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Napa donates to schools

PRIEST RIVER ? Local NAPA Auto Parts stores will donate 10 percent of all retail purchases through Sept. 15 to local schools. Priest River Lamanna High School principal Joseph Kren said, ?This is an amazing show of support that we greatly appreciate.?

Blood drive on Sept. 19

PRIEST LAKE ? The Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions Club is sponsoring a Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 1-4:30 p.m. The blood drive will take place at St. Blanche?s Catholic Church, 27832 Hwy 57 (across from the Priest Lake Golf Course). Make your appointment at 1-800- 423-0451 or online at www.inbcsaves. org Use sponsor code: PriestLakeCommunity. Bring your photo ID, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a nutritious meal in the hours leading up to your donation. The Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions thank you.

Scout Night on Sept. 21

PRIEST RIVER ? School Night for Scouting at the Priest River Senior Center is set for Thursday, Sept. 21 The event starts at 6 p.m. Please come and sign up for Cub Scouts (boys in kindergarten through 11 years old) or Boy Scouts (young men 11 to 18, girls 14+ years old) at our School Night for Scouts. Local Cub Scouts attend Day Camp at Mirror Lake, Resident Camp on Diamond Lake, have hikes to the Upper Priest Lake, participate in the great Pinewood Derby plus a lot of other fun activities. Please call Lori Kibbie at 208-304-5383 for more information or if you are interested and can?t make the meeting on the Sept. 21.

?Stuff the Bus? coming

PRIEST RIVER ? The Kaniksu Masons and Order of the Eastern Star are holding a ?Stuff the Bus? food drive this month to support local food banks. To donate, bring nonperishable food items between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to Safeway in Newport Sept. 15-16, or Mitchell?s Harvest Foods in Priest River Sept. 22-23.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017


Martin is running unopposed

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? It?s that time again. Elections draw nigh. Once again, candidates will jockey for position and try to convince citizens why they should receive their support at the polling booth. Fear not though, there won?t be any television blitz of nonstop negative campaigning. This year?s election season is only for city government offices, and the candidates are few. Mayor Jim Martin is up for reelection and has filed his declaration of candidacy, according to city clerk Laurel Thomas. The filing deadline was last Friday. Those who wanted to run but didn?t file in time will not be on the ballot on Nov. 7. No other candidates filed to run for the office of mayor, meaning that the incumbent will be the only mayoral candidate on the By JUDD WILSON Staff writer

No injuries reported after crash


Hard landing

?Photo courtesy MONICA LANESE No injuries were reported after this Cessna C172 crashed after attempting to take off from the state airstrip at Cavanaugh Bay on Sunday. (Photo courtesy MONICA LANESE) Four people walked away from this plane crash at Priest Lake?s Cavanaugh Bay on Sunday.

Council mulls contract, water lines

COOLIN ? No injuries were reported after a plane crashed while lifting off from an airstrip at Cavanaugh Bay on Sunday. The crash occurred at about 2:47 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Cessna C172, which held a pilot and three passengers, flipped over turning takeoff, an FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis & Sharing notice. All four occupants walked away from the crash, according to a news story published by Spokane television station KXLY. The plane?s pilot, who was not identified in the news report, told the station he encountered wind shear, which affected the plane?s airspeed. Wind shear is a change in wind speed and/or direction over a short distance. It can occur either horizontally or vertically and is most often associated with strong temperature inversions or density gradients, according to FAA. Wind shear can occur at high or low altitude. The most common sources of low-altitude wind shear are frontal activity, thunderstorms, temperature inversions and surface obstructions, according to counsel FAA distributes to airmen. Witnesses reported seeing the Cessna struggling to take off. The plane pitched 90 degrees, struck its wing on the pavement, slid across Cavanaugh Bay Road on its nose. The Cessna came to a stop only a few feet away from a propane tank and several buildings. ?The fact that they walked out of there alive was amazing,? Gena Costa, a bartender at a restaurant next to the crash site, told KXLY. The fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft is assigned to Jack B. Hohner of Spokane, according to the FAA N-number registry. The aircraft was manufactured in 1956 and was powered by an air-cooled Continental 0-300 reciprocating engine. The Cessna sustained substantial damage in the crash, FAA?s notice said. The turf airstrip is located about 3 miles See CRASH, A3 PRIEST RIVER ? Exbabylon chief Alex Stanton pitched a comprehensive, customized proposal to the Priest River city council here Sept. 5 in an attempt to keep the city?s information technology business local. Stanton said that though many of Exbabylon?s customers are outside of the area, he prefers to serve local clients. As a result, he said he would waive one-time fees for the entire onboarding process.

Foster pleads not guilty

By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor SANDPOINT ? A Blanchard man accused of gunning down two Bonner County sheriff?s deputies earlier this year pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder on Sept. 5 in 1st District Court. Adam Deacon Foster?s pleas set the stage for Foster

Panel takes up several issues

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer See MULLS, A3 a four-day jury trial, which is slated to start on Jan. 9, 2018, according to court documents. First-degree murder is capital offense under Idaho Code, but a conviction can also result in a lifelong prison term. Prosecutors appended the criminal com- See FOSTER, A3 PRIEST RIVER ? Mayor Jim Martin, city clerk Laurel Thomas, police chief Drew McLain, and city attorneys sat down to discuss code enforcement and assorted issues at an administrative committee meeting Sept. 7. One of the bigger problems with enforcing ordinances about weeds and tall grass, said McLain, is tracking down who actually owns the houses of homes no longer occupied but up for sale. Martin said he would draft a letter regarding the procedure to enforce the code. McLain said it?s important for people to have their address of record properly listed. The warning goes to the home owner, he added, and in the case of a rental unit whose grass is cleared by the city, the fee for the work would go on the property owner?s tax rolls. City attorney Valerie Fenton drafted an ordinance to match up the city penalties to the state, raising the maximum penalty from $300 to $1000. Martin said that would go on the city council?s October agenda. Fenton said the last update had taken place several years ago. Martin said Thomas had begun to work on a new personnel policy, and after some time away due to her wedding, See ISSUES, A3


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