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Ex-Coroner Opposes Govt Change

Former Kootenai County coroner Dr. Bob West wants nothing to do with the proposed measure on November ballot supporting government change: 

During my 26 years as the elected coroner of Kootenai County, I had multiple discussions with the BOCC in regard to budget issues, policy development and numerous other issues. While the coroner budget comprises 0.4 percent of the county budget, we were accorded respect and reasonable consideration on every occasion without fear of being dismissed for a dissenting opinion/Dr. Bob West, former Kootenai County coroner, Coeur d'Alene Press guest opinion. More here.

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Coroner Wilkey Busts Budget

Item: Coroner busts budget: Wilkey: High number of autopsies is to blame/Alecia Warren, CdA Press

More Info: Due to a high number of autopsies, the Kootenai County commissioners have injected an extra $50,000 into the coroner's budget to make it to the end of the fiscal year next month. “She told us what she had for current payables and what was projected through September,” said Commissioner Jai Nelson. The budget for autopsies will also increase next fiscal year, from this year's $135,000 to $150,000. The commissioners want to take a closer look at the coroner's expenditures, Nelson added.

Question: Do you blame autopsies or inexperience for the budget busting in the coroner's office?

23YO Coroner Tackles Tough Job

City of Laramie coroner Kathleen Vernon poses next to the coroner's truck in Laramie, Wyo., last Wednesday. Vernon is the youngest coroner in the state of Wyoming. Since she took office in January, Vernon has worked to win over skeptics, and she’s won praise from Albany County residents and her fellow coroners alike. Story here. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda)

Question: Do you know anyone (besides Digger) who began working in the funeral business at a young age? Have you ever had a desire to be a mortician?

Slain Man Related To Deputy Coroner

A 22-year-old Rathdrum man stabbed to death by his girlfriend’s father Friday night in what investigators say was self defense is the grandson of Kootenai County Deputy Coroner and Democratic candidate for coroner Jody DeLuca Hissong. Brandon S. DeLuca initiated the fight with Scott A. Johnson, 47, during an argument with DeLuca’s 23-year-old girlfriend in a trailer they shared at the Prairie Schooner Estates, 2215 E. Highway 53 in Rathdrum, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

Repubs Schedule Coroner Debate

The three Republican candidates for Kootenai County coroner — Tom Cronin, Douglas R. Stafford, and Debbie Wilkey — will participate in a debate Thursday, sponsored by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. The event is scheduled for noon at the Song Bird Theater, 315 Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. The current Coroner, Dr. Robert West is retiring and the May 25 Republican Primary will decide who will face Democrat Jody DeLuca Hissong in November.

Question: How will you decide which coroner candidate gets your vote?

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