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December 30
Orientation set for 'Distinguished Young Woman:' The Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women's Scholarship program is currently accepting applications from high school girls in Boundary County who will graduate high school in 2013.
Mayor looks back on the year that was, ahead to the New Year: This is the time of year we look back at the successes and challenges of the past year and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year, both personally and as a city organization. The City of Bonners Ferry has accomplished a number of things this year.
Risch names military academy nominees: U.S. Senator James Risch recently announced his nominations to the United States military academies for the 2012 school year, including Reid Boorman, Bonners Ferry, nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
'Strong Women' helping local women since 2007: The Strong Women" program was introduced in Boundary County in 2007, and its many participants have been reaping the benefits ever since. In January, the University of Idaho Extension will introduce five new instructors who recently completed Tufts Strong Women Instructor Training.
Idaho's population growth slows to less than one percent: Idaho’s population grew by just nine-tenths percent between mid-2010 and mid-2011, the first year population has grown less than 1 percent since 1990.
County Commission minutes, December 19-20
County Commission minutes, December 12-13
County Commission minutes, December 5-6
December 29
Updated: Truck in river believed stolen: At 6:39 p.m., a northside resident called the Sheriffs Office to report a red pickup floating in the Kootenai River, headlights still shining. At 6:53 p.m., a patron at the Panhandle Restaurant called to report her red pickup stolen.
December 28
Ryan and Maureen Mai conservation farmers of the year: The Boundary Soil Conservation District is pleased to announce the 2011 Conservation Farmer’s of the Year title to RYMO Cattle Company, also known as Ryan and Maureen Mai.
Court record and sheriffs log
December 23
Bonners Ferry Chamber launching new web site: Beginning January 1, the premier website of Boundary County, that belonging to the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce, will shift from being a to become a as the transition is made from its old site to the new,
Subdivision hearings put on hold: Two public hearings originally scheduled to be heard at the January meeting of he Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission have, at the request of the applicant, been set aside until as least March 15, 2012.
December 22
Trinity Lutheran asks the impossible: Trinity Lutheran Church pastor Bruce Barth asked me a stupid question today. "Can you sing?"
DNA shows Bell shot in defense of friend: Forensic evidence has revealed that the bullet fired by 20-year-old Ty Bell, formerly of Bonners Ferry, killing his friend and hunting companion, Steve Stevenson, 39, Winnemucca, Nevada, was not a wild shot, but was one of many fired by the young man in an effort to save his friend from a wounded bear.
December 21
No recycle day at Safeway Wednesday: Due to the breakdown of one of their trucks, the Boundary County Landfill was forced to cancel recycling day at Safeway Wednesday. Superintendent Claine Skeen assures that the truck will be repaired in time for the next scheduled recycling day January 4.
Court records and sheriffs log: A suspicious activity call was made at 520 Day Break Road. The caller reported someone on her roof, 12 or more men dressed in camouflage on her property, some in trees with binoculars, and at least one in the house. The camoflage must have been excellent, as deputies responding to the home found no trace of anyone.
Gavin Flower wins EAA scholarship: This year the local EAA Chapter 757 is proud to announce Gavin Flower as the newest Youth Aviation Scholarship winner. Gavin is a well-rounded and ambitious young man who has attained academic recognition with the National Honors Society in high school, and has also been involved in showing animals in the 4H/FAA. Gavin’s dream is earn a biology degree, and become a fish and wildlife biologist.
Nursery grower training offered: The University of Idaho Extension in Bonner County and the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association are pleased to offer an eight-week course designed to help green industry professionals prepare for the Certified Nursery Professional exam to be held on March 27, 2012.
Car hits school bus near Deary: The Idaho State Police has reported that a head-on collision between a school bus and a passenger car Tuesday that sent the driver of the car to the hospital, but did not injure the school bus driver or two students who were still aboard.
Don't let yourself fall ill for the holidays: Holidays are the time to spread joy and not illness to friends and family. Parties and celebrations bring people together in close quarters where food is open to many hands, so take precautions to prevent yourself from becoming sick or making others sick.
ISP looking for troopers statewide: The Idaho State Police is currently accepting applications for the position of Trooper. Previous law enforcement experience is not required and the hope is to hire approximately 15 new Troopers statewide in 2012.
Idahoans facing end of unemployment benefits: Extended unemployment benefits will end for 1,500 jobless Idaho workers on Jan. 7 and nearly 12,000 more will see benefits terminated over the next six months.
Idaho delegation seeks to extend payroll tax holiday: Idaho Congressmen Raúl Labrador and Mike Simpson voted today to convene a conference committee to negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of legislation to extend the payroll tax holiday, as well as unemployment insurance.
December 17
County P&Z gives thumbs down to subdivision proposal: The Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday evening to accept public comment on a controversial 30-lot subdivision proposal, and after more than two hours of testimony and deliberation, voted unanimously to forward to county commissioners a recommendation that The Estates at Copeland Landing be denied.
Principal Pflueger Press: As we quickly move to the end of 2011, many thoughts come to mind! First and foremost is my appreciation to serve the citizens of Boundary County and their children at Valley View Elementary School. I am impressed with the supportive environment that has been established and the care that is offered to the children.
State unemployment rate falls to two-year low: Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued falling in November, dropping another three-tenths of a percentage point to a two-year low 8.5 percent – the largest one-month decline in the rate since 1983.
December 12
Boundary County loses an icon: Lester Lee Howard, 92, a kid whose family fled the midwest dust bowl and came to call Boundary County and Bonners Ferry home in the 1930s, died Friday at the Restorium, a place he and his wife believed in and helped build.
Search and Rescue needs our support: For 35 years, the volunteers of Boundary County Search and Dive Rescue have gone out in all weather, in the most remote places, to come to the aid of people reported lost or missing. The organization hasn't asked us for much, but they need us to step up to the plate.
Kidapping charge added to Lethrud's woesBoundary County's case against 23-year old Preston Lethrud got a bit more serious at a preliminary hearing Friday when deputy prosecutor Tevis Hull filed an additional charge of second-degree kidnapping to the charges of felony aggravated assault, domestic battery and unlawful entry originally filed after an alleged all-night assault on his nine-month pregnant girlfriend November 26.
Court records and sheriffs log
December 10
Comment pours in on proposed Copeland subdivision: Written comment poured in at the deadline for a proposed 30 lot subdivision abutting the Copeland Bridge, The Estates at Copeland Landing, nearly all opposed to the development, which will be the subject at a public hearing being held Thursday evening.
PHD offering teens free dental screenings: This holiday season the Panhandle Health District (PHD) will give teens from low-income families the gift of a free dental screening on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the PHD office, 8500 N. Atlas Rd. in Hayden.
Employers get expanded incentives to hire vets: Employers have new tax incentives to hire military veterans as the Idaho economy begins to recover from the long recession.
Moyie Springs city council minutes, November 9
December 7
Valley View PTO sprucing up Christmas! In the back lot of Valley View Elementary, between the building itself and the bus barn, sit a number of stately Colorado blue spruce trees just waiting to lend a sight and a scent to make a holiday season special.
County P&Z agenda set for December: The Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commisison will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15, to approve past minutes and to take under consideration the first platted subdivision proposed in Boundary County since 2005, and the first under new zoning laws that allow consideration of clustered development.
East Fork Meadow Creek sale approved: On December 2, Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisor Mary Farnsworth signed the final decision for the East Fork Meadow Creek Supplemental Environmental Assessment.
Sater takes to the sky: At 16 years old, Shane Sater, Bonners Ferry,  successfully completed his fist solo flight and three landings and take offs before arriving safely back at the airport. Shane, the son of John Sater, was first inspired to fly at the age of six by his grandfather, who was building a Falco home-built airplane in the basement.
FEMA supports tribal disaster declarations: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the direction of President Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, announced today that it supports amending federal law to allow federally recognized tribal governments to make disaster declaration requests directly to the president.
County Commission minutes, November 28-29
County commission minutes, November 21-22
County Commission minutes, November 14-15
December 5
Copeland Bridge subdivision an important test: For more than five years, James Fox, whose family owns and manages a considerable amount of land along the Kootenai River bottom, has been keeping close tabs on the progress of this county's comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance. He's the first to test this county's new subdivision laws, beginning with a public hearing before the county planning and zoning commission December 15, but his proposal to develop 30 residential lots along the Kootenai River at the Copeland Bridge.
School lunch a hot potato issue: It's such a simple mandate: Prepare healthy, nutritious meals for the schoolchildren so they can go about the business of learning.
Special school board meeting set: A special meeting/workshop of the board of trustees of the School District 101 is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, December 9,at 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Boundary County Middle School library. Topics include school closure policies and a possible change in food service.
Court records and sheriffs log
December 3
Thousands of acres proposed for caribou habitat: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week announced a proposal to designate critical habitat for southern Selkirk Mountains caribou, an endangered woodland mammal protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Lethrud facing prison for assault: Preston Lethrud, 23, Bonners Ferry, is in the Boundary County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond after a quiet night with his girlfriend November 26 turned violent and led her to fear not only for her own life, but for the life of the baby she carries.
Over 200 kids turn out for tree lighting: What a wonderful night it was, Friday, November 25, as the Christmas tree was lit at the Georgia Mae Plaza and Christmas Carols flowed into the beautiful evening!
Ambulance chief addresses Rotary: On November 29, several Rotary  members introduced Ken Baker as their program speaker because he's well known in the community, having grown up in Bonners Ferry, graduating from Bonners Ferry High School. Ken recently assumed the leadership position as EMS Chief of the Boundary Volunteer Ambulance.
Christmas comes to everyone: It's a Bonners Ferry holiday tradition of nearly fifty years! Christmas is ushered into our community on the wings of song! On Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m., the two Bonners Ferry Community choirs (adults and children) will present "Christmas Comes for Everyone."
Collecting for Care n'Share at the courthouse: The Boundary County courthouse Christmas tree is up and beautifully decorated, and the pile of new toys beneath it grows daily as courthouse staff and members of the public generously donate to make Christmas a little brighter for county kids through Project Care n’Share.
December 1
Local car chase ends in Montana crash: At about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bonners Ferry City Police and a Boundary County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a vehicle pursuit of a 1995 Ford Taurus reported to have been stolen in Washington State.
Alts to represent at national Farm Bureau tour: John and Linda Alt, who live, farm and ranch in Paradise Valley, will be representing the Farm Bureau of Idaho's District 5 at the national Farm Bureau Convention in Washington, D.C., in March.
Donald David Williams, September 9, 1919 ~ December 19, 2011
Kelly Lee Stippich: September 3, 1949 ~ December 15, 2011
Lester Lee Howard: October 18, 1919 ~ December 9, 2011
Ulysses S. Redfearn: December 17, 1921 ~ December 2, 2011
Bettie Louise Preston, July 4, 1928 ~ December 4, 2011
Virginia Reid, Virginia Reid, September 19, 1914 ~ December 4, 2011
Ruth Ellen Woodbury, August 15, 1969 ~ December 3, 2011
Ray L. Heath, May 11, 1924 ~ December 3, 2011
Alvin Edward Maas, December 8, 1929 ~ December 2, 2011
Zachary Robert Henderson McGary, October 25, 1994 ~ November 29, 2011
Mortimer Phipps Bacon II, January 16, 1923 ~ November 26, 2011
Joan Glover Bartleson , October 13, 1945 ~ November 24, 2011
Dale Ardon Severson, June 17, 1951 ~ November 23, 2011
Margaret Eleanor Swaine, September 17, 1915 ~ November 22, 2011
Hansons welcome baby girl: Nichole and Ed Hanson, Bonners Ferry, welcomed a new daughter, Emma Lorean Hanson, born at Bonner General Hospital, Sandpoint, December 8.
Welcome, Sadie Marie! Gabrielle Nye and Eddie Funkhouser, Bonners Ferry, are the proud parents of a daughter born October 12 at Bonner General Hospital, Sandpoint.
Lethrud-Scherr finishes Navy basic: Colton Lethrud-Scherr, the grandson of Bob and Linda Case, Bonners Ferry, completed basic training November 10 at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Strong sockeye returns predicted for 2012: Early forecasts by fishery officials predict strong Columbia-Snake river salmon returns almost across the board in 2012. And in the case of sockeye and summer chinook, record runs are predicted.
Winter fishing looks pretty good: This report highlights a few of the best places to fish, what anglers are using and what they are catching. The information is compiled from regional Fish and Game fishery managers, local tackle shops and anglers.
Governor Butch Otter: You likely have heard a lot in the news media over the past several months about health insurance exchanges. I’ve heard from few people objectively opposed to the idea of a one-stop clearinghouse for the best, most up-to-date and concise information available about options for insuring themselves and their families against the potentially catastrophic costs of health care.
Rosanne Smith: I see the City of Bonners Ferry is attempting to make recycling easier and more convenient for its citizens. Since the landfill has gone to one stream recycling I don't see why the City of Moyie Springs cannot find a spot for its citizens and neighbors to participate.
City Councilman Tom Mayo: After reading the latest issue of the Flatlander, I feel I need to respond to the assertion that I think our neighbors in the annexation area do not pay for “services."
Representative Raul Labrador: During my eight-hour-long jobs forum in Boise last month, we asked job creators from more than 20 Idaho businesses what we could do to encourage them to start hiring again. The consensus was that a combination of tax reform and regulatory reduction would stabilize our economy and help them create jobs. We must ease the burdens foisted by government onto America’s job creators.
Kristin James: I do not have all the information you may be seeking, but I do have limited experience with the V.A. and what they "offer." I watched for years as my step-dad would have incident after incident and appointment after appointment to receive the care he needed to feel better.
Patsy Stockdale: Thank you for the wonderful news article you wrote and for the concern you and the community had for me during my eventful heart attack a week ago, Monday, November 28.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on President Obama’s disastrous health care legislation, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is another step in the right direction to finally repeal this disastrous law once and for all.
Jenny Hoyle: Just a quick 'thanks' for your nice article regarding Patsy Stockdale you posted yesterday.
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