Boundary County News
Deputy Penn released from hospital:
Bonner County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Penn, 30,
who was one of two deputies shot on Monday while
attempting to serve a warrant on Adam Foster in
Blanchard, was released from Kootenai Health
Deputy cleared in fatal pedestrian collision:
On October 8, 2016, Idaho State Police began an
investigation of the fatal crash involving
Kootenai County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle
driven by Deputy Andrew Nye and a pedestrian,
Amber Viuhkola, on U.S. Highway 95 near Miles
USFS seeking hardworking fire personnel:
U.S. Forest Service Region 4 is looking for a
committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce
to suppress wildfires and work in fuels
management on 12 National Forests located in
Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and California.
When it comes to cold, play it safe:
The weather outside may be frightful, after all,
we live in North Idaho and six months out of the
year it’s cold and wet, windy and sometimes
miserable. Did you know that the most common
cold weather injuries in our area are
hypothermia, frostbite, chilblains (sometimes
called frost nip) and “trench foot?” By Stu Willis, MD and Pete Cassidy, RN
Furniture to close for painting:
Beck's Furniture Store, 6443 McCall Street,
Bonners Ferry, will be closed January 27-29 as
they repaint the mattress section at the north
end of the store.
If you are a parent of one of Janis
Tucker's speech students or know of a speech
student, please let them know Mrs. Tucker will
be at the school tomorrow, Friday, January 20,
from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. if they need help or
just need time to work on their final speech.
The computer lab will be open. Enter through
north end of the building.
The 2017 District Spelling Bee has been
rescheduled, due to school closures, to
Saturday, January 28, at Free Methodist Church.
Competition begins at 9 a.m. with third grade
and continues through fifth grade.
Time to renew city dog licenses:
Bonners Ferry residents who own pet pooches are
reminded that with the new year, it's time to
get your annual dog licenses. Everyone living
within Bonners Ferry city limits who keeps or
harbors a dog is required, pursuant to City Code
5-3B-3 to purchase a license tag for each dog.
School board to hold M&O levy workshops:
The Boundary County School District #101 board
finalized dates and locations for the upcoming
Maintenance and Operations Levy workshops during
their meeting on Wednesday, January 11.
Pearl Theater to celebrate Robert Burns:
Put on your plaid and join us at The Pearl for a
glimpse of Old World Scotland at Burns Night at
7 p.m. Saturday!
Come on in to share some traditional Shepherd’s
pie, Bubbles and Squeeks, Red and Green cake and
heartwarming soup as you immerse yourself in the
traditions of Scotland.
Busy but fun times at Naples and Mt. Hall!
With second quarter coming to its end, it’s a
nice time to sit back and reflect on what a
great second quarter it was. Mt. Hall and Naples
were especially busy. We enjoyed our
Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, as well as
all of the excitement that goes into the holiday
season. By Principal Lisa Iverson
~ Due to inclement weather, Boundary
and Bonner County public schools are closed today.
Boundary County Commission minutes, December
'Backyard Poultry' coming to NIC Sandpoint:
If you are trying to decide what kinds of
poultry to raise, check out "Backyard Poultry:
Eggs, Meat and Much More!" at 6:30 p.m. each
Monday from February 6 through February 20 at
North Idaho College at Sandpoint, 102 Euclid
~ Due to inclement weather, Boundary
County Public Schools are closed today. ~
Names of those involved in Bonner County
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has
identified the Bonner County Sheriff's deputies
shot on Monday while attempting to serve a
warrant in Blanchard, as well as the name of the
Areal flood watch issued:
The National Weather Service has issued an areal
flood watch for North Idaho and northeast
Washington, in effect from Wednesday morning
through late Thursday night.
Attendance vital to student performance:
Are you looking for a New Year’s Resolution that
will help your children succeed? I have an easy
plan. The business of education is to help
people make informed decisions. The only way to
do this is to teach the facts, increase
communication and share knowledge.
Superintendent's Scoop by Gary Pflueger
Idaho to receive $7.48 million in settlement
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced
on Friday that a nearly $864 million settlement
has been reached with Moody’s Corporation,
Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Moody’s
Analytics, Inc., by the U.S. Department of
Justice, 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Otter takes steps to protect state computer
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an executive
order Monday enacting the recommendations of his
Cybersecurity Task Force. They include
appointing a “Director of Information Security”
to lead efforts to detect, identify and thwart
hacks on the State of Idaho’s computer networks.
Storm warning issued for snow, sleet, ice:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter
storm warning for snow, freezing rain and sleet
in effect from 7 a.m. Tuesday through 8 a.m.
Thursday. The winter storm watch issued Sunday
is no longer in effect.
Two Bonner County deputies shot: An investigation is underway after two Bonner
County Sheriff's deputies were shot while
attempting to serve a warrant on Mountain View
Road in Blanchard shortly before 11:30 a.m. today.
At a press conference this afternoon, a Kootenai
County deputy told reporters that both deputies
and the suspect, all of whom were transported to
Kootenai Health, are expected to survive. Both
deputies, he said, were shot three times. As yet
no names are being released, nor is the
condition of the suspect.
BCH orthopedic clinic expands:
The Orthopedic Clinic at Boundary Community
Hospital is expanding. Mike Schicker, DO, from
North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in
Ponderay will have specialist clinic hours on
Friday mornings starting this month.
Emergency responders train for river spill:
On Saturday, January 14, several first
responders from local fire departments, Boundary
County Search and Rescue, the Sheriff’s Office
and Kootenai Tribal Police came together to
train with Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad
personnel on spill containment on the Kootenai
and Moyie Rivers.
Stay safe from scam tax calls:
The Boundary County Sheriff's Office reminds
everyone that it's income tax time again, and
with that comes the telephone scams by people
representing themselves as being with the IRS or
State Tax Commission.
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, December 20
Frozen rain, sleet expected:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter
storm watch for North Idaho and northeast
Washington for freezing rain from this evening
through Wednesday morning. Update:
The National Weather Service has adjusted the
timing of this event to Tuesday morning and
extended its duration to Wednesday night.
Capturing wolverines with pixels and wire
brushes: The forest floor has a
thick blanket of snow topped by a layer of
bone-chilling air that’s so still a creaking
tree sounds like an airhorn. It appears all
animals have abandoned the forest for warmer
climes, but biologist Diane Evans Mack’s remote
cameras tell a different story. A handful of
hardy animals roam Idaho’s snowy, mountainous
forests, and among them are wolverines.
North Idaho elk study in its fourth year:
Fish and Game biologists in Idaho’s Panhandle
region have started the fourth year of a
comprehensive elk mortality study. Working with
a private helicopter contractor, biologists have
been in the field capturing and collaring elk
since January 8.
coming next week, flooding possible:
A change in the weather pattern next week will
bring above freezing temperatures to much of the
region and the potential for significant
rainfall to far eastern Washington and the Idaho
Scott stripped of committee assignments:
Idaho District 1A Representative Heather Scott
was stripped of all legislative committee
assignments on the House floor today,
disciplined under rules that forbid members from
disparaging colleagues or the legislative body
as a whole.
Weed program applications available:
The Boundary County Weed Department has
applications for the 2017 Neighborhood Co-op
Weed Program at the U of I Extension Office in
Rob Gust-CJ Erickson scholarships offered:
The Rob Gust-CJ Erickson School Scholarship will
be awarded to two graduating seniors of Bonners
Ferry High School pursuing higher education
through the attendance of an accredited
Rockey getting back to his inimitable self:
According to his sister, Teresa Becker, Rockey
Burkholder is doing much better today. His
speech, she posted on Facebook, is much more
coherent and structured, his appetite is great
and he's continually trying to set up the female
and male nurses with each other, complimenting
all the ladies.
Award winning team to create local snow
Boundary County friends and families are invited
to join Lee Harris, captain of the Bonners Ferry
international snow sculpting team, as she and
her team create an original snow sculpture in
our very own back yard!
Tonight's full moon mimics path of July sun:
Tonight – January 11, 2017 – the moon will
appear bright and full in the sky from around
the world. It’ll look full tomorrow night, too,
because, in fact, the moon appears full for a
couple of nights around its fullest phase.
By Bruce McClure, EarthSky
ISP Road Safe class offered:
The Idaho State Police will be holding a Road
Safe Class for the 2016/2017 winter driving
season from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 28.
Expect chilly temps tonight:
The National Weather Service has issued a wind
chill advisory for North Idaho in effect from
midnight tonight through 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Work to begin on Naples Bridge:
Structural repairs will be made to the Naples
Bridge on Deep Creek Loop, just south of the
Naples Store, beginning at 7 a.m.
Wednesday, January 11, and continue from 7 a.m.
to 4 p.m. daily until work is completed by February 10.
Good citizenship shines at BCMS:
It is unbelievable that this semester is almost
over. One half a year almost completed? Where
does the time go? I know where a lot of it went.
It went to helping our community, competing,
participating in various events and generally
being great people and citizens.
Kids got an
extra day of vacation and city, county
and state crews spent much of the day
Monday digging out after another load of
snow fell across the region overnight
Sunday. And while we should see a bit of
sun Wednesday through Friday, it's
likely we'll see more snow over the
weekend and into next week, and rain is
likely on Wednesday, January 18,
followed by a freezing rain/snow mix.
Hiring event Wednesday in Post Falls:
More than 20 employers are slated for the
monthly hiring event at the Idaho Department of
Labor Post Falls office, N600 Thornton Street. The
event runs from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday,
Scott, Nate work at Growing Freedom for Idaho:
The Idaho Legislature will have the opportunity
to support a strong agenda for Growing Freedom
in Idaho during the 2017 Legislative Session.
The agenda, driven by citizen input and geared
toward cultivating greater personal freedoms for
Idahoans, was released last week by
Representatives Heather Scott and Ronald Nate.
With cold weather, be CO smart:
In wake of the persistent winter weather,
Panhandle Health District is reminding
North Idaho residents to take precautions to
prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Idaho second quarter wages up from last year:
Idaho’s private sector average weekly wage grew
by $30 between the second quarters of 2015 and
2016 to $743.
Idaho population growth strongest since 2008:
Idaho’s population grew by 1.8 percent between
mid-2015 and mid-2016, the third strongest
increase of all states and 1.1 percentage point
ahead of the national growth rate.
Boundary County Commission minutes, December
Boundary County Commission minutes, December 5-6
Moyie Spring City Council minutes, December 7
4-H meeting cancelled
Roadrunners 4-H club meeting scheduled for today
has been canceled due to weather conditions and
and school closure. If you have any questions
please call club leader Rona Fields at 267-7292.
Birders enjoy successful 117th Audubon bird
On Wednesday, December 28, 12 birders (bird
watchers) from as far away as Boise wandered a 7
½ mile radius from downtown Bonners Ferry to
join in the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Former astronaut awarded state's highest honor:
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter today presented the
highest civilian honor the State of Idaho
bestows to Idaho educator and former astronaut
Risch to head Committee on Small Business: As
the new session gets underway U.S. Senator Jim
Risch (R-ID) has been named Chairman of the
Senate Committee on Small Business and
County icon needs community's prayers:
At about 11 a.m. today, Rockey Burkholder, 68,
was found on the floor of his Bonners Ferry
home, unconscious and in dire condition, but
breathing, by his sister and brother-in-law,
Teresa and Dr. Marty Becker.
While Marty took steps to stabilize Rockey,
Teresa called 911. Updated 2 p.m.