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Johnson: Hatfield Fit Senator Mold

I’ve always thought of Mark Hatfield, the Oregon Republican who died on Sunday, as looking and acting exactly as a United States Senator should. If Hollywood were casting a role for a wise, reasoned fellow to be a U.S. Senator, Hatfield could have played the part. Heck, he did play the part for 30 years. Most of the obits describe Mark Hatfield as “a liberal Republican,” and that is probably a fine description, as far as it goes. I think of him in the great tradition of Senate independents and independence is way more important in politics than being a Republican, a Democrat, a liberal or a conservative. Hatfield was an independent/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Which U.S. senator today "looks" like a U.S. senator should look?

Barker: Hatfield Got Things Done

The death of retired Oregon Sen. Mark Hatfield this week reminds us of a time of bipartisanship that has long past in Congress. As a Republican Hatfield often challenged the positions of his own party to raise questions about the involvement in Vietnam and at the end of his career as the one vote that stopped the Senate from passing a Balanced Budget Amendment in 1995. But he joined with members of both parties to pass the environmental laws that remain the foundation of protection today of our air, water, wildlife and public lands. He could stand on principle to the most powerful people and forces when he thought it was the right thing to do. But he also knew how to compromise and get things done/Rocky Barker, Statesman. More here.

Question: Is there anyone in Congress today that you'd call a statesman?

Dandelion Treecraft, 62, RIP

Dan Treecraft lived his life the way he wanted. He ended it that way, too. When diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2010, he decided against fighting the disease and began planning suicide. He shared his decision in a Spokesman-Review story published last summer. Early Thursday morning he died after breathing from a cylinder of nitrogen gas. Suicide is legal in Washington state and a group of close friends and family surrounded him, said his wife, Jan Treecraft. Friends and family (buried) the 62-year-old, nicknamed “Beetle,” (Saturday) in the Worley Township Cemetery, where his wish to be buried in a simple pine coffin (was) granted. Treecraft embraced the role of social critic. He railed against establishment politics and corporations and was an outspoken opponent of war/John Stucke, SR. More here.

Question: Who is the most colorful older person you know?

Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, RIP

An autopsy is being held to determine the cause of Amy Winehouse's death, but a coroner's official says police have found no suspicious circumstances. The singer was found dead Saturday at her London home at the age of 27. An autopsy is being held Monday with results expected later. Coroner's officer Sharon Duff says "the scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious." Winehouse's death came after the singer publicly struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. Her body was discovered at home by a member of her security team, who called an ambulance. It arrived too late to save her/CBS, AP. More here.

Question: Are you a fan of Amy Winehouse's music?

Jack Garrett—a friend of many years…

Good morning, Netizens…


Here, courtesy of the Spokesman-Review, is the obituary of Jack Garrett:


Former wheat farmer and lifelong eastern Washington resident, Jack Stewart Garrett, passed away on July 21, 2011 after battling cancer for several years. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 2 pm St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Parish at 330 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA. Jack was born on December 30, 1934 in Spokane, Washington to Forrest and Gretchen Garrett. Jack was the youngest of four children. He grew up in Spokane where he graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He met the love of his life, Nancy Rae Bowen, while in high school and after graduating from high school, the two of them were married on December 26, 1953 at St. Aloysius. They moved to Endicott, Washington where they immediately began farming and having children. Jack was active in the Endicott community where he served for several years as the mayor, and he was on the board of directors of the Wheat Growers of Endicott. Jack was active in the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks where he served as the Exalted Ruler of the Colfax, Washington lodge. He was also a member of Tall Elks. He served in the National Guard. Jack faced the tragedy of the loss of his son, John, who died at the age of 28 as well as the loss of his grandson, Tyler, who died in infancy. After these tragedies and 32 years of farming, Jack and Nancy sold their farm and moved to Spokane. Jack and Nancy took cruises and enjoyed family and friends in retirement. While in Spokane, Jack developed his passion for Model A cars. He bought a 1932 Model A and enjoyed tinkering on the car for years. He joined the Model A Ford Club of America where he served as the treasurer of the local Inland Empire chapter. Jack enjoyed making hundreds of pounds of German and Italian sausage with family members and friends every December. He developed a group of close friends from the coffee "klatsch" he went to many mornings. Jack was a talker; always wanting to be around people to share stories and reminisce. He had the spirit of a teenager. Surviving are his cherished wife, Nancy; and four of his children: Marian and her husband David Fisher, Spokane, Michael and his partner Alan, Seattle, Kathleen and her husband Mark Richter, Endicott, and Steven and his partner Terry, Seattle; eight grandchildren, Gretchen, Joel, Lindsae, Kayla, Claire, Colson, Quinn, and Sabrina; and six great-grandchildren, Brigitta, Natalia, Analina, Francesca, Mackenzie, and Isabele. Family requests no flowers. Memorials are suggested to Cancer Care Northwest. On-line guest book is at www.bruningfuneralhome.com.


Rest in Peace my old friend…



Jack Garrett, personal friend to many, passes away…

Good evening, Netizens…


It is with a sad heart I note that today an old friend, ally and thousands of hours of homespun farm humor, most of which would be considered too risque for even Community Comment, has finally passed away this morning after many months of illness induced by a stroke and/or cancer. Jack Garrett, a retired farmer, computer aficionado and homespun philosopher had been a friend of mine for over 20 years, and an original member of the Phoenix newsgroup which I founded and maintained for over a decade.


Articulately profane in some of his stories, nearly all of which were swear-to-God-true, in his later years, Jack was forced by his deteriorating health, to sit staring at the television, watching movies or otherwise waiting for his many friends to come by for a visit. Still, he had a selection of earthy stories that, given only the slightest urging, could be told in a heartbeat.


At present, the time and location of his funeral or memorial are still in-process. Once I know the pertinent details I will post them.


I will truly miss him.



Weed Eater Inventor, 85, RIP

Houston entrepreneur George Ballas poses with the original Weed Eater, in this October 1975 AP file photo. Ballas, best known for inventing the Weed Eater, died Saturday. He was 85. Story here. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle)

Question: Do you own a weed eater?

Weekend Listening: R.I.P. Clarence Clemons

Yesterday, Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, passed away at the age of 69 due to complications following a stroke suffered at his Florida home. Clemens was a member of the E Street Band for over three decades, perhaps the most important component of the band for their sound. It made sense that he appeared as part of the iconic album art to Springsteen's best release, Born to Run in 1975.

I was lucky to see him live in 2008 at the Key Arena with Springsteen and the full E Street Band, one of the best shows I've ever seen. He brought a lot of joy to the band. After the jump, check out several of my favorite performances from Clarence Clemons' career with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band below, including his famous sax solo on "Jungleland."

Remembering An Idaho Great

Minnesota Twins players stand along the third base line during a moment of silence to honor Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew before the Twins' baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in Seattle. Killebrew, the big-swinging slugger for the Twins and an A's broadcaster from 1979-82, died Tuesday at 74 after battling esophageal cancer. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Hall Of Famer Killebrew, 74, RIP

Former Minnesota Twins baseball player Harmon Killebrew poses with a statue of him unveiled near Target Field in Minneapolis on April 3, 2010. Killebrew, a Payette, Idaho, native who played major league baseball for 22 years and was the American MVP in 1969 and lead the Twins to the World Series in 1965, has died after a battle with throat cancer. Story here.(AP Photo/Andy King)

Actor Jackie Cooper, 88, RIP

Actor Jackie Cooper admires photos from his 1931 film "Skippy" prior to a screening of the film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this June 2004 AP file photo. The film was featured as part of the Academy's "Great To Be Nominated" screening series. Cooper, the child movie star who won a best actor Oscar nomination at 9 for "Skippy" and grew up to play The Daily Planet editor in as Christopher Reeves' four "Superman" movies, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, from an undisclosed illness at a Los Angeles hospital, said his agent Ronnie Leif. He was 88. (AP Photo/Todd Wawrychuk, file)

Sunday obits: Favorite lines

From the obituary in today's Spokesman-Review for Liliana Stewart, 1927-2011, described as a woman of Jewish-Italian heritage and a Holocaust survivor:

Entering her home you often found her singing and cooking, sauces simmering on the stove, bread being pulled from the oven and warm butter being coated across the crust as the loaves cooled on the racks. Flour sprinkled on the counters as gnocchi were rolled out.

Frank Buckles, Last WWI Vet, RIP

In a May 26, 2008 file photo, Frank Buckles receives an American flag during Memorial Day activities at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement that Frank Woodruff, 110, died early Sunday of natural causes in his home in Charles Town, W. Va. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Question: Do you have a World War II veteran in your family who's still surviving?

Baseball Legend Duke Snider, 84, RIP

The 1955 Dodgers are the team the legend is built around: starting the season 22-2, coasting to the National League pennant and winning Brooklyn's only world championship. But centerfielder Duke Snider, who died Sunday at 84, believed that wasn't the best team the "Boys of Summer" ever fielded. That distinction, Snider said, went to the 1952 club that lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series in seven games. "I think the '52 team was the best team I played on," Snider told USA TODAY in a 2008 interview. "We were solid at every position — Andy Pafko in the outfield, Billy Cox at third base. Outstanding pitching. … We were just solid all the way through"/Mike Dodd, USA Today. More here. (AP file photo of, from left, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Don Mueller)

  • Raymond Pert: (Duke Snider) managed the Spokane Indians in 1965 and so his death is of local, not only national, interest. Dad and I used to go to games at the Fairgrounds every summer.  I was 11 years old in the summer of '65 and seeing Duke Snider come out to home plate with the lineup card took my breath away.  I couldn't believe such a great player was right there in Spokane for all of us to lay our eyes on.

Question: Have you ever read Roger Kahn's "The Boys of Summer" re: the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers? Is there a better baseball book?

U.S. Sen. James McClure, 86, RIP

Jim McClure, a former chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and one of the most powerful Idahoans to ever serve in Congress, died Saturday at his home in Garden City, surrounded by his wife and three children. Known for his grasp of detail and common touch in a 24-year congressional career, the Republican was mourned by famous colleagues after the news broke Sunday afternoon. Howard Baker, a former Senate majority leader and chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan, told the Statesman, “He was steady, and when I got to positions where I could, I always depended on him for advice. He was special, and he certainly was my friend”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you recall most re: Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim McClure?

Narnia Producer Moore Found Dead

Perry Moore, the executive producer of the 'Chronicles of Narnia' trilogy, was found dead in his New York apartment, the New York Daily News is reporting. He was 39. Sources told the newspaper that Moore was found unconscious by his partner, Hunter Hill, in the bathroom of their Soho home on Thursday after an apparent overdose of OxyContin. He was pronounced dead soon after responders arrived. "We're in shock," Moore's father, Bill, told the Daily News. He added that when he spoke to his son just the night before, he was in a "great, great mood"/Huffington Post. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you a fan of the "Narnia" movie trilogy or C.S. Lewis' books?

‘Grizzly Adams’ Creator Dies In CdA

Charles Sellier (sel-ee-AY’), producer of Christian films and creator of the book and television series “The Life and Time of Grizzly Adams,” has died. He was 67. Darryl Howard, director of sales and marketing for Sellier’s production company, says Sellier died unexpectedly in his home near Coeur d’ Alene on Monday. Howard declined to specify the cause of death. Sellier produced dozens of family-friendly films and television shows, many of them with religious themes. They include “In Search of Noah’s Ark” and “Mark Twain’s America.” More here.

Question: Were you a fan of the old television show "Grizzly Adams," starring Dan Haggerty and Denver Pyle?

Milton Levine, Ant Farm Creator, RIP

The creation of a toy that would become an American classic was triggered in 1956 by a Fourth of July parade of ants at a Studio City picnic. While gazing at the industrious insects, novelty-toy entrepreneur Milton Levine was transported back to childhood and his uncle's farm, where he collected ants in jars and watched them "cavort," Levine told The Times in 2002. "We should make an antarium," he recalled announcing. With his brother-in-law, Levine soon devised what was eventually named Uncle Milton's Ant Farm, which was an instant hit in the fad-crazy 1950s/Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times. More here.

Question: Did you ever own an ant farm?

Jack LaLanne, 96, Fitness Guru, RIP

Fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne flexes his muscles in this AP file photo. LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron for decades before exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96. Story here. (AP Photo/Ariel Hankin, File)

Question: Do you lift weights as part of a fitness routine?

Sargent Shriver, 95, Peace Corps, RIP

This Oct. 7, 2003, file photo shows Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, being joined by in-laws Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, left, and Sargent Shriver following his victory in the California gubernatorial recall election in Los Angeles. Shriver, the exuberant public servant and Kennedy in-law whose singular career included directing the Peace Corps, fighting the "War on Poverty" and, less successfully, running for office, died Tuesday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Question: Which Kennedy in-law is/was your favorite? Why?

Film Director Blake Edwards, 88, RIP

In this May 9, 1992 file photo, British actress Julie Andrews, poses with her husband, American film director Blake Edwards, after he was awarded the Legion Of Honour, in Cannes, France. Edwards, 88, the director and writer known for clever dialogue and occasional belly-laugh sight gags in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “10” and the “Pink Panther” farces, died from complications of pneumonia on Wednesday at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. Story here. (AP Photo/Gilbert Tourte, file)

Question: Which Blake Edwards film is you favorite?

Don Meredith, QB/MNF Icon, 72, RIP

This Sept. 1980, photo provided by American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. shows ABC Monday Night Football commentators, from left, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford. Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast team, died Sunday in Santa Fe, N.M., He was 72. Story here. (AP Photo/ABC, Steve Fenn)

Question: Will there ever be a broadcast trio as entertaining as Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, & Don Merdith from “Monday Night Football”?

Hilde Kellogg, Ex-Legislator, 92, R.I.P.

Item: Hilde Kellogg dies at 92: Longtime legislator, business owner blazed trails for Post Falls/Brian Walker, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Arguably the best-known politician in Post Falls’ history, Kellogg retired from the Legislature at 88 after a jaw-dropping 10 terms when her eyesight began failing. “She was powerful, but in a good way,” Wells said. “She really thought stuff out before making a decision. Everybody respected her opinion.”

DFO: Please feel free to share remembrances of former, long-time legislator Hilde Kellogg of Post Falls.

SR: Niehaus Called Helluva Game

Before he began narrating our summer nights, Dave Niehaus was third fiddle to Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale in the broadcast booth of the California Angels, owned by the Singing Cowboy himself, Gene Autry. “David, you call a hell of a game,” Autry once told Niehaus. “Not the game I’m watching, but a hell of a game.” Niehaus told that story on himself upon his election to the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame two years ago. The occasion called for stories, for humor and humility to leaven the treacly reverence in which the game loves to wallow – but without sacrificing the appreciation and respect due the moment. And this was Dave Niehaus’ specialty/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP file photo: Dave Niehaus interviewing Ken Griffey Jr & Griffey Sr. in 1999)

Question: What did you appreciate most about Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus?

Manager Sparky Anderson, 76, RIP

In this July 26, 1994, file photo, Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson smiles as he looks out from the dugout prior to the start of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, in Detroit. Anderson died today in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 76. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)

Question: Who is the greatest Major League Baseball manager of all time?

Kerri: The Wonder That Was Ace

In his 103 years on this earth, Ace Walden created a template for community involvement and making a genuine difference in peoples’ lives. We only came to be acquainted in his 99th year but my life is surely richer for having known him. In 2007, as a centenarian, Ace was honored as Grand Marshal of his hometown’s Fourth of July parade and I was honored to drive him along the route, with our friend, Ruth Pratt riding shotgun. I got a little choked up seeing the absolute joy and delight on his face in my rearview mirror as Ace greeted old friends along the way. In front of us were the uniformed honor guard from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. The tree-lined street was filled with families and flag waving. It was about as good a moment anyone could have, a Norman Rockwell vignette in real life/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street. More here.

Question: Any further thoughts about Ace?

Amidee ‘Ace’ Walden, 103, R.I.P.

Huckleberries Online has learned through several sources that long-time Coeur d’Alene community leader Amidee “Ace” Walden, 104, died in his sleep Saturday morning. Shown above 13 years ago, Walden reminisced about the lifetime he has spent in Coeur d’Alene, for SR photographer Jesse Tinsley and former SReporter Julie Titone. At the time, Ace recalled selling newspapers on Coeur d’Alene’s downtown streets in 1913.

Tom Bosley, ‘Happy Days’ Dad, RIP

This Oct. 28, 1986 file photo shows performers, from left, Milton Berle, Liza Minnelli and Tom Bosley at a Friars Club luncheon in Los Angeles. Bosley, who was popular in the 1970s as Richie Cunningham’s 1970s dad in the “Happy Days” series, died today at 83 after a brief bout with lung cancer. More here. (AP Photo/Galbraith, File)

Question: Does it bother you that “The Fonz” is now long in tooth and nothing more than a role player actor now?

Obit: Ex-Commish Mike Anderson, 55

In 1993, he was elected County Commissioner for Kootenai County. Following relocation to Southern California, he worked as Security Supervisor for Knott’s Berry Farm. In 1998, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and became the Security Manager for Pike Place Market later working as the Emergency Services Manager for the Seattle Center. Following his heart back to North Idaho, he went to work for the Boundary County Sheriff’s Department. In June 2009, he moved to Kamiah to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren and began working with Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department as their back country deputy/Coeur d’Alene Press via Yates Funeral Home. More here.

DFO: I’m hoping that these things, indeed, don’t come in threes because the state of Idaho has lost two good public servants this week — Mike Anderson, Clint Stinnett …

Remembering: Clint Stennett

On his Facebook page, Mike Kennedy has posted this photo of Idaho Sen. Clint Stennett, the former minority leader, and his wife, Michelle, at the 2009 Wagon Days Parade. Stennett, 54, died Thursday afternoon after a three-year battle with brain cancer. Read Dan Popkey’s report here.