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Saturday, January 19
Heavy snow expected in Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather message for snow for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, Northern Clearwater Mountains, Southern Clearwater Mountains, West Glacier Region, Flathead/Mission Valleys, Lower Clark Fork Region, Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys, Bitterroot/Sapphire Mountains and the Potomac/Seeley Lake Region, in effect from 5 a.m. Sunday through 8 a.m. Monday.
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Friday, January 18 
Karston SkeenCharge filed in Naples burglary, suspect in custody: Karston Blaine Skeen, 40, Bonners Ferry, was arrested today and charged with burglary, a felony, the the Tuesday, January 15 burglary of Naples Elementary, during which he allegedly stole student's Schweitzer ski trip funds and the student council bank. He remains jailed on $50,000 bond.
The Idaho income tax withholding quandary: Income tax withholding payments in the State of Idaho are well below anticipated levels this year. While sales tax collections and corporate income tax payments are up in 2018, personal income tax withholding is below predicted levels. The reduced revenue to the state is causing some uncertainty in the state budgeting process. By Senator Jim Woodward
~ Calling all Badger fans ~
A shout out to all Badger fans within listening distance: Saturday, January 19, is a huge day for the Badger basketball teams as they host a quad with league rivals, the Timberlake Tigers! Coaches and players alike ask that you come and pack the house, and loudly show your support! You have no idea how much a packed home gym helps motivate them! JV girls at 3 p.m., JV boys at 4:30 p.m., varsity girls at 6 p.m. and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
GO, BADGERS!
Tribe seeking rebids on Little Bear Road project: Bids for the Little Bear Road rebid will be received by Kootenai Tribe of Idaho at the tribal headquarters office, 100 Circle Drive, Bonners Ferry, until 2 p.m. Thursday, January 31.
North Bench Fire annual meeting coming up: The North Bench Volunteer Fire District cordially invites all residents of the district to attend its annual meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at Station 1 on Highway 2 across from the Three Mile Store and Cafe.
County commissioners to hear P&Z amendment proposals: The Boundary County Board of County Commissioners will hold public hearing at 11 a.m. Monday, February 11, in the Commissioner's Office on the second floor of the Courthouse to accept public comment on Amendment Applications 18-119, 18-120, 18-130 by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
County Commissioners' Agenda, week of January 21
The total lunar eclipse of January 20-21: On January 20-21, we’ll have the first full moon of 2019, and the first lunar eclipse of 2019 (and this is an eclipse-heavy year, with three solar and two lunar eclipses). It can be viewed from North and South America, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern and western Africa, plus the Arctic region of the globe ... provided the clouds disperse.
Idaho’s unemployment rate unchanged at 2.6 percent: Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.6 percent in December – the 16th consecutive month the rate has been at or below 3 percent. The state’s labor force – the total number of people age 16 years or older working or looking for work – increased slightly by two tenths of a percent from November.
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Thursday, January 17 
Crows ... rap stars of the bird world: I have always had an affinity for crows, those brash, sassy leaders of the feathered society. And no, this society has nothing to do with the Hollywood starlets who appear in public wearing no more than six strategically placed sparrow feathers. Out of Kilter, by Ken Carpenter
Kaniksu Health school-based program coming to BCSD 101: A child’s emotional state can have a profound impact on his or her ability to learn. Emotional issues often lead to problem behaviors limiting their ability to function satisfactorily and succeed at school. And when a child expresses extra challenging behaviors, teachers and parents need extra support. So what can we do to ensure a child’s success?
New insurance rules will cover hearing aids for kids: The Idaho House Business Committee approved a rule change today that will require insurers to cover medically necessary hearings aids and speech therapy sessions for Idaho children who are deaf or hard of hearing. There are an estimated 1,000 children in the state who will benefit from the measure.
We have our winners!
Congratulations to today's Boundary County Middle School Geography Bee winners: 1st - Roger Naylor, 2nd - Henry Willis and 3rd - Kaelynn Baisden!
Reading event set for National School Choice Week: More than 140 students, families, and friends of Mount Hall Elementary School will gather for a special reading event at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, January 24, in celebration of National School Choice Week. The school’s student council will emcee the event and sell popcorn to raise money for a “Buddy Bench,” a spot for students to practice reading with each other.
Boundary County Middle School hitting stride: It is already halfway through this school year? This is the comment I have heard from numerous students as we enter the last couple weeks of first semester. It is always surprising when time passes so quickly. Those of us who have been here a while also know from here on out time will go even faster. By Principal David Miles III
Mt. Hall kids excited to be back in school: Happy 2019! With a new year among us and two weeks off, the students and staff at Mt. Hall Elementary are excited to get back to school. We enjoyed a successful first half to our year so far. We had a lot of notable events: the Mt. Hall Auction, our fall Scholastic Book Fair, and our Christmas Program. By Principal Lisa Iverson
Dodgy Mountain Men bringing stompgrass to the Pearl:  Dodgy Mountain Men sling a home-brewed Montana stompgrass that goes down smooth but packs a bite, mixing the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock ‘n’ roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a unique electro-acoustic experience. They're bringing that eclectic mix to the Pearl Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 26.
Some stolen goods back where they belong ...
Naples Elementary principal Robin Merrifield and admin assistant Amanda Gardner are delighted to have some of the items stolen in a late night burglary Tuesday returned. Based on information gleaned from a suspect, Sheriff Dave Kramer and chief deputy Rich Stephens climbed down below the Moyie River Bridge and recovered several of the items taken. While the money was not recovered and the items returned were of little monetary value, Naples staff is grateful for their return. Naples students are enjoying a day of skiing today in spite of the theft of their ski trip fund, thanks to the generosity of the community, and charges are pending against the suspect, who gave a full confession.
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Obituaries
Berneice MorgenBerneice A. Morgen, 84, Hayden, passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry. A reception will follow.
Andre Lee HyderAndre Lee Hyder, two, Sandpoint, passed away on January 12, 2019. Andre was a boy full of character who loved his family, friends and his best friend, his dog, Chan. Andre loved to dance to music and jump in every mud puddle he could find.
Wayne FisherWayne Ted Fisher, 62, died January 10, 2019, in Libby. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 19, at the Troy Senior Center, 304 3rd Street, Troy. Potluck finger foods would be appreciated. Please bring a story or a memory of Wayne to share.
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Elementary spelling champions named: Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 Boundary County Elementary School Spelling Bee Winners! All first and second place winners today received a generous gift certificate to Bonners Books, provided by the Rotary Club.
BCMS champion spellers named: The Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry is pleased to announce the winners of the Boundary County Middle School 2019 District Spelling Bee Middle School bee held today at Boundary County Middle School.
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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.
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Fun & Entertainment
Beef School coming to Ponderay Event Center: What are Expected Progeny Differences (EPD)? Learn about this topic and much more at this year's Beef School, sponsored by the Bonner-Boundary Cattle Association, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, at the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay. All are welcome to attend.
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Sports & Outdoors
Unlocking Public Lands Program deadline approaching: Montana landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands Program, designed to provide recreational public access to state or federal land where no legal public access currently exists.
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Letters
Idaho Representative Mat Erpelding: On Monday, Idaho’s STEM Action Center gave their annual report to the legislature. According to their report, Idaho left 6,328 STEM-related jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) unfilled in 2018. This resulted in $412 million in unpaid wages that should have gone into the pockets of Idahoans.
Idaho Senator Michelle Stennett: Statewide emergencies led to the formation of several task forces in recent years to address very fundamental Idaho values: jobs, opportunity, prosperity, and security for our families. Education, job training, and skilled-based instruction need to reach every corner of the state.
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