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In 1911 the headquarters of the Kaniksu Forest were in Newport, Wash., but in those days the essentials of a supervisor’s office could be hauled in a lumber wagon, so that is just what was done each summer. The office was loaded up and hauled to Coolin, Idaho.
Coolin was a city of maybe 15 year-round residents, two summer hotels … (and) a tiny general store, located at the foot of Priest Lake.
The pride of the forest was the Firefly, a 24-foot launch which was good for about 10 knots when running free. With the available waterway the trails naturally radiated from the lake. The pack train would come down to the shore, telephone the office, and the Firefly, with a barge lashed alongside, would go pick up the horses and either bring them to Coolin or move them to their next point of departure.
The prize seasonal job on the forest was that of “co...
Our Fall Thorofare update was merely reporting on the "permitting" phase of the project. It is referred to as the "quiet" phase because the only noise is the shuffling of papers while the engineered project seeks all of the permits that need to be sought and approved before anything else can proceed.
The number of permittees that need to stamp their approval is numerous.
Progress is slow and grinding because any one of them can cause the project to be required to redesign some phase of the work.
At this writing, permitting phase has been completed enough to proceed wih the next phase.
The Idaho Department of Water Resources is the controlling authority on the project overseeing the laborious job of packaging the final design with the engineering contractor Mott MacDonald. This process is painfully detailed because the documents produced will be the ones that will be used when the project goes out for bidding by contractors. IDWR is det...
Gene and Sandy Ralston are a married couple in their 70s, who also happen to be among North America’s leading experts at searching for the dead. By Doug Horner
When Gene and Sandy Ralston returned to their truck after a day on the Beardsley reservoir in northern California in March 2002, they discovered several handwritten notes taped to the doors and windscreen: “Call Lieutenant Lunney as soon as you get back to town. It’s urgent.”
The Ralstons, a married couple from rural Idaho, had been scientists until the late 1980s, when they began helping out on local search and rescue missions. By the winter of 2002, they had volunteered on more than a dozen searches for victims of drowning across the US, and had developed an uncanny ability to find bodies. They had just helped Lt Lunney’s sheriff’s department locate the remains of a man who had drowned in the reservoir three-and-a-half years earlier, after falling off his boat while fishing. Divers had brought him back to the surface that aftern...
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In an April 2008 Spokesman Review interview detailing how decisions by Idaho Fish and Game ruined Kokanee fish populations in northern Idaho lakes, Chip Corsi, Region 1 supervisor for Idaho Fish and Game, was quoted, “If we could take back the planting of mysis shrimp, we would. Many mistakes were made back then due to lack of biological knowledge and unplanned consequences occurred.”
Mr. Corsi remains as the current Region 1 supervisor; he is leading efforts to build the Priest Lake Cold Water Diversion Project.
Those seeking to siphon off millions of gallons of deep, cold water from Priest Lake around the dam and into Priest River continue to make unsubstantiated claims about their “project”. If approved, there are bound to be many “unplanned consequences”.
The Proposal: divert huge volumes of water from the bottom of Priest Lake into Priest River, so as to enhance recreational fishing in the river; lay a 5 foot diameter pipe on th...
It's known as the Ray Greene Checker Board. Ray was my Dad, and worked in the Priest Lake District for The State of Idaho Department of Lands (from 1970 to 1995) 1st as a Fire Warden then later as the Area Supervisor. The challenge was to come up with an effective way to harvest large amounts of pine poles but not clear cut the whole prairie (I believe this was sometime in the late 70's to Mid 80's). So he and his group came up with the idea of clearing in a grid pattern. Leaving some trees so animals would have cover, a clearing a burning so grass and brush would grow and the animals would have food. This got him in trouble with the Governor when they flew over riding in the same helicopter. Once the Governor got the rest of the tour and rational via ground tour the Governor apologized to him and then commended him and his team for creative solution. Upon Ray's retirement from the Department his peers they present him with a custom aeriel photo wall plaque of the area dire...
There is a point in any endurance sport – once the muscles have loosened and the seconds have blended into minutes and then, even, hours – that the world condenses, and awareness is reduced to only the next step, stroke or pedal.
Ned Hastings knows this better than most.
“It really turned into a Zen thing,” he said. “A spiritual thing.”
On July 21, Hastings spent 14 hours and 24 minutes swimming the length of Upper Priest Lake and Priest Lake. The 54-year-old from the Tri-Cities swam the 24 miles without touching the ground or resting on any flotation device.
He’s the first person to do so, as far as he knows and according to a database of distance swims maintained by the Marathon Swimmers Federation.