Monday, June 28, 2010

City Hall Closed Monday, July 5th

On Monday, July 5, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Fire, and Streets can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Tuesday, July 6th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Make 4th of July a Safe Holiday!

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department would like to wish everyone a happy, fun-filled 4th of July. Officers will be out in force to ensure that everyone has a safe celebration. There will be an extra emphasis in patrol throughout the city as well as the downtown area, Tubbs Hill, and the City Park. As a reminder, fireworks and alcohol are prohibited in all city parks and on Tubbs Hill. For people enjoying the City Park, there will be officers stationed in the Police and Fire Safety Building. This will serve as an area to report or return missing children.
All dangerous fireworks are prohibited. It is unlawful for any person in the city to import, export, offer for sale, sell, possess, use, keep or store, or permit the keeping or storing of any fireworks, other than non-aerial, common fireworks, for any use or purpose, except for a person holding a special fireworks permit.
The most common complaints forwarded to the Police Department during the 4th of July celebration are the noise levels of the fireworks, and fireworks aimed at and landing on the roof of a residence. Any violation of the Municipal Fireworks Code is a misdemeanor public offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed three hundred dollars.
Aerial fireworks are an extreme hazard and can start fires on the roofs of houses, garages, and surrounding buildings. Public areas such as Tubbs Hill are also vulnerable to fire. Strict enforcement of the law will apply to anyone who has caused a fire due to negligence with fireworks. There are also high incidents of personal injury incurred from fireworks, especially when coupled with alcohol consumption. We encourage citizens to act responsibly and safely. Officers will be strictly enforcing DUI laws with an extra emphasis over the holiday and throughout the weekend.
The Police Department would like to make the public aware of the Noise Abatement Ordinance.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system on a street, highway, alley, sidewalk, parking lot, driveway, park, beach, motor vehicle, or public right a way, within the limits of the city of Coeur d'Alene, in such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet or comfort of a reasonable person and/or so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of fifty (50) feet or more from the sound amplification system.
The content of the sound shall not be considered when determining a violation of the City Code.
A first violation of the Noise Abatement shall constitute a civil violation and charge of seventy-five dollars ($75) will be assessed, payable at the City Cashiers office within thirty days of a citation. A second violation of the Noise Abatement Ordinance shall constitute a civil violation and a charge of one hundred-fifty dollars will be assessed, payable at the City Cashiers office within thirty days of a citation. A third or subsequent violations of the Noise Abatement shall be a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a jail sentence of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days and/or a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00).
The Police Department encourages city residents and visitors to the City of Coeur d’Alene to be mindful of fire danger, and not to disturb their neighbors’ peace. If there is a crime in progress, please call 911. To file a crime report call 769-2320.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Wear Your Helmet

Library Will be Closed July 4 & 5

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Sunday, July 4, and Monday, July 5, for the Independence Day holiday. Normal hours will resume at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 6.
Coeur d’Alene patrons can also access the library’s catalog and databases online when the library is closed, but will need to visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave. or call 208/769-2315 during open hours to obtain usernames and passwords for the databases.
More news about the library is available online at

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Get Hooked on Summer Reading

You don't have to cast about for something to do this summer. Make a Splash at the Library with Summer Reading Programs. 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, Idaho. More news about the library is available online at

Fishing for Some Summer Fun? Make a Splash!

Photo courtesy of Jon Ingalls

You don’t have to cast about for something to do this summer. Make a Splash with Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. The American Fisheries Society will bring a special program to the library on Thursday, July 22.

Are you and the kids fishing around for something to do?
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the American Fisheries Society are teaming up for a special program on Thursday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. The program, in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., and in the adjoining park, is open to all ages.
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about fish in the Northwest. Activities will include live fish tanks, a hydrology/fish habitat station, a movie, and Fish Bingo with prizes.
This activity is offered as part to of the library’s Summer Reading Program: Make a Splash, which continues through July 23. Other activities include:
Art and Writing Workshops.
Ocarina Club.
LEGO Club.
YRCA Book Club.
Picnic in the Park Preschool Program.
Friday Film Festival.
Book Babies Lapsit.
Tales for Twos and Threes.
Preschool Storytime.
Some programs do require registration due to space limitations or the need to order materials. Visit the library or call 208/769-2315 Ext 438 for schedule details.
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

Robbery Reported

1. White Male, 5'09", mid 20's, muscular build, bald, wearing an off white t-shirt (unknown further).
2. White Male, 5'10-5'11", thin build, unknown color Baseball cap, sunglasses, a red shirt tied around his face (unknown further)
3. White Male, 5'11", thin build (unknown further)

Tan 70's-80's smaller 4 door passenger car, with a loud muffler, unknown plates (unknown further)

On June 24th 2010 at 04:38 am Coeur d’Alene Police responded to 2nd St and Sherman Ave. for a robbery, which had occurred approx. 10-15 minutes prior to this time at 4th St and Garden Ave. The 53 year old, male victim was walking south bound on 4th St. crossing Garden Ave. The above mentioned suspect vehicle was traveling north bound on 4th St. and turned right into the 400 block of Garden Ave. Suspect #1 exited the vehicle and ran toward the victim. Suspect #2 exited the vehicle and stood by it. Suspect #1 said "Sorry I have to mess with you" and pushed the victim backward. Suspect #1 told the victim, "I want your stuff". The victim was scared he was going to be beat up, and gave Suspect #1 an undisclosed amount of money, and some personnel items. Suspect #2 approached the victim at this point and told him to "run away". Suspect #2 told the victim if he did not run away he would be shot. Suspect #3 was the driver of the vehicle, but never came over to the victim.

The Suspect vehicle was last seen east bound on 4th St., and then south bound on 6th St. No weapons were displayed or seen by the victim.

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Missing Person Report

On June 21, 2010 Coeur d’Alene Police received a report of a missing person. We are asking for your assistance in locating George R Clowdus. George is 29 years old, 5’10” tall, 160 pounds, blue eyes, and bald. He was last seen by his roommates 06/19/10 wearing flip flops, blue jeans and unknown color or shirt (white or black). Report number is 10C16868.

For more information contact Coeur d'Alene Police at 769-2320.

Picnic and Reading in the Park

Library Clerk Peggy Smith leads a song during a new program Wednesday for Summer Reading, Picnic in the Park Preschool Program. Participants, ages 3-5 and a parent or caregiver can bring their lunch to the park adjacent to the library (weather permitting) on Wednesdays, noon to 12:30 p.m., and enjoys stories and other activities suitable. No registration required. 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. Contact Youth Services at Ext. 428 for a complete schedule of Summer Reading programs. Summer Reading is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library. More news and information about the library is available online at

Library Outreach Coordinator Earns Fellowship

Barbara Nolan, Outreach Coordinator for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, has been selected as a fellow in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Western Regional Fellowship, Transforming Life After 50.
In a partnership between the Idaho Commission for Libraries, California State Library, Oregon State Library, and Washington State Library, the fellowship will introduce 93 selected public library professionals from 11 states to a new framework for serving and engaging midlife adults, ages 50 and up. The fellows will re-examine traditional views on aging and explore innovative ways in which public libraries can become centers of productive aging, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.
“We congratulate Barbara for being accepted and the Coeur d’Alene library is committed to applying new practices and tools developed as a result of this fellowship,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We look forward to enhancing the resources that we can provide to our midlife patrons.”
The fellowship will run from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. The yearlong program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Libraries Have Energy Efficiency Kits

Idahoans now have access to a new tool to help measure electricity usage and save on power bills.
Energy Efficiency Kits are available for check out at public libraries throughout the state – including the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Each kit contains a Kill-A-Watt meter, instructions on how to use the meter, what the information means, and energy efficiency tips.
Users can connect electrical appliances to the meter, which then calculates power consumption by the kilowatt-hour – the same unit of measurement that utilities use.
Using the meter readings, consumers can estimate the electrical consumption and costs associated with each appliance by the hour, day, week, month, or entire year. Using the data from the meter and energy savings ideas, users can identify ways to reduce utility expenses.
This program is possible through a partnership between the Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho Power, Avista Utilities, and the Rocky Mountain Power. The purpose of the program is to help Idahoans who are trying to save money and/or trying to cut down on energy consumption.
“These meters are a great way for consumers to see how much it costs to use appliances and electronic devices, and how much energy many devices can waste if they are left plugged in when not in use,” said Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin. “We are happy to work with the utility companies and public libraries to help people reduce unnecessary energy consumption.”
For more information on the program or for energy-efficiency tips visit or contact Gina Persichini, Idaho Commission for Libraries, or 208.334.2150.More news and information about the library is available online at

Monday, June 21, 2010

Library Closed for Ironman Sunday, June 27

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be closed Sunday, June 27, due to street closures (see related article below) for Ironman. The library will resume normal hours Monday, June 28, at 10 a.m.
The event will not affect the schedule of other area libraries. The Hayden Branch Library of the Kootenai-Shoshone Area Libraries, 8385 N. Government Way, will be open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Coeur d’Alene patrons can also access the library’s catalog and databases online when the library is closed, but will need to visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave. or call 208/769-2315 during open hours to obtain usernames and passwords for the databases.
More news and information about the library is available online at

Ironman Street Closures Announced

On June 23rd, between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m., street crews will begin to set in place the barricades and detour route for the closure of Sherman Avenue at 2nd Avenue and Independence Point.

1.Southbound traffic wanting to get into the downtown area will be detoured onto Lakeside Avenue to 2nd, 3rd or 5th, etc., to reach Sherman Avenue.
2.Resort traffic should use 1st Street.
3.Westbound traffic will be detoured southbound onto 2nd Street and Front Avenue. These vehicles will loop around onto 4th Street and exit the downtown on Lakeside or north on 4th Street. 2nd Street at Sherman will be closed to northbound traffic. This area has been very congested in the past and being an ITD bypass route, we have always chosen to close traffic northbound and to it leave open to just southbound traffic.
4.Bleachers will be staged on Sherman at 6:00 p.m. on the 23rd and will stay in place until the afternoon of June 28th.
5.The Independence Point parking lot will be closed early Wednesday as they set up medical tents and Ironman stores.
6.At the time of the closure, the signals at 2nd and Sherman will be put in the red flash mode and the signal at Lakeside and Independence Point will be shut off to keep traffic flowing.

Other Closures
The 3rd Street boat trailer parking area will be closed early Wednesday morning, June 23rd, and re-opened Wednesday, June 30th. Alternate boat trailer parking is available in the main lot or south of City Hall during this closure.

The city also closes Government Way for “NO PARKING” on the east side from Garden to Harrison, Saturday, June 26th, and race day, Sunday, June 27th. In addition, Front Avenue from 8th to 11th streets will be closed for “NO PARKING” during the same period.

Mullan Avenue, from 17th to 23rd streets, will be “NO PARKING” on the north side on Saturday, June 26th, and entirely closed to traffic on race day, Sunday, June 27th.

For more information, please call 769-2233.

Going, Going – Green!!!

City Launches Sustainability Website June 23rd

On Wednesday, June 23rd, the City of Coeur d’Alene will launch the sustainability portion of its official website,, to provide a resource for people who want to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Still a work in progress, the website will let users know what they can and cannot put in their blue recycling bins, as well as provide relevant links and important updates. In the future, contributors to look forward to providing new and innovative information.

As a member of the newly-formed city committee, Green CdA Team, Planner Sean Holm developed and will monitor the new site. “Every new website needs feedback and ideas to stay fresh,” he said, adding, “We are open to constructive criticism and would love your input.” Each committee member plays an important role and seeks information across all areas of sustainability. Other Green CdA Team members include Monte McCully (Parks), Renata McLeod (Administration), James Washko (Fire), Christopher Brannon (Library), Julia Aho (Finance), Amy Ferguson (Municipal Services), Sheri Carroll (Finance), Steve Childers (Police), Melissa Crooks (Library), Howard Gould (Building Maintenance), Bill McLeod (Police), and Steve Wolf (Street Maintenance).

Background: In April 2009, one of the City Council’s cost-savings goals involved asking staff to study green/sustainability plans. Dovetailing with this request, Coeur d’Alene was a recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, which required the city to conduct an energy audit. The energy audit was the first step in the city’s movement forward toward sustainability goals. In its first year, it created a volunteer employee committee, the “Green CdA Team.” An advisory team, the Green CdA Team’s role is to assist the city with the goal of promoting energy reduction and conservation opportunities to reduce costs and enhance the environment, and to seek sustainability and educational opportunities for the organization. The new website is a Green CdA Team effort.

The city has also completed an energy audit and a performance-based contract for energy savings programs with Johnson Controls. Furthermore, City Council approved a community-wide, single-stream recycling program which will be launched this fall. The Green CdA Team is very excited to receive ideas from the public and bring innovation to the city.

For more information, please contact Sean Holm at 676-7401.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Storm Drain Marking Program Introduced June 21st

On Monday, June 21st, at 2:00 p.m., in the Third Street Parking Lot (by the boat launch), the City of Coeur d’Alene will launch its Storm Drain Marking Program, “For The Sake of Our Lake.” The Storm Drain Marking Program will remind citizens to not dump anything down stormwater drains.

Stormwater is water from rain and melting snow that does not immediately soak into the ground. Stormwater flows across impervious surfaces such as concrete, streets, roofs, parking lots, and sidewalks into catch basins, storm drains, swales, culverts, ditches, and drywells, and eventually empties into the lake and aquifer. Stormwater can carry pollutants like lawn chemicals, motor oil, pet waste, and sediments to lakes and rivers.

The Storm Drain Marking Program offers opportunities for everyone to learn how to help reduce pollutants that can enter lakes and rivers from the stormwater system.

How does the program help? Stormwater drains in heavy pedestrian traffic zones such as the downtown corridor and mid-town area will be marked with a stainless steel marker reading: “No Dumping Drains to Lake.” Residential area drains will be stenciled with: “Dump No Waste, Flows to Our Lake.” Volunteers in residential areas will also be distributing educational materials.

The City of Coeur d'Alene Stormwater Utility was authorized by the City Council on October 1, 2004 to manage stormwater for the protection of the public's health, safety, and water quality, to meet federally-mandated regulations for discharging stormwater, and to finance the associated stormwater-related infrastructure costs, improvements, and maintenance. The Stormwater Utility focuses on reducing the potential for stormwater pollution and improving the city’s stormwater infrastructure while protecting water quality.

The operation of our stormwater collection system is regulated by the EPA through our Stormwater Discharge Permit. We must meet strict requirements set forth in our permit. The purpose of those requirements is to reduce pollutants being discharged in Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River through our stormwater collection system.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Kim Harrington, Assistant Project Manager, at or 769-2214. You can also find information on the city’s website and the Stormwater Hotline 676-7405.

Make a Splash! Dive Into Summer Reading!

Summer Reading keeps kids' brains active and provides fun and safe activities. Here's a video update of activities at the 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. For more on the library visit


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Library Exhibit Features Aftermath of 1910 Fires

Taken days after the fire of 1910 this image looks down the Little North Fork on a new trail cut after the fire. R.H. McKay and Joe B. Halm are pictured in the photo. These men produced most of the photographs in an exhibit currently installed at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Photo by J. B. Halm courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service Region 1 Archives.

The impact of the fires that swept through the region in 1910 is depicted in a new photo exhibit at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Taken days after the fire of 1910 this image looks down the Little North Fork on a new trail cut after the fire. R.H. McKay and Joe B. Halm are pictured in the photo. These men produced most of the photographs in an exhibit currently installed at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Photo by J. B. Halm courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service Region 1 Archives.
The photos are reprints from images taken in the days following great fires of Aug. 20-21, 1910, that blackened about 3 million acres of forest, killed 85 people – mostly firefighters – and burned a major portion Wallace as well as completely destroying other towns in North Idaho and Montana.
The images are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Services Region 1 Archives and were printed and mounted through a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The exhibit, in the main library area on the upper level, is the first of a series of activities at the library marking the centennial of the great fire. In August the library will host a new movie about the fires – in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho – an author presentation and a tour of Forest Cemetery that will include a Forest Service historian.
The local cemetery contains the grave of Forest Ranger Edward Pulaski, a hero of the 1910 fires. The tour will be done in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department.
Among the exhibits at the Museum of North Idaho this summer is “History on Fire,” that also examines the great blaze of 1910.
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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

US 95 Re-Opens

US 95 between Neider Avenue and Kathleen Avenue is now open for both north and southbound traffic.


EMERGENCY CLOSURE: US 95 is closed for both north and southbound traffic between Neider Ave. and Kathleen Ave. Detours are in place.

Dog Park Groundbreaking

Area dog lovers joined members of the Kootenai County Dog Park Association at a groundbreaking ceremony held Monday at the new facility being constructed at Atlas Road and Nez Perce Avenue. Members of Panhandle State Bank display a $7,000 donation check provided towards construction of the temporary dog park. Plans are to have the two-acre facility completed around Labor Day. The dog park project is the result of a partnership between School District 271 who owns the land, the City of Coeur d’Alene Park & Recreation Commission, the Kootenai County Dog Park Association, and many dog lover donors.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Respect Goes Both Ways

The Right Hook

Mark Your Calendars for Parks Day, July 10th

On Saturday, July 10th, enjoy the third annual Parks Day Celebration. It will begin with a free pancake breakfast at Sunshine Meadows Park at 9:00 a.m. There will also be an inflatable castle, a bicycle safety course (coordinated by Safe Kids of Kootenai County, Safe Routes to Schools, the CdA Ped/Bike Committee, and State Farm Insurance), free helmets, Art on the Edge, Bubbles the Clown, horseshoes, volleyball, tetherball, and informational booths. Fiddlers Arvid Lundin and Dave Beach will entertain you, and the Kootenai County Dog Park Association will hold a dog contest. In addition, there will be balloons, sack races, HAM radio demonstrations, and the CdA Rock School will hold a concert with students of all ages playing rock music.

It’s all brought to you courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department and the Coeur d’Alene Parks Foundation. Major sponsors include Copper Basin Construction, Kootenai Electric Co-op, Waste Management, Century 21, the Hagadone Corporation, and Architects West.

Parks Day originated in 2008 when the Parks Master Plan survey revealed that quite a few Coeur d’Alene citizens didn’t know the locations of many of their city parks. This year, the Parks Day Celebration will feature Sunshine Meadows Park (2625 W. Larix Court) and The Landings Park (3849 W. Longmeadow Drive).

At 5:00 p.m., The Landings Park will be dedicated. Activities after the dedication include a free hot dog dinner cooked by the Lion’s Club. In addition, there’s a Bicycle Safety Course (again coordinated by Safe Kids of Kootenai County, Safe Routes to Schools, the CdA Ped/Bike committee, and State Farm Insurance), and bicycle tune-ups. Also present will be the Humane Society, Art on the Edge crafts, the inflatable castle, sports booths, sack races, tennis, and a splash pad. Entertainment will be provided by Jazz Northwest and the Youth Marimba Band. A movie will be shown at dusk, and there will be free, Dutch-oven kettle corn.

For more information, please contact Katie Kosanke, 415-0415.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Women's Gift Alliance Grant Funds 'Retool Box' Project

Left to right, Rex Fairfield, Director of Adult Basic Education for NIC; Carol Randall and Shelley Rosenberger, co-chairs for the Women’s Gift Alliance Grant Committee; Mike Mires NIC Dean of Professional, Technical and Workforce Education; Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation; and foundation members Roberta Larson, Mary Sanderson, JoAnn Nelson and Judi Messina.

Library, North Idaho College in partnership to build computer job skills
A major grant by the Women’s Gift Alliance (WGA) Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation will fund equipment purchases for a project to be offered by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and North Idaho College Adult Basic Education (ABE) to boost the computer skills of people looking for jobs or hoping to re-enter the job market.
A grant written by Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, with assistance from NIC ABE Director Rex Fairfield, for $22,625 was awarded to the library Thursday during a WGA luncheon at the library.
The project has also received a $2,000 grant from Waste Management of Idaho and $1,000 from the Idaho Community Foundation itself.
The grant will fund the purchase of 20 laptops, a charging storage unit and other equipment to be used by the library for computer workshops of various sizes to be offered in its meeting rooms utilizing volunteer instructors provided by ABE.
Pratt said that the workshops are intended to fill the needs of individuals who may lack basic computer skills, “even basic keyboarding” that may be preventing them from pursuing employment. The project, called the “Retool Box,” is the library and NIC’s response.
“This program fills a knowledge gap and need that is not met anywhere else in the community for free,” she said. “And it does it in the most accessible – and least intimidating – of settings in our community, where we continue to see more than 25,000 people per month using our services.”
The library currently provides free computer workshops, but can seat only nine people per session in its computer lab on the upper level of Front Avenue building. Those computers are then not available to other patrons while the workshops are in session. In addition only limited amounts of staff time can be committed to the workshops.
Pratt noted that a recent study funded by the Gates Foundation indicated that in the past year nearly one third of all Americans ages 14 and older – about 77 million people – used a public library computer or wireless network to access the Internet.
“Particularly as people have struggled through the recession ‘they relied on library technology to find work, apply for college, secure government benefits, learn about medical treatments and connect with their communities,’” she said, quoting from the report.
Library Director Bette Ammon said the impetus to pursue the grant was patrons seeking staff help to use the library computers, especially for those filling out online job applications, creating resumes, and conducting job searches.
“In many cases we are asked to assist people with few or no computer skills,” Ammon said. “Often the time the staff is able to give to provide one-on-one training is just not adequate for the patrons’ needs. Many people are finding themselves re-entering the job market and the technology has moved on.”
Pratt noted, too, that that while the training at the library may be basic, the workshops may also provide a springboard for individuals to pursue more formal education at NIC and other training opportunities.
North Idaho College will provide instructional support and personnel through the Workforce Training and ABE programs to provide basic computer training. In addition, the NIC ABE program and the library will work together to develop a referral process between programs to facilitate access to services at each institution.
“We are so pleased to be working with our partners to help meet the needs of this population of people who so desperately need these services,” Fairfield said. “It is our hope that this collaboration takes it even one step further, by cross-referring individuals to services within the library, Idaho Department of Labor and NIC ABE/GED that can further help them meet their education and career goals.”
Pratt said the library’s new equipment has been ordered and that library staff will be working with ABE to schedule the training sessions. Other community partners, such as the Idaho Department of Labor, will possibly become involved as training needs are identified.
“Thank you,” Pratt said to the members of the WGA. “Your investment will reap invaluable rewards by making life-changing opportunities available to many people.”
More news and information about the library is available online at

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ride Right Walk Left

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 available 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

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Watch for Bikes

Monday, June 7, 2010

Coeur d’ Alene – City of Excellence

Each year, municipalities are asked to participate in the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) City Achievement Award Program. In selecting winners for this competition, judges ask whether the nominated program improves quality of life, if it reduces the costs of resources, or solves a community problem. This month, the City of Coeur d’Alene will receive three City Achievement Awards when they are presented at the AIC Annual Meeting, June 16 -18, in Idaho Falls. The following projects and programs are award-winners:

Fallen Heroes Plaza
CdA Police and Fire Departments together created a memorial – the only one in Idaho honoring both police & fire – named the “Fallen Heroes Plaza.” It’s a memorial to the tragedy of 9/11, as well as Idaho’s fallen heroes. The site of five, 12-foot, rebar statues – two firefighters and three police officers – designed and created by regional artist, Brian M. Schmid, the entire project was funded with private donations and built with volunteer labor. Fallen Heroes Plaza is a place of honor and reverence for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Brine De-Icer Facility
To address cost and supply challenges, the city’s Street Department completed construction of a brine, de-icer solution facility in spring 2009. In three years, the savings will more than return to the city the $80,000.00 construction cost. In 2012, it will save the city approximately $25,000.00 per year in what the city would have spent on winter de-icing products. In addition, the facility will give the department the ability to have de-icer on hand throughout the winter. Furthermore, the city will be able to offer the driving community a product that will be less corrosive and environmentally friendly.

Mudgy & Millie
“Mudgy & Millie” are bronze statues distributed throughout downtown Coeur d’Alene. They give “life” to the story of a moose and mouse, taken from a book written by Susan Nipp, and illustrator Charles Reasoner, who have assigned all royalties from the sale of the book to the CdA Library Foundation (as well as royalties for any merchandising based on the project). Along with funding future generations of readers, the project provides interactive public art, promotes literacy, acquaints children, parents, and visitors with the downtown Coeur d’Alene area, and encourages physical activity via a walking trail.

For more information about these or other city projects and programs, please call 769-2204.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

‘Make a Splash’ With Summer Reading

Remember Summer Reading when you were growing up – a few stories in the children’s library and a craft that involved putting legs on a toilet paper roll?
Well this is not that Summer Reading program.
Summer Reading 2010 at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., offers more variety of programs than have ever been offered before and more fun than should be allowed by law.
Coeur d’Alene shares the theme, “Make a Splash at the Library,” with all the public libraries in the Cooperative Information Network and each library will offer different Summer Reading program. Check with the library nearest you.
Summer Reading begins in the Lake City on June 15 and offers programs for ages newborn to 13.
Kids participating in Summer Reading are encouraged to pick up a reading log in the Seagraves Children’s Library and to keep track of the time they spend reading or being read to. For each three hours of reading bring the log back to the library to receive a prize. Even kids who are not attending programs are invited to participate through a reading log.
And this year they won’t be reading for themselves alone. They can also earn reading time for their schools. In the fall the school credited with the most accumulated reading time will earn the right to display a traveling trophy in their school library.
The newest programs include:
► Picnic in the Park Preschool Program: Bring your lunch to the park adjacent to the library on Wednesdays, noon to 12:30 p.m., and enjoys stories and activities suitable for ages 3-5. No registration required.
► Inspired by Nature – An Art & Writing Workshop for Kids: Registration is required for this weekly program for ages 9-12 taught by local author Carol Muzik. The workshop is offered Wednesdays 1-2 p.m.
► Ocarina Club: Learn to play a new song every week using this ancient instrument. No knowledge of music is required, but, due to space limitations, registration is required. Intended for ages 9-13, this program will meet Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon.
► Friday Film Festival: Beginning June 18, kids of all ages can enjoy free full-length feature films with a water theme on the big screen each Friday 1-2:30 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom. Visit or call the Seagraves Children’s Library, 208/769-2315 Ext. 348 for the titles and schedule.
And the regular programs are back as well:
► Book Babies Lap-Sit: For ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or other caregiver, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m.
► Tales for Twos and Threes: For ages 2-3, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
► Preschool Storytime: For ages 3-5, Wednesday, 10:30-11 a.m.
► LEGO Club: An hour of building time with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs, for 5-10, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
► YRCA Book Club: (Registration required due to need to order materials.) For ages 8-12, meeting Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.
Children under 6 visiting the library need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.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

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Over $133,000 in Tree Maintenance Funds Awarded to CdA

The City of Coeur d’Alene was awarded federal stimulus grant funding to perform public tree maintenance work. The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), distributed to the Idaho Department of Lands in cooperation with the USDA-Forest Service. Coeur d’Alene is one of only four communities in Kootenai and Bonner counties that qualified for and was awarded funds. Coeur d’Alene’s award is for $133,512.00.

The purpose of these funds is to help communities improve the overall health and value of their public tree resources while increasing public safety. The city has plans to contract work on both park trees and street trees. Nearly 300 trees will be removed or pruned.

To determine street tree work, Urban Forestry personnel did hazard assessments on 250 trees reported by the street tree inventory to be in “poor” condition. Over 100 of those in the poorest condition are slated for removal. An additional fifty street trees will be pruned. Most of the 118 park trees included in the grant will be pruned to improve their safety and health.

ARRA funding for tree maintenance work will benefit local tree contractors by providing the wherewithal to perform much-needed, tree maintenance services. Under city ordinances, abutting property owners are responsible for the care and maintenance of trees within public rights-of-way. Therefore, ARRA funding will also save abutting property owners the maintenance costs for the trees in most need. However, abutting property owners will still be responsible for planting replacement trees for any that need to be removed from the public rights-of-way as a result of maintenance services initially funded through ARRA.

Within the next couple of weeks, property owners will be contacted if they live where the street tree work is scheduled to be conducted.

ARRA funds are welcomed and much appreciated, however the funding will only cover trees in greatest need. The 300 trees which will receive attention represent less than two percent of the 23,300 public trees in city parks and rights-of-way.

Questions can be directed to Karen Haskew, City Forester at 769-2266 or