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‘Anti-McEuenite’ Gookin Attends Event

Councilman Dan Gookin, who with Councilman Steve Adams and Ron Edinger fought the makeover of McEuen Field at every phase, was on hand for the dedication ceremonies Saturday morning. In this Duane Rasmussen photo, Gookin is being interviewed by a Spokane television crew. In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor Sunday, Gookin took issue with a recent Press editorial that used the phrase anti-McEuenites. Seems his new spin — and one that apparently will carry him into a possible run for a new term next year — is that he didn't oppose the reconstruction, he simply wanted a public vote. See his letter below.

In your May 23 editorial, you wrote, “Wonder what the anti-McEuenites think now?” This is a cheap shot, unworthy of your publication. It’s my understanding that the people who voted Mr. Edinger, Mr. Adams, and me into office in 2011 — and by great margins — were not “anti-McEuenites.” While a handful of people did express a desire for nothing to happen at McEuen, we represented a majority who simply wanted a public advisory vote. We represented people who would have preferred a more open, honest process to redevelopment of McEuen Field. We represented people who felt that the total cost — a number that constantly fluctuated — should be more reasonable. The new park will be enjoyed by everyone. Although it didn’t happen the way I would have preferred, I welcome its success/Councilman Dan Gookin, Coeur d'Alene, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Would we have a destination park on the waterfront today if the Gookin faction of the City Council had one more vote — say, Jim Brannon had beaten Mike Kennedy in the 2009 City Council election?

Otter Dedicates Dover Bridge

In this April 2008 SR file photo, the old Dover Bridge is seen in a rear-view mirror.  Looks like the ITD board is The North Idaho bridge received national attention as one of the worst in the country. Now it has been replaced. (SR file photo: Kathy Plonka)

The new Dover Bridge was dedicated this morning. Here's the story from this morning's Bonner County Daily Bee:Governor Butch Otter and other officials will be on hand today for a dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Highway 2 bridge in Dover. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. beneath the bridge. Signs will be posted for parking and dedication site location. Dover’s Depression-era truss bridge was replaced a 72-foot-wide steel structure with no overhead encumbrances. The highway has been realigned and includes improved access into the city and a bicycle/pedestrian trail, the Idaho Transportation Department said. The project accommodates future expansion of U.S. 2 west of the bridge spanning the Union Pacific railroad to Rocky Point east of the bridge.” More here.

Sandpoint Bypass Dedication Friday

Idaho’s single largest highway project, and one that took 65 years from the time its was first discussed to completion, will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Sandpoint. The dedication ceremony will be held at 106 Bridge Street. Parking will be available in the City Beach lot located at the end of Bridge Street. The $100 million, 2.1-mile Sand Creek Byway will improve safety, accelerate commerce and enhance the community’s businesses by routing U.S. 95 through traffic by Sandpoint. U.S. 95 traffic has been winding around a series of Sandpoint streets since early in the 19th century.

Question: Did you ever think the Sandpoint Bypass would be built?

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