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Boundary County Archives ~ August, 2016
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August 27
IDL asks for caution with outdoor fire use: Two-thirds of fires fought by the Idaho Department of Lands so far this year have been caused by people, not lightning. With fire season still in full swing and windy conditions presenting challenges for fighting wildfires across the state, IDL fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when working or playing in the outdoors so they do not accidentally start a wildfire.
Unemployment scam investigated: The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam in which jobless benefit claimants – and possibly others – are receiving emails from an out-of-state firm called Unemployment Assist that request personally identifiable information to initiate or complete claims for unemployment insurance benefits.
IDFG license buyer info leaked: Idaho Fish and Game learned Friday that personal information for license buyers who began purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and tags prior to 2008 was potentially accessed by a breach of the online computer license sales system owned and operated by Active Network, a Texas-based company.
4-H and FFA Market Animal Sale champions: Here are a few highlights from the great Boundary County Fair Market Sale. Congratulations and thank you to all who showed, to all who bought, and to everyone who pitched in to bring off yet another great sale!
Online producer's guide to benefit local business: Are you a small farmer, hobbyist, or business owner in Boundary County? Would you like to be listed in a resource guide featuring our local suppliers? As part of our upcoming celebration of local foods, Boundary County Agricultural Extension Educator Dr. Kate Painter is producing an online guide to our local small businesses!
August 25
ISP to receive Freedom Award: The Idaho State Police has been named a recipient of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the nation's highest honor given to employers for exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve employees.
Fire weather watch issued for Saturday: Gusty winds and low relative humidity expected Saturday have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch in effect for North Idaho and eastern Washington from Saturday afternoon through evening.
August 24
Help make Howloween magic: To my friends in the Bonners Ferry community, Can you join Second Chance Animal Adoption in making some Halloween magic for the children of Bonners Ferry while helping our community’s homeless pets at the same time? By Dr. Marty Becker
Zika virus shows up in North Idaho: A north Idaho woman over the age of 60 who recently traveled to Mexico is confirmed to have been infected with Zika virus, which can cause severe birth defects if infection occurs in pregnant women. This is the first reported case of Zika virus infection in the state.
Local horses die of West Nile Virus: Earlier this month, Panhandle Health District received notification of two dead horses testing positive for West Nile Virus in Boundary County. Both horses were unvaccinated. This is the first evidence of mosquitos potentially carrying West Nile Virus in Boundary County since 2014.
August 23
Local woman safe, sex offender in custody: Jada Ann Miller, Bonners Ferry, got quite a ride in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 16, her 18th birthday, getting into a car in the parking lot of Super 1 Foods with Patrick Kennedy, who, she learned, was a "most wanted" sex offender with a warrant for his arrest in Mason County, Washington.
Wildfires smoke up region: Fires in northeast Washington have burned over 4,300 acres and destroyed more than 30 homes while blanketing much of North Idaho in a haze of smoke in recent days. In Montana, nine active fires have burned more than 35,000 acres, in Idaho, there are 10 active fires burning in the Boise, Nez Perce-Clearwater, Salmon-Challis, Caribou-Targhee and Sawtooth National Forests as of Tuesday morning, with 110,983 acres burned.
The Bridge: There were a great many things we youngsters of the baby boomer generation had to learn about driving. Some things we had to learn about do not even exist on today’s autos. For example, there was a wee button on the left side of the driver’s floor board. A tale of North Idaho by Mike Ashby
Idaho's over-the-year job growth is nation’s fastest: Strong job growth, a continued demand for workers and an increase in people looking for work edged Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate up slightly in July to 3.8 percent. Idaho regained its status as number one in the nation for over-the-year job growth in July with nearly 23,000 more jobs and a 3.4 percent increase driven by across-the-board gains in all industries.
August 17
Papé Machinery closing its doors, closing business in Bonners Ferry:  The Bonners Ferry office of Papé Machinery, which with its predecessor company Sims Implement has served Boundary County agriculture for 66 years, will be closing its doors and its business in Bonners Ferry within a matter of weeks.
West Nile Virus confirmed in Boundary County horses:  Panhandle Health District has received notification of two dead horses testing positive for West Nile Virus in Boundary County.
August 15
Hospital to submit tax levy for voter approval in November election:  Our local hospital will be going to the voters in November’s election to request approval for a two year tax levy to pay for updating and upgrading the hospital and many of its services.
August 14
August 11
Thursday, August 11: Perseid Meteor Shower in Boundary County skies tonight
(And in other skies across America . . . . ):  Tonight is predicted to be the peak night for viewing the annual Perseid Meteor Shower in the night sky, but plenty of meteors ("shooting stars") will be visible over the next few nights.
August 7
Grade school students learn at BFHS Robotics Team summer camp:  In a camp organized and conducted solely by the high school robotics team members, younger students were introduced to the joys of computer programming and robotics.  The challenge:  Ping Pong Panic.
Back to the 80s play a fun and successful production:  “Back to the 80s” was chock full of hilarious scenes that brought back memories of what life was like living as a high schooler in the 1980’s.
More than 160 positions available at upcoming Hiring Event in Post Falls:  Twenty-eight employers will participate in the August 10 hiring event sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor Kootenai County office.  With more than 160 positions available, job seekers have a wide variety of employment opportunities.
August 4
21st year of Boundary Soil Conservation District annual tree sale to the public:  Looking to spruce up your landscape with some of our beautiful North Idaho trees, and wondering where you can get some good starter trees?  We've got a tip for you, click on this story.
Boundary County students make the NIC Dean's List:  This list of academic achievement just came out, and there are seven Boundary County students on the list.
Hospital Extended Care Facility given Excellence in Caring Award—again:  For the ninth time, the local facility is given this award.  Click on this story for more details.
Huckleberry picking on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:  It is huckleberry season, and the folks at Idaho Panhandle National Forests have some words of advice, caution, and recommendations for us.  First up on the list—picking huckleberries for commercial sale is illegal.  Click on this story for more of the huckleberry details.
Beware:  Consumers warned about fraudulent Unclaimed Property letters and emails:  There actually is a real Unclaimed Property program going on, run by the State of Idaho.  But watch out for scammers trying to deceive . . .
Dean Allen Schwenke, October 3, 1943 ~ August 6, 2016
David Russell "Limey" Hall, September 18, 1945 - August 16, 2016
Laura Jeanne LaChance, September 11, 1924 ~ August 15, 1926
Robert C. Helgerson, November 21, 1924 - August 6, 2016
Jon Harold McFee: February 14, 1945 ~ August 6, 2016
Stephen Wayne Barnett: December 31, 1972 ~ July 30, 2016
Akalia Fayte Olson born: Akalia Fayte Olson, the daughter of Shelby Shelton and Dustin Olson of Bonners Ferry, was born at Bonner General Health in Sandpoint at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, August 9.
Local students on U of I dean's list: The University of Idaho has announced the 2016 spring semester dean’s list, including 10 Bonners Ferry students.
Leftover deer, elk tags going on sale: Approximately 156 deer and 161 elk controlled hunt tags not issued during the recent second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear will go on sale first come, first served August 25 at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Controlled hunt results now online: Hunters who applied in the second controlled hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall black bear can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.
Idaho approves grizzly bear management plan to manage harvest as part of removing bears as endangered species:  Action as part of a plan to limit the take of grizzly bears in Idaho toward the end of removing the Greater Yellowstone population from the federal list of threatened and endangered species.
Hunters can extend their seasons with second tags:  The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the price for second elk tags if purchased during August, and hunters are taking advantage of the savings.
Fall Chinook seasons open September 1:  An exciting fall Chinook season is ahead for anglers, with September 1 marking the first day of the season.
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter: As students start a new school year, they and their families should be confident that Idaho is focused on providing the opportunities and support they need to learn and achieve. Our five-year plan for improving education in Idaho is well underway, and recommendations from the Task Force for Improving Education are being deployed in schools and districts across Idaho.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: One of the best things about my job is meeting young people committed to improving themselves and their communities. Last Tuesday, we presented Congressional Award medals to six North Idaho students at a ceremony in my Coeur d’Alene office.
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