It's time to give credit where credit is due. This time to Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for agreeing on the possibility that a regional jail may best serve the needs of the entire area.
The inland northwest is growing like topsy and I expect it will continue to do so. Unfortunately with increased growth comes increased crime. Rather than each county wrestling with its own need - Kootenai County's expansion plan was a cool $50 million that the voters rejected with a hoot, an effort is being made to combine needs and hopefully shared costs will be something the communities' can embrace.
It seems Kootenai County Commissionr Rick Currie is also on board. Kudos to him too. May this civic cooperation for the common good continue!
Kudos too to Spokane's new police Chief, Anne Kirkpatrick, for accepting the resignation of Deputy Chief Al Odenthal. It was Mr. Odenthal who bungled the fireman/teenager sex scandal and was a part of the botched investigation into Otto Zehm's untimely and tragic
Odd that a fire department spokesman, when questioned about the sudden resignation, commented that Odenthal had always been a team player.
Makes me think of the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. They have team players too. Need more be said?