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Huckleberries: Chief Antelope again looks on Lake Coeur d’Alene

You should know several things about Chief Morris Antelope before the city of Coeur d’Alene dedicates a statue of him Monday along the Spokane River. First, his Coeur d’Alene Indian name, Ats’qhu’lmkhw, means “looks at the land.” And he did. Born on Jan. 10, 1864, on Lake Coeur d’Alene six years after his father fought in the Steptoe Battle of 1858, Chief Antelope was a prosperous farmer and rancher. His operation encompassed thousands of acres of rich Palouse farmland. He spoke both his native Coeur d’Alene language and English. A respected statesman known for his just leadership, Chief Antelope was in demand as a speaker at important meetings of the Coeur d’Alenes, Yakamas and Nez Perce tribes. One more thing: Chief Antelope would be proud that his great-great-grandson Chief James Allan is following in his footsteps. Chief Allan, who has served as chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe since 2015, will help dedicate the statue of his famous ancestor at 3 p.m. Monday near the intersection of River Avenue and Dike Road. Fittingly, the statue by artist Cheryl Metcalf depicts Chief Antelope on a knee, staring toward the lake in the city that bears the tribe’s name.

The Walking Dead?

On consecutive noon walks along the downtown Coeur d’Alene waterfront Tuesday and Wednesday, I counted 39 and 43 millennials, respectively, doing the “Pokemon Go” shuffle, heads buried in their cellphones. But occasionally glancing up, dazed by the sunshine, to take in their viewtiful surroundings. One Pokemaniac told Huckleberries that City Park was loaded with 3-D creatures. But he found none on Tubbs Hill … “I walked out of the Pullman City Hall last night after the monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting and a fellow commissioner pointed out the dozens of Pokemon Go players all around us – they looked like zombies” – Huckleberries blog reader Matthew Root … Quotable Quote: “This just in: Pokemon Go will be in the 2020 Olympics” – Opinion Editor Gary Crooks/SR via Facebook.


Poet’s Corner (May 18, 2014): “The robin’s song/we think a treat/to little worms/may sound less sweet” – Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“A Matter of Perspective”) … Marianne Love of the Slight Detour blog has the purple fingers to prove there’s huckleberries – again – in them thar hills. The former Sandpoint High journalism teacher, with hubby Bill, visited “Huckleberry Heaven” Wednesday and – true to the code of huckleberry pickers everywhere – described the location of her patch as an area “somewhere above 4,800 feet and that’s all I’m telling” … Four years ago, Idaho led the nation in the percentage of minimum-wage-or-lower workers, notes Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune. Since then, it has inched downward to ninth best in the bad category. Still, it’s the only non-Southern state in the top 10. Not something worth bragging about … Corporate Starbucks may be raising its prices of coffees, espressos and lattes, but you still can buy the same wonderful breakfast grub at Woody McEvers’ Rustlers Roost in Hayden for the same price. The Coeur d’Alene councilman promised my Huckleberries blog crew just that last week … Huckleberries Online poll: Only 50.37 percent of my blog crew say the United States will get through its current epidemic of violence without a national upheaval … The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre has announced its 2017 lineup of swell shows: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “South Pacific” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Parting Shot

Sandra Lee of the Lewiston Tribune can’t believe that she’s lived within 120 miles of Spokane for years and years – and has never visited viewtiful Manito Park. She said in a recent column: “I’m betting a lot of people, like me, just don’t realize what’s there.” As part of a recent Garden Club for all Seasons tour, Lee addressed her longtime oversight. Which raises the question: When did you last visit Manito Park?

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