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IFF: Shoshone County Did Right Thing

Shoshone County taxpayers reached a notable conclusion in the May 21 election: More government won't mean more economic opportunity and prosperity. I suspect that advocates of urban renewal will try again. I'm more hopeful that advocates of urban renewal in other parts of the state, including those in Nampa, will take note: If your project is so wonderful, you ought to have no trouble presenting it to voters. Voters in Shoshone County rejected the creation of a new urban renewal agency by a 3-1 margin. The electorate simply didn't buy the sales pitch about the urban renewal agency and its related promise of “jobs, jobs, jobs”/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

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John: Sims, Culbreth, Gookin Intruded

JohnA (re: Idaho Freedom Foundation opposes Shoshone County urban renewal agency): Well, I guess it is time that I opined on this issue, since I am under contract with Shoshone County to help them create an urban renewal agency. The fact is that the county commissioners have a chance with their private partners in the Big Creek area, Sunshine and Crescent Mines and Essential Metals silver refinery, to rebuild Big Creek Road from I-90 to the Sunshine and thereby fix the deficiencies in the road. The net gain is over 300 high paying jobs, which makes this the exact purpose of urban renewal in the first place. After intrusions from those who don't live in the county, in particular Kathy Sims from CDA, we tried to give the correct facts last night in Kellogg. Then, we heard from Sharon Culbreth and our own Dan Gookin, both of whom said it was a bad idea to help the county to create 300 mining jobs at Sunshine. Now, no one in the crowd was a rich realtor or best selling author, but they clearly knew from the onset that the Silver Valley needs these jobs to grow their economy and some clearly resented this intrusion from the west. More below.

Question: Should anti-urban renewal types from Kootenai County stick their noses into the debate re: an urban renewal agency proposal in Shoshone County?

Getting Lost Costs Taxpayers

Item: Getting lost can cost – and taxpayers get hit: Shoshone County has had a recent rash of searches/Becky Kramer, SR.

More Info: The first call came from snowmobilers near the old mining town of Murray, Idaho. Dusk had set in, and the caller was worried about a man who had gotten separated from his group. Shortly afterward, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Department got another call about a lost snowmobiler. This one had failed to meet a friend near Wallace. Emergency calls from winter recreationists are common at the Shoshone County sheriff’s department, but the past two Saturdays were particularly busy. Deputies launched five search and rescue efforts to help a hurt snowmobiler and find skiers and snowmobilers who got lost or failed to return on time.

Question: Should individuals who get lost be required to pay some of the bill for their rescue?

Deputy Sprouts Sellect Type ‘Stache

Dave Resser, is the resident deputy for a rural area of Shoshone County. (Photo Courtesy: Shoshone County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

Some call Dave Resser a modern Wyatt Earp. When it’s time to drive into town from his rural turf, he shows up to Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office logistics meetings with his classic cowboy hat and boots. He’s also armed with a righteous mustache that could put Tom Selleck's own to shame. He’s the resident deputy for a huge chunk of land in Shoshone County that ranges from the Bitterroot Mountains to the south county line. He’s only one man patrolling the backcountry bordering Benewah County to the state line. Sheriff Mitch Alexander wrote on Facebook: “He handles an area half the size of Delaware all by himself.” “It’s a huge area for one person,” said Resser/Nicole Hensley, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do you now or have you ever worn a mustache?

Obama Declares Idaho Flood Disaster

President Barack Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for Idaho and made federal funding available to counties with flooding damage. Earlier this month, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter requested more than $5 million in federal money for six northern Idaho counties to pay for fixing roads that were damaged by flooding and landslides during the first several weeks of April. Obama signed off on the disaster declaration Friday, the White House said. Obama ordered federal money go toward repairs in Bonner, Clearwater, Idaho, Nez Perce, and Shoshone counties and the Nez Perce Tribe reservation/Associated Press. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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