I am a Kootenai County Commissioner, from District One. I am a strong, unwavering Constitutional Conservative and Republican.
I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. There must be NO reduction or conditions placed on the fundamental right of Americans to “Keep and Bear Arms.”
Prior to being elected, I advocated that all Kootenai County Board of Commissioner meetings be recorded and immediately posted on YouTube, unedited, so that all the people in the County could see their Commissioners in action.
Shortly after taking office, I oversaw the installation of a simple, inexpensive camera/recording system that would insure access to all of the meetings, utilizng only about one-half of the original amount budgeted.
A few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic I suggested that all meetings of the Board of Commissioners be "live streamed". Now anyone can view the meetings on YouTube without the risk of exposure to the virus.
Next, I am working on a way that people can participate interactively in the meetings.
Stayed tuned, it's coming.
How many County Veterans Services Officers do we have in Kootenai County? One. Only one person!
Based on the current and not even considering growth projections of Kootenai County, to continue on with only one Veterans Services Officer would be a disgrace.
It is estimated that the current population of Kootenai County is approximately 161,000. Of that number approximately 16,000 are veterans – all entitled to various Veterans Administration (VA) benefits.
A County Veterans Services Officer not only assists veterans with issues like; Compensation and Pension, Health Care, Education & Training, Employment, Burial & Survivor Benefits, Housing, Transportation and Military Records but also helps family members and surviving spouses.
Unfortunately, many veterans, including their spouses and families, don’t know that they are entitled to VA benefits and even those that are, don’t know how to apply for and access those benefits.
This is where the County Veterans Services Officer plays an essential role.
The current Kootenai Veterans Services Officer is a highly trained, retired Marine Corps officer having served 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. The Board of County Commissioners selected him, after an exhaustive nationwide search and personal interviews. Over forty individuals applied for the position – one was selected.
I can tell you for a fact that the one County Veterans Services Officer works well in excess of 50 hours per week and as many as 70 hours, frequently in the evenings and weekends in addition to the regular 8-5, M-F hours.
Kootenai County veterans desperately need another fulltime, professional Veterans Services Officer and a budget that adequately supports the work that they do.
Help our veterans now by supporting me in my re-election bid. I will continue to support our veterans by strongly advocating for a second fulltime Veterans Services Officer. This will provide veterans access to the services and benefits they have earned!
The Fair is so much more than just a fair. People from all over the Pacific Northwest flock to the fair, but not just for the event that many of us know as the fair.
Events are held at the fairgrounds almost every week, often several at a time. Along with our lakes and waterways the fair is an “irreplaceable” part of our culture.
There are those that see a fairly large expanse of land who keep attempting to pare off a couple of acres here and a couple of acres there.
We cannot allow this to happen. The North Idaho State Fair’s Board of Directors is the most active, involved Board I have ever seen. To a person they are working hard to make the Fair thrive. Each year the number of people that attend events at the fair increases.
Each year the Fair asks for a small amount of money from the County budget. Each year they receive far less than they ask for. Every year they do more with less. If not corrected, this trend will begin to destroy one of the gems of North Idaho.
Please join with me in supporting the full request of the Fair this year. They’ve done wonders with the small amount they’ve received in the past.
Think of the great things they could do with a fully funded request!