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May 28
Farm Bureau 2017 Farm Tour an amazing day: Friday dawned sunny and bright, a near perfect morning as car after car started pulling into the fairgrounds parking lot for the 2017 Boundary County Farm Bureau Farm Tour. Cassie Olson, District Manager for the Boundary Soil Conservation District, was a touch nervous ... A NewsBF pictorial
May 27
Entering 100 deadliest days of driving: Idaho is about to enter the annual "100 Deadliest Days of Driving," the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. In 2016, 85 people died on Idaho's roadways during that timeframe.
May 26
~ U.S. 95 back to two lanes at slide ~
According to the Idaho Transportation Department, the flaggers who have directed traffic around as workers stabilized the hillside that slid in March at Mountain Meadows Road are on to other things and Highway 95 has returned to a two-way traffic pattern with a reduced speed limit.
May 25
~ Training burn this evening ~
The Idaho Department of Lands is planning a training burn of less than 1/10th acre beginning at 6 p.m. today in the Paradise Valley area. The training is expected to last until about 9 p.m.
~ Deep Creek Loop reopened ~
3:07 p.m.: County road and bridge advises that Deep Creek Loop is now open to travel following a temporary repair. There is a 25 mile per hour speed limit in effect and one lane is gravel. Please use caution as there is loose gravel and the south bound lane has a soft shoulder.
~ County roads now open to hauling ~
With the exception of emergency closures resulting from damage by flood, all Boundary County roads are now open to hauling. The roads still closed are Oxford Road from Usher Lane south around the corner to address 942, Fleming Creek Road on the hill from address 1092 west to 3451, and Kootenai Trail Road from address 4894 east down the canyon to 5622.
Memorial Day a day of prayer for permanent peace: BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A PROCLAMATION: Memorial Day is our Nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never free. It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our Nation.
How could anyone abuse or neglect their guardian angel? Is there no greater classic old movie than “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart? Remember the story? George Bailey had to take over the savings and loan after his father died. By Foster Mayo
Supermoon tonight, but you won't see it: For the first time since 2009, a new moon – not a full moon – will be the closest and largest supermoon of a year. In recent years, the year’s largest supermoon has been a full moon. But not in 2017.
May 24
Curiosity keeps Jean Bevins young at 104 years: Imogene "Jean" Bevins, a centenarian resident of the Boundary Community Hospital Nursing Home, will be celebrating her 104th birthday with family, friends and caregivers on Thursday. Bonners Ferry Mayor David Sims will be stopping by to mark the occasion and to pass on the best wishes of the community to this remarkable woman.
FHWA releases funds for repairs, including Deep Creek Loop: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced on Friday the immediate availability of $1.25 million in Emergency Relief funds to help begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Idaho, including Deep Creek Loop in Boundary County.
Gearing up for an All American Small Town Celebration: Each year, hundreds of people gather on the Boundary County Fairgrounds lawn as the sun begins to set on the Fourth of July, set out their lawn chair or spread their blankets, and admonish the kids, "don't stray too far, it's about to start!" This year, organizers putting it all together are trying something new.
Fuller Fur, Feather and Friends Pet Services opens here: Dan and Jennifer Fuller started visiting Bonners Ferry about four years ago, and after hunting for property for two years, they finally bought an incomplete home in the North Bench area about two years ago, then spent their visits working on the place. In September, 2016, Dan and Jennifer packed up not only their household but their business as well and bid farewell to the tiny town just outside Yosemite National Park.
Idaho 8-in-6 an awesome program for students: School District 101 board member David Brinkman was recently asked by another parent about the Idaho 8-in-6 (Fast Forward) Program his daughter, Liliana, is participating in at Boundary County Middle School. "This program is an amazing opportunity for students," he replied.
Labrador adds first name to campaign team: Raúl Labrador formally announced Milford Terrell today as his treasurer for his gubernatorial campaign. Terrell has served on numerous boards and commissions for six different governors over the course of 30 years.
May 23
Man drowned fleeing Canada: At about 5:19 p.m. Monday, May 22, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office and Boundary Ambulance responded to Eastport to assist the United States Border Patrol with a male subject who had gone into the Moyie River.
Memorial Day waters high and cold: With Memorial Day weekend looming this weekend and all the people who will be setting out to play after our very long and hard winter, Boundary County Emergency Management would like to remind everyone that our rivers and streams are running very high, cold and strong.
Mixed emotions and May Madness: It is difficult for me to explain the mixed emotions that surround the end of the school year. Students, teachers, staff members, family members, and coaches have Senioritis. We are all ready for graduation, and not ready for graduation at the same time. By Principal Kevin Dinning
Local hams preparing for field day: Amateur radio has played an important part of emergency communications since the dawn of radio. Amateurs always practice their skills. One of those practices is the American Radio Relay League Annual Field Day.
Roadwork underway in Round Prairie area: Work is underway to replace a bridge and resurface pavement on Highway 95 in the Round Prairie Creek area of northern Boundary County.
Working to identify all Idaho's veteran memorials: With Memorial Day coming up, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced today that the Idaho Division of Veterans Services has launched an effort to identify all Idaho monuments and memorials honoring the military and veterans.
Idaho joins in settlement in Target breach: Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today that Idaho has joined 46 states and the District of Columbia in reaching an $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation.
May 22
!! Missing child !!
8:10 p.m.: The girl has been found!
7:46 p.m.: Please keep an eye out for a missing 11 year old autistic girl in the area of VanBuren Street in Bonners Ferry. She has short brown hair and was last seen wearing a purple top. If you see her, please call 911.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow: You might see folks out and about this week, older folk mostly, many wearing blue garrison or baseball caps emblazoned with military badges, patches and medals, offering small red paper poppies, asking no set price, but gladly accepting whatever you offer. The American Legion recognizes National Poppy Day this year on Friday, May 26.
Line break in 20-Mile water system
1:40 p.m.: 20-Mile Creek Water Association has informed NewsBF of a water line break in the system on 20 Mile Creek Road. Crews are working to restore the line as quickly as possible. 9 a.m. May 23: The break was repaired last night and the system brought back on line; however, crews are out this morning checking to see if there are other leaks or problems. That you for your patience!
Vendors invited for big day: The Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce is looking for vendors, food booths, community organizations, musicians and performers to participate in our Kootenai River Day's Street Fair that will be held Saturday, July 8, in downtown Bonners Ferry!
County rents spray equipment to local residents: In its effort to rid the county of noxious weeds, Boundary County rents out sprayers to county residents.
Trump signs North Idaho disaster declaration: On May 18, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Boundary County and seven other northern and north-central Idaho counties.
The itchy and scratchy world we live in: I was in the Army in 1973, stationed in Yokohama, Japan. One of my friends and I decided to escape the rat race for a weekend so we drove north in search of an isolated beach, armed with blankets, matches, Kirin beer, a bag of rice balls wrapped in seaweed and little else. Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
California pilot walks away from controlled landing: At around 4 p.m. Sunday, deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Northern Lakes Fire Department and the Coeur d’ Alene Airport responded to a report of an airplane in distress.
Oklahoma woman killed near Garwood: At about 9:42 p.m. Sunday, May 21,a fatal crash occurred near the intersection of US Highway 95 and Garwood Road north of Hayden.
May 21
Get up early to see moon and Venus: Tomorrow – Monday, May 22 – get up an hour or two before sunrise to see the moon and planet Venus, the second-brightest and third-brightest objects in the sky after the sun. The brilliant twosome will be near each other, a beautiful and compelling sight as seen from around the globe.
Expect heavy travel, higher prices Memorial Day weekend: AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend, a 2.7% increase from 2016. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.
IPNF to go after noxious weeds: The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be treating noxious weeds on National Forest System lands as part of an integrated pest management program that includes mechanical treatment, seeding/fertilizing of competitive native grasses, biological controls, and chemical treatment.
Visitor use surveys underway on KNF: If you head into Montana, you may soon see more Forest Service employees working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads on the Kootenai National Forest. They will be wearing bright orange vests and be near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead.”
Revisions advised in state science standards: A state committee is recommending revisions to science standards that will be presented to the State Board of Education in August.
May 19
Spring Into Summer with Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra: The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at The Pearl Theater for their 2017 Spring concert, Spring Into Summer, conducted by Glenda Novinger. The orchestra dedicates their performance to the memory of Lillie Albertson, whose tireless commitment and love for music inspired all who knew her.
EAA to hold season's  first huckleberry pancake breakfast: he first Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 757 Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast of the season takes place from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Northern Air Hangar at the Boundary County Airport, 64602 Highway 2 at Three Mile. Funds from the breakfast are used for flight training scholarships.
Integrated Personnel holding job fair: Integrated Personnel Inc. is holding a job fair in Sandpoint from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25, and they will be hiring for production positions including ...
Limited service at Under the Sun: Due to a death in the family, Under the Sun, 7178 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, will not be serving sandwiches Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. The shop will be open as usual and soups, salads and coffee will be available.
May 17
Luna missing east of Three Mile: FOUND AND HOME SAFE!! Luna went missing east of Three Mile this morning, and her family is hoping to get her back home soon. She is two years old and super friendly. If you see her, please call Marqui at (208) 627-8181.
Labrador, Goodlatte introduce immigration bill: Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) on Tuesday introduced a robust immigration enforcement bill to enhance public safety, protect national security and ensure the rule of law.
Beth and Bruce to play The Pearl: At 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 20, The Pearl Theater welcomes world-class singers and songwriters Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop to the stage, where they will share their recent album, "Keeping Time by the River. "
Sara Sue is missing: Sara Sue has been missing since May 6 from her home on Maas Loop north of Bonners Ferry. She is a small blue heeler, black, tan and white, with no collar. Please help find this sweet girl and bring her home. If you know anything please contact Renee Pruitt at (208) 946-8517.
May 16
Two new faces on school board: Ron MacDonald, running unopposed after Justin Gibbins withdrew because of a move, held onto his Zone 1 seat on the Boundary County School District 101 Board with 44 votes, and Teresa L. Rae captured the Zone 5 seat, garnering 50 votes to challenger Bethany Blackmore's 25. Susan L. Weed, who ran unopposed for the Zone 2 seat, is also new on the board. Editor's note: An earlier version of this article that indicated only one new trustee was caused by confusion over Tess Rae, who sits on the board but was not up for reelection. Teresa Rae is her sister-in-law.
Northern Lights warns of scam: Northern Lights Electric Co-op is warning members to beware of scams within their service territory. NLI has received a report that a member has been contacted by an individual who represented them self as an employee of the Co-op, and who was requesting personal information.
Polyphobia is not a fear of cracker packing parrots: Over 2400 years ago, Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who diagnosed and misdiagnosed more new afflictions than anyone in history, came up with a new one. Based on only two puzzling cases, he wrote that “men who feared that which need not be feared” were suffering from a phobia. Musings from Moyieboy by Ken Carpenter
Three officers to receive Idaho Medal of Honor: Three police officers have been selected to receive the Idaho Medal of Honor for performing with exceptional courage and bravery while protecting the public, including Sergeant Greg Moore, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, who was killed in the line of duty in 2015.
One killed, two injured in Kootenai County crash: A young man was ejected from a vehicle in a single vehicle crash near Spirit Lake Monday evening and killed. Another youth and a Coeur d'Alene man were injured.
May 15
Flood watch issued for heavy overnight rain: The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood watch for portions of North Idaho and Washington, including Bonner and Boundary Counties, in effect from 2 a.m. Tuesday through Tuesday evening.
A great year for Valley View Elementary: This year is nearly over and I am happy to announce it has been a great one for Valley View Elementary School. The students and staff are wrapping up testing and looking forward to some educational field trips, outdoor school, and other kinesthetic activities that will help create lifelong memories. It is a great time to be a Badger. By Principal Nathan Williams
Flags at half staff for fallen peace officers: United States Flags at Half-Staff on Monday, May 15, in Honor of Police Officers Memorial Day 2017. President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty.
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