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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012

New McEuen Dog Park Total: $67K 

How much is that doggie park in the window? Around $67,000, actually. Undaunted by the sum, the Kootenai County Dog Park Association is optimistic it can have the funds secured in time to build a dog park at the base of Tubbs Hill at the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Boat-Trailer Compromise In Works 

Item: Parking plan pondered: Boat trailers could be parked closer to Third Street launch/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Conceptual drawings weren't available Thursday, but drafts show that the boat trailer parking could be placed just north of the Third Street boat launch on...

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McEuen Boat-Trailer Compromise 36 

Huckleberries has learned that the McEuen Design Team will propose a solution to the parking problem for boat trailers in the new McEuen Field -- a compromise that will provide parking almost as close as current lower lot on Third Street. In an interview moments...

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McEuen Upgrade Cost $14M Not $40M 32 

The effort to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and three Coeur d'Alene City Council members -- Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy -- may be based on false information, as circulated in a flyer handed out to Republican Women today. The flyer (seen below on...

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Bell: Team 'McRuin' Throws Curve Ball 11 

The headline read “here's the pitch” as Ron Ouren, fundraising director, sought $3 million in private donations to build a new field on distant Cherry Hill to replace historic Legion Field at McEuen Field. Perhaps Ron, comfortable in retirement from his successful banking career, does...

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Council OKs Team McEuen Pact 4-3 24 

The McEuen Field designers will begin creating the construction documents to send the downtown park project out to bid. A divided Coeur d'Alene City Council agreed Tuesday to a $1.96 million architectural and engineering contract with the park's designers, Team McEuen, that should turn the...

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City Mulls $2M Team McEuen Contract

When the Coeur d'Alene City Council meets tonight, one of the items on the agenda is a $1.96 million contract with Miller/Stauffer Architects "AKA Team McEuen" for architectural and engineering services for the McEuen Field project. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Community...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

McEuen Area Traffic Study Complete

Item: McEuen traffic study complete: Results to be presented to Cd'A City Council at Wednesday workshop/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Parking, driving, steering, wheeling, oh my. The traffic study is complete, and the impact of motorcars in, out and around McEuen Field will...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2011

Ex-Consultant: Team McEuen Erred 

Item: McEuen tussle: Complaints by retired management consultant against city reviewed/Tom Hasslinger, Press More Info: Team McEuen delivered everything its contract promised, and allegations asserting otherwise are wrong, the city's parks department said last week. After retired management consultant Frank Orzell complained that criteria in...

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Foes: Build A Park, Not Just Parking 10 

The Team McEuen public presentations of their "McEuen MASTER" was shown with many wondrous amenities - things many of us would love to see. Just one problem ... we aren't getting the things most people are expecting to see. We are not getting an upgraded...

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

McEuen Field Studies To Cost $60K 

Item: McEuen studies would cost city $60,300/Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press More Info: The city of Coeur d'Alene is proposing to extend its contract with the McEuen Field design team, Team McEuen, so the architects and engineers can begin topography and traffic studies to ensure the...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Bloem Hopes CdA Moves Forward 

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem is pleased the city council, in a 5-1 vote, approved a conceptual plan for McEuen Park. Now she hopes the community can move forward.The park upgrades include everything from a basketball court to tennis courts and a splash pad."It's important...

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McEuen Renovation Still A Ways Off 29 

Item: Now what? City of Coeur d’Alene looks ahead now that McEuen Field design has been approved/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: The next move for the McEuen Field designers will be to transform the downtown park's conceptual design into detailed construction documents. That...

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Mary: The Fix Was In 

Predictably, Mary Souza of is in high lather today, claiming that the "fix was in" last night when the City Council voted 5-1 to overhaul McEuen Field. Foams Mary in her newsletter: "True colors were showing last night. Not only did the council seem...

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Council OKs McEuen Field Changes 5-1 32 

Originally posted at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday (also see KXLY video below) The Coeur d’Alene City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1 to move forward on a plan to dramatically update its aging downtown park, McEuen Field, despite extensive opposition, mostly to removing the baseball fields and...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Judgment Day: McEuen Field 12 

Seems Friends of McEuen Field are prepared to make a last stand tonight when the Coeur d'Alene City Council meets to possibly decide the fate of McEuen Field. On the site, Friends of McEuen Field are urging supporters to bring 10 friends and wear...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Council To Vote On McEuen Field Plan 

Item: Table set for McEuen decision: City Council may vote Tuesday on highly-debated conceptual plan/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: After five months under the microscope, the McEuen Field conceptual plan is going to the Coeur d'Alene City Council for a vote. More than...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Officials: No McEuen Project Conflict 

Item: Consensus: No conflict on park project: Officials: Owning private property in vicinity is not a problem/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Owning adjacent property doesn't constitute a conflict of interest on the McEuen Field redevelopment project, officials said this week. Several people helping...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

City Unveils Revised McEuen Plans

Take the McEuen Field project on the whole, or pick any one of its dozens of proposed amenities and either way, opinions will vary. Love it, hate it, too expensive, incredibly affordable or anything in between, so spreads the reaction to revamping the downtown park....

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McEuen Field Open House Set Today

An open house for the proposed McEuen Park Project will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Multiple easels with prints of the proposed park, showing the various associated costs of the amenities/elements, will be set up for...

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McEuen Price Tag: $23.7M To $27.9M 34 

The upgrade of McEuen Field name has a price tag -- between $23.8 million and $27.97 million -- with the possibility that the high end of those numbers could increase to almost $40 million, depending on embellishments. The cost estimate for parking, for example, is...

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AM: Pro-McEuen Rally @ 5 Today

Darrell Dlouhy and a few hundred of his closest friends are going to rally for 10 minutes in favor of proposed changes to McEuen Field this afternoon at 5 o'clock on the grassy knoll across from the Coeur d'Alene Mines building @ 505 Front Ave./CdA....

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5 Q's w/McEuen Backer Darrell Dlouhy, another supporter of the 10 minute show of support for proposed McEuen Field changes, provides her insights about the project here. Question: What do you intend Thursday by meeting for 10 minutes (beginning at 5 o'clock) to promote McEuen Field change? Darrell Dlouhy: I...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Team McEuen To Release Estimates 

Item: Show us the money: Cost estimate for McEuen project to be unveiled Thursday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: On Thursday, the architect team behind the McEuen Field redevelopment project will present estimated price tags tied to revamping the downtown park. While estimates are...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

DanG On McEuen: Show Me The $$$ 

Dan Gookin: Even so, the big nut in the McEuen fruitcake is the cost. The public has a right to know how much it will be paying, not only for the whole enchilada but (as Mr. Edinger mentioned over and over yesterday) the maintenance and...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.