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July 28
11:50 p.m.: Latest update on IPNF fire situation; hot and dry: As we go into the weekend, U.S. Forest Service officials on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest want to update you on the latest wildfire activity. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests have some ongoing fire activity following a lightning storm last week as well as several human caused starts.
North Idaho fire danger very high: Idaho Department of Lands and U.S. Forest Service Fire Managers in Bonner and Boundary Counties have elevated the wildland fire danger to “Very High.” The increased fire danger is the result of persistent high temperatures and low relative humidity over north Idaho this month.
July 27
Stage I fire restrictions on Kootenai National Forest: Kootenai National Forest officials decided today to raise fire restriction across the forest. For the past week or so, fire danger has been rated "very high" as temperatures in the 90s persists in the local area.
Weapon retention as important in home as in your holster: The seven-year-old had just finished watching the Lone Ranger (or maybe it was Gunsmoke) when he remembered his father’s Colt Peacemaker sitting in a bedroom drawer. Curiosity drove the young lad to open the drawer, pick up the weapon and become Matt Dillon. Sometime during the weapon handling, the boy cocked the loaded weapon.
Lavala publishes 'and a child she became' Author Sheila Lavala, Bonners Ferry, has just published a new book, “and a child she became.” This is a story about Sheila's journey through a tumultuous upbringing of abuse and pain to finally be transformed into the fun-loving child she is today.
Kootenai River jet boat adventure up for grabs: Boundary Search and Dive Rescue Team Inc. has partnered up with Swiftwater Logistics LLC for a fundraiser to support the purchase of aging and outdated equipment for Search and Rescue.
July 26
Opening on state tax commission: Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced today that applications are being accepted until the close of business on Friday, August 18, for a seat on the four-member Idaho State Tax Commission.
July 25
Bonners Ferry man gets five years for child porn: Thurlo Eugene Clark, 72, Bonners Ferry, was sentenced today in federal court in Coeur d’Alene to 60 months in prison for possession of sexually explicit images of minors, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
July 24
Community Hospital to auction surplus: From 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, Boundary Community Hospital will sell, to the highest bidder by means of sealed bid, the following surplus items on display at 6653 Kaniksu Street ...
City to hold surplus auction: The City of Bonners Ferry is disposing of the items shown below by sealed bids. The vehicles listed will be displayed at the City utility yard at 6362 Washington Street from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through July 27. All bids must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 27.
Kootenai River restoration project earns accolades: A review of 29 wildlife habitat projects funded by the Bonneville Power Administration was completed by the Independent Scientific Review Panel June 28. One of the projects looked at was the Kootenai Tribe's Kootenai River Restoration Project.
Free sports physicals just around the corner: Do you have students in grades 7, 9, or 11 who plan to participate in sports, including cheerleading, in the upcoming school year? Then according to the Idaho High School Activities Association, these students will need to have a physical before the first practice starts.
ITD gearing up for Great American Eclipse: It's just shy of one month away from the biggest astrological event in the Gem State since 1979. Dubbed The Great American Eclipse, it could also be the biggest tourist attraction and traffic generator in Idaho history.
Warmer than average temps expected: The Pacific Northwest should expect continued warmer-than-average temperatures and normal rainfall August through October, according to a new long-term climate outlook developed by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.
Does that man have a panty on his head? Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen ... ”What are you doing to my panties, you sicko?!” “Ahhhheeeeeee!” I cried. “My precioussss, it is,” I hissed, cuddling the bundle of panties to my chest as I scurried to the corner. Musings from Moyieboy by Ken Carpenter
'Pollinator in Peril' events slated in Sandpoint: A noted bee expert will headline a “Pollinators in Peril” series of events in Sandpoint Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1-2, focusing on the importance of pollinators and how to help them.
I-95 work planned in Plummer: Idaho Transportation Department crews will be working Wednesday and Thursday (July 26-27) to repair an older asphalt section of U.S. 95 in Plummer damaged by the recent winter.
July 23
Five injured in three vehicle crash near Elmira: A three vehicle collision on Highway 95 near Elmira this afternoon sent five people to the hospital and closed the highway for nearly five hours, backing traffic on the north end clear to Naples.
July 22
Museum building a century old! In the fall of 1916, Charles W. Megquier began construction on a two story brick building on Main Street. This was to be used as the new Crescent Garage & Plumbing Company. Today, members of the Boundary County Historical Society and folks who shared parts of the building's history regaled guests with tales venerable century-old edifice.
Ahrens announces run for Idaho Senate: Danielle Ahrens, a 58 year old mother and grandmother who lives on a ranch north of Sandpoint, recently announced her candidacy for the Idaho Senate in District One in an article in Redoubt News.
July 21
Lightning sparks several North Idaho wildfires: The Idaho Panhandle National Forests had multiple new fires detected following the Thursday night lightning storm. Here is an update on fire activity across the forest ...
July 20
Summer Reading wrapping up with magic show: The Boundary County Library will wrap up their Summer Reading program with an awesome comedy magic show for kids and families at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.
Bonner County sheriff seeking David Xanatos: The Bonner County Sheriffs Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating David A. Xanatos, 37, last known to have been in the Clark Fork area. Vehicle associated with him is a blue 1988 Chevy truck with Idaho plate 7BL6090. He is described as 6-foot, 3-inches tall, 244 pounds, hazel eyes and brown hair.
Last drivers ed class of year starting: The final driver education class of the summer begins August 1. There will not be another class until spring. The class is $325, with classes held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Nutritional aide needed at BCH: Boundary Community Hospital has a part time position (afternoon/evening/weekends) in Nutrition Services. The Nutritional Aide is responsible for a variety of duties and services to ensure appetizing food is prepared and served.
Polaris seeking workers: Bonner County Job Service will hold a job fair to help Polaris is find eight assembly operators, no experience needed. These are full time, temporary positions starting July 24 and ending October 5.
Woodward running for Senate seat: In the wake of Shawn Keough's decision not to seek another term as Idaho's favorite Senator, Jim Woodward, a long-time Bonner and Boundary County resident, recently announced his candidacy for the Legislative District 1 State Senate seat with Keough's full blessing.
Newest Habitat home to be dedicated: Boundary County Habitat for Humanity invites you to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House for their latest build! This event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 5, at 6707 Spokane Street in Bonners Ferry. Habitat volunteers have been working on this project for the past year and are excited for their latest partner family.
Boundary County Commission minutes, June 26-27
Boundary County Commission minutes, June 19-20
Boundary County Commissioner minutes, May 29-30
Boundary County Commission minutes, May 22-23
July 19
Groundbreaking at St. Ann's set for Sunday: St. Ann’s Catholic Church will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry, the location of their former church. Mass will be held at 10 a.m., prior to the groundbreaking.
Wildfires popping up - danger to increase Thursday: The Coeur d' Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is currently staffing the Beaver Creek wildfire and have contained two others. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms will move into the region after midnight tonight which are likely to produce lightning but generally have little to no precipitation with them.
Fires closing roads in south Idaho: Fire season is officially here, and according to the Idaho Transportation Department, it's closing several roads in southern Idaho.
Moon and Venus closest morning of July 20: Before sunrise on July 20, 2017, look for the waning crescent moon and planet Venus in the eastern morning twilight. Or if you’re up before dawn, say an hour or two before sunrise, then let the predawn darkness show you the star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster as well.
BFHS wins art award: The Idaho Commission on the Arts announced today its Fiscal Year 2018 annual grants and awards, totaling $487,000 to 102 organizations and schools spanning 29 communities throughout the state, including Bonners Ferry High School and Boundary County School District 101, awarded $3,836.
July 18
Lions Den RR crossing to close for repairs: On Thursday, July 20, the railroad crossing at Lions Den Road just east of Hickory Road will be closed from 6a.m. to around 2 p.m.
Clear skies in west predicted for eclipse: Researchers from the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources (CNR) have developed a map that shows the likelihood of clear viewing of the solar eclipse coming August 21.
Two local schools get fresh produce grants: Today, 113 Idaho elementary schools were awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced.
Court records and sheriff's log
July 17
Summer reading slows the slide: Where can you find 50+ kids on Thursdays in July? Why, at the Valley View Summer Reading program! This year's program is starting strong with 47 kids attending our first session, and 60 kids on July 6. With teachers and support staff volunteering their time, we have opened our library. By Valley View librarian Julie Colson
I90 ramp at Sherman closed through Friday: The Sherman Avenue (Exit 15) Interstate 90 eastbound off-ramp in Coeur d'Alene will be closed until 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, for reconstruction. This is part of the reconstruction of I-90 from Northwest Boulevard to Sherman.
Idaho closes budget year with fiscal flourish: Idaho’s surging economy produced $29 million more than projected in State tax revenue in June and almost $94 million more than economists expected for the fiscal year that ended June 30, enabling the State to meet the constitutional requirement for a balanced budget while beefing up its rainy day fund.
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, June 6
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, May 30
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, May 16
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, May 2
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, April 18
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, April 11
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, April 4
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, March 21
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, March 7
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, March 3
July 15
Sandpoint woman killed in collision: A Sandpoint woman died in a head-on collision with a semi early today on Highway 95 north of Hayden. According to the Idaho State Police, Samantha Wolf, 31, Sandpoint, was driving south in the northbound lane in a 2005 Chevy Tahoe at about 3:06 a.m. when she collided head-on on with a northbound 2017 Freightliner.
Solar flare to light up aurora Sunday night: A geomagnetic storm on the sun two days ago is expected to give Earth-bound sky watchers across most of Canada and the northern U.S. a good Northern Lights show Sunday night into Monday morning. The sky spectacle should be visible in Idaho, Washington, Montana and other northern states.
The meek may well inherit the Earth: The world’s most indestructible species, say scientists, is the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear. The tiny creature will survive the risk of extinction from all astrophysical catastrophes, and be around for at least 10 billion years – far longer than the human race.
July 14
Village Project looking for youth participants: This will be the third year the Village Project has offered summer youth programming for migrant youth in Boundary County and their second year partnering with Boundary School District 101. This year marks the first time they have enrollment spots available for other youth in the community to join in on the fun!
Trails closing due to North Fork Hughes Fire: The Idaho Panhandle and Colville National Forests have issued temporary trail closures on National Forest System Trails #312 and #512 in Pend Oreille, Washington, for public health and safety due to the North Fork Hughes Fire in the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
The love nibble of the bed bug: Bed bugs have become one of the trendiest blood suckers around, even more so than the popular movie vampires. It is not that they are admired or, Lord forbid, lusted after, but in the 21st century, they are likely to show up in any high-class hotel at any time, especially in New York. Musings from Moyieboy by Ken Carpenter
Manufacturing jobs available in Sandpoint: Dynamic Recruiting is hiring production workers for full-time manufacturing work in Sandpoint. These positions offer a $9 per hour starting wage.
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