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VOL. 202 NO. 84

AUGUST 9, 2017


Athletes need physicals

PRIEST RIVER ? All incoming seventh graders planning on playing sports at Priest River Junior high will need to have a sports physical completed before they are allowed to participate. The earlier it is done, the sooner participation can begin. Any 8th grader that participated last year does not have to get another physical or complete the paperwork as it is already on file.

Board mulls rezone request

SANDPOINT ? Bonner County commissioners are taking up a rezone request near Spirit Lake today. Spirit Lake North LLC is requesting a zone change from Agriculture/Forest 20 to Ag/Forest 10. The vacant site was designated Ag/Forest in the county?s comprehensive land use plan. Commissioners are conducting a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. at the Bonner County Administration Building.

Magic show at library

NEWPORT ? The Magic of Dick Frost will be on display Aug. 16 from 10-11 a.m. at the Newport Library in a free magic show. The Spokane-based magician has been entertaining audiences of all ages around the country for nearly 50 years. For more information contact the library at 1-800-366-3654 or info@

Minor injured in crash

PRIEST RIVER ? A motorist was injured Wednesday after being ejected from his vehicle during a crash on Highway 57 in the Lamb Creek area. Idaho State Police said the unidentified minor was headed southbound when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve near milepost 26 shortly after noon. The 2005 Chevrolet Classic he was driving collided with an embankment, remounted the highway and ejected the minor. The minor was not wearing seat belts, according to Idaho State Police. He was taken to Newport Medical Center and the highway was blocked for approximately an hour. Bonner County Sheriff?s deputies and Priest River Police also responded to the crash, state police said.

Council rejects pact

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer By JUDD WILSON Staff writer NEWPORT ? Imagine taking a young, wild mustang and teaching it skills that will make it useful and adoptable in current day America. That?s what McKinzi Tanner has been doing for the past several months. Tanner, who goes by ?Z? for short, picked up an eight-month old mustang from the Three Fingers Herd in Oregon three months ago and has trained it for the Mustang Yearlings Washington Youth Challenge in Monroe, Wash. Aug. 18-19. The iconic American mustang has PRIEST RIVER ? City council met here briefly Aug. 7 to approve a payment to Knife River and reject an Exbabylon service agreement. Welch Comer senior project manager Necia Maiani spoke to the council to ask approval of a pay request from Knife River of $153,679.41. The amount covered expenses for the pedestrian pathway project. She said an overage of $5,700 resulted primarily from asphalt patching on the curbline to the state highway. The 11th Street intersection also got patched further towards the highway, she said. Maiani said Welch Comer is reviewing some additional reported expenses and will report back to the city with a second pay request, which should wrap up the project. An Exbabylon master service agreement once again appeared before the council. In a previous meeting, city attorney Katie Elsaesser had recommended not adopting

Back on track

been protected by the Bureau of Land Management, but the species has grown too populous for BLM lands to support them. BLM created the MYWY Challenge as a way to prepare young mustangs for adoption and survival off BLM lands. In order to take up the challenge, 13-year old Tanner had to fill out papers and write an essay explaining to federal officials why she?d be a good mustang foster parent. She hails from an equestrian family. Her mom Angela Tanner runs Angela ?Legs? Tanner Training the agreement because it was a one-size-fits-all contract which lacked specifics such as a price or scope of work. Mayor Jim Martin said he didn?t understand why they?d want a service agreement for a one-day job which they performed for the city police department earlier this summer. With the advice of the city?s legal counsel, Martin said the city would simply send the agreement back unsigned. (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Joe Olmstead of the Newport/Priest River Rotary Club attached new signs to the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train Aug. 5. The SPORT will take its first passengers for a trip down the tracks this Saturday, Aug. 12. For information or to buy tickets, go to or call 877-525- 5226.

Fulcher vows to fight D.C. control

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? Republican candidate for Congress, Russ Fulcher, came to Priest River on a hot Timber Days parade day and brought revellers welcome relief: free, cold bottles of water. When he gets to D.C., though, he plans on turning up the heat -- on the See FULCHER, A3 (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Congressional candidate Russ Fulcher celebrated Timber Days in Priest River with supporters July 29. Pictured, l to r, Fulcher, Robin Gray, Rachael Littlejohn, Linda Littlejohn, Danielle Ahrens, Steve Ackerman. (Photo by MARY MALONE) An overturned log truck is visible on Dufort Road on Thursday.

Crash kills jogger

By KEITH KINNAIRD News editor PRIEST RIVER ? Idaho State Police have identified the jogger who was fatally struck by a log truck on Thursday as Katherine Rose Malone of Nashville. State police said Jesse R. Flory was negotiating a left-hand curve when he came across Malone in the roadway. The fully loaded log truck overturned and a portion of the truck struck Malone, who died at the scene, according to ISP. State police said the crash remained under investigation on Monday. State police said Flory, a 22-year-old Bonners Ferry resident, was not wearing a seat belt, but did not specify if he was injured when the 1992 Kenworth truck overturned. Malone was on a run near her family?s cabin on the Pend Oreille River, according to her obituary. Malone was born in Orange, Calif., to James and Jennie Rose. She attended Avondale West

BF stock going quick

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer OLDTOWN ? Store manager Tom Watson said Aug. 8 that Ben Franklin Variety Store?s liquidation sale is ?going pretty quick.? The entire store is now 30-70 percent off and sales won?t end until the building?s empty, he said. ?If there are people interested in shopping a decent selection of goods, shop us early,? he added. Bill and Nancy Nation owned the local franchise but leased the building from Lee Meecham, who recently sold the property. The store?s owners lost the lease of the store, which expires in

Local youth works to give mustang a better life

See BETTER, A3 See PACT, A3 See CRASH, A3 See STOCK, A3 McKinzi Tanner and her mustang Pebbles have worked several months to compete in the Mustang Yearlings Washington Youth Challenge Aug. 16 in Monroe, Wash. (Photo courtesy ANGELA TANNER)


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