Friday, July 31, 2009

What's Happening at the Library


A video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDATV Channel 19. CDATV offers live and recorded public meetings andc other important information for the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. For more news and information about the library visit

Sidewalk Incentive Program

The reimbursement program for sidewalk construction is a success. To date there have been eight homeowners that have taken advantage of this program to improve the sidewalks adjoining their residential property. The sidewalk improvements are being done outside the areas that the City program will be working on over the next five years. The homeowners are eligible for a reimbursement of $20 per lineal foot of sidewalk replaced, up to a maximum of $500.00, including the encroachment fee. The program improves the access for all throughout the City and gets the improvements done faster than the if the City is required to improve all the residential sidewalks. For more information regarding the incentive program application, contact Shane Roberts at 769-2283.

City Receives $307,000 in Stimulus Funds to Construct Kathleen/Howard Signal

The City of Coeur d’Alene was recently notified that it would receive $307,000 in stimulus funds for construction of a signal at Kathleen Avenue and Howard Street.

City Engineer Gordon Dobler was told it would be “a few months” before the initial paperwork was completed and the city could proceed. Plans for the signal are complete but they will need to be updated since they were originally submitted in 1996. “That will be completed while we are waiting for the paper work,” said Dobler. “With any luck we will be standing the signal in late fall.”

For more information, please contact Gordon Dobler at 769-2216.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Update on Death Investigation

The 36 year old female victim that died in a fall from the 12th floor of the Coeur d’Alene Resort has been identified as Lynea M. Sprung Hambrice. Lynea was from Baton Rouge Louisiana and was visiting Coeur d’Alene with her boyfriend to attend his class reunion that is being held in Kellogg.

Detectives have determined that both the victim and her boyfriend had been consuming alcohol. The incident continues to be under investigation. Detectives do not expect to release any further information until after the results of the autopsy are received.

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

Kids Get Creative at Library Carnival

Members of the Coeur d'Alene Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band play for participants Wednesday during the Summer Reading Art Carnival at the Coeur d'Alene Library.
Part of the Summer Reading Program at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library wrapped up Wednesday, July 29, as about 350 children and adults filled the Community Room for the Summer Reading Arts Carnival.
In line with the Summer Reading theme, "Be Creative @ Your Library," kids had the opportunity to make puppets, spin art, silhouettes, decorated graham crackers and other arts and crafts. Also, they enjoyed performanaces by the Coeur d'Alene Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band and the Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers.
Children who had participated in puppet workshops during Summer Reading also entertained the audience as did the library's Summer Youth Employees.
For photos of the event, visit the library website,, and click on the photo gallery link.
During August the Seagraves Children's Library will offer "Puppet Palooza" with puppet shows presented 11 to noon on Aug. 5, 12 and 19 in the Shirley Parker Storyroom.
On Aug. 26, the library, in partnership with the Kootenai County League of Women Voters, will offer a special program for children celbrating the anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandy Bloem will read a special book for this event, also scheduled for the storyroom.
MOre news and information about the library can be read at

Investigation of Death From a Fall

Coeur d’Alene Police responded to the Coeur d’Alene Resort at 115 2nd St at 12:34am for a report of a female who had fallen to her death from the 12th floor of a guest room. Officers arrived on scene and located the female on the south side of the resort, on the ground lying on the deck of the main floor. Medical personnel arrived on scene and determined the victim was deceased.

The female is 36 years of age and was visiting the area with a 38 year old male companion. Both of them are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police have been communicating with her companion and the circumstances of her death continue to be under investigation. An autopsy is pending. The management at the Coeur d’Alene Resort has been very cooperative in the investigation. No other details are available at this time.

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Street Fair Expanded, Traffic Detours Placed Friday Morning

The upcoming weekend hosts the annual Downtown Street Fair, Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes, and Art on the Green. This year there is a change to the Street Fair layout which will have an impact on traffic into and out of the downtown area.

It’s because the Street Fair has expanded. In the past, Sherman Avenue was closed from 2nd to 7th Street. This year, Sherman Avenue will be closed from Independence Point eastward to 7th Street to add additional vendor space. Traffic headed into the downtown area from Northwest Boulevard will be routed onto Lakeside and then can go south on Third Street, or north on Fourth Street. Traffic leaving the city’s Third Street parking lot will be directed eastbound only and northbound on Fourth or Seventh Street. Resort traffic only will be directed southbound on Second Street and leaving the resort eastbound only on Front.

For more information, contact Kathy Lewis at 769-2229.

Friends Continue Legacy of Library Support

The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library recently contributed $10,000 to the Library Foundation and was recognized with a plaque on the Louise Shadduck Legacy Wall at the entrance to the Community Room. Pictured, left to right, are Friends members Vicki Neely, Peggy Appleman, Audrey Tomaras, Helen Yuditsky, Pat Wilson, Judy Green, Lynn Sheridan, Marian VanStone, Bill Crane, Janet Crane, Helen Shortridge, Mary Jo Boyle, Judy Edwards and Dora Griffith.

The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library became the third donors to be recognized on the Louise Shadduck Legacy Wall with the organization’s contribution of $10,000 to the Library Foundation.
The wall, at the entrance to the library’s Community Room, honors the late Louise Shadduck of Coeur d’Alene, author, historian, community activist and former Idaho Secretary of Commerce, as well as the honorary Chair for the Library Building Campaign.
Other donors on the wall include the William Morrow Family and Idaho Forest Industries, Inc.
The Friends of the Library was founded in the mid-1970s to raise funds to purchase books and other items for the collection, furnishing and equipment and to support library programs for children and adults. The Friends previously contributed more than $222,000 to the foundation as one of the major donors supporting the building fund for the new library.
The Friends of the Library operate Second Story Books in the lobby of the library with an all-volunteer staff.
The life of Shadduck will be celebrated at the library on Sept. 12, 4-6 p.m., with a presentation entitled “Remembering Louise” – part of “Love Your Library Day” activities marking the second anniversary of the opening of the library at its 702 E. Front Ave. location. For more information about giving and recognition opportunities at the library contact Library Foundation Executive Director Ruth Pratt at 208/769-2380.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

General Services Committee Meets At New Time

General Services Committee meetings will now begin at 2:30 p.m. instead of 3:00 p.m. This is to prevent any overlap into the Public Works Committee meetings which begin at 4:00 p.m. Both meetings are held in the Library Community Room.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

City Awarded $728,625 COPS Grant

The United States Department of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced that under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program the Coeur d’Alene Police Department was selected to receive a COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) grant award for three (3) officer positions. The estimated amount of federal funds to be awarded to the city over the three-year grant period is $728,658.00. Coeur d’Alene’s award was the third highest in Idaho behind Boise (8 positions) and Twin Falls area (4 positions).

“It’s a fantastic way to not only help the city, but to put more officers out on the street to safeguard the public,” said Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo. Chief Longo and Sergeant Bill Tilson researched and wrote the grant that brought the COPS funding to the city.

With the recent announcement of the $500,000 Byrne (JAG) grant for enhancing public safety, the total amount of stimulus funding for public safety for the Coeur d’Alene community will exceed $1.2 million.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Give Young Trees a Little TLC

By Karen Haskew
Urban Forester

As a result of city growth, Coeur d’Alene has many newly-planted trees. The city’s street tree inventory shows that about half of the city’s street trees are less than 2 inches in diameter. Young trees, like young people, need a little extra care to get off to a good start.

Providing supplemental water is very important to get new trees established. An important thing to remember is that your young tree lost a lot its root structure during the transplanting process and that all of its remaining roots are in a very restricted area. It is important to concentrate watering efforts on this "root ball." It is also helpful to water the immediately surrounding area to encourage new root growth beyond the root ball.

If natural rainfall equals an inch of water every week, additional water may not be needed. However, when natural rainfall drops below that amount, start giving the tree some additional water. Don't just rely on lawn sprinkling to provide adequate water to your young trees - it usually does not water deeply enough. A good rule of thumb to follow is to provide five (5) gallons of water per week for every inch of stem caliper (trunk diameter measured six [6] inches above the ground on young trees).

There are several techniques for proper "deep-watering" of trees including:
*Installation of a drip irrigation system
*Building up a berm around the outer edge of the root-ball to provide a "well" area. Filling it up with water that will slowly soak in.
*Coiling soaker hoses over the root-ball area and just beyond.
*Allowing a garden hose to very slowly trickle water onto the target area.
*Drilling four very small (1/16”) holes in a five-gallon bucket; place over the root ball and fill, allowing to drip out slowly.

Providing extra water should be done for several years. A general rule is to water one year for each inch in diameter (measured 6” above the ground) of size, plus one more year. For instance, a tree with 2” of diameter should be provided supplemental water for three years.

A good method of preserving soil moisture is to provide a 2" to 3" layer of mulch over the root area. Taper the depth of mulch so that there is no mulch touching the tree trunk. Do not mulch deeper than 3” as this can cause problems. Mulch also provides nutrients and keeps the root area cool in the hot summer months.

Keep the soil moist but not constantly soaked. Over-watering will cause leaves to turn yellow or fall off and can cause the tree to fail. Water new trees deeply at least once a week – barring rain – and more frequently during hot weather. Watch your tree's "body language." When leaves droop and wilt, a tree is telling you it does not have enough water available to the roots. Continue watering until mid-fall, tapering off as temperatures get lower and the trees require less water.

The Coeur d’Alene Parks Department has publications available on this and other tree care topics. They are available at the Parks Department office at City Hall (710 E. Mullan Avenue). For more information on this topic, visit the city website at or call the Urban Forestry division at 769-2266.

Volunteer Tree Plantings at Landings Park

Last Saturday, July 25th marked the first of three volunteer work party days for the new Landings Park. The Parks Department wishes to thank those who turned out to help us build the city’s 25th park. If you couldn’t make this event, please mark you calendar for additional volunteer work days scheduled for August 22nd and 29th. Last Saturday, volunteers planted trees around the perimeter of the park. The sub-division residents provided snacks and refreshments. If you can help in August, please mark your calendar.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Injuries From Vehicle Fire

Members of the Coeur d’Alene Police and Fire Department responded to the Cedar Motel, 316 CdA Lake Drive regarding a vehicle fire. When officials arrived, they found a male had been burned and a silver 1992 Chevrolet Lumina engulfed in flames.

Medical attention was given to the male, 41 year old Michael R. Brandt of Coeur d’Alene. The cause of the fire was from a propane tank, located on the front passenger seat, when Mr. Brandt lit a cigarette while inside the vehicle.

Onlookers at the scene were able to enter the vehicle and pull Mr. Brandt to safety. Mr. Brandt was transported to Kootenai Medical Center for his injuries. His immediate family has been notified.

At this time, the fire does not appear to be criminal in nature. The vehicle was totaled in the blaze.

Sergeant William Tilson Jr.
Coeur d’Alene Police Department

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Volunteer Tree Planting at Landings Park

This Saturday, July 25th is the first of three volunteer work party days for the new Landings Park. The next two days will be August 22nd and 29th. This Saturday we will be planting trees around the perimeter of the park. The sub-division residents are providing snacks and refreshments. If you can join in, work will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Fire Restrictions Announced

Fire Danger is HIGH! Open Burning within the City of Coeur d'Alene is now closed. No new burning permits will be issued by the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department until the fall when fire danger is reduced. If you have already obtained a burn permit, it will be valid until the exploration date listed on your permit. Small recreational fires and BBQ fires will be allowed on your property this summer until State and Federal agencies declare extreme fire danger conditions. If you have any questions regarding open burning please call the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department at 208-769-2340, M-F, 8AM-5PM. No fires are allowed on Tubbs Hill. Please call 9-1-1 to report any fire.

Below is from the cooperating fire agencies for the region:

Burning Restrictions Placed in Kootenai County

Due to hot weather and dry fuels the Kootenai County Fire Chief’s have elected to restrict open burning in most of Kootenai County - effective immediately. There may be some permits previously issued which will be honored until their expiration dates. Please call your location fire jurisdiction if you have a permit and plan to burn or you have questions. Please remember that a burning permit does not necessarily release you of liability if your fire should escape!

Kootenai County Fire Prevention Cooperative
3706 Industrial Ave.
Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho 83815

Gary Darrington or Shane O’Shea
(208)-769-1577 Fax: (208)-769-1597

Monday, July 20, 2009

Library Hosting Children’s Author Aug. 6

A reading and book signing by children’s author Dawn Menge will be hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., in a brown-bag event on Thursday, Aug. 6.
Menge, author of “Queen Vernita’s Visitors,” will present a program in the library Community Room at noon. The audience is invited to bring their lunches to the program. Beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Library. A portion of sales during the event will benefit the Friends group.

Stimulus Program Grant Awarded.

The City of Coeur d'Alene has been awarded a $500,000 Byrne (JAG) grant that will go towards enhancing public safety. This grant is made possible under the federal stimulus program. This $500,000 public safety grant will go towards fighting drugs and gang activities. This award was researched and developed by Chief Wayne Longo, Sergeant Bill Tilson, and Crime Analyst Liz Peterson. Coeur d’Alene’s award represents the largest grant in Idaho under this program. Out of a total of 30 grant applications reviewed and ranked by the Idaho Criminal Justice Review Board, our application was ranked 2nd. Considering that most applications were cut from funding, this robust award is an extraordinary achievement.

Common Funding Misunderstanding

There is a common misunderstanding of how our utility funds work. Many people believe that rate dollars are used for projects not directly related to the utility. This is not the case. The City owned utilities are in what are typically called revenue or enterprise funds. These funds receive all of their monies from the rates and fees that they charge. They operate like businesses and have to live within their revenues. They are also precluded from transferring money to the other city funds except for services provided directly to the fund. For instance, the enterprise funds pay a portion of the costs for the preparation of utility bills. General fund departments are supported by tax dollars. Enterprise fund departments are supported by their rates and fees.

Bid Opening - Fuel Services

The City received one bid for fuel services from Coleman Oil. The bid estimated a total cost to the city of $293,548.32 for the city's fuel.

Staff is reviewing the bid for its responsiveness to the bid specifications and will be making their recommendation for awarding the bid at the August 4, 2009 City Council meeting.

Five Principles of Burglary Prevention

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has shared a partnership for several years with neighborhoods in the city that have formed Neighborhood Watch programs. Neighborhood Watch is a strong deterrent for burglary and other crimes but it is just one part of the equation of crime prevention. The concepts of burglary prevention involve five principles: Deter, Deny, Delay, Detect, and Deceive.

To deter crime, place decals in your windows that advertise your alarm systems, state “beware of dog” or that you use Operation ID and have marked your valuables. To deny crime, place your valuables in a secure location such as a safe, security closet, or safety deposit box. To delay crime, make sure you have your good locks with deadbolts on your doors and install key-locking latches on windows. Install motion lights and other exterior lighting. To detect crime, install an alarm system or utilize a less expensive option of noise maker alarms available at the Dollar Store. Join a Neighborhood Watch Program and assist neighbors with monitoring the neighborhood. To deceive crime, place automatic timers on lights to simulate the home being occupied when you travel. Have neighbors pick up your mail and other deliveries, as well as mow the lawn while you are away in order to maintain a lived-in appearance.

These five prevention principles can also aid in apprehension. The longer a burglar is delayed entry, the greater the chances are for observation by neighbors and apprehension by law enforcement. It is difficult to make a residence completely burglar proof but the more crime prevention steps you take the better your security.

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo continues to meet directly with neighborhood watch groups. He stressed the importance of crime prevention in his statement: “Good personal and community awareness of your surroundings go a long way toward keeping yourself and your property safe. The Police Department appreciates your efforts toward crime prevention.”

For additional crime prevention tips, visit the Police Department website at and follow the link under Community Relations.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Latest Library Video Update Uploaded

The latest video up for the the Coeur d'Alene Public Library -- produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV Channel 19 -- has been uploaded to You Tube. See it here:

CDA-TV provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other items of interest to city residents.

More news and information about the library is available online at or call us at 208/769-2315.

A New Life for the Old Library Building

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is no longer at 201 E. Harrison Ave. but the building is continuing to serve the community.
The library’s home from 1985 to September 2007 was recently renovated to serve as the H.E.L.P. Center for St. Vincent de Paul in North Idaho.
The Helping Empower Local People Center is designed as a “one-stop-shop” for homeless or at-risk individuals and families in Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho.
Jeff Conroy, St. Vincent’s executive director, is quoted in the Coeur d’Alene Press as saying, “It’s the only one of its kind in the whole state of Idaho.”
Noting that transportation is a major concern for the people served by his organization, he said the center brings the services to them rather than forcing them to spend time going to several public and private agencies.
Represented at the center are the Dime Clinic, veterans affairs services, the Idaho Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Welfare, The Women's Center Inc., NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the rest of St . Vincent de Paul 's social services.
The former children’s library is now the site for Safe Place, a service that aids at-risk youth who are in abusive situations or who are without adult care.
The building began life as the local offices of the Louisiana-Pacific Co. and later housed GTE telephone services. The City of Coeur d’Alene acquired the building in 1985 for use as the library. When the library was moved to its much larger building in 2006, the Harrison Avenue site was leased temporarily to the Salvation Army while that organization completed construction of its new Kroc Center.
After extensive remodeling – much of it by volunteers – the scrubbed, recarpeted and repainted H.E.L.P. Center had its grand opening on July 10 with Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem cutting the ribbon.
The building is still owned by the City with St. Vincent’s and others paying rent. Conroy said the group plans to eventually buy the building.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Improve Your Skills With Library Computer Workshops

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will offer three computer workshops in August.
The library’s workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis for up to nine participants and preregistration is not required. The free, 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. Please note that evening workshops have been scheduled a half-hour earlier than previously offered workshops.
The upcoming workshops are:
► Introduction to Computers: Monday, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon. An informative tour in the basics of computers. If you have never touched a computer before, or have worked with computers but have not felt very comfortable with them, this workshop is for you. Basic typing skills are helpful, but not necessary.
► Basics in Publisher — Desktop Publishing: Monday, Aug. 24, 5:30-7 p.m. Have a quick project, such as creating a sign or business card? Need to whip up a quick brochure? You might want to create your project in Publisher. Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing program which makes creating signs, cards, banners, brochures, business cards, and other types of documents a quick task, not a chore. Participants should have basic computer skills.
► Basics in PowerPoint (Presentations): Monday, Aug. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. Workshop will provide the basic skills to begin creating visual presentations through slide manipulation, object use, and transitions with helpful hints for creating an effective presentation. Participants should have basic computer skills.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Reward Offered for Garver

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Anthony Garver AKA: Anthony Burke. He is wanted for a federal probation violation and a DOC warrant out of the State of Washington. Garver is described as a white male, 21 years of age, 5’11, 175 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He may wear glasses.

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

City Still Seeking Members to Serve on Committee

Last month, due to the increased interest in public use of open space and the generous contributions of property to the City of Coeur d’Alene, the city began seeking members to serve on a seven-member committee, appointed by Mayor and Council, which is responsible for creating open space management guidelines. These guidelines will include how to acquire and preserve open space. They will also be reviewing all of the city’s open space acreage.

The city is still seeking applicants for this committee.

Specific projects of the committee will be to review and make recommendations for the recent Fernan Hill acquisition. Members will also interact with Urban Forestry Committee members on the Veterans Centennial Park and Arboretum, as well as work with various city council subcommittees. Doug Eastwood, Parks Director, and Mike Kempton, Parks Lead Worker, will be the committee’s liaisons.

The committee, which will be named by appointed committee members themselves, will meet at least once a month, and will probably meet more than once a month as it is getting started. For more information about the committee, please contact Doug Eastwood at 769-2252.

For an application, please contact Victoria Bruno at 769-2204 (or click on this link).

Coeur d’Alene PD Reflects on Events

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer

In law enforcement it is common to conduct an “after action review” to learn what worked in a plan and what areas may need some adjustment. This is a continual process that leads to better police service. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department just completed its third and last big event for the summer. Our first being Car’d Alene, the second, Ironman, and third, the wonderful celebration of our country’s independence, the 4th of July. Several events smaller in scale are still to come.

Each of these events is monumental in our city. For some people, these celebratory events are looked forward to every year. For others, the events are an inconvenience, a nuisance, and bring about the real danger of fireworks. The Police Department receives comments and complaints from both ends of the spectrum and we attempt to mitigate the concerns of each. Police officers perform many duties that many times go unnoticed and unreported. Those duties are “social service” or quality of life situations such as motorists assists, settling disputes between neighbors, noise complaints, and other calls that do not always result in an enforcement action.
The largest area of impact for summer events and activities is the downtown area – City Beach, Tubbs Hill, and the City Park. With our beautiful natural resources, this is an obvious area for significant events to be held.

Every year since the 1980s, the Police Department has hired and depended upon Reserve Police officers to assist with summer enforcement in the downtown area. Officers are visible, responsive, and enforce city and state laws while on bicycles and on foot patrol. In the last ten years, many civic or for-profit groups have added additional summer events to the downtown area. This increases the demand for service from law enforcement and also increases the curiosity of the public which notices a strong police presence.

Chief Longo is very deliberate and direct in his statement: “I will not let the city and this department fall behind as we deal with crime. With the potential of gang activity, sexual assaults, children left unattended and at risk, and alcohol-fueled fights, we will be proactive in preventing crime from occurring and in ensuring the safety of all of our citizens.”

In 2005, the police department conducted its first strategic plan. In so doing, we studied several large police departments in other states. It was apparent to us that to prevent crime from growing rapidly and getting out of check that we learn from other departments who had not been proactive in approaching crime.

Since then, we have instituted a number of programs including our Crime Analysis Unit, Police Volunteers, Citizens on Patrol, and Police Explorers. We purposely strengthened our partnerships with other departments in the city and continue to work very closely with Coeur d’Alene Fire, the Parks Department, and the Street Department. We also practice what Chief Longo refers to as “the blurring of the patch.” This largely came out of agencies’ working relationships during the Groene investigation. Our officers often have the assistance of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department and the Idaho State Police. Our police administrators work together on policy decisions with those agencies as well as the Rathdrum Police, Post Falls Police, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police departments.
During the last month of several special events, our strong partnerships were demonstrated in numerous calls for service and with assistance in traffic control. Police and Fire worked out of the new park building responding together to several calls for lost children, alcohol complaints, fights, small fires, and medical issues. One example of blurring of the patch is a 4th of July occurrence in which two patrol officers were contacted at the Police/Fire Park building regarding a young female choking. The officers were first on the scene. The female had difficulty breathing and her lips were blue. A police officer applied the Heimlich maneuver and it allowed her to breathe enough on her own until medical services arrived to assist her. In another instance, unarmed fire personnel assisted a female officer as she advanced toward a group of males initiating a fight at Independence Point. The incident was resolved without any arrests.

Total calls for service for police and fire starting at 8:00 a.m. on July 4th until 2:00 a.m. on July 5th were significant. Police responded to 187 calls, and there were 46 fireworks complaints that we were unable to respond to due to lack of available officers. The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department responded to 55 medical calls for service and 18 fire calls. Many of the medical calls were from people walking up to the Police/Fire Park building looking for help. Animal Control officers received 19 calls for dogs at large and officers issued several citations in the City Park.

As we review our plans for safe events for everyone to enjoy, Chief Longo encourages public comments when he states: “We are not perfect but we will continue to strive for perfection in our service. I very much welcome input into how we perform our tasks.” If you would like to send a comment to the Police Department, please do so at . We hope our citizens continue to enjoy a safe summer and all of the attractions our area offers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Parks Day 2009 Celebrates Success

The 2nd Annual Parks Day showcased three great locations within Coeur d’Alene. Featured first were the newly established trails on Canfield Mountain, which can be used for hiking and mountain biking. Next, Shadduck Lane Park was in the spotlight. It has beautiful views and many amenities including a gazebo, playground, horseshoes, tetherball, volleyball, and much more. The third location was Cherry Hill Park, which has an extreme BMX track, 18-hole Disc Golf course, amazing playground, and tennis and basketball courts. In addition, it’s the site of the Fallen Heroes Plaza which is nearly complete. The Fallen Heroes Plaza honors the fallen Firefighters and Police officers in Idaho. At the plaza is also the 9-11 Memorial which pays respect to the Police and Firefighters who lost their lives at ground zero in New York.

Thanks to all Parks Day sponsors, volunteers and contributors! Because of you, this day of information and fun activities was enjoyed by many. We look forward to the 2010 event featuring other great park locations in Coeur d’Alene.

Warm thanks go to the generous sponsors who made the 2nd Annual Parks Day Celebration a Success: Art on the Edge, Avista, Bloom - A Hair Studio, Boy Scout Troops 202 & 211, Bubbles the Clown, CdA Tennis Association, CdA Fire Department, CdA Parks Foundation, CdA Police Department, Community Action Partnership, Custom Sign Center, Doma Coffee, Fisherman’s Market & Grill, Bob Hallock, Intermountain Forestry, FedEx Office, J-U-B Engineers, Panhandle Kiwanis, Kootenai Electric, Kootenai Health, Kootenai Human Society, Kyro Ice Arena, Lake City Lions Club, Mackenzie River Pizza, Mexican Food Factory, N.I.C.E. Bus, North Idaho BMX, North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation, OXARC, Ped/Bike Committee, Rapid Fire Disc Golf, Safe Kids Kootenai County, Safe Routes to School, Silver Creek Signs, Sports Cellar, Starbucks Coffee, Sting Soccer, Terra Sports, The Fun Guy, Tom & Diane Hickerson, Tomato Street, Urban Forestry Committee, and Scratch Restaurant.

Lightning Strikes Damage Telemetry Equipment

The Tubbs Hill water tank has been struck numerous times over the past few weeks by lightning. The lightning strikes have damaged our telemetry and communication equipment, making our pump control difficult. Tom Howard and Mike Humber have once again been working for many hours trying to fix all the problems. We hope we will have all the problems fixed as soon as possible. For more information, call Dion Holton,769-2207.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cd'A Public Library News Briefs

► VIDEO UPDATE: The latest video update on activities at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been posted on YouTube thanks to videographer Jeff Crowe and CDA-TV Channel 19. The video can be accessed at CDA-TV Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and news and information of interest to city residents.

► FAMILY WALKS: The next in the series of Mudgy & Millie Family Walks, sponsored by Helbling Benefits Consulting, will be Tuesday, July 14. To participate in the free walks meet at the Mudgy & Millie statue at the Third Street entrance to Tubbs Hill at 5:15 p.m. The walk follows the 2.4 miles of the Mudgy Moose Trail that runs through downtown Coeur d’Alene and the City Park. Prizes and balloons are provided for this activity. The next scheduled walk is on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The next Game Day at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2-4 p.m. in the Community Room. Teen and tween participants can try their hand at games on the libraries Wii systems and DS handhelds. Free Wi-Fi is also available for those with laptops. Snacks are provided. Game Day is made possible by a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The next game day will be Friday, July 31.

More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at The library now also has Facebook and Twitter pages that can be access through the website.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

4th of July Parade Awards

The Police Department Honor Guard received the Cd'A Chamber of Commerce Award for Top Marching Unit for their participation in the July 4th Parade.

Congratulations Officer Sparks, Detective Alleman, Officer Knoll, and Sergeant TenEyck pictured. Looking sharp!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bid Results - Forest Cemetery Niche Collumbarium

The City received two bids for the construction of the Forest Cemetery Niche Collumbarium:

Ginno Construction $186,876.00
Brown Contracting $215,960.00

Staff is currently reviewing the bids for responsiveness to the specifications and will be making their recommendation in awarding the bid at the July 7, 2009 City Council meeting.


The City of Coeur d’Alene will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) July 9, 2009 to invite competitive proposals for projects or services that benefit low-to-moderate income people or neighborhoods, and/or promote job creation/economic development. Any individuals, profit or nonprofit organizations, business or governmental agencies may submit a proposal for funding under the City of Coeur d’Alene Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Funding for the City’s CDBG Program is provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), (reference 24 CFR Part 570). Applicants must comply with all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations.

An educational workshop will be conducted on July 14th at 1:30 p.m., in the old Council Chambers in the Coeur d’Alene City Hall, 710 E Mullan, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. The Workshop will provide basic information regarding the City’s CDBG Program, expectations for proposals under this RFP, and provide an opportunity to ask questions regarding the project Application and procurement process.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., local time, on July 27, 2009, at Panhandle Area Council, 11100 N Airport Drive, Hayden, ID 83835.

The RFP and any addenda will be posted on the City of Coeur d’Alene website at: For further information and to obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals, contact: Panhandle Area Council, Nelle Coler, 11100 N Airport Drive, Hayden, ID 83835-9798 Telephone: 208 772-0584 ext 3012 Email:

Contact: Renata McLeod – 666-5741

Monday, July 6, 2009

City Employees Give Back in 2009-2010 Budget

Budget Draft Reflects Over $2.3 Million in Cuts

On Tuesday, July 7th, the City Council is expected to set their preliminary fiscal year 2009-2010 budget that reflects significant cost reductions. The preliminary budget will then proceed to a workshop on July 23rd at 5:15 in the Library Community Room and then to a public hearing on September 1st at 6 pm. Tomorrow’s City Council action establishes the upper limit of the budget but further reductions may still be possible.

City Administrator Wendy Gabriel stated: “Establishing the preliminary fiscal year 2009-2010 budget has been the most challenging process that I have seen as City Administrator. With revenues sharply down in areas of state sales tax distribution, highway user taxes, and growth related permit fees this budget has required us to significantly cut costs in many areas.”

After receiving preliminary department budgets in May, the Executive Team worked diligently to close a $2.3 million budget gap between departments’ budgets and projected revenues. Wendy Gabriel added: “This is a particularly challenging gap compared to similar ones in the past because there were no new people or new programs proposed to begin with because we knew early on that the revenues would not exist to support additional personnel or programs. After significant budget reductions were made that included: reducing capital expenditures by 75 percent, freezing 6 non-public safety vacancies (in Streets, Parks, Engineering and Building), reducing supplies and services by 10 percent, reducing travel and training 50 percent for only that essential to maintain required certifications or training to enhance employee or public safety, and floating a Separation Incentive Program to entice those meeting cost savings criteria to consider early retirement or resignation with two takers, we still faced a significant gap.” We then met with our employee organizations which have contracts that provide a 3 percent cost of living increase scheduled for October 2009. We advised that in order to meet our contractual commitments to them, it would be necessary to lay off approximately ten employees citywide. We asked the three employee organizations if they would agree to forego the 3 percent increase scheduled for October in order to avoid layoffs.

Our formal employee bargaining groups include the Lake City Employee Association, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 710, and the Police Association. Although the Police Association’s contract will expire the end of September, the Association stated that in order to alleviate our budget concerns and avoid layoffs, they will not negotiate a cost of living increase this year. The Fire Union and the Lake City Employees Association voted to forego their contracted increase in October in order to avoid layoffs. In doing this, these employees left significant dollars on the table with no promise that this financial loss would ever be made up in the future.”

Gabriel added: “These wage concessions also enable the City Council to take less than the maximum 3 percent increase to the general fund. I cannot express adequately in words the gratitude and pride I feel about the employees’ decisions and the relief I have that this City will not be contributing to the economic crisis by putting one of our own out of work. Our employees care about their community and about their city family.”

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Moose and Mouse a Tourism Boost

J.J. Jaeger, center, local representative to the Idaho Tourism Council, presents a plaque to Coeur d’Alene children’s author Susan Nipp, left, and Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. The award – presented in May during the Idaho Conference on Recreation and Tourism – recognizes the “Mudgy & Millie” Project for its contribution to the community. The project includes the book, written by Nipp and illustrated by Charles Reasoner; public art, five life-size bronze statues created by wildlife artist Terry Lee; and the Mudgy Moose Trail, developed in cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene Parks Department. Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be in the Fourth of July Parade Saturday. Nipp and Lee will be at Independence Point, 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, for a book signing. Copies of the book and “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise will be available to purchase for the Library Foundation. Find information about Mudgy and Millie online at More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Bid Results - Neider Ave./Howard Street Expansion

On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, the City received three bids for the Nieder Avenue/Howard Street Expansion project. The results are as follows:

Cameron-Reilly $672,048.70
Safco, Inc. $744,564.60
MDM Construction $804,984.00

Engineer's Estimate: $848,486.00

Staff is currently reviewing the bids for their responsiveness to the bid specifications and will be making their recommendation for awarding the bid at the Tuesday, July 7, 2009 City Council meeting.

2nd Annual Parks Day Celebrated July 11th

On July 11th, you’ll want to enjoy the 2nd Annual Parks Day Celebration brought to you by the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department and the Coeur d’Alene Parks Foundation. It’s free and it starts at Shadduck Park from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. There will be a bicycle safety course, free helmets, Art on the Edge, an inflatable castle, Bubbles the Clown, and a free pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m. (till its gone)! Starting at 8:30 a.m., take a guided hike with our Trails Coordinator Monte McCully and Boy Scouts at Canfield Mountain.

Parks Day originated in 2008 when the Parks Master Plan survey revealed that many Coeur d’Alene citizens didn’t know the locations of many of their 24 city parks. This year, the Parks Day Celebration will feature Shadduck Lane Park, Canfield Mountain Trails, and Cherry Hill Park.

At noon on Parks Day, it’s off to Cherry Hill Park and activities there go until 4:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a free hotdog lunch (till they’re gone). Activities at Cherry Hill include: the DARE vehicle, Police vehicles, Art on the Edge, BMX, and much more!

Thanks go to Kootenai Electric, Kootenai Health, JUB Engineers, and Bob Hallock for sponsoring this event! Also thank you to all our hard working volunteers!

Be sure to mark your calendars on July 11th for the Parks Day Celebration. See more information at

Utility Repairs

Starting Monday 7/6/09 the Alley north of Coeur d’Alene Ave. between 10th & 11th Streets will be closed for sanitary sewer repair/ replacement. The Alley closure is expected to last through the week and be open by the end of Friday, 7/10/09.

Please call Jim Dunn, Utility Project Manager, City of Coeur d’Alene at 769-2278 with any questions or concerns.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fallen Heroes Memorial Plaza Dedication Postponed

The dedication ceremony of the Fallen Heroes Memorial Plaza slated for July 11th has been postponed while workers finish the site and fundraising continues. A new date for the dedication has not been determined yet.

Coeur d’Alene Police and Fire Department as well as the Parks Foundation are accepting donations that will go toward the material needed to complete this impressive memorial.

The memorial is a project sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club and the Coeur d’Alene Parks Foundation. These organizations as well as the Coeur d’Alene Police and Fire Department have participated in fundraising efforts to complete the Memorial Plaza. The public has an opportunity to purchase an engraved brick that will be placed at the plaza. Brick pavers will continue to be available for naming opportunities in the future. To learn more about how to make a donation or place an order for a naming opportunity visit our website at

The Fallen Heroes Plaza site is linked with the 911 memorial Playground to emphasize the community service nature of law enforcement and firefighting.
The Memorial hosts five sculptures of public safety officers which are twelve feet high. The sculptures, designed by regional artist Brian M. Schmid, will stand in various poses honoring their fallen comrades; as represented by a vacant sculpture site. They are dedicated to Idaho firefighters and law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout Idaho’s history. They shall not be forgotten.
A steel artifact from the World Trade Center in New York is anchored in a basalt column at one entrance to the memorial. Coeur d’Alene Fire Department commissioned two tall basalt columns that represent the Twin Towers.

The Parks Day celebration sponsored by the Parks Foundation will continue as planned starting at 8:00am at Shadduck Park with a free breakfast. Many activities for families will be available. At noon there will be a free lunch served to the public at Cherry Hill Park.

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

Reserve Officer Recruitment

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is actively looking for citizens who would like to become a Reserve Police Officer with the department. Although Officers may be hired on several occasions throughout the year to assist our patrol division and/or detectives with special events, sporting events and call-out emergency situations, each Reserve Officer is required to complete 16 hours of volunteer time monthly. Sponsored applicants are required to attend a Level One Reserve Officer Academy, which runs from January 2010 through April 2010. Sponsored reserve officer candidates that successfully complete the academy will be level one certified with the State of Idaho. Several Reserve Officers for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department are also hired in the summer months to work full time downtown on Sherman Avenue and in the City Park at a rate of $11.50 per hour.

Citizens must be 21 years of age to apply, and successfully complete a background check. Applications are located at the front desk of the Police Department at 3818 Schreiber Way. Applications must be completed and turned in at the Police Department no later than July 24th, 2009.

Fire Danger for 4th of July

Fire Danger for 4th of July holiday weekend:

- Fireworks caused fires reported

- Police and Fire need your help in the Skyway School and Courcelles Parkway wooded area to prevent fires and identify those responsible for a series of fires.

On Monday, June 29th the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department crews responded to a small forest fire on the North side of Tubbs Hill. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. With temperatures rising and Fourth of July right around the corner fire crews are getting a little worried according to Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel. Gabriel adds, “Every year it seems we have folks up on the hill with fireworks. We urge users of the hill to not bring fireworks on Tubbs Hill, or any City Park. The fire danger is creeping up and we do not want anything but a great celebration this weekend.”

There have already been two (2) fireworks related fires so far this summer. They were quickly extinguished by CDA Fire Dept.

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department has responded to eight (8) wildland fires this week. Several fires have been intentionally set in the wooded area behind Skyway Elementary School in the Courcelles Parkway area in the last month. Witnesses have reported seeing teenagers quickly leaving the area shortly before or after the fires have been discovered. Police and fire investigators have identified and contacted several teenagers and parents of these people matching the descriptions who live in the immediate area. If anyone has information regarding these fires please contact the Police Department Tip Line at 208-769-2296.

The weather forecast calls for warmer than normal temperatures with below normal precipitation. The Fire and Police Departments will have additional crews on duty this weekend. We urge the public to immediately call 911 for all emergencies.