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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Incumbents, Christie Wood win seats on Coeur d’Alene City Council

Early results from the Coeur d’Alene City Council elections show incumbents far ahead.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

CdA council incumbent Gookin says he demands answers, while challenger Pereira says he’s ineffective

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin says it’s his job to push for transparency. “I am the councilman who asks the tough questions,” he said. “I believe in transparency. I …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Can a non-Republican win a Kootenai County office? Dan Gookin pushes message of independence. Jim Brannon stresses efficiency.

One of the most contentious races in Kootenai County is for one the smaller profile public offices. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin is running as an independent hoping to …


Huckleberries: Rural life is fine until Woody Woodpecker comes knocking

Lee Sorenson of Post Falls enjoys reading Ammi Midstokke’s adventures in the S-R Outdoors pages. It reminds him of “the years of commutes, winters, and Mother Nature’s jokes” in the …


Huckleberries: Urban farming comes with side of noise pollution

The tiny community of Bayview on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille survived a terrifying wildfire during our summer of drought. But there’s at least one resident who doesn’t …


Huckleberries: Committed committees are an asset to the city

Coeur d’Alene Councilman Dan Gookin shot from the hip last week – and hit his foot. After opposing the reappointment of competent Denny Davis to the Lake City Development Corporation, …


Huckleberries: Denial of Newtown school shooting shattered

Believe it or not, there are people out there who claim the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary (Newtown, Connecticut) massacre didn’t take place. The deniers say that we’ve been told a …


Huckleberries: Nature’s siren is louder than sheriff’s new toy

Talk about stealing your thunder. A 100-pound black bear upstaged Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger’s big reveal for his $335,000 BearCat military vehicle Wednesday morning. Spokesman-Review photographer Kathy Plonka was …


Huckleberries: Ben Stein scurries north after Hayden Walmart visit

Ben Stein isn’t making friends with cuss-tomers at Hayden Walmart. In a recent column for the conservative American Spectator, Stein tells of stopping at the Hayden store en route from …


Huckleberries: Reagan Republicans rebuff phony image of Otter

The Reagan Republicans were miffed last week when a young Elephant posted on their Facebook wall a photoshopped picture of Gov. Butch Otter, President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. …


Huckleberries: The Great Opponent of Progress

Things are getting curiouser and curiouser in the uber-conservative attempt to overthrow Coeur d’Alene’s City Hall. In a debate earlier in the campaign, GOPartisan Chris Fillios claimed his opponent, Amy …


Huckleberries: Burgers an unwelcome aroma at sushi bar

On Facebook, Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar, in Coeur d’Alene’s Midtown, tells of a disagreement with a customer over a Happy Meal. Seems the cuss-tomer arrived with a Happy …


Huckleberries: Below and beyond the call of duty

Jennifer Drake says of hubby Ben that he’s always willing to jump in and help someone, “literally and metaphorically.” Ben wasn’t being metaphorical one night last week when Jennifer advertently …


Huckleberries: Sending sky lantern aloft not welcome, on two fronts

Coeur d’Alene Councilman Dan Gookin has a message for whoever launched a sky lantern that landed, deflated, behind a rear car tire in his Fortgrounds ’hood: “Now if you and …


Huckleberries: Rasor’s ideas on tutus mystify Moscow man

Henry Johnston, a Sandpoint High grad, wonders where former Bonner County commissioner Cornel Rasor got the idea that gay men wear tutus to work. Rasor, as you may recall, is …


Huckleberries: Though the end is near, he’ll meet it his way

Larry Justus, who operates the Lakeland RV Park on Bayview Creek with wife, Liz, has a lung disease with a name that friend Herb Huseland of Bayview can’t pronounce. The …


Huckleberries: Mack won’t be held up by vote this time

Sheriff Richard Mack, the tea party darling from Texas/Arizona, will return to North Idaho in July – and he didn’t need an invitation from the dysfunctional Kootenai County GOP Central …


Huckleberries: GOP committee shows love for Steve Adams

City Attorney Mike Gridley may think Steve Adams is a moron (for threatening legal action that could sidetrack a federally mandated expansion of the sewer plant). And Mayor Sandi Bloem …


Huckleberries: Potty mouth exchange at council sanitized

New Coeur d’Alene City Clerk Renata McLeod is too proper to insert that nasty exchange between Councilman Steve Adams and City Attorney Mike Gridley in her draft minutes of the …


Huckleberries: Wolfinger defends right to miss recent gun rally

An Athol gun lover gave new Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger a razzberry for not attending that Second Amendment rally in Coeur d’Alene on Jan. 19. In a letter to …


Huckleberries: CdA, nearing 125th, incorporated for 36 reasons

Coeur d’Alene water superintendent Jim Markley gave Huckleberries a heads-up that the City by the Lake is turning 125 this month – on Aug. 22 or Aug. 29, depending on …


Huckleberries: Councilman changes tone after sending testy email

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin recovered well from a recent political faux pas. Gookin, an outspoken critic of proposed changes to McEuen Field, offered verbal balm to the town …


Huckleberries: Councilman mighty testy over early news report

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin was hot after news leaked last week that a compromise was in the works for McEuen Field plans for boat trailer parking. Why? He …


Huckleberries: Gookin’s stand on art funding ‘undedicated’ to facts

Coeur d’Alene has wonderful pieces of public art, from David Govedare’s “Guardians of the Lake” (aka “The Feathers”) on Northwest Boulevard to kid favorites Mudgy & Millie in five downtown …


Huckleberries: Adams touchy about public contradiction

Steve Adams, a new Coeur d’Alene councilman who refuses to support any issue that involves federal dollars, doesn’t like correction. After being corrected twice by City Attorney Mike Gridley for …


‘Nonsense’ aptly sums up recall push

Attorney Norm Gissel has two words to describe the attempted recall against Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three City Council members: “What nonsense.” Many of you know Norm as …


Huckleberries: Artful move may be needed to save ‘Tolerance’

It ain’t easy jettisoning public art devoted to tolerance. But the Bonner County commissioners are trying. Artist David Kraisler’s “Tolerance” – a 10-foot steel-and-wood piece – has “graced” the courthouse …


Huckleberries: Voters had three questions for candidate

As you may know, seven of seven candidates endorsed by Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in four towns in Kootenai County won last Tuesday, including two of two in Coeur d’Alene. …


Huckleberries: NIC spookiness might mean ghost roster whole

Coeur d’Alene has been down one ghost since the one in the basement at Senor Froggy was exorcised when the restaurant at Seventh Street and Sherman Avenue was torn down. …


McEuen plan gets a mishearing

You may have heard that Steve Adams claims that Finance Director Troy Tymeson told him about plans to build a two-story parking garage on McEuen Field. Adams, an unsuccessful council …