Thursday, October 30, 2014

Getting a firsthand look at the planning process




While most of us may not think about it, good community planning is an important part of our daily lives—from where we live to how we commute. It impacts our quality of life by creating more convenient, healthy, efficient and attractive places to enjoy today and for generations to come.

In celebration of National Community Planning Month in October, Coeur d’Alene’s Planning Department on Wednesday hosted an open house to provide an opportunity for the community to experience the planning process.

Professionals representing various planning fields were on hand to share their knowledge and showcase their contributions to planning efforts across the city.

“It was a great opportunity to demonstrate how planning contributes to making our city a great place to live,” said city planner Lori Burchett, who organized the event.

Local professionals who participated included Verdis, a landscape architecture and land planning firm, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Welch Comer Engineers, Vision 2030, J-U-B Engineers and the Idaho Transportation Department.

“We had a good turnout and hope to make it an annual event to recognize National Planning Month,” Burchett said.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friends ‘Mysteries Sale’ on Halloween

If you enjoy a crime novel, spy tale, or murder mystery Second Story Books in the lobby at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library may have what you are looking for.
In honor of Halloween the Friends of the Library are having a “Mysteries Sale” featuring their collection of who-done-its on tables set up in front of the library store, 702 E. Front Ave, Friday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second Story Books is operated entirely by Friends volunteers and offers gently used books. Proceeds are used to support library programs for adults, teens, and children, to make special purchases for the collection, and to buy furnishings and equipment.
The library accepts donations of books, DVDs, music CDS, audiobooks in new and gently used condition. Items not used in the collection are made available to the bookstore.
Information: 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or e-mail dtownsend@cdalibrary.org.


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 & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Jewett House renovations complete


Marla Lake, manager of the Jewett House, shows off the renovations.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has completed a month-long $35,000 renovation project at the Jewett House.

Work at the historic senior recreation center on East Lakeshore Drive included widening the driveway to accommodate emergency vehicles and senior center vans, painting of all the interior of the first floor and restoration of the wood flooring on the first and second floors and  stairway.

A new heating system was also installed and the greenhouse was painted by sorority members from Washington State University with supplies provided by the city’s water department.

An anonymous $50,000 donation provided funding for the $35,000 in upgrades. The remaining $15,000 will be used for future upkeep, including exterior painting.

City’s photo contest ends Friday



If you love to take pictures, the city of Coeur d’Alene wants to see your work! In recognition of National Community Planning Month, the city has been hosting a photo contest. Dozens of photos have already been submitted and the city will accept photos through October 31. Categories include environment, architecture, community and people. Don’t forget to let us know whether you fall under the youth or adult category.

The winning adult and youth will each enjoy lunch for two with Mayor Steve Widmyer. A People’s Choice winner will receive a gift card from Vault Coffee.

Photos may be emails to kerickson@cdaid.org.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Leaf pick-up begins Nov. 12; hold off on raking leaves into the street


City crew remove leaves from streets last year.

Although leaves are already starting to fly, Coeur d’Alene residents are reminded not to start moving leaves onto the street until Saturday, November 1. Once leaves are moved onto the street, remember keep leaves one foot away from the curb to allow for rain runoff.

The annual leaf pick-up starts on Wednesday, November 12th. Completion is expected by December 1. Crews will begin hauling leaves from the south part of town and move in a northwesterly direction.

Once leaf pick-up begins, the city will provide daily updates on where crews are at on our social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and our website.

Teens Can Write a Novel at the Library

Every November aspiring authors flock to their keyboards for the annual event known as NaNoWriMo. Or, in non-abbreviated form: National Novel Writing Month.
The challenge? Write 50,000 words over the course of the 30 days of November in what the NaNoWriMo organization has dubbed, “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” That amounts to about 1,667 words per day. If you succeed, guess what? You have written a novel, which is defined loosely as a piece of fictitious prose over 50,000 words in length.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, will serve as a “Come Write In” center during November providing space for novelists-in-training to work their wordy magic.
For teens, however, the library goes one step further. Throughout the month, the library will host creative writing workshops as well as “Write-Ins,” each Monday, where snacks, hot cocoa, and caffeine will be provided in abundance to help young literary minds function at their highest level.
At workshops and Write-Ins, the library will provide laptops, traditional writing implements, writing prompts, and support as you venture forth in the hope of reaching that 50,000-word summit. Space at these programs is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no registration is required.
To get started, visit the NaNoWriMo website, and register yourself, with your parents’ permission, for the challenge. Writing starts promptly at midnight on Nov. 1, and will continue through Nov. 30. A celebration for participants will be held Dec. 1, when the keyboards are at rest.
Not into writing? Check out the host of other programs the library has going on this month for teens. Contact YA Coordinator Laura Jenkins at (208)769-2315 ext. 469 or ljenkins@cdalibrary.org for more information.
November teen programs include:
► Monday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, readers’ choice, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
► Thursday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m.: Teen Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Friday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Teen Movie – “Teen Movie: Maleficent,” (PG), Shirley Parker Storyroom, free, snacks provided. This is an after-hours event for teens. Participants need to be in the library before closing time at 6 p.m.
► Monday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day, library closed.
► Wednesday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
► Thursday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club Classics, “Anthem,” Gozzer Room.
► Monday. Nov. 17, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Teens, Community Room.
► Monday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, readers’ choice, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
► Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.: Teen Craft, Pendant Necklace, Gozzer Room.
► Monday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m.: Teen Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 26: Library closing early at 5 p.m.
► Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28: Library closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

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 & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Levee work on Dike Road to start Tuesday


City officials tour the Dike Road last winter.

The city of Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday will begin a pilot project for repairs to the levee on Rosenberry Drive (Dike Road) on the North Idaho College campus. This will include tree and brush removal and placement of fill in the eroded area.

There will vehicle and pedestrian road closures as workers clear trees and debris from the roadway. There will also “No Parking” signage placed in key positions around work zones for traffic flow purposes. But the road will not be closed.

Work will be on the northerly 200 feet of Dike Road. Crews will be removing the trees previously identified by an arborist for removal and those that must be removed to repairs the levee slope.

The work will take several days, depending on weather and street personnel availability.  The city is working with officials from NIC and Kootenai County as the project area is outside of city limits, on NIC property.