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Saturday, November 17
Hearing set on proposed fee increases: A public hearing has been set on a proposed increase in rental fees for users of all fairground facilities except the Parks & Recreation Pavilion. All citizens are invited to attend the public hearing, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 3, in the Boundary County Fairgrounds dining hall.
Cabinet Mountain Water issues RFQ: Cabinet Mountains Water District has issued a request for qualifications for professional engineering and consulting services pursuant to Idaho Code 67-2320. The intent of this Request for Qualifications is to select an engineering consultant to prepare a capital facility plan.
Be on the lookout for critters on the highway: An increased potential for vehicular accidents involving deer and elk on Idaho roadways occurs during fall when cooler weather encourages wildlife activity. The Idaho Department of Insurance urges drivers to always drive with caution and to be on the lookout for animals on the roadway, most particularly during dawn and dusk when wildlife tends to be more active.
High school senior parents getting Next Step reminders: The parents of high school seniors throughout Idaho are receiving letters this week from the Idaho State Board of Education intended to encourage them to remind their student to submit their college applications free of charge using Apply Idaho on the website.
There's no place like home for the holidays: If there's an agreed-upon day that marks the beginning of the holiday season in Boundary County, it could well be the Saturday before Christmas, as craft fairs and season sales offer residents the first opportunity of the season to make the circuit -- today the Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church on Moon Shadow Road is a challenge to get to for the traffic, the halls and cafeteria of the middle school are packed and the fairgrounds is awash in seasons greetings!
Friday, November 16
Beautiful tabby rescued in Marx Subdivision: A teen in the Marx subdivision climbed a tree yesterday to rescue a beautiful orange and white tabby, and Marlene, who is keeping the kitten safe and fed, drove all around trying to find out what neighbors belong to her, with no success.
Bonners Ferry FFA honored: The Bonners Ferry FFA chapter has been recognized in 2018 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization.
Hank's Law seeks kids for Thanksgiving float: Pennie Collinson, a cofounder for the group Hank's Law, an organization seeking to strengthen the laws in Idaho in regards to domestic animal abuse/cruelty, invites kids from across North Idaho to ride their float in the Coeur d'Alene Thanksgiving Parade November 23.
Girl, Awake! taking the Pearl stage: The Pearl Theater presents Girl, Awake!, an original production by Brook Bassett, performed by six girls between the ages of 10 and 17 in two performances at The Pearl. Different performances each day present different issues, so audiences may attend one or both. Girl, Awake! strives to bring themes of youth and social justice to the forefront of conversation.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of November 19
~ Bonners Ferry City Council Meeting ~
The Bonners Ferry City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, in council chambers at City Hall, 7232 Main Street. For the agenda, click here.
Look for stagnant air to settle: The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued an Air Stagnation Advisory in effect across the region from 7 a.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Wednesday. High pressure will cause strong temperature inversions, trapping pollutants near the surface, with the strongest inversions expected Monday and Tuesday.
Trees of Care at BCH: For the third year in a row, Boundary Community Hospital is sponsoring the Christmas Trees of Care in their Outpatient Services Lobby and Boundary Community Clinics Lobby for the benefit of Boundary County children through the BoCo Backpacks program. Special limited edition, hand-crafted ornaments created by Naples, Mt. Hall and Valley View fifth grade students will be available.
Looks like a nice weekend ahead in the metro: It's an almost balmy Friday morning in Bonners Ferry with a smattering of stars shining through scattered clouds, wet roads and a toasty 36 degrees in Bonners Ferry and around MacArthur Lake at 6:05 a.m., 37 in the Porthill banana belt and 30 degrees in Eastport. At 7:07 it was 35 degrees in Troy and 29 degrees in the Yaak.
Thursday, November 15
Three-year-old responsible for tragic fire: A Bonners Ferry woman who has given much to the community over the years is now in an induced coma in a Spokane hospital after a fire destroyed the Atlanta Street home she shared with her son's girlfriend and their three-year-old son early Saturday morning. Janice K. John, 65, had made it outside with the others, but went back inside.
Local photographer wins Life Flight calendar contest: Boundary Community Hospital's Kimberly Nelson submitted the best photo in the Life Flight Network Calendar Photo Contest, winning a Yeti cooler! "Thanks for sending in the wonderful photo. Many, many congratulations, Kimberly," judges wrote after the extremely close competition.
Winter weather advisory for northwest Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region and Flathead/Mission Valleys for snow on Friday. The advisory, which is in effect from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m. November 16, calls for up to two-inches of snow accumulation as well as a sudden cold snap after 10 a.m.
Beef butchering time at Ashby's: It's butchering time on the Ashby ranch, and Mike is offering grass fed black Angus beef for sale for $2.50 per pound hanging weight. You pay killing charge and cut and wrap fees. If you're looking to fill your freezer ... TOO LATE! ALL SOLD!
Chilly weekend ahead across the metro: Stars twinkling through partly cloudy skies on a mild morning; as of 5:43 a.m. it was a balmy 31 degrees in Bonners Ferry and Porthill, 30 degrees in Eastport and 32 degrees down at MacArthur Lake. In Troy, it was 30-degrees at 6:41 a.m., 22 up in the Yaak country and 28 at Bull Lake. As of 5:50 a.m. the radar is clear except for a small patch of snow showing around Mt. Spokane.
Wednesday, November 14
Moyie Springs City Council minutes, October 3
Moyie Springs City Council minutes, September 26
Look for a wintry mix of blech: At 6:08 a.m. it was 26 degrees in Bonners Ferry, 30 in Porthill and 27 at Eastport; at 7:09 a.m., it was 26 in Troy and 20 in the Yaak country. A mix of light freezing rain and sleet will be possible in Boundary County and North Idaho this morning.
Tuesday, November 13
~ Troy work meeting cancelled ~
The Troy City Council work meeting scheduled for November 14 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The next regularly schedule City Council Meeting will be November 21.
Amazing things happening at Mt. Hall: Great things are happening at Mt. Hall Elementary! Looking back over the past month, I’m surprised at all we have managed to accomplish. The Mt. Hall Auction took place Saturday, October 20, and it was tremendous success. The auction raised over $12,000. A huge thank you to our amazing PTO for putting it all together. By Principal Lisa Iverson
Weather spotter class offered: A National Weather Service weather spotter training class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, at the National Armory Building, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. Please use the side entrance through the gate.
Whitefish man attacked by adult grizzly: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ investigation into a surprise bear attack last weekend northwest of Columbia Falls has confirmed that an adult grizzly bear was involved in the encounter.
~ Prescribed burning underway ~
Forest Service crews will be burning today in the Camp Nine/Templeman Lake area and in the Brush Lake area. There may be some smoke still coming out of the Twenty Mile area from Friday’s pile burning, but slash burning is done in that area for the year.
~ UMC Community Meal cancelled Thursday ~
The Community Meal at Bonners Ferry United Methodist Church is canceled this Thursday for the funeral of Joshua Foust.
Dry today but slop on the way: Expect patchy fog and cool temps across the metro ... if you're looking for snow today, you'll have to go a good long way as there are flurries this morning around Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Montreal, a few flakes falling just north of Nashville and a band of snow from Dallas south to San Antonio and into Mexico. But that picture will change!
Monday, November 12
Care-N-Share season is underway: In Boundary County, no child has to forego a visit from Santa Claus at Christmas because times are hard or money is too tight, thanks to Care-N-Share, now in its 36th year. Care-N-Share applications are available now at Panhandle Health, 7402 Caribou Street, Bonners Ferry, and at E.L. Internet Northwest, 515014 Highway 95 in the old hops barn north of Three Mile.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Cloudy start but should see sunshine today: Good morning! Today Veterans Day is observed; no mail today, the courthouse is closed but banks and schools are open and most folks do have to get up and trudge to work. Dry roads and no precip on the radar until you reach the Midwest.
Sunday, November 11 Veterans Day
A beautiful outpouring for one of our own: If you've ever stopped to wonder how close-knit the logging communities in small towns in the Northwest are, a jaunt to the Boundary County fairgrounds Saturday night would have unequivocally given answer. A spaghetti feed for Bonners Ferry log truck driver Brian Ashby, battling cancer, was attended by, his dad estimates, 500 people. Nearly $50,000 was raised to help Brian and his family.
~ Saying thank you to veterans ~
C.J. Tuma, owner/broker at Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty in Bonners Ferry, treated around 100 veterans to dinner at Mi Pueblo today. "I just want to say 'thank you' and let them know I'm glad we could do it," he said.
A daughter remembers her father, Jim Stackhouse: Jim Stackhouse would never be considered a generic man; anyone who met him briefly or knew him for decades would agree with that statement. By blood and upbringing, Jim was Southern-born and bred, and that pride was infused into his spine. James Percy Stackhouse was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 10, 1931, to James and Elizabeth (Cobb) Stackhouse.
A memorable Veterans Day amid the flags: It was cold this morning in Bonners Ferry as people began filtering in to Veterans Memorial Park at the library, a dull gray morning of the kind just looking out at it evokes a shiver. Still, many came, a line of veterans stretching long. And just before the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2018, the sun peeked from behind a cloud.
Saturday, November 10
Ricardo BinnsLocal Marine considered for upgrade to MoH dies: One of Boundary County's most highly decorated veterans, Force Recon Marine Ricardo C. Binns died at his home in the Moyie Springs area. His body was found today, the Marine Corps' 243rd birthday. He was 72 years old. A man who mostly kept to himself, only a few knew the hero in our midst.
~ Veterans Day Ceremony ~
The Veterans of Foreign War and other local veterans organizations will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month; 11 a.m. Sunday, November 11, at Veterans Memorial Park at the Boundary County Library. All are welcome.
Notice of trustee's sale, 167 Silhouette Lane, Naples: On Friday, the 1st day of March, 2019, at the hour of 12 o'clock p.m. of said day, on the steps before the Boundary County Courthouse, Josh Hickey or someone on his behalf will sell at public auction the East Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 61 North, Range 1 East, Boise Meridian, Boundary County, Idaho.
City public drunkenness ordinance repealed: Pursuant to Idaho Code Section 50-901A, the City of Bonners Ferry, Idaho hereby gives notice of the adoption of City of Bonners Ferry Ordinance No. 580, adopted on October 16, 2018. This ordinance repeals a Bonners Ferry City ordinance prohibiting public drunkenness.
Bonners Ferry P&Z holding public hearing: 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, November 29, 2018 at Bonners Ferry City Hall. The hearing is to consider a recommendation to the City Council for File #AM02-18 - Amendment to Future Land Use Map.
Ordinance on city beer and wine sales repealed: Pursuant to Idaho Code Section 50-901A, the City of Bonners Ferry, Idaho hereby gives notice of the adoption of City of Bonners Ferry Ordinance No. 581, adopted on October 16, 2018.
Friday, November 9
County commission agenda, week of November 12
Bonners Ferry City Council Minutes, September 10
Bonners Ferry City Council Minutes, September 4
Bonners Ferry City Council Minutes, August 7
Bonners Ferry City Council Minutes, August 6
Bonners Ferry City Council Minutes, July 17
~ Paradise Valley Fire District Board Meeting ~
The Paradise Valley Fire District Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, at their main station, 2492 Paradise Valley Road, Bonners Ferry. For the agenda, click here.
Thank you, Boundary County duffers!
Fry Healthcare Foundation
Three Vital Signs Monitors were purchased with the proceeds from the 2018 Golf Tournament. Acute Care RN Stacy Dean shows Fry Healthcare Foundation board members Ed Sample, in the chair, and (l-r) Janis Kerby, Phyllis Karnes, Linda Hiatt, Teresa Rae and Blanche Studer how it works. "We can't thank you enough for your support of Boundary Community Hospital as we continue to strive to meet the ongoing medical needs of our small community," they said!
Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week coming: First responders, who play a critical safety role every day managing traffic incidents in Idaho, are being recognized throughout the state November 11through 17 during Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, as officially proclaimed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “These men and women are truly our unsung heroes on the highway,” Otter said.
~ School District 101 Board Meeting ~
The School District 101 Board will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, November 12, at Bonners Ferry High School for a facility tour. A levy presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by the regular board meeting at 6 p.m. For the agenda, click here.
'Tis the season to find your Christmas tree: It is the most wonderful time of year on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests to find the perfect Christmas tree. Tree permits are available at any of our ranger stations or the Supervisor’s office for $5 each. Fourth graders, and homeschooled equivalent fourth graders, are eligible to receive a free Christmas tree permit.
Thursday, November 8
Brush up on winter weather terminology: Do you know the difference between a Winter Storm Watch, Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory? When a warning is issued: Take action! When a watch is issued: Get prepared! When an advisory is issued: Take precautions!Winter weather related warnings, watches and advisories are issued by your local National Weather Service office.
Lumina grant to boost Idaho veteran's education: Idaho will receive a $400,000 grant to raise awareness about the newly created Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners, help create state policies to ensure military veterans receive college credit for experience learned while in uniform and bring educational services to underserved areas of Idaho.
Flags at half staff for California shooting victims: As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff ... until sunset, November 10, 2018.
~ Bonner County railroad crossing closing for repairs ~
The Baldy Mountain Road BNSF Railroad crossing in Bonner County will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, November 13 through 6 p.m. Friday November 16, to allow repairs. Please find an alternate route.
~ Prescribed burning underway ~
U.S. Forest Service crews are conducting prescribed burns in the Brush Lake and Camp Nine/Templeman Lake areas today. You may see smoke in the area over the next several days. The Sandpoint Ranger District expects to be lighting piles in the Twenty Mile area starting tomorrow.
~ Closure planned on Kerr Lake Road ~
Kerr Lake Road will be closed from Tuesday, November 13, through Thursday, November 15, from Big Bend Road west to 5120 Kerr Lake Road for culvert replacement. Please plan alternate route.
Working on a 20-year vision for the airport: About 25 people showed up at Hangars S the Boundary County Airport Monday evening to hear engineers from Robert Peccia and Associates lay out a new airport master plan. And while it outlines an ambitious plan to move and extend the runway, airport manager Dave Parker has hopes that completion might make it possible to get a snow plow before the snow flies.
St. Ann's Annual Bazaar returns: For the first time since 2015, there will be a St. Ann's Annual Bazaar November 16 and 17 in their new church. The popular holiday event hasn't happened since their old church was destroyed by an arsonist. And it's back with everything it once had and more!
Fishhook Tunnel reopens on St. Joe: The St. Joe Ranger District has rescinded the closure for the Fishhook - Gold Center Road #301 and the historic Fishhook Tunnel. The road and tunnel had been closed to repair rock fall hazards in the tunnel that were identified in a safety inspection.
Expect cool temps and sun today: It's a cool Thursday morning and if you're out and about, you could see patchy fog and a little ice here and there on the roads, especially on the Montana side of the metro, if you're traveling east, look for snow on the other side of Kalispell. At 6:07 a.m., it was 23 degrees in Bonners Ferry, 18 in Eastport, 29 in Porthill and 30 at MacArthur Lake; at 7:08 a.m., it was 31 in Troy and 19 in the Yaak.
Wednesday, November 7
Farm to school ...
Mt. Hall Elementary
In honor of Idaho’s farm to school initiative, the students at Mt. Hall Elementary got to meet real farmers November 1 and check out some cool equipment. School staff sends a huge thank you to farmers Erik Olson, Mike Riebli and John Riebli for bringing their equipment to school. Another big thank you to Cassie Olson, Boundary Soil Conservation District, for providing coloring books and fun games about agriculture in our region!
Jordan remains optimistic in brighter future: Although Idaho State Representative Paulette Jordan was not victorious in her bid to become the first woman and Native American governor of Idaho, she has launched a movement in the state and is part of a larger national movement that put the U.S. House of Representatives under democratic control.
Neighbors caring for neighbors: As a Critical Access Hospital in a rural community, many folks think Boundary Community Hospital is defined as an emergency department only. What they do not realize is that we are more than “just a hospital,” but a health resource for the community with many services offered locally.  By BCH Trustee Dennis Dinning
~ Moyie Springs City Council Meeting ~
Moyie Springs City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, Moyie Springs City Hall, 3331 Roosevelt Road. For the agenda, click here.
November 15 Rural Health Day in Bonners Ferry: WHEREAS, Bonners Ferry and rural communities throughout Idaho are wonderful places to live and work – they are places where people know each other, listen to/respect each other and work together to benefit the community; a proclamation by Mayor David Sims
Republicans sweep Idaho races: With all but three Idaho precincts reporting as of 9:30 a.m., the elections are decided, and, as usual, Idaho remains firmly in the Republican camp. Former lieutenant governor Brad Little has been promoted to governor, winning an historic race against Paulette Jordan, 61% to 39%.
Russ Fulcher thanks Idahoans: Shortly after midnight Tuesday, the Associated Press called the race between Russ Fulcher and Cristina McNeil, declaring Russ Fulcher the next United States Congressman from Idaho’s First District. “It is an honor to be elected by the people of Idaho to represent them in Congress,” he said.
We have weather again! Good Wednesday morning! Now that we are once again experiencing weather and my ID10T technical issues have for the most part been resolved, I will endeavor to wake early again most weekday mornings to give readers a look at what the weather holds in store. As of 4:33 a.m. Specific Time today, it holds a whole lot of dark all across the metro with wet roads and 36 degrees in Troy and 34 in Bonners Ferry.
Tuesday, November 6 - ELECTION DAY!
~ Zip Trip USPS drop box moving ~
If you use the drop boxes on the South Hill to send your mail, a change is coming! On Wednesday, November 7, the U.S. Post Office drop box at Zip Trip will be moved to Super 1. The drop box at Safeway will remain in place.
Wally Cossairt to join county commission: It was an excellent turnout in the Boundary County 2018 General Election, with 70-percent of the 6,230 registered voters here casting ballots. With all the votes tallied, Wally Cossairt will be the new face in county government.
Idaho early voting numbers: Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney on Monday announced an estimated 153,781 ballots had been received statewide via absentee and early voting ahead of Election Day.
Duncan Hines cake mixes recalled: Conagra Brands is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic cake mix. While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak, Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall specific Duncan Hines products.
~ Mt. Hall Elementary honoring veterans ~
Mt. Hall Elementary is having it Veterans Day assembly at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8. All veterans are invited and encouraged to attend!
Why leaves change color in fall: Throughout the spring and summer, the deep green color of chlorophyll, which helps plants absorb life-giving sunlight, hides any other colors present in the leaves of trees. The vivid yellows and oranges of fall leaves are there, but hidden.
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Monday, November 5
Woodland caribou spotted in northwest Montana: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional staff have received reports of a rare sight in northwest Montana. Residents have recently documented sightings of woodland caribou near the U.S.-Canada border. The multiple sightings include the potential for a bull and a cow in separate locations.
Shook Twins bringing the party back to Bonners: Bonners Ferry has a day after Thanksgiving tradition: not Black Friday, not leftover turkey (we can have those, too) ... but the Shook Twins, gracing our local stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 23, bringing along their friend, John Craigie, and bringing the biggest party of the year to The Pearl Theater.
~ Forest Service prescribed burning underway ~
U.S. Forest Service crews will be burning piles in the area of Brush Lake and between the Camp Nine, Huckleberry and Templeman Lake Roads. These fires will likely put up smoke through tomorrow.
Sunday, November 4
Dedication to a little community giant ...
Grace Siler memorial
The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force extends thanks to everyone for coming to honor Grace Siler. Thanks to Mayor David Sims for his beautiful words and for showing the support of the City of Bonners Ferry, and to Pastor Larry Nelson for sharing his memories. The diminutive Grace was a huge force for good in our community, founding the Boundary County Human Rights Task Force and championing the rights and dignity of all.
Hood ornament missing from teacher's car: This collectible Arrow hood ornament has gone missing from Boundary County Middle School science teacher Jacob Garrison's car, and he's asking whoever may have it to do the right thing and please return it to the BCMS office.
Briefing on Selkirk caribou plan set: A briefing on the draft South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan and current status of the South Selkirk caribou subpopulation will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 19, at Kootenai Tribal Headquarters by the Selkirk Caribou International Technical Work Group.
Crapo, Wyden seek firefighting modernization: U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in requesting funding to modernize firefighting assets so the U.S. Forest Service can more effectively respond, in a cost-effective manner, to devastating wildfires.
Guitar missing from musician's home: A blue Ovation-style Ktone acoustic electric guitar is missing from musician Laura Kitchen's home. The guitar was bought as a gift for a young man wanting to learn to play, and its return would be appreciated, no questions asked. "Apparently someone thought they needed this more than I did," she said.
Repurposed coffee mug makes fine bird feeder: Here is an easy to make vegetarian version of suet treats to hang out in repurposed coffee cups you can pick up at any thrift store. Through the winter, these can provide a good winter substitute for birds that normally feast on insects and bring flocks of colorful feathered friends to your yard.
Saturday, November 3
Storage contents to be sold: Notice is hereby given that at noon Saturday, November 17, at Deep Creek Storage, 6094 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, Deep Creek Storage (208) 267-3855, will sell at public sale by competitive bidding or silent bids, the personal property heretofore stored with Deep Creek Storage.
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