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Who’s responsible for littering North Fork?

Who's to blame for all the litter along the North Fork? Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander is reluctant to point fingers. But evidence exists to show that Kootenai and Spokane county residents probably are. Here's a directional sign from the area. (Shoshone County SD courtesy photo)
Who's to blame for all the litter along the North Fork? Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander is reluctant to point fingers. But evidence exists to show that Kootenai and Spokane county residents probably are. Here's a directional sign from the area. (Shoshone County SD courtesy photo)

On the Shoshone County Sheriff's Department Facebook wall, there's a debate occurring re: who are the slobs trashing the popular North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River -- locals, Kootenai County residents or Washington residents. A Shoshone County posse member did a license check on three weekend days this month (July 2, 23 & 24). And discovered that the majority of the vehicles along the North Fork on those days were from Kootenai County and Washington state. He calculated that 75% of the trash was caused by Kootenai County or out-of-state residents. But Sheriff Mitch Alexander responded: Not so fast. The sheriff isn't pointing fingers: "Although we have high numbers of out of staters and out of county users, blaming it on Washington and or Kootenai is not right." Here's the vehicle count:

  • July 2nd Sat. (in 16 miles of travel): Washington vehicles, 68; Kootenai, 43; Shoshone 12.
  • July 23 Sat. (10 miles travel): Washington vehicles, 138; Kootenai, 127; Shoshone, 28.
  • July 24 Sun (8 miles travel): Washington vehicles, 78; Kootenai, 71; Shoshone, 31.

Although Sheriff Mitch is reluctant to say it, Huckleberries isn't. A lot of evidence exists in those numbers to suggest that residents from Kootenai County and Washington (read: Spokane County) are responsible for a lot of the mess along the North Fork. F'shame.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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