Wednesday, August 31, 2011

City Hall Closed Labor Day

On Monday, September 5, 2011, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for Labor Day. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Streets, and Fire can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Tuesday, September 6th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Library Comemorates 9-11 With 'The Guys'

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will commemorate 9-11 with two presentations of a special theatrical performance on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Two free performances of “The Guys,” a play by Anne Nelson, will be presented by the Bombay Cat Theatre Project in the Community Room at 2 and 7 p.m. The performances are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
“The Guys” is a memorial to the shattered psyche of post-Sept. 11 New York on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. Told through the eyes of a beleaguered fire captain and the journalist he enlists to help him write the eulogies for his fallen men, this poignant two-person play is riveting, inspirational and cathartic.
Nelson, a reporter and journalism professor at Columbia University, met with a fire captain at a loss for words to describe the heroics of his men who gave their lives in trying to save a city, and country, under fire. She wove her experience into the play, which premiered at the Flea Theatre, in Tribeca, mere blocks from Ground Zero. The debut featured Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.
The Bombay Cat Theatre Project is an art collective, founded in Chicago in 2002 by Todd Jasmin and his wife Cory, and now based in Coeur d’Alene. Its mission is to “find a story worthy to tell, and to tell it well,” Jasmin said.
This is the second time Bombay Cat has produced “The Guys.” The first was in Helena, Mont., in 2007.
The local presentation features Jasmin and Elisha Gunn.
This is Gunn’s second portrayal of Joan in “The Guys” having performed it in 2005. Some of her past performing experience includes: Uptown Opera Co., Disneyland, Paramount Pictures, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, and Dance Theatre Northwest. She danced as an entertainer in the 1996 Olympics and also directed an independent film. She was recently seen as Kate Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” directed by Patty Duke on the Interplayers stage. Gunn is currently enjoying acting in commercials, and other film-related jobs. She lives in Coeur d’Alene with her husband and three children.
Jasmin recently returned to Coeur d’Alene after a year of teaching at Centralia College. Regionally, he has worked with Interplayers, Spokane Civic Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Lake City Playhouse, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and North Idaho College. In 1994 he travelled the world as the announcer for the Harlem Globetrotters, butchering languages across the land. This is his third portrayal of Capt. Nick Flanagan in “The Guys,” and most likely not his last. He lives in Coeur d’Alene with his wife Cory, daughters Eliza and Adelaide, and soon-to-arrive son, Max.
Information: 208-769-2315 Ext. 426.

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. For more library information visit The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Library closed Sept. 4 & 5 for Labor Day

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4 and 5, in observance of Labor Day. Normal hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m.
The library databases are available 24-7 from any Internet-linked computer by visiting the library website: For database passwords call or visit the library during regular hours.

Fall Reading Programs Begin in Children’s Library

“For the Fun of It,” Fall Reading Programs in the Seagraves Children’s Library, begin Sept. 13 and continue through Nov. 18 at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Programs are free and no registration is required. Fall programs 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 caregiver.
► Tales for Twos & Threes: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. Stories and other activities for ages 2 and 3.
► Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., and 1-1:30 p.m. Programs geared for the 3-5 age group.
► Game CafĂ©: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Geared for ages 9-13, this activity introduces children to chess, checkers, and other traditional board games.
► LEGO Club:
Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. Free LEGO building time for ages 5-10 with the library’s huge collection.
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. For more library information visit The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Northwest Boulevard Reduced to One Lane August 29th

Ed Corridor Construction Moving North

Beginning Monday, August 29th, a portion of Northwest Boulevard will be restricted to one lane as work begins on the installation of a new traffic signal at Northwest Boulevard and Hubbard Street. Motorists should expect delays when traveling in this vicinity.

West Hubbard Street will be closed. Students, employees, and visitors may access the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College at the Harbor Center through the North Idaho College campus, by turning onto Military Drive from River Avenue and cutting across the former log yard to connect with Hubbard and the entrance to the Harbor Center at Academic Way.

A portion of Hubbard Street to the east of Northwest Boulevard will also be closed, restricting access to parking lots for the businesses in that area. Alternative access will be available via Lincoln Way.

This portion of the project is expected to be completed by October 3rd. For more information, please contact Stacy Hudson, Public Information Coordinator, North Idaho College, at (208) 769-7819 or email

Monday, August 22, 2011

Killen, Sterling Earn Road Master 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 advanced training designed to increase participants’ knowledge of road 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.

Eight, one-day classes are mandatory, many of them having extensive testing requirements afterwards. These include: Traffic Control Technician, Roadway Drainage, Idaho Paving Materials, Pavement Maintenance II, Winter Maintenance Anti-Icing, Environmental BMPs, Supervisory Skills, and Speed Limits and Speed Zones. Participants must receive a score of 80% or higher on exams to receive a Road Master certificate. Two elective classes that range from Advanced Maintenance Math to Retroreflectivity for Signs are also required. All of the courses must be completed with a passing grade within four years of starting the program or be retaken.

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. Sterling and Killen are Coeur d’Alene’s first Road Masters. Interested professionals can apply for the Road Master program once they have received their Road Scholar certificates.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Water Project to Close 8th Street at Mullan, August 22nd

On Monday, August 22nd, the Water Department will begin installing a new water main on 8th Street from Mullan Avenue to Pine Avenue. During the project, there will be traffic and parking impacts.

In phase 1, 8th Street along the east side of City Hall will be closed. No on-street parking in this area will be allowed. Also, the 8th Street access to the lower City Hall parking lot will be temporarily relocated to the south.

This project will eliminate several dead-end water mains, will enhance water flow in the area, and will provide an alternate water source to the Tubbs Hill booster station. The first phase encompasses Mullan Avenue to just south of Bancroft Avenue.

The second phase will run south from Bancroft Avenue to Pine Avenue. In phase 2, road closure and parking restrictions will be limited to 8th street south of Bancroft Avenue and north of Young Avenue.

Phase 1 should be completed and the street repaved by the end of the day on Friday, August 26th. Phase 2 will immediately follow the completion of phase 1. Please contact the Water Department at 769-2210 with any questions.

Tammilee’s Tips Focus on Saving Money

New library blog features recipes, DIYs, other household ideas
Tammilee’s Tips – a program on using coupons to save money at the grocery store – will be hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m.
Tammilee Tillison was recently featured on an episode of TLC's “Extreme Couponing.” Based in Spokane, she loves sharing her passion for coupons. She started couponing a few years ago when she found out she was going to be losing her job.
Tillison runs a local coupon website that focuses on sharing the best ways to save money with coupons while living life to the fullest.
This program is presented in conjunction with the library’s new blog: “Living at the Library.” The blog shares recipes, DIY tips for the home and yard, and cost-saving ideas. The blog can be accessed at the library website: Click on the “Blogs” link.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

15th Street Reconstruction Project Begins

The 15th Street Reconstruction Project – 10 years in the making – will begin Monday, August 22nd. After traffic control and signage is in place, the removal of the existing asphalt, curb, and sidewalk will follow.

No underground utilities are involved in this project.

Improvements include the new signal at 15th Street and Margaret, sidewalks and curbing, and reconstruction of the road surface of 15th Street from Margaret to Dalton avenues.

Motorists are advised to be alert for possible delays in this area and lane closures are possible.

For more information, please call Project Manager Chris Bates at 769-2228.

The Law Protects Your Library Privacy

“Confidentiality of library records is a basic principle of librarianship. Upholding this principle, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Board seeks to protect the Library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received, and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.”

-Library Policy

When you call or visit the library it may seem, at times, like the staff asks a lot of questions:
“May I have your library card number?”
“Is this your correct address?”
“Would you like e-mail listed on your library card?”
Be aware we are not just being nosy. It’s important that the library have complete and accurate contact information. On the one hand we need to be able to contact patrons to provide information they need. On the other hand, the library staff are guardians of public property and we need information to recover long-overdue items or payment for things that were borrowed and never returned.
Some patrons are concerned about what we can do with the information we collect.
Under Idaho State Law your library records are strictly confidential. Your contact information – home and mail addresses, phone number, and e-mail – cannot be released to another person or group. It can’t be sold. It can’t even be used to send out information about library programs and fund-raisers unless you have requested your name be added to a list for that purpose.
Can somebody examine your record to find out what you have read I the past? No. Once an item is checked back into our system we do not keep a record that you checked it out. The only exception is for items that have charges associated with them being lost, damaged, or overdue.
You can help us to protect your privacy. Treat your library card as if it were a credit card. Don’t lend it to other people or let them know your card number. If it is lost or stolen, report to the library immediately. We can replace it for $1.00. If another person checks out something with your card, you are financially responsible for it.
Anytime you contact or visit the library have your card it hand so we can use the number.
If your contact information changes, if you move, change e-mail services, or get a different phone number 0r if your name changes for some reason, let the library know.
If you have e-mail, be sure to put that in your library record. E-mail is one of the quickest and most efficient way for us to contact you. It saves the library money by eliminating paper, envelope, postage, and some labor costs. Also e-mail is environmentally friendly by reducing paper waste in landfills.
If e-mail is included in your records you will automatically be contacted when your checked out items are coming due or when hold are available.
If you would like to be notified of upcoming library activities, you can do so by sending an e-mail message to the Library Communications Coordinator at You will receive the same press releases that go to the newspapers and you can ask to be removed from the list at any time.
You can also receive regular updates by “liking” the library on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

EDUCATION CORRIDOR UPDATE RE: Campus Parking - Fall Students

Additional parking lots will be available to North Idaho College this fall to compensate for parking space being utilized as staging areas for construction on the site of the Education Corridor. The mill site property behind the Lewis-Clark State College portables as well as NIC’s River Building and Timber Hall will be accessible via River Avenue for student parking. An additional lot will be available behind the NIC Headwaters Complex and can be accessed via Military Drive. The City of Coeur d’Alene has allowed the former Robin Hood Campground to be available as a temporary lot by entering at Park Drive off of Northwest Boulevard.

A map noting available parking on NIC’s campus as well as access to the Harbor Center is available on the Education Corridor website or click

A portion of the NIC Meyer Health and Sciences Building parking lot will be utilized for access to Rosenberry Drive (the dike road) until the roundabout at River and College avenues is complete.

Construction on the site of the Education Corridor will continue through fall semester, but will move north of River Avenue along Hubbard Avenue and Northwest Boulevard. Hubbard Avenue off of Northwest Boulevard will be closed throughout most of fall semester. Students, employees, and visitors may access the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College at the Harbor Center through the NIC campus, by turning onto Military Drive from River Avenue and cutting across the former log yard to connect with Hubbard and the entrance to the Harbor Center.

Check the Education Corridor website at for the latest construction plans, news and updates, a live webcam, and more.

Utility Locates in Downtown Area

Utility locates have been requested in the downtown area including Sherman and Lakeside Avenues, 2nd to 7th Street, Front Avenue, and all of McEuen Park. Needless to say, there will be a lot of temporary marks on the street, public property, and other right-of-way. This is necessary in order to complete the topographic survey for the redevelopment of McEuen Park and parking facilities.

Monday, August 15, 2011

First City Park Designed by Landscape Architects Celebrated

Area landscape architects will converge on Independence Point at noon on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, as part of a nationwide public awareness campaign put forth by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). They will be there to discuss the impact of the profession on the area, as well as to talk about the city’s first park designed by a landscape architect – Keith Hellstrom of Spokane (now deceased) – and how that park might evolve to better serve the needs of a changing city. At the exact same time, landscape architects all over the United States will be engaging their communities in similar discussions to benefit their communities.

The event at Independence Point will be hosted by Jonathan Mueller, FASLA, LLA, President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. For more information, please contact Jon Mueller, 667-5614.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Traffic Warning – Asphalt Reconstruction on Northwest Boulevard

Motorists Advised to Select Alternate Route

On Tuesday, August 16th, Coeur d’Alene Street Maintenance Department crews will begin asphalt replacement and repair on Northwest Boulevard from Appleway Avenue to Ironwood Drive. The project is expected to be completed by Wednesday, August 17th.

This work, done in partnership with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), consists of an overlay of the last lift of asphalt, including the resurfacing of the compromised area around the I-90 bridge deck.

Because of the short time period to complete the work, traffic control and detours around the project area are essential. Motorists are advised to be alert for possible delays and lane closures should be expected. If possible, please choose an alternate route.

For more information, please call 769-2265.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


There is a leaking pressure reducing valve in Armstrong Park. To repair it, the City will have to temporarily shut down water service to about half of the customers. The shutdown is scheduled for Thursday, August 11th. We have notified all affected customers. The service interruption should last no more than 4 hours. Please refer any calls on this to us @ 769 2210.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Traffic Warning – Island Reconstruction on Northwest Boulevard

Starting Wednesday morning, August 10th, street crews will begin reconstruction on 200 feet of the island on Northwest Boulevard north of Ironwood Drive. This work consists of pulling the concrete, replacing asphalt, and re-pouring the end of the island. Most work will be finished by the end of the day.

Work will begin as early as 5:00 a.m. and no detours are planned at this time. Motorists are advised to be alert for possible delays in this area and lane closures should be expected.

For more information, please call 769-2265.

Award-Winning ADA Sidewalk Hazard Abatement Program Creates Walking Friendly Community

If you’ve driven down 7th Street recently, your eyes will be drawn to the many, bright, yellow-domed pedestrian ramps that have been added to sidewalk corners. You’ll also see the city’s Street Maintenance Department crews completing new sidewalks.

Although spring was not conducive to concrete work, Field Supervisor Robert Royce and his team of sidewalk enhancement experts have been pouring some of the smoothest, travel-friendly sidewalks this side of the Mississippi. Last week, the concrete crew finished the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-funded portion of 7th Street.

The ADA Sidewalk Hazard Abatement Program started with the passage of the 2008-2009 budget. In that budget year, City Council created a program supporting systematic sidewalk repairs, tied to foregone taxes. The program is budgeted at $200,000/year and produces approximately 5,000 linear feet of sidewalk repairs annually, based on a five-year plan.

Although homeowners are still responsible for sidewalk repair and maintenance in accordance with Municipal Code Chapter 12.20., the city's five-year plan is a systematic approach to meeting ADA standards. Within the five-year plan area, work is accomplished primarily by the Street Maintenance Department. The city anticipates sidewalk repairs to pose some of the same challenges as pedestrian ramps, with which city street crews are already familiar. They've learned that every corner in town is unique just as every sidewalk repair will have its distinctive features.

This ADA Sidewalk Hazard Abatement Program account will fund repairs for ADA sidewalk deficiencies that are included in a Five-Year Priority Plan that will be updated and approved by the City Council on a yearly basis. The ADA Sidewalk Hazard Abatement Program was created from input by the ADA Transition Plan Advisory Group. The group consisted of community members, staff, and representatives from the community who are disabled.

Of particular note is a contribution which led to more efficient sidewalk planning. “It was such a learning experience to have input from those representing the community who are disabled,” said Renata McLeod, Project Coordinator. “They were able to open our eyes to the need for having complete routes, even if it was just one side of the street.” Because of their contributions, first-year sidewalk abatement on 3rd Street from Harrison south to Lakeside was all on one side of the street to create a “complete route.”

In general, ADA guides cities to prioritize repairs first in civic areas, followed by commercial areas, then residential areas. The first Five-Year plan focused on "catch up" work necessary to establish an accessible route to connect the investment already made in the 300+ pedestrian ramps constructed on 3rd Street, 4th Street, Lakeside Avenue, Best Avenue, and Harrison Avenue. By completing these areas first, the pedestrian ramps already built and paid for would provide a complete and usable ADA route. In general, they are also in high traffic, civic corridors with some residential and commercial benefit.

Since the program was adopted, over 17,500 linear feet of sidewalks planned for abatement have been completed and over 400 truncated domes on sidewalk corners have been poured in place. At the 2011 Association of Idaho Cities Conference, the city’s ADA Sidewalk Hazard Abatement Program was recognized with an AIC City Achievement Award. Winners are selected for improving quality of life, reducing the costs of resources, or solving a community problem.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Feel the Burn -- Program on Fire of 1910

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will host a one-man dramatization by Ben Kemper Aug. 12 focusing on the historic figures from the Big Burn of 1910. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. Click on the photo for a video update about activities at the library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 offers live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the residents of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. More information about the library is available online at

Friday, August 5, 2011

Landscape of Excellence Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations for “Landscape of Excellence” are being accepted by Community Canopy, an organization with the goal of sustainable community forests. The Landscape of Excellence award recognizes and encourages good tree care by highlighting those businesses or organizations in the local community who are doing things right. Nominations should be submitted by August 15th for recognition in September.

Nominated businesses or organizations should have landscapes within the view of the public. They will be reviewed for their landscape care practices, especially in regard to trees. In 2010, the Village Condominiums, located on 4th Street at Knotty Pine Lane in Coeur d’Alene, were recognized because of their use of a meandering sidewalk in order to retain native trees, the variety of tree species present, protection of the trees from damage by turf care equipment, effective irrigation, and overall aesthetics.

Community Canopy is a tree care partnership of the cities of Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District with the assistance of the University of Idaho Extension and Washington State University Extension. Community Canopy members work together toward the goal of healthy and sustainable community forests that provide maximum environmental and visual benefits. Community Canopy provides informational publications, exhibits, workshops, and in-the-field training.

To make a nomination for a Landscape of Excellence Award, please contact one of the following communities through the Community Canopy website at or call them at:

City of Coeur d’Alene – 208/769-2266
City of Hayden – 208/209-0987
City of Post Falls – 208/292-2315
City of Spokane – 509/363-5495

Monday, August 1, 2011

Downtown Traffic Detours Set in Place Starting Friday Morning

This weekend hosts the exciting annual Downtown Street Fair, Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes, and Art on the Green. The Street Fair has expanded and streets will be blocked on Sherman and Northwest Boulevard at Lakeside rather than at Second Street, to add additional vendor space.

Traffic headed into the downtown area will be routed to the east on Lakeside and then can go south on Third Street, or north on Fourth Street. Traffic leaving the city’s Third Street parking lot will be directed eastbound only and northbound on Fourth or Seventh streets. Resort traffic only will be directed southbound on Second Street and leaving the resort eastbound only on Front.

For more information, please contact 769-2233.