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Huckleberries: Kootenai GOP to discuss whether rights act has too much ‘religion’

The wacky Kootenai County Republicans are at it again. Last month, the Elephants were asked to approve a resolution requesting that Idaho be declared a “Christian state.” They shot that one down sans discussion but not before it gained national attention. On Tuesday, the local Pachyderms will discuss a draft resolution calling for Idaho to “subtract the words” from the Idaho Human Rights Act. Actually, the resolution wants one word subtracted from the act: “religion.” Although the language in the “whereases” is confusing, it appears that the unknown sponsor wants Christian business owners to be able to refuse service to LGBT individuals. The city of Coeur d’Alene has adopted an ordinance that makes such a refusal unlawful. Never a dull moment when the Elephant herd gathers. Remembering Rocky

Huckleberries: Dike Road trees topple without our review

You may have heard that the city of Coeur d’Alene harvested more ponderosa pine from the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) than originally advertised. Maybe twice as much. But did you know how that fact came to light? The cut zone was part of the route that S-R buddy Greg Lee and I walk at noon on weekdays. We noticed during our walks a few weeks ago that the cut seemed to be heavier than the 30 percent of some 1,000 trees estimated before the project began. Way heavier. Part of the levee running along the Spokane River was almost clear-cut. Last week, Greg and I counted the trees left. He took the bank along North Idaho College – 136 trees. I counted the pines along the water side – 194 trees. Dunno much about algebra. But I do know how to add. That totals 330 trees. I posted the results of the informal survey in my Huckleberries Online blog ( www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo). And the fertilizer hit the fan. Maybe a bigger cut was needed to appease the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the certifying agency that had wanted a clear-cut. But the city erred by not including independent citizen review while the trees were toppling. Keen mind, too

Former Dodger, Rocky Bridges, dies in Coeur d’Alene

Everett Lamar “Rocky” Bridges, 87, who lived in Coeur d’Alene, passed away early Tuesday from natural causes. Bridges’ professional career began in 1951 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and ended in 1961. He played for seven teams in 11 seasons.