Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NIC Film Club to Screen Two October Films

The North Idaho College Film Club will screen the 2001 film “Mulholland Drive” Films are shown in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave, beginning at 6 p.m. The main feature is normally preceded by locally produced shorts and are followed by a discussion. All movies are free and refreshments are provided.“Mulholland Drive” will screen Friday, Oct. 9.
Directed by David Lynch, this movie is rated R and stars Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. The neo-noir mystery tells the story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms (Watts), newly arrived in Los Angeles, who meets and befriends an amnesic woman (Harring) hiding in an apartment that belongs to Elms's aunt. The story includes several other seemingly unrelated vignettes that eventually connect in various ways, as well as some surreal and darkly comic scenes and images that relate to the cryptic narrative. It has a running time of 146 minutes.
“Citizen Kane, will screen Friday, Oct. 30.
The first feature film directed by Orson Welles and it stars Welles, Joseph Cotton, and Dorothy Comingore this drama was nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories. It won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles.  The story is a film à clef that examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, played by Welles, a character based in part upon the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick, and aspects of Welles's own life.
The unrated film has a running time of 119 minutes.
Upcoming films include “There Will Be Blood” (R), Nov. 13, and “12 Angry Men” (unrated) Dec. 4.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Coeur d’Alene Fire partners with Parks and Recreation, and Tubbs Hill Foundation on primitive road access on Tubbs Hill.

With the devastatingly dry weather that we’ve experienced this summer and the possibility of an “El-Nino” weather pattern firmly entrenched through next summer, the focus of Tubbs Hill, our local community jewel, is in jeopardy.

After many discussions  with various community groups, the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department has developed a management action plan to connect the fire road on the west side of Tubbs Hill to the water service road on the east side of the hill. The approximately 1,100 foot connection would provide access to the interior of the hill,  increase the margin of safety for emergency personnel, and support management activities related to improving and protecting the natural resources on Tubbs Hill, such as fuel reduction, selective vegetative management and exotic plant and weed control. Tubbs Hill has experienced over 80 fire starts in the last fifteen years. Fourteen of these fires happened this past summer (2015).

The concept for this project was initiated in the early 1980’s and was supported in 2012 and again in 2015 by all user groups including the Tubbs Hill Foundation and the Natural Open Space Committee. The recommendations for this concept were to define a specific route, minimize visual impact and respect hill site disturbance.

Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Lauper and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Bill Greenwood met with the Tubbs Hill Foundation and its supporters. They approved moving forward with the concept of connecting the east and west accesses.

Staff will be working closely with the Mayor and City Council to begin work in the late fall to create a connection that all users will benefit from.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Candidate Forum Wednesday, October 7

The City of Coeur d’Alene’s CDA TV Committee is sponsoring a Candidate Forum tomorrow night, October 7th, at 5:30 p.m., in the Library Community Room.  This forum is for City of Coeur d’Alene council seat candidates.  Candidates for contested Seats 1 and 5 will be participating.  Due to Seat 3 being uncontested, that candidate will not participate.  The event will be aired live on CDA TV via Time Warner Cable and re-broadcast throughout the month of October. 

For additional information, please contact Coeur Group member Jimmy McAndrew, at 208-755-6606, or email:


Election Update

Campaign Finance Reports are due October 10th and can be turned in on Monday, October 12th.  You can find the campaign finance reports by clicking HERE

City Offices open on Columbus Day

City Offices will be open for business as usual on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Vendors Wanted for Holiday Craft Fair

The Library Holiday Craft Fair is returning to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in November and vendor registrations are being accepted now.
The craft fair, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21, is intended for regional artists and crafters with locally produced items. Table space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come basis.
E-mail registration is preferred at Vendors who do not have e-mail may call 208-769-2315 Ext. 426. Vendors need to provide a contact name, business name, if applicable, address, phone number, and e-mail as well as a description of the items to be sold.
Vendor space is free, but vendors are asked to give 15 percent of sales proceeds to the Friends of the Library. All vendors must have valid Idaho permit to sell to the public. Vendors are responsible for collecting and paying sales taxes.
Sales permit and sales tax collection information can be found at
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Winners of Cd'A Mayor's Arts Awards Announced

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission recently announced the following winners of the 19th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts: 
Excellence in Arts:  Dian Hanson
Support of the Arts:  Steve Anthony
Arts in Education:  Gizmo (Marty and Barb Mueller)
Student excellence in the Arts:  Bethany Stone
Mayor Steve Widmyer will present the awards on Thursday, October 8th, 6 p.m., at The Hagadone Event Center.  This event is open to the public, and anyone interested in attending to support the winners is invited.
“Excellence in the Arts,” recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the awareness of the arts in Coeur d’Alene.  They are evaluated on their community participation, previous recognition received, and the quality and originality of their work. “Support of the Arts,” recognizes individuals or organizations based on the length of their commitment to the arts, the type of support they give (financial, volunteer services, etc.), and their overall involvement in the support of art in Coeur d’Alene.
The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts are presented by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and the City of Coeur d’Alene to recognize and encourage excellence in the arts and to stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the city.
For more information, contact Sean Holm, Arts Commission Liaison, at 676-7401.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sorority sisters unite to clean up Tubbs Hill

More than 170 sorority members from Washington State University volunteered their time recently to pitch in and clean litter from Tubbs Hill. The public service activity was provided by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. “We wanted to help give back to the community and clean up a place that so many people enjoy,” said Kappa Kappa President Taylor Lange. “Tubbs Hill is such a great place to come and we’re thrilled to do our part to keep it nice.” The sorority plans to make the Tubbs Hill clean up an annual event.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Century-old tree teaches LCHS students Coeur d’Alene history

Students from Lake City High School’s Outdoor Studies Program recently participated in a “Tree Cookie” program to explore the connections between Coeur d’Alene’s rich cultural history and the surrounding environment.

Students examined a cross-section of a tree trunk as part of an interdisciplinary lesson in U.S. history and environmental science.

Jamie Esler, an AP environmental science teacher at LCHS, said the historic significance of the tree provided an excellent learning opportunity.

“The intent is to bring elements of the community into the classroom while getting students out of the classroom,” Esler said. “Studies like this bring learning into the most meaningful context.”

The ponderosa pine tree evaluated by students was removed from City Park last week. The tree died due to multiple stress factors and eventually was overcome by bark beetles. Tree workers counted the tree rings and the tree was about 100 years old.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Raising awareness about the homeless in North Idaho

Family Promise of North Idaho, a local nonprofit agency that focuses on helping homeless families build new lives, is holding an overnight “sleep-in-a-box” fundraiser October 9-10 to raise awareness about homelessness.

“Cardboard Box City” will take place at the Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Avenue from 3 p.m. on Friday, October 9, until 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10. Participants will spend the night in a cardboard box to help those who sleep many nights in a box.

“Help raise awareness about the many homeless families in North Idaho by raising money and sleeping in a box for one night,” said Teri Burch, President of Family Promise. “There will be swag, prizes, music, food and fun.”

To participate or make a donation to this cause, download a registration packet at, or contact Ali at The community is invited to attend this event even they opt not to camp. Visitors can vote on their favorite cardboard house when they attend.

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer will open Cardboard City at 5:45 p.m. on October 9 with some inspirational comments about the homeless and how the community can come together to help.

Majority favors expanding Cd’A bike lane system

By an overwhelming margin, citizens responding to Coeur d’Alene’s September online “CityPoll” support expanding the city’s bike lane system. As of Wednesday, 95 percent of voters (1,570) favored a continued focus on improving the trail system, while 5 percent (86) did not.

Trail expansion is expected to continue, according to city officials. “With the addition of the recently purchased BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad) property, the city has a great opportunity to extend trails west toward Huetter Road,” said Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation director Steve Anthony.

To cast your vote in the September poll, visit and click on the City Poll button on the bottom of the homepage.

Each month, a CityPoll question is posted on the city’s website. Responses are carefully reviewed by city staff and considered in the strategic planning process to assure the city is being responsive to citizens while providing the best possible services.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cd’A welcomes new assistant street superintendent

The city of Coeur d’Alene is excited to announce the hiring of Mike Willis as assistant street superintendent. Mike will serve under street superintendent Tim Martin.

“Coeur d’Alene is such a beautiful community and this is the number one place I want to be,” Willis said. “I feel like I hit the lottery.”

Willis moves to the area from Virginia where he served as a construction superintendent with a general commercial contractor. Joining him in Coeur d’Alene are his wife, Leah, and 15-month-old son, Joshua.

Willis will assist Martin in daily street department operations while spending considerable time in the field connecting with department staff. This will provide Martin with more time to focus on important management issues regarding the street department. Welcome, Mike!

Pickleball courts grand opening set for Saturday

A potluck and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new pickleball courts in the Northshire neighborhood in western Coeur d’Alene will be held this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Northshire Park, located at 3889 Nez Perce Road near the intersection of Nez Perce and Atlas Road.

The courts were made possible through funding from the Coeur d’Alene Pickleball Association.

A rapidly growing sport, pickleball has soared in popularity locally in recent years. A recent Summer Pickleball Classic Tournament at Cherry Hill Park attracted more than 200 participants from 15 states and four Canadian provinces.

“The sport is huge,” said Coeur d’Alene parks superintendent Bill Greenwood. “The recent tournament attracted of people and the community buzz about the event was really positive.”