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Big drama in little Idaho: Former Harrison mayor, city councilman feud over Wi-Fi title; link to full S-R story

Small and relatively remote, the scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene town of Harrison still has plenty of active Wi-Fi networks, writes S-R reporter Ryan Collingwood. Just ask former two-term mayor Wanda Irish and her husband, Dennis Irish, who are locked in an ongoing defamation lawsuit with a former Harrison city councilman and his wife for a derogatory Wi-Fi network name. Irish, whose eight-year run as mayor ended in January, even went as far as taking the strange case to the Idaho Supreme Court.

In 2015, the Irishs filed the lawsuit in Kootenai County District Court against Jeffrey and Dona Hall, owners of the Gateway Marina restaurant and resort, claiming the Halls set their home Wi-Fi name to “[D]ennis and [W]anda Irish stocking u2.” The neighboring families – once friends, according to the Irishs – have been feuding since 2012. You can read the full story here at

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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