Friday, October 26, 2012

Volunteers in Pruning (V.I.P.) Training Offered November 17th

Tree fans are being sought for a program designed to improve the future of young trees in public places. The “Volunteers In Pruning” (V.I.P.) program trains local tree fans to prune young trees for form and structure. The program targets trees that were planted in parks or along streets within the last three years. This is the best time within the tree’s development to establish good tree form and correct any structural problems that can lead to future hazards or tree failure.

The V.I.P. project is sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care education program of the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District. These communities are pooling resources to train volunteers and supply them with the tools needed to do the pruning. Pruning work parties will take place over the winter and next summer. Each community’s forestry program will choose which public trees will be targeted for pruning. Those who take care of other trees in public places, such as church Trustees and Homeowners Association workers, are also encouraged to attend the training.

Those individuals, 16 years of age or older, interested in the V.I.P. program are invited to attend a three hour training session to be held on Saturday, November 17th, at 9:00 a.m., at Hayden City Hall, 8930 N. Government Way. The training is free in exchange for putting in volunteer hours pruning public trees. Because of limited space, pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Katie Kosanke, 769-2266.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

City Hall Lot Nearly Ready for Parking

A portion of the new East Lot at City Hall is expected to be available for parking next week. Paving will begin Friday and is expected to be complete by Monday, contractors said during the weekly update Wednesday morning. Meantime, earthwork needed for construction of a dog park at the base of Tubbs Hill is nearly complete. Dog park advocates are in the process of raising money to build the canine playground. Work on the McEuen Park 2012 project is expected to be complete in late November and the project is on schedule, according to Welch-Comer engineer Phil Boyd. Construction updates can be viewed on the city’s webcam.

Monday, October 22, 2012

David Brin Virtual Program Canceled

The Virtual Program with author David Brin scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. has been canceled due to technical difficulties.
Onsite programs were to be held at Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, and Priest River libraries and online at
The North Idaho Reads Committee apologizes for the inconvenience.

Civil War Series Books Now Available

The three books to be used in the “Making Sense of the American Civil War” Reading Series at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are now available to pick up at the library’s Research and Information Desk.
The series commemorates the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (1861-1865) and is presented in partnership with the Idaho Humanities Council.  The five-meeting, scholar-led reading/discussion program will be offered in November and December.
The program is free but only 25 copies of each of the three books to be used in the series are available. Participants are asked to commit to attending all sessions in the series. Participants will also need a current Cooperative Information Network library card.
The five two-hour book discussions are scheduled for five Thursday evenings, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the following dates: Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 13, and 20 in the library Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave.
To sign up for the series contact David Townsend, Library Communication Coordinator, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at   
 “Making Sense of the Civil War,” is a program developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to give a glimpse of the vast sweep and profound breadth of Americans’ war among and against themselves.  The series is organized as a series of “conversations” that are meant to be considered together.
“Each conversation is itself arranged as an unfolding story, moving forward in time,” said Rick Ardinger, Executive Director of the Idaho Humanities Council. “Some of the readings were written by eye-witnesses, some written for perhaps only one other person to read, while others were well researched after the passage of time and imagined for vast audiences. And 150 years after the defining war in our nation’s history, Americans are still discovering its meanings.”
The discussion series is based on the readings of three books:
¢  “March,” by Geraldine Brooks, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel which tells its story through the voices of characters from another novel, “Little Women,” by Louisa May Alcott.
¢  “America’s War,” edited by historian Edward L. Ayers, is mostly a collection of writings by people who had to decide for themselves before and during the war where justice, honor, duty, and loyalty lay, including selections written by Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and many others.
¢  “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam,” by historian James McPherson, explores the battle in the fall of 1862 that changed the course of the Civil War.
Scholars who will lecture and facilitate discussions so far include University of Idaho History Professor and Dean of Letters Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Katherine Aiken, North Idaho College History Professor James Jewell, and Boise State University Andrus Center for Public Policy Director Dr. David Adler. 

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 or 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.

‘Beauty & the Beast’s’ Belle at Library

The character of Belle from the Christian Youth Theater production of “Beauty & the Beast” will visit the children’s department at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Tuesday, Oct. 30, as Fall Reading Programs continue.
Belle will read a story, sing a song, and pose for photos with children at 11 a.m. – during the Tales for 2s and 3s program – and again at 4 p.m. in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level at 702 E. Front Ave. The CYT production is scheduled to be presented at the Kroc Community Center Nov. 1-11. For the schedule and ticket information visit
As part of Idaho Family Reading Week the children’s library will host author Linda Konecny Wednesday, Nov. 7, reading her book, “Dave’s Thanksgiving,” at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. A puppet show for all ages will be presented that day beginning at 4 p.m.
Fall programs continue through Nov. 16, take a break Nov. 18-24 and resume through Nov. 30. The library will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, for the Veteran’s Day holiday and Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.
All programs are free and most do not require registration. 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, this is an excellent way to introduce children to the sights and sounds of reading, storytelling, and related activities.
¨      Tales for Twos & Threes: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. Stories and other activities for ages 2 and 3.
¨      Music & Motion: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Charge your brain cells and move your body while you sing old favorites and learn some new songs. For ages 3 to 5.
¨      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. 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.
¨      Home Schoolers Game & Activity Hour: For home-schooled children ages 5 and up and a parent or other adult caregiver. Registration required at least one week prior to the program. Contact Jolie, 208-765-4393. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. (Continues the first Tuesday of the month through June 2013.)
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 or 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.  

Specialized Needs Recreation Holds Halloween Dance October 26th

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding a Halloween Dance on Friday, October 26th. This special dance/costume party will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls (2478 East Poleline).

If you love to dance to great music, then this is the place to be. Come join us for a night full of great friends, great snacks and great fun! We will also be having a costume contest and will be giving out prizes throughout the evening for creative costumes.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to individuals who have developmental disabilities and/or special needs. If you would like more information about this event, the Specialized Needs Recreation program, or would like to volunteer, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit our website at

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Education Corridor Roundabouts Public Art To Be Dedicated October 24th

The City of Coeur d’Alene is pleased to announce that new public art is scheduled to be dedicated on Wednesday, October 24th. The art piece entitled “Trilogy” by local artist Michael Horswill, consists of three abstract, figurative totems uniting the stories of three groups in our community: the members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and their ancestral meeting place; the students, teachers, and staff members of the Education Corridor; and the wider community of Coeur d’Alene that is building a future of creative possibilities. The art piece entitled “The Gift” by Oregon artist C. J. Rench, depicts two hands reaching toward the sky holding an abstract drop of water, paying tribute to the Coeur d’Alene lake and how it is the center of the history, community, and the entire area. The last art piece by local artist Allen Dodge, consists of a large circular saw with a banner of brightly colored vitreous enamel “bead work,” a true to life example of traditional Coeur d’Alene tribal artwork. The statues were 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 4:00 p.m. at the River & Hubbard Roundabout. Mayor Bloem will officiate and immediately following the dedication ceremony, the Fort Ground Grille will host a reception with coffee and refreshments.

For more information on the Education Corridor Roundabouts public art project, please call Steve Anthony, Arts Commission liaison, at 769-2249.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Author to Share Cross-Country Bike Ride

      A Coeur d’Alene bike enthusiast and author will read from her book and share photos from her ride across the country at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.
Never Turn Back: Bicycling 2,850 Miles With No Support System,” relates the story of Kathy Saugen-Erickson’s ride with her friend, Ginny, from Spokane to Knoxville, Tenn.
While continuing her nursing career in the late 1970s, Saugen-Erickson added many sporting challenges to her life – hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, backpacking, and bicycling. She was reacquainted with Ginny on a backpacking trip with the Spokane Mountaineers and encouraged her to pursue bicycling.
Following the Expo in Spokane, the pair offered to become Goodwill Ambassadors by riding to the soon-to-be-held Knoxville Expo in 1982.
Saugen-Erickson’s extensive cycling experience includes rides in the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Gulf Islands, the entire Olympic peninsula, the Oregon coast, across Washington state to the Idaho border, STP (Seattle to Portland) event, a North Idaho loop, the Hiawatha Trail, the entire Trail of the Coeur d'alenes and the Centennial Trail. She has completed several Bicycle Club Autumn Centuries, and rides with the Scenic Group of the Spokane Bicycle Club.
She was a gold and silver medalist in the 2001 National Senior Olympics in Louisiana, a gold medalist in the Arizona 2006 Senior Olympics, and a 2008 triathlete in bicycling in Hayden as part of a team effort.
Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Library.
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 or 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.

Winterize Irrigation Systems Safely

By Greg Schrempp, Cross Connection Program

City of Coeur d’Alene water customers will soon be starting to prepare their lawn and garden irrigation systems for the coming, cold weather.

In our area, the most common practice is to use compressed air to blow out the leftover water in the irrigation piping. When performed correctly, this can be an efficient method to prevent expensive damage to irrigation systems caused by freezing. If performed incorrectly, however, costly damage to backflow assemblies can occur. You also run the risk of contaminating not only your water, but that of your neighbors.

The following guidelines will help provide protection to you and other community members from irrigation system contamination.

1) Make sure that the blow-off port where air is introduced into the irrigation system is downstream of your approved backflow assembly. Blow-off ports installed upstream of the backflow assembly can allow oil and contaminated air from the air compressor tank to be back-pressured into your potable water service as well as the city water main. High pressure air introduced upstream of the backflow assembly can also damage the internal parts of the assembly, resulting in the assembly not properly protecting our drinking water supply, as well as costly repair/replacement of the assembly.

2) If your irrigation system is protected by a Pressure or Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker, then it must be removed before the introduction of compressed air because these assemblies can be damaged if subjected to air from either upstream or downstream of the assembly.

3) City of Coeur d’Alene code requires the backflow assembly to be installed with unions so it can be removed before the introduction of compressed air, and stored inside for the winter. If the assembly was installed without unions and it cannot be removed to prevent freezing, then it must be thoroughly drained.

4) Perform your required annual backflow assembly test at spring start-up no later than July 1st to make sure the assembly is operating correctly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the Water Department, 676-7408 or Gary Nolan, 769-2220, ext. 818.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

City of Coeur d’Alene Leaf Fest Begins November 13th

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 marks the start of the CITY OF COEUR D ALENE annual leaf pick-up program. Please be sure to keep leaves on your property until Monday, October 29th. Please rake your leaves and pine needles about one foot away from the gutter/curb line to allow for water drainage. City crews and equipment are limited, so we need your help. Leaves will be picked up only once. Please do not put leaves in the street after City crews have completed your area, and do not include bagged leaves, branches, debris, or trash.

Due to weather conditions, equipment malfunctions, and unforeseen circumstances, City crews are unable to provide a precise schedule of where leaf pick-up will take place. Pick-up will start south of Sherman Avenue and move north. We expect completion before December 01, 2012.

Leaf-fest 2012 Tips


• Have your leaves out by Oct. 29th.
• Please move cars off of the street if at all possible during leaf pick-up.
• Keep the leaves about one foot away from the curb line to allow for water flow.
• Be alert for leaf pick-up equipment traveling through your neighborhood.
• Keep a safe distance away from leaf pick-up heavy equipment.
• Recognize that we have a tough job to do in a very short window between when the leaves fall and when the snow flies.
• Understand that City and private trucks are exempted from covering loads during the leaf pick-up period. Sweepers will follow City trucks to collect remaining/excess leaves.


• Place bagged leaves in the street.
• Mix branches, debris, or other trash in with the leaves.
• Miss the deadline… we only have time for one pass!

If you have questions or need additional information, please check the website or call the Street Maintenance Information line 769-2233.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Environmental Open House on October 24th

The City of Coeur d'Alene is sponsoring a multi-agency Environmental Open House on Wednesday, October 24th, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Community Room.  The public is invited to visit with local agencies and groups as they demonstrate how they are working to preserve and improve our natural resources.  A partial list of agencies participating in the open house includes the City of Coeur d'Alene Stormwater Management, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, City of Post Falls, Waste Management, Lakes Highway District, Idaho Department of Transportation, Post Falls Highway District, and the Stormwater Erosion Education Program.  For more information, contact Kim Harrington at 769-2214, or

Monday, October 8, 2012

CdA Fire Joins Nixle Emergency Notification System

In July of this year, the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department joined with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department in the use of the Police Department’s Nixle Emergency Notification System.

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department decided to join the Nixle Emergency Notification System after a series of wildland fires occurred earlier this year where it was later determined that a number of residents in these natural disaster areas did not receive emergency notification of the fire.

The Nixle Emergency Notification System allows homes, residents, and visitors without a standard landline telephone service to receive emergency notifications within the zip code provided. Over 5,000 agencies use the Nixle system to communicate with residents by text message and email at no cost to the city or the public to join. Instructions to join the Nixle Emergency Notification System are located on the front page of the Fire Department website at

The Nixle Emergency Notification System does not replace the 911 service or any notification systems already in place. It merely enhances technology for more diverse and changing user groups. For more information about the Nixle Emergency Notification System, contact Glenn Lauper, Deputy Fire Chief, at (208) 769-2340.

Monday, October 1, 2012

City’s Arts Commission Announces Winners of 17th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission announces the following winners of the 17th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts:

EDUCATION IN THE ARTS: Skip & Debbie Peterson

“Excellence in the Arts,” recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the awareness of the arts in Coeur d’Alene. They are evaluated on their community participation, previous recognition received, and the quality and originality of their work. “Support of the Arts,” recognizes individuals or organizations based on the length of their commitment to the arts, the type of support they give (financial, volunteer services, etc.), and their overall involvement in the support of art in Coeur d’Alene. “Arts in Education,” recognizes individuals or organizations for their efforts to strengthen public arts education in the geographic region of School District 271. The award is given based on years of commitment to and advocacy for arts education.

Mayor Sandi Bloem will present the awards on Wednesday, October 10, 2011, 6 p.m., at The Hagadone Event Center. This event is open to the public, and anyone interested in attending to support the winners is invited.

“It is a privilege to recognize the individuals and organizations in our community that make art accessible to everyone,” Mayor Bloem said.

The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts are presented by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and the City of Coeur d’Alene to recognize and encourage excellence in the arts and to stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the city.

For more information, contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at 769-2249.

Candidates Forum on October 11th

A Candidates Forum presented by the Coeur Group will be aired live on CDA TV Cable Channel 19 on October 11th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The forum will host debates for Legislative District 2, Legislative District 3, Legislative District 4, Kootenai County Commissioner District 1, and Kootenai County Sheriff.

Legislative District debates are scheduled for 15 minutes each, starting at 4:00 p.m., and the Kootenai County Commissioner and Kootenai County Sheriff debates are scheduled for 30 minutes each, starting at 7:00 p.m. Each candidate will have one (l) minute for an opening statement, and responses to questions will be limited to one (l) minute each. The format is fluid, with a Coeur Group moderator and two (2) panellists who will pose the questions. The moderator will allow for some cross-talk and/or follow-up from members as well as additional questions from the moderator.

The Coeur Group was established in February 2004 and consists of roughly 25 members representing various industries in the community. Since 2004, the Coeur Group has donated thousands of hours to local causes, including projects for schools, non-profit organizations and charities.

The Candidate’s Forum will be rebroadcast on CDA TV Cable Channel 19 through November 5th. For more information, contact Susan Weathers, Coeur d’Alene City Clerk, at (208) 769-2231.