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January 2023
January 30
Nominations sought for Idaho Teacher of the Year: The State Department of Education is now accepting applications for Idaho’s most prestigious award in teaching, Teacher of the Year. Applications to nominate a teacher are now open. Nominations are due by March 20. The contest is open to public school teachers teaching any subject at any grade level in any part of the state of Idaho.
BNSF grant helps upgrade sheriff's radios: Like most things, communication is important, but in law enforcement it is critical. The Sheriff’s Office started installing trunk repeaters in their patrol vehicles to boost the radio signal from deputies' handheld radios by going through a repeater system in the vehicle, extending the range of what they can receive and transmit.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 27
Coyotes acting strange in Bonner County: Idaho Fish and Game has received multiple reports of highly unusual coyote behavior in and around the city of Sandpoint. In early January, reports were received of coyotes on Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort that were chasing skiers as they navigated down the slopes. Fish and Game staff worked closely with resort staff to develop a plan to dispatch the coyotes in the interest of public safety.
January 26
Snow expected overnight: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow over North Idaho, in effect from midnight tonight to noon Friday. Up to three inches of snow is expected, and motorists should be prepared for winter driving conditions and slush Friday morning.
January 25
Jocy Litterell to pursue lifelong dream in Paris and Africa: Jocelene was born 21 years ago in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her mother hemorrhaged and passed away eight hours later. Jocy came to be adopted by Josh and Jessie Litterell, and grew up in Moyie Springs. But her home country was never far from her heart.
Jews not the only faithful persecuted during the holocaust: On January 27, the world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a symbolic date to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Murderous Nazi terror targeted millions for reasons of biology, nationality or political ideology. But few people know that the Nazis’ victims included thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who suffered for their Christian faith.
Winter storm advisory issued for Kootenai Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for the Kootenai Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 1 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday. Flash freezing, heavy snow and windy conditions are expected.
January 23
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Local man seriously injured in logging accident: Ed Fallon, Bonners Ferry, was helping a friend fell trees last week when one fell on him, inflicting severe injuries. He was flown to Kootenai Medical, Coeur d'Alene, where he underwent surgery for a broken spine, broken leg and several broken ribs. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Flags to half staff for Monterey Park shooting victims: As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on January 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, California, President Joe Biden has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 26.
January 20
Kaylee McCabe in running to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar: The U.S. Department of Education has announced the candidates for the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, and an amazing group of high school seniors from Idaho are now in the running to receive this prestigious recognition, including Kaylee McCabe, who graduated from North Idaho College in December with her associate's degree and will graduate Bonners Ferry High School a semester early with a 4.5 grade point average.
IDL gains 3,216 acres of timberland in Boundary County: Idaho Department of Lands announced it purchased almost 18,050 acres of timberland spread across five north Idaho counties. Beyond generating ongoing revenue for endowment beneficiaries, this acquisition keeps working forests working, supports the forest products sector of Idaho’s economy and preserves recreation for the public. This purchase was authorized by the State Board of Land Commissioners in November of 2022.
Opioid settlement funds starting to come in: According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program, in 2021, Idaho experienced 241 deaths related to opioid overdose. Of those deaths, 152 were related to fentanyl overdose. The state also experienced over 5,000 drug overdose visits to emergency departments and over 1,000 of those visits involved opioids. In the Idaho panhandle, 97 overdoses occurred in 2020, increased to 122 in 2021, and rose again to 161 in 2022.
January 18
City looks to local option tax to address shortfall: After discussing a range of options to offset a 2017 Idaho Supreme Court decision that declared a funding source the City of Bonners Ferry has relied on since the 1950s unlawful, the city council on Tuesday evening opted to proceed with putting a local option tax before city voters in May. Bonners Ferry, like several other Idaho cities offering utilities for its residents, billed to realize a small profit so as to help pay for other city services.
Brailsford nominated to Idaho U.S. District Court: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) today announced that Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Amanda K. Brailsford has been nominated to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. The nomination was secured after negotiations with the White House and upon the advice given by the senators from Idaho.
Man charged with petit theft enters plea agreement: Sam Charles Testa Jr., Bonners Ferry, charged with four counts of petit theft November 21 for four alleged shoplifting incidents at Super 1 Foods in Bonners Ferry between October 24 and November 1, entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay restitution.
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of January 2
January 17
First day to file taxes is Monday: The Idaho State Tax Commission starts processing 2022 Idaho individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day.
January 16
County P&Z to hear two conditional use applications: The Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission will hear and accept comment on conditional use permit applications seeking to establish a business retreat on McArthur Lake Road and a wood products manufacturing plant off Enterprise Way when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, at the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 15
What’s in a name? May 3, 1963. 700 Black children marched peacefully in Birmingham, Alabama to protest racial segregation and were met with police brutality that shocked the country and the world. Public outrage was a catalyst that spurred major steps for civil rights. June 11, 1963. President John F. Kennedy proposed a Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised address at the urging of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Five months later, President Kennedy was assassinated while the bill was stalled in Congress.
January 13
Slots open for National Youth Science Camp: Applications are now being accepted from high school juniors and seniors in the classes of 2023 and 2024 to represent Idaho at the 2023 National Youth Science Camp. Two students from each state, Washington D.C. and select countries will attend the all-expenses-paid program, held from June 19 – July 12. Hosted since 1963 in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, the NYS Camp is a residential science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics program.
Become a trooper with the Idaho State Police: The Idaho State Police is accepting applications from exceptional candidates to join a team of dedicated professionals serving the people of Idaho. As a statewide law enforcement agency, commissioned troopers specialize in highway safety and traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, commercial vehicle safety and alcohol beverage control.
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of January 16
January 12
Boundary County election calendar 2023
January 11
School district clarifies 2023 election calendar: The 2023 Boundary County Election Calendar was recently published. The election calendar notices for Boundary County School District #101 had to be submitted to the county by December 30, 2022. The published public notice shows Boundary County School District #101 having ballot questions on all four election dates.
Break-up restrictions on SH 3, 5 and 54: In recent days, Idaho has experienced above average temperatures and precipitation which can lead to significant damage to highways, prompting state and local transportation agencies to enforce load restrictions. In an effort to reduce damage to roadways, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), has made the decision to restrict several routes in North Idaho.
Oregon bill introduced to merge 15 counties into Idaho: A bill inviting Idaho to begin talks with Oregon on the potential to relocate the state line they share was read on the floor of the Oregon Senate on Monday. The bill, SJM 2, became public along with other pre-session filed bills. It states “we, the members of the 82nd Legislative Assembly stand ready to begin discussions regarding the potential to relocate the Oregon/Idaho border."
January 9 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Serving Boundary County ...
Amy Robertson photo
Boundary County's public servants, most elected or retained to office in November, were sworn in at 9 a.m. today in the foyer of the courthouse. They are, back row (l-r) Justin Julian, First District magistrate judge, Wally Cossairt, commissioner, District 1, Glenda Poston, clerk, David Kramer, sheriff, Tim Bertling, commissioner, District 2, and Ben Robertson, commissioner, District 3. Front row (l-r); Chad Workman, coroner, Olivia Drake, assessor, and Jennifer Economu, treasurer. Thank you for your service!
Little outlines state budget: Governor Brad Little delivered his 2023 State of the State and Budget Address today, pledging to deliver on the mandate given by the people of Idaho to continue investing in public schools, strengthen our workforce, provide more tax relief, and promote safe communities. “Our success did not happen by accident," he said. "What we’re doing is working." 
January 6 
Cabinet Mountain Water gets $2-million grant: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Thursday announced the award of $30,304,970 in construction grants to nine drinking water and wastewater systems, including Cabinet Mountain Water District. These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022. 
Man wanted on Canada wide warrant: Surrey RCMP is asking for the public assistance with locating a man wanted on a Canada wide warrant for Robbery and other offences including unlawful confinement. On September 28, 2022, Jaden Kahnapace-Newton was released while awaiting trial in relation to 14 charges stemming from three robberies that occurred in October 2021.  
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of December 26  
KVRI meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, January 23, Boundary County Annex  
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of January 9 
January 5 
Low speed chase far more dangerous than it seemed: Court records show that a low-speed chase up and down through Bonners Ferry Tuesday evening could have been far worse than it was, and demonstrates once again the blessings of having dedicated and well-trained law enforcement professionals serving in our community. 
PC affidavit reveals how Pennsylvania man implicated in U of I murders: According to affidavits of probable cause, released today, one of the surviving University of Idaho students living at 1122 King Road in Moscow where four other students were slain awoke at about 4 a.m. Sunday, November 13, heard victim Kaylee Goncalves say "there's someone here." 
January 4 
Low speed chase ends painfully for local man: A report of a reckless driver at about 7:51 p.m. Tuesday led to a low-speed chase involving a white SUV-type vehicle and as many as four Bonners Ferry Police vehicles making an extended tour of the city as the driver made about six circuits of Main Street from the area of Super 1 to the North Side as well as a few side trips through residential areas. Officers finally stopped the vehicle and then the driver on Highway 95 in the area of Alderson Lane. Updated 12:39 p.m.
January 2 
Boundary County registered sex offenders: At present, there are 27 registered sex offenders living in Boundary County. There are currently no registered juvenile sex offenders in Boundary County and none in Boundary County are identified as violent sexual predators. All are currently in compliance with registry requirements. 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
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January 16
County P&Z to hear two conditional use applications: The Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission will hear and accept comment on conditional use permit applications seeking to establish a business retreat on McArthur Lake Road and a wood products manufacturing plant off Enterprise Way when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, at the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
January 4
Koon, Hazdovac swap seats on BCH Board: Eldon Koon has stepped down as chairman of the Boundary Community Hospital Board of Trustees and has been appointed vice chair, and vice chair Paul Hazdovac has stepped up to become the new board chairman.
January 31
Celebrating a Bonners Ferry gem ...
GROW! community gardeners feted Marciavee Cossette at the annual GROW membership meeting and potluck Thursday. As a long-time GROW! board member and all-around volunteer at the community garden as well as so many other organizations in town, Marciavee was presented with a dozen red roses! She thanked GROW! and praised the town of Bonners Ferry for being such a friendly, welcoming town in which to volunteer.
January 23
Weerts earns scholastic honors at WSU: Allie Nicole Weerts, a 2020 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, was named to the fall 2022 President's List at Washington State University for maintaining a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
January 9
NIC literary magazine seeks submissions: The Trestle Creek Review is looking for submissions for its upcoming issue. Submissions are open to the public and may include essays, short stories, poetry, black-and-white visual art and other literary works. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 31.
January 6
Two county students earn University of Montana honors: Edie Callison, Bonners Ferry, earned President's list honors at the University of Montana with a 4.0 grade point average, and Mary Pluid, Moyie Springs, earned Dean's list honors.
Nine county students earn honors at LCSC: A total of 887 students made Lewis-Clark State College’s honor roll for the fall 2022 semester, eight of them from Boundary County. LC State had 484 students make the President’s List, which is slightly higher than a year ago when 470 were honored. The college also reported 403 students made the Dean’s List.
January 27
Two weeks of Tuesday's Trouble: Elaine Wheeler took it all in week 16 of Tuesday’s Trouble ladies league bowling; high scratch game 201, high scratch series 463, high handicap game 264 and high handicap series 652. Regina Colby got second high scratch game 170, second high scratch series 426, second high handicap game 237 and third high handicap series 633.
January 20
KV Rifle & Pistol Club indoor season underway: The Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club and Junior Rifle Club’s indoor competitive shooting seasons are underway! The clubs compete in area matches and with more distant clubs through a tournament where scores shot on our home range are compiled via email. The Junior Rifle Club is active in promoting marksmanship, competitive target shooting and safe gun handling.
January 9
Smallmouth bass state record falls once more: It was a typical cold, December day in central Idaho with rain down low and snow in the mountains. While many anglers might have been thinking about ice-fishing, winter steelhead or even putting a fresh coat of wax on their skis and hitting the slopes, Joey Walton had other plans: big smallmouth bass. Knowing he had to make the long run across the reservoir, he set out early in search of a trophy.
January 30
The truth about the M&O: What is the truth about the proposed M&O Levy and our property taxes? After seeing social media light up and hearing some dire predictions, I decided to dig for the truth. Here’s what I found out. By Mary Ollie
January 28
Why do commissioners support 2030 Agenda? Let's talk about the goals of the 2030 Agenda, which Boundary County Commissioners Tim Bertling and Wally Cossairt support, one item at a time and see if they are achievable. One goal is to end poverty. What a lofty goal and who could be opposed to that? The question is: How could it be accomplished by government at any level? By Bob Vickaryous
January 25
Herndon rockets off to the start many feared: While most people would give at least a little time for familiarization when starting a new job, Idaho Senator Scott Herndon, R-Sagle, is having no part of it, shooting off like a pop bottle rocket from the moment the 2023 legislative session opened January 9 and careening crazily ever since, with no sign yet of graciously sputtering out. By Mike Weland
Election over, but no time for complacency: I'm hoping I'm wrong, but some elected people only represent one side of the coin, and possibly don't want to consider those who might have a different side of the coin. I do not believe that any of us are bona fide type cast. Depending on what the issue is, we fall all over the political spectrum. By Dora Vandenberg
Leveraging the skills of Idaho's military personnel: Supporting Idaho servicemen and women during their transition from military service back to civilian life is a meaningful way to help launch these dedicated men and women into the next phase of their lives to Idaho’s great benefit. I have been a longtime advocate for more seamlessly connecting military service members with Idaho employers. By Senator Mike Crapo
January 9
Thank you, Jim Woodward: We the undersigned voters of District 1, sincerely thank you Senator Jim Woodward for your excellent service as Senator. We are proud of you, as one of our own. We appreciate your dedication, honesty and civility, as you embody the traditional values our communities have long held.
January 5
When the chickens run the fox house: There have always been people convinced that they possess truth indisputable. They call themselves prescient, knowing. For most of history, those not so blessed but forced to listen to such blandishments call such people lunatics. Throughout history, lunatics have been relegated to the fringe, resentful that the majority among whom they abide won't take them seriously. By Mike Weland
January 3
Ready to be duped again? “I was duped!” This exclamation came from a Kootenai County voter after last May’s Republican Primary election. Many other voters have said the same as they realized the information they were given by their Republican central committees, about Republican Primary candidates, was manipulated, twisted, embellished or suppressed ... And now they want to do it to you again, only at a much deeper and more sinister level. By Mary Souza
January 13
NIC holding auditions for 'I Hate Hamlet:' The North Idaho College Theatre department is holding auditions for its production of “I Hate Hamlet” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25, at the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center on NIC’s main campus in Coeur d’Alene. Auditions are open to students, staff, faculty and the community.
January 26
Starla Ann Jasper died January 26, 2023, at the Community Restorium in Bonners Ferry with her family by her side. Starla was born on November 22, 1956, in Spokane, the daughter of Leslie and Alice Clark Stiles.
January 24
Channing “Chan” Eugene Nagel passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry. No services are scheduled at this time. Chan was born April 11, 1943, in Bonners Ferry to Shirleigh Ione (Peterson) Nagel and Eugene Channing Nagel. Chan grew up in Boundary County, spending time with his grandparents and countless hours fishing the Kootenai River with his uncles, Pete and Jerry Peterson.
January 23
Vondee Drumm, 82, a resident of Bonners Ferry, sadly passed away on December 23, 2022. She was born in Sacramento, California, on November 13, 1940. Vondee’s funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California, with a celebration of her life to follow.
January 20
Richard Bruce Baker, 93, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at home with family on January 7, 2023. Born June 14, 1929, at home to Robert and Emma Baker near Homestead, Montana. He completed school through the eighth grade until work on the family farm became a priority.
January 16
Blanche Antoinette (Larson) Studer passed away January 15, 2023, in Bonners Ferry. A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 28, at the United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry, with a reception following.
January 13
John A. Brussman passed away peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada, on October 30, 2022, with loving friends by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, his aunt and uncle who raised him, his sister and his two beautiful wives, Jaclyn nee Drui and Martha nee Anton.
January 11
Donna Plum suddenly passed away on January 6, 2023, at the age of 95. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 12, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry.
January 9
Michael Daniel died January 7, 2023, at his home in Bonners Ferry, his family by his side. Daniel was born on March 2, 1979, in San Diego, the son of Michael and Sharon Golden Daniel. No services are planned at this time.
Alton Sharrow died January 8, 2023, at Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry with his family by his side. Alton was born on May 28, 1948, in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Keith and Barbara Nacel Sharrow. No services are planned at this time.
Dick Baker died January 7, 2023, at his home in Bonners Ferry, surrounded by family. Dick was born on June 14, 1929, in Homestead, Montana, the son of Robert and Emma Schad Baker. There will be no services at this time.
January 6
Timothy Lynn Harlan, 65, passed away peacefully at 4 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2022, surrounded by his family. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at the Bonners Ferry Seventh Day Adventist Church at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14.