For the week of July 29, 2014

20th Annual Swim! It's Sandpoint's hallmark event on the water: the Long Bridge Swim is here Saturday, Aug. 2. Hundreds will compete in the 20th annual 1.76-mile swim across Lake Pend Oreille, while onlookers have a great view from above along the bridge's pedestrian lane. Registration's still open at through Thursday (no same-day registration). As a prelude to the LBS, marathon swimmer Elaine Howley will attempt the first-ever solo nonstop swim of Lake Pend Oreille Wednesday, July 30. It's likely to take 17 to 20 hours - or more - and Sandpoint Online will follow the swim start to finish on Facebook. Meantime, read the whole story on how the record-breaking attempt came about for Elaine's BIG swim». And finally, enjoy all things purple as Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the 8th annual Huckleberry Festival Sunday, Aug. 3. The day begins with a huckleberry pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.; family-fun activities follow including hosted berry-picking hikes, crafts and more, plus live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with The Huckleberry Jam Band. And now, on to the news!

What's going on in Sandpoint! It's all about swimming this week with an epic solo swim followed by the 20th annual Long Bridge Swim! And check out all events happening this week, July 29-Aug. 3:

Entertainment Highlights:

• KPND Summer Pint Night – 219 hosts food and drink specials, prizes and fun, Wednesday

• Yappy Hour – Trinity at City Beach hosts social event for dogs and friends, Thursday

• Transformers: Age of Extinction – Film screens at the Panida Theater, Thursday

• Youth Orchestra Concert – Music Conservatory performs at the Panida, Friday

• Sylvia – Play's final weekend at the Panida's Little Theater, Friday-Saturday

• Long Bridge Swim – 20th annual event across Lake Pend Oreille, Saturday

• Waterlife Discovery Center Event – Self-guided trail, displays, expert on hand, Saturday

• Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival – Day of purple fun in the resort's village, Sunday

  View ALL entertainment events»

Civic Happenings

Preschool and Kindergarten Open House At the Sandpoint Waldorf School, Wednesday

• SHS Sports Registration Day – SHS hosts fall sports registration, Thursday

  See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: The Festival at Sandpoint
, Aug. 7-17; The Aftival, Aug. 8-9; Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-In, Aug. 9; Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk, Aug. 9;
Arts & Crafts Fair, Aug. 9-10.

New in the classifieds: Teak table and chairs with umbrella, $575 obo ... Aluminum cargo trailer, $5,000 ... Keokee seeks web developer.

News from the nest. One of the three osprey chicks at the Memorial Field nest succumbed to a possible fungal infection July 15, while the other two seem to be thriving. Tune in and see notes from observers, including biologist Janie Fink.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: First quarter Moon Sun; Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Tue produces up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 5:17 a.m., sets at 8:26 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 18 minutes. Moon sets at 5:14 p.m.
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed; depending on changes in wildfire activity air quality can degrade rapidly, so be aware of potential for changing conditions

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,062.18 feet, no change past 7 days

• Streamflows: Priest River 517 cfs, down 338 cfs past 7 days; Moyie River 245 cfs, down 46 cfs

• Wildfires: 11 active wildfires burning in Idaho; none in the Panhandle National Forest. 27 large uncontained fires in the country, all in the West

• Weather forecast: Mostly sunny with highs in low 90s Wed-Thu; slight chance of thunderstorms Fri-Sun

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

Find restaurants and taverns. The Sandpoint Restaurants & Nightclubs Directory has every dining and drinking establishment in town, plus powerful search features for type of cuisine, price, location and more. Go there now. (advertisement)

New and neat online

Rock Creek Alliance calls for help. Two culminating events are soon coming in the 19-year battle against the mine that threatens Lake Pend Oreille water quality - and Director Mary Costello has made an urgent plea for help. Read her letter»

Do you Facebook? Posts on the Sandpoint Online FB page have been getting whopping engagement. Recently gone viral: Photographers capture fiery sunsets; Shook Twins tell American Idol to take a hike. Keep your finger on the pulse of this place, too, at»

Photo ops galore. Sandpoint's a scenic place, even when the skies become smoky; in fact, sometimes the smoke enhances the view. See some examples and vote for your favorites on Sandpoint in Pictures»

The Week's Top News, July 23-29:
• West Nile virus detected in Panhandle
  Residents urged to avoid mosquitoes
• LPOW monitoring water quality
  Gather data for future study
• Judge: Peterson no longer GOP leader
  Refuses to block committee meeting
• County still reeling from severe storms
  Winds were estimated at 70-80 mph

• Community bank merger announced
  Intermountain bought by Tacoma bank

• Fire chief to split time with Sagle
  Could lay groundwork for merger

• Tips sought in lake hit-and-run
  Waterskiing boat broadsided by PWC

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