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CPD Honors Retiring Chief Longo

Except for bad guys who've had him at their heels in a foot pursuit, Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo comes across as about the nicest guy in town. On Tuesday at the Coeur d'Alene Police Department headquarters, Longo, 60, was celebrated by his peers on the eve of his retirement. His last day in office is Friday. Wiping away a tear or two here and there, Longo said being the chief the past six years was the crowning achievement of his career. “I've always felt like I've been one of you, working side-by-side with you,” Longo told a conference room full of officers, department support staff and volunteers. “I never felt like I was any better.” He added: “I couldn't think of any better way to end my career than working with all of you”/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust CdA Press photo: Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo is emotional during a presentation by Sgt. Christie Wood on Tuesday during a retirement celebration)

Question: I wouldn't want to be the Coeur d'Alene police chief to try to fill Wayne Longo's shoes, would you?

Steady Work Best Policy Nearing 90

Joyce Stefanoff is retiring at the end of summer, although she’ll concede to anyone who asks that she’s not sure if she’s quite ready to hang it up. The problem is that Stefanoff loves her job and all it entails. She loves driving her candy-apple red Lexus downtown each day from her home on the South Hill. She loves riding one of the Lincoln Building elevators up to her office on the fourth floor. She even loves getting the coffee brewing for Berge Borrevik, her employer. And if that doesn’t sound all that newsworthy, consider this. Stefanoff turns 90 on Aug. 10. This trim woman has worked for New York Life Insurance Co. agents in Spokane since 1955, back when Eisenhower was president and some guy named Willard Taft was mayor/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: How do/did you know when it was time to retire?

Nun Leaves Behind Big Shoes To Fill

For 25 years Our Place Community Ministries has reached out to the poorest of the poor in the West Central neighborhood. And for the past seven years the organization has been led by Sister Ann Pizelo. Her recent retirement leaves some big shoes to fill. “Someone took a look at her job description and said, ‘There’s no way one person can do all this!’ ” said longtime volunteer Susan Smith/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: When do you plan to retire?

Ex-SR Editor Peck Retires In Memphis

Chris Peck is retiring as editor of The Commercial Appeal, the newspaper’s newsroom staff was told Thursday afternoon. Mizell Stewart III, vice president of content for Scripps newspapers, the parent company of The Commercial Appeal, said managing editor Louis Graham will serve as interim editor. He said a national search for Peck’s replacement — both in and out of Scripps — will take place with hope that a replacement will be selected in 90 days. Peck, 62, has overseen operations of The Commercial Appeal’s newsroom since he was hired in 2002 to replace the retiring Angus McEachran/Memphis Commercial Appeal. More here.

DFO: Chris Peck was the editor who hired me away from the Lewiston Tribune in 1982. He was also responsible for moving me to the Editorial Board in 1993 for a 13-year run. So I owe him a lot. Good editor. Good man. I wish him well in retirement.

Question: Do you remember Chris Peck?

Labrador: Up Retirement Age To 70

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions other than those to save the life of the mother. The freshman congressman took all three stands during a debate broadcast live Thursday night on Idaho Public Television. His Democratic challenger, Jimmy Farris, differed sharply on the retirement age and abortion, but found common ground with Labrador on trimming military spending. “I think there are a number of places that we would agree and admit that we can find savings,” Farris said. “If Pentagon staff is one of them, I’d certainly like to look at it.” The two faced off in the “Idaho Debates,” a three-decade-plus tradition in Idaho political races/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Would you support raising the retirement age to 70?

Coeur d’Alene: Great Place To Retire

It was 15 years ago that Nola Lagg's son brought her from Florida to Coeur d'Alene, she recalled, because of an illness she was facing. She grew rather attached to the place. “I never went back,” the 85-year-old said with a chuckle on Thursday, while eating with friends at the Lake City Center. Although the winters took getting used to, she said she has still preferred her retirement years in Coeur d'Alene, where shopping, beautiful scenery and delicious eateries are abundant. “I've been to them all,” Lagg said of restaurants she toured with her son. She even prefers the clouds. “In Florida, they're flat and boring,” Lagg said. “Here, they're big and puffy. I'm absolutely fascinated with the clouds.” Take a back seat, Miami. Arizona? Forget it. CNN Money has just given Coeur d'Alene some publicity it doesn't seem to need/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Why aren't winters in the Inland Northwest a deal-breaker for retirees seeking to relocate?

Retirees Flocking To Lake City

Coeur d'Alene is mentioned among the best retirement communities in the nation as come retirees eschew Florida, California and southern states for cooler weather climes:

The idea of people who uproot and move when they retire conjures up images of warm, sunny Florida or Arizona. But some of the older members of the baby boom generation, the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, are looking elsewhere, and a number of towns in cooler climates from Maine to Washington have become popular retirement destinations. Camden is frequently cited in lists of best places for retirees. Others that have merited mention include Asheville, N.C.; Ruidoso, N.M.; Durango, Colo.; the San Juan Islands in Washington’s Puget Sound; St. George, Utah; Medford, Ore.; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Kalispell, Mont.; and towns along lakes Superior and Michigan in northern Michigan. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: David Spoelstra canoes with his dogs across Fernan Lake, near Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Why would retirees want to fight the snow & cold of the Coeur d'Alene area, when a lot of locals express how tired they are of the winters here?

Boomers Change Work Demographics

Connie and Scott Brunell were living the early-retirement dream shared by many baby boomers once upon a time. They left telephone company jobs in the Seattle area to work for an oil company in Saudi Arabia. They stayed 12 years, making and saving good money. Connie (shown in Colin Mulvany SR photo) retired in 1996 at 45. Scott retired a year later at 51. They kept busy. They remodeled their home outside Spangle. Connie spent time showing dogs, her hobby and passion. The couple traveled and volunteered. In 2009, after two snowy winters, both felt trapped at home. So they returned to work. Scott, 66, works for the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. Connie, 61, works for Staff Pro, the company that provides event employees for the Spokane Public Facilities District. The Brunells, who work part time, are part of an aging baby boomer labor trend predicted to accelerate in the near future as boomers stay in the workforce past retirement age. This trend could help rev the economy and ease worries about Social Security solvency/Rebecca Nappi, SR. More here.

Question: Do you plan to work beyond retirement age?

House Rev & Tax Chair Lake To Retire

Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, chairman of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee, won't run for re-election, reports Clark Corbin, reporter for the Idaho Falls Post-Register. Corbin tweeted, “He will not seek re-election. Formal announcement coming today.” Lake, 74, is in his 8th term in the House; he's an agribusinessman and former school board member who holds an accounting degree from Brigham Young University/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: Which member of the North Idaho delegation would you like to see retire?

Hammes: It Just Doesn’t Add Up

But while the newspaper coverage of (Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's) resignation was thorough, there was one item that did not receive the attention it merits. Her age. The lady is 52. She decided it was time to retire at the ripe old age of 52. There was another telling report in the same newspaper a couple of weeks earlier that is also worth a mention. In this case it was a sports report about a very successful high school volleyball coach. The woman …  has coached for many years. Given that, the reporter asked how much longer she planned to coach. While she deflected the question, she did mention that she is eligible to retire anytime she chose. She is all of 53 years old. So the question begs. How many folks working outside of the government could even consider retirement at that age?/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: At what age can you afford to retire?

Crump: Work Is For Those With Jobs

Some years back, I was talking to my retired college professor father-in-law about a book he was writing. A historian, Ken described its prospective contents in great deal. “Sounds like a lot of work,” I said. “Do you have a deadline?”  “Hell, no,” he replied. “I’m retired. Same here. After 36 years in the workplace, I’m now retired — and contemplating all the excellent reasons for doing nothing. Not that there’s nothing to do: My wife has a 5-gallon job-jar that formerly held pickles from Costco. It’s nearly full — and getting fuller. Victoria is still working for a living, so when she comes home each night she asks if I’ve accomplished anything that day. “Accomplished anything?” I say. “Hell no. I’m retired”/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: Some retirees tell me that they're busier than ever, since they stopped punching the clock. I don't think that's the norm. Do you plan to remain busy when you retired? Or kick back?

St. Louis Manager LaRussa Retires

Tony La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals today, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers. The 67-year-old La Russa announced his retirement at a news conference at Busch Stadium. The World Series win over Texas was the third of La Russa’s 33-year career. The manager guided the Cardinals to the championship despite being 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta on Aug. 25 for the final playoff spot in the National League. La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, 35 behind John McGraw. In addition to this season, he won championships in Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you know someone else who quit while s/he was on top of her/his game?

Crump Retiring From Twin Falls Paper

A writer who chronicled the Magic Valley’s triumphs, foibles and transformations for almost three decades will retire Aug. 31. Times-News Opinion Editor Steve Crump, 59, started at the newspaper as sports editor in 1983, later serving as city editor, features editor and features writer. He has penned most of the newspaper’s editorials and edited its Opinion pages since 2007. His “Don’t Ask Me” column has appeared in the Times-News since 1990, and its “You Don’t Say” counterpart since 2008. Why call it quits now? Crump was married six years ago to a woman whose joint-custody arrangement ties her to Boise, and the couple has commuted between Twin Falls and Boise since then. “We decided the time is right to actually move in together,” Crump said/Virginia Hutchins, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

  • DFO: I'm a huge fan of Steve Crump's columns. He is a fountain of info re: the history and historical people of the Magic Valley and Idaho. His retirement creates a huge hole in the institutional knowledge of Idaho newspapers.

Question: How many newspaper columnists have you followed for decades, if any?

Priggee Observes Floyd Retirement

After 42 years in the service of the Cowles Publishing Company, long-time Editorial Page Editor Doug Floyd is memorialized by a Milt Priggee cartoon at his retirement celebration last Thursday. Milt Priggee, of course, was the long-time political cartoonist for The Spokesman-Review. You can see more of Milt Priggee's cartoons here.

Bell To Retire After 2011-12 Year

North Idaho College President Priscilla Bell announced Wednesday she will retire in June 2012 at the end of her current contract. Bell was hired in February 2007 as an interim president after then-president Michael Burke stepped down, according to an NIC news release. Bell was selected in July 2007 to permanently fill the position. Bell led the college during a time of unprecedented enrollment growth and declining state revenue support, the news release said. She also led the college during the purchase of the former DeArmond Mill site and land on the Rathdrum Prairie for professional-technical expansion/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (And: Official North Idaho College press release/Stacy Hudson, Press Room.

Question: What will be President Priscilla Bell's legacy at North Idaho College?

Statesman’s Woodward To Retire

Cheers … to Tim Woodward. It's hard to imagine, but after nearly 40 years as a columnist for the Idaho Statesman, Woodward is retiring June 1. If you want to sample one of Woodward's best pieces, read the column he wrote in March describing the devastation mental illness had caused his family and how Medicaid programs have helped. It was a gutsy thing to do, but Woodward wanted Idahoans to recognize who gets hurt when the Legislature batters health care programs for the poor. Medicaid, he wrote, is “what an enlightened society does for those who weren't born as lucky as the rest of us. It doesn't just apply to 'other people.' It helps us all”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Did you follow Tim Woodward's columns in the Idaho Statesman?

Lieberman Won’t Seek Re-election

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., introduced by his wife, Hadassah, right, acknowledges a gathering before he announced that he has decided to retire and not seek a fifth term in 2012 in Stamford, Conn., Wednesday. At center is Maddy Wisse, Lieberman's granddaughter, and Rebecca Liberman-Wisse, one of his daughters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Question: How will Lieberman be remembered for his years of service in the U.S. Senate?

Darrell: Baby Boomers Time Is Here

Facebook Friend Darrell Kerby of Bonners Ferry notes that he will turn 60 this year and his older brother turned 65 last year. Darrell figures he has about 20 years left of life more or less, adding: “It is time to savor, relax, & enjoy. What should we savor, how should we relax and what should we enjoy? We now have the “freedom” to savor everything. These last few morsels of life will be best consumed by savoring, we no longer need to wait or work for it, it's here!” Darrell goes on to ask:

Question: What should we enjoy? What is not to enjoy?

Barber Retires After 61 Years

Everyone knows him as Nick Nickerson, and he was born in Spokane in 1929. That makes him 81 years old, and for 61 of those years he’s been a barber. At the end of this year, Nickerson is putting away his scissors for the last time when he retires from his job at Heads Up Barber Shop in north Spokane. “I never really wanted to do anything other than cut hair,” said Nickerson. A trim man with an engaging smile and a knack for telling a story, Nickerson is not really sure what he’s going to do after he retires. “I’m going to have all this time, I don’t know,” said Nickerson, trailing off a bit/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here.

Question: Who cuts your hair — a barber, a beautician, someone in your family, or you yourself?

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