Monday, November 30, 2015

Sing Along With Mudgy & Millie, Santa

Coeur d’Alene’s Favorite Characters, St. Nick Available for Photos
Santa Claus is coming to town with a moose and a mouse.Join the fun Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library with a special family activity, the fourth annual “Holiday Sing-Along With Mudgy and Santa.”
The free program will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library at 702 E. Front Ave. Easiest access will be from the lower parking behind City Hall and through the lower entrance.
Children's author Susan Nipp, creator of the “Mudgy & Millie” book and the nationally known “Wee Sing” series of books and music, will lead the children in singing some holiday favorites.
Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be on hand along with Santa Claus and they will be available after the music for informal photos -- so be sure to bring your cameras.
Nipp and sculptor Terry Lee, who created the bronze statues along the Mudgy Trail, will also sign copies of “Mudgy & Millie.”
The book, which features the illustrations of Charles Reasoner, was first published in 2008 with its royalties and those for “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise going to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Its release coincided with the unveiling of Lee’s bronzes and the opening of the 2.5-mile trail in cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene.
Information: 208-769-2380.

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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

In observance of Thanksgiving, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27.  For emergency sewer service, please call 769-2241; call 755-9729 for water service. Garbage pickup normally scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be delayed one day. City Hall will open Monday, November 30, at 8 a.m.  For more information, call 769-2300.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Library Closed Thursday, Friday for Thanksgiving

   The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will close early, at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
   Due dates on borrowed items are adjusted to the next open date when the library is closed for holidays.
   When the library is closed the library website – – operates 24/7 providing a variety of services. Patrons can access their records to check due dates and to place holds from any library in the Cooperative Information Network.
   Patrons can also downloaded e-books through the OverDrive system and stream or download music from the Freegal service.
   The library also has a variety of online resources including Rosetta Stone Language Learning, automotive manuals, practice tests, career services, travel guides, reference materials, and more.
   Most online services do require a username and password. Obtain these before you need them by calling or visiting the library doing open hours.

Friday, November 20, 2015

New Public Art Installed Today

“Chief Morris Antelope,” new public art created by local artist, Cheryl Metcalf, was installed today on the old crane pad by the former DeArmond Mill, near the Centennial Trail and North Idaho College.  

NIC Offers FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner this Saturday, November 21st

North Idaho College is offering a FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner this Saturday, November 21st, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m., in the NIC Student Union Building Dining Area.  Sponsored by the Associated Students of NIC.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Coeur d'Alene Police Department - Multi-Agency Citizens Academy

Area law enforcement agencies are pleased to announce a Multi-Agency Citizens Academy starting January 12, 2016 to be held in cooperation with Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, Rathdrum Police, and the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

The Citizens Academy is free to the public. The purpose of the Academy is to develop positive relations between law enforcement and the community through education. The Academy is structured as an informational program to give citizens a broad based understanding of the inner workings of local law enforcement. The Academy provides opportunities for open discussion with law enforcement officers, and agency leaders. Academy participants learn how local law enforcement agencies operate and gain an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in our rapidly growing community. Citizens participating will also have an opportunity to learn about and apply for volunteer positions available within the departments.

Participants in the Citizens Academy meet for three hours on Tuesday nights for 7 weeks as well as two Saturday morning classes. Applications may be picked up at the participating agencies. Applicants should apply with the law enforcement agency serving the area in which they live. Each agency is able to sponsor 10 participants and class size is limited to 40 participants. Applicants will be notified if they are chosen for the academy. Coeur d’Alene area residents can download the 2016 Citizen’s Academy brochure at or pick up an application at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have no misdemeanor conviction of any crime of violence, not be the subject of any pending criminal investigation or criminal court case, and not be the respondent of an active No Contact Order or Civil Protection Order. Applicants with a felony conviction will not be selected to attend the Citizen’s Academy. The deadline for postmarked applications is December 21, 2015.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ReTool Computer Help Sessions Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the ReTool Computer Literacy Help Sessions scheduled at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library for Nov. 30-Dec. 2 have been canceled.
New sessions will be scheduled in the near future.
Anyone interested in participating in future help sessions is asked to contact the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation at 208-769-2380.

After the Storm: Caring for distressed trees

Jeff Erickson, an arborist with the city’s parks department, cuts branches off a fallen tree Wednesday at Indiana Avenue and 13th Street.

The windstorm that ravaged the region on Tuesday toppled an estimated 145 trees in Coeur d’Alene alone and adversely impacted the health of dozens of others. Severe weather can have a lasting impact on our community trees. Here are some tips for tending to trees after a storm:

Safety first! Damaged trees are often in contact with utility lines, creating a dangerous situation. Do not perform any tree work, or get near downed powerlines. To report a tree on utility lines or lines that are down, call Avista Utilities at 800-227-9187 or Kootenai Electric at 765-1200.

Take responsibility. Property owners are responsible for the care of the trees growing on their property and within the public rights-of-way. When a fallen tree is blocking a public street, contact the Parks Department 769-2252, or Street Department, 769-2233.

Procure a permit. City ordinances require a permit through the Parks Department to work on trees. Permits are free and come with helpful information.

Seek a licensed tree service. Only tree services that are city-licensed are authorized to work on trees growing within the public rights-of-way in Coeur d’Alene.

Having storm damaged branches pruned out and subsequent follow up work can significantly extend the life of trees and ensure public safety. In some cases however, tree removal may be necessary. Tree removal requests generally go through the city’s Urban Forestry Committee, but after severe storms and depending on the extent of damage, the urban forester may permit tree removal for safety purposes after inspection.

For more information, contact the city’s urban forester at 769-2266.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Leaf-fest ’15 kicks off in high gear

Coeur d’Alene city street crews were out in force on Monday as the annual tradition of free leaf collection started in the south part of the city. Street superintendent Tim Martin said Day 1 include neighborhoods south of Sherman Avenue, the Fort Grounds area and streets north and south of Forest Cemetery and west of Government Way.

“Tuesday morning we will start again south of Harrison and work our way to the east towards Seventh Street,” Martin said. “With a threat of wintry conditions and very high winds crews may be busy on several fronts tomorrow.”

To find out when street crews will visit your neighborhood, visit our interactive Leaf-fest map at this link: Check back to the city’s website (, Facebook page ( and blog ( for daily updates on Leaf-fest ’15.