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COVID-19 vaccines, pandemic response and growth of Kootenai Health at issue in contentious race to serve on hospital board

The challengers supported by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee said they were each independent thinkers, bringing perspectives to the board that include fiscal restraint in expansion of the community hospital as well as skepticism about mandated COVID-19 vaccines for employees. The incumbents and a former chief of staff at the hospital have banded together in the wake of the party's recommendations not to elect them, running on their record of navigating the pandemic and against what they believe is an effort to inject politics into a nonpartisan board. 

After loss by 33 votes in March, the Post Falls School District is trying again at a levy extension

After a defeat by 33 votes in March, the only of the three largest Kootenai County School Districts to lose at the ballot box, Post Falls schools adjusted the language of the measure slightly. They're still asking for a total of $9.9 million over two years, dollars that are not "supplemental" as the levy title suggests but necessary to continue school functions, Superintendent Dena Naccarato said.