For the week of September 16, 2014

Run, walk ... enjoy! With a route along stunning Lake Pend Oreille with views of the mountains, no wonder our hometown's endurance event is called the Scenic Half. As an established race, it attracts hundreds of runners annually; participants can compete in a 13-mile, half marathon distance, 10k or 5k -- click to see the route (pdf). The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 at City Beach, and proceeds benefit the Sandpoint Chamber as well as Community Cancer Services (CCS). Although online registration is closed, the deadline for paper registration is noon Friday, Sept. 19 (must be dropped off at the Chamber). Plus, late registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at City Beach. And if you've never attended the Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International, here's your chance to take in this unique event that's pure entertainment for the entire family! The Northwest's largest draft horse and mule expo begins Thursday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Enjoy team competitions, pulling contests, and more! View the event schedule plus ticket information at And on to the news!

Sandpoint haps! Sandpoint's Scenic Half has something for everyone: a half-marathon, 10K and 5K. So tie up those laces and join in this terrific annual event! See all events happening this week, Sept. 16-22:

Entertainment Highlights:

• Delta Force – Clark Fork River Delta info event at the Heartwood Center, Thursday

• Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International – Bonner County Fairgrounds, Thursday-Sunday

• Magic in the Moonlight – Romantic comedy screens at the Panida Theater, Thursday-Friday

• Baubles and Bubbly – Sandpoint artists reception at Common Knowledge, Friday

• Acoustic Americana: Kelley McRae – Duo performs at Di Luna's Cafe, Friday

• Autumn Fest Auction – Panida fundraiser held at Ponderay Events Center, Saturday

• SHS MUN Dinner and Auction – An event with international flair at Tango Cafe, Saturday

• The Nth Power – Concert at The Hive in downtown Sandpoint, Saturday

• LPOIC Members-Only Derby – Join the club, join the fishing on Lake Pend Oreille! Sat-Sun

• The Scenic Half – Sixth annual 5K, 10K and half-marathon in Sandpoint, Sunday

  View ALL entertainment events»

Civic Happenings

Fall Preparation of Garden Soil Workshop In the Ponderay Events Center, Wednesday

• Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions – Hosted by Optum Idaho, Thursday-Friday

  See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: Dover Bay 5k-9
, Sept. 27; Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta in Priest River, Sept. 27; 100,000 Poets for Change, Sept. 27.

New in the classifieds: Tama drum set, $400 ... Ford F-150 truck with camper shell, $3,500 ... Skilled laborer ready to help clean up storm damage debris.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: Autumnal equinox Mon -- occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator (the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's equator) from north to south
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 6:24 a.m., sets at 6:56 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 24 minutes. Moon sets at 2:43 p.m.
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed; wildfires are starting to impact the area

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,062.06 feet, down 0.1 feet past 7 days

• Wildfires: 17 active wildfires burning in Idaho; one in the Panhandle National Forest

• Weather forecast: Partly sunny Wed with a high of 77; chance of showers Thu-Fri and then sunshine returns for the weekend with highs in the 70s!

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

New and neat online
Prepare early for learning! Registration is open for READY! for Kindergarten fall classes, which take place Sept. 27. There's no cost for parents to join in on this great early childhood education program.

Depression-era photos. Glimpse 48 photographs taken in Bonner County by Dorothea Lange in 1939 - part of 170,000 Depression-era photos organized via a Yale website:

Big fish comeback. Lana Kay Hanson poses with the 12-pound rainbow she caught Aug. 29. The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club has been working with IFG to restore the lake's amazing big fish-fishery - with some success. LPOIC has a Members-Only Derby coming this week; it's a great time to join, and support their work. Go to

The Week's Top News, Sept. 10-16:
• Idaho tribute honors Lyon's sacrifice
  Parents attend ceremony in Boise
• Bull trout proposal worries boaters
  Plan would drop level in late summer
• Good news from Idaho's PERSI
  4 percent increase for many retirees
• Survey: Idahoans are rudest drivers
  Rural areas source of 'driver conflict'

• Teacher admits violating ethics code
  Swerin's conduct reportedly under review

• Community pauses to remember 9/11
  Ceremony, tribute held at Memorial Field

• Teacher retires after sending texts
  Swerin taught at SMS for 17 years

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