Boundary County News
Stitch in Time
Seasonal flow augmentation for Kootenai River
white sturgeon gets underway at Libby Dam:
Flow augmentation for Kootenai
River white sturgeon got underway last Friday.
Boundary Community Hospital Health Fair
a tremendous success:
Over 700 people attended this year’s popular
Health Fair hosted on Saturday, May 9, by
Boundary Community Hospital. Activities
included a fun run, kids bike rodeo, vendors and
displays, free lab testing, tours of hospital
and emergency equipment, and more.
ITD, law enforcement partners rally against 100
Last year, 40 percent of Idaho’s fatal
motor-vehicle crashes occurred during the 100
days between Memorial Day and Labor Day,
according to Idaho Transportation Department
The time period between the two holidays,
referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days,” is when
road conditions are at their best, but more
lives are lost on Idaho roads than other times
of the year due to vehicle crashes.
Results are now in for the Boundary County
School District Zone 3 Trustee and Boundary
County Library District Trustee Elections, held
on May 19. Click on this
headline for the election results.
Data emerging on current water outlook:
Just a year ago, around this time, NewsBF was
putting up stories looking at the possibility of
flooding at Boundary County rivers. Readers were
posting photos of their pastures with standing
water in the fields. This year, just a
quick glance at the Moyie River will tell you
things are not the same this time around.
Click It or Ticket: Enforcing the law
to save lives; Bonners Ferry PD joins in
enforcement emphasized around Memorial Day.
Chief Vic Watson writes: "If there is one
thing I could urge all motorists—drivers,
passengers, front seat, back seat, all ages—to
do every time you get in a vehicle, it’s buckle
up. It is the single most effective way to avoid
being killed in a crash."
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Boundary County photographers—the Fair Board is looking for your help:
The Boundary County Fair Board is sponsoring a
contest to select a great photograph for the
cover of this year's Fair Book. The winner of
the contest not only has their photograph
displayed as the cover photo for the Fair Book,
but also collects a prize of $100. If
you're interested, click on this headline to
read this story immediately—the
deadline is coming up quickly!
Boundary County Museum opens their summer season
with special presentation:
The Boundary County Museum kicked off their
summer season (and their summer hours) with a
big event last Saturday, May 9. Special
presentations were made throughout the day.
Several great activities that were packed with
both information and fun took place throughout
Enjoy an evening with your family and friends at
the downtown Bonners Ferry Artwalk:
Picture yourself on a leisurely evening in May,
strolling lazily around downtown Bonners Ferry,
stopping by a business here, or perhaps a
restaurant there, enjoying original creations of
art prepared for this special day, and on
display in each business.
Museum kicks off summer season
with full day of great activities:
Saturday, May 9 is the day for a full day of
great Boundary County activities at the Museum.
The Boundary County Museum kicks off their
summer season with a slate of fun,
entertainment, and education that will last
through the day. Check this story for the
full schedule of events for the day.
Badger Softball: On to State!
Things weren't looking that great for the
Badgers in the District Championship game.
That changed quickly when a Badger grand slam
home run put them in the lead. Click on
this story for more details of the game.
Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony next week:
The Boundary County Chaplain Corps is honored to
announce it is holding a Law Enforcement Officer
Memorial Ceremony to celebrate and honor the
lives the those Idaho Law Enforcement Officers
who have been killed in the line of duty.
Road work will affect all traffic at Eastport
port of entry: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office
of Field Operations advises that a road
resurfacing project at the port of entry in
Eastport, Idaho, will impact traffic entering
the United States at Eastport through the summer
and into the fall, until October 1, 2015.
ITD Crews cleaning, clearing U.S. 95 in Bonners
through May 14: Idaho
Transportation Department maintenance crews are
brooming and flushing U.S. 95 of left-over
winter debris throughout Bonners Ferry.
Bonners Ferry Badgers are champions
in remarkable baseball season: If
you haven't seen them yet this season, you get
one more chance--Bonners Ferry is hosting the
District Tournament this Monday. Consider
rewarding yourself with a leisurely afternoon
watching this exciting Badger team play.
BFPD Chief Boone retires, new Chief Watson
appointed: When Robert Boone
came to Bonners Ferry he came to retire after a
30-plus year career in law enforcement in San
Bernardino County, California. He didn't come to
launch a new career. Meanwhile, new
Bonners Ferry Police Chief Vic Watson had long
yearned to be
able to live in and enjoy the beauty of North
Idaho. Read the story here about Bonners
Ferry's retiring chief of police, and the city's
newly appointed chief of police.
Coming up May 8-9-10: The 2015 Moyie Mud Bog:
The countdown is down to only 9
more days: Organizers are putting the finishing
touches on this year's 2015 edition of the Mud
Bog at Moyie Springs, and are expecting lots of
attendance, and lots of mud.
Bonners Ferry city councilman Mayo submits
resignation: After six years
on the Bonners Ferry City Council, and three
years after retiring from the Boundary County
Assessor’s Office, city councilman Tom Mayo has
tendered his resignation.
Boundary County Centennial coins have arrived!:
The Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce had an
idea for a special way to help commemorate the
100th birthday of Boundary County, Idaho this
past January—the minting of a special silver
coin. The finished coins have now arrived
and can be picked up. A few coins remain
available for sale.
Little white church at Paradise Valley to be
A group is organizing to renovate the little
white church at Paradise Valley. The
church has been a landmark building in Paradise
Valley for over 100 years.
"The church was built in 1903 and is in need of
quite a bit of TLC," said Larry Hall, one of
organizers of the project.
Earthquakes and Boundary County:
Have we had earthquakes here before? Are
we at risk?
A series of low-magnitude earthquakes that
occurred in the Sandpoint area last Thursday and
Friday were felt throughout North Idaho and into
areas of eastern Washington and western Montana.
Many residents of Boundary County felt the
shaking of these Sandpoint-area earthquakes.
Once the shaking had subsided, questions
regarding earthquakes in our area and region
began to surface.
Thinking about burning that slash pile or that
Burn permits required after May 9:
Closed fire season in Idaho begins May 10 and
extends through October 20 each year.
Free Breakfast helps raise funds for
scholarships: Our 13th annual
Free CommUNITY Breakfast and Silent Auction will
help many students earn scholarships for college
and vocational school.
Reconstruction on I-90 from Mullan to Montana
has begun: Reconstruction has begun on Interstate 90 from
Mullan to the Idaho/Montana State line, which is
about a 4.5-mile-long stretch of freeway and
includes Lookout Pass. If you plan to use
I-90 eastbound, you'll want to know in advance
about this road construction project.
Earthquake in Idaho Panhandle
felt by many in Boundary County:
An earthquake with epicenter near Sandpoint was
felt by many in Boundary County. The USGS
is saying the 4.1 magnitude quake was 3.1 miles
below the surface. Click on this story for
Updated at 3:00 a.m. on Friday,
April 24: Now total of 3
earthquakes, each a few hours apart, reported
since 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Distinguished Young Women 2015:
In a swashbuckling adventure,
BFHS Junior Shaleyna Higgins was selected last
Saturday to serve as Bonners Ferry's 2015
Distinguished Young Woman. Click on this
story to read full coverage of the fun
Distinguished Young Women event, including 25
great photographs of the contestants, dance
routines, talent presentations, and more.
Idaho legislators close session with funding
bill for roads: Bill passes
that meets about one-third of funding estimated
to maintain roads. "The fact is we are driving on the
infrastructure that was designed and
built for our grandparents."
Driver crashes into house:
On Saturday night, at about 9:10 p.m.,
the Sheriff’s Office
received a report of a vehicle striking a
Sandpoint man named as wanted for theft
from Boundary Computer: A
warrant for the arrest of a suspect has been
issued by Judge Justin Julian.
Fourth of July celebration in planning stages: In
order to have another of Boundary County's
fantastic Fourth of July celebrations as in
years past, planning and funding needs to start
now. Gary Leonard, who has spearheaded the
organizing and funding of our area's Fourth of
July celebrations in recent years, has again
volunteered to help coordinate this year’s July
Rotary Club celebrates local law enforcement:
It was a packed house at the Bonners Ferry
Rotary Club's First Annual Law Enforcement
School Board meeting Monday to address
variety of current schools' topics:
Including policies on conflict of
interest, food service and nutrition standards,
increasing staffing, alternate routes to
graduation, and much more. Click on this
story for full details.
Spokane news anchor to emcee
Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Program:
Co-anchor of Good Morning Northwest on KXLY out
of Spokane will be returning to Bonners Ferry to
emcee this year’s Distinguished Young Women
Boundary County's BFHS Robotics team wins
FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+, along with
their alliance partners, Bulldogs from Calgary,
Alberta and K-Bots from Standoff, Alberta, were
the Regional Winners of the FIRST Robotics
Western Canada Regional in Calgary, Alberta.
Shuffling of some downtown businesses coming
There will be a little shuffling going on this
month on Main Street in downtown Bonners Ferry.
employers participating in hiring event
in Post Falls next week:
Fifty-one employers will be participating in the
April 15 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho
Department of Labor.
a teen interested in aviation? ACE Academy
offers teenagers chance to learn about aviation
careers: Navigating small
airplanes, controlling air traffic and exploring
Blackhawk helicopters are all part of the
Aviation Career Exploration Academy, offered by
the Idaho Transportation Department. The
three day academy also includes discussions with
representatives from aeronautical schools, tours
of the Boise airport and local aviation
businesses, and tours with the Idaho Army and
Air National Guard. Also—flights
to nearby airports. See this story for
Health Fair coming: informational booths,
Fun Run, Kids' Bike Rodeo, helicopter/firetruck/ambulance displays, and
more: This year's Boundary
Community Hospital offers information, free lab
testing, and fun.
Downtown Radio Shack reports stolen computer,
asks public help with security photos:
Boundary Computer Radio Shack, on Main Street in
downtown Bonners Ferry, is asking for assistance
from the public to help resolve what appears to
be a theft of one of their computers. They
want to know if you can identify the man shown
in their security camera photos. Click on
this article to see eight security photos.
for Distinguished Young Women featured in our
most recent profile now available:
Click here to see the Biographies and
photographs of the latest three Distinguished
Young Women participants.
Distinguished Young Women tickets on sale soon;
Style Show coming up: Being stylish is
just one of the many attributes the 2015 -2016
Distinguished Young Women of Bonners Ferry
participants possess, and they will share this
gift at the upcoming Style Show.
Introducing three more participants in this
Distinguished Young Women: This
week our coverage of Distinguished Young Women
continues as we publish 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.
Secure Rural Schools program approved by U.S.
House of Representatives, aimed at providing
funds for rural counties: In
Washington, D.C., the U. S. House of
Representatives has passed legislation which
authorizes funding for Secure Rural Schools. The
legislation still has several steps to become
final, but could provide funds for Boundary
Boundary County students participate and
in regional spelling bee:
Several students from Boundary County placed in
the 12th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling
Bee, held March 21 at North Idaho College.
87 pies donated and sold at hospital Pie Sale:
Over $1450 was raised at the
Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale in February as, once
again, the community supported and enjoyed this
traditional annual event.
Residence fire last week:
Last Wednesday, March 25, Paradise Valley Fire
responded to a residence fire.
Boundary County's icy Penguin Plunge 2015:
The Bonners Ferry Idaho 2015 Penguin Plunge is
now in the history books as a success. Money
raised for Special Olympics in Idaho was in
excess of $4,400 with additional pledges still
BoCo Backpacks looking for community help:
The school year is drawing to
a close, and the volunteers in the Boundary
County Backpacks are in the planning stages for
the weekend supplemental food program for school
age children for the next school year,
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.
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
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
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
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.
School Maintenance & Operations Levy vote totals
available: Click here to view
the results of the School District M&O Levy for
March 10, 2015.
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
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.
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.
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
Idaho Department of Labor sponsors hiring event
in Post Falls; 19 employers looking to hire:
Coming up next week.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Public meets two applicants for School
The search is well underway for a new
Superintendent for Boundary County School
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
Note: This article contains
brief video clips from the public meeting and
questions with the candidates.
Keough expresses concern over aging Idaho
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.
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
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
ITD presents South Hill highway construction
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
Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team
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
Family requests help on missing teen:
Reported as runaway.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
ITD travel website contains helpful winter
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.
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
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
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 youth qualifies for North Idaho
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
for students and community: Well-known
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Highway 95 construction and improvements coming;
local website comprehensive source of
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Ferry at Bonners Ferry: 150 years
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
Night of Nativities and Carols event dazzles:
Can you imagine 133 Christmas nativity
display in a beautiful and festive setting, with
live performances of Christmas music helping to
set a tone fitting for a peaceful holiday
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
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 . . . .
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.
‘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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Valley View Elementary School has a full week of
activities planned to get your family reading
with our theme of: "Building a Community of
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.
Record Alaskan storm leading to freezing
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.
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.
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.
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.
COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS:
tallies for Boundary County are now available as
of 12:45 a.m., November 5, with 7 out of 7
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
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
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.
Preparations are beginning for holiday food
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
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.
Workshops offered on how to do business with
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 . . .
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
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
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.
Paving set for Sandpoint Long Bridge
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Boundary Community Hospital offers 25% off
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
Saturday, in a fun-filled fund raising event.
Along with merchandise for purchase, hamburgers,
hot dogs, and more will be available.