Boundary County News
Stitch in Time
big High Five, Bonners Ferry! For
the next three years, beginning in 2017,
Boundary County youth are going to discover new
ways to eat better and stay more active, fit and
healthy, thanks to a High Five Community
Transformation Grant awarded Bonners Ferry by
the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation For Health.
meetings set on Columbia Basin EIS:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of
Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration
have announced their intent to prepare an
environmental impact statement on the Columbia
River System operations and configurations for
14 federal projects in the interior Columbia
on for missing Post Falls man: On
the evening of Saturday, October 22, the Post
Falls Police Department was informed that
William “Bo” Kirk was last seen at his place of
work, Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post
Falls, at approximately 7 p.m. He was expected
home at around 7:20 p.m., but did not arrive.
Missing hunter found safe: A local
hunter was found safe this morning, walking out
on his own after spending a chilly night in the
woods off Giles Connection Cutoff.
students get progress reports, go to the polls
and more: Midquarter progress
reports were sent home last Wednesday with
students. I can’t believe we are already 1/8 of
the way through this year! If you did not
receive your child’s progress report, ask your
child why ... and then give us a call! A
BCMS & NewsBF pictorial by Principal David Miles
Community merits a High Five: While
the final results have not been posted online
nor an official public announcement made by the
Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation as yet, the
Rexburg Standard Journal last evening reported
that Rexburg, one of five Idaho cities named as
finalists, was awarded a $250,000 High Five
Grant, and that the other two Idaho Five Grant
awards this year have gone to Sandpoint and
Wallace man dies in rollover: A
41-year-old Wallace man died Wednesday night in
a single vehicle rollover in Wallace.
temporary St. Ann's Catholic Church
building is here and being setup for
use! They will soon announce when
services are to begin in the new
Bridgeway seeks childcare assistant:
BridgeWay Assembly of God, 66027 US-2, Bonners
Ferry, is looking for someone who will be able
to fill their need as a childcare assistant in
the preschool room working around 30 hours per
Investigation continues on pedestrian collision:
Idaho State Police are continuing to investigate
the vehicle versus pedestrian fatality crash
involving a Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputy
which occurred in the intersection of US 95 and
Miles Avenue in the early morning hours of
Forest gates to open: As visitors
take to the woods to hunt and/or collect
firewood, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests
remind them that forest gates in grizzly bear
management units will be opening soon.
DMVs to close for new software:
County Division of Motor Vehicle offices across
the state will close for half-day increments in
late October or early November to install
software in conjunction with new driver’s
licenses and identification cards.
flood watch issued: The National
Weather Service has issued an areal flood watch
for portions of North Idaho and Washington,
including Boundary County, in effect from midday
on Saturday through late Saturday night.
through history at the Porthill Cemetery:
Perched on a hill above what was once called
Ockonook (“a grassy hillside with rocks”) at the
very top of Boundary County lies a small
cemetery with an incredible history dating back
to 1898. Familiar historical names such as
Klockmann, Sloop, McLoughlin, Baker, and King
can be found in this, the Porthill Cemetery.
Community Hospital hosting open house:
Boundary Community Hospital is throwing its
doors open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. this
Friday, October 14, for tours of the facility,
the various hospital departments, and to provide
information to all who wish to see and learn for
themselves why the hospital is asking Boundary
County residents to pass a levy of $414,000 a
year for the next two years at the upcoming
general election in November.
winds expected in the Palouse: The
National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a
wind advisory, which is in effect from 2 a.m. to
7 p.m. Friday. Areas affected include Whitman,
Lincoln, Benewah, Latah, Kootenai and Spokane
and grazing school set: The North
Idaho Forage and Grazing School will be held
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, at
the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way,
Land use amendment hearing set: The
Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission
will meet in special session to review
Application 16-111, which proposes changes to
the Boundary County Land Use Ordinance 2015-2.
for Kids drive on at Valley View:
Valley View Elementary is now conducting its
annual Coats for Kids drive, and anyone can drop
off their clean, gently used coats with working
zippers, hats, gloves, boots and scarves during
Valley View’s office hours, 8 a.m. through 4
p.m. Monday through Thursday at 6750 Augusta
Street in Bonners Ferry.
survey seeks opinions on school funding:
The Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho
Legislature’s Public School Funding Formula
Interim Committee have partnered to collect
public input from Idahoans on how the state’s
public schools are funded.
Labrador sticking beside Trump: In
the wake of what may be seen as a crippling week
for Republican presidential candidate Donald
Trump, U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador,
R-Idaho, remains steadfast in his support.
Kootenai River Brewing Co. brings home bronze!
Out of 7,227 entries submitted by 1,752
breweries, a panel of 264 beer experts hailing
from 12 countries awarded a small brewery in
North Idaho a prestigious bronze medal in the
30th annual Great American Beer Festival, held
October 6-8 in Boulder, Colorado.
Spread the word, not the weeds: As
hunters head out into our forest this fall,
remember that you can help or hurt with the
spread of noxious weeds. Unknowingly, many
people will spread noxious weeds with their
ATVs, trucks, horses, dogs, boots, etc.
galore at Fall Job Fair: Sixty
employers looking to fill more than 500
positions are expected to attend the Fall Job
Fair organized by the Idaho Department of Labor.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12 at Real Life Ministries
N1866 Cecil Road in Post Falls.
Moyie Springs City Council minutes, September 7
Pedestrian hit, killed by Kootenai County deputy:
A Hayden woman was struck and killed by a
Kootenai County Sheriff's deputy at 1:35 a.m.
today, and Idaho State Police are asking that
anyone who witnessed the collision please come
forward. Neither the deputy nor the pedestrian
have been named in a release issued at 6:39 a.m.
Update October 10: The pedestrian has
been identified as Amber E. Viuhkola, 38,
Hayden. Update, October 11: The deputy
has been identified as 33-year-old Andrew Nye.
View celebrates 20th International Walk to
School Day: Valley View Elementary
students joined with students around the world
in celebrating the 20th year of International
Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5.
introduces veterans health care reform bill:
Federal legislation to cut the red tape for
veterans seeking local health care has been
introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, as part
of his continuing commitment to Idaho’s vets.
The “Improving Veterans Care in the Community
Act,” would make it easier for the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs to send veterans
to local communities for health care.
Boundary County School District 101 by the
numbers: The Top 10 in BCSD101.
Superintendent's Scoop by Superintendent Gary
die in collision near Careywood:
Two people died and two were injured when a car
hit a semi head on on Highway 95 in Careywood in
Bonner County Tuesday night, and Idaho State
Police are asking for help from anyone who may
have seen what happened. Update,
October 13: The driver who died in this
collision has been identified as Jeffrey L.
Wells, 46, Troy, Montana.
County commission minutes, September 26
County commission minutes, September 19
Don't toss those old shoes! If
you have any shoes left after your yard sales or
when cleaning out your closets, the Boundary
County Leadership class is doing a shoe drive
from now through November! Call Kelly Hinthorn
at (208) 290-1506 and she'll make arrangements
to pick them up!
Shopko Grand Opening set: Shopko
has announced that it will open a new Shopko
Hometown store located at 6355 Main Street on
October 14. Shopko Hometown provides local
residents a convenient new community-focused
shopping experience that features essential
Community Choir tradition continues:
A 40-year Bonners Ferry tradition
continues when the Bonners Ferry Community Choir
starts rehearsals for the new season at 6:30
p.m. Tuesday, October 11, at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Bonners Ferry. Barb Nelson,
accompanist, and Vicki Blake Thompson, conductor
join forces once again to lead the choir's
annual Christmas concert.
Conservancy established near McArthur Lake:
In an area recognized as one of the region’s
most important wildlife linkage zones and one of
Idaho’s highest priority areas for benefiting
forest-based markets, approximately 5,568 acres
of forestland has been permanently conserved to
benefit wildlife, local economies, clean water
and Bridge stepping up winter readiness:
Boundary County Road and Bridge has
made a long term agreement with the Idaho
Transportation Department to operate a traction
sand storage and reload facility on Gypsy Lane
south of Naples. By having this covered sand
storage at the south end of the county, county
road crews can offer a faster response time and
apply traction sand in a shorter intervals of
time between loads with fewer man and equipment
Flags to half staff: By
proclamation of President Barack Obama, U.S.
flags are to be flown at half staff now through
sunset on Friday, September 30, as a mark of
respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former
President and Prime Minister of Israel, who died
Wednesday at age 93.
invited to Burbot release: The
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho would like to extend an
invitation to the community to participate in
the releasing of hatchery-reared juvenile Burbot,
also known as Ling, into the Kootenai River on
Friday, October 14.
auctions first 'Good Neighbor' timber sale:
The State of Idaho auctioned a U.S. Forest
Service timber sale for the first time Tuesday
as part of a state-federal partnership to
increase management activities on federal lands
a dull moment at BFHS! With the
completion of the fourth week of school coming
soon, Bonners Ferry High School’s 2016-2017
school year is definitely in full swing. The
staff and students continue to impress me with
their willingness to make this place great!
By Principal Kevin Dinning
seeks parents to help: Wow, another
week at Boundary County Middle School has gone
by in a flash! Routines are being created and
sometimes challenged. The busy time of sporting
events has arrived. By Principal David Miles
Risch urge full PILT funding:
Citing the critical role that the Payment in
Lieu of Taxes program plays on many rural county
budgets, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch
on Thursday sent a letter to Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority
Leader Harry Reid urging them to work together
to ensure that the PILT program is fully funded
in any year-end legislation likely to be signed
The crew of Boundary County Live has posted a
short video, 2 minutes and 47 seconds, of
today's BFHS Homecoming Parade,
which was held in Downtown Bonners Ferry at noon
today. You can watch the video by visiting
seeks tax prep volunteers: The AARP
Foundation is looking to expand its team of
volunteers for the upcoming tax season by
recruiting individuals interested in helping
people prepare their taxes.
Senators fight for SRS: Citing the
drain on many rural county budgets, Idaho
Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden have sent a bipartisan
letter to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and
Democratic Leader Harry Reid calling for
the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools
and Community Self Determination Act (SRS) in
any year-end legislation likely to be signed
SepticSmart! Panhandle Health
District kicked off the fourth annual
SepticSmart Week by encouraging homeowners in
North Idaho to properly maintain their septic
system. One in every three homes in Idaho
depends on septic systems to treat their
wastewater. Septic system care and maintenance
is vital to protecting public health and
preserving valuable water resources.