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April 2022
April 30
Recognizing our detention deputies: "We give thanks this week to those who serve in detention facilities around the Country," said Boundary County Sheriff Dave Kramer, "and especially to the detention deputies who serve with the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office." Sunday, May 1, through Saturday, May 7, is National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, a recognition for the hard work and contributions of law enforcement professionals who are largely under-appreciated and unsung.
April 28
ITD offering five-week training program: Idaho Transportation Department is offering an intensive five-week training program June 13 through July 15 in Rathdrum. Applicants selected for the program will receive free hands-on training in heavy equipment operation, cement masonry, welding and ironwork, and more. Applicants can also earn a free Commercial Driver’s License. Now in its fourth year, 75-percent of the program’s graduates have obtained employment with companies in the industry.
Dental help offered to Idahoans over 60: Delta Dental of Idaho, the leading dental benefits carrier in the state, is increasing dental coverage amounts from $1,250 to $1,850 in their "GrinWell for You" program. The program provides uninsured limited-income Idahoans aged 60 and older with free dental coverage to be used over 12 months. The coverage can be used for exams and cleanings, fillings, X-rays, extractions, and dentures and partials. Delta Dental of Idaho increased the amount awarded to qualifying individuals to keep pace with rising costs.
Creston will break ground on Market Park Project this spring: To look at it now, you may not think much about the approximately one hectare parcel of land that is adjacent to the railway tracks, located between the Chamber of Commerce and Pealow’s Independent Grocery store. Locals know this land as the space where the outdoor Farmers’ Market takes place starting in April through September.
April 27
Meet your Boundary Soil Conservation District’s board members: A conservation district is a non-regulatory entity that protects and cares for Idaho’s natural resources by assisting landowners to implement voluntary conservation measures on privately held lands. Meet the team that quietly works to do so much and learn what all Boundary Soil Conservation District has to offer.
April 26
Campaign finances show divide in North Idaho GOP: The Idaho Republican primary races of 2022 are shaping up to be one of the most divisive in history as the self-proclaimed "conservative" wing of the party has launched a full-out assault, not on other political parties, but on those of their own party upon whom they pin former president Donald Trump's disparaging acronym for party members who don't buy the lies or march in rigid lockstep, the RINO, Republican in Name Only.
April 25
All dogs go to heaven ... And I got a glimpse: This is a long read, dating back from a speaking engagement to veterinarians in Baltimore, Maryland, in the summer of 1992, to 30-years-later, when I visited an animal shelter in Romania on April 6, 2022. If you love animals and think of your own pets as family, the 15-minutes it will take to read this tome will be worth it. By Dr. Marty Becker
To protect and serve ...
Parker Davis serves on active duty in the United States Air Force in a position of highest trust to the security of our nation. Shown here on the tarmac in Seattle with the most recognizable aircraft in the world, Air Force One, the 2014 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School is an explosives ordinance technician, called upon to protect both troops in the field and at the highest levels of the U.S. government, up to and including the President of the United States. Badger strong, Badger smart, Badger proud.
Area waters dangerously cold: The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office has continued to patrol the waterways of Boundary County. The water is cold, sitting at 42 degrees on the Kootenai River. The water level on the Kootenai River is low, but we anticipate a late run-off from the winter thaw. The weather might be warm, but the water could still be cold and unpredictable.
Boundary County School Board workshop, 5:30 p.m. and special meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, district office. 
Farm tour coming soon: The Boundary Soil Conservation District and Farm Bureau are happy to announce the upcoming annual community agricultural tour on Friday, May 20. This year, only 50 seats are available. The tour is free, but you must call to reserve your seat. The tour will start at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. and return by about 4 p.m.
PHD to hold Drug Take Back event in Hayden: Empty out your medicine cabinet this Saturday, April 30, during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! Panhandle Health District is hosting a free and easy drive-thru drop off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Hayden location, 8500 N. Atlas Road. Outdated ot unneeded medications can also be dropped off anytime at the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, 6438 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
April 24
Working hard on Earth Day!
Mrs. Lavala's Valley View fifth grade class donated their time and talents to clean up the grounds and beautify the school in honor of Earth Day. Left to right, Zoey Ferrell, Myles McCulla, Jayden Carey, Dalen Baisden and Madalynn Beggerly.
April 22
Three budding journalists at Mt. Hall Elementary: Greetings from Mt. Hall! April has been a busy month for us, and we’re about to head into an even busier season in our building! There are so many fun events coming up, so keep an eye out for reminders on our social media. You can find us at Mt. Hall on Facebook. My portion of this month’s article is short as three awesome fourth graders debut their new newspaper! By Principal Kylee Guthrie
IDL seeking wildland fire bosses: The Idaho Department of Lands area office in Boise needs experienced wildland firefighters who can lead wildland fire engine crews. The nationwide shortage of qualified wildland fire engine bosses poses significant impacts for Idaho. Each engine boss leads a single fire engine and attached personnel and is responsible for the crew's safety on wildland and prescribed fire incidents. Without sufficient engine bosses, IDL cannot hire and deploy entry level firefighters.
April 21
North Idaho Republicans formed to stand against extremists: In light of the obvious dysfunction in GOP politics of late, a group of 100 North Idahoans, all long-time Republicans proclaiming "we made Idaho the conservative place where newcomers now want to live," have banded together to form the North Idaho Republicans to stand against the right-wing extremism that now permeates the party.
April 20
Raise your voices for embattled planet: Friday, April 22, is Earth Day ... I am more than 4.5 billion years old. My history is one of immense change. My surface has swung from mild climates to periods with glaciers miles thick. I have seen multiple mass extinctions during which more than 90-percent of my life forms ceased to exist ... Until about 10,000 years ago, your species lived lightly upon me, as nomadic hunters and gatherers and in small communities.
Arbor Day is 150 this year: This year marks the 150th anniversary of the tree planter’s holiday, Arbor Day, which falls on April 29. Did you know that 40-percent of Idaho is covered in trees? Forests cover more than 21 million acres, that’s larger than the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. One million acres of trees are on Idaho Endowment Forestlands which is managed by Idaho Department of Lands for the benefit of endowment beneficiaries, primarily public schools. By Idaho State Forester Craig Foss
April 19
SRS funds coming to Idaho counties: Members of Idaho’s congressional delegation and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth announced Idaho counties will receive a total of $23.4 million in payments for fiscal year 2021 under the Secure Rural Schools program. Under Idaho law, 30 percent of the SRS funding goes to counties to help with schools and the remaining 70 percent is earmarked for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That means Idaho schools will receive roughly $7 million, and Idaho roads and other county projects will receive roughly $16.4 million for FY 2021.
April 18
Troy City Council public hearing/meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 
Tribe seeking proposals for housing construction: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is requesting proposals for Design/Build construction of one 2‐ bedroom/2 bath Duplex on Lot 6, of the Frontier Village Phase II, Kootenai Indian Reservation, Naples, Idaho. This project shall be a modified turnkey type, whereby the proposal will include water/power/sewer (drain field) construction; and the contractor will follow the attached design and construction of the duplex, including connection to all utilities and construction of driveways.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
April 15
Restorium Easter Fun!  
Community Restorium residents had early Easter celebrations with our visit from 18 of the staff's children and grandchildren who joined them today for an Easter egg hunt inside and outside the Restorium. After the kids loaded their bags with candy-filled eggs, they joined the residents to color over 120 dozen eggs for the annual Bonners Ferry Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Rotary Club. It was a great fun filled day for all of the residents, staff and kids who came to visit.
Little will not debate McGeachin, Humphreys: Idaho Governor Brad Little today announced he’s refusing to debate his GOP challengers, either in the “Idaho Debates” on Idaho Public Television or in KTVB-TV’s planned upcoming debate. His campaign said in a statement that Little’s record is “non-debatable” and that “Idahoans know what Governor Little stands for.”
Snow advisory issued for northwest Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet and Lower Clark Fork Regions for snow, in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. One to three inches of snow are expected, with up to five inches possible on Highway 2 from Happy's Inn to Marion and up to eight inches over Lookout Pass.  
Arbor Day celebration set at Super 1: Boundary Soil Conservation District, the Idaho Department of Lands and the University of Idaho Extension will team up to help Boundary County celebrate Arbor Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the parking lot at Super 1 Foods, 6452 Main Street.
Kris Crocker returning to emcee DYW: The Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women program is excited to welcome Kris Crocker as the emcee for this year’s Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program on Saturday, April 30. Kris has emceed for the program in the past and has graciously agreed to lend her talents again this year.
Giddings backs out of televised debate for fear of bias: State Representative Priscilla Giddings has backed out of her statewide debate Monday against House Speaker Scott Bedke in the race between the two for Idaho lieutenant governor, saying she didn’t want to answer questions from reporters on a panel because she believed they would be biased.
Elections have consequences, and NIC is facing them: Elections have consequences. Just look at Kootenai County. A fractured and feuding elected board of trustees has left North Idaho College in crisis. Its accreditation is in jeopardy — which could affect whether students can transfer credits from the two-year college, or receive state-funded scholarships. The chaos could affect enrollment, as community colleges across the nation struggle to attract students. By Kevin Richert, IDEDNews.org
April 14
Boundary County School District 101 Board meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, district office, 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry
Fleeing danger ... finding hope: It was late on Saturday, when a displaced and disturbed family from Odessa, Ukraine, who had traveled about 100 miles to Chisinau, Moldova to safety and to get help for an injured pet in “Centrul Veterinar.” I knew something was up---Scout’s Honor---before I even knew they were in the building. Many vets talk about the same sense, some even call it a “sick sense,” to know what a hospitalized pet in a cage in the back is crashing, or that an emergency such as a pet hit by a car or mauled by another dog, is about to arrive. By Dr. Marty Becker, DVM
Aristocats Kids and Radium Girls to be staged at BFHS: Bonners Ferry High School Theater will debut a double feature on the Becker Auditorium stage at Bonners Ferry High School; "Aristocats Kids: The Musical," and "Radium Girls" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, with following shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 23, and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Solar flare could bring auroras to the night sky: Be on the alert for auroras in the next few days. An Earth-directed coronal mass ejections from the beautiful filament eruption on April 11 should arrive around today, possibly bringing auroras to northern U.S. skies. A moderate G2 storm is expected.
April 13
Engel to release 'overwhelming evidence' after theft case dismissed: In a brief hearing Monday, Boundary County Prosecutor Andrakay Pluid dismissed a felony charge of grand theft against a West Virginia man after allegations were raised by Todd C. Engel, Sandpoint, who is challenging incumbent Sage Dixon for State Representative, District 1, Position B.
Job Service sets up local office locations: Idahoans living in remote, rural areas of Idaho’s five most northern counties can now access state employment services in seven mobile office locations. All mobile Labor locations offer walk-in hours and appointments staffed with a Department of Labor workforce consultant who can help with writing resumes, filling out job applications, preparing for an interview, accessing job training resources, filing for unemployment insurance benefits and other services.
April 12
Idaho joins Title 42 lawsuit: Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today they are working together to add Idaho to the list of states joining a lawsuit filed by Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri challenging the Biden Administration’s termination of the Title 42 Orders, Trump-era border policies that helped minimize the flow of illegal immigration across the United States-Mexico border.
'Era of Megafires' to be shown in Libby: The rise of highly destructive megafires -- wildfires over 100,000 acres -- has become one of today's most pressing and complex problems. Our communities, homes, businesses and even our very way of life are threatened by them. Facing the reality of this issue can be nothing short of daunting. At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, the Dome Theatre, 602 Mineral Avenue, Libby, will be showing "The Era of Megafires."
Eli Pine working, and walking, for the Restorium: Boundary County residents are fortune to have the Boundary County owned Restorium as an assisted living facility that helps those who are not able to live independently, but do not require ongoing special skilled nursing care. The COVID pandemic all but ended fundraising opportunities, but now a caregiver has stepped up, and he's giving even more.
Helping people and pets in Moldova: Our Romanian veterinary colleague and new friend, professor Dr. Razvan Nicolae Malancus, drove us from Iasi, Romania, to the capital of Moldova, Chisinau, where our destination was a veterinary practice that was doing triage on pets arriving from Ukraine. Despite having GPS in his red Renault sedan, and Google Maps on three phones, Razvan was lost. The problem being three streets with the same name. By Dr. Marty Becker, DVM
April 11
Mechelle and Rocky seek community's help for harness: Mechelle Lech has reached her goal for the mobility support device for her service dog, Rocky, and she extends her sincere thanks to all who helped!
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of March 28
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of March 21
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of April 11
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
April 10
Thanks go out to all who helped in search: Searchers in Boundary County successfully located two seven-year-old girls who had been missing since 4:30 pm Saturday afternoon. Following an overnight search, the girls were found at about 11:30 a.m. today uninjured and have been reunited with their family. Thanks to close to 40 searchers from many local agencies who participated.
Wind advisory issued for North Idaho, Palouse: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a wind advisory for North Idaho and the Washington Palouse region, in effect from 11 a.m. Monday until 11 a.m. Tuesday. Sustained northeast winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, are expected. Home owners are encouraged to secure any loose objects that may blow around and be prepared for the possibility of power outages. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
High wind warning for Kootenai/Cabinet: The National weather service, Missoula, has issued a high wind warning for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 4 p.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Northeast winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour, gusting to 70 miles per hour, are expected east of Highway 93 from the Canadian border to Whitefish. Elsewhere in the region, expect winds of 15 to 35 miles an hour and gusts up to 55.
Girls found!: Update -- 11:17 a.m.: The girls have been found. Sheriff Kramer is with them and medics are on the way to make sure they are okay. Boundary County Search and Rescue was activated Saturday night, April 9th, at 8:28 p.m. to respond to a call regarding two missing seven-year-old girls in the vicinity of Pioneer Road in Boundary County. Search crews have been conducting a search overnight and are continuing search efforts this morning.
April 9
BCRCC not endorsing candidates: The Boundary County Republican Central Committee has not made any endorsements of candidates for the Republican Primary, contrary to some information that has been circulating. For further clarification, please contact Chairman Caleb Davis at CalebDavisBCRCC@yahoo.com or Vice-Chairman Dave Wenk at dwenk717@gmail.com.
April 8
'One of the single best days of my life'
A trait more admirable than fame is sincerity, and sincerity can't be staged. It's easy to see that Dr. Marty Becker, DVM, "America's Vet," is famous, but it's not because he asks to be.
He is famous for what he does for the pets we can't live without. Marty Becker is famous because he is sincere. Because he is sincere, he merits accolades.
In most cultures, that's the definition of a hero.
Beware offers too good to be true: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office has heard of recent phone calls being made in our area representing themselves as calling from the Publishers Clearing House and requesting that the person obtain gift cards to send them before they can claim their prize. Just a reminder to please do not get or send gift cards or money orders from unsolicited phone callers, these are a scam. If you are in doubt please check with your bank or law enforcement before sending anything like this to someone regardless of how good their offer may sound.
'One of the single best days of my life:' I was once at a veterinary practice that had a sign by the time clock that said, “You want to see the living rise from the dead ... be here at quitting time on Friday.” I felt that on Thursday morning 5594 miles from my home in North Idaho (according to Google). Despite jet lag, I bolted upright out of my Galati, Romania hotel, just 25-miles from the Ukraine border.
April 7
B.C. easing COVID restrictions: The Town of Creston sent notification that, starting tomorrow, the following changes will be made to the Provincial COVID-19 restrictions
Idaho accelerates investments in literacy, education: Governor Brad Little joined legislators, teachers and education leaders at Reed Elementary in Kuna today to highlight successes this legislative session in accelerating investments in literacy and K-12 education. K-12 funding will increase by $300 million, the single largest increase in state history, which amounts to a 12.5-percent increase over FY22.
Ukrainian pets need our help: The sun tries to cut through the early morning fog and smog in Galati, Romania, an ancient city in the historical region of Western Moldovia in Western Romania. We’re only about 20 miles from the border of both Ukraine and Moldova. For pets and people fleeing war and displacement from the Russian Invasion, Galati would be considered just back from the front lines, a logistical support center and housing center for pets and people, if you will. By Dr. Marty Becker, DVM
Details given on GOP forum format: The Boundary County Republican Central Committee has provided more detail on the format of the candidates forum they'll be holding from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School to which all Boundary County and District 1 candidates have been invited.
Crapo will vote no on Ketanji Brown Jackson: U.S. Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement today regarding his decision to vote against Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
April 6
Grizzly suspected of killing llama, sheep near Naples: Idaho Fish and Game received information today about a llama and a sheep that had been killed overnight by a suspected grizzly bear. The incident occurred on private land near the town of Naples in Boundary County. The landowner reported seeing a reddish-brown bear the evening of the incident, but he was unable to identify whether it was a grizzly or black bear at the time of the sighting.
Free COVID boosters available for susceptible: If you or a loved one are 50 or older, or are moderately or severely immunocompromised, you can get an additional Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster shot at no cost to you. The CDC recommends an additional booster shot for certain individuals to increase protection from severe disease from COVID-19. People over the age of 50, or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, can get an additional booster of Pfizer or Moderna four months after their last dose.
April 5
Moyie Springs City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, Moyie Springs City Hall
Troy City Council special meeting, 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, city council chambers
Little signs bill local commissioner worked years on: The Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) applauds Legislative Leaders and Governor Brad Little for taking bold action on public defense reform by passing House Bill 735. The legislation repeals the county Charity and Indigent Fund Levy, providing significant property tax relief each year, and will also, in 2025, shift the cost of public defense from the counties to the state.
Signature drive set for Quality Education Act: Boundary County’s registered voters who support improving Idaho’s public schools will have one last opportunity on Saturday, April 9, to sign the Quality Education Act petition to get the citizen initiative on the November ballot.
Governor's mental health funding proposals approved: Governor Brad Little joined Idaho Supreme Court justices, legislators, members of his administration and others today in highlighting tens of millions of dollars in new funding to advance the state’s behavioral health priorities. The Legislature approved all of the Governor’s “Leading Idaho” proposals for increased behavioral health resources this session.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
April 3
Wind advisory issued for North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a wind advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday. Sustained southwest winds of 15 to 25 miles an hour are expected, with gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour.
High wind watch issued for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a high wind watch for a large area of northwest and central Montana, including the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon.
April 1
Idaho Sheriff's Association to send fundraising mailers: Membership appeals from the Idaho Sheriff's Association will go out in the mail shortly, and Boundary County Sheriff Dave Kramer gives his assurance that these mailers are in fact from the Idaho Sheriffs Association and not a scam.
Decision notice issued on South Yaak Fire Salvage Project: The Three Rivers Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest has prepared an environmental assessment, draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact for the South Yaak Fire Salvage Project. The project is located north and west of Troy, Montana. The proposal includes salvage timber harvesting on 624 acres, all in the wildland urban interface, three miles of commercial roadside hazard tree felling and removal including approximately 0.7 miles within the Saddle Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area.
Roth hosting virtual town hall on the Fentanyl crisis: To launch his "Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions" series, U.S. Senate candidate David Roth is hosting a virtual town hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. The focus of the town hall will be the emerging Fentanyl crisis in Idaho and how local communities are stepping up to respond.
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April 4
Toasty Mobile Saunas coming to Iron Mike's: Toasty Mobile Saunas will be offering hourly open sauna sessions at Iron Mike's Gym, 64450 US-2, Bonners Ferry, with one of their beautiful mobile saunas in the lot from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning April 7. Come and experience the warm, soft heat of a traditional wood-fired sauna!
April 30
Teresa Rae Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year: Teresa Rae has been recognized with the “Woman of the Year” award at the Beta Sigma Phi Founders Day Program today. Member Janis Tucker asked Teresa to join them under false pretenses. On Thursday, she told her that one of their presenters had dropped out and could she come speak on behalf of Boundary Fuller Center for Housing, more commonly known as Habitat for Humanity. In exchange for a three to four minute presentation, Teresa was promised her delicious breakfast and the chance to sit next to her favorite middle school volleyball coach!
April 29
Utah State University's Alva Swanson on his thoughtful path to graduation: When he thinks back, Alva Swanson recalls three events that became pivotal in bringing him to where he is now, at the threshold of graduation from the Utah State University Quinney College of Natural Resources. The first is a big fish story. Swanson’s home is in the far north of Idaho, a community called Bonners Ferry. Carving down the center of town is the Kootenai River, where you can sometimes glimpse a native monster. By Lael Gilbert
April 27
Dr. Ulappa earns Golden Apple Award at BSU: The Associated Students of Boise State University have announced the winners of this year’s Golden Apple Awards, and among them is Dr. Amy Ulappa, a professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences and a 2000 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School. Amy is the daughter of Tom Ulappa and Janis Kerby, both of Bonners Ferry.
April 26
No Ag Baby 2022 ... yet: For the first time in memory, no one has stepped forward to proclaim their child Boundary County's first baby of spring, and at present there is no Boundary Soil Conservation District/Farm Bureau Ag Baby 2022. It's not too late!
April 14
Local family needs community help: 9B Family Foundation, a Bonners Ferry preschool, childcare and family resource center, has a family facing challenging times and needing the community's help. The mother gave birth to twins around 18 weeks early, with one in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kootenai Health, the other in a Spokane NICU. Mom is staying in Coeur d'Alene and commuting between hospitals to be with her babies, who are trying to grow big enough to come home, hopefully in 18 weeks around the date they were expected in June.
April 7
Naples celebrates Students of the Month, Principals for a Day: Naples Elementary recently celebrated its Students of the Month for March. They are Stryder Olson 1st, Keah McKellips 2nd, Mackenzie Issacharoff 2nd, Dakota Rinehart - Kindergarten, Josh Pruitt - Kindergarten, Hank Robertson - Kindergarten, Emily Riek - Kindergarten and Mason Mistelski 1st, Blake Nichols 4th, Dalton Regher 4th, Kathryn Wietzke 5th, Treva Wietzke 5th, Lilliya Giles 3rd, Onyx Gahr 3rd, Maddux Bolton 3rd, Mark Elliston 5th, Levi Jones 3rd. In addtion, two students, below; Ronald Calderone and Aurora Havens-Boone, did admirably in March as Principal for a Day!
April 30
Days before her 90th birthday, Jeanne Osborn bowls a 204: It's almost impossible to imagine, but friends helped Jeanne Osborn celebrate her 90th birthday today. Not only does she look decades younger, Jeanne is still exceptionally athletic, having bowled a 204 this week in Tuesday's Trouble women's league play at AJ's Lanes, rolling four strikes in a row! Happy birthday, Jeanne!
April 27
Lupines shine in Tuesdays Trouble week 31: Alice VanGundy got high scratch game 204, high scratch series 499, second high handicap game 260 and tied for high handicap series 667 to lead the Lupines to a sweep as Tuesday's Trouble ladies league bowling wrapped its 36th week at AJ's. Lil Jimenez took second high scratch game 185, second high scratch series 424 and tied for high handicap series 667.
April 22
Ussher signs to run for Community Colleges of Spokane: Camille Ussher had been going back and forth between Community Colleges of Spokane and a couple of other schools that were interested, but ultimately her choice came down, wisely, to which option provided her the best academic options and the opportunity to grow and compete immediately as an athlete.
IDFG to conduct creel surveys on Pend Oreille: When you pull into the dock after fishing Lake Pend Oreille or the Pend Oreille River this year, you may be greeted by a smiling face wearing Idaho Fish and Game gear, eager to ask you a few questions. From now until March 2023, Fish and Game will be conducting a creel survey to collect information about how your fishing experience was on the lake and river.
April 20
Fine shooting, Claybusters!
Congratulations to the Bonners Ferry High School Trap Team, "Duke's Claybusters," for taking top honors in the junior division in the 2022 Spokesman Review Inland Northwest Trap Shoot. Duke's Claybusters are (l-r) Wyatt McDonald, Noah Nichols, Trenton Myers, Ryan Carelli, Melanie Campbell, Cassidy Underhill, Dillon McLeish and Torsten Conover. Not pictured are Seth Rice and Isaac Bliss. "Great shooting all of you," said coach Ron Campbell. "I couldn't be more proud!"
April 18
Tuesday's Trouble has finished 30 weeks of bowling: Alice VanGundy got high scratch game 173 and second high scratch series 431 in week 30 of Tuesday’s Trouble bowling at AJ’s Lanes. Jeanne Osborn got second high scratch game 159, high scratch series 439 and third high handicap series 643. Donna Kent tied for third high scratch game 158 with Carolyn McNeill who also got third high scratch series 430.
April 15
Sheriff's deputies offering OHV classes: Spring is here and so is the opportunity to start getting the motorcycles and ATVs out! If you do not yet have your drivers license, there is still a way for you to legally ride on forest service roads. Sheriff’s deputies will offer an OHV (off highway vehicle) course to riders allowing them to be issued a permit from Idaho Parks and Recreation, meeting the requirements to ride on forest service roads without a driver’s license.
April 12
Elaine Wheeler takes it all in week 29: Elaine Wheeler took it all in week 29 of Tuesday’s Trouble Ladies Bowling; high scratch game 189, high scratch series 534, high handicap game 256 and high handicap series 735. Kathy Konek got second high scratch game 181, second high scratch series 500 and second high handicap series 695.
April 7
Regina Colby leads in week 28: Regina Colby got high scratch game 174, third high scratch series 430, high handicap game 258 and high handicap series 682 in individual scoring and the lupines; Alice VanGundy, DaVonna Cada and Lil Jiminez, took team honors in week 28 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's.
April 6
Kobertstien Idaho State champion on bars: Some of you may remember Aliyah Koberstien as the cute little gymnast who flipped cartwheels in the cartwheel-a-thon at Super 1 last year to raise money for local cancer patients and her to build her gymnastics fund for this competition year. She amazed everyone, turning 270 cartwheels in an hour. As this year's competition season has ended and she returns to her practice schedule, look for her next cartwheel-a-thon coming later this spring!
April 2
Eli Richards in top 12 at High School Senior Nationals: Bonners Ferry High School stand-out wrestler Eli Richards recently traveled to Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the High School Senior Nationals, competing against the best high school seniors in the country. In his first bout in a solid 64 man bracket, Eli came out on top, pinning Zalan Wilson of Louisiana at 3:11. In his second bout, Eli won again, pinning Jonah Gruenes of Minnesota at 4:55.
BF Wrestling Club to attend Bread and Butter Wrestling Camp: The 2022 All-American Bread and Butter Wrestling Camp will run June 29 through July 3 at Riverview Bible Camp, Cusick, Washington, and the Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club is going as a team. The camp, the only team camp planned this year, features clinics with wrestlers from the highest level in college wrestling.
April 29
Idiots don't run the show: On Thursday, Idaho House District 1 Representative Heather Scott held an event in a church in Kootenai, live streamed for those who couldn't attend, announced in an email with the subject line, "Smut in Our Idaho Libraries and What You Can Do About It." A gameplan, she wrote, to remove inappropriate materials from our schools and libraries. On his website, Idaho District 1 Senate candidate Scott Herndon lists as issues topics including transgenders in sports, critical race theory and strengthening parental rights over the sexual topics taught to their children in public schools. By Mike Weland, Publisher
April 28
Danger in the primary: What a sad and destructive situation that is occurring with our electoral system when a senatorial hopeful can slander, denigrate and lie about a sitting conservative, Republican Senator. Jim Woodward has been a thoughtful and intelligent Senator whose actions and service have been only what is best for Bonner and Boundary counties and the state of Idaho. By Dave Wattenbarger, Ken Irons and Ron Smith
April 27
Keep our good and faithful public servant: We are writing to voice our support to re-elect Dan Dinning for County Commissioner, District 3. After 20 years of service, it may seem like it’s time for change as sometimes longevity can create complacency; this is definitely not the case with Dan Dinning as our County Commissioner. Simply put, it would take another 20 years or more for someone else to gain the knowledge, create the networks and make the difference that Dan makes every day on behalf of Boundary County citizens. By Mitch and Rhonda Vogl
Herndon vs. Senator Woodward: Challenger Herndon spews nothing but hate, Sinking ever lower, he’s sealing his fate. Cluttering the land with massive mistruth, Does he think that will work when we go to the booth? By Bev Kee
We must do more to stop federal control: Enactment of new federal legislation often expands, rather than narrows, the federal government’s responsibilities. Examples include administering federal programs and payments, such as COVID relief. America is not made strong by a large central government that overspends. Rather, our country is strengthened by respecting the abilities of the individual, and limiting the federal government’s size and reach will help reduce spending and restore the balance of power established in the U.S. Constitution. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
April 26
To find some way to speak the truth: If you knew me, you would see my heart recently breaking for Bonners Ferry ... the place that I love, the people I cherish and the values that this community instilled in me. You would know that I feel cowardice every time I remain silent amongst family, friends and neighbors. Yet I often remain silent, and I do not share my name. Anonymous
April 25
Logical for RCC to vet candidates in primary: Recently Lester Pinkerton wrote that County Republican Central Committees ought not recommend some candidates over others in the Republican primary. Lester then admitted that it is okay if those same central committees to endorse, financially support and aid the Republicans that win the primary to win the general election in November. By Scott Herndon
April 24
Should RCC endorse? An emphatic 'no!' During the candidate forum at the high school last week I was given a terrific question that I would like to explain further. The question: Should the Republican Central Committees (RCC) endorse individual candidates prior to the primaries? My reply: Absolutely Not! The RCC should be a grass roots organization that is delegated to help Republican candidates reach out to the voting public, like this most recent candidate forum at the high school. By Lester Pinkerton
April 23
Two wings on the same bird: Those of the far right failed in insurrection yet have with great success subverted the grand old Republican Party to the point it is not recognizable anymore, and nigh bereft of the ideals for which it once stood so proudly. By Mike Weland, Publisher
April 22
Gaslighting, anyone? It is said that every lie contains a kernel of truth. Scott Herndon’s campaign messaging provides several examples. But that is not the most dangerous part. What Herndon does is put out false statements that contain that “kernel of truth.” By Mary Ollie
April 21
Not my circus, not my monkey? The news continues to tell us about the tragedies in Ukraine, in South America, in the Middle East, in Africa and right here in North Idaho. Drug overdose deaths, orphaned children, murder and abuse and scapegoating on vulnerable groups. By Steve Johnson
Don't count your chickens before they hatch: Candidate for State Senate District 1 Scott Herndon fully realized that his "support/recommendation/endorsement" by the Legislative District 1 (LD-1) Republican Committee was really a back-door attempt to circumvent any opposition from the member(s) of the Boundary County Republican Central Committee. Mr. Herndon has had ample opportunities to request an audience with the BCRCC in regards to any endorsement. Now he finds himself in a dilemma of his own creation. By Gerald B. Higgs
True Republicans believe in the rights of the individual: Some small but powerful Republican groups across the state are demanding absolute loyalty to their choice of candidates for the upcoming Idaho primary. They are driving a stake through the heart of the party, creating deep divisions, and pitting friends against friends. These groups want to determine the outcome of the election and believe that you, the voters, won’t choose correctly so they will do your thinking for you. By Idaho Senator Mary Souza
Don't be quick to judge: In his letter of April 20, Gerald Higgs states that I am “blatantly dishonest” in my mailer in which it was stated that the Boundary County Republican Central Committee supported me for State Senate. For a meeting on March 21, 2022, of the Legislative District 1 Republican Committee, the secretary’s minutes record that 25 precinct committeemen and one proxy of the joint Bonner and Boundary County Republican Central Committees met in Ponderay to endorse candidates for the LD1 legislative races. By Scott Herndon
April 20
Blatant lies unbecoming a candidate for state senator: Today, I received a Herndon mailer with a red checkmark implying endorsement by the "Boundary County Republican Central Committee." Later today, I was made aware by Mike Weland/9B.news of yet another mailer, (similarly designed) implying the same endorsement. I am aware that the Boundary County Republican Central Committee has not and will not endorse any candidates prior to the May 17, 2022, Republican Primary. By Gerald Higgs
There's but one chance, and the time is now: A definition of the word stupidity is "behavior that shows a lack of good sense or judgment." Too many who do possess good sense have tolerated abject stupidity in our politics and in our politicians for far too long, and we now find ourselves on a precipice as the stupid aggressively assert their supposed dominance while those who retain the ability to rationalize mistakenly think there is room for discussion, for reason, for tolerance. There isn't. By Mike Weland, Publisher
Idahoans deserve to witness the contest of ideas: Who needs debates in a time where 30-second advertisements funded by multinational corporations will suffice? Yes, it’s true, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor refused to participate in the debates. Three of us were invited by the Idaho Debate Commission to participate in the long-standing and cherished tradition. Unfortunately, both of my opponents retreated from the free exchange of ideas. This is a dangerous trend for Idaho. By gubernatorial candidate Ed Humphreys
Re-elect Senator Jim Woodward: I am still a registered Republican, but sometimes I feel like the Grand Old Party has changed so much that it is hardly recognizable. But the good news is that we have Conservative Republican Senator Jim Woodward, an excellent candidate for re-election in District 1 in the May 17 Republican primary, and he is committed to our North Idaho values and he has all the good character traits that we so desperately need in this crazy world. By Jo Len Everhart
Where was the outrage? Just gotta scratch your head at this. The mini-mayor of Moyie Springs, Steve Economu, and his council; Geoff Hollenbeck, Les Love, Deborah Rauth and Terri Johnson filed a lawsuit against me for a post that was 10 inches too close to the property line. The violation was so egregious it merited front page coverage in the Bonners Ferry Herald. By Rosanne Smith
April 18
Facing direct threat to our democracy: Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently commented, "The greatest national security threat to the United States is the two-square-miles of the White House and the U.S. Capitol building." This comment was made in reference to the January 6, 2021, insurrection and some of the extremist elements currently camped out within the Republican Party. By Jerry Higgs
April 15
IFF has changed from helpful to vicious: Every other year, Idahoans decide who represents them in the Idaho Legislature. As a fifth generation Idahoan, and a candidate to continue representing my hometown of Nampa in the Idaho Senate, I believe voting is our patriotic duty. It’s our opportunity to choose our community leaders based on results and accountability. It’s not unusual for a political divide to exist. What is uncharacteristic, especially for Idahoans, is the nasty, contentious nature of this divide. By Idaho State Senator Jeff Agenbroad
April 14
On May 17, let your voice be heard: Idaho is a bastion for conservatives. This is not new. It is who we have been for years. This conservative environment is not under attack and is not at risk in Idaho. Candidates running on the Republican ticket who tell you it is are trying to create a crisis that doesn’t exist and by using the smoking mirror tactic in order to garner your vote. By Darrell Kerby
April 13
No 'Christmas lists' in Idaho legislation: Jody McClintock stated in her letter of April 6, 2022 that “If you know how bills in the House and Senate work, you will know that they are never about just one issue.” Her letter refers to the Idaho legislature and claims that bills are filled with “everyone’s Christmas list.” By Scott Herndon
April 12
Letter writer's claims are wrong: In a letter dated April 6 and titled “Truth Matters,” Robin Lundgren stated that Scott Herndon “claims Jim (Woodward) voted against HB666.” It is interesting that in striving for the truth, Ms. Lundgren states an untruth. Nowhere has Herndon claimed anything about Woodward’s vote on HB666 because Herndon knows that bill never came up for a vote in the senate nor any committee that included Jim Woodward. By Julian Hayslett
April 6
Truth matters: In an election year the truth is especially important. So let’s look at just a couple of truths involving our current state senator from District 1, Jim Woodward. By Robin Lundgren
The art of cherry picking and/or emotional manipulation: It is interesting to me how certain candidates’ cherry pick their hot button issues. If you know how bills in the House and Senate work, you will know that they are never about just one issue. Indeed, they seem to be packed with everyone’s Christmas list. I believe it takes a dedicated, intelligent person of integrity and sound judgment to sort that list of issues. By Jody McClintock
Supporting charitable giving: In Idaho, charitable organizations stepped up to serve Idahoans when they needed it the most during the darkest days of the pandemic. The nonprofit sector adapted to the COVID-19 situation incredibly well, often fulfilling their missions with fewer resources and volunteers or even cancelled events, all while ensuring the communities they serve were being helped. By Mike Crapo
April 3
North Idaho a microcosm of the melting pot: Under state law, county political party central committees have great latitude in establishing the rules and guidelines by which they operate, and we in North Idaho are seeing, as never before, the differences evident in the approaches of one party's committees and the political impact of the rules they establish. How Idaho Republicans respond in the May 17 primary election will have significant affect on the course of our state's history, and similar scenarios are playing out nationwide. By Mike Weland
Air Force vet questions writer's credentials: In regard to Mary Ollie’s March 13 letter in support of Jim Woodward published in 9B News, I recommend everyone take a closer look, not just at him, but at her too. Through the years, I've read Ms. Ollie's numerous writings in a few Hagadone editions and a variety of other web media outlets. She always claims to be a Republican with a caveat; she thinks the GOP is mean spirited and doesn't represent her. By Mike Franco
April 1
May 17 will matter like no other day -- vote! We live in interesting times, times in which the word "liberty" means the exact opposite of the definition given in the dictionary, in which "patriots" are the very people our forefathers fought against and warned us about and where the proud flag of our nation has come to denote the antithesis of the principals upon which this nation was founded. We live in interesting times ... and how we vote, or don't vote May 17, 2022, will matter like never before in our nation's history.
IFF comrades undermining Idaho politics: Political lies ... If you have received junk mail recently slamming Boundary and Bonner County’s native son, Senator Jim Woodward, you can expect to receive a flurry of more of the same as Idaho’s primary election gets nearer. This vicious and lying misinformation campaign is a tactic being used like never before in our Great State of Idaho.
April 30
Katie Sherman of Bonners Ferry died on April 18, 2022, at Mountain Valley of Cascadia Nursing Home in Kellogg, where she had been lovingly cared for by nurses, doctors and professional caregivers. She loved the people there and her beautiful view of the mountains. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street.
April 24
Thomas R. Bennett Sr. passed away peacefully at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene surrounded by family on April 21, 2022, at the age of 73. Services will be held at noon Saturday, April 30, at First Baptist Church, 6711 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry. Potluck to follow, as well as sharing happy memories.
April 15
Marietta Merle Salyards passed away at the robust age of 100 on April 9, 2022, at Sunset Home Assisted Living in Bonners Ferry. Her daughter, RaNae, was at her side when she passed of natural causes. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Riverside Cemetery, 1969 North River Road, Payette.
April 14
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 at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.
Evelyn Marie Stanczak was welcomed to heaven Thursday, April 7, 2022. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Trinity Baptist Church, 711 Fairview Drive, Moscow. She was born to Frank and Irene Florea in Hopkins, Missouri, on September 8, 1927, the third of 11 children. The family moved to Bonners Ferry in 1938, where she graduated from high school in 1945.
April 13
William R. Mead, 68, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at his home in Hope, Idaho, surrounded by his loving family. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Monica May Abraham, 20, passed away at home on April 11, 2022, in Bonners Ferry. Monica was born in Sandpoint on July 13, 2001, the daughter of Aaron and Twyla Basil Francis. Viewing will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Kootenai Tribal Headquarters, with a Rosary starting at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, also at Kootenai Tribal Headquarters. Burial will follow at the St. Michael's Mission Cemetery.
April 7
Larry Ford Cripe, 79, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at his home in Troy of natural causes. He was born on February 17, 1943, in Bonners Ferry to Ford and Edith Cripe. The family plans a service on a future date.
Henry Lee Watkins, 68, Bonners Ferry, passed away at home on April 6, 2022, surrounded by his family. Henry was born on September 12, 1953, the son of Lonnie and Wilma Smith Watkins, in California. There will be no services at this time.
April 2
Dixie Ann West, 85, died March 29, 2022 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. Dixie was born on Mary 20, 1936, the daughter of Bernard and Carrah Smith Jansen in Estherville, Iowa. No service is planned.