Friday, April 17, 2015

McEuen art piece gets new “flower”

Weldon Warren of Allied Weldery replaced the flower on Allium Spring Chorus.

Allium Spring Chorus, the McEuen Park art that resembles a towering dandelion, received a new part on Friday morning. One of the giant “flowers” that was damaged last winter was replaced. The inspiration of the design is the allium plant, a wild onion, relative to garlic, and a native to Idaho. The repairs were completed at no expense to the city per the agreement with the artist. The 25-foot-tall piece include thousands of star shapes that make up the flower heads, catching and reflecting light and bending slightly in a plant-like manner.

Cd’A Planning Commissioner Heather Bowlby steps down

After 20 years of volunteering on the Coeur d’Alene Planning Commission, Heather Bowlby has left her post. During her tenure, it’s estimated she attended over 1,000 meetings. Heather was acknowledged for her dedication to the commission during a party held Thursday at the Jewett House that as attended by several planning commissioners, planning staff, city employees Mayor Steve Widmyer, Council President Woody McEvers and others.

Planning Commission Chairman Brad Jordan praised Heather for praised Heather for her service.

“Heather has the ability to thoroughly understand even the most complicated proposals,” Jordan said. “She asks the right questions and makes logical, well thought out decisions. On behalf of the entire Planning Commission I sincerely thank Heather for her service to our great city.”

1.       Upper left:Planning commissioners Mike Ward, Peter Luttropp, and Jon Ingalls, Heather, former planning director Dave Yadon, and planning commission chairman Brad Jordan.
2.       Upper right: Planning commissioner John Bruning, council president Woody McEvers, Dave Yadon and Brad Jordan.
3.       Bottom: Mayor Steve Widmyer, Heather, Brad Jordan.

East entrance to Cd’A City Hall closed next week

Beginning Monday the outside door on the east side of City Hall will be closed for sidewalk repairs. The first thee parking stalls along Eighth Street will not be available, as the Street Department does the repairs. The work is anticipated to be completed by Friday morning. Your patience is appreciated as the work progresses.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day Saturday at the Cd’A Coeur d’Alene Library

Kim Harrington of the city’s stormwater management division, displays the Plinko stormwater awareness Plinko game.

Protecting our world is what Earth Day is all about. The city of Coeur d’Alene is excited to once again take part in the annual Earth Day celebration at the library, 702 E. Front. The event is Saturday and will run from noon to 3 p.m.

Admission is free and there will be live music, children’s activities, crafts, food vendors, information booths and a kids fun run at noon.

City of Coeur d’Alene volunteers representing the stormwater management division, parks department and planning department will be present with environmentally friendly information and interactive displays.

These include a fun Plinko game that teaches people of all ages the importance of protecting our waterways through proper disposal of liquids that flow into drywells, catch basins and grassy swales eventually end up in our drinking water.

For more information, contact Sharon Bosley at 869-1730.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coeur d’Alene plans Arbor Day events April 20-25

The winning Arbor Day sticker designed by Coeur d'Alene High School student Aubrey Harwood.

In celebration of Arbor Day, all fourth grade students in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts will be receiving tree seedlings.  The seedlings were purchased with donations from the local timber industry companies, tree services, and nurseries. They will be individually packed and tagged by Arbor Day volunteers on Monday, April 20.

Along with the seedlings, the fourth graders will receive an Arbor Day sticker. The designer of this year’s sticker, and winner of the Arbor Day Art Contest, is Aubrey Harwood of Coeur d’Alene High School.

On Wednesday, April 22, children’s Arbor Day programs will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene library. This year’s program is “Animal Inn—Snags for Wildlife” by Idaho Fish and Game. Each child that attends will receive a free tree seedling. There will also be an art project.

On Saturday, April 25, Coeur d’Alene will be having a community-wide Arbor Day Celebration in the Landings Subdivision in northwest Coeur d’Alene off Prairie Avenue. The event will start with a street tree planting at 10 a.m. on Bardwell Drive. Following the tree planting, an Arbor Day Ceremony will be held at nearby Landings Park, 3849 Long Meadows Drive, at 11:30 a.m. There will be a free hot dog lunch sponsored by Sun Valley Tree Service.

Coeur d’Alene will also be presented with a Tree City USA award and the Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. This will be the 31st consecutive year of Tree City USA recognition for Coeur d’Alene. The winners of the Arbor Day button art contest and poster contest will be recognized as well.

There will be a display of Arbor Day button and poster art, door prizes, and tree care information. Free tree seedlings will be given to all who attend.

For more information contact Coeur d’Alene urban forester Katie Kosanke at 769-2266 or visit