Boundary County News
Naples Elementary locked down for emergency
Naples Elementary School went into lock down
at approximately 12:10 p.m. today to
accommodate the emergency landing of a medical
helicopter for a non-school related incident.
Warrant served on horse rescue facility:
The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office served a
search warrant at a horse boarding/horse rescue
facility in the Naples area today. The warrant
was obtained in conjunction with an
investigation into reports that animals were
being abused or neglected at the facility.
congregation at St. Ann's Catholic
church sends out heartfelt thanks to
Idaho Forest Group for donating $35,000
worth of lumber for the new church!
Parishoners are grateful for all the
help and donations they have received so
4H Friday Friends need those who will share:
4-H Friday Friends needs community volunteers;
someone to come share with the kids some form of
valuable information or teach them an activity.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
~ Fire restrictions lifted ~
Agencies responsible for managing lands
and providing wildland fire protection in the
Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area, which includes
Boundary County, have lifted fire restrictions
for the entire area. With the cooler
temperatures and recent rainfall, conditions no
longer warrant extreme fire danger; however,
Forest Service personnel are still reminding the
public to be careful with their fires. Fire
managers would like to thank everyone for their
patience during fire restrictions and for their
help preventing wildfires.
Early morning drill to test abilities:
Boundary County will activate its Emergency
Operations Center at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow in a training exercise with
several other agencies. Residents with police
scanners will hear radio traffic involving
emergency services throughout the county.
Year off to a great start at Valley View:
The school year is off to a great start and the
students and staff at Valley View are excited to
be back into our hallways. The school looks
great and we are very appreciative of all the
hard work of the custodial staff and many others
over the summer.
Dye job to aid fishery understanding:
From September 24 through 29, scientists from
the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct dye
tracer and aerial mapping studies on the
Kootenai River. Data from the studies will
support Idaho Department of Fish and Game and
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho fisheries and river
College application week coming to BFHS:
Idaho College Application Week is November 6
through 9, and at Bonners Ferry High School,
teachers and counselors encourage eligible
students to apply to at least one college during
And that's not all that lies ahead for BFHS
students who have their eyes on higher
Third-annual Community Quilt Show coming:
The third-annual Bonners Ferry Non-Judged
Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, at the Boundary County
Fairgrounds. There'll be door prizes, quilt
sales, vendors, demos and to add icing to the
cake, the winner of the beautiful community
quilt will be drawn!
Search underway for missing Libby man:
Searchers in Lincoln County are looking for
Robert Joseph Dombroski, who was last seen
Thursday night in Libby at around 10 p.m.
wearing a black long sleeved Rob Zombie T-shirt,
black slacks and black tennis shoes. He is 6'4"
and 172 pounds. He has sandy blonde hair and a
~ Firefighter needs parts for skidder ~
Nichole Anthony is in search of a
planetary ring gear and an axle gear for a 518
skidder #5051788 as Joe is up on a fire broke
down. If anyone can help please call (406)
Freeze warning issued for Saturday morning:
What happened to fall?! The National Weather
Service has issued the first freeze warning of
the season for North Idaho and northeastern
Washington, predicting that thermometers at
lower elevations will be dipping into the upper
20s Saturday morning.
Lock rigs, don't leave good stuff in plain sight:
The Bonners Ferry Police Department would like
to remind you to be sure to lock your vehicles
when unattended. Do not leave valuables such as
iPods, phones, money or guns in unsecured
Davis gets Senate confirmation as Idaho's U.S.
The nomination of Idaho State Senator Bart Davis
to serve as Idaho’s next United States Attorney
was confirmed Thursday evening by the United
States Senate. Davis’ nomination cleared the
Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote on
Thursday, September 7.
Rathdrum woman killed in three-car crash:
A Rathdrum woman lost her life Thursday
afternoon after her vehicle was rear-ended on
SH53 near Rathdrum.
Idaho Panhandle National Forests weekend
wildfire update: There were two new
wildfires detected across the Coeur d’Alene
Dispatch zone since last week. They were quickly
contained and are being monitored. Even with the
cooler temperatures and possible precipitation,
fuel moistures are still very dry and fire
danger remains extreme.
Fit & Fall Proof class starts Monday:
The Bonners Ferry Senior Hospitality Center will
begin the fall session of the “Fit and Fall
Proof Class” at 10:45 a.m. Monday, September 18.
The class is specifically targeted for older
adults or anyone who would like to improve their
fitness or has a history of falling or a fear of
Boundary County Commission minutes, August 28
Kootenai National Forest fire update:
This is the September 13 fire update on the
fires that are burning on the Kootenai National
Forest. The Gibralter, Weasel, Caribou, West
Fork Moose Peak, and Highway 200 Complex fires
are detailed below ...
Idaho AG warns consumers in wake of Equifax hack:
Hackers recently accessed the personal
information of 143 million Americans at Equifax,
one of the nation’s largest credit reporting
agencies. The exposed data includes consumers’
names, Social Security Numbers, birth dates,
addresses, and, in some instances, driver’s
license numbers. Idaho's attorney general has
tips to protect yourself.
Eller bringing Bad Asses and Disasters to museum:
The Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and
the Boundary County Historical Society and
Museum are pleased to present “Bad Asses and
Disasters of Early Idaho” a performance by Idaho
songwriter Gary Eller, at 7 p.m. Thursday,
October 5, at the Boundary County Museum, 7229
Main Street, Bonners Ferry. His performance will
be followed by a jam session, so bring along
This Old Trunk celebrates a year:
An eclectic shop quietly celebrated its first
anniversary last month in the old South Hill
Furniture building on Main Street, and if you
haven't visited yet, you owe it to yourself to
stop in and visit "This Old Trunk Antiques and
Collectibles, 7219 Main Street, Bonners Ferry,
and owner/retail baby sitter Heather Bailey.
Library Journal honors library district as Best
Boundary County Library District is the
Best Small Library in America, 2017, honored
today by Library Journal with the support of
sustaining sponsor the Junior Library Guild.
Professional angler victim of theft:
A professional trophy fisherman at Perkins Lake
was robbed of a large and expensive quantity of
gear from his boat while he was parked for a few
minutes on Monday.
Hiring event slated in Sandpoint:
The Idaho Department of Labor office at 613
Ridley Village Road, Suite C, Sandpoint, is
hosting a hiring event with multiple employers
all under one roof from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20.
The versatile beard: baby toy, jowl
hider and more:
Beards can be many things to many people. Some
may be driven wild by the itch of them while
others can become mad from the itch of a sweaty
bald face. They can be dignified or repulsive,
possibly depending on if any pets are living in
them. Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken
Equinox for Equality coming to Sandpoint:
In a move to showcase how Sandpoint embraces
diversity and equality, several groups in
Sandpoint are co-sponsoring "Equinox for
Equality," an event to be held at Farmin Park in
Sandpoint from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 22.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Locals taking part in Walk to End Alzheimer's:
A team of walkers from Bonners Ferry will be
participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on
September 30 in Coeur d'Alene, and they need
your help, either by walking with them or
donating to the cause.
Deadline near for SCD tree sale:
It's nearly your last chance to order trees
during this year's Boundary Soil Conservation
District Annual Tree Sale.
All their trees are container grown and handed
to you in an eight-inch or 15-inch plug.
Over 2,000 homeless in Idaho:
Results from Idaho’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT)
count show the state’s homeless population
continues to hover at 2,000 on average. The
count remains consistent with the numbers
reported the last six years.
Check your Weekly Grand tickets:
Idaho Lottery jackpot's newest winning ticket
was bought in
Boundary County! Players who purchased tickets
for the Idaho-only game Weekly Grand for
Wednesday night’s draw are encouraged to check
their tickets carefully to see if you are the
Air quality alert extended again:
The air quality alert that had been set to
expire at noon today has instead been extended
through 10 a.m. Monday as breezes anticipated
haven't arrived and sparse scattered showers in
the county today have done little or nothing to
settle the thick blanket of dense smoke covering
much of the northwest.
~ Air quality hazardous ~
11:51 a.m.: North Idaho's air quality is at the
bottom of the scale, with the air in Bonners
Ferry and Sandpoint rated as unhealthy and the
air further north rated as hazardous. Those with
breathing problems, especially the very young
and very old, should remain indoors and be ready
for a trip to the hospital if breathing becomes
Work scheduled on two UP railroad crossings:
Union Pacific Railroad crews will tentatively be
working on the crossing on Wilderness Road from
5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 10.
Traveling art exhibit coming to Boundary County:
The ArtsGrowLearning Traveling Art Exhibit is
going to be making a stop in Boundary County for
two weeks! The Idaho Commission on the Arts
partnered with venues across the state to
present ArtsGrowLearning, a touring presentation
showcasing student visual art, dance, creative
writing/storytelling and media arts created
through Idaho’s ArtsPowered Schools program.
Forest Service road closing for repair:
The Bonners Ferry Ranger District is issuing a
road closure on Forest Service Road #2509 in
Boundary County while a culvert is removed. The
culvert will be replaced with a bottomless arch
over Spruce Creek to restore fish passage
upstream of the road.
Medicare workshop offered in Sandpoint:
Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors, a unit of the Idaho Department of
Insurance, is offering a Medicare Workshop from
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, at
the Bonner General Hospital, N520 3rd Avenue,
Moyie Springs City Council Minutes, August 9
Boundary County Commission Minutes, August 7
Boundary County Commission Minutes, July 3
IPNF weekend fire update: Eight new
wildfires were detected across the Coeur d’Alene
Dispatch Area in the last week. Firefighters
have worked hard to contain new starts quickly.
With all the smoke throughout Boundary County,
the sheriff's office is receiving countless
calls from people with concerns of local fires.
As of 4 p.m. today, there are no wildfires
burning within Boundary County!
Lincoln County fires update:
This is the September 7 fire update on the fires
that are burning on the Kootenai National
Forest. The Gibralter, Caribou, West Fork, Moose
Peak, and Highway 200 Complex fires are detailed
Mutt Strut canceled due to smoky haze:
Due to the smoky, unhealthy haze enveloping the
region, organizers of this year's Mutt Strut
dog/human walk run have made the hard decision
to cancel the popular Pawsitive Works
Crapo joins KVRI Board for lunch:
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo took time from his busy
schedule to meet with the Kootenai Valley
Resource Initiative Board for lunch on August
29. Left to right are County Commissioner Walt
Kirby, commissioner LeAlan Pinkerton, Ron
Abraham, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Senator Mike
Crapo, Commissioner Dan Dinning, Bonners Ferry
Mayor David Sims and Gary Aitken Jr., Kootenai
Tribe of Idaho.
Kootenai National Forest fire update:
This is the September 5 fire update of the fires
that are burning on the Kootenai National
Forest. The Gibralter, Caribou, West Fork/Mount
Tom, Moose Peak and Highway 200 Complex fires
are detailed below.
West Fork Fire prompts
more evacuations near Libby:
The West Fork Fire just seven miles northwest of
Libby is growing quickly. The fire started last
week and is now burning about 1,600 acres. The
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Monday
afternoon updated the areas listed under a
mandatory evacuation order.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
~ Fireball seen over the region ~
10:18 p.m.: Police are responding to a
report of a fireball falling from the sky and
landing in the north part of Marx Subdivision or
in the area of the landfill. Fire crews have
been notified. As of 11:43 p.m., firefighters
are still out, but they are winding down as
nothing has been found and the area of reported
sightings has grown to cover much of the region
from Spokane to Tacoma to Calgary. If it was an
asteroid that hit, it could take hours to days
for a resulting fire to grow large enough to be
spotted. It is most likely, if it was an
asteroid, that it came apart well before hitting
earth, making the chance of finding an impact
site even more difficult. The most credible
footage of the fireball seen across the
northwest comes from Jacquie McKay, Bridge Lake,
B.C., north of Kamloops, though the security
camera capture does not show where or if the
meteorite impacted. The original footage can be
seen at on Jacquie's Facebook page at
~ Woman rescued from fall into Kootenai
7:14 p.m.: Emergency
personnel have been paged to respond to a report
of a person falling from the railroad bridge
into the Kootenai River. Water rescue personnel
are assembling. 7:21 p.m.: The person reporting
this says a woman went into the water on the
north side and was shouting for help; police
have spotted the victim in the water about 100
feet from shore and in distress. A boat is being
launched and the officer is calling for a throw
rope. 7:31 p.m.: The woman has been
brought to shore; she is alert and walking.
Additional personnel are standing down.
Smoke expected to get worse before clearing:
An air quality alert remains in effect through
noon Wednesday, with air quality only expected
to get worse as wind shifts bring in more smoke
from British Columbia and Montana fires, in
addition to smoke from the Washington and Oregon
Welcoming the Memorial Wall
heavy blanket of smoke choking the
region, many turned out in pockets along
Highways 95 and 2 this morning to wave
flags and salute the convoy carrying the
Vietnam Memorial Wall through Boundary
County on its way to Kalispell, Montana.
set at The Little White Church:
After three years of fixing up The Little White
Church in Paradise Valley, built in 1903, most
of the work is pretty much finished, and Larry
Hall is organizing a potluck picnic and open
church for the community!
Fire weather watch issued for Sunday:
The National Weather Service has issued a fire
weather watch in effect on Sunday afternoon and
evening for high Haines Index for North Idaho,
the east slopes of the Cascades and the Okanogan
Building great habitat for our unique Kootenai
The Kootenai Tribe is building a project to
increase and improve habitat for Kootenai River
white sturgeon, burbot and other native fish.
Construction of the project, which is upstream
from Bonners Ferry between river miles 153.5 and
155, began in late August.
Bats in your house? Stay calm:
News of recent cases of rabid bats in various
parts of Idaho have left residents nervous about
encountering bats inside or outside their homes.
It is important that people understand how to
best handle a bat that is found in their home,
including what precautions to take to prevent
exposure to rabies.
Vietnam Vets Memorial convoy to roll through
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be passing
through Bonners Ferry on Monday, September 4, at
approximately 11:45 a.m. to noon, as it travels
from Goldendale, Washington, to Kalispell,
Montana, where it will set up at 2000 US 93 S
and be on display, sponsored by Vietnam Veterans
of America NW Montana Chapter 1087, from
Old bachelors die hard: As time goes by, or to be more specific, as the
past nine years of married life go by, I am
beginning to notice a few things about myself.
The most important is, I am more like an old dog
than I would have guessed. Musings from
Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
Time to thin the herd and flock:
Marchita Johnson, who is retired from a career
in retail management and now describes herself
as a grandmother, gardener, farmer and daughter
of the King, is working to divest her Moyie
Springs farm of a few goats and chickens, but
she wants to make sure the homes they go to are
as loving and caring as hers is.
North Idaho WIC recognized for breastfeeding
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
recently awarded Panhandle Health District’s
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,
Infants and Children Program with the
Loving Support Gold Elite Award of Excellence.
Boundary County Market Animal Sale:
Thank you to the following individuals and
businesses who supported the 4H/FFA Market
Welcome to another great BCSD 101 year:
Included in this addition of the news is a copy
of my “Back to School” speech for the staff of
BCSD 101. I wanted to share these thoughts with
the community, as it directly speaks to our work
with your children. But, I also need to assure
the community of promises made in the past and
an explanation of the direction I see for our
future. Superintendent's Scoop by Gary
Feist Creek Falls Resort celebrating 20 years!
Feist CreekFalls Resort is celebrating their
20th Anniversary this weekend, September 1
through 3! Head up north for live music by the
Wastin' Time Band on Friday at 8 p.m. and the
Rural 508 Band on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Angry young college hopeful charged with murder:
A Puyallup, Washington, man denied entry to
Gonzaga University in Spokane is in the Bonner
County jail, admitting to
deputies that he became enraged at being turned
away, and so hailing a cab and eventually
killing the driver.
Weekly Forest Service fire update:
The National Weather Service has issued a Red
Flag Warning for the region due to increased
winds, low relative humidity, and high
temperatures. Additional challenges for the area
include unstable weather conditions that could
bring high winds and lightning.
Hit and run driver sought:
The Boundary County Sheriff's Office is
investigating a hit and run collision that
occurred this morning on Highway 95,
approximately 1/2 mile north of Franklin Street.
Red flag warning as dry lightning looms:
The National Weather Service has issued a red
flag warning to North Idaho and northeastern
Washington from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.