Friday, May 28, 2010

‘Songs of Idaho’ at Library June 3

Have you ever heard the tune, “Long Way from Bonners Ferry,” or “Fire of 1910,” or how about, “Are They Going to Hang My Poppa?”
These and other songs will be performed Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Gary Eller will perform as part of his free program “Historically Based Songs of Idaho.”
Eller has played American roots music since he grew up in rural West Virginia. Following a 30-year career as a nuclear scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, he retired to Nampa and immediately became deeply involved in Idaho history and music.
With funding from the Idaho Humanities Council in 2007 and 2008, he compiled almost 200 historically rooted songs of our region and performs them at many events throughout Idaho.
Eller works closely with regional museums and universities to collect, archive, and bring to life through performance and interpretation the wonderful windows into Idaho’s heritage that these songs present.
This presentation is funded by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is supported locally by the Friends of the Library.
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

Davis Family Donation

Vickie Davis and her family gather around the memorial rock that honors the memory of her late husband, Dick Davis, outside the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Mrs. Davis, who lives in the new Parkside condominiums on Front Avenue, recently made a $5,000 contribution to the Library Foundation in support of its mission to provide excellence in programs and services for the community. Family members shown include (left to right, front row) Edith Emerson (Dick’s mother), Chelia and Rafe Rector; (back row) Jenn and Travis Nielsen, Blaine Rector, Davis Rector, Rob Rector, Deanna Rector, and Vickie Davis with Napoleon and Wicket, her dogs.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

City Hall Closed for Memorial Day

This Monday, May 31st, City Hall will be closed in honor of Memorial Day. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Streets, and Fire can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Tuesday, June 1st at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Adopt-A-Street Program Approaches Ten Years of Tidiness

Authorized by the City Council in June 2000, the Adopt-a-Street Program was intended primarily for the city’s more rural streets (e.g., Atlas, Kathleen, North 15th, etc.). The program is a partnership between the city and the citizen who adopts the street. The “adopting” individual, family, or group picks up the trash, while the city provides signage, vests, and orange litter-bags. The city also collects the bags the next working day after they have been filled.

For each Adopt-a-Street group, the city asks that a leader is chosen. That person is responsible for each participant’s “Hold Harmless” Agreement. In addition, the leader schedules and announces the litter pick-up outings, makes sure that a minimum number of participants are available to complete the task, and also receives and stores the group’s safety vests and the trash bags provided by the Street Maintenance Department. Once litter pick-up outings are completed, the leader calls the department to collect the filled, trash bags.

Adopt-a-Street volunteers are encouraged to patrol their areas a minimum of two times per year. Shared areas are coordinated by leaders to increase the frequency of garbage pick up to meet the needs of their adopted street.

Special thanks go to all Adopt-a-Street volunteers, past and present, for their service. For more information about the Adopt-A-Street Program, please call 769-2235.

Monday, May 24, 2010

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

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “Summer Break” Day Camp, June 14th through August 20th at 1323 Sherman Avenue, Suite E, in Coeur d’Alene. Camp is filled with six (6) hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. The day camp is provided for young people, ages 4 to 21, who have special needs.

Camp is Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., for 10 weeks during the summer. The cost is $12.00 per day and there are some scholarships available if you qualify. They are dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation is provided from the Trading Company in Post Falls for Post Falls/Rathdrum participants, if needed. Morning pick-ups will be at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon drop-offs will be at 3:30 p.m. Coeur d’Alene participants will meet at the SNR facility from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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

If you would like more information about Camp All-Stars or if you would like to register your child, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781.

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

Specialized Needs Recreation Awarded $500 Grant from Idaho Community Foundation

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) received a grant of $500.00 from the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) to be used for their Camp All-Stars program for young people, ages 4-21. The grantor for this gift was the Archie B. Teater Fund for Children with Disabilities.

The ICF is a statewide non-profit organization composed of over 400 different funds, an asset total of almost $66 million, and a distribution record of more than $35 million for programs and projects. The ICF encourages citizens to join as members to help support the statewide philanthropic outreach mission. To learn more about the Foundation or join as a member, visit ICF’s website at

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who may have difficulties participating in other programs due to disabilities or physical, mental, or emotional challenges.

If you would like more information about SNR call Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit the website at

Saturday, May 22, 2010

2010 Writers Competition Winners Recognized

Writers Competition winners, left to right, back row, Nona C. Babcock, Ernest Ewing, Holly Ann Cooley–Nelson, Tina Rodeen, Kenneth A. Green, Braden James Heiner, Bethany M. Harryman, Kaye Thornbrugh, third row, Priscilla Ruth Cotton, Jessica T. Fox, Elizabeth Rognaldson, Austin A. Petellin, Abbie Hochberger, Jordyn Nichelle McCracken, Emma Ployhar, Lauren Taylor Foley, second row, Garrett Oetkin, Sydney Madsen, Hannah Rose Daniels, Katy Gribbin, Megan Schlaefer, Mollie Haman, Ashley Bennett, Marion Rognaldson, front row, Jessica Gates, Kate DuCoeur, Carolyn P. Fish, Toriana Wilson,. Not pictured: Marge Huntington, Emily Christensen and Jillian Joy Hoffman.

The winners of the 2010 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were recognized Saturday, May 22, during a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
The competition is in its 22nd year. The program was begun by former Library Director Julie Meier with the goal of encouraging excellence in writing and “to discover great writers living among us."
Writers submit fiction and nonfiction entries of 2,000 words or less in age groups ranging from 6 years to adult.
Cash prizes were first awarded by Hecla Mining Co. and more recently have been provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club. Prizes include $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. In case of matching scores, duplicate prizes of the full amount are awarded. Based on scores, first-place prizes may not be awarded in every category and age group.
The entries are judged each year by volunteers who include published authors, journalists, editors and writing educators.
The winners and their entries are:
6–8 Fiction: First, Carolyn P. Fish, Worley, “The Fairies” – Second (tie) Kate DuCoeur, Coeur d’Alene, “Can We Go?” – Second (tie), Toriana Wilson, Coeur d’Alene, “Fairy Problems” – Third, Jessica Gates, Hayden, “Little Pond Frog.”
9–11 Fiction: First, Hannah Rose Daniels, Hayden, “Fantasticalia” – Second, Sydney Madsen, Coeur d’Alene, “The Start of Golden Hills” – Third, Lauren Taylor Foley, Coeur d’Alene, “In the Eye of the Storm”
12–14 Fiction: First (tie), $100, Jordyn Nichelle McCracken, Coeur d’Alene, “Leslie and the Lorax” – First (tie), Emma Ployhar, Coeur d’Alene, “The Real Treasure Down Under” – Second, Abbie Hochberger, Dalton Gardens, “A Matter of Trust” – Third, Jillian Joy Hoffman, Hayden, “My Angel.”
15–18 Fiction: First, Kaye Thornbrugh, Hayden, “Tardy Party: A Happy Accident” – Second, Bethany M. Harryman, Athol, “Fire Flight” – Third, Braden James Heiner, Hayden, “Phone Call”
19–Plus Fiction: First, Tina Rodeen, Spokane, “What Happens to Him?” - Second, Holly Ann Cooley–Nelson, Coeur d’Alene, “The Bracelets” – Third (tie), Nona C. Babcock, Clinton, Mont., “The Bug–B–Cue” – Third (tie) Ernest Ewing, Hayden Lake, “Real Friends.”
6–8 Nonfiction: First, Marion Rognaldson, Worley, “Max and I” – Second, Ashley Bennett, Hayden, “Black Eared Mouse” – Third, Mollie Haman, Dalton Gardens, “The Water Slide.”
9–11 Nonfiction: First, Garrett Oetkin, Coeur d’Alene, “The Boy Who Could Fly” – Second, Megan Schlaefer, Post Falls, “My Trip to Las Vegas.” – Third, Katy Gribbin, Post Falls, “Facts About Three Animals.”
12–14 Nonfiction: First, Austin A. Petellin, Dalton Gardens, “Vacation” – Second, Jillian Joy Hoffman, Hayden, “The Coward”– Third, Emily Christensen, Post Falls, “A Remarkable Companionship.”
15–18 Nonfiction: Second (tie), Jessica T. Fox, Rathdrum, “Homelessness in America”– Second (tie), Elizabeth Rognaldson, Worley, “A Christian Perspective on Prayer In Public School” – Third, Priscilla Ruth Cotton, Moscow, “Idaho’s Unique Features.”
19–Plus Nonfiction: Second, Kenneth A. Green, Coeur d’Alene, “Execution” – Third, Marge Huntington, Spokane Valley, “Downtown.”

More news and information about the library is available online at

Friday, May 21, 2010

Justice Assistance Grant Application

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has applied for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Solicitation. This is a formula disparate grant that allows law enforcement funds to improve programs or technologies within set criteria. This year’s allocations are $76,084 for Coeur d’Alene Police Department and $33,454 for Kootenai County for a total of $109,538. The funding does not require a match and will not be used to acquire additional personnel. The funds will be used to further the Police Department’s radio upgrades to obtain federal P25 compliance, which is the use of narrowband frequencies. The grant will be administered by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and an MOU is being created between the two governments. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has identified their own technological improvements and will be using their funds to accomplish this task. The grant will be formally submitted on June 25, 2010 with the deadline being June 30, 2010. The reason was to ensure the information was put out publicly for thirty days prior to submission. For more infromation contact Sgt. Bill Tilson at 769-2320.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

'Academy Awards' Saturday for Teen Videos

The “Academy Awards” ceremony for the “3-Minute Teen Film Festival” will be Saturday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Earlier this spring area teens in Grades 7-12 were invited to submit videos for the festival to participating libraries – Coeur d’Alene, the Hayden Branch Library and the Post Falls Public Library.
The videos were created using the theme, “Earth in Focus.”
Saturdays program will include a screening of all the videos accepted for the competition as well as some examples of teen videos from other parts of the country. A panel of judges will select the top three entries.
Winners will receive cash prizes of $100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third. The first-place winners will also receive recognition on the Film Festival Traveling Trophy that will be displayed at the winner’s library for the next year.
Refreshments will be provided.
The “3-Minute Film Teen Film Festival” has been funded by the participating libraries and their Friends of the Library organizations.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


On Thursday, May 13th, Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPU) presented Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) with the Agency of the Year Award. The award was presented at their annual banquet in Boise, Idaho. Angie Goucher represented SNR at the event and received the award. The mission of IPU is to support, empower, educate, advocate, and enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families. SNR was recognized for the superior job it does in providing recreation opportunities for our citizens with disabilities and the support it provides to families. This is the 2nd major award our SNR Program has received this year.

Grant Awarded

The City of Coeur d’Alene received a grant award of $133,512.00 from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to perform public tree maintenance work. It is one of four communities in Kootenai and Bonner counties to receive funds. ARRA funding will save abutting property owners the maintenance costs for trees in greatest need of pruning or removal. However, abutting property owners will still be responsible for planting replacements for street trees that are removed. Please direct questions to Karen Haskew at 769-2266.

Library Closed for Memorial Holiday

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal hours resume, Tuesday, June 1, at 10 a.m.
Patrons can access the library's databases for newspaper and magazine back issues, automotive repair manuels, on-line reference materials, travel guides and a variety of other information when the library is closed. Call or visit the library during open hours for the users names and passwords needed to use the databases.
The library's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays; and noon to 4 p.m. on Staurday and Sunday.
For information call 208/769-2315. The library's website is at

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Update to Last Night's Robberies

Coeur d’Alene Police officers detained two males suspected in the robberies that occurred overnight at Piggy’s Deli at 8:00 pm, the Taj convenience store at 12:00am, and Walgreens at 4:35am. Patrol officers located a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used in the robberies (a red or maroon Nissan sedan with Idaho plates starting with 4C) in the area of the LaQuinta Inn shortly after the third robbery at Walgreens. The two suspects were in the vehicle when officers approached it.

Detectives interviewed the suspects and have determined they were involved in the robberies. Arrested and charged with three counts of robbery is Stephen J. Beck, 23 years of age, and a transient, and Michael D. Frank, 20 years of age from Coeur d’Alene.

Citizen Input Invited

The City of Coeur d’Alene has drafted its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) in review of its Plan Year 2009 use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The draft Annual CAPER is available for review and comment for a comment period of 15 days, May 15 – May 31, 2010. The draft document is available for review at and at City Hall, 710 Mullan Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 83814.

Written comments will be accepted beginning May 15, 2010 through May 31, 2010. Written comments should be submitted to Renata McLeod, 208-666-5741, City Hall, 710 Mullan Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Specialized Needs Recreation Hosts Saturday Talent Show

Please join Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) this Saturday for their 8th Annual “Shining Stars” Talent Show, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. If you would like to spend a night filled with fun and pure entertainment, please come to see “Puttin’ on the Ritz!” There are 40 individuals in the show this year and they have been practicing for months for this special night. Help them celebrate success and see them shine!

The doors open at 5:00 p.m. because SNR will be selling hot dogs, chips, cookies, and popcorn. Come view the Silent Auction items and all of the raffle baskets, too!

The talent show and fundraiser will be held at Real Life Ministries, 1866 North Cecil Road in Post Falls. The entry fee is $5.00 and raffle tickets can be purchased separately at the door. You need not be present to win the baskets.

SNR will be raffling off more than 20 wonderful, themed baskets such as Couples, Women’s, Men’s, and Family baskets. Quite a few miscellaneous baskets will also be raffled, as well as Silent Auction items. Many terrific donations have been given to create these baskets by SNR parents and businesses in the community.

SNR is still in need of volunteers for this event. If you are interested in helping out at the talent show or with decorating and/or tearing down, or if you would like more information about SNR and the programs it provides, contact Angie Goucher, SNR Executive Director at 755-6781.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to youth and adults who have developmental or physical disabilities. Please visit our website

Monday, May 10, 2010

Summer Street Maintenance 2010

City Takes Pride in its Roads

By Tim Martin, Street Superintendent

Summer projects begin in May – but how do they all get completed?

My response is that the City of Coeur d’Alene has very talented, dedicated people in both the Street Maintenance and Engineering departments. What is the trick to keeping our streets in good shape? The one-word answer is simple: resources. City Council members have repeatedly, year after year, affirmed street maintenance and safety as one of their top priorities during annual budget retreats. Many of our arterials, such as 4th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Kathleen, Best Avenue, Northwest Boulevard, Ramsey Road from Appleway to Prairie Avenue, and Government Way from Harrison to Dalton Avenue, have seen a series of improvements such as stormwater retention, curb and gutter additions, and street widening, over the last seven to nine years. Last year, the S-curve on Kathleen Avenue was straightened and resurfaced where it intersects the Prairie Trail. A traffic signal and a crosswalk were included in that reconstruction project.

This summer, the main focus for overlay will be the asphalt paving of three streets that have a gravel surface: Mary Lane (off 15th Street); and 12th and 13th streets (between Steiner and Gilbert). Another exciting project to start this summer is the extension of Marie Avenue to Ramsey Road. This will connect Marie Avenue to the Howard/Neider corridor.

With the summer repair and patching season approaching, Street Maintenance Department crews will focus on major streets. Crews will initially concentrate on the following areas:
• Kathleen Avenue (East of Government Way)
• 15th Street (Sherman to Dalton)
• Ironwood Drive (US 95 to Government Way)
• Hanley Avenue (Courcelles Parkway to US 95)
• Atlas Road
• Sherman Avenue

Many other streets in addition to these will be repaired later this summer. For example, crews will begin striping, painting crosswalks, and refurbishing sidewalks to meet ADA compliance guidelines. The second year of the five-year ADA Sidewalk Hazard Abatement Program will take place on the west side of Government Way (from Harrison to Northwest Boulevard), and on Lakeside Avenue (from 8th Street to 15th Street). Weekly project progress reports will also be on the Street Maintenance website.

Please remember that road maintenance work is demanding and dangerous. We’ll do the best job possible to alert motorists to our work zones. Detailed, traffic impact reports are provided daily to radio KVNI 1080 AM regarding street/lane closures or delays. We ask for the public's patience – please also obey work zone signage and be extra cautious in our work areas. In return, we promise to do our best to ensure your safety and to not unnecessarily delay you.

For information, please call 769-2233, listen to KVNI, or visit

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bike to Work Week 2010

May 17th thru May 21st is National Bike to Work Week. If you’re interested in easing congestion, dropping some pounds, and saving money on gas then Bike to Work Week is a great way to begin. Here is a video produced by CDATV’s Jeff Crowe. Visit for more information on Bike to Work Week events and to sign up for the Corporate Challenge.


Check Out These Activities at the Library

Even ducks know the fun is happening at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. Here's video update 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 Make a splash at the library this summer!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Library Use Figures Show Dramatic Jump

Whether fueled by economic need or attracted by access to library Internet computers the use of public libraries is up across the country and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is no exception.
Use statistics for the first seven months of the current fiscal year – Oct. 1, 2009, to the end of April 2010 – reflect figures that are up in nearly every category compared to a year ago.
The seven-month door count by the end of April was 147,606 people, up 19 percent compared to Oct. 1, 2008, to April 30, 2009, when 123,914 people entered the library. The door count is generated by electronic sensors at the entrance to the adult library area and the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level.
The counters don’t register people who are only using the libraries three meeting rooms. But the those numbers are also up. The meeting rooms were reserved and used 523 times over the seven-month period compared to 469 times for the earlier period or an increase of 12 percent.
In a related figure 9,874 adults and children attended programs at the library compared to attendance of 6,735 for the same period last year, an increase of 47 percent.
According to Library Director Bette Ammon the increase in local library use is related to the same reasons library use is increasing in nearly every part of the United States. For example, a recent study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said that nearly one-third of all Americans visited a library in 2009 to use a computer.
“Especially as a result of the changing economy we are seeing many patrons coming to the library to conduct job searches, to research jobless benefits and to apply for jobs using the computers,” Ammon said. “Almost all companies are using online job applications to fill even local positions.”
She noted that in hard economic times, people look to libraries for the free use of things they had previously paid for – books, music CDs, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and videos.
And while library use is up across the board many communities have had reduced public spending for libraries as tax revenues declined.
“We have been more fortunate in Coeur d’Alene than in other communities,” Ammon said, “but even here we have had to cut back in response to the need for a tighter city budget.”
Other comparative figures in the report – first seven months of FY 2009-2010 compared to the same period in FY 2008-2009 – indicate:
► Items loaned Through the Cooperative Information Network (CIN) (North Idaho and eastern Washington libraries sharing a library cards and circulation services): 6,878 compared to 4,746, up 45 percent.
► Items Borrowed Through CIN: 6,226 compared to 4,218, up 48 percent.
► Materials Circulated (items checked out): 108,810 compared to 98,549, up 10 percent.
► Overall Circulation (includes computer usage, reference questions and other types of services): 307,575 compared to 298,154, up 3 percent.
► Holds Filled (reservations placed on library items): 10,246 compared to 6.833, up 50 percent.
► Self-Check Items (patrons scanned items to check them out without staff assistance): 45,606 compared to 39,937, up 23 percent.More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at

Committee Offers Special Dialogue on Homelessness

The Committee on the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Kootenai County has invited members of the faith community to attend a special meeting Friday, May 21, 7:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
“Churches are on the front lines of this issue and we want to hear about the challenges they are facing and to hear their ideas about solving the problem,” said Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Mike Kennedy who chairs the committee. “We also want to provide the latest statistics about homelessness in Kootenai County and to share information about the resources available to churches when they are contacted by people in need of help.”
The committee was formed in 2008 and is made up of representatives from private groups and public agencies that provide services to the homeless population and to residents who are at risk of becoming homeless.
“Our goal is not to create a new level of government in response to homelessness but to do more with the public and private resources at our disposal,” Kennedy said. “By communicating and working together we can eliminate duplication of efforts.”
He said that the committee’s goal is to move beyond simply providing temporary relief to the homeless and to find ways to put people and families in permanent housing with the assurance that they can sustain themselves as fully participating citizens in our communities.
The meeting on May 21 will include informational exhibits by service providers, a presentation on the most recent data collected on homelessness in our county and an active dialogue with member of the faith community.
Any church or other group planning to send a representative to the meeting is asked to RSVP by contacting Amy Fergusson at Coeur d’Alene City Hall, at 208/666-5754. Service providers interested in sharing information with an exhibit at the meeting can contact David Townsend at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Make a Splash at the Library!

Apparently people aren’t the only ones who appreciate public art. This pair of ducks enjoyed the water feature at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Wednesday. “Horizons,” by artist Mark Stasz was installed in 2007 when the library opened. The ducks may have arrived early for the Summer Reading Program at the library. The youth theme this year is “Make a Splash.” The theme for teens is “Make Waves at the Library.” Summer Reading begins in June. Contact the Seagraves Children’s Library at 208/769-2315 Ext. 438 for more information or visit the library website at

Utility Work

The Wastewater Department will be working on 12th St. between Mullan and Front. 12th St. will be closed to through traffic for a short period of time during this project. (Exception Emergency vehicles). Anticipated completion is end of day Friday, 5/7/10.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

History of Basques in Idaho at Library May 27

The changing perspective of Idaho’s Basque-heritage citizens toward their culture is part of a program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave, by history professor John Bieter, Thursday, May 27, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
John Bieter
This free audio-visual presentation on the history of the Basques in Idaho is built around a Basque application of Marcus L. Hansen’s “Law of Third Generation Return.” It states, in short, what the son wishes to forget, the grandson wishes to remember.
Bieter focuses on each of these generations and the organizations that they established, and what they felt they needed at that time in Idaho. While many may know about the Basques in shepherding, Bieter’s generational research offers a fresh perspective.
He first examines the immigrant generation (from 1890 until the early 1920’s), then focuses on the Basque-American generation (from the 1920’s until about 1949), and finally looks at the American-Basque generation (from about 1950 to the present). Each generation has a different perspective to their culture and a different experience in Idaho.
Bieter graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Social Science and a concentration in Economics. He completed his Masters degree at Boise State University and his thesis was published as “An Enduring Legacy: A History of the Basques in Idaho.” He earned his doctoral degree from Boston College where he focused his research and teaching interests on Immigration and Ethnicity, the American West, and American Catholicism.
Currently Bieter serves as an advisor for pre-service educators in the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and as Director of the Center for Basque Studies. He is associate professor in the history department as well.
This presentation is funded by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at

Monday, May 3, 2010

‘Raising Lucy’ Program at Library May 12

Local children’s author and illustrator Carol Muzik will be at the Coeur d’ Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Wednesday, May 12 to share her story, “Raising Lucy” with the preschool and after-school programs.
The Preschool Storytimes are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. During the hourlong after-school program, “The Lonely Books Club,” at 4 p.m. Muzik will read her new book to the children and show a short film. (Children need not have attended a previous “Lonely Books Club” program to attend and registration is not required.)
All participating children will receive pages from the coloring storybook, along with an informational handout, and a bookmark.
Inspired by the orphaned goose they raised and successfully returned to the wild Muzik has been sharing Lucy’s story through her photography, video, coloring book and now a full-color picture book she illustrated.
The telling of Lucy’s story began organically as she told Lucy’s story in the art gallery she created in Harrison. As people came in just to hear the story they would tell her, “you have to write a book!” Not one to ignore good advice she saw what she already had in hand were photos and video so she put together a very short film with her good friend Pete Jensen from Spokane – calling it “Raising Lucy: A Photo and Video Journal.”
From her paintings and photography, to the coloring book and picture book, Carol continues to explore all the ways she can creatively tell Lucy’s story to different audiences. She is currently working on an adult book featuring her photography in the more in-depth telling of the story.
Muzik gives a portion of her proceeds to authorized wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers in Idaho. For more information contact the Seagraves Children’s Library, 208/769-2315.Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity. More news and information about the library is available online at

High Wind Warnings Issued for North Idaho

The following has been posted in cooperation with the Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management and the North Idaho Public Information Network:

948 AM PDT MON MAY 3 2010



Volunteers Needed May 8th for Seltice Way Tree Planting

Volunteers are needed for tree planting along Seltice Way on Saturday, May 8th. The City of Coeur d’Alene, with the assistance of the Centennial Trail Foundation, will be planting 46 trees and 21 shrubs between Seltice Way and the Centennial Trail. The planting will extend from the trailhead parking lot near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard, west approximately 1/3 mile, to the stoplight at Riverstone Drive.

Volunteers should be at least 13 years of age, and are asked to meet at the trailhead parking lot, near Northwest Boulevard, at 8:30 a.m. Appropriate, outdoor clothing and work gloves are suggested.

The new trees will enhance this transportation corridor by providing a visual and physical separation between motorized vehicle traffic and trail users. Trees will make trail use more pleasant by providing shade and by screening noise, fumes, and dust from the street. Trees also assist by “treating” rain water, increasing soil permeability, and utilizing/recycling ground water.

The trees are a mixture of native evergreens and deciduous trees. Native trees were selected because they are well-suited to the area. They also provide a sense-of-place to one of the city’s gateways. The deciduous species were chosen for the added shade they provide. The shrub selection is Syringa – Idaho’s state flower.

A Community Transportation Enhancement grant from the Idaho Department of Land’s Community Forestry Program, in cooperation with the Idaho Transportation Department, provided the funding for tree and shrub purchases. Volunteer hours will assist in matching grant funds.

One of the westbound travel lanes on Seltice Way will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until the completion of the project, which is expected to be by 12-noon. The cooperation of the driving public is appreciated.

For more information, please contact Karen Haskew, Urban Forester, at 769-2266.