.. in this case, no news is bad news! Last year, we submitted a petition to ATT for improved cell service at Priest Lake. We received the following response on September 4, 2014:
Dear Mr. Winn,
Thank you for your recent letter sent to our correspondence department. We have been appointed to assist our customers with their wireless service concerns, questions and inquiries. I have received your letter on behalf of yourself and 76 others in your community experiencing service/communication issues in the Priest Lake area of Idaho. I am very sorry that you and so many others have been impacted by this. Your letter did not reach the correct department, but I have gotten it to the correct person's in our network communications department. If you will please be patient during this time and inform the 76 others you have written on behalf of this outcome. Our network communications department will be evaluating the locations in Priest Lake and will be reaching out to you directly and not every individual party you attached in your correspondence. If you have any immediate questions or concerns please contact a live agent directly at 1-800-331-0500.
NCS Correspondence Team/AN
We did not hear back from the Network Communications Department and after several attempts this year to contact them for updates, our last letter was returned "return to sender, no such number, unable to forward". We also spoke to Felicia Martinez, in the Office of the President of ATT, who after one conversation, did not return our calls. Unfortunately, we did not get the response that we had hoped for, but we wanted to keep the PL Community and the signers of the original petition informed of the current status of our request for improved cell service.
PRIEST RIVER — Stakeholders in the local waterways had the chance to hear firsthand about conditions and projects affecting the lakes and rivers from a range of agencies during a Lakes Commission meeting Thursday at the Beardmore Building in Priest River.
Representatives from the Idaho Department of Water Resources, Idaho Department of Agriculture, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Priest Lake Thorofare Commission were on hand to provide updates and answer questions on a variety of topics.
Priest Lake summer pool management at Outlet Dam
A hot topic over the early summer recreation months, IDWR Director Gary Spackman had no qualms about describing the department being able to hold the level of Priest Lake at statutory level and still allow for some flow into the Priest River through the Outlet Dam as, “dumb luck.”
“We thought with evaporation we would have to close it (Outlet Dam) completely but I think through dumb luck, amazingly, the lowest we got was 2.9 feet on the gauge and that started to increase while still maintaining some flow into the river.”
Under Idaho statute, the director is obligated to maintain the Priest Lake pool level at 3 feet, as measured by a gauge at the dam, during the summer recreation months.
The IDWR attempted to maintain the flow into the Priest River at 60 cubic feet per second, although flows dropped somewhere between 30-44 cfs during the drought.
Despite high season, summer distractions, fires and droughts there has been some positive movement forward in "Saving the Thorofare".
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.