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Community Library Network launching after-school programs

Community Library Network launching after-school programs

The Community Library Network in north Idaho wants to make sure every child has a library card as they head back to school this fall, and offering new and replacement cards for free this month as part of National Library Card Sign Up Month.

Libraries in the Community Library Network include Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake and the Bookmobile.

All seven brick and mortar locations are now offering classes and activities for children ages zero to five to attend with their parents. Meanwhile kids in grades three to six can enjoy the KaBoom! program, offering hands-on activities coupled with demonstrations to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) principles in an engaging way.

KaBoom offered at the following locations and times:

 

Hayden Library

First and Third Monday

4-5 pm

 

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Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

American Heart Association needs you!

American Heart Association needs you!

The realization that heart desease runs through your family tree is something that can't be ignored. I now have to share that info and the dangers with my kids and those around me. 

Those around me are all of you! I have a way to share my story but thousands won't here me. The National Heart Association and the Spokane Chapter are reaching the rest hopefully. 

Research, outreach and teaching all take funds and they need our donation. Please click here to donate or join our team for the walk coming September 13th at 9am. 

Clock Tower meadow with the Walk/5k Run (a Bloomsday qualifier) starts at 10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avista begins dam construction project

Avista has begun work on the Post Falls Dam, which is in need of some much-needed repairs.

The southern spillway on the dam was built in 1906 and holds back the water that keeps Lake Coeur d'Alene at its summer elevation. However more than a century of raging spring runoffs have taken their toll on the dam.

Before work can begin on the southern spillway Avista has to to build a coffer dam, which will require diving to the bottom of the 30 foot channel and welding steel in place to hold back the water so workers can get to the dam.

?Well after we dredge and prepare the foundation we have to start setting up the sheet pile and the template structure, the steel template structure,? Avista project manager Mary Jensen said.

In the middle of the coffer dam, which is being built by Kunney Construction, there's a platform for the crane that will do the heavy lifting on the project, including lifting into place the 2,500 sandbags that will help hold it in place and keep most of the water out.

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Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, September 2 Avista will being its annual fall drawdown of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

The lake will be gradually lowered approximately a foot from full pool by the end of September, with an additional one and a half feet per month until it reaches it's winter level. Property owners and boaters should take measures to secure docks and boats for the winter season during this period.

The slow drawdown will increase flows in the Spokane River downstream of Post Falls, and will slightly decrease river levels between the lake and Post Falls' Spokane Street Bridge. Spill gates at Post Falls Dam will not be open for the drawdown, and the river should remain open until November; however, river users should be aware that water levels can fluctuate at any time.

New Chief of Police being sworn in Tuesday

New Chief of Police being sworn in Tuesday

Coeur d'Alene's new Chief of Police will be officially sworn in next week at a public ceremony at the police station.

Lee R. White formerly served as assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona. He was among a pool of 85 candidates from across the country who applied for the job.

“I'm thrilled that Lee White has accepted the position,” said Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “He is a respected police officer with a high degree of integrity and proven leadership.”

White moved to Coeur d'Alene with his wife Christie, son Jared, and daughter Jordan. Also attending the event will be several of Lee's colleagues from the Mesa Police Department: Chief Frank Milstead, Assistant Chief Heston Silbert, Commander Dave Hagar and Deputy Chief Deanna Cantrell.

The ceremony is this Tuesday, September 2 at 4:30 pm at the police station, 3818 N. Schreiber Way.

North Idaho Day of Hope

North Idaho Day of Hope

National charity organization Convoy of Hope is hosting an event at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds next weekend to assist families with a wide variety of free services.

Saturday, September 6th starting at 10 am, all families are invited to day of hope and family fun, and to take advantage of the following:

  • Groceries
  • Flu Shots
  • Shoes
  • School Supplies
  • Haircuts
  • Health and Dental Services
  • Job and Career Services
  • Family Portraits

Free transportation to and from the Kootenai County Fairgrounds is being offered from select locations. You can get more information on those routes here.

The event will go on rain or shine while supplies last. Families are not required to show ID to enter.