For the week of May 19, 2015

Holiday weekend ahead! Enjoy three blissful days to savor the great place that we live, and also salute those who keep us safe. This Memorial Day Weekend is filled with great family-friendly events including the summer launch of Lake Pend Oreille Cruise's Shawnodese, a classic vessel with grand old style that plies the waters of Lake Pend Oreille all season long! Take in a Green Monarchs Cruise Saturday, May 23, where passengers will enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the towering Green Monarchs. The boat departs Kramer Marina, 46820 Highway 200 in Hope, at 1 p.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Another great voyage is the Hope Islands History Cruise, departing from the same location at 4:30 p.m. all weekend long, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. And head out for the 53rd annual Priest Lake Spring Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 in downtown Coolin. This year's theme is "Priest Lake Memories" and visitors will find an arts and craft fair, parade, fun runs, quilt display, sausage booth, bake sales, kids' carnival and more! Sponsored by the Coolin Civic Organization and Priest Lake Chamber.

Sandpoint haps! Enjoy the beauty around us with a cruise on Lake Pend Oreille, the Priest Lake Festival, and more! Check out all the events happening 'round town this week, May 19-25:

Entertainment Highlights:

• Kaniksu Land Trust Trail Running Series – At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Tuesday

• Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Gala – Fundraiser at Idaho Pour Authority, Wednesday

• The Ride of Silence – Pend Oreille Pedalers host 8-mile tribute ride, Wednesday

• Priest Lake Spring Festival – 53rd annual event in Coolin, Saturday-Sunday

• American Heroes Weekend – Silverwood Theme Park's annual event, Saturday-Monday

• Roaring '20s Dance – Bring your Charleston moves to Sandpoint Senior Center, Saturday

• IPA Anniversary Party – Two-year celebration at Idaho Pour Authority, Saturday

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Civic Happenings

• School, Library, Sewer Elections – Voting districts in Bonner County hold elections, Tuesday

Tech & Tidbit Thursday – Nutrition is topic at Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair, Thursday

See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: Benefit Concert with Patchy Sanders, May 29; Orchids and Onions Awards, May 30.

New in the classifieds: '00 Toyota Sienna minivan, $1,550 ... One-bedroom house for rent, $625/mo. ... Legalize Medical Cannabis petition drive.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: First quarter Moon Sun. The month belongs to Saturn, brighter than it has appeared in over a decade. It stands at opposition Fri, rising at dusk and remaining out all night long. Its rings are nearly as wide "open" as possible, a glorious sight through any telescope magnification above 30x
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 5:01 a.m., sets at 8:24 p.m. Daylight gained past 7 days: 9 minutes
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed as a mild weather pattern continues

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,058.49 feet, up 1.83 feet past 7 days
• Streamflows: Priest River 434 cfs, down 148 cfs past 7 days; Moyie River 1,180 cfs, down 80 cfs
• Weather forecast: Sunny Wed-Thu with highs in the mid-70s; Memorial Weekend forecast calls for partly sunny with chance of showers Fri-Mon
with highs around 70

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

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New and neat online
Sandpoint Magazine's summer issue is here! Uncovering the mysteries of the deep, Sandpoint Magazine reveals the secret lives of fishes in our waters – plus, there's a lot more to check out. Available at venues all around town, or check it out online at Hooray for summer!

Vote today! A number of voting districts in Bonner County are staging elections today, May 19, including both of the county's school districts, two libraries, two sewer districts, and the City of Kootenai.»

An extraordinary place. The newly published book, Many Waters, is a testament to the beauty of an extraordinary place - the Walla Walla Valley. Read more about the book, published by Keokee in Sandpoint, at

The Week's Top News, May 13-19:
• FEMA grant enables home's removal
  Situated in the Pack River floodway
• Lawmakers pass child support bill
  Dixon, Scott vote against HB 1
• Idaho Club aims for June opening
  Owners excited to welcome public
• Judge issues stay for wolf center
  Fish and Game suspended license

• Bonner EMS setting up Sagle station
  Temporary quarters to house 2 medics
• Festival at Sandpoint announces lineup
  Wilco, Ziggy Marley, Vince Gill to perform

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