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Hour Code teaches students the language of computers

Students at a Coeur d'Alene Middle School had the opportunity to try computer coding this week for a worldwide event.

?Computers are not very smart,? Dale Johnson, sixth grade teacher at Woodland Middle School said. ?The thing that makes computers be smart is the humans behind it.?

Johnson brought the ?Hour of Code? event to Woodland Middle School this week. All 800 students were able to take part. Johnson asked math teachers to set aside one hour this week and do the tutorial. The event encourages students to try programming in the hope that they'll pursue computer science classes in high school and beyond.

?A lot of the things we do in our normal everyday life involves using computers and programming and these kids are going to see a lot of things with computer and programming in the future,? Johnson said.

A one hour tutorial shows even the newest learners what it means to code. As of Thursday night, nearly 70 million in over 180 countries had tried Hour of Code. Johnson said it's not as hard as it looks.

Cd'A unveils corridor plans

Cd'A unveils corridor plans

Changes are in store for the western gateway to Coeur d’Alene, but not before the community has its say.

More than 120 people attended an open house on Wednesday to consider and comment on a series of conceptual plans prepared for the city-sponsored Four Corners/BLM Corridor Master Plan, a study area that stretches from Independence Point downtown roughly to the east end of Riverstone.

Those in attendance viewed several poster-sized exhibits illustrating conceptual improvements throughout the corridor and had an opportunity to provide feedback that will be used by a design team as it moves forward with a master plan that will guide transformation of the property.

The current conceptual plans will be posted on the city’s website at cdaid.org on Friday, December 5. To view the plans and leave a comment, click on the Four Corners tab at the top of the homepage.

Neighbors react to fatal CDA SWAT standoff

Idaho State Police are investigating how a fugitive died during a SWAT standoff in Coeur d'Alene Sunday morning.

Coeur d'Alene police say 37-year-old John David Crispin fired at least one round at police, causing officers to return fire. They found Crispin dead inside the home Sunday morning. Crispin was a fugitive from justice with four separate warrants involving violent crimes.

One of the big lurking questions is how this man died. What we know is that both parties exchanged gun fire. Did police kill him, did he kill himself, or was it something completely different? That's all part of the investigation.

"I was sleeping and I just hear this big canon like noise go off and I just reacted and kind of hit my husband and say 'what was that?'" said neighbor Shelby Catron.

The windows of Catron's house usually overlook a peaceful Coeur d'Alene neighborhood, but Sunday morning it gave her family front row seats to a SWAT standoff that left one person dead.

Fugitive found dead following CDA SWAT standoff

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department says a early morning SWAT incident ended with the suspect located deceased inside a house.

37 year-old John David Crispin was a fugitive from justice with four separate warrants involving violent crimes. He was wanted in Benewah County for assault, battery, drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm and felony eluding. He was wanted in Salt Lake City for assault with a dangerous weapon. He was wanted by the US Marshalls for aggravated battery, aggravated assault, attempt to injure with a weapon, and eluding, and by US probation for a probation violation of felon in possession of a firearm.

Crispin was also the subject of a manhunt near Plummer, ID on October 3, 2014.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Crispin?s ex-wife left her house and contacted police. She stated Crispin was inside her residence, was armed with a gun, and had made statements that he would not leave or cooperate with police.

Coeur d'Alene pub becomes community Thanksgiving table

A Coeur d'Alene pub put the alcohol on hold Thursday to serve up free Thanksgiving meals. The Fedora Pub and Grille�had more than a thousand people from all walks of life come through the door�for dinner.

"Whoever needs a place to go on Thanksgiving, we just invite them in," Owner John Malee said.

Malee and his wife, Mallory started the tradition four years ago.

?When we started it, everyone was in trying times,? Malee said.

It's an intimate, yet communal event. Each person has their own chair, no benches. The tables have linens. Servers take drink orders and bring out food. Live music plays in the background while football is on television.

"It's been really nice,? Debbie James said.

At the James family household, Thanksgiving is usually a big event.

"We usually get together with my family and we have about 40 or 50 people," James said.

However, this year the family was scattered. Instead of making dinner for five, the family headed down to The Fedora to spend Thanksgiving with the community.

?I think I will do this from now on," James said.

Sheriff's Deputy promoted to Sergeant

Sheriff's Deputy promoted to Sergeant

On November 26, 2014, Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Wagar was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Jail Bureau.


Sergeant Wagar was hired by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2010 and assigned to the Jail Bureau as a Deputy Sheriff . Duties while assigned as a Jail Deputy included coordination of daily court transportation of inmates, floor deputy, and being a POST Certified instructor in Reporting Writing, In-Custody Death, and Instructor Development.


Coeur d'Alene prepares for the holidays

If you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit this year, take a trip to the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Staff have been working since September to get everything holiday ready with 255 displays, a 60 ft. floating Christmas tree, and over 1 mil. lights. Some might even say that in Coeur d'Alene, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

Phillip Graham is one of the men responsible for decorating the hotel, he said the decorations help make the hotel feel warm and homey.

"It just provides a lot for our guests and even our passersby, our local community," Graham said.

With it being the 28th year of the Holiday Light Show and Journey to the North Pole Cruise, decorators continue to put themselves to the test. Hoping one time visitors will leave with an unforgettable experience, and long time residents will continue to be surprised by the creativity.

"This holiday lights show is wonderful, due to the fact that this community comes together," said Graham.