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March 21
Mr. BFHS pageant taking the stage Friday night: The Forgot-Me-Nots, that remarkable ensemble of young women, now seniors, who participated in the 2017 Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women program, are proud to invite everyone to the 2018 Bonners Ferry High School Mr. BFHS competition, where the hunkiest, smartest and all-around coolest young men in the BFHS Class of 2018 vie for the most coveted title of their high school careers.
Comment sought on Wood's Crushing application: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a proposed general air quality permit to construct for Wood's Crushing & Hauling, Sandpoint. The proposed permit will regulate emissions from the company's concrete batch plant located at 484180 Highway 95.
March 20
Naples Elementary names top scholars: Naples Elementary School Principal Robin Merrifield on Monday released the names of the school's top fourth and fifth grade scholars for the second trimester. Naples fourth graders earning all As were Wyatt Blackmore and Josie Wortley. Naples fifth grade students taking home all As were Shiloh Barry, Danny Brown, Jesse Fess, Myah Francis, Hannah Gardner and David Moore.
Dig celebrating Idaho Day! The date was 1863, and the place somewhere far north in Kootenai County. Settlers were coming into the area, clearing land, preparing to build homes and start farms. This became the setting for an archaeology dig celebrating Idaho Day.
'Experience Tour' to introduce 'app economy:' Innovation Collective and the University of Idaho are embarking on a five-day, 20 city "Experience Tour" of Idaho to promote a rapid learning initiative called Inspire Idaho. Over the course of the Experience Tour, March 26 through March 30, the Inspire Idaho team will demonstrate app development, programming and motivate participants to join the rapidly growing, “app economy.”
Dinner, film and discussion on cutting-edge brain science: The Community Coalition for Families and Boundary County School District 101 are teaming up to bring a film screening and panel discussion on "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Hope," starting with dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Bonners Ferry High School's Becker Auditorium.
Flood watch issued for region: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a flood watch for an area including Boundary County, in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening. Heavy rainfall and melting snow is expected, leading to saturated ground conditions with significant channeled runoff.
March 19
Hayden home-schooler wins district spelling bee: A home-schooled North Idaho sixth grader will travel to Washington, D.C., May 27 to compete in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning the 15th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Saturday in Coeur d'Alene.
Use young moon to spot Mercury, Venus: The returning young moon and the planets Mercury and Venus were visible beginning on the evening of March 18, and the planets will still be there, but the moon much easier to see, tonight and Tuesday night.
March 18
Governor holds 100th 'Capital for a Day:' As he nears the end of his time as representing Idaho, Governor Butch Otter hosted his 100th “Capital for a Day” at Moyie Springs City Hall on Friday, March 16. With standing room only and audience members listening from the front porch, Governor Otter and his cabinet took questions from the community and listened to their concerns.
Ktunaxa Nation welcomes AIM Longest Walk 5.3: The cars came trickling in to the Safeway parking lot in Bonners Ferry before noon Saturday, bearing 9B plates, Montana, British Columbia. The bands of Ktunaxa, the Kootenai in Idaho, Kutenai in Montana and Kootenay in Canada, gathering to welcome a small band of travelers fulfilling the final stage of the vision of visionary Indian leader Dennis Banks.
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Average temps/moisture as wheat season begins: March looks to continue where February left off with a flow pattern in the jet stream favoring frequent troughs hitting the Northwest from the Gulf of Alaska. This will favor cooler-than-average temperatures, but also stronger onshore flow at times that will continue to introduce coastal rainfall and mountain snows – California included.
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Sports & Outdoors
Flathead Basin watercraft inspection stations opening: The first watercraft inspection stations of 2018 are opening in Ravalli, Blue Bay and Kalispell, and vessels traveling into the Flathead Basin are now required to undergo inspections to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is implementing a pilot program requiring motorized and non-motorized vessels traveling into the Flathead Basin that have been used on waters outside of the basin to be checked at an official inspection station prior to launching.
Big game winter survival much higher than last year: Mild weather so far means more young deer and elk are surviving this winter, which will likely grow herds and produce more game for big game hunters next fall. Through the end of February, monitoring showed 88 percent of the fawns and 97 percent of the calves were still alive.
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Fun & Entertainment
Gearing up for 9B Ladies: The Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce will present "9B Ladies - Feeling Great in 2018," from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Kootenai River Inn Conference Room. Ladies from one end of 9B country to the other are invited for a day of friendship, fun and self-exploration.
DesBiens offering a second Woman's Basic Firearms Class: After her first Boundary County Woman's Basic Firearms Class filled to the max March 3, Paula DesBiens is offering her next class at the Kootenai Valley Gun Range on Saturday, April 14. Paula is a certified National Rifle Association and a U.S. Concealed Carry Association firearms instructor.

Mt. Hall names Citizens of the Month: Mt. Hall students honored as Citizen of the Month for February were, front row (l-r): Miles Oxford, Jessica Johnson, Reese Hull, Colton Carpenter, Kyle Blackmore, Colten Black, Hollie Gross and Gwen Marshall. Back row: Sadie Frederickson, Tory Baisden, Alison Williams, Jimmy Solt, Jeremiah Becker, Jacob Solt and Jace Thompson. Way to go, Wildcats!
IDFY returns to Badger land: Idaho Drug Free Youth is once again active in Boundary County. The program encourages students to be drug free and promotes positive leadership and teambuilding.
BFHS students visit Washington, D.C.: Eight Bonners Ferry High School students and two of their teachers went to Washington, D.C. March 4 through 9 on an in-depth tour of our national capitol.
Getting ready for Boundary County's Ag Baby 2018: The Boundary County Farm Bureau Federation is looking for Boundary County's Ag Baby 2018, the first baby born to a Boundary County mom on or after National Ag Day and the first day of spring on Tuesday, March 20.
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U.S. Representative Raul Labrador: With the media ignoring the many good things happening in the Trump Administration, I’d like to relate some great news for Idaho and the West: The U.S. Department of Interior is listening to the American people and working to restore common-sense land management.
Rosanne Smith: I have been told I should look at the “hope and change” for “our” children that a playground/basketball/tennis court in Moyie Springs will bring. So, after the March council meeting, I sat down and pondered it. Reader comments added
Charity Catlin: Primary election day is May 15 here in Idaho and the campaigns are heating up as most, if not all, of the winners in May will also be the winners in November. When I'm looking at a candidate for office I have two questions: 1- Do I agree with their positions and platform? 2- Do I believe they will stick to these stated positions while in office?
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Joy Kathleen Marcy, 86, passed away today at Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry, with private interment to follow in Grandview Cemetery. A complete obituary will follow.
Leroy Wedell, August 4, 1935 ~ March 15, 2018
Terry R. Boss (Newman) passed away at the age of 55 on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Boundary Community Hospital Extended Care. His service will be held in May, date and time to be set.
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