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Medical group close to coming to Cd'A for 2015 conference

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A large medical organization that wondered whether Coeur d'Alene was tolerant enough to host the culturally diverse group of professionals for its annual conference is close to booking the Lake City for 2015.

Western Orthopaedic Association President Dr. Ellen Raney told The Press Friday she is impressed with the amount of effort local entities have devoted to promoting racial and ethnic diversity across North Idaho after speaking with some of them in April.

So much so, she said, that an association subcommittee is recommending the WOA select Coeur d'Alene for its 2015 summer conference.

"I certainly didn't intend to cause such an uproar," said Raney, who sent a letter April 5 to Mayor Sandi Bloem - a letter that later went public - asking about local efforts to promote diversity amid concerns that Coeur d'Alene wouldn't be tolerant enough for the diverse group. "I figured there were efforts, I just wanted to know what they were."

After Bloem received the letter, which she spoke about at a Human Rights Education Institute banquet in April, Raney was contacted by Coeur d'Alene Resort General Manager and Coeur d'Alene chamber member Bill Reagan and Tom Carter, HREI director.

Raney said both conversations enlightened her on the amount of work that has been done to promote diversity, citing the foundation of the HREI, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, educational efforts and the bankruptcy of former Aryan Nation leader Richard Butler as well as the effort to turn Butler's former compound into a peace park.

"I was impressed," she said. "And I was impressed they both took the time to contact me personally."

She said the concerns the group had were primarily around Butler and North Idaho being home to the Aryan Compound more than a decade ago, and whether that movement still had footing in North Idaho.

Recent stories or allegations didn't prompt the concern, she said, although they did wonder if the perpetrator behind the 2011 attempted Martin Luther King Jr. parade bombing in Spokane had any ties to North Idaho. The convicted perpetrator, Kevin W. Harpham, lived in Addy, Wash. A Sept. 7, 2011, Los Angeles Times report of the attempted bombing described the Pacific Northwest as a growing hotbed for white supremacy, and mentioned Coeur d'Alene.

"That was our misinformation," Raney said.

The WOA has around 1,000 members, all licensed medical or osteopathic doctors. Its annual weeklong gathering should be attended by 450-600 people, according to the letter Raney sent.

Carter called news of the possible booking "outstanding."

"I was pretty sure they were happy, they were excited about everything we talked about," he said. "We work on human rights here every day and not a lot of cities do that. And we have a lot of different entities that work on that every day in Coeur d'Alene. And we're very proud of that."

Incidentally, WOA president-in-waiting, Dr. Paul Collins, of Boise, was in Coeur d'Alene April 24 when the Press story on the WOA letter was published.

"He found the area to be wonderful and accepting," Raney said. "He certainly thought it would be an appropriate spot."

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  • NAS4AH2 posted at 2:02 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    NAS4AH2 Posts: 71

    OOOh so looking forward to this conference. I haven't been to an all I can eat in a long time

  • Jason Abbott posted at 2:41 pm on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    Jason Abbott Posts: 915

    Since when should we keep free enterprise from having the liberty to choose the conditions of their commerce and conferences? If they wanted to meet only in cities where all men have mustaches, seems they should have that liberty.

  • greyhound2 posted at 6:17 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 844

    Since when is it the business of a private trade group to get involved is somebody's wacko idea of social engineering?

  • charliek60 posted at 10:22 pm on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    charliek60 Posts: 204

    Welcome them to our community

  • No on Levy posted at 8:48 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    No on Levy Posts: 22

    I wonder if The Order, or the Aryans will stage a parade during this event?

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 8:43 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 406

    Uhhh, the name is already a joke name. But of course you didn't get it. Thanks for proving my point.

  • whatwillbe53 posted at 9:54 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    whatwillbe53 Posts: 178

    maybe they simply want to be clear headed when they discuss patient issues.
    Idaho certifies that it is hemp free and always will be.
    Eventually the newcomers will vote for legalization to the chagrin of victorian prudes.

  • Cdajon posted at 8:12 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Cdajon Posts: 447

    Are you woa people racist. Are we to white up here for you?

  • Haydenresident posted at 5:45 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Haydenresident Posts: 14

    I hope they don't stay too long...I live here so I don't have to tolerate anybody...

  • Mahiun posted at 5:33 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5314

    "Enough" for what?! To get the convention to come to Coeur d'Alene? Yeah, apparently. To rest on our laurels and break our arms patting ourselves on the back for a job completed? Oh, h*ll no!!!

  • Randy Myers posted at 3:06 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Thank you and they were (both deceased now ).

  • Randy Myers posted at 3:04 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Which is a sign of the way the system is out of whack. There is no doubt that wage discrepancy is a major problem in this country.

  • Randy Myers posted at 3:02 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    So if i call you Wob Blahbaw will that be funny enough ? I can go to your level.

  • whatwillbe53 posted at 11:42 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    whatwillbe53 Posts: 178

    Economically Disadvantaged minimum wage earners will be so excited. An excellent opportunity to serve those who charge them a minimum $200.00 per hour practicing their trade. It will be held at the Hagadone Suites for the Elite with the sales staff smiling at their bonus.

  • Mahiun posted at 11:14 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5314

    I'm very gratified to see that the orthopedists are coming to town --- it might be the only opportunity this town has for a looooooooong time to actually see and hear some adult conversation!

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 10:53 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 406

    DeNiles has demonstrated that Wandy Myews has had an humorectomy. That is not done by Orthopedists, BTW. It's done by the politically "correct" mentality of the thought police.

  • DeNiles posted at 9:45 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Thank you Wandy. You are so smart! You're parents must be so proud of you.

  • Randy Myers posted at 8:37 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    What are you on about DeNiles ? Do you even know what orthopedics is ?

    Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics (also spelled orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedics) is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

  • Randy Myers posted at 8:34 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Regarding the headline.....we are NOT tolerant enough but we are making progress. I'm glad Carter and Reagan (interesting names ehh ?/) were able to showcase Cd'A a bit.

  • mister d posted at 8:00 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Is this all it takes to keep tourist away. Maybe we are on to something.

  • DeNiles posted at 7:32 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Orthopedists? If was anything BUT orthopedists. CdA will never live this down. For decades it will be, "you let ORTHOPEDISTS convene there!?" Eeewwww!

  • oldone posted at 7:03 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    oldone Posts: 65

    Makes one wonder if the Western Orthopaedic Association is tolerant enough and embraces diversity.

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