Today was Dr. Michael Burke’s ninth, and last, time hosting lawmakers at an annual pizza lunch sponsored by the state’s two community colleges. Burke, president of North Idaho College, didn’t mention his upcoming departure – he’ll start a new job at a California college in March – but Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, rose during the question-and-answer period to point it out. “He has done a great job in North Idaho,” Nonini said, and led a loud round of applause for the outgoing president. His voice breaking just a little, Burke responded, “It is hard to leave, to be honest with you. Thank you, Bob.”
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