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July 31
Head BFHS football coach decision pending: With the first day of practice less than two weeks away, the decision on who is to be the Bonners Ferry High School head football this season will wait a few more days.
July 30
All School Reunion to be a fine time: Saturday, August 3, is expected to be a banner day in Bonners Ferry as alumni from every school in Boundary County, spanning decades, converge to catch up with old friends an classmates, reminisce and catch up on all that's new around town.  
Court records and sheriff's log
July 27
Senator Crapo to speak in Bonners Ferry: Recent concerns over federal government debt and the intrusion into the private business of Americans by the IRS, federal financial bureaus and other federal agencies will be discussed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in Bonners Ferry on August 6. Updated
BPA rates going up: The Bonneville Power Administration this week adopted a 9 percent average wholesale power rate increase and an 11 percent average transmission rate increase.
Work underway on pipeline project: Gas Transmission Northwest LLC (GTN), a natural gas pipeline system owned by TransCanada, has begun mobilizing equipment in preparation of maintenance activities to be performed near a section of its pipelines that cross the Pend Oreille River west of Sandpoint.
July 26
Huckleberry pancakes for breakfast Saturday! The EAA is hosting the third Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast of the season this Saturday, July 27, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Make sure you stop by the airport for all-you-can-eat huckleberry pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice!
Thanks for making playgrounds better! On behalf Boundary County School District #101, I would like to thank the following businesses and hard workers who donated and delivered chips to the playgrounds at Valley View, Naples and Mt. Hall schools.
Mining firm submits plan for exploration: Minerals and Metals Group (MMG), a mid-tier global resources company which explores, develops and mines base metal deposits around the world, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, has submitted a proposed plan of operation to the U.S. Forest Service for mineral exploration in northern Boundary County.
Reports of BFHS coach hiring premature: Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, no decision on the hiring of a head football coach at Bonners Ferry has yet been made.
Fr. Horton celebrates 25 years as priest: August 18 will be a special day for the congregation at Holy Myrrhbearing Women Orthodox Church, 1957 Pleasant Valley Loop, as they celebrate Father Gregory Horton's 25th anniversary to the Orthodox Christian Priesthood.
County seeks P&Z member: Boundary County Commissioners are seeking letters of interest from those in our community interested in serving on the Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission.
July 25
Travelers tie up traffic: While details remain sketchy, a Montana couple and their three dogs enjoyed a less than pleasant trip through Boundary County Wednesday, Not only did their day not go well, but the mishap that befell them tied up motorists on Highway 95 for several hours.
July 24
Procession to escort Kevin Bennett home: Four Idaho State Police Officers in two cars will travel to Seattle tomorrow to escort the hearse that will carry fallen ISP Sergeant Kevin Bennett home.
Memorial fund established for Bennett family: It is with great sadness that I report the End of Watch for Sergeant Kevin Bennett of the Idaho State Police, a 15 year veteran, close friend and co-worker. 35 year old Kevin lost his battle with cancer early Tuesday morning and leaves behind his wife, Jolynn, and their three small children. By ISP Corporal Allen Ashby
Yankees fall to Hawaii: The Boundary County Yankees lost this morning to top-seeded Hawaii, 22-4, ending a spectacular season that will be remembered for years. Donations are still needed, please give to the Boundary County Little League Fund at any Panhandle State Bank branch in North Idaho. For those outside of the bank service area, call 1-888-275-3434 to make arrangements.
July 23
Correction: After publishing the article regarding the BPA, I received a phone call offering clarification. I failed in my quest for accuracy by forgetting to ask the name of my source and spelling it wrong; I also failed to ask the right questions; BPA is not an investigative body.
Woman being sued for online review: A civil lawsuit claiming defamation was filed in Bonner County July 16 by the owner of a Sandpoint pawn shop, seeking $5,000 for alleged defamation over a less than glowing online review by a Boundary County woman.
BPA drops water heater investigation: An investigation by the Bonneville Power Administration of alleged illegal actions by City of Bonners Ferry officials regarding a test program involving a local test of high-efficiency water heaters ended Friday with no action taken.
ISP Sergeant Kevin Bennett loses cancer battle: News Bonners Ferry is saddened to report the passing of Idaho State Police Sergeant Kevin Bennett, who lost a valiant fight against cancer early this morning in a Seattle Hospital, his family and several fellow ISP Troopers at his side.
Senators gain wildfire mitigation provision: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) have secured a measure in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill to help prioritize wildfire mitigation efforts.
Lottery dividend for schools set record: Idaho Governor Butch Otter announced today that the Idaho Lottery enjoyed record sales in the past year.
July 22
'66 Mustang stolen, reward offered: A Boundary County family who'd been out of state for nearly a week returned home Friday to discover a somewhat unusual burglary, and they're offering a $1,000 reward to bring what appears to be an unusually brazen culprit to justice.
Fire danger high: The persistent hot and dry weather pattern continues to dry forest fuels, prompting fire managers to raise the wildland fire danger to “High” throughout most of North Idaho.
Court record and sheriff's log
July 18
Logging operation to cause delays: The Bonners Ferry Ranger District will be conducting a helicopter logging operation on the Snow Way Stewardship Project near the Roman Nose recreation area. This operation will cause some delays on Snow Creek Road #402.
Bear alert closes popular trails: Visitors to the Beehive and Harrison Lakes Trails are being warned of bear activity in the Beehive and Harrison Lakes area. As of July 17, 2013, these two trails and the surrounding area in the Upper Pack River area are closed to the public until further notice to ensure public safety.
July 17
City officials digging a deeper hole? With the recent spate of bad news regarding the governance of the City of Bonners Ferry, most would think that city officials would be on their best behavior. But based on reports of what happened following adjournment of Tuesday evening's city council meeting, that may not be quite the case. Updated
From Idaho Fish & Game: Warning! We've had a grizzly bear incident at Beehive Lake in the Pack River drainage. The bear entered a tent (no one was injured) and is showing limited fear of human activity. Please refrain from activity in that area for public safety reasons. Thank you!  
Thunderstorm warning issued: Doppler radar indicated a severe storm capable of producing quarter-sized hail and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour and cloud to ground lightning in the Copeland area, which could impact the Robinson Lake and Copper Creek campgrounds and Eastport.
Governor proclaims July 19 All Stars Day: Idaho Governor Butch Otter has officially proclaimed July 19, the day the state champion Boundary County Yankees begin play in the U-13 Intermediate Little League Northwest Regional tournament in Irvine, California, as Idaho Intermediate Little League All Stars Day.  
Young pilots shine at Northern Air: The Huckleberry Pancake Breakfasts hosted by the EAA flying club are working for local youth. Dalin Hubbard, age 19 of Bonner Ferry, took his first solo flight on July 9.  
Eby sentenced for bomb hoax: Robin Eby, 48, Bonners Ferry, was sentenced Tuesday in Bonner County for calling in a phony bomb threat that evacuated the Bonner County Administration Building last March on the eve of an election.
Flow on the Kootenai to drop: Libby Dam will begin ramping down early tomorrow morning to reach the summer flat flow of 14 kcfs by next Monday, July 22.
July 16
Fires light up Copeland, arson suspected: It's still early, but it's already been a long day for several Copeland area farm families, Hall Mountain firefighters, sheriff's deputies and Bonners Ferry Police after a string of fires were allegedly set beginning around 2 a.m. today to light up that part of the Kootenai Valley.
July 15
Locals help Oklahoma victims, those at home: As most of you know, Oklahoma was struck hard the end of May by a series of tornados that ravished the area. As I sat watching the news, I decided to take up a collection within the community to help those who at the time were unable to help themselves. By Kara Lara
Court records and sheriff's log
July 12
Tort alleges hostile work environment: Bonners Ferry Police Sergeant John Lunde, in a tort claim filed June 21 against the City of Bonners Ferry and numerous city officials and employees, alleges that his arrest of assistant police chief Joel Minor's stepson last February created a hostile work environment.
Local veteran needs help: Barbara Cooper, chair of the Bonner and Boundary County Veterans Council, has put out a call for help for a local Vietnam veteran and his wife, both incapacitated with injuries.
Tourney raises over $7,000 for foundation: After 18 holes of golf, the 66 golfers in the Fifth Annual Fry Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament were ready to escape from the sharp wind and come inside the Mirror Lake Golf Course dining area for the steak dinner prepared by the Golf Course manager Ralph Lotspeich.
County commission minutes, July 1-2
County commission minutes, June 24-25
July 11
Klaus resigns city council: Bonners Ferry City Councilman Mike Klaus, elected to office in 2009, formally tendered his resignation at Tuesday's city council meeting.
July 8
'Once on this Island Jr.' to take the stage: More than 20 Boundary County kids, ages six through 17, have been working hard since school let out preparing and rehearsing for "Once on this Island Jr.," an amazing musical adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" with a Caribbean flair and poignant story, set to take the stage at Bonners Ferry High School's Becker Auditorium this week.
Local worship leader releases debut album: Jeremy Ellis, the worship leader at Mountain Springs Church, Bonners Ferry, released his debut record early this spring. This month, a national magazine, "Worship Leader," picked it up and it will be reviewed in their July/August edition.
Class of '83 plan BBQ: On Friday night, August 2, at 6 p.m., the Bonners Ferry High School Class of '83 will have a BBQ dinner available for $14 per person. That number of reservations is now at 20, and can be revised upward until July 15 or so.
Pipeline work set near Sandpoint: Gas Transmission Northwest LLC (GTN), a natural gas pipeline system owned by TransCanada, will perform maintenance activities near a section of its pipelines that cross the Pend Oreille River west of Sandpoint.
Court records and sheriff's log
July 5
Hot times at Northern Air: Summer is here and exciting things are happening at the airport. New pilots, pancake breakfasts, and a free flight day for kids are among some of the upcoming events.
Lost on the Fourth of July: This handsome fellow (male / neutered) showed up at a couple's home in Meadow Creek Estates the evening of July 4. They kept him overnight, bringing him in to the shelter today. He is a sweet, and well-fed pooch who would very much like to go back home! If you know him please tell his owners that he is at Second Chance Animal Shelter, or give the shelter a call at (208) 267-7504.
For the first time in the history of this journal, I find it necessary to divide a story into two parts to adequately cover an event that didn't begin until 5 p.m. As a point of fact, this is actually a three part pictorial series, as the day's events weren't confined to the county seat (See "An Eastport Fourth of July," below). There was so much going on, I'm likely pushing to put it all on just three pages. To start; A Bonners Ferry Fourth - the parade. To see the rest; A Bonners Ferry Fourth - After the parade.
July 4
An Eastport Fourth of July: It might not be all that big, but for fun, there's no better Fourth of July Parade than the one they hold at Eastport, and today, their tenth annual, was no exception. A News Bonners Ferry pictorial.
July 3
When doing the right thing is wrong: Heather Fairchild, 12, is not a bad girl, though she did a bad thing. She readily admitted it, and apologized to her school, though on advice of a public defender she denied it in court. Doing the right thing in school parlayed into the wrong thing in court, and according to her mother, Amanda Fairchild, she's being set up to be made an example.
Kootenai River to stay high, but below flood stage: Due to intense heat throughout the basin, snowmelt has held inflow into Libby Dam at a high level.
July 1
ISP seeking the finest: The Idaho State Police (ISP) is accepting applications to become a Trooper July 1 through July 22. ISP anticipates hiring approximately 20 new Troopers to fill vacancies in the agency due to normal attrition rates. The hiring process takes about six months to complete. Successful candidates will begin training in January 2014.
Court records and sheriff's log
Patricia Ruth Bonnell, July 8, 1932 ~ July 30, 2013
Helen O. Wolf, September 1, 1922 ~ July 28, 2013
Jacqueline Guerrero Longly, August 5, 1962 ~ July 26, 2013
Thomas Linke, June 20, 1952 ~ July 23, 2013
Ralph Leonard Collett, January 8, 1954 ~ July 23, 2013
Kevin Blaine Bennett, January 27, 1977 ~ July 23, 2013
Nancy Starks Stephens, July 29, 1932 ~ March 24, 2013
Marian J. Langford, December 2, 1943 ~ July 14, 2013
Margaret Eleanor Urfer, May 6, 1920 ~ July 5, 2013
Robert Ernest Melton, January 24, 1932 ~ July 4, 2013
Virginia Marian Hunsaker, January 25, 1912 ~ June 26, 2013
Crum, Tatum to wed: Joshua Daniel Crum and Alicia Nicole Tatum, Bonners Ferry, are getting married in Bonners Ferry at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21.  
New coach an old friend in cross country: Badger cross country runners returning from last year will be meeting a new coach, again. Tyler Warner, who did his student teaching at BFHS and will launch his career as an educator here this year, was an assistant coach under Paul Bonnell last year.
Free sports physicals offered at BCH: Boundary County student athletes are encouraged to attend the Free Sports Physical Clinic at Boundary Community Hospital August 6 for the required physical prior to participating in Idaho junior high and high school sports.
Boundary County Yankees make sports history: Remember these names; Raul Rodriguez, Anthony Bennett, Seth Bateman, Kendall Stone, Brady Bateman, Kobe Norwood, Trey Flint, Tyrone Larson, Jesse Dunham and Pacen Pluid. No matter what the next two weeks bring, they are now embedded in Idaho sports history.
Yankees take game one - still undefeated: The Boundary County Yankees improved their U-13 Intermediate Little League league record to 23-0 Friday night, defeating North Boise in a tournament for the state title, 6-4. Play resumes at 6:15 p.m. today in Boise, and if the Yankees pull off the win tonight, they'll be the Idaho state champions.
YANKEES GO ALL THE WAY! They did it! Playing, in the words of coach Cal Bateman, "an unbelievable game," the Bonners Ferry Yankees U-13 Little League baseball team pulled off a feat they'll remember for a lifetime, clinching the first ever Idaho District I Intermediate 50-70 championship with a perfect league record of 22-0 and a 25-5 season record overall.
BF Yankees poised for perfection: After a perfect 19-0 season, the Bonners Ferry Yankees U-13 Little League baseball team has continued their streak in tournament play, and if they pull off another win today against the Hayden All Stars, they'll be the undisputed champs in a tough new league. That game takes place at 3 p.m. today at Croffoot Park in Hayden. Story corrected
Mike Weland: It pains me to write this, but I feel it must be said. I’m a new member on this school board of trustees, and proud. I understand my obligations and will do my best to carry them out to the best of my limited skill and ability.
Christy Lloyd-Olsen: I moved from Bonner's Ferry years ago and I never got my deposit returned to me from the City of Bonner's Ferry Utilities.
Coach Cal Bateman: The North Boise All Stars, from the players, to the coaches, to the parents were first class all the way. We really bonded with them and shared a great experience.
Gary Leonard: Once again it is time to say "Thank You." I know I will leave some out but I also know that the time and money spent was a gift to us all. The sponsors of our Fourth of July celebration are typical of Boundary County. When you visit these businesses or see these individuals, please let them know how much you appreciate their community spirit. There is more, everyone that attended or watched the show deserves thanks. Without the crowd participation, what would be the point? (Alan would say at least he could blow things up!) My greatest satisfaction was watching the families have a great time meeting, greeting, and playing. I am so pleased to call this my home.
Mike Weland: Many have talked to me since the stories of alleged local corruption appeared on this site two days ago; most of them grateful that a light is being shone into what appear to be “some dark corners” in Bonners Ferry City governance.
Congressman Raul Labrador: During this year’s fire season, there will likely be many wildfires throughout the western states, including right here in Idaho. In recent years, we have seen fires of unprecedented size and intensity that have caused tremendous damage, and we should be prepared for similar fires this year. There might be one difference, though.
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