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Entries being accepted for teen film festival

Entries being accepted for teen film festival

From the Community Library Network:


The Community Library Network invite teens, ages 13 to 18, to enter the Teen Film Festival Video Contest.  Now entering its fifth year, this year’s theme is “Spark a Reaction.”   Entries may be up to five minutes long using the theme.  The deadline for submission is Friday, April 11, midnight.

 

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FDA considering revamping food labels

FDA considering revamping food labels

For the first time in 20 years, nutrition labels on the food you buy could get a big makeover.

Many people have walked through the grocery store, picked up something, tried to read the label and been totally confused. The print is very small, the information not cut and dry. Now the FDA wants to make shopping easier by changing these labels.

"They can be misleading," dietitian Natalie Tauzin said.

But for the first time in two decades, a major makeover, with new labels make calorie count bigger and highlight added sugars.

"So it would spell out how much sugar was added to this versus what was naturally in the milk," Tauzin said.

Tauzin, who works for the Spokane Health District, pointed out the new labels to help consumers decide what to grab from the shelves during a visit to Bargain Giant Foods.

"So it's 38 grams of sugar in this but there is nothing that would be a naturally sugar in this that is inherently in water so it's all added sugar," Tauzin said.

Aside from the larger calorie count print and added sugars column, the new labels will try to reflect what we actually eat, not what's ideal or recommended.

Middle school students collect Clothes for the Cause

Middle school students collect Clothes for the Cause

A group of students at River City Middle School in Post Falls is hoping the community will help them with a unique fundraiser for St. Jude Research Hospital. The students are hoping you’ll donate your old clothes, shoes, sheets and towels to be recycled through  Clothes for the Cause.


Shailey Nagel, Makenna and Hannah Maag and Dane Ford were working on a project for their extracurricular class, Challenge, when they decided they wanted to do something to benefit St. Jude. Last year, they raised $800 for hospital through traditional fundraisers like bake sales.

Coeur d'Alene doctor provides vision saving services in Central America

Coeur d'Alene doctor provides vision saving services in Central America

Cataracts and strabismus are eye diseases that are easily treated here in the U.S., but in Central America these conditions can cause blindness and make daily life an extreme challenge. For 20 years, Dr. Justin StormoGipson has been leading teams of surgeons, nurses, and other specialists to bring sight to patients whose worlds would otherwise be dark.

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Idaho considering raising speed limits

Idaho considering raising speed limits

If you feel the need for speed, you could soon be cruising the freeways in Idaho at 80 miles an hour, after the state senate has green lit a bill that could increase freeway speeds.

Idaho could join Texas and Utah as the only states to have speed limits of 80 mph or higher. If the bill passes the state legislature, freeway speeds would jump from 75 to 80 while state highway speeds would go from 65 to 70 mph.

Some drivers are giving the legislation a green light.

"I'm young, I can handle it, I have good reaction time, step it up to 90," Gary Hopkins said.

"I don't think it's going to change a whole lot, I think a lot of people are doing 80 anyway so let them do it," Justin Goldthorpe said.

Other drivers, however, want to put the brakes on the legislation.

"I don't think it's smart with the terrain around here, the winter conditions, I think you increase the speed, you increase the fatalities," Aaron Smith said.

"You are going to burn more gas, more fuel, more pollution," Mic Horrocks said.

The speed limit bill passed the Idaho Senate Tuesday in a 30-4 vote and now moves to the House for action.

Class to teach Cd'A residents about raising chickens

Class to teach Cd'A residents about raising chickens

Whether you're looking for fresh eggs or just hoping to make some feathered friends, a class in Coeur d'Alene next month wants to help educate you on raising chickens within city limits.

The class, titled "Chicks in the City - Raising Chickens within City Limits,"  is in session twice next month, on Monday, March 3 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 8 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

From press release:

Back by Popular Demand! Presentation will be given by Beckie Williams, a University of Idaho Veteran Master Gardener and Marsha Broadsword, a small farm owner.  We will provide you with vital information needed to start your chicks on the road to being happy, productive hens. Also discussed will be the various rules and regulations in regard to raising chickens mandated by Kootenai County and cities within the county.  Call and register today, as space is limited.  Classes are $10.00 per session.  For more information and registration please call (208) 446-1680 or stop by.  Class location: UI Extension Office at 1808 N. 3rd Street, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814.

Re-Leaf CDA offers residents free street trees

Re-Leaf CDA offers residents free street trees

From the Coeur d'Alene Park Department Urban Forestry Division:

The City of Coeur d'Alene has announced the availability of street trees to be planted in public right-of-way areas within the city limits through the CDA Releaf program.

 

Trees are planted at no cost to the homeowner to enhance our neighborhoods. Trees reduce air pollution, increase oxygen in the air, mitigate stormwater runoff, buffer noises, lower energy costs, increase property value and much more!