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PETITION: NLI board violating current bylaw

Dear Northern Lights Coop Members,

Some of you signed petitions for two bylaw changes to be voted on prior to NLI’s annual meeting May 12. Eliminating the $28,000 health insurance benefit (accepted in cash by most board members) will be on the ballot. However, the second petition addressing metering options will not be voted on, violating the current bylaw since NLI trustees and attorney have refused to tell us how this bylaw change is illegal. Instead, all seven trustees voted to change the requirement for member-initiated bylaw changes — from 50 signatures to 6 percent of each district (1200) in signatures — making it nearly impossible for future member-driven petitions. So now there will be two bylaw proposals on the ballot — one to vote for and one to vote against.

The member initiated petitions were the result of the trustees continually ignoring members’ written suggestions and comments. The trustee representing my district is Jim Woodward who is running for Idaho State Senate. Do you think he will listen to your concerns and act in your best interests in Boise?

At least Danielle Ahrens has the necessary experience by getting involved politically, listening to and acting on behalf of her would-be constituents, and even traveling to Boise during the legislative session for the past six years.

Please attend NLI’s annual meeting in Sandpoint May 12th and raise your voices on these issues.

Ingri Cassel

Spirit Lake, Idaho

ELECTION: Re-elect Poston as county clerk

I am supporting the re-election of our Boundary County Clerk, Glenda Poston.

I can tell you that she is one of the most devoted and knowledgeable officials that l have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her hard work and office skills led her to the job as office manager for our local lumber company. That was a huge responsibility and she held that position for 29 years before the decline of the timber industry. She was then appointed as Boundary County Auditor by the Commissioners to fill the vacancy of that office in 2004.

Glenda is well known for supporting her community by serving in the past and the present in many organizations. You will always see her at our county fair helping with the organizing and giving support where needed. She has served on the Community Hospital board, Fairboard, City P&Z, Rotary, and Beta Sigma Phi just to mention a few.

Glenda has been active and also been honored at the state level. Two of the biggest awards being elected by her peers as President of lAC Recorders and Clerks in 2015-16 and the prestigious award of being selected Clerk of the Year for 2015.

I was honored to serve beside her for eight years as County Treasurer and found her to always be honest, gracious, helpful beyond words and supportive to all other officials, employees and the citizens of Boundary County. She is a dedicated public servant and I am very proud to put my name on the list of her many supporters and friends.

Retired Boundary County Treasurer,

Jenny Fessler

Bonners Ferry

ELECTION: Poston a leader, knowledgeable

To Boundary County Voters:

When things are running smoothly, it is easy to take for granted what is involved in running the hub of county government — the County Clerk’s Office. Boundary County has been well served by Glenda Poston, who has demonstrated the qualities that bring efficiency and competence to an office that assists the public in a broad range of services from the Court system to Elections and everything in between.

As Glenda’s counterpart in Idaho County, l have come to know and respect her wealth of knowledge and willingness to share that knowledge. She has been recognized as a leader across the State, having served in numerous positions through the Idaho Association of Counties. Her readiness to take on these extra responsibilities on the State level means that the citizens of Boundary County have a voice — a voice that represents their values, work ethic and concerns. This ability to build relationships is vital not only on the State level, but to the day to day operations of the Clerk’s Office.

Glenda has been a successful leader for Boundary County, as well as a leader and mentor for others across ldaho. I would encourage you to support her re-election bid in the May 15 Primary Election.

Kathy M. Ackerman

Idaho County Clerk

Grangeville, Idaho

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