Reagan Republican founder Jeff Ward and appointed Trustee Ann Seddon look at results in the Coeur d'Alene School Board elections, at Fedora restaurant Tuesday night. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Candidates backed by a group of Republican activists were defeated Tuesday night in unusually lively races for the nonpartisan Coeur d’Alene School Board and Kootenai Hospital District board. In a shakeup on the school board, challengers knocked off incumbents Brent Regan and Ann Seddon, both of whom were backed by the conservative Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. Christa Hazel and Dave Eubanks will join the five-member board along with Tom Hearn, who won an open seat. All three were backed by Balance North Idaho, a political action committee whose slogan is “Qualifications over ideology,” and their wins will swing control of the board away from a solidly conservative majority that took hold over the past year/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
DFO: As Jackie Gleason would say: How sweet it is.
Question: How does the results tonight figure in the Coeur d'Alene mayor and City Council races this fall?
Earlier today, Christa Hazel holds sign in front of Canfield Middle School, urging Coeur d'Alene School District voters in Zone 1 to support her candidacy for trustee. They did, as Christa unseated appointed Trustee Brent Regan handily, leading a sweep of Balance North Idaho candidates into office to form a new majority of the School Board. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 80): 100.0 BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL . . . . . . 8,859 CDA TRUSTEE ZONE 1 Brent Regan. . . . . . . . . . 823 36.79 Christa Hazel . . . . . . . . . 1,414 63.21 Total . . . . . . . . . 2,237 CDA TRUSTEE ZONE 4 Ann Seddon . . . . . . . . . . 813 40.49 Dave Eubanks . . . . . . . . . 1,195 59.51 Total . . . . . . . . . 2,008 CDA TRUSTEE ZONE 5 Bjorn Handeen . . . . . . . . . 364 30.36 Tom Hearn . . . . . . . . . . 835 69.64 Total . . . . . . . . . 1,199
PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 80) --- 80 100.0 BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 8,859 KOOT HOSP TRUSTEE Neil L. Nemec . . . . . . . . . 4,811 33.73 Jim Pierce . . . . . . . . . . 3,291 23.07 Liese M. Razzeto . . . . . . . . 3,918 27.47 Donna L. Montgomery . . . . . . . 2,244 15.73 Total . . . . . . . . . 14,264
PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 100). . . . . 80 100 BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 8,859 PF TRUSTEE ZONE 1 Dave Paul . . . . . . . . . . 112 36.60 Glorie Ward. . . . . . . . . . 194 63.40 Total . . . . . . . . . 306 PF TRUSTEE ZONE 5 Carol Goodman . . . . . . . . . 231 51.22 Julie Hunt . . . . . . . . . . 220 48.78 Total . . . . . . . . . 451
I'm leaving early today — to vote in Precinct 51 and to take a break prior to handling the election results tonight here at Huckleberries Online. Deputy county clerk Pat Raffee has told Huckleberries that the first results will be in by 9 p.m., with the final results expected by 11 p.m. As I mentioned before, the Balance North Idaho supporters are meeting at Fort Ground Grill, while the Reagan Republicans and their candidates will be at Fedora. I'll return to my post around 8:30 p.m. See you back here then …
Lake City High School students watch as senior Jacob Wilkinson is transported to an ambulance during a mock DUI accident near the school in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho this morning. Coeur d'Alene Fire and Police worked along with Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Idaho State police and Spokane Air 1 to provide graduating seniors a graphic reminder that with celebrations just around the corner not to get behind the wheel drunk. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Huckleberries Online, of course, will be manning HBO Central tonight, to report on Election Day results throughout Kootenai County. Balance North Idaho will be hanging out at Fort Ground Grill on River Avenue in the Fortgrounds area. Reagan Republicans will be gathering at Fedora. Here's your Election Day Wild Card …
Idaho singer-songwriter Carole King poses for photographers before an event to honor her with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at the Library of Congress earlier today in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Question: Which Carole King song do you like better: “(You Make Me Feel) A Natural Woman” or “You've Got A Friend”? Explain answer.
At Gainsville, Fla., University of Florida staffers provide some idea how long this dead Burmese python is — 18 feet, 8 inches, weighing 128 pounds. It is the longest snake ever caught in Florida. You write the cutline. (AP photo)
Monday Winner — Photoguy/2 likes: “Tejay Van Garderen asked the ladies to help him makeup his mind, although they misunderstood and put makeup on his cheek.” See Monday photo & all 5 cutlines here.
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A 19-year-old Oldtown woman was killed in a head-on crash north of Blanchard this morning that closed Highway 41 for five hours. According to ISP reports, Anna M. Hurst was northbound in a Ford Stratus attempting to pass another vehicle when she crashed head on into a 2008 Kenworth truck driven by Michael L. Radan, 41, of Newport, Wash. Radan was injured in the crash, which occurred at 8:02 this morning. Full ISP report here.
Let's use this Election Day Roundup post to stay up to speed re: today's School/Hospital board elections:
Facebook Friend Erin Daniels Bangle, former SR colleague and Sandpoint High Cedar Post advisor, posts: “Student Quote of the Day: 'What was Woodstock?'
A river of emotions ran through me on Sunday. Foolishness. Humiliation. Shame. That about covers them. My return to fly fishing after a 30-year absence wasn’t what anyone would describe as triumphant. “It looks like bait,” exclaimed my lovely wife, Sherry, between gasps of laughter at my catch of the day. I can’t understand it. The movie in my head had me hauling a monster trout out of Black Lake after a prolonged, Hemmingwayesque battle. Reality, as you can see from the photograph, turned out to be a sardine that, judging by its stunted growth, was probably a smoker. True, it probably didn’t help for me to yell “Fish ON!!” like an excited little girl/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
DFO: The first and last time I flyfished was during the first week after my arrival in Kalispell, Mont., a guest of the last newspaper publisher C. Patrick King. We did so behind the Hungry Horse reservoir in Northwest Montana. Fun day. Got in some huckleberrying, too.
Question: When did you last flyfish?
Former Democratic Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus called Republican Sen. Jim Risch an “obstructionist” for stopping Republican Rep. Mike Simpson’s Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill. The two men fought regularly when Risch was Idaho Senate Pro Tem and Andrus was governor in the 1980s. So Andrus got personal when he chided Risch for withdrawing his support for Simpson’s bill, describing Risch as “this little short guy” who stopped Simpson’s Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act from getting out of the Senate. “I apologize, not for what I said previously, but that I said he was short,” Andrus said. Because of Risch, he has supported having President Obama designate the 500,000-acre Boulder-White Clouds and Jerry Peak areas as a national monument/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo: Singer and environmental activist Carole King testifies during 2005 Boulder-White Clouds hearings in Washington, D.C.)
Question: Should Boulder-White Clouds be designated as a wilderness area?