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Noah Thayer teaches lifestyle at Club Energy: ?You can?t guarantee how long your life is going to be, but it enhances your life while you have it.? VOL. 202 NO. 88 FRONT STREET

Oktoberfest set for Oct. 7

PRIEST RIVER ? Reserve your Oktoberfest booth now! The annual celebration takes place from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 7 in downtown Priest River. Activities will include a climbing wall, live entertainment, pumpkin contest, craft and food vendors, and a scarecrow contest. For more information contact the Priest River Chamber of Commerce at 208-448-2721.

Admin panel meets Sept. 7

PRIEST RIVER ? The city administrative commitee will meet Thursday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. to consider municipal code enforcement and penalty issues, city staff gym memberships, and grant proposals. For more information, call 208-448-2123.

Green wins mower race

OLDTOWN ? The Oldtown Lawnmower Drag Races took place Aug. 19 here, as part of the Big Back-In series and sponsored by the Newport/Priest River Rotary Club. In the stock category, first place went to Curt Green, second place to Jim Cramer, and third place to Becky Dana. Kevin Boeldt won first place in the modified lawnmower category, while Frank Knapp won second and Joe Hurst claimed third place. Super modified first place honors went to Hollywood George Zick, with Mike Boles in second place and Jim Toffle in third. In the unlimited OMG category, Jason Borrer won first place and Randy Poirier won second place. Curt Green also won Best of Show, Jason Borrer won the Farthest Away award, Joe Hurst won Oldest Driver, Ryen Chapman won Hard Luck, David Bradbury won the Mayor?s Choice award, and Matt Higgley won Youngest Driver.

Advocacy training set

NEWPORT ? The Family Crisis Network has planned a free certification course for victim advocates Sept. 28-Oct. 7. Topics will include active listening, boundaries, complex traumas, and more. The free, 32-hour long training course will include free food and beverages and will take place at the Family Crisis Network conference room located at 730 W. 1st St. in Newport. Sessions will last from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 28-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30, 5-9 p.m. Oct 5-6, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Register before Sept. 15 to attend. For more information, call 509- 447-2274. By CAROLINE LOBSINGER Hagadone News Network SANDPOINT ? Every time Jim Wood ventures into the Pack River drainage, he?s taken back 50 years to the Sundance Fire. A young cat operator at the time, he was contracted by the U.S. Forest Service and sent to the Sundance area to help build a fire line. Wood only got a few miles up, just behind a few cats further up the ridge, when a Forest Service rig pulled up and told him the fire had crested the ridge and to get the heck out. He drove down, back to the Hellroaring Creek area, and turned around to look at the mountain. ?I looked up that ridge and the fire was on that ridge,? Wood told the crowd gathered near the Pack River Bridge, near where the Sundance made its 2,000-acre, overnight run 50 years ago. ?It was pretty much like you were looking at the sun right now to see where the actual flames were. That fire was at least 1,000 feet in the air and the sound, the racket, the roar was the loudest you ever heard, it was like 100 jets.? By the time was fire was out, the Sundance Fire burned nearly 56,000 acres in August and September of 1967. The lightning-caused fire ignited near the Sundance Mountain Lookout tower overlooking Priest Lake. Strong winds on Sept. 1 created a firestorm that blew the fire across the Selkirk Divide and into the Pack River drainage. In a matter of eight hours the fire consumed a swath of timber eight miles wide and 16 miles in length. Saturday?s commemoration was the third event ? the first two were in Priest Lake and Bonners Ferry ? held to remember the fire


Recalling Sundance

(Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Mick Schanilec of the Idaho Department of Lands talks about the Sundance and Trapper Creek fires during a commemoration of the fire?s 50th anniversary on Saturday in the Pack River drainage. The ceremony was held near the heart of where the fire took place.

Devastating fire still offers lessons

(Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) An individual looks over a map and old photos of the Sundance Fire on Saturday during a 50th anniversary commemoration of the massive fire. The fire burned more than 56,000 acres in August and September of 1967. and its impact and pay tribute to the two firefighters, Lee Collins and Luther Rodarte, who were killed near McCormick Creek when they were overrun by the fire. A plaque will be placed at the site it?s believed the two lost their lives and an interpretive sign will be placed closer to the trailhead to honor Rodarte, a dozer boss, and Collins, a dozer operator. ?Sundance Fire and the Trapper Peak Fire will forever be remembered as some of the most significant natural disasters in the history of Idaho,? Tom Schultz, director of the Idaho Department of Lands in Boise told the more than 100 people gathered deep in the Pack River drainage. ?I want to extend my condolences to the family members and friends of Luther Rodarte and Lee Collins. Regardless of the passage of time, I?m sure the pain of losing those folks is still felt strongly. We saw those WWW.PRIESTRIVERTIMES.COM

Mary?s celebrates 18 years, thanks to customers

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer OLDTOWN ? It?s funny what you can learn from everyday folks. After parting ways with a feed store she had worked at for nine years in the late 1990?s, former customers called Mary O?Neill at home and told her she should start her own feed store. They even helped her find a building in which to set up shop, she said. After getting loans and finding suppliers, O?Neill opened up Mary?s Feed and Farm on Sept. 1, 1999 at 201 S. Washington St. in Newport. Employee Donna Bailey was with her on day one and has remained by her side ever since. After six years there in 2005, Mary?s had outgrown the place. O?Neill came across her current location on a property search and thought, ?That sure would be nice.? Lo and behold, O?Neill was able to work out a deal to purchase the 1940?s-era property. She re-roofed it in 2010 and remodeled the front entrance. See THANKS, A3 See FIRE, A3

Air quality alert issued

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? Athletic events at Priest River Lamanna High School have been postponed due to hazardous air quality conditions, said PRLHS Athletic Director Matt George Sept. 5. ?Due to air quality alert in effect until 6:30 tomorrow morning, we will be postponing tonight?s soccer games here in Priest River,? wrote George Sept. 5. The Spartan boys and girls soccer teams had been scheduled to host the visiting Timberlake Tigers at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 5. George said he would notify the public when new dates are scheduled for the postponed matches. According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, air pollution condi- (Photo courtesy JAIMEE JOHNSON) Samantha Mason and Jaimee Johnson, pictured, and their colleagues at Columbia Bank in Priest River, received and distributed nearly 2,000 items to local students in the bank?s inaugural ?Stuff the Backpack? school supply drive.

Locals give to students

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer See AIR, A3 PRIEST RIVER ? Customers, employees, and school supporters donated nearly 2,000 backto-school supplies at Columbia Bank here recently. According to Columbia Bank employee Jaimee Johnson, during its ?Stuff the Backpack? school supply drive Columbia Bank collected 687 pencils, 124 glue sticks, 108 two-pocket folders, 107 erasers, 102 pens, 90 notebooks, 67 boxes of crayons, 50 highlighters, 47 pairs of scissors, 45 packs of filler paper, 41 bottles of glue, 38 packs of markers, See SUPPLIES, A3 (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Mary?s Feed and Farm celebrated 18 years of business Sept. 1. Pictured, l to r, Jeremy Tucker, Donna Bailey, Mary O?Neill, Jeff Mason, Joe Del Ducco.


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