Friday, April 30, 2010

What's New at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library?

A video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library featuring David Townsend produced by Jeff Crowe for the City of Coeur d'Alene's CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of the Lake City. More news and information about the library is available at Kids who read suceed!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Free Comic Books at Cd’A Library May 1

Free comic books will be available at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., as part of Free Comic Book Day.
Comic books for children will be given away in the Seagraves Children’s Library and young adults 12-18 can get theirs in Teen Central at the library, noon to 4 p.m., while the supply lasts.
Comic books are considered an excellent approach to encouraging children and teens to read and enjoy exciting stories. The free distribution is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Certificates for a second free comic book from Lightning Comics in Coeur d’Alene will be given away at the library, too.Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/7692315. More news and information about the library is available online at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Currently Accepting Applications

The City of Coeur d'Alene is currently accepting applications for the following Temporary Seasonal positions:
  • Parks Grounds Maintenance Worker
  • Street Maintenance Worker
For applications and job information,  please visit our website at or call the human resources department at 769-2205.

City Set to Begin Spring Paint Striping

The city will commence spring, street striping on Monday, May 3, 2010 as weather permits. Street striping requires clean, dry streets and reasonably warm, ambient air temperatures. Now that all city arterials have been swept clean, and city crews have completed their equipment preparations and pre-marking of faded lines, work can begin.

Striping the city is a significant effort that requires the application of over 1,500 gallons of paint, together with nearly five tons of glass beads. This work will take about 12 days of good weather to accomplish. Striping is done only in the daytime when the weather is warm enough for the paint to dry quickly. Every effort is made to use a pilot car with warning signs to alert motorists. Citizens are asked to be watchful for painting operations throughout the city over the next few weeks and yield to painting operations to avoid wet paint.

For more information, please call 769-2233.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Missing Persons - Update

Coeur d’Alene Police detectives interviewed Neil and Connie Bigelow after they returned to the Coeur d’Alene residence of their grandchildren this morning. Neil stated they took a drive to the Hayden Creek area, and his vehicle became high-centered in the snow near the top of road 206. Neil said it was near dark, and he was not sure how far they were from Coeur d’Alene. They decided to wait out the night in the vehicle. Connie Bigelow sang songs with the children and helped them draw pictures.

At daybreak they were able to dig themselves out and drive back to Coeur d’Alene. Detectives reported the children are in good condition and happy to be home.

The Police Department shares in the relief that the family is home safe. Chief Wayne Longo reminded travelers to prepare for harsh conditions in the mountains this time of year. “There is still snow and mud on forest service roads. Travelers should prepare for emergencies and maintain emergency supplies in their vehicles at all times” said Longo. Travelers are also advised to notify a family member or friend of their destination in case they become lost or stranded.
The Police Department would like to thank Kootenai County Search and Rescue for their immediate response.

Update: Grandparents and Children Return Home Safe

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has confirmed Neil and Connie Bigelow and their three grandchildren have returned to the children’s Coeur d’Alene home. Detectives are in the process of interviewing the grandparents to determine where they and the children have been since 3:30pm yesterday. Please cancel the information on the missing family. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

Follow- up Information on Missing Children and Grandparents:

The children’s parents Jeffrey and Kelly Morgan believe it is possible Jeffrey’s parents took the children for a drive in the woods. Jeffrey suspects they may have had car trouble or an accident. He said his parents might have taken the children to the Bumblebee campground area at the Coeur d’Alene River. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department has been notified and is assisting in the search for the missing family.

Photos of the children and Neil and Connie Bigelow are attached to this release. Their descriptions are described as follows:

Colton Morgan- 13 years of age, 4’8, 86 lbs. blond hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing orange shorts, red short sleeve shirt under a black sweatshirt.

Hunter Morgan- 10 years of age, 4’6, 86 lbs. Blond hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a green short sleeve shirt under a black and white sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Gage Morgan- 5 years of age, 3’6, 46lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a two tone long sleeve shirt (unk. color) with camo colored pants, and a red coat.

Neil C. Bigelow- 70 years of age, 6’3, 220lbs, white hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a Indian pattern long sleeve shirt, and blue jeans.

Connie I. Bigelow- 67 years of age, 5’5, 200lbs, white hair, blue eyes, glasses, last seen wearing a green shirt and black pants.

Photos are posted here.

Anyone with information on the missing family is asked to call Coeur d’Alene Police at 208-769-2320.

Celebrate Arbor Day, May 1st, at Landings Park

Arbor Day Events Begin
April 26th

Coeur d’Alene will have a community-wide Arbor Day Celebration at The Landings Park on Saturday, May 1st. It will start with a pancake breakfast at the East Gazebo at 9:00 a.m. A ceremony and tree planting will be held at 9:45 a.m. There will also be a display of Arbor Day button and poster art, door prizes, tree care information, and free tree seedlings.

At the May 1st event, Coeur d’Alene will be presented with a Tree City USA award, as well as a Tree City “Growth” award. This will be the 26th consecutive year of Tree City USA recognition for the city. To qualify for the honor, a community must meet four criteria: having (1) a tree board or department; (2) a community tree care ordinance; (3) a comprehensive community forestry program; and (4) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Other Arbor Day events will be celebrated throughout the week of April 26th – May 1st. Every fourth-grade student in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts will be receiving tree seedlings. The seedlings were purchased with donations from the local timber industry and tree care companies. They will be individually packaged and tagged by Arbor Day volunteers on Monday, April 26th.

Along with the seedlings, the fourth-grade students will receive an Arbor Day button. The designer of this year’s button is Jacob Ohnemus, a sophomore at Coeur d’Alene High School, winner of the Arbor Day Button Art Contest.

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the city’s Parks Department will partner for Arbor Day activities on Wednesday, April 28th, during library story times. “Trees are Great!” will be presented for the preschool story times for ages 3-5 at 10:30-11:00 a.m., and again at 1:00-1:30 p.m. A school-aged program, “Trees: Nature’s Best Invention!” will be presented during a 4:00-5:00 p.m. program. Both programs will be in the Shirley Parker Storyroom in the Seagraves Children’s Library. Free tree seedlings will be available for children to take home to plant.

Friday, April 30th, is Idaho’s official Arbor Day. Master Gardeners will celebrate by giving out free tree seedlings at the Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Rathdrum, Post Falls, Spirit Lake, and Athol libraries. For more information, please contact Karen Haskew, Urban Forester, at 769-2266.

Missing Persons - Help Requested

On April 26th 2010 at 2:47 am Coeur d’Alene Police received a report of five missing people. Two grandparents Neil and Connie Bigelow of Deer Park WA. arrived in Coeur d’Alene at 3:30pm on Sunday April 25th and said they were taking their three grandchildren to the lake to skip rocks. They did not provide a specific location they were going to. The Bigelow’s and the children have not been heard from since.

The children are 13 yr. old Colton Morgan, 10 year old Hunter Morgan, and 5 year old Gage Morgan. Their parents are Jeffrey and Kelly Morgan of Coeur d’Alene. The Bigelow’s vehicle is described as a 2004 Dark blue Dodge Durango with Washington plates 367XTC.

Additional information with photos and clothing descriptions will be provided as soon as possible. Please broadcast the missing person’s information. Thank you.

ContactL Contact: Sgt. Christie Wood, (208) 769-2320

Friday, April 23, 2010

Here's What's Happening at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library!

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


511 Transit Adds North Idaho Community Express!

Idaho’s new 511 Transit System continues to grow! With the addition of North Idaho Community Express (NICE), bus riders can now track five (5) of Idaho’s fixed route providers via the online tool. Bus riders utilizing the NICE service from Couer d’ Alene to Sandpoint can easily track the progress of the bus along the route, identify stops, and check for potential delays or schedule changes prior to heading to catch the bus. “North Idaho Community Express is excited to be part of the new 511 Transit System. The online system will allow us to better serve those riders utilizing our service. We look forward to working with CTAI, ITD, and other providers to continue to improve transportation options for people living and traveling in our region and throughout Idaho,” said Helen Stephens, NICE Director. The new system, found at, made its debut in March of this year, with online schedule and route information for Citylink, START Bus, Pocatello Regional Transit and Northwestern Trailways. In the coming months, eight (8) additional providers will be added, including Valley Regional Transit, Treasure Valley Transit, City of Lewiston, Regional Public Transportation, Salt Lake Express, Targhee Regional Public Transit Authority and Mountain Rides Transit Authority. “511 Transit provides customers and providers a great opportunity to engage,” said Heather Wheeler of CTAI. “It also allows customers quick, easy access to information related to their daily transportation needs, while providing service providers the ability to improve the customer experience. At a higher level it demonstrates where we can improve coordination and efficiency in our existing system.”

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Coeur d’Alene Library 'Friends, Top 200

Facebook, other online services keep patrons informed
The Coeur d'Alene Public Library's friends just rose to 201 – not the “Friends of the Library” kind – the number of its fans on Facebook, the online social networking website.
The library has had a Facebook and Twitter presence for several months. The online sites are among the ways library patrons and fans can keep track of what is going on at the library.
“The library has had a website forever, of course,” said David Townsend, Library Communications Coordinator. “That’s our primary link with the community to provide news and access to online services for our patrons.”
Library Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon has linked the website – – to Facebook and Twitter so that when the library website’s news section is updated the Facebook and Twitter sites also receive updates. Videos about the library, produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV Channel 19, are uploaded to the Facebook page, too, and to the library’s YouTube account.
Patrons who have the free Facebook accounts can join the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Group and receive automatic updates.
Townsend’s library news releases and videos are also uploaded to, the official news blog for the City of Coeur d’Alene. Area residents can sign on to become followers of this blog to be notified of a variety of news items from the city’s departments.
“Another way to enhance your relationship with the library is to use your e-mail address,” Townsend said. “Anyone who wants to be on my list to receive news releases and other information electronically can just send an e-mail message to”
Your e-mail will not be shared with anyone else without your permission and you can ask to be removed from the list at anytime.
Townsend noted that this e-mail listing is not the same as including your e-mail address as part of your library card contact information. That e-mail can be used only for library circulation purposes – such as notifying you when a reserved book becomes available or when an item you have checked out is about to become due. Like other library records it is strictly confidential under Idaho law.
“However, we really encourage you to add your e-mail to your library card record. It is the most efficient way for us to communicate with you,” Townsend said. “And every time we can avoid using postage it saves the library money. It also saves paper, envelopes, printer toner and staff time. Over the course of a year that adds up to a substantial sum that could be used for other library resources.
“Besides, it is the earth-friendly thing to do. It keeps extra paper out of the landfill.”
More information is available by calling 208/769-2315.

Today's Bid Results

Today, the bids for Phase 2 of the CIPP (Cured In Place Piping) sewer rehabilitation project were opened with the following bids received:

Planned and Engineered Construction, Inc. $105,709.00
Insituform Technologies, Inc. $108,054.40

Bids are currently being reviewed by City staff to assure they are responsive to the bid specifications and they will be making their recommendation on awarding the bid at the May 4th City Council meeting.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wastewater Improvements on 7th Street

Traffic Delays Expected Until
May 5th

Wastewater crews are having an impact on traffic on 7th Street between Wallace and Indiana avenues and will for the next two weeks as crews work on sewer line replacement. Motorists traveling in this area can expect delays due to detours, and the closure of 7th Street for a short period of time, until May 5th.

Traffic signage will guide vehicles through the detours, but you may wish to take another route. For more information, please contact the Wastewater Department at 769-2281.

Join Us for Canfield Mountain Trail Building Project, April 24th-25th

The public is invited to come Saturday, April 24th, and Sunday, April 25th, at 8:30 a.m., to the Canfield Mountain Trails Park, located at 2305 E. Mountain Vista Drive.

The Canfield Mountain Trail Building Project was started three years ago by a Boy Scout as his Eagle Scout project. Future hiking trails were planned on the city-owned portion of Canfield Mountain and the brush was cleared for construction. The following two summers saw several more scout projects, and citizen groups, service organizations, and church groups come together to construct a total of one mile of trail to the park.

There is approximately ½-mile of trail left to build and the hope is that the trail will be completed this spring. Water will be provided and volunteers are bringing hot dogs and buns for lunch barbecues. Volunteers are asked to bring a Pulaski, Macleod, or a hard rake, but tools will be provided for those who cannot provide their own. Please wear pants, boots, gloves, and eye protection.

For more information, please contact Monte McCully, Trails Coordinator, 292-5766.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tree Talk at Library Storytimes April 28

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., and the city Parks Department will partner for Arbor Day activities on Wednesday, April 28, during library storytimes.
“Trees are Great!” will be presented for the Preschool storytimes for ages 3-5 at 10:30-11 a.m. and again at 1-1:30 p.m. A school-aged program – “Trees: Nature’s Best Invention!” will be presented during a 4-5 p.m. program.
Both programs will be in the Shirley Parker Storyroom in the Seagraves Children’s Library. Free tree seedling will be available for children to take home to plant.
More information is available at the Parks Department at 208/415-0415.
Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/7692315. More news and information about the library is available online at

Ordinary People

By Victoria Bruno, Project Coordinator

Like a lot of folks, Diane has a calendar. When she sees an event that catches her attention, she marks it down and is careful to get the date, time, and location correct. Just like you and me, she anticipates the event as the day approaches and starts to prepare for the occasion in small ways. Dancing is one of her favorite things to do.

Diane also likes going out to dinner. She plays bingo, goes bowling, and enjoys movie dates with friends. She writes all of these activities on her calendar, just like you and I do when we plan to attend a future event. What’s different about Diane’s calendar is that it takes up the better part of a wall. It’s the kind of calendar kept in most corporate or government offices. Many of the events Diane attends are ones that she had a hand in initiating and planning.

Diane participates in Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR), a program that operates in partnership with the City of Coeur d’Alene’s Recreation Department. SNR is funded by the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, and Rathdrum. It’s a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to people who have developmental disabilities.

As her sister Nanette Trimpe tells it, SNR gave Diane a whole new life. Diane had lived with her parents in the small town of Williamston, Michigan until her 40s. She had been employed for 25 years – first at a bank filing checks, and later at a dental company, stocking shelves and packaging materials. When the company moved out of state, there was nothing for Diane to do to fill her days. She spent most of her time alone.

First their Mom, and then their Dad, passed away, so Nanette moved Diane to Coeur d’Alene. Nanette and her husband were just ordinary family members, trying to cope with an extraordinary challenge – providing a home for a developmentally disabled, adult sibling. Losing her job, coping with the death of both of her parents, and then moving to Idaho, had all been quite a change for Diane.

Nanette found out about occupational opportunities for Diane by visiting with staff members at TESH, Inc., a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide opportunities to people of all ages seeking independence and participation in their community. It was through TESH that she found out about SNR.

“When I drove Diane to the first activity, she cried the whole way there,” said Nanette. “She didn’t know what awaited her and was terrified.” Nanette explained that Diane had been away from public interaction for so long that new social situations were frightening. “As soon as she met the staff and the participants, though, she was delighted!” Diane told Nanette that she liked the program and went again and again. “She has such a good time, and it’s a safe place for her to go,” says Nanette.

Specialized Needs Recreation provides a place for personal growth and opportunities for friendship. Like most of us, Diane responds positively to interpersonal relationships. And, like many family members who have a child or family member with special needs, Nanette voices a common sentiment: “With SNR, I’m not her only social outlet. In fact, Diane is now living with a friend she met through the program.” When Diane joined SNR, Nanette says the change in her sister was nothing short of miraculous. “It was as if she came back to life,” she explains. “She has friends. She looks forward to doing things. She’s happy to live her life again.”

For information about SNR, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

'Big Trouble' Brewing for Library Book Club

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 “Big Trouble,” the April book selection for the Pageturners Library Book Club.
Copies of the book are available at the Research and Information Desk of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Mullan Ave. The Pageturners discussion will be at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, in the Community Room.
In “Big Trouble” Pulitzer-Prize winning author J. Anthony Lukas looks at the social tapestry of Idaho and the nation at the turn of the century and puts this sensational murder in context.
This 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 himself came to Boise as the lawyer for the defense at the trial which drew national interest.
Although the book is over 800 pages long, the discussion will focus on four chapters for a total of 200 pages.
The Pageturners Library Book Club is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Twenty copies of each book selection are made available for the club. Following its discussion the books are collected in special bundles along with discussion material and are made available for other book clubs to check out.
For a complete schedule of the Pageturners discussion visit the library website at about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Teens Will Get 'Exclusive' Access

For many things in life there’s not much advantage to being a teenager. The Coeur d’Alene Public Library wants to change that.
On Saturday, April 17, 5-8 p.m. teens will have exclusive use of the library as part of the local observance of national Library Week.
“Exclusively for Teens” will offer other things that adults and children can get during the week. Kids in grades 7-12 can come to the Community Room to enjoy free pizza and karaoke with professional KJ Todd Alexander. The event will feature free door prizes such as tasty treats from the Coeur d’Alene Resort, gift cards and novelty items.
Check-out services will be available during the event.
The library is normally closed after 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For this special activity participants are asked to use the library’s lower entrance. Parking is available on the McEuen Field side of City Hall.
April 17 is also the deadline for entries in the “3-minute teen film festival.” Entry forms are available at the library or by download at
Also on Saturday the library will host a free kite building workshop beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Participants are then invited to fly their kites in McEuen to the music of the Taiko Drums of Spokane, a Japanese-style drumming group.
Also as part of National Library Week, the library has introduced the “Virtual Book Club.” Copies of the books, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” a novel by Garth Stein, or “The Big Burn,” by Jeanette Ingold are still available to check out. Ingold is participating in the book discussion which can be accessed through the library’s website.
“Exclusively for Teens” is sponsored by The Friends of the Library, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Fred Meyer, Donut House, Garlic Jims Gourmet Pizza and Karaoke Jockey Todd Alexander.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Monday, April 12, 2010

Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners Announced

The Coeur d’Alene Parks Department announces the winners for the Arbor Day Poster contest:

1st Place: Haley Gordon, Ramsey Elementary

2nd Place: Ella Kay Erwin, Sorensen Elementary

3rd Place: Mallory Lunceford, Ramsey Elementary

Congratulations also to school winners: Norah Garrett, Borah Elementary; Kyndra Cropper, Bryan Elementary; Katie Paul, Skyway Elementary; and Lily Hope Bennett, Winton Elementary.

Six schools participated, submitting 142 entries. The Arbor Day Poster contest encourages students to learn about the importance of trees. Fifth-grade students created posters with the theme “Trees are Terrific and Energy Wise,” which is designed to increase their understanding of how trees produce and conserve energy.

For their hard work, contest winners will receive t-shirts with their art printed on them. In addition, the top three will receive trophies. Awards will be presented at the Arbor Day Celebration, May 1st, at The Landings Park. The event starts at 9:00 a.m., with a free pancake breakfast. The official ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. For directions to the Landings Park or for more information on the Arbor Day Celebration, please contact the Parks Department at 415-0415 or 769-2266.

All of the winning posters have been entered to compete in the state contest. There are great prizes at the state level including savings bonds and funds for teachers. The winner at the state level then competes in the National Arbor Day poster contest and that winner is awarded a $1,000 savings bond. There have already been two, national winners from Idaho.

Thanks go to Parker Toyota for sponsoring local prizes for the Arbor Day Poster contest. Thanks also to the Urban Forestry Committee and Arbor Day Committee for judging. For more information, please contact Katie Kosanke, Urban Forestry Assistant, 415-0415.

(First Place Winner, Haley Gordon's Poster, shown)

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Spring Fling Dance This Friday!

On Friday, April 16, 2010, Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) will hold a Spring Fling Dance at Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls (2478 East Poleline), from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

There will be $5.00 entry fee per person, snacks will be provided, prizes awarded, and a D.J. will be present. If you have any questions about the spring fling dance, want to volunteer, or would like more information about SNR’s programs, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit the SNR website at

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

Here's What's Happening at the Library

Happy National Library Week! Here a video of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meeting and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. More news and information about the library is available online at

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cd'A Crime Statistics

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department Crime Analysis Division provides end of year stats on our website at These statistics reflect an overall decrease in serious crime within the City of Coeur d’Alene. However certain types of crime have increased. In 2009 calls for service remained near the same number of calls for 2008 at 39,543.

Many categories of crime decreased significantly in 2009. Coeur d’Alene continues to be a safe community with active neighborhood watch groups. People crime such as rape, sex offenses, and assaults decreased in 2009. Overall Drug arrests also decreased. DUI arrests have decreased 21% in 2008 from 658 to 518 in 2009.

In 2008, 948 vehicle accidents were reported. That number dropped by 22% to 737 in 2009. Chief Longo believes the continued effort of education and enforcement by our traffic team played a role in the decrease as evident in his statement of “The Coeur d’Alene Police Department remains committed to our goal of zero traffic fatalities in our city. To achieve this it requires a combined effort of education and enforcement. We utilize highway safety grants to schedule emphasis patrols in the high crash areas of the city’s road ways and highways. Emphasis patrols are always in partnership with Kootenai County Sheriffs Department and the Idaho State Police to insure high visibility enforcement efforts”.

Increased areas of crime included robberies that increased from 19 in 2008 to 27 in 2009. These robberies included banks, pharmacies, and latte stands, as well as personal attacks. Property crime increased in several areas. Vehicle theft rose from 62 in 2008 to 85 in 2009. Larceny rose from 936 in 2008 to 1296 in 2009 and Forgery/Fraud rose from 225 in 2008 to 265 in 2009.

Chief Longo shared his thoughts of crime trends for 2009 in his statement of “Over the past year the Kootenai County area and the City of Coeur d’Alene experienced a number of armed robberies targeting pharmacies and retail businesses. Several arrests were made through the combined efforts of area law enforcement agencies. Our pro-active approach in scheduling prescription medication turn in is on-going and we hope is reducing some of those medications from being diverted to illegal use and sale. To counter this and other crime issues the department has utilized has emphasized a combined law enforcement effort with our partners as well as the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force to target those suspects that are frequently targeting our citizens”.

The Police Department has also been proactive in the distribution of informational brochures also available on our web site, as well as presentations to various groups to emphasize personal and business safety.

Chief Longo recently adopted to our website to enable citizens to research crime occurrences in their neighborhood. This is a useful tool in combating crime through awareness.

To report a crime contact Coeur d’Alene Police at 769-2320, the Tip Line at 769-2296 or visit our email

Additional information on our website includes year to year calls for service charts and our 2009 Annual Report that provides an overview of police activities.

For more information: Sergeant Christie Wood, Public Information Officer, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, 769-2320.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Arbor Day Button Art Winners Announced

The local Arbor Day Committee has announced the winners of an art contest to design a button for Arbor Day distribution. Lewis Ohnemus, a student at Coeur d’Alene High School, designed the winning artwork. The second place winner is Tiana Simmons of Coeur d’Alene High School, and third place is Matthew MacKinney of the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy.

Lewis Ohnemus’ design will be featured on a button that will be distributed along with tree seedlings to 1,700 fourth-grade students the week of April 26th – 30th. The buttons will also be available to the public at various local Arbor Day events.

The annual button art contest is open to middle school and high school students who live within the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts. The local Arbor Day Committee narrowed down over 100 pieces of submitted artwork to eight finalists. The final judging was then done by the real experts – three classrooms of fourth-grade students. As the winner, Lewis Ohnemus will receive a check for $75, a t-shirt featuring his artwork, and a supply of Arbor Day buttons to give to family and friends.

The art of Tiana Simmons of Coeur d’Alene High School was selected as the second-place winner. Tiana will receive a check for $50 and buttons made from her art work. Matthew MacKinney of the Charter Academy, the third-place winner, will receive $25 and buttons. The other artists who made it to the finals will also receive buttons featuring their own artwork. They are Kadie Blank and Chelsea Averna of Lake City High School, Breanna Tripler of New Vision High School, and Jordan Tomten, Michael Camerino, and Amanda Russo from Coeur d’Alene High School.

Artists from five schools participated in the Arbor Day Button Art contest. The top entry from Canfield Middle School was Christine Russell.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners and button art entries will be on display at the Coeur d’Alene Arbor Day Celebration on May 1st. The celebration starts at 9:00 a.m. at The Landings Park. The winning art will also be featured on the public bulletin boards of local cable public access channels in April and May.

Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday celebrated both nationally and internationally. Idaho’s Arbor Day is the last Friday in April – April 30th this year. 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. Community volunteers individually package and tag the trees.

An electronic copy of the winning art is available from

For further information, please call Karen Haskew, Coeur d’Alene Parks Department 769-2266, or John Schwandt, U.S. Forest Service 765-7415.

Turn in Old Medications at CHS Fair, April 10th

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department, the city’s Enough is Enough Committee, and Idaho Drug Free Youth (IDFY) are sponsoring a “Prescription Drug Turn-in Day” as part of the Coeur d’Alene School District’s Safety Fair, on April 10th, at the Coeur d’Alene High School Commons. The Prescription Drug Turn-In will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. It’s the fourth year for the Safety Fair with numerous other agencies and groups represented, including a free “shred-your-documents” service.

School Resource Officers (SROs) and School District 271 administrators have reported increased cases of students accessing prescription medications that belong to a family member and selling or abusing them at school. The risk is that individuals may use medications that are not prescribed for them. Use of outdated medications is equally dangerous. The most common medications sold or distributed are narcotics such as oxycontin and vicodin. Prescription and over-the-counter cold remedies, as well as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, are also passed on to other students.

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

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

CdA Police will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to receive and destroy outdated or unused prescription medication. Sharpies will be provided for the public to mark out any personal information on the prescription bottle. Chief Longo encourages the public to turn in unused prescription medications. For more information, please call 769-2320.

Friday, April 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 offers live and recorded coverage of City Councial and other public meetings and information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene for more library news visit

Current Accepting Applications . . .

The City of Coeur d'Alene is currently accepting applications for:
  • Attorney - Application initial review deadline is April 16, 2010
  • Temporary Seasonal Positions:
    • Parks Ground Maintenance Worker
    • Street Maintenance Worker
    • Water Laborer
For applications and job information, please visit our website at, or call the Human Resources Department at 769-2205.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Crime Stoppers Offers Reward

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Scott Anthony Osborne. Osborne is wanted for a felony warrant in connection of two church burglaries that occurred on October 22, 2009. The burglaries of St. Thomas Church and First Christian Church captured Osborne on security cameras while committing the crimes.

Osborne is described as a white male, 39 years of age, 5’11", 200 lbs., hazel eyes, short brown hair, and possibly some facial hair. A current photo is attached to this release.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Scott Anthony Osborne is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest at 667-2111, or toll free at 888-667-2111. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.