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Look up “states(wo)man” in the dictionary (that device we used before Google and Wikipedia), and you’ll find a picture of state Sen. Shawn Keough. The Sandpoint Republican has represented Idaho’s 1st Senate District superbly for more than 20 years.
That groan you heard from North Idaho was the sound of lovers of good government reacting to news that respected state Sen. Shawn Keough will retire after she ends her current 11th term. Good legislators are hard to come by in North Idaho. And Shawn is one of the state’s best. We knew she was going to be good in 1996 when we endorsed her for the first time.
Friends and colleagues are remembering Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes as a public official who stood for integrity and transparency. Hayes, 62, died Thursday at his home near Post Falls. The cause of death is pending an autopsy, but sheriff’s detectives found no suspicious circumstances, authorities said.
Two bomb scares disrupted voting Tuesday in Idaho. In Coeur d’Alene, voting was temporarily delayed at Woodland Middle School, the polling place for two Idaho precincts in Tuesday’s primary election, after the building was evacuated for fear of a bomb. Officials did not say what prompted the scare.