Boundary County News
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Moose Madness is tonight.
If you have never experienced Moose Madness,
consider giving it a look. It is a high energy,
noisy, fun-filled experience, featuring fun
basketball between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint,
student competitions that take place during
breaks in the basketball action, and lots of
cheering, bands, and overall madness.
Click on this headline to see the details on how
Moose Madness works, and all the excitement to
November's Idaho jobless rate under 4%,
lowest in nearly 7 years:
Above average employer payrolls and a declining
labor force drove Idaho’s seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate below 4 percent last month for
the first time since early 2008. Boundary
County, however, saw a rise in unemployment over
last month's figures.
Idaho ranks 2nd in the nation for volunteerism:
Over 36 percent of Idahoans volunteered during
2013, the second highest percentage among the
states, according to the latest report on
volunteerism from the Corporation for National
and Community Service and the National
Conference on Citizenship.
School Board finalizes policies on drug testing
and emergency response; plans upcoming M&O
Levy request: The Board of Trustees for Boundary County School
District 101 met Monday, and among other things,
finalized updated policies on drug testing of
students, finalized changes to the District's
Emergency Response Plan, and came closer to
determining the amount they plan to request from
voters for the upcoming 2015 Supplemental
Maintenance and Operations Levy.
High speed chase in Bonner and Boundary Counties:
A high speed chase that started in Bonner County
and crossed into south Boundary County occurred
last Sunday night on December 14.
Dust off your maps! Geographic Bee is
coming up: For the 27th year,
the National Geographic Society is holding the
National Geographic Bee for students in the
fourth through eighth grades.
One of those schools: Valley View Elementary
School, right here in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Bonners Ferry Ranger District Office temporary
closure: On Thursday December 18, 2014 the Bonners Ferry
ranger District Office will be closed from 8:00
a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as Bonners Ferry Electric
works to replace power line poles supplying the
Human Rights Task Force hosting art show:
The Boundary County Human
Rights Task Force is hosting an art show, and is
inviting community members to display their
artwork of any medium.
The Ferry at Bonners Ferry Sesquicentennial
Birthday, 1864 - 2014:
Did you know that on December 22, 2014, the
Ferry at Bonners Ferry will be 150 years old?
And that you are invited to help in the
celebration, birthday cake and all, at the
Boundary County Library awarded funding
for technology center: The Boundary County Library has received two
grants, an Idaho Department of Commerce Gem
Grant, and a USDA Rural Development Grant, to
fund a digital technology center that will equip
residents of Bonners Ferry with the new
technologies that are becoming increasingly
necessary in the modern world.
Follow-up: Idaho teacher wins contest for
for her school: You may have read a story here at NewsBF
recently, where we relayed a request from
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to help an Idaho
teacher win a $100,000 prize for her school.
Well, guess what . . . .
Annual Community Choir Holiday Concerts coming
up: Once again, the long
standing Bonners Ferry tradition lives on. Over
80 local singers, children and adults, join
together to present "All on a Starry Night,"
this year's annual Bonners Ferry Community Choir
Forest Service seeking seasonal workers
at Bonners Ferry Job Fair; Part of the program will focus on recruiting
military veterans: The U.S. Forest Service will present job fairs
statewide this Monday, December 8 at the 25
Idaho Department of Labor local offices all
across Idaho, including our local office in
Coming up this Christmas Season:
Night of Nativities and Carols: Night
of Nativities and Carols is another Boundary
County Christmas season event. At this event,
organizers are planning three things.
Seventeen employers at upcoming Hiring Event:
Seventeen employers will be participating in the
December 10 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho
Department of Labor at its Post Falls office.
Lawsuit filed against City of Bonners Ferry:
In a complaint filed with the U.S. District
Court, a former employee of the City of Bonners
Ferry Electrical Shop is requesting a jury trial
to decide his claims of harassment and hostility
at work, which he contends led to the loss of
Inauguration events listed for newly elected
Idaho officials; Idaho public invited:
The 2015 inauguration ceremony for the Governor
of Idaho and State of Idaho constitutional
officers will take place on Friday, January 9,
2015. Glittering inaugural events are set
for the following day at the Idaho State Capitol
Thinking of using aerial technology for hunting?
Think violation!: Like all sports, hunting
has its rules.
One of those rules involves using an aerial
perspective to improve one's odds in the hunt.
Think carefully about that . . . .
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available
to Idaho Small Businesses: Small,
nonfarm businesses in Boundary County and 10
other counties in Idaho, as well as neighboring
counties in Montana, Utah, Washington and
Wyoming, may be eligible to apply for
low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.
S. Small Business Administration.
Police Youth Explorer Post competes in
law enforcement chili cook off: The
Bonners Ferry Police Department is proud to
announce the Boundary County Law Enforcement
Explorer Post #190 competed against area law
enforcement agencies in Mt. Hall School's
"Battle of the Badges" benefit chili cook off.
‘Tis the season for Christmas tree permits:
Many families in our forested area enjoy the
tradition of scouting over Forest Service or BLM
land to locate, cut, and take home their own
Christmas tree. Christmas tree permits are
now available from the Forest Service and Bureau
of Land Management.
Governor Otter is asking a favor of us . . .
"One of Idaho's very own teachers is in the final
leg of an extremely competitive grant
competition, and could use the support of
everyone in our great state!" Click on the
headline for this story to learn how you can
Labrador to discuss immigration issues
on national television program: Idaho
1st District Republican Congressman Raúl
Labrador will appear on the nationally-televised
CBS news program Face the Nation with Bob
Scheiffer on Sunday.
Travelers visiting the International Selkirk
Loop report spending nearly $5 million in our
region: Officials of the
International Selkirk Loop have recently
completed an online traveler survey that
provides valuable information for the member
communities and businesses of the scenic Loop
region. This survey asked thousands of travelers
a variety of questions concerning their visit to
Bonners Ferry Police arrest suspected
interstate drug trafficker: The Bonners Ferry Police Department announced
the arrest of a 22 year old Kila, Montana man
for alleged possession for sale of a controlled
substance, following an early morning traffic
stop by Bonners Ferry Police.
Police and school administrators identify
suspect in last week's school bomb threat:
Bonners Ferry Police, in cooperation with
Boundary County School District 101
administrators, have identified a 12 year old
suspect in last week's November 12 bomb threat
at Boundary County Middle School.
Kramer elected as officer in state rescue
association: David Kramer was
recently elected as the First Vice-Commander of
Idaho State Search and Rescue Association
(ISSAR) for the 2014-2015 year.
Bonners Ferry Police sponsors
hunting shotgun raffle: The
Bonners Ferry Police Department is proudly
raffling off this beautiful, brand new,
Winchester XSP Waterfowl Max5 12 gauge hunting
shotgun, just in time for Christmas.
Sandpoint woman injured in vehicle rollover
on Highway 2:
Earlier today at 3:25 p.m., a Sandpoint woman
was involved in a serious single car rollover on
U.S. Highway 2 at milepost 68.
Emergency crews check Restorium
after carbon monoxide alarm sounds:
The Community Restorium went into emergency
precautions after a carbon monoxide alarm
sounded earlier this evening.
Lost hunters located after spending night
in sub-freezing temperatures: Last Wednesday, November 12, the Boundary County
Sheriff's Office received a call at 11:00 p.m.
regarding two missing hunters. The hunters
had gone out in midafternoon for some quick
hunting time before dinner. When they
hadn't returned by 11:00 p.m., the search began.
Crazy basketball with
local team vs Harlem Ambassadors: It was basketball and more as the Harlem
Ambassadors came to town to challenge the local
NBA Wanna B's team. Not only was there fancy
ball handling, impressive scoring moves, and
athletic play--on both teams--but somehow during
the game, a football game broke out, also a
wrestling match, and somehow around sixty
members of the audience ended up doing a line
dance on the basketball court, led by the Harlem
Flags at half staff in Idaho today
(November 14) in honor of Chief Warrant
Officer 4 Jon L. Hartway, one of the Idaho Army
National Guard pilots killed last week in a
helicopter crash during a National Guard
training mission. The other pilot killed
in that crash, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stien P.
Gearhart, was similarly honored with Idaho flags
at half staff two days ago on November 12.
Note: City of Bonners Ferry
has announced that the hearing that had been set
for November 18 to discuss water and sewer rates
has been changed to December 2.
Preparations underway for
2014 Festival of Trees:
For the past eighteen years, the Festival of
Trees has been produced by the Fry Healthcare
Foundation Board of Directors and friends of the
organization. This year is no different. Many
people are spending hours planning, organizing
and preparing for the event which this year will be on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and
Local authors publish illustrated book
of Selkirk Loop: A
photographic journey encircling the spectacular
Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, eastern
Washington and southeastern British Columbia,
Selkirks Spectacular, features images
by local photographers Jerry Pavia and Tim Cady.
Book publication parties, public invited, are
scheduled and coming up soon in Bonners Ferry.
Click on this headline for more details.
Boundary Community Hospital training and
preparing for Ebola, just in case:
With the current concern and surveillance going
on worldwide regarding patients with the Ebola
virus, you may want to know that our local
hospital is already well into preparations and
close monitoring for individuals who may have
the infection, or who may have been exposed to
Report on success of recent emergency test of
Idaho ham radio: If there
were some emergency, and all the phones went
out, what would happen to keep vital
communication going? Ham radio is already
organized to be ready at any time in just such a
case. Last month, a statewide simulated
test of Idaho ham radio emergency communication
systems was done. This story reports on
the success of that test.
Veterans' Day Remembrance Ceremony today:
Each year, a special Remembrance Ceremony is
held on Veterans' Day at Veterans' Memorial
Park, next to the library. Today's
ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. Click this
headline for more details.
Idaho Family Reading Week coming,
Valley View is ready:
Get ready . . . Idaho Family Reading Week is
Valley View Elementary School has a full week of
activities planned to get your family reading
with our theme of: "Building a Community of
Successful "Night for the Museum" fundraiser:
The fourth annual
"Night for the Museum" fundraiser was held at
the Museum on October 25, and was enjoyed by a
sold-out crowd of nearly 100.
Record Alaskan storm leading to freezing
Make the most of Boundary County's brilliant
sunshine and relatively nice autumn temperatures
while we have them this weekend. Drastic changes
are on the way. Read here about how a
storm that began thousands of miles away is
sending low temperatures our way.
Idaho Army National Guard helicopter
crashes near Boise: At
approximately 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
yesterday evening on November 6, an Idaho Army
National Guard AH-64D Apache helicopter with two
pilots aboard crashed during a training mission.
Boundary County emergency crews respond to
gunshot injury in Highland Flats area:
Boundary County emergency services responded
yesterday, November 5, to a call to assist a man
with a gunshot wound in the area of the Highland
Flats Snowmobile Park.
Paradise Valley Fire District seeks
to fill board vacancy:
The Paradise Valley Fire District is seeking a
volunteer to fill out its 3-person board of
directors, according to Orrin Everhart, board
chairman. More details available by
clicking on the headline for this article.
COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS:
tallies for Boundary County are now available as
of 12:45 a.m., November 5, with 7 out of 7
here to see local Boundary County results.
To view results for Legislative District 1 races
(Keough vs Fioravanti, Sorge vs Dixon, Scott vs
Bry), click here.
For statewide Idaho election results, click
Owner changes for local branch of
Panhandle State Bank:
Something is different at Panhandle State Bank
on the Bonners Ferry South Hill.
New name. New owner. And a little bit of a new
Twenty-one companies looking to hire
at Post Falls event: Twenty-one employers are participating in the
Wednesday, November 12 hiring event sponsored by
the Idaho Department of Labor. Click on
this story to find out what companies are
hiring, and details about the event.
Care-N-Share looking for your help for Christmas:
Thirty-two years ago,
Care-N-Share was started to help the children of
Bonners Ferry at Christmas time. Through
this program, you can help children in our area
during the holiday season.
Preparations are beginning for holiday food
Holiday Food Baskets are back again this year! Again this Thanksgiving and Christmas, the
Ministerial Association will be providing food
baskets for those in our community who are in
Idaho plans to sell 180 lake lots by end of 2017:
The State Board of Land Commissioners (Land
Board) voted unanimously October 28 to put 180 more
State-owned leased lake lots on the auction
block over the next three years.
Workshops offered on how to do business with
If you have contemplated placing bids on federal
or state projects, working as a contractor for
governnent entities, or in other ways seeking to
develop a business relationship with the state
or federal government, you may be interested in
training sessions coming up next week.
International meeting on Canada's Corra Linn Dam
to be held in Bonners Ferry: It's
possible you may have never heard of the Corra
But if you live in Boundary County, the Corra
Linn Dam affects you. In a few days, the
International Kootenay Lake Board of Control
will hold a public meeting right here in Bonners
Ferry to discuss operations of the Corra Linn
Dam. Click on the headline for more
School District provides sources
for weather / emergency information:
With the winter months at hand,
Boundary County School District No. 101 wants to
inform patrons where they can find information
for school closures due to weather, or other
Idaho and National Guard team up
for program to help teens who drop out:
An opportunity for teens who have dropped out of
school to renew their education in a unique and
challenging environment is available. An
information seminar about this program is coming
up at the end of this month.
History and mystery at Grandview?
Some might think a cemetery
tour a little odd, but a tour of this Boundary
County cemetery proved to be quite interesting
and enlightening . . .
Twin Rivers Hatchery celebrates,
now open for business: The ribbon has been cut on the Kootenai Tribe's
Twin Rivers Sturgeon and Burbot Hatchery.
The Hatchery's Opening Celebration was held on
Thursday, with a packed house in attendance.
Senator Crapo conducts Town Hall meeting:
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
attended a Town Hall meeting in Bonners Ferry
Thursday morning, October 9.
What are all of these bugs?!!:
In some parts of the county,
including the city-wide area of Bonners Ferry,
the air appears to be thick with a small,
winged, bluish looking insect.
Flags to be at half staff tomorrow:
Click on this headline to learn why flags will
be flown at half staff on Sunday, October 12.
Experienced authors to give presentation:
Two published authors, one a University of Idaho
professor, will give a presentation here October
Candidate Forum informative, sometimes
contentious, and--successful: It
was standing room only at the Kootenai River Inn
for the Election 2014 Candidate Forum.
"There were a couple of somewhat contentious
moments," said one of the organizers.
Plans begin for Festival of Trees;
hospital seeking to fund new van: For
the eighteenth year, Boundary County residents
will be celebrating the Christmas season with a
gift to the community by supporting the Festival
Statewide test of ham radio network involves
Boundary County operators: 1700 Zulu on October 11. That's when the call
for mobilization goes out. We're talking
about the mobilization of all ham radio
operators within Idaho. A simulated emergency
test is set to begin on October 11, and all
Boundary County hams are invited to participate.
Paving set for Sandpoint Long Bridge
If your plans include heading south on Highway
95 this Thursday, you may want to take this road
work notice into account.
Group seeking singers, instrumentalists, and
dancers for June
tour to Greece:
Interviews and auditions are
being held for singers and dancers interested in
touring Greece with Spiritsong, an international
choir conducted by Vicki Blake Thompson.
Kootenai Tribe opening new
Twin Rivers hatchery facility: There once was a time when the Kootenai River
was swimming with sturgeon, and teeming with
burbot, a species of freshwater cod.
Valley View students walk the walk on
National Walk to School Day:
Valley View Elementary School students had a
brisk and fun walk, from the downtown City
Parking lot, all the way up the south hill, then
across neighborhoods to their school as they
took part in National Walk to School Day last
Kootenai Tribe plans celebration of new hatchery:
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
invites all to celebrate with them the
completion of the Twin Rivers Sturgeon and
Burbot Hatchery. There will be two days of
U.S. Senator to make three appearances in
Boundary County next week: U.S.
Senator from Idaho Mike Crapo will appear at
three separate meetings and events in Boundary
County next week, including two Town Hall
meetings and a celebration ceremony for the new
Twin Rivers Fish Hatchery.
Missing hunter found safe:
A hunter missing overnight was found safe
yesterday morning after an all-night search by
Boundary Search and Dive Rescue, sheriff's
deputies and a canine.
Candidates Forum: only five days away;
list of participating candidates now finalized:
The list of participating candidates has been
finalized for the upcoming Candidate's Forum, to
be held Tuesday evening at the Kootenai River Inn.
Come meet the candidates, and be ready to ask
them directly any question at this non-partisan
Forty employers set to meet job applicants in
area hiring event in Post Falls: Forty employers are participating in an October
8 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department
of Labor. Participating employers include
companies in manufacturing, sales, construction,
health care, government, and many others.
Click on the headline for this story to see the
Boundary Community Hospital offers 25% off
When statistics are one in eight—of anything—the
odds are high. That's why it is so
important for women to have regular mammography
screenings. Boundary Community Hospital's
special program this month can help.
Explorers cooking up downtown fundraiser:
Boundary County Explorer Post 190 will be hitting the street
Saturday, in a fun-filled fund raising event.
Along with merchandise for purchase, hamburgers,
hot dogs, and more will be available.