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October 2022
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October 31
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
October 30
Naples Church steeple has new home: For nearly a century, the steeple stood atop the venerable Naples Church, greeting congregants to services for decades. The church, feeble with age, was torn down a few years ago to make way for South Boundary Fire Station 1, with the exception of its steeple. Thanks to the generosity of South Boundary Fire and a lot of hard work, that part of the church still stands, still a backdrop to joyous occasions.
October 28
School emergency, holiday closure information: With the winter months at hand, Boundary County School District #101 wants to inform patrons that emergency school will be announced on the following radio stations: KBFI (1450 AM), KPND (95.3 FM), KPBX (92.1 FM), and K102. TV stations that will announce school closures are KREM (Channel 2), KXLY (Channel 4), and KHQ (Channel 6). Emergency school closure information will also be on our emergency telephone line, (208) 267-8934, posted on our district’s website at www.bcsd101.com and posted on 9B.News.
Work complete on Kootenai River Complex fires: Nine personnel remain working on the Kootenai River Complex fires, now at 25,402-acres, with work now reported at 100-percent completion. There is minimal fire activity with some flanking, backing and creeping. The fire is a mix of timber fuels including subalpine fir, lodgepole, larch, cedar and mixed shrub understory with huckleberry. Heavy dead and down logs combined with standing dead trees along with steep topography pose a hazard to firefighters.
Idahoans asked to be aware of and report election misinformation: Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney launched a new web portal today, providing Idahoans with a means to report election based misinformation. The site encourages Idaho voters to be aware of election misinformation, and to report anything on social media that appears inaccurate or misleading.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of October 31
October 27
Hometown Idaho PAC sends lies to mailboxes county-wide: Not so many years ago, there was a stretch of several election cycles in which one of Boundary County's most prolific write-in candidates invariably received at least one vote, often more, and office didn't seem to matter. That cat belies misinformation in a glossy election mailer that landed in Boundary County mailboxes this week that has confused recipients and made the work of the many hard-working folks dedicated to administering a smooth and accurate election here harder and more stressful.
2017 Idaho Supreme Court decision rocks Bonners Ferry: A 2017 Idaho Supreme Court ruling the City of Bonners Ferry only became aware of in August while conducting an assessment of electric rates has resulted in an immediate and major budget shortfall and will have a profound effect on how city services are funded in the future, upsetting a system that has worked well here since the 1950s.
October 26
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of October 10
October 24
Skinner sentenced to five to 20 years in prison: A Naples man will serve between five and 20 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of lewd conduct with minors under the age of 16. The sexual abuse began in October, 2018, but didn't come to light until January 15, 2019, when, during a class discussion at preschool, the four-year-old told his teacher. The six-year-old, also a student at the school, later admitted to having also been victimized when the two were interviewed by counselors.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
FOUND! Bonner County seeking info on missing woman: The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public's help in locating Rima Maroney, 51, has not been in contact with her family for several months. Maroney is known to frequent the Sandpoint area. Maroney is a white female, five feet, six inches tall, 140 pounds with green eyes and long brown hair.
October 21
J6 subpoena targets Trump, every MAGA Republican on every ballot: The January 6 Committee today threw down a gauntlet directed specifically at former president Donald John Trump and by inference every MAGA Republican running for public office across this nation November 8, saying, in effect, it is finally time to put up or shut up. Prove your assertions lest you be proved liars. It asks if the imaginary monsters they assert have teeth. The subpoena reads as a reasoned indictment against each and every "Stop the Steal" assertion.
Winter weather advisory issued for Kootenai/Cabinet region
The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory in the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northwest Montana above 4,000-feet, in effect from midnight tonight to noon Sunday, with four to seven inches of snow expected. Travel could become difficult and motorists should plan for rapidly changing road conditions. Backcountry enthusiasts and hunters should be prepared for wintry conditions and the potential for hypothermia if caught in a storm unprepared.
USPS rates set to go up again: Earlier this month the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission of price changes to take effect Jan. 22, 2023. The new rates include a three-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 60 cents to 63 cents. If favorably reviewed by the Commission, the proposed increases will raise First-Class Mail prices approximately 4.2 percent to offset the rise in inflation. The price changes have been approved by the Governors of the U.S. Postal Service.
Cool, wet weather finally arrives: The Kootenai River Complex Fires are estimated at 25, 402 acres, with 54 personnel still working and completion at 87-percent. This weekend, a weather pattern change is expected, bringing rain, snow and much cooler temperatures, which will significantly slow and stop the fires. Fire management actions are reflective of the current conditions and predicted weather. The temporary flight restriction over the Russell Mountain Fire will be lifted at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of October 24
Boundary County School District 101 board meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, October 24
October 19
Controlled burns planned in Three Rivers Ranger District: Three Rivers Ranger District Prescribed burn operations are planned today through Friday, October 21, in the Buckhorn and Keno Mountain areas. These prescribed fire burn units border the Pacific Northwest Trail and the Idaho Panhandle/Kootenai National Forests. Please avoid the burn areas and trails near the burns during these days, and proceed with caution on the days following, as smoke and fire could potential impact trail use.
October 17
Pre-evacuation status ends on Westside Road: The pre-evacuation “Ready” status on Westside Road has been lifted. Fire activity in the area has decreased significantly and fire managers do not anticipate a need for residents to evacuate due to the fire. While life is not yet back to “normal” for residents on Westside Road, removal of the pre-evacuation “Ready” stage is a good sign that things are moving in the right direction.
Herndon campaign signs vandalized with swastikas: Republican nominee for Idaho Senate District 1 Scott Herndon was shocked and disgusted when he learned Sunday that five of his campaign signs had been defaced with swastikas. Sadly, this crime is no surprise given the extreme and divisive rhetoric coming from Idaho Democrats, he said.
Dry week, but weekend snow will help firefighters: Boundary County officials, in close coordination with fire managers, have lifted the "ready" fire pre-evacuation status for all residents of Westside Road. Current and anticipated fire behavior has lessened significantly. Fire will continue to burn toward established control lines and will be monitored by firefighters on the ground. The estimated size of the Kootenai River Complex is 24,311 acres, with 56 personnel assigned.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
October 14
Idahoans can track special session rebate online: Idahoans who qualify for the 2022 Special Session rebate can now track their payment online. To get the status of their rebate, they’ll need their Social Security number and either their Idaho driver’s license, state-issued identification number, or their 2021 income tax return. Governor Brad Little and the Idaho Legislature authorized the rebate during a special legislative session in September.
Fire Safety Month at Valley View ...
On Wednesday, Bonners Ferry firemen Mr. Colson, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Fritzsche spoke to second graders at Valley View Elementary about fire safety at home for Fire Safety Month. Students learned it is important to know your meeting spot, to practice home fire drills, what firemen look and sound like in their gear and much more!
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of October 17
Your Health Idaho enrollment opens Saturday: Open Enrollment for health insurance in Idaho starts tomorrow, October 15. Idahoans can enroll in 2023 medical and dental coverage through Your Health Idaho, the state’s health insurance exchange. For the first time ever, Idahoans will be able to apply for a tax credit and health insurance on the same application and find out if they qualify within minutes. The new technology is designed to improve Idahoan’s health insurance shopping experience.
McGinty Ridge and Clifty Mountain trails reopen: The Kootenai River Complex fires are now estimated to have charred 23,970 acres, with the Russell Mountain fire at 23,089 acres, the Long Canyon fire at 500 acres and the Katka fire at 380 acres. There are 48 personnel working the complex, with completion at 87-percent. The trail closure for McGinty Ridge (No. 143) and Clifty Mountain and Clifty/Burrow (No. 182) trails has been lifted.
October 13
SSI benefits to increase 8.7-percent: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced today. On average, Social Security benefits will increase by more than $140 per month starting in January. The 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 65 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2023.
October 12
County commission minutes, October 3
County commission minutes, September 26
School board meeting rescheduled: The Boundary County School District 101 regular board meeting scheduled for Monday, October 17, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, October 24, at theBCSD#101 district office.
Growth on Kootenai River Complex, lines hold: Higher wind speeds occurred across the fire area on Monday evening and into Tuesday due to a passing cold front. While the fires showed some growth, the control lines held. Currently, the most active fire behavior is in the Clark Creek, Farnham Creek, and Trout Creek drainages. The Kootenai River Complex is now estimated at 23,666 acres with completion remaining at 85-percent. Fire remains on the landscape, but the threat is reduced from earlier in the season due to shorter days, lower temperatures and higher humidity.
October 11
On former, retired and defeated Republicans endorsing Democrats: Idaho GOP chair Dorothy Moon says the Legacy Media proves once again it is stuck in the 1990s, when it was last relevant ... The Republican Party continues to enthusiastically support Raúl Labrador. If individual Republicans have decided to support another candidate publicly, then they should reconsider whether they are Republicans.
Labrador statement on opponent's press conference today: Idaho Attorney General Republican nomine, and former Congressman Raúl Labrador issued the following statement after his opponent held a press conference today with insiders: “More than 140,500 Republicans endorsed me earlier this year with their vote for attorney general. Since that time, thousands of other Republicans, independents and disaffected Democrats have expressed their support on social media, with digital contact, or in person as I campaign across Idaho."
Republican leaders urge support for Tom Arkoosh for attorney general: Many well-known Republican leaders from across Idaho have announced their support for Tom Arkoosh to be Idaho’s next Attorney General and they are urging other Republicans to join them. The group, Republicans for Arkoosh, announced their support for Arkoosh at a Boise news conference today. Former Deputy Attorney General Dave High, who spoke for the group, said that “Idaho needs a competent, ethical and respected lawyer to run the largest law office in the State of Idaho. Tom Arkoosh has the right stuff to do an excellent job.”
October 10
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Minor weather disturbance might increase fire activity: The Kootenai River Complex fires are now at 23,131 acres, with the Russell Mountain Fire at 22,472 acres, the Long Canyon Fire at 297 acres and the Katka Mountain Fire at 362 acres. The complex is at 85-percent completion and there are 67 personnel working the fires. Upcoming weather predictions show a minor disturbance pushing through the area this evening, followed by conditions similar to the past week. There could be increased fire activity, but no significant movement is expected.
October 9
October is Disability Awareness & History Month: Pamela Beck, known fondly as Candy Beck, is the owner-operator of Bonners Ferry Social, a community access-based program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). For a few hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, she makes her rounds, picking up a small group of individuals who are otherwise mostly homebound. They make their way around the community, shopping at thrift stores, visiting friends, dining in the local cafes or the senior center. By Mary Joseph
Visit from the Mayor!
Last week Bonners Ferry Mayor Dick Staples volunteered his time to visit the third-grade classes at Valley View. Elementary. He spent time in each of the three classrooms reading a book and sharing information about city government. Third graders spent the last few weeks learning about local government and were excited to meet Mayor Staples. They had many thoughtful and intriguing questions about his job, our city, and the jobs of the other members of our city government. It was an educational and engaging morning for everyone.
October 7
Library releases June, 2021, investigation report: More than a year after it was issued, the Boundary County Library Board, in a special meeting on Thursday, released Lewiston attorney Sonyalee Nutsch's report on her investigation of complaints involving library personnel. The investigation did not include allegations made of long-term election fraud. Former director Craig Anderson took a measure of blame for the turmoil among library employees. But for the most part, the report admonishes the whistleblowers, primarily former librarian Dana Boiler.
Little responds to Biden’s pardon for marijuana offenders: Governor Brad Little issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced he would pardon all federal marijuana convictions and encouraged governors to issue similar pardons in their states. Biden issued the proclamation (below) on Thursday, granting pardons to all current United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who convicted on federal charges of simple possession of marijuana.
Boundary County commission agenda, week of October 10
Fire threat reduced but not over: As anticipated, fire activity has picked up the last few days with warmer and drier conditions. The Kootenai River Complex is now estimated at 22,910 acres, with the Russell Mountain Fire at 22,307 acres, Long Canyon at 244 acres and the Katka Mountain Fire at 359 acres. The complex is at 85-percent completion and 86 personnel remain working the fires. A season-ending event has not yet occurred, and fire remains on the landscape.
October 6
Monkeypox arrives in the Panhandle: Panhandle Health District is announcing the first case of monkeypox in a resident within the District’s jurisdiction. As the investigation is ongoing, no further details can be provided at this time. State and local public health officials are working with the patient’s healthcare providers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that the patient is treated and that any potential contacts are identified and notified.
October 5
Idaho Senate candidate to campaign in Bonners Ferry Saturday: Steve Johnson, Independent write-in candidate for Idaho State Senator, will be going door-to-door in Bonners Ferry Saturday morning, October 8. Areas that Saturday's volunteers plan to walk include many of the neighborhoods on the south side of the Kootenai River and a few on the north side.
October 4
Kootenai River Complex Q&A: What is the fire status and are they out? The Kootenai River Complex of wildfires, including the main Russell Mountain Fire, is still burning, but at a much lower intensity ... a press release in a Q&A format that provides more detailed answers to questions the public may have about the Kootenai River Comple, a collaboration between the Bonners Ferry Ranger District Type 3 Team PIO and the Boundary County PIO.
2022 Idaho Holiday Card Contest underway: Idaho students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get into the holiday spirit and put their best work on display with the Idaho State Department of Education’s 2022 Holiday Card Contest. A winning entry from each grade level will be selected for publication on the State Department of Education website. From these entries, one overall winner will be selected for use on the department’s official holiday card.
October 3
Comment period open on Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail: A 30-day public comment period is now open on the U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to develop a trail-wide comprehensive plan and associated environmental analysis for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is one of the nation’s newest national scenic trails, located in Montana, Idaho, and Washington, designated by Congress as part of the National Trails System in 2009.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Crapo, Risch sign on to PROTECT kids act: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Idaho Republicans, joined in co-sponsoring S. 4892, the Parental Rights Over the Education and Care of Their (PROTECT) Kids Act, introduced by South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott which would protect parental rights by preventing schools from concealing information about students’ gender from their parents. The act is not to be confused with HR 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act, introduced in June by New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler to make it illegal for those under 21 years of age from purchasing weapons of war.
Open house Tuesday on Kootenai River Complex fires: An open house providing information on the Kootenai River Complex Fires will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, at the barn at the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge. People are welcome to stop by any time between 5 and 7 p.m., look at maps and talk to representatives from the fire management team, the Bonners Ferry Ranger District and local government. The complex fires are now estimated at 22,559 acres wit work at 85-percent completion. There are 91 personnel now working the complex.
October 1
Bonners Ferry Ranger District takes over fires management: A type 3 Bonners Ferry Ranger District incident management organization assumed command of the Kootenai River Complex today under the command of Brian Hicks and Mitch Prophett, with 155 personnel. The complex is now estimated at 22,559 acres in size, with the Russell Mountain Fire at 22,006 acres, Long Canyon at 201 and the Katka Fire at 351 acres.
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Business
October 21
The Catnip Getaway caters to kitty comfort: After 12 years as a licensed veterinary tech at Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic, Julie Rosengrant, a life-long cat lover, made a dream come true this summer, and she's now splitting her time between the clinic, where she works three mornings a week, and the new business she opened this summer, The Catnip Getaway, a boarding facility dedicated to the comfort and pampering of her feline guests.
October 18
Wild Child Board & Groom fulfilling a dream: Ari VanCampen has long had a deep love and compassion for animals, so much so that the mere mention of a critter can bring her to happy tears. And now, after years of dreaming, she's taking the plunge and starting a business of her own that will make the best of her passion, opening Wild Child Board & Groom on Bridle Path Road in Paradise Valley, with pet boarding available November 1 and pet grooming to be offered with the New Year.
Social
October 30
Elks bring third graders their own dictionary: Excitement and curiosity were just two of the emotions experienced last week in the third-grade classes at Valley View Elementary as two of the many benevolent members of the Sandpoint Elks delivered student dictionaries to all the third grades students. Students were elated to receive their individual books and learn more about the Elks organization.
October 17
Michelle Walker earns national accolade: Michelle Walker is an instructor of many talents and hats when it comes to fitness formats, and her skill and dedication has earned her the title of October Water Exercise Instructor of the Month by www.swimandsweat.com. Her classes range from Aqua Zumba to land Zumba, from Aqua Boot Camp to Balance & Mobility. During the school calendar year, she teaches at the Kootenai River Inn while in the summer you can find her at Northside School B & B along with the Bonners Ferry City Pool.
October 15
Boundary County Victims Services needs you: Many of you have been loyal attendees and contributors to the Boundary County Victim Services (BCVS) Fall Festival & Fashion Show. We are excited to be back together this year for an evening of fashion, food, fun, and fantastic auction items! This year, the fundraiser will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the Great Northwest Territories Event Center.
October 14
Dr. McIntosh retiring after 44-plus years: After more than 44 years practicing dentistry in Boundary County, Dr. David McIntosh, DDS, is retiring. He has loved this community and his patients. He believes he is leaving them in the capable hands of our local dentists who have chosen to make Bonners Ferry their home.
October 13
Chaney to play in National FFA Band: Evelynn Chaney, a member of the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter in Bonners Ferry, will be on stage and in the spotlight October 26-29 during the 2022 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Chaney, a senior at Bonners Ferry High School and the daughter of Thomas and Michele Chaney, has been selected to play trombone in the National FFA Band. Chaney submitted an audition tape and was selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants nationwide.
October 6
4-H Friday Friends is in full swing! You can find us at Boundary County Middle School every Friday during the school calendar year. At $12 per child and a sliding fee scale available, 4-H Friday Friends are a great option for childcare or just to give your kiddos an extra day of exciting hands-on educational activities. They also have open enrollment, so join in for every Friday or any Friday during the school year!
Sports/Outdoors
October 29
Badger season continues!!
Katie Banning photo
The 2022 Bonners Ferry Badgers are 9-0 with a 21-7 win over the Wood River Wolverines and moving up to the next bracket!
October 26
Two weeks of Tuesday's Trouble: Alice VanGundy took high scratch game in week five of Tuesday's Trouble ladies bowling at AJ's Lanes in Bonners Ferry with 163, high scratch series at 456, second high handicap game 228 and second high handicap series with 651. Evelyn Smith took second high scratch game, 160, high handicap game 257 and high handicap series, 664. Regina Colby got third high scratch game, 157, and second high scratch series with 407.
October 20
IML Champions ... Bound for state!
Photo courtesy Teresa Rae
Congratulations go out to the Bonners Ferry High School Varsity Volleyball team for winning the Intermountain League District Championship match against the Timberlake Tigers last night! The win sends the Badgers to the IHSAA 3A State Tournament being held in Idaho Falls next week, October 28-29. GO BADGERS!!!
October 17
Volley for a Cure 2022 raises $4,476: Volley for a Cure 2022 raised $4,476 for our local Cancer Support Group! What a great night of pink attire, Badger volleyball, and community fellowship! There was not a dry eye in the gym as we supported the fighters, honored the survivors and remembered the taken all while beating Timberlake and raising money for a truly worthy cause! Everyone in the Badger volleyball program extends thanks all of the community members and businesses who supported this year’s event.
October 14
Topaz makes a good showing in Tuesday's Trouble week four: Alice VanGundy got high scratch game with 157 and high scratch series of 424 in week four of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes, and Gail Thompson took second high handicap game 232 and tied for second high scratch game, 152, with Michelle Sweet, who also took third high scratch series with 414.
Catch monster trout, help science: If you've spent much time fishing on Lake Pend Oreille, then maybe you’ve been lucky enough to catch a monster rainbow trout. If not, you’ve likely seen pictures of the truly impressive fish that reside there. In recent years, Lake Pend Oreille has been producing more rainbow trout over 20 pounds than anywhere else on Earth! This world-class trophy fishery is firing on all cylinders right now, and Idaho Fish and Game is working hard to keep it that way.
October 5
Week three in the books for Tuesday's Trouble: Alice VanGundy got high scratch game with 169, second high scratch series, 444, high handicap game 243 and third high handicap series 666 to lead the way in week three of Tuesday's Trouble Bowling at AJ's Lanes. Kathy Konek tied for second high scratch game with 165 and tied with Lil Jiminez for high handicap game 240. Elaine Wheeler tied for second high scratch game, 165, and took high scratch series with 451.
October 4
Eight Badgers set PRs at Lewiston: Conditions were optimal for a good day on Saturday for the Inland Empire Challenge. The course at Lewiston got a good amount of rain on Thursday and Friday, so there was no risk of dust and the ground was great for allowing spikes to grab deeply into the soil. It would have been nice if it had stayed a little cooler for the later races, but everybody runs under the same conditions, and everybody had a great day anyway.
October 3
Lot of great items up for grabs at Volley for a Cure Tuesday: Don't forget there's volleyball for a cause Tuesday; it's Volley for a Cure at Bonners Ferry High School! Join us as we take on the Timberlake Tigers, with C/JV action beginning at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m.. All proceeds raised at this event go directly to our local cancer support Group...this year’s silent auction is going to be a doozy! Building a house/shop/shouse? Idaho Forest Group has graciously donated a unit of lumber - get some wood and contribute to a worthy cause at the same time!
Letters
October 31
Keep the Idaho Taliban out of office: As a Boise resident, I regularly visit Boundary County to see family. I recently read Tim West’s editorial about his frustration with the American Redoubt and their current takeover attempt in Boundary County. The word is getting out! I refer to these “Christian Patriots” as the Idaho Taliban. The Taliban are mostly new arrivals to Idaho, usually from California, who are trying to take over the local and state governments. By Albert Sullivan
Sauter for House Seat 1A: We have known Mark Sauter for the past 10 years. He is a solid, dependable man who will fairly represent all constituents in Bonner and Boundary County. He is very personable and one of his character traits is being a good listener. He has spent much time over the past nine months visiting our north Idaho communities, meeting with many groups and organizations to learn about the local issues and concerns. By Kennon & Jody McClintock
October 28
Fioravanti will bring needed change: About a week ago the Independent candidate Tim Bertling sent out a mail flyer about the differences between himself and our elected Republican candidate Steve Fioravanti. I find it interesting that Tim thinks that Steve supporting the Library Board Recall is a bad thing. Does Tim not realize we have so much community support? Does Tim not want to protect children from getting access to sexually explicit materials? By Adrienne Norris
Vote for Fioravanti: Steve Fioravanti is a practicing Christian and has been for all of his adult life. In addition, Steve teaches classes on the U.S. Constitution, proving he has a love and firm grip on our founding documents and the limits so beautifully placed within it. I believe that is why he objected to the Boundary County Commissioners being still behind the Plexiglas back in July of this year. By Patrick M. Murphy
Bertling is the best choice: I urge you to write in Tim Bertling for County Commissioner, District 2. Tim is a third generation Boundary County resident. He knows our county and our shared values. He is a family man who has raised two wonderful children. His service as a school board trustee makes him uniquely qualified to understand the role of local government. By Ron Smith
Consider us the Sensible Party: If you have lived here long enough to remember the 70s and 80s when those darned Californians started moving in and tried to shut down our way of life in the timber and farming communities, then you have a good grasp of what is going on now, people moving in and trying to change the way of life in Boundary County. By Tim West
October 27
Fomenting fear, disenchantment isn't helpful: I wish that writing a letter to the editor would actually make a difference. I’m not sure that it will. The current vitriol seems unprecedented. Like many of the people who are voicing great dissatisfaction with the Bonners Ferry community and its institutions, I moved here from a large metropolitan area. I moved here 50 years ago. I had the benefits of quality education, a loving family and exposure to broad and diverse cultures. By Pat Hart
October 26
Keep taxes down and services available, write in Bertling: November 8, 2022, is a crossroads day for Boundary County. Do we continue with pragmatic, reliable, knowledgeable leadership or do we proceed down the slippery slope of rigidly dogmatic, myopic idealism? For me, the answer is easy. Incumbent Tim Bertling exhibits all the traits that make this county, and this country, great. His opponent, Steve Fioravanti, is president of the local John Birch Society, a paranoid group of conspiratorialists. By David K. Anderson
Let’s not lose Tim Bertling: Everyone who travels the roads of Boundary County must be aware that Tim Bertling is running as a write-in candidate for County Commissioner, District 2. It would be difficult to miss the signs. Tim has been an exceptional public servant during his first term as Commissioner. The majority of Boundary County voters favor Tim over Steve Fioravanti. Tim lost in the primary election by a narrow margin due to voter apathy. By Jim Cadnum
Bundy would help liberals leave Idaho: Currently 39.7-percent of Idaho's budget goes to fund welfare programs. That’s nearly $4-billion of our taxes being spent on state welfare services, every year! These welfare programs are opening up opportunities for leftist liberals to come to Idaho and live off the system while they destroy our conservative way of life. Idaho is quickly descending down a path that will eventually allow these people and their philosophy to destroy Idaho as we know it. By Ammon Bundy
October 25
Herndon would deny us choice: Quite a few years ago my son took a college literature class while still in high school, where they had to read “Ceremony” by Lesly Marmon Silko. Though the book portrayed documented abuse of Native Americans by white males, I took offense because it was quite explicit about sexual abuse and voyeurism. By Gabrielle Duebendorfer, NMD
October 24
Idaho isn't a warped fantasyland: Some people believe North Idaho is a place where they can “choose their own adventure” and then force the rest of us to live in the warped delusion they’ve created. Idaho isn’t a fantasyland where someone can undermine the culture and people’s lives to fit their distorted vision of the world. Unfortunately, one of the people who believes he can twist North Idaho into his own fantasyland is running for office. By Patricia Ericsson
No radical or extreme representation in Boundary County: Two comments I have read about Tim Bertling’s write-in campaign for County Commissioner District 2 prompted me to write this letter. By Janis Kerby
Bertling has our trust and our vote: November 8 is a very important date for the residents of Boundary County. We have the ability to elect the incumbent District 2 County Commissioner, Tim Bertling, by writing in his name on the ballot. My husband, Phil Schnuerle, and I both have had relatives in Boundary County since the 1930s and we are getting very tired of hearing members of the group opposing Mr. Bertling tell us if we don't like their agenda, leave. By Kris and Phil Schnuerle
Write in Steve Johnson for a free Idaho: A recent letter to the Bonner Daily Bee claimed that only Scott Herndon fully understands this part of Article 1 of our state Constitution: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is institute for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same whenever they may deem necessary.” By Susan Drumheller
October 22
The Herndon hypocrisies: Scott Herndon says he stands for “limited government and respect for individual liberty.” He says he believes in “state sovereignty”—let Idaho govern itself. He calls himself a “conservative Christian.” Sounds good. Except Scott Herndon doesn’t practice what he preaches. By Timothy Braatz
'Unfurling Our Wings' a healing balm for community: Last night, my husband and I attended the first performance of Vicki Blake’s “Unfurling Our Wings” at the Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry. Outstanding! Editors note: There will be a matinee performance of "Unfurling Our Wings" at 2 p.m. today at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. By Clarice M. McKenney
October 21
A wise and gentle voice of reason ... Write in Steve Johnson: When I visited with Steve Johnson, he told me what he stood for with none of the political blah, blah or the Fear and Smear tactics of his opponent, Scott Herndon. Steve Johnson is passionate about education, and how it boosts confidence, introduces new interests, opens doors, and provides greater earnings opportunities that last a lifetime. By Dawnya Clarine
Vote for those who take climate change seriously: In the summer of 2017, Internal Medicine Physician and Missoula resident Dr. Tom Roberts suffered a major heart attack, despite having no prior symptoms or risk for heart disease. Roberts’ heart attack occurred during a heavy smoke event. He believes, and there is evidence to support, that the smoke event may have caused his heart attack. By Hillery Daily, et al
October 20
Diversity is our strength: Boundary County's strength as a community has always been our ability to work together. Perhaps our relative isolation at the top of the state encouraged this self-reliance. Whatever the reason, it's true that diverse groups, with various and often conflicting points of view, have continually found ways to pitch in and work side by side.  By Paul Rawlings
October 19
Dogs ought not visit Herndon, people ought not vote for him: I don't know how old I was, three? Four? It was at edge of my first memories, having screamed in an airplane for the first time. Transitioning from the gentle acceleration of many propeller driven flights to the scream of the jet engine. Scared me ... I thought I would die. Flying from Germany to my grandpa's farm in Elmo, Missouri. I'm scared more now. By Mike Weland
October 18
Steve Fioravanti is an ideologue: An ideologue is someone blinded by a rigid political idea — like Steve Fioravanti, a Redoubt extremist from California who is running for Boundary County commissioner. Fioravanti is so convinced that federal programs are inherently bad that he is unable to see when the federal government is helpful. For example, Fioravanti argued that Boundary County should reject its share, $2.3 million, of the American Rescue Plan Act. By Timothy Braatz
Any room left in the pup tent? When Dorothy Moon became the leader of the Idaho Republican Party this past summer she assured all Republicans the Party had a large tent, big enough for every Republican in the state. However after recent events one wonders if that is still the case. Even Moon herself seems to have walked back that big tent image. She recently announced that defeated Republicans in the primary who are now supporting Independents and some Democrats should reconsider whether they really are Republicans. By Robin Lundgren
What's your plan, gentlemen? Both Steve Fioravanti, candidate for Boundary County Commissioner and Scott Herndon, candidate for State Senate District 1, have said if elected they would take back millions of acres of federal land. They must have a plan but I haven’t heard it. This would be a good time to tell the voters how you actually plan to accomplish this or is it another dishonest talking point simply to get votes? By Craig Kelson
It's Boise, it's Boise, it's Boise: Just watched Steve Fioravanti YouTube video. One of his concerns as commissioner is the Plexiglas? Wonder what his thoughts are on the wall to wall Bonners Ferry City Hall "bomb blast glass” are. Or the folks who still wear masks? Will he demand they remove them? Mock them? Then there is the ARPA money. By Rosanne Smith
October 17
Bertling offering concrete plans, not excuses: Why is Tim Bertling running as a write-in candidate for county commissioner? Politics in north Idaho has changed. That change caught many people by surprise. The live and let live attitude has been taken over by in-your-face anger and fear. By Karen Pinkerton, Dick & Kathy Schnuerle, Tom & Mary Mackey, et al
The slow erosion of free choice:: Word is circulating in Boundary County that “Steve Fioravanti is the people’s choice.” How could candidate for Boundary County Commissioner, Fioravanti, be the people’s choice when we no longer have free and open elections? It used to be you could vote across the board, if you valued the candidate, you could use common sense and vote for the person of your choice. By Jody McClintock
October 15
Herndon lacks integrity: Integrity should be mandatory for a senatorial position in Idaho. Unfortunately, Scott Herndon does not have that trait. Steve Johnson easily fills the need for an honest person for senator. Scott is backed by extremists. Much of his campaign finances have come from many areas other than Idaho. His positions are narrow in scope, hoping to form a sovereign state, independent from all other states. By Jim Corcoran
Steve Johnson is a progressive Democrat: Living in conservative North Idaho, it’s easy to forget the violence and mismanagement that is life in many Democrat run cities. The effects of inflation, open borders, gender ideology and other far off Democrat policies are felt even here in District 1. So what happens if we are governed by Democrats here? By Dean Cannon
October 14
Far right is wrong: There is considerable argument these days as to what this grand experiment in the governance of our nation, these United States of America, is. Is it a democracy? A republic? A Democratic Republic? Constitutional? Yes, to all. A democracy is a a system of government by the people and for the people. In a republic, supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen by them. By Mike Weland
October 13
Idaho allowing woke cult takeover: Our sacred freedoms and values are under attack in this country and especially in Idaho! Approximately 36% of the people moving to Idaho are leftist liberals. They want desperately to change Idaho into a more socialist, progressively woke place to live. Under our current governor, 39.7-percent of Idaho's budget goes to fund welfare programs, opening up opportunities for woke extremists to come to Idaho and live off the system while they destroy our conservative way of life. By Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy
October 12
Bertlings have long been good neighbors: The Bertling family have been our next-door neighbors for over 50 years. We watched Tim grow up to be a fine young man, marry Wendy and move a couple blocks down the road where he established his own home and raised his children. We could not have asked for any finer neighbors. By Mike and Linda Ashby
Across Idaho, dedicated EMTs going above and beyond: Idaho’s Emergency Medical Services units provide critical services, and the dedication and hard work of the exceptional Idahoans involved in Idaho’s EMS cannot be overstated. They take action when an Idahoan needs help. And, so often, especially in Idaho’s rural communities, EMS personnel fill multiple roles, working long hours to provide needed help when emergencies happen at any hour of the day or night. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
October 11
Tim Bertling signs should be all over county: I am reminded of the comments made by a Boundary County Republican Committeeman approximately two weeks ago remarking about the “write in Tim Bertling signs all over the county.” This individual wrote that “most of the signs are placed on the properties of people who are members of the corrupt families … running this county for years.” My wife and I moved to Boundary County approximately 40 years ago when I began my career in the timber industry. Like all new-comers back in those times, we thought it best to keep our eyes open and our mouths closed. By Tim Dougherty
October 10
Democracy requires collaboration: It’s been said that for democracies to work, people need to show up. But what are we showing up for? If we voters participate in a democratic election only to elect leaders who will ram our own values down another’s throat, then we’re voting for a tribalistic authoritarian government. And what of our leaders? The hallmark characteristic of democratic leadership is a collaborative approach to decision-making. By Georgia Earley
Herndon's plans will hurt seniors: Many senior citizens are facing money challenges. Our property taxes have gone up and groceries are costing more. Having Meals on Wheels or having lunch at the Senior Center is a lifeline for many of us. If Scott Herndon is elected Senator, many seniors are going to suffer. You see, Herndon wants a consumption tax: a high tax on what we buy, and it affects those with a fixed income the most. By Lee Christensen
October 9
Steve Johnson: voters’ choice: During the primary campaign, candidate Scott Herndon demonstrated viciousness and untruthfulness in his attacks on the incumbent senator. A lengthy text from him that blocked my reply made it clear he didn’t want to hear from me; his mind was set. Such absolutism and extremism are evident in his agenda: he would reject funding for Medicaid, public education, Meals on Wheels, highway and road improvements, and veterans’ services, among others. By Lexie de Fremery
October 5
Don't change horses when you already have best one: The only criticism that has been brought against current commissioner, Tim Bertling, is that he voted to accept money from the Federal Government. Boundary county has utilized federal funds for many projects from river dikes to currently, a new ambulance. Examples are PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) for federal land in the county, Secure Rural Schools(roads and schools) Federal Highway Funds for roads and bridges, Federal Funds for our airport and many others. By David Wattenbarger
Let's keep what makes county special, write in Tim Bertling: Life up here at the end of the Idaho Panhandle has been near-perfect for many generations. Longtime families have logged the forests, worked the soil, been of service to the community, enjoyed friendly/helpful neighbors and utilized our natural resources. Through working hands and helping hands, they built this great community we call home. I’m talking people like Tim Bertling, an amazing man who is running as a write-in candidate for County Commissioner in Boundary County. Tim has my vote. By Dr. Marty Becker
October 4
Neighbors who honestly step up do so to serve, not deceive: Recently an elected member of the Boundary County Republican Central Committee publicly stated, “I have noticed the “write in Tim Bertling” signs all over the county. 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 BCRCC committeeman Les Pinkerton
County GOP thanks all local elected officials: The Boundary County Republican Central Committee wishes to sincerely thank all of the elected officials who represent Boundary County. Their willingness to take on these difficult jobs for the betterment of our communities is commendable. Boundary County Republican Central Committee
A challenge to which we must rise: "Any chance of slowing down on the Trump stuff for a while?" a dear Republican friend wrote me the other day. "Just a suggestion, but we need to get local issues taken care of." I was later invited, by Republicans, to attend last night's Republican Central Committee meeting, but I didn't see the message until too late. "We want you to know that many of us are not like the Facebook post that everyone is talking about." By Mike Weland
October 3
Thanks to all for Flannel Shirt generosity: Many thanks for the generosity exhibited, yet again, for the benefit of the local food bank at the annual Flannel Shirt Golf Tournament at Mirror Lake. This year we honored Kevin Larson, who left us too early. Kevin is fondly remembered by all who enjoyed his friendship and camaraderie. By Steven Nelson
Yesterday's Republicans ... Today's Democrats? A growing list of defeated Idaho Republicans are making headlines by endorsing Democrat candidates for Idaho public office, and the pattern has drawn the attention of the Legacy Media, who have frequently asked me to comment on these endorsements. By Dorothy Moon, Chairwoman, Idaho Republican Party
Herndon would rob public school funding: Steve Johnson is a retired educator who is running as a write-in candidate against Scott Herndon. In January, our legislators will appropriate $410 million in additional education funds. We know that Steve Johnson will vote to send that money to our rural public schools. His opponent will vote to send that money to his preferred programs which will weaken rural schools and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. By Linda Larson ... comment added
October 1
Write in Steve Johnson for Idaho Senate: We need a man like Steve Johnson to represent us in the Idaho Senate. I have met Steve. I find him to be a respectful listener and sensible man. He is a locally raised and educated Idahoan. He spent 42 years as a teacher and principal in our local schools. As a farmer and landowner, he believes in preserving our rural lifestyle with common sense development as well as keeping our public lands public. By Margie Corcoran
The differences between the two candidates for Idaho Senate District 1: On property taxes, Steve Johnson recognizes the problems caused by recent huge increases in property values and wants to help us by increasing the Homeowners exemption. Scott Herndon doesn’t care. On preserving out rural lifestyle, Steve Johnson wants to preserve access to our public lands and encourage growth that preserves open space. Scott Herndon wants to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder. By Ken Thacker
Obituaries
October 22
Wilma Irene Watkins, 89, passed away on October 13, 2022, surrounded by her family at Sunset Home. She was a loving mom, grandma and great grandma. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 4, 2023, which would have been her 90th birthday. Place and time to be determined.
Gaylord Eugene Dirks, 82, was called home for the final time on the afternoon of September 29, 2022. Gaylord was born to John and Edna Dirks March 31, 1940, in Bonners Ferry. A lifelong resident of Bonners Ferry, dad was always proud of his heritage and the community he lived, worked and was part of. A man of so many skills and talents, he worked hard in various construction trades as a heavy equipment operator, logging endeavors, and so many others. He also proudly served in the Army National Guard.
October 18
Rita Ann Meindl, 78, passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2022, with her husband by her side. Rita was born on April 15, 1944, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of W.C. and Opal Mathews. Services are planned for a later date.
October 17
Alfred "Fred" Carelli, 77, passed away on October 12, 2022, at his home in Moyie Springs. Fred was born on December 1, 1944, in San Francisco, the son of Joseph and Louisa Carelli. No services are planned at this time.
October 14
Ralph Lee “Buffy” Richardson, 72. He 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 at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15 at the Boundary County Fairgrounds..
October 7
J. Joe Nelson was born in Canton, Oklahoma, on December 21, 1931, to Robert Lee and Fannie Mae Williams Nelson, the fourth of six children. When he was four, the family moved to Bowman, Idaho. At the age of 12, the family moved to Curley Creek outside of Bonners Ferry. He passed away on September 29, 2022,, at his home in Libby. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.