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Christie Wood (re: Frank: I did too contact NIC): Frank (Henderson) and I have a different defintion of what is a discussion. I made my post on Wed. during the day responding to the on-line story. John told the Board that night at the board meeting that he had been provided with some bullet points he would share with us. I am not sure who he got them from, but bullet points are not my idea of a conversation. It is a good starting point though. The media in southern Idaho had already done a story on his ideas before our board was aware of his proposal. I would have preferred Frank mentioned his ideas to us at the legislative reception we hosted for our local legislators in November. That was the perfect opportunity to tell us his thoughts and obtain feedback. Nevertheless we will study his proposal and provide him with our thoughts and input. I will be in Boise later this week and hope to run into him to discuss this further. (See: Henderson's bill would create trustee districts)
Question: Should Rep. Frank Henderson move ahead with his proposal to split college districts into subdistricts without a long conversation with the North Idaho College Board of Trustees?
I know this isn't our typical post here at SportsLink Central, but I found this fun little item in the Tri-City Herald this moring.
On this date in history, Jan. 23, 1974, Columbia Basin College wrestler Greg Williams, at 450 pounds, pinned North Idaho Junior College's 360-pound “strongboy,” Ray King of Stanfield, Ore., in “the battle of the behemouths” at the Pasco High School gym, but the Hawks still lost 31-9 in the dual meet.
Now that's some weight flopping around. I thought John Owen, the current West Valley coach, was coaching at NIC then. Turns out he wasn't. But he remembers Ray King. I just got this e-mail reply from Owen:
Anyway, for what it's worth.
- Thursday Poll: 80 of 148 respondents (54%) were against constructing a boat launch in the North Idaho College Education Corridor to replace the popular one at the end of 3rd Street. 62 of 148 supported the project. 6 respondents were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Do you support the legalization of medical marijuana in Idaho?
In the Coeur d'Alene Press this morning, reporter Maureen Dolan tells of a proposal to use three of the 17 acres in the Education Corridor owned by North Idaho College for a new boat launch. Parks Director Doug Eastwood presented the plan to the Board of Trustees Wednesday. He was asking for conceptual approval, so planners go develop a plan to possibly replace the Third Street boat launch. In a proposal unveiled earlier this month to upgrade McEuen Field, Team McEuen planned to close the Third Street launch to expand green space. To do so, city leaders would need to find an alternative site that could handle the strong boat traffic that now uses the popular downtown Coeur d'Alene launch.
Question: What do you think of the idea of moving the boat launch to the Education Corridor site?
A total of 17 graduates recently completed the Peace Officers Standards Training (POST) Academy at North Idaho College. For the first time, the class included self-sponsored students in addition to the students sent to the academy by the law enforcement agencies they are employed by. You can find the identities of the 17 graduates above and read the rest of the story here.
Question: Do you have any police officers in your family?
Re: North Idaho College schedules memorial for Joe Jonas/Hucks Online
Don Sausser: Joe, so humble, simply produced uncontroversial art that everyone could digest with great delight. From the piano near Schuler autitorium to the massive brass & ocopper pieces covering Christiansen Gymnasium and Boswell Hall, Joe has blessed North Idaho College for generations of future visitors. I used to visit him in his garage studio/workshop and marvel at his clay workups for larger pieces. They in themselves were works of art. RIP Joe.
Question: What’s your favorite piece of public art in the greater Coeur d’Alene area?
Item: NIC to make mill site payoff: Trustees vote to make $4.1 million payment 22 months early/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press
More Info: Increased revenue from the surge in enrollment at North Idaho College has made it possible for trustees to complete the purchase of the former DeArmond mill site property 22 months ahead of schedule. At their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees agreed by vote to revise the college’s budget for this year, and use a combination of “budgeted and un-budgeted” fund balances to pay the $4.1 million balance due on the college’s lease agreement with the North Idaho College Foundation.
Question: Anyone still think the purchase of the mill property by NIC was a bad idea?
Free of NIC trustee control and manipulation from the president’s office, Fort Sherman Institute became immediately profitable and is a national leader in its field. The program could be buying a lot of test tubes for NIC chemistry classes and paying instructors of English and math. It could also be a flagship program that would separate NIC from everyone else. Instead, it is making David Dose a wealthy man, in part because he continued to lean on Dr. Ketchum for advice/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.
DFO: I’ve received a coupla inquiries re: this odd editorial in the Coeur d’Alene Press Sunday. Fort Sherman Institute was a colossal flop under the college auspices, sucking more than $800,000 from college coffers. Mebbe the editorial was a means to soft sell Robert Ketchum’s defeat at the hands of incumbent Christie Wood. Who knows?
Question: What do you make of this odd editorial?
After winning the first two sets in the Region 18 Tournament championship match, North Idaho College volleyball coach Colleen Frohlich warned her team that Salt Lake wouldn’t go down without a fight. Sure enough, the second-seeded Bruins rallied to take the next two sets. In a tense, back-and-forth fifth set, No. 1 NIC fought back, winning six of the last seven points to cap a 25-21, 25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 15-11 victory Saturday at Christianson Gym. Both teams had already secured spots in the national tournament, which begins Nov. 18 in West Plains, Mo., but they put on a show anyway/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.
In a Coeur d’Alene Press story, Maureen Dolan reports that Ken Howard slept well Election Night, although he went to bed not knowing the outcome of his North Idaho College trustee race with Ron Nilson. Howard, according to the story, “was in bed before midnight, when his opponent Ron Nilson still had a slight edge.” Quoth: “I’ve waited for too many juries to come in,” laughed Howard, a longtime Coeur d’Alene trial attorney. I didn’t get to bed until 2 hours later. Mebbe Howard slept well because he read this comment of mine at 11:46 p.m. Election Night: “Nilson’s in trouble. The absentees should have put him over the top b/c they tend to be heavy Republican. Which would favor Nilson. Howard has erased most of that deficit — and should continue to gain ground.”
Question: Can you sleep easy when big decisions, outcomes, or events are waiting for you in the morning?
Christie: Today has been a very busy work day. I would have loved to have spent some time on-line here at Hucks nation. I want to let people know how grateful I am for the chance to continue to be in a leadership position at NIC. We have much to be proud of at the college as well as many more challenges and opportunities ahead. This campaign unlike my others in the past was the most daunting. For candidates one minute your up because someone sent you a nice note and a contribution, and then the next minute your down after you read a nasty letter to the editor. Fun stuff!!! But I think all candidates gain from the experience so it is worth it.
Question: Any suggestions for Christie, newby Ken Howard, the other NIC trustees re: what they need to do to keep the college moving ahead?
NORTH IDAHO TRUSTEE POS A
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Kenneth B. Howard. . . . . . . . 16,221 51.61
Ronald D. Nilson . . . . . . . . 15,211 48.39
Total . . . . . . . . . 31,432
NORTH IDAHO TRUSTEE POS B
Vote for 1
(WITH 75 OF 75 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Robert G. Ketchum. . . . . . . . 13,637 40.70
Christie Wood . . . . . . . . . 19,870 59.30
Total . . . . . . . . . 33,507
I just returned from the noon luncheon of the Kootenai County Democratic Club for NIC trustee candidates, where Norm Gissel asked about a hypothetical situation that was disallowed by moderator Mary Lou Reed. Who didn’t think it was relevant to the trustee races. But candidate Ron Nilson answered it anyway. In the hypothetical, Norm asked the 4 candidates what they would do about an individual who stole trees that supported children’s education. Nilson said: “No way should anyone enter public land & take timber that belongs to our kids.” Rep. Phil Hart’s name wasn’t mentioned once. But everyone knew who Norm & Ron were talking about.
Phaedrus: I’m at a loss to figure out why the voc-tech crowd wants to replace Christie Wood. Herb, it’s personal. Robert Ketchum was let go by NIC, the Trustees approved of that action. Ron Nilson’s vo-tech gravy train was disrupted and Ron Nilson belongs to the “My way or the Highway” school of thinking, he is unwilling (perhaps incapable) of seeing another point of view. So he recruits (sponsors?) Ketchum to run. And despite leading the governing board of KTEC he also wants to have input into the governing board of NIC. If Nilson wins, I hear that NIC’s new colors will be yellow and black and the Cardinal logo will be replaced by a bulldozer.
Question: Do you think North Idaho College has a good balance between academic classes and vo-tech/pro-tech ones?
All three of North Idaho College’s winter teams are ranked in the top 10 by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Wrestling is ranked No. 2, men’s basketball is ranked No. 3 and women’s basketball is ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA pre-season polls that came out this week. “This is the first time all three of those teams have been in the pre-season top 10,” said NIC Athletics Director Al Williams. “This should be a tremendous season for all the players and fans.”
Question: When did you last see a North Idaho College sports event?
- Re: North Idaho College trustee debates: Nilson versus Howard/Hucks Online
McGruber: Watch the forum unfiltered like I did for a better feel for the exchanges. And why is it odd to refer to the students as customers of the college? They determine what courses have value by what courses they pay to study. Doesn’t that make them customers? And isn’t a career or job the ultimate goal of getting higher education? Unless of course you’re going to be a perennial student or aspire to a career in acedemia.
Question: What do you make of the concept that college students are customers?
- Ken Howard will be debating Ron Nilson first tonight; Luke Malek will be moderator of Kootenai County Young Professionals.
- Ron Nilson has on dark gray suit & red power tie; Ken Howard has on lighter gray shirt and earth-tone green tie. 40 people present at Post Falls City Hall. Program will run again of public access Channel 13 at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Or be available on demand at city of Post Falls Web site. Questioners will be Maureen Dolan/Press, Taryn Hecker-Thompson/former SReporter/Inlander free-lancer, and Fatima Madrid/NIC VP.
- Opening statement: Nilson has a habit of referring to himself in 3rd person and asking himself questions to which he responds. Says he’s running for “students and ALL taxpayers of North Idaho.” He points out that he’s the leader of a consortium of 47 businesses and considers jobs the biggest issue b/c good jobs begin with education.
- Opening statement: Howard considers the college to be the heartbeat of the community.
- 1st Q (which capital project is needed next): Nilson: 1. cleanup of expanded property, and 2. parking. He launches into criticism re: lack of plan for Education Corridor. He points out that the college partners for NIC haven’t offered any money to help build capital projects. Howard: We have had 37% increase in student populations in recent years. We need to be nimble and react to growing needs of students.
- 2nd Q: (What would you do to put “community” back into community college?): Howard: Not sure the community isn’t there now. (BTW, this is one of Nilson’s favorite mantras for campaign.) Nilson: Sez he was NIC’s No. 1 customer in 4 of last 5 years. I’m not the only one saying there’s a disconnect. 47 other CEOs are saying that, too. Questions starting classes that have no practical relevance to the community.
- 3rd Q (If forced to choose between pro-tech program and one in drama, which would you cut?): Nilson: North Idaho ranks last among 3 community colleges in state in pro-tech programs. I have to make decision on present jobs that are going unfilled. Howard: My instinct is to say I’d favor professional technical. Drama seems to be superfluous. But that’s too superficial (of an assessment). There are many factors involved. It’s not just about job opportunities but job opportunities that offer decent wage.
- More below
Large crowds of counter-demonstrators turned out in the early morning darkness in Coeur d’Alene today to answer the small group of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church that plans a second day of denouncing gays, soldiers, Jews, the United States, and private and public colleges and schools. The seven members of the extremist group from Topeka, Kan., were out holding signs at the corner of Fourth and Dalton streets, next to Coeur d’Alene High School, by 6 a.m., while at least 50 counter-demonstrators met them with messages of their own. “I don’t like the way they treat veterans at the funerals,” said Greg Prado of Hayden, a Marine who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prado attended with his son Cade, 6, and wife Amy/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka: Scott and Michelle Hoagland, of Coeur d’Alene, give free hugs during the protest of the Westboro Baptist Church at North Idaho College on Friday.)
Question: What is the best way to demonstrate against hate?
A crowd turned out in the early morning darkness in Coeur d’Alene
today to counter the small group of protesters from Westboro Baptist
Church that plans a second day of denouncing gays, soldiers, Jews, the
United States, and private and public colleges and schools. The
eight members of the extremist group from Topeka, Kan., were out holding
signs at the corner of Fourth and Dalton streets, next to Coeur d’Alene
High School, by 6 a.m., while at least 50 counter-demonstrators met
them with messages of their own. “I don’t like the way they treat
veterans at the funerals,” said Greg Prado of Hayden, a Marine who
served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prado attended with
his son Cade, 6, and wife Amy/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.
- Nic: And they’re at Lake City HS with counter-protests across the street (both to the north and to the east). Oddly, a local is on the Westboro side with the Support Obama/vote Minnick sing. And he’s next to the “God hates boobies/gay people/America” people so it looks like he’s one of them.
Question: Am I the only one who feels sorry for the kids that Fred Phelps & his horrible family have drawn into their web of hate?
(Westboro Baptist Church) will be picketing “The Laramie Project” 8 -8:30 a.m. Friday outside
Boswell Hall. According to WBC, their reasoning for this picket is “to
preach some truth to the audience and cast of this fag propaganda play
of lies.” … WBC will also picket outside Boswell Hall closing night of “The Laramie Project,” Oct. 30 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. “I
was really surprised,” Jacoby said in regards to finding out that the
WBC would be picketing the production. “We had hardly even started
publicity. How we managed to land on their radar was my first biggest
question. We’re in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, pretty well off the beaten
path. We’re a two-year school. I was sure this was not going to fall on
their radar, but somehow they did. They must’ve seen the audition notice
in the last week of August”/Shauna DeMerritt, North Idaho College Sentinel. More here. (AP File Photo of Fred Phelps, dark glasses, and family)
Question: Have you ever seen the play, ‘The Laramie Project’? Do you plan to do so some day?
North Idaho College students will be holding a candlelight vigil from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on the field between the Sherman and Hedlund buildings on campus. The vigil will occur during the same time the Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to demonstrate the NIC Theatre Department’s production of “The Laramie Project.” The college intends for a quiet gathering. Students, faculty, staff and the school’s administration ask that community members do not confront Westboro church members. Community members who wish to participate in a solemn celebration are welcome to join the candlelight vigil in the spirit of solidarity and acceptance/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room. More here.
Question: Is this a good approach to combat the planned protest by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.?
Christie Wood (re: Coeur d’Alene Press ad by Ron Nilson today): Interestingly enough Ron (Nilson) is the same guy that led the campaign for a levy in three school districts this year to pay for KTEC that raised everyone’s taxes by at least $30 a year. I supported that as well because I believe both the Ed. Corridor and KTEC programs are vital to our community. I can’t help but wonder if he were elected what programs would he want to cut? With a 37% increase in enrollment and a $4 million dollar state holdback taking the allowed 3% increase in property taxes was necessary to the continued operation of the college. His ad is hypocritical and meant to inflame our constituents. How about you mention the tax increase you rallied for and won Ron? Full comment here.
Question: Are you happy with the current leadership of the North Idaho College Board of Trustees?
Associated Students of North Idaho College is hosting a board of trustees candidate forum at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Edminster Student Union Building Lake Coeur d’Alene Room. The one-hour forum will consist of timed answers to questions gathered from student input followed by some questions from the audience. All four candidates have confirmed that they will attend. Robert Ketchum is running against incumbent Christie Wood for Seat B. Ken Howard is running against Ron Nilson for Seat A, which is currently held by Rolly Williams who is retiring.
DFO: I have a question that should be posed to Ron Nilson (pictured) during this forum or some other. In mid-November 2008, he attended a Education Corridor forum as an observer. I kept a note that Jay Baldwin sent me the next day in which Jay told me that Nilson was upset about professional technical education at the college. At one point during the night, Baldwin quotes Nilson as saying re: news that Idaho ranked 47th of 50 states in the number of citizens per capita with a 4-year degree ” … maybe being 47th in the country [in terms of the number of college graduates per capita in the state] is a good thing. Maybe Idaho doesn’t need people with 4 and 6 year degrees.” In his note Nov. 13, 2008, Baldwin said, “I almost fell out of my chair.” My question for Nilson: Do you still feel that a four-year degree isn’t that important? BTW, I contacted Baldwin today, and he stands behind the note that he sent me.
One of you Berry Pickers submitted this photo of Christie Wood’s new billboard advertisement along Northwest Boulevard, at the northern entrance to North Idaho College. Wood, of course, is running as the incumbent to retain her college trustee spot against ex-college workforce training director Robert Ketchum. Ketchum is running on a ticket with Ron Nilson, who opposes Coeur d’Alene attorney Ken Howard for the position being vacated by Rolly Williams. A billboard featuring Nilson & Ketchum is located further north on Northwest Boulevard. One Hucks quipster noted that Wood’s billboard leads to the college while the other is near the liquor store. BTW, I’ve asked photographer Kathy Plonka to snap some shots of both billboards.
Question: Can you remember a time when candidates for North Idaho College trustee spots advertised on billboards?
Item: Wood seeks second term on NIC Board of Trustee/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press
More Info: A Coeur d’Alene police sergeant, Wood is a supervisor in the department’s detective division and serves as the agency’s public information officer. She has 22 years of law enforcement experience. Wood believes her professional work, and as a member of two other boards - an eight-year stint from 2000 to 2008 as a trustee for the Coeur d’Alene School District, and a current position, for more than two years, on the Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations - keep her plugged in and aware of the needs of those served by NIC.
Question: Who do you support in this race — Christie Wood or Robert Ketchum? (BTW, what do you make of Ketchum & Ron Nilson running as a team for the NIC board)?
… now located at West Garden Avenue & Park Drive/CdA. (Courtesy: North Idaho College Facebook page)
Redux: This originally appeared on Hucks Online on Jan. 9, 2009:
Huckleberries hears that … That Ron Nilson of Ground Force Manufacturing declared war on the
Education Corridor at the weekly meeting of the Pachyderm Club. A Berry
Picker reports: ”Speaking very passionately, he encouraged all in
attendance, whom he referred to as ‘the silent majority,’ to stand up
and fight. ’The easiest way for evil to triumph, was for good men to do
nothing,’ he quoted. He told them to not be silent anymore. He had
tears in his eyes, I swear. I thought I was at a revival. …. Duane
(Rasmussen) had to give Ron the hook or he’d still be talking.” More Nilson gems in dropdown box:
Question: Ron Nilson is running for the open seat of Rolly Williams. Does is seem to you that he has the best interests of North Idaho College in mind?
Students and faculty will have more ways to come and go at the growing college campus northwest of downtown Coeur d’Alene if a new traffic plan is approved. Designs show two new intersections with traffic signals connecting to Northwest Boulevard. The engineering plan developed by J-U-B Engineers and Landmark Architects also suggests adding four roundabouts within and near the North Idaho College campus to ease traffic flow, and reducing four-lane Mullan Road to two lanes with a center turn lane between Northwest Boulevard and the college entrance. An open house will be held Wednesday to gather public input on the proposed changes/Alison Boggs, SR. More here (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Question: Do you support construction of additional entrances & exits to North Idaho College and the Fortground area?
Christie Wood: I was gently told not to buy one this year (for Really Big Raffle of a house by North Idaho College Foundation) since I am filling in for President Bell, and doing the welcoming speech. I guess it would look shoddy to be part of the ceremony and the winning ticket turned out to be mine! I spent the $100.00 on the Police and Fire Harley Davidson motorcycle that will raffled off tomorrow at Lone Wolf Harley. My husband really wants it…I am as enthused. Oh well, at least the dollars are going to a good cause.
Question: Have you ever won a raffle? What was the prize?
The North Idaho College Foundation’s Really
BIG Raffle has sold out for the 17th year in a row. The last of the
raffle’s 5,000 tickets were sold July 8.“Another really BIG thank you is owed to all of the supporters of
this event,” said Kristen McFadden of the NIC Foundation. “As the NIC
Foundation’s largest fund-raiser of the year, the funds raised from this
raffle will go a long way in supporting education and students at NIC.” All ticket holders and community members are invited to attend the
Really BIG Raffle drawing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 in Fort Sherman
Park on NIC’s main campus. The event will include live music and various
door prize giveaways/Stacy Hudson, North Idaho College. More here. Question: Have you ever bought a ticket for a chance to win North Idaho College Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle?
The North Idaho College Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle has sold out for the 17th year in a row. The last of the raffle’s 5,000 tickets were sold July 8.“Another really BIG thank you is owed to all of the supporters of this event,” said Kristen McFadden of the NIC Foundation. “As the NIC Foundation’s largest fund-raiser of the year, the funds raised from this raffle will go a long way in supporting education and students at NIC.” All ticket holders and community members are invited to attend the Really BIG Raffle drawing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 in Fort Sherman Park on NIC’s main campus. The event will include live music and various door prize giveaways/Stacy Hudson, North Idaho College. More here.
Question: Have you ever bought a ticket for a chance to win North Idaho College Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle?