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Registration due March 3 for logging workshop in Sandpoint

Registration due March 3 for logging workshop in Sandpoint

Over 1,400 Idaho loggers have taken the 3-day University of Idaho Extension program on forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality, titled Logger Education to Advance Professionalism or “LEAP”. LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for LEAP graduates to build on that professional development in forestry.

 

LEAP Update will be held in Sandpoint, Idaho, March 10-11, 2015. This year’s topics include: ecology & silviculture of western hemlock, class 1 stream crossing installation, logging costing models, the new Idaho forest water quality video, Idaho FPA rule changes and BMP updates, new GPS technology to improve communications in logging, working around class 2 streams, and small scale wood pellet manufacture.

 

LEAP Update is held in conjunction with Associated Logging Contractor’s (ALC) first aid training, which allows loggers to fulfill Idaho Pro-Logger program annual continuing education requirements in one, 2-day session. The session also meets Idaho Pro-Logger requirements for forest best management practice training.

 

Budget cut ends Clark Fork HS hot lunch program leaving parents and students upset

Budget cut ends Clark Fork HS hot lunch program leaving parents and students upset

Parents of Clark Fork Jr./Sr. High School are upset by new changes to the school's lunch program. The free lunch program was recently cut by the Lake Pend Orielle School District in an attempt to save money.

 

“Because of so many complaints to the school board, they decided to send our kids bagged lunches from Sandpoint,” said Caryl Abott, a Clark Fork parent.

 

However, Abott and other parents say the sack lunch program does not cut it. Sandpoint is about 35 miles away from Clark Fork, and the parents have concerns the food their children are receiving is not fresh.

 

Monday and Tuesday's lunches are shipped from Sandpoint to Clark Fork on Monday; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's lunches are shipped on Wednesday.

 

$20,000 in grants available for educational garden programs

$20,000 in grants available for educational garden programs

The Idaho Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs is offering grants to provide funding to Idaho’s public and private schools and childcare centers to implement a hands-on educational garden program that enhances nutrition education, classroom curriculum and increases the understanding and awareness of foods and nutrition in Idaho’s youth.

 

A total of $20,000 is available to Idaho schools and childcare organizations.  Grants in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to five public or private schools and three childcare organizations. Applications must be submitted by February 17, 2015. 

 

For a copy of the RFP, grant application, photos of previous garden projects and related materials visit http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/schoolgarden/.

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity
The Idaho PTECH Network was invited last week to attend a White House College Opportunity Summit, among 300 of the most promising efforts recognized nationally to support more college opportunities for students. The December 4th Summit focused on building strong K-12 and community college partnerships, and other collaborative efforts designed to improve college persistence and completion, especially among lower income students. “I was honored to represent Idaho at this Summit that offered insightful discussion among our county’s leading education, business and nonprofit leaders,” said Alan Millar, Idaho PTECH Network Executive Director.

NIC to present Sounds of Christmas concert Dec. 6, 7

NIC to present Sounds of Christmas concert Dec. 6, 7

North Idaho College will present its “Sounds of Christmas” concert in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7.

The concert will feature performances by the NIC Wind Symphony, NIC Cardinal Chorale, NIC Chamber Singers and Cardinal Vocal Jazz. This concert features the audience-favorite Christmas carol sing-along.

Santa Claus usually makes a visit to the Sounds of Christmas concert held at NIC. This year’s concert will feature some music from the Disney movie “Frozen.”

University of Idaho accepting submissions for "F-Word" Poetry Slam

University of Idaho accepting submissions for "F-Word" Poetry Slam

The University of Idaho Women's Center is currently seeking submissions for the “F-Word” Live Poetry Slam in early November.

This event is meant to showcase spoken word and visual art pieces. The slam and exhibit are open to poets and artists of all skill levels, abilities and genders.

To submit visual pieces, email a photo of your piece to bekahm@uidaho.edu. To submit spoken word pieces, visit this link here. The deadline to submit is October 17, and artists who are chosen will be notified by Monday, October 27.

“F-Word” Live was created to form a space in which anyone can express their feelings and experiences related to the “other f-word” - namely, feminism. “F-word” Live is a safe space for all to showcase spoken word and visual art pieces or to come and watch as others perform.

There is no charge to perform in this event. The event is free to all students with a valid student ID. General admission for non students is $5.

Lash Laker wins national I-Cubed invention challenge

Lash Laker wins national I-Cubed invention challenge

An 8-year-old boy from Coeur d'Alene wants to be a scientist when he grows up, and it looks like he's already well on his way.

Lash Laker was recently announced the winner of the 2014 I Cubed (I3) Challenge, impressing judges from three different states with his response to their “Sustainability” challenge. His invention, called SeedBoard, is patent pending and helps solve the problem of keeping soil moist enough to sprout seedlings, especially in areas of drought.

SeedBoard is made from recycled cardboard covered in composted coffee grounds, egg shells and wood ash for added nutrients.

“I first noticed the corrugation in the cardboard was the perfect shape for seeds,” Lash explained. SeedBoard comes rolled up in long, thin strips, ready to be filled with the seeds of your choice and planted.

“What you do is dig a little whole, lay some of this down and cover it back up with dirt. Then just water it and watch it grow,” he said.