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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
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.
Thursday, January 17 
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
2019 Festival of Hearts – Tickets still available! For the third year, the Fry Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors is hosting its annual Festival of Hearts fundraiser on Saturday, February 9, at the Kootenai River Inn in Bonners Ferry. Rumor has it that tickets are sold out, but that's not quite so -- there are 20 tickets left!
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.
Advisory issued for mixed precip until 6 p.m.:  The National weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow and mixed precipitation, in effect until 6 p.m. today. Additional snow accumulations of two to four inches are forecast, with periods of freezing rain adding glaze ice. Driving conditions are likely to deteriorate with road surfaces getting more slick and due to limited visibility.
Wednesday, January 16
Winter weather making a comeback: After a few days of sunshine, a change in the weather is moving in. According to the National Weather Service, Spokane, areas of freezing rain are expected late tonight around the Upper Columbia Basin and possibly into the Spokane and Coeur d`Alene areas, and snow accumulations up to two inches will be possible by late Thursday morning around Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake and Sandpoint.
~ Suspect arrested in Naples School burglary ~
Sheriff Dave Kramer sends thanks to the community and the Bonners Ferry Police Department as the assistance has led to the arrest of a lone male suspect, who has confessed to committing the Naples School robbery early Tuesday morning. No name has been released yet as charges are pending.
Naples kids will go to Schweitzer: Naples Principal Robin Merrifeld told KHQ 6 reporters that third through fifth grade students will still be attending their planned field trip to Schweitzer Mountain Resort on Thursday, as Idaho Forest Group and Schweitzer have partnered to fully fund the students' field trip.
Heavy snow forecast in NW Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet and West Glacier regions, the Flathead/Mission Valleys and the Potomac/Seeley Lake Region for heavy snow, in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to 5 p.m. Friday.
Tuesday, January 15
Ski money, student council funds stolen at Naples: At least two thieves broke into Naples Elementary Monday night, making off with pens, snacks, pencils and many other items that caught their interest in the two and a half hours they spent going through the school, including the student's Schweitzer ski trip money and student council funds.
'Night Activities' offer youth challenges, positive growth: Counselors Rob and Kathy Wenzel, Art of Redirection Counseling, have started a new, 10-week program, "Night Activities," designed to capture youth at risk of being lured into the world of drink and drugs and instead attract them to the challenges and rewards of learning not only to survive in the great outdoors, but to thrive and be of service to others.
Distinguished Young Women gearing up: The Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program (formerly Junior Miss) will soon be underway for 2019-2020. This scholarship and honors program recognizes, rewards and encourages excellence while promoting self-esteem among young women.
Monday, January 14
Fatal Sandpoint fire ruled accidental, child died of smoke: Preliminary results of the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s investigation into the fatal house fire at E620 Mountain View Drive in North Sandpoint indicate that it was accidental. The investigation continues into the specific cause and results will be released later this week. Initial autopsy results from the medical examiner on 2-year-old Andre Hyder were also released this afternoon.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
County spelling bees this week: District Spelling Bees are coming up this week. The Boundary County Middle School Bee is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, in the BCMS library. The elementary bee kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 19, at United Free Methodist Church, 6957 Labrosse Hill Street, Bonners Ferry.
Making it official: At 9 a.m. this morning, on the main floor of the Boundary County Courthouse, a small crowd of people, mostly family, gathered to witness seven of our fellow citizens, having been duly elected, take their oaths of office, and also to bid farewell to a county officer who honorably and ably fulfilled the oath he took. A KootenaiValleyTimes.com pictorial
Okanogan, B.C. telescope captures first repeating radio burst: Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are one of the most puzzling astrophysical discoveries in recent years. They are powerful but brief pulses of radio waves that seem to originate from galaxies billions of light-years away. A radio telescope right in our own back yard recently made a key discovery.
Official county officials ...
Boundary County Elected Officials 2019
One new and six returning Boundary County elected public servants were sworn into office this morning at the courthouse. (L-r) coroner Mick Mellett, clerk Glenda Poston, treasurer Sue Larson, new District 1 Commissioner Wally Cossairt, District 3 Commissioner Dan Dinning, reelected as chair, Walt Kirby, who didn't run this election but helped with the ceremony, and assessor David Ryals.
Saturday, January 12
Two-year-old dies in Sandpoint fire: A 911 call reporting a house fire at E620 Mountain View Drive in North Sandpoint was made to Bonner County dispatch at about 12:30 a.m. today after two adults in the house awoke to the flames and the house in the area of North Boyer and East Mountain Roads was already fully engulfed. After escaping out a second story window, they were able to call for help.
Friday, January 11
Local farmer to be honored at Idaho Ag Summit: Tim Dillin, Bonners Ferry, will be one of five Idaho ag producers to be awarded Excellence in Agriculture Awards during the 25th annual Larry Branen 2019 Idaho Ag Summit, to be held February 18 and 19 in Boise. Dillin will be presented the Marketing Innovation Award.
Things abuzz in Boise: 2019 is off and running and with it comes a new Idaho Legislative Session. I travelled down to Boise last Thursday just as the event-filled inaugural weekend kicked off. Things are all abuzz in Boise with a new governor, a new lieutenant governess and over 23 new members in the Idaho House and Senate being sworn in and beginning their duties. By Representative Heather Scott
~ Dense fog in northwest Montana ~
The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a dense fog advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, West Glacier Region and Flathead/Mission Valleys, in effect until 11 a.m. Saturday.
~ County elected officials to be sworn in ~
A swearing-in ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, January 14, on the main floor of the Boundary County Courthouse. Taking their oaths of office will be Wally Cossairt, Commissioner District 1, Sue Larson, Treasurer, Glenda Poston, Clerk, Dave Ryals, Assessor, Dan Dinning, Commissioner District 3, and Mick Mellett, Coroner.
~ Bonners Ferry City Council Meeting ~
The Bonners Ferry City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, in council chamber at city hall, 7232 Main Street. For the agenda, click here.
Annual Road and Street Financial Report, Boundary County, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018
Man with local ties killed in Texas collision: A 47-year-old College Station, Texas, man with ties to Bonners Ferry was killed Friday afternoon, January 4, after authorities say the bike he was riding was hit by a vehicle.
Thursday, January 10
UPDATE: Daphne is now safe at home! Daphne missing from Highway 1 home: Daphne disappeared from her home on Highway 1 between Copeland and Porthill late January 8, the first time she has ever wandered off. She is very missed by her family. If you see her or know where she is, please call Natalie at (208) 304-3331.
Busy year at Northern Air: 2018 was a busy year at the Boundary County Airport. Spring and summer ushered in new students and huckleberry pancakes. On the last Saturday of every month, May through September, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) hosts a fly-in breakfast open to all community members. The proceeds benefit the Young Eagles Flight Scholarships for local youth.
Challenges ahead, but Idaho still best place in the world: 2019 will be a pivotal year for Idaho state government. We have a new governor, a new Lieutenant governor and a new treasurer. Nearly 25% of the legislature is new, and we have one relatively new supreme court justice. Our tax revenues are down and our funding requests are up. By Sage Dixon
~ Special school board meeting ~
The Boundary County School District 101 board will meet in special session at 5 p.m. Friday, January 11, at the district office, 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry. For the agenda, click here.
Wednesday, January 9
Wintry mix expected across NW Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for mixed winter precipitation across the Kootenai/Cabinet, Flathead/Mission Valleys and Lower Clark Fork Regions of northwest Montana, in effect through 10 a.m. Thursday. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch and a light glaze of ice are expected.
Idaho’s dual credit program keeps growing: Five years ago, Idaho launched its dual credit program for high school students and it has been a resounding success. The idea behind the program is to give students a jump-start on their college education by enabling them to take college-level courses while still in high school. By Dr. Linda Clark
Advisory issued for (gasp!) more snow: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for, of all things, snow, primarily in Boundary County and northern Bonner County, in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday. An additional one to three inches of white stuff is possible in the valleys overnight, with four to seven inches expected at higher elevations.
BFHS FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ in 13th season: BFHS FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ began its 13th season at the start of the school year. On Saturday, January 5, students, mentors, parents, teachers, alumni and guests gathered for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff and the much anticipated animation video for this year’s game, Destination: Deep Space. By Elisa Balcaen
Big girl wants to go home: This girl was found in the Paradise Valley area today. She is wearing a pink collar. If you belong to her or know who does, please call Second Chance at (208) 267-7504. She is anxious to go home!
UPDATE: After 12 hours, both dogs are back home!  Ranger and Eska are missing: Ranger and Eska are missing from their home on Holmes Road. They are both wearing collars with tags and their owners are missing them very much. If you see them or know where they are, call Second Chance at (208) 267-7504.
Idaho appeals ruling in prisoner gender surgery case: Governor Brad Little announced today that the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) has appealed a U.S. District Court ruling that orders the State of Idaho to provide gender reassignment surgery to an inmate. On December 13, 2018, Judge B. Lynn Winmill gave IDOC six months to provide gender reassignment surgery for Adree Edmo.
BCH hosting 'The Sensory Processing Experience:' Boundary Community Hospital will host a seminar, "The Sensory Processing Experience," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26, in the hospital rehab services gym. Come and learn basic management techniques and have a sensory experience yourself!
~ Family Night cancelled ~
United Methodist Church Family Night has been cancelled for tonight. Be safe, stay home and keep warm!
~ Area school closures ~
Boundary County School District 101, West Bonner County School District, House of the Lord Christian Academy, Oldtown (Kidzcare is OPEN), Lake Pend Orielle School District, Lakeland School District and Post Falls School District schools are all closed due to weather.
~ McArthur Lake Road blocked ~
5:55 a.m.: A power line is reported down across McArthur Lake Road near White Mountain Road. Avoid the area. Northern Lights has been notified. Expect power outages in the area.
~ Boundary County School District 101 Schools closed ~
5:33 a.m.: Boundary County Schools are closed today, Wednesday, January 9, due to weather. As a guess, about four to six inches of snow fell on Bonners Ferry's South Hill overnight and it's still coming down; Idaho 511 has highway conditions as good in most of Boundary County but only fair from the Mt. Hall Junction north. County roads should be considered slick. It's 25-degrees in Bonners Ferry and expected to warm to 37-degrees today -- the snow is expected to transition to rain later this morning and could lay down a layer of glaze ice. Boundary County remains under a winter weather advisory for mixed winter precipitation until 10 a.m.
Tuesday, January 8 
'Thailand Ten' working toward mission trip: Five area couples, most retired, the rest getting close to that milestone, will be traveling on the Hearts & Hands for Thailand mission to work on building projects with two hill tribes in March, but there's a lot of work to be done before they leave, and that work starts this Saturday for the Thailand Ten!
~ Troy City Council Meeting ~
The Troy City Council will hold a work meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, in council chambers. For the agenda, click here
Home lost to fire ...
 
2:54 p.m.: Paradise Valley and North Bench fire fighters are on scene of a house fire on Crossport Road near Katka Road. All occupants were able to get out safely, but the home is lost. Firefighters have contained the fire and prevented it from spreading. The fire was reported at about 1:49 p.m. and personnel are expected to remain on scene for several hours.
~ County P&Z motocross track hearing cancelled ~
The request for a conditional use permit to allow a Moto-Cross facility on parcel # RP64N01E077 has been cancelled. There will be no public hearing on Application 19-036 by Christopher FX Powers. 
Bonners Ferry woman dies in Spokane River:  A Bonners Ferry woman died Monday after driving her car into the Spokane River near Templin's Resort in Post Falls. Valerie Sandaker, 54, was pronounced dead at Kootenai Health after divers pulled her from the car.
County commissioners minutes, December 17 
!! BROOKLYN BRUNKE FOUND SAFE IN SANDPOINT EARLY THIS MORNING !! 
Winter weather advisory for NW Montana:  The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for mixed winter precipitation in the Kootenai/Cabinet Region-Lower Clark Fork Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 5 p.m. today through 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rain, snow and freezing rain are expected.
Monday, January 7
Winter weather advisory for winter mix issued:  The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for wintry mixed precipitation over North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Wednesday. Rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected. From one to three inches of fresh snow is predicted, along with a glaze of about a tenth of an inch of ice.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Local couple working to educate Zambian youth: When Rick and Cathy Hatcher first began their missionary work that took them to numerous countries around the world in the early 2000s, they were only looking to help rebuild churches and to bring the word of God to its people. That changed in 2013 when the Hatcher’s landed in Zambia, Africa, and discovered their calling of helping to educate its youth.
Governor Brad Little's State of the State and Budget Address
Sunday, January 6
Funkhouser Street family looking for brazen thief: A family in the Dodge Peak Lodge neighborhood got a rude shock in the new year as a stranger strode up onto their porch while members were inside, walked right up to a ... you guessed it, an operating security camera, and stole it.
Winter weather message issued for Montana snow: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather message for the Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana for snow, in effect from 8 p.m. today through 5 p.m. Monday. Total snow accumulations of three to five inches are expected, with more snow falling near the Montana/Idaho state line and in Troy, Yaak and Libby.
Brooklyn BrunkeUPDATE: BROOKLYN BRUNKE FOUND SAFE IN SANDPOINT EARLY TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 8 !!  Athol girl missing since Thursday: A 16-year-old Athol girl has been missing since Thursday night, January 3, and is listed by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office as a runaway. Her family reports that there have been no contacts or leads as to where Brooklyn may be. If nothing changes, she will be listed as a missing person this afternoon.
Snow advisory in effect through Monday morning: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho for snow, in effect from 4 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Monday. Total accumulations of one to three inches of new snow are expected in the valleys.
Saturday, January 5
Janice JohnJanice John gaining strength, hoping to return home: Diane Raaum recently happened to meet up with Janice John, who was seriously injured in a Bonners Ferry house fire November 10 at her home on Atlanta Street. Janice, she said, is looking great and hopes to come back home soon.
Friday, January 4
Bonners Ferry woman dies in Bonner County crash: A collision that shut down Highway 95 at Dufort Road for several hours today claimed the life of a Bonners Ferry woman. Beverly Maples, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Idaho State Police, Maples was driving a maroon 1998 Toyota Sienna van east on Dufort Road at about 4:13 p.m. when she made a left turn to travel north on Highway 95.
Supermoon, total lunar eclipse coming January 20: On January 20-21, be ready for a series of firsts. It’s the first full moon of 2019, and the first lunar eclipse of 2019. Plus, it’s the year’s first supermoon, meaning the moon is nearly at its closest to Earth for this month as the eclipse takes place. This will be the last total lunar eclipse to grace Earth’s sky until May 26, 2021.
Phil BattFormer Idaho Governor Phil Batt honored: overnor C. L. “Butch” Otter on Thursday presented the 2019 Idaho Medal of Achievement to former Idaho Governor Phil Batt for his many accomplishments and years of service to the state of Idaho. Batt, who served from 1995 to 1999, as the 29th Governor of Idaho, was presented with the honor by outgoing Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, and incoming Governor-elect Brad Little.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of January 7
~ Airport Board Meeting ~
Boundary County Airport Board meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, airport terminal. For the agenda, click here.
City council to consider future land use map amendment: Notice is hereby provided that a public hearing pursuant to Idaho Code 67-6509 and Bonners Ferry City Code has been set for the Bonners Ferry City Council for 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, at Bonners Ferry City Hall to consider File #AM02-18 - Amendment to Future Land Use Map.
City P&Z to hear annexation request: Notice is hereby provided that a public hearing pursuant to Idaho Code 67-6509 and Bonners Ferry City Code has been set for the City of Bonners Ferry Planning and Zoning Commission for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at Bonners Ferry City Hall to consider a recommendation to the City Council on an annexation request.
Trustee's sale set for May 6: To be sold for cash at a trustee's sale at 2 p.m. May 6, on the front steps of the Boundary County Courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, real property situated at 368 Shamrock Road, Bonners Ferry. The full legal description is available at the Boundary County Assessor's office.
FFA working to end hunger in our community: After recognizing that the nutritional and food needs of many Boundary County residents are not being met, the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter is partnering with Meals for Hope to pack meal packages that will be distributed in the county. We need your help. Everyone is welcome to attend and help pack. By Caleb Petersen
County commissioners to hear amendment request: The Boundary County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearing at 11 a.m. Monday, January 28, in the Commissioners Office in the Boundary County Courthouse to accept public comment on Amendment Application 19-023 by Clark Fairchild. Application 19-023 involves amending 39.5-acre parcel RP63N01E366010A from Agriculture/Forestry to Rural Residential.
Sandpoint man killed in collision with tree: A Sandpoint man died early this morning in a single vehicle crash near Dover. According to the Idaho State Police, David A. Darling, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. Darling was driving a white 2001 Toyota Highlander east on Syringa Heights Road off Highway 2 at about 3:44 a.m. Updated 1:35 p.m.
Thursday, January 3
Expect 'bleh' today, sun break Saturday, more 'bleh:' It was 31 degrees with intermittent snow and rain in Bonners Ferry at 5:05 a.m.; Idaho 511 says Highways in Boundary County are good at the moment, with fair conditions in much of Bonner County and good conditions down to about Lewiston. In Troy, 30 degrees with a light freezing rain at 6:07 a.m.
Wednesday, January 2
January guide to the bright planets: In January 2019, Mars is the sole bright evening planet. Venus and Jupiter dominate the east before sunup. Mercury fades from view as a morning planet in early January. Saturn becomes visible before sunup near the month’s end. Venus is the brightest planet, beaming mightily in the east before sunrise as the year begins.
Weather advisory issued for Kootenai/Cabinet region: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for mixed precipitation across the Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana, in effect from 5 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday. Snow accumulations of one to three inches at higher elevations, with up to four inches possible in the Yaak, are expected, while low-lying areas will see a freezing rain.
ITD District 1 board applicants up for review: The Public Transportation Advisory Council (PTAC) has received three applications for the District 1 representative in north Idaho to serve on their advisory council, and seeks public comment on those candidates to help make a selection. The individual selected will represent Bonner, Boundary, Shoshone, Kootenai and Benewah counties.
Drought appears to be easing slightly over Northwest: The first 60 days of the wet season of the new water year was a bit sluggish outside of Montana, but the end of December 2018 featured multiple, large low-pressures systems that finally began to work on longer-term drought stress.
January toughest month for blood supplies: January is a month filled with new goals, resolutions and hopeful beginnings. It is also National Blood Donor Month, and Vitalant is paying tribute to its dedicated donors and encouraging people to save the lives of others by donating blood throughout the month.
Boundary County Commission minutes, December 10
Boundary County Commission minutes, November 13
Ice expected tonight through Friday: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch for heavy mixed precipitation over North Idaho on northeast Washington, in effect from late tonight through Friday morning. Up to 11 inches of snow is possible in the mountains, with an ice glaze expected in the valleys.
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