Boundary County News
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Senator Crapo invites Idahoans
to tele-townhall meeting: Senator Crapo invites Idahoans
to tele-townhall meeting: Idaho Senator
Mike Crapo will host his third tele-townhall
meeting of 2014 and is encouraging Idahoans to
Historical Society offers tour of cemetery:
Would you be interested in learning more about
Grandview Cemetery, its history, and details on
some of the prominent people of Boundary
County's past? The Boundary County
Historical Society is sponsoring a Historical
Walking Tour of the old section of Grandview
New owner for ET Wireless:
ET Wireless, the cell phone sales and service
business, located on Bonners Ferry's south hill
since 2007, was recently sold to a local
businesswoman and is now under new ownership.
"Coats for Kids" Drive at
Valley View Elementary School: Valley
View Elementary School is beginning its annual
Coats for Kids drive Monday, September 15.
Anyone may drop off gently used, clean coats
with working zippers.
A Boundary County Gem: The Dance Studio:
So, would most people be surprised to learn
that rough, tough, and rugged
Boundary County is home to a dance studio, whose
graduates from its graceful instruction in
creative dance, jazz dance, modern, and ballet
are now scattered across the USA?
Boundary County, get ready for bluegrass!:
You can be there to enjoy, live
and in person, an internationally-recognized
bluegrass band, coming up in just a couple of
weeks, right here in Bonners Ferry.
ISP safety recommendations for new school year:
Idaho's school children are
back in school and Idaho State Police along with
local law enforcement agencies want to warn
motorists of the danger that may be just around
the corner as children travel to and from school
Fatal auto accident in early-morning hours:
Bonners Ferry area resident died in a single vehicle motor vehicle
accident near Moyie Springs early this morning.
New business in downtown Bonners Ferry:
Open now for six months, the Woodsman's Shop is
located in downtown Bonners Ferry at 6389 Bonner
Street (just down the side street from Jill's
Cafe). Click on this story for more
information about this new business.
Bonners Ferry High School advises of open house
and other upcoming Back-to-School events:
Check this story for
information about the BFHS Open House, Freshman
Orientation Day, and picking up school
Idaho to auction Priest Lake lots Thursday:
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) will auction
59 lakefront Priest Lake lots for deeded
ownership during a live public auction Thursday
in Coeur d’Alene.
and Rescue crews practice raising sunken
Oreille: Rescue Divers from Boundary and Bonner Counties
have completed a difficult training exercise
involving a sunken automobile in Lake Pend
Boundary County Clerk Glenda Poston elected Vice
President of statewide Association:
The Idaho Association of County Recorders and
Clerks held its annual meeting in Orofino last
week. One order of business was the electing of
officers for the new year. Boundary County's
Clerk Glenda Poston was selected as one of the
state association's officers.
Idaho Senator Crapo seeking veteran's opinions
on their medical care: If you are a veteran, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo
is looking for information on how you feel about
medical care you have received through the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal
programs administered in Idaho.
Update on medical condition:
We have been advised of an update
on the condition of Garrett Graupner, one of
those involved in the automobile collision north
of Bonners Ferry on August 18.
Police Explorer program holds graduation:
The Bonners Ferry Police Department
is proud to announce that the first group of
“Police Explorer Scouts" have graduated from a
one week, 40-hour boot camp. Click on this
headline to learn more about the activities of
the Police Explorer Post.
Social media updates on yesterday's
Driver's Ed car collision: To
provide full update, we note in this story news
and updates that have been posted on public
social media websites about yesterday's
collision. This includes our own Facebook
page, and the Facebook pages of relatives or
associates of some of those involved in the
Vehicle crash yesterday required
multiple medical helicopters: Idaho State Police has
information regarding yesterday's motor vehicle
accident on US Highway 95 at milepost 513 at
Hooten's Hollow, approximately six miles north
of Bonners Ferry.
Update: Two serious motor vehicle
accidents reported on US 95: Two motor vehicle collisions have been reported
in Boundary County this morning (August 18), at least one of
which appears to have serious injuries.
Fatal auto accident on US 95 north of Three Mile
(occurred August 17):
A Bonners Ferry man died at the scene in a
single vehicle rollover near mile 511.6 north of
Here is your schedule for the
Boundary County Fair, 2014:
Click on this headline to see the schedule for
all days of the Boundary County Fair.
Bonners Ferry holds special meeting
to discuss water, sewer rates: "We are in a zero sum game in our utilities,"
Mayor David Anderson stated to start off Tuesday
evening's special city council meeting, held to
advise city residents and other utility users of
water and sewer expenses, rates, and capital
lot happens before the Fair opens . . .
(see some photos of the day before the Boundary
County Fair opened).
BFPD Corporal Winters completes DARE training:
The Bonners Ferry Police
Department is proud to announce that Corporal
Winford “Buddy” Winters recently returned from
two weeks of training in Las Vegas, Nevada at
the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
Many thanks to area power crews
for their long night's work:
While most of us hunkered down in our homes
after last week's terrific storm, wondering when
the power was going to come back on, crews for
Northern Lights and for the City of Bonners
Ferry were out there working to actually bring
the power back on.
Fire danger high in much of North Idaho:
The persistent hot and dry weather pattern
continues to dry forest fuels, prompting fire
managers to raise the wildland fire danger to
“High” throughout most of North Idaho, including
the Boundary County area.
Inmate in Boundary County jail dies
of suspected suicide.
According to press release received from the
Boundary County Public Information Office.
New Explorer post progressing, raising funds:
Supporters of the new law
enforcement-oriented Explorer Post in Boundary
County, sponsored by the Bonners Ferry Police
Department, are looking to raise funds.
Bonners Ferry Police Department
upgrades duty weapons: The
Bonners Ferry Police Department is changing to
brand new 4th generation Glock Model 21’s in the
venerable .45 auto caliber.
No comment necessary on this
photo---if you've got ties to Boundary
County, you know what we're talking about . . .
West Nile Virus detected in Boundary County:
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus (WNV)
have been detected in Boundary County. Panhandle
Health District reminds people to take
precautions to fight the bite.
Local plays continue:
the Broadway production currently being
presented at the fabulous Pearl Theater, will be
performed tomorrow, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., with
its final performance on Sunday, July 27, at
1:30 p.m. It's a great production, with
very professional singing and performances!
Little Mermaid presents its final
performance tomorrow, Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. at
the high school auditorium. It is a fun
show with wild costumes and a lot of energy.
Horticulturist provides information on
pruning storm-damaged trees: On the evening of July 23, a severe windstorm
struck north Idaho, leaving downed and damaged
trees throughout the area. Many readers may be
asking, “How do I care for my damaged trees?”
Four days of construction and projected traffic
delays on Highway 95 north: Idaho Transportation Department crews will
replace the twin culverts for Miller Creek,
locatedon U.S. 95 about 20 miles north of
Bonners Ferry at milepost 527.9, beginning Monday,
July 28. There will be some traffic delays.
Forest Service seeks public input on
Hellroaring Project near Eastport:
The Bonners Ferry Ranger District is seeking
public comment on the recently released
Hellroaring Project Environmental Assessment
(EA). Proposed activities of the project would
manage vegetation, trails and roads, fish, and
scenery. See this article for details on
the project and how to submit your comments.
Recommendations made for North Side water tank
following special City meeting:
The Bonners Ferry City Council conducted a
special public meeting Tuesday evening, July 22,
to address ongoing concerns regarding the North
Side water tank. Also in attendance at the
meeting were representatives from the Idaho
Department of Environmental Quality, and
representatives from Welch Comer & Associates,
Inc., an engineering firm consulting with the
city on plans for the troubled tank.
City issues letter to residents on status of
North Side water tank: A copy
of the letter sent to water customers can be
DEQ notifies city of required action on North
Side water; DEQ reps to attend public meeting:
On Monday, July 14, a representative from the
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
conducted an unannounced visit to inspect the
North Side water tank with Bonners Ferry City
Water officials. That particular visit happened
to occur just a couple of days before last
week's City Council meeting where issues
regarding the sanitation and safety of the North
Side water was discussed. Information on that
visit and its resulting DEQ letter are presented
in this article.
The Little Mermaid;
Three performances remain: Now moving into its second and final week of
public performances, the Bonners Ferry Summer
Youth Theatre's production of The Little
Mermaid has been met so far with widespread
acclaim throughout Boundary County by those who
have seen the play.
If you've thought about attending, there are
three performances remaining for you to get your
ticket and see the play before its run closes.
Click the headline to read the story.
Boundary County unemployment numbers released:
Our county continues to lag behind Idaho
statewide figures, though they are in line with
US nationwide figures. The county with Idaho's
highest unemployment is not too distant from us.
City announces agenda for special meeting on
North Side water:
Following growing concern among North Side
residents regarding the sanitation of their
water, and after a City Council meeting where
much time was spent in discussion of the
problem, the city set up a special meeting of
the City Council to hear from citizens and to
discuss the City's plans for the North Side
Farewell to the Cinder Block Building:
Howard Kent writes a
tribute to the history of that old
building now gone.
Hiring Event sponsored by local
Department of Labor office:
The local Bonners Ferry office of the Idaho
Department of Labor is sponsoring a Hiring Event
for a local company. That
company is looking for people to fill several
positions, including operators (entry and
advanced level, sales personnel, an experienced
bookkeeper, ranch hand, and experienced
Police agencies increasing traffic law
enforcement: Beginning July 18, state and local law
enforcement are stepping up enforcement of
traffic laws, specifically looking for
aggressive and distracted drivers, in efforts to
reduce traffic deaths through Idaho's deadliest
traffic time of year.
Police release details of sequence of events for
recent Sandpoint shooting:
Bonner County Sheriff's Office has released
information regarding the sequence of events
occurring during the officer-involved shooting
near the Sandpoint hospital on July 8.
Concerns increasing about sanitation
of city water on the North Side:
Concerns are being increasingly raised by many
residents of Bonners Ferry's North Side about
the clean and sanitary state of their household
and drinking water. Apparently rodents,
including mice, are getting into the North Side
Additional information released on shooting near
Sandpoint hospital: The Bonner County Sheriff's Office has been
designated as the lead agency in the
investigation of the officer-involved shooting
that took place near the hospital in Sandpoint
on July 8. The Sheriff's Office has released
additional information regarding the shooting,
including the names of those involved.
This story reports all updated information.
Bonners Ferry SWISH photos:
Bonners Ferry SWISH has wrapped up for another
year on the blistering Main Street of downtown
Bonners Ferry. Take a look at our
scrapbook of SWISH 2014 photos.
and Photos of SWISH 2014 Champion Teams:
Click on this story to see the
photos of the Swish Champions for the various
Kootenai River Days on the way:
Those who may remember the days when Kootenai
River Days was one of the bigger celebrations in
Boundary County's summer days will be glad to
know that the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce
has helped organize a group to bring the big
event back. For those who have never heard of
Kootenai River Days, you've got to try it out!
Run for the Fallen event set for Bonners Ferry:
Run for the Fallen will be holding its final
event in Bonners Ferry on the last day of the
upcoming Kootenai River Days celebration.
physician in Boundary County:
A new physician, Dr. Susan Layeux, is joining
Dr. Snyder at Boundary Community Clinic.
Local filmmakers to show movie
about Boundary County: The Boundary County Commissioners and the
Boundary County Museum are pleased to announce
the premier showing of the Boundary
County-produced documentary film, “A Natural
Balance – Boundary County."
County-wide art contest underway:
An art contest open to all residents of Boundary
County, ages 5 to 105, is now underway. Those
interested in participating have until August 1
to enter their work. This contest is held in
conjunction with an American Music Concert
Series to be presented in the county over the
Bonner County Sheriff releases information on
last night's officer involved shooting in
Sandpoint: Bonner County Sheriff's officials have released
additional information about last night's
officer-involved shooting near Bonner General
Hospital in Sandpoint. Click on headline
for the full story.
JB's Les Schwab expanding, nearby
You may remember the building as Cone's Cafe, or
later as Cone's floor coverings, or as a South
Hill Video store, or as the first home of
Woman killed by police near Sandpoint hospital:
There are reports late Tuesday night that
Sandpoint police were involved in a
confrontation with a
woman was seen to be armed with a knife.
Area police agencies launch
Police Explorer Program for youth: In a joint effort to provide a positive outlet
for area youth, several area police agencies have created a multi-agency law
enforcement Explorer Post in Boundary County.
Officers, Deputies, and Agents will work
together to forge a program for boys
and girls ages 14-20 who are interested in
exploring a career in law enforcement.
Idaho simplifies process for growers
to obtain burn permits: Idaho
growers now can obtain a crop residue burn
permit from the Idaho Department of
Environmental Quality and a fire safety burn
permit from the Idaho Department of Lands in one easy step online.
Kids fly free on Young Eagles Flight Day:
Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance
to take to the skies on Saturday, July 19, as
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter
757 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Day at the
Boundary County Regional Airport in Bonners
Thanks for your great work on the Fourth
of July fireworks to Gary Leonard and
his team. Without question, the fireworks
display they put together in our small town
rivals that of many much larger cities. It
was all good--the last 10 minutes of this year's
show were spectacular! Thank you for all
your hard work on this!
Day in Boundary County, 2014--see photos: Lots
of action going on for the Fourth of July in
Boundary County. Click on this story to
see photos of the Eastport Parade, Bonners Ferry
Parade, and the Fireworks.
causes significant damage to Alpine Cleaners
on the South Hill of Bonners Ferry on July
4. Click on this story to see photos.
Independence Day Events in Boundary County: Several
events going on throughout the day in our area.
See this story for details.
Forest Service meets with public on Hall
Mountain drilling project: Turns out there was much more interest and
concern about the Hall Mountain test drilling
project than the Forest Service anticipated.
Many attended a meeting that had been originally
arranged to provide information and answer
questions to a few interested individuals.
Independence Day Activities in Boundary County:
Will there be any fireworks in Bonners Ferry for
the Fourth of July this year? That seems
to be the question recently on the minds of many
people in our area as Independence Day
"All Hands on Deck" for Idaho State Police
traffic safety emphasized:
The summer days between Memorial Day and Labor
Day are known as the 100 deadliest days of the
year on our state's highways. The Idaho State
Police want to change this sad statistic and
make Idaho's roads as safe as possible.
broncos await . . . .
If you've ever wanted to see a mud
rodeo, this may be your chance. In spite
of our current downpours, a rodeo
official tells us the show is still on.
Don't worry, rodeo fans will be
protected in the comfort of the covered
These broncos await the action tonight
and tomorrow night for the New West
Rodeo at 7:00 pm at the Fairgrounds.
Leading worldwide mining company to do test
drilling at Hall Mountain:
Global mining company MMG Limited, with
headquarters in Melbourne, Australia will start
three test drills next month in Boundary County
in the Hall Mountain area.
Kootenai River Inn gets upgrades and
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s casino and hotel,
the Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino
and Spa, has upgraded its amenities and added
new gaming machines.
Speed limits going up on southern Idaho
no change on
I-90 in northern Idaho: Speed
limits going up on southern Idaho
freeways; no change on I-90 in northern
Field Day for Amateur Radio coming up:
Amateur Radio is alive and well, and Field Day
is a celebration of our ability to talk to the
world via radio. Amateur Radio Field Day takes
place June 28-29.
Hall Mountain area lands are high national
priority for conservation program:
A two thousand acre group of six privately-owned
parcels of forest land in the Hall Mountain area
of Boundary County, valued at $3.6 million
dollars, is ranked second in the nation as a
national priority to protect its timber
resources and wildlife habitat under the Forest
Local students on NIC spring Dean’s List:
North Idaho College recently announced its
Dean’s List for spring semester 2014.
Several area students have worked hard and are
on the Dean's List.
Bonners Ferry Police Department hires
new second in command: The Bonners Ferry Police Department has hired
and sworn in a new Lieutenant for the
Department, according to Michael Meier, Public
Information officer for Boundary County.
Just to remind all--tomorrow is the day:
Both bridges on US Highway 95 in downtown
Bonners Ferry will be limited to two lanes only,
beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 16, for
construction upgrades. This includes the
Kootenai River Bridge and the Arizona Street
Bridge. Bridge decks will be
resurfaced, along with other work. To read
our full story on these projects,
An evening in Bonners Ferry:
A great evening for fun today in Bonners Ferry,
Is this one of those "only in Bonners Ferry"
things, on a Friday the 13th evening in extreme
northern Idaho . . . ?
Fish and Wildlife sets local public hearings
on controversial caribou issues:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced
three proposed rules and findings on the
sometimes controversial issue of the southern
Selkirk Mountain woodland caribou. You can
find more information and give your input at
their upcoming hearings.
Samples of public comments submitted on
caribou issues: Many public
comments have already been posted regarding the
petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service to change the Endangered Species Act
listing of our local Boundary County population
of southern Selkirk Mountain woodland caribou. You can read
some of those comments here.
Borders 3 Jamboree has record number of entries:
A record number of
222 cars were on display for the Rod
Benders sponsored car show,"Borders 3
Jamboree," held this past Saturday right
in downtown Bonners Ferry.
New facilities available at County Fairgrounds:
As the summer months roll out here in Boundary
County, we need to make sure you are aware of
some of the new structures available at the
Free fishing day this Saturday:
Idaho Free Fishing Day is coming up this
Saturday, June 14. That means anyone can go
fishing in the state of Idaho, without having to
purchase a fishing license.
Note that all other fishing rules and limits
Annual community picnic at Restorium:
The always fun-filled Annual Community Picnic at
the Restorium is scheduled this
year for Sunday, June 29. The event will be held
at the Restorium, from 11:00 a.m.
until 3:00 p.m.
Coach DePriest sets summer football conditioning:
Ed DePriest, Head Football Coach at the high
school, has sent a letter to NewsBF asking all
potential football players to take advantage of
the weight room being available this summer.
He's also asking the players and community to
commit and work together now for a successful
season this fall.
Landowners can learn forest management
at coming Field Day: Family
forest landowners have a unique opportunity to
spend a day in the woods with natural resource
experts at the Idaho-Washington Forest Owners
Field Day on June 21.
Barbecue for 4th of July fundraiser
and Super 1 anniversary: Super
1 Foods and the folks who put on the Boundary
County/Bonners Ferry July Fourth fireworks event
announce a big celebration and barbecue coming
up on Friday, June 13. All are invited to this
fun barbecue event to help celebrate Super 1
Foods second anniversary, and to help raise
funds for the July Fourth Celebration and
Graduation for local D.A.R.E. program:
Local elementary schools graduate D.A.R.E.
students with Bonners Ferry Police Department.
Special assignment for Bonners Ferry Police
Dept.: Special Needs Children all have dreams and
wishes that sometimes go undiscovered and never
realized. Occasionally those dreams are possible
and this is one of those stories.
The Great Golf Ball Drop:
Five dollars secures an entry into the Great
Golf Ball Drop game for a chance to win a 55
inch SMART TV! Perched twenty feet above hole
number nine, a bright yellow bucket of golf
balls will be turned upside down releasing a
cascading free-for-all during Fry Healthcare
Foundation’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament on
selected as Classified Employee of the Month for
Our classified employee of the month hails from
Boundary County Middle School, where she acts as
the central logistical and informational hub.
Wages selected as Certified
Employee of the Month for April: Bonners Ferry High School would like to
congratulate Judy Wages for being selected as
the certified employee of the month.
Lecrenski selected as Classified
Employee of the Month for April:
Bonners Ferry High School would like to
congratulate Barb Lecrenski for being selected
as the classified employee of the month for
BCSD Certified Employee of the Month
According to Gary Pflueger,
principal at Valley View Elementary School, the
best teacher is one who
epitomizes “Life-long Learning” and lives as a
positive example to emulate. Mr. John Beck is
such a teacher!
The graduation story, BFHS Class of 2014:
The Bonners Ferry High School Class of 2014
graduated today at the sun-soaked high school football
field. One hundred five students received
diplomas in the ceremony.
Live internet broadcast of graduation,
BFHS Class of 2014:
We want to make all aware who have a relative or
a friend graduating with the Bonners Ferry High
School Class of 2014--- our companion
boundarycountylive.com will be producing a live
broadcast of the entire
graduation ceremony on the internet, as it
Click on the headline above for the full
Summer Food Service Program announced for
area children ages 1 - 18: The Idaho State Department of Education and
Boundary County School District 101 have
announced that the School District will be
participating this summer in the Summer Food
Service Program. Through this program, meals
will be provided to all children, ages 1 - 18,
without charge at various times and locations.
This week's Idaho Distinguished Student Award Winners include student from
Bonners Ferry High School: Every week the Idaho Dairy Council selects four
students from around the state of Idaho to honor
for their exceptional academic, athletic, and
civic contributions and achievements.
This week's group of four Distinguished Student
Award winners includes a senior from Bonners
Ferry High School, Gabrielle Munson.
School District invites all to meeting tonight
about special Magnet Program at Naples
Elementary: Boundary County School District 101 and the
administration and staff of Naples Elementary
School are inviting Boundary County parents and
students who may be interested in Naples'
School's Magnet Program to attend a special
meeting at the Naples School on Wednesday, May
Abandoned cats needing help:
Caring People for Animals (CPA) needs the help
of some of our area cat lovers. You know who you
Through extraordinary effort, new playground
It's hectic, but it's organized . . . and
We are referring to the dawn-til-dusk effort
that has been going on all weekend down at the
Boundary County Fairgrounds to have the new
playground facilities ready for kid action by
this coming Monday, the Memorial Day Holiday.
Specifically, they want it done by the time the
Memorial Day Parade ends downtown, Which is now
about 36 hours away!
takes crowd back in time, also announces
plans for Railroad Courtyard:
"All Aboard!" boomed the voice of the
And with that, the crowd at the Boundary County
Museum was taken back in time on a historic
journey, enjoying railroads and train rides from
past days in the county.
Valley View dessert auction raises funds for
bleachers: Valley View
Elementary School's annual Learning Fair /
Dessert Auction / Free Dinner was held Thursday
night in hopes of raising money towards new
bleachers for the Valley View gymnasium.
With 88 different desserts offered, how could
you go wrong?
Semi-trailer rolls down embankment in Naples
area auto accident earlier today
A semi-trailer and a pickup were involved in an
auto accident at approximately 9:30 a.m. today on
U.S. Highway 95 near the area of the Naples
Bridge / Schoolhouse Road.
Nineteen BNSF rail cars derail east of Bonners Ferry:
Nineteen BNSF Railway cars derailed from their
tracks near Crossport, just
east of Bonners Ferry at 1:55 a.m. on Thursday,
Construction coming up on
downtown Bonners Ferry bridges: Construction upgrades on the Kootenai River
Bridge on U.S. Highway 95 in
Bonners Ferry will begin soon, leading to
periodic lane closures, traffic
shifts, and even closure of the Main Street
bridge approach during part of
the construction period. The Arizona Street
Bridge (the highway bridge
that crosses over the railroad tracks near the
Kootenai River Inn) will
also see construction during the same time
frame, also with temporary lane
and traffic re-routing.
Corps of Engineers hosts Libby Dam public
information meeting in Bonners Ferry:
If you have always wanted to meet the guys
behind the operation of the
Libby Dam, this is your chance! The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers is
hosting a Libby Dam annual operations public
information meeting in Bonners
Guess which town is Idaho's 52nd largest?
According to data released today by the U.S.
Census Bureau, Bonners Ferry
population estimate for 2013 was 2,473
residents, good for making Bonners
Ferry Idaho's 52nd largest town!
ELECTION 2014: Final
Unofficial Boundary County election tallies are
now available--Click Here to review results.
We will continue to post
statewide and other results as they become
available to us. Thanks for your patience!
Local technician warns of another computer scam:
Newsbf recently posted an
article about a computer scam that has been
identified around the state of Idaho.
Josh Henderson, Service Technician at Boundary
Computer Radio Shack in Bonners Ferry, has
advised us of yet another scam he has seen in his
work that has affected our local area.
Fourth of July Fireworks planned, donations
sought: Bonners Ferry has had
a great Fourth of July fireworks celebration for
the past few years. Plans are now being
made for this year's fireworks celebration.
Extra enforcement focus on seat belt law:
More than 75 Idaho law enforcement
agencies will participate in a high-visibility
mobilization effort with officers dedicating
extra hours to educate citizens and to strictly
enforce the state’s safety restraint law during
the 14-day period that includes Memorial Day.
Meeting for BFHS football players and prospects:
Although the first real, actual kickoff for
football isn't until late August, preparation
for this fall's season is kicking off soon, on
Museum summer season begins with railroad
The Boundary County Museum is starting off its
summer schedule with a big museum event.
Read these two river stories below, you will
immediately be a local expert on our current
STORY 1: Increased Kootenai flows this week part
of sturgeon restoration effort: You may notice higher flows of the Kootenai
River over the next week or so. This planned
increase in river flow is just one part of a
program to encourage spawning and, in the long
run, improve populations of the Kootenai River's
endangered white sturgeon.
RIVER STORY 2: Water level of local rivers
rising, flooding not anticipated:
The Kootenai River has risen approximately four
feet over the past couple of days. Its current
level is about four feet below the river's minor
Bonners Ferry big car show coming in three
weeks: The Rod Benders Car
Club of Bonners Ferry, will hold their 14th
annual Borders Three Jamboree Car Show in
downtown Bonners Ferry, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m., Saturday June 7. This is the largest
downtown Bonners Ferry event of the year.
Bonners Ferry police arrest juvenile bomb threat
The Bonners Ferry Police Department announced
today the arrest of a 12 year old Boundary
County Middle School student in connection with
a handwritten bomb threat that cleared the
school's campus late yesterday afternoon.
Goslings consider the biggest leap of their
Great video from the
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge Eagle Cam!
A pair of Canadian geese selected
the eagles' nest to raise their brood. The
Refuge's Eagle Cam captured this great video of
the recent day when those baby goslings leave
Enforcement Officers Memorial Week, 2014:
The Bonners Ferry Police Department announces
the week of May 12 as the nation-wide observance
of “Police Officers’ Memorial Week,” with a
ceremony taking place Thursday, May 15 in
Commissioners proclain May as Mental Health
Month in Boundary County: This May is Mental Health Month. NAMI Far North,
the Bonner and Boundary County affiliate to the
National Alliance on Mental Illness, is raising
awareness of the role mental health plays in our
lives, and providing tips and resources so
anyone can take steps to promote good mental
Runners Ready--Kootenai River Run Coming Up:
The 2014 Kootenai River Run will be
held Saturday, June 21, at 9 a.m., with two runs
to choose from.
Click Here to take a look at our photos of
today's Boundary Community Hospital Health Fair
Big crowds at the Health Fair today . . . .
places at State Forestry competition: Boundary County students competed at the 32nd
annual Idaho State Forestry Contest this past
Thursday, May 8, in Careywood, Idaho. And one
local student came back home with a third place
ALERT: Do not renew your vehicle over the
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is
warning of a recent telephone scam
involving vehicle-registration renewals and
reminds its customers that renewal
notifications are made only by mail.
for summer swimming in the City Pool?
Get ready for the City Pool to open for the
City workers are on the job now at the City
Swimming Pool, getting necessary repairs and
rejuvenations done so it will be ready for the
Summer of 2014. Read this story for
information on the pool opening, cost, and
events coming up at the Refuge:
There is a lot of action going on these
days at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge.
In addition to the beautiful scenery, the
peaceful and scenic perimeter drive, and the
wildlife and waterfowl one can admire on almost
any trip to the refuge, some upcoming big events
Burn Permits required starting this Saturday,
The Idaho Department of Lands is notifying all
Idahoans that beginning this Saturday, May 10,
fire safety burn permits are required for any
burning outside of city limits.
Senator to host Telephone-Townhall:
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host his
second statewide tele-townhall meeting of 2014
and is encouraging Idahoans to participate.
ISP releases information on yesterday's fatal
Highway 2 auto accident: The Idaho State Police is now releasing
information regarding the fatal automobile
accident that occurred yesterday, May 7, at
Milepost 67, near Sater's Auction on US Highway
Kindergarten registration at Valley View on May
9: If you have a new kindergartener going to Valley
View Elementary this fall, Friday, May 9 is the
day to get them registered.
Naples Elementary Kindergarten Registration is
May 9: All future Naples
Elementary kindergarteners: head to the school
Friday, May 9 to register.Naples
Elementary Kindergarten Registration is May 9:
All future Naples Elementary
kindergarteners: head to the school Friday, May
9 to register.
and Game live internet chat about fishing:
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has
scheduled an internet chat about fishing in
Idaho, and is inviting all who wish to
participate to join in.
Customs and Border Protection looking for new
officers: If you know someone who might be interested in a
career with the U.S. Customs, let them know that
Customs is now hiring. U.S. Customs and
Border Protection, the agency responsible for
securing U.S. borders from all threats, is now
accepting applications nationwide to fill 2,000
additional officer positions at air, land and
sea ports across the country.
Health Fair and Fun Run Coming this Weekend: Ready for this year's Health Fair, sponsored by
Boundary Community Hospital?
Health advocates will fill over sixty booths at
this year's Health Fair sponsored by Boundary
Community Hospital on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
"The Health Fair is an event that we always look
forward to," said hospital administrator, Craig
Cattle dog needs help locating owners: This
pretty female Cattle Dog was picked up as a
stray just north of
McArthur Lake in Boundary County Idaho, and she
is now at Second Chance Animal Shelter in
Could the Kootenai or Moyie Rivers flood this
season? Do you have river plans for the summer?
Innertubing on the Moyie, perhaps? Rafting on
the Kootenai? Fishing? Swimming at Big Rock?
Or maybe you have farmland in the Kootenai
We're going to talk rivers here, including Moyie
and Kootenai river levels, and the current
outlook for flooding on those rivers.
Republicans to host candidate forum:
The Boundary County Republican Central Committee
has announced that they will host a candidates'
forum on Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the
Kootenai River Inn. All Republican
candidates in Legislative District 1 and in
Boundary County have been invited to attend the
Hospital Fun Run Coming May 10:
Boundary Community Hospital's annual
Fun Run in conjunction with the 2014 Health Fair
includes three races, all free and all fun: a
3K, 5K, and 10K. This year's Fun Run and Health
Fair is Saturday, May 10, 2014.
latest on the NewsBF website:
Mike Weland came to Bonners Ferry over 20 years
ago. After having worked in
the newspaper business in other areas, he
arrived here and employed his
skills with the Bonners Ferry Herald.
Turns out, he had a little more of an ambitious,
entrepreneurial streak in
Fish and Game announces fish stocking schedule:
The Idaho Fish and Game Department has just
released their schedule for stocking fish in
various lakes, ponds, and reservoirs in the
Idaho Panhandle. Their schedule includes many of
our lakes right here in Boundary County.
Capitol for a
years after he brought Idaho's first
"Capitol for a Day to Bonners Ferry,
Idaho Governor Butch Otter and his
entourage returned Friday to conduct the
state's business at the Memorial Hall at
the Boundary County Fairgrounds. The
governor met with local elected
officials, candidates and constituents,
and after a day of it, retreated to the
Kootenai River Inn, where the Boundary
County Republican Central Committee
destiny and salvation: Wynword Press:
It's hard to imagine finding a bona fide
publishing house in a more remote setting, but
if you travel down Grouse Hill Road in Boundary
County, take the third drive on the right and
wind your way back into the woods about a
quarter of a mile, you'll find the sign, "Wynword
commission candidate Jeannie Robinson:
name is Jeannie Robinson. I am running for the
position of Boundary County Commissioner in the
May 20 primary. I have had years of experience
working as a public servant for the citizens of
Beyond Borders to perform: The first Beyond Borders International Choir
Festival will be held Saturday, May 3, at
Trinity Lutheran Church in Bonners Ferry. It
will culminate in a concert featuring four
different area choirs and a massed choir under
the direction of Max Mendes from Coeur d'Alene.
Farm Tour to visit Naples: The Boundary Soil Conservation District and Farm
Bureau are once again offering their free
community farm tour. This year’s event will
feature a look at Naples.
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Newsbf in transition ... a goodbye: After more than 20 years reporting news in
Boundary County and just over three years after
launching this website, I must say "farewell" to
the wonderful people of this community and turn
over the reins on what has been a labor of love.
By Mike Weland
White named Employees of the Month: Boundary County School District 101 has selected
George Hays as certified employee of the month
for April and Wendy White as the month's
kindergarten registration May 9: Valley View kindergarten registration will take
place from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 9, and
parents and their child who is taking that big
step up to school should plan to attend.
time to remove studded tires: Drivers can still use studded tires on Idaho
roadways, but only for a few days longer, the
Idaho Transportation Department announced. After
that, Gem State drivers join those in
Washington, Utah and Oregon, where the
springtime studded tire removal date has already
records and sheriff's log
nears for ACE applications: Navigating small airplanes, controlling air
traffic and exploring Blackhawk helicopters are
all part of the Aviation Career Exploration
(ACE) Academy, June 16-18, hosted by the Idaho
Transportation Department’s Division of
Aeronautics in Boise.
Boundary County is Capitol for a Day:
Butch Otter is bringing the State Government to
Boundary County. The Governor will be in
Boundary County on Friday, April 25.
is missing: Lakota
is missing. (She answers to Koty). Age 8 Months,
weighs about 55 lbs.
students visit Costa Rica: “See the World with EF Tours” ... This was the
theme for the Foreign Language Society of
Bonners Ferry High School on its trip to Costa
Rica during spring break 2014.
Closed fire season begins May 10: Closed fire season in Idaho begins May 10 and
extends through October 20 each year. During
this period, it is unlawful for any person to
set a fire outside of an incorporated city or
town without first obtaining a fire safety burn
permit from the Idaho Department of Lands.
work to begin on 95 near Athol: Construction has resumed on the reconstruction
of U.S. 95 from Athol to Granite, the Idaho
Transportation Department announced. The U.S. 95
work is expected to finish by October.
candidate Sue Larson: I
write to introduce myself to you, as I am
running for the office of Boundary County
Treasurer. My name is Sue Larson, and I already
have all of the requisite knowledge for the
Plenty of Easter Egg hunts to choose from:
If you're looking for a plate to take your
children, dressed up in their Easter finery and
toting their darling little baskets, to
enjoy that wonderful childhood tradition of
hunting Easter eggs, you don't have to look far
if you're in Boundary County, where you have
four events to choose from Saturday.
is 2014 Ag Baby: In observance of agriculture, spring, and
new beginnings, Farm Bureau is pleased to
announce this year’s first baby of spring.
Caitlyn Paige Dunham, born March 20 to Bethany
and Anthony Dunham.
discharge at full capacity: In response to increased snowpack in the
Kootenai Basin during the month of March, the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is discharging full
powerhouse capacity, about 25,000 cubic feet per
second, at Libby Dam.
Veterans Stand Down coming May 10: The 2014 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down will
take place this year from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, at the Kootenai County
Fairgrounds. The event is held annually to
provide services to homeless and disadvantaged
veterans in Coeur d’ Alene and the surrounding
seeking man who hit ambulance: The
Idaho State Police are asking for the public's
assistance in locating Samuel John McCartney,
36, of Twin Falls, Idaho.
McCartney was charged with inattentive driving
in Adams County after the car he was driving
collided head-on with the Council Ambulance on
Highway 95 at milepost 121 near Indian Valley on
October 22, 2013.
needs to find new home: Morty
is a four-year-old male Lab/Rhodesian ridgeback
mix who grew a whole lot more than the family
who picked him up from the free box
at the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market expected, and now
they are trying to find him a forever family who
can give him room to run and romp.
Update: Morty found a forever home! Thank you!
contestants 8 through 10: Here are the final three contestants in the 2014
Distinguished Young Women competition, which
takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in
the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High
Davis living his automotive dream: After years of study and work, a dream comes
true on Saturday for a former Bonners Ferry
couple, as Brian Davis and his wife, Jenna
Richardson-Davis, open Hellbilly Customs, a
complete automotive customization shop in Coeur
testing going well at VVES: The first week of Idaho State testing has gone
very well. The fifth grade has taken the Science ISAT assessment. This week we begin the new SBAC
assessment for math and language arts. By
Principal Gary Pfleuger
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phone maintenance planned ~
Boundary Community Hospital will be
undergoing phone system maintenance from 3 to
3:30 a.m. Monday, April 14. Please call the
Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911 for all
emergency calls during this time.
has European dreams: Bonners
Ferry High School junior Kassy Lecrenski, whom
you may have seen working the produce aisle at
Super 1 Foods, is excited about a once in a
lifetime opportunity for travel, and while she's
working hard to make her dream come true on her
own, her community can help her, and her
aspiring classmates, get to where they hope to go.
Microsoft will not call to fix computer bug:
A Bonners Ferry man reported getting a phone
call today from "Microsoft" informing him that
his computer has been infected by a virus, and
insisting that he follow his instructions or
face digital catastrophe. Fortunately, he
recognized the scam before it bit him.
Birthday bash Saturday at the Eagles:
The Bonners Ferry Eagles are hosting a
one-of-a-kind birthday bash tomorrow evening,
one during which you can share tales, laughs and
memories of a combined 319 years of Boundary
County living in a single sitting.
destroys contents of Highland Flats home:
While firefighters from three departments were
able to save the shell, the interior and
contents of a storage building with upstairs
living quarters were completely destroyed by
fire Thursday afternoon, leaving an elderly man
and his dog homeless and lacking.
recovering in Denver after collision:
BJ Roop, 63, Naples, traveled to Denver in late
March to visit family for a few weeks, but after
shattering both ankles in a vehicle collision
March 31, the visit there will instead be for
unplanned months, time that will pass much more
quickly with well wishes from friends here at
Library to hold meetings on expansion plans:
A series of weekly public informational meetings
will kick off next week to explain two measures
that will go before Boundary County voters May
20 that would, if approved, bring a world-class
library housing much more to Bonners Ferry.
with ties to county indicted: Nathan Paul Davenport, 34, and Matthew Taber Annable, 39, both of whom lived in Boundary
County near Eastport when their alleged crime
spree began, were indicted Wednesday by a
federal grand jury in Boise for multiple bank
larcenies, conspiracy, and use of a deadly
weapon during a felony offense, U.S. Attorney
Wendy J. Olson announced.
prescribed burns to begin: The
Idaho Panhandle National Forest plans to
initiate their annual prescribed fire program
starting today and continue into the following
contestants 4-7: Here are the next four contestants in this
year's Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women
contest; if you missed the first three,
click here! All 10 are working day and night
for the big event, which takes place at 6:30
p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Becker
Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School.
Health Fair coming May 10: Health advocates will man over fifty booths at
this year’s Health Fair sponsored by Boundary
Community Hospital, taking place on Saturday,
arrested in drug sting: The Bonners Ferry Police Department announced
that at about 2 p.m. Monday, April 7, officers,
deputies and agents from the Bonners Ferry
Police Department, Boundary County Narcotics
Task Force, Boundary County Sheriff’s Office,
U.S. Forest Service Police and the U.S. Border
Patrol served narcotics related search warrants
in the 6500 Block of Madison Street and the 6600
Block of Augusta Street in Bonners Ferry.
Kootenai expected to reach action stage:
A forecast by the National Weather Service
predicts that the Kootenai River will reach and
slightly exceed flood action stage at about 11
a.m. Friday, April 11.
scholarship deadline near
Applications for Bonners Ferry Rotary
Club scholarships, which are available for high
school graduating seniors as well as students
attending college or in vo-tech programs, are
due on April 17. Applications are available on
Rotary club website.
Groups demand bull trout recovery plan:
Citing the fish stock’s “precarious state,”
Friends of the Wild Swan and Alliance for the
Wild Rockies filed a legal complaint Tuesday in
federal court in Portland, Oregon, faulting the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to
complete recovery plans for bull trout as
required under the Endangered Species Act.
honored for service to city: Bonners Ferry Police Chief Bob Boone recently
recognized Dean Satchwell for his years of
service to the community, both as an employee and
volunteer for the City of Bonners Ferry and the
Bonners Ferry Police Department, presenting him
with the department's Distinguished Service
to be 'Capital for a Day:' Idaho
Governor Butch Otter is bringing the State
Government to Boundary County when he visits on
Friday, April 25, bringing part of Boise with
him. The “Capital for a Day” program is designed
to allow citizens the opportunity to engage with
the governor and his staff regarding any concern
or problem they are experiencing in dealing with
an issue in the state governmental process.
the Wild' seeks talent: Friends of the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
is hosting its third annual "Art in the Wild"
art show and sale Friday and Saturday, August
29-30, and organizers recently sent out
invitations to artists who've participated in
the past, but they are sure there is much more
talent out there.
bomb suspect waives prelim: Bonners
Ferry Police Chief Bob Boone reports that pipe
bomb suspect Allen Stafford, also known as
Avery, appeared in front of Judge Justin Julian
on Friday and waived his preliminary hearing.
nice, wet month in the basin: Libby Dam's April water supply forecast for
April to August has been helped considerably by
a lot of moisture received in the region in
March, an extremely wet month in the Kootenai
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