April 26, 2005 in Idaho

Marina expansion worries alliance

From staff reports The Spokesman-Review

Kootenai Environmental Alliance has concerns about Hagadone Hospitality’s proposed expansion of the Blackwell Island marina, which would include dredging the channel and adding 29 boat slips.

Marina Yacht Club LLC, which is owned by Hagadone, is asking for a permit from the Idaho Department of Lands and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The company also is seeking a discharge permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The alliance is asking the Lands Department to hold a public hearing on the proposal, which would modernize and expand the marina and deepen the channel to allow for larger boats.

Adjacent landowner and kayaker Julie Dalsaso said she is concerned about lake access for nonmotorized watercraft. Dalsaso said the marina expansion would interfere with access to Cougar Bay.

The public has until the end of this month to comment on the plan.

The proposed dredging, which would make the channel about 50 percent wider and at least 8 feet deep, would be done from Lake Coeur d’Alene downstream, past the marina to where the channel flows under U.S. Highway 95.

Hagadone wants to use most of the 220,500 cubic yards of dredged sand, silt and gravel to fill parts of Blackwell Island, raising it above the 100-year flood level.

Cellphones wanted for playground project

Sandpoint High School’s Key Club is collecting used cellphones to raise money for construction of a playground for Sandpoint’s Head Start.

The cellphones will be sent to a company in Oklahoma for reconditioning, according to teacher Steve Abels. All proceeds will be used for playground construction.

Any type of cellphone can be dropped off at the Sandpoint High office through May 6.

Registration planned for kindergartners

Post Falls School District is planning to register kindergartners for the 2005-06 school year beginning next week.

Kindergarten registration will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 4 at the Post Falls KinderCenter, 205 W. Mullan Ave. After that day, parents may register students any day during regular school hours.

To be enrolled in kindergarten, a child must be at least 5 years old on Sept. 1. Parents or guardians must bring the child with them to registration, as well as a legal, certified birth certificate and up-to-date immunization records.

For more information, call Karen Wilhelm at the KinderCenter at (208) 777-0479.

7-year-old girl hit by car in Coeur d’Alene

A 7-year-old girl was hit by a car Monday afternoon, according to Coeur d’Alene Police.

Spokeswoman Christie Wood said the girl reportedly ran out into traffic near U.S. Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue. Wood said the girl was taken to Kootenai Medical Center.

No details were available at press time.

Lutherans re-elect regional bishop

Bishop Martin Wells of Spokane has been re-elected head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod.

About 300 Lutheran pastors and lay leaders voted during the synod assembly in Spokane last weekend.

Wells will serve another six-year term as bishop for approximately 36,000 Lutherans in 108 congregations.

During his second term, Wells said, his goals include completion of St. Luke Lutheran Church’s $1.6 million expansion and finding “an evangelism strategy native to Lutheran theology and personality.”

Before he became bishop of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, Wells and his wife, the Rev. Susan Briehl, co-directed Holden Village, a remote Lutheran retreat center on Lake Chelan. Prior to that, the couple were campus pastors at Pacific Lutheran University near Tacoma.

A Colorado native, the 56-year-old Wells is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

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