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Accident-Prone Son Glad To Have A Doctor Along On Vacation

Tyler Fouche of Post Falls gives new meaning to the term, “accident prone.” In the last three months, the 12-year-old has spiced up two family vacations by dislocating his right wrist in Guatemala and getting bitten by a stingray in San Diego. But there are two silver linings here. At least, the family made the 1995 trips. Last year, Bill and Colleen Fouche canceled a ski outing because, you guessed it, Tyler fell and broke his thumb - for the second time. And the second silver lining? Tyler’s father is a doctor.

Militia top 10: Someone anonymously faxed Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas a list of 10 reasons a la David Letterman why Coeur d’Alene doesn’t have a militia. They include: (10) No one wants to upset the feds because they might cancel our food stamps, (8) Militia activities lack water sports, (4) Uniforms make your butt look fat, and (drum roll, please) (1) Who needs an overnight camp-out just to sleep with some smelly, paranoid guys in a pup tent.

True confessions: Churches traditionally give gifts on Mother’s Day to the oldest mom, newest mom, mom with the most kids, etc. But Pam Katus took top prize in a unique Post Falls Nazarene Church category: The Mom With The Most Traffic Tickets. … Sightem by Mike Winderman on a downtown Spokane church: “Thou shalt not lie on thy Bloomsday score. It shall be reported.” … FYI: Kay See Ess Oh deputies apparently don’t want any more broken bones or bashed heads, so they’ve backed out of their annual Pig Bowl football game with the CPD Blue. As a result, Chief Dave Scates’ finest have challenged the Spokane Police Department to a June 11 rumble at Lake City High. Stay tuned. … You know you’re still living in a small town when a postcard arrives from Honduras addressed to the S-R’s Coeur d’Alene office, “near Paul Bunyan’s.” “Gringo (Mike) Green” of Wallace writes that he’s looking for an English-teaching job in Central America.

Huckleberries: Ex-CdA Press reporter Tom Skein has left the Yakima Herald for Tokyo and a job with the military’s Stars and Stripes. Housing allowance: $95,000! … A bloodhound wonders why a resident at Poleline and Greensferry has used Post Falls Highway District dump trucks and a 950 loader to fill in his back yard. Good question. … Hmmmm. For a year, Ric Clarke tried vainly to persuade North Idaho Business Journal muckety-mucks to publish twice monthly. Now that Ric has left and is starting his own business journal, guess what? Yep, the NIBJ has decided to go biweekly. Must be a coincidence. … The Hauser Lake Water Association has found a cure for the football fever suffered by members Rick Jemison and Dave Nall whenever San Francisco plays on “Monday Night Football.” The board moved its meeting to the first Tuesday night of the month. Haven’t those guys heard of VCRs? … At North Idaho College graduation ceremonies Friday, students handed a card to a school official who then introduced them to the crowd. The biggest cheer was given the grad announced as “Forrest Gump.” Attaboy. … Then, there’s NIC president Bob Bennett who had trouble reading award inscriptions during the annual employee breakfast Friday. Deadpanned NIC spokesman Steve Schenck: “Dr. Bennett has reached the point where he needs glasses but can’t remember to bring them.”

Parting shot: Overheard at Lake City High girls’ softball game (you couldn’t help but overhear), a follow-up “discussion” between an umpire and assistant LCHS coach Jim Winger. Winger had been thrown out of the game for going bonkers over a close call (like softball/baseball coaches tend to do too often). Sputtered Jimmy ere he stomped out of sight: “All I did was ask you a question.” Responded Blue: “Why don’t you ask it like a normal human instead of an animal?” (Obviously, the ump didn’t realize that Jimmy is half man, half T-Woof.)

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