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February 23
ITD hosting Idaho Freight Summit in early April: Improving freight mobility, safety and economic opportunities in Idaho will be the focus of the Idaho Freight Summit that will be held Tuesday, April 10, in Boise.
Day dawns clear on Schweitzer, snow on the way: This is the calm before the storm, folks! It is a perfectly clear, cold morning, the stars are out and the groomers are working their magic! The forecast is looking amazing for this weekend. There is so much planned on the mountain, and with the promise of great snow, there is no other place you will want to be!
More winter looming ahead: The National weather service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for portions of North Idaho, including Boundary County, in effect from 4 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Saturday, calling for sunshine and warm tropical bree ... no, wait ... sorry. Wrong advisory. Calling for (ahem) snow.
February 22
Lolah missing across border in Canada, may be trapped: Two dogs had been gone over a week from their home in West Creston, just across the border into Canada; on Wednesday, Janelle's white dog came home with a broken snare around his neck. Her friend's older female black Lab, Lolah, is still missing, and Janelle fears she may be snared as well.
Boundary County Middle School congratulating many! Congratulations to our January Citizens of the Month who were celebrated for their fairness at all times. Sixth grade, Dillon McLeish, seventh grade, Maggie Bateman, eighth grade, Jaden Villeli, and staff, Mrs. Heigel and Mr. Arthur. February citizens will be honored for caring.
Fire destroys family home: A Bonners Ferry family, whose names have not yet been released, lost their home up Twenty Mile Road to fire this morning. According to Sheriff Dave Kramer, the family was in Spokane when the fire was reported at about 8:46 a.m.
All our effort needed to keep landfill open: Boundary County started the site certification for the Boundary County Municipal Landfill in 1995. Through this process Boundary County fell under the small community exemption. By Michael Meier, Boundary County Public Information
County commission minutes, February 12
County commission minutes, January 29
County Commission minutes, December 18
February 20
~ County roads temporarily open to hauling ~
Despite the signs, the current cold snap has enabled trucks to resume hauling on Boundary County roads through Sunday, February 25, without special permits. For the most up-to-date county road closure information,
click here.
Tribe seeking wildlife habitat biologist: he Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is seeking to hire a wildlife habitat biologist to assist the tribe's wildlife division with planning, monitoring, development and implementation of long-term wildlife habitat restoration and mitigation of habitat losses.
On making 'Rant and Rave' fodder: We are halfway through the 2017-2018 school year ... how did that happen? I find it truly amazing how times moves faster the older I get! When I was in school, time moved sooooo slowly; must be the new math! Superintendent's Scoop, by Gary Pfleuger
Barking Saddle has 'soft' opening: After far too long, Boundary County once again has a western shop, Barking Saddle, in the Bonnerport Mall just off the city parking lot in downtown Bonners Ferry. Walking in, you're sure to think, "wow, this is neat!" What's a little hard to believe is that the main lines of merchandise are still at the manufacturer's, waiting to be made.
'Justice for Jesseka' rally slated: A Justice for Jesseka Rally has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the gazebo at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, for a peaceful protest before the sentencing date for Eric Dante, who pled guilty to the May 1, 2017, murder of Jesseka Munson in Bonners Ferry.
Spring begins early for ITD: Work will begin Monday, February 26, to replace the bridge over Interstate 90 near Kingston, 30 miles east of Coeur d’Alene. This is one of several projects throughout the North Idaho region, including a project near Eastport.
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, January 2
February 19
BCH offers CNA scholarships, jobs: Boundary Community Hospital is offering several scholarships for the spring Certified Nurse's Assistant class, and the scholarships each come with a job offer to work at BCH.
February 18
FFA Week in the halls of BFHS: Boundary County FFA Members are reminded not to forget about the Chapter FFA Week activities to celebrate National FFA Week!
Kaia is safe! News from two separate sources, including family: Kaia is safe and has turned herself in to Williston Police. While the details are few, Kaia is said to have talked with a friend early this morning, and agreed to turn herself in at about 5 a.m. PST today.
February 17
Kaia Kramer still missing: 7:25 p.m.: Police in Williston, North Dakota, are still searching for 13-year-old Kaia Kramer, who has been missing from Bonners Ferry since early Friday morning after allegedly stealing her grandfather's GMC Yukon and driving her best friend, Alisa Hannaman, to meet boys they'd met online in Williston, North Dakota.
~ One missing girl found ~
2:40 p.m.: We have word from her brother, Tyler Hannaman, that Alissa Hannaman has been found and is now in police custody. Kaia Kramer, 13, and Colin Edwards, 14, are still missing. UPDATE: At 3:27 p.m., a family member reports that Colin is safe and has been released to the family.
Bonners Ferry girls missing: Bonners Ferry Idaho has two missing teenage girls, Kaia Kramer 13, and Alisa Hannaman 14-15 years old. These girls may have been lured away from their homes. Boundary County Public Information
Young entrepreneur trying again: You can't keep an entrepreneur down for long! Now that we have another heavy snow, Jackie's son Gabe is wanting to give shoveling another go since no one called last time. He and his daddy can do sidewalks, decks and small driveways in Bonners Ferry!
Yukon found, search for girls underway: The vehicle stolen in Bonners Ferry and believed used by Kaia Kramer and Alisa Hannaman to get to North Dakota was found this morning before 7 a.m. in a Williston, North Dakota, housing area. Williston Police are investigating.
Update on missing Bonners Ferry teens: As of 12:12 a.m. PST, the search continues for Kaia Kramer, 13, and Alisa Hannaman, 14, both of Bonners Ferry, and while details are sketchy and coming in from unofficial source, StephenLee Casarez has been cleared of involvement and the focus is now on Colin Edwards.
February 16
Update on missing Bonners Ferry teens: As of 8:15 p.m., Kaia Kramer, 13, and Alisa Hannaman, 14, are still missing. According to her brother, Alisa is believed to be going to Williston, North Dakota. "There are three boys that we believe she is with or has seen since she has been missing this morning," he said. "Their names are Colin Edwards, StephenLee Casarez and Deacon Jones, all of Williston."
Bonners Ferry teen girls missing, possibly endangered
Kaia Kramer Alisa Hannaman
Two young Bonners Ferry teens are missing and may be endangered. Kaia Kramer, 13, was last seen at home by her mother at 1:30 a.m. today. She is believed to be with Alisa Hannaman, thought to be 14 or 15, but it is unknown who the girls may be with. A ping of one of the girl's cell phones came back to a tower in Montana. Click here for more information
North Idaho weather warning issued: A winter storm warning has been issued for Boundary and Bonner Counties and the northern tip of Kootenai County, in effect from 4 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Winter storm warning issued for northwest Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has elevated a storm watch issued Thursday to a winter storm warning for the Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana, in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday through 5 p.m. Sunday.
February 15
Flags to half staff after tragedy in Parkland, Florida: Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence ... I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff ... until sunset February 19, 2018.
February 14
Penguin Plunge 2018 nearly upon us: The 2018 Bonners Ferry Penguin Plunge is just around the corner, and folks are encouraged to print out a brochure, line up both your pledges and your costume, and be all ready to be "Freezin' for a Reason," to help Idaho Special Olympic athletes' dreams come true.
Runaway Symphony returning home to The Pearl: Runaway Symphony comes “From Out of the Woodwork” to play old favorites and new as Bonners Ferry fans celebrate their long-awaited return to the Pearl Theater. Lead singer/songwriter Daniel Botkin, who hails from Bonners Ferry, calls the band’s latest work “no frills,” especially their most recent album, American Blood.
Women's Basic Firearms Class offered: Paula DesBiens, a certified National Rifle Association and U.S. Concealed Carry Association firearms instructor, as well as Idaho/Western /Montana regional trainer for The Well Armed Woman, is offering her first "Women's Basic Firearms Class to Boundary County women on Saturday, March 10.
Idaho a good place to live in abject solitude: Imagine if you lived alone. No extra dishes in the sink, no one to leave the lights on when they’re not home and no one to argue with over the TV channel at night. The truth is, millions of Americans live alone. Where are the best states to dwell so? Idaho is there!
New online tool lets you learn about your child's teacher: Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra unveiled a new Certification Lookup Tool Wednesday that allows Idahoans to quickly find information about the certification status of teachers, administrators and other education professionals.
Moyie Springs City Council Minutes, January 3, 2018
~ Schools closed ~
4:53 a.m.: Boundary County public schools are closed today, Wednesday, February 14, due to snow. Forest Bird Charter, Lake Pend Oreille and West Bonner County School District schools are also closed.
February 13
First girls join Cub Scout Pack 114: Bonners Ferry Cub Scout Pack 114 has signed up its first two young lady Cub Scouts, making Bryn Griffiths, 7, and Shelby Yocom, 6, not only the first Cub Scout girls in Bonners Ferry, but among the very first in all of Cub Scouting!
Violet missing in Twin Rivers area: HOME SAFE! Violet the Boston Terrier took off after a deer while walking with her family Monday evening near their home in the Twin Rivers area, and she seemingly disappeared. It's been almost a full day, Violet still isn't home, and the family is devastated. If you happen to see her, or know where Violet might be, please call (208) 267-1089.
Snow advisory issued for northwest Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana, in effect from 11 p.m. today through 5 a.m. Thursday.
Storm watch upgraded to warning: The winter storm watch issued for the region Monday has been upgraded to a winter storm warning in effect from 10 p.m. today through noon Wednesday for North Idaho and northeast Washington.
February 12
Heavy snow expected Tuesday night: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning for heavy snow in the Idaho Panhandle.
February 10
Buddy and Bo missing near Porthill: A black lab named Buddy and an English shepherd named Bo have been missing from their home on Porthill Loop, about 2 1/2 miles south of the Canadian border, since about 3 p.m. today. Neither is wearing a collar.  FOUND SAFE!
Two local men injured in early morning collision: Two local men were injured, one of them seriously, when two trucks collided this morning on Highway 95. Details of the collision are scant as no Idaho State Police press release is being issued.
~ Serious injury crash ~
6:05 a.m.: Emergency crews are on scene and additional units responding to a serious injury vehicle collision on Highway 95 at Pleasant Valley Loop. LifeFlite is on standby. Use caution if traveling in the area and be alert to emergency vehicles on the road. 10:27 a.m.: Highway 95 is now clear.
February 9
Former BFHS math teacher now a judge: Governor Butch Otter today appointed former Bonners Ferry High School math teacher Tom Whitney to the Caldwell-based Third Judicial District judgeship left vacant by the recent retirement of Judge Thomas Ryan.
~ Dynamite found in Porthill area ~
3:06 p.m.: Expect law enforcement activity in the 6700 block of Porthill Loop as a caller reported finding dynamite.
Woman missing in Bonner County: The Sandpoint Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a missing and at risk person. Karen "Patsy" Moore, 75, is described as five feet tall, weighing 124 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen several hours ago in the Westwood area in Sandpoint. Update: 3:01 p.m.: Sandpoint police report that Moore has been found safe. They send out thanks to all who helped locate her.
February 8
Hold off on planting for a little bit yet ... It's already starting to cool down as of 8:30 p.m. as a cold front begins moving through the region, with the thermometer sitting at 28-degrees on the way to an expected overnight low tonight in Bonners Ferry of 21. Then it gets chilly on Friday.
Planning just started but an exciting KRD shaping up: It was only the first planning session for a week-long event that's still months away, but even at this early stage, it's already obvious that Kootenai River Days 2018, July 16-21, is going to be a celebration the community can be proud of.
Hall Mountain auxiliary launches newsletter: Hall Mountain Fire Association members recently received Volume 1 Issue 1 of the Hall Mountain News Flash, a monthly newsletter put together by the auxiliary and being distributed by email to members and those who subscribe.
Idaho’s 2017 graduation rate shows small increase: Nearly eight in 10 Idaho high school seniors graduated in 2017, a slight improvement with some bright spots and room to improve, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said Wednesday. More than 36 percent of Idaho’s high schools graduate students at a rate of 90 percent or higher.
BFHS Honor Choir will sweeten Valentine's Day: On Valentine’s Day, the honor choir at Bonners Ferry High School will again offer their annual singing Valentines! When purchasing a singing Valentine, a poem and a song will be delivered to the person of the purchasers choice.
February 7
American Legion Post 55 joins Facebook: Bonners Ferry American Legion Post 55 joined the world of Facebook following their meeting tonight in an effort to get word out to more members and to better let the community know what Post 55 is doing.
Jordan steps down to focus on governor's race: Representative Paulette Jordan announced today that she is officially stepping down from her District 5 legislative seat to concentrate on running for governor full-time. “It has been my privilege to be elected by and to serve the people of the fifth district since 2014,” said Jordan. “My priority is my constituents and the people of Idaho."
February 6
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Mare found in Paradise Valley: This black mare was found in Paradise Valley at the top of Alderson Lane this afternoon. If you're missing her or know who is ... HOME SAFE! Umm, and not a mare, but a gelding ... oops!
Snow watch issued for northwest Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for the Kootenai/Cabinet region and the Flathead and Mission Valleys in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon.
Congrats, January Golden Stand winners! January's "Golden Stand recipients in Jessica Hannah's band classes were Austin Kemmis, BFHS band, Jenny Owens and Ashley Blackmore, both in advanced band, and Zap Andrejczak and Loren Huggins, both in intermediate band!
~ Sater's Auction getting back underway ~
They're all fixed up and plowed out, and Sater's Auction will reopen after a long, dreary winter with the Leonard LeShack Estate Auction from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15. The barn is so full at the moment, the next consignment auction won't be until Thursday, February 22, when life for Sater's Auction fans returns to normal! Sater's Auction Barn, 601 Highway 2, Bonners Ferry. To find out more, call (208) 267-7297.
A lot of snow at Schweitzer: January was an amazing snow month for Schweitzer Mountain Resort. They received 104-inches of new snow in the month, and with the snow that's fallen so far in February, they now have over 270-inches of snowfall so far this season.
See Moon, Jupiter and Mars before sunup: On the mornings of February 7 to 9, early risers can watch the moon as it moves in its orbit past the planets Jupiter and Mars in Earth’s predawn sky.
Governor’s Awards in the Arts nominations sought: The Idaho Commission on the Arts, on behalf of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, is seeking nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.
February 5
Gauge missing from home on top of Alderson Lane: FOUND AND HOME SAFE! Gauge went missing today from his home in Paradise valley at the top of Alderson Lane. He's just 10 1/2 weeks old and not wearing a collar. If you've seen him or know where he might be, please call Liana at (208) 610-0833 or (208) 597-5531.
January zipped by at Naples Elementary: The first month of the New Year passed us by in the blink of an eye! The staff and students of Naples Elementary have been busily plugging away to maximize learning. Although many have been fighting a variety of illnesses, the goals have remained steady for all: Safe, Civil, and Productive! By Principal Robin Merrifield
Weed control apps available: The Neighborhood Cooperative Weed Control Program is open to all Boundary County residents to reimburse for the cost herbicide purchases for the control of noxious weeds. Residents may receive a reimbursement of up to $500.
February 2
Spring break up closures could begin soon: Once again it is the time of the year to think about break up road closures. Temperatures are warming up and hard surfaced roads are soaking in the sunshine and a surface thaw will soon begin. Cold nights will slow it down.
Grand opening day!
It's not the prettiest day out today but you wouldn't know that judging by all the smiling faces at today's grand opening at Yoder's Market on the west side of Highway 95 off Plato Lane. While the doors opened January 16 in Henry and Verna Yoder's quaint new store, today marks the official ribbon cutting, and the fun and savings lasts until 7 p.m.
Survey offered on school assessment system: The State Department of Education invites Idahoans to provide feedback on the state’s assessment system in an online survey available through February 16. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and covers a variety of topics.
February 1
Troy, Libby schools win literacy grants: Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced Wednesday that 21 Montana school districts are being awarded Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project grants, and Troy and Libby school districts are among them.
Sustainable farm law webinar offered: There will be a free webinar, Introduction to Sustainable Farm Law 101, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 8, streamed live via Facebook from the Extension office in Bonners Ferry.
Northern Lights offering scholarships: If you know a high school student, undergraduate student or someone who wants to become a lineman, Northern Lights is offering a $3,000 lineman scholarship, along with eight $1,500 educational scholarships.
~ Task Force meeting canceled ~
The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force's regular meeting, February 2, has been cancelled. The next meeting will be Friday, March 2.
Boundary County Commission minutes, January 22
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