Coeur d'Alene

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Coeur d'Alene water officials say the hot weather this summer has translated into much higher water usage by residents. They're hoping they can convince people to conserve the precious resource.

Courtesy of University of Idaho

Anthropologists from the University of Idaho and 16 students yesterday wrapped up a two-week archaeological dig on the North Idaho College campus in Coeur d’Alene.

It was led by U of I Anthropology Professors Katrina Eichner and Mark Warner.

“It’s kind of looking to see if there is evidence of Fort Sherman that has been in the area, if there’s still existing evidence of Fort Sherman in the places we’re testing or if it’s been chewed up," Warner said.

St. Vincent de Paul

Federal housing officials have declared Coeur d’Alene’s St. Vincent de Paul as Idaho’s first federally-recognized EnVision Center.

The facility serves as a one-stop center for people looking for social services.

This week, one of long-time leaders of the Inland Northwest arts community, Karen Mobley, pays a visit to talk about her newest creation, a book of poetry. Also, Chris Maccini introduces us to a regional singer-songwriter who took the plunge and entered NPR’s country-wide Tiny Desk Concert competition, and Dan Webster offers his take on a new movie. Music today is a bit of ragtime piano from the Methow Valley’s Bill Hottell.

It’s a challenging time, as the threat of COVID-19 hangs over all of us and makes for an especially trying situation for our regional arts community. But we continue to celebrate art and artists on NWAR, today starting with a conversation about a unique performance art form with one of its practitioners, Becca Osburn. We’ll also share the first of four in-studio performances by exceptional young musicians who are winners in this year's Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition.

Spokane Public Radio

Verne interviews some cast and crew of "Children of Eden" (Stephen Schwartz, composer). The production opens this Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the KROC center in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

Children of Eden is described as "A joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business". 

More information available at Aspire Community Theatre's website.

Cast and crew of Aspire Community Theatre's production of "Sweet Charity" visit the studio to promote their upcoming performance. 

More information is available at SPR Online Community Arts Calendar

The Coeur d’Alene tribe is hoping to revive the number of cutthroat trout in Lake Coeur d’Alene, by moving a predator fish to another part of the lake.

So far, the numbers seem to indicate the process is working.

The Coeur d’Alene tribe is in the 3rd year of a program of moving Northern Pike from one section of the lake to another.

Photo Courtesy of Sanofi Pasteur via Flickr

One case of mumps in Coeur d’Alene has prompted the school district to notify parents that if the outbreak worsens, unvaccinated students may be sent home.

The single case of mumps that was reported was that of an adult over age 50. That person is no longer contagious, but panhandle health officials worry there will be more. A couple hundred mumps cases have been reported in nearby Spokane.

Slowly - too slowly for the naked eye to discern - Lake Coeur d'Alene is shrinking, dropping below the normal summertime lake-full level. And that puts Avista Utilities in a bind.

In the last week, Spokane, Washington, has severed most of its official ties with Rachel Dolezal, the local civil rights leader who gained national infamy for lying about her race.

Street music week
Ben Joy

The streets of Spokane and Coeur d Alene are filled with music this week, all in the name of a good cause. The event is now in its 13th year on the streets of Spokane.

An unusual experiment begins this summer on Idaho's Hayden Lake - testing of man-made floating wetlands that may save the lake from slowly choking to death. The Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board and the Kootenai Environmental Alliance have teamed up to make the artificial wetlands.

They call it "biomimickry technology."

The idea is launch the floating pads, made from recycled plastic and planted with native wetland vegetation, and let them eat up nutrients - primarily phosphorus - which are slowly strangling Hayden Lake.

Bird Camera
City of Coeur d'Alene

A wildlife story which began happily in Coeur d'Alene's McEuen Park has ended sadly. Several weeks ago, a pair of migrating osprey moved into a nesting platform high above the city park, doing everything necessary to start a new family.

Felled Freedom Tree Lives on in New Sculpture

May 18, 2015
Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene

A sizable chunk of the original Freedom Tree in Coeur d'Alene's McEuen Park has been returned to the park, transformed from a big log into patriotic art.

Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene

Federal officials are poised to begin more clean-up of mining contamination in Northern  Idaho this summer. The US Environmental Protection Agency has a budget of $35 million for clean up this summer of heavy metals in areas impacted by a century of mining. 

Osprey Arrive to Their Coeur d'Alene Nests

Apr 19, 2015
Bird Camera
City of Coeur d'Alene

As expected, ospreys have arrived in Coeur d'Alene to take over nesting platforms perched high above McEuen Park. But as of Sunday, only one of three platforms 70 feet above the park was spoken for. An osprey pair has called dibs on the south nest.

City's Cameras Are For The Birds

Mar 26, 2015
Bird Camera
City of Coeur d'Alene

The City of Coeur d'Alene has three new remote cameras in operation. But they're not to catch red-light runners - they're to catch ospreys doing osprey stuff. The cameras are installed atop 70-foot poles in the newly rebuilt McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

Free Trees For Inland NW Residents

Mar 19, 2015
City of Spokane

The number of trees in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene will mushroom this spring with give-aways by both cities. As part of its Spokane Forest Initiative, the City of Spokane will hand out 2,000 free trees - one batch on April 17th and 18th at three area nurseries - and the next batch in October.

Flickr- Kevin Baird -

A small airline based at the Coeur d'Alene Airport has suddenly become the national leader in new agricultural technology. Empire Airlines has linked up with a tiny garage-based company in Star Idaho and a farmer in Kendrick Idaho to offer the first - and so far, only - commercial endeavor using drones as farm machines.

The new company is called Empire Unmanned LLC. It's the first in the nation to win federal approval to use unmanned aerial vehicles - drones - to inspect commercial crops.

Ideas Sought for River Corridor Future

Dec 3, 2014
Welch Comer Engineers

Professional planners have been hard at work for months now on the best ways to use some prime river front land in Coeur d'Alene. Now they want some ideas from the public. The Four Corners Project, as it's called, runs from Independence Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene through federally owned land along the river to the east end of Riverstone.

Steve Sibulsky and Jill Cathey talk with Verne Windham about the season's concerts, fundraisers, and the Christmas at the Kroc concerts this weekend. Steve is the new board president and will narrate 'The Night Before Christmas' at the concerts. Jill is Principal Oboe and helps with the symphony's outreach.

Lake Clean-Up Work Pays Dividends

Nov 25, 2014

Long running efforts to clean up toxic waste in Idaho's Silver Valley mining district are paying off. A new report from the US Geological Survey concluded that concentrations of three heavy metals - cadmium, lead and zinc - have been cut back significantly since controversial clean-up work by the EPA began in the 1990s.

A USGS hydrologist, Greg Clark, studied 18 water quality monitors set up from Mullan, in the heart of the mining district, to Post Falls. He found that the three heavy metals have been cut back by 65 percent in the Coeur d'Alene River between 1992 and 2013.

A Freedom Tree Grows Again in Coeur d'Alene

Nov 10, 2014

Veterans Day ceremonies  in Coeur d'Alene will include dedication of a new Freedom Tree in the city's re-modeled McEuen Park. The city's original Freedom Tree, a graceful 65-foot Norway spruce, was felled last year because it was smack in the way of new construction for the McEuen Park makeover.

Fuel Prices Still Falling

Oct 27, 2014

Drivers in the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane areas might have gotten whiplash this past week, driving by gasoline station posted prices.

The average price in Spokane is now hovering at about $3.23 a gallon for unleaded regular, but at least one 76 station at east Wellesley and Nevada was pumping it for $2.91 a gallon - a level unseen for about four years. And in Kootenai County, prices are almost universally below three dollars a gallon.

The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.

Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

Tiny Drone Does Huge Job for City

Oct 20, 2014
Flickr- Kevin Baird -

A tiny aerial drone came to the rescue of Coeur d'Alene city engineers trying to inspect a huge city water tank last week. City water department officials are concerned about deterioration of a 160-foot tall structure they call the Prairie Standpipe. The giant monolith on the north side of town holds 2-million gallons of water. It's said to be the largest structure of its kind in the world.

America By The Numbers

A Public televisions series that looks at the changing demographics of America focuses this week Northern Idaho. The program America by the Numbers takes a look at the new American mainstream , with increasing number of minorities that are changing the face of the country. This week, the show focuses on Coeur d'Alene Idaho.

The show is hosted by award winning reporter Maria Hinojosa who explains why the lake city was chosen: