UPDATE 12-4-13: See the News and link to the right!
LET’S CONTINUE THIS TRAIL!
A decade ago, a group of local citizens began working on putting in a biking/walking trail from the Oldtown, ID bridge, through Priest River, and to the city of Sandpoint. Many planners, commissioners, local citizens and local politicians worked on the trail details. Grants were written and some awarded. Sections of the trail were built alongwith other projects: near the Rotary Park in Oldtown and alongside the new bridge crossing the Priest River. But as funding dried up with the state’s recent financial crises, the rest of the plans were put on the back burner.
Well, we’re back!! PCFC has stepped up to see if they can get the ball rolling once again. A great deal of legwork was done prior to now but with many changes in the grants that are available and changes with highway and city street plans, there are a number of new things to explore.
There is a chance for a grant with the National Park Service for a concept plan that would involve many members of the local communities. If you are interested in participating, please contact PCFC @ 208-448-0210 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
JUNK ART SCULPTURE
While restoring the old Priest River Landfill in 2011, a heap of materials was salvaged from the site and stored at the PCFC office. In the Fall of 2012, PCFC approached faculty members at Priest River Lamanna High School and pitched a sculpture project made from the “junk.” Art teacher Joni Dirks, metals teacher Jake Stark and district counselor Betty Gardner jumped on board and the Junk Art Sculpture project was born.
In December, honors art students created 10 designs. The PCFC Board looked over the designs and carefully discussed how the chosen design would fit in with the restored land site and with our community. In the end, artist Cody Magee’s design of three deer bedded down together was chosen. Magee then recruited Cody Crosby, an experienced welder, and they proposed doing the project together.
On February 1st, PCFC director Liz met with the students and the teachers and a plan was put together to come up with a materials list that is within budget, a time frame of completion by the end of May and to take a series of photos while the sculpture is being built.
Here is the students’ work in progress: