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December 25
Idaho population increased during 2014: Enough people moved into Idaho in 2014 to cause a net increase in the population by an amount almost equal to the combined populations of Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint.
Your New Years' Eve invitation from the Pearl: The Pearl Theater invites all to attend their special New Year's Eve party on Wednesday, December 31, the final day of 2014.
Winner announced for DARE Program shotgun raffle: The Bonners Ferry Police Department is happy to announce that Larry Carlson holds the winning raffle ticket and is the proud winner of the brand new Winchester 12 gauge waterfowl shotgun.
Festival of Trees 2014 edition raises funds to support hospital: Once again, for the nineteenth straight year, the Festival of Trees accomplished its goal of raising funds for the continual support of our local hospital, Boundary Community Hospital.
December 20
The Ferry at Bonners Ferry: 150 years celebrated at the Museum: Fifty cents is what it would cost you to cross the Kootenai River on Mr. Bonner's original ferryboat when it was first established by an act of the Idaho Territorial Legislature back in December 1864.
Night of Nativities and Carols event dazzles: Can you imagine 133 Christmas nativity scenes on display in a beautiful and festive setting, with live performances of Christmas music helping to set a tone fitting for a peaceful holiday evening?
Christmas shopping at the Boundary County Museum: Still trying to come up with that last minute unique Christmas gift?  Did you know you can purchase some great Boundary County-themed items at the Boundary County Museum?
December 19
Idaho ranks 2nd in the nation for volunteerism: Over 36 percent of Idahoans volunteered during 2013, the second highest percentage among the states, according to the latest report on volunteerism from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship.
November's Idaho jobless rate under 4%, lowest in nearly 7 years: Above average employer payrolls and a declining labor force drove Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate below 4 percent last month for the first time since early 2008. Boundary County, however, saw a rise in unemployment over last month's figures.
December 17
School Board finalizes policies on drug testing, emergency response;  plans upcoming M&O Levy request: The Board of Trustees for Boundary County School District 101 met Monday, and among other things, finalized updated policies on drug testing of students, finalized changes to the District's Emergency Response Plan, and came closer to determining the amount they plan to request from voters for the upcoming 2015 Supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy.
Bonners Ferry Ranger District Office temporary closure: On Thursday December 18, 2014 the Bonners Ferry ranger District Office will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as Bonners Ferry Electric works to replace power line poles supplying the office.
Dust off your maps! Geographic Bee is coming up: For the 27th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the Five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.
High speed chase in Bonner and Boundary Counties: A high speed chase that started in Bonner County and crossed into south Boundary County occurred last Sunday night on December 14.
December 15
Human Rights Task Force hosting art show: The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force is hosting an art show, “Sharing the Meaning of Human Rights,” Sunday, January 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the basement of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
December 11
Follow-up: Idaho teacher wins contest for $100,000 for her school: You may have read a story here at NewsBF recently, where we relayed a request from Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to help an Idaho teacher win a $100,000 prize for her school.
Boundary County Library awarded funding for technology center: The Boundary County Library has received two grants, an Idaho Department of Commerce Gem Grant, and a USDA Rural Development Grant, to fund a digital technology center that will equip residents of Bonners Ferry with the new technologies that are becoming increasingly necessary in the modern world.
The Ferry at Bonners Ferry Sesquicentennial Birthday: Did you know that on December 22, 2014, the Ferry at Bonners Ferry will be 150 years old?
Annual Community Choir Holiday Concerts coming up: Once again, the long standing Bonners Ferry tradition lives on. Over 80 local singers, children and adults, join together to present "All on a Starry Night," this year's annual Bonners Ferry Community Choir Christmas Concert.
December 5
Coming up this Christmas Season: Night of Nativities and Carols: Night of Nativities and Carols is another Boundary County Christmas season event. At this event, organizers are planning three things.
Forest Service seeking seasonal workers at Bonners Ferry Job Fair: The U.S. Forest Service will present job fairs statewide this Monday, December 8 at the 25 Idaho Department of Labor local offices all across Idaho, including our local office in Bonners Ferry.
December 4
Seventeen employers at upcoming Hiring Event: Seventeen employers will be participating in the December 10 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor at its Post Falls office.
December 3
Lawsuit filed against City of Bonners Ferry: In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, and received at city offices last week, a former employee of the City of Bonners Ferry Electrical Shop is requesting a jury trial to decide his claims of violation of his right to due process in his loss of employment, violation of his First Amendment rights, violation of the Civil Rights Act, and violations of Idaho law regarding breach of contract, infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and negligent training and supervision.
Inauguration events listed for newly elected Idaho officials; Idaho public invited: The 2015 inauguration ceremony for the Governor of Idaho and State of Idaho constitutional officers will take place on Friday, January 9, 2015. Glittering inaugural events are set for the following day at the Idaho State Capitol building.
Stanley Milo "Bud" Schaller: July 12, 1936 ~ December 13, 2014
Leonard Charles Kucera Sr.: August 9, 1920 ~ December 16, 2014
Rodney Darrel Imper: September 21, 1943 ~ December 12, 2014
Curtis Clay Tapia: November 26, 1996 ~ December 5, 2014
Michael Joseph LoPorto: January 13, 1950 ~ December 6, 2014
Dale (Pete) Stephens Peterson: May 31, 1948 ~ November 19, 2014
School District announces Employees of the Month for November: Boundary County School District November 2014 Certified Employee of the Month is Karen Lemley from Naples Elementary School.
Steelhead season opens with the New Year: For some anglers, the best thing about New Year’s is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opens January 1.
Apply soon for Spring controlled hunts: Black bear, turkey: The application period for spring black bear controlled hunts opens January 15 and continues through February 15.
Ever wanted to "Super Hunt" in Idaho? If someone you know loves hunting (and that someone might be you), and dreams of hunting moose, elk, deer, or pronghorn in any and all areas of the state during any and all hunts, including general hunts and controlled hunts, then think about Idaho's Super Hunt drawing.
Moose Madness is tonight: If you have never experienced Moose Madness, consider giving it a look. It is a high energy, noisy, fun-filled experience, featuring fun basketball between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint, student competitions that take place during breaks in the basketball action, and lots of cheering, bands, and overall madness.
Moose Madness:  Here's what it's all about: Walk into the Bonners Ferry High School on any other week and you would see students going about their day, dressed in an eclectic mix of the latest North Idaho fashions. But on Moose Madness week, you will see students decked out each day in the most unique of outfits.
Idaho Panhandle National Forest wants your comments on a restoration project: The Idaho Panhandle National Forest is accepting comments for the Treasured Landscapes Prescribed Fire and Whitebark Pine Restoration Project, located on the Sandpoint Ranger District in the Lightning Creek watershed north of Clark Fork, Idaho.
Fish and Game looking for your input on next year's hunting season: Fish and Game is drafting proposals for the 2015 hunting season, and is seeking public input on proposals to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Those proposals are now available for public review and comment.
A relative 'Newcomer' inhabits one of Northern Idaho's river/lake systems: A newcomer is establishing itself in northern Idaho. Walleye, a staple of the Midwestern United States, have not historically been a part of the northern Idaho landscape. They have found their way into area waters fairly recently.
Furbearer trapping course scheduled in Coeur d'Alene: Much of Idaho's history from the early 1800s is linked to trapping. For those who are interested in pursuing modern-day trapping in Idaho, Fish and Game is offering an introductory course in trapper education.
Badgers and Panthers tangled last night in basketball double header: In a game at Bonners Ferry High School last night, the Bonners Ferry Varsity Girls' Basketball team cruised to a 61-30 victory over the 2A Coeur d'Alene Charter Panthers.
Thinking of using aerial technology for hunting? Think violation! Man and his technology have come a long way since Idaho became a state. Hunting today isn't about survival; it's about pursuing a form of recreation, a sport. Like all sports, hunting has its rules.
Thanks for the story: Nice write up on the Museum event! [The Museum's Sesquicentennial Celebration of 150 years since the original Ferry at Bonners Ferry.
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