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School board meets tonight

PRIEST RIVER ? The West Bonner County School District board of trustees will hold a board work session Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. to work on continuous improvement planning at district offices at 134 Main St. in Priest River. For more information, call 208-448- 4439.

Library board meet nears

NEWPORT ? The Pend Oreille County Library District Board of Trustees will meet Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. at district headquarters at 109 Union in Newport. The Newport Library will be closed Friday, Aug. 25 for staff training. For more information contact library director Mandy Walters at 800-366-3654 ext. 55 or mwalters@pocld.org.

?Miscast? hits stage Sept. 1

NEWPORT ? The Pend Oreille Players will hold ?A Miscast Concert? Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Concessions including adult beverages open at 6:30 p.m., and the house opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for all ages, and will be available at the door as well as at www.pendoreilleplayers.org.

Teen Advisory board forming

NEWPORT ? The Newport Library invites all students in grades 7-12 to apply for its new Teen Advisory Board. The group will assist library staff in selecting Young Adult literature and developing programs for teens. Applications are available at the library and online at pocld.org. Applications are due by Sept. 8. The board will meet monthly and host a monthly, teen-oriented program at the library. Participation may count towards volunteer hours. For more information, contact library director Mandy Walters at mwalters@ pocld.org or 800-366-3654 ext. 55.

Lego Days on hiatus

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. By JUDD WILSON Staff writer NEWPORT ? The creative juices were flowing, and the wine was too at Corks and Canvas here Aug. 17. Instructor and toastmaster Clare Clark led two dozen students in an evening art project replete with drinks and camaraderie. Painters ranged in age from teens to the golden years, but Clark said her expertise is in helping each painter achieve his or her goal in a relaxing, enjoyable setting. Clark said her 90-year old mother

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Corks & Canvas

(Photo by JUDD WILSON) Mary Beth Murphy, Robin Clemens, and Judy Henshaw painted at Corks and Canvas in Newport Aug. 17.

Newport event features artists for an evening

(Photo by JUDD WILSON) Corks and Canvas instructor Clare Clark led her class at Kelly?s Restaurant in Newport Aug. 17. WWW.PRIESTRIVERTIMES.COM

Prison ordered in Laclede stabbing

By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor SANDPOINT ? A Washington state man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for a stabbing that nearly killed a man on Easter Sunday in Laclede. Shawn Montgomery Harp will have to serve at least seven years of the sentence before he can be considered for parole, according to the terms of the sentence imposed by 1st District Judge Barbara Buchanan. See CANVAS, A3 Harp, a 34-year-old Spokane Valley resident, was charged with attempted murder in connection with the Easter Sunday stabbing in Laclede. Harp was accused of stabbing a professional acquaintance in the chest and back in an unprovoked attack. ?I went from literally sitting down on a deck eating pie and ice cream to a split second later having a knife plunged through my chests into my lung, narrowly missing my heart, and then was quickly stabbed a second time on the back, nearly hitting my spinal cord,? the alleged victim said during Harp?s sentencing hearing. The victim came perilously Harp close to being killed and said the attack has had a profound impact on how he views people and the world. The attack also came at an

West Branch Bible Church is for kids, families

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? West Branch Bible Church is a church that preaches the Word of God and emphasizes children?s ministry, said pastor Brandon Runckel Aug. 14. Runckel said the congregation welcomes kids in the worship services and believes that kids are a blessing. The 25-45 people that worship together weekly includes many kids, and the youth group includes 17 youngsters. ?Loving and blessing the kids who come to our church is a major focus of our congregation. We are genuinely happy to hear the babble of toddlers or the sounds of (Photo courtesy BRANDON RUNCKEL) Congregants at West Branch Bible Church gathered round to hear the Word of God preached during Water Wars earlier this summer. babies in the middle of the service, as kids are an integral part of our congregation,? he said. Sunday morning worship at West Branch Bible Church See CHURCH, A3 exciting, optimistic time in his life in which he was poised to be married and enter into the realm of business ownership. The knife attack took him to a ?hard and dark place? and left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. The victim was in the process of purchasing a Ponderay automotive drive train company and the stabbing occurred at the residence of the business owner who was selling the

Lakes panel meets Friday

SANDPOINT ? The Idaho Lakes Commission will take in a diverse array of presentations when it meets on Friday, Aug. 25. The board?s business meeting begins at 9 a.m. at Columbia Bank. The commission will receive an update on efforts to restore the Clark Fork Delta from Idaho Department of Fish & Game biologist Kathy Cousins. The Rock Creek Alliance and David M. Chambers PhD of the Center for Science in Public Participation will present ?Tailings Dam Failures,? which examines the historical record

Account aids firefighter

PRIEST RIVER ? A fundraising account has been established for a West Pend Oreille Fire District firefighter who was injured in the line of duty last month. Terry Emord suffered a severely broken ankle while fighting a structure fire on Highway 41 in Oldtown on July 11, according to West Pend Oreille Fire Lt. Cathy Coyle. Another firefighter received minor injuries and both were taken to Newport Community

ACS helps patients all year

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer See PRISON, A3 See LAKES, A3 See AIDS, A3 NEWPORT ? Now that the 2017 Relay for Life is in the books, what does the American Cancer Society do? Whitney Jones, community development manager with ACS in Spokane, explained that ACS helps local residents continue the fight against cancer all year long. Jones said the American Cancer Society provides several quick and easy ways for patients and caregivers to get information about cancer. She said ?the National Cancer Information Center remains the quickest way to get the most help! Trained specialists are available 24/7 at 1-800-227-2345, or via live chat at cancer.org.? Be forewarned, See HELPS, A3

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