Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Library Outreach Coordinator Named to State Advisory Board

Barbara Nolan, Outreach Coordinator for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been named to the Talking Book Advisory Board for Idaho.
Barbara NolanNolan’s main focus is to provide access to library services to patrons with disabilities, vision loss, blindness and/or hearing loss. Her office is adjacent to the library’s Hearing and Vision Loss Services where adaptive equipment and computers to support this task are housed.
The service center was funded in part by Bart and Pat Templeman in memory of Fredrick K. Ramey.
Nolan also coordinates the library’s Books to You program. This service delivers books and other library materials through the mail to patrons who are homebound due to any disability.
She assists patrons in using the Talking Book Service (TBS) – a program in cooperation with the Idaho Commission for Libraries that provides people with blindness or vision loss with books on tape and special players. During the last three years the library has also offered the LOBE Library Service that provides patrons with qualifying vision loss with MP3 players loaded with audiobooks.
Nolan’s background has provided a rich mixture of experiences that she brings to her job.
“I like to say I have two hometowns, Albany, Calif., and San Pedro, Jalisco, in Mexico,” she said. “I was born in the U.S. and grew up in California, where I lived for seven years before moving to Mexico for 10 years. It was a great experience, culturally as well as having to learn different languages. This gave me a taste of what it is like to be an interpreter and how it feels to not be able to communicate freely.”
After high school she came back to the U.S., where she worked a variety of jobs always having to do with serving customers and the community. She was employed at the Hayward, Calif., Public Library, worked in the Census 2000, and also with Safeway for 10 years. She moved to Coeur d Alene in 2004 where she worked with children in the Coeur d’Alene School District.
She is also currently employed by Addus Health Care, providing home care for clients.
The Talking Book Advisory Board supports the statewide goal of promoting and delivering library services to people with special needs. The board uses the knowledge and expertise of information providers, such as libraries, and users throughout the state to improve service to Idaho citizens who cannot read standard print or have other special needs. (See related story below.)
Nolan can be contacted at the library at 702 E. Front Ave., 208/769-2315 Ext. 316 or by e-mail at bnolan@cdalibrary .org. More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Who is Eigible for the Talking Books Service

To be eligible for the Talking Book Service, a person must:
Be legally blind, with vision in the better eye of 20/200 or less with corrective glasses, or
Have a visual field no greater than 20 degrees in diameter, or
Be unable to see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with corrective glasses, or
Be unable to handle print books or turn pages because of a physical disability, or
Be certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction that is severe enough to prevent reading in the usual manner.
The Idaho Talking Book Service loans books and magazines in audio format for people unable to read standard print material due to a physical disability. The disability can be temporary or permanent.
This free service provides the following to registered users:
Books, magazines, and playback equipment
Materials mailed directly to and from the user Free Matter for the Blind
Toll-free number to contact the Talking Book Service
Resources to help select titles of interest
Online catalog for direct ordering
Ability to download digital titles
Once a patron has filed an application, either through the library or by mailing to TBS. The patron will be contacted if further information on needs is required. The patron will then receive a TBS player in the mail along with titles the patron is interested in receiving. This service is free to those who qualify.
More information and applications are available by contacting Barbara Nolan, Outreach Coordinator at the Coeur d Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., 208/769-2315 Ext. 318 or online at www.libraries.idaho.gov/page/eligibility-applications.

City of Coeur d’Alene Leaf Pick-Up Begins November 9th

Monday, November 9th marks the start of the city’s annual leaf pick-up program. Because leaves can plug catch basins and storm drains, please be sure to keep leaves on your property until Monday, November 2nd. Please rake your leaves and pine needles about one foot away from the gutter line to allow for water drainage. City crews and equipment are limited, thus your help is needed. Leaves will be picked up only once. Please do not put leaves in the street after city crews have completed your area, and do not include bagged leaves, branches, rubble, or refuse.

Due to weather conditions, equipment malfunctions, and unforeseen circumstances, city crews are unable provide a precise schedule of where leaf pick-up will take place. Pick-up will start south of Sherman Avenue and move north. Completion is expected before Wednesday, November 25th.

Leaf-Fest 2009 Tips
Do:
•Have your leaves out by November 2nd – but not much earlier.
•Please move cars off of the street if at all possible during leaf pick-up.
•Keep the leaves about one foot off the curb line to facilitate stormwater flow.
•Be alert for leaf pick-up equipment traveling through your neighborhood.
•Keep a safe distance away from leaf pick-up heavy equipment.
•Recognize that we have a tough job to do in a very short window between when the leaves fall and when the snow flies.
•Understand that city and private trucks are exempted from tarping loads during the leaf pick-up period. Sweepers will follow city trucks to collect remaining/excess leaves.

Don’t:
•Bag the leaves.
•Mix branches, rubble or other refuse in with the leaves.
•Miss the deadline… we only have time for one pass!

If you have questions or need additional information please call the Information Line at 769-2233 or tune into the KVNI 1080 Radio morning show for updates.

Note: There is NO CHARGE to residents who haul leaves, pine needles, limbs, branches, or debris to the landfill. Waste Management will, however, charge for bagged leaves.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Community Canopy Workshops Offered November 6th

Two workshops for landscape care workers are being held on Friday, November 6th, at the Trailhead building at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls.

The morning workshop will cover the topic of Trees and Soils. Eric Choker, Soil Scientist with the Spokane County Conservation District, is the speaker. He will cover topics such as soil testing, fertilization, compaction, and drainage.

The afternoon workshop will cover the topic of Proper Pruning. It is being led by Jeff Perry, a Certified Arborist with the City of Spokane’s Urban Forestry program. He will be covering the basics of tree structure and pruning, followed by a field demonstration and an opportunity for attendees to try out some tree pruning techniques.

The workshops are designed for those who supervise or perform turf or landscape maintenance activities. This includes in-house grounds maintenance crews, landscape contractors, and volunteers who assist with maintaining church grounds or other community landscaping. The workshops will include related educational materials, snacks, door-prizes, and a lunch for those who attend both workshops.

There is a $10 registration fee per workshop to help cover costs. Pre-registration is encouraged since there is limited room. Registration forms and additional information is available at www.communitycanopy.com or by calling 208/415-0415.

The workshops are sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care partnership program of the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, and the Spokane County Conservation District.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Small Shipments of Vaccine Requires Public to Wait for Vaccinations

Production of the vaccine that protects against the H1N1 influenza virus is taking longer than expected at the federal level, which has led to smaller than expected amounts of vaccine in northern Idaho.
“We know people are anxious about when the vaccine will be available, and their concern is understandable as we hear about more people getting sick,” said Jeanne Bock, Panhandle Health District (PHD) director. “We’re putting the limited amounts of vaccine we receive into the people who need the protection most as soon as we get it, and we’ll continue doing that because so many people fit into the vaccine target groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control.”
Delayed vaccine shipments forced PHD to postpone school vaccinations scheduled for this week. Vaccinations in 15 schools with elementary-age students in the five northern counties will resume Nov. 9 and 10. Vaccinations of middle school and high school students were postponed until early December.
Nearly 1,500 people who fit into the CDC’s vaccination target groups were vaccinated in the five northern counties on Saturday, Oct. 24. More than 6,000 calls were made to a toll-free appointment line at PHD on Thursday for the 1,500 appointments available at the Saturday clinics.
Saturday’s vaccinations went to pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old, everyone from age 6 month through 24 years, people age 25 through 64 with chronic health conditions and healthcare and emergency response workers.
About 200 people with appointments failed to show on Saturday. The vaccine reserved for them will go to private medical providers for patients and /or health care personnel.
With the limited vaccine supply and the H1N1 virus in our communities, it is particularly important for people to slow the spread by staying home when they are sick. Coughing and sneezing into a sleeve or tissue help prevent contagious germs from becoming airborne an infecting others.
Most people recover from the flu without medical attention. They stay home and rest, drink plenty of fluids, take over-the-counter flu medicine and reduce their fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. People with symptoms who believe they need medical attention should call the doctor’s office before walking into a waiting room with a contagious illness.
To help protect themselves while waiting for the vaccine, people should wash their hands often, stay six feet away from anyone with respiratory symptoms, cover their coughs and sneezes and sanitize living and work areas regularly.
PHD will post vaccination clinics on its website—www.phd1.idaho.gov--as they’re scheduled and publicize them through the media. For information on the H1N1 influenza virus, visit www.phd1.idaho.gov or www.flu.gov or call the PHD H1N1 toll-free hotline at 1-866-528-3501.

This article has been posted in cooperation with the Pandhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

What's Happening at the Library?

Here's a video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Airing on Cable Channel 19 CDA-TV provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. More news about the library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.
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Mangano Lays Groundwork for 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

When Philip Mangano, former Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, came to speak in Coeur d’Alene over two years ago, he had no idea how much of an impression he’d make. In a community that had already been working energetically on a variety of fronts to take care of its neediest citizens, it was perhaps Mangano’s inspiring visit that laid the foundation for the creation of an all-encompassing plan to end homelessness in the broader Coeur d’Alene area.

In less than two years since his October 2007 presentation, a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness was presented to the Coeur d’Alene City Council. At that May 2009 Council Meeting, Project Coordinator Renata McLeod reviewed the process that was used to complete the proposed plan, which included working groups, research and data collection, and development of and obtaining feedback on strategies for ending homelessness. McLeod emphasized that the group’s overarching mission was to end homelessness in the Coeur d’Alene area through a community response.

McLeod started working on the plan in January 2008. By July 2008, the group that would call its draft document “ekcho” or Ending Kootenai County Homelessness, had determined that 1,300 volunteers were serving 600 homeless citizens within the community. In a review of data that included various statistics on homelessness, it was conservatively estimated that the community’s cost of services to its homeless citizens in 2007 was $6,576,000.00. Costs included full- and part-time staff salaries, the cost of beds and meals, and additional dollars not associated with specific programs.

McLeod reported that some of the strategies outlined in the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness are outreach and collaboration, increasing the supply of supportive housing, and increasing economic opportunities through job placement, job training, and employment counseling. She outlined some examples of how the community could work together to end homelessness, such as by providing housing/rentals, through volunteering, by becoming a mentor, through fundraising, by job creation, and by implementing the plan. Of the plan itself, McLeod says, “We’ve always thought of this as a living, dynamic document.”

Councilman John Bruning, who has worked closely with McLeod and Finance Director Troy Tymesen in creating over 50 subsidized housing units, said that one of the best things about putting together the 10-year plan is that people know there’s a problem now. “In the past, people didn’t think we had homelessness in Kootenai County because people weren’t out begging in the streets,” he explained. “Our homeless were hidden in places like Tubbs Hill, behind the Target store, and in the Fort Grounds area.”

The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness was initially championed by Councilman Mike Kennedy, who says that the next two years will be critical. “We have accomplished a lot in a short time, but we have a tremendous amount still to do,” explained Kennedy. “We need business people, elected officials, non-profit agencies, and individuals to continue to step up and help us implement the plan.”

The group meets the last Friday of every month at 7:00 a.m., in the CdA Library Community Room. They are in the process of creating a governing board, and continue to work on implementing the plan. For more information, contact Renata McLeod at 666-5741 or visit the city’s website at www.cdaid.org.

Service Banner Ceremony



Service Banner Ceremony
for
Coeur d’ Alene Police Officer
and
United States Air Force Tech. Sergeant
Shane Avriett
Currently Serving in Iraq


Please join us Thursday October 29th at 4:30 pm, in front of the Coeur d’ Alene Police Department, 3818 Schreiber Way, to honor Sergeant Avriett’s current service in Iraq by flying the service banner.

Dress is formal. Officers are asked to wear Class “A” uniform if attending in uniform. Veterans are asked to wear the colors of your service. If you are a member of a military veteran’s organization, please wear that organization’s appropriate uniform.

Following the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to record your own personal words of encouragement to Sgt. Avriett.

The world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The dearest thing in all the world to a father and mother…their children”
- Congressional Record: September 24th, 1917

Friday, October 23, 2009

Local Author to Share Book at Library Program

Coeur d’Alene author Cheri Calvert will read from and sign copies of her book, “The Garden Song: A True Story About Rape” at a program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7-8 p.m.
Cheri Calvert
Calvert’s program, which she has entitled, “Forgiveness is Not a Dirty Word,” will be in the Community Room. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Copies of “The Garden Song” will be available for sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Library.
More information about the author and books is available at www.the-garden-song.com.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crime Stoppers Reward for Church Burglaries



Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects responsible for two recent Church Burglaries in the Coeur d’Alene area.

Sometime between the evening hours of October 21st and early morning October 22nd, unknown suspects broke into the First Christian Church located at 610 N. 4th St and the St. Thomas Catholic Church located at 919 E Indiana.

Items stolen included cash, keys, food, several guitars and tools.

Attached is a photograph of a suspect involved in one of the burglaries.

Anyone with information on this person and the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 667-2111, toll free at 866-667-2111. 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.

4th Street Ribbon Cutting

Mayor and Council, LCDC board members, contractors, business owners, artists, and others gathered today for a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the Midtown Improvement project. Mayor Bloem thanked everyone involved for keeping the project on schedule and below budget, with a special thanks to business owners for their patience.

Photo: (left to right) Chris Guggemos, Ron Edinger, Mike Kennedy, Al Hassell, Sandi Bloem, Kevin Stevens, and Deanna Goodlander

Turn in Old Medications at CHS, October 24th

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the city’s Enough is Enough Committee are sponsoring a “Turn in Prescription Medication Day” at the northeast entrance of the Coeur d’Alene High School Auditorium, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. School Resource Officers (SROs) and School District 271 administrators have reported increased cases of students accessing prescription medications that belong to a family member and selling or abusing them at school. The risk is that individuals may use medications that are not prescribed for them. Use of outdated medications is equally dangerous. The most common medications sold or distributed are narcotics such as oxycontin and vicodin. Prescription and over-the-counter cold remedies, as well as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, are also passed on to other students.

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

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

The Prescription Medication Turn-In Event will be at the northeast entrance of the Coeur d’Alene High School Auditorium – look for two, blue metal doors that face Canfield Mountain and a banner proclaiming “Prescription Med Turn-In Here!” Please only bring prescription drugs in pharmacy containers – no needles or biohazards please.

CdA Police will be on hand to receive outdated or unused prescription medication. Sharpies will be provided for the public to mark out any personal information on the prescription bottle. Chief Longo encourages the public to turn in unused prescription medications. For more information, please call 769-2320.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Library to Celebrate 'Fiber & Fabric'

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will have patrons on needles and pins during November with programs and exhibits that celebrate fiber and fabric arts.
The library is using a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) for a month-long program called “Fiber & Fabric: Art Born of Necessity.”
“The idea is to examine and celebrate how such skills as spinning, weaving, knitting, and quilt making have evolved from household necessities to art forms,” said David Townsend, Communications Coordinator and program organizer. “This form of creativity is enjoying a resurgence of popularity and we have many people in our area – women and men – who are involved.”
Since the IHC grant was announced a community committee made up of business owners and individuals involved in the fiber and fabric arts has been meeting to organize the programs and exhibits.
Nov. 1-28 the library will exhibit examples of local creations throughout the library – the glass cases on the lower level, in the stairwell and overhead on the upper level.
“We have to be fairly creative about how these pieces are displayed,” Townsend said. “We want everything to be visible, but at the same time everything needs to be placed so that it protected. Mainly that means out of reach.”
Exhibit items are being organized in cooperation with North Idaho Quilters, CDA Yarn and Fiber and Harmony Yarn.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., the library will host a free program in the Community Room with Rudolph Kovacs, professor and chairman of the Art and Pre-Architecture Department at Idaho State University. Among other classes, Kovacs teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced weaving classes at ISU and has been involved in national exhibits of his work.
Kovacs received his Bachelor of Arts at Ohio University, Athens, and his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
On Saturday, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m., the library will host “Beginners Day” with several individuals and groups involved in the fiber and fabric arts represented for the benefit of people interested in learning how to get started with these skills. Groups involved in such activities spinning, knitting, and quilting are also invited to share information about their organizations.
Refreshments and activities for children will also be available.
Anyone interested in participating as a presenter at “Beginners Day” is asked to contact Townsend at (208) 769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at dtownsend@cdalibrary.org.
“Fiber & Fabric: Art Born of Necessity” is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the NEH We the People Initiative.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Video Update: What's Happening at the Library

Here's a video update of what's happening at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other items of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. More information about the library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.
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Midtown Ribbon-Cutting, October 22nd, 11:00 a.m.

The Midtown Improvement and Place-Making Project will hold its ribbon-cutting ceremony this Thursday, October 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. and everyone is invited! Please join Mayor Bloem, Council Members, and representatives of 4th Street businesses at the intersection of 4th Street and Montana Avenue to celebrate this event.

The three-phase project – a major revitalization effort – included enhancement of the midtown area. The first phase began at Foster Avenue and ended at Miller Avenue. The second phase started in late June and began at the alley north of Lakeside Avenue and proceeded north to Foster Avenue. The final phase started in late July and began from Miller Avenue north to Harrison Avenue.

Always on or ahead of schedule, the project, supported by the City of Coeur d’Alene, the Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC), and Local Improvement District (LID) funds, is an eclectic blend of specialty shops, restaurants and residences, paved intersections and public art, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and tree-lined streets.

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

Monday, October 19, 2009

Turn in Old Medications at CHS, October 24th

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the city’s Enough is Enough Committee are sponsoring a “Turn in Prescription Medication Day” at the northeast entrance of the Coeur d’Alene High School Auditorium, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. School Resource Officers (SROs) and School District 271 administrators have reported increased cases of students accessing prescription medications that belong to a family member and selling or abusing them at school. The risk is that individuals may use medications that are not prescribed for them. Use of outdated medications is equally dangerous. The most common medications sold or distributed are narcotics such as oxycontin and vicodin. Prescription and over-the-counter cold remedies, as well as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, are also passed on to other students.

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

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

The Prescription Medication Turn-In Event will be at the northeast entrance of the Coeur d’Alene High School Auditorium – look for two, blue metal doors that face Canfield Mountain and a banner proclaiming “Prescription Med Turn-In Here!” Please only bring prescription drugs in pharmacy containers – no needles or biohazards please.

CdA Police will be on hand to receive outdated or unused prescription medication. Sharpies will be provided for the public to mark out any personal information on the prescription bottle. Chief Longo encourages the public to turn in unused prescription medications. For more information, please call 769-2320.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Health District H1N1 Vaccinations Start

Panhandle Health District will provide H1N1 influenza vaccinations by appointment on Saturday, Oct. 24, to people in the five northern counties who fit into the vaccination target groups set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those groups are:
· Pregnant women;
· People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age;
· Everyone from 6 months of age through 24 years;
· People from age 25 through 64 with chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or a condition that weakens the immune system;
· Healthcare and emergency response workers.

Vaccination clinics will be open in Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone and west and east Benewah counties from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinic locations will be given when appointments are made Thursday, Oct. 22, starting at 9 a.m. on PHD’s toll-free appointment line, 1-877-415-5225. Because federal distribution of vaccine is delayed, arrival of large quantities is unpredictable. Appointments will be taken until no more vaccine is available.
PHD receives shipments of vaccine weekly. Vaccinations begin in area schools on Monday, Oct. 19. More public vaccination clinics are planned in the coming weeks.For questions and information on H1N1 in our area, visit www.phd1.idaho.gov or call PHD’s tollfree information hotline, 1-866-528-3501.

This news item has been posted in cooperation with the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Specialized Needs Recreation Program Receives National Award

Today, Angie Goucher, Director of Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR), was presented the prestigious 2009 National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) Jean Tague Innovative Program Award in Salt Lake City, Utah at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference. The award is presented to programs and individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to the field of NTRS at the local, state, or national level.

The city’s Specialized Needs Recreation Program (SNR) is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for over 3,000 youth and adults who have disabilities and or special needs.

“We are proud of the high quality of our Specialized Needs Recreation program and our exceptionally dedicated staff,” said Recreation Director Steve Anthony. “We are honored to have received this prestigious award from the National Recreation and Park Association.”

For further information on this award or the SNR organization, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit the website at www.snr.bz.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

H1N1 Virus Probable Contributor to Man’s Death

The H1N1 influenza virus may have contributed this week to the death of a Post Falls man in his 30s who had influenza symptoms. Tests are being conducted now to determine the factors that led to the man’s death in his home.
“The death of a resident of our community saddens us deeply and our sympathies go out to his family and other loved ones,” said Jeanne Bock, Panhandle Health District director. “Although most cases of H1N1 recover without medical attention, this is an unfortunate reminder that all flu viruses can be deadly. We must continue to be vigilant in preventing the spread of the H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza. We anticipate that we could see more illnesses and deaths from H1N1, which is now widespread in our communities.”
Northern Idaho has seen an increase in flu-like illness during the past month. Idaho is one of 37 states that report widespread H1N1 influenza. When (or if) confirmed, this man’s death will be the fifth in Idaho related to the H1N1 virus since September 1.
H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu spread through the air, usually through coughing or sneezing by infected people. H1N1 symptoms typically start with a fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, headache, body aches, chills and fatigue. Some people, mostly children, have reported diarrhea and vomiting.
The first shipments of H1N1 vaccine arrived in northern Idaho this month. The initial supplies will go to vaccine target groups, but larger quantities are expected for public vaccinations in the coming weeks. People who need the most protection from H1N1 and are a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-vaccination target group are:

· Pregnant women;
· Children from age 6 months through 24 years;
· People who live with and/or care for children younger than 6 months of age;
· Healthcare and emergency response workers;
· Anyone from age 24 through 64 with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or a condition that weakens the immune system.

Panhandle Health District (PHD) advises everyone to help protect themselves from the flu with these steps:

· Wash hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizer;
· Cover your cough and sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue, not your hand;
· Stay home if you’re sick;
· Stay six-feet away from people who are sick.
· Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.

PHD activated its telephone hotline Tuesday to answer the public’s many questions on H1N1. The tollfree number is 1-866-528-3501. The hotline is open Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keep updated on H1N1 influenza in northern Idaho on the PHD website, www.phd1.idaho.gov.


This article has been posted in cooperation with the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

PEER Award ~ Kathleen Chamberlin

A "PEER" (Peer Employee Excellence Recognition) award was presented to Kathleen Chamberlin, Permit Technician, Building Services Department on Tuesday, October 13th.

Kathleen provides excellent customer service in a polite and efficient manner. The Building Department receives consistent compliments regarding her service from customers visiting the Customer Service Center as well as her peers.

Kathleen’s recent enhancement efforts to totally re-format the city’s encroachment permit application form and making it available to the public on both Engineering and Building Services’ web pages will benefit the public and make the department more efficient. This has resulted in efficiency and better use of resources as well as a more user friendly and complete process.

Also, Kathleen’s consistent day-to-day actions to provide exemplary customer service equally warrant recognition. Kathleen portrays a positive image of the city to countless builders, developers, and designers. Her calm demeanor, poise, and positive attitude - often in stressful situations - is commendable.

Pictured: Pat Ball, PEER award committee member (left) and Kathleen Chamberlin (right)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Parks Foundation Seeking New Board Members

The Coeur d ‘Alene Parks Foundation is seeking diverse, passionate, and community-minded people. Heading into 2010, the Parks Foundation Board is focusing its energies on fundraising and land acquisition and would like to make this another successful year. The organization is committed to recruiting people who represent all of our north Idaho communities. In particular we are seeking people who are committed to north Idaho parks and bring with them expertise in some of the following areas:

•Fundraising and event planning.
•Non-profit board governance and/or committee experience.
•Networking and community engagement.
•Land acquisition.

General expectations include:
•Willingness to work collaboratively with other directors to maintain positive relations among the board members and other committees.
•A willingness to develop and share knowledge, skills, connections, and expertise to enhance the foundation.
•A willingness to grow the Parks Foundation through networking and community partners.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2009. If you are interested in making a difference and giving back to your community, contact Kim Stearns at kim@cdaparksfoundation.org or visit the website at www.cdaparksfoundation.org.

Radio Read Water Meters Bring Efficiencies

Nearly five and a half years ago, the city embarked on a project that would forever change the way city water meters were read. No longer would it take the equivalent of two employees, two months, to walk and read 75 meter routes throughout the city. With radio read water meters, it can all be done by one employee in one week. In early September of this year, members of the Water Department crew responsible for installing this technology finished the radio read conversion process.

How does it work? The system consists of radio transmitters that are attached to the meters. When reading the meters, a radio signal is transmitted to the meter reader’s laptop which collects the meter information. Instead of having to physically open each box, staff members need only to drive down the street and the radio unit sends out a radio signal which contains the actual reading of the customer’s water meter. Data can be collected from the radio read unit as far away as 1,000 feet. All of this happens while the employee is driving down the street. The data that is collected onto the laptop computer is later downloaded directly into the billing program.

Councilman Woody McEvers served on the Public Works Committee in 2003 when the radio read conversion process was just getting underway. Of the new system, in place now for almost a month, McEvers says, “It was time the city moved into the 21st century.” Adding that the new way of reading meters is much more efficient he said, “The best part is that you get a bill every month, which is better for budgeting.”

Utility Supervisor Rob Stark added, "Completion of the conversion to radio read allows us to be more efficient with fewer human errors in our meter reading and billing.” Stark explained that the city bills for actual water use on a monthly basis. It can assist customers who have billing issues sooner rather than having to wait for a two-month billing cycle to conclude.

Ultimately, McEvers thinks that having a bill every month – especially in the summer – gives citizens a “reality check” on consumption. He believes that if people see that their use is up, most will work on conserving water – an important resource. “Saving water keeps the city from having to drill another well for summer consumption,” McEvers said.

Along with the benefits of resource savings, Water Superintendent Jim Markley reminds citizens that time savings bring new efficiencies as well. “Because the new radio read system frees up manpower, it allows us to perform other tasks that we were unable to perform in the past, without adding new personnel,” he said, adding that the department is able to continue with its water main replacement program (replacing old mains that are at the end of their service life). It will also be able to do a better job of valve maintenance, hydrant maintenance, well yard maintenance, and a host of other maintenance tasks that it has not been able to give full attention to in the past.

For more information, call the Water Department at 769-2210.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Labor, Libraries Collaborate To Assist Career Planning

The Idaho Department of Labor (IDL) and public libraries throughout the state are collaborating to assist workers in identifying their future career paths.
In September the Coeur d’Alene Public Library received a year’s subscription to the department’s Career Information System (CIS) at no cost. The Idaho CIS is a comprehensive computerized system for career development that helps people explore career opportunities, identify schools or sources of education and training for specific jobs and then make successful decisions about future careers or education.
To access CIS through the library’s website visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave. or call 208/769-2315 for the site’s user ID and password.
Other libraries in the Cooperative Information Network who are participating in the program include those in the Kootenai-Shoshone Area Libraries, the West Bonner Library District, and the St. Maries and Kellogg public libraries.
The CIS is the only source of Idaho-specific information on jobs and training. It is widely used in all 25 IDL local offices statewide.
“The collaborative effort with the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the public libraries around the state will expand access to this resource even further,” CIS Administrator Christie Stoll said.
The labor department, which has been able to provide the service because of resources received through the federal economic stimulus package, trained library staff in September on the use of both the CIS and the department’s primary Internet work-force development site – IdahoWorks.
IdahoWorks, which is already available free through any computer terminal, including those at all libraries, is the department’s online service for both employers and workers. Job seekers can create and update résumés and profiles, find jobs, check eligibility for unemployment benefits, file benefit claims and review benefit payment. Employers can list jobs, manage those listings, review candidates and screen applicant résumés.
“I’m sure that in some communities this collaboration will result in the development of ongoing work-force services or resources that go beyond access to these valuable electronic services,” State Librarian Ann Joslin said.
“In addition to offering CIS and IdahoWorks, the Coeur d’Alene Library offers reference materials such as the ‘Occupational Handbook’ and the ‘Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance,’” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “For those patrons who need to improve their computer skills the library has free workshops on a variety of subjects each month.”
The schedule of computer workshops can be accessed from the library’s website, www.cdalibrary.org.
More information on the Career Information System is available at http://www.cis.idaho.gov/. IdahoWorks is available at http://labor.idaho.gov/iw.
More news and information about the library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Spokane River Hawks - Fact Check

Today, there was an article in the Spokesman Review regarding the Spokane River Hawks. The Spokane River Hawks are looking for a permanent location in Coeur d'Alene and have explored options over the past few years with a group of interested parties including city representation. There are no commitments or agreements for any permanent location at this time.

In the interim however, the Spokane River Hawks have identified a few locations in Coeur d'Alene that may be suitable as a temporary site until a permanent location is identified. None of the temporary locations being considered at this time are owned, managed, or controlled by the City of Coeur d'Alene. It is this temporary site that the Spokane River Hawks hope to be playing on in 2011.

McEuen Field IS NOT being considered.

School Absentee Rates Suggest Widespread H1N1

School absentee rates in some northern Idaho schools are double and triple the normal rates for this time of year, which parents, particularly those of children with underlying health problems, need to note.
Most absences are attributed to H1N1 influenza. While most people who stay home and take care of themselves recover from the flu, anyone with health problems that weaken the immune system is at risk of complications if they catch the virus.
Children with symptoms--fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, headaches, muscle aches, chills and heavy fatigue—should stay home from school until their fever is gone without the aid of fever-reducing medication. Parents should be aware of warning signs that indicate a child needs medical care immediately:

• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not waking up or interacting
• Excessive irritability
• Flu-like symptoms that improve then return with fever and a worse cough
• Fever with a rash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports this week that hospitalization rates nationwide for influenza are higher than normal. Hospitalization rates for children ages 5-17 and adults ages 18-49 from April until now exceed the average flu season rates.
Idaho is one of 37 states reporting widespread influenza activity. Reports of flu activity in September and October are rare. Idaho has had four deaths related to H1N1 since September 1.
H1N1 is the only flu virus circulating in northern Idaho at this time. Anyone with symptoms should stay home; the virus is contagious and spreads easily.
The first shipment of vaccine to protect against H1N1 arrived in northern Idaho last week. On Oct. 19, PHD will begin vaccinating children in area schools. Only children with permission slips signed by their parents will be vaccinated. Vaccinations in the schools will continue through the first week in December.
Children are a vaccination priority because H1N1 has hit the under-25 age group in the greatest numbers. Starting Oct. 19, vaccinations in flu mist and shot form will be given in the schools. Schools will notify parents when it’s their school’s turn for vaccinations.
Taking simple precautions every day can help slow the spread of the flu. Those precautions include washing hands often and well, staying at least six feet away from anyone who’s sick, staying home when you’re sick and coughing and sneezing in your sleeve or a tissue.
Vaccinations for the general public will begin at the end of October as long as an adequate amount of vaccine is available. Public vaccination providers, dates and locations will be listed on the PHD website, www.phd1.idaho.gov.

This article has been posted in cooperation with the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Coeur d'Alene Firefighter Jeff Fletcher Receives Recognition

Last week Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff Fletcher and his wife were invited to Boise to attend an awards ceremony for “Idaho Health Care Heroes”. Jeff was one of three finalist for the Emergency Medical Healthcare Hero of the year. We are proud to have this kind of talent, compassion, and dedication on our team.

ABSENTEE VOTING

If you choose to vote in advance of the upcoming election, absentee voting is now available at City Hall in the lower lobby every weekday between 8 am and 5 pm through November 2nd.

November 3rd is Election Day for cities holding general elections as well as the County’s holding of a ballot measure for the County Jail expansion. Anyone who resides within Kootenai County can vote on the jail measure.

In advance of Election Day, absentee Voting for our City’s general election is now available at Coeur d’Alene City Hall. Anyone who resides in the City limits of Coeur d’Alene or is a county resident (that does not live within the limits of another city) may vote at City Hall. Voters that live inside the limits of another City can vote at either the County Elections office (1808 N. 3rd Street) beginning Tuesday October 13th or at their own City Hall beginning Monday October 19th. The County Elections Office will also be open on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tree Fans Sought for “VIP” Program

Tree fans are being sought for a new program designed to improve the future of young trees in public places. The “Volunteers In Pruning” (V.I.P.) program will teach local tree fans about the “ins and outs” of pruning recently planted trees for form and structure. They will be targeting trees that were planted within the last three years. This is the best time to establish good tree form and correct any structural problems that can lead to hazards or tree failure as the trees become older. The V.I.P. project is being organized by Community Canopy, a tree care education program sponsored by the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, and the Spokane County Conservation District. These communities are pooling resources to train volunteers and supply them with the tools needed to do the pruning. Individuals who are 16 years of age or older and interested in the V.I.P. program are invited to attend a three-hour training session. Two training sessions are being held: Saturday, October 24th, at the Hayden Library, and Saturday, October 31st, at the Spokane County Conservation District Office. The training is free in exchange for putting in volunteer hours pruning public trees. Because of limited space, pre-registration is encouraged. Contact Katie at 208/415-0415 or Garth at 509/535-7274. For further information: Karen Haskew, 769-2266.

HUMAN RESOURCES UPDATE

We are currently accepting applications for:

· Water Utility Worker I, Application Deadline - October 16th.

· Animal Safety Officer, Application Deadline – October 23rd.

· Lateral or POST Certifiable Police Officer.

CITYLINK BUS SERVICE - PUBLIC MEETINGS TO BE HELD

In accordance with Federal Transit Administration requirements, Citylink Transit will conduct public meetings next month to afford citizens the opportunity to comment on the local fixed-route bus service. The meeting locations are:

Urban Area Meeting
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Date: Monday, November 2nd
Location: Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 East Front Avenue

Rural Area Meeting
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Date: Monday, November 9th
Location: Benewah Wellness Center, 1100 “A” Street, Plummer

To obtain further information please contact Citylink Transit at (877) 941-7433.

Background: Citylink is a partnership between Kootenai County, the State of Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe, a federal grant recipient, operates the Citylink Bus system. The Tribe continues to evaluate the needs of the fixed-route public transportation service in Benewah and Kootenai Counties.

MAYOR’S AWARDS IN THE ARTS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission announced the recipients of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts.
They are:

Excellence in the Arts: Fallen Heroes Plaza
Support of the Arts: Charles & Dorothy Clock
Education in the Arts: Julie Hudson

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.
The first category, “Excellence in the Arts,” recognizes artists, organizations, or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the awareness of the arts in Coeur d’Alene. 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. Awards will be presented Thursday, October 15, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., at the Parkside Tower, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 601 E. Front Avenue. This event is open to the public, and anyone interested in attending to support the winners is invited. For more information, contact Amy Ferguson, 666-5754.

Midtown Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 22nd

The 4th Street Improvement Project is nearing an end. The Ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 22nd. The 4th Street area will be a rich blend of public art, shops, restaurants and residences, paved intersections, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and tree-lined streets.

Video Update: What's Happening at the Library

A video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. More news and information about the Coeur d'Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.
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CdA Library Turns Two

Citizens Continue to Discover Community’s Treasure

When Deanna Lee was a girl, she checked out Nancy Drew mysteries at the downtown library, located in what is now the Harris Dean Building at 7th and Lakeside. “An old house was donated to the city to catalog its books,” she said. “Each time you took a step, the wooden floors squeaked – that was my first memory of a library.” Many years later, Deanna Goodlander, the City Council’s Library Liaison, is honored to have been part of the effort that built a new public library in Coeur d’Alene.

That was a little over two years ago, and since then, the success of the library is difficult to express in words – but numbers are a start. Based on data from July 2007 when library operations were at 201 E. Harrison Avenue, compared to July 2009 at the new building, the door count, check-outs, and reference requests are more than twice what they were, the number of hits on the library’s website has tripled, and the number of books on hand has increased by over 11,000 volumes.

Library Director Bette Ammon said the community was starving for a great library. “There were 300-to-400 people a day coming into 9,000 square feet of space,” she said of the former location. “We only had nine internet stations, and staff and the public were elbow-to-elbow.” She said that people are grateful to have the space, but that the space is more than the room in the building. “It’s the space all around the building,” she explained.

Goodlander agrees that the physical area is unique. “It was important that the library be located here with other community treasures like McEuen Field, Tubbs Hill, the lake – it’s a place where you can rest your soul,” she said.

It’s no surprise to some that the library’s growing role, especially with Wall Street woes, is as an economic life-line. “We have 38 internet connections, and there’s more demand than ever for people doing their résumés, job searches, and on-line job applications,” said David Townsend, Communications Coordinator. “It’s been very beneficial.” He added that in almost every category, people are checking out books and magazines they can no longer purchase or using services they can no longer afford.

Ammon said it is a pure pleasure to connect someone with what they need – an internet site, a piece of valuable information – but it’s also part of the challenge. “People want information in all different formats,” she explained. “The real challenge for us is to keep pace with that, and it takes technology, funding, and training.” She said that libraries straddle a lot of different worlds. Many people still listen to books on cassette, so the library can’t replace all its cassette books with books on CD. They provide both formats. Yet, citizens ask for new information modalities all the time. “Joining with the Cooperative Information Network (CIN) gave us the best bang for the buck,” she said.

If the next two years are anything like the first two, 702 E. Front will see nearly half a million people enter its doors. What will they find? When Councilman Goodlander, Director Ammon, and Coordinator Townsend were asked what three words they would pick to describe the Coeur d’Alene Library, the one word they all had in common was: Service.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Leaf Pick-Up - “Leaf-fest 2009”

The City of Coeur d'Alene Street Maintenance Department will begin the annual leaf pick up on November 9th. Please keep leaves on your property until Monday, November 2nd.

City crews and equipment are limited, thus your help is needed. Leaves will be picked up only once. Please do not put leaves in the street after city crews have completed your area. Rake your leaves and pine needles about a foot from the gutter/curb line to allow for water drainage. Please do not include BAGGED leaves, branches, rubble or refuse.

Due to weather conditions, equipment malfunctions and unforeseen circumstances the city crews are unable to schedule what areas we will be in on designated days. Pickup will start south of Sherman Avenue and work north to complete leaf pick up. Completion is expected by Wednesday, November 25, 2009. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Street Maintenance Department at 769‑2233.

"Leaf-fest 2009” Tips

Do:
- Have your leaves out by November 2.

- Keep the leaves about one foot away from the curb line to facilitate stormwater flow.

- Be alert for leaf pick-up equipment traveling through your neighborhood.

- Keep a safe distance away from leaf pick up heavy equipment.

- Recognize that we have a tough job to do in a very short window between when the leaves fall and when the snow flies.

- Understand that City and private trucks are exempted from tarping loads during the leaf pick-up period. Sweepers will follow City trucks to collect remaining/excess leaves.

Don’t:
- Bag the leaves.

- Mix branches, rubble or other refuse in with the leaves.

- Miss the deadline… we only have time for one pass!

NOTE:

- There is NO CHARGE to residents that haul leaves, pine needles, limbs, branches or debris to the landfill.

- Waste Management will charge for extra bagged leaves.

Panhandle Health to Activate Hotline

HAYDEN—The Panhandle Health District will activate its telephone hotline Tuesday, Oct. 13, to answer people’s questions about the growing number of H1N1 influenza cases and the vaccine arrival in the five northern counties.
The hotline number is toll-free, 1-866-528-3501. Hotline operators will be available to answer H1N1 questions 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Updated information on the H1N1 situation in northern Idaho is also on the Panhandle Health District website, http://www.phd1.idaho.gov/.
PHD’s hotline operators are health district employees. Many have training in health fields, but none are doctors. Hotline operators can provide most information on H1N1, however they can’t diagnose. People with questions about their symptoms should call their doctor.

This article has been posted in cooperation with the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Youth Theater Group to Share Story at Library

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) – North Idaho will perform a scene from its latest production at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in the Shirley Parker Children’s Theater/Storyroom, 702 E. Front Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.
CYT is scheduled to present the Robert Louis Stevenson classic “Treasure Island” Oct. 30 through Nov. 8 at the Kroc Center. Call 208/765-8600 for more information.
The troupe will also present information about the book the play is based on during the library’s Lonely Book Club, normally for ages 9-12. But all ages are welcome to attend this program.
“Lonely Books” are great books that haven’t been read for a while. Participants are given a list of the books when they sign up and will just need to read one of the books and fill out a brief review sheet and promise to tell their friends about it.
Participants can earn incentives for reading and coming to the book club once a week to hear about the books others are reading. To register for the Lonely Book Club or for more information call Youth Services at (208) 769-2315 Ext. 438.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Poetry Slam No. 2 at Library Oct. 22


Share the joy and power of words Thursday, Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m., in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., during Poetry Slam No. 2.
The event is offered as part of Teen Read Week at the library, but all ages are welcome to participate by sharing original poetry or the work of a favorite poet. Refreshments will be provided.
Those presenting original poems will have the chance to win library merchandise.
The concept of poetry as a competition began in a Chicago tavern in the 1980s.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Author to Talk About Impact of Trauma


Dr. Michelle Foltz, an orthopedic surgeon, has spent much of the last 16 years working in public and charity hospitals in developing countries.
She will speak at the Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Wednesday, Oct 14, at 7 p.m. and read from her book, “A Leg to Stand On.” Recently returned from Afghanistan, she will talk about her experiences there, in Africa and in Cambodia, focusing on the social and economic impact trauma and injury play in developing countries.
Foltz grew up in Ohio and completed medical school at Ohio State University in 1976, followed by surgical and orthopedic training in Pittsburgh and Chicago. She practiced in Miles City, Mont., from 1983 to 1985 and in Pennsylvania, until her wanderlust took her to Africa in the early ’90s. Since 2003 she has lived in Columbus, Mont., with many trips to Africa and Asia doing volunteer work.
Copies of her book will be available to buy with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

CANDIDATES FORUM - OCTOBER 7, 2009

The CDA TV Committee is sponsoring a Candidates Forum this Wednesday, October 7, 2009 in the Library Community Room. Candidates from three cities will be participating in this forum - Coeur d'Alene, Hayden,and Rathdrum.

The forums will be televised live on CDA TV Channel 19 beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the candidates from the City of Hayden; 5:30 p.m. is anticipated to be the starting time for the candidates for the City of Coeur d'Alene, and; 7:30 p.m. is the anticipated starting time for the candidates from the City of Rathdrum.

The forums will be re-ran throughout the month of October. For airing times, please go to Coeur d'Alene's web site at www.cdaid.org and click on CDA TV Channel 19.

For those who do not receive cable television, the City of Coeur d'Alene's forum will also be available on the city's web site as well and is listed under the CDA TV Channel 19 menu.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pedestrian Entrance to City Hall from Library Parking Lot to be Closed for Concrete Repair

The City of Coeur d’Alene Street Department will be closing off the pedestrian entrance to City Hall from the library parking lot until Thursday in order to remove and replace 4 large panels of concrete. Patrons to City Hall will be diverted to alternative entrances until the repairs have been completed.

Questions may be directed to Tim Martin, Street Superintendent, at 769-2234.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Tree Fans Sought for “VIP” Program

Tree fans are being sought for a new program designed to improve the future of young trees in public places. The “Volunteers In Pruning” (V.I.P.) program will teach local tree fans about the “ins and outs” of pruning recently planted trees for form and structure. They will be targeting trees that were planted within the last three years. This is the best time to establish good tree form and correct any structural problems that can lead to hazards or tree failure as the trees become older.

The V.I.P. project is being organized by Community Canopy, a tree care education program sponsored by the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, and the Spokane County Conservation District. These communities are pooling resources to train volunteers and supply them with the tools needed to do the pruning. Each community’s forestry program will choose which public trees will be targeted for pruning. It is expected to be a combination of park trees and street trees. Those who take care of other trees in public places, such as church Trustees and Homeowners Association workers, are also encouraged to attend a training session.

Individuals who are 16 years of age or older and interested in the V.I.P. program are invited to attend a three-hour training session. Two training sessions are being held: Saturday, October 24th, at the Hayden Library, and Saturday, October 31st, at the Spokane County Conservation District Office. The training is free in exchange for putting in volunteer hours pruning public trees. Because of limited space, pre-registration is encouraged. Contact Katie at 208/415-0415 or Garth at 509/535-7274.

For further information: Karen Haskew, 769-2266 or karenh@cdaid.org.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Record 'Mille & Mudgy" Read-In on YouTube

On Sept. 12, 372 people gathered at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library to set a world record for a group reading of a children's book, "Mudgy & Millie," as part of a birthday party for the book's characters. Author Susan Nipp led the reading and was joined by Terry Lee, who sculpted the bronze statues along the Mudgy Moose Trail, in snging he "Mudgy and Millie Song." The event also marked the second anniversary of the new library building. More than 500,000 people have visited the library since it opened in September 2007. To see a video about the group reading produced by Randy Ammon click the picture or go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1OJXzVEapU. More news and information about the library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Mayor’s Awards in the Arts Recipients Announced

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission announces the recipients of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts.

They are:

Excellence in the Arts: Fallen Heroes Plaza
Support of the Arts: Charles & Dorothy Clock
Education in the Arts: Julie Hudson

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.

The first category, “Excellence in the Arts,” recognizes artists, organizations, or individuals 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.

Mayor Sandi Bloem will present the awards Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6:00 p.m., at Parkside Tower, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 601 E. Front Avenue. This event is open to the public, and anyone interested in attending to support the winners is invited. For more information, contact Amy Ferguson, 666-5754.