Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Library Plans ‘Boots Day’ With Children’s Author

Children’s author Mary Jane Kooiman will read from her book, “Jackson and the Big Blue Boots,” as part of the Preschool Storytimes, Wednesday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The preschool program is for ages 3-5.
Spring Programs begin in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level of the library at 702 E. Front Ave., on Tuesday, April 6. Other children’s programs include:
►Book Babies Lap-Sit: For ages newborn to 22 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m.
►Tales for 2s and 3s: For ages 2 and 3, Tuesdays 11-11:30 a.m.
►LEGO Club: For ages 5-10 with building time using the library’s huge LEGO collection, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
►Lonely Books Club: For ages 8-12. Visit the library for a reading list. Club meets Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Kooiman was inspired to write her book during a visit to Post Falls four years ago. After observing a boy who lived across the street she wrote a poem about the boy, actually named Jackson, on her flight home to Michigan. She subsequently worked on the poem and contacted a friend and cousin, Rick Cunningham to illustrate the book.
A retired English teacher at the Alma, Mich., High School, Kooiman has written poetry for many years. “Jackson and the Big Blue Boots,” is her first children’s book.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

National Library Week Activities Scheduled

Programs include ‘Big Read,’ kites, drummers, and karaoke & pizza

Coeur d’Alene Public Library is drawing outside the lines April 11-17 for National Library Week – that is it is opening its door for activities before and after regular hours.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.
Programs begin Sunday, April 11, 1-2 p.m., with the “Big Read.” Learn about the library’s new “Virtual Book Clubs. Refreshments and tours of the library, at 702 E. Front Ave., will be provided.
The “Big Read” includes two book choices: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” a novel by Garth Stein, a story told in the voice of dog looking back over his life, or “The Big Burn,” by Jeanette Ingold, which looks at the historic 1910 fire that consumed forests in North Idaho and western Montana.
Twenty copies of each book will be available for check out and the library staff can also reserve copies through the Cooperative Information Network catalog. These titles will also be available in the future as a book-club bundle.
On Saturday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. come to the library Community Room for a “Kite Workshop and Festival.” All materials will be provided free of charge to constructed a kite during the family workshop taught by kite enthusiast Gary Fleshman-Kubodera. After the workshop fly your kites in McEuen Field while listening to the music of the Taiko Drummers of Spokane.
Saturday evening, the library will be open for a program exclusively for teens in grades 7 through 12 scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Participants are asked to use the lower entrance off McEuen Field. This event will feature pizza and sodas, door prizes, and karaoke in the Community Room with a professional KJ.
Teens will have private access to the library and Teen Central and will be able to check out books. Teens planning to attend should preregister by visiting the library’s website and clicking on the “Exclusively for Teens” link on the right side of the page.
National Library Week programs are funded by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and supported by business sponsors Fred Meyer, Donut House, Jamba Juice, and Gooey’s at the Resort.
The library’s regular Saturday and Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Stormwater Improvements on Howard & Kathleen

Traffic Delays Expected April 5th – 19th

Stormwater crews will have an impact on traffic at the intersection of Howard and Kathleen for the next two weeks as crews work on sidewalks and swale repairs. Motorists traveling in this area can expect delays and lane closures. One lane each on northbound Howard and eastbound Kathleen will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Traffic control will be on hand to create a smoother transition for vehicles and pedestrians. For more information, please contact the Street Maintenance Department at 769-2233.

Tree Workshops

Coeur d'Alene's Urban Forestry staff will be holding two "Planting Trees That Thrive" workshops on Thursday, April 1st at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library's Community Room.  Each workshop will be one hour in length and will include information on choosing the right tree, planting it correctly, and providing effective follow-up care.  Those who attend the workshop and live in the cities of Coeur dAlene, Post Falls, or Hayden will receive a free pass for early entry and first choice of free trees at PLANT-A-TREE (for FREE!) DAY, which will be held April 10th at Q'emiln Park in Post Falls.

The first workshop will be held from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  The second will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be over by 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Karen at (208) 769-2266.

Tubbs Hill Tour Scheduled April 3rd

The Coeur d’Alene Parks Department and Urban Forestry Committee have scheduled a public information tour of the east and north sides of Tubbs Hill on Saturday, April 3rd. Those interested should meet at 9:00 a.m. at the East Tubbs Hill parking lot on 10th Street.

The purpose of the tour is to look at parts of Tubbs Hill where non-native trees are encroaching on native sites. The Urban Forestry Committee is recommending the removal and control of non-native trees to restore native habitats. The tour will show where maple and cherry trees have become a problem and how Douglas-fir root rot has contributed to the current circumstances. These wettest areas of Tubbs Hill are the only opportunity to grow white pine (Idaho’s state tree) and larch on Tubbs Hill. The tour will also show how these species and ponderosa pine require sunlight to become established.

Questions regarding the tour should be directed to Karen Haskew at 769-2266.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Combating Hate Crime

By Sergeant Christie Wood, CdA Police & Supervisory Special Agent Don Robinson, FBI

In the past year, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CDAPD) has investigated high-profile cases involving hate crime. The local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been a steadfast partner in these investigations and ongoing work toward convicting the parties involved. In 2009, eight cases of hate crime were reported to the CDAPD, up from two cases reported in 2008. Also noteworthy is the severity of the hate crimes reported in 2009. Some of the cases involved serious acts of violence.

Under the leadership of Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo, the department is committed to the vigorous investigation of hate crimes. The legal definition of malicious harassment (i.e., hate crime) under Idaho Code 18-7902 is:
It shall be unlawful for any person, maliciously and with the specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person's race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin, to:
(a) Cause physical injury to another person; or
(b) Damage, destroy, or deface any real or personal property of another person; or
(c) Threaten, by word or act, to do the acts prohibited if there is reasonable cause to believe that any of the acts described in subsections (a) and (b) of this section will occur.

For purposes of this section, "deface" shall include, but not be limited to, cross-burnings or the placing of any word or symbol commonly associated with racial, religious or ethnic terrorism on the property of another person without his or her permission. (Idaho Code title 18, Chapter 79)

The FBI lists civil rights violations as their highest criminal priority. Federal statutes fall under Title 18 and include conspiracy against rights, interference with federally protected activities, damage to religious property, obstruction in free exercise of religious beliefs, and the Matthew Shepard Act (H.R. 1592) which establishes sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability as protected classes.

Crimes that occur when crossing a state line do not automatically determine FBI involvement. Federal statutes require the following to occur before the FBI actively investigates the crime: (1) the use of force or threat of force; (2) the victim has to be targeted by definition (including race, color, religion, or natural origin); (3) in the instance of housing cases (section 3631), disability, gender or familial status; and (4) additional motive to injure, intimidate, or interfere with some specific protected activity or right. The benefit of prosecution under federal statutes is harsher sentencing. If the crime does not occur in conjunction with the federally protected activity, it will be investigated by local authorities.

The CDAPD and surrounding agencies enjoy an excellent climate of cooperation. We are able to work easily within our cross jurisdictions. Chief Longo refers to our working relationship as a “blurring of the patch.” Local police, federal agents, and federal and county prosecutors work extremely well together in combating hate crime. Citizens are strongly encouraged to report hate crime by calling the CDAPD at 769-2320 or the local FBI at 664-5128.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Water Main Work to Begin

The Mary Lane water main extension project from 1526 E. Mary Ln. continuing east into the intersection of Mary Lane and N. 17th St. will start April 5, 2010. We anticipate that the project will be completed by April 16, 2010. Crews will work with residents to maintain driveway access as best they can.

Contact Water Superintendent Jim Markley at 415-0418 if you have any questions.

"Computers for Kids" Helps City's Recycling Efforts

Information Technology’s (IT) surplus computers and parts will be going to a great cause due to the teamwork of various departments and city staff. IT’s Network Administrator Kirk Johnson will be delivering these items to the “Computers for Kids” program based in Boise. 

“Computers for Kids” rebuilds computers and then distributes them throughout the state to children who cannot afford to purchase one.  Kirk will be delivering these computers/parts to Boise with the help of Street Superintendent Tim Martin (who is providing the truck), and Police Captain Steve Childers (who is providing the PD enclosed trailer).  The cost to the city is the purchase of fuel. 

Not only do children get computers - the only way the city could have disposed of these computers in town was if it paid a per-computer charge for a private company to take them (they won’t accept them at the landfill).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Childcare Commission Offers Free Workshop

Coeur d’Alene childcare providers are invited to attend a free, two-hour workshop called “Learn to Burn”. The city’s Childcare Commission, in conjunction with the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department, will host the two-hour workshop at City Hall’s former Council Chambers (710 E. Mullan) from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 26, 2010.

The training will offer hands-on use of a fire extinguisher, as well as instructions on preparing evacuation and safety plans. Two hours of STARS Credit, Component 8, will be given for this course. Pre-registration is required. A maximum of 75 people will be able to register for this free course. To register, please call 769-2229 before April 20, 2010.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Author to share stories of the Silver Valley at Cd'A Library

Julie Whitesel Weston grew up in Kellogg a block from the entrance to the Bunker Hill Mine and next door to the hospital where her father doctored the miners and other townspeople. The mountains, the mines, the people: all shaped her.

The author of "The Good Times Are All Gone Now," will bring her stories to the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Frnt Ave., On Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

The free program is offered as part of the "Your Place in History" series sponsored by area public libraries, the Molstead Library at NIC, and the Museum of North Idaho. Thi presentation is funded in part by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.

"The Good Times Are All Gone Now" is a memoir of place, telling the stories of miners and Kellogg, Idaho in mid-20th century America. Deep mines, rich with lead and silver, high wages, gambling and brothels-these elements defined the company town for almost 100 years from the 1880s to the 1980s.

Weston joins stories of the townspeople, told to her over several years, with her own story of growing up there. The strands of community and mining history and her adolescence weave together against a background of the Cold War, post-McCarthyism and labor strife.

A part-time resident of both Idaho and Seattle, Weston's short stories and essays have been published in IDAHO Magazine, The Threepenny Review, Boston Literary Magazine (an ezine), The Saint Ann's Review, River Styx, Rendezvous, Clackamas Literary Review and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, among others.

A story of mining appeared in "Our Working Lives," an anthology. Both an essay and a short story have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

She was a finalist in the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, Cutthroat Magazine; Honorable Mention in the Red Hen Press Defender of the Earth Award; Prose for Papa (Hemingway)(first place); Willamette Fiction Contest (second place); Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contests (two seconds and a third), among others.

The "Your Place is History" series is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.

More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog:

Utility Work Planned

Beginning Monday, 3/29/10, the Wastewater Department will be working at the intersection of Margaret Ave & Troy Street. Troy Street will be closed at Margaret. Anticipated completion is end of day Wednesday, 3/31/10.

Refer to the map for detailed location. For more information please contact Jim Dunn at 769-2278.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CDA PD Launches CrimeReports – A New Crime Prevention Tool

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has met with many participants of Neighborhood Watch committees and listened to their ideas and concerns about crime. Citizens voiced their desire to learn if crime was occurring in their neighborhoods as well as the rest of the City. After researching options available Chief Longo is pleased to now offer the services of The cost for the program is minimal and funded through the Byrne/Jag grant which supports our intelligence led policing project. provides law enforcement agencies with an easy-to-use Web-based service for managing and controlling the sharing of crime data with the public in near real-time. Community members can access their neighborhood crime information for free, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their families, friends, property and the community at large ( website).

As of March 5th 2010 crime data from Coeur d’Alene Police is searched from our system on a daily basis and saved to a file. This file is automatically transmitted to daily Monday through Friday. The information contained in this data is used to provide crime maps to the public that can be sorted by date, crime type and location. In addition, the locations, photos and links to Idaho State Police are provided on Registered Sex Offenders.

In addition to the ability to query the mapping system for crime maps and Registered Sex Offenders, has a feature to allow e-mail notification for an assortment of circumstances. For example, citizens can specify the types of crimes, the frequency of e-mails (e.g. daily, weekly) and distance from their home for e-mail alerts.

Data provided to is information reviewed and compiled from spreadsheets and excludes crimes that normally would not be mapped (e.g. rapes). The addresses of the crimes are also automatically converted to identify the block rather than specific address in order to protect the privacy of victims.

This is a great crime prevention tool that encourages citizens to be aware of any crime occurring in their neighborhood and relay such information that may assist the police department in the apprehension of criminals. Citizens may report crime tips at 769-2296 or email at . Please visit our website at to learn more about reported crime in the City of Coeur d’Alene.


Today bids were opened for the City's Wastewater Open Trench Sewer Replacement Project with the following bids being received:

Buddy's Backhoe $64,403.00
Accelerated Constr. $66,579.00
MDM Constr. $71,897.50
Big Sky Development $84,752.52
L & L Cargile $84,936.00
Knife River Corp. $87,856.00
Safco Inc. $97,837.42
Red Diamond Constr. $99,536.00

Staff will review the bids for responsiveness to the specifications and present their recommendation for awarding the bid at the next City Council meeting on April 6, 2010.

Monday, March 22, 2010

McEuen Field Public Workshop to be Held March 25th at Lake City Senior Center

McEuen Field Public Workshop to be
Held March 25th at Lake City Senior Center

On Thursday, March 25th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lake City Senior Center, a public meeting/workshop will be held to gather input and ideas on McEuen Field and Front Avenue. MIG, a Portland-based land planning firm that worked on the Coeur d’Alene Parks Master Plan and the Education Corridor, will be hosting this workshop.

The city is asking for citizens’ ideas on their favorite existing and possible future activities for McEuen Field, which has been the site of many varied types of recreation and leisure over the past 100 years. It will remain a public park and there may be improvements made to the park site.

In 2002, a revised park concept was submitted by the city-appointed Committee of Nine. At that time, a set of seven, value statements were adopted. Those value statements will be on display to confirm that they still apply to this waterfront park area. Front Avenue has been targeted for re-construction for the past several years and will be part of the larger, McEuen project discussion.

For more information, please call the Parks Department at 769-2252.

Test Irrigation System Backflow Assemblies Annually

Lawn irrigation systems make watering lawns and gardens easier, save you time, and can be designed to be water efficient. However, water that is contaminated by weed killers, fertilizers, and animal waste can “flow back” into your drinking water (a problem known as backflow).

To protect your drinking water from potential contamination, it is important to have an approved backflow protection assembly/device located on your irrigation system. It is equally important to make certain that this backflow assembly is tested annually – in fact, it’s required by Idaho State law and City Ordinance 1776.

Backflow assemblies must be tested annually at spring irrigation start up. This test, performed by a private, state-licensed backflow tester (the City of Coeur d’Alene has a list of approved testers), verifies that the assembly is functioning correctly.

A lawn irrigation system that is not protected by an approved backflow prevention assembly, or protected by an assembly that is not functioning correctly, endangers the health of a household, neighborhood, and an entire community.

If you have any questions or wish to obtain a state-licensed backflow tester list, contact Greg Schrempp (676-7408), or Gary Nolan (769-2220, Ext. 818), City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department. Water Department offices are located at 3820 Ramsey Road.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What's Happening at the Coeur d'

A video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. More information about the library is available online at

Currently Accepting Applications . . .

The City of Coeur d'Alene is currently accepting applications for a Utilities Project Manager in the Wastewater Department.  Click here for more information.  APPLICATION DEADLINE is April 2nd.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Camp All-Stars “Spring Break” Day Camp!

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “Spring Break” Day Camp, March 29th until April 2nd at SNR’s facility in Coeur d’Alene. The address is 1323 East Sherman, Suite E.

Camp is filled with 6 hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. The day camp is provided to youth ages 4-21.

Camp is held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost is $12.00 a day, and some scholarships are available for those who qualify. Transportation will be provided for those participants living in Post Falls. The morning pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon drop-offs will be at 3:30 p.m. The pickup and drop-off location is at the Trading Company. Participants who live in the Coeur d’Alene area will meet at the SNR facility at 9:00 a.m. and need to be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Campers will be enjoying activities such as swimming at the YMCA, going to the IMAX Theatre at Riverfront Park, going on a tour of the Humane Society, having a PJ and Pizza Party, and enjoying Easter and spring activities.

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, or the other programs SNR offers, if you would like to register your child for camp, or if you are interested in volunteering, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781. You can also visit us at

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


Tuesday, April 16th, bids were opened for the CIPP (Cured in Place Piping) sewer rehabilitation project. Two companies submitted bids as follows:

Planned & Engineered Contractors, Inc.
Base Bid: $188,242.00
Alternate No. 1: $39,090.00

Base Bid: $211,031.50
Alternate No. 1: $37,337.00

Staff are reviewing the bid submittals for responsiveness to the specifications and will be presenting their recommendation for awarding the bid at the April 6, 2010 City Council meeting.


The following public hearing have been scheduled for upcoming City Council meetings:

April 6, 2010:
1. O-1-10 Commercial Design Guidelines (Planning Department)
2. Flood Hazard Mitigation Regulations (Engineering Department)

April 20, 2010
1. ZC-3-10 Zone Change from R-12 to R-17 at 3400 & 3514 N. Fruitland Lane
(Planning Department)

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding any of the upcoming public hearings, please contact the department indicated

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Census 2010 – Take 10 and Make a Difference!

Have you received your Census survey in the mail? If you haven’t, you’ll receive it soon. When you do, take 10 minutes to fill it out. After that, put it in the mail, and you’re done – and what you’ve done will really make a difference.

Your census survey, along with those of your fellow Americans, is used by elected officials to make vital decisions affecting your life. Census data also help to determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed to local, state, and tribal governments each year.

What can you expect when you receive the survey? The following 10 easy questions:
1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010? [Indicate number of people.]
2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1? [You are asked to check all boxes that apply, such as “People staying here temporarily.”]
3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home – [Check one box: “Rented?” “Owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)? (etc.)]
4. What is your telephone number? [You may be called if the Census doesn’t understand an answer.]
5. Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person living here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. [The last name, first name, and middle initial are requested.]
6. What is Person 1’s sex? [Mark ONE box – male or female.]
7. What is Person 1’s age and what is Person 1’s date of birth? [You are asked for person 1’s age on April 1, 2010, and the month, day, and year of his/her birth.]
8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? [You may answer “no” by checking one of the boxes, or pick, for example, “Yes, Puerto Rican,” or “Yes, Cuban,” etc.]
9. What is Person 1’s race? [You are asked to mark one or more boxes.]
10. Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else? [If yes, for example, in college or military housing.]

These are the 10 questions. You are asked to answer them for each person living “in this house, apartment, or mobile home,” using Census guidelines.

Are Census data confidential? Absolutely. Your answers are completely protected. No court of law, no one – not even the President of the United States – can access your individual data. Your information, combined with the data from surveys from all over the country, is needed to obtain an accurate and complete count. Census data are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the subsequent redistricting of state and local governments. Furthermore, the federal government uses population data to allocate funds in a variety of areas such as Title 1 grants to school districts, Head Start initiatives, public transportation, programs for the elderly, and for emergency food and shelter (among many others).

Census data also help potential homeowners to research property values, median income, and other demographic details for communities of interest. In addition, population data are used by corporations for market research to determine locations for new commercial activity. For more information about the 2010 Census, please contact Victoria Bruno at 769-2204. And remember – take 10 and make a difference!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Specialized Needs Recreation Wins IPUL Award for Outstanding Agency

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL) recognized Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) with its 2009 "Outstanding Agency" award. Wendy Carroll, Beverly Denny, Sheree Cooper, and Nanette Trimpe nominated SNR for the award.

In her nomination letter, Wendy Carroll wrote:

"My son is 19 and has been participating in SNR since he was 14. Shy by nature and not one to join in, the staff of SNR has done an outstanding job [of] encouraging him to take part and helping him develop social skills. There isn't a single activity (and there are plenty) that he doesn’t want to attend. As a parent, I rejoice at seeing my son come out of his shell and learn how to make friends, create and sustain relationships, move freely in his community, and keep active."

In the announcement letter, IPUL Board of Directors member Lynn McCullum said that she commended Angie Goucher, SNR’s Executive Director, for arranging fun, interesting, and stimulating activities. The program was lauded for providing a social outlet for children and adults with disabilities

If you 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 disabilities.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Next Two Pageturners Books Available at Library

The selections for March and April discussions by the Pageturners Library Book Club are available to check out at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
“A Treasure Called Tubbs Hill,” by Scott Reed, and “Big Trouble,” by Anthony Lukas can be picked up at the library’s Research and Information Desk. Discussions are open to anyone interested in the books. Participants who wish to make notes in the books or who plan to pass them on to family and friends should acquire the books from another source.
The next discussion will be March 24 at 10:15 a.m. in the library Community Room when Reed will lead the discussion of his book.
A local attorney and longtime preservationist, Reed wrote about how the jewel of the Coeur d’Alene parks came to be public property and remained largely undeveloped.
Tubbs Hill was named in the late 19th century after Tony Tubbs, who was granted a homestead in 1884. He owned a hotel at the base of the hill and planned to build homes on the hill. But the topography of Tubbs Hill made it unattractive for building, and the land remained undeveloped. In the 1960s preservationists successfully made Tubbs Hill part of the City of Coeur d’Alene’s park system. The 2-mile track around the hill provides spectacular views of the lake.
More than 100 years ago former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg was assassinated in the town of Caldwell. The events surrounding the murder and the ultimate “Trial of the Century” in Boise are the heart of the April book selection “Big Trouble.” Pulitzer-Prize winning author Lukas looks at the social tapestry of our state and nation at the turn of the century and puts this sensational murder in context.
Among other topics, the book examines the mining wars in the Coeur d’Alene region as well as the 24th Infantry Regiment’s involvement in that conflict. The 24th Infantry Regiment was one of the army’s four black units at that time in our history. Clarence Darrow came to Boise as the lawyer for the defense at the trial which drew national interest.
Although the book is more than 800 pages long, the discussion will focus on four chapters for a total of 200 pages.
The discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 28 at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room.
The Pageturners Library Book Club is funded by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. This grant covers the purchase of 20 copies of each book club selection for the library. After the club’s discussion the books are bundled with discussion material and are available for the use of other book area book clubs.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kootenai County Transfer Stations - Temporary Closures Announcement

The Ramsey Transfer Station located at 3650 N. Ramsey Road will be closed at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2010, due to employee First Aid/CPR training. All customers will be diverted from Ramsey to Prairie after 2:00 p.m. on March 25, 2010.

The Prairie Transfer Station located at 15580 W. Prairie Avenue, Post Falls will be closed at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. All customers will be diverted from Prairie to Ramsey after 2:00 p.m. on March 31, 2010.

History Series to Navigate Role of Steamboats

The regional history series by historian Robert Singletary at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., is down to the final four programs.
“North Idaho: Connections to the Past,” is offered free in the library Community Room at 7 p.m.
The Thursday, March 18, program is “The Steamboat Connection” and will examine the role of this form of transportation in the development of the region. The first steamboat to work the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene was built by the Army to serve the needs of Camp Coeur d’Alene, later to be know as Fort Sherman.
The 12-part series began in January and is made possible in part by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
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.
The schedule for the final four programs is:
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

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents St. Patrick’s Day Dance March 12th!

On Friday, March 12th, Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) will hold a St. Patrick’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 – and don’t forget to wear green!

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 disabilities.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Street Closure

For safety due to tree trimming, Avista will need to close the North Bound lane of Govt. Way @ Garden. This closure should happen Thursday the 11th of March at 7:00 am. The detour will send traffic East @ Garden, North on 1st, West on Foster and North on Govt. Way. This should be a one day closure.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Census Van Coming to Library March 16

The 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour is coming to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Tuesday, March 16, among other North Idaho stops next week.
The information van will be parked in the lower parking lot west of City Hall and a special program will be presented in the library Community Room from noon to 2 p.m.
The van is also scheduled to be at:
Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, 12:30-4 p.m., Friday, March 12.
Friendship Square, Moscow, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 15.
Post Falls City Hall, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Landscape Workshops Offered

Two landscape workshops have been planned for Friday, March 19th. They are designed for anyone who makes decisions about, or participates in, the maintenance of landscapes, from professional landscape contractors to church trustees.

“Pest Management and Prevention” will be held in the morning. It will be led by Ben Kappen, a Certified Arborist with Northwest Plant Health Care. Ben will cover the basic methodology for plant diagnostics, as well as responsible use of pesticides. Emphasis will be placed on an integrated approach to keeping plants healthy to prevent pest problems.

“Trees and Turf” will be presented in the afternoon by five local professionals giving a wide range of information. Topics will include: an overview of turf & tree needs that result in competition, creating and maintaining safe zones for trees, ground covers as an alternative to turf, irrigation zones and delivery methods, and suggested solutions to compaction problems.

Both workshops will be held at the Trailhead building at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. A $10 registration fee per workshop helps cover workshop costs. Besides instruction, attendees will receive related educational materials, snacks, and door prizes. Lunch will be served to those attending both workshops. Pesticide applicators credits and ISA Certified Arborist Continuing Education Units will be available.

The workshops are sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care education partnership working toward sustainable community forests.

Pre-registration is encouraged since there is limited room. A workshop brochure and registration form is available on-line at or call Katie at 208/415-0415.

For further information, please contact Karen Haskew, Urban Forester, City of Coeur d’Alene, at 208/769-2266.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ironman Supports Community Through Grants

Over the past seven years, World Triathlon Corporation, owner of Ford Ironman, has contributed more than nearly $200,000.00 to the Coeur d’Alene community, which is distributed to a variety of area organizations. Approximately $15,000.00 a year goes to volunteer groups that help at various aid stations throughout the bike/run course, as well as to others who volunteer during the Ironman Event.

The Ironman Community Fund also distributes $15,000.00 annually in grants. At the March 2nd City Council Meeting, individuals representing the following organizations received grants from the Ironman Community Fund: Jeff Wickham, Boy Scouts of American Camp Easton; Mike Darcy, City of Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department; Clark Campbell, Fernan Elementary; Suzanne Cano, City of Hayden Recreation Department; Angie Hannon, Hayden Meadows Elementary; Judi Owens, Mullan Trail Elementary; Jim Wyatt, Ponderosa Elementary; Sue Lauer, Post Falls School District 273 District Meet; Mary Knight, Prairie View Elementary; Nancy Lowry, Kroc Center; David Hirsch, Seltice Way Elementary; Angie Goucher, Specialized Needs Recreation Camp Allstars; and Steve Somers, West Ridge Elementary.

The following organizations were also awarded grants from the Ironman Community Fund this year: School District 271 District Meet, Coeur d’Alene Youth Triathlon, and Ramsey Elementary.

“The Ironman Community Fund is an exciting, vital component of the link that the World Triathlon Corporation has with the community,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem. “Through the fund, financial opportunities are provided to help those organizations that support youth sports activities.”

The fund placed a heavy emphasis on providing youth sports opportunities as a means of spreading goodwill to those people who are impacted by the race. For more information about the Ironman Community Fund, please contact Susan Weathers at 769-2231.

Tuesday, March 2, 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 information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, ID. More information about the library is available online at

Teens Invited to Submit 3-Minute Videos

North Idaho libraries are cooperating to give teens the opportunity to learn about filmmaking and to produce their own videos as part of the “3-minute teen film festival.”
Entry forms and rules are available at the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls libraries and at the branch libraries of the Kootenai Shoshone area libraries or can be downloaded at
Four workshops for teens on making better videos – with an emphasis on the short films of the kind seen on YouTube – have been scheduled:
Hayden Branch Library: 8385 N. Government Way, Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m. Call (208) 772-5612 to register.
Spirit Lake Branch Library: 32575 N. Fifth Ave., Saturday, March 13, 2 p.m. Call (208) 623-5353 to register.
Coeur d’Alene Public Library: 702 E. Front Ave., Thursday, March 18, 4 p.m. No preregistration required.
Post Falls Public Library: 821 Spokane St., Tuesday, March 30, 2 p.m. Call (208) 773-1506 to register.
Organizers are also planning to do a video of the workshop and post it on YouTube for those who can’t attend. A link to the video will be posted at the CIN website.
The film festival is open to participants in grades 7-12. The films can be made by individuals or teams, but must be written, directed, videoed, and edited by participants in the grade 7-12 age group.
The theme for the 2010 festival is “Earth in Focus.” The entries will be previewed by library staff and must be G- or PG- in language and subject. The videos are limited in length to three minutes, including the required title page and credits.
Obtain an entry form for complete rules.
The deadline to submit entries to the Coeur d’Alene, Hayden or Post Falls libraries is April 17. The participating libraries will then select videos to go on to be judged at the “3-minute teen film festival ‘Academy Awards Night’” at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Saturday, May 22.
For more information visit or call one of the participating libraries.
The libraries of the Cooperative Information Network share a computer catalog, circulation services and a common library card in order to provide patrons in North Idaho and eastern Washington with better and more convenient access to library services and materials.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Food for Fines Generates Quarter Ton of Donations

Coeur d’Alene Public Library patrons donated nearly a quarter ton of food for people and pets as part of the recent “Love Your Library: Food for Fines” project.
Patrons were given the opportunity to clear overdue fines by bringing in a donation of nonperishable food between Valentine’s
Day and Feb. 28. The amnesty did not apply to charges for lost or damaged items.
On Monday 487 pounds of food were delivered to the Community Action Partnership Food Bank and several items of pet food were given to the Kootenai Humane Society.
More information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library can be found online at

Town Hall Meeting to be Held March 6th

Legislators to Discuss 2010 Session

The City of Coeur d’Alene in partnership with the Panhandle Coalition will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting this Saturday, March 6th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in the Library Community Room, 702 E. Front Avenue.

North Idaho Senators John Goedde and Jim Hammond, and Representatives George Sayler, Frank Henderson, and Bob Nonini will be available to talk about and answer questions regarding this year’s legislative session. Other legislators have been invited as well. Everyone is welcome and the event will be broadcast on CdA TV Channel 19. For more information, please call 769-2204.