Boundary County News
~ U.S. 95 back to two lanes at slide ~
According to the Idaho Transportation
Department, the flaggers who have directed
traffic around as workers stabilized the
hillside that slid in March at Mountain Meadows
Road are on to other things and Highway 95 has
returned to a two-way traffic pattern with a
reduced speed limit.
~ Training burn this evening ~
The Idaho Department of Lands is
planning a training burn of less than 1/10th
acre beginning at 6 p.m. today in the Paradise
Valley area. The training is expected to last
until about 9 p.m.
~ Deep Creek Loop reopened ~
3:07 p.m.: County road and bridge
advises that Deep Creek Loop is now open to
travel following a temporary repair. There is a
25 mile per hour speed limit in effect and one
lane is gravel. Please use caution as there is
loose gravel and the south bound lane has a soft
~ County roads now open to hauling ~
With the exception of emergency closures
resulting from damage by flood, all Boundary
County roads are now open to hauling. The roads
still closed are Oxford Road from Usher Lane
south around the corner to address 942, Fleming
Creek Road on the hill from address 1092 west to
3451, and Kootenai Trail Road from address 4894
east down the canyon to 5622.
Memorial Day a day of prayer for permanent peace:
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA: A PROCLAMATION: Memorial Day is our
Nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never
free. It is a moment of collective reflection on
the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last
measure of devotion in service of our ideals and
in the defense of our Nation.
How could anyone abuse or neglect their guardian
angel? Is there no greater classic
old movie than “It’s a Wonderful Life” with
Jimmy Stewart? Remember the story? George Bailey
had to take over the savings and loan after his
father died. By Foster Mayo
Supermoon tonight, but you won't see it:
For the first time since 2009, a new moon – not
a full moon – will be the closest and largest
supermoon of a year.
In recent years, the year’s largest supermoon
has been a full moon. But not in 2017.
Curiosity keeps Jean Bevins young at 104 years:
Imogene "Jean" Bevins, a centenarian resident of
the Boundary Community Hospital Nursing Home,
will be celebrating her 104th birthday with
family, friends and caregivers on Thursday.
Bonners Ferry Mayor David Sims will be stopping
by to mark the occasion and to pass on the best
wishes of the community to this remarkable
releases funds for repairs, including Deep
Creek Loop: The U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration
announced on Friday the immediate availability
of $1.25 million in Emergency Relief funds to help
begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges
in Idaho, including Deep Creek Loop in Boundary
Gearing up for an All American Small Town
Each year, hundreds of people gather on the
Boundary County Fairgrounds lawn as the sun
begins to set on the Fourth of July, set out
their lawn chair or spread their blankets, and
admonish the kids, "don't stray too far, it's
about to start!" This year, organizers putting
it all together are trying something new.
Fuller Fur, Feather and Friends Pet Services
Dan and Jennifer Fuller started visiting Bonners
Ferry about four years ago, and after hunting
for property for two years, they finally bought
an incomplete home in the North Bench area about
two years ago, then spent their visits working
on the place. In September, 2016, Dan and
Jennifer packed up not only their household but
their business as well and bid farewell to the
tiny town just outside Yosemite National Park.
Idaho 8-in-6 an awesome program for students:
School District 101 board member David Brinkman
was recently asked by another parent about the
Idaho 8-in-6 (Fast Forward) Program his
daughter, Liliana, is participating in at
Boundary County Middle School. "This program is
an amazing opportunity for students," he
Labrador adds first name to campaign team:
Raúl Labrador formally announced Milford Terrell
today as his treasurer for his gubernatorial
campaign. Terrell has served on numerous boards
and commissions for six different governors over
the course of 30 years.
Man drowned fleeing Canada:
At about 5:19 p.m. Monday, May 22, the Boundary
County Sheriff’s Office and Boundary Ambulance
responded to Eastport to assist the United
States Border Patrol with a male subject who had
gone into the Moyie River.
Memorial Day waters high and cold:
With Memorial Day weekend looming this weekend
and all the people who will be setting out to
play after our very long and hard winter,
Boundary County Emergency Management would like
to remind everyone that our rivers and streams
are running very high, cold and strong.
Mixed emotions and May Madness:
It is difficult for me to explain the mixed
emotions that surround the end of the school
year. Students, teachers, staff members, family
members, and coaches have Senioritis.
We are all ready for graduation, and not ready
for graduation at the same time. By Principal Kevin Dinning
Local hams preparing for field day:
Amateur radio has played an important part of
emergency communications since the dawn of
radio. Amateurs always practice their skills.
One of those practices is the American Radio
Relay League Annual Field Day.
Roadwork underway in Round Prairie area:
Work is underway to replace a bridge and
resurface pavement on Highway 95 in the Round
Prairie Creek area of northern Boundary County.
Working to identify all Idaho's veteran
With Memorial Day coming up, Governor C.L.
“Butch” Otter announced today that the Idaho
Division of Veterans Services has launched an
effort to identify all Idaho monuments and
memorials honoring the military and veterans.
Idaho joins in settlement in Target breach: Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
announced today that Idaho has joined 46 states
and the District of Columbia in reaching an
$18.5 million settlement with the Target
!! Missing child !!
8:10 p.m.: The
girl has been found! 7:46 p.m.: Please
keep an eye out for a missing 11 year old
autistic girl in the area of VanBuren Street in
Bonners Ferry. She has short brown hair and was
last seen wearing a purple top. If you see her,
please call 911.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow:
You might see folks out and about this week,
older folk mostly, many wearing blue garrison or
baseball caps emblazoned with military badges,
patches and medals, offering small red paper
poppies, asking no set price, but gladly
accepting whatever you offer. The American
Legion recognizes National Poppy Day this year
on Friday, May 26.
Line break in 20-Mile water system
1:40 p.m.: 20-Mile Creek Water
Association has informed NewsBF of a water line
break in the system on 20 Mile Creek Road. Crews
are working to restore the line as quickly as
possible. 9 a.m. May 23: The break was repaired
last night and the system brought back on line;
however, crews are out this morning checking to
see if there are other leaks or problems. That
you for your patience!
Vendors invited for big day:
The Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce is looking
for vendors, food booths, community
organizations, musicians and performers to
participate in our Kootenai River Day's Street
Fair that will be held Saturday, July 8, in
downtown Bonners Ferry!
County rents spray equipment to local residents:
In its effort to rid the county of noxious
weeds, Boundary County rents out sprayers to
Trump signs North Idaho disaster declaration:
On May 18, President Donald J. Trump signed a
Presidential Disaster Declaration for Boundary
County and seven other northern and
north-central Idaho counties.
The itchy and scratchy world we live in:
I was in the Army in 1973, stationed in
Yokohama, Japan. One of my friends and I decided
to escape the rat race for a weekend so we drove
north in search of an isolated beach, armed with
blankets, matches, Kirin beer, a bag of rice
balls wrapped in seaweed and little else.
Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
California pilot walks away from controlled
At around 4 p.m. Sunday, deputies from the
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and personnel
from the Northern Lakes Fire Department and the
Coeur d’ Alene Airport responded to a report of
an airplane in distress.
Oklahoma woman killed near Garwood:
At about 9:42 p.m. Sunday, May 21,a fatal crash
occurred near the intersection of US Highway 95
and Garwood Road north of Hayden.
Get up early to see moon and Venus:
Tomorrow – Monday, May 22 – get up an hour or
two before sunrise to see the moon and planet
Venus, the second-brightest and third-brightest
objects in the sky after the sun. The brilliant
twosome will be near each other, a beautiful and
compelling sight as seen from around the globe.
Expect heavy travel,
higher prices Memorial Day weekend:
AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will
travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial
Day weekend, a 2.7% increase from 2016. That is
one million more travelers than last year taking
to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating
the highest Memorial Day travel volume since
IPNF to go after noxious weeds:
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be
treating noxious weeds on National Forest System
lands as part of an integrated pest management
program that includes mechanical treatment,
seeding/fertilizing of competitive native
grasses, biological controls, and chemical
Visitor use surveys underway on KNF:
If you head into Montana, you may soon see more
Forest Service employees working in developed
and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest
Service roads on the Kootenai National Forest.
They will be wearing bright orange vests and be
near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead.”
Revisions advised in state science standards:
A state committee is recommending revisions to
science standards that will be presented to the
State Board of Education in August.
Spring Into Summer with Bonners Ferry Community
The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra takes the
stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at The Pearl
Theater for their 2017 Spring concert, Spring
Into Summer, conducted by Glenda Novinger. The
orchestra dedicates their performance to the
memory of Lillie Albertson, whose tireless
commitment and love for music inspired all who
EAA to hold season's first
pancake breakfast: he first
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 757
Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast of the season
takes place from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27,
at the Northern Air Hangar at the Boundary
County Airport, 64602 Highway 2 at Three Mile.
Funds from the breakfast are used for flight
Integrated Personnel holding job fair:
Integrated Personnel Inc. is holding a job fair
in Sandpoint from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday,
May 25, and they will be hiring for production
positions including ...
Limited service at Under the Sun:
Due to a death in the family, Under the Sun,
7178 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, will not be
serving sandwiches Friday and Saturday, May
The shop will be open as usual and soups, salads
and coffee will be available.
Luna missing east of Three Mile:
FOUND AND HOME SAFE!! Luna went missing east of Three Mile this
morning, and her family is hoping to get her
back home soon. She is two years old and super
friendly. If you see her, please call Marqui at
Labrador, Goodlatte introduce immigration bill:
Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee
Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and House
Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte
(R-Virginia) on Tuesday introduced a robust
immigration enforcement bill to enhance public
safety, protect national security and ensure the
rule of law.
Beth and Bruce to play The Pearl:
At 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 20, The Pearl
Theater welcomes world-class singers and
songwriters Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop to
the stage, where they will share their recent
album, "Keeping Time by the River. "
Sara Sue is missing:
Sara Sue has been missing since May 6 from her
home on Maas Loop north of Bonners Ferry. She is
a small blue heeler, black, tan and white, with
no collar. Please help find this sweet girl and
bring her home. If you know anything please
contact Renee Pruitt at (208) 946-8517.
new faces on school board:
Ron MacDonald, running unopposed after Justin
Gibbins withdrew because of a move, held onto
his Zone 1 seat on the Boundary County School
District 101 Board with 44 votes, and Teresa L.
Rae captured the Zone 5 seat, garnering 50
votes to challenger Bethany Blackmore's 25.
Susan L. Weed, who ran unopposed for the Zone 2
seat, is also new on the board. Editor's
note: An earlier version of this article that
indicated only one new trustee was caused by
confusion over Tess Rae, who sits on the board
but was not up for reelection. Teresa Rae is her
Northern Lights warns of scam:
Northern Lights Electric Co-op is warning
members to beware of scams within their service
territory. NLI has received a report that a
member has been contacted by an individual who
represented them self as an employee of the
Co-op, and who was requesting personal
Polyphobia is not a fear of
cracker packing parrots:
Over 2400 years ago, Hippocrates, the famous
Greek physician who diagnosed and misdiagnosed
more new afflictions than anyone in history,
came up with a new one. Based on only two
puzzling cases, he wrote that “men who feared
that which need not be feared” were suffering
from a phobia. Musings from Moyieboy by Ken
Three officers to receive Idaho Medal of Honor: Three police officers have been selected to receive the Idaho Medal of
Honor for performing with exceptional courage
and bravery while protecting the public,
including Sergeant Greg Moore, Coeur d’Alene
Police Department, who was killed in the line of
duty in 2015.
One killed, two injured in Kootenai County crash:
A young man was ejected from a vehicle in a
single vehicle crash near Spirit Lake Monday
evening and killed. Another youth and a Coeur
d'Alene man were injured.
Flood watch issued for heavy overnight rain:
The National Weather Service in Spokane has
issued a flood watch for portions of North Idaho
and Washington, including Bonner and Boundary
Counties, in effect from 2 a.m. Tuesday through
A great year for Valley View Elementary:
This year is nearly over and I am happy to
announce it has been a great one for Valley View
Elementary School. The students and staff are
wrapping up testing and looking forward to some
educational field trips, outdoor school, and
other kinesthetic activities that will help
create lifelong memories. It is a great time to
be a Badger. By Principal Nathan Williams
Flags at half staff for fallen peace officers:
United States Flags at Half-Staff on Monday, May
15, in Honor of Police Officers Memorial Day
President John F. Kennedy declared the first
Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as
a tribute to peace officers and in honor of
peace officers who, through their courageous
deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in
the line of duty.
Sturgeon flow augmentation set to begin Monday:
Water managers at the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, along with federal, tribal, and state
fishery biologists, have determined that spring
run-off conditions warrant the commencement of
required flow augmentation at Libby Dam for
endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon
downstream in Idaho.
class released ...
number of people young and old turned
out at the Waterways boat launch to help
the Kootenai Tribe release another year
class of hatchery-reared year-old white
sturgeon into the waters of the Kootenai
River today. With the hatchery effort
and the river restoration project, it is
hoped that one day the sturgeon will
again be able to reproduce in the wild.
Bonner County sex offender may have more victims:
Bonner County Sheriff's Detectives on Thursday
arrested registered sex offended Michael Forker
for two counts of sexual battery of a minor
child and one count of possession of child
pornography. The Bonner County Sheriff's Office
says they have reason to believe there may be
other under aged victims in the community.
CdA to see major road construction this summer:
Major construction will impact north Idaho
traffic in and around the Coeur d'Alene area
this summer. Interstate 90, U.S. 95, and other
area roads will be impacted.
Spiritsong hosting auditions for Iceland trip:
Auditions for Spiritsong, the international
touring choir directed by Bonners Ferry local
Vicki Blake Thompson will be held soon.
Spiritsong will be performing in a women's
choral festival in Iceland in June of 2018.
The circus is coming!
The circus is coming! This is the circus brought
to Bonners Ferry by the Rotary Club every two
years, and it will be here for shows at 5 and
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14.
Get out the fire extinguisher, Mama,
it’s barbecue season: Memorial Day
will be upon us pretty soon, carried away on a
cloud of aromatic meat smoke, as it is every
year. Barbecue season is officially here.
Musings from Moyieboy by Ken Carpenter
Flood watch issued for Moyie River at Eastport:
The National Weather Service has issued a flood
watch for the Moyie River at Eastport, in effect
from late Friday night to Sunday morning. At
10:45 a.m. today, the river was at 7.8 feet. The
river could reach flood stage of nine feet by
SAFE! Small dog found in Paradise Valley: This small brown and white dog was
found today in Paradise Valley. Call Kim
(518) 578-0598 or Lou (528) 569-0830 to
Creston gearing up for Blossom Festival:
The 76th annual Creston Valley Blossom Festival,
with the theme "76 Trombones – Canada
Celebrating 150 Years" will fill the streets of
Creston, B.C., with a plethora of activities,
most of them free, that kick off on Friday, May
19, and last all through the long weekend to
Annie Meadows to speak at Mt. Hall Church:
Mt. Hall Community Church is pleased to host
Miss Annie Meadows as the guest speaker for
their 2017 Women's Conference from 10:30 a.m. to
3 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Annie is an
internationally acclaimed author, Christian
recording artist and radio talk show host based
out of Las Vegas.
Comment period open on Halfway Malin project:
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is inviting
the public to review and make comments on the
Halfway Malin Environmental Assessment (EA). The
proposed project area includes roughly 4,860
acres and is located about ten miles up the St.
Joe River from Avery, Idaho, between Bird Creek
and Eagle Creek.