Boundary County News
Ailport becomes new City Administrator for
Bonners Ferry: Her story,
background, and vision for the City. And
some of her hobbies and interests.
Bridge between Oldtown and Newport to be
will require year and a half:
If you use this bridge regularly, check the
Arbor Day fun and activities planned:
Sponsored by some agencies who know how to have
fun: University of Idaho Extension Office,
Boundary Soil Conservation District, and the
Idaho Department of Lands.
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
names new Deputy Forest Supervisor:
Moves to the Panhandle after serving as District
Ranger on the New Meadows Ranger District of the
Payette National Forest.
Weed spraying to begin soon:
The Boundary County Weed Department will be
starting the annual spraying for noxious weeds
throughout Boundary County.
This year's Farm Tour will focus on southern
part of the county: This
always popular event is coming up in a few
weeks. Now is the time to book your spot
on the tour.
Sheriff's officers now equipped with Narcan,
an opioid reversal agent:
Used to treat emergency overdoses.
Extension Office offers lengthy list of classes:
Looking to pick up some expertise from the
experts? Our local Boundary County office of the
University of Idaho Extension has announced a
series of instructive and fun courses.
Idaho's March unemployment rate remains low;
job growth continues at fastest in the nation:
All the numbers and details available in this
story, courtesy of the Idaho Department of
Kids can still sign up for fun and learning
at 4-H Friday Friends: Though
the ground is thawing and that unreachable last
day of school is moving closer, 4-H Friday
Friends is still in full swing. And you
don't have to be in 4-H to participate in this
Fellow Idahoans please note: Idaho
Army Aviation Unit deploys today:
Most will serve in Afghanistan in helicopter
see our Sports section below about a double
header vs Timberlake and Senior Day for Badger
Baseball, coming up this Saturday morning.
Boundary Community Clinics: Start the
about Advance Directives:
Healthcare decisions can often be complicated
and confusing even under the best of
Zimmerman appointed as new Bonners Ferry Chief
of Police: Boundary County
native returns home to serve after years with
Idaho State Police and after creating from
scratch a brand new police department in
Community Health Fair coming soon, with many
activities: Family Fun Run,
free health care screenings, dozens of exhibits
and vendors, tours, and for the first time a
Mountain Trail Safety Clinic. Three hours
packed with activities and information.
Tribute to those who serve:
Telecommunications: We cannot
overemphasis the importance of the contribution
that our public safety call takers and
dispatchers are to our community’s wellness and
Sheriff's Office: Dispose safely of meds
at Rx Takeback Day: On April
28, members of the Sheriff’s Office will be
setup in front of Super One with a place for
people to drop their expired or no longer used
Driver safety class offered:
Learn some safety tips and
qualify for an insurance discount.
Candidates share their views at
Republican Candidate Forum: Wednesday night was the night to meet area
candidates who are running to win in the upcoming
Primary election and move on to November's
general election showdown. And
we've got a quote from each candidate included
in this article.
North Idaho choir BOUNDLESS off to perform
in New York City's Carnegie Hall: “Who
could believe we’d ever get to do this?” said
conductor Vicki Blake Thompson.
May Primary Election: Information on Early
Absentee Voting: Boundary
County Clerk/Recorder Glenda Poston wants to
make all Boundary County voters aware that Early
or Absentee Voting is now open and available for
the upcoming primary election on May 15.
At it again: Weather Alert—Winter Storm Warning until 11:00 a.m. Thursday:
This weather alert is passed on to us from the
office of Michael Meier,
Boundary County Director of Emergency
Management. Warning: the word "snow"
may be mentioned in this article.
Badger Bands rate highly at Group Festival, have
more big events coming up (including one big
event tonight!): The Badger
Bands are busy, as usual. They recently
earned high ratings at a Group Festival, and
have several more events coming up. You
can see their latest newsletter with this
Distinguished Young Women Style Show this
Tickets for DYW Scholarship Program event now on
sale: Being stylish is just
one of the many attributes the 2018-2019
Distinguished Young Women of Bonners Ferry
participants possess, and they will share this
gift at the upcoming Style Show.
Our Basketball Contest $100 First Place winner
is announced; wins by a razor thin edge:
The final tallies are in on the big
Basketball Tournament Contest, sponsored by
Boundary County Live-NewsBF during the recently
completed NCAA College Basketball Championship
Tournament—and we have a winner.
Republicans hosting candidate forum Wednesday:
The Boundary County Republican Central Committee
is hosting a forum for all Republican candidates
for District 1 State Senate, State House of
Representatives, and all Boundary County offices
that are up for election.
Prevention Notes: It Can Happen to Me:
“What can I do to keep from being
a crime victim?” In today’s world it’s a
question we should ALL be asking ourselves.
Wet weather still in the forecast
for our area: Temperaturs
warming a little into next week.
Distinguished Young Women biographies,
Participants 7-9: Here are
the biographies on the final group of
participants in this year's DYW program.
Their big night is coming up April 28.
On their way to the World Championship:
BFHS Robotics FIRST Team 2130 Alpha+:
We are excited to announce that we qualified for
the World Championship being held in Houston,
Texas in just two short weeks!
Prank Easter eggs showing up in mailboxes:
If you find one, don't touch it, call law
Part of Oxford Road closed:
Boundary County Road & Bridge announces an
Emergency Road Closure of part of Oxford Road,
as of April 3.
April Fools' weather and power outage hits
Boundary County: Mother
Nature pulled off the biggest April Fools' prank
of them all, when on April Fools' Day yesterday
she slammed all of us who were gearing up for
Spring with cold temperatures, a lot of snow,
and a power outage to top it off.
Boundary County Live-NewsBF Basketball Challenge
Contest ends tonight:
And the winner of
our contest gets 100 bucks from us!
Starting from our first contest entrants back in
March, we are now down to three who might be
able to pull off the win in our contest.
We'll know the winner when the final buzzer
sounds in tonight's NCAA Tournament Championship
Boat Idaho instructional course offered:
Three separate sessions of a Boat Idaho Course
are scheduled over the next three months.
The course will cover boating safety and
requirements, including necessary equipment,
basic boating laws, and the rules of the road
with regard to navigation and boater courtesy.
The Visitor Center needs you—Volunteers Needed:
Here is a way you can help out and show people
how great Boundary County really is. The
tourism season is about to begin in full swing .
Under the new Omnibus 2018 spending bill
just passed by Congress,
some big federal money is coming Boundary
County's way: With the
passage of last Friday's $1.3 trillion federal
budget and spending bill, Boundary County will
be receiving some rather large payments from two
Distinguished Young Women biographies,
Participants 4-6: More
biographies on three more of the participants in
this year's Distinguished Young Women program.
More are on the way soon.
March Madness takes over Boundary County Middle
in more ways than one: March Madness is the biggest collegiate
basketball frenzy of the year, and the Boundary
County Middle School leadership students make it
a school wide event! At BCMS, they take the
Tournament to a whole new level.
Free training for high-tech future is brought to
Boundary County (and the rest of Idaho) by
Inspire Idaho program:
Robots were zipping around the Exhibit Hall at
programming code instructions that had been
written by people who only moments before were
your everyday, average, non-coding North
registration coming up soon:
Got a future kindergartener at home? If
so, you will want to know that Kindergarten
Registration for all those who will be in
Kindergarten for this fall's 2018-2019 school
year is coming up soon. Details here.
Museum reports on it's 2018 Idaho Day
celebrations: Idaho's special
day was celebrated around the state on March 5.
Here is how our local museum helped students
from county elementary schools celebrate Idaho
Forest Service announces availability of
firewood permits: Firewood
permits for the 2018-2019 season will be
available beginning April 2, 2018 on the Idaho
Panhandle National Forests.
lists current road
closures: No being on or
using any type of motorized vehicle on these
Boundary County by the numbers:
The latest information just released help paint
a picture of Boundary County population, growth,
and even the number of new babies. The latest
Boundary County employment data is also
included. Did you know we are #8 in Idaho
for percent of net new move-ins?
Latest Census Bureau data show
Idaho population figures and trends:
Overall, the word is
growth, with more people living in urban areas.
Idaho’s Unemployment Rate at 3 Percent
for 6th Month in a Row:
Gem State is #1 in
the nation in Over-the-Year Job Growth.
Bring Spring Job Fair coming at Kootenai County
Department of Labor office: 1500 jobs:
They say they've got that many jobs available at
this event. Check this story for a partial
list of employers who will be there and
positions that will be available.
Distinguished Young Women biographies,
Participants 1-3: Even though
everyone involved with DYW is very busy these
days, they somehow found the time to send us
biographies and information on three of the DYW
participants. More will be coming.
Behind The Scenes of
"The Manliest Show in Town":
What happens when you take 11 of the manliest
senior boys of Bonners Ferry High School and put
them through two weeks of intense practices to
put on the most masculine show Boundary County
has to offer? Find out here.
BNSF Railroad moves ahead in project for second
railroad bridge at Lake Pend Oreille;
Department of Lands schedules public hearings:
This article looks at the
proposal for the new bridge planned for
construction right next to the current railroad
bridge across the lake, reviews some history of
the proposal, and provides details on the public
comment period and hearings set by the Idaho
Department of Lands, including how you can
submit your comment.
Naples Honor Roll students announced:
Naples Elementary School has released its list
of Honor Roll students for Trimester 2.
You can see all the names on the Honor Roll list
Boundary County Live-NewsBF Basketball contest
continues to thrill
with 16 teams remaining:
The NCAA Basketball Tournament is down to 16
As the Tournament builds to the excitement of
the coming Championship Game, another contest,
nearly almost as exciting, is also playing out
in thrilling fashion.
Of course we are talking about the
Boundary County Live-NewsBF Basketball
Innovative training program Inspire Idaho
coming to Bonners Ferry: The
Experience Tour is coming to Idaho. No, it isn't
a rock band, but it is something that is going
to be pretty exciting for many Idahoans.
Innovation Collective and the University of
Idaho are embarking on a 5-day, 20 city tour of
Idaho to promote a rapid learning initiative
called Inspire Idaho. This years program
involves training in writing and developing
Hiring event in Sandpoint tomorrow: Looking
for a new job? The Sandpoint Office of the
Idaho Department of Labor is sponsoring a hiring
event to give you a chance to meet directly with
employers who now have immediate job openings.
Boundary County students place in Regional
Spelling Bee: Four local
Boundary County Students participated in the
North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee held yesterday
at North Idaho College. Those students did
fairly well, but the championship went to a
fifth grade student from Hayden who won a trip
to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Penguin Plunge 2018:
Who wouldn't want to jump
into the icy Kootenai River in the middle of
March, while wearing a crazy costume? That
freezin' was done for a reason—to raise funds
for the Special Olympics. See the details
and some photographs.
Governor Otter meets with public in Moyie
Springs—Idaho's Capitol for the Day:
Residents had the opportunity to meet with and
question the Governor and many other state
Interior Department releases report
on fight against invasive mussels:
As we recently reported on this problem in
Idaho, we decided to include this recently
published additional report, updating the work
going on at the Interior Department.
Moyie Springs to become Idaho's Capitol for a
Day—today: Governor Otter
brings State government to Idahoans living
outside Boise each month by making a different
town in Idaho the state’s “Capital for a Day.”
The honor falls this month to Moyie Springs.
Read the details and see the schedule for the
day in this story.
Bonners Ferry High School group gets first-class
of Washington, D.C.: Eight
Bonners Ferry High School students had the
opportunity of a lifetime when they traveled to
Washington, D.C. recently for an in-depth tour
of our national capitol.
"I learned a
lot," said one of the students who made the
Idaho Drug-Free Youth active in Boundary County:
Idaho Drug Free Youth (IDFY) is once again
active in Boundary County. The program
encourages students to be drug free and promote
positive leadership and teambuilding. The
Sheriff's office has helped provide funds for
Public Notice of upcoming Boundary County Tax
Deeded Property Auction:
The Boundary County Commissioner's Office has
issued a public notice of the county’s upcoming
tax deeded property auction. You can read
the Public Notice here, including limited
information about the properties.
BFHS Students sit-in to support Florida school
and anti-violence: A
seventeen-minute sit-in took place at the high
school yesterday, further details in the full
Sign up to enter and win the
$100 Grand Prize
in our Basketball Tournament Contest:
March Madness is here, and somehow this madness
has affected us here at Boundary County Live and
NewsBF. We are sponsoring a contest where
you could win $100, if your basketball
tournament bracket is good enough. Act
quickly, the deadline to enter the contest is
coming up VERY soon. Check this article
Distinguished Young Women program set to go in
April: 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). Set
for April 28 at the Becker Auditorium, get ready
for a night of vintage family fun as they
present “Under the Big Top.”
Latest Idaho employment, jobs statistics
Idaho continues to shine in terms of employment
and jobs. In the latest available numbers from
January, unemployment remains low in Idaho, and
our state is second in the nation for job
growth. Idaho had more than 22,000 online
postings for Help Wanted.
Boundary County's proposal for child pedestrian
safety around Naples School not selected for
state funding: Boundary
County put together a proposal to improve child
safety around Naples Elementary and submitted
the project last December to compete for state
funding. The Boundary County project was
one of 71 submitted from around the state.
BFHS Robotics Team ready for intense regional
(and, Open House coming up this Friday):
The robot is ready,
competitions are scheduled in Boise and in
Calgary, and you are invited to an Open House
coming up Friday, March 16. (Yes, the
robot will be at the Open House).
Boundary County students recognized on Deans'
Lists at colleges, universities around Idaho:
Colleges and universities
around Idaho have wrapped up Fall Semester 2017,
their most recently completed semester. Those institutions have now completed
their calculations of their students’ grades,
and have assembled their Dean’s Lists for the
And, as you might expect, many Boundary County
students achieved Dean’s List academic
recognition at colleges and universities around
CNA class graduates at Boundary Community
Hospital; next course beginning soon:
Boundary Community Hospital and North Idaho
College announced the graduation of the autumn
semester Certified Nursing Assistant class.
See the graduating class in this story.
An Idaho-reared monarch butterfly completes
multi-state flight to California:
Many are aware that Monarch butterflies from the
western United States are known to migrate
hundreds of miles to spend the winters in warmer
areas along the coast, in the Southwest United
States, and in Mexico. Recently, a Monarch
butterfly reared in southern Idaho’s Treasure
Valley made history when it was rescued over 600
miles away from a swimming pool in California.
25th North Idaho Veterans Stand Down event
provides opportunities to help veterans:
The 25th North Idaho Veterans Stand Down will be
held on Saturday, May 12. Through
the work of volunteers and local organizations,
this one-day event provides veterans and their
families’ invaluable information and resources.
Our nearby Idaho Star Garnet hunting area:
Not far from here, in Shoshone county is one of
the few places in the world where one can find
Idaho Star Garnets, our state gem. If you
had plans to take the kids or the grandkids, or
out-of-state visitors, or just yourself, to the
Emerald Creek Garnet area to search for Idaho
then you need to be aware of some schedule
changes for the popular area.
GED Test preparation and test available at
local NIC office, helps many earn important
Do you know of someone who did not finish high
school, but who now is thinking about pursuing
some educational goals, or improving their
qualifications for a job? Preparing for and
taking the GED Test may be a way to help that
person get on a pathway to being better
qualified for many jobs, or to improve their
chances of getting into college. Preparing
for and taking the test is available in Bonners
Sandpoint City Police releases further details
regarding shooting incident of this morning:
Sandpoint City Police have identified the
officers involved in this morning's shootings in
the southwest part of the city, at Ridley
Village Road. They have also identified the
deceased suspected shooter.
New Forest Supervisor on the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests:
Jeanne Higgins has been selected as the new
Forest Supervisor on the Idaho Panhandle
National Forests starting mid-May 2018.
The University of Idaho graduate has served in
many leadership positions with the Forest
Service, and in years past started her career on
the front lines, in the forest.
White Clouds wilderness area could be renamed
former Governor Cecil Andrus:
Representative Simpson's bill has passed House
committee, now moves on to consideration by the
full House of Representatives.
Two Sandpoint City police officers shot
in early morning incident: 12:26 p.m.
Two Sandpoint City Police officers were
shot while responding to a call on the southwest
part of Sandpoint this morning. Both
sustained serious injuries, both expected to
survive. This story has details as
they are available at this time, also maps
showing the location of the incident.
This is an evolving story, and not all
information is yet publicly available.
More information will be posted as it becomes
available from Sandpoint City authorities.
Fun, energetic play
All Shook Up will
keep you rockin' . . . There
are still two performances for today. If
you like Shakespeare, if you like Elvis, if you
like swing dancing, if you like fun musical
performances, if you like lots of colorful
energy—if you think it's crazy all that would be
wrapped up in one play, go see one of today's
Part 1: Invasive mussel species are
getting so bad, the government started a
contest. First, some background . . .
We’re going to talk a little about invasive
species here. Specifically invasive mussels.
Why? Because they are a big threat to invade
Idaho’s beautiful waterways, and if that should
happen, that would change many things for the
worse. And, because there is a nationwide
contest underway seeking ideas to eliminate
these invasive mussels. That’s kind of unusual,
and we thought you might want to know about it.
Part 2: Bureau receives 99 proposals in
competition for solutions to stop spread of
The Bureau of Reclamation received nearly 100
proposals from entities participating in an
agency challenge to develop new ways to stop the
proliferation of invasive mussel species.
Selkirk Sweets Bakery open for business:
If it's 4:30 in the morning, you might see a
light on in the kitchen of Selkirk Sweets Bakery
and Catering, a new business located at the
south side of Bonners Ferry inside the Dodge
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative was
established 17 years ago in 2001 as a coalition
of community members representing many diverse
views from our community. It's purpose is to
involve local leaders and organizations to
improve coordination with agencies that have a
management role over the natural resources in
KVRI has had some notable accomplishments over
the years, such as the Collaborative Landscape
Restoration Act designation, which allows for
additional funding to partner with the Forest
Service on restoration activities affecting our
local areas of the National Forest.
KVRI currently continues to work to help make
Boundary County a great place to live, and
operates several committees and working groups
that focus on important issues in the county,
such as water quality, federal forest
management, and grizzly bear recovery.
Happy Birthday Kootenai Valley Resource
You're invited to "Winter Birding" with an
North Idaho College: Join an
outdoor educational specialist and field
ornithologist at NIC's Winter Birding class,
scheduled for Saturday, March 10.
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is looking
for an Office Assistant for their Twin
Rivers Sturgeon and Burbot Hatchery. To see the
full description of about the position,
Representatives Scott, Dixon report back to
Boundary County citizens in Town Hall meeting:
Idaho State District 1
Representatives Heather Scott and Sage Dixon
spoke to a full house during a Town Hall held at
Providence Bible Presbyterian Church in Bonners
Ferry on Saturday.
Penguin Plunge coming up:
Once again it is “Freezin for a Reason” time.
Penguin Plunge 2018, set for Saturday, March 17,
is an event that supports Special Olympics, and
is simply a lot of fun to watch. Along
with several local residents serving as judges,
one guest judge is a former Olympic athlete.
Winter storm watch, severe weather advisory
continue: We've mentioned this weather system on NewsBF
once before, our Severe Weather Advisory
continues. Heavy snow is possible
Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening,
and conditions could potentially get difficult.
Student contest to design artwork for next
Junior Duck Stamp:
Here is a chance for Idaho students to show off
their fine artistic abilities and possibly have
gtheir picture selected for the Federal Junior
Duck Stamp. Your submission needs to be
postmarked by the deadline of March 15, 2018.
Members of Boundary County Organizations Learn
Wilderness First Aid:
Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire Association
sponsored a two-day training workshop in
Wilderness First Aid for Boundary County first
responders, and others, at the Kootenai National
Wildlife Refuge on Saturday.
Sheriff's Office plans Crime Prevention
presentations: Sheriff Dave
Kramer and his crime prevention specialists will
be hosting a series of Crime Prevention Nights
at locations around the county.
with solar-powered pavement markings:
The unusual amount ofsunshine this winter has
allowed the Idaho Transportation Department to
work on their innovative thinking and to
experiment with a few new traffic control
System expected to bring heavy, wet snow:
The National Weather Service, Spokane, has
issued a winter storm watch for heavy snow in an
area including North Idaho, in effect from
Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening.
BCMS Omega Robotics have opportunity of a
After the Boundary County Middle School Omega
Robotics teams hosted the middle school district
robotics championships earlier this season, just
eking out a berth, they traveled to the
University of Idaho for the state tournament.
Their robot brought home a trophy, but not a
trip to state. But the innovation, analytic
ability and ability to think outside the box did
win them a trip to state in another required
robotics discipline ...
Tribe seeking wildlife tech:
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is seeking to hire a
wildlife technician, responsible for assisting
in all phases of wildlife habitat restoration
The deadline for applications is 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7. Native American preference
will be exercised.
Legal notice of pending tax deed:
The Boundary County Treasurer has released a
list with a number of Boundary County properties
delinquent on property taxes since January 1,
2015. If not caught up, the owners could lose
the properties this year by tax deed.
41st annual 'Orchids and Onions' nominations
For 41 years, Preservation Idaho has hosted the
Orchids and Onions Awards, an awards ceremony
designed to celebrate individuals and
organizations that have made a positive
contribution to historic preservation, as well
as to bring awareness to those projects that
have shown insensitivity to the state’s cultural
Federal notice issued for CdA Basin plan:
The Environmental Protection Agency, at the
request of the Coeur d’Alene Basin Natural
Resource Trustees, published the Notice
of Availability of the final Restoration
Plan and Environmental Impact Statement in
the Federal Register.
ITD hosting Idaho Freight Summit in early April:
Improving freight mobility, safety and economic
opportunities in Idaho will be the focus of the
Idaho Freight Summit that will be held Tuesday,
April 10, in Boise.
Day dawns clear on Schweitzer, snow on the way:
This is the calm before the storm, folks! It is
a perfectly clear, cold morning, the stars are
out and the groomers are working their magic!
The forecast is looking amazing for this
weekend. There is so much planned on the
mountain, and with the promise of great snow,
there is no other place you will want to be!
More winter looming ahead:
The National weather service, Spokane, has
issued a winter weather advisory for portions of
North Idaho, including Boundary County, in
effect from 4 p.m. today through 4 p.m.
Saturday, calling for sunshine and warm tropical
bree ... no, wait ... sorry. Wrong advisory.
Calling for (ahem) snow.
Lolah missing across border in Canada, may be
Two dogs had been gone over a week from their
home in West Creston, just across the border
into Canada; on Wednesday, Janelle's white dog
came home with a broken snare around his neck.
Her friend's older female black Lab, Lolah, is
still missing, and Janelle fears she may be
snared as well.
Boundary County Middle School congratulating
Congratulations to our January Citizens of the
Month who were celebrated for their fairness at
all times. Sixth grade, Dillon McLeish, seventh
grade, Maggie Bateman, eighth grade, Jaden
Villeli, and staff, Mrs. Heigel and Mr. Arthur.
February citizens will be honored for caring.
Fire destroys family home:
A Bonners Ferry family, whose names have not yet
been released, lost their home up Twenty Mile
Road to fire this morning. According to Sheriff
Dave Kramer, the family was in Spokane when the
fire was reported at about 8:46 a.m.
All our effort needed to keep landfill open:
Boundary County started the site certification
for the Boundary County Municipal Landfill in
1995. Through this process Boundary County fell
under the small community exemption. By Michael Meier,
Boundary County Public Information
County commission minutes, February 12
County commission minutes, January 29
County Commission minutes, December 18
~ County roads temporarily open to
Despite the signs, the
current cold snap has enabled trucks to resume
hauling on Boundary County roads through Sunday,
February 25, without special permits. For the
most up-to-date county road closure information,
Tribe seeking wildlife habitat biologist:
he Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is seeking to hire a
wildlife habitat biologist to assist the tribe's
wildlife division with planning, monitoring,
development and implementation of long-term
wildlife habitat restoration and mitigation of
On making 'Rant and Rave' fodder:
We are halfway through the 2017-2018 school year
... how did that happen? I find it truly amazing
how times moves faster the older I get! When I
was in school, time moved sooooo slowly; must be
the new math! Superintendent's Scoop, by
Saddle has 'soft' opening:
After far too long, Boundary County once again
has a western shop, Barking Saddle, in the
Bonnerport Mall just off the city parking lot in
downtown Bonners Ferry. Walking in, you're sure
to think, "wow, this is neat!" What's a little
hard to believe is that the main lines of
merchandise are still at the manufacturer's,
waiting to be made.
'Justice for Jesseka' rally slated:
A Justice for Jesseka Rally has been scheduled
for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the gazebo at
the Boundary County Fairgrounds, for a peaceful
protest before the sentencing date for Eric
Dante, who pled guilty to the May 1, 2017,
murder of Jesseka Munson in Bonners Ferry.
Spring begins early for ITD:
Work will begin Monday, February 26, to replace
the bridge over Interstate 90 near Kingston, 30
miles east of Coeur d’Alene. This is one of
several projects throughout the North Idaho
region, including a project near Eastport.
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, January 2
BCH offers CNA scholarships, jobs:
Boundary Community Hospital is offering several
scholarships for the spring Certified Nurse's
Assistant class, and the scholarships each come
with a job offer to work at BCH.
FFA Week in the halls of BFHS:
Boundary County FFA Members are reminded not to
forget about the Chapter FFA Week activities to
celebrate National FFA Week!
Kaia is safe!
News from two separate sources, including
family: Kaia is safe and has turned herself in
to Williston Police. While the details are few,
Kaia is said to have talked with a friend early
this morning, and agreed to turn herself in at
about 5 a.m. PST today.
Kaia Kramer still missing:
Police in Williston, North Dakota, are still
searching for 13-year-old Kaia Kramer, who has
been missing from Bonners Ferry since early
Friday morning after allegedly stealing her
grandfather's GMC Yukon and driving her best
friend, Alisa Hannaman, to meet boys they'd met
online in Williston, North Dakota.
~ One missing girl found ~
2:40 p.m.: We have word from her brother, Tyler
Hannaman, that Alissa Hannaman has been found
and is now in police custody. Kaia Kramer, 13,
and Colin Edwards, 14, are still missing.
UPDATE: At 3:27 p.m., a family
member reports that Colin is safe and has been
released to the family.
Bonners Ferry girls missing:
Bonners Ferry Idaho has two missing teenage
girls, Kaia Kramer 13, and Alisa Hannaman 14-15
years old. These girls may have been lured away
from their homes. Boundary County Public
Young entrepreneur trying again:
You can't keep an entrepreneur down for long!
Now that we have another heavy snow, Jackie's
son Gabe is wanting to give shoveling another go
since no one called last time.
He and his daddy can do sidewalks, decks and
small driveways in Bonners Ferry!
Yukon found, search for girls underway: The vehicle stolen in Bonners Ferry
and believed used by Kaia Kramer and Alisa
Hannaman to get to North Dakota was found this
morning before 7 a.m. in a Williston, North
Dakota, housing area. Williston Police are
Update on missing Bonners Ferry teens:
As of 12:12 a.m. PST, the search continues for
Kaia Kramer, 13, and Alisa Hannaman, 14, both of
Bonners Ferry, and while details are sketchy and
coming in from unofficial source, StephenLee
Casarez has been cleared of involvement and the
focus is now on Colin Edwards.
Update on missing Bonners Ferry teens:
As of 8:15 p.m., Kaia Kramer, 13, and Alisa
Hannaman, 14, are still missing. According to
her brother, Alisa is believed to be going to
Williston, North Dakota. "There are three boys
that we believe she is with or has seen since
she has been missing this morning," he said.
"Their names are Colin Edwards, StephenLee
Casarez and Deacon Jones, all of Williston."
Bonners Ferry teen girls missing,
|Two young Bonners Ferry teens are missing and
may be endangered. Kaia Kramer, 13, was last
seen at home by her mother at 1:30 a.m. today.
She is believed to be with Alisa Hannaman,
thought to be 14 or 15, but it is unknown who
the girls may be with. A ping of one of the
girl's cell phones came back to a tower in
here for more information
North Idaho weather warning issued:
A winter storm warning has been issued for
Boundary and Bonner Counties and the northern
tip of Kootenai County, in effect from 4 a.m.
Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Winter storm warning issued for northwest
The National Weather Service, Missoula, has
elevated a storm watch issued Thursday to a
winter storm warning for the Kootenai/Cabinet
region of northwest Montana, in effect from 11
a.m. Saturday through 5 p.m. Sunday.
Flags to half staff
after tragedy in Parkland,
Our Nation grieves with those who have lost
loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,
Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of
the terrible act of violence ... I hereby order that the flag of the
United States shall be flown at half-staff ... until sunset
February 19, 2018.
Penguin Plunge 2018 nearly upon us:
The 2018 Bonners Ferry Penguin Plunge is just
around the corner, and folks are encouraged to
a brochure, line up both your pledges and
your costume, and be all ready to be "Freezin'
for a Reason," to help Idaho Special Olympic
athletes' dreams come true.
Runaway Symphony returning
home to The Pearl: Runaway Symphony
comes “From Out of the Woodwork” to play old
favorites and new as Bonners Ferry fans
celebrate their long-awaited return to the Pearl
Theater. Lead singer/songwriter Daniel Botkin,
who hails from Bonners Ferry, calls the band’s
latest work “no frills,” especially their most
recent album, American Blood.
Women's Basic Firearms Class offered:
Paula DesBiens, a certified National Rifle
Concealed Carry Association firearms
instructor, as well as Idaho/Western /Montana
regional trainer for
Well Armed Woman, is offering her first
"Women's Basic Firearms Class to Boundary County
women on Saturday, March 10.
Idaho a good place to live in abject solitude:
Imagine if you lived alone. No extra dishes in
the sink, no one to leave the lights on when
they’re not home and no one to argue with over
the TV channel at night. The truth is, millions
of Americans live alone. Where are the best
states to dwell so? Idaho is there!
New online tool lets you learn about your
Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri
Ybarra unveiled a new Certification Lookup Tool
Wednesday that allows Idahoans to quickly find
information about the certification status of
teachers, administrators and other education
Moyie Springs City Council Minutes, January 3,
~ Schools closed ~
Boundary County public schools are closed today,
Wednesday, February 14, due to snow. Forest Bird
Charter, Lake Pend Oreille and West Bonner
County School District schools are also closed.
First girls join Cub Scout Pack 114:
Bonners Ferry Cub Scout Pack 114 has signed up
its first two young lady Cub Scouts, making Bryn
Griffiths, 7, and Shelby Yocom, 6, not only the
first Cub Scout girls in Bonners Ferry, but
among the very first in all of Cub Scouting!
Violet missing in Twin Rivers area:
HOME SAFE! Violet the Boston Terrier took off after a deer
while walking with her family Monday evening
near their home in the Twin Rivers area, and she
It's been almost a full day, Violet still isn't
home, and the family is devastated.
If you happen to see her, or know where Violet
might be, please call (208) 267-1089.
issued for northwest Montana:
The National Weather Service, Missoula, has
issued a winter weather advisory for the
Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana, in
effect from 11 p.m. today through 5 a.m.
Storm watch upgraded to warning:
The winter storm watch issued for the region
Monday has been upgraded to a winter storm
warning in effect from 10 p.m. today through
noon Wednesday for North Idaho and northeast
Heavy snow expected Tuesday night:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter
storm watch in effect from Tuesday evening
through Wednesday morning for heavy snow in the
Buddy and Bo missing near Porthill:
A black lab named Buddy and an English shepherd
named Bo have been missing from their home on
Porthill Loop, about 2 1/2 miles south of the
Canadian border, since about 3 p.m. today.
Neither is wearing a collar. FOUND
Two local men injured in early morning collision:
Two local men were injured, one of them
seriously, when two trucks
collided this morning on Highway 95. Details of the collision are scant as
no Idaho State Police press release is being
~ Serious injury crash ~
6:05 a.m.: Emergency crews are on scene and
additional units responding to a serious injury
vehicle collision on Highway 95 at Pleasant
Valley Loop. LifeFlite is on standby. Use
caution if traveling in the area and be alert to
emergency vehicles on the road. 10:27 a.m.:
Highway 95 is now clear.
Former BFHS math teacher now a judge:
Governor Butch Otter today appointed former
Bonners Ferry High School math teacher Tom
Whitney to the Caldwell-based Third Judicial
District judgeship left vacant by the recent
retirement of Judge Thomas Ryan.
~ Dynamite found in Porthill area ~
3:06 p.m.: Expect law enforcement
activity in the 6700 block of Porthill Loop as a
caller reported finding dynamite.
Woman missing in Bonner County:
The Sandpoint Police Department is seeking the
public's help in locating a missing and at risk
Karen "Patsy" Moore, 75, is described as five
feet tall, weighing 124 pounds with blue eyes
and brown hair. She was last seen several hours
ago in the Westwood area in Sandpoint.
Update: 3:01 p.m.: Sandpoint police
report that Moore has been found safe. They send
out thanks to all who helped locate her.
Hold off on planting for a little bit yet ...
It's already starting to cool down as of 8:30
p.m. as a cold front begins moving through the
region, with the thermometer sitting at
28-degrees on the way to an expected overnight
low tonight in Bonners Ferry of 21. Then it gets
chilly on Friday.
Planning just started but an exciting KRD
It was only the first planning session for a
week-long event that's still months away, but
even at this early stage, it's already obvious
that Kootenai River Days 2018, July 16-21, is
going to be a celebration the community can be
Hall Mountain auxiliary launches newsletter:
Hall Mountain Fire Association members recently
received Volume 1 Issue 1 of the Hall Mountain
News Flash, a monthly newsletter put together by
the auxiliary and being distributed by email to
members and those who subscribe.
Idaho’s 2017 graduation rate shows small
Nearly eight in 10 Idaho high school seniors
graduated in 2017, a slight improvement with
some bright spots and room to improve,
Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri
Ybarra said Wednesday. More
than 36 percent of Idaho’s high schools graduate students at a rate of 90
percent or higher.
BFHS Honor Choir will sweeten Valentine's Day:
On Valentine’s Day, the honor choir at Bonners
Ferry High School will again offer their annual
singing Valentines! When purchasing a singing
Valentine, a poem and a song will be delivered
to the person of the purchasers choice.
American Legion Post 55 joins Facebook:
Bonners Ferry American Legion Post 55 joined the
world of Facebook following their meeting
tonight in an effort to get word out to more
members and to better let the community know
what Post 55 is doing.
Jordan steps down to focus on governor's race:
Representative Paulette Jordan announced today
that she is officially stepping down from her
District 5 legislative seat to concentrate on
running for governor full-time. “It has been my
privilege to be elected by and to serve the
people of the fifth district since 2014,” said
Jordan. “My priority is my constituents and the
people of Idaho."
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Mare found in Paradise Valley:
This black mare was found in Paradise Valley at
the top of Alderson Lane this afternoon. If
you're missing her or know who is ... HOME SAFE!
Umm, and not a mare, but a gelding ... oops!
Snow watch issued for northwest Montana:
The National Weather Service, Missoula, has
issued a winter storm watch for the
Kootenai/Cabinet region and the Flathead and
Mission Valleys in effect from Wednesday evening
through Thursday afternoon.
Congrats, January Golden Stand winners!
January's "Golden Stand recipients in Jessica
Hannah's band classes were Austin Kemmis, BFHS
band, Jenny Owens and Ashley Blackmore, both in
advanced band, and Zap Andrejczak and Loren
Huggins, both in intermediate band!
~ Sater's Auction getting back underway
They're all fixed up and plowed
out, and Sater's Auction will reopen after a
long, dreary winter with the Leonard LeShack
Estate Auction from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 15. The barn is so full at
the moment, the next consignment auction won't
be until Thursday, February 22, when life for
Sater's Auction fans returns to normal! Sater's
Auction Barn, 601 Highway 2, Bonners Ferry. To
find out more, call (208) 267-7297.
A lot of snow at Schweitzer:
January was an amazing snow month for Schweitzer
Mountain Resort. They received 104-inches of new
snow in the month, and with the snow that's
fallen so far in February, they now have over
270-inches of snowfall so far this season.
See Moon, Jupiter and Mars before sunup:
On the mornings of February 7 to 9, early risers
can watch the moon as it moves in its orbit past
the planets Jupiter and Mars in Earth’s predawn
Governor’s Awards in the Arts nominations sought:
The Idaho Commission on the Arts, on behalf of
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, is seeking
nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards in
Gauge missing from
home on top of Alderson Lane: FOUND
AND HOME SAFE! Gauge went
missing today from his home in Paradise
valley at the top of Alderson Lane. He's
just 10 1/2 weeks old and not wearing a
collar. If you've seen him or know where
he might be, please call Liana at (208)
610-0833 or (208) 597-5531.
January zipped by at Naples Elementary:
The first month of the New
Year passed us by in the blink of an eye! The
staff and students of Naples Elementary have
been busily plugging away to maximize learning.
Although many have been fighting a variety of
illnesses, the goals have remained steady for
all: Safe, Civil, and Productive! By
Principal Robin Merrifield
Weed control apps available:
The Neighborhood Cooperative Weed Control
Program is open to all Boundary County residents
to reimburse for the cost herbicide purchases
for the control of noxious weeds. Residents
may receive a reimbursement of up to $500.
Spring break up closures could begin soon:
Once again it is the time of the year to think
about break up road closures. Temperatures are
warming up and hard surfaced roads are soaking
in the sunshine and a surface thaw will soon
begin. Cold nights will slow it down.
|It's not the prettiest day out today but you
wouldn't know that judging by all the smiling
faces at today's grand opening at
on the west side of Highway 95 off Plato Lane.
While the doors opened January 16 in Henry and
Verna Yoder's quaint new store, today marks the
official ribbon cutting, and the fun and savings
lasts until 7 p.m.
Survey offered on school assessment system:
The State Department of Education invites
Idahoans to provide feedback on the state’s
assessment system in an online survey available
through February 16. The survey takes about 20
minutes to complete and covers a variety of
Troy, Libby schools win
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Elsie Arntzen announced Wednesday that 21
Montana school districts are being awarded
Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project grants,
and Troy and Libby school districts are among
Sustainable farm law webinar offered:
There will be a free webinar, Introduction to
Sustainable Farm Law 101, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 8, streamed live via Facebook
from the Extension office in Bonners Ferry.
Northern Lights offering scholarships:
If you know a high school student, undergraduate
student or someone who wants to become a
lineman, Northern Lights is offering a $3,000
lineman scholarship, along with eight $1,500
~ Task Force meeting canceled ~
The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force's
regular meeting, February 2, has been cancelled.
The next meeting will be Friday, March 2.
Boundary County Commission minutes, January 22