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In brief: 15th Ave. project focus of meeting

An open house will be held today, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Post Falls City Council Chambers, 408 Spokane St., to provide the Post Falls community an opportunity to have their questions answered regarding the upcoming 15th Avenue Bicycle/Pedestrian Project, scheduled to begin Monday, weather permitting. The purpose of the project is to improve safety separating bicycle and pedestrian traffic from automobiles through the construction of dedicated bicycle lanes in both directions and a 6-foot sidewalk along the north side of 15th Ave. The construction will include an installation of curb and gutter, upgrading of stormwater collection drains and the improvement of school zone markings.

Teachers as students

The Lakeland-Post Falls Leadership Academy is off to a great beginning, according to University of Idaho Educational Leadership program coordinator Kathy Canfield-Davis. “I think this program is off to a terrific start, and we were pleased with the number of people who enrolled,” she said of the community-centered program that offers a master’s degree in educational leadership and administrative certification to educators.

In brief: Police suspect man has more victims

A Post Falls man arrested after police say he gave a girl drugs, alcohol and a sexually transmitted disease may have more victims, according to police. John M. Lewis Jr., 28, and his wife, Britta Lewis, 28, were arrested Jan. 30 after two 15- and 17-year-old Spokane Valley sisters told their mother they’d drunk alcohol and smoked marijuana with the couple during a four- or five-day stay at their home around New Year’s Eve, said Detective Sgt. Dave Beck.

Despite puzzling seizures, Post Falls senior having career year

Life couldn’t be much better on the basketball court for Post Falls High senior standout Jordan Schoening. She’s had a most valuable player-like final prep season and has signed to continue playing at Eastern Washington University.

In brief: Dodgeball registration open

Registration for adult co-ed and men’s spring dodgeball leagues are now open. Participants must be at least 16 years old and each team will play a six match season plus a postseason double-elimination tournament. Teams will play six on six. Games will begin on March 12 and will be played on Thursday evenings.

Keane, others honored

Jerry Keane, the school superintendent of Post Falls School District, has had quite a year. Last Thursday, Keane was named Post Falls’ Citizen of the Year at the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce 20th annual Inaugural Banquet.

Eastbound I-90 reopens in North Idaho

Eastbound Interstate 90 has reopened between Highway 41 in Post Falls and Northwest Boulevard in Coeur d'Alene. Idaho State Police had closed the stretch of freeway earlier today after icy road conditions caused several crashes.

Charities need a hand

It’s typical this time of year for charities to experience a slowdown. After the rush of holiday-inspired and end-of-year giving, pocketbooks are slimmer and energies are devoted elsewhere. Service providers, however, traditionally stockpile the good will and food and checks, and typically it’s enough to carry them through to spring.

In brief: 2 arrested on drug, child injury charges

A toddler and an infant were in protective custody Tuesday after Post Falls police discovered weapons and drugs within their reach inside a home, according to police. Police seized pills, small amounts of marijuana and cocaine, and 15 marijuana pipes from the home in the 200 block of East Second Avenue, said Post Falls police Lt. Pat Knight.

Post Falls Library joins digital age

Libraries are places in which to learn, to imagine, to think. It used to be books that provided the fodder – all that learning and imagining and thinking. These days, the Internet plays an increasing role. At the Post Falls Library, digital video technology has been added to the mix.

Horse helps teach giving spirit

The holidays evoke generosity in many folks. Each year, organizations like the Christmas Bureau, Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign help make the season enjoyable for those in need. But as Post Falls resident Julie Wasson discovered, humans aren’t the only ones who could use a little extra help during the holidays.

Post Falls Library enhancing digital literacy

Libraries are places in which to learn, to imagine, to think. It used to be books that provided the fodder – all that learning and imagining and thinking. These days, the Internet plays an increasing role. At the Post Falls Library, digital video technology has been added to the mix.

Program focuses on life skills

Ken Shellenberger, of Post Falls, is blind in his left eye and has limited vision in his right. He also has diabetes and was struggling to determine whether he was putting the correct amount of insulin into the syringes he uses to inject his medication. The “visual impairment services team” at Spokane’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center helped him find a syringe that was easier to read. The program coordinator, Suzanne Bennatt, also gave Shellenberger a telephone with large numbers and raised dots with sticky backings to mark buttons on his microwave, making them easier to identify.

Outlet owner optimistic

POST FALLS – An owner of the Post Falls Outlets, formerly Post Falls Factory Outlets, said he hopes the sprawling retail center will enjoy a bump in business from the up to 2 million shoppers annually expected at the neighboring Cabela's store, opening tomorrow. Located on the opposite side of Interstate 90 from Cabela's, the outlet stores are mostly vacant. Of the total 180,000-square feet of retail mall space, only 50,000 square feet is being leased by about 12 tenants.