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Priest River Lamanna High School goes high-tech with STEaM Carnival on Nov. 2 B1 VOL. 202 NO. 90 FRONT STREET

DL office closed Sept. 26

PRIEST RIVER ? The Priest River and Sandpoint driver?s license offices will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 26 for day-long training. The Sandpoint office will reopen for business on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and the Priest River Office will re-open on Thursday, Sept. 28. Both the Sandpoint and Priest River Motor Vehicle Offices will be open during this time.

School board meets tonight

PRIEST RIVER ? The West Bonner County School District board of trustees will meet tonight, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at district administrative offices located at 134 Main St. in Priest River. For more information call 208-448-4439.

?Dreamless? at Artisan

PRIEST RIVER ? The Artisan Gallery will show ?Dreamless Decade,? new work by Nathan Noble, Sept. 22-25. A reception with refreshments and live music will take place Sept. 22 from 4-7 p.m. For more information call 208-304-4656 or go to The Artisan Gallery is located at 53 Wisconsin St. in Priest River.

Turkey shoot on Sept. 30

PRIEST LAKE ? The Priest Lake Kaniksu/Coolin Lions Clubs will be holding their annual ?Chuck Sterns Memorial? Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 behind the Nordman Store. The turkey shoot is a club fundraiser for a college scholarship for one of the local students from the Priest Lake area. Come enjoy the day and you could win one of 72 turkeys that will be given away either from the turkey shoot, raffle or kids games. There will also be a bake sale and the great BBQ that Nordman will be offering.

Live & Learn is resuming

PRIEST RIVER ? The Live & Learn program at the Priest River Library returns on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. With cold and flu season approaching, Kim Bristlin will return to discuss natural ways to boost your immune system. Materials will be provided to make and take an inhaler for wellness. Register by calling 208-448-2207.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017


Priest Lake water study update on Friday


Wagner presides at council meet

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? The city council handled a wide range of routine issues at its meeting here Sept. 18. Police chief Drew McLain advised members of the public to lock their hunting firearms and gear inside their homes at night as opposed to leaving them in their cars. He said break-ins are not unheard of when firearms are spotted in parked vehicles overnight. The council voted to amend the budget in order to transfer $31,000 of reserve funds for the street fund, $50,000 in general fund money for the street fund, and $160,000 in water fund reserve funds for By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? Priest River Lamanna High School?s 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program is getting ready to start its year with some new and exciting labs, said program director Cheri Coldwell Sept. 12. ?We?ll be offering tutoring and credit recovery in English and Math as well as tutoring in Science, Spanish, and IDLA. For enrichment labs we are offering Basic Automotive Maintenance, Wilderness Survival Training, 1st Aid/CPR, Hip Hop dance PRIEST LAKE ? A public information meeting and open house is being held Friday on the Priest Lake Water Management Study. The meeting and open house runs from 4-7 p.m. at Priest Lake Elementary School, 27732 Highway 57. A previous news story on this meeting published by The Priest River Times listed an incorrect meeting time due to an erroneous Facebook post. No formal presentation is scheduled, although project representatives and display materials will be on hand. The public will have an opportunity to provide written comments and information on the proposed study alternatives for the project team to consider. The purpose of the study is threefold ? preserving lake levels through the recreation season, maintaining a minimum discharge of 60 cubic feet per second at Outlet Bay Dam during the recreation season and providing sustainable modifications to improve Thorofare access, navigability and water See STUDY, A3

Preparing for the big time

(Photo by JUDD WILSON) Noah Martinez, Troy DeMent, Cameron VanHarpen, Caden Brennan, Ben Zapfe, and other members of Priest River?s junior varsity team hosted their counterparts from the St. Maries Lumberjacks in a friendly contest Sept. 14. the water fund. The council conducted a public hearing to discuss the transfers, but no written or verbal comments were presented by members of the public. The council approved a plan that will bring U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funds to Priest River for wastewater collection improvement. City clerk Laurel Thomas said that she and Mayor Jim Martin, whose seat was filled by council president Doug Wagner at the meeting, had met with USACE representatives beforehand and wanted to lock in the funds. Thomas said Exbabylon technicians would visit the city?s sites Thursday in order to provide a more accurate class, Art, Sewing, YoYo, GEAR Up club, Weight Lifting, and Tactical Arts and Games to name a few.? The program kicks off Sept. 25 and will take place Monday- Thursdays from 2:45-5 p.m. through the last Thursday in May. ?As always, the program is free and available to any student 8-12th grade, public, home, or private schooled,? added Coldwell. She said that this year?s program will offer two bus routes to get students home, to estimate of IT services following Exbabylon?s proposal to the city earlier in the month. The council revisited a request by a property owner earlier this month to replace a water line. Water pressure is very low at the home owner?s property, said public works director Rex Rolicheck. Council member Greg Edwards suggested the city meet with the property owner at his home site before making any decisions. Martin had told the property owner that he would do so at a meeting earlier this month. A Knife River pay request and change request were approved following discus-

Program open to public, home, private schoolers

See PROGRAM, A3 (Photo courtesy SARA K. WILLIAMS) This aerial impages shows sedimentation at the Thorofare. See COUNCIL, A3

Duo jailed for shooting

By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor SANDPOINT ? Two men accused of opening fire on teenagers fishing the Priest River and injuring one of them were ordered held Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bail each. Leo Michael Inwood faces felony counts of discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle and evidence concealment, in addition to a misdemeanor charge of malicious injury to property. Eric Rampton Wood is also charged with discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, in addition to unlawfully possessing a firearm due to a prior felony conviction and misdemeanor malicious injury to property. Inwood, 42, and Inwood Wood Wood, 52, are accused of shooting at two 13-year-olds who were fishing off West Settlement Road on Tuesday. Incoming gunshots struck a Honda scooter they were standing away from, but one of the teens was shot in the right leg when they mounted the moped in order to flee the area, according to court documents. Sheriff?s officials said the injured teen was treated at Newport Community Hospital and released. Wood initially denied involvement in the shooting, but later admitted that he fired a .357 See DUO, A3 (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Students warmed up on the mat for a self-defense class last spring. The class was offered through the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Priest River Lamanna High School.


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