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January
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. Rotarians Kevin Callos, Wilma DeVore, Kristie Campbell, Linda Alt and Ron Campbell, retired teacher Bob Saboe and BCMS librarian Terri Dunning facilitated today's spelling bee.
Priest Lake State Park manager honored: Priest Lake State Park manager Lonnie Johnson received the 2018 Beth Durham Award for his contributions and outstanding park management of Priest Lake State Park. The Beth Durham Award is given to employees who demonstrate themselves in an exceptional manner and “exemplify in attitude and action those most desired traits in a public park and recreation employee.”
Isla Jo adds joy to New Year: Isla Jo Denning helped Jocelyn and Joey Denning welcome the New Year, making her entrance at 10:46 p.m. January 4. Their daughter weighed six pounds, eight ounces and she was 17 3/4 inches long. Both Jocelyn and Isla are doing very well.
Liermann promoted to corporal in the USMC: Brenda Liermann just heard from her grandson, Tanner Day Liermann, a 2016 Bonners Ferry High School graduate, that he's been promoted to corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Ten local students earn LCSC honors: Lewis-Clark State College enjoyed a sharp increase in the number of students earning honors with a total of 950 earning either President’s List or Dean’s List status for the 2018 fall semester.  Ten of those earning honors are from Boundary County. Updated!
Piper asks community to help her earn her way to camp: Piper Banning is a precocious 11-year-old Bonners Ferry girl who, like most her age, doesn't like writing all that much. For her, it's a task that's a good bit harder than it is for most, as she is visually impaired. She wants to go back to Camp Abilities this June in Olympia, and she has a lot of work to do to earn the opportunity.
December
Welcome, Jaxon Smith: Jaxon T. Smith was born to Brandy Schuman and Conner Smith at 10:19 a.m. Saturday, December 29. He weighed nine pounds, six ounces and was 22 1/2 inches long.
Ron & Evelyn Smith celebrate 60 years: Ron and I wish to thank everyone who came to our 60th Wedding Anniversary party at the Inn Friday night, December 28. We had a great time and the kids did a wonderful job. It was so much fun talking to everyone. ~ Evelyn Smith
UMW spreading joy in the community: Our United Methodist Women celebrated the birth of Christ at our December 6 meeting with gifts for the Ministerial Association Christmas baskets. It was a joy to welcome Judy Swing to our membership. By Judy Dirks
Jace makes Mt. Hall Elementary a great place to be: Jace Thompson, a student in Ms. Schnuerle's fourth grade class, was happy to be named a Mt. Hall Elementary Citizen of the Month for December for the kindness he shows to his classmates. Way to go, Jace!
Jean Hawkes retiring after 31 years: After 31 years helping our pets and significant critters, Jean Hawkes is retiring at Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic just before 2019 dawns. Buster, the big kitty she's holding, appears to be putting on his meanest loveable face and telling everyone to stop by to wish her well at her retirement party from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Mugsy's Tavern and Grill, 7161 Main Street, Bonners Ferry!
Rick & Cathy celebrate anniversary: Rick and Cathy Reed, Naples, are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary Tuesday, December 18.
Evelyn and Ron celebrating 60th anniversary: Ron and Evelyn Smith, Bonners Ferry, were married December 28, 1958. Their children invite you to join as they celebrate their parents Diamond Anniversary, 60-years, at a reception in the Kootenai River Inn banquet room from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018.
Cathy WellsCathy Wells Retirement Day is this Friday: Friday, December 21, is Cathy Wells Retirement Day in the prosecutor's office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please be sure to stop by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office in the Boundary County Courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, to give her well wishes and share a piece of cake!
November
Wren AmeliaWelcome Wren Amelia! Wren Amelia Wilkerson was born at 5:27 p.m. Friday, November 23, to Jody and Emily Wilkerson, Bonners Ferry. She weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long. Both she and Mom are doing wonderfully! Her grandparents are Wayne and Wanda Wilkerson and Barry and Debbie Pauls, all of Bonners Ferry, and all are praising God for this precious gift!
Yourzek an Idaho Rural Health Hero: Tari Yourzek of the Northwest Hospital Alliance and chief nursing officer at Boundary Community Hospital was one of eight Idaho healthcare professionals to receive an Idaho Rural Health Hero Award at the Idaho Rural Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Reception.
After 30 years, Sue Winey retires: She's been a fixture in Boundary County School District 101 since August, 1988, and today Sue Winey, who keeps the superintendent's office functioning properly, is retiring.
Emmett couple find news of their wedding: Last week the Emmett Messenger Index, Emmett, Idaho, held its 125th Anniversary Open House, and one of the couples in attendance was Mr. and Mrs. Duane Hodgins of Emmett. It's a bit of news that shows how small the world can be!
Mary Kay grant goes to Libby domestic violence shelter: Two local Mary Kay consultants joined forces with group of skeet shooters and banded together to hand a $20,000 check from the Mary Kay Foundation to Libby Community Interagencies, Inc., the only domestic violence shelter grant awarded by the foundation in Montana. Each year, the Mary Kay Foundation distributes $3-million in grants to domestic violence shelters across the nation.
A Night For the Museum: Oktoberfest music permeated the Boundary County Museum’s hallowed spaces, greeting guests coming for the annual “A Night for the Museum” fund raising dinner and auction. A German-themed dinner and beverages were provided by Jill and Dan Nystrom of The Rusty Moose, featuring bratwurst with sauerkraut, German cucumber salad, potatoes, and slaw, topped off with German chocolate cake.
Mrs. Wilson is BCSD Employee of the Month: Mrs. Dallas Wilson teaches computer lab, oversees state testing and has taken on the yearbook duties for Valley View Elementary. Although this is her first year with us she is already a key member to our well-established team. Enough so that she has been named the Boundary County School District 101 Classified Employee of the Month for October!
October
Spaghetti feed fundraiser set for Brian Ashby: Brian Ashby, a Bonners Ferry native, was recently diagnosed with cancer which is already in an advanced stage and affecting numerous internal organs. A spaghetti dinner and silent auction is being held to help raise funds to offset the tremendous costs of Brian’s medical treatments. The event is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 10.
Bushnells welcome Brooke Nicole: Jacob and Renita Bushnell welcomed daughter Brooke Nicole, born at 6:17 p.m. today in Bonners Ferry. She weighed nine pounds and 12 ounces and was 21-inches long. Siblings Kyler, Rosalyn and Destin were delighted to greet their new baby sister.
Local woman gives marriage advice to Heloise: It's not quite midnight here, but it is in Washington, D.C., where Friday's Washington Post has been out for a few hours. Readers there are getting a few hints on marriage from a Bonners Ferry bride of 22 years in Hints From Heloise.
Kramer graduates National Sheriff's Institute: Sheriff Dave Kramer became the first from Boundary County to participate in the National Sheriffs’ Institute, Aurora, Colorado, graduating from the 115th session held September 24-28. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs.
St. Ann's Holiday Craft Fair returning: Parishioners at St. Ann's Catholic Church are holding their first Holiday Craft Fair since the fire in April 2016 destroyed their old church, this time in their new church, finished this summer, at 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry. There will be great gifts, baked goods and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, November 16, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, November 17.
Spaghetti dinner, auction set for Brian Ashby: Brian Ashby, a Bonners Ferry native, was recently diagnosed with cancer, which is already in an advanced stage and affecting numerous internal organs. Brian is a log truck driver in Boundary County and is the sole supporter for his wife Susannah, four children and a new little one on the way. By Andrakay Pluid
Pearl Theater bids Rhea farewell: This month marks the end Pearl Theater Board President Rhea Verbanic's term as she embarks on a new chapter of her life on the East Coast. Everyone at the Pearl would like to take this opportunity to thank Rhea from the bottom of their hearts for her hard work and commitment throughout the years in building and growing The Pearl to what it is today.
September
Mt. Hall gearing up for Auction 2018: Mt. Hall School Auction 2018 is growing by leaps and bounds as it rolls unstoppably to take place from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 20, in the Mt. Hall Elementary gym, 1275 Highway 1, Bonners Ferry. Help support the school and its kids by coming to the Mt. Hall Auction!
Idaho Parks staffer earns Coast Guard honor: The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce that staffer Juelie Traska received national recognition from the U.S. Coast Guard for her contributions to safe boating in Idaho. Traska received the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award.
August
Rockey BuirkholderHappy birthday, Rockey! Today, August 31, is Rockey Burkholder’s 70th birthday! If you want to call to wish him happy birthday, call his mom, Valdie’s, house where he’s staying (208) 267-2328. If you want to wish him happy birthday on Facebook, visit his sister, Teresa Becker's page, and they will read all your messages to him over the weekend.
Droz races to collect his Shrine winnings at Super 1: Rafael Droz had plenty of help to amass $400 in groceries, donated by Super 1 Foods, within the short time allotted this morning. He won the shopping spree in the Moyie Shrine Club's Boundary County Fair Food Draw Raffle.
Welcome, Holly Jean! Holly Jean made her entrance to the world at 2:01 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, to Briana and Joseph Lo Porto, Bonners Ferry. Named after her one and only Papa Geno Denning, Holly Jean weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Introducing Sweet Tayloula's Cookery Corner:  Am I the only person who is obsessed by food? I love preparing it, reading about it and most of all eating it - my expanding waistline is testament to that! But with the stresses of a full time job and two sons to feed, sometimes inspiration escapes me. That's where this column comes in. I'm hoping that there are other like minded folk out there who would be willing to exchange a few recipes!
Scott Stokes given lifetime achievement award: Idaho Transportation Department Chief Deputy Scott Stokes has spent his entire career advocating for highway safety issues, and that focus earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, who honored him Thursday during their annual conference in Philadelphia.
Shriners names fair raffle winners, extends thanks: Once again the community has provided outstanding support to the Moyie Shrine Club in its endeavors in raising money for the Spokane Shrine Hospital for Children. Club members are grateful to all who bought raffle tickets, bought food at the food booth, the popcorn booth and the ice cream booth at the Boundary County Fair.
Sandel an Air Force Airman First Class: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Olun M. Sandel, a 2017 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
BFHS Team 2130 Alpha+ hosts summer camp: At the end of July, 24 students in grades four through six participated in a four-day Summer Robotics Camp, hosted by Bonners Ferry High School's FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+. The camp was organized and run solely by the high school team members, whose goal was to introduce younger students to the joys of computer programming and robotics. By Regina Claphan
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