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October 24
A 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.
October 23
Scoping 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 Basin.
Search 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.
October 21
BCMS 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 II
October 20
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 Bonners Ferry.
Wallace man dies in rollover: A 41-year-old Wallace man died Wednesday night in a single vehicle rollover in Wallace.
October 19
The 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 building.
October 18
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 week.
October 17
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 October 8.
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.
State 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.
October 14
Areal 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.
A trip 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.
October 13
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.
High 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 Counties.
October 12
Forage 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, Ponderay.
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.
Coats 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.
Online 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.
October 10
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.
Jobs 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
October 8
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.
October 6
Valley 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.
Crapo 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.
October 5
Boundary County School District 101 by the numbers: The Top 10 in BCSD101. Superintendent's Scoop by Superintendent Gary Pflueger
Two 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
October 3
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!
October 1
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 name-brand items.
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 recreation.
September 30
Road 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 hours.
September 29
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.
Public 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.
Idaho 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 in Idaho.
Never 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
BCMS 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 II
September 26
Crapo, 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 into law.
September 23
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
AARP 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.
September 22
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 into law.
Be 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.
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