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July, 2022
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July 28
Missing huckleberry picker found safe, in good spirits: Kuy Lonh was located around 5:20 a.m. today by a rescue helicopter crew from Two-Bear Air Rescue, Kalispell. He is in good spirits and is being evaluated by medics after spending his second night in the woods. Lonh was not alone, however. He was accompanied by his friend’s dog the whole time, a black Labrador mix named “Lucky.” By Andrew O'Neel
July 27
Applications again required for free/reduced price school meals: Public school breakfast and lunch have been offered for free to students for the past two years due to the pandemic. This school year, applications are once again required by the state for free and reduced-price meals. This fall, families who need assistance paying for school meals will be required to submit an application for free and reduced-price school meals for the first time since 2020.
IDL firefighter helping out in other states: When the fire season starts out slowly, there is opportunity to provide firefighting staff with training opportunities and experience in the field while assisting our western neighbors. As of Friday, July 22, Idaho Department of Lands and Timber Protective Associations have sent approximately 221 people off-district to help New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Alaska, California, Washington, Arizona, Montana and Wyoming.
July 26
Idaho's abortion ban to go into effect in 30 days: Idaho Governor Brad Little has confirmed that most abortions in the state will be illegal effective Thursday, August 25, when Idaho's trigger law kicks in following the U.S Supreme Court's June 24 decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. While the decision was released last month, the final mandate was handed down today, invoking the 30 day timeframe for Idaho's ban to go into effect.
July 25 
Delays in Grandview water system install raising concerns: Unexplained delays in installing a water system to bring water to the old section of Grandview Cemetery are raising concerns among some who contributed to the Old Grandview Cemetery Water Fund several years ago, and few answers have been forthcoming. Personnel at KG&T, contracted to install the system in the spring of 2018, say the delays have been caused by subcontractors, without further explanation. 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
July 24
Elmira man needs community's help: An Elmira man was seriously injured while on his way to work the morning of Thursday, July 14, losing control of his motorcycle and colliding with a tree. Self employed and without insurance, Israel Gibbons will likely spend most of this summer in rehab and recovery, unable to work, and family and friends are doing all they can, and ask the community's help.
July 23
Excessive heat watch issued for region: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued an excessive heat watch to include Boundary and Bonner Counties, for afternoon temperatures in the 90s to over 100 degrees Tuesday through Friday of next week. Overnight cooling will be slowed as the heat wave continues.
July 22
Quality Education Initiative eligible for Idaho’s November 2022 ballot: Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced today that the Quality Education ballot initiative is eligible for the November 8, 2022, General Election ballot. To become eligible for the ballot, the initiative needed at least 64,945 valid petition signatures. This amount is equal to six percent of the total registered voters at the time of the last general election. These signatures are also required to be distributed across at least 18 legislative districts with at least six percent of registered voters from each district.
25 to life for Bonners Ferry man in girlfriend's murder: Victor A. Claus, 56, Bonners Ferry, was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for murder by Judge Scott Wayman in a Kootenai County courtroom, despite arguments by the defense that he deserved a new trial and assertions of innocence by Claus. He was convicted of first-degree murder May 4 in the death his girlfriend, Melyssa L. Schloe, 45, Sandpoint, shot in in the head April 13, 2021, as she was driving his truck north on Highway 95 near Athol.
Flags in Idaho to half mast for fallen firefighters: Governor Brad Little has ordered U.S. and State of Idaho flags in Idaho to be flown at half-staff in honor of two pilots killed in a helicopter crash while responding to the Moose Fire burning near Salmon in Lemhi County. The flags flown over the Capitol building in honor of the deceased will be presented to the families.
Hot weather on the way: If you own a cabana on a local beach, next week would be a good week to strap the umbrella to the top of your rig, throw in the beach blankets and stock the ice chests as temperatures will bring us near 100 degrees in the days ahead, with blazingly sunny skies for most of the next ten days.
Boundary County Commissioners agenda, week of July 25
Idaho closes out fiscal year with $1.4 billion surplus: Governor Brad Little announced today Idahoans can expect more tax cuts and additional investments with the state’s $1.4 billion budget surplus. Idaho closed the books on the fiscal year 2022 on July 1, and the July revenue figures mean the unobligated ending balance will be $1,381,211,927.
July 21
Mr. Swindle has been found safe -- Search underway for missing Alzheimer's patient: Boundary County Search and Rescue was activated at 10:31 a.m. today to respond to a report of a man missing man, who suffers Alzheimer's, in the vicinity of Deep Creek Loop near the Alta Mill in Naples. Search crews and law enforcement officers have been conducting a search for Robert Wayne Swindle, 76, who was last seen just after midnight.
Wolves shot near Troy not wild, but pets: Two wolves shot after getting into a goat pen at a home in the Kootenai Vista area near Troy July 10 weren't wild, but pets, wolf hybrids owned by a Troy woman living in her car with an alleged propensity of dropping them off with people who couldn't care for them any better than she could. The story, first published in the Libby Western News, went national, even picked up by the magazine "Outdoor Life," and prompted many to call for expanding wolf hunts in the region.
Governor antes $1-million to fight fentanyl: Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho will put up to $1 million toward efforts to confront the growing threat of fentanyl in our state. The funds will be used in the coming weeks for two purposes – to purchase additional roadside testing equipment and triple our current ability to get fentanyl off our streets more quickly, and to start a new large-scale paid media campaign to educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl.
!! Carnival Delayed !! 
The Kootenai River Days Carnival that was scheduled to begin today has been delayed to a truck breakdown. The carnival will instead begin at noon Friday until the crowds go home, and from noon to same on Saturday.
Salmonella linked to back yard poultry: Panhandle Health District is reporting four cases of salmonella that have occurred over the last three months in the PHD jurisdiction linked to backyard poultry. These cases are linked to a nation-wide outbreak that is ongoing. The cases in the Panhandle have all occurred among minors under the age of 16.
July 20
Bonners Ferry URA 2022-23 budget
Fair poultry must be tested for avian flu: It’s that time again ... the Boundary County Fair is right around the corner! The poultry barn has a face-lift this year with some new cages, a fresh coat of paint on the old cages, and a shaded cover running the entire length of the barn! The 4-H group is exited to show off their updated digs, as well as take care of their birds and all entries for open class birds during the five days of fair. Once again, all birds entered in the poultry classes will need to be tested for avian flu.
In one brief moment, collision alters myriad lives: While neither driver resided here, a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 95 near Kootenai Trail Road at mile 500.5 Saturday evening has forever changed the lives of many in North Idaho, not only the families of the two drivers involved, Dustin Drapeau and Vonda Esh, but their extended families and friends as well, including many in Boundary County.
July 19
Library book allegedly tossed to protect children, but they got the wrong book: One of the organizers of the library board recall effort to protect our young readers from pedophilia, grooming, "wokeness" and various and sundry other catchphrases of evil bantered about so often these days recently posted to Facebook of a friend who'd allegedly checked a book out of the Boundary County Library that is one on a list of material currently stirring national controversy, writing the friend threw it away so as to protect the children of the community. Trouble is, they tossed the wrong book.
Two weekend searches have happy endings: Boundary Search and Dive Rescue and Sheriff's personnel were called out twice over the weekend to help people in trouble, and both ended happily for all involved, with a group stranded on the Kootenai River near the Montana state line and a missing huckleberry picker found and brought to safety.
UPDATE: Found safe! Charlie missing, reward offered: A Bonners Ferry family is offering a cash reward of $500 for information leading to the safe recovery of their beloved dog, Charlie, who escaped July 15 while boarded at Happy Tails Kennel on Kootenai Trail Road in Paradise Valley.
July 18
Solidarity  ...
In the wake of challenges facing the Boundary County Library of late, a number of library patrons and friends descended on the sidewalks around it Monday evening, chalk in hand, to write affirmations of thanks and support to library staff, administration and board for standing fast against the storm and for protecting for the community a library that serves all equally, safely and honestly.
South Yaak Fire Salvage Project approved: The Three Rivers Ranger District has released a decision notice and finding of no significant impact on the South Yaak Fire Salvage Project to remove dead and dying trees resulting from fires near Troy last summer, allowing the project to begin immediately.
Robotics camp draws 30 participants: 2130 Alpha Plus robotics spent the week of July 11-14 with 30 fourth through sixth graders, 12 team members and two adult mentors participating in an action packed week of robot building, coding, STEM activities, learning and fun.
Second Harvest in Bonners Ferry Friday: Second Harvest Inland Empire will be at the Boundary County Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 22, for this month's free food distribution for up to 250 families. Cars will enter at the east end of the fairgrounds and exit at the west end. All who need food are welcome. There are no identification or residence requirements.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
July 17
Coeur d'Alene man dies in head on collision: Idaho State Police are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred at about 10:09 p.m. Saturday, July 16, on Highway 95 at milepost 500.5 near Kootenai Trail Road south of Bonners Ferry. A white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 30-year-old female from Cocolalla was traveling north on Highway 95 when a 2004 white Toyota Highlander driven by a 28-year-old male from Coeur d'Alene, traveling south, crossed over the painted double yellow center line, colliding with the Silverado head on.
July 15
County commission agenda, week of January 18 
Moyie Springs man set for trial on lewd conduct charges: A three day trial is set to begin in the Boundary County Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, for a Moyie Springs man facing two counts of lewd conduct with a minor for allegedly sexually molesting two of his children, ages four and six. Josiyah Nathaniel Skinner, 30, faces up to life in prison on each count, if convicted.
July 14
Boundary County School District 101 board meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, July 18, district office, 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry.  
Conservatives conclude Trump's election 'Lost, Not Stolen:' Saying that there is no principal in our Republic more fundamental than the right of the people to elect our leaders, a group of "political conservatives who have spent most of our adult lives working to support the Constitution and the conservative principles upon which it is based," have issued a 72-page report examining each of the 64 court cases filed alleging that the 2020 election was stolen, many of them still circulating. The document's title, "Lost, Not Stolen," attests their conclusion; Joe Biden won, fair and square.
Boundary County loses a legend: Alva Baker, 1933 ~ 2022: Alva Vernon Baker, 89, died Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at his home, surround by his family. He was born on March 13, 1933, in Porthill, the son of Alfred and Ora Huff Baker. Alva spent over six decades as a Boy Scout or Scout Master in Bonners Ferry, before handing over the reins to Lee Colson in 2011. Over those years, he said at the time, he met a lot of outstanding young men and watched them grow up to excel in a wide array of fields.
July 13
Creston RCMP asks help to find robbery suspect: The Creston RCMP is seeking the public’s helping finding a man wanted for robbery on an endorsed warrant. Clark Hills was last seen in Creston, B.C. He is 45 years old, six feet (183cm) tall and weighs about 175 pounds (79kg), with brown hair and brown eyes.
School district to rerun bond election August 30: Having listened to the comments of parents and patrons, the Boundary County School District 101 Board of Trustees on July 20 revised and finalized its resolution to run a special election on Tuesday, August 30, seeking voter approval of a $16,400,000 general obligation bond to build a new Valley View Elementary School and make repairs and renovations to other schools. The initial bond levy got a majority of yes votes March 8, 1,158 to 995 no, a 54-percent margin, but a bond levy, unlike a maintenance and operations levy, requires a 66.67-percent super majority to pass.
Kootenai County detectives seeking to identify body: The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying the body of a man found in a wooded area off Highway 53 and Greensferry Road near the Rathdrum paintball field. He had no identification, jewelry or anything to help establish his identity. Detectives estimate that he died sometime in late summer to early winter, 2021.
Bonners Ferry P&Z to consider two applications for signage: The Bonners Ferry Planning and Zoning Commission will hold two public hearings during their next meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, July 21, both to allow the placement of signs. All interested are encouraged to attend the meeting, being held at city hall.
July 11
Highway administration releases emergency funds for US 95 repairs: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration today announced the immediate availability of $3 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief funds to help the Idaho Transportation Department repair roads and bridges damaged by recent floods in Nez Perce and Idaho counties.
Former Bonners Ferry child care provider gets five to 15: Thomas Edward "Eddie" Dyott, 64, who provided in-home child care in Bonners Ferry for over 20 years despite a troubling past, has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for sexually molesting a seven year old child in his care in February, 2014.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
GIS technology to promote timber sales on endowment land: Thanks to a new GIS-enabled service launched by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Idaho’s forest products industry and members of the public can easily find information about timber being sold by the department. The new online app provides a statewide view of all IDL timber sales planned across the landscape and allows users to zoom in to review the boundaries of individual sales.
Libby police seek missing man: Libby police are seeking the public's help in locating 40-year-old Randolph "Randy" William White Jr., whose family last heard from him May 8 by phone, when he told them he was going camping. His phone is no longer accepting calls.
July 10
Capurso's Redoubt seeks library board recall to protect kids: "Patriot journalist" Donna Capurso, Bonners Ferry, publisher of Redoubt News, this evening notified those on an email list of a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Lordship Church, 52 David Thompson Road, Bonners Ferry, so as to to gather signatures to recall four members of the Boundary County Library Board who allegedly voted June 16 to purchase books "completely inappropriate for our children to have access to under the age of 18."
July 9
Live fire training at Three Mile today and tomorrow: Boundary County firefighters will be participating in live fire training today and tomorrow in the vicinity of the Three Mile Junction intersection of U.S. Highways 95 and 2, setting buildings on fire and extinguishing them repeatedly over the weekend.
July 8
Mai gets retained jurisdiction for sexual battery of 16 year old: Pursuant to a plea agreement entered into in May, Judge Barbara Buchanan today dismissed two counts of sexual battery of a minor age 16 to 17 years old committed by lewd or lascivious acts against Ryan V. Mai, Bonners Ferry, born in 1976, and sentenced him on one count of sexual battery of a minor age 16 to 17 years old, contact not defined as lewd.
Flags to half mast for slain former Japanese premier: As a mark of respect for the memory of Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, 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 until sunset, July 10. By President Joe Biden
July 7
Paving to begin next week on I-90 passes: Two resurfacing projects will begin this month on several miles of Interstate 90 near Fourth of July and Lookout passes, with the first set to start Monday. Paving between Wallace and Mullan is scheduled to take until September, with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.
July 6
County commission minutes, week of June 13 
July 5
Applications required again for free or reduced school meals: Families who need assistance paying for school meals will be required to submit an application for free and reduced price school meals for the first time since 2020. The change comes with Congress’ passing of the $3 billion Keep Kids Fed Act, which reinstates a requirement, suspended during the pandemic, that low-income students who fall above the poverty line pay a reduced price for school meals.
Troy High School grad awarded DFC for role in rescue: Air Force Technical Sergeant Kris Goyen, 37, a 2003 graduate of Troy High School, was recently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in the October 31, 2020, rescue of Philipe Walton, 27, an American citizen living on his farm in Massalata, Niger, West Africa.
Troy City Council Budget meeting; water/sewer/public works budget, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, council chambers.
Flags to half staff for Highland Park: As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of gun violence perpetrated on our Independence Day, July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois, 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, July 9, 2022.
July 4
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
July 1
Moyie Springs City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, city hall, 3331 Roosevelt Road.
ITD seeking comment on seven-year plan: The Idaho Transportation Department is asking for input on the just-released draft Idaho Transportation Investment Program. The 2023-2029 ITIP is a seven-year master plan of the state’s transportation improvement projects. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Projects can range from large-scale interstate improvements to smaller projects like the installation of a new guardrail.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of July 4
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative board meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, July 18, Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
More livestock falls prey to grizzlies: Idaho Fish and Game staff were recently notified of livestock that were killed in late June in the Panhandle. The first incident occurred on June 24 and was reported to Fish and Game on June 27. A pig was killed by a confirmed grizzly bear near Good Grief in Boundary County, just south of the Canadian border. In response to the incident, a Fish and Game Conservation Officer along with USDA Wildlife Services staff investigated the scene, provided the landowner with electric fencing to secure remaining livestock and set traps on the property to try and capture the bear.
Flood watch in effect through holiday weekend: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a flood watch for North Idaho and northwest Washington, in effect from Saturday evening to Monday evening. As several rounds of slow-moving thunderstorms move through, flash flooding is possible.
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Business
July 25
Panida offering a Little Theater lease opportunity: Got a great idea for a business in one of downtown Sandpoint's most prime locations? The Panida's Little Theater is available for lease – and the Panida management is inviting proposals from potential businesses or groups that will partner in the space.
July 5
Two Tones Cafe celebrating fourth anniversary: Two Tones Cafe opened the summer of 2018, and Tony and the crew will celebrate their four-year anniversary Saturday, July 9, and you're invited! Norman Baker and his band will be livening up the secret garden patio and there'll be great food specials to go along with it. It's their way of saying "thank you all for being our guests for four years!"
Social
July 27
Nine local students are U of I graduates: A total of 1,603 degrees were awarded to 1,467 students in the 2022 spring semester commencement at the University of Idaho, including nine from Boundary County. In-person ceremonies were held in May in Moscow, Boise and Idaho Falls.
July 5
Linda Lederhos now Rotary president: Linda Lederhos took over the role of president for the Rotary club of Bonners Ferry last week, and this week she was guest speaker, talking about her plans for the future of the club. The Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry works to bring together business and professional community leaders to provide humanitarian service to others within our community and our world.
Sports/Outdoors
July 27
BFHS 2022 volleyball season information: Welcome athletes and parents to the 2022 fall volleyball season! We hope everyone is as excited about our upcoming season as we are!!! Below are some key dates/information to help everyone plan for the upcoming weeks as we host try-outs, conduct practices, and eventually begin our season with our first round of games August 25!
July 26
Another great Kootenai River Run in the books: Over 160 runners and walkers participated in last Saturday’s Kootenai River Run, part of the 2022 Kootenai River Days. The run raises scholarships for local cross country and track athletes and is sponsored by Shelman Realty and Idaho Forest Group. New and welcome to the run this year were participants from Team Hoyt Coeur d'Alene. Team Hoyt Coeur d’Alene “is one of nine teams across the country created in the shadow of the famed duo Team Hoyt.
July 15
Way to go, campsters!  
Badger Volleyball Camp 2022 is a wrap! What do you get when you have 37 campsters, 10 volunteer BFHS volleyball athlete mentors, three coaches, and 12 hours of volleyball spread over three days? You get thousands of touches on the ball, exponential growth in individual and team volleyball skills and focus on E.A.T. principles (effort, attitude, and teamwork). Great job Badger Volleyball Campsters as well as volunteer mentors, and a big thank you to varsity coach Cynthia Cummings and volunteer coaches Janis Tucker and Teresa Rae. Remember, HUSTLE, HIT, NEVER QUIT - see you next year! 
July 7
Skatepark Alliance having logo contest, second jam: The Boundary County Skatepark Alliance (BCSA) thanks all who helped to make its inaugural event June 21 at the Bonners Ferry Skatepark a rousing success. Community response was inspiring and just the fuel they needed to start this project. The alliance now has a couple other plans they are excited to share.
Letters
July 25
Good things happening for real conservative Republicans: It has been a full 2 months since my last correspondence, before the Idaho Primary Election. It was then that Idahoans had the opportunity to replace the majority of the Republican executive branch with elected officials who were not globalists. Sadly, many of the globalists were elected. By Idaho Representative Heather Scott
July 22
We the people are owed the truth: "Whatever your politics, whatever you think about the outcome of the election, we as Americans must all agree on this. Donald Trump's conduct on January 6 was a supreme violation of his oath of office and a complete dereliction of his duty to our nation. It is a stain on our history. It is a dishonor to all those who have sacrificed and died in service of our democracy." By Mike Weland
July 20
Library staff grateful for community's show of support: There are not words to describe the feelings that filled our hearts on Tuesday morning when we arrived at the library. Love, support, encouragement, happiness, joy, thankfulness, relief and resolve just don't seem enough. Thank you so very much for this grand act of kindness, you are greatly appreciated!
Who needs a library? Let's just close it: Interesting the stance some have taken against the already regulated contents of the library, the staff and the board. Let’s just close it. "Oh no Mr. Bill! Don’t do that! It serves the community and sooo many people rely on it and enjoy it." By Rosanne Smith
The greatest theft of taxpayer dollars in history: Unemployment fraud during the pandemic has been the greatest theft of taxpayer dollars in American history. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) estimates unemployment fraud has left taxpayers on the hook for $163 billion, or more, and only around $4 billion has been recovered. Compounding the offense, transnational organized criminal networks, including cartels based in China, Ghana, Nigeria, Romania and Russia, appear to have carried out much of this fraud, exploiting the pandemic to steal American taxpayers’ money. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
July 18
Say no to modern day prohibitionists: In 1919, the United States passed the 18th Amendment. Prohibition became the law of the land. It lasted just 14 years. It wasn’t popular and it did not work. Many people felt that if you didn’t want to drink, no one was forcing you to do so. However, you did not have the right to restrict what others can do. I cite this example because there are many elements in common with the Boundary County Library Board recall that is underway. By Mary Ollie
July 17
Library board recall an inept and shameless ploy: "Our Mission is to protect children from explicit materials and grooming," say those seeking the recall of four of five members of the Boundary County Free Library Board, sparing the only member who voted "their way." Their arguments appear plausible to some, but they are wrong. It is time for those in our community who recognize their aim and don't buy the rhetoric to stand firm and deliver to these usurpers a loud and unequivocal, "no." By Mike Weland
July 14
We let them get away with it: Before 2016, I would never have imagined seeing so many people in our communities, our region, clinging so firmly to such clear lies and false assertions as the Make America Great Again rhetoric of Donald John Trump and his merry band of misfits. I thought we were more logical, more intelligent. We aren't and it tears my heart, because it so clearly shows the ignorance and fears so many of our neighbors cling to. By Mike Weland
July 11
Solutions to mass shootings: Idahoans deserve to live without fearing for their life, whether at the supermarket, school or home. Incidents of gun violence around the country have rightly focused efforts to protect communities, especially our children. Effective and implementable solutions require addressing the driving factors behind heinous acts of gun violence, such as strengthening shortcomings in our mental health system, hardening the protection of our schools and enforcing existing laws against known violent criminals and those adjudicated to be an imminent threat of violence. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
July 9
A warning to others: Owen Benjamin Smith committed fraud and is a compulsive liar for his own gain. I have been advised to sue him for slander and defamation and for cyberfraud, but up until now have been hesitant as I live in Australia. He has called me a crazy criminal and spent 20 minutes on one of his livestreams trying to humiliate me and lying about me over 40 times to his audience for the sake of making an example of me so that no more of his followers would ask for a refund of the $400 plus they sent him for the promised campgrounds. By Elizabeth Moldovan
July 8
A liar by his own words asking trust: It's the neighborly thing to do, to take a man at his word. To give benefit of the doubt. To trust. It's damned foolish, though, to trust the contentions of a man whose own words, deliberately posted and published, prove him a liar. Self-described Hollywood A-list comedian Owen Benjamin testified plainly at public hearing June 23 that his proposed use on 10-acres on the Moyie River  was in no way associated with his earlier commercial plans that concerned his neighbors. By Mike Weland ... Update: New video added July 13.
Obituaries
July 26
Kevin Robert Larson, 60, died peacefully at home on July 24, 2022 in Moyie Springs. Kevin was born on February 9, 1962, the son of LLoyd and Mary Lowery Larson, in Bonners Ferry. Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.
July 24
Betty Jean Robbins, 92, died peacefully on June 3, 2022, in the presence of her two daughters, Cynthia Copeland and Vicki Van Der Hoek, in The Oaks Of Stockbridge Assisted Living, Stockbridge, Georgia. Betty was cremated and a private service will be held in her husband Don's (who died March 26, 2014) hometown, Bonners Ferry, early October 2022 by her immediate family. The family will be spreading both of their ashes into the Kootenai River.
July 21
Patricia Irene Poulton was born February 9, 1935, in Winnett, Montana, to Tillman and Hazel Sandaker, joining her siblings Margie, Maurice, Gene with Allen to come later. She died July 20, 2022. Private services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Grandview Cemetery.
July 20
Nancy Ruth Ashburn Tucker, 91, Bonners Ferry, died at her home on the morning of Saturday, July 16, 2022. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, at the Bonners Ferry First Baptist Church, 6711 El Paso Street. Private interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.
July 19
Darrin Kucherry, 56, a lifelong resident of North Idaho, passed away the morning of December 20, 2021. His unexpected death was the result of a tragic logging accident on Hoodoo Mountain in Priest River. A memorial and potluck will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Rotary Club/Lions Den (Snow Creek Pond). Bring a dish, drinks and your chair. You can camp and don’t forget your fishing poles!
Dustin Cody Drapeau, loving soul mate, devoted dad, “biological step-dad”, son, brother, uncle, grandson and amazing friend, passed away at the age of 28 on Saturday July 16, 2022. or those who loved Dustin, we will be celebrating his life and sharing memories with a potluck on Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. going into the night at Northwoods Family Tavern and Restaurant in Naples.  
July 18
David LeRoy Coats, 90, a resident of Sandpoint and formerly of Bonners Ferry, died Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Life Care Center of Sandpoint.
July 14
Alva Vernon Baker, 89, a Bonners Ferry legend, died Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at his home surround by his family. He was born on March 13, 1933, in Porthill, the son of Alfred and Ora Huff Baker. Services are pending with the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.   
July 11
Our very beloved wife, mom, and grandma Mary Ella (Bennett) Dirks was born August 20, 1945, in Sandpoint to Aubrey and Elaine Bennett and was raised near Morton Slough. In 1952, the family moved to Bonners Ferry.
David Mark Morton, born March 5, 1992, died accidentally on June 1, 2022. Join us in remembering Dave from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon. At age 15, David came to live at Schrom Boys Home, Bonners Ferry.
July 6
James Wallace Whitcomb, born to Wallace William Whitcomb (Wally) and Shirley Barbara Reedy March 15, 1932, in Bonners Ferry, died May 12, 2022.  An only child, he was survived by wife Louise E. Whitcomb, Des Moines, Washington, daughters Lynne R. Whitcomb, Scottsdale, Arizona, Sherry L. Whitcomb, Arizona, and Carolyn Kim Whitcomb, Waterville, Washington, sons James W. Whitcomb, Quincy, Washington, and Daniel Blaine Whitcomb, Federal Way, Washington, and nine grand kids.
July 5
Pete Conrad Leonard, 73, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022, in Bonners Ferry. Services with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Mt. Hall Community Church, 1554 Highway 1, Bonners Ferry.
Netra Sue Herford, 81, passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2022, with her family by her side. Viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, also at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street, with a graveside service to follow at Grandview Cemetery.
July 1
Lawrence Joseph Brewer was born October 9, 1961, to Russell and Karen (Liston) Brewer in Sioux City, Iowa and passed away November 11, 2021, in Bonners Ferry. A celebration of life for Larry and his son Joey will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at 62 Rocking Tree Road, Bonners ferry. All who knew him are welcome to come.
Joseph Nathaniel Brewer was born June 10, 1994, to Larry Brewer and Debra Henderson. He passed away peacefully on March 11, 2022, from his third battle with cancer. Those of you who knew Joey are invited to his and his father's life celebration at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at 62 Rocking Tree Road, Bonners Ferry.