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News >  Idaho Voices

Schools hang tough

School hallways in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls will soon be filled with the pitter-patter of little – and not so little – feet, as school begins Sept. 8. Both districts are facing financial challenges, but are heading into the new academic year with positive expectations. Edie Brooks, chairwoman of the Coeur d’Alene School District board of directors, said the district handled cuts in the most optimum way.
News >  Idaho Voices

Lessons take flight

If you’ve flown in a small airplane before, you know it can be exhilarating. The freedom to fly, to let your problems float away for a while, is healing. But how often does the average kid get the opportunity to fly? With SOARING, or Special Opportunities Affirm Recognition in Noteworthy Goals, kids and adults get that chance to fly.
News >  Idaho Voices

Outlet mall makeover

Driving past what were once prosperous outlet stores, the Post Falls Factory outlets look more like a ghost town. Mike King and Paul Bielec with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty recently took over marketing the portion of the campus owned by Cotter Ranch Properties of Houston called the Post Falls Factory Stores, and are hopeful that by repositioning the property and offering “screaming deals,” they will attract tenants and bring the place back to life.

News >  Idaho Voices

Graduate finds her potential at New Vision

Kourtney Otamendi is the outstanding senior of the year at New Vision High School, Post Fall’s alternative high school. Hers was an unusual upbringing. It was not the idyllic picket fence, family dog, nuclear family picture. She lived with a foster family in Dallesport, Wash., for four years, until her aunt, Regina Lind, received her foster care license and was able to take in Kourtney, 19, and her younger sister, Whitney, 18, during Kourtney’s freshman year. Lind lived in Athol at the time, then moved to Post Falls.
News >  Idaho Voices

HOME-GROWN SUCCESS

Soft-spoken and polite, 18-year-old Chelsea Laud is humble about her accomplishments at Lakeland High School. Laud has attended school in the Lakeland School District since kindergarten and is one of the four valedictorians for the LHS class of 2009. “I’ve been a 4.0 (grade-point average) all through high school,” Laud said.
News >  Washington Voices

Post Falls to adopt ‘SmartCode’ development design

As one of Idaho’s fastest-growing communities, Post Falls is looking to the future with a focus on the design of future development rather than use. The city has adopted “SmartCode,” with a few details to be worked out such as putting the code into ordinance form. Colin Coles, senior planner, said Post Falls is the first community in the Northwest to adopt SmartCode, a method of developing land that he said is similar to a planned unit development (like Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene), but with less commercial use.
News >  Idaho Voices

Cancer, beware

Cancer doesn’t sleep, so that’s why Relay for Life events are overnight, often lasting 24 hours or longer. Friday night, Relay for Life teams will set up their colorful tents around the track at the Post Falls Greyhound Park and Event Center, as they have for many years, to raise money for cancer research, while bringing survivors, supporters and their families together to remember, and even celebrate.
News >  Idaho Voices

Post Falls to adopt ‘SmartCode’ development design

As one of Idaho’s fastest-growing communities, Post Falls is looking to the future with a focus on the design of future development rather than use. The city has adopted “SmartCode,” with a few details to be worked out such as putting the code into ordinance form. Colin Coles, senior planner, said Post Falls is the first community in the Northwest to adopt SmartCode, a method of developing land that he said is similar to a planned unit development (like Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene), but with less commercial use.
News >  Idaho Voices

Sportsmanship tops code of conduct

Imagine a sports program where winning isn’t the emphasis, but good sportsmanship, building relationships, having a good attitude and a good time is. Pretty neat, huh? That’s the philosophy at Post Falls Parks and Recreation. When a youngster signs up for soccer, baseball, basketball, flag football or volleyball, the parents and child together must sign a code of conduct. The parents “vow to provide positive support, care and encouragement at all times for their child,” display good sportsmanship, put the emotional and physical welfare of the child above their own urge to win, support coaches and officials, keep the events drug, alcohol and tobacco free, prompt their child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with esteem regardless of race, sex, creed or ability, and much more.
News >  Idaho Voices

EMT program trains fourth class

Jeff Butcher started as a volunteer firefighter with the Mica-Kidd Island Fire Department when he was 18. Now, at 21, he’s a full-fledged firefighter with the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. “I really didn’t know a lot about it, but I knew I was going to be a firefighter,” Butcher said.
News >  Idaho Voices

BMX buildup

The sport of BMX, or Bicycle Motocross, debuted last year as the newest Olympic sport at the 2008 games in Beijing. The sport began in California in the 1970s, when kids modified their 20-inch Stingray bicycles and started racing, emulating their motorcycle motocross heroes. Now it’s everywhere. Before long BMX included tricks and catching air. Now, a group of BMX enthusiasts want to build a course in Post Falls, but the question is where?
News >  Idaho Voices

Council OKs annexation

The Post Falls City Council has given a green light to the annexation of 117 acres at the intersection of Highway 41 and Prairie Avenue – for commercial development only. Applicants Phillips Edison of Salt Lake City, Prairie Crossing West LLC and Prairie Properties LLC had originally proposed a 277-acre annexation, to include residential property. A new proposal to annex only the commercially zoned acreage was brought before the council April 1 after the original was tabled.
News >  Idaho Voices

Center aims to help businesses grow

The Idaho Small Business Development Center in Post Falls helped create 150 jobs for Idahoans last year. It’s an impressive feat for a grant-funded organization that has had the same budget for 15 years. “This is the smallest budget I’ve worked with,” said director Bill Jhung.
News >  Idaho Voices

Keane makes most of dealt hand

Post Falls School District Superintendent Jerry Keane runs a tight ship. Even though Keane was named Idaho state superintendent of the year and Post Falls citizen of the year for 2009, he credits his board and staff as equals. “We have an outstanding board of trustees,” Keane said. “They set the tone. They understand the role of the board of trustees.”
News >  Idaho Voices

A place to be a kid

Ryan Davis, the executive director of Kootenai County Boys and Girls Club, said that when a child walks through the front door, “status, where they came from, dissolves” right then and there. “In many cases, we’re a home away from home for them,” Davis said.
News >  Idaho

Playhouse opens ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ tonight

It's more common to see a play brought to the movie screen, but in the case of the classic holiday tale, "It's aWonderful Life," the play is an adaptation of the classic 1946 holiday film. The Lake City Playhouse brings the story to stage starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. with an adaptation directed by Tom Nash that is faithful to the film.
News >  Idaho

Charter Academy plans expansion

The Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy is having growing pains. With enrollment at 390 students in grades 6 through 12 this year, and long-range plans for even more expansion, the school is reaching out to the greater community this year to support its next goal, which is to construct a new science and technology building next to the existing facility. Although part of Coeur d'Alene School District 271, with two-thirds of its students residing in the district, the academy is not eligible to receive special levy or building bond taxes.
News >  Idaho

EXCEL awards grants

Teachers, administrators, guests and folks from the EXCEL Foundation munched on delectable hors d'oeuvres prepared by Project Coeur d'Alene culinary arts students, as EXCEL's grant awards were presented at Project CdA Nov. 3. Twenty-five grants totaling $36,000 were presented during the event. This year EXCEL had 52 grant applications.
News >  Idaho

Different cultures explored, celebrated in children’s group

Bringing children and adults from different cultures together and learning about and celebrating those cultures is the goal of the Kootenai Children's Culture Group. Founded a year ago by Alyssa Frahm and Renata Mood, the group consists of families who have adopted children from other countries, as well as parents from other countries who are raising their children in America.
News >  Idaho

Longtime Lakeland teacher honored

Lakeland Jr. High School social studies teacher Sherry Bell was honored as October's First Class School Champion in a surprise assembly Oct. 27. No stranger to accolades, Bell has been the Teacher of the Year for the Lakeland School District "four or five times" she said. "We're here to recognize someone from the school who has done some special things for students," said Denis Cutter, CEO of Numerica Credit Union, which sponsors the First Class School Champion program.
News >  Idaho

Alex Bedini remembered for many talents

Alex Bedini has been described as a musician's musician. Born in Rochester, N.Y., to Italian parents, Bedini died Aug. 10 at the age of 82. He had a very large, loving and close family. He also had a large family of fellow musicians and a family of former patrons from the Italian restaurant, Papino's, which he and his family ran from 1977 to 1998.
News >  Idaho

Golf trip a fun outing for Dalton fifth-graders

Dalton Elementary School fifth-graders couldn't have asked for more perfect weather than what they got Oct. 21. Under warm sunny skies, both classes – about 60 students – took a field trip to Ponderosa Golf Course to play nine holes of golf. This culminated the golf unit of their physical education class. Physical education teacher JoAnn Harvey set up a nine-hole practice course at Dalton and started the golf lessons at the beginning of the school year. Ponderosa was just about to shut down for the season, so the students had the entire golf course to themselves. Kim and George Hushman, two of the parent volunteers, made the arrangements with the golf course managers. They are very grateful to the folks at Ponderosa for being so accommodating to the students.
News >  Idaho

‘Sylvia’ will be staged at NIC’s Schuler Auditorium

The North Idaho College Theater Department's fall production, "Sylvia," by A.R. Gurney opens Thursday in Boswell Hall's Schuler Auditorium. The comedy revolves around a man, his dog and a midlife crisis. A couple moves to New York City after raising their kids, but the wife, Kate, is finding new opportunities and responsibility as a public school teacher, while her husband, Greg is dissatisfied with his career. He brings home a stray dog from Central Park, Sylvia, who becomes his companion.
News >  Idaho

Get into the Halloween spirit

Just in time for Halloween, the Lake City Playhouse on Thursday will open its first family show of the season, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," featuring a cast of 21, all of whom are children or teens, with the exception of Jay Anders in the role of Ichabod Crane. Based on the classic story by Washington Irving, Crane is the new schoolmaster from Connecticut who arrives in Sleepy Hollow in the year 1795. He quickly gains the attention of the local "catch," Katrina Van Tassel, the only daughter of the wealthiest farmer in town.
News >  Idaho

Fernan teacher ‘overwhelmed’ by honor

Fernan Elementary School third-grade teacher Tim Marks, was named September's Outstanding School Employee of the Month at a surprise assembly Oct. 4. He was nominated for the honor by former student, Logan "Mugsy" Bridgers, who is now a fourth-grader. Logan's nomination said, "He is like a big kid but his brain knows a lot more." Indeed, Marks's wife, Cindy Marks, a third-grade teacher at Skyway Elementary, said that her husband is obsessed with Batman.