School robotics team opportunity for self-taught coder

For many, coding is a skill. For St. Maries student Jacob Spence, it was a fun challenge that may lead to a lucrative career. Jacob is the lead coder for team Jack Bots, a FIRST robotics team for students at St. Maries High School. Along with a number of other students, he is tasked with making the robot perform tasks on command. He explained his team will be coding using Python, a computer coding language that he said is versatile […]

Veterans honored at annual dinner

Veterans will be honored this weekend at the annual Benewah County Veterans’ Day Dinner. The event starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the St. Maries Elks Lodge. As always, there is no cost for veterans and their families who attend. The Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 25 take turns sponsoring the dinner each year. During Sunday’s meal, Jim Shubert will be the guest speaker. He will show a PowerPoint presentation on a former St. Maries resident Clyde […]

Halloween tricks and treats galore

These events aren’t anything to boo at. They all promise a scary good time and fun for children and adults alike. Several activities are scheduled throughout Benewah County to celebrate Halloween. St. Maries Benewah Community Hospital will once again open its doors for Fright Night. Free admission for all, the event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. There will be tons of games, contests, tons of candy, a photo booth, food and more. Those who come should […]

Bill Barden joins flight honoring veterans

A local man’s military service will be honored with a trip to Washington, D.C. Oct. 23. Bill Barden, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was selected for a seat on an Honor Flight. Twice yearly, branches of the Honor Flight Network around the country honor veterans of past conflicts by sending them to the nation’s capitol. “I filled an application and sent it in,” he said. “They called me Sunday and said they had one seat left on the place […]

Harrison Oktoberfest marks 10 years

An event that has grown every year since its inception will mark a decade. The 10th Annual Harrison Oktoberfest is next month. It will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Harrison City Park. It is sponsored by the Harrison Chamber of Commerce and draws people from all over the area, including Canada and Spokane. Teri Riberich has spearheaded the event every year.   The purpose of the event is to bring people into Harrison and bring the community […]

Fourteen vie for St. Maries title this Saturday

Fourteen high school girls will compete for the title of Distinguished Young Women 2018 this weekend. The program starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Heyburn Elementary gymnasium. Tickets are $7 per person. Doors open at 9 p.m. This year’s theme is Destination Unknown and will center on travel. Participants this year are Kaylee Auer, Nancy Becktel, Cassie Blankenship, Margaret Ebert, Claire Edwards, Tayva Hendrickx, Hailey Johnson, Elena Moore, Hunter Morris, Kaylee Nelson, Gracie Nelson, Kyrra Powell, Elizabeth Quigley […]

Area students earn BPA honors

Fourteen St. Maries High School students will advance to the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference in March. The students qualified by competing at the regional BPA event Dec. 15. Two students from Lakeside High School are also advancing to the state competition, which will be at Boise State University, March 8-11. From Lakeside, Lillian Rhea placed third in legal office procedure to advance. Sarah Daman qualified by placing second in advanced word processing. From St. Maries, Cooper Daniel […]

First attempt, first moose

A local student took a once-in-a-lifetime trophy this month when he shot a bull moose. Cade Hill, a senior at St. Maries High School, was more excited than usual for the start of this year’s hunting season. He had applied for moose tags for the first time and had won the drawing for one set. Moose tags are controlled tightly in order to preserve the population, and very few are issued in each unit every year by random draw. Hunting […]

Our Heart is Showing

The community rallies this weekend to help three families. A house fire that left a family of six homeless, a horseback riding injury that required a woman to undergo two major back surgeries and a bone marrow transplant for a local three-year-old have the community of St. Maries working together to help raise money to help cover costs for the three families affected by the hardships. Benefit for Massing Family Friday A local family still seeks a place to live […]

Scout improves playground

Vic Camm Park received a makeover as part of Dawson Marunde’s project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. Dawson has been active in Boy Scouts for seven years. When it came time to select a project for his Eagle project, Vic Camm Park came to mind. “I have a lot of younger siblings from ages two to 10, and so my family comes up here to play a lot,” he said. “I realized there were some safety hazards at the […]