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Volunteers Building New Trail

Volunteers are helping the Idaho Panhandle National Forests build a new trail to a stunning view from a forest fire lookout overlooking the Clark Fork River and the proposed Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness already has put in multiple days of routing, brushing, log cutting and carving the tread to the Star Peak Lookout over the past two years.  The peak where an historic lookout is located formerly was known as Squaw Peak. The next work party is set for Friday ( Aug. 9).   Meet at the trailhead (see map) at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (10 a.m. Mountain). Following work days are Aug. 23 plus the weekend of Sept. 21-22/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors. More here.

Skipper Tells Of Pend Oreille Rescue

Skipper Lawrence Killingsworth of the sailboard Ta' Ata Ori, which is moored at Bayview, tells of a dramatic rescue of two other sailboaters on Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview Saturday. The information is posted on Herb Huseland's Bayviews:

As we headed back toward Bayview around noon, the wind picked up and slowly built to around 20 knots, from the south. I was at the helm, the rest of the crew tidying up the boat, making preparations to take the sails off and get TAO ready for the coming winter. I noticed a small sailboat, about 1/2 mile off our port beam that seemed to be in a bit of trouble. As I watched, the boat capsized and then “turtled.” (Turned completely upside down, with the mast pointed toward China.) The crew of two was in the water. (Water temp about 60 degrees.) I immediately changed course and the TAO crew went into full “rescue mode.” By the time we reached the turtled boat, we had the boarding ladder down, the dinghy ready, boat hooks, life jackets and horseshoe buoys in hand and towels and warm blankets waiting. More here.

Question: Have you ever been in need of rescue?

8 Rescued On Lake Pend Oreille

Timberlake Fire posted the following on Herb Huseland's Bay Views blog this weekend, after the department and the U.S. Navy took part in the rescue of 8 individuals, including 3 elderly people, and three dogs who had ignored storm warnings on Lake Pend Oreille and nearly sank:

“Apparently of the eight passengers aboard three were elderly and had trouble climbing out of the sinking craft. Paying absolutely no attention to the widely circulated Thunderstorm warnings which went out over all weather channels including marine channel 16.   When the storm hit high waves estimated at 6 to 8 feet were pounding against the heavily loaded craft. This caused water to enter the front vents. When the fire district boat arrived the sinking craft was kind of beached near the Cement Plant on the south shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Why they didn't even look up at the sky as the storm neared is a mystery. Apparently many adults do not have the basic survival training needed to safely cruise the unpredictable waters of the lake.” Entire post here.

Question: Why do people regularly ignore Nature's danger signs & get themselves in trouble?

Clear-Cut Triggers Farragut Furor

“This was very heavy handed,” said former Kootenai Environmental Alliance executive director Barry Rosenberg as he toured a logged area of Farragut State Park on Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka SR photo)

At Farragut State Park, Jokulhlaup Viewpoint offers visitors sweeping views of Lake Pend Oreille. Logging last winter “opened up one of the few vistas that the public has at the park,” said Randall Butt, the park’s manager. Without an obstructing curtain of trees, visitors can look out over a panorama that includes Pack Saddle Mountain on the lake’s eastern shoreline and Bernard Peak, a favorite haunt of mountain goats. But where others see mountains and water, the Kootenai Environmental Alliance sees a three-acre clearcut. To improve the viewpoint, the hillside below was stripped of trees. Members of the Coeur d’Alene-based environmental group were dismayed to find stumps of 100-year-old Douglas firs in the logged area/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Would you rather have the sweeping view of Lake Pend Oreille and the clear-cut — the obstructing curtain of trees that include 100-year-old Douglas firs?

Stein Flubs North Idaho Lake Spelling

In lecturing Texas Gov. Rick Perry about economics, conservative commentator Ben Stein of CBS News bragged that he was going to leave Perry alone “for this month and just spend it on my boat up at Lake Pendoreille (sic) in North Idaho, a mountain lake where ospreys soar and where I feel at peace.” Huckleberries’d like to think that the misspelling of Lake Pend Oreille was an editor’s error rather than one made by Stein (boring economics instructor in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Stein, after all, has spent many vacations in the Sandpoint area. Story here. (AP file photo of Ben Stein)

Question: Which local place name causes you the most problems when you try to spell it?

Sandpoint Dealing For Own ‘Tubbs Hill’

Just a short stroll from downtown Sandpoint, a dirt trail follows Lake Pend Oreille’s shoreline past groves of leafy cottonwoods that block out the sights and sounds of the bustling resort town. Instead of traffic, trail users hear lapping waves and the musical cadence of song sparrows. To the east, they can watch storm clouds gathering over the Cabinet Mountains. The privately owned trail is one of Sandpoint’s best kept secrets. But through a $1.6 million deal negotiated with the heirs of the late Sandpoint photographer Ross Hall, local cities and a nonprofit group hope to secure almost a mile of the undeveloped shoreline for public use/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Dann Hall, son of the late Ross Hall, talks about his family’s waterfront property)

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ICL: Tap Lake To Recharge Aquifer?

As Spokane grows and the climate warms, water managers are worried that water supplies might start running low for folks in Spokane and Spokane Valley. So the Washington Department of Ecology commissioned a study by the Washington Water Research Center at Washington State University to explore how to augment the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. The study found that recharging the aquifer by tapping into Lake Pend Oreille is technically feasible. But it does not answer the question, is it wise?/Susan Drumheller, Idaho Conservation League. More here. (SR file photo of Buttonhook Regatta on Idlewild Bay)

Question: What do you make of the Washington-based study finding that it's technically feasible to recharged the Rathdrum/Spokane Valley Aquifer by tapping into Lake Pend Oreille?

Bayview On New Year’s Day

At Bayview, Herb snapped this photo & reports: “This was taken around noon New Year's Day. There was so much steam coming off the lake that we got a couple of hours of lake effect snow, which set the existng snow to sparkling like a field of jewels.”

Sunset Over Pend Oreille

At Idaho Scenic Images, Linda Lantzy posts under this spectacular photo: “(Sunday’s) sunset over Lake Pend Oreille. This is a ‘new to me’ spot that I think the morning light would be great at. So I guess I’ll be going back…”

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