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Keith: Remembering Mike Anderson

Keith Erickson: Mike was a true advocate of freedom of the press and a great county commissioner. My favorite memory of him was during a commission meeting when the two Republican commissioners (dang, can't remember which ones exactly) voted to close a meeting and send me packing. Mike stood his ground and said there was no legal reason to call an executive session. He was overruled and, under protest, I left the meeting. Here's the clincher: Mike left the board room with me. He truly respected a reporter's rights—and the people's right to know. I'll never forget the night he lost his bid for re-election. I was at the courthouse when he conceded. It crushed him, and it wasn't about ego. It was about losing his opportunity to be an advocate of the community. I'm deeply saddened by this; my thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family.

Question: Any further remembrances of the late Mike "Former Mike" Anderson that you'd like to share?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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