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Huckleberries Wednesday spotlights an incorrect spelling for the point on Lake Coeur d'Alene, 7 miles from town. The correct spelling of Higgens Point is with a final vowel E not I. It's name after Coeur d'Alene chiropractor Milton C. Higgens. The item is the second one in today's Huckleberries column.
The dig by reporter Mia Taylor of the website Cheapism occurred in July, but Wallace booster Rick Shaffer isn’t letting it go. In a 2016 article about “tourist traps” in all 50 states, Taylor targets the Oasis Bordello Museum of Wallace as an Idaho attraction that might not be worth the $5 price of admission. Rick says it is.
At the east end of Coeur d’Alene, bald eagles swoop and dive over the lake as excited onlookers snap pictures or watch with spotting scopes, and others stroll by on the Centennial Trail with their dogs, enjoying the winter wildlife show. This is where a temporary onramp will be constructed to allow three giant, Montana-bound megaloads of oil refinery equipment to complete their roundabout journey through the area in January and February and trundle back onto Interstate 90 on the far side of the tall stretch of Veterans Memorial Bridge. On Thursday night, more than 50 people turned out for a public meeting about the hauls, with questions about everything from safety to fisheries.
The suspect in Saturday’s shooting in Coeur d’Alene has been identified as Christian Nicholas Buquet, also known as Christian Nicholas Mallon, 19, of Hayden. Buquet was shot and killed by police Saturday after he shot another man and then fired a gun at officers and civilians as he drove through Coeur d’Alene, authorities said.