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Huckleberries: Rural life is fine until Woody Woodpecker comes knocking

Lee Sorenson of Post Falls enjoys reading Ammi Midstokke’s adventures in the S-R Outdoors pages. It reminds him of “the years of commutes, winters, and Mother Nature’s jokes” in the Spirit Lake and Blanchard Valley areas – and a troublesome woodpecker that interrupted sleep.

Huckleberries: Whoa there Pilgrim … Take ’er easy on the squash

It’s not every day that you feel betrayed by butternut squash. But David Townsend, communications director of the Coeur d’Alene Library, feels bamboozled after grazing at the swell salad bar at Pilgrim’s Market in Midtown Coeur d’Alene.

Huckleberries: Silver Valley publisher takes littering seriously

Keri Alexander, publisher of the Shoshone News Press in the Silver Valley, is death on littering, so much so that she has organized grassroots litter patrols to pick up trash along the freeway. She has wondered what she would do if she witnessed someone littering. She no longer has to wonder. She took action when she caught a female motorist dumping trash out her window at the Osburn exit of Interstate 90.

Huckleberries: Nonini-Whalen campaign trail hits nasty patch

That Facebook post by state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, didn’t stay up long – you know, the one in which he blasted opponent Pat Whalen for picking on Nonini’s wife, Cathyanne. It read: “My opponent took a cheap shot at my wife (Thursday night) at the NIC Candidate Forum – what type of person attacks a wife? Not a reputable or credible person.” At the forum, Whalen raised the fact that he had received a DUI in 2006, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. That was a shocker. So was his subsequent comment that Cathyanne Nonini was trying to use the old DUI conviction to get Whalen dumped as chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County.

Huckleberries: Suppose nobody showed up to an election

Five of the 13 incorporated towns in Kootenai County fell below the electoral “Mendoza Line” on Election Day, Nov. 8 – with voter turnouts of less than 20 percent. The Mendoza Line, for those of you who don’t follow Major League Baseball, represents a dismal batting average of .200 – or about the career average of former Seattle Mariner Mario Mendoza.

Huckleberries: Changes to McEuen Field will make it shine

Huckleberries isn’t surprised that proposed changes to Coeur d’Alene’s McEuen Field attracted a crowd of boo-birds. A quarter to a third of Coeur d’Alene opposes any public project. We call them CAVErs (Citizens Against Virtually Everything). Opposition to the North Idaho Centennial Trail, for example, was so stiff back when that then-Commissioner Frank Henderson blinked.

Kennedy ponders lawsuit

I can’t figure out why state law allows the loser of a close election to directly sue the winner. Then, has any losing candidate ever followed the steps taken by Jim Brannon after his five-vote loss to incumbent Mike Kennedy, sidestepping a recount in favor of a lawsuit to overturn the entire election? That fact hasn’t been lost on Kennedy. Who posted this comment at HucksOnline last week: “Writing as a private citizen being sued, here, regardless of whether he loses or wins this court case, because of this willful and admitted plan of suing me individually first without pursuing all legal steps in the process, I would assume that Mr. Brannon has been preparing himself personally for the time when I as a private citizen seek to recover every penny of all applicable legal costs, personal costs, and damages in this lawsuit through full discovery in the courts. And I would certainly assume that preparation doesn’t include (hypothetically speaking, of course) diverting or shielding personal assets, inheritances, or family trusts in the names of any other individuals or family members.” Someone’s going to laugh last here. Mob mentality