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May 30
Question answered:  Why do the plants on the new Kootenai River Islands look so brown? Here at NewsBF, we've had people ask why the new plants placed on the newly-constructed islands just last fall already appear to be brown and dead. We put that question to the staff at the Kootenai Tribe's Fish and Wildlife Department. Following is their answer to our question.
May 27
Race for Sheriff will continue as Schuman officially files as write-in candidate: The race to be the next Sheriff of Boundary County will continue through to the general election in November.
May 26
Locally-filmed vampire production showing this weekend: Don’t miss the second showing of What We Do in the Shadows! It is Saturday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School.
The full story on Farm Tour 2016: The annual Farm Tour organized by the Idaho Farm Bureau was fascinating! Friday, May 20 a large group of about 60 people traveled to various places around Boundary County, and got a personal look at our local habitats and farms.
May 24
Hundreds accept Kootenai Tribe's invitation to help release new sturgeon into Kootenai River: Last Friday, hundreds of Boundary County residents got to see, touch, and hold something very rare nowadays—a Kootenai River sturgeon.
Pearl Theater looking for community volunteers: The Fabulous Pearl Theater on Ash Street in Bonners Ferry has been a wonderful place for local emerging artists to perform and grow. The Pearl a nonprofit organization since 2012, supported primarily through membership and volunteers, has provided a local facility for plays, music groups, concerts, and many other modes of entertainment.
Boundary Community Hospital Health Fair and Fun Run: A Tradition of Caring for the Community: Boundary Community Hospital has been celebrating National Hospital Week with its annual Health Fair and Fun Run for decades, and this year was no exception.
May 20
BFHS Band's final performance of the year is memorable: Last Tuesday, May 17 was the final band concert of the school year. It showcased the high school symphonic and jazz bands. All of the songs were very enjoyable and upbeat.
May 19
Kramer wins Primary vote, but Boundary County Sheriff race may not be over yet: The race to be the next Sheriff of Boundary County may not be over just yet.
Series of musical productions and performances coming up at high school and middle school: There are so many musical festivities going on at the schools this month. On May 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Becker Auditorium, the BFHS drama department will be putting on an original piece written by members of the class about life in the theater from a backstage perspective.
Memorial Day events outlined, all invited: The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans will be placing flags on Veterans' graves on Friday, May 27, at Grandview Cemetery at 5:00 p.m. in preparation for Memorial Day. The community is invited to help us as we honor those who have served our country.
Information meeting on Libby Dam, Kootenai River to be held in Bonners Ferry: If you have questions about the operation of the Libby Dam and its impact on our area, you may want to attend a meeting coming up next week.
Hospital Auxiliary raffle a success, prizes won by many: One of the fun events at last Saturday's Boundary Community Hospital Health Fair was the raffle for exciting prizes.
From the cascading golf balls, someone wins a TV as part of hospital Golf Tournament: A Cascade of Golf Balls flowing towards the green on the Ninth Hole of Mirror Lake Golf Course on June 10 at 6:30 p.m.. ... The ball that stops closest to the hole or falls in first will mark the winner of a 50” Flat Screen LG LED Smart TV donated by Life Flight Network.
Local FFA chapter performs well at district competitions: FFA district CDE's for the Dairy Foods and Ag. Mechanic competitions were held at Bonners Ferry High School last week.
May 18
Results for Boundary County and statewide Primary Election
May 17
New principal hired for Bonners Ferry High School: Boundary County School District 101 has selected Kevin Dinning to serve as the new principal of Bonners Ferry High School.
May 16
List of all candidates running in tomorrow's 2016 Primary: Earlier this year, we had the Republican Presidential Primary, followed later by the Democratic Party Caucuses, but Idaho is not finished yet with sorting out which candidates will ultimately be on the November general election ballot.
May 13
Kootenai River will be rising as Libby Dam increases river flows for sturgeon spawning: Water managers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with federal, tribal, and state fishery biologists, have determined that water temperature and reservoir inflow are now sufficient to commence sturgeon flow augmentation operations at Libby Dam, Montana, for endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon downstream in Idaho.
Kids complete Forest Service stewardship program with fun-filled day at the Refuge: Employees from the Bonners Ferry Ranger District and an engine crew from the Idaho Department of Lands Kootenai Valley Forest Protective District hosted students on May 5 at the picturesque Kootenai Wildlife Refuge.
Flags to fly half-staff on Sunday: In honor of and out of respect for law enforcement officers, President Obama has proclaimed May 15, 2016 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and May 15 through May 21 as Police Week.
Two railroad crossing closures next week: Union Pacific Railroad will be working on the rail crossing on Sandy Ridge Road next week.
May 12
Law enforcement focusing on seat belt use over next couple of weeks: Protecting lives and reducing serious injury from motor vehicle crashes may be as simple as clicking a seat belt, so the Idaho Transportation Department is supporting efforts to increase Idahoans’ safety restraint use May 16-30.
Peace Officers' Memorial Day event set for this Sunday: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
May 11
Bonners Ferry High School looking for new principal for next year: Bonners Ferry High School will be looking for a new principal to serve next school year. Principal Tim Gering, who has held the position for the past three years, has resigned as principal, effective at the end of this school year. He and his family plan to move to the Lewiston area to be closer to family.
Visit with live birds of prey this Saturday at Libby Dam: The Libby Dam Visitor Center is hosting a biologist from Birds of Prey Northwest along with several diverse birds to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 14.
Badger Boys win District Tournament, advance to state; Badger Girls lose one-run heartbreaker: In exciting baseball and softball action yesterday, the Bonners Ferry Badgers Baseball team walked  through the District Tournament undefeated, winning the Championship game defeating Timberlake 9-2.  The Badgers now move on to the Idaho State Tournament.
May 9
Boundary County Commissioner Pinkerton testifies before Congressional subcommittee: In a recent afternoon, a Washington, D.C. congressional hearing turned its attention to Boundary County in seeking information about how federal land management policies impact rural communities along the border, and the effects of these policies on enforcement of border integrity and safety.
Farm Tour coming up; learn about area agriculture and more: The Boundary Soil Conservation District and Farm Bureau are once again offering their free community farm tour. This year’s event will start with a video to learn about the Kootenai Tribe’s Fish Hatchery, followed by releasing baby sturgeon into the Kootenai River.
May 7
BFHS Robotics Team in Western Canada Regional competition with teams from four other nations: Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ recently returned from Calgary, Alberta after competing in the Western Canada Regional.
Conservation Service sets aside fund for fuels reduction on private lands: Idaho state Conservationist Curtis Elke, who is with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, has set aside $100,000 under the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program for the first year of a special project to help private landowners implement practices to reduce excessive fuels and the risk of wildfire on their property.
May 5
Suspect pursued in March in northern Bonner County as accessory to murder is arrested in Las Vegas: One of the two suspects involved in a Nampa, Idaho murder, who had been pursued by police in northern Bonner County in March, has been arrested in Las Vegas.
May 4
Slight change in location for Mt. Hall / Copeland voting site: With the statewide primary election coming up on May 17, Boundary County Clerk Glenda Poston wishes to advise voters in the northern reaches of the county that there is a slight change in location for the Mt. Hall / Copeland area voting site.
All invited to upcoming Kootenai Tribe public sturgeon release: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho would like to extend an invitation to the community to participate in the release of hatchery-reared juvenile white sturgeon into the Kootenai River.
Idaho Commission on Aging seeks your comments on Senior Services State Plan: Comments from the public are being requested on Idaho’s Senior Services State Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 - 2020.  The comment period is open May 4 – 18, 2016.
Burn permits required beginning May 10: Starting May 10, Idahoans must obtain a burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities.
29 employers looking to hire at event in Post Falls: Twenty-nine employers will be participating in the May 11 spring hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor Kootenai County office.
Local FFA chapter attends Idaho State Leadership Conference: The annual State Leadership Conference (SLC) for Idaho FFA had a theme this year of "Break Away." The Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter has attended SLC every year because it is always a great experience for the new and old FFA members.
May 2
Brittany Spangler new Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Woman: The Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women program, staged on Saturday, fulfilled its promise to dazzle all those in attendance with its performances, stage decorations, costumes and dresses, and eleven remarkable and talented young women participating in the event.
Vonnie Marva Maas, May 5, 1933 ~ May 13, 2016
Randy Linn Fort, May 13, 1953 ~ April 30, 2016
Paulina Ciocazan, November 1, 1939 ~ May 3, 2016
Ethel "Pat" Black, March 22, 1920 ~ December 22, 2015
School District’s April Certified Employee of the Month: Mrs. Amber Weymer has taught in Boundary School District for four years as a fifth grade teacher at Valley View Elementary School.
'STARDUST!' original performance at the Pearl Theater: Explore the universe in which we earthlings live and love, in song, story, science, and stunning photography.
Celebrate Spring with a Contra Dance: Celebrate Spring! Bonners Ferry Contra Dance May 20, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 6416 Kootenai St, Bonners Ferry.
Badger Track has a great meet at State: The Bonners Ferry Badgers Track Team was off to Middleton, Idaho, for the State Track Meet a week ago, on May 20-21. They returned with some notable achievements, several personal best marks, individual medals, and a State Champion.
Badger Golf has great spring, both teams place at Districts, Boys' team competing at State: The Bonners Ferry Badgers Golf Team has had a great spring, doing well at the Intermountain League District Tournament, and competing in the Idaho State Tournament.
Badger Boys take 3rd Place at Idaho State Baseball Tournament: The Badger baseball team ended a phenomenal season by taking third place in the 2016 3A Idaho State Baseball Tournament in Fruitland, Idaho.
Time to gear up for Kokanee fishing: The warm weather may finally be here to stay, and for many anglers across the state, warm spring weather means kokanee fishing.
Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers: Saturday, June 11, has been designated as Free Fishing Day in Idaho. On that day, anyone can fish without having to possess a valid fishing license.
Free summer baseball / softball program offered: A free program providing instruction and both baseball and fastpitch softball games is being offered this summer for Boundary County boys and girls ages 9-12.
Badger Baseball wins District Championship, now On to State! The Bonners Ferry Badger baseball program claimed its fifth District Championship and are headed back to the Idaho 3A State tournament next week in Ontario, Oregon.
BFHS Baseball, Softball District Tournament Notes: Baseball and Softball District Tournament games are coming up in just a few days, and both the Badger Baseball and the Badger Softball teams are shooting for berths in the Idaho State Championship Tournaments.
Badgers defeat Timberlake Tigers to finish perfect in IML Baseball: The Badger baseball team completed their first ever perfect season in Intermountain League history by beating the Timberlake Tigers 9-5 last Tuesday. The win improves their overall record to 19-2 with a 9-0 league record going into the District tournament next Monday.
Badgers sweep Kellogg Wildcats in IML Baseball, locking up second straight league title: The Badger baseball team swept the Kellogg Wildcats on Saturday to claim their second consecutive Intermountain League Title, the first back to back baseball titles in Badger history.
Election Reflection: While this year's election cycle seems to have brought out the worst in us, I chose to disarm today's tension with humor. I walked up to the Election Clerk and presented my I.D. with a smile.
Says Moyie City Council meeting an eye opener: I haven’t been to a City of Moyie Springs council meeting in several years. A neighbor asked for support about road conditions, so I attended the May 4, 2016 meeting.
Says Sheriff election comes down to two candidates: Some of you may remember my run for Sheriff in 2012. I had no law enforcement experience, I had only been here for 2 years, and I ran as an independent, pretty much three strikes.
Not filing quarterly report violates state law, again: Where is the quarterly financial report for Moyie Springs? It is the law that this report be submitted and published!
Just the facts: Examine the facts. Senator Shawn Keough has served Bonner and Boundary Counties well. She has supported the Timber industry, and Agriculture industry, and the Education System, Highway improvements, Sportsmen, your recreation interests, your rights and freedoms as Idahoans.
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