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Postal Officials Inspect Sites For New Coeur D’Alene Facility

A team of experts is in Coeur d’Alene to inspect sites that are finalists for the new postal annex needed so badly for this area. Heading the group is project manager John Walters of the Denver regional office of the U.S. Postal Service.

His group will examine properties paralleling the Interstate 90 corridor for a fleet site - where all the post office vehicles will maneuver to perform their services. The guidelines include the property to be about 70,000 square feet. A building, either existing or to be built, should be between 12,000 and 15,000 square feet.

Rumored sites include ones along Appleway, Kathleen, Ironwood, Best and 15th streets. But the most likely choice is a vacant block in the southwest corner of Third Street and Hattie Avenue, where neighboring U-Rent previously parked its Ryder trucks. The property is owned by Stacy Lavin Co. of Spokane.

Citizens should be cautioned to not get too excited. The new post office building will not be a service-counter retail outlet for mailing services or packages, etc. Those services will remain with the existing central building at Seventh and Lakeside and in the satellite offices in Rosauers and Simon’s Hardware (and all the private companies).

However, don’t get disheartened either. With the fleet moving out, the Seventh Street building will be turned around so that public can park in the lot that has housed the fleet. Of course, don’t hold your breath. This is one government agency not renowned for speed.

“If yer hankerin’ to kick up yer heels,” the Crossroads Dance Club in Post Falls may be the place for you.

Operated by the Kootenai County Kickers, the new dance hall on Highway 41 offers lessons for country-western dancing, including line dancing, two-step, waltz, cha cha and syncopated partner dancing.

Lessons are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fridays are open to the public with $4 for an hour of lessons followed by a dance. Dances occasionally will be held on Saturdays too, and a special event is planned for New Years, by reservation only.

Alcohol and smoking are not allowed.

“We’re 100 percent smoke free; we’re strictly a dance club,” said Pat Crossman, who owns the business with her husband Bob. Dancing is on a 1,000-square-foot maple floor with “give” for dancers’ legs and feet, Pat said. Music is from a continually updated CD service from Nashville.

The Crosses came to North Idaho in 1993 from Wisconsin, where Bob was a Kmart manager and Pat was an accountant. For information phone 765-8745.

Flying J Travel Plaza plans to build a truck stop that will become the sixth-largest private employer in the Bonners Ferry area.

The 10-acre site at the intersection of Highways 95 and 2 will sport complete facilities for truckers and travelers, including a convenience store, 100-seat buffet restaurant and several pumps. Open 24 hours, it will employ about 80 people.

Amenities will include complete RV and trucker services, with showers, a lounge and communication facilities. Construction should start this spring, with completion in September or October.

Flying J has about 85 stations and is the No. 1 diesel dealer in the country.

Boots, slippers, hats and socks are some of the “more” offered by Moccasins & More, a new business at 4055 Government Way (Fairgrounds Center), Coeur d’Alene.

The store offers all sizes in wool and sheepskin products, primarily in the brand names of Minnetonka and Outback. Hours are 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday.

Owners are George and Emiko Werts, who came to Coeur d’Alene in July “to get out of Hawaii,” George said. The store will move to a different suite in Fairgrounds Center after the holidays.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Nils Rosdahl The Spokesman-Review

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