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Huckleberries: Clapping is a right in CdA, stomping a privilege

Contrary to what you may have heard, Sandi Bloem doesn’t have a no-clap rule for her council meetings. Her Sandiness was accused by detractor Mary Souza of not allowing applause during her three terms as Coeur d’Alene mayor. Souza, who operates the anti-Bloem administration website,, asked her readers – both of them – what they thought about the rule after noting that residents of Peekskill, N.Y., are upset about their mayor’s new no-clap policy. Only Mary’s wrong.

Huckleberries: Sacramento rubs Corps’ nose in levee study

Coeur d’Alene isn’t the only community miffed at the loopy demand by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clear-cut viewtiful trees from flood prevention levees. Sacramento, Calif., is, too. The corps, as you may recall, freaked out after Hurricane Katrina, ordering communities to remove trees and vegetation from levees (like the ponderosas on Coeur d’Alene’s waterfront dike road), claiming the vegetation destabilizes them.

Huckleberries: Hagadone’s partner has plenty of space to hide

If you look from the sky, as Google Earth does, at Jerry Jaeger’s 10,000-square-foot mansion, you might think it’s shaped like a gray handgun. The house belonging to Duane Hagadone’s partner in hospitality is near the Jewett House on Sanders Beach. Asks the Berry Picker who provided the Google Earth photo: “How is it that Jerry Jaeger flies so effectively under the radar while his partner doesn’t?  I bet most people in the area couldn’t even tell you who Jerry is.