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November 14
We got a Sonic now, ya'll ... opening Wednesday!
"A long time coming but how sweet it is!" Kootenai Tribal Vice-Chairman Gary Aitken Jr. posted to Facebook Monday evening. "Tonight was tribal night at the Sturgeon Station Travel Center. Tomorrow will be for all of the various employees of the tribe. While a real treat to get to be the first to enjoy the facility, these nights give our new team the valuable experience to be able to handle anything and everything that comes their way. The team did an amazing job and it was such an amazing experience to witness so many smiles and laughs and just to feel the energy ... This all started with a dream, and idea, and a desire to build something for the future of our people, something we could be proud of. Wednesday morning the doors open to the public and I welcome you all and hope you enjoy and hope you can feel the love and pride that everyone in the place holds." In the photo, Ron Abraham puts the finishing touches on some of the artwork that graces the facility, on the east side of Highway 95 just south of Three Mile.
November 4
Two Tones Cafe in Bonners Ferry to close: With a heavy heart and mixed emotions, owner Tony Fleck announced that as of December 30, he will be closing Two Tones Cafe in Bonners Ferry. In the meantime, he hopes you visit and take advantage of our remaining time. There were several factors involved in this difficult decision, he said, the main being this season's road construction and the removal of their primary parking lot.
October 24
Accurate Collision is now Accurate Northwest: Bonners Ferry’s oldest autobody repair shop has been sold. Since 1980, Vern’s Autobody and then Accurate Collision has been the go-to autobody repair shop in Boundary County and for much of the Troy and Libby areas of Montana. Last week, owner Kay Burdick turned the keys over to two brothers who know a lot about running body shops as well as supporting the community.
October 23
BCH celebrating Physical Therapy Month: October is Physical Therapy Month, and Boundary Community Hospital is proud to reiterate its commitment to providing exceptional physical therapy services to the community. With a team of four Physical Therapists and one Physical Therapist Assistant, the hospital's outpatient department serves individuals of all ages with a wide range of needs. The focus of physical therapy extends to various areas, including the treatment of knees, hips, shoulders, back, neck, acute and chronic pain and post-surgery rehabilitation.
September 18
Disaster loans available for small businesses: Small nonfarm businesses in seven Idaho counties and neighboring counties in Montana and Washington are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Jeffrey Lusk of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began July 11.
July 25
Hearing set on proposed new pharmacy: The Bonners Ferry Planning and Zoning Commission will hold public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, August 17, at Bonners Ferry City Hall to accept public comment and consider a special use permit to build a pharmacy on the corner of Comanche and Chinook Streets. The application by Boundary Regional Community Health Center/Kaniksu Community Health seeks to build the pharmacy, with a drive through, on the 0.31-acre lot, zoned medical.
July 21
Pearl Theater lands $20,000 grant: The board of the Historic Pearl Theater is thrilled to announce that they are recipients of a $20,000 grant from Innovia and the Equinox Foundation for the purpose of expanding artistic impact in Boundary County for the 2023-24 season. As an historic performing arts venue, the Pearl supports the arts by engaging emerging artists and bringing well-known performers to Bonners Ferry.
May 28
Brothers launch Ground Breakers yard care service: Three hard working young Bonners Ferry brothers; Ethan, 14, Hunter, 12, and Ammon Matthews, 10, have launched "Ground Breakers," offering Bonners Ferry businesses and residents full lawn care, tractor and excavator services through the summer break, working to learn and hone their business skills and to raise money for college.
May 2
Deep Creek Farm Stand a throwback to a more neighborly time: The sign says it's a farm stand, its Facebook page says it's a grocery store, but Deep Creek Farm Stand is far, far more than either. Nestled in the beautiful cedars of the former home and studio of Boundary County icons Lew and Jean Mace, it is now a uniquely wonderful "community friendly, happening place," where customers are trusted and the products a testament to the amazing talents and skills of our Boundary County neighbors.
April 25
Teascarlet brings her art downtown: Hannah Sucsy, who sold her first artwork at age five and adopted the pen name Teascarlet at age 13, short for the "Tears of Scarlet" she shed painstakingly learning the intricacies of using a variety of media, from crayons and markers as a young girl to charcoal and India ink in her teens, when she began getting commissions. Now she sells her art at her new gallery and studio, "Teascarlet Fine Arts Gallery," which opened at 6389 Kootenai Street in Bonners Ferry April 1.
April 24
Sierra Temple nee Spangler coming home soon to practice: Sierra (Spangler) Temple always wanted a career that would be fulfilling, challenging and rewarding, that built her up personally as well as professionally. Since animals hold a very special place in her heart, working with animals was also desired, which made veterinary medicine her perfect fit. When she graduates from Washington State University later this spring, she'll be Dr. Sierra Temple, and she'll be headed back home to practice at Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic.
April 7
April 15 deadline for BMP grant applications: Idaho landowners, farmers, and ranchers who are interested in implementing agricultural best management practices have until April 15, to submit applications under the state Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) Grant Program.
April 3
Catnip Getaway expands to include cat grooming: A year after establishing Catnip Getaway, Boundary County's first and only boarding facility dedicated to cats, Julie Rosengrant has expanded her services to offer county feline fanciers another first; full service grooming for felines only, to include a stylish haircut, nail trimming, a triple shampoo and rinse, a high-velocity blow dry, comb-out and an ear cleaning, leaving your cat feeling and looking great!
March 29
New hearing on TSC application set for April 4: Boundary County Commissioners will rehold public hearing at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, to accept comment and consider a conditional use permit application by James and Elida Byler to open a Tractor Supply Store on a 5.99-acre parcel zoned commercial/light industrial at 87 Homestead Loop between Bonners Ferry and Three Mile in a building to exceed 15,000 square feet. The planning and zoning commission forwarded a recommendation of approval.
March 24
AJ's Lanes getting new owners, new name: Robert Endicott and Gary Rhoads are the new owners of Boundary County's only bowling alley, AJ's Lanes, soon to be renamed Liberty Lanes Bar and Grill, 6662 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. The anticipated opening date is Monday, May 1, though they may be open on weekends prior to that date to test equipment and measure business.
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.
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.
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Mike Weland, Publisher

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