Thursday, April 30, 2009

Probable Case of Swine Flu in Kootenai County

The Idaho State Laboratory sent Idaho’s first probable case of H1N1 (swine) flu to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday for confirmation. The patient is a Kootenai County woman in her 60s who recently traveled to Texas.

The woman is recovering and did not require hospitalization.

“This is a strong reminder to everyone of the importance of practicing respiratory etiquette and good hygiene to protect themselves and others,” said Lora Whalen, director of Family and Community Health for the Panhandle Health District (PHD). “Cover your cough and sneezes, throw used tissues in the trash, wash your hands well and often, stay home if you’re ill and see your medical provider if your symptoms warrant.

“It’s also important to maintain an appropriate distance between yourself and others who might be coughing or sneezing. These are all very common sense things that we can do to prevent the spread of flu”.

PHD will operate an information hotline at 415-5199 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to answer the public’s questions on the H1N1 (swine) flu.  Panhandle Health District is working with health care providers, schools, governments and more in the region to monitor the situation.  About 7,000 doses of antiviral medication are heading to northern Idaho from the federal stockpile. The antivirals should arrive by next week. The medication is for people diagnosed with H1N1 flu and will be made available as a patient’s doctor prescribes it.

PHD is asking the public to be aware of H1N1 flu symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. People with symptoms who have traveled recently or have been around anyone who has traveled recently to Mexico or the growing number of states with H1N1 flu cases are advised to see a healthcare professional.

The flu virus travels through the air and spreads quickly. People can spread the virus before they notice symptoms. To help prevent spread and infection, PHD reminds people to:

► Wash hands often and particularly after sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
► Cover your cough or sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
► Stay home if you’re sick to protect your co-workers and friends.
► Keep your distance from people who are sick.

For updated information, visit or the state Department of Health and Welfare’s website, For updated national information on the flu, visit

This story has been forwarded on behalf of the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Road Rage Incident

Coeur d’Alene Police responded to Kootenai Medical Center for the initial report of an accident in the parking lot. Officers quickly determined that no accident had occurred, rather a male suspect by the name of Richard Lloyd Vivian, 50 years of age, of Coeur d’Alene, had intentionally rammed a vehicle.

Witnesses at the scene stated that Vivian had pulled into the parking lot and was waiting for a vehicle to exit a handicapped spot. When the vehicle exited, another vehicle pulled into it before Vivian was able to. That driver exited his vehicle and walked toward the hospital entrance.
Vivian rammed that vehicle with his Jeep SUV. The force of that action propelled the victim vehicle into another parked car. Witnesses said Vivian quickly backed his vehicle up and nearly struck a pedestrian in the parking lot.

No injuries were reported. Two of the three vehicles involved were unoccupied. The total vehicle damages are estimated at approximately $2000.

Vivian exited his vehicle and was standing near it when officers arrived. Vivian indicated to officers that he felt the parking spot was his. He was arrested for aggravated assault and transported to the jail.

For more information, contact Sergeant Christie Wood, Public Information Officer, Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 769-2320.

Swine Flu Hotline Answer Sheet

This information is being distributed on behalf of the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Is there swine flu in Idaho?

At this time (4/29/09), there are no diagnosed cases in Idaho.  (UPDATE - SEE ABOVE POSTING - THIS INFORMATION HAS CHANGED AS OF 4/30/2009)

What are you doing to protect me from swine flu?

Panhandle Health District has epidemiologists or “disease detectives” who follow an established response plan in an outbreak. They:

enlist the help of schools, governments, health care providers and others to keep track of flu activity;
work with state and national health officials to identify, monitor and investigate flu samples;
advise communities how to protect themselves and help prevent infection and spread of the virus.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?

Yes. It is contagious and spreads from person to person. However, it is not known yet how easily it spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to seasonal flu:
sore throat
body aches
Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Like the seasonal flu, swine flu may worsen chronic medical conditions.

How does swine flu spread?

The swine flu virus spreads through the air, mainly from person to person through coughing and sneezing. People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth, eyes or nose. You don’t catch it from eating pork.

How can someone with the flu infect someone else?

Infected people may infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick.

What should I do to keep from getting the flu?

Wash your hands! Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing into them. Wash your hands after touching hard surfaces, like doorknobs or light switches, which someone with flu germs may have touched.
Keep your distance from anyone who is sick. Three to six feet
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Try to stay in good general health—get plenty of sleep, stay physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
If you do get sick, stay home and don’t infect others.

Where can I get a test to see if I have swine flu?

Call your doctor or health care provider. Panhandle Health District has no doctors on staff and doesn’t test.

Are there medications to treat swine flu?

Yes. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines—pills, liquid or an inhaler--that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also help prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs works best if started within the first two days of symptoms. Contact your doctor to find out if you should receive antivirals.

How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?

People with swine flu are considered potentially contagious for as long as they have symptoms and for up to seven days following the start of the symptoms.

What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?

Germs can spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface such as a desk and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth before washing his hands.

How long can viruses live in the air or on surfaces?

Some viruses can live up to two hours or longer on surfaces such as tables, doorknobs and counters. Frequent hand-washing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Stay home from work or school. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then put your tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

Wash with soap and water for 15 to 20 seconds or clean with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you use a gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you are worried about your symptoms, contact a health care provider. Your health care provider will determine if testing or treatment is needed. If you have symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.

Special Considerations for Children: Aspirin or products containing aspirin or bismuth subsalicylate (like Pepto Bismol) should not be administered to any person aged 18 years or younger who have confirmed or suspected swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection due to the risk of Reye syndrome. For relief of fever, other medications such as acetaminophen or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Severe or persistent vomiting
How serious is swine flu infection?Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

How can I keep up on what’s happening with swine flu?

For Idaho activity, visit
For nationwide activity, visit
For worldwide activity, visit

Special Event This Weekend

On Saturday, 5/2 there will a Motorcycle Awareness parade and rally. This event involves as many as 500 motorcycles riding through Coeur d’Alene the full distance of Sherman Avenue from Government Way east to I-90 starting at 11 a.m. This 8th annual event is sponsored by the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) to promote motorcycle safety. The event will last about 45 minutes and will have minimal impact on traffic.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Information on US-95 Work Through Cd'A

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is working on a number of projects that will improve US-95 through the Coeur d’Alene/Hayden corridor. A summary of those projects is as follows:

- Neider Avenue north to Wyoming Avenue - $4.5 million - the old
pavement will be removed and a new overlay placed on the roadway, both north and south-bound lanes. Includes intersection work, beginning at Neider. Work has begun on this project and due to the amount of traffic on 95, work will be done at night, from 7 pm to 7 am, Sunday - Thursday.

- Blackwell Road to I-90 - this is part of a $2.7 million series
of projects throughout the District. Work includes rotomill and
overlay. As above, work will be done at night, Sunday - Thursday. Work
is expected to begin the first part of May.

- North of Ironwood to North of Appleway - hasn't gone out to bid
yet - Main work includes rehab on the concrete bridge deck and overlay.
Work is expected to start after Labor Day. This will also be night

All three projects will tie into one another. For additional information, please contact Barbara Babic, Public Involvement Coordinator, at 208-772-1288.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April Blood Drive

The City of Coeur d'Alene sponsored the 2nd blood drive of 2009 with the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC). Out of 26 scheduled donors, the INBC was able to collect 23 units of blood, which is a personal best for the City! The City will be hosting two additional blood drives in 2009. The INBC is extremely grateful for our help in saving lives in the Inland Northwest!

4th Street Improvement Project Bid Results

This morning, the City of Coeur d'Alene received the following bids for the 4th Street Improvement Project:

Safco $2,129,389.79
MDM Construction $2,376,349.00
Hap Taylor and Sons $2,705,380.25
Poe Asphalt $3,153,618.57

Engineer's Estimate $2,200,000

Staff are reviewing the bids for responsiveness to the specifications and will be making their recommendation for award of bid at the May 5, 2009 City Council meeting.

Monday, April 27, 2009

31 Cents Scoop Night to Benefit Fallen Heroes Plaza

When was the last time paying 31 cents got you anything? Bring your family and friends to the 3rd annual Baskin Robins 31 cents scoop night. That’s right only 31 cents a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavors and a worthy cause. On Wednesday April 29, 2009 Baskin-Robins is brining you 31 cent Scoop Night from 5PM till 10 PM only. Along with plenty of ice cream, your Coeur d’Alene Fire Department & Coeur d’Alene Police Department, area fire departments will also be there with fire engines, ambulances, police cars, Dare unit and motorcycles along with the fire fighter challenge course for the kids.

As a thank you to the customers and the firefighters & Police who protect them, Baskin-Robins are donating $100,000 to the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Junior Firefighter Program. Even better, the owners of the local Baskin Robbins store will be donating all proceeds that night to the Coeur d’Alene Fallen Heroes Plaza, a memorial to all of the Police and Fire personnel who have gave their lives protecting and serving the state of Idaho. The Plaza is located at Cherry Hill Park behind Fire Station 3 at 1520 E. Hazel Ave.

This is the last scheduled fundraising event for the Fallen Heroes Plaza before the new memorial is finished and dedicated on July 11, 2009. Since the 1st fundraising event for Heroes Plaza a year ago at Baskin Robbins, the parks foundation have raised over $100,000. The foundation needs to raise $30,000 more for the Plaza. Please join us at Baskin Robbins and support this worthy cause.

Groundbreaking Celebrated

Mayor Sandi Bloem, City Council members, city staff, St. Vincent de Paul Board and staff, and officials from Contractors Northwest participated in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a 15-unit apartment house at the corner of Fruitland and Neider to be built with $2 million in grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 811 program. The project will be on land that is being leased for 75 years from the City of Coeur d' Alene. The contract for the construction was awarded earlier to Contractors Northwest of Coeur d' Alene with completion of the project estimated to be in one year. St. Vincent de Paul Society of North Idaho will manage the facility when it is completed.

The purpose of the HUD Section 811 program is to expand the supply of supportive housing for very low-income persons with disabilities. This project will consist of 14, one-bedroom units and one, two-bedroom manager unit. Units will be approximately 550 square-feet each. The intent of the program is to provide independent living and supportive services available through community resources. This will be permanent housing that will remain affordable as the project will be federally subsidized for 40 years. Open spaces, sidewalks, landscaping, and parking lots will be maintained through the federal subsidy.

Become A Student Representative to City Committees!

Nearly nine years ago, the Coeur d’Alene City Council passed an ordinance allowing youth representation on City Commissions, Boards, and Committees. Service on these boards gives high school students, roughly ages 14 – 18, an unprecedented opportunity to learn about city government, special projects, and to become involved in the community.

If you are interested in serving as a student representative on any of the following committees, or know of a student who might be interested, please call Victoria Bruno at 769-2204 for an application. Possible committees on which you might serve are:

Arts Commission
CdA TV Committee
Cemetery Board
Child Care Commission
Library Board
Parking Commission
Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee
Recreation and Parks Commission
Urban Forestry Committee

Students may serve as advisory members to the:

Planning Commission
Sign Board

A question that gets asked a lot is: What is the time commitment for a student representative?

It depends on the board/commission/committee, but for the most part, city boards meet once a month, for not much longer than an hour or two. The biggest exception is the Planning Commission which meets two (2) or more times a month, and often for much longer than one hour.

To find out more about an individual board/commission/committee, visit the city’s website:, and look under the individual board and its agenda, and perhaps even talk to one of the liaisons. Please call Victoria Bruno (769-2204) if you have any questions and to request an application. You may also email for information or
click here for an application.

No Swine Flu Cases Diagnosed in North Idaho

An outbreak of swine flu in at least five states has prompted a declaration throughout the United States of a public health emergency. Although no cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in the five northern counties of Idaho, Panhandle Health District (PHD) is working with health care providers, schools, governments and more in the region to monitor the situation.
About 7,000 doses of antiviral medication are heading to northern Idaho from the federal stockpile. The antivirals should arrive within a week. The medication is for people diagnosed with swine flu and will be distributed to health care providers, if needed.
PHD is asking the public to be aware of swine flu symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. People with symptoms who have traveled recently or have been around anyone who has traveled recently to Mexico are advised to see a healthcare professional.
The flu virus travels through the air and spreads quickly. People can spread the virus before they notice symptoms. To help prevent spread and infection, PHD reminds people to:

Wash hands often and particularly after sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Cough your cough or sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
Stay home if you’re sick to protect your co-workers and friends.
Keep your distance from people who are sick.
For updates and information on the swine flu situation, visit

This message has been forwarded on behalf of the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network (NIPIN).

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ford Ironman Community Fund Benefits Coeur d’Alene

Over the past six years, North America Sports, owner of Ford Ironman, has contributed more than $180,000 to the Coeur d’Alene community, which is distributed to a variety of area organizations. Over $15,000 a year goes to volunteer groups that help at various aid stations throughout the bike/run course, as well as to volunteers who help during the Ironman Event.

In addition, North America Sports donates $15, 000 a year in grant funding through the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene Community Fund to groups that promote healthy activities for local youth. This year the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene Community Fund provided grants to the following area organizations: Atlas Elementary Cross Country Program ($300); Boy Scouts of America – Camp Easton ($1,000); Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team ($1,000); Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department ($1,000); Coeur d’Alene High School Baseball ($300); Coeur d’Alene Youth Triathlon ($1,000); Fernan Elementary School Cross Country Program ($300); Hayden Recreation Department ($1,000); Hayden Meadows Elementary School Run Program ($1,000); Holy Family School Fitness Program($710); Mullan Trail Elementary Cross Country Program ($575); Ponderosa Elementary Cross Country Program ($979); Post Falls School District Cross Country Program ($1,000); Ramsey Elementary School Cross Country Program ($958); School District 271 District Meet ($990); Specialized Needs Recreation Camp All Stars ($2,388); and West Ridge Elementary ($500).

“Some of these activities only continue to exist because of the financial assistance from the Ford Ironman Community Fund,” said Susan Weathers, the city’s liaison to Ford Ironman. “Their generosity is truly a benefit to our community.”

Groundbreaking Celebrated April 27th for Fruitland/Neider 811 Housing Project

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. at the corner of Fruitland Lane and Neider Avenue in Coeur d' Alene for a 15-unit apartment house to be built with $2 million in grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 811 program. The project will be on land that is being leased for 75 years from the City of Coeur d' Alene. The contract for the construction was awarded earlier to Contractors Northwest of Coeur d' Alene with completion of the project estimated to be in one year. St. Vincent de Paul Society of North Idaho will manage the facility when it is completed.

The purpose of the HUD Section 811 program is to expand the supply of supportive housing for very low-income persons with disabilities. This project will consist of 14, one-bedroom units and one, two-bedroom manager unit. Units will be approximately 550 square-feet each. The intent of the program is to provide independent living and supportive services available through community resources. This will be permanent housing that will remain affordable as the project will be federally subsidized for 40 years. Open spaces, sidewalks, landscaping, and parking lots will be maintained through the federal subsidy.

Coeur d' Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem, City Council members, city staff, St. Vincent de Paul Board and staff, and officials from Contractors Northwest will participate in the ceremony.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Traffic Alert

Additional work is needed to complete a manhole repair that the Wastewater Department has been working on. The right lane of the southbound side of Northwest Boulevard will be closed Friday, April 24th to facilitate by pass sewer pumping while work can be completed on the manhole.
Contact Jim Dunn, Utility Project Manager at Wastewater with any concerns at 769-2278.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Reminder: Sidewalk Sweeping

Good sanitation practice (and city code) requires that abutting property owners keep sidewalks clear of dirt or other obstacles. The city has received a few complaints regarding sidewalks that are in need of basic sweeping. Spring clean-up is a shared responsibility. City street sweepers and flusher trucks are working to clean-up from a long harsh winter. With property owners complementing this effort by sweeping sidewalks, the city will once again be clean.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Special Events This Weekend

Saturday, 4/25 is the MS Walk. This event entails foot traffic with participants following normal traffic signals. There should be no impact to traffic. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Sunday, 4/26 is the Spring Dash. The event will begin at 5th and Front, then proceed to East Lakeshore up to Mullan, to Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, to the turn around, and then back by the same route (look for barricades and temporary traffic control). The event runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

'Mudgy & Millie' Wins State Tourism Award

“Mudgy and Millie” and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation have received an award from Idaho Tourism for their contribution to the state travel industry.
The “Mudgy & Millie” bronze at the library.
The combination children’s book, public art program and walking trail – the brainchild of Coeur d’Alene children’s author Susan Nipp – will receive a “Take Pride in Idaho Award” in the “Outstanding Tourism Category” at the Conference on Recreation and Tourism May 7 in Sun Valley.
“The Library Foundation, the project sponsors, and all the people who worked to make the Mudgy and Millie project a success are very proud to receive this state recognition,” said Ruth Pratt, Foundation Executive Director.
“Providing yet another reason for families to visit Coeur d’Alene and enjoy our community was among the reasons the project had such a broad base of support.”

Year in Review Presented

At the April 16th Strategic Planning Session a "Year in Review" was presented by staff to the City Council in the form of a lengthy PowerPoint presentation. The presentation highlighted progress on goals, staff achievements, and a variety of accomplishments. A theme that carried through the presentation was teamwork. To review the presentation follow this link:

Note: The file is a VERY large Powerpoint file. A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended. If you do not have Powerpoint, you can download a free viewer by clicking here.

What's Happening at the Library This Week

Here is a video review of what's going on at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library for the week of April 17-23. CLICK HERE More news and information about the library can be found at For live and recorded coverage of the Coeur d'Alene City Council and other important meetings as well as special reports about City government watch CdATV Channel 19 on the Time Warner Cable System.

“Mule” Loaner Program is Successful

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department, working in partnership with Specialty Recreation and Marine located at 910 W. Kathleen Avenue, is receiving a new Kawasaki Mule 3010 utility vehicle for the third year in a row. The loaner program, sponsored by Kawasaki, allows the department to utilize the Mule from April through mid-September, and enables the Police Volunteer Unit to patrol the Centennial Trail, the Prairie Trail, and the City Park area in an effort to assist citizens, offer information on the trails and other general information distributed by the Police Department.

The program has proven to be very successful. Police Volunteers will be on the trails at varying days and times. They will carry police radios and first aid kits. The Mule has police insignia and is outfitted with a bike rack in the event a citizen needs assistance to return to the city with his or her bike. The Mule also has seating for four people and a utility area for supplies.

This is the first season that Police and Fire Departments will utilize the new Public Safety Building in the City Park. The police volunteers will use the Mule to drive the trails and also work out of the building during peak visitor hours.

Chief Longo expressed his vision of the program in the following statement: “The Mule program is a perfect use of and benefit to our Citizens on Patrol (COPS) and creates a high visibility of law enforcement in the parks and our trail system. I encourage interested citizens to apply for our Citizens Academy and the COPS Academy if they are interested in programs such as this.”

Specialty Recreation and Marine will take the Mule back at the end of the summer and offer it up for sale. Their community donation is appreciated and the Police Department anticipates a safe, fun, summer season on the trails for Coeur d’Alene citizens.

National Municipal Finance Report

Finance Director Troy Tymesen shared information provided by the National League of Cities: City Fiscal Conditions Bleak - Four of five US municipal finance officers say that their cities are less able to meet current needs than they were the year before, according to the National League of Cities' City Fiscal Conditions Survey fielded December 2008 through January 2009. More than 90 percent predict their cities will be less able to meet needs in the coming year, the most negative response in the nearly 25-year history of the survey. More than 80 percent of cities across the nation have already cut expenses and services; about 80 percent of respondents anticipate making further cuts in the coming year. The most common cost-cutting measures reported are hiring freezes, staff layoffs, and delays of capital spending.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Library to Host Nationally Known Comic Author

Free Comic Books to be Distributed

Chris Claremont, award-winning author of the X-Men and Wolverine comic books and a novelist, will be make a presentation at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Claremont’s visit to Coeur d’Alene, in conjunction with the release of of the new film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” is sponsored by Lightning Comics, Regal Cinemas Riverstone 14, and by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Claremont will conduct a Q&A session and Writers Workshop in the library’s Community Room beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 1. He will also be available that day for a Signing and Meet and Greet at 6 p.m. at Riverstone and prior to the 7 and 8 p.m. screenings of the X-Men movie.
Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day and free comic books, courtesy of the Friends of the Library will be given out while the supply lasts in the Seagraves Children’s Library beginning at noon.
Free comics will also be given away at each of the seven Kootenai-Shoshone Area Libraries - Athol, Hayden and Rathdrum, 10-11 a.m.; Harrison and Pinehurst, 11 a.m. to noon; Spirit Lake, from noon to1 p.m.; and from the Bookmobile at the Worley City Hall 10-11 a.m.
Comics will be given out at the Post Falls Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 2.Free comics will also be available Saturday at Lighting Comics, 411, Haycraft, No. C1, where Claremont will have a signing event from noon to 4 p.m. The author will meet and greet fans at the Riverstone theater at 7 and 8 p.m. that evening.


Free Street Trees

The City of Coeur d'Alene has announced the availability of free street trees for eight new subdivisions. The trees are available for street-side planting in Canfield Park, Sunshine Meadows, The Landings, Ramsey Meadows, Copper Ridge, Jae's Place, Echo Glenn, and Prospector Ridge. Homeowners or residents in these subdivisions who are willing to provide care for street trees can contact the Urban Forestry division of the Coeur d'Alene Parks Department to sign up for a tree.
Funding for the trees has come from a street tree fee collected on residential building permits. The City is using forfeited funds to purchase trees and hire a contract crew to do the planting. The tree species still available for spring planting are honeylocust, white ash, and black tupelo.
The trees will be planted in May. Since there are a limited number of trees, interested homeowners are encouraged to reply as soon as possible. A response form is available on-line at, or by sending an email to, or by calling Urban Forestry at 769-2266 or 415-0415.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Learn, Improve Computer Skills with Free Library Workshops

Learn to use computers, e-mail and the Internet – or expand on the skills you already have – with free workshops at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., during April and May.The library’s workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis for up to nine participants and preregistration is not required. The 90-minute workshops are taught by Christopher Brannon, Information Technology Coordinator in the library’s computer lab on the Terrace Level. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time. Basic typing skills are helpful with all the workshops, but are not necessary depending on the subject.


Sidewalk Abatement Program

Crews have begun repairing or replacing concrete on 3rd Street that is either cracked excessively or broken. These repairs consist of using a grinding machine to eliminate bumps, replacing excessively cracked, spalling or worn concrete. The Abatement Program is in the 1st year of a 5 year program with the goal of continued safe routes that benefit the citizens with disabilities and bring sidewalks into ADA Compliance. Field Supervisor, Robert Royce, and crew have made great headway (they will be pouring their first sidewalk today) in a short time and the goal is to achieve 5000 lineal feet or more this season. We are working in conjunction with urban forestry with tree issues and citizens along 3rd street to educate and inform them of the work we will be doing. For further information please contact Tim Martin at 769-2234 with any questions.

Game Day Saturday @ Your Library

National Library Week

The library will host “You’ve Got the Whole World in Your Hands,” a game day in the Community Room, on Saturday, April 18, 12:30 to 4 p.m. This program will be the final event in the celebration of National Library Week at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The activity will make use of the library’s new Wii game systems and games purchase through a $7,000 grant provided by the Wal-Mart Foundation. Teens and tweens are also invited to bring their own game systems (with monitors) and wireless-equipped laptops to the library. The program is free and so is the pizza to be provided.
More news and information about the library is available online at

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Water Service Disruption

The Water Department crew will be shutting down the water main in Chaumont on the CDA Place addition from La Rochelle to Montage Ln for about 30 minutes to repair a leak in a meter box. This will affect about 16 homes on Chaumont only.

Adopt-a-Street Program

The Adopt-a-Street program was authorized by the City Council in August of 2000. The program is intended primarily for the City’s more “rural” streets (eg., Kathleen, Atlas, North 15th Street, etc.). It was not intended for streets like Sherman Ave. or Mullan Ave where businesses and adjacent residences already have an inherent responsibility to keep areas clean.

The partnership includes the adopting group, family, or individual that pick up the trash and the City provides signage, safety vests, and orange litter bags. The city will collect the bags the next working day after they have been filled. Adopt-a-Street volunteers are encouraged to pick up a minimum of twice per year, usually the spring and fall. The need varies depending on the particular street. The exact frequency is left to be determined by the “parents” of the “adopted” street.

Today, the Adopt-a-Street Program partners with 33 groups that are dedicated to litter control in the City of Coeur d’Alene. This program has been a model to other cities to create their own community litter plans. These committed folks have logged hundreds of hours and miles to gather tons of litter and debris from our city streets. If you know them, tell them THANK YOU. Some volunteers pick up daily in some places, or by themselves. Some of these groups did it unrecognized for years. We all benefit from their volunteer spirit. This is another example of why we embrace Coeur d’Alene as a City of Excellence.

The following are currently involved or have participated in the past as volunteers:


If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information you may contact Diana Booth, City of CDA Street Maintenance Dept. at 769-2235.

Paint Striping to Begin Soon

The City will commence spring street striping in late April or early May as weather permits. Cool temperatures, clean up and preparation stemming from winter prevents street striping from starting sooner. Street striping requires clean, dry streets and reasonably warm ambient temperatures. Now that all city arterials have been swept clean and city crews have completed their equipment preparations and pre-marking of faded lines, work can begin. Striping the city is a significant effort that requires the application of over 1,300 gallons of paint together with nearly 5 tons of glass beads. This work will take about 10 days of good weather to get accomplished. Striping is done only in the daytime when the weather is warm enough for the paint to dry quickly. Every effort is made to use a pilot car with warning signs to alert motorists. Citizens are requested to be watchful for painting operations throughout the city and yield to painting operations to avoid wet paint. Information: 769-2233

Traffic Alert

The Wastewater Department will have the right lane of the southbound side of Northwest Boulevard closed intermittently until April 23, 2009 to facilitate by pass sewer pumping while work progresses on a manhole in that location. Contact Jim Dunn, Utility Project Manager at Wastewater with any concerns at 769-2278.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Arbor Day Button Art Winners Announced

The local Arbor Day Committee has announced the winners of an art contest to design a button for Arbor Day distribution. Sierra Magnuson, a student at Coeur d’Alene High School, designed the winning artwork. The second place winner is Rachael Uecke of Lake City High School, and third place is Jordan Tomten of Coeur d’Alene High School.

Sierra Magnuson’s design will be featured on a button that will be distributed along with tree seedlings to 1,600 fourth grade students the week of April 20th – 25th. The buttons will also be available to the public at various local Arbor Day events.

The annual button art contest is open to middle school and high school students who live within the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts. The local Arbor Day Committee narrowed over 100 pieces of submitted artwork down to eight finalists. The final judging was then done by the real experts – three classrooms of fourth grade students. As the winner, Sierra will receive a check for $75, a t-shirt featuring her artwork, and a supply of Arbor Day buttons to give to family and friends.

The art of Rachael Uecke of Lake City High School was selected as the second place winner. Rachael will receive a check for $50 and buttons made from her art work. Jordan Tomten, the third place winner, will receive $25 and buttons. The other artists that made it to the finals will also receive buttons featuring their own artwork. They are Brianna Berg, Taylor Campbell, Kelsey Coulter, Jenna Guswiler, and J. Kane, all from Coeur d’Alene High School.

Artists from three schools and one home school student participated in the Arbor Day Button Art contest. The top entry from Post Falls High School was Jaclyn Hitchcock.

Prizes will be awarded to the top to entries and button art entries will be display on Saturday, April 25 at the Coeur d’Alene Arbor Day Ceremony. The celebration starts at 9:15 a.m. at Shadduck Lane Park, 1875 E. Shadduck Lane. The winning art will also be featured on the public bulletin boards of local cable public access channels in April and May.

Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday celebrated both nationally and internationally. Idaho’s Arbor Day is the last Friday in April – April 24th this year. The Arbor Day Committee consists of representatives from federal, state, and city governments as well as several local service organizations. The Arbor Day seedlings and buttons that are distributed are purchased with donations from local forest products companies, nurseries, and tree services. Community volunteers individually package and tag the trees.

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Electronic copy of the winning art is available from

For further information:
Karen Haskew, Coeur d’Alene Parks Dept. 769-2266
John Schwandt, U.S. Forest Service 765-7415

Monday, April 13, 2009

Try the 'Worlds Connect' Library Scavenger Hunt

As part of National Library Week, you are invited to try your hand at the “Worlds Connect Scavenger Hunt.” Use the “Road Warrior” database (Contries-Information on the left side of the library website to answer the questions. Then drop off your sheet at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes.
For the Adult Scavenger hunt, ages 13 and up, click HERE.
For the childrens version, under 13, click HERE.
User names and password to access library databases are available by calling (208) 769-2315 during the hours the library is open.
More news and information abo9ut the library is available online at

Turn in Old Medications at CHS Fair, April 18th

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department, the city’s Enough is Enough Committee, Idaho State Police, and Idaho Drug Free Youth (IDFY) are sponsoring a “Turn in Prescription Medication Day” as part of the Coeur d’Alene School District’s Safety Fair, on April 18th, at the Coeur d’Alene High School Commons. The Prescription Drug Turn-In will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., but the Safety Fair will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. It’s the third year for the Safety Fair with numerous other agencies and groups represented, including a free “shred-your-documents” service.

School Resource Officers (SROs) and School District 271 administrators have reported increased cases of students accessing prescription medications that belong to a family member and selling or abusing them at school. The risk is that individuals may use medications that are not prescribed for them. Use of outdated medications is equally dangerous. The most common medications sold or distributed are narcotics such as oxycontin and vicodin. Prescription and over-the-counter cold remedies, as well as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, are also passed on to other students.

The purpose of “Turn in Prescription Medication Day” is to stop the diversion of medications at the “source” and to help our citizens dispose of outdated medications or medications that are no longer needed. By disposing of the items safely, it will also help our environment because they won’t just be flushed into the wastewater system. “There is growing concern that personal care products and pharmaceuticals can pass through a wastewater treatment plant and end up poisoning aquatic life in our rivers and streams,” said Wastewater Superintendent Sid Fredrickson. “We ask our citizens not to flush these products down the drain.”

“The Coeur d'Alene School District is happy to partner with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department to provide the opportunity for community members to turn in their unused prescription drugs,” said Patty Breuchaud, Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator. “Unused prescription drugs can be a danger and a temptation to kids of all ages, and this is a great opportunity to protect our children.”

CdA Police and ISP officers will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to receive and destroy outdated or unused prescription medication. Sharpies will be provided for the public to mark out any personal information on the prescription bottle. Chief Longo encourages the public to turn in unused prescription medications. For more information, please call 769-2320.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Parks Department Tidbits

Northshire playground replacement is back on the schedule. The Parks Department is planning to start installation on Monday, April 20 and have the playground ready for play by April 27th.

The Parks Department will be contacting Kootenai County Waterways for assistance in setting the buoys out along the shoreline at West Lakeshore Drive and East Lakeshore Drive. The buoys will be positioned so that they are in 100 yard increments. This will assist with distance measurement for swimming. The buoys also are marked with “No Boats - Swim Area.”

Arbor Day Coeur d’Alene

April 20th through 25th has been declared “Arbor Week” in Coeur d’Alene. Several events are planned to celebrate this tree planting holiday.

Fourth grade students in the Coeur d’Alene, Lakeland, and Post Falls school districts will be receiving tree seedlings and Arbor Day buttons through their classrooms. The seedlings were purchased with donations from local forest products companies, nurseries and tree services. The trees have been individually packaged and tagged by community volunteers.

The Coeur d’Alene Library will be giving out tree seedlings to children and youth at reading programs throughout the week. A special presentation on Arbor Day about the benefits of trees will be given in the Youth Department on Thursday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24th is Idaho’s official Arbor Day. Master Gardeners will be giving out seedlings at the following libraries: Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, and Athol.

The City of Coeur d’Alene will hold an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 25th, at Shadduck Lane Park (1875 E. Shadduck Lane). The festivities will begin with a pancake breakfast at 9:15 a.m., sponsored by Sun Valley Tree Service. Arbor Day Button Art and Poster Art entries will be on display at the gazebo.

There will be a Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Mayor Bloem and City Council members will receive Coeur d’Alene’s 25th consecutive Tree City U.S.A. award. The Tree City U.S.A. award is given by the National Arbor Day Foundation to communities who meet four criteria in the care of public trees. The award must be earned yearly and this one recognizes public tree planting and care activities carried out in 2008. To celebrate this milestone, all past Urban Forestry Committee members will be honored at the ceremony.

The ceremony will also include the awarding of prizes for the Arbor Day Button Art and Poster Art contests. The Button Art Contest winners are Sierra Magnuson (Coeur d’Alene High School), Rachael Uecke (Lake City High School), and Jordan Tomten (Coeur d’Alene High School). Arbor Day Poster Art Contest winners are DeLaine Forbush (Ramsey Elementary), Allison Branscome (Skyway Elementary) and Makendra Patzer (Sorensen Elementary).

Coeur d’Alene has been awarded a 2009 Arbor Day Grant of $300. This will enable the purchase and planting of three new trees at Shadduck Lane Park. Tree planting demonstrations will be given as part of the Arbor Day celebrations. The Arbor Day grants are sponsored by the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Lands, Avista, Idaho Power, and Rocky Mountain Power.

Door prizes will be also be awarded, and free tree seedlings and Arbor Day buttons will be given to attendees.

For more information about any of these events, contact Karen Haskew at 769-2266.

Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners Announced

The Coeur d’Alene Parks Department has announced the winners of the Arbor Day Poster contest for local 5th graders! The Arbor Day Poster contest is a great way to encourage students to learn more about the importance of trees. Students created posters with the theme “Trees are Terrific in Cities and Towns” which is designed to increase a student’s understanding of how trees grow, function, and benefit our community.

Five schools submitted entries and a top winner was selected from each school. Out of the school winners the top three were then chosen. This year’s Arbor Day Poster contest winners are:

1st Place: DeLaine Forbush of Ramsey Elementary
2nd Place: Allison Branscome of Skyway Elementary
3rd Place Makendra Patzer of Sorensen Elementary

Congratulations also to school winners, Gabe Kegley of Winton Elementary and Robin Chamberlain of Dalton Gardens.

These top five winners will receive a t-shirt with their art printed on it. In addition, the top three will also receive a trophy and their teachers will receive an Urban Forestry lesson book. Thank you to Parker Toyota for sponsoring local prizes. Prizes and awards will be presented at the Arbor Day Celebration on April 25th at Shadduck Lane Park. The celebration will start at 9:15 am with breakfast sponsored by the Sun Valley Tree Service and the ceremony will start at 10:00 am. For directions to Shadduck Park or more information on the Arbor Day Celebration, please contact the Parks Department at 415-0415.

All of the school winners’ posters will compete in the state contest. There are great prizes at the state level including savings bonds and funds for teachers. The winner at the state level then competes in the National Arbor Day poster contest and the winner there wins a $1000 savings bond! There have already been two national winners from Idaho, and maybe this year the winning poster will come from Coeur d’Alene.

Thank you to the Urban Forestry Committee and the Arts Commission for judging the contest. Thank you also to the students and teachers who participated in the 2009 Arbor Day Poster Contest! Great Job everyone and we look forward to more remarkable art next year!

Photo: Lynda Ehrsam (5th grade teacher) and DeLaine Forbush (1st place winner) of Ramsey Elementary School.

Crime Stopper Fugitive

Lamar Outdoor a Spokane based billboard company has offered to feature Crime Stopper fugitives as a public service to law enforcement agencies in our region. Lamar offers this service to Crime Stopper groups in other states as well. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department submitted the first fugitive that will be featured locally on Lamar’s 6 digital boards as space is available, starting today. One of the boards is in Kootenai County and five are in Spokane.

Lamar has worked with law enforcement agencies across the nation for several years by offering free bill board space in the event of an Amber Alert. Children have been located as a result of the billboard advertisement. They provide a very valuable public service.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian group with a board of directors in Spokane and a board of directors in Kootenai County that offer rewards for crime tips to help law enforcement solve crimes.

The fugitive featured on the bill board is Brian Nordlof. Nordlof has a history of eluding police, battery and drugs. He is currently wanted on a parole violation warrant issued by the Idaho department of Corrections. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

Anyone with information on this case asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest at 1-800-222-TIPS. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to give their own name to be eligible for a cash reward.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bike Helmets Protect Noggins

The Fire Department invited the Cub Scouts of Pack 210 on demonstration and tour of the new Admin Building on 3rd and Foster in Coeur d’Alene. The scouts are getting involved with the community by putting on a booth at the up coming Scout-O-Rama, which will be held at the Kootenai County fair grounds on April 18th. Their booth will demonstrate “Disability Awareness” by getting participants put on a pair of goggles that are hard to see through, and having them navigator through an obstacle course. This will help people understand how others with visual and brain impairments deal with different types of tasks.

Head injuries account for about 75% of all serious injuries and fatalities from bicycle accidents.
Cub Scout Pack 210 received 80 to 100 bike helmets from the City of Coeur d’Alene Fire department on April 7th. These bike helmets will be handed out to the community at the Cub Scout’s booth during the Scout-O-Rama.

Recycling Statistics

Annually the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department compiles an analysis of the tonnage being processed through the solid waste stream. Finance Director, Troy Tymesen shared that over this past calendar year the City of Coeur d'Alene curbside recycling program eliminated 955 tons of waste from going to the landfill. Last year the City recycled 1,015 tons. Recycling was down 6.7% year over year. The reason for the decrease may be attributed to the severe winters we have experienced, whereby people are focusing on snow removal rather than recycling. Total waste being processed at the transfer station was down 4% from 2007.

Crime Prevention for City Trails

With the arrival of the good weather this week, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department has requested the COPS Program and the Volunteer Program increase their efforts to be visible and act as a deterrent to crime around our trail systems.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department received two auto burglary reports this week that occurred during the day near Silver Beach. Citizens are reminded to leave all valuables at home and not in their car when using any of the trail systems. It is possible that some burglary suspects are monitoring trail users behavior through the use of binoculars. Burglars watch citizens to see if they lock their purses and wallets inside of their car before they enter the trail for a day of exercise.

The Police Volunteers are set to begin patrolling the City wide trail systems and the Centennial Trail. They will utilize the Kawasaki Mule that has been loaned to the Police Department through Specialty Recreation and Marine. The volunteers carry police radios and are able to contact officers immediately if they observe any illegal activity.
The Citizens on Patrol Volunteers will also begin to patrol the area near Silver Beach in the marked police vehicle specifically designed for the trained COPS volunteers.

Chief Wayne Longo stated” In addition to patrolling the trail, the COPS volunteers will be manning the public safety building in City Park. This will further enhance our services to the public”.

The Police Department encourages people to practice good crime prevention strategies as they park at the trail heads. We want people to enjoy the beautiful trails that are a source of good exercise and pride for our citizens in the City and the County. Contact: Sergeant Christie Wood, Public Information Officer, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, 769-2320

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt in City Park

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt open to the public in the City Park this Easter Sunday, April 12th at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).

This event is being sponsored by Northwest Mortgage and the North Idaho Men's Rugby team.


The City Council has scheduled a public hearing to accept testimony prior to approving the First program year of the "Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report" (CAPER) for the City's use of their Community Block Grant funds. The public hearing has been scheduled for the April 21, 2009 City Council meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Library's Community Room located at 702 E. Front Avenue, Coeur d'Alene.

Verbal and written comments regarding the draft CAPER will be accepted during the hearing. Written comments may also be submitted beginning April 1 through April 30, 2009. Written comments should be submitted to Renata McLeod, City Hall, 710 Mullan Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

City Applies for COPS Stimulus Funds

$972,000 Grant to Fund Four Officers

Last night, the Coeur d’Alene City Council authorized staff to submit a COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) grant that may enable the hiring of four police officers. The grant request totals $972,000. COPS is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority to create and preserve jobs and to increase their community policing capacity and crime-prevention efforts. CHRP funding is available to hire full-time career law enforcement officers for a period of three years with the requirement that the city retain these officers for an additional 12 months. Funding for COPS is through the Department of Justice and was made possible as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus program). Sergeant Bill Tilson was thanked by Chief Wayne Longo and the City Council for his efforts to research and complete an extensive grant application.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Library Closed Sunday for Easter

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will be closed Sunday, April 12, for the Easter holiday.
Normal library hours resume Monday, April 13, at 10 a.m.
More news and information about the library is available online at


A public workshop has been scheduled with the City Council and the Planning Commission to discuss the East Sherman Design Guidelines for Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers. For more information contact, Planning Director Dave Yadon at or (208)769-2270.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Connect With the World, Your Cd'A Library

Students from Katie Palmer's Fifth Grade class at the Sorensen Magnet School were the first to try the library's new Wii systems. The interactive video systerms were purchase through a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The system will be part of "You've Got the Whole World in Your Hand," a program fro teens and tweens Saturday, April 18, 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.


National Library Week may not be on your list of major celebrations, but this year, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Avenue, would like to remind you that libraries play a major role in the life of our community.

The theme for the week this year is “Worlds Connect @ Your Library.” These days that idea may be more important than ever. As all of us watch our finances, libraries around the country are being rediscovered by growing numbers of people as places to find not only good reading but as sources for computer access, trustworthy information databases, educational programs for adults, fun learning experiences for children, and a comfortable place to gather for meetings or just to meet friends. And all for free.

Our library even provides a place where people can find bargains in books and other items to own at Second Story Books.

To celebrate National Library Week, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has put together a schedule of activities for all ages:

  • Book Club Express: Monday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. This is an opportunity for book lovers to get together and talk about genres, authors and titles they enjoy and to investigate forming or joining book clubs. Participants meet briefly one-on-one (identified only by numbers at first) and then move on to the next person. At the end of the “express” session refreshments will be served and groups with corresponding interests can meet to discuss organizing book clubs to meet at the library or elsewhere.

  • Connect With the Staff: Library staffers have been invited to participate in a special exhibit in the display cases adjacent to the Seagrave Children’s Library. Each staff member can display their favorite books, examples of their hobbies and interests and photos of themselves, their pets and their families.

  • You’ve Got the Whole World in Your Hand: Saturday, April 18, 12:30 p.m., Community Room. This is an afternoon of pizza and electronic games utilizing interactive equipment – made possible through a $7,000 grant to the library from the Wal-Mart Foundation administered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Participants are also invited to bring in their own game systems and wireless-equipped laptops.

  • Library Scavenger Hunt: Throughout the week, patrons of all ages are invited to find the answers to a list of questions by accessing the library’s new “Global Road Warrior” geographic and travel database. Participants can use database computers at the library or obtain user names and passwords to play from home. A special youth version will be created for children.

  • Dress-Up Day/Puppet Show: Wednesday, April 15, Seagraves Children’s Library. Preschool-aged patrons are encouraged to visit the library dressed as a character from a favorite book or in an international costume. A puppet show will be offered during the 1:30 p.m. Preschool Storytime.

For information about this or any Spring Reading Program, contact Youth Services at 208/769-2315 Ext. 426.

David Townsend is the Communications Coordinator for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. He is available for tours of the library and to provide off-site programs. He can be reached at 208/769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at More news and information about the library is available online at

Project Milestone - 4th Street Improvements

Plans are now complete and bids are being solicited for City of Coeur d'Alene’s 4th Street Improvement Project. Bids are expected to be opened April 28, 2009. This project, estimated to cost $2,200,000.00 includes the removal and replacement of all paving, sidewalks, street trees, curbing, reconstruction of the storm sewer system, and upgrades to the water and wastewater facilities. In addition, the midtown place making improvements include pedestrian bulbs at selected intersections, accent paving at Foster, Roosevelt, Boise, Montana, and Miller Avenue, accent concrete on the sidewalks, a narrower road section from Roosevelt to Boise, accent street lights, additional street trees, benches and trash receptacles. For more infromation contact Dennis Grant, 769-2398 or email

Census Proclamation

The City of Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County officials, and Coeur d’Alene Tribal representatives will issue a proclamation in support of the 2010 Census. We are one year away from Census Day -- April 1, 2010. Preparations are getting underway now throughout Idaho. The 2010 Census will be the largest peacetime mobilization in our nation’s history. The details:
Who: Coeur d’ Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem
Kootenai County Commissioners
Coeur d’ Alene Census Tribal Liaison Paulette Jordan
U.S. Census Bureau representative Mike Burns

What: Census Proclamation

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at noon

Where: Veteran’s Plaza, Kootenai County Courthouse, 501 Government Way, Coeur d’ Alene

Contacts: Amy Ferguson, City of Coeur d’ Alene (208) 666-5754,
Deni Luna, Census Media Specialist (425) 908-3000,

Friday's Burglary-In-Progress

Last Friday at about 12:30 P.M. Coeur d’Alene Police Officers responded to a possible residential burglary in progress at 3676 Evergreen Dr, Coeur d’Alene. A neighbor had seen a suspicious person later identified as Suspect Steven Fetter. Fetter had driven to the Evergreen address in a 1995 blue Nissan passenger vehicle. Fetter went to the front door then was seen by the neighbor going into the backyard of the residence. The neighbor knew the occupants of the residence were gone, so the neighbor called the police.

On the officers’ arrival, Fetter had already entered the residence through an unlocked door. As the officers approached, Fetter broke a window out and jumped out of the residence. Fetter ran into a neighboring yard where officers were able to catch up to him. Officers deployed the Taser and Fetter was taken into custody without further incident or injury. Fetter was arrested for Burglary and transported to the Kootenai County Jail.

Chief Longo expressed his appreciation for the efforts of this citizen and the responding officers “this is an excellent example of a citizen being vigilant of what was going on in their neighborhood and calling the police when something suspicious has occurred. Thanks to the efforts of this citizen, the suspect was prevented from further victimizing this family.”

Friday, April 3, 2009

Print-Release System Saves Library Money, Resources

Gives Patrons More Control

Patrons visiting the Coeur d’Alene Public Library — 702 E. Front Ave. — in the last two weeks have found they have greater control over the printing they do from the computers.
The new system is also saving the library money and reducing the amount of wasted paper and printing supplies.
The Internet and Writing Room computers on the upper level of the library have been linked to a coin-operated photocopier and patrons now know exactly how many pages they are printing and how much they will cost before they get up from their chairs.
A print-release program installed by Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon uses a touch-screen monitor next to the copier where patrons enter their library card or guest pass numbers to see a list of the items they wanted printed. Patrons then deposit their money to release the print jobs. Multiple jobs can be sent to the printer and are held in the system’s memory and the patron can collect them with one trip to the copier.

Centennial Trail Care Day – April 18, 8 am – 12 pm.

The Centennial Trail Foundation is asking the community of North Idaho to celebrate spring by pitching in to help prepare the trail for another great season of use. Volunteers will be carrying out litter pick up and sign installation with the help of Post Falls & Coeur d'Alene Parks Department as well as Kootenai County and Idaho Park & Recreation. The focus will be on the Prairie Trail and Class 1 sections of the Centennial Trail. This effort is in unison with the Friends of the Centennial Trail in Washington.

North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation requests your help during their care day as well as enlisting friends, neighbors and any other organizations/clubs/groups that might be interested in joining in.

Crews and volunteers will gather people at 8:00 am at either the CDA Chamber building or the Post Falls City Hall depending on the location of the volunteers mile(s) assignment. After some words of encouragement, providing coffee, juice, and pastries, everyone will be sent out to the trail. Work should be wrapped up no later than 12 pm.

Participants are asked to RSVP as soon as possible to Charlie Miller, Foundation Manager, North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation at (208) 292-1634.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

C-Span Civics Bus Visits Library

The C-SPAN Civics Bus visited the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Thursday, April 2.

To coincide with the first 100 days of the new presidential administration of Barack Obama, the 45-foot mobile production studio and demonstration center is visiting schools and other community venues to share C-SPAN’s education and civic resources with students, teachers, and civics-minded people across the country.

Time Warner Cable is the local C-Span outlet and also hosted the bus. The cable television company is also the outlet for Cd'ATV Channel 19, which broadcasts City Council and other City meetings.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus program)

We have become aware that $191,700 has been earmarked for the City of Coeur d’Alene under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus program). Staff participated in a Department of Energy webcast yesterday to learn more about EECBG application procedures on how to obtain these funds and what they can be used for. We had already anticipated the potential for seeking stimulus funds for Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation (HVAC) efficiency upgrades and Direct Digital Control (DDCs) retrofits for City Hall and the Police Station. These energy reducing projects will be considered as prime candidates for the $191,700. Other eligible projects we may wish to consider include interior lighting retrofits, street light re-lamping, conversion of remaining non-LED traffic signal lights, or other needs. To receive the funds, we will need to demonstrate in our application a good payback and the leveraging of dollars spent to energy return. The city’s application deadline to DOE is June 25, 2009.

Boys and Girl Club "Heroes' Day"

Yesterday, the Police Department participated with the “Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County” in celebrating “Heroes' Day.” School Resource Officer (SRO) Mark Todd and Chief Longo met with the 75 plus children and answered their questions, played “line tag” and other games, and interacted with the children and staff. The purpose of the visit was to emphasize positive role models and the function of law enforcement in community policing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tubbs Hill Fires

The Coeur d’Alene Fire and Police Department worked together this week to locate and identify a person reportedly setting fires on Tubbs Hill over the weekend. The citizen who reported this incident gave a detailed description of the person setting the fires. This description also matched a description of a person setting multiple fires last summer on Tubbs Hill.

Earlier today, a 45 year old male (homeless person) matching this description was contacted and interviewed by fire investigators. The person of interest in this series of Tubbs Hill fires cooperated fully with investigators and admitted to setting 20-25 small “smudging” fires on the trails and/or beaches on Tubbs Hill since last summer. This person claimed he did not know it was unlawful to have open fires on Tubbs Hill. He will be charged with a misdemeanor offense of burning on public property. None of these fires caused any damage to city-owned property. For additional information contact: Deputy Chief Glenn Lauper at 769-2340.

Fact Check – Tubbs Hill Cd'A Press April Fool's Story

Today a lighthearted April Fool’s Day story that appeared in the Cd’A Press written under the fictitious name of “April Fuhl” stated that the Council had turned Tubbs Hill into a dog park. While most who have read the story understood it to be a joke, a few headline skimmers have called or emailed the city with genuine expressions of concern. For the record, there are no plans nor have there been any discussions about turning Tubbs Hill into a dog park. Parks Director Doug Eastwood was very impressed with the lighthearted humor on April Fool’s Day and said “Good job Cd’A Press, keep us laughing.”

Notice of Public Workshop

There will be a public workshop regarding bike lanes on 15th Street, on Tuesday, April 14th, at 6:00 p.m., at Fire Station 3, 1500 N. 15th Street. Please call Monte McCully, Trails Coordinator, at 292-5766 with any questions.