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Huckleberries: Kellogg police uphold the law and tickle your funny bone at the same time

If you want a few laughs along with your small-town police report, you should “like” the Kellogg Police Department Facebook page. Peppered among the one-line and routine items in the page’s weekly Roll Call are items like a recent traffic hazard that featured a badly damaged collection of Christmas nutcrackers. Only one survived. Huckleberries tells you all about it today.

Huckleberries: Fan finds only one dark lining in Zags postseason clouds

Huckleberries Thursday introduces you to a Gonzaga super fan, who has enjoyed the deep Zags' run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament postseason. However, that run was punctuated by an illness after the Xavier when that led to a split-second decision in the baggage area of the Spokane Airport.

Huckleberries: Fan finds only one dark lining in Gonzaga’s postseason silver clouds

Sean and Naomi Boutz are ha-huge Gonzaga Bulldogs fans. They are season ticket holders. And have attended 8 straight WCC tournaments in Las Vegas. But skipped this year, anticipating the Zags’ deep tournament run in the NCAA tournament. They mostly enjoyed Gonzaga’s best weekend of basketball in its history, to date, in San Jose last weekend. However, Naomi didn’t appreciate the crud she came down with before the flight home.

Huckleberries: History book on CdA’s City Park coming soon

Landscape architect Jon Mueller has written a history book, chock full of old photos, about Coeur d'Alene's City Park. The history of City Park is tied closely to the history of Fort Sherman and the development of Coeur d'Alene. Huckleberries Monday begins with this news today.

Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene’s City Park focus of soon-to-be book

On July 4, 1890, the day after Idaho became a state, the soldiers at Fort Sherman gathered with the rough-and-rowdy residents of Coeur d'Alene for a parade and a day of picnics, games, swimming and fireworks. The festivities was held in a corner of the fort's property -- a place that's now known as City Park. Jon Mueller, a landscape architect and native son, has written a 200-page book, chock-full of photos, about City Park. It'll be published in early May.

Huckleberries: Vegas provides close encounter with Pro Bowler at the craps table

So Coeur d’Alene schools Trustee Christa Hazel is in Las Vegas last week to celebrate her 17th anniversary and catch a Gonzaga basketball game at the WCC tournament. She was enjoying herself when she spotted a high-roller at the craps table with an excited crowd around him. As she approached, she saw that the gambler in the hoodie with the dreadlocks looked familiar.

Hucksleberries: You ♥ NY but does NY ♥ you?

My Sunday Huckleberries print column begins with an Idaho woman who smiled at a grumpy New Yorker while crossing the street in the Big Apple. Q: Question: Do you find New Yorkers to be friendly/unfriendly?

Huckleberries: After 58 years, Larsen’s perfect game still a wonder

You may have forgotten, but last Wednesday was the 58th anniversary of the only perfect-game, no-hitter thrown in the World Series – by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees. Larsen, who now lives in Hayden, blanked the powerful Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0. Everyone was dumbfounded by the feat, including Larsen and famous, longtime Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard, who said: “If Nolan Ryan had done it, if Sandy Koufax had done it, if Don Drysdale had done it, I would have nodded and said, ‘Well, it could happen.’ But Don Larsen?” Larsen’s career was otherwise unspectacular. In 14 Major League Baseball seasons, Don posted a record of 81 wins and 91 losses – and a 3.78 earned run average. He may still commemorate his extraordinary feat with a vanity license plate that reads: “DLooo” – for Don Larsen (no runs, no hits, no errors). It doesn’t add up

Huckleberries: Otter’s education funding effort ripe for mockery

Last week, a Facebook post by a Democratic legislative candidate got under Jon Hanian’s skin: Hanian? He’s Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s mouthpiece. Onward. Travis Manning, a House candidate from Canyon County, published a photo of Otter and him shaking hands, quipping that the governor was thanking him “for working to save Idaho’s public school system from total annihilation.” This, according to Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey. Idaho, of course, is the Mississippi of the West when it comes to education funding.

Huckleberries: The cosmetic perks of cold weather

Horse whisperer Erica Curless (now also part of The Spokesman-Review team producing the Monday Boomer U page) sez it’s “never good when your trailer tire passes you at 60 mph.” At the time, Erica was hauling a load of heifers for sale to Billings. The Les Schwab at Thompson Falls said it could replace her tire – next Wednesday. So Erica & Co. limped into the Les Schwab in balmy Missoula (9 degrees) to fix the tire. The road trip continued from there over the slick-as-snot pass near Livingston (minus 20 degrees).