Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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 July 16th.

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 2011, Coeur d’Alene High School, located on 4th Street in Coeur d’Alene, was recognized for having a variety of tree species, the retention of large native ponderosa pine trees, the use of shade trees in parking lots, safety zones around trees to prevent damage from turf care equipment, use of proper planting practices, and proper pruning.  The landscape also includes a variety of ornamental shrubs that make the school grounds aesthetically pleasing.

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

City Hall Closed Wednesday, July 4th

On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 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 Thursday, July 5th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Education Corridor Wins City Achievement Award

     Coeur d’Alene’s partnerships, which have created and continue to sustain the Education Corridor project, were honored with a City Achievement Award at the 2012 Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) Annual Conference in Boise.

     In 2002, Coeur d’Alene leaders believed that the area’s evolving population would need living wage jobs that would be best supported by a strong educational infrastructure.  This belief was shared by leaders of local higher education institutions.  In May 2002, 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 later joined this planning effort.  After years of collaborative work, a Master Plan 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.”

     On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony for Phase 1-B of the Education Corridor Project will take place at the intersection of Military Drive and River Avenue.  The completion of this phase includes the extension of River Avenue through to Northwest Boulevard and will include a new signal at that intersection.

     There has been over a decade of cooperation and collaboration between the original partners (CdA, U of I, NIC, and LCDC).  Another partner, The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD), awarded CdA a grant to further study the 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 (

     During the 2009 Mayors’ Institute on City Design, collaborators included representatives from the Museum of North Idaho, Fort Ground Homeowners Association, Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Governor’s Office, CdA Downtown Association, Jobs Plus, Inc., Kootenai Health, the Idaho State Legislature, and the Idaho State Board of Education.

     The AIC City Achievement Award Program selects winners for its competition based on whether the nominated program improves quality of life, if it reduces the costs of resources, or solves a community problem.  For more information, please call 769-2204.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Two-Hour Library Parking to be Enforced

Beginning Wednesday, June 27, two-hour parking will be enforced in the upper parking lot at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and Coeur d’Alene City Hall (the lot accessed from Front Avenue and Eighth Street).
      According to Library Director Bette Ammon this is being done to assure consistent parking availability throughout the day for library users and for people with business at City Hall.
      Parking beyond the two-hours limit will result in a $15 citation. Enforcement by Diamond Parking has been arranged so that people attending evening meetings and programs will not be ticketed.
     Patrons and volunteers who need to be in the library or City Hall for longer than two hours are advised to use the lower parking lot during the day and to enter the buildings though the lower entrances.
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.

Government Way Striping Begins Next Week

With the promise of more consistent weather ahead, street crews will begin striping the new bike lane on Government Way from Harrison Street to the 4-corners area on Tuesday, June 26th.  City Engineer Gordon Dobler has been working with the Pedestrian/Bicycle Advisory Committee for a couple of years to organize this project.  

The Street Department will notify citizens in the affected areas along the route that they will need to move their cars for crews to paint the lane and allow time for the paint to dry. If you have any questions, please call 769-2233.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Verticillium Wilt Disease Confirmed in City Trees

The Urban Forestry Committee recently confirmed, through the assistance of the Forest Service lab, that the sugar maple trees on the perimeter of Bluegrass Park are declining because of the disease verticillium wilt.  Verticillium wilt is a soil-borne fungus with infection occurring through the root system. Once the organism enters plant tissues, the fungus produces toxins and invades the water-conducting tissues and kills cells. Several branches first die back, with the rest of the tree following.

Unfortunately, there are no treatment options. There are many other species of trees which are susceptible; a resistant species mix will be selected for replacements. Over time, more of these trees will be lost because of this disease. It is spread through the contact of root systems, by pruning tools, and even by using tools in the soil of the infected area. Tools should be disinfected with a bleach, alcohol, or Lysol product. The Coeur d’Alene Place Homeowners Association has been contacted, as members have many susceptible species in the area. Other cases of verticillium wilt have been confirmed around the city as well.  Disinfecting tools is key. For more information, please contact Katie Kosanke at 415-0415.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Portrait of a Town

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation is sponsoring the “Portrait of a Town” a photographic and oral history exhibit by artist Barbara Mueller. The current exhibit will hang in Sherman Square Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene for one year. Foundation Executive Director Ruth Pratt is shown at the project dedication on June 17. Plans are to “grow” the project to include a dedicated kiosk in the library, oral history classes, and the addition of new photographs annually.  Check out  to learn about this exciting new addition for our community! For more information contact the Foundation at 208-769-2380. To contribute to this project click the "Donate Now" button below.
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.

Ironman is Coming to Town!

On Thursday June 21st, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., street crews will begin to prepare for the Regence Ironman triathlon.  Barricades will be set in place as will the detour route for the closure of Sherman Avenue between 2nd Avenue and Independence Point. Please consider these points when visiting the downtown area this week:

  1. Southbound traffic traveling into the downtown area will be detoured onto Lakeside Avenue to 2nd, 3rd, or 5th streets 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, the city has 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 June 21st 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 20th and re-opened Wednesday, June 27th.  Alternate boat-trailer parking is available in the main lot or south of City Hall during this closure.
Mullan Avenue, from 17th to 23rd streets, will be “NO PARKING” on the north side on Saturday, June 23rd, and entirely closed to traffic on race day, Sunday, June 24th. 

For more information, please call 769-2233.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Regence “IronKids” Fun Run Held June 21st

Regence Ironman is partnering with the City of Coeur d’Alene to bring you the 2012 IronKids on Thursday, June 21st, at 6:00 p.m.  This event is a one-mile run for kids starting and finishing in City Park. Kids up to (and including) age 14 are invited to participate.

The entry fee is $5.00 and all proceeds will go to the Parks Department to help fund trails and bikeways.  You may register online at, at the City Hall Parks Department counter, or at the City Park Gazebo on the day of the race between 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.   

If you would like to volunteer for this event or need additional information, please contact Monte McCully at 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Partnerships & Planning Maintain North Idaho Centennial Trail

 Prairie Trail Also Benefits

Two trails, the North Idaho Centennial Trail and the Prairie Trail, need to be seal coated.  The resources exist to get the job done, but calls have to be made, meetings have to be scheduled, and staff reports have to be written.  Parks Director Doug Eastwood knew he could rely upon decades of partnerships to complete the maintenance.

Let’s start with one of the first partners, the Joint Powers Board, established not long after the Centennial Trail was built in the early 1990s.  Three entities make up the Joint Powers Board: the cities of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, and Kootenai County.  

The Joint Powers Board oversees the Capital Improvement budget.  In addition, each entity contributes $7,500 annually for trail improvements. These funds are allowed to accrue in order to cover large expenses. Kootenai County holds and manages the funds through their finance department. The Joint Powers Board funds will be used as part of the match for the state and federal grant.  County staff offered to prepare and apply for a grant for this project if they could get assistance from Coeur d’Alene to administer the grant and the contract work. Kootenai County Parks and Waterways successfully secured that grant and the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department (CdAPD) is prepared to administer the grant and the contract, and will monitor the work and forward payment requests on to the Joint Powers Board for progress payments.

Operation and maintenance of the North Idaho Centennial Trail is a cooperative effort of Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Kootenai County, and two additional partners, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. The North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation was formed around 1990 to also assist with the long term maintenance and capital improvements of the trail.

The combined effort of these agencies and the trail foundation is to protect and preserve the trails by combining their collective resources to accomplish the task. The other key element is the cooperation among agencies’ staff. Additionally, the staff of each group meets monthly to review maintenance items on the trails. This monthly meeting also includes the State Parks Department (five miles of the trail travels into its jurisdiction).

The Centennial Trail was built between 1990 and 1995. The Prairie Trail is a spur of the Centennial Trail and was constructed in July 2008, linking parks, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses. The Prairie Trail starts at Beebe Boulevard and runs northwest 4 miles across town ending at Huetter Road. Eastwood said, “I would eventually someday like to see the Prairie Trail connect Coeur d’Alene to Post Falls.”

For more information, please contact the Parks Department at 769-2252.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Testing at Wastewater Plant Today - You may see smoke!

Testing at the wastewater treatment plant near Hubbard and NW Blvd may result in visible smoke rising from catch basins and visible to the general public.   Don't be alarmed.  It's a test, and it begins at approximately 1:00 p.m. 

Veterans Services

Please click here for a Press Release from the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners regarding Veterans Services.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Structure Fire Triggers Mutual Aid

Last evening, the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Days Inn, 2200 Northwest Blvd. Reporting party advised a fire in the laundry room. Upon arrival, 2 minutes after alarm, crews found fire in the ceiling of the guest laundry room. Upon announcement of a working fire, a 2nd alarm was requested, bringing a mutual aid engine from Northern Lakes Fire Protection District. The fire was quickly knocked down, primary search of the second floor guest rooms was completed, and removal of smoke from the building started. The ceiling and wall around the fire area was opened to check for extension with none found. Upon completion of Fire Department operations, guests were allowed to reoccupy their rooms.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sailing Around Vancouver Island Featured

      If it’s there, climbers want to climb it and sailors want to circumnavigate it. In 2009, David and Rebecca Kilmer – with the help of crew Scott, Chris and Bill – took their 36-foot sailboat “Liberte” around British Columbia’s mighty Vancouver Island.
The Kilmers will share their story and photos Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., as part of the library’s “Novel Destinations” series.
The trip covered 10 weeks and some 750 nautical miles, with tidal rapids, remote anchorages, First Nations sites, hot springs and waterfalls.
Come along for their journey as featured in “Cruising World” magazine. 
Rebecca and David live in Coeur d’Alene, where Rebecca owns ISOLA Massage + Skin Studio and David is a boat captain and public relations director. Their next itinerary on “Liberte” takes them to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
   “Novel Destinations” is sponsored by the Library Foundation as an opportunity for area residents to share photos from unique places around the world.
Anyone interested in sharing their travel stories is asked to contact Ruth Pratt, Foundation Executive Director, at 208-769-2380.

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.

Program Examines Cd’A Airport History

    A love of airplanes and flight has resulted in a book, “COE: The First Sixty Years, The History of the Coeur d’Alene Airport.”
    Author Eugene Soper will present a program about the airport Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
    His book was published this year by the Museum of North Idaho Press.
    The Coeur d’Alene Airport, now west of Hayden, was previously located on the land that is now the Kootenai County Fairground.
     Soper was born in Lincoln, Neb., in 1930. In 1934, in the middle of the Great Depression, he and his family migrated to Idaho with a covered wagon, taking up residence in New Plymouth. His father being a baker soon had the local bakery operating profitably. In 1940 the Soper’s Monogram Bakery moved to New Meadows where five years later the author began taking flying lessons. These lessons and the last three years of high school he financed by buying, fixing, and selling cars.
    Moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1949 Soper went to work for Gage Air Service in Kellogg. He obtained his Private Pilot certificate, and traded one of his cars for his first airplane, a 1940 Piper J-3 Cub. This was soon upgraded to a 1946 Aeronca Chief, which he had when he married his wife. Needing a better income he soon was employed by a local construction company as a heavy-duty diesel mechanic. He remained in this profession for 25 years. In 1976 he left the construction trade and established a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic program for North Idaho College, remaining there until retirement in 1992.
    Never losing his love of airplanes and flying, he would fly anything, anytime the opportunity presented itself. Early on he earned his Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic license, as well as his Commercial Pilot certificate with Multi-engine, Seaplane and Glider ratings.
    On summers off while teaching school he flew with a Flying Circus, barnstorming around the Northwest in an old open cockpit Travel Air 4000 bi-plane. Being a “born” mechanic he was always interested in a plane that wouldn’t fly. He was also listening for a pilot that wanted to buy one that would fly. With nearly 300 different “N” numbers in 13 log books, he thought about writing a book whenever he grew up.
    Soper was inducted into the Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame November 2010.

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.