Gene Marano had The Spokesman-Review on his mind last week as he plowed through his 1st District Court cases. Or at least one of our reporters. Seems the local magistrate mixed up his "Taryns" of Athol. Teryn (with an "e") Ann Sizemore was in court for sentencing. In August, Sizemore was arrested for allegedly being high on meth after her 4-year-old set the family's home on fire while playing with a lighter. SR reporter Taryn Anna Brodwater, who also is from Athol, was on a different assignment and wasn't in court per usual. So, another reporter took her place. When the Sizemore case came up, Judge Marano looked around the room and asked for "Taryn." He received no response. Then, he intoned: "Brodwater. Where's Brodwater? She was supposed to be here at 4 p.m." The attorneys all looked confused. Finally, a public defender spoke up and asked if he meant Teryn Sizemore. Marano got a funny look on his face and said, "Oh yeah, Sizemore." Whatta difference a vowel makes.
• Huckleberries hears that … Stan Hess – yes, the "European-American" activist who ran unsuccessfully for North Idaho College trustee in November, is one of the new staff members of the NIC Sentinel newspaper. Stay tuned.
• Jim Valentine, the redneck operator of Design Services on Pleasantview Road/Post Falls, is at it again. His readerboard message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday was: "Happy Negro Day." A Berry Picker gasped when she saw the message and was glad her young son didn't.