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Horticulturist provides information on pruning storm-damaged trees:  On the evening of July 23, a severe windstorm struck north Idaho, leaving downed and damaged trees throughout the area. Many readers may be asking, “How do I care for my damaged trees?” 
Four days of construction and projected traffic delays on Highway 95 north:  Idaho Transportation Department crews will replace the twin culverts for Miller Creek, located on U.S. 95 about 20 miles north of Bonners Ferry at milepost 527.9, beginning Monday, July 28.  This is in the Round Prairie area.  There will be some traffic delays.
Forest Service seeks public input on Hellroaring Project near Eastport:  The Bonners Ferry Ranger District is seeking public comment on the recently released Hellroaring Project Environmental Assessment (EA).  Proposed activities of the project would manage vegetation, trails and roads, fish, and scenery.  See this article for details on the project and how to submit your comments.
Recommendations made for North Side water tank following special City meeting:  The Bonners Ferry City Council conducted a special public meeting Tuesday evening, July 22, to address ongoing concerns regarding the North Side water tank. Also in attendance at the meeting were representatives from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and representatives from Welch Comer & Associates, Inc., an engineering firm consulting with the city on plans for the troubled tank.
City issues letter to residents on status of North Side water tank:  A copy of the letter sent to water customers can be seen here.
DEQ notifies city of required action on North Side water; DEQ reps to attend public meeting:  On Monday, July 14, a representative from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality conducted an unannounced visit to inspect the North Side water tank with Bonners Ferry City Water officials. That particular visit happened to occur just a couple of days before last week's City Council meeting where issues regarding the sanitation and safety of the North Side water was discussed.  Information on that visit and its resulting DEQ letter are presented in this article.
Everyone loves The Little Mermaid; Three performances remain:  Now moving into its second and final week of public performances, the Bonners Ferry Summer Youth Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid has been met so far with widespread acclaim throughout Boundary County by those who have seen the play.

If you've thought about attending, there are three performances remaining for you to get your ticket and see the play before its run closes.  Click the headline to read the story.
We've Been Busy!  Take a look at our new stories about employment in Boundary County, City Hall calling a meeting about North Side Water, the Department of Labor office sponsoring a hiring event, Howard Kent remembers an old building no longer with us, and more. 

On our Sports page, did you know you can get a second deer or elk tag?  Did you know there are now a million kokanee in Pend Oreille?  Also, Coach DePriest presents an update on important football information.  Then there are lots of new events listed on our Events page . . . . it just goes on and on . . . .
Boundary County unemployment numbers released:  Our county continues to lag behind Idaho statewide figures, though they are in line with US nationwide figures. The county with Idaho's highest unemployment is not too distant from us.
City announces agenda for special meeting on North Side water:  Following growing concern among North Side residents regarding the sanitation of their water, and after a City Council meeting where much time was spent in discussion of the problem, the city set up a special meeting of the City Council to hear from citizens and to discuss the City's plans for the North Side water issue.
Farewell to the Cinder Block Building:  Howard Kent writes a tribute to the history of that old building now gone.
Our Classified Ads have a new notice about a special barbecue at the Wildhorse this weekend.  And another ad about a local employer looking to hire.  Please take a look!
Click on the Classified Ads box on this page right below the Weather Report. 
Hiring Event sponsored by local Department of Labor office:  The local Bonners Ferry office of the Idaho Department of Labor is sponsoring a Hiring Event for a local company. That company is looking for people to fill several positions, including operators (entry and advanced level, sales personnel, an experienced bookkeeper, ranch hand, and experienced supervisors.
Police agencies increasing traffic law enforcement:  Beginning July 18, state and local law enforcement are stepping up enforcement of traffic laws, specifically looking for aggressive and distracted drivers, in efforts to reduce traffic deaths through Idaho's deadliest traffic time of year.
Police release details of sequence of events for recent Sandpoint shooting:  Bonner County Sheriff's Office has released information regarding the sequence of events occurring during the officer-involved shooting near the Sandpoint hospital on July 8.
Concerns increasing about sanitation of city water on the North Side:  Concerns are being increasingly raised by many residents of Bonners Ferry's North Side about the clean and sanitary state of their household and drinking water.  Apparently rodents, including mice, are getting into the North Side water tank.
Additional information released on shooting near Sandpoint hospital:  The Bonner County Sheriff's Office has been designated as the lead agency in the investigation of the officer-involved shooting that took place near the hospital in Sandpoint on July 8. The Sheriff's Office has released additional information regarding the shooting, including the names of those involved.  This story reports all updated information.
Bonners Ferry SWISH photos:  Bonners Ferry SWISH has wrapped up for another year on the blistering Main Street of downtown Bonners Ferry.  Take a look at our scrapbook of SWISH 2014 photos.
List and Photos of SWISH 2014 Champion Teams:  Click on this story to see the photos of the Swish Champions for the various age groups.
Kootenai River Days on the way:  Those who may remember the days when Kootenai River Days was one of the bigger celebrations in Boundary County's summer days will be glad to know that the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce has helped organize a group to bring the big event back. For those who have never heard of Kootenai River Days, you've got to try it out!
Run for the Fallen event set for Bonners Ferry:  Run for the Fallen will be holding its final event in Bonners Ferry on the last day of the upcoming Kootenai River Days celebration.
New physician in Boundary County:  A new physician, Dr. Susan Layeux, is joining Dr. Snyder at Boundary Community Clinic.
Local filmmakers to show movie about Boundary County:  The Boundary County Commissioners and the Boundary County Museum are pleased to announce the premier showing of the Boundary County-produced documentary film, “A Natural Balance – Boundary County."
County-wide art contest underway:  An art contest open to all residents of Boundary County, ages 5 to 105, is now underway. Those interested in participating have until August 1 to enter their work. This contest is held in conjunction with an American Music Concert Series to be presented in the county over the next year.
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Bonner County Sheriff releases information on last night's officer involved shooting in Sandpoint:  Bonner County Sheriff's officials have released additional information about last night's officer-involved shooting near Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint.  Click on headline for the full story.
JB's Les Schwab expanding, nearby building demolished:  
You may remember the building as Cone's Cafe, or later as Cone's floor coverings, or as a South Hill Video store, or as the first home of Yoder's Market.   
Area police agencies launch Police Explorer Program for youth:
In a joint effort to provide a positive outlet for area youth, several area police agencies have created a multi-agency law enforcement Explorer Post in Boundary County. Officers, Deputies, and Agents will work together to forge a program for boys and girls ages 14-20 who are interested in exploring a career in law enforcement. 
Kids fly free on Young Eagles Flight Day:  Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, July 19, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 757 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Day at the Boundary County Regional Airport in Bonners Ferry.
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Letters & Opinions
Tom Griffin:  Questions police action in Sandpoint:  One woman? A knife? Several Policemen . . . 
Jack Flinn:  Revenue from speeding tickets:   I was told by our county's finest . . .
Speeding on rural Roosevelt Road:  Time for the annual rant concerning speeders. As usual, Roosevelt Road continues to see people 20-25 MPH over the posted 35 MPH speed limit.
Coach DePriest:  Summer Football Conditioning:  Although I know that it is hard to believe, but the first day of football practice is on Monday August 11; that is only nine weeks from now.
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Sports & Outdoors
Football players are working hard preparing for 2014 season:  Coach DePriest writes about preparations for Badger Football 2014, and gives important dates to remember for members of the team.
Once nearly gone, Lake Pend Oreille kokanee have rebounded in a big way--over one million fish:  The Lake Pend Oreille kokanee are back over the past eight years, due in large part to an Idaho Department of Fish and Game strategy aimed at reducing predation on the smallish game fish.
Unsold non-resident deer and elk tags now available to anyone as second tag:  The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the price of unsold nonresident deer and elk tags will sell them as second tags. Any hunter who has already purchased a deer or elk tag at the regular resident or nonresident price can now purchase a second tag for the same species.
Submit your great photos to Idaho Fish and Game website:  Do you have a photo from a recent Idaho hunting or fishing adventure you want to share? How about a photo you’ve taken of wildlife in Idaho? You can submit your favorite photos electronically for display on Idaho Fish and Game’s website.
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Obituaries
JoAnne LoPorto:  April 18, 1926 ~ July 8, 2014 
Dorothy Alice Lamson:  March 20, 1924 ~ July 19, 2014 
Jack Irwin Turner:  July 29, 1934 ~ July 17, 2014
Ralph H. Grunerud:  May 4, 1919 ~ July 8, 2014
Tala Arrella Thompson:  October 24, 2003 ~ July 11, 2014
Betty Louise Mills:  September 16, 1931 ~ July 5, 2014
Richard Lee Butterfield:  August 24, 1945 ~ July 5, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Crabb:  May 28, 1922 ~ July 8, 2014
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Saturday, July 19
Kids fly free on Young Eagles Flight Day:  Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, July 19, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 757 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Day at the Boundary County Regional Airport in Bonners Ferry.
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Saturday, July 19
Champion Soccer Camp 2014, presented by Springs of Living Water Free Methodist Church. A one day, faith-based soccer training camp, coached by college level players Tyler Pauls and Wayne Wilkerson, former BFHS Soccer Coach.  See our Events page for more details.
Monday, July 21
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative will hold its meeting July 21, 2014 at the Boundary County Extension Office at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, call 208-267-3519.
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