Friday, January 29, 2010

What's Happening at the Library

Here's a video update of activities at the library produced by Jeff Crow 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. for more news about the library and the city visit the city's news blog.


Grant Awarded

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department received notification today that their grant application submitted under the Grant Programs Directorate's of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fiscal year 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has been approved for award. This grant is for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and is in the amount of $283,900.00, with the federal share of $269,705.00 and our match of $14,195.00. Congratulations to CDA Fire for assembling a competitive grant package!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wagner Named as Idaho's Building Official of the Year for 2009

The Idaho Association of Building Officials (IDABO) has named City of Coeur d’Alene Building Services Director Ed Wagner as Idaho’s 2009 Building Official of the Year at its 2010 IDABO Education Institute held in Boise January 25 - 29. This prestigious honor recognizes Mr. Wagner’s professional stature and respect throughout the State of Idaho as a preeminent Building Official and reflects his statewide leadership in promoting IDABO’s mission that includes placing the public health, safety, and welfare above all other interests, applying the special knowledge and skills of the membership to meet this goal, investigating and identifying the application of safety in the construction, occupancy, and location of buildings and related structures, supporting consistency and enforcement of the adoption of the International Building Code, other ICC Codes and related documents, supporting uniform regulation and legislation pertaining to building construction, and promoting the uniform application of zoning practice and interpretation. There are over 150 Building Officials in the state. Mr. Wagner currently serves on the Board of Directors of IDABO.

Mayor Bloem stated, “It gives me great pleasure to see Ed Wagner so deservingly recognized as Idaho’s Building Official of the Year. Ed has long been known as knowledgeable, consistent, and professional. Not only does he know the code business, but he has a steadfast focus on customer service while serving our community.”

Death Investigation

Coeur d’Alene Police is currently conducting an investigation into the death of Timothy W. Shackelford, 25 years of age of Coeur d’Alene. Coeur d’Alene Police and Fire Department medical personnel responded to a 911 call on January 17th at 2:29 am. The caller stated they were driving in the area of 5th Street and Front Avenue and had just seen a male lying unconscious in the roadway.

Medical personnel were the first to arrive on the scene. They advised police that there were no signs of trauma to the body of the victim, and his clothes were not disheveled. They advised the victim had a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person and was unresponsive. Ambulance personnel transported Shackelford to Kootenai Medical Center.

The Kootenai County Coroners office contacted Coeur d’Alene Police detectives on January 22, 2010 and reported Shackelford suffered from a fractured skull was pronounced brain dead on January 20, 2010. Medical personnel removed Shackelford from life support on January 23, 2010.

Detectives located friends of Shackelford that had been with him in their car just prior to 911 dispatch receiving the call. They stated that he had possibly fallen from the vehicle or jumped from the vehicle while it was moving. His friends did not notice that Shackelford was missing until a few minutes later. They advised they looked for him and could not find him, so they went home.

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

Workshop Adds New Element to Writers Competition

A new element has been added to one of the oldest and most popular programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
In conjunction with the library’s Writer’s Competition, a free Writing Workshop will begin at the library on Feb. 4.
Entry forms for the 2010 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library – its 22nd year – are available at the library beginning Sunday, Jan. 31. A pdf version of the forms can also be downloaded at the library’s website at Click on the “About Us” link and then “Annual Events” to find the Writers Competition page.
Copies of the forms are also available through the mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Attn: Writers Competition, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-4012.
The eight-week Writers Workshop will be taught by Toby Reynolds each Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. through March 25. A 2009 graduate of Boise State University, Reynolds received his bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. He is a Coeur d’Alene resident and also attended Coeur d’Alene High School and North Idaho College.
The workshop will be limited to 20 participants and preregistration is required. To register, visit the Research and Information Desk at the library or call 208/769-2315.
The Writers Competition is for unpublished fiction and nonfiction prose of up to 2,000 words. No entry is too short. There is no category for poetry or rhyming prose due to the specialized nature of the judging criteria.
Beginning this year participants are limited to submitting two entries in the competition.
“Competitors can submit two fiction entries, two nonfiction entries or one in each category,” said David Townsend, Library Communications Coordinator. “This has been done to give our volunteer judges the opportunity to better review the entries they receive. In some cases in the past few years judges in some of the age groups might be reading 40 or 50 entries. That can be very demanding.”

Monday, January 25, 2010

General Services Time Change

Beginning with the February 8th meeting, the start time for General Services Committee meetings has been changed to noon. Public Works Committee meetings will continue to begin at 4 pm. Both the General Services and Public Works Committee meetings are held in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Library on Mondays of the week following City Council meetings (unless there is a Monday holiday in which case they are moved to Tuesday.

Signs of the Times

An illegal sign is a serious issue for a Code Enforcement Officer. At the very least, it’s an eyesore. At its worst, its placement can block a driver’s view and be a traffic hazard. It doesn’t matter if it’s a garage, yard or estate sale sign, a sign for a get rich quick offer, for affordable life or health insurance, an election sign, or an offer for sprinkler blow outs - your Code Enforcement Unit has the sometimes daunting task of addressing the constant flood of illegally placed and non-permitted signs. This article is an effort to create better public awareness of the city’s requirements for proper sign use.

In a nutshell, any sign that advertises a commercial service or business cannot be placed anywhere off of an advertised business’s property without first consulting the city to find out if such placement is legal. Signs that advertise garage sales are not allowed in the public right of way and cannot be placed on private property without the consent of the property owner. Failure to remove the sign once the sale is over further constitutes a littering violation.

Signs in any business district must have a permit. Applications are available in the city’s Municipal Services Department. Political signs must adhere to strict placement rules which are made available to candidates and the political parties who place them.

In all cases, your Code Enforcement Officer may remove signs from their point of discovery and can seize them if they are not permitted or are otherwise illegally placed. If you are having a garage sale and have posted illegal signs for it, you may get a surprise visit from your Code Enforcement Officer.

Signs that are placed illegally typically become litter. Many are sometimes placed in an area where they become a distraction to drivers or block the right of ways to pedestrians or motorists. Since the safety of the public is paramount, any sign posing a risk to others needs to be removed immediately. If you wish to report an illegally placed sign or a sign that is not permitted, please do not hesitate to contact the city of Coeur d’Alene Municipal Services Department at 769-2229 or the Code Enforcement Unit at 769-2390. Let us know where the sign is and any other relevant information. Signs have their place and time, but they also need to be safe and legal.

Friday, January 22, 2010

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. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other useful information for the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. For more news and information about the library visit

Arbor Day Button Art Contest Announced

An art contest to design a button for Arbor Day celebrations has been announced by the local Arbor Day Committee. The contest is open to middle school and high school students who live within the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts. The winning art will be featured on a button that will be distributed, along with tree seedlings, at Arbor Day events in late April.

This is the fourteenth year for the Arbor Day Button Art contest. The art that is selected for first place will be made into 2000 buttons that will be given to fourth graders and others who participate in Arbor Day celebrations in April. Designs must be submitted by Friday, March 5. The local Arbor Day committee will select 6 to 10 finalists. The selected art will then be judged by the real experts – a group of fourth grade students.

The winner of the contest will receive $75, a t-shirt featuring the winning artwork, and a supply of the Arbor Day buttons to give to family and friends. The second place winner will be awarded $50, and the third place winner will be awarded. Information regarding the contest has been distributed to public school art teachers. It is also available at the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department (710 E. Mullan Avenue), the Post Falls Parks and Recreation Department (408 Spokane Street), the Hayden Urban Forestry office (8930 N. Government Way), and on-line at

Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday celebrated both nationally and internationally. Idaho’s official Arbor Day is the last Friday in April – April 30 in 2010. The Arbor Day Committee consists of representatives from federal, state, and city governments as well as several local service organizations. The Arbor Day seedlings and buttons that are distributed are purchased with donations from local forest products companies, nurseries, and tree services. For more Information, contact Karen Haskew, 208/769-2266.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dividend Check - Idaho State Insurance Fund

The City recently received an unanticipated $33,785 dividend check from the Idaho State Insurance Fund related to the 2008 Policy Period based on claims and/or expenses relative to the cost of premiums paid. The City's experience modification rate has consistently been below 1% which is considered good. The additional excellent news is that the city's rating for 2010 has been reduced from the 2009, .93% rate to .84%.

Kudos to the City's Risk Reduction Committee, City's Management Team, and City Staff for proactively seeking and supporting a safe work environment. Safety pays.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

‘Mudgy & Millie’ shared in Afghanistan

Courtesy photo
Muzamil Modaser listens to Air Force Col. Erik J. Nelson, right, read “Mudgy & Millie” in a military hospital in Afghanistan.
When a moose and mouse play hide-and-seek you never know where they may end up.
Recently “Mudgy & Millie,” the book by Coeur d’Alene children’s author Susan Nipp, made it all the way to a children’s ward in a military hospital in Afghanistan.
Air Force Col. Erik J. Nelson, an anesthesiologist and the son of Kay and JoAnn Nelson of Coeur d’Alene, recently shared the book with a couple of young patients at Craig Joint Theater Hospital where he is serving.
“The idea of a moose in the woods of Idaho having adventures with his friend mouse in Coeur d'Alene was foreign to them but they liked the pictures.”He writes to his parents: “There were two Afghani children I read to. Two of our CRNAs helped me organize the kids and took pictures. We found an interpreter for the children. It was interesting that the children spoke different languages – one Pashtun and one Farsi. There are up to 30 different languages spoken in Afghanistan. Another cool fact is that our interpreter was a general in the Afghan Special Forces and is now a Political Advisor.
“The one boy was very shy but the other, who I knew from several surgeries, warmed right up and had a fun time. The idea of a moose in the woods of Idaho having adventures with his friend mouse in Coeur d'Alene was foreign to them but they liked the pictures. The boy with all the smiles wanted the book and the stuffed moose so he has them and I saw him playing with it on ward rounds this morning.”
The boy, Muzamil Modaser, is in the hospital where he received multiple operations for a brain abscess and is recovering before returning with his father to their village.
Erik Nelson grew up in Coeur d’Alene and graduated as a valedictorian at Coeur d’Alene High School. He completed a chemical engineering degree at the University of Idaho before he went to medical school. He is deployed from Wright Patterson Medical Center where he serves as Director of Medical Education for the Graduate Medical Education programs.
He is Chief of Anesthesia Services at Craig Joint Theater Hospital.
“We provide anesthesia services in support of surgeries for U.S. service members, coalition forces and select local Afghan nationals,” Nelson said.
He notes the hospital is named in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig, 28 of Severn, Md., who died on June 21, 2006, in Naray, Afghanistan. Craig was a combat medic assigned to the 159th Air Ambulance Medical Company. He was killed when his UH-60 helicopter hoist malfunctioned while attempting to medically evacuate Pfc. Bradbury during combat operations.
Erik’s mother is an active volunteer for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, in support of which “Mudgy & Millie was created. Nipp’s book, with illustrations by Charles Reasoner, tells the story of Mudgy the moose and Millie the mouse playing hide-and-seek in and around downtown Coeur d’Alene. Nipp has signed over all her royalties from the sale of the book and “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise to the foundation.
The “Mudgy Trail,” was established in Coeur d’Alene with the cooperation of the City Parks Department and follows the route used by the characters in the story. Five nearly lifesize bronze statues were created by local wildlife artist Terry Lee and were installed along the trail in cooperation with the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Death Investigation

Detectives identified the elderly deceased male found in the water at Sanders Beach, as Ira L. Loudenback, 76 years of age of Coeur d’Alene. The victim did not have any visible injuries to his body. The investigation is ongoing.

Library’s LEGO-rama ’10 was Crowd-Pleaser

Young participants dive into the pile of LEGOs available for free play Saturday, Jan. 16, During LEGO-rama ’10 at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

Nearly 300 people filled the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Saturday, Jan. 16, for the fifth annual LEGO-rama program.
About 150 designs were entered in the competition portion of the program that also included the singing of the “LEGO-rama Song,” the “two-minute building” competition, and the presentation of several LEGO-themed YouTube videos.
“We made a view changes to the program this year,” said LEGO Leader David Townsend who organizes the event, “and I was very pleased with the results.”
The winners among entries in age groups 4-6, 7-10, and 11-13 were selected by a panel of four volunteer judges this year instead of having the audience voting exclusively. Each visitor and participant did receive a single ballot to determine People Choice awards. In addition the footprint, the space the entry takes up on the table, was reduced this year to 15-by-15 inches.
“We also took steps to set up the room to reduce crowding,” Townsend said. “This is one of our most popular programs – both for participants and people coming by to look at the entries – and people seemed a little less packed in this year.
“If this keeps up we may have to look at adding on to the library,” he joked.
This year’s winners were:
► Ages 4-6: First, Joey Clark; second. Ethan Schwegal; third, David Nieman.
► Ages 7-10: First, Evan Seibert; second Ian Fleming; third Zach Schmitt.
► Ages 11-13: First, Easton Gervais; second, Richard Warner; third Phillip McDaniel.
► People’s Choice: First, Easton Gervais; second, Evan Siebert; third, Matthew Robinson.
The winners were given the opportunity to display their entries in the library’s display cases until the end of January.
LEGO-rama, like all youth programs, in supported by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. This year’s event also had volunteer support from the Student Ambassadors at Lewis-Clark State College, Coeur d’Alene campus.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Investigating Child Abductions

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

Although the Coeur d’Alene Police Department receives very few cases of child abduction, the correct response and investigation of missing or abducted children remain a high priority for the department. Last year, Chief Wayne Longo spearheaded up-to-date training in Amber Alert for all members of the police department. Idaho State Police and Kootenai County Central Dispatch have been vital in offering and providing such training in the use of the statewide Amber Alert system. This training initiative has assisted officers in responding quickly and appropriately to these types of cases.

In the fall of 2007, Chief Longo attended a two-day workshop in Alexandria, Virginia, hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC, a non-profit entity supported by corporate sponsorships and grants, paid for all expenses associated with the training.

The executive-level training has a focus on a standardized law enforcement response and policies nation wide in child abduction cases. NCMEC also offered additional information and resources such as “Team Adam” to local law enforcement agencies.
Team Adam is a deployment of retired police officers specifically trained in child abduction who respond to a community and assist local law enforcement in the case of an abducted child.

Amber Alert is a highly recognized and utilized tool in locating abducted children. Protocols for initiating Amber Alert have been modified and the process simplified in order to get the critical information and details to the public and media as quickly as possible.

An officer does not need to include suspect or vehicle information before initiating an Amber Alert. Officers are able to utilize the state system, which includes digital highway signs, as soon as they verify a child is missing. Once the Amber Alert system is activated, it is up to surrounding states to activate their systems – an alert initiated in Idaho may not be carried forward in neighboring states. Local media and their affiliates are highly cooperative in broadcasting Amber Alerts. This enables local law enforcement to provide information to residents in neighboring states through the use of television and radio.

In 2005, Chief Longo was part of a multi-agency team that investigated the devastating Groene case that sent shock waves through North Idaho and the nation. In the past year, the FBI requested that he travel around the nation with other commanders involved in this investigation to share the lessons learned from that difficult case with other law enforcement leaders. FBI Special Agent Mike Genecko, Major Travis Chaney of the KCSD, FBI Supervisor Don Robinson, and assistant US Attorneys have accompanied him. The FBI has paid the expenses associated with all of the trips. Important lessons learned in Idaho are shared with our counterparts around the nation to assist other jurisdictions with best practices and ideas. The concept of cooperation and the Unified/Incident command system (Chief Longo refers to it as the “Blurring of the Patch”) are strongly emphasized.

“Our children are our most precious resource and it is the goal of the men and women of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department to provide the highest level of protection and service to our community,” Chief Longo stated. “This investigation [Groene] has forever changed all who were involved. The response by our community was unbelievable and continues to this day.”

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity or information regarding a child abduction case. For more information on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, please visit their website at

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Beginning Thursday, January 14th, 2010, the City of Hayden's City Council meetings will be aired on CDA TV, Cable Channel 19 at 7:00 p.m. For consistency we will endeavor to air these Council meetings every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Please note that the Hayden City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 p.m. and will be taped for their Thursday airing on CDA TV, Channel 19.

Crime Stoppers - Cash Reward

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a male suspect in the robbery of Washington Trust Bank. The robbery occurred on January 12th 2010, at 218 Lakeside Ave. at 12:42 pm.

The description of the male is as follows:
A white male, 5’10, average build, dark brown goatee, early 30’s, wearing a dark blue zip up style jacket with a white T-shirt underneath and light colored blue jeans. He was wearing a two tone baseball hat that was light grey with a tan bill. He had a pair of sunglasses resting on top of the bill of the hat. He was wearing light grey colored wool winter gloves.

The male was last seen on foot walking north through the Las Palmitas parking lot. He then turned east in front of the Torch Lounge and witnesses lost sight of him. Attached to this release is a bank surveillance photo of the suspect.
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.

City Hall Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

On Monday, January 18, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Streets, and Fire can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Tuesday, January 19th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tax Forms Available Through Library Website

It’s everybody’s favorite time of year.
Forms for filing state and federal tax returns can be downloaded from the website for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library: The forms can be accessed from a link on the left side of the page by clicking on “Tax Tools.”
The distribution of paper copies of tax forms was discontinued in an effort by the library to reduce paper waste because of the amount of forms leftover after the tax season and because forms are available locally and online.
Paper forms and other tax publications can still be obtained at the Internal Revenue Service office, 1221 Ironwood Drive, 1-800/829-3676, and at the Idaho State Tax Commission, 1910 Northwest Blvd., 208/769-1500.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Robbery Update

The local FBI is handling the investigation of the robbery that occurred at Washington State Bank on today’s date. Details of the incident will not be released at this time. After reviewing bank surveillance photos, we are able to provide a more accurate description of the suspect as follows:

A white male, 5’10, average build, dark brown goatee, early 30’s, wearing a dark blue zip up style jacket with a white T-shirt underneath and light colored blue jeans. He was wearing a two tone baseball hat that was light grey with a tan bill. He had a pair of sunglasses resting on top of the bill of the hat. He was wearing light grey colored wool winter gloves (see photos).

The male was last seen on foot walking north through the Las Palmitas parking lot. He then turned east in front of the Torch Lounge and witnesses lost sight of him. Attached to this release are bank surveillance photos of the suspect.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the local FBI office at 664-5128 or Coeur d’Alene Police at 769-2320.

Library will be Closed for MLK/Human Rights Day

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day. Regular hours will resume at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Even when the library is closed, library databases -- including magazines and newspapers, career information, geopgraphy information, automotive manuals and more -- can be accessed by visiting the library website -- -- from home or other computers. Call or visit the library during open hours for user names and passwords.
More news and information about the library is available online at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Police Respond to Found Grenade Incident

Coeur d Alene Police Department responded to 111 N 7th Street for an explosives call. The reporting party called police to seek assistance with taking custody of an old hand grenade. The investigation found that the reporting party was left an estate of an elderly couple who passed away in the local area. While cleaning out the property, the reporting party found the grenade and decided to take it to police. While in transit, the reporting party spoke with a family member who told him to immediately pull over and call police.

Upon arrival, Officers were able to determine that the hand grenade was indeed live ordinance. A blast zone perimeter was established for public safety until the grenade could be evaluated further and disposed of.

Spokane County Sheriff and Fairchild Air Force Base Bomb Disposal Unit’s were contacted and responded. Due to the grenade possibly being property of the federal government, Fairchild Air Force Base Bomb Disposal Unit took custody of the grenade to be disposed of.

The Coeur d Alene Police Department wishes to thank the Coeur d Alene Fire Department, Spokane County Sheriff and Fairchild Air Force Base Bomb Disposal Unit’s for their assistance and professionalism during this incident.

IDWR Notices Require No Action By Most Coeur d’Alene Citizens

Coeur d’Alene residents will begin receiving notices about water right claims from the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) after January 15th. However, property owners who receive their water from the City of Coeur d’Alene will not have to file a claim.

The IDWR is simply continuing its multi-year process of cataloging and confirming all surface and ground water rights in the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin Adjudication.

A Notice of Claim is NOT required to be filed where the individual property owner and water user is not the owner of the water right; for example, the individual property owner receives all of their water from a city, an irrigation district, water utility district, or a company. A water delivery organization typically files for the water right used by all its customers or patrons. Accordingly, the City of Coeur d’Alene will be filing Notice of Claims on behalf of those served by the city.

“Our water customers do not need to take any action,” said Jim Markley, City of Coeur d’Alene Water Superintendent. “Nonetheless, people on wells should deal with IDWR regarding the process, and customers of other water districts within our city limits should contact their water purveyors (Hayden Lake Irrigation, Hoffman Water, and Dalton Water) with any questions they have.” For further information, please contact the Idaho Department of Water Resources, Northern Region 762-2800 or the City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department at 769-2210.

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Camp Allstars “School Day Off” Day Camp

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “School Day Off” Day Camp on Monday, January 18th and Friday, January 29th. Come enjoy the fun at Camp All-Stars Day Camps, which are filled with 6 hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games.

Camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost is $12.00 for the day. There are scholarships available if you qualify. Limited space is available so sign up today to reserve your spot!

Transportation is provided from the Trading Post in Post Falls. Morning pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon drop offs will be at 3:30 p.m. Campers coming from the Coeur d’Alene area will meet at the SNR facility located at 1323 E. Sherman Avenue, Suite E, at 9:00 a.m.

Unfortunately SNR is not able to provide 1:1 assistance but individuals who require 1:1 assistance are still encouraged to join us with their care provider or assistant.

Specialized Needs Recreation also offers summer, winter, and spring break day camps as well as school days off throughout the year. If you would like more information about Camp All-Stars, would like to register your child for camp, or if you are interested in volunteering, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or e-mail her at

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

Brine De-Icer Solution Facility Provides Savings and Safety

In the spring of 2009, the city’s Street Maintenance Department completed construction on a brine de-icer solution facility. In three years, it will pay off its $80,000.00 construction cost, and after that, it will begin saving the city approximately $25,000.00 per year in what the city would have spent on winter de-icing products. Street Superintendent Tim Martin hopes to partner with other highway districts and neighboring cities within Kootenai County to share these savings.

The facility will give the Street Department the ability to have de-icer on hand throughout the winter. In years past, it was difficult to store de-icing materials and availability was not as reliable. The facility also provides more flexibility to control the type of material used on any given storm, based on temperature.

Furthermore, the city will be able to offer the driving community a product that will be less corrosive and environmentally friendly. Most liquid de-icers are salt based. By adding an inhibitor/ enhancer to the city’s de-icing material, the resulting product, based on industry testing, is predicted to be less corrosive, environmentally safe, and will work more effectively under harsh conditions.

What’s more, the Street Department’s safe storage containment practices have become a model for other cities. In the fall of 2008, Ben Martin and Allan Roberge, both Environmental Health Specialists with the Panhandle Health District (PHD), visited the Street Department with a cinematographer to film the city’s de-icer safe storage containment practices for a DVD that will be available for presentations around the state, depicting the work performed by the seven Idaho public health districts to promote public health programs. Martin and Roberge inspect businesses that handle, use, or store hazardous materials as part of PHD’s aquifer protection program. As Allan said, “It’s a good shop – that’s why we picked it for filming.” The DVD will be used as a public health educational tool to present to new employees, legislators, and for community presentations.

“I’m both proud and excited that while we are saving money, we can also provide an environmentally-friendly product for our citizens, as well as serving as an example of safe storage containment practices for others,” said Martin.

For more information, please contact the Street Maintenance Department at 769-2235.

Friday, January 8, 2010


The City of Coeur d’Alene will be hosting the following State and Regional softball events for the 2010 season.

July 9, 10 & 11 ASA Girls J.O. Fastpitch 14 & Under State Tournament

July 16, 17 & 18 ASA Girls J.O. Fastpitch 18 & Under A Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament.

Also Coeur d’Alene was awarded the 2011 National ASA umpire school. The school brings in approximately 120 umpires from throughout the nation for 3 days of individual and group training. The host hotel is the Best Western CD’A Inn. For more information, contact Steve Anthony, Recreation Director at 769-2249.


The City Council had set a workshop for hearing proposed changes to the City's Animal Control Regulations for Wednesday, January 13th at 12:00 noon. Due to a conflict with a court hearing the meeting time has been changed to 11:00 a.m. on January 13th. The workshop will be held in the City Hall Former Council Chambers.

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. Cable 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. More library news at

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents January 8th Wild-Wild West Cowboy Dance

This Friday, January 8th, Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) will hold a Wild-Wild West Cowboy Dance at Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls (2478 East Poleline) from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There is a $5.00 entry fee per person. Come on out for a night of fun! Feel free to dress up in your cowboy attire if you’d like. Snacks will be provided.

Please call and register for this event. If you have any questions about the dance, want to volunteer, or would like more information about SNR’s programs, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781. You can also visit our website at

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

Library will Host Capitol Rededication Celebration

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will host an event celebrating the Rededication of the Idaho Capitol Building, beginning at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Community Room.
Local residents can watch the ceremony on the library’s big screen as it takes place on the south steps of the Capitol Building in Boise. The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. PST. Ten copies of the book “Ida Visits the Capitol” will be given away to children attending the Coeur d’Alene event.
The $120 million restoration began in April 2007 and two entire blocks of the capitol mall have been a major construction zone since then. This is the first comprehensive restoration and expansion of the building since 1920.
“Some of the most significant upgrades in the building are hidden behind the walls, ceilings, and floors,” said Commission Chairman Andrew Erstad, “but everyone who visits will be impressed with the stately and grand appearance of the public areas.”
The comprehensive floor-by-floor restoration brings the Idaho Capitol into the modern era as a functional building yet retains the charm and distinction that Idaho’s governmental landmark conveyed upon its original completion in 1920. The 50,000-square-foot underground Garden-Level expansion of the Capitol adds ten modern committee hearing rooms that seat between 80 and 200.
The expansion extends the Capitol’s underground footprint to occupy its entire two-city-block parcel while carefully preserving the original Table Rock sandstone fa├žade and the century-old Capitol profile against the backdrop of the Boise Foothills.
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Meth – Not Even Once

Free Family Forum

A Meth – Not Even Once family forum will be held at 7pm at North Idaho College, Boswell Hall on Wednesday, January 20th. This FREE family forum takes the Idaho Meth Project’s “Not Even Once” campaign to the next level. Come learn as a family – then talk as a family.

Topics include: What Meth Looks like, why Meth is so addictive even after just one time, dangerous side effects, signs your child (or his/her friends) may be using meth, and tactics to start the family conversation.

Sponsored by the Idaho Meth Project, speakers will include Chief Wayne Longo, Police Chief, Coeur d’Alene Police Department and Brian Luz, Idaho Meth Project Volunteer and Recovering Meth Addict.

If that’s not enough reason to attend, there will be an iPod given away at the event!

Due to content, no children under 10 please.

See the attached flyer for additional information.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010



The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, seeks requests for qualifications from interested Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) to provide comprehensive services to reduce energy costs and implement related capital improvements in selected facilities or infrastructures owned or managed by the City.

ESCOs interested in submitting qualifications may acquire a proposal packet from the City Clerk’s Office beginning Friday, January 8, 2010 at 710 E. Mullan Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814. The proposal packet contains a project narrative. A pre-submittal meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m., Council Chambers in City Hall, on January 15, 2010.

The deadline for submitting a proposal shall be no later than 3:00 p.m. on January 25, 2010. Proposals shall be submitted to the City Clerk at 710 E. Mullan Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814.

January 12th Public Information Meeting Introduces Government Way, Dalton – Hanley Project

The City of Coeur d’Alene invites you to attend a Public Information Meeting regarding a new project on Government Way between Dalton and Hanley avenues. The Public Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 12th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room, 702 E. Front Avenue.

Awarded funding through the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO), the City of Coeur d’Alene plans to reconstruct a 0.5 mile portion of Government Way between Dalton and Hanley. The project will include widening Government Way to five (5) lanes, adding curb/gutter, bike lanes, and grassy swales, as well as completing the paving of Sunup Street.

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to provide input and to ask questions about the reconstruction project. Representatives from the city as well as the consulting engineer, Welch Comer & Associates, will be in attendance to assist with project details. For more information, please contact Chris Bates at 769-2228.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Census 2010 – Stand Up and Be Counted!

You’ve probably heard or seen something on radio or TV about Census 2010 – about a complete count, about the new short form, about confidentiality.

What is the Census? Since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau has conducted a constitutionally mandated population count or census each decade to determine the number of people living within the United States and our territories.

They are used by our leaders to make vital decisions like reapportionment and redistricting.

Census data also affect how more than $300 billion in federal funds are distributed to tribal, state, and local governments each year.

The 2010 Census will be easier than the 2000 Census. It’s got just 10 easy questions. By March of 2010, everyone should have received their questions. All you have to do is fill out the brief form and mail it back.

Are Census data confidential? Absolutely. Your answers are protected by law. No court of law, not even the President of the United States, can access your individual data.

What’s in it for you? In Idaho, each completed and mailed-in census survey is worth roughly $1,400.00. That is, the federal government uses population data to allocate funds in a number of areas such as Title 1 grants to school districts, Head Start programs, public transportation, programs for the elderly, emergency food and shelter, and many other programs.

Census data also help potential homeowners to research property values, median income, and other demographic information about communities of interest. In addition, population data is used by corporations for market research to determine locations for commercial enterprises.

For more information about the 2010 Census, please contact Victoria Bruno at 769-2204.

And remember – stand up and be counted!