The 3 p.m. meeting of the Senate Education Committee already had started when Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, finally made it back to Boise and slipped into his seat to chair the meeting.
“We did have an interesting set of circumstances today,” Goedde said. “But I am here.”
Goedde was one of seven North Idaho lawmakers stranded in Spokane after an early-morning Southwest flight headed down to Boise, circled over the foggy airport, and then returned and dumped its passengers back in Spokane. Goedde and Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, ended up riding on a plane chartered by the Idaho Forest Association’s Jim Riley, who also was on the turned-back flight.
“I am really unhappy with Southwest,” Goedde said after his day-long odyssey. “They essentially knowingly stranded about 70 people in Spokane.” He added, “It was one of those days you’d just rather not remember when traveling.”