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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: When pigs fly and Kootenai County Republicans love commie Russia

There’s a reason that you just saw a pig fly. Some Kootenai County Republicans are angry because Idaho’s uber-conservative U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are wary of the president’s chummy relationship with Vladimir Putin and nationalist Russia. Never mind that Republicans historically have had no use for commies or the former Soviet Union.

Call to discuss unity appears to cause division in GOP group

A call for a meeting to discuss party unity by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has ruffled some feathers. A resolution, "A Call For Party Unity," is on the agenda but will not be distributed prior. “I keep asking them what the resolution is, but they won’t give it to me in advance,” said Kellie Palm, who sits on the committee. “

Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene’s charms win over travel writer

You can count travel writer Josh Noel as another outsider who is gobsmacked by viewtiful Coeur d’Alene. Superlatives ran wild last week when Noel wrote about the Lake City for the Chicago Tribune: “Perched high in the Idaho panhandle, Coeur d’Alene is both literally and figuratively far from the places that conventional wisdom considers aspirational getaways, like, say, Martha’s Vineyard, Tahoe or Aspen. But the anonymity only feeds Coeur d’Alene’s charm; if you don’t know about it and don’t make the effort to find out, well, more for the rest of us. But once discovering Coeur d’Alene, you might wonder how you were ever so incurious about northern Idaho.” Later in the article, Noel describes meeting vacationing Kray and Pattie Hensley, of Sonoma, California, for beers at swell new pub Crafted in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The journalist asked the Hensleys whether Coeur d’Alene reminded them of “near-to-home getaway” Lake Tahoe. It did. A lot. But Kray, 71, said he’d rather be in Coeur d’Alene. His wife, Pattie, 70, agreed: “California is more built up. This feels more loose. It’s more pristine.” Noel writes that “loose” is a fair description of Coeur d’Alene. “There’s no pretense here – just a quick, seductive charm and progressive western mentality.” Progressive? Coeur d’Alene? Well, “the city by the lake” is as progressive as you can get in North Idaho. Protestants?

Huckleberries: Kootenai County GOP to discuss making Christianity state’s preferred religion

The Rally Righters among Kootenai County Republicans are tired of other religions in this country getting “preferential treatment.” They want the Christian religion to be preferred instead. At least in Idaho. Among the items on the agenda for the local GOP Central Committee on Tuesday is a resolution requesting that Idaho declare itself to be a “Christian state.” The whereases tell of the USA being founded on Judeo-Christian principles and of those principles being under increasing attack by public institutions. The main motion states in part: “The state of Idaho and all its institutions will render full recognition to the Christian basis thereof, not permitting any diminution or rejection of its status nor any restriction on its presence or role in the public arena.”

Blog commenter reveals identity

A woman who claims to have posted a comment on a Spokesman-Review blog that triggered a defamation lawsuit has revealed her identity. Linda Cook said her suggestion to ask Kootenai County Republican Party Chairwoman Tina Jacobson about alleged missing money in the Kootenai County GOP coffers, which Cook posted under the moniker “almostinnocentbystander,” was based on information she’d heard from a board member.