fireworks on our National Forests: As the Fourth of
July holiday approaches, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests
would like to remind visitors that fireworks, and the possession
of fireworks, are prohibited on National Forest System lands,
regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Exploding targets
and other pyrotechnic devices, such as Tannerite, are also
prohibited on public lands administered by the Idaho Panhandle
Police seeking info on abandoned newborn: The Coeur
d'Alene Police Department is trying to identify the mother of a
baby who was left at the doorstep of a Rockwood Lodge Apartment,
2001 W Voltaire Lane, this morning. Authorities responded to the
apartment at 6 a.m. and found a newborn wrapped in a towel and
placed in a stroller outside.
of July in the best places on Earth: When it comes to
celebrating the Fourth of July, there's no place better to be than
right here, with day-long community celebrations in Bonners Ferry,
Eastport and Troy on Monday that are unsurpassed! Here's a look at
what all will be happening.
rule allows debt collection through social media: The
Department of Finance is advising Idaho consumers that debt
collectors may now use non-traditional avenues to communicate with
consumers when attempting to collect a debt. These avenues may
include friend requests and private messages on social media
channels including Facebook, text messages and e-mail.
Ferry highway project shifting gears: Operations
within the ongoing work zone on U.S. Highway 95 in Bonners Ferry
will shift shortly after the Fourth of July holiday as crews begin
paving the southbound lane. All work this season will focus on
building a three-lane section featuring wider shoulders and
sidewalks on both sides between Eisenhower Street and Alderson
dead, three missing in Pend Oreille River boat accident:
At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office was
advised that a performance-style boat had capsized on the Pend
Oreille River near Thama. It was reported that there were four
persons on board. Their Marine Division and Dive Team responded
and recovered the deceased body of one of the occupants.
on lookout for impaired drivers: As Idahoans hit the
road this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, The Bonners Ferry
Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across Idaho
to keep roads free from impaired driving. Beginning Friday through
July 9, officers will dedicate patrols to looking for drivers
under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This is part of a
statewide effort involving officers from more than 50 law
|School work getting
|Boundary County School District 101 is excited to
start major projects at Naples Elementary and Mount Hall
Elementary. "We are thankful to work with a local company,
BF Builders!" said superintendent Jan Bayer. "Randy has
been amazing and we look forward to construction updates."
The projects are possible because of Pandemic Relief
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Benjamin: 'They're drunks, liberals from California:'
Owen Benjamin posted a nearly three-hour web stream this morning,
lauding his own comedic genius and turning his rapier-like "edgy"
wit on those who spoke in opposition to his "Beartaria"
conditional use proposal at a Boundary County Planning and Zoning
Commission public hearing Thursday. Struggle Bear LLC is seeking
the permit to waive a violation and to allow continued development
of cabins on a ten-acre parcel on the Moyie River accessed by Earl
|Ground breaking ...
|By Renae Cooper
|The Kootenai Tribal Economic Development Committee
hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 22,
for the Sturgeon Station Travel Center near Three Mile.
Over 100 members of the tribal community and staff were in
attendance. Words of prayer and blessings were shared and
several speeches were made by those instrumental in moving
this project forward. Construction on Sturgeon Station is
set to begin the first week of July, with opening set for
spring, 2023. From left to right; Angela Cooper, Kym
Cooper, project manager Dennis Weed, Desire Aitken, Clara
Dunnington, Velma Bahe, Dianne David, Gary Aitken Jr. and
deferred to county commissioners: Self-described
Hollywood A-list comedian Owen Benjamin conceded at public hearing
tonight that the community might have reason for concern, based on
misinformation, but told the Boundary County Planning and Zoning
Commission that it was misinformation and misunderstanding that
tainted the perception of his proposed "Beartaria" development on
Earl Lane Road on the Moyie River. That as a "controversial"
comic, he was taken out of context.
night fundraiser set for family who lost three month old Elanor:
9B Family Foundations is dedicating its Friday, June 24, Family
Night to host a spaghetti feed and bake sale to help the Abrego
family of Bonners Ferry, who lost their daughter, Elanor, born 12
weeks premature, on Monday morning, June 20. The infant child
fought valiantly for two months.
Council budget meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, council chambers
in high-level talks with federal agencies on mining pollution:
Representatives from the Department of State, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, and U.S. Geological Survey met in Bonners Ferry
June 7 with council members representing the six governments of
the Ktunaxa Nation to discuss addressing from coal mining in
British Columbia that affects the United States and Canada.
comes to the museum: The Boundary County Historical
Society welcomed David Pettyjohn, Executive Director of the Idaho
Humanities Council, his staff and board members on Thursday, June
9, for a tour of your Museum. IHC's annual meeting was held at the
Kootenai River Inn, making it a prime opportunity to visit the
Museum and its staff, board members and volunteers.
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board adopts material selection policy: The Boundary
County Library Board of Trustees on Thursday adopted a Materials
Selection and Collection Development Chapter to its policy manual,
one designed to balance the mores of some in the community
concerned over exposing youth to sexually explicit or
inappropriate materials with the right of the community to access
a rich variety of materials even though some might find those
threatens hunters, killed in self defense: On
Wednesday, June 8, Idaho Fish and Game staff received a report
that a grizzly bear had been shot by two hunters in self-defense.
The hunters were actively hunting black bears, and had just
harvested a black bear in the Ruby Creek drainage. As the hunters
worked towards retrieving the harvested black bear, a grizzly bear
appeared out of the dense brush and began approaching them.
report issued for Beartaria hearing: The Boundary
County Planning and Zoning administration has released its staff
report, prepared by assistant contract planner Tessa Vogel, as
regards the conditional use permit application of Struggle Bear
LLC to establish a multi-structure residential use to allow for
four existing additional primary single-family dwellings on a
10-acre parcel along the Moyie River off Earl Lane Road.
County School District budget hearing, regular meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, June 20, District Office, 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry
damage closes Lightning Creek Road: Recent
precipitation and associated flooding has impacted Lightning Creek
Road (FSR 419) on the Sandpoint Ranger District of the Idaho
Panhandle National Forests. This road comes out of Clark Fork and
accesses the Lunch Peak and Moose Lake area. A debris flow plugged
a culvert, causing damage to the roadway near mile marker three
and Goat Mountain trail 135.
Second half taxes due
Tuesday: Boundary County Treasurer Susan M. Larson
reminds all Boundary County taxpayers that the deadline for paying
the second half of the 2021 property taxes without penalty is
Tuesday, June 21, due to the courthouse being closed June 20 in
observation of Juneteenth.
Lincoln County roads closed due to flooding: Lincoln
County emergency officials are reporting sections of two area
roads west of Troy have been closed due to flooding. Highway 508
is closed between mile marker 4 and mile marker 18 due to flooding
on the highway in Yaak. Additionally, county road crews have shut
down East Side Road between mile marker six and 17 Mile Road due
to several road washouts.
to Dr. Becker making a difference for pets of Ukraine:
America's Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, Bonners Ferry, extends
his heartfelt thanks to all who donated during and after his April
trip to Romania to help the pets of those who fled war-torn
Ukraine, some carrying their old friends for miles, forgoing
luggage, rather than leave them behind, scared and in harm's way.
"I received this message from Alex of Sava's Safe Haven in
Romania," he posted to Facebook today.
Flood warning issued
for Moyie River: The National Weather Service,
Spokane, has issued a flood warning, effective through midnight,
for the Moyie River in the Eastport area, with the river to top
minor flood stage late this afternoon, reaching 9.1 feet. Minor
flood stage is nine feet.
director explains redaction: I would like to take a
moment to explain to the community why the Library District has
not made any grand public announcements or released the
information that it has been accused of hiding. It is important to
understand that just because a report is generated using funds
from taxpayers dollars, it does not make all information in the
report available to the public. By Kimber Glidden
County Library board meeting, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16, Boundary
County Armory, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry
indoor mapping capability offered to first responders:
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology
Directorate funded the development of a cloud-based capability
that enables first responders to review and analyze indoor floor
plans in real-time when responding to incidents. Mappedin Response
was developed in collaboration with Mappedin Inc. of Waterloo,
Ontario, and is available to first responders and local
governments as a licensed cloud-based service.
flooding reported in Eastport area: Minor flooding is
being reported on the Moyie River south of Eastport, and Hall
Mountain Fire Chief Brad Lowther said anyone in the area needing
assistance or sandbags can call him at (208) 597-0441. Rain is
expected to continue throughout the morning and taper off this
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could begin to look a lot like Christmas ... in mid-June:
The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather
advisory for snow and wind above 4,000 feet in Boundary and Bonner
Counties, with two to ten inches of mid-June snow possible. The
advisory is in effect from midnight to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, city council room
Friedman leaving soon to tackle Super Bowl of endurance paddling:
After 14 years of training and competing in some very tough
endurance races, at 7 a.m. Sunday, July 3, Julie Kirk and Josh
Friedman will put their kayak, the Spirit of America, into the
Yukon River at Whitehorse. They've rowed the river six times
before, but never before have they faced a challenge as daunting
at this, the Yukon 1000. It's not just an endurance race. At 1,000
miles through some of the deepest wilderness anywhere, it's billed
"the worlds toughest survival and endurance race."
Idaho flood advisory upgraded: The National Weather
Service, Spokane, has upgraded the flood watch currently in effect
in North Idaho and northeast Washington to a flood advisory as
creeks and streams are rising and additional rain is expected. The
advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday. At 12:30 p.m.,
Doppler radar and precipitation measurements indicated long
duration light to moderate rain. Minor flooding is ongoing or
expected to begin shortly in the advisory area.
Up to a foot of snow
expected in NW Montana high country: The National
Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory
for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northwest Montana in effect
from 1 a.m. to noon Tuesday, calling for possibly heavy snow at
elevations above 4,000 feet.
Court considering appeal in Moore murder case: The
Idaho State Supreme Court has taken under advisement an appeal in
the case State of Idaho vs. Daniel Lee Moore challenging dismissal
of a charge of second degree murder for the March 12, 2020,
shooting death of fellow chiropractor Dr. Brian Drake on the basis
of a coerced confession.
watch issued for North Idaho: The National Weather
Service, Spokane, has issued a flood watch for North Idaho and
northwest Washington in effect until Monday evening as multiple
rounds of rain are expected over the region, with up to three
inches possible in some areas.
assessment does not mean double the taxes: A Boundary
County woman wrote yesterday asking how resident's assessments are
comparing to last year's. "My 1978 mobile home is now priced
higher than when it was new," she wrote. "Taxes $47,000 over last
year." The shock of the increase in residential assessments is
real, and it's not just Boundary County.
Idaho State Veterans Home gearing up to welcome vets:
There's a new veteran's home under construction in Post Falls,
with the first veterans expected to be moving in this fall, and
the North Idaho Veterans Assistance League is working hard to
ensure they'll be warmly welcomed, and seeking sponsors and donors
to help fund programs, activities and aid to enhance the quality
of life of the vets who will call the facility home.
watch issued for northwest Montana: An areal flood
watch has been issued for the Kootenai/Cabinet, Flathead/Mission
Valleys, the Lower Clark Fork and the Bitteroot Valleys of
Montana, in effect from Saturday evening through Monday afternoon.
Youth fishing at city
beach hooks body: A youth fishing off the Statue of
Liberty Pier at Sandpoint City Beach hooked the clothing of a dead
man about 15-feet off the pier's end Tuesday, prompting a response
from multiple agencies, including Sandpoint Police, Selkirk Fire
Department and the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office Marine
Department and Dive Team.
seeking info on wanted felons: The Boundary County
Sheriffs Office has is seeking information on three people who, as
of today, have active felony arrest warrants. The individuals are
not connected with each other. Sheriff's office detectives are
looking for information from the public on possible locations of
any of these three individuals as they work to arrest those who
have active warrants and bring them back before the court.
dedication pay off for Bonners Ferry Coast Guardsman:
A Bonners Ferry man who enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2005
so as to get out of North Idaho and see the world beyond expected,
going in, that like most, he'd be assigned to a cutter on
graduation from boot camp. But his career took a different tack,
thanks to his willingness to accept challenges, take risks and
apply himself to achieve them.
pool opening Saturday: The Bonners Ferry Municipal
Pool, located at the intersection of Washington and Helena
Streets, is open to the public for free this summer, and the fun
begins with pool opening this Saturday, June 11! City officials
are hopeful that all who live and enjoy our community will come to
the pool for a summer of fun!
of postage going up in July: The United States Postal
Regulatory Commission on May 27 approved an April 6 U.S. Postal
Service rate hike request, and the cost of mailing a one ounce
domestic first class letter will increase by two cents July 10,
going from .58- to .60-cents, a 6.5-percent hike. Metered one
ounce letters will jump from .53-cents to .57, and the cost of
each additional ounce from .20- to .24-cents.
junior sheriff's deputies get badges: Valley View
first graders had a field trip to the Sheriff’s Office annex,
where they got to see and pet Buddy, corporal Valenzuela’s drug
K9, along with a tour of some of the patrol vehicles and special
equipment. Undersheriff Rich Stephens, deputy David Wion, ISP
trooper Mike Martinez and sheriff Dave Kramer gave them a
demonstration of several items and answered their questions.
Stephens then had them all raise their right hand ...
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Moyie Springs City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, Moyie
Springs City Hall
Class of 2022 is on its way: The Bonners Ferry High
School Class of 2022 stepped into their futures Saturday under
gray skies that did nothing to diminish the brightness of the
roads each will embark upon. Six graduated not only with their
high school diplomas, but, having taken advantage of dual
enrollment, with their associates degrees from North Idaho
College. Without further ado, here is BFHS Badger Class of 2022
Webb found; thanks to all who responded: On June 3,
2022 at approximately 4:53 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
received a report from a concerned neighbor of a possible missing
child in the Bull Lake area, south of Troy, Montana. LCSO deputies
and David Thompson Search and Rescue responded. Deputies
determined that the missing child was Ryker Webb, 4, red hair,
blue eyes. It was determined that he had already been missing for
more than two hours. From the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office: Missing boy found safe:
UPDATE: 11:31 a.m. Sunday, June 5: The Lincoln
County Sheriff's Office reports Ryker has been found, safe and in
good health! --- Ryker Webb, four years old, red
hair, blue eyes. An initial clothing description provided to
searchers proved to be inaccurate. It is unknown what clothing or
footwear the child is wearing. The child was last seen on the
afternoon of Friday, June 3, playing with the family dog in the
yard outside the home in the area of the 18 mile-marker of Hwy 56
south of Troy on the east side of Bull Lake.
Guardsman gets general's stars: More than 26 years
after commissioning into the Idaho Army National Guard at the
Idaho State Capitol, Idaho National Guard Colonel Ryan Robinson,
Sandpoint, returned to Boise Thursday, where Governor Brad Little
promoted him to brigadier general. Robinson will serve as the
director of the joint staff for the Idaho Military Division.
brings need to be bear aware: Spring brings lots back
to life after a cold, dark winter, including grizzly bears. Idaho
Fish and Game Staff in the Panhandle Region have confirmed the
presence of a grizzly sow and cub in the area of Johnson Saddle in
Game Management Units 4A/4. In addition, multiple grizzly attacks
on livestock have been confirmed in the Naples area. By T.J.
program offered at the city pool: Something new is
coming this summer at the Bonners Ferry City Pool; Aquatic Group
Fitness Classes taught by an instructor who has worked in the
fitness industry for more than 13 years and holds certifications
including personal trainer, Aquatic Exercise Association, Aquatic
Therapy & Rehab Institute and Aqua Zumba.
board releases investigative report ... not: After
being denied outright a public records request by the Boundary
County Library Board for release of a taxpayer funded
investigative report that resulted in a three-month library
closure through much of the summer of 2021 to address legal and
safety issues raised by four library employee whistleblowers, 9B
Media LLC made a second request for the document May 20 in the
wake of a tort claim served on the board that alleges many
criminal and legal issues, including that the board's legal
existence. The response was the affront expected.
board finds executive officers right here at home:
The Boundary Community Hospital Board is pleased to announce that
BCH has hired April Bennett, RN, to succeed Preston Becker as the
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of our hospital. In addition to
April, Dennis Dinning will be joining the executive team as the
Chief Operating Officer (COO).
divers take acclaimed class thanks to Rotary: We are
back at it! With the growth and the lure of water recreation
opportunities bringing more and more people to our Boundary County
community, we continue to look for the most up to date and
relevant training possible for your Boundary County Search and
Dive Rescue Team. We were able to send one search and rescue diver
and two Boundary County Sheriff’s deputies to an underwater
criminal investigations class in Coeur D’Alene, instructed by Mike
Berry. By Sheriff Dave Kramer
Hearing set on Struggle
Bear application: The Boundary County Planning and
Zoning Commission will hold public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday,
June 23, at the Fairgrounds Memorial Hall, 6571 Recreation Park
Road, to take comment on a conditional use permit application by
Owen Benjamin, Struggle Bear, LLC, to establish a multi-structure
residential use to allow for four existing additional primary
single-family dwellings on a 10-acre tract off Earl Lane Road in
the Agriculture/Forestry and Suburban zones.
She is back home! Family begs
for return of dog picked up on District 5 Road: A
family is sure someone picked up their son's beloved dog by
someone in a vehicle at about 9 p.m. last night around in front of
their home on District Five Road, and they are asking that the
person responsible do the right thing and bring her back.
awarded ICF grant: GROW!, Boundary County’s local
community garden nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce it
has received a $2,346 grant from Forever Idaho North Grant Program
in the Idaho Community Foundation. These funds will support
Boundary County’s Little Free Garden program. The goal of the
national Little Free Garden project is to foster communities
committed to growing, sharing and cultivating food in small
gardens, placed in residential or public spaces.
Boundary County School District 101 workshop/special
meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, District Office, 7188
Oak Street, Bonners Ferry. For the agenda,
Springs clean-up day is Saturday: The City of Moyie
Springs is asking all residents to pitch in Saturday, June 4, as
the community spruces up for spring in its 16th annual clean-up
day, with volunteers meeting at city hall at 8 a.m., and again at
noon for a community potluck.