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County seeks seal of approval

Designs sought as sesquicentennial looms in 2014

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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:00 am

It doesn't quite roll off the tongue, but Kootenai County residents will know this word well next year.


The county is turning 150 next year, and the commissioners are already planning how to hail the benchmark with historical events and celebrations.

"We would be remiss if we didn't commemorate it in some fashion," said Commissioner Jai Nelson. "It's a good time to reflect on our accomplishments as a county, how far we've come, where we want to go."

Kootenai County was established in 1864, when Idaho was still a territory.

The historic hootenanny in 2014 might include school events, a time capsule or a congregation of state and local dignitaries, Nelson said.

But for now, the commissioners plan to start with adopting a symbol of the county's legacy.

The elected officials are holding a contest to design a new official county seal, they announced this week.

Technically, it would be the county's first official seal, Nelson said.

"We have nothing documented that anything was officially adopted," she said.

Most of the commissioners' nearly 20 departments all use different logos, Nelson said.

She alluded to the board's own emblem, a detailed lithograph drawing she bemoaned as costly to print and space-consuming on a letterhead.

The sheriff and prosecutors' offices both use variations of the state seal, she added.

"There is no consistent identity," reads a press release from the commissioners on the contest. "Having a consistent and standardized brand is more than an identity; it conveys a distinct message, and guides decision making, along with our mission statement and values."

No pressure, designers.

The commissioners aren't setting parameters on what the new seal should include, said Commissioner Todd Tondee.

"I have no preconceived notions," Tondee said. "What comes out will be the interesting part."

The new seal would be used by all county departments, Nelson said.

The contest winner will receive $250.

The submission deadline is Monday, April 29. Entries should be submitted to the commissioners' office, located in the county administration building at 401 Government Way.

For additional information, contact Myrna Thiel at the commissioners' office, at 446-1613, or at

The commissioners are also reassessing their mission statement and operating principles as part of the 150-year milestone, Nelson said.

"It's part of our broader plan," she said.

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  • Jill Heine posted at 6:02 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    easy solution: straight-on image of a .44 or .50 mag S & W with a 'Patriots Don't Cotton To Liberals' motto.
    That should reduce easily without loss of impact. With forced perspective, you could even add a zinging HP at 1600 fps. blasting from that black and scary image.

    OR, you could muzzle both images and reconstruct the USA as originally intended.

  • greyhound2 posted at 4:52 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 898

    Tim Herzog, retired County Commissioner, wrote on this thread that: "the fact that the 'employment at will makes many employees uneasy" is a day late and a dollar short. Welcome to the several decade old "Right to Work for Less" State of Idaho, where workers are fired for no reason other than - the boss is jealous, the boss had a bad day, the boss is incompetant, the boss doesn't have a clue, the boss fears any competition, the boss thinks he's Darth Vader (like the CDA Press), etc. - and all sink into a pool of mediocracy. Unlike the private sector, the public sector is a monopoly and you can buy it at the stated price, or go fish! That provides some flexability for public workers to be able to exit a 45-year run in a squirrel cage and move on to a better life.

  • jmowreader posted at 3:08 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    jmowreader Posts: 1409

    In case anyone wants to take this seriously, it has to be legible printed an inch in diameter and in solid black because it's going on letterhead. Which means you can't cram a fundamentalist church, a retirement home, a single mother, someone texting while driving, a restaurant that closes at 1 p.m., a bed-and-breakfast, a soup kitchen, a million-dollar house with a "foreclosed" sign in front of it, someone moving up here from California and a baseball diamond all on the same seal. And you really shouldn't; this should be timeless, not an expression of current anger. (Which also means that while Gary has the right idea, the college, golf course and Canfield Mountain have to be left out.)

  • taxpayer posted at 2:02 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    taxpayer Posts: 343

    celebrate with 3 new commissioners, every eligible voter has to vote to come true

  • Jill Heine posted at 1:12 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    how about first in line for Agenda 21 approval?

  • Gary Ingram posted at 12:05 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Gary Ingram Posts: 93

    How about some positive ideas here. I'm a bit old fashioned so I would prefer to see traditional themes worked into a county seal. Let's not evolve too much into the future and start engraving cell phones, video machine gun games, Hiway-95 gridlock, hotel and foodie themes. Let's stick with the lake and river, the college, mining and logging, maybe sneak in a golf course and feature Canfield Mountain.

  • Tim Herzog posted at 8:02 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Tim Herzog Posts: 396

    I'm sure a new symbol will go a long way improve the morale issue with county employees in many of the departments. Also, its bound to alleviate the problems at the County Jail, like retention of
    Deputy's for one.

    I think it will also give credence to the Comp Plan and soon to be approved (maybe) ULUC, Unified Land Use Code which is costing us around 400K and is near completion. Both the Comp Plan (6 years in doing) and the ULUC, (about 2 years so far), once approved, will be great credit to our leadership and for their careful planning and use of taxpayers dollars.

    A recent retired County Commissioner, who I am friends with, feels that employee morale at our county is at an all time low. Just the fact that the "at will" policy for employment makes many employees uneasy and in times like this, having a job (as long as they are doing the job) is something they don't need to fret about.

    Tim Herzog
    Former Candidate for District 1, County Commissioner
    2008 & 2012
    2014 is closer every day!

  • mister d posted at 7:34 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    A screw would be a very appropriate symbol representing all residents in one way or another. It would also be simple to design. Great idea :)

  • I Carry posted at 6:54 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    I Carry Posts: 531

    BOCC probably envision the symbol to look warm and fuzzy like "Hello Kitty," while county employees and taxpayer might dream of an image of a "screw." What ever the outcome, I'm certain it will be money well spent.
    Oh, I know----how about a drawing of Father Time (complete with beard) waiting for emergency response, or even a concrete building & zoning plan. Heh, heh, just pull'in yer leg(s).
    I do like the idea of a screw---it shows strength and well constructed, quailty, planning, and commitment. The others of us would read in what we want.

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