Monday, November 29, 2010

Ocarina Club Part of Library's Holiday Reading Programs

Here's a sampling of the music by the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Ocarina Club led by Library staffer Anthony Tardiff. This club is offered Fridays 4-5 p.m. and is designed for ages 9-12. Participants learn about this ancient musical instrument and how to play it. Space is limited. To register visit the library or call 208/769-2315 Ext. 438. For more news about the library visit

Holiday Season Fire Safety Tips

From Kenny Gabriel, Fire Chief

Be safe this holiday season – follow these Fire Safety Tips, prepared by the United States Fire Administration. They can help you and your family avoid the devastation that a fire during the holidays can bring.

Live Tree Precautions
Needles on fresh trees should be green and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. If many needles fall off when you bounce a tree on the ground, the tree has probably dried out and is a fire hazard.

Set your tree up in a safe area, located away from all heat sources. If there are smokers in the house, do not allow them to smoke near the tree. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

As soon as the tree becomes dry, it needs to be disposed of promptly. If your community uses a recycling service, this is the best way to dispose of the tree. Otherwise, have the tree hauled away by your waste hauler. Never put the tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Artificial Trees
If you opt for an artificial tree, make sure that the tree has a fire-retardant label. If the tree is metal or aluminum, do not use any lights or electrical products to decorate it. Metal is a good conductor of electricity.

Holiday Decorative Lighting
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Unplug all decorative lighting before you go to bed or before you leave the house.

Outdoor Lights
Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory and marked for outdoor use. Turn off electricity to the supply outlet before working with outdoor wiring. Run all outdoor cords above ground, keeping them out of the puddles and snow. To prevent moisture from entering bulb sockets, turn the bulbs to face the ground.

Do not overload electrical outlets and do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Wires ­should not be warm to the touch.

Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders.

Keep candles away from other decorations and wrapping paper. Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over.

Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant trimming materials. Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass "angel hair" to avoid irritation to eyes and skin. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles made of plastic or non-leaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children.

In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children. Pieces could be swallowed or inhaled.

Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that flue is open. Keep a screen before the fireplace all the time a fire is burning. Use care with "fire salts" which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals, which can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation or vomiting if eaten. Keep away from children.

Paper & Wrappings
When making paper decorations, look for materials labeled non-combustible or flame-resistant. Never place trimming near open flames or electrical connections. Remove all wrapping papers from tree and fireplace areas immediately after presents are opened. Do not burn papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

General Rules for Holiday Safety

Have working smoke detectors installed on every level of your home, test them monthly, and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times.

Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach of children.

Avoid smoking near flammable decorations.

Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in the home. See that each family member knows what to do. PRACTICE THE PLAN!

Avoid wearing loose flowing clothes - particularly long, open sleeves - near open flames - such as those of a fireplace, stove, or candlelit table.

Never burn candles near evergreens. Burning evergreens in the fireplace can also be hazardous.

When dry, greens burn like tinder. Flames can flare out of control, and send sparks flying into a room, or up the chimney to ignite creosote deposits.

Plan For Safety. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connection.

For more information please contact Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel at 769-2340.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Books for Christmas at Library Dec. 2

Game Days with Wii systems set for Dec. 3 & 17
Books For Christmas – sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Chapter of the Idaho Writers League and the Friends of the Library – will be offered at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 2, beginning at 5 p.m.
Local authors will be on hand in the Community Room to sign and talk about their books. Copies will be available to purchase with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Library. Refreshments will be served.
Also on Dec. 2 children’s author Tina Lorraine will read her book, “Mr. Jingles,” in the Seagraves Children’s Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Crafts will also be available as part of this children’s holiday program.
On Friday, Dec. 3, Game Days are back at the library. Come to the Community Room beginning at 3:30 p.m. for games on the library’s Wii systems and DS Lite handhelds. The next Game Day is scheduled for Dec. 17.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

Free Series to Focus on Coeur d'Alene History

Regional historian Robert Singletary returns to the Coeur d'Alene Public Library in December with a three-part weekly series that will focus on the history of Coeur d'Alene.
Singletary – who last winter presented a 13-part series on the history of North Idaho – will speak at the library during free Wednesday programs on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.
The series, “Coeur d'Alene: Connections to the Past,” will look at the trends and people who have shaped the history of the Lake City using visual images, artifacts and living history presentations. Singletary has written a companion book about Coeur d'Alene to be published by the Museum of North Idaho.
The library series is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library and will include:
Dec. 1, The Fort Years, 1878-1898.
Dec. 8, The Boom Years, 1900-1920.
Dec. 15, The 1920s and Beyond.
Singletary is an active historian in the region. He wrote a weekly history column for the Coeur d’Alene Press for 10 years and taught history at NIC and Lewis-Clark State College. He also served as a trustee for the Museum of North Idaho and the Idaho State Historical Society. Singletary owns History Unlimited, which specializes in historical tours, lectures and living history performances.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, November 23, 2010

Book discussion canceled due to weather

Due to weather and road conditions the book discussion by the Pageturners Library Book Club that was to be held Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been canceled.
Check the library website – – for rescheduling information.
Copies of the book for the January discussion, “Dracula,” by Bram Stoker is now available to be checked out at the library’s Research and Information Desk. That discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 10:15 a.m.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. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Shop Holidays Safely

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

If you venture out to the area malls and grocery stores, you will observe holiday shoppers carefully selecting special gifts for loved ones and neighbors. This time of year brings out the best in many people with their generosity, as well as the worst in some with their character flaws. Please take the time to ensure your personal safety by following these safety tips:

Shopping Safety:
v Don't overload yourself with packages. Drive home if possible in between destinations and unload your gifts.
v Do not leave a purchased gift in the back seat of the car with a blanket over it (burglars look for that).
v If you must shop in the evening, shop with a friend.
v Park in well-lighted areas, as close as possible to store entrances. Be particularly aware of persons in the parking lot, especially near your car.
v Lock your car and make sure the windows are closed.
v Carry only the charge cards you will need. Don't carry or flash large sums of cash.
v Carry your purse next to your body with the purse flap against you. Men should carry their wallets in front pockets or on the inside pockets of jackets.
v Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Don't allow your attention to become distracted from your purse or packages.
v Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated in a store or shopping mall.
v Don't hesitate to notify store security if you see suspicious activity.
v If you have to wait for a ride, wait in a busy, well-lighted place.

Place your personal safety in the forefront of your thoughts as you enjoy all that this season has to offer. On behalf of Chief Wayne Longo and the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, we would like to wish all of our citizens and visitors a safe and happy holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Holiday Delays Garbage Pick-up by One (1) Day

Due to the Thursday, November 25th, Thanksgiving Day holiday, City of Coeur d' Alene garbage pickup will be delayed by one day.

If your garbage is normally picked up on Thursday, it will be picked up on Friday, November 26th – if it is normally picked up on Friday, it will be picked up on Saturday, November 27th.

For more information, please call 769-2227.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Library Closed Nov. 25 & 26 for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will close early – at 6 p.m. – on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours will resume Saturday, Nov. 27, at noon.
Previous years the library has been open the Friday after Thanksgiving, but the new closure – which matches the schedule of city departments – was approved by the Library Board due to scheduling issues for the Christmas and New Years closures.
The library’s databases – with a wide variety of online resources – can be accessed 24 hours a day from home computers through the library website – To obtain user names and passwords for the databases visit the library or call 208/769-2315 during open hours.

Library Serves up Holiday Reading Programs

Before you have even finished your Thanksgiving leftovers the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will serve up its annual Holiday Reading Programs beginning Tuesday, Nov. 30 and continuing through Dec. 17.
All programs are free and only one – Ocarina Club – requires registration. This club is offered Fridays 4-5 p.m. and is designed for ages 9-12. Participants learn about this ancient musical instrument and how to play it. To register visit the library or call 208/769-2315 Ext. 438.
Also back from the Fall Reading Programs is the Game CafĂ©, for ages 6-13, offered Wednesdays 4-5 p.m. in the Seagraves Children’s Library. Children can try their hands at chess, checkers, and a variety of other board games.
The library’s other Holiday programs – with age-appropriate stories, activities and crafts – include:
Book Babies Lap-Sit: Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.
Tales for Twos & Threes: Tuesdays 11-11:30 a.m., for ages 2-3.
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays 10:30-11 a.m. and 1-1:30 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. More news and information about the library is available online at

All Invited to November 23rd Atlas Trail Dedication!

Please join the excitement on Tuesday, November 23rd, at 12:15 p.m., as the city dedicates a new portion of the Atlas Trail. The new length of the trail extends from Peartree Lane, winds under I-90, and then connects to the Centennial Trail.

The project was financed by a State Transportation Enhancement Grant and was completed this fall. The ceremony starts at 12:15 at the southern end of the trail by Atlas Storage. Parking is available at Rainbow Towing / Tom’s Dive Shop on Atlas Road near Seltice Way.

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

City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

On November 25th and 26th, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the Thanksgiving 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 Monday, November 29th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

5th & Sherman Signal to be Eliminated

Stop Signs to be Installed on 5th Street

The signal at 5th Street and Sherman Avenue will be decommissioned starting this week after stop signs are installed on 5th Street. A review by the city’s Engineering Department shows that the vehicle and pedestrian cross traffic is minimal and that the signal is not really warranted. The signal is over 20 years old and is not traffic-actuated, therefore it must run on a predetermined time which does not respond to actual traffic volumes or movement, making it extremely inefficient.

Eliminating the signal will improve traffic progression on Sherman Avenue and improve the service to the side streets without compromising safety. A review of the intersection at 6th Street and Sherman Avenue revealed that the vehicle and pedestrian traffic is exactly the same as the 5th and Sherman intersection, and that there were very few accidents. Poles and mast arms will be completely removed on the corners that don’t have street lights, leaving just the poles where there is a street light on them. The “Walk/Don’t Walk” indicators will also be removed (similar to 6th Street).

For more information, please call 769-2216.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Police Chaplain Appointed

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is pleased to welcome Daniel J. Perry in his new appointment as Police Chaplain. He is filling the position of recently retired Chaplain Randy Clark. Daniel is held in high regard among his peers, and has displayed exemplary service as a pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

As a long-time Christian counselor he provides a valuable resource for officers and employees of the Police Department. Chaplain Perry has served in police chaplaincy since 1987. He worked with the Michigan State Police, and Garden City and Livonia Michigan Police Departments. Prior to his service as a chaplain he was a sworn officer with Las Vegas Metro and the Arvada, Colorado Police Department where he was assigned as a canine handler.

In a recent letter to department employees Chaplain Perry stated “My purpose in the chaplaincy is to simply be a source of blessing, encouragement and support to all department members and their families. I am here to minister to you in any way I can”.

“Chaplain Perry will fill a vital role as the Police Department Chaplain, as well as provide service to those with needs in our community. We look forward to his service with our agency for many years to come” stated Police Chief Wayne Longo.

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

Monday, November 15, 2010

‘Holidays and Heroes’ Creates Christmas for Kids

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer

Holiday cheer and feelings of goodwill are upon us. Sadly, many in our community do not have basic items of food or clothing, let alone the opportunity to feel the joy of Christmas. This year as in years past, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, Rathdrum Police Department, Spirit Lake Police Department, Idaho State Police, Coeur d’Alene firefighters, and numerous volunteers are proud to join together and participate again this year in the “Holidays and Heroes” program.

Police officers and firefighters volunteer their time to make this event special and are happy to work in partnership with businesses, civic groups, and citizens in the region to make a needy child’s Christmas a little bit brighter.

The agencies will be following the same format as in prior years in which several police officers and firefighters from Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, and Kootenai County, take children shopping for the day. Children’s names are provided to the organizers by School Resource Officers, school counselors, patrol officers, deputy sheriffs, or firemen who have come into contact with a needy child during this last year.

The event begins on December 19th with children being picked up at their home by a police officer in a patrol car. The children are driven to Wal-Mart in the Spokane Valley and to Wal-Mart in Post Falls. Police and firemen take the children through the store picking out Christmas gifts for the children and their families. Last year, there were approximately 100 police and firemen shopping in the store at the same time with 100 children.

After the shopping is complete, the children are taken back to the Coeur d’Alene Greyhound Park to visit with Santa. The Greyhound Park facility is provided free of charge for the event. While the children are meeting Santa, volunteers wrap their presents and prepare a large food basket for their family.

At the end of the day, the officers load the presents and food into their patrol cars and take the children home. All of the officers and firemen participating are volunteering their time on their day off. There will still be a regular shift of officers and firefighters covering the normal patrol duties in Spokane and Kootenai County.

Holidays and Heroes is accepting cash donations and food items that can be dropped off at Spokane County Sheriff’s Office desk at 1100 W. Mallon Ave., and the Valley office of 12710 E. Sprague, Post Falls Police Department at 1717 E. Polston Ave., Kootenai County Sheriffs Department at 5500 N. Government Way, Rathdrum Police Department at 8178 W. Main St, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 3818 Schreiber Way, and Kootenai County Fire Administration Office at 5271 E. Seltice Way.

The more donations provided, the more needy children we can put on our shopping list. Police and fire departments will be participating in upcoming food drive events in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Citizens are asked to make a food or cash donation at these events. Holidays and Heroes has been a joyful experience for the kids involved. We hope it is even bigger and better this year with the continued support of our communities. All of the agencies participating would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Library Offer Food for Fines Amnesty

You can help your community and yourself during the upcoming holiday season by participating in “Fa La La La La – Food for Fines.”
Beginning Monday, Nov. 15, and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 4, a patron can bring a donation of nonperishable food to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., and any overdue fines on his or her library card will be forgiven.
Food for Fines only applies to overdue fines and cannot be used for charges related to lost of damaged items.
Donations will be turned over to the Community Action Partnership Food Bank. The library will also accept pet food donations for the Kootenai Humane Society.
Donations will also be accepted from those patrons who do not have fines on their cards.More news and information about the library is available online at

Library Offers Evening of Curious Fun

Curious George – the subject of numerous books by H.A. Rey as well as the popular PBS series – will be on hand for an evening of fun at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Thursday, Nov. 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Family Reading Night activities with Curious George will be in the Shirley Parker Story Room and the craft room in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level at 702 E. Front Ave.
This evening of curious fun will include refreshments, crafts, stories and prizes.
Idaho Family Reading Week is Nov. 14-20 and is celebrate by libraries to encourage families to read together for fun and to enhance children’s reading and language skills.
Tips for family reading include:
Begin reading to your child at birth.
Let your baby play with the book.
If the baby sometimes doesn’t seem interested, put the book away and try again another time. Raising a reader takes time and patience.
Be animated. Use different voices and facial expressions as you read. Make it fun!
Choose books that use word repetition, rhymes, and predictable text.
Decide on a regular time to read each day. Even five or ten minutes gets children ready to read on their own.
Before reading the book together, have your child take a “picture walk” through the book and make predictions about the story.
Let your child turn the pages and point to words as you read.
Encourage a love of words by playing rhyming and word games, singing silly songs, or writing stories together.
Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at

Monday, November 8, 2010

Killen, Sterling Earn Road Scholar Certification

At last week’s City Council meeting, Heavy Equipment Operators Eric Killen and Aman Sterling received their Road Scholar Certificates. The Road Scholar Program is a way for local road professionals in Idaho to be recognized for successfully completing training designed to provide participants with the fundamentals of safety, management, and advanced technologies. The coursework also exposes those who attend to a wide variety of other, relevant transportation topics.

Of the over 32,000 miles of highways, roads, and streets in Idaho, cities, counties and highway districts are responsible for the majority of road-miles within the state. The transportation professionals who are constructing and maintaining these roadways need to keep up-to-date on the new technologies and skills required to construct and maintain effective highway systems.

“I would like to emphasize the importance of the Road Scholar Program,” said Eric Killen, who began his career with the Street Maintenance Department in November 2003. “The benefit that the employee and department will gain from this well-developed curriculum compares to no other.”

Nine, one-day classes are mandatory, many of them having extensive testing requirements afterwards. These include: Basic Surveying, Roadway Materials, Roads 101, Pavement Maintenance, Effective Communication Skills, First Aid, CPR, Basic Math, and Flagger Training. Participants must receive a score of 80% or higher on exams to receive a Road Scholar certificate. Two elective classes that range from heavy equipment operation to signs & signals and de-icers are also required. All of the courses must be completed with a passing grade within four years of starting the program or be retaken.

“We gained knowledge from instructors who are experts in their field,” Aman Sterling explained. Sterling started his career with the Street Maintenance Department in October 2002. “They answered questions that have arisen from our daily work in the field and informed us of changes that may occur in the future of road work. We learned the standards of road building, right-of-way, and legalities of proper signage and placement.”

Both Killen and Sterling emphasized how the program will make them more efficient at their jobs, and appreciated meeting with other transportation professionals from around the state. “We have also enjoyed the instructors’ insight and camaraderie,” added Killen.

Sterling and Killen are Coeur d’Alene’s first Road Scholars. Stormwater Field Supervisor Terry Leigh and Heavy Equipment Operators Sharron Simon, Travis Galloway, and Russ Grant are close to completing the program. Five of the eight classes completed during the Road Scholar program are also required for the Idaho Road Master program. Interested professionals can apply for the Road Master program once they have received their Road Scholar certificates. Both Killen and Sterling are just one class away from obtaining their Road Master certification.

“We are not just road workers,” said both Sterling and Killen. “We are now Road Scholar professionals.”

For more information on the Road Scholar program, call 1-800-259-6841. For Coeur d’ Alene street information, please call the Street Maintenance Information line, 769-2233.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Magic Lantern Reveals Mysteries of Snowflakes

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will host a Magic Lantern Show Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. with a program that will feature the world of snowflake crystals.
The program – in the Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave. – will be presented by Shel Izen using his vintage lantern projector and antique slides from the Wilson A. Bentley collection of crystals.
Izen explains that Bentley was the son of Vermont farmers in the late 19th century. His mother had been a schoolteacher, and when Bentley was 15 he was given an old microscope leftover from her teaching years. He began then to explore his word close-up, and discovered the beauty of snow crystals.
Bentley tried to sketch what he saw under the microscope, but was not pleased with the results. In 1884 his father bought him a $100 Eastman Kodak Bellows camera for his son – a mjor investment in those days. Bentley attached a microscope to the end of his camera, and through much trial and error in 1885 he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. He photographed over 5,000 snow crystals in his lifetime.
It is because of Bentley’s work that the phrase, “No two snowflakes are alike” became the accepted wisdom. He also photographed clouds, ice, raindrops, window frost, dew and landscapes.
This program is made possible through a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public 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

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fiber & Fabric Exhibit Opens Nov. 7 at Library

Demonstrators sought for Nov. 20 Activity
The second annual Fiber & Fabric exhibit of quilts, knitting, and other hand arts will go on display at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Sunday, Nov. 7.
Quilts will be displayed throughout the upper level of the library throughout the month and knitting and other art pieces will be on display in the glass cases of the Parkside Gallery on the lower level.
Anyone who would like to share a Fiber & Fabric skill – knitting, quilting, spinning, weaving, or other arts with the public – is invited to come to the library on Saturday, Nov. 20, for Fiber & Fabric Demonstration Day. To reserve space contact David Townsend, Communications Coordinator, at 208/769-2315 Ext. 426 or e-mail
Demonstration Day will be open to the public 1-3 p.m. in the library Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave. Refreshments will be served.
A previously scheduled Fiber & Fabric Fashion Show has been canceled for this year.
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

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

City Hall Closed Veterans Day

On Thursday, November 11, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for Veterans Day. 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 Friday, November 12th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Join us for Canfield Mountain Trail Maintenance, Saturday, November 6th, at 9:00 a.m.

This Saturday, November 6th, at 9:00 a.m., the City of Coeur d’Alene Parks Department is hosting a Trail Maintenance Day on Canfield Mountain. The Canfield Mountain trails were completed this past summer, creating a two-loop hiking and biking trail system on the 24-acre natural open space park donated to the city in 2007. Volunteers are needed to help us soften a few, key switchbacks and to widen a narrow section of the trail. Tools will be provided, but please be sure to bring gloves, rain gear, eye protection, and water.

Directions: From I-90 take 15th Street north, turn right on Shadduck Lane, left on Copper, and turn left again on Mt. Vista Drive. The Park Entrance is located a few hundred feet down Mt. Vista Drive on the right hand side of the road. Parking is on-street.

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

Monday, November 1, 2010

November is Fiber & Fabric Month at Library

Fiber and fabric arts will be celebrated at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library beginning with an exhibit starting Nov. 7. Here is a video update of library activities 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 information about the library is available at

Award-Winning Snow Removal Program is Ready to Roll

By Tim Martin
Street Superintendent

For our newcomers who have heard all of the horror stories about how cold and snowy it can be in Coeur d’Alene, relax. In a typical winter, there are six or seven good snowstorms. Each one takes a couple of days to fully “mop up.” That’s about 14 snow days to weather. Our first real snowstorm will likely occur sometime later this month or early December. It will be named Storm “Abracadabra.” This year’s storm names – alphabetically themed after names of Idaho ski runs – were created by Logan Nosworthy, first place winner from Ms. Sue DeGraw’s fourth grade class at Bryan Elementary School. Why do we name storms? In order to track, record, and critique our performance, we give each storm a name. It also helps us communicate storm status on KVNI radio, the CdA Press, and on the city’s webpage. Plus it’s fun and it gives kids something to think about.

We’ve already been planning and preparing for winter. With over 240 lane miles of streets, many which require six plow passes and have an average of 67 inches of snowfall each year, your department is ready for the snow challenge. With additional resources that the City Council has dedicated to street maintenance and some process improvements, the average time for us to complete a citywide plowing has been reduced to about 38 hours, a 25 percent decrease from the 1999-2000 winter. One statistic we keep is the number of missed school days; there have been only ten since the winter of 1999-2000, six occurring during the record winters of 2007-08 and 2008-09 (sorry kids).

In 2004, the Association of Idaho Cities recognized Coeur d’Alene with a City Achievement Award for its unique and popular “Snow Gate Program.” Where practical, neighborhood plowing is done with front-end loaders equipped with “snow gate” plows. These state-of-the-art snow machines enable us to reduce the amount of snow you may find in your driveway after we pass by. Also, the 2010-2011 Snow Plan recommends a target of 38 hours for a citywide snow plowing, reduced noticeably from the 52-hour target of a few years ago. The 38-hour target compares well and in most cases exceeds targets of other comparable snow cities in the northwest.

I wish you could ride in our snowplow trucks, graders, or loaders to appreciate just how demanding and potentially dangerous it is to plow snow. We are blessed to have a very talented group of equipment operators working for the city. As a team, they have dramatically reduced the number of snow plowing complaints. Our operators, both men and women, have maintained a remarkable safety record.

Would you help us to do a better job? After a major snowstorm, please try not to park on the street until after we finish plowing. You will get a much better result. If you are in doubt as to whether we are plowing, listen to KVNI 1080 AM or call us at 769-2233. The Street Department website will also be updated regularly. I would encourage you to check this valuable tool.

Although snow removal is improving in the city, it is not realistic to expect all snow problems to go away. I promise you that we will do the best job possible.