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UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Judge orders John Stockton and Priest Lake neighbors to pay $500,000 in attorney fees

Basketball star John Stockton and his neighbors have been ordered to pay about $500,000 in attorney’s fees following their botched attempt to stop a development on Priest Lake, according to …


John Stockton’s bid to block development on Priest Lake wetlands falls short

Basketball legend John Stockton failed in a bid to block the development of 65 acres of wetlands near his Priest Lake residence.


Border Patrol agents want road reopened through grizzly habitat north of Priest Lake

U.S. Border security may prompt the reopening of a road bisecting important grizzly bear habitat north of Priest Lake.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Priest Lake property owners win tax appeal

Priest Lake landowners who challenged the assessed value of their waterfront parcels for tax purposes prevailed Monday in a lawsuit against Bonner County.


Priest Lake sled dog races set this weekend

The annual Priest Lake sled dog races will be held Saturday.


Fifty years (and more than a few beers) later, Priest Lake Snowshoe Softball tournament still going strong

If you’re going to drink beer and chase an oversized softball through fields of snow wearing cheap plastic snowshoes at least cover the ball in pink jello.


Priest Lake cold-water bypass in wait-and-see mode

The Priest Lake cold-water bypass project is in wait-and-see mode.


Idaho auctions Priest Lake lots for $25.6 million

Idaho officials have auctioned 51 state-owned lakefront lots on Priest Lake for $25.6 million.


Priest Lake’s Reeder Bay Campground closed for season

The Reeder Bay Campground, on Priest Lake, will be closed for the 2018 season while the campground is upgraded to flush toilets, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.


Meeting planned to discuss potential Priest Lake cold-water bypass

A potential cold-water bypass in Priest Lake will be discussed at public meeting on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Priest Lake Elementary School.


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 8:27 a.m.

Spokane’s Ruthie Henrickson pays tribute to Priest Lake on her debut album ‘Summers I Know’

Henrickson will release “Summers I Know” at the Bartlett on Friday.


Priest Lake’s lake trout fishery will not be suppressed

Priest Lake’s abundant lake trout population will not be suppressed, Idaho Fish and Game told stakeholders last week.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Idaho set to upgrade Priest Lake outlet dam and keep Thorofare navigable

The Idaho Water Resource Board will spend $2.4 million on upgrades to Priest Lake, including work on the outlet dam and improvements to the Thorofare linking the upper and lower …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

State study says Priest Lake needs $5M worth of work on channel, outlet dam, breakwater

Priest Lake needs $5 million worth of work, to keep the narrow, 3-mile-long Thorofare between the upper and main lakes open to boats. That’s the conclusion of a $300,000,


In brief: Water study, Thorofare topic of Priest Lake meeting

An open house meeting to explain alternatives for managing Priest Lake water levels and navigation through The Thorofare is set for Friday at 4-7 p.m. at Priest Lake Elementary School, …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

Another 59 Priest Lake cabin sites auctioned off by state of Idaho – this time for $29.1 million

Fifty-nine lakefront cabin sites on scenic Priest Lake were auctioned off by the state of Idaho last Friday and Saturday, with no competitive bidding – all sold for their appraised …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

2 injured in Priest Lake boat crash

Two people were injured after their boat crashed into Papoose Island on Priest Lake early Monday morning.


Fire burning in roadless wilderness causing problems for the Forest Service

A fire has been burning in remote wilderness straddling the Washington-Idaho border north of Priest Lake for six weeks.


Priest Lake black bear attacked woman, dogs with no warning

A woman fiercely attacked by a black bear near the Priest Lake visitor center on July 4 had no time to use bear spray even if she’d have had it, …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 6 p.m.

Black bear swats Priest Lake jogger on Kalispell-Reeder trail; injuries minor

A black bear charged a man jogging along Priest Lake on Monday, inflicting minor injuries to his leg before running off, Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say.


SUP pioneer applies Pacific Ocean skills to paddling Priest Lake

It wasn’t quite like paddling 40 miles across Pacific Ocean waves from Molokai to Oahu, but a stand-up paddleboarding pioneer relished his


Kokanee or mackinaw: Which will anglers prefer for Priest Lake?

Anglers attached to fishing Priest Lake tend to fall into two camps that are being asked to make a decision. One group favors a return to the good old days …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 6:27 a.m.

Woman, two dogs injured in bear attack near Priest Lake

A 60-year-old woman hiking with her dogs was seriously injured in a bear attack near the Priest Lake visitor center on Tuesday morning


Vocal Point: Exhale releases tree frog from teapot

Everything was peaceful and quiet as we read and played solitaire. Suddenly we heard a funny noise: “Gu-rr-ump!” We looked at each other. Then we heard it again. “Gu-rr-ump!” “Gu-rr-ump!”


Priest Lake revved up for snowmobiling with groomed trails, services

Relentless snowfall has smothered Priest Lake this winter, and snowmobilers are loving it. “This is one of those years when snowmobiles can drive right up to the restaurant, have a …


Field reports: Priest Lake drawdown opens river to paddling

Priest Lake’s slow drawdown to winter level began Saturday evening. Flows were increased from Outlet Dam to lower the lake 3 feet from its full pool at elevation 2,437.6 feet.


Priest Lake cabin sites to be auctioned Friday

Four unleased, state-owned lakefront cabin sites on Priest Lake will be put up for public auction this Friday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, with bidding starting around half a million …


Reader photo: Smooth as glass


Road near Priest Lake Tower Fire site closing for timber salvage

Forest Service Road 659 on the west end of Squaw Valley in the Priest Lake Ranger District will be closed this fall for timber salvage.


Small wildfire burning in remote area of Priest Lake Ranger District

A small wildfire is burning a mile south of Gleason Mountain in a remote area of the Priest Lake Ranger District, Forest Service officials said Monday.