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It was a tough day for commuting around the Bonners Ferry metropolitan area today. Both downtown bridges with ongoing construction updates, and add to that the closure of two important downtown entrances to Highway 95: the North Main Street intersection to leave Bonners Ferry and cross the Kootenai Bridge was closed. Also closed was the Comanche Street access to Highway 95 (the street that runs through the North Side toward the hospital). Just keep thinking of the great new bridge surfaces we will soon have . . .

New business in downtown Bonners Ferry:  Woodsman's Shop:  Open now for six months, the Woodsman's Shop is located in downtown Bonners Ferry at 6389 Bonner Street (just down the side street from Jill's Cafe).  Click on this story for more information about this new business. 
Bonners Ferry High School advises of open house and other upcoming Back-to-School events:    Check this story for information about the BFHS Open House, Freshman Orientation Day, and picking up school schedules.
Idaho to auction Priest Lake lots Thursday:  The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) will auction 59 lakefront Priest Lake lots for deeded ownership during a live public auction Thursday in Coeur d’Alene. 
Search and Rescue crews practice raising sunken automobile in Pend Oreille:  Rescue Divers from Boundary and Bonner Counties have completed a difficult training exercise involving a sunken automobile in Lake Pend Oreille.
Boundary County Clerk Glenda Poston elected Vice President of statewide Association:  The Idaho Association of County Recorders and Clerks held its annual meeting in Orofino last week. One order of business was the electing of officers for the new year. Boundary County's Clerk Glenda Poston was selected as one of the state association's officers.
Idaho Senator Crapo seeking veteran's opinions on their medical care:  If you are a veteran, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is looking for information on how you feel about medical care you have received through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal programs administered in Idaho.
Update on medical condition:  We have been advised of an update on the condition of Garrett Graupner, one of those involved in the automobile collision north of Bonners Ferry on August 18.  
Police Explorer program holds graduation:  The Bonners Ferry Police Department is proud to announce that the first group of “Police Explorer Scouts" have graduated from a one week, 40-hour boot camp.  Click on this headline to learn more about the activities of the Police Explorer Post.
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Social media updates on yesterday's Driver's Ed car collision:  To provide full update, we note in this story news and updates that have been posted on public social media websites about yesterday's collision.  This includes our own Facebook page, and the Facebook pages of relatives or associates of some of those involved in the collision.
Vehicle crash yesterday required multiple medical helicopters:  Idaho State Police has released limited information regarding yesterday's motor vehicle accident on US Highway 95 at milepost 513 at Hooten's Hollow, approximately six miles north of Bonners Ferry.
Update:  Two serious motor vehicle accidents reported on US 95:  Two motor vehicle collisions have been reported in Boundary County this morning (August 18), at least one of which appears to have serious injuries.
Fatal auto accident on US 95 north of Three Mile (August 17):  A Bonners Ferry man died at the scene in a single vehicle rollover near mile 511.6 north of Three Mile.
Bonners Ferry holds special meeting to discuss water, sewer rates:  "We are in a zero sum game in our utilities," Mayor David Anderson stated to start off Tuesday evening's special city council meeting, held to advise city residents and other utility users of water and sewer expenses, rates, and capital improvements.
BFPD Corporal Winters completes DARE training:  The Bonners Ferry Police Department is proud to announce that Corporal Winford “Buddy” Winters recently returned from two weeks of training in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) academy.
New Explorer post progressing, raising funds:   Supporters of the new law enforcement-oriented Explorer Post in Boundary County, sponsored by the Bonners Ferry Police Department, are looking to raise funds.
Bonners Ferry Police Department upgrades duty weapons:  The Bonners Ferry Police Department is changing to brand new 4th generation Glock Model 21’s in the venerable .45 auto caliber.
Forest Service seeks public input on Hellroaring Project near Eastport:  The Bonners Ferry Ranger District is seeking public comment on the recently released Hellroaring Project Environmental Assessment (EA).  Proposed activities of the project would manage vegetation, trails and roads, fish, and scenery.  See this article for details on the project and how to submit your comments.
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Letters & Opinions
Lee Haarstick:  Questions their real motivation:  . . . . politically-motivated agitators use fear, anger, excitement, guilt, anxiety, and personal conflict to keep tempers on edge supporting chaos.
R. Joseph Ward: Remarkable photo taken near Refuge: . . . taken this morning from our window overlooking the Kootenai.
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Sports & Outdoors
Fish and Game looking for your help:  Have you seen a wolf?  Scouting for upcoming hunting seasons, huckleberry picking, and general late summer recreating are all good reasons for getting away to Idaho’s great outdoors. If during these forays, you see a wolf, Fish and Game staff would like to hear about it.
Second controlled hunt drawing complete (find out if you got one):  The moment you've been waiting for is here!  Here's how hunters who applied for controlled hunts in the second application period can find out if they were successful.
Disabled hunter access available in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest:  The Disabled Hunter Access Program on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest will be available again this year to qualifying hunters. The program allows motorized access for hunters with disabilities on two roads on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District and three roads on the Sandpoint Ranger District.
New ADA Deer Hunt Blind on Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge:  Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge has a new Deer Hunt Blind constructed specifically for disabled big game hunters. The Refuge will conduct a random drawing on August 15, 2014, to award ten hunters an ADA Deer Hunt Permit.
Successful summer for Badger Girls' basketball:  The Badger Girls have been bringing championships home in summer tournaments recently.  Click on the headline of this story to read more.
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Terry Lee Mullin:  September 23, 1955 ~ August 25, 2014
William (Bill) Bennett:  December 16, 1935 ~ August 22, 2014
Betty Mae Long:  March 22, 1931 ~ August 15, 2014
Howard Wayne Tucker:  February 12, 1929 ~ August 17, 2014
James Burdett Dunnington: July 29, 1927 ~ August 16, 2014
Patrick Thomas Turley:  July 12, 1944 ~ August 7, 2014
David Lee Erickson:  June 18, 1971 ~ July 30, 2014
Earl Duane Erickson:  September 1, 1929 ~ August 3, 2014 
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Thursday, August 28
First game of the new season for several BFHS sports:

** Badger Girls' first home soccer game of the season vs Lakeland JV, 2:00 p.m. at the BFHS Soccer Field.

** Badger Boys' first home soccer game of the season vs Lakeland, 4:00 p.m. at the BFHS Soccer Field.

** BFHS Cross Country first meet of the season, the Post Falls River Run in Post Falls, Idaho, 4 p.m. at Kiwanis Park.
Friday, August 29
Join the Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge on August 29th (from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.), and August 30th (from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) for the third annual Art in the Wild fine art show held on the Refuge just 5 miles west of Bonners Ferry.  For more details, see the full information on our Events page.
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Saturday, August 30
Art in the Wild at the Refuge continues today, although it begins earlier at 9:00 a.m.  For full details, see our Events page.
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