Monday, August 31, 2009

Book Club Starts at Library

‘Worst Hard Times’ first selection for group

A new book club – supported by a $3,000 grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library – will meet for the first time at the library, 702 E. Front Ave, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m.
The first book selected for the Public Library Pageturners to discuss is “Worst Hard Times,” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tim Egan.
Copies of the book can also be checked out by visiting the Research and Information Desk at the library, said Katie Sayler, current chair of the Library Board of Trustees and an organizer for the book club. Participants who want to make notes in their books or to pass copies on to friends or families can purchase their own copies from other sources.
“This is something that the library staff has wanted to do for some time,” Sayler said, “so we have decided to do it with volunteers.”
She said the Friends grant is intended to fund books for up to 11 monthly book club sessions. Twenty copies of book selected each month will be purchased for the library. After they have been discussed, the books will be retained as “book club totes,” and along with discussion notes will then be made available for other clubs to check out.
“Some people who may have been interested in belonging to a book club may have been hesitant because they didn’t know how to come up with discussion questions,” Sayler said. “These ‘book clubs in a box’ will make the process easier and less expensive.”
The discussion leader for “Worst Hard Times” on Sept. 23 will be Dr. Katherine Aiken, Dean of College of Letters and Science at the University of Idaho, who will provide background information about this depression era work.
In the book Egan tells the epic story of the dust storms that terrorized America’s High Plains. He conveys the impact on communities who chose to stay on their homeland while stricken with fear and choked with dust in the ’30s. “Worst Hard Times” was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, the National Book Award Winner for 2006 and a Washington State Book Award winner.
A Seattle resident, Egan is the Idaho Humanities lecturer for their October 8 dinner in Coeur d’Alene. He is a national enterprise reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of five books and the recipient of several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Library Card Your Most Important Back-to-School Supply

By David Townsend

September means a lot to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. It’s the anniversary month for the building at 702 E. Front Ave. We opened the doors to the public two years ago on Sept. 9. It is also the birthday month for “Mudgy & Millie,” the moose and mouse characters created by Susan Nipp for her wonderful book and the statues created by Terry Lee. There will be a birthday celebration at the library on Saturday, Sept. 12, beginning at 11 a.m. with a gigantic group reading of the book, a costume event, a cake, and other activities. By happy coincidence, September is also National Library Card Sign-Up Month. We like to remind parents and children that as they are picking out new school clothes, notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, and crayons; don’t forget that every student also needs a library card.

Coeur d’Alene shares a library card and circulation services with 20 other libraries in North Idaho and eastern Washington in the Cooperative Information Network. If you already have a card from a member library, it’s good for Coeur d’Alene. Cards are free and available for ages newborn and up. Children and teens under age 18 need to have a parent or guardian sign their application. Those adults, and adults applying for their own card, will need to show a photo ID and proof of residence (if a current address is not shown on the ID, a piece of mail with the correct address can be used.)

Your library card, specifically your library card number, opens up a world of possibilities for your child – and you. When school is closed for the day, your library is still open with the resources children need for study and recreational reading, Homework Help Hub backpacks for those special assignments, and Internet-linked computers. The computers in the Seagraves Children’s Library are reserved for patrons ages 12 and under. For help in using these resources, the library’s Research and Information Desk is staffed whenever the library is open. And even when the library is closed, patrons have access – through the library website, www.cdalibrary.org – to dependable databases with useful information for all ages.

During September the library is not only reaching out to those kids who do not yet have a library card, but to those youth who may not be able to use their cards due to excessive late fines or because their card has been lost. Coeur d’Alene kids, 18 and under, can visit their school library to obtain a “Kids Get Out of Fines Free” card. Present the card at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and overdue fines will be erased. The card can also be used by kids to replace lost cards without paying the usual $1 cost. (The card cannot be used to pay charges for lost or damaged items.) September is also a good time to make sure the library has your current contact information. If you have moved, changed phone numbers or changed your e-mail address, call and let your library know.

If you have an e-mail address, but it’s not included in your library account information, we would appreciate having it. If you have placed a hold on an item, requested a book from another library or have a book or other item that is coming due, your e-mail provides us a quick way to contact you. E-mail helps the library save on postage, paper, and labor costs and reduces the amount of material that ultimately ends up in the landfill. So celebrate September by obtaining a library card for your child and/or yourself or updating the information on an existing card.

And while you are at it, bring your card to a library near you and put it to good use.

Friday, August 28, 2009

TRAFFIC REROUTING AT INTERSECTION OF US 95 AND IRONWOOD

The Idaho Department of Transportation FY 09 Pavement Maintenance paving operations will be performed intermittently at the intersection of US 95 and Ironwood for the dates and hours outlined below:

Dates & Hours of Operation:

Aug. 30th Midnight to 5:00 a.m.
Aug. 31st to Sept. 3rd 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Sept. 4th 7:00 p.m. to Midnight

CLOSURES: During the above mentioned dates, barricades will be placed at the intersection of US 95 and Ironwood preventing through traffic on Ironwood.

KOOTENAI MEDICAL CENTER ACCESS: The far right lane heading south from I-90 will be open for access to the hospital. Traffic leaving the hospital will need to follow Ironwood to Northwest Boulevard during paving operations.

What's Happening at the Library?

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A video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV Channel 19. This cable channel offers live and recorded coverage of public meetins and information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. More information about the library can be found online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

‘Mudgy & Millie’ Birthday Party to Feature World-Record Read-in Try

Coeur d’Alene is planning a birthday celebration for its favorite four-legged celebrities ¬ Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse. The festivities are set to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 behind the Coeur d’Alene Public Library at 702 E. Front Ave.
A highlight of the event planned for the celebration will be setting a world record for the largest children¹s book read-in ever held says Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
She encourages participants to dress up as Mudgy or Millie and to bring their copy of the “Mudgy & Millie” book or share one at the party.
“It should be a fun event, with Susan Nipp, author of the “Mudgy & Millie” storybook, leading the read-in,” Pratt said, adding that the read-in will be documented for future placement on YouTube. “This will be a chance for children in our community to be part of a world record, reading this story about the people and places that make Coeur d’Alene so special.”
“Mudgy & Millie” debuted in the Lake City last September when the book and the accompanying trail with its five Mudgy Moose statues – created by local wildlife sculptor Terry Lee – were unveiled in ceremonies attended by several hundred cheering children. This year’s celebration marks the first anniversary of that event and will be held in conjunction with “Love Your Library” festivities at the library.
In addition to the “Mudgy & Millie” read-in, the birthday party will include appearances by Mudgy Moose to lead the group singing the “Mudgy & Millie” song, and a book signing by Nipp and Lee.
Papillion Paper Emporium will also reveal the winners of the “Mudgy & Millie” design-a-card contest and there will be birthday cake for the children. All card entries will be displayed at the Library Sept. 1-12.
Since “Mudgy & Millie” premiered last September more than 10,000 copies of the book have been sold and thousands have walked the 2 1/4 mile Mudgy Moose Trail through downtown Coeur d’Alene. Proceeds from the sale of the book and associated merchandise help support the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
For additional information on the event, contact Ruth Pratt, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, 702 E. Front Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, (208) 769-2380 or email ruth@olscamp.com. For additional information on Mudgy & Millie, go on line to www.mudgyandmillie.com.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Landscaping with Native Plants Class

The City of Coeur d'Alene Water Department has teamed up with the NIC
Workforce Training Center. City residential customers who live in their home
and who take the "Landscaping with Native Plants" class at NIC this fall can
receive a utility bill credit for the cost of the class and the workbook. Please click here for more information.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

City Water Conservation Efforts Make School “Smarter”

On Wednesday, August 26th, at 9:00 a.m., at Woodland Middle School, the City of Coeur d’Alene and School District 271 representatives will be on hand to celebrate a water conservation partnership.

Installed last spring as part of the city’s water conservation efforts, it helps Woodland Middle School keep its water usage down and helps the city reduce the summer peak demand for water. It is a classic win-win situation.

The system they are using is the Baseline© system. It regulates the sprinklers based on ground moisture. Baseline© is one of the two major systems available and is used by many local agencies. The other one, Calsense© is used by the city.

Woodland Middle School has only been actively using the new system since mid-July so they do not have a lot of data yet, although the trend shows that they are using less water. They intend to take advantage of an enhancement that will allow them to monitor and control the system from their maintenance office. The system cost less than $7,000.00, and the anticipated savings from lower water usage should cover that cost in just a few years.

For more information, please contact Water Superintendent Jim Markley at 769-2210.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards $4,200 Grant to Specialized Needs Recreation's Camp All-Stars

Specialized Needs Recreation is proud to announce that it has received a Quality of Life grant for $4,200.00 from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of the 86 grants totaling almost $500,000.00 awarded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to non-profit organizations nationwide that help people living with paralysis, and their families, become more integrated members of society. Since inception of the program in 1999, nearly 1,600 grants have been awarded, totaling almost $13 million.

“Specialized Needs Recreation is honored to receive this very generous grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation,” said Angie Goucher, Executive Director. “It will be used toward our Camp Allstars program.”

“The Quality of Life program recognizes and supports organizations that assist individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers in ways that more immediately provide them with increased independence, wellbeing, and improved access,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Throughout the past ten years, we have had the privilege of being able to impact the lives of thousands of people living with paralysis through these deserving organizations. As Dana Reeve used to say, ‘Our Quality of Life Program is about freedom,’ and we are pleased to do our small part to assist Specialized Needs Recreation in fulfilling its mission.”

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) believes that every individual can live a joyful, active and fulfilling life provided the opportunity. It organizes and champions these opportunities for individuals with special needs in this community. For further information on SNR, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit the SNR website at www.snr.bz.

Friday, August 21, 2009

0% Increase Option to be Presented at Budget Hearing

“Since setting the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2009-2010, I have spoken with citizens regarding the impact even a nominal increase in taxes would have on them,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem. “First, I want to clarify that no decision has been made by City Council with respect to seeking a budget increase. Second, given the current financial situation, I have asked city staff to prepare a proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year that contains zero increase in tax revenue.” This option, along with options including a 2% increase will be presented to the Mayor and City Council at a public hearing.

“We are looking forward to the Public Hearing so we can hear from our citizens and staff regarding the proposed 2009-2010 budget,” said Bloem. “I am proud of the city’s accomplishments and I am confident that we will be able to continue to provide the services that make this a great community.”

The public hearing on the 2009-2010 budget will be at the Tuesday, September 1st, City Council Meeting in the Library Community Room, at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Troy Tymesen at 769-2221.

MAYOR'S INSTITUTE ON CITY DESIGN for the EDUCATION CORRIDOR

For those who did not have an opportunity to attend the Mayors' Institute on City Design, CDA TV, cable Channel 19, will be rebroadcasting the Panel Discussion held on August 11, 2009 at the Community Open House held on August 13, 2009. These public sessions were held as part of the three-day Alumni Technical Assistance Program for the development of a vision for a multi-institutional education corridor.

To download the PowerPoint presentation
click here.

The PANEL DISCUSSION will be aired as follows:

Sunday/Wednesday 5:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Monday/Friday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Tues./Thurs./Sat. 2:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

The COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE will be aired as follows:
Sunday/Wednesday 3:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Monday/Friday 7:30 p.m.
Tues./Thurs./Sat. 7:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lower Access to City Hall Closed August 25th & 26th for Installation of ADA Accessible Ramp

Beginning Tuesday, August 25th, the lower entrance of City Hall will be closed so that city crews can install an ADA accessible ramp in at the lower lot. This ramp will replace the asphalt ramp that is now in place.

This access will be closed for two (2) days during construction. Once the concrete is finished, crews will replace asphalt and posts for signage, as well as re-stripe the lower lot.

Both upper entrances to City Hall – from the Library parking lot and from 8th Street – will be open for business.

For more information, please contact Diana Booth at 769-2233.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fallen Heroes Plaza Fund Raiser

Come join us on August 22nd 2009 for a night of fun in support of the fund raising effort to complete the Fallen Heroes Plaza at Cherry Hill Park. The memorial is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club and the Coeur d’Alene Parks Foundation. These organizations with the Coeur d’Alene Police and Fire Department have joined in fundraising efforts to complete the Plaza.

The Fallen Heroes’ Plaza pays respect to all fallen Firefighters and Law Enforcement officers in Idaho History. The Plaza also honors those who lost their lives at ground zero in New York. This impressive historical landmark with be an educational tool for all.

This night of excitement donated by Klein's Disaster Kleenup will include a pig roast, live music provided by Jazz Northwest and an exceptional presentation. Tickets are $25 and are limited, so get yours now! Tickets are available at City Hall in the Parks Department, at the Police Station on Schreiber Way, and at the Fire Department Administrative offices at the corner of 3rd and Foster.

Come and join us for a night of fun and fund raising in support of the Fallen Heroes Plaza!

Contact: Katie Kosanke, Urban Forestry Assistant, City of Coeur d'Alene at (208) 415-0415

Recreation News

The last day this season that lifeguards will be on duty at Coeur d’Alene City Beach is Saturday August 22. All our lifeguards are going to go to school.

Staff will be pulling in the Buoy line that evening and post no lifeguard on duty signs.

Here are a few Summer 2009 Beach statistics:

- The new Day Care Policy was a huge success we had no major issues enforcing it and made the beach a lot safer.

- Lifeguards were involved in 8 saves and 15 assists.

- 45 Children took swim lessons at the beach this year.

Thank you lifeguards for a safe and enjoyable year.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Join Landings Park Volunteers’ Party this Saturday

A second volunteer work party for the new Landings Park is scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd. During the first work party, volunteers planted 52 street trees. Thank you for your efforts!!

On Saturday, August 22nd, additional volunteers are invited to help move and place a small mountain of “fall material” (wood chips) in the playground area. If you can, bring a wheelbarrow. If you don't have a wheelbarrow, please see if you can borrow one. Work will start at 8:00 a.m. A garden rake, shovel, and gloves will also be needed. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

For more information, please call 769-2252.

COPS Academy Starts September 9th

Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer
Coeur d’Alene Police Department

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo is pleased to announce that the Citizens on Patrol (COPS) Academy starts September 9, 2009. It will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. The COPS academy is modeled after successful academies held by the Spokane Police Department, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, and the Post Falls Police Department. It is tailored to meet the needs of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and it is free to the public.

The purpose of the academy is to develop positive relations between law enforcement and the community through education, and to provide training which enables citizens of Coeur d’Alene to assist the police department with various duties and services. Each candidate will receive nine, three-hour sessions of specialized instruction during the COPS Academy.

COPS graduates will be assigned to a patrol beat and will drive a car marked for Citizens on Patrol. Duties include crime prevention programs, towing of abandoned vehicles, traffic control assistance at accident scenes, and various assigned details. COPS graduates will not have law enforcement powers and will not be armed. They will carry radios and wear a volunteer uniform.

Chief Longo expressed his support of the COPS program in this statement: “This is truly a fantastic opportunity for our citizens to assist law enforcement in the protection and safeguarding of their city by becoming a member of COPS. I firmly believe that my officers and the COPS volunteers will be able to provide an increased level of protection to our community. It is our hope that this program will continue to grow and provide continuing services to our city.”

All classes will be held during the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., one day a week. Wednesday is the primary class day with a few Monday and Tuesday classes. The academy ends on November 3rd. Applications are available at the Police Department at 3818 Schreiber Way, and on the police website at www.cdapolice.org.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no misdemeanor conviction in the past year. Applicants with a felony conviction will not be selected to attend the COPS Academy. Class size is limited to 40. Applications must be received by September 1, 2009. Applicants will be notified if they are chosen for the academy. For additional information about the COPS Academy, contact COPS Coordinator Paul McGraw or Volunteer Coordinator Wally Connally at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, 769-2320.

Fact Check - Water Quality

Back in October of 2008 we received calls from nervous customers regarding a door to door salesman selling home water distillation units. Recently, the Water Department received a call from a customer who said that a door to door salesman told him that city water was "not fit to drink". Water Superintendent Jim Markley spoke with the salesman and he vehemently denied making that statement. Jim corrected some of the things he said that he was telling people and told him that he needed to be very accurate in what he tells people.

For the record:

- We meet all EPA water quality standards, including the arsenic standards.

- We do have low arsenic levels in some parts of our distribution system, mostly during the summer months.

- Any customer considering in-home water treatment should first test the water (with approved methods) to see exactly what they are dealing with and to insure that they are using the best and most cost effective treatment process.

- Concerned customers should call us, DEQ, and/or a certified testing lab for more information on water quality and in-home water treatment options.

- Distillation is probably not the least expensive/most effective way to deal with arsenic.

If you have any questions regarding water quality, please contact Jim Markley, Water Superintendent at 418-0418.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Women's Equality Day Event at Library Au. 26

This Aug. 26 marks the 89th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of Kootenai County has partnered with the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to offer a special children’s program to celebrate the anniversary at 11 a.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom at 702 E. Front Ave.
Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem will read stories of the women’s suffrage movement.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters – founded the same year women achieved this right – celebrates Women’s Equality Day by remembering this historic achievement, and looking forward to greater civic participation and healthy debate on the issues that matter most to our communities.
“The League of Women Voters of Kootenai County believes that the hands-on work of an engaged citizenry can and does lead to civic improvement at all levels of government,” says Judy Edwards, local League President. “Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of such a basic part of our democratic process – the right to vote – and the opportunities to channel that power into real, lasting change, starting at the grassroots level.”
For information on Women’s Equality Day and other upcoming events, or to learn how to become a member of the League of Women Voters of Kootenai County visit lwv-kc.org.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Landings Park Volunteer Work Party on 8/22

A second volunteer work party for the new Landings Park is scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd. During the first work party, volunteers planted 52 street trees. Thank you volunteers! On Saturday, August 22nd any interested volunteers are invited to help move and place a small mountain of “fall material” (wood chips) in the playground area. If you can, bring a wheelbarrow and gloves. If you don't have a wheelbarrow, please see if you can borrow one. Work will start at 8:00 a.m. A garden rake and shovel (and gloves) will also be needed. Thank you in advance!

What's Happening at the Library This Week

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A video update of what's happening at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV Channel 19. CDA-TV offers live and recorded coverage of the Coeur d'Alene City Council and other public meetings as well as other information of interest to the citizens. More news about the library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

NOTICE OF CITY ELECTION

Coeur d'Alene's General City Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, on which day the polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The election is held for the purpose of electing a Mayor and three (3) Council members for a term of four years. Candidates for a city elected office are required to file a "Declaration of Candidacy" with the City Clerk, accompanied by (1) a nonrefundable filing fee of $40.00 or (2) a "Petition of Candidacy" signed by a least five qualified electors. The first date to file the Declaration of Candidacy is August 24,2009 and the deadline for filing is September 4, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. The deadline for write-in candidates to file their "Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate" with the City Clerk is October 20,2009 at 5:00 p.m.

Candidate packets with the necessary forms are available in the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For questions regarding the City's Election, please contact Susan Weathers, City Clerk at (208)769-2231 or e-mail susanw@cdaid.org.

Citizens on Patrol Academy

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo is pleased to announce the Citizens on Patrol (COPS) Academy starting September 9th 2009 to be held at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. The COPS academy is modeled after successful academies held by Spokane Police Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department and Post Falls Police Department. It is tailored to the needs of Coeur d’Alene Police Department and it is free to the public.

The purpose of the Academy is to develop positive relations between law enforcement and the community through education, and to provide training which enables citizens of Coeur d’Alene to assist the police department with various duties and services. Each candidate will receive 9 three hour sessions of specialized instruction during the COPS Academy.

COPS graduates will be assigned to a patrol beat and will drive a car marked for Citizens on Patrol. Duties include crime prevention programs, towing of abandoned vehicles, traffic control assistance at accident scenes, and various assigned details. COPS graduates will not have law enforcement powers and will not be armed. They will carry radios and wear a volunteer uniform.

Chief Longo expressed his support of the COPS program in his statement of “This is truly a fantastic opportunity for our citizens to assist law enforcement in the protection and safe guarding of their city by becoming a member of COPS. I firmly believe that my officers and the COPS volunteers will be able to provide an increased level of protection to our community. It is our hope that this program continues to grow and provide continued service to our city”.

All classes will be held during the evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm one day a week. Wednesday is the primary day with a few Monday and Tuesday classes. The academy ends on November 3rd.

Applications are available at the Police Department at 3818 Schreiber Way, and on the police website of http://www.cdapolice.org/

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no misdemeanor conviction in the past year. Applicants with a felony conviction will not be selected to attend the COPS Academy. Class size is limited to 40 applicants. Applications must be received by September 1st 2009. Applicants will be notified if they are chosen for the academy. For additional questions about the COPS Academy contact COPS Coordinator Paul McGraw or Volunteer Coordinator Wally Connally at Coeur d’Alene Police- 769-2320.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Peer Award - Lt. Jay Heintz

Lieutenant Jay Heintz was recognized by the City of Coeur d’Alene with a Peer Employee Excellence Award (“PEER Award”). The award nomination described Lt. Heintz as “a perfect example of an employee that displays an outstanding image and attitude. He treats everyone with courtesy and respect. He is always upbeat and displays a positive attitude which is recognized by the public, as well as other law enforcement officers.”

During a recent investigation, it was the persistence and dedication of Lt. Heintz that led to a very quick resolution of this case. What started in the early morning hours with very little information, led to the identification, location and arrest of the suspect in a few hours. Jay pushed himself to the brink of exhaustion but continued to supervise and oversee the investigation.

While this investigation continued, the “normal” investigative functions and responsibilities still continued. Jay attended other work related meetings even though his workload from this investigation was overwhelming. He had been working virtually non stop for two days.

The award nomination added: “There is not a better example of dedication and service. Not only was justice served but the standard set in this investigation reflects to the highest level the dedication and integrity of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. Lt. Heintz's attitude and dedication is a major contributor to this image.”

Photo (left to right): Chief Longo, Lt. Heintz, Melissa Tosi, Assistant HR Director and PEER Committee Member

Congratulations Lt. Heintz!

Lieutenant Promotion

Sergeant Rob Turner was recently selected for promotion to Lieutenant and will be assigned to patrol. Turner fills a position vacated by Lt. Dennis Bodin’s retirement. Lt. Turner graduated from North Idaho College with a degree in law enforcement and has served with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department since 1992.

Congratulations Lieutenant Turner!

Monday, August 10, 2009

August MICD “Alumni Technical Assistance Program” Welcomes Citizens to Two Public Presentations

August MICD “Alumni Technical Assistance Program” Welcomes Citizens to Two Public PresentationsThe 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 Jacinta McCann 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.

On Tuesday, August 11th, at 4:45 p.m., in the Library Community Room, citizens are encouraged to attend presentations by Resource Team members as they share their expertise on such topics as: Waterfront – Linking Existing Communities and New Development Opportunities, Sustainability Strategies; Rethinking Infrastructure /Sewage Plant Possibilities; Waterfront, Placemaking, Reinterpreting the Historic Mill Site/Culture of Community; and Education Institutions & Communities, Campus Identity. Due to time constraints, the public will be asked to share their impressions, questions, and ideas in writing, which will be given to the Resource Team.

On Thursday, August 13th, at 4:00 p.m., in the Library Community Room, the public is invited to a Community Open House, followed by formal Resource Team Presentations where after two ½ intense days of public input, they will make their recommendations for “next steps” on the education corridor. Both public presentations will be filmed and broadcast on CdATV-Channel 19.

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.

For more information, please contact Victoria Bruno at 769-2204.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Latest Library Video Update Available

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A video update of what's happening at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV Channel 19. The cable channel provides live and recorded coverage of City Council and other public meetings as well as other useful information for he citizens of Coeur d'Alene. For more news and information about the the library visit www.cdalibrary.com

Thursday, August 6, 2009

City’s Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for 14th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 14th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. Nominations may be submitted by art organizations, individuals, or businesses, and must be received by September 11, 2009.

The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts are presented by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and the City of Coeur d’Alene to recognize and encourage excellence in the arts and to stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the City. Nominees may be businesses, organizations, or individuals who have, through distinguished service or creative accomplishment, made a significant contribution to the arts in Coeur d’Alene, but need not be based or have residence actually within the City Limits.

Nominations should be based on the three categories in which the awards are presented. The first category, “Excellence in the Arts,” recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the awareness of the arts in Coeur d’Alene. They are evaluated on their community participation, previous recognition received, and the quality and originality of their work. The second category, “Support of the Arts,” recognizes individuals or organizations based on the length of their commitment to the arts, the type of support they give (financial, volunteer services, etc.), and their overall involvement in the support of art in Coeur d’Alene. The final category, “Arts in Education,” recognizes individuals or organizations for their efforts to strengthen public arts education in the geographic region of School District 271. The award is given based on years of commitment to and advocacy for arts education.

“It is a privilege to recognize the individuals and organizations in our community that make art accessible to everyone,” Mayor Bloem said.

For nomination forms, please contact Amy Ferguson, Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission staff support, at 666-5754, or pick up a nomination form at City Hall, 710 Mullan Avenue, Coeur d’Alene.

The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6:00 p.m., at a location to be announced.

Mudgy & Millie Card Contest at Store Aug. 15 & 16

A new stationary store is sponsoring a card contest as part of the celebration of Coeur d’Alene’s own “Mudgy & Millie.”
Children ages 2-11 are invited to come to the Papillion Paper Emporium in the Coeur d’Alene Plaza Shops, 210 Sherman Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16, to do their best drawings of the title characters of “Mudgy & Millie.”
Color drawing materials and special paper will be provided and each participant will receive a goodie bag for their entry. (One entry per person, please.)
Three of the drawings – one each from age groups 2-4, 5-7, and 8-11 – will be selected and the young artists will win $50 gift certificates from Figpickel’s Toy Emporium. The winning entries will also be developed into a greeting card line to be sold at Papillion Paper Emporium to benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
All entries will be on display Sept. 1-12 at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., during “Love Your Library Month.”
Card contest winners will be announced Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Mudgy & Millie Birthday Party celebration beginning at 11 a.m.
The Mudgy & Millie Project is the brainchild of Coeur d’Alene children’s author Susan Nipp, who along with illustrator Charles Reasoner created the “Mudgy & Millie” book. It tells the story of a moose and mouse playing hide-and-seek on Tubbs Hill and in downtown Coeur d’Alene.
The project also includes public art in the form of five lifesize bronze statues crated by local sculptor Terry Lee and placed along the Mudgy Moose Trail following the route described in the book. The project had support the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department and the Arts Commission.
Royalties from the sale of the book and Mudgy & Millie merchandise benefit the Library Foundation. The book, statues, and trail had their official kickoff on Sept. 13, 2008, shortly after the first anniversary of the new library building.
For more information about the card contest visit Figpickel’s. More information about the Mudgy & Millie Project can be found online at http://www.mudgyandmillie.com/. More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Reward for Information

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information on male suspects involved in a battery that occurred on Saturday August 2nd in the front parking lot area of the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Two male juvenile victims reported to the Coeur d’Alene Police that they were in downtown Coeur d’Alene at 11:45pm. They said they had just visited a friend staying at the Resort. They 15 year old juveniles were trying to go home and they realized they were not going to make it to the bus stop on time. They stated they didn't have any money for a taxi. They started asking people for money in front of the Resort. The victims said most of the people in front of the Resort at that time were going to the Shore Lounge. One of the victims said he asked a male for some money. The male suspect said a racial slur to him. Seven to eight males attacked the two victims and said more racial slurs to them. The male juvenile’s sustained injuries to their faces, head, and one of them sustained a dislocated shoulder. The Police Department is investigating this crime.

The description of three of the suspect males is as follows:
1) White male approximately 260 lbs. wearing a white shirt and brown shorts and a hat.
2) Smaller white male approximately 135 lbs. dark brown hair (short- faux style) wearing an Abercrombie shirt and brown shorts.
3) White male approximately 180-200 lbs. wearing khaki shorts and a polo shirt, he had no shoes. The others involved were “dressed similar” in polo shirts and shorts.

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.
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Resort Death Investigation - Update

Media representatives have continued to ask for follow up information regarding this case. Detectives are still conducting the death investigation and have not made a determination. The male companion of victim Lynea M. Hambrice is Ian E. James, 38 years old from Baton Rouge Louisiana. James has been cooperative with police in this investigation. The toxicology reports indicate Hambrice had a blood alcohol content of .23 at the time of her death. The management at the Coeur d’Alene Resort continues to assist and cooperate with detectives No further information will be released at this time.

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

Heroism Award Presented

At last night’s City Council meeting, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo and Coeur d’Alene Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel made a joint presentation of appreciation to citizen Jody Burns. Jody Burns was recognized for heroism and bravery for his role in saving the life of Michael Brandt.

Brandt was the victim of a vehicle fire on July 24th 2009. Jody Burns heard the explosion and walked out of his hotel room. He saw the vehicle on fire in the parking lot. Jody picked up a brick and threw it through the passenger side window of the car. He called for Brandt to come towards him; he then pulled him from the burning car.

Michael Brandt sustained serious burn injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Due to Jody Burn’s heroic actions, Michael Brandt did not lose his life.

Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Don Craft who was one of the first officers on scene called Burns “A hero who should be recognized.”

Photo: Officer Craft with Jody Burns receiving heroism award.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Talking Books Focus of Library Open House

Do you or someone you love require reading alternatives because of a loss in vision or other physical impairments? Whether the need is permanent or temporary the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., can help by providing timely and interesting materials for your recreational, cultural, or educational pursuits.
Stop by the Community Room, enjoy a cool treat, and get a summer prize at the library’s Open House on Aug. 17, 2-3 p.m., for the celebration of Talking Book Service Awareness Day. Print and recorded materials that are fun, informative, and entertaining – and all for free – will be on display.
The program is offered in cooperation with the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is geared toward Idaho residents who are 45 or older.
In addition to offering large-print books, audio materials in both cassette and CD-Rom format, music, Playaway audiobooks, E-audio books and DVDs the library provides help downloading E-audio books and mail delivery service to patrons who are homebound said Barbara Nolan, library Outreach Services Coordinator.
“We also can sign our patrons up with the Talking Book Service (TBS), a program offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.” Nolan said. “TBS provides thousands of books in cassette format for people unable to read standard printed material. Even better, TBS services are provided free of charge, including the mailing of reading materials and playback machines.”
A program on TBS will also be offered at the Hayden Branch of the Kootenai-Shoshone Area Libraries, 8385 N. Government Way, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 1-3 p.m.
For more information about the Open House at Coeur d’Alene Public Library, contact Nolan at 208/769-2316 or bnolan@cdalibrary.org.
For more information about the Talking Book Service, that is available to qualified Idaho residents, visit http://libraries.idaho.gov/landing/tbs.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Burns to Receive Recognition for Heroism Tonight

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo and Coeur d’Alene Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel will be making a joint presentation of appreciation to citizen Jody Burns at tonight’s City Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. Burns will be recognized for heroism and bravery for his role in saving the life of Michael Brandt.

Brandt was the victim of a vehicle fire on July 24, 2009. Jody Burns heard an explosion and walked out of his hotel room. He saw a vehicle on fire in the parking lot. Jody picked up a brick and threw it through the passenger side window of the car. He called for Brandt to come towards him; he then pulled him from the burning car.

Michael Brandt sustained serious burn injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Due to Jody Burns' heroic actions, Michael Brandt did not lose his life.

Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Don Craft who was one of the first officers on scene called Burns “A hero who should be recognized.”

The public is encouraged to attend the council meeting and celebrate Jody Burns as he receives his much deserved recognition from Chief Longo and Chief Gabriel.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Library Offers Family Fun for August

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front, is the place to be for families looking for fun ways to escape the heat during August. A variety of free programs are being offered:
► Puppet Palooza: Summer activities in the Seagraves Children’s Library continue with puppet shows presented in the Shirley Parker Storyroom, Wednesdays, Aug. 5, 12 and 19, 11 a.m. to noon. The puppet shows will feature the talents of the library’s Summer Youth Staff behind the curtain.
► Game Day: Kids are invited to bring their parents and grandparents to try their hand at the library’s Wii game systems and DS handhelds in a special activity on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. Game days are made possible at the library through a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Refreshments are provided.
Author Brown Bag: Children’s writer Dawn Menge will read from her books and sign copies during a brown-bag event at noon in the community room on Thursday, Aug. 6. Bring your lunches to the library for the program. Beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Library. The Friends will receive a portion of proceeds from book sales.
Mudgy & Millie Family Walks: The next in the series of walks sponsored by Helbling Benefits Consulting, will be Tuesday, Aug. 18. 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.
Right to Vote: The library will host a celebration of the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - giving women the right to vote – on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. The special program for children, in partnership with the Kootenai County League of Women Voters, will be in the Shirley Parker Storyroom in the Seagraves Children’s Library. Our special guest will be Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem reading stories from the history of the women’s suffrage movement.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.