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Huckleberries: Lake cat-and-mouse game with Coeur d’Alene City Hall nears end

For more than a month, owners of “Hooligan Island,” a floating jungle gym, have played a cat-and-mouse game with Coeur d’Alene city officials. In May, they plopped their floating jungle gym into the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene, off City Beach, without permission, and were told to scram. They did. But on Wednesday, the water toy was back again, off North Idaho College Beach, where it remains unwanted.

Huckleberries: Sometimes that tickle in your inner ear means Ceti eels are near

Do you remember the fictional Ceti eel that Khan implanted in Chekov’s ear in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”? Sandpoint newsman David Keyes sure does. While mowing his lawn recently with ear ware to muffle the noise, Keyes felt something moving around inside his ear canal -- and immediately thought of the 1982 film. He wasn’t imagining things.

Huckleberries: She knew all along, husband left in dark

Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor, of Coeur d’Alene, was all in when his wife, Kathryn, suggested they do something different in announcing the gender of Baby No. 4. It wasn’t until the planning was under way that Sam learned a dastardly secret: His wife already knew.

Huckleberries: Mixed messages give us culture war & peace

Huckleberries Thursday begins spotlights that red Nissan Sentra that we discussed here earlier in the week -- the one with the mixed messages on the back window and bumper. I compiled some of our thoughts into the lede item. (Question: Do you have a bumpersticker on your car? What does it say?)

Huckleberries: Mixed vehicle messages give us culture war and peace

The signage on the back of a red Nissan Sentra in Post Falls offered mixed messages. First, the hand-drawn sign painted in orange on the rear window: “if you don’t Like our Culture Then go Back To your Country!!” Then, there’s the matter of the two stickers on the bumper: “More yoga” and “Got peace?” Huckleberries tries to reconcile the contradictory statements.

Coeur d’Alene newspaper carrier trapped by passing snowplow

A funny thing happened to Jamie Sedlmeyer and her boyfriend, Les, while delivering papers at Coeur d'Alene Place early this morning. They got plowed in. We're not talking about being plowed in while they were in a driveway, tossing newspapers to sleeping customers. They were plowed in WHILE driving on the street.

Huckleberries: Down but not out in Post Falls

Coeur d’Alene Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor was thinking dark thoughts about his Honda Civic after he got stuck in an unplowed Post Falls street just out of his driveway Monday. But he had no such thoughts for his boss, Coeur d’Alene City Administrator Jim Hammond, who dropped everything to pick up his snowbound assistant and bring him to work.

Huckleberries: A final ride for the ‘White Whale’

Gail Curless, of Dover, and husband, Randy, have ridden their 2002 Ford F-350 down to the hub caps running horses, sheep and border collies throughout the Northwest and Canada. Gail affectionately calls her pickup the “White Whale.” Last week, Gail took the “White Whale” for a final ride, to a car dealer in Bonners Ferry. She almost didn’t get there.

Sunday Huckleberries: Bugged

My Sunday Huckleberries column began with that incident you read about here last week -- the Coeur d'Alene businesswoman, with a fear of bugs, who found herself in a car wash with a stink bug looking at her from the windshield.

Huckleberries: Bugs really, really bug this Coeur d’Alene businesswoman

It would be an understatement to say that Kari Glessner, of Coeur d’Alene, fears bugs. They terrify her. Ditto for spiders and snakes. So you can imagine the terror Kari felt when she found herself eyeball-to-eyeball with a stink bug as her vehicle rolled through a Coeur d’Alene car wash. Only her husband’s “whoa” stopped her from getting a good soaping outside the car.

Sam: Awesome chance for Lake City

In the comments section, Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor touts what it would mean for Coeur d'Alene to win a $250,000 High Five Community Transformation Grant from Blue Cross of Idaho. 7 Idaho cities are in the running for the grant, including Plummer & Sandpoint. You can vote for town of your choice via link provided below.

Huckleberries column will have new home

This’ll be my last Huckleberries column as part of Handle Extra. When you next see Huckleberries, it’ll be after the new year, included in the weekend edition of the regular Spokesman-Review. The Handle Extra is going away at year’s end. Huckleberries has morphed several times over the past 26 years, beginning in January 1985, a few months after I joined the Coeur d’Alene office as a government reporter.