There will be no more posts on Bayview Bob Bowen's blog. I last chatted with Bob about his condition a few weeks ago.. He had Leukemia and was at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. Bob was very upbeat with having received a bone marrow transplant.
Unfortunately it didn't take and we lost him. Long an employee of Idaho Independent Bank, he lived here in Bayview. Bob was looking forward to returning home in 3 or 4 months. Unfortunately, it will be sooner. His cousin, Jan Larkin called me this morning to make sure I heard. Rest In Peace, Bob. Your battle is over.
A pontoon boat with 8 passengers and 3 dogs is taking on water near the Cement
Plant close to Lakeview. Both Sheriff and Timberlake fire boats are rushing
across the lake, with the pedal to the metal Friday late afternoon.
"All passengers and dogs were rescued and okay. we put 5 passengers and 1 dog
on our fire boat and the remainder on the Navy boats. It was a combined effort
and all worked out."
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.
Many are not aware that the Naval detachment in Bayview participates in many rescues.
FOUND - A MinPin (?) near the mercantile. Please call 683-1859 if you've lost you dog." This undoubedly was due to the Thunder Storm. I have no idea what a minpin is but if you have one that is missing here it is.
When the current thunderstorm started a dog ran into the water at the Bitter End Marina. Large white shaggy fur with brown splotches. This dog is disoriented and prbably belongs to someone in an RV or Boat. The dog is at this time unrestrained and has followed the ,an that rescued it back to the Bitter End. I f you have a dog that isn't inside, get them in before they run off in panic.
Around 4:15 this am, or as we in the service used to call it, O dark thirty, A very loud thunder bumper hit Bayview. It didn't last very long and with the exception of one short drenching didn't appear to carry much rain with it.
I hear we are going to get another this mid-day, but I have seen many of these dire warnings cross south of Bernard Peak and while hitting the Silver Vary hard, usually leave Bayview alone. Having same that, we'll probably get hammered.
Right now the skies are blue, RV's are arriving for the week-end frivolities and all is well in the tourist industry. Have a great week-end, watch the sky carefully if you are out boating. Thunder and lightning does strike in the middle of the lake and quite often
Monday night around 7:30 a homeless woman known to me came rushing through my back door. She asked for help from an attacker living in a motor home sited next door. . I strongly suggested that the best way to counter the pestering she was getting, was to get law enforcement involved.
deputy promptly reacted. Not waiting for back up he accosted the suspect, who then pulled a gun on him. To the officer's credit, he didn't immediately shoot him. Risking his own life, he talked the gun man into laying the gun down.
By 9:30 or so the situation was resolved. I asked the officer why he didn't shoot the guy pointing a gun at him. He replied , I identified myself as a police officer and asking him to put the gun down. The officer was totally authorized at that point to shoot the suspect. He showed at the risk of his life, a moment of judgement. The suspect put the gun down, which saved his life.
Tonight, Roland Wayne Hughes is in custody with a charge of domestic battery, with a $10,000 bail set. The homeless person that sought refuge in my home is gone. Is it something in the air? He was parked within feet of the location of Larry Cragun, murderer and serving a life sentence. Proving that fruit indeed doesn't fall far from the tree, the deputy's name is Brad Wolfinger. A secret source within the department told me that Brad and is wife are shortly expecting a baby. A third generation cop?
Sometime between 7:30 am and 8:30 am Sunday morning, someone took letters from one side of the reader board and spelled out derogatory words that defamed the women of the Bayview Chamber. I am not going to repeat them as I then would be guilty of the same. Chan drove by at 7:30 and saw no changes. He received word of the vandalism at 9:45 From Sheryl Pucket who took a picture of it and then circulated it throughout the community.
Two things are happening as I write this. First Chan is offering a $500 reward for the name or names of the perpetrators. The second is the Navy security department will be asked to review the security cameras facing the Buttonhook.
About the only way out of this is for the guilty party to march into Chan's office and apologize to him and to the Chamber as well. If you don't you are going to have consequences.
This week was a sad one for everyone connected with the Panhandle Sun. I resigned for several reasons that will go unsaid, Monday. Today, I read in the current issue that our editor, Mary Jane Honneger is also leaving.
I think that everyone connected to management will need to take a long look at current expenses versus advertising income and modify some of the parts that aren't making it. I enjoyed another gig at writing after over four years with the spokesman-Review, but in order to track down stories that matter, the corespondents need more than expense money to write quality stuff.
Anyway, I'll wait and see how things shake out. I do know one thing for sure from my days with the spokesman-Review. People will pick up a paper because many times the subjects of the stories are friends, associates or even themselves. Readers are attracted to writers that have a following. Which style fits them. They like to read about their friends, community issues. It makes them even prouder to live here.
Good luck, Mary Jane. You gave it all you had. Leadership can eat you up if one isn't careful, and sometimes even when you are. Go with your head high.
Sunday morning following the previous
night's festivities, dawned so quiet you could hear the fish swimming
by in Scenic Bay at Bayview, Idaho. Last night, Saturday July 7 was
entirely another thing. Permanent residents hunkered down knowing
that the thousands of visitors would soon be gone.
Saturday started out with the usual
parade, which was managed this year by Norma Jean Knowles who
probably is still looking for the mind she must have lost organizing
the parade. Norma Jean, You did a great job. A new feature this year was a carnival which was
arranged for by Chan Karupiah of J.D's Resort. Add to these
activities were thousands of revelers crowding the aisles of the
street fair looking for souvenirs. Dan English marched in the parade with the other three Kootenai County Democrats.
It was impossible to estimate the
numbers of visitors since many were spread out in marinas on boats
and float homes as well as RV spaces, which have been oh so rare
lately. Other than the family orientated activities of which there
were many, the late night crowd gathered around the local watering
holes ordering their favorite beverages by the hundreds and listening
to any of the five or six different musical venues.
The Carnival was shoehorned into a spot
that wasn't originally planned for, but a few naysayers managed to
thwart several plans of action. The street parade had a closure
permit this year which allowed room for the carnival rides. We had
more vendors than in the past but the great organizing ability of
Paul Celeri, past Vice President of the Bayview Chamber of Commerce.
One of the more amazing feats was the
removal of three derelict mobile homes in one week, tearing them
down, disposing of the debris and plumbing and wiring the spaces for
RV spaces for Scenic Bay Marina. By Saturday afternoon all spaces were
rented. Unfortunately, one adventuresome party shot sky rockets
toward the lake, injuring a child that was tent camping below the
Parade Grand Marshall were this year's
queen, Mandy Skala and last year's queen Nannette Bradetich, L-R
True to the vast reservoir of rumor mongers here in Bayview, started like a Nevada forest fire. As the first old wreck of a mobile home went down, people had me being evicted, then condos built in it's place. Three unlivable and vacant trailers were destroyed. In there place Scenic Bay Marina has already converted the space to RV parking.
I'm not going anywhere. I talked to Paul a couple of days ago. He had just been asked the same question. "Is Herb going to be evicted?" Well either it was a well wisher concerned about my well being or someone wanting to immediately start the celebration.
Paul's comment is, "you got to be kidding a guy that pays his rent on time, every time, gives us no trouble, evicted? Get Serious. No, Herb is just fine where he is at." Chan, if he wished to build condos, owns several lots at Vista Bay, already zoned for multiple dwellings.
Here's the real scoop. Prior to my moving in 17 years ago, this was in fact all RV parking. The new owners figured year around income was better than summer part timers, switched back to single wide mobile homes. Unfortunately the folks that moved in were not very responsible. One side of me were tweakers. For the uninitiated, that means Methamphetamine. The other side housed a murderer that is currently serving life for the murder of Patty Heath and the seriously injured Yvonne Wallis, of which that story has been told on previous posts.
The units were unlivable and taking up space from visitors that come Summer found the only other RV park full and Farragut State Park full all Summer. The reconverted spots should add about 6 more RV locations. Plans are underway for a thorough clean up and redecorating this into an attractive lot with a real good lake view.
I have spoken with Chan about the plans and he assured me I was not going anywhere. If anyone has questions about the project, feel free to either comment on this post, or privately e-mail me at Bayviewherb@gmail.com.
Come on down. There are boat slips available as well as camping, both tent and RV at both locations, Lakeland RVs and Scenic Bay Marinas Don' forget, there will be a carnival with rides galore. Something that perhaps should have happened years ago. With the old setup, only the Saturday of the three day weekends was effectively active. With rides, many tourists will stay the whole three days.