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Balance North Idaho announces new board member

Kootenai County, Idaho, June 9, 2014- Balance North Idaho today announces that former Mayor of Post Falls, Clay Larkin, has joined the Board of Directors. A fundamental element of Balance North Idaho’s growth vision is that the board has representation from different communities within the county. Execution of that vision is in process. Board member, Ryan Brodwater, formerly of Post Falls, resigned from the board as he relocated to Spokane.

“We are honored to have Clay Larkin on our board,” said Eden Irgens, BNI President. “He brings deep knowledge of the Post Falls community and is very respected within our county. It will be a pleasure to work with him on future non-partisan elections.

“I had followed the work of BNI since it's inception, and thought how important their mission is, to keep local non-partisan elections just that – non-partisan. My philosophy for over 40 years has been to vote for the most qualified candidate. There are great folks on the Board, and I am honored to join them. There is much work to do to keep the mission alive, and BNI has a lot of faithful followers.”

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Kerri: Seeking Office Not About Ego

Kerri Thoreson: I ran for mayor of Post Falls in 2001 and got my clock cleaned by Clay Larkin who was serving as the mayoral appointee after Gus Johnson was elected to the Kootenai County commission. I continued to be involved in the community and served a year on the Park and Rec Commission before successfully running for a council seat in 2007. This week it was quite different to be running as an incumbant for re-election. A different level of stress when you’re running on a record. For anyone who’s not had their name on a ballot, it would be hard to understand that contrary to the opinion that it’s all about ego, it’s an exercise in humility to ask for contributions, support to place signs, walk the neighborhoods and then that all important vote on election day. When the dust settles and you’ve received the nod to serve, it is not only gratifying there’s a profound sense of responsibility to serve well. (SR file photo of Kerri Thoreson & her father, Ron Rankin, & mom, woman with back to camera, on Ron's last day in office, Jan. 10, 2003)

Question: Anyone have a good Ron Rankin tale to tell?

Post Falls Mayor Injured In Fall

Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin suffered nose and facial injuries on Wednesday night after a fall at a local store when he caught his foot on a curb. A doctor told Larkin that it is believed the mayor broke his nose, but it won't be known for sure until the swelling goes down. “Cosmetically, my face is ready for Halloween,” Larkin said/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Group Awards Larkin For Water Work

The Water Environment Federation has awarded Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin one of its 2010 Excellence Awards, for his work in water conservation and in protecting the Rathdrum Aquifer and Spokane River from pollution. Larkin and Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitation District (Md.) were named as winners of the Public Officials Awards. The awards will be presented to recipients at the federation’s  83rd annual technical exhibition and conference next month in New Orleans, La.  Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Full list of Water Environment Federation awards here.

Otter Enters Spokane River Dispute

Item: Otter gets involved in bi-state river dispute: Governor: New technology may help solve problem/Brian Walker, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has been enlisted to help shake the bi-state Spokane River cleanup plan controversy. Otter and Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss how Idaho agencies that discharge wastewater to the river can avoid a costly court battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Question: Do you want to see Gov. Butch Otter be involved in the cleanup controversy involving the Spokane River?

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