County Commissioner Skip Chilberg’s last day in office also was the last day to apply for the job as his replacement. Six would-be commissioners beat the deadline to tell the Democratic Central Committee that they want to be considered…On the list: retired state trooper Dale McLeod; attorney George Marlton; county planning commissioner Frank Yuse; party activist Barbara Lampert; mountain climber and businessman John Roskelley and neighborhood activist Ronda Cahill…The central committee meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at the WWP building, 1411 E. Mission, to interview candidates and submit up to three names to the two Republican commissioners, who have the job of picking one person. The lucky winner must run for election this fall.
Talking the talk
Forget “NIMBY,” the planners’ and developers’ pet acronym for Not In My Back Yard, used to describe residents who oppose projects…The new favorite is “BANANA.” If you can’t guess what that stands for, the answer is below.
Turn on, tune in, fly off
Spokane International Airport is now on the air while you’re rushing to get up in the air. The airports recently were issued a radio license to broadcast general information on parking, construction detours and weather problems that could cause flight delays or cancellations…Their 10-watt signal at 1610 on your AM dial reaches about 2 miles.
Signs of the times
With all the construction on Interstate 90, you may not have noticed it, but some new high-tech road signs are going up. The 18- by 6-foot signs, known as Intelligent Transportation Systems, will flash messages that can alert motorists to accidents, construction or weather problems…Messages will be controlled by the state Transportation Department or the State Patrol….Price tag for the entire project is $600,000. Now, if we can only get intelligent drivers that can match our signs.
The City Council recently filled spots on a pair of local boards. To the city Park Board, it named Steven Jones, a local attorney who should have plenty of endurance for the task ahead. A Bloomsday organizer, he once finished first in a 10-mile run up and down Mount Spokane, then finished second in a 6.2-mile run at Grand Coulee Dam…Named to the Library Board was Jennifer Roseman, communications director for Community Colleges of Spokane. A former reporter, editor and editorial writer for the Spokane Chronicle and The Spokesman-Review, she once covered libraries in her early days.
The city still has a vacancy on the Sports, Entertainment, Arts & Convention Advisory Board. Applications for Spokane city residents only, available at the mayor’s office, due by June 16.
BANANA stands for “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody.”
Because you asked
Question: Where can I get a list of all the city commissions, boards and their members?
Answer: The City Clerk’s office, on the fifth floor of City Hall, has a book with that current information. Perusing the book is free, there’s a nominal fee for copies of the lists.
, DataTimes MEMO: “Public Periscope,” published every Monday, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports. You can write us at Box 2160, Spokane 99210. Or you can leave us a message by calling Cityline at 458-8800 on a Touch-Tone phone and pressing 9120. Normal long-distance charges apply.