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McEuen Park construction on track for May grand opening

It's been a decade in the making, with the last year and a half filled with closures and construction, but there's light at the end of the tunnel for Coeur d'Alene as McEuen Park is set to open in a matter of weeks.

Construction workers shifted over to a seven day schedule back in March to stay on track for the May 24 grand opening.

The park is 20 acres in the middle of Couer d'Alene, so businesses are obviously looking forward to the construction zones giving way to cars, pedestrians and most importantly customers.

"When this street is open we will be for sure busy because when the people who pass here will not have another option," Robson Kallai at Grille From Ipanema said.

"I know there's a lot of customers that are excited about getting up on Tubbs Hill again from both sides. Plus, just the parking alone we'll be nice in and out access," Andrew Pigott and Bakery By The Lake said.

The city anticipates opening the east side of the park on May 2 but city officials say some people are getting a head start on the fun.

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Post Falls Library welcomes acclaimed Turkish vocalist

Post Falls Library welcomes acclaimed Turkish vocalist

From the Community Library Network:

Acclaimed Turkish folk vocalist Aysenur Kolivar will perform at the Community Library Network at Post Falls on Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m.

Poisoned eagle recovers, returns to the wild

A young poisoned bald eagle on the brink of death has made a full recovery thanks to a North Idaho group.

It's not uncommon to find eagles at the Kootenai County Fighting Creek Farm Landfill. Employees say they see them all the time. However last week when one of the employees saw one that looked injured he did the right thing; kept people away and then called in the experts.

Usually when Eric Reis approaches eagles they fly away. This one didn't.

"And we got within a couple feet of it, so I thought something's wrong with that eagle, you know," said Kootenai County Landfill employee Eric Reis.

The young eagle made a few failed attempts to get airborne but another eagle started to attack the immature bird, so Reis called wildlife officials.

"It really was kinda acting drunk. It flipped on its back and then it stooped forward," said Reis.

Wildlife officials then called in raptor biologist and Birds of Prey Northwest executive director Janie Fink.

Violent fugitive arrested in Coeur d'Alene

Violent fugitive arrested in Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Police Officers and SWAT team arrested a violent fugitive on Saturday night.

Officers responded to 512 Foster Ave. at 11:30 a.m. following reports of a fugitive, Nathan Bussell, residing there.

Bussell was listed on April 8, 2014 as the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force Fugitive of the week. He has an outstanding warrant for aggravated battery.

Officers attempted to make contact with Bussell inside the residence. Bussell refused to acknowledge any commands by police to surrender.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. SWAT was contacted to assist in taking Bussell into custody. SWAT officers made entry into the residence after Bussell continued to ignore all commands. At approximately 5:10 p.m. Bussell was located inside the residence and immediately taken into custody without incident.

Bussell was transported to the jail and charged as a felony fugitive from justice and obstructing officers.

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Kootenai County Deptuy named Boating Educator of the Year

Kootenai County Deptuy named Boating Educator of the Year

From the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office:

Earlier this month, Deputy Robert “Bob” Bjelland received the Idaho “Boating Educator of the Year 2014” award from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

Coeur d'Alene launches revamped website

Coeur d'Alene launches revamped website

From the City of Coeur d’Alene:

The City of Coeur d’Alene’s website has been completely redesigned and is now even more user friendly for visitors who want to connect with the city online.

Idaho Meth Project seeks Teen Advisory applicants

Idaho Meth Project seeks Teen Advisory applicants

From The Idaho Meth Project: