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Westslope cutthroat trout are a piece of the Priest Lake fishery puzzle A5 VOL. 202 NO. 83 FRONT STREET

Garden Tour set for Aug. 6

NEWPORT ? The WSU Pend Oreille County Extension Master Gardener Program will host the 2017 Garden Tour and Dinner Aug. 6 from 1-4:30 p.m. Cost for the tour alone is $12 per person. Cost for the tour plus dinner is $25 per person. To register and pay for the dinner, go to the WSU Extension office at 227 S. Garden Ave by July 28. No registration necessary for the garden tour. Call 509-447-2401 for more information.

Knights picnic Aug. 6

PRIEST RIVER ? The Knights of Columbus will hold a picnic at the Old Settlement School Aug. 6 at 11:30 a.m. Raffle tickets at $1 each will be available, with prizes of $25, $50, and $100 cash up for grabs. For more information, call 208-610-8534.

Staff training brings delay

SANDPOINT ? Staff training will affect operations at the Bonner County Planning Department from Monday, Aug. 7 through Wednesday, Aug. 9. The training is expected to cause delays and longer wait times for application review. The department is recommending landowners to submit their applications ahead of the three-day training period if possible.

Follow VFW on Facebook

PRIEST RIVER ? Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2909 has a social media presence. People can follow the post on Facebook. The post plans to publish event and meeting information, in addition to local and national news of interest involving the military and veterans.

Clagstone opening postponed

VAY ? Due to extremely dry forest conditions and high fire potential, the new Clagstone Meadows public use area did not open to the public on August 1 as originally planned. Stimson Lumber Company, the Idaho Department of Lands and the Idaho Department of Fish & Game have decided to delay the opening until conditions improve. By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? The West Bonner County School District board of trustees met here July 19 to consider policies for the upcoming year. Superintendent Paul Anselmo was able to tell the trustees that the district has filled all of its teaching position vacancies, but does need a school nurse, and a five hour per week librarian at Priest Lake Elementary School. The board members dissolved the 2016-17 school board,

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then elected a new board with no changes. Sandy Brower won reelection as board chair and Drew McLain won reelection as board vice-chair. The board chose to retain its current meeting times at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. At board member Margaret Hall?s prompting, the board discussed whether to change its notices from publication the Priest River Times to other publications, or if posting notices on the school district website would suffice, or if the board should adopt multiple forms of public notice of its meetings. Anselmo said that posting on the website might be problematic, and McLain concurred. The board decided to retain its current policy with posting public meeting notices in the local newspaper of record, the Priest River Times. Board members joked about¡ shaking something up, and made some changes to the committee assignments. Brower and board member Ranger Rick chose the negotiations committee, McLain and Hall chose the finance committee, and board member Bruce Hollett and Hall WWW.PRIESTRIVERTIMES.COM

School board debates policies

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? The Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association has brought ergonomic expertise to the area with its recent spate of introductory classes led by veteran rower Erwin Muller. Muller hails from Mexico City where his father also competed at elite levels of rowing. Muller trained with the Olympic squad that went to the Summer Olympics in 1984, but skipped the Games due to a career decision. Along with his wife Okju Cha, he has had a presence in Priest River

On target

By KEITH Colin Towne finished third in the axe throw competition at Timberfest July 29. for many years and now serves as coordinator for PORPA. At their home along the Priest River, the couple has invited in people interested in the sport of rowing and given them a thorough overview of the sport in two-hour sessions. During his class, Muller goes over several topics: health, safety, and environment; basic technique; hands-on indoor rowing practice; introduction to coxing, and hands-on practice in boats outdoors. Muller?s class offers the kind of insight and nuance that only an experienced lover chose the facilities committee. As one of many school districts involved in the state?s bungled school internet program which courts ruled unconstitutional, Anselmo presented the board with a recommendation to accept the settlement which the Federal Communications Commission and state reached earlier this year. The district would not receive any back payments but accepting the settlement would help the district continue to

Budget nearly done

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer See BOARD, A6

Ahrens joins race

SANDPOINT ? Danielle Ahrens announced her candidacy for the state senate July 20. Ahrens is a 58 year old mother and grandmother who lives on a ranch north of Sandpoint. Ahrens is very active in representing her constituents in District One as Ahrens the Legislative District One Republican Chairman. She is also on the Board of Directors for Bonner County Farm Bureau serving as their government affairs chair- See AHRENS, A3 PRIEST RIVER ? The city council moved closer towards final approval of a change in utility rates that will increase monthly bills by $2.90 next year. According to city clerk Laurel Knoles, water will rise from $23.50 to $24.44 per month, sewer will increase from $29.00 to $30.16, and the 2016 sewer improvement bond will increase from $10.60 to $11.40 per month. The council voted unanimously to tentatively adopt the budget, which will not receive final approval until August 21. See BUDGET, A3

Expert or novice, rowers welcome at PORPA

See PORPA, A3 (Photo by JUDD WILSON)

Local child dies in tragic highway crash

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? A family and community are in grief this week after a tragic car accident claimed the lives of three, including 10-year old Priest River Elementary School student Lexi Ann Minish. According to the Montana Highway Patrol Minish, her cousin Olivia Tavares of Rexburg, and grandmother Cindi Boone passed away when 2002 Chevy Tahoe they were traveling in crossed the median on Interstate 90 near Deer Lodge, Mont. at 12:15 p.m. Mountain time July 28 and rolled several times after the driver overcorrected. The accident investigator, Trooper Tom Gill, said the vehicle came to rest on its wheels on the right shoulder of the road. One occupant was ejected and another partially ejected, he said. The cause of the accident is still undetermined. Gill said alcohol was not suspected, and the driver and passengers were wearing seat belts. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and there were no witnesses of the accident. Gill said it appeared that the driver was not trying to avoid another vehicle or animal. Two other passengers in the vehicle survived the accident, but Gill could not release their names or their condition. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at the StoneRidge Resort Events Center in Blanchard. In leu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made at any Columbia Bank in the name of Lexi?s parents, Jesse and Leanna Minish. The driver and passengers had been on a camping trip, according to Ken Siemering, who set up a GoFundMe page for the Minish family. As of publication, nearly $4,000 had been contributed in the first 24 hours. To contribute to the Minish GoFundMe account, go to: West Bonner County School District Superintendent Paul See CRASH, A3 (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Patricia Sudick of the Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association practices rowing solo on the Priest River July 20.


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