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Required: Kids, Animals In Fair Photos

I noticed with amusement the 7 fair photos published in this morning’s Coeur d’Alene Press. All 7 had children in them. 4 of the 7 had children with animals. Back when I was the editor of The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., I was told by the late Publisher C. Patrick King to fire my best news photographer because he’d taken a bunch of artsy fartsy photos of the Northwest Montana Fair carnival rather than ones with children holding animals. Indeed, King was so incensed that he wanted the hard-working man, who had several children to support, to get the boot. Not only did I succeed in saving the guy’s job, but also got him a dime per hour raise for the good job he did. Which was a big deal in that tight-fisted Duane Hagadone newspaper. Probably still is. Then, I made an error in judgment and told the news photographer about his close scrape. He quit a short time later to move to the Missoulian and later the Wichita Eagle.

  • Cutline: Sydney Graczyk, then 7, tries to hang on while a mechanical bull spins and bucks, In this 2008 North Idaho Fair photo by Jesse Tinsley.

Question: Do you want kids and animals in all your fair photos?

Plane Crash Kills Reporters, 2 Others

Four young western Montanans were found dead late Wednesday afternoon in the wreckage of the small plane they took on a weekend sightseeing flight. Dead are Sonny Kless and Brian Williams of Missoula, and Erika Hoefer and Melissa Weaver of Kalispell. A Border Patrol helicopter spotted the plane in the Revais Creek area at 2 p.m., but could not land because the terrain is extremely rugged, very steep and heavily timbered. The crash site was very near the last GPS and radar contact the Federal Aviation Administration had with the aircraft on Sunday afternoon, when Kless took his three passengers on a sightseeing flight from the Glacier National Park area to the Bison Range and along the Flathead River/Tristan Scott, Missoulian. More here.

Montana Plane Crash Site Found

The small plane missing since Sunday with four people on board may have been found. According to spokeswoman Carey Cooley at 3 p.m.: “The Border Patrol about an hour ago did find a crash site matching the airplane’s description.” She said nobody was on the ground yet, but a rescue helicopter from Malmstrom Air Force Base is heading to the site. Cooley said a pilot with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection spotted the crash site Wednesday afternoon after 1:30 p.m. in rough terrain just inside the Sanders County line. There was no immediate word on survivors/Daily Inter Lake. More here.

Hagadone Montana Reporters Missing

A search for a missing aircraft that was carrying two Daily Inter Lake staff writers and two men from Missoula shifted sharply late Monday from the Flathead Valley area to Sanders County and the National Bison Range. A command post for the search was set up Monday night at the National Bison Range Visitor Center, far from the original search area that extended from Kalispell as far as Glacier National Park and Canada. The plane had been missing since Sunday afternoon. … On board were Melissa Weaver (pictured), 23, a police and courts reporter with the Inter Lake, and Erika Hoefer, 27, a business reporter and page designer who also writes for the Flathead Business Journal.

DFO: The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., is another Inland Northwest newspaper owned by Coeur d’Alene’s Duane Hagadone. It’s a newspaper about the same size as the Coeur d’Alene Press. I worked for five years there.

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