Saturday, November 20, 2021

Saturday Slight

Well, at least, after yesterday, we don't have to dread the thought of  snow anymore.  

It's here.

We just have to shovel it, blow it or plow it. 

Though I'm not a big fan of snow anymore, I will admit that occasionally snow can be pretty and often very photogenic, especially once the trails for walking and working are cleaned out.  

Here's some really good news for most of us who live in the Selle Valley. 

Thank you to the Bonner County Planning and Zoning Commission for listening and acting responsibly. 

Read more by clicking on the link below.

And, with thoughts about the story above and other related aspects of local development, here's a chance for all who love the land and who enjoy recreating on public lands to make a meaningful contribution to the future.

The link below, in my mind, features a "very good news" story.

 The beauty of this story is that all who live here and the multitude who come here to enjoy outdoor opportunities can help make this vision happen. 

This land acquisition concept is wonderful for preserving history and phenomenal for adding to our future recreational opportunities. 

 I encourage you to read the story, chip in a donation to Kaniksu Land Trust and do pass the word to anyone from anywhere who comes to this area and may want to participate. 

Thank you from a longtime believer in the perpetual value of well-thought-out conservation easements and of our amazing Kaniksu Land Trust.


The other night when a Spokane television station anchor announced that a cold case in the city dating to 1959 had been solved, I knew immediately---before a name was given---which case.

I'm sure many people my age who grew up in the "Inland Empire" knew also. 

I was a sixth grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Sandpoint when the news of 9-year-old Candy Rogers disappearance dominated the headlines out of Spokane. 

The story had long-lasting and profound impact because it was probably the first heinous crime I had ever followed.  

Because it happened to a young girl living in a nearby town, its horrific details also struck a very scary note in my 11-year-old mind.

Our sense of childhood innocence took a major hit when a few days after her disappearance, it was discovered that Candy Rogers, a Campfire Girl, had been murdered.

I'm betting that my classmates at Lincoln were just as shaken as I about this crime.

Like those of us in the "Inland Empire" who have never forgotten "Starlit Stairway" on Channel 4 and the telephone number for its sponsoring Boyle Fuel Company, the Candy Rogers case would need no introduction for our contemporaries reflecting on the past.   

Sixty-two years later, the cold case has been solved. The story is just as sad now and maybe even sadder after learning the facts.


Finally, on a much lighter note, life with Willie seems to be progressing very well at Connie and Jon's home in Hope. 

A hint of what's to come:  could be one of these days Willie might get to come over and play with Bridie or vice versa.

Happy Saturday. 

No comments: