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Breaking News: Applications for this year's Care-N-Share Program are available at E.L. Internet and The Panhandle Health Clinic, and the deadline is Friday, December 3! If you would like to sponsor a child or family, call Linda at (208) 290-1483.
Birders gearing up for annual Christmas bird count: The date for the 2021 Bonners Ferry Christmas Bird Count is Thursday, December 23 this year and all local ornithologists, bird watchers skilled or amateur and folk with feeders or who just plain like to see birds skitter across the sky are invited to take part. Those interested will meet at 6:30 a.m. that day in the back room at the Chic-N-Chop Restaurant.
GoFundMe account set up for Wiley family: In the wake of her brother's death after he was hit by a train in Bonners Ferry November 26, Emy Vigil has established a GoFundMe account to help his widow, Cheyenne, their son, Elijah, 2, and the baby that's on the way. It is her hope that the community's support will help alleviate the sudden financial burden faced by the family, as well as bring a measure of comfort. A fund for the Wiley family has also been established at Columbia Bank, and donations can be made at any branch.
McGeachin holds 1776 Pledge event: Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin gathered together over 125 statewide candidates, lawmakers, city officials, school board members and patriot citizens to the Powderhause Brewery in Garden City, Idaho. The event was held to sign the 1776 Pledge, which supports the Trump Presidential 1776 Advisory Report in education.
Community orchestra to present 'Christmas at the Movies:' The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra, conducted by Glenda Novinger and featuring inspiring young pianist Daniel Beal, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5, in the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School.
Injunction stops CMS vaccine mandate: Governor Brad Little commented today on the action by a Louisiana court granting a nationwide injunction today in the “CMS case,” which temporarily stops implementation of a vaccine mandate on healthcare workers in Idaho. The ruling prevents the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from enforcing its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers until the court can hear legal challenges brought by 10 states.
Labrador pleased with headway in his bid for Idaho Attorney General: Conservative leader and former Congressman Raúl Labrador, Eagle, Idaho, said he is making serious headway in his campaign to become Idaho’s next attorney general as reflected in his fundraising numbers. Today he announced he has raised $100,000 in his first two weeks.
Friends rally for Fuller family: A Boundary County family suffered a serious medical emergency recently and the terrible costs that attend such crisis, and as is the way of our community of neighbors, they aren't facing the crisis alone. Bruce and Lisa Fuller and their family live in the Herman Lake area. An excellent carpenter, Bruce teaches wood shop at Libby High School, and he practices what he teaches, having built by hand the cabin the family calls home.
Naples Elementary improvements roaring right along: Boundary County School District continues to make improvements following their 10-year Facilities Plan. Last week, South Boundary Fire Protection completed training to remove the oldest module on the Naples campus.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
33-year-old man killed by train: The Bonners Ferry Police Department and Idaho State Police are investigating a Union Pacific train versus pedestrian collision that proved fatal and occurred in the early evening hours of November 26 near the fairgrounds.
Boundary County Commissioner's agenda, week of November 29
Boundary County Commission minutes, November 8-9
Local farmer, former coach charged with sexual battery: A 45-year-old Bonners Ferry rancher and former Badger JV and Boundary County Middle School boys basketball coach was charged November 23 with three counts of sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age.
Marti gets two to ten years on rape charges: With his victim present in the courtroom to hear him apologize, Judge Barbara Buchanan last Friday sentenced Eric Steven Marti, 27, Bonners Ferry, to up to ten years in prison on two counts of rape of a minor, age 16, he being more than three years older at age 26, saying his action's destroyed the girl's family as well as his own.
Happy Thanksgiving and a record Turkey Trot!
Despite a chilly, gray and wet Thanksgiving morning, 267 people finished the 13th annual Bonners Ferry Turkey Trot, setting another record! Thanks go out to run founder and organizer Carolyn Testa, to the many volunteers who make it work, to the many sponsors who make it possible and to each man, woman, child and pet who make the Turkey Trot the wonderful tradition that it is.
Denton named Idaho Communication Center Director of the Year: Crystal Denton, who began her law enforcement career after graduating high school in 1990 as a dispatcher with the Troy Police Department and who now serves as 911 Administrator in the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, has been named the Idaho Chapter of APCO/NENAS 2021 Communication Center Director of the Year.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
BCHP alerts motorists to travel issues: British Columbia Highway Patrol is urging caution to all motorists planning travel to or from the Lower Mainland area as some provincial highways are only open on a limited basis. This comes after the major weather system that saw several major highways closed due to washouts and mudslides and the flooding of the Sumas Prairie that resulted in the closure of Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
Snow advisory issued for North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho for one to three inches of snow between 1 and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Road conditions are likely to be hazardous for the Tuesday morning commute, and motorists are advised to slow down and allow extra time to reach your destinations.
Mt. Hall Boosters putting on online auction: The Mt. Hall Booster Club will run an on-line auction the week of December 13-17, and they're asking businesses, crafters, artists, anybody to donate items to help them pay for a covered playground slab and to help Mt. Hall Elementary teachers with classroom expenses.
Snow advisory for Kootenai/Cabinet region: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 2 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. One to two inches of snowfall is expected, with up to three inches in isolated areas.
Idaho Labor offers out of school youth opportunity: Out-of-school youth between ages 16 and 24 now have numerous opportunities to learn new skills and increase their earnings through apprenticeships, on-the-job and vocational training and much more thanks to a federal program managed by the Idaho Department of Labor.
Brittany Jean returning to The Pearl for free concert: In 2020, after learning of and then dealing with the loss of her performance schedule for the rest of that year, including a show at The Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry, Brittany Jean turned her focus to creating her first-ever Christmas album. She is thrilled to announce that "Wintertide" is now available and she's equally pleased to announce that she'll be back on stage at The Pearl Theater to put on a free show December 10.
Jake's Landing updating operating hours: The owners and staff at Jake's Landing in Porthill are excited with the border restriction changes coming at the end of the month, and they look forward to seeing their Canadian friends again. This week they will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and closed Thursday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Tribe's Kootenai Travel Plaza will bring revenue, Sonic: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is planning the first phase of economic development on the Three-Mile portion of the Kootenai Indian Reservation, located in Ktunaxa Territory along Highway 95 and just west of the Boundary County Airport. Phase One of the economic development project consists of an 8,660 square foot travel center with gas and diesel fueling stations, truck parking, convenience store and a Sonic Restaurant!
Sweet Heat Co. takes gold in Utah Cheese Awards: A small Bonners Ferry business with a penchant for spicing sweet things up was recognized with two medals in the "Best of the West" Utah Cheese Awards, to be presented at the 2021 Tasting Reception and Medal Ceremony November 11 at Bewilder Brewing in Salt Lake City. 
Farmers Insurance office moves: Sally Hendricks-Bauer's Farmers Insurance office has moved to 5932 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, across from Dodge Peak Lodge. Her telephone remains the same; (208) 267-2644. 
Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub in Creston opening tomorrow: Fields Forward Society is excited to announce the opening of the Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub and Innovation Centre, 401 Payne Street, Creston, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, October 15. The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Lana Popham, will be on hand for the grand opening. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the event is by invitation only.
Veryl Lindsay Fund still giving comfort, eliciting smiles: This little guy came in to Boundary Community Hospital last night and he was scared when he came into the emergency room. But with the kindness of staff and some extra love from the stuffed squirrel and blanket he was given, donated by the community, he perked right up and even gave a big smile.
Neighbors seek to bring comfort to those in crisis: Last year, a group of Bonners Ferry neighbors pitched in to provide 75 blankets to local senior living facilities. This year, they are working to provide blankets for the Boundary County Victim's Advocacy Program, where there is a definite need. These blankets will be given to bring a small measure of comfort to children and adults in crisis.
Alexander, Garrison SD101 Employees of the Month: Lael Alexander, special education administrative assistant has been selected as September Classified Employee of the Month and eighth grade science teacher Jacob Garrison is the district's Certified Employee of the Month. 
50th anniversary celebration will instead be a celebration of life: I am saddened to report that Pastor Steve Robins has passed away. Instead of a celebration of his and Linda's 50 years of marriage, the celebration will instead be one of Pastor Robins' life, at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30, at Bridgeway Assembly of God, 66027 Highway 2, Bonners Ferry. Our deep and heartfelt condolences to his wife, his family, his flock and his friends. ~ Mike Weland
The Bluebells look pretty in week 10: Carolyn McNeill got high scratch game 174, high scratch series 419 and high handicap game 242 as the ladies in Tuesday's Trouble league finish week 10 at AJ's Lanes. Kathy Konek got second high scratch game 160 and second high scratch series, 398.
Earn your second helping at the 13th-annual Turkey Trot: For the 13th year, Bonners Ferry is looking forward to another fun, family-friendly and free Turkey Trot 5k/10k fun run this year on Thanksgiving morning. The gun goes off promptly at 9 a.m. at the Boundary County Fairgrounds and the route leads runners down Riverside Road to the 5k turnaround past Mirror Lake Road.
The Lupines shine in Tuesday's Trouble week nine: Alice VanGundy got high scratch game 187, high scratch series 485 and second high handicap game 244 to lead her team, the Lupines, to a sweep in week nine of Tuesday's Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Zetta Graupner got second high scratch game, high handicap game 255 and high handicap series 675.
A little for everyone in Tuesdays Trouble week eight: Carolyn McNeill tied for high scratch game 170, got third high scratch series 406 and second high handicap game 239. Alice VanGundy tied for high scratch game 170, got high scratch series 464 and second high handicap series 641 in week eight of Tuesdays Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes.
Badger harriers honored for another fine season: The Bonners Ferry Badger cross country program saw 14 varsity letters distributed this year at their recent post-season awards ceremony, many of them to first timers. Badger All-League runners this year were Connor Alexander for the boys and Camille Ussher, Ceci Roemer, Sydney Beckle and Leah Moellmer for the girls. In team awards, Connor received the 110-Percent Award and Levi Bonnell and Camille Ussher were honored as Most Outstanding Cross Country Badgers.
GROW fixes donation link issue, still time to give: What comes after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday? Giving Tuesday, a worldwide generosity movement, inspiring people to give back to the communities and organizations working hard to make the world a better place. If you haven't participated yet, we would like to encourage you to consider a donation to GROW!, Gardeners for Regional Organic Well-being. By Kate Painter
Open letter to Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra: I feel I have no choice but to write to you. Maybe, this time, you will read a letter? It has become incredibly clear over the past four years you have no interest in meeting with me or anyone from the team in Idaho that supports children with Dyslexia. Maybe you will take a few minutes to read this. By Robin Zikmund
A new vision for the students and parents of Idaho: Parents, teachers, community members and business leaders deserve an engaged leader with a strong vision to actively connect them to funding and program support. As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I will lead Idaho education with honesty and transparency to empower parents, strengthen local control and prepare our students for the workplace needs of a growing state. By Debbie Critchfield
Building Bridges – Neighbor to Neighbor: Not too long ago, I noticed a new billboard just south of Bonners Ferry. The words “Building Bridges – Neighbor to Neighbor” stood out. This got me thinking about neighbors. When I was growing up, I started understanding that neighbors are like the two pieces of land the bridge connects. The water between acts as a boundary. By Mary Ollie
Thank you, Idahoans: The great people of Idaho are foremost among the blessings I am counting this Thanksgiving season. We have been tested by challenges this year, and Idahoans have repeatedly met those challenges with kindness, hope, good judgment and optimism. Throughout Idaho, we find countless examples of Idahoans doing great work and good deeds that are helping to lift us all up. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
We've received word of the passing of veterinarian Dr. Bob Stoll, Sandpoint, on Monday, November 29, and the permanent closure of his practice at 1120 Superior Street, Sandpoint.
Virginia Prieber, 84, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2021, at the Boundary County Extended Care Facility. Born July 13, 1936, in Baltimore, Maryland, she gained national acclaim for keeping a long stretch of Boundary County roadway free of litter. No services are planned at this time.
Jane (Stuart) Lehman Hudson, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, went to be with Jesus on November 25, 2021, from her home after a valiant fight with cancer. She was 73 years old. A Celebration of Life service for Jane will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the First Baptist Church, 6711 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry.
William Ralph Platts, 77, of West Richland, Washington, died November 17 in West Richland. He was born in Bonners Ferry and lived in the Tri-Cities for 47 years. Service arrangements are pending.
Donald L. Dozier, 96, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2021, at Boundary Community Restorium. Donald was born on October 4, 1925, the son of Lee and Ada Sullivan Dozier. Friends are invited to sign his online guestbook here. Bonners Ferry Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Jeannette Johnson Levig took the hand of Jesus November 23, 2021, and entered her final rest. Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 7, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry, with interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery.
David Elliot Wiley, 33, born in Logan, Utah, and residing in Bonners Ferry, passed away unexpectedly at around 6 p.m. November 26, 2021, as a result of a tragic train accident. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 11, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6568 Alderson Lane, Bonners Ferry.
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