endure from the rotting carcass. Worse yet, Simple Mind reports that this was the second time this year that something similar has happened. A few months ago, a moose rotted for a week after it’d been hit on Highway 95 – and the F&G contacted. From A Simple Mind concludes sarcastically: “Nice going, Fish and Game.”

Lucky Buells

At Huckleberries Online, commenters weren’t impressed with the way Benewah County Commissioner Jack Buell and his wife, Eleanor, reportedly dealt with Coeur d’Alene tribal officers during a routine boat stop Sunday, July 20. The Buells challenged the authority of the officers to make the stop on the southern third of Lake Coeur d’Alene, which clearly belongs to the tribe, and allegedly made remarks the officers considered racist. Blog regular TUBOB commented: “I think the Buells should be very, very thankful that the CDA tribal officer chose to exercise restraint and not summon through his warrior song his spirit – brothers, the Osprey and the Bald Eagle, to come to his defense. I can scarcely imagine a vision more delightful than a sky full of Ospreys and Bald Eagles screaming in at 100 mph with talons locked and loaded to teach Eleanor a very important lesson in not messing with our Indian brothers on their lands.” Mebbe Jack Buell has been the law in rural Benewah County so long that he thinks he’s above the law handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court re: lake ownership?

Huckleberries

Scanner Traffic (from Tuesday morning): A woman on Marabou Drive complained about being shaky and weak – and having “a strange electric field around her body.” The dispatcher shoulda asked her whether she’s an “X-Files” fan … At Tigereye Designs, the company that inadvertently produced that campaign button featuring Barack Obama and Repub Larry Craig (rather than Demo Larry LaRocco), a spokesman explained the error to Jill Kuraitis/New West Boise. And said: “Let us be clear: We do not stand behind Larry Craig; we never have stood behind Larry Craig.” Most Idahoans don’t anymore either … For the forlorn fans of the old Mark Fuhrman radio show keeping score at home, Rebecca Mack, Fuhrman’s erstwhile sidekick, will begin her new SR radio show at 11 a.m. Monday on KJRB-790 AM. It’ll be called “On The Record With Rebecca Mack” and will feature a mix of news, talk, listener interaction and segments with columnists from The Spokesman.

Parting shot

Idaho Demo PRmeister Chuck Oxley suffered an oopsy last week when he circulated an e-mail urging fellow Demos to bombard Lt. Gov. Jim Risch with phone calls when he appeared on KFXD, a Treasure Valley radio station. He even offered them a handful of questions to ask Risch. Alas, for Oxley, he sent the burst out to his media list rather than to one with die-hard partisans on it. Minutes later, he circulated a second e-mail, intentionally to the media this time, with a sheepish acknowledgement that he’d goofed. “However,” he added, “if you do feel like calling Jim Risch and asking tough questions, The Idaho Democratic Party would support that 100 percent.” Ultimately, Risch didn’t field any questions from the listening audience. So it was all a moot exercise.


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