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5 Q’s w/McEuen Backer Darrell Dlouhy, another supporter of the 10 minute show of support for proposed McEuen Field changes, provides her insights about the project here.

Question: What do you intend Thursday by meeting for 10 minutes (beginning at 5 o'clock) to promote McEuen Field change?

Darrell Dlouhy: I wanted to get some faces behind the people who are supporting the changes proposed. Names and faces of those opposing are thoroughly out there. (The meeting is planned after Team McEuen unveils cost estimates at a 7:30 a.m. workshop Thursday.)

  • DFO: Tell us exactly what's planned Thursday?
  • Dlouhy: The 10 minutes are intended to get a group of significant size that would be able to be photographed to show there are people who are truly behind this. There will be no speeches. No public conversation. Maybe we'll shake hands and get to know each other. We're going to meet above the old tennis courts on the knoll (in front of Hecla Mines). We want to do something positive.
  • 3 more questions below
  • DFO: Do you have a sense that the majority of people quietly support the changes?
  • Dlouhy: I think they do. When we had the school levy deal recently, I felt it wasn't going to pass. I talked to a lot of people. And there was a lot of negativity out there. I have a sense that people in Coeur d'Alene are ready to move forward.
  • DFO: How do you think the negativity on the parts of Friends of McEuen and allies has affected the public discussion of the proposed changes?
  • Dlouhy: The negative stuff becomes forefront because the meetings are heated. It seems like a bigger faction or force than it is. I have a sense that most people would be happy with the changes. Not every particular one. A lot of people are consumed with other realities in life. A lot of people are too busy to have a strong sense. Whenever we've done anything, it has been with battles, whether it's the library or Kroc Center or even with the old mill property (Riverstone). This is one of the leftover items that needs to be addressed -- that LCDC made an issue a long time ago.
  • DFO: Could these proposed changes turn into a Waterloo for the Bloem administration?
  • Dlouhy: I don't think so. Sandi Bloem is respected on so many fronts. Overall, people feel Coeur d'Alene has come a long ways under her leadership.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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