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August 27
School District hosts free parenting seminar: On Tuesday, September 1, Boundary County School District #101 will be hosting a FREE seminar focused on a philosophy and approach to parenting known as Love and Logic.
August 27 Parker Ridge Fire update: The Parker Ridge Fire, located in northwestern Boundary County and involving the west side mountains in that area, along with the northern Kootenai Valley and Porthill, Farm to Market, and Copeland areas, continues to burn.
BFHS Soccer game canceled today: Conrad Garner, Bonners Ferry High School Dean of Students and Athletic Director, has announced that the BFHS Boys' soccer game, scheduled for today at Lakeland, has been canceled due to poor air quality related to smoke from regional forest wildfires.
Scenes from Boundary County Fair 2015
Forest Service reminds drone operators: Steer clear of active fire areas: In fighting western wildfires this season, officials have noted a serious, emerging problem – that of interference from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones,” with firefighting responders.
August 25
Moyie Shrine announces raffle winners: The Moyie Shrine Club is delighted to announce the winners of its raffle for the Shrine Hospital for Children and is grateful to the many businesses who contributed the valuable prizes for the raffle.
August 20
Explorer Cadets graduate from Inaugural Border Patrol Explorer Program: In an effort to foster future leaders and interest in law enforcement, agents from the Bonners Ferry Border Patrol station started a new Explorer program.
August 19
Crews ignite controlled field burns; no new advances in fire: Crews on the Parker Ridge Fire at the West Side of the northern end of Boundary County continue to work both day and night in their efforts to shore up the north and south borders of the fire perimeter.
In-river excavation has begun on Kootenai Tribe sturgeon project: In-river construction of the Bonners Ferry Islands project has begun. This is a Kootenai Tribe of Idaho project intended to help endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon, burbot, and other native fish.
The on again/off again chip seal resurfacing of Highway 95 is now ON again: Crews will chip seal a six-mile section of U.S. Highway 95 through Athol, in the Garwood to Sagle corridor, starting Thursday.
Cutting firewood suspended on all Idaho endowment lands that are currently under Stage 2 fire restrictions: The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) announced on Monday, August 17 that it will not issue any new firewood cutting permits on endowment lands in areas covered by stage 2 fire restrictions.
Multi-state fire coordination group region experiencing increased wildfires this season: The Northern Rockies Coordination Center is reporting 30 large fires, many of which are multi-fire complexes, with incident management teams managing multiple fires.
Idaho Land Board approves $63 million to endowment trust lands beneficiaries: Idaho’s public school system and a number of other State institutions will receive increased payouts from Idaho endowment funds in fiscal year 2017.
New DMV online app allows instant check of vehicle-title status: Check the status of your motor-vehicle title online and for free using a new Vehicle Title Status Checker app, recently launched by the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Motor Vehicles.
New Certified Nursing Assistant class begins next month at the hospital: Boundary Community Hospital provides classes to earn certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) four times a year.
August 18
Parker Ridge Fire update: Firefighters are bracing and preparing for winds expected to be picking up in the area of the Parker Ridge Fire this Thursday.
August 17
All remains steady on Parker Ridge Fire: Fire officials have reduced their estimate of the overall size of the Parker Ridge Fire to 6,139 acres as of Sunday morning, August 16.
Bonners Ferry Summer Youth Theatre to perform at Boundary County Fair: Since early July, a small group of young performers has been working very hard to get ready to perform for the community.
August 15
Parker Ridge Fire has tripled in size since yesterday: Fire officials are now reporting the Parker Ridge Fire encompasses approximately 6,539 acres, tripling its size from yesterday's reported 2,000 acres. There are 96 personnel assigned to the fire.
August 14
Parker Ridge Fire nearly 2,000 acres, crews working to protect nearby private properties: As of approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, August 14), fire officials were estimating the Parker Ridge Fire at just under 2,000 acres (1,939 acres), still with 0% containment.
Parker Ridge Fire well over 1,000 acres: The Parker Ridge Fire in northwestern Boundary County has continued to spread in a northeasterly direction, toward private property and structures in that direction.
Renewed efforts to bring new higher-speed internet service for Boundary County: Providing Boundary County with the fastest and most reliable internet service possible has been an ongoing project for the past seven years.
Brothers both graduate from military training today: Bonners Ferry High School graduates and brothers Alexander Perkins (Class of 2013) and Jacob Perkins (Class of 2015) will both graduate from Basic Military Training today.
August 11
Parker Ridge Fire moves some toward the northeast: Fire officials report today the size of the Parker Ridge Fire has expanded some to 591 acres. Spot fires spread to the northeast last night, due to gusty winds up to nearly 40 miles per hour.
Renovation of Paradise Valley Little White Church comes to a halt: someone stole building materials: This has been a big summer for the Little White Church in Paradise Valley. The long-time area landmark, over 100 years old, has been enjoying an intense renovation project, with all work, time, and materials procured through donations from people and businesses throughout Paradise Valley and Boundary County.
August 10
Parker Ridge Fire again doubles in size: Boundary County's Parker Ridge Fire continues to grow. Reported at 263 acres just three days ago, the fire has now more than doubled in acreage to 591 acres.
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative working hard for Boundary County: Working together to enhance the many resources Boundary County has to offer while encouraging and fostering community involvement and collaboration—that is what the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative  does for our community.
August 8
Community meeting provides information about Parker Ridge Fire: The Parker Ridge Fire continues to burn at the top of Parker Ridge, ignited by a lightning strike on July 29. Now at 263 acres, the fire has more than doubled in size over the past few days, still with 0% containment.
August 7
Job/Hiring Event in Post Falls August 12: Twenty-five employers will participate in the August 12 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor at its Kootenai County office.
Boulder Creek Academy students publish book on Boundary County: Students of a local boarding school, Boulder Creek Academy, are publishing a photo journal that includes interviews of local residents in Bonners Ferry.
August 5
School District announces important information and dates for upcoming school year: Boundary County School District 101 has provided the following information which they hope will be helpful to parents and students in the school district.
Parker Ridge Fire grows: The Parker Ridge Fire has grown approximately 25% in area since yesterday. Currently, the fire is at 103 acres, still with 0% containment.
August 4
August 4 Parker Ridge fire update: The Parker Ridge Fire in northwest Boundary County is now at 84 acres, with containment at 0%. Fire officials report the activity of the fire continues to be moderate with minimal fire growth.
August 2
Parker Ridge fire update: Boundary County's Parker Ridge Fire, located in northern Boundary County on the west side, continues to burn at current size of 76 acres, with 0% containment so far.
Kootenai Tribe announces start of Kootenai River habitat restoration project: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho will begin construction of the Bonners Ferry Islands project, a Kootenai River habitat restoration project to help endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon, burbot and other native fish.
August 1
Latest information on new Parker Ridge Fire and Baker's Camp Fire: As of August 1, 3:30 p.m., the latest available updates on the largest two fires currently burning in Boundary County.
Dale Warren Pattee, August 11, 1949 ~ August 16, 2015
Tricia Marie Standley, August 6, 1977 ~ August 5, 2015
Ethel Geraldine Peaster, December 4, 1924 ~ August 14, 2015
Hardie Randolph Eubanks II, January 30, 1954 ~ August 15, 2015
Dalas Ward Klein, January 14, 1950 ~ July 30, 2015
Adrian E. Litalien, May 20, 1931 ~ July 30, 2015
Steelhead season to open on Snake, Salmon, and Little Salmon rivers: The fall steelhead harvest season opens Tuesday, September 1 on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.
Fall Chinook and Coho fishing seasons will open September 1: September 1 marks the first day of the fall Chinook salmon fishing season on parts of the Snake, Clearwater, and Salmon rivers, as well as the second-ever Coho season on the Clearwater River.
Fires limiting access to some areas, but hunting seasons will go on: Hunters heading into the field need to beware of fire situations and possible area closures in their favorite hunting spots.
Leftover controlled hunt tags available today: Nearly 300 deer and 150 elk controlled hunt tags not issued during the recent second drawing for deer, elk, antelope and black bear will go on sale first come, first served, August 25 at 9:00 a.m.
Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon forecasts look good: If the Fall Chinook, Coho and steelhead returns hold up to the early season forecasts, anglers can anticipate another exciting fall.
Forest fires likely won't affect late-summer hunts: People heading out for late-summer hunts may see some road and trail restrictions caused by wildfires, but hunters are reminded Idaho Fish and Game rarely alters hunts or offers rain checks for controlled hunt tags because of fires.
Commission approves Coho salmon season: Anglers will enjoy the second consecutive Coho salmon season in over 30 years this fall. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a Coho salmon season for the mainstem Clearwater, Middle Fork and North Fork Clearwater rivers.
BFHS Cross Country team gearing up: BFHS Cross Country season is just around the corner. Head Coach Tyler Warner would like to invite interested high school athletes to the first team practice on August 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Fall Chinook fishing opens September 1: Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a fall Chinook salmon fishing season to open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers, and Idaho could see its second-ever sport fishing season for Coho salmon on Sept. 1 pending commission approval in August.
Fish and Game invites Idaho anglers to give Kootenai River a try: Fish and Game invites Idaho anglers to give Kootenai River a try
Get your second big game tag at a discount through August: Idaho Fish and Game is offering a discount for big game hunters who want more hunting opportunity.
Thanks to the firefighters: o all the firefighters and those assisting: You probably don't even have time to read this yet, but when you do - THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for working so hard to provide safety from the fires, not only for humans, but structures, livestock, pets, and the land itself!
A hero at the fire: I give you Victor Amoth and his boys Dallas, Chris, and Vance. I didn't hear their stories but his was a word picture. I could visualize the biggest flames he'd ever seen and he's fought fire for years. He spoke of winds so strong he could barely stand.
Theft at Paradise Valley Church:  how can we help? Regarding your article on building materials being stolen from the renovation project for Paradise Valley's Little White Church, any information as to where we can make donations to replace the materials lost, or a phone number or name of a person to contact about doing so?
Not everyone agrees Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative is helpful: Regarding your August 10 article on the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative. The only thing the KVRI does is dance to the government tune.
Reminder that filing period for city elections is coming up: The Bonners Ferry city elections are coming in November. The filing period starts August 24, and ends September 4.
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