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November
SmartHub coming to Northern Lights billing: On November 27, 2018, NLI will upgrade its current billing system with SmartHub, a self-serve solution for making electronic bill paying easier than ever – view your bill, make a payment, access history, update your account and check for outages. SmartHub will also provide NLI members convenient access to detailed account information and show energy usage graphs.
ICF gets new logo, website: The Idaho Community Foundation has been helping people throughout the state of Idaho support their communities and fulfill their charitable intent for 30 years. Earlier this week, they celebrated this success at their 30th Anniversary Bash where they reviewed the past 30 years, launched a new logo and website, and raised more than $26,000 to increase their future grant making.
Watch out for 9B Ladies on the Loose! Guys better just step back out of the way on Saturday, December 1, as moms, daughters, grandmas, nieces and girlfriends show their local love by participating in 9B Ladies on the Loose in celebration of Small Town Saturday all across Bonners Ferry and Boundary County! The fun and savings don't stop with Black Friday this year, not by a long shot!
KVT Hometown holidays section coming: The Kootenai Valley Times is creating a special Bonners Ferry Hometown Holidays section, and as part of it, we're working to put together the most comprehensive calendar of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year community events possible. If your church, organization, business or family has an event planned to which the public is invited, please email details!
New name for Baby Go Round ...
Boundary Consignments
The Main Street store formerly known as Baby Go Round now has a new name, unveiled at noon with a ribbon cutting ... Boundary Consignments! Same great deals and excellent service for the whole family! Pictured (l-r) Diane Rogers and Jennifer VanEtten, Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce, owner Luke Croll, Lori Allen, chamber, owner Nancy Croll, economic development specialist Dennis Weed and Lisa Dirks, chamber.
Hire-a-Veteran event set in Post Falls: More than 20 employers with several dozen job openings are participating in a Hire-a-Veteran event at the Kootenai County Idaho Department of Labor office, N600 Thornton Street, Post Falls, on Wednesday, November 14. The event, being held in honor of Veterans Day, runs from 10 a.m. to noon.
Baby Go Round gets its new name Saturday: The big day is just around the corner as the downtown Bonners Ferry family clothing outlet, Baby Go Round, gets ready to reveal its new name at a day-long name reveal celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10. Baby Go Round, 7196 Main Street, is a unique consignment store selling items for the whole family.
Idaho Forest Groups lands KNF Good Neighbor sale: The State of Montana, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, opened bids October 31 on the Elk Gem Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Timber Sale as part of a growing state-federal partnership to increase management activities and restoration outcomes on federal lands in Montana. Idaho Forest Group submitted the winning bid.
Robust job growth may challenge labor supply: Idaho’s economy has been one of the most dynamic among all the states in recent years. Over the past five years, Idaho has consistently been at the top of the charts in terms of job creation. Recently, the Idaho Department of Labor completed a new round of labor market projections which anticipate that Idaho’s strong rate of job creation will continue into the foreseeable future.
October
Avista officials explain proposed merger: As Avista continues to move through the regulatory process toward approval of its proposed merger with Hydro One, Avista officials want to provide an update on the status, why they are engaged in this partnership and what it means for customers.
Tenant outgrows the Plaza Downtown: Last year, The Plaza Downtown, 7177 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, opened its door with the goal to serve as a business incubator, and to provide professional office and meeting space in Bonners Ferry. Today, one of the businesses that started there is moving on up.
Pearl Theater seeking administrative assistant: The Pearl Theater is seeking a part time Administrative Assistant, the sole paid position at the Pearl, to fill the big shoes being left by Ginny Kirsch, who will be moving from Bonners Ferry soon. The contracted position is for five to 10 hours per week, 40 hours maximum per month, paying $12 per hour.
Ponderay Sears not affected by recent news: Dan Lister, owner of the Sears store in Ponderay, posted a letter to all who might think that news of Sears' bankruptcy filing means that his family-owned Sears outlet is affected. It's not. But he fears the news will have a negative impact on the work he and his wife and employees have achieved over the last 23 years that they've operated their independent Sears store.
Women in Agriculture Conference coming: On Saturday, October 27, the 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska a unique opportunity to gather in 34 different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and practical advice for learning new skills.
What's Happening Up North workshop: How can North Idaho recruit and keep a prospering workforce if their employees can't find affordable housing? At a time when historically low unemployment means many companies must vie for workers, what are some of the labor issues employers must face? What problems do start-up companies face? Those are just a few of the questions the “What's Happening Up North Prospering Business Workshop” will examine.
Hendricks Agency moving after 14 years: After 14 years at 6803 Main Street, Sally Hendricks-Bauer will be moving her Farmers Insurance Agency to a new location in the JRS Building, 6476 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, opening in her new location at 9 a.m. Monday, October 22. Sally has been the local Farmer's Insurance agent in Bonners Ferry since 1985.
KVT seeking ad sales professional: KootenaiValleyTimes.com is the fastest growing news source in Boundary County, Idaho, and the cornerstone of a much larger vision in local news delivery. We are seeking an experienced, motivated and self-starting advertising sales professional interested in a ground-floor opportunity and the chance to build the advertising department of a new and unique news media.
September
Cabinet Mountain Water seeks system assistant: Cabinet Mountains Water District is seeking a self-motivated, hands-on individual who can work independently to become their water system operator assistant. This is a full time position, forty flexible hours per week. The hourly wage range is $12 to $18 per hour, depending on experience.
Caring, Nurturing, Able; space available at fall CNA class: Get your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification in Bonners Ferry through North Idaho College and Boundary Community Hospital. There is still space available for the Fall Semester, which starts October 2 and runs through graduation November 29.
CdA factory a Pollution Prevention Champion: Esterline/Advanced Input Systems, Coeur d'Alene, has been recognized as a Pollution Prevention Champion by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for its successful efforts to retrofit its factory floor lighting in its Coeur d’Alene fabrication facility. This is the third time the company has been recognized as a pollution prevention champion.
Passing on the family farm, a workshop: Rural families very often plan to pass their business on to the next generation. However, only one third of all family businesses successfully transition management to the next generation, 70 percent do not survive to the second and fully 90 percent do not survive to the third generation. Learn how to beat those odds.
NIC to create two new healthcare programs with grant: North Idaho College has been awarded a $207,590 Idaho Department of Labor grant to fund two new courses in the healthcare field. The Workforce Development Training Industry Sector Grant Health Career Pathway Solutions Project allows the NIC to offer the new programs with six healthcare industry partners.
Seeking Idaho's Brightest Stars: Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is accepting nominations for the annual Idaho’s Brightest Star Awards. The awards recognize outstanding Idaho volunteers in a variety of categories. Nominations will be accepted until October 19, 2018.
August
BCH seeking executive assistant: Boundary Community Hospital CEO Craig Johnson is looking for a highly professional and experienced executive assistant. This person will assist and perform a variety of administrative and secretarial duties of a highly confidential nature for top level administration, and on occasion, other department managers.
Idaho Forest Group wins GNA sale: The State of Idaho auctioned another U.S. Forest Service timber sale today under Good Neighbor Authority. The Hard Rock Timber Sale approximately eight miles north of Priest River on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests was developed using GNA, a federal law that enables the Forest Service to partner with the Idaho Department of Lands to achieve restoration and resilient landscape objectives across ownership boundaries in Idaho.
Idaho hay source directory available: Each year, the Idaho Hay and Forage Association publishes a directory of hay producers located throughout Idaho. The directory was released in mid-June that shows the names and contact information for hay and forage producers in the Gem State.
USFS hiring for northwest fire crews: The Northern Rockies Region of the Forest Service is pleased to announce its hiring event that is ongoing now through October 15. They are looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 11 National Forests located in Idaho, parts of the Dakotas and Montana.
Preserving life stories, one by one: VerbalHistory.com is the inspiration of Dana Aron Fox, the local hearing aid dispenser in Bonners Ferry. Known by friends as Aron, he has listened to the life stories of his hearing aid clients for years. Now, he's working to preserve them for posterity.
Berner named Sandpoint District Ranger: Jessie Berner has been selected as the new District Ranger for the Sandpoint Ranger District, arriving on September 4. Berner comes to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests from the Rouge River National Forest, where she has served as District Ranger for the past eight years.
Idaho unemployment rate holds steady: Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9 percent in July, continuing at or below three percent for the 11th consecutive month. The state’s labor force – the total number of people 16 years of age and older working or looking for work – continued to increase, gaining 1,086 people from June to July for a total of 852,714.
Boorman moving to Idaho Falls: Former Bonners Ferry City Administrator Stephen Boorman has recently been hired  the new assistant general manager of Idaho Falls Power in southeast Idaho, according to the Idaho Business Review. He starts his new position September 10.
By 2026, 105,000 new Idaho jobs: New projections from the Idaho Department of Labor forecast that the state will add just over 105,000 jobs by 2026, bringing total statewide employment to approximately 841,000.
Boise FedEx driver representing Idaho at NTDC: With the summer driving season in full swing, Alan Stacy, Boise, will represent FedEx Ground and his employer, Sunstone Inc., in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) August 15 through 18 in Columbus, Ohio. This annual championship celebrates those who exemplify safety and excellence in the driving profession.
August hiring event in Post Falls: The Idaho Department of Labor will host its monthly hiring event from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, August 8, at its Post Falls office, 600 North Thornton Street. The Monthly Hiring Event is a great opportunity for job seekers to meet directly with employers. Come prepared with your resume, be prepared to fill out application and dress for possible interview.
July
Espresso stand opening Monday with new name, military air: The popular Misty Mountain Espresso in the parking lot at Mr. Suds Car Wash has been closed for a few days, but it will open again bright and early Monday morning with a new name and a new face at the window. And, as she's long been a proud military wife, a new ambiance that will be both fun and a way to honor our military personnel and veterans, even if a little Army-centric.
Reflections of BodySense offers more: Buying beauty care products is a highly personal task, and an important one. You're not just buying shampoo, facial scrub, lotions, polishes, makeup, etcetera to look good, you're buying something far more important; you're buying self confidence and an image with which to face the world. Dreanna Smith knows this well, she was born into the industry. Her new business, Reflections of BodySense, is the culmination of a lifetime's learning.
Vapor Max LLC closing: After five years of giving their best and helping so many fantastic people, Vapor Max LLC owner Daisy Anton has announced that the store will close its doors permanently on Tuesday, July 31, unless a buyer comes forward. Effective immediately, all e-liquids are on sale at half off, and all hardware is being sold at cost.
New face at helm of the Idaho SBDC: The Idaho Small Business Development Center announced today that Doug Covey, former regional director of the Idaho SBDC, has been selected as the State Director for the organization. Doug will replace Katie Sewell, who announced her retirement after 20 years with the Idaho SBDC.
Dr. Daniel StewartNative American authors pen native business text: Daniel Stewart, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration, has contributed to the textbook “American Indian Business: Principles and Practices.” Stewart, a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, said the book was written for Native Americans by Native Americans.
Cooler weather good for Northwest crops: Early summer weather has been favorable for agriculture across most of the Pacific Northwest with near ideal growing conditions, a normal rate of accumulation of growing-degree-day units and lack of heat stress. The comfortable weather conditions have been great for dairy production and conditions reports for row crops have been excellent. By Dr. Eric Snodgrass
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