Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Singletary Series Concludes with da Vinci Lecture

Regional historian Robert Singletary will conclude his summer series of lectures with a program on Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian Renaissance Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
This free program, part the library’s Novel Destinations summer series, is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Library.
Leonardo da Vinci, April 15, 1452 to, May 2, 1519, was an Italian Renaissance architect, musician, anatomist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, geometer, and painter. He has been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man" and as a universal genius. Leonardo is famous for his masterly paintings, such as The Last Supper and Mona Lisa. He is also known for designing many inventions that anticipated modern technology, although few of these designs were constructed in his lifetime. In addition, he helped advance the study of anatomy, astronomy, and civil engineering.
Singletary is organizing a bus tour to the da Vinci exhibit currently at the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane through his business, “History Unlimited.” The paid tour is not part of the library-sponsored program. Information about the tour is available at 208-755-1308.

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 and follow us on Twitter to learn about free activities for children and adults throughout the year.

Storyteller to Share Tales from Big Burn of 1910

A historical storyteller offers a program focusing on one of the region’s biggest disasters ever Friday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Ben Kemper will perform an hour-long original story, focused around the horror and the heroism of the catastrophic Big Burn of 1910. Admission is free.
Kemper’s tale depicts the devastation and desperate struggles that were part of the greatest fire in American history. He will portray 14 characters that include Theodore Roosevelt, Ione Adair and Ed Pulaski. He developed the saga with support from a grant by the Idaho Humanities Council and additional sponsorship from the Society of American Foresters, Snake River Chapter, and Idaho Firewise.
Kemper has told stories at school and in public libraries since he was 9 years old. In 2007, he represented Idaho at the National Youth Storytelling Showcase, winning the “Grand Torchbearer Award” for his original story and stage presence. Kemper has performed in regional storytelling festivals across the United States and in China. Last year he premiered his performance of “Early Boise Stories,” five tales documenting life in the early days of the Treasure Valley.
For more information, contact Ben Kemper at

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 and follow us on Twitter to learn about free activities for children and adults throughout the year.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bid Results - 15th Street Reconstruction (Margaret to Dalton)

The results of this morning's bid opening for the 15th Street reconstruction project from Margaret Avenue to Dalton Avenue are as follows:

Coeur d'Alene Paving $453,205.30
MDM Construction, Inc. $524,819.50
Interstate Concrete $530,094.00
T. Lariviere Equip. & Excav. $561,205.30

Engineer's Estimate $477,277.00

Staff will review the submitted bids to confirm responsiveness to the bid specifications and will be making their recommendations for the award of bid at the August 2, 2011 City Council meeting.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Specialized Needs Recreation Receives $4,800.00 Grant from Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for Camp All-Stars Program

Specialized Needs Recreation has been awarded a $4,800.00 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The grant was one of 77 awards totaling nearly $509,000.00 from the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations that help people living with disabilities become more fully integrated members of society.

Specialized Needs Recreation will use the grant for camp fees and additional fuel costs. The Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grant program, started in 1999 by the late Dana Reeve, acknowledges the ever-present and demanding needs of people living with paralysis and other disabilities, and the importance of enabling individuals to maintain a positive and fulfilling quality of life. To date, the Reeve Foundation has awarded over 1,900 Quality of Life grants totaling nearly $14.8 million to organizations nationwide that help improve opportunities, access, and day-to-day quality of life for individuals and their families.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. For more information, please visit their website at or call 800-225-0292.

If you would like more information about Camp All-Stars, would like to register your child for camp, be placed on our monthly mailing list, or if you are interested in volunteering, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or 769-2317.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to youth and adults who have disabilities.

Friday, July 22, 2011

CdA Arts Commission seeks Artists for Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists for its Wastewater Treatment Plant to create public art to bring forward and support the important functions of the facility and highlight the city’s natural environment and relationship with its precious resources.

The Coeur d’Alene area is one of the fastest growing regions in the Northwest. The new Wastewater Treatment Plant is designed to handle the current and projected growth while protecting the natural environment and public health of the region. The Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant public art should be integrated and made to feel seamless within the overall project, visually enhance areas of the Wastewater Treatment Plant that are within public view/access, create unique, thoughtful and context sensitive public art, educate visitors through interpretive opportunities, and provide cost efficiency through durability and low maintenance.

Public art can be a change agent for the community. It creates and enhances neighborhood and community identity. It enhances the visual landscape and character of the city. It turns ordinary spaces into community landmarks and promotes community dialogue and, most importantly, it’s accessible to everyone.

Information packets are available at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, or online at Artist proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., August 31, 2011. Artists with questions are encouraged to contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at

To view the Call to Artists, please click on the following link:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Open Trench Sewer Rehabilitation Project to Begin

The 2011 Open Trench Sewer Rehabilitation Project is scheduled to start this Thursday, July 21, 2011. The purpose of the project is to replace old sewer-main piping within the alley located north of Lakeside Avenue between 3rd Street and 4th Street. Construction will include the installation of a new manhole within 3rd Street, thereby requiring a couple of temporary closures of 3rd Street between Coeur d’Alene and Lakeside avenues. The contractor will provide all necessary traffic control devices to advise citizens of detours during temporary closures.

This project will take approximately three weeks to complete and the alley between 3rd and 4th streets will be closed throughout the project. Work hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

Monday, July 18, 2011

Accepting Applications

The City continuously accepts applications and holds them on file for one year for the following postions:
  • Police Officer
  • Secretarial/Clerical
  • Janitorial
  • Library Clerk
  • Attorney
For applications and job information, please visit our website at or call the human resources department at 769-2205.

Why do modern libraries still matter?

By David Townsend
Since opening the new building in September 2007, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library continues to be “rediscovered.” Our circulation figures – the measure of books and other items going in and out, the number of reference questions, and the count of people using the public computers – have increased by about 100 percent. And we continue to issue new library cards in record numbers.

Admittedly, there is a certain curiosity factor. The building still feels new, and it is new to many people seeing it for the first time. But that doesn’t explain it all. When you consider how many of these visitors are taking the time to obtain a library card, it’s apparent these folks are planning to be return customers.

The Coeur d’Alene Library is a spacious modern library that can meet the needs of its community. And our patrons are joyfully responding with their feet. But why, in this day and age, do libraries still matter? How is it that we are able to generate such enthusiasm on a daily basis?

Books and other Printed Material: Despite reports to the contrary, people still read. They love to hold a book, magazine or newspaper in their hands. True, a lot of what people read – news for example – is available online. But people, even those who are confirmed technophiles, tell us they prefer reading their favorite authors the old-fashioned way. And if you prefer your books are the talking kind – audiobooks on tape, CD or as Playaways – music CDs or videos and DVDs, we have those, too.

Computers: The library is an information hub. And even though computers are a fact of daily life – in our careers and as part of the information chain – computer ownership is not universal. The library provides access to computers for those who can’t afford them. We also provide free WiFi for those who own properly equipped laptops. And if you don’t believe that computers are a necessary part of living in the modern world, you may be surprised. On a nearly daily basis, we at the library are encountering people who for one reason or another are re-entering the workforce. With rare exceptions, companies require these folks to apply through the Internet. A lack of computer skills today is comparable to being illiterate 10 years ago. Fortunately, the library also offers free computer classes.

Gathering Places: Even the smallest of libraries usually has some kind of meeting room for the use of non-profit groups. Our library has three meeting rooms with seating capacities ranging from about 15 to nearly 200. There is currently no charge to use these spaces for noncommercial, nonpartisan purposes (check with our Research and Information Desk about acceptable uses.) Perhaps just as important, we have study rooms – available on a first-come, first-use basis; quiet corners, like the Idaho History Room and Teen Central; and our reading areas around the fireplaces.

The Economy: When times are tough, it is difficult to justify things such as Internet service and buying all the books and magazines you would like to read. The library provides nearly weekly educational and entertainment programs for adults, and a series of free reading programs for children. Best of all, we are a quiet retreat if you just need somewhere to take a break and relax.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Coeur d’ Alene – City of Excellence

Each year, municipalities are asked to participate in the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) City Achievement Award Program. In selecting winners for this competition, judges ask whether the nominated program improves quality of life, if it reduces the costs of resources, or solves a community problem. The City of Coeur d’Alene received awards at the 2011 AIC Annual Meeting. The following projects and programs were recognized:

Parks Day Celebration
During the master planning process for Coeur d’Alene Parks, one of the many surveys conducted indicated that citizens were not aware of all of the locations of city parks. A member of the master planning committee suggested beginning an annual event to feature different parks as a way to familiarize the community with all park locations. Since 2008, Parks Day Celebration Events have been held on the second Saturday in July. Thanks to community volunteers, civic groups, and generous sponsors, events have had all entertainment, activities, and food donated. The 4th Annual Parks Day Celebration was held July 9th.

ADA Hazard Abatement Program
In 2008, City Council created an ADA Sidewalk Hazard Abatement Program that supports systematic sidewalk repairs. Tied to foregone taxes, it produces over 5,000 linear feet of sidewalk repairs annually, based on a five-year plan. Work is accomplished economically by the Street Maintenance crew. The program was created from input from the ADA Transition Plan Advisory Group that consisted of community members, staff, and representatives from the community who are disabled. Since the program was adopted, 16,980 linear feet of sidewalks planned for abatement have been completed and 342 truncated domes on corners have been poured in place.

Idaho Technical Rescue Team
In response to the 9-11 tragedy, the city’s Fire Department proposed the idea of small, regional technical rescue teams that would act as first responders in the case of a major disaster or terrorist event. Because equipment, training, and deployment strategies are identical, teams can meet anywhere in the state and mesh together seamlessly. Three state teams are supported by the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and provide expert resources beyond local capacities faster than FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) teams. Idaho Technical Rescue Team members receive “Train the Trainer” courses to teach skills to their respective departments and to keep costs down.

Citizens on Patrol (COPS) Program Enhances Public Safety
The Citizens on Patrol (COPS) Program was established in 2008 to enhance the relationship between CdA citizens and the CdA Police Department (CDAPD). Modeled after successful programs in Spokane, Kootenai County, and Post Falls, academies are tailored to city needs and free to the public. Annual COPS training sessions enable citizens to assist CDAPD with duties and services. Each volunteer receives up to 40 hours of instruction and once they’ve completed training, COPS assist the CDAPD with security checks, traffic control, and provide additional staffing at special events (e.g., parades, firework displays, etc.).

For more information about these or other city projects and programs, please call 769-2204.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Harrison Avenue Closure Between 4th & 5th Streets Continues Through July 9th

As part of the 2011 Open Trench Project, Harrison Avenue will continue to be closed between 4th and 5th streets through the first part of this weekend. It is anticipated that this section of Harrison Avenue will be re-opened for traffic by 6:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9th. For more information, please contact James Remitz, Utility Project Manager, Wastewater utility Department, 769-2278.

Find a World of Adventure at the Library

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Montana Storyteller at Cd’A Library July 19

Bill Chambers, a storyteller from Havre, Mont., will present a special program Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m., in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
A long-time Montana resident, former teacher, and fan of tall tales, exaggerated stories, and fun, Chambers tells his stories using his hat as his only prop. He has been telling stories to children in school assemblies and summer reading programs since 1996.
Chambers’ appearance is part of Summer Reading at the library – “One World Many Stories” – and is funded through a grant from the Friends of the Library.
Summer Reading programs continue at the library through July 22.
The World Festival Summer Reading Carnival is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The carnival will feature crafts, activities, and food from around the world. Participants should plan to bring a picnic lunch.
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.

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 and follow us on Twitter to learn about free activities for children and adults throughout the year.


Coeur d’Alene’s single-stream recycling program had its highest participation rate in June 2011 – 66%.  Thank you citizens for continuing to recycle!

Harrison Avenue Closed Between 4th-5th Streets, July 7-8

As part of the 2011 Open Trench Project, Harrison Avenue will be closed between 4th and 5th streets Thursday, July 7th and Friday, July 8th. For more information, please contact James Remitz, Utility Project Manager, Wastewater Utility Department,769-2278.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

12-Inch Water Main Struck on River Avenue

The contractor working on the Education Corridor project has hit and broken a 12-inch water main on River Avenue. In the process of isolating the broken pipe segment, the contractor has turned off more valves than necessary. The city's water crew has just arrived on site to make sure that water service is restored as soon as possible.