Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
On May 7, 2009, Kanda had asked a neighbor to call the Coeur d'Alene police after she had an altercation with another neighbor’s visitor. When the police arrived, Kanda was intoxicated, uncooperative, and struck an officer. While police attempted to handcuff the inebriated woman, she was injured. She was hospitalized that night and had a blood alcohol level of .28, over three (3) times the legal limit for driving. She later pled guilty to a charge of Battery for striking one of the officers.
In dismissing the lawsuit in its entirety, Judge Lodge determined that, although a jury could conclude that excessive force was used to detain Ms. Kanda, it was undisputed that the use of excessive force was unintentional. Therefore, the officers acted in a lawful manner and were entitled to immunity from suit.
“I am pleased but not surprised by this outcome. Every day our officers do their best to respond in a professional manner in very difficult situations like this,” said Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo. “It is unfortunate that as a result they become the targets of meritless lawsuits.”
“We are grateful for this summary judgment so that the taxpayers don’t have to bear the added expense of going to trial to defend this case,” said Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley. “We will definitely ask the court to order the Plaintiff to pay the city’s legal costs.”
The defendants were represented by outside counsel Randy Adams and Robert Smith of the Carey Perkins LLP law firm in Coeur d'Alene (208.664.9281). The plaintiff was represented by Larry Purviance of Hayden.
The court’s Memorandum Decision and Order are attached. click here
For additional information contact Wayne Longo 208.769.2259 or Mike Gridley 208.769.2348.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the Museum of North Idaho have teamed up to host two free screenings of a new film about the fires of 1910 on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
“Ordeal by Fire,” photographed, edited and narrated by George Sibley, is a Gale Force Film Production presented by the Sanders County Historical Society, Thompson Falls, Mont., and the Museum of North Idaho.
“‘Ordeal By Fire’ is an important Idaho-Montana story with real national interest, not only as history but as an examination of a current public policy issue,” Sibley said. “The film features interviews with historians and scientists as well as some fascinating family stories, illustrated mostly with period newsreels and photographs.”
Gathering these historic materials was no easy task. Sibley and his wife pored through the film collections of the National Archives in College Park, Md., and regional Forest Service collections in Boise and Missoula, Mont., to come up with footage of vintage fire crews in action.
Traffic headed into the downtown area will be routed to the east on Lakeside and then can go south on Third Street, or north on Fourth Street. Traffic leaving the city’s Third Street parking lot will be directed eastbound only and northbound on Fourth or Seventh streets. Resort traffic only will be directed southbound on Second Street and leaving the resort eastbound only on Front.
For more information, please contact 769-2233.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will commemorate one of the biggest natural disasters to ever impact our region:
* Sunday, Aug. 15: Free screenings of ‘Ordeal by Fire,’ a new film by George Sibley, in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, Community Room, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
* Wednesday, Aug. 18: Stephen Pyne, author of ‘Year of the Fires,’ Community Room, 7 p.m.
* Sunday, Aug. 22: Tour of Forest Cemetery, with Forest Service historian/interpreter Steve Coady in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department, Forest Cemetery, Government Way, 10 a.m.
* Through Aug. 31: “Summer of Fire 1910,” an exhibit of photos from the “Big Burn” is on display in the main library. These photos were provided courtesy of USFS Region 1 Archives. Photo printing and mounting was funded by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display at the Spokane Public Library during September.
The free full-length movies in the Seagraves Children’s Library are moving to Wednesdays beginning July 28. The movies will still start at 1 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom.
Family films have been scheduled through Aug. 18. For film titles, visit the children’s library or call 208/769-2315 Ext. 438.
The library is able to do public showings of movies due to licensing funded by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. The foundation plans to begin showing monthly films at the library this fall.
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 cdalibrary.org. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: cdacity.blogspot.com.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Coeur d’Alene Water Department will be temporarily closing Neider Avenue from US 95 to Fruitland Lane to through traffic for three days beginning Monday, July 26th, to replace a 12” water main. Neider Avenue should be reopened by Thursday, July 29th, to through traffic.
The southern lane of Neider Avenue will have daily closures for approximately 1½ weeks to complete the water main installation. The businesses affected will have continuous customer access from the Fruitland Lane side of Neider Avenue.
For more information, please contact the Water Department at 769-2210.
Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 667-2111, toll free at 866-667-2111. 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.
Many times car burglars are after your stereo, CD collection or other loose belongings you've left in your car, like a cell phone, iPod or even your wallet, purse, laptop or garage door opener that you've left in plain sight.
Unfortunately, car burglaries can be expensive, from the cost of repairs to replacing your belongings. They can leave you feeling victimized too. You can minimize the likelihood you'll fall prey to a costly car burglary by following these simple burglary prevention tips by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
Car Burglary Prevention Tips
1) Hide your valuables. Smash-and-grab car burglars aren't exactly criminal masterminds. Many simply act on impulse. So keep your valuable belongings with you, or out of sight. Car floors, dashboards and seats are not good places to leave items like:
• Purses and wallets
• Laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks
• Shopping bags
• Cell phones and MP3 players
• Loose change and CDs
If you can't take items with you, hide them out of sight in your trunk.
2) Keep your car visible. The last thing thieves want is a crowd of onlookers to witness their crime. You can help prevent a burglary by parking your car in crowded areas, such as:
• Busy parking lots and designated spaces, near pedestrian and vehicle traffic
• Well-lit spaces, especially those near a lamppost if you're out after dusk
• Parking lots with an attendant
3) Make burglaries difficult. Smash-and-grab car burglars don't want the complexity of a caper movie when stealing your iPod or cash. Every hurdle you can provide makes it more likely they'll move on. Following this simple advice will give you an added layer of protection against car burglaries.
• Lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park
• Activate your security system
• Consider window tinting (if permitted by local laws)
• Avoid using the console or glove box as mobile lockboxes
4) Don't hand a car burglar your keys. Leaving your key on the dash or in the ignition is an invitation to a car burglar. And keep in mind that if you have a great hiding place for a spare key (in your wheel well or above your sun visor), a thief has thought of it, too.
5) Stow your belongings before you get there. Experienced thieves often stake out parking lots. Move valuable items, like shopping bags and laptops, to your trunk before you get to the parking lot.
6) Trust your instincts. If you see suspicious activity, find somewhere else to park. Don't confront anyone: If you're concerned, report your suspicions to an attendant or the police. By reporting suspicious activity to the proper authorities, you can help prevent others from becoming a victim of a car burglary or another crime.
Detective Mark Knapp
Coeur d’Alene Police Dept Investigative Unit
On July 13th at 12:46 am the Coeur d’Alene Police Department took a runaway report of two female juveniles. Parents of both of the girls contacted the police after they failed to return home. Due to the young age of the females they are considered endangered runaways.
There information is as follows:
Charity Marie Jordan, 12 years of age of Coeur d’Alene. Charity is 5’6, 140 lbs, hazel eyes, shoulder length brown hair, wearing dark clothing.
Tina Louise Jewell, 14 years of age of Coeur d’Alene. Tina is 5’0, 110lbs, Hazel eyes, blond hair, blue jeans and a black sweatshirt.
The two females have been seen by witnesses in the last few days in the following locations:
Independence Point, Tubbs Hill, City Park, Kroc Center, and riding the City Link Bus. It is possible they are being accompanied by a 25 year old white male, bald, with tattoos. His name is unknown.
Photos of the females are attached to this press release. Anyone with information on the juveniles are asked to contact the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 769-2320.
Monday, July 19, 2010
► American Fisheries Society: Thursday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room and the park. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about fish in the Northwest. See live fish, a movie and hydrology/fish habitat stations. Enjoy Fish Bingo with prizes. All ages welcome.
► Summer Reading Water Works Carnival: Friday, July 23, 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room and the park. (Participating children need to turn a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian prior to the event. Slips are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library.) Carnival will feature Craft booths, a science fair, snow cones and “Extreme Science with Radical Rick” (be sure to bring your towels).
► Within a Days Drive 6: This is not part of Summer Reading, but an enjoyable program for the whole family. Local photographer Chic Burge, Camera Corral, will present a free slide show celebrating scenic sites and places to play within a day’s drive of Coeur d’Alene, Saturday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. An exhibit of Burge’s photos from the show will be on display in the Parkside Gallery on the lower level at the library for the week following the program.
► Wednesday Movies: Free full-length movies will continue in the children’s library, but will move from Friday to Wednesdays, beginning July 28. The films are scheduled through Aug. 18 and screenings begin at 1 p.m. Call the children’s library at 208/769-2315 Ext. 438 for titles.
The 15th Street & Harrison Avenue Signalization Project will begin Thursday, July 22nd. After traffic control and signage is in place, the removal of the existing asphalt, curb, and sidewalk will follow.
There will be no, through traffic during the demolition and underground improvement portion of the project, but there will be detours to side streets: Maple to 14th (south); and Spokane to 14th (north).
Improvements include the new signal at 15th Street and Harrison Avenue, stormwater mains, new sidewalks and curbing, and the reconstruction of the road surface.
For more information, please call Chris Bates at 769-2228 or Dennis Grant at 769-2398.
The Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CdA PD) is excited to be a part of the summer experience, and is pleased to offer a free, family event in the Coeur d’Alene City Park. The CdA PD will host an “Outdoor Movie Night” in the band shell area this Friday, July 23rd, at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.).
The evening will kick off with Master of Ceremonies, Chief Wayne Longo, welcoming families to the park. He will then introduce Officer Tom Sparks, formerly of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, who will provide a Drug Free and Character Education presentation. At twilight, the large movie screen will be filled with the lively, enchanting cartoon, “Barnyard.”
Families are encouraged to bring their blankets, chairs, picnic baskets, and then sit back and enjoy the show. The Panhandle Kiwanis Club is providing free popcorn.
Police officers in attendance will be meeting and greeting children. Chief Longo, sharing his enthusiasm for the movie night, said, “We are excited about hosting an event to help draw families into City Park in the early evening hours.” He added, “Our hope is that this becomes a traditional event for our citizens.”
A second “Outdoor Movie Night” is planned for Saturday, August 14th. The movie title is yet to be selected, but please mark your calendars and plan to attend this fun, family event. For more information, please contact 769-2363.
Friday, July 16, 2010
“We want to give folks a way to cool off and wash the sand off their bodies,” said Parks Director Doug Eastwood. “So we thought, let’s just make it easier all the way around and put in an open shower that is easy to access from the beach, the basketball courts, and the bike trail.” The Parks Department installed the shower earlier this summer.
Recreation Director Steve Anthony, the city’s liaison to Federal Energy Regulation Committee meetings involving AVISTA, expressed his gratitude to the corporation. “Funding for the shower was provided by AVISTA as part of our settlement for Dams Licensed on the Spokane River,” he explained. “AVISTA originally was going to pay 25% of the cost, but instead reimbursed the city for the full $4,200.00.”
But two other members – nonvoting though they are – provide a slightly different point of view. Emily Burnham and Kaye Thornbrugh are the Library Board’s youth members. Both began terms on the board in 2009 and both will be seniors at Coeur d’Alene High School this year.
SEE FULL STORY AT CDALIBRARY.ORG
Crews will begin work at approximately 6:00 a.m., Monday, July 19th, to minimize traffic disruption, however it may be necessary to close the short portions of Harrison Street between 14th and 16th streets for the entire two-day period. A detour will be provided for east- and westbound traffic while the work is being performed.
A traffic signal is being installed at the intersection of 15th Street and Harrison Avenue due to increased traffic and congestion.
For additional information, please contact Project Manager Dennis Grant at 769-2398.
Don't be afraid to get in over your head. Make a splash with Summer Reading! Here's a video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe -- with assistance from special effects specialists Bette Ammon and Christopher Brannon -- 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 cdalibrary.org.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
A fuel reduction project will begin on the north and east sides of Tubbs Hill beginning sometime during the week of July 19th. The purpose of the project is to protect Tubbs Hill from catastrophic wildfire. This project will also make Tubbs Hill safer for recreation use and mimics nature (which reduces fuels periodically with fire).
Trails will be posted with closures and detours, as the work is too hazardous to allow the public to travel in the work areas while workers are active. Detours will be used whenever possible, but there may be times when hikers will have to backtrack. Please comply with trail closures and detours and do not remove or tamper with flagging or signage.
Alpha Services, coordinating with Parks Department personnel, will reduce the amount of ladder fuels on 43 acres of Tubbs Hill. Ladder fuels are small trees and shrubs that are volatile and can carry fire up and into the tops of trees. The project will go through the end of July into early August. Studies have shown that it is most effective to remove shrubbery when it is actively growing – despite the fact that it is often during highest recreation use. These acres have never had any fuel reduction work except for some debris clearance along the trails directly after the 1996 ice storm.
No large trees will be removed (all trees removed will be under 5” in diameter). The number of shrubs will be reduced by approximately 50% and clearing will be more intense within 30 feet of roads and trails which will help to establish fuel breaks. Simultaneously, non-native tree species will be removed and treated to restore native habitats on the wetter areas of Tubbs Hill. Furthermore, there will be a visual difference: the forest floor will be more open. Shrubbery will re-grow over time and planting of native tree seedlings for the future forest will occur.
For more information on this project, please go to the city’s website at www.cdaidparks.org or contact the City Urban Forester at 769-2266.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Jacobson Tree Service $78,888.00
Grace Tree Service $131,015.00
Staff will review the bids to assure they are responsive to the bid specifications and will be making their recommendation to award the bid at the July 20th City Council meeting.
We don’t often think of building inspectors as people who guard our safety and well-being. They don’t wear a common uniform. They don’t holster a gun or carry hose, and the worst ticket they can write is a “Stop Work” notice. But in fact, their training, perception, and knowledge of building codes are what keep people and property safe, every day and night.
Standardization and enforcement of building codes ensure that sound building practices are followed when structures are built. What Raymond Kendall earned this past June will enable him to better enforce those standards, providing security for all who live or visit here.
What does it mean to earn the Legacy Certification? The International Code Council (ICC) Legacy Certification Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated their knowledge about a broad spectrum of building codes, across many jurisdictions. Legacy Certifications grew out of a need to recognize individuals who were not only ICC Certified, but also certified in uniform codes, standards and practices, and certified under the jurisdiction of additional codes and agencies.
“The achievement of the Legacy Certification goes above and beyond the normal requirements of Raymond’s position,” said Building Services Director Ed Wagner. “He spent a great deal of his personal time – it’s a reflection of his professional commitment as an inspector.”
By doing the work required to earn the Legacy Certification, Raymond is better equipped to examine structures and require compliance with numerous building codes – mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc. – codes that make the places we visit and dwell, habitable and secure.
He ensures that provisions are in place so that firefighters, as well as police, can do their jobs more effectively and confidently, knowing they are safe. By ensuring that private and public places are in compliance with the Life/Safety provisions of building codes, the very people who are charged with serving and protecting our citizens are able to keep their sworn oaths.
For example, in many commercial spaces, fire separations are required to reduce the spread of a blaze. During his inspections, Raymond assesses compliance with a variety of these Life/Safety requirements – which may mean the difference between a building that is damaged by flames and can be reconstructed, and one that is a total loss fire.
Currently, there are only 300 individuals in the entire U.S. holding Legacy Combination Inspector certifications. Raymond is also one of only 25 individuals in the entire U.S. holding the following complement of Legacy and ICC Code Certifications:
Building Inspector – UBC
Building Plans Examiner – UBC
Certified Building Code Official
Certified Building Official
Combination Inspector – Legacy
Electrical Inspector NEC & ICC
Mechanical Inspector – UMC
Plumbing Inspector – UPC
With eight more ICC Certifications in addition to the above Legacy Certifications, and with two more ICC Certifications (currently being processed), Raymond will soon hold 21 certifications. He continues to strive for excellence by working to increase his knowledge in the building industry field in his spare time.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Crews will begin work at 4:00 a.m. next Tuesday to minimize traffic disruption, but it may be necessary to close that short portion of 4th Street for the entire day. A detour will be provided for northbound traffic while the work is being performed.
There will be a limited shut-down of water service to nearby customers, and they will be notified individually and directly. Street patching will be coordinated as soon as possible after work is completed.
For additional information, please contact the Water Department at 769-2210.
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, Architects West, and Bob Hallock.
Did you know that your city has 28 parks? 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 Tim Skelton 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. The movie, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” will be shown at dusk (thanks to Greenstone Homes) and there will be free kettle corn. For more information, please contact Katie Kosanke, 415-0415.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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.