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December 15
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 done!
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 18
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
December 14
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 Kramer
December 13
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.
Saving Idaho 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 February 4.
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 sober: 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 Gun Club.
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 Carpenter
December 11
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 activities.
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, December 15.
December 10
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.
December 9
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 River. 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.
December 8
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 December 21!
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 responsive: 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 year-round.
December 7
'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.
More 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 awaited news.
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 Program.
Elderly man believed killed after interrupting burglary: 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 attempted blackmail.
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.
December 6
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 corner: 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.
Santa to 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 fire stations!
ISP Detective Brostmeyer a 'Guardian of the Flame:' 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 them.
Moyie Springs City Council Minutes, November 8
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