Illegal immigration threatens our nation’s foundation and future

What on Earth is going on? Recent videos show military aged young men from Africa crossing our southern border unimpeded. More than 37,000 Chinese nationals crossed our southern border illegally in 2023 alone. Debit cards of $10,000 apiece are being handed out to illegal immigrants in New York City. — By Dorothy Moon with response by the publisher

!! On to state !!

The Timberlake Tigers fought hard tonight, and the Badgers struggled the the opening half, down 4-10 at one point before tying it up at 19-19 at the end of the first quarter. The Badgers took the lead about half way through the second quarter, 27-25 …

Official notice of GOP caucus

  This serves as official notice that the Idaho Republican Presidential Nominating Caucus will be on Saturday, March 2. The caucuses will be held at locations in every county across […]

We have victory!

Tonight the Badger varsity boys faced off against the Timberlake Tigers in the first game of the district championship. Eli Blackmore started off the Badgers scoring streak with a beautiful three point shot from the top of the key to kick start the first quarter. With 44 seconds in the half, senior Wyatt Smith from out of nowhere stole the ball for a turnover and another two points to bring the half to an end at 46-24.

Busy night tonight for Badger boys basketball

By Piper Banning It’s a busy night for Badger basketball as the high school boys launch districts at home tonight at 6 p.m. and the Boundary County Middle School boys […]

Mulemanship master Ty Evans coming to town

There are very few teachers in the world who are such masters at their discipline that not only will students gladly pay for the privilege of their teachings, but spectators will stand in line to buy tickets for the pleasure of beholding the remarkable transformation that blossoms in the student as the master’s secrets are revealed and understanding sets in. One such master and his family will be in Bonners Ferry for three days this spring, and both students and spectators are lining up.

Sunday a great day for shooting

Dean Nelson took A Class 43/50, and Bill Bustillos took B Class 35/50 on Sunday — it was a great day to be shooting. The A-Class: Dean Nelson 43/50 Melanie […]

Gunsmoke leads the way in week 21

Jeanne Osborn got high scratch game 159 and second high handicap game 234 in week 21 of Tuesday’s Trouble Women’s League bowling at Liberty Lanes. Carolyn McNeill got second high scratch game with a 151 and Elaine Wheeler and Denise Crichton tied for third high scratch game 148. Denise also bowled third high scratch series, 390.

Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes – Week of January 22

***Monday, January 22, 2024, at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Tim Bertling, Commissioner Wally Cossairt, Commissioner Ben Robertson, Clerk Glenda Poston, and Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser. […]

No relief for regular workers

I was happy to read in 9B News Governor Little’s announcement of a funding bill for schools in such desperate need of facilities repair and replacement. It’s House Bill 521. […]

Remember May matters

Maybe you’ve already seen the May Matters signs around the area? What the signs say is true, especially now. This May does matter. May 21 is the date for the Idaho Primary election when all 105 State Legislative positions will be decided. — By Robin Lundgren

Bat tests positive for rabies in Kootenai County

A bat found in Kootenai County on February 7 tested positive for rabies according to Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW). A Kootenai […]

Foresight of former legislators paying off now

Eric L.’s letter in the Herald, and those like him, are the reason Idaho’s state budget has skyrocketed. The hoards of out-of-state refugees have created a strain on resources, services […]

Idaho House GOP leaders put the ‘fun’ in dysfunction

For democracy to work, elected leaders must have the freedom to act in the best interest of their constituents. This bedrock principle is now being severely undermined by Idaho’s House GOP leadership. We’re seeing historic levels of strong-arming around votes behind closed doors and harsh punishment for dissent. — By Lauren Necochea

NI GOP — Who are we as a party?

As President’s Day weekend approaches in North Idaho, Republicans reflect on the enduring principles embodied by President Abraham Lincoln, a guiding light for Republicans since he is the very founder of our party. With Republican Lincoln Day Dinner activities in full swing across our state, this is a time for reflection for all Republicans: Who are we as a party? From North Idaho Republicans

It’s playoff time, Badger fans!

The Badger boys varsity basketball team are the Intermountain league champions with a regular season record of 18-3 and 2-0 league, and they’ll host their only league opponent, the Timberlake Tigers in a two-game district playoff next week, with the first game set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 20. They will then again face off against the Tigers at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 22, again on the Badger’s home court.

The media and the caucus

By Brent Regan IDGOP Rules Chairman As we approach the March 2 Presidential Preference Caucus the amount of misinformation being generated by the media and talking heads is stunning. At […]

GOP caucus a preset MAGA sham

By Mike Weland Publisher No matter how it came about or what excuses they make in their attempt to sell it, the upcoming Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus is but one […]

USS Idaho to be christened in March

The U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine, the future USS Idaho (SSN 799), will be formally christened and named on Saturday, March 16, at General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, […]

Naples students told to be cautious at bus stops

Naples Elementary Principal Robin Merrifield sent students home Monday with a letter urging extra caution at bus stops as there have been reports of unfamiliar people near bus stops meriting […]

Lincoln County Sheriff seeking burglary suspects

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in identifying two burglary suspects. In the early morning hours of February 6, the two broke into Meadowlark Log Homes […]

Heavy snow bursts possible this afternoon

Bursts of heavy snow showers will be possible across North Idaho this afternoon and evening as an Arctic front slides in from the northeast. Bonner and Boundary counties have the […]

Police warn of scammers out to steal what’s yours

In the wake of numerous recent fraud attempts the Bonners Ferry Police Department sends out a reminder that no legitimate law enforcement officer will call you asking for money, and […]

Gunsmoke fired up in week 26

By Dolores Sweet Jeanne Osborn got high scratch game 159 and second high handicap game 234 in week 26 of Tuesday’s Trouble Women’s League Bowling to help lead Gunsmoke to […]

Threat of morning snow ended

5:27 a.m.: It’s 34-degrees in Bonners Ferry and it appears we missed the predicted nasty weather, and what did fall below 2,500 feet across the region, the Spokane office of […]

Sally Olson competes in second district spelling bee

On Saturday, Salisia “Sally” Olson, the daughter of Heather and Troy Olson and an eighth grader at Boundary County Middle School, competed for the second time at the Regional Spelling […]

Badger cheerleaders bound for state

By Piper Banning The Badgers cheerleaders hit the road for districts this weekend in Lewiston, and as the bus was preparing to leave, head coach Teri Hinrichs said, “We are […]

Having fun at Fiber Fest

During this year’s Fiber Fest, more than a dozen local crafters working in a variety of natural fibers demonstrated and taught their skills to a sizeable group of visitors at our museum Saturday, February 10. Marsha Semar is a frequent, longtime exhibitor at the Saturday Market.

Winter weather advisory for morning snow

The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for early morning snow on Monday, with one to three inches possible in the valleys and up to six […]

‘Conservative’ budget another IFF sham

What’s the difference between a “conservative base budget” and a “bare-bones budget?” It depends whether the information comes from the Idaho Freedom Foundation and Scott Herndon or from traditional Idaho […]

Idaho flags to half staff for fallen Marine

Governor Brad Little has ordered U.S. flags and State of Idaho flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor 27-year-old Captain Benjamin Moulton of Emmett, one of the five U.S. […]

Little lauds introduction of school funding bill

Governor Brad Little issued a statement today following the introduction of the school facilities funding and tax relief bill Thursday. “I am so grateful to my partners in the Legislature […]

Five running for two seats on Creston town council

The Town of Creston will be hold a by-election to fill the vacant Councillor positions resulting from the resignation of Councillors Jim Elford and Anthony Mondia in 2023. General Voting […]

Lady Badgers season ends

The Lady Badgers offense fell apart tonight in game three of district play against the Timberlake Tigers as the Tigers swept to state contention in convincing fashion, 64-25. Taren Bateman […]

Thank goodness Woodward isn’t an IFF lackey

As a constituent of former Idaho Senator Jim Woodward, I agree with only one thing that I read in Ms. or Mr. Fay Almond’s letter in the Bonners Ferry Herald […]

Badger girls return to Timberlake tonight

It’s down to the wire for the Bonners Ferry Badger girls, who fell to Timberlake Wednesday, 46-43, forcing a third playoff game tonight at 6 p.m. at Timberlake to decide […]

The new Idaho GOP; Old kids with new crayons

One thing about putting radicals in power … They love to make rules, even though they are bad at it and the rules invariably terrible. That’s especially true of the radicals who insist with fervor that they believe in less government, fewer rules. Who tout “True Conservative!” values. — By Mike Weland

Meetings set on Lincoln County library initiative

Libraries in Lincoln County, Montana, will each hold public informational meetings next week on a county resolution to put an initiative to create and fund a county library taxing district […]

Open complaint on property at US95 & El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry

I am logging this formal complaint requesting an enforcement action for business activities occurring on property at the southeast intersection of US95 & El Paso Street in the City of Bonners Ferry owned by Eric Lederhos and operated by Levi Falck, based upon alleged activities. — By Gerald Higgs

Rasor making bid for Idaho House 1A

Cornel Rasor is a conservative community leader North Idahoans trust. He was raised in Bonner County, growing up on his parent’s ranch. Cornel and his wife Kim have been married […]

Community Hospital welcomes OB/GYN

Boundary Community Hospital bids welcome Dr. Alexander Robles, a board-certified OB/GYN from Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, Libby, who will be offering services at its guest clinic. At Boundary Community Hospital, […]

Badgers stave off the Lakeside Plumbers

The Badgers boys faced off against the Lakeside Plumber tonight at Bonners Ferry High School. At half time the Badgers were up 34-32 thanks to an amazing block by Blackmore to stave off the tie. He went on to break a 38-36 Plumber lead with three minutes left in the third with a three-pointer. The Badgers held the lead, wrapping up their final regular season game with a 72-61 victory.

Virginia T. Addams

Virginia T. Addams, 92, died February 6, 2024, at the Community Restorium in Bonners Ferry. She was born on May 18, 1931. in Dearborn, Michigan, the daughter of Antonio and […]

Badger basketball district payoffs on tap

The Badger girls won their opener of the Intermountain League Title, and they’ll travel to Spirit Lake to take on the Timberlake Tigers for the second game at 6 p.m. […]

Evelyn Smith has the touch in week 20

By Dolores Sweet Evelyn Smith got high scratch game 163, high handicap game 258 and tied for third high handicap series 630 to come out on top in week 20 […]

Fiscal malpractice

By Representative Steve Berch In December of 2019, I wrote an op-ed titled, “The Fiscal Elephant in the Room.” It detailed how the Idaho Legislature was exempting an estimated $2.5 […]

FAFSA deadline extended

Students applying for the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship now have until March 31, 2024, to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), rather than March 1. The FAFSA is […]

ISP seeking top-notch troopers

The Idaho State Police (ISP) is actively seeking qualified and driven individuals to join our team of dedicated men and women who safeguard the residents of Idaho. Embark on a […]

Underhill on deans list at Oklahoma Staate

Cassidy Underhill, a 2023 Bonners Ferry High School graduate and the daughter of Michael and Denise Underhill, Moyie Springs, earned Dean’s List honors for the fall semester at Oklahoma State […]

Gotta love New-Idaho-Some.

Almost 20 days at their seats as overlords of the minions, the Idaho elected elite are busy taking away what you love(d) about the state one rule at a time. Taking away local control of your library. Taking away local control of your schools. Anyone with a gun can be an armed guard…trained resource officers no longer. — By Rosane Smith

A primer on the GOP caucus

The Idaho GOP Caucus takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, not just in Boundary County, but simultaneously in every county in the state, 11 a.m. for those counties in the Pacific time zone, noon for those on Mountain time, to choose the allocation for the votes of the state’s 32 delegates to the 2024 Republican National Convention taking place in Milwaukee in July.

Two Senators, two academies, Ana Chase gets three nominations

Ana Chase, born in Hawaii and soon to be a Bonners Ferry High School graduate, has been nominated by two U.S. Senators to not one but two of the nation’s the U.S. Military Academies, with Senator Mike Crapo nominating her for the U.S. Naval Academy and Senator Jim Risch nominating her for appointments to both the Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Boundary County’s registered sex offenders

At present, there are 33 registered sex offenders living in Boundary County, up six from January 2, 2023, when this list was last published. There are currently no registered juvenile […]

Lowman running for District 1 House B seat

My name is Chuck Lowman. I’m asking for your vote on May 21 to serve as your representative in the Idaho House of Representatives for District 1-B. In running for […]

Two feral dogs on the loose

Two small dogs (far left and far right) are missing in the area of District 2 and Blume Hill Roads in Bonners Ferry. Both were rescued recently from a hoarder, […]

U of I Dean’s List honors to 19 local students

Thomas Hubbell Zachary Callos Xavier Naranjo Victoria Rae Sky Reinhardt Rose Owens Macy McIntyre Katelyn Hutchinson Falisha Elliston Eika Willis Cory Clairmont Colton Hubbell Brooklynn Jolley Ambur Robbins Alex Stella […]

William “Bill” Lewis

William “Bill” Lewis, 78, who retired to Bonners Ferry five years ago, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, at Valley Vista Memory Care in Sandpoint. A memorial service will […]

Badgers cruise to win as Lion’s tank runs dry

The Eureka Lions boys basketball team made that long 120-mile trip to Bonners Ferry Monday, January 29, and while the bus did just fine, the Lions ran out of gas early and rode the bus the two-plus hours home suffering a 76-45 beating at the hands of the Bonners Ferry Badgers. — By Piper Banning

BF Vet holding third feral cat fixing clinic

The Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic is continuing its efforts to address the overpopulation of the county’s feral cats by hosting another sterilization clinic, its third cat spay and neuter clinic […]

Time to invite community back to the Restorium

Joy Liljestam is a true believer in the power of activity. She was activities director at a Colorado assisted living facility for eight years before retirement. She and her husband, […]

The Emperor stands before us … buck naked

Well, here we are approaching another Republican primary in North Idaho on May 21. Albeit some months off, I have been carefully watching our current freshman District 1 Senator in hopes he would faithfully act as our representative on issues that matter to District 1 citizens. — By Bob Clark

Justice will prevail, Luttig predicts

Many North Idaho residents have been following the many court cases involving former president Donald J. Trump. Many have voiced concerns in meetings and letters to the editor that wealthy, powerful individuals are seldom brought to justice because of the undue influence of wealth and power in our judicial system. During a webinar this morning, citizens from all over the country heard a renowned conservative judge share his optimism that our system of justice, while slow moving, will succeed in the end.

House Bill 415 is a disaster waiting to happen

House Bill 415 as written is a disaster waiting to happen with implications to lessen school safety instead of enhancing it. It is a piece of legislation unsolicited by any school district or school related entity in Idaho, and it was written in a vacuum and pushed onto our state by the National Rifle Association. This bill is redundant and needs serious revision so that all Idahoan stakeholders can have input

Marian Rosalie Rosco

Marian Rosalie Rosco died January 14, 2024, at Bridge Assisted Living in Sandpoint. Marian was born on November 26, 1935, in Coeur d’Alene, daughter of Harold and Emma Hodgen Martin. […]

KV Rifle Club hosts Idaho State Junior Olympic Rifle Championship

On January 20, the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club hosted the Idaho State Junior Olympic Rifle Championship at the Bonners Ferry Range, with shooters from the Bonners Ferry (KV), Sandpoint, and Coeur d’Alene (CdA) clubs, along with the Little Explorers 4-H Club from Boise represented.

Elaine Wheeler rolls high scratch in week 19

Elaine Wheeler got high scratch game 144, high scratch series 416 and tied for third high handicap series with 596 in week 19 of Tuesday’s. Trouble women’s league bowling at Liberty Lanes. Jeanne Osborn got second high scratch game 135, second high scratch series 368 and tied for third high handicap series 596.

The extremist branch of Idaho’s GOP is producing a moving experience

Many people have literally been moved by the ugly performance of Idaho’s Republican extremists in recent years. That is, significant numbers of teachers, librarians, doctors and others have moved out of the Gem State to escape the false claims and oppressive legislation conjured by the dysfunctional branch of Idaho’s GOP, now presided over by Dorothy Moon. — By Jim Jones

January thaw brings a perfect score on home range

Traditionally there always seems to be a winter thaw in January and this year did not disappoint. Temperatures rose to the high 30s. Sunday, January 28, 2024, was a foggy day to go shooting. Overall, there were only 23 shooters that came out to shoot. And with the January thaw came the first perfect score in the singles at the Bonners Ferry Gun Club.

Badger boys spank Eureka on senior night

The Badger boys hosted the Lincoln County Lions tonight for Senior Night, and sent Eureka back up that long, dark highway home subdued by a good ol’ fashioned 76-45 whoopin.’ […]

Bryant brings home medals, state record

In October, Davy Bryant, Naples, traveled to Spokane and brought home medals after taking third place in men’s open bodybuilding and fourth in men’s physique in a qualifying round of […]

William “Bill” Lewis

William “Bill” Lewis, 78, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024 at Valley Vista Care in Sandpoint. Bill was born on July 28, 1945 in Schenectady, New York the son […]

Robert “Bob” Henry Neumeyer

Robert “Bob” Henry Neumeyer, 93, passed away on January 19, 2024, in Eagle, Idaho. Bob was born on March 27, 1930, in Denison, Iowa, to Viola and Rudy Neumeyer. Funeral […]

Ussher SCC’s second fastest ever in 600 meters

She’s nearing the end of her stay at Spokane Community College, but Bonners Ferry High School standout athlete and 2022 high honors graduate Camille Ussher isn’t going to graduate this […]

Little sending ISP to Texas border

Governor Brad Little announced today he is following up on a promise he made during his State of the State and Budget Address – to send two more teams of […]

Parents know best how to educate their children

This week, communities throughout the nation celebrated the enormous potential of school choice. Now, more than ever, students and families hunger for alternatives to the public school system. With a plethora of educational options available today, our government should champion and empower families to discover the best fit for their children, rather than confining them to an outdated system. — By Dorothy Moon

Elect Jim Woodward state senator

I’ve been a registered Republican for eight years and my husband Orrin is a Democrat — but we’re both more interested in the candidate’s character, voting record and positions on issues rather than party affiliation. Political advertising is obviously biased in favor of their own candidates — so that’s why it is important to talk to candidates in person, to separate fact from fiction. — By Jo Len Everhart

Freedom Caucus says America being invaded

America is being invaded. Since Joe Biden took office, millions of illegal migrants have crossed our southern border. This invasion is bringing crime and gang violence to Idaho and has created a pathway for deadly drugs like fentanyl to our streets. — From the Idaho Freedom Caucus

Mary Susan Taft

Mary Susan Taft, 83, Moyie Springs, was born June 13, 1940, in New Borough, New York, to Fannie Bell and James Bishop. She died January 8, 2024. Memorial services will […]

Fight or flight: Idahoans have a choice in setting the trajectory for our politics

I was 16 when I had my first transformative political experience. It was 1967 and I had been selected as an American Field Service Student. I along with 700 other US students boarded a ship headed to Europe. On arrival we all headed to our assigned countries; (destinations known, experiences to come unknown). Five of us departed to Portugal, then ruled by the dictator Antonio Salazar. — By Diana Dawson

District 1 shows clear support for Woodward

Two weeks ago, fundraising numbers for the upcoming state senate race were released to the public through the State’s campaign finance website. This information is free and easy for all to see. Based on what I was able to download, it is clear that the people of Bonner and Boundary counties support Jim Woodward over Scott Herndon. The numbers simply don’t lie. By Leah Opitz

Republicans advance bill to arm school staff

Despite fervent opposition from school trustees, administrators and teachers as well as concern from law enforcement officials, Idaho Republicans advanced a bill that would grant school employees the right to carry guns in classrooms and give them legal immunity if they engage in a gunfight on campus.

Troy man charged in 2020 grizzly bear killing

A Troy man was charged this week with evidence tampering related to the shooting and killing of a grizzly bear on his property in 2020 and the discarding of the […]

BCMS girls win one, lose one

The Boundary County Middle School girls hosted the Timberlake Tigers Tuesday, playing before a hometown crowd for the first time this season, and while the eighth graders fell, 48-18, the seventh graders turned the tables, romping to a 47-15 victory. By Piper Banning

Election law hasn’t changed

Every two years, we go to the polls and elect all 105 members of the Idaho legislature. In the May primary election, we choose a candidate within our party. In the November general election, we put the party candidates up against one another to determine who will represent our legislative district. By Shawn Keough

Local sites needed for summer meals program

The Idaho Department of Education is seeking sponsors for this year’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides free meals and snacks to children 18 years and younger by operating […]

Bonners Ferry Gun Club league updates

Week two of the Spokesman Review shoot was also the first week of the 10-week Camas Prairie Trapshooting Association leagues and our local Bonners Ferry Gun Club (BFGC) leagues. The Camas takes the number of participants into account, so BFGC only gets to submit their top three scores. — By Kristie Campbell

Herndon no champion for schools

Scott Herndon wrote an article that was published in the Reader on December 27 touting all the great things that he did for Idaho schools. He brags about his support for HB292, which tackled property tax relief and provided some funding for school infrastructure. — By Sara Trautwein

Badgers brawl it out in the backwoods

The Lady Badgers put up a hard fight in today’s Backwoods Brawl with the Timberlake Tigers, but fell just short of a win, 66-61, while the boys couldn’t be stopped, starting out hot in a three-point shootout in the opening minutes of the opening quarter on the way to an 84-45 win … by Piper Banning

Things to think about in a cold snap

I am renting this winter in Sandpoint— too hard for me out on the mountain. My pipes froze in the rental. Sandpoint to the rescue! A plumber, an electrician, a telephone system, roads, clean water (hot and cold) … these are all basic services that could not exist without local, state and federal government. By Nancy Gerth

Festival of Hearts returning with renewed excitement

Mark your calendars! The Fry Healthcare Foundation is thrilled to announce the triumphant return of its beloved Festival of Hearts Gala, an in-person extravaganza taking place at 5 p.m. Saturday,  […]

Freezing rain, light snow could make life slippery

The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington for mixed glop to make roads slick and travel dangerous through noon Sunday. […]

Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes – Week of January 8

Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes – Week of January 8 ***Monday, January 8, 2024, at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Tim Bertling, Commissioner Wally Cossairt, Commissioner Ben Robertson, […]

Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes – Week of January 1

***Monday, January 1, 2024, Commissioners did not meet due to the New Year’s holiday. ***Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Tim Bertling, […]

Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes – Week of December 25

***Monday, December 25, 2023, Commissioners did not meet due to the Christmas holiday. ***Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Tim Bertling, Commissioner […]

Commissioners’ Minutes – Week of December 4

***Monday, December 4, 2023, at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Tim Bertling, Commissioner Wally Cossairt, Commissioner Ben Robertson, Clerk Glenda Poston, and Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser. […]

9B News Boundary County Voter’s Guide​

The 9B News Boundary County Voter’s Guide is published as a public service to both the electors who will vote the local ballots and the candidates seeking to serve. My […]

Ruth Eileen (Merritt) Cooper

Ruth Eileen (Merritt) Cooper (better known as Eileen Cooper) passed away peacefully at home on January 12, 2024. No services are planned. She was born in Bonners Ferry on May 7, 1929, the daughter of Robert Franklin and Edith Irene (Clark) Merritt.

Another session, another library bill

By Steve Berch — We’re only seven days into the 2024 legislative session and we’re already seeing bills to ban masks, accelerate charter schools, allow concealed firearms on college campuses, make it even more difficult to terminate a pregnancy due to rape or incest, impede child protection services from doing their job, and a slew of other bills that no one is asking for when I visit voters at their door.

An evening with Fulcher leaves questions

By Clarice M McKenney I drove to Congressman Russ Fulcher’s Town Hall in Sandpoint Tuesday night in spite of the brutal cold and joined a full crowd. To everyone’s credit, […]

BCH back in stride after flood

Boundary Community Hospital experienced flooding in a portion of the facility Tuesday evening due to a burst water pipe, prompting a temporary restriction on services. We are pleased to announce that the issue has been mitigated and all hospital services have been fully restored.


All Boundary County School District 101 schools are closed today, Wednesday, January 17, due to adverse weather conditions.

Troy man stirs up ruckus in Libby Saturday

Videos on Facebook posted by Aleks Robles Saturday afternoon shows a man in a gray hoody calmly tying an orange tow strap from his pickup to a lifted Toyota pickup, both rigs parked behind a berm of centerline snow, facing south in the northbound lane of Dakota Avenue in Libby, in front of a small house in Libby. Not to the axle, but to something on the roof at the top of the passenger side door.

Revived ‘harmful to minors’ library materials bill advances in Idaho Legislature

A new bill seeking to prohibit public and school libraries from making “material harmful to minors” available to children under 18 is heading to the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives for a vote.  On Monday, the Idaho Legislature’s House State Affairs Committee voted along party lines to send House Bill 384 to the House floor.

Winter storm warning issued for North Idaho

The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for heavy snow moving into the region Tuesday night and a winter storm warning for the system it will […]

A long tail about old noodle soup; or how much is that chicken in the Mesozoic?

I came to the Boundary County Restorium on a rainy Wednesday, November 15, nervous. Scared. Trying to put on the air of Cool Hand Luke as the Restorium bus pulled up and I rode my chair to the side, waiting for the door to open. Not where I pictured I’d be when I grew up, but here I was … make the best of it. Be smart, capable. Look cool as is possible and make the best of it. I allowed a damp mist to converge and mingle with my tears as I waited to board the conveyance that would carry me away to “The Home.” I’d seen “Happy Gilmore.” Above all else, boy … be cool

Winter storm watch issued Tuesday to Thursday

The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch for North Idaho and northeast Washington, calling for as much as a foot of new snow from Tuesday afternoon […]

Normal energy use can resume, Avista says

Avista is pleased to announce that customers can now resume normal energy use. This follows a period of conservation requested by the company due to a mechanical issue with one […]

A comedic legend coming to Bonners Ferry

Way back in the mid-80s, living in Spokane, I came to the conclusion, ultimately proven false, that I was going to be a stand-up comic when I grew up. In the few years it took to disabuse myself of the notion, I had a few successes and made a number of dear friends. One of them, it gives me great pleasure to say, will perform in Bonners Ferry this month. If you like comedy and a good laugh, you will love Nick Theisen. ~ By Mike Weland

January 15, 2024 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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 […]

Groups work like clockwork to get freezing man to help

At about 6:25 a.m. today, Boundary Ambulance personnel were called out into the cold and dark to go to the aid of a 35-year-old man stranded in his disabled truck off Highland Flats Road in the vicinity or Round Mountain Road. He said he was extremely cold and feared frostbite was setting in.

Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, January 11

Mayor Alonzo called the Special Council Meeting to order at 12:01pm. Council members present were Ron Smith, Brion Poston and Adam Arthur joined by Zoom. Staff members present were City Engineer Mike Klaus, City Clerk/Treasurer Deborah Garcia. No Public were present.

Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, January 2

Mayor Alonzo called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Council present were Ron Smith, Val Thompson, Adam Arthur, and Brion Poston. Staff present were City Administrator Mike Klaus, City Attorney Andrakay Pluid, Police Chief Brian Zimmerman, Clerk/Treasurer Deborah Garcia. Public present …

Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, December 19

Mayor Alonzo called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Council present were Ron Smith, Val Thompson, Brion Poston, Adam Arthur. Staff present were City Engineer Mike Klaus, City Attorney Andrakay Pluid, Clerk/Treasurer Deborah Garcia, Planner Tess Vogel, Planner Clare Marley

Avista asking customers to conserve

Avista is asking customers to conserve natural gas as a result of a mechanical issue occurring with a transmission natural gas provider for Avista. The pipeline supplier’s issue is affecting […]

North Idaho man dies of flu; ninth this season in Idaho

Panhandle Health District (PHD) is reporting North Idaho’s first influenza-related death for the 2023-24 flu season. The individual, who was in their 20s, died due to complications from an influenza […]

Blizzard conditions close Idaho roads

Blizzard conditions across much of the state has caused the Idaho Transportation Department to close several routes. Plows will be out in full force today and until the winter weather […]

Skin Creek Water lands DEQ grant

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $279,580 to seven drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities evaluate system deficiencies and determine necessary […]

Sheriff’s admin phone is now working

From the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office: 10:32 a.m. Friday, January 12, UPDATE — The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office main administrative line, (208) 267-3151, is back in service.

GOP’s putative embrace of freedom anything but

Dorothy Moon, chair of the Idaho Republican Party and stalwart of the party’s radical right MAGA wing, certainly knows the tropes that dribble down from on high in Mar-a-Lago like excrement into the pits beneath a National Park Service outhouse. What’s astonishing is how she and so many of her ilk in high GOP office can employ such tripe with straight face and nary a trace of shame. — By Mike Weland

Bonners Ferry Gun Club Winter League begins

By Guest writer Kristie CampbellClub Secretary Leagues at the Bonners Ferry Gun Club (BFGC) had a soft open this week as the club and the High School trap team started […]

Warming centers set up for Boundary County residents

By Andrew O’NeelBoundary County Public Information The National Weather Service is forecasting very cold temperatures in Boundary County starting tomorrow, January 12. Forecasted daytime temperatures near zero during the day […]

Dangerous cold expected

The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a wind chill warning for dangerously cold conditions, in effect until noon Saturday in the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, with wind gusts […]

An open letter to ITD on Three Mile traffic

I am writing to urgently address the safety concerns in the 3mile area where the current speed limit stands at 55 miles per hour. The Three Mile area is characterized by congestion, a lack of turning lanes and no frontage roads, making navigation challenging for drivers. — By Shelly Kramer

Wind chill warning issued

The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a wind chill warning for dangerously cold conditions, in effect from 10 p.m. today through noon Saturday. The thermometer is expected to drop […]

Conservative Idahoans embrace message of faith, family and freedom

The Idaho Republican Party held its 2024 Winter Meeting last weekend at Harvest Church in Meridian. I am proud to say it was one of the best run meetings I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. The Rules and Resolutions Committees worked hard into Friday night, and their work paid off when the State Central Committee approved their reports on Saturday morning. — By Dorothy Moon

Judith “Judy” Joan (Scalph) Rich

Judith “Judy” Joan (Scalph) Rich, 82, was born May 16, 1941, in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, to Leonard and Helen (Babcock) Scalph and peacefully passed into heaven from Lewy Bodies dementia […]

Idaho must stand for righteousness

By Steve Tanner – The State of Idaho, through her properly elected representatives, has enacted laws of late to ensure the recording of accurate vital statistics on official state documents, to limit participation in scholastic women’s sports to those certified as women at the time of their birth, to limit bathroom and locker room access to those of the same sex and to outlaw sex altering surgeries on children. Federal Courts, citing “constitutional rights,” have in each case issued stays to temporarily block the expressed will of the people of this state.

Fulcher needs to stand up for those defending Ukraine

By Jim JonesJJ Commontater Representative Russ Fulcher has failed to grasp that his repeated failure to support Ukraine in defending against Russia’s genocidal war is extremely harmful to America’s national […]

Avalanche warning issued for North Idaho

The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, Sandpoint, has issued an avalanche warning indicating high avalanche hazard for the entire forecast region. Danger will remain high through Thursday at elevations above 5,500-feet in the St. Joe Mountains of the Silver Valley, Selkirk Range and Cabinet Mountains of Northern Idaho and Western Montana.

Barbara Joan Helbach

Barbara Joan Helbach passed away peacefully on Christmas morning in Sandpoint. She was born November 24, 1928 in Audubon, Iowa, to Glenn and June Johnson. She grew up on the […]

Winter weather updates

  Montana winter storm warning to be followed by storm watch 2:20 p.m.: The winter storm warning in northwest Montana will remain in effect through 11 a.m. Wednesday, and it […]

9B News standing by to keep community informed

The first predicted major winter storm of this year is approaching as of 2 p.m. and a little behind schedule; it is now estimated that snow will begin falling in Bonners Ferry at about 6 p.m. today. In the days ahead, I will be standing by to bring you news as I receive it, and I encourage everyone to share with me any breaking news you might have, no matter the time, day or night.

Idaho State of the State Address

The full transcript of Idaho Governor Brad Little’s sixth State of the State Address, delivered today in Boise.

Take Back Idaho taking on extremists

Take Back Idaho PAC, which is dedicated to protecting Idaho from extremism and misinformation, are ramping up their nonpartisan efforts to ensure a more informed electorate and over time, a […]

Brian Thomas Kincaid

Brian Thomas Kincaid, 63, Bonners Ferry, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 2, after a long battle with cancer, his wife Tammi by his side. All services will be held […]

Badgley graduates top of his class

Boundary County Sheriff’s Detention Deputy Joseph Badgley recently graduated from the Idaho Detention Academy in Meridian at the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy at the top of his class of 32. “We are very fortunate to have him working as a detention deputy with the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office,” sheriff Dave Kramer said.

Harlynn Wren Albert

Harlynn Wren Albert, six weeks, Bonners Ferry, passed away on December 31, 2023, in Spokane. Harlynn was a precious baby girl who brought joy to her family during her short time with them. A ceremony to celebrate Harlynn’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 12, at Saint Ann Catholic Church, 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry.

Winter storm to be followed by bone-numbing cold

This week’s weather is shaping up to be frightful, with snow forecast to begin falling in Bonners Ferry at about three p.m. today and continuing nearly nonstop through about 11 […]

Idaho Freedom Caucus identifies propaganda we can trust

By Mike Weland – “The 2024 legislative session starts this Monday!” an Idaho Freedom Caucus email blared Saturday under the telling headline, “2024 Idaho Legislative Session: Tune Out Biased Media, Tune into Trusted Voices.” I run it not for its cackle-inducing unintended humor, but as a heads-up alert to the sensible that the silliness of the radical faction that rose unexpectedly and incompetently to power under the MAGA banner is still rampant.

A 15-year love affair broken up on questionable grounds

A Moyie Springs woman is mourning the loss of her companion of nearly 15 years, a crusty old gentleman who prefers being outside rather than inside with her. By all accounts, her gent can be a cantankerous sort, but with her, he is ever loving. Ever there. Until a day in August when, on the basis of a stranger’s allegations, her dedicated companion was taken from her while she was miles away.

Winter storm watch issued for North Idaho

The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm watch for North Idaho, which will go into effect Monday morning after a current winter weather advisory now in effect […]

Winter storm heading to northwest Montana

The National Weather Service, Missoula, has added a winter storm watch on top of a winter weather advisory issued Friday for the Kootenai/Cabinet and Lower Clark Fork Regions. The advisory […]

Tevis Wayne Hull

Boundary County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tevis Wayne Hull, 63, died unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday evening, January 3, 2024, in Sagle. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Stake Center at 602 Schweitzer Cutoff Road, Sandpoint.

Harold O. Stephenson

Harold O. Stephenson, 74, passed away December 24, 2023. His last days were filled with visits from loving family and friends who stopped by to share their praise and admiration […]

Sauter will seek to keep on serving

By Mark Sauter It’s been nearly two years since a couple of friends called and encouraged me to run for the state legislature. It’s been a good learning and working […]