September 2, 2015
Pockets of near freezing temperatures will be possible tonight.
Sensitive vegetation or crops may need to be protected.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
Freezing temperatures will be possible Thursday Night. Sensitive
vegetation or crops may need to be protected.
Betsy Z. Russell The Spokesman-Review
Idaho’s public school endowment made $15.65 million last week when the state auctioned off 35 lakefront cabin sites on Priest Lake – even without any competitive bidding.
Every one of the lots was purchased at the appraised price by the cabin owners; no one else bid, though between 200 and 250 people attended the Friday auction at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
“From the state’s perspective, I think we were happy and satisfied to get the appraised value,” said state Lands Director Tom Schultz. “As things have played out, I think experience has shown us that there may be competition on a case-by-case basis, but it appears to be pretty limited.”
The Priest Lake Food Bank will be hosting its annual BBQ fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, from 4-7pm at Ardy's Cafe, 205 Cavanaugh Bay Road in Coolin. The dinner, which will include chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad, dessert, coffee, and soft drinks, is by donation. The Priest Lake Food Bank, located at 26506 Hwy 57 in the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, is open 12-3pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, and operates on the generosity of the Priest Lake community. Donations can be sent to P.L.F.B. c/o Rita Ringo, 5215 Gleason McAbee Falls Rd. Priest River, ID 83856. For more information, contact Joan Andrews at (208) 448-2367.
Donations for the Tower Fire and Kaniksu Complex
Tom Kurth’s Alaska Type 2 team sincerely appreciates the generousity of the local communities. We are grateful for the support.
The fire fighters are being well cared for on this assignment. A caterer is hired to feed the firefighters and the team provides cases of water and gatorade. We recognize that this communty wants to show their appreciation to our fire fighters and for that reason, we respectfully ask for your help in the following ways.
We suggest that if someone wishes to donate cash to help firefighters that the giver consider an organization that is widely respected by the firefighters. That organization is the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.http://www.wffoundation.org/. Your donations to this group will support those firefighters and their families most in need of help.
Another great place to donate is the American Red Cross. This organization will help those displaced by this fire and other fires in our region. http://www.redcross.org/?scode=RSG00000E017
Should you want to donate non-perishable items to the firefighters, these are some items that the crews truly need and appreciate.
Tears Eye Drops
Emergen-C Vitamin Drink mixes
Obenauf Boot Grease
Gold Bond Powder
Please leave all donations at the West Pend Oreille Fire District located about 1 mile north on Hwy 57, across from the Priest River Lamanna High School. The contact is Les Kokanos, Chief of the West Pend Oreille Fire District (208) 290-5732 or 448-2035.
No Food donations at this time please.
August 20, 2015
Currently the only area/road/trail/recreation site closures on the forest are wildfire emergency closures. A listing of all of those closures, along with maps, is available on the IPNF website at www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf. Outside of these emergency closures the forest remains open for normal public access. However, it is important to understand that there are more fires on the landscape than we have seen in north Idaho since 1926. Wildfire is a rapidly changing environment, and areas that are open now may have to be closed in the future if fire activity increases, or if new fires are reported. During this busy fire season it is important for forest visitors to check in with their local Forest Service office, or the emergency closure website, before heading out to recreate on the national forest.
Our beloved coworker, Jessica, had a sudden stroke on Saturday.
This hard working 32 year old wife and mother of four has a long road ahead of her.
Please join us in supporting her and her family through this journey.
Donations are gratefully accepted for her here at the store.
Lovely strawberry starts are also for sale with all proceeds going to the family.
(Thank you Talia!) Thank you everyone.
Our donations to the segregated “Save the Thorofare” account through the "People Helping People" 501-C-3 nonprofit entity have shown good progress and are approaching $4000. It is a good start and we have donations from $10 to $1000 and promises of more. Our community support is important because it will demonstrate to government and institutional resources that it is a strongly desired project by large numbers of people.
As of now we have a mailing list of nearly fifty people who have donated and requested to be kept aware by email notification for updates and events.
One question in our mailbox (email@example.com) was: “What expenses are being incurred by the Breakwater Committee?” At the moment the only expenses coming from donations is $18.50 and the entire amount is merely the transaction fees that are incurred from donations made through PayPal. Of course our Breakwater Committee is totally volunteer. One of our committee members has actually scuba dived an inspection of the breakwater to catalog the most serious ruptures for repair.
August 5, 2015
After the flow from Priest Lake into Priest River was cut last week from 60 cubic feet per second to 30 cubic feet per second, the daily average Priest Lake water levels increased slightly, although only by two or three hundredths of a foot. Yesterday, many of the gage height readings were 2.99 and 2.98 feet, although last night a few readings dropped to 2.95 feet. An employee of the Department of Water Resources was at Priest Lake yesterday and reported windy conditions. The wind may have caused the variation in lake level measurements. Today (August 5), the lake level measurements are holding at 2.98 feet. A measurement of 2.98 feet is within ¼ inch of three feet and is well within any margins of measurement error.
The Priest Lake weather is forecasted to be cooler with a chance of thundershowers. Cooler temperatures should reduce evaporation and precipitation should increase inflows. Reduced evaporation and increased inflows could increase Priest Lake water levels. As a result, the present release of 30 cubic feet per second from the Priest Lake Outlet will continue, at least until the return of hotter and drier weather. I will monitor the Priest Lake water levels and will request further reductions in flow from Priest Lake to Priest River, if necessary, to maintain lake levels as required by Idaho law.
The United States Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Water Resources are presently measuring inflows to Priest Lake. The flow data will be helpful in future discussion about management of Priest Lake and Priest River.
Director of Idaho dept of Water Resources