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Watch Out For ‘Very Old’ Moccasins

Coeur d’Alene’s Robin York knows how to use scissors and a piece of material. A few years ago, she made herself a pair of moccasins and puttered around in them until she wore a hole in one toe. Then, she sold the moccasins at a garage sale for a quarter and forgot about them until recently - when she spotted them in a local antique store. But now they’d become “very old” moccasins with a retail price of $35. Be careful out there.

The Fernan Resort? Mary Raffety has been here awhile, and so has C&R Plumbing and Heating. So you can imagine Mary’s amusement Tuesday when she spied a C&R truck slowly cruising her Fernan neighborhood - looking for The Coeur d’Alene Resort. … Law students are wondering why they need ethics classes after watching the antics of F. Lee Bailey, et al., at the O.J.fest. In fact, things have gotten so bad that a 1st District Court records clerk suffered a Freudian slip last week by referring a visitor to the “Lie Lawbrary.” … We’ve been discovered again (be still, my beating heart). Reporter Curtis Wilkie and the Boston Globe found us this time (“Idaho stirs a feisty love of freedom,” Page 1, March 8). Bet you didn’t know we were lost. Wilkie did a good job, leading with colorful quotes from Joe Peak of Enaville’s Snake Pit (which reminded me it’s been too long since I’ve had one of Joe’s luncheon burgers).

Who’s on first? Can’t blame Coeur d’Alene’s Linda Tenicek for wondering if she’s getting through to state bureaucrats. She’s the guardian of an elderly aunt. Earlier this month, Linda complained to the state Department of Health and Welfare about care being given her aunt at an area rest home. Department workers responded to her detailed three-page letter with two sentences - addressed to her fragile aunt. … By day, Craig Leaf is a Coeur d’Alene elementary teacher and junior varsity baseball coach; by night, he’s “The Human Bowling Ball.” On Friday, Craig missed an all-expenses-paid trip to a San Jose Sharks hockey game when he finished second in ice-bowling competition at a Spokane Chiefs game. The object of ice bowling is to hurl yourself across a rink into a rack of pins. Otherwise, Craig’s fairly normal.

Bonner County tales: In his recent “Tales from the House column,” state Rep. Jim Stoicheff told how Sagle, Idaho, got its name. The tale is worth repeating: “A Mr. Powell applied for a post office named Eagle. An Eagle (Idaho) already existed so Mr. Powell simply traded an ‘S’ for the ‘E.’ You Sagleites could just as easily be living in Bagle.” Or Beagle. Now, that’d be a dog’s life.

Huckleberries: Gee, that photo of U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, on Brand X’s op-ed page Friday sure looked like her Coeur d’Alene office aide Heather Irby. … A Post Falls subscriber says she judges how good doughnut shops are by the number of cop cars out front. She’s waiting for Post Falls Police Department blue to discover a new shop in town. Onward. … Lakes Middle School needs to go back to basics if it’s going to continue congradulating spelling bee winners on its reader board. … Phone mail: My ol’ antagonist Virginia McDonald says she wasn’t advertising falsely when she put her East Lakeshore Drive home, with “200 feet of white sandy beach,” up for sale. Says Virginia, “That sand used to be white until all the town dogs began using it for a toilet.” … Aide Steve Judy says the Coeur d’Alene office of U.S. Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, R-Idaho, has handicapped access, contrary to Huckleberries Past. But no signs that tell visitors it’s around the side of the building.

Parting shot: Coeur d’Alene Councilwoman Nancy Sue Wallace, who’s about as many years old as she is inches tall, celebrated another birthday Tuesday. So her colleagues beckoned a pink gorilla and balloons to council chambers. As everyone yukked it up, Nancy Sue warned Mayor Al Hassell, “That’s OK. You’re going to have a birthday someday.” To which Councilwoman Dixie Reid responded, “Or maybe not.” (Apparently, Dixie’s waited long enough to be mayor.)


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