Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ruth Pratt Honored by Governor for Arts Support

Ruth Pratt, center, Executive Director of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Foundation, musician, and patron of the arts, was recognized Sept. 23 in Boise with a Governor's Award in the Arts. The silver medallion honored her for "Support of the Arts." Pictured with her and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter following the ceremony are, from left, Nancy Flagan, Roberta Larsen, First Lady Lori Otter, Kelly Lattin, Rachel Dodge, and Mary Sanderson.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chief Receives Executive Certificate

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo was honored at this week’s Idaho Chiefs of Police Association (ICOPA) Annual Conference when he received the Executive Certificate, the highest award from Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Pictured here (left-to-right) are Brent Reinke, Department of Corrections Director, POST Board member; Chief Longo; William Flink, Division Administrator for POST; and Dan Weaver, Moscow Police Chief, POST Council Chairman.

In order to be eligible for an executive level certificate, a candidate must possess the Advanced Peace Officer Certificate or Management Certificate from Idaho or another state which has such certification meeting or exceeding Idaho standards. They also should have satisfactorily completed one hundred (100) hours of POST-certified executive-level training, of which fifty (50) hours must have been completed within three (3) years prior to submitting an application for the Executive Certificate. Finally, they must be currently appointed to an executive position, and shall have served satisfactorily in that position for a period of three (3) years.

“This honor is reserved for those whose law enforcement service and leadership qualifies them for executive level training,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem. “We are extremely proud of Chief Longo and fortunate to have such a consummate professional on the City of Coeur d’Alene team.”

Library to Have Delayed Opening Oct. 6

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front, will have a delayed opening on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
They library will open at 3 p.m. due to staff training. The library will close at its regularly scheduled time, 8 p.m.
More news and informatilon about the library is available at cdalibrary. org.

Library Kicking Off Friday Flix

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation wants to present classic movies the way they were meant to be seen.
On Friday, Oct. 1, the library will host the first of the Foundation’s monthly Friday Flix beginning at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave.
A recommended donation of $5 will be used by the foundation to enhance the library’s DVD collection. Snacks will be available.
Under the terms of the film license, the library is prohibited from stating the name of the film in a press release, but this Academy Award-winning film features Cher and Nicholas Cage in the story of a widowed Brooklyn bookkeeper torn between her fiancé and his brother. For the title of the film, visit the library or call 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 cdalibrary.org.

Library Book Club Begins Second Year

The Pageturners Library Book Club at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been funded for a second year and has picked most of its selections for the coming months.
The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Tuesday approved a grant of $3,000 for the Pageturners.
The grant funds the purchase of 20 copies of each selected book to be added to the library’s collection. After the book club meets, th copies of the book, along with discussion materials are bundled together to create “Book Club Kits” that can be checked out to any Cooperative Information Network card holder for use by other book clubs in the region.
The selection for October is “The War Lovers,” by Evan Thomas. The discussion will be led by Bob Bennett on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. Book club discussions are open to any adult reader. There is no cost or registration required. The group does not schedule a book or discussion during December.
To check on the availability of any Pageturner book, contact the library’s Research and Information Desk, 208/769-2315.
The other books on the Pageturner’s schedule, discussion dates and leaders are:
“Four Seasons in Rome*” by Anthony Doerr, Nov. 24, Fran Bahr.
“Dracula*” by Bram Stoker, Jan. 26, Joan Boyd .
Beautiful Country” by Robert Wrigley, Feb. 23, Molly Michaud.
“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet*” by Jamie Ford, March 23, Virginia Johnson (This is the selection for Our Region Reads).
“The Great Influenza*” by John Barry, April 27, Dr.Ernest Fokes.
“Underneath the Lintel” by Glen Berger, May 25, Len Mattei.
TBA - A title by the IHC Distinguished Lecturer-2011, June 22, George Ives.
“The Help*” by Kathryn Stockett, July 27, Julie Tiger-Liegert.
“Salt*” by Mark Kurlansky, Aug. 24, Jim McTear.
To Kill a Mockingbird*” by Harper Lee, Sept. 28, Katie Sayler.
(* Indicates titles available on Kindle)
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.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Play it Safe – Tips for Personal Protection

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer
Coeur d’Alene Police Department


On Sunday, September 12th, at 9:30 a.m., a 29-year-old, female jogger was physically attacked by an adult male. The victim fought back, and possibly scared off her attacker before he could assault her further. Coeur d’Alene Police detectives continue to look for leads and additional information on this case. Her story serves as a good reminder to everyone in our community to continually be aware of and sensible about, their own personal safety. The following information provides practical tips to help keep you safe:

Stay out of isolated areas: Avoid little-used stairwells, parking lots, and roads. Don’t get on an empty elevator with a stranger.

Trust your instincts: If you sense trouble, get away as soon as possible. Show confidence – walk at a steady pace and keep your head up. Avoid carrying lots of packages – it can make you look defenseless.

Practice Street Smarts: Plan the safest route before you leave. Dress comfortably, so you can move quickly if you have to. Don’t wear headphones. It’s important to stay alert! If someone follows you, change course and head toward other people. Stand back from a car when giving a motorist directions.

In your car: Park in a well-lit spot close to your destination. Never park next to a van. It’s easy for attackers to hide inside. When returning to your vehicle, have your keys out. From a distance, check underneath your car. Check the back seat before getting in. Keep doors locked and windows up. Keep your car in good repair so it’s less likely to break down. Don’t hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.

Secure your home: Keep doors and windows locked. Use deadbolt locks on outside entrances. Never hide keys outside your home. Keep at least one inside light on while you’re away. Keep outside entrances well lit. Get to know your neighbors.

Be wary of strangers: Install a peephole in your front door – and use it. Ask to see the ID of any repair or delivery person before opening your door. Call the company to verify, if you weren’t expecting anyone. Never let a stranger into your home, and never let him or her know you’re alone. If someone wants to use your phone, offer to make the call for him or her.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department encourages everyone to practice these personal safety tips. If you belong to a neighborhood association, or an organization that would like a personal safety presentation, please contact Sgt. Christie Wood at 769-2320.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Winton Readers Win Summer Reading Trophy

Children who spend part of their summers reading return to school in the fall better equipped to learn. The kids at Winton Elementary demonstrated that they are readers by being the first annual winners of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Summer Reading Traveling Trophy.
According to Susan Thorpe, Youth Supervisor, children visiting the library and participating in Summer Reading not only had the opportunity to win prizes, but also got to vote for their school on each visit. According to the ballots, 59 students from Winton visited the library 187 times and earned the right to display the trophy in their school library until next summer.
Winton School Librarian Beth Dane told her students at an assembly Friday, “Winton is a school of readers.”
She noted that the students and their families are “100 percent responsible for the new books we were able to add to the library last year – 317 books … filling up our library to a total of 9,326 books.”
She said in the past year students checked out 13,000 books and that students in third, fourth and fifth grades passed 2,989 Accelerated Reading tests – for a total of 18,151, 970 words. Dane gave special recognition to student Sarena Kaschmitter for reading more than one million words on her own.More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Author is Grateful for Losing Her Job

Candice Reed, co-author of "Thank You for Firing Me," will speak at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library on Sept. 29. Here's a video of update of activities at the library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alen, Idaho, including live and recorded coverage of public meetings. For more about the library, visit cdalibrary.org.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010


Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of three male suspects involved in an aggravated battery. Coeur d’Alene Police detectives are investigating a battery that occurred on August 22nd at approximately 12:15 am.

The battery took place in the outside seating are of Pita Pit at 320 E. Sherman. Patrol officers that responded to the reported fight spoke to several adults that were standing around the sidewalk area. Witnesses stated an adult male by the name of Nicholas Casqueiro was seated at an outside table on the sidewalk when he was battered. The witness believed the altercation started when a female sitting at the table with the Nicholas said something to the suspects as they were walking by. The witness said he saw an un-identified male pick-up a chair and hit Casqueiro in the face with it. The witness also said another male started kicking Casqueiro while he was on the ground. Casqueiro did not know the males that attacked him. Casqueiro sustained extensive injuries to his face and mouth. Detectives obtained surveillance camera footage from Pita Pit. Attached to this release are photos of the possible suspects.

Anyone with information on this crime 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.

Cash Reward

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a male suspect that physically attacked a female while she was jogging. The 29 year old victim told police that the battery occurred on September 12th at 9:30am in the 6700 block of N. Courcelles Way. The victim stated she was jogging on a dirt road that she described as the east side of the tree line, at the north side of Skyway Elementary, and north of the soccer field.

The victim said she heard someone behind her and started to turn around. She stated a male suspect pushed her from behind. The victim said she fell to the ground and the male grabbed her around the left shoulder and her head and turned her toward him. The victim said she was able to get on her feet and hit the suspect with her hands several times. The female said the male took off running due to a car approaching. She described the suspect as a white male, 20 30 years of age, 6’2, average build, short dark brown hair, unshaven, wearing a yellow shirt and red running shorts.

Anyone with information on this crime 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.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Village Condominiums Receives ‘Landscape of Excellence’ Award

The Village Condominiums have been presented a Landscape of Excellence award. The award was given by Community Canopy, a tree care education program, in recognition of the outstanding use and care of trees within the Fourth Street right-of-way next to the subdivision. The Village Condominiums are located on 4th Street and Knotty Pine Lane. The award was given to recognize the exceptional use of trees and tree care within the Fourth Street landscape. Katie Kosanke of Community Canopy cited the retention of large native trees by meandering sidewalks around trees, the provision of proper irrigation, the prompt removal and replacement of trees that have failed, and the visually pleasing effect of a having a variety of tree species. Landscape workers have also taken care to not wound trees with landscape maintenance equipment.

The Landscape of Excellence award was presented to Teri Newcombe by Councilman John Bruning at last night’s City Council meeting. Teri Newcombe gave recognition for a high level of care to their professional landscape team, which includes Stafford’s Yard Care, Kurt Leonard of Aldercreek Enterprises, Living Water, and North Idaho Sprinkler. This is the first Landscape of Excellence Award presented by Community Canopy. “We want to encourage good tree care by highlighting those businesses or organizations who are doing things right” said Kosanke.

Community Canopy is a tree care partnership of the cities of Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District with the assistance of the University of Idaho Extension and Washington State University Extension. Community Canopy members work together toward the goal of healthy and sustainable community forests that provide maximum environmental and visual benefits. Community Canopy provides publications, exhibits, workshops, and in-the-field training. To make a nomination for a Landscape of Excellence Award, please call 415-0415 or send an e-mail from the website at www.communitycanopy.org.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

‘Thank You for Firing Me’ talk at Cd’A library

Candice Reed, co-author of “Thank You for Firing Me! How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job,” will speak Wednesday Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Reed's successful writing career has spanned more than 20 years. Before her career in journalism, she lost jobs as an insurance salesperson, a funeral director, a singing/dancing waitress and an ice-cream binging weight-loss counselor.
Currently, she is a freelance journalist, creates blogs for credit unions, dabbles in copywriting and speechwriting, and once owned her own successful public relations firm. She has also been a ghostwriter for a former president. She has published more than 5,000 business features, personal essays and travel articles in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Reed recently took her own advice and sold her expensive California home and moved to a cabin on Lake Chelan in Washington so she could enjoy life in the new economy.
Copies of the book – co-authored with Kitty Martini – will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of proceeds benefits 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 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tree Fans Sought for “VIP” Program

Tree fans are being sought for a program designed to improve the future of young trees in public places. The “Volunteers In Pruning” (V.I.P.) program trains local tree fans to prune young trees for form and structure. The program targets trees that were planted within the last three years. This is the best time in the tree’s development to establish good tree form and correct any structural problems that can lead to future hazards or tree failure.

The V.I.P. project is sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care education program of the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District. These communities are pooling resources to train volunteers and supply them with the tools needed to do the pruning. Pruning work parties will take place starting in late fall and will extend into early spring. Each community’s forestry program will choose which public trees will be targeted for pruning. It is expected to be a combination of park trees and street trees. Those who take care of other trees in public places, such as church Trustees and Homeowners Association workers, are also encouraged to attend a training session.

Individuals who are 16 years of age or older and interested in the V.I.P. program are invited to attend a three-hour training session. The first training session will be held on Saturday, October 2nd at Hayden City Hall, starting at 9:00 a.m. A second training session will be held on Saturday, October 9th at the Spokane County Conservation District Office starting at 9:00 a.m. The training is free in exchange for putting in volunteer hours pruning public trees. Because of limited space, pre-registration is encouraged. Contact Katie at 208/415-0415 or Garth at 509/535-7274.

For more information, please call Karen Haskew at 769-2266 or email karenh@cdaid.org.

Safe Winterization of Lawn & Garden Irrigation Systems

By Greg Schrempp, Cross Connection Program

City of Coeur d’Alene water customers will soon be starting to prepare their lawn and garden irrigation systems for the coming, cold weather.

In our area, the most common practice is to use compressed air to blow out the leftover water in the irrigation piping. When performed correctly, this can be an efficient method to prevent expensive damage to irrigation systems caused by freezing. If performed incorrectly, however, costly damage to backflow assemblies can occur. You also run the risk of contaminating not only your water, but that of your neighbors’.

The following guidelines will help provide protection to you and other community members from irrigation system contamination.

1) Make sure that the blow-off port where air is introduced into the irrigation system is downstream of your approved backflow assembly. Blow-off ports installed upstream of the backflow assembly can allow oil and contaminated air from the air compressor tank to backflow into your potable water service as well as the city water main. High pressure air introduced upstream of the backflow assembly can also damage the internal parts of the assembly, resulting in the assembly not properly protecting our drinking water supply, as well as costly repair/replacement of the assembly.

2) If your irrigation system is protected by a Pressure or Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker, then it must be removed before the introduction of compressed air because these devices can be damaged if subjected to air from either upstream or downstream of the device.

3) Newly adopted City of Coeur d’Alene code requires the backflow assembly to be installed with unions so it can be removed before the introduction of compressed air, and stored inside for the winter. If the assembly was installed without unions and it cannot be removed to prevent freezing, then it must be thoroughly drained.

4) Perform your required annual backflow assembly test at spring start-up to make sure the assembly is operating correctly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Water Department, 676-7408 or Gary Nolan, 769-2220, ext. 818.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Library Help Available to Boost Computer Skills

Don't let a lack of computer skills keep you from using information technology. The Coeur d'Alene Public Library Can help. Computer workshops and help sessions are among the activities in this video update produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 has information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene including live and recorded coverage of public meetings. More news about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“Celebrating Safe Routes Ride” This Saturday

Meet at City Hall at Noon on the 18th

Recently, 15th Street in Coeur d'Alene, from the Centennial Trail on Mullan Avenue to north of Cherry Hill Park, has been striped for bike lanes! Come join other bicycling enthusiasts for a ride to celebrate safe bicycle routes. The ride is this Saturday, September 18th, at 12-noon. Meet other riders in the upper Coeur d’Alene Library parking lot to begin the journey.

From the parking lot, cyclists will ride to 15th Street, and then go north to Cherry Hill where they will meet up with the North Idaho BMX Association. The association will have refreshments for the bike riders.

The ride is a celebration of safe routes and particularly, Council’s decision to create a Class II bicycle lane on 15th Street.

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

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

“Camp All-Stars” Receives $4,436 from Inland Northwest Community Foundation

The Specialized Needs Recreation Program (SNR) has been awarded a grant for $4,436.00 from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INCF) through the Florence Wasmer Fund for Children and Families. This grant will support SNR’s Camp All-Stars program.

The INCF has awarded more than $37 million in grants and scholarships throughout the 20-county region since 1974. Their mission is to foster vibrant and sustainable communities in the Inland Northwest. They accomplish this by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations in order to provide critical human services, enrich education, arts and culture, promote economic and community development, and to support the environment. They work with individuals, families, and businesses to provide charitable benefits through 285 funds they manage with assets of approximately $55 million (as of January 2010).

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization providing recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have disabilities. SNR’s Camp All-Stars program provides day camps from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. during spring, winter, and summer breaks, and school days off. The camp is typically filled with six (6) hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. The day camp is provided for youth ages 4-21. For further information about SNR, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781, or visit our website at www.snr.bz.

SNR would like to thank the INCF-Florence Wasmer Fund for Children and Families for their very generous contribution and on-going support.

"Thank You" Ride

Recently, 15th street in Coeur d'Alene, from the Centennial Trail on Mullan Ave to North of Cherry Hill Park, has been striped for bike lanes! Come join us for a ride to thank the city for adding new Safe Routes to our city. The ride is Saturday the 18th at noon. We will be meeting in the Library parking lot and riding our bikes from there.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fall Reading Programs Start Sept. 21 at Library

Fall Reading programs in the Seagraves Children’s Library of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., begin Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Programs are free and no registration is required. Each session includes age-appropriate stories, songs, poems, crafts and other activities. The schedule is:
Book Babies Lapsit: For children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or 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, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.
LEGO Club: Thursday, 4-5 p.m. Free building time for ages 5-10 with our giant tubs of LEGOs.
The library will be closed until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, for staff in-service training and there will be no reading programs that day.
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 cdalibrary.org.

Turn in Old Medications on September 25th – National Pharmaceutical Drug Take-Back Day

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CdAPD), the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD), the Idaho State Police (ISP), and the city’s Enough is Enough Committee, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), are holding a “National Pharmaceutical Drug Take-Back Day” at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Saturday, September 25th, from 12:00-noon until 4:00 p.m. The event will be held just outside the library’s front entrance.

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

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

“The Coeur d'Alene School District is happy to support the CdAPD, KCSD, and ISP to provide the opportunity for community members to turn in their unused prescription drugs,” said Hazel Bauman, School District Superintendent. “Unused prescription drugs can be a danger and a temptation to kids of all ages, and this is a great opportunity to protect our children.”

Local and regional law enforcement will be on hand from 12:00-noon. until 4:00 p.m. at the entrance to the library to receive outdated or unused prescription medications. Sharpies will be provided for the public to mark out any personal information on the prescription bottle. Chief Longo encourages the public to turn in unused prescription medications.

Please note that intravenous solutions, injectibles, syringes, or medical waste WILL NOT be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens. For more information, please call 769-2320.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Signs 101

It never hurts to have a refresher course on municipal ordinances that affect us on a regular basis. One such ordinance is our Sign Ordinance. It addresses objects we see everywhere, everyday.

All exterior signs in the City of Coeur d'Alene require a sign permit, including signs on private property. The maximum size allowed is determined by your zoning and driving lanes. The maximum height for most signs is 30 feet. The permit remains in place unless the sign is altered or re-faced, the text is changed, etc. – at that point, a new permit is required. All signs in the city must be either mounted to a building or placed in permanent concrete foundations. The sign footings must be inspected prior to the sign being installed. The price of the permit is based on the value of the sign plus installation. Once a permit is approved, a Mylar sticker is issued to affix to the sign.

A-Frame or “sandwich board” signs may be used for advertising, but the owner must obtain a permit. The small signs with wire footings that stick in the ground are not allowed, nor are the narrow, upright flags that stick in the ground. Banners mounted to light poles on private property are allowed with some restrictions. The A-Frame/sandwich board permits expire August 31st annually. The maximum size in the downtown core is 24" wide x 48" high, otherwise the size restriction is 36" x 48". If placed on private property, the fee is $23.50. If placed on the sidewalk, the fee is $73.50 which includes the use of the sidewalk.

There are penalties for not obtaining a permit. If a sign is installed without a permit, there is a double fine. Depending on the circumstances, a business owner or sign company may be issued a citation or prosecuted as a misdemeanor with up to a $1,000.00 fine and/or jail service for failure to obtain permits.

If you have a sign that has not been permitted, please contact Kathy Lewis, Deputy City Clerk, to remedy the situation immediately. Her contact number is 769-2229.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Immunization Can Slow Whooping Cough Surge

The recent hospitalization of two northern Idaho infants with whooping cough is a clear call to people of all ages to get their pertussis immunization.
So far this year, 57 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the five northern counties. Last year, only six cases of whooping cough were reported in the same area for the entire year. The number of cases so far this year (through August) is eight times higher than average.
Both infants recently diagnosed are in intensive care. The pertussis bacteria, which is pervasive, is particularly dangerous for children younger than 6 months old.
Pertussis is a highly contagious disease recognized by severe coughing spells that can cause vomiting and lack of breath. Untreated, pertussis can develop into pneumonia, seizures and encephalitis.
It’s been surging in this area since last November, indicating community-wide transmission. Children and adults in group settings, such as school, are at the highest risk for catching and spreading whooping cough, and vaccination increases the likelihood of avoiding or minimizing the effects of the disease.
“Immunization is our best tool,” said Randi Lustig, epidemiology program manager for the Panhandle Health District. “The pertussis vaccination isn’t just for babies. Adolescents and adults need to be revaccinated, even if they were vaccinated as children.”
The effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine fades with time. National health officials recommend a booster for children at age 11 or 12. Adults who didn’t get the vaccine as a pre-teen should get one dose.
Babies and children don’t benefit from the vaccine’s maximum protection until age 5. It’s important for anyone around them to have a current pertussis vaccination.
Whooping cough typically starts with a runny nose, but a cough quickly takes over. People spread pertussis by coughing or sneezing while they’re in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria.
People with pertussis are contagious before the cough starts and stay contagious for up to three weeks. Doctor-prescribed antibiotics can kill the infection and prevent it from spreading.
Whooping cough is frequently misdiagnosed as bronchitis or allergies. North Idaho’s medical community has been advised to consider pertussis a possibility when patients have a cough illness.
PHD has immunizations with the pertussis vaccine for babies, adolescents and adults. For an appointment in your county, call:

Kootenai County – 415-5270
Bonner County – 263-5159
Boundary County – 267-5558
Benewah County – 245-4556
Shoshone County – 786-7474

This news item was posted in cooperation with the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Environmental Open House to be Held September 9th

On Thursday, September 9th, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the Library Community Room, the city and many partners will come together to present information on the environment. They will share what the city and other agencies are doing to be environmentally responsible, offer citizens information, and seek public comments and suggestions.

Among the topics to be presented are: Stormwater Management, Single Stream Recycling, Water and Energy Conservation, Xeriscaping, River Water Quality, and Hazardous Waste Disposal.

Participants include:
Avista Utilities
CdA Engineering, Water, and Wastewater departments, Green Team
Community Action Partnership
Idaho Transportation Department
Kootenai County Solid Waste
Kootenai Environmental Alliance
Lakes Highway District
Panhandle Area Council
Post Falls Public Works
Waste Management

For more information, please contact Kim Harrington at 769-2214.

2nd Open House for Ed Corridor Transportation Plan to be Held

A second Open House for the Education Corridor Transportation Plan will be held in the Library Community Room at 702 E. Front Avenue, Wednesday, September 8th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. One of the items to be discussed on September 8th is the Concept Landscape Plan, which includes street trees and proposed locations for public art and entry features.

The first open house, held August 11th, gave citizens the opportunity to become familiar with selected alternatives for road alignments and widths, intersection locations, bike and pedestrian plans, and general infrastructure improvements. Valuable comments and input were shared by those who are most affected by the proposed improvements. Of the 69 people who came to the Open House, 55 submitted written comments that help guide the project team’s decisions on such items as: selection of a preferred River Avenue alternative; redesign of the Mullan Avenue Roundabout; and abandonment of the proposed circulation changes to Military Drive, Forest Drive, and Rosenberry/Lakeshore Drive.

Public comments are welcome. Please call Chris Bates at 769-2228 for more information.

Background: On May 23, 2002, the city entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with North Idaho College (NIC), the University of Idaho (U of I), and the Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC) to develop a master plan for an education corridor. The purpose of the education corridor is to create a community where area youth can go to college locally, be eligible for local employment, and raise their families in the region.

In August 2009, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) awarded the city a grant to further study the education corridor project through the MICD Alumni Technical Assistance Program, a partnership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Architectural Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors.

After listening to a broad spectrum of community members, urban design experts with the MICD mirrored back to the community the vision that they had heard. It was agreed that the next steps to be taken were: (1) preparing design and development criteria, (2) creating a traffic and engineering study for infrastructure development, and (3) finalizing the annexation agreement.

Library Closed Sept. 5&6 for Labor Day

The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 5 and 6, for the Labor Day holiday. Normal hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m.
The library's databases, with a wide variety of information resources, are available 24 hours a day through the library's website, cdalibrary.org. To access the databases from home or other computers call 208/769-2315 or visit the library during open hours to obtain the required user names and passwords.

HOG RALLY

Tomorrow, the City will have an influx of motorcycles coming to town. This weekend is the Idaho State HOG Rally. At 5PM, riders will ride in a large group beginning at the Fairgrounds, Margaret to 15th, to Sherman Avenue where there will be an open air dance in the grassy area on the south side of Sherman at 6th. Sherman will be completely shut down between 4th and 7th from 4:30 to 10:00PM as will 5th and 6th streets one block north and south of Sherman. Fourth Street and 7th street will remain open for north and southbound traffic. Music starts at 6:00 and ends at 8:30. There is a large group ride Saturday morning leaving from the Shilo Inn on Appleway at 8:00.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Yield to Pedestrians

The Door Prize

City’s First Dog Park to be Dedicated on Labor Day

“Central Bark” Chosen as New Name
On Monday, September 6th, at noon, the city’s first off-leash dog park will be opened. A barbeque is being planned for the opening day and fun is on the agenda for people and their dogs. The dog park group solicited names for the dog park and the Parks & Recreation Commission chose “Central Bark” as its new name.

This project was completed in cooperation with the Kootenai County Dog Park Association, the City of Coeur d’Alene, and School District #271. Please mark your calendars for Monday, September 6th, 12-noon, for the dedication of “Central Bark.” The new dog park is adjacent to Northshire Park on the corner of Atlas Road and Nez Perce. For more information, please call 769-2252.

City Hall Closed Labor Day

On Monday, September 6, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for Labor 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, September 7th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.