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  • 1997 Has Been A Great Year For Huckleberries

    It’s been another Huckleberries kind of year, full of pratfalls, asides, bumpersnickers and parting shots. If you’re lucky, you didn’t see your name in the column. If you’re very, very …


  • ‘Mayor’ Stone Back Where He Belongs

    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 …


  • To Their Credit, Bureaucrats Admit Mistake

    Imagine Mike Mitchell’s surprise when he received notice he was about to lose his driver’s license. Seems the state Department of Health and Welfare had lost patience with the Plummer, …


  • I’M Dreaming Of A Sunny, Bright Christmas

    I couldn’t resist pulling into the Independence Point parking lot Friday afternoon. I figured Huckleberries could wait. After all, what’s another missed deadline? The sun shined so brightly over Casco …


  • Senator Toughs Out Hard Duty In Hawaii

    So, U.S. Sen. Dirk Kempthorne will be in Hawaii Sunday to honor Idahoans killed during the Pearl Harbor attack? Hmmm. Now, I know 14 Idahoans lost their lives at Pearl …


  • Car Lights Work, But The Driver’s Stuck In Park

    During a keynote speech at the weed summit last week, state Rep. Wayne Meyer remembered the 1996 ice storm. The Rathdrum Republican recalled listening to KVNI on a battery-operated radio …


  • Reporter Cuts Rumor Down To Size

    The rumor’s been around for some time that Bonner County is “twice as big as Rhode Island.” In fact, officials from the sheriff’s office and the school district recently parroted …


  • Coeur D’Alene Restaurant Just Plays It By Ear

    A funny-looking Band-Aid hanging from the ear lobe of a Tomato Street busboy caught Larry Canfield’s attention. So, he asked a waitress, what’s up? She explained the restaurant doesn’t allow …


  • Not A Great Promotion For Idaho Tourism

    A friend of mine saw this when she happened upon “The Jerry Springer Show” on Wednesday: a woman beating up on the sap who’d impregnated her. After stagehands pulled them …


  • Post Falls Pd Turns Down Baby-Sitting Job

    Things got exciting at the Post Falls Police Department on Oct. 17. A woman in labor burst through the door and said she was about to deliver her baby. And, …


  • Since When Do American Men Hold Tea Parties?

    What’s this? Duane Hagadone meeting Friday at Frank Henderson’s Pinevilla home for a tete-a-tete with Mayor Gus Johnson and other Post Falls muckety-mucks? Hmmm. If I were a suspicious sort, …


  • Table Mix-Up Suffocates Fun At Smothers Show

    A funny thing happened to Linda Thompson at the annual Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce banquet. Well, maybe it wasn’t so funny. She and seven others at her table paid …


  • At The Church, More Than Roof Got Ripped Off

    Parishioners of Christ the King Lutheran Church wanted to save money on a roofing project by removing the original roof themselves. And they did, too - saving about $3,000. Unfortunately, …


  • To Write A Vow, You Have To Buy A Few Vowels

    When they marry Nov. 7, Steve Wood and Jeane Plastino each will tie the knot for a second time. So Steve thought he’d add a few lines to the traditional …


  • Cda Teen Has An Unsinkable Fishing Story

    Jeremy Gittel has quite a tale about a 27-1/2-inch pike that sunk his 14-foot aluminum boat. After catching the monster at Gotham Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer, the …


  • Bad Manners, Bad Hair, Bad Vibes, A Bad Day

    Kathryn Hamshar’s friend Jeannie had a bad hair day recently. First, the Priest River woman left her beauty parlor with the wrong color hair; then a skinny guy at Safeway …


  • There’s Gold Under Them Thar Park Bleachers

    Jerry Ryen, Coeur d’Alene Parks Department employee and umpire extraordinaire, saved Barry McHugh from a month of Sundays on the couch. Seems McHugh, a deputy for the Idaho attorney general’s …


  • Clean Plate Closes Book On Alphonso’s Love

    If Walt Disney had written the script, Tara and Alphonso would have frolicked in clover beneath the tranquil Cataldo Mission till death parted them. Alas, Walt is pushing up daisies …


  • Bikers’ War A Riveting Tale Full Of Holes

    Has it really been 10 years since the “Great Twin Lakes Biker War”? Gather around children. On Aug. 28, 1987, an upset woman reported to authorities she had seen 20 …


  • They Really Should Stop Meeting Like This

    What are the chances of meeting Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully twice in three days in locations 1,200 miles apart? Well, North Idaho College instructor Nils Rosdahl beat the …


  • Wary Couple Find Golf, Visit Fit Them To A T

    A Jewish couple’s love for golf recently overrode their fear of bigotry. The Southern California Weintraubs called the Anti-Defamation League to check out North Idaho and then paid a visit. …


  • Perhaps That’s Why She Is So Red In The Face

    Ah, there’s nothing like a faux pas to start a new job out right. Ask Ronald Bell, North Idaho College’s interim president. At a ceremony to kick off a new …


  • Best-Dressed Guest From ‘70s Could Be Streaker

    Update: Dawn Atwater, the North Idaho College alumni director, has found a local VIP to streak during the First All College Reunion Saturday. However, she won’t identify whether the streaker …


  • Woman Has 2nd Close Encounter Of The Moose Kind

    B.J. Solomon’s boss at Sandpoint’s Gas & Go shouldn’t complain if she calls in sick next June 29. The Clark Fork woman, you see, has this thing for June 29 …


  • Free Speech Takes A Beating From Tax Laws

    Two weeks ago, the North Idaho College Foundation drafted a letter demanding the resignation of trustees Jeanne Givens, Barbara Chamberlain and Bob Ely. In part, the letter said the foundation …


  • Commissioner Flat Out Fails Chivalry Test

    Yes, that was Patty Rahn - dress, high heels and all - in the Bonner County Courthouse parking lot trying to change Commissioner Bud Mueller’s flat tire. Seems Bud-Bud-Budmueller rushed …


  • Official Carries A Big Stick But Treads Lightly

    Greg Casey, the U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms and brother of Coeur d’Alene High School Principal Steve Casey, has one unique power. If push comes to shove, he has the authority to …


  • Family Values Filmmaker Faces Morals Charge

    ‘The Last Game,” a family values movie featuring Sandpoint scenery and people, was a stinker at the box office. It never made the big screen beyond three sellouts at the …


  • But What About Baiting The Hook With A Worm?

    Hmmm. Seems Idaho womankind prefers to hook ‘em rather than shoot and gut ‘em. Consider the separate hunting and fishing clinics offered last weekend by the Idaho Department of Fish …


  • High School Graduation: A Tear-Jerker

    If Principal John Brumley’s speech at the Lake City High School senior awards night is an indication, parents should arm themselves with Kleenex this graduation season. J.B. jerked tears from …

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