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3 Towns Falls Below Huetter Line

Kage Mann: I was looking at the election numbers and did you know that the direction of Huetter was made by only FOUR voters. Four out of only 40 registered in the town. Talk about voter apathy.

Baseball has the “Mendosa Line,” named after former Seattle Mariners player Mario Mendoza, whose lifetime MLB batting average over 9 seasons hovered a little above .200. No one wants to be hitting “below the Mendoza Line,” which means you're batting less than .200, which is border-line dreadful. Several North Idaho communities fell well below 20% (.200) re: voter turnout last Tuesday, including Huetter's dreadful 10% in which 4 of 40 registered voters bothered to cast ballots to decide who would run the small town for the next two to four years. So let's see who fell below the “Huetter line.” Spirit Lake did at 9.8% turnout. Athol did at 9.4% turnout. And Hauser did at 6.9% turnout. Voters in those towns could say there were no contested races to drive them to the polls. Which makes Post Falls, with a 14.8% turnout look even worse. Post Falls had three contested races. If Post Falls was the exact same size as Huetter, a 14.8% turnout would mean that 6 people voted. F'shame.

Question: Would you rather see people vote for the sake of voting and boosting turnout? Or see smaller turnouts with only informed voters casting ballots?

AM: 1 Shipp Twin Returns Home

“No matter how (bad) of a day you had, you come home, and he'll make it better,” Robert Shipp said about his 2-year-old son, Hunter, at their home in Rathdrum on Tuesday. Robert served four years with the U.S. Marines, including time in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Five years after they joined the Marines, one of the Shipp twins is home and thankful for help from family and veterans programs. Alison Boggs and photographer Kathy Plonka catch up with the twins from Hauser who joined the Marines together here.

BNSF Has Fueled Us Before

In fact, says Geoffrey Harvey of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, traces of the 2004 leak are still detected in the aquifer. “It’s still an open case. The cleanup standard in the aquifer is ‘no detection,’ which is a very high standard. There are a few polyaromatic hydrocarbons — which are components of diesel — that are still detected,” Harvey says. The amounts are really, really tiny, he says, “but they are not below detection. And that’s the rule for this aquifer because 500,000 people drink from it.” The depot has a clean safety record since it reopened in 2005 after 74 days of court-ordered shutdown and $10 million in repairs, Harvey says/Kevin Taylor, Inlander. More here.

Question: Easily, the worst vote that a Kootenai County commission has made in my 26 years in Coeur d’Alene has been the 2-to-1 decision (Dick Compton & Dick Panabaker vs. Ron Rankin) to allow the railroad to build the refueling depot at Hauser. Can you think of something worse?

KXLY: Hauser Area Crash Kills 1

Idaho State Police says at least one person has died in a crash at Highway 53 and McGuire Road. The crash happened at about 9:00 Friday night. Troopers say a man in his 30’s was driving east on Highway 53 in a red sedan when he crossed the center-line and slammed head-on into a pickup truck carrying a man and a woman in their 60’s. The man in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say the two victims in the truck were cut from the vehicle and taken to Kootenai Medical Center by ambulance. Investigators say neither of them were wearing their seatbelts/KXLY. More here.

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