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It’s No Accident Kmc’s Team Beat Beat-Up Doctors

The refs weren’t the only ones crying “foul” as Team KMC avenged a 1994 basketball loss to staff doctors, 66-58, (and raised $1,000 for charity). The Mighty Docs questioned the liberal recruiting policy of administrator/ coach Joe Morris. A player could qualify for Joe’s team simply by having been born at Kootenai Medical Center. But the docs should have known from the start that this wasn’t their year. During their first practice, three sawbones landed in the ER with assorted owies from a poked eye to cuts that needed stitches.

Idaho daylight time

A Manthos Hair customer thought Nancy Thompson’s pending move to Missoula was great. You’ll get two more hours of daylight, said she brightly. Then, from the beautician’s chair came the worried voice of Nancy’s 6-year-old, Cassie: “Mommy, does that mean I have to give my watch away because it’s Idaho time?” … Forget motor-voter registration. Licorice will get Americans to the polls. Coeur d’Alene High handed out licorice to voters in last week’s student elections, with eye-popping results. Seventy-three percent of the junior class voted, 68 percent of the freshmen, and 65 percent of the sophs.

I am woman

Bonner County bailiffs Mark Johnson and Jennifer Quinn had a lunch riding on their recent firearms recertification test. The county’s only woman bailiff breezed through the course. But her colleague shot a “good-guy” target and had to start over. Afterward, he balked at handing over the lunch money - until courthouse employees shamed him into doing so. … One Oldtown subscriber provides this tongue-twisting challenge: Rudy Hoop on Hoop Loop off Hoodoo Loop. … A North Idaho College bloodhound spotted a sign on a dysfunctional phone installed on campus to report rape attempts and other emergencies: “Keep running.”

I am congressman

During recent Endangered Species Act hearings, U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth toured some vernal pools, critical habitat for the fairy shrimp. “Well, I stepped in a critical habitat with my boot, and I had to wear that critical habitat on my boot all day long until I could wash it off at night,” said outspoken Helen afterward to Our Woman In Boise. “When I was a little girl on the farm, they called it a mud puddle.”

Hell on Earth

During a roast for outgoing alumni chief Dyke Nally, ex-BSU prez John Keiser described an awful trip he once took: “It was hell. It was like a weeklong state board meeting in Moscow.” … Lt. Guv Butch Otter, who shared the rostrum with Keiser, crowed that he no longer had to listen to ex-guv Cece Andrus. In fact, cracked Butch, he never did anyway, which got a laugh from the peanut gallery. But not as big a laugh as the woman who yelled out, “You should have!”


Hmmmm. A subscriber wondered why the fire lane in front of Coeur d’Alene’s Tidyman’s was covered with shrubs, barrels and bedding plants. Isn’t that against city code? she asked. Dunno. … My bloodhounds tell me that the electric horse fence erected by The Commish, Dick Compton, isn’t keeping daughter Debra’s new heifer down on the farm. … Kudos to the U.S. Postal Service for staging a customer appreciation day last week and handing out mints. … FYI: Benewah County Commissioner Jack Buell would be on the state transportation board today - if he had been willing to give up his day job. … Jamee Powers of Post Falls earned money the easy way and the hard way recently. She won $10 in a bingo game - while prone selling plasma at a Spokane plasma center.

Parting shot

S-R editorial cartoonist Milt Priggee’s spin on Sandpoint High’s fern-leaf caper was a hit - with students. The cartoon, poking fun at administrators for shaking down a student over a suspicious-looking fern, was pasted everywhere. Until Principal A.C. Woolnough tore down the ‘toons. So, the next day, a student arrived at school with one taped to his sweatshirt. Isn’t that how Patrick Henry got his start?

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