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Hayden Chamber Discusses Anti-Bias

Item: Hayden chamber talks anti-discrimination: It is unknown if City Council will address possible ordinance/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Panelists representing both sides of an anti-discrimination ordinance geared at protecting homosexuals discussed why they support or oppose the ordinance Thursday at the Kroc Center during the Hayden Chamber of Commerce's membership breakfast. Whether the Hayden City Council ever takes up the ordinance remains to be seen — nobody is proposing to pitch it that way yet — but supporters said an ordinance wouldn't harm local businesses if it did. They also said cities are doing the right thing by taking on the measure because protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination is an issue Congress should address, but hasn't.

Question: Do you think the 2014 Legislature will address this issue, now that six Idaho cities have?

Hayden Chamber Sets Anti-Bias Panel

A panel featuring human rights advocate Tony Stewart will discuss the recent antidiscrimination ordinance adopted by the city of Coeur d'Alene when the Hayden Chamber of Commerce meets for breakfast at 7 o'clock Thursday, June 27, at the Kroc Center. Stewart will be joined by Idaho state Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, and Coeur d'Alene council members Mike Kennedy and Dan Gookin. A press release for the event reads: “Since there are ongoing efforts to bring similar ordinances to the surrounding communities, there is a potential for this legislation to affect businesses in the Hayden Chamber. In response the Chamber will be hosting a panel of individuals to discuss the impacts on businesses.”

Question: Am I reading the tea leaves correctly — that Hayden will be asked next to approve an antidiscrimination ordinance?

Chamber Opposes EPA Silver Valley Plan

Item: Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce opposes EPA plan/Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: “The Silver Valley has great potential for economic growth. The area’s existing mining and supporting services together with tourism, real estate, and other business sectors need to be viable today and into the future. The proposal does not guarantee future mining and the plan extends the “Superfund stigma”. This stigma already threatens the economic health and growth in the Silver Valley, and the greater Coeur d’Alene area. The proposal will undoubtedly threaten the area for decades to come” — Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce.

Question: Where do you stand on EPA plans for the Silver Valley?

HBO Poll: We Belong To Civic Clubs

  • Tuesday Poll: By the slimmest of margins, a majority of you Berry Pickers are members of the chamber of commerce or some other civic organization. 56 of 111 respondents (50%) said you were members of a civic group, while 55 of 111 respondents (50%) said you don’t belong to the chamber or a civic club.
  • Todays Question (in lefthand rail): Who won the 1st Congressional District debate last night — Raul Labrador or Vaughn Ward?

High Noon: Coe Goes To California

Coe did figure something out, and his 14-year tenure with the Sandpoint chamber and subsequent 10-year stint as president of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce marked a time when both cities emerged as tourist destinations that have attracted national attention from Time and Sunset magazines, as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and “Good Morning America.” Now, on the eve of Coe’s 25th anniversary in the chamber business, he and Pat are bidding farewell to North Idaho and moving to Santa Rosa, Calif., where he will become CEO of the chamber in the Sonoma County seat, heart of the wine country. He starts Sept. 14/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Do you belong to a chamber of commerce? Why? (And/or: Which civic organizations do you belong to? Why?)