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July 31
Pioneer Fire grows to 358 acres: The Pioneer Fire, about two miles north of Priest River, is now at 358 acres, with zero-percent containment. The "Go" evacuation order has been given residents on Slippery Slope Trail, Mundy Lane, Skunk Cabbage Road, Saddler Creek Road, Bodie Canyon and Kacy Bear Lane.
Air quality unhealthy for those sensitive: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah Counties are experiencing degraded air quality that is unhealthy for sensitive groups. There are no large fires currently active in Boundary County.
South Yaak Fire continues to grow: The South Yaak Fire about four miles northwest of Troy has grown to 6,975 acres as of this morning, and containment has decreased from 20-percent to 10-percent. Activity on the Burnt Peak Fire southwest of Troy was moderate Friday.
In a fire season without precedent, sage advice: Darrell Kerby doesn't often discuss his occupation on social media and many of his Facebook friends may not even know what he does for a living. That changed today as we face a long and historic fire season, and he graciously allowed us to publish.
July 30
Area of South Yaak evacuation grows as fire expands: The following additional areas are now in a pre-evacuation status due to the South Yaak Fire about four miles northwest of Troy, effective today: Yaak River Road, Highway 508 from the Highway 2 intersection to the Sylvanite Work Center (milepost 12); Pine Creek Road 395, from the Yaak 508 intersection, north to Curly Horse Lane; all of Seventeen Mile Road 471.
Hall Mountain Community Church open as cooling center: Hall Mountain Community Church, 1554 Highway 1, Bonners Ferry, has graciously volunteered its air-conditioned facility and will make someone available to let folks in to benefit from their air conditioning if needed.
Air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Pollution Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah Counties outside of reservation boundaries of air quality that is unhealthy for sensitive groups, and is forecast to potentially have daily spikes in the unhealthy category.
Sheriff extends thanks for Ball Creek fire response: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office went to Facebook Thursday afternoon to express thanks for quick action by multiple agencies to quickly knock back a potentially dangerous wildfire off the West Side Road near Ball Creek Ranch.
July 29
Fires prompt temporary closures on Idaho Panhandle National Forests: Firefighters from multiple cooperating agencies continue to battle large wildfires ignited by lightning storms that passed over the Idaho Panhandle National Forests in early July. Hot, dry and breezy conditions have contributed to increased fire activity.
Northwest Montana to see 109-degree temperatures: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a heat advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet and Lower Clark Fork regions, in effect from noon Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday, with 109-degrees expected.  
Excessive heat warning west of Montana line, air quality alert east: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued an excessive heat warning for North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday, and Troy and much of northwest Montana is under an air quality alert due to smoke. 
South Yaak Fire makes three-mile run: The South Yaak Fire made a three-mile, fuel-driven run late Wednesday afternoon on the north aspect, spreading downslope with light winds, cloud cover, and light precipitation, growing to 4,152 acres.
Drought in 80-percent of county 'exceptional:' Reporting no measurable rainfall in over a month and an overabundance of days with temperatures reaching to near 100-degrees F, drought.gov has elevated the drought level in 80.7 percent of Boundary County from extreme to exceptional.
July 28
Heat advisory issued for North Idaho, northeast Washington: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a heat advisory for temperatures in the upper 90s to triple digits, effective from 11 a.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. Saturday.
ISP seeks votes in Best Looking Cruiser contest: Idaho State Police appreciates those who strive to stand among the best, yet have the courage to stand out. This year, the iconic, bold, and distinctive look of the famous blue turf of BSU inspired the photo submitted for the 2022 Best Looking Cruiser Contest.
Governors, premiers urge reopening the border: Idaho Governor Brad Little joined the governors of Montana and North Dakota and two premiers of Canadian provinces in urging President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to "restore normal movement" and securely open the United States-Canada border immediately.
South Yaak Fire now at 3,382 acres: The South Yaak Fire four miles northwest of Troy has grown to 3,382 acres as of 6:17 a.m. today, with 20-percent containment reported. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office enacted a mandatory evacuation notice to residents on Kilbrennan Lake Road and East Side Road Tuesday afternoon, telling them they should be ready to leave immediately should conditions worsen.
July 27
Library whistle blowers put on leave, asked to help build their own scaffolds: On the day following her appointment July 22 as interim library director, Sandy Ashworth drafted notice of administrative leave with pay to employees who had earlier raised concerns over library conditions, informing them that an investigation thought complete is still under way and ordering they cooperate, or lose paid status.
Mandatory evacuation underway for South Yaak fire: The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for Eastside Road near Troy for residences north of the three mile marker as the South Yaak fire, 1,523 acres as of 6 p.m. Monday, continues to grow.. Affected residents in that area will be contacted personally by deputies, and a Code Red notification has been completed.
July 26
Library and 'Camp Read-A-Lot" open tomorrow: The Boundary County Library invites patrons to its Summer Reading Program 2021, “Camp Read-A-Lot,” July 27 to September 22!
Boundary County First District Court dispositions
15 to life for lewd conduct with six year old: A 48-year-old Bonners Ferry man who pled guilty to lewd conduct with a six-year-old family member will spend 15 years to life in prison. Kirt Alfred Henslee, 48, was charged with lewd conduct with a minor under 16 on March 31.
No Beartaria violations, planners conclude: After complaints ongoing since April, Boundary County assistant contract planner Tessa Vogel visited property on Earl Lane Road owned by Struggle Bear LLC and Owen Benjamin Smith, Sandpoint, better known to his followers as Owen Benjamin, and concluded that there are no violations of the county zoning and subdivision ordinance.
July 25
South Yaak fire now at 1,164 acres: The South Yaak Fire has grown to 1,164 acres as of 9:10 a.m. today, and more hot, dry winds are expected. Tonight, thermal belts are expected to develop, hold warm and dry conditions over night.
July 24
South Yaak Fire surges to 722 acres: The South Yaak Fire about four miles northwest of Troy grew 400 acres yesterday, driven by winds and steep terrain. It is now 722 acres, zero-percent contained. A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for residences on Kilbrennan Lake Road.
Library releases proposed FY 2021-22 budget: The Boundary County Library board has released its proposed fiscal year 2021-2022 budget, upon which the public will be able to comment at a public budget hearing at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 19, at the library, 6370 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry.
July 23
Ways to help firefighters battling Idaho wildfires: Calls continue to come in from Idahoans and businesses who want to help wildland firefighters during this time of unprecedented heat and fire conditions. But some donations that are brought to various offices or fire camps, such as food, are not suitable for use by fire crews.
July 22
After over three months closed, library to open Tuesday: After over three months closure due to an emergency yet to be adequately defined to patrons and taxpayers, the Boundary County Library board, meeting in special session this evening at the visitors center, elevated Sandy Ashworth from unpaid consultant to unpaid interim library director and accepted her recommendation to reopen the library next Tuesday.
Blumenauer sentenced to five consecutive seven to life terms: After six people spoke out at the trauma and anguish he had caused over a period estimated to have lasted more than 20 years, Boundary County prosecutor Andrakay Pluid asked the court to impose a life sentence on each of five counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 charges he pled guilty to.
Search continues for teen believed to have fallen in river near Falls: A search has been underway in Lincoln County since about 6:16 p.m. Tuesday when a teenage boy called from the "Washing Machine" area of the Kootenai River just downriver from the swinging bridge over Kootenai Falls and reported that his brother, 17, had fallen out of sight from the trail they were hiking on.
July 21
Library board to hold special meeting Thursday: The Boundary County Library Board of Trustees will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, in the Bonners Ferry Visitors. The meeting will not be conducted via Zoom.
BCSO joining other agencies in crackdown on aggressive drivers: The Boundary County Sheriffs Office and the Bonners Ferry Police Department are teaming up with the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety (OHS) to keep Idaho roads safe this summer.
Mugsy's new owner dies in motorcycle crash: The man who bought Mugsy's Tavern & Grill in Bonners Ferry and took over operations in mid-June died Tuesday in a two-vehicle motorcycle crash in the Round Prairie area near where the Wildhorse Mercantile once stood.
July 20
Restrictions imposed on Lister Water System: Effective immediately, mandatory Stage 3 Water Conservation Measures are being implemented for the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Lister Water System.
Tuesday morning fire update: Since July 1, there have been 33 fires reported on the Kootenai National Forest. Seven are contained, 24 are out and only three; the Ruby, Burnt Peak and South Yaak, still have crews and equipment working. In Bonner County, the Trestle Creek Complex remains active.
Red flag warning extended until 10 p.m. Wednesday: The red flag warning issued Monday has been extended until 10 p.m. Wednesday for thunderstorms followed by gusty winds and low relative humidities in the Idaho Panhandle, the Palouse and the Spokane area.
July 19
Canada to ease border restrictions August 9: Canada announced today it will ease border restrictions August 9 to allow discretionary (non-essential) travel by Americans fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and permanent Canadian residents now living in the U.S. who meet criteria.
Moisture expected, but not enough to help: The Burnt Peak Fire southwest of Troy is listed as of this morning at 1,977 acres and 13-percent containment, and hopes that monsoonal moisture expected later today might help have dimmed by the latest weather forecasts.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Red flag warning issued: The fire weather watch issued by the Spokane National Weather Service has been cancelled and a red flag warning issued in its place, in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday through noon Wednesday.
July 18
Fire weather watch Monday night to Wednesday morning: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a fire weather watch Monday night through Wednesday morning for North Idaho and the Palouse as two rounds of thunderstorms are expected Monday to bring wind and lightning but little rain.
Cool weather, moisture expected on Burnt Peak Fire: Firefighters had another successful day Saturday building fireline and reducing fuels along roads for access and contingency firelines on the Burnt Peak Fire about nine miles southwest of Troy.
Trestle Creek Complex 31-percent contained: The Trestle Creek Fire Complex about seven miles north of Hope in Bonner County remains active with a total of about 384.25 acres for all six fires, and a combined 31-percent containment.
July 17
Once in a lifetime tip at Oriental Garden: A young couple stopped in for dinner this evening at Oriental Garden, 6231 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, signed their Visa slip with smiles and left. It took a moment to register, but it did sink in ... and Jeong Kim, who has run the restaurant for 24 years, raced to the parking lot.
Boundary County registered sex offenders: Sex offender registration in Idaho began on July 1, 1993. It also established a statutory duty for persons convicted of certain felony sex crimes to register with their local sheriff.
Progress made on Burnt Peak Fire: Fire behavior moderated yesterday on the Burnt Peak Fire southwest of Troy due to slightly cooler temperatures and minimal winds, allowing firefighters to make progress on fireline directly adjacent to the fire and on contingency lines further away.
Evacuation alert issued for Boswell, Sanca: On the recommendation of the BC Wildfire Service, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an evacuation alert for the communities of Boswell, Destiny Bay, and Sanca on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake.
July 16
Ruby Fire above Troy at 50 acres: Three Rivers Ranger District Reports this morning that one air attack, five air tankers, two helicopters, four engines, a dozer and hand crews are working the Ruby Fire in the Preacher Mountain area about two and a half miles northwest of Troy, now grown to around 50 acres.
July 15
New fire appears to be moving toward Troy: A new fire is burning west and north of Troy on Preacher Mountain that observers say appears to be backing down the ridge toward the city. Preacher Mountain, accessed by Three Mile Loop, has the white "T" for Troy on it.
Idaho parks banning camp fires, fire rings: As areas of Idaho move to Stage 2 fire restrictions and as Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) implemented open fire bans due to poor air quality, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) will implement the ban on campfires and will also be banning propane-fueled fire rings.
'Whistleblower' lauds library board recall effort: Librarian Dana Boiler and her husband, Jeff Boiler, were the first to raise concerns regarding library administration in April after months spent trying to resolve the issues from within. "For the record, neither my clients nor myself knew this was in the works or had anything to do with these filings, but we certainly and heartily endorse this effort to recall the entire board," Jeff said of the recall petition filed today.
Petitioners seek to unseat entire library board: Petitions were filed with the Boundary County Clerk of Court and accepted this morning to initiate a recall of all members of the Boundary County Library Board; Judith Mace, Bob Blanford, Aaron Bohachek, Wendy McClintock and Ken Blockhan Jr.
Burnt Peak fire still growing: As of this morning, the Burnt Peak Fire southwest of Troy is at 1,361 acres and about 10-percent contained. There is active burning, short crown runs, group and isolated torching and short-range spotting is occurring as the fire continues to move eastward.
Troy fire chief enacts Stage II fire restrictions for city: By order of fire chief DJ Welch, the City of Troy is now under Stage II fire restrictions.
July 14
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Urgent need for workers to assist firefighters: The Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache is designed for stocking and maintaining wildland firefighting equipment and supplies. Wildfires in Idaho and the region are depleting resources and there is an urgent need for workers to refurbish firefighting equipment from recent events.
Truckers carrying firefighting loads get exemptions: A fire disaster emergency proclamation issued on July 9 by Idaho Governor Brad Little will allow trucks carrying jet fuel and other fire equipment exemptions from certain federal regulations to assist with the western states’ wildfire fighting efforts.
Shoshone County air quality unhealthy: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Shoshone County of degraded air quality. Due to wildfire smoke health impacts may occur, burning restrictions are in effect.
Lincoln County enacting Stage II fire restrictions: Lincoln County, Montana, commissioners have passed an emergency resolution calling for Stage II burn restrictions to go into effect at midnight tonight until further notice. Because of extreme fire danger, any open fire on any forest, range, cropland, county park and on private property is prohibited unless within the guidelines of Stage II provisions.
Burnt Peak fire now 1,150 acres: As of 10:05 a.m. today, the Burnt Peak fire burning in the Keeler Creek Drainage about nine miles southwest of Troy has grown to 1,150 acres, approximately ten-percent contained. Pre-evacuations notices remain in effect for North Fork Keeler residents and Closure Order D04-072-S-21 remains in effect for the area and roads in the vicinity of the Burnt Peak Fire.
Crews making slight headway on Trestle Creek Complex: Overnight, an infrared flight over the Trestle Creek Complex fire in Bonner County north of Hope showed that the area in and around fires 2, 3 and 5 had no heat signatures. Resources were re-assigned from these fires to engage on fire 1.
SBA offers low-interest disaster loans due to drought: Small nonfarm businesses in 19 Idaho counties and neighboring counties in Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration.
July 13
Proper notice lacking for library annual meeting: At its special meeting July 6, the Boundary County Library Board set its annual meeting for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 15, but did not specify a location. As of 6 p.m. today, there is no meeting notice posted on the library website and no notice posted on the front door of the library giving either location or agenda.
Pre-evacuation notice issued for Burnt Peak Fire: Pre-evacuation notices are now in effect for North Fork Keeler Residents as the Burnt Peak Fire is within two miles of structures. Resources are extending and improving anchor points and equipment will continue to improve access to the fire.
Conditions rough on Trestle Creek fires: The Trestle Creek Complex Fire about seven miles north of Hope is up to about 246.25 acres as of this morning and about five-percent contained. Trestle Creek Road has been closed just above the Huckleberry Campground and the Lightning Creek Road has been closed just above the junction of Rattle Creek Road and Lightning Creek Road.
July 12
USFS to hold public meeting on Burnt Peak Fire: A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Mountain Time Tuesday, July 13, in the parking lot of the Three Rivers Ranger Station, Troy, to pass along information about the Burnt Peak Fire.
Roads will close today for Trestle Creek fires: There will be a road closure starting today on the Trestle Creek Road just above the Huckleberry Campground and on the Lightening Creek Road just above the junction of Rattle Creek Road and Lightening Creek Road.
July 11
To our wildland firefighters ... thank you: In the midst of an unprecedented heat wave and the heightened potential for catastrophic wildfires, it's hard not to think of those on the fire lines, even though it's impossible, unless you've been there, to quite imagine what they endure.
Trestle Creek fires merge, now 165 acres: On July 7, lightning moved through the area leaving seven fires in its wake in Bonner County. Two of those fires where close and burned together. The fires were then named Trestle 1 through 6.
Three human-caused fires stretch KNF resources: Yesterday, Kootenai National Forest personnel responded to three human caused wildfires, with the largest resulting in a 22-acre fire on the Cabinet Ranger District.
July 10
Creston boy injured in Missouri dirt bike crash: Cole Blackmore, 14, Creston, was seriously injured in a dirt bike crash July 3 while visiting his sisters in Missouri. He was found on the morning of July 4, unresponsive and with a faint pulse. He was flown to a Springfield hospital, where he underwent surgery for head trauma
Multiple fires being fought on IPNF forests: Overnight and into the morning of July 7, a thunderstorm system moved through the Idaho panhandle and the region with widespread lightning and very little precipitation. Due to record temperatures and drought conditions, the forest saw an unusually high number of lightning-caused wildfires. By Kary Maddox
June 10
Beartaria gets notice of potential violation from county P&Z: After a meeting of Earl Lane residents and county commissioners May 25, held six weeks after a complaint was filed regarding land use concerns on a ten-acre property owned by Struggle Bear LLC and Owen Benjamin, acting county zoning administrator Clare Marley on June 3 issued a notice of potential violation.
May 27
Former comic’s dark colors showing through: A former comic and his followers, whom he calls his “bears,” have loudly protested his upstanding nature and good intentions in the wake of an article published Tuesday regarding the concerns of neighbors in the Earl Lane neighborhood where Big Bear Owen Benjamin bought property, but their responses are becoming decidedly unneighborly.
May 25
Former comic riles neighbors with ‘Bearteria’ plans: A former Hollywood comic now living in Sandpoint is allegedly offering his “Bears,” or fans of his right-wing blog who “donate” $400, the use of a Boundary County property recently purchased on Earl Lane for paramilitary-style training. It’s drawing sharp concern from not only neighboring property owners, most of them retired elderly, but from many in the community concerned of an “Aryan Nations” style compound springing up along the Moyie River.
Business
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
Restorium residents spend Cow Day with Evangeline: To celebrate National Cow Appreciation Day the residents at the Boundary County Restorium had a surprise visit from a two month old heifer named Evangeline. A good crowd went outside to take turns petting her and asking questions with big smiles on their faces. A very big thank you to Cushman Family Farm for bringing her in for all the residents to enjoy!
July 14
Eight local students earn U of I degrees: The University of Idaho is pleased to release the list of graduates during Spring Commencement. A total of 1,522 degrees were distributed, eight going to students from Boundary County. In-person ceremonies were May 15-16 in Moscow, May 18 in Boise and May 19 in Idaho Falls.
Restorium residents grateful to demo derby organizers: A very big shout out and thank you to the organizers of the weekend's demolition derby for live streaming the events on YouTube. A happy group of residents at the Boundary County Restorium stayed glued to the television in the living room watching and cheering on the drivers. It means a lot to them to still be able to experience local events and feel involved in their community.
Seven county students on NIC spring Dean's list: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for spring semester 2021. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
Sports/Outdoors
July 27
136 finish Kootenai River Run: With the exception of timing disruptions caused by unregistered runners crossing the finish line, Saturday's Kootenai River Run, set as part of Kootenai River Days festivities, went well. "From the bands to the belly dancers, to the Restorium Renegades, to the fruit, to the finish line crew, to the prizes, to the course set up, to the scholarship coordination, promotions, ads, t-shirts, and so much more, this year's run was such a success!" said Paul Bonnell, who helped organize the run.
July 19
Highlanders: Local law enforcement was well represented over the weekend at the Kootenai Highland Gathering and Celtic Games at the Riverbend Restaurant field, Libby, and they represented the community well!
July 16
BCH offering Badger sports physicals July 27: Boundary Community Hospital is proud to continue its yearly Sports Physicals in conjunction with Bonners Ferry High School and Boundary County Middle School. Physicals are required before the first practice starts for students participating in any sports, including robotics and flag football
Entertainment
July 21
Sonnichsen publishes fifth book in five years: Dick Sonnichsen is on a roll, you might say. In five years, he has written and published five books. The latest is Adventures in Good Living: A User’s Guide to Living a Happy And Meaningful Life on Planet Earth.
July 1
Museum to debut 'Small Towns, Big Dreams': The Boundary County Museum will unveil its new book, "Small Towns, Big Dreams," from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 9, where the first copies will be available for sale.
Letters
July 24
Hiring Sandy Ashworth may have unintended consequences: Despite what might be the best of intentions, the library board's hiring of Sandy Ashworth, both as a consultant and as interim director, and agreeing with her request to serve without pay may violate provisions of both the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Public Retirement System of Idaho could cause problems for both the board, for Ashworth and for the community. By Mike Weland, Publisher
July 21
KNF should reassess Black Ram sale: The Kootenai National Forest (KNF) is waiting for a grizzly bear biological assessment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the Black Ram timber sale in the Yaak. As proposed by KNF, Black Ram would “likely adversely affect” the Yaak’s 20-plus remaining grizzly bears. By Aaron Peterson
July 16
That an important thing needing fixed will have been set aright: In over 30 years as a reporter in Boundary County, I've developed pretty fair instincts in discerning the veracity and motive of those I interview. While I don't purport to know the "truth" of any story I cover, especially those as contentious as developing sagas like the current Boundary County Library situation, I am pretty good at recognizing sincerity as opposed to the converse. By Mike Weland, Publisher 
July 14
Library board has chance to rebuild trust: Bonners Ferry The Boundary County Library has been in “dry dock” too long. Dry dock was the term used by Sandy Ashworth on April 15 to describe plans for a two-week closure. The two weeks turned into two months and then more. Boundary County residents were told the closure involved serious safety issues and the rumors started a flyin’. By Mary Ollie
July 2
'Righteous right' lack sense to realize they're stepping in it: Since the Bonner County Republican Committee called for Jim Woodward’s resignation, there have been numerous responses in the form of letters to the editors of several media outlets. Letters from Jim’s supporters far outnumber those from detractors. I ponder if these committee members have enough sense to realize that they have committed a major political blunder. By Jim Cadnum
Obituaries
July 27
Joe Morelli, 64, passed away on July 20, 2021, of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at Mountain Springs Church, 6789 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
Michael Scott Koehn, 49, passed away on July 23, 2021, the night of the Buck Moon. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6568 Alderson Lane, Bonners Ferry, with graveside service at Grandview Cemetery and a luncheon following at the church.
July 21
Patricia Ann Cruz, born in Bonners Ferry May 19, 1944, passed away June 26, 2021, in Spokane. A Celebration of Life will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 1, at Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake, Washington.
Mary Van Etten passed away July 19, 2021 at Boundary Community Hospital, Bonners Ferry. There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the home of Bob and Mary Ann Tritt in Moyie Springs. Please bring a salad or a side dish and stories to tell.
July 14
Lavon Williams, 79, Bonners Ferry, passed away on November 27, 2020, in her home, surrounded by family. She was born on December 21, 1940, in Sturgis, South Dakota, to Leroy and Evelyn Outka.
July 10
Allan John Dahl Sr., born August 21, 1952, died July 4, 2021. A celebration of life potluck will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 7, at 6699 Comanche Street, Bonners Ferry. He wanted to have a party before he passed so that is what we are going to give him!
July 8
Dennis Sienkiwicz, 72, passed away on July 3, 2021 at Bonner General Hospital. Dennis was born on July 29, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois.
July 7
Alice Betti (Janke) Giordano was born in Leipzig, Germany, on June 22, 1924. She died at her Bonners Ferry home July 1, age 97 years and nine days. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.
July 6
Sharon Cada, 71, passed away on June 29, 2021, at her Bonners Ferry home. She was born November 7, 1949, in Weiser, Idaho.
July 5
Ervin Elmer Madson passed away on June 26, 2021, at his home near Bonners Ferry. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Madson Family Barn, Burial to follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry.
Ronald Lee Sinclair, 76, passed away at his residence on June 21, 2021. Ron was born in Bonners Ferry to Melvin and Peggy Sinclair on November 26, 1944.
July 4
Eugene "Geno" Mendenhall passed away May 13, 2021. A celebration of life barbecue will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Northwoods Tavern, 461 Deep Creek Loop, Naples.
July 2
Patricia Lee Cole, 94, Moscow, died Monday, June 28, 2021, at her home. A celebration of life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at the Latah County Fair Grounds.
May 20
Valdie Virginia Burkholder, 95, passed away at her home in Bonners Ferry on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Tentatively, joint memorial services with her son, Rockey, will be held on Saturday, September 18, at the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School.
December 24, 2020
Rockey Lee Burkholder was unicorn unique, and as such gets a one-of-a-kind writeup. Seeing as memorial services are on hold from the COVID that took Rockey’s life too soon, we’ll let this obit help you know this fluorescent icon of Boundary County better.
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