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March 18
Bonners Ferry Police arrest suspect at gunpoint for alleged Grand Theft:  Last Thursday, March 12, the call went out to Boundary County Law Enforcement: a man described as a tall, skinny male with a dark goatee had allegedly stolen a check from a person at the Kootenai River Inn.
Introducing more of this year's participants in Distinguished Young Women:  This week our coverage of Distinguished Young Women continues as we publish photos and brief biographies of three more program participants, using information provided by our local Distinguished Young Women officials.  Click this story for this week's biographies.
March 14
Regional Spelling Bee competition set; includes five spellers from Boundary County:  Five students from Boundary County Schools have earned their way into the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee, to be held Saturday, March 21 at North Idaho College.
Labrador introduces bill permitting minor children to work in family logging businesses:  If your children are working with you in a family-owned logging business, you may technically be violating federal law. That situation may be remedied, however, under legislation proposed by Idaho Congressman Raúl Labrador.
March 12
Locally-filmed movie The Fish Between the Falls to have Bonners Ferry premier:  Boundary County residents are well aware of the ongoing effort over recent years to restore the population of the Kootenai River's signature fish, the white sturgeon.  Now, a movie shot largely in Boundary County is telling the story to the world.  The movie's local showing is coming up soon.
March 11
Introducing this year's participants in Distinguished Young Women:  As this year's Distinguished Young Women event approaches, we will be publishing photos and brief biographies of three program participants each week, using information provided by our local Distinguished Young Women officials.  Here are this week's biographies.
Local family establishes conservation easement on large forest land parcel:  Seven hundred forty-eight acres of forestland in Boundary County will be conserved as working forest and wildlife habitat in perpetuity after the Idaho Department of Lands, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service, purchased a conservation easement from the Hubbard family in February.
March 10
School Maintenance & Operations Levy vote totals available:  Click here to view the results of the School District M&O Levy for March 10, 2015.
March 9
School levy vote totals will be available here on our website:  Watch this space to see results on the school levy voting.
Idaho Day celebrated statewide and in Boundary County:  Idaho celebrated its first ever Idaho Day last Wednesday, March 4. Celebretory activities were held at the state capitol building in Boise, around the state, and even here in Boundary County, where 4th graders participated in a archeological dig at the Museum.
CORRECTION / UPDATE: One "Forest Funds" program has been authorized, county likely to receive federal payment in June:  Authorization of PILT funding last December will send money to Boundary County.
March 6
Fire managers ask public to use caution during spring burning:  With the lack of snow and the forecast for warm and dry weather, landowners will likely continue debris, ditch and field burning. Boundary County fire managers have some recommendations.
March 5
Forest Funds: Often mentioned in county and school district budgets--what exactly are they?   Any School District discussion about funding our local schools, or about the District budget, or school levies, you'll hear those words spoken--"Forest Funds."  They're also brought up in budget discussions for Boundary County.  But what exactly are these mysterious "Forest Funds?"  Our story explains what they are, how they came to be, how much Boundary County has received, and many more facts and details on that important money tied to forest land in our county.
March 4
Idaho Department of Labor sponsors hiring event in Post Falls; 19 employers looking to hire:  Coming up next week.
March 3
School District presents levy information meeting this Friday for all to attend; will also be broadcast on the internet:  This Friday, March 6, the Boundary County School District will present an information meeting on their request for $2.4 million for the Supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy, the vote for which is set for this coming Tuesday, March 10.  The District is inviting everyone to attend.  The meeting will also be broadcast on Boundary County Live.  Click on this story for more information.  
Did you know—tomorrow is Idaho Day:  Idaho's first ever Idaho Day celebration is tomorrow, March 4. Many statewide events, and a few local events, are scheduled.  The official Idaho Capitol Building celebration will be broadcast on a live internet stream by Idaho Public Television at 11:10 a.m.
Icy Penguin Plunge coming up:  For the fifth year, various local teams, Law Enforcement Officers, and individuals will be “Taking the Plunge” by jumping into the Kootenai River to raise funds for Idaho Special Olympics.
Idaho legislative bill recognizes Boundary County Centennial:  Of all the legislating going on in Boise, one bill before the legislature is of a more personal nature for Boundary County.
ITD broadcast to inform contractors on requirements for federal projects:  Construction contractors and local agencies from throughout Idaho can learn about labor regulations and requirements for federal projects at a free workshop in Boise that also will be broadcast statewide.
February 26
Museum celebrates donation of Kootenai Tribe artifacts and photographs:  A unique and noteworthy collection of Kootenai Tribe art, artifacts, and photographs was unveiled for public display at the Boundary County Museum last Saturday, February 21. And of course, there was a celebration and special presentation also.
February 25
Distinguished Young Women gearing up for swash-buckling pirate fun:  Nine of Bonners Ferry’s most outstanding junior girls will be given an opportunity to win scholarship money and prizes in this year’s annual Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program (formerly Junior Miss).
Runaway Symphony a hit in Bonners Ferry performance:  Last Saturday night, a large crowd of a few hundred people gathered at the auditorium of Bonners Ferry High School to enjoy an evening concert by the Moscow, Idaho-based band Runaway Symphony.  Why so much local interest in this band?
NIC Dean's List honors local students:  North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2014.  And we've got several Boundary County students on that list.  Check this story to learn more.
February 15
Public meets two applicants for School Superintendent position:  The search is well underway for a new Superintendent for Boundary County School District 101. Current Superintendent Richard Conley announced his retirement a couple of months ago. The District has been accepting and reviewing applications, and on Friday night held formal meetings and interviews with two individuals the School Board considers to be qualified for the position. 
Note:  This article contains brief video clips from the public meeting and questions with the candidates.
February 11
Keough expresses concern over aging Idaho bridges; several located in Boundary County:  It looks like Boundary County has 19 state and local bridges that are age 50 years or more.
Department of Labor sponsors job fair at Post Falls office:  Twenty-one employers will be participating in the February 11 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor at its Kootenai County office in Post Falls.
Fish and Game lists statewide job openings, include some nearby summer jobs:  Idaho Fish and Game periodically lists employment openings with their department. In their most recent listing, three summer jobs are included that are located in areas in or near Boundary County.  Click on this headline to learn more about these Fish and Game summer job listings, and other employment opportunities with Fish and Game.
February 10
Search and Rescue trains for winter ice and water rescues:  With spring around the corner, ice on the lakes and rivers is a potential hazard.  Boundary County Information Officer Michael Meier reports on how local members of Boundary Search and Dive Rescue Team recently participated in training to renew and update their skills for wintertime ice and water rescues.
February 6
Looking for a fun evening? Catch a play tonight (or tomorrow) at BFHS: 
Bonners Ferry high school students will have the whole town thinking pink when they present their two final performances of Legally Blonde beginning tonight, February 6. This fun and upbeat musical follows the adventures of a sorority girl named Elle Woods – a Gemini with a double Capricorn moon – who tries to win her ex-boyfriend back by earning a Harvard law degree.
ITD presents South Hill highway construction plans at open house meeting:  A lengthy section of the highway on Bonners Ferry's South Hill will be updated with a left turn lane, sidewalks, shoulders, new drainage systems, and more. Currently, the Idaho Transportation Department is looking at two different options to update the road. ITD held a public meeting in Bonners Ferry last night to inform residents on details of the project.
Runaway Symphony band to perform locally; bringing their song Bonners Ferry with them:  This band features Daniel Botkin, a former resident of Boundary County. Mr. Botkin's song Bonners Ferry, is something of a hit in these parts, and has been popular with Boundary County social media circles.
Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 is awarded 3D printer: Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ was selected to receive an EKOCYCLE™ Cube® 3D Printer.  And they're already putting it to work.
Forest Service seeks comments on local area Deer Creek project, a KVRI collaboration:  The Bonners Ferry Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) is seeking public comments on a forest management project being developed in collaboration with the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative as part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.
Family requests help on missing teen:  Reported as runaway.
February 3
ITD imposes speed restrictions on Highway 95 north of Mt. Hall junction:  The Idaho Department of Transportation will begin break-up speed restrictions on this section Wednesday morning, February 4.
February 2
High School helps out with Souper Bowl during Super Bowl week:  All the enthusiasm and excitement around the Super Bowl inspired a meaningful community event at BFHS last week.
Online now from Idaho Driver's License officials:  practice tests and a mobile app:  Building on the success of the driver’s license practice-test mobile app, the Idaho Transportation Department is now offering free practice tests on its official website.
January 31
Successful Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ enters ninth year:  Students, mentors, parents and alumni from Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ met on January 3 for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Broadcast. This year’s game is “Recycle Rush,” and the team hopes to continue the success they have had in previous years.
After publishing our article on the ITD travel website and the Boundary County webcam, a reader reminded us of another webcam located in Boundary County.  For more information on this, see our Letters to the Editor.
January 30
Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale is coming up:  Picture in your mind tables full of pies side by side—lemon meringue pies with towering browned meringue peaks; delicious double-crusted apple pies, huckleberry pies . . . . .
Gear Up program helps students prepare to further their education:  Sometimes in rural areas, there are obstacles that might interfere with students attaining post high school education--obstacles that aren't factors in larger, more metropolitan areas. Gear Up can help students overcome those obstacles.
New Arm Bike speeds recovery at Boundary Community Hospital:  Come and ride the bicycle—the arm bicycle that is.
January 28
ITD travel website contains helpful winter travel information; it even has a Boundary County webcam:  Got a winter driving trip coming up?  You may be glad to know that the Idaho Transportation Department maintains a website with some great information on highways and mountain passes throughout the state.  You can even view a Boundary County highway location on an ITD webcam.
Idaho State Police announces 2015 National Missing Children Poster Contest:  Idaho's Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification invites entries from Idaho's fifth graders for the 2015 National Missing Children Poster Contest.
January 27
Changes coming to Highway 95; ITD schedules informational open house in Bonners Ferry:  The Idaho Transportation Department is already well into the planning stages for upgrades and changes on Boundary County's part of Highway 95.  At this upcoming open house, they will be providing information on current proposals for the Highway, and looking for your input.  If you want to have any say in what happens with the Highway, this meeting will give you that opportunity.
Boundary County celebrates 100 years:  Wait a minute. Was this 2015? Or was it, somehow . . . . 1915?    It seemed like it might be 1915, as organizers of Boundary County's Centennial celebration faithfully recreated the original celebration of 100 years ago, when residents of two-day-old Boundary County, Idaho, lauded the newly minted northernmost county in Idaho.
Photograph album of the Boundary County Centennial Celebration:  Click on this headline to view our photos of the big Centennial celebration last Saturday.
Chamber of Commerce issues silver coin commemorating Boundary County Centennial:  As planning for the Boundary County Centennial celebration progressed, the folks at the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce had an idea.  Working with the Sunshine Mine, the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce commissioned a special silver coin, commemorating the Centennial of Boundary County.
January 26
Boundary County youth qualifies for North Idaho Regionals in Elks Hoop Shoot competition:  One of Idaho's premier basketball free throw shooters lives right here in Boundary County.  He regularly sinks 20+ out of 25 free throws--even under the pressure of competition.
Manny Scott gives moving motivational presentations for students and community:  Well-known motivational speaker gives an inspiring presentation to students, also meets with community following a great spaghetti dinner.
Human Rights Task Force announces winners of essay contest:  The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force has announced the winners of the Martin Luther King Day essay contest.  These include winners at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Moscow Renaissance Fair coming in spring, looking for artisan vendors:  Are you a Boundary County artisan? Looking for a popular venue to sell some of your creations?  The Moscow Renaissance Fair - a Celebration of Spring - is looking for artisans in the Northwest to sell their wares at this year’s festival.
January 23
Unemployment numbers for December released;  Boundary County little changed:  Boundary County December 2014 unemployment figures are up only slightly from the month before, but are clearly improved over the December figures of a year ago.  See our chart listing unemployment data for all of Idaho.
NAMI offering free course on mental illness issues:  Family to Family, a twelve week course for family and friends of individuals with mental illness, is being offered by the Far North Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The free course, facilitated by trained family members, will start on Monday, February 9. 
January 22
Troy Mine shutting down operations, hopes to re-open in future when metal prices improve:  The company that owns the copper and silver mine in Troy, Montana has announced a shutdown of operations at the mine, which will lead to layoffs of approximately 70 current employees. Falling prices for copper and silver are forcing the closure, according to the company that owns the mine.
Special TV program aims to improve after-high-school education in Idaho:  Students, parents can call live to college and trade school reps during upcoming TV program aimed at overcoming roadblocks to post high school education.  Idahoans who end their education in high school can expect to earn only half as much as those with a four-year degree, yet fewer than 47 percent of the state’s 2013 high school graduates went on to enroll in a two- or four-year degree program.
January 15
Idaho inaugural events celebrated:  On Friday, January 9, Governor Butch Otter was sworn in on the steps of the Idaho Capitol Building, in a public ceremony that also included the swearing in of the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction.  The next day:  the Inaugural Procession and Ball.
Change in voting site for Valley View Precinct:  Chris Peterson, Deputy Recorder at the Courthouse, has advised of a change in election polling sites for the Valley View Precinct.
Patriot Awards given to School District adminstrators:  Earlier today, personnel of Boundary County School District 101 were recognized with the Patriot Award, given by the U.S. Department of Defense office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Hospital Extended Care Facility visitation restriction lifted:  Boundary Community Hospital announced today that the visitation restriction that was put in place last week has been lifted.
AMBER Alerts now to appear on your Facebook account:  On January 13, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced a partnership with Facebook to send AMBER Alerts to the social network's community to help find missing children.  The new initiative will deliver AMBER Alerts to people's News Feeds in targeted search areas after a child has been abducted and the National Center has issued an alert.
Free community dinner and motivational presentation sponsored by School District:  For a great (and free) dinner and a chance for a great motivational experience, consider attending a special evening sponsored by Boundary County School District 101. This event features motivational speaker Manny Scott, who will be in Bonners Ferry for two days next week.
Certified Nursing Assistant class begins next week:  Boundary Community Hospital provides classes to earn certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) four times a year. A new class will begin at the hospital Tuesday, January 20.
Driver safety course:  A driver safety course will be taught on Thursday, January 29, at the Senior Center at 6635 Lincoln on the South Hill in Bonners Ferry.  Safety tips and possibly a way to save money on insurance.
January 9
Hospital's Extended Care Facility temporarily closed to visitors due to influenza outbreak:  Currently, Boundary Community Hospital’s Extended Care Facility is under visitation restriction to protect the facility residents and the general public from influenza.
January 8
Get ready to celebrate:  Boundary County Centennial blast coming up:  One hundred years ago, late on a Saturday night in 1915, Moses Alexander, who had been Idaho's governor for only 19 days, signed Idaho House Bill No. 1.  With that signature, on January 23, 1915, Boundary County was officially created.

One hundred years later, we've got another party coming.
Boundary County Treasurer Fessler retiring, shares her story:  Boundary County Treasurer Jenny Fessler will retire tomorrow and turn over her ledger books to new incoming Treasurer Sue Larson. We asked Ms. Fessler to share with our readers her thoughts on her career and her years serving as Boundary County Treasurer. Here is what she had to say.
January 7
Highway 95 construction and improvements coming; local website comprehensive source of information:  Changes are coming to Highway 95 in its course through Boundary County, and the Idaho Transportation Department wants input from Boundary County citizens to help plan those changes.  If you, like most of us, feel extremely unqualified to give any meaningful input on how our future highway should be, we have a suggestion for the first place you should start: the Highway 95 Bonners Ferry website.
National Geographic Bee champion Ethan Hubbard has opportunity to advance to state competition:  Valley View Elementary held its 4th Annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored by National Geographic, on December 18, right before Christmas Break. A new school champion was named.  In this article, you can take a Fifth Grade National Geographic Bee challenge quiz to see how your geography knowledge stacks up!
Icy roads lead to wreck with semi and pickup:  A two vehicle collision in the early hours of Tuesday, January 6, blocked Highway 95 for hours, and sent a man to the hospital with serious injuries.
Hiring event next week in Post Falls:  Fifteen employers will be participating in the January 14 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor at its Post Falls office.
January 6
Heavy snows hit the area; Next up:  freezing rain:  Snow blanketed the area, closing Boundary County schools on Monday, January 5 and causing havoc on roadways.  Check this story to see how it affected snow levels, the Water Year, and more on what is coming up.
January 5
Candidates declaring for Boundary County Sheriff, 2016:  It's still over a year until Primary Election 2016, but a couple of candidates have already announced their intentions to seek the office of Boundary County Sheriff.  Click on this article to read about the candidates, their qualifications, and what they would hope to accomplish as Sheriff.
January 4
Winter storm warning today:  The National Weather Service is continuing its Winter Storm Warning, in effect this morning from 7:00 a.m., until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, January 5.
January 2
Counties working on plans for response to hazardous rail spills:  The three northern Idaho Counties, Boundary, Bonner and Kootenai, have joined forces by way of a Federal Grant to establish or update their response plans to potential spills from rail cars.
January 1, 2015
Latest Boundary County snowpack and water supply:  The early read on our water supply for next spring and summer is in.  Check this story to see how our snowpack is doing, what our precipitation for the year has been, and projections for our water supply in the coming sunny months.
December 25
Festival of Trees 2014 edition raises funds to support hospital:  The Festival of Trees accomplished its goal of raising funds for the continual support of our local hospital, Boundary Community Hospital.  Read here to learn details of this year's event, and some of the medical items the Fry Healthcare Foundation was able to fund.
Winner announced for DARE Program shotgun raffle:  The Bonners Ferry Police Department is happy to announce who holds the winning raffle ticket and is the proud winner of the brand new Winchester 12 gauge waterfowl shotgun.
Idaho population increased during 2014:  Enough people moved into Idaho in 2014 to cause a net increase in the population by an amount almost equal to the combined populations of Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint.
Your New Years' Eve invitation from the Pearl:  The Pearl Theater invites all to ring in the New Year at their special New Year's Eve party on Wednesday, December 31, the final day of 2014.
December 20
The Ferry at Bonners Ferry:  150 years celebrated at the Museum:  Fifty cents is what it would cost you to cross the Kootenai River on Mr. Bonner's original ferryboat when it was first established  back in December 1864.  The Boundary County Museum marked the Sesquicentennial Anniversary (that's the 150 year anniversary) of the beginning of Mr. Edward L. Bonner's ferryboat business.  Click on this headline to read about the big celebration event.
Night of Nativities and Carols event dazzles:  Can you imagine 133 Christmas nativity scenes on display in a beautiful and festive setting, with live performances of Christmas music helping to set a tone fitting for a peaceful holiday evening?  This remarkable Christmas event was held earlier today, one that is planned to become an annual holiday event in Boundary County.

Lots of Nativity photos included with this story.
Christmas shopping at the Boundary County Museum:  Still trying to come up with that last minute unique Christmas gift?  Did you know you can purchase some great Boundary County-themed items at the Boundary County Museum?
December 19

Moose Madness is tonight. If you have never experienced Moose Madness, consider giving it a look. It is a high energy, noisy, fun-filled experience, featuring fun basketball between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint, student competitions that take place during breaks in the basketball action, and lots of cheering, bands, and overall madness.  Click on this headline to see the details on how Moose Madness works, and all the excitement to be had.
November's Idaho jobless rate under 4%, lowest in nearly 7 years:  (But Boundary County's rate goes up).  Above average employer payrolls and a declining labor force drove Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate below 4 percent last month for the first time since early 2008. Boundary County, however, saw a rise in unemployment over last month's figures.
Idaho ranks 2nd in the nation for volunteerism:  Over 36 percent of Idahoans volunteered during 2013, the second highest percentage among the states, according to the latest report on volunteerism from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship.
December 17
School Board finalizes policies on drug testing and emergency response;  plans upcoming M&O Levy request:  The Board of Trustees for Boundary County School District 101 met Monday, and among other things, finalized updated policies on drug testing of students, finalized changes to the District's Emergency Response Plan, and came closer to determining the amount they plan to request from voters for the upcoming 2015 Supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy.
High speed chase in Bonner and Boundary Counties:  A high speed chase that started in Bonner County and crossed into south Boundary County occurred last Sunday night on December 14.
Dust off your maps!  Geographic Bee is coming up:  For the 27th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades.  One of those schools: Valley View Elementary School, right here in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Bonners Ferry Ranger District Office temporary closure:  On Thursday December 18, 2014 the Bonners Ferry ranger District Office will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as Bonners Ferry Electric works to replace power line poles supplying the office.
December 15
Human Rights Task Force hosting art show:  The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force is hosting an art show, and is inviting community members to display their artwork of any medium.
December 11
The Ferry at Bonners Ferry Sesquicentennial Birthday, 1864 - 2014:  Did you know that on December 22, 2014, the Ferry at Bonners Ferry will be 150 years old?  And that you are invited to help in the celebration, birthday cake and all, at the Museum.
Boundary County Library awarded funding for technology center:  The Boundary County Library has received two grants, an Idaho Department of Commerce Gem Grant, and a USDA Rural Development Grant, to fund a digital technology center that will equip residents of Bonners Ferry with the new technologies that are becoming increasingly necessary in the modern world.
Follow-up: Idaho teacher wins contest for $100,000 for her school:  You may have read a story here at NewsBF recently, where we relayed a request from Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to help an Idaho teacher win a $100,000 prize for her school.  Well, guess what . . . .
Annual Community Choir Holiday Concerts coming up:  Once again, the long standing Bonners Ferry tradition lives on. Over 80 local singers, children and adults, join together to present "All on a Starry Night," this year's annual Bonners Ferry Community Choir Christmas Concert.
December 5
Forest Service seeking seasonal workers at Bonners Ferry Job Fair; Part of the program will focus on recruiting military veterans:  The U.S. Forest Service will present job fairs statewide this Monday, December 8 at the 25 Idaho Department of Labor local offices all across Idaho, including our local office in Bonners Ferry.
Coming up this Christmas Season:  Night of Nativities and Carols:  Night of Nativities and Carols is another Boundary County Christmas season event. At this event, organizers are planning three things.
December 4
Seventeen employers at upcoming Hiring Event:  Seventeen employers will be participating in the December 10 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor at its Post Falls office.
December 3
Lawsuit filed against City of Bonners Ferry:  In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, a former employee of the City of Bonners Ferry Electrical Shop is requesting a jury trial to decide his claims of harassment and hostility at work, which he contends led to the loss of his job.
Inauguration events listed for newly elected Idaho officials; Idaho public invited:  The 2015 inauguration ceremony for the Governor of Idaho and State of Idaho constitutional officers will take place on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Glittering inaugural events are set for the following day at the Idaho State Capitol building.
December 1
Thinking of using aerial technology for hunting?  Think violation!:  Like all sports, hunting has its rules.   One of those rules involves using an aerial perspective to improve one's odds in the hunt.  Think carefully about that . . . .
November 25
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Idaho Small Businesses:  Small, nonfarm businesses in Boundary County and 10 other counties in Idaho, as well as neighboring counties in Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, may be eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration.
Police Youth Explorer Post competes in law enforcement chili cook off:  The Bonners Ferry Police Department is proud to announce the Boundary County Law Enforcement Explorer Post #190 competed against area law enforcement agencies in Mt. Hall School's "Battle of the Badges" benefit chili cook off.
November 21
‘Tis the season for Christmas tree permits:  Many families in our forested area enjoy the tradition of scouting over Forest Service or BLM land to locate, cut, and take home their own Christmas tree.  Christmas tree permits are now available from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Governor Otter is asking a favor of us . . .  "One of Idaho's very own teachers is in the final leg of an extremely competitive grant competition, and could use the support of everyone in our great state!"  Click on the headline for this story to learn how you can help out.
Labrador to discuss immigration issues on national television program:  Idaho 1st District Republican Congressman Raúl Labrador will appear on the nationally-televised CBS news program Face the Nation with Bob Scheiffer on Sunday.
Travelers visiting the International Selkirk Loop report spending nearly $5 million in our region:  Officials of the International Selkirk Loop have recently completed an online traveler survey that provides valuable information for the member communities and businesses of the scenic Loop region. This survey asked thousands of travelers a variety of questions concerning their visit to our area.
November 19
Bonners Ferry Police arrest suspected interstate drug trafficker:  The Bonners Ferry Police Department announced the arrest of a 22 year old Kila, Montana man for alleged possession for sale of a controlled substance, following an early morning traffic stop by Bonners Ferry Police.
Police and school administrators identify suspect in last week's school bomb threat:  Bonners Ferry Police, in cooperation with Boundary County School District 101 administrators, have identified a 12 year old suspect in last week's November 12 bomb threat at Boundary County Middle School.
Kramer elected as officer in state rescue association:  David Kramer was recently elected as the First Vice-Commander of Idaho State Search and Rescue Association (ISSAR) for the 2014-2015 year.
Bonners Ferry Police sponsors hunting shotgun raffle:  The Bonners Ferry Police Department is proudly raffling off this beautiful, brand new, Winchester XSP Waterfowl Max5 12 gauge hunting shotgun, just in time for Christmas.
November 17
Sandpoint woman injured in vehicle rollover on Highway 2:  Earlier today at 3:25 p.m., a Sandpoint woman was involved in a serious single car rollover on U.S. Highway 2 at milepost 68.
Emergency crews check Restorium after carbon monoxide alarm sounds:  The Community Restorium went into emergency precautions after a carbon monoxide alarm sounded earlier this evening.
Lost hunters located after spending night in sub-freezing temperatures:  Last Wednesday, November 12, the Boundary County Sheriff's Office received a call at 11:00 p.m. regarding two missing hunters.  The hunters had gone out in midafternoon for some quick hunting time before dinner.  When they hadn't returned by 11:00 p.m., the search began.
November 15
Crazy basketball with local team vs Harlem Ambassadors:  It was basketball and more as the Harlem Ambassadors came to town to challenge the local NBA Wanna B's team. Not only was there fancy ball handling, impressive scoring moves, and athletic play--on both teams--but somehow during the game, a football game broke out, also a wrestling match, and somehow around sixty members of the audience ended up doing a line dance on the basketball court, led by the Harlem Ambassadors.
November 14
Flags at half staff in Idaho today (November 14) in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jon L. Hartway, one of the Idaho Army National Guard pilots killed last week in a helicopter crash during a National Guard training mission.  The other pilot killed in that crash, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stien P. Gearhart, was similarly honored with Idaho flags at half staff two days ago on November 12.
Note:  City of Bonners Ferry has announced that the hearing that had been set for November 18 to discuss water and sewer rates has been changed to December 2.
November 13
Preparations underway for 2014 Festival of Trees:  For the past eighteen years, the Festival of Trees has been produced by the Fry Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors and friends of the organization. This year is no different. Many people are spending hours planning, organizing and preparing for the event which this year will be on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13.
November 12
Local authors publish illustrated book of Selkirk Loop:  A photographic journey encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, eastern Washington and southeastern British Columbia, Selkirks Spectacular, features images by local photographers Jerry Pavia and Tim Cady.  Book publication parties, public invited, are scheduled and coming up soon in Bonners Ferry.  Click on this headline for more details.
Boundary Community Hospital training and preparing for Ebola, just in case:  With the current concern and surveillance going on worldwide regarding patients with the Ebola virus, you may want to know that our local hospital is already well into preparations and close monitoring for individuals who may have the infection, or who may have been exposed to the virus.
Report on success of recent emergency test of Idaho ham radio:  If there were some emergency, and all the phones went out, what would happen to keep vital communication going?  Ham radio is already organized to be ready at any time in just such a case.  Last month, a statewide simulated test of Idaho ham radio emergency communication systems was done.  This story reports on the success of that test.
November 11
Veterans' Day Remembrance Ceremony today:  Each year, a special Remembrance Ceremony is held on Veterans' Day at Veterans' Memorial Park, next to the library.  Today's ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.  Click this headline for more details.
Idaho Family Reading Week coming, Valley View is ready:  Get ready . . . Idaho Family Reading Week is November 17-20!  Valley View Elementary School has a full week of activities planned to get your family reading with our theme of: "Building a Community of Readers!"
Successful "Night for the Museum" fundraiser:  The fourth annual "Night for the Museum" fundraiser was held at the Museum on October 25, and was enjoyed by a sold-out crowd of nearly 100.
November 8
Record Alaskan storm leading to freezing temperatures here:  Make the most of Boundary County's brilliant sunshine and relatively nice autumn temperatures while we have them this weekend. Drastic changes are on the way.  Read here about how a storm that began thousands of miles away is sending low temperatures our way.
November 7
Idaho Army National Guard helicopter crashes near Boise:  At approximately 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) yesterday evening on November 6, an Idaho Army National Guard AH-64D Apache helicopter with two pilots aboard crashed during a training mission.
November 6
Boundary County emergency crews respond to gunshot injury in Highland Flats area:  Boundary County emergency services responded yesterday, November 5, to a call to assist a man with a gunshot wound in the area of the Highland Flats Snowmobile Park.
November 5
Paradise Valley Fire District seeks to fill board vacancy:  The Paradise Valley Fire District is seeking a volunteer to fill out its 3-person board of directors, according to Orrin Everhart, board chairman.  More details available by clicking on the headline for this article.

Final unofficial tallies for Boundary County are now available as of 12:45 a.m., November 5, with 7 out of 7 precincts reporting.
Click here to see local Boundary County results.

To view results for Legislative District 1 races (Keough vs Fioravanti, Sorge vs Dixon, Scott vs Bry), click here.

For statewide Idaho election results, click here.
November 4
Owner changes for local branch of Panhandle State Bank:  Something is different at Panhandle State Bank on the Bonners Ferry South Hill.    New name. New owner. And a little bit of a new look.
Twenty-one companies looking to hire at Post Falls event:  Twenty-one employers are participating in the Wednesday, November 12 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor.  Click on this story to find out what companies are hiring, and details about the event.
Care-N-Share looking for your help for Christmas:  Thirty-two years ago, Care-N-Share was started to help the children of Bonners Ferry at Christmas time.  Through this program, you can help children in our area during the holiday season.
October 30
Preparations are beginning for holiday food baskets:  Holiday Food Baskets are back again this year!  Again this Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Ministerial Association will be providing food baskets for those in our community who are in need.
Idaho plans to sell 180 lake lots by end of 2017:  The State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) voted unanimously October 28 to put 180 more State-owned leased lake lots on the auction block over the next three years.
October 28
Workshops offered on how to do business with government agencies:  If you have contemplated placing bids on federal or state projects, working as a contractor for governnent entities, or in other ways seeking to develop a business relationship with the state or federal government, you may be interested in training sessions coming up next week.
October 23
International meeting on Canada's Corra Linn Dam to be held in Bonners Ferry:  It's possible you may have never heard of the Corra Linn Dam.  But if you live in Boundary County, the Corra Linn Dam affects you.  In a few days, the International Kootenay Lake Board of Control will hold a public meeting right here in Bonners Ferry to discuss operations of the Corra Linn Dam.  Click on the headline for more information.
October 21
School District provides sources for weather / emergency information:  With the winter months at hand, Boundary County School District No. 101 wants to inform patrons where they can find information for school closures due to weather, or other emergency information.
October 15
Idaho and National Guard team up for program to help teens who drop out:  An opportunity for teens who have dropped out of school to renew their education in a unique and challenging environment is available. An information seminar about this program is coming up at the end of this month.
October 13
History and mystery at Grandview?  Some might think a cemetery tour a little odd, but a tour of this Boundary County cemetery proved to be quite interesting and enlightening . . .
October 11
Twin Rivers Hatchery celebrates, now open for business:  The ribbon has been cut on the Kootenai Tribe's Twin Rivers Sturgeon and Burbot Hatchery.  The Hatchery's Opening Celebration was held on Thursday, with a packed house in attendance.
Senator Crapo conducts Town Hall meeting:  U.S. Senator Mike Crapo attended a Town Hall meeting in Bonners Ferry Thursday morning, October 9.
What are all of these bugs?!!:  In some parts of the county, including the city-wide area of Bonners Ferry, the air appears to be thick with a small, winged, bluish looking insect.
Flags to be at half staff tomorrow:  Click on this headline to learn why flags will be flown at half staff on Sunday, October 12.
Experienced authors to give presentation:  Two published authors, one a University of Idaho professor, will give a presentation here October 17.
October 9
Candidate Forum informative, sometimes contentious, and--successful:  It was standing room only at the Kootenai River Inn for the Election 2014 Candidate Forum.  "There were a couple of somewhat contentious moments," said one of the organizers.
Plans begin for Festival of Trees; hospital seeking to fund new van:  For the eighteenth year, Boundary County residents will be celebrating the Christmas season with a gift to the community by supporting the Festival of Trees.
October 8
Statewide test of ham radio network involves Boundary County operators:  1700 Zulu on October 11. That's when the call for mobilization goes out.  We're talking about the mobilization of all ham radio operators within Idaho. A simulated emergency test is set to begin on October 11, and all Boundary County hams are invited to participate.
October 7
Paving set for Sandpoint Long Bridge this Thursday:  If your plans include heading south on Highway 95 this Thursday, you may want to take this road work notice into account.
Group seeking singers, instrumentalists, and dancers for June tour to Greece:  Interviews and auditions are being held for singers and dancers interested in touring Greece with Spiritsong, an international choir conducted by Vicki Blake Thompson.
October 6
Kootenai Tribe opening new Twin Rivers hatchery facility:  There once was a time when the Kootenai River was swimming with sturgeon, and teeming with burbot, a species of freshwater cod.
October 4
Valley  View students walk the walk on National Walk to School Day:  Valley View Elementary School students had a brisk and fun walk, from the downtown City Parking lot, all the way up the south hill, then across neighborhoods to their school as they took part in National Walk to School Day last Wednesday.
Kootenai Tribe plans celebration of new hatchery:  The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho invites all to celebrate with them the completion of the Twin Rivers Sturgeon and Burbot Hatchery. There will be two days of celebrating.
U.S. Senator to make three appearances in Boundary County next week:  U.S. Senator from Idaho Mike Crapo will appear at three separate meetings and events in Boundary County next week, including two Town Hall meetings and a celebration ceremony for the new Twin Rivers Fish Hatchery.
October 2
Missing hunter found safe:  A hunter missing overnight was found safe yesterday morning after an all-night search by Boundary Search and Dive Rescue, sheriff's deputies and a canine.
Candidates Forum:  only five days away; list of participating candidates now finalized:  The list of participating candidates has been finalized for the upcoming Candidate's Forum, to be held Tuesday evening at the Kootenai River Inn.  Come meet the candidates, and be ready to ask them directly any question at this non-partisan event.
Forty employers set to meet job applicants in area hiring event in Post Falls:  Forty employers are participating in an October 8 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor.  Participating employers include companies in manufacturing, sales, construction, health care, government, and many others.  Click on the headline for this story to see the full list.
Boundary Community Hospital offers 25% off mammography screening:  When statistics are one in eight—of anything—the odds are high.  That's why it is so important for women to have regular mammography screenings.  Boundary Community Hospital's special program this month can help.
Explorers cooking up downtown fundraiser:  Boundary County Explorer Post 190 will be hitting the street downtown this Saturday, in a fun-filled fund raising event.  Along with merchandise for purchase, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more will be available.
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