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Mayor Chaney Finally Gets The Picture

D.F. Oliveria The Spokesman-Revi

Sandpoint Mayor Ron Chaney blew a gasket last week when a Q-6 cameraman dared shoot the home of his New Best Friend, LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman. The mayor rushed to the scene, gave Q-6’s Tobby Hatley a tonguelashing and called the cops. SPD Blue, recognizing that Hatley could film a house from a public street even in Sandpoint, Amerika, told Chaney they couldn’t do anything. (P.S. Q-6 has sent a letter to Chaney demanding a public apology.)

Fan mail: Priest River Elementary staffers also were in a snit last week. They were angry that Huckleberries (March 6) repeated an innocent question asked of NASA astronaut Tom Jones by a third-grader: “The first time you went up in the shuttle, were you so scared that you peed your pants?” Carla Stevens, speaking for the school, writes that H. Hound “ridiculed a student who asked an inappropriate question” and wonders why I went on “to expand upon the only questionable thing” of a glorious day. Why? Because it was funny. And the question wasn’t inappropriate. Do you know what’s one of the top questions asked astronauts - by adults as well as children? “How do you go to the bathroom in space?”

Quotable quote: “Dealing with the Idaho Legislature is like going up against a five-mile potato and moving it with a stainless steel fork.”- Coeur d’Alene School Board Chairman Ken Burchell after dealing with said Legislature. … A recent bill that added manure to the list of agricultural products exempt from Public Utilities Commission jurisdiction defined several terms - “person,” “highway,” “motor vehicle,” etc. But not manure. Apparently, the solons are intimately familiar with that term. … Recently, House Speaker Mike Simpson, state Rep. John Tippets, R-Bennington, and others shaved their heads for Rep. Bruce Newcomb, R-Burley. Newcomb was losing his hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Later, during a debate about barber-instructor licensing, Tippets was interrupted by Rep. Mark Stubbs, R-Twin Falls, who shouted: “I don’t think the gentleman from District 32 has any standing to debate a bill about barbers.”

Check phones at door: Hey, there’s a good reason why CdA librarians don’t want cellular phones in the building. They’re annoying. Patrons have complained about phones ringing at their tables when, shhhh, they’re trying to study or read. … Oops: Only a fool would date a married woman. And Chris Grandchamp of Newport isn’t a fool. He recently filed a complaint with the Bonner County S.O. against his girlfriend’s EX-husband. Alas, the sheriff’s log left off the Ex. And, as a result, so did yours truly.

Huckleberries: Nazarene pastor Mike Myers of Post Falls told parishioners his diet didn’t contain enough food. So, he’s decided to try two diets at once. … Exstate senator Marti Calabretta knows of an industrious Silver Valley resident who sells tree stumps to Californians for landscape purposes. Gets $1,500 a stump. No wonder the Golden State is on the verge of bankruptcy. … A fax circulated recently would have been funnier if it hadn’t come from militia types: “Invest in precious metals - brass and lead.” … Chill Out II: Questions about the state building a governor’s mansion have made Gov. Phil Batt testy. When reporters asked him about it Wednesday, he snapped, “I bought myself a house; that’s all I’m going to say.”

Parting shot: Native American poet Sherman Alexie joked on the CdA Rez that he should switch tribes now that the Coeur d’Alenes are planning a lucrative national lottery. “Coeur d’Alenes are going to be coming out of the woodwork,” said Alexie. “(They’ll be claiming) I’m one-hundredth Coeur d’Alene. Or my dog’s a Coeur d’Alene.” (Bet you didn’t know the Huckleberry Hound’s part Coeur d’Alene on his greatuncle’s second cousin’s side.)


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