100 Years Ago — 1918
Moving to town to attend school
A large number of Upper West Branch families are moving to town in order to start their children in the local school. No sessions will be held in the Holland School House this year. Mrs. M. P. Newcomb has moved in, as has Aldo Newcomb. There are hardly enough children in that section to support a school and if one family moves out, it cuts down the number enough to make it impractical to employ a teacher thus making it necessary for the others to move to town.
90 Years Ago — 1928
Fires leave damage, but out now
The fire covering 250 acres that was burning north of town is out at this time. M. S. Lindsay lost several cords of wood, ut Charles Becker was able to save his wood. The fire burned past the old Dempsey place, and to the highway on the east, but was stopped before going over the mountain on the north. A terrific thunder storm visited the Blue Lake country and started several fires. By the quick wit of the fire wardens at Benton station they were checked before they did much damage.
80 Years Ago — 1938
He paddled his own canoe
Tom Allagretti had the misfortune of cutting off his thumb last week. He was at the head of the Little Priest Lake, and as there was no one else present it was necessary for him to him to paddle a canoe the entire distance to Elkins Resort. From there he was brought to Priest River, where the wound was attended to.
70 Years Ago — 1948
New pastor assumes duties
The Rev. James O. Duffy of Almira, Wash., has accepted the pastorship of the Community Congregational church and will assume his duties about Oct.1.
60 Years Ago — 1958
Meter installation delayed
The first September city council meeting was attended by a group especially interested in the council’s proposal for the installation of parking meters in the city. After lengthy discussion, the council suggested a delay and forming a commission to study the question and other specific problems confronting the city.
50 Years ago — 1968
Relax! It’s back again
After seeing the Priest River Times’ masthead for more than 20 years, many local citizens were aghast when it was replaced by a new one. It was only because the old one busted and had to be repaired. It’s back now for another 20 years.
40 Years Ago — 1978
Despite repeated assurances to the contrary, the prevailing attitude among those attending Friday’s hearing on future management seemed to be that the Forest Service was attempting to ban motorboats on the Thorofare. About 40 Priest Lake and Priest River residents attended each of the two informal advisory hearings to provide input on whether the Priest and Moyie rivers should be designated under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
30 Years Ago — 1988
New additions greet students
Skip Pucci, construction superintendent for Panco Construction, said Friday that so far the library addition at Priest River Lamanna High School, the sidewalk in front of the school, and the paving of the parking lot have been completed on time. The main projects the crews are working on presently are the new gym, the football field and running track, and the classroom additions on the south side of the building.
20 Years Ago — 1998
Bonner County Schools opened Wednesday
First day enrollment in West Bonner County: Priest River Lamanna High School, 457, last year in June- 461; Priest River Elementary, 532, last day, June 1997- 532; Priest River Junior High, 255, May count, 1997- 250; Idaho Hill Elementary, 222, last day, June 1997-241 Priest Lake Elementary, 60, last day June 1997, 61.
10 Years Ago — 2008
Poker run to aid Animal Rescue
The Asphalt Angels Car Club is proud to sponsor a poker run to benefit Priest River Animal Rescue. The first stop will be in Athol at the Athol Quick Stop. The final stop will be at the Hot Rod Café in Post Falls for lunch. The poker run consists of five stops where you will draw a card to make the best run you can. Poker hands can be purchased for $10 at any stop. The winning poker hand will split the pot with Animal Rescue.