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July 22
Museum building a century old! In the fall of 1916, Charles W. Megquier began construction on a two story brick building on Main Street. This was to be used as the new Crescent Garage & Plumbing Company. Today, members of the Boundary County Historical Society and folks who shared parts of the building's history regaled guests with tales venerable century-old edifice.
Ahrens announces run for Idaho Senate: Danielle Ahrens, a 58 year old mother and grandmother who lives on a ranch north of Sandpoint, recently announced her candidacy for the Idaho Senate in District One in an article in Redoubt News.
July 21
Lightning sparks several North Idaho wildfires: The Idaho Panhandle National Forests had multiple new fires detected following the Thursday night lightning storm. Here is an update on fire activity across the forest ...
July 20
Summer Reading wrapping up with magic show: The Boundary County Library will wrap up their Summer Reading program with an awesome comedy magic show for kids and families at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.
Bonner County sheriff seeking David Xanatos: The Bonner County Sheriffs Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating David A. Xanatos, 37, last known to have been in the Clark Fork area. Vehicle associated with him is a blue 1988 Chevy truck with Idaho plate 7BL6090. He is described as 6-foot, 3-inches tall, 244 pounds, hazel eyes and brown hair.
Last drivers ed class of year starting: The final driver education class of the summer begins August 1. There will not be another class until spring. The class is $325, with classes held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Nutritional aide needed at BCH: Boundary Community Hospital has a part time position (afternoon/evening/weekends) in Nutrition Services. The Nutritional Aide is responsible for a variety of duties and services to ensure appetizing food is prepared and served.
Polaris seeking workers: Bonner County Job Service will hold a job fair to help Polaris is find eight assembly operators, no experience needed. These are full time, temporary positions starting July 24 and ending October 5.
Woodward running for Senate seat: In the wake of Shawn Keough's decision not to seek another term as Idaho's favorite Senator, Jim Woodward, a long-time Bonner and Boundary County resident, recently announced his candidacy for the Legislative District 1 State Senate seat with Keough's full blessing.
Newest Habitat home to be dedicated: Boundary County Habitat for Humanity invites you to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House for their latest build! This event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 5, at 6707 Spokane Street in Bonners Ferry. Habitat volunteers have been working on this project for the past year and are excited for their latest partner family.
Boundary County Commission minutes, June 26-27
Boundary County Commission minutes, June 19-20
Boundary County Commissioner minutes, May 29-30
Boundary County Commission minutes, May 22-23
July 19
Groundbreaking at St. Ann's set for Sunday: St. Ann’s Catholic Church will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry, the location of their former church. Mass will be held at 10 a.m., prior to the groundbreaking.
Wildfires popping up - danger to increase Thursday: The Coeur d' Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is currently staffing the Beaver Creek wildfire and have contained two others. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms will move into the region after midnight tonight which are likely to produce lightning but generally have little to no precipitation with them.
Fires closing roads in south Idaho: Fire season is officially here, and according to the Idaho Transportation Department, it's closing several roads in southern Idaho.
Moon and Venus closest morning of July 20: Before sunrise on July 20, 2017, look for the waning crescent moon and planet Venus in the eastern morning twilight. Or if you’re up before dawn, say an hour or two before sunrise, then let the predawn darkness show you the star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster as well.
BFHS wins art award: The Idaho Commission on the Arts announced today its Fiscal Year 2018 annual grants and awards, totaling $487,000 to 102 organizations and schools spanning 29 communities throughout the state, including Bonners Ferry High School and Boundary County School District 101, awarded $3,836.
July 18
Lions Den RR crossing to close for repairs: On Thursday, July 20, the railroad crossing at Lions Den Road just east of Hickory Road will be closed from 6a.m. to around 2 p.m.
Clear skies in west predicted for eclipse: Researchers from the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources (CNR) have developed a map that shows the likelihood of clear viewing of the solar eclipse coming August 21.
Two local schools get fresh produce grants: Today, 113 Idaho elementary schools were awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced.
Court records and sheriff's log
July 17
Summer reading slows the slide: Where can you find 50+ kids on Thursdays in July? Why, at the Valley View Summer Reading program! This year's program is starting strong with 47 kids attending our first session, and 60 kids on July 6. With teachers and support staff volunteering their time, we have opened our library. By Valley View librarian Julie Colson
I90 ramp at Sherman closed through Friday: The Sherman Avenue (Exit 15) Interstate 90 eastbound off-ramp in Coeur d'Alene will be closed until 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, for reconstruction. This is part of the reconstruction of I-90 from Northwest Boulevard to Sherman.
Idaho closes budget year with fiscal flourish: Idaho’s surging economy produced $29 million more than projected in State tax revenue in June and almost $94 million more than economists expected for the fiscal year that ended June 30, enabling the State to meet the constitutional requirement for a balanced budget while beefing up its rainy day fund.
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Letters & Opinions
Rosanne Smith: I was wondering what the county “PIO” (Public Information Officer) duties are? The title itself seems self-explanatory. Or so I thought.
Howard Kent: In the August 29, 1957 edition of the Bonners Ferry Herald, there appear an article by an individual who referred to himself as the "Rock Creek Stump Ranch Philosopher." He signed the article simply as J. A. Is it possible that some of our older local dudes and dudettes may recall the identity of the mystery writer?
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Sports & Outdoors
Casting for the bulls: fishing for Idaho's bull trout: They’re big, they’re hard fighting, and they’re one of Idaho’s most overlooked trophy fishing opportunities, but many anglers are still confused whether they can target bull trout for catch-and-release fishing. The short answer is yes.
Drawing coming for KNWR deer blind for disabled hunters: The Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge  will conduct a random drawing on August 15 to award 10 hunters with disabilities a special Deer Hunt Permit. Hunters must provide proof of a valid Idaho Disabled Hunting License prior to the drawing.
Commission to consider rule changes at Bonners Ferry meeting: When the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meets July 26 and 27 in Bonners Ferry, they will consider routine agenda items as well conduct formal rulemaking to consider rules that are simple in nature and do not implement new regulatory requirements.
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Robert Raymond Gruber, 91, was called home to his family July 19, 2017. Visitation will be at Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., with Rosary following at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held by Father Richard Kluk at 11 a.m.  Thursday, July 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Neil D. Farnam, September 24, 1954 ~ July 19, 2017
Larry G. Raan, September 23, 1956 ~ July 19, 2017
Samantha Joann Wolf, 31, died July 15, 2017, of injuries sustained in a vehicle collision. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at North Summit Church, N201 Division Avenue, Sandpoint. A gathering and celebration of life will follow at the home of Krystal and Willie Maas, 1500 Maas Loop, Moyie Springs. All are welcome.
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Social News
Sias celebrates 100th birthday: After flying back from the east coast, where she celebrated her 100th birthday June 25 with her two daughters, Boundary County friends feted Elizabeth Sias, Moyie Springs, with a Hawaiian-themed luncheon today at the Chic n'Chop Restaurant.
Local students graduate U of I: Seven Bonners Ferry residents are among the University of Idaho's spring 2017 graduates. Our congratulations go out to Brianna Carlson, Allison Worley, Janette Cartwright, Cody Witko, Kody Rice, William I. Ryckeghem and Zachary J. Williamson.
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Wednesday, July 26
Medicaid for Idaho Tour, noon, Georgia Mae Plaza, downtown Bonners Ferry. Learn how you can take action to ensure all Idahoans have the opportunity to access affordable health care.
Thursday, July 27
Attention Senior Citizens: Drivers Safety Class! 8:30 a.m., Bonners Ferry Hospitality Center, 6635 Lincoln. This half-day course is open to the public, but it is geared especially for seniors. No driving or written test is required. Class size is limited, so pre-register by calling Orrin Everhart, 267-6284.
Friday, July 28
4-H Friday Friends Scavenger Hunt, 8 a.m., Snow Creek Pond. To register your child, call (208) 267-3235 or stop by the Boundary County Extension Office, 6447 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry.
Saturday, July 29
Boundary County All Class Reunion
To stay up on details, visit and "like" the All Class Reunion Facebook page!
Bonners Ferry Farmers Market Kid’s Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bonners Ferry City parking lot.
Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m., Boundary County Airport.
Boundary County Museum open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7229 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
Paradise Valley Fire District BBQ, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2492 Paradise Valley Road. Meet the new chief, commissioners, firefighters and cadets, their new trucks and training facilities! Hamburgers, hot dogs, cold drinks, salads and fun!
Terry Davis Memorial Arm Wrestling Competition, 2 p.m., Rusty Moose Tavern and Grill, 7211 Main Street, Bonners Ferry
All Class Reunion Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m., downtown Main Street.
All Class Reunion Street Dance, 8 p.m., downtown Main Street.
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