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Huckleberries: Mayor Bloem’s departure a win for hard-liners

Now, we all know what Mayor Sandi Bloem meant at the annual Human Rights Banquet on Monday when she said she’d return to the feast in 2014, but maybe not in the same capacity. She had already decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term, for personal and professional reasons – not because she feared possible stiff competition against rival Councilman Dan Gookin. Bloem told Huckleberries on Wednesday that she wasn’t going to run, when your columnist followed up on her banquet remark.

Huckleberries: Breakthrough for common good – imagine that

’Tis nice that warring elected officials in the Coeur d’Alene area could come together, as in times past, to do the right thing for the common good. The tentative deal struck Thursday for the sale of Person and Bryan fields for $750,000 by the Coeur d’Alene City Council and the school board was Coeur d’Alene at its best. The cash-strapped school district will get money to help fund a new administration building. The city will be guaranteed perpetual use of two parks that it already maintains in older parts of town.

Six vie for the job of sheriff

There’s a new sheriff coming to town. Voters in Kootenai County are electing the first new top law enforcer in 13 years because Sheriff Rocky Watson is retiring. Three Republicans are vying in the May 15 primary. The winner will face three Independent candidates in the November general election: former deputies Joe Bodman and Tom Dickson and Coeur d’Alene City Code Enforcement Officer Bob Foster.

Huckleberries: Rough landing for Green project

Developer Harry Green had big plans when he bought the old Louisiana Pacific mill site on the Spokane River back when. The 33-acre Post Falls Landing project was to become a legitimate downtown for Post Falls. It didn’t. Things have gone from bad to worse for Green, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. A creditor is suing him for $8.2 million. He’s filed for Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcy. Now, a warrant has been issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court on a charge of selling alcohol without a license at The Landing marina. Green sent this explanation to The Spokesman-Review: “A ticket was issued to my Marina for sale of liquor on August 9, 2011. August 8, 2011, my Brother Tom died of cancer. Marina help sold two beers to officers August 9, 2011. For leaving the dock and store unattended help was released.  Notified of ticket just prior to November pre-trial, which was a surprise. My Brother Bill died of cancer after Thanksgiving and funeral mid-December.  I called prosecutor’s office requesting a continuance.  Prosecutor did not call back, so assumed continued.  I was shocked today when notified of warrant.” You know what they say about “assume.” Young and reckless

Kootenai County sheriff won’t seek re-election

Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson will not seek re-election next year and will leave office after serving a total of 17 years. Watson was sheriff for one four-year term in the late 1970s, but was not re-elected. The Post Falls native and ex-Marine was appointed sheriff in 1999 following Pierce Clegg’s retirement. Watson was then elected to a full termin 2000 and re-elected in 2004 and 2008.

Kootenai County sheriff to retire

Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson will not seek re-election next year and will leave office after serving a total of 17 years.