Cri de Coeur

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Election Results: Good for Schools; Bad for Books?

Over 44,000 voters cast ballots in the election, a record turn out for “non-partisan” races. An overwhelming majority passed the levy for District 271, although not as high as the 70% predicted here. As predicted, Tim and Tom won the library trustee positions and attempted to seek new legal counsel for the library district. In

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Battle Over Books

Intense debate over library books exists in the community. Other local media reported the conflict over the last two years. We will not rehash it here. Today, voters make their voices heard. The library vote is portrayed as an issue of “Do you want kids exposed to porn in the library?” The Kootenai County Republican

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Coeur d’Alene Battles Light Pollution

O.P. Just this past Tuesday, Mayor Jim Hammond proclaimed that the week of April 15 – 22 will be International Dark-sky Week. The reason for this is because of light pollution. Light pollution is a very dangerous form of pollution. In the meeting, James Filmore spoke on light pollution. “The average night sky brightness has

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NIC Land to Become Affordable Housing?

“It’s past time we build our own workforce housing.” -Christie Wood, CdA City Council member CdA Council Member Christie Wood called for partnerships to develop land owned by the city and North Idaho College into “workforce housing.” She cited concerns of increased rent, inadequate wages. Workforce housing would be for “[firefighters, police officers, teachers, and

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Time to Pause AI Development, A Debate

The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) has been a topic of debate for many years. While some argue that AI could be the key to solving some of humanity’s greatest challenges, others believe that the risks associated with its development outweigh the potential benefits. In this article, we will explore both sides of the

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Coeur d’Alene’s Most Generous Landlord

The General Services Public Works Committee met and discussed the Brooke’s Seaplane lease. Parks director, Bill Greenwood referenced several other leases. Brooke’s lease increased by $1,000 and the term increased by two years, from three to five. This means the dock space can’t be bid on by anyone else for at least five years. Historically,

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City Forecasts $1 Million Shortfall

During a mid-year budget update, city of Coeur d’Alene comptroller, Vonnie Jensen, reported the city will likely come up short by over one million dollars during the next fiscal year. Cost of living adjustments (COLA) for police and fire personnel contributed the most to the unbalance. The city council and mayor approved the COLA after

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Brooke’s Seaplane Renews Lease

Prime real estate in Coeur d’Alene leased out for the next five to ten years at $7,000 per year, pending approval by General Service Committee on March 13th and city council approval. The rate will adjust for inflation. The city of Coeur d’Alene Parks Department director Bill Greenwood negotiated the lease with the tenant DBA

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Dangers of Homework Explored

Homework has been a controversial topic for many years, with some people arguing that it is a necessary part of the educational process and others claiming that it is not beneficial and may even be harmful. In this essay, we will examine some of the arguments against homework and why it may not be as

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Economist Sees Shadow; More Inflation Coming

Dr. John Mitchell saw his shadow this morning, which means another six months of inflation. At least that was the quip by Idaho economist Sam Wolkenhauer, who kept everyone’s attention by mixing humor with his economic forecast.  The Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast presented two economists, Dr. John Mitchell and Idaho Department of

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CDA 2030 to Rebrand Connect Kootenai

Greta Gissell, Executive Director of CDA 2030, indicated at a recent urban renewal meeting that the oraganization will rebrand to Connect Kootenai in 2023. Stated goals of Connect Kootenai are as follows: Board members and sponsors are listed in the images below. The organization has been under some level of scrutiny from suspicious citizens, some

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Airpods: Should You Buy “Clones?”

AirPods are a popular brand of wireless earbuds produced by Apple. They are known for their compact size, ease of use, and high-quality sound. However, due to their popularity, there are also many replicas or knock-off versions of AirPods available on the market. These replicas are often significantly cheaper than the real thing, but they

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