Thursday, February 26, 2015

March Photo Contest

Threat to Your Rural Lifestyle

Ta Da! I am back in the saddle again.

A Threat to Your Rural Lifestyle
            There is a proposed 86 unit low-income, high density housing development potentially for an area near Silverwood. This plan would also include a 500 acre sewage treatment plant. This proposal is a smaller part of an anticipated  1,000 unit Housing development. The County Hearing Examiner has already recommended approval. All that is needed is formal approval by the Board of County Commissioners. There will be a meeting on Thursday March 12th 2015 at 6 pm in the Kootenai County Administration Building on the 1st floor. If you do not agree with this proposal speak up now.

            Right now what you can do to voice your opinion is call 208-446-1070 and let them know your opposition to this proposal Case # ZON14-0003 or email to Your voice needs to be heard before March 2nd, 2015!
            Personally we moved to this area for a reason, we like the rural lifestyle but this proposal is a threat to how we live our lives. I attended a meeting in Athol Tuesday February 24 at the Athol Community Center, along with about 300 + other people. Voiced concerns are the threat to our infrastructure and our taxes. This project was proposed before and was shot down. The area includes the old Rickel Ranch. The developers are saying they will help the employees of Silverwood?? Currently the Athol area has a 13% foreclosure rate and our ABC Food Bank takes care of 200 families per month now. I do not think anyone present was against any low-income housing but it seems to me we would be doing a dis-service to the people this project would supposedly help. Also the developer plans on another city?? This plan is not well thought out and should not be approved. 
Let your voice be heard.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More Photos From Contest

See you next year!

Photos from Contest

Eagle Contest Photos

The Chamber had several folks that submitted pictures, Ralph Jones, Maury Weise, Patti Smith, Marg Vogt, Michael Despot, Chuck Murray (against his wishes) and Norma Jean. For me this was a long learning process. Mark Vogt told me that it costs nothing to push the button on the camera, and photos that don't meet you standards can be easily deleted. Soo with me I had lots of deletions!

                                          This is the first place winner Mark Vogt.

Second place winner was Mark Vogt
Third place was Michael Despot

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mario and LOU combined pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

(I did not get this posted)

On November 26, 2014 Mario's and LOU joined forces to give the Bayview Community a free meal. We, Dean and I, were pleased to be a part of the function. And the function went very well. If you missed we are sorry that you did not partake in this opportunity to bring the Bayview Community together with one of our local businesses. As Jackie Lloyd said in her thank you note:

"Mario and family, on behalf of the community, thanks for hosting a wonderful  Thanksgiving Event.  The turnout was terrific, the camaraderie and warmth spectacular and of course the food!!!!


Thanks again and thanks to all of the Mario's and LOU's helpers."

LOU Menu for January 2015

Here is the menu for this month. Come enjoy some time for fellowship with your neighbors. We all have fun and everyone seems to help make this a success. Many thanks as always to Jackie and her crew for their devotion to this wonderful weekly function. If you want to help call                       Jackie at 683-1680 or email her

January 7th      A variety of sausages, rolls and sweet & sour cabbage

January 14th    Norma Jean’s chicken enchiladas

January 21st    Baked Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

January 28th    Casserole buffet

The new flooring is down in the Center and the addition is finished thanks to the contribution and help provided by Gary MacDonald and his crew of workers. Thank you MacDonald's Hudson Bay.