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?River? presentation

PRIEST RIVER ? Author and teacher Kathy Deinhardt Hill will present the history of those who died along the ?River of No Return? at the Priest River library Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. For more information, call 208-448-1087, 208-448-2342 or rajbooth@hughes. net.

Roxy screens doc sequel

NEWPORT ? The Roxy Theater is having a special showing of an Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $8.50 and $6.50 for seniors, ages 11 and under, and military personnel. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or on line at thenewportroxy.com.

Work briefly closes library

PRIEST LAKE ? The Priest Lake Library will be closed for upgrades Friday, Oct. 13 and possibly also Saturday, Oct. 14. The public will not be able to access the library during these times due to safety concerns. For more information, go to priestlake.lili.org.

IDFG hosts fish talk

BLANCHARD ? Beth Paragamian of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host a free, all-ages presentation on fish Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Blanchard Community Center.

BPA plans power outage

PRIEST LAKE ? Bonneville Power Administration has scheduled a 10-hour power outage affecting Northern Lights, Inc. members north of Priest River beginning Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. and ending Sunday, Oct. 15 at 7 a.m. BPA has requested this outage in order to perform maintenance. NLI had BPA schedule this outage during late night and early morning hours to minimize the impact to its members. The BPA outage affects all NLI members north of Priest River including Blue Lake, Coolin, Eastside, Westside, Bear Paw, Lamb Creek and Nordman.

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OCTOBER 11, 2017


Teen found with weapon at game

By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor NEWPORT ? An 18-year-old was arrested at Newport High School?s homecoming football game for bringing a dangerous weapon onto school grounds on Friday. Pend Oreille County Sheriff Alan Botzheim said an off-duty deputy in plainclothes was approached by school staff who said a young male subject at the game had a handgun concealed (Photo by JUDD WILSON) A room full of concerned residents packed into The Boat Launch at Diamond Lake to ask county commissioners about a proposed smelter Oct. 5. By JUDD WILSON Staff writer DIAMOND LAKE ? In a heated meeting here Oct. 5, Pend Oreille County Commissioners heard from a room full of angry residents concerned about the negative impacts that HiTest?s proposed smelter might have on Newport and the surrounding regions. After considering other sites for many months, HiTest announced last week that it had purchased the 192- acre Pend Oreille Public Utility District property to the south of Newport. Commissioner Steve Kiss explained that the property had been purchased decades ago to house a gas-powered turbine that never materialized. PUD put up the property for bid as surplus recently and garnered no bids. ?This was an opportunity to sell it,? Kiss said. The timing of the company?s announcement, plus accusations of incompetence on the part of the commissioners, made for a charged, standing room-only environment. Local resident and anti-smelter activist Betty Berkhousen stirred up the crowd as they waited for county officials to arrive at The Boat Launch Restaurant here, which was full before the meeting even started. Berkhousen said she used to be an oil field industry worker, and had been vetting HiTest?s claims in her conversations with government and nonprofit agencies. She said that 50 of the company?s proposed 150 jobs had already been spoken for by out-of-state workers, and that the environmental damage caused in his waistband. The off-duty deputy, Travis Stigall, alerted dispatch and multiple deputies responded. School District Superintendent Dave Smith pointed out the suspect and he was detained without incident. Jonathan D.J. Hodge, an 18-year-old Pend Oreille County resident, was ultimately arrested. The weapon turned out to be an Airsoft pistol which realistically replicated a 1911

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.45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Airsoft guns shoot non-lethal plastic or biodegradable pellets and are used in team competitions similar to paintball sports. Although Airsoft weapons are not lethal, they closely mimic deadly weapons they imitate. Moreover, they are illegal to possess on school grounds, according to the Revised Code of Washington. Hodge was charged with See WEAPON, A3

Residents, board clash over smelter

(Photo by JUDD WILSON) Pend Oreille County Commissioner Karen Skoog answered questions from residents at a county commissioner meeting Oct. 5. by the proposed smelter would have negative effects as severe as those depicted in the film ?Gasland,? which featured a scene of tap water lighting on fire from natural gas allegedly released by fracking. However, after the film?s release Colorado regulators and local residents pointed out that that exact tap water faucet had been found to be unrelated to fracking. County commission chairperson Karen Skoog quietly tried to rein in the meeting from Berkhousen after letting her speak for some time past the appointed meeting time. Tensions had already been raised so much See SMELTER, A3 (Photo courtesy PEND OREILLE COUNTY SHERIFF?S OFFICE) Deputies confiscated this Airsoft pistol during Friday night?s homecoming game at Newport High School. The non-lethal pistol closely resembles a 1911 .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Locals stand for anthem

By JUDD WILSON Staff writer PRIEST RIVER ? While conflict swirls nationwide over professional athletes refusing to honor the national flag and anthem, student-athletes here have had no such qualms, said Priest River Lamanna High School Principal Joseph Kren Oct. 3. ?Spartan Pride is alive and well and we work diligently to help our students understand what it means to be a citizen of this great nation of ours,? said Kren. Since kickoff weekend Sept. 10, professional athletes in the National Football League have demonstrated against the national flag and national anthem each week this season by kneeling, sitting, remaining in the locker room, holding their fists aloft By KEITH KINNAIRD Editor SANDPOINT ? A Washington state man ordered to serve up to 15 years in prison for a near-fatal stabbing in Laclede pleaded for leniency on Tuesday, according to 1st District Court records. Counsel for Shawn Montgomery Harp argued in court documents that character references, a medical condition and the fact that he had a job lined up did not appear to factor into his sentencing hearing. Harp See ANTHEM, A3

Harp seeks leniency

Judge Barbara Buchanan ordered Harp to serve a 10- to 15-year sentence in August. Harp was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Easter Sunday stabbing, but pleaded to a reduced charge of aggravated battery. Harp?s former attorney, Chief Public Defender Janet Whitney recommended a two- to seven-year term or retained jurisdiction, which could have seen Harp released onto probation after serving up to a year in prison. Buchanan, however, See LENIENCY, A3

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