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ituated in the cradle of the Selkirk Mountains, the Pend Oreille River Valley is home to some of the country’s most stunning natural beauty, as well a growing hub of arts, food and shopping. Come visit us to enjoy the Pend Oreille River – one of only 20 north flowing rivers in the United States – running through the Colville, Panhandle and Kaniksu National Forests. It is also home to the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge and part of the International Selkirk Loop – a national scenic byway. Come visit us to attend a variety of festivals – from rodeo to timber – festivals celebrating our rich history in natural resources, and new traditions of motorcycle rallies and art. Turn north on Highway 2 from Interstate 90, or head south on Highways 31 from Canada. Come visit us to experience a small-town, homegrown community that is ready to welcome you.
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Activities There are a variety of activities that people can take part in throughout the Pend Oreille Valley, from farmers markets to cave tours, Pend Oreille and Bonner counties boast a plethora of activities appealing to a wide range of interests.
Go to the Farmers Market
The Pend Oreille Valley Farmers Market is every Saturday, May through October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can get handmade crafts, soaps, fresh produce and flowers at the Pend Oreille Valley Farmers Market, located at the Pend Oreille Players Playhouse parking lot at 236 S. Union Ave., in Newport. The North Pend Oreille County Farmers Market in Ione is every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9 The Miner Newspapers
through the month of September (except the Saturday of Downriver Days). The market is at the corner of Highway 31 and West Main Avenue in Ione.
Take a dip at Albeni Cove
Some events and items at the fair Antique Tractors & Machinery Demonstrations throughout the fair. Entertainment through the fair by Dave King, Professor Bamboozle, Scotia Road Band, Skookum Creek Music Co., & Hay and Pony Rides
Albeni Cove is one of the nicest little swimming holes and camping areas in the Newport-Oldtown area, with a sandy beach and a dock. To get there from Highway 2 in Newport, turn south onto Highway 41 at Safeway. Go about a half-mile over a railroad bridge and turn east on Fourth Street into Oldtown. Follow for about three miles to the campground. The booking period for campsites is Saturday, May 12, 2018, through Saturday, Nov. 16, 2018. Reservations must be made three days ahead of arrival and can be made up to six months in advance. Albeni Cove is open May through Sept. 9. Albeni Cove is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and camping fees are $20 per night. Call 208-437-3133 for more information.
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The Live and Learn series at Priest River Public Library offers a variety of workshops and activities for adults and teens designed to broaden horizons and challenge minds. Programs are held at the Priest River Library, located at 11 Main St., in downtown Priest River. To find out about any workshops or activities that might be happening during your visit, call 208-448-2207.
Blanchard’s Arts and Culture
Come in for an art class at the Blanchard Community Center in Blanchard, Idaho, with various creative skills taught year-round, including cooking. All kids’ classes and workshops are free and adult classes are $20 each. There are drawing classes, stitching classes, The Miner Newspapers
and other activities available. Blanchard Community Center is located at 685 Rusho Road. Call 208-437-1037 for more information.
spend hours going through the merchandise, buying practical items, or looking for that special piece that could be worth a fortune.
Go to a thrift store, hit up a yard sale
Take an art class, enjoy the garden
The Newport and Priest River area is home to a variety of second hand, vintage and thrift stores and a plethora of yard sales for the hardcore bargain and treasure hunter. You can find tools, guns, antiques, clothes, toys and collectibles, and more. You can
CREATE Art Center offers a variety of art classes for kids and adults, as well as concerts and literature events, throughout the year, including drawing, dancing, fiber arts, painting, and more. CREATE also has a pleasant community garden the public is invited to visit. Located at 900 W. Fourth St., in Newport, see a schedule of activities and events at www. CreateArts.org or call 509447-9277.
Share the Dharma
One Sunday each month, Sravasti Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Newport, holds Sharing the Dharma Day, an opportunity to explore the Buddha’s teachings and share in community fellowship through meditation, discussion and vegetarian potluck lunch. The events go from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Upcoming Sharing the Dharma Days for 2018 are June 3, July 15 and Aug. 12. The Abbey is located at 692 Country Lane in Newport. Find more activities and events online at www. sravastiabbey.org. The Miner Newspapers
Hike the Wolf Trails
If you want to see wildlife, wildflowers and have a scenic walk near Newport, you can’t go wrong hiking the Wolf Trails. The area is a wooded oasis, bound by houses on two sides and a farm and a highway on the other two sides. The Upper Wolf Trail System provides 2.5 miles of non-motorized looped trails for hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. It is located on the north edge of the city of Newport. At the intersection of Highway 20 and Larch Street turn west and follow Larch Street for one block to Laurelhurst Drive. Continue on Laurelhurst Drive to trailhead. The lower Wolf Trail is a .75-mile barrier-free trail through mixed conifer forest. There are picturesque views of Ashenfelter Bay on the Pend Oreille River.
Slide down the granite waterslides at Priest Lake
A bit of a drive and a mile and a half hike gets you to one of Priest Lake’s best secrets – granite slopes covered in running water, slick enough to slide down. Bring a plastic garbage bag to ride on and wear your swimsuit and hiking boots. The bottom of the slide is a refreshing splash in a natural pool. 5
To get to the slides, drive north on Highway 57 from Priest River toward Priest Lake. Follow the signs to Coolin, where you take a right and drive along the east side of the lake for about 20 miles, toward Lion Head Campground. Instead of turning into the campground, turn right onto the unmarked gravel road. Drive five miles, staying to the left at any forks in the road. Continue on the main road until the trail head, marked by large
rocks. This is where you get out and walk. The 1.5-mile trail is at a gentle incline, suitable for most walkers.
Take in a play at the Pend Oreille Playhouse
One of Newport’s theatre groups, the Pend Oreille Players, puts on a host of performances throughout the year. Located at 236 S. Union in downtown Newport, the talent represented by the Pend Oreille Play-
ers is boundless and entertaining productions are put on by all ages. The theatre also has a concession stand with candy and popcorn for sale as well as beer, wine and cocktails for adults. Upcoming 2018 performances include “The Addams Family, musical,” the Ninth Annual One Act Play Festival, and “Good Neighbors.” For more information on upcoming productions, visit www.pendoreilleplayers.org.
Attend a performance at the Circle Moon Theatre
The Northwoods Performing Arts group has turned what used to be a big-barnturned-bar into one of the area’s premiere spots for the performing arts. Musicals, comedies, concerts – Circle Moon has it all. The Circle Moon Theatre is located on Highway 211, north of Highway 2 near Sacheen Lake. From
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Scenic Pend Oreille River Train Rides
The Scenic Pend Oreille River Train Rides offers a new scenic experience with rides from Newport to Dalkena. Each 24 mile roundtrip train ride starts in Newport and goes to Dalkena then turns around and ends back in Newport. This is the same great train the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club operated for decades, but at an exciting new location. The Newport/Priest River Rotary Club is the new operator. Rides will depart from historic Newport on a regular schedule from June, until well into October. The route follows the absolutely gorgeous Pend Oreille River, the same route Native Americans followed and lived along for millennia. The train crew knows the history and the romance of this fantastic corner of the Inland Northwest. SPORT runs north from Newport to the little whistle-stop at Dalkena. Along the way, riders might spot a moose or elk. Eagles will be eyeing the trains from treetops. Riders will want to be on the lookout for the descendants of the Dalkena Wild Bunch Gang – nefarious train robbers and fancy women from a hundred years ago. Hang onto that wallet and pocket watch! The pleasant, historical ride lasts about half an hour. The 2018 train schedule is a as follows: June 2-3, July 14-15, Aug. 4-5, Sept. 15-16 and 2930, Oct. 13-14 and 27-28. All rides depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, including purchasing tickets, go to www.sporttrainrides.com. The Miner Newspapers
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Fish below Albeni Falls Dam That perfect fishing hole may be located below Albeni Falls Dam.
It is located on the west, bottom side of the dam, reached only via a turnout along Highway 2 between Newport and Priest River. The trail goes about 200 yards down to the water. Giant boulders become great standing spots on the rocky shoreline. The water is swift, with the dam causing crazy currents, but anglers say if you play the current and let your bait drift, it will be a great spot to catch smallmouth bass and trout. Explore the history of the Albeni Falls Dam and Pend Oreille River from the historical and informational exhibits inside the Visitor Center. Tours may also be available. If you’re stopping by for a break, feel free to get a drink of water, use the restroom or eat your lunch at one of the many
shaded picnic tables near the dam. If you need information on your future travels, there are informational brochures available for all types of recreation in the area.
Play at the Mudhole in Priest River
Don’t let the name fool you! Swimming at the Mudhole in Priest River is great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day and relax. The Mudhole is located to the east of Priest River with the entrance off Highway 2. There are campgrounds for overnight stays and large grass areas for throwing a Frisbee or having a barbecue. The swimming hole is shallow, where children can walk out more than 20 feet before it starts to get deep. It is a great place to hold a family gathering or to enjoy the cool waters of the Priest River meeting the Pend Oreille.
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Watch the Kokanee spawn at Sullivan Lake
Thousands of fish run Harvey Creek in October, where the creek meets the scenic Sullivan Lake in the north part of Pend Oreille County, about 10 miles outside of Metaline Falls. Head north on Highway 20 about 46 miles leaving Newport, and continue on to Highway 31 for about 3 miles. Turn right on Sullivan Lake Road, and stay to the left after the orange bridge. The lake is about 10 miles up the road. Find a place to park near the one-car bridge and walk below the bridge to see thou-
sands of fish jumping and spawning in the creek.
Tour Gardner Cave
Visitors can experience true darkness at the bottom of Gardner Caves when the lights get turned down 90 feet inside the cave during a tour of the third largest limestone cave in Washington. From Newport, follow Highway 20 about 60 miles until Boundary Road in the town of Metaline. Turn left onto Boundary Road and follow it into Crawford State Park about 12 miles up the road. Stalactites, like icicles, cling to the cave roof. Stalagmites build from the cave floor up. Where the two meet, a
column is formed. The 7.8ton Gardner Cave column is the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Human imagination has led to the naming of several other formations: the Frozen Waterfall, Christmas Tree (dated to 90,000 years), Roast Turkey, Lopsided Wedding Cake, Queenâ€™s Throne and the Frog. Cave Tours: Tours are offered every Thursday through Monday at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., from May through mid-September. Wear a jacket, as the cave is a constant 41 to 43 degrees. Never touch the cave walls, as this causes irreparable damage to calcite growth. A Discover Pass is needed for
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admittance. An annual pass costs $35 and a day pass $11.50.
Check out the Canadian/U.S. border crossing
A large clear-cut section runs across the Canadian/U.S. border, accessible from a small trail behind Gardner Caves (See separate listing). The trail follows the 49th parallel and offers families a chance to picnic and enjoy the scenery of both countries. From Newport, follow Highway 20 about 60 miles until Boundary Road in the town of Metaline. Turn left onto Boundary Road and follow into Crawford State Park about 12 miles up the road. Once at Gardner Caves, walk behind the cave entrance to a trailhead. Follow the trail until you reach the last picnic table in the U.S. and a large clearcut area indicating the border. Enjoy a picnic and the view; just donâ€™t eat on the wrong end as they may send you home with a ticket. The Miner Newspapers
Go ATV riding
Pend Oreille and West Bonner counties are all-terrain vehicle (ATV) friendly, which brings lots of tourists to the area to enjoy a day out riding. With about 100 new roads being opened to off-highway-vehicle (OHV) travel on the Colville National Forest, there are many loop opportunities for longer rides. Some routes include Bead Lake Loop, Kings Lake Loop, Middle Fork ATV Trails No. 313, No. 314, No. 315, and Thomas Mt. Trail No. 151. Check with the Forest Service for current route information. Also, visit www. newashingtontrails. com/pend-oreillecounty-atv-trails.
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There are several options for camping around Sullivan Lake in the north part of Pend Oreille County. Head north on Highway 20 about 46 miles leaving Newport, and continue on to Highway 31 for about three miles.
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Turn right on Sullivan Lake Road, and stay to the left after the orange bridge. The lake is about 10 miles up the road. The Sullivan Lake Campground, Noisy Creek Campground, West Sullivan Campground and Sullivan Lake Ranger District Campground all offer camping opportunities. Sullivan Lake recreation offers boating, fishing, swimming and hiking for people of all ages.
Play at Riverview Bible Camp
Paintball, disc golf, a carnival and water slide, zip line and water blobs are just a handful of the activities available at Riverview Bible Camp, north of Cusick, on the Pend Oreille River. Groups of 10-12 or more can rent out a portion of the camp that has on-site dining facilities, meeting halls and a variety of activities. For more information, or to book your stay, contact director Tim Mason at 509-220-9599, or email TMason@RiverviewBibleCamp.com.
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Things to see There are many things to see throughout the Pend Oreille River Valley that you can take in year round. Some are well known, some less so. Here are a few.
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Visit the Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum
The Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum is located in Newport, Wash., at the Newport Centennial Plaza, where the south end of Washington Avenue intersects with U.S. Highway 2. Entry into the museum grounds is through the former Idaho and Washington Northern Railroad depot. There you will find a gift shop, featuring historical items as well as hand crafted gifts, books, museum T-shirts, ball caps and
postcards for sale. The Pend Oreille County Historical Society’s annual Big Smoke collection of historical stories and information is available for sale. Big Smoke issues go back to 1969. The outdoor grounds feature full landscaped flower gardens; several original log cabins moved to the site; an open block building featuring tools of early industry and home tools; a replica of an L-4 fire lookout tower; the Penrith Milwaukee railroad flag-stop station, an original ice house, early printing press room, and a complete sawmill moved to the grounds.
The museum offers a digital research center and has available more than 5,000 photographs covering the area’s early history. Out of print western history books, scrapbooks and a complete catalog of The Newport Miner newspapers are available for research. To learn more about the historical society and museum visit www.pochsmuseum. org. The museum is open on weekends (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) effective May 5, 2018. Open seven days a week effective May 28, 2018.
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Visit Manresa Grotto
This is a nice little picnic spot and rest area along the LeClerc Road just north of Usk, located within the Kalispel Indian Reservation. The trail to the grotto switchbacks up the hillside and is very short, no more than a half-mile round trip. This is a super short, super easy hike to visit the cave. Restrooms and a small picnic area are there as well.
See the Buffalo at Usk
The Kalispel Tribe has a herd of buffalo that you can see from the Camas Center for Community Wellness, about 19 miles north of Newport. The herd consists of about 100 head of buffalo that roam over 600 acres. The herd provides many resources for tribal members. People stop and watch the buffalo from a pull out viewing area just off LeClerc Creek Road. The herd has about 25-30 calves a year. They weigh about 50 pounds at birth and the calves are a reddish color until they’re about three months old.
See the buffalo at Blanchard
LIII Ranches at Blanchard has a buffalo herd numbering about 250 and offers buffalo meat for sale. Tours are available by reservation. The ranch is located in Blanchard, Idaho, about 15 minutes south of Newport. Take Highway 41 to get there from Newport.
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Take in the Camas Center for Community Wellness The Camas Center is one of the real jewels in Pend Oreille County. Located about 19 miles north of Newport at 1821 N. LeClerc Road, the Camas Center offers a variety of activities, including a 33-foot rock climbing wall, a 25-meter lap pool, a recreation pool with a water slide, a hot tub, a sauna, state
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of the art fitness equipment in a group exercise room, a gymnasium with seating for 300 people, a deli, a game room and internet access. Adults can buy a day pass for $10. For people 55 and older and those under 18, a day pass can be purchased for $5. Monthly passes are also available. More information can be found online at www. kalispeltribe.com/camas-center/overview.
Newport Naturals Iris Garden
Experience more than 1,400 varieties of bearded iris and non-bearded iris growing a field, right in the middle of
Newport. Alpacas wander by, as you get up close and personal with these beautiful flowers. Robert and Linda Karr have operated the garden commercially since 1999. They had been growing irises for many years and decided to expand for a retirement project. Everyone is welcome to walk the grounds, take photos or set up a painting easel. Iris plants are also available for purchase. Newport Naturals Iris gardens are located on Craig Avenue, just north of First Avenue in Newport. Visit www.newportnaturalsiris. weebly.com.
Newport City Park
Children of all ages flock to the Newport Spray Park in Newport City Park located at First Street and Calispel Avenue. There are several different water-spraying features on a 3,000 square foot splash pad for children to enjoy. The spray park is open from 1-7 p.m. June 7 through Sept. 4 The park offers a gazebo, as well as play equipment and a skate park.
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Newport. Restrooms are available seasonally, and picnic tables are great for family gatherings or birthday parties. There is also a rock waterfall and rock benches.
Pend Oreille County Park
Camping, backpacking and horseback riding are a few of the things Pend Oreille County Park is known for by locals. The park entrance is on Highway 2 about two miles from the Spokane County line and is open May through October. A day-use area is also available.
Fred G. Anderson Veteran’s Memorial Park
The Veteran’s Memorial Park is approximately .2 acre. This park is a downtown rest stop with an added feature of a veteran’s memorial. This park includes an ADA restroom for tourists traveling through the city as well as benches to sit on and enjoy the beauty of the veteran’s memorial. The Veteran’s Memorial Park is located at 211 South Union Ave., between the Newport Fire Hall and the Washington Federal parking lot.
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Launch a boat in Ione Park and enjoy the scenic river in the north part of Pend Oreille County. Boaters can boat within one mile of Box Canyon Dam. Head north on Highway 20 about 46 miles after leaving Newport, and continue on to Highway 31 for about four miles. Turn right onto Main Street and the park entrance is a couple blocks up the road. There is a gazebo for events, barbecue pits for a gathering, and views of the scenic river that runs the length of the park. It’s one of the county’s water trail sites.
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Crawford State Park Heritage Site’s Gardner Cave
The Crawford State Park Heritage Site is a 49-acre, forested day-use park featuring Gardner Cave. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use and the park is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Touring Gardner Cave is a popular activity at the park. With a slope length of 1,055-feet, the cave is the third longest limestone cavern in
Washington. This cave is filled with stalactites, stalagmites, rimstone pools, and flowstone. With large groups and holidays, extra tours can be given. Park staff limits tour size to 25 people. A call before arrival will help in accommodating large groups. Call Crawford State Park at 509-446-4065. Suitable walking shoes or hiking boots are recommended for touring the caves and surrounding area. A Discover Pass is needed for admit-
tance. An annual pass costs $35 and a day pass $11.50.
Metaline Waterfront Park
Grass, a boat launch, picnic areas, a large pavilion, a large barbecue pit, as well as a children’s playground, all make Metaline Waterfront Park a place to stop. From Newport, follow Highway 20 about 60 miles until entering the town of Metaline.
Metaline Falls Park
Metaline Falls Park offers a place to sit and enjoy fresh lemonade or a picnic in the grass. From Newport, head north on Highway 20, staying straight when it changes to Highway 31. Follow until you cross the bridge to enter town.
Priest River City Park
Enjoy the fresh air of the scenic river while visiting Priest River City Park. From Newport, head
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east to Priest River on Highway 2 and the park is on the right just after the stoplight.
Paddle to Pee Wee Falls
One of north Pend Oreille County’s hidden gems is Pee Wee Falls, a more than 100-foot waterfall that can only be seen while boating the river. Launch the boat at Boundary Dam, located about 60 miles up Highway 20 from Newport. Turn left onto Boundary Road and follow signs to the dam.
Visit the Tiger Store and Museum
Ice cream and snacks can be enjoyed while learning the history of Tiger at the Tiger Store and Museum. Open Memorial Day through September, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Plus the first three weekends in October. The rest stop is open 24 hours/day–outdoor information kiosk. From Newport, head north on Highway 20 about 46 miles. The store is on the left just before the town of Ione.
Take in a show at the Cutter Theatre
The historic Cutter Theatre offers plays, art shows, coffee and a host of other events throughout the year. The 1912 building was originally designed by architect Kirtland Cutter as The Metaline Falls School and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Drive north on Highway 20 about 61 miles until reaching Metaline Falls. Turn right onto Grandview Street and follow it to the historic theatre. Call 509-446-4108 for more information, or visit www.cuttertheatre.com. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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horsepower turbines. The dam provides more than one-third of Seattle’s electricity. Thursday through Monday tours are available at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You will need a photo ID. Tours are free and frequent, but depending on national security threats, access may be restricted. Phone ahead at 509-4463083. From Newport, drive north about 60 miles on Highway 20 and turn left onto Boundary Road. Follow signs to the dam. Go to www.seattle.gov/ light/Boundary/tours for more information.
Stretch your legs at the Cusick Rest Stop
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6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers coffee, and a hot breakfast and lunch menu.
Visit a ghost town
Camden, Wash. Tragedy struck the small sawmill community of Camden in July 1906, about 26 years after the town was founded on the first old wagon road between Newport and Spokane. The westbound Great Northern train No. 3 jumped the track about two miles east of Camden. When the train appeared from a tunnel and attempted a sharp curve, it left the track and went down a 40foot embankment into Chain Lake. The engine, coal car, mail car and baggage car were completely submerged and it partially submerged the smoker and day coach. Reportedly, 12 people died in the accident, including the conductor. The town of Camden used to boast a Grange, blacksmith shop, post office, train depot and several saloons. Today, the Grange is all that
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The Scotia Valley lies along a natural route between Newport and Spokane, below Albeni Falls Dam at the northern entry of Spokane County. In the early 1890s, Scotia became part of a route for one of the first transcontinental railroads in the U.S. The area was rich in timber and when the railroad was being constructed through the area, sawmills
popped up as well. Scotia had a store, post office, school, two saloons, a hotel, and boarding house, train depot and several homesteads during the peak years. Three murders happened in Scotia during those years, with one of the cases never getting solved. William McNutt, a Spokane businessman, was killed on his way to Spokane. McNutt was found on the property of John Wright. McNutt’s two sisters and their two brothers were ar-
rested for the crime, robbery the apparent motive. Another tragedy, still unsolved today, happened in Scotia in October 1968. Joe and Marjorie Shaner owned the home of the old store, the Wigle House, and were found dead in their home following a fire. It was later found by x-ray that Joe had been shot twice in the head. Marjorie’s body was too badly burned to identify the cause of death. Robbery was the apparent motive
at the time, however no arrests were ever made. It goes down in Pend Oreille County history as an unsolved crime. The only pieces of Scotia that remain after the town faded in the 1930s are several homes, small old buildings, as seen above, and a few original building foundations.
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area. The 1,100-foot Blueslide tunnel was constructed in 1909, allowing train passage to Ione. The tunnel was carved through the mountain where the name Blueslide comes from. It was named for the 150-foot blue-clay embankment just north of the Blueslide flat. The tunnel was built manually with men drilling and dynamiting from both sides. It took six months to complete and a night foreman was killed by a large mass of rock that gave way and fell on him. Another death was reported during the workers’ celebration when the tunnel was complete. The shift boss, Eli Anderson, disappeared following the celebration and workers speculated he was involved in an altercation at the party, was shot and dumped into the river. Three months later his body was found floating about a mile and a half downstream. The workers had already dispersed by this time and the death was not investigated. Anderson is buried at Blueslide. Today, Blueslide is a small recreational community with a small resort. The tunnel still remains and dots the landscape with the memories of a bustling town years ago.
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The former Washington Governor Miles Moore operated one of the trading posts in Seneacquoteen before becoming governor. Located near current day Laclede, the town was named the Kootenai County seat by Idaho’s Second Territorial Legislature, however, the designation failed because 50 qualified electors could not be found to certify the spot. Seneacquoteen was the stopping point on the Wild Horse Trail, which was used to carry supplies to the mines in British Columbia and Montana. The area saw many campers, the common lifestyle of the Native Americans who lived in the town. With the railroad a valley away, the town eventually faded into the meadows that highlight the landscape. All that is left of Seneacquoteen is a cemetery filled with headstones and the memories of a town that once existed.
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The Pend Oreille River Valley is home to a myriad of annual events, from the Down River Days in the north part of Pend Oreille County to Newportâ€™s Rodeo to the Timber Days in Priest River, there are plenty of annual events to take in.
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Newport Rodeo, Parade: June 22-23
Probably the biggest event in the area each year is the Newport Rodeo weekend, well, Friday and Saturday really. The rodeo action is only part of the festivities. There is also a parade, games for kids, vendors, live music, and a beer garden. The rodeo starts Friday night, with all the regular rodeo events. Ranch bronc riding was added several years ago and is a popular event. Itâ€™s a special contest in which working cowboys try to ride a bucking horse with a regular saddle. Just about anything goes and contestants can ride with one hand, two hands or no hands. The wildest ride wins. Saturday gets underway with a Cowboy Breakfast at the Rodeo Grounds. The parade happens at 11 a.m. and winds though downtown Newport. This year there will be a slack performance on Sunday as well.
Festivities in the Park: June 23
Held in conjunction with the Newport Rodeo, Festivities in the Park brings live music, a beer and wine garden, hometown style games, including silly string tag and chicken poop bingo, to Newport City Park. Festivities kick off about 11 a.m., just as the Newport Rodeo Parade ends. Lots of vendors and stick horse races for the kids. Call 509-7109379 for information.
Diamond Lake Fourth of July Boat Parade: July 4
If youâ€™re in the Diamond Lake area on the Fourth of July, one of the must do things is watching the Boat Parade. It has become a tradition for the lake community to get as many unusual vessels on the lake as possible, with everyone wearing the required life jackets, of course. The Diamond Lake Improvement Association puts on fireworks that night at dusk.
Priest River Fireworks: July 4
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Run Whatcha Brung Motorcycle Drags: July 7
Bikers from throughout the Northwest and beyond gather in Oldtown for motorcycle drag races. Bikes of all makes and models line the parking lots on Highway 2 in Oldtown. Racers start arriving Friday, with the races Saturday. Live music, beer gardens, vendors and games provide fun for the entire family.
Newport Rough Stock Open: July 20
If you like bucking horses and bulls, the Newport Rough Stock Open is for you. Featuring just the bucking events – known in rodeo lingo as the Rough Stock – spectators will see some of the best riders in the Northwest competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and the ranch bronc riding. Stock contractors McMillan-Layton bring some of the orneriest critters around to test the riders’ mettle. You can find more information online at www.newportrodeo.weebly.com/rough-stockinvitational.
John Swenson Bull-A-Rama: July 21
Bull riding, with its danger and excitement, has long been the most popular rodeo event. The Newport Bull-A-Rama features the bull riding, along with barrel racing. The top bull riders in the Elite Professional Bullriders Association make it a stop on their tour and Mel Layton of Elk makes the short trip to Newport to bring bucking bulls that are known as some of the best in the Northwest. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Check it out online at: www. newportrodeo.weebly.com/bull-a-rama
Tri-Town Float Down: July 21-22
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The early morning start gives paddlers a gorgeous view as they head north to Ione Park. There are three stops on the first day for cards, one at the launch and take-out, and one about halfway on the paddle. The second day, floaters put in at Box Canyon Dam, using tubes and floating devices or a small boat. They end the Float Down at Metaline Park, where the last card is given. The Float Down is partnering with the North Pend Oreille Chamber of Commerce to give away $1,000 in the Ducky Derby Sunday, July 22.
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People come from all over the area to participate in the annual Down River Days celebration in Ione Park. The Watercross brings a new level to snowmobiling in the summer. There will also be Extreme Barbie Jeep races and a tug-of-war, featuring four person teams in canoes. Head north on Highway 20 about 46 miles after leaving Newport, and continue on to Highway 31 for about 4 miles. Turn right onto Main Street and the park entrance is a couple blocks up the road. Saturday events include shopping at vendors for clothes, jewelry, blown glass and other household items. Food can be purchased from local groups raising money for their sport or organization, and can be eaten along the scenic river at the waterfront part of the park. The Watercross takes center stage on Sunday, with snowmobiles lining up at the boat launch. Throughout the day, participants race their machines across the river, landing on a strip on the east side of the Pend Oreille. The park is still full of activities for the young and old while the Watercross takes place. Watch the races from a boat in the water or from the park, and attendees will quickly learn that a snowmobile does not float.
Timber Days: July 27-28
In celebration of the heritage that built Priest River, Timber Days highlights activities around the logging industry. Drive through Priest River, heading east, and the park is on the right side of the Highway, just past the only The Miner Newspapers
streetlight in town. The event begins Friday evening with the Asphalt Angels’ Hot Neon Lights Car Show through downtown Priest River. Saturday kicks off with the Run for the Berries Fun Run. A parade of floats, most in a logging theme, comes through Priest River City Park at 11 a.m. Children are thrown candy from parade participants for their enjoyment throughout the day. The classic car show at the junior high is enjoyable for people of all ages. This year logging competitions occur near Bonner Park West near the Pend Oreille River and will including burling, aka log rolling. Lawnmower races will start their engines in downtown Priest River at about 4 p.m.
Hydroplane races: Aug. 4-5, Aug. 25-26 Outboard motorboat racing fans have two places to see the little boats race – on the Pend Oreille River in Oldtown and in Ione. The races, sponsored by the Stateline Outboard Racing Association, will be held Aug. 4-5 in Oldtown, and Aug. 25-26 in Ione. Admission is free for spectators.
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for little ones. Priest River’s drags are held in conjunction with Timber Days. June 17 – Spirit Lake, Noon July 13 – Post Falls, 5 p.m. July 28 – Priest River, 4 p.m. Aug. 11 – Athol, 2 p.m. Aug. 18 – Oldtown, Noon Aug. 25 – Sandpoint, Noon
Kalispel Tribe’s Powwow: Aug. 3-5
The Kalispel Tribe’s 43rd annual Powwow will take place at the powwow grounds at Usk, located about 20 miles north of Newport at 1981 Leclerc Road. The event is open to the public and admission is free. One of the highlights of the year, the powwow attracts tribes from the Northwest and Canada. Contestants compete in a variety of dancing and drumming events for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. In addition to dance and drum contests, there will be a buffalo barbecue, an all-Indian softball tournament, a Buffalo Fun Run and stick game tournaments, as well as a variety of food and other vendors. “Our annual Kalispel powwow is a time for us to share our hospitality with our community,” said April Pierre, communications director for the tribe. “It’s a time for celebration, reflection and socializing with old friends and meeting new ones. Our visitors come from Canada, across the United States and even a few international visitors.”
Master Gardeners Garden Tour: Aug. 5
The 27th Annual Master Gardeners Garden Tour and Dinner will be
held Aug. 5, showcasing some of the best gardens and yards in the area. Visit www.extension.wsu.edu/ pendoreille for details closer to the event date.
Bonner County Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 8-11
The goal of the Bonner County Fair is to provide a free educational opportunity for residents of Bonner County to display their ideas and projects from their areas of expertise and interest, as well as allowing local organizations and businesses to present their products to the public. Events and contests are held throughout the week, such as a spud decorating contest, a pig scramble and coloring contests. A 4-H Market Animal Sale is held on Saturday, and a parade of champions is that afternoon. The fairgrounds are located in Sandpoint, on Boyer Avenue. Visit www. bonnercountyfair.com. The rodeo is Aug. 3-4 at the fairgrounds.
Pend Oreille County Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 16-19
The annual fair and rodeo at Cusick are a much-anticipated time of the year, both for participants and visitors. For participants, it is a time to show off your animals, vegetables or hobbies and see where they stand in relation to other entries. For the visitors, the Pend Oreille County Fair is a great example of what a rural fair can be. There are a variety of animals to see, from chickens to llamas. There are displays of the best fruits and vegetables, canned goods, photography and spinning demonstrations. 29
One of the highlights for many is the ProWest Rodeo held Aug. 18-19. The Saturday show is a night performance starting at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show starts at 1:30 p.m. You can find more information online at www.povn.com/pocofair.
Vintage Trailer Rally: Aug. 31 – Sept. 3
A four-day and threenight event in Newport City Park, the rally features a variety of vintage camping trailers and vehicles and coincides with Bob’s Car
Show (see event description below). Registration begins at 9 a.m. Breakfast and lunch are available Monday and all proceeds go to benefit Shepherds for Lost Sheep, a non-profit organization that trains and connects service dogs with veterans. For more information on the rally, call 509-6386117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affair on Main Street. From Newport, head north on Highway 20, staying straight when it changes to Highway 31. Follow until you cross the bridge to enter town. Vendors pack Metaline Falls Park, located at the end of Main Street, selling a variety of fun, interesting products. Area groups set up shop and sell hot dogs, burgers or huckleberry lemonade.
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serviced dogs by veterans. The show raises money by asking for a $15 donation for each car. Admission to the event for spectators is free, although donations are accepted.
the Priest River Sunday, during a row with the Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association, weather permitting. Visit hopregatta.org.
Priest River’s Oct. 6 Newport Autumn Bloom Oktoberfest: The annual Priest River 5K/10K Fun Run: Sept. 15 This annual event is scheduled for 9 a.m. in TJ Kelly Park in Newport. Both routes in the run wind through the streets of Newport, and it benefits Newport Hospital Foundation’s Healthy Kids Snack Bag Program. For more information call 509-4477928 or Newport Hospital & Health Services.
Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta: Sept. 28-30
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