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Close Encounter With ‘Hotel Hell’

My 15 minutes of fame never happened. I was so close yet so far from appearing on "Hotel Hell." It wasn't surprising that my wife and I ended up on the cutting room floor. We're not confrontational enough. We clearly can't compete with the Roosevelt Inn's owners John and Tina Hough in the drama department. When word spread that Gordon Ramsay would be taping an episode of his new show, "Hotel Hell" in Coeur d'Alene and they were looking for people to be on the show, my wife Monique and I thought it would be fun to apply. I dashed off a quick email explaining that we had our rehearsal dinner at the Roosevelt Inn more than 10 years ago and that we're regular viewers of Ramsay's other shows. We both thought there was no way in "Hotel Hell" that we would be selected. We were wrong/Marc Stewart, Coeur d'Alene Press guest comment. More here.

Question: Have you used up any of your 15 minutes of fame? How?

Marc Stewart: Starting Over

We're going in a different direction. Your contract will not be renewed. Those are tough words to hear. But it's even tougher to explain to a five-year-old why his daddy is no longer going to work. I decided to show him that setbacks are part of life and that it's about how you move forward. My job last summer was searching for employment. I applied for dozens of jobs. I met with people every week. I kept coming up empty. As the frustration and the bills mounted, I realized the fundamental problem — I didn't have my college degree. I couldn't get past the human resources sentries to even get an interview. I started working at newspapers in my early 20s and never looked back — until now. While I was working in the communications and public relations industry the last 15 years, the world changed. A bachelor's degree is the new high school diploma. It's a must have if you want to be hired in the professional world/Marc Stewart, Lewis-Clark State College PR. More here.

Question: Have you had to start completely over?

Marc Makes Thanksgiving Challenge

On his Facebook wall, Marc Stewart issued this challenge to his 547 friends: "I am challenging all my Facebook friends to go out and spend $20 at Wal-Mart or your favorite grocery story to buy a Thanksgiving dinner for a family less fortunate than you. The Coeur d'Alene-based food bank, called the Community Action Partnership Food Bank is short 3,000 turkeys. This is unacceptable. I took my 5-year-old son shopping and to the food bank to show him the importance of giving. He said, 'Daddy, how come people don't have the many foods.'"

Question: Up to the challenge?

Casey Stengel He’s Not

On his Facebook wall, Marc Stewart posts: "I had a blast being an assistant coach for my son's T-ball team last night after the regular coach (a 16-year-old kid) quit for reasons unknown. The field of dreams experience took a hit when our third basemen asked me, "So, how long do I have to listen to you?" I looked him in the eye and said, 'One inning kid.'"

Question: Have you ever coached your kids athletic team? Good experience? Bad one?

Stewart: Most Dock Owners Comply

Spokesman Marc Stewart of Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe responds to comments by HMOffsuite re: non-Indian docks on Coeur d'Alene Indian part of Lake Coeur d'Alene: "I spoke with the person responsible for the dock permits and he was not aware of the scenario described here. The Tribe has been collecting dock fees for the last 10 years. It is not a new development. The majority of shoreline homeowners with docks in tribal waters are compliance with the tribe’s regulations and fees. Spring flooding is the reason most docks break free. It’s very rare for a shoreline homeowner to cut loose a dock simply because they don’t want to pay the dock fee or comply with safety regulations. The Tribe has record of only one dock owner removing his dock as a result of not wanting to pay encroachment lease fees for tribal owner submerged lands." More here.

Benewah Human Rights Group Forms

A fledgling human rights organization in Benewah County has formed with a goal of promoting better relations between members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and nontribal residents. “If you live on the west side (of Benewah County), you see the benefits of the (tribal) medical facilities, the free transportation and the employment that they provide both tribal and nontribal members,” said Christina Crawford, pictured, president of the Benewah Human Rights Coalition, and a former county commissioner. “If you see the good parts and the positive aspects, you perhaps have a different attitude than if you don’t ever see them. Our hope is to be able to bridge the gap of inadequate information.” The tribe is not involved with the coalition, said tribal spokesman Marc Stewart, but applauds its formation and its effort to promote human rights/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: What will the Benewah coalition have to do to help reduce tension between governing officials in the St. Maries area and the dominant Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe in the western part?

Marc: Tribe Police Have Other Options

Marc Stewart: All of the Tribal Police Department has been to Idaho Peace Officers and Standards and Training and graduated. They are in good standing and you could verify this easily by talking to the Idaho POST. As a result, they are able to enforce state laws in Kootenai County. You can also confirm that with Rocky Watson. The Tribe’s first choice was a cross deputization agreement with Benewah County. That failed numerous times after Benewah County backed out of two deals, including one in December. You can confirm that with Rep. Rich Wills. The Tribe’s second choice was the state law. Since that failed today, the tribe will seriously consider going the federal route. It’s not saber rattling. It’s not being a bully. It’s just a fact of life that people should prepare themselves for.

Question: Should the Coeur d'Alene Tribe look to a federal solution to protect its citizens with law enforcement on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation?

Marc: What I Expect At A Car Lot

Here’s what I would like to see and hear when I roll up on any car lot. Salesman: Can I help you? If the answer from me is, “I am just looking.”  Go away. Reason: I know where to find you. Don’t pester or lurk in the shadows. If the answer from me is, “I am looking to buy a car.” Great. Don’t say, “What do you want your monthly payment to be?” Reason: I can read the price sticker, I know what I can afford.” Don’t say, “How are you financing this car? Reason: Price and financing are separate. Don’t say, “Are you looking to buy today.” Reason: It’s rude. Most people don’t venture onto car lots because they’re bored. It’s a process and one that takes time. We’re not buying a shirt or a pair of pants. It’s vehicle worth thousands of dollars/Marc Stewart. (in response to comment by Scott Golembiewski who works with car dealers to improve customer buying experience.) More below.

Question: What would it take to get you to buy a vehicle at a car dealership?

Marc: NIC’s Hudson Just The Best

Marc Stewart, spokesman for Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe: My advice for any aspiring public relations person about how to write a press release is to talk to Stacy Hudson at North Idaho College. She’s the best.

 Question: Anyone else want to give a shout out to someone in the region who is very good at public relations?