Monday, December 28, 2009

Suspect Charged in Weekend Shooting

The suspect in the early Sunday morning shooting is Adam Mathis Johnson, 25 years of age of Coeur d’Alene. He is incarcerated at Kootenai County Public Safety Building and has been charged with attempted murder.

The victims are identified as Brandon R. Burgess, 25 years of age of Moses Lake Wa. who is currently in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center and Bradley J. Phillips, 25 years of age of Moses Lake Wa. who sustained a gunshot wound to his knee.

Detectives have interviewed a large number of witnesses that were leaving the downtown bars and were outside when the shooting occurred. Specific statements of a victim, witnesses, and the suspect will not be released.

Detectives were able to determine at least five shots were fired from a 40 caliber hand gun by the suspect.

Detectives were told that the suspect Johnson was tackled by witnesses to the shooting and beaten by members in the crowd of people. He has injuries to his face but was treated at KMC and released. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Coeur d’Alene Police at 769-2320.

Holiday Delays Friday Garbage Pick-up Service by One (1) Day

Due to the Friday, New Year’s Day Holiday, City of Coeur d' Alene garbage pick-up service will be delayed by one day.

If your garbage is normally picked up on Friday, January 1st, it will be picked up on Saturday, January 2nd.

City Hall Closed for New Year’s Holiday

On Friday, January 1, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the New Year’s holiday. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Fire, and Streets can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

“Re-Tool Box” Program Seeks Funding for Job Seekers

Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, is seeking funding for a new community outreach program at the Coeur d’Alene Library called “Re-Tool Box.” This project will provide free computer literacy training to help people successfully seek and gain employment. “With the unemployment rate in Kootenai County currently at 11%, the library staff receives many requests for assistance with job-hunting,” said Pratt. “People need training in basic keyboard and internet search skills to help them compete in a reduced job market.”

The goal is to create a program where training will be provided by a partner agency, such as North Idaho College (NIC), with space and computer equipment provided by the library. The Foundation is applying for grants and soliciting private sponsorships to create a “laptop lab” consisting of 20-25 computers and a projector housed in a transportable storage unit. This new equipment will make it possible to schedule group training in any of the existing meeting rooms, thereby avoiding the problems associated with taking the Computer Lab computers out of regular service while these classes are taught.

The Library Foundation Board is also seeking funds to add permanently-mounted projectors in the ceilings of the meeting rooms to make them more tech-friendly for people reserving the rooms.

“More employers are having prospective applicants apply for jobs on-line,” said David Townsend, Communications Coordinator. “People need to know how to use computers just to apply for job in today’s world.”

Currently, the library has 38 internet connections, and there’s more demand than ever from people who are doing their résumés, job searches, and the access provided at the library has been very beneficial.

Christopher Brannon, Information Technical Coordinator, already offers three-to-four workshops a month – on setting up email accounts, surfing the web, a workshop introducing computers, desktop publishing – and the workshops fill up every time.

More news and information about the Coeur d'Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibary.org.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Coeur d'Alene Police Investigating Shootings

Coeur d’Alene Police responded to the 200 block of Sherman Avenue early Sunday morning for the report of a fight and shots fired. When officers arrived there were dozens of people in the street and on the sidewalk that had just come out of area bars.

Officers discovered two males had been shot and the male suspect (name withheld at this time) 25 years of age, of Coeur d’Alene, was being held down by witnesses of the shooting.

One male victim in his early 20s (victim’s names withheld at this time) sustained life threatening injuries with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He is currently being treated at Kootenai Medical Center but may be life flighted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The second male victim also in his early 20s sustained a gunshot wound to his knee. He was also transported to KMC. Both victims live in Moses Lake Washington and were visiting relatives in Coeur d’Alene for the Christmas holiday.

Witnesses stated a verbal altercation between the suspect, the victim’s and several other males occurred at the Underground bar earlier in the evening. The suspect left the bar.

At approximately 12:44 am the victim’s and several other males and females left the bar they were at and were walking south on Third Street toward Sherman Avenue. As they rounded the corner onto the 200 blk. of Sherman Ave. they came upon the suspect who was walking east in the 200 block of Sherman Avenue.

Witnesses stated the suspect exchanged words with the victim’s and then pulled a handgun gun and fired several rounds at that group of people. Witnesses quickly overpowered the suspect and pulled him to the ground.

The suspect was also transported to KMC with injuries sustained to his head he received while being detained by witnesses. His injuries are not life threatening. Charges are pending.

The investigation is on-going. Sherman Ave. is currently closed from Second Street to Third Street while detectives process the crime scene. No further information is available at this time.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kids’ Winter Reading Starts at Cd’A library Jan. 12

When winter weather keeps children inside reading programs can give everyone a break.
Winter programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Seagraves Children’s Library, 702 E. Front Ave., begin Tuesday, Jan. 12, and continue through March 19. Each free session includes stories, poems, activities and crafts customized for each age group. Sessions include:
►Book Babies Lap-Sit: For ages birth to 2 years accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m.
►Tales for Twos & Threes: 2-3 year olds, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
►Preschool Storytime: 3-5 year olds, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., and 1-1:30 p.m.
►LEGO Club: 5-10 year olds, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. LEGOs provided for a session of creative building.
►Lonely Books Club: 9-12 year olds. Visit the library for a list of overlooked great books. Meets Wednesday, 4-5 p.m.
The fifth annual LEGO-rama will be offered in the Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 16, 1-3 p.m. (The rules have changed so visit the children’s library or the library website for complete rules.)
Children under 6 visiting the library need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.
Patrons who need accommodations are asked to contact the library staff prior to attending programs.
More information about the Winter Reading programs is available by contacting Youth Services at (208) 769-2315 Ext. 438. Anyone needing accommodations to participate in library activities is asked to contact the staff prior to attending.
News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: http://cdacity.blogspot.com/.

Library Computer Workshops Resume in January

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will offer three free computer workshops in January.
The library’s workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis for up to nine participants and preregistration is not required. The free, 90-minute workshops are taught by Christopher Brannon, Information Technology Coordinator in the library’s computer lab on the Terrace Level. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time.
The upcoming workshops are:
► Introduction to Computers: Monday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is an informative tour in the basics of computers. If you have never touched a computer before, or have worked with computers but have not felt very comfortable with them, this workshop is for you. Basic typing skills are helpful, but not necessary.
► Basics in Excel (Spreadsheets): Monday, Jan. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Have long lists of numbers or information that need taming or calculating? A spreadsheet can help. We'll help you explore and understand the parts of the spreadsheet, basic formulas, basic formatting, and editing.
► Intermediate Excel (Spreadsheets): Monday, Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Spreadsheets do much more than crunch numbers. Join us to learn about Excel's database functionality, creating charts and graphs, and creating more effective formulas on the run. Previous spreadsheet experience necessary.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library offers 38 Internet computers for public use on its upper level along with database computers (providing access to special sites subscribed to by the library) and three study computers in writing/study rooms.
In the Seagrave Children’s Library there are six Internet workstations only for users who are 12 years old or younger. The children’s library also has five computers equipped with games, stories and learning tools that are not Internet linked. A 15-minute Express E-mail computer is available for the use of adults accompanying children in the children’s library.
Users with vision and hearing losses have access to adaptive computers in the Hearing and Vision Loss Center.
Patrons log onto computers directly or by reserving time on reservation stations using their library card numbers and last names. Nonresident library visitors who are 18 or older may use Internet computers by obtaining guest passes at the check out or Research and Information desks. A photo ID is required for guest passes.
Printing services linked to the computers are available for 10 cents a page for black-and-white printing and 20 cents a page for color through a print-release system linked to the library’s photocopier.
Patrons who need accommodations to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff. Information about computer workshops is available by contacting Brannon at 208/769-2315 Ext. 456.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Library Closing Early Thursday, Closed for New Year's

For the New Year's holiday, the library will close early, at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be closed, Friday, Jan. 1. It will open at noon on Saturday, Jan. 2, for its regular hours.

More news and information about the library's January programs and other services is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fifth Annual LEGO-rama at Library Jan. 16

Footprint size changed due to popularity of program
COEUR d’ALENE – The fifth annual LEGO-rama will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The popularity of the program has resulted in the need to change a few of the rules. The footprint for entries – the amount of space they occupy on the table – has been reduced to 15-by-15 inches, half the previous size.
“We want to make sure that nobody is turned away,” said David Townsend, LEGO Leader for the program, “But at the same time we have limited table space. We also want to assure that entries are based on the quality of design and not just by size.”
This year winners will be determined by a panel of judges. However, a “People Choice Award” will be selected by audience vote with each person receiving one ballot.
One entry per participant can be entered in the contest that is for ages 4 to 13. Entry must be original designs – not a LEGO or compatible brand kit – built by the participant without adult assistance. Judging will be in age groups 4-6, 7-10, and 11-13.
Entries should be built prior to being brought to the library. And can be delivered to the Community Room as early as 12:30 p.m. Judging will be from 1 to 2 p.m.
Anyone age 14 and older may display designs, but these will not be included in judging. Exhibition Category entries are also limit to a 15-by-15 inch footprint.
Complete rules are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library or online at www.cdalibrary.org.
The day’s activities will also include a guest speaker, refreshments and building contests.
LEGO-rama, like all youth programs at the library, is supported by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Young builders are also invited to participate each week in LEGO Club. Offered as part of the Winter Reading Programs, the club is for ages 5-8 and meets Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
Participants who need accommodations are asked to contact the library staff prior to the program by calling 208/769-2315.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Robbery Update

Suspect description: The male is described as being about 6’00”, medium build, wearing a well kept brown coat, camouflage gloves, dark colored hoodie style sweatshirt, and his face was covered.

The FBI is currently investigating the robbery this morning at Mountain West Bank. Attached to this post is a surveillance photo of the suspect. (Note: The victim gave her permission to use her photo).

Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to call Coeur d’Alene Police at 769-2320.

Robbery Investigation

At about 7 am this morning, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, along with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, responded to a robbery that occurred at 125 Ironwood Drive, Mountain West Bank. An employee coming to work was approached by a male, walking inside the business in an attempt to acquire money from the bank. The male got a small amount of money from the victim then fled the scene.

The male was possibly picked up by an awaiting vehicle. The vehicle is described as a white Cadillac with Montana plates.

The male is described as being about 6’00”, medium build, wearing a well kept brown coat, camouflage gloves, dark colored hoodie style sweatshirt, and his face was covered. A weapon was not displayed, but was presumed he had possession of one.

The FBI along with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department is investigating the incident.

Anyone with additional information on this crime is asked to call Coeur d’Alene Police at 769-2320.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Library will be Closed for Holidays

The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas, but will be open for its regular hours, noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 26.

For the New Years holiday, the library will close early, at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be closed, Friday, Jan. 1. It will open at noon on Saturday, Jan. 2, for its regular hours.

More news and information about the Coeur d'Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Take the Guesswork out of Ductwork

On New Year’s Day, many cities and counties in north Idaho will be trying to help consumers save money who are purchasing newly built homes, while at the same time providing them with a broader range of comfort. City and county building departments will be working with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractors (HVAC) as well as the general contractors with whom homeowners have direct contact. They want your HVAC system and ductwork to be properly sized in your home so that it works more efficiently, saving you money. These savings may not be realized immediately (through lower energy usage each month), but through lower equipment costs experienced over the lifespan of your home. In addition, by properly sizing the equipment and ductwork in your new house, you should reap a “comfort” benefit from better air flow to each room and living area, creating a more even air temperature, both in the winter and summer months.

What’s changed? All of the area jurisdictions affiliated with North Idaho Code Enforcers (NICE) that issue mechanical permits will be implementing some new procedures for seeking compliance with existing Codes as they relate to HVAC beginning January 1, 2010. In a nutshell, what the adopted Codes require is that residential HVAC equipment and duct systems are to be sized according to certain Standards that have been developed and published by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Historically, a great deal of the HVAC sizing has been done using “rules of thumb” that were developed several decades ago. For the average home that was built back then, these rules of thumb usually worked. As we all know, residential construction methods have changed and improved a great deal over the last several years. Trends toward larger homes, and improvements such as more energy efficient windows, improved insulation materials and practices, and enhanced methods to decrease outside air infiltration, have generally made the old rules of thumb impractical and inefficient.

The biggest draw back of current construction practices has been the over sizing of the equipment itself. By using the “best guess method” to quickly heat the house, not all of the air in a room is mixed properly, so the equipment cycles on and off frequently. This short cycling can lead to premature wear on the furnace motor and electrical system, which are designed typically for longer run times. In addition, ductwork is sometimes undersized, which creates a build up in pressure at the furnace. This makes the motor work harder trying to push that air through the smaller ductwork system. Air then comes out of the registers at a higher rate, creating noticeable air currents. Both of these issues can lead to an increase in overall system noise.

What can you as a consumer do? Ask questions. If you currently are or will be building a new home, talk to your contractor about the ACCA requirements. You should also contact your local Building Department/Division and ask for more information about the new Code. If you are having an air conditioning system installed in an existing home, you may also want to have your system checked by a qualified technician to make sure that your existing furnace and ductwork is capable of handling the potential extra strain on the system. For more information please contact your local building department.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Seasons Greetings from the Library

Here's 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 useful information for the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. More news and information about the library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Library to Offer Regional History Series

Noted regional historian Robert Singletary will bring a 12-part regional history series to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., beginning Jan. 14.
“North Idaho: Connections to the Past,” will be offered free in the library Community Room at 7 p.m. Topics will range from Native American history through the creation of the Farragut Naval Station.
The series is made possible in part by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Listed as History 505, this series is also good for 3 credits from the University of Idaho. To register for credit, which will require additional course work, call 208/667-2588.
Singletary is an active historian in the region. He wrote a weekly history column for the Coeur d’Alene Press for 10 years and taught history at NIC and Lewis-Clark State College. He also served as a trustee for the Museum of North Idaho and the Idaho State Historical Society. Singletary owns History Unlimited, which specializes in historical tours, lectures and living history performances.
Most recently Singletary has provided a local history course for Lakes Middle School and his presentation kicked off the recent history series sponsored by the Molstead Library at NIC, The Museum of North Idaho and local public libraries.
Using a variety of visual images, artifacts and living history presentations Singletary says he will “bring history alive” by connecting major events and historic movements to the development of towns and counties in North Idaho.
The schedule of the “Connections” series is:
Jan. 14: The Native American Connection
Jan. 21: The Lewis and Clark Connection
Jan. 28: The Fur Trade Connection
Feb. 3: The Missionary Connection
Feb 10: The Mullan Road Connection
Feb 18: The U.S. Army Connection
March 3: The Gold and Silver Connection
March 10: The Railroad Connection
March 18: The Steamboat Connection
April 8: The Timber Connection
April 15: The Tourism Connection
April 29: The Farragut Naval Station Connection.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Santa Is Coming to Town - In a BIG Red Fire Engine!

In the next week, Coeur d’Alene will get to see Santa in the streets of our community, and yes, his sleigh will be a big, red fire engine with lots and lots of Christmas lights pulled by Santa’s Reindeer. Santa and members of the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department will be around town every evening next week accepting canned food and cash donations for the local food bank. Below is a schedule of the area in the city they will be each evening:

December 20th, West of 7th St., South of Appleway

December 21st, East of 7th St., South of Appleway

December 22nd, East of Highway 95, North of Appleway

December 23rd, West of Highway 95, North of Appleway


When you see mobile Santa along with flashing red lights and hear Christmas music, come out and donate cans of food. Have your cameras ready to get your picture taken with Santa and his firefighter helpers. Santa’s journey will last from 4:30 – 8:30 each evening.

Holiday Shopping Safety

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

If you venture out to the area malls and grocery stores, you will observe holiday shoppers gleefully selecting special gifts for loved ones and neighbors. This time of year brings out the best in many people with their generosity, as well as the worst in some with their character flaws. Please take the time to ensure your personal safety by following these safety tips:

Shopping Safety:
•Don't overload yourself with packages. Drive home if possible in between destinations and unload your gifts.
•If you must shop in the evening, shop with a friend.
•Park in well-lighted areas, as close as possible to store entrances. Be particularly aware of persons in the parking lot, especially near your car.
•Lock your car and make sure the windows are closed.
•Carry only the charge cards you will need. Don't carry or flash large sums of cash.
•Carry your purse next to your body with the purse flap against you. Men should carry their wallets in front pockets or on the inside pockets of jackets.
•Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Don't allow your attention to become distracted from your purse or packages.
•Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated in a store or shopping mall.
•Don't hesitate to notify store security if you see suspicious activity.
•If you have to wait for a ride, wait in a busy, well-lighted place.
Place your personal safety in the forefront of your thoughts as you enjoy all that this season has to offer. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department would like to wish all of our citizens and visitors a safe and happy holiday season.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Library Book Club Will Resume Meetings in January

After a short break for the holidays the Public Library Pageturners Book Club will resume meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 10:15 a.m.
The club, organized and operated by volunteers, meets in the Community room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The title to be discussed in January is “Sailing Alone Around the Room,” by Billy Collins. The discussion leader will be George Ives.
Copies of the books can be checked out at the library’s Research and Information Desk or through area library collections. Participants planning to pass the book on to others or to make notes in the book should arrange to purchase it through other sources.
The book is a collection of poems by a former Poet Laureate of the United States. Collins held that honor from 2001 to 2003. In his home state, he has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004-2006.
He was recently appointed the Irving Bacheller Chair of Creative Writing at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and is a Visiting Scholar with the Winter Park Institute. Collins remains a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York.
The Public Library Pageturners Book Club is made possible in part through a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. The library purchases 20 copies of each book club selection. After the club’s discussion the books are bundled along with discussion questions and made available for other book groups to check out.
Upcoming books in the Pageturner series, their discussion date and discussion leader include:
“The Annotated Alice in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll, Feb. 24, Denise Clark.
“A Treasure Called Tubbs Hill,” by Scott Reed, March 24, Scott Reed.
“Big Trouble,” by Anthony Lucas, April 28, Bev Moss.
“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” May 26, Virginia Johnson.
“Home,” by Marylynne Robinson, June 23, George Sayler.
TBA, July 28, Len Mattei.
“View From Castle Rock,” by Alice Munro, Aug. 25, Sheila Wood.
“The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, Sept. 22, Lloyd Duman.
Anyone needing accommodations to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to attending the activity.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

New Ped/Bike Blog!


The Coeur d'Alene Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee has a new BLOG! Follow the link to see discussions and articles on everything ped/bike. The committee will post information on bicycle safety, Safe Routes to School, Rules of the Road, pedestrian access for the disabled, public transportation, the future of pedestrians and bicycles in Coeur d'Alene, and upcoming issues. The site also has links to many sites related to ped/bike issues. Feel free to post comments, questions or suggestions about Coeur d'Alene's pedestrian and bicycle facilities there.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Round of Game Days Planned at Library

The games are back at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Game Days, featuring the library’s Wii systems and DS Lite handhelds, will be offered in the Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave.
Game days will be Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 29, Feb. 12, March 5 and 19, and April 2 and 16.
The games are free and snacks will be provided. Participants can also bring their wireless-equipped laptops and other devices to make use of the library’s WiFi.
Game Days are made possible at the library through a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation and the support of 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/.

Monday, December 14, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Available Now in Some Local Pharmacies

H1N1 vaccinations are available free to all ages in the five northern counties now through several local pharmacies and through drop-in clinics offered by the Panhandle Health District (PHD).
On Monday, Dec. 14, pharmacies in Safeway supermarkets in Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and both Coeur d’Alene stores began offering H1N1 vaccinations to the public. Other in-store pharmacies offering the vaccination now are:

Fred Meyer on Kathleen Avenue and U.S. Hwy. 95 in Coeur d’Alene;
Walgreens on Appleway and U.S. Hwy. 95 in Coeur d’Alene; and
Albertson’s on Prairie Avenue and U.S. Hwy. 95 in Hayden.

The vaccine is free, but stores may charge up to a $19 administration fee. H1N1 vaccinations through PHD include no administration fee. PHD is offering drop-in clinics for people of all ages older than 6 months this week and next at:

PHD Hayden, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15; Thursday, Dec. 17; Friday, Dec. 18; and Monday, Dec. 21.
PHD Hayden, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16; and Tuesday, Dec. 22.
PHD St. Maries, 137 N. 8th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15; and Monday, Dec. 21.
PHD Bonners Ferry, 7402 Caribou, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Bonner Mall, Sandpoint, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15; Wednesday, Dec. 16; Thursday, Dec. 17; and Friday, Dec. 18.
Priest River Library, 219 Main St., Priest River, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15; and Monday, Dec. 21.
Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino, noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Health and Education Bldg, 858 Commerce Dr., Smelterville, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16; Thursday, Dec,. 17; and Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Post Falls Library, 821 N. Spokane St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.
Wallace Elks Lodge, Wallace, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21.
PHD Sandpoint, 322 Marion, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Real Life Church, Post Falls, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22.

While the numbers of flu cases have dropped recently, H1N1 is expected to take the place of the seasonal flu this year. Seasonal flu typically starts in northern Idaho in December and hits hardest from January through March. People with a seasonal vaccination only will not be protected this year from the H1N1 virus.
PHD’s drop-in clinics will continue through December and possibly longer, depending on demand. For updated clinic schedules, visit the PHD website at www.phd1.idaho.gov or call the toll-free H1N1 hotline at 866-528-3501.


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

December 15th Open House Introduces Storm Water Management Program

The City of Coeur d’Alene invites you to an open house to ask for your feedback on the city’s implementation of its Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) activities. The Public Open House will be held on Tuesday, December 15th, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Old City Hall Council Chambers at 710 E. Mullan Avenue.

This informational gathering is part of the permitting process for Storm Water Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) overseen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Stormwater runoff is water that does not soak into the soil, but rather flows off lawns, streets, paved areas, rooftops, and farm fields during and after a rainstorm. As the water flows across these areas it picks up salt, sand, nutrients, pesticides, paint, oil, soap suds, litter, grass clippings, pet waste, and many other pollutants and carries them right into our lake!

The city’s stormwater utility commenced on October 1, 2004. The creation of a stormwater utility provides the City of Coeur d’Alene with resources for the regular, systematic upkeep and repair of city stormwater systems. Stormwater systems within the city include thousands of catch basins that connect to over one hundred miles of underground pipe carrying the stormwater to the lake or Spokane River. There are also hundreds of grassy swales, drywells, and detention ponds. Several locations throughout the city are prone to flooding in a significant rain event. To reduce flood potential and in response to the growing need to better control “non-point” sources of water pollution carried by stormwater, Coeur d’Alene joined the many communities across the United States who formed a dedicated Stormwater Utility.

Storm water educational materials and light refreshments will be available at the December 15th Open House. For more information, please contact Dennis Grant at 769-2398.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Reward Offered

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in two recent Malicious Harassment incidents in Coeur d’Alene.

The first incident occurred on November 19th 2009 at the Human Rights Education Institute located at 414 Mullan Ave. An unknown suspect placed a swastika sticker on the entry door of the building.

The second incident occurred on December 4th 2009 at the corner of 3rd St. and Coeur d’Alene Ave. A male resident of Coeur d’Alene with Middle Eastern heritage discovered his vehicle had been damaged by spray paint and a slashed tire. The spray paint depicted a swastika and harassing comments intended for the victim.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest at 667-2111, toll free at 888-667-2111. 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.

December 15th Open House Introduces Storm Water Management Program

The City of Coeur d’Alene invites you to an open house to ask for your feedback on the city’s implementation of its Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) activities. The Public Open House will be held on Tuesday, December 15th, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Old City Hall Council Chambers at 710 E. Mullan Avenue.

This informational gathering is part of the permitting process for Storm Water Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) overseen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Storm water educational materials and light refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact Dennis Grant at 769-2398.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Arrest Made in Burglary

Coeur d’Alene Detectives arrested Ray David Rosales, 18 years of age of Coeur d’Alene for the burglary of Duncan’s Pet Shop that occurred on August 24th 2009. Also charged in the burglary is Kodi L. Walker, 19 years of age, of Coeur d’Alene who was arrested two weeks ago for this offense. Detectives gained information that led them to the two suspects.

Duncan’s employees arrived to work on the morning of August 24th 2009 and discovered the building had been entered and ransacked. They also discovered the metal mesh covering of an aquarium had been pried back and various reptiles were missing including two bearded dragons, one tree dragon, and one iguana. A baby ferret was missing from another cage in the same room. A cage containing a tarantula was also missing from the room.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence of the suspects but the reptiles have not been recovered.

For more infromaiton, contact Sergeant Christie Wood,Public Information Officer Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

Monday, December 7, 2009

H1N1 Vaccination Clinics Open to Everyone

People of all ages and levels of health can get their H1N1 vaccinations on Saturday, Dec. 12, through the Panhandle Health District (PHD), the first provider in the region to open its supplies to the general public.

“For those of you who have been so patient, we appreciate your patience,” said Jeanne Bock, Panhandle Health District director. “It’s your turn now. Come one and all.”

For weeks, PHD and other vaccine providers have followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and provided the vaccine to people at the greatest risk for complications and worse from H1N1 influenza. Vulnerable people not in the CDC’s vaccination target groups requested vaccinations but were asked to wait until demand from the target groups was met.

“It was heartbreaking to tell someone 66 years old who was in chemotherapy that the vaccine wasn’t available to them yet because they weren’t in a target group,” Bock said. “We’ve all been waiting for this time when there’s enough vaccine for everyone.”

Many other states are on the brink of providing the vaccine to all ages as supplies increase and demand is met. The vaccine is available to all ages in most health districts in Idaho.

PHD will provide H1N1 vaccinations on Saturday, Dec. 12, in each of the five northern counties to people of all ages. Appointments are necessary to prevent long lines in the cold weather. There is no charge for the vaccination.

Appointments can be made by calling the toll-free appointment line—877-415-5225—on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Clinic locations will be given at that time.

Everyone expecting a vaccination will need to fill out a brief consent form. No insurance information is required. Consent forms are available at each clinic or can be printed off the PHD website—www.phd1.idaho.gov—and filled out at home to move through the vaccination process quicker

The H1N1 influenza virus has followed a similar path to previous flu pandemics. The numbers of people infected have dropped this month, but health officials believe the virus may return for a third round over the winter months. PHD encourages all people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and to slow the spread of the virus.

“We are anxious to provide protection to as many people as we can before the holidays,” Bock said.

The vaccine is available as flu shots and nasal mist.

Clinics on Dec. 12 will be held:
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Boundary, Benewah and Shoshone counties;
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bonner County;
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Post Falls
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Hayden.

PHD continues to schedule vaccination clinics convenient to the public in the five northern counties as more vaccine arrives. To stay updated on clinic dates and times, visit www.phd1.idaho.gov or call PHD’s toll-free H1N1 hotline at 1-866-528-3501.

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

'Merry Moose-tletoe at Library Dec.; 19

You can celebrate the holidays and help support the Coeur d’Alene Public Library during the Merry Moose-tletoe event Saturday, Dec. 19, beginning at noon on the lower level.
Activities will include a reading of “Mudgy & Millie” by the author, Susan Nipp, singing with the Mudgy and Millie characters and book signing by the author and local sculptor Terry Lee. A special sale of items related to the book will offer lots of gift opportunities for all ages.
“This benefit sale offers Mudgy merchandise at Millie prices,” said Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
“Bring your cameras, too,” Pratt said. “Mudgy, Millie and Santa will take time out from their busy schedules to pose for photos with the children.”
The Shirley Parker Storyroom in the Seagraves Children’s Library will host special guests Ellen Travolta, Jack Bannon and Sally Dodge who will be reading holiday stories for the children. Next door in the Craft Room the kids can take a break and do craft.
Children attend the Merry Moose-tletoe will receive free Mudgy & Millie flying disk while the supply lasts.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.

Arrests Made in Robbery

Coeur d’Alene Police have arrested three males in connection with the robbery that occurred at Dutch Bros. Coffee on 12/05/09. Detectives acted upon an anonymous tip and were led to a residence at 1015 Mill Ave. The three males were interviewed by detectives and then taken into custody. Information gathered by detectives indicates all of them conspired to commit the robbery and each played a role in it. Arrested and charged are:

Charles E. Spencer, 24 years of age, of Coeur d’Alene.

Arthur William Wilson, 18 years of age, of Coeur d’Alene.

Andrew Wayne Bryant, 18 years of age, of Coeur d’Alene.

All three are currently incarcerated at the Kootenai County Public Safety Building and are expected to make a first appearance before a magistrate today. No further details will be released at this time.

For more infromation, contact Sergeant Christie Wood, Public Information Officer
Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

Specialized Needs Recreation Hosts 8th Annual Christmas Party/Fundraiser

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding its 8th Annual Christmas Dinner Party and Fundraiser on Saturday, December 12th, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Real Life Ministries (1866 North Cecil Road, Post Falls.)

Come visit with Santa and get your picture taken, make some fun Christmas Crafts, get your face painted, enjoy the sounds of the season with a special performance by the SNR Choir, and test your luck in one of our many raffles that will be held throughout the event. Real Life Ministries will be providing a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the party. The suggested donation is $5.00 per person or $20.00 for a family of four or more.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have disabilities and or special needs.

If you would like more information about this event or other programs and activities SNR provides, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit our website at www.snr.bz.

Why Do Modern Libraries Still Matter?

By David Townsend

Since opening the new building in September 2007 the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been “rediscovered.” The library has daily visitor counts double those at the Harrison Avenue library. Our circulation figures – the measure of books and other items going in and out, the number of reference questions, and the count of people using the public computers – have increased by about 100 percent. And we continue to issue new library cards in record numbers.

Admittedly there is a certain curiosity factor. It’s fun to check out new buildings. But that doesn’t explain it all. When you consider how many of these visitors are taking the time to obtain a library card, it’s apparent these folks are planning to be return customers.

The Coeur d’Alene library has gone from being a barely adequate facility – albeit one with an extremely service-oriented staff with great children’s programs – to a spacious modern library better able to meet the needs of its community. In short, we are finally able to give the public what it wants. And our patrons are joyfully responding with their feet. But why, in this day and age, do libraries still matter? How is it that we are able to generate such enthusiasm on a daily basis?

Books and other printed material: Despite reports to the contrary, people still read. They love to hold a book, magazine or newspaper in their hands. True, a lot of what people read – news for example – is available online. But people, even those who are confirmed technophiles, tell us they prefer reading their favorite authors the old-fashioned way. Children raised to appreciate the written word still like to be read to and they still want to check out books and take them home. And if you prefer your books of the talking kind – audiobooks on tape, CD or as Playaways – music CDs or videos and DVDs, we have those, too.
Computers: The library is an information hub. And even though computers are a fact of daily life – in our careers and as part of the information chain – computer ownership is not universal. The library provides access to computers for those who can’t afford them and for those who don’t want to own them. We also provide free WiFi for those who own the properly equipped laptops. And if you don’t believe that computers are a necessary part of living in the modern world, you may be fooling yourself. On a nearly daily basis we at the library are encountering people who for one reason or another are re-entering the workforce. With rare exceptions companies require these folks to apply through the Internet. A lack of computer skills today is comparable to being illiterate 10 years ago. Fortunately, the library also offers free computer classes.
Trustworthy Information: Despite the fact that so much information is Internet-based, there is a serious lack of trustworthy information on it. The very open nature of the World Wide Web means that anybody can put any kind of nonsense on it they want. Libraries can provide an intellectual filter to the Internet by directing you to credible information – both digitally and through the printed page. The library provides access to a variety of electronic databases as well. Through our working relationship with the Idaho Commission for Libraries we have subscriptions to several Internet-based sites with information ranging from history, to travel, to even car repairs. Just visit the library to learn how you can use these sites either at the library or from home.
Gathering Places: Even the smallest of libraries usually have some kind of meeting room for the use of non-profit groups. Our library has three meeting rooms with seating capacities ranging from about 15 to about 200. There is currently no charge to use these spaces for noncommercial, nonpartisan purposes (check with our Research and Information Desk about acceptable uses.) Perhaps just as important we have study rooms – available on a first-come, first-use basis; quiet corners, like the Idaho History Room and Teen Central; and our reading areas around the fireplaces. During warm weather the Terrace is a great place to meet friends and enjoy a shady spot overlooking Tubbs Hill and McEuen Field.
The Economy: All of the above are available to you for free whether you are a CEO or one of the people laid off by a CEO. When times are tough it is difficult justify things such as Internet service and buying all the books and magazines you would like to read. If you have more time than money, the library is there to keep you informed and entertained. The library provides nearly weekly educational and entertainment programs for adults and a series of free reading programs for children. Best of all we are a quiet, mostly, retreat if you just need somewhere to take a break and relax.

Overall libraries are a good deal both for those who use them and the communities they serve. Local governments realize that informed citizens make better choices. Communities with good libraries, along with good schools, a clean environment and good recreational opportunities are more likely to attract business investment and a dependable workforce.

Please keep all this in mind as we approach the end of the year and you are making decisions about charitable giving. Gifts to libraries can provide useful deductions at both the state and federal levels.

And your donation lends support to a part of the life of your community – one that still matters.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Suspect Sought in Coffee Stand Robbery

On December 5th 2009 at 8:35pm Coeur d’Alene Police responded to 1680 Northwest Blvd. Dutch Bros. Coffee for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The clerk stated a male came up to the drive through window. The male pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded cash. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the scene on foot, east on Mill Ave. Kootenai County Sheriff's Department assisted in the search for the suspect with a K-9. The suspect was tracked east on Mill Ave. to Melrose St. where the dog lost track of the scent.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: White Male 19-20 yrs. old, 5'10"-5'11" slender build, balding, wearing a blue and brown bennie cap, black hooded sweatshirt, acne scars on both cheeks.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Coeur d’Alene Police at 769-2320.

No further information is available at this time.

Friday, December 4, 2009

H1N1 Vaccination Clinics for All People Under Age 65

H1N1 Vaccination Clinics for All People Under Age 65

Hayden—The Panhandle Health District (PHD) will hold vaccination clinics for H1N1 in each of the five northern counties on Saturday, Dec. 12, for everyone younger than 65 years old. There is no charge for the vaccination.

Appointments can be made by calling the toll-free appointment line—877-415-5225—on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clinic locations will be given at that time. Everyone expecting a vaccination will need to fill out a brief consent form. No insurance information is required. Consent forms are available at each clinic or can be printed off the PHD website—www.phd1.idaho.gov—and filled out at home to move through the vaccination process quicker.

While the Dec. 12 clinics are open to anyone younger than age 65, PHD encourages all people in the target groups to get vaccinated. The target groups are:

Pregnant women;
People who live with and/or care for children younger than 6 months old;
Anyone from age 6 months through 24 years;
Healthcare and emergency response workers; and
People from age 25 through 64 with chronic health conditions.

“We are anxious to provide protection to more people before the holidays,” said Jeanne Bock, PHD director. “We’ve had many calls from people outside the target groups who want the vaccine. Now that we have enough vaccine and have satisfied most of the target population, we are expanding vaccinations to include healthy adults under the age of 65. We know that many over the age 65 wish to be vaccinated and we expect to have vaccine for those over 65 years of age shortly.”

The vaccine is available as flu shots and nasal mist.

Clinics on Dec. 12 will be held:
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Boundary, Benewah and Shoshone counties;
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bonner County;
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Post Falls
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Hayden.

For updates on vaccination clinics and H1N1 in northern Idaho, visit www.phd1.idaho.gov or call PHD’s toll-free H1N1 hotline at 1-866-528-3501.

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

What's Happening at the Library?

Click the photo for 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, ID. More news and information about the library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Board Members Sought for Specialized Needs Recreation

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is recruiting new board members, and they are looking for “a few good men” – and women.

SNR is specifically looking for individuals who are able to contribute or have skills/experience in the following areas: Web Design, Marketing, and Public Relations. Your knowledge and contribution will benefit Specialized Needs Recreation in its quest to expand to meet the needs of this growing, special population. SNR is also seeking volunteers to serve on its fundraising committee.

If you have a passion for helping others, particularly people who have special needs, and you want to be part of making important decisions for a great organization whose main goal is to ensure that youth and adults who have developmental disabilities experience all the recreational opportunities they can, then please join the SNR team.

The SNR Board meets every month for approximately two (2) hours to plan, to discuss events, and to make decisions about the organization. If you are interested in finding out how to become a board member for Specialized Needs Recreation, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781, or visit us on our website at www.snr.bz.

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to youth and adults who have developmental disabilities.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

St Vincent de Paul Opening Warming Center

Because the weatherman is forecasting temperatures in the low-teens St Vincent de Paul North Idaho will be opening their Warming Center. This is a place for the homeless to get out of the fridged weather, have some warm food, and enjoy a safe place to lay their heads. The address for the Warming Center is 117 E Walnut in Coeur d'Alene. Hours will be 8 pm to 7 am for as long as the temps are below 15 degrees.

This items was posted in cooperation with St Vincent de Paul and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Santa Claus Food Drive

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Local Union 710 is happy to announce the early arrival of Santa Claus this year.

Children and their families are invited to have their photos taken with Santa for a donation of can goods.



Details: (Also see flyer at left)


Santa Claus will be at Fire Station #3, 1500 15th Street on
Saturday, December 5, 2009
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Avista to Remove Hazardous Trees

Avista has notified the City that they need to remove some trees along Hazel Avenue at Cherry Hill. The trees that will be removed are growing into or will be growing into the overhead high voltage wires. Avista will be removing the trees and they are donating $1,000 to Urban Forestry for replacement trees that may be used for demonstration trees that can grow under high voltage wires.

Water Superintendent is Appointed to Aquifer Committee

Water Superintendent Jim Markley received a confirmation letter on November 17th that he has been appointed to the Rathdrum Prairie Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan (CAMP) Advisory Committee as Coeur d'Alene's representative. This is the long range planning process that is being set up by the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Congratulations Jim!

Kudo from a Happy Customer

Dear Sandi,

I was recently informed by the City Water Department that I had a leaky valve that needed replacement, and I must commend Jim Markley's crew for the excellent service I experienced during this predicament.

Rob Stark called me last Wednesday and was very helpful in explaining the entire situation and the job I had ahead. We dug yesterday and this morning I called to shut our water off. Josh Mayne arrived right on time and answered all my questions and made helpful suggestions.

As we excavated, I kept having questions and turned into Rob's #1 caller today. Rob dropped by to check the job and, seeing we were at the critical part, jumped in the hole, pulled out the part, drove me down the street to Consolidated Plumbing then followed up with the install. Rob didn't like the PVC job the sprinkler guys had used, so he zipped to the shop and returned with a short piece of pipe that was much improved. Rob put this back together, tested everything and we got the thumbs up to start the refill. Rob and Josh retuned later and replaced the top vault on the water meter as the old one was cracked.

My son and I can shovel dirt. The whole pipe thing was my worry. We had everything exposed and Rob just whipped the plumb job out in less time than I would have spent pondering how I was going to do it.

Like I have discovered so many times before with so many different people of the City of Coeur d'Alene, the Water Department has proven they are not only on the top of their game (I would never have discovered this leak) but have the skills to expertly and efficiently perform their job and with a "can do" attitude to boot. Kudos to them for this excellent customer service.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

TREE GRANT AWARDED

The City of Coeur d'Alene received notification today from the Idaho Department of Lands that we have been awarded a $6,465 Community Transportation Enhancement (CTE) grant. The city's Parks Department applied for this grant in September to plant 44 trees and 15 shrubs within the Seltice Avenue right-of-way between the parking lot at Northwest Boulevard and the stop light at Riverstone Drive. The trees and shrubs will be planted between the street and the Centennial Trail. The planting will employ community volunteers and is targeted for early May.

PageTurner: New Library Newsletter Online

The latest edition of PageTurner, the newsletter of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library is now online and can be accessed at http://www.cdalibrary.org/Documents/PageTurner.pdf

This edition has news about:

"Merry Moose-tletoe," the library's holiday activity on Dec. 19.

The library's North Idaho history series with Robert Singletary beginning in January.

The upcoming books and discussions by the Pageturners Library Book Club.

The December Reading Programs for children.

Anyone interested in receiving e-mail notices when newsletters are published - or who would like to receive press releases about library events - can add therir name to the library mailing list by sending an e-mail to dtownsend@cdalibrary.org. More news and information about the library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org.