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Traffic changes proposed near NIC for education corridor

Students and faculty will have more ways to come and go at the growing college campus northwest of downtown Coeur d’Alene if a new traffic plan is approved. Designs show two new intersections with traffic signals connecting to Northwest Boulevard. The engineering plan developed by J-U-B Engineers and Landmark Architects also suggests adding four roundabouts within and near the North Idaho College campus to ease traffic flow, and reducing four-lane Mullan Road to two lanes with a center turn lane between Northwest Boulevard and the college entrance.

Human-rights conference gets hand from Hattiesburg

That cross-the-border press conference staged to oppose local racists circulating hate literature was felt all the way down in Mississippi. Seems Jackie Bland and her family from Hattiesburg, Miss., visited the area shortly after the Aryan Nations wannabes conducted their literature drop. About that time, Mayor Sandi Bloem, Police Chief Wayne Longo, human- rights activist Tony Stewart and others met with mayors, police chiefs and other dignitaries from Spokane and Kootenai counties at the state line to denounce the material. In a recent letter to the editor of the Hattiesburg American, Bland wrote: “I thought that this reaction by local leadership was astonishing as I was from the South and had never witnessed leadership calling out such acts. I also thought how wonderful it is for leadership to set the tone to what is and is not acceptable behavior.” And you thought no one noticed? Insert foot

Mayoral challengers focus on spending, jobs

Three challengers seek to unseat mayors in Kootenai County’s two largest cities Nov. 3. In Coeur d’Alene, Joseph Kunka is attempting to prevent Sandi Bloem, the city’s first female mayor, from also becoming the first to serve three terms. In Post Falls, Mayor Clay Larkin faces private investigator Steven De Gon and Matthew Behringer, a call center worker.

Smart Bombs: Is leadership women’s work?

Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living magazine recently published its “best of” lists, and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was chosen “Best Politician.” Runners-up were Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. No. 1 in Idaho was Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem. See a pattern here? No men.

Anemones, seagulls, tourists – oh, my

To borrow a “Seinfeld” line, I thought we had a deal with the seagulls. We throw them crumbs from our lunch on the beach – and they don’t poop on us. OK, I haven’t kept my end of the bargain. I shoo the beggars away, as I did on Cannon Beach recently. It was one of those rare days on the Oregon Coast: shining sun, temperatures in the 80s, little wind, and a tide far out far enough to allow my wife, daughter and me to search tide pools near Haystack Rock. A tourist yelled at my daughter for simply pointing at an anemone, which apparently is endangered. The aggressive woman was soon forgotten when a town volunteer who has shown dogs in Coeur d’Alene volunteered to take our photo in front of Haystack Rock. That’s when the gulls got their revenge. Ere Jenny the Volunteer snapped the photo, a gull overhead scored a direct hit on my new Portland Trailblazers cap. Such was the accuracy of the gull that the dropping hit nothing else. My wife and daughter laughed. I simply washed the hat off in a tidal pool, careful not to disturb the anemones, tourists or other creatures prone to aggressive behavior. Incredible Shrinking Clerk reports success

CdA balances budget without job cuts

When Coeur d’Alene opened its new library two years ago, space quadrupled and attendance and usage more than doubled. But staffing has only increased from 15 full-time employees to 16.5. The meager boost to the library work force combined with its soaring popularity means longer waits to reshelve books and shorter weekend hours.

July heat can’t compete with Kroc Center burn

In the "No good deed goes unpunished" dept., Huckleberries Online (HBO) regulars didn't react kindly to claims by former Repub queenpin Kathy Sims and Tom Macy of Post Falls that Coeur d'Alene city officials are involved in a possible "criminal conspiracy" to build the Kroc Center. (And you thought Mayor Sandi Bloem & Co. were simply trying to provide a wunnerful recreation facility for community families. Tut. Tut.) You can find the details of this loopy allegation in Saturday's paper. Meanwhile, 119 comments about this matter were posted at HBO during the weekend and Monday. A sampling: "I love it when politician has-beens put their credibility – and their party's credibility – on the line in such a public way. I look forward to the public humiliation these losers will experience when their little … pet cause fails," responded No Zags. "I find it is unfortunate when people question issues without the proper facts. However, that's a right we all have, no matter the motives behind the questions" – John Austin. "Some of these questions of government officials seem a little choreographed at times" – MamaJD. "God forbid a city actually use its surplus for community improvement" – Idawa. Larry Spencer, a Spirit Lake area resident who has attacked the Kroc Center project repeatedly, offered dozens of comments and responses in support of Macy and Sims. Curiously, none of the conspiracy theorists above lives in CdA.