August 2012 Archive

Friday, August 31, 2012

End of summer news: Sun Up Bay Boat Launch Renovation; Avista Begins Winter Lake Drawdown

Summer fun, sun and water levels are about to start their seasonal decline, but not before we can enjoy a fantastic Labor Day Weekend with few clouds expected and highs resting comfortably in the upper 70s.  If you're thinking about swimming, do so sooner than later as the surface temp is hovering around 69 degrees and trending lower.

Sun Up Bay Boat Launch Renovation
Kootenai County Parks & Waterways will be renovating the Sun Up Bay Boat Launch this Fall.  The launch facility will close September 17th with a proposed completion date of December 30th. Funding for the project comes from daily launch fees, annual pass sales and state boating grants. For the latest updates on this project and other proposed renovations, please visit the KC Parks & Waterways website,

Avista to begin Lake Coeur d’Alene drawdown
Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 4th, the lake will be gradually lowered until reaching winter level, so be sure to make sure all your floating toys are properly tucked away.  For the most current Lake Coeur d'Alene water levels and temps, check out our Lake CDA conditions page.

(Full Press Release from Avista)

Avista to begin Lake Coeur d’Alene drawdown
Annual slow drawdown will lower lake to winter level

SPOKANE, Wash.  Aug 31, 2012: Avista is beginning its annual fall drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene Tuesday, Sept. 4. The lake will be gradually lowered approximately a foot from full pool by the end of September, and an additional 1½ feet per month thereafter until reaching its winter level. Property owners and boaters should take measures to secure docks and boats for the winter season during this period.

As part of Avista’s FERC license to operate its Spokane River Hydroelectric Project, which includes Post Falls Dam, Avista is required to maintain the level of Coeur d’Alene Lake at summer full-pool elevation of 2,128 feet from as early as practical in the spring until the Tuesday after Labor Day.

The slow drawdown will increase flows of the Spokane River downstream of Post Falls, and will slightly decrease river levels between the lake and Post Falls bridge. Spill gates at Post Falls Dam will not be opened for the drawdown, and the river should remain open for recreation until November; however, river users should be aware that water levels can fluctuate at any time depending upon weather and dam operations.

Avista has a 24-hour telephone information line that provides notification of anticipated elevation changes on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Lake Spokane and the Spokane River during the subsequent 24-hour and one-week periods. In Idaho, call (208) 769-1357; in Washington call (509) 495-8043.

The recorded information is provided to advise shoreline property owners, commercial and recreational users of changes in the lake and river elevation levels that may affect plans for water use.

About Avista Utilities? Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 359,000 customers and natural gas to 320,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit
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Jessie Wuerst (509) 495-8578,
Avista 24/7 Media Access (509) 495-4174

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Coeur d'Alene Performance Boat Regatta | Aug 18th | Harrison, Idaho

UPDATE - 2013 Coeur d'Alene Performance Boat Regatta will be August 17th at the Harrison County Docks.  For more information, join the facebook event.

(archived 2012 post below)
The Coeur d'Alene Performance Boat Regatta is returning to the Harrison County Docks August 18th.  More than 275 boats tied up in Harrison last year and event coordinators are expecting another big show this year.  Mark your calendars, this is one summer event you don't want to miss!  Join the event on Google or Facebook!!!

9th Annual Coeur d'Alene Performance Boat Regatta - Aug 18th
Show and Shine 8am - 7pm
Raffle & Auction in the park at 4pm (all proceeds will go to Hospice)
Free give-aways all day long!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Art on the Green | Aug 3, 4 & 5

Whether you are shopping for that perfect piece to complete your home décor, itching to try your hand at a new medium in creativity, or just an admiring spectator of the beauty of imagination, Art on the Green needs to be on your to-do list this weekend, Aug 3rd-5th.

For the last 44 years, Art on the Green has been inspiring and showcasing local artists for an event that is often a major highlight of the summer. The festival is held on the North Idaho College campus, the site of the old Fort Sherman.  A free shuttle is available for transport between the festival and downtown Coeur d’Alene.

The shuttle is simply a courtesy as everything needed for an enjoyable time is located close by. Art is expressed through delicious delicacies, marvelous murals, and creative creations during the entire length of Art on the Green.

For more information, download the Art on the Green event program. The festival is meant to encourage the support of the arts in the community, if you would like to help by volunteering, please contact 208-667-9346 or go to

written by Jantzen Hunsaker