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Huckleberries: Whoa there Pilgrim … Take ’er easy on the squash

It’s not every day that you feel betrayed by butternut squash. But David Townsend, communications director of the Coeur d’Alene Library, feels bamboozled after grazing at the swell salad bar at Pilgrim’s Market in Midtown Coeur d’Alene.

Huckleberries: St. Paddy’s tie recalls S&H Green Stamps

She avoided the term “whippersnapper” because KXLY’s Kris Crocker is too gracious for that. But she did provide context for colleague Casey Lund when he wore an S&H Green Stamps tie at work on St. Patrick’s Day. Huckleberries Thursday launches with a trip down memory lane with Green Stamps.

Huckleberries: After 30 years, Centennial Trail supporters finally achieve goal

Thirty years ago, North Idaho Centennial Trail supporters faced stiff resistance from neighbors or industrial companies in two areas – the Pinevilla subdivision in Post Falls and an industrial row along Seltice Way entering Coeur d’Alene. The resistance was so fierce that a former county commissioner proposed dubbing the Spokane River as a symbolic link between Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls – and forgetting the trail. Now, a trail along the former industrial row is about to become a reality.

Huckleberries: Pacific NW swell today, it was better 55 years ago

Fifty-five years ago, senior editor Leonard Gross of Look magazine launched a 50-page spread with this sentence: “The one great mystery of the Pacific Northwest is why all of us aren’t living there.” In today's Huckleberries column, we revisit what the Pacific Northwest was like 55 years ago.

Huckleberries: Pacific Northwest is swell now, but it was even better 55 years ago

Fifty-five years ago, senior editor Leonard Gross of Look magazine launched a 50-page spread about this region with the sentence: “The one great mystery of the Pacific Northwest is why all of us aren’t living there.” At that time, only 5.5 million people lived in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana). Back then, Northwesterners had an attitude toward newcomers that's much the same today: Let’s lock them out.

Huckleberries: History book on CdA’s City Park coming soon

Landscape architect Jon Mueller has written a history book, chock full of old photos, about Coeur d'Alene's City Park. The history of City Park is tied closely to the history of Fort Sherman and the development of Coeur d'Alene. Huckleberries Monday begins with this news today.

Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene’s City Park focus of soon-to-be book

On July 4, 1890, the day after Idaho became a state, the soldiers at Fort Sherman gathered with the rough-and-rowdy residents of Coeur d'Alene for a parade and a day of picnics, games, swimming and fireworks. The festivities was held in a corner of the fort's property -- a place that's now known as City Park. Jon Mueller, a landscape architect and native son, has written a 200-page book, chock-full of photos, about City Park. It'll be published in early May.

Huckleberries: Much-maligned Rachel Dolezal once faced down racists

Before Rachel Dolezal became a punch line for late-night talk shows, she faced down six white supremacists near the western entrance to downtown Coeur d’Alene. The neo-Nazis were demonstrating against the annual Martin Luther King celebration for fifth-graders at North Idaho College. Rachel was bravely counter-protesting against the racists. All. By. Herself.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue: In memoriam

Wobker was a man of few words who had a lot to say. To commemorate his special wit, here’s a sampling of some his political verses.

Huckleberries: Otter’s education funding effort ripe for mockery

Last week, a Facebook post by a Democratic legislative candidate got under Jon Hanian’s skin: Hanian? He’s Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s mouthpiece. Onward. Travis Manning, a House candidate from Canyon County, published a photo of Otter and him shaking hands, quipping that the governor was thanking him “for working to save Idaho’s public school system from total annihilation.” This, according to Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey. Idaho, of course, is the Mississippi of the West when it comes to education funding.

Dave Oliveria: A campaign platform with fewer loose screws

Tired of all the empty rhetoric of the spring campaign, Patrick Jacobs of the Get Out! North Idaho blog offers his own legislative manifesto, including: creation of an official fashion committee for (Idaho’s) first lady to make sure (she’s) “looking fierce.” Mandatory Grace Jones Mondays. Raise the minimum wage to $45.25/hour. Apple fritter as the official state doughnut. No white shoes after Labor Day. An In-N-Out Burger joint in every town. Make Lana Turner’s birthday (Feb. 8) a state holiday – she’s from Wallace – and everyone gets the day off. Jell-O shots $1 every hour on the hour. Removal of the embarrassing, outdated phrase “Famous Potatoes” from the license plates. Replace it with “Mullet Paradise.” And Add the Words. Crazy? No crazier than legislators from Kootenai County trying to nullify federal law, putting sheriffs in charge of defining the Second Amendment and allowing guns on college campuses. Faux ‘KCRCC’

Huckleberries: To escape the walking dead, cross Idaho border

As most of you know, zombies are wreaking havoc across the United States. “Shaun of the Dead.” “Zombieland.” “The Walking Dead.” It doesn’t look good, if you live in the South or on the West Coast. And that includes the apple eaters in Washington. Who tend to dis their Country Cousins from Idaho.

Huckleberries: Idaho gets black eye from NRA’s experiment

Another day. Another bad headline for Idaho, as a result of actions by Gov. Butch Otter and/or his Republican enablers in the Idaho Legislature. No, Butch Otter isn’t appearing as a celluloid sheriff in another soft-porn movie. Rather he signed a bill passed easily by the GOP-dominated Legislature that allows guns on university campuses. The action earned this headline from e-zine Fiscal Times: “Why you shouldn’t send your child to an Idaho college.” Ouch!

Huckleberries: Tom Malzahn helping to let voters pick next treasurer

Again, Kootenai County owes a debt of gratitude to Treasurer Tom Malzahn for postponing his retirement 21 months to protect his office from right-wing ideologues who control the local GOP. In Idaho, the respective parties provide up to three names for appointment by commissioners when a vacancy occurs among the courthouse elected officials. Malzahn feared that the tea party/Ron Paul wing that dominates the GOP Central Committee would bypass his competent deputy, Laurie Thomas, in favor of conservative ideologues.

Huckleberries: Domino’s Pizza offer doesn’t make the grade

That flier from Domino’s Pizza seeking teachers to deliver pizzas and serve as customer reps part time received mixed reviews in the Coeur d’Alene High teachers’ lounge last week. Coeur d’Alene Domino’s wants teachers who like to make extra money delivering pizza after school while “driving around listening to their favorite music.”