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September 18
~ Fire restrictions lifted ~
Agencies responsible for managing lands and providing wildland fire protection in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area, which includes Boundary County, have lifted fire restrictions for the entire area. With the cooler temperatures and recent rainfall, conditions no longer warrant extreme fire danger; however, Forest Service personnel are still reminding the public to be careful with their fires. Fire managers would like to thank everyone for their patience during fire restrictions and for their help preventing wildfires.
Early morning drill to test abilities: Boundary County will activate its Emergency Operations Center at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow in a training exercise with several other agencies. Residents with police scanners will hear radio traffic involving emergency services throughout the county.
Year off to a great start at Valley View: The school year is off to a great start and the students and staff at Valley View are excited to be back into our hallways. The school looks great and we are very appreciative of all the hard work of the custodial staff and many others over the summer.
Dye job to aid fishery understanding: From September 24 through 29, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct dye tracer and aerial mapping studies on the Kootenai River. Data from the studies will support Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho fisheries and river restoration projects.
College application week coming to BFHS: Idaho College Application Week is November 6 through 9, and at Bonners Ferry High School, teachers and counselors encourage eligible students to apply to at least one college during the week. And that's not all that lies ahead for BFHS students who have their eyes on higher education.
September 17
Third-annual Community Quilt Show coming: The third-annual Bonners Ferry Non-Judged Community Quilt Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 14, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds. There'll be door prizes, quilt sales, vendors, demos and to add icing to the cake, the winner of the beautiful community quilt will be drawn!
September 16
Robert Joseph DombroskiSearch underway for missing Libby man: Searchers in Lincoln County are looking for Robert Joseph Dombroski, who was last seen Thursday night in Libby at around 10 p.m. wearing a black long sleeved Rob Zombie T-shirt, black slacks and black tennis shoes. He is 6'4" and 172 pounds. He has sandy blonde hair and a scorpion tattoo.
~ Firefighter needs parts for skidder ~
‎Nichole Anthony‎ is in search of a planetary ring gear and an axle gear for a 518 skidder #5051788 as Joe is up on a fire broke down. If anyone can help please call (406) 291-7014.
September 15
Freeze warning issued for Saturday morning: What happened to fall?! The National Weather Service has issued the first freeze warning of the season for North Idaho and northeastern Washington, predicting that thermometers at lower elevations will be dipping into the upper 20s Saturday morning.
Lock rigs, don't leave good stuff in plain sight: The Bonners Ferry Police Department would like to remind you to be sure to lock your vehicles when unattended. Do not leave valuables such as iPods, phones, money or guns in unsecured vehicles.
Bart DavisDavis gets Senate confirmation as Idaho's U.S. Attorney: The nomination of Idaho State Senator Bart Davis to serve as Idaho’s next United States Attorney was confirmed Thursday evening by the United States Senate. Davis’ nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote on Thursday, September 7.
Rathdrum woman killed in three-car crash: A Rathdrum woman lost her life Thursday afternoon after her vehicle was rear-ended on SH53 near Rathdrum.
September 14
Idaho Panhandle National Forests weekend wildfire update: There were two new wildfires detected across the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch zone since last week. They were quickly contained and are being monitored. Even with the cooler temperatures and possible precipitation, fuel moistures are still very dry and fire danger remains extreme.
Fit & Fall Proof class starts Monday: The Bonners Ferry Senior Hospitality Center will begin the fall session of the “Fit and Fall Proof Class” at 10:45 a.m. Monday, September 18. The class is specifically targeted for older adults or anyone who would like to improve their fitness or has a history of falling or a fear of falling.
Boundary County Commission minutes, August 28
September 13
Kootenai National Forest fire update: This is the September 13 fire update on the fires that are burning on the Kootenai National Forest. The Gibralter, Weasel, Caribou, West Fork Moose Peak, and Highway 200 Complex fires are detailed below ...
Idaho AG warns consumers in wake of Equifax hack: Hackers recently accessed the personal information of 143 million Americans at Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies. The exposed data includes consumers’ names, Social Security Numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. Idaho's attorney general has tips to protect yourself.
Eller bringing Bad Asses and Disasters to museum: The Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and the Boundary County Historical Society and Museum are pleased to present “Bad Asses and Disasters of Early Idaho” a performance by Idaho songwriter Gary Eller, at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 5, at the Boundary County Museum, 7229 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. His performance will be followed by a jam session, so bring along your instruments!
This Old Trunk celebrates a year: An eclectic shop quietly celebrated its first anniversary last month in the old South Hill Furniture building on Main Street, and if you haven't visited yet, you owe it to yourself to stop in and visit "This Old Trunk Antiques and Collectibles, 7219 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, and owner/retail baby sitter Heather Bailey.
September 12
Craig AndersonLibrary Journal honors library district as Best in America: Boundary County Library District is the Best Small Library in America, 2017, honored today by Library Journal with the support of sustaining sponsor the Junior Library Guild.
Professional angler victim of theft: A professional trophy fisherman at Perkins Lake was robbed of a large and expensive quantity of gear from his boat while he was parked for a few minutes on Monday.
Hiring event slated in Sandpoint: The Idaho Department of Labor office at 613 Ridley Village Road, Suite C, Sandpoint, is hosting a hiring event with multiple employers all under one roof from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 20.
Keen CarpenterThe versatile beard: baby toy, jowl hider and more: Beards can be many things to many people. Some may be driven wild by the itch of them while others can become mad from the itch of a sweaty bald face. They can be dignified or repulsive, possibly depending on if any pets are living in them. Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
Equinox for Equality coming to Sandpoint: In a move to showcase how Sandpoint embraces diversity and equality, several groups in Sandpoint are co-sponsoring "Equinox for Equality," an event to be held at Farmin Park in Sandpoint from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 22.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
September 11
Locals taking part in Walk to End Alzheimer's: A team of walkers from Bonners Ferry will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on September 30 in Coeur d'Alene, and they need your help, either by walking with them or donating to the cause.
Deadline near for SCD tree sale: It's nearly your last chance to order trees during this year's Boundary Soil Conservation District Annual Tree Sale. All their trees are container grown and handed to you in an eight-inch or 15-inch plug.
Over 2,000 homeless in Idaho: Results from Idaho’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count show the state’s homeless population continues to hover at 2,000 on average. The count remains consistent with the numbers reported the last six years.
September 10
Check your Weekly Grand tickets: Idaho Lottery jackpot's newest winning ticket was bought in Boundary County! Players who purchased tickets for the Idaho-only game Weekly Grand for Wednesday night’s draw are encouraged to check their tickets carefully to see if you are the one.
September 8
Air quality alert extended again: The air quality alert that had been set to expire at noon today has instead been extended through 10 a.m. Monday as breezes anticipated haven't arrived and sparse scattered showers in the county today have done little or nothing to settle the thick blanket of dense smoke covering much of the northwest.
~ Air quality hazardous ~
11:51 a.m.: North Idaho's air quality is at the bottom of the scale, with the air in Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint rated as unhealthy and the air further north rated as hazardous. Those with breathing problems, especially the very young and very old, should remain indoors and be ready for a trip to the hospital if breathing becomes difficult.
Work scheduled on two UP railroad crossings: Union Pacific Railroad crews will tentatively be working on the crossing on Wilderness Road from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 10.
Traveling art exhibit coming to Boundary County: The ArtsGrowLearning Traveling Art Exhibit is going to be making a stop in Boundary County for two weeks! The Idaho Commission on the Arts partnered with venues across the state to present ArtsGrowLearning, a touring presentation showcasing student visual art, dance, creative writing/storytelling and media arts created through Idaho’s ArtsPowered Schools program.
Forest Service road closing for repair: The Bonners Ferry Ranger District is issuing a road closure on Forest Service Road #2509 in Boundary County while a culvert is removed. The culvert will be replaced with a bottomless arch over Spruce Creek to restore fish passage upstream of the road.
Medicare workshop offered in Sandpoint: Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors, a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance, is offering a Medicare Workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, at the Bonner General Hospital, N520 3rd Avenue, Sandpoint.
Moyie Springs City Council Minutes, August 9
Boundary County Commission Minutes, August 7
Boundary County Commission Minutes, July 3
September 7
IPNF weekend fire update: Eight new wildfires were detected across the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Area in the last week. Firefighters have worked hard to contain new starts quickly. With all the smoke throughout Boundary County, the sheriff's office is receiving countless calls from people with concerns of local fires. As of 4 p.m. today, there are no wildfires burning within Boundary County!
Lincoln County fires update: This is the September 7 fire update on the fires that are burning on the Kootenai National Forest. The Gibralter, Caribou, West Fork, Moose Peak, and Highway 200 Complex fires are detailed below.
Mutt Strut canceled due to smoky haze: Due to the smoky, unhealthy haze enveloping the region, organizers of this year's Mutt Strut dog/human walk run have made the hard decision to cancel the popular Pawsitive Works fundraiser.
Senator Mike CrapoSenator Crapo joins KVRI Board for lunch: Idaho Senator Mike Crapo took time from his busy schedule to meet with the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative Board for lunch on August 29. Left to right are County Commissioner Walt Kirby, commissioner LeAlan Pinkerton, Ron Abraham, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Senator Mike Crapo, Commissioner Dan Dinning, Bonners Ferry Mayor David Sims and Gary Aitken Jr., Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.
September 5
Kootenai National Forest fire update: This is the September 5 fire update of the fires that are burning on the Kootenai National Forest. The Gibralter, Caribou, West Fork/Mount Tom, Moose Peak and Highway 200 Complex fires are detailed below.
West Fork Fire prompts more evacuations near Libby: The West Fork Fire just seven miles northwest of Libby is growing quickly. The fire started last week and is now burning about 1,600 acres. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon updated the areas listed under a mandatory evacuation order.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
September 4
~ Fireball seen over the region ~
10:18 p.m.: Police are responding to a report of a fireball falling from the sky and landing in the north part of Marx Subdivision or in the area of the landfill. Fire crews have been notified. As of 11:43 p.m., firefighters are still out, but they are winding down as nothing has been found and the area of reported sightings has grown to cover much of the region from Spokane to Tacoma to Calgary. If it was an asteroid that hit, it could take hours to days for a resulting fire to grow large enough to be spotted. It is most likely, if it was an asteroid, that it came apart well before hitting earth, making the chance of finding an impact site even more difficult. The most credible footage of the fireball seen across the northwest comes from Jacquie McKay, Bridge Lake, B.C., north of Kamloops, though the security camera capture does not show where or if the meteorite impacted. The original footage can be seen at on Jacquie's Facebook page at
~ Woman rescued from fall into Kootenai River ~
7:14 p.m.: Emergency personnel have been paged to respond to a report of a person falling from the railroad bridge into the Kootenai River. Water rescue personnel are assembling. 7:21 p.m.: The person reporting this says a woman went into the water on the north side and was shouting for help; police have spotted the victim in the water about 100 feet from shore and in distress. A boat is being launched and the officer is calling for a throw rope.  7:31 p.m.: The woman has been brought to shore; she is alert and walking. Additional personnel are standing down.
Smoke expected to get worse before clearing: An air quality alert remains in effect through noon Wednesday, with air quality only expected to get worse as wind shifts bring in more smoke from British Columbia and Montana fires, in addition to smoke from the Washington and Oregon Cascades.
Welcoming the Memorial Wall
Vietnam Memorial Wall convoy
Despite a heavy blanket of smoke choking the region, many turned out in pockets along Highways 95 and 2 this morning to wave flags and salute the convoy carrying the Vietnam Memorial Wall through Boundary County on its way to Kalispell, Montana.
September 3
Open house set at The Little White Church: After three years of fixing up The Little White Church in Paradise Valley, built in 1903, most of the work is pretty much finished, and Larry Hall is organizing a potluck picnic and open church for the community!
September 1
Fire weather watch issued for Sunday: The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch in effect on Sunday afternoon and evening for high Haines Index for North Idaho, the east slopes of the Cascades and the Okanogan highlands.
Building great habitat for our unique Kootenai River fish: The Kootenai Tribe is building a project to increase and improve habitat for Kootenai River white sturgeon, burbot and other native fish. Construction of the project, which is upstream from Bonners Ferry between river miles 153.5 and 155, began in late August.
Bats in your house? Stay calm: News of recent cases of rabid bats in various parts of Idaho have left residents nervous about encountering bats inside or outside their homes. It is important that people understand how to best handle a bat that is found in their home, including what precautions to take to prevent exposure to rabies.
Vietnam Vets Memorial convoy to roll through town: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be passing through Bonners Ferry on Monday, September 4, at approximately 11:45 a.m. to noon, as it travels from Goldendale, Washington, to Kalispell, Montana, where it will set up at 2000 US 93 S and be on display, sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America NW Montana Chapter 1087, from September 7-10.
Old bachelors die hard: As time goes by, or to be more specific, as the past nine years of married life go by, I am beginning to notice a few things about myself. The most important is, I am more like an old dog than I would have guessed. Musings from Moyieboy, by Ken Carpenter
Time to thin the herd and flock: Marchita Johnson, who is retired from a career in retail management and now describes herself as a grandmother, gardener, farmer and daughter of the King, is working to divest her Moyie Springs farm of a few goats and chickens, but she wants to make sure the homes they go to are as loving and caring as hers is.
North Idaho WIC recognized for breastfeeding program: The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Panhandle Health District’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program with the Loving Support Gold Elite Award of Excellence.
August 31
2017 Boundary County Market Animal Sale: Thank you to the following individuals and businesses who supported the 4H/FFA Market Animal Sale!
Gary PfleugerWelcome to another great BCSD 101 year: Included in this addition of the news is a copy of my “Back to School” speech for the staff of BCSD 101. I wanted to share these thoughts with the community, as it directly speaks to our work with your children. But, I also need to assure the community of promises made in the past and an explanation of the direction I see for our future. Superintendent's Scoop by Gary Pfleuger
Feist Creek Falls Resort celebrating 20 years! Feist CreekFalls Resort is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this weekend, September 1 through 3! Head up north for live music by the Wastin' Time Band on Friday at 8 p.m. and the Rural 508 Band on Saturday at 7 p.m.
August 30
Jacob ColemanAngry young college hopeful charged with murder: A Puyallup, Washington, man denied entry to Gonzaga University in Spokane is in the Bonner County jail, admitting to deputies that he became enraged at being turned away, and so hailing a cab and eventually killing the driver.
Weekly Forest Service fire update: The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the region due to increased winds, low relative humidity, and high temperatures. Additional challenges for the area include unstable weather conditions that could bring high winds and lightning.
Hit and run driver sought: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit and run collision that occurred this morning on Highway 95, approximately 1/2 mile north of Franklin Street.
Red flag warning as dry lightning looms: The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning to North Idaho and northeastern Washington from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
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