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Special Candidates Forum to be held tomorrow:  We wanted to put this calendar announcement on the front page to make sure as many people as possible are aware:

A presentation and Question and Answer Forum for candidates for Boundary County Sheriff will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9, at the auditorium at the Bonners Ferry High School. This event begins at 6:00 p.m. Those in attendance will be welcome to aske questions of the Sheriff candidates.
More than robots:  Bonners Ferry High School Robotics Team update:  The Bonners Ferry High School award-winning Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ is continuing its work this season, with an eye toward the upcoming team competitions later this spring.  Work on this project includes not only putting together a functional robot, but also programming, logistics, video production, writing a business plan, and more.  Follow their progress with this story.
University of Idaho Researchers: U.S. Must Address ‘Wicked Problem’ Of Wildfires With New Partnerships:  "U.S. wildfires burned more than 10.1 million acres in 2015 — a new record . . . Those fires destroyed 4,500 homes and structures and killed 13 firefighters. Wildfire suppression costs the United States, on average, $2.9 billion a year," with additional economic consequences cascading from wildfires.

After devastating North Idaho fires last summer, including a serious fire here in Boundary County, this article offers some initial steps that might be taken toward the long-term goal of mitigating the problem of wildfires.
Family to Family course will discuss 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 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and is coming up later this month.
Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter attends Boise leadership conference:  FFA members from Bonners Ferry attended a valuable conference in Boise where they learned a lot, met Idaho legislators, and had a generally great time.
Stage and microphone provided for aspiring local performers:  The Pearl Theater sponsors an evening once a month where they turn their microphones over to any performer who shows up and wants to demonstrate their talents.  This month's event is coming up this Thursday.  And it's free!
Forest Service looking for comments on Boundary County area forest project:  The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is inviting the public to review and make comments on the Deer Creek Project Environmental Assessment. The Deer Creek project includes timber harvest, timber stand maintenance, fuels treatments, and road maintenance on approximately 30,000 acres of National Forest System lands located north of Moyie Springs.
Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale coming soon:  The famous Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale is coming up.  There will be sugar-free pies and gluten-free pies, as well as all of your favorites like Lemon Meringue, cream and custard, a variety of fruit, and even Huckleberry pies. It’s a good idea to come early!
Christmas Bird Count in Boundary County provides valuable information over the years:  A special day is set aside once a year to observe and count birds of all species in Boundary County, and that information is put to work as it is combined with similar counts made around the world.  Local volunteers have been dedicated in enumerating our Boundary County bird populations.  Check this article for details on this important yearly census, for a map, and great photographs of some of the birds counted locally.
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Letters & Opinions
Rosanne Smith:  Thanks for help on document request
Liz Sloot:  Too many election sessions
Larry Bauer:  Disagrees with Oscars boycotts
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Sports & Outdoors
 
Learn animal tracking at NIC Sandpoint class:  It’s not too late to sign up for North Idaho College at Sandpoint’s “Animal Tracking” class taught by wilderness expert and author Brian Baxter this Saturday, February 6.
Furbearer Trapping Course scheduled in Coeur d'Alene:  Idaho Fish and Game has created a voluntary trapper education program to help educate trappers. The goal is to promote safe and ethical trapping, to minimize non-target catches, and to minimize impacts of trapping activity on other recreationists. Classes are being taught by teams of volunteers and Fish and Game employees.
F&G Director Declares Idaho wolf management a success:  "The bottom line is Idaho has a healthy, sustainable wolf population that is over seven times higher than the federal recovery goal."
Radio collars are vital tool for game management:  Idaho Fish and Game biologist Craig White recently got a message telling him two elk died, but it didn't come from a colleague or a citizen, it was from a satellite.
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Obituaries
Lee Jelinek: July 27, 1946 ~ January 26, 2016
Lane Dirks: April 9, 2011 ~ January 24, 2016 (full information now available)
Ray Stanley Olson: September 13, 1920 ~ January 23, 2016
Brenda Arlene Park: December 3, 1938 ~ January 23, 2016
Kathleen Patricia (Kathee) Robinson: February 27, 1939 ~ January 3, 2016 (full obituary now available)
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Social News
Colson is School District Classified Employee of the Month:  Mrs. Julie Colson has been the librarian within Boundary County School District for the past 5 years, and is currently educating and supporting students at Valley View Elementary School.
Restorium busy with activities and events:  A lot has been going on at the Restorium over the past few months, including many activities for residents during the past few months.  Read the details here.
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Schools Information
School District 101:  Agenda for July 13 Board Meeting
School District 101:  Agenda for Jan 11 Board Meeting
BFHS News, Principal Gering:  Newsletter, 10 Nov
BFHS News, Principal Gering:  Newsletter, 15 Dec
BFHS News, Principal Gering:  Newsletter, Jan 19
Supt Scoop, Superintendent Pflueger:  December 1
Local Government 
Boundary County:  Commissioners Minutes, July 6
Boundary County:  Commissioners Minutes, July 13
Boundary County:  Commissioners Minutes, August 3
Bonners Ferry:  Minutes for Jan 5 City Council
Bonners Ferry:  Agenda for Jan 19 City Council
Bonners Ferry:  Agenda for Feb 2 City Council
Moyie Springs:  Minutes for Nov 4 City Council
Moyie Springs:  Minutes for Nov 19 City Council Special Mtg
Moyie Springs:  Minutes for Dec 9 City Council
Moyie Springs:  Minutes for Jan 6 City Council
 
Events
Monday, February 8
Parent - Teacher Conferences, 6th Grade through 8th Grade at Boundary County Middle School, on Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
 
Tuesday, February 9
Parent - Teacher Conferences, 6th Grade through 8th Grade at Boundary County Middle School, on Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Special Candidates Forum
A presentation and Question and Answer Forum for candidates for Boundary County Sheriff will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9, at the auditorium at the Bonners Ferry High School. This event begins at 6:00 p.m. Those in attendance will be welcome to aske questions of the Sheriff candidates.
School Board meeting, Boundary County School District 101, 6:30 p.m. at the Library at Boundary County Middle School.
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Wednesday, February 10
Idaho Cybersecurity, Best Practices for Business. A seminar on cybersecurity for small businesses, sponsored by the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, the University of Idaho, and the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience.

Join us for a seminar to help identify best practices for cybersecurity that can be implemented in your organization. Participants will hear from experts in the fields of cybersecurity, legal, insurance, and emergency management to gain a better idea of the risks and learn how they can protect their business and employees.

This session is geared toward small and medium business owners and operators and IT contractors and staff.

The seminar will be held twice in the Post Falls Office of the Idaho Department of Labor: Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and again on Thursday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Location: 600 N. Thornton Street, Post Falls, Idaho.

There is no cost to attend this event. Food and drinks will be provided. Space is limited for each session; we ask that all participants register.

Register online at: https://www.regonline.com/IDCyberSec

For more information, please contact Megan Levy, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience at 206-443-7723 or megan.levy@pnwer.org
 
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