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November 20
Idahoans invited to state tree lighting ceremony: Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter invite everyone to join them on the evening of Monday, November 27, for a celebration of the holiday season at the ceremonial lighting of Idaho’s Capitol Christmas Tree.
NewsBF proving itself an important news source: If you wonder about the effectiveness of News Bonners Ferry as a source of news, the North Hill manhunt of Sunday evening might hold some answers. Unlike traditional news media, such as radio, television and newspaper, most of which, incidentally, also have websites, NewsBF is geared to take advantage of the internet to get accurate breaking news out as a situation develops, in real time, allowing the reader to take action in time to make a difference. By editor Mike Weland
Blood center faces holiday donation drop: The Inland Northwest Blood Center is challenging its residents to help make up for a large decrease in blood donations expected during the holiday season, and there are two drives taking place in Bonners Ferry this week so residents here can take part.
Important dates for Medicare beneficiaries: The Idaho Department of Insurance would like to remind Medicare beneficiaries who are under the age of 65 that they are eligible to purchase a Medicare Supplement, also known as Medigap, policy with an effective date of January 1.
Be careful not to sit on your bunions: There is no more frightening threat you could make to a kid than “ You behave or you will have to massage your Grandma’s bunions!” My own stomach still flip-flops at the thought of it. Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, September 5
Bonners Ferry Special City Council minutes, September 12
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, September 19
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, October 3
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, October 17
November 19
Search underway on North Hill: Law enforcement personnel are continuing the search for a man believed to have a nation-wide no-bond felony warrant for his arrest after the individual bailed out of a vehicle sought by Idaho State Police at about 4 p.m. today on the North Hill and has so far evaded those searching the area around the Boundary County Landfill. The suspect has been apprehended.
November 18
It's beginning to look like the holidays are here! The one day of the year you can almost guarantee a traffic jam on the normally placid Moon Shadow Road is on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, when the congregation at the Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church put on their annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale. And today, the Mennonite congregation weren't the only ones making it feel that the holidays have arrived in Boundary County! A NewsBF pictorial
Second semester of Classical Conversations to begin: Home schoolers interested in the classical approach to education might consider Classical Conversations as the second semester begins January 10. An informational meeting to share more about the programs with interested parents will be held on Friday, December 1.
BCMS has plenty to be thankful for: First let me say happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there. We appreciate and are thankful for the support we get from this community every day. We strive to help give back when we can and though we probably don’t say it enough, Thank You! By Principal David Miles II
Schweitzer opening earliest in 20 years: It's opening day at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and they are off to a great start this season with the earliest opening they've had in 20 years! The mountain is in good shape with the recent snow fall and all the work our snow making and grooming crew has been doing.
November 17
Free 'Cyberbu//y' showing and forum slated: The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force is presenting a film and forum to address the serious issue of cyber-bullying at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 30, at the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School.
November 16
Please send me your news! A lot of people tell me they're surprised and pleased to find news of their organization that I've picked up from a website or on Facebook, or found on a poster on a wall downtown. I will keep looking and sharing, but instead of waiting for me to find it, why not make sure I get it by sending it to me?
A lot to be thankful for at Mt. Hall Elementary: Greetings from up north! We have snow on the playground and the first progress reports have been sent home for the year. We made it halfway through the first trimester, and our students and staff have been working hard. By Principal Lisa Iverson
Bonners Ferry FFA members celebrate Ag Days: On Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, members of the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter took a bus down to the University of Idaho in Moscow for Ag Days. The adventures and activities started the minute the bus parked on campus. By Katelyn Hutchinson
Locals to take part in 118th Audubon bird count: Local bird lovers will be getting together for an early breakfast on Thursday, December 28, and then scatter to all corners of the county to take part in the 118th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.
Extended holiday hours for Christmas tree permit sales: In order to accommodate members of the public who may wish to purchase a Christmas tree permit on the weekend, the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District’s Fernan Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 2, and Saturday, December 9.
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Letters & Opinions
Rosanne Smith: There seems to be some confusion regarding my involvement concerning the city Ordinance Codification. Why I was “thrown under the bus” at the November meeting I do not know. But being labeled a “malcontent” is worth it.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Idaho veterans and veterans service providers have been among those assisting with hurricane recovery and other emergency response. Staff from the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center headed to Puerto Rico to assist. Area veterans and veterans service providers have skills of great use in a variety of fields, especially emergency response.
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Sports & Outdoors
BFWC has good showing at Bigfoot Battle: Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club placed 24th out of 120 teams at the USA Wrestling Bigfoot battle tournament. Eli Richards led the way by taking first in the 130 pound Middle school division, scoring 26 team points.
Lady Badgers open season with a win: "It was fun," Badger coach Travis Hinthorn said of their season opener tonight. "We got a little wild later in the game, but we'll calm down as the season goes on." Despite opening game rambunctiousness, the Badgers did what they set out to do, earning an opening game win over the visiting St. Maries Lumberjacks, 53-42.
KVSA gearing up for Gun & Horn Show: The Kootenai Valley Sportsman Association will be hosting the annual Gun and Horn Show at the Boundary County Fairgrounds February 9 to 11. Be sure to come check out the horns and a wide range of vendor booths along with raffles for a rifle and more!
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George Kalb died Friday, November 17, 2017, at the extended care facility at Boundary Community Hospital. His service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. Bonners Ferry Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
James Paul Winslow, Sr., 89, formerly the mayor of Troy, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in his home on Savage Lake, surrounded by his children and his cats. Funeral Mass starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Troy.
Jay Jeppesen, 84, passed away on November 19, 2017, at his home near Naples. Services arrangements are pending and a full obituary will follow. Bonners Ferry Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Carolina Lynn Hays, 50, lovingly known as "Pino," which means pine tree in Dutch, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017, at her home in Bonners Ferry. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 25, at Providence Bible Presbyterian Church, 6530 Washington Street, Bonners Ferry.
Shirley Lorraine Lindberg, 92, died November 3, 2017, at home in Naples. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bonners Ferry, and a memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 21.
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Happy November 21 birthday to Jeff Ward!
Thanks to Facebook & Bonners Ferry Beta Sigma Phi!
Josh Knaggs BCSD Certified Employee of the Month: It is an honor to recognize Mr. Josh Knaggs as the Certified Employee of the Month for October 2017. Mr. Knaggs is a versatile person to have in a school. He is the art teacher at Bonners Ferry High School, and he is starting to round the corner toward a decade of service at BFHS.
Elijah Parlow is Badger Awesome! I would like to recognize Elijah Parlow as an exceptional learner. He arrives to class daily with a smile and ready to work. By Rachel Wheatley
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Monday, November 20
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Boundary County Extension Office. To learn more, call Patty at (208) 267-3519.
Tuesday, November 21
Computer tutoring by appointment, noon to 3 p.m., Boundary County Library. To learn more, call (208) 267-3750.
Community Blood Drive, 1 to 5:30 p.m., Bonners Ferry LDS Church, 6568 Alderson Lane. Sign up at or call 1-800-423-0151.
Bonners Ferry City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Bonners Ferry City Hall. For the agenda, click here.
Thursday, November 23 ~ Thanksgiving
Ninth Annual Turkey Trot 5k/10k Fun Run, 9 to 11 a.m., Boundary County Fairgrounds.
Three Mile Thanksgiving, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Three Mile Cafe at Three Mile Junction. Turkey and all the trimmings, served free to everyone who walks in! All are welcome.
Friday, November 24
Fab lab classes by appointment, 1 to 5 p.m., Boundary County Library. To learn more, call (208) 267-3750.
Bonners Ferry Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: 4 p.m., Santa arrives at Georgia Mae Plaza. Mayor David Sims will light the Bonners Ferry Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m.
The Shook Twins, 7:30 p.m., The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. Tickets are $17 in advance at Mountain Mike's, Bonners Books, online at or by calling (208) 610-2846.
Saturday, November 25
Chess Club, 10 a.m. to noon, Boundary County Library. To learn more, call (208) 267-3750.
Community Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Safeway, 6519 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. Sign up at or call 1-800-423-0151. 
Monday, November 27
Idaho Legal Aid Services is in Bonners Ferry to meet with low-income residents. Those interested can call (208) 267-3663 to schedule.
Bonners Ferry Women’s Cancer Awareness and Support Group, noon to 2 p.m., Panhandle Health, 7402 Caribou Street, Bonners Ferry. To learn more call (208) 267-3751.
Fab lab classes by appointment, 1 to 7 p.m., Boundary County Library. To learn more, call (208) 267-3750.
Tuesday, November 28
Computer tutoring by appointment, noon to 3 p.m., Boundary County Library. To learn more, call (208) 267-3750.
Badger Girls JV Basketball at Clark Fork, 6 p.m.
Badger Girls Basketball, 7:30 p.m. at Clark Fork.
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