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October 2021
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October 29
Idaho joins states challenging federal contractor vaccine mandate: Governor Brad Little announced today he joined a multistate lawsuit challenging President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14042, also known as the federal contractor vaccine mandate. Biden’s Executive Order 14042 requires employees of federal contractors be fully vaccinated by December 8 with few exceptions.
U.S. ports of entry to open to fully vaccinated November 8: The Department of Homeland Security announced today that non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals starting on November 8.
Library names new director: According to a post today on the library Facebook page, the Boundary County Library District's search for a new director ended at the BCLD Board of Trustees' meeting on October 21, with the hiring of Kimber Glidden by unanimous vote.
Supercharged aurora borealis could light up weekend night sky: The National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have issued a G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch, in effect for Saturday and Sunday, October, 30-31. It could disrupt some electronics devices and radio signals, but should bring supercharged northern lights displays readily visible across Canada and the northern United States.
October 28
Extra county enforcement patrols for Halloween: The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office has coordinated with the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety to fund traffic enforcement patrols through the Halloween weekend. Beginning today and extending through November 1, additional deputies will be patrolling Boundary County’s roads and highways.
We're number 1: It follows that in places where, by too many, science is ignored, statistics prove how fallacious the logic of that mindset. While COVID 19 numbers are improving in much of the state, they aren't in fiercely independent and liberty-loving North Idaho, particularly in Boundary County. By Mike Weland
PHD offers three brands of COVID booster shots: The Panhandle Health District supports authorization by the Food and Drug Administration and the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to administer booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Booster doses of those vaccines are available now for specific individuals, in addition to booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine the agencies approved last month.
Add over-the-counter nasal spray to list of useless COVID cures: Many of us would like to believe a marketer’s claims that an over-the-counter nasal spray can prevent or treat COVID-19. Luckily, the law sets a high standard of proof before a marketer can say its product can prevent, treat, or cure a serious disease. The law requires competent scientific evidence. By Seena Gressin
October 27
$9.9-million FCC penalty filed against Libby man for malicious robocalls: The U.S. Department of Justice last week served a complaint filed against a Libby man to recover a $9.9 million penalty imposed by the Federal Communications Commission for nearly 5,000 unlawful and malicious “spoofed” robocalls.
Commissioners meeting in emergency session  
Boundary County Commissioners will meet in emergency session at 4:30 p.m. today in commission chambers in the Boundary County Courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, to discuss Community Restorium staffing, illnesses and residents. All interested may attend in person or by phone; 1-877-402-9753, access code 9099848.
October 26
Library seeking board member to fill Judith Mace's shoes: Due to the untimely death of Judith Mace on October 3, 2021, the Boundary County Library Board of Trustees issued a declaration of trustee vacancy for Zone 5 according to Idaho Code 33-2716(3) at the regular meeting of the BCLD’s Board of Trustees October 21. The BCLD Board of trustees will appoint to fill the vacancy, a person qualified to serve as trustee of the public library district and resides in Zone 5.
Wind advisory issued for northwest Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a wind advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect from midnight tonight to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Southwest winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour are predicted, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
October 25, 2021
Open enrollment for Idaho health insurance begins November 1: Open enrollment for health insurance is just one week away. Beginning November 1, Idahoans who do not have coverage through their employer and don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, can enroll in 2022 medical and dental coverage through Your Health Idaho, the state’s health insurance exchange.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Lavala running to serve his community: My name is Robert Lavala and I am running for City Council in Bonners Ferry this November 2. I am writing this article myself, considering that I know myself better than anyone other than my amazing wife. I was born and raised in a small suburb of Boise named Garden City.
October 24, 2021
Zoey missing near Troy: Folks in the Troy area are asked to keep an eye out for Zoey, an adventurous girl who is known to go for romps in the woods, but she's never been gone this long, and with hunting season open, the folks watching her for a friend is worried. Their home is off Mud Lake Road near the rest area by Schoolhouse Lake.
October 23
Wilson urges all his neighbors to have CO detectors: Tim Wilson lost his mother Friday, 18 years after he lost his father, Pete, and brother, Kip, in November 2003, when an improperly installed pool heater filled the house with carbon monoxide. Tim's mom, Rhoda, and brother Duff were flown to a Spokane hospital, and both survived. Tim doesn't convey the story to garner sympathy, but to alert all in the community of the importance of having working CO detectors in your home.
Search on for missing Aberdeen man: The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in locating a missing and endangered 71-year-old Roger Fretwell, Aberdeen, Idaho. A long-time resident of American Falls, Idaho, he and his wife had recently moved to Aberdeen. FOUND!
October 20
Closed fire season ends today: State burn permits from the Idaho Department of Lands are no longer required for burning activities outside of city limits beginning October 21, but citizens are still encouraged to voluntarily obtain the free permits when burning this Fall.
IDL seeking north operator for FPAC: The Idaho Department of Lands will accept nominations for two positions on the Idaho Forest Practices Advisory Committee through the close of business on October 31, 2021. Charged by state law with selecting the committee members, IDL director Dustin Miller will appoint qualified individuals to serve three-year terms for the Operator North and General Public Representative South positions.
Paul Rawling's 'Swan Song" brings new yet familiar faces: The Pearl Theater stage will come alive again with the premier performance October 29 of Bonners Ferry's playwright emeritus Paul Rawlings latest production, "Swan Song," a comedy/drama dealing with mortality, of finding peace in the face of adversity.
October 19
Boundary County charges dropped against Sandpoint felon: Multiple Boundary County felony charges against a 28-year-old Sandpoint man were dismissed without prejudice "on that further investigation is being done," but a raft of other felony charges in Bonner County have landed him a minimum of five years in prison.
October 18
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Flags to half staff in honor of General Colin Powell: U.S. flags have been ordered by the president to be lowered to half staff in honor of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, 84, who died today of complications from COVID-19. He also suffered multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body's immune response, as well as Parkinson's Disease.
With CESB well underway, Creston Mayor reestablishing fire fund: The highly anticipated construction of the new Creston Emergency Services Building (CESB) has begun! In just a few short weeks, the foundation, external doors, walls and roof of the CESB, located at 1505 Cook Street next to Pealow's Your Independent Grocer have been completed, and it's anticipated that the facility will be fully functional by spring 2022. By Mayor Ron Toyota
October 16
Teenage motorcyclist killed in Bonner County collision: Idaho State Police are investigating a vehicle collision that occurred at 1:30 p.m. today on Highway 95 at Selle Road in Bonner County. The driver of a motorcycle was northbound on US 95 and the driver of a pickup truck towing a horse trailer was southbound.
Poston running to serve city he knows and believes in: Lifelong Boundary County resident Brion Poston is one of three candidates running for two seats on the Bonners Ferry City Council in the November 2 election. His choice to run, he said, is not politically motivated, but because he believes in our community.
McGeachin exposes 'truth' about legal issues with the media: In the wake of an Idaho Press Club lawsuit for public records, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeahchin McGeachin took the stage at Ammon High School Thursday and declared she was protecting whistleblowers who participated in her Education Task Force investigation and her attorney called on the Idaho AG's office to pay $30,000 costs for bad lawyering.
October 15
Idaho Forest Products week just ahead: Governor Brad Little has formally proclaimed the week of October 18-22 as Idaho Forest Products Week and a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the industry in Idaho. Idaho has 21.5 million acres of forest land spanning from the Canadian border to the southern edge of the state. Over 40% of Idaho is covered in trees.
State Superintendent candidate to hold local meet and greet: Former Idaho Senator Branden Durst, now running for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction on the November 8, 2022, ballot, will hold a meet and greet in Bonners Ferry at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, at Mugsy's Tavern & Grill, 7161 Main Street.
Fire safety and the changing seasons: The summer past was a record setter in many respects. We saw fire indices numbers that we have not seen before. Our fire season started early with early spring fires that exhibited fire behavior similar to August or September fires. The drought conditions combined with the heavy fire loads that we have in our forests had us set up for a catastrophic fire season. Once again, however, we slipped through this season without any major fires. With cold weather approaching we will be entering the time when we see most structure fires. By HMVFD Chief Brad Lowther
October 14
Repair work starts Monday on Pack River Road: Road repair work on Pack River Road will begin Monday, October 18. The road is in the Upper Pack River area near Sandpoint, Idaho. While most delays are expected to be short, some delays could last four hours. The repairs will take place approximately two miles above the Pack River Snowmobile Parking Area.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of October 18 
October 13
Bonner County Sheriff seeking suspect in Oldtown homicide: UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. Thursday, October 14 -- Eric Benzo has been located and is in custody however anybody with information about the shooting is encouraged to call dispatch (208) 265-5525.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 500 block of Silver Birch Lane in Oldtown, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate the report of a shooting. Deputies and Bonner County EMS arrived on scene and found an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds.
U.S. to reopen border in November for vaccinated: Since being halted by pandemic in March, 2020, travel restrictions are set to be lifted at land ports of entry in November for those fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The actual date is to be announced soon.
October is Idaho Health Care Worker Appreciation Month: Governor Brad Little on Monday proclaimed the month of October “Idaho Health Care Worker Appreciation Month,” and encouraged all Idahoans to seek out the health care workers in their lives and communities and show their respect, appreciation, and support for the sacrifices health care workers are making to get us through an unprecedented public health crisis.
SSI, Medicare recipients to see increase with new year: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9 percent in 2022, the Social Security Administration announced today.
October 11
Amber Alert issued for six-year-old Jerome boy: FOUND SAFE! AMBER ALERT CANCELLED! An Idaho Amber Alert has been issued for a six year old boy last seen today in Jerome and believed in imminent danger. Kingston James Solis is four feet tall with black hair and brown eyes, last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, gray shoes, and black and red Avengers backpack. He is missing his two front teeth.
Be on the lookout for ATV stolen in Bonners Ferry: The Bonners Ferry Police Department is asking the public's help to locate an ATV stolen in the Wells Street area between 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday. It's a 2014 Arctic Cat 1000x Wildcat with Montana license plate BTF999.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
October 10
Agendas; City of Troy public hearing and work meeting 6:30 p.m. October 13 
October 9
County commissioners' meeting agenda - week of October 11
Boundary County Commissioner's minutes, September 20-21
October 7
World closing in on five-million COVID dead: Globally, as of 11:21 a.m. today, 236,760,977 human beings have been hit with COVID-19 and 4,832,685 have died. Nationally, the United States has tallied 3,485,038 new cases in the last 28 days, and 53,713 more dead, bringing the COVID death toll to 708,434 and the total case count to 44,111,995.
Early voting starts next week for November 2 election: The four sample ballots are out, the deadline for early registration to vote in the November 2 election is 5 p.m. tomorrow, absentee ballots will go in the mail next week and in-person early voting at the Boundary County Courthouse begins Tuesday, October 12.
BNSF Sandpoint project chugging right along: The Sandpoint Junction Connector bridge project is chugging along right on or ahead of schedule. To meet the growing needs of the communities Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad serves, BNSF is building a second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille adjacent to the existing rail bridge. BNSF is also building new bridges over Sand Creek and Bridge Street in Sandpoint.
Crapo, Risch espouse Western Conservation Principles: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have joined members of the Senate Western Caucus and Congressional Western Caucus Members to reveal a holistic, outcome-based conservation proposal, “Western Conservation Principles.” The proposal, serves as an alternative to the Biden Administration’s “30 by 30 initiative” and America the Beautiful report.
October 6
In Idaho, Pillow Guy's rendition of the Big Lie a big lie: Following the manual recount of eight of 32 Bonner County precincts, the office of the Idaho Secretary of State has wrapped up its review surrounding allegations challenging the accuracy of Idaho’s November 2020 election. The findings: As expected, the election was executed with both integrity and accuracy, with the office finding only a roughly 0.1% margin of error across three counties.
Burning planned on Sandpoint Ranger district: The Sandpoint Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be burning piles this week associated with the Old House fuels reduction project. The phase of the project currently being implemented consists of pile burning on seven acres of National Forest System Lands.
Lifetime Achievement Awards go to Idaho hospitality workers: Governor Brad Little announced he awarded the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Travel and Tourism to Idaho hospitality workers collectively. He also proclaimed October 4-8 Hospitality Employee Appreciation Week and he encourages all Idahoans to visit their favorite local hospitality business or destination and say thank you to the employees who provide a wonderful experience.
Critchfield running for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction: The Idaho Constitution directs state officials to provide a free, thorough and uniform public education system. And, as you know, nothing is free. More than two billion of your dollars go to education to fulfill that constitutional charge. You send your hard-earned dollars to Boise with the belief that elected officials will make decisions that support your expectations.
Knotty Pine Project draft decision notice released: The Three Rivers Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest has prepared a draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact for the Knotty Pine Project, located north and west of Troy, and includes the Pine Creek, Curley Creek, Lime Creek, Rocky Creek and Red Top Creek watersheds. Line Point, Murphy and Red Top mountains form the northern boundary of the project, the Idaho state line forms the western edge, the Kootenai River the southern boundary, and the Yaak River the eastern boundary.
October 4
Season tickets on sale for Festival at Sandpoint: The Festival at Sandpoint is preparing for their 39th annual season to be held July 28-August 7, 2022. Season Passes are on sale now for $299, plus tax and fees, for a limited time.
Think pink - Volley for a Cure this Thursday: This year's Bonners Ferry Badgers “Volley for a Cure” games and silent auction will be Thursday, October 7, as they host the Kellogg Wildcats in Intermountain League play. All proceeds will go towards a local cancer group. The goal is to pack the stands with pink in awareness of the scourge of breast cancer -- players, coaches, parents and fans are all encouraged to get involved!
Facebook sites crash: WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have all gone down in a major outage. The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – all completely stopped working at around 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Other products that are part of the same family of apps, such as Facebook Workplace, also stopped working.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
October 3
Bandito is home safe!
Bandito is home and safe in his pasture! A huge thanks to Perry and Erin and Kim and Cassidy at the Stateline House, where he trotted off to, to Svetlana, who also has horses and watches out for him, to Margo who went out and checked around her house (he ran up there twice in the past), and to my husband Trevor, who puts up with it all and went right out to checking fence! Thanks to Troy dispatch, who put the word out ... they got the call from a lady from Washington who saw him on the highway so we could narrow back our search and save miles and miles of walking!
More than 700,000 Americans now dead from COVID-19: The United States, the world leader in all the wrong categories in the fight against COVID 19, reached another sad milestone this weekend, with 700,982 Americans now dead in the 19 months since the pandemic began. In the last 28 days, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, 3,658,765 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, and 52,269 fresh corpses laid to rest. It's not just the virus that's deadly. So, too, is the misinformation.
October 2
Search on for missing Sandpoint girl: UPDATE -- 1:12 p.m. Sunday, October 3: Elizabeth has been found and is back with her family! The Sandpoint Police Department is asking the public's help to locate a 13-year-old Sandpoint girl last seen at her home the evening of September 25.
Thor missing in Wildhorse Lane neighborhood: Thor is missing in the west Marx Subdivision neighborhood in Bonners Ferry, and the people who belong to him worry that as an indoor cat, he's not adapted to the perils of the Bonners Ferry wilds. Thor is about five years old, a bit on the skinny side, with a long, question mark shaped tail. He is chipped but he's not wearing a collar. Anyone who sees him is asked to call (208) 217-5903.
October 1
ISP releases will no longer name those involved in collisions: For those who follow ISP's news releases, you'll notice some updates to the content of those releases involving vehicle collisions. It has been a lengthy and careful process to find a practice that best serves public information needs regarding traffic incidents and traffic safety that is balanced with the need to maintain the integrity of crash investigations and protect against an unwarranted invasion of patient or personal privacy. From Idaho State Police Public Affairs
Charlie Meeker's COVID case sets statewide example of challenges: “I got big troubles.” That’s what Charlie Meeker, 79, said when he started having trouble breathing due to COVID-19. And because there were no hospital beds available, Meeker was flown to a hospital in Washington, illustrating how the ravages of COVID-19 in North Idaho spilled over into our neighboring state. By Scott McIntosh, Idaho Statesman
Serving on the school board a sound investment in community: My name is Susan Weed and I am running for reelection for Boundary County School District 101 School Board Trustee - Zone 2, Moyie Springs. I have been a school board member for the past four years. My husband Dennis and I moved to Boundary County 12 years ago. It has been a priority for us to intentionally have a positive impact wherever we live.
U.S. fighting influx of deadly fentanyl: Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Law enforcement in North Idaho has seen a significant increase in the presence of fentanyl and are increasingly concerned over the deadly risks it poses.
Stokes to take over as head of ITD in May: The Idaho Transportation Board announced today that chief deputy Scott Stokes will serve as the new director of the Idaho Transportation Department beginning in the spring of 2022. Current director Brian Ness will continue to lead the department and Stokes will serve as chief deputy until he takes the helm on May 29, 2022.
USS Idaho plank owners to visit North Idaho: The USS Idaho, a Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine currently under construction, is on schedule to be christened in the summer of 2022 and commissioned into active US Navy service in 2023, and a committee of Idaho volunteers is working to plan for the warship’s christening and commissioning activities under guidelines set by the Secretary of the Navy.
Flags to half staff Sunday: In accordance to Public Law 107-51, the American flag should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Sunday, October 3, in observance of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The 40th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 3,to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty.
Look who's home!
 Charlie Meeker was hospitalized for much of September, first at Boundary Community Hospital, then at Sacred Heart, but he returned home on Thursday,
looking hale and happy to be back among family and friends.
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Business
October 18
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.
October 15
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.
October 14
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.
October 13
Idaho worker's comp insurance cost to drop for 2022: The National Council on Compensation Insurance recently submitted their annual rate recommendation and the Idaho Department of Insurance accepted a seven-percent reduction in rates, effective January 1. Workers’ compensation insurers can now either adopt the NCCI rates without modification or propose to the Idaho Department of Insurance's review an adjustment from NCCI’s rates.
Social
October 20
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.
October 19
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
October 15
Riddle, Mellett winners in HMVFD: Bobby Riddle, Bonners Ferry, was the grand prize winner in the September 25 Hall Mountain Fire Ladies' Auxiliary annual raffle. He won a $1,000 shopping spree at Far North Outfitters.
Sports/Outdoors
October 27
Idaho's Large Tracts Program brings opportunities, challenges: Citizens of Idaho enjoy something most folks from other states only dream of: an abundance of publicly accessible lands. It’s easy to take for granted because nearly two-thirds of Idaho is federally managed for public access, making the possibilities nearly endless when it comes to recreating outdoors, especially for hunters, trappers and anglers.
The Poppies have a good week bowling: In the sixth week of Tuesday's Trouble bowling at AJ's Lanes, Alice VanGundy got high scratch game 168, second high scratch series 432 and second high handicap game 233. Jeanne Osborn got second high scratch game 163, high scratch series 436, high handicap game 237 and third high handicap series 658.
October 26
Badger harriers heading for state races: The lady Badgers started off the day Thursday trying to duke it out with CdA Charter for the district championship, finishing second in the Intermountain League cross country standings, just three points behind the powerhouse Panthers. The boys finished out the day in third place, meaning both teams qualified for the state 3A championships this Saturday in Eagle, Idaho.
October 21
Badger volleyball team in fight tonight for state: The Badger girls move on in district play after ending Coeur d'Alene Charter's season, 3-0, at home Wednesday. The Badgers travel to Timberlake at 6 p.m. today to fight for the second IML state berth.
Konek has awesome Tuesday at the lanes: Kathy Konek took high scratch game for the second week in a row with a 157 as the ladies in Tuesday's Trouble wrapped up five weeks of bowling. She also took high scratch series 430, second high handicap game 227 and high handicap series 640.
Badger runners vying for state berths today: With a bye week heading into districts, Badger Cross Country Coach Tyler Warner has been gearing the team up for the post season and pondering how the roster will shape up for state. Districts are at 1 p.m. today at Priest River.
October 13
Lady Slippers take it all in fourth week of Tuesday's Trouble bowling: Kathy Konek got high scratch game 183 and third high scratch series 427 in the fourth week of Tuesday Trouble bowling at AJ's Lanes October 5. Carolyn McNeill got second high scratch game 164 and second high scratch series, 450. Alice VanGundy got third high scratch game 160 and Jeanne Osborn got high scratch series 454. By Dolores Sweet
October 11
Badgers healing up in time for districts: The Badger Cross Country teams took an early morning bus ride to Lewiston Orchards near Lewiston High School for the Inland Empire Challenge Saturday, and came hope with several new personal bests.
October 6
Tuesday's Trouble finishes three weeks of bowling: On September 28, Tuesday's Trouble high scratch game went to Alice VanGundy 166 and high scratch series 441, second high game Denise Crichton 157 and third high scratch series 418, Michelle Sweet got third high scratch game 153 and Kim Haworth got second high scratch series 432.
Deer season kicks off October 10 in most of Idaho: If you're a rifle hunter, your deer season starts October 10 in most parts of the state. The general, any-weapon deer hunts includes most, but not all, units. You can find out which units are available in the Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet. Hunters can expect a fair-to-good deer hunting season, but with some caveats.
October 4
Badgers shine at Ben Castro Invitational: Sunny skies and warm temperatures were a welcome sight to the competitors at Thursday's Ben Castro Invitational at Pinehurst Golf Course, hosted by Kellogg High School. As has been the case in recent weeks, the Badgers continued to post increasingly fast times and did not fall prey to the dullness of certain sections of the course.
October 2
Pheasant hunting opening on Boundary-Smith Creek WMA: Back by popular demand, hunters can enjoy a second year of pheasant hunting at two wildlife management areas in the Panhandle, including the Boundary-Smith Creek WMA in Boundary County. Whether you are a new hunter or a seasoned veteran, pheasant hunting opportunity in 2021 will not disappoint! By T.J. Ross
Letters
October 31
On Tuesday, let your voices be heard: VOTE!: Idaho’s parents and educators, you care deeply about your students and their education. You support your schools and teachers in many ways — and voting is the most effective means to voice what you want for your children. As students’ most powerful advocates, it is imperative that you speak up at the ballot box. By Region 1 school superintendents
October 21
Education detractors, show us proof or shut up: Enough is enough. I can no longer remain silent as certain people in our community demonize our hardworking public education employees, which include bus drivers, classroom aides, teachers, custodians, secretaries, nurses, maintenance workers, cooks, principals, coaches, superintendents and our unpaid volunteer school board members. By Jan Studer
October 20
Protecting Idahoan's second amendment rights: The Second Amendment of our Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I firmly believe this provision prohibits the federal government from denying citizens this right. Burdening law-abiding citizens of this country with additional gun restrictions is not the answer to safeguarding the public. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
October 17
Though it's an off-year election, every vote November 2 is critical: Many voters don't see the election just ahead as important; they instead look to the midterms of 2022 or the presidential election of 2024. Those thinking that way are making a big ... possibly huge ... mistake. In nearly every race on ballots across the nation, candidates are running not so much to serve in positions of public trust but rather to ensure that the groundwork is laid for the "critical" elections ahead. By publisher Mike Weland
October 9
Getting dessert twice: Boise legislators are sitting on a mountain of CARES – ARPA – Trumpy Dollars - Biden Bucks, etc. Yet many municipalities and entities within are asking homeowners, taxpayers, to pay more via levy increases. By Rosanne Smith
October 4
Double death tax the wrong way to go: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and often when a business owner dies, the family business is tied up in their estate. Recognizing this, Congress created exemptions from estate and capital gains taxes, including allowing a step-up in the value (“tax basis”) of a business to its then fair market value. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
Obituaries
October 30
Margaret (McAllister) Hunrichs passed away on October 15, 2021, at age 90. She was a loved and involved member of the Bonners Ferry community for over 25 years. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.
Ada Crossman, 81, passed away on October 28, 2021 at the Scheidmiller House in Coeur d'Alene. She was born on August 25, 1940 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho the daughter of Harry and Doris Mumford Meyers. No services at planned at this time.
October 26
Eugene Leslie Harms, 89, passed away on October 25, 2021, at Sunset Home Assisted Living in Bonners Ferry. Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, at the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, October 28, at Mountain View Mennonite Church, 510752 Highway 95, Bonners Ferry, with burial to follow at Mountain View Mennonite Cemetery.
Vivian (Vetter) Doll passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 10, 2021. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 30, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane. Vivian was born in Bonners Ferry July 4, 1948.
October 23
We are saddened to report the passing of Bonners Ferry stalwart Rhoda Wilson on Friday, October 22, 2021. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 30, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry. A full obituary is pending.
Reverend Steven P. Robins, 69, passed on from this earth, receiving a permanent change of address straight into the loving arms of his Savior hearing in person “Well done good and faithful servant” on October 22, 2021, going to his final rest peacefully in his sleep. A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30, at Bridgeway Assembly of God, 66027 U.S. Highway 2 near Bonners Ferry.
October 19
Pastor Clayton Lloyd Rockwell went home to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ October 7, 2021. He spent his last hours recreating on the Yaak River, and it was the river that became his entry into eternity.
Lois Ann Butler Amoth was born on May 21, 1944, to Eldon and Lois Kleiwer Butler in  Bonners Ferry. She passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of October 16, 2021, at Sunset Home Assisted Living after a very brief illness. Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 20 at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 21, at Mountain View Mennonite Church, 510752 Highway 95, Bonners Ferry, with burial to follow at the Mountain View Mennonite Cemetery.
Milton Schauble peacefully passed away at home in Post Falls on October 10, 2021, of congestive heart failure. A Funeral Mass with a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 22, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 East Indiana Street, Coeur d'Alene.
October 18
Donald Farrell, 89, Bonners Ferry, passed away on October 13, 2021, at home with his family by his side. No services are planned.
October 13
Cecil Lyle Holmes was born to James Otto Holmes and Eva Mae Walt Holmes on September 30, 1925, in Gove County, Kansas, the third of four children. He died October 3, 2021, in Spokane. Cecil will be laid to rest at Grandview Cemetery. The family plans a private service at a later date.
October 11
Clee Hollice Cossairt passed away Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at home in Bonners Ferry. There will be no service. He was born in Naples November 19, 1933, to Cecil and Carol (Aldridge) Cossairt. He attended several schools including Highland Flats, Moravia, Spokane, Naples and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School, Class of 1951.
Dwain McGinnis, 76, died October 1, 2021, at Boundary Community Hospital, Bonners Ferry, from complications of lung cancer. His wife and best friend, Kathy, was at his side. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 16, at United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.
October 10
Phyllis Ann Wester, 91, born in Bonners Ferry in 1921, died September 20, 2021. At her request, Phyllis will be cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled sometime in the spring of 2022 when larger indoor gatherings become safer.
October 3
Jennifer Joyce Woodward was born July 6, 1972. She died peacefully with God at home in Wichita, Kansas, September 30, 2021. Born in Tennessee to David and Joyce Woodward, the family moved to Bonners Ferry in 1981, where she graduated from the high school in 1990.
October 2
Fred “Papa” Anton Ellis’ generosity is legendary. He gave to his family, he gave to his community, and he gave to God. Fred passed away from Covid-19 on September 23, 2021, in Kootenai Health, Coeur d’Alene. He was 63 years old. There will be a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 23, at 27769 West Highway 53, Hauser, Idaho.
Richard Earl McGary was born in Naples, Texas, July 15, 1941, one of two sons born to Alfred Allen McGary and Gladys Fowler. He died September 24, 2021, in Ronan, Montana. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 3, at Foster's Funeral Home, 216 Project Drive, St. Ignatius, Montana.