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Huckleberries: Aside from the humidity, it’s heaven on Earth

Ben Stein, the former Nixon speechwriter famous for his role as the economics instructor in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” feels our pain as he suffers from heat at his Sandpoint getaway. Before praising Pat Buchanan’s new book about Richard Nixon, Stein writes in the American Spectator: “The real problem is the humidity though. We left D.C. to escape the humidity. It was unbearable, like being in a steam room with your suit and tie on. We do not have much humidity in L.A., but we sure have plenty of it here in North Idaho this summer.” Conversely, Stein said he enjoys “the incredibly tasty kettle corn” and posing for photos with the friendly people at Sandpoint City Beach. Then, there’s “Lake Pend Oreille, limitless cool blue expanse of water, blue sky, clouds, and mountain forests.” In a parting salute to the region, Stein tells of his “brilliant, world-traveling sister” who had just concluded a trip to Tanzania. She told him that Tanzania is beautiful but no more beautiful than North Idaho – to which Stein adds: “No place is.” And all God’s over-heated children in our piece of paradise responded: Amen. A promise fulfilled: State Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, has already fulfilled one campaign promise in her uphill battle for secretary of state against former House Speaker Lawerence “Boss” Denney. To her 3-year-old daughter, Mary. Rep. Woodings, who also has a baby son, was traveling with Mary last week when she visited Coeur d’Alene. Woodings told Huckleberries that she gets lonely for her family when she’s traveling around the state alone. On Monday, Woodings made her third campaign visit to the Lake City. During an earlier visit, Hollings promised her daughter that she could play in the new McEuen Park splash pad next time they visited Coeur d’Alene – weather permitting. The weather was outstanding on Monday. So the Boise Democrat kept her promise. Not many politicians do that.

Huckleberries: Hart’s patriot act doesn’t pass muster

State Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, who was KO’d in the GOP primary during his ongoing battle with the IRS and Idaho Tax Commission over $600,000 in unpaid income taxes, remains unbowed. On the morning of the Fourth of July, Hart joined in the reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Point in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The event was advertised by the Kootenai County Republicans, who are standing by their man, even as Hart files a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan.

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.

City’s elected leaders reinstated to office

BOISE – Two ousted Huetter politicians are back. The Idaho Supreme Court has reversed a Kootenai County judge who disqualified the 2007 candidates, Mayor-elect Bradley Keene and Councilor Jennifer Brown, because of challenges to their voter registration.

Idaho high court reinstates Huetter officials

The Idaho Supreme Court has reversed a Kootenai County judge who held that two candidates who were elected mayor and city councilor in the tiny town of Huetter in 2007 were disqualified from office because of challenges to their voter registration.

Revived Huetter mansion now Gonzaga’s alumni office

Several generations of the Huetter family turned out for an open house Thursday in the Spokane mansion at Gonzaga University where their family took root. The Georgian Revival home was built around 1897 by family patriarch John T. Huetter, who along with his wife raised eight children there.

Huetter Mansion

The home that John Theodore Huetter built in the Gonzaga area more than a century ago has been moved and refurbished for use as the headquarters for Gonzaga University Alumni Association. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 the university held an open house in the historic mansion and invited the many descendents of Huetter to help celebrate the event.

The slow pace of change

The oldest Jesuit in the Northwest spent most of Wednesday watching movers transport a mansion where Catholic seminarians trained and lived while attending Gonzaga University. The Huetter Mansion portion of the Bishop White Seminary will be moved 120 feet to make way for a new seminary. The century-old mansion was donated to Gonzaga University by the Diocese of Spokane, said GU spokesman Dale Goodwin. The only condition was that the college had to move it from the northwest corner of Sharp Avenue and Addison Street.

GU plans to move Huetter House to nearby lot

Efforts to save the historic Huetter House, part of the Bishop White Seminary, took a step forward earlier this month when Gonzaga University filed notices to move the historic house and redevelop its existing site with a new seminary. In a letter on March 10, a Gonzaga official told neighbors that it is moving ahead with plans for relocating the Huetter House by obtaining a conditional-use permit from the city to reuse it at a new location one lot to the east.

Bypass gains planners’ support

Over the objections of numerous North Idaho residents, the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization voted 6-3 Thursday to endorse acquisition of rights of way for the eventual construction of a 9-mile highway bypass along Huetter Road. The proposed roadway would run north and south between U.S. Highways 41 and 95, originating north of Seltice Way in Post Falls and connecting to Highway 53 east of Rathdrum.