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Handle Xtra: Eyes Like A Hawk

Keith Erickson and I swapped tales online about Mike Anderson following the ex-Kootenai County commissioner’s unexpected death this month. Keith remembers how Mike walked out with him after Keith questioned the appropriateness of an executive session called by the two Republican commissioners in the early ‘90s. Moi? I recall Mike’s incredible eyesight. In his unsuccessful re-election bid (1994), Mike’s residency was an issue. Rumors had it that he wasn’t living in his commission district. So late one night, I decided to verify his residence. I found a pickup with Anderson signs on both sides in the alley behind his house, drove around front to double check the address, and then went home, satisfied. As I walked through the door, the phone rang. Mike was on the line. He wanted to know why I was sneaking around his house/DFO, Huckleberries. More here.

Obit: Ex-Commish Mike Anderson, 55

In 1993, he was elected County Commissioner for Kootenai County. Following relocation to Southern California, he worked as Security Supervisor for Knott’s Berry Farm. In 1998, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and became the Security Manager for Pike Place Market later working as the Emergency Services Manager for the Seattle Center. Following his heart back to North Idaho, he went to work for the Boundary County Sheriff’s Department. In June 2009, he moved to Kamiah to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren and began working with Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department as their back country deputy/Coeur d’Alene Press via Yates Funeral Home. More here.

DFO: I’m hoping that these things, indeed, don’t come in threes because the state of Idaho has lost two good public servants this week — Mike Anderson, Clint Stinnett …

Keith: Remembering Mike Anderson

Keith Erickson: Mike was a true advocate of freedom of the press and a great county commissioner. My favorite memory of him was during a commission meeting when the two Republican commissioners (dang, can’t remember which ones exactly) voted to close a meeting and send me packing. Mike stood his ground and said there was no legal reason to call an executive session. He was overruled and, under protest, I left the meeting. Here’s the clincher: Mike left the board room with me. He truly respected a reporter’s rights—and the people’s right to know. I’ll never forget the night he lost his bid for re-election. I was at the courthouse when he conceded. It crushed him, and it wasn’t about ego. It was about losing his opportunity to be an advocate of the community. I’m deeply saddened by this; my thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family.

Question: Any further remembrances of the late Mike “Former Mike” Anderson that you’d like to share?

AM: Ex-Commish Mike Anderson, RIP

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson is reporting that former Kootenai County commissioner Mike Anderson died unexpectedly Saturday night/Sunday morning. His daughter, Brandy Conner, reports that services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Yates Funeral Home. If my memory serves me correctly, Anderson was the last Democrat to serve as a Kootenai County commissioner. He was an officer in the Post Falls Police Department before that. Mike, who posted on Huckleberries as “Former Mike,” was a deputy with the Clearwater County (Kamiah) Sheriff’s Department at the time of his death.

DFO: Please share your memories of Mike Anderson on this thread. I will send the link to Mike’s daughter, Brandy Conner.

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