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June, 2022
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June 30
No 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 National Forests.
CdA 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.
Fourth 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.
New 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.
June 29
Bonners 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 Lane.
One 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.
Officers 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 enforcement agencies.
School work getting underway ...
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 (ESSR) Funds.
June 28
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
June 27
Owen 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 Lane Road.
June 25
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 Xavier Boychief.
June 22
Beartaria decision 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.
June 21
Family 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.
Troy City Council budget meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, council chambers
June 20
Ktunaxa 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.
IHC 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.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
June 17
Library 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 materials offensive.
Grizzly 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.
June 16
Staff 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.
Boundary County School District budget hearing, regular meeting, 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, District Office, 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry
June 15
Flood 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.
June 14
West 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.
Donations 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.
Library 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
Boundary County Library board meeting, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16, Boundary County Armory, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry
Digital 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.
Minor 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 afternoon.
June 13
Boundary County First Judicial Court District dispositions
It 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.
Troy City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, city council room
Kirk, 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."
North 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.
Supreme 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.
June 11
Flood 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.
June 10
Double the 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.
June 9
North 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.
Flood 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.
June 8
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.
Sheriff 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.
June 6
Perseverance, 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.
City 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!
Cost 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.
Excited 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 ...
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Moyie Springs City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, Moyie Springs City Hall
Badger 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 ...
June 4 
Ryker 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
From 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. 
Sandpoint 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. 
Spring 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. Ross 
New 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. 
June 3 
Library 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.
BCH 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). 
Locals 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. 
UPDATE: 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. 
GROW! 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, click here
June 1 
Moyie 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. 
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Business
June 6
Shelman Realty joins forces with ERA Real Estate: ERA® Real Estate, a global franchising leader within the Realogy family of brands, today announced the affiliation of ERA Shelman Realty, 6737 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. The firm has served the community since 1963. Co-owners Mark and Loralee Carey bought the firm in 2018 from Mark’s brother Steve Carey, who bought the brokerage from the original founder, Monk Shelman, in 1991.
Social
June 29
Boundary County students earn NIC dean's list honors: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
June 13
BCMS announces second semester honor roll: Boundary County Middle School has identified its top scholars for the second semester. They are ...
Halls welcome Charley Jade: Christine and Adam Hall welcomed daughter Charley Jade June 1, and big brother Theo couldn't be more proud. Born at Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, she weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 19 inches long.
June 8
County has 16 students on U of I Dean's List: A total of 2,479 students qualified for the University of Idaho's Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester, which ended May 13, 16 of them from Boundary County. To qualify for the Dean’s List, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester.
Years of dedicated service ...
Boundary County 911 Operations Administrator Crystal Denton (left), dispatcher Geneva Trumble and dispatcher Scott Peterson received their years of service badges June 7 from Sheriff David Kramer. Crystal has 20 years and Geneva and Scott both have 10 years of dedicated service to Boundary County with the Sheriff's Office.
June 4
Stone earns masters degrees, set to launch career: Colin Patrick Stone, who graduated Bonners Ferry High School in 2015 and earned his Bachelor's from the University of Idaho in 2019, recently earned his Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Science and Information Systems at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
June 3
Bonners Ferry has its own platinum jubilee: Not to be outdone by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s National Celebration this week, Bonners Ferry has it own Badger Royalty 75th Year High School Graduation Jubilee! Pictured here recently at the Bonners Ferry Chic-n-Chop reunion site are Marcella “Madson” Nelson, Edmund “Gene” Lozier and Elaine “Lesmeister” Guthrie, each of them graduates of the Bonners Ferry High School Class of 1947. Courtesy Darrell Kerby
Sports/Outdoors
June 25
Rickter to wrestle for Waldorf University: Bonners Ferry High School Badger wrestler and Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club member Jackson Rickter recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the Warriors of Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa, an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics division school. Jackson is a two time state placer, taking second this year for the Badgers.
June 16
Teigan Banning makes All-Idaho baseball team: Bonners Ferry Badger Teigan Banning, a multi-sport junior and the son of Jesse and Katie Banning, is the sole North Idaho player to be named to the All-Idaho 3A baseball team. Sophomore Trey Bateman was named to the All-State second team. Sophomore Trey Bateman was named to the All-State second team.
June 14
IDFG sets chinook season: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission met via conference call and approved the proposed summer chinook salmon seasons for the South Fork Salmon and Upper Salmon rivers as well as the Lochsa River. The seasons are set to open Saturday, June 18, and will remain open seven days a week until harvest goals are achieved. This will be the first time a chinook fishery has been open in the Upper Salmon River fishery since 2019, and the first for the section below the Pahsimeroi River since 2018.
June 10
Savannah Rickter to wrestle at junior nationals: Badger wrestler and Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club member Savannah Rickter has been invited to be on Team Idaho junior girls national team to compete for Idaho at Junior Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is huge for this badger sophomore. She departs for Boise today to join the best girls in the state to train for a few days before they head out to nationals.
June 4
Kootenai River Angler Science Program off to a good start: Staff with Idaho Fish and Game and anglers on the Kootenai River struck a sweet partnership to benefit how the burbot fishery in the river is managed, and both anglers and the burbot fishery win big with the Kootenai River Angler Science Program. Anglers got to do what they do best - fish! While fishing, they could opt to participate in the Kootenai River Angler Science Program by filling out creel packets and logbooks and reporting any tags they saw in any burbot they caught. By T.J. Ross
Letters
June 27
Only fools believe: A fool is defined as a person who acts unwisely or imprudently, and a good way to identify a fool is to prove that he or she denies the existence or validity of a thing that is real, true or valid ... refusing to see truth. An undeniable aspect of a fool is that rather than to see or accept a truth, often simple, logical and obvious, they instead imagine and cling to ideas and concepts easily disputed as lies and continue to reach for ever more far-fetched and false explanations by which to support and defend "their" truth. By Mike Weland
June 25
Celebrating Idaho's right to life affirmation: In the Idaho Republican platform it currently states, "We believe human life begins at conception and is protected by the unalienable rights endowed by our Creator along with the fundamental right to life and shall not be infringed upon." The United States Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has been long overdue, but thankfully the abortion issue can now be settled by the states, as it should be. By Caleb Davis
June 22
We adults need refresher course in respect: On June 16, I went to my first library board meeting. I want to thank our library board and librarian for the fair and balanced job they do. I was impressed with how they handled a very hostile public meeting. What a rude and disrespectful crowd of adults I witnessed. By Craig Kelson
June 20
Donald Trump: A clear, present and growing danger: Judging by the continued moral decay of the Republican Party as evidenced of late by its increasingly more mindless adherence to the never ending lies of the would-be despot by the radical faction, the danger grows more dire by the day, exacerbated by the very decency of those who still believe in and hold out hope for truth, who see and recognize evidence over conjecture and accusation. By Mike Weland
June 16
Where is Fulcher's response to January 6 committee findings? A growing body of evidence, as laid out in the January 6 hearings, demonstrates that President Trump betrayed our Constitution, betrayed the legal framework of our nation and betrayed his own conservative values when he demanded that Vice President Mike Pence unilaterally and illegally decide the outcome of the 2020 election. By Kaylee Peterson
June 15
Why I won't hear the 'truth' of MAGA: I am asked on occasion, in the context of being a Trump "hating" liberal Democrat socialist RINO, why I'm not open to at least considering the truths espoused by today's "conservative" Republicans, the MAGA clan of mostly white evangelical Christians, those dedicated to putting America first, who believe their election was stolen in 2020 based soley on the word of the man now living in Mar-a-Lago who insists he ought still be living in the house Joe Biden now abides. By Mike Weland
June 11
I say this to my Republican colleagues: Everyone, not just never Trumpers, Democrats, liberals and RINOs, should be watching and paying close attention to the House Select Committee's public hearings on its January 6 investigation findings. It's an unprecedented moment in history, an assault on our very Constitution. Every U.S. citizen should be insistent on getting to the truth of what happened that dark day and in the weeks before and since. Opinion by publisher Mike Weland
Obituaries
June 27
William Warren Swartz took his last breath on June 22,2022. Warren, as he was always called, was the son of Daniel L. Swartz and Louise M. Stewart Swartz, born on November 15, 1927, in the house built by his maternal grandparents near Daisy, Washington. The doctor who delivered him had delivered his mother in the same house 26 years earlier.
June 25
Jeffery Jerome Jordan, 63, died peacefully at home in Bonners Ferry on June 24, 2022, surrounded by his family. Jeff was born on August 31, 1958, in Lucerne, California, the son of Robert and Millie Jordan Barrett. No services are planned at this time.
June 17
Lana DeBoer Brady, 60, said goodbye as she left us early Tuesday morning, September 21, 2021. A celebration of her wonderful life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Kootenai River Inn, 7169 Plaza Street, Bonners Ferry. Her family would love for you to join them and share your stories and favorite memories of Alana.
June 10
James G. "Jim" Tolle, 85, died on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Libby Care Center. No services are planned. He was born on February 14, 1937, in Ohio to James and Alice Tolle. Jim was stationed at the Air Force Radar Base in the Yaak in 1955. He went to Bonners Ferry with his friends to have some fun and that is where he met the dream girl of his life, Maryann Rose Eby.
June 8
Brenda Antoinette Dirks passed away surrounded by her loved ones on June 7, 2022. Brenda was born August 25, 1957, to Ben and Blanche Studer. Private family services will be held.
June 7
Francis Peter Winey, 93, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2022, at Sunset Home in Bonners Ferry, surrounded by family. Viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Grandview Cemetery.
June 6
William "Bill" Vernon Vetter was born in Bonners Ferry on October 24, 1942, to Vernon and Carlene Vetter. He passed away on May 25, 2022, in Houston, Texas at the age of 79. Bill attended grade school at Mount Hall and graduated in 1961 from Bonners Ferry High School. After high school, he attended college to study law and received his Master’s Degree.
June 3
Susan Carol "Sue" Howe finally lost her 45-year battle with MS at age 77 on May 28, 2022, after being airlifted from Boundary Community Hospital to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene. No public memorial services are planned at this time, and Grandview Cemetery burial services will be announced at a future date. Even though her body failed, her spirit never faltered. Sue, loved by all that met her, will be dearly missed.
June 1
Josephine Isabelle Abraham, 17, died in Coeur d'Alene on May 28, 2022. Josephine was born on June 2, 2004, in Sandpoint, the daughter of Aaron Francis and Twyla Basil. Viewing will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 2, with the vigil starting at 8 p.m. at the Kootenai Tribal Headquarters. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, with last viewing starting at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Michael's Mission Cemetery.