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KMC Is Top Kootenai Co Employer

For those keeping score at home, the top employer in Kootenai County — and 4 of the 5 North Idaho counties for that matter — is a public entity rather than a private one, according to a StateImpact report. And here are the top 5 Kootenai County employers:

1. Kootenai Medical Center 1,800 - 1,900
2. Center Partners Inc 1,700 - 1,800
3. Coeur D'Alene School Dist #271 1,300 - 1,400
4. North Idaho College 900 - 1,000
5. Hagadone Hospitality Co 900 - 1,000

You can see the full report for all Idaho counties here.

Deanna Rebounding After Heart Scare

I just got off the phone with Coeur d’Alene Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander, who is still at Kootenai Medical Center after suffering a heart attack last Wednesday. She told me that she woke up that morning with pain in her hands and asked her daughter to take her to the hospital. At the hospital, she said her heart stopped five times as a result of a blockage of a blood vessel in the back. CPR was performed successfully. Fortunately, a heart specialist was on the scene. He was able to remove the blockage and put a stent in the vessel. Deanna, who was in good spirits despite a badly bruised chest (as a result of the CPR), said that she hadn’t intended to keep her condition secret: “I thought everyone in town knew about this.” She said her doctor advised her that she should take it easy for awhile. She looks forward to getting back at the podium and doing her official work which she enjoys so much.

CdA Tribe Now No. 2 NIdaho Employer

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has become one of North Idaho’s largest employers, issuing paychecks to nearly 1,700 people last year. Only Kootenai Health, the parent company of Kootenai Medical Center, a cancer and heart center, and several clinics, had more workers. The tribe employed 1,699 people last year at the Coeur d’Alene Casino and other government and business ventures, according to a University of Idaho study released Tuesday. The Idaho Department of Labor, which calculates employment slightly differently, said the tribe had 1,549 workers in 2009, compared to 1,813 at Kootenai Health. “The real story here is the tribe’s emergence as one of the region’s largest employers,” said Steven Peterson, UI economics professor who did the study. “They have diversified and expanded in all directions”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR File Photo/Betsy Russell: Chief Allen, Coeur d’Alene tribal chairman is shown at the Statehouse.)

Question: Given the emergence of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe as a major employer in North Idaho, does it make any sense that it is treated poorly by Benewah County elected officials?

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