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Guv, 170 others open crisis center

Gov. Butch Otter jokingly begins a countdown at 99 during a ribbon-cutting for the Northern Idaho Crisis Center on Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)
Gov. Butch Otter jokingly begins a countdown at 99 during a ribbon-cutting for the Northern Idaho Crisis Center on Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

More than 170 people turned out Tuesday for the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Northern Idaho Crisis Center, which begins accepting patients today. "This is a very conservative project," Gov. Butch Otter said at the opening on the Kootenai Health campus. "A lot of people maybe don't believe that." The facility will save the community money in law enforcement and jail operations, government aid for the poor, and hospital care. The center will also save lives. "This is the portal through which folks are going to come," Otter said. "Through which their lives are going to be saved, but their lives are also going to be changed"/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: NORTHERN Idaho Crisis Center? Did Gov. Otter name it? Should be NORTH Idaho Crisis Center. Thoughts?



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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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