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on News ingt pa sh r 1 st pe Wa Cusick Panthers Readers win Head to semi-finals - turkeys! 10B win big in Newport. 1B General Excellence Place ati lishe rs Associ o n Pu b The Newport Miner Follow us on Facebook THE VOICE OF PEND OREILLE COUNT Y SINCE 1901 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Volume 109, Number 41 | 2 Sections, 20 Pages 75¢ County commissioners board gets a shake-up Skoog, Kiss win races in general election BY JANELLE ATYEO OF THE MINER NEWPORT – Come January, Pend Oreille County will have a whole new board of commissioners. Incumbent Diane Wear was unseated in the general election for the District 1 seat. District 3’s John Hankey chose not to run for re-election, and Mike Manus was appointed just last week to fill the seat Laura Merrill left when she resigned to take a job in Olympia. As of the second ballot count, taken Friday afternoon, voter turnout in Pend Oreille County was more than 82 percent. Voter turnout was high in Pend Oreille County, but not as high as in 2008. District 1 Commissioner District 3 Commissioner newlyth elected commissioners from Four years ago, 85 percent of the 7 District and is looking Pend Oreille voters turned out. forward to getting their thoughts on Statewide this election, turnsome issues. out was 73.74 percent. Out of Skoog also thanked Wear for her 8,261 registered voters in Pend public service and hard work for the Oreille County, 6,813 ballots county. were in, and an estimated 40 Wear says she has no plans at this were left to be counted as they point for when she leaves office in come in through the mail. Kiss Ibbetson January. She congratulated all three Skoog Wear Wear, a Democrat, lost her seat 3,816 Votes 2,505 Votes 3,424 Votes 2,081 Votes new commissioners and hopes they to Republican challenger Karen honor the policies and procedures 62.2% 37.8% 39.63% Skoog, 60 to 40 percent, as polls 60.37% the current board has put in place. closed Tuesday night. Skoog won “Obviously we are concerned that all but three precincts: Newport Northwest, great staff and the board,” Skoog said, there’s no seasoned person on the county Newport Southwest and Wear’s home adding that she’s looking forward to the commissioners’ (board),” said Jan Searles, precinct, Sacheen. training put on by the Washington State who is membership co-chairwoman of the “I’m appreciative and humbled by the Association of Counties during the first Pend Oreille County Democrats. “We know support. I look forward to working with the week of December. She knows some other they’re going to have a steep learning curve and we know the heads of the departments will be ready to help them with that.” Being that Wear was the only incumbent up for election, Searles thinks voters showed their dissatisfaction at the polls. “I believe that the people of the county have been concerned about the condition of the roads and the budget in general and Diane was the only commissioner standing for re-election, so extra attention was focused on her even though she was only one of three people making decisions,” she said. “She bore the brunt of the decisions of a Republican majority commission.” Wear also lost in the Diamond Lake area, which is the largest population in her SEE ELECTION, 3B Alleged shooter to undergo mental exam BY DON GRONNING OF THE MINER NEWPORT – A man accused of shooting and killing his friend was ordered to undergo a mental competency evaluation at Eastern State Hospital. Charles Edward Langford, 62, is accused of killing Dana Morey, 57, Oct. 29. Defense attorney Barrett Scudder asked for the hospital evaluation. “I have concerns about his competency,” he told Pend Oreille County Superior Court Judge Allen Nielson Thursday, Nov. 8. Deputy prosecutor Dolly Hunt also wanted the evaluation. She said there had been statements by neighbors of bizarre behavior on the part of Langford. Nielson agreed. “An evaluation at a hospital is necessary for an adequate investigation,” he said. Langford was charged with first-degree manslaughter, but the arraignment was stayed pending the evaluation. Bail has been set at $100,000 and Hunt wanted that to remain. Defense attorney Robin McCroskey argued that $100,000 was excessive. She said there were no SEE SHOOTER, 2A MINER PHOTO|DON GRONNING These Newport High School nursing aid students practice transferring a patient into an isolation unit. They are in a yearlong class to become certified nursing assistants. Rene Peters is playing the patient. Standing are Salisa Scrader, left, instructor Denise Anderson, Arielle Walden, Brittany Hopkins and Karina Rousseau. Nursing aid students preparing for medical careers BY DON GRONNING OF THE MINER NEWPORT – Students in Denise Anderson’s certified nursing assistant class move around the building near Newport High School where the fire science classes are held. They are practicing moving patients in an isolation unit. Two students move the third student, lifting the patient using the sheet. “Be sure the bed is locked,” Anderson says. “If you are taking the state test and you don’t do something that’s safety related, you won’t pass.” Anderson is a registered nurse who has been the school nurse for the Newport School District with the day-to-day activities. for eight years. She stresses that They feed and bathe patients, take nursing assistants are really the vital signs and transfer patients in eyes and the and out of bed. “Demand for nursing ears for the Anderson’s stumedical staff. assistants is strong. It’s an dents are taught It’s important communication opportunity to learn skills work, she skills, especially says. listening and for the workplace.” “They’re observing. usually the The program Shelley Froehlich first ones is in its second CNA Program Director to notice year at Newport changes in a High School. patient,” AnPrincipal Denderson says, nis Matson saw because they are spending a lot first hand how such a program of time with the patient. Certified could work when he worked in nursing assistants provide help the Deer Park School District. He || Sale of former Newport Ambulance building postponed NEWPORT – Even though people were lined up at the courthouse to bid on the properties, the auction of three locations by the Internal Revenue Service was postponed last week. The IRS stated it had not properly served property owner Steve Groom, Pend Oreille County auditor Marianne Nichols said, and moved the auction from Nov. 8 to Thursday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Pend Oreille County Hall of Justice, 321 S. Garden Ave., Newport. The auction includes the commercial property on Washington Avenue where Newport Ambulance was a career technical education teacher at Deer Park prior to becoming principal at Newport. “We had a nursing program there,” Matson said. He mentioned it in his job interview, and district officials were interested in setting up a program here, he said. He arranged a meeting with Newport Hospital and Health Services, and the program was created. The hospital is a key part of the program, which requires 60 hours of clinical training. The students take their clinical training at Newport Long Term Care SEE NURSING, 2A B R I E F LY used to be house. It has since moved to Oldtown next to Ben Franklin. The auction also includes the empty lot on the corner of First and Spokane and a residential property on Spokane Avenue. The properties are being auctioned because of back taxes not paid to the IRS. Groom has said this will not affect the operation of Newport Ambulance, which will still respond to calls in both Idaho and Washington. The minimum bid on the property with the house on Spokane Avenue is $9,530. The lot across from the post office is going for at least $17,869 and the storefront on Washington is set at $37,510. Non-union employees also get pay raise MINER PHOTO|JANELLE ATYEO Snow fun Haley Craig, 8, left, and Kate Hansen, 7, jump on the sled in front of a Newport home Monday, Nov. 12. A snowy day and the Veterans Day holiday from school coincided for a morning of sledding. || NEWPORT – Pend Oreille County’s largest union bargaining group accepted a 1 percent pay raise for next year, along with an extra $25 per month toward medical benefits. The non-represented employees will also receive the pay raise, and the increase in medical benefits will go to the union groups as well as non-union employees, department heads and elected officials. The cost of living increase will amount to $21,060 for the 2013 budget, and the medical benefit increase will cost the county $17,400 for the coming year. The 25 employees in the courthouse/Hall of Justice union recently voted to accept the county’s offer, as did the four deputy prosecutors. Some contracts are still under negotiation, including the sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers and dispatchers, which have gone to mediation. Planning commission discuss comp plan updates SANDPOINT – The Bonner County Planning Commission is meeting for a special workshop Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5-6 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the county’s administration building, 1500 Highway 2, Sandpoint. The commission will discuss updates on comprehensive plan components dealing with property rights, housing, trails, community design, population, agriculture and schools and transportation. SPORTS 1B - RECORD 6B - POLICE 6B - OPINION 4A - CLASSIFIEDS 7B-10B - PUBLIC NOTICES 9B-10B - DOWN RIVER 9A - LIFE 5B - OBITUARIES 6B - ELECTION 2B-3B

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