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he idea of this Horizon started when we received in the mail a signed copy of “Jennie’s Tiger,” a newly published book from local historian Eva Gayle Six. Her novel is based on a true story, drawn from the memoir of a pioneer woman who settled with her family on the banks of the Pend Oreille River and helped form what was the community of Tiger. “To The Miner,” she signed on the title page in dedication, “who became a character in this book. Thanks for your help.” I took my wintry nights earlier this year reading with fervency Jennie Wooding’s story. Coming off of Pend Oreille County’s centennial year in 2011, all of us reporters had delved into the past to write about life here from 1900 to the present. We’d also written in 2010 about the devastating fire, the Big Burn, that tore through the area 100 years ago. Seeing those events unfold in Jennie’s story made them really come alive. It was exciting to find the mention of local people and places in Eva Gayle’s book, and even closer to my heart was the mention of The Miner – good or bad (we hear those same sort of things today). But in itself, Jennie’s story is gripping. Her life and trials are very human, but how she deals with them is an inspiration. In the book, she describes one very difficult winter as “interesting.” I like that. An easy life would be dull. It’s a good way to look at things. After finishing the final chapter, I was eager to talk to

About the cover: Miner photo|Don Gronning

Three-year-old Anna Walton actively listens to a story “My Friend Rabbit” at Story Time at the Newport Public Library March 29. The library holds Story Time for kids Thursdays at 1 p.m. Activities include crafts and treats as well. The photo is artistically enhanced by Miner graphic designer Greg Smith.

Eva Gayle about the book. I came to her with questions like “What happened next?” and “How did you come across such a great story?” That interview resulted in the story on page 4. About the same time, reporter Don Gronning came across a book in the library by local poker pro Phil Gordon. “The Little Gold Book,” is an instruction book about the ins and outs of the game, and the way it’s changed with advent of Internet poker. Don says it’s an interesting read, and it makes it apparent that Phil is highly intelligent. But what’s more is his life from computer software wiz to professional poker player to local philanthropist is pretty amazing. (See page 8.) It got us to thinking what other local authors are out there and what are they writing about. We came up with a list of nearly 20 authors and put out a call to local writers that generated a handful more. This issue of Horizon puts the spotlight on those behind the writing. We talked to authors whose background and style of writing run the gamut – from textbooks to children’s books, fantasy fiction to local histories. We also talked to them about the many ways to get your writing out there, especially with the advent of the ebook, many are finding its getting easier to reach your audience. Spring is around the corner, as evidenced by this torrent of rain, and it will soon be time to put together your summer reading list. Consider adding some local authors this year.

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Eva Gayle Six Ione Age: 76 Style of writing: Historical fiction Number of books published: One, “Jennie’s Tiger”

Courtesy photo|Eva Gayle Six

Ione resident Eva Gayle Six turned pioneer Jennie Wooding’s memoir into a novel that tells of life in the Pend Oreille River Valley in the early 1900s.

A story of strength and struggle Local author recounts a pioneer’s past; ‘Jennie’s Tiger’ is as local as it gets BY JANELLE ATYEO


ennie’s Tiger” is a tale of a strong pioneer woman who not only carved out her family home in the wilderness of

the 1900s, but she made it a community with a store, a post office and a school. And she did it all here, in the Pend Oreille River Valley. Based on the real life story of Jennie Wooding, Ionearea resident Eva Gayle Six wrote the book, subtitled “A woman’s pioneering stand in an untamed corner of Washington state.” Jennie started the project herself, writing her adventures in a memoir she hoped to publish some day. Word of Jennie’s memoir came to Six from local historian Tony Bamonte. He had read reviews of it in The Spokesman-Review and the Seattle P-I. Jennie had hoped to have it published, but that never came to be. Six started trying to trace down copies of it through Jennie’s descendants. None of them had ever read it. One great-granddaughter in Pinehurst, Idaho, thought she had a copy in her shed. She dug around and dusted off a copy for Six. That was back in the 1990s. The memoir sat on Six’s shelf. She started seriously pursuing the book based on Jennie’s writing in about 2000. Picking through the memoir was a puzzle in itself. Jennie never learned to read and write. But she must have told stories about her life, Six speculates, and

Courtesy image|Eva Gayle Six

Six’s book came out in 2011 and is available at local libraries, online, as well as at select local stores in Ione, Metaline Falls, Newport and Spokane.

those listeners urged her to learn to type and write it down in a book. So in the late 1940s, when she was in her 70s, Jennie took on another challenge. She had become blind in her later years, Six said, but typed out a 166-page memoir, doing the best she could to spell things phonetically. Six’s book is fiction, but it’s based closely on Jennie’s life. “I hope there’s nothing in it that wouldn’t have happened,” she said. Six was very meticulous about dates, and most names are actual names of residents of the time, she said. “Most incidents are embellished, but real,” she said. The only part of Jennie’s story that she entirely embellished was when Jennie and her young son are walking through the woods and she notices they’re being watched by a cougar. “But that happened to me,” she said. Six says she spent much too long doing research. She had originally intended to write Courtesy photo|Eva Gayle Six about Jennie’s entire life, Early Tiger residents gather for a photo beside the Pend Oreille River. In the foreground is a dugout canoe, a vessel like the older Wooding boys spent a summer making in Eva Gayle Six’s not just her time in the book “Jennie’s Tiger.” Pend Oreille, she said. 4 Horizon|2012 Spring

She made a trip to California, where Jennie grew up and her husband Wes Wooding lived before coming to Washington. She interviewed all the descendants of the Woodings’ four sons – the ones she could find anyway. Three of them clearly remembered spending grandma-time with Jennie, she said. She did a lot of reading in achieved copies of The Miner to learn about the local happenings. There was a Tiger correspondent at the time, and the Wooding name came up often. She researched the time period, the logging industry and the labor movement. Socialism and pro-union sentiments were prevalent among the miners, loggers and farmers in the county at the time. Wes was an avid reader and loved his Socialist newspaper, The Appeal to Reason. In her research, Six also got the special privilege of visiting the original log cabin Wes and Jennie built by hand when they first settled at Tiger in 1900. It was the 14- by 24-foot cabin where they raised their boys. They called it Hawthorne Lodge. “It was thrilling, of course, to find that that was there,” Six said. It sits in someone’s pasture. “It’s decrepit but still recognizable,” Six said. It was used as a barn at some point, she learned. On her visit, Six saw for herself another distinctive mark the Woodings had made there. Still on the walls of the cabin were pages from The Appeal to Reason that they had used as insulation. “That was the clincher for me,” she said. “This is really it.” When she was already well into her research, Six learned another interesting fact. Part of the land she and her husband now call home was part of the Woodings’ original homestead. That was her connection to the family. She’s not related otherwise, but Six did a lot of she tells their story and reading in achieved tells it well. It’s gotten copies of The Miner the Wooding descendants interested in to learn about the their history here, and local happenings. people locally have been There was a Tiger very delighted with the book, she said. They’ve correspondent at thanked her for writing the time, and the it, which is pleasing to Wooding name came hear, she said.

up often.

Six self-published the book through Xlibris. It’s a print-on-demand publisher that allows Six to order books 100 or 200 at a time. So far, she’s sold 800 copies, she said. The book is available at local libraries, online, as well as at select local stores: Mountain Traders in Ione, the Washington Hotel and Falls Market in Metaline Falls, Seeber’s Pharmacy in Newport and Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane.

Courtesy photo|Eva Gayle Six

The Wooding family stands outside the first cabin Jennie and Wes built at Tiger in the early 1900s. The couple raised their three boys in this 14- by 24-foot cabin.

Six is retired after 25 years of teaching English at Selkirk High School. After retirement, she spent more than a decade leading the charge to turn the run-down Metaline Falls High School into what is today the center of the Down River community, the Cutter Theatre. Six has dedicated herself to the good of community, not unlike Jennie herself. “Jennie’s Tiger� is Six’s first book. She CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Courtesy photo|Eva Gayle Six

The one-store Wooding home is still standing today. Six found Wes Wooding had used as insulation copies of his favorite reader, The Appeal To Reason, which could still be seen on the walls.

Courtesy photo|Eva Gayle Six

The Wooding family stands beside their second home, a two story they built on their homestead after the 1911 fire. The home was torn down when the highway was built through Tiger.




What’s Next: Eva Gayle Six will be talking about her book at two upcoming events. • There will be showing of the Nell Shipman 1923 movie, “The Grubstake,” mentioned in the book and Six will sign copies of “Jennie’s Tiger” Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls. • Six will talk about her book at the Usk Community Hall April 7 in an event sponsored by the Pend Oreille County Historical Society.

Courtesy photo|Eva Gayle Six

Jennie Wooding, right, sits with friends outside the hotel at Tiger. Wooding was a strong pioneer woman who was integral in keeping her home running and also building the community of Tiger in the early 1900s.

“I always assumed I’d write a book. I didn’t get it done until after retirement and after my children were grown.” Eva Gayle Six

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has published some other non-fiction history articles. “I always assumed I’d write a book,” she said. “I didn’t get it done until after retirement and after my children were grown.” She found the writing process enjoyable, she said, and she tried to get to her office to type every day while working on the novel. “Most writers will tell you there’s too much interruption,” she says. “So it took not a short amount of time.” Jennie’s story is still on her mind. She said she is thinking of writing a book on Jennie’s earlier years, traveling through California and the Southwest, using some of what she’s learned from more distant relatives of Jennie’s who’ve come out of the woodwork since learning about the first book.

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History writer publishes three in a year BY JANELLE ATYEO


uane Becker has written history articles for the local

museum and guitar history articles that appear online, but he’s never attempted to publish a book of his own until now. He has three coming out this year. Becker, 52, has been collecting information on the history of Mount Spokane over the last 20 years. A history on north Spokane’s tallest mountain hadn’t been written before. Becker decided to take it up just because he likes the area. “It’s just out my front window,� says the Camden resident. “And I don’t even ski.� His book covers more than just

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Duane Becker’s history of Mount Spokane is due out in August. It includes almost 200 historic photos. Becker said it was a long process putting the book together, and he plans to stick to shorter histories for the Pend Oreille County Historical Society.

skiing. It’s a history of the lodges and other buildings, the Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the state park and the eventual construction of the ski resorts. He didn’t’ think he’d have enough photographs when he started putting Duane Becker the book together, but he put the word Camden out to ski clubs and others involved Age: 52 with the mountain and ended up with Style: Historical more than 850 pictures. In the end, Books published: Three coming out this 192 were selected for the illustrated year, the main being “Mount Spokane� history book, which totals 127 pages in all. “It was a long process, I spent five working on two other histories. One, a months putting it together,� Becker history of Spokane television, is being said. by the Westerners “It was a long published “Mount Spokane� is being Spokane Corral, a historiprocess, I spent cal society focused on the published through Arcadia Press, which specializes in Pacific Northwest. Another five months local history. He went to is a reference paper on the putting it them on a whim because his Great Northern Railway wife buys many of their his- together.� from Spokane to Priest tory books, and they acceptRiver, to be published by ed his proposal right away. It Duane Becker the Great Northern Railway should be out this August. Historical Society. In the meantime, Becker has been CONTINUED ON PAGE 11

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hil Gordon was already a world-class poker player who

hosted “Celebrity Poker Challenge,” a cable television show, when a publisher asked him if he would write the introduction for a poker book. “Simon and Schuster had already hired a writer,” Gordon said. “I told them I didn’t want to write an introduction. I wanted to write the book.” That was the genesis for Gordon’s first book “Poker: The Real Deal.” His latest book “Phil Gordon’s Little Gold Book,” came out last October and is the fourth poker book Gordon has written. The latest book deals with what Gordon calls Poker 2.0. The game of Texas hold’em poker has evolved a lot over the last decade, he maintains. Younger players who have sharpened their skills in online poker have taken the game to a new level, Gordon said. The new players have a solid grasp of the math involved in poker and are incredibly aggressive in their play. The “Little Gold Book” is like taking a doctorate course in poker, he said. He

interviews some of the top online players in the game to get their take on the modern game. Gordon’s four books each deal with a different level of play, he said. The first book is sort of a poker primer, the second is like a high school course, the third like a practicum and the latest like a doctorate course, he said.

time.” In addition to timing, the book had something else going for it. “It is easily digestible,” Gordon said. “I worked hard to make difficult concepts understandable.” The first book sold more than 100,000 copies. In addition to bookstores, the book was also sold at Restoration Hardware stores. Back in 2003, Texas hold ’em poker “It sold more copies at the hardware was getting big. Gordon himself had stores than at bookstores,” Gordon said. won more than $1 million in the game. Part of that first book’s success and The game something Phil Gordon was on Gordon Newport cable televitries to do Age: 41 sion and with all his Style of writing: Instructional there were books is to poker books more casihave someBooks Published: “Poker: nos than thing for The Real Deal,” published in ever. every level 2004. “Phil Gordon’s Little Still, it of player. Green Book,” published was an un“About 2005. “Phil Gordon’s Little tested mass 60 percent Blue Book,” published 2006. market is for the “Phil Gordon’s Little Gold for howintermediBook,” published 2011. to books. ate player, There have 20 percent been howfor the to poker books for years, and Gordon advanced player and 20 percent for the pays homage to many of them in that beginner,” he said. first book that he wrote with Jonathon He sprinkles the books with quotes Grotenstein. from “Star Wars,” Muhammad Ali and But it was still an unknown marRalph Waldo Emerson, and he includes ket as far as Simon and Shuster was some poker history and behind the concerned, so the first book didn’t come scenes details, such as the antics of the with an advance. But it sold. Tiltboys. “It was a runaway smash hit,” Gordon The Tiltboys were a group of guys said. “It was the right book at the right Gordon hung out with who gambled

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Phil Gordon’s four books each deal with a different level of play. The first book is sort of a poker primer, the second is like a high school course, the third like a practicum and the latest like a doctorate course.

and tried to “It is easily get their opponents “on digestible. I worked hard to make tilt,” meaning they got difficult concepts so rattled understandable.” they’d make mistakes. Phil Gordon The Tiltboys went to great lengths to get an angle on somebody or to just engage in really immature male behavior, such as skirting the rules to a women-only poker tournament by appearing and playing in drag. The success of “Poker: The Real Deal” led to a deal to write two more books. This one came with a hefty advance, Gordon said. He said that the process of writing isn’t fun. “It was much more painful than I had anticipated,” he said. Gordon went through a similar process for each of the four books he has written. “I procrastinate until the pressure is so intense that you have to do it,” he said. When he does start writing, he devotes all the time it takes to complete

“I know all about overbetters: I used to be one. Those seeking proof need to look no further than my heads-up performance at the 2003 Ultimate Poker Classic, where I attempted to dispatch ‘amateur’ overbetter Juha Helppi with a variety of substandard hands and overbets. Warning: Due to the stunning violence used by Juha to eliminate me, the professional, in what I’m guessing is record time, the video footage of the event is not recommended for small children or the faint of heart.” From “Phil Gordon’s Little Blue Book” Gordon’s third book 8 Horizon|2012 Spring

goes through the draft and makes changes. After he makes the changes, he sends the manuscript out again. The whole process contributes to a better book, he said: “It’s extraordinarily helpful.”

Gordon has sold more than a few books. He figures there have been over 300,000 books sold in North America. He doesn’t know how many books have been sold overseas but the books have been translated into 12 languages, including Japanese, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish.

Gordon has an interesting background. He got his start playing poker early. There is more to As a youngster he would do yard work getting a book deal for his great aunt for money. After she than the writing. was done, she would play cards with You also have to him and win it back. promote the book. “She never let me win,” he laughs. The advances are Gordon was also a serious student. doled out in thirds, He was a National Merit Scholar and Courtesy photo|Simon and Schuster Gordon said. The earned a computer science Bachelor of Gordon’s instructional books on poker have been translated into 12 writer gets a payArts from Georgia Tech by the time he languages and have sold more than 300,000 copies in North America ment on signing, was 20. He took a year off from college alone. another payment to play professional bridge, winning two the book. when the manuscript is national championships. “I procrastinate “It is pretty intense for months at a delivered and the third While he played a little until the pressure is poker in college, he didn’t time,” he said. For the latest book, he payment after the writer figures he spent about 12 hours a day, has done all the book sign- so intense that you really get started playing every day, working on the book from ings and other promotions have to do it.” seriously until 1994, when February to April. to sell the book. Gordon the high tech company he Gordon has the advantage of being said he did a 12-city book was working for was sold Phil Gordon, on the an elite poker player who counts many tour for his second book, and he became wealthy. writing process other top players among his friends. “Phil Gordon’s Little Green Still, he didn’t call himSo when he has a draft manuscript, Book.” self a pro until he won $400,000 for his he sends it to people he trusts for their The business side of writing books is fourth place finish in the 2001 World critique. best left to a professional literary agent, Series of Poker Championship. In addition to poker pros, he asks Gordon said. They get 15 percent but Until he retired from professional his mother for feedback. When he gets are worth it, he believes. poker last December, he played in about the marked up manuscripts back, he “You don’t sell a good book without a 30 tournaments annually. He won lays them all out and systematically good agent,” he said. more than $3 million playing poker in

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They both have been active in local causes. They formed Pend Oreille Micro-enterprise Development Organization, which backed Bear Naked Adventures, a student-run kayak tour company that operates out of Oldtown. Gordon’s newest venture is a software company called Jawfish Games that makes games for Facebook and Apple’s iPhone operating system. “Our first game, Word Joust, launched a few weeks ago,” Gordon said. “We are focused on realtime, competitive games of skill.” For now, poker is a thing of the past for Gordon. But his legacy will exist in the form of his four books. His love of poker will continue, and Courtesy photo|Phil Gordon he gets a lot of satisfaction – along with royalty Phil Gordon and Barb Smith, pictured here in 2011 with their checks – from his writing. two small sons, at their Almost Idaho Ranch in Pend Oreille “The most rewarding County. Smith is a retired attorney and Gordon is a retired professional poker player. thing is to have people tell me that I’ve turned his career. them from a losing player into a winGordon and his wife, Barbara Smith, ner,” Gordon said. “I know that they and their two children moved to Pend will play and enjoy the game for a very Oreille County about three years ago. long time.”



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He had been working for a long time on all three books and they all happened to come together at once. After the whirlwind of publishing this year, Becker says he’ll stick to smaller pieces for the local museum. “It’s really time consuming,” he says. “It takes a lot out of you.” In writing, Becker got help from many local historians, including Tony and Suzanne Bamonte. With the photos that didn’t make the Mount Spokane book, Becker will set up a file at the Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum. Though all the hard work, he’s happy with finished product. “It’s rewarding in the fact that it’s done now,” he says.

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This aerial of Mount Spokane shows the ski runs on the Inland Northwest’s highest peak. Local author Duane Becker has written a history on the lodges and the state park at Mount Spokane.

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Former sheriff chronicles history with publishing venture Tony and Suzanne Bamonte publish a variety of books BY DON GRONNING


Tony and Suzanne Bamonte Spokane Age: 69 and 63, respectively Style of writing: History Books published: 13, available through Tornado Creek Publications

ormer Pend Oreille County Sheriff Tony Bamonte is best known these days as a history writer. He and his wife, Suzanne, own and operate Tornado Creek

Publications from their home in Spokane. They have writ-

ten 13 books on Northwest history and have published 14 books for other writers. But Bamonte wasn’t exactly a star history student when he attended school in Metaline Falls.

“I flunked history,” he said. Writing came easy for him, he said, but he found history boring. That changed, and today the Bamontes’ niche is publishing Northwest history books. Suzanne didn’t particularly like writing when she was a student growing up in the north part of the county. She started writing only after she was out of school. “After high school, I started journaling,” she said. She went on to work as a certified public accountant for 20 years in the Seattle area and didn’t think much about writing until she met Tony. They were married in 1994 and now work together, writing, editing and publishing. Tony was voted best non-fiction writer for two years in a Spokane readers poll, but Suzanne should have been mentioned as well, he said. They work together on the books and their writing styles have grown similar. “You can’t tell the difference between us,” he said.

Horizon photo|Don Gronning

Former Pend Oreille County Sheriff Tony Bamonte and his wife, Suzanne, run Tornado Creek Publications. They are shown here with the makings of their next book, a revised edition of an earlier book on the history of Pend Oreille County.


ony started to get interested in history when he bought the Pend Oreille Mine building in Metaline Falls. It had a safe that had a lot of old records in it. He felt that there was a lot of history that would be forgotten if he didn’t do something with it, so he put together his first publication, a mimeographed history of Metaline Falls. The Pend Oreille County Historical Society still sells “The History of Metaline Falls,” said Evelyn Reed, president of the historical society. The Bamontes gave them the rights to the book, so proceeds benefit the Horizon photo|Don Gronning historical society, which operates When he was sheriff, Tony Bamonte wrote a the museum in Newport. book on the Pend Oreille County sheriffs who Reed says the Bamontes have been proceeded him and used much of the research generous with the historical society, for his master’s thesis. where they do some of their research. “They donated the rights to “History of Newport, Washington,” she said. “Whenever you see a copy of the book at a library or in a bookstore, they bought the book from us.” Reed said the Bamontes research thoroughly. “They do a good job,” she said. “The accuracy is important.”

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Bamonte donated the rights to his book on Newport’s history to the Pend Oreille County Historical Society. Whenever you see this book in a library or bookstore, it was purchased from the historical society.

The Bamonte books are popular at the Newport Library, said Yvonne Sherman, library aide: “We can hardly keep them on the shelves.”

in time for Christmas, he said. So the Bamontes turned a book on he believed Conniff was killed by a Another top seller was “Manito the history of Spokane real estate Spokane police officer. The year before they were working on for the Spokane “Sheriffs” came out, Bamonte pulled a Park: A Reflection of Spokane’s Past.” Board of Realtors into a history of Sporusty pistol out of the kane. “Spokane Our Early History” was Spokane River where ecause of the popularity of the result. It is the latest publication he figured the cop “The History of Metaline of Tornado Creek Publications, and had thrown it. Falls” Bamonte started on is available online and at Costco and Bamonte became another book, on the history of the Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane. the subject of TimoSheriffs in Pend Oreille County. By The Bamontes are working on a thy Eagan’s book this time he was one of those sheriffs, revised edition of the first book they “Breaking Blue,” and so the topic was of particular interest wrote together, “History of Pend Oreille Conniff’s murder beto him. County.” The book is scheduled to came the topic of an He was enrolled in come out later this year and will be episode “We can hardly keep of the a master’s program at about a third bigger than the first edithem on the shelves.” televiGonzaga, so he figured tion that was published in 1995. he might as well use the They attribute much of their sucsion research he already had. Yvonne Sherman cess to the historic pictures that are in show He ended up writing his Newport Library Aide every book. “Unmaster’s thesis on the Like most writers and publishers, the solved management styles of Bamontes aren’t getting rich with their Mysterthe different sheriffs. work. Their advice for other writers? ies.” That was pretty academic for a “Don’t quit your day job,” Suzanne he publicbook, so when it came time to publish, said. ity faded but he cut a bunch of that out and focused But the Bamontes get a lot of satisfacBamonte’s on the law enforcement part of it. The tion from their publishing. They reguHorizon photo|Don Gronning interest in history did result was “Sheriffs 1911 – 1989: A larly get correspondence from readers not. He and Suzanne The Spokane Police Department was the subject of History of Murders in the Wilderness saying how much they liked the book. Bamonte’s 2008 book. have written books of Washington’s Last County.” “It’s a way to give back,” said Tony. “It’s one of the best things you can do Bamonte self-published “Sheriffs” in on the Spokane Police to leave a mark behind.” Department, the history of Newport, Bamonte does his research, not just 1990 before he and Suzanne started Spokane’s Davenport Hotel, Manito on the history, but on what readers Tornado Creek Publications. While Park, vintage postcards from Spowant as well. researching the book, he uncovered “I went to a number the 1935 unsolved murder of a George kane and the history of Pend Oreille County, to name some of them. of bookstores and asked Conniff, a Newport night marshal, “It’s a way to give back. It’s one of the best “Spokane’s Legendary Davenport them what would sell,” he things you can do to leave a mark behind.” who was shot and killed when he Hotel,” has been one of the best sellers. said. “They all said a hisconfronted some men burglarizing a “We sold 2,000 copies in one week,” tory of Spokane would do Tony Bamonte Newport creamery. The more he looked into it, the more Tony said. The book was in bookstores really well.”



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Life on farm inspires collection of stories BY DON GRONNING


hen Jo Anne Salness Byars and her hus-

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They both were retired and wanted to raise horses and cattle. But, with little experience around large animals, they encountered challenges almost daily. “I started emailing my friends daily with stories,” Byars said. “They’d write back and say, nobody could make this stuff up. You have to write a book.” So she did. The result was “I love Horses and Tractors,” a 27-chapter collection of her accounts of life on the farm.

The writing went pretty quickly, she said. She started in April 2011 and by June had turned the manuscript into her publisher, AuthorHouse, an Indiana company. She self published the book, meaning she paid the cost of getting it into print. She shopped carefully for a publisher. “We could have put as much money into it as we wanted,” she said. She put up $750 and had 10 paperback copies printed. The book has sold about 200 copies. Byars said the process was well worth the investment. She is working on a sequel. Byars is a retired teacher. She taught math and physical education and coached volleyball for three decades in Southern California. Interestingly, she also taught English but only for a year. “I loved reading the students’ work,”

Jo Anne Salness Byars Elk Age: 64 Style of writing: True stories of a Southern California girl living on a farm in Elk Books published: “I Love Horses and Tractors”

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she said. Many of the students would pour their heart into an essay, which touched her. “What I didn’t like was grading them,” she said. Byars’ book chronicles their time moving to Elk and setting up their farm.

The tractor in the title refers to the Byars’ purchase of a tractor. She truly does love the tractor. In fact, she loves most everything about country living, something that come through when reading her stories.

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Jo Ann Salness Byars read from her book “I Love Horses and Tractors,” to these students in Jeannette Clary’s class at Bess Herian Elementary School in Cusick. The kids loved making the Whoosh sound from the eagle story.

The Byars raise California Mountain Horses, a breed characterized by their calm dispositions and flaxen manes and tails. One story deals with one of her horses, Josie, who came down with colic, a painful condition that can be fatal. After eight days of not eating or drinking and several trips to the vet, she finally started to get better. In another story, Byars tells of a young eagle they found lying on its back. The youngster hadn’t much practice flying and the Byars wanted to help him. But Steve was leery of getting too close to the bird. They eventually got the bird rolled over and waited for it to fly. “After a couple minutes, he stretched out his wings and flew, he hit the fence, hit the tree and hit the other fence,” Byars wrote in “I Thought He Was Dead,” her account of the eagle. She wanted him to be safe and fly. They left the young bird to rest and went down the road to do some other chores. Within a short time they heard a big bird.

“As we went down the hill, we heard this big whoosh, whoosh and saw a big brown eagle fly by,” Byars writes. “It bounced off a tree, went to another tree and then finally settled into a third tree.” The story was a big hit when Byars was asked to read for some Cusick students in Jeanette Clary’s class. “The little kids love to go ‘whoosh, whoosh,’” she said. Other stories include “The Most Snow Ever,” “The Electric Fence,” and “The Chicken Attack.” The various animal characters, such as Licorice the calf, are featured in this account of retirement, adoption and the adventures of two city people living on 70 acres in Elk. Byars started getting some royalties from her writing. “I got a check for $1.87,” Byars said. “My friend said she would give me $1.87 to not cash the check.” The next check was bigger – $11.51. “Everybody makes more money than me,” laughs Byars. “But I enjoyed writing it.”

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Former assessor continues to write for the love it BY FRED WILLENBROCK

Steve Thompson Newport Age: 70 Writes for the pleasure Books published: None and may never publish; but says it’s not the end of the world


here’s a 70-year-old writer in the county who is well known

and has been writing for more

Pulp Fiction

than a decade, but his friends and the world haven’t seen his work and may never.

Former Pend Oreille County Assessor Steve Thompson says he doesn’t really care if he is ever published. “I get a lot of pleasure out of doing it.” So what is “it” that keeps the man who grew up on a ranch, served 24 years as the county’s chief land appraiser – a man known for arguing dry facts and figures with property owners and state officials – writing? It started when he was still the elected assessor with attempts at writing science fiction. “I asked my brother what he thought I was writing and he said it was Pulp Fiction,” Thompson said with a smile. He still has the chiseled lean features many remember from his younger days wandering around the historic county courthouse, a place rich with characters and stories. One can imagine these same features on one of his western characters riding the range near Cusick. “My writing isn’t literature but more for entertainment,” he said of the three plus books he has written. “I wrote one book and threw it away,” he said of his early writing. His writing training has included a college creative writing course and a short time with a Sandpoint writer’s seminar. He said he figured out that he could either go to school to learn to write or start writing and teach himself. He chose the latter. “I still don’t know all the tricks,” he said of the activity he started before retiring in 2002, but planned as a retirement activity. He never thought about it as a source of income, which is good because he hasn’t sold anything. He said his stories were probably more westerns at first and now more modern days. After living his entire life in rural Pend Oreille County, he says the setting is rural. “One lawyer friend read some of my early stuff and advised me that I needed to change the names or get sued,” he said with a chuckle. He said he isn’t close to submitting a novel length book yet. Thompson won’t 16 Horizon|2012 Spring

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Steve Thompson has written several books for the pleasure of writing, but hasn’t had any published. “It’s not the end of the world,” he says.

even submit a work to a publisher until he thinks it is good and now he won’t let friends read them because he doesn’t believe they will give him an honest opinion. Thompson is aware of all the new ways to publish, from self-publishing to the electronic, but he said if he gets a work he thinks is good he will send it off to a traditional publisher. If he doesn’t ever get published, he says it won’t be the end of world. “I’m trying to paint a picture that other people will see,” Thompson said about the goal he is chasing and what gives him pleasure. Sometimes he gets very excited about his work or an idea while other times it is hard work. He says at first he was surprised at how much time it took to write what was in your mind’s eye.

Thompson, who lives in Newport but still has an 80-acre ranch in the county, writes about 1,000 words a day. He usually writes and edits in the morning on a computer. He likes John Steinbeck and Ivan Doig, a regional writer. Doig is also in his early 70s and bases his writing on his native Montana, much of it historical western fiction. Thompson says he prefers reading real books and doesn’t own a Kindle. He is working on a book now that he got inspiration for from another book about a character who commits a crime to start the book. But the rest of the book is based on why this person is different than any other person. “Don’t know where it will go,” Thompson said. But he doesn’t plan to stop writing.

The term originated from the magazines of the first half of the 20th century, which were printed on cheap “pulp” paper and published fantastic, escapist fiction for the general entertainment of the mass audiences. The pulp fiction era provided a breeding ground for creative talent, which would influence all forms of entertainment for decades to come. The hardboiled detective and science fiction genres were created by the freedom that the pulp fiction magazines provided. Bigger-than-life heroes, pretty girls, exotic places, strange and mysterious villains all stalked the pages of the many issues available to the general public on the magazine stands. Today, the short story has changed into a different breed of creative writing, leaving the stories found in the pulp magazines a unique offering. But, beyond the legacy of entertaining stories, pulp fiction must be given some credit for the evolution of literature and popular fiction heroes of today. Many authors that got their start in the pulp magazines grew to be great writers that changed the landscape of popular fiction. Writers such as Carroll John Daly changed the detective fiction story from the staid whodunits popularized in Great Britain to the more “hard-boiled” version where the bad guy was bad and the detective was tough and street-smart. Edgar Rice Burroughs was another pulp writer who helped to define the science fiction story into what it is today. The other well-known alumnae of the pulps include Max Brand, H.P. Lovecraft, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ray Bradbury. And of course, there were the legions of other authors, less well known today, that had an equally important hand in forming popular fiction.

For her father Daughter writes about dad’s adventure to give a quiet man the credit he deserves BY JANELLE ATYEO


ancy Owens Barnes

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through his adult life.

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A strange endeavor in the landlocked Midwest, he toiled away in his back yard, building a seaworthy boat that Wanting to tell her dad’s story he would eventually prompted Barnes to take “When I was younger, her first writing class in sail from Arkansas – through the Panama the 1990s. She wanted I just didn’t realize Canal – to Alaska, where what an amazing thing to nail down a structure he made his home. for her story. She needed “When I was younger, he had done.” something that would I just didn’t realize what hold readers’ interests, Nancy Owens Barnes an amazing thing he she said. had done,” said Barnes. During the writing pro“When I got a little bit older, I realized – cess, she would pull chapters out of her I don’t see other fathers doing this.” manuscript and spread them out on the Her father, the late Melvin Owens, floor to decide what went best where. was a quiet, gentle person, she said: “He Over the course of writing “South to

when she was growing up. His adventure started in 1926 when he was a 10-year-old Oklahoma boy who saw a picture of Alaska in his geography book. It captivated him and that draw to America’s

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didn’t look for credit from what he had done.” Thus she wrote his story in the travelogue/memoir “South to Alaska.” “I wanted dad to know that this was an amazing thing he did,” she said.

Nancy Owens Barnes Priest River Age: 62 Style of writing: Memoir as well as poetry and instructional books Books published: “South to Alaska,” “How to Swat the Killer Bees Out of Your Writing,” “Moose for Breakfast”

Alaska,” she also learned about writing in an active voice. What she learned got her started on another project. Barnes has published through her own Rushing River Press an instructional booklet: “How to Swat the Killer Bees Out of Your Writing.” She said she sells many of those in ebook format. Before Barnes started her own publishing company, she first published CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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“South to Alaska” with a small publisher in Illinois. She had a three-year contract with them that she chose not to renew. She was doing so much publicity for her book on her own she figured she could keep at it under her own publishing company. That way all her work would benefit her and not the publisher. “Unless you’re with a well established, big publisher, it’s really hard to get your book out there,” she said. “They have the channels to push (your book) in to bookstores.” “South to Alaska” is available at local libraries, and she sells it in a few stores locally and in Oklahoma where the story started. She also sells quite a few in Ketchikan, Alaska, where people knew her dad and knew his story. All of Barnes’s books, including the instructional book and a collection of poetry called “Moose for Breakfast,” are available online through, Barnes & Noble and her own website, They’re also available as ebooks, and she said they outsell the paperback versions by far. “Ebooks are going gangbusters for now,” she said. “That’s the way we’re going.” She points to the benefits: they’re more accessible in that a reader can download them at home and begin reading immediately as opposed to having a hard copy shipped through the mail, and they don’t come with all the publication costs.

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In the book “South to Alaska” the author tells the story of her dad’s spectacular journey, boating from Arkansas to Alaska in a vessel made by his own hands, through the many trials and adventures that meet him on the trip.

moved to the Priest River area in 1999. Owens approached writing as a hobby, and although life has been too busy lately, she stays active in the writing community. She started a blog for writers in North Idaho – – and meets with the group quarterly. They’re always looking for guest writers, she said. She and her husband are in the process of moving to a home on Garfield Bay so they can launch the second boat her dad built on Lake Pend Oreille. The Pretty Lady, named after her mom, has been sitting in their back yard awaiting



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Synopsis: “South to Alaska” relates the story of 10-year-old Melvin Owens who, born in the dusty heart of Oklahoma in 1916, dreams of living in Alaska. Nearly 50 years later, he single-handedly constructs the 47-foot Red Dog in his backyard. After launching the boat on the Arkansas River in 1971, Melvin, along with his wife and daughter, cruises the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers to Galveston, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico. From Galveston, after struggling for more than a year with mechanical difficulties and an entanglement with a fraudulent boat-business owner, Melvin begins a solitary journey along the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and Central America, through the Panama Canal, and into the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. The problem is, Melvin has never crossed the southern border of the United States, has never even ridden on a boat in the open ocean, and has certainly never navigated a homemade watercraft for thousands of miles in the Caribbean and Pacific. Faced with illness, threats of jail from Mexican authorities, thievery, loneliness, violent ocean storms and a fragile marriage back home, Melvin fears a deadly end before reaching the place of his dreams and returning to the woman he loves.

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The Red Dog, a boat built by her dad, sits in the back yard of Nancy Owens Barnes’s Priest River home. She plans to move to Garfield Bay and launch the boat on Lake Pend Oreille. Courtesy graphic|Nancy Owens Barnes

This map show’s Melvin Owens’s journey from Arkansas to Alaska on the boat he made himself to reach his boyhood dream of seeing the Alaska wilderness.

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Boyhood games become trilogy



hen Mitchell Bonds was growing up on his parents’ 20 acres near Priest River, he, his brother and

their friends would spend the days romping in the woods pretending sticks were swords. In his head, Bonds created a world where a young boy could be the protector of the realm.

“It was like I was writing a role playing game in my head the whole time,” he says. He would play all the characters – from the hero to the shopkeeper – like staging a whole theatrical production with no audience. When Bonds, now 24, became too old for Mitchell Bonds running in the woods Priest River with sticks for swords, Age: 24 he realized he missed Style of writing: Fantasy fiction that world. That’s Books published: “Hero, Second Class” when those characand “Hero in Hiding” ters from his childhood days became the CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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makings of his first short story that he wrote on the long road trip with his family to college in Michigan. He is the son of Zack and LeeAnn Bonds of Priest River. Bonds didn’t go to school set on becoming a writer. He was a political science major, but he used writing as an escape. The self-admitted “fantasy writing geek” found himself stuck in the dorm with the jocks. “I spent a lot of time in my room hiding from the baseball and basketball players,” he says. He started writing the stories he’d been making up in his head since he was a kid. Within his first year of college, Bonds had finished the 600-page book of his trilogy, “Hero, Second Class.” He says it’s been described as Monty Python meets “Lord of the Rings.” It’s fantasy with some humor, lots of humor. It’s downright silly, in some spots. In one scene that spun from his first short story, Bond’s hero narrates his battle, announcing his moves before he makes them, only to be laughed at by the dragon, who’s also got an ear for his punctuation errors. Bonds was 19 when he finished the first book and started shopping for a publisher. “And I thought writing was hard,” he said, recalling the difficulty of finding a press willing to look at his

manuscript in a time when Harry through the publisher’s websites and Potter copy cats were flooding the at Both are available market and most kids couldn’t be in ebook format for the Kindle reader. prodded to pick up a book in the first Bonds doesn’t know how many he’s place. sold, but says it was He ran across a that he had to Bonds doesn’t know how enough brand new publishclaim the royalties on many books he’s sold, ing company that his taxes. He’s given was just starting his books to some but says it was enough up in an online ad. visiting missionaries, that he had to claim the He sent his script who’ve taken them on off to Marcher Lord royalties on his taxes. their travels, so Bonds Press, touted today knows his writing Bonds was 19 when he as the “premiere has reached Britain, publisher of ChrisRwanda and Austrafinished the first book tian speculative lia, and one fan girl and started shopping for fiction,” and the sent him cookies form a publisher. publisher worked Colorado. But Bonds with him on the is always looking to edits. reach a larger audiBond’s work has been “I thought I knew ence. described as Monty how to write, and The second in his Python meets “Lord of a professional ediseries, “Hero in Hidtor showed me the ing,” was also pubthe Rings.” errors in my ways,” lished by Marcher Bonds says, addLord, but the third is ing that he learned a bit delayed. Bonds more through the editing process lost the manuscript when his laptop than he had in any of his university was stolen. He’s started picking at it fiction writing classes. again, but it’s nowhere near finished, He loves talking about what he’s he said. learned and the writing process. Now graduated from the UniverHe’s visited the Newport High School sity of Idaho, Bonds has a degree in honors English class as a guest journalism, but with the declining speaker. industry, he’s working at the Grit“I’ve never had that much fun talk- man Medical Center in Moscow, but ing to an audience before,” he says. keeping up with writing on the side. Bonds’s books are available


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onald Donner is one of the 25 percent of soldiers who survived the Korean Death March. He lived

Donald Donner Usk Age: 82 Style of writing: Autobiography, Fiction, Poetry Books published: One book, “A Death March and Nightmares”

as a prisoner of war for three years, from 1950

to 1953, during the Korean Conflict, sometimes called the “Forgotten War.”

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Donald Donner published “A Death March and Nightmares,” the true story of his time in the Korean Conflict, where he was a prisoner of war. He has written two other books, but this is the only one to be published.

It’s because of this lapse in collective memory that Donner decided to write “A Death March and Nightmares,” his autobiography first published in 1999. The book began as notes Donner took while a POW and shortly after his release from North Korean forces. “At the time that I completed the original text, I viewed it as just another war story, and perhaps of little interest to most people, so I put it away – or rather, my wife did – and in time it faded from my thoughts,” Donner wrote in the book’s forward. In time, however, his family came to him for information on the war. His children wanted to interview him for school projects, saying there was not much to be found on the Korean Conflict. As his kids grew up, his grandchildren and other people’s children began to ask him the same questions. Donner began to realize his experience needed to be told. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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Small town inspiration Author writes series with a rural setting BY JANELLE ATYEO

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Sunni Jeffers holds three of her titles published by Guideposts Books. She writes fiction, but draws on her own experience for some part of the story.

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Inset: In “Rosemary for Remembrance,” published by Guideposts in 2006, the Howard sisters find themselves at the center of activity planning for these events and counseling a young Southern bride who is having trouble adjusting to life in Pennsylvania. Their most difficult task, however, is preventing gossip from ruining this time of reflection and celebration.


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Getting into writing was kind of a fluke, Jeffers says. She started when she was 40 when she went with a friend to a class on novel writing and it caught her attention. “I started writing a book and realized I didn’t know what I was doing,” she says. That’s when she enrolled in some classes at a community college and took on some noncredit adult education classes and eventually joined writers’ groups such as the Romance Writers of America. She wrote her first novel in 1989, but it was almost 10 years before anything was published. “I wrote four complete novels before I sold my first one,” she says. Writing has been profitable for her, but it’s a lot of work. “If I broke it down to dollars per hour, it is probably less than minimum wage,” she says. “Very few authors get rich, and very few authors make a living wage.” Her first book was published by the Christian CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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publisher, Guideposts Books, in 2001. Twelve years latter, she’s working on her 12th book.


She’ll also draw from her life. She and her husband were at a music camp once, and she wrote that setting into her story. Many friends and family members’ names are in her books. Jeffers has a family that’s very talented and actively involved in the community through church, politics and many local causes. Her husband is former Pend Oreille County Republican chairman Jim Jeffers. Her daughter Laura Merrill is currently in her second term as Pend Oreille County Commissioner, and her granddaughters Madeline and Katherine Merrill are active in Newport High School sports and activities. Jeffers is retired, so writing is her full-time focus. She was the office manager and bookkeeper for the family business in Denver before they moved to Newport.

effers’s first book came out after she entered an unpublished version in a national contest and won. She called it “Kicking and Screaming,” and it won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for Best Unpublished Inspirational Romance. The book was published in 2004 by Cook Communications, another Christian publisher, as “Flowers for Victoria.” The publisher changed the name, but she says they know best: “They are professionals and they know what the market wants. If you want something that will sell, you pretty much listen to them and do what they want.” The book is described on Barnes & Noble’s website: Courtesy image|Guideposts Books “Victoria Halstead is torn between Matt, the ex-husband “A Token of Truth” was pubwho has recently changed lished by Guideposts in 2010 his tune, and the suave and as part of the Mystery and the Minister’s Wife series. The hismysterious Cleve. ‘Flowers toric Copper Mill Coin is stolen, for Victoria’ explores realand Kate Hanlon sets out to world themes of divorce, remarriage, forgiveness, and prove her good friend isn’t the culprit but is telling the truth. the beginning of faith.”


effers compares her books to small town Americana series like those of Jan Karon Mitfort. The stories take place in contemporary times. Her most recent novella “Christmas Memories at Grace Chapel Inn” came out last fall. That book and five other Jeffers But digging up secrets can be books – “The Start of dangerous. t’s enjoyable and it’s Something Big,” “Rosehorrible,” she says of mary for Remembrance,” the writing process. “Fond Memories, Fresh “When the ideas are flowing it’s great Beginnings,” “Sing a New Song,” and and when the ideas aren’t coming and it “Eyes on the Prize” – are part of the Tales seems like you have to write it’s hard. It’s from Grace Chapel Inn series. Other an artistic endeavor. You hope to have authors write for the series too. It follows some inspiration, but it’s an art that’s the Howard sisters in a small town in based on technique.” Pennsylvania where they run a bed and Story ideas simply come out of life, she breakfast. says. She draws from stories she reads in She’s written books for another Guidenewspapers and magazines. When she’s posts series, Mystery and the Minister’s writing part of a series, she’ll brainstorm Wife. The books are available through the with the editors from Guideposts and Guideposts by calling 800-431-2344 or they’ll toss ideas back and forth. online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and “Just observing life mostly,” she said.


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Sunni Jeffers writes at the computer in the office of her Newport home. Jeffers has published 12 books ranging from mystery to romance to general fiction and has contributed to series in some cases. 26 Horizon|2012 Spring

Forest products prof writes papermaking textbooks BY MICHELLE NEDVED


extbook writing is a bit different than other book publish-

ing, according to Christopher Biermann. He wrote textbooks when he was a forest products professor at Oregon State University.

With textbook writing, you find a publisher before you begin the work. Biermann’s first book, which he co-edited with Gary McGinnis, was published by CRC Press Inc. in 1989. “Analysis of Carbohydrates by GCL and MS,” is a collection of papers by leading scientists. “These are the best authors in this field from around the world,” Biermann said. His second book, which came out in 1993, is a textbook titled, “Essentials of

Pulping and Papermaking.” Biermann did most of the photography and drawings contained in the 450-page book, and did an extensive expansion in its second edition, “Handbook of Pulping and Papermaking,” published in 1996, by Academic Press Inc. Biermann said he spent most of his time writing in his office at Oregon State, scheduling large blocks of time to work on it. The first edition of the pulp and papermaking book took three years. “Whenever the grad students came in, I’d snarl so they’d leave me alone,” he said. Biermann has lived in Newport for five years now and is a stay at home dad. He teaches biology part time at Spokane Community Colleges Newport Center, Institute of Extended Learning.

Christopher Biermann Newport Age: 54 Style of writing: Textbook Books published: “Analysis of Carbohydrates by GCL and MS,” “Essentials of Pulping and Papermaking,” “Handbook of Pulping and Papermaking”

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Christopher Biermann wrote two editions of a textbook on pulp and papermaking, and edited the textbook “Analysis of Carbohydrates by GCL and MS,” along with Gary McGinnis.

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Telling a story quietly

Local writer tells history of a hidden lake but aims to keep it under wraps BY JANELLE ATYEO


round 1930, Patty Brigham Geaudreau’s dad built one of the first cabins at Bead Lake north of Newport. The property is

still in her family, and Geaudreau has always been interested in the area’s history.

Her dad, Edmund T. Brigham, was an attorney in Newport from 1923 to 1973. He would go up to Bead Lake with his hunting buddies. Before World War II, the area was practically void of residents. “It was very isolated. There wasn’t a good road to go up there,” she said, explaining why the area wasn’t developed. When she wrote the history of Bead Lake in her book “An Eastern Washington Treasure: The Story of a Pristine Lake,” she didn’t want word about it to get out too far and wide. While celebrating its history, she wanted to keep Bead Lake a secret. “It is a pristine lake. We still drink the water up there,” she says. “I didn’t want people coming in with tons of money and changing the atmosphere.” She purposefully sought out a small publisher to put out her book. It came out with C & G Publishing in 2005. The book is available at the Pend Oreille Historical Society Museum in Newport, which has a stand of books by local authors in the gift shop. “I didn’t really want to scatter it around,” she says.

Geaudreau started working on the book in 2000. She took a creative writing class and found writing and research to be kind of fun, she said. “I like to put a hook to begin the story and a little humor instead of just hard dry facts,” she says. “It’s been a fun thing to do.” Geaudreau continues to write history articles for the museum. She’d like to someday redo her Bead Lake book, making it more of a family history, including some of the adventures she and her brother had there.

Patty Brigham Geaudreau Newport Age: 87 Style of writing: History Books published: One on the history of Bead Lake, “An Eastern Washington Treasure: The Story of a Pristine Lake”

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Patty Geaudreau holds a copy of her book about Bead Lake, “An Eastern Washington Treasure” by a stand of many other local books for sale at the Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum in Newport.


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Artwork brings books to life Local artist lends her work to children’s books



atricia Hicks Ruiz is known locally for her watercolors of delicate flowers and beautiful landscapes.

She also lends her art to children’s books.

Hicks Ruiz has put out one children’s book of her own called “Roberto Listens.” She describes it as a simple tale about poor little Roberto who all day long has to take orders from everyone he knows. At the end, he finds that people also listen to him. It’s an education tool in that the story is bilingual. Everything Courtesy photo|Patricia Hicks Ruiz the characters say is also written in Spanish with a Patricia Hicks Ruiz works on a paintphonetic pronunciation available. ing. The artist has illustrated children’s “I always wanted to do a book. I’m a big reader mybooks, including “Roberto Listens.” self,” said the Oldtown-based artist. “The first thing I do at a new location is get my library card.” In 2006, Hicks Ruiz put the entire book together on Patricia Hick Ruiz her own, from the story to the artwork to the binding. Oldtown It’s for sale at the artists shop at the Create Arts Center Age: 71 in Newport, where Hicks Ruiz is very involved with Style: Children’s books, illustrations local art groups. Books published: “Roberto Listens” was put out She has also done illustrations for a family memoir entirely by the author, and she also provided called “Tales of a Keweenaw Mom” that was written artwork for the book “Tales of a Keweenaw Mom” by K. Carlton Johnson and published by Traprock published by Traprock Books Press in 1992.

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Patricia Hicks Ruiz, a local artist who has been involved with the Create Arts Center for years, made the children’s book “Roberto Listens,” from start to finish. She wrote the story, did the artwork and bound the book herself.

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In their own words History professor captures Priest Lake’s history through its past residents



riest Lake is not only a place Kris Runberg Smith visits on a regular basis, but it’s the center of a history woven

throughout her life.

“I followed guidelines adopted by the national Oral History Association as I edited each interview, removing false starts and repeated information,” she writes. “At times I reorganized the sequence of some stories, making them easier for the reader to follow.” Runberg Smith explained the effort was that of a group, with many volunteers gathering photos, writing captions and organizing the index. “I hate books without an index,” she said with a laugh. Because of that volunteer mentality, the profits from the book have spurred another project. Runberg Smith is now writing a comprehensive history of Priest Lake, a task that’s taking her across the country. Talking with The Miner recently, she was in Seattle to celebrate her mother’s 80th birthday and review the National Archives there. She’s also worked with the Idaho State Historical Society and Jesuit Archives, among other sources, and found a wealth of information in New

Runberg Smith edited “Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake,” a project begun some 25 years prior to its publication, and one that makes possible her current venture, a comprehensive history of the Priest Lake area. Runberg Smith, 54, is a history “We had this lovely material professor at Lindenfrom Leonard Paul, but it wood University in wasn’t enough for a book.” St. Charles, Mo., and lives in St. Louis. Kris Runberg Smith Her great-grandfather, Howard Editor, “Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake” Gumaer, arrived at Priest Lake in 1897 Haven, Conn. and her family has “We found some wonderful sources on Priest held gatherings at Lake at Yale,” she said. Coolin Bay since. She’s been doing a lot of the work at Priest When Runberg Lake. Smith was studying “The Priest Lake Museum … board has done in the public hisCourtesy image|Keokee Publishing an amazing job outfitting an office there with tory program at the University of Idaho in Kris Runberg Smith edited “Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake,” in a col- the technology we need,” she said. the early 1980s she laborative effort of the Priest Lake Museum. Her mother volunteered While the project doesn’t yet have a title, she hopes to get the manuscript to the Washington pursued a grant from her for the project because of work Runberg Smith did in college. State University Press by the end of this year. the Idaho Humanities Priest Lake isn’t Runberg Smith’s only historical Council and orgaarea of expertise. She’s written several pieces on St. Louis, nized an oral history project of Priest Lake. Mo., her current hometown, and she wrote “Housing with “I trained a lot of people and I talked to a lot of people,” Dignity: Fifty Years of the Akron Metropolitan Housing she said. Authority.” Twenty-five years later, her mother, Jeanne Tomlin, She, her brothers and mother still share the cabin at Coojoined the board of directors at the Priest Lake Museum. lin that’s been in the family for generations. Volunteers there found a reel-to-reel of Leonard Paul talking about his experiences as a pioneer at Priest Lake. Paul began the Leonard Paul Store, a landmark that still stands as a popular spot in Coolin. “We had this lovely material from Leonard Paul, but it wasn’t enough for a book,” Runberg Smith said. The group of researchers at the Priest Custom Boat Docks Lake Museum gathered the stories of Dock Accessories & Boat Lifts other “voices,” Runberg Smith said, all but one of whom has passed away. The book, published by Keokee Publishing in 2007, is a collection of oral histories, photos, maps, and tales of life at Priest Lake. At the beginning of the book, Runberg Smith explains the sometimes tricky process of preserving the past through 509-922-3610 or 1-866-508-7701 historical voices, while appealing to a 205 S. Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley contemporary audience.

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Kris Runberg Smith St. Louis, Mo. Age: 54 Style of writing: Historical Books published: Two books, including “Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake,” and several other historical pieces

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eteran Gerald Beers

he said. One of his unpublished writes fiction under books, “Battle in Turin,” is not so much about a the name G. Edward war battle, but a battle of the mind, he explains. Beers, but he draws from his “Who Was That Man,” is a book Beers selfexperience when he fought in published. It’s fiction, but based on his experience Europe as a teenager for his in Europe. It looks at the life of Jesus Christ from books. the standpoint of a skeptic. “I like to write factually,” said the Priest Not all of his stories revolve around reliRiver area resident who’s 87 and a half, his gion, but it’s a major contributor to people’s wife Marie points out. lifestyle, so he finds it’s an important aspect “I’m still asking why,” he said. “I don’t of the characters “I don’t like to take in his books. like to take the surface of what people think. I want to know why they think that the surface of what His other books way or what makes them think that way.” people think.” include, “Terror Beers has been writing since retirement, in the Tunnel” doing some articles for magazines on cur- Gerald Beers and “The Rebel: rent events and religion. He had a career Arams Odyssey as a civil engineer, and he’s written for in the One True trade magazines as well. “I use those same God,” available online through Barnes & fact finding techniques whenever I write,” Nobel.

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Kelly Lynch Priest River Age: 35 Style: Children’s books, hunting publications Books published: Six-book series on Mighty Mike

Heavy machinery inspires children’s series BY MICHELLE NEDVED


riest River’s Kelly Lynch owns a landscaping and exca-


ing company with

his two brothers. Their work inspired his children’s book series about Mighty Mike, a project he worked on with his other brother, Casey, the illustrator.

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Kelly Lynch, left, and his brother Casey Lynch together wrote and illustrated the six-book Mighty Mike series, about a construction worker who helps out his community. Kelly was inspired by the landscaping and excavating company he operates with their two other brothers.

“We’ve always had the heavy equipment and enjoy it,� Lynch said of his landscaping business. He’s done freelance writing for various hunting publications and publishes a local hunting newsletter. Putting his two passions together, he came up with Mighty Mike, a construction worker who helps out his community. “I just thought of this character, and one day I thought that’d be a good idea for a book,� he said. The name Mike came from a beloved member of Lynch’s landscaping crews.

The result is a six-book collection published around Christmastime 2010. Lynch said he wrote the story and talked with his brother, Casey, a Spokane painter, about illustrating the book. Casey did a handful of illustrations that Kelly sent out to various publishers, along with the story. Abdo Publishing of Minnesota picked up the series and then worked with Casey, telling him what pictures were needed for the book. Abdo Publishing focuses on library and school books, and the Mighty Mike series can be found at the Priest River Library and is used in a Sandpoint school. The series should be coming to the Newport Public Library soon. The project has led Kelly and Casey to start a new project, titled, “I’m Esther,� named after Kelly’s 4-year-old daughter. The series will be about Esther doing things with her dad, such as collecting firewood and planting a garden. Esther is one of four kids born to Kelly and his wife Lori, ranging in age from 6 to 1. “They’re all really small and really fun,� Kelly said. Casey is married to Maggie and they also have four kids, ranging in age from 10 to 1. The Mighty Mike series can be purchased online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and is available in some Barnes & Noble stores.

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hether they enjoy the process or not, most authors will tell you that writing is hard. But for Jennifer Malone Wright, finding the

time to write is hard. She has five children, aged 15 to 1.

“I mostly write at night,” she said. “I try to write at least a page or two every day.” “The Birth of Jaiden” is the story of a male vampire who is raising a human child, one who is a powerful witch. “I had the idea about 10 years ago but it took a couple years to start writing,” she said. “I really struggled until the end was in sight.” The writing is only part of the work, as Wright researches extensively. “I had to make sure I wasn’t writing about an oak tree when there were no oak trees there,” she said. When she writes about archery, she wants the work to be authentic, so extensive research is required. “The Birth of Jaiden” is a self-published book, meaning no publisher paid her to write it. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t make money from her writing. “I made $1,000 this month alone,” she said. Her ebooks are published at Create Space, a part of Amazon. She said she sold 2,000 of the ebooks in March. The ebooks sell for 99 cents apiece. Wright has always enjoyed reading and has written since she was a youngster. “I wrote poetry, greeting cards, I physically made books,” she said. She wasn’t shy about getting her work distributed. “I forced the teacher to put it in the library,” she said.

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Jennifer Malone Wright Blanchard Age: 33 Style of writing: Paranormal fiction Books in print: “The Birth of Jaiden” E-books: The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter series, volumes 1-3

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Pend Oreille County District Court Administrator T.J. Keogh, right, with artist Mia Harper, who also works in District Court. Harper illustrated Keogh’s second book, “Time Begins Here.”

T.J. Keogh Newport Age: 35 Style of writing: Epic science fiction Books published: “The City of the Sky” and “Time Begins Here”

novel, “Time Begins Here,” to her.

“She’s the one who got me interested in writing for pleasure,” Keogh said. He was also encouraged by his Cusick high school math teacher Larry Brown. Today Keogh has two epic science fiction novels out in print and is working on a third novel. He also offers e-book versions of the novels. It took him 10 years to get his first novel, “The City of The Sky,” written. It is about the interactions between two cultures, set 700 years in the future. The second book, “Time Begins Here,” went faster. He wrote that one in about a year.


He enjoys the process of writing. He has mand and are distributed online through a day job as District Court Administraseveral channels, including Barnes and tor, so he writes in the evening, usually Noble and Amazon, among others. They spending a couple hours at it. are also available in digital form. “I love it,” he says of writing. “It’s relax“I sell more of the regular books,” Keogh ing to me.” said. He has sold hundreds of the books He works with a story board, blockand gets a quarterly royalty check. He ing out scenes for what will become a receives about 20-25 percent of the price 130,000 word, 333 page novel. After of the book, he said. he has a finished draft, he sends it to an Keogh’s advice to young writers? editor, who marks it up and sends it back. “Don’t get discouraged,” he said. “That’s Keogh makes the changes and sends the trick, to you have people who encourit back. The book goes through at least age you.” three drafts and takes about four months. The cover art for “Time Begins Here” was created by Keogh’s Pend Oreille County District Court colleague, Mia Harper, who has a degree in art. “She did a great job,” Keogh said. Keogh’s books are produced by iUniverse, Inc., a Indiana publisher. “It’s subsidized publishing,” Keogh said, meaning the File photo writer pays for editing, and the T.J. Keogh signs a book for a young reader at a book signpublisher handles distribution. ing event in Newport a couple years ago. The books are printed on de-


“For twelve hours there was only silence, punctuated now and then by the occasional heavy sigh or yawn. Sean recognized the undeniable cultural truth in evidence: Ozzeans would not speak unless there was something to say, just as they would not act without a constructive purpose. Chitchat and idle conversation were left to outworlders, and it was only through the lens of his experience on the surface, as well as that on board Brighton the year before, that allowed him to see it. And so the transport sped onward, toward an unknown fate, which its occupants were unwilling to discuss. If there were opinions, they were kept hidden. If there were concerns, they went unvoiced. Throughout the long hours, Sean remained in the pilot’s seat, vigilant and focused on the glass bubble in front of him. The vehicle’s brain pattern recognition system took all his thoughts as commands and translated them into actions, but once the course and speed were set, few actions were required. It was just a matter of waiting.”


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‘I’m not getting rich’ Writing a creative outlet for Stratton BY DON GRONNING


y whole life I wanted to write a book. One day I Brad Stratton Newport Age: 62 Style of writing: Mystery novel Books published: “Colored Waters” and “White Lies”

just did,” explains Brad Stratton, a Newport author who has published two books “Colored Waters” and “White Lies.”

Stratton wrote “Colored Waters” in 2003. He self published the first edition of the book. Stratton’s advice for people interested in self publishing? “Be careful, they’ll overcharge you,” he says. Stratton had better luck when he got an agent. “If you can get an agent, you can get a publisher,” he says. Stratton entered some excerpts from “White Lies,” in an Amazon writing contest, which led to the second book and a reprinting of “Colored Waters,” in 2010 by Second Wind Publishing. Writing fiction is work, he says. “It’s torture,“ he says, “but it’s fun.” He enjoys the challenge of the process. He works from an outline that takes a little time to develop. “It takes about a month of just sitting, staring into space,” Stratton says. Then he sits down and writes. Even though he has an outline, the work takes on a life of its own. “You don’t know anymore than anyone else how it will turn out,” he says. He will add or delete characters, as the story develops. It took about two years to write “Colored Waters,” a mystery/crime novel featuring Michael Chambers, a private investigator, who is engaged to find out who is blackmailing his client, the beautiful daughter of a Hollywood producer. His second book, “White Lies,” also features Chambers, this time in a story about a beautiful missing woman, a compulsive boyfriend and a mysterious monthly $5,000 payoff. His advice for other writers? “Research, write honestly and edit aggressively,” Stratton says. He quotes Stephen King’s book “On Writing,” in which King says “cut, cut, cut.” Stratton, a former securities and bond trader, says he has sold a few thousand copies of the books. “I’m not getting rich from it,” he said. But it is rewarding in other ways. “It’s nice to have people who like your work,” he said.


“Mr. Silverman, perhaps we should dispense with the pleasantries. We both know you aren’t the kind of man who hires a private investigator on the basis of someone’s recommendation, at least not someone as far down on the guest list as Barry Mann. With your juice, you’ve already checked downtown and they gave me the nod. “Probably a very conditional one but good enough or I wouldn’t be sitting here. I’ll bet the Mayor called personally. You said it was urgent and I’m here. Why not tell me about it.” “All right Chambers, let’s get to it. They told me you weren’t stupid. They also said you had something of an attitude and were too fond of your own wit, that you could be difficult, although that’s not how they put it. I can see I was informed correctly. I was also told you were honest and could be counted on to see something through once you took it on, that you wouldn’t fold if things got a little rough. I hope they were right about that, too. “I’m being blackmailed, Chambers, that is, my daughter is being blackmailed. It is an intolerable situation. I want you to find out who is doing it and I want you to make them stop.” -From “Colored Waters,” Book 1 in the Michael Chambers Series by Brad Stratton


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Libraries offer more than just books. Below are the hours for local library branches and schedules of some of the programs they offer Newport Public Library

116 S. Washington Ave. 509-447-2111 Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays 1-5 p.m. Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Story Time, Thursdays 1 p.m. with crafts and treats • Kid’s Movie Club, second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. with crafts and treats • Classic Movie Saturday, second Saturday of the month 12:30 p.m. with snacks • Family Movie Night, Thursdays 5:30 p.m. with snacks

Ione Public Library

Community Center, 210 Blackwell 509-442-3030 Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays 1-7 p.m. Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. Saturdays (first and third only) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Book Discussion Group, first and third Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. • Teen movies, Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. • Lego fun, Saturdays 1-3 p.m.

Metalines Community Library

Cutter Building, 302 Park, Metaline Falls 509-446-3232 Mondays 10 a.m. to noon, 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays 1-6 p.m. Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays (second and fourth only) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Story Time, Mondays 10:30 a.m. • Story Time and Crafts, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. • Book Discussion Group, fourth Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. • Writers Group, Second and Fourth Mondays, 10 a.m. • Teen Movie, Wednesdays 3-5 p.m. • Lego Fun, Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.

Calispel Valley Library

107 First Ave., Cusick 509-445-1215 Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays 1-5 p.m. Thursdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Story Time, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. • Pinochle Night, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. • Loosely Knit, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.

Blanchard Library

412 Railroad Ave., Blanchard 208-437-0801 Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Story Time, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. • Pre-School Story Time, third Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. • Blanchard Book Talk, third Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Priest Lake Library

Highway 57 – mile 28 208-443-2454 Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Knitting club, Wednesdays at 4 p.m. • Bounce N Books Baby Lap-sit Story Time, Thursdays at 10:15 p.m. • Pre-school Story Time, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

West Bonner Library

219 Main St., Priest River 208-448-2207 Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Story Time, Thursdays 10:30 a.m. • After School Readers Club, Thursdays at 3 p.m. • Youth Advisory Council, first Monday at 4 p.m. • River Writers, first and third Fridays at 10 a.m. • Priest River Book Talk, fourth Tuesdays at 10 a.m. • Story Hour, fourth Tuesdays at 2:45 p.m. • Friends of the Library Book Sale, first Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spirit Lake Library

217 N. Fifth Ave. 208-623-5353 Mondays noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays 2-7 p.m. Thursdays 2-7 p.m. Fridays noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. • Pre-school Story Time, Mondays 11:30 a.m. to noon, for children ages 3-5 • Library Club, Thursdays, ages 5-8 from 3-4 p.m. and ages 9-12 from 4-5 p.m.

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Calendar of Events Spring 2012 The following are events happening around the Pend Oreille River Valley this spring.

April April 2 No Foolin’ Auction The “No Foolin’” is a fundraiser at the Ranch Club. Money supports the various events the Priest River Chamber of Commerce puts on each year. April 6 Open Mic The Pend Oreille Playhouse hosts a monthly open mic night on the first Friday. Come play between 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $2. April 7 Easter Egg Hunts An Easter Egg Hunt is held in Newport City Park at 10 a.m. It is sponsored by the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Newport Soroptimist Club. An Easter Party takes place at the Priest Lake State Park Indian Creek Campground starting at 12:30 p.m. The parking fee is $5 per car. The Lion’s Club hosts a hunt at the Mudhole in Priest River. The Blanchard Grange hosts an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m.

April 13-15 Boy Scouts Spring Camporee Boy Scouts from around the region will gather at the Newport Rodeo Grounds for classes on topics from horsemanship to space exploration. April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 ‘Anne of Green Gables’ The Pend Oreille Players stage this classic country tale at the Pend Oreille Playhouse in Newport. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. April 14 Sweets and Drinks The sixth annual Sweets n’ Drinks features wine, beer, chocolate and a fashion show with men in evening gowns and women in tuxedos at the Ranch Club in Priest River. The fun starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or two for $35 with proceeds benefiting area scout groups. April 14 Spring Bazaar The Usk Community Club hosts lunch and craft booths to raise money for the Usk Community Hall. The community hall is located at 2442 Black Road. To save a craft table, contact Francis Hupp at 509-445-1223.

April 14 Creative Spirits Art Auction An art auction along with a wine and microbrew tasting will be held at the Blanchard Community Center. April 19 Spring Concert The Newport Middle and High School Band puts on its spring concert at the middle school at 7 p.m. April 21 Priest Lake Loggers Day Logging competition in Nordman at the Nordman Complex begins at noon. Barbecue ribs and burgers are available. April 28 Plant Sale The WSU Extension Master Gardeners will be selling plants and giving advice for your gardens at Stratton Elementary in Newport, starting at 9 a.m. For more information call the Extension Office at 509-447-2401. April 28 Health Fair The Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation hosts the Healthy Habit, Healthy Living Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May May 4 Open Mic The Pend Oreille Playhouse hosts a monthly open mic night on the first Friday. Come play between 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $2. May 5 Regional Yard Sale Running for more than 7 miles along Highway 2 from Priest River through Newport, many homes have their first yard sale of the season. May 5 Pend Oreille Valley Farmer’s Market The farmer’s market is open each Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May through October. It’s located at the Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave. in Newport. Vendors offer locally grown produce and plants and handmade crafts. May 5 Museum opens Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum in Newport opens for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day through mid-October. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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May 6 Senior Showcase The Pend Oreille Players Association showcases talent of its graduating seniors. The event will be held at the Pend Oreille Playhouse at 3 p.m. The show is free, but donations are accepted for POPA’s scholarship program. May 11 Tony Furtado Concert The Cutter Theatre hosts the guitar playing and banjo artistry of Tony Furtado at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance through May 4 and $12 at the show. May 12 Golf Tournament Millies hosts the third annual Foreplay Open golf tournament at the Priest Lake Golf Course. May 13 Iris Garden Opens Newport Naturals iris gardens open to the public on Mother’s Day and remain open through Father’s Day, June 19. The gardens are located at 205 N. Craig Ave. in Newport. Viewing is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

May 19 Cutter Clutter Sale The Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls holds its spring rummage sale and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 Puttin’ on the Ritz Selkirk High School musicians put on “Those Were the Days,� the 25th anniversary show of Puttin’ on the Ritz. Paid reservations are required for the 7 p.m. show held in the Sam Nicholas Gymnasium at the Selkirk junior/senior high campus.

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The event begins with the Priest Lake EMT’s bake sale Friday at Milepost 22 on Highway 57. The Sportsman’s Association Pancake Feed is Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at Coolin Corners. Coolin invites everyone on Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the arts and crafts fair, food booths including pancakes, sausages and hamburgers, free horse-drawn wagon rides, and the Coolin Days Parade Saturday at noon. “People Helping People’s� wine and cheese charity auction, sponsored by Elkins Resort, is Saturday 3-9 p.m. A silent auction begins at 3 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 5 p.m. and the annual live charity auction at 6 p.m. The evening wraps up with live music at Elkins Lounge at 9 p.m. The annual Priest Lake 10-mile fun run and 4 mile run/walk is Sunday at 9:30 a.m., starting at Coolin Corners. May 25-28 Blanchard Community Rummage Sale The Blanchard community holds a plant sale and rummage at 26299 Highway 41. May 24 Tiger Museum Opens The Tiger Museum and Gift Shop, located at the junction of Highways 20 and 31, opens for the season. The museum’s exhibits feature the early history of the region. It will be open May through September, plus the first three weekends in October during Lions Club Train Rides.

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May 27 Memorial Day Ceremonies North county communities have Memorial Day ceremonies Sunday with a service at the Ione Cemetery at noon, the Metaline Cemetery at 12:30 p.m., and a ceremony at the Metaline Falls Bridge at 12:45 p.m. A luncheon at the Metaline Falls Legion will follow. May 28 Memorial Day Ceremonies The American Legion puts up flags at the Newport Cemetery at 8 a.m. Monday. Ceremonies start at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Priest River. Afterwards, the group travels to the Newport Cemetery, arriving at approximately 10:45 a.m. and continues onto the Oldtown Bridge at 11:15 a.m. or so. At about 12:15 or 12:30 p.m., the veterans will be at the North Cemetery in the Kalispel Indian Reservation and then at the South Cemetery. The day ends with a lunch and ceremony at the Cusick American Legion.

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The Miner Celebrating 100 years of Pend Oreille County

A county is born 1910s a decade of growth for the region, birth of Pend Oreille County BY JANELLE ATYEO OF THE MINER


he Pend Oreille valley was growing rapidly

100 years ago, as the people of Washington’s northeast corner looked to break away from Stevens County and form their own government. Business was booming, with lumber mills working around the clock and a new cement plant in the new, new town of Metaline Falls (also established in 1911). Over the last 25 years, the Pend Fred Wolf Oreille valley had been homesteaded, and numerous little communities sprang up all along the river. Places like Blueslide and Jared that are all but wiped from the map today looked just as bustling as the established towns of Newport and Ione. Stevens County was all well and good with the division, so long as those Pend Oreille folks didn’t inch the boundary line any further west than was proposed. Stevens County had once encapsulated much of eastern Washington. For the last 40 years leading up to Pend Oreille’s split, 10 or so counties had been formed from its reach. Pend Oreille was the last to leave the nest. It’s the states youngest county.

Talk of taking Pend Oreille on its own had been going RQIRUÀYHRUVR\HDUV7KH major players from King and Spokane counties didn’t take so warmly to the idea. Their major quarrel was with representation in the Legislature. At the time, each county had one rep. Giving lil’ ole Pend Oreille its own man would mean populous King County would have that much less of a say over things. King County’s delegate pointed out that representation would be 6,500 to 1 (Pend Oreille’s population) versus 15,000:1. We all know how much of a pull our rural counties have in Olympia today. I think King is GRLQJMXVWÀQH The division’s major movers were Fred and Fred. Trumbull and Wolf, that is. Trumbull was an attorney from Ione who planned the town’s incorporation the year before, and Wolf was publisher of The Newport Miner. He was an all-around citizen activist VLQFHÀUVWFRPLQJWR1HZSRUW to take the helm of the paper in 1907. The county division ZDVKLVÀUVWPDMRUORFDOFDXVH He also served three terms in the state House of Representatives, starting in 1919. He pushed for an improved highway through Newport, and all the way Fred into the 1950s, he Trumbull helped bring about the construction of Albeni Falls Dam. The two local men sent petitions around and lobbied for the division in Olympia. The reasons for splitting off from Stevens County had to do with transportation and population growth, but mostly – as in

most movements in history – it was money. Taxes from Pend Oreille citizens contributed $32,000 per year to the Stevens County general fund. They guessed they could run their own county government for $27,000 per year, and they’d be better off for it. The people felt under represented. The Pend Oreille side held only 17 of the county’s 77 voting precincts. They didn’t like all the new bridges and infrastructure they saw going up on the other side of the The first mountains. county officers, And there being appointed by no roads Gov. Hay, were across those sworn in at 2:10 Selkirks, the trip to p.m. on Colville was June 12, 1911. exhausting. For a local person wanting to conduct business with Stevens County, it was a three-day journey from Newport. The way the train schedules worked, a Pend Oreille resident would have to overnight in Spokane and in Colville, and again in Spokane on the homeward journey. Choosing a county seat was a hot issue. Newport was named as the temporary seat by the legislature’s bill. It would stand until the next general election in 1912, so that meant a lot of talk in each community’s newspapers about why they were the best. Cusick and Usk proclaimed their central locations as their claim for the title. Ione edged Newport on population (both were about 1,600) and infrastructure, but Newport had the link to the outside world with the railroad there connecting so readily to Spokane and Idaho. Ione


The people up to Metaline Exult in nature’s bounty, And know they’ve land enough in sign To continue a county; But how they groan and grouch and yell When people call it Penn Dorell. Ione, we know, has got the worth, Surrounding towns to dazzle; Her boosters say she has the earth All pounded to a frazzle; What boots it if competitors Are ground into a jelly, When rank outsiders call the place A name like Pan Dorelly?


Two loggers work in nearly perfect winter logging conditions – cold with moderate snow. They started a cut with a saw and axes on the left side and are about halfway through the trunk on the right.

There’s Newport, future county seat, A lively town, believe me; But what a wrench They give their French – Or do my ears deceive me? For even boosters proud as they Pronounce it blandly Ponderay. Small wonder that the senator Whose soul is steeped in history Should find the new-found title An Orthographic Mystery. But vain regrets would bow his head And salt tears drip a gallon Should he successfully impose The sainted name of Allen.


Haying operations are in progress at George Johnston’s “Sky Ranch,� located southwest of Newport in Spring Valley.

Accept we then this county new, And place the name on file Where every prospect please And only man is vile. But wish yourself in for Hawaii Before you call it Pon-Do-rye-ee!


Traveling on Cusick streets was rough in 1910. The Wike family’s store was one of the town’s first businesses.

SEE 1911, 30


The Miner Celebrating 100 years of Pend Oreille County

Rough and tumble Pend Oreille behavior. Joe Cusick, who founded the mid-county town, shot and killed a former employee of his who did him BY JANELLE ATYEO wrong. It took two trials to OF THE M INER convict him, but he went to prison, serving four years hinking of life in early before the governor gave him a pardon. Still, he didn’t return Pend Oreille County, to Cusick. He lived out his it’s not a stretch to days in California. 7KHFRXQW\¡VĂ€UVWKRPLFLGH imagine settlers toiling away occurred when a man at Lost to raise a crop and feed their Creek came home drunk and families, or loggers with crude took to beating his wife and kids. As they ran away, he equipment bucking away in followed them, but not before the dense woods. getting in a tussle with the The 1910s weren’t easy. neighbor and threatening him %XWNQLIHĂ€JKWV"3RLVRQLQJ" with a knife. The neighbor 3XEOLFRIĂ€FLDOVGXFNLQJIRU Ă€UHGIRXUVKRWVOHDYLQJWKH FRYHUIURPDKDLORIJXQĂ€UHDW notoriously bad man dead on DORFDOWUDLQVWDWLRQ" KLVFDELQĂ RRU 7KHĂ€UVW3HQG2UHLOOH Alcohol was often the residents went through some incendiary factor when trying times. confrontations between People from all over the neighbors and partners turned U.S. and other countries violent. Prohibition didn’t take were settling in northeast effect in Washington until Washington in the early 1900s. 1916 (lasting what must have When neighbors bickered, been an agonizing 17 years), they preferred to take but controlling alcohol sales matters into their own hands. was one of the law’s major Several murders resulted tasks. Women and “lewd in the early days. A mining personsâ€? were prohibited from man in Metaline Falls was loitering at the saloons. poisoned with strychnine in One Chinese immigrant, his coffee after an altercation Sam Lee, was suspected with a nearby homesteader. of selling liquor without a Neighbors at license, an article Blueslide and As the newly established in The Miner said. Ruby were Pend Oreille County The law set up a quarreling sting, sending in began to grow and in what was a couple of hoboes expand, it was called the to order a round. “Kentucky constantly defending That was at the Feud,â€? named itself and its worth to City Cafe, not to after the the state’s larger cities. be confused with state many the City Bar, which of them had advertised on the moved from. An ambush at same page of The Miner that the Blueslide train station LWKDGDVHOHFWLRQRIĂ€QHEHHUV happened in 1915. Shots Gilt Top (brewed in Spokane), were meant for the county’s Schlitz, Budweiser, Olympia, prosecuting attorney, and the and Pabst Blue Ribbon in suspect wasn’t captured for pints and quarts. nearly two years. Along with that Even the founding fathers “unneighborlyâ€? conduct, the weren’t always on their best people of early Pend Oreille

The 1910s weren’t a walk along the Pend Oreille


County had plenty of other hazards to watch for. The area had in 1910 experienced one RIWKHODUJHVWIRUHVWÀUHVLQ recorded history. Structure ÀUHVZHUHQ¡WXQFRPPRQ$ mid-night blaze that started in

the back of T.J. Kelly’s general store (located at the present Club Energy building) burned so hot that it turned the butter on the store’s front shelves to FUHDP\SXGGOHVRQWKHà RRU ,QDÀUHRQ1HZSRUW¡V

Union Avenue leveled three buildings, two residences and outbuildings within an hour. 7KH&DOLVSHOO9DOOH\Ă RRGHG annually where there were no dams on the river. Logging accidents were frequent.

Businesses, particularly hardware stores, were victim to burglars, and bandits still held up the trains now and then. SEE 1910-1919, 30


Fid’s Bar was a popular watering hole in early day Newport. It operated on Union Avenue in a building that is no longer standing. Fid’s Opera House, built in 1911, brought live shows and movies to Newport. It survives today as the apartments behind Owen’s Grocery.


A Kalispel Indian mother poses with her baby at Cusick in 1911. In those days, the tribe numbered fewer than 100 members and suffered from foreign disease brought by white settlers.


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