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Huetter Grew Most Percentagewise

Idaho's largest cities are growing at about three times the pace of its smaller communities, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. As of July 1, 2011, Idaho's estimated population was 1,584,985, up 13,883 or 0.9 percent from the year before. The state's 10 largest cities accounted for 9,541 of that increase, according to the agency. They grew at the rate of 1.4 percent, compared to a 0.48 percent growth rate for the 190 smaller communities it tracks. The bureau released its 2011 city and town population estimates for all states Thursday. Idaho doesn't try to provide more up-to-date estimates. Washington, which tracks population data independently, released it 2012 population estimates last week. Huetter, a tiny community on the outskirts of Coeur d'Alene, had the highest population growth in the state last year, according to the census estimates. It grew by 2 percent, or two people/William Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How would you rate the size of your North Idaho community: too big? too small? just right?

3 Towns Falls Below Huetter Line

Kage Mann: I was looking at the election numbers and did you know that the direction of Huetter was made by only FOUR voters. Four out of only 40 registered in the town. Talk about voter apathy.

Baseball has the "Mendosa Line," named after former Seattle Mariners player Mario Mendoza, whose lifetime MLB batting average over 9 seasons hovered a little above .200. No one wants to be hitting "below the Mendoza Line," which means you're batting less than .200, which is border-line dreadful. Several North Idaho communities fell well below 20% (.200) re: voter turnout last Tuesday, including Huetter's dreadful 10% in which 4 of 40 registered voters bothered to cast ballots to decide who would run the small town for the next two to four years. So let's see who fell below the "Huetter line." Spirit Lake did at 9.8% turnout. Athol did at 9.4% turnout. And Hauser did at 6.9% turnout. Voters in those towns could say there were no contested races to drive them to the polls. Which makes Post Falls, with a 14.8% turnout look even worse. Post Falls had three contested races. If Post Falls was the exact same size as Huetter, a 14.8% turnout would mean that 6 people voted. F'shame.

Question: Would you rather see people vote for the sake of voting and boosting turnout? Or see smaller turnouts with only informed voters casting ballots?

Post Falls Women Survive I-90 Crash

Two women walked away from a car accident that stretched across both east and westbound lanes of I-90 and part of Centennial Trail Friday morning. Idaho State Patrol responded to the accident around 4:30 a.m. between Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene, just west of the Huetter Rest Stop.ISP says the driver was traveling westbound on I-90 when she crossed the center line, went down an embankment and then crossed the eastbound lanes of I-90. The car busted through the guard rail, went down another embankment, across Centennial Trail and through six foot fence before coming to a rest/KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you survived a spectacular crash?