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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.

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.

STCU, Liberty Foundation hosting finance seminars

STCU, Liberty Foundation hosting finance seminars

The Spokane Teacher's Credit Union is teaming up with the Liberty Foundation to host a series of financial management seminars at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.

The first will be hosted on Wednesday, September 10 with two more following in October and November. All workshops are offered from noon to 1 pm in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Avenue, and come with a free lunch. Seating is limited, so register now at this link. You can contact STCU Community Relations for more information at (509) 344-2202.

  • Budgeting 101 – Wednesday, September 10
  • Organizing Your Finances – Wednesday, October 8
  • Protecting Your Credit Score – Wednesday, November 12

Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Inland Northwest Hiring Heroes (INWH) is hosting the 2nd annual Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair on Friday, September 19 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

From 10 am until 3 pm, over 100 of the inland northwest's top employers will be present, ready to be matched with well-qualified past and present military members and their families. Participating organizations represent a diverse field, including engineering, technology, education, health care, human services, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, transportation, construction, environmental sciences, retail, consumer products and the government and non-profit sectors.

Before the fair, INWH is offering free workshops to help potential employees prepare. Both of the following events require pre-registration and are being held at the Red Cross on 315 W. Nora:

Create a child ID kit at Target this Friday

Create a child ID kit at Target this Friday

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office crime prevention section will be at the Target store in Coeur d'Alene this Friday, August 29 to create ID-A-KID kits.

From 11 am until 2 pm, Sheriff's Office personnel will fingerprint and photograph your children will all information given back to the parent for safe keeping. No information will be retained by the Sheriff's Office.

The photographs, fingerprints and other identifying information like height and weight can be a valuable tool for law enforcement if the child is every missing. The Sheriff's Office is offering this service for free, and, if you still have back to school shopping to do, Target is offering a 5% discount to parents on purchases over $50.