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February, 2012
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February 29
Naples kids usher in a new paper! A year ago, there was no February 29, and the official launch date of this site didn't happen until March 1, though the first post went up February 28. That doesn't mean much, except as a milestone, one I'm grateful to have attained ... today I helped kids launch the Naples Wolverine!

Decision pending on ambulance district: Not many people spoke at Tuesday night's public hearing regarding the formation of a Boundary County Ambulance District, but those who did gave county commissioners a lot to think about, and county commissioners made no attempt to even try, tabling consideration until March 20, and reopening the period during which they'll accept written comment through March 12.

Seven submit candidacy petitions: As of Tuesday afternoon, seven Boundary County residents had submitted declaration of candidacy petitions to get their names on the local ballot as we head into Election 2012.
February 27
Court dispositions and sheriffs log
February 25
Valdie Burkholder hospitalized: Valdie Burkholder, a vibrant and active Bonners Ferry icon despite being in her late 80s, was hospitalized Friday after suffering a cardiovascular event, possibly a mild stroke.
February 24
Alert issued for endangered adult: A missing endangered person advisory has been issued by Montana authorities for help in finding Timothy Francis, a 49 year old white male last seen wearing a black vest blue jeans and white sneakers.
February 23
Old dynamite found in Black Mountain Road shed: A woman doing some early spring cleaning in a shed on her property on Black Mountain Road Monday morning needed a little extra help when she came across what appeared to be a bag of dynamite.

Local teen charged with drug trafficking: A Bonners Ferry teenager is facing felony drug trafficking charges after a routine police stop at the Boundary County Fairgrounds February 2.
February 21
County Zip-Line Course on track to open soon: The good news is that Idaho Canopy Tours and Zipline Course anticipates its grand opening later this summer, 2012. The tour will have course elements that are unique in the U.S., making this an exciting, one-of-a-kind adventure The better news is that a squealing, pinwheel waving insurance advertising shill ... a pig named Maxwell ... has introduced the world to a new kind of fun. 
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
February 20
Boundary County Back Packs in full swing: The Boundary County Back Pack program is in the second successful semester of providing thirty Naples school children with nutritious supplemental weekend food kits.

Pinkerton announces bid for commission seat: Lee Pinkerton, a resident of Bonners Ferry, has announced his Republican bid for the District 1 position on the Boundary County Board of Commissioners.
February 19
Gearing up for Independence Day: It's still a few months away, but Paradise Valley Fire Chief and sheriff's candidate Gary Leonard has taken the lead and is already at work to see that Boundary County residents and visitors can enjoy a spectacular Fourth of July this year.
February 18
4-H coordinator issues Penguin Plunge challenge: To all past and present members, family and friends of 4-H, my name is Squire Thomas Fields and I am the new 4-H Program Coordinator for Boundary County. On Saturday, March 3, I will be representing the Boundary County 4-H Program to "take the plunge" to show our support for the Idaho Special Olympics program and athletes.

Mayor Anderson addresses Rotary: Deferring to his inability to sleep much the night before an important meeting of nurserymen in Boise (Dave’s other job) because of an impending root canal and a scenario in which he left a very early wake up call for a hotel room that belonged to another guest, the Mayor settled into the topic of the hour before the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club February 14, that being ‘what’s new’ in the city of Bonners Ferry.

Historic Idaho GOP caucus coming March 6: At its winter meeting, the Idaho Republican State Central Committee, the governing body of the Idaho GOP, met in Boise, Idaho and reaffirmed its support of a change to State Party Rules that will move Idaho’s presidential candidate selection to Super Tuesday and conduct the nominating process through a county by county caucus system.

NIC scholarship deadline nears: Literally hundreds of thousands of dollars are available to students through scholarships at North Idaho College. All students have to do is apply.

Suicide prevention training offered: Part of northern Idaho’s plan to decrease its high suicide rate is to make certain mental health professionals are up to speed on suicide assessment. The Suicide Prevention Action Network is bringing to Coeur d’Alene Shawn Christopher Shae, M.D., one of the world’s leading experts in suicide assessment and psychiatric interviewing.

Crapo, Risch challenge health care law: Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 41 of their colleagues in filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court February 13 challenging the presidents’ health care law, which they call an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of the federal government into the daily lives of Americans.
FEMA seeking applicants for national council: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking qualified individuals from the public and private sector to serve on the National Advisory Council.
February 14
Local kids heading for regional spelling bee: A total of 51 fourth-through-eighth graders from around the region are cracking open their dictionaries and staying up late, as they prepare for the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee, taking place March 17 at North Idaho College.

Court dispostitions and sheriffs log

County Commissioners minutes, January 30-31
February 11
Mark Taft seriously injured: Mark Taft, 36, the son of John and Jan Taft, Bonners Ferry, was on his job as an electrical lineman for Central Lincoln PUD Thursday afternoon when he scaled a pole and came into contact with a line that was still energized. The force of the shock knocked him off the pole and flipped him upside down, leaving him dangling from his safety harness.
Bonners Ferry Rotary celebrating a decade: They're a small club, and they don't attract a lot of local attention. Members just do things ... giving credit to all but themselves. Their motto is "service above self," and May 24, this amazing group will celebrate a decade of good deeds.
Five qualify for first Idaho GOP caucus: Five Republican presidential candidates have qualified to be counted in the first-ever Idaho Republican Party presidential caucus, which will take place in every county in the state on March 6.
For deer, life among humans was never so good: Whitetail deer are finding life among humans is not so bad after all. In fact, given the variety of foods their human neighbors provide, life has never been so good for the big-tailed critters.
February 10
Smith announces re-election bid: Boundary County Commission Chair Ron Smith today formally announced his intent to continue to serve the citizens of Boundary County by seeking re-election to the District 1 position on the Board of Boundary County Commissioners.
February 9
Details emerge in bridge death: According to the Boundary County Sheriffs Office, it was a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent, crossing the Moyie River Bridge early Wednesday morning, who made the gruesome discovery of an apparent suicide.
BFPD chief decision on hold until Monday: After a discussion during Tuesday evening's Bonners Ferry City Council meeting on hiring a new Bonners Ferry Police Chief after a committee unanimously approved offering the job to a Twin Falls police sergeant, concerns raised prompted tabling a decision until a special council meeting on Monday, February 13.
Capurso announces bid for Idaho House: Boundary County resident Donna Capurso, Moyie Springs, today formally announced her candidacy on the Republican ticket for the Idaho House of Representatives, Legislative District 1 – Seat A, a position currently held by Eric Anderson.
Moyie Springs special meeting minutes, January 25
Moyie Springs City Council minutes, January 4
February 8
Man dies in jump from Moyie Bridge: A Coeur d'Alene man with ties to Boundary County plunged to his death in a jump off the Moyie River Bridge early this morning on Highway 2. Age corrected.
February 7
County fortunate for General Feed & Grain: As we cruise about Boundary County, we’ve all observed the various bumper stickers relating to logging. Well yep, go “hug a logger,” then brush off the sawdust and go wrap your mouth around a juicy steak and some fresh bread, compliments of a farmer. Boundary County is fortunate to have General Feed & Grain at the heart of its farming industry.
Preliminary decision made for new police chief: A committee comprised of Bonners Ferry Mayor Dave Anderson, clerk Kris Larson, and council president Mike Klaus, after interviewing four final candidates, unanimously agreed to off the position of Bonners Ferry Police Chief, recently vacated by now-city councilman Rick Alonzo, to a police sergeant from Twin Falls, Idaho.
Hearing set on forming ambulance taxing district: Boundary County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the extension office meeting room, to accept public testimony on whether or not a county-wide taxing district should be formed to maintain and improve ambulance within Boundary County.
CORRECTED ... County gearing up for election 2012: Staff in the Boundary County Clerk's Office is hard at work gearing up for the upcoming election cycle, with events for both voters and candidates just around the corner.
Grant allows preservation Hubbard, Wages land: The State of Idaho was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Forest Service to promote private land forest conservation in the Idaho panhandle, an area known for its high conservation value.  The grant will allow the State of Idaho, working in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, to purchase conservation easements from two Idaho Boundary County families: the Hubbards and the Wages.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
County Commission minutes, January 23-24
February 5
Basil sentenced for misprision of a felony: Twyla Dawn Basil, 33, Bonners Ferry, was sentenced by federal judge Edward J.  Lodge to four months in a residential re-entry center, three years probation and three years probation after pleading guilty in federal court to misprision of a felony.
Organizers gearing up for third-annual Penguin Plunge: Organizers are busy gearing up for the third-annual Boundary County Penguin Plunge, everyone's chance to take a chilly dip into the beautiful Kootenai River at noon Saturday, March 3, to raise funds for Idaho Special Olympics.
County kids spell their way to success: A passel of county kids are reading Bonners Books tomes after demonstrating their prowess at spelling after competing in the Boundary County Spelling Bee, held January 21 at Free Methodist Church.
Museum in need of an old-fashioned projector: The Boundary County Museum and Historical Society is willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on a working 16-millimeter film projector.
Naples Community Group to meet Monday: First, (in case you only read my opening line), I thought I’d remind you of our upcoming Naples Community Group meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, February 6, in the Naples Fire Station Community Room. Please feel free to stop by and check us out if you haven’t already.
February 2
KVRI gets funding to launch restoration project: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report that outlines a strategy and series of actions for management on 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. As part of the accelerated restoration strategy, $40 million for 20 forest and watershed restoration projects have been announced for the upcoming year, including a new project in Boundary County proposed by the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative.
Unseasonal weather means road closures imminent: Due to the weather forecast, Boundary County Road and Bridge personnel are anticipating soft road bed conditions to occur in some areas over the next week, and its possible that some county roads may be closed to hauling.
Services set for former county commissioner Clyde Stone: Boundary County native and former county commissioner Clyde Dwaine Stone, 89, passed away Tuesday, January 31, at Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, at Free Methodist Church. Private interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry.
Andrea Kramer honored for photography: In recognition of images she took during the international Law Enforcement Torch Run in Greece last year, local photographer Andrea Kramer was awarded top honors in the International International Association of Chiefs of Police photography contest in the professional category.
February 1
Court dispositions and sheriffs log

Commissioners Minutes January 16-17
Horatio 'Gene' Stalcup, June 14, 1927 ~ February 11, 2012
Derrick John Meister, October 27, 1990 ~ February 8, 2012
Cordeela Maxine Kucera: May 22, 1923 ~ February 5, 2012
Clyde Dwaine Stone, April 8, 1922 ~ January 31, 2012
Tompke named to dean's list: Taylor Tompke, a 2011 valedictorian graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, was named on the Dean's List at Carroll College, Helena, Montana, where he is a freshman studying engineering.
Lydia Rose Unruh born February 3: Lydia Rose Unruh was born February 3 at the Pend Orielle Midwifery Birth Center, Sandpoint, to Rosalyn and Lee Unruh, Bonners Ferry.
Ensz family welcomes new addition: Myles Henry Ensz was born January 30 at Bonner General Hospital, Sandpoint, to Trista and Jason Ensz, Bonners Ferry. He joins three sisters; Gretchen, Natalie and Olivia.
Magees welcome baby girl: Julie Maci Magee was born January 26 in Sandpoint to Jenna and Ryan Magee, Bonners Ferry. She weighed eight pounds, three ounces and was 21 inches long.
Locals named to NIC Dean's List: Several Boundary County students were named to the North Idaho College Dean's List for the fall semester, taking a minimum of 12 credits and earning a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
John Thomas a grandpa: Carter Ry Smith was born at 8:55 a.m. December 27, 2011, to Andy Smith and Sarah Thomas, Coeur d'Alene. He joins his big sister, Tatiana Smith, who is five years old.
Boorman accepted at U.S. Military Academy: Reid Boorman, the son of Stephen and Cyndy Boorman, Bonnders Ferry, and a 2011 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, has been appointed to the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Kids invited to Natural Resources Camp: The 53rd annual Natural Resources Camp may have found a formula to make five nights of camping in Idaho’s scenic Sawtooth Mountains with plenty of fun activities and scientific explorations even more fun: add an afternoon’s swim at Easley Hot Springs.
Oxford's welcome baby boy: Miles Lee Oxford, the son of Derek and Lindsay Oxford, Bonners Ferry, was born October 3, 2011.
Lacrosse Club needs support: In 2006, the Bonners Ferry Lacrosse Club played in it first season. It was a season filled with promise and most of that was fulfilled. John Nierowski and I had an opportunity to mold the young men from that team based on the promise of financial support for the season's team.
Walker Mead shoots perfect 400: On Wednesday, February 2, Walker shot a perfect 400 with his .22-caliber rifle, hitting targets the size of a BB, shooting the first perfect score shot in a sanctioned match in the known history of the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club.
Lottery open to reserve Red Ives Cabin: The St. Joe Ranger District is now accepting applications for the lottery to select reservation rental dates for its popular Red Ives Cabin.
Adetta Umphenour: Attention Bonners Ferry! Are you aware that we (the school district) just selected a teacher from Sandpoint to coach our high school football team? Not only did we select a coach from out of town ... we turned down four very qualified applicants from Bonners Ferry.
Congressman Raul Labrador: I have the pleasure of representing a large district ranging from Nevada in the south to Canada in the north. As such, my office deals with a diverse range of issues affecting the different regions of the district. I want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the issues currently at the forefront in northern Idaho.
Mike Weland, Publisher: In the wake of an article I wrote regarding the injury of Mark Taft, I was besieged with letters and even a couple of phone calls over how inappropriate that initial report was. I publish some of the letters below, and I have revised the article to remove the content that offended the family and so many readers. It was not my intent to be disrespectful of Mark or his family, and I send them my sincere apologies for the hurt and anger my reporting caused.
Ginger Murphy: Ok, not sure who to address this to or not, however, I do follow my hometown news via the website. I find most stories of reasonable taste and of current events. This time however, I have decided it is time to say something otherwise. Most recently, regarding the Mark Taft story.
Bev Conachen: My husband and I were about to start cooking dinner a couple of weeks ago when a loud expolosion erupted in the marina near our home.  Having once been a volunteer fireman, my husband had experience helping people so he rushed out the door and arrived at the scene of the accident just as a man and woman were pulling the victim out of the water.  My husband stablilized his neck and kept him talking until paramedics arrived. Friends in the yacht club mentioned there had been a nice article about Jim's part in the rescue, so we googled it and came across your article written May 2011, regarding the dismissal of our law suit against Boundary County.  Several things show your ignorance of our situation while living in Idaho.
Donna Capurso: Our community is being assaulted by the federal government through the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Forest Service.  My grandfather used a term when I was growing up that I believe is the exact word to describe what is going on between the USFWS and the USFS.
Teresa Miller: It was very clear to me when I drove through Bonners Ferry last year and saw multiple signs, buildings, and other things tagged "Class of 2011," that the school system should get involved ... that a few kids had slipped through the cracks for lack of peer pressure.
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