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September 2022
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September 30
South Boundary Fire Pancake Breakfast, Silent Auction and Car Seat Clinic
South Boundary Fire will host its annual Pancake Breakfast, Silent Auction, and Car Seat Clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Station 1 on School House Road in Naples!
Many fantastic auction items have been donated by our amazing community, including auto detailing from North Idaho Collision and one ton of energy logs or wood pellets from Lignetics Inc., Under the Sun, Timber’s Road Side Grill, Pizza Factory, Lou’s Barber Shop, Grocery Outlet, Main Street Hair, Beck’s Furniture, Super 1 Foods, Wood’s meats, Community Thrift, Center Valley Veterinary Hospital as well as several community members and more have graciously donated goods and services.   
Bonners Ferry man arrested in Sandpoint drug bust: Sandpoint Police executed three search warrants this week at residences of suspected drug dealers. On Monday, September 26, Sandpoint Police assisted a DEA taskforce with a search warrant in south Sandpoint that resulted in the discovery of an undisclosed amount of colored fentanyl pills, commonly known as “Skittles,” and other drug related paraphernalia. This warrant is related to an earlier investigation that intercepted a large delivery of fentanyl to the residence.
County commission agenda, week of October 3 
September 29
Bonners Ferry girl needs community's help: Kellie Hayden Nelson, who grew up in Bonners Ferry and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1983, was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Now living in Townsend, Montana, she is undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy and blood transfusions at a Seattle hospital, a stay expected to last at least seven months.
Prescribed burning planned on IPNF: Favorable conditions are forecasted in the coming weeks to provide prescribed burning opportunities across the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Multiple prescribed burning projects are planned this fall, although the exact day of ignitions will depend upon conditions aligning with safe implementation. Prescribed burning is part of each Ranger District’s annual natural resource management program to reduce hazardous fuels, prepare areas for tree planting, and improve wildlife forage.
Mother of state senator supports write-in candidate Steve Johnson: “For someone who claims to be a Christian,” Gini Woodward said at a recent gathering, “Steve’s opponent’s words and attitudes are unchristian-like.” She earlier had given full-throated support to Steve Johnson, lifelong farmer from Bonner County, to become far-north Idaho’s next state senator. She addressed 15 residents of northernmost Boundary County who gathered at the Mt Hall Fire Station September to hear Johnson.
Boundary County Commissioner's minutes, week of September 19 
Boundary County Commissioner's minutes, week of September 12
Long Canyon fire flares up: Wednesday was a much more active fire day than the previous few days. A lot of smoke and fog was held down at low elevations by the inversion, but parts of the fire burning above the inversion were putting up straight columns of smoke. An area in Long Canyon burned upslope Wednesday, reaching the ridge line but stayed on the south slope of Long Canyon Creek. The Kootenai River Complex fires are now estimated to have charred 22,482 acres, with the Russell Mountain fire at 21,975 acres, Long Canyon now 157 acres and the Katka Fire at 349 acres.
September 28
SD101 Executive Council nixes gender identity policy
Boundary County School District 101 Superintendent Jan Bayer said this afternoon's executive council meeting went well, with those in attendance all being respectful and kind. The council voted to recommend not moving forward with new policy #3281: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, and to move the other policy amendments on the agenda forward for school board review with minor changes.
Long Canyon Fire getting frisky ...  
The Long Canyon Fire, spotted September 16 and incorporated into the Kootenai River Complex, flared up and became more active today, raising concerns of another new start. U.S. Forest Service firefighters working the complex are aware and are monitoring and responding to the flare-up.
Car rescued from river: At about 8 a.m. Thursday, September 22, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the Kootenai River at the public boat launch off of Riverside Street in Bonners Ferry. Bonners Ferry Fire, Bonners Ferry Police and Boundary County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded and quickly determined that the vehicle was unoccupied.
September 27
SD101 executive council meeting likely to be divisive: The Boundary County School District 101 executive council will meet tomorrow with an agenda almost certain to raise the ire of that faction of our community concerned about our public library facilitating the "grooming" of young patrons and "exposing" them to what they consider to be inappropriate material. The council will be considering updates to several existing school policies, as well as a new one, "Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation."
Sample ballot November 8 general election
Juvenile who threatened high school cooperating with police, school administrators
On Monday, September 26, Boundary County School District 101 and Bonners Ferry Police were made aware of threats of violence toward Bonners Ferry High School. The juvenile who made the threats has been investigated and is cooperating with law enforcement. The safety of our students and staff in Boundary County School District remains our number one priority. Parents/guardians were made aware of the situation last night via a phone message from the principal. ~ Superintendent Jan Bayer, Principal Lisa Iverson, BFPD Officer Brandon Johnson
Kootenai River Complex to be transitioned to district: Fire behavior was a little more active causing widespread smoke and fog at lower elevations due to an inversion layer coupled with light winds. This made fire progression monitoring challenging for operations at night and in the early mornings, including the ability to monitor control lines by air. The Kootenai River Complex is at 21,805 acres, Russell Mountain Fire 21,472 acres, Katka Fire 333 acres, up 617 acres in the week since Wednesday, September 21.
September 26
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
September 25
Kootenai River Complex fires at 85-percent completion: Smoke and fog have been settling at low elevations and have been slow to lift during the day. This has made monitoring difficult in the mornings for firefighters but has also kept fire behavior relatively low. Dead and down heavy fuels continue to be the main source of fire and smoke. There are 221 personnel working the Kootenai Complex Fires, completion is at 85-percent.
September 24
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of September 26 
September 23
Homecoming ... bringing out the best of who we are: Homecoming is an American tradition. It's tailor-made for the social customs of high schools and universities all over this country, and being so, it reflects the values of the cultures therein. It's named for the coming-home (so to speak) of the alumni of whichever institution is hosting it. Tonight, after a game last Friday far away and gone clear down in Connell, Washington, the Bonners Ferry Badgers of this season return home to face an opponent on the sod upon which they trained, most for years.
September 22
Mt. Hall Wildcats grateful for all the work: It’s back to school season at Mt. Hall! As most know, we were delayed in opening our doors due to construction, but now that we’re up and running it’s as if staff and students haven’t missed a beat! We’ve officially got restrooms and a cafeteria among tons of other updates thanks to our incredible maintenance and custodial team in Boundary County School District and BF Builders. By Principal Kylee Guthrie
Transportation board approves its largest ITIP: The Idaho Transportation Board approved the recommended FY2023-2029 Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) today during its monthly meeting in Boise. The ITIP is the department's seven-year investment plan, and reflects unprecedented funding levels created by Governor Brad Little's "Leading Idaho" initiatives and supported by the Idaho Legislature. This resulted in the most projects, and the largest ITIP that the department has ever had.
Skatepark alliance having fun, making gains: The Boundary County Skatepark Alliance, an all-volunteer skate park advocacy group, formed as a special committee of the Boundary County Parks and Recreation Department Board, is working on the long-term, three to five year goal of replacing the existing and aging 2,000 square foot skate park with a beautiful 8,000 to 10,000 square foot wheeled sports park, designed by our community for our community for skaters, skateboarders, scooter riders, and maybe even BMX bike riders, for decades to come.
September 21
Shred Day here Saturday: Boundary County is hosting a free community Shred Day event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 24, at the county fairgrounds in the large gravel parking area, 6567 Recreation Park Road, Bonners Ferry. A mobile shredding truck will take household and business papers and securely shred them until 1 p.m. or until the truck reaches their maximum allowable weight.
Steve Johnson visits Mt. Hall to talk senate campaign: Idaho District 1 Senate write-in candidate Steve Johnson explained to a group of voters in north Boundary County Tuesday his three main objectives if he is elected in November. First and foremost, he said, is to get the homeowner’s exemption to property taxes doubled from its current $125,00 to $250,000 so that folks are able to afford to live their lives in their own homes. He gave an example of property near his longtime farm, a neighbor with 160 acres who is selling it in five-acre pieces. By Clarice McKenney
Kootenai River Complex fires more active Tuesday: Fire activity increased yesterday and overnight with winds from the northeast gusting up the mountain slopes. The fire is still mainly creeping and smoldering through the understory, with some scattered flare ups reaching treetops. An infrared detection flight occurred last night, so reported size has increased by 281 acres since the last detection on Saturday. The Russell Mountain Fire is now 20,869 acres, the Katka Fire 319 acres.
September 19
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Fire activity expected to increase today: Active fires can mean National Forest trail and road closures on National Forests. Closures near the Westside Road are intended to keep people safe from active fire and responding suppression equipment, but they also keep visitors from areas where the risk of falling hazard trees is extreme. Anyone looking to get out into the Selkirk Mountains still has access to spots to the north or south of the fire like Smith Creek or Roman Nose Mountain.
September 18
Kootenai River Complex growth slowing: The amount of daylight in a 24-hour period, also known as ‘diurnal effects,’ has an impact on wildland fire behavior, especially during late season fires. The temperature, wind and humidity values fluctuate throughout the day. When the sun sets earlier in the day, this creates shadier spots on south facing mountain slopes and minimizes the pre-heating and drying of vegetation resulting in lower fire intensity during peak burn times.
September 17
Suspected arsonist held without bond: An early morning fire Monday at the U.S. Forest Service fire camp at the Boundary County Fairgrounds is believed to have been deliberately set and a suspect, Michael F. Mock, 30, Bonners Ferry, was arrested for arson. According to a U.S. Forest Service incident report, two people were sleeping in the yurt, one of nine set up in the camp, when one woke to the smell of smoke, saw the fire on the opposite side, and got them both outside.
Folks wonder why some fairgrounds events cancelled: Folks have been asking why certain events are still happening at the Boundary County Fairgrounds but why most have been cancelled. To help you understand and to give you an ‘"inside" view, fair personnel are sharing some photos of what a fire camp looks like as the U.S. Forest Service has moved onto much of the fairgrounds campus. The Forest Service is renting all three of the event buildings – the Valley Event Center, Exhibit Hall and Memorial Hall.
Just 18 acres growth on Kootenai River Complex Fires: Today is a transition day on the Kootenai River Complex Fires. The Type 2 Eastern Gold Team is shadowing Northern Rockies Team 4 in all aspects of managing this complex of fires. Personnel in all functions will share information and details from what has been experienced and completed over the past two weeks and help set up the new team to be successful managing the fires moving forward. Incident Management Teams are typically on assignment for 14 days, so this transition is a regular part of managing a large fire.
September 16
Norris asks library board to withdraw from ALA, rescind collection policy: On Thursday, Adrienne Norris, one of the organizers of the recall petition seeking to unseat four of the five Boundary County Library board members who either voted in June to adopt a new Materials Selection and Collection Development Chapter to its policy manual or who weren't there to cast a vote, sent the following letter to the library board, asking for immediate withdrawal from the American Library Association and repeal of the June policy amendment.
Bonners Ferry Truck & Tractor Pull going on as scheduled: The Bonners Ferry Truck & Tractor Pull scheduled for Saturday, September 17, will occur as scheduled. At the same time, large portions of the county fairgrounds are still being used by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team as their fire camp. Organizers of the tractor pull coordinated with the IMT, the Boundary County Fair Board, and county officials to ensure the tractor pull event and IMT fire support activities will not interfere with each other.
Boundary County School District 101 board meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, September 19
Reclaim Idaho volunteers celebrate: Luke Mayville, a founder of Reclaim Idaho, told the gathering of 50 volunteers in Sandpoint Thursday why the grass roots group withdrew Proposition 1 from the November ballot. “We’re here to celebrate because we forced the legislature to support education by $410 million per year,” Mayville told the crowd. By Clarice M McKenney
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of September 19
Fire evacuation status reduced to 'ready:' Residents of Westside Road are being advised they can reduce their evacuation preparation status to “ready.” They had been at “set” status since September 1, when the Scotch Creek Fire was unpredictable and could have reached the road and threatened homes there. The Scotch Creek Fire has since merged with the Russell Fire, which has made contact with fire control lines and is currently being mopped up along the west side of the road. No structures were damaged as the fire burned down to the control lines.
Fire crews prepare for winds, mop up continues: Hazard trees are fire-weakened or dead standing trees that have a high probability of falling over at any time posing a threat to firefighter or public safety. There are several sections of the Westside Road where the fire reached the road and has affected some standing trees, creating some hazard trees. As of this morning, the Kootenai River Complex fires are estimated at 20,821 acres, with the Russell Mountain Fire at 20,511 acres and the Katka Fire at 309 acres. There are 333 personnel working the fires and completion remains at 79-percent.
September 15
Conservatives are making gains: Idaho District 1, Seat A Representative Heather Scott spoke to a largely appreciative gathering Thursday, September 8, in the Ktunaxa Room at the Kootenai River Inn, lauding the number of conservative liberty candidates in Idaho who won their primaries in local and state offices and the stand taken in Boundary County to keep porn out of the hands of children in its public library. But she warned patriots that there is still much to be done to ensure that "we, the people" are heard in the halls of a government that disparages them.
Air quality advisory issued
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for Boundary and Bonner Counties, with air expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups through Friday and degrade to unhealthy on Saturday. Open burning is currently prohibited.
On national forests, e-bikes are motorized vehicles: Bicycles assisted by an electric motor— commonly called e-bikes— are an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Hunters frequently use e-bikes, as well, for quiet access to remote areas and assistance with game retrieval. With fall hunting season underway, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests reminds riders that e-bikes remain classified as “motorized vehicles” under the USDA Forest Service’s Travel Management Rule. As such, they must operate on the same routes designated for other motor vehicles.
Fire growth minimal, mop up begins: Yesterday, thunderstorms moved over the fire area bringing both lightning and varying amounts of rain from .45 inch on the south side and .10 to .20 inch on the north side. This moisture has kept fire activity minimal but has not put the fire out. The overnight infrared detection flight did not get full coverage of the fire due to scattered cloud cover. The total increase in the size of the Complex was calculated to be two acres, with the size of the Kootenai River Complex at 20,744 acres. There are 366 personnel working the fires and completion remains at 79-percent.
Naples Elementary Wolverines start strong! The Naples Wolverines are off and running into the 2022-2023 school year. Some of them are hopping, galloping, or dancing. However you look at it, they’re moving! The new school year brought exciting changes to our building. New classroom cabinets, new gym paint, and a few new walls to kick us off. Now that those jobs are complete, we will begin to watch the new addition rise up on the north end of the building. By Robin Merrifield
September 14
Library's future rests where it belongs; on the board: While the Boundary County Library Board got a reprieve from Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP) at their Tuesday board meeting, being granted a new 90-day policy that goes into effect when the one now in force expires September 31, chair Bob Blanford and former interim director Sandy Ashworth did not leave Boise unscathed, as the ICRMP board gave harsh review of the library board's laissez-faire management practices and gave until the next ICRMP board meeting in October to see progress or face losing its liability policy December 31.
Library board grateful to staff, ICRMP: The board of trustees for the Boundary County Library is pleased to announce a three-month extension to insurance coverage for the Boundary County Library. In a unanimous vote, the board of ICRMP, the insurance provider for the library and many of the public institutions for the state of Idaho, granted the library 90 days to rectify policy and administrative weaknesses that led to the original decision to cancel insurance coverage for the library as of October 2022.
Library is open with new hours
The Boundary County Library is open with new hours through September, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. In addition, the library board has negotiated a three-month extension on liability insurance with ICRMP. I have reached out for additional information and will report as soon as I hear. ~ Mike Weland
Kootenai River Complex now low-intensity ground fires: Smoke filled skies and light winds kept fire activity minimal throughout the day on Tuesday. The Katka, now at 305 acres, and Russell Mountain Fires, 20,436 acres continue to burn as low intensity ground fires. As of this morning's infrared overflight, the Kootenai River Complex fires now encompass 20,742 acres and objectives are 79-percent completed, with 369 personnel working the fires.
September 13
Boundary County women can win with mammogram: Breast cancer has a very high survival rate when caught early, yet Boundary County is significantly behind the rest of the state in the number of annual breast cancer screenings! BCH wants to change that statistic. To encourage more women to get screened for breast cancer, we will enter every woman who schedules a mammogram in September or October into a chance to win a Yeti Roadie Cooler or a Yeti Tumbler!
Kootenai River Complex at 79-percent completion: Due to cloud cover, the overnight infrared detection flight was not able to fly last night and therefore no change in fire size was recorded today. Completion, a newer phrase in Wildland Fire, relates to the rate at which certain parts of the incident objectives have been completed. At present 346 personnel working the fires have reached 79-percent completion, the rate at which firelines have been completed alongside and using the Westside Road.
Attention Boundary County Republicans: The November election is quickly approaching! The Boundary County Republican Central Committee voted last night that poll challengers and ballot witnesses need to contact them on or before our next regular scheduled meeting of October 3. Challengers/witnesses must be a registered Republican and a resident of Boundary County.
Naples grizzly put down: On September 12, Idaho Fish and Game along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services euthanized a large adult male grizzly bear in Boundary County near the town of Naples. There has been a series of livestock losses due to grizzly bears this spring and summer, and this is the second grizzly bear to be euthanized in Boundary County in 2022.
September 12
Upcoming Second Harvest distribution cancelled due to fires
The Second Harvest food distribution truck for September 23 has been cancelled. The Boundary County Fairgrounds are being used for the Fire Command Center and it has not been possible to find a suitable alternate site. The next scheduled distribution will be October 14 at the fairgrounds.  
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative Board meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, September 19 
West side fires merge into one, reach firelines, road: Slow growth on the Kootenai River Complex fires yesterday and over night, adding 404 acres. The complex fires have burned 19,708 acres as of 8:09 a.m. today. The Russell Mountain and Trout Fires burned together and will now be called the Russell Mountain Fire, 19,445 acres in size. The Katka Fire is at 262 acres, no change from Sunday.
Update on county 'Ready, Set, Go' evacuation status: Shannon Schaeffer photoFire reached the Westside Road on Saturday.Fires in the Kootenai River Complex have now grown together and have all become the Russell Mountain Fire. At the daily operations briefing this morning the combined total acreage burned in all three fires in the complex was at just over 19,700 acres. By Andrew O'Neel, Boundary County Public Information
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Bonners Ferry air quality hazardous: At 3:05 a.m. today, air quality readings for the Bonners Ferry area, taken at the Kootenai Tribal Mission gauge, have degraded to hazardous. Readings at Mt. Hall and Porthill show unhealthy. In areas with unhealthy air, children, asthmatics and people with heart or lung conditions should avoid the outdoors and all others should reduce their outdoors exertion. When the Air Quality Index is “hazardous,” everyone is affected.
September 11
Three west side fires merge into two: Yesterday, the Russell Mountain Fire continued to slowly back down the mountain slope west of the Westside Road. The observed fire activity continued to be low intensity, with backing ground fire slowly moving downhill. The fire reached the constructed fireline and Westside Road in several locations between Trout Creek Road and Ball Creek Road as the Kootenai River Complex Fires grew to 19,304 acres, up 840 acres from Saturday morning.
September 10
Flames expected to reach Westside Road firelines today: As of 7:46 a.m. today, the Kootenai River Complex fires are burning 18,464 acres in Boundary County, up 1,088 acres from Friday morning. Yesterday and last night the Russell Mountain Fire slowly backed down the slopes west of the Westside Road generating quite a bit of smoke. Light white smoke is an indicator of a low intensity ground fire burning through light fuels.
Women claim $5M in reputational damage in new library tort: A tort claim for alleged violations of Idaho's free exercise of religion law was filed against the Boundary County Library this week by four women who allege religious discrimination and aver that a "coordinated smear campaign against them" by the library director and board has seriously stigmatized them in their small communities, and that they are now considered militant Christian fundamentalists.
September 9
Night 27 ...  
As we head into night 27 since the Eneas Peak fire was reported, marking the beginning of the Kootenai River Complex of Fires in Boundary County, U.S. Forest Service officials report slow growth today, but no immediate danger to homes and no imminent evacuations. This photo, courtesy Genesa Lambert, shows the Westside fires at around 3 p.m. today. 
Frost advisory for northwest Montana
The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a frost advisory for northwest Montana, in effect from 1 to 8 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures as low as 30 degrees will result in frost formation in the Yaak, between Libby and Kalispell, in the Bull Lake Road area and between Eureka and Whitefish. A hard freeze is possible in the Olney area.  
School district releases BFHS air quality test findings: The HVAC system at Bonners Ferry High School did use propylene glycol, as is standard in these heating units, up until June 2020. When leaks in the system occurred, repairs were made. Repairs are documented and follow industrial standards. The air quality was tested in 2015, 2017, 2020 (three times), and 2021 in response to complaints. Boundary County School District 101 press release
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of September12 
Derby will go on, sharing space with firefighters: The Bonners Bash Demo Derby, scheduled for Saturday, September 10, is planned to occur as scheduled. At the same time, large portions of the county fairgrounds are being used by the U.S. Forest Service Northern Rockies Incident Management Team (IMT) as their fire camp. Organizers of the demo derby coordinated with the IMT, the Boundary County Fair Board and county officials to ensure attendees to the Derby and IMT fire support activities at the fairground will not interfere with each other.
Scotch, Russell Mountain fires converge, moving toward homes: Kootenai River Complex fires are up to 17,376 acres, up 1,736 acres since yesterday morning. The Scotch Creek and Russell Mountain Fires converged into one 10,924 acre fire, now called Russell Mountain. The Eneas Peak Fire is at 2,191 acres, the Trout Fire at 4,041 acres, the Katka Fire is at 219 acres and the Debt Fire is back to being listed as one acre.
September 8
Weather gives firefighters a chance to catch up: Fires in the Kootenai River Complex continued to grow Thursday but their behavior has been tempered by the lighter winds and higher humidity. The Eneas Peak, Trout, and Katka fires saw relatively little growth. The Scotch and Russell Fires have grown together into one fire that will be called the Russell Fire. The Katka Fire spotted about 100 yards north, which grew into a half-acre spot fire.
Idaho GOP given call to action over Boise Pride Fest: After chairwoman Dorothy Moon issued a statement to the Idaho GOP regarding media coverage of the Boise Pride Fest, earlier today, a second email, a call to action, went out under the banner of the Idaho Republican Party calling on the state's Republicans to place civil calls to sponsors of the event, set for Sunday, September 11, to express their disappointment.
Flags to half staff in honor of Queen Elizabeth: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era. In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. As a mark of respect for the memory of Queen Elizabeth II the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment.
Katka Fire grows to 159 acres, no homes threatened: The Katka Fire burned actively yesterday and last night as the fire consumed heavy dead and downed trees in steep terrain, growing from 83 acres Wednesday to 159 acres this morning. The fire is not directly threatening private property and firefighters are scouting areas around the fire for roads and locations to potentially construct indirect firelines. Overall, the Kootenai River Complex grew by 1,950 acres since Wednesday morning to 15,640 acres, with zero percent containment.
September 7
Kootenai River Complex continues to grow: The Kootenai River Complex fires increased in size by 1,217 acres since Tuesday morning and is now at 13,704 acres, with zero percent containment. As of 6:46 a.m. today, the Eneas Peak Fire was at 1,884 acres, the Trout Fire at 2,744 acres, Russell Mountain at 6,511 Acres, Scotch Creek at 2,482 acres, the Katka Fire at 83 acres and the Debt Fire out. There are 207 personnel assigned to the complex.
Big bird ...
A Chinook helicopter fills up from the Kootenai River Sunday as fires rage in the mountains behind. Jon Kerby captured this photo while burning fields to help contain the fires.
September 6
Crews are watching Katka Fire with close eye: Forest Service fire personnel are keeping a wary eye on the Katka Fire, with 43 personnel staged in the area, over-flights monitoring fire growth and retardant drops as needed to keep it from spreading to the north and west. But flames are within a mile of homes on the Westside, and the priority of firefighting efforts today have been focused there as fire conditions are expected to worsen overnight and tomorrow.
Air quality advisory
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory of degraded air quality due to smoke, with air forecast to be rated unhealthy this evening through Wednesday, improving to unhealthy for sensitive groups on Thursday affecting Boundary and Bonner Counties. When rated unhealthy, everyone may experience adverse health effects, and sensitive groups; the very old, the very young and those suffering health problems, especially cardiac or pulmonary, are likely to experience more serious effects.
Moyie Springs City Council meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, Agenda
EQIP offers land management practice incentives: The Boundary Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service would like to inform Boundary County property owners of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program supporting the combination of agriculture management and environmental quality as compatible goals. Anyone can receive cost-free natural resource consultation and applicants to EQIP can potentially receive cost share for completing management practices.
Budget proposal seeks $59.1-million for increased teacher pay: Restoring remaining pandemic-triggered holdbacks and continuing to improve salaries for teachers and support staff are top priorities in Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s public schools budget request for next year, the superintendent said today. Her proposed budget seeks approximately $2.5 billion from the state’s general fund, up $158.7 million – 6.9 percent – from the appropriation for the current fiscal year. About one-third of that increase is nondiscretionary spending that supports programs already required by Idaho law.
USFS seeks volunteers for resource advisory committee: The U.S. Forest Service is recruiting up to 10 volunteers in north Idaho to serve on a resource advisory committee that will help make recommendations for funding natural resource projects to benefit federal public lands. Interested applicants will need to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by September 30.
No evacuations, but Westside Road access limited to residents: There are currently no evacuations in place in Boundary County in response to the Kootenai River Complex fires, however, as a precaution “Ready, Set, GO!” pre-evacuation preparations are in place and access to Westside Road traffic is being limited to residents of Westside Road for public and firefighter safety.
Kootenai River Complex fires grow to 12,487 acres: As of 9:08 a.m., the Kootenai River Complex encompasses 12,487 acres, an increase of 1,707 acres since Monday. Fire officials expect continued growth to the east and north, and an increase in fire activity mid-week due to red flag fire weather conditions. Increased efforts are underway to protect homes on the West Side Road, with several now less than a mile from the encroaching flames.
Red flag warning replaces fire weather watch: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a red flag warning for North Idaho, in effect from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, The fire weather watch issued earlier is no longer in effect. Southwest winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour gusting to 25 miles per hour are expected, with localized gust of 30 miles per hour are expected tonight through Wednesday night. Coupled with 20 to 25 percent valley humidity and 25 to 35 in the mountains and valley temperatures in the upper 80s, conditions will be extremely conducive to fire spread and new fire starts.
September 5
Ongoing air quality concerns at Bonners Ferry High School addressed last year: In February 2020, several current and former employees and community members at Bonners Ferry High School drafted a three-page letter to then-principal LaGina Brown and superintendent Jan Bayer outlining concerns regarding air quality at the high school, saying they had been expressing concerns since at least 2013 of a potentially toxic workplace. "For a variety of reasons," they wrote, "we now believe an unhealthy condition or conditions exist at the High School which are having severe and ongoing health impacts on staff, and most likely, students."
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
USFS fire update: Coming days could be dangerous: The Kootenai River Complex is reported this morning at 10,780 acres with zero-percent containment. There are 202 people working the fires. The Katka Fire is now reported at 53 acres and a new one-acre fire, Debt, is now shown a short distance away to the east. The Eneas Peak Fire is 1,606 acres, Trout 2,127 acres, the Russell Mountain Fire is at 5,402 acres and the Scotch Creek Fire is at 1,591.
Full documentation, library tort claim, updated: 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, now updated to include links to all 9B News letters and articles, including those first published on the late kvt.news and available on these pages for the first time.
Fire weather watch issued beginning Tuesday evening: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a fire weather watch for North Idaho and northeast Washington in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening. Dry and unstable conditions Tuesday followed by gusty winds and dry conditions Wednesday. Hot and dry weather will lead to unstable overnight conditions resulting in elevated to critical fire conditions Tuesday. A frontal system Wednesday will bring gusty winds and continued dry weather.
Firefighters grateful for support, stocked to the gills: The outpouring of love and support from our community continues. The food and the "thank-yous" mean so much to your firefighters! A huge thank you to Three Mile Corner, Nadine Sulier, Teresa Robertson, Cheryl Poppino! The food, drinks, socks and other items will be put to good use! Our refrigerator is stocked to capacity and our limited cabinet space is full. From North Bench Fire
September 4
U.S.F.S. fires update: 155 personnel working out of fairgrounds base camp: At 6 a.m. today, Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 and incident commander Rick Connell assumed command of the Kootenai River Complex of fires. Yesterday, the smoke inversion layer kept fire activity quiet until later in the day when the inversion partially lifted and evening winds caused an increase in fire activity. The overnight infrared detection flight mapped an increase in size by 2,437 acres to 9,421 acres on the complex, with most growth occurring on the Trout, Russell Mountain and Scotch Creek Fires.
Field burning will start this afternoon on the West Side: Starting at around 1 p.m. today, Boundary County residents may see several fields being burned by private landowners on the east side of the Kootenai River. These field burns have been coordinated with U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands and are a preemptive measure to reduce available fuels in the valley.
September 3
'Skittles' and 'rainbow' fentanyl endangering North Idaho: Local law enforcement warns the public about a surge in the region of new types of fentanyl called "skittles" or "rainbow." Skittles resemble pieces of brightly colored candy, while rainbow fentanyl is usually chalky or in powder form. Last weekend, Coeur d'Alene police seized about 50 multi-colored pills. Of all seized pills, no matter the color, "M-30" was imprinted on them. There is no indication that the new form of fentanyl is more powerful. However, several overdoses, including fatal overdoses, of children as young as 15 have been documented in the area.
Field burning possible today, more on 'set' evacuation status: Boundary County residents may see several fields being burned today by private landowners on the east side of the Kootenai River. These field burns have been coordinated with U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands as a preemptive measure to reduce available fuels which reduces the likelihood of spot fires in the river valley caused by airborne embers from fires to the west, which are now known collectively as the Kootenai River Complex. By Andrew O'Neel, Boundary County Public Information
County fires now called Kootenai River Complex: As of 5 p.m. Friday, the Eneas Peak, Katka, Russell Mountain, Scotch Creek, and Trout Fires have officially been grouped into the Kootenai River Complex. Last night, an infrared detection flight checked the status of existing fires. The Kootenai River Complex has grown 1,547 acres with most growth occurring on the Trout, Russell Mountain, and Scotch Creek Fires. By Joshua Baker, U.S. Forest Service
September 2
Adrienne Norris seeks investigation of 'corrupt' library:  A Bonners Ferry woman, one of few people who publically acknowledges being part of the group of people seeking the recall of four of five members of the Boundary County Library board in an effort to protect the county's children from exposure to pornography and "being groomed" into the nether world of pedophilia and sexual deviancy,
Fairground barns opened for animals displaced by fires: The Boundary County Fair Board has opened several barns at the fairgrounds for housing animals needing evacuated from fire danger. Those bringing in livestock should stop by the fair office or, if after hours, fill out forms on the clipboard by the office door to give contact information and details on the animals sheltered. The owners are responsible for tending and cleaning up after their animals.
Our hearts are in the right place, but: After hearing from a reader this morning requesting information on making donations to firefighters, I called the Bonners Ferry Ranger Station and was told that donations were welcome, that tables had even been set in the staging area in anticipation of the desire of members of the Boundary County to show their appreciation to the hard working firefighters working on our behalf. But this afternoon, I was informed by an Idaho Panhandle National Forest Headquarters official that while our hearts are in the right place, such donations go against USFS policy.
County update on fire situation: The Board of County Commissioners this morning unanimously declared a local state of emergency for Boundary County due to the numerous wildland fires that have spread significantly in the past 48 hours. The fires potentially threaten public safety, structures, private timber, livestock and crops. By Andrew O'Neel, Boundary County Public Information
Large windmill blades to be trucked on Highway 95, I-90: More than 80 oversized loads will depart the Port of Lewiston bound for Canada over the next two and a half months, with the first load scheduled to leave next week. Richards Transportation is in the process of delivering windmill blades to Jenner, Alberta, with the largest loads measuring up to 325 feet long and weighing 137,000 pounds.
DEQ issues air quality advisory: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for Boundary and Bonners Ferry due to smoke, and a ban on open burning has been implemented. Air quality is currently listed as moderate, but is expected to degrade to unhealthy for sensitive groups later today, and forecasts predict this rating will continue or get worse in coming days.
USFS Boundary County fires update: Last night, a reconnaissance flight checked the status of existing fires. The Eneas Peak fire grew 178 acres to 1,123 acres; the Trout Fire grew 428 acres to 678; the Russell Mountain fire grew 607 acres to 3,107, and the Scotch fire grew 449 acres to 494 acres. Fire managers continue to assess opportunities to utilize aviation resources to confine all four fires within the drainages and west of the private lands. Engines are working along Westside road to protect private homes, and crews will continue the work into the night.
Community  pulling together ...
Julia Steed photo
As U.S. Forest Service firefighters stage for the hot and arduous work of battling the forest fires threatening the county, members of the community have been filling tables with donations to help ease the burdensome task our wildland firefighters face. Later in the day, Idaho Panhandle Nation Forest officials  from Coeur d'Alene said such donations are not in accordance with Forest Service policies, and recommended such donations go to local firefighters or the local food banks.
IDL urges fire safety through holiday weekend: Over the past 24 hours Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) became aware of significant fire weather potential migrating towards Idaho from the west over the next three to four days. The significant weather was largely absent from forecasts until yesterday. Red flag warnings are in effect for eastern Washington and North Idaho. A fire weather watch is in place for most of the central Idaho area. Also important to note is the Hot, Dry, Windy Index showing significant burning conditions over the next several days.
County declares state of emergency: Boundary County Commissioners met in special session this morning and formally signed a local disaster emergency declaration to allow state and federal assistance as multiple wildland fires threaten the community.
IPNF fire update: Existing fires have seen an increase in fire behavior and smoke this week, with moderate to significant growth. After a month of record heat, the last day of August brought a fast-moving system to the region that moved across the panhandle with gusty winds, lightning, and little to no precipitation. Wildfires in exposed locations, or in drainages aligned with wind were impacted the most by this system. By Kary Maddox, U.S. Forest Service
Dozen homes upgraded to 'set' fire evacuation status: As of 8 p.m. Thursday, residents of about 12 homes on Westside Road have been upgraded to “Set” status due to observed spot fires in the area caused by the Scotch Fire that is burning in the Ball Creek drainage two to three miles from Westside Road. “Set” is the last stage of readiness before an actual evacuation takes place. If not voluntarily evacuating already, residents in this stage are advised to at least gather their evacuation supplies together, or pre-load them into their vehicles to enable a quick exit if evacuation is advised.
September 1
County areas in 'ready' stage of 'Ready, Set, Go' fire evacuation protocol: U.S. Forest Service firefighters are currently battling two new wildland fires in Boundary County that were started by lightning strikes Wednesday night, August 31. A fire on Katka Peak has grown to more than 30 acres and is within a mile and a half from the closest residential structures on Katka Road. A second fire has also been discovered in the Ball Creek drainage near Scotch Creek, which is burning approximately three miles from residential areas.
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September 22
Leah Moellmer heading to Idaho DYW: High school senior girls from across Idaho will gather in Idaho Falls for the Distinguished Young Women of Idaho program to be held Friday and Saturday, October 7-8 at the Civic Auditorium, including Bonners Ferry's Leah Moellmer. Participants will compete for $35,000 in college scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho for 2023. The program is open to the public and preliminaries will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, October 7 and 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8. Finals begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.
Sports/Outdoors
September 28
Volley For A Cure just around the corner: It’s that time of the year again! Join the BFHS volleyball teams as they take on the Timberlake Tigers on Tuesday, October 4, with the C/JV starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by varsity at 7 p.m. in their annual Volley For A Cure event!
September 27
The Topaz shine in week two of Tuesday's Trouble: Michelle Sweet bowled a 167 and took high scratch game and took 454 and high scratch series in the second week of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Donna Nystrom rolled 164 for second high scratch game and Kathy Konek took third with 157. Elaine Wheeler bowled second high scratch series, 447, and Sheila Benson third with 423.
September 21
Tuesday's Trouble returns to the lanes: Sheila Benson took high scratch game 170 and high scratch series with 470 as Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling returned to AJ's Lanes to kick off a new season on Tuesday. Carolyn McNeill took second high scratch game with 166 and third high scratch scratch series with 391, Regina Colby took third high scratch game, 379, and DaVonna Cada took high scratch series with 397. By Dolores Sweet
September 16
Badgers now 4-0!
Katie Banning photo
The Bonners Ferry Badger football team is now 4-0, having defeated the Connell Eagles, 14-6, after a 202-mile road trip to Connell, Washington ...
with help, of course, from an amazing cheer squad! Go, Badgers!!
September 15
What to do if hunt affected by large fires: Hunters planning their first trips want to pay close attention to fire closures and be prepared to alter their plans if necessary. Large fires are common in Idaho and are often burning when archery season opens at the end of August. Fires can created large closure areas that temporarily curb hunters’ access to some areas.
September 12
KV Rifle & Pistol Club holding reunion: Are you a past member of the Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club? Did you use to target shoot in the basement of the Sportsmen’s Club? They're having a reunion get-to-together of past and present members of the Junior Rifle, Senior Rifle and Pistol Club members!
September 8
Bonners Bash Demolition Derby is still on: Despite the Boundary County Fairgrounds being used as the staging area for those fighting the Kootenai River Complex fires, the Bonners Bash Demolition Derby and all the fun that goes with it is still a go for 7 p.m. Saturday! Organizers and Forest Service officials have been working together to make it work, and areas will be roped off to delineate areas needed for fire personnel. Demo derby patrons are asked not to cross the lines and to make way for fire fighters.
September 6
Boundary-Smith Creek WMA ADA duck blind upgraded: The ADA-accessible waterfowl blind installed at the Boundary-Smith Creek Wildlife Management Area in 2021 has been upgraded to improve parking and access for hunters, with a parking lot immediately across the road from the current location of the blind, located on the northernmost portion of the WMA.
Letters
September 30
Beware smear tactics in the midterm election: I am concerned over the smear tactics and big lies used in the last Republican Primary — and concerned that we might see a repeat in the upcoming midterm election. For instance, Jim Woodward has been our State Senator in Boise for the last two terms, doing an outstanding job representing Boundary County and part of Bonner County as Idaho Senator, Legislative District One. But I was dismayed to see such an excellent Senator defeated in the recent Republican Primary by what I considered a smear campaign by his opponent, Scott Herndon. By Jo Len Everhart
Drumroll, please: Bob Vickaryous writes that we should follow "Idaho state law" and “start having free and open and fair elections" for the library board. Allow me to refresh his memory. According to Idaho Code, Library district trustee terms are for six years. If a trustee was elected in 2015 their term ended in 2021. The term of a trustee elected in 2017 will end in 2023 and the term of a trustee elected in 2019 will end in 2025. By Mary Ollie
We are entitled to our opinions, but not our facts: "I have noticed the 'write in Tim Bertling' signs all over the county," a Boundary County Republican Central Committeeman wrote today on the Boundary County Politics Facebook page. "One thing that I noticed, is that most of the signs are placed on the properties of people who are members of the corrupt families that have been running this county, for years. These families are petrified that they are going to lose control of this county." By Mike Weland
Free and open elections solution to library crisis: If you don't like the library start your own reads the headline of last week's guest opinion in the Herald. I've got a better idea. Since we the taxpayers are Boundary County already have a library that we bought and paid for why not just start running it the way Idaho state law says it should be run? By Bob Vickaryous
CRT part of coordinated national effort to damage public schools: This is the story of how one man and an obscure analytical tool came to threaten our public schools. We should have learned our lesson with private prisons, but these profiteers don’t give up, and now they’re after our children. Their hot new weapon is Critical Race Theory. By Terry Gilbert
September 29
Wives are always right: It all started in a joking way ... I carried two glasses of ice tea outside to a table, then my husband came up a minute later and asked, “Which one is mine?” (I add a little sugar to mine, he likes his tea plain.) I flippantly replied, "Wives are always right — so my tea is on the right.” Now I often jokingly add this expression as we are ending a “discussion.” But this is what happened one late August morning as we were finishing an early breakfast. He looked out the glass door and exclaimed, “There's a bloom on that Clematis vine by the deck!” By Jo Len Everhart
September 28
Fulcher does not deserve my vote: I have written to and called Congressman Russ Fulcher many times during his time in Congress. His replies have shown me that he is not, as his ad claims, a "conservative voice in Congress." Conservative is an ideology that strives for fiscal responsibility; instead of voting responsibly, he voted to give the ultra-rich tax breaks that punished our economy and citizens like me. By Clarice McKenney
To get things done, write in Tim Bertling: We all know that the general election will be on Tuesday, November 8. We also know that if we want to update our Boundary County Road and Bridge equipment and maintain and improve our county roads, continue to have a place for our older residents at the Community Restorium, purchase an additional ambulance, restore fishing and other activities at our lakes, facilitate forest restoration (e.g.: timber sales), make improvements at the Fairgrounds, and more, we need to write in current District 2 County Commissioner Tim Bertling. By Linda Alt
No 'dark money' in Idaho politics: Thanks to Republicans there is no such thing as "dark money" in Idaho's political campaigns. Dark money refers to money being spent to influence your vote for which the source of the donations remains hidden or unknown. Idaho's Republicans have implemented excellent campaign finance laws called the Sunshine laws. By Scott Herndon
September 27
Grateful for firefighters' work, sacrifice: I want to thank all the fire personnel working on the Kootenai River Complex fire. I personally interacted with all levels of personnel working on the fire and they were all very knowledgeable, hard-working and professional. The contracted engine crew we had staying on our property extended for an extra week just to make sure we were safe. By Shannon K. Schaeffer
Steve Johnson a quality candidate: Character counts! When I go into the voting booth to select someone who will represent me, I want a person of character. Steve Johnson’s announcement to run as a District 1 Senate write-in candidate against Scott Herndon is welcome news as voters now have a choice between someone of character and someone who goes as low as possible to win. By Krista Eberle
If not putting out fires, contract firefighters need to go home: First off, I need to tell you that Russell mountain is right behind where we live. We have had a front row seat when it has come to this fire. Please stop regurgitating all the talking points that the government entities want to be put out there. Why don't you do some investigative reporting instead? Find out how much these contract fire men are making for doing little to nothing. By Brian Entz
September 26
Tim Bertling has county's best interest in mind: As the “middle child” of a proud, five generation Boundary County family, I write this letter to encourage the voters of Boundary County to research the history of all candidates in the running for office in November. Our vote counts and as responsible voters, we should consider the track records of the candidates and not be caught up in the rhetoric that seems to be running rampant in our county. By Ruth Ann Wilson
Vote 'yes' on SJR102: Our November 8 ballots will contain SJR102, an important amendment to the Idaho Constitution. After voters approve SJR102, the Idaho legislature will be able to convene itself in emergency legislative sessions without the governor’s call. Currently the Idaho legislature meets once a year for its regular annual session which typically lasts three months. It then adjourns and cannot reconvene until the following year unless the governor calls it back into special sessions. By Scott Herndon
September 25
Our founder saw today ... we must pay heed: Boundary County voters have a wonderful opportunity to heed our first president’s advice. George Washington warned us of political parties gaining too much power. He believed that political parties would divide and destroy the United States. He expressed his concerns in his 1796 Farewell Address. With the November 8 election just weeks away, this is an appropriate time to reflect on our first president’s words of warning. By Mary Ollie
September 20
Nice concept, but explain how: County Commissioner candidate Steve Fioravanti stated “We need address the fact that more than 60% of our state lands are controlled by the Feds ... we could better manage our own resources locally, raise significant revenue ...” He does not say how he is going to accomplish this. Is this a proposal to take over federal lands? Would that action open these lands to future private ownership? By Karen Pinkerton
September 19
Heather to lead charge to save Idaho kids from 'woke' mob: We’ve come a long way from “what you do in your bedroom is private” to publicly funding child drag shows and porn literacy training for elementary schools. But here we are. They want to indoctrinate your kids and take away your control as parent. In Idaho of all places! Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. By Idaho Representative Heather Scott
There is a choice for county commissioner: Why did Steve Fioravanti move here? Why does he think our “status quo” commissioners need his ideas of anti-government? Our history of county commissioners managing our county government has served us well in meeting the needs of our diverse community and resolving issues as they arise. And, yes, that means working with our state and federal governments. The funds of those state and federal levels governments are ours, too. By Elsie Hollenbeck
September 18
Herndon seeks to impose personal beliefs on constituents: A few years ago, we (including a child) drove out of the parking lot of Shakespeare-in-the-Park only to come face to face with large and graphic posters of aborted fetuses. The distress of that imposition still lingers in me, which I understand was the intent. Being the creator and host of the website AbolishAbortionID.com, Scott Herndon was instrumental in writing the current anti-abortion law. He calls all abortion murder and intends to outlaw all abortion from fertilization on, including some forms of contraception, without any exceptions. By Gabrielle Duebendorfer, NMD
Information divide is fueling nation's political divide: “The greatest cause of our growing partisan divide is our information divide. The left and right are getting different news so democrats and republicans are not on the same page.” Those statements were made by a republican senator during a recent interview, and I think most would agree. In fact, most of us are aware that, in general, media has become increasingly biased. By Georgia Earley
Write in Steve Johnson: District 1 voters ... It’s time to stop the extremists! We can do this by writing in Steve Johnson for District 1 Senate. Johnson is a long-time north Idaho resident who understands us and our way of life. By Jacinda Bokowy
September 16
Bertling needed for stability, reasonable actions: Great news for Boundary County! Tim Bertling is an official write-in candidate for County Commissioner district two. As an experienced county commissioner, Tim will continue to represent Boundary County without a self-serving agenda and radical ideas. He is honest, fair, broad-minded and free of conflicting interests. By Janis Kerby
September 13
The hypocrisy of Donna Capurso:  Donna Capurso, the woman trying to pocket your property taxes, is a Redoubt extremist. She writes articles in the online Redoubt News, identifying herself as a “patriot journalist.” She encourages her fellow extremists to “find your way to the American Redoubt,” meaning north Idaho. By Timothy Braatz
We must engage: For years now, I have been contemplating the situation of our library, all while attending story time with my children and enjoying the resources it has to offer my family. I am thankful to be acquainted with many people here in the county, and I have been listening and watching. Thoughts formed as I read reports, letters, and asked direct questions. As is often the case for me, the words came in the wee hours of the morning - a conveniently quiet time for a mama of young ones in a small home - so I started to write. By Stephanie Ross
September 11
Time for all who cherish equal rights to take the tiller: In these United States, we are each of us, as citizens, blessed with the right to believe, religiously, politically and philosophically, in the way of our choosing, even if our choice is foolish or inimical to the functioning of our society. The rights promised by our constitution extend even to the farthest limits of the lunatic fringe. But there are limits, for to ensure that all are endowed equally with these blessings, it becomes necessary to draw in the reins when any one faction or sect begins demanding that their particular mode of philosophy, religion or politics be forced on all others. Thoughts on the library, by Mike Weland
September 7
Casting my vote for write-in candidate Tim Bertling: As a 61 year resident of Boundary County, I have always been proud of my community. Recently I have been saddened by disruptive and even intimidating behavior that is hateful. This has no place in my community! We are a diverse community in many ways, neighbors contributing their various gifts and strengths. By Judy Dirks
September 6
Beware false neighbors, they aren't civilized: In my years covering news in Boundary County, one thing I've learned is that all who land here and want to be accepted as neighbors are. We can bicker, we can argue, we can fight. But when troubles come, as they always do in a rough and unforgiving land, we distinguish ourselves, born here or belated, by how we respond. Those who will be good neighbors ask "what can I do to help?" without hesitation. By Mike Weland
September 5
Joe Biden’s speech and America’s soul: Lincoln's second inaugural was given during the grinding Civil War. In it he said: “With malice toward none, with charity for all...” He did not disparage his opponents or his political enemies. Here is the "extreme" MAGA agenda Biden warns us about: secure borders, election integrity, energy independence, tough on crime, pro-life, ending child genital mutilation, parents first, school choice, follow the Constitution. By Dean Cannon
September 4
Is violence a Christian value? No! I can’t say it anymore plainly than this: Violence is not a Christian value! So why are there so many self-professed Christians speaking in violent terms or even acting out in aggressive, even violent ways? I really don’t understand it. Do you? Jesus never condoned violence for his disciples or other followers. Why would any current-day followers of Jesus even consider that Jesus’ ethic of love be associated with violence in action and/or word? Yet, there it is. By Pastor Paul Graves
September 3
In this trying time, we must all take action: We live in interesting times, and they are going to get far more interesting as MAGA Republican leaders, still led by former president Donald Trump, and their "conservative" propaganda press continue to lie blatantly to their constituents, vilify the left and Democrats and even moderate members of their own party, fomenting anger and divisiveness. President Joe Biden spake truth this week in Philadelphia. By Mike Weland
Events/Entertainment
September 29
'Unfurl Your Wings' coming to the Pearl Theater: Join three American/Canadian choirs in a choral theater performance encouraging us all to “Unfurl our Wings!” Songs, photography, artwork and poetry combine to celebrate freedom, feathers and flight. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, October 21, and 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 23, at the Kootenay River Auditorium Kootenay River Secondary, 223-18 Avenue South, Creston.
September 19
Reception set for local artist's Sandpoint solo exhibition: Bonners Ferry artist Teascarlet, also known as Hannah Sucsy, has been sponsored by the Pend Oreille Arts Council for a two-month solo showing of her works, titled "Resolve." An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. opening day, Friday, September 30 at Columbia Bank Community Plaza, 231 N Third Avenue, Sandpoint. Visitors will have a chance to meet the artist, purchase artwork, and enjoy complimentary wine.
September 18
Brittany Jean returning to the historic Pearl Theater: Brittany Jean will be returning to the Pearl Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 8. Brittany performed a Christmas Concert at the Pearl Theater last December, unveiling her brand new “Wintertide” Album. Her last regular concert at the Pearl Theater was on March 21, 2020 ... just days before the COVID lockdown went into effect.
Pearl to screen locally-produce film, 'The Fade: Resistance:' The Pearl Theater will host a screening of the locally produced film, "The Fade: Resistance," with a Q & A to follow at 7 p.m. Friday, October 7, the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. "The Fade: Resistance" takes place in the year 2052 and follows a teenage girl as she finds her way through a reality forced upon her. She must not only recover from trauma dealt to her in the past but find the courage to pursue two of her friends who have mysteriously disappeared.
September 12
World-class jazz master performing to help the Pearl: Upon learning of the myriad repairs necessary to keep an historical small-town building open as a haven for the arts, the Conrad N. Hilton Chair of Music Industry Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans, graciously volunteered his talents to bring to Bonners Ferry an exquisite taste of the best jazz in the world; New Orleans Jazz, World renowned jazz pianist Sanford Hinderlie will be giving his time to the Pearl Theater, in a free concert, hoping you'll give as generously as he is at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 18.
September 7
Fit and Fall Proof classes are back: Beginning the week of September 12, the Fit and Fall Proof® exercise class will return to its three times a week schedule. The class is held at the VFW Hall at the Senior Hospitality Center, 6635 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. This hour long class will be held at 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and at 9:30 a.m. Fridays.
September 2
9/11 commemoration set: In honor of those whose lives were lost or permanently impacted on September 11, 2001, the Boundary County Chaplain Corps is hosting a local commemoration at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 11, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Representatives of emergency services agencies will be in attendance, and the public is urged to attend to remember and reflect upon one of the most momentous days in the nation’s history.
Obituaries
September 24
Cassandra Marie Spencer, born December 6, 1984, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2022, at the age of 37. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street, Bonners Ferry.
September 20
John Phillip Lefebvre took his last trip down Westside Road on September 18, 2022, passing away from a suspected Aortic Aneurysm during ambulance transit to Boundary Community Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at the Mirror Lake Golf Course clubhouse. Prior to the service, golfers are invited to join a nine-hole memorial tournament with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
Marie Louise (Pederson) Maggi passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, September 17, 2022, in Lewiston. She spent her childhood in Montana, moving to Bonners Ferry and graduating from high school in 1954. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Dan Meddock, a 1963 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, died of multiple myeloma cancer on Monday, September 12. Plans are underway for a celebration of his life in Bonners Ferry. His obituary is pending.
September 16
Mary Ann Tritt, 67, Bonners Ferry passed away September 13, 2022. surrounded by family. Mary Ann was born April 17, 1955, to John and Mary VanEtten. Please join us to celebrate Mary Ann’s life at Living Waters Church, 6957 Labrosse Hill Road, Bonners Ferry at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 24. Potluck and Fellowship to follow service, all are welcome.
September 15
Randy Lee Mendenhall, 68, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at his home in Bonners Ferry with his wife Jeanna by his side. A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, October 1, at the Paradise Valley Grange Hall, 3661 Kootenai Trail Road, Bonners Ferry.
Bradley David Buerge was born on December 12, 1953, in Wadsworth, Ohio. He and his twin brother, Jody Lee, were born to Donald and Eunice Vining Buerge. He tragically passed away on September 12, 2022, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho at the age of 68 years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 17, at Mountain View Mennonite Church, 510752 US-95, Bonners Ferry, with graveside services to follow at Mountain View Mennonite Cemetery.
September 14
Merle Edwin Dinning passed away September 12, 2022, at Boundary Community Hospital surrounded by his wife, Carole and his children Leslie and Andrew. A funeral service will be held at 3 p .m. Saturday, September 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. Come help us celebrate Merle’s life.
September 8
Marjorie Ann Guynn, 77, a deeply loved and cherished daughter of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was also a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Marjorie, was a very generous and caring woman always willing to help others in need. She died on September 6, 2022, at her home in Bonners Ferry, surrounded by her family.
September 7
Marlene Ann Wickstrom Fallquist, 76, passed away peacefully in Seattle on August 30, 2022. Marlene was born in Bonners Ferry on September 10, 1945. Memorial Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.
September 6
Wendy White, 57, died peacefully at home on September 6, 2022, in Bonners Ferry, surrounded by her family. Wendy was born in Bonners Ferry August 31, 1965, the daughter of Ray and Carolyn Hanson Dinning, Bonners Ferry. Graveside Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Grandview Cemetery in Bonners Ferry.
Gordon "Gordy" Allured, 68, died peacefully Thursday, February 24, 2022, at his home in Woodburn, Oregon, after a courageous 36-year battle with Parkinson’s disease and over six years with Lewy Body Dementia. A gathering of family and friends will be be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at Mugsy's, Tavern & Grill, 7161 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. All friends and family are invited to stop in and share their memories.
September 4
Marilyn Annette Bauman was born March 8, 1936, in Naples, and passed away on August 13, 2022, of Alzheimer's disease. She was the first born of Evelyn (Krogseth) and Carl Cossairt. A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 13, at Faith Lutheran Church, 2915 South Montana Avenue, Caldwell, Idaho, with a luncheon to follow.
September 3
Jacob Allan Lee Hanson’s life was taken from his family, friends and loved ones in a tragedy on August 19, 2022, in Burlington Washington. A celebration of Jacob’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 10, at the Skagit Golf and Country Club, 16701 Country Club Drive, Burlington, Washington, with a reception following.
September 2
Alva Vernon Baker, 89, passed away on July 13, 2022. He was at home with his wife of 60 years, Peach, at his side. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. There will be a potluck to follow.