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I was up skiing yesterday and the conditions have changed considerably since my last report... (below)
While road conditions and such are all the same, we were blessed with nearly 11" of new snow on Tuesday and Tuesday night! While this made for some of the best powder turns of the year, it also ramped up the avalanche danger for the next couple of days. I would rate it as "high" once the sun is out and the temperatures start to warm. This snow initially came down with a lot of wind, but as the last few inches fell it appears to have been pretty calm. This means it was "slabby" in spots and will get progressively worse as the temps rise the next few days. North aspects should still hold good snow for a couple of days...
(Legal disclosure: Conditions change for better or worse. Be prepared. You are responsible for your own actions and assessments of the snow conditions. Have fun!)
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Reservations close Apr 27
Priest Lake Community Education Foundation Presents
Join us as we explore wines of Northern Italy with the guidance of wine
expert, Starr Jensen of Idaho Wine Merchant.
Starr will take on a delightful journey tasting the Barolo/ Barbaresco wines
of the Provence of Piedmont in Northern Italy.
Deliziosi spuntini !
(Heavy Italian Appetizers)
Saturday, May 30th at 5:00 p.m. Priest Lake Lake Golf Course
at the newly remodeled
Sandbagger's Bar & Grill
This unique event has limited seating so call now to reserve!
(208) 443 2551
$65 per person
All proceeds from this delectable event to benefit
Priest Lake Pre-School, a PLCEF Program.
PLCEF, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.
The Breakwater Committee will be meeting this weekend (4/11) for the purpose of formally structuring committee assignments and responsibilities. In addition we will update progress of assembling funding resources with Bonner County, Idaho Parks and Recreation, Federal resources and private giving opportunities.
There have been a number of private tax deductible donations coming to our “Save the Thorofare” fund as a well as a matching fund pledge of $300 maximum which has already been met and will be paid at end of year. We cannot emphasize how important it is for those who are interested and care about preserving access to the Upper Lake that they show that caring with a donation or a pledge.
In obtaining grants from sources there is a specific question about what other sources are are available for the project. When they see community participation it is a great plus on the application. We appreciate all of your good thoughts about Saving the Thorofare. Of the hundreds of conversations and communications we have had in the last two months we have had no one not care. Donations shout even more! Just go to: www.priestlakethorofare.com and hit the donate button. Paypal, credit cards, checks - all are good and deductible.
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Every so often Mother Nature shows us she is definitely in charge of the weather, not the golfers, gardeners or the returning snow birds. Sometimes we must look on with patience and hope she changes her mind...quickly. Patience has paid off this week for those with waxed skis and a full back pack. The Easter storm dropped a few nice inches onto our mountains, hitting the "refresh" button just in time. Monday's storm was fun to wander around in as the snow piled up and was deeper each run.
Yesterday however, was a spring spectacular...sunshine, fresh spring powder and my wife to share it with. The powerful spring sun was definitely doing some damage to the powder by late afternoon, but it is April after all.
The new snow is on top of a very firm and slick layer. Ski crampons were helpful near the steeper ridge lines and near the summit. The fresh snow didn't bond extremely well to this old firm layer as one might expect, so cautious route finding in the complex terrain we were in was the order of the day. The cornices have not dropped, so caution, especially when the temperatures are heating up, is warranted.
Access up high is tricky depending on your rig. We were pretty far north so there is a bit more snow, but it is spotty from around 3,000' to 4,500'. I use tracks on my side-by-side, for this very reason. Snowmobiles are problematic unless you can haul them up quite high, again depending on the aspect of the road. Anything with wheels (truck, ATV) will get you pretty far up as long as the snow is frozen. However, make sure you get your rig down before it softens, or you might be waiting for the next freeze cycle to do so.
The walk of shame down the road is not that fun at the end of a long day in the mountains. Been there done that!
Enjoy the spring
Guest Opinion: Priest Lake presents a great state vs. federal basis for a public lands study. IdahoStatesman.com
BY JOE HINSON
April 8, 2015
Somewhere within the debate over who can best manage public lands — the federal government or the states — is a tacit assumption that state lands, because they are managed to produce revenue, must therefore fail to produce important environmental values. Conversely, then, federal lands, managed for multiple uses, should routinely provide more or “better” public benefits. It’s time to challenge that assumption.
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We look forward to seeing our repeat customers as well as some new ones!
509-954-9152 or 509-315-4313.
Pane in the Glass
in my list, every year!
- Pecky Cox
BREAKWATER COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER No. 1
Priest Lake - March 25, 2015
The revival of the Priest Lake Breakwater Committee was held February 7th. This committee was formed by the Bonner County Waterways Committee in 2004 and it was formed for similar reasons that we again face. These problems are detailed on the the Priest Lake Thorofoare website. VIEW HERE
The last month has been focused on establishing informative media and developing a plan to seek funding from wherever we can. Paperwork is already in process for us to seek resources from Bonner County which has, in the past, been there to assist in repair of the breakwater and channel improvement. On the same subject, we will be attempting to find help from our State of Idaho and even from Federal entities.
People Helping People Auction • Frequently Asked Questions
What is People Helping People Auction?
Now in its 22nd year, People Helping People Auction is the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce’s largest fund raising event assisting our local community by raising and giving funds to community non-profits directly serving the greater Priest Lake area. In other words, the PHP Auction helps Priest Lake help itself.
Who is helped by People Helping People Grant Fund?
Priest Lake community non-profit organizations: Coolin/Cavanaugh Bay Fire Department, Coolin Civic Organization, Coolin Community Garden, Hospice at Priest Lake, Nordic Sports Club, North of the Narrows Fire District, Phyllis Low Memorial Music Fund, Priest Lake Ambulance, Priest Lake Community Education, Priest Lake Elementary School, Priest Lake EMT, Priest Lake Food Bank, Priest Lake Groomers, Priest Lake Library, Priest Lake Museum, Priest Lake Search & Rescue, Priest Lake Senior Center, Priest Lake Sportsmen’s Association, Priest Lake Trails & Snowmobile Club, Sportsmen Club Fishing Clinic, West Priest Lake Fire District.
What is the Grant Fund?
The People Helping People Grant Fund was established 22 years ago and has contributed over $800,000 to non-profit organizations at Priest Lake. The People Helping People Grant Fund continues to strive to make available financial support to the community.
How is the money distributed?
Grants are awarded by an application process and carefully reviewed on a quarterly basis by the People Helping People Board of Directors. Once approved a financial grant is then awarded to the organization to move forward with their said project.
We are happy to announce the remodel of the Pro-Shop, Restaurant and Bar at the Priest Lake Golf Course.
Sandbagger’s Bar & Grill
will be open to the public, offering a completely re-imagined food and drink menu along with expanded bar seating.
Additionally. two new screens and couches have been added offering
a great place to enjoy a good meal & cold beverage while watching a sporting event or just visiting with friends.
We are excited for the 2015 Season and can’t wait to see You all !
The Priest Lake Christian Community Outreach (PLCCO), is a Christian volunteer driven Association, who assists those in need of subsistence, shelter, fuel, clothing, transportation, and spiritual needs through the combined efforts of the churches and other volunteer organizations within the Priest Lake, Idaho area.
The PLCCO plans to create a Thrift Shop in the Lamb of God Lutheran Church building which also houses the Priest Lake Food Bank. We have the authorization from the Church, and have consulted with the Food Bank in sharing the space. The Thrift Shop will be open on a day that does not conflict with the Food Bank. It will be open several days a week. All proceeds will go towards supporting the PLCCO mission.
We plan to be open starting around Memorial Day and will offer clothing, kitchen utensils, and other small items for a suggested donation. If someone cannot meet the suggested donation and has a need, we will work with them.
We are currently accepting clothing, kitchen utensils, small tools, and other small items. If someone wishes to donate, they may take it to their church or bring it directly to the home of Dick and Susan Hamm. Call 443-2456 for directions. We CAN NOT accept appliances, furniture, bicycles, or other large items.
Copper Bay Construction seeks a full time employee to be part of our marine construction crew. Job requires motivation to learn quickly and work hard. General carpentry skills and safe use of chain saws is required as well as some experience with construction framig.
Ability to weld and operate equipment is a plus. Must be at least 18 years of age. Wage depends on experience. Please send a resume or completed employment application to email@example.com
Contact 208 443 2193 if you have any questions about the position.