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Renovation of NIC building still in state’s plans

BOISE – Despite Idaho’s budget crunch, a proposal to spend $4.3 million to renovate Seiter Hall at North Idaho College is still in the state’s spending plans, and it may well be funded next year. “It should stay, because NIC is short of classroom space,” said Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls.

NIC hosting film, discussion on wolves

“An Evening with Wolves” features a presentation of an award-winning film titled “Wolves,” narrated by Robbie Robertson, and a panel discussion by local residents. The free event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at North Idaho College in Molstead Library in Todd Hall. It’s sponsored by Kootenai Environmental Alliance and the Northern Rockies Wolf Group.

NIC will work with funding it has

BOISE – The state budget crunch is crimping North Idaho College’s plans to launch a vocational program next year and update classroom technology, college officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The Coeur d’Alene school had hoped for $605,100 to start a dental hygienist program in partnership with a free clinic. The college also hoped for $334,500 for the first year of a two-year campus technology upgrade.

Idaho cash crunch hampers NIC plans

BOISE – The state budget crunch is crimping North Idaho College’s plans to launch a vocational program next year and update classroom technology, college officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The Coeur d’Alene school had hoped for $605,100 to start a dental hygienist program in partnership with a free clinic. The college also hoped for $334,500 for the first year of a two-year campus technology upgrade.

NIC crimped by state budget crunch

North Idaho College, which had its budget hearing before JFAC this morning, had been hoping for $605,100 next year to start up a much-needed dental hygienist program in partnership with a local free clinic, and $334,500 for the first year of a two-year campus technology upgrade to get its classrooms up to minimum technology standards.

Future of NIC’s Popcorn Forum uncertain

Tony Stewart, who for 38 years led North Idaho College’s popular annual lecture series, gently chastised his former employer Friday for not making plans to continue the Popcorn Forum after he retired. Stewart launched the series shortly after his arrival at the college in 1970 and led it until he retired last May. Over the years, the weeklong series brought in speakers as noteworthy as former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, civil rights leader Julian Bond and architect and visionary thinker Buckminster Fuller.

NIC cancels 39-year-old lecture series

Tony Stewart, who for 38 years led North Idaho College’s popular annual lecture series, gently chastised his former employer Friday for not making plans to continue the Popcorn Forum after he retired.

NIC board OKs corridor deal

Coeur d’Alene’s education corridor moved a step closer to reality Tuesday after North Idaho College’s board of trustees authorized the signing of an agreement that calls for the college to spend $10 million on an old mill site along the Spokane River. The board’s attorney, Marc Lyons, presented an appraisal valuing the 17-acre property just north of the college at $13.25 million, higher than the proposed purchase price. Developer Marshall Chesrown has a contract to buy the property and has agreed to turn around and sell it to NIC for $10 million for development of the education corridor.

Plans outline CdA education corridor

Plans for Coeur d’Alene’s proposed education corridor – envisioned for a former 17-acre mill site North Idaho College plans to purchase – were unveiled Thursday. A report released at the same time found that an education corridor would create double the economic impact of the former DeArmond mill property compared with private development. Consultant Jay Renkens described the education corridor as a way for North Idaho College and other institutions, including the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College, to leverage resources and work together.

CdA education corridor stalls

Coeur d'Alene's dream of an education corridor is on hold as the state postponed until September a $1.3 million lease guaranteeing the University of Idaho's presence in North Idaho for at least 99 years. The state Board of Education, which continues its meeting in Idaho Falls today, deferred its decision on the lease that would allow UI to use and improve the current Harbor Center Building between the shore of the Spokane River and Northwest Boulevard. The agreement also would give the university the option of constructing a building on 2.5 acres just north of the North Idaho College campus that are part of the shuttered DeArmond Mill.

NIC hosts delegation of lawmakers

North Idaho College officials were clear Tuesday in their message to state lawmakers: They need $4.3 million to renovate Seiter Hall but not a cent to purchase the waterfront mill site next door to expand the campus. A charter bus hauled members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which continues its summer meeting today, from the University of Idaho's Coeur d'Alene center, through the Stimson mill and along the Spokane River to the NIC campus.

Forum addresses NIC land purchase

By North Idaho standards, the public forum Thursday evening at North Idaho College was tame. It was set up that way.

NIC budget details plans for mill-site puchase

Saying it's a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity, North Idaho College may dip into foregone taxes, pull money from the college's cash reserves and increase tuition to come up with a down payment on a 17-acre mill site adjacent to campus. The purchase of Stimson's DeArmond Mill is the linchpin in creating an Education Corridor spanning from NIC's campus in the heart of the Fortgrounds neighborhood to University of Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Campus at Harbor Center.

Last CdA mill to close in May

Coeur d'Alene's last sawmill will process its final log in May, a casualty of the nation's mortgage lending crisis and rising values for waterfront property. Stimson Lumber Co. gave its 60 hourly employees at the DeArmond mill a two-month notice Tuesday. Workers weren't surprised.

NIC’s Popcorn Forum focuses on ‘Earth in Crisis’

The North Idaho College Popcorn Forum, a series of lectures and discussion panels, enters its 38th year with the theme, "Earth in Crisis, a Search for Solutions." A schedule of events, which are free and open to the public, follows. North Idaho College is at Garden Avenue and Hubbard Street, west of downtown Coeur d'Alene. For more information, visit www.nic.edu.

NIC symposium tackles global issues

It's possible North Idaho College students could help save the world, especially with ideas sparked by experts on everything from global warming to genocide during the annual Popcorn Forum. "We hope they become the leaders and do everything they can to protect our planet for future generations," said Tony Stewart, who has coordinated the event for 38 years.

An alternate path to college

School starts today for North Idaho's K-12 students, but Coeur d'Alene High senior Brandon Dooley is already a week into his studies. The 17-year-old is part of a growing segment of the nation's high school students who take college classes before earning their diplomas. He's got a full load of courses – none of which is at the high school. College classes help him stay focused and challenge him more than regular high school classes would, he said.

Volkswagen brings show to CdA

Volkswagen representatives say they've long recognized the affluent resort feel of Coeur d'Alene and the surrounding mountain terrain to be a nice fit for their targeted customers, which is why they chose North Idaho for the release of the company's new luxury sport utility vehicle, the Touareg 2. "There's great driving and there's great off-roading, and it's a part of the country that not a lot of people have discovered," said Steve Keyes, public relations general manager for Volkswagen.

Bell gets top job at NIC

Priscilla Bell will be the first woman to lead North Idaho College and its eighth president, the college's board announced Monday. Bell, 57, joined NIC as its interim president in late February after Michael Burke left for San Jose City College. She started at community colleges in student services, working at Tacoma Community College from 1978 to 1995 before becoming president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, N.Y. She worked at the college until becoming president of Highline Community College in the Seattle area in 2000.