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December 2022
December 30
Info sought on U of I murder suspect: Moscow Police Chief James Fry, Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson, Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills and University of Idaho President C. Scott Green held a press conference on the arrest today of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger this morning on a fugitive from justice warrant in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, and is being held without bond awaiting extradition to Idaho.
Suspect arrested in Moscow student murders: The Moscow Police Department will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. today, in the City Council Chambers at Moscow City Hall. Police Chief James Fry will give an update of the ongoing investigation into the quadruple homicide that occurred at 1122 King Road on Sunday, November 13, for which an arrest was made today in Pennsylvania.
Creston RCMP seeking wanted man: Creston RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 37-year-old Thomas Tommy Robert Linthorne. He is currently wanted on an endorsed warrant for failure to comply with probation. He is a white male, six feet tall and heavyset, weighing around 220 pounds. He has reddish brown hair and blue eyes.
December 29
County commission agenda, week of January 2
December 27
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, week of December 19
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, week of November 21
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, week of November 14
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
December 26
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
December 24
From the Boundary County cold case files: It was 16-below at 1:16 a.m. Thursday, December 22, when Boundary County Sheriff's Deputy David Wion spotted the black 2022 Toyota Corolla stuck in the ditch off Highway 2 at Bench Road. Had he been looking for a cold case, he'd have been far better served to have driven to Nom Nom or Super 1. But Wion is a sheriff's deputy. He wasn't looking for a case. The case found him. And it was cold.
Winter storm warning for Kootenai/Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm warning for the Kootenai Cabinet Region for heavy mixed precipitation, in effect through 11 a.m. Christmas day. Snow accumulations of one to three inches from a tenth to a quarter inch of ice are expected.
Expect rough day for travel: The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for North Idaho, northeastern Washington and the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST today. Warm air will continue to slowly nose northward over the resident Arctic air mass.
December 22
U.S. Marine dies in Iraq: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Samuel D. Lecce, 32, Jefferson, Tennessee, died December 19, 2022, as the result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq. The incident is under investigation.
Spokane National Weather Service special weather statement
After a bitterly cold Thursday, the region will be subject to increasing bouts of wintry precipitation through the holiday weekend. On Friday, mainly snow is expected over the region. Precipitation will change over to a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain on Saturday with some areas potentially seeing another wintry mix on Sunday. Holiday travelers are urged to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions and winter driving.
December 21
Roofs should be safe under snow load: Except for old, rickety sheds and outbuildings, most roofs in the region should be well able to stand up under the weight of our current snow, and snow expected in the next 10 days, along with warming temperatures, are not likely to pose snow load problems, either.
December 20
Eight ITD snowplows hit this season: So far this season across Idaho, drivers have caused eight crashes with snowplows. As more winter weather moves across the state, the Idaho Transportation Department wants to remind drivers how to be safe around snowplows.
December 19
C6 Zero plant in Iowa shut down: In the wake of a catastrophic explosion December 8 in Marengo, Iowa, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on December 15 issued an emergency order to C6 Zero, a company purportedly intended to recycle old asphalt roofing shingles into fuel, sand and fiberglass, and to owner Howard Brand III to completely cease operations and prohibiting any further operations in the state until all applicable Iowa laws had been complied with and a remediation plan for the Marengo plant had been fully implemented.
Winter storm warning issued for Kootenai/Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm warning for snow, wind and cold temperatures in the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Between five and 11 inches of new snow are expected, pushed by winds of 35 miles per hour, which will drop the wind chill to around 50-below-zero.
Wind chill watch issued
The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a wind chill watch, in effect from late Tuesday through late Thursday evening, will wind chill values in the region
dropping to as low as 35-below-zero.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
December 16
Forget Moose Madness ... it's Backwoods Brawl, baby! It used to be Moose Madness that stirred Badger pride during basketball season, but there's a new duel afoot that could become a new annual tradition, with Timberlake taking place of Sandpoint as the rival and instead of a moose or madness, it'll be a Backwoods Brawl.
Vacancy open on county fair board: The Boundary County Fair Board is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a board vacancy. The candidate must be able to attend a monthly meeting held at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Attendance is required during the week of fair as work hours allow. The fair board consists of five volunteer positions that effectively work with Fair and Extension Office staff, volunteers, and the general public throughout the year.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of December 19
December 15
PHD reports season's first North Idaho flu deaths: Three Kootenai County residents and one Bonner county resident, all over the age of 80, are the first reported influenza-related deaths in the Panhandle Health District (PHD) region for the 2022-2023 flu season. Flu seasons vary from year to year in their timing and duration, typically ranging from late September to late December. Idaho has averaged 45 reported influenza-related deaths each year for the last five seasons, with most reported deaths among people over 65 years of age.
Teen dies of gunshot after ramming Creston RCMP officer: The British Columbia RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia of an incident in Creston, where one person has died. At about 3:35 p.m. December 14, a Creston RCMP officer initiated a traffic stop on a pickup truck which was parked in a driveway.
December 14
Thursday deadline for state health insurance: Idahoans looking for 2023 health insurance coverage have until 10:59 p.m. Thursday, December 15, to apply and enroll in a plan through the state health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho. Idahoans who do not have affordable coverage through their employer and are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare can enroll through the exchange.
December 12
Bonners Ferry caregiver sentenced for stealing from client: A Bonners Ferry woman who for years provided in-home care in the community will serve 30 days in jail and faces a suspended one to two year prison sentence if she fails to abide the terms of her two year felony probation after pleading guilty to possessing a false, expired or fraudulently obtained financial transaction card with intent to defraud for using a vulnerable 91-year-old patient's debit card to run up $15,720 in personal expenditures between January 13 and February 16 of this year.
What to do when Santa doesn't deliver: We’ve all been there. During the holidays you order something online and anxiously await its arrival. But then your package doesn’t come when the seller said it would. And worse, you hear nothing. Your happy anticipation is turning to anger and frustration. So now what?
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of November 28 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Travel sober and safe this holiday season: This holiday season the Bonners Ferry Police Department urges drivers to celebrate responsibly and plan ahead for a sober ride. Now through the New Year, The Bonners Ferry Police is joining more than 55 agencies across Idaho to dedicate additional law enforcement efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road. According to Idaho Office of Highway Safety data, 40-percent of all fatalities in 2021 were the result of an impaired driving crash in Idaho.
December 11
Timber home safe! Timber the German shepherd had his line snap early this morning and he took off from his home in District 5. His owners have been out looking, but it's so dark and snowy they haven't been able to spot him. He is a year old and he loves all things food. Reactive words are treat, breakfast and hungry. If you see him as it gets light out, please call (208) 625-7386.
FOUND! Sandpoint PD seeking missing man: Sandpoint Police are requesting assistance in locating a missing person, Robert Hope, 46. Robert is described as white male, 5'9", 170 pounds with, hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing jeans, cowboy boots, a Carpet One hoody, black jacket and Carpet One baseball cap.
December 9
Local Realtor facing petit theft charges: A Bonners Ferry Realtor honored in 2019 with an award for being in the top 25-percent in sales worldwide for his firm is facing a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine on each of four counts of petit theft for allegedly stealing, on four separate occasions, grocery products valued at $121.35. Sam Charles Testa Jr., born in 1953, has pled not guilty.
December 8
Boundary County School District 101 meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, December 12
C-6 Zero plant in Iowa explodes, injuring 10: An allegedly sham recycling business that had plans for setting up a facility at the old Fodge Pulp Mill in Bonners Ferry but abandoned them not long after the August 23 publication of "C6 Zero: Saving the world from spent shingles or just another scam?"  instead set up a plant in an industrial building in Marengo, Iowa, which exploded and caught fire this morning, injuring at least 10 people and forcing the evacuation of several nearby homes, according to KCRG TV.
Officer's quick action saves overdose victim: On Tuesday evening, November 29, Bonners Ferry Police Officer Scott Davis responded to a report of a non-responsive person in the Safeway parking lot in Bonners Ferry. Upon arrival, Officer Davis learned that the subject had overdosed on fentanyl. Finding the subject unresponsive and with no pulse, he immediately administered two doses of Narcan and began chest compressions.
Winter storm watch issued
The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch for snow in North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect from Friday evening through Saturday night. Valley locations could see as much as eight inches of new snow.
Boundary County commission minutes, week of November 7
Moscow police seek public's help: Moscow detectives are interested in speaking with the occupant(s) of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra, with an unknown license plate. Tips and leads have led investigators to look for additional information about a vehicle being in the immediate area of the King Street residence during the early morning hours of November 13. Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case.
December 6
Flags to half staff in remembrance of Pearl Harbor attack: On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the memories of the 2,403 service members and civilians whose lives were cut short on that tragic December morning. We reflect on the resilience of America’s Armed Forces, who withstood the attack and built the most capable fighting force the world has ever known. In the wake of tragedy, these brave women and men — the Greatest Generation — answered the call to defend freedom, justice, and democracy across the Pacific, throughout Europe, and around the globe.
First half taxes due December 20: Boundary County Treasurer Susan M. Larson reminds all Boundary County taxpayers that the deadline for paying the first half of the 2022 property taxes without penalty is Tuesday, December 20. Tax notices were mailed in November and may be paid in two installments; the first half by December 20 and the remainder by June 20, 2023.
Hope House to open a soup kitchen
Hope House of Boundary County will be starting a soup kitchen on January 6. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Friday at the Bonners Ferry Senior Center, 6635 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. If you have any questions you can reach out to Hope House on Facebook or call/text (208) 946-9947.
December  5
Slick road conditions expected overnight
The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory in effect for an area including Boundary County, in effect until noon Tuesday. A mix of freezing drizzle and flurries will develop through tonight into Tuesday morning from the Palouse to northeast Washington and into the Idaho Panhandle. A light glaze of ice will make for slick travel conditions and walking surfaces. The Tuesday morning commute will likely be impacted.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
December 3
Change of command on the USS Idaho: The USS Idaho, a Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine currently under construction, is on schedule to be christened in 2024 and commissioned into active US Navy service in 2025. This is the first Navy vessel to be named after Idaho in over 100 years. A committee of Idaho volunteers is working to plan for the warship’s christening and commissioning activities under guidelines set by the Secretary of the Navy.
December 2
New 'public' charter school will take much more than it gives: A Christmas Open House is set to be held on the campus of the former Boulder Creek Academy December 17 to welcome North Idaho Hillsdale Charter, offering a children's musical performance, family sleigh rides, snacks and warm conversations. But if the experiences of other communities having welcomed a Hillsdale Charter Academy serve as a guide, the warm and fuzzies might be short lived.
Moyie Springs gets $2.1-million DEQ grant: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday announced the award of $59,187,419 in construction grants to 11 drinking water and wastewater systems as part of Governor Brad Little’s Leading Idaho initiative, including $2.1-million to the City of Moyie Springs.
Moyie Springs gets $2.1-million DEQ grant: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday announced the award of $59,187,419 in construction grants to 11 drinking water and wastewater systems as part of Governor Brad Little’s Leading Idaho initiative, including $2.1-million to the City of Moyie Springs.
Children's Holiday Market will be unique: Boundary County is famous for its holiday spirit and the plethora of amazing holiday markets at which to find the most unique and heartfelt gifts and goods, crafted locally by the talented hands of neighbors, but there will be one this year like none ever before. When thinking of Christmas presents, most all think "for the kids." The Children's Holiday Market at the Pearl Theater December 10 offers a variety of high quality, hand-crafted gifts "by the kids."
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December 12
Meet Legion Post 55's new commander: My name is Scott Cameron. On November 1, I became the new commander of Post 55 of the American Legion here in Bonners Ferry. Like Manny Figueroa, I am a former Marine. I served from 1977 to 1987 as an infantryman. After my active-duty time, I began dual careers in law enforcement and healthcare. I joined the American Legion in 2005 and I am very proud and honored to represent Post 55 as its new commander.
December 6
Wolverines of the Month ...
After two snow days, we were finally able to celebrate our November Students of the Month! These kiddos have reflected our Naples traits of safe, civil, productive and kind!
Students are front row (l-r); Kaine Brewer, Finn Hinrichs, Maibel Espino and Gabriella Feri. Back row; Nathan Issacharoff, Lakota Wortley, Stryder Olson, Dakota Rinehart, Mia Jeppesen, Sophia Parker, Ruhl Upton, Freya Adams, Zoey Wolf (not pictured), and Ronny Calderone.
December 2
Deputy Pew reaches 15 years of service: Detention deputy Robert Pew celebrated his 15th year of service with the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office this month. Sheriff David Kramer presented him with his 15 years of service badge today.
December 30
Second year for Kootenai River Angler Science Program: For some, winter is a time to hibernate in the comfort of a warm home, enjoying a hot drink by a crackling fire. For others, winter offers a unique opportunity to try their hand at landing the native and once rare burbot in the Kootenai River. Referred to by some as the Kootenai leopard or ling cod, burbot in the Kootenai River are once again being pursued by anglers.
Why you shouldn't feed backyard deer: The hardship of winter motivates some well-meaning people to set out food for deer. The truth is, they’re wild animals adapted to winter, and feeding them can quickly create a variety of problems significantly affecting their health and survival. Despite good intentions, supplemental feeding of deer often harms them, frequently resulting in their death.
December 28
Konek tops Tuesday's Trouble week 15: Kathy Konek got high scratch game 175, high scratch series 466, second high handicap game 243 and second high handicap series 670 in week 15 of Tuesday's Trouble ladies bowling. Alice VanGundy got second high scratch game 161 and second high scratch series 462. Donna Kent got third high scratch game 150, third high scratch series 442 and third high handicap series 658.
December 21
Claybusters not slowed down by weather: It was 12 degrees and snowing on Saturday, and still the intrepid Bonners Ferry High School shooting team, Duke's Claybusters, were out on their Highway 2 home range, breaking clay and honing their skills. Firing at 50 clay disks 4 5/16 inches in diameter launched at about 45 miles per hour, this week's top scorers were ...
December 19
Tuesday's Trouble weeks 13-14 in the books: Sheila Benson took it all in week 13 of Tuesday’s Trouble ladies league bowling at AJ’s Lanes; high scratch game 166, high scratch series 441, high handicap game 233 and high handicap series 642. Kathy Konek got second high scratch game 157, third high scratch series 416, second high handicap game 228 and third high handicap series 629.
December 11
Claybusters brave inclement weather to go shooting: It was a cool day for practice Saturday as it was 29-degrees, the wind was swirling and it was snowing so hard it was very hard to see the targets, but that didn't stop Bonners Ferry's Duke's Claybusters from spending time on the range to get in some practice.
December 9
District champions ...
The Boundary County Middle School wrestling team edged Kellogg by one point Thursday to earn the district championship!
December 6
Sapphires sparkle in week 12 of Tuesday’s Trouble: Carolyn McNeill got high scratch game 193, second high scratch series 442, high handicap game 263 and second high handicap series 652 in week 12 of Tuesday’s Trouble ladies bowling at AJ’s Lanes. Elaine Wheeler got second high scratch game 169, high scratch series 469 and high handicap series 655, Sheila Benson and Michelle Sweet tied for third high scratch game 168 and Michelle got second high handicap game 241.
December 14
Is we is or is we ain't? Former president and now proclaimed 2024 presidential candidate Donald J. Trump continues to proclaim his strong advocacy for the rule of law, a stance long a cornerstone of the GOP ethos. But as only only Trump can, his advocacy is so twisted in application that his supposed support; believed, lauded and mimicked by far too many of his followers, is actually an attack deliberately launched. By Mike Weland
Our Bill of Rights: Many do not recall that December 15 is an important anniversary for our government: we celebrate our Bill of Rights. As Americans we are afforded certain rights illuminated in what is known as the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
December 9
It's way past time to stop trashing our public schools: Whether it's by underfunding schools, bad-mouthing teachers, lying about what they teach, bullying school board members or libeling administrators. You may have signed a petition by Reclaim Idaho to guarantee over $350 Million per year to all of the K-12 public schools in Idaho. That's because you know Idaho's at the bottom of the nation in per capita funding of schools per student. By Clarice McKenney
A rule in common – the practice of kindness: On October 21, 1985, First Lady Nancy Reagan presented the United Nations with the gift of a mosaic on behalf of the United States in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The mosaic is based on Norman Rockwell’s well-known painting which represents different ethnicities and cultures worldwide with dignity and respect. Boundary County Human Rights Task Force
December 8
Republicans must start winning again: Donald Trump could be remembered as one of the most successful one term presidents in history. Historic tax cuts, unparalleled deregulation, three Supreme Court appointments, securing the boarder, a robust economy, making the US energy independent, the list goes on. By Tom Luna
December 30
Casting call for 'The Play that Goes Wrong:' Bonners Ferry's Curtain Call Drama Club will perform "The Play that Goes Wrong" in March, and they are looking for boys ages 14 to 20 interested in joining the cast. Sponsored by the Bonners Ferry Shriners Club, Second Chance Animal Adoption and Dawn and David Carpenter, all proceeds benefit the Shriners Children's Hospital.
December 12
Children's Craft Fair a festive success: Despite the winter storm, the first Children’s Holiday Market at the Pearl Theater on Saturday enjoyed an incredible turnout, with some of the kids selling out within hours, yet staying the whole day anyway just for the experience! Thanks to its success, organizers Cari Haarstick and Dana Boiler are already formulating plans for next year's market, which will undoubtedly become an annual Christmas tradition.
December 8
Join the 123rd annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count: Boundary County is where we call home, and it's that time of year to count another group that also calls it home. It is time to survey our feathered friends that live within a 7-1/2 mile radius of downtown Bonners Ferry. No matter the weather, volunteers will begin at the first light of the day.
December 7
'Joy to the World' tells reason for the season: True Christmas spirit will be running high this week at the First Baptist Church. Now is your chance to share in the season's spirit at the Joy to the World performance put on by Bonners Ferry's own Talent Team. With dozens of classic Christmas songs and some you haven't heard, the story of Jesus' life and death is delivered to you through song and dance, as well as theater.
December 29 
Daniel Joseph Meddock, 78, kind and loving husband, family man and loyal friend passed away peacefully September 12, 2022, in Salem, Oregon, from multiple myeloma cancer. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, in Bonners Ferry at the Becker Auditorium.
December 28
Charles Joseph Dangel died following illness December 23, 2022, in Bonners Ferry. Charles, the husband of Cheryl Dangel, was born on September 19, 1946, in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Karl and Anna Munden Dangel. Bonners Ferry Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Cheryl Dangel, 77, died December 27, 2022, in Bonners Ferry following an illness. The wife of Charles Dangel, she was born November 4, 1945, in Lethbridge, Alberta, the daughter of Iven and Hazel Deglow Rasmussen. To leave a message or memory for the family go to www.bonnersferryfuneralhome.com.
Ramiro Villanueva Avila, born November 22, 1965, left this world way too soon December 15, 2022. There will be a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 21, at Young Living Farms, 5060 McArthur Lake Road, Naples.
December 15
Jean Landis, 104, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 13, at Lantern Crest Assisted Living in Santee, California. A private family service will be held early in 2023.
December 13
Tim Quesnel died suddenly at the age of 60  on December 9, 2022. He leaves behind his wife Sheryl, his daughter Abigail, his son Ian, his son-in-law Spencer, two brothers Todd and Terry, and his step-mom Phyllis. We will all unite to enjoy a Celebration of Tim’s life at Becker Auditorium at 1 p.m. Saturday January 7. Please join us.
December 8
Gladstone Caraway, 84, passed away at his home in Bonners Ferry on December 7, 2022. Gladstone was born on December 11, 1937, in Kellogg, the son of Jake and Cleo Walker Caraway. Private services will be held at a later date.