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School board meets tonight

PRIEST RIVER ? On Wednesday, Sept. 27 the West Bonner County School District finance committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. followed by a special meeting of the school board at 5:30 p.m. at district administration offices located at 134 Main St. in Priest River. The special meeting will consider Priest River Lamanna High School?s policy for riding on homecoming parade floats. Members of the public are invited to attend and comment, with a two minute maximum for each person who speaks. For more information call 208-448- 4439.

McTeacher night nears

OLDTOWN ? Idaho Hill Elementary School teachers will serve meals at McDonald?s in Newport the evening of Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Idaho Hill.

Oktoberfest is on Oct. 7

PRIEST RIVER ? Oktoberfest is coming fast! This year?s celebration of German culture will take place in Priest River Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1-6 p.m. and includes German food, music, adult games, kids? activities at the Priest River Museum, raffles, craft vendors, and more. For more information contact the Priest River Chamber of Commerce at 208-448- 2721 or go to

Singers sought for concert

NEWPORT ? Northwoods Performing Arts is seeking singers for the Christmas show, ?Come On! It?s Christmas!? Rehearsals will take place at the United Church of Christ in Newport each Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. until the performance dates of Dec. 1-2, 5, 7-9. For more information call 208-448-1294 or go to

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. By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor COOLIN ? A person was fatally wounded Tuesday in an armed confrontation with Bonner County sheriff?s deputies, according to Idaho State Police. State police said deputies were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant on a male

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subject at approximately 9 a.m. The male was armed and exhibited hostile behavior to the deputies, which prompted them to open fire, according to an ISP news release. The subject, who was not identified pending notification of kin, was injured and medical attention was rendered. A ground ambulance was attempting to rendezvous with an air ambulance, but the male died en route, state police said. The shooting is being investigated by the North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force, with Idaho State Police serving as the lead agency. Additional information about the shooting was not immediately available on Tuesday. It?s the second officer-involve shooting this year in Bonner County. Adam Deacon Foster WWW.PRIESTRIVERTIMES.COM

Officer-involved shooting claims life

(Courtesy photo) Ryan Hoppe suffered 19 fractured ribs, 9 fractures in his lumbar, a broken nose, and severe cuts all over his face and right arm in a logging accident Sept. 1.

Fundraiser set for injured logger

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST LAKE ? An injured logger needs your help, and at Millie?s Bar and Grill on Sept. 30 friends and neighbors will have the chance to pitch in for a good cause. Ryan Hoppe was hard at work Sept. 1 when a rogue tree, 50 feet from the tree he had just felled, crashed onto him out of nowhere. His back and right shoulder got pummeled, and the tree smashed him into the ground, driving his face into his turnedoff saw. Hoppe managed to extricate himself from the tree and dialed 911. He was assisted by Jeff Gedeon and first responders from Priest Lake Ambulance, Priest Lake Search and Rescue, Bonner County Ambulance, and

Helping Hoppe

(Courtesy photos) Millie?s will host a $12 per person fundraiser to benefit Ryan Hoppe Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. featuring music by Larry Myer and Bobby Schaefer. more en route via helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. His girlfriend Jennifer Hribek said the accident ?has now changed his life and now impacted him causing severe changes to it. He is truly lucky to be alive.? Millie?s will host a $12

Homecoming float rides could be in jeopardy

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? Students, parents, and board members got into it at the West Bonner County School District board of trustees meeting here Sept. 20. Priest River Lamanna High School Principal Joseph Kren said he decided at the beginning of the school year to disallow most students from riding on homecoming floats due to safety concerns. He said that See FLOATS, A3 See HOPPE, A3 (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Last year?s Priest River Lamanna High School homecoming parade featured dozens of students riding aboard floats and trucks. was wounded after opening fire on deputies Justin Penn and Michael Gagnon outside his Blanchard home on Jan. 18. Penn and Gagnon were both injured by gunfire, as was Foster. Foster is scheduled to stand trial on charges of attempted first-degree murder in January 2018. He remains in custody with bail set at $2 million.

PRJH tackles bullying

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? Junior high students here learned about believing in themselves and in each other Sept. 22. Coeur d?Alene native and Ovation Company educational speaker Geoff McLachlan visited Priest River Junior High School to spend two and a half hours with sixth through eighth grade students in an interactive seminar on acceptance and bullying. His hour-long introductory speech intertwined hilarious stories with heart-warming illustrations about students believing in one another. Four brave volunteers took to the gymnasium floor as McLachlan demonstrated how working hard, and trusting the people around you, can lead to phenomenal results. He asked the four to sit sideways in chairs, and then lean their heads back onto each other, forming a square. He then had the crowd of junior high stu-

Clarks reach a settlement

By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor See TACKLES, A3 SANDPOINT ? A settlement has been reached in a civil suit brought by the parents of a Priest River teen who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a high school football game in 2011. Counsel for the West Bonner County School District advised 1st District Judge Barbara Buchanan on Wednesday that a settlement agreement in the case has been signed, although it has not yet been filed in court. Dismissal paperwork is also signed, although Buchanan told the district?s counsel, Bentley Stromberg, it wouldn?t be entered into the record until the terms of the settlement are presented, court records show. Robert Clark II and Julie Clark filed suit against the district and other defendants in 2013 on behalf of their son, Robert ?Bobby? Norman Clark III, who was injured during a Priest River Lamanna High School football game against Timberlake High School. The younger Clark was a varsity offensive and defensive lineman for the Spartans. Counsel for the student athlete alleged in the suit that Clark was briefly removed from the game after becoming injured, but was sent back See REACH, A3


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