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Coolin Civic Organization

Thank you to the Coolin Civic Organization for their recent donation to the Priest Lake Public Library ?for the activities and resources you provide the community.? FRONT STREET

Free groceries on Aug. 24

NEWPORT ? Second Harvest Food Bank and Thrivent Financial are sponsoring a free food distribution at American Lutheran Church in Newport on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please bring a box for your food. No documentation or appointment needed. The event will take place, rain or shine. ALC is located at 332801 S.R. Highway 2, Newport, Wash. For more information, contact Nicole Smoot at (509) 671-1432 or call the Second Harvest 24-hour mobile food bank information line at (509) 252- 6270.

School board meeting

PRIEST RIVER ? The West Bonner County School District board of trustees will hold its regular meeting Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at the district administration office located at 134 Main St. in Priest River. For more information, call 208-448- 4439.

Lego Days return

PRIEST RIVER ? The West Bonner Library District recently announced that it will hold Lego Days on every Monday in August from 12-4 p.m. September will be a month off for the program, which will return on Monday, Oct. 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. Snacks are provided. For more information, call 208- 448-2207.

Larson show at Artisan

PRIEST RIVER ? Meet artist Maria Finlay Larson at the Artisan Gallery?s 4th Friday solo art show and reception Aug. 25 from 4-7 p.m. Live music and refreshments will be available. Larson?s art will be on display Aug. 25 - Sept. 29 at the gallery, located at 53 Wisconsin St. in Priest River. For more information, call 208-304-4656 or go to PRIEST LAKE ? On Monday, August 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. the Priest Lake Public Library will be throwing a Solar Eclipse Party. Northern Idaho is fortunate to experience 92 percent of a total eclipse. At the library free, NASA-approved safety glasses for viewing will be available. The library will showing ?What is an Eclipse? documentary throughout the day and this video will be available for check-out. Refreshments will be provided at the Solar Eclipse Party. The eclipse will begin at 9:06 and end at 11:40 with totality starting at 10:20 and lasting only two minutes and forty seconds. This path, where the moon will completely cover the

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Diamond ring

(Photo courtesy ARNE DANIELSON/NASA) Sunlight peeks through the low points on the moon?s jagged edge during the 2002 total solar eclipse, creating a phenomenon known as Baily?s Beads.

Library hosts solar eclipse party

Columbia aims to ?Stuff the Backpack? to prepare local students for the years

PRIEST RIVER ? Columbia Bank here is doing a school supply drive through Sept. 1 to collect some very needed supplies for both students whom are unable to afford them, and for the staff in their classrooms as well! Drop off your donations at Columbia Bank in Priest River, or pick up a list of needed school supplies! For more information call 208-448-0604 or stop by at 6552 U.S. Hwy 2 in Priest River between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. (Courtesy photo) Drop off donations at Columbia Bank in Priest River by Sept. 1 to help stuff backpacks for local students.

Relay for Life

sun, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Ore., to Charleston, S.C. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun?s disk. Everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of fourteen states. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was in 1979. The next total eclipse in the contiguous United States will not occur until April 8, 2024 sweeping See ECLIPSE, A3 (Photo by JUDD WILSON) The top fundraising team in this year?s Pend Oreille Valley Relay for Life led off the team lap at Newport High School Aug. 11. NEWPORT ? MOPS, an international organization for Mothers of Preschool Children, is starting for the Newport area! All moms of children from pregnancy through age 5 are welcome. Our kick-off event is a Mommy Shower in the Park, Monday afternoon, September 11th at 4:30 pm at Newport City Park. All area moms of preschoolers and infants are welcome to join us for fun, eats, gifts, WWW.PRIESTRIVERTIMES.COM

OT expects new revenue

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer OLDTOWN ? The monthly meeting of the Oldtown urban renewal agency was brief, but concerned the novelty of revenues for new construction. According to city clerk Alicia Ehrmantrout, the city is not used to getting money for new construction, and the county has been hesitant to give firm numbers about funds the city can expect to receive from the spate of new construction in the small stateline city. The city agency received just under $6,000 in 2015-16 but stands to receive $23,000 in 2017-18, said Ehrmantrout. This year?s numbers have still not been finalized because the auditor?s work is not done, but revenues hover around $22,000, she said. The city will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Aug. 16 at

P&Z mulls permit change

By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor See REVENUE, A3 COOLIN ? A sharply contested conditional use permit for a boat storage business at Priest Lake is going back before the Bonner County Planning & Zoning Commission. The commission is meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17, to consider a modification to landowner Bruce French?s permit for Coolin Marine. The hearing is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. at the Bonner County Administration Building at the corner of U.S. Highway 2 and Division Avenue in Sandpoint. The permit amendment would allow French to use a parcel for access to the business. The modification would also prohibit French from using Highland Drive for access to the business, according to the permit application. The conditional use permit is being sought in conjunction with a pending zone change that would recast 1.4 acres from suburban to rural service center. Coolin Marine and the permit and zone change requests have been a source of struggle dating back to the summer of 2016, when French cleared trees from the lot currently proposed for road access and began storing boat trailers before securing permit approval. Neighbors strongly objected See PERMIT, A3

MOPS starting on Sept. 18

prizes, and information. Bring the kids. Meetings will be held at Pine Ridge Community Church, 1428 West 1st Street, Newport, WA, every 1st and 3rd Monday morning at 9 am, beginning September 18th. Childcare available. At MOPS, we celebrate motherhood, building circles of women who become like family, because raising humans is beautiful and hard, See MOPS, A3


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