CdA Food Drive Starts Today

The CdA News offers a public service announcement: Empty shelves at the food pantry! Food drive going on now!

Darrell Rickard, Community Action Food Bank director, says daily donations are collected from a variety of stores requiring two trucks. Community donations end up on these shelves prior to distribution. An increased need for assistance results in empty shelves as early as 2pm. Imagine if your cupboards emptied every day, sometimes by 2 pm.

Darrell Rickard, Community Action Food Bank director, orders whatever is available quarterly through a government food program. These flats of chili will be divided among 25 area food banks.

Food Drive Starts Today

From October 15, until October 22, a food drive is going on in Coeur d’Alene. Watch for Red plastic bags on your porch and place any of the following donations: “All nonperishables, toiletries, baby diapers, and wipes.”

Sponsors include the CdA Fire Department and local wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Red plastic bags will be placed outside residences and will be picked up October 22nd between 8 am and noon.

Or, drop off donations Saturday, October 22, from 12 pm to 1 pm at: 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2801 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815

Let’s fill the shelves!

Church Praises Candidates

In a move many voters find questionable, Candlelight Pastor Paul Van Noy invited three NIC Trustee candidates to the stage during Sunday worship services this week. He asked them to state why they were running, endorsed them, and urged his congregation to vote for them.

Diana Sheridan stated, while holding back tears, “I’m running because they are coming for our kids at all levels and we need to be in charge.” 

Ron Hartman stated he was running “to bring family Christian values back into the college.” He also mentioned academics, transparency, and community ending his statement as follows: “Those that disrespect our flag have never been handed a folded one.”

Mike Waggoner, who acknowledged he attends Candlelight Fellowship, stated that God inspired him to run for the trustee position. He also claimed the “opposition” is using a budget of $70,000 to $100,000 to “spread lies and stay in control.” He noted the “conservative Christian candidates” each have a $7,000 budget and could use more donations if parishioners felt inclined to support their cause.

Pastor Paul then prayed over the candidates.

These three candidates were notably absent from NIC’s forum. A source reported that, “When asked, one of the candidates said they weren’t going because they believed it would not be a level playing field.”

The pastor stated that his church would pray for any candidates regardless of endorsement.

Consoles: The Comparison

Gaming is something that many people do in lots of places. But what’s the best console? Which should you get? I’m here to answer these questions. We’ll be comparing three major consoles, the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.


Let’s start with the PS5, which is $499.99. With 825 GB of storage and 16 GB of RAM you can fit quite a few games on it, and run them well. The Xbox Series X is very much like the PS5, costing 499.99 and having 16 GB of RAM. One difference is that the Xbox has 1 TB of space, which is 175 GB more than the PS5. The Nintendo Switch on the other hand, has a very small 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Two things to mention though, you CAN upgrade the Switch’s storage with an SD card and you can switch between handheld mode, or TV mode.


Games are a different matter. Each of these consoles have the popular game Minecraft, along with some shooter games. The Switch, unlike the others, has many multiplayer games including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart and some more. The PS5 and Xbox both have very similar games with a few exclusives to both. 


Deciding which console to get may be very hard. They each have very fun, interesting games, and are made to play what they play. But whichever console you choose to get it will be worth it. So, get out there and get one!


NIC Trustee Candidate Forum Report


The chamber of commerce held an impromptu? NIC trustee candidate forum. Half of the candidates didn’t leave their basements, or, at least, didn’t show up. This may work in their favor. 

Candidates focused on the dysfunctional board and placed blame solely on [Banducci and McKenzie] while forgoing tarnishing trustee emeritus Christie Wood. They were asked how they will work with the current president of the college but not the sitting board members, who happen to be the only elected trustees. Tarie Zimmerman, Brad Corkill, and Pete Broschet coalesced around a central theme that the board must change. 

Zimmerman mentioned that no board should undermine or work against the president and he will take the college in the direction he wants. She also stated that declining enrollment is due to “bad board governance.” 

Brad Corkill, whose background is in lumber and owns a mill, wants to see the college in a healthier place in five years. He also hopes to see a dental hygiene program come to fruition. Insert face-slap emoji. NIC’s first class of dental hygiene students will graduate in a few months, two years after the official start of the program. Mr. Corkill later said that he approves of the school’s curriculum and policies. Not impressive.

Pete Broschet seemed to read several responses from previously prepared notes. However, he seemed to understand the issues. Fortunately, or unfortunately, he has a record on which to run. Based on my initial exposure to the three candidates tonight Broschet is the only one we would consider endorsing. 

We reached out to the KCRCC to learn about why their endorsed candidates did not attend. Perhaps they followed Mark Twain’s advice, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.” Unfortunately the other candidates were not so lucky; however, they get credit for showing up.

Chamber of Commerce NIC Trustee Forum Winners: The moderator and maybe the absentees