Areal flood watch issued:
The National Weather Service has issued an areal
flood watch for North Idaho and northeast
Washington, in effect from Wednesday morning
through late Thursday night.
Attendance vital to student performance:
Are you looking for a New Year’s Resolution that
will help your children succeed? I have an easy
plan. The business of education is to help
people make informed decisions. The only way to
do this is to teach the facts, increase
communication and share knowledge.
Superintendent's Scoop by Gary Pflueger
Idaho to receive $7.48 million in settlement
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced
on Friday that a nearly $864 million settlement
has been reached with Moody’s Corporation,
Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Moody’s
Analytics, Inc., by the U.S. Department of
Justice, 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Otter takes steps to protect state computer
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an executive
order Monday enacting the recommendations of his
Cybersecurity Task Force. They include
appointing a “Director of Information Security”
to lead efforts to detect, identify and thwart
hacks on the State of Idaho’s computer networks.
Storm warning issued for snow, sleet, ice:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter
storm warning for snow, freezing rain and sleet
in effect from 7 a.m. Tuesday through 8 a.m.
Thursday. The winter storm watch issued Sunday
is no longer in effect.
Two Bonner County deputies shot: An investigation is underway after two Bonner
County Sheriff's deputies were shot while
attempting to serve a warrant on Mountain View
Road in Blanchard shortly before 11:30 a.m. today.
At a press conference this afternoon, a Kootenai
County deputy told reporters that both deputies
and the suspect, all of whom were transported to
Kootenai Health, are expected to survive. Both
deputies, he said, were shot three times. As yet
no names are being released, nor is the
condition of the suspect.
BCH orthopedic clinic expands:
The Orthopedic Clinic at Boundary Community
Hospital is expanding. Mike Schicker, DO, from
North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in
Ponderay will have specialist clinic hours on
Friday mornings starting this month.
Emergency responders train for river spill:
On Saturday, January 14, several first
responders from local fire departments, Boundary
County Search and Rescue, the Sheriff’s Office
and Kootenai Tribal Police came together to
train with Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad
personnel on spill containment on the Kootenai
and Moyie Rivers.
Stay safe from scam tax calls:
The Boundary County Sheriff's Office reminds
everyone that it's income tax time again, and
with that comes the telephone scams by people
representing themselves as being with the IRS or
State Tax Commission.
Capturing wolverines with pixels and wire
brushes: The forest floor has a
thick blanket of snow topped by a layer of
bone-chilling air that’s so still a creaking
tree sounds like an airhorn. It appears all
animals have abandoned the forest for warmer
climes, but biologist Diane Evans Mack’s remote
cameras tell a different story. A handful of
hardy animals roam Idaho’s snowy, mountainous
forests, and among them are wolverines.
North Idaho elk study in its fourth year:
Fish and Game biologists in Idaho’s Panhandle
region have started the fourth year of a
comprehensive elk mortality study. Working with
a private helicopter contractor, biologists have
been in the field capturing and collaring elk
since January 8.
coming next week, flooding possible:
A change in the weather pattern next week will
bring above freezing temperatures to much of the
region and the potential for significant
rainfall to far eastern Washington and the Idaho
Scott stripped of committee assignments:
Idaho District 1A Representative Heather Scott
was stripped of all legislative committee
assignments on the House floor today,
disciplined under rules that forbid members from
disparaging colleagues or the legislative body
as a whole.
Weed program applications available:
The Boundary County Weed Department has
applications for the 2017 Neighborhood Co-op
Weed Program at the U of I Extension Office in
Rob Gust-CJ Erickson scholarships offered:
The Rob Gust-CJ Erickson School Scholarship will
be awarded to two graduating seniors of Bonners
Ferry High School pursuing higher education
through the attendance of an accredited
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo:
I recently wrote about the need to heed the
Social Security Trustee’s warnings and shore up
Social Security. Like the requirements for the
Social Security Trustees to annually assess the
state of the trust funds that support the Social
Security program, the Medicare Trustees are also
required by law to report to Congress on the
state of the Medicare trust funds.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott:
Monday kicked off with Governor Otter delivering
the annual State of the State address. Idaho’s
future is looking bright as it is going into its
seventh straight year of economic growth.
Congressman Raul Labrador:
This week I moved to relieve Idaho’s overloaded
federal courts by introducing a bill authorizing
a third U.S. District judge in the District of
Idaho. Since 2015, Idaho has had just one
full-time district court judge and the Judicial
Conference of the United States has declared a
judicial emergency in our state.
Nell "Tyler" Tajan, 68, went to the
sun on the night of January 9, 2017, alongside her
beloved husband Joe, youngest son Adam and dear
daughter-in-law Jessica. There will be a celebration of Tyler’s
life later in 2017, date and details to be
MacDonald introduces Rotary to IDCIS:
On Tuesday, Summer MacDonald, Idaho Department
of Labor Bonners Ferry, spoke to the Bonners
Ferry Rotary Club about the Idaho Career
Information System, the Educate Idaho Network
and the North Idaho Education Partnership.
Bonnell to teach history at NIC:
Beginning with the Spring 2017 semester, Paul
Bonnell, Bonners Ferry, will teach
History 112-60, U.S. History After 1876, at
North Idaho College. Paul has taught several
semesters for North Idaho College over the past
decade in both dual-credit and adjunct
Badger Boys Basketball vs. St. Maries, 7 p.m., away.
Friday, January 20
Badger Wrestling at Timberlake Dual Tourney, 3 p.m.,
Chili Feed and Auction to benefit
Bonners Ferry Lacrosse, 6 p.m., United Methodist Church,
6558 Lincoln Street. Great auction items and great chili
Saturday, January 21
Badger Wrestling at Timberlake Dual Tourney, 8 a.m.,
Quilting Class, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., A
Little Comfort Quilting, 7189 Main Street, #641, Bonners
Ferry. Class fee is $45. To register, call
Badger Girls Basketball vs. Kellogg,
3:30 p.m., home.
Badger Boys Basketball vs. Kellogg, 5
Burns Night, 7 p.m. at the Pearl
Theater. Tickets are $15 advance, $17 at the door and $5
students. Advance tickets available at Mountain Mikes
and Bonners Books.
Monday, January 23
Winter Food Preservation Class: Canning Wild
Game, 1 to 4 p.m., Boundary County Extension
Office, 6447 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry. Learn how
to safely preserve your wild game using a pressure
canner. Information on how to properly care for your
pressure canner will also be provided. Cost is $15.
Seating limited, preregistration requied; to register or
find out more, call (208) 267-3235.
Wednesday, January 25
Idaho Wheat and Barley Commission cereal school,
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.
Topics range from dietary benefits and misconceptions of
wheat consumption to a discussion of variety trials and
falling numbers issues. Pesticide recertification and
continuing education credits will be available. For more
information, download the
flier. Call (208) 267-3235 to