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Huckleberries: Always betting on the gray horse doesn’t break the house

Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson models the hat she bought from a Churchill Downs, Ky., store for this year’s Kentucky Derby. (Courtesy: Kerri Thoreson Facebook page)
Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson models the hat she bought from a Churchill Downs, Ky., store for this year’s Kentucky Derby. (Courtesy: Kerri Thoreson Facebook page)

On Saturday, Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson of Post Falls donned her fancy new Kentucky Derby hat and plunked down $2 on the gray horse to win at Churchill Downs.

Remember? On March 6, Huckleberries told you about the long-distance purchase of the white hat. Kerri’s sister, Ronna, who was in a Churchill Downs store at the time Facebooked a photo of fancy Derby hats. Kerri saw one she like and – yada yada yada – bought the hat.

Now, fast-forward to Saturday.

Kerri remembers going to the Santa Anita race track with her grandmother, as a child. Her grandmother insisted: “Always bet on the gray!” So Kerri bet on the only gray horse in the Kentucky Derby: Fast and Accurate.

The odds were stacked against Fast and Accurate – 66-to-1 at the time Kerri placed her bet. But Kerri would have won, if 16 other horses, including winner Always Dreaming, hadn’t beaten Not-So-Fast and Accurate to the finish line.

Wallace connection

Count former Bonners Ferry Mayor Darrell Kerby among the North Idahoans who want to read Heather Branstetter’s book, “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A History of Doing Pleasure” (which comes out Monday).

Darrell remembers his father, C. Don Kerby, laughing when he described how difficult it was to do his job in Wallace. The elder Kerby was an appraiser. Back in the day, the Idaho Department of Transportation hired him to appraise the value of real estate that would be displaced by Interstate 90 cutting through downtown Wallace.

As one of his methods, Papa Kerby used an income approach in assessing the value of a property.

In other words, how much were the individuals earning who used a property that would be displaced by the freeway. You know where this is going. The madams at the Lux, Luxette, Oasis and U & I rooms among others weren’t about to give that info to a contractor for a state agency.


Poet’s Corner: As you know, on May 5, 2015, Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore was gunned down in the line of duty. On the following day, Tom Wobker wrote a poem in his memory. “Please rest his soul/ and keep him Thine,/ this good man of/ the thin blue line” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“A Prayer for Officer Moore”) Jamie Lynn Morgan wonders what’s up with all the four-wheelers on Coeur d’Alene city streets, especially in her ’hood around 16th Street and Montana Avenue: “The noise is starting to get a bit annoying,” Facebooks she. “Did I suddenly get transported to Spirit Lake?” … Update: Landscape architect Jon Mueller tells Huckleberries that his new history book on Coeur d’Alene’s City Park, “Private Park, Public Park,” is tracking for its big reveal on Saturday, May 20 … Poll: By a narrow plurality, 49 percent to 44 percent, my Huckleberries blog readers say Jonathan Renfro, of Rathdrum, the man accused of killing Sgt. Moore, can get a fair trial in Kootenai County … Coeur d’Alene School Trustee Tom Hearn has a new favorite saying via a sister-in-law who lives in the South: “Have ye ever listened to some folks for a minute and thought: Their cornbread ain’t done in the middle.”

Parting shot

In the latest Kellogg Police Department Facebook report, an officer describes being called to the old Dick & Floyd’s Liberty Billiards building. Reportedly, kids were going inside. “I did a walk through the building and had flashbacks of playing Donkey Kong with my cousin years ago,” reported the officer. “Anyone else remember playing arcade games in Dick & Floyd’s? Good times.” The officer didn’t find any kids. But, he wrote, he cleared the call “with a smile.”

You can contact D.F. “Dave” Oliveria at (509) 319-0354 or

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