Thursday, February 25, 2010

Welcome Home Pictures

Welcome Home Sergeant Avriett!!!

Welcome Home Officer Avriett

Coeur d’Alene Police Department Officer Shane Avriett/Air Force Tech. Sergeant Avriett arrived home safely at Fairchild AFB today after a 6 month deployment with his Air Force Reserve unit in Iraq.

We are all very thankful for his safe return to his family and friends and welcome him back to the police department.

Thank you for your service and dedication to our country!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Volunteers Recognized

The CDA PD hosted a volunteer appreciation event for the volunteers that serve at the police department. There are currently over 30 volunteers serving CDA PD in a wide range of divisions through out the department. In 2009, volunteers posted over 5,076 hours of service to the city. This translates into the duties performed by 1 and ½ employees at a cost avoidance of $82,292.00. The COPS volunteers logged 152 hours this past summer in the “mule” and also 584 hours on patrol. Volunteers are responsible for achieving ZERO on abandoned vehicles.
That is a big plus for not only the PD but our citizens as well.

Several awards were given out including:
- Carmen Larosa 500 plus hours
- Frank Gabriel: for his service to COPS

The Police department continues to recruit citizens for our volunteers programs. If any one is interested please contact Sgt. Wood at the PD at 769-2320.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Street Maintenance Department Kicks Off Spring Clean Up

By Tim Martin
Street Superintendent

With spring-like weather arriving early this year, your Street Maintenance crews will begin their spring clean-up program earlier than usual. Once arterial and collector streets are cleaned up, city crews will be working to complete initial sweeping of residential streets. Street sweeping is an activity that street crews continue until the winter snows fly. It reduces dust and creates an environment that benefits everyone whether we live here or are visitors. Residential streets are swept an average of four to six times annually and all arterials are swept bi-weekly.

The following tips will help us in our efforts to meet the goal of providing a high quality of life which is sustainable and which we have come to enjoy: fresh air, beautiful views, and clean water. Your continued assistance is appreciated.

• Sweep your sidewalks as soon as possible.
• It’s okay to sweep sidewalk sand debris into the street for sweepers to pick up during the Spring Clean-up, but please do not make piles in the gutter. Sweepers are not designed to handle excessive amounts of sand, gravel, dirt, or large rocks.
• Do not put debris such as sod, garden or wood waste, limbs, or branches, in the street.
• Try to move parked cars if you hear the sweeper operating in your neighborhood.
• Trim low-hanging branches and limbs from your curbside trees, shrubs, or plants to allow the sweeper to clean as close to the curbline as possible. Street sweepers have a higher profile than cars and pickup trucks. Damage to mirrors, antennas, and strobe lights are costly in terms of repairs and down time.
• Trying to schedule certain streets on certain days for sweeping is not a feasible option at this time.

Please listen to KVNI for daily updates and to learn when the sweepers will be in your area.

For more information, please call 769-2233.

Street Tree Planting Project Announced

The City of Coeur d'Alene has announced the availability of free street trees for six new subdivisions. The trees are available for planting within the rights-of-way of Sunshine Meadows, The Landings at Waterford, Ramsey Meadows, Copper Ridge, Jae's Place, and Echo Glenn. Homeowners or residents in these subdivisions who are willing to provide care for street trees can contact the Urban Forestry division of the Coeur d'Alene Parks Department to sign up for a tree. There are a limited number of trees and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding for the trees comes from a street tree fee collected on residential building permits. The street tree fees can be refunded to builders or new homeowners who plant a street tree upon completion of a new home. Six months after the completion of a home, unclaimed funds are forfeited to the city. The city is now using these forfeited funds to purchase and plant trees in the same neighborhoods where the fees originated.

Of course, the owners of the homes whose building permit fees were forfeited are the first choice for using these funds. The city has already contacted those property owners regarding the planting program. However, there are still some trees unclaimed. These street trees are being offered to any home in these same neighborhoods. The only qualification is a willingness to make sure the trees are watered and protected from string trimmers and mowers.

The tree species still available for spring planting are honeylocust, white ash, hackberry, and baldcypress. The trees will be planted by contract tree planting crews in May. Since there are a limited number of trees, interested homeowners are encouraged to reply as soon as possible. A response form is available on-line at, by sending an email to, or by calling Urban Forestry at 769-2266 or 415-0415.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aggravated Battery

On 02-18-10 at about 0655 am, Coeur d'Alene Police responded to the 900 block of N 8th St. for a stabbing. Officers arrived and contacted the victim who said her son, Richard Dominguez(34 yoa), stabbed her with a knife in the upper back area. Dominguez was still on scene and was taken into custody and transported to the Kootenai Public Safety Building. The victim was treated and released from KMC for minor injuries.

For further information contact Sgt. J. Ayers at (208) 769-2320.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What's Happening at the Library?


Competition Lets your Writing Shine

Competitors can submit up to two entries


This year you can focus on writing quality and not worry about quantity with your entries in the Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The rules for the competition have changed for 2010. Participants may submit up to two entries – two fiction, two nonfiction, OR one in each category.
This is the 22nd year of the competition and we are victims, of a sort, of our own success. We depend on volunteer judges – professional and published writers; editors; and educators – and in previous years the packets they receive might have up to 50 entries each. That’s quite a load for a person to read through and judge.
This is an effort to make that load a little more manageable and to keep our volunteers coming back each year.
Writers Competition forms/rules can be picked up at the library or can be received by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Writers Competition, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-4012. The forms can also be downloaded at Click on “About Us” and then “Annual Events” for the competition page. Be sure to download both pages – the entry forms and the rules.
The deadline for entries is March 31. Entries mailed to the library should be postmarked no later than March 29.
The competition is for previously unpublished, fiction and nonfiction prose of 2,000 words or less. No entry is too short. Because of the special judging criteria, there is no poetry category. Age groups are 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18 and 19-plus. Entry fees are $1 for competitors ages 6-11 and $2 for ages 12 and older.
Entries in the 6-8-year-old category can be handwritten – but not in cursive. Children are encouraged to illustrate their stories. An adult may retype a child’s entry, but only if the wording is not changed. Submit the original handwritten entry along with the typed versions.
Cash prizes are awarded in each category and age group at a ceremony in May hosted by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.
Each year all entries in the competition – not only the winners – are included in professionally bound volumes added to the library’s collection. These volumes can be reviewed in the Nelson Memorial Room at the library. Reviewing the winning entries in these volumes is one way competitors can work to improve their writing.
Here are some other tips for better entries:
Before you begin to write, read the rules on your entry form and then reread them. Follow the required format. The entry should be double-spaced. Margins are 2 inches on the left and 1 inch for other margins. Use plain white copy- or printer-style paper and print on just one side. The writer’s name should only appear on the title page.
Look for stories in the world around you. A good story may be right under your nose. Often the best stories are those about subjects the writer is familiar with. Even fantasy and science fiction writing have to have a foundation of believability.
Avoid overly complicated or heavy fonts. Script is not acceptable. Just because you can do something spectacular with your word processor does not mean you should. You may think a fancy type improves the look of your work, but it may just make it harder for the judge to read. Take a look at different styles of printing in magazines and books. Which fonts are easier or harder to read?
New writers may feel they need to use grandiose language. The best writing reflects the way people actually talk. Try reading your entry aloud. Do the words and sentences sound natural to you? Have you created something that you, personally, would want to read?
Take a look at published short stories and articles in newspapers and magazines. Ask yourself what you enjoy reading and why.
Spelling and grammar are factors in judging. Do not rely on computer spell-check to give you the right word. Use a dictionary, a thesaurus and other reference books.
You will find it helpful to have another person read your entry before you submit it. Another pair of eyes will often spot errors and problems a writer can overlook. Professional writers having editors review their work. But remember that your entry must be your work. Do the rewriting yourself.
Anyone with questions about the Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library can contact David Townsend at 208/769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at
Good luck with your entry.

David Townsend is the Communication Coordinator for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. He is available for presentations on the Writers Competition and other library matters. He can be reached at 208/769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at

Friday, February 12, 2010

Program Looks at Buffalo Soldier History

Dressed in the uniform of a 19th century U.S. Calvary buffalo soldier, Albert Wilkerson in the persona of “Sgt. Wilkie,” senior noncommissioned officer of his regiment, will take the audience back to the old west when buffalo soldiers made up half of the available forces at certain posts in the west.
Two presentations are scheduled:
Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
Hayden Lake Branch Library, 8385 N. Government Way, Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
Black troops were named "buffalo soldiers" by Indians who respected the courage and strength of the black soldiers and observed their hair resembled the fur that grew between a buffalo's horns. Wilkerson will explain that these soldiers were also known as the Peacekeepers for their role in maintaining peace in the West. He’ll bring the audience into the day-by-day life of a buffalo soldiers describing their activities and the struggles with prejudice and inferior equipment along with the harsh living conditions they endured while performing their duties.
Beginning with an Act of Congress on July 28, 1866, which broke the tradition of an all-white peacetime military, it allowed African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Army. The black cavalry units were designated as the Ninth and Tenth United States Cavalry. They served in some of the most hostile environments in the West including Ft. Wright in Spokane and Ft. Missoula in Montana often spending time at Ft. Sherman in Coeur d'Alene while on duty in North Idaho.
Wilkerson says his interest in the Black West and the Buffalo Soldiers goes back a long time.
“I have always like horses and western movies and as a boy, wondered why there were no black cowboys in the movies,” he says.
He also found some of his ancestors were Buffalo Soldiers themselves.
This program is part of the “Your Place In History” series of featuring speakers on local and regional history. It is sponsored by area public libraries, Molstead Library at North Idaho College, and the Museum of North Idaho with some programs co-sponsored by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council. All programs in the series are free to the public. The Coeur d’Alene presentations is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Inspired Customer Wastes No Time Thanking Driver

One of the Waste Management’s customer’s daughters (the city’s contracted garbage disposal service) created this piece of art for one of the company’s drivers. Apparently she waits each week to watch him dump the trash.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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

Coeur d’Alene residents are still receiving notices about water right claims from the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR). 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.

City Hall Closed for Presidents’ Day

On Monday, February 15, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the Presidents’ Day 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 Tuesday, February 16th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Prairie Trail Thinning Promotes Tree Health, Enhances Trail

The Parks Department, in partnership with the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation and the Urban Forestry Commission, are doing some tree thinning and removal along the Prairie Trail near Ramsey Park. The purpose is to promote healthier trees, clean up debris and litter, and to create a more welcoming area along the trail corridor.

City Park Has New Art/New Bike Rack

Jason Sanchez was commissioned by the City of Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission to install this Bike Rack Art Piece along the sea wall.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Libraries to Host One-Woman Show on ‘Western Women’

A one-woman show coming to several North Idaho libraries will look at the split personalities of women in western history.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, actress Melinda Strobel brings her new production “Western Women: Pioneers and Prostitutes,” to the:
St. Maries Public Library, 822 W. College Ave., at 7 p.m., Monday, March 1.
East Bonner Library, 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 2.
Post Falls Public Library, 821 N. Spokane St., at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 3.
Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 4.
Boundary County District Library, 6370 Kootenai St., Bonners Ferry, at 7 p.m., Friday March 5.
Pinehurst-Kingston Library, 107 Main Ave., Pinehurst, at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 6.
All programs are free.
This composite presentation introduces audiences to a variety of women who helped shape the American West. Among them will be Berthenia Owens-Adair, the first woman doctor in Oregon, stage coach driver Charley Parkhurst, and Idaho’s own Molly b’Dam’, the legend of Murray.
“The spirit of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers is brought to life in these humorous, poignant portrayals of struggle and perseverance,” Strobel says.
Strobel studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has a degree in theater from Williamette University. She has performed in many shows in Oregon and Atlanta, Ga. Among others, her credits include multiple roles in “The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope” for Lakewood Theater; Mollie Ralston in the Oregon Stage Company’s production of “The Mousetrap; Aston in an all-female production of Pinter’s “The Caretaker;” and Caroline Ingalls in the world premiere of “Little House on the Prairie” for Oregon Children’s Theatre.
Most recently for Blue Monkey Theatre Company, she appeared in “Antigone,” and for Northwest Classical Theatre she performed in an all-female production of “King Richard II.”
Her film credits include “Thèrése,” for Luke Films, and “Ask for More,” for Sweet Talk Productions.
She has written and performed several one-woman shows including “Susan B. Anthony: The Napoleon of the Movement,” for which she received grants from Kentucky, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, California, and Colorado Humanities Councils.
An artist-in-residence, Strobel also teaches a various schools around Oregon. She lives in Portland and is married to Brett Strobel, minister at Christ United Methodist Church. They have two children, Colin, 15, and Peter, 11.
The North Idaho presentations are supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
More news and information about the Coeur d'Alene Public Library is available online at

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 information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. More news and information about the library is available online at

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Library Accepts Food for Fines Feb. 14-28

Give yourself a valentine and help your community Feb. 14-28 with “Love Your Library: Food for Fines” at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
From Valentine’s Day to the end of the month patrons clear can overdue fines from their library cards by donating nonperishable food items for people or pets. This amnesty does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items.
At the Coeur d’Alene library an overdue fine of $3 or more can prevent patrons from checking out items or using the Internet computers.
Donations brought in during “Food for Fines” will be turned over to the Community Action Partnership Food Bank and the Kootenai Humane Society.
Food donations will also be accepted from patrons with no fines to clear up. Call 208/769-2315 for more information.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Library Closed Feb. 15 for Presidents' Day

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., along with other city departments, will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents’ Day.Normal library hours resumes Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m.
When the the library is closed library databases with a variety of information can be accessed from the library website, For database user names and passwords visit the library or call 208/769-2315 during open hours.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Valentine’s Day Dance February 5th!

This Friday, February 5th, Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) will hold a Valentine’s Day Dance at the 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. There will be snacks provided, prizes awarded, and a D.J. present. Come on out for a night of fun!

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 or visit us on our website at

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