Thursday, April 28, 2011

Open House for McEuen Park Project Held May 5th

6:00 p.m., CdA Library Community Room

An Open House for the proposed McEuen Park Project will be held Thursday, May 5th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Multiple easels with prints of the proposed park, showing the various associated costs of the amenities/elements, will be set up for viewing. Also displayed will be concepts for the boat launch and the baseball field.

The purpose of the Open House is to show the changes that have been made as a result of the many comments received through surveys, public forums, and personal correspondence. There will be opportunities for discussion with both the Design Team and Steering Committee members.

In May of 2010, the McEuen Steering Committee began meeting to discuss possible visions for the McEuen Field area. In July 2010, they selected Team McEuen to express and articulate that vision. Team McEuen is comprised of an architectural firm, landscape architect, and engineering firm.

For more information, you can access our web site at or contact Parks Director Doug Eastwood at 769-2252.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Free Comic Book Day, Tea Party May 7 at Library

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is joining forces with publishers and retailers around the world on Saturday, May 7, by participating in Free Comic Book Day, and will also host a Royal Tea Party.
Young patrons visiting the library, 702 E. Front Ave., during regular hours, noon to 4 p.m., can pick up their free comic book by visiting the Seagrave Children’s Library on the Parkside Level or Teen Central upstairs on the Terrace Level. The comic books are available as long as the supply lasts.
“Comic books can be a great way for children to become interested in reading,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “They offer a nearly limitless number of characters and adventures that can appeal to all ages of readers. And the art presented is some of the most creative work being done in the world today. They are also a lot of fun.”
The comic book giveaway is sponsored by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, whose volunteers operate Second Story Books in the main lobby of the library Monday through Saturday.
The Friends are also the sponsors of the Royal Tea Party, scheduled for 1-3 p.m. in the Community Room. The activity is this year’s version of the American Girl Tea Party and is intended for ages 7-12 accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or other special adult guest.
There is no charge for the tea party, but seating is limited. Participants are asked to register prior to the event by contacting the children’s library either in person or by calling 208-769-2315 Ext. 438.
Royal costume for the tea party is encouraged. Special refreshments and activities will be provided.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are 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, April 25, 2011

If you missed the Earth Day event this weekend, you missed out. The weather was beautiful, attendance records were broken, the mood was good, and fun was had by all. The Ped/Bike committee was there with maps, brochures, and road safety quiz cards to give out.

Terra Sports hosted a bike rodeo, performing bike safety checks, helmet fit, and skills testing.

The Ped/Bike committee hosted valet bike parking (bike corral) giving a free raffle ticket to anyone arriving by foot or bike. One lady walked 15 blocks with 5 children to get free raffle tickets for them all. Great job!

Electric bicycles were on display along with the cars from the Panhandle Electric Vehicle Association.

A sculpture made from old bike parts was on display from Art on the Edge. Raffle tickets will be sold until the close of Bike to Work Week. We will post more information on the sculpture when it becomes available.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fabulous Flix to Feature ‘The King’s Speech’

A special screening of “The King’s Speech” in honor of the royal wedding will be shown May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the library.
This Oscar-inning film is offered as part of “Fabulous Flix @ the Library” and is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
A $5 donation is suggested. Free popcorn is provided. Proceeds will be used to enhance the library’s DVD collection.
“The King’s Speech” is based on the true story of King George VI’s quest to find his voice.
It stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.
The movie won Academy Awards this year for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The film is rated R for adult language and is 118 minutes long.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are 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

Arbor Day Button Art Winners Announced

The local Arbor Day Committee has announced the winners of an art contest to design a button for Arbor Day distribution. Caitlin Calvert, a student at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, designed the winning artwork. The second place winner is Lexi Montgomery of Coeur d’Alene High School, and third place is Elizabeth Johnson of Coeur d’Alene High School.

Caitlin Calvert’s art will be featured on a button that will be distributed along with tree seedlings to 1,800 Kootenai County fourth grade students the week of April 25th – 30th. Buttons will also be available to the public at various local Arbor Day events.

The annual button art contest is open to middle school and high school students who live within the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts. The local Arbor Day Committee narrowed over 150 pieces of submitted artwork down to eight finalists. The final judging was then done by the real experts – fourth grade students. As the winner, Caitlin will receive a check for $75, a t-shirt featuring her artwork, and a supply of Arbor Day buttons to give to family and friends.

The art of Lexi Montgomery of Coeur d’Alene High School was selected as the second place winner. Lexi will receive a check for $50 and buttons made from her art work. The third place winner, Elizabeth Johnson of Coeur d’Alene High School, will receive $25 and buttons. The other artists that made it to the finals will also receive buttons featuring their own artwork. They are Clair Rogers, Kris Olson, and Lilly Bonasera of the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy; and Charlie Russell and Mariah Kelly of Coeur d’Alene High School.

Artists from four schools and some home-schooled students participated in the Arbor Day Button Art contest. The top entry from Lakes Middle School was Robbie O’Neill; from Canfield Middle School the top entry was Jessica Brussel; and the top home-school entry was submitted by Mikela Harrison-Powell.

Button art entries will be on display at the Coeur d’Alene Arbor Day Celebration on April 30th. The celebration starts at 9:00 a.m. at East Tubbs Hill Park. The winning art will also be featured on the local cable public access channels in April and May.

Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday celebrated both nationally and internationally. Idaho’s Arbor Day is the last Friday in April – April 29th this year. The local Arbor Day Committee consists of representatives from federal, state, and city governments as well as several local service organizations. The Arbor Day seedlings and buttons that are distributed are purchased with donations from local forest products companies, nurseries, and tree services. Community volunteers individually package and tag the trees.

Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners Announced

Winners for the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department Arbor Day Poster contest for local fifth graders have been announced. This contest is a great way to encourage students to learn more about the importance of trees. Students created posters with the theme “What trees mean to me” which is designed to increase a student’s understanding of trees.

Four schools participated, submitting a total of 90 entries! This year’s Arbor Day Poster contest winners are:

1st Place: Angel Smith of Sorensen Elementary

2nd Place: Hailey Turner of Skyway Elementary

3rd Place: Emily Palus of Ramsey Elementary

Contest winners will receive a t-shirt with their art printed on it for their hard work. In addition, the top three will also receive a trophy. Awards will be presented at the Arbor Day Celebration, April 30th, at East Tubbs Hill Park. The celebration will start at 9:00 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast and the ceremony will start at 9:45 a.m.

Thanks go to Parker Toyota for sponsoring local prizes for the Arbor Day Poster contest. Thanks also to the Urban Forestry Committee for judging the posters. Great job to all the students and teachers who participated in the 2011 Arbor Day Poster Contest – we look forward to more remarkable art next year!

For directions to East Tubbs Hill Park or more information on the Arbor Day Celebration, please contact the Parks Department at 415-0415 or 769-2266.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Earth Day Everday

Celebrate Arbor Day, April 30th, at East Tubbs Hill Park

Arbor Day Events Begin April 25th

Coeur d’Alene is gearing up for several Arbor Day events during the week of April 25th – April 30th.

All of the fourth grade students in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts will be receiving tree seedlings. The seedlings were purchased with donations from the local timber industry and tree care companies. They will be individually packed and tagged by Arbor Day volunteers on Monday, April 25th.

Along with the seedlings, these students will receive an Arbor Day button. The designer of this year’s button, and winner of the Arbor Day Button Art Contest, is Caitlin Calvert of the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy.

Tree seedlings will also be given out at the children’s programs at the Coeur d’Alene Library throughout the week of April 25th – 29th. On Wednesday, April 27th, Katie Kosanke, Coeur d’Alene’s Urban Forestry Assistant, will be presenting special youth programs about Arbor Day and the benefits of trees at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29th, is Idaho’s official Arbor Day. The Master Gardeners will celebrate by giving out free tree seedlings at the Hayden, Rathdrum, Post Falls, Spirit Lake, and Athol libraries.

Coeur d’Alene will be having a community-wide Arbor Day Celebration at East Tubbs Hill Park on Saturday, April 30th. It will start with a pancake breakfast sponsored by Sun Valley Tree Service at 9:00 a.m. A ceremony and tree planting will be held at 9:45 a.m. There will also be a display of Arbor Day button and poster art, door prizes, and tree care information. Free tree seedlings will be given to all attendees by Cub Scout Troop 210 and the Idaho Department of Lands. At 10:15, guided hikes of Tubbs Hill will be offered, highlighting native trees, wildflowers, and the native vegetation restoration project. Hike leaders will be from the Urban Forestry Committee, Tubbs Hill Foundation, and the Native Plant Society.

At this event, Coeur d’Alene will be presented with a Tree City USA award, as well as a Tree City “Growth” award. This will be the 27h consecutive year of Tree City USA recognition for Coeur d’Alene. To qualify each year as a Tree City USA, a community must meet four criteria: having (1) a tree board or department; (2) a community tree care ordinance; (3) a comprehensive community forestry program; and (4) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

City and Homeowners Settle Sanders Beach Lawsuits

City Acquires Over 60 Feet of Beach

The City of Coeur d'Alene and the owners of eight homes along East Lakeshore have reached an amicable conclusion to six lawsuits arising from disputes regarding Sanders Beach. Orders dismissing the lawsuits, some of which date back to 1998, have been signed and entered. In addition to settling the six lawsuits, the city acquired the homeowners’ rights to build docks and also acquired over sixty feet of beach frontage.

In exchange, the city paid a total of $278,500.00 to purchase the property and acquire the dock rights, and also amended the Shoreline Ordinance to allow fences between public and private property at 12th and 15th streets.

Disputes over the use and ownership of Sanders Beach have flared from time to time over the last 40 years. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the beach above elevation 2,128 feet is private property. Several homeowners sought dock permits which the city opposed, resulting in additional lawsuits being filed.

As a result of the settlement between the city and the homeowners, the beach above 2,128 feet between 12th and 15th streets remains privately owned and is not open to the public.

Nonetheless, no docks can be built and the city swim area will be preserved in perpetuity. The beach that the city purchased is a 51-foot wide piece adjacent to 12th Street and a 10-foot wide piece adjacent to the Jewett House Beach. The beach and water below 2,128 is open to the public as well as the beaches at the 12th Street end, and the 15th Street end to the Jaeger property.

“I’m grateful that all parties were able to find common ground while also enhancing the city’s vision of public access to the lake,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem. “This is the kind of situation where everybody wins.”

For more information, contact the homeowners’ attorney John Magnuson (208) 667-0100, the city of Coeur d'Alene attorney Mike Haman (208) 667-6287, Coeur d'Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood (208) 769-2251, or Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley (208) 769-2330.

Library to Host ‘Bookers Dozen’ Exhibit During May

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will host “Bookers Dozen 2011,” a traveling exhibit from the Idaho Center for the Book at Boise State University.
The biennial exhibition will feature 14 handmade and self-published books.
Booker’s Dozen 2011 is the ninth edition of the show, which was founded in 1994 by late BSU English professor Tom Trusky to “reward and encourage bookmaking, to promote Idaho bookmakers and to inspire Idahoans to make their own books.” The 2011 pool included 109 entries, representing national and international artists.
“Perhaps due to the fact that the show has been on a transitional hiatus since 2008, or perhaps because of the resurgence of interest in the book as an object and in unique books as a counterbalance to digital artifacts, Booker’s Dozen 2011 elicited an astonishing response,” said art professor and center director Stephanie Bacon.
The exhibit includes work from Aaron Nelson, “The Short Life;” Sarah Lenz, “Brown Bag Week;” Brooke Burton, “Hacked Vol. 3;” Mike Scheef, “EMZ Book One;” Yael David-Cohen, “Ageing I;” Page Moran, “Dead Man’s Recipes;” Will Spearman, “The Document: A Brief History;” Jill Fitterer, “Orso Corpo, Terra/This is Exactly What Happened … (etc.);” Mariana Gutierrez, “Book;” Marilyn Cosho, “The Big Book of Asperger Syndrome;” William D. Lewis, “Look Out!;” Matt Bodett & Terra Feast, “Between the Edges of the Space;” Ajk Piercc + Tee Kho!, “THROUGH Non-Human;” and Margarita Benitez, “Untitled”
The exhibit will be in Coeur d’Alene May 1-29 and will then be hosted by the Mountain Home Public Library.
Idaho Center for the Book publishes a semi-annual newsletter, books and videos relating to Idaho and book history, book arts, and related book topics, as well as coordinating with and supporting the efforts of a variety of state and national organizations with similar interests and goals.

More news and information about the library is available online at

Monday, April 18, 2011

Turn in Old Medications at CHS Fair, April 30th

Rathdrum and Post Falls PD, KCSD Also Open for Turn-In

The Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Rathdrum Police Departments, along with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD), the city’s Enough is Enough Committee, and Idaho Drug Free Youth (IDFY) are sponsoring a “Prescription Drug Turn-in Day” as part of the Coeur d’Alene School District’s Safety Fair, on April 30th, at the Coeur d’Alene High School Commons. The Prescription Drug Turn-In will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Coeur d’Alene Police will be on hand during that period to receive and destroy outdated or unused prescription medication.

Citizens can also turn in their medications at the Post Falls City Hall (408 N. Spokane Street), Rathdrum Police Department (8178 W. Main Street), Hayden City Hall (8930 N. Government Way), Athol City Hall, and Harrison City Hall from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 30th.

It’s the fifth year for the CHS Safety Fair with numerous other agencies and groups represented. The Safety Fair is geared towards family emergency preparedness and offers activities for children and door prizes.

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 “Prescription Drug Turn-in 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 also helps 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 partner with local law enforcement agencies to provide the opportunity for community members to turn in their unused prescription drugs,” said Hazel Bauman, School 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.”

PLEASE NOTE: Only medications will be accepted – do not bring syringes or biohazards. Please do not bring, for example, allergy needles or needles used for injections.

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. For more information, please call 769-2320.

Catch Basin Replacement Project Begins April 22nd

The city’s Engineering Department will begin the Catch Basin Replacement Project on Friday, April 22nd. The purpose of the project is to remove storm drain manholes, catch basins, and stormwater pipes which need to be replaced. The project will take place on 15th Street between Foster and Birch avenues and is scheduled to be completed by May 21st.

During construction, affected residents will be able to access their driveways, although the road will be closed to through traffic.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please call Dennis Grant at 769-2398 or email him at

Friday, April 15, 2011

Library Closed Sunday for Easter

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Sunday, April 25, for Easter. Regular hours resume Monday, April 25, at 10 a.m. The library's databases -- with a variety of useful information -- are available 24 hours a day via the library's website, To obtain the needed user names and passwords visit the library, 702 E. Front Ave., or call 208-769-2315 during open hours.

Spring Programs Help Boost Reading Skills

Spring Reading Programs are under way in the Seagraves Children's Library and are a great way to help kids boost reading skills. Click on the photo for a video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other items of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. More library news is available at

Thursday, April 7, 2011

National Library Week Celebrates Reading, Access for All

It has been called one of the greatest tools of democracy – a place where on any given day you and your children can take home a bag of books, DVDs, music CDs or other media; attend a program; take a computer class; read several newspapers and magazines; check your e-mail or Facebook page; or look for and apply for a job and not spend a cent. Libraries and America have grown up together. April 11-16 the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will celebrate National Library Week and is inviting the community to join in. Monday through Saturday library patrons can enter to win daily drawings for gift certificates from Second Story Books, the bookstore operated in the lobby by Friends of the Library volunteers.
Throughout the week, too, teens can visit Teen Central to vote for one of three movie selections. The winning movie will be shown during Teen Movie Night @ the Library, Saturday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Avenue. The three choices are “Alice in Wonderland” (Johnny Depp version), “Beowulf,” and “The Golden Compass.” Patrons can also participate throughout the week by going online to the library website – – and adding comments to the book blog. (Look for the “Blogs” link at the top of the page.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are 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, April 6, 2011

Phase II of Sherman Utility Work Begins April 11th

Sherman Ave. at 5th to be Closed during First Part of Project

As Phase I of a two-phase Water Department project starts to wind down, the second phase will start up Monday, April 11th. The second phase of this project involves extending the water main from the alley south of Sherman and 5th Street, north to the water main in Sherman Avenue.

Sherman Avenue at 5th Street will be closed during the first portion of the project. Signage and detours will be provided. Once the water main has been laid across Sherman and the street patched, Sherman will be reopened to traffic. Fifth Street north of the alley will remain closed during the entire phase. Phase II will take approximately two weeks. Alley access will be maintained throughout the project.

Businesses directly affected by Phase II of this project will be notified prior to construction. For additional information, please contact the Water Department at 769-2210.