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Christa: Kudos To New Chairman

On her Facebook wall, new Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustee Christa Hazel writes: “Kudos to Tom Hearn for setting a positive tone in yesterday's contract negotiations. It felt good to sit in on negotiations knowing that we WILL reach an agreement that will be positive for our community. Two more days scheduled later this month to hear counteroffers and hash out what I hope to be a final contract.”

Question: Do you like the new tone of the Coeur d'Alene School Board? Or do you prefer the tough stance taken by the previous one in an attempt to change things?

New Trustees Shake Up Leadership

The conservative grip loosened Monday on the Coeur d’Alene School Board after a threesome of new board members were sworn in to their elected positions and quickly took control. Moments after the new trustees – Christa Hazel (pictured), Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn – took their oaths, Eubanks nominated Hearn to serve as the board’s chairman and Hazel to serve as vice chair. Both were selected by the board’s new majority bloc, whose members also are Republican but describe themselves as moderates. The sudden change in leadership was nearly as abrupt as a year ago, when now-former board Chairman Tom Hamilton and now-former Vice Chair Terri Seymour took their positions. Hamilton and Seymour, halfway through their terms, were serving with three other conservatives appointed in the past 12 months to fill vacancies/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here.

DFO: I'm amused re: how hard the Hard Right tried to keep Christa Hazel off the School Board — and now she's the vice chairman. Hats off to Christa for hanging in there.

Question: Do you approve/disapprove of the new leadership on the Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Christa: Ready To Hit Ground Running

On her Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene School Trustee-elect Christa Hazel posts: “July 1 is fast approaching. As an update, I wanted to let you know that I have been studying our district's business, budgets, funding mechanisms, contracts, issues, etc., in order to hit the ground running when I'm sworn into office this next Monday. The official oath of office will take place at noon at Midtown Center. The July regularly scheduled school board meeting will convene later that day at 5pm, also at Midtown Center. I am even more optimistic today than I was during the election that we CAN successfully tackle the tough challenges ahead while working for the best interest of our students in our classrooms.”

Question: Do you think the hold-over trustees — Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour — will work with or against the three new trustees who will form a board majority as of July 1?

Lake City Moderates Counter-Punch

After a string of victories for the far-right wing candidates they endorsed, it may have seemed like the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans were the only major force in North Idaho politics. But in last week’s election, the script changed. Neither Reagan Republican candidate won a Kootenai Hospital District board seat. And voters rejected the Reagan Republican-endorsed incumbents on the Coeur d’Alene school board in favor of a moderate Republican, an independent and even a Democrat. “On Tuesday night, it’s like we ripped back the curtain and found the Wizard of Oz was shorter and less powerful than we had feared,” Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Mike Kennedy says. The far-right had been bested by an alliance of moderates/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.

Question: Inquiring minds want to know: Will the Empire strike back in November?

Poll: Hazel For School Board Chair

  • Weekend Poll: Trustee-elect Christa Hazel received 113 of 204 legitimate votes 55.4%)  from Hucks Nation, which wants to see her become the next Coeur d'Alene School Board chairwoman. Current Chairman Tom Hamilton was second, 37 of 204 (18.1%); Tom Hearn third w/34 of 204 (16.7%), Dave Eubanks fourth w/19 of 204 (9.3%) and Terri Seymour last with 1 of 204 votes (0.5%). Hazel had more than 60% of the vote Friday evening when someone hacked in 160-170 votes in a short period of time. I removed 160 votes.
  • Today's Poll: What do you want Councilman Mike Kennedy to do re: re-election plans?

Hazel: Time To Get Over Negativity

On her Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene Trustee-elect Christa Hazel posts: “I received a gracious phone call last night from Trustee Regan congratulating us on our win. His call to me was classy and I appreciated it. Regardless of political views or personal opinions, Trustee Regan has served our community by giving his time and energy without pay or benefit. I recognize his efforts and I thank him for his service. I hope you will consider doing the same. Our district needs to come together and move past negative divisiveness. We begin to do that by thanking those that have served on our school board while we waited for the election.”

Question: Will the Coeur d'Alene School Board now be able to get past the negativity and divisiveness of the past two years?

Trustee Regan Gracious After Loss

On his campaign Facebook wall, Trustee Brent Regan (shown walking to a post @ 15th & Hazel Tuesday (in this Duane Rasmussen photo), posted the following, after his loss to Trustee-elect Christa Hazel last night:

First I would like to congratulate the victors in the School Board race, Tom Hearns, Dave Eubanks and Christa Hazel. You each ran a good campaign and won the day. Now, for you, the real work begins. Next I would wish to express my heart felt gratitude to the volunteers and donors who worked tirelessly on my behalf. … Finally I would like to thank the voters who endured the mailings, door knocks, and phone calls and, despite these annoyances, took time from their busy day to go to the polls and vote. The vitality of our Republic depends on active and engaged citizens and you have set a fine example for others to emulate.

DFO: A Coeur d'Alene School Board with Brent Regan and Christa Hazel serving on it would have been a strong one. Unfortunately, the two were matched against each other. For all his baggage, Regan was a decent man who offered outside-the-box ideas. I'm glad Christa won. But I'm sorry to lose Regan's input in school matters.


Trustee Winners Form New Majority

There will be three new faces on the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees come July 1. Christa Hazel won the Zone 1 seat with 1,414 votes, representing 63 percent of the 2,237 votes cast. Brent Regan received 823 votes. This is the first time voters have selected a Zone 1 school trustee since 2009, when Edie (Brooks) McLachlan defeated Jim Purtee by seven votes. Since then, there have been three appointments to the seat, and Hazel sought, and was denied, the appointment each time. “I think the Coeur d'Alene School District voters felt we needed more than a party label,” Hazel said. “They took a stand to say we need qualifications and transparent motives”/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Who should be the new School Board chairman?

Trustee Races Highlight Con Roots

Brent Regan’s yard signs identify him as a Republican. His challenger, Christa Hazel, has “common sense conservative” on hers. Political persuasion is on full display in the race to sit on the Coeur d’Alene School Board, even though the ballots make no reference to party. It’s one in a series of election showdowns here forming a politically charged battleground for offices long seen as strictly nonpartisan. Ever a conservative stronghold, Kootenai County looks to be swinging even further to the right with a wave of party faithful targeting city councils, school boards, the Kootenai Hospital District board and even lowly highway districts. Firing the salvos is the Reagan Republicans, a group that formed in 2009 with a clear focus in mind: Make elected Democrats and moderates as rare as the giant Palouse earthworm/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Brent Regan’s election sign adorns the front yard of a home in Hayden)

Question: So which side did better in promoting its candidates during the School Board/hospital board campaigns — Reagan Republicans or Balance North Idaho?

Regan Questions Partisan Label

On his Brent Regan Trustee Facebook wall, Trustee Regan says the Coeur d'Alene School Board is diverse and doesn't display a partisan balance. In part, he says:

The ONLY way you can claim the current Board is not diverse is if you put on partisan goggles that filter out everything but political affiliations. You must have a partisan perspective in order to claim there is a POTENTIAL for partisan behavior. But where is the evidence? Where is the proof that this Board has made ANY decision that advances one political party over the other? Where is this imagined party bias? You can read the rest of the post here.

Question: Why would/wouldn't you describe the Coeur d'Alene School Board as diverse? Can you point to any party bias in the board's dealing over the last 12 months?

Regan & Hazel Face Off

Here's the one-liner from challenger Christa Hazel that received the biggest laugh/ovation of her debate with Zone 1 Trustee Brent Regan Tuesday evening — a reaction that drew a warning to the audience from Coeur Group moderator Peter Smith. (Video courtesy of Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19)

Regan Disses ‘Freshly Minted’ Cons

Huckleberries is still amused by appointed Trustee Brent Regan's reference to some challengers for area School Board elections as “recently minted conservatives.” On his Facebook page, he listed himself among the “solid conservatives” along with Ann Seddon, Glorie Ward, Carol Goodman, Bjorn Handeen. Possibly Regan wasn't living in the Coeur d'Alene area when his opponent, Christa Hazel, was working for the Queen Mother of All Conservatives, the late Helen Chenoweth-Hage. Or when Christa was working on the campaigns for Phil Batt and Butch Otter — or serving as constituent coordinator in the Coeur d'Alene office for then Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. Regan is using the routine trick of local Hard Right in denouncing reasonable Republicans as “libruls.” Meanwhile, he, the Reagan Republicans and others even further to the right readily embrace trustee candidate Bjorn Handeen, who was a Minnesota Constitutionalist only a few years ago. Huckleberries doesn't mind Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Birchers or Ron Paulers running as Republicans. That's certainly their right in Kootenai County. But these candidates should at least have the integrity to tell voters what they really are.

Question: Are you as tired as I am of the Hard Right questioning the Republican and conservative credentials of anyone who isn't in his/her camp?

Christa’s Campaign is official

Christa Hazel For School Board - Coeur d'Alene, ID

It's official. This just in from Christa Hazel:

The petition for candidacy with 10 verified electors was submitted and approved today. I am appreciative for the early support I've received to get on the ballot for School Board Zone 1. The website, is up and running, as well as the FB page ( and Twitter (

I will provide a reasonable common sense conservative voice on our school board. I have a vested interest in public education — my children attend our public schools. I have deep roots in Idaho conservative politics with real world small business experience. I also have a track record of successful leadership as well as dedicated service to our local schools. 

How do you think Christa will do against Brent Regan, if the appointee decides to seek election in his own right?

3 Seek School Board Vacancy

Brent Regan (middle), one of three applicants for a Coeur d'Alene School Board vacancy, is interviewed by a Coeur d'Alene Press reporter during a demonstration by United Conservatives of North Idaho near the Kootenai County Courthouse earlier this fall.

The next trustee to round out the Coeur d'Alene School District's five-member school board will likely be one of three applicants who submitted their paperwork by Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline. Trustees will consider Christa Hazel, Casey Morrisroe and Brent Regan for appointment to the board's vacant Zone 1 seat. Jim Purtee held the position by appointment from April until Nov. 15, when he resigned, citing health reasons. The board will meet Monday at 5 p.m. at the Midtown Center to interview the applicants and potentially select one for appointment. Hazel and Morrisroe each previously sought appointment to the Zone 1 seat and were in a pool of six applicants from which Purtee was selected last spring. Hazel also applied for appointment in May 2011 following Edie Brooks McLachlan's resignation/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will Coeur d'Alene school trustees base their next appointment on ideology or qualifications?

Christa: More CSB Notice Wanted

Christa Hazel: My issue with the Person Field topic Monday night has to do with public notice. The agenda stated that the presentation by Mr. Wardell would cover disposal of real property WITHOUT naming which properties. In the future, I would hope the board would have the foresight to detail this on the agenda. Kudos to Trustee Seddon for speaking to this lack of notice and kudos to Trustee Hamilton for allowing public comment based on the revelation regarding these two properties.

Question: I suspect the new School Board learned a lesson from the Person Field blowback re: notice on important issues. Tom?

Post Falls Woman Heads To Bike Leg

Post Falls resident (and Coeur d'Alene High School alum), Vicki Kimball, 36, finished with an official time of 13:58:56. (Christa Hazel photo special to Huckleberries Online)

Stockbroker Bullock Finishes Ironman

Coeur d'Alene resident amd stockbroker, Scott Bullock, 40, finished Ironman with an official time of 13:33:15. (Christa Hazel special photo for Huckleberries Online)

Koler, Quinn, Hazel Apply For Trustee

The Kootenai Board of County Commissioners has received six (6) applications for the vacant position in Trustee Zone 1, Coeur d’ Alene School District 271. The applicants are: Christa Hazel; Duncan Koler; J. Casey Morrisroe; James L. Purtee; Wanda Quinn; and Luke Sommer. The Board has also received approximately 65 questions from the public which will be reviewed by the Commissioners and the current sitting school board members for consideration as part of the interview process. Interviews will be conducted jointly by the Board of County Commissioners and the four trustees of District 271. The public is welcome to attend the interviews.
The interviews will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Kootenai County Administration Building, Meeting Rooms 1A/1B/Kootenai County Board of Commissioners news release.


Christa Applies For Trustee Vacancy

On her Facebook wall, Christa Hazel writes: “I submitted my name to the county commissioners to be considered for the Zone 1 school board trustee appointment process. If you have a moment, drop them an email on my behalf. Commissioners Nelson, Green and Tondee can be reached via . Message me if you have any questions. THANKS! Your support is appreciated.”

DFO: Kootenai County commissioners have set 5 p.m. today as deadline for applications for the Coeur d'Alene School Board vacancy caused by the court ouster of appointed Trustee Wanda Quinn. Huckleberries will have the names of those who apply shortly after 5 o'clock today.

Christa: Need Monster Jam Tips

On her Facebook wall, Christa writes: “Going to my first ever Monster Jam monster truck show this weekend. Courtney Beebe says that I should wear a tank top with a flannel shirt and jeans that sparkle but I'm not so sure. Any one out there have tips on appropriate monster truck attire and/or tips for the show itself? I am aware I need ear protection but should it coordinate with the sparkle jeans or the flannel?”

Question What is proper attire at a Monster Jam?

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