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Huckleberries: Rough landing for Green project

Developer Harry Green had big plans when he bought the old Louisiana Pacific mill site on the Spokane River back when. The 33-acre Post Falls Landing project was to become a legitimate downtown for Post Falls. It didn’t. Things have gone from bad to worse for Green, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. A creditor is suing him for $8.2 million. He’s filed for Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcy. Now, a warrant has been issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court on a charge of selling alcohol without a license at The Landing marina. Green sent this explanation to The Spokesman-Review: “A ticket was issued to my Marina for sale of liquor on August 9, 2011. August 8, 2011, my Brother Tom died of cancer. Marina help sold two beers to officers August 9, 2011. For leaving the dock and store unattended help was released.  Notified of ticket just prior to November pre-trial, which was a surprise. My Brother Bill died of cancer after Thanksgiving and funeral mid-December.  I called prosecutor’s office requesting a continuance.  Prosecutor did not call back, so assumed continued.  I was shocked today when notified of warrant.” You know what they say about “assume.”

Young and reckless

You can almost make book that the Post Falls Library will call local police to run off River City Middle School kids who are smoking, loitering or playing hacky sack on library grounds after school … Ee-yew: Seventy-five percent of Americans have texted, emailed, used apps or surfed the Web while sitting on the toilet. But “only” 59 percent of my HucksOnline blog readers have done likewise. Hey, we have standards. Sorta … If you refer to soft drinks as “pop,” you’re probably from the north or Northwest, according to a survey by East Central University in Oklahoma. Southerners call it “Coke.” And Californians/ Arizonans/New Englanders refer to it as “soda.” And we Inland Northwesterners all say “crick” instead of “creek,” right?


If your vehicle breaks down near the Veterans Memorial Centennial Bridge, east of Coeur d’Alene, don’t go sightseeing on the bridge while you wait for help to arrive. Like that guy in the green coat did at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The 911 center was bombarded with calls from motorists who thought the guy was about to jump to his death 300 feet below … Gotcha: A Facebook friend reports seeing Sheriff Rocky Watson and two of his Deputy Dawgs jaywalking from Kootenai Coffee back to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday … Bumpersnicker (spotted at Division and Francis in Spokane Tuesday morning by Front Porch columnist Cindy Hval): “I bet Jesus would have used his turn signal.” (Do donkeys come equipped with signals?) … Quotable Quote: “This ‘releasing Super Bowl commercials before Sunday’ thing is obviously the work of women. Now they don’t have to watch the game at all” – Dustin Ainsworth, of Coeur d’Alene.

Parting shot

It’s too late for those who don’t want to see the Inland Northwest “Californicated.” Forty percent of the respondents to a recent HucksOnline blog poll said they once lived in the Golden State. And it’s a safe bet that most of the immigrants are uber-conservatives who moved up here and ran for elective office.

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