Local dispatchers burned up the airwaves last week when an eyewitness reported seeing four youths in a field - one holding a gun on another, one with raised arms. The dispatchers knew none of the local gendarmes were arresting anyone. So, the dispatchers called out all cars, sending a dozen city, county and state officers scurrying licketysplit to the scene at Dalton and Ramsey. They should have called the North Idaho College law enforcement program, too. NIC police wannabes were practicing felony traffic stops along the street. Oops.
Bleeding Viking blue: Peter Hoorelbeke, a 1960s rocker with the band Rare Earth, has made quite a splash since moving his wife and two athletic sons here last year. Earlier this year, he sang the national anthem before an appreciative CHS basketball crowd, and on Tuesday he bled Viking (black and) blue and required a dozen or so stitches - when he was struck in the forehead by a line drive while pitching batting practice to sophomore Nick Rook. Ouch!
Androgynous Jack: Jack McNeel, former Idaho F&G spokesman, was surprised when his application for an EarthWatch tour to Kangaroo Island, off the Australia coast, came back addressed to “Ms. Jack McNeel.” He was more surprised still when he received a call from a woman who wanted to be his bunk mate on the trip. … Most fans wished a pox on both houses in the late Major League Baseball strike. But it’s easy to tell who the patients support in the Shoshone Living Center strike at Kellogg. They constantly wave to picketers outside. … Full-service day care: Eagle-eyed Eric Warren spotted this one in the current Nickel’s Worth: “Mature mother offers loving, neutering day care in my CdA home.”
Rumor control: Finally ran down the rest of that rumor about LAPD Blue Mark Fuhrman and the fishing license. Rumor had it that Fuhrman left Holiday Shores Marina in Hope without a license when he couldn’t buy an in-state license (because he hadn’t lived in Idaho long enough). Indeed, he bought an out-of-state fishing license but not a hunting one. A woman in the marina at the time joked that he should be given an in-state fishing license because “everyone knows you live here.” … The story doesn’t end there, though. Fuhrman went fishing with Ed Dickson of Diamond Charters and caught and released a 12-pound rainbow. He took home a 6-pound mackinaw. … Dickson, like Sandpoint Mayor Ron Chaney, was impressed by LAPD’s most famous detective and said he’ll be an asset to Bonner County.
Huckleberries: A bumpersnicker spotted at an Athol store is for all hunters longing for fall: “Work is for people who don’t hunt.” … The Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe apparently played cupid for Idaho’s transplanted wolves. Or that’s what this headline in the March 17 tribal newspaper implies: “Wolves may be mating; Tribe prepares to take responsibility.” … Oops: KKCH, which originally was a country station known as Eagle-FM, plans to convert again, to alternative rock - not Duane Hagadone’s other station, KVNI. … A bumpersnicker spotted Wednesday morning on a pickup parked at Jackpot on Northwest Boulevard: “They can’t fire me - slaves have to be sold.” … Sightems (in Patty Duke’s new show, “Amazing Grace”): CdA teacher Laura Dickinson as a social worker, ex-DARE officer Pat Sullivan as a cop, and local actress Bobbi Kotula pushing a gurney. Any others? … If you have time, drop a card to Peggy Hopkins, who’s back at Kootenai Medical Center (probably sneaking cigarettes). CdA council nights aren’t the same without this city watchdog.
Parting shot: Hmmmm. A coupla purchase orders show CdA elementary schools, Bryan and Fernan, paid a consultant $1,050 last fall to counsel teachers on team building and schoolclimate improvement. Thought you’d like to know what your tax dollars are buying.
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