Cri de Coeur

Cry from the Heart

Who is Clark Albritton, the Candidate?

Pros/Cons Mr. Albritton has a long tenure as a resident of CdA. He is running on a platform of limiting population growth and its impacts. However, after our review of his public comments here, here, and at a local campaign event, he ultimately fails to make a case against his opponent.   When asked to give

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Who is Dan Gookin, the Candidate?

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly Has a record on which to run. While he has regularly, but infrequently (and not disruptively), opined and pushed for different outcomes, he has been ineffective in convincing his fellow council members to change their opinion on substantive matters.  Approved council’s action regarding invocations to be open to all.*

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Informed Voters or Obedient Voters

We at the CdA News team closely watched and scrutinized city actions directed by council members and mayors for nearly a decade. Our goal of kindness and positivity for this medium  frequently overruled by our mission to inform voters and hold elected officials accountable. Many articles explained in our view mis-steps of the public servants.

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Prayers for All Becomes No Prayers at All

In the thick of election season with deepening divisions in northern Idaho, CdA city staff and council members ignored the plea of volunteers to offer invocations for the past several months. Invocations occur at the discretion of the council who control the agenda. “Invocation,” listed on each agenda accompanied by a blank space to its

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Trader Joe’s Making Big Announcement

Tomorrow, Thursday 26 October 2023, Trader Joe’s will hold a company wide meeting with a big announcement. Sources say announcement of a Coeur d’Alene store has a high probability. Previous rumors floated midtown Coeur d’Alene as the future location. Watch for it, here.

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Lose, Lose, Lose

City council members failed to follow the lead of fellow council-member Kiki Miller last Tuesday resulting in a lose-lose-lose situation for Coeur d’Alene. Relevant issues include the comprehensive plan, the housing shortage and affordability crisis, and the definition of the term “adjacent.” Background Kaufman and his team appealed the two decisions from the planning commission,

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CdA: NIMBY, BANANAS, or Just Right?

Correction: The article has been updated to reflect that the appeal is in October. The city council voted to hear the appeal as part of the consent calendar. Kaufman Estates development team will appeal last month’s denial from the planning commission. We reported on the original request in 2022. Many neighbors attended the August planning

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City Buys More Art

On June 6, 2023, the artpiece “Timeline Theory and Reflections” was purchased for $1,000. It was available to be purchased by the public for $7,000 but it was discounted to the city because of the inability of the artist to retrieve the art piece as he is sick and lives in Seattle. Would you drop

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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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