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Volume 108, Number 48 | 2 Sections, 16 Pages

Merrill looks back at a tough economic year BY DON GRONNING OF THE MINER

NEWPORT – Laura Merrill is Pend Oreille County’s longest serving member on the county commission, in her second term. When she was first elected in 2006, she was the first woman elected to serve on the county commission. Her fellow commissioners recently elected chairwoman of the board, a position she has held before. She and her family moved to Pend Oreille County from Colorado in 1998. Merrill said she wasn’t much interested in politics before she ran for a seat on the Newport City Council. Music and religion were her main interests. She made a recording of religious songs called “Run the Race.” “I was going to be the next Amy Grant,” she jokes. “Then I had kids.” After serving on the city council, Merrill decided she wanted to run for commissioner. If she wasn’t interested in politics before, she is now. And she says it is a little like raising kids. “There’s no job description,” she said.

Merrill agreed to an interview with The Miner last week. She provided some insight into how the county works, especially regarding money. For instance, she said the Pend Oreille County Commissioners did not find out until the last minute that they wouldn’t have as much money left in each of the county departments at the end of the year as they previously thought. The various county departments typically have money left over at the end of the year, which they carry over into the next year. The county has counted on the carryover to balance the budget. This year they didn’t have as much as usual. That led to the county taking $500,000 in property taxing power from the road fund instead of the $300,000 or less they planned, according to Merrill. “I was shocked,” Merrill said in an interview with The Miner last week. “I don’t understand how we can work on projections all year and in the last week, it changes. It is one of the processes we will be looking at next year.” SEE MERRILL, 8A


Laura Merrill was elected chairwoman of the Pend Oreille County Board of Commissioners for 2012.

Editor’s Note: With the New Year here, The Miner staff spent some time this week reviewing events in our area this past year. Following is a sampling of stories from our newspapers over the past 12 months, to recount those events that shaped the year.

January Redbird Lewis SiJohn is the winner of The Miner’s New Year’s Baby Contest. He was the first baby of the year, born to Kayleen Sherwood of Usk Sunday, Jan. 2, at 10:05 a.m. at Newport Hospital and Health Services. Phil Gordon and his wife, Barb Smith, have lived in Pend Oreille County a couple years but became involved in a variety of projects in 2011. Smith was elected president of the Greater Newport Area


A flock of Bohemian waxwings were the highlight of the day for those county birds on Pend Oreille County’s Christmas bird count.

Fog settles over annual bird count NEWPORT – Birders in Pend Oreille County held their annual Christmas Bird County Saturday, Dec. 17. While they had a good turnout, with 12 people in cars and 10 people watching feeders or counting in their neighborhoods, fog over the Pend Oreille River most likely affected numbers there. A total of 55 species were spotted, with uncommon birds including a krestrel, two killdeer and one marsh wren. A blue jay, whose picture had recently appeared in The Miner, also appeared that day. Other birds in the county that week were a Merlin spotted in Newport, and a Barrel owl. Once

again, an extremely low count of pine siskins was at three and no red crossbills or evening grosbeaks were spotted. A full list of birds is as follows: Great Blue Heron 1 Canada Goose 469 Tundra Swan 17 Gadwall 20 American Wigeon 12 Mallard 222 Redhead 36 Ring-necked Duck 3 Lesser Scaup 14 Bufflehead 84 C. Goldeneye 191 Hooded Merganser 2 C. Merganse r8 Red-tailed Hawk 6 Bald Eagle 11

American Kestre l1 Calif. Quail 58 R.N. Pheasant 3 Ruffed Grouse 5 Killdeer 2 Wild Turkey 140 Rock Dove 13 Mourning Dove 12 G. Horned Owl 2 Belted Kingfisher 2 Downy Woodpecker 10 Hairy Woodpecker 8 Northern Flicker 15 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Steller’s Jay 4 Blue Jay 1 Gray Jay 1 American Magpie 14 American Crow 205 Common Raven 103

B.C. Chickadee 256 Mountain Chickadee 39 Chestnut-backed Chickadee 32 Red-breasted Nuthatch 62 Pygmy Nuthatch 1 Brown Creeper 2 Winter Wren 3 Marsh Wren 1 American Dipper 3 Golden-crowned Kinglet 32 European Starling 108 Bohemian Waxwing 258 Song Sparrow 19 Dark-eyed Junco 17 Pine Grosbeak 2 House Finch 31 Common Redpoll 32 Pine Siskin 3 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 5

2011: A Look Back

Chamber of Commerce. Smith said she and her husband wanted to make a financial contribution to benefit the movement toward sustainable community revitalization and development. They decided the chamber was the best avenue to do so, and have granted $25,000 to hire an executive director.

February The benefit Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament Saturday, Feb. 5 raised $3,995 for the Pend Oreille County Centennial Committee, with 74 players anteing up $100 each to play. Half the money went to the centennial committee and the other half went into the tournament pot, with eight players winning money. This was one of

many events during the year celebrating the county centennial.

Voters approved the Newport School District’s maintenance and operations levy during the election that concluded Feb. 8. The levy received a little more than 60 percent voter approval. The district will start to see money from the levy in the middle of 2012, district business manager Tom Crouch said. Newport school board president Lynn Kaney was happy with the election results. He knows from experience that elections are far from a sure thing. The levy needed a simple majority to pass but received 60 percent, up from the 53 percent received by the previous M&O that was passed in 2008.

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SANDPOINT – The owners of property located 20 miles south of Oldtown are seeking preliminary plat approval from the Bonner County Planning Department. John and Barbara Moehrle are seeking to subdivide 20 acres into two lots of 5.11 acres and 14.9 acres. The site is zoned Rural-5 and is located about 20 miles south of Oldtown, north of Highway 41, off St. Germaine Road in Section 30, Township 54 North, Range 4 West, B.M. Bonner County revised code allows this application to be considered administratively, allowing time for agency and public comment.

March On March 1, unionized Ponderay Newsprint workers walked out of the mill on strike. The paper mill – normally a 24-hour operation – was shut down. Members of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW) Local 422, ere protesting what they see as unfair labor practices, fed up with negotiations over their first labor contract. Ponderay human resources manager Grace Peña said the company was disappointed the Union decided to take unilateral action and that there continues to be a process in place for dialogue and negotiations. She is the company

Newport reappoints planning, adjustment commissioners NEWPORT – Members of the Newport city board of adjustment and planning commission were reappointed to their seats at the council’s regular

I see you Anna Whittekiend, 2, jokes with the photographer Thursday, May 5, at the Newport ball field. She and her family were there for the Little League game between Newport and Selkirk.

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The public can comment on this application with written comments sent to the planning department by 5 p.m. Jan. 30. Comments can be sent to Bonner County Planning Department, 1500 Highway 2, Suite 208, Sandpoint ID 83864; faxed to 208-265-1463; or e-mailed to planning@ Additional information is available at the planning department.



meeting Monday, Dec. 19. Robert Konkright was reappointed to position No. 1 on the board of adjustments, with his term to expire Jan. 2, 2016, and Kerry Allemand was reappointed to position No. 3, to expire the same time. Randy Parker was reappointed to position No. 7 of the planning commission and Ray Springsteen was reappointed to position No. 8. Both terms expire Jan. 2, 2018.

Snow sports about at Priest Lake PRIEST LAKE – The 42nd annual Snowshoe Softball Tournament will start at Priest Lake Jan.

14-15. The event is held at the intersection of Highway 57 and Luby Bay Road. The tournament continues Jan. 21-22. The following weekend, Jan. 28-29, the U.S. Pacific Coast Championship Sled Dog Races will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Airstrip. On Feb. 4, the George Hill snowshoe volleyball tournament is at Hill’s Resort. Call 2008-4432551 for details. The snowshoe softball tournament finals are Feb. 4-5. March 3 is Winterfest at Hill’s Resort, including co-ed snowshoe softball.



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representative in union negotiation sessions so far. Peña declined to comment on the complaints before the NLRB. She said each party is pretty strong on its positions. “We’re going to let the legal process weigh in on that,” she said. “Sometimes it just takes a legal ruling to set the record straight.” Workers returned to work without condition after striking five days.

It was lunch time and a steady stream of people came to the county courthouse to conduct business on Friday, April 1. But they were met by closed doors, as most county offices were closed for the fourth county furlough day of 2011. “It’s an inconvenience,” said Michelle Backer of Newport, who had come to the courthouse to renew the license tabs for her car. The furlough days are unpaid days off for some, but not all, county workers. If the workers were represented by a union, the furlough days were negotiated. The furlough days were an alternative to layoffs to meet the county’s budget hole. Of the 170 county employees, 60 take furlough days, said Jill Shacklett, who handles payroll for the county. Among the employees not taking the furlough days and the resulting loss of pay are the elected officials, counseling employees, sheriff, corrections employees and dispatchers. The county’s road department has agreed in principal to take furlough days, although they have yet to take one. So far this year, the furlough days have saved the county about $48,000 in wages and another $5,000 in associated payroll taxes, like federal withholding taxes and Labor and Industry payments.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission decided to close 40-acre Crawford State Park and Gardner Caves 11 miles north of Metaline, along with five other parks statewide, due to budget cuts. Park guides give about 6,000 tours of Gardner Cave – the state’s second-largest limestone cave – in a typical season, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Longtime Newport engineer James Sewell passed away March 3. He was 94. Sewell joined his father, Harold, in his civil engineering business in 1945. He was the Pend Oreille Public Utility District engineer for many years, the local engineer of Box Canyon Dam, and many other projects. Joe Olmstead, who became partners with Sewell in his engineering firm in 1980, said most of Sewell’s relationships were based on integrity. He was always in favor of public power and worked on the ground with the power co-ops to get electricity to many of the outlying areas of the county. “That made a tremendous difference to the people of Pend Oreille County,” Olmstead said.

A community needs to focus on activities, not location, to attract tourists. That was one of the messages destination marketing expert Roger Brooks told a crowd of about 90 people at the Roxy Theater Thursday night, April 14. Using video clips and slides, Brooks spoke for more than three hours on the topic of how to brand a community. “You need to quit marketing geography,” he said. “You need to market why to go somewhere.” And what you do once you get there is the why, he said, whether it is hunting, or wine tasting or going to the hot springs. Activities and visiting relatives are the main reasons people travel, he said. Brooks, who was paid $5,000 by the EDC to talk about branding, is unabashedly pro tourism. He was also paid $5,000 last fall by the EDC to speak at the Camas Center. Brooks said tourism is a driver of economic development. The days of finding manufacturing businesses

A landlord-tenant dispute led to an assault that resulted in a Pend Oreille County sheriff deputy using a taser on a 67-year-old man Thursday, March 24. Eshyl Lee Hall was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Deaconess Hospital after being struck in the face and chest by a taser fired at close range. He died a week later.

April Newport landmark Audrey’s Restaurant opened April 16, nearly two and a half years after it burned down. Larry Bennett, who owns the restaurant with his wife Cindy, said about half the 14 employees are coming back to work at Audrey’s and it will have a new management team. The restaurant first opened in 1964 by Audrey and Fred True

a crowd of about 200 gathered in Newport.


Ice diving Divers from the U.S. Coast Guard were taking a coldwater ice diving course at Diamond Lake Monday, Feb. 14. Sixteen Coast Guard divers from around the country came to train, the first time the Coast Guard used a Washington location for such diving. Although the ice was 11 inches thick, the water 30 feet down was about 40 degrees, a little warmer than they would have liked. The divers were practicing for underwater work on icebreakers in the Arctic and Antarctic, Chief Warrant Officer Ken Anderson said. The divers would do repair work, as well as look for explosive devices. The Coast Guard arrived Sunday and will stay until Thursday, Feb. 17. They picked Diamond Lake because rescue crews practice coldwater rescue there, Anderson said.

are over, he said. People first come to an area as tourists. Then they decide if they want to stay and possibly open a business. “Tourism is the front door to other economic activities,” Brooks said.

May It took a community effort, but Gardner Cave in north Pend Oreille County was saved from closure this season. Pend Oreille County entities have pooled $19,000 that will go to Washington State Parks to keep the cave and Crawford State Park open for one season, May 15 through Sept. 15. “This is important enough to us all in order to do it with hard dollars,” said Lonnie Johnson, chairman of the Pend Oreille Economic Development Council (EDC). The EDC committed up to $6,000 toward keeping the park open. The county’s Hotel-Motel Tax Advisory Board has committed $5,000, and the parks and recreation board has agreed to give up to $8,000. “I think it sends a message to parks that, ‘Hey, this is important to us,’” Johnson said. On the same day of the month he started 23 years ago, Paul Machtolf retired from the Ponderay Newsprint Co. His last day as vice president and resident manager was Tuesday, May 31. That was the day in 1988 he started working at Usk at a construction site that would become a $300 million dollar state-of-the-art newsprint mill.


Dave Gruver cuts hay at his Coyote Trail Road land that he will use to feed his own livestock. Gruver said he got a great crop this year.

Elected Pend Oreille County officials turned out in top hats and suits, full dresses and wide brimmed hats for the county’s centennial celebration Wednesday, June 1. Secretary of State Sam Reed recounted the 1911 Legislature’s effort to form Pend Oreille County. He was the keynote speaker for the daytime celebration on the courthouse lawn. Standing before the courthouse adorned with flags, a host of local leaders and dignitaries addressed



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Superior Court Judge Allen Nielsen ruled in favor of those protesting the formation of the Sacheen Lake Sewer and Water District’s local improvement district and sent the issue back to the district to refigure the boundaries. The ruling was made after both sides presented arguments in a Pend Oreille County Superior Court hearing Wednesday, May 25. Nielsen said that there had been an abuse of discretion on the part of district commissioners by including highways and other property in the district that wouldn’t be assessed to pay for the multi-million dollar sewer system. The three elected Sacheen Lake Water and Sewer District commissioners formed the LID by resolution last fall with the goal of building a sewer system. Property owners within the LID would be assessed $21,580 for a developed lot and $14,100 for an undeveloped lot to finance the $9.45 million system.


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He was among the first 13 people hired; many of them have already left or retired. After 17 years as technical services manager, he became vice president and resident mill manager six years ago. Derrick Lindgren will become general manager as of June 1. Lindgren joined AbitibiBowater in 1985, and has served as general manager at three of the company’s operations in Canada prior to accepting the position at Ponderay. His most recent position was as general manager at the Fort Francis, Ontario, paper mill.

About 20 to 30 people stood on the courthouse lawn on a sunny Friday afternoon, May 27, with great expectations to view the opening of the time capsule that had been stored inside the cornerstone of the courthouse since 1915. The box contained a number of old pictures and newspapers. Auditor Marianne Nichols said her favorite find was a note written in pencil saying “Placed Aug. 20, 1915, weather was good, good luck to you.”


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For more than 40 years, if Newport High School athletics came up in a conversation, there is a good chance Jim Murphy’s name was also in it. Murphy, a 1974 graduate of Newport High School, still holds the school basketball scoring record. He was also a star football player, playing middle linebacker and tight end. Murph, as he’s known to many, retired from his teaching and athletic director positions at the end of the school year. Crowds were a little down at the 62nd Annual Newport Rodeo, but that was to be expected, as the event fell on the Hoopfest weekend in Spokane. The rodeo had more contestants than the year before. The outbreak of horse herpes apparently didn’t keep away competitors. “I never heard anything about it from anyone,” said Otto Baumgardner, rodeo committeeman. Rodeo officials were nervous ahead of time as several equestrian events, including a rodeo, were postponed because of the outbreak.

July Pend Oreille County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is no more. Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday, July 6, to de-fund the program, which organizes volunteers that judges appoint to advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. Last year’s CASA budget included $37,000 for the director salary plus $13,000 in benefits and about $10,000 in operating expenses. About $20,000 of that was covered by a state grant, which won’t be available once the program dissolves. Cutting the CASA program is expected to save the county about $26,600 per year. “Did you show them how to use the paddle?” Steve Shumski asks Jared Barranco, 18, as Barranco prepares to launch two paddlers into the Pend Oreille River. The occasion is the first launch for Bear Naked Adventures, a kayak rental business that will op-



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The Pend Oreille River continues to rise. The level at Cusick went up by almost 3 feet in the last week. Sandbagging efforts ramped up with 40 servicemen and women from Fairchild Air Force Base creating walls at Wagon Wheel Road Thursday. The town of Cusick declared an emergency Saturday afternoon, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been assisting with reinforcing approximately a half mile of the levee adjacent to the River Road in Cusick. Flooding has caused some sections of road to close. In the town of Metaline, Main Street is closed between State Route 31 and the park. As of Friday morning, the south end of River Bend Loop, a county road, is closed, and Davis Road is closed. Homes in some areas along the Pend Oreille River, such as Riverbend, are beginning to see water seep into their basements. Ted Shrum built his home on the river about two miles south of Dalkena in 1990. Monday, he had 22 ½ inches of water in the daylight basement of his home. But in 1997, he had 6 feet of water in the basement. It took seven weeks for the water to totally recede then. If the water continues to rise as predicted, he expects he will get about 3 ½ feet of water in the basement.

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It got rather cold and slushy this time last year in the Pend Oreille River Valley. Lows ranged from 4 to 33 and the area received a mix of snow and rain. Highs ranged from 36 to 25.


Class teachers safe winter driving COEUR D’ALENE – The Idaho State Police will hold a road safe class Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. at the ISP District Office, 615 W. Wilbur Ave., Coeur d’Alene. The classroom setting is meant to educate drivers of all ages on the typical problems associated with winter road conditions in Idaho. The class consists of a PowerPoint presentation and video as well as tips to prepare for winter driving. Other topics discussed will include dealing with aggressive drivers on roadways, DUIs and other driving problems. The class will last about three hours and it is free to attend. Call 208-209-8620, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The class size is limited to 60 people.

NEWPORT – The Miner Newspapers’ centennial book “100 Years of a Newspaper and Pend Oreille County,” are now available for sales. This is the first book published by The Miner. The 33-page book is a collection of stories written by the Miner staff from their research of back issues of the newspaper, covering each decade since it became a county in 1911, 100 years ago. It also includes a history of The Newport Miner. In 2010, when a few people in Pend Oreille County began talking about what could be done to commemorate the 100th birthday of Pend Oreille County, The Miner staff started talking about what they could do. While the county was formed 100 years ago, The Miner began publication in 1901, or 110 years ago. The stories from the past 100 years, along with a history of The Miner itself, is pulled from the pages of archives issues of the newspaper, from as far back as 1911. The newsroom staff read through each year of the newspaper and pulled out the major events and people who helped form Pend Oreille County. They summarized the events in a lively and fun style. The project took

Shoreline Master Plan & Property Rights Workshop A FREE Workshop sponsored by Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) Saturday, January 14th • 9 am - 5:30 pm Hospitality House, 216 S. Washington, Newport. Info: Karen (509) 847-9764

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BR I E FLY Newport school board to meet at Sadie Halstead NEWPORT – The Newport school board will meet Monday, Jan. 9, at Sadie Halstead Middle School at 3:15 p.m. The board is holding a school board meeting at each of the schools this year so that staff and others who want to attend can more easily do so. The meetings are normally held at district offices.

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most of the year. This was also the staff’s chance to tell the story of their profession and the newspaper, one of the first institutions started here according to an introduction in the book written by the staff. Even the first publisher of The Miner, Fred Wolf, was involved in the push to form a new county and create other avenues for community prosperity the opening states. Many of the history books written about the county and its cities rely on a heavy dose of Miner archives to carry them along in time. Only 500 books were published and they are selling fast said Miner publisher Fred Willenbrock. The staff did a great job of weaving this project in with their regular work this year as their contribution to the county centennial celebration.


Career considerations Kalispel Tribal Fire Chief Corrie Nenema speaks with students at Cusick High School. Students put some thought into future careers when the school hosted a career fair Wednesday, Dec. 14. Among the speakers was Newport Safeway manager Ray Walwrath and representatives from the U.S. Army.

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Pend Oreille County Public Works

The Road Division of Pend Oreille County sands and snowplows about 480 miles of maintained County roads from three maintenance facilities: Newport, Usk and lone. Road maintenance personnel provide snow and ice control services during the winter season. Equipment available includes: snowplows- sander trucks and graders. Due to budget constraints the road department has revised the previously used snow and ice control plan. The road crews will work during normal work hours 6:00am – 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. Goals will remain the same. Snow and ice control priorities will be collector and school bus routes first, then to other roads as time permits. We are encouraging everyone to prepare and plan ahead for severe winter driving conditions.


Snow plowing of non-maintained County roads, easement/private roads and driveways will not be performed by County crews.

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We can pick up or drop off anywhere in the Spokane City limits including the airport. Meet the van at three convenient locations, Safeway in Newport, Mitchell’s or the Senior Center in Priest River. NO SERVICE is provided on Tuesdays and the following days: New Years Day—MLK Jr. Day—Presidents Day—Memorial Day—Independence Day Veterans Day—Thanksgiving—Friday after Thanksgiving—Christmas—Day After Christmas Fares: $3.00 one way Newport--Spokane $.50 one way Priest River--Newport

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The County’s primary objective is to keep all roads open for safe travel. Whenever possible operators try to minimize the size of the snow berm across driveways and private roads. However, the blade can only hold so much snow. The County does not have the resources available to remove snow berms from driveways and private roads.


The County uses sand mixed with road salt to improve traction on ice and to help the sand adhere to the road surface and prevent storage piles from freezing.


Whenever possible snow is stored behind the ditch line on the rightof-way. After the initial plow out graders will return and push snow back with a wing blade making room to plow succeeding snowfalls when time permits.


Winter road maintenance is expensive, dangerous and time consuming. There are several ways the public can help make the County’s job safer and more cost effective: • Children love to watch snow removal operations – the large equipment, noise, lights and activity can be very exciting. Although operators are glad to have people watch, everyone should be cautioned to stay a safe distance away. The concentration required for efficient snow removal combined with the noise and types of equipment used means the operator may not see small children close by and an accident could result. Please encourage children not to build tunnels, forts or play in snow berms along the roadsides. • Residents who remove snow from their driveways or sidewalks are reminded that State Law prohibits placing snow or ice on any public road or sidewalk in a manner that impedes vehicle or pedestrian traffic or makes it unsafe. • If residents have a vehicle parked on a roadway and there is a snowfall, please move it immediately. If you don’t it will most likely be bermed in and it will be your responsibility to shovel it out or the vehicle may be towed away if it creates a traffic hazard. • Any snowplowing obstructions such as rocks, fences, or planters within the roads right of way, should be removed for winter. Not only can

they be destroyed by snow removal operations, they can do substantial damage to snow plows. Owners of such obstructions are at risk should the County’s equipment be unnecessarily damaged. • Please place garbage cans at least ten feet inside driveway from the roadway edge. This will prevent hitting them or operators having to veer around them and not completely plowing the route. • Snow from resident’s property should not be stacked over the ends of culverts or drainage structures. Rapid warming cycles in winter could result in blocked ditches being unable to drain and local flooding could occur. • Mail boxes are occasionally damaged during snow removal operations. Damage due to poor construction, such as rotting posts or improper location, will be the responsibility of the property owner/resident. • Snow removal operations require the use of large, heavy, and noisy equipment used during periods of darkness usually accompanied by limited visibility caused by falling snow. Pend Oreille County operators are carefully trained and safety is stressed at all times. Drivers of automobiles should follow at a safe distance.

For Further information, please call the Road Division’s Hot line at (509) 447-6464 or Public Works Main Office (509) 447-4513, M-F 8am to 4:30pm


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An Idaho health insurance exchange makes sense


Stay informed this year, it’s your job

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ne of the things that really discourages hard working journalists and hard working government officials is hearing some people say they didn’t know about some action of government because they didn’t read the newspaper. It’s every citizen’s duty to stay informed about the actions of government around them; the newspaper is an inexpensive and accurate way to do that. Now newspapers like The Miner are also online and even can be read on your smart phone. Legal notices are archived and free to read online as well. There is no excuse for not following what’s going on in the newspaper. Some people say they want government to notify them directly about every action. Well they already do through legal notices, minutes and agendas and have for 100 years. The point is that the citizen must do some of the work to stay informed. Read the newspapers and their websites. Check out the government websites as well. The government doesn’t have the duty to stick the information in front of the citizen’s face and force them to read it. If government officials fail to produce notices of planned actions or hide their agendas, then the public should be complaining. But to complain that they aren’t getting the information in the exact form they want is hard to understand. Ignorance of what is happening is no excuse when the means to find out is available. It’s time for everyone to do their part and stay informed. The tools exist, just use them. --FJW

A heartwarming story from 2011 Goodbye, 2011. Not a whole lot of good things happened to qualify for my usual list of favorite newspaper stories of the year but here’s No. 1 by Phil Ferolito, which ran in the Yakima Herald-Republic in September. It’ll warm your heart. Noya Deats’ routine walk along the Roza Canal In Moxee turned disastrous when her two dogs, Fawn and Nia, decided to take a swim. Despite signs warning folks to stay out of the canal, she said, she’s let her dogs off their leashes before without any problems. But this time, once in the water, neither dog could get out because of the swift current. Unsure what to do, Deats ran alongside the canal to keep up with them while she called her husband, Matt, and the police. She had run about 2 miles, running and talking on the phone at the same time, when her husband arrived, obviously from not too far away. He climbed down a canal ladder, his body half submerged in the water, and tried to grab one of the dogs, barely touching her collar as she passed by. Meanwhile, a Yakima County Sheriff’s deputy also had arrived and tried to lasso the dogs with a rope. At this point, Fawn, a Labrador mix, was able to keep her head above water but Nia, an Australian shepherd, was struggling. The husband was trying to figure out a way to jump in and grab them but be didn’t know how to handle it. Then, about 3 miles from where the dogs had entered the canal, God took a hand. Reporter Phil Ferolito didn’t say that. I am saying it. Jesus Villanueva, 54, a farm laborer who speaks only Spanish, was putting agricultural chemicals into a bin alongside the canal when he heard a noise and saw the deputy. He thought he heard someone say two cars were in the canal, which didn’t make any

sense to him, but he took a closer look and saw a woman running frantically along the canal with two dogs in the water. After watching the deputy try to rope the dogs, he stepped up and said, “Let me see.” Seconds later, be lassoed each dog in rapid succession, pulling them to safety. “I was amazed,” said the dogs’ owner. “He just kind of came out of nowhere. It was amazing how GUEST fast he lassoed OPINION them.” Villanueva ADELE was equally FERGUSON amazed. He said CORRESPONDENT he learned to lasso in Jalisco, Mexico, where he worked on a cattle ranch, but it had been 30 years since he had roped anything. Yet it took only one lasso try for each dog to get them. The dogs were lucky Villanueva came along because it’s nearly impossible to make it out of the concrete lined canal at that time of year. There’s nothing to grab onto and the sides are slippery. There was a picture of Matt and Noya Deats in the paper sitting with the dogs and their benefactor, Jesus Villanueva, so this isn’t something somebody made up. And when I say God took a hand, I mean it. The current may have been fast but obviously slow enough that help had time to arrive in the form of, first, Matt Deats, then the deputy and, finally, the hero of the near tragedy, Jesus Villanueva. God bless him and thank God for the dogs’ sake that he was there in Yakima by the irrigation canal when he was needed, and answered the call. (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA 98340.)


To the editor: This past week, my daughter was lucky enough to win one of the raffle drawings held at the Newport Exxon. She received a very nice gift that is much appreciated (an MP3 player). Our family wants to thank the local businesses that provide opportunities for children to have fun at the various times of the year. We are lucky to have businesses in this community that go out of their way to provide fun activities for children, whether it is Halloween, Easter, rodeo parade, Christmas, coloring competitions or activities at Create. There is a cost to the businesses for supporting these activities and in this tough economy it is impressive to see them continue their participation. Thank you to the Newport and Oldtown businesses – you make a large number of children in the community very happy. -Amy Dillon and Family Newport

It’s time to layoff commissioners To the editor: While I disagree (vehemently) on most issues with Pete Scobby, I find myself in agreement with him on the status of our current elected incompetent, er, incumbent commissioners. He has brought up some issues on their abilities but here are several more: Thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars or more were spent unnecessarily on outside consultants, housing, per diem, etc. For what? To hire/fire department heads, negotiate staff contracts, shoreline planning and what other? What are the commissioners being paid to do? They surreptitiously shift/slide monies between agencies, seemingly at their whim to maybe cover their … errors? Also, which elected official’s grandiose idea or who authorized the eviction of the Tri-County Health from county-owned properties? That income is gone and the building is now vacant. There were no funds for renovation or entities lined up to lease the grounds! But architects (more consultant dollars) were hired for building remodel anyway. With the local economy still in a recession, property values dropping, the local elected officials keep increasing property taxes. Only, of course, to the maximum, within the limits of the law. And one of our esteemed commissioners wants to raise local sales taxes too!

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To the editor: “We need pipelines” was promoted last week by Chuck Shonkwiler of Moses Lake. He repeated the industry line that there are more than 600,000 miles of pipelines transporting billions of gallons of crude oil. So Chuck, what about the July oil spill into the Yellowstone River in Montana? Would you like to see crude oil floating on the Columbia or Pend Oreille River?

You likely have heard a lot in the news media over the past several months about health insurance exchanges. I’ve heard from few people objectively opposed to the idea of a one-stop clearinghouse for the best, most up-to-date and concise information available about options for insuring themselves and their families against the potentially catastrophic costs of health care. But I also share the concerns of GUEST many about who would OPINION operate such GOV. C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER an exchange, IDAHO. and whether it would be market-driven and locally focused or more attuned to the top-down models we have come to expect out of Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, President Obama’s so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” effectively halted plans by Idaho and some other states to improve healthcare accessibility and affordability. Idaho joined 25 other states in challenging the constitutionality of this unprecedented overreach of federal power. So as we await a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the case in 2012, I want Idaho to be prepared for the nationwide healthcare environment – economic and regulatory – that results from the court’s ruling. Obamacare mandated establishment in each state of a health insurance exchange – essentially an Internet portal where individuals and small businesses can shop for health insurance. But long before the passage of the law, Idaho was exploring ways to create its own exchange emphasizing free-market principles and creating a competitive marketplace that would improve access to coverage and keep insurance decisions between Idaho patients and insurance providers. But federal red tape created by Obamacare – plus accelerated expansion of Medicaid programs – complicated the process for states to independently set up such a marketplace. Now Idaho is left with some tough choices. I allowed our state agencies to apply for a health insurance exchange grant in order to preserve

When it snows, I hope there are enough county employees to keep the roads plowed. If so, thank the road department leadership and workers, not the commissioners. And these issues don’t include the nepotism in county offices. So next November, we voters need to permanently layoff the current competent elected officials. -Mike Silva Newport

That’s enough of the caribou guilt trip To the editor: Recent letters and articles surrounding the new “Caribou Guilt” legislation amount to nothing more than the same, tired mantra we have heard from groups like the Selkirk Conservation Alliance for years: “The poor Caribou! How can we be so cruel?” – and then the wailing and gnashing of teeth that comes with it. Recent wailings by Brad Smith have even scolded that we “have no right” to drive an entire species to extinction, just so we can derive our mad pleasures from a few gallons of gasoline. Really Brad? Even a small child can use Google, which shows how false this ridiculous claim is: there are millions of Woodland Caribou. A simple fact. They just don’t live in Idaho. And so, we are expected to deny thousands of honest taxpayers the right to enjoy the back country responsibly, so that you and your friends can claim that 49 Woodland Caribou occasionally live in Idaho? What is this, some kind of a fraternity initiation prank? Do this for us, Brad: please, please move to Canada, where the millions of Caribou live, and take our 49 Caribou with you. We can’t afford to indulge your hobby anymore, and we refuse to feel guilty about the fact that Woodland Caribou prefer to live in Canada. -Rod Stafford Priest River

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Visit The Miner Online to answer our readers’ poll question through Tuesday morning. Find it on the left-hand side of the page at The results will be printed next week on this page. You need not be a subscriber to participate. If you have ideas for future readers’ poll topics, submit them to On the one hand unemployment rates have been falling nationally and locally to the lowest levels in a couple years. On the other hand, they have a ways to go. How do you think the economy will do in 2012? All signs are showing the economy will be much better this year. The economy simply can’t get better until the number of houses in foreclosure is reduced. That means they will have to be priced lower. Europe will bring us all down. We’ll have a double dip recession because of the unsustainable debt of some EU countries. It depends if you are one of the ‘haves’ or ‘have nots.’ Those with money will continue to thrive while those without will struggle.





What New Year’s resolution should have elected leaders made and followed in 2011?

To compromise with each other for the good of the country.

To resign en masse.

19% 26% To seriously deal with the country’s debt problem.



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To seriously address issues of people in poverty.


Foreclosure help available OTTER | FROM PAGE 4A

Agency might be able to negotiate better payments BY DON GRONNING OF THE MINER

COLVILLE – People facing foreclosure can get some help from Rural Resources, according to Jan Owens, a mortgage default counselor with Rural Resources. A mortgage default counselor negotiates with lenders on behalf of clients. Rural Resources doesn’t provide money to pay on mortgages, Owens said, but the negotiation often yields tangible results. “I’ve seen (the monthly mortgage payment) reduced by close to $500,” she said. The reduction is accomplished by extending the length of the loan and negotiating for less interest. Rural Resources is a designated federal Housing and Urban Development’s Foreclosure Prevention Program member. The Colville based agency served 70 clients last year. It provides mortgage counseling for clients in Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry and Lincoln counties. “We’re looking for more clients in Pend Oreille County,” Owens said. You don’t have to be low-

income to qualify for help, she said. The program is free and the counselor can take the initial information on the phone. Rural Resources has been negotiating foreclosures since 2009. Lenders were initially reluctant to renegotiate loans, Owens said. “It was tough at first,” she said. But after banks got on board, it became easier. The idea is to reduce payments to 31 percent of a homeowner’s income. Many people had adjustable rate mortgages, with large balloon payments and interest payments of 8 percent or more. Owens said she is able to get interest lowered to 2 percent in many instances. “It is all a case by case,” she said. There are a number of things that can cause a person to fall behind on mortgage payments. Loss of income, either through somebody in the household losing a job or having their hours cut back, and medical problems are two common reasons. People who find themselves struggling to make their mortgage payment can call Rural Resources at 509-685-6009.

the opportunity for legislators and our citizens to discuss our options and decide what’s best for Idaho. Now this next statement is particularly important so please take note: Passing up the opportunity to apply for the grant would have left Idaho with only one option – a health insurance exchange imposed and operated by the federal government. The decision on how to proceed with a health insurance exchange is difficult, given continuing uncertainty about the federal law and what seems to be a growing number of strings attached. Our path forward is one that warrants input from those who will be most affected. The Legislature will need to act with the best interests of Idaho and our citizens in mind. In the coming weeks we will be working together to weigh all our options and the potential outcomes associated with each of them. Legislative approval to spend the grant money would enable

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LETTERS | Idaho to build an exchange, but even that option has potential complications. If Idaho sets up an exchange using federal dollars and the federal government does not approve of how the exchange is structured, it will step in and take over. If the Legislature rejects the grant money and the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, Idaho loses control and our citizens will be subjected to a federal exchange. I want to work with the Legislature to find IDAHO solutions to Idaho’s healthcare issues and minimize the federal government’s footprint on how Idahoans obtain their health insurance. The fact that it could be June before the Supreme Court issues an opinion on constitutional challenges to Obamacare in no way diminishes the need for the Legislature to discuss the issue during its 2012 session. I look forward to the discussion and hope that it will be civil, informed and open. And I hope it will have at its heart the deep-seated desire that I know most Idahoans share to be the architects of our own destiny.


Sunday, January 8 is the day to set aside for Family Day at Pend Oreille Bible Camp, located ten miles north of Newport on Leclerc Road. All the acon starts at 3:00 when the tubing run opens and indoor table games begin. At 5:00 a free dinner will be served and at 6:00 the movie “Soul Surfer” will be shown. There is absolutely no charge for anything and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come! The only requirement is a signed release form for those wishing to use the tubing run. Anyone under 18 must also have a parent’s signature, which can be done ahead of me by calling Tim or Denise and requesng a form. They may also be called for more informaon (509-447-0271). Hope to see you all there!


mega-corporations that own the media and our elected representatives. The cheap and easy to find and refine oil is gone. Our economy runs on people driving cars to businesses and buying goods and services. Conservation is the worst enemy to corporations and the government that lives on gas and fuel taxes. Boiling oil from sand and shale and fracking into our water supplies is expensive and comes with potentially devastating side effects. Chuck sees us huddled in a corner to keep warm because we failed to foul our environment extracting the last drops of oil. I see hundreds of alternatives to sticking our heads in oil and smoke. -Pete Scobby Newport

None of the “drill baby drill” crowd wants an oil rig, pipeline or coal pile in their back yard. Although they are more than willing to put our environment at risk so mega-corporations can make profits and Wall Street can drive up fuel prices with speculation. They also want the EPA to drop its regulations that require oil and other energy corporations to prevent or reduce the risks of spills. The payoff to ordinary citizens is higher prices at the pump and billions of dollars in taxpayer funded environmental cleanup of spills and contamination. We are supposed to be willing to pee in our drinking water if it makes profits for multi-national corporations. Americans are being controlled and manipulated by

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Bonner commissioners consider stormwater plan changes SANDPOINT – The Bonner County commissioners will consider changes to the optional stormwater plan and other text amendments at a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 1:45 p.m. in Room 338 of the Bonner County Administration Building, 1500 Highway 2, Sandpoint. The planning and zoning commission, at its public hearing of Dec. 8, unanimsouly voted to recommend approval of the ordinance amendment to the board of county commissioners. The county has initiated an amendment to its land use codes, Title 12 of the Revised Code, chapters 1, 3, 6 and 7. The proposed changes include: • Clarifying activities, which are subject to stormwater standards • Establish and clarify procedures for grading, stormwater, erosion control plan reviews • Provide an optional preliminary grading/stormwater management/erosion plan • Update the enforcement section to reflect current misdemeanor penalties and enable the county to recover costs for code enforcement • Add reference to state law regarding discontinued nonconforming uses; allow reconstruction of nonconforming structures destroyed by involuntary actions; confirm property reduced by government actions remain conforming to zoning regulations

Assessor office closed at lunch hour NEWPORT – Effective Jan. 1, the Pend Oreille County assessor’s office hours will change. The new office hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. to coincide with the treasurer’s office. The office is closed from 12:30-1:30 p.m.


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• Permit exceptions to public frontage and access requirements for Commercial, Industrial and Rural Service Center district lots • Eliminate lien holder approvals on final plats where no public dedication of land is offered. A copy of the proposed ordinance amendment is available for review at the Bonner County Planning Department and on the department’s website, The public is encouraged to comment on this request. Written statements exceeding one standard, letter-sized, single-spaced page must be submitted to the planning department no later than five days prior to the public hearing. In order to allow sufficient time to copy and include written statements in the staff report, the statement should be submitted at least 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled hearing. Comments can be sent to the Bonner County Planning Department, 1500 Highway 2, Suite 208, Sandpoint ID 83864; faxed to 208-265-1463 or e-mailed to

Rabies vaccine to be mandatory for pet dogs, cats, ferrets in Washington OLYMPIA – New Year, new rule. Pet dogs, cats and ferrets in the state must be current on their rabies vaccination starting Jan. 1. This new rule aims to reduce the number of rabies exposures in Washington. Rabies is one of the oldest and most deadly diseases. Every year in Washington, several hundred people have to get the series of rabies shots because of possible exposure to the rabies virus. Vaccinating pets prevents them from getting rabies and helps protect you and your family, too. The Department of Health Zoonotic Disease program (www.doh. states the new rule requires owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to have their pets vaccinated against rabies. Many cities and counties require rabies vaccinations for some pets, but vaccinations have never been required by the state. Vaccinating pets is one of the most effective ways of preventing rabies. People should talk to their veterinarian about vaccinations and rabies prevention. In Washington, bats are the primary source of rabies. Each year many bats test positive for rabies

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A group of about 30 mill workers pickets at the gates of Ponderay Newsprint Tuesday morning, March 1. The AWPPW union bargaining unit staged a strike that shutdown the mill, saying the company is bargaining unfairly over the unit’s first labor contract. FROM PAGE 2A program is to prepare students to ers during a regular meeting. The

erate out of the boat launch at the Rotary Park in Oldtown. Barranco is one of three teenage managers for the business, which is the first project of the Pend Oreille Microenterprise Development Organization (POMDO). Barb Smith is the chairwoman of the board of POMDO. She is also the president of the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Phil Gordon, have put up their money and time to help launch Bear Naked Adventures. People need more notice about the public meetings going on about the development of the Shoreline Master Program. That was one of the messages from the public at the meetings held in Cusick and Ione. The purpose of the meetings was to explain the plan and gather input on the Shoreline Master Program. The SMP is the way the county protects waters of statewide significance, such as the Pend Oreille River, as well as lakes. Setbacks seem to be the biggest item of contention, according to Mike Lithgow, the county’s community development director. Currently most of the setbacks for shoreline properties are 25 feet. That will increase to at least 50 feet.

August It’s a Wednesday morning in Dana Americk’s construction class at the Kalispel Career Training Center in Usk. He’s showing a group of adult students how to patch a hole in a drywall. Students learn work ethics and safety first, Americk said. He said the idea behind the




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Recreational fires will be permitted under the county’s new burn ban ordinance, adopted by the Pend Oreille County commissioners Aug. 15. Under the previous ordinance, which was repealed, no burning, including recreational fires, was permitted when the state Department of Natural Resources has a burn ban on their land. The DNR burn ban went into effect July 1. The new ordinance is much like the previous ordinance, but makes an exception for recreational fires that are on improved property. The property owner is responsible for fire suppression costs. The second pair of meetings on the Pend Oreille County’s Shoreline Master Program drew more people than the first round that was held a month ago. The SMP would apply to new development. Current buildings closer than 50 feet would be grandfathered in and would be considered a conforming use. People could rebuild structures and even make them larger, as long as the rebuilt structure wasn’t closer to the water. The Pend Oreille County Commissioners use e-mail to discuss policy, financial and other county matters. Sometimes topics brought up in e-mail are later discussed in open meeting, sometimes not. That was one of the issues that became apparent after a review of hundreds of e-mails The Miner received in response to a public records request. The Miner requested the e-mails after Laura Merrill made a motion to consider a levy lid lift by e-mail Aug. 8 to her fellow commission-





President Barack Obama (D) The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20500 Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 E-mail: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) 511 Dirksen Senate Bldg. Washington DC 20510 202-224-3441 Local: U.S. Courthouse 920 W. Riverside, Suite 697 Spokane WA 99201 509-353-2507 Sen. Patty Murray (D) 173 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington DC 20510 202-224-2621 Local: 10 N. Post St. Suite 600 Spokane WA 99201 509-624-9515 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) Fifth Congressional District 2421 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC 20515 202-225-2006 Local: 10 N. Post St. Suite 625 Spokane WA 99201 Spokane: 509-353-2374 Colville: 509-684-3481


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next day after The Miner was sent the e-mail motion by another commissioner and protested Merrill repeated the motion in open session, where it died for lack of a second. The e-mail motion did not appear in minutes of the meeting nor was it on the agenda. Media attorney Michele EarlHubbard represents The Miner and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. She says that when a quorum of the board, in this case two commissioners, communicate about something that will come before them, it is considered a meeting.

September When Judge Rebecca Baker retired, she served nearly 15 years as a Superior Court judge, presiding over civil and criminal cases in three counties, including Pend Oreille County. In an interview with The Miner, Baker said that, while she has heard murder and sex abuse cases, it is the civil cases that she found most challenging. By contrast, many criminal cases are more routine. Routine doesn’t mean boring, however. “All murder cases are dramatic,” Baker said. Baker says the thing that is most

Enrollment in area schools is about what was predicted by local school boards. School boards have to forecast enrollment to know how many teachers districts need. The states contribute money based on enrollment. The Newport School District budgeted for 1,080 students. They had 1,111 students on the September count day. At Cusick, there are 264.75 full time equivalent students, up from 262.68 FTE’s last year. The district budgeted for 260 FTE students. There are actually a few more after that count, said Cusick superintendent Dan Read, putting the number at about 271. At Selkirk, there are 243 students, which translates into 229 Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) students. “We budgeted on 225 FTE,” district superintendent Nancy Lotze said. “We are down about 11 FTE from the last year, but anticipated the reduction as we graduated a larger class (24) and brought in a smaller first grade group (18).” A breakdown on enrollment from the West Bonner School District wasn’t available, but they had about 1,250 students.

October Patrick Monasmith, an attorney who got his start as a public defender in Spokane, has been named judge of the Superior Court that covers Pend Oreille, Stevens and Ferry counties. He replaces Judge Rebecca Baker, who retired Oct. 15. Monasmith, 52, was appointed to the position by Gov. Chris Gregoire Monday, Oct. 3. More than 30 years ago, Aurelie Keogh saw an opportunity for the Pend Oreille River Valley to grow by offering its scenic views and recreational fun as a tourist attraction. Keogh was a long-time champion for tourism and economic development in Pend Oreille County. She passed away Sunday, Oct. 9 at the age of 77. The annual Poker Paddle was Keogh’s idea. The event saw its

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30th run this summer, and even though it was delayed a month due to flooding, it was still a big draw. It had people from around the region paddling down the Pend Oreille River in the summer sun. Since its inception, Poker Paddlers have launched from the access in Usk behind the store Aurelie and her husband Mike Keogh owned – Keo’s Korner, now the Usk General Store. The Miner staff received awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest at a conference in Everett Oct. 8. Don Gronning received first place in Best Crime and Court Story for “Man in ICU after tasering,” and third place in black and white Feature Photography for “What’s that noise,” a photo of a Priest River high school band member. Janelle Atyeo received first place in Best Video Story for “Something’s Cooking in Blanchard,” a video feature on the cooking series in Blanchard published on The Miner Online. Michelle Nedved received second place for black and white Portrait Photography for a photo of a golden retriever at Priest River Animal Rescue, and Susan Willenbrock received second place in Ad Campaign for Single Advertiser with the Lucky Us Ranch dog grooming and boarding campaign. Miner publisher Fred Willenbrock was part of a panel of publishers and college professers at the conference discussing industry innovation and skills.

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November After 11 years as general manager of the Pend Oreille Public Utility District, Bob Geddes, is moving on to another PUD. He announced his departure to staff Monday. He begins he new post as manager of the Lewis County PUD in Chehalis Dec. 5. Geddes, 58, sees it as a new challenge. “I raised four kids here, and I taught them to not be afraid to try something different,” he said. “I guess I’m taking my own advice.” Lewis PUD is a bigger utility with 31,000 customers, but the staff is about the same as in Pend Oreille (around 100 people). Geddes said he got to know their board members working with the state PUD association. In all, Geddes has spent 28 years with the Pend Oreille PUD. Geddes was only the fifth manager in the PUD’s history. He’s one of the few, if not the only PUD manager who previously served on the board. He got his start in 1983 and served as a commissioner until 1996 when he became the district’s director of regulatory and environmental affairs. Commissioners at the Sacheen Lake Sewer and Water District breathed a collective sigh of relief after a ballot measure to disincor-


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2011 | It was a tough election for trying to get voters to pay more taxes


Pend Oreille County’s elected officials were sworn into office Thursday morning, Dec. 30, by District Court judge Phil Van de Veer, pictured far right. Also pictured are assessor Jim McCroskey, left, county clerk Tammy Ownbey, commissioner Laura Merrill, prosecutor Tom Metzger, auditor Marianne Nichols, treasurer Terri Miller, sheriff Alan Botzheim and PUD commissioner Rick Larson. FROM PAGE 7A

porate the district was defeated 216-99 and their maintenance and operations levy passed by a similar margin, 216-97 in the November general election. After opponents successfully challenged the district’s formation of a Local Improvement District to fund a sewer system, district commissioners went back and formed LID number 3 to pay for a smaller system.

Opponents then petitioned to dissolve the district, which was voted on in the recent election. The Pend Oreille Public Hospital District No. 1 Board will have one new face in election winner Don Monroe, who defeated incumbent Walter “Buzz� Price 55-45 percent. However, it looks like Lois (Ernst) Robertson will retain her seat after an unusually close race. Robertson trailed Michael McLaughlin by three votes on Friday, Nov. 11, but by Monday, she

was ahead by 18 votes, as more ballots that came in by mail were counted. In addition Robertson holding on to her hospital district seat, Gary Wilkey defeated Harry Egland to hold onto his seat on the South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue board of commissioners. Still, it was a tough election for some incumbents. Scott Jungblom outpolled Judy Ashton for a seat on the Selkirk school board. Bryant Kramer beat Randy Wyrobeck for a commissioner seat on Fire District 4 and Michelle Fisk beat Greg Church for a commissioner job for Fire District 6. Wyrobeck, Fisk and Ashton were all incumbents. It was also a tough election for trying to get voters to pay more taxes. Voters turned back a capital projects levy and Newport voters turned down a levy lid lift for streets funding.

December Pend Oreille County’s Economic Development Council was awarded a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology to start planning how to reuse

the Pend Oreille Mine when it is someday permanently closed. EDC directer Jamie Wyrobek said the outcome of the integrated planning project is to enable a layperson to understand the future conditions, constraints, and maintenance responsibilities associated with the mine property after it closes. It will make recommendations on the terms and conditions under which a local government could acquire the mine property with minimal risk. It will produce a set of viable, market-tested concepts for future use of the property and come up with a strategy for positioning the property for redevelopment with outside investment. The Pend Oreille County Planning Commission’s decision to let people build closer to the water on most of the county’s shorelines does not abide by the Shoreline Management Act. That was one of the preliminary reactions to the planning commission’s 260-page draft Shoreline Master Program by the state Department of Ecology. The DOE must ultimately approve of the county’s shoreline

MERRILL | Paying negotiators is money well spent FROM PAGE 1

Merrill said she was reassured by department heads most of the year that the various departments would have money left over. She was skeptical, she said, but accepted the assurances. “I do the best I can with the information I have,� she said. Merrill said this is the first year that there haven’t been the carryover amounts. The county commissioners look at the needs of the whole county, she said. The money in the general fund and the road fund are just two pieces of the puzzle, she said. So will the roads deteriorate because there is less money to keep them up? Maybe, but county commissioners have to look at the entire county picture, she said. “They’re just one piece of the puzzle,� Merrill said. In past years the road department had more money than other departments. It would be nice not to have a levy shift, she said. “But the economy doesn’t allow it,� she said. Commissioners have to balance the needs for things like running the jail against keeping up the roads. Merrill said public works director Sam Castro has done a good job managing road department money. She said other department heads have also done well staying within the budget the county commissioners gave them for 2012, despite not having as much money left over from 2011 as they previously said. Merrill said the budget problem is simple at its core. There simply isn’t enough revenue coming in to keep up with increasing personnel costs. The prolonged recession isn’t like anything the county has had to deal with before, she said. Merrill was the sole county commissioner to float the idea of a levy lid lift. She wanted to let voters decide whether to raise property taxes to generate more revenue.

But, despite strong support within the county department heads, her motion died for a lack of a second. In addition to dwindling revenue, the county also had to deal with extra medical insurance costs in 2011, with the county having to pay an unexpected $45,000 assessment, with more health insurance increases anticipated. The majority of the county’s employees belong to one of the six unions. The county is negotiating contracts with them, for the first time using a consultant they paid $14,000. Merrill said paying for a negotiator is money well spent. “We need professional assistance so we don’t step on land mines,� she said. She said she considers the return on investment when hiring a consultant. The county’s use of a consultant in the Seattle City Light negotiations a year ago resulted in the county receiving $5 million, much more money than if they had just negotiated themselves, she said. She expects the union negotiations to follow that trend, with the county getting a better deal than they could have negotiated by themselves. Merrill said that when the county is facing $100,000 to $200,000 from increased employee costs, $14,000 for a union negotiator is a good return in investment. In 2012, there won’t be any furlough days or cost of living adjustments. Added together, at their height in 2010, employees who received a cost of living increase and also took furlough days actually lost about 1 percent of their wages for the year, she said. Merrill said that she wishes the union negotiations were more transparent. “I would love for it to be more open,� she said. But the county has to be careful about charges of unfair labor practices, so they don’t talk much about the negotiations.

“It’s almost like a gag order,� she said. The county commissioner position became a full time job several years ago with a $52,000 annual salary. In the face of the budget problems, is it time for the commissioners to go back to part time work and pay? “It hasn’t been discussed,� Merrill said. She is open to the idea, she said, but the work would still need to be done. She questions whether it would really save money if you have to pay someone else to do some of the commissioners’ work. Merrill, a Republican, is the longest serving current county commissioner. She first took office in 2007 and was reelected in 2010. She has had her share of controversy on the board, not the least of which came when she made a motion to put a property tax increase before voters by email. All motions and most deliberations by public officials must be carried out in open session. At the time Merrill said that she made the email motion in order to have the motion written down. She insists the commissioners don’t routinely deliberate by email. Mostly they use email to pass on information, she said. Some have pointed to the lack of discussion between commissioners at county commission meetings as a sign that commissioners are discussing county business outside of the public commissioner meetings. Merrill insists that isn’t the case, but some are skeptical. The county has had to deal with large public records requests for commissioner emails after she made the email motion. Now requests are coming in for commissioner text messages. The county makes every effort to comply with the public records requests. She said it is a question of time, as commissioners need to go through their emails and redact information that isn’t public, such as personnel details.

Merrill said that the commissioners get along well, although she acknowledges “philosophical differences,� with her colleagues, especially Diane Wear, the lone Democrat on the county commission. “We can’t all think alike,� she said. She said she learned about politics, first as a Newport City Council member, then going on to become Pend Oreille County’s first female county commission member. So does she plan to run for higher political office? She says she doesn’t know and won’t rule it out, or in. “Right now, I have three years remaining on my term,� she said.

program. Jamie Short of the DOE briefed commissioners on what she thought needed to be done for the county to complete the Shoreline Master Program. Now there is no longer a distinction between low intensity and high intensity rural residential shorelines. The planning commis-

sion proposes a minimum 50-foot setback for all rural residential shoreline properties. The DOE doesn’t like the change, which the department writes “appears to have been made without consideration of the environmental impacts,� according to the Buffer Discussion Memo that Short distributed.


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CUSICK – The Cusick Panther boys’ basketball team will return to play against Northport in a Panorama League contest at Cusick Friday, Jan. 6. That game will start at 7:15 p.m. The Panthers have a 2-1 league record and are 3-6 overall. They will travel to Curlew the next day for another league contest on Saturday, Jan. 7. That game will start at 6 p.m. They will play cross county rival Selkirk at Selkirk on Tuesday, Jan. 10. That game will also start at 7:15 p.m.


CUSICK – The Cusick girls’ basketball team hosts Northport Friday, Jan. 6, at 5:45 p.m. and then travels to Curlew to play Saturday, Jan. 7, at 4:30 p.m. They then travel to north county rival Selkirk to play at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Spartan cagers play Kettle Falls Friday

IONE – The Selkirk boys’ basketball team resumed their season after the holiday break with a non-league game at Valley Christian Tuesday, Jan. 3, after The Miner went to press. The Rangers, with a 4-1 Panorama League record and a 4-6 overall record, will play a league game at Wellpinit Friday, Jan. 6 in a game that starts at 7:15 p.m. They will host Republic the next night, Saturday, Jan. 7. That game will start at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, they host Cusick for a game that starts at 7:15 p.m.

Lady Spartans take on St. Maries, Kettle Falls PRIEST RIVER – The Priest River girls’ basketball team hosted St. Maries Tuesday evening, Jan. 3, after The Miner went to press. They will host Kettle Falls Friday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m.

Selkirk girls hit the hardwoods IONE – The Selkirk girls’ basketball team is back after winter break, traveling to Valley Christian Tuesday, after The Miner went to press. They travel to Wellpinit to play at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, and then host Republic Saturday, Jan 7, at 4:30 p.m. and host Cusick Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 5:45 p.m.

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ing to come into their own, he said. “Connor Mullaley played with NEWPORT - The Newport boys a lot of intensity, grabbing five basketball team dug themselves rebounds and hitting a couple out of a hole to come back to beat of shots to spark our offense,” Springdale 58-53 at Springdale Pancho said. “Carter Schutz also Friday, Dec. 30. grabbed a few key rebounds for Foul trouble and missed shots us.” led to the Grizzlies being outIn addition to the five boards, scored 13-3 in the Mullaley, scored five first period, accord- O N D EC K: points. Schutz got ing to coach Jamie VS FREEMAN FRIDAY, three points. Spenser Pancho. But they got Jan. 6 7:30 p.m. Douglas scored a it turned around. dozen, Michael Rapp “Jake Wiley, Jordan AT CHEWELAH, SATscored four and URDAY, Jan. 7, 6 p.m. Owenby scored two. Hoadley and Dean Owenby sparked The team still has us defensively the AT LAKESIDE, TUESsome weak spots, last few minutes of DAY, Jan. 10 7:30 p.m. though. that first quarter,” “Defensively, I felt Pancho said. we gave up too many points in The Griz then went on a 13-2 the paint,” Pancho said. “We’ve run, getting out of the quarter got to play with more intensity tied at 15-15. down low on defense because The momentum of coming we face probably the best post back held throughout the game, combination in Colville for our he said. first league game.” Wiley had what is becoming That game will take place his usual 30-point plus scoring Tuesday, after press time. Newnight, getting 32 for this game. port currently has a 6-3 record. In addition to the points, Wiley They will continue Northeast provides leadership for a team A League play Friday when they that is still missing four of its host Freeman in a game that varsity players, who are susstarts at 7:30 p.m. They will pended for violating team rules. travel to Chewelah for a game “He’s doing the small things Saturday that will start at 6 p.m. great, which has made a huge Then Tuesday, they go to Lakedifference,” Pancho said. side for a game that will start at Some young players are start7:30 p.m. BY DON GRONNING

Cusick girls host Northport, play Curlew

Selkirk boys resume hoop season


Newport finishes strong, beats Springdale


PRIEST RIVER – The Spartan boys’ basketball team will return to play with a non-league home game against Kettle Falls Friday, Jan. 6. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans, with a 1-0 league record and a 3-6 overall record, will play an Intermountain League contest with Timberlake Saturday, Jan. 14. That game will be played at Priest River, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Spartan grapplers suffer tough loss Priest River’s Tyler Popkin wrestles against Lakeland’s Tanner Wright at Priest River Thursday, Dec. 29. Lakeland, who is up one league from Priest River at 4A, beat the Spartans 60-18. “They were a pretty tough team,” coach Jake Stark said. Lakeland, who hasn’t been in the Intermountain League for several years, has a long tradition of strong wrestling. “They’re some tough kids,” Stark said. Individual results were not available at press time. The Spartans travel to Kellogg Wednesday, Jan. 4 for a 6 p.m. dual. They’ll be back at home Tuesday, Jan. 10 when they host Timberlake at 6 p.m. The following weekend starts the River City Duals in Post Falls.

Newport girls take down Springdale BY MICHELLE NEDVED OF THE MINER

NEWPORT – The Newport girls’ basketball team had no problems defeating Springdale Friday, Dec. 30. The Grizzlies won 42-24. They are now 8-1 overall and have yet to start Northeast A League play. Newport jumped out to an early lead, 8-2 at the end of the first quarter. They scored 13 in the second while holding Springdale to 11, for a 21-13 lead at the half.

Newport ended the third quarter Jolie Frederick added two and Madi scoring 10 and up Young scored one. by 12. In the fourth, O N D EC K: The Grizzlies hostNewport scored 11, VS. FREEMAN FRIDAY, Jan. 6, ed Colville Tuesday, while Springdale 5:45 p.m. after The Miner managed five. went to press. They Miranda Freder- AT CHEWELAH SATURDAY, host Freeman Friick was the game’s Jan. 7, 4:15 p.m. day, Jan. 6, at 5:45 high scorer with p.m. and then travel 19. Courtney Wiese AT LAKESIDE TUESDAY, Jan. to Chewelah to play scored six, Alex 10, 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Newcomb and 4:15 p.m. They then Lacey Malsbury each scored five, travel to Lakeside Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Holly Malsbury scored four. to play at 5:45 p.m.

Selkirk takes close second at Freeman tournament FREEMAN – Selkirk wresat 152 pounds, took fourth place tlers traveled to Freeman to with one win and two losses, attend the 25th annual FreeCody Hoffman, and eighth man Winter Classic wrestling grader at 152 pounds, took sixth tournament, with 16 teams in place with two wins and two attendance and more than 200 losses. wrestlers. Junior Michael Haskins, wresWrestling could not have been tling at 160 pounds, had four much better for Selkirk. With wins and took first place. Garet nine wrestlers Selkirk earn 165 Sax, a 170-pound junior, had team points taking second place, four wins and took first place. one point behind the host team Steven Storm, 195-pounds juFreeman, who had 166 team nior, took second place with one points. Selkirk also brought loss and two wins. home four gold first place medCoach Saxe said he could not als, two silver second place med- be more proud of this team, als, one bronze they all have been fourth place medworking hard and als and one sixth O N D EC K: it is showing on place. AT FREEMAN THURSDAY, the mats. Selkirk was one Jan. 5, 6 p.m. “When a small of the smallest school like Selteams there with AT RIVERSIDE SATURDAY, kirk can go and only two other “B” Jan. 7, 9 a.m. take second place league schools, against schools the others were all “A” league that have 30 or more wrestlers schools, from 1A to 3A. that shows that the team is At 106 pounds, eighth grader working hard. We have most of Justin Chantry had four wins the weights covered, but not all. for the day taking first place. Two of our wrestlers weigh the Cody Gagliardo did not place, same at 152 pounds, but Sullens losing both his matches. At 132 is descending and will probably pounds, Emery Maupin, a junior, be at his desired weight of 145 took second place with three by next week. wins and one loss. Junior Mikey “Then we are missing our Wiess, at 138 pounds, had four heavy weights, one we lost due wins and took first place. Gabe to grades. The other, Wyatt, Sullens, a freshman wrestling suffered an injury but we are

hoping that he will be back in a couple of weeks. Cody Gagliardo had a hard day, he is in a very tough weight class, but one thing about Cody G., he never gives up, he keeps going until the end, Cody has probably one of the biggest hearts on the team, he is always there for his teammates, he makes a coach proud to have on the team,” coach Saxe said. As far as a match of the day, coach Saxe said he can’t really say there was one, all the wrestlers went out and gave their all, that is all you can ask of your team. One match that was fun to watch was Storm against Jim McDonald from University High. “What made it a great match was that Jim used to live up here in Ione, and was on our little guy team. It was great to see Jim still in the sport and it was fun for him to have to wrestle one of his old teammates, Steven Storm,” Saxe said. Steven won the match but the whole team and Selkirk fans were cheering both wrestlers on. Selkirk will be back at Freeman Thursday, Jan. 5 for an invitational that begins at 6 p.m. They travel to Riverside Saturday, Jan. 7 for a 9 a.m. tournament.

Newport wrestles at Lake Roosevelt, Freeman 1-1 at the tournament, George said. Newport came in 13th place out NEWPORT – The Newport of 16 teams at the Freeman Inwrestling team continues to vite Friday, Dec. 29. Selkirk also improve, after sending three attended. (See separate story.) wrestlers to the Lake Roosevelt Jesse Kardos, at 132 pounds, Tournament Wednesday, Dec. and Pedersen both lost in the 28, and attending the Freeman first round, but fought back to Invite Thursday, take fifth place, winDec. 29. O N D EC K: ning four rounds in Riley Pedersen, a AT RIVERSIDE INVITE a row. Kardos’s loss 126-pound senior, Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m. was to the eventual was the only champion. Newport wrestler George said while to win a championship at Lake the team is young and inexpeRoosevelt. He pinned his first rienced, they are improving. two competitors and then beat a Wrestlers who are supposed state ranked wrestler from Lake to win are doing so, and the Roosevelt 3-2 for the win, assisyounger ones are getting better. tant coach Bart George said. Newport will wrestle at the Nolan Finley, 160, and Alex Riverside Invite Saturday, Jan. Brewster, 160, a sophomore and 7 at 9 a.m. Selkirk will compete junior respectively, both went there as well. BY MICHELLE NEDVED OF THE MINER



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Priest River Wrestling at Kellogg: 6 p.m. - Kellogg THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 Selkirk Wrestling at Freeman: 6 p.m. - Freeman FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 Newport Girls Basketball vs. Freeman: 5:45 p.m. - Newport Cusick Girls Baksetball vs. Northport: 5:45 p.m. - Cusick Selkirk Girls Basketball at Wellpinit: 6 p.m. - Wellpinit Priest River Girls Basketball vs. Kettle Falls: 7:30 p.m. - Priest River Cusick Boys Basketball vs. Northport: 7:15 p.m. - Cusick Selkirk Boys Basketball at Wellpinit: 7:15 p.m. - Wellpinit Newport Boys Basketball vs. Freeman: 7:30 p.m. - Newport Priest River Boys Basketball vs. Kettle Falls: 7:30 p.m. - Priest River



SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Newport, Selkirk Wrestling at Riverside Invite: 9 a.m. - Riverside Newport Girls Basketball at Chewelah: 4:15 p.m. - Chewelah Cusick Girls Basketball at Curlew: 4:30 p.m. - Curlew Selkirk Girls Basketball vs. Republic: 4:30 p.m. - Selkirk Cusick Boys Basketball at Curlew: 6 p.m. - Curlew Newport Boys Basketball at Chewelah: 6 p.m. - Chewelah Selkirk Boys Basketball vs. Republic: 6 p.m. - Selkirk TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Cusick Girls Basketball at Selkirk: 5:45 p.m. - Selkirk Newport Girls Basketball at Lakeside: 5:45 p.m. - Lakeside Priest River Wrestling vs. Timberlake: 6 p.m. - Priest River Cusick Boys Basketball at Selkirk: 7:15 p.m. - Selkirk Newport Boys Basketball at Lakeside: 7:30 p.m. - Lakeside

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BR I E FLY Community college offers information night NEWPORT – Community Colleges of Spokane’s five North Counties education centers host free college information nights for prospective students and their families Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. Newport’s education center at 1204 W. Fifth St. will host an information night, as will the Ione center at 208 Blackwell, Suite 2. During information night, college staff will cover all aspects of applying to and attending a Community Colleges of Spokane campus or education center – from financial aid to the steps for admission to choosing a transfer degree or career-oriented program of study. Community Colleges of Spokane serves a 12,000-squaremile service area in Eastern Washington, with two campuses in Spokane – Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College – as well as its six education rural centers that are managed through the community colleges’ Institute for Extended Learning. For details, call the IEL education closest to you. In Ione, call 509-442-4290, and in Newport call 509-447-3835.

Evergreen Art meets at Riverbank NEWPORT – The Evergreen Art Association, which is open to all artists in the area, has its January meeting Monday, Jan. 9, at the Riverbank Restaurant in Oldtown. All artists in the area are invited to attend the regular meeting at 10 a.m. The program will be an acrylic painting demonstration by Mary Lee Rozelle of Elk. Prospective members and guests are always welcome. Featured artist for January is Patricia Ragone of Sagle, whose work is watercolors and oil. Patricia’s paintings can be seen Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 at the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce office in Newport. Showing their work in the January rotation at the Black Rose Salon and Golden China Restaurant in Newport, and Hardwood Grill in Priest River are: Valerie Woelk, Arlouine Gregory, Loyce Akers, Christina Haynes and Gloria Whitley. The Evergreen Art Association’s mission is to support and promote all artists in the area and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors in local schools. For more information, call president Loyce Akers at 208-437-0274.

Family Day includes tubing, movie NEWPORT – Family Day at Pend Oreille Bible Camp is Sunday, Jan. 8. The camp is located 10 miles north of Newport on LeClerc Road. The action starts at 3 p.m. with the tubing run opening and indoor table games beginning. At 5 p.m., a free dinner will be served and at 6 p.m. the movie “Soul Surfer” will be shown. There is no charge for any of the activities and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come. The only requirements is a signed release form for those wishing to use the tubing run. Anyone under 18 must also have a parent’s signature, which can be done ahead of time by calling Tim or Denise and asking for a request form. They may also be called for more information, 509-4470271.

Ione book club meets Jan. 10 IONE – The Ione Library book discussion group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. The book club is currently reading “Dandelions in a Jelly Jar,” a novel by Traci DePree about grace and small town life. The book club is free and open to the public and meets the second Tuesday of the month.



Gifts for food bank The residents at the River Mountain Village assisted living center in Newport decided to forego exchanging gifts this year and donated to the food bank instead. Pictured with some of the donations are, from left, Pearl Pulford, Emma Montgomery, Betty Earl, Lois Smith and Katherine Olney.



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Rotary Club: 7:15 a.m. - Oldtown Rotary Park Newport TOPS: 9 a.m. - Newport Eagles Fiber Arts Knitting and Spinning Group: 9 a.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport Diabetes Support Group: 10 a.m. - Newport Lutheran Church Story Time: 10:30 a.m. - Blanchard Library Al-Anon: Noon - American Lutheran Church Pinochle: 1 p.m. - Priest River Senior Center Paws for Literacy: 3:30 p.m. Newport Public Library Priest River TOPS: 6 p.m. - Priest River Free Methodist Church North Idaho Pattern Racers 4-H: 6 p.m. - Cornerstone Supply, Oldtown Calispel Post 217: 6 p.m. - American Legion in Cusick Newport Maws and Paws: 6 p.m. - Sadie Halstead Middle School Library Priest River Animal Rescue: 6 p.m. - 1710 9th St., Priest River Alcoholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. Hospitality House in Newport THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 Priest River Food Bank Open: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Priest River Senior Center Joy in the Morning: 9-11 a.m. - Priest River Southern Baptist Church Metaline Cemetery District No. 2 Board Meeting: 10 a.m. - Metaline City Hall Story Time: 10:30 a.m. - Calispel Valley Library, Cusick Story Time: 10:30 a.m. - Priest River Library Duplicate Bridge: 12:30 p.m. Hospitality House in Newport Loosely Knit: 1-3 p.m. - Calispel Valley Library, Cusick StoryTime: 1 p.m. - Newport Library After School Readers Club: 3 p.m. - Priest River Library Bingo: 6 p.m. - Priest River Senior Center Alcoholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. Blanchard Pinochle: 7 p.m. - Hospitality House in Newport Newport Masonic Lodge: 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 Blanchard TOPS: 8-9:30 a.m. Blanchard Community Church Overeaters Anonymous: 10 a.m. - Pineridge Community Church, 1428 W. First St., Newport RiverWriters Creative Writing Group: 11 a.m. - Priest River Library Lunch and Card Playing: 11:30



a.m. - Old Skookum Grange on LeClerc Road Celebrate Recovery: 6 p.m. - 754 Silverbirch Lane, Oldtown, House of the Lord Al-Anon Meeting: 7-8 p.m. - 220 Larch St., Priest River. Call Jan 208-946-6131 Open Mic: 7-9:30 p.m. - Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Priest River American Legion Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m. - VFW on Larch Street Women’s AA: 9:30 a.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport Pend Oreille Valley Computer Club: 10 a.m. - Pend Oreille Valley Network in Newport Friends of the Library Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Priest River Library Priest River Legion Auxiliary: 11 a.m. - VFW Hall, Larch Street Happy Agers Card Party: 1 p.m. Priest River Senior Center Athol American Legion Post 149 Bingo: 1 p.m. - Post 149 SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 Newport Youth: 4 p.m. - Sadie Halstead Middle School Alcoholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. Hospitality House MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Evergreen Art Association: 10 a.m. - Riverbank Restaurant Hospitality House Senior Potluck: Noon - Newport Blanchard Tea Party Patriots: 6:30 p.m. - Blanchard Community Center Priest River Lions: 6:30 p.m. Priest River Senior Center Alcoholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. - Pend Oreille Bible Church in Cusick Blanchard Grange Meeting: 7 p.m. - Blanchard Grange TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Blanchard Stitchers Quilting Group: 10 a.m. - Blanchard Inn Pinochle: 6 p.m. - Calispel Valley Library, Cusick Garden Clinic: 6-8 p.m. - Calispell Valley Library, Cusick Bingo: 6:30 p.m. - Newport Eagles Alcoholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. St. Anthony’s Church Spirit Lake Lodge No. 57: 8 p.m. Spirit Lake WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Rotary Club: 7:15 a.m. - Oldtown Rotary Park Fiber Arts Knitting and Spinning Group: 9 a.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport Newport TOPS: 9 a.m. - Newport Eagles

Book sale set for Priest River PRIEST RIVER – A used book sale is set for Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the

Priest River Library, 118 Main St., downtown Priest River. Star Books are available.


Story Time: 10:30 a.m. - Blanchard Library Priest River Lioness: 11:30 a.m. Priest River Senior Center Home and Community Educators Diamond Lake Club: Noon - Call Billie Goodno at 509-447-3781 or Chris King at 208-437-0971 Al-Anon: Noon - American Lutheran Church Pinochle: 1 p.m. - Priest River Senior Center Priest River TOPS: 6 p.m. - Priest River Free Methodist Church Spirit Lake Historical Society: 6:30 p.m. - Call 208-623-5626 for locations Alcoholics Anonymous: 7 p.m. Hospitality House in Newport CALVARY CHAPEL NEWPORT

“Where The Sheep Go To Be Fed” 409 S. Spokane • Newport Sunday Morning 10 a.m. (509) 939-0676 / 97.3 FM “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35


“Where Jesus and Real Life Meet.” Worship Time: Sunday 10:30 a.m. at the Newport High School Real Life Ministries office, 420 4th St. Newport, WA - Office Phone: (509) 447-2164 or Toll Free (877) 997-1200

NEWPORT – The monthly showing of free movies at the Newport Library will take place next week. There will be refreshments at all the movies. On Thursday, Jan. 12, Family Movie night will feature “The Smurfs,” a 3-D family film for all ages. The movie will start at 5:30 p.m. “The Smurfs” is based on a Belgian cartoon strip that was started in the 1950s. Kid’s Movie Club and the Teen Movie will take place Saturday, Jan.14. Parent’s need to sign permissions slips one time for their children to see the movies. The slips are kept on file. “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure” will be shown for Kid’s Movie Club, which takes

Check your child’s development PRIEST RIVER – A well child developmental checkup will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Priest River Elementary Preschool. The screening is free and checks children from birth through 4 years for vision, hearing, speech, language, gross motor, fine motor, readiness, and other developmental areas of children. The screening is sponsored by West Bonner County School District and the Idaho Infant Toddler Program. CHURCH OF CHRIST

900 W. 4th St., Newport Create Building Sunday Bible Class 10 a.m. Worship Services - 11 a.m. Special Bible Classes Scheduled 509-447-4690


332801 Hwy. 2, P.O. Box 653, Newport Pastors Matt & Janine Goodrich 9 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10 a.m. Community Worship (509) 447-4338

DALKENA COMMUNITY CHURCH • VILLAGE MISSIONS S.S. ~ 9:30 • Worship ~ 11 a.m. Family Night, Wednesday ~ 7 p.m. (Bible and Youth Clubs) Pastor Sandy Strait - 509-447-3687

GRACE BIBLE CHURCH of Diamond Lake Corner of North Shore Road and Jorgens Road Informal Family-style Worship Sundays 10:00 a.m. 509-671-3436



4 Miles South of Newport, Hwy. 2 Sun.: 9:30 Sun. School, 10:30, Worship, 6 p.m. Evening Service Sun. & Wed. at Pastor’s house. Pastor, Walt Campbell: 447-5101

1 mile S. of Newport on Hwy. 2 • 447-3742 Sun. School 9:45 a.m. • Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. Bible Study Weds. 6:30 p.m.

Diamond Lake Church 326002 Hwy. 2, West of Newport Pastor Clinton Schultz, (509) 671-1884 Newport Church - Corner of Lilac Lane & Hwy. 20 North (509) 447-4755 Sat. Morning Services Sabbath School 9:30 • Worship 11:00 NACS THRIFT SHOP (509) 447-3488 PO Valley Church School (208) 437-2638

4912 Spring Valley Road Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. -- Sunday School (509) 447-3588





1428 1st Street West Sunday School ~ 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ~ 10:30 a.m. Church ~ 447-3265 Pastor Mitch McGhee E-mail

Worship 11 a.m. • Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Mon. 6:00 p.m. AWANA Wed. 6:30 p.m. Prayer Bible Study 124 E Main St • Ione Pastor Jeff Bowman • (509) 442-3610

Parents should schedule an appointment by calling 208-448-2473 and bring to the appointment with them their child’s baby book or any other information that might be helpful about the child’s development. The Priest River Elementary Preschool is located at the Priest River Elementary School at 231 Harriet St. For more information about other services provided, call 208-448-2473 or ask at the screening.

“The Little Church by the River” affiliated with Village Missions River Road - Cusick, WA 445-3123 Sunday Morning ~ 11:00 am AWANA ~ Mondays 4:00 pm Pastor Travis Cochran



place from 10 a.m. to noon. The movie’s hero, Beethoven, is a St. Bernard dog that joins forces with his teenage pal, Mason, to rescue Henry the Elf and retrieve Santa’s sleigh, which fell into the wrong hands. “Zookeeper” is the move that will be shown for the Teen Movie, which will be shown from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. It stars Kevin James, who plays the part of the zookeeper. He decides that his zookeeper job is holding back his love life, so he decides to get a more glamorous job. The animals don’t want him to go, so they break the code of silence and talk. They decide they will teach him the rules of courtship – animal style.

“Sharing Christ As He Is, With People As They Are” 2nd & Spokane Sts 447-3846


36245 Hwy 41, Oldtown, ID Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Services - 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wed. - Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Pastor Jack Jones Church Office 208-437-0150 Email:

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 3rd and Spokane St., Newport, WA Worship Service ~ 10:00 a.m. Church School ~ 10:00 a.m. Nursery Care Available Rev. Russell Clark 447-4121


Newport: St. Anthony’s, 447-4231 612 W. First St., Sun. - 11 a.m. Usk: St. Jude’s River Rd., Sat. - 5p.m. Ione: St. Bernard’s, 802 - 8th St., Sun. - 2nd & 4th - 8:00 a.m. Metaline Falls: St. Joseph’s, 446-2651 -- 406 Park St., Sun., 1st, 3rd & 5th - 8:00 a.m.

9 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Time September - May AWANA - Tuesday 5:30 p.m. The Immortals (13-High School ) Thur. 7-9 Pastor Rob Malcolm


“Building God’s Kingdom One Person at a Time” Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Mid-week Bible Studies Highway 41 Blanchard, ID (208) 437-2970 Pastor Mark Miller


754 Silver Birch Ln. • Oldtown, ID 83822 ‘’Contemporary Worship’’ Sun. ~ 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. “United Generation Church” Youth Group Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jeff & Robie Ecklund, Pastors • 437-2032



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IONE – The Ione Library book discussion group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. The book club is currently reading “Dandelions in a Jelly Jar,” a novel by Traci DePree about grace and small town life. The book club is free and open to the public and meets the second Tuesday of the month.

Book sale set for Priest River

PRIEST RIVER – A used book sale is set for Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Priest River Library, 118 Main St., downtown Priest River. Star Books are available.

Evergreen Art meets at Riverbank


NEWPORT – The Evergreen Art Association, which is open to all artists in the area, has its January meeting Monday, Jan. 9, at the Riverbank Restaurant in Oldtown. All artists in the area are invited to attend the regular meeting at 10 a.m. The program will be an acrylic painting demonstration by Mary Lee Rozelle of Elk. Prospective members and guests are always welcome.


8 a.m.—Coffee Hour, Hospitality House Noon— Senior meals at Kaniksu Village, 1:30 p.m.— Young at Heart Potluck, Ione Sr. Center; 4:30 p.m. — Free Bread Meal Hospitality House


8 a.m. --Coffee Hour, Hospitality House Noon— Senior meals at Kaniksu Village; Potluck Hospitality House 1:30 p.m.— Young at Heart Potluck, Ione Sr. Center


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5 8 a.m.—Coffee Hour, Hospitality House 12:30 p.m. —Duplicate Bridge Hospitality House 6 p.m.—Pinochle, Hospitality House

8 a.m.—Coffee Hour, Hospitality House Noon— Senior Meals at Ione Senior Center; 11:30 a.m. —Senior Meal at Blanchard Inn

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8 a.m.—Coffee Hour, Hospitality House Noon— Senior Meals at Ione Senior Center; 11:30 a.m. —Senior Meal at Blanchard Inn

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Faye E. Cover Newport

Faye E. Cover passed away Dec. 21, at her home in Newport. She was 61. Cover was born May 5, 1950, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Margarie (Robinson) Haight. She is survived by her husband Stephen Cover at their home in Newport. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Memory of Cover. No services are planned at this time. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements.

Steven J. Norstadt Cushing, Maine

Steven J. Norstadt passed away unexpectedly Dec. 7 at his home. He was 68 years old. Born in Newport Feb. 15, 1943, he was the only child of James Norstadt and Eunice Davis Norstadt. He was a 1960 graduate of Newport High School. Following high school, he attended Columbia Basin College, later enlisting in the U.S. Navy, serving one tour of duty. In 1967, he married Lucille Perin. He returned to Idaho and started his own construction business in the Priest River area, operating for 10 years. During that same time, Norstadt continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He returned to active duty in the early 1980s. After serving tours in New Jersey, Hawaii, Vietnam and Iraq during the first Gulf war, he retired from the Navy in 1995 as a highly decorated veteran. He was recipient of several meritorious service medals, including the Purple Heart. He told his classmates in a letter written for a class reunion that, although he never thought he would be a career military man, he wouldn’t trade it for anything and that he enjoyed the opportunity to see more than 30 different countries. His first wife died in 1991, and in 1992, while living in Hawaii, he met the love of his life, Jan Sparkes. The two were married in Hawaii in 1992 and moved to Cushing, Maine, in 2004. She passed away in 2006. He was a train enthusiast and had an extensive collection of model trains. He enjoyed building them and his daughter said he was an incredible woodworker and could make anything out of wood. He was preceded in death by his parents and wives. He is survived by his sons Dave Peterson, Carl Peterson, Kevin Peterson and Roy Kohn; two daughters, Susan Kohn and Sharon Williams; as well as his best friends and neighbors, Wayne and Tammy Emery of Cushing. At Norstadt’s request, no services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may


O B I T UA R I E S be made to Knox County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841. To share a condolence with his family, visit his online Book of Memories at

Edward Giles Wickwire III Furport

Edward Giles Wickwire III passed away Dec. 24 at the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in Solvang, Calif., at the age of 90. He was born in Larned, Kan., Dec. 10, Wickwire 1921. His full lineage can be traced back 15 generations to 1525 in Gloucestershire, England. Wickwire was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and attended Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle, where he also met his wife Josephine. He was active in rescue mission work and church work. In 1949, he was the director of the Union Gospel Rescue Mission in Bellingham, Wash. In 1950, he married Josephine and moved to California. He served as pastor and assisted to establish the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Bakersfield and Borrego Springs, Calif. He lived for 30 years in Bakersfield where he served as Program Chief for the district offices of the Kern County Welfare Department. Wickwire retired in 1980, and moved from California to the “north woods” in Washington State where he lived for another 30 years in Furport along the banks of the Pend Oreille River. During his retirement he enjoyed singing and writing poetry. He sang with the Spokane Melody Singers and wrote numerous poems. His collection of poetry “Poems of the Masters my Friends and Mine” will be published by his daughter Elizabeth La Rovere at a future date. Wickwire was loved deeply by family and friends around the world and was wonderfully blessed by his devoted and loving wife Josephine. Wickwire is survived by his wife of 61 years Josephine, his son Daniel who lives in Ankara, Turkey, his daughter Esther who lives in Furport, his daughter Elizabeth who lives in Santa Ynez, Calif., his son John who lives in Orange, Calif., and his daughter Camille who lives in Lira, Uganda. He is survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Joan Wennerstrom Reed of Fayetteville, Ark. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Loper Funeral Chapel and Ballard Country Church in Ballard, Calif., followed by a burial service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard. The service was conducted by Edward’s oldest son Daniel Wickwire, an ordained pastor who has served as a missionary in Turkey for more than 26 years. Wickwire’s youngest daughter, Camille Flege, is also serving as a missionary and operating an orphanage in Uganda. A memorial service will also be



Wyatt Joseph Salmeri Wyatt Joseph Salmeri was born Dec. 19 at 6:29 a.m. to Amanda Smith and Taj Salmeri of Newport. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long, delivered by Dr. Ragsdale at Newport Hospital and Health Services. He joins brothers Devin and Kole. Maternal grandparents are Keith and Andrea Smith and paternal grandparents are Joseph and Nancy Salmeri.



held at the Dalkena Community Church in Newport at 11 a.m. Jan. 7.

Lloyd LaMont Teal Priest River

Lloyd LaMont Teal of Priest River passed away Dec. 29 at University Hospital in Seattle. He was 60 years old. Teal was born in Paola, Kan., Oct. 18, 1951. He had lived in Priest River since 1987. He is survived by his wife Glenda Teal at their home in Priest River; five sons, Lev Teal of Forks Wash., Len Teal of Priest River, Lee Teal of Priest River, Lew Teal of Salt Lake City, LeDean Teal of Priest River, and one daughter LaNessa Teal of Sandpoint. He is also survived by six grandsons and six granddaughters, three brothers and four sisters. Teal was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He will be missed by numerous families and friends. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Priest River. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Priest River is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at

Ella Ruby (Moline) Bossio Priest River

Ella Ruby (Moline) Bossio of Priest River, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Dec. 31 at Valley Vista Care Center of Sandpoint. She was 86. Bossio Bossio was born Jan. 17, 1925, to Elizabeth and Carl Moline in Grenville, N.M. She moved with her parents and siblings to Saskatchewan, Canada, where they lived for a short time before setting in Westmond, Idaho. She married Clifford Bossio on Dec. 29, 1941. They made their home in Priest River, where they raised four daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford of 57 years; parents Elizabeth and Carl; sisters Myrtle, Clara and Evelyn, and brother’s Alvin and Virgil. Survivors include her daughters Gail (and Bill) Guhlke, Betty (and Earle) Leeper, Bonnie (and Rod) Kerr, Lori (and Mike) Dale; sister-in-law Marilyn Palmer; grandchildren LeAnn and Clifford, Tammy and Tracy, Brandi, Darci and Joebie, and Bryce and Brittany; 18 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bossio was a very sweet, intelligent, young lady. Throughout school she helped to teach the younger children. She later worked at the JC Penney store in Sandpoint. She was an avid home maker, enjoyed cooking and loved spending time with her family. The family would like to thank the nurses, CNAs and staff at Valley Vista and also Dr. Scott Dunn for the great care of Bossio. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Priest River with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Priest River is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.

Larya Marie Ruby Hamilton Larya Marie Ruby Hamilton was born Dec. 19 at 4:35 p.m. to Jessica Stanley and Travis Hamilton of Newport. She weighed 6 pounds, 7.5 ounces and measured 18 inches long, delivered by Dr. Ragsdale at Newport Hospital and Health Services. She joins sister Amaira and brother Dezmond. Maternal grandparents are Nick and Ruby Kuprienko and paternal grandparents are Michael Hamilton and Shannon Fitzmorris.

Faith Elizabeth MacArthur Faith Elizabeth MacArthur was born Dec. 21 at 7:49 a.m. to Julie and Andrew MacArthur of Newport. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19.5 inches in length, delivered by Dr. Kersting at Newport Hospital and Health Services. She joins brothers Andy, Tristan and Kyler and sisters Kaelynn, Caroline, Eavawn and Maria. Maternal grandparents are Andrew and Rebecca MacArthur and paternal grandmother is Karla McCorkle.

Bryaleih Auburn Skie Grotjohn Bryaleih Auburn Skie Grotjohn was born Dec. 27 to Andrea Nelson and Anthony Grotjohn of Newport. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long, delivered by Dr. Kersting at Newport Hospital and Health Services. She joins sister Izzibrayah. Maternal grandparents are Lloyd Miller and Alicia Adkins. Paternal grandparents are Jason Barber and Suzanne Grotjohn.


Editor’s note: The police reports, taken from dispatch logs provided to The Miner by law enforcement agencies, are not intended to be an exact report but rather a comprehensive list of police calls in Pend Oreille and West Bonner counties. Dispatch also fields calls for the Kalispel Tribe property in Airway Heights. Certain police calls are generally omitted because of space constraints. These include but aren’t limited to ambulance calls for illness, unfounded alarms, traffic stops, dogs at large, abandoned vehicles, 911 hang–ups and civil standbys. All dispositions for the police reports are assumed to be active, assist or transfer at press time. The police reports are updated each weekday on The Miner Online.

PEND OREILLE COUNTY Monday, Dec. 19 HAZMAT – Cedar Creek Terrace, report of chemical leak. HARASSMENT – W. Pine St., report of ongoing harassment. Tuesday, Dec. 20 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PHYSICAL – Selkirk St., Metaline, report that subject assaulted male. ERRATIC DRIVER – Hwy, 20, report of black Mazda speeding. FRAUD – Sanham Lane, Newport, report of debit card used to make purchases. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES – Metaline Falls area HARASSMENT – Frantz Rd., Elk, complainant reported receiving repeated texts from estranged husband. ARREST – Pines Rd., Newport, James Everly Gandy, 37, of Newport, was arrested for fourth degree assault domestic violence, interfering with reporting domestic violence and third degree malicious mischief. DECEASED PERSON – Beaver Valley Rd., Newport, report of a deceased 61-year-old female. TRESPASSING – N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights ARREST – Ronald Wesley Moore, 52, of Metaline was arrested for fourth degree assault domestic violence. ARREST – David Carl Porter, 31, of Newport was arrested for third degree theft. ARREST – Nathan Taylor Gardner, 28, of Newport was arrested for obstructing a public servant and third degree theft. Wednesday, Dec. 21 THEFT – Coyote Trail Rd., reported theft of copper wire. AGENCY ASSIST – Hwy. 2,

Donald E. Roberts Blanchard

Donald E. Roberts of Blanchard passed away Jan. 1, in Spokane, at the age of 81. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements.

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report of deputies assisting agency at location regarding illegals. ACCIDENT – Payton Heidi Lane, report of single vehicle slide off. ERRATIC DRIVER – Hwy. 2, report of dark mid-size truck crossing lanes. ARREST – LeClerc Rd. N., Cusick, Wiley Lucas Thurman, 20, of Usk was arrested on tribal charges. ACCIDENT – Glendale Drive, report of a single vehicle slide off non-injury accident. ACCIDENT – Spring Valley Rd., report of white Ford ranger in ditch. Thursday, Dec. 22 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES – Winchester St., report of a suspicion of poisoning. THEFT – W. Pine St., reported theft of leather jacket. ARREST – Calispel St., Joseph R. Shanholtzer, 36, of Cusick was arrested on local warrants. Friday, Dec. 23 ERRATIC DRIVER – Hwy. 2, report that driver hit curb, swerving. FRAUD – S. Washington Ave., Newport, report of embezzlement. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PHYSICAL – S. Washington Ave., report of domestic violence. INTOXICATION – W. 8th St., report of person being combative, kicked in the door. CHIMNEY FIRE – Hwy. 31, report of flames out of chimney. WEAPON OFFENSE – Hwy. 2, report of sound of gunshots. ACCIDENT – Hwy. 2, report of vehicle in the ditch. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES – McAvoy Rd., report of suspicious vehicle. Saturday, Dec. 24 ACCIDENT – Cedar Creek Rd., report of vehicle in the ditch. ERRATIC DRIVER – Hwy. 20, report of erratic driver. ACCIDENT – Hwy. 20, report of one vehicle slide off. ACCIDENT – S. Shore Diamond Lake Rd., report of one vehicle non-injury accident. ARREST – N. Grandview Ave., William Brandon Parker, 31, of Metaline Falls was arrested for fourth degree assault domestic violence. TRAFFIC OFFENSE – W 7th St., report of two snowmobiles racing up and down road. ACCIDENT – Hwy. 20, report of vehicle in ditch. Sunday, Dec. 25 MALICIOUS MISCHIEF – S. Spokane Ave., report of door win-


|| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Diamond Lake Water and Sewer: 10 a.m. - District Office, 172 South Shore Road Oldtown Urban Renewal District Board: 5:30 p.m. - Oldtown City Hall Northern Panhandle Green Party: 6 p.m. - Friends Meeting House in Sandpoint Invitees: Public Meetings Fire District No. 4 Commissioners: 6 p.m. - Dalkena Fire Station No. 41 Ione Town Council: 7 p.m. Clerk’s Office Sacheen Lake Sewer and Water District Board: 7 p.m. - Sacheen Fire Station, Highway 211



WEST BONNER COUNTY Monday, Dec. 19 No reportable incidents. Tuesday, Dec. 20 STRUCTURE FIRE – Sierra Lane, Spirit Lake Wednesday, Dec. 21 VEHICLE THEFT – Tweedie Rd., Blanchard SUSPICIOUS PERSON – Priest Lake, Priest Lake ARREST – Deer Trail Rd., Blanchard, Miranda Rafferty, 18, of Blanchard was arrested on a local warrant. BATTERY – Hero Ave., Spirit Lake Thursday, Dec. 22 No reportable incidents. Friday, Dec. 23 DOMESTIC DISPUTE – Washington Ave., Newport, report of a family offense. RECKLESS DRIVING – Hwy. 41, Spirit Lake ARREST – Hwy. 57, Priest River, Markus Davis, 18, of Sagle was arrested for driving under the influence. Saturday, Dec. 24 BURGLARY – Torrens Trail, Lake NON INJURY ACCIDENT – man Lake Rd., Oldtown NON INJURY ACCIDENT – 57, Priest River NON INJURY ACCIDENT – 41, Blanchard

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Sunday, Dec. 25 ASSIST OTHER AGENCY – W. Settlement Rd., Priest River ARREST – Cemetery Rd., Priest River, Elizabeth Yancy, 42, of Priest River was arrested for interfering with a 911 call. ACCIDENT – W. Settlement Rd., Priest River DOMESTIC DISPUTE – E. Lincoln Ave., Priest River

claim on the undersigned or on the attorneys of record at the address stated below and must file an executed copy of the claim with the Clerk of the Court within four (4) months after the date of first publication of this Notice or within four (4) months after the date of filing a copy of this Notice with the Clerk of the Court, whichever is the latter, or the claim will be barred, except under those provisions in RCW 11.40.011. Date of First Publication: 12/21/11 Date of Filing: 12/15/11


MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Pend Oreille County Commissioners: 9 a.m. - Pend Oreille County Courthouse Pend Oreille Fire District No. 2: 10 a.m. - Fire Station 23, 390442 Highway 20, Ione Pend Oreille Fire District No. 6: 6 p.m. - Furport Fire Hall, 7572 LeClerc Road Hospital District 2 Board: 6 p.m. - Fire Station 23, Highway 20, Ione Oldtown City Council: 6:30 p.m. Oldtown City Hall Newport School Board: 6:30 p.m. - District Offices

dow broken out at residence. ACCIDENT – Fan Lake Rd., report of vehicle over embankment. ERRATIC DRIVER – Hwy. 2, report of erratic driver. HARASSMENT – W. 7th St., report of former spouse harassing complainant. ARREST – Hwy. 20, Vanessa Anne Marion, 46, of Spokane was arrested for driving while license suspended, driving under the influence, possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. ACCIDENT – Scotia Rd., report of vehicle off roadway through fence.

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2011459 SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF WASHINGTON, COUNTY OF PEND OREILLE No. 11-4-00055-8 Notice To Creditors (RCW 11-40-010) In the Estate of Joseph G. Wark, Deceased. The undersigned has been appointed and has qualified as Personal Representative of the estate of the above-named decedent. Each person having a claim against the deceased must serve the

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Cusick Town Council: 7 p.m. Cusick Community Center TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Bonner County Commissioners: 8:45 a.m. - Bonner County Administrative Building Pend Oreille County Commissioners: 9 a.m. - Pend Oreille County Courthouse West Bonner Library District Board of Trustees: 9 a.m. Priest River Library Port of Pend Oreille Commissioners: 9 a.m. - Usk Lenora Water and Sewer District: 10 a.m. - Skookum Rendezvous Lodge, 1432 Lenora Drive, Usk Friends of the Library: Noon Priest River Library Pend Oreille County Planning Commission Hearings: 7 p.m. Cusick Community Center

West Bonner Water and Sewer District: 6:30 p.m. - Oldtown City Hall Pend Oreille Fire District No. 5: 6:30 p.m. - District No. 5 Fire Station, 406722 Highway 20, Cusick West Bonner Library Board: 7 p.m. - Priest River Library Metaline Falls Town Council: 7 p.m. - Metaline Falls Town Hall Laclede Water District: 7:30 p.m. - Laclede Community Hall WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Pend Oreille Cemetery No. 1: 8:15 a.m. - County Courthouse in Newport Bonner County Democrats: 6:308 p.m. - Panhandle Health, 322 Marion St., Sandpoint Metaline Town Council: 7 p.m. Metaline Town Hall



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201207 BOARD VACANCY The Cusick School District Board of Directors is accepting applications to fill the Director District #2 vacancy. Applicants must be registered voters in the school district and reside in Director District #2. Interested citizens are asked to contact the Cu-

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201206 CALL FOR MATERIAL BIDS PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 1 OF PEND OREILLE COUNTY CONTRACT NO. 12-002 Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County, Washington, hereby solicits sealed bids for one 300 horsepower electric pump

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201203 REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATION Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County is inviting statements of qualifications and performance information from firms interested in providing professional engineering services for the 2012 calendar year in conjunction with the water systems operated by the PUD. Improvement projects may include water distribution and transmission pipelines, water reservoir and treatment plant, surface and ground water systems, and other improvement projects related to the water systems. Qualification and performance statements will be reviewed, placed on file for the 2012 calendar year, and will be used as the source from which to select one or more qualified firms from whom a detailed proposal will be requested for any specific project. Projects may be funded/ partially funded through the Washington State Community Development Block Grant Program with federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Minority- and womenowned firms are encouraged to submit statements of qualification. Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to Mark Scott at (509) 447-6375. Response of interested firms is requested no later than February 3, 2012. Statements of Qualifications may be mailed to Mark Scott, Pend Oreille PUD, P.O. Box 190, Newport, WA 99156. Published in The Newport Miner January 4, 11, 2012. (48-2)

________________ 201202 PUBLIC NOTICE PRE-QUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County requires all individuals or companies wanting to perform any distribution, transmission, substation work, communications, right-of-way clearing and maintenance of lines for the District to be “prequalified” as required in RCW 54.04.085. In order to qualify to bid on the District’s projects, a person, firm, or corporation shall meet the following requirements: 1) Adequate financial resources, or the ability to secure such resources; 2) The necessary experience, organization, and technical qualifications to perform the proposed work; 3) The ability to comply with required performance schedules taking into consideration all of its existing business commitments; 4) A satisfactory record of performance, integrity, judgment, and skill to perform the proposed work; 5) Be otherwise qualified and eligible to receive an award under applicable law and regulations. Contractors may obtain an application by accessing the District’s website at or by contacting Eileen Dugger, Contracts Administrator, at (509) 447-9345 or Published in The Newport Miner January 4, 2012. (48)


201205 PUBLIC NOTICE Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County, Washington Small Works Roster Pursuant to Washington State Statute RCW 39.04.155 and RCW 54.04.070, the Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County is compiling a revised Small Works Roster of Contractors who wish to submit proposals for various contracts with an estimated cost not exceeding $200,00. The roster shall be comprised of contractors who have requested to be placed on this roster and who are properly licensed and registered to perform such work in the State of Washington. The categories of contracting which the Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County anticipates possible need include the following: 1. Computers 2. Electrical, mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and lighting work 3. Environmental work 4. Excavation and earth work 5. Explosives 6. Hazardous waste 7. Logging/right-of-way clearing 8. Plant/building construction and maintenance 9. Power line construction 10. Well drilling Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County invites all contractors who are interested in performing small works construction to contact the Contracts Administrator at 509-447-9345. A form will be forwarded to all inquiries to be completed and returned to the Public Utility District for inclusion of your company in the Small Works Roster. Minority and women-owned contracting firms are encourages to respond. Contractors who

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are currently on the Small Works Roster do no need to re-apply. Published in The Newport Miner January 4, 2012. (48)

________________ 2011444 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY Charles V. Carroll, the undersigned Trustee, that he or his designated agent will, on Friday, January 13, 2012 at the hour of 10:00a.m. in the lobby of Pend Oreille Title Co., 312 S. Washington, City of Newport, State of Washington, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real property, situated in the County of Pend Oreille, State of Washington: LOTS 2, 3 AND 4, BLOCK 4, CALISPEL ADDITION TO THE TOWN OF CUSICK, ACCORDING TO THE RECORDED PLAT THEREOF, PEND OREILLE COUNTY, WASHINGTON; TOGETHER WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY 5 FEET OF THE ALLEY, NOW VACANT JOINING ABOVE LOTS ON THE NORTHEAST. A.P .N. 443330-54-8032 The postal address of which is: 104 WRIGHT ST., CUSICK, WA 99119 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated April 23, 2002 and recorded May 3, 2002 under Recording No. 2002 0262863, records of Pend Oreille County, Washington, from Harry Eugene Lewis, Sr., as his sole and separate property, as Grantor, to Pend Oreille Title Company as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of Global Credit Union, as Beneficiary. Such sale will include all fixtures and/or personal property described in or referenced in said Deed of Trust and/ or any Security Agreement executed by Borrower contemporaneously with the Deed of Trust. II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Grantor’s or Borrower’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III. The Beneficiary alleges default of the Deed of Trust for failure to pay the following amounts now in arrears: A. Monthly Payments: $633.58 each due on the 1st day of July, August September and October, 2011. $2,534.32 B. Late Charges: $24.14 for each monthly payment not remitted within 15 days of its due date. $72.42 To t a l A r r e a r a g e : $2,606.74 C. Advances by Beneficiary: Payment to US Dept. of Treasury per Notice of Reclamation re Social Security payments on account after Borrower’s death: $8,590.00, and potential future reclamation payments (est): $16,144.83 Total Advances and Est. Potential Advances: $24,734.63 D. Foreclosure Costs: Trustee’s Sale Guarantee: $462.68 Attorney’s Fee: 1,400.00 Process Service/Posting: 160.00 Statutor y Mailings: 100.00 Copying, Tel., Fax.: 50.00 Recording Fees: 150.00 Total Costs: $2,322.68 EST. TOTAL AMOUNT DUE: $29,664.05 and the following other defaults which do not involve payments due to the Beneficiary: None DEFAULT NA ACTION NECESSARY TO CURE NA IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the


Deed of Trust is: Principal Balance of $64,123.57, together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument secured from June 1, 2011, including default interest, if any, as provided in the note, and such other advances, costs and fees as are due under the note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. The sale will be made without warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on the 13th day of January, 2012. The default(s) referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by January 2,2012 (11 days before the sale date) to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if any time on or before the close of the Trustee’s business office on January 2,2012 (11 days before the sale date), the default(s) as set forth in Paragraph III is/are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any after January 2, 2012 (11 days before the sale date), and before the sale, by the Borrower, Grantor, any Guarantor, or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrances paying the entire principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust. VI. A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following address (es): HEIRS & DEVISEES OF HARRY EUGENE LEWIS, SR. C/O SUSAN M. THOMAS, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE 502 4TH ST. S. 3 ELMA, W A 98541 OCCUPANT 104 WRIGHT ST. CUSICK, WA 99119 NATURE’S JEWEL, INC. DBA NETTIE’S NEST 104 WRIGHT ST. CUSICK, WA 99119 NATURE’S JEWEL, INC. DBA NETTIE’S NEST P.O. BOX 222 CUSICK, WA 99119 MICHAEL J. MCLAUGHLIN, ATTORNEY 312 WASHINGTON NEWPORT, WA 99156 DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF FINANCIAL RECOVERY P.O. BOX 9501 OLYMPIA WA 985079501 by both first class and certified mail on August 29, 2011, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee, and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served with said written notice of default, or the written notice of default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, on September 6,2011, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their right, title and interest in the above-described property. IX. Anyone having any objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring



such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any property grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS X. The purchaser at the Trustee’s sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the deed of trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. DATED: October 6, 2011 /s/ Charles V. Carroll Charles V. Carroll, Successor Trustee 522 W. Riverside, Ste. 420 Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 624-8200 Published in The Newport Miner December 14, 2011 and January 4, 2012. (45, 48) _____________________ 2011447 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE File No.: 7886.23081 Grantors: Northwest Trustee Services, Inc. PNC Bank, National Association, successor by merger to National City Bank, successor by merger to National City Bank of Indiana Grantee: Arlie G. Trumbull and Charity M. Trumbull, husband and wife Ref to DOT Auditor File No.: 2005 0283275 Tax Parcel ID No.: 433035580004 Abbreviated Legal: Tract D of Kopp Farms Short Plat Notice of Trustee’s Sale Pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington 61.24, et seq. I. On January 13, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. inside the main lobby of the Hall of Justice, 229 South Garden Avenue in the City of Newport, State of Washington, the undersigned Trustee (subject to any conditions imposed by the Trustee) will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at time of sale, the following described real property “Property”, situated in the County(ies) of Pend Oreille, State of Washington: Tract D of Kopp Farms Short Plat No. 96-06, according to Short Plat, recorded in Book 2 of Short Plats, Page 281, Pend Oreille County, Washington. 200 Palm Harbor Home Serial #204281N4P36404 HUD TAG# ORE406677 & ORE406678 Commonly known as: 201 North Frantz Road Elk, WA 99009 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 09/09/05, recorded on 09/14/05, under Auditor’s File No. 2005 0283275, records of Pend Oreille County, Washington, from Arlie G. Trumbull and Charity M. Trumbull husband and wife, as Grantor, to Frontier Title Co., as Trustee, to secure an obligation “Obligation” in favor of National City Mortgage a division of National City Bank of Indiana, as Beneficiary. *The Tax Parcel ID number and Abbreviated Legal Description are provided solely to comply with the recording statutes and are not intended to supplement, amend or supersede the Property’s full legal description provided herein. II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the Obligation in any Court by reason of the Grantor’s or Borrower’s default on the Obligation. III. The Beneficiary alleges default of the Deed of Trust for failure to pay the following amounts now in arrears and/or other defaults: Amount due to reinstate

by 10/12/2011 Monthly Payments $34,381.79 Late Charges $1,330.80 Lender’s Fees & Costs $3,893.52 Total Arrearage $39,606.11 Trustee’s Expenses (Itemization) Trustee’s Fee $506.25 Recording Costs $14.00 Total Costs $520.25 Total Amount Due: $40,126.36 Other known defaults as follows: IV. The sum owing on the Obligation is: Principal Balance of $140,574.37, together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument evidencing the Obligation from 03/01/09, and such other costs and fees as are due under the Obligation, and as are provided by statute. V. The Property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the Obligation as provided by statute. The sale will be made without representation or warranty, express or implied regarding title, possession, encumbrances or condition of the Property on January 13, 2012. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III, together with any subsequent payments, late charges, advances costs and fees thereafter due, must be cured by 01/02/12 (11 days before the sale date), to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time before the close of the Trustee’s business on 01/02/12 (11 days before the sale date), the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III, together with any subsequent payments, late charges, advances, costs and fees thereafter due, is/ are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after 01/02/12 (11 days before the sale date), and before the sale by the Borrower, Grantor, any Guarantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance paying the entire balance of principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust. VI. A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following address(es): NAME AND ADDRESS Arlie G. Trumbull 201 North Frantz Road Elk, WA 99009 Arlie G. Trumbull 20905 97th Street East Bonney Lake, WA 98391 Charity M. Trumbull 201 North Frantz Road Elk, WA 99009 Charity M. Trumbull 20905 97th Street East Bonney Lake, WA 98391 by both first class and either certified mail, return receipt requested on 09/15/10, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and on 09/16/10 Grantor and Borrower were personally served with said written notice of default or the written notice of default was posted on a conspicuous place on the real property described in paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The Trustee, whose name and address are set forth below, will provide in writing to anyone requesting it a statement of all foreclosure costs and trustee’s fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their right, title and interest in the Property. IX. Anyone having any objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. X. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS - The purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following

the sale, as against the Grantor under the Deed of Trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at and are incorporated by this reference. You may also access sale status at and EFFECTIVE: 10/12/2011 Northwest Trustee Services, Inc., Trustee Authorized Signature P.O. BOX 997 Bellevue, WA 98009-0997 Contact: Becky Baker (425) 5861900. (TS# 7886.23081) 1002.170208-FEI Published in The Newport Miner December 14, 2011 and January 4, 2012. (45, 48)


2011454 LEGAL NOTICE LEADERS MEETING The Boards of Commissioners of the Port of Pend Oreille, Public Utility District No. 1 and Pend Oreille County will meet at on Tuesday, January 10th at the Camas Wellness Center, Usk, WA. A no host lunch will be at noon followed by the meeting at 1:00 p.m. /s/Kelly J. Driver, Manager /s/ Karen Willner, Clerk of the Board /s/ Chris Mylar, Clerk of the Board Publish in The Newport Miner December 28, 2011 and January 4, 2012. (47-2)


2011455 LEGAL NOTICE PORT OF PEND OREILLE SMALL WORKS ROSTER Notice is hereby given that the Port of Pend Oreille (Port) is updating its Small Works Roster for 2012. Contractors who wish to be included on this Roster need to complete an application form available at the Port office at 1981 Black Road, Usk, WA. 99180, 509-445-1090. Forms are also available on the Port’s website at www.povarr. com. Applicants, where required by law, must be properly licensed or registered to perform work in the State of Washington. Contractors whose names appear on the Roster may be contacted from time to time to submit job proposals for contracts for $300,000 or less. Qualified applicants will be placed on the 2012 which will expire on December 31. /s/ Kelly J. Driver, Manager Published in The Newport Miner December 28, 2011 and January 4, 2012. (47-2)


2011461 PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Newport City Council at Newport City Hall, 200 S. Washington Ave., Newport, Washington on January 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible users of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from low- and moderate income CONTINUED ON 8B


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FROM PAGE 6B persons and persons residing in the Newport area. Up to $1 million may be available to the City of Newport on a statewide competitive basis to fund public facility, community facility, economic development, housing rehabilitation, and planning projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA) may have $200,000 additional funding available to the City of Newport on a statewide competitive basis to fund the water and sewer portion of this project. The draft application for the Spruce Street Water & Sewer Reconstruction Project proposal will be available for review at the City of Newport, 200 S Washington, Newport, Washington. From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the City of Newport, 200 S Washington, Newport, Washington from December 28, 2011 to January 13, 2012. Newport City Hall is handicap accessible. Arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs, including handicap accessibility or interpreter will be made upon receiving twenty-four hour advance notice. Contact City Administrator Ray King at 509-447-5611.

PU B LI C sentative of this estate. Persons having claims against the decedent must, prior to the time such claims would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitation, serve their claims on

the personal representative or the attorneys of record at the address stated below and file an executed copy of the claim with the Clerk of this Court within four months after the date of first

publication of this notice or within four months after the date of the filing of the copy of this Notice with the Clerk of the Court, whichever is later or, except under those provisions included in RCW


11.40.011 and 11.40.013, the claim will be forever barred. This bar is effective as to the claims against both the probate assets and nonprobate assets of the decedent.


Date of filing copy of 12/15/11 Date of first publication 12/21/11 /s/Lelia C. McCormack Lelia C. McCormack c/o Douglas D. Lam-

barth P.O. Box 366 Newport, WA 99156 509-447-3036 Published in The Newport Miner December 21,

28, 2011, January 4 and 11, 2012. (46-4)


Published in The Newport Miner December 28, 2011 and January 4, 2012. (47-2)

_________________ 2011462 SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF PEND OREILLE Case No.: 11-4-00037-4 Probate Notice to Creditors In Re. The Estate of Amelia N. Jones, Deceased. Probate Notice to Creditors (RCW 11.40.030) The personal representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as personal representative of this estate. Persons having claims against the decedent must, prior to the time such claims would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitation, serve their claims on the personal representative or the attorneys of record at the address stated below and file an executed copy of the claim with the Clerk of this Court within four months after the date of first publication of this notice or within four months after the date of the filing of the copy of this Notice with the Clerk of the Court, whichever is later or, except under those provisions included in RCW 11.40.011 and 11.40.013, the claim will be forever barred. This bar is effective as to the claims against both the probate assets and nonprobate assets of the decedent. Date of filing copy of 12/21/11 Date of first publication 12/28/11 /s/Daniel Lee Jones Daniel Lee Jones c/o Douglas D. Lambarth P.O. Box 366 Newport, WA 99156 509-447-3036 Published in The Newport Miner December 28, 2011, January 4, 11 and 18, 2012. (47-4)

_________________ 2011458 SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF PEND OREILLE Case No.: 11-4-00034-0 Probate Notice to Creditors In Re. The Estate of Ila Lou Carroll, Deceased. Probate Notice to Creditors (RCW 11.40.030) The personal representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as personal repre-

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