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A little catching up…

It’s been a little while since I’ve given you an update on what we’ve been up to. Last we met, I was attending the CDA 2030 Summit at NIC and I was allegedly going to give the low-down right after. Well I obviously dropped the ball on that one. Oops.

Well, I’m here now (well over a month later) and I have some information for you.


I chose to be in the “Community and Identity” focus group for the day. There were six groups total:

  • Jobs and Economy: Jobs and workforce, economic and business development, career and professional development
  • Growth and Development: Planning, land use, transportaion, housing, neighborhoods, infrastructure, utilities
  • Environment and Recreation: Environmental quality and protection, rivers, lakes and natural areas, parks and recreation, and trails
  • Health and Safety: Public safety, health care, wellness, social services, children and families, youth and elderly
  • Education and Learning: Schools, community college, university and graduate school, lifelong learning
  • Community and Identity: Governance, engagement, volunteerism, community image and identity, arts and culture, faith

So those were the different groups available and a brief description of the topics they were supposed to cover, however, there is always some level of overlap and that’s fine. The goal of the summit wasn’t to develop all these areas and solve all of North Idaho’s problems, even though I think there were multiple people who thought that’s what we were doing. Rather, our job was to look at the proposed vision that the committee already came up with based on all the surveys and workshops that had already wrapped up, and see if we wanted to make any changes.


Some of the larger issues discussed included:

  • A shortage of “living wage” jobs – we wanted the term changed to “completive wage” because we’ll continue to lose a lot of skilled workers to Washington until we can close the wage gap a little more.
  • Growing targeted industries such as technology, aviation, medical services, and sustainable “green” technologies.
  • Transportation improvements including access to public transportation, bettering traffic flow and creating more city-wide urban trails to accomodate runners, walkers and bicyclists.
  • Protecting our open space and improving the quality of our lakes, rivers and shorelines.
  • Improving community health and wellness through education and awareness, recreational activities, environmental and safety measures, and further developing our comprehensive medical services.
  • Maintaining Coeur d’Alene’s small town feel and enhance our friendly, welcoming atmosphere while also continuing to develop public places where people can gather and connect.
  • Continue to grow and enhance our arts and culture.
  • Provide stable K-12 funding which will ensure the best teachers, facilities and resources possible for our community’s children and enhance our university partnerships to provide more opportunities for students including research and scholarships.


Of course there was a lot more than that discussed throughout the day – but it would take me forever to include everything and you’d be reading this post for probably like a week. Or a day. Either way it would be way too long. You can learn a lot more about the results at the CDA 2030 website and find ways you will be able to participate down the road.

What are some of the issues you’d like to see come up?

I promise to post a few more times before the holidays, sorry again for being so behind!


CDA 2030 Summit this Weekend!

Happy Thursday everyone!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the second week in November… where did the time go? And as you may have guessed based on the title of this post, this Saturday is the CDA 2030 community summit. Remember when I talked about it way back when? Well it’s here and I hope you guys realize how huge this is.

To help convince you how important it is for everyone to participate, I interviewed emailed Nicole Kahler, the Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project, Project Manager.


What is your role with the 2030 project?
Nicol Kahler Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project, Project Manager

Nicole Kahler
Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project, Project Manager

Being the project manager for the Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project is a quite a fun and unpredictable adventure. During the last couple months on the job, I have glued on 75 of our Fourth of July parade thought bubble signs, facilitated a workshop of 60+ high school students all at once (160 students throughout two days), coordinated events, collected and analyzed data, and give the CDA 2030 elevator pitch more times than I can count, just to name a few random tasks.  But it doesn’t get old, I really believe in this project.How did you get involved and why were you interested?
I learned about the project manager position from Debbie Gray, the program coordinator for the University of Idaho, Office of Community Partnerships. Debbie and I worked together on some community revitalization projects while I completed by undergraduate and graduate degrees in Landscape Architecture. Although I have always been an avid gardener and have enjoyed some residential landscape projects, my real interest lies in working on community projects. I am interested in the careful balance that must be created between the history and culture, economics, etc. I also really enjoy working with passionate groups of community members. When I heard about CDA 2030, I definitely wanted to be involved as an employee or even a participant. I loved that all community members would not only be able to voice their opinions but that they would also have the opportunity to talk with others, hear different perspectives, possibly be enlightened by someone else’s opinion and come to a consistence for the greater good of the community.

What does CdA 2030 mean to you? What would you like to see as part of the vision?
 To me, CDA 2030 is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to work together at the same level no matter you socioeconomic status, education level or job title.Yes, we may not always agree, but this venue gives community members a better way to ask questions, form opinions and compromise for the greater good of the community. I think this respectful dialog is so important for our community rather than unfriendly comments made online blogs for an example.Of course I have my own personal vision for greater Coeur d’Alene, but if my vision solely comes through at the end of the project, then I have failed. As a citizen, I filled out a questionnaire and participated in a workshop. As an employee of the project, it is my charge to see that the community’s opinions are accurately represented.
What will be covered at the summit on Saturday? What can people expect?
The Community Vision Summit is where our community’s vision starts to come into sharper focus. During the Summit, participants will engage in a number of specific activities, including:
  • Review key information and vision ideas from the community
  • Affirm a statement of core community values
  • Work on an overarching vision for greater CDA
  • Develop visions and strategies for specific focus areas

The end result – a draft vision statement and a framework for an action plan.

Participants can expect to hold a respectful dialog when sharing their opinion, thinking about other opinions and work together for the greater good of the community.

Participants may also be surprised by what others have to say. Something that was really rewarding to see was participants network at our workshops last month. For example, a participant realized that he lived in the same neighborhood as another participant.  After the workshop he introduced himself and invited her to the HOA meeting which is about to make some major decisions in their neighborhood. Although this isn’t a world-saving example, it was really awesome to see that CDA 2030 is helping community member work together for the greater good of their community.

A lot of  people believe their opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to big projects like this.  How much does the community’s opinion really count in this project?
CDA 2030 is all about collecting the community’s opinion. We have collected data through our scientific community survey (, through questionnaires, workshops, and interviews. This data has given us the top community values, trends, visions, and actions that will be presented at the Community Vision Summit. From there, community members will review the information to make sure that nothing is missing. That we are representing our community in a holistic fashion. Our Vision Drafting Committee, which has been charged with taking the information as it is and not pushing a personal agenda, will then work on finalizing an overarching vision and series of vision statements. To make sure that the community opinion is accurately represented, in the beginning of 2014, we will take this information back out into the community for review and conduct a scientific validation survey.

If someone can’t make it to the summit on Saturday, what are some other ways to get involved?
Get involved in the process by giving us feedback especially in early 2014 when we will be asking the community to review the visions. Signup on our website or by emailing me to get updates on the project and opportunities for involvement.

If someone is unable to attend the Community Vision Summit, but would like to give us input, the results of the Community Vision Summit will be posted on our website ( following the Summit (tentatively around the 20 of November).  Community members can respond with their opinion about the results by filling out an online survey.  This survey will be available until December 4, then the results will be shared with our Vision Drafting Committee and adjustments will be made.

Do you have to register to participate on Saturday? How?

Registration helps the CDA 2030 team make sure we have enough seating and lunches prepared for the event. Registration is strongly encouraged, however, we do expect and will welcome participants that have not pre-registered. As far as I am concerned, the room capacity will be the only limit on the number of participants.

We are asking all able participants to donate a non-perishable food item(s) or a monetary donation to the Community Food Bank in exchange for the lunch provided at the Community Vision Summit. Although it might not be realistic with little notice to the participants, I’d love to say, lets collect 2,030 lbs of food… how cool would that be!

Community Vision Summit

November 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of the NIC Student Union BuildingLunch provided with pre-registration. Register by contacting Nicole at or (208) 415-0112.

What are some of the results you’ve seen so far from the surveys and from community input?

Values and vision ideas will be shared at the Community Vision Summit. Come find out what others have to say!

Here are some results from our scientific community survey:
  • 1-in-5 residents believe that the greatest issue facing Coeur d’Alene today is population growth.
  • 1 out of 4 residents reported that the greatest issue facing Coeur d’Alene today is a lack of jobs.
  • Over 70 percent of respondents feel that it is ‘very important’ for a community to have good relations between people who have different cultural backgrounds.
  • 7-out-of-10 respondents also feel that respectful dialogue and cooperation among community leaders and citizens is ‘very important’.
  • 1-in-5 respondents believe that population growth will influence the greater Coeur d’Alene as a better or worse place to live.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions about the project?

One of the biggest misconceptions is that CDA 2030 is a City of Coeur d’Alene operated and owned project. This project is a community owned project. The intention is when this project is completed, any community member can access our reports and use the information. We encourage the community to use our information because we know that it is representative of the greater Cd’A area.

Yes, the city is a sponsor of CDA 2030, but there are a lot of other businesses/companies that have supported CDA 2030 with in-kind donations and monetary support. Our major sponsors include: Avista, City of Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, Kootenai Health, Lake City Development Corporation, Lewis-Clark State College- Cd’A, North Idaho College, University of Idaho- Cd’A, Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors, and Pita Pit.

Why should people be excited and get involved?

People should be excited that we have a community that is supportive of this process. This process allows everyone’s opinions can be heard.

A big thanks to Nicole for answering all of my questions! I hope that you all plan to attend the summit on Saturday. I’ll be there with a couple friends (I’ll be the dork taking pictures of everything).

If you have any questions contact the 2030 group – I’m sure they’d love to hear from you!

Who said North Idaho is boring?

Really though… I hear people complain about being bored here all the time. I have to say that throughout the summer it should be pretty impossible to be bored. Every week I do my best to keep you all informed about what’s going on and what’s new. I really try hard, no joke! And yet I still miss a lot of things because there is just SO MUCH to do around here.

Are you bored? Shame on you! North Idaho rocks and that’s that.

Photo courtesy of Megan Brewer.

Photo courtesy of Megan Brewer.

Now, on to the weekend events!

Hayden Days

Hayden Days is this weekend! Woohoo! Growing up as a Hayden-native I love this weekend dedicated to our little town. There are so many fun things to do. Live music, food, a parade, classic car show, craft vendors, local performances and so much more! Bring your friends, family and kiddos down and check it out.

Live Entertainment

There’s a ton of live music and stage performances this weekend. All summer long really. Plus the Festival at Sandpoint starts this weekend. I really wanted to make it up for the Avett Brothers but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Cd’A Summer Theatre – No, I didn’t misspell theater. They went all Shakespearean on us. “Romance Romance” is playing this weekend at NIC. You can purchase tickets there, online or by calling (208)769-7780.

Lake City Playhouse – “Bat Boy: the Musical” is playing. I have no idea what this is, but CHS grad, Cody Bray, is playing Bat Boy so I know it would be worth checking out. Let me know if it’s as crazy as it sounds.


Coming Up

Aug. 2-4 – Art on the Green and the Downtown Street Fair

Aug. 2-4 – Northwest Yogafest – I may have to check this out!

Aug. 3 – The Long Bridge Swim

Aug. 10 – Cd’A Triathlon and Duathlon – Come cheer on our local athletes!

Aug. 18 – the Coeur d’Alene Crossing

Sept. 28 – Coeur d’Fondo

Star Spangled North Idaho

There is so much to do here for the Fourth of July. Growing up I loved going to the parade downtown every year. The costumes, local floats and the spirit of the day was so captivating and fun. Then in high school I got to march in the parade as a cheerleader for CHS and now it’s still fun to continue the tradition of watching with my three nephews and family.

For those of you who are not already tuned into the schedule, here’s how it goes (every year):

  • The Parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs along Sherman Ave. from 15th to Government Way.
  • Following the parade, head down to the city park for fun activities, music and food vendors.
  • To wrap up the evening head down to the city beach to watch the firework show around 9:30. Beautiful! Although I still think the lighting ceremony in November is a better show… but that’s just my opinion.

There are a ton of other celebrations going on in the area. Bayview Daze is probably my favorite, even more than our downtown show. I just love how the little town of Bayview turns into one huge community festival. Then on Saturday there’s a lighted boat parade on the lake and a beautiful firework show. This is a must-do for everyone at some point.

Other celebrations include:

  • Harrison: There’s live music all afternoon followed by a firework show at dusk.
  • Hayden: The Hayden Lake Country Club hosts a small firework show at dusk that can be seen from Honeysuckle beach.
  • Spirit Lake: Parade from the senior center up Maine Street and back to the City Park beginning at 11 a.m.
    Following the parade there’s live music, vendors and family activities at the City Park until 4 p.m. The firework show begins at 10 p.m.
  • Spokane: Riverfront Park knows how to do it right. This is one celebration I have yet to attend, mostly because of the drive and large crowds. But every year I hear how great it is and how many fun activities there are to do. Maybe someday we’ll brave the crowds to check it out. I would love to have a window seat at Anthony’s for this firework show!

The Inland Northwest definitely knows how to celebrate the Fourth. How do you celebrate? Do you attend one of the big shows or put on your own in your driveway? Either way I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July! I’ll do my best to take some photos and post them to Facebook. Please feel free to post your own too!



Climbing 2,600 feet – Biking Bernard Peak

According to our 26th President “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.” I tend to agree with this rather ironic statement produced by the man who made a profoundly more-than-casual attempt at capturing the beauty of the wilderness with his words. Theodore Roosevelt was, among many other things, a writer and explorer who preached the value of living a strenuous lifestyle and was responsible for the birth of the National Parks system.

Those of you who follow this blog regularly may know that I am blogging for the first time at my wife’s behest. For those who don’t know me, my name is Kyle Nagel, I am a husband, brother, runner, swimmer, outdoor enthusiast and the poster-child for adult ADHD. The last part is unofficial.

Like our 26th President I believe in the importance of state and national parks and the pursuit of a strenuous lifestyle. Therefore in order to honor Theodore Roosevelt my first post will be about an adventure in our very own Farragut State Park.


While camping there two weeks ago I met up with a buddy and his friend to bike to the top of Bernard Peak. Our journey started at the Highpoint Trailhead inside the park following the popular Scout Trail. The first 1.5 miles was pretty rocky with more time spent hiking and not biking. The trail soon smoothed out and quickly seduced us into a 6 mile climb on clean singletrack up the northwestern side of the peak. About 3 miles up there was an amazing vista which panned the southern end of Lake Pend d’Oreille starting with Buttonhook Bay and ending with the famous naval base in Bayview. The climb was arduous as the 2,600-foot elevation change spanned about 7.5 miles. We reached the top in about three hours feeling a sense of accomplishment. The view left much to be desired but the downhill was an exhilarating ride with minimal debris to halt our descent.


Though I haven’t been mountain biking much, this was a great experience and I’m confident that any biker would find the singletrack to be more desirable than most – especially since it is untouched by dirt bikes. The greenery that surrounds it can undoubtedly be attributed to the northwestern aspect of the mountain. This trail has all the makings for some biking Nirvana.