Friday, May 29, 2009

Stone Tools Talk

Dr. James Woods, Director of the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Southern Idaho, presented "Stone Tools and Weapons of Acient Idaho" at the library Friday during a "Brown Bag" program in the Community Room. The program was made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and through the support of the Friends of the the Library. Woods demonstrated the skill of knapping -- creating spear and arrow points -- by chipping flakes from obsidian.

Request for Proposals for Grant Administrative Services

The City of Coeur d'Alene has completed its first year as a direct recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Administrative services were contracted to a local agency for one year. It is time to solicit proposals for grant administrative services.

The City is seeking proposals for a two-year term with an option for two (2) one-year additional terms. If you and/or your organization are interested in submitting a proposal, please review the information located on the city's web site at The deadline for a submittal is Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.

‘Be Creative’ with Summer Reading

CIN libraries offer programs to keep kids busy with books

The libraries of the Cooperative Information Network (CIN) have what it takes to keep young minds active during the break with Summer Reading programs designed to keep kids interested in books.
Summer Reading throughout the region will celebrate the lively arts with the theme, “Be Creative @ Your Library.” Programs will begin in June.
The CIN includes 21 libraries in North Idaho and eastern Washington that share a library card, computerized catalog and circulation services. CIN jointly offers patrons more than 350,000 books and other items.
Although the Summer Reading theme is the same for all the libraries, schedules and programs differ. For details on the library nearest you contact its youth services.
Regional programs include:


Thursday, May 28, 2009

CDA TV Channel 19 to air High School Commencements

In cooperation with School District 271 and Time Warner Cable, the city will be be airing a live broadcast of the high school commencement exercises on CDA TV Channel 19.

Coeur d'Alene High School's Commencement Exercises will begin broadcasting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009

Lake City High School's Commencement Exercises will begin broadcasting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009

Summer Water Use

We are coming into our peak water use season. On the 1st of May the city’s Water Department pumped about 8.5 million gallons. By May the 25th the amount increased to 17.2 million. As the weather gets warmer, we expect to pump up to 30 million gallons per day. Our maximum pumping capacity is near 37 million per day. The Water Department will continue to promote and encourage conservation and wise water use through awareness and educational programs. For additional information on city water usage and conservation programs, contact Jim Markley, Water Superintendent at 769-2210.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Specialized Needs Recreation Receives Grant From Idaho Community Foundation – Herbert D. McAvoy Fund

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) received a grant of $3,958.00 from the Idaho Community Foundation – Herbert D. McAvoy Fund to be used for Camp Allstars scholarships, and to buy a new laptop and software.

The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization composed of over 370 different funds, an asset total of almost $72 million, and a distribution record of more than $37 million for programs and projects. The Idaho Community Foundation encourages citizens to join as members to help support the statewide philanthropic outreach mission. To learn more about the Foundation or join as a member, visit ICF’s website at

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who may have difficulties participating in other programs due to disabilities or physical, mental, or emotional challenges.

If you would like more information about Specialized Needs Recreation, call Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit our website at

CdA Awarded Mayors’ Institute on City Design “Alumni Technical Assistance Program”

The City of Coeur d’Alene was selected by the Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) to receive post-Institute technical design assistance. In a three-day charette (August 11-13), Resource Team members Michael Singer, Scot Hein, Maurice Cox, and other nationally-recognized designers and planners will expand upon the urban design lessons learned last May in Portland, Oregon when Mayor Bloem presented the education corridor for the 2008 spring Institute. Portland METRO development team members will collaborate with Resource Team members to further realize the potential of the riverfront site. Because team members from the former Institute are invited to participate, the Alumni Technical Assistance program can build on the efficiencies of having some professionals “on the same page” with respect to plans, regional history, and stakeholders.

What is the Mayors' Institute?
The Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) is a partnership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Architectural Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors. The Mayors' Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities since 1986.

The MICD achieves its mission by organizing sessions where mayors engage leading design experts to find solutions to their most critical planning and design challenges. Sessions are organized around a specific issue presented by a mayor from his or her city for the other mayors and designers to discuss.

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design Alumni Technical Assistance program is made possible by a generous $250,000 gift from the Edward W. Rose III Family Fund of the Dallas Foundation, directed to the National Endowment for Arts (NEA) by Mrs. Evelyn “Deedie” Potter Rose.

“We are honored and are looking forward to the opportunity in August. The partnership with MICD, Portland Metro, and the community stakeholders will undoubtedly produce a quality program for our citizens,” said Mayor Bloem. “Because the Higher Education Corridor is vital to the economic development in our region, further planning is critical and we couldn’t ask for a better team of experts.”

Mayors from Alexandria, VA., Auburn, WA, Little Rock, AR, and New Bedford, MA have also been selected to take part in the Mayors’ Institute on City Design Alumni Technical Assistance Program in their respective regions. For more information, contact Victoria Bruno at 769-2204.

BMX Freestyle Park Completed

Last Friday, volunteers working with a vendor’s installation crew completed three features to create a BMX freestyle park adjacent to the existing skateboard park near Memorial Field.

A 2008-2009 City Council strategic goal priority, the BMX freestyle park was originally estimated to cost $70,000. By leveraging the purchasing of the equipment or “piggybacking” with other municipalities, the BMX freestyle park was completed for under $29,000. The Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene was the major donor by contributing $5,000 to the new facility.

Local BMX enthusiasts raised nearly $400 towards the park and helped with the installation of the features. Councilman McEvers donated food from Rustlers Roost for the volunteers.

Shown in front of one of the new BMX features is Councilman McEvers with city staff, the equipment vendor, and volunteers.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Groundbreaking Celebrated May 26th for 4th Street Reconstruction Project

A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for the 4th Street Reconstruction Project – a major revitalization effort, including enhancement of the midtown area. Mayor Sandi Bloem, City Council members, Lake City Development Corporation board members, Safco Construction Company representatives, and 4th Street business owners broke ground on this collaborative effort.

There will be three phases to the 4th Street Improvement Project. This first phase will begin at Foster Avenue and end at Miller Avenue. The second phase, starting in late June, will begin at the alley north of Lakeside Avenue and proceed north to Foster Avenue. The final phase starts in mid to late July, beginning from Miller Avenue north to Harrison Avenue.

When completed – target date early October 2009 – midtown will be a rich blend of public art, eclectic shops, restaurants and residences, paved intersections, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and tree-lined streets.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Today's Mock DUI Accident Drill

A message from Captain Childers on today’s mock DUI accident drill:

“I want to take just a moment to thank everyone involved in making the mock DUI crash scene a success. As I stood and watched the scene unfold I couldn’t help but place myself in the shoes of a parent and how it began to affect me. I watched the student’s faces and it was obvious they too were affected by the reality of poor decision making. I do not know how anyone could walk away without having experienced some deep emotional impact. To everyone involved, your actions today, along with the time and effort put into this exercise, may very well save lives in the future. We have heard it before and we will hear it again, but the level of cooperation and team work among the public safety agencies in our County is the best a community could ask for. I am proud to be apart of such an excellent Team.”

Draft 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

The City of Coeur d’Alene has rolled out the draft 10-year Plan to End Homelessness. The draft plan was presented at the May 19th City Council meeting and it represents hundreds of hours of work by countless community leaders and local social service organizations. While the draft marks a significant milestone, much more work remains.

Interested citizens are encouraged to participate as additional community input is necessary to further shape this plan. A series of town hall meetings will occur over the next few months, the first one has been scheduled on June 11th at 5:30 pm at City Hall upstairs in the Old Council Chambers. There will be a panel of community experts and copies of the draft plan available.

The complete plan is also available at

4th Street Improvement Project Begins

The 4th Street Improvement Project – a major revitalization effort, including enhancement of the midtown area – will begin Tuesday, May 26th. One of the first “signs” of the project will be actual signs on 3rd and 5th streets, telling you how to get to 4th street businesses. After traffic control and signage is in place, the removal of the existing asphalt will follow.

There will be one-lane, through traffic, throughout most of the project phases. Temporary closures, with detours to side streets, will occur when stormwater mains, water service lines, or accented intersections are being installed, or paving is taking place.

There will be three phases to the 4th Street Improvement Project. This first phase will begin at Foster Avenue and end at Miller Avenue. The second phase, starting in late June, will begin at the alley north of Lakeside Avenue and proceed north to Foster Avenue. The final phase starts in mid to late July, beginning from Miller Avenue north to Harrison Avenue.

When completed – target date early October 2009 – midtown will be a rich blend of public art, eclectic shops, restaurants and residences, paved intersections, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and tree-lined streets.

For more information, please call Dennis Grant, 769-2398.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

City Hall Closed for Memorial Day

This Monday, May 25th, City Hall will be closed in honor of Memorial Day. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Streets, and Fire can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Tuesday, May 26th at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Traffic Alert – Cd’A Marathon

Motorists are asked to be alert for traffic control devices and lane closures to accommodate the Coeur d'Alene Marathon this Sunday, May 24th. Event sponsors will begin setting up at 5:30 am and this event will be completed by 2 pm. The general route is from Riverstone onto Northwest Boulevard to the downtown area and on into the Sanders Beach area then east on Mullan Avenue onto to Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive to Higgins Point and back.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Library ‘Brown Bag’ Looks at Ancient Idaho Tools, Weapons

“The Stone Tools and Weapons of Ancient Idaho” is the subject of a “Brown Bag” program coming to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Friday, May 29, noon to 1 p.m.

The free program by Dr. James Woods, Director of the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences, will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library. Audience members are invited to bring their lunches. Beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Library.


H1N1 Returns to Kootenai County

Kootenai County’s second case of Novel H1N1 flu was confirmed Monday by the Idaho State Laboratory, bringing the state’s total cases to nine. The patient, who is no longer contagious, is a student at Ramsey Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene. The child did not attend school while ill.

The Coeur d’Alene School District sent letters home with Ramsey Elementary students notifying parents of the H1N1 case and asking them to monitor their children for symptoms. The letters ask parents to keep children with symptoms home for seven days and consult a health provider.

The district also planned additional disinfecting tonight of all commonly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs and railings.

Health officials believe the H1N1 virus infected the student during recent family travels out of state by car. No one else in the family has symptoms. The student was ill for three days and has recovered without hospitalization.

“This is a reminder to everyone that Novel H1N1 has been identified in our state and we each need to do our part to help prevent the spread of the flu virus,” said Lora Whalen, Director of Family and Community Health for the Panhandle Health District. “Wash your hands frequently, cover your cough and stay home if you are ill. These three simple steps can help stop transmission of the flu virus.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised schools to manage the H1N1 virus by identifying ill students and staff early, advising them to stay home during their illness and promoting with staff and students good hand-washing and cough-etiquette.

Kootenai County’s first H1N1 case was confirmed May 3. The woman recovered with no need for hospitalization. Monitoring of her close contacts showed no spread of the virus that now has infected more than 5,100 people in 48 states and more than 8,800 people worldwide.

Health authorities believe H1N1 spreads through the air like the seasonal flu. Because H1N1 is a new virus, people have little to no immunity to it. Symptoms, too, are similar to the seasonal flu—fever, sore throat, cough, headache, body aches, chills and fatigue. Only a test can identify the virus causing the illness.

There is a stock of antiviral medications available in our community to treat severe influenza illness. Antiviral drugs are prescription medications which work by decreasing the spread of flu viruses in the respiratory tract. No vaccine is available yet to prevent catching the new virus. The process to develop an effective vaccine takes six to nine months from the time the virus is first identified.

PHD will continue to monitor the H1N1 flu with the help of schools, local governments and the medical community.

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

Bloom Report

Are you wondering about the identity of those pink-flowering trees that line Kathleen Avenue beside Jenny Stokes Field? Or perhaps you would like to find and plant the same kind of tree you saw blooming along 15th Street beside Person Field? The Urban Forestry division of the Parks Department has a weekly "Bloom Report" to help citizens identify the trees in bloom in Coeur d'Alene. The weekly Bloom Report appears as a public service announcement on CDA-TV and is also posted on the Parks Department web site at Select "Bloom Report" from the bottom of the left hand menu list. Trees are listed by the week of their full bloom. Find out more about their mature size and form, where you can see them, and other interesting tree facts.

Library Closed Sunday and Monday for Memorial Holiday

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 24 and 25, due to the Memorial Day holiday. All other city office are also closed Monday for the holiday.
Normal hous resume Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m.
More news and information about the library can be found at

Summer Reading Keeps Young Minds Active During Break

Ask a teacher the single most important thing a child can do during summer to keep their mind active and ready to learn in the fall and they will say, “Read.”
Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that kids who read during the summer retain more of what they have learned during the previous school year and are better prepared to go back to school. Simply put, kids who read have less that they have to relearn before they can absorb new information.

It’s like using a muscle. Without exercise muscles lose tone and strength. Without exercise young brains lose their tone and have to be flexed again to be put into shape. Reading is mental exercise.

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., along with its partner libraries in the Cooperative Information Network, have what families need to keep young minds active during the coming season. Summer Reading begins at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on June 18. This year’s theme for Summer Reading is “Be Creative @ Your Library.” Free programs for children ages newborn to young teen will focus on all of the lively arts and crafts.

Programs will include stories, poems, songs, crafts, and other activities.
Participants, including young adults 12-18, can pick up reading logs in the Seagraves Children’s Library and use them to keep track of the amounts of time they spend reading. For each three hours recorded they are eligible to receive a prize by bringing the log back to the library. Kids can receive a log and participate even if they do not attend Summer Reading programs.

As a special treat to begin Summer Reading, one of the Pacific Northwest most creative authors for children, Ken Nesbitt, will present a program on Thursday, June 18, at 1 p.m. Nesbitt is an author and poet and is known for such kids’ favorites as, “The Aliens Have Landed at Our School,” “My Foot Fell Asleep,” “Revenge of the Lunch Ladies,” “Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney,” “When the Teacher Isn’t Looking,” and, his latest, “My Hippo Has the Hiccups.”

At the end of July, the first portion of summer activities will wrap up with the annual Summer Reading Carnival in McEuen Field adjacent to the library. Summer programs will continue at the library with the annual “August Film Festival.” Kids can come to the library and beat the heat while they watch some classic films and munch popcorn.

For more information about Coeur d’Alene’s programs contact Youth Services at 208/769-2315 Ext. 438, or by e-mail at More news about the library is available online at News about the library and other city departments is available at the city’s news blog

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Winners Recognized in Library Writers Competition

The winners of the 2009 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library include, front row, left to right, Hannah Daniels, Toriana Wilson, Erin Chaves, Payton Barber, Mallory Henkle, and Erin Olson. Second row, Elisha Coad, Jael Claybaugh, Andrew Akins, Anika Suurkask, Smantha Heck, Kayla Thompson, and Tessa Lauer. Third row, Emma Daugherty, Katrina Belling, Casey Hastings, Megan Sausser and Ian Van Ostrand. Fourth row, Sean Douglas McLeod, Sarah Munds, James George, Liz Patterson, Josiah Coad and Meaghan Bare. Back row, Christiana Hale, Brenda Gorschel, Constance Jensen, Randi Vaughn, Tina Rodeen, Dorothy Clark and Eleanor Engelbrecht. Not pictured, Meaghan Bare, Marge Huntington and Debbie Cross.
The winners in the 21st annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library received recognition in a ceremony at the library Sunday, May 17.
One of the oldest competitions of its kind in the region, this year’s program attracted more than 175 entries from participants ranging in age from 6 to more than 80 years old. Entries are fiction and nonfiction prose of 2,000 words or less.
Entries are judged by professional writers, editors and educators and winners receive cash prizes funded by a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene and from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Prizes are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. In case of ties, duplicate prizes are awarded. First-place prizes are not necessarily awarded in every age group and category, depending on the scores awarded by the judges.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Community Development Block Grant - Recovery Information

Please be advised that on April 5, 2009, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Notice of Program Requirements for Community Development Block Grant Program Funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (CDBG-R).

The City of Coeur d'Alene has been allocated $82,719.00 of CDBG-R funds, which are to be added to our 2008 CDBG Action Plan, under a substantial amendment. The City is posting this information and providing 14 days for public comments from May 15, 2009 through May 29, 2009. Written comments should be submitted to Renata McLeod, Project Coordinator, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, or electronically at

The city is proposing to utilize the funding to provide design services for infrastructure enhancements (including storm water management, curbing, paving, and water services) within Census Tract 9, Block 1, which consists of 68% low to moderate income citizens (Howard Avenue South to Marie Avenue and Howard Avenue extended north to Neider Avenue).

The National Objective this project meets would be a benefit to low and moderate-income (LMI) persons. Staff believes that the proposed project would meet the additional (CDBG-R) objectives of 2. Assisting those most impacted by the recession (low and moderate-income persons); 3. Providing investment needed to increase economic efficiency; and 4. Investing in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. Additionally, the proposed area is within the City's highest low to moderate income (LMI) census block area, with 68% of the residents reporting as LMI. Since the City currently has a Neider Avenue project underway, this additional design work blends well and allows the project to grow to better connect the neighborhood and tie into the future development of the Howard Avenue north extension. This was not a part of the original project.

HUD has requested an expedited process, waiving ordinary citizen participation requirements, and allowing for only a 7 day public comment period. The City is providing 14 days. Additionally, the substantial amendment is due to HUD no later than June 15, 2009, with the proposed project to begin within 120 days.

Project area map.

Click here for the CDBG-R Notice.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

City Team Completes "Trash-Fest"

A small but dedicated city crew made short work of last night’s litter pick up outing. As you can see from the photo, the crew built quite a collection of trash and we found a number of fun car parts. Troy Tymesen won the best dressed trash-picker-upper again this round.

Special thanks to Dianna Booth and Streets for coordinating another productive outing.

The City of Coeur d’Alene Team's adopted Seltice Way shines today!

Officers Earn Certifications

Officers Nick Knoll and Josh Schneider recently completed a 120 hour Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) course. Their training consisted of spending two weeks at Peace Officers Standards and Training Academny (POST) in Meridian, Idaho going through classroom training that included human physiology, vital signs, standardized field sobriety tests, as well as extensively covering the 7 categories of drugs and their effects. Their training also consisted of completing a week long certification phase in Seattle by performing DRE examinations on multiple people who were contacted and under the influence of one or more drugs. Officer Schneider also received recognition as “Top Student” during the two week training phase at POST. Officers Schneider and Knoll now join Officers Pat Sullivan and Tim Hanna as Drug Recognition Experts for the Police Department. The DRE’s can assist in evaluating drivers who operated vehicles under the influence of drugs, which may otherwise be difficult to prove or prosecute.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bid Results for Wastewater Treatment Plant - Digester No. 2 Repair

The following bids were received by the City for the Wastewater Treatment Plant's Digester No. 2 Cover and Piping Repair:

TML Construction $131,820.00
Shannon Industrial Const. $153,740.00

Staff will review the bids for responsiveness to the specifications and will present their recommendations for awarding the bid at the Public Works Committee meeting to be held on May 26th at 4:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. It is anticipated that the recommendation from the Public Works Committee will be presented and the bid will be awarded at the June 2, 2009 City Council meeting held at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bid Results for 2009 Open Trench Sewer Line Replacement Project

The City has received the following bids for the 2009 Open Trench Sewer Line Replacement Project:

MDM Construction:
$88,322.00 (Total Base Bid); $44,523.25 (Alternate No. 1); $31,194.60 (Alternate No. 2)

Buddy's Back Hoe:
$102,489.00 (Total Base Bid); $54,767.00 (Alternate No. 1); $45,918.00 (Alternate No. 2)

Owens Construction:
$112,015.61 (Total Base Bid); $55,784.30 (Alternate No. 1); $41,088.69 (Alternate No. 2)

Staff will review the submitted bids for responsiveness to the bid specifications and will be making their recommendation for awarding the bid at the May 19, 2009 City Council meeting.

Kathleen Bike Connector Trail Celebrated

Mayor Bloem and other city officials, members of the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation, and city staff who supported this project, gathered at noon today to cut the ribbon marking the completion of this important trail connector.

Why is it important? After the Prairie Trail was paved, it saw increased use. The North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation noticed that for a distance of ¼ mile between Ramsey and the Prairie Trail, there was no trail or sidewalk along Kathleen. It was a critical gap that was used by many kids going to and from Woodlands Middle School, Holy Family School, Ramsey Elementary School, and even the Charter Academy. In addition, there were recreational users from the neighborhoods who needed the gap completed.

The North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation put together a partnership of people and entities to get the gap paved. The city provided the essential right-of-way. The Engineering Department staked out the right-of-way and provided engineering support. The Streets Department did the preparation and paving work. The Parks Department provided approximately $3,500, signs, and supervision. The NICTF provided $2,500 and solicited the other contributions. Greenstone Corporation contributed $2,500. Mountain West Bank contributed $500. Poe Asphalt discounted the cost of the asphalt for a savings of $863. MDM Construction donated the crushed-rock base material, which was worth approximately $1,000. Due to the generous contributions, the total price of construction was approximately 50% of the cost of a similar project.

Mayor Bloem emphasized that projects like this would not be possible without strong partnerships among those entities involved. She also thanked the sponsors who generously made the project possible.

For additional information contact Mike Gridley at 769-2330.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Specialized Needs Recreation Hosts 7th Annual “Shining Stars” Talent Show Fundraiser, May 16th

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) participants are hosting their 7th Annual Shining Stars Talent Show Fundraiser on Saturday, May 16th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p. m. This year’s show, Viva Las Vegas, will be held at Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls. The address is 2478 East Poleline (right next to the Post Falls High School).

Spend a night filled with pure entertainment. The talent show – Viva Las Vegas – has 34 individuals doing scenes as star-imitators ranging from Elvis to Wayne Newton to the Rockettes and the Chipmunks. They have been practicing for months for this special night, so please come and help them celebrate success and see them shine! The entry fee is $5.00. Raffle tickets can be purchased separately and you need not be present to win.

SNR will be raffling off many wonderfully-themed baskets such as: Couples, Women’s, Men’s, and Family baskets, as well as a basket from the Great Harvest Bread Company. We will raffle off a few miscellaneous baskets and we will also have a Silent Auction. Many wonderful donations have been made for these baskets by SNR parents and businesses in our community.

SNR is still in need of volunteers for this event, so if you are interested in helping out at the Talent Show, helping with decorating or cleaning up, or if you would like more information about SNR and the programs they provide, contact Angie Goucher, SNR Executive Director, at 755-6781.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to youth and adults who have developmental and or physical disabilities. Visit our website at

‘A Slice of OZ’ at Library May 14

Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion from the cast of Christian Youth Theater (CYT)-North Idaho's "The Wizard of OZ" will share their story and a little song and dance with children at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Thursday, May 14 at 4 p.m. in a program called “A Slice of OZ: Excerpts From a Classic.”
These four local residents cast in CYT's upcoming performances of "The Wizard of OZ" will read, sing and answer questions for interested children in the Community Room on the lower level of the library.
They along with 73 other children from the community will perform this classic American fairytale at the new Salvation Army Kroc Theater of Performing Arts May 22-30.
For details about the reading please contact the library at 208/769-2315 or email For more information about CYT or "The Wizard of OZ" phone 208/819-9281 or visit the CYT website:
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Summer Street Maintenance Begins

What is the secret to keeping Coeur d’Alene streets in good shape? In a word: resources. City Council members have repeatedly affirmed street maintenance as one of their top priorities during annual budget retreats. Many of our streets such as Ramsey Road north of Hanley, Kathleen Avenue west of Ramsey, north Atlas, and Seltice Way saw reconstruction or improvements such as curb and gutter, swale detentions, and road widening. This summer for overlay, the main focus will is on the 4th street mid-town renovation and upgrade. For most streets, the key to keeping them in good condition is an adequate level of annual maintenance which is funded through the General Fund.

The City of Coeur d'Alene maintains an inventory of about 250 centerline miles of streets. To ensure a dedicated maintenance funding stream, the City Council continues to retain in the budget a $625,000 line item for the pavement Overlay Program. This item funds the annual equivalence of 20 to 30 city blocks worth of pavement overlay. This work is typically contracted and is managed by the Engineering Department. In addition, the Street Maintenance Department performs extensive spot repairs on city streets using in-house resources. The cost of this work totals about $400,000. So, in a typical year, this city invests a little over $1 million between the overlay program and in-house forces to keep the 250 miles of streets maintained. With this level of funding dedicated to street maintenance, along with periodic help from grants and LIDs, our streets should never fall into wholesale disrepair.

With the summer patching repair season approaching, Street Maintenance Department crews will focus on the patching of major streets that are in the poorest condition. Crews will initially focus on the following areas:

• 15th Street north of Wallace to I-90
• Hanley Avenue from Ramsey to Government Way
• Dalton Avenue from Ramsey to Government Way
• Seltice Way
• Atlas Road between I-90 overpass and Prairie

There will be many other residential streets, in addition to these, that will be repaired by the Street Maintenance Department later this summer. We want to do the best job possible alerting motorists to our work zones. Detailed day-to-day traffic impact reports are provided daily to radio KVNI 1080 AM for street closures and interferences. Road maintenance work is demanding and dangerous. We ask the public's patience and assistance – PLEASE obey work zone signage and be extra cautious in our work areas. In return, we promise that we will do our best to ensure your safety and keep you moving toward your destination. For more information, please call 769-2233.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Homicide Report from Coeur d'Alene Police

(This post comprises the merged contents of earlier public press releases from Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department regarding a homicide that took place in the early morning hours of May 9, 2009, in Coeur d'Alene.)

Report # 09C12380

Date of incident: 050909

Time incident reported: 2:17am

Location: 3rd & Indiana

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred at 2:17 am in the vicinity of 3rd and Indiana. The victim is a 21 year old male from the Coeur d’Alene area. He attends college out of the area and had returned home on 050809.

Witnesses stated the victim and his friends were at a local bar, Mik n Maks, and the victim had a verbal altercation with the male suspect. The suspect was asked to leave the bar by the management.

A few hours later at closing time the victim and his friends were walking in the area of 3rd and Indiana. The suspect pulled up to them in his vehicle and fired one shot from a handgun striking the victim in the head. The suspect immediately fled the area. The victim was transported to KMC and was later pronounced clinically dead. 

The victim in the homicide is identified as 21 year old Timothy I. Williams (Wolfe) of Worley Idaho. Williams was attending college at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo Montana. His family is from the Worley area.

No further information about the victim is forthcoming tonight. 

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department received information from area law enforcement officers that they had had previous contact with a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department was able to retrieve that information from their data base.

Detectives were able to learn the name of the registered owner of the vehicle, and through further investigation learned where the suspect worked. The Post Falls Police Swat team assisted Coeur d’Alene Police with the apprehension of Juan C. Aldana Villanueva, 22 years of age of Post Falls. Villanueva was arrested at his place of employment Rancho Viejo restaurant in Post Falls. The Swat team assisted due to the suspect possibly being armed and dangerous.

There were no patrons in the business. There were approximately 4 employees inside the restaurant at the time. They claimed to not know where Villanueva was in the building. Swat members cleared every room and found Villanueva locked inside of a restroom. Officers ordered him to come out and he complied.

Villanueva was arrested for 1st degree murder and taken into custody. Detectives are still in process of interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence. 

Tips continue to come in from witnesses due to the help of the media. The Police Department would like to thank the media for their immediate cooperation in helping us with this crime.

Sergeant Christie Wood, Public Information Officer

Coeur d’Alene Police Department


In a post on the Spokesman Review website Huckleberries Online (linked below), Coeur d'Alene Tribal Spokesman Marc Stewart shared more information that the victim was a member of the Cd'A Tribe.  Our thoughts go out to the members of the tribe who have lost a friend and family member.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tree Species PSA's

The city's Urban Forester, Karen Haskew, is now doing a weekly Public Service Announcement on CDA TV on different tree species and how and when they bloom. We have created a page on the Parks website at called the "Bloom Report" that has a link to each weekly report in pdf form.

Battery Report

On May 7, 2009 at 9:20 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Legends Parkway for the report of a battery that had just occurred. The reporting party stated that two females had been fighting. One of them is his downstair's neighbor. He said she was currently at his doorstep and bleeding from the face but was refusing medical attention. He said the female appeared to be very intoxicated.

Officers contacted the 39-year-old female inside the reporting party's (RP) apartment. Officers questioned the female as to how she obtained her injuries. She was uncooperative and belligerent. Officers were concerned that she was possibly the victim of a domestic dispute. They asked for her cooperation and she yelled profanities at them.

Due to children being present, officers suggested they all go downstairs to her apartment and leave the RP’s apartment. The female was unsteady as she walked to the door. One of the officers attempted to open the door handle for her and she struck his hands. Officers escorted her outside and she turned and swung at one of them. The officer deflected her punch and both officers took her to the ground to control her movement. The female sustained a facial injury to her left eye area during the take-down. She was treated a Kootenai Medical Center for her injuries. Charges will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s office for two counts of battery on a police officer.

Chief Longo stated, "This incident is under investigation by Idaho State Police at our request.”

The incident remains under investigation. For more for information, please contact Sergeant Christie Wood, Public Information Officer, Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 769-2320.

Local History of CCC Featured at Library

The history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest will be presented Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commuity Room of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Sarah Wilson, of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, will present the program. May is Idaho Archaelogy and Historic Preservation Month. The library program is offered locally in conjunction with "Civilian Conservation Corps: When We Were Young," an exhibit at the Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd.
The CCC was a public work relief program for unemployed men, focused on natural resource conservation from 1933 to 1942. As part of the New Deal legislation proposed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the CCC was designed firstly, to aid relief of high unemployment stemming from the Great Depression and secondly, carry out a broad natural resource conservation program on national, state and municipal lands.
More news information about the Coeur d'Alene Public Library is available online at

Upcoming Bid Dates

The City will be receiving bids for the following projects/proposals:

May 12, 2009 10:00 a.m. is the deadline for submitting bids for the 2009 Wastewater Projects Open Trench Replacement.

May 13, 2009 2:00 p.m. is the deadline for submitting bids for the Wastewater Treatment Plant's Digester No. 2 Cover and Piping Repair.

May 21, 2009 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for submitting proposals for Single-Source Towing Services with the City Police Department.

All bids/proposals must be submitted to the City Clerk by the deadline date and time indicated.

As with all bids, the City reserves the right to accept or reject, any or all bids.

Bid Opening for Low Phosphorous Pilot Test Facility

On Wednesday, May 6th, the City received the following "total base bids" for the Wastewater Treatment Plant's Low Phosphorous Demonstration Pilot Facility:

Shannon Industrial $1,173,598.00
TML Construction $1,256,123.00
Contractors Northwest, Inc. $1,421,542.00

Staff will be reviewing the bids for their responsiveness to specifications and making their recommendation for awarding the bid at the May 19, 2009 City Council meeting.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

National Police Week Observed May 10th to 16th

National Police Week, which occurs each year during the week in which May 15 falls, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Thank you law enforcement officers for your service!

Celebrate Bike to Work Week, May 11th – May 16th

Cyclists are being encouraged to ride every day of Bike to Work Week. There will be energizer stations located at nearly all bike shops in Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, and Post Falls. There will be two stations that will have representatives from area bike shops who will do free bike checks for anyone on a bike. One will be located at the Prairie Trail/Centennial Trail intersection and the other will be on the Centennial Trail in front of Mt. View Cyclery in Post Falls. They will be there Monday through Friday, May 11-16, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free Gatorade, water, and snacks will be offered. Below is the line-up of events for Bike to Work Week:

Monday the 11th - Bike to Work Week kick-off ride, 7:30 a.m., beginning at Riverstone Park - ride down Northwest Boulevard and end at Independence Point.

Tuesday the 12th - Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Prairie Trail Spur at noon at the Mountain West Bank on the corner of Kathleen Avenue and Ramsey Road.

Wednesday the 13th – Bicycle Fashion Show at 5:30 p.m. at the City Park Band Shell. It's not just Spandex!!!

Thursday the 14th - Free Commuter Clinic class at Terra Sports on Sherman Avenue for anyone interested in learning safe ways to commute.

Friday the 15th - Finish Line wrap-up celebration downtown in Sherman Park on Sherman Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will be raffled off to anyone on a bike (and wearing a helmet!) and trophies awarded to participating area businesses for encouraging their employees to bike to work.

Saturday the 16th - Bicycle Safety Clinic and Rodeo at the Kootenai Medical Center Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your kids down to learn about bicycle safety and receive a free bike helmet (while supplies last).

Hayden is also planning a ride on Monday morning, May 11th. It will start at 7:30 a.m. at CafĂ© Maria and end at Hayden City Hall Park. Post Falls’ May 11th ride will start at 7:30 a.m. at Wal-Mart and end at Post Falls City Hall. To sign-up your business for the Corporate Challenge, go to For more information on how you or your business can be involved with Bike to Work Week 2009, please contact Monte McCully at (208) 292-5766.

Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization is developing a region-wide Non-Motorized Transportation Plan and they invite your input and involvement on May 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The plan will be a tool to assist in the development of a non-motorized transportation network within the Kootenai region. To develop an effective plan, we need your input at an upcoming workshop to help identify regional priorities and opportunities for improving biking, walking, and other forms of non-motorized transportation.

WHAT: Kootenai Regional Non-Motorized Transportation Plan Workshop

WHO is Invited: Anyone who would like to help shape a bike and pedestrian system for
Kootenai County

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Trailhead Pavilion, Q’emiln Park 12201 W. Parkway Dr. Post Falls, ID
Please come ready to take part in exercises to help KMPO identify regional priorities for non-motorized transportation. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to either or 1-800-698-1927 by May 12.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Join us for Canfield Mountain Trail Building Day Saturday, May 9th at 8:30 a.m.

The community at large is invited to join city staff and other volunteers at Shadduck Lane Park at 8:30 a.m. to help construct a 1.2 mile hiking trail on the city-owned portion of Canfield Mountain. For the last two summers, Boy Scouts have been clearing brush and digging trail to help provide the community with a natural hiking and biking trail at Canfield Mountain. On Saturday, May 9th, the plan is to finish the trail.

Shadduck Park is located on Shadduck Lane, which is a continuation of Kathleen and Margaret Avenue in the North East corner of Coeur d’Alene. Please bring a tool: Pulaski, shovel, rake or pick, if you have extras please bring those too! Don’t forget to wear jeans, boots, gloves, and eye protection. For more information, please contact Monte McCully, Trails Coordinator, 292-5766.

Certifications Attained

The Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Academy recently awarded the following certifications to police department personnel:

Detective Eric Paull was awarded the Advanced Certificate for a Certified Police Officer. This is a combination of experience education and training.

Lieutenant Mike Calderwood was awarded the Idaho POST Management Certificate for law enforcement management.

Congratulations to both officers for working hard to achieve these certifications.

Special Weekend Events at Cherry Hill Park

BMX Free Clinic:

This weekend the North Idaho BMX Association will be hosting their annual BMX Free Clinic. Kids get to race for free, they can have the bikes tuned up at no cost (unless parts are required), any kid without a helmet will get a free helmet and free T-shirts will be given to all first time participants. BMX participation has grown steadily year by year since we first introduced it at Cherry Hill.

First Cherry Hill Disc Golf Tournament:

The disc golf course will also see its first tournament on Saturday. The disc golf course has been busy with disc golf players every day of the week. We will be doing some improvements on the disc golf course over the summer with volunteer groups. If anyone has an interest in playing at the disc golf course on Cherry Hill you can access the course layout by clicking onto the Parks Department web page.

For more infromaiton on these activities, contact the Parks Department at 769-2252.

Monday, May 4, 2009

‘Flu & You’ Panel About Protecting Community Health

“The Flu & You: Steps to Assure Community Health” — a panel discussion on efforts to prevent the spread of illnesses such as the Swine Flu and other health issues — will be presented Wednesday, May 13, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Sponsored by the library and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), the panel will be moderated by Laurie Hassell, NWABR’s Regional Manager, and will include representatives from the science community and local agencies involved in protecting the health of the community and responsible for responding to health emergencies.
“Our goal is to provide a forum for officials and the public to discuss how we as a community respond to potential health threats — such as the Swine Flu,” Hassell said. “People have questions about what they need to be concerned about and how to respond. The panel should bring together the people who are equipped to provide the answers.”
Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions in writing and in person to the panel members. Most of the participating agencies will also have printed material about safeguarding community health to distribute.