Winter Storm Warning - January 4, 2015

...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 am PST Monday...

* locations...Coeur D'Alene...Post Falls...Hayden...Worley... Spokane...Cheney...Davenport...Rockford.

* Snow accumulations...5 to 10 inches. The higher amounts are expected in Idaho.

* Timing...snow will increase in intensity this afternoon and evening. The snow is expected to change to rain through the night and into early morning morning.

* Impacts...snow covered roadways will make for hazardous travel.

* Web page: for a detailed view of the hazard area visit http://www.Wrh.NOAA.Gov/wrh/whv/?Wfo=otx.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means significant amounts of snow are expected or occurring. Snow accumulations will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Free Community Thanksgiving Meals - 2014

There will be three Thanksgiving Day meals provided for the community this year, serving thousands of people throughout the area.

Opening first on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, will be The Fedora at 1736 W. Kathleen Ave in Coeur d'Alene. The Fedora will be offering free Thanksgiving Day dinners starting at 11:00a and continuing until 4:00p. For more information or to see how you can assist, call 208.765.8888 or email

The Lake City Center (see detailed post) will be providing meals from noon to 2:00p on Thanksgiving at 1916 Lakewood Dr. in Coeur d'Alene. Learn more by calling 509.226.3208 or emailing

St. George Catholic Church at 2004 N. Lucas St. in Post Falls will be offering a Thanksgiving Day meal from 2:00p to 4:00p. For more information, call 208.773.4715.

Free Thanksgiving Day Meal

November 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

You are invited to the annual Free Community Thanksgiving Day Meal at Lake City Center. This is a traditional sit-down meal including live music and kids corner. Rides to the dinner and meal delivery are also available. People who attend this event will also be given food to take home.

For more information or to arrange for your ride or meal delivery, please contact 509.226.3208 or email

Lake City Center is also accepting donations to make this free meal available to the community. To learn how you can help, use the contact information above or visit Lake City Center.

Free Thanksgiving Day Meal
at Lake City Center
1916 Lakewood Dr., Coeur d'Alene

Today's Solar Eclipse

If you can get a glimpse through the cloudy, rainy skies above Coeur d'Alene today, you might be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Today's eclipse begins over Coeur d'Alene at 1:45p and reaches maximum eclipse at 3:09p. The partial eclipse ends at 4:25p.

Today's weather is expected to continue to be cloudy with scattered thunderstorms through early afternoon, likely making it impossible to see the eclipse from the ground in Coeur d'Alene.

This eclipse is only a partial eclipse, and will not be visible as a total eclipse from any vantage point. If the sun were visible today, approximately 60% would be covered from the partial eclipse when viewed from Coeur d'Alene.

The next solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be a total eclipse when viewed from areas south of Coeur d'Alene, while in our area it will be visible as a near-total eclipse with more than 90% of the sun covered.

During any solar eclipse (just like any other time), you do not want to look directly at the sun, as it could permanently damage your vision. Cameras may also be damaged by pointing them at the sun for any period of time. The best way to view or photograph the sun during an eclipse is to use welder's goggles to shield your eyes and a solar filter to protect your camera.

2014 Kootenai County Judicial Elections

Judicial elections on the 2014 ballot in Kootenai County are a "yes or no" question, with "yes" indicating that the judge should remain in office and "no" indicating that the judge should be dismissed from the position.

There are three Kootenai County Magistrates on the 2014 ballot: Robert Caldwell, James D. Stow and Scott Wayman.

Robert Caldwell

Magistrate Judge Robert Caldwell has served in his current position since January 2009 after being appointed to the position in October 2008. A native of Coeur d'Alene, Caldwell graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1985 and attended Washington State University afterward with an economics major. He attended law school at University of Idaho. He practiced law privately for local law offices and for Regence Blue Shield.

Recent Judicial Decisions by Robert Caldwell

James D. Stow

Magistrate Judge James Stow was appointed to his current position in 2004 and has served in that capacity ever since. Prior to his appointment as a judge for the 1st District Court, Stow served as a deputy prosecutor for Bonner County. One of Stow's decisions led to national controversy when he ordered that a deaf girl must wear the external components of her cochlear implant at all (practical) times. This decision went against the wishes of the girl's father, also deaf, who did not wish to make his daughter wear the exterior components of the implant when she was visiting him. Judge Stow's decision sparked heated debate among many advocacy groups for the deaf.

Recent Judicial Decisions by James D. Stow

Scott Wayman