Boundary County News
Woman injured in December 1 collision dies:
A woman severely injured in a December 1 head-on
collision on the North Hill lost her fight for
life today. Jennifer R. Jones, 39, of Ponderay,
succumbed to her injuries at Harborview Medical
Center, Seattle, today at 5:40 p.m. She leaves
behind three children.
The 2018 Fair Theme has been announced!
"Shout n' Loud ~
We're County Proud"
August 15 through 18
Saturday "elf" matinee a
great chance to shop: The Pearl
Theater will show free holiday movie Saturday,
and it’s a take on the golden days when the Rex
Theater used to offer a free holiday movie each
year. It's a great time for the parents to sneak
away to some of Boundary County's wonderful
shops or stores to get some Christmas shopping
Eight graduate BFHS CNA program:
Congratulations to Bonners Ferry High School's
recent Certified Nursing Assistant graduates!
The Certified Nursing Assistant program is
offered to Bonners Ferry High School students by
Boundary Community Hospital in affiliation with
North Idaho College.
Yoder's Market getting ready for big move:
Yoder's Market will be closed January 12 to 15
for moving the store from Bonners Ferry to their
new location near Three Mile, and plans are to
reopen at the new store on the west side of
Highway 95 three miles north of Bonners Ferry on
Tuesday, January 16!
Driver's licensing offices back online:
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has
corrected the issues in its driver's license
computer system and restored full service to
county offices. Idahoans who delayed getting a
license renewed during the outage are encouraged
to visit their county DMV office for service.
Fair board has a vacancy:
The Boundary County Fair Board is seeking
letters from county residents interested in
filing a board vacancy after member Craig Kelson
elected not to renew for another term.
County commissioners and members of the fair
board extend their appreciation to Craig for his
time and service in helping to make the Boundary
County fair a success.
County Commission agenda - week of December
County Commission minutes, October 9
County Commission minutes, October 16-24
County Commission minutes, October 30
County Commission minutes, November 13
County Commission minutes, November 20
Beware of too good to be true holiday offers:
Much like the citizens we serve, law enforcement
personnel take crimes during the holiday season
just a little bit harder than at other times.
It's supposed to be a season of good cheer, of
generosity and giving, but sadly, thieves know
this and do their best to turn it to their
advantage. Community Watch, by Sheriff David
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Ray and Beth get a Christmas surprise:
Cold, dreary, grey, uneventful and nothing going
on much at the Wildhorse Mercantile and Saloon,
but aren't we lucky to be here? Christmas is
coming and what a surprise Ray and Beth Holmes
got Wednesday night when they found out David, a
master chief in the U.S. Navy and their
youngest, is going to be home this Friday for a
few days for a surprise visit!
Audubon bird count drawing near:
Local bird lovers will be getting together for
an early breakfast on Thursday, December 28, and
then scatter to all corners of the greater
Bonners Ferry area to
take part in the 118th annual Audubon Society
Christmas Bird Count.
Everyone interested is welcome to join in, even
if all you can do is sit at home and count the
birds coming to your feeder!
IPNF seeks comment on proposed rate hikes:
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is
interested in receiving your comments on a
proposal to increase the fees at 11
campgrounds/group sites, 10 cabin and lookout
rentals, the Emerald Creek Garnet site, and the
Upper Landing RV dump station.
wildlife – one orphan at a time:
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Sagle, provides
care for injured and orphaned fawns in
preparation for release back into the wild,
where they belong! Due to medical issues and a
limited number of volunteers, they will not be
holding their annual “Grow More Spots”
fundraiser this year.
USFS welcoming two new IPNF leaders:
Regional Forester Leanne Marten is excited to
announce Holly Jewkes as acting Forest
Supervisor on the Idaho Panhandle National
Forests, starting January 22. On the Priest Lake
Ranger District, Felipe (Phil) Cano will be
starting as the new District Ranger starting on
EAA extends flight scholarship deadline:
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter
757 has not received any scholarship
applications for the year ahead, and they have
extended the application deadline through
December 19 in case there is someone out there
with a dream of a future in aviation and the
willingness to work hard to achieve it.
Historical Society lands IHC grant:
The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the
statewide nonprofit organization devoted to
enhancing public awareness, appreciation and
understanding of the humanities in Idaho,
awarded $72,658 in grants to organizations and
individuals at its fall board meeting in Boise.
Be safe on the roads this holiday season, be
As the holiday season gets underway in Idaho,
the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is
partnering with law enforcement agencies across
the state to remind drivers that Buzzed Driving
is Drunk Driving.
Beginning today through
the end of the year, additional officers will be
on the road looking for drunk drivers.
NWA offering $500 sign-on bonus:
Northwest Academy in Bonners Ferry has openings
for night staff counselors for its female
dormitories, and they are offering a $500 sign
on bonus for successful applicants!
Shooting added as BFHS extracurricular activity:
There's a new club at Bonners Ferry High School,
and all BFHS students interested in the shooting
sports are invited to check out the recently
approved extracurricular activity! The Bonners
Ferry Clay Target Youth Club practices every
Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Bonners Ferry
Already midterm at BFHS:
We are cruising through the year at Bonners
Ferry High School! I struggle to believe it is
already midterm of second quarter, and we are
quickly approaching the midpoint of the school
year. I am proud of the staff and students at
BFHS. Great work is happening here. By Principal Kevin Dinning
Beans, beans the musical fruit:
Dried beans have been cultivated as a staple of
the human diet for over 9000 years.
Interestingly enough, a clue perhaps to the
picky society we live in, Beano did not make an
appearance until the last half of the 20th
century. Musings From Moyieboy by Ken
BVA names personnel of the year:
Boundary Ambulance hosted its annual meeting
December 2, and Chief Jeff Lindsey announced
2017 Volunteers of the Year Pam Hamilton and
Mike Kralik, as well as the 2017 Paramedic of
the Year Kelly Halleman.
Still many Badger Passes
left to sell:
Boundary County Middle School students are
selling Badger Passes, and they still have a lot
of them to sell, and with a deadline of this
Thursday, they hope that getting word out to the
community helps their effort.
The Badger passes, with are $10 each, offer
great savings from businesses throughout the
community, and proceeds from their sale will
fund this year's eighth grade graduation
Open house set on $9.4-million highway project:
The Idaho Transportation Department invites the
public to an open house on Thursday, December
14, to learn about a project to improve safety
on US Highway 95 through Bonners Ferry. The open
house will be held at Boundary County Middle
School from 5 to 7 p.m.
Air quality advisory extended:
A week-long air quality advisory issued on
Friday has been extended for an additional day,
and will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Friday,
Don’t miss the Geminids as 3200 Phaethon swings
near: The Geminid meteor shower –
always a highlight of the meteor year – will
peak in 2017 around the mornings of December 13
and 14. Geminid meteors tend to be few and far
between at early evening, but intensify in
number as evening deepens into late night.
Maya shines in Miss Teen of America Pageant:
Bonners Ferry's own Miss Teen of Idaho, Maya
Roberts, traveled to Orlando, Florida, in
November to compete in the 2018 Miss Teen of
America Pageant, and against a strong field of
amazing young women, she brought home the title
of third runner up!
BCMS sending both robotics teams to next level:
Science teacher and robotics coach Jacob
Garrison and not one, but both of his Boundary
County Middle School Omega robotics teams are
moving on to Moscow for the next competition.
Spokane man dies in Bonner County crash:
A 29 year-old Spokane man died Friday night in a
single vehicle crash on Dufort Road near Priest
According to the Idaho State Police, Andrew P.
Blum was driving a maroon Mazda Tribute west in
the 9000 block of Dufort Road at about 9:19 p.m.
when he lost control while negotiating a curve.
VVES lost and found overflowing:
The Valley View Elementary lost and found is
overflowing! Coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves
and lunch boxes. These treasures will be
donated to local thrift stores over Christmas
break if not claimed. Please have your children
check for their personal belongings before
First half tax deadline just ahead:
Boundary County Treasurer Susan M. Larson would
like to remind all Boundary County taxpayers
that the deadline for paying the first half of
the 2018 property taxes without penalty is
Wednesday, December 20.
Air stagnation advisory issued for week ahead:
The National Weather Service has issued a
week-long air stagnation advisory as an air mass
settles over the region. Pollutants are expected
to increase through noon Thursday, December 14.
ICF makes North Idaho grant cycle more
The Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) has made
several important changes to the Regional Grant
Cycle program in North Idaho in response to
feedback provided by its past applicants and
grantees. The Northern Region Grant Cycle, which
provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits,
schools and public entities, is now open
'CELEBRATE' the end of an era:
The Bonners Ferry Community Choir is celebrating
40 years under the direction of conductors Vicki
Blake Thompson and Barb Nelson, who are
presenting their final community choir Christmas
concert together. “CELEBRATE!” will be staged at
7:30 p.m. Friday December 15, and at 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, at Trinity Lutheran Church.
than 13 years later, missing daughter found:
The body of Christine Lott, who went missing
more than 13 years ago, has been found. Her
parents, Leonard Jr. and Lucille Kucera, were
notified on Wednesday. They spent the rest of
the day and well into the night contacting
family to let them know the sad but so long
BCSD 101 loses most free breakfast benefits:
Boundary County School District #101 Food
Service recently closed a review from the Idaho
State Department of Education, and
unfortunately, as of January 8, all schools
except Valley View Elementary will no longer be
participating in the Provision 2 Breakfast
Elderly man believed killed after interrupting
On the evening of Wednesday, December 6, members
of the Bonner County Sheriff's Office were
dispatched to the 1200 block of Mountain View
Road, Clark Fork, to a report of a deceased
male. Detectives believe the victim, George
Andres, 73, Clark Fork, was returning home and
interrupted a burglary in progress.
Former RMA director killed in police shootout:
Former Rocky Mountain Academy director Scott
Addison, 49, was shot and killed Wednesday
afternoon in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after a brief
standoff with police. Addison had been charged
March 1 in Laramie, Wyoming, where he was
living, with 25 felony counts after multiple
women accused him of sexual assault and
ICF grants help local behavioral health programs:
The North Idaho Action Fund in the Idaho
Community Foundation is providing over $55,000
in grants to four projects working to improve
the accessibility and quality of behavioral
health programs in Boundary and Bonner Counties.
Lawbreaker who bit bitten back:
Taking a bite out of crim ... er, a cop, and
trying to lie down instead of climbing into the
back seat of a patrol car last April proved costly
to a 26-year-old
Bonners Ferry man, who was sentenced last week
to serve 30 days of a four-month sentence and
ordered to cough up $450.
Arraignment set in murder case:
A Bonners Ferry man who has been in jail on
$1-million bond since his arrest for
first-degree murder May 1 is scheduled to enter
a plea in court at 9 a.m. Thursday, December 21,
before District Judge Barbara Buchanan. Eric
Allen Dante, 37, is accused of shooting Jesseka Musson,
38, to death.
Christmas Concert & Silent Auction around the
The Bonners Ferry Band’s annual Christmas
Concert and Silent Auction will be held at 7
p.m. Thursday, December 14, in the Becker
Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School.
Students need to arrive before 6:30 p.m.,
dressed in their finest concert black. Band
Notes, by Jessica Hanna
The Pearl ringing in the New Year in style:
The Pearl Theater is ringing in the New Year in
style at their 5th annual New Years Eve Party,
with the theme, "Decades," at which guests are
encouraged to dress to the nines in the style of
their favorite decades. Celebrated from 6 to 9
p.m., this fundraising event will be the perfect
way to spend the evening!
A lot of reading happening at Valley View:
What tales do you remember from childhood? Any
fables come to mind? How about folktales? Well,
here at Valley View, we celebrated Idaho Family
Reading Week during November with this year’s
theme of “Tell me a Tale” featuring Jack and the
Beanstalk. We had a beanstalk with a giant
climbing down it as a photo prop, and all the
kids who were “Caught Reading” by their teachers
had their pictures taken with it.
Flags to half-staff to remember day of infamy:
United States Flags are to be flown at
half-staff Thursday, December 7, in honor of
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
visit kids at houses of heroes:
Santa Claus will be taking time out from his
hectic Christmas schedule this Saturday to visit
with kids at several of the places in Boundary
County where you can always find heroes; our
ISP Detective Brostmeyer a 'Guardian of the
Before competition begins at the 2018 Special
Olympics USA Games in Seattle next July, an
elite group of individuals will serve as the
"Guardians of the Flame" and escort the Special
Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across
Washington state. Idaho State Police Detective
Michelle Brostmeyer, Coeur d'Alene, is among
Moyie Springs City Council Minutes, November 8
Court dispositions and sheriff's log