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County mulls refugee resolution

Kootenai County is expected to have a voice on government record should refugee resettlement ever occur here. County commissioners are expected to approve at Tuesday's business meeting at 2 p.m. a resolution ensuring that, if resettlement occurs, the federal government will fund such activity so the financial burden does not fall on local taxpayers. It also supports a thorough investigation of each refugee to reduce the threat of terrorism. Resolutions are non-binding and have no statutory authority. Commissioners heard an earful from several of about 25 people who packed into the board's meeting room on Wednesday for a discussion that was resumed from Monday. "We can't take care of our own," said Marty Lang, Zone 1 leader for a group called 3% of Idaho, which opposes refugee resettlement. "I know people who served in wars in this town who are homeless"/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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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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