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Council seeks park input
March 30, 2024 1:09 a.m.

Council seeks park input

Councilmember Gary Sonnen brought an early concept design for a city park during the Wednesday council session. The park is slated to be located right behind city hall and other city facilities on the corner of Hanley Avenue and 4th Street. He said the park idea was brought forward by the previous city council, and the plan is to use ARPA funds to pay for it. Sonnen also said the city can possibly get additional funding through grants if any are available.

Ten years of burgers and smiles
March 25, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Ten years of burgers and smiles

Schmidty’s Burgers marks decade in Cd'A

Nathan and Denise Schmidt have been serving up smiles for a decade in Coeur d’Alene, and are celebrating the restaurant’s 10th anniversary this year. The owners of Schmidty’s Burgers at 1524 Sherman said they love what they do and have no plans on slowing down.

Health care challenges urge innovation
March 22, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Health care challenges urge innovation

'Community Conversations' has people talking abut problems, solutions

Economic challenges are a part of every industry, and are not only found in the region. Similar challenges face communities across the nation, but collaborations are bringing talks of solutions to the table. On Thursday, the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber, in collaboration with North Idaho College and Kootenai Health held a public panel discussion about the regional healthcare workforce and some surrounding challenges.

morning crash delays westbound traffic
March 22, 2024 1 a.m.

morning crash delays westbound traffic

A rollover crash along the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 outside of Post Falls caused traffic delays for morning commuters. **WAITING ON CRASH REPORT

Rolling through adversity
March 21, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Rolling through adversity

Parasport Spokane visits Lake City Academy on Wednesday

Against a backdrop of hardship and adversity, individuals living with disabilities can tap into regional resources to help them defy limitations and compete in para-athletics. Resources like Parasport Spokane help light the pathway for people living with illness or disabilities. Parasport Spokane visited Lake City Academy on Wednesday afternoon to support fifth grader Rowan Blackwelder and raise awareness about para-athletics.

Swans making safe stop
March 20, 2024 1:08 a.m.

Swans making safe stop

Deaths in Cd'A basin down from previous years

Peak season for viewing tundra swans in the Coeur d’Alene basin typically falls in the second to third week of March. Dave Leptich, Regional Wildlife Habitat Biologist with Idaho Fish and Game said the annual migration happened a little earlier this year.

Grant will boost organic food market
March 20, 2024 1 a.m.

Grant will boost organic food market

Local business at the forefront

The United States Department of Agriculture awarded a $3 million Organic Market Development Grant to ZEGO foods on March 14 to help expand organic and clean food access. ZEGO foods has a working partnership with a local company called Snacktivist foods. This funding will help the northwest regional market.

Take a hike
March 18, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Take a hike

Grant awarded to Rathdrum Parks and Recreation

Over 3 miles of new trails will be added to the StormKing trail system on Rathdrum Mountain this year. Rathdrum Parks and Recreation Director Eric Singer said the city was awarded a $68,000 grant from Idaho State Parks and Recreation in January to help cover the cost of new trail development. His department initially applied for the grant in early 2023 he said.

Opening doors for the next generation
March 15, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Opening doors for the next generation

Rathdrum chamber showcases local job opportunities

Approximately 300 students filed through the “Opportunity Knocks” job fair hosted by the Rathdrum Chamber of Commerce at Timberlake High School on Wednesday. Students were able to meet representatives from several industries including banking, construction, fiber internet services, auto care and more.

Preliminary planned unit development approved
March 13, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Preliminary planned unit development approved

Concerns linger surrounding development

A modified version of the Hayden Sky preliminary development was voted through 3-2 during the March 12 council session. After nearly three hours of presentations and deliberations, the plan will be moving forward for a final plan to be developed.

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