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Huckleberries: Innovative couple proactive when it comes to marriage, too

Nick Smoot and wife, Kenna, are light years ahead of the pack when it comes to dreaming big dreams. Nick, founder and CEO of Innovation Collective, is a mastermind behind the startup scene in Coeur d’Alene. To use a chamber of commerce term, everything about him is proactive. And that includes his marriage.

Huckleberries: Rock hound was in right place at right time to save wandering girl

A hobbyist looking for those painted rocks that have been cropping up in Coeur d'Alene for the last year was in the right place at the right time last Thursday. Ms. Rock Hound was searching for the stones at McEuen Park when she noticed a little girl walking by herself between cars in the busy McEuen parking lot. So she sprang into action.

Huckleberries: Restored to health, CdA music man ensures that the bands play on

Chris Guggemos of Handshake Productions is hail and hearty now, working the crowds at his free summer concerts, but some weren’t sure he’d return after his serious bout with cancer last year. Those fears worsened when Chris was unable, due to technical difficulties, to post the 2017 concert series online in mid-spring as he usually does.

Huckleberries: We knew way back when …

Look up “states(wo)man” in the dictionary (that device we used before Google and Wikipedia), and you’ll find a picture of state Sen. Shawn Keough. The Sandpoint Republican has represented Idaho’s 1st Senate District superbly for more than 20 years.

Huckleberries: We knew way back when that Shawn Keough would be a good state senator

That groan you heard from North Idaho was the sound of lovers of good government reacting to news that respected state Sen. Shawn Keough will retire after she ends her current 11th term. Good legislators are hard to come by in North Idaho. And Shawn is one of the state’s best. We knew she was going to be good in 1996 when we endorsed her for the first time.

Huckleberries: 1971 Wallace High grad startles brother with free copy of Branstetter’s ‘sex book’

Sheila Barnes of Ponderay, Idaho, refers to Heather Branstetter’s book as “that sex book,” rather than “the Wallace book.” People know what she means, Sheila told Huckleberries. Branstetter's “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure.” Sheila graduated from Wallace High but didn’t share the community's tolerant attitude toward the sex trade. Still, she wanted to read what Branstetter had to say.

Huckleberries: After 24 years, they’re still dancing through life

Stu Cabe and his wife, Callie, have enjoyed 24 years of life together after meeting on the stage of the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's production of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Stu wasn't her brother. She was from Seattle. He was from Portland. Now, they're living in Coeur d'Alene and remain big supporters of the arts here.

Huckleberries: From snakes to bad breaks, she has helped fill SR’s pages

Former Shoshone County commissioner Sherry Krulitz of Pinehurst has been appearing in the pages of The Spokesman-Review for more than a half century. Recently, she was touted in Huckleberries for rescuing her daughter from two menacing garter snakes. As a girl 56 years ago, she made front-page news in this newspaper after suffering an unlucky break.

Huckleberries: When pigs fly and Kootenai County Republicans love commie Russia

There’s a reason that you just saw a pig fly. Some Kootenai County Republicans are angry because Idaho’s uber-conservative U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are wary of the president’s chummy relationship with Vladimir Putin and nationalist Russia. Never mind that Republicans historically have had no use for commies or the former Soviet Union.

Huckleberries: Lake cat-and-mouse game with Coeur d’Alene City Hall nears end

For more than a month, owners of “Hooligan Island,” a floating jungle gym, have played a cat-and-mouse game with Coeur d’Alene city officials. In May, they plopped their floating jungle gym into the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene, off City Beach, without permission, and were told to scram. They did. But on Wednesday, the water toy was back again, off North Idaho College Beach, where it remains unwanted.

Huckleberries: Sometimes that tickle in your inner ear means Ceti eels are near

Do you remember the fictional Ceti eel that Khan implanted in Chekov’s ear in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”? Sandpoint newsman David Keyes sure does. While mowing his lawn recently with ear ware to muffle the noise, Keyes felt something moving around inside his ear canal -- and immediately thought of the 1982 film. He wasn’t imagining things.

Huckleberries: CdA Mining District gold rush finally gets its due

Tony and Suzanne Bamonte tout their latest book of local history as a perfect gift for Father’s Day. But they’re being modest. “The Coeur d’Alenes Gold Rush and Its Lasting Legacy” is a swell gift for any student of history in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Any day.