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Huckleberries: Where has all the beautiful long hair gone, long time passing

Today, Tom Hearn is a trustee on the Coeur d’Alene School Board and a retired mental health professional. Some would say he has a very high forehead. But 45 years ago, he had a mustache and long, wavy brown hair. In April 1972, he was the vice presidential candidate on the undercard of a student body ticket at Chico State (Calif.) College, running with a woman who would later become a county supervisor (commissioner).

Hearn: Why CSD needs $32M levy

On his Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene school Trustee Tom Hearn explains why the district needs a $32M levy: ""With almost 23% of our budget dependent on supplemental levies it would be negligent to not ask for another levy." And: "Levies are required due to a chronic underfunding of our schools by the legislature."

Hearn congratulates Amador

Democrat Tom Hearn offers his congratulations to representative-elect Paul Amador via Facebook: "He is a good man and he ran a hard fought and very honorable campaign. He will, in my opinion, be a vast improvement over the incumbent Kathy Sims and I'm sure he will do an excellent job as our new Representative."

Poll: Hucks Nation backs Amador

In the Wednesday poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said it supports the candidacy of Republican Paul Amador in the House District 4B race. Amador is running against Democrat Tom Hearn. Today's Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 4A race -- Republican Luke Malek or Democrat Patrick Mitchell?

Poll: We back Independent McLain

Republican Bob Bingham is lucky that he's not running for the Kootenai County commissioners' office in centrist Hucks Nation cyberspace. A plurality of Hucks Nation favors Independent Russ McLain. Today's Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 4B race between Republican Paul Amador and Democrat Tom Hearn?

House District 4: Amador v Hearn

Democrat Tom Hearn had intended to challenge Republican incumbent Kathy Sims in the race for House District 4 representative. But newly minted Republican Paul Amador upset Sims in the GOP primary and now will face Hearn in the general election. Betsy Russell/SR reports on this race.

Amador, Hearn battle for Idaho legislative seat

Just a dozen years ago, two of the three state lawmakers from Coeur d’Alene were Democrats. Now District 4, like the rest of the North Idaho Panhandle, is all-GOP in its legislative representation – but local school board member and longtime resident Tom Hearn is hoping to change that this year.

Huckleberries: In one definition of native, it’s all about cedar plank

I may not be a true Pacific Northwesterner, despite living and working in the region for 37 years. I don’t like to catch or eat fish. And I have never eaten a cedar-planked salmon. That’s Craig Wikoff’s prerequisite for claiming that you’re a true Pacific Northwesterner. Craig? He’s a former pastor and missionary who now manages the company website for Outdoor Gourmet, a Sandpoint business that specializes in wood-grilling planks. I learned all this from reading a column by Savannah Tranchell, a Sandpoint native who writes for the Yakima Herald-Republic. Savannah was checking her work email while visiting her mother in Sandpoint recently when she read one from Craig. It challenged: “You can’t call yourself a Pacific Northwesterner if you haven’t tried cedar planked salmon.” Savannah asked her mother if she’d heard of Craig. Her mother had more than heard of him. Craig officiated at her 2005 wedding when she remarried. One thing led to another, columnizes Tranchell, and a few days later she was sitting on Wikoff’s back porch talking shop about plank grilling – the technique of using soaked wood planks to infuse meat, particularly fish, with smoky, woodsy flavor. All of which leads to the obvious question: Are you a real Pacific Northwesterner? Shuddup! she explained

Huckleberries: Tourism tip omits CdA’s construction disarray

In her article “Idaho one cool destination at one cool price,” Clara Bosonetto of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution touts cheap air rates in getting from Atlanta to Boise ($266 round trip). And said this about Coeur d’Alene: “A 7-hour drive north of Boise is Lake Coeur d’Alene, created by glaciers and today an international resort destination with the town of Coeur d’Alene on its north shore and resorts nestled along 135 miles of shoreline. An ideal region for avid birdwatchers – Lake Coeur d’Alene has the largest nesting population of osprey in the western United States.” Chamber types are glad she didn’t mention that the southern edge of downtown Coeur d’Alene is torn up this year. Or anything about Aryans.