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August 31
Fire closures eased across IPNF: Recent rain and cooler temperatures have helped firefighters to get the upper hand in battling multiple large wildfires ignited by lightning storms that passed over the Idaho Panhandle National Forests in early July. Stage II Fire Restrictions have been lifted and, where safe, area closures are being reduced to restore public access for hunting and other recreation activities.
Cover your plants tonight; frost advisory issued: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a frost advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect from 2 to 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Clouds are expected to thin overnight and temperatures as low as 37-degrees will result in patchy frost.
Social Security depletion expected a year sooner than last year: The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year earlier than projected last year
DoD medical response team being deployed to North Idaho for COVID: Governor Brad Little announced today a last-ditch effort to avoid the first-ever activation of statewide crisis standards of care by adding hundreds of new medical personnel for Idaho hospitals, but he said the real solution to the crisis is more Idahoans choosing to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
August 30
Bonners Ferry P&Z to hold hearing on ordinance amendment proposals: The Bonners Ferry Planning and Zoning Commission will hold public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, September 16, to accept public comment on File AM015-21, submitted by the city to amend Title 11 of the city's regulations.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
August 29
Wildland firefighters ask bear hunters to be extra cautious: With bear season now underway in Idaho, firefighters working the Trestle Creek Complex fires nnorth of Hope ask hunters to be especially careful and know what you are shooting before you pull the trigger, as they are still working in the woods, most camping so as to be closer to where they're needed as well as to reduce traffic to and from the fire sites.
August 28
Dod identifies fallen heroes: The Department of Defense today announced today the deaths of 13 service members who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died August 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations in Kabul, Afghanistan.
UPDATE: Ellie has been found and she's back home safe with her colt!  Ellie the miniature horse missing: Ellie the miniature horse went missing up Old Relic Road in the Cow Creek/Crossport area last night. Her family has spent hours searching for her, to no avail. She has a colt at home, so if you find her, please don't try to keep her.
August 27
Troy, BCSD schools opening with normal schedules: After 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, school doors will open for the 2021-22 school year on in Troy Public Schools on Tuesday, August 31, and in Boundary County School District 101 on Tuesday, September 7, both with full, in-person days and no mandates for masks or vaccinations.
Officers undergo active threat training at BFHS: On August 25, the Bonners Ferry Police Department hosted Active Threat Incident Response Training at Bonners Ferry High School. BFPD School Resource Officer Jason Trujillo worked closely with Bonner County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Phillip Stella, the Emergency Response Team Commander, to bring members of the Bonner County Sheriff’s ERT to Bonners Ferry to lead the training.
COVID surge has PHD backlogged: With the recent surge in cases, tight labor market and demobilization of the National Guard, Panhandle Health District is experiencing a back-log of COVID-19 cases for July and August. PHD currently has several positions open to hire additional staff to help with the COVID-19 efforts and welcomes all qualified candidates to apply.
Flags to half staff for victims of Kabul attack: As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, August 30, 2021.
August 26
BCSD August 30 budget hearing and special board meeting agenda
We need more Idahoans to choose to receive the vaccine, Little says: As Idaho hospitals continue to be overwhelmed with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, Governor Brad Little announced today he is taking additional steps to assist Idahoans and relieve the growing burden on our healthcare system. North Idaho will be the priority, where vaccination rates are among the lowest in the state and where local hospitals are overwhelmed with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, limiting healthcare access for everyone else.
Education board approves full-time kindergarten proposal: The Idaho State Board of Education today approved a legislative proposal to fund full-time kindergarten in Idaho public schools statewide during its meeting at Idaho State University in Pocatello. If the proposal becomes law, parents who choose to send their children to kindergarten would be able to enroll them either full-time or half-time provided school facilities are available.
Creston returning to Stage 2 water measures: Effective immediately, the Town of Creston will be returning to Stage 2 water conservation measures until further notice due to recent cooler weather, increased stream flows and reduced irrigation demands. The Erickson water system has also returned to Stage 2 water conservation.
Idaho Humanities Council seeks North Idaho academic: The Idaho Humanities Council is seeking applications to fill one academic position from North Idaho on its volunteer board of directors. An academic member is defined by the Council as either a scholar in the humanities or an administrator of an educational or cultural institution.
August 24
North Idaho fire restrictions to be lifted: Cooler weather and significant moisture has prompted public, state and tribal land managers to rescind all fire restrictions in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Zone at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 27. Although several large fires and complexes in the northern panhandle are still under active suppression, the recent precipitation and decreased temperatures have lowered fire danger.
U.S. continues to lead in COVID cases, deaths: There were 114 new cases of COVID 19 confirmed yesterday in the Panhandle Health District in the 24 hours ended at 5 p.m. Monday, with 118 people hospitalized. Across the five North Idaho counties, there are 2,400 active cases of the illness, 52 in Boundary County
Area hospitals stretched thin by COVID variant: Kootenai Health, Coeur d'Alene, issued a release recently saying staff is seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of COVID-19 patients, and August of 2021 is looking a lot more like December of 2020, when a major surge of COVID-19 patients strained hospital resources. Boundary Community Hospital is experiencing the same trend. This time, however, the strain is happening faster and is more severe.
Containment to 15-percent on Trestle Creek Complex: The containment level on the Trestle Creek Complex Fire north of Hope has gone from five to 15-percent, and the acreage listed increased to 6,600 acres because the Idaho Department of Lands was able to get an infrared flight last night that used GPS to more accurately map the fire.
August 23
B.C. sets proof of vaccination requirements: By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to access many events, services and businesses throughout British Columbia.
Supreme Court shoots down initiative restrictions: The Idaho Supreme Court today ruled unanimously in favor of Reclaim Idaho and the Committee to Protect and Preserve the Idaho Constitution and overturned restrictions signed into law April 17 restricting the ability of Idahoans to enact law through the initiative process, ruling the measure unconstitutional.
First COVID vaccine gets full FDA approval: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today they approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals ages 16 and older. The vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty.
FedEx Ground having trouble delivering to Boundary County: A Bonners Ferry man awaiting the arrival of a package via FedEx Ground was surprised to find that his package was but one days late in a room full of others at the FedEx warehouse in Ponderay, all awaiting delivery to Boundary County.
Frost advisory issued for western Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a frost advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet and Lower Clark Fork Regions and the Flathead/Mission and Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys, in effect from 3 to 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Troy schools planning 9/11 remembrances and education: No students in Troy Public Schools were yet born September 11, 2001, and Superintendent Dr. Jacob Francom is asking the community's support as activities and plans are being developed to take place through September to ensure that students remember the tragic events of that fateful morning 20 years ago.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
August 22
Law enforcement cracking down on impaired driving: As Idahoans make their end of summer plans, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety to keep roads free of impaired drivers through Labor Day September 6 as officers from more than 60 agencies across the state will increase patrols looking for drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
COVID measures tightened north of the border: Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and low vaccination rates in parts of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the Board of Directors is announcing measures to help lower the risk of virus transmission in RDCK facilities.
August 21
COVID danger not limited to contracting the illness: From June 5 through August 19, Panhandle Health reports 60 cases of COVID-19 in Boundary County, with 46 cases now active. That brings the total in Boundary County since the onset of he pandemic to 955, with 14 deaths attributed to COVID. While we in Boundary County have been touched relatively lightly by COVID, we are still in crisis, so much so that Dr. Edward Moelmmer, an outdoor adventurer and emergency medical physician at Boundary Community Hospital, posted an open letter to county residents today.
August 20
Library board recall drive ends: We are suspending the effort to recall the library board and would like to thank those who helped in the petition process and those 500-plus who, in a matter of a few weeks, signed the Library Board Recall petition. By Library Recall Committee, Steve Tanner, Chair
August 19
Kralik promoted to ISP corporal in CVS section: The Commercial Vehicle Safety (CVS) Section of the Idaho State Police works to enforce safety regulations and educate drivers and industry about commercial vehicle safety. And to do just that, recently CVS added a valuable new member to the team.
Flash flood watch issued for Friday, Saturday: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a flash flood watch for North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.
Library budget approved amid chaos: The Boundary County Library Board this morning approved its $478,632 fiscal year 2021-22, but heard an earful at their annual budget hearing. Growing heated at times, it was a public hearing no one left feeling good about.
2021 Market Animal Sale one for the books: Dillon Mai had the grand champion beef, Cameron Kerttu the grand champion lamb and Reece Liermann the grand champion swine to lead the way in another stellar 4-H/FFA Market Animal Sale.
August 18
COVID cases reach record high in Creston: The number of COVID-19 cases in Creston has unfortunately continued to rise over the past week. From August 8-14, 49 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed. was 49. This is unequivocally the highest active case count in the Creston area and a marked increase from the previous reporting period
Person of interest sought in Spirit Lake shooting: UPDATE: The Benewah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of John Dalton walking in St. Maries at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, and a Benewah County Sheriff's Deputy held him until Kootenai County Sheriff's detectives could respond. On investigation, a search warrant for a nearby hotel was executed, leading to the recovery of evidence of the crime and an arrest warrant was obtained, charging Dalton with murder the of Tina Swor, 56, Spirit Lake.
Winners named in Moyie Shriners fair raffles: The members of the Moyie Shrine Club send out thanks to all who purchased tickets in the many 2021 Boundary County Fair raffles that were held, as well as thanks to the many businesses and individuals who donated such great prizes!
Moisture gives firefighters a breather, but not for long: Yesterday the Burnt Peak Fire received a total one-inch of rain and the South Yaak Fire received .8-inch of rain. The moisture is expected to reduce surface fire spread until the weekend, although heavy fuels will continue to be consumed.
August 17
BCSD 101 school year getting underway: Notes, dates and who's who: The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 7.
Final update issued on Jay Peak Fire: The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) sent out its final update today on the 12-acre Jay Peak fire east of Naples. Quick efforts kept the fire from expanding even in the hot and dry conditions.
August 16
Flash flood watch issued for Tuesday: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a flash flood watch for Boundary and Bonner Counties in Idaho and for Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties in Washington, in effect from Tuesday morning to Tuesday evening.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Amber alert issued for Flathead County girl: An Amber Alert has been issued for a reported non-custodial child abduction that occurred overnight in Flathead County, Montana. Rhiannon McGuire, 14, is believed to have been taken by her mother, 41-year-old Michelle Ferguson, who is driving a white 2002 Chevrolet Tracker, Montana license plate 734286b, possibly headed toward Missoula.
Trestle Creek Complex grows to 6,051 acres: As expected, dry and hot conditions brought an increase in fire activity to the Trestle Creek Complex Fires Sunday, pushing the fire to 6,051 acres, now about five percent contained. A Type 1 helicopter with a bucket is now assigned to the fire.
Jay Peak Fire closes end of Trail Creek Road: The Idaho Department of Lands is battling the 15-acre Jay Peak Fire east of Naples at the top of Trail Creek. Fire officials are closing Trail Creek Road at the end of the county road to the public due to safety concerns.
South Yaak fire grows, public meeting this evening in Troy: The South Yaak Fire four miles northwest of Troy saw moderate to high activity Sunday, growing to 11,582 acres, 54-percent contained as of 6:31 a.m. today.
August 12
Fair Time ...
Boundary County Sheriff Dave Kramer had a chance to congratulate this years fair royalty after opening ceremonies Wednesday. This year Kayson Russell and June Murphy (front) are the Little Prince and Princess and Cade Jelinek, Wyatt Hanef and Sierra Petesch are fair Kings and Queen.
Air quality forecast to worsen: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Boundary County of degraded air quality, currently in the unhealthy category, and forecast to deteriorate into the very unhealthy category.
Trestle Creek Complex evacuation status increased to 'set:' At the request of fire management for the Trestle Complex Fire, all homes in the current "Ready" evac status are moving to "Set" status due to forecast shifting winds creating potential for fire movement into those communities.
As school year gets underway, Little encourages COVID vaccines: Governor Brad Little held a press conference today at Nampa High School to highlight facts about unvaccinated Idahoans getting sick, strain occurring in hospitals, and to urge Idahoans on the fence about receiving the vaccine to get the shot now to protect students’ ability to learn in their classrooms this school year.
LDS presidency encourages COVID vaccine, continued social distancing: The leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today issued an announcement encouraging continuation of social distancing and mask-wearing.
Fire activity increasing on Trestle Creek Complex: Higher temperatures Wednesday brought an increase in fire behavior and the strong southwest winds in the evening further increased activity on the Trestle Creek Complex fire north of Hope. Smoky conditions are due to a change in weather patterns with a majority of smoke coming from large fires west of the area.
August 11
Standoff underway in Creston after shots fired: Creston RCMP is dealing with an armed and barricaded individual on Canyon Lister Road in Creston and they ask that residents avoid the area while the incident is underway. Additionally, they ask the public not take photos or report officers’ locations through social media, which may jeopardize their safety.
August 10 
Former library board member questions proposed budget: In the face of ongoing controversy surrounding operation of the Boundary County Library, former library board member Lee Haarstick went to the Idaho Commissioners for Libraries web site for data prior to the impending library budget hearing being held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 19, at the public library, 6370 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry.
Flight restriction in force over Trestle Creek Complex: A temporary flight restriction has been established for the Trestle Creek Complex Area about four miles north of Hope temporarily prohibiting flight operations in the area for all non-firefighting aircraft. The TFR applies to all aircraft, including ultralights and drones. 
PHD warns it's too soon to relax COVID measures: COVID-19 case counts in PHD’s jurisdiction of Boundary, Kootenai, Bonner, Benewah and Shoshone Counties continue to rise, mirroring both the state and national trends. In late-March and early-April, PHD’s jurisdiction saw some of the lowest levels of COVID-19 since last year. However, during the month of July, case counts and percent positivity have been steadily increasing each week. 
August 9
Sandpoint midwife facing life for death of newborn: A Bonner County midwife is scheduled for preliminary hearing September 24 before Judge Tera Harden, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the January 26 death of a newborn and destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, both felonies. 
South Yaak evacuation order rescinded: Cooler, wet weekend weather helped keep fire activity minimal on the South Yaak Fire four miles northwest of Troy, and today, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has rescinding the evacuation order for Kilbrennan Lake Road and Eastside Road. 
Akokli Creek fire evacuation alert reduced: On the recommendation of the BC Wildfire Service, the Regional District of Central Kootenay is reducing the Evacuation Alert area to 81 properties from Lockhart Beach Provincial Park south to include 12490 Highway 3A due to the Akokli Creek wildfire on the east bank of Kootenay Lake north of Creston. 
Bonner County man charged with exploiting Idaho children here and in Alaska: A federal grand jury in Anchorage returned an indictment charging a Bonner County man with sexually exploiting North Idaho children in the production of child pornography in Haines, Alaska. Christopher Panagiotou-Scigliano, 39, was taken into custody in Boundary County July 23.
Relief not forthcoming in lewd conduct resentencing: A 52-year-old Bonners Ferry man will serve two to ten years in prison for lewd conduct with a child after being resentenced August 4 pursuant to an amended order granting post conviction relief filed June 23
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
August 8
Minnesota plane crash claims Libby doctor, family members: A Libby couple died Saturday when a small plane crashed into the front yard of a home Saturday in downtown Victoria, Minnesota. Dr. James Edney, an Omaha surgeon, was piloting the Moony M20 aircraft, with passengers Jacob Mertes, 42, Libby, his son, and Jacob's wife, Dr. Sara Mertes, a family physician at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.
BCSD 101 Family Education Rights and Privacy Act notice: Boundary County School District #101 hereby notifies parents and guardians that they have the right to inspect and review student records, including accident and student conduct reports and data, standardized test data, health information and directory information.
August 7
Walk-in COVID pop-up clinics available in Creston area: Between now and August 14, there are four COVID-19 pop-up vaccine clinics available in the Creston area. No advance appointments are necessary. Anyone who lives or works in the area is able to walk up and receive their first or 2nd COVID-19 vaccine.
Trestle Creek Complex activity slows for the weekend: Minimal growth is expected on the Trestle Creek Complex fires over the next 12-24 hours, thanks to higher humidity and cooler temperatures in the area. But conditions next week are expected to once again favor the fire.
August 6
Local child care provider jailed for lewd conduct: On August 6, the Bonners Ferry Police Department, with the assistance of the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Thomas Edward Dyott, 63, Bonners Ferry, on a felony warrant issued in a Boundary County case which charged him with one count of a lewd act with a minor child. There may be more victims.
Trestle Creek Complex nearing homes: The Trestle Creek Complex Fire has spread to within a half mile of private residences in Trestle Creek. At 3,586 acres with zero-percent containment, crews are using equipment to open up Road 1082 between the main fire and private residences in Trestle Creek.
Fire activity could increase on South Yaak, Burnt Peak: The South Yaak Fire northwest of Troy continues to grow, estimated at 6:22 a.m. to encompass 10,153 acres with 10-percent containment and moderate fire activity. Light showers are expected to continue through midday today before being ushered east by the cold front. This front will bring wind gusts of 25-30 miles per hour.
Hearing set on proposed county fee increases: Boundary County has proposed to increase fees at the Restorium, at DMV and at the airport, and they'll hold public hearing on the proposals at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 24, at the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
August 5
Widespread lightning puts strain on firefighting resources: Overnight on August 3 and into the morning of August 4, the Priest Lake Ranger District received dozens of recorded lightning strikes. Thanks to public and agency reports, along with aerial reconnaissance, 15 fires have been detected and staffed with initial attack resources.
Trestle Creek Complex at 3,450 acres: The Trestle Creek Complex Fire north of Hope saw significant growth July 30 to August 1 as a weather system moved into the region. Winds from the northeast reached 25 miles per hour, causing wind-driven fire growth to the southwest and starting spot fires up to three quarters of a mile ahead of the fire.
Three school board seats up for election: Boundary County School District #101 has three board seats that are up for election in November, and those interested in running have until 5 p.m. Friday, September 3, to file their declaration of candidacy petition with the Boundary County clerk.
Avista gas meters to be inspected in Bonners Ferry: In the next week, Avista natural gas meter safety inspections will be taking place in the zip code area of 83805.
August 4
Trestle Creek, Stateline Complex Fires heat up: Factoring in recent fire behavior and growth, a new area closure has been issued for the St. Joe Ranger District. An area closure will also be issued shortly for the Trestle Creek Complex on the Sandpoint Ranger District north of Hope to replace the previous road and trail closure.
Spring Hill Fire near Hall Mountain nearly contained: Bonners Ferry Ranger District and Hall Mountain firefighters are working the Spring Hill Fire near Hall Mountain with help from a helicopter that just completed an entire fuel cycle dropping water on the blaze.
'Ride to Sturgis' rolls into Bonners Ferry: Bonners Ferry was a bit more arumble with the purr of motorcycles than usual Tuesday afternoon and this morning as the Ride to Sturgis rolled in for a black tie gala at the Kootenai River Inn, bringing back one of its own, Caleb Arceneaux, for a visit, before rolling out again this morning for their next stop, Glacier National Park.
Humidity helps moderate South Yaak, Burnt Peak Fires: Activity on the South Yaak Fire about four miles northwest of Troy has moderated somewhat this morning after good overnight humidity recovery was observed. As of 5:48 a.m., the fire is at 9,290 acres and 10-percent contained.
August 3
False fatality report may result in charges: At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, August 1, Boundary County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fatal motorcycle accident in the Keno Creek/Deer Creek area of Boundary County. It was an expensive false report.
You can run ... A Bonner County man who escaped an arrest attempt by U.S. Marshals and Boundary County Sheriff's personnel on a fugitive warrant in the Upper Pack in mid-June was arrested in Bonner County July 28 and he's now facing a slew of felony charges from both counties.
Routine traffic stop lands wanted felon in jail: A traffic stop on a maroon Cadillac for a simple traffic violation July 19 took a wanted felon and more than a quarter pound of methamphetamine off the streets.
Bad air plus high heat mean a tough couple of days ahead: From Florida to central Alaska, air quality is degraded by smoke across the U.S. and Canada. As of 7:40 a.m. today, air quality throughout North Idaho, northeastern Washington and the Kootenai/Cabinet Region in northwest Montana is unhealthy. Add to that temperatures in the upper 90s to 105.
August 2
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Body of youth who fell in river July 20 recovered: At about 9 a.m. Mountain time today, searchers from David Thompson Search and Rescue discovered the body of a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing July 20 by his brother, who said he'd fallen off a cliff while the two were biking on a trail above Kootenai Falls.
Library board opts to keep report from public view: In seeking to provide accurate coverage of the controversy that shut the doors of the Boundary County Library following a declaration of emergency in mid-April, 9B Media LLC made a Freedom of Information Act request with the library's designated attorney July 28 for documents including the report by the independent investigator that was approved by the board during the July 6, 2021 meeting. The request was denied.
Excessive heat watch in effect Tuesday and Wednesday: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued an excessive heat watch for North Idaho and eastern Washington, in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening. Afternoon temperatures in the upper 90s to 105 degrees are possible.
August 1
Overnight winds push Trestle Creek Complex past 2,400 acres: The Trestle Creek Complex, located eight miles northeast of Hope, saw significant growth this weekend as a weather system moved into the region. Winds from the northeast reached 25 miles per hour, impacting the fire overnight on Friday and into Saturday, causing wind-driven fire growth to the southwest and spot fires up to three-quarters of a mile ahead of the fire.
South Yaak Fire at 8,384 acres: The South Yaak Fire continues to grow, estimated at 8,384 acres as of 8:51 a.m. today, with n10-percent containment, and while showers and increased humidity are expected later today, the wind and lightning that is forecast to accompany it is a big concern.
Wind advisory issued where wind needed least: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a wind advisory, in effect for the Kootenai/Cabinet region from 5 to 11 p.m. today. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop over the region this evening which will bring strong gusty winds in bursts of a few minutes to an hour, then subside.
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Business
August 24
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.
August 22
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.
Social
August 19
2021 Multi-Church VBS just around the corner: The 2021 Multi-Church VBS for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade takes place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, August 24-26, at the Springs of Living Water Free Methodist Church, 6957 Labrosse Hill Street, Bonners Ferry.
August 7
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
August 30
Badgers volleyball squads shine in season opener: The Stillwater Christian volleyball teams of Kalispell, Montana, made the long trip to Bonners Ferry to face the Badgers in their season openers on Saturday, and made the long trip home with losses across the board.
Badger cross country season off to promising start: The Badger cross country team traveled to Libby Friday to run its first full meet of the season at Cabinet View Golf Course. Libby High School hosted and set up a beautiful course, measuring a full 5k, mostly grass, and cooler temperatures combined to make it an exceptional and fast morning for everybody.
August 28
Tuesday Trouble women's bowling starting season: The Women's Bowling League Tuesday Trouble is starting up on Tuesday, September 7. All skill levels are welcome. They will meet every following Tuesday until spring. Stop by AJ's Lanes, 6696 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, September 7 to learn more.
August 26
Lake Pend Oreille walleye staying put: Walleye concentrations have not changed much since the July update, with most fish still located primarily in the western portions of Lake Pend Oreille. Most walleyes are near the Sandpoint bridges, in the northern portions of Oden Bay and around Fisherman's Island and continue to be found in the Pend Oreille River, with several tagged fish found recently near Laclede and Thama.
IDFG hosting Panhandle safe skills workshop: Idaho Fish and Game staff and volunteers in the Panhandle Region will be hosting a "Hunt Safe Skills Workshop" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 18, at the Panhandle Regional office, 2885 W Kathleen Avenue, Coeur d'Alene.
August 25
Information sought on bull trout poaching on Pack River: Idaho Fish and Game has information regarding illegal harvest of bull trout on the Pack River in the Lake Pend Oreille basin this summer. Fish and Game conservation officers are seeking any information the public may have that might lead to identification of the people involved.
August 12
IDFG seeks comment on Panhandle fishing proposals: Idaho Fish and Game is currently seeking public comments on statewide proposed fishing regulation changes for 2022-2024. There are two proposed regulation changes in the Panhandle Region that Fish and Game would like to hear anglers' thoughts on.
August 10
Hunters' help needed to monitor CWD in Idaho: Chronic Wasting Disease is a threat to Idaho’s big game animals, and Fish and Game needs to prevent it from entering the state and monitor for it within the state. CWD is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose in North America.
August 6
Badger cross country hits practice field Monday: The Bonners Ferry Cross Country Team will hold its first practice/parents meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, August 9, in the bleachers at Kenny Mendenhall Stadium, unless air quality is poor, in which case practices will be held indoors until the smoke clears.
August 5
Hayden Lake access closing for maintenance: The Sportsman's Park access site on Hayden Lake will be closed to all public access August 9 through the 11. Fish and Game will be seal coating and re-striping the asphalt parking lot at this site.
August 4
IDFG seeks comment on fishing rules: Idaho Fish and Game is asking for public comment on potential changes for the update of the fishing regulations booklet for next the three-year cycle, 2022-2024. Comments will be accepted until 10 p.m. Pacific, Sunday, August 29.
Entertainment
August 23
Gary Eller returning with latest Idaho Song Project offering: Idaho musician Gary Eller will bring the latest adaptation of his Idaho Songs Project, "Stock Handler, Songs, Poems and Stories of Early Idaho," to the Boundary County Museum, 7229 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, for a performance and jam as well as a series of three workshops.
 
Letters
August 27
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
August 26
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
Ensuring every dollar collected for crime victims is used to help them: Crime victims in Idaho and across our country deserve full access to resources after a traumatic experience. Ensuring funds intended for helping crime victims recover are only used for that purpose is central to making progress in decreasing the impact of violent crime and supporting victims. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
Protect our freedoms by defeating our common enemy: The valiant struggle of today’s healthcare workers against the coronavirus hearkens back to one of the toughest enemies George Washington faced while fighting for American independence: Variola, the smallpox virus. By Jim Jones, David Pate and Michael Satz
August 11
Investing in Idaho: Senators on both sides of the aisle have long agreed on the need to modernize and expand hard infrastructure, and infrastructure investments have traditionally been accomplished through bipartisanship and regular order. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
Obituaries
August 31
Peggy Mendenhall passed away August 26, 2021. A Celebration of Life and potluck will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18, at Rotary Park (Snow Creek Pond). Friends are invited to stop in and are welcomed to camp.
Gayle Sharon Alexander passed peacefully at home on Saturday, August 21, 2021, under the loving care of her sister Cathy. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 11, at the Bonners Ferry Baptist Church, 6892 Cody Street.
Mary Dalebout Brown Denton, 104, Bonners Ferry, passed away on August 26, 2021, at Boundary County Extended Care. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 4, at Sherman-Campbell Funeral Home, 43 Wisconsin Street, Priest River, with funeral service at 11 a.m., Pastor Jim Greenslitt officiating. A grave-side service will commence at the Evergreen Cemetery after the service.
August 25
Frances Ella Dunn, 92, Pinehurst, passed away August 20, 2021, at the Shoshone Medical Center in Kellogg. She was born June 3, 1929, in Ordway, Colorado. Frances was the daughter of C. Fremont “Mont” and Mary (Shea) Snodgrass. Upon Frances’s request, no services will be held.
David Eugene Garner, 79, Moyie Springs, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 22, 2021, peacefully at home with his family. Viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m.  Thursday, August 26,  at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. Services for David will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 27, at  Bridgeway Assembly of God, 66027 US-2, Bonners Ferry, with a reception to follow.
Polline "Pat" Wilson,died Wednesday, August 18, 2021. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 28, at the Clarkston Wesleyan Church, 1100 Elm Street, Clarkston, Washington. Her funeral service will start at 11 a.m. and burial will follow at Asotin Cemetery.
August 24
Jerry John Everhart, Bonners Ferry passed away peacefully in his home on November 14, 2020, with his family by his side. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 11, at the Fairgrounds Memorial Hall. A luncheon will be served.
August 19
Steven Swetoslaw Russell was born September 27, 1946, in Dairen, China. He went home to be with the Lord August 16, 2021. He had an international upbringing having had the privilege of moving all over the world. He and his wife, Nancy, moved to Bonners Ferry in 2006 and have been integral part of the community.
August 13
Stanley W. Martin, 63, passed away on August 10, 2021, at home. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 21, at the Moravia Cemetery.
August 10
Mike Joseph passed from this earth on Saturday afternoon, August 7, 2021. From his birth on October 21, 1942, Mike Joseph brought adventure, peace and love in great abundance to our world.
August 7
Roy Frank Knect went to be with the Lord at his home on Gold Hill in Princeton, Idaho, on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. He was born in Bonners Ferry and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School 1n 1971. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 14, at Real Life, 1428 South Blaine Street, Moscow, with reception and dinner following.
August 4
Miles Stewart Stephens, 37, died in Columbus, Ohio, July 29, 2021. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 14, the Rotary Park on Lions Den Road at Snow Creek. Friends are welcome to camp if you'd like and please come prepared with a story or two.