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January 31
A Badger in Beijing: Burns competing in Winter Olympics: At the time, being ripped from his home in Mt. Shasta, California, because of choices he'd made and landing at Northwest Academy in Bonners Ferry seemed the worst possible thing that could have happened to him. In retrospect, that year of 2009 turned out to be one of the most beneficial and prosperous years of Robby Burns's life, and helped launch him on a trajectory that will see him soar to the sky in Beijing next week, representing the United States in snowboarding in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Blue pills and a pink ledger land local man in jail: A pink ledger found at his girlfriend's house January 11 helped land a 26-year-old Bonners Ferry man in jail facing life in prison on felony drug charges. Miguel Angel Vazquez-Estrada is being held on $100,000 bond on an enhanced felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.
Nominations sought for Idaho's top teacher: Boundary County is blessed with some of the world's finest educators, and it just so happens that the State Department of Education is accepting nominations for Idaho’s top teaching honor, Teacher of the Year. To nominate any of our world-class teachers for the honor, go to the Idaho Teacher of the Year website and fill out the online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 14.
Idaho National Guard steps up to help again: Governor Brad Little activated the Idaho National Guard today for the fourth time during the pandemic to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 in Idaho, calling 75 Idaho National Guardsmen up to assist Primary Health and the Idaho Department of Correction, which are experiencing staffing shortages because too many employees are absent from work due to COVID-19.
Bonners Ferry City Council meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 1
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 27
Fentanyl showing up more often in Bonners Ferry: Over the past two weeks, officers of the Bonners Ferry Police Department, with assistance from the Department of Probation and Parole as well as U.S. Border Patrol agents, conducted numerous interdiction and enforcement actions in an effort to slow the influx of Fentanyl into the Bonners Ferry area. As a result, five separate arrests have been made, each resulting in the recovery of Fentanyl pills.
January 26
Travis Stolley promoted to detective: Travis Stolley has been promoted from patrol deputy to detective with the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, filling a vacancy that came open with the retirement of Detective Dave McClelland. Stolley holds an Idaho Advanced Peace Officer certification, a Bachelor of Science degree and an instructor certification. Stolley said that he is excited to grow both personally and professionally in this new position as a detective.
Suspicious person call ends with suspect up a tree: A suspicious person call this morning led officers on both a car and foot chase and ended with the suspect up a tree. Listening to reason, Donald Hankey, 37, climbed down voluntarily and was taken into custody on three drug-related warrants; two felony and one misdemeanor.
Idaho Community Foundation accepting grant applications in North Idaho: ICF’s Forever Idaho North Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $25,000, is now accepting applications from community organizations that serve Boundary, Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties.
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of January 17
January 25
Kootenai Tribe seeking engineering firm for housing project: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is requesting statements of qualifications from architectural/engineering firms to provide technical assistance related to the Kootenai Tribe Housing Project 2022, which consists of construction of a duplex at the Frontier Village portion of the Kootenai Indian Reservation approximately ten miles south of Bonners Ferry and the procurement and placement of two manufactured homes at 6324 Arizona Street in Bonners Ferry.
January 24
Former BFPD officer facing sex charges in Newport: A former Bonners Ferry Police officer is in jail in Bonner County, facing two counts of lewd conduct for sexual abuse of a minor under 16 years of age.
Revamped website helps parents access full child tax credit: The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the White House announced today the re-launch of a revamped website with several new features to help taxpayers file their taxes and access the remainder of the expanded American Rescue Plan Child Tax Credit or the full amount of the CTC as tax filing season begins.
Tribe seeking environmental director: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is seeking applications for the position of environmental director, a full-time position developing and implementing the Tribal Environmental program, working with the tribal council, the Environmental Protection Agency and others on projects encompassing environmental health planning, integrated resource management, air quality monitoring and data management and more.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 23
SH-55 Smiths Ferry to Round Valley closed due to rockslide: Idaho State Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road has been closed due to a rockslide overnight. The road will remain closed until further notice. This slide occurred in a different area than the rockslide that closed SH-55 late last fall.
January 22 
Public hearings on commissioners' agenda: Boundary County Commissioners will hold two public hearings on Tuesday to take public comment on land use applications by Glenn and Jennifer Leavitt involving property on Songbird Lane and Warren and Tamara Patzer on property on Blume Hill Road. 
Ahead of 2022 mid-terms, Idaho voters encouraged to become educated: As we approach an election cycle that's quite possibly the most mistrusted in the history of the United States, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in the #TrustedInfo2022 education effort to encourage citizens to look to their state and local election officials as the trusted sources of election information. This year's mid-term general election takes place May 17, the primary November 8. 
Idaho AG warns of scam: Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho State Tax Commission are warning Idahoans about a scam targeting taxpayers. Individuals have reported receiving threatening letters from the so-called “Tax Processing Center” or “Tax Processing Unit,” claiming the State of Idaho will seize individuals’ property and garnish their wages for unpaid taxes. 
January 21 
County commission agenda, week of January 24 
City Council to use ARPA funds to replace ancient snowblower: In a short special meeting during which no new public input was accepted, the Bonners Ferry City Council, with the mayor absent and by unanimous voice vote of the four city council members, approved the purchase of a 2014 snowblower using American Rescue Plan Act funds. 
Remains of man missing since 1995 found in Bonner County: The Bonner County Sheriff's office today confirmed that human remains found by loggers in a remote area of the county in October are those of a man who has been missing for more than 25-years. On October 27, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in regard to finding possible human remains. The remains were located by a logging crew in a wooded, undeveloped area off Wrenco Loop Road. Bonner County deputies, detectives and coroner all responded to the area and confirmed the remains were human. 
January 20 
Mt. Hall Elementary welcomes January: Mt. Hall has been a great place to be since getting back from Christmas break. We're enjoying the snow on our playground and being back together. Students have been working really hard on their benchmark assessments so that teachers can see the academic growth that has happened so far this year. It's amazing to see what our students are doing! By Principal Kylee Guthrie 
Bridgeway to hold all-night prayer vigil: An all-night prayer vigil will be held at Bridgeway Assembly of God Church, 66027 Highway 2, Bonners Ferry, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, January 28, and continuing until 6 a.m. Saturday, January 29. All are welcome to come and join, with participants marching to the beat of 2 Chronicles 7:14. 
No Surprises Act now in effect: The federal No Surprises Act provides new protections for unexpected or excessive medical bills consumers may receive from health care providers, including hospitals, physicians, ambulances and other medical professionals. The Department of Insurance can help Idahoans understand and utilize these new consumer protections, regardless of whether they have health insurance. 
Idaho Future Ready Academy for Virtual Learning offers choice: This week saw the launch of a new option for Idaho parents and students interested in mastery-based education. Idaho Future Ready Academy for Virtual Learning began on January 17, based on a successful approach to personalized learning pioneered in the Wilder School District. 
January 19
Update: Identity mistaken, Tel still missing: 10:18 a.m. Thursday, January 20: Shawn and Meg Smith have been searching frantically for their dog, Tel, missing from the McCall Street area since around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a man mistakenly believed to have taken Tel has been interviewed and found to own a dog that looks very similar to Tel.
Bonners Ferry special city council meeting, 3 p.m. Friday, January 21, city hall. Continuation of ARPA use consideration.
Translator district to hold surplus equipment auction: The Boundary County Translator District will accept sealed bids on several pieces of surplus equipment through 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 15,to be opened shortly thereafter at the district's regular monthly meeting at Youngwirth, Davis & Associates, 7193 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
City council gets earful on proposed ARPA expenditure: The Bonners Ferry City Council heard from 17 people at Tuesday evening's meeting, all adamant that a funding opportunity to replace a 60-year-old snow blower that's held together with spit and prayers be turned down in the interest of preserving the community's sovereignty and liberty. Because Mayor Dick Staples was not able to attend, the council tabled consideration, and will meet in special session at 3 p.m. Friday, January 21, to continue consideration of both the purchase of a compatible used snowblower now available as well as funding the purchase with federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars.
Free COVID test kits available: There’s a new federal resource to get free FDA-authorized coronavirus test kits. Once ordered, your kits will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service within seven to 12 days. The tests are completely free. There are no shipping costs, and you don’t have to give a credit card or bank account number. You only need to give a name and address.
Snow expected tonight over North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington calling for a mixed bag of precipitation from 1 a.m. to noon Thursday.
County updating All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Boundary County has begun the process of updating its Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The county hosted a “kickoff” meeting on December 13th in Bonners Ferry to assemble the planning team assigned to work on this project. The All-Hazard Mitigation Plan examines risks posed by several natural hazards, including flood, earthquake, landslide, wildfire, severe weather and others. Community input will play a key role.
Tax season begins next week: The Idaho State Tax Commission starts processing 2021 Idaho individual income tax returns on Monday, January 24. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day. E-filing your return is the safest and easiest way to file. It’s also the quickest way to receive a refund.
January 17
Fry Healthcare Foundation gearing up for Dessert Dash, Festival of Hearts: The Fry Healthcare Foundation is working hard to support Boundary Community Hospital despite the obstacles thrown its way, and while its members are all very eager to see the community in person at the annual gala, that's not possible quite yet, and the Festival of Hearts 2022 will once again an online event via Facebook and the Dessert Dash a raffle, both to raise funds to meet the ongoing needs of Boundary Community Hospital and the Extended Care Facility.
Idaho's bright future: In the legislature, as in life, we play the hand dealt. Fortunately, the deck is currently stacked in Idaho’s favor and I believe, in part, because of decisions made by Idahoans over many years and decades. We have the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country. Our population growth is the highest in the country. In a state with just over 1.8 million people, more than 50,000 people decided to join us last year. By Idaho Senator Jim Woodward
BFHS FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ entering 16th season: Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ entered its 16th season at the start of the school year. With the past two years being impacted by the pandemic and all in-person competition being moved to remote or virtual options, the team is extremely excited to be back in person and heading to competitions in Nampa this year. FIRST Robotics is a worldwide robotics competition that brings high school level teams together to compete in a different competition every year.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 15
GROW! membership meeting coming Wednesday: The GROW! annual membership meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, in the Ktunaxa Room at the Kootenai River Inn. The agenda includes a slide show highlighting what the group has done over the past year at the GROW! garden and elsewhere and an outline on what leadership has planned for the coming year.
January 14
Truckers both okay after horrific collision: At about 12:18 p.m. today, emergency crews were dispatched to a two vehicle semi collision on Highway 95 near mile 502.5 south of Mirror Lake Golf Course. The roadway was finally cleared at about 6 p.m. Norman Apfel posted the following to Facebook.
Boundary County Commission Agenda, week of January 17
January 12
Boundary County Commission minutes, December 20
Boundary County Commission minutes, January 3
Gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy in town tomorrow: Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy (R-Emmett) will make a campaign stop in Bonners Ferry from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 13, in the old American Legion Hall above Jack's Club, 6416 Kootenai Street.
State tax commission slates free filing webinars: Filing income taxes doesn’t have to be confusing. Get tips for completing your federal and Idaho tax returns at a free webinar presented by the Idaho State Tax Commission and the federal Taxpayer Advocate Service. The “Tips for Filing Income Taxes” webinar runs in January and February.
Snow loads moderate on most county roofs, even with rain: Retired architect and residential designer Don Jordan measured the weight of snow in a couple places about miles south of Bonners Ferry and one place about five miles north of town on January 8, and determined that snow loads are not posing significant danger to most county residences. He determined that the average snow depth was 26 inches and weight was 22 to 25 pounds per square foot.
PHD sees sharp increase in COVID-19: Over the past three weeks, Panhandle Health District has seen a sharp increase in the daily COVID-19 case count with 283 cases being reported Monday and 213 reported last Friday. Case numbers are probably much higher than officially reported due to cases not reported and the lack of availability of testing resources. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Boundary County case count was 1,768, with 51 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began in March, 2020.
High school bond being paid off, new facilities bond needed: As the bond that built the new Bonners Ferry High School is paid off, on March 8, Boundary County School District 101 will ask voters for a new $16.4-million facilities bond to fund a new Valley View Elementary as well as make improvements at all other district schools. Here are details of the proposal. By Chris Pease, Facilities Committee Spokesman, and Jan Bayer, Superintendent
January 10
DYW 2022-23 getting underway: The Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program will soon be underway for 2022-2023. This scholarship and honors program recognizes, rewards, and encourages excellence while promoting self-esteem among young women. To participate in the Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program, all junior girls must meet the following criteria: be a US citizen, never have been married or pregnant, live with a parent or designated guardian, hold at least a 2.0 accumulative grade point average and meet attendance requirements.
2022 Rotary calendar offers a year of winning: The 2022 Bonners Ferry Rotary Calendar, which not only offers those who purchase one the chance to win $500 and 84 chances to win $50, but more importantly helps fund scholarships to assist local students in reaching their dreams and potential, are now available for just $20 each.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 7
Idaho GOP rejects endorsement requirement proposal: The Rules Committee of the Idaho Republican Party voted unanimously to defeat a proposed rule change that would have modified the primary process by requiring Republican candidates for Federal, State, Legislative, or County offices to first receive an endorsement from their State, Legislative or County Committee, respectively.
Grader operator in Brush Lake Road rollover identified: Idaho State Police continue to investigate a fatal grader rollover that was reported at about 8:44 a.m. Thursday on Brush Lake Road. The Boundary County Coroner has confirmed that the operator who died was Bob Avery, 69, Sandpoint.
ITD offering National Flight Academy scholarships: Idaho students with an interest in aviation and space are invited to apply for a scholarship to the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida this summer. Students currently in grades 7 to 9 living in Idaho with dream of trips to space, learning to fly jets, meeting new people and going to new places are eligible.
High avalanche danger region-wide: The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center has issued an Avalanche Warning indicating high avalanche hazard for the entire forecast region, which includes Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone counties. This warning does not apply to local ski areas within the forecast region. This warning is valid for today and will remain in effect through 7 a.m. Saturday.
January 6
Rollover claims life of grader operator: As of 11:30 a.m., Boundary County Sheriff's deputies, Idaho State Police and other emergency personnel remain on scene of a fatal grader accident on a U.S. Forest Road off Brush Lake Road that occurred before 9 a.m. today.
Landfill, collection sites, now closed Sundays: Boundary County Solid Waste has opened the monitored public collection sites in Paradise Valley, Naples, and the Mt. Hall Junction to six days a week, Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sites will be closed on Sundays. The main landfill remains open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, it will be closed on Sundays as well.
Flags to half staff for Harry Reid: From humble roots in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid rose to become one of the great Senate Majority Leaders in American history. He was a man of action, and a man of his word — guided by faith, loyalty, and unshakeable resolve. As a mark of respect for his memory, flags have been ordered flown at half mast until sunset of the day of his interment.
January 5
Winter weather warning issued for Kootenai/Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather warning for heavy snow over the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect from 11 p.m. today through 11 p.m. Friday. Between 13 and 26 inches of fresh snow is forecast in what is expected to be thus far the most significant snow storm of this winter.
Boundary County Commission minutes, December 27
Boundary County Commission minutes, December 13
Crapo announces another run: Idaho’s senior United States Senator, Mike Crapo, announced today his formal bid for re-election during the 2022 midterm election year, releasing the following statement: “We are in the middle of the most important fight for our future that most of us alive today have experienced ..."
Storm watch upgraded to winter storm warning: The winter storm warning issued yesterday by the National Weather Service, Spokane, has been upgraded to a winter storm warning, in effect from 9 p.m. today through 10 a.m. Friday, with four to eight inches expected in the valleys of North Idaho and northeastern Washington to a foot near the mountains.
January 4
U of I-led study shows breastfeeding protects infants from COVID: Mothers who breastfeed provide antibodies to their infants that can provide natural protection against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a team of researchers reported. The new report expands earlier findings that showed the milk of breastfeeding women infected with SARS-CoV-2 did not contain the virus. Their results support recommendations encouraging lactating women to continue breastfeeding during and after COVID-19 illness, the researchers said.
Badger community will play key role in Clash of the Claws: This year at Bonners Ferry High School, there has been a renewed sense of pride and excitement in our school culture, especially in our athletics. Community support for everything, from homecoming donations to showing up to games and getting loud and proud for our hometown teams, has been outstanding. With that, we are very excited to announce a new, soon to be annual, competition of school spirit and community pride against Kellogg High School! By Tully Reinhardt
Staff shortages prompt BFPD to cut active patrol hours: After extensive planning and in coordination with the Bonners Ferry City Council and city attorney, Boundary County Commissioners and the sheriff’s office, the Bonners Ferry Police Department, faced with staffing shortages, recently implemented a schedule that reduces active patrol from 24-hours-per day to 20. After all the planning that went into it, a statement posted to the sheriff’s Facebook page this morning left many in the department baffled.
Winter storm watch issued for Kootenai/Cabinet Region: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for heavy snow, in effect from Wednesday evening through Saturday morning. Seven to 12 inches of fresh snow are likely in the valleys, and near three feet could fall at higher elevations.
Significant winter storm possible Thursday: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch for North Idaho and northeastern Washington, in effect Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon, with four to seven inches of fresh snow likely in the valleys and up to a foot possible in the mountains.
January 2
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 1
Blustery winds, heavy snow in store: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a two-part weather alert with an advisory for localized blowing and drifting snow over night tonight and a winter storm watch for heavy snow, in effect to 7 p.m. Monday.
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January 31
Asking the community's prayers: Donald Beggerly is going in for his second surgery, this for liver cancer, having undergone an earlier operation for stage 3 colon cancer. Combined with the radiation and chemotherapy it's been a terrible ordeal for he and his wife, Wanda Rios, who has been at his side but can't be with him now as he undergoes surgery due to COVID-19 protocols.
January 28
January Wolverines of the Month!
This bunch of bright faces are the January Students of the Month at Naples Elementary, where they epitomize being safe, civil, productive and kind! They are, front row (l-r); Annalise Pruitt (2nd), Connor Gardner (4th), Carissa Hodges (4th), James Wade (4th) and Addy Munson (4th), and back row (l-r); Liberty Lummus (2nd), Finn Hinrichs (K), Stryder Olson (1st), Harrison Fiedler (3rd), Hank Robertson (K), Jacob Elliston (1st), Alison Weaver (5th), Meah Eckberg (5th) and Braylee Olson (3rd). Not pictured are Aiden Liermann-Ahner in 2nd grade and Jax Wanamaker, 3rd grade.
January 21
BFHS grad making his mark as a Space Force athlete: With the new year underway, gyms across the country are going to see a rise in membership as millions of Americans resolve to improve their personal fitness, but for Master sergeant Dalton Grainger, his journey into weightlifting began not at the turning of the new year, but while deployed back in 2014. Grainger, a 2009 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School and the son of Dave and Cherry Grainger, is currently stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base near San Angelo, Texas.
January 6
Two local students make University of Montana Dean's List: The University of Montana, Missoula, has released its fall semester Dean's List, and two Boundary County students earned honors. Maintaining grade point averages above 3.5 were Edie Mae Callison, Bonners Ferry, and Michael Layeux, Moyie Springs.
Lammers to represent Bonners Ferry in FFA district meet: Boundary County Farm Bureau extends its congratulations to Trew Lammers, winner of the 2022 Farm Bureau Discussion Meet held recently at Bonners Ferry High School! Trew took first place, Brycen Cowin second and Cassidy Underhill third, and Nora Young, Nevaeh Elliston and Jacob Bremer each provided insightful discussion as well.
January 5
Pam Fleck BCSD Classified Employee of the Month: For her hard work and dedication to our district, our staff, and students, Boundary County Middle School paraprofessional Pam Fleck has been named Boundary County School District 101 Classified Employee of the Month for November.
Kari Dameron BCSD Certified Employee of the Month: Boundary County's Certified Employee of the Month for November is Kari Dameron. Kari is the kindergarten teacher at Mt. Hall Elementary and has been in that position since 2018. She has been teaching kindergarten for nine years total. Kari embodies the trait of being a lifelong learner - she is always on the hunt for opportunities to learn and grow.
Seniors ... are you ready to exercise? Time updated -- It’s a new year and time for the winter session of The Fit and Fall Proof® exercise class. The class will begin on Monday, January 10 in the VFW Hall at the Senior Hospitality Center, 6635 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. This hour long class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. This free exercise program is targeted for older adults or anyone who has a history of falling or a fear of falling.
Four seats to fill on historical society board: The Boundary County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting will be held in Portrait Hall at the Boundary County Museum, 7229 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 11. The agenda will an election to fill four seats on the board of trustees.
Sports/Outdoors
January 23
Catching up on Tuesday's Trouble league bowling: Kathy Konek and the Blues Bells; Kathy, Carolyn McNeill and Tamie Patzer, took it all December 28 in week 16 of Tuesday's Trouble league action at AJ's Lanes. Kathy bowled high scratch game 202, high scratch series 529, high handicap game 2712 and high handicap series 736 to lead the team to a high scratch game 528, high scratch series 1,408, high handicap game 759 and high handicap series 2,101. By Dolores Sweet
Kootenai Valley Rifle Club hosts championship meet: On Saturday, the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club hosted the Junior Olympic Rifle State Championship for North Idaho. The scores shot at this match are combined with those from a match held at the rifle range in Twin Falls. The winner will get an invitation to shoot at the National Match held at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. By Kathy Konek
January 14
Have fun on the river, earn swag: For some, winter is a time to hibernate in the comfort of a warm home, enjoying a hot drink by the fireplace. For others, winter offers a unique opportunity to try their hand at landing the native and once rare burbot from the Kootenai River. Like to fish for burbot in the Kootenai River? Like to win free stuff? Do both by participating in the Kootenai River Angler Science Program this winter!
January 4
Denise Crichton and the Poppies sweep Tuesday's Trouble week 15: Denise Crichton go high scratch game 176, high scratch series 464, second high handicap game 243 and high handicap series 665 to lead the Poppies; Denise, Zetta Graupner and Donna Kent, to a sweep December 21 in Tuesday's Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes.
Letters
January 30
Must be a curse to so fear the federal government: It is hard to believe that protesters (mostly new residents to the county) verbally chastise the Bonners Ferry City Council over the purchase of a snowblower using federal grant money. They also visited the county commission complaining about the county use of the same funds for the potential purchase of an emergency response vehicle. Really? By Kennon McClintock
January 28
Questions how commissioners allocate ARPA funds to special purpose districts: It is interesting that Boundary County Commissioners may have not notified all of the various special purpose districts about the availability of American Recovery Protection Act (ARPA) funds available to them. ARPA funds were disbursed by the federal government to the states, who, in turn, distributed portions of these funds to their respective counties with the stipulation that portions could be shared with special purpose districts. By Gerald Higgs
January 4
Ambulance board explains planned use of ARPA funds: In October, Boundary Ambulance made a request to the Boundary County Commissioners for authorization to use roughly $260,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds made available to the county. A large portion of these dollars would be used to replace an aging 2007 ambulance heavily relied on for the out-of-county hospital transfer of serious and often critical patients. Boundary Ambulance Board of Directors
Obituaries
January 27
Doris Maxine Barthelemy, 100, Springdale, Arkansas, went home to be with her Lord on January 22, 2022. Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, January 29, at Fellowship Bible Church in Springdale. She will be interred at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
January 26
Richard L. Johnson, 80, passed away January 19, 2022, at Libby Care Center of natural causes. Services will take place at a later date. Rich was born to Orville and Frances Johnson on March 12, 1941, in St. Maries.
January 25
Myrtle Marie Bain, 89, died on January 19, 2022 at her home in Bonners Ferry. Myrtle was born on December 15, 1932, in Missoula, Montana.
David Andrew Trice, 87, died on January 20, 2022, at his home in Bonners Ferry. David was born on May 23, 1934, in Long Beach, California, the son of Newton and Thelma Morse Trice. Viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, January 25, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, at St. Michael's Mission Cemetery.
January 23
Valencia Lynn Voth Paulus was born to Lewis Wayne and Freda Wilma Schmidt Voth on October 21, 1956, in Lynwood, California. She peacefully passed away on January 20, 2022, in Twin Falls, Idaho. A viewing will held from 8 to 6 p.m. MST Monday, January 24, at Reynolds Funeral Chapel in Twin Falls. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST Tuesday, January 25, at the Filer Church of God in Christ Mennonite, 109 5th Street, Filer, Idaho.
January 19
Louise D. Wankmuller, 94, Bonners Ferry, passed away on January 13, 2022. A private ceremony will be held at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union, New Jersey. Born in Taylor, Pennsylvania, in 1927, she lived most of her life in New Jersey.
January 18
Sherrie Squire Hendricks, 79, passed away on January 10, 2022, in Hayden, Idaho. She fought a valiant battle against kidney disease for many years, and finally went home to be with Jesus, surrounded by three of her children and four of her grandchildren. Her final resting place will be in Maple Valley, Washington, and family and friends will be having a memorial gathering in the spring in Seattle.
January 17
Darrin Kucherry, 56, a lifelong resident of North Idaho, passed away the morning of December 20, 2021. His unexpected death was the result of a tragic logging accident on Hoodoo Mountain in Priest River. A memorial service celebrating Darrin’s life is being planned at a later date.
January 14
Mickey Lee Marble, 77, Naples, Idaho passed away at home December 7, 2021. He was the youngest of seven children born to Harry Enoch Marble and Gertrude Rose (Rubbert) Marble. Mickey was born on a cold January morning at home in Rankin, Michigan.
Clayton Lee Unruh was born to Orville and Mary Giesbrecht Unruh on May 23, 1948, in Bonners Ferry during the notorious ‘48 flood. God called him Home during the night of January 12, 2022, after a year-long battle with non-small cell lung cancer. He was 73 years old. Viewing was held on Sunday, January 16. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 17, at Woodland Mennonite Church, 7334 Olympic Way, Bonners Ferry. Burial will immediately follow at Woodland Mennonite Cemetery.
January 11
Rona Marlene Lincks, 65, died Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene. She was born May 16, 1956, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Ronald and Janet Marcy. Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, January 20-21, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. Private services will be held Saturday for the family. Viewing will continue from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 23, also at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.
January 7
Carol Ann (Cripe) Young passed away January 1, 2022, quietly at home. She was 80 years old. Carol was born on July 11, 1941 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Ford and Edith Cripe. The family has opted to wait until summer to have a memorial service.