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LaVeeda (Waits) Linnemeyer, November 12, 1920 ~ March 19, 2017
Lauretta Tase Walters, June 30, 1918 ~ March 17, 2017
Tonya Lee Cokenour, June 13, 1965 ~ March 21, 2017
Gary Barrett Buehler, August 10, 1937 ~ February 28, 2017
Grace Siler, March 4, 2017
Elena Narkiya, May 14, 1953 ~ March 9, 2017
Duane C. Ruth, January 16, 1937 ~ March 3, 2017
Jane Wedel, May 26, 1931 ~ March 8, 2017
David Eugene Nickolauson, January 13, 1933 ~ March 4, 2017
Judy Ann Smith, June 24, 1944 ~ March 4, 2017
Michael Ray Brannon, August 1, 1944 ~ March 2, 2017
Danny Evert "Dan" Dunning, October 21, 1946 ~ March 4, 2017
Daniel Ike McEvers, September 13, 1945 ~ March 1, 2017
Gordon Richard "Dick" Platts, February 18, 1940 ~ March 1, 2017
Elijah Richardson, July 2, 1980 ~ February 19, 2017
Shirley Wyoma Poston, December 29, 1925 ~ February 23, 2017
Pam Copeland BCSD Employee of the Month: Mrs. Pam Copeland has been a secretary within Boundary County School District 101 for 18 years, 14 of them at Valley View Elementary School. Anyone who has been in our school understands that she is an integral part of the success within the building.
Nathan Bowlby is Ag Baby 2017: Congratulations go out to the Bowlby family! Little Nathan Cordale Bowlby, our Boundary County Farm Bureau 2017 Ag Baby, was born on March 24. Mom Jennifer and dad Corey were presented with a gift basket donated by Farm Bureau and local businesses.
Merrill and Betty to celebrate 70th anniversary: Merrill Marcy and Betty Patterson were married March 30, 1947, in Naples, Idaho. Friends and family are invited to attend an Open House in celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary at the Chic-N-Chop Restaurant in Bonners Ferry between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Bring no gifts, but be prepared to share stories of their many years together!
Garrek Dlug earns pilot's wings: Garrek Dlug, 17, is Bonners Ferry’s newest private pilot. Garrek started training for his license last year through an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Ground School Scholarship. After successfully completing his ground school course at Northern Air, Inc. and passing the FAA exam, Garrek was awarded a flight training scholarship.
Ryne Rae is Badger awesome! This week’s Badger Awesome Student of the Week is Ryne Rae! Ryne is a junior at Bonners Ferry High School in Mr. Tyler Warner’s U.S. History class. "Ryne is an exceptional student who strives to reach every challenge in front of him," Warner said.
Three county residents graduate U of I: The University of Idaho has announced its graduates for the fall 2016 semester, and three of them are from Boundary County.
Court of Honor set for Eric Layeux: Eric Layeux, the son of Chris and Dr. Susan Layeux, Moyie Springs, will be recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony at United Methodist Church in Bonners Ferry at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, after he attained the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers, the Eagle Scout Award.
Freshmen team up as BFHS Students of the Week: The Bonners Ferry High School co-students of the week this week bring energy and effort to the building in general, and their Advanced Fitness class in particular. Abigail Gorton and Serenity Fahey light up Mr. Ed DePriest’s third period class with their smiles and positive attitudes.
NIC Dean's List students named: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for fall semester 2016, including 10 from Boundary County. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
Mt. Hall names February Students of the Month: Mt. Hall Elementary's February Citizens of the month are Celynn Chaney, Hailey Dickson, Colin Fairchild, Emma Whetstone, Alison Williams, Riley Thompson, Reya Riverman, Cole Camburn, Jeremiah Becker, Gabriel Warren, Curtis Blackmore, Tyson Dickson, Nevaeh Murphy, Bristol Hill, Kendalin Dorhofer and Andrew Sundstrom.
Sara Anderson is BCSD Employee of the Month: Sara Anderson is starting to make her name known at Boundary County Middle School. Ask just about any seventh grader who their favorite teacher is and they are likely to respond, Mrs. Anderson. You might hear parents say the same thing.
Hayden Lake angler reels in the latest state record fish: North Idaho angler Scott Kerns now holds the the Idaho catch-and-release record for Northern Pike. He caught a 44-plus inch Northern Pike while ice fishing on Hayden Lake in early March. The fish, weighing approximately 33 pounds, was a true trophy for any angler.
Spring chinook seasons set: Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved the spring chinook seasons and rules for the Snake, Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers during its regular meeting Thursday, March 16, in Boise. Fishing will open April 22.
Fall will bring more elk tags, fewer mule deer: Hunters will see fewer hunting opportunities for mule deer does in the fall, but more controlled hunts for elk, particularly cow elk. Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Thursday, March 17 set the hunting seasons for deer, elk, bear, pronghorn, mountain lion and wolf. The rules will be available online and in print in mid April.
Spring steelhead season an early opportunity to catch big fish: Big fish, lots of bank access, beautiful weather. Well, two of three ain’t bad, and you might get all three during spring steelhead season. Steelhead make their final push to the headwaters of Idaho’s famous steelhead streams during spring, which concentrates them in the upper tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon rivers.
Combined fee proposal introduced in legislature: A legislative committee today voted to introduce a bill combining Fish and Game’s Price Lock fee increase with a proposal to create more money to manage wildlife depredation and increase access for hunting and fishing, which combined would raise an estimated $5 million in annual revenue.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: As the tentative March 24th session deadline drew closer, there was an urgency to “get done and go home.” This reckless pace of Pelosi-style “pass-it-to-find-out what’s-in-it” style of legislating is counter productive to what Idaho really needs and justification for a major overhaul of the committee system.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Fresh off of an election that delivered a unified Republican government, the nation is in a position to finally see the realization of the party’s biggest campaign promise — the total repeal of Obamacare. Last week, House leadership produced a bill that fell far short of that commitment.
Anonymous: It has come to my attention that certain people in authority are pushing for a county wide fire district. While this sounds great on its face, there are many problems with this plan.
Kirk Dixon: I want to thank Rosanne Smith ("Where did $4.8 million go?") for making light on this subject. It is common sense to question what our dollars are being spent on with this levy.
Idaho Representative Ron Nate: When you hit the neighborhood grocery store for your weekly shopping trip for eggs, milk, bread, fruits, and other staples, you pay the cost of the groceries plus an additional six percent for the state sales tax going to the state general fund.
Rosanne Smith: Let me see if I have this straight. The school district collected $2.4 million a year for the past two years. With that $4.8 million they bought much needed equipment and upgrades.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: For years, I have been a strong proponent of Congressional oversight of the Executive branch. In fact, Congress’ shirking of its responsibilities has been one of my biggest complaints since I was elected.
Greg Johnson: The big news on our schools these days is that the Boundary School District 101 Board of Trustees has voted not to raise the amount of the M&O Levy that is up for vote on March 14.
Dennis Weed: Our community has another great opportunity to show support for our schools on March 14. Boundary County school administration, teachers and support staff do an outstanding job in educating our students for the next working generation.
Idaho Congressman Ronald Nate: In the modern era of school shootings and growing gun ownership, many states are returning to gun safety classes in schools. I am working on a bill to allow and encourage school boards to approve gun safety classes for Idaho schools.
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Boundary County Archives ~ March 2017
March 31
Still soaked ...
If you've wondered when things will start drying out, it appears that we still have some waiting to do as evidenced be these valley fields along the West Side downstream from Bonners Ferry. While today was sunny, we could see scattered showers in the week ahead, and rain is likely heading into next weekend.
BCMS prepares to wrap up another year! BCMS is gearing up for the end of the year already. The final quarter of school will begin as we return from spring break. This time is frantic for many as activities become more immediate, grades become more important, and hopefully the weather becomes nice making it hard for many to focus.
March 30
Deep Creek Loop continues to deteriorate: There is still no estimate as to when Deep Creek Loop, closed since March 22, will reopen, as the roadway continues to shift, slough and slide, and everyone, including pedestrians who have been walking in to take pictures and video, is reminded to obey the barricades that are there for public safety. Conditions on other roads in the county that have been closed or restricted due to wet weather remain static.
Bus service to run between Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint: On April 1, Selkirk's Pend Oreille Transit Authority is set to begin a pilot program to test the need and sustainability of scheduled transit service between downtown Sandpoint and downtown Bonners Ferry.
March 29
The 20 Mile Water Board of Directors would like all members to know that all water tests have been completed and passed. The water is good and the IDEQ boil order has been lifted!
Meet the next five DYW participants: Twenty of Bonners Ferry’s most outstanding junior girls are taking part in this year's Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program April 29 at the Becker Auditorium, and here are five more of the young women now preparing for “A Night at the Oscars.”
Enough Chicago already! A fellow told his co-worker that he had just turned down a huge raise because he didn’t want to move to crime ridden Chicago. His friend replied that he had lived in Chicago for ten years and never had a single encounter with a crime of any kind. Musings from Moyieboy by Ken Carpenter
Former RMA director facing Wyoming sex charges: Former Rocky Mountain Academy director Scott Addison, 48, whose tenure there lasted just three months, was arrested in Laramie, Wyoming, February 22 and officially charged March 1 with 25 felony counts after multiple women accused him of sexual assault and attempted blackmail.
Fuelwood permits available on the IPNF: Fuelwood permits for the 2017-2018 season will be available beginning April 1 on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. A Personal Use Firewood Permit is required if you wish to take firewood home.
March 28
Family's dachshund missing in Naples area: A family's beloved dog is missing from the Naples/Blue Lake/Deep Creek area. She's a mini brown and tan dachshund. She is very much missed. If you happen to see her, please call Denice Sandelin at (208) 290-3605 or (208) 290-4262.
Moderate to heavy rain expected tonight, Wednesday: The National Weather Service has issued an areal flood watch for the region, including Boundary and Bonner Counties, effective from tonight through Friday morning as a warm, moist storm system is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains to the area beginning late tonight through Wednesday.
Tutxinmepu Powwow this weekend at UI: The University of Idaho will host its 18th annual Tutxinmepu Powwow Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center in Moscow.
Over-the-year job growth continues to top nation: Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February held steady at 3.6 percent while the state continued to lead the nation in over-the-year job growth for the sixth consecutive month.
Boundary County Commission minutes, March 13
March 27
Time nears to get studded tires off: If you are traveling in Idaho, the deadline for snow tire removal is Sunday April 30. The fine in Idaho for having studded tires past the April 30th deadline is $67.
March 26
School bus route changes on Deep Creek Loop: In order to reduce delays in transporting students living on Deep Creek Loop, which remains closed at the north end from Peaceful Way to Highway 95, School District 101 will have a second bus running Deep Creek Loop beginning Monday morning.
Boundary County road update for Monday morning: As of Sunday evening, the following road issues can be expected for the Monday morning commute ...
March 24
Expect Highway 95 delays as slide area still unstable: The Idaho Transportation Department advised the Boundary County Sheriff's Office late this morning that they will reduce travel on Highway 95 near Mountain Meadows Road to one lane until the hillside which slid onto the highway last weekend can be deemed stable.
Readers lift NewsBF to a new milestone: At 10:06 p.m. Thursday, someone clicked a button on our Facebook page, and established News Bonners Ferry as the best liked local news source in Boundary County. We can't be sure who our 5,000th Facebook friend is, but we are glad you stopped by.
March 23
Highway 95 moving, Deep Creek Loop remains closed: As of 8 p.m. today, Highway 95 at mile 498.6 six miles south of Bonners Ferry remains down to one lane of traffic with flaggers after a major mud slide Tuesday evening. Deep Creek Loop, which was shut down not long after the slide, remains closed.
Gearing up for 15th CommUNITY breakfast: The Bonners Ferry Rotary is pleased to announce its 15th annual CommUNITY Breakfast and Silent Auction, to be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Valley Event Center at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.
Kootenai Tribe seeks aquaculture tech: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is seeking to hire an Aquaculture Technician II, who will work in assisting in all phases of production of burbot at the Kootenai Tribe’s Sturgeon and Burbot Hatchery in Moyie Springs.
As of 1:45 p.m. the Westside Road is clear and re-opened to normal traffic after a mudslide this morning.
March 22
Applegate's body recovered from river: The body of a Bonners Ferry man who fell into the Kootenai River near Troy while scouting for wedding locations with his fiancé in December has been recovered by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Meet the second five DYW participants: Twenty of Bonners Ferry’s most outstanding junior girls are taking part in this year's Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program April 29 at the Becker Auditorium, and in each of the next three weeks, we'll introduce you to five more of the young women now preparing for “A Night at the Oscars.”
Major mudslide closes Highway 95: Boundary County was hit once again by a mudslide Tuesday evening that shut down travel on U.S. 95, this one the most significant since the major slides of 20 years ago. The hillside on the north side of the highway came down in a rush just south of Mountain Meadows Road near mile 498 at about 8:39 p.m., trapping a car that was driving through and inundating both lanes with a bank of mud, trees and debris in a swath estimated to have been 25 feet across and eight to 10 feet deep.
Flood warning extended as more rain forecast: The National Weather Service has extended its flood warning until noon Saturday as another round of rain is expected Thursday night and into Friday on ground that is too waterlogged to absorb more moisture.
Notice to 20 Mile Creek Water Members
There is a planned repair of a broken line Thursday March 23rd at 7 am. Will try to resume service by early afternoon. Boil order is still in effect till further notice. Thank you from your Board of Directors.
Slippery history of the Ash Street hill:  With all the mudslides occurring this year and in particular the slide off on the South Hill on Ash Street Saturday, the staff at the Boundary County Museum thought the folks of Boundary County might enjoy a “slip sliding away” history of how the South Hill arrived at its current predicament.
Staying safe and healthy during and after a flood: In the wake of several North Idaho communities experiencing flooding and anticipating more rain this week, Panhandle Health District is reminding residents to stay safe and healthy during and after flood conditions.
March 21
Fire chief responds to allegations: I am following up on the letter (Don't be fooled by county-wide fire district) that was sent out with all of the misinformation regarding Fire and EMS in Boundary County. By Tony Rohrwasser, Fire Chief, South Boundary Fire Protection District
Lani Christiansen photo
Joe Stockdale photo
Major mudslide blocking Highway 95
8:39 p.m.: Emergency crews are responding to a mudslide on Highway 95 near Mountain Meadows Road (mile 498) and both lanes are blocked with eight to 10 feet of mud. Vehicles were involved but no injuries are reported. Expect long delays. Avoid the area if at all possible. Through commercial vehicles should immediately divert so as to avoid the slide area as available detour routes cannot handle heavy vehicles. 9:04 p.m.: ITD is mobilizing heavy equipment to begin clearing the highway and to see if there may be additional vehicles under the slide, which, according to one responder's estimate, is approximately 25 yards across.
BFHS gears up to finish the third quarter: The end of the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year is upon us, and Bonners Ferry High School students and staff will be working hard to finish strong. I know it is not safe to say this, so you can all blame me when it snows again, but we made it through winter. By Principal Kevin Dinning
Rotary visits Alpha 2130 robotics team: The Bonners Ferry Rotary held its meeting at the Bonners Ferry Middle School March 14 for a demonstration of the competition bot designed and built by the Bonners Ferry Robotics Team, Alpha 2130. The team gets only six weeks at the beginning of each year to build their robots for FIRST competition.
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, February 21
March 20
Say goodbye to the sun for awhile: It was nice while it lasted, and the brief dry spell afforded by the sunshine of the past two days has helped the many hard working folks who've been out helping to get things back to normal after numerous mudslides and washouts, but the respite is about to end.
20 Mile Water under boil notice: The Twenty Mile Creek Water Association is under a drinking water advisory until further notice following depressurization of the water system caused by a water main break.
Superintendent addresses BFHS students, staff: On Tuesday, March 14, Boundary County School District 101 Superintendent Gary Pfleuger strode to the podium in the Becker Auditorium at 11 a.m. and addressed the entire Bonners Ferry High School student body and staff on safety, good manners, success and what the future might hold.
Time to bid farewell to Valley View bleachers: It is time to say goodbye to the old Valley View gym bleachers. Originally the Bonners Ferry High School bleachers when the school was built back in the 70s, those bleachers will be taking their millions of memories to the highest bidder, with sealed bids being accepted at the district office until 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30.
Those Ringtone Blues: I had my son put a new ringtone on my cell for me last year. Yes, my inherited Droid Maxx confuses the droppings out of me. Anyway, the sound coming forth from my smug phone now is the cawing of a crow. Musings from Moyieboy by Ken Carpenter
Boundary County emergency road closures
March 19
20-Mile Water expects some service back on Monday: Twenty Mile Water Association members have been without water since Saturday afternoon after a mudslide hit a creek, blocking a main system intake. There is also a line break somewhere in the system that needs to be located and repaired.
More rain forecast, flooding woes to continue: The National Weather Service has issued a new flood warning for North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect until noon Wednesday and in spite of drier weather forecast today and Monday. The recent rains and warmer temperatures will continue to result in increased runoff, and with water tables already elevated, flooding is expected to persist.
Regarding recent rumors about Boundary Ambulance Service: Boundary Ambulance Service has recently been made aware of an anonymously penned letter circulating by email and on social media falsely accusing BAS of taking sides in the debate surrounding the amalgamation of fire districts in Boundary County. The letter further alleges that BAS has inappropriately managed the deployment of our ambulance fleet. By EMS Chief Jeff Lindsey
March 18
Rough day for travelers, road crews: Boundary County Commissioners have declared an emergency today a rain and melting snow wreaked havoc on roads and travel through much of the county. At about 12:39 p.m., a report came in of a mudslide across Ash Street just off Highway 95 in Bonners Ferry, and shortly after an officer arrived on scene, a second slide came down.
March 16
From the seed of an idea, a community benefits: On his business card, Casimir "Cas" Holeski defines himself as a "Fruit and Nut Enthusiast," and it's a self-bestowed title that didn't come about easily. But it's a good thing it did, as his enthusiasm for all things growing has led him on a one man mission that is starting to change how people in Boundary County look at their food supply in a most fundamental way.
ISP mourns passing of former director Edwin Strickfadden: The men and women of the Idaho State Police are deeply saddened to learn that one of our former directors and the "Father of the Contemporary ISP," Colonel (Retired) Edwin D. Strickfaden, passed away today. Strickfaden was a dedicated public servant who served in the U.S. Air Force prior to joining the State Police in 1967.
New flood warning issued through Sunday: The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood warning for rain and snowmelt over North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect until 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Another round of moderate to heavy rain will occur in the Friday afternoon through Saturday time frame.
North Idaho Veterans Stand Down coming in May: The 24th North Idaho Veterans Stand Down will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 North Government Way, Coeur d’Alene.
March 15 
Lions Den Road closed by mudslide:  Lions Den Road is closed due to a mudslide. The closure is from the junction with Riverside Road to 2369 Lions Den (Selkirk House).
Soggy conditions affecting roads:  Boundary County Road and Bridge Superintendent Clint Kimball advised they are experiencing drainage issues throughout the County consisting mostly of water out of ditches. There also have been some minor landslides that have been cleared and the roads re-opened.
Meet the first five DYW participants:  Twenty of Bonners Ferry’s most outstanding junior girls are taking part in this year's Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program April 29 at the Becker Auditorium, and in each of the next four weeks, we'll introduce you to five of the young women now preparing for “A Night at the Oscars.”
UP train derails along the Moyie River:  Emergency personnel were called out to a Union Pacific train derailment at about 7:30 a.m. today on the Moyie River Road approximately four miles north of Highway 2, caused by a mudslide. A dozen cars loaded with grain left the track, but none went into or threatened going into the Moyie River.
March 14
School District 101 M&O Levy approved by wide margin: Final results are in and the M&O levy was approved in each precinct and by a 68.9-percent margin, 1,027 yes to 463 no.  
Surf’s up at The Pearl: As an epic winter seems never-ending, North Idaho residents may find their thoughts turning to sunshine, sand, and sea. Look no further … The Pearl Theater has just the thing this Saturday at 7 p.m.! "View From a Blue Moon," written and directed by surfing legend John John Florence and Blake Kuny, explores the closest we can come to the ocean without buying a plane ticket.
BCMS accepting book donations for upcoming book fair: Boundary County Middle School is accepting donations of gently loved, kindergarten through 12th grade appropriate books in preparation for their Used Book Fair going on from Monday, March 27, through Friday, March 31.
Waiting for spring at Naples and Mt. Hall:  As we say goodbye to winter and hopefully the snow, I need to reflect on the amazing events and incredible efforts put forth last month. To start, a huge thank you to everyone who donated, supported, and organized the Mt. Hall Auction. Annie Sundstrom and the PTO did an outstanding job! By Lisa Iverson
More details on the 2017 Penguin Plunge: This year’s Bonners Ferry Penguin Plunge was a huge success with 64 jumpers plunging in the Kootenai River to support Special Olympics. Certainly a good time was had by all with approximately 140 people present. By Michael Meier
Boundary County Commission minutes, March 6
UI steaming ahead with biodiesel: The University of Idaho steam plant, which heats the Moscow campus with wood chips, is reducing its emissions, eliminating waste on campus and providing students with a learning opportunity all at the same time.
March 13
Flooding reported across the region: The areal flood watch issued by the National Weather Service this afternoon has been upgraded to a flood warning as numerous reports of flooding continue to pour in.
Idaho job growth leads nation: Idaho led the nation with a seasonally adjusted over-the-year (January 2016 - January 2017) job growth of 27,500 jobs and a growth rate of 4 percent – the fastest growth rate in the country.
Flood watch issued for tonight, Wednesday: The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood watch for portions of Idaho and Washington, including Boundary and Bonner Counties, in effect from 5 p.m. today through late Wednesday night.
IDL offers fire-line safety class: The Idaho Department of Lands is offering a two-hour fire-line safety class for heavy equipment operators who are interested in assisting with wildland firefighting efforts on IDL protected lands during the 2017 fire season.
State wildlife action plan approved: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved Idaho’s State Wildlife Action Plan, which renews the plan for about a decade and means the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will continue to get about $550,000 annually in federal money.
March 12
A cold day for the best Penguin Plunge yet: The 2017 Boundary County Special Olympics Penguin Plunge is in the books, with the best turnout to date as 64 people braved the icy waters of the Kootenai River Saturday, ranging in age from eight years to a day shy of 83, as longtime Penguin Plunger Marciavee Cossette took another dip Saturday and then celebrated her birthday today.
'Peter and Wendy' an awesome success: In one whirlwind week of auditioning, song-learning, rehearsing, and performing, 64 local children brought Neverland to life in Bonners Ferry’s Becker Auditorium last Friday and Saturday. Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Peter and Wendy,” an original production by Michael McGill, provided opportunities for school-aged children to perform as Neverlanders, Lost Boys, Darlings, pirates, animals and clouds.
It’s not nice to fool with Uncle Nature: It is human nature to blame Mother Nature for all natural catastrophes, while she rarely seems to get credit for the good things inflicted on the world’s many life forms. Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
March 10
Bill would allow teens to work in woods with parent: Representative Raúl Labrador on Thursday announced the reintroduction of the Future Logging Careers Act, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act so that 16 and 17 year olds would be allowed to work in mechanized logging operations under parental supervision.
Small business relief bill introduced: Senator James Lankford on Wednesday introduced the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act to require federal agencies to analyze the full impact of a proposed regulation on small businesses. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley and Jim Risch.
State settles with ENA, CenturyLink: Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and legislative leaders agreed Thursday to settle all financial claims by Education Networks of America (ENA) and CenturyLink for their development of the Idaho Education Network broadband system for Idaho’s public schools.
KCSO needs to identify man in photo: The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for their assistance in identifying the individual in the attached photograph. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has found properties which they believe belongs to this man, but have been unable to identify him.
EAA expanding, has big plans for spring: The local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is expanding its activities and members are working hard to get the word out as spring is finally making a slow appearance and flying season nears.
Boundary County Commissioners Agenda, week of March 13
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, February 27
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, February 21
Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes, February 16
March 9
UPDATE: Coeur d'Alene Police confirm that Steven Denton has been found, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, near Hauser, Idaho.  CdA police on look out for murder suspect: Coeur d'Alene police are searching for Steven T. Denson in connection with the apparent murder of 37-year-old Kelly A. Pease,  formerly of Bonners Ferry, who was found inside her vehicle yesterday outside Kootenai Health with a gunshot wound to her head.
Stuermer seeks donations for medical mission: Pharmacist Aimee Stuermer, Bonners Ferry, will be returning to Guatemala on Friday, March 10, to volunteer once again with a Faith in Practice medical mission. Unfortunately, she's nowhere near reaching the amount of donations she'd hoped for to provide the level of care she would like to.
Oh, will it ever be spring? The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, in effect from 4 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Friday. Bonners Ferry and Eastport are likely to be hardest hit, with two to five inches of valley snow falling by late this afternoon.
March 8
A Night at the Oscars
Photos courtesy of Picturesque Photography by Sara
Twenty of Bonners Ferry’s most outstanding junior girls will be given an opportunity to win scholarship money and prizes in this year’s annual Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program (formerly Junior Miss). Set for April 29 at the Becker Auditorium, get ready for a night of Hollywood glamour as they present “A Night at the Oscars.” To meet them, click here.
Peter and Wendy set to fly to Neverland: After highly successful auditions earlier this week with 78 local young actors and actresses taking part, Missoula Children's Theatre's performance of "Peter and Wendy" will be presented at Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
BCMS racks up the achievements: Boundary County Middle School student Emmet Melior was recently crowned champion of our Geography Bee. He now gets to compete at the state level after also winning the regional competition. We are always so proud of our students’ achievement. By Principal David Miles II
Drive safe for eyes will be on you: St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular times to celebrate and party. But unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking alcohol, making the holiday one of our most dangerous.
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, February 7
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, January 17
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, January 3
March 6
More winter weather ahead: The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. The incoming system could bring three to six inches to valleys and six to eight inches at higher elevations.
BCSD fiscal responsibility taken to the next level: Early this year, Boundary County School District 101 formed the Budget and Financial Understanding Committee. This group, listed below, is made up of five community members, four teachers, two administrators, one board member and our new business manager.
March 2
Five new CNAs graduate: Boundary Community Hospital and North Idaho College announced the graduation today of the winter semester Certified Nursing Assistants class, with instructor Tracey Maas, RN, presenting certificates to Leland Schmitt, Kim Kimball, Lela Jackson, Paige Liermann and Jacob Fess.
Barn, man's home lost in fire: Boundary County Emergency Services, including North Bench Fire, South Boundary Fire, the sheriff’s office, Boundary Ambulance and Hall Mountain Fire responded to a fire in progress this morning north of Three Mile on Echo Drive.
March 1
Three school board seats up for election: Voters will be asked to decide who will sit on the Boundary County School District 101 board for the next four years as the Zones 1, 2, and 5 Trustee positions are up for election on May 16, 2017.
Five local kids to compete in North Idaho Spelling Bee: A total of 47 fourth- through eighth-graders from the five northern counties of Idaho will participate in the 12th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 18, at North Idaho College. Five competitors will represent Boundary County schools.
Hearings set on North Idaho heavy load applications: Public hearings will be held in the second week of March to take comment on applications allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on sections of U.S. 95, Idaho 1, U.S. 2, Idaho 41 and Idaho 54, including all state highway stretches in Boundary County.
Bummers In Time: Everybody knows a little something about bummers, some much more than others because things most consider inconsequential bum them out. Others know much more for they are nothing less than walking bummer exporters. Musings from Moyieboy by Ken Carpenter
Watch out for 'Job Offer' email scam: The Idaho Department of Labor is actively investigating a scam where job seekers are receiving fraudulent emails with the subject line of “Job Offer” from a company called Juno Publishing Limited.
New highway salt could have drivers seeing blue: Drivers in North Idaho could be seeing blue as ITD maintenance crews begin using a new blue salt product. The new salt may represent the next stage in the department’s efforts to improve road-clearing efforts and resulting public safety.
Job Fair March 8 in Post Falls: The Idaho Department of Labor will host its monthly hiring event from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 8. at their office at N600 Thornton Street, Post Falls. This event is an opportunity for job seekers to meet several employers with active job listings.
Olson steps down as U.S. Attorney for Idaho: Wendy J. Olson, United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, resigned effective Saturday, February 25. Olson had served in that office since being appointed by President Barack Obama in June, 2010. She is best known in Boundary County for prosecuting county resident Jeremy Hill for the killing of a grizzly bear on his property on May 8, 2011.
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