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Huckleberries: Alliance limbers up for tangle over tree felling

Friends and foes alike listen when the respected Kootenai Environmental Alliance speaks. Sorta like the E.F. Hutton of the enviro world. That’s why the Coeur d’Alene City Council should heed a KEA blog post re: the demand by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to level the picturesque trees along the Dike Road (aka Rosenberry Drive): “An incompetent Corps of Engineers and an inflexible FEMA are about to destroy a Coeur d’Alene treasure unnecessarily. The out-of-town and out-of-control federal agencies are blindly calling for the City of Coeur d’Alene to remove hundreds of mature trees from the dike that follows the lake and riverfront around City Park and North Idaho College.” While Coeur d’Alene elected officials fret re: the Big Bad Wolves from the corps and FEMA, KEA claims that the main protection offered by Dike Road is to guard “NIC and the Fort Grounds from unreasonable flood insurance premiums.” Isn’t it always about money?

Unhappy elephants

Huckleberries hears … that the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee meeting came thiscloseto a possible donnybrook Tuesday night. Seems Chairwoman Tina Jacobson threatened to call the police on Matt Roetter after the meeting re: a verbal confrontation between Roetter and Lori Erickson. Jacobson accused Roetter of shoving Erickson. Roetter, who has angered conservative hardliners like Jacobson by refusing to support tax-dodging Phil Hart, R-Athol, denied even touching Erickson. An eyewitness told Huckleberries that Roetter confronted Erickson earlier, asking her why she would not accept his emails. The eyewitness describes the dust-up as the worst he’d seen at a local GOP CC meeting. All of which prompted one of my Huckleberries Online blog wags to comment: “Sounds like they need to start serving decaffeinated tea at those meetings.”


On the police scanner Tuesday: “Atlas Road residents report they’re being attacked via lasers through their phones.” To which a Huckleberries Online quipster responded: “What game/App are they using?” … A newsroom colleague who sent out invites with RSVPs for a tea party on her daughter’s 7th birthday received this reply from a Coeur d’Alene neighbor: “We’d like to come, but it’s not political is it?” It wasn’t. But that’s a legit concern in North Idaho … Odd Scanner Traffic of Week: Two juveniles in Plummer were arguing over a dead dog in a stroller on Thursday … Assistant coach Marc Stewart didn’t enjoy his field-of-dreams experience long, after the 16-year-old coach of his son’s T-ball team quit midgame last week. Faster than you can say, “Hey, batta-batta,” the team’s 5-year-old third sacker challenged the Coeur d’Alene father: “So, how long do I have to listen to you?” Marc looked him in the eye and said, “One inning, kid.”

Parting shot

Not much stops that exercise class at Peak Health & Wellness Center in Hayden’s Prairie Shopping Center from burning calories and shaping up. Case in point: Around 9:30 Tuesday morning, the class of women was going through a workout routine when a fire alarm sounded, set off by the smoke from a nearby welding project. Peak cleared out the building. Firefighters arrived to find the class working out in the parking lot.

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At last battle of Deep Creek re-enactment, Union and Confederacy return to Gettysburg

UPDATED: 10:08 p.m.

updated  With the thunderous crack of a cannon and the sulfurous pop of a musket, the Battle of Gettysburg was on. The Union soldiers, clad in various shades of blue, moved slowly up the hill to the tune of artillery fire drowning out a lonely trio of musicians playing the songs of war. Beneath them and occupying a small meadow, Confederate infantry men and women fired in unison to their superior’s command, each snap bringing a flurry of gun powder dancing in the air.