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Forest Funds: Often mentioned in county and school district budgets--what exactly are they?   Any School District discussion about funding our local schools, or about the District budget, or school levies, you'll hear those words spoken--"Forest Funds."  They're also brought up in budget discussions for Boundary County.  But what exactly are these mysterious "Forest Funds?"  Our story explains what they are, how they came to be, how much Boundary County has received, and many more facts and details on that important money tied to forest land in our county.
Idaho Department of Labor sponsors hiring event in Post Falls; 19 employers looking to hire:  Coming up next week.
School District presents levy information meeting this Friday for all to attend; will also be broadcast on the internet:  This Friday, March 6, the Boundary County School District will present an information meeting on their request for $2.4 million for the Supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy, the vote for which is set for this coming Tuesday, March 10. The District is inviting everyone to attend.  The meeting will also be broadcast on Boundary County Live.  Click on this story for more information. 
Did you know—tomorrow is Idaho Day:  Idaho's first ever Idaho Day celebration is tomorrow, March 4. Many statewide events, and a few local events, are scheduled.  The official Idaho Capitol Building celebration will be broadcast on a live internet stream by Idaho Public Television at 11:10 a.m.
Icy Penguin Plunge coming up:  For the fifth year, various local teams, Law Enforcement Officers, and individuals will be “Taking the Plunge” by jumping into the Kootenai River to raise funds for Idaho Special Olympics.
Idaho legislative bill recognizes Boundary County Centennial:  Of all the legislating going on in Boise, one bill before the legislature is of a more personal nature for Boundary County.
ITD broadcast to inform contractors on requirements for federal projects:  Construction contractors and local agencies from throughout Idaho can learn about labor regulations and requirements for federal projects at a free workshop in Boise that also will be broadcast statewide.
Museum celebrates donation of Kootenai Tribe artifacts and photographs:  A unique and noteworthy collection of Kootenai Tribe art, artifacts, and photographs was unveiled for public display at the Boundary County Museum last Saturday, February 21. And of course, there was a celebration and special presentation also.
Distinguished Young Women gearing up for swash-buckling pirate fun:  Nine of Bonners Ferry’s most outstanding junior girls will be given an opportunity to win scholarship money and prizes in this year’s annual Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program (formerly Junior Miss).
Runaway Symphony a hit in Bonners Ferry performance:  Last Saturday night, a large crowd of a few hundred people gathered at the auditorium of Bonners Ferry High School to enjoy an evening concert by the Moscow, Idaho-based band Runaway Symphony.  Why so much local interest in this band?
NIC Dean's List honors local students:  North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2014.  And we've got several Boundary County students on that list.  Check this story to learn more.
Public meets two applicants for School Superintendent position:  The search is well underway for a new Superintendent for Boundary County School District 101. Current Superintendent Richard Conley announced his retirement a couple of months ago. The District has been accepting and reviewing applications, and on Friday night held formal meetings and interviews with two individuals the School Board considers to be qualified for the position. 
Note:  This article contains brief video clips from the public meeting and questions with the candidates.
Keough expresses concern over aging Idaho bridges; several located in Boundary County:  It looks like Boundary County has 19 state and local bridges that are age 50 years or more.
Forest Service seeks comments on local area Deer Creek project, a KVRI collaboration:  The Bonners Ferry Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) is seeking public comments on a forest management project being developed in collaboration with the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative as part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.
ITD imposes speed restrictions on Highway 95 north of Mt. Hall junction:  The Idaho Department of Transportation will begin break-up speed restrictions on this section Wednesday morning, February 4.
Chamber of Commerce issues silver coin commemorating Boundary County Centennial:  As planning for the Boundary County Centennial celebration progressed, the folks at the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce had an idea.  Working with the Sunshine Mine, the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce commissioned a special silver coin, commemorating the Centennial of Boundary County.
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Letters & Opinions
Gary Pflueger:  Top 10 reasons to vote Yes for the levy
Greg Johnson:  We pay less tax for schools now than 10 years ago
Niki Weaver:  The school levy, taxes, and funding education
Boundary County School District Parent Advisory Council:  We may not always agree with School District spending
Alyssa Pinkerton:  Appreciates her day spent at Boundary County Middle School
Larry Bauer: Says Senator Keough's concern for bridges is something new
Gary Pflueger:  Recommends upcoming levy.
Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Fish and Game:  Idaho Fish and Game tells advocacy groups to stop crying "Wolf":  "It's important for state agencies to understand and respect differing points of view. But when a few advocacy groups try to grab headlines . . . "
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Sports & Outdoors
Black bear or Grizzly?  Idaho Fish and Game offers online bear identification course:  You don't want to be shooting those grizzlies.
Fish and Game seeks public input on Big Game rules via online web chat tomorrow:  Wildlife managers with Idaho Fish and Game are in the process of crafting seasons and rules for the 2015 big game hunting season, and they want to hear from those interested in providing input.
Badger Basketball:  Three named to All-League Team:  See photos of the Badger boys basketball players named to this year's All League team, also photos of the senior players on the team.
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Obituaries
Helen M. Simon: December 4, 1919 ~ March 2, 2015
Harvey Lester Pedey:  August 10, 1939 ~ February 11, 2015
Wanda Renee Stevenson Gustaveson: March 09, 1937 ~ February 12, 2015
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Schools Information
Valley View:  Principle Pflueger Press, Jan 6
Valley View:  Principle Pflueger Press, Jan 21
Valley View:  Principle Pflueger Press, Feb 4
Valley View:  VVES Family Survey
Local Government 
Boundary County:  Commissioners Minutes, Jan 5
Boundary County::  Commissioners Minutes, Jan 12
Boundary County:  Commissioners Minutes, Jan 26
Bonners Ferry:  Agenda for Feb 17 City Council
Bonners Ferry:  Agenda for Mar 2 City Council
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative:  Minutes for Jan 26
Events
Friday, March 6
The School Board is presenting an information meeting tonight on the upcoming March 10 Supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy.  All are invited to attend tonight's meeting for presentations and information on the school district budget, issues involved, and the upcoming vote on the levy.  Questions will be answered.  Tonight's meeting will be held at the auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
 
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Monday, March 9
High school Parent / Teacher Conferences, from 5:00 pm until 7:30 p.m. in the gym at Bonners Ferry High School.
School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m., meeting to be held at Naples Elementary School.
Tuesday, March 10
Voting for the Supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy for Boundary County Schools is today.  Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
High school Parent / Teacher Conferences, from 5:00 pm until 7:30 p.m. in the gym at Bonners Ferry High School.
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