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Huckleberries: Tree City USA is getting a little bare

In the city known as tree city USA, it's no longer safe to be a tree. A dozen or so more trees that fronted North Idaho Museum were leveled last week in the name of flood prevention. They join hundreds of trees toppled along waterfront under edict by the Army Corps of Engineers and even some knocked over by Mother Nature during Wind Storm 2015.

Hamilton leaving CdA school board

Tom Hamilton, who led a conservative takeover of the Coeur d’Alene School Board four years ago, said Thursday he won’t seek a second term as school trustee. Hamilton, the director of quality for Ground Force Manufacturing in Post Falls, announced his intention at a midday meeting of the Reagan Republicans, a group that helped put him on the school board in 2011.

Dave Oliveria: Idaho ignores racist image, ex-reporter writes

For you newbies, former Spokesman-Review colleague Bill Morlin has written a primer on four decades of Aryan Nations activity in North Idaho. In “Some say potato, most say Aryan Nations” for the Blue Review at Boise State University, Morlin details the impact of supremacist Richard Butler, from his arrival from California in 1973 to the 2000 civil trial that bankrupted his Aryan Nations. Writes Morlin: “Butler didn’t move to Idaho to quietly retire, but as a racist-activist, living in the public limelight and using it to attract followers. To some extent, he met his retirement goals.”

Huckleberries: ‘McScrew’em Park’ enlivens council meeting

Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy was ready when school board Chairman Tom Hamilton approached the lectern during the public comments section of the council meeting Wednesday. First the bait. Kennedy asked Hamilton how talks were going regarding the city’s attempt to buy the school district’s half of Person Field, a green space at 15th and Garden. Not so well, responded Hamilton. That was the cue for Kennedy to read a Dec. 28 post from Hamilton’s Facebook page in which the chairman referred to the controversial McEuen Field upgrade downtown as “McScrew’em Park” and to Councilman Woody McEvers, who supported $4 million more in “McScrew’em” upgrades, as “the perennial ’70s burnout.”

Huckleberries: Campaign coincidence has Seymour’s number

In spring 2011, there was a minor flap about the post office box number for the Coeur d’Alene School Board campaign supporting candidates Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour. Inadvertently, the campaign was given the same number as a defunct one that had been used by the Aryan Nations. That caught the attention of some, including The Spokesman-Review. We investigated and found there was no connection between the two groups. Seymour hasn’t let the matter go, however. On Monday, Seymour asked applicant Christa Hazel during public interviews to fill a vacant school board trustee spot whether she’d said Hamilton and Seymour were members of the Aryan Nations.

Huckleberries: International program debate takes ugly turn

Coeur d’Alene is still buzzing about that 5-0 vote by the new Coeur d’Alene School Board against the Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows School last Monday. Of interest were comments by board Chairman Tom Hamilton’s wife, Kate, about transferring their fifth-grade daughter from Hayden Meadows. Kate Hamilton claimed that some adults who backed the internationally oriented program had slimed another daughter as a result of her husband’s role and stand on the school board.