Thursday, October 23, 2014

Re-building after Hurrican Katrina the focus of free presentation

To close out National Community Planning Month, the City Planning Department, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, and North Idaho College will be screening the planning themed movie, Land of Opportunity about re-building New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Filmed over five years, this is a character-driven documentary that weaves together stories from a diverse group of people struggling to re-build after disaster. Please join us for this event on Thursday, October 30 at 6:00pm in the Lake CDA Room at the North Idaho College.

McEuen Park Donor Wall dedicated

From left, McEuen Park architect Dick Stauffer, Panhandle Parks Foundation Executive Director Debbie Wilson, Parks Superintendent Bill Greenwood, and landscape architect Dell Hatch at the donor wall.

City officials and a representative of the Panhandle Parks Foundation this week dedicated the donor, centrally located at the entrance to McEuen Park just off Fourth Street. For a $500 donation, citizens can have their name, family name, business or loved ones name engraved on the donor wall. To purchase space on the donor wall, email Debbie Wilson, Executive Director of the Panhandle Parks Foundation, at A donor form can also be downloaded from or interested parties can call Wilson at 446-4813. A box with donor forms will also be placed at the donor wall soon.

Landscape Workshops Announced

Jeff Perry, an arborist with the city of Spokane, makes a presentation during a past landscape workshop.

Landscape enthusiasts take note! Two landscape workshops will be held Friday, November 7.  The workshops are designed for anyone who makes decisions about, or participates in, the maintenance of landscapes, from professional landscape contractors to homeowners associations and church trustees.

Both workshops will be held at the WSU Extension in Spokane at the extension office, 222 N Havana. 

“Restoring Damaged Trees through Structural Pruning” will be held in the morning.  It will be led by Garth Davis, with the Spokane County Conservation District and Jeff Perry of the City of Spokane.  This workshop will show how to apply the principles of structural pruning to trees that have been damaged by storms and people. Damaged trees can be pruned over time so that they regain their structural integrity. “Pests and Pesticides” will be presented in the afternoon by Aaron Brown Pesticide Specialist for the Washington State Department of Agriculture.  Safe and appropriate use of pesticides in regards to trees and herbicide damage will be covered.

A $10 registration fee per workshop helps cover workshop costs.  Besides instruction, attendees will receive related educational materials, snacks, and door prizes. Lunch will be served to those attending both workshops.  ISA Certified Arborist CEUs and Certified Landscape Technician credits will be available. Pesticide applicators credits for WA and ID have been applied for the afternoon session.

The workshops are sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care education partnership working toward sustainable community forests.  Program partners include the cities of Post Falls, Hayden, Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane County Conservation District in cooperation with the Washington State University Extension and the University of Idaho Extension.
Pre-registration is required since there is limited space.  A workshop brochure and registration form is available by calling 208/769-2266 or send an email to

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Coeur d'Alene welcomes new planning director

The city of Coeur d’Alene is pleased to announce the selection of Hilary Anderson as its new community planning director. Anderson, currently the planning and economic development manager for the city of Post Falls, will assume her new position on November 24.

For the past three years Hilary has performed professional and advanced planning work involving the administration, advanced research and analysis, and presentation of information and recommendations of long-range planning and economic development issues in Post Falls.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hilary to our staff. Her experience and knowledge of local planning issues, as well as her proven leadership, will be a great asset to our talented and devoted planning staff,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bat Program to Roost at Library Nov. 3

WREN Biologist Jenny Taylor to Share ‘Wonders of the Night’
They are the only mammal capable of sustained flight, feared by many, and misunderstood by most – bats.
Biologist Jenny Taylor will share some insights into this fascinating creature with her program “Bats – Wonders of the Night,” Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Taylor represents WREN, an all-volunteer public education and wildlife conservation group. Her program will include information on why bats are important in our lives, bat myths, and which bats have habitats in North Idaho.
More information about WREN is available at

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