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August, 2022
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August 31
Priest River man arrested for serial arson: Over the past two years, multiple intentional wildland fires have been set on Idaho public lands and U.S. Forest Service property in the Priest River area. Bonner County Sheriff’s Office detectives today arrested Ryan N. Greene, age 23, of Priest River, for multiple counts of arson.
After 30-month pause, Witnesses knocking on doors again: Boundary County Jehovah’s Witnesses are resuming their trademark door-to-door ministry after a two and a half year pause due to COVID-19, just in time to begin a global campaign featuring a new interactive Bible study program. The decision to resume their door-to-door ministry marks the complete restoration of all pre-pandemic in-person activities for the 1.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 13,000 congregations in the United States.
Dr. Moore files federal suit against city, officers: After filing a tort claim against the City of Bonners Ferry in March, 2021, Dr. Daniel Moore and his wife, Karen, filed civil suit August 26 in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho against the city, police chief Brian Zimmerman, assistant police chief Marty Ryan, Idaho State Police Detectives Michael Van Leuven and Gary Tolleson and ten unnamed BFPD personnel, seeking jury trial, compensatory damages in excess of the $10,000 jurisdictional limits of all lower courts as well as punitive damages.
Supreme Court rules on Moore murder confession: The Idaho Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling today on the dismissal of murder charges against Bonners Ferry chiropractor Daniel Moore based on the admissibility of a coerced confession, affirming that Idaho First Judicial District Judge Barbara Buchanan was correct in dismissing the case, but that she erred in ruling that Moore's confession was involuntary and inadmissible for impeachment purposes.
Vacant field to become multi-purpose Creston community space: Public spaces are the heart of communities across Canada. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses and stimulating local economies. In Creston, like many places across Canada, the community is ready to welcome back residents and visitors to enhanced community facilities and public spaces. The Government of Canada recognizes that many well-loved spaces laid dormant while Canadians have taken precautions to stay safe. Upgrading existing community infrastructure and building new public assets will help Canadian cities and towns provide better access to recreational programs and facilities.
August 30
Second attempt at school bond levy fails: The second running of a $16.4-million school facilities bond to replace a 70-plus year old Valley View Elementary and make much needed repairs to the rest of Boundary County School District 101 facilities fared far worse than the first running in March, when the measure at least got a simple majority. This time around, it failed by a majority, with 1,422, 40.9-percent, voting "yes" and 2,051, 59-percent, voting no.
Three county fires showing moderate growth: Three fires burning on the West Side of Boundary County are growing, with the Eneas Peak at 816 acres as of early this morning, the Trout Fire at 21 acres, up from 15 acres on Saturday, and the Russell Mountain Fire growing from 21 acres on Saturday to 123 this morning, sending up a plume of smoke highly visible from Bonners Ferry and Moyie Springs, but with hotter, dryer weather forecast in the days ahead, fire activity is expected to increase.
Important information for School District 101 parents and students 
August 29
Idaho has a tool in place to prevent school tragedies: With the school year upon us and in light of recent events in Texas and elsewhere, I want to raise awareness of parents and school leaders about a tool to help keep our students safe. Offered by the Idaho State Board of Education’s School Safety and Security Program, "See Tell Now!" is a confidential reporting system that can connect people who have information, with people who can intervene and prevent a tragedy like what happened three months ago in Uvalde.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
August 27
Weather slows fire growth: Fire behavior in Boundary County has moderated due to the recent storm system that came through over the past two days. It has provided wetting rain, cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels that contributed to minimal growth on fires. As of Friday, the Eneas Peak Fire covered 780 acres, the Trout Fire at 15 and the Russell Mountain Fire was at 19 acres.
August 26
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of August 15 
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of August 1 
August 25
Lightning sparks several new small fires in county: On Tuesday, a severe weather system developed in the inland northwest that brought isolated precipitation and many lightning strikes. A few new starts from this storm have been reported to the Bonners Ferry Ranger District and crews continue to quickly respond and prioritize resources based on values at risk. The most notable new start is the Russell Mountain fire, which was detected yesterday in the Ball Creek drainage.
If bond passes, kids will attend current VVES as new school is built: Great school question posted today: while the new school is being built, will the kids be splitting days with the high school or something? How is that going to work? Teresa Rae provided the answer: The old school stays open until the new one is finished.
PHD ending home health care services: Panhandle Health District (PHD) is phasing out its home healthcare services program. The district has stopped accepting new home health patients. PHD will work closely with their patients, providers and other Home Health agencies until their transition of care is complete. For over 55 years, PHD’s Home Health program has provided individualized care in the comfort of North Idahoan’s homes.
August 24
2022 Boundary County Market Animal Sale
IBE examines statewide health care worker shortage: Idaho Business for Education on Tuesday released a report on the worker shortage that is negatively impacting health care systems across the state. The report is a follow up to a summit IBE held in June which examined ways to address the problem. The half-day summit, officially called the IBE Health Care Summit: Solving the Worker Crisis, was held on the campus of Boise State University.
Civilian drone delayed air support on Moyie Springs fire: Firefighters on the ground battling the Moyie Fire had to wait on aircraft support because a civilian drone was being flown in the area. The fire started August 21 just southeast of the Idaho Forest Group Mill in Moyie Springs. Idaho Department of Lands Fire led the response with assistance from local firefighters, but aircraft ordered for the fire could not immediately fly because of the drone.
August 23
Eneas Peak Fire holding: Yesterday, helitack firefighters were assigned to the Trout Fire but were not able to fulfill their mission due to the incoming weather system and current fuel loads. The Trout Fire is in an old burn scar, where snags are a chief safety concern for firefighters working on the ground. However, air support was able to provide four firebosses that worked both the Trout and Eneas Peak Fires. The Eneas Peak Fire is now at 733 acres, the Trout Fire is seven acres in size.
Slow moving downpours Wednesday could bring flooding: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a flood watch for North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect Wednesday. A slow moving low pressure system will support afternoon convective thunderstorms that will be stationary or very slow moving, allowing for heavy rains over small areas and possible flash flooding.
C6 Zero: Saving the world from spent shingles or just another scam? A 49-year-old Alaska man now living in Hope, Idaho, who has long touted an environmentally sound, economically advantageous method for producing fuel, aggregate and fiberglass through a proprietary process for recycling roofing shingles, has established a presence in Bonners Ferry at the Fodge Mill on Swede Island Lane, but some in the community smell a rat.
August 22
Eneas Peak Fire at 763 acres: Over the past 24 hours, the Eneas Peak Fire has grown by 164 acres, bringing it to 763 acres. It is moving favorably to the west and is holding steady on the northern ridge. Firefighters employed detection and recon flights to evaluate the status of the fire and to identify any new starts. In addition, a Type 1 helicopter was borrowed from a nearby IDL fire to deliver bucket drops to the northeast edge of the fire late in the afternoon Sunday.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
August 21
Fire detected in Trout Creek area: Bonners Ferry Ranger District fire personnel on patrol detected a wildfire in the Trout Creek area late this afternoon. Due to nearby fire activity, multiple aircraft were available and responded quickly to the Trout Fire. Resources that responded included: a Type 1 helicopter, 4 Firebosses, 1 engine and 1 initial attack module. Currently, there are no known structures threatened.
Moyie Springs fire is surrounded: As of 8 p.m. today, fire crews have manually constructed a control line around 100-percent of the Moyie Fire and have surrounded it with hose line. Crews have begun mop up operations and will remain on scene to monitor the area overnight.
Some Moyie residents told to prepare for evacuation as fire climbs: Firefighters are currently battling a wildland fire just southeast of the Idaho Forest Group Mill in Moyie Springs that started near the Moyie River and began burning uphill towards the mill and nearby houses. The Moyie Fire is estimated to be two- to three-acres acres in size. The residents of approximately 50 Moyie Springs homes living near the mill have been notified of the fire and the potential need for evacuation if the fire moves towards the neighborhood.
Water drops, weather slow Eneas Peak Fire growth Saturday: On Saturday, the Type 1 helicopter was successful in providing more than 53,000 gallons of water that targeted the eastern flank of the Eneas Peak Fire. In addition to the water drops, the weather system that moved through the area yesterday assisted in slowing the spread of the fire. Fire growth since yesterday is 63 acres, putting the Eneas Peak Fire at 599 acres today with zero percent containment.
Full documentation, library tort claim: In light of the intense interest in the tort claim filed in May against the Boundary County Library District, here are links to the tort claim and six appendices as provided by the attorney for claimants.
August 20

Lightning strikes ...

A reader sent in this photo of smoke in the Myrtle Creek drainage following today's lightning.  He said there were three or four additional smoke plumes he could see but that weren't picked up by his camera.
Recall petition to be filed against county clerk for alleged library election fraud: A former Boundary County Library Board trustee whose daughter was one of four whistleblowers fired attempted to file a signed recall petition Friday seeking to unseat Boundary County Clerk Glenda Poston for allegedly failing to properly administer library trustee elections and allegedly obstructing a recent trustee recall attempt. With Poston out of the office, clerks refused to accept it, saying that a blank, unsigned petition had to be filed before a signed one could be accepted.
Eneas Peak fire at 536 acres, helo dropping water: Yesterday afternoon fire managers received a Type 2 helicopter that dropped water along the eastern edge of the Eneas Peak Fire to reduce spread in that direction. The fire is now estimated at 536 acres with zero-percent containment. Firefighters continued scouting for opportunities to safely build handline adjacent to private lands near the Westside Road and to the south of Fisher Creek. This handline will only be necessary if the fire spreads to the east and has potential to threatened private lands and structures.
August 19
Eneas Peak Fire continues to grow: The Eneas Peak Fire remains north of Fisher Creek and south of Eneas Peak and all new fire growth has been to the west, with the fire at 323 acres based on infrared over flight today. Yesterday, fire fighters hiked the northeast area of the fire above Westside Road and to the south of Fisher Creek for opportunities to safely build handline while fire managers assessed the fire by air for additional confinement lines. This work will continue today.
August 18
Apple issues alert for security flaw: Those owning Apple devices including Mac, iPhones and iPads are advised to install updates after security vulnerabilities were discovered that could enable a hacker to gain full administrative access.
Forest Service seeks comment on over-snow vehicle travel plan: The USDA Forest Service is inviting public comments on over-snow vehicle use across the northern zone of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The “Kaniksu Over-Snow Vehicle Travel Plan” proposes a system of over-snow vehicle routes and riding areas, along with seasons of use, for motor vehicles that travel over snow on tracks or skis. The project area includes the Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry and Priest Lake Ranger Districts.
Boundary County Commissioners agenda, week of August 22
Boundary County School District 101 Board meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, August 22
Eneas Peak Fire grows to 150 acres: The Eneas Peak Fire is burning on a south aspect below Eneas Peak and above Fisher Creek. The fire is burning in heavy timber and smoke is visible from the Kootenai River Valley and most of Bonners Ferry. Recent growth was mapped today from an infrared flight and the fire is now an estimated 150 acres. Fire managers are scouting the area by air and ground for potential confinement lines and to identify open areas where the use of retardant might be an effective strategy to slow the fire’s spread. By Kary Maddox, U.S. Forest Service
Eneas Peak Fire at 67 acres, expected to grow: The Eneas Peak Fire, confirmed on August 13, was mapped from a reconnaissance flight and the fire was estimated eight acres on the morning of August 16. An infrared flight early Wednesday puts the fire at 67 acres. Smoke produced by heavy timber can be misleading of actual fire size, especially from a distance. The fire was started by lightning and is visible from the Kootenai River Valley and most of the Bonners Ferry area.
August 16
Eneas Fire looks bigger than it is: The Eneas Peak Fire, confirmed on August 13, was started by lightning and is visible from the Kootenai River Valley and most of the Bonners Ferry area. The fire is located approximately 15 miles north-northwest of Bonners Ferry, on the south aspect below Eneas Peak and above Fisher Creek. Recent growth was mapped from a reconnaissance flight and the fire is now an estimated eight acres.
Glidden submits resignation as library director: Unanimously approved by the Boundary County Library Board as director in late October, stepping in to relieve interim director Sandy Ashworth, who came out of retirement at a time of crisis, Kimber Glidden this evening announced her resignation in the face of ever increasing pressure on the community treasure, named the best small library in America just four years ago.
Eneas Peak fire at eight acres: As of 3 p.m. today, the Eneas Peak Fire in north Boundary County has grown to eight acres and is still being watched closely by firefighters. It is primarily burning upslope in a north-westerly direction towards the top of the ridge north of Fisher Creek. A reconnaissance aircraft flew over the fire today to gather information about current fire size and behavior.
FBI locates 84 victims of child sex trafficking: The FBI, working with its state and local partners during two weeks in August, identified and located 84 minor victims of child sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation offenses and located 37 actively missing children during a nationwide enforcement campaign, dubbed “Operation Cross Country.” FBI special agents, intelligence analysts, victim specialists, and child adolescent forensic Interviewers working in conjunction with 200 state, local and federal partners.
Pearl repairs can get underway thanks to generous donor: An anonymous donor, recognizing that the Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry is a treasure worth saving, made a $10,000 contribution in July, which will allow work to at least get started on long awaited and critical repairs to the historical building.
Boundary County Commissioner minutes, week of August 8
August 15
Stella missing in Moyie Springs: Stella was last seen by her family at around 4 p.m. Sunday, and she is missed terribly. The family is offering a cash reward for her safe return. Stella went missing in Moyie Springs near the mill. She is very friendly and wearing a teal blue collar.  UPDATE August 23 by Jayden Attaway: It has been one whole week as of yesterday that our Stella girl has been missing. At this point I’m feeling hopeless, but we know she’s out there somewhere. The ditch/train tracks have been checked numerous times and no sight of her there (which is a great thing). However, that only means that someone, somewhere has our dog! More in article.
USFS monitoring Eneas Peak fire: The U.S. Forest Service is aware of and is currently monitoring the fire on Eneas Peak in north Boundary County. The fire started from lightning strikes and was discovered four days ago. It is estimated to have burned about five acres. The USFS is monitoring the fire right now due to the very steep, dangerous and inaccessible terrain, and because no structures are threatened.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
August 14
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of August 15
August 11
Johnson withdraws from house race to challenge Herndon: Steve Johnson, Sandpoint, withdrew as Democrat candidate for Idaho District 1 House Position A July 13 to instead challenge Republican Scott Herrndon for the Idaho District 1 Senate seat. "I was very disappointed when Jim Woodward lost the primary to Herndon, and I'm now running as an Independent write-in candidate for the District 1 State Senate seat, with support from many local Republicans," Johnson wrote.
August 10
FOUND SAFE! North Idaho girl missing: The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating Brooklyn George, last seen at her father’s house in Harrison wearing plaid pink sweatpants, a black shirt w/rose and a black sweatshirt. It is believed she may have left the location in the early morning hours on August 9 with her boyfriend.
August 9
Boundary County Library District 2022/23 budget hearing, 9 a.m. Thursday, September 1, County Annex
ICRMP refuses to renew library's policy: On August 1, the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program wrote a brief letter notifying the Boundary County Library Board that its existing policy will not be renewed when it expires at midnight Saturday, October 1.
August 8
Hope man facing up to five years for Kapu Road burglary: A 45-year-old Hope, Idaho, man staying in Boundary County in a trailer on the property of a late friend's grieving widow will spend two to five years in prison and pay more than $82,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to grand theft by possession of stolen property.
Kootenai County sheriff's deputy needs community's help: A 35-year-old Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff has recently suffered a stroke and needs the community's assistance. Deputy Yvonne Cress and her husband welcomed the birth of their child in June. While at home and off-duty over the last weekend in July, she suffered a stroke that affected her entire right side. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Cress has been with the sheriff’s office for over six years.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
August 5
Fire near Nordman grows to 120 acres: The Diamond Watch Fire was initially detected on the evening of July 14. It was started by lightning and is visible from the Priest Lake area. The fire is located 5.5 miles due west of Nordman and is burning on a ridge to the east of Diamond Peak in Pend Oreille County, Washington. An infrared flight mapped the recent growth at 120 acres, with most of the heat showing now on the south aspect.
Hope House giving away back to school shoes: Hope House has had amazing community support to enable them to provide back to school shoes/PE shoes again this year. If you know of a student or family who will need help purchasing shoes for Back to School, to be distributed at the Hope House Back to School Bash August 26. Hope House staff is collecting its list through August 13.
'Read-In' of controversial books held to protest library board recall: Only a handful of people were expected at the first "Read-In" on the lawn at the Boundary County Library Thursday afternoon, but organizers were astounded when the over two dozen people turned out to quietly read banned or controversial books. People young and old showed up, many wearing shirts expressing support for the beleaguered library.
Get ready to see the world at the Boundary County Fair! The most festive week of the year in Boundary County kicks off bright and early Tuesday morning, August 9, as the entire community comes together to celebrate who we are and the bounties of this wonderful place, as people young and old bring in their season's best to display at the Boundary County Fair. This year's theme is "Around the World in Five Days," and it will provide convincing evidence that there's no place quite like this awesome place we call home!
County commission agenda, week of August 8
Grizzly euthanized near Porthill: On August 4, Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a large adult male grizzly bear in Boundary County near Porthill. There has been a series of livestock losses due to grizzly bears this spring and summer. Fish and Game received a report on August 2 of four sheep that had been attacked and killed and two additional sheep that had been injured near Porthill.
August 4
County Commission minutes, week of July 25
Crews working fire near Creston: The BC Wildfire Service is on the ground responding to a wildfire burning approximately 14 kilometres, 8.7 miles, northeast Creston. First spotted August 2, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Six Mile Creek wildfire was estimated to be 57 hectares in size, or 140.85 acres. It is believed to be human caused. On the scene, 31 ground crew members are continuing to utilize heavy equipment to establish fuel-free areas, control lines, and water delivery systems.
Income guidelines for 2022-2023 free and reduced price lunch released: Families interested in applying for free and reduced price meals can now view income guidelines and apply for the 2022-2023 school year. The upcoming school year will be the first time since 2020 that families need to apply in order to receive free or reduced price meals in schools operating the National School Lunch Program and for free milk in schools operating the Special Milk Program. Eligible families are encouraged to apply to ensure their children’s access to healthy meals this school year.
It is huckleberry season: The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is reminding huckleberry pickers that commercial picking of huckleberries is not permitted. Picking huckleberries with the intent to sell them is considered commercial gathering. In order to provide plentiful opportunities for recreational huckleberry, the forest does not issue commercial permits. Minimum fines for commercial picking start at $250, and can increase based on the severity of the offense.
August 3
Sportsmen just gained access to 23,000 acres of public land in North Idaho: After an 85-year closure to hunting, fishing and trapping, Myrtle Creek Preserve is once again open and accessible by sportsmen thanks to approval by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in July. The preserve is a vast piece of real estate in the Kootenai River Basin in the Panhandle, spanning nearly 23,000 acres or 36 square miles of ground.
Idaho investing in drug treatment, mental health services: The State of Idaho is taking steps to make Idaho safer and save taxpayer dollars by increasing drug treatment and mental health services in Idaho communities as part of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” plan. Through the new Pre-prosecution Diversion Grant Program, the Idaho Department of Correction is offering $2.5 million worth of funding to state and local government agencies.
August 2
Southeast BC campfire ban going into effect: Effective at noon PDT Thursday, August 4, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Hot and dry conditions in the Southeast Fire Centre are expected to continue. The fire danger rating in the region is generally High to Extreme.
Justice Department sue Idaho to protect reproductive rights: The U.S. Justice Department today filed a lawsuit to protect the rights of patients to access emergency medical care guaranteed by federal law. The suit challenges Idaho Code § 18-622, which is set to go into effect on August 25 and imposes a near-total ban on abortion.
Need for Struggle Bear conditional use permit questioned: A Boise attorney has written Boundary County Planning and Zoning on behalf of Struggle Bear LLC and owner Owen Benjamin, citing a misunderstanding of the use proposed on a ten acre parcel on Earl Lane Road, a misreading of the county zoning ordinance and a contention that no permits are required for the six dry guest cabins that were built on the parcel. As a result, the application process has been stopped.
August 1
Skinner found guilty, faces two life sentences: The testimony of two children, ages four and six, helped convince Judge Barbara Buchanan of their father's guilt on two counts of lewd conduct with a minor under age 16 following a brief court trial Wednesday. Josiyah Nathaniel Skinner, 30, Moyie Springs, was remanded in custody without bail pending sentencing at 9 a.m. Friday, October 21. He faces up to life in prison on each count.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
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Business
August 30
Cabinet Mountain Water seeking system operator: Cabinet Mountains Water District is seeking a skilled and experienced operator. Possession of Class 1 Treatment (DWT-1) and Class 2 Distribution (DWD-2) licenses is preferred. The successful applicant will be a self-motivated individual who can work independently.
August 19
Bonners Ferry Medicine Man not going anywhere: The Sandpoint Medicine Man Pharmacy closed abruptly last Friday, due in part to staffing issues, and the closure has raised concerns that other Medicine Man Pharmacies, including the Bonners Ferry Medicine Man, might be closing as well. Local owner Aimee Stuermer assures that this isn't the case.
August 18
Timbers Roadside Grill offers a taste of heaven: When you visit a restaurant for the first time, bite into the sandwich you ordered and your eyes close involuntarily, you stop chewing and all you can do is sit momentarily, savor the taste and think, "oh, my goodness!" you know you've found a place you're going to go back to, a place you're going to take your family to when they visit, your friends and significant others. Just such a place opened July 16 in the Moyie Store.
August 6
Iron Mike's seeking to expand: A public hearing will be held on a county conditional use permit application by Davis Family Revocable Trust to allow for the expansion of Iron Mike's Family Fitness, 64450 Highway Two at Three Mile. The permit would allow construction of an addition that would increase the size of the facility to over 15,000 square feet. The property is zoned commercial/light industrial.
Social
August 1
Family of Mary Dirks expresses thanks: Mary Dirks’s family would like to send a special thank you out to all of the people who attended her memorial, to all of the people who helped organize it, to all of the people who sent beautiful flowers, cards and gifts, and to all of the people who called with words of support.
Sports/Outdoors
August 24
Fry Foundation's 13-annual golf tourney just around the corner: The 13th annual Fry Foundation Golf Tournament, a four-man scramble, takes place Friday,, September 9, at Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry, and both players and sponsors are invited to take part!
August 15
2022 Badger football is here! All are encouraged to come out to meet and support the Bonners Ferry Badger football team in a Blue and White Lift-A-Thon, potluck and scrimmage on Friday, August 19, taking place in the high school weight room and at Kenny Mendenhall Stadium.
August 14
Tuesday Trouble gearing up for bowling season: Tuesday Trouble Ladies Bowling League will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday September 6, at AJ's Lanes, 6696 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. All levels of skill are welcome. Come in a bit earlier for more information on the upcoming season.
August 4
BCMS football practice starts Monday: Boundary County Middle School football practice is set to start August 8. The first week will be focused on conditioning and during the second week, athletes will go full pads. Practice will be held Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the practice field.
August 1
Badger cross country season set to begin: Bonners Ferry High School cross country will begin fall practice at 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 8, at the south end of the bleachers of the football/track stadium with a mandatory parent/information meeting to be followed by a short practice. Coaches will be going over team rules and expectations for the season.
Letters
August 31
‘Building a New Society’ requires, well, building: Many new residents to our community speak ambitiously about “building a new society” or “creating a new community.” However, accomplishing these bold ideas requires far more than flamboyant bumper stickers, angry protests or threatening Facebook posts. Yelling “NO” is easy, but what are you for? By Alex Awbrey
August 30
Your library needs your support: This past week it came to my attention that the Boundary County Library, its board of trustees and its director have been the focus of protests and threats, culminating in the resignation of the director. Upon reading the resignation letter, I wondered, "what in the world is happening to my hometown?" By Jim Pace
Seeing Bertling run like Christmas in August: It was like Christmas in August to see that Tim Bertling is running a write-in campaign as county commissioner. Tim is a third generation Boundary County resident, owner of a contract timber cutting business, an avid bow hunter and fisherman who values time spent with his wife Wendy in their Moyie Springs garden. By Ken Homik
Stand up for our community's public library: The Boundary County Library has been an exceptional resource for this community since the formation of the Boundary County Free Library District in 1956. Outstanding leadership and amazing employees have served the library since its inception in its mission to serve our community. The excellence of our library has been recognized at the national level numerous times. By too many to list
August 29
Idaho’s abortion laws must be rewritten: The Idaho Legislature must revamp its confusing abortion laws so that pregnant women and doctors know what medical care is permissible and what is not. The U.S. Supreme Court has turned the abortion issue over to lawmakers, so it is vitally important that our laws provide clarity. Otherwise, women could die or suffer grievous harm, and doctors could go to prison for providing life-saving care. By Tom Arkoosh
Steve Johnson will support schools: To pass his driver’s test was what kept Calvin in class; 15 years old and still unable to read. For 22 years I taught high school and Calvin was one of far too many young men we lost. How many more children does Scott Herndon want to fail by pulling money out of public education? By Carole Friedman
August 28
An inquiring mind: After reading the pros and cons on the subject of the library board, I have yet to hear the moral side of this subject. We have heard from one minister, but where is the Ministerial Association in this matter? Have they lost their voices or are afraid they may lose a deep pocketed member of their flock? By Elizabeth Sloot
We have a choice, write in Steve Johnson for Senate: This November we have many important choices to make. Do we want forward-looking representation that deals with reality? Or do we choose representatives who are trying to hold on to an imaginary past? We have candidates who want to control the content of our libraries and what teachers can talk about in the classroom. By Gil Beyer
August 23
We can't afford to wait on passing school bond: Here’s some bond perspective for today ... Boundary County School District is one of 12 school districts across Idaho that is running a bond or plant facilities levy Aug 30 with a total of $261.4 million worth of projects at stake across the state. When school districts in Idaho are faced with large capital improvement projects (in our case replacing an unsafe, 73-year-old elementary school in addition to some smaller projects), bonds and plant facilities levies are our only recourse in funding these projects – there is no other way. By Teresa Rae
August 22
Passing school bond won't be easy, but our kids are counting on us: On August 30, Boundary County voters will decide whether our community's five-year-olds will, in two years or so, bravely but tearfully wave goodbye to moms and dads and step forward into the same Valley View Elementary attended by the adults they look up to going back 70-some years, or will the clock be reset, and these kids be the first to step into a safe new school their forebears; parents and grandparents, neighbors ... people they don't and will not ever know, bequeathed them. By Mike Weland
The Idaho Freedom Foundation misinforms about the education initiative: The ill-named Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF), which essentially owns and operates the extremist branch of today’s Republican Party, wants to destroy the Gem State’s public school system. As recent as August 8, IFF President Wayne Hoffman repeated his demand for the State to get out of the “education business.” That seems to be a tall order since the Idaho Constitution requires the Legislature to “maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.” By Jim Jones
We are strong and we hold fast to hope: I love you. Library, I love you. BCSD#101, I love you. My first grade teacher’s hands, wrapped around my own hand, wrapped around a pencil, writing my own name for the first time at Naples School in first grade. Grandma, I love you. All my teachers, all the way through Bonners Ferry High School; I love you. By Christi Kramer
End of summer elections essential -- please vote August 30: The last thing school patrons may have on their minds as they squeeze in that last barbecue or vacation of the summer is exercising their responsibility as citizens to vote. That’s why it’s so important to remind patrons that some important elections are coming up soon. On August 30, 12 school districts will be seeking voter approval for $261.4 million for a variety of education investments. By Rod Gramer, Idaho Business for Education
August 19
Ban the books, sound the shofar: This crowd that now attends each library board meeting to assert its holy righteousness and call down the wrath of heaven upon the sinners and infidels who don't quite share the same righteous fervor have every right ... and I think they should be credited for taking part in the process. By Mike Weland
August 18
We've lost the ideal of being American: In response to Georgia Earley's letter, I agree 100%. It used to be that regardless of our party affiliation, we could still debate. Now, I see deep hatred for an opposing view. I believe part of the problem is that we have lost the ideal of being American. We have been divided into groups and pitted against each other. In the past, even when we disagreed, we all still had that underlining understanding that we were all part of a great country. By Phillip Bourassa
August 17
It’s all about kids: Our community has the opportunity to vote for our future on August 30. Voting “YES” is a vote for a fiscally responsible plan to build a new Valley View Elementary School, upgrade the high school and middle school shops to provide expanded Career Technical Education, replace the roof at Mt. Hall Elementary, and provide for new traffic revisions at Naples Elementary. By Ron Smith, David Sims, Kristie Campbell et al
August 16
Flawed as it is, our democracy worth saving: Having had many years of conversations with both Republicans and Democrats, it’s clear that the increasingly inaccurate generalizations and labeling that I’ve heard, in the past five years especially, has succeeded in demonizing people who think differently and only encourages tribalism. However, in my personal conversations, I’ve found that most people of both parties have a lot of common ground; they actually agree on more than on what they disagree. By Georgia Earley
If this was about book bans, wouldn’t the library need to have the books? This cannot be stressed strongly enough ... there are no sexually explicit materials in the children’s area of the library! There is no pornography in the library. The library does not carry a single title being circulated to generate fear and hate. This narrative has been crafted and executed to incite a group of people to act against their own experience and judgment, or worse to act within narrow self-interest. By Kimber Glidden, Director, Boundary County Library
August 15
Concerned about 'Ursa Rio' inconsistencies: Boundary County Commissioners and planning and zoning staff: This may all turn out okay, with everyone living happily ever after, but before you let Owen Benjamin’s Ursa Rio “improved” campsites (his lawyer’s words) proceed without a permit, consider the following information provided to county P&Z staff and commissioners ... By Elaine Duncan
August 10
Are Republicans a threat to ‘Democracy?' Yes and no. First, it depends on what you mean by ‘Democracy’. Second, it depends on what you mean by ‘Republican.’ For Democrats the word democracy is a euphemism for what they really mean: Democratic Socialism. The official name of communist North Korea is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ... The real question is: are real Republicans, Conservatives or the MAGA movement a threat to Democratic Socialism? The answer to that is absolutely yes. By Dean Cannon
August 6
AR-15s meet intent behind second amendment: Muskets were the assault weapons of their day, and yes, you have the right to own them. Illinois governor JB Pritzker recently insinuated that the second amendment is obsolete because the founding fathers owned muskets. This is an insult to the intelligence of every American. In the 18th Century the citizen and the state were equally matched on the battlefield. Both fought with the same weapons. It was just a matter of who had more muskets and soldiers. By Dean Cannon
August 4
Strengthening a kind and respectful community: Community can be defined as a group of people with diverse interests, beliefs and characteristics linked together with common bonds. Successful communities are those where people live and work together in a civil manner and respectfully embrace differences. Through the democratic process citizens have the opportunity to choose community leaders and make decisions for the common good. By the Boundary County Human Rights Task Force
August 3
We must rally to save Trump's helpless gullible: In legal proceedings and congressional hearings, Donald J. Trump's big lie is clearly starting to unravel, but believers of the lie are clearly not hearing the truth, preferring instead to get their "news" from outlets that pander to a liar. By Mike Weland
County can't ignore Ursa Rio: Now that Owen Benjamin Smith has unilaterally claimed through his attorney that his activities at Ursa Rio are not subject to county zoning rules, construction activity is up. Neighbors report that, since the end of July, a backhoe has come and gone, port-o-potties are back, and traffic has increased. The county regulations may be vague and poorly written, but this is no excuse for the county to allow an applicant to push them around this way. By Elaine Duncan
DOJ abortion lawsuit predictable: One could have predicted the federal lawsuit against Idaho challenging the abortion statute that would make criminals of health care professionals who respond to the needs of pregnant women in dire health care circumstances. The federal law requires health care facilities that receive federal funding to care for the health and safety of such women. By Tom Arkoosh
Obituaries
August 29
Douglas W. Miracle, 90, passed away the evening of August 1, 2022, at his home with his son Doyle by his side. At his request no funeral services will be held. There will be a celebration of life held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 4, at the home of Jane and Amanda Richards.
Winifred Casey Bensen, 100, passed away on August 25, 2022 at the Boundary County Nursing Home. Winifred was born on May 27, 1922, in Clifton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Thomas and Ali O'Toole Casey. No services are planned at this time.
Emily Valo Guthrie, 91, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2022 at the Boundary Community Restorium. Emily was born on June 10, 1931, in Copeland, the daughter of Clarence and Gladys Hildreth Guthrie.
Michael Joseph Facha Sr., 71, passed away on August 26, 2022, at Boundary Community Hospital. Michael was born on November 19, 1950, in Grass Valley, California, the son of Richard and Charlotte Delwisch Facha. Private family services will be held.   
August 26
Elizabeth “Betty” Douglas, 101, died August 6, 2022, at the Extended Care Facility in Bonners Ferry. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8, at the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street.
August 25
Ralph Lee “Buffy” Richardson, 72, was born on February 7, 1950, in Havre, Montana, and passed August 9, 2022, in Orofino, Idaho, after a courageous, hard-fought, five-year battle with cancer. A celebration of life will be held sometime in the fall.
August 22
Ruth Claire Long-Stickney was born in College Place, Washington, on March 6, 1929, to Ivan Dale Long and Ethel Sarah Hopkins-Long. Ruth passed away in her sleep on August 8, 2022, in Bonners Ferry at age 93.
August 18
Michael "Mike" Woodward, 76, Bonners Ferry, passed away at Boundary County Community Hospital on Monday August 15, 2022. He lost his multiyear struggle with dementia complicated by pneumonia and COVID. A celebration of life for the man who never wanted attention will be at 4 p.m. Saturday August 27, at United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. A spaghetti feast and time of sharing will follow.
August 16
Raymond Frederick Knicely, 82, of Bonners Ferry, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, August 13, 2022. A visitation service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, at Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church, 782 Moon Shadow Road. The funeral service will be held there at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
August 11
Glen Earl Mattox, Jr., was born May 3, 1944, in Bonners Ferry, the son of Glenn and Chloe Mattox. He passed away August 5, 2022, in Missoula at the age of 78. Viewing will be from 2to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 14, at English Funeral Chapel, 1700 North Spokane Street, Post Falls. The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, August 15, at the same location, followed by a reception, then a graveside service.
August 4
Wesley A. Dirks, 77, of Inman, Kansas, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, surrounded by family at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 6, at Zion Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, 597 6th Avenue, Inman. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the church, and burial will follow at Zion Church Cemetery.
August 3
Geraldine "Geri" C. Todd, 94, peacefully passed away in her sleep July 28, 2022. She had been living at the Extended Care Facility in Bonners Ferry since suffering from a stroke earlier this year. Services are to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 12, at Immaculate Conception Church, 756 Highway 2 West, Troy.