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The first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion

The first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion

Idaho National Guard has it's first female battalion leader.  Major Kimberly R. Tschepen has become the first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion; the 145th Brigade Support Battalion.

The battalion has 500 men and women in Lewiston, Orofino, Kamiah, Moscow, Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Post Falls.

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

The Idaho Department of Labor is prepared to help all federal workers in Idaho furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

From Idaho Department of Labor:
Federal and contract employees laid off due to the government shutdown are eligible to file for unemployment benefits under the same conditions as all other workers. But should Congress approve back pay for federal employees, those receiving back pay will need to repay any benefits they received.

City of Mullan invites mayor candidates to forum

City of Mullan invites mayor candidates to forum

Due to the number of candidates running for mayor in Mullan this year a citizen's committee has organized a candidate forum for Tuesday, October 22nd. All four candidates have been invited and so far three have confirmed that they will attend.


“This is the first time in decades that Mullan has had so many candidates vying for the office of Mayor,” said Clare Drake, Committee Chairperson for the Mayoral Candidate Forum. “We believe it's important for voters to learn more about the candidates, where they stand on issues and what ideas they might bring to the table to improve city services and boost the Mullan economy.”


Each candidate will make an opening statement and introduction before a moderator asks the candidates a series of questions in a rotational format. Each candidate will have one minute to respond to each question. Some questions will provide time for rebuttal.


Question topics include:

Bailey appointed to fill Bonner Co. commission vacancy

Bailey appointed to fill Bonner Co. commission vacancy


Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Glen Bailey of Cocolalla to fill the Bonner County Commission vacancy left by the resignation of Commissioner Joyce Broadsword.

Bailey was among three nominees submitted by the Bonner County Republican Central Committee to succeed Broadsword, a former State senator who resigned from the commission to take a job with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Also nominated were Dennis Engelhardt and Cornel Rasor.

Bailey is a retired Air Force officer with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

He was based at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska from 1989 until moving to Bonner County in 2002 to open a financial planning business. Bailey then worked for the Montana Air National Guard from 2004 to 2008 before taking a position as a bailiff in Bonner County’s 1st District Court. 

White power sheriff candidate hosts cross burning

White power sheriff candidate hosts cross burning

The white power activist that wants to be the next Bonner County sheriff held a cross burning with fellow Ku Klux Klan members at his Priest River home last Friday.

Thirty-three-year-old Shaun Winkler defended the burning and called it a historic ritual steeped in Christian roots, according to the Associated Press.

Winkler is a member of the Aryan Nations and is also a KKK imperial wizard.

If elected sheriff, Winkler says his ties to white power groups would not impact his decisions. He says the mission of his campaign is to crack down on drugs and sex offenders.

The 33-year-old runs a landscaping business, but does not have any law enforcement background.

Good idea? Connecting politicians with citizens on Google Hangouts

Here’s an idea - Google Hangouts with citizens and local politicians. It’s another way to talk face to face over great distances. Some selected Google+ users had the rare opportunity to ask questions to President Barack Obama in a video chat on Monday. Reuters' Anthony De Rosa explains: 

He answered questions about the economy, job creation, small business, and the use of drones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama referenced a New York Times story on the use of drones, which he called “overwritten,” and said that the use of drones had not resulted in an unusual number of civilian casualties. Asked about the anti-piracy legislation that set the Internet on fire, Obama said, ”When SOPA came up on the hill, we expressed some concerns about the way the legislation had been written.”

Share: It’s one way to answer the questions of millions of citizens. Locally, would you like to see this happen with state and city officials?

Governor Otter Reflects on Visit to Silver Valley

Governor Butch Otter - "The week began with a trip to the Silver Valley as part of our response to the recent decision by the federal government to close the Lucky Friday Mine near Wallace.

I traveled north to listen to Shoshone County residents' concerns and address their questions. I met with local city and county leaders as well as representative of Hecla Mining, which owns the Lucky Friday.

The company independently decided to close the mine for safety sake and to investigate when a "rock burst" occurred in one of the mine's shafts on December 14. Then this month, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA") issued an order closing the mine. Hecla is working with MSHA to finalize the investigation and lift the closure order.

My administration is doing all it can to ensure the mine resumes safe operation, achieving the best possible outcome for the community. As Governor, I am very pleased to see Hecla and MSHA working together to safely get more than 200 miners back to work."

Information via Governor Butch Otter Newsletter