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Teresa Rae seeks second term on school board: I would like to introduce myself, for those of you who don’t know me. My name is Teresa Rae and I am running for reelection for Boundary County School District 101, Zone 5, Naples. I have been a board member for the past four years and have been attending board meetings since late 2014 as a volunteer facilities planner for our district.
Amid COVID resurgence, students have choices: Thank you to our staff and students for an amazing start to the school year! Our students have a renewed sense of school spirit and excitement. Our staff continues to work diligently to serve our students, colleagues and the community. Although we are extremely excited to be in school, we are asking for community help and support. Over the last two and a half weeks, we have continued to see an increase in the number of staff and students with Covid-19. By Superintendent Jan Bayer
A crisis exists, but no medical professional will let you die: While many vehemently dispute and do all in their power to "protect their freedoms" and so prolong the ordeal, there is a major healthcare crisis in Idaho. It is sufficient to warrant the activation of crisis standards of care protocols statewide September 16 by the Department of Health and Welfare. But in this teeming world of instant misinformation, small grains of truth get quickly stretched beyond comprehension, in both ways.  
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions  
RDCK offices to close for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day: In June of this year, the Canadian federal government passed legislation to mark September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As part of this formal recognition the Regional District of Central Kootenay will close all offices, recreation facilities and waste and recycling facilities on Thursday, September 30.   
County looking for heavy equipment operator: Boundary County Road & Bridge has a position open for a full-time heavy equipment operator. The position is full time with 40 hours per week starting at $18.73 per hour with full benefits, including medical coverage for family members.   
Troy School District needs a few good folks
The Troy School District is looking for some great team members to join us! They have need for full-time classroom aide paraprofessionals and substitutes for teachers and paraprofessionals. Those interested should call (406) 295-4321 or email jfrancom@troyk12.org.  
Searching for Idaho's missing: The Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse  was established in 1999 to provide a central location for resources to identify and assist state and national efforts to locate Idaho’s missing. A missing person is someone whose whereabouts is unknown to a parent, caretaker or others who have normal contact with the person. As of September 15, there were 169 Idahoans listed as missing, including a Boundary County man.  
Friends of Boundary County Historic Places incorporate: The Friends of Boundary County Historic Places recently incorporated to celebrate and retain local history and places and to encourage the protection and proper use of historical sites. They'll be hosting their first fundraiser October 2 at Snyder Guard Station on the Moyie River.
Creston preliminary election results released: The preliminary results of the Town of Creston's 2021 By-Election for two town councillor positions, with Keith Baldwin and Norm Eisler leading the five candidate pack.
Beartaria video indicates P&Z violation: Former Hollywood actor and comic Owen Benjamin Smith, better known as Owen Benjamin, earlier this week released for his "bears" a long awaited documentary on Beartaria, a dream development being built on ten acres along the Moyie River off Earl Lane Road south of Good Grief. It attempts to portray a bucolic and pastoral place where a legion of "bears" from around the world can visit at will to work, camp, fish, raise livestock and more.
Mt. Hall Elementary off to an amazing year: The school year is officially in full swing! Students and staff – new and seasoned – are off to an amazing start and this wonderful combination of individuals are integral to what makes Mt. Hall exceptional. By Principal Kylee Guthrie
BCH doctors implore rethinking anti-COVID vax stance: We, the medical providers of Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry, write to you at this time concerning the current healthcare challenges in our region. Staffing difficulties and surging COVID cases have contributed to increased strain on our health care systems. We ask now that you please consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
Trestle Creek fire closures lifted: All forest closures associated with the Trestle Creek Complex near Hope, Idaho, have been completely rescinded. The public is again free to enter and use areas previously closed for public safety during the fire suppression efforts. Started by lightning on Wednesday, July 7, the Trestle Creek Complex eventually grew to more than 6,600 acres before it was contained by a robust firefighting effort.
Four local ballots to be decided November 2: Boundary County voters will be asked to decide who will fill two seats on the School District 101 Board of Trustees, one on the Bonners Ferry City Council and whether or not to pass a proposed increase for the county ambulance service district in the next election.
A new Paul Rawlings play shaping up nicely: Local playwright and director Paul Rawlings is currently in rehearsal with his newest theater production, "Swan Song," and opening night at the Pearl Theater is only a month away.
Business
Alta recognized as Idaho Pollution Prevention Champion: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is recognizing four Idaho businesses as 2021 Pollution Prevention Champions for their efforts to reduce the generation of pollution in Idaho, including Alta Forest Products, Naples.
Yoder's Market to close: Henry and Verna Yoder, owners of Yoder's Market, announced this morning that they will close its doors by the end of September or once their stock on hand is sold.
Boundary Abstract is now Alliance Title & Escrow: Alliance Title & Escrow, LLC, Boise, recently acquired Boundary Abstract Company, Ltd., 6977 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, adding an additional county to its coverage area. Alliance Title is part of the Futura Title of Companies. 
Building a working farm from the soil up: When Edward and Julie Newcomb bought the 10-acres of land off Old Highway 2 Loop that would become Cloud Eleven Mountain Farms in 2015, it was forest growing from the hardpan glacial silt that comprises much of North Idaho, fine for giving trees a toe-hold, but hard scrabble for much else.
 
Social
BCH pediatric patients warm to caring community: Danielle Larsson began working as Boundary Community Hospital's Community Relations and Marketing Director last spring after Lauren Kuczka's retirement, and she's working now to revive interest in an old community project that's fallen by the wayside as well as revitalize another, in hopes of once again bringing comfort to young children and bringing joy to the hearts of those who take part. 
Charlie Meeker needs cheered up: Charlie Meeker, in a hospital for COVID and a long way from home, needs some of that BF hometown love. He’ll be getting out of Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, soon, but he's very sad that he’s alone. If you have a moment, his family asks friends and neighbors to please call him and say hi!
Frasier celebrates a year of brightening Restorium: Fraiser, the Community Restorium companion puppy, celebrates his first birthday this weekend! What a year of watching him grow and connect with Restorium residents, making a bond and friendship none will ever forget.
Two Yaak fundraisers move events to Labor Day weekend: Two of Yaak’s community groups are pooling their resources and holding their traditional fundraising events over Labor Day weekend this year. The Yaak School is undergoing foundation work this summer and so was unable to hold its usual July arts and crafts fair on school grounds, and Upper Yaak Fire, which has long held its annual Rummage Sale over Memorial Day weekend, this year switches to Labor Day weekend.
 
Sports/Outdoors
Badgers struggle with late season injuries: On Saturday, September 18, the Badger's cross country team hosted a 5k meet at Bonners Ferry High School. The weather brought light drizzling rain all morning, but not the torrential downpour they had feared. Six schools attended; the entire Intermountain League plus 5A Coeur d'Alene high school.
Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club season starting: The Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club (KVRPC) is dedicated to the sport of small bore shooting and invites other interested people to join them. Competitive shooting is a sport of precision. KVRPC practices indoors with .22 caliber rifles and pistols shooting at a distance of 50 feet.
Badgers run well at Timberlake Invitational: On September 11,the Badger cross country teams were at Farragut State Park for the Timberlake Invitational, grateful that the smoke and eventual rain on Friday led to ideal race conditions on Saturday. The dust was tamped down, the conditions were cooler than the rest of the week, and this made for some really good racing conditions.
Lady Badgers edge by Libby in back-to-back meets: It was a grueling evening for the Badger varsity volleyball team on Thursday, September 2, going five sets after the road trip to Libby, but the team's mettle and drive sustained them as they prevailed, three games to two. They did it again last Thursday.
Friends of Mirror Lake enjoy Labor Day tourney: Friends of Mirror Lake held their annual benefit golf tournament over Labor Day weekend. A good turnout raised money for future improvements to the course. The tournament featured a nine hole alternate shot team format and a second nine hole sole survivor format for Flights A and B.
Letters
Debt limit must be raised: Congress has raised or suspended the country’s debt ceiling about 80 times since 1960. Now it must do so again. If not, sometime in October—it is impossible to predict precisely when—the Treasury Department’s cash balance will fall to an insufficient level, and the federal government will be unable to pay its bills.
What's next? Hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors across America will be forced to choose between getting the jab (or being tested weekly), or losing their job. Some legal experts are saying the President’s requirement is legal, while others believe it is patently unconstitutional. By Idaho First District Representative Heather Scott
Back to school during uncertain times: The new school year begins with more uncertainty than we expected because of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 delta variant strain. However, based on our overall performance and experience last year, I am confident that our local school boards, administrators, teachers and parents are ready to meet the challenge. By Kurt Liebich, President, Idaho State Board of Education 
Library board owes community honesty, transparency: Upon reading the 9B.news article relating to the August 19 annual budget meeting, it saddens me to learn again about the lack of transparency at the Boundary County Library. As a tax paying citizen I would like to know where my dollars are being spent. By Lee Haarstick
Media acts as a chilling force to intimidate and silence: After months of fighting to protect your data, the court has ruled that our office must release personal information on thousands of Idahoans to the media, where it has the potential to be misused to harass Idahoans who speak out on controversial issues. By Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin
Obituaries
Farice Sarah Basler passed to be with the Lord September 18, 2021, in Coeur d’Alene. She was 94 years old. A graveside service for Farice will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 25, Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry.
Christina Lynn Snyder was born December 25, 1948, to parents Mary and BG Rock in Casper, Wyoming. She died September 8, 2021. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, October 3, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street, with a meal following at Paradise Valley Grange.
Richard Howard Merrill, 80, Bonners Ferry, passed away peacefully at home on September 20, 2021. Richard was a faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and lover of his Heavenly Father.
John William Sater was born to Carl Alexander Sater and Helen Beatrix (Wentz) Sater on June 25, 1932, in North Bend, Washington, at the family home, where he joined his older brother, Dan. He died on September 10, 2021, at the age of 89. We hope you will all come out and celebrate with us on April 16, 2022, at the Auction Barn to celebrate the man, the myth, the legend. There will be a memorial service and an auction for John’s estate.
Larry Ray Merrifield, 71, born in Bonners Ferry and a graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, passed away at Generations Assisted Living in Rathdrum on September 14, 2021. At this time, no formal public service is planned. Larry's ashes will be placed in part at Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry, and the remaining ashes will be spread across the mountains of North Idaho in a private gathering.
   
 
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