Boundary County News
BCMS mental athletes battle it out:
Winners of the Boundary County Middle School
spelling bee today were: Sixth grade, 1st place
Ana Chase, 2nd place Damon Madson; Seventh
grade, 1st place Morgan Moon, 2nd place Taylor
Cromwell; and eighth grade, 1st place Camille
Ussher, 2nd place Kyle Smith.
for the races ...
|All eyes are
on Cubmaster Thomas Husk during Tuesday
night's Pack 114 meeting and weigh-in
for this Saturday's Pinewood Derby! Mr.
Husk is placing Tiger Cub Brydin
Weymer's car to the moment of truth as
Brydin and his dad, Colin, and Cubmaster
Bill Blumenauer carefully watch the
proceedings. This year's Cub Scout Pack
114 Pinewood Derby takes place at 11
a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran
Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.
All are welcome to cheer on your
Ice, snow advisory tonight in northwest Montana:
The National Weather Service, Missoula, has
issued a winter weather advisory for freezing
rain and snow in the Kootenai/Cabinet region of
northwest Montana, in effect from 11 p.m. today
through 9 a.m. Thursday.
Spokane mom seeking return of her children:
A custody dispute between a daughter in Spokane and her mother in Boundary
County has grown heated,
as even though a court has ordered three
children returned to their biological parents,
their grandmother has allegedly refused to
BCMS gearing up for second semester:
I would first like to thank our citizens of the
month. For November -- Citizenship -- BCMS
selected: Kaelynn Baisden, sixth, Blake Rice,
seventh, Leah Webster, eighth, and Jessica
Hanna, staff. For December -- Generosity -- BCMS
selected Markynn Pluid, sixth, Evelyn Chaney,
seventh, Brena Gould, eighth, and Rita Vannoy,
staff. These folks showed tremendous citizenship
and generosity! By Principal David Miles II
Cowell moves up in Rod Benders
Car Club: Last Wednesday, Richard
Cowell was elected Vice President/Show Chairman
by the Rod Benders Car Club. For the last year
he's been in charge of their public relations,
handling their advertising and serving as
webmaster. Now he'll be in charge of overseeing
the car show as show chairman and running club
business a vice president.
Time to diet; BCH Auxiliary pie sale coming
The famous Boundary Community Hospital Auxiliary
Pie Sale will be Thursday, February 15, this
year, in the basement at Trinity Lutheran
Church, 6784 Cody Street. Buy the whole pie or
just a slice. The coffee pot will be on, ready
Eli resting after another
Eli Ashby, 6, is finally out of recovery, in a
room and resting at Seattle Children's Hospital.
His dad, Allen, is a trooper in Kootenai County
with the Idaho State Police, but when asked who
the real trooper in the family is, Allen, Eli's
mother, Jenn, and Eli's Boundary County
grandparents, Mike and Linda Ashby, Moyie
Springs, will all, and without a second's
thought, point immediately to Eli.
online entry into IT field in a year or
Google, the most ubiquitous search engine on the
planet today, has long faced an issue that many
other companies also contend with -- open IT
support roles, and not enough qualified
candidates to fill them. A few years ago Google
personnel began working with a non-profit
organization to build out trainings and pathways
to roles in technical support at Google.
~ Tonight's city council meeting moved
back to city hall ~
Due to a
scheduling conflict, tonight's Bonners Ferry
City Council meeting, which had been scheduled
for the visitor's center, will be held at
Bonners Ferry City Hall, 7232 Main Street in
downtown Bonners Ferry.
Groeschl taking the reins at IDL:
The Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners
voted today to appoint State Forester David
Groeschl as acting director of the Idaho
Department of Lands. The appointment follows the
departure of former Director Tom Schultz.
Rain, snow on the way:
Cloudy skies are in the forecast for the rest of
today and tonight, and while radar this morning
shows rain, rain/snow mix and snow at higher
elevations to the south of us, the forecast for
Bonners Ferry today and tonight says humid, but
with nothing falling.
That changes tomorrow.
Boundary County Library touted in state capitol:
The best small library in America got a plug
today, both in the Idaho legislature and in
Besty Russell's "Eye on Boise" column in the
Her column focused on a presentation by Idaho
State Librarian Ann Joslin to the Joint
ITD seeks comment on Rathdrum project:
The Idaho Transportation Department invites the
public to a hearing about the expansion of Idaho
Highway 41 from Prairie Avenue to Boekel Road in
Kootenai County from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday,
January 25, at the Coeur d’Alene office at W600
A-1 Auto Transport offers scholarships:
hen students are looking for a way to cover some
of the costs associated with going to school,
A-1 Auto Transport is there to provide the help
that is needed.
Bonners Ferry High School robotics season kicks
Saturday, January 6, marked the annual FIRST
Robotics season Kickoff. At 7:30 a.m., Bonners
Ferry High School FIRST Team 2130 Alpha+
gathered at the robotics clubhouse and excitedly
watched this year’s reveal for the game, FIRST
POWER UP! By Rayan Naylor
~ Visible fire a controlled burn ~
7:30 p.m.: Sheriff's dispatch confirms
that a large fire visible in the Moyie Springs
area is a controlled burn and not a structure or
~ Restorium reported symptom-free ~
As of today, the Restorium is symptom
free from a gastro-intestinal illness that swept
through, and residents are now being encouraged
to go back to the dining area for meals rather
than eat in their rooms. Staff still asks that
visitors who have been ill not visit unless you
have been symptom free for at least 72 hours.
~ Car crashes into Callie's Niche ~
10:52 a.m.: Emergency crews are
responding to Callie's Niche in downtown Bonners
Ferry, where a vehicle has reportedly crashed
into the building. Unknown if injuries. If
traveling in the area, please yield to emergency
vehicles. 10:57 a.m.: First responders report no
~ Highway 2 extremely slick ~
Deputies report Highway 2 between the
Moyie Store and old Evergreen School is
extremely slick, with two slides offs just
before 7 a.m. Both are now cleared and ITD has
been notified, but extreme caution is advised if
driving through the area.
Bonners Ferry Election Guide 2018:
It's still early, but we're working hard to give
Boundary County voters as much quality
information as possible so they can make an
informed decision when they go to the polls in
the May 15, 2018, primary election and the
November 6, 2018 general election.
Pack 114 to welcome girl Cub Scouts in historic
Cub Scout Pack 114 will welcome female Cub
Scouts this month as they launch a new era of
Family Scouting in Bonners Ferry. Thanks to its
current den leader training and its longstanding
charter partnership with Trinity Lutheran
Church, Pack 114 is ready to begin before Boy
Scouts of America’s official roll-out in
Still working out what La Nina bodes for
northwest spring: December 2017 was
a month of transition. At times, the flow of the
jet stream bowed into a large ridge that brought
well-above-average temperatures and drier
conditions racing north along the coast.
Occasional west winds did bring in enough
precipitation to keep most of Washington and
Idaho near average.
good for nursery/greenhouse growers:
Northwest Farm Credit Services’ 12-month
profitability outlook remains strong for the
nursery/greenhouse sector. Pricing is favorable;
early bookings for 2018 are strong as buyers
secure plants, although inventory shortages
continue for certain plant varieties. Strong
economic indicators will support continued
growth for the industry.
or stomach bug? How to tell: What
are you sick with? Here is a quick reference
guide posted by the Spokane Regional Health
District for those of you not feeling well
during this cold and flu season. Remember,
the primary symptoms of the flu are sudden and
severe muscle aches, tiredness and headache,
often accompanied by a fever.
~ Saturday morning roundup ~
As of 6:30 a.m., Idaho 511 is showing North
Idaho highways in good shape. It's 36 degrees in
Bonners Ferry and Troy and 32 in Libby. Current
radar shows no precipitation in the region,
though it's raining toward Lewiston and snowing
east of Helena. Northern Lights is showing 16
members without power on Bull Lake Road
southeast of Troy, and a crew is working to get
the lights back on.
Sofa raffle to benefit senior meals:
Rich and Sherry Beck and the crew at Beck's
Furniture, 6443 McCall Street, Bonners Ferry,
recently looked over their awesome selection to
find just the perfect item to donate for a
raffle to help support the Senior Meals Program.
And they came up with a winner, a beautiful
light colored leather sofa with electric recliners on
both ends to go home with the winner on
MLK weekend looking great on Schweitzer:
Can you roll into the MLK Holiday any better
than this? With five inches overnight and a light
snow still falling, this mountain is charged and
ready to go! With a foot of fresh snow in the
last 48 hours, whether you are blasting the
South Bowl chutes or taking a Cedar Park cruise,
the conditions are amazing! By the Schweitzer Snow Crew
Lincoln Day Dinner just around the corner:
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7, for
the 2018 Boundary County Republican Central
Committee's Lincoln Day dinner. It is expected
that most of the Idaho state, local and national
Republican candidates whose names will be on the
Boundary County ballots in May will be in
Boundary County Commission minutes, January 1
Fit & Fall Proof class starting:
The Senior Hospitality Center will begin the
winter session of the “Fit and Fall Proof Class”
beginning Monday, January 15, running at 10:45
a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through
~ We dodged a storm ~
appears we dodged a storm in Boundary County as
the snow that remains in the region is well to
the south, particularly in the central Panhandle
mountains along I90, where the winter storm
warning is still in effect. ITD's 511 is showing
Panhandle highways as normal. On Schweitzer,
four inches of fresh snow was recorded this
morning. There have been no reports on hazardous
road conditions on the scanner so far this
morning, but with the Bonners Ferry temperature
below freezing at 28-degrees as of 6 a.m., keep
an eye out for icy patches as you make your way
in this morning.
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
Driver safety class can save seniors on
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
The class is open to anyone, but emphasizes
safety issues related to people 50 years and
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 ~
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
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 ~
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
Jade is wearing a red collar with a Salt Lake
County, Utah, phone number on it, but no name.
UPDATE: Jade is still missing as of Sunday.
Please keep looking.
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.