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CdA’s political waters calm, as mayor, council go uncontested in November

Despite a history of hard-fought campaigns and an unsuccessful but bitter recall attempt against the mayor and council just five years ago, Coeur d’Alene’s city elections are looking much different this fall: Mayor Steve Widmyer and three city council members all are running unopposed.

HBO Blogos — 9.22.16

In today's roundup of the HucksOnline blogosphere, North Idaho Life photographer Keith Boe has some fun while photographing the Rainbow Bridge at McEuen Park. Also: Avista preview: Rest of the fest/On Tap, Try this Mes of a Hot Wings burger recipe/7 Blog, Sometimes top stories don't happen between lines/Grip ...

Huckleberries: New McEuen Park bench donated by major leaguer

A new McEuen Park bench has a connection to one of the heroes of the 1966 World Series. Pitcher Wally Bunker, who lives in Coeur d’Alene, and his family donated the bench after reading a letter to the editor that McEuen Park lacked benches.

Huckleberries: In battle of wits, Barbieri fell on his own sword

Last week wasn’t an easy one for uberconservative Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. He made headlines from the Northwest to the New York Times for a question he asked during a hearing on an anti-abortion bill. Remember? In a battle of wits with a pro-choicer, Barbieri asked if women could swallow a pill containing a camera for gynecological exams. Social media went nuts. Quickly, the question-heard-round-the-USA made Wikipedia. Quoth: “On February 23, 2015, during testimony from Dr. Julie Madsen, Barbieri learned that if a woman swallows a pill, it will not end up in her vagina.” Hours later, the entry was changed: “Barbieri came to widespread attention on February 23, 2015, after asking a doctor giving testimony if a woman could swallow a camera in order to undergo a remote gynecological exam, with the implication that Barbieri thought that the gastrointestinal tract was somehow connected to the reproductive organs.” Barbieri claims his question was taken out of context. Maybe so. But he’s still lucky he comes from a safe Red Zone district.

CdA Chamber of Commerce committed to Ironman

Ironman will carry on in Coeur d’Alene the next three years and likely beyond that with a new push to raise money for the sponsorship fee. The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce said last fall it was evaluating whether to continue its sponsorship of the race, which has been held in the Lake City each summer since 2003. The chamber pays the World Triathlon Corp. nearly $100,000 a year to bring Ironman to town – a figure that has been difficult to cover in recent years.

Huckleberries: GOP slate has him looking elsewhere

David Bond, whose father, Dick, was a longtime legislator from Washington’s 6th District, is one of many Idaho Republicans turned off by the current crop of GOP state and county candidates. In his latest Wallace Street Journal column rant, Bond boasts of his pedigree as the son of a Republican “troglodyte” who plans to “pull a straight Democrat lever come next month’s county and state elections.” Bond said he respects and admires Republican Gov. Butch Otter and his wife, Lori, “but the reality is that loonies are running the asylum.” Quoth Bond: “Never in Idaho politics has extremism so suffused Idaho’s governance.” Bond reserves his harshest words for the religious right, whom he portrays as “vicious” and pharisaical. He concludes: “Let’s toss the Pharisees out. If we have to replace them with Democrats, sorry Dad, so be it.” Unfortunately, Bond isn’t exaggerating about the lack of good Republican candidates in Idaho this fall, particularly Kootenai County. Tying one on

Huckleberries: In one definition of native, it’s all about cedar plank

I may not be a true Pacific Northwesterner, despite living and working in the region for 37 years. I don’t like to catch or eat fish. And I have never eaten a cedar-planked salmon. That’s Craig Wikoff’s prerequisite for claiming that you’re a true Pacific Northwesterner. Craig? He’s a former pastor and missionary who now manages the company website for Outdoor Gourmet, a Sandpoint business that specializes in wood-grilling planks. I learned all this from reading a column by Savannah Tranchell, a Sandpoint native who writes for the Yakima Herald-Republic. Savannah was checking her work email while visiting her mother in Sandpoint recently when she read one from Craig. It challenged: “You can’t call yourself a Pacific Northwesterner if you haven’t tried cedar planked salmon.” Savannah asked her mother if she’d heard of Craig. Her mother had more than heard of him. Craig officiated at her 2005 wedding when she remarried. One thing led to another, columnizes Tranchell, and a few days later she was sitting on Wikoff’s back porch talking shop about plank grilling – the technique of using soaked wood planks to infuse meat, particularly fish, with smoky, woodsy flavor. All of which leads to the obvious question: Are you a real Pacific Northwesterner? Shuddup! she explained

Huckleberries: Some too extreme in response to dog’s shooting

The anger over the July 9 police shooting of 2-year-old black Labrador Arfee in downtown Coeur d’Alene is understandable. But some concerned citizens have gone too far. Huckleberries has perused emails fielded by the police department and city of Coeur d’Alene. Many are vulgar. Some threaten the police officer involved. One suggested that the officer who killed Arfee be shot in the chest with his own gun. Unhinged? You be the judge.

McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene celebrates $20 million redesign

You may not be able to entirely flee the heat, but you can have a little fun with it by heading to a park, playground, splash pad, lakefront or woodsy retreat this weekend. Or just head to McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene for the whole sizzling enchilada.