Keep in touch with the Coeur d'Alene community at this weekend's Parks Day Celebration in City Park!
The 2015 Parks Day Celebration is a free event, being held this Saturday in collaboration with CdA's annual Kids Day in the Park. This is the 8th annual event, and the first time City Park has been featured for a Parks Day Celebration.
Events begin at 9:00a with a free pancake breakfast, and free events continue throughout the day includking kids activities, live music from Michael Morris, the Youth Marimba Band and The Alliance Band. A free hot dog lunch will be available at noon, and dinner at 5:00p.
Other activities and entertainment include a birds of prey presentation, the Sorensen Jugglers, historical tours of Forest Cemetery and a movie hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Police department at dusk.
When summer hits in full force here in Coeur d'Alene, locals and tourists alike flock to the water. For those of us with access to boats, the water became an even more inviting place with the opening of the Buoy floating food truck.
Here are the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Bike and Run maps, which show the routes of the two on-road portions of this year's race. While some streets along these routes do remain open to limited traffic, you can expect delays and traffic restrictions along these routes during the 2015 Ironman weekend. View these as a PDF by clicking the link below the images, or click the images to view larger.
Here is the Ironman Coeur d'Alene Traffic Impact guide, which lists all road closures and restrictions during the 2015 Ironman weekend. View as a PDF by clicking the link below this image, or click the image to view larger.
Has LoveCdA been running a little slow for you over the last few days? There's a reason for that! Over the past 72 hours we have seen tens of thousands of new page hits per day, hundreds of new users and dozens of new blog posts and comments.
Normally we'd be quite pleased at the sudden uptick in new interactions on the website, but in this case we find ourselves rather dismayed and grumpy over the whole situation. We have been subject to an invasion of spambots creating accounts and spamming the website with all kinds of blackhat SEO links for all kinds of scams, programs, vacation services and products, none of which we find of any value to our users, and are undoubtedly the result of hapless business owners being taken advantage of by "SEO optimizers" who use shady, spammy techniques to build links from reputable sites like LoveCdA.
In response to the attack we took a number of steps to mitigate the problem, starting with just deleting the spam posts and users who were abusing the system, while also adding a more robust CAPTCHA system. When keeping up with the overwhelming spam attack proved to be too much for our site admins, we added a delay before new users could post content or unmoderated comments to LoveCdA.com.
Soon, the attack became so severe that even those measures proved ineffective and we began banning any IP addresses used by the SEO spammers and any sites they linked to or came from. This extreme tactic helped the situation, but we were still seeing dozens of new spambots signing up for the website every minute.