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For the week of December 13 through 19, 2000

Mayor Guy Coles

Mayor Coles hospitalized

By Greg Stahl
Express Staff Writer

Guy ColesKetchum Mayor Guy Coles, 76, is out of critical condition at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise following kidney failure and subsequent heart problems on Tuesday of last week.

Coles was placed on a temporary pacemaker, and taken by ambulance to Boise. There the mayor underwent kidney dialysis, and the pacemaker was removed. He now is in stable condition in the hospital‘s coronary care unit, said his son, Kelly.

Coles’ son said his father is doing better, although he now has pneumonia.

"Everything’s fine. He’s out of the woods," Kelly Coles said.

When the pneumonia clears up, the mayor should return home.

Kelly Coles said the cause of his father’s kidney failure has not been determined.

This was Coles’ second visit to the hospital for a heart problem in as many years. In August 1999, Coles received quintuple bypass surgery to evade clogged sections of artery.

Coles has been Ketchum’s mayor for seven years.

While Coles is away from his post at city hall, council president David Hutchinson is assuming the mayor’s duties.


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