Boundary County News
Snow advisory extended:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter
weather advisory for snow in Boundary and Bonner
Counties from 7 p.m. today until 4 p.m. Sunday.
Light to moderate snowfall is expected tonight
and into Sunday morning, bringing an additional
two to five inches of snow.
Snow advisory issued:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter
weather advisory for snow for the Idaho
Panhandle, in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Farm Service Agency seeks help:
The USDA Farm Service Agency in Bonners Ferry is
hiring for a Program Technician position. This
is a temporary position with health benefits
Flags at half staff for John Glenn: As
a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn,
I hereby order ... that the flag of the United
States shall be flown at half-staff ... throughout the
United States and its Territories and
possessions until sunset, on the day of
Idahoans come together to light up nation's
It’s been a wonderful and memorable week in
Washington as we celebrated the holidays with
the lighting of the Idaho-grown U.S. Capitol
Christmas Tree. From the time it was felled with
a crosscut saw at the Little Ski Hill in McCall
to Tuesday’s lighting ceremony at the West Front
of the Capitol, the tree was warmly embraced by
Idahoans and Americans.
Longest night of the year approaching:
Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night.
For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December
solstice marks the longest night and shortest
day of the year. Meanwhile, on the day of the
December solstice, the Southern Hemisphere has
its longest day and shortest night.
Ministerial Association making Christmas baskets:
The Boundary County Ministerial Association is
creating 200 Christmas baskets again this year,
and sends its thanks to our local schools for
the donations and help and to local veterans for
lending your helping hand.
Driver's license services to close for holidays:
Boundary County driver's license services will
be closed on the following dates for the
Christmas, New Years and Human Rights Day
holidays; December 25-26, January 2 and January
Local man missing after falling into Kootenai:
Lincoln County, Montana, authorities are
continuing to search for a 41-year-old Bonners
Ferry man who fell into the Kootenai River
Tuesday night as he and his fiancé were scouting
a spot to be married.
Bonners Ferry arrival caught on tape!
A distinguished visitor arrived in Boundary
County the day after Thanksgiving. Transported
in a fire truck furnished by the Bonners Ferry
Fire Department, Santa Claus arrived at the
Georgia Mae Plaza in downtown Bonners Ferry to
the cheers and greetings of a very large crowd
of children and parents.
Holiday spirit alive and well at BCMS:
Our Citizen of the Month results for November
are in. November’s trait was Citizenship. Please
congratulate Dillon Mai sixth, Jenny Owens,
seventh, Kami Bremer, eighth, and Jerry Jiminez,
staff. Next month, December, the trait is
Generosity. By Principal David Miles II
Community Choir to present annual Christmas
Bonners Ferry Community Choir presents "Peace on
Earth, Goodwill to All" at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
December 16, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 18,
both at Trinity Lutheran Church, just off
Highway 95 on Cody Street in Bonners Ferry.
Flags half staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes
attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl
Harbor, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and
killing more than 2,400 Americans. The following
day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on
the Congress to declare war and "make it very
certain that this form of treachery shall never
again endanger us."
County seeks Emergency Management director:
Boundary County is seeking to fill the position
of Director of Boundary County Office of
Emergency Management to fill the shoes of
current director Dave Kramer, who will be taking
over as sheriff in January.
Join the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird
Boundary County is where we call home. It is
that time of year to count another group that
also calls it home. It is time to survey our
feathered friends. No matter the weather,
volunteers will start in the first light of the
day to begin counting.
Moyie Springs City Council minutes, November 7
Winter storm watch calling for snow:
The National Weather Service has issued a
winter storm watch for the possibility of heavy
snowfall Thursday through Saturday morning in
the Idaho Panhandle.
First half property taxes due December 20:
Boundary County Treasurer Susan Larson would
like to remind all Boundary County taxpayers
that the deadline for paying the first half of
the 2016 property taxes without penalty is
Tuesday, December 20.
P&Z to consider conditional use:
The Boundary County Planning and Zoning
Commission will hold public hearing at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 15, in the main courtroom at
the Boundary County Courthouse to accept public
comment on Conditional Use Application 17-016
by John Oxley.
Night of Nativities underway at LDS Church:
The first of two days of the annual Night of
Nativities is underway and continues until 9
tonight at the LDS Church, 6568
Alderson Lane, Bonners Ferry. There is no charge
Over 200 beautiful nativity sets are on display,
from around the world, all unique in nature,
many loaned by people in our community and some
specially loaned by people from other states.
Winter weather advisory: The
National Weather Service has issued a winter
weather advisory for snow in areas above 2,500
feet in much of the Idaho Panhandle, including
all of Boundary, Bonner and Shoshone Counties,
in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday. Snow is
expected late this afternoon through Saturday
morning, with less than an inch accumulating
below 2,500 feet, from two to four inches
between 2,500 and 4,000 feet and three to five
inches above 4,000 feet.
Explorers raising funds to attend memorial:
It is estimated that every 53 hours a law
enforcement officer is killed in the line of
duty in the United States.
The month of November has seen the tragic loss
of 20 officers’ nationwide; more than any other
month in 2016.
Holiday season busy at BCMS: Our
Penny War fundraiser was a fantastic success!
Through the efforts of our students and the
competitive nature of our school, we were able
to raise $1,517.40 to donate to local
organizations. The money was split and checks
given to the local Legion and VFW chapters.
By Principal David Miles II
seeking public input on projects:
The Idaho Transportation Department is taking
public comment on 26 bridge projects on highway
routes across the state. The bridges will be
built as funding becomes available. That list
includes five spans in the Idaho Panhandle,
including the Round Prairie Creek Bridge,
Highway 95 at Mile 529.96 in Boundary County.
Santa's Chariots of Fire Parade coming:
Boundary Ambulance will be participating with
area Fire Departments in "Santa's Chariots of
Fire Parade" on Saturday, December 3.
weather could finally be coming:
After a relatively mild November, the arrival of
December could finally bring the onset of
winter, with the next six days in a row offering a good
chance of snowfall, and temperatures predicted to
drop into the single digits a week from today.
hosting Giving Tree: This
year, Boundary Community Hospital is sponsoring
a Christmas Giving Tree in the Outpatient
Services Lobby for the benefit of Boundary
County children through the BoCo Backpacks
Man arrested for disturbance at Naples School:
On November 21 at about 8:15 a.m., Naples
Elementary School contacted the Sheriff’s Office
to report that they had placed the school on
lock down due to an intruder being on the school
still at Georgia Mae Plaza this
afternoon after Barb LePoidevan had put
the finishing touches on her beautiful
Gingerbread Wonderland and all the
arrangements made for the arrival of
Santa. By 4 p.m., though, excited
children and their parents thronged as
Santa arrived aboard a Bonners Ferry
fire truck and the Bonners Ferry
Christmas season was officially begun!
Santa schedules annual visit:
Santa arrives in downtown Bonners Ferry tomorrow
evening to be on hand at Georgia Mae Plaza as the Mayor throws the
switch to light the Bonners Ferry Christmas tree!
ISP working to resolve *ISP issues:
Through public feedback, Idaho State Police
recently learned that *ISP (*477) was not
working for some users with certain mobile
Storm watch upgraded to warning:
The winter storm watch issued yesterday by the
National Weather Service has been upgraded to a
winter storm warning in North Idaho and
northeast Washington at elevations above 3,000
feet. The warning, which calls for heavy snow,
is in effect from 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day
through 10 a.m. Friday.
Winter storm could affect Thanksgiving travel:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter
storm watch in effect from late Wednesday night
through 10 a.m. Friday for an area including
Boundary and Bonner Counties.
Licenses, ID cards running late:
The Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles wants to
reassure customers who have not yet received a
driver’s license or identification card applied
for in the last five weeks.
School district seeks bids:
Boundary County School District 101 is seeking
sealed bids for work to be done on the Valley
View Elementary gym floor. The deadline is 2
p.m. Monday, December 19.
FFA digging their vermicompost project:
The Idaho Farm Bureau recently chose the Bonners
Ferry FFA Chapter as a recipient of the
Agricultural and Environmental Research
Foundation Grant, and now several local FFA
members are up to their elbows in worms.
Rotary members make holiday delivery:
Bonners Ferry Rotary heard the call from the
local food back a few weeks ago ... so
yesterday, a group of representatives gathered
together to help pay for and transfer 20 turkeys
to the food bank for Thanksgiving Dinner
Idaho's unemployment holds at 3.8 percent:
Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
held at 3.8 percent in October. Nationally, the
unemployment rate decreased from 5 percent to
Boundary County Commission minutes: