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May, 2022
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May 30 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
May 26 
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of May 2 
May 24 
Flags to half staff for Robb Elementary shooting: As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24, 2022, by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 28 
May 23
Bonners Ferry comp plan activities set for June 4: The City of Bonners Ferry is updating the Comprehensive Plan and wants to ensure that the community has an active part in deciding how the city looks, functions, and serves the needs of its residents as the future brings change. On Saturday, June 4, city consultants and community volunteers will have a booth at the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide information and activities for the community to help shape the plan’s overall direction.
City surplus auction underway: The City of Bonners Ferry is disposing of several items by sealed bid due by May 25, 2022, by 3 p.m. The vehicles and items will be displayed at the city utility yard at 6362 Washington Street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23-25. A copy of the list of items can be obtained at City Hall during regular business hours. All bids must be submitted to the city in a sealed envelope by 3 p.m., May 25, 2022.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
May 22
Lincoln County shooting suspect captured: After an all-night manhunt, a Flathead County, Montana, man suspected in a homicide near the mouth of Lake Koocanusa was arrested near his home at about 10 a.m. MDT today. Garry Douglas Seaman, 63, is in custody on a warrant for murder. At about 2:47 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln County Sheriff's dispatch received report of a shooting in the Alexander Creek campground north of Libby.
May 21
Montana woman missing from Spokane: Ellen "Ellie" Rosemary Caye, 22, is missing after being left at the Hope House for Women in Spokane. She was last seen April 22. She is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe who lived on the Flathead Reservation in Lake County, Montana. UPDATE: Ellie has made contact with her family.
May 19
Library's woes not over yet: A tort claim on behalf of four whistleblowers was delivered to the Boundary County Free Library District Board at its May meeting this morning seeking the immediate resignation of the entire board and the immediate discharge of two library employees as a show of good faith so as to enter federal mediation requested about six months ago to resolve an array of issues and alleged crimes.
IDL burn permit site to be down for maintenance: Idaho Department of Land’s burn permit website, burnpermits.idaho.gov, will be down for maintenance from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and burn permits will not be available during this time. Since the permits are valid 10 days from the date of issue, those who have plans to burn this weekend should apply for a permit now. Permits are free, applying only takes a few minutes, and the permit is issued immediately.
May 18
Commissioners to meet in special session: The Boundary County Board of Commissioners will meet in special session at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2021, in commission chambers, room 28 of the courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, for the purpose of going into executive session pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1)a, to consider hiring a public officer, staff member or individual agent. Possible action item. This is not a meeting that is open to the public.
Boundary County Commission minutes May 9
Herndon issues release on Senate win: Scott Herndon shocked the Idaho political establishment last night by defeating two-term incumbent Senator Jim Woodward in Idaho’s First senate district. Herndon won decisively by double digits: 56-percent to 44-percent. Herndon’s campaign ran a data-driven operation, drawing a stark contrast between his conservative political views and Woodward’s voting record. Herndon’s political strategist Woodrow Johnston said.
Wind advisory in effect until 9 p.m.: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a wind advisory for North Idaho calling for southwest winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusts to 45 miles per hour, in effect from noon until 9 p.m. today. The Missoula office of the National Weather Service has also issued the same advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect until midnight.
May 17
Boundary County primary election results 2022
Robertson, Fioravanti to be new county commissioners: With a turnout of 47.9 percent, Ben Robertson and Steve Fioravanti will be Boundary County's new county commissioners in 2023, Robertson having defeated incumbent Dan Dinning, 2,076 to 1,059 and Steve Fioravanti defeated incumbent Tim Bertling, 1,603 to 1,524. Chad Workman will take over as county coroner, winning that race 2,214 to 476. Caleb Davis retains his seat as Republican precinct committeeman for Moyie Springs, defeating Elena Quinn 405 to 283, and Lester Pinkerton will be the GOP precinct committeeman for North Bonners Ferry, garnering 302 votes to Amy Roemelen's 151 and Jeffrey Bogard's 48. Updated 7:50 a.m. May 18.
At 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, Johns Hopkins COVID website reported that one million and four U.S. citizens
have died from novel coronavirus since the pandemic began in 2020.
May 16
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
School District 101 special trustee negotiations meeting, 4:15 p.m. Monday, May 23, district office, 7188Oak Street, Bonners Ferry. Regular meeting, 6 p.m.
Troy City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Troy City Council room.
Governor assures Idaho's election will be safe and secure: As voters head to the polls Tuesday in counties big and small across Idaho, Governor Brad Little is assuring Idahoans of our state's history of safe and secure elections and highlighted new investments to continue our track record of election integrity.
Fisherman drowns in Lake Koocanusa: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a report of a vehicle driving into the water at the Koocanusa Marina, north of Libby and about 4:52 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies located a Ford F-250 pickup in the water near the end of the boat ramp.
Bonners Ferry FFA shines at competitions: On May 12-13, the Bonners Ferry FFA chapter went to four different contests. The first was State Forestry Contest put on by the Idaho Department of Lands at Farragut State Park. This is a series of eight different contests in a single location to help prepare students on the knowledge of work done for the forestry industry.
May 13
Helping families find infant formula: To address infant formula shortages in the wake of Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas, the Biden-Harris Administration is working to ensure that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country. Yesterday, President Biden spoke with retailers and manufacturers, including Walmart, Target, Reckitt, and Gerber, to discuss ways to get more formula quickly and safely onto store shelves.
May 12
Randy Weaver, 74, has died: Sara Weaver posted today on the "Ruby Ridge to Freedom" Facebook page that her father, Randy Weaver, 74, has died. She gave no details. Randy, who had served with the U.S. Army Special Forces, was a suspected militant white supremacist, wanted on a warrant for allegedly selling an illegal sawed-off shotgun to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms informant, but exonerated.
Federal flags to half-staff as tragic COVID milestone looms: If statistics hold as expected, the United States will reach a terrible milestone in the novel coronavirus pandemic. In anticipation of the U.S. reaching one million COVID-19 deaths, President Joe Biden today ordered flags at all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff through Monday, May 16.
If clouds clear, total lunar eclipse will shine Sunday night: On the off chance of a break in the clouds Sunday evening (there's a 50-percent chance of showers), here are some additional details on the next total lunar eclipse, which will begin at 7:27 p.m. Pacific May 15, go into totality at 8:29 p.m. and end at 10:55 p.m. The moon is in a near part of its orbit – close to Earth – during the eclipse. It’s a supermoon. That means, during this eclipse, the moon will appear relatively large in our sky.
May 10
Translator District auctioning Can Am UTV: The Boundary County Translator District is selling surplus equipment by sealed bid auction. The item will be shown by appointment only from Monday, May 16, through Thursday, June 16. The sealed bids will be opened at the Boundary County Translator District’s monthly meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Bids must be submitted to the office of Youngwirth, Davis & Associates located at 7193 Main Street, Bonners Ferry ID 83805 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Sold “as is” with no warranty.
County Commission notes ...Restorium tree comes down, community shred day to return: The big tree in the courtyard at the Restorium was safely taken down Monday due to safety concerns, work is underway to widen the availability of high-speed broadband access in the county and to bring back the once popular "Shred Day." Commissioners are listening to the public as to planning and zoning concerns and working to streamline the permit process as much as possible.
Troy City Council work meeting, 6:30 p.m. May 11, council chambers.
May 9
Man who died on Yaak an experienced kayaker: The man who died Sunday while kayaking on the Yaak had years of experience on the water. Steven Koning, 50, Victor, Idaho, was the founder 25 years ago of Geyser Kayak Tours, Jackson, Wyoming, which operates in Yellowstone National Park, and had before that owned Snake River Kayak in Jackson, Idaho.
Mai enters plea agreement on sex charge: Ryan Victor Mai, 46, Bonners Ferry, entered into a plea agreement Friday morning, pleading guilty to one count of sexual battery of a minor child, a 16-year-old girl, with two additional counts dropped, with a prosecution sentencing of one year in prison, determinate, and an open period indeterminate.
McGeachin calls on governor to strengthen abortion ban: In response to news that the U.S. Supreme Court may restore to states their constitutional authority to ban abortion, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin is formally calling on Governor Brad Little to convene an extraordinary legislative session for the purpose of passing a more comprehensive abortion ban in Idaho.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Night time lane closures planned for I-90 study: Nighttime lane closures on I-90 over the next two months will collect data for a study to widen Interstate 90 between the Washington state line and Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Crews will focus on the section between Spokane Street and Northwest Boulevard, closing either a shoulder or lane in one direction at a time. Work will be done at night between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the first closure scheduled for tomorrow night.
Idaho man dies kayaking on the Yaak River: At approximately 12:19 p.m. Sunday, May 8, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received an SOS message from a GPS device in the Yaak River area west of Troy. Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office began responding to the area. Updated information indicated that the 38-year-old man who sent the message was healthy and on a kayaking trip with three other men.
May 7
Falky swept away in Mission Creek: Falky got swept down stream yesterday in Mission Creek in the Mt. Hall area. Anyone who knows the area or lives up that way are asked to keep an eye out for him. He's got on a blue collar with his owner's number on it. He's friendly. "Trying not to think the worst because the creek was pretty rapid where he got swept in."
May 5
Pearl Theater bell tower needs work: The Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry is fundraising to make repairs to the bell tower so that we can get the balcony reopened. The balcony has been closed since February of this year due to a major roof leak at the base of the bell tower, which caused major damage to the balcony.
May 4
Total lunar eclipse a certainty, meteor shower possible: May offers an unusual sky watching bounty: the possibility of two major celestial highlights occurring within the span of a single month. The first, a total lunar eclipse, is a certainty, but the second, a potentially strong meteor shower at month's end, is a wild card. Here's what you need to know to prepare for both sky watching opportunities.
May 3
Boulder Creek Academy to close: After 29 years in operation, Boulder Creek Academy, nestled in the shadow of Clifty and having helped students ages 13 to 18 from around the United States and around the world, will be shutting its doors in early summer.
Toned down "Beartaria" proposed in conditional use application: After raising the concerns of neighbors last year with wide ranging plans for a "Beartaria Sanctuary" on a 10-acre parcel along the Moyie River on Earl Lane Road, Struggle Bear LLC and Owen and Amy Smith, Sandpoint, have engaged a Sagle landscape architect and filed application with county planning and zoning for a conditional use permit to define the uses proposed and, if approved, become the controlling document for uses on the property.
McGeachin claims her office budget is balanced: Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin issued a press release Monday in response to what she calls misinformation regarding her budget. "The media continues to manufacture controversy where none exists," she wrote. "The Lt. Governor's office budget is balanced. Our office had some unanticipated legal expenses due to the Idaho Press Club suing us because of our efforts to prevent conservative Idahoans and their children from being doxed by the media."
May 2
Hospital CEO to bid Bonners Ferry farewell: With his family having left the community a few months ago to be closer to home and family to help one of their children facing medical issues, Boundary Community Hospital CEO Preston Becker on April 25 submitted his resignation, saying he cannot be apart from them but promising to stay on to help through the process of bringing a new CEO on board.
Cascade of crises leave family in need: With three happy children at home, ages eight, six and two, Catherine Abrego should be looking forward to Mothers Day. Instead, the Bonners Ferry woman is facing the most harsh challenges of her life, having given birth to premature twins, become a single-mom and lost her ability to work all within a couple of days. She is needing the support and prayers of her community.
Leah Moellmer is Bonners Ferry's 2022 Distinguished Young Woman: Weeks of hard but fun work culminated Saturday evening for 11 talented and intelligent Boundary County High School junior women, with Majasa Allred, Maile Murdock, Nevaeh Elliston, Mia Blackmore, Emma Lucas, Grace Worley, Hailey Kelsey, Maggie Weaver, Jaden Byars, Evelynn Chaney and Leah Moellmer giving their all, but the panel of judges had the unenviable task of choosing just one as Bonners Ferry's 2022 Distinguished Young Woman, and she is Leah Moellmer.
Gear Up Idaho Youth Summit coming up soon: Gear Up Idaho and the Idaho Department of Education are hosting this year's Youth Summit on the Moscow campus of the University of Idaho from June 13-17; five all-expenses paid days packed with lots of learning, lots of fun and lots of great memories, and Bonners Ferry freshmen and sophomores are invited to apply!
Education board names NIC trustee finalists: The office of the Idaho State Board of Education today released the names of eight finalists who will be interviewed to fill three board of trustee positions at North Idaho College (NIC). The finalists were picked by the State Board’s executive officers, after reviewing 37 applications submitted to fill three vacancies. The finalists will be interviewed on the NIC campus on Thursday.
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Business
May 12
Lynn and Leah Jantz 2021 Conservation Farmers of the Year: Each year the Boundary Soil Conservation District looks back over the previous farming season and nominates and chooses a local farmer who went above and beyond. BSCD is pleased to announce their choice for 2021 Conservation Farmer of the Year to Kootenai Valley Ranch Inc., also known as Lynn and Leah Jantz. KVR is deeply rooted in agriculture, as well as soil and water conservation.
Social
May 29
Liermann, Callison earn academic honors: Two Boundary County students earned academic honors for the 2022 spring semester at the University of Montana, Missoula. Tanner Liermann, Naples, earned president's list honors with a 4.0 GPA and Edie Callison, Bonners Ferry, was awarded dean's list honors with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9.
May 23
Nine local students earn honors a LCSC: A total of 870 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2022 semester, LC State administrators have announced. Among the honorees, 471 made the President’s List while 399 were named to the Dean’s List. Nine students so honored are from Boundary County.
May 19
Morris celebrates 96th on horseback: To celebrate her 96th birthday, staff helped Community Restorium resident Fay Morris fulfill her wish of horseback riding one more time. Fay has a long history of riding horses and this experience was a dream come true as you can see from the smile on her face.
May 18
Mechelle and Rocky say thank you: Mechelle Lech and her service dog, Rocky, received their mobility support harness today, helping to increase Mechelle's mobility and safety. She extends her thanks to everyone in the community who helped make it possible for her to get this piece of equipment.
May 12
Cole Fitch Boundary County's Ag Baby for 2022: In observance of agriculture, spring and new beginnings, Farm Bureau is pleased to announce this year’s first Boundary County baby of spring! Cole Louis Fitch was born at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, to Natasha and Cameron Fitch. This little guy came into the world weighing 6.8 pounds and he was 21 3/4 inches long, and he is well loved by a long list of agricultural families in Boundary County.
Sports/Outdoors
May 11
Getting ready for summer fun: Despite the threat of rain, a number of young Boundary County residents turned out today to take part in the motorcycle and ATV course taught by sheriff Dave Kramer, undersheriff Rich Stephens, corporal Clint Randall and Deputy Dave Wion, earning their Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation cards so they can legally ride on forest service trails open to motorbikes and ATVs without a driver’s license.
Guess who's going to state?
!! GO, BADGERS !!
May 10
KVRC shooters make their mark at Spokane tourney: On April 30, four shooters from the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club travelled to Spokane to participate in the 51st annual George Conner Outdoor Smallbore Tournament. They would join 19 other shooters from the Spokane Rifle Club to shoot, with .22 smallbore single shot rifles, at the 100-yard, 50-yard and 50-meter distances.
May 9
District champions two years running!
The Bonners Ferry Badgers girls golf team are district champions for the second year in a row, with a team score of 374 on their home turf today! Avery Bayer shot an 83, Braylyn Bayer 87, Cali Iacolucci 97, Mia Blackmore 107 and Holly Alexander 148. They'll travel to River Bend Golf Course in Wilder to play for the state 3-A championship May 16-17.
IDFG seeks info on Kerr Lake elk poaching: Idaho Fish and Game has received information about two bull elk that were killed and left to waste near Kerr Lake in Boundary County in the Panhandle Region. Fish and Game is requesting the public to report any information about the incident. The investigating officer estimated the elk were killed sometime between the evening of April 30 and the morning of May 1 based on evidence observed.
May 6
Osborn takes it all in Tuesday's Trouble finale: Just days before her 90th birthday, Jeanne Osborn took all the marbles in the 32nd and final week of the Tuesday's Trouble ladies bowling league season at AJ's Lanes, taking high scratch game with a 204, rolling a four bagger along the way, high scratch series, 494, high handicap game 272 and high handicap series, leading the Lady Slippers, Jeanne, Evelyn Smith and Donna Nystrom, to landing high scratch game, 412, high scratch series 1,176, second high handicap game 638 and second high handicap series, 643.
May 5
Kootenai River anglers have until May 10 to turn in creel packets: If you are one of the many anglers who participated in the 2022 Kootenai River Angler Science Program, thank you for investing time and energy into helping us. Information collected by all of you will help us manage the unique and fairly new burbot fishery in the Kootenai River. The peak of burbot fishing has come and gone, so make sure to turn in your completed creel packet by May 10 for a chance to win some great prizes!
May 4
Richards to fight as a Golden Bear: Standout Badger Wrestler Eli Richards has signed a letter of intent to continue his wrestling career at the next level the University of Alberta. With colleges from over 10 different states recruiting Eli, he has decided to head out of the country, north to Edmonton to wrestle for the University of Alberta Golden Bears next year.
May 3
Local shooters shine at Columbia State match: The Sandpoint Rifle Club hosted the Columbia State Rifle and Pistol Match on April 23, 2022, at the Leo Hadley Rifle Range in Sandpoint. The shooters had the opportunity to shoot a three-position rifle match or a 90 shot pistol match or both. Shooters from Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Spokane attended.
Letters
May 27
What a difference: What a difference a few hundred years makes. When on December 15, 1791, the words "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," were ratified as the second amendment to this nation's constitution, they who drafted that cherished right had only recently defeated an experienced, trained and provisioned military, thanks to a well regulated militia comprised of a rabble of heroes armed and equipped not by government funds, but by their own wherewithal; knives, spears, tomahawks and muskets, wielded with courage and intrepidity. By Mike Weland
May 25
To do nothing is unacceptable: I spent last night, like many of us in Idaho and across the nation, poring over the information coming out of Uvalde, holding my children with a greater intensity than I had that morning, and reflecting on how ... how in the United States of America, we could be dealing with another horrific school shooting ... how more families, more students, more first responders and more teachers could be experiencing a pain that I cannot begin to fathom ... and how to account for our leaders’ failures. By Kaylee Peterson, Candidate for U.S. Representative
Remembering the children who died that our rights be uninfringed: A man, no matter his color, creed, race or religion, who thinks of himself so highly that he can lose sight of the fact that we all love our children equally is a man lost. The man who would betray an innocent's trust and take from a child, his or another's, their innocence, is a creature reprehensible.
May 23
Another point of view about the election: Yes we lost, but have you any idea what has been lost? The county has been overrun with a collection of people with the most extreme ideology and dangerous self-righteous, self-serving, self-promoting and pompous posturing; dangerous in the fact that they use God as their hammer. By Jody McClintock
Boundary County built and sustained on strong backs of volunteers: A recent letter states a reason to vote for someone should be based upon the person who volunteers and sits on the many boards and organizations that make Boundary County “work.” Appearing to remain distant and being uninvolved does not mean someone cares less. By Rosanne Smith
May 20
Human Rights groups call for an end to the killing: We call for immediate action by the federal government and the states for passage of strong domestic terrorist control acts to combat the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States taking the lives and injuring so many innocent individuals. By the Boundary County Human Rights Task Force et al.
May 18
Boundary County vote perfect in battle of good vs. evil: Bonners Ferry and Boundary County Republicans voted 100-percent for our area's endorsed recommended candidates for this midterm primary election. The people voted accordingly in North Idaho's upper Panhandle and the all the candidates won they voted for! By Ferly Savage Greenhalgh
May 16
No redoubt will long stand for those who would not share the blessings of liberty: This country's founders were consummate writers, who, with great deliberation and care, drafted for us a constitution establishing the basic form and principals of our government using very much that same language extant today. Like writers of any age, they strove to be concise and unambiguous, to make the words mean precisely what the writers intended for all days to come. By Mike Weland, Publisher
May 13
Support Ben Robertson for county commissioner: What do I want in a County Commissioner for Boundary County? Many things is the answer to this question. Probably the most important aspect would be integrity. An individual who will look you in the face and say the truth as they see it. A person who has no problem being honest in the face of adversity. By Kyle Watts et al
On junkyards, persistence is key: I do sympathize with the frustrations that Mr. Poland ("Time to change county leadership," letters, May 10) is experiencing. I hope what I have to say is useful. A few years ago, I got my belly full of a different junkyard on the west side of Highway 95 south of Naples. At the time, I visited with former Boundary County Planning Administrator John Moss. John suggested that I put my concerns in writing and bring them back to him.
May 10
I got my knee on his neck, Ma! Take a pitcher! "Critical race theory, an ugly ideology that divides people based on race, has crept into Idaho’s public school classrooms right under our noses. Except it's not and it hasn't. It's yet another farcical far-right imaginary bugaboo, another lie piled on a heap of lies created by an insidious cabal of office-seeking miscreants bent on rousing fears and imposing their own narrow racial, political and religious moral certitude on those of us who can't imagine what they are railing about. By Mike Weland
Mark Sauter for Idaho House Seat 1A: Please elect Mark Sauter for our legislative district 1A seat in the Idaho House of Representatives. Mark is a traditional Republican, well known for his hard work in whatever task he takes on. Many of you may have met Mark through his fire outreach with Selkirk Fire. By Kennon & Jody McClintock
We face a choice May 17, let your voice be heard: My final thoughts on Idaho’s May 17 primary election are simple: Elections matter. If you don’t vote, you don’t count. In Idaho, it is the Republican primary that actually determines who is going to represent us, not the general election this fall. During the last 50 years in Idaho we - you and I - have built a state that is the envy of conservatives nationwide. It was built by those of us who have lived here, voted here and paid taxes here over the same period of time. By Darrell Kerby
Time to change county leadership: Is this a junkyard? According to your Boundary County Commissioners this is not a junkyard. To them, these aren't even pictures of a junkyard. To us, the neighbors who must live next to this, it most certainly is a junkyard. If it looks like one, smells like one, sounds like one, and conducts business like one, then it must be one. So why is it in an agricultural area? By John Poland
May 7
The awful price of lies: If the statistics of late hold, by this time next week, the United States will have lost one-million people to COVID-19, a number far disproportionate to the rest of the world, where 6,250,452 have died to date, according to Johns Hopkins. Of those, 997,503 are from the U.S. Our nation's failure wasn't because our physicians and scientists were lacking. No, we were led by a charismatic con man with a propensity for lying. A significant number of our citizens chose to give credence to the easily disproved lies they wanted to hear rather than the truths they didn't. By Mike Weland
Woodward has integrity, deserves our vote: As members of the Bonners Ferry community, we have known Jim Woodward, his wife Brenda, and their respective families for decades. However, many citizens, old and new alike, in Boundary and Bonner counties may be unaware of the full extent of service and representation Jim has provided us. By Dave and Brenda Walter
May 6
Idaho GOP is misunderstood: The new folks here seem to assume that Idaho republicans are a far-right, ultra-conservative group. We are not like the rust-belt states, nor the confederacy. Our history is rooted in demographics which are often at odds, politically. Specifically, union miners and ranchers have very little in common. By Gerald Higgs
We commend and endorse Sage Dixon: We endorse Sage Dixon, Idaho State Representative District 1B. Sage holds his office with honor, integrity, and a strong sense of community. He stood with us on lawns during wildfire meetings for the Alpine wildfire and the other fires that nearly took homes and property in our North Idaho neighborhoods. By Louise and Jim Peterson
May 5
Time to speak out ... and vote: I am haunted by the well-known quote of Pastor Martin Niemoller, who miraculously survived seven years in Nazi concentration camps because of his protests against Hitler. “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Socialist," he said. By Jo Len Everhart
May 4
Appears someone's lying: I read with dismay the letter of April 28 by a trio from Bonners Ferry. The trio claimed that Scott Herndon lied about Jim Woodward; that Jim Woodward is a conservative and that claims against him are funded by out of state money. Yet, all of the claims by the three letter writers are demonstrably false. By Dean Cannon
Supports Sauter for House seat: I had the opportunity to attend the Reader’s Candidate Forum for District 1 Senate and House Race on Tuesday May 3. The race that interests me most is for the open seat for the House of Representatives, Seat A. The candidate who was able to separate himself from the rest was Mark Sauter. By Bob Presta
May 3
Instead of fighting, let's keep the puddle wet: I'm not the sharpest cookie in the knife drawer, but I simply do not understand the brouhaha over abortion "rights." It just doesn't seem to me a legitimate topic of national discourse requiring political intervention any more than a man's right to get a vasectomy or a death bed patient's right to choose between advanced medical treatment or a dignified death in the comfort of familiar surroundings. By Mike Weland
With Critchfield, we got this! State Superintendent candidate Debbie Critchfield stands apart from her May 17 Republican primary competition. What distinguishes her is a “can do” attitude. While one of her opponents might make a good stand in for Waldo in “Where’s Waldo?” and the other likes to play the fear card in order to convince voters they are the helpless victims of the big, bad government, Critchfield shows her ability to bring people together to actually get things done. By Mary Ollie
Obituaries
May 26
Ashley M. Brady, 33, passed away peacefully at her Bonners Ferry home on May 23, 2022, surrounded by her family. Ashley was born January 10, 1989, the daughter of Charles "Chuck" Jones and Margaret Sieber in Aurora, Colorado. Services will be announced at a later date.
Patricia "Patti" Preston, 66, passed away at her home May 23, 2022, in Bonners Ferry. Patti was born in Chicago February 6, 1956. No services are planned at this time.
May 9
Myrna Lavey Phillips Carlson Watkins, 86, Bonners Ferry, passed away May 5, 2022. She was born August 15, 1935, in Mesa, Idaho, to Leslie (Jack) and Almeda Phillips. Funeral services will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. Burial Services will be held at the Grandview Cemetery following the funeral service.
May 6
Carol Kristin “Kris” Lefebvre (Chubb) succumbed to cancer with her husband John at her side May 4, 2022. A memorial is planned for July 7, 2022 at Kris and John’s home. Kris was born in Bonners Ferry December 23, 1948, to Bill and Carol Chubb and lived in Bonners Ferry until graduating high school in 1967. She met her future husband John at a dance in 1964 in the parking lot next to what is now Larson’s.
May 4
Gina Randine Ballinger passed away peacefully in her house in Fleming Island, Florida, on March 8, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Boulevard, Orange Park, Florida.
Joseph Thomas Richardson, 93, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on April 24 from COPD. His last week was spent with various members of his family as he transitioned to his heavenly home. He was playful, loving and gentle during this transition. It was very much a reflection of who he was throughout his life. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.