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ITD takes delivery of North Idaho 239KQ: During a ceremony January 2, a Sandpoint-based company delivered its latest Kodiak airplane to Idaho Division of Aeronautics Administrator Mike Pape. More than 100 Quest Aircraft employees attended the event, where their hard work and attention to detail was celebrated.
Hiring event to be held in Post Falls: You’re invited to the Monthly Hiring Event hosted by the Idaho Department of Labor office, N600 Thornton Street, Post Falls from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, January 9, where hundreds of jobs will be available available for immediate hire. Dress for meeting your potential employer, be prepared to complete an employment application and bring your resume.
TechPartner store closing, but the service lives on: While the TechPartner store at 6720 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, is liquidating its inventory at insanely low prices through January 1 to allow sale of the building, owners Michael Listman and Rita Pensmith will still offer commercial computer repair, network set up and maintenance and home security installation as they have for years.
2019 outlook for area grain and brassica crops: Wheat appears to be the only profitable annual crop for North Idaho when considering market values for all factors of production, including land. Given the surplus of garbanzos worldwide, plus tariffs and quotas imposed by India, the price is not expected to rise significantly from its current level, $0.18 per pound, approximately half of last year’s price. By Kate Painter
Idaho unemployment stays below three percent: Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in November, down slightly from October and continuing at or below three percent for the 15th consecutive month. The state’s labor force – the total number of people 16 years of age and older working or looking for work – was 854,243, increasing by 0.1 percent and essentially unchanged since July.
Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty hosting open house: As we count down to a New Year, the staff at Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty are grateful for a very successful year and they want to show their appreciation by inviting you to an open house celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, December 21.
Hiring event in Post Falls Wednesday: You’re invited to the monthly hiring event hosted by the Idaho Department of Labor from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, December 12, at their office ay N600 Thornton Street, Post Falls. Hundreds of jobs are available for immediate hire.
House of BounceHouse of Bounce opens Friday: With four active children, Justin and Charlotte Gibbins have long known how long and dark the winters here are, with ansty children needing to expend their pent up energy. For far too long, that energy in homes with young children throughout Boundary County has been released with the kids bouncing off walls. At 9 a.m. Friday, frazzled parents will, at last, have a good second option.
Summer OneUSDA internship window opens: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development and other career fields.
Fall CNA class graduates at Community Hospital: Boundary Community Hospital and North Idaho College announced the graduation of the autumn semester Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class. This semester's graduates were Cassandra Unruh, Whitney Hall, Ute Garcia, Megan Hamilton, Perlita R. Cotter, Chaska O. Norman and Ashley Lopez.
Columbia Bank Warm Hearts Winter Drive underway: On any given night, over 37,000 people struggle with homelessness in the Northwest. Columbia Bank’s Warm Hearts Winter Drive is helping to keep our neighbors in need warm during the cold winter months by raising funds for more than 50 local shelters and aid organizations.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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