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Christopher Haworth, March 10, 1945 ~ December 12, 2017
Carolyn Joyce Brenner Hudlet, July 15, 1932 ~ January 2, 2018
Cleone Anderson Spiering, September 8, 1929 ~ January 4, 2018
Virginia Lea Barnett, May 29, 1935 ~ January 3, 2018
Donna Marjorie Robinson Bakman, February 11, 1942 – December 24, 2017
Eddie Dwayne Leach, December 28, 1956 ~ January 2, 2018
Pancakes power eight flight scholarships: Eight flight training scholarships have been awarded by the local Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Chapter 757. The Chapter received eight applications and was able to fund all applicants to some degree.
Dickson, Thorwart BCH Employees of the Month: Jeanine Dickson has been working for Boundary Community Hospital as a registered nurse for five years. Nita began her career with Boundary Community Hospital as a certified nurses aide in our Extended Care Facility in July, 2015. They are Boundary Community Hospital's January Employees of the Month!
Eby earns credentials as an engineer: Kara Cafferty, the daughter of Leonard and Edna Eby of Boundary County, recently passed the professional engineer exam to become a licensed professional engineer. Kara is a 2004 graduate of Bonners Ferry high school.
Five from county earn LCSC honors: A total of 896 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2017 semester, LCSC administrators announced on Tuesday. Among the honorees, 426 made the President’s List while 470 were named to the Dean’s List. Five were from Boundary County.
Badger girls fall to Timberlake: The Badger girls fell to Timberlake Tuesday in an Intermountain League road match 55-43. The Lady Badgers stayed within fighting distance throughout the game, with Miranda Wenk leading all scorers with 22 points.
Badger boys spank Spartans: Chris Sabin landed 21 points to lead the Badger boys to a 66-41 win over the Priest River Spartans at home Saturday night, improving their season record to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Badger girls dominate Priest River: The Lady Badgers opened tonight's game against Priest River, the opening IML league match for both teams, with spark and pizzazz, jumping out to a 35-2 first quarter and never looking back in a 62-18 victory that saw the whole team enjoy game time.
Badgers ride a long way to beat the Lions: The Badgers traveled to Lincoln County High School on Wednesday in Eureka and both the boys and girl's varsity got on the bus for the long ride home with wins.
Porter named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week: The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie James Porter of the Kelowna Rockets is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 31 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.48 and save percentage of .987.
Terry Roth: We will never be able to satisfy anyone one in Boundary County anymore. Having to deal with the influx of all these people moving into the county is taking its toll and is most certainly degrading the once wonderful lifestyle most enjoyed here.
U.S. Representative Raul Labrador: In my capacity as chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, today I am joining three distinguished colleagues in introducing sweeping legislation to fix our broken immigration system.
Kirk & Devonna Dixon: Well here we are, voting again this year. With voting fraud at a record level nationwide, where do you imagine it is generating from?
Rosanne Smith: Recently, Stuart Nelson Jr. wrote about growth in the county. While I agree with his concern, I do not agree with his proposals for private property management. I believe that our Commissioners and County P&Z have done an extraordinary job in balancing the wishes of the landowner and doing what is best for the county and its citizens.
Representative Heather Scott: It’s a new year, and expectations are running high that limited-government ideas are spreading throughout Idaho and the country. We are excited to kick off the 2018 legislative session with our first Annual Legislative Review hosted by liberty legislators from across the state.
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Boundary County Archives ~ January 2018
January 11
Stomach illness hits many at the Restorium: The Restorium in Boundary County reports an outbreak of gastro-intestinal illness within the facility. The cases have been reported to the Panhandle Health District. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Steps have been implemented to curtail the outbreak.
Driver safety class can save seniors on insurance: A driver safety class will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, January 25, at the Senior Center, 6635 Lincoln Street, on the South Hill in Bonners Ferry. The class is open to anyone, but emphasizes safety issues related to people 50 years and older.
Monson services to be broadcast on BYUtv: BYUtv will be broadcasting the funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time Friday, January 12. View this live broadcast on any of the free BYUtv apps or online at
~ Power outage ~
At 8:57 p.m., Northern Lights is showing an outage affecting 11 members on Noble Lane and Pywell Road in the Copeland area. Crews are on the way. 9:22 p.m.: Power has been restored and there are currently no other outages showing in the Northern Lights service area.
Sloppy roads throughout region: As of 8:30 p.m., highway conditions throughout North Idaho, and much of the rest of the state, remain "difficult, according to Idaho 511, as little snow is still falling in Bonners Ferry, having shifted mostly to the southeast in Bonner and Kootenai Counties and into Montana. So far in Boundary County, motorists have been handling the road conditions well.
~ Roads are treacherous and getting worse ~
5:25 p.m.: Highways throughout the region are sloppy and getting worse, and if slowing down goes against the grain, it's one of those nights where you can jump into warp speed by hitting the high beams. State highways are listed on 511 as "difficult" and side roads are worse. In Kootenai County, I90 is closed between Exit 15, Sherman Avenue, and Exit 17, Mullan Road, due to a collision. If you don't have to drive, stay off the roads.
Still openings in BCH CNA class: There are still openings for the Winter Semester of the Boundary Community Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant Program that starts on Tuesday, January 16. Want to register for class or need more info? Contact Tracey Maas.

~ Roads are getting slick ~
2:20 p.m.: Highways throughout North Idaho are getting slick, with slide-offs starting to be reported in Boundary County on Deep Creek Loop and Highway 2. State highways from Grangeville north are reported as "difficult." If you don't have to travel, stay off the roads.
Kellogg schools closed due to illness: Schools in the Kellogg School District are closed due to widespread illness and accompanying low attendance numbers. As a result, Saturday's Wildcat basketball games at Bonners Ferry have been cancelled.
Jade missing from home off Camp Nine: Mrs. Allred has been missing her female German Shepherd, Jade, since Wednesday morning from her home on Rigby Road off Camp Nine Road north of Bonners Ferry. Jade is wearing a blue collar with a Salt Lake County, Utah, phone number on it, but no name.
Get ready for more winter: With the temperature below freezing and snow on the way, highways in Boundary County are rated "fair" as of 6:10 a.m., but be on the lookout for slick spots.
January 10
Break the Chain of Infection: Deep in the heart of winter, it is an excellent time to remind everyone that each of you play an important role in infection prevention. Despite the variety of viruses and bacteria, germs spread from person to person through a common series of events. By Connie Sue Clum, RN, MSN
Diesel pining for a forever home: Meet Diesel, a young loving boy and the newest addition at Second Chance Animal Adoption. He is ready to find adventures with a new forever family. Diesel knows his basic commands and is fully house trained. If you think you'd like to give him a home, you can meet him at Second Chance Animal Adoption.
Storm watch upgraded to warning in North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane has upgraded a winter storm watch in North Idaho to a winter storm warning for snow, in effect from 4 a.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday. New snow accumulations of six to 12 inches are expected in the valleys.
~ Roads reported to be icy ~
6:09 a.m.: NewsBF has received reports of Highway 95 being slick in areas with black ice; weather in Bonners Ferry is currently 37 degrees in Bonners Ferry with widely scattered rain and rain/snow mix. ITD's 511 maps are showing no current problems, and there are as yet no calls coming in on the scanner regarding problem areas.
Winter storm watch for Kootenai/Cabinet Region: A winter storm watch has been issued by the Missoula Weather Service for heavy snow above 2,500 feet in the Kootenai/Cabinet Region from late tonight through Friday morning. Snow accumulations of six to ten inches are likely, with some areas liable to over two feet of new snow.
Region producing more using less electricity: The Pacific Northwest’s economy is growing, overall employment levels are now exceeding levels from before the 2008 recession, and the region continues to produce more goods and services using less electricity.
Thou art a churlish, beef-witted lewdster! Calm down, take some soothing breaths, and tell yourself “The bugger isn’t really talking to me. It might be better to collect more evidence before I clout the droning varlot." Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
Three appointed to IDL FPAAC: Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz appointed Dr. Timothy Link, Moscow, Kelly Riggs, Glenns Ferry, and Paul Buckland, Coeur d’Alene, fill positions on the Idaho Forest Practices Act Advisory Committee.
January 9
Troy mayor reminds residents to clear sidewalks: The City of Troy, due to the recent snow, is reminding everyone who has a sidewalk in front of their home to help keep it shoveled. "We really need to keep the sidewalks clear of snow for everyone who uses them especially the children who walk to and from the schools causing the children to walk in the roadway," said Mayor Dallas Carr.
Local Zip Trip to get new corporate owners: Par Petroleum LLC, a subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire 33 Cenex Zip Trip convenience stores in eastern Washington and northwestern Idaho from CHS Inc. The Bonners Ferry Zip Trip is one of them.
LCSC flag raising to kick off 125th anniversary: Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, will kick off the celebration of its 125th anniversary on Saturday, January 27, with its Raise the Flag event at 2 p.m. at the LCSC Silverthorne Theatre. The college turns 125 on that day, which marks the anniversary of when Idaho Governor William J. McConnell authorized the establishment of Lewiston State Normal School in 1893.
Mars brighter in 2018 than any time since 2003: Remember Mars in 2003? That was the year the red planet came closer to Earth than it had been in some 60,000 years. In 2018, Mars won’t be quite as bright as it was in 2003. But nearly!
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Up to a foot of valley snow expected Thursday: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for heavy snow in North Idaho, effective all day Thursday. Heavy snow is possible with up to a foot of new snow in the valleys and up to two feet at higher elevations.
Fresh snow on Schweitzer: Yesterday’s Run-Of-The-Day was Whiplash to Will's Runout, through Tower 19 Trees and out to Vagabond! Wow, that was fun! The snow was on the heavy side and changed consistency depending on elevation and sun or shade exposure. By Schweitzer Snow Reporters
Montana weather advisory for snow issued: A winter weather advisory has been issued until 10 a.m. for the Kootenai/Cabinet region and Flathead/Mission Valleys in Montana, where heavy, wet snow is falling with expected accumulations of one inch will make the morning commute difficult.
January 8
~ Lost car keys ~
Alisa Moellmer‎ lost a set of Toyota keys at Super 1 this afternoon at about 3:05 p.m. She was at checkout #7 when she last had them. They have a black Toyota key fob with a Toyota key and an old Pro-X card attached to the ring. There are a couple miscellaneous keys on the ring as well. If you picked them up on accident, or have seen them, please send her a private Facebook message. Those are the only set of keys to drive that car!
~ Man looking to shovel to sleep warm ~
A man staying at the Kootenai Valley Motel is looking to shovel snow for people so he can afford another night in a warm bed, and not out trying to find a dry place outdoors in the cold. He has enough for tonight, but needs to take care of tomorrow. Jason has his own shovel and he doesn't want handouts. If you have work in Bonners Ferry he can do, call him at (208) 217-2586.
Dense fog advisory issued: The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington in effect until 10 p.m. today. Visibility is expected to drop to a quarter mile or less this afternoon.
Big changes bode well for BAS in 2018: Boundary Ambulance Service will begin 2018 with two new additions to its normal operations. Chief Jeff Lindsey says both are vitally important to the community we serve. “We have an opportunity to expand our Advanced Life Support services as well as provide preventative prehospital medicine to our community with our current staff without having to increase our budget," he said.
Funds available for curb ramp projects: Individual grants of up to $60,000 are available to Idaho organizations statewide through a competitive application process ending March 2 for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramp Program. In total, the Idaho Transportation Department will allocate $500,000 of state funds for this program.
Scientists find weakness in deadly fungus: A team of scientists studying a fungus called Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or P. destructans, noticed something interesting: it lacks a key DNA repair enzyme. P. destructans is the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats in North America.
January 7
~ Gas leak reported on Denver Street ~
12:38 p.m.: City fire and ambulance personnel have been dispatched to a Denver Street residence for a reported gas leak. All occupants are safe and out of the home. Please stay away from the home, and if driving in the area, please yield to emergency vehicles. 12:59 p.m.: The gas is shut off and Avista is on scene. The fire department is returning to station.
~ Editor blocked on Facebook ~
NewsBF editor Mike Weland has been blocked on Facebook for seven days for an image he posted on his personal page that gave someone offense. He is unable, therefore, to post breaking NewsBF updates until next Sunday, January 14. He regrets the inconvenience. Those needing to contact him during this period can email
January 6
USFS has summer job openings: It's a new year and time for new opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service! Click here to learn about summer job opportunities with the Forest Service. You can select what region you'd like to work in, on what forest and more!
Family in need of firewood: Jackie Pierce, Bonners Ferry, has a friend in a predicament, but too embarrassed to ask for help, even though, Jackie said, that predicament isn't of their own making. She hopes that members of the community will help her help them.
MHP troopers in five crashes last month: The Montana Highway Patrol says it's unfortunate that they have to report that, within the last month alone, five troopers have been involved in crashes through no fault of their own. In each of these cases, drivers were not driving appropriately for conditions.
Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Sunday morning sky: All week, before dawn, bright Jupiter has been moving up toward fainter Mars in the predawn sky. Before dawn on Sunday – January 7, 2018 – Mars and Jupiter are in conjunction, with the red planet Mars appearing about 0.25-degrees south of the giant planet Jupiter.
January 5
Seeking Boundary County Farmer of the Year: Boundary Soil Conservation board has been recognizing local farmers since 1991 for their outstanding conservation practices. This year, the board is asking for community input. The award is sponsored by the district to call attention to the many farmers within our county who are caring stewards of the land.
Keep an eye out for potential snow damage: Boundary County public information officer Michael Meier today issued data released by the Western Regional Climate Center showing that average snowfall for November and December in Bonners Ferry is 27 inches. The average snow depth for this time period is five inches.
Landers to speak at anniversary celebration: Friends of Scotchman Peaks will celebrate their 13th anniversary on Saturday, January 13, with a gathering at the Panida Theater, Sandpoint, featuring eminent outdoor journalist Rich Landers, who will talk about his 40-plus year career at the Spokane Spokesman Review.
Weather advisory issued for western Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain, in effect from 5 p.m. today to 11 a.m. Saturday, for the Kootenai/Cabinet and Lower Clark Fork regions of Montana.
Blundell coming to CdA Ranger District: Phillip Blundell has been selected as the new Deputy District Ranger for the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District in Smelterville starting on January 8. Blundell is coming to the Forest Service from the Bureau of Land Management, where he was the Landscape Planning Coordinator for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative.
Moyie Springs City Council minutes, December 6
CdA Police seek help to identify human remains: The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying human remains that were discovered in September. On September 3, Coeur d'Alene Police responded to the rock quarry located on West Kathleen Avenue for human remains that were located near the bottom. The remains had been in the quarry for approximately two to three years.
Beware of moose crossing in Moose Valley: Karen McCarty passes along that Deep Creek east of Highway 95 along Shiloh Loop is frozen tight and the moose are thirsty. "They come up from Shiloh behind Living Stone Lane as it's an easier slope with more space between trees," she writes. "Then they angle toward either Stampede or McArthur Lake.
January 4
Labrador unveils economic plan: Today, gubernatorial candidate Raúl Labrador unveiled his plan to Strengthen Idaho’s Economy, the first plank of his Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho.
It's beer o'clock and all is well: It is likely that many people imbibed more beer over the holidays than they usually would in a two-month period. So, just to rub it in a little bit, I decided to provide a little history to go with the beerheads. Mankind has been heaping praise upon beer for 9,000 years or longer.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Glop, slop, snow and sleet back in the forecast: Yucky weather is on its way back to the region, with glop, slop, snow and sleet in the daily forecast for the next eight days. As of 2:10 p.m. Today, radar showed areas of frozen mix coming down in Boundary County, but more is coming.
Aiming High for Abigail: Spaghetti feed & auction coming: A benefit spaghetti feed and auction will be held at the Boundary County Middle School for Abigail Blockhan, the daughter of Don and Nikki Blockhan, Bonners Ferry, at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 20. About two years ago, Abigail fell ill with flu-like symptoms. It progressed until she was bed ridden most days. After several months, Abigail was diagnosed with dysautonomia.
Sturgeon responding to restoration efforts: Higher flows, a double pulse of spring water and a long-term habitat project in the Kootenai River resulted this year in a 20 percent increase in sturgeon moving upstream of Bonners Ferry to spawn, according to a review last month of 2017 operations to aid white sturgeon and bull trout downstream of Libby Dam.
Flu claims eight this season in North Idaho: Officials from Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and Panhandle Health District (PHD) are seeing marked increases in flu hospitalizations and deaths, prompting a reminder to residents in both areas to get vaccinated and, if a person does become ill, to consult with a healthcare provider about diagnosis and possible treatment with antiviral drugs.
Snow Pit Chat slated at Alpine Shop: The Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center will host a Snow Pit Chat at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, at the Alpine Shop, 213 Church Street, Sandpoint.
~ Hospital Auxiliary January meeting changed ~
The Hospital Auxiliary meeting for January has been changed from January 9 to January 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Chic-n-Chop. This is only for the January meeting, where they will be discussing the upcoming Pie Sale.
~ Chic-N-Chop is back! ~
The Chic-N-Chop Restaurant, 6421 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, is back to its regular hours, beginning today! 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday.
Open house today on Kootenai Forest salvage project: During the 2017 fire season, multiple wildfires burned over 80,000 acres on the Kootenai National Forest, affecting approximately 3.6 percent of the Forest's land base. An open house on the West Fork Fire Salvage and Restoration Project will be held today at the Kootenai National Forest Supervisor's Office in Libby from 6 to 8 p.m. and project team members will be on hand to provide information and answer questions regarding the proposed project.
Job fair January 10 in Post Falls: The Idaho Department of Labor is hosting their Monthly Hiring Event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Idaho Department of Labor Kootenai County Office, N600 Thornton Street, Post Falls. This event is an opportunity for job seekers to meet with multiple employers with immediate job openings.
January 3
Mormon Church president passes: Thomas S. Monson, president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday night at the age of 90. In a statement, church spokesman Eric Hawkins wrote that Monson died at 10:01 p.m. in his home in Salt Lake City, surrounded by family.
Bonners Ferry Cereal School coming soon: This year's North Idaho Cereal School in Bonners Ferry features industry leaders and university researchers bringing you the latest information on weed and disease control, pest issues and variety trial results. The school takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 24.
January 2
Big boy hops ride to Second Chance: This very big boy was taken to Second Chance Animal Adoption today after entering a vehicle at the Jenny Lane apartments and refusing to leave. He is wearing a blue and yellow leopard print collar. UPDATE 9:58 p.m.: His name is Shadow and his people will be picking him up!
City dog licenses half off in January: City of Bonners Ferry dog license tags for 2018 are available at City Hall, 7232 Main Street. The cost is $12 until January 31, and then the price will be $24. Please come in and license your dogs before January 31 in order to receive the discount!
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