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Piazza Tunes Up Hunting Rifle

Former Kootenai County Commissioner Rich Piazza places tape on holes so he can use the same target for a second round of shooting at the Farragut State Park shooting range on reopening day Saturday.  Piazza is working with his large game hunting rifle to ensure accuracy in the field during hunting season.  Piazza frequent hunting trips to locations in Idaho, Alaska, Canada and Colorado and has won blue ribbons in various hunting competitions. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: Have you ever shot at a local shooting range?

Huckleberries Hears …

Newly elected Kootenai County commissioner Jai Nelson applauds during the swearing in of her fellow commissioners during the ceremony at the Kootenai County administration building in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

… that Jai Nelson had 3 interesting well-wishers after she was sworn as a county commissioner this morning. Three burly men, dressed in camo fatigues, made their way to the front where they were greeted warmly by Nelson and posed for a photograph with her. From a distance, they looked as though they might have been part of the surprisingly large group of Kootenai County sheriff's deputies at the back of the room. But a Berry Picker noticed their embroidered tags on their chests as the passed by: “Idaho Militia.” Nelson, of course, isn't responsible for those who want to congratulate her in a situation like that. By the way, she and new Coroner Debbie Wilkey were the only ones to be sworn in with a Bible they'd brought to the ceremonies.

Currie, Piazza Leave Office

Item: Currie says goodbye: Commissioner, county staff reflect on 8 years in office/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Friday was the bittersweet last day for Currie, the chair of the county commissioners who lost the race for re-election last November to Jai Nelson. It was also the finale for Piazza, commissioner for four years, who was defeated by Dan Green. Disappointing, Currie admits, but life goes on.

Question: How will Rick Currie & Rich Piazza be remembered for their years as county commissioners?

HX: Piazza Fans Shoulda Caught That

Not only has Rich Piazza hit 427 less home runs, knocked in 1,335 less RBIs, and played in 1,912 less games than former star catcher Mike Piazza, but he’s never been named to a Major League Baseball all-star game. But that didn’t stop emcee Andy Finney from introducing the Kootenai County commissioner as “Mike Piazza” recently. Now, you have to make allowances for Andy’s mistake. After all, the commissioner was also listed as “Mike Piazza” in the recent program honoring Father George Rassley at Holy Family Catholic School for his many years of service to his faith and the local community/DFO, SR Handle Extra. More here.

Question: Who’s your favorite Major League Baseball player?

Green, Nelson Sweep Out Incumbents

One challenger in a Kootenai County commission race was holding a solid lead Tuesday over a first-term incumbent, but the other contested Republican primary was too close to call. The races are winner-take-all because no Democrats entered the races. Dan Green, chairman of the county’s planning and zoning commission and a retired lumber industry executive, had 56 percent of the vote to Commissioner Rich Piazza’s 30 percent with 43 of 71 precincts reporting. The third candidate, businessman Kevin Ratigan, had 14 percent. Piazza was running in his first race for re-election after winning a four-year term in 2006. The winner will serve a two-year term/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Green (final vote here) and Nelson (final vote here) both won their three-way races Tuesday, ousting the two Republican incumbents. Why did the voters turn on the incumbents?

All-Star Catcher Attends Rassley Event?

Not only has Rich Piazza hit 427 less home runs, knocked in 1912 less RBIs, and played in 1,912 less games than former star catcher Mike Piazza, but he’s never been named to an all-star game. But that didn’t stop MC Andy Finney from introducing the Kootenai County commissioner as Mike Piazza. Now, you have to give Andy allowances for the mistake. The county commissioner was also listed as Mike Piazza in the program honoring Father George Rassley at Holy Family Catholic School for his many years of service to his faith and the local community. Some 200 to 250 parishioners attended the event. Councilman John Bruning, subbing for ailing Mayor Sandi Bloem, announced that the city is naming the men’s homeless shelter and warming shelter in Rassley’s honor. Piazza, Rich not Mike, BTW, had a good chuckle re: the mixup. (2006 AP File Photo of San Diego catcher Mike Piazza)

H/T: Cabbage Boy

Question: Have you ever been mistaken for a celebrity?

Realtors Back Currie, No One Else

A spy sent me this e-mail he received from commissioner candidate Chris Fillios:I learned this morning (circuitously), that the Gov’t Affairs Committee of the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors (CAR) voted to endorse Currie in my race, and no endorsement for anyone running for District 3. … This does not surprise me — even considering that once again Currie and Piazza were the last to respond to CAR’s questionnaire. I think you can understand the impetus behind this endorsement given the recent decision by Currie and Piazza to scrap the designations and densities from the Comp Plan. Why endorse Currie and not Piazza? Perhaps to blunt the argument that the commissioner’s vote to scrap the Plan was politically motivated, and secondly, because they feel my race is tighter than Dan Green’s. … To add to the drama, the Committee decided to award $999 (vs. the $1000 limit) PAC money to Currie; this way they don’t need to disclose on the Sunshine Report (or the most recent version).

Challenger Green Has $19K Warchest

Challenger Dan Green has more than five times as much money on hand as the incumbent in his three-way race to claim Commissioner Rich Piazza’ District 3 seat. Stay tuned:

  • Dan Green has raised $19,378 and spent $17,781, for a balance of $1598. He has loaned himself $6400 and has received $3339 in in-kind contributions. He has received 23 contributions of $100 or more, including donations of $1000 from James Eisses/CdA and Michael L. Henkoski/Athol’ $750 from Robert L. Daugherty/Spokane; and $500 apiece from Lorna C. Finman/Post Falls, Bill Robinette/Hayden, Judith Eisses/CdA, and Conda Mitchell/CdA. Dan Green report here.
  • Rich Piazza has raised $3675 and spent $3408, for a balance of $267. Piazza has loaned his campaign $1000 of that amount. He has received 11 contributions of $100 or more, including $500 from Wayne A. Gianotti/Seattle; $300 from Merritt Bros./Athol and N.M. Cushman/Hayden; $250 from Jerry Rega/Henderson, NV.; and $200 apiece from Sandra Young/CdA, Clara Turnipseed/Hayden Lake. Rich Piazza report here.
  • Kevin Ratigan has raised no money but loaned his campaign $1500. He has spent $1113, for a cash balance of $387. Kevin Ratigan report here.

KEA: Currie, Piazza Punt On Density

In their long slow failure of deliberating the draft Comprehensive Plan, the County Commissioners today voted 2-1 in favor of throwing out thousands of hours of hard work by hundreds of citizens in developing a new comp plan that actually meant something. Over Commissioner Tondee’s strong objection, Commissioners Currie and Piazza voted to remove specific development density ranges for all land use designations in the Plan. In essence, the two Commissioners declined to describe in real and useful terms what levels of development would be appropriate in any area of the county. The density decision, of course, is the most important one to make in a comprehensive plan. Today’s deliberation was the last one scheduled before the primary election/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here. (SR File Photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Will today’s vote on the comprehensive plan density make you more or less likely to vote for Commissioners Rick Currie and Rich Piazza in the GOPrimaries?

Commissioner Wannabes Make Case

Item: Commissioner candidates make their case: Six hopefuls spoke in Coeur d’Alene Thursday/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Candidates for Kootenai County commissioner described their visions for local conservation and development on Thursday at a candidate forum put on by Kootenai Environmental Alliance. Some of the six candidates at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill insisted on dramatic changes, while others pushed to preserve the status quo.

Question: Do you favor keeping the current two commissioners seeking re-election — Rick Currie and Rich Piazza — or are you going to vote for change?

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