Thursday, June 30, 2011

Program Marks 150th Anniversary of Mullan Road

This year is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Mullan Road – the route from Fort Benton, Montana, to Walla Walla, Washington, that would become one of the West’s major transportation corridors.
Regional Historian Robert Singletary will discuss this engineering feat and the life of Capt. John Mullan, whose name became permanently fixed to the road and whose iconic statue marks the traces of the route that remain.
This free program, at 7 p.m. on July 6, in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library.
Singletary will lead a field trip on July 7, leaving from the Museum of North Idaho, to a portion of the road on Fourth of July Pass. (There is a charge for the field trip, which is not a library-sponsored activity.)
The library series is part of Novel Destinations, a summer program for adults. Patrons visiting the library are invited to participate in a drawing for two gift certificates for brunch at the Dockside at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Singletary is scheduled to lecture about Leonardo da Vinci at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.

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 News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: ‘Like’ the library on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to learn about free activities for children and adults throughout the year.

Library Closed for Independence Day

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.
Normal hours resume Tuesday, July 5, at 10 a.m.
When the library is closed patrons can still have access to the library catalog, their library records, and numerous useful databases.
To obtain user names and passwords for the databases visit the library or call 208-769-2315 during open hours.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

City Hall Closed Monday, July 4th

On Monday, July 4, 2011, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Fire, and Streets can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Tuesday, July 5th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Celebrate Parks Day July 9th!

On Saturday, July 9th, enjoy the fourth annual Parks Day Celebration. It will begin with a free pancake breakfast at Northshire Park at 9:00 a.m., cooked up by the Panhandle Kiwanis. There will also be an inflatable castle, a bicycle safety course, horseshoes, volleyball, tennis, pickleball, and informational booths. CdA Rock School will hold a concert with students of all ages playing rock music. In addition, there will be balloons, sack races, a guest appearance from Mudgy the Moose, and HAM radio demonstrations.

Right next to Northshire Park is Central Bark Dog Park. Join the Kootenai County Dog Park Association for many dog-related activities including a dog agility demonstration, dog parade (costumes optional), an Art on the Edge project (make your own dog collars and chew toys), dog-related information booths, free giveaways from PETCO, and photos taken with your dog from 29K productions.

Just down the road at Johnson Mill River Park, morning merriment continues with the North Idaho Fly Casters. Join them for interactive fly fishing lessons (rods provided), fly tying, gear demos, and fishing-related educational materials. For participating at this location, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a great fly fishing prize donated by Orvis Northwest Outfitters.

It’s all brought to you courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department and the Coeur d’Alene Parks Foundation. Sponsors include Waste Management, Kootenai Electric Co-op, Transtector Systems, J-U-B Engineers, Inc., Hecla Mining Company, Parker Toyota, and the Hallock Family.

Parks Day originated in 2008 when a Parks Master Plan survey revealed that quite a few Coeur d’Alene citizens didn’t know the locations of many of their city parks. This year, the Parks Day Celebration will feature Northshire Park, Central Bark (Dog Park), the Johnson Mill River Park, and the Coeur d’Alene Soccer Complex.

At 6:00 p.m., activities will continue at the Coeur d’Alene Soccer Complex including a free hot dog dinner, cooked up by the Lion’s Club. Sting Soccer will host a semi-pro soccer game and soccer camp. You will also enjoy “Billy Aces” the magician, Art on the Edge crafts, Bubbles the Clown, and an inflatable castle. The movie “Mega Mind” will be shown at dusk, hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. Free popcorn and soda will be served.

For more information, visit or contact Katie Kosanke, 415-0415.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) Project Begins this Week

The city’s Wastewater Utility will begin the 2011 Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) project this week. The contractor for this project, PEC, Inc., will begin working on the rehabilitation of approximately 7,850 linear feet of existing sewer piping using the CIPP method, one which installs a lining material on the inside of the existing piping without requiring any excavation. The process involves the insertion and curing of the liner material from existing manholes.

Since the manholes are typically located in the intersections of streets and/or alleys, machinery and trucks will partially obstruct affected intersections. Signage, barricades, and other traffic control devices will inform the traveling public of the obstructions and every effort will be made to mitigate any inconvenience. With a few exceptions, all work will take place during daylight hours from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the project will be completed by mid-August.

The following streets and alleys will be affected:

• Alley east of Nora Street from Emma to Davidson.
• 2nd Street from Poplar to Hazel.
• Hazel Avenue from 2nd to 7th.
• 5th Street from Poplar to Hazel.
• 7th Street from Locust to Harrison.
• Alley east of 18th north of Young.
• Off-road sewer line from Anton to Haycraft.
• Haycraft between Government Way and US 95.
• East side of US 95 from Haycraft to Appleway.
• Parking areas and driveways south of Appleway, immediately east and west of Government Way.

Please direct any questions and/or concerns to Jim Remitz, Utility Project Manager, Wastewater Department, (208)769-2278.

Monday, June 27, 2011

CdA Police Apply for Grant

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has applied for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Solicitation. This is a formula disparate grant that allows law enforcement funds to improve programs or technologies within set criteria. This year’s allocations are $63,998 for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and $29,392 for Kootenai County, for a total of $93,390.

This grant does not require matching funds and will not be used to acquire additional personnel. The funds will be used to enhance some of the technology in use by the department, including improvements to the network with surrounding agencies and server upgrades. The grant will be administered by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and an MOU is being created between the two governments. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has identified their own technological improvements and will be using their funds to accomplish this task.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Education Corridor – A History of Partnership

The June 10th groundbreaking for the Education Corridor turned more than a few shovels’ full of earth – it turned a corner in what has been nearly a decade of community partnership.

It was on May 23, 2002, that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the City of Coeur d’Alene (CdA), 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 along the Spokane River. Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) later joined this planning effort. After years of collaborative work, a Master Plan for the corridor was created ( with this collective vision:

“To establish a multi-institution campus that is built on strong partnerships and provides high quality academic opportunities, joint student services, and shared facilities and management responsibilities for the residents of Northern Idaho by capitalizing upon pooled demand and opportunities for synergy and efficiency. Future development will improve multi-modal access, circulation, and parking for the Coeur d’Alene Education Corridor, adjacent neighborhoods, and the waterfront.”

The education corridor will transform the former DeArmond Mill site, a 17-acre parcel located on the east bank of the Spokane River, which was recently purchased by NIC and annexed into the city last year. Its design promotes innovative modes of connectivity – pedestrian, bike, auto, and bus – where walkways and bikeways are also linked to a major regional bike trail.

The plan encourages community and stakeholder collaboration, and fosters distinctive communities with a strong sense of place. The plan also preserves open space, parks, and environmentally critical areas, as well as public access to the Spokane River.

As demonstrated by the decision to develop a joint campus at a relatively small site rather than converting farmland on the Rathdrum Prairie, the plan strengthens and directs development towards existing communities, adopting compact building patterns and efficient infrastructure design in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

The existing, over 45-acre NIC campus lies immediately south of the former mill. One challenge in redeveloping the area is keeping the wastewater treatment plant in its present location. Previous and current expansion projects have incorporated architectural features that provide pleasing aesthetics consistent with any future campus-type settings. Additionally, the current $15 million expansion will reuse biogas produced by the plant to heat six additional structures.

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) awarded CdA a grant to further study the education corridor project through the MICD Alumni Technical Assistance Program in 2009. After listening to a broad spectrum of community members and stakeholders, urban planning experts with the MICD unveiled a comprehensive design of the education corridor, linking it with CdA’s downtown (

In 2010, utilizing the earlier master planning effort, JUB Engineering designed road locations and related campus infrastructure improvements. Construction on Phase 1-A of the project will begin within a matter of weeks. Phase 1-A includes the construction of roadways that will connect the Education Corridor on the site of the former DeArmond Mill, including roundabouts, sidewalks, curbs, and a signal at Hubbard and Northwest Boulevard. Major roads are expected to be complete by August 19th for the start of the fall semester at NIC, while other projects are not expected to be completed until later in 2011.

2011 Ford Ironman CdA Kids Fun Run

Ford Ironman is partnering with the City of Coeur d’Alene this year to bring you the 2011 Kids Fun Run on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The Fun Run is a one mile run for kids starting and finishing in City Park. The entry fee is $5.00 and all proceeds go to the Parks Department to help fund trails and bikeways. Register either online at, at the City Hall Parks Department counter, or at the City Park Gazebo on the day of the race between 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM. The run begins at 6:00 PM.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Monte McCully at

Ironman Street Closures Announced

On Wednesday June 22nd, between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m., street crews will begin to set in place the barricades and detour route for the closure of Sherman Avenue between 2nd Avenue and Independence Point.

1. Southbound traffic wanting to get into the downtown area will be detoured onto Lakeside Avenue to 2nd, 3rd or 5th streets, etc., to reach Sherman Avenue.

2. Resort traffic should use 1st Street.

3. Westbound traffic will be detoured southbound onto 2nd Street and Front Avenue. These vehicles will loop around onto 4th Street and exit the downtown on Lakeside or north on 4th Street. 2nd Street at Sherman will be closed to northbound traffic. This area has been very congested in the past and being an ITD bypass route, we have always chosen to close traffic northbound and to leave it open to just southbound traffic.

4. Bleachers will be staged on Sherman at 5:00 p.m. on the 22nd and will stay in place until the afternoon of June 27th.

5. The Independence Point parking lot will be closed early Wednesday as they set up medical tents and Ironman stores.

6. At the time of the closure, the signals at 2nd and Sherman will be put in the red flash mode and the signal at Lakeside and Independence Point will be shut off to keep traffic flowing.

Other Closures

The 3rd Street boat trailer parking area will be closed early Wednesday morning, June 22nd, and re-opened Wednesday, June 29th. Alternate boat trailer parking is available in the main lot or south of City Hall during this closure.

The city also closes Government Way for “NO PARKING” on the east side from Garden to Harrison, Saturday, June 25th, and race day, Sunday, June 26th. In addition, Front Avenue from 8th to 11th streets will be closed for “NO PARKING” during the same period.

Mullan Avenue, from 17th to 23rd streets, will be “NO PARKING” on the north side on Saturday, June 25th, and entirely closed to traffic on race day, Sunday, June 26th.

For more information, please call 769-2233.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Specialized Needs Recreation Receives $22,000 Grant from Women’s Gift Alliance

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) received a grant of $22,000.00 from the Women’s Gift Alliance which will go toward sponsoring a new van to transport special needs individuals to the many events and programs SNR offers.

The principle core of the Women’s Gift Alliance mission is to pool the talents and resources of women in Kootenai County to provide meaningful financial support to a broad range of charitable, cultural, and educational projects within the community.

If you would like more information about the activities SNR provides, or would like to volunteer, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have disabilities or special needs. For more information, please visit our website at

Kids Fun Run

Click HERE to Register
Click HERE for The Route Map

Ford Ironman is partnering with the City of Coeur d'Alene this year to bring you the 2011 Kids Fun Run. The Fun Run is a one mile run for kids starting and finishing in City Park. The entry fee is $5 and all proceeds go to the Parks Department to help fund Trails and Bikeways. Register either online, at the City Hall Parks Department counter, or at the City Park Gazebo on the day of the race between 1pm and 5:30pm. The run begins at 6:00pm. If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Monte McCully at

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Due to a lack of quorum for the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday June 21, 2011, the Mayor and Council will hold a Special Call Meeting on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. The agenda items for the June 21st meeting will be heard at the Monday meeting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene

On Sunday, June 26th, more than 2,500 athletes from around the world will be visiting Coeur d'Alene to test their physical and mental limits. Over the course of 17 hours, they will race throughout the community as they compete with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. We ask for your cooperation and understanding on race day as you travel around town. Expect traffic delays if you drive on the race route, and please watch for cyclists. If you live on the route itself and think you may be going out on race day, consider backing into your driveway the night before so that you are not backing out onto the street during the race. Participants count on you for support on race day, so bring your friends and cheer them on! Please CLICK HERE for more information and a list of road closures and partial road closures.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Author to Speak About western Explorer June 23

Author John C. Jackson will discuss the subject of his latest book – Capt. John McClallen – in a program Thursday, June 23, a 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave..
Jackson wrote about McClallen, the first U.S. Army officer to lead an expedition into the American West on the heels of Lewis and Clark, in his book “By Honor and Right: How One Man Boldly Defined the Destiny of a Nation.”
Originally intent on opening up the Sante Fe Trail to New Mexico, McClallen encountered obstructions beyond his control. Instead he entered the Pacific Northwest and went head-to-head with British interests in the region where he became a potent symbol of “Manifest Destiny” 38 years before the term came into use.
Jackson, a resident of Olympia, Wash., is the author of five books on the history of the Pacific Northwest, including “The Piikani Blackfeet: A Culture Under Siege” and “Jemmy Jock Bird: Marginal Man on the Blackfoot Frontier.” He is the coauthor with Thomas Danisi of the biography “Meriwether Lewis.”
Jackson program is part of the library’s summer series for adults, “Novel Destinations.”

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 ‘Like’ the library on Facebook to learn about free activities for children and adults throughout the year.

Friends of the Library ‘Ironbook’ Sale June 24

Spring donations have kept the volunteers at Second Story Books – in the lobby at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library – running and created a surplus of used books, videotapes, and other items.
A special sale – “Ironbook” – is scheduled Friday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the library lobby at 702 E. Front Ave.
Second Story Books is operated entirely by Friends of the Library volunteers and offers primarily gently used books that are donated to the library which cannot be added to the collection. The bookstore and library accept donations of items that are in useable condition (no textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines, please).
Proceeds from the bookstore support special programs such as Summer Reading, cultural events, and special purchases for the library collection.
Information: David Townsend, 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or e-mail

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 ‘Like’ the library on Facebook to learn about free activities for children and adults throughout the year.

Planning Provides Opportunities for Savings

Thomas Edison said that, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” In February 2011, IT Network Administrator Kirk Johnson recognized such an opportunity for the City of Coeur d’Alene. Good fortune followed.

He knew that Engineering Project Manager Dennis Grant creates the city’s overlay schedule at least six months in advance of any project. He also knew that Kootenai County planned to broaden its fiber optic network. As a result, Johnson partnered with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Kootenai County, and Coeur d’Alene Street Maintenance and Engineering departments to enhance fiber optic capabilities for both the city and the county. By laying the fiber conduit underground before the early summer overlay, the new pavement would not be disturbed in the near future.

“Directional boring of this section would have probably included a price tag of $15,000, if not more,” Johnson reported. Consequently, not only will the overlay have greater integrity and longer life, the city also saved about $7,000.00 (after material costs) by performing early what would have had to be done eventually.

In-house street department crews provided the heavy equipment expertise needed to tear into existing asphalt to lay the conduit. According to Johnson, collaborating with other city departments made a big difference. “Terry Leigh, Field Supervisor-Stormwater Utility, and the Street Maintenance Department did an outstanding job on this project,” he explained.

The conduit for the fiber optic cable was installed under the length of Ironwood between HWY 95 and Government Way. The team is building piece-by-piece from the fiber available at HWY 95 and Ironwood Drive, to 4th Street and Harrison. Kootenai County is also working on a conduit project from 4th Street and Harrison, past their elections office on 3rd, toward this section of conduit that the city is placing.

“Ultimately, this will allow us to connect our North and South campuses with our own fiber, free of any monthly, reoccurring lease fee,” said Johnson. Currently, the city’s annual lease fees for connection to a fiber optic network total $6,000.00.

Advanced planning on the part of engineering allowed other, necessary steps to take place. Although ITD had already been made aware that the city would be extending conduit, a permit from the department was still needed to access its fiber vault. In addition, Leigh had the time to take care of ordering 2,800 feet of Schedule-40 conduit and the connecting joints that would be needed. A conduit order of that magnitude takes almost a month to arrive.

“Eventually, every department in the city will use this fiber – via phone calls to other departments, sharing information between departments, etc.,” said Johnson. “The same can be said for the county, as they’ll be users of this infrastructure as well.”

For more information about this article, please contact Victoria Bruno at 769-2204.

CdA-TV Airs Arun Gandhi’s Speech

This Thursday, June 16th, at 6:00 p.m., CdA-TV Channel 19 will premier the 14th Annual Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Banquet, held April 11th 2011. Subsequent airings will follow through the middle of July.

This year’s banquet featured a keynote address by Arun Gandhi, grandson of worldwide spiritual leader Mahatma K. Gandhi. The title of Gandhi’s address was, “Lessons Learned from my Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World.” The banquet will be aired in its entirety for the first time on CdA-TV. The program runs approximately 1-hour 50-minutes.

For more information, please call 415-0413.

Monday, June 6, 2011

ArtCurrents To Be Dedicated June 10th

The City of Coeur d’Alene is pleased to announce the dedication of ArtCurrents on Friday, June 10th. ArtCurrents is the city’s newest art-on-loan program providing sculptures on loan from artists around the country and available for purchase. Fourteen (14) art pieces have been sited in the downtown corridor and City Park for public viewing for one (1) year, or until sold. The ArtCurrents program was commissioned by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission, which consists of a twelve-member panel that is appointed by the Mayor and serves a three-year term. The Public Art Ordinance, adopted in June of 1999, established funding of public art that provides public visibility and impact.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 6th Street and Sherman Avenue. Mayor Bloem will officiate and coffee and sweet treats will be provided courtesy of the City of Coeur d’Alene.

For more information on the ArtCurrents project, please call Steve Anthony, Arts Commission liaison, at 769-2249.

Water Conservation Practices Save Money, Improve Lawn

By Jim Markley
Water Superintendent

Despite all indications to the contrary, summer will be here soon and we would like to share a few thoughts about water use. During the hot summer months, it is natural to use more water. We ask our customers to pay attention to how much they use and to take care to not over water.

Lawn over-watering is a primary water waster. Over-watering your lawn will not improve the quality of its turf. In fact, it can make the grass susceptible to disease and actually promote weed growth. People tend to water too often and too much. (For residential lawns, daily watering is not required. Also, lawns only need between 1 and 2 inches of water per week – including rainfall).

Over-watering of lawns increases the runoff of pesticides and herbicides into the streets and the storm sewers. This, in turn, lowers the water quality of our lakes and rivers.

By including landscaping that requires less water to maintain (such as bark, shrubs, and drought resistant plants), you not only lessen your need for water, but also have a more varied and beautiful yard. Check out the demonstration Xeriscape garden located at 10th and Foster Avenue for ideas (Xeriscape means landscaping that requires little or no water).

Evening or early morning watering is more efficient than watering during the heat of the day or when it is windy – both increase evaporation. You are paying for water that doesn’t moisten your lawn’s roots and you are not getting the full benefit of the water you are buying. If your sprinklers are poorly adjusted and you are watering the street, once again you are paying for water without receiving any benefit.

Increased water demand creates a need for additional wells. Customers ultimately pay for the operation and maintenance of new facilities.

And last but not least, minimizing the amount of water needed for irrigation can save you money. Most customers’ consumption of water increases dramatically during the summer. So do their utility bills.

You can easily minimize wasteful watering practices during the summer without negatively impacting either your lawn or your bank account.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Specialized Needs Recreation Camp All-Stars “Summer Break” Day Camp Starts June 13th!

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “Summer Break” Day Camp, June 13th through August 19th at 1323 Sherman Avenue, Suite E. Camp is filled with six (6) hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. The day camp is provided for young people, ages 4 to 21, who have special needs and or developmental disabilities.

Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., for 10 weeks during the summer. The cost is $15.00 per day which includes the daily activity, snacks, and sometimes lunch. There are scholarships available to low income campers if you qualify. Scholarships are limited so call today to find out how to apply. Transportation is provided from The Trading Company in Post Falls for Post Falls/Rathdrum participants, if needed. Morning pick-ups will be at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon drop-offs will be at 3:30 p.m. Coeur d’Alene participants will meet at the SNR facility from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Unfortunately, SNR is not able to provide 1:1 assistance, but individuals who require 1:1 assistance are still encouraged to join us with their care provider or assistant.

SNR is also seeking volunteers ages 13 and up who want to volunteer for Camp All-Stars and act as camp counselors. If you would like to experience a fun, meaningful, and memorable summer, please contact us today. If you would like more information about Camp All-Stars or if you would like to register your child, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Visit our website at