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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Volume 110, Number 49 | 2 Sections, 20 Pages


PUD turbine project nearing completion Additional repairs push costs past $100 million When the PUD started the project, the contractor Andritz Group and the PUD estimated the upgrades at a $68 million base contract. More than 40 change orders have raised the cost to more than $100 million and the final turbine is not yet completed. PUD General Manager John Jordan said the PUD knew of the $100 million costs once the fourth unit, the first to be upgraded, was pulled apart and they knew what they were in for in 2009. “We keep finding things that are prudent to be done,” PUD Chief Operating Officer Charles O’Hare said.



The PUD started upgrading the turbines in 2009 and the fourth and final unit to be upgraded is currently in disassembly. More than 40 change orders have increased the price of this project to more than $100 million.

IONE – The Pend Oreille Public Utility District is more than $32 million over the original base contract on the turbine upgrades at Box Canyon Dam, making the project cost more than $100 million because of change orders and defective equipment. The PUD has been upgrading the turbines since 2009 as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 50-year license on the hydroelectric project as well as making it ready for another 50 years of service.

He compared the overages to taking a car to a mechanic and when the mechanic opens the hood of the car, more issues tumble out that needed addressed. O’Hare said the contract had optional items that could be added if needed. There were also costs incurred from unforeseen items, such as replacing a discharge ring and defective hub parts. Assistant General Manager April Owen said that it was hard to see what the extra costs would be before the turbine project was started be-


Battle at Moon Creek heads to court Homeowners and county named in federal lawsuit


DIAMOND LAKE – A dispute between Diamond Lake residents who are trying to lower WHAT’S NEXT: unusuORAL ARGUMENTS: ally high set for Thursday, Jan. water 16 at 2 p.m. in federal court in Spokane. and The arguments will residents be heard by Judge along Juarin Quakenbush the outat 2 p.m. let at the south end of the lake who object to spraying herbicide and

breaching the beaver dams is heading to federal court. The nine-member association called Friends of Moon Creek sued the Diamond Lake Improvement Association, Pend Oreille County’s Noxious Weed Control Board and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in federal court. Oral arguments will be heard by Judge Justin Quakenbush Thursday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the federal court-


The volunteers for Pend Oreille Valley Habitat for Humanity completed their seventh house and donated it to a family Sunday, Dec. 29. Board members said it took more than three years to complete this project.

Habitat may have hit last nail


Jones has been a board member for eight years and will continue to


Pot store address wrong, applicant says mistake BY DON GRONNING OF THE MINER

NEWPORT – A man who applied for a retail marijuana license in the city of Newport used the address of existing businesses that he had no permission to use. Joe Rammell listed the address of SOS Pawn and Dollars and Deals. They are located at 300 W. Walnut St.,

property owned by Randy and Linda Parker. The 30-day window for marijuana licenses closed Dec. 20. The Liquor Control Board was still receiving license applications through the mail earlier this month, said Frank O’Dell, supervisor for marijuana licensing for the Liquor Control Board. SEE POT, PAGE 9A

NEWPORT – The Pend Oreille Valley Habitat for Humanity may be forced to stop serving the area because of lack of volunteers as well as the parent affiliate charging more money annually and requiring a house be built or improved every year. “Impossible for us,” board member Geoff Jones said of building one house a year. The local chapter dedicated its seventh house in December. The community support is not the best in this area and Jones said as of Feb. 1, the board will consist of three people, himself, Bill Holstein and Bobbie VandeVeer.

‘I think this unfairly penalizes small, all volunteer, rural affiliates like ours.’ Geoff Jones

Pend Oreille Valley Habitat for Humanity board member

serve as long as needed, he said. Jones said the parent affiliate Habitat for Humanity International is changing some of its policies and fees. The “Stewardship and Organizational Sustainability Initiative” is

applied to all Habitat for Humanity locations nationwide and the Pend Oreille Valley Habitat for Humanity group is expected to pay these new fees or they have the option to disaffiliate from the larger organization. Habitat for Humanity helps people have safe and affordable housing by working in partnership with the families and building a house. The houses are sold to the families at no profit or interest on the loans. They must repay the loans. The building costs are financed by a revolving fund called “The Fund for Humanity.” The original funds were donated by supporters and raised through fundraising. The fund revolves beSEE HABITAT, PAGE 2A

B R I E F LY Morning meeting set for Newport NEWPORT – The next meeting of the Newport City Council will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. The morning meeting happens each year in order to reconcile any 2013 bills that came in after the first of the year that need to be paid out of 2013 funds.

and goes through March 13. Brian Dansel is District 7’s newest legislator, winning the Senate seat held by John Smith, who was appointed after the retirement of Sen. Bob Morton. Also representing District 7 are Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, and Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda.

OLYMPIA – The Washington state Legislature will convene Monday, Jan. 13, in Olympia

Correction: Because of a reporting error, remarks made by planning commissioner Guy Thomas in a Dec. 25 story about planning commission appointments were incorrectly

Washington legislature convenes Monday

Bill Burnett resigns from City Council

NEWPORT – William Burnett is resigning from the Newport City Council effective Feb. 4. “As I enter my 70th year, family and personal interests increasingly take precedence with my time,” Burnett writes to the council in a letter dated Jan. 3. “I feel that these and other















considerations negatively affected my participation last year and would only increase this year.” Burnett said he feels the council and community deserve greater commitment from council members. Burnett said he hopes the city will call him if he can be assistance for future endeavors. Burnett was “talked into” the vacant council position in January 2005 by Fred Anderson. SEE BRIEFLY, PAGE 10A

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HABITAT: Habitat affiliates must serve at least one family annually FROM PAGE 1A

cause whatever is returned will go toward building the next house. Adam Rondeau, media relations manager for Habitat for Humanity International, said the UP NEXT: board of THE PEND OREILLE VALLEY HABITAT direcFOR HUMANITY: tors for is having a board Habitat meeting Monday, Jan. Interna13 at 6 p.m. at the Sandifur room in the tional Newport Hospital. approved the “Stewardship and Organizational Sustainability Initiative” to help underwrite and fund a portion of costs for the national effort of the program. “Habitat for Humanity’s national programs have long included a mix of funding for house improvement and construction, volunteer engagement, and advocacy outreach that helps to shape housing laws, along with extensive technical support and training for a variety of operational issues,” Rondeau said. “For more

than 30 years, these efforts have been wholly funded by Habitat for Humanity International. With the implementation of this new policy, a small portion of the cost of these national programs will be underwritten by local Habitat affiliates.” Rondeau said the policy will take into consideration the size of the service area when imposing the new fees. “The fee is based on the size of the market where the affiliate is located. For example, affiliates that serve smaller communities of less than 50,000 will pay $1,500 per year,” Rondeau said. Jones said he would be surprised if larger affiliates were paying more than 10 percent of their annual mortgage income. “Our treasurer has estimated that this fee will represent 10-25 percent of our current mortgage income. The $1,500 a year represents a little over 10 percent of our annual income from the mortgages that we hold,” Jones said. “I

think this unfairly penalizes small, all volunteer, rural affiliates like ours.” Jones said it took three years to build this house, the seventh in the area. The sixth house they built took about two years. One of the new restrictions from Habitat International is that a house must be built or repaired every year. “A Habitat affiliate must serve at least one family annually through either a new home construction, home renovation, repair or weatherization,” Rondeau said. “In addition to that requirement, they must serve one family through new home construction or renovation every three years.” Jones said the options for the local chapter are not very good. The board will decide if they should disaffiliate with the International organization, combine with a larger chapter close by such as Sandpoint or Spokane, or have the International chapter disaffiliate the local chapter. Habitat for Humanity International was founded

by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976 in Georgia. In 1968, at a farm outside Americus, Ga., the idea of “partnership housing” was developed. The concept was to help the families in need work side-by-side to build a modest house for shelter with the help of a volunteer work force. More than 42 half-acre house sites were reserved and money was donated from around the country to start work on the new homes. This was the beginning of Habitat for Humanity. The Fullers took their “partnership housing” into developing countries in 1973. In three short years, the Fullers expanded to become Habitat for Humanity International. When former president Jimmy Carter took a trip to New York for a Habitat work trip, the organization gained national attention. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit corporation that receives support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations. They receive government as-

sistance for programs Habitat are part of, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The total revenue for the 2013 fiscal year was $312.8 million. More than $74.3 million was from government grants and more than $49 million was donations in-kind. Habitat for Humanity International classifies their expenses in three categories: program expense, fundraising expense and management/general expense. Total expense came to $335.2 million for 2013. Currently, local Habitat groups like Newport’s have built and repaired more than 800,000 homes and helped more than 4 million people around the world. The Pend Oreille Valley Habitat for Humanity is having a board meeting Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Sandifur room in the Newport Hospital. For more information, email povhfh@

TURBINE: Will be a great rate by the end of 30 years for PNC cause they sit below a level of concrete. The PUD and the PonFROM PAGE 1A

deray Newsprint Company have an agreement stating PNC can buy PUD power from Box Canyon at cost and O’Hare said that 95 percent of Box Canyon power is bought by PNC. Owen said the turbine upgrade project is paid for by bonds and PNC will pay back most of the payments incurred over the 30 year term on the bonds via their power sales purchases. “The PNC knew their rates would go up,” she said. Jordan said the bonds were borrowed as the project went along. The PUD got bonds in 2009, 2010 and 2012 to borrow money at the lowest interest rate possible, some at historically low rates that will lower payments. “We borrowed as we went on this project,” Jordan said. “There is several reasons for that.” He said borrowing at a certain time can affect interest rates and they tried to get the most favorable rate possible. He said they did not want to borrow money if it was not going to be used and the size of the project grew over time. The cost of power from Box Canyon averages $35 to $40 in range, Jordan said, and the estimate for cost after the turbine upgrade will be in the $40 to $42 range. Jordan said that about 50 percent of the rate for the cost of power will be used for paying back the bonds to pay for the project. He said about 35 percent will cover the cost of general operations at Box and about 15 percent is for Protection, Mitigation

and Enhancement (PM&E) funds required by their federal license. “So essentially, PNC, if we didn’t have the debt, didn’t have the bonds, didn’t have all the projects, they would be buying $20 power. Now they are buying $40 power. They

‘We keep finding things that are prudent to be done.’ Charles O’Hare

Chief Operating Officer

pay 95 percent of our debt service. It’s a big number.” Jordan said he has talked to PNC about the upgrades. He said PNC used to be bothered by the idea of paying more for power but he said the feelings have settled in the wake of time. “Our feeling was, ‘We need to take care of the project.’ It’s a jewel for the county,” Jordan said. “Right or wrong, we are almost done with it now.” By the end of 30 years, it will be a great rate for PNC, Owen said. The turbines went through this upgrade process for several reasons, the main one being efficiency with power production. O’Hare said more water can go through the turbines now, making the hydroelectric project produce more energy. The average megawatts that Box produced was 60 MW and O’Hare said with the upgrades, it will rise to 90 MW with PNC getting most of this new relatively low cost power. This could lower the amount of higher cost power they must purchase from BPA or the open market.

The PUD started the project in 2009 with turbine No. 4. O’Hare said they started with the fourth unit because it was easier to remove and the configuration of the control panels at the dam helped with the decision to do this unit first. The No. 4 unit experienced major problems with installation and cracking welds so the project was delayed one year. “They failed the non-destructive examination that was required on them,” O’Hare said of the equipment. The unit had a bad manufacture discharge ring, which is the ring that surrounds the blades that spin when water is rushing through the turbine. The ring makes the four blades fit properly and makes the blades more efficient for power production. “That’s put in there to tighten up the clearances so it’s more efficient,” O’Hare said. O’Hare said the ring took about seven months to complete and is made of a special material. This unit, ring and all, was completed in March 2011. O’Hare said part of the contract between the PUD and Andritz states that liquidated damages were warranted for delaying this unit for one year. Liquidated damages occur when the contractor has to pay for going longer than a certain time period, as specified in the contract. The PUD settled with Andritz over the fourth unit covering any PUD losses. The second unit to be upgraded was No. 3 and started in July 2011. O’Hare said there were difficulties with this unit as well and the unit was completed in August 2012, not on time.

The problems for this unit included difficulty removing parts and the runner hub, the internal part the blades hook to, had defects that needed repair. The parts for the turbines are being made at Andritz and O’Hare said that trips to the factory in Europe were needed to inspect the materials. Once inspected, the contractor ships the parts to the dam. He said the parts were not shipped here with defects. “The biggest delay on unit No. 3, which was the second unit, was the hub. It took them quite a while to repair the defects in the casting,” O’Hare said. “It won’t leave Europe unless it is right.” This unit is still under negotiation for liquidated damages with the contractors because it did have difficulties, however, O’Hare said these negotiations are hopefully going to be completed by the summer. If no settlement is reached, a non-binding mediation will take place. If still no settlement, then a binding arbitration will take place. O’Hare said this is an expensive process if it goes that route. “We have not come to terms on the cost of liquidated damages. We are reviewing documentation now for that,” O’Hare said. The No. 2 turbine replacement started in September 2012 and was completed in November 2013. This turbine also experienced some problems in the hub assembly. “It is a difficult casting to make and we are picky about making sure it is done right,” O’Hare said. “We want to ensure that it is adequate for 50 years of use.” The fourth unit to be upgraded is unit No. 1 and

this process started in midDecember. O’Hare said this unit is in disassembly currently. O’Hare is hopeful this unit will be completed by November 2014. All of the components have been manufactured and O’Hare is confident in no more long delays. More than 40 change orders were made during the upgrade process, some smaller items and some larger ones. O’Hare said one of the change orders included rebuilding and replacing the coolers that are in the generators. These are used to keep the generator from overheating so it produces the most amount of power possible. The coolers have been done on every unit except No. 4 because O’Hare said that unit did not have as many issues. He said they

‘The PNC knew their rates would go up.’ April Owen

Assistant General Manager

will replace that one in the future. As the old coolers were removed, they were rebuilt to have a backup in case the new ones have problems down the road. This change order cost the PUD about $100,000 and O’Hare said this is considered a small item compared to the big picture of $100 million. “It’s not even a bump in the road,” O’Hare said. The turbines have not been updated in 60 years, Jordan said. He said the crew and management has done a great job working through the project and they are getting quality units once completed.


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Cloudy, snow likely

Snow and clouds Snow, showers late





Showers, snow late


Sunday Snowy



Cloudy, chance snow


Tuesday Cloudy


Source: National Weather Service and, Newport, WA


Dec High Low Precip. Snow 31 33 26 .00” Jan 1 31 31 .00” 2 34 30 .00” 3 36 31 .00” .02” 4 41 18 .00” 5 38 12 .00” 6 36 10 .00” -

Source: Albeni Falls Dam

This time last year we had a mix of showers and snow, with sunshine to wrap up the week. The high for the week at 41 and a low of 9 degrees.



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Fair features health, life saving agencies

B R I E F LY Diamond Lake Water and Sewer passes state audit DIAMOND LAKE – The Diamond Lake Water and Sewer District underwent a three-year audit in November, with no findings. The State Auditor’s Office conducted the audit on the fiscal years of 2010, 2011 and 2012 and said the internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets. “The District also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined,” the report stated in November. The Diamond Lake Water and Sewer District, formed in 1974, provides water and sewer services to more than 590 customers.

Health district’s annual meeting set for Colville COLVILLE – The annual meeting of the Board of Health of Northeast Tri County Health District will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Stephani’s Oak Street Grill, 157 N. Oak Street, Colville. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Public input is welcome. This meeting site is barrier free. People needing special accommodations should contact Kelly LeCaire at Northeast Tri County Health District at 509684-1301 or 1-800-8273218 by Jan. 9. At 12:15 p.m., the Northeast Tri County Health District Board of Health will be considering adoption of a Group B drinking water regulation with basis in Chapter 246-291 WAC. The proposed regulation will govern development, monitoring, and maintenance of existing and new small public water supplies, serving fewer than 15 connections and fewer than 25 people per day.

Community blood drive in Priest River Thursday PRIEST RIVER – Blood donations will be taken at Priest River Junior High Thursday, Jan. 9, from 1-5:30 p.m. The school is located at 1020 Highway 2. The Inland Northwest Blood Center needs an average of 200 blood donors every day to meet the needs of more than 35 hospitals in the Inland Northwest. A single donation can save the lives of up to three people.

Pend Oreille library district passes accountability audit NEWPORT – The Pend Oreille County Library District passed its accountability audit completed by the Washington State Auditor’s Office and released in December. In the areas examined, the district’s internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets, according to the auditor. The district also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures. The auditor examined cash receipting, safeguarding of small and attractive assets such as computers, payments and expenditures and bidding. The audit covered Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2012.



Cold and clear Clear blue skies and cold temperatures make for beautiful scenery near the Blanchard Creek recently. While much of the country is experiencing record-setting cold because of a Polar Vortex, temperatures around here aren’t too out of the ordinary for this time of year.

Pend Oreille Players announce busy winter schedule NEWPORT – A lot is happening at the Pend Oreille Playhouse over the next couple of months. The Servicemen’s Canteen is set for Jan. 17-19. Pend Oreille Players Association’s youth actors and singers will stage their annual USOstyle tribute program, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s show at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 a donation for all ages. The playhouse will host Sandpoint artists Bridges Home Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., featuring dual lead vocalists, Tami and Dave Gunter, multi-instrumentalists and purveyors of tasty Folk, Americana, Celtic, Singer-Songwriter, Roots, Rock and Indie music, in an evening of musical magic for the whole family. Tickets

are $10 for all ages, available at the door. 
 Carrying on a 10-year local tradition, started by Howard Wildin, POPA will stage WHAT’S NEXT: Freda’s THE Follies: SERVICEMEN’S “Cue the CANTEEN IS SET Dancers,” FOR: Jan. 17-19, written 7p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. by Freda Sunday. herself (aka Gail Cory-Betz) and directed by Charlie Monte, who also reprises his role as the original Frack with the ever-popular Frick, Frack and Freda. “Dancers” is the story of Eddie (Mike Hunter) and Louise (Dee Ann Boydston), a popular song and dance team who break up over a trivial misunderstanding. Their well-meaning friends

(made up of a medley of music hall actors, singers, and comedians) both help and hinder, until the pair realize that no one can take the other’s place. Performance dates are Feb. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, with Saturday performances at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for this popular mid-winter event. Pend Oreille Players Association is still accepting scripts for original one act plays through Feb. 15, for their 5th Annual Festival, slated for July 11-12. Scripts may be delivered to the playhouse; mailed to POPA One Act Play Festival, 240 N. Union Ave, Newport, WA 99156, postSEE POPA, 5A

Hospital says ‘no’ to smoking NEWPORT – Newport Hospital and Health Services CEO Tom Wilbur announced the hospital would adhere to a no smoking policy for employees, volunteers, vendors and patients starting Friday, Jan. 3. “As health care providers we are committed to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles among our patients, staff and community. “One of the simplest ways we can do this is to actively enforce our tobacco-free campus policies. As tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and is responsible for billions of dollars in health care spending each year, we feel that our adhering to a tobacco-free campus is essential for us as a healthcare provider.” The policy applies to everyone on campus. All employees, volunteers, vendors, contractors, physicians, patients and visitors are expected to abide by the tobacco-free policy, Wilbur said. “We do understand that staff and visitors use tobacco products and we want to provide advance notice to the community of our new guidelines,” he said.

Anyone observed using tobacco on district property will be asked in a “tactful and polite manner” to move off of district premises.

‘As health care providers we are committed to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles among our patients, staff and community.’ CEO Tom Wilbur Newport Hospital and Health Services

“We do understand that kicking the tobacco habit is difficult but we believe this to be an important step in our efforts to improve the health of our community. Our physicians will continue to offer nicotine replacement products for those patients who are receiving treatment in the hospital,” Wilbur said.


Dog of the M nth “Shortie”

is an 6 year old Corgi owned by Jerry and Gina Lillie of Sacheen Lake. Shortie is a bundle of fun in a short long package and always keeps us laughing. Shortie boards and trains at Lucky Us Ranch. Thanks Jerry and Gina for bringing Shortie into our lives.

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CUSICK – The Pend Oreille County Health Fair is Saturday, Jan. 11, featuring various agencies and services that make living here safe. The fair is at Cusick High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Life Flight helicopter will land at 11 a.m., dependent on weather. Various demonstrations and assistance will be available. Washington State Health Exchange navigators will be available for one-on-one assistance to individuals and small businesses. Presentations on health and lifesaving programs will be given by Life Flight and various first responders and instructors. There will be CPR and massage demonstrations, presentations on food safety and the WIC program, free blood pressure testing, health and safety materials and free non-fasting Lipid testing for the first 40 interested adults. Pend Oreille County master gardeners will also be on hand to teach and answer questions. Participants include Rural Resources, Camas Center for Community Wellness, Selkirk Community Health

Center, CHAS, first responders from Pend Oreille County fire districts, the Kalispel Tribe and county sheriff’s office, massage therapists, volunteer registered nurses, the Tri-County Health District and Newport High School

There will be CPR and massage demonstrations, free blood pressure testing and free nonfasting Lipid testing for the first 40 interested adults. Fire Science Instructor with students. The event is co-hosted by the Pend Oreille County Coalition for Working Families and the Pend Oreille County Democrats. It is a non-partisan event. For more information contact Gayle at 509-710-6493 or e-mail travelingtwo@

Newport Library goes digital NEWPORT – Placing a book on hold at the Newport Library just got easier with the announcement of Library Now, a mobile app that puts the library at residents’ fingertips. The mobile app will allow area residents to check library hours of operation and download eBooks as well. From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet, patrons can instantly tap into library resources from anywhere. They can search the library catalog, check a personal account with the library, ask questions or find events. “Everyone lives on their mobile phones these days, so it’s important for the

library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our staff and rich resources,” Library Director Colleen Auble said. “Our mobile app puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app today.” Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy, Auble said. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, type “ma twa.” SEE LIBRARY, 6A







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The new year has brought some changes to the appearance of The Miner. They were all done with the reader in mind, so we hope you like them. Our staff and a newspaper designer have been working on the facelift for months. The most obvious is the narrower pages. This size has become the industry norm with the biggest bonus for readers being ease of handling. Not as small as an iPad but getting closer. Some of us remember The Miner page width 25 years ago; it was wide enough to use as a small boat sail. We also updated fonts and other styles to make the newspaper more attractive and most important more readable. Adding full color art and advertising on every page last year was actually the beginning of this upgraded appearance. Our staff has worked hard to make sure the redesign hasn’t reduced any of our news coverage; the packaging has changed but not the content. Let us know what you think. --FJW


Doctors don’t normally treat ugly lacerations with one of those tiny, circular adhesive bandages, so why is the Postal Regulatory Commission trying that approach with the U.S. Postal Service? Recently the commission, by a 2-1 vote, approved a 6 percent increase in the Postal Service’s first-class, bulk mail, periodical and package service rates, effective Jan. 26. That means the cost of first-class stamps will rise from 46 cents to 49 cents. The increase, which is above the rate of inflation (commission approval is required for that), is for no more than two years. Its specific intention is to allow the Postal Service to make up $2.8 billion in losses between 2008 and 2011 that the commission said can be attributed to the Great Recession. There’s one problem: The Postal Service during the


period in question lost $20.2 billion. It lost $15.9 billion in 2012. The fact that it lost just $5 billion in 2013 is being treated as good news in some quarters. We’re loath to write off $2.8 billion as small change, but it really is when you’re talking about that much red ink. The Postal Service says it’s in a desperate situation because of congressional inaction on proposals such as ending Saturday mail delivery and reducing payments on retiree health benefits. A bill passed in 2006, with bipartisan congressional support, required it to prefund those benefits for the next 75 years through regular payments of $5.5 billion to the U.S. Treasury over 10 years. It’s defaulted on the last three installments. Conspiracy theorists think the requirement is a deliberate attempt to wreck the Postal Service and SEE STAMP, 6A

Why manage wildlife in wilderness BY VIRGIL MOORE DIRECTOR, IDAHO FISH AND GAME

Recent media coverage about Idaho Fish and Game sending an employee to try to remove two of the wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has raised questions and concerns. Many Idahoans have strong feelings about wolves - and wilderness. I’ve heard from those who believe we should take a hands-off approach and “let nature take its course” in wilderness, while others feel Fish and Game’s actions are not aggressive enough to recover elk herds in the area. Since their introduction into Idaho, we have come to understand that wolves are very prolific at reproducing and colonizing new territory and they can withstand relatively high mortality levels. In 2002, the Idaho State legislature adopted a state wolf management plan to ensure that Idaho’s wolf population would remain on the Idaho landscape and off the federal endangered species list. Part of keeping wolves in Idaho is managing them to reduce conflicts. Idaho law says that wildlife throughout our state belongs to the citizens and that Fish and Game will manage to preserve, protect, perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens continued supplies for hunting, fishing and trapping. Wildlife management often involves action: reducing crop damage from deer and elk herds through special hunts, reducing traffic collisions with big game animals, removing mountain lions from cities, preventing nuisance bear behavior by improving public awareness about sanitation, addressing overpopulation by increasing harvest, and recovering populations in decline by improving habitat, and in this case, reducing predation. Fish and Game seeks to manage large predators (black bears, mountain lions, and gray wolves) in balance with their prey. The pack behavior of wolves is different than more solitary predators. The rapid growth of the wolf population disrupted the predator-prey balance in some areas and is a major factor in preventing some elk populations from rebounding. The wilderness is a special place but it is different from a national park. Backcountry hunting, fishing, and wildlife SEE WILDLIFE, 6A

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YO U R O P I N I O N Two commissioners’ power play in planning appointments To the editor: I am writing to address an issue concerning the recent changes to the Pend Oreille Planning Commission. This is to address my admonishment quoted in the Jan. 1 edition of The Miner that the recent changes to the planning commissioner being a purge. Lest I be accused of sour grapes at being replaced, I have no problem with the fact that my seat on the commission was given to another. I wish my replacement luck. After all, what have I been deprived of other than the opportunity to spend countless unpaid hours of my time at the often thankless task of doing the county’s business? I always understood that I served on the planning commission at the discretion of the commissioner of district 2, in which I reside. The same is true of district 1. However, I take umbrage with the fact that the commissioner of district 3 had this discretion denied him. He was not allowed the choice of retaining the current board member if this was his desire. This gives lie to the disingenuous reasons put forth for the changes. This is an agenda driven power play by the other two commissioners plain and simple. As such, the term purge becomes quite suitable in describing the actions of the commissioners of districts 1 and 2. -Stevan Bennett Newport

POPA is wonderful, needs community support To the editor: We have a wonderful

resource in our community that needs all our support. In November I saw the most phenomenal performance at Pend Oreille Playhouse that I can remember in a long, long time. Director Dee Ann Boydston’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” was a stunning show full of choral harmony, humor, excellent acting, dancing, orchestra, and a live fiddler playing haunting melodies on the roof. The most amazing thing about this production is that the actors ranged in age from 9 years old to 18, as is the rule for POPA’s Broadway Junior musicals, which occur every fall, and everyone who tries out for these musicals gets a part somewhere in the play. The house was packed yesterday, which is pretty common for the Broadway Junior musicals, as relatives and friends came to see these children perform and sing. But Pend Oreille Players puts on several plays a year, and frequently the rows are barely half filled. Boydston is not the only director at POPA with remarkable talent. I have seen many plays there and have yet to be disappointed. Some memorable plays come to mind: “Little House of Horrors,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Rock and Roll,” “Cinderella,” and of course every youth musical that I have stepped foot across the threshold to enjoy. Pend Oreille Players is run entirely by volunteers. The set artists, costume crew, directors, choreographers, and actors put in many hours for every play, because they have a passion for theatre, and it shows. They deserve our support. A season’s ticket costs $50 for six plays. It is totally transferable so you

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The number of people in Washington who have died of flu has doubled since the first of the year, with six people dying so far this winter. Idaho has also had flu deaths. Health officials say H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, is the most prevalent strain of the disease. H1N1 is more likely to affect younger, healthy people than other forms of influenza. Have you or will you get a flu shot? Yes, I will now. I didn’t know swine flu was going around. No, people survived for years without getting flu shots. I think washing you hands often is as effective. Yes, I always get flu shots to protect the vulnerable people I’m around. No, the only time I’ve gotten the flu was after getting a flu shot.

can buy a pass and share it with your family. Children through age 18 get in for half price. You can’t go to a movie for that! -Anne Wilder Chamberlain Priest River

Vote ‘yes’ for Newport schools To the editor: I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued support of our students. I appreciate everything the families and community members do to help our students succeed and have pride in their schools. This letter is in support of the upcoming Newport School District’s Replacement Maintenance and Operation Levy. A “yes” vote would continue the funding needed for the following: our sports programs; the honors programs; after-school busing; our nursing services; the increasing of counseling services at Stratton and Sadie; the continuation of our library technicians, as well as technology and facilities repair and maintenance. We are very fortunate to have a community that has supported the schools and I want to personally say, “Thank you.” With a “yes” vote, we will be able to continue to offer the same quality programs that all our students deserve. Ballots will be arriving soon in your mailboxes. Please take a moment to vote yes. Thank you, again, for supporting our schools. -Janet Burcham Sadie Halstead Middle School Principal

Tea drinkers unite To the editor: Are you a tea drinker or are you a coffee drinker?

Well, I have never acquired a taste for coffee, to my detriment when eating out at a local restaurant in this area, as I am a tea drinker. Coffee and tea are priced the same in most restaurants, from $1.49 to $2.49 per occasion. Coffee in recent years has skyrocketed in price; tea on the other hand for many, many years has remained about the same price. At retail stores, tea bags can be purchased for $2.79 per 100 tea bags to $3.29 per 100. One hundred tea bags will make two cups of tea adequately; by the third it is nothing more than lightly colored water. Coffee drinkers have it made; restaurants will pour you a fresh cup of coffee for as long as you want to sit there and take up room, even long after your meal is finished. Tea drinkers on the other hand in some restaurants are discriminated against. We are allowed one tea bag per occasion. A requested second tea bag if you want good tasting tea by the third cup, is charged at full price for the honor of getting another tea bag. Of which would cost at the most 3 cents to the restaurant. Hot water doesn’t cost all that much, but coffee is at least 10-15 cents a cup to pour. Yes restaurant owners can set their own rules; however customers are hard to come by in this area and the owners should realize that stupid stubbornness can keep good customers away. We have frequented restaurants in this area for over 10 years, but it is time for tea drinkers to make a stand and not put up with being discriminated against any longer. -Kandi Gentis Newport SEE LETTERS, 8A

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Students lay out options for Rustlers Gulch area

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County could turn it into recreation area


NEWPORT – The Rustlers Gulch area near Pend Oreille County Park in the southern part of the county, currently is a site with both potential and challenges. On the one hand, it has recreational possibilities, but needs some money spent to bring them about. On the other hand, the area is currently the site of illegal dumping, illegal logging and trespassing. That is part of what eight Eastern Washington University graduate students found when they prepared “Rustlers Gulch Recreation Area, A Guidebook for DecisionMakers.” The 50-page guidebook, prepared by students in Gregg Dohrn’s advanced planning class, took a detailed look at costs, benefits and constraints of three different scenarios for Rustler’s Gulch. “It was a planning project,” said Mike Lithgow, county community development director. The students made three site visits as a group and individuals came up several other times, Lithgow said. The students wrapped up their work with a presentation to county

commissioners in mid December. In the Rustler’s Gulch project, the students outlined three options for what to do with the 561-acre parcel of land deeded to the county from the state Department

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of Natural Resources in 2009. The idea wasn’t to have a preferred option, Lithgow said. It was to present the benefits, potential costs and constraints for each option – mixed use, backcountry equestrian and pedestrian use and low impact conservation. In the mixed-use alternative, restricted ATV use, hiking and hunting were among the uses. Equestrian use would be only on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land. WDFW is one of the adjacent property owners. The mixed use would provide several uses of the land for a broad variety of people, discourage the illegal use in

Ballots mailed end of the month NEWPORT – The Newport, Cusick and Selkirk school districts are holding a special election in Pend Oreille County asking for maintenance and operations levies from county residents Tuesday, Feb. 11. The school levies are the only issue on the ballot. All registered voters will be mailed ballots Wednesday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 24. If voters do not receive a ballot or need a replacement ballot, contact the auditor’s office at 509-

447-6472. The last day for mail or online voter registrations and transfer of an existing registration to a new address will be Monday, Jan. 13. The last day for inperson registration for an individual who is otherwise eligible to be a registered voter, is not currently registered in Washington state and has resided in Pend Oreille County for at least 30 days before the election, is Monday, Feb. 3 at the SEE BALLOTS, 6A

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other areas and protect habitat in designated areas. Costs associated with a mixed use would be $1,000 to $2,200 for a parking lot and $44,000 to $53,000 for a road from the entrance of Rustler’s Gulch to the boundary with the WDFW. Restrooms would cost between $15,00 and $30,000, the students estimated, and security would likely cost $1,000 a month. The costs associated with any timber harvest were to be determined, as was the cost of signs. In the backcountry equestrian and pedestrian use option, the area would be used for horseback riding and nonmotorized vehicle recreation. Biking, cross country skiing and hunting would be among the activities allowed. Under this option, costs for a road, restrooms and security would be similar to the mixed-use option. The cost of a parking lot would be less, at $500 to $1,200. If the restrooms were located on WDFW land, that agency would pay for it, the students wrote. The low impact conservation alternative would allow biking, hiking and hunting. It would prohibit vehicle uses, allow selected logging and controlled burns. It would emphasize the preservation of


The 561-acre Rustler’s Gulch area is located in the south part of Pend Oreille County, near Pend Oreille County Park.

wildlife habitat and vegetation and provide limited recreation. It would mesh well with WDFW’s lands, but would provide problems with illegal use, access control and invasive species. Initial costs would be similar to the backcountry equestrian pedestrian option. The county hasn’t decided what to do with the property yet, said Karen Skoog, county commission chairwoman. “Getting local community input is the key thing,” Skoog said. She said she could imagine a hybrid use of the area, blending the options. The county Parks and Rec-

POPA: Auditions soon FROM PAGE 3A

marked no later than Feb. 15 or emailed in pdf format to: Entry fee is $5 per script. Full guidelines are posted on POPA Website, Auditions will be held for youth actors, grades three through sixth for Beauty is a Beast, Feb. 20, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Actors must be accompanied by an adult who must remain on site for the entire audition time. Actors and parents should come early, 3 p.m., to fill out audition forms and get individual pictures

taken. Rehearsals are Monday through Thursday 3:155:30 p.m., Feb 24-27, March 3-6 and 10-13. There will also be a mandatory parent meeting, after the first rehearsal Feb. 24. A $5 participation donation is requested. The production is directed by Dee Ann Boydston. Auditions for The Secret Garden will be held Feb. 10-11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. with call back Feb. 12. The director is Donna Maki. Pirates Of Penzance auditions are Feb. 17-18 at 6:30 p.m. Casting requirements are posted on POPA’s website. Directors are Millie Brumbaugh and Charlie Monte.

reation Board is a volunteer advisory group that oversees maintenance and operations of park and recreation lands. Park board members would have input on anything that is done with the area, although county commissioners will make the final decision, Lithgow said. County commissioner Mike Manus said the county was looking at options for natural resource management, including timber harvest. Manus said the land will be left in a pristine condition after any timber harvest, which would be for forest health. County commissioner Steve Kiss said figuring out where

to locate the parking lot would be key. If the lot is on WDFW lands, they will foot most of the cost, although people coming to Rustler’s Gulch may need to buy a Discover Pass from the state, Kiss said. WDFW may help with the cost even if it isn’t on their land, he said. Kiss was appreciative of the students’ work. “It was a product we could not afford to pay for,” he said. This wasn’t the first project Dohrn’s students have done for the county. In 2012, a different group of students produced an inventory of county lands.

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Short ‘Top Legislator’ for Farm Bureau

COLVILLE – Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Washington State Farm Bureau in November. Short said she was honored by the award. “Ranchers, farmers and orchardists make up a significant part of our economy in Central and Eastern Washington, and especially the Seventh Legislative District,” Short said in a press release. “With much of Olympia being dominated by urban, Puget Sound interests, the need to constantly educate my fellow legislators on the needs of our rural agriculture-based economy is paramount.” According to the Farm Bureau’s website, a legislator’s vote record and outstanding actions to help strengthen family farms are key criteria for receiving this award. During the 2013 regular session, Short introduced legislation to increase accountability and transparency within the Depart-

ments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife. Her bills, HB 1112 and 1113, require the agencies to specifically identify the peer-reviewed science, scientific literature, and other sources of information reviewed and ultimately relied upon before taking significant agency action related to certain agency programs. In effect, requiring state agencies to “show their work.” Both bills were signed into law. Short said the laws were needed. “There are folks in Olympia who believe so passionately in their version of ‘environment’ that they sometimes fail to connect the dots of reality. There needs to be balance in the discussion, but most of all there needs to be the opportunity to analyze all the scientific information, not just what the agencies want, which is sometimes lacking,” Short said in the news release. “Not only do

Pend Oreille County Auditor’s Office, 625 W. Fourth St. in Newport. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Feb. 11 or ballots may be dropped off at the Pend Oreille County Auditor’s Office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or on election day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Twenty-four hour ballot drop-boxes are located in

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State Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, addresses Washington State Farm Bureau members after receiving the group’s 2013 Legislator of the Year Award at their annual meeting in Yakima in November.

we need to see what scientific information was used when making decisions that impact the people of this state, we also need to see which scientific information was not used. The days where state agencies can just ‘cherry pick’ the information they want to

BALLOTS: Postmarked by Feb. 11 FROM PAGE 5A


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use in order to justify their actions needs to end.” Other Seventh District GOP legislators to receive the award in years past include Rep. Joel Kretz (2007, 2009), former Sen. Bob Morton (2000) and former state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (1997).


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its unions, and point out the agency was profitable before it was enacted. Supporters of the requirement claim those profitability numbers were hollow because they didn’t reflect the agency’s retiree benefit liabilities, and say the pre-funding is necessary to ensure those debts will be paid off. We’ve previously said that requirement might need to be revisited, but even if it vanished, the Postal Service still would be in a tenuous situation as far as profitability because of the decline in what’s always been its most profitable product, first-class mail, as more people communicate electronically than through pen or pencil on paper. Since 2011, first-class mail

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predation is a major factor preventing elk populations from recovering. We know there are at least six documented packs in the Middle Fork Salmon zone, and several more packs throughout the wilderness area. Recent back country wildfires have increased elk forage but may it take a few years for habitat to fully recover. Wolf hunting and trapping by sportsmen in the Middle Fork zones have not been sufficiently effective in reducing elk predation.

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Even if successful, this action will in no way come near to eliminating wolves. That is not, and never will be our goal. More information about the Middle Fork zone elk population trends is included on page 97 of Fish and Game’s new 10 year Draft Elk Management Plan posted on the Fish and Game website. Read more here: wildlife/?getpage=324.

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SANDPOINT – Bonner County assessor Jerry Clemons announced he will file for re-election in 2014. Clemons has served as assessor since 2007 when he took over what he called “an office in trouble.” In 2006, the state tax commission interceded because about 3,000 citizens appealed their assessments to the Board of Equalization. Since then, the number of yearly appeals has steadily declined to the points that in 2013, about 80 were filed out of 45,000 parcels, according to the assessor’s office. The assessor’s office has the same number of employees as in 2006, and has taken over about 3,000 new parcels to assess due to subdivisions and property splits.

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Spokane County shoreline plan appealed SPOKANE – Spokane County has until to May 23 to comply with an order from the Washington

The septic tank issue was the one of six issues raised in the appeal.

Growth Management Hearings Board to tighten regulations of new septic tanks systems along the shoreline

in unincorporated parts of the county. Futurewise, Spokane Riverkeeper, the Lands Council and Trout Unlimited appealed to the Growth Management Hearings Board, contending the Spokane County Shoreline Master Program, adopted by the county and approved by the Department of Ecology, didn’t go far enough in protecting the shoreline. The septic tank issue was the one of six issues raised in the appeal. The other five were rejected.


Newport alumni show stuff on court The second annual Newport alumni basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, raised some money again for the basketball program but it also brought many back to their glory days on the high school basketball court for reunions with old team mates. The 25 players from last year to 20 years ago competed on three teams. They included Boys Varsity Coach and event organizer Steve Bryant with the ball and recent graduate Jared Schultz defending his old coach. Sam Bereiter defends the basket and Spencer Mullaley trails the play. Also playing was Newport Superintendent Dave Smith, also an alumni. Fans and players were treated to a spaghetti meal prepared by varisty player parents.

KUBS 91.5 FM club student Isaiah Campbell was incorrectly named in a photograph that ran Jan. 1. The Miner regrets any confusion this may have caused. Former Pend Oreille County planning commissioners Susan Hobbs and Steve Wilson did not serve more than one term on the planning commission, as was erroneously reported in the Jan. 1 story about planning commission appointments. We regret any confusion this caused.

File hunting reports by Jan. 10 to qualify for permit drawing OLYMPIA – Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2014 special hunting permits if they report this year’s hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk, or turkey to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Jan. 10. Those who meet the deadline will be included in a drawing for five deer permits and four elk permits in various areas of the state. Those permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014. To qualify for the draw-


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Hunters can report by phone (877-945-3492) or the Internet Hunters should be prepared to give the game management unit they hunted and their individual WILD identification number, which is printed on license documents.

As in recent years, hunters are required to file separate reports for general-season hunting activities and for special-permit hunts for deer, elk, black bear and turkey. Whether reporting online or over the phone, hunters should follow the prompts

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Purging of planning commission is shocking, concerning To the editor: I and many people I know are shocked at the decision of the two new and inexperienced county commissioners to purge the county planning commission of three people who have served and wish to continue serving. This unprecedented decision smacks of political and ideological cronyism. Is it wise to pack public offices and commissions with people who share extreme views concerning public governance and the protection of the common good? We are experiencing in this country the most extreme political, financial and ideological divisiveness since the Civil War. Do we need even more rancor and gridlock at the county level? Shouldn’t people serving on commissions concerning public service, land and natural resources, etc. be those whose primary focus are those resources. They should be knowledgeable, experienced and, most importantly, free from financial and political bias. Before all the resources, wealth and power to decide our future end up in the pockets of concentrated wealth, let us be cautious about who we vote for. I am very concerned. -Ted Kardos, Sr Newport

Invest in our schools To the editor: Shortly, we will be asked to vote on whether or not to support Newport school’s M&O levy. Of the tax related

ballot issues that we’ve been asked to decide in these difficult economic times, this is the single most important one that needs our support. A strong community requires a strong school district. As members of this community, we have a responsibility to meet that need for our children. State funding of our public schools provides for the basic educational necessities, however, the levy funds numerous items that are above and beyond “basic.” Items such as athletic programs, honors classes, technology and library support, as well as ongoing building maintenance to name a few. Items that go beyond a basic education to a well rounded education, a requirement for anyone to be successful in today’s society. The district has worked hard to put together a levy that meets those needs at an affordable price. Please vote “yes” for the upcoming M&O. -Mark Kobylarz Newport

What is wrong with this picture? To the editor: A report from the U.S. Census Bureau recently showed the U.S. median household income has declined for five straight years. People living in poverty, using food stamps or receiving unemployment benefits, remained at record high levels in 2013 and to bring in the new year, another million-plus have lost their unemployment benefits. We have become desensitized to everything. Record U.S. debts, massive wealth

gap, government surveillance of ordinary citizens, theft, deceit and inflation. People have become so accustomed to getting screwed, it’s now just par for the course. We sit quietly by our TV and wait for the next round of beatings, shrugging it all off as the new normal. This is not normal. This is not how a free society is supposed to function. A free society does not spy on its own people, threaten them with drone assassination and award an unelected banking elite with supreme authority to rob purchasing power from the masses. When our politicians steal, and there are no consequences, they’re going to keep on stealing. Cyprus proved this point last year when their government froze bank accounts for everyone, yet, there was no revolution in the streets. Poland nationalized pensions. The U.S.

government was caught red-handed spying on everyone … and the people just accepted it. Still, there have been zero consequences. Citizens have been trained like caged animals to simply roll over and accept this behavior. Could the politicians be thinking, “Wow. I can’t believe we just got away with that.” With each destructive act they become more bold, more brazen at dismantling our liberties, confident that they can continue to act with total impunity because we accept it without so much as a squeal. Isn’t it time to get angry neighbors? -Judson Lightsey Newport

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commissions for their time and service. I view their service much in the same way I view jury duty, except that we don’t volunteer or run for jury duty. Like jury duty, we expect that citizens can serve together and provide fair and just decisions. The recent shakeup of the county planning commission might be a good thing, but one of the appointments needs reconsideration. Norris Boyd is the Republican Party County Chairman and any decision that he makes on the county planning commission will have the appearance of partisanship. He should resign as party chair if he doesn’t want that label applied to his service on the planning commission. When considering ethics, appearance is everything. Boyd is known as a partisan and has been quoted as such in this paper for many years. He should only serve on the planning commission if he can cast aside his

partisanship and give each application a fair and open hearing. Certainly, anyone that brings an issue before the planning commission that doesn’t get a favorable response from Boyd will be able to cite his partisanship as the reason. Likewise Boyd can offset the claim of partisanship by actions that might go against his party’s positions. We often see this when a conservative Supreme Court Justice votes on the liberal side of a case based on their view of the law in question. Somehow I don’t see Boyd as being able to shed his stripes and vote for anything that is opposed by his Republican Party commissioners. How can he be their party chair and not support them? It certainly presents a conflict of interest that needs resolution. -Pete Scobby Newport

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Sheriff ’s office announces victim of Priest Lake fire PRIEST LAKE – Shirley McDonald, 73, died in a structure fire at Priest Lake Dec. 30, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office announced this week. The cause and origin of the fire, which destroyed the living quarters of McDonald Logging and Excavating, located at milepost 26 on Highway 57, is still under investigation. Authorities have ruled out foul play. The fire was reported at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30. Firefighters worked into the night. See an obituary for McDonald on page 5B. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at St Blanche Catholic Church at Priest Lake.

Sudick running for Bonner County Commissioner PRIEST RIVER – Todd Sudick announced his candidacy for the position of Bonner County Commissioner, District 2. The primary election is in May and the General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Current commissioner Mike Nielsen is not running for reelection, as he promised when elected to office in 2010. Sudick is a 33-year resident of Bonner County living in the Priest River area. He retired from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel having held several command and staff positions during his career. Sudick was a Captain with U.S. Airways until 2007. After majoring in Aviation Technology at Utah State, he entered the Marine Corps and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. Completing six months of Infantry School, he advanced to flight training.


He said he enjoyed the close working relationship and friendship he received from the council during his tenure. “I would hope that the proactive and conservative direction of the city can be continued and that it will not be necessary to ‘talk’ the next appointee into service,” Burnett said. Applications are being

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requested in the letter and issue an appropriate level during the next audit, which will cover 2012, 2013 and 2014. The State Auditors Office looked at more than 50 transactions during the audit. The letter informed the town that they did not have supporting documents for three transactions during the three-year audit period. Additionally, “handwritten notes” that did not contain the necessary information for use as a supporting document supported five transactions. Supporting documents include receipts or original documents containing the vendor name, description of costs and itemized amounts. The letter stated the town paid $1,862 for insurance premiums and more than $125 of cemetery maintenance costs for Pend Oreille County Cemetery District No. 2. Metaline received $500 for reimbursement. The letter states that Metaline and the Cemetery District do not have an interlocal agreement for how they will finance and manage the joint operation of the cemetery, meaning the cemetery is a separate legal entity and responsible for their own


METALINE – The town of Metaline underwent a three-year audit for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 years this past November, ending with no findings but with some areas that caused the State Auditor’s Office concern, including paying an insurance premium for Pend Oreille County Cemetery District No. 2 when there is no agreement between the entities. “In most areas, the Town complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures,” the letter dated Dec. 10 said. “However, we noted certain matters that we communicated to Town management. We appreciate the Town’s commitment to resolving those matters.” Matt Miller, deputy director of legislative and external matters for the State Auditor’s Office, said the town received an exit item and a management letter from the audit. The second level in severity is a management letter. These are sent when there is an issue or issues that need to be improved. The State Auditor’s Office will follow up on the changes that were


The database of applicants is updated every Tuesday. “We have made it clear to anyone who has approached us that we do not intend to make any of our property available for this type of business,” the Parkers wrote in a Dec. 30 letter to the Newport City Council. “We are at a loss to explain why Mr. Rammell would have used our address,” they wrote. “We will not rent to any business that is not both federally and state approved.” Rammell says it was a mistake. He said he hadn’t decided on a location and was in negotiations with the owners of the former Mennonite Church west of the businesses and the owners of the parking lot where blankets are sold in the summer,

located to the east of the businesses. “I got the wrong address,” he said. Since then, the lot to the east has sold and the former church is too close to an area where children gather, Rammel says. He is still looking for a location. He has since changed the address on his application to a parcel number in the city. “It’s just raw land,” he said. “I’ll probably change it again.” Rammell says he is still looking for a site. “I may move to the unincorporated part of the county,” Rammell said. Rammell maintains that the rules allow him to change the address. O’Dell said the applicant must have a valid address to get the license. “You have to have a right to the property,” he said. O’Dell said there is a similar


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operating costs. The recommendations included making a valid interlocal agreement between the two entities and follow internal controls ensuring all expenditures are properly documented. Town clerk Diane Brown said the town council and attorneys would look into what avenue to take regarding an interlocal agreement between Mataline and the Cemetery District. The letter also stated that Metaline pays more than $50,000 in payroll to salaried and hourly employees and during the payroll transaction audit for the same three-year period, timesheets for hourly employees were not consistently completed or maintained. Payroll advances were made without supporting documentation and compensatory time was paid, also without proper documentation. The letter also stated that the audit was unable to determine if payroll costs charged to restricted funds were correctly allocated. More than $53,946 in the water and sewer fund over three years and more than $940 from the street fund were not supported by proper documentation. The recommendation for payroll was to follow

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written payroll policies addressing documentation for hourly employees. In addition, the town needs to develop and follow a procedure on documenting the “rationale” for charging shared services costs to all funds and keep the documentation on actual charges for each fund. The state recommends the town do an annual review of these procedures. Brown said the recommendation was to make a chart of the hours for the town employees and this project the town will take on in the spring. An exit item is communicated verbally during the audit to the town and one was given to Metaline. Miller said these are usually low level things that are easy fixes for the town. “The schedule of long term liabilities on their annual financial statements submitted to our offices was off. The balances included for the public works loan were incorrect and did not tie to the public works loan that they received,” Miller said. “The fact it’s an exit item means they probably weren’t off much.” Brown said this was the fourth audit in 10 years for the town. “I am just happy we have done so well,” Brown said.


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Big year for Lake Pend Oreille fishery recovery SANDPOINT – The past year was a good one for kokanee and trophy rainbow trout on Lake Pend Oreille and for the anglers who pursue them. The fishery has steadily improved in WHAT’S NEXT: A PUBLIC MEETING: will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the annual “State of the Lake” meeting and the Ponderay Events Center.

recent years following intensive efforts to reduce predation on kokanee. Lake trout have been dramatically reduced thanks to angler harvest and lake trout netting efforts and as a result, kokanee survival has increased and the population has grown. Jim Fredericks, Regional Fishery Manager with Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said the increase in kokanee brought

on two major management changes in 2013. First, a kokanee harvest fishery was reopened after a 13-year closure. Second, IDFG began rebuilding the trophy rainbow fishery that once existed. The Angler Incentive Program for rainbow trout, which pays anglers $15 per harvested fish, was discontinued and a size restriction of only one rainbow over 20 inches per angler per day was implemented. “These rule changes represent major milestones in the Pend Oreille fishery recovery effort,” Fredericks said. “Anglers have played a huge role in turning this fishery around so it’s great to see them enjoying the benefits of the years of hard work.” IDFG monitors the kokanee population by midwater trawl netting

and hydroacoustic surveys. The results in 2013 were very encouraging. Over 1.2 million mature kokanee survived to spawn. Andy Dux, Principal Research Biologist on Pend Oreille said 2013 represented one of the highest spawner returns seen in the past 40 years and was about a four-fold increase from 2012. At the Sullivan Springs trap, which is the site where kokanee eggs are collected to fill the Cabinet Gorge Fish Hatchery, nearly 200,000 kokanee were handled and 11.4 million eggs were collected. “Compare that to 2007 and 2008, when the population bottomed out. In each of those years, only around 5,000 kokanee were handled and the total egg take was about a half million eggs,” Dux said.

Younger kokanee also were abundant, especially age-two fish, which means another strong cohort of spawners for next year. Dux predicts anglers will enjoy more great kokanee fishing in 2014. Aggressive efforts to remove lake trout continued in 2013, marking the eighth year of this program. IDFG has continued to use both the Angler Incentive Program $15 reward and commercial netting equipment to remove lake trout. Together these actions have successfully reduced the size of the lake trout population to a level where it no longer is limiting expansion of the kokanee population. This is a major achievement and possibly the best evidence to date that large-scale suppression of lake trout, with a result-

BATTLE: Hydraulics permit gave DLIA permission

ing positive response from the kokanee population, is possible. According to Dux, the challenge now will be to develop a long-term program for keeping these fish at low abundance into the future. IDFG will be evaluating options for a maintenance program that will allow for a gradual reduction of annual netting efforts. “The goal is to reduce the netting effort, and cost, of this program over time, while still keeping lake trout at low abundance,” Dux said. IDFG expects to continue the Angler Incentive Program for lake trout into the foreseeable future so the changes will be focused on netting activities. This process will take time, but the fact that this transition is beginning after only eight years since starting the removal program is significant. In addition to the decrease in lake trout, a decline in the mysid shrimp population may also be contributing to the kokanee resurgence. These small freshwater shrimp have been present since the late-1960s and compete with kokanee for food as both eat zooplankton. In 2012, the mysid shrimp population nearly collapsed and their density was almost 95 percent lower than the longterm average dating back to 1973.

They remained at low density in 2013. The IDFG is unsure what caused such a sudden drop in the shrimp population but the past two years of low mysid density have almost certainly benefitted kokanee. Another possible benefit to the decline in shrimp abundance could be a decrease in juvenile lake trout survival. IDFG said time will tell how long it takes for mysids to rebound and how much kokanee have benefitted from the reduced decline, but the timing couldn’t be better. IDFG has several research activities planned for 2014, but most notable for anglers is a 12-month creel survey. Biologists will be conducting angler counts and interviews throughout the year to estimate how much fishing effort and harvest is occurring for each of the fish species in the lake. This survey is very important for evaluating regulations and other management actions. Anyone interested in learning more about the Pend Oreille fishery recovery program is invited to attend an upcoming public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the annual “State of the Lake” meeting and the Ponderay Events Center. IDFG will present the most current information about the status of the Pend Oreille fishery and management efforts.

Idaho Legislature convenes, election year for all BOISE – The Idaho Legislature convened its 2014 session Monday, Jan. 6, with education a primary focus, as well as health care and prisons. This is also an election year for all state legislators, Senators and Representatives alike. The primary election is in May and the general is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Also on the ballot is every statewide office, including Governor. Gov. Butch Otter is facing a primary challenger from a member of the Senate GOP leadership. Senate Republic Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher announced his candidacy. COURTESY PHOTO|PEND OREILLE COUNTY

This aerial photo shows Diamond Lake in the upper right hand corner. The dark channel in the center of the picture is known as the Diamond Lake Ditch. The area pictured in the lower left corner is where Moon Creek and the beaver dams are located. FROM PAGE 1A

house in Spokane. The lawsuit is the result of herbicide spraying, removal of materials and installation of beaver tubes at the Moon Creek outlet to Diamond Lake in an attempt to lower the lake level after several years of above average high water. The herbicide, glysophate, was sprayed to control Reed canary grass, which was choking the outlet. The beaver tubes were used to allow water to flow through the beaver dams, also in an attempt to lower the lake level at Diamond Lake. The Friends of Moon Creek allege the work was performed without adequate notice and over their objections. They contend that violated their constitutional rights to due process and damaged their property. “Friends of Moon Creek seeks a declaration by the court that defendant’s’ conduct in trespassing on and damaging its members’ lands violated state laws,” attorney Mark Wilson wrote in a press release about the lawsuit. The lawsuit also seeks a declaration that the conduct of those government agencies and the Diamond Lake Improvement Association violated the Moon Creek members’ rights to adequate notice and a hearing prior to any destructive actions. In addition, they claim that the WDFW issued a hydrologic permit that allowed people working for

the Diamond Lake Improvement Association to trespass, dredge the creek, kill beavers and destroy beaver dams. The hydraulics permit did give DLIA permission to remove any new obstructions in the creek, ditch and culvert including putting in beaver tubes. The DLIA also has state permits to trap beavers. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction, followed by a permanent injunction to keep the defendants from continuing what the Friends of Moon Creek see as unlawful conduct. The lawsuit also asks the court to appoint a Special Master to determine damages, including punitive damages. It also seeks attorney’s fees. Rich Clubine, DLIA president, said the claims were 100 percent without merit. “We will prevail,” he said. Pend Oreille County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Metzger says the county and weed board will be represented in federal court by Tom Luciani. Luciani will be paid by the county’s risk pool, he said. Both Metzger and Luciani say the lawsuit will be vigorously defended. The WDFW is being defended by James Schwartz of the Attorney General’s office. He said the WDFW had a limited role in the dispute. “They didn’t trespass,” he said. Schwartz argued in a brief that the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

prohibits lawsuits in federal court by individuals against the state. He also asserts that there was no due process violation because the Friends of Moon Creek did not first sue in state Superior Court. “This case properly belongs in state superior court as a property dispute,” Schwartz wrote in his brief. “No matter how Plaintiff characterizes its claims against the State, it lacks authority to sue the State in federal court. This Court should dismiss the claims against the State and refrain from issuing any type of preliminary injunctive relief.” WDFW states that their primary role in issuing the hydraulics permit is to make sure the fishery is protected. Prior to the federal suit, Douglas Anderson, Cheryl and Robert Balentine and Michele and Thomas Bowyer filed claims with the county for damages. They are members of the Friends of Moon Creek group. In his claim to the county, Anderson said he has been operating an organic growing operation on his 5-acre parcel, called Sprucewood Farms for 20 years. He ships trees to various parts of the United States. “The spraying of glysophate on my property has likely deprived me of my livelihood,” Anderson wrote in his claim, in which he seeks $100,000 in damages. Anderson said he repeatedly contacted the sheriff’s office regarding alleged trespass-

ing by members of the Diamond Lake Improvement Association. Anderson says the sheriff’s office told him it was a civil matter and that law enforcement personnel would not intervene. During the summer the DLIA paid a licensed surveyor to survey the land they used to access the beaver ponds and documented that it was property owned by a person who gave them permission to use. The Balentines claim $50,000 in damages caused by the spraying, which he says killed flowering plants, grasses and trees. “What was a natural beautiful wetland is now a dead zone and ugly; therefore reducing my property value,” Anderson wrote. The Bowers made a claim for $80,000 for damages done by the spraying. They claim the herbicide killed plant life up to 100 feet from the streamside and animal and marine life in and near the stream. They also claim the spraying contaminated a well, making the water no longer potable. Metzger said the county doesn’t have to answer the complaints. The county had a permit to spray the weeds and used a licensed company to do the work. The Friends of Moon Creek are made up of the Balentines, the Bowyers, Anderson, George Tyler, Joel Struthers, Mark Moser and Gaylan Warren.


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B R I E F LY Newport girls fall to Freeman NEWPORT – The Newport girls basketball team lost to Northeast A League foe Freeman Friday, Jan. 3, 55-40. Freeman jumped out to an early lead with 17 points in the first quarter, holding Newport to seven. The Scotties led 30-12 at the half. Newport outscored Freeman in both the third and fourth quarters, but couldn’t catch up. The Scotties hit seven three-pointers in the win. Holly Malsbury had a double-double for the Grizzlies with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jolie Frederick scored 11 and Hadley Stratton scored seven. Jalin Earl scored two and Elise Cunningham scored one. The Grizzlies traveled to Kettle Falls Tuesday, after The Miner went to press. They travel to Medical Lake Friday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m., then host Riverside Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6:15 p.m. They then travel to Timberlake Tuesday, Jan. 14, to play at 6 p.m.


IONE – Rangers Cody Hoffman and Joey Dickinson showed a flawless performance during the Banks Lake Brawl Saturday, Jan. 4, both taking home a first place match win. Ten Rangers wrestled during this tournament and all 10 placed in the top five for their ON DECK: weight AT KETTLE FALLS categories. MIX AND MATCH: “The Wednesday, Jan. 8, team 6 p.m. wrestled AT CHARGER INVITATIONAL IN very well,” head coach SPRINGDALE: Saturday, Jan. 11, Keith Saxe 10 a.m. said. “The whole team is improving each time they go on the match.” Hoffman took first in the 195-pound weight category and Dickinson took first at 220 pounds. Second place finishes go to

Newport gun club begins winter shoot NEWPORT – The Newport Gun Club held its first shoot of the winter season Sunday, Jan. 5. Following are the results: Singles: Nick Larson-25, Harry Williamson-24, Pam McLam-24, Steve Patton-24, Dan Wilner-23, Rob Linton-22, Phil Flack-22, Mark Dienhardt-22. Handicap: Phil Flack-24, Steve Patton-23, Dan Wilner-22, Duane Randolph-21, Greg Seeber-21 Doubles: Mark Dienhardt-44, Rob Linton-44, Bud Leu-44, Phil Flack-38, Dale Maki-37 Continental: Mark Dienhardt-21, Greg Seeber-21, Bud Leu-20, Dale Maki-20, Pam McLam-19 27 Yard: Mark Dienhardt-18, Bud Leu-17, Nick Larson-14, Dale Maki-14 Juniors: Amy Reijonen-15, Nick Deerwester-12 5 from 40: Phil Flack-2 of 5 The next shoot is Sunday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m.

Newport wrestling resumes after holidays NEWPORT – The Newport Grizzlies stay home for a double dual and wrestle Kettle Falls and Lakeside, Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. The Grizzlies travel to the Springdale Invite, Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8 a.m.

Spartans hit mat after holiday break PRIEST RIVER – The Spartans return to the wrestling mat Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. when the team travels to dual with the Kellogg Wildcats. The Spartans travel to Post Falls Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11, hitting the mat at the River City Duals. Friday events begin at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.


Jonathon Lyon makes this three point shot against Freeman Friday night, Jan. 3 at Newport. Newport won the game in overtime.

Grizzlies get big win in OT Bryant said. “John Lyon turned in another solid night with 10 points and eight re-


NEWPORT – In one of the more exciting games of the season, the Newport boys came from behind to take a 55-52 win in overtime in a league game at Newport. “The game was close ON DECK: throughout,” Newport AT MEDICAL LAKE coach Steven Bryant FRIDAY, JAN. 10, said. “We knew coming 5:45 p.m. into the game we needed VS. RIVERSIDE to get out on their shootSATURDAY, JAN. 11, ers and rebound the ball 4:30 p.m. well.” AT TIMBERLAKE Newport trailed 10-7 TUESDAY, JAN. 14, at the end of the first 7:30 p.m. period and 24-19 at the half. Things were different after the break, with Newport closing the gap to within one by the end of the period. Newport tied it up in the fourth quarter with a 12-11 effort, sending it into overtime, where it became the Jeron Konkright show. “Jeron Konkright scored 36 points and iced the game for us down the stretch by making his free throws,” Bryant said. “He finished 13 of 16 from the free throw line and also had seven rebounds.” Konkright scored all Newport’s dozen points in OT. While Konkright put on an offensive show, Bryant said other players also had big nights. “Dean Ownbey had a terrific game and held Freeman’s leading scorer to two points,”

‘We knew coming into the game we needed to get out on their shooters and rebound the ball well.’ Steven Bryant Newport coach

bounds. Josh Smith was key for us down the stretch. Connor Mullaley and Nic Allen both fouled out and Smith had some huge rebounds in overtime. Overall, it was a great team effort.” Newport scoring was spread among five players. In addition to Konkright and Lyon, Mullaley scored five points, Ty McDaniel scored two and Kyler Zorica got on the scoreboard with two. The win gives Newport a 1-1 Northeast A League record. They have a 5-4 overall record. The Grizzlies played Kettle Falls after deadline Tuesday. They will travel to Medical Lake Friday, Jan. 10, for a game that starts at 5:45 p.m. Newport will host Riverside Saturday, Jan. 11. That game will start at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Grizzlies will travel to Spirit Lake for a game against Timberlake. That game will start at 7:30 p.m.


CUSICK – It was a tough game when Cusick played Northport Friday, Jan. 3, but not how you’d expect. The Panthers came out on top 65-8. “They aren’t the greatest team, but they still had to play,” Cusick coach Rob Seymour said. “Those are kind of hard.”




Lady Rangers split the week Fork’s 11 in the second and 30 points in the second half. Hannah Rick scored a game-high 21 points for Selkirk. Katie Couch scored 18. Anna Kotzian and Lexy Ellsworth each scored four and Hannah Jensen scored three. The following day wasn’t so good for the Rangers when they lost 61-31 to Republic. Republic jumped out to an early lead, ahead 21-7 at the end of the first quarter. They added 12 points to their lead with 15 in the second while keeping Selkirk to just three.



IONE – The Selkirk girls basketball team beat Clark Fork on ON DECK: the road VS. NORTHPORT: Friday, Friday, Jan. 10, Jan. 3, 5:45 p.m. but lost to AT INCHELIUM: Republic Saturday, Jan. 11, at home 4:30 p.m. Saturday. VS. CLARK FORK: Selkirk Tuesday, Jan. 14, led 8-6 at 5:45 p.m. the end of the first quarter against Clark Fork. They maintained their lead throughout the game, scoring 12 to Clark

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reality he only weighs 93 pounds,” Saxe said. “He is one of the team’s 8th graders. He goes out there against guys that out weigh him at least 10 pounds or more every match and most of the guys he goes up against are older, and each and every time he wrestles his heart out.” Hunter Carman hit the mat at 126 pounds and took SEE RANGERS, PAGE 2B

Caytlin Nenema led all scorers with 21 and Renee Wynne scored ON DECK: 13. CasVS. INCHELIUM: sidy Hanen Friday, Jan. 10, came off the 5:45 p.m. bench and AT COLUMBIA: had her first Saturday, Jan. 11, double-dou- 5:45 p.m. ble with 10 points and 11 rebounds. SEE CUSICK, PAGE 2B



Republic held strong after the half, scoring 16 in the third and nine in the fourth. Selkirk had 21 in the half. Couch scored 15 for Selkirk, followed by Rick with 14. Kotzian and Mackenzie McAnerin each scored one. The Rangers hosted Wellpinit Tuesday evening, after The Miner went to press. They host Northport Friday, Jan. 10, at 5:45 p.m. and travel to Inchelium Saturday, Jan. 11, to play at 4:30 p.m. The Rangers then host Clark Fork Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 5:45 p.m.

Billy Edwards, 138 pounds, and Ryan Issakides, 106 pounds. “Issakides did a great job. He wrestles at 106, but in

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Rangers strong at Banks Lake BY DESIREÉ HOOD

Priest River girls take on Timberlake, Bonners PRIEST RIVER – After a weeklong break for the holidays, the Priest River girls basketball team hit the court Tuesday against Riverside, after The Miner went to press. The Spartans will travel to Timberlake Thursday, Jan. 9, to play at 7 p.m. and then host Bonners Ferry Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m.

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Cusick blasts Northport, Curlew

CUSICK – The Cusick boys basketball team ran roughshod over Northport and Curlew last week, taking league wins in both games. The Panthers hosted Northport Friday, Jan. 3, easily winning 75-33. Alec Bluff and ON DECK: Chad VS. INCHELIUM: BrowneaFriday, Jan. 10, 7:15 p.m. gle were domiAT COLUMBIA: Saturday, Jan. 11, nant in 7:15 p.m. the win, combining for 33 points and 17 rebounds. They shot 16 of 20 from the floor. Other Panthers scoring included Tommy Chieppa with nine points, Quinton Montgomery with eight points, Tyson Shanholtzer with seven points, Mickey Andrews scored four, Cameron Bauer scored three, Spirit White scored three, Franklin Pope scored two, and Tyler Nomee-Korbel scored two. The Panthers had to work a little harder Saturday, Jan. 4, when they travelled to Curlew for a 65-56 win. The Panthers again got off to a quick start, up by 10 at the end of the first quarter. They extended that to 11 by the half and added another 10 points to the lead by the end of the third period. The win put Cusick on top Northeast 1B North standings, with a 4-0 record, ahead of Curlew, which has a 3-1 league record after the game. Cusick has an 8-2 overall record. Cusick spread scoring around, with several players scoring in double digits. Bluff led all scorers with 21 points, Browneagle scored 14, Bauer scored 13 and Andrews scored 10 points.


SPIRIT LAKE – The Priest River Spartan boys basketball team opened their Intermountain League season with a loss to Timberlake Saturday, Jan. 4 at Timberlake. “We played a pretty good basketball game,” Spartan coach Heath Hartwig said, although they didn’t get as many rebounds as Timberlake. “Timberlake got the edge in rebounding for a couple easy put backs.” The Spartans trailed by a half dozen at the end of the first quarter. ON DECK: The Spartans AT MOSCOW: were more Thursday, Jan. 9, effective on 7 p.m. defense in VS. BONNERS the second FERRY: quarter, Friday, Jan. 10, holding Tim4:30 p.m. berlake to eight points. But Priest River couldn’t close the gap. “Open shots just were not falling for us in the first half,” Hartwig said. “I told my guys to just keep shooting.” Things didn’t get much better in the third quarter, with Timberlake outscoring the Spartans 16-10. Down 13 at the start of the final quarter, Hartwig said the Spartans had to start fouling to slow

will host Inchelium Friday, Jan. 10. Saturday, Jan. 11, they will travel

to Columbia for a game. Game time is 7:15 p.m. for both games.


“She played very well coming off the bench,” Seymour said. Things were a bit different when the Panthers played Curlew Saturday, but Cusick still came out on top 60-39. “We played a very good game. We played tough,” Seymour said. Cusick led 21-5 at the end of the first quarter and extended their lead 21-14 at the half. The second half, Curlew stepped up a bit, scoring 12 to Cusick’s 15 in the third and 13 to Cusick’s 14 in the fourth. Seymour said his team is playing well, but there’s always room for improvement,

Selkirk boys basketball gets two wins BY DON GRONNING OF THE MINER

IONE – The Selkirk Rangers boys basketball team got a pair of much need wins last week, beating Clark Fork 44-40 Friday, Jan. 3 at Clark Fork and taking a 53-40 home win against Republic Saturday, Jan. 4. Selkirk coach Kelly Cain said his team did a lot ON DECK: of things right VS. NORTHPORT: against Clark Fork. Friday, Jan. 10, 7:15 “I was happy p.m. with our defense,” AT INCHELIUM: Cain said. The Saturday, Jan. 11, Rangers held Clark 7:15 p.m. VS. CLARK FORK: Fork to just two points in the first Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7:15 p.m. quarter. The Rangers didn’t shoot as well from the field as he would have liked. “We had trouble from the field,” he said, shooting just 25 percent – 14 of 25.” The Rangers made up for it at the free throw line, where they shot 60 percent, hitting 15 of 25, including 8

of 19 in the final period. “That’s where the difference was,” Cain said. He said four players – Brandyn Ross, Dominic Cain, Shawn Mailly and Logan Miller hit key free throws to give Selkirk the win. The next night the Rangers beat Republic 53-40 at home, just the second home game for Selkirk. “It was a good game,” Cain said. Selkirk trailed the first half, especially the first quarter, where they were outscored 14-8. They started to roll in the second quarter, however, closing to within three points. Mailly helped the Rangers turn the corner, hitting two 3-pointers in the third quarter to put Selkirk into the lead. Mailly scored a game high 16 points on the night and had six steals. Cain said Ranger defense was effective. “We held them to 15 points in the second half,” he said. The Rangers shot well at the free throw line again, hitting 21 of 31 as a team.

‘Timberlake knocked down free throws when they needed to.’ Heath Hartwig Spartan coach

Scott, had a good game for the Tigers, leading all players with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. “He is a handful,” Hartwig said. Priest River hopes to get some revenge when Timberlake comes to the Spartans’ house. Intermountain League teams play each other twice during the season. Priest River has an 0-1 league record. Their overall record is 1-8. Priest River will play at Moscow Thursday, Jan. 9. The game will start at 7 p.m. The Spartans will host Bonners Ferry Friday, Jan. 10. The game will start at 4:30 p.m.

CUSICK: Panthers led 21-5 end of first quarter


Cusick senior Quinton Montgomery drives for a bucket, helping the Panthers to a 75-33 win over Northport at Cusick Friday, Jan. 3.

Cusick played OdessaHarrington after deadline Tuesday. The Panthers

down the clock, but that had its drawbacks too. “Timberlake knocked down free throws when they needed to,” he said. Timberlake is a tough, fast team, Hartwig said. Timberlake’s senior guard, Keegan

“Cole Dawson had a huge game,” Cain said. He scored 14 points, scoring five of seven from the field and was a perfect four for four from the

‘Cole Dawson had a huge game.’ Kelly Cain

Selkirk basketball coach

foul line. “He didn’t waste many opportunities,” Cain said. Dawson also had three blocked shots and a dozen rebounds. The win gave Selkirk a 2-2 Northeast 1B North League record. They are 3-7 overall. The Rangers played Wellpinit Tuesday after deadline. They will host Northport Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:15 p.m. They will go to Inchelium for a game Saturday, Jan. 11 and return to play Clark Fork at home Tuesday, Jan 14. Both games will start at 7:15 p.m.

especially turnovers. “We were down but we can still get lower if we take care of the ball,” he said. Nenema had a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Andrews scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a doubledoulbe and Jovahni Andrews scored 11 points. Kaleigh Driver scored eight, Alajah Henry scored five, Wynne added three and Ryean Pierre scored two. The Panthers traveled to Odessa-Harrington after The Miner went to press Tuesday. They host Inchelium Friday, Jan. 10, with tipoff at 5:45 p.m. They then travel to Columbia to play Saturday, Jan. 11, at 5:45 p.m.

Free throw championship hits the gym USK – The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will be held Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Camas Center in Usk for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 to compete at the local level.

Last year, Knights donated 70 million volunteer hours and more than $162 million to charitable and benevolent causes. For entry forms or more information, contact Ed Zupich at 509-447-3943.


RANGERS: Season half over for Rangers FROM PAGE 1B

third place. Calvin Rood, Tommy Lininger and Colebe Merkley took fifth place in the 106-weight class. Meric Merkley, 113 pounds, and Chance Chantry, 126 pounds, also took fifth place. “With half the season over, we already have guys that we are having to watch their match count. This is a first,” Saxe said. “Usually we are begging for matches the last few weeks just to get our wres-

tlers count into the 20’s. We have several already with over 20 matches in Washington state.” Saxe said the limit for high school regular season matches is 32 for the state. “It is kind of nice to have the wrestlers getting lots of mat time,” Saxe said. The Rangers will travel to Kettle Falls for a Mix and Match, Wednesday, Jan. 8. Continuing with traveling, the Rangers head to Springdale for the Charger Invitational, Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL FRIDAY, JAN. 3 Newport 55, Freeman 52 Freeman 10 14 8 11 9 -52 Newport 7 12 12 12 12 -55 Scoring: Freeman - Paukert 15, Mettler 2, Jacobus 0, Unfred 0, Ayres 2, Maine 18, Pierce 11, McVay 2, Phipps 2. Newport - Mullaley 5, Konkright 36, Lyon 10, McDaniel 2, Zorica 0, Ownbey 2, Smith 0, Allen 0, Hastings 0.

Cusick 75, Northport 33 Northport 11 2 12 8 Cusick 19 17 16 23

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Scoring: Northport - Lamb 5, Plum 4, Fu 5, Baird 0, Xia 7, Martins 12, Wyerts 0, Higgins 0, Phillips 0. Cusick - Andrews 4, Shanholtzer 7, Bauer 3, Sheridan, White 3, Bluff 18, Browneagle 15, Montgomery 8, Nomee-Korbel 2, Chieppa 9, Pope 2.

Selkirk 44, Clark Fork 40 Selkirk 10 13 6 15 -44 Clark Fork 2 14 12 12 -40 SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Cusick 65, Curlew 56 Cusick 17 18 23 7 Curlew 7 17 13 19

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Scoring: Cusick - Andrews10, Shanholtzer 5, Bauer 13, Bluff 21, Browneagle 14, Montgomery 0, Nomee-Korbel 0, Pope 2.

Curlew - Brown 10, McCullough 7, Beedle 3, Knapp 19, Poore 5, Grumbach 6, Tresham 6.

Selkirk 53, Republic 40 Republic 14 11 8 7 -40 Selkirk 8 14 14 17 -53 Scoring: Republic - Remien 0, Fritts 15, Campbell 6, Weller 7, Rivera 10, Czapeski 0, McQuay 2, Rivera 0. Selkirk - Ross 0, Avey 0, Cain 15, Mailly 16, Miller 3, Dawson 14, Couch 2, Washington 1, Taylor 0, Bailey 0, King 2.

Timberlake 62, Priest River 40 Priest River 11 7 10 12 Timberlake 17 8 16 21

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Priest River: Clark 0, Griffin 0, Linton 2, Nunley 13, Hartwig 2, MacDonald 0, Koch 12, Griffin 0, Anselmo 0, White 11. Timberlake: Cramer 11, Johnson 4, Austin 2, Menti 0, Scott 24, Jones 4, Allen 2, Kistler 9, Cronnelly 4, Tonkin 2.

GIRLS BASKETBALL FRIDAY, JAN. 3 Selkirk 50, Clark Fork 34 Selkirk (5-5, 2-2) 8 12 13 17 -50 Clark Fork (1-2, 0-0) 6 11 7 10 -34 Scoring: Selkirk - Couch 18, Rick 21, Espe 0, Jensen 3, Kotzian 4, McAnerin 0, Dewey 0, Ellsworth 4, Grass 0, Byrd 0, Enyeart 0. Clark Fork - Kinney 1, Warner 0, Kiebert 12, Kiebert 6, Dohmen 1, Heigis 2, Potter 8, Young 0, Wurm 4, Gonoshorowski 0, Lowry 0.

Freeman (5-3, 1-0) 17 13 10 15 -55 Newport (7-2, 0-2) 7 5 12 16 -40 Scoring: Freeman - Pilant 6, Vold 19, Lee 0, Crosswhite 5, Burke 7, Sather 6, M.McGarity 2, S. McGarity 2, Clark 1. Newport - Frederick 11, Malsbury 19, Earl 2, Siemsen 0, Cunningham 1, Stratton 7, Lewis 0, Huang 0.

Cusick 65, Northport 8 Northport (0-9, 0-5) 0 4 0 4 -8 Cusick (5-3, 3-2) 17 20 14 14 -65 Scoring: Northport - Wiley 1, Slama 0, Baribault 0, Ward 0, McVey 0, Higgins 5, Hackenberg 2, Jackmann 0. Cusick - J. Andrews 2, Wynne 13, Strangeowl 2, Driver 0, Balcom 0, Hansen 10, Henry 8, Pierre 1, N. Andrews 8, Nenema 21.

SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Republic 61, Selkirk 31 Republic (9-1, 4-0) 21 15 16 9 -61 Selkirk (5-5, 2-2) 7 3 10 11 -31 Scoring: Republic - McRae 8, Weltz 9, Koepke 2, Reeves 2, Beckwith 4, Graham 8, McQuay 11, Bowe 17, Allen 0. Selkirk - Couch 15, Rick 14, Espe 0, Jensen 0, Kotzian 1, McAnerin 1, Ellsworth 0, Grass 0, Enyeart 0.

Cusick 60, Curlew 39 Cusick (5-3, 3-2) 21 10 15 14 Curlew (3-5, 2-3) 5 9 12 13

-60 -39

Scoring: Cusick - J. Andrews 11, Wynne 3, Driver 8, Nenema 18, Henry 5, N. Andrews 13, Pierre 2. Curlew - K. Fanning 14, L. Gibson 10, Keenan 0, H. Gibson 12, McCullough 0, Goree 1, Boyce 0, Belcher 0, Reynolds 2, A. Fanning 0.

BOWLING FRIDAY, JAN. 3 Friday Night Leftovers Team Won Stoney Rollers 46 EZ-Rider 41 Weber Enterprises 40 Gutter Gang 39 Party of Four 39 O.K. Lanes 37.5 Cusick Tavern 37 Timber Room 37 Screamin 4 Ice Cream 36 Nicks Angels 28 Stone Ridge Lakers 27.5 King Pin 24

Lost 26 31 32 33 33 34.5 35 35 36 44 44.5 48

High scratch game: Brian Hilliard 238, Sherry Loveridge 189. High handicap game: Jim Loveridge 253, Sharon Smith 241. High scratch series: Brian Hilliard 629, Sara Goss 507. High handicap series: Roy Dewey 697, Sharon Smith 675. Converted splits: Gordon Batsch 3-6-7, Carol Sadekas 5-10, Virgil Shields 5-7, John Hastings 6-7-10.




B R I E F LY Calkins shares her Africa trip NEWPORT – Ruth Calkins of Newport, secretary of the World Medical Fund, visited Africa in May and will give a presentation on her travels Friday, Jan. 10, at the United Church of Christ in Newport, 430 W. Third St. An African meal of chicken groundnut chops will be served at 5 p.m. with a slideshow after. A free will offering will be held after the presentation to support the Pend Oreille Players Association children’s workshops.

Art association meets Monday NEWPORT – The Evergreen Art Association, which is open to all artists in the area, will have its January meeting Monday, Jan. 13, at the Riverbank Restaurant in Oldtown. The January program will be presented by local abstract artist Perry Moede. All artists in the area are invited to attend the regular meeting at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of each month. Featured Artist for January is Jan Gleason. Her paintings will be on display until Feb. 10 at Pend Oreille Valley Networks Inc. office at 108 S. Washington, 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 Janet Steiner, Randy Haa, Sylvia Humrich, Sharon Smith and Jan Gleason. 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. Prospective members and guests are always welcome.

Free preschool screening offered NEWPORT – The Newport School District is offering a free preschool screening Thursday, Jan. 16, checking for cognitive responses, communication, fine motor and gross motor skills, vision and hearing for children 0-5 years of age. The Newport School District provides a variety of special programs for children in school and many of them are available to preschoolers with special needs at no cost to families. Identifying a child’s special needs at an early age gives the child a better opportunity to reach his or her full learning potential, according to the district. To schedule a screening or for more information, contact Keri Leslie at 509-447-3167.

Share your life events for free NEWPORT – The Newport and Gem State Miner Newspapers are looking to share your life events with the community. Submit births, weddings and engagements to The Miner for publication at no charge. The Miner can be reached at 509-447-2433, or visit online, or stop by the office at 421 S. Spokane in Newport.


Spaghetti and basketball at Newport High School Tammy Ownbey serves spaghetti to Haden Rainey, class of 2011, after the Newport Alumni Basketball tournament Saturday. Ownbey’s son plays varsity basketball for Newport and her husband, Forrest, was the oldest participant in the alumni tournament. Money raised by the second annual alumni game and spaghetti feed will go to the basketball program.

Dance in the new year with Create Arts BY DESIREÉ HOOD OF THE MINER

NEWPORT – Create Arts Center is ringing in the new year with a membership appreciation cocktail party, Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. serving hors d’oeuvres, wine and Italian sodas, and offering a variety of events for area residents to keep busy and battle the winter blues during the month of January. Create is holding a public meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. to discuss upcoming board member elections. Dance lessons are offered weekly at Create. Residents can Waltz and country twostep with Glenn and Patty Braunstein every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for the Waltz and 6:30 p.m. for the two-step. The cost is $35 per person or $60 for two months. Pre-registration is not required. Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Funk dancing is taught by Jessa during her Creative Dance class, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. The class is open to boys and girls age 10 and up and costs $8 per week or $30 per month. Swing and ballroom dancing lessons are offered by Anne Chamberlain Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and private lessons are available by appointment. Call Chamberlain for more information at 208-448-2601. Miss Patty’s Dance Experience is still being offered at Create on Mondays. Ages and genres of dancing vary on times. Dance styles of ballet, jazz, tap, tumbling and ballroom are taught to participants. For more infor-

mation, email Miss Patty at Create offers classes for knitting. Lori Mae will instruct participants how to make a fair isle pillow Wednesday, Jan. 15 at noon. The cost is $45 and pre-regis-

Create is holding a public meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. to discuss upcoming board member elections. tration is required. For more information, call 562-5475453. Painting happens throughout January at Create. Oil Painting with Barry Dumaw happens every Thursday at 9 a.m. The cost is $35 per person and basic painting supplies are needed to participate. Shirley Bird Wright offers watercolor painting Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Brushes, paint and Arches Watercolor 140 pound paper is needed. The cost is $35 and will teach the basics and beyond of watercolor painting. Wright will be teaching a two-day pastel class Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26 at the Spokane Art Supply, 1303 N. Monroe St. in Spokane. For more information, call Wright at 509-981-6811. The Fiber Arts Studio occurs every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Organizers suggest bringing a spinning wheel, fiber and “wonderful person-

Priest River preschoolers get wellness checkups PRIEST RIVER – A well child developmental checkup will be held Monday, Jan. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Priest River Elementary Preschool, offering free checkups to children birth through four years old 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. Parents should schedule an appointment and bring to the appointment the child’s baby book or other information that might be helpful about the child’s development. The Priest River Elementary Preschool is located at the Priest River Elementary School, 231 Harriet St. For more information about other services provided or to schedule an appointment, call 208448-1181.

ality.” If a wheel is not available, bring knitting needles or crochet hooks. A $2 donation is appreciated. Wednesday, Jan. 8, a journey of discovery happens for the North Country Weavers. Bring a loom and weave away the winter blues for a $2 donation. A writers group will meet Thursday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. The group meets to share ideas, knowledge and expertise about writing. An Ukranian/Pisankie Egg Painting class will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. The class is for adults only and pre-registration is required. All supplies will be included for the $45 fee. For more information on events at Create, call 509447-9277.


“Where The Sheep Go To Be Fed” 101 S. Scott • 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

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Fill up on crab NEWPORT – The Newport Soroptimists are holding their annual crab feed Saturday Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Newport Eagles, offering an “all you can eat” crab, garlic bread, baked potatoes, green beans and coleslaw dinner. The price of dinner is $20 for adults and children under 10 eat for $10. There are only 150 tickets available for each seating. Tickets can be purchased at Seebers, Owens, Eagles or by calling 509-6712552. A raffle will be offered during the dinner for a wide selection of gift baskets. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All of the proceeds of the crab feed go to support the many service

PINE RIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH 1428 1st Street West Sunday School ~ 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ~ 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: Youth ~7:00 p.m. Pastor Mitch McGhee 447-3265

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


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

projects the Soroptimists do each year in the Newport and Priest River area. These projects include providing two scholarships each year for Newport High School seniors, the Girl of the Month awards for Newport High School seniors who have outstanding academic, leadership and community work and the outstanding eighth grade graduate program. The organization also supports the Priest River Young Woman of the Year award and the Young Lives Program, which supports young women who are single moms and helps them by providing mentors who assist them in learning child care and educational opportunities.

Learn, have fun at West Bonner libraries PRIEST RIVER – The West Bonner Library District welcomes a new year with fun and informative programs awaiting patrons at the Priest River Library. The Live and Learn series begins Thursday, Jan. 9, at noon with Your Health Idaho, a new resource that allows Idahoans to shop, compare and choose insurance plans. On Monday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m. join Colin from Limey Solutions for File Management, the third class in a series. Prior classes included Internet basics and adding photos to social media sites. Battle the winter blues with two craft classes to be held at the library. Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.

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


“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


Community Church Directory CATHOLIC MASSES

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.

a second Cape Cod Berry Basket class will be held and Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Decoupage a Box will be offered. Call to register at 208-4482207. Each class is free, however, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children’s programs will continue to be offered with Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Blanchard and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in Priest River. Watch for special after school programs and family events, there is always something happening at your local libraries. Check the library website for more information at http://westbonner.lili. org or call 208-448-2207 in Priest River and 208437-0801 in Blanchard.


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


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


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. Jams 5 pm 2nd Saturdays Pastor, Walt Campbell: 447-5101


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



Diamond Lake Church 326002 Hwy. 2, West of Newport Head Elder Abe Napoles, (509) 276-1431 Newport Church - Corner of Lilac Lane & Hwy. 20 North Pastor Ron Fleck (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

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


332801 Hwy. 2, P.O. Box 653, Newport Pastors Matt & Janine Goodrich Sunday School 9 am - Worship Service 10 am (509) 447-4338


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WE E K AH EAD ROTARY CLUB: 7:15 a.m. - Oldtown Rotary Park OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 a.m. - Pineridge Community Church, 1428 W. First St., Newport, use back entrance NEWPORT TOPS: 9 a.m. - Newport Eagles FIBER ARTS KNITTING AND SPINNING GROUP: 9 a.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport 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

STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m. - Priest River Library OPEN PAINTING WORKSHOP: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport HOME AND COMMUNITY EDUCATORS DALKENA CLUB: Noon Call Bonnie Witt 509-447-3647 or Billie Goodno at 509-447-3781 DUPLICATE BRIDGE: 12:30 p.m. Hospitality House in Newport LOOSELY KNIT: 1-3 p.m. - Calispel Valley Library, Cusick AFTER SCHOOL READERS CLUB: 3 p.m. - Priest River Library FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: 5:30-8 p.m. - Newport Library CELEBRATE RECOVERY: 5:30 p.m. - House of the Lord, 754 Silverbirch Lane, Oldtown PINOCHLE: 6 p.m. - Hospitality House in Newport

WEAVERS’ GROUP: Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Create Arts Center

PEND OREILLE KIDS CLUB: 6 p.m. - Pend Oreille Mennonite Church

PRM-ADVOCATES FOR WOMEN: 1-3 p.m. - Station 2:41 Coffee Shop, Oldtown

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. - Blanchard Community Church

PINOCHLE: 1 p.m. - Priest River Senior Center JESSA’S CREATIVE DANCE CLASS: 4 p.m. - Create Arts Center

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 STORY TIME: 11 a.m. - Newport Library Notes: Updated Feb. 14, 2013 HAPPY AGERS MEETING AND POTLUCK: Noon - Priest River Senior Center

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 5:45 p.m. - Hospitality House, Newport

DANCE CLASSES: 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport

PRIEST RIVER TOPS: 6 p.m. - Priest River Free Methodist Church SPIRIT LAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 6:30 p.m. - Call 208-6655921 for locations ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. - Hospitality House, Newport


ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS OPEN MEETING: 7 p.m. - Priest River VFW AL-ANON: 7-8 p.m. - Priest River, 119 Main St., Suite 204, Room 16, Call Jan 208-946-6131

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 WOMEN’S AA: 9:30 a.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport

PRIEST RIVER FOOD BANK OPEN: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Priest River Senior Center

KIDS MOVIE CLUB: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Newport Library

Oldtown SET FREE NORTHWEST MEAL AND WORSHIP: 6:30 p.m. Conerstone Building Behind Ace Hardware, Oldtown

SUNDAY, JAN. 12 NEWPORT YOUTH: 4 p.m. - Sadie Halstead Middle School ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. - Hospitality House, Newport

MONDAY, JAN. 13 EVERGREEN ART ASSOCIATION: 10 a.m. - Riverbank Restaurant HOSPITALITY HOUSE SENIOR POTLUCK: Noon - Newport HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: 6 p.m. - Sandifur Room, Newport Hospital

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Church SPIRIT LAKE LODGE NO. 57: 8 p.m. - Spirit Lake ROTARY CLUB: 7:15 a.m. - Oldtown Rotary Park OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 a.m. - Pineridge Community Church, 1428 W. First St., Newport, use back entrance NEWPORT TOPS: 9 a.m. - Newport Eagles FIBER ARTS KNITTING AND SPINNING GROUP: 9 a.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport

BLANCHARD GRANGE MEETING: 7 p.m. - Blanchard Grange ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. - Pend Oreille Bible Church in Cusick ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. - Blanchard Community Church


WRITERS GROUP: 2 p.m. - Create Arts Center

PINOCHLE: 6 p.m. - Calispel Valley Library, Cusick

STORY TIME - CALISPEL VALLEY LIBRARY, CUSICK: 10:30 a.m. Calispel Valley Library, Cusick

AA MEETING: 5 p.m. - Cornerstone Building, Selkirk Way,

BINGO: 6:30 p.m. - Newport Eagles

Fish and Game seeks comments on proposed rule changes

Pend Oreille Conservation District’s current newsletter mistakenly priced the following trees:

Reforestation Trees 100 @ 60¢ Should read: 100 @ $60.00 Deciduous Trees: 5 @ $2.50 Should read: 5 @ $12.50 Any questions, contact Andy Huddleston, 509-447-1155 or

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Secret Life of Walter Mitty Lone Survivor Hercules Wolf of Wall Street

Green Owl at McAbee

Awesome Pizza Great Selection of Beverages Family Friendly Open Daily at Noon

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JESSA’S CREATIVE DANCE CLASS: 4 p.m. - Create Arts Center ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 5:45 p.m. - Hospitality House,

PRIEST RIVER ANIMAL RESCUE: 6 p.m. - 1710 9th St., Priest River VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST/AUXILIARY: 1 p.m. - Priest River VFW YORK RITE OF FREEMASONRY: 6:30 p.m. - Spirit Lake Temple ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. - Hospitality House, Newport


YOUNG LIVES CLUB FOR PREGNANT AND TEEN MOMS: 6 p.m. - Calvary Chapel Newport, 101 S. Scott. Call 208-691-2920

BELLY DANCE FITNESS: 6:307:30 p.m. - Create Arts Center, Newport

24 hour Info 447 - 4125 Show times Friday – Thursday Open 7 days

PINOCHLE: 1 p.m. - Priest River Senior Center

NORTH IDAHO PATTERN RACERS 4-H: 6 p.m. - Cornerstone Building, Oldtown

WEIGHT WATCHERS: 5:30-6 p.m. Weigh in and 6 p.m. meeting - Pineridge Community Church, 1428 W. First St., Newport

HAPPY AGERS CARD PARTY: 1 p.m. - Priest River Senior Center

distribution of deer, elk and pronghorn tags to private landowners with greater than 5,000 private acres of

PRM-ADVOCATES FOR WOMEN: 1-3 p.m. - Station 2:41 Coffee Shop, Oldtown

PRIEST RIVER TOPS: 6 p.m. - Priest River Free Methodist Church

JESSA’S CREATIVE DANCE CLASS: 4 p.m. - Create Arts Center

BASIC MEETING: 10 a.m. Blanchard Community Center

BOISE – Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from the public about proposed rule changes. Fish and Game is launching a negotiated rulemaking process for proposed changes and clarifications to the Landowner Appreciation Program and to create a new Private Lands Tag program. Fish and Game also proposes changes to bear baiting rules. The proposed changes to the Landowner Appreciation Program include clarifying rules on the application process, consistency in tag numbers and use of tags. Fish and Game also proposes creating a new Private Lands Tag Program, which would provide for reliable

AL-ANON: Noon - American Lutheran Church



PRIEST RIVER LIONS: 6:30 p.m. Priest River Senior Center


MASTER CHEF COOKING SERIES: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Blanchard Community Center STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m. Blanchard Library





Cusick School District Maintenance & Operation Levy

Mail in your ballots by February 11 th Youth! Education! Success! Paid for by Cusick Levy Committee


VOTE BY FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 Mike & Sandy Meade Kelly & Mary Schulz Eloise Opp Clay & Katie Kersting Bobbie & Vince Barranco Laurie & Chris Jones Jerod & Lisa Horton OK Lanes Terri &Tom Holmes Pam & Lenny Nichols Tammie & Forest Ownbey Rene Zachery Jennifer Ellersick Joyce Weir Leroy & Kim Bishop Mark & Janet Kobylarz Randy Wyrobek Larry & Nancy Sauer Lola Rickey Brian & Theresa Monk

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YOUTH • EDUCATION • SCHOOLS Paid for by C.A.P.S., Gae Lewis, Treasurer



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Shirley McDonald of Priest Lake passed away Dec. 30 at her home at Priest Lake. She was 73. Mrs. McDonMcDonald ald was born in Anoka, Minn., to Rosella Sonsteby Sept. 11, 1940. She went to school in Anoka. While in high school she worked in a bakery. After she graduated high school in 1958, she worked as a bookkeeper for the local newspaper and The Honeywell Corporation. She was 20 years old when she met Ron, the love of her life, while on vacation at Yellowstone National Park. She married Ron McDonald Jan. 14, 1961, at St. Stevens Catholic Church in Anoka. After Shirley and Ron were married the couple moved to Priest Lake. Shirley and Ron built a successful logging business together while raising four children. She managed the business for 53 years. Mrs. McDonald was an amazing grandmother and was totally dedicated to her grandchildren. She was very involved in the community working as an EMT, voter registration and many other activities to help the residents of Priest Lake. Anyone who knew Mrs. McDonald would know that she was a force to be reckoned with. Anyone passing by the McDonald home did not need a calendar because Shirley had elaborate decorations on her mailbox for every season and holiday. Mrs. McDonald is survived by her husband Ron McDonald, their children, Tammy and husband Steve Long, Amanda McDonald, Tuffy and wife Carmen McDonald and John McDonald; her brothers and sisters Kenny, Jerry, Carol, Gene, Lee, Judy, Glen, Kristi and Steve, her mother Rosella and her grandchildren J.T., Colton, Isabella, Kaelyn and Lucas. Cards and Flowers may be sent to 26812 Highway 57, Priest Lake ID 83856. Please contact Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home with any questions. The family of Ron McDonald wishes to extend their sincere thanks to friends, family and the Priest Lake Community for their tireless effort and support through this very difficult time. Shirley will be missed by all that knew and loved her, they said. A memorial service will be


held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at St Blanche Catholic Church at Priest Lake. The church is located next to the Tamarak store at 27832 Highway 57, Priest Lake, Idaho. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at

Virgil F. Semple PRIEST RIVER

Virgil F. Semple of Priest River passed away Dec. 30 in his home in Priest River at the age of 86. He was born Semple Aug. 23, 1927, at Eau. Galle, Wis. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 20, 1945, to April 14, 1947, with the 3rd Battalion, 349th infantry, and the 88th Division. He met and married Margaret Yorde while in the army. They had four children: John, James, Jerry and Janet. He worked as a mechanic and excelled in that trade. He moved from Wisconsin to Anaheim, Calif., in 1958 and worked for Hadley Auto Transport as a vehicle mechanic until 1974. He moved back to Minnesota and bought a farm. He farmed there in Elizabeth until 2000 when he moved to Priest River. He was an active member of the American Lutheran Church in Newport. Mr. Semple was preceded in death by his wife and three sons in 2004 and 2005. He remarried in 2006 to June Prill and enjoyed their marriage until her death Oct. 2, 2012. Mr. Semple is survived by his daughter Janet, her husband Karl, and their two sons Shawn and Aaron, his grandson James R. Semple Jr. and granddaughter Justine. He also has 11 grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the American Lutheran Church in Newport Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. The church is located at 332801 Highway 2, Newport. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at

M O S T WA N T E D L I ST EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are descriptions of people currently wanted by the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies. Any information about these suspects should be directed to the sheriff’s office by calling 509-447-3151. This is a regular section of The Miner. All information is provided by the sheriff’s office.

Keven J. Leopard, 26, is wanted on four Pend Oreille County warrants for failure Leopard to appear on original charges of reckless driving, bail jumping, assault 4th degree domestic violence and malicious mischief 3rd degree. He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. His last known address was in the Newport area. Extradition is statewide.


Steven L. Dumas, 40, is wanted on a Pend Oreille County warrant for malicious mischief 3rd degree. He is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and


weights 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in the Newport area. Extradition is surrounding counties only. Robert J. Deschamp, 36, is wanted on a Pend Oreille County warrant for failure to appear on Deschamp original charges of domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. His last known address was in the Newport area. Extradition is statewide. Brett A. Carpenter, 26, is wanted on two Pend Oreille County warrants for failure to appear on original charges of DUI and Carpenter negligent driving 1st degree. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. His last known address was in the Newport area. Extradition is statewide.

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. 30 TRAFFIC HAZARD: Best Chance Rd., report of semi stuck, blocking road. ACCIDENT: Deeter Rd., vehicle tree collision. THEFT: Granite Rd., report of lock box for mail broken into. ARREST: S. Newport Ave., Robert Charles Musgrove, 46, of Spangle was arrested on a warrant. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE: S. Union Ave., Newport, report of Jeep stopping at every driveway. ACCIDENT: Hwy. 211, report of vehicle slide off. POSSIBLE DUI: Hwy. 20, report of bus mirror hit by on-coming dump truck. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PHYSICAL: N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, report of DV physical.

Hwy. 2, report of child walking on highway. RECOVERED VEHICLE: N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. ACCIDENT: LeClerc Rd. N., report of unoccupied vehicle in ditch. ARREST: S. Calispell Ave., Angela M. Johnson, 41, of Newport was arrested for driving with a suspended license. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: W. Kelly Drive, report of damage to front door of residence. THREATENING: Pines Rd., report of male threatening female. TRAFFIC OFFENSE: Blackwell St., report of traffic violation. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: LeClerc Rd. S., person reports that while care taking of residence, doors were found unlocked and lights on. TRAFFIC HAZARD: S. Union Ave., Newport, report of vehicle blocking alley. SUSPICIOUS PERSON: Hwy. 2, report of male walking into traffic.

ARREST: Jared Rd., Seymour Xavier Reuben, 49, of Spokane was arrested for driving while license suspended. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: S. Union, Newport, report that male hit female and told respondent to call 911 then told him to disregard and got back in the car with female. SUSPICIOUS PERSON: Blackwell St., report that man who walked through respondent’s gate looked to be intoxicated. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: Quail Loop, report that 8 to 10 juveniles came into yard running around, hiding around mailboxes. ARREST: Hwy. 2, Joshua Shane Boles, 37, of Newport was arrested on warrants. ARREST: Alicia Marie Utter, 34, of Newport was arrested for fourth degree assault domestic violence and making a false statement to an officer.


ARREST: W. 4th St., Johni L. Hamilton, 31, of Newport was arrested for a warrant.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON: W. 1st St., report of someone knocking at door of Family Crisis.

ACCIDENT: Bear Tooth Rd., report of vehicle in ditch.

ARREST: Spring Valley Rd, Karla J. Pope, 44, of Newport was arrested on a warrant.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON: Mcinnis St., report of male in bushes by garage. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE: Coyote Trail, report of two vehicles in the woods. ARREST: Ashley Christina Connors, 26, of Newport was arrested for driving while license suspended.


BURGLARY: Yergens Rd., report of buildings broken into.

Priest Lake, report of an injury accident. RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE: Spirit Lake Cutoff and Kelso Lake Rd., Priest River UNATTENDED DEATH: E. Jackson Ave., Priest River MALICIOUS INJURY TO PROPERTY: Cavanaugh Bay Rd., Coolin ANIMAL PROBLEM: Peninsula Loop, Priest River, report of possible animal cruelty. BURGLARY: Hwy. 2, Priest River ASSIST OTHER AGENCY: E. Lincoln Ave., Priest River, response requested to assist fire personnel. STRUCTURE FIRE: Hwy. 57, Priest Lake

TUESDAY, DEC. 31 INJURY ACCIDENT: Parsons Drive, Priest River ARREST: Parsons Drive, Priest River, Jeffery Fowler, 30, of Priest River was arrested for driving under the influence. STRUCTURE FIRE: Hwy. 41, Blanchard ACCIDENT: Parsons Drive, Priest River


BURGLARY: Beaver Valley Rd., report that house is being broke into, complainant believes they are still there.


BURGLARY: Yergens Rd., report of residence broken into.

DEFRAUDING AN INNKEEPER: Holiday Loop, Blanchard, report of theft of services.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: Jorgens Rd., respondent hears someone pounding on a door.


RECKLESS DRIVING: Hwy. 2, Priest River

ARREST: Brian Thomas Harvey, 28, of Newport was arrested on a warrant.

ARREST: S. Garden Ave., Newport, Ruben D. Lopez, 46, was arrested on a warrant.

AGENCY ASSIST: LeClerc Rd. S., attempt to locate eluding subject.

RUNAWAY JUVENILE: Troudt Court, Priest River, report of a runaway juvenile.


ARREST: S. Garden Ave., Troy D. Wood, 50, of Newport was arrested on a Department of Corrections detainer.

ACCIDENT: Flowery Trail Rd., single vehicle rollover.

ACCIDENT INJURIES: Hwy. 2, Priest River

SUSPICIOUS PERSON: Allen Rd., report of male in camouflage sitting in ditch. ARREST: Country Lane, Emily R. Sully, 29, of Newport was arrested for fourth degree assault domestic violence. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: E. 4th Ave., respondent unable to understand uncooperative female. ACCIDENT: Jorgens Rd., report of one vehicle accident. ERRATIC DRIVER: Hwy. 2, report of driver possibly texting and serving all over the road. DISTURBANCE: Coyote Trail, report of male and female yelling in front of residence on roadway. POSSIBLE DUI: Hwy. 2, report of gray Jeep Cherokee swerving all over. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE: Newport, report of white SUV driving circles around complainant’s car. DISTURBANCE: S. Washington Ave., Newport, fight in progress reported, one laceration injury.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1 FIRE: Scotia Rd., report of large fire in area.

ABANDONED VEHICLE: Willms Rd., report of trailer partially blocking roadway with tires missing. DISTURBANCE: W. 7th St. ARREST: W. 6th St., Michele Leigh Springsteen, 46, of Newport was arrested on a warrant. THEFT: N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, reported theft of purse. ARREST: Jason Arthur Poggensee, 33, was arrested on warrants and for violation of a protection order.

FRIDAY, JAN. 3 SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE: Ridge Runner Lane, report or truck parked in middle of road with no one around. DISTURBANCE: W. Kelly Drive, report that female came into residence screaming and yelling started throwing stuff and won’t leave. BURGLARY: Main St., report that rental appears to have been broke into. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: S. Scott Ave., respondent heard loud noise in backyard.


INTOXICATION: Usk Bridge, report that subject on bridge may be intoxicated. ASSAULT: Main St., report of assault. ARREST: Nathan Levi Murray, 21, of Newport was arrested for negligent driving and driving on a suspended license.

SUNDAY, JAN. 5 STRUCTURE FIRE: LeClerc Rd. N., report of fire in wall of house. ACCIDENT: Hwy. 2, report that vehicle hit deer. JUVENILE PROBLEM: W. 1st St., report that 14-year-old female ran away with medication. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: Yarrow Lane, report of trailer stuck on road by power lines. THREATENING: W. Walnut St., report that 21-year-old male threatened to kill complainant.

FRIDAY, JAN. 3 RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE: Hwy. 57, Priest Lake ARREST: Hwy. 2, Oldtown, Daryl Hollingsworth, 42, of Oldtown was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant. BURGLARY: Old Stage Rd., Priest River

SATURDAY, JAN. 4 HUNTING AND FISHING VIOLATIONS: Campbell Point Rd., Priest River CHILD NEGLECT: S. 1st St., Priest River ARREST: LeClerc Rd., Oldtown, Randy Miltner, 45, of Newport was arrested for a Bonner County warrant, eluding, and driving without privileges.

AGENCY ASSIST: N. Newport Ave., Idaho State Police out with male who was threatening to burn down business.

THREATENING: Hwy. 2, Oldtown


CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Hwy. 2, Priest River, a case for drugs (marijuana) was reported.




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MISSIONERS: 9 a.m. - Usk, 1981 Black Road

PEND OREILLE CEMETERY NO. 1: 8:15 a.m. - E. 100 Circle Drive, Newport

PEND OREILLE FIRE DISTRICT NO. 6: 6 p.m. - Furport Fire Hall, 7572 LeClerc Road

PEND OREILLE CONSERVATION DISTRICT BOARD: 9:30 a.m. Newport Post Office Building

OLDTOWN CITY COUNCIL: 6:30 p.m. - Oldtown City Hall

NEWPORT SCHOOL BOARD: 5 p.m. - District Offices

CUSICK TOWN COUNCIL: 7 p.m. - Cusick Community Center


BONNER COUNTY DEMOCRATS: 6:30-8 p.m. - Panhandle Health, 322 Marion St., Sandpoint METALINE TOWN COUNCIL: 7 p.m. - Metaline Town Hall

MONDAY, JAN. 13 PEND OREILLE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: 9 a.m. - Pend Oreille County Courthouse PEND OREILLE FIRE DISTRICT NO. 2: 10 a.m. - Fire Station 23,

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 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 COM-

Tax check-off supports wildlife BOISE – Folks getting ready to file their tax returns might consider supporting Idaho’s wildlife. Taxpayers may check the box on their Idaho tax forms to donate any amount of their refund to the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund administered by Idaho Fish and Game. This fund is used to pay for important work on species that are not hunted, fished or trapped – the public trust “nongame” species of wildlife and plants that make up the vast majority of Idaho’s biological diver-

sity. No general taxes go to either game or nongame programs. Idaho Fish and Game has statutory responsibility for approximately 10,000 species – fish, wildlife and plants. For information, or to buy a wildlife plate contact the local county assessor: http://itd.idaho. gov/dmv/vehicleservices/ assessor.htm; or the Department of Transportation Special Plates-Registration Services Section on the Internet at http://www.; or by phone at 208-334-8649.


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7:30 p.m. - Laclede Community Hall PEND OREILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: 8:30 a.m. - Various Locations DIAMOND LAKE WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT BOARD: 10 a.m. - District Office PEND OREILLE COUNTY PARK BOARD: 2 p.m. - Cusick Community Center FIRE DISTRICT NO. 4 COMMISSIONERS: 6 p.m. - Dalkena Fire Station WEST BONNER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: 6 p.m. - District Office, Priest River IONE TOWN COUNCIL: 7 p.m. Clerk’s Office

D E AT H N O T I C E Richard A. O’Neal NEWPORT

Richard A. O’Neal of Newport passed away Jan. 3 at his home in Newport. He was 69. A full obituary with service details will appear at a later date. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements.


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CONTINUED FROM 7B sede 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 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 and/or other defaults: Amount due to reinstate as of 9/3/2013 Monthly Payments $8,935.86 Lender’s Fees & Costs $237.76 To t a l A r r e a r a g e $9,173.62 Trustee’s Expenses (Itemization) Trustee’s Fee $543.75 Title Report $712.31 Statutory Mailings $43.08 Recording Costs $14.00 Postings $70.00 Total Costs $1,383.14 Total Amount Due: $10,556.76 Other known defaults as follows: IV. The sum owing on the Obligation is: Principal Balance of $203,277.10, together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument evidencing the Obligation from 03/01/13, 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 17, 2014. 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 01/06/14 (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 01/06/14 (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 01/06/14 (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, and curing all other defaults. 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 Richard M. Walter 431 Boundary Road Metaline, WA

99152 Richard M. Walter P.O. Box 92 Metaline, WA 99152 Brenda J. Cooper 431 Boundary Road Metaline, WA 99152 Brenda J. Cooper P.O. Box 92 Metaline, WA 99152 Unknown Spouse and/or Domestic Partner of Richard M. Walter 431 Boundary Road Metaline, WA 99152 Unknown Spouse and/or Domestic Partner of Brenda J. Cooper 431 Boundary Road Metaline, WA 99152 Unknown Spouse and/ or Domestic Partner of Richard M. Walter P.O. Box 92 Metaline, WA 99152 Unknown Spouse and/or Domestic Partner of Brenda J. Cooper P.O. Box 92 Metaline, WA 99152 by both first class and certified mail, return receipt requested on 08/02/13, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and on 08/02/13 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 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 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 www.northwesttrustee. com and EFFECTIVE: 9/3/2013 Date Executed: Northwest Trustee Services, Inc., Trustee Authorized Sig-


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2006, recorded July 11, 2006, under Auditor’s File No. 287779, records of Pend Oreille County, Washington, and assigned by Assignment of Deed of Trust dated September 10th, 2013, JB-EFA-BNRR LLC, A Nevada Limited Liability Company. II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust or the Beneficiary’s successor is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any court by reason of the Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III. The default (s) for which this foreclosure is made is as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: Principal Balance of $53,587.13. IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: $53,587.13 plus accrued interest. 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 17th day of January 2014. The default (s) referred to

Published in The Newport Miner December 18, 2013 and January 8, 2014. (46, 49)

_______________ 2013418 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee will, on the 17th day of January, 2014, at the hour of 10:00 o’clock, a.m., at the Pend Oreille County Courthouse, 229 S. Garden Avenue, in the 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, to-wit: That portion of Government Lot 2, lying Northerly of the centerline of McCloud Creek; except the West 1,140 feet thereof; and that portion of the Southeast quarter of the Northwest quarter, lying Westerly of the centerline of McCloud Creek; in Section 7, Township 31 North, Range 45 East of the Willamette Meridian, Pend Oreille County, Washington Which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated June 15,



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in Paragraph III must be cured by the 6th day of January 2014 (11 days before the sale date), the default (s) as set forth in Paragraph III is cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated anytime after the 6th day of January, 2014, (11 days before the sale date), and before the sale by the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance pay 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, and curing all other defaults. VI. A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest at the following address: Calvin C. Forsyth PO Box 67 Newport, WA 99156 Gordon H. Forsyth PO Box 41 Blanchard, ID 83804 Boswell Law Firm P.S. 505 W. Riverside Ste. 500 Spokane, WA 99207 Sandra L. Henderson 2038 McCloud Creek Rd.

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the Trustee’s Sale. DATED this 14th day of October 2013. /s/ Michael J. McLaughlin Michael J. McLaughlin Successor Trustee Michael J. McLaughlin, P.S. 312 S. Washington Newport, WA 99156 (509) 447-3756

nonprobate assets. Date of First Publication: January 1, 2014 Personal Representative: Mayree Beckett, P.S., Attorney at Law Address for Mailing or Service: 320 West Spofford, Spokane, WA 99205 Linda J. Mathis Attorney for Estate WSBA#16495

Published in The Published in The Newport Miner De- Newport Miner January cember 18, 2013 and 1, 8 and 15, 2014. (48-3) January 8, 2014. (46,49) _______________ ____________________

201402 SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF PEND OREILLE Case No.: 13-400053-2 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) In the Estate of: William Wells and Patricia Wells. Deceased. The person named below bas been appointed as Personal Representative of this Estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner provided by RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim; and filing the original of the claim with the Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (I) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.040.020(1) (c); or (2) Four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. The newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising or real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800927-9275. (31tf)

201403 PUBLIC NOTICE Due to holiday scheduling, the next regular meeting of the Sacheen Lake Water & Sewer District will be Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7 pm at the Sacheen Lake Fire Station. Published in The Newport Miner January 1 and 8, 2014. (48-2)

_______________ 201404 PUBLIC NOTICE A poll-site election for a Board of Supervisors seat on the Pend Oreille Conservation District will be held February 22, 2014 at the Camas Wellness Center at 1821 N LeClerc Road Cusick, WA. Polls will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 2:00 p.m. Registered voters who reside within the Conservation District boundary are eligible to vote. Candidates must be registered voters residing in the conservation district, and may be required to own land or operate a farm. Candidates filing date is 4:00 p.m. January 25, 2014. Elections procedures are available at the District office. Absentee ballots are available upon request for eligible voters, but must be requested on or before February 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Please contact the Pend Oreille Conservation District office at 509-447-1155 or at the District office at 121 N Washington Ave (in the rear of the building) Newport, WA for absentee ballots or if you have any questions. Published in The Newport Miner January 1 and 8, 2014. (48-2)

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ested businesses may apply at any time by visiting the MRSC Rosters website at www. For questions about MRSC Rosters, email SMALL PUBLIC WORKS ROSTERS: Service categories include construction, building, renovation, remodeling, alteration, repair, or improvement of real property as referenced in RCW 39.04.155. Sub-categories can be viewed in the MRSC Rosters website. CONSULTING SERVICES ROSTERS: Service categories include architectural, engineering, and surveying services as referenced by Chapter 39.80 RCW, as well as other personal and professional consulting services. Sub-categories can be viewed in the MRSC Rosters website. Currently subscribing local governments who have their Small Works Roster and Consultant Roster hosted in the MRSC Rosters shared database: Aberdeen School District #5, Alderwood Water & Wastewater District, Arlington School District #16, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District, Basin City Water Sewer District, Belfair Water District #1, Bellingham Public Development Authority, Ben Franklin Transit, Benton County, Benton County Fire District #5, Benton County Fire District 6, Benton PUD, Birch Bay Water & Sewer District, Bremerton Housing Authority, Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics, (Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 3), Cedar River Water & Sewer District, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, Chelan County, Chelan County FPD 6, Cheney Public Schools, City of Aberdeen, City of Airway Heights, City of Algona, City of Anacortes, City of Arlington, City of Auburn, City of Bainbridge Island, City of Battle Ground, City of Bellingham, City of Benton City, City of Black Diamond, City of Bonney Lake, City of Bremerton, City of Brewster, City of Bridgeport, City of Brier, City of Buckley, City of Burien, City of Burlington, City of Carnation, City of Castle Rock, City of Cheney,CityofChewelah, City of Cle Elum, City of Clyde Hill, City of Colfax, City of Connell, City of Covington, City of Des Moines, City of DuPont, City of Duvall, City of Edgewood, City of Edmonds, City of Enumclaw, City of Ephrata, City of Everett, City of Everson, City of Federal Way, City of Fife, City of Fircrest, City of George, City of Gig Harbor, City of Gold Bar, City of Grand Coulee, City of Granger, City of Granite Falls, City of Hoquiam, City of Ilwaco, City of Kalama, City of Kettle Falls, City of Kittitas, City of La Center, City of Lacey, City of Lake Forest Park, City of Lake Stevens, City of Lakewood, City of Langley, City of Leavenworth,

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22; June 26; July 24; August 28; September 25; October 23; November 20; December 18. All meetings are from 10a.m. to Noon at Medical Lake City Hall, 124 S. Lefevre Street, Medical Lake, WA Published in The Newport Miner January 8, 2014. (49) _________________ 2013452 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Pursuant to R.C.W. Chapter 61.24, et seq. and 62A.9A-604(a)(2) et seq. Trustee’s Sale No: WA-USB-13013963 Loan No. 6850179806 I NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee, PEAK FORECLOSURE SERVICES OF WASHINGTON, INC., will on February 7, 2014, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at THE MAIN STAIRS OF THE OLD CITY PEND OREILLE COUNTY, 625 W. FOURTH STREET, NEWPORT, WA, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real and personal property (hereafter referred to collectively as the “Property”), situated in the County of PEND OREILLE, State of Washington, to-wit: LOT 4 AND THE NORTH 25 FEET OF LOT 5 IN BLOCK 25 OF THE FIRST ADDITION TO THE TOWN OF IONE, PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 21, RECORDS OF THE AUDITOR OF PEND OREILLE COUNTY, WASHINGTON. Tax Parcel No: 433706558035, commonly known as 109 N. 7TH AVENUE, IONE, WA. The Property is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 7/16/2009, recorded 7/21/2009, under Auditor’s/Recorder’s No. 2009 0302357, records of PEND OREILLE County, Washington, from KEVIN M. FOY AND ANITA F. FOY, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Grantor, to PEND OREILLE TITLE COMPANY, as Trustee, in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC., AS NOMINEE FOR MOUNTAIN WEST BANK, as Beneficiary, the beneficial interest in which is presently held by U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION. 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 Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III The default(s) for which this foreclosure is/ are made are as follows: FAILURE TO PAY THE MONTHLY PAYMENT WHICH BECAME DUE ON 12/1/2012, AND ALL SUBSEQUENT MONTHLY PAYMENTS, PLUS LATE CHARGES AND OTHER COSTS AND FEES AS SET FORTH. Other potential defaults do not involve payment of the Beneficiary. If applicable, each of these defaults must also be cured. Listed below are categories of common defaults, which do not involve payment of money to the Beneficiary. Opposite each such listed default is a brief description of the action/documentation necessary to cure the default. The list does not exhaust all possible other defaults; any defaults identified by Beneficiary or Trustee that are not listed below must also be cured. OTHER DEFAULT, ACTION NECESSARY TO CURE Nonpayment of Taxes/Assessments Deliver to Trustee written


proof that all taxes and assessments against the property are paid current Default under any senior lien Deliver to Trustee written proof that all senior liens are paid current and that no other defaults exist. Failure to insure property against hazard Deliver to Trustee written proof that the property is insured against hazard as required by the Deed of Trust. Waste Cease and desist from committing waste, repair all damage to property and maintain property as required in Deed of Trust. Unauthorized sale of property (Due on Sale) Revert title to permitted vestee. Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: IV The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: Principal $102,317.93, together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument secured, and such other 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 February 7, 2014. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III must be cured by January 27, 2014 (11 days before the sale date) to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time on or before January 27, 2014, (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 at any time after January 27, 2014, (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 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, and curing all other defaults. VI A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following addresses: ANITA F. FOY, 109 N. 7TH AVENUE, IONE, WA, 99139 ANITA F. FOY, PO BOX 896, IONE, WA, 99139 KEVIN M. FOY, 109 N. 7TH AVENUE, IONE, WA, 99139 KEVIN M. FOY, PO BOX 896, IONE, WA, 99139 by both first class and certified mail on 08/23/2013, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and on 8/23/2013, 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, 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 CONTINUED ON 10B


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Members needed for Colville Resource Advisory Committee COLVILLE – The Colville National Forest is seeking nominees to serve on a 15-member Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). The committee’s duties include recommending projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on or adjacent to the forest. Current vacancies on the Colville RAC exist in all three categories. Category A represents one or more of the following interests: • Organized labor or non-timber forest products harvester group;

CONTINUED FROM 9B and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all of their 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 same 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. THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 days from the recording date on this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR TO AN ATTORNEY LICENSED IN WASHINGTON NOW to access your situation and refer you to mediation if you eligible and it may help you save your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep house, you may contact the following: • The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recommended by the Housing Finance Commission: Telephone: 1-877-894HOME (1-877-894-4663) Web site: • The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Telephone: 1 -800-5694287 Web site: www. • The statewide civil legal aid hotline for assistance and referrals to other housing: Telephone: 1-800-606-4819 Web site: www.ocla. 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 and tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants and tenants by summary proceeding under the Unlawful Detainer Act, Chapter 59.12 RCW. Sale Information Line: 714730-2727 or Website: DATED: 9/26/13 PEAK FORECLOSURE SERVICES OF WASHINGTON, INC., AS TRUSTEE Smith Tower, 26th Floor, 506 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 By: Lilian Solano, Trustee

• Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation; • Energy and mineral development; • Commercial timber industry; • Federal grazing permit holders or land use permit holders within the RAC area. Category B represents one or more of the following interests: • Nationally recognized environmental organizations; • Regionally or locally recognized environmental

Sale Officer Address for Service of Process: Peak Foreclosure Services of Washington, Inc. 506 Second Ave Ste 2600 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 682-0822 Address for Account Inquiries: Peak Foreclosure Services, Inc. 5900 Canoga Avenue, Suite 220 Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818) 591-9237 A-4421973 01/08/2014, 01/29/2014 Published in The Newport Miner January 8 and 29, 2014. (49, 52) ________________ 201410 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 maintains a Small Works Roster of Contractors who wish to submit proposals for various contracts with an estimated cost not exceeding $300,000. The roster is 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. Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County invites all contractors, who are not currently on the PUD’s Small Works Roster, and who are interested in performing small works construction and 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 encouraged to respond. Contractors who are currently on the Small Works Roster do not need to re-apply. Published in The Newport Miner January 8, 2014. (49) ________________ 201411 PUBLIC NOTICE To be held, sold as stray at Stockland Livestock Exchange on 01/20/2014. 1 red cow, 3 short-horned X bulls and 4 short-horned X heifers, found on Scotia Rd. in Newport, WA on 11/16/13. No brands or scars. To claim contact Doug Riebold @ 509742-0331. Published in The Newport Miner January 8, 2014. (49) _________________ 201412 NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION FEBRUARY 11, 2014

organizations; • Dispersed recreation activities; • Archaeological and historical interests;

• State-elected office holders or their designee • County or local elected office holders • American Indian tribal

Those interested can contact Franklin Pemberton, Colville RAC Coordinator at 509-684-7000, or by email at • Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse or burro groups. Category C represents one or more of the following interests:

PEND OREILLE COUNTY, WASHINGTON NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Election in Pend Oreille County will be held on February 11, 2014 with the following registration deadlines for all precincts within Pend Oreille County, Washington: The last day for mail or online voter registrations and transfer of an existing registration to a new address will be Monday January 13, 2014. The last day for in-person registration (for an individual who is otherwise eligible to be a registered voter, is not currently registered in Washington State and has resided in Pend Oreille County for at least 30 days before the election) is February 3, 2014 at the Pend Oreille County Auditor’s Office, 625 W 4th Street in Newport. All registered voters in Pend Oreille County will be mailed a ballot on January 22 – 24, 2014. If you do not received a ballot or need a replacement ballot please contact the Auditor’s Office at (509) 447- 6472 or come in to the Auditor’s office. Ballots must postmarked no later than Election Day or ballots may be dropped off in the Pend Oreille County Auditor’s Office Monday – Friday 8:00 am until 4:30pm or on Election Day 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. 24 Hour Ballot dropboxes are located in the alley behind the County Courthouse at 625 W 4th Street, Newport and between Library and Community Center at 112 N Central, Ione and will remain opened until 8:00pm Election Day. The Accessible Voting Unit will be available for use at the Pend Oreille County Auditor’s Office. For information regarding assistance with voter registration, voting, or accessibility issues, please contact the election office at (509) 447-6472 or email lkrizenesky@pendoreille. org or log onto http:// county/elections.asp. A public meeting of the Pend Oreille County Canvassing Board will be held at 10:00 am February 25, 2014 to canvass and certify the Primary Election pursuant to RCW chapter 29A.60. This meeting will take place in the Pend Oreille County Courthouse at 625 W. 4th Street, Newport. The following jurisdictions will have issues appearing on the ballot: Pend Oreille County Newport School District #56-415, Cusick School District #59, Selkirk School District #70 /s/ Marianne Nichols Marianne Nichols, Auditor and Supervisor of Elections

representatives from tribes within or adjacent to RAC areas • School officials or teachers • Citizens representing the

Pend Oreille County, ted application and reWashington lated documents may be examined by the public Published in The New- between 8:00 AM & 4:30 port January 8, 2014. PM at the County Court(49) house, Lower Level, 625 ________________ W. 4th, Newport, WA 99156, (509) 447-4821. 201413 Contact: Mike Lithgow, NOTICE OF Community DevelopAPPLICATION ment Director. An open Pursuant to 43.21C record public hearing is RCW, notice is hereby scheduled to go before given that Pend Oreille the Pend Oreille County County did on January 6, Planning Commission 2014 receive a complete on Feb. 14th, 2010 @ Site Specific Re-Zone 6:00 PM in Cusick at the application and SEPA Community Center. WritEnvironmental Checklist ten and oral testimony prepared for the Re-Zone will be considered by the of parcel # 433709-20- Planning Commission at 0001 & 433708-50-0005 said public hearing, after from NR 20 to R 5. hearing said testimony LeClerc Road North is the Planning Commisdesignated as a 5 acre sion will make a formal road in the Pend Oreille recommendation to the County Comprehen- Board of County Comsive Plan. Proponent: missioners. Interested Wasatch Associates persons are encouraged III\IV. Location: Off of to attend. LeClerc Rd North just Date of permit applicaNorth of the Serendip- tion: Jan. 06, 2014 ity Golf Course. ; Within Date of determination Sec. 8 & 9, T37N, R43E, of completeness: Jan. WM. Any person desiring 06, 2014 to express their views, Date of notice of apor to be notified of the plication: Jan. 06, 2014 action taken on this application should contact Published in The Newthe County Community port Miner January 8 and Development Dept. Writ- 15, 2014. (49-2) ten Comments on the _________________ SEPA checklist must be 201414 submitted to Pend Oreille PUBLIC NOTICE County no later than Jan 25th, 2014. The submit- P E N D O R E I L L E

affected public at large RAC committee members will be officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of two years; shall not receive compensation; and must be able to commit the time necessary to carry out the committee responsibilities of several full-day meetings each year. Members must reside within the Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties to the extent practicable, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. Nominees will be evaluated based on their training

COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS D E V E L O P M E N TA L DISABILITIES PATHWAY TO EMPLOYMENT SERVICES Pend Oreille Counseling Services is requesting proposals to provide Pathway to Employment Services to adults with developmental disabilities ages 21 and up in Pend Oreille County for the time period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. Requests for application packets must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. February 21, 2014. Please direct requests for application packets or questions regarding this RFP to: Pend Oreille County Counseling Services, P.O. Box 5055. Newport, WA 99156, 509-447-5651. Pend Oreille County is an EOE. Published in The Newport Miner January 8 and 15, 2014. (49-2) ________________ 201415 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE There will be a public hearing for information and input into Impact Aid and enhancing educational experience for Native Students attending Cusick Schools, on

and experience working with the interest they represent, their demonstrated commitment to collaborative decision-making, and their contribution to the balance and diversity of the RAC. If you are interested in serving on the Colville RAC, or would like more information about the responsibilities of the RAC, contact Franklin Pemberton, Colville RAC Coordinator at 509-684-7000, or by email at fpemberton@fs.fed. us. Nominations are being accepted until all positions are filled.

January 21, 2014 during the 3:30 p.m. School Board Meeting located in the Cusick School District High School Library. Cusick School District No. 59 Pend Oreille County, Washington By: /s/Don Hawpe Don Hawpe, Secretary, Board of Directors Published in The Newport Miner January 8 and 15, 2014. (49-2) ________________ 201416 SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF PEND OREILLE Case No.: Probate Notice to Creditors In Re. the Estate of John D. Hall, 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 at-

torneys 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 1/6/14 Date of first publication 1/8/14 /s/ Susan W. Hall Susan W. Hall c/o Douglas D. Lambarth P.O. Box 366 Newport, WA 99156 509·447·3036 Published in The Newport Miner January 8, 15, and 22, 2014. (49-3) ________________ Get fast relief for an upset budget with The Newport Miner and Gem State Miner Classifieds. They work for others; they’ll work for you! Call (509) 4472433.

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