Monday, July 28, 2014

August Teen Library Programs Include ‘Who’ Day

Summer Reading for teens at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library continues through August and will include a special day for Doctor Who fans.
The Teen Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Teens ages 13 to 18 can pick up a reading log from any desk in the library, or can fill out a log online at http://bit.ly/SRPlogs. Teens earn one raffle ticket for every hour of reading they complete and submit. There are weekly prize drawings, as well as a grand prize drawing of a Kindle Fire HDX for all teens that complete 25 or more hours of reading during the summer. The deadline to turn in reading time is Aug. 31. Full rules for participation can be found at http://bit.ly/SRPinfo.
And remember all children and teens who participate in Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene library can have their overdue fines forgiven.
The Friday, Aug. 1, Creative Writing Club has been canceled. However, there will be a Creative Writing Workshop with the North Idaho Center for the Literary Arts (NICLA) on Saturday, Aug. 2, 1-4 p.m., in the Community Room. Registration is recommended by contacting Laura Jenkins at ljenkins@cdalibrary.org or by calling 208-769-2315 Ext. 469.
 “Doctor Who” returns to BBC America with Series 8 on Aug. 23, and the library is gearing up for it with a special dalek-stravaganza of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey activities. Join us for games, crafts, trivia, and prizes galore in the Community Room on Aug. 16, 1-4 p.m., for a day of Whovian family fun.
Make your own sonic screwdriver, snack on some fish fingers and custard, take your picture with Cassandra or inside our nearly life-size TARDIS, and make sure you bring a banana. Because, as the Doctor says, “You should always bring a banana to a party - bananas are good.” This is an event for all ages, with something to do for every member of the family. There will be a costume contest for all ages, with prizes going to the winners, so dressing up is encouraged.
Other August programs include:
 Tuesday, Aug. 5, 4 p.m.: Physics Olympics: Egg Drop, Gozzer Room.
 Thursday, Aug. 7, 4 p.m.: Teens Craft: Mix CDs with Freegal, Gozzer Room. Freegal is the library’s resource for free downloadable music. Cardholders can download up to five songs a week.
 Friday, Aug. 8, 5:30 p.m.: Free Teen Movie, “Divergent” Shirley Parker Storyroom This is an after-hours activity so participants need to be in the library before it closes at 6. Snacks included.
 Monday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club: Godless, by Pete Hautman, Gozzer Room.
 Thursday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m.: Teens Craft: Tin Punch Lanterns, Gozzer Room.
► Monday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club: Reader’s Choice, Gozzer Room.


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.

Free Movies, Game Café Continue for Kids

The Science Fair on July 30 doesn’t mark the end of Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Families can continue to track children’s reading time with a Reading Log, available in the Seagraves Children’s Library, and collect prizes for each three hours. Reading time can be turned in through Aug. 31.
Children visiting the library through August are also encouraged to vote for their school to determine which school library will earn the right to display the annual Summer Reading Traveling Trophy.
Free family movies will be screen in the Shirley Parker Storyroom each Monday at 1 p.m. Snacks are included.
Each Friday, 1-3 p.m. the children’s library will host the Game Café for some non-electronic fun.
For more information about children’s programs contact Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 439 or by e-mail at sthorpe@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 or cdacity.blogspot.com. 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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Future Magistrate Anna Eckhart honored




Anna Eckhart displays a plaque presented to her this week. From left, City Attorney Mike Gridley, Judge John Mitchell, Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer, and Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh.

Anna Eckhart, a deputy prosecutor with the city of Coeur d’Alene, was honored this week for dedicating nine years to the county’s Mental Health Court. Eckhart’s recent appointment to serve as a magistrate judge will require her to step down from the volunteer position. “Anna’s commitment to the program and her professionalism has been just amazing,” said Mental Health Court Judge John Mitchell. “I know she will make an absolutely fabulous judge.”

Eckhart, who has worked for the city’s legal division for 11 years, will start her position as a magistrate on September 1. She said the experience of Mental Health Court opened her eyes as a prosecutor. “Getting to know about mental illness was a learning experience that made me a better prosecutor,” she said. Eckhart replaces Magistrate Penny Friedlander, who is retiring.

Coeur d’Alene to hold the line on taxes



Coeur d’Alene’s 2014-15 budget will have a zero percent property tax increase under a preliminary spending plan that has received support from the City Council.

During a budget workshop Thursday, the council endorsed a budget of $74,561,945 as outlined by finance director Troy Tymesen. The budget will be formally adopted following a public hearing at the regular City Council meeting September 2.

As proposed, the budget includes the streamlining and restructuring of some city departments. The deputy city administrator’s position, which in the past was budgeted at $148,292 including wages and benefits, was vacated last December and will not be filled. Those duties will be assumed by other city department heads and their staffs.

The spending plan also calls for the consolidation of the parks and recreation department under one director, although the departments will continue to operate under separate budgets. The parks director position vacated last year has been removed from the budget. The position would have paid $120,871, including wages and benefits.

“It’s important that the city continues to provide the services our citizens expect while maintaining a fiscally conservative philosophy,” said Mayor Steve Widmyer. “I’m very pleased at this point because this budget does that.”

Included in the budget are three new officers, contingent on a $375,000 Federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant. Interim Police Chief Ron Clark said he expects to learn whether the city gets the funding in September.

One area the city does plan a slight increase spending is with Jobs Plus. Previously, the city has provided the non-profit economic development corporation with $20,000. The 2014-15 budget calls for $25,000 to support the organization’s efforts to create and retain local jobs.

The budget also includes a $45,000 commitment to support the ongoing effort for the 2030 visioning program.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New art for McEuen Park


Coeur d'Alene recreation director Steve Anthony, left, and artist David Tonnenson install Allium Spring Chorus.

The third piece of public art was installed at McEuen Park on Wednesday at the Third Street entrance on Front Avenue. Allium Spring Chorus is the work of Somerville, Mass., artist David Tonnenson, who made his first trip to Coeur d’Alene to help set it up. The inspiration of the design is the allium plant, a wild onion that is native to Idaho. The three flower heads include hundreds of metal stars that will catch and reflect light from six LED lights shining gold and purple. The art includes 2,800 separate pieces in all and took six months to create, the artist said. Cost of the piece was $110,000. The next pieces of art to be installed at the park will be The Explorers, a bronze sculpture representing two boys and a girl playing on a log, and American Worker, a bronze statue paying tribute to the working class. The Explorers will be installed at the base of Tubbs Hill at the trail confluence. American Worker, donated by local businessman Dean Haagenson, will on Front Avenue near Sixth Street. Both pieces are expected to be installed in August.

How McEuen Park nearly became shopping mall


Attorney Scott Reed addresses the crowd during the  Parks Day celebration.

During the recent 7th annual Coeur d’Alene Parks Day celebration at McEuen Park, long-time Coeur d’Alene attorney Scott Reed presented an interesting historical perspective on the downtown park and how it very nearly became the site of a shopping mall back in the 1950s had the public not voted the proposal down. You can read his account here.