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Bonner County History - Jan. 25, 2024

| January 25, 2024 1:00 AM

Brought to you by the

Bonner County Historical

Society and Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Jan. 25, 1974 – FLOOD PEAK REACHED

Inflow of floodwater to Lake Pend Oreille reached a maximum of 101,700 cubic foot seconds on Jan. 17, near the peak flood runoff during any maximum flow in the Clark Fork River. By the first of the week the input of flood water had receded to 43,000cfs.



All Bonner County schools reopened Wednesday after a seven-day lay-off due to road conditions following flooding. The only schools operating under any restrictions are those in Priest River and Idaho Hill where the water systems are having troubles with silt in the system, causing drinking fountains to be shut off. School Superintendent Likens said a decision will be made soon as to whether students will have to make up the missed days. 



Gov. Cecil Andrus has requested that 15 northern Idaho counties be classified as a national disaster area. Bonner county commissioners report over $3 million in damage to county roads, and two homes destroyed, with severe to light damage to hundreds of others. Eight county families had to be evacuated by helicopter. The City of Sandpoint reports $51,000 in damages, with half that amount needed to clean up the area around the city dam. Panhandle Health District lists $90,150 damages to water systems, with $7,250 damage to sanitary and storm sewers. 

75 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Jan. 25, 1949 – NEWS FROM KOOTENAI

Peggy Bower and Yvonne Cloutier, who attend school at Coeur d’Alene, spent the holidays at the C. Cloutier home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mat Schmitt and son, Mattie, attended Sunday’s community dinner at Oden hall. 


DOPE ON THE SLOPE by Nikki Tifft

The inch of new powder on the [Pine Street] ski hill made for really fast skiing Saturday and Sunday and it was enjoyed by both youngsters and adults. Good news – Bob Stowell is giving skiing lessons to interested high school and grade school students every Saturday morning from 9 to 12. This is being paid for by the recreation board. By the way, kids, the tow runs from 1 p.m. till dark, so we’ll be seeing you this weekend for more spills and thrills.



Four Kootenai youths left for Spokane Wednesday for physicals prior to enlisting in the army. The four school chums and playmates, who hope to take their training together, are: Bill Inman, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Inman; Mylo McFarland, son of Mrs. Violet McFarland; Richard Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brown, Sr.; and Don Breeden, son of Mrs. Hattie Breeden. Also in Spokane for the same purpose was Gordon Garrison of this city. He has been employed by the forest service and hopes to advance his education in the army. If they pass the physicals, all five will go to Ft. Ord for basic training.

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