Arrow-right Camera
News >  Idaho

Huckleberries: NIC spookiness might mean ghost roster whole

Coeur d’Alene has been down one ghost since the one in the basement at Senor Froggy was exorcised when the restaurant at Seventh Street and Sherman Avenue was torn down.

Now, Huckleberries hears from Managing Editor Devin Hellman of the North Idaho College Sentinel that there may be a spook in the college’s Seiter Hall.

The ghost comes with all the usual accessories – footsteps, spooky voices, doors opening and closing. But no poltergeist activity.

In his Chokecherries column, Hellman writes: “People have reported feeling a presence when they were otherwise alone.”

As many of you know, old Fort Sherman once stood at the current site of the college. So there’s talk that the ghost may be a soldier from the Fort Sherman days.

Huckleberries would like to think old William Tecumseh Sherman might be hanging around his namesake grounds.

Campaign interruptus

Dan Gookin paused in his third try to storm Coeur d’Alene City Hall to deal with a pet emergency last week.

Dan, who’s running in a five-way race for a council seat after two runner-up finishes, found his cat Joseph Button in the garbage, with a bloody nose, puffy face, and wheezing.

A Pet Doc figured Joseph Button had been hit by a car. A little TLC and a lot of money ($535.50) later, Joseph Button was reunited with feline friend Morton Boop at Dan’s home. But there goes the dog vote.


Props to Chan Karupiah, owner of Scenic Bay Marina & RV Park in Bayview – for giving Michael Heath an RV space next to his mother’s, fellow hammer-attack victim Yvonne Wallis. Yvonne, who needs constant care while she awaits more surgeries, didn’t have room for Michael in her one-bedroom mobile home … So why did uber- conservative activist Larry Spencer drop off the Kootenai County Reagan Republican board? Larry told the RRs that they are too liberal for his taste. This, despite the belief of some outsiders that the late Ronald Reagan would have been too liberal for the Reagan Republicans … Last Monday morning, a Coeur d’Alene street worker told another one over a police scanner channel: “Downtown looked nice this morning until they came along with the leaf blower” … Poll: My blog readers prefer the Occupy Wall Street movement to the tea party one, 42 percent to 29 percent. But 27 percent consider both all wet … Bumpersnicker spotted in Coeur d’Alene by Dustin Ainsworth on Wednesday: “Control your children. Not my guns!” … Quotable Quote: “It will take a snowcat, ATV and a beefed up four-wheel drive to service this district, so I hope whoever runs in 2012 has lucky No. 7 on their side” – Lake Coeur d’Alene resident John Austin, re: new Idaho Legislative District 7, which stretches more than 200 miles, from Murray/Prichard to Orofino and Riggins.

Parting shot

Former S-R colleague Kevin Taylor was cleaning house earlier this month when he came across a note from his then 10-year-old daughter: “Dear DdD, Iam afraid that you have not been giving me the right amount of sweets and candy latley. If you don’t start giving me the right amount agin (and right away!) I shall perish from ‘Lack of sweets disorientation’. So I suggest you start right now by giving me some turtle ice cream! scincerly, nora taylor!!!”

That note’d melt any decent father, as it did Kevin.

You can follow D.F. Oliveria on his blog ( blogs/hbo) or on Twitter @Hucksonline.

Top stories in Idaho

Rape kit testing backlogged in Idaho state labs

The State Police, along with the FBI, are tasked with testing DNA results from rape kits submitted by local law enforcement agencies across the state. ISP worked through 316 backlogged rape kits in 2017. But still, 527 unsubmitted kits dating back to 1995 remain unprocessed.