Friday, August 29, 2014

Coeur d'Alene Fire Department earns Life Safety Achievement Award



The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation.

“The heroic efforts of our local fire service aren’t limited to rushing into burning buildings to save families. They also present educational information to local schools and other community groups to make sure people know how to respond to fires and how to prevent them in the first place,” said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special Investigations for Grinnell Mutual. “The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year.”

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. Coeur d'Alene Fire Department is one of 142 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2013 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year. In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths. The NASFM Foundation is committed to reducing that number.

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires,” Browning said. “Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve upon those efforts.”

New Police Chief to be sworn in Tuesday



Lee R. White

Lee R. White will be sworn in as Coeur d’Alene’s Chief of Police during a ceremony Tuesday, September 2 at 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will take place at the police station, 3818 N. Schreiber Way, off Kathleen Avenue.

White formerly served as assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona. He was among a pool of 85 candidates from across the country who applied for the job.

“I’m thrilled that Lee White has accepted the position,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer said. “He is a respected police officer with a high degree of integrity and proven leadership.”

White’s family and several members of the Mesa Police Department will attend the swearing in ceremony. White moved to Coeur d’Alene with his wife, Kristi, son Jared, and daughter Jordan. Also attending the event will be several of Lee’s colleagues from the Mesa Police Department: Chief Frank Milstead, Assistant Chief Heston Silbert, Commander Dave Hagar and Deputy Chief Deanna Cantrell.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Open house for Sherman Avenue police substation is September 2



The community is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting at the new police substation on Tuesday, September 2 at 10 a.m. The substation is located at 1424 Sherman Avenue.

There will be tours of the facility and city officials, along with representatives of the police and fire departments, will be in attendance.

The substation will be “fully functional” and manned by officers and other support staff Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officers will have access to the substation 24/7 to file reports and conduct other police business.

Locating a substation in this district will provide for increased visibility, quicker response times in the south part of town and act as a deterrent to crime, said Interim Chief Ron Clark.
“Not only will this provide a visible police presence, the citizens now have a location in that part of the city to contact police,” Clark said.

Utility work to prompt water shutoff



Replacement of existing water and sewer lines at the intersection of 11th Street and Coeur d’Alene Avenue will require a water service interruption in that area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, August 29.

About 60 customers along Coeur d’Alene Avenue between Ninth Street and 14th Street will be affected. Sorenson Magnet School is within the area impacted.

The utility work required the closure of 11th Street from Lakeside Avenue North to Indiana Avenue. The street is expected to re-open in about two weeks.

ReTool Box, Computer Workshops Offered

Get Started With Information Technology, Expand Skills at Library
Whether you have no computer skills at all or are looking to improve the skills you have the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has free training opportunities during September.
ReTool Box help sessions are designed for those who have little or no computer experience and are offered in a series of four sessions over a two-week period by volunteers and staff with the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation using the library’s mobile laptop lab.
These hand-on, user-friendly sessions – offered in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., include:
Introduction to Basic Computer Operations: Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Online Searching and Internet Exploration: Thursday, Sept. 4.
Navigating Microsoft Office Word: Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Resumes and Saving Documents: Thursday, Sept. 11.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat call the Library Foundation at 208-769-2380.
The Foundation is also taking reservations for computer workshops led by IT Coordinator Christopher Brannon intended for participants who have some computer and keyboard skills.
These workshops are offered on Mondays in the Gozzer Room at the library and include:
Basics in Word: (Word Processing) Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Basics in PowerPoint: (Presentations) Sept. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
  Working with Facebook: Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon. This workshop requires that you have already signed up for e-mail and Facebook accounts. If you need assistance creating accounts, please refer to the library’s “Creating an E-mail Account” and “Creating a Facebook Account” brochures.


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 cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

STCU Again Offers Financial Workshops

Library Foundation Sponsoring Programs on Money Matters
It a deal that’s hard to beat – a free workshop on improving personal finance management and it comes with a free lunch.
The Spokane Teachers Credit Union, in partnership with the Library Foundation, begins a new monthly series at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 10, with “Budgeting 101.”
All workshops are offered noon to 1 p.m. in the Commuity Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. Following sessions will be “Organizing Your Finances,” Wednesday, Oct. 8; and “Protect your Credit Score,” Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Seating is limited. To register visit www.stcu.org/workshops. For more information call STCU Community Relations at 509-344-2202.


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 cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Police, firefighters to emphasize safety on first day of school



The Coeur d’Alene Police Department’s Community Accident Reduction through Education (CARE) officers and the School Resource officers will be out in force with a traffic emphasis starting the first day of school on Tuesday, September 2. The emphasis will continue through the week.

Officers will be patrolling school zones and enforcing zero tolerance for moving violations as well as failure to stop at crosswalks. Enhanced school zone fines for speed violations are $156.50.

Firefighters will be visiting Coeur d’Alene elementary schools to emphasize pedestrian and motorist safety. Each fire and EMS apparatus will be assigned a school and will arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to start time.

The goal is to have a visible presence to motorists, along with assisting kids and parents at busy intersections with crosswalks. “Following a long summer break, we would like to remind all motorists to use extreme caution in and around school zones,” said Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel.