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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.

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Dorms are filling up fast around Washington State as students begin or continue their college education, and the state Fire Marshal wants to make sure everyone has a safe school year.

“Fire safety should be reviewed as students settle into their new places,” said State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Understanding the safety features of a building and knowing your escape routes can significantly increase your personal safety.”

The United States Fire Administration reports an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. The leading causes include cooking, intentionally set fires, careless smoking, unattended candles and overloaded electrical wiring. Marshal Duffy suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of fire and increase safety:

Cooking should only be done in a location permitted by the school’s policies. Never leave your cooking unattended. If a fire starts in a microwave, leave the door closed and unplug the unit.

Community Library Network launching after-school programs

Community Library Network launching after-school programs

The Community Library Network in north Idaho wants to make sure every child has a library card as they head back to school this fall, and offering new and replacement cards for free this month as part of National Library Card Sign Up Month.

Libraries in the Community Library Network include Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake and the Bookmobile.

All seven brick and mortar locations are now offering classes and activities for children ages zero to five to attend with their parents. Meanwhile kids in grades three to six can enjoy the KaBoom! program, offering hands-on activities coupled with demonstrations to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) principles in an engaging way.

KaBoom offered at the following locations and times:


Hayden Library

First and Third Monday

4-5 pm


North Idaho Day of Hope

North Idaho Day of Hope

National charity organization Convoy of Hope is hosting an event at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds next weekend to assist families with a wide variety of free services.

Saturday, September 6th starting at 10 am, all families are invited to day of hope and family fun, and to take advantage of the following:

  • Groceries
  • Flu Shots
  • Shoes
  • School Supplies
  • Haircuts
  • Health and Dental Services
  • Job and Career Services
  • Family Portraits

Free transportation to and from the Kootenai County Fairgrounds is being offered from select locations. You can get more information on those routes here.

The event will go on rain or shine while supplies last. Families are not required to show ID to enter.