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February 2023
February 28
Day after Senate nixes ESA bill, three spring up in House: The Senate killed the session's first Education Savings Accounts (ESA) bill of the session on the floor Monday afternoon. House Education Committee members heard presentations on three draft bills today morning, all with the same goal — to use public education funds to establish education savings accounts. Each draft would siphon money into accounts for tuition or fees at nonpublic K-12 schools. By Kevin Richert and Sadie Dittenber
Witnesses sought in fatal Moyie, BC, collision: At about 4:45 p.m. Sunday, February 26, a collision between two vehicles on Highway 3 south of Moyie, British Columbia, left one passenger deceased. BC Highway Patrol, along with Cranbrook RCMP, responded to a collision between a Subaru and a commercial tractor trailer south of Moyie.
Risch introduces DAIRY PRIDE act: Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed guidance last week allowing nut, oat, soy, and other non-dairy products to use the name "milk,” Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) today introduced bipartisan legislation to combat the unfair practice of mislabeling non-dairy products using dairy names.
February 27
Senate education savings account bill fails
Senate Bill 1038, the "Freedom in Education Savings Accounts" to create education savings account for Idaho students in grades K-12 to allow parents the choice as to where their children should be educated, be it public, home, private religious or charter school, fell today on third reading, 12 voting "aye," including First District Senator Scott Herndon, to 23 "nay."
Idaho schools ranked from best to worst: A quality education can be tricky to quantify, but the State Department of Education has done just that — ranking Idaho’s schools from best to worst. The data provided tells many stories about Idaho schools — purportedly, where the best and worst schools are. The latest ranking also highlights the most notable gains and slides since 2018. And it shows a stark difference among Idaho’s top and bottom schools.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
February 26
Holy Myyhrbearers parish raising funds for Turkey, Syria: On the morning of February 6, 2023, two earthquakes of magnitudes of 7.8 and 7.5 rocked southern Turkey and northern Syria. To date, the death toll has surpassed 41,000 people in both countries and tens of thousands of people are homeless. Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Church, Bonners Ferry, has already collected and sent $3,180 from our parish.
February 24
BFHS Robotics Team Alpha+ is energized for its 17th season: As we enter the 17th season as a team, we are more excited than ever to head down to Nampa, Idaho, and compete with our robotics friends from across the state. Since our first kickoff in 2007, Alpha+ has made some amazing strides, and we have our dedicated mentors to thank for that. Many of our current mentors have been with us since the beginning of the team, and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn't for our mentor, sponsor and community support. By Grace Hopkins
Taken for granted: A seemingly endless array of items go either on us, or with us, each time we leave home. A quick accounting of just clothing alone will provide the average male with a sizable inventory. The typical businessman will need the following: Two socks, one set of skivvies (hopefully just one), one undershirt, one shirt, one pair of pants, one pair of shoes, and for a good number of males, a dress coat, a tie and a kerchief to stick out of the breast pocket of said suit coat. By Mike Ashby
Warm Hearts ...
Staff at Columbia Bank presented Liz Bigsby (second from right) of the Bonners Ferry Community Action Agency a check for $1,500 on Tuesday, money raised in the eighth year of Columbia Bank's Warm Hearts Winter Drive. Bank personnel are (l-r) Brenda Spease, Justin Ivins, Anita Stockdale and Linda Erickson.
February 23
Superintendent proud of how students acted Wednesday: On Wednesday, February 22, Boundary County School District, Boundary County Sheriff’s Department, Bonners Ferry Police Department, Fish and Game, Kootenai Tribal Police, and Border Patrol worked collaboratively to respond to a potential threat received via telephone.
Game Warden Ellsworth Teed accepted into law enforcement memorials: Nearly 90 years after his death, North Idaho Deputy Game Warden for Idaho Fish and Game, Ellsworth Arthur Teed, was accepted into both the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Idaho Peace Officers Memorial. The honors are significant and certainly well-deserved, especially given the unusual circumstances surrounding his death in 1934.
February 22
Legislature continues legacy of the Anti-Vaccine Society: The Idaho 67th Legislature, particularly the GOP side, seems bent on expressing its lack of scientific acumen, sending to the Senate legislation that prohibits requiring a coronavirus vaccine long after that once novel virus has fully entered the lexicon of pathogens afflicting humans, and compounding that by introducing legislation to make it illegal to provide or administer an mRNA vaccine, which helped minimize the death toll of a pandemic, in any human or mammal in the state. Comment added.
Threatening phone call received at Middle School: At 9:41 a.m. Wednesday, staff at Boundary County Middle School received an anonymous threatening phone call, warning of a school shooting about to happen. The Middle School reported the call to law enforcement and locked down the school, while the Boundary County School District implemented precautionary measures at other county schools. By Andrew O'Neel
Neighbor needs help
Sam Rose is seven months into a high risk pregnancy and supposed to be on bed rest, but she has just about a week to pack, load, clean and haul stuff from her Moyie Springs home to the dump. She's been doing it herself, but doesn't think she'll be able to get it done without help. If you can help, please message her on Facebook or call (208) 625-1997.
Wind chill advisory issued: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued wind chill advisory for North Idaho, north central and northeast Washington and the Palouse, in effect from 10 p.m. today through 10 a.m. Friday. Wind chills of 10 to 25 below zero expected, with the coldest wind chills over North Idaho Thursday and Friday.
Chritchfield bill introduces Bill of rights for parents: Superintendent of Public Instruction Debbie Critchfield has introduced legislation that will establish a Bill of Rights for parents of students enrolled in Idaho’s K-12 public schools. The bill, HB 163, is being sponsored by Representative Judy Boyle and Senator Ben Toews. Once adopted, the legislation will amend Idaho Code 33-6001 to protect parental and guardian rights not currently addressed in Idaho law.
Schools locked down after 911 call: Boundary County School District 101 Schools were placed on lockdown at about 9:42 this morning after a sheriff's dispatcher received a 911 call about an active shooter in a Boundary County public school. Police have checked and cleared all district schools as safe.
February 20
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Winter storm warning issued for Kootenai/Cabinet region: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm warning for the Kootenai/Cabinet region for heavy snow and high winds, in effect from 5 a.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of six to nine inches are expected, with winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour.
Winter weather advisory for North Idaho, NW Washington: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for far North Idaho and northeast Washington for snow and wind, in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Between one and four inches of snow are expected in the valleys with five to 10 inches expected at higher elevations.
About halfway through the 2023 legislative session: The Idaho Legislature does not have a scheduled last day but based upon previous sessions, we are about halfway through our time in Boise for 2023. At this point, we have introduced legislation in committee, passed it on to the full House and on to the Senate. The Legislature moves at breakneck speed and operates at a standstill all at once. By Mark Sauter
Avalanche warning for North Idaho high country: The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, Sandpoint, has issued a backcountry avalanche watch for North Idaho mountains, in effect through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Heavy snowfall and strong winds are predicted over the next 48 hours. Large avalanches at upper elevations and smaller avalanches below tree line will be likely by Tuesday.
February 18
From the state capitol: For the last six weeks at the legislature I have sat on the Senate Education Committee and have listened to a multitude of presentations related to education in Idaho, K-12 and beyond. Presenters have included the new state superintendent of public instruction, superintendents of public schools, principals from charter schools, university and community college presidents and representatives from various career technical programs. By Scott Herndon
Winter storm watch issued for northwest Montana: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for the Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana for heavy snow, in effect from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m. Wednesday. Around four to eight inches of snow is possible over the region, with up to a foot possible in the Yaak and on Highway 2 from Happy's Inn to Kila.
February 16
Open house set on Tribe's Sturgeon Station: An open house on the Kootenai Tribe's Sturgeon Station Travel Plaza road design will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, and the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. Presented by HMH Engineering, Coeur d'Alene, the event will be in an open house format, with guests able to stop in at any time during the three-hour presentation, view the display boards outlining the proposed improvements and question or discuss issues and concerns with project staff.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
February 15
Bonners Ferry option tax proposal under legal review: Bonners Ferry City Administrator Lisa Ailport presented a review of a resolution of a local option tax at a special city council meeting Tuesday. While the draft isn't available pending legal review here is an overview of what will be presented to Bonners Ferry voters in May. "Shall the City of Bonners Ferry, Boundary County, Idaho, adopt an ordinance providing for a local option tax of 1%, effective on July 1, 2023, and extending the period of the tax until December 31, 2033," the draft reads in part.
House votes 'aye' on Greater Idaho bill: The Idaho House of Representatives voted in favor of the “Greater Idaho” bill today. The bill, numbered HJM 1, authorizes Idaho legislators to begin talks with Oregon about relocating the state line they share. During debate on the floor of the House, proponents of the bill cited the desirability of applying Idaho law to eastern Oregon as a way to push Oregon drug laws farther away from Idaho’s current population.
Nine B Strong PAC formed in our community: Are you concerned about the direction our great state and our community are going? Do you remember when people were friendly and respectful even when they disagreed? Do you remember when we put a premium on independence and had the sense to know when to mind our own business and when to come together to build schools, libraries, hospitals, and infrastructure?
February 14
County commission minutes, week of January 16
February 13
Bonners Ferry City Council special meeting, local option tax workshop, 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, city hall.
Bonners Ferry City Council special meeting, comprehensive plan review, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16, city hall.  The Bonners Ferry Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m.
February 11
House approves reducing school elections to twice per year: The Idaho House voted to approve House Bill 58 on February 10 to eliminate March and August school district bond indebtedness and property tax elections, limiting school elections to two days a year for bond measures M&O and supplemental levies; the primary on the third Tuesday in May and the general on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Caring, professional, dedicated ...
Boundary County Sheriff David Kramer is extremely proud of Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Officers Melissa Krejci (left) and Hannah Facha, who recently completed the Emergency Communications Officers Academy and became certified as emergency communications officers. "Boundary County is fortunate to have the caring, professional and dedicated individuals who handle all the calls to the 911 center and dispatch all first responders," he said. 
February 10
Life coach has amazing capacity for living: An unanticipated near-death experience is always traumatic, especially when you're young and vibrant. A King Salmon, Alaska, woman with a passion for the outdoors returned home yesterday after five days in intensive care at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital following a routine visit to her local clinic. Her mother, Darlene Schneider, Bonners Ferry, is with her. And this wasn't her first brush  with death. Copy edited 11 a.m. February 11.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of February 13 
Gun & Horn Show off to a great start: The 2023 Kootenai Valley Sportsman's Association's 30th annual Gun & Horn Show is underway, and it is off to a rousing start. A long line stretched back from the Fairgrounds Memorial Hall entrance, people chatting and visiting, waiting for the doors to open at noon. In the first half hour, more than 250 people were inside, amazed at the number of vendors and the variety of wares on display.
North Idaho Republicans condemn MTG invite: North Idaho Republicans issued a statement today condemning the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee for hosting Marjorie Taylor Greene at their annual Lincoln Day event. North Idaho Republicans, according to their website, is a regional association of longtime Republicans with traditional conservative Republican values, like those embodied by Ronald Reagan.
February 8
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Border Patrol seeking agents, pilots: U.S. Customs and Border Protection is currently accepting applications for Border Patrol Agent GL-5 pay grade positions as part of its ongoing efforts to increase BPA hiring. In addition, CBP is seeking to add 200 Air Interdiction Agents this year through direct-hire authority, despite a drop in candidates due to a national shortage of pilots.
Bonners Ferry native will support Super Bowl flyover: During the 2023 Super Bowl National Anthem performance three Navy tactical squadrons will conduct a unified flyover. Petty Officer First Class Zackary Ray, a Bonners Ferry native, is one of the sailors maintaining the aircraft for Electronic Attack Squadron 129. Zack serves with VAQ -129 in Oak Harbor, Washington.
February 7
Boundary County School District 101 special board meeting (executive session), 1 p.m. Thursday, February 9, district office.
Thank you!
Through a generous donation from Doctor Ramon and Celeste Issa with Off Grid Doc, the Boundary Search and Dive Team and Sheriffs Divers will be able to purchase some additional equipment and training. Doctor Issa said that they like to support our community and be able to help the search and dive rescue team. A portion of the donation will focus on the search and rescue needs and the other portion will be dedicated to the dive team. SAR President Tony Jeppesen said, “We are grateful for this donation as it will further the education of our volunteers.” Pictured left to right: Front row kneeling: Detective Caleb Watts, Dive Team Leader, and Sheriff David Kramer Back row: Brandon Shaver SAR, Levi Falk, SAR and diver, Neil Dyer, diver, SAR President Tony Jeppesen and Doctor Issa and his wife Celeste.
February 5
Personal use firewood permits available
: Ranger districts on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest are once again issuing free personal use firewood permits for up to 12 cords of firewood per permit holder during the 2023 calendar year. To obtain a free permit, simply call or visit your ranger district office, (208) 267-5561 in Boundary County, or the supervisor's office in Coeur d'Alene, (208) 664-2318.
February 3
Risch, Crapo push for concealed carry reciprocity: U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo (both R-Idaho), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), along with 42 of their Senate colleagues, recently introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that allows concealed carry, while still abiding by that state’s laws.
Pearl Theater keeping the lights on ... but barely: After being driven to the verge of insolvency through the COVID years, this winter's icy chill has prolonged the arduous work of the board of the historic Pearl Theater back from the fiscal brink, and if you've ever considered donating, now would be an auspicious time. The last utility bill for the venerable old building was just over $700, the one before that not much better.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of February 6
Bill introduced to limit who could vote by absentee ballot in Idaho: The Idaho House State Affairs Committee introduced a bill Thursday that would limit the number of people eligible for an absentee ballot. Representative Joe Alfieri, R-Coeur d’Alene, pitched the bill, saying the recent popularity of absentee ballots is detrimental to the voting process and opens the door to fraud. He did not cite any examples of voter fraud in Idaho.
Idaho delegation condemn decision on Idaho grizzlies: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Representative Russ Fulcher, all Idaho Republicans, are condemning the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep Endangered Species Act protections for Idaho’s grizzly bears.
February 2
Curley Creek Water awarded grant: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recently announced the award of $191,300 to six drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities evaluate system deficiencies and determine necessary upgrades, as part of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” plan.
February 1
Load restrictions going into effect on area highways: 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 has made the decision to restrict several routes in North Idaho.
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, February 13
Senators seek to ease National Firearms Act burden: U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) on Tuesday introduced the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act, which will remove the taxation, registration and regulation requirements in the National Firearms Act.
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February 7
Murdocks take over campground and RV park: On November 1, the owners of the Bonners Ferry Log Inn sold five luxury log cabins, a log cabin-style bathhouse building and 21 RV sites situated on 3.7 acres to Bonners Ferry residents Munro and Rachel Murdock. The Murdocks have since rebranded the business as North Haven Campground and are working on implementing various property improvements and amenity upgrades.
February 20
70th anniversary of John Alt's arrival in Bonners Ferry: It was 70 years ago Wednesday, February 15, that John Alt and his brother, the late Al Alt, got off the train at the depot in Bonners Ferry, neither speaking a word of English, meeting two people they didn't know except from pictures and letters; their aunt Rosie Neumayer and her step-grandson, Arnold Fessler.
February 15
Nine local students on NIC Dean's List: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for fall semester 2022. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
February 14
Four Badgers graduate University of Idaho: A total of 567 degrees were awarded to 558 students in December in the University of Idaho's fall 2022 commencement. Four were presented to students from Bonners Ferry.
February 7
BCMS honor roll released: Boundary County Middle School's first semester honor roll has been released, with 29 students earning high honor for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average. To earn recognition, students had to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.
February 1
12 local students on U of I Dean's List: A total of 2,787 students qualified for the Dean’s List for the University of Idaho's Fall 2022 semester, including 12 from Boundary County. The semester ended December 16. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester.
March 1
IDFG 'Learn to Hunt & Fish' day camps slated: If hands-on learning is your thing, look no further than our Learn-to-Hunt-and-Fish day camps in the Panhandle Region! Not only do participants leave hunter education certified, but they also leave with more specialized hunting and fishing know-how compared to a standard hunter education class. During summer 2022, staff from the Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Regional office hosted these camps at the Farragut Shooting Range Center. Participants raved about their experience.
February 27
Ranked Number 1 in State!
The Bonners Ferry Badgers basketball team finished their season top seeded in state 3A with a 21-1 record, and they'll be heading to Meridian High School Thursday, March 2, to take on number eight seed Buhl at 7 p.m. to open their bid for the 2023 Idaho state championship! GO, BADGERS!!
February 23
Duke's Claybusters shotgun raffle underway: The Bonners Ferry High School trapshooting team Duke's Claybusters is once again selling raffle tickets to purchase safety equipment, targets and ammunition. Prizes are a $100 gift certificate at Super 1 Foods, dinner, spa and a night's stay at the Kootenai River Inn and a Mossberg shotgun.
February 16
Nik Bertling sets LC indoor pole vault record: Lewis-Clark State College's Nik Bertling, Bonners Ferry, was named the Rize Laboratory Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on Monday. Bertling, a senior pole vaulter, broke his own school record in the indoor pole vault when he cleared a height of 4.67 meters (15.3 feet) at the Whitworth Invite February 10-11 in Spokane.
Sheila Benson rocks week 21 of Tuesday's Trouble: Sheila Benson ran the lanes in week 21 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes February 7, taking high scratch game 173, high scratch series 470, second high handicap game 235 and high handicap series 656. Elaine Wheeler got second high scratch game 166 and third high scratch series 424.
February 13
Tuesday's Trouble, weeks 18 and 19: In week 18 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's, Alice VanGundy took high scratch game with 178, third high scratch series, 444, and tied for second high handicap game, 238. Regina Colby took second high scratch game, 177, high handicap game 246, and second high handicap series, 645. Elaine Wheeler took third high handicap scratch game, 161, second high scratch series, 448, and third high handicap series, 634.
February 9
Apply now for spring turkey controlled hunts: Turkey hunters looking to apply for 2023 spring controlled turkey hunts have until March 1 to apply. Information on the spring 2023 controlled turkey hunts can be found in the 2022-23 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules book.
February 5
Local shooters do well in Junior Olympic state championship: The North Idaho Junior Olympic Rifle Championship took place on the weekend of January 17 at the Kootenai Valley Rifle Range. Shooters from the Bonners Ferry (KV), Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene clubs represented. Their scores of shooters were combined with competitors from southern Idaho and the 2023 Idaho Junior Olympic Champions declared.
February 28
A glimpse inside the Idaho Freedom Foundation: Last year we were up in the majestic mountains of Idaho, in a tiny town way off the beaten path. We were attending a Republican event with several speakers. This was not a fancy dinner in plush surroundings, it was a sandwich in an old wooden grange hall. Much to my surprise, Wayne Hoffman, President of Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) got up to speak with great pride and said IFF analyzes every bill so you don’t have to. Not true! By Mary Souza
February 27
Good work in House due to in part to character of freshmen: Though 24 separate bills were passed on the House floor last week, I'd like to highlight one which may have the broadest effect on Idahoans in the coming year. House Bill 138, passed on Friday, would consolidate Idaho's Presidential Primary voting with current State Primary election dates. By Idaho Representative Sage Dixon
Halfway to nowhere: The 2023 session is theoretically half over (the target date to finish is March 24) and not a single bill has made it to the governor’s desk that addresses the top issues most Idahoans care about: public education funding, property tax relief, infrastructure, healthcare, keeping up with the cost of living, and access to public lands. However, all sorts of dubious bills are popping up like mushrooms – and some may not be safe to consume. By Idaho Representative Steve Berch
Legislature bent on moving back in time: The Greater Idaho movement seems like the first step to completely incorporate the more conservative, angry and hate filled areas of Oregon state into a permanent border move that would enlarge Idaho just to further a political agenda purposes. Idaho in particular and America in general are truly becoming more militant in nature and stepping on many people’s toes to forward their radical agenda. Anonymous
The left uses nonpartisan municipal elections to push dangerous policy: The most radically liberal politicians in America run for office under the protection of nonpartisanship. Once in office, these same “unaligned” officials raise money for the Democrat Party and push extreme policies that harm small businesses and working people. By Dorothy Moon
February 22
Boundary County’s school levy and why I love basketball ... or do I? As a fifth grader, I remember looking through an old trunk in my family’s basement and coming across photographs of a young man wearing a basketball uniform. I knew instantly who it was and being a naturally inquisitive young man, I was compelled to ask my Dad what it was like to play basketball “back in the day?” By Darrell Kerby
Getting a west coast vibe: Gotta love the new and improved Idafornia legislature now seated in Boise. Mexican cartels running parts of Canyon County, openly tagging “their” territory. Idaho HHS is running non-stop vaccination ads in English and Spanish urging everyone to vaccinate themselves and all those around them. A proposal to issue driver’s licenses with nothing more than a utility bill and a foreign ID card as proof of identification. By Rosanne Smith
February 20
Do your best ... lifelong: I'm 64. In years, I've far outlived a sister, my mother. My grandparents, my dad. my stepson, my daughter. Two cousins. Some of the kids with whom I went to school, some my comrades at arms, though we were never thrown into the fray. I had a stroke at age 53, a second two years later, each taking away parts of me, but neither taking the life of me. I still don't know whether it's been a blessing or a curse. But it's not for me to decide. All I can do is trudge forward. By Mike Weland
February 18
Bonners Ferry city council has been AWOL: Two special city council meetings were held on February 14 and 16, respectively. These were held to discuss a local option tax and a land use planning map. Both were urgent items of great significance, requiring action. A golf event in Oregon was scheduled at the same time. Our council scheduled these meetings, in advance, knowing that some members would be absent from the conduct of this business. By Gerald B. Higgs
February 16
Who is really protecting Idaho’s children? Recently, several Idaho legislators introduced bills that would protect Idaho children from adults bent on using our children as vehicles for a radical gender ideology. Gender dysphoria is a controversial mental health condition that has seen a recent spike in diagnoses. While there are many contributors to this spike, some experts believe that growing levels of childhood and adolescent depression are contributing to this spike. By Dorothy Moon
February 15
Don't hold kids hostage, vote yes on M&O: I remember the first time I walked into the old high school some 25 years ago. I thought I was walking into a school in the early 70s like my old grade school. Yes, I am 62, but my point is, it was 1998 and the school was like it was 1973. But, this was a high-school in the year cell phones with cameras and laptops were beginning to dominate modern culture. I thought to myself, how can this be? By Tim Dougherty
February 13
Idaho legislature derelict in addressing public school funding: On Tuesday, March 14, pursuant to Idaho Code, Boundary County School District 101 will ask Boundary County voters to approve a two year,$2.4-million maintenance and operations levy, a biennial chore of decades necessary to keep Naples, Valley View and Mount Hall Elementary Schools, Boundary County Middle School and the Home of the Badgers, Bonners Ferry High School, open. It's an exhaustive and expensive routine in school districts state-wide, unfortunately. By Mike Weland
Doesn't take an outsider to compel board to its duties: In 1972, with urging from the public, U.S. Representative Patsy Mink’s bill to bring equity opportunities in education and activities for girls and women, Congress passed Title IX, signed into law by President Nixon. This was a game changer for the nation’s girls and women. I, along with others, served on a committee to assist our school board with implementing the new law. By Elsie Hollenbeck
February 11
They say Idaho is a 'red' state, but is it? I started my chairmanship of the Idaho Republican Party by reminding our party members of the central message in Lincoln’s “Lyceum Address.” In a contentious and morally-troubled time, Lincoln took great pains to remind his fellow citizens that the alternative to a “love of law and order” was the wild and unruly passions of mob rule. By Dorothy Moon
February 9
Thank you, GROW! I'd like to extend a very warm and heartfelt thank you to our Bonners Ferry GROW! Community Garden, both the organization and the wonderful people who make GROW! the great community asset it is. I was quite surprised and overwhelmed to have been singled out at the recent annual meeting. By Marciavee Cossette
Vote 'Yes' on M&O: Unfortunately, our state legislature has underfunded education for years. As a consequence, local school districts have had to make up the difference in order to continue adequate funding for a variety of essential programs. That’s really what our Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy here in Boundary County is all about. By Robin Lundgren
February 8
The MAGA GOP ... their lips move, but to what purpose?: “Tonight, Governor Sanders showed that while Washington is filled with chaos and crisis, Republican Governors are delivering on promises made to our constituents," Idaho Governor Brad Little said of Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabe Sanders' Republican response to the State of the Union. By Mike Weland
February 6
We are one: The next Isaac Newton ... Albert Einstein? This is David Balogun, nine years old of Pennsylvania. He just graduated high school and has already earned a few college credits as he pursues his dream of being an astrophysicist specializing in the study of black holes and supernovae. By Mike Weland
February 4
In the education debate, words matter: While delivering his State of the State speech in January, Governor Brad Little used the word “public” eleven times in reference to K-12 education funding. Many lawmakers have a far different vocabulary when discussing Idaho’s education budget. Words like “choice,” and “scholarships for private school tuition,” and “education savings accounts.” By Mindy Cameron
February 1
I'm just down the street: A dear friend sent me a beautiful photo and a few lines of explanation regarding an amazing and inspirational Boundary County neighbor and volunteer, Marciavee Cossette, honored at the recent annual meeting of our local GROW! Boundary County Community Garden organization. And she thanked me for publishing. That she felt the need broke my heart. By Mike Weland
February 28
Improv classes and show coming to the Pearl Theater: On Saturday, March 11, improv is coming to Bonners Ferry, not only on the Pearl Theater stage with the Pearl's favorite comedian, Michael Glatzmaier, but in improvisation classes at the Pearl that'll not only teach you how to think on your feet and deliver the wholly unexpected hilarious retort, but help build your confidence and communication skills in ways that can benefit myriad aspects of everyday life.
'The Play That Goes Wrong' proves hilariously right: In case you've wondered, "The Play That Goes Wrong," taking the stage at the Pearl Theater at 7 p.m. this Friday and at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, is a play about a play where everything ... you guessed it ... goes wrong. But for the audience, this farce proves that any number of wrongs can turn out just right.
February 11
Donkey basketball coming to BFHS Wednesday: The Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter is hosting donkey basketball at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 15. A total of six teams will come together and leave it on the court riding donkeys dueling for the title of donkey basketball champions. Come enjoy a night with basketball, donkeys and fun! The Bonners ferry FFA chapter will be outside Safeway selling tickets until 6 p.m. today.
February 1
Birds of Play to play the Pearl Theater: The Pearl Theater is thrilled to host Colorado-based Birds of Play for the first time at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 19. With a dynamic mix of sentimentality and playfulness, Birds of Play's original music will take you‪ on a joyous journey filled with tales of love lost and found, ballads of wild places, and the radical idea that being happy for no reason at all is reason enough.
Graham Nash to perform at the Panida: Legendary singer/songwriter Graham Nash will perform 60 years of songs and stories at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint at 8 p.m. Friday, July 7. A founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, he is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later.
February 28
Daryl R. Anderson, 77, Libby, passed away at his home Sunday, February 19, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 29, 1945, in Bonners Ferry to Garland and Belle (Cummings) Anderson. Services for Daryl were held February 25 at Libby Christian Church, 100 Kootenai River Road.
Michelle Ann Colaianni, born April 28, 1989, to William Colaianni and Diane Gialombardo left her worldly body February 17, 2023, and is now wrapped in the arms of our sweet Jesus. Michelle loved Montana, loved her family, her dogs, chickens, turkeys, and friends. Being outdoors and riding in her side-by-side, fishing in the Kootenai, under the old bridge, or at Alvord Lake, is where she could be found most times. Side-by-side rides to Spar Lake, China Mountain, or even back roads to Bonners were her quiet peace rides.
February 27
Barbara Jean Brown passed away peacefully February 22, 2023, with her family and friends surrounding her. She was born to Madeline and John Kaus on November 26, 1945, in Newport, Washington. The Priest River Mortuary, 43 Wisconsin Street, Priest River, will hold a viewing at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3, with graveside services at 11 a.m.
February 22
Alice Katherine (Fox) Sandaker, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Bonners Ferry with her family by her side on Feb 12, 2023. At her request no services will be held.
February 20
Darrell Dean Chronister, 88, passed away February 16, 2023, at his home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho was an only child, born on January 25, 1935, to John and Ella Mae (Hazelrigg) Chronister in Savannah, Missouri. He spent most of his life in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. He worked for a Ford dealership for 19 years as a service writer and assistant manager, until his diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa.
February 18
Alice Wright passed away on February 15, 2023, at The Schneidmiller House in Coeur d'Alene. She was born on June 28, 1939, in California, the daughter of Joseph and Evelyn Silviera. No services are planned at this time.
February 14
Lillian Brackebusch died February 14, 2023, in Bonners Ferry, at Sunset Home Assisted Living. Lillian was born on March 8, 1930, in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, the daughter of Phillip and Margaret Jurek Rau.
February 12
Sharon Burney, 80, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family February 3, 2023. Services and a Celebration of Life are pending and will be announced at a later date. A full obituary will follow.
February  7
Douglas Leroy Shaffer, born April 4, 1950, in Paso Robles, California, danced into the arms of Jesus on January 16, 2023, at the age of 72, after a long battle against cancer. He passed away at his home in Bonners Ferry, surrounded by family.
Steven Ray Gorton died suddenly on February 4, 2023. He was born to Ray and Alene Marie Gorton on February 21, 1961 in San Jose, California, where his father worked for Qantas Airlines. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Mennonite Church in Bonners Ferry at 2 p.m. Friday, February 10. Out of town family and friends can call (208) 427-2040 to listen to the service.