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December 2021
December 31
Looking for owner of lost money: 2:55 p.m. -- We have a report of a large sum of money found today on Bonners Ferry's south side, likely devastating to whomever the money belongs to. She who found it hopes they who lost it get in touch so they can reclaim it. If it's yours, message April on Facebook.
December 30
Return to school in British Columbia for grades K-12 delayed to January 10: A full return to school for British Columbia students in kindergarten to grade 12 will be delayed until Monday, January 10, in order to give public health and B.C. schools additional time to adapt to the impacts of the Omicron variant on communities and schools, and to implement enhanced safety plans to support the continuation of in-class learning.
December 29
Santa(s) make day before Christmas break special for BCMS students: Boundary County School District 101 administration and staff at Boundary County Middle School extend thanks to two local businesses and multiple elves for making it possible for every middle school student to receive a warm blanket, hot chocolate, and candy cane as they left school for the holidays.
Best thing for wild animals in cold weather is to leave them alone: Winter is a challenging season for Idaho’s wildlife, especially for big game animals that migrate to lower elevations and spend winter closer to people than during other seasons. People can help animals by leaving them undisturbed so they have a better chance to survive winter.
ISP forensic personnel reach milestone in sexual assault protocols: Idaho State Police Forensic Services today announced a major milestone in the five-year effort to test all sexual assault evidence kits in Idaho. The last previously untested sexual assault kit in Idaho identified as needing and eligible for testing during a 2016 audit has been completed. The final test means all kits identified in the 2016 audit as needing to be submitted to the lab, or already in the lab at that point, have now been completed.
BCH emergency waiting room closed: Due to COVID, the Boundary County Community Hospital Emergency Department waiting room is closed, meaning patients need to pull their vehicle into the Emergency Department bay and call (208) 267-3141 x 4326 to alert staff of your arrival. Please do not drop patients off or leave them; wait with them so they can stay in the car out of the freezing temperatures.
December 27
Sagle man dies at scene of Highway 95 crash: Idaho State Police are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred at about 9:54 a.m. today in Bonner County on Highway 95 at Dufort Road near Sagle that claimed the life of a Sagle man. According to investigators, the 84-year-old was travelling east in a John Deere utility vehicle, attempting to cross the highway from Dufort Road to East Dufort Road
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
UPDATE -- 11:21 a.m.: We have been advised that Riley Hadeen has been located. CPR was initiated and he was airlifted off the mountain.

Man missing on Schweitzer sought: The Bonner County Sheriffs Office is requesting anyone who has information on missing person Riley Hadeen to contact dispatch at (208) 265-5525. He was last seen at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Schweitzer Mountain area.
December 26
Help available for final expenses of COVID victims: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency can ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus, offering up to $9,000 to help offset the funeral expenses of a person who died of causes related to COVID-19. In Boundary County to date, 51 people have died of COVID-19, and those responsible for their final expenses could be reimbursed.
December 25
Cold, more snow expected Sunday: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region for more snow and frigid temperatures from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. From two to five inches of new snow is expected. The temperature is expected to drop into the single digits.
December 23
Avalanche warning issued for Panhandle mountains: The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center has issued a backcountry avalanche watch for the Selkirk, Purcell, Cabinet and Northern Bitterroot Mountains, in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, December 24. A relatively warm winter storm with increasing wind may produce new unstable slabs and will stress any older weak layers. Watch for new wind slab avalanche problems near and above tree line and for storm slab avalanche problems on all aspects and elevations.
Winter storm warning issued for North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm warning for North Idaho and northeast Washington for heavy snow, in effect from 4 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Monday. Between 10 band 20 inches of new snow is expected.
Local students earn LCSC honors: A total of 875 Lewis-Clark State College students made the honor roll for the fall 2021 semester, college officials have announced today, 11 of them from Boundary County.
Drop in temps, snow expected: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory in effect until 8 p.m. today for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region for a rapid drop in temperature, wind and possible snow squalls.
December 22
Spokane Police issues alert for missing man: The Spokane Police Department has issued a missing and endangered person alert for an elderly man suffering Alzheimer's missing since about 8 p.m. Tuesday, and has requested it be released in North Idaho as he may be lost trying to reach Coolin.
December 21
More snow coming: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch for North Idaho and northeast Washington for three to seven inches of fresh snow falling from this evening into Wednesday morning.
December 20
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
December 17
BC enacting holiday COVID restrictions: The Town of Creston has issued notice that new Provincial Public Health orders go into effect throughout British Columbia on Monday, December 20, until January 31, 2022.
Heavy snow, wind expected in Panhandle Saturday: UPDATED -- The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch in effect for the northern Panhandle for heavy snow 4 a.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday. Four to eight inches of new snow is expected in the valleys, with up to a foot in some isolated areas, and up to 18 inches could fall in the mountains.
Bonners Ferry City Council meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, city hall, 7232 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. For the agenda, click here.
Winter storm watch for Kootenai/Cabinet: UPDATED -- The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for potentially heavy mixed precipitation in the Kootenai/Cabinet Region from Saturday morning to late Sunday night. Total snow accumulations of five to 10 inches are possible in the valleys, with up to 16-inches in the Purcells and 30-inches falling in the Cabinet Mountains. In addition, sleet and freezing rain could add a glaze of ice, making travel difficult.
GOP Representatives press Twitter to end censorship of conservatives: Serving on the House Republican Big Tech, Censorship and Data Task Force, Congressman Russ Fulcher his task force colleagues in a letter to Twitter Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal pressing him to clarify how he will end censorship of conservatives, uphold the First Amendment, and ensure the company does not interfere in future elections.
December 16
Deck the Halls!
Students at Valley View have been hard at work on their wintery holiday art project, now adding holiday cheer to the school hallway! Thanks goes out to Pro X for their contribution!
Vandecoevering SBFD Firefighter of the Year: Each year South Boundary Fire personnel vote for the volunteer they feel deserves the title of Firefighter of the Year. This person has gone above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded expectations. They have been a mentor and a friend, a person they can depend on. Congratulations to Mike Vandecoevering!
December 15
Idaho education board shifts way attendance is calculated: The Idaho State Board of Education today approved a temporary rule shifting the methodology for calculating average daily attendance for public school funding from daily attendance to average full-time equivalent student enrollment for the current academic year. The average full-time equivalent student enrollment methodology is based on weekly enrollment reporting and includes restrictions based on student absenteeism.
Customs officials warn of phone scam: A telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain banking information from unsuspecting residents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers nationwide are continuing to receive numerous calls from residents concerned about unsolicited calls from scammers posing as U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
Coeur d'Alene man attacked in barn by moose: Staff with Idaho Fish and Game received a phone call from a man in North Idaho on December 8 reporting that he had been attacked by a bull moose. The encounter occurred at his property just outside of Coeur d’Alene. The man’s step-daughter went into their barn to gather hay for their horse. Upon entering the barn, she saw the moose eating hay, noticeably unafraid of her.
December 14
'Take Back Idaho' formed to cull right wing extremists from legislature: A newly-formed committee of Idahoans is aiming to restore reason and responsibility to the Idaho Legislature. The Take Back Idaho Committee aims to hold lawmakers accountable and cull extremists from the law-making body in the 2022 primary election. Committee members include former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb (R, Burley), former Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Wil Overgaard, a respected educator and former Superintendent of the Weiser School District, former Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes (R, Soda Springs) and former Attorney General Jim Jones.
December 13
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
December 11
Bonner County midwife given 30 days and probation: Former Bonner County midwife Denise Elizabeth Midstokke, 64, will spend 30 days in jail, 100 hours of community service and five years supervised probation after First District Judge Lamont Berecz on Tuesday accepted the Alford plea and Rule 11 agreement she entered into October 6, admitting to practicing medicine without a license, a felony.
December 10
First half property tax due date nears: Boundary County Treasurer Susan M. Larson reminds all Boundary County taxpayers that the deadline for paying the first half of the 2021 property taxes without penalty is Monday, December 20. Tax notices were mailed in November and may be paid in two installments; the first half by December 20 and the remainder by June 20, 2022.
Lee Colson appointed to library board: The Boundary County Library District Board of Trustees selected Lee Colson to fill the Zone 5 position after interviewing three candidates at a special board meeting on Tuesday, December 7. The position had been held by Judy Mace until her passing October 3. A long-time resident of Boundary County and recently retired from the U.S Forest Service, Lee is looking forward to serving the residents of his trustee zone.
December 9
Heavy snow for the Panhandle Friday night: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch for heavy snow Friday night through early Sunday over North Idaho, with eight inches possible in the valleys, pushed by winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour. Five to eight inches of fresh snow is forecast for the valleys with nearly two feet possible at higher elevations.
Winter storm watch issued for Kootenai/Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for blizzard conditions over northwest Montana Friday night through Saturday night. Heavy snow and high winds are expected to make travel difficult or impossible.
Senate votes to overturn OSHA vaccine mandate: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted Wednesday in support of the Congressional Review Act, Senate Joint Resolution 29, a joint congressional resolution of disapproval to formally nullify the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine mandate for private businesses. The Senate passed S.J.Res. 29 by a vote of 52-48.
December 8
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of November 29
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of November 22
December 7
Winter weather expected to hamper Wednesday morning commute: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington, calling for snow and freezing rain, in effect from midnight to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Conditions could make the morning commute treacherous. A winter weather advisory has also been issued for the Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana.
December 6
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
December 5
County P&Z, commissioners to consider land use apps: Boundary County Commissioners and the county planning and zoning commission will hold public hearings this month to consider a total of five land use applications for a two comprehensive plan map and zoning map amendments, a short plat subdivision, a conditional use permit and a variance. Both meetings at which hearings will be held will take place in the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
Flags to half mast for Bob Dole: As a mark of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, a statesman like few in our history and a war hero among the greatest of the Greatest Generation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds ... until sunset on December 9, 2021. By Proclamation of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
December 4
Santa’s Village is returning to Boundary County: If you’re looking for some Christmas fun this season, look no further than the border! Jake’s Landing in Porthill is turning into Santa’s Village again this year. The little town is not only "decking the halls" but will also be decked out in over 10,000 lights! Stop into Santa's Village between 2 and 7 p.m. the Fridays and Saturdays of December 10-11 and 17-18 for all kinds of holiday fun and activities.
December 3
Snow advisory in effect for North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow in North Idaho and the Pend Oreiile River Valley, in effect from 1 to 11 a.m. Saturday. One to three inches of snow is likely in the valleys with five to ten inches possible at higher elevations.
Library board set to fill vacant seat: The Boundary County Library District Board of Trustees will meet in special session to meet and interview four candidates for the vacant Zone 5 board seat at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 7, at the library, 6370 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry.
Snow advisory Saturday morning for Kootenai/Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow in the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect from 2 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Total accumulations of three to six inches are expected, which could make travel difficult.
December 1
Birders gearing up for annual Christmas bird count: The date for the 2021 Bonners Ferry Christmas Bird Count is Thursday, December 23 this year and all local ornithologists, bird watchers skilled or amateur and folk with feeders or who just plain like to see birds skitter across the sky are invited to take part. Those interested will meet at 6:30 a.m. that day in the back room at the Chic-N-Chop Restaurant.
GoFundMe account set up for Wiley family: In the wake of her brother's death after he was hit by a train in Bonners Ferry November 26, Emy Vigil has established a GoFundMe account to help his widow, Cheyenne, their son, Elijah, 2, and the baby that's on the way. It is her hope that the community's support will help alleviate the sudden financial burden faced by the family, as well as bring a measure of comfort. A fund for the Wiley family has also been established at Columbia Bank, and donations can be made at any branch.
McGeachin holds 1776 Pledge event: Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin gathered together over 125 statewide candidates, lawmakers, city officials, school board members and patriot citizens to the Powderhause Brewery in Garden City, Idaho. The event was held to sign the 1776 Pledge, which supports the Trump Presidential 1776 Advisory Report in education.
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December 10
ET Wireless to close its doors: Joy Schmitz, owner of ET Wireless, 6665 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, announces with a broken heart that she will be closing it doors December 30. For the rest of December, ET Wireless will be able to add new lines and upgrades. These devices, however must be picked up and activated by December 29. Therefore, if you have plans to upgrade but haven’t made it in, please hurry in and allow them to help you one last time.
December 29
Turkeys and hams, oh my! BCMS wins in 2021: Boundary County School District 101 Superintendent Jan Bayer, on behalf of the school board, the Bonners Ferry Ministerial Association and all the many families whose Christmas was blessed with bounty, sends a heartfelt thank you to leadership students at Bonners Ferry High School and Boundary County Middle School for collecting turkeys and hams for our community.
December 23
Campbell, Espino join sheriff's staff: Boundary County Sheriff Dave Kramer extends his congratulations to Kristi Campbell and Jeremy Espino, both of whom recently earned their Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Emergency Communications Officer Certificates, to include certification for emergency medical dispatch. Both are now working as BSCO dispatchers in a communications center that has seen a very busy year!
December 22
Blue Bells sweep Tuesday's Trouble week 14: Kathy Konek took it all in Tuesday's Trouble week 14 league bowling December 14 at AJ's, leading the Blue Bells to wins across the board. She took high scratch game with 179, high scratch series 477, high handicap game 250 and high handicap series 690 and the Blue Bells; Kathy, Carolyn McNeill and Dolores Sweet, took high scratch game with 467, high scratch series 1,231, high handicap game 713 and high handicap series 1,969.
December 17
Over-snow vehicles banned in Libby ski area: Over-snow vehicle use in the boundaries of the South Flower Cross Country Ski Area near Libby has been prohibited due to concentrated pedestrian traffic, prohibiting any over-snow vehicle use on any National Forest system within the ski area boundaries including roads and trails.
December 15
Lady Slippers shine in week 13: The Lady Slippers; Jeanne Osborn, Donna Nystrom and Evelyn Smith, took it all in week 13 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes, with Jeanne taking high scratch game 159, high scratch series 425, third high handicap game 229 and second high handicap series and Donna tying for second high scratch game 149, getting second high scratch series 418 and third high handicap series, helping earn the team high scratch game 425, high scratch series 1,180, high handicap game 658 and high handicap series 1,879.
December 11
Young Badgers getting ready for regional Elk's Hoop Shoot: Elementary students competed in the Elk’s Hoop Shoot at the Valley View Elementary School gym on Friday, December 11. The local free throw contest mirrors the national competition and helps to grow grit in our young athletes. Many of this year’s students have spent endless hours of practice in the gym getting ready for basketball and specifically shooting free throws.
December 8
Lupines glow in Tuesday's Trouble week 12: Alice VanGundy bowled highs scratch game 183, high scratch series 485, third high handicap game 242 and third high handicap series 662 to lead the Lupines a good showing in week 12 of ladies' Tuesday Trouble bowling at AJ's Lanes. Kim Haworth took second high scratch game 172, second high scratch series 471, high handicap game 261 and high handicap series 738.
Winter stream fishing is just heating up: Ask just about anyone if standing in two feet of 33 degree water while snow somehow finds its way down the back of their base layer sounds like their idea of a good time, and you’ll probably get a resounding no. This time of year, it’s tempting for anglers to stash the rods and hang up the waders ‘til next spring. And that turnkey fireplace beside the 55-inch flat screen doesn’t make the decision any easier.
December 4
Day of doubles for Tuesday's Troubles: Denise Crichton got a high scratch game of 172, high scratch series of 482, third high handicap game of 240 and high handicap series of 686 as Tuesday's Trouble finished their 11th week of lady's league bowling at AJ's Lanes, 6696 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. DaVonna Cada got second high scratch game of 168, high handicap game of 250 and third high handicap series of 649.
What a grumpy man and the wild mountains taught me: I’d just said something about wanting wild mountains and deserts even when I can't be there, simply because we need wild places, when a man snipped, “You sound like one of those hippies! It’s all gonna be gone someday, anyway. Why do you care?” I regretted only replying with, “I just do.” By Heather Ferrie
IDFG seeking comment on Panhandle proposals: Wildlife staff in the Panhandle Region want to hear what you think about upland game, turkey and furbearer season proposals in the region and elsewhere in the state. Sportsmen input on proposed regulation changes helps wildlife managers understand sportsmen preferences and shapes hunting and trapping seasons for the next two years.
December 29
Big lies threaten last best hope of Earth: Two lies writ large in the Trump era are causing horrific damage to the democratic process established by the U.S. Constitution, and those lies, perhaps the most egregious ever put forth and pandered by a sitting United States president and believed by so many of his stalwarts, place into dire question whether our system of governance can survive. By Mike Weland
December 27
In city suit, only the attorney$ win: It’s over. In October, 2019, one year after construction of my permitted carport, the newly self-anointed, self-appointed, mini-mayor of Moyie Springs, Steve Economu, and council members Terry Johnson, Tim Narvaez, Geoff Hollenbeck and newly seated (three minutes prior) Les Love voted to file a lawsuit against me for setback violations. By Rosanne Smith
December 22
Standing with Idaho law enforcement: The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported violent crime was up 5.6 percent in the U.S. in 2020 from 2019. In Idaho in 2020, the FBI found there were 3,610 violent-crime incidents reported by 107 law enforcement agencies. There are many complex reasons for this unfortunate increase. By Senator Mike Crapo
December 8
Reflecting on Bob Dole’s message for America and Idaho: When I heard of the passing of WWII combat veteran and former presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bob Dole, I immediately recalled a man of integrity, humility, and patriotism. A member of the “Greatest Generation,” he served our country during a time when civility in politics was a requirement for getting anything done – and he reminds us that even though civility seems like a bygone value in American politics, it is still a requirement for getting the people’s work done. By Governor Brad Little
December 28
Robert Mena, 66, passed away on December 22, 2021, at his home in Bonners Ferry. Robert was born in Santa Monica, California, on January 28, 1955, the son of Raphael and Anastasia Torres Mena. No services are planned. Bonners Ferry Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Jo Ann Johnson, 92, passed away on December 27, 2021, at Boundary Community Hospital. Jo Ann was born on August 16, 1929, the daughter of Joe and Eunice Nelson Bunney in Yakima. Services will be held at a later date. Bonners Ferry Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Frances Thoms left this earth to join her loved ones on December 22, 2021. At her request there will be no services. She was born in Copeland, Idaho on November 26, 1922, to Eliza and Frank Bear. She attended grade school in Copeland and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1940.
Roxana “Roxy” Marie Lannigan, 79, Lewiston, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Born in 1942 in Bonners Ferry, she is predeceased by her parents, Darrell and Marie Lannigan. A private celebration of life will be held in Roxana’s honor in the early spring.
December 23
Kathryn Braatz, Bonners Ferry, died on December 22, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Spokane Valley due to complications following surgery in early October. She was cared for by professional caregivers, Hospice of Spokane, and her family until her death. A memorial service for Kathryn will be held in the spring.
December 15
On Flag Day, June 14, 1949, Jeanne Arlene Carey King was born to Evalie and Samuel Carey in Bonners Ferry. She peacefully passed away with her family by her side on December 9, 2021. We will honor Jeanne’s life with a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 17, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. A viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6568 Alderson Lane, Bonners Ferry, with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m.
John Allen Brown Sr. peacefully passed away December 9, 2021, at his home in Troy. Military services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 20, at Milner Lake Cemetery. Following the services, the family would like to invite you to join them at the Silver Spur in Troy.
December 7
John Platts was born on November 18, 1946, in Bonners Ferry to Jesse and Margaret (Harper) Platts. He was born on his mother’s birthday. On December 6, 2021, he died at a hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he had lived for three years. A small family memorial service will be held Saturday, December 11, at his church in North Dakota. Another memorial service will be held at a later date in Portland, Oregon.
Ethel H. (Kincaid) Petersen passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at her home in Bonners Ferry. Services will be held at a later date. She was born on July 23, 1935, in Tres Penos, California, to Arthur and Elizabeth (Lewis) Kincaid. She married the love of her life, Clarence “Duke” Petersen, August 23, 1954.
Douglas Irvine Bennett, 69,Moyie Springs died Thursday, November 18, 2021, at his home. He was born on July 10, 1952 in Bonners Ferry. A full obituary is pending. Arrangements are being cared for by the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.
December 6
Carol Jean Pomeroy, 92, died at her home at the Restorium in Bonners Ferry on November 25, 2021. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in April at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry.
December 3
William "Bill" Platts was born December 17, 1943, to Margaret "Harper" Platts and Jesse Platts. He passed on November 17, 2021, at home with family. He was one of six children; Lyle, Richard "Dick," Carol, Robert "Bob," and John. Being raised in Bonners Ferry turned his mind to the wild places and he developed a love of hunting and fishing that he carried with him all of his life.