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Haven of history
April 21, 2024 1:09 a.m.

Haven of history

Century-old grain silo undergoes restoration on homesteader property

A 29-foot-tall cement grain silo towers over a Greensferry Road property just south of the Spokane River on the Coeur d'Alene side of the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls border. A curious hawk circles above, keeping a watchful eye on Patrick Record as he finalizes a restoration project to replace the cedar shakes on the nearly 100-year-old silo. Barn swallows playfully soar from birdhouse to pole top while a sweet-tempered Great Pyrenees rolls about in the grass. A nearby rooster crows. Leaves and branches cast shadows on the lawn in the peaceful Friday morning sunshine.

CLN votes for sparse notes
April 20, 2024 1:08 a.m.

CLN votes for sparse notes

Note taking, prep for budget season discussed at Thursday meeting

Staff will be expected to present the board with a balanced budget and pare down notes taken at Community Library Network meetings following actions taken at Thursday’s three-and-a-half-hour meeting at the Hayden Library.

Women at Work
April 18, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Women at Work

NIC debuts female-focused career technical education event

The dais was filled with womanly wisdom Wednesday evening as five leading ladies of varying industries discussed pros, cons, advice, tips and tricks of their trades.

Cd'A trustees to host community forum Saturday
April 18, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Cd'A trustees to host community forum Saturday

Budget shortfall to be main topic

Trustees of the Coeur d'Alene School District will hold a "Fresh-Air Forum" from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at McIntire Family Park, 8930 N. Government Way, Hayden.

Parkinson's symposium April 26 at Cd'A Public Library
April 18, 2024 1:05 a.m.

Parkinson's symposium April 26 at Cd'A Public Library

It's Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, named in honor of James Parkinson, who was the first to medically describe the symptoms of the "shaking palsy" in 1817. Those living with the disease, as well as their families and caregivers, are invited to the Coeur d'Alene Parkinson's Support Group's Living Well with Parkinson's Symposium from 2-5 p.m. April 26 at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.

Feeling the love
April 17, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Feeling the love

$63K raised at Care Affair

A nonprofit that helps hospitality workers in need is feeling the love. CDAIDE's Care Affair, attended by nearly 250 people and held Thursday at The Coeur d'Alene Resort, brought in $63,295.

PF, Athol libraries resume limited services
April 17, 2024 1:05 a.m.

PF, Athol libraries resume limited services

Facilities update on Thursday meeting agenda

The Post Falls and Athol libraries will begin offering limited services today following three months of closures brought on by building damage from severe winter weather and flooding in January.

Borah Elementary on chopping block
April 13, 2024 1:09 a.m.

Borah Elementary on chopping block

Cd'A School District considering closure to balance financial shortfall

A neighborhood school that has been open since 1950 is in jeopardy of closing and being repurposed as the Coeur d'Alene School District considers ways to balance its $6 million shortfall.

Working up industry appetites
April 13, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Working up industry appetites

KTEC hosts 'Hard Hats, Hammers and Hot Dogs'

The bucket on the miniature excavator inched forward, swung out and dropped onto a stack of tires as Xanaia Dahlstrom diligently moved the levers to accomplish her task.

FAST FIVE: Jason Nye, CDAIDE guy
April 13, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE: Jason Nye, CDAIDE guy

Meet Jason Nye, the executive director of CDAIDE. A Pacific Northwest native, Jason grew up north of Seattle at the tip of Lake Washington in Bothell. He spent his childhood playing in what was then forests and fields, but is now housing developments and pavement. After driving through on the way to Yellowstone with his family in 2017, he and his wife fell in love with Coeur d'Alene. It felt like his childhood, city set amongst the natural forests and lakes where there is a focus on family, community and greenspace.

Library leaders react to 'Protection Act'
April 11, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Library leaders react to 'Protection Act'

Entities in violation could incur fines, other penalties

Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 710 into law Wednesday morning. Also called the "Children's School and Library Protection Act," the law prohibits those who work in schools and public libraries to make available to minors books, pictures and other materials depicting nudity, sexual conduct or sado-masochistic abuse.

Workers in demand in Kootenai County
April 11, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Workers in demand in Kootenai County

Hiring event Wednesday at Real Life in Post Falls

The "help wanted" signs fill business windows throughout Kootenai County as the region and the state continue to experience low unemployment numbers. Low unemployment means hiring challenges for some industries. "We're pretty much always looking for our field laborers," All Wall Contracting, Inc. operations assistant Georgia Dettelbach said Wednesday.

LCHS' Kelly named Idaho Vice Principal of the Year
April 10, 2024 1:06 a.m.

LCHS' Kelly named Idaho Vice Principal of the Year

Administrator honored for empathy, innovation, leadership, more

Whatever he can do to make a positive impact on the lives of students, Lake City High School Assistant Principal Bryan Kelly is happy to do it.

Aquifer protection on symposium agenda
April 8, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Aquifer protection on symposium agenda

Open space meeting set for April 20

Representatives from the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, American Farmland Trust, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and more will speak April 20 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds during the Working Lands and Open Space Symposium.

Growing pains
April 7, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Growing pains

Elevate Academy North addresses special education violations

A new career technical public charter school that was dinged for special education violations is correcting those errors and working to strengthen relationships with all of its families. “We’ve realized, the population that we serve, we’re going to get more special education students,” Elevate Academy Special Education Director Stephanie Linder said Thursday. “We’ve learned. Those are growing pains. Like any other school would tell you, there’s things that we can do better. Learning from mistakes and growing, that’s what it’s about.”

Historic moment for new PF Historical Society president
April 6, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Historic moment for new PF Historical Society president

McClintick attended USS Idaho christening ceremony

The new president of the Post Falls Historical Society, who has a long history of loving history, began her journey at the helm of the history-promoting nonprofit with her own historic adventure.

FAST FIVE: Dana Parsons welcomes you to higher education
April 6, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE: Dana Parsons welcomes you to higher education

Meet Dana Parsons, the Coeur d’Alene enrollment specialist for Lewis-Clark State College.

Artistic dreams can come true
April 5, 2024 1 a.m.

Artistic dreams can come true

Jack Bannon Fund for the Arts applications due April 15

A beloved actor with a prolific body of work may be gone, but his legacy lives on in the creative dreams of others. Applications are now being accepted for funding through the Jack Bannon Fund for the Arts, which was created by the late Bannon's wife, Ellen Travolta, to honor his memory by providing support to those seeking to further their artistic passions.

Awash in kindness
April 4, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Awash in kindness

Former LCHS students donate service to clean school sign

Two former Lake City High School students have put a little sparkle on their old school's outside sign.

Critchfield: 'We're hopeful'
March 30, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Critchfield: 'We're hopeful'

Public school budget should be ready soon, says state superintendent

Reverting to average daily attendance-based funding from the enrollment-based funding formula used during COVID-19 years has left many Idaho school districts feeling a financial pinch. “Money was left on the table, and we knew that last year,” Idaho State Superintendent of Public Education Debbie Critchfield said Friday during a visit to The Press office.

FAST FIVE: Animals are LaRain Saige's people
March 30, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE: Animals are LaRain Saige's people

Meet LaRain Saige, an animal care specialist helping pets and their people stay healthy and happy at home.

Special meeting goes nowhere
March 29, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Special meeting goes nowhere

CLN board at odds over presence of attorney, open meeting law

A special Thursday meeting with a focus on Idaho's open meeting law didn't go as planned when the Community Library Network's legal counsel was absent from the meeting.

Work set on $56M PF Dam rehabilitation
March 28, 2024 1:09 a.m.

Work set on $56M PF Dam rehabilitation

Avista expects project to be complete by spring 2027

It's been nearly 50 years since any major work has been done on Avista's Hydroelectric Development North Channel Dam, originally constructed 118 years ago.

Wired2Learn Academy pursues federal nonprofit status
March 27, 2024 1:05 a.m.

Wired2Learn Academy pursues federal nonprofit status

Therapeutic school hosting dyslexia simulation, open house Thursday

An independent therapeutic school in Post Falls is in the final phases of earning its federal 501(c)3 status.

CLN drops Juneteenth holiday
March 23, 2024 1:09 a.m.

CLN drops Juneteenth holiday

Action criticized as racist

The Community Library Network will no longer observe Juneteenth, the state and federally recognized holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

Blessings for Bangladesh
March 23, 2024 1:05 a.m.

Blessings for Bangladesh

NI Christian School packs meals with love during Feed the Need event

In hairnets and gloves, North Idaho Christian School's 220 students prepared meals with blessings and love. The students worked in rotations throughout the day March 14 to pack 10,000 vitamin-rich meals of rice and lentils that will feed people in Bangladesh, a historically high-poverty, highly populated South Asian country.

FAST FIVE: Keaton Lee paints up a storm
March 23, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE: Keaton Lee paints up a storm

Meet Keaton Lee, an 18-year-old custom painter with a shop located in Post Falls. Follow her instagram @crazy.k.kustomz to see her works.

Hauser Fire to float levy for first time in 21 years
March 21, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Hauser Fire to float levy for first time in 21 years

Reset of $481K to help keep pace with increasing costs; open house tonight

The Hauser Lake Fire Protection District and Volunteer Fire Department will float a $480,675 maintenance and operations levy reset in May.

A celebration of exceptional service
March 17, 2024 1:07 a.m.

A celebration of exceptional service

PF American Legion honors first responders, volunteers

It was an evening of surprise and celebration as the Post Falls American Legion Steven H. Nipp Post 143 honored the community's finest. Volunteers, firefighters, paramedics, deputies and more were lifted up for their dedicated service and selfless sacrifice during a Saturday evening banquet at the Post Falls Legion. The event was attended by nearly 100 guests.

FAST FIVE Idaho adventures await Lisa Reeder
March 16, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE Idaho adventures await Lisa Reeder

Meet Lisa Reeder, who was born and raised in North Texas. Lisa attended East Texas State University, obtaining a bachelor's in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She spent 30 years working in the U.S. defense industry. Lisa is married to Don and has a daughter in Texas and a son in California. She also has four beautiful granddaughters. Lisa is an avid quilter and loves to teach her granddaughters and friends to sew and quilt. She and her husband relocated to North Idaho several years ago and now consider themselves Idahoans.

Très chic: It's Cd'A Fashion Week
March 15, 2024 1 a.m.

Très chic: It's Cd'A Fashion Week

Festivities begin Saturday, show set for March 22

Designers, artists, models, lights, cameras and an abundance of action will color the Lake City in bold and creative choices when Coeur d'Alene Fashion Week returns this weekend through Friday, March 22.

Third Avenue Marketplace to open soon
March 14, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Third Avenue Marketplace to open soon

New PF nonprofit of senior center, food bank aiming for April 1

Upgrades to the old Post Falls Senior Center building are nearing completion in preparation for the opening of the Third Avenue Marketplace, where food bank and senior services will be provided in one location. “We are so excited,” Executive Director Leslie Orth said Wednesday. “It’s surreal, it really is. We’ve needed this for so long.”

Room for everyone
March 12, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Room for everyone

Unlikely duo now housemates after housing emergency

One is a university student walking away from a checkered past along a path of redemption. The other is a community college instructor with a penchant for Shakespeare, disc golf and tabletop gaming. “You can have two polar opposites live together and it be wonderful,” University of Idaho elementary education student Paul Myers said Wednesday.

CLN votes to again pursue Redman Insurance
March 9, 2024 1:06 a.m.

CLN votes to again pursue Redman Insurance

Insurance, job descriptions, staff utilization plan among tasks for director

The board majority plowed through several motions Wednesday during a special meeting of Community Library Network trustees at the Hayden Library, where the board chair had two attendees removed for behavior she considered to be disruptive.

FAST FIVE Michelle Lewis dreams in color
March 9, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE Michelle Lewis dreams in color

Meet Michelle Lewis, a color psychology expert who helps people connect with the power of color in their daily lives.

Building a miracle
March 3, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Building a miracle

PF neighborhood to set example for homeownership through public-private partnerships

For two long years, Ryan Ryle and his fiance, Jayne Foster, tried to buy a home in North Idaho. Ryle, who grew up just on the other side of the Idaho-Washington stateline, said the couple would put in offers on houses just to constantly be outbid by other buyers who had larger down payments or cash in hand. “We even looked at new builds, but we needed so much earnest money down, we couldn’t save for it,” Ryle said Thursday.

FAST FIVE: Lisa Schaff: 'Our vote is our power'
March 2, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE: Lisa Schaff: 'Our vote is our power'

Meet Lisa Schaff, a Coeur d’Alene resident of 12 years who has been a member of the League of Women Voters of Kootenai County since 2016. Lisa would tell you that compassion and empathy are the core emotions that drive her to work for the League. Fairness, truth and civil democracy are at the forefront of her values.

Acting locally, thinking globally
March 1, 2024 1:05 a.m.

Acting locally, thinking globally

Girl Scouts raise $540 for Children's Village during World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day is a time when Girl Scouts place themselves in the shoes of other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world and honor their counterparts in other countries. "Living in America, we're very gifted living in the area we do," Haileigh Alban, 16, of Troop 2035 Post Falls, said Tuesday. "It's nice to see other countries and see how other communities revolve around each other. It's a look into the outside world that we're not the only ones here.

Wright Insurance declines coverage for CLN
February 29, 2024 1:09 a.m.

Wright Insurance declines coverage for CLN

Unresolved claims cited as reason for denial

After trustees voted to change the Community Library Network's insurance policies, the insurer they sought to contract with has declined coverage, citing current unresolved claims.

Take that to the bank
February 28, 2024 1:05 a.m.

Take that to the bank

Area financial institutions share expertise with Mountain View students

Bank applications and financial paperwork can be daunting, especially for young people who have never opened checking accounts.

Looking for the positive
February 27, 2024 1:09 a.m.

Looking for the positive

Area schools encourage good behavior through intervention, support programming

Schools across North Idaho and the country are supporting students through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports programs.

Enjoy a libation, support education
February 26, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Enjoy a libation, support education

Wine, Stein and Dine to benefit PF schools Saturday

In the 26 years since its inception, the Wine, Stein and Dine event has awarded over $700,000 in grant funds to benefit students in the Post Falls School District.

Young agents of change
February 24, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Young agents of change

Student Advisory Group members learning to advocate for themselves, peers

Students in the Coeur d'Alene School District's Student Advisory Group are serious about effecting positive change in their school communities.

FAST FIVE: Find your inner goddess with Lindsey Jones
February 24, 2024 1 a.m.

FAST FIVE: Find your inner goddess with Lindsey Jones

Meet Lindsey Jones, a Pacific Northwest native who is a champion for female entrepreneurship in the Post Falls community. With years of business ownership and unwavering determination, she has always shared a common goal – empowering women, particularly mothers, to enhance their lives by leveraging their passions to create financial stability.

Planning for their academic futures
February 23, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Planning for their academic futures

More than 350 students, parents attend Cd'A School District event

Students in the Coeur d'Alene School District have a number of options when designing their academic tracks. They can pursue dual credits and graduate with an associate degree when they receive their high school diploma. They can enroll at the Kootenai Technical Education Campus and learn a trade. They can take advanced placement courses so they are ahead of the game when they head off to college.

It's the Safety Fest
February 22, 2024 1:09 a.m.

It's the Safety Fest

Free training sessions continue in PF today, Friday

Safe workspaces are more than just hard hats, leather gloves and steel-toed boots. They also include effective communication, appropriate boundaries, trust and cultural awareness. Some factors to consider are gender, the organizational hierarchy and age. "Age could be a factor as some people refuse to take orders from folks that are young," said Adam Gerson, compliance assistance specialist with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Boise Area Office.

CLN trustees vote for new insurance
February 21, 2024 1:08 a.m.

CLN trustees vote for new insurance

Board minority, director say move is reckless

While two libraries remain closed due to catastrophic water damage, Community Library Network trustees are poised to make costly changes to CLN’s insurance policies. If no other quotes come in before Friday, library trustees will accept insurance quotes from Wright Specialty Insurance and American Family Insurance and cancel current policies with the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program and the Great American Insurance Group. These changes will nearly double the library network’s insurance costs.

Coping — with creativity
February 21, 2024 1 a.m.

Coping — with creativity

Interact Club of Cd'A hosts artistic mental health awareness event

When the mental chatter becomes overwhelming, Lake City High School senior Ava Angell dims the lights, turns on soft music and meditates on the positive. "Breathing in the good thoughts and exhaling out the bad ones," Angell said Tuesday, sharing a mental health tactic her mom taught her. "I try to do it every night," she said. "I feel like that’s when my thoughts are racing the most, and that’s when it’s healthiest to get them out."

NI STEM robotics team takes on the world
February 19, 2024 1:07 a.m.

NI STEM robotics team takes on the world

Students will compete against other countries in April

FIRST Lego League robotics enthusiasts from North Idaho STEM Charter Academy will be using their skills for communication, collaboration and innovation as they pursue world domination. The Los Cuatro Amigos team of eighth graders will compete in the 2024 FIRST Championship from April 17-20 in Houston. They'll be pitting their robotics prowess against teams from countries such as India, Brazil and China. “It’s exciting because a team hasn’t gone from our school in 12 years and it’s a big opportunity,” team member Reagan Smith said Wednesday.

Speaker to Dems: ‘Don’t be like Missouri’
February 18, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Speaker to Dems: ‘Don’t be like Missouri’

Jess Piper keynotes 2024 Democracy Dinner

Blue Missouri Executive Director Jess Piper shared a warning with attendees of the 2024 Democracy Dinner: “Don’t be like Missouri — do not go down this path.”