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SPARTAN BOYS WIN BENSON INVITE

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White, Albeni Machine Shop

The Priest River Museum Board of Trustees would like to thank Larry White for taking good care of the museum lawn this summer, and Albeni Machine Shop for crafting and donating a handrail for the bathroom. Much appreciated. FRONT STREET

DL Office Closed Oct. 10

PRIEST RIVER ? The Priest River driver licensing office will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 10 for equipment maintenance.

Homecoming schedule

PRIEST RIVER ? The Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans are celebrating homecoming this week with the following activities. All activities listed will take place at PRLHS. Wednesday, Oct. 4 Meme dress up day 6 p.m. Powder Puff football games Thursday, Oct. 5 Spirit Day (orange and black dress up day) 12 p.m. Homecoming assembly 1:30 p.m. Homecoming parade 7 p.m. Volleyball senior night vs. Bonners Ferry Friday, Oct. 6 7 p.m. Football senior night and homecoming game vs. Bonners Ferry 8 p.m. Homecoming dance

Free food on Oct. 12

NEWPORT ? Second Harvest Food Bank and Thrivent Financial are sponsoring a free food distribution at American Lutheran Church in Newport on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please bring a box for your food. No documentation or appointment needed. The event will take place, rain or shine. ALC is located at 332801 S.R. Highway 2, Newport, Wash. For more information, contact Nicole Smoot at (509) 671-1432.

PRE bake sale Oct. 15

PRIEST RIVER ? A bake sale to benefit Priest River Elementary School employee Sharon Reed will take place at Mitchell?s Harvest Foods Sunday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reed had surgery a month ago and has been commuting to Seattle for follow-up visits with the doctor. By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor PRIEST RIVER ? A Coolin man who was shot and killed by Bonner County sheriff?s deputies on Sept. 26 was fired upon after pointing a handgun at them, Idaho State Police said on Friday. State police said in a news release that Craig Albert Johnson was negotiating with

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law officers over the phone and via a police vehicle?s public address system when he emerged from the home with a loaded pistol and pointed it at them, prompting deputies to respond with deadly force. Johnson, 50, immediately received first aid because an ambulance had been staged nearby as a precaution and arrived within a few minutes, ISP said. Johnson succumbed to his injuries while being driven in the ambulance to a landing zone for a Life Flight air ambulance, state police said. State police also on Friday identified the deputy who shot Johnson as Shawn Deem, who has been with the sheriff?s office for eight and a half years. Deem was not the deputy who conducted the welfare check, according to Bonner Dispatch records. WWW.PRIESTRIVERTIMES.COM

ISP: Coolin man pointed gun at deputies

Running strong

Sharnai Hogan and Annika Rantala led the Spartan girls to a fourth-place finish at the William Johnson Invitational at Sandpoint Sept. 30. (Photo by ERIC PLUMMER)

Cities seek a few good candidates

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer OLDTOWN ? This year?s city elections here will be notable for how few candidates are running. With the exception of the Newport mayoral race, which pits incumbent mayor Shirley Sands against council member Kenneth Smith, no incumbents face challengers and a few seats may go unfilled. In Oldtown, council members Bobby Jones and Anna Burns filed for reelection but attracted no challengers by the filing deadline, said city clerk Alicia Ehrmantrout Sept. 21. Mayor Lonnie Orr and council members Gene Scott and Susan Jones have terms that expire in 2020. The West Bonner Water and Sewer District has one position up for election this fall, but Jan Edgar did not file for reelection, said Ehrmantrout. Orr?s term as chairman expires in 2021, while the terms of board members Carl Kloepfer, Bob Sedlacek, and Randy Edgar will expire in 2019. In Newport, council member Nancy Hawks-

Hearings set in angler shooting case

By KEITH KINNAIRD News editor SANDPOINT ? Preliminary hearings are pending for two men accused of opening fire on teen anglers fishing the Priest River earlier this month. Eric Rampton Wood is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle and misdemeanor malicious injury to property. Leo Michael Inwood is charged with destruction of evidence, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle and malicious injury to property. The collection of charges result from a Sept. 13 incident off West Settlement Road. Bonner County sheriff?s officials said two 13-year-olds were fly fishing the river when gunshots were fired in Inwood See CITIES, A3 Wood See CASE, A3 Deem and other deputies who were involved on Tuesday?s incident have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the North Idaho Critical Incident Task Force, which is a standard protocol for officer-involved shootings. State police said Johnson?s wife, Robin, asked the sher-

Board OKs float riding

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? Members of the West Bonner County School District board of trustees voted unanimously Sept. 27 to allow Priest River Lamanna High School students to ride on homecoming floats during this year?s homecoming parade. A dozen students and several parents showed up at the special meeting to air their views of the policy PRLHS Principal Joseph Kren established this fall which restricts the number of students riding on homecoming floats. In recent years, students could ride on them at will as the homecoming parade wound its way through Priest River. This year, however, Kren had said he would restrict float rides to members of the homecoming court, band, and athletics teams out of concerns for student safe-

City declines fine waiver

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer See SHOOTING, A3 See FLOATS, A3 PRIEST RIVER ? Council members here considered a written request Oct. 2 from a resident asking that a $50 infraction penalty be waived. The infraction fine was issued for not buying a dog tag. Mayor Jim Martin said the dog tag has since been purchased. Police chief Drew McLain said the police department?s goal is compliance, and the resident has now complied. After reviewing the request, council member Greg Edwards said he viewed it much the same as a speeding ticket. Saying you won?t speed again doesn?t mean you get out of the ticket, he said. He also noted the time that the city had put into the infraction. Council member Gary Stewart said he had incurred the same infraction and paid it. Edwards moved to deny the request, which Stewart seconded. The council voted unanimously to deny the request. Martin said the resident would have until Oct. 16 to pay the $50. Martin and council members also discussed a proposed wellness program benefit for city employees. City attorney Katie Elsaesser said in the September administrative committee meeting the committee agreed that a six-month trial run would be a good start, with a review to take place in April 2018. Employees would contribute $10 per month for their gym memberships at See WAIVER, A3

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