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UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Huckleberries: Governor Batt never forgot 1994 S-R endorsement snub

Whenever I see former governor Phil Batt, he reminds me of this newspaper’s endorsement of Democratic opponent Larry EchoHawk in the 1994 Idaho gubernatorial election. But there’s more to the …


Huckleberries: We knew way back when that Shawn Keough would be a good state senator

That groan you heard from North Idaho was the sound of lovers of good government reacting to news that respected state Sen. Shawn Keough will retire after she ends her …


Huckleberries: 1971 Wallace High grad startles brother with free copy of Branstetter’s ‘sex book’

Sheila Barnes of Ponderay, Idaho, refers to Heather Branstetter’s book as “that sex book,” rather than “the Wallace book.” People know what she means, Sheila told Huckleberries. Branstetter’s “Selling Sex …


Huckleberries: After 24 years, they’re still dancing through life

Stu Cabe and his wife, Callie, have enjoyed 24 years of life together after meeting on the stage of the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of “Seven Brides for Seven …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Huckleberries: Second wife, Lucie, was a fitting match for Wallace, Idaho, founder for awhile

Now that Col. William Ross Wallace has gotten his due as the founder of Wallace, Idaho, his second wife (of three), Lucie, deserves her own 15 minutes of post-mortem fame. …


Huckleberries: Car engine doesn’t start? When was it last checked for marmots?

If your car doesn’t start, you may have a marmot infestation under the hood. Don’t believe me? Well, ask a Post Falls Walmart customer who found a fat marmot stuck …


Huckleberries: From snakes to bad breaks, she has helped fill SR’s pages

Former Shoshone County commissioner Sherry Krulitz of Pinehurst has been appearing in the pages of The Spokesman-Review for more than a half century. Recently, she was touted in Huckleberries for …


Huckleberries: When pigs fly and Kootenai County Republicans love commie Russia

There’s a reason that you just saw a pig fly. Some Kootenai County Republicans are angry because Idaho’s uber-conservative U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are wary of the …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Huckleberries: Chance encounter with Gonzaga Bulldogs critic Walton results in ‘epic fail’

Jimmy McAndrew of Coeur d’Alene is still reeling over a missed opportunity to give Gonzaga Bulldogs critic Bill Walton a piece of his mind. Jimmy had practiced over and over …


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 …


Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene Mining District gold rush finally gets its due

Tony and Suzanne Bamonte tout their latest book of local history as a great gift for Father’s Day. But they’re being modest. “The Coeur d’Alenes Gold Rush and Its Lasting …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Huckleberries: While the poet rode his bicycle circuit, his lady fair played for others’ supper

While Roger Dunsmore rode his utility pole circuit, his wife, Jenni Fallein, played for others’ supper. Roger, a retired University of Montana prof and superb poet, was busy Monday posting …


Huckleberries: Conservative Weird Idaho takes show on road to Liberal Weird Portland

An extended family of 13 Idahoans made their presence known on a Max train in Portland last week, including an older woman who told her grandson in a loud voice …


Huckleberries: Even at 47, a girl needs her momma when the garter snakes come calling

Keri Alexander may be 47 and the publisher of the Shoshone News Press in Kellogg, but she still needs her momma, especially when the garter snakes start invading her personal …


Huckleberries: One of two Coeur d’Alene Ironman events likely to take a hike

Th Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce is working behind the scenes to drop one of the two Ironman Coeur d’Alene races that it helps sponsor during the summer. The chamber, …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Huckleberries: Kellogg police uphold the law and tickle your funny bone at the same time

If you want a few laughs along with your small-town police report, you should “like” the Kellogg Police Department Facebook page. Peppered among the one-line and routine items in the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

Huckleberries: Gonzaga lover slam-dunks ‘Caveman’ with his attitude about athletic women

Trustee Christa Hazel of the Coeur d’Alene School Board had a close encounter with a “Caveman” the other day. She was at the checkout counter of a local store when …


Huckleberries: The Well-Read Moose struck a chord with proprietor, bookstore customers

It has been three years since Melissa DeMotte answered the siren call to open a bookstore in Coeur d’Alene. A bookworm with a head for finances, DeMotte tells Huckleberries that …


Huckleberries: Yellowstone visitor offers proof that California drivers are worst

The sample size isn’t big – just two drivers. But Shannon Forbes of Coeur d’Alene offers anecdotal evidence that California drivers are the worst. She had close encounters with two …


Huckleberries: Harrison will celebrate 1917 fire that destroy town because, well, it survived

What’s a nice little town like Harrison, Idaho, doing celebrating a fire that destroyed its business district and half its homes? One hundred years after the lakeside inferno of July …


Huckleberries: A marriage that can survive early hickeys has clout

Few marriage manuals talk about hickeys. And there’s probably a good reason for that. But a how-to manual by Bob and Paige Bingham mentions hickeys right off. In the “Introduction.” …


Huckleberries: Still-vivid memory in fight for equality

Twenty-nine years ago this week, human-rights leaders and a Spokesman-Review reporter shared a harrowing experience in a small northwestern Montana town. The representatives from the Kootenai County Task Force on …


Huckleberries: What if they threw an election and hardly anyone showed up?

What if they threw an election and hardly anyone showed up? Does it still count? In Kootenai County, only 5.68 percent of the registered voters bothered to go to the …


Huckleberries: Local American Redoubters have a catchy marching tune rather than a compound

The Aryan Nations followed a “territorial imperative” to move to the Pacific Northwest and set up a compound. But the white supremacist group failed. Now, the religious preppers of the …


Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene: Too Near Spokane, Always Suspicious

The Idaho panhandle has viewed Boise suspiciously since boosters from the southern Idaho city stole the state capital from Lewiston way back when. And North Idaho has a similar wariness …


Huckleberries: Branstetter’s history of the Silver Valley sex trade makes debut

Heather Branstetter’s book on the history of the Silver Valley sex trade makes its debut today. It does so with a thumbs up from the editor of the Shoshone News …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

Huckleberries: Bayview woman overwhelmed by kindness from vet, readers

Yvonne Wallis, of Bayview, has been overwhelmed by the response to a recent Huckleberries column. An item told of the plight of the 2010 hammer attack victim. She has never …


Huckleberries: Always betting on the gray horse doesn’t break the house

On Saturday, Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson of Post Falls donned her fancy new Kentucky Derby hat and plunked down $2 on the gray horse to win at Churchill Downs, Ky. Her …


Huckleberries: When a hornet comes calling, you can count life in Nana-seconds

At 77, Cis Gors, of Kootenai, Idaho, discovered she still can move quickly at times, like, for example, when a hornet crawls up her pant leg and begins to sting.