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Movers and Shakers June 5, 2012

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Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:15 am

New leaders elected at Kootenai Electric 74th annual meeting

Kootenai Electric Cooperative held its 74th annual meeting of the membership in April in Coeur d'Alene. More than 300 members attended the meeting with more than 3,000 casting votes either at the meeting or by mail prior to the meeting. Attendees were also entered to win one of 53 door prizes.

At the meeting, Jim Robbins of Post Falls was elected to the District 2 position. Robbins is a graduate of Cal Poly University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and was employed by Pacific Gas Transmission Co. in Spokane for 34 years.

Bill Swick, Worley, was re-elected to the District 4 position and was also appointed as secretary of the board. Terry LaLiberte, Rathdrum, also retained his position on the board for District At-Large. Ed Gossett and Ron Bockstruck were appointed to the positions of chair and vice chair respectively.

Longtime board member and secretary of the board Donna Boekel retired after serving since 2000.

HydroGen Energy to provide

services for Gresham, Ore.

HydroGen Energy, a Post Falls renewable energy development company, has been selected by the city of Gresham, Ore., to provide hydroelectric development services for the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall Mini-Hydroelectric Project.

The project adjacent to the Columbia River will use the treated wastewater from the city's WWTP to generate 440,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power 39 households per year. It is part of the city WWTP's goal to be 100 percent energy independent in the next five years.

HydroGen Energy will provide design, construction, and financing services for the project. The project will be owned and operated by HydroGen, which will share the generation revenues with the city of Gresham. An average of $41,000 will be generated annually over the 20-year life of the project. The power will be sold to Portland General Electric.

Bruce Noble, engineer and the founder and president of HydroGen Energy, said this is the first of several wastewater effluent generation projects the company has in the works. They are working with seven other cities in the Northwest.

Women's conference slated for June 14 at Cd'A Best Western Inn

The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce is hosting a women's conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 14 at the Coeur d'Alene Best Western Inn. Organizers say "Women Creating Success Conference" will be both educational and motivating to today's business woman.

Presentations include "Strong Women Strong Voices" by Shelly Monahan, morning anchor with KHQ-TV; "Communicating Your 'Now' Message-Reputation Management" with Stefany Bales, Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp.; "Community Involvement: A Must for Your Career Advancement" with Heather Wichman, Pioneer Title, Ruth Pratt, Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation, and Midge Smock- Windermere Realty & Windermere Foundation; and "From Corporate to Self Employed- Marketing Yourself" with Kerri Thoreson - KXLY Broadcast Group and Coeur d'Alene Press

Cost is $45.

Info: or 415-0111

Four facilities receive Bronze -Commitment to Quality award

Four facilities in Idaho have been recognized as a 2012 recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving quality care. The facilities include Lacrosse Health and Rehabilitation Center and Legends Park Assisted Living, both in Coeur d'Alene

The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The program honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to the quality improvement journey.

There are more than 350 assisted living and nursing facilities in Idaho. The award will be presented to these facilities during AHCA/NCAL's 63 Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 7-10, in Tampa, Fla.

If you have a new, relocated or expanded business, or announcement of events, promotions or awards, The Press wants to let our readers know. The service is free and items run Tuesday through Saturday. To get the word on the street on your movers and shakers, call city editor Bill Buley at 664-8176 Ext. 2016 or e-mail

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