Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tug handles biggest tow of logs yet

by MARYLYN CORK Contributing Writer
| May 18, 2022 1:00 AM

20 Years Ago — 2002

Weather permitting

A “People Chain” will form on Monday, June 3, at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, to hand over books from the old Priest River Library in city hall to its new home on Main Street.

30 Years Ago — 1992

Canoeing accident claims life

A canoeing accident on Priest River near Binarch Creek took the life of Deana Bennett of Sandpoint but her partner, her husband Kenneth, escaped with minor injuries.

40 Years Ago — 1982

The Bonner County School Board has named Gary Barton as interim school district superintendent, replacing Lorence Simonsen, hired eight months ago.

50 Years Ago — 1972

Dam now “free-flowing”

Albeni Falls Dam is operating in a “free-flow" condition. All gates in the spillway were raised clear of the water Friday morning, May 12. This reduced the plant head to less than the 8’ required to operate the generating units, so they are now off-line. Boaters should stay well clear of the dam at this time.

60 Years Ago — 1962

Miss Priest River selected

Colleen Cook, a 17-year-old junior, was selected as the official hostess for this community at the fifth annual Miss Priest River Pageant on May 12. Princesses are Claudia Luckey and Jeanie Wuennecke. Candance Althauser was named alternate princess.

70 Years Ago — 1952

Graduation set for May 19

The Priest River High School commencement exercises will be held in the school gymnasium on May 19 at 8 p.m. Twenty-nine students will receive diplomas. Valedictorian and Salutatorian are Ann Simonds and Helen Carey.

80 Years Ago — 1942

Work soon on Outlet Dam

Word was received in Priest River from Congressman White that work would again get underway in the near future on the Priest River dam. The (power) line has been completed to the Outlet and also to Coolin, and it is expected that power will be available shortly.

90 Years Ago — 1932

Draining to kill pests

City workmen have been busy the past few days opening up the old ditch leading into the river which drains the big slough to the east of town. The ditch crosses Schaefer’s pole yards and has been so badly filled up with debris that it was impossible for the water from the slough to drain off. It is hoped the drainage from the slough will help in keeping down the mosquitoes this summer. Heretofore, the breeding pond has been oiled.

100 Years Ago — 1922

Biggest tow ever handled

Jack McKay, who has charge of towing the Dalkena logs across Priest Lake from Camps five and three to the Outlet, where they are placed in Priest River, handled two million feet in one tow last week with the tug Harris, a distance of about 15 miles. This is the largest bunch of logs ever handled in one tow on Priest Lake.

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