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January 31
Successful Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ enters ninth year: Students, mentors, parents and alumni from Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ met on January 3 for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Broadcast.
January 30
Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale is coming up: Picture in your mind tables full of pies side by side—lemon meringue pies with towering browned meringue peaks; delicious double-crusted apple pies, huckleberry pies, and cherry pies; tempting open-faced pecan pies, and raisin-cream pies; and whipped-cream mounded chocolate pies and banana cream pies—that, and more, is what you will see at the Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale.
Gear Up program helps students prepare to further their education: Sometimes in rural areas, there are obstacles that might interfere with students attaining post high school education--obstacles that aren't factors in larger, more metropolitan areas. Gear Up is a program that offers targeted early intervention services to students to improve academic achievement and readiness for postsecondary education.
January 29
New Arm Bike speeds recovery at Boundary Community Hospital: Come and ride the bicycle—the arm bicycle that is. Much like the bicycle you grew up with powered by legs, the arm bicycle spins by placing your hands on the pedals and pushing forward and downward.
January 28
ITD travel website contains helpful winter travel information: Got a winter driving trip coming up? You may be glad to know that the Idaho Transportation Department maintains a website with some great information on highways and mountain passes throughout the state. It even has a Boundary County webcam!
Idaho State Police announces 2015 National Missing Children Poster Contest: Idaho's Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification invites entries from Idaho's fifth graders for the 2015 National Missing Children Poster Contest.
January 27
ITD schedules informational open house in Bonners Ferry: Changes in Highway 95 will impact all of us who live here in some way. For now, the Idaho Transportation Department is looking at modifications of Highway 95 through the South Hill area of Bonners Ferry.
Boundary County celebrates 100 years: Wait a minute. Was this 2015? Or was it, somehow ... 1915? It seemed like it might be 1915, as organizers of Boundary County's Centennial celebration faithfully recreated the original celebration of 100 years ago, when residents of two-day-old Boundary County, Idaho, lauded the newly minted northernmost county in Idaho.
Chamber of Commerce issues silver coin commemorating Boundary County Centennial: Working with the Sunshine Mine, the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce commissioned a special silver coin, commemorating the Centennial of Boundary County. The coins are one troy ounce of .999 fine silver, and have a special Boundary County design on front and back.
Photograph album of the Boundary County Centennial Celebration
January 26
Manny Scott gives moving motivational presentations for students and community: “I see you.” “I feel you.” “You are not alone.” With these words, Manny Scott, a motivational speaker, addressed the students at Bonners Ferry High School last Thursday, January 22.
Moscow Renaissance Fair coming in spring, looking for artisan vendors: Are you a Boundary County artisan? Looking for a popular venue to sell some of your creations? The Moscow Renaissance Fair - a Celebration of Spring - is looking for artisans in the Northwest to sell their wares at this year’s festival.
Human Rights Task Force announces winners of essay contest: The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force has announced the winners of the Martin Luther King Day essay contest.
Boundary County youth qualifies for North Idaho Regionals in Elks Hoop Shoot competition: One of Idaho's premier basketball free throw shooters lives right here in Boundary County. Trey Bateman, nine year old son of Cal and Melissa Bateman, and a student at Valley View Elementary School in Bonners Ferry, has been competing in the Elks National Hoop Shoot, a nationwide free throw program for youth ages 8 through 13.
January 23
Unemployment numbers for December released; Boundary County little changed: Boundary County December 2014 unemployment figures are up only slightly from the month before, but are clearly improved over the December figures of a year ago.
NAMI offering free course on mental illness issues: Family to Family, a twelve week course for family and friends of individuals with mental illness, is being offered by the Far North Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
January 22
Troy Mine shutting down operations: The company that owns the copper and silver mine in Troy, Montana has announced a shutdown of operations at the mine, which will lead to layoffs of approximately 70 current employees. Falling prices for copper and silver are forcing the closure, according to the company that owns the mine.
Special TV program aims to improve after-high-school education in Idaho: Idahoans who end their education in high school can expect to earn only half as much as those with a four-year degree, yet fewer than 47 percent of the state’s 2013 high school graduates went on to enroll in a two- or four-year degree program.
January 15
Driver safety course: A driver safety course will be taught on Thursday, January 29, at the Senior Center at 6635 Lincoln on the South Hill in Bonners Ferry. The class is open to anyone, but the course targets people 50 years and older.
Change in voting site for Valley View Precinct: Chris Peterson, Deputy Recorder at the Courthouse, has advised of a change in election polling sites for the Valley View Precinct.
Free community dinner and motivational presentation sponsored by School District: For a great (and free) dinner and a chance for a great motivational experience, consider attending a special evening sponsored by Boundary County School District 101.
Idaho inaugural events celebrated: On Friday, January 9, Governor Butch Otter was sworn in on the steps of the Idaho Capitol Building, in a public ceremony that also included the swearing in of the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction.
Hospital Extended Care Facility visitation restriction lifted: Boundary Community Hospital announced today that the visitation restriction that was put in place last week has been lifted.
Certified Nursing Assistant class begins next week: Boundary Community Hospital provides classes to earn certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) four times a year. These classes are a great way to be eligible for steady work. A new class will begin Tuesday, January 20.
Patriot Awards given to School District administrators: Earlier today, personnel of Boundary County School District 101 were recognized with the Patriot Award, given by the U.S. Department of Defense office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
AMBER Alerts now to appear on your Facebook account: On January 13, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced a partnership with Facebook to send AMBER Alerts to the social network's community to help find missing children.
January 9
Hospital's Extended Care Facility temporarily closed to visitors due to influenza outbreak: Currently, Boundary Community Hospital’s Extended Care Facility is under visitation restriction to protect the facility residents and the general public from influenza.
January 8
Boundary County Treasurer Fessler retiring, shares her story: Boundary County Treasurer Jenny Fessler will retire tomorrow and turn over her ledger books to new incoming Treasurer Sue Larson.
Get ready to celebrate: Boundary County Centennial blast coming up: One hundred years ago, late on a Saturday night in 1915, Moses Alexander, who had been Idaho's governor for only 19 days, signed Idaho House Bill No. 1. With that signature, on January 23, 1915, Boundary County was officially created.
January 7
Highway 95 construction and improvements coming: Changes are coming to Highway 95 in its course through Boundary County, and the Idaho Transportation Department wants input from Boundary County citizens to help plan those changes.
Hiring event next week in Post Falls: Fifteen employers will be participating in the January 14 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor at its Post Falls office.
National Geographic Bee champion Ethan Hubbard has opportunity to advance to state competition: Valley View Elementary held its 4th Annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored by National Geographic, on December 18, right before Christmas Break. All 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students at the school attended this intellectually stimulating event.
Icy roads lead to wreck with semi and pickup: A two vehicle collision involving a semi and a pick up shut down Highway 95 at milepost 515 for several hours this morning and sent one man first to Boundary Community Hospital and then to Sacred Heart in Spokane.
January 6
Heavy snows hit the area; Next up: freezing rain: Well, that was a wallop. Snow blanketed the area, closing Boundary County schools and causing havoc on roadways.
January 5
Candidates declaring for Boundary County Sheriff, 2016: With a little over a year until the process of electing the next Boundary County Sheriff officially begins with the Primary Election in 2016, a couple of candidates have already announced their intentions to seek the office.
January 4
Winter storm warning today: The National Weather Service is continuing its Winter Storm Warning, in effect this morning from 7:00 a.m., until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, January 5.
January 2
Counties working on plans for response to hazardous rail spills: The three northern Idaho Counties, Boundary, Bonner and Kootenai, have joined forces by way of a Federal Grant from the Idaho Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to establish or update their Geographic Response Plans.
January 1
Latest Boundary County snowpack and water supply: The early read on our water supply for next spring and summer is in. Boundary County area snowpacks for the current water year are currently running only a little below average, with the biggest part of the snow-accumulation months still ahead.
Elaine M. Murray, August 24, 1933 ~ January 09, 2015
Charles (Chuck) Huff, November 6, 1935 ~ January 24, 2015
Christopher John Matyi, November 5, 1968 ~ January 7, 2015
Henry Raymond (Ray) Spalding, January 7, 1936 ~ December 27, 2014
Cindy Lee Large, November 29, 1954 ~ December 31, 2014
Donald Ellery Besanceney, September 5, 1929 ~ December 27, 2014
Jerald (Jerry) Leroy Sarff, November 26, 1952 ~ December 21, 2014
School District announces Employees of the Month: Boundary County School District 101 is proud to announce Barb Lecrenski as the classified employee of the month for December.
Task Force on Human Rights sponsors art show: The Boundary County Task Force on Human Rights is sponsoring an art show and sale in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dreams.
There's also another webcam in Boundary County: Thank you for the article on the highway webcam in Boundary County. I also wanted to draw your attention to the public webcam available at the Boundary County Airport.
Opinion on Treasurer story: I really enjoyed reading this article. Jenny's personality and humor came through!
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