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Fri., April 26, 2013, 8:21 a.m.

No Halfway House For Dalton Gardens

Ex-cons housed here? Not in this backyard. Seattle-based nonprofit Pioneer Human Services has been denied a permit by the Dalton Gardens planning commission to open a federal prison residential re-entry facility. Pioneer sought the permit for property at 5648 N. Government Way, which Pioneer has yet to acquire. In Pioneer's application, it said it wants to establish the facility to house, monitor and provide services for up to 43 residents. Occupational training and pre-apprenticeship training would occur in the adjacent building or parcel. There was a public hearing Tuesday in front of the planning commission, which voted 5-0 to deny the request. Marcia Wingfield, city clerk, said 12 people spoke against the facility during the hearing and 13 people submitted written comment forms opposing it/David Cole, Press. More here.

Question: Can you blame Dalton Gardens for rejecting the halfway house?

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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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