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~ Due to weather, tonight home wrestling meet versus Kellogg and the boy's basketball away game at St. Maries have been cancelled. ~
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
'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 Avenue.
Names of those involved in Bonner County shooting released: 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 suspect.
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 with Moody's: 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 networks: 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
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.
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Letters & Opinions
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: I recently wrote about the need to heed the Social Security Trustee’s warnings and shore up Social Security. Like the requirements for the Social Security Trustees to annually assess the state of the trust funds that support the Social Security program, the Medicare Trustees are also required by law to report to Congress on the state of the Medicare trust funds.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: Monday kicked off with Governor Otter delivering the annual State of the State address. Idaho’s future is looking bright as it is going into its seventh straight year of economic growth.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: This week I moved to relieve Idaho’s overloaded federal courts by introducing a bill authorizing a third U.S. District judge in the District of Idaho. Since 2015, Idaho has had just one full-time district court judge and the Judicial Conference of the United States has declared a judicial emergency in our state.
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Sports & Outdoors
Take that hunter education course before the season starts: Even though Idaho's spring turkey hunting season is months away, now is a great time for beginning hunters to register for and complete a hunter education course.
Time to apply for spring bear hunt nears: Hunters wanting to participate in this spring's controlled hunts for black bear can apply from January 15 through February 15.
IDFG Commission to meet: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will set seasons for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat when it meets January 25 and 26 at Fish and Game headquarters in Boise.
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Obituaries
Cynthia Nell "Tyler" Tajan, April 20, 1948 ~ January 9, 2017
Joyce Ellen Johnson, July 4, 1936 ~ January 1, 2017
Elizabeth "Betty" Beck, November 13, 1942 ~ January 2, 2017
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Social News
Mr. Murray BCSD Employee of the Month: I believe without a doubt that the difference between good and great teachers is that great teachers are always learning. We at Naples Elementary have a school full of great teachers, and I get to recognize one of them. By Principal Lisa Iverson
MacDonald introduces Rotary to IDCIS: On Tuesday, Summer MacDonald, Idaho Department of Labor Bonners Ferry, spoke to the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club about the Idaho Career Information System, the Educate Idaho Network and the North Idaho Education Partnership.
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Events
Thursday, January 19
KBCI Channel 9 Open House, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6541 Main Street, Bonners Ferry (same building as Job Service).
Friday, January 20
Badger Wrestling at Timberlake Dual Tourney, 3 p.m., Timberlake.
Chili Feed and Auction to benefit Bonners Ferry Lacrosse, 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 6558 Lincoln Street. Great auction items and great chili by donation.
Saturday, January 21
Badger Wrestling at Timberlake Dual Tourney, 8 a.m., Timberlake.
Quilting Class, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., A Little Comfort Quilting, 7189 Main Street, #641, Bonners Ferry. Class fee is $45. To register, call (208) 267-9200.
Badger Girls Basketball vs. Kellogg, 3:30 p.m., home.
Badger Boys Basketball vs. Kellogg, 5 p.m., home.
Burns Night, 7 p.m. at the Pearl Theater. Tickets are $15 advance, $17 at the door and $5 students. Advance tickets available at Mountain Mikes and Bonners Books.
Monday, January 23
Winter Food Preservation Class: Canning Wild Game, 1 to 4 p.m., Boundary County Extension Office, 6447 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry. Learn how to safely preserve your wild game using a pressure canner. Information on how to properly care for your pressure canner will also be provided. Cost is $15. Seating limited, preregistration required; to register or find out more, call (208) 267-3235.
Boundary County Distinguished Young Women (formerly Junior Miss) program is getting ready to start its 2017-2018 program. Orientation for interested girls and their parents will be held at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Wednesday, January 25
Idaho Wheat and Barley Commission cereal school, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boundary County Fairgrounds. Pesticide recertification and continuing education credits will be available. For more information, download the flier. Call (208) 267-3235 to register.
Thursday, January 26
Badger Wrestling vs. American Falls and Kellogg, 4 p.m., at Kellogg.
Friday, January 27
Badger Wrestling at North Idaho Rumble, 3 p.m., at Coeur d'Alene High School.
Badger Girls Basketball vs. Priest River, 5:30 p.m., away.
Badger Boys Basketball vs. Priest River, 7 p.m., away.
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