Boundary County News
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.
Lolah missing across border in Canada, may be
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
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
~ County roads temporarily open to
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,
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
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
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
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.
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.
Kaia Kramer still missing:
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
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
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.
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,
|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
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
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.
Flags to half staff
after tragedy in Parkland,
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.
Penguin Plunge 2018 nearly upon us:
The 2018 Bonners Ferry Penguin Plunge is just
around the corner, and folks are encouraged to
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
Concealed Carry Association firearms
instructor, as well as Idaho/Western /Montana
regional trainer for
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
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
Moyie Springs City Council Minutes, January 3,
~ Schools closed ~
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
~ 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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."
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
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
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.
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.
|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
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
Troy, Libby schools win
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
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
~ 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