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Breaking News: Bonners Ferry Electric will conduct a planned power outage from 12:01 to 4 a.m. Friday, October 22, on both side of Main Street on the South Hill from Harrison Street to Pine Island Road.
News
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
Flags to half staff in honor of General Colin Powell: U.S. flags have been ordered by the president to be lowered to half staff in honor of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, 84, who died today of complications from COVID-19. He also suffered multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body's immune response, as well as Parkinson's Disease. 
With CESB well underway, Creston Mayor reestablishing fire fund: The highly anticipated construction of the new Creston Emergency Services Building (CESB) has begun! In just a few short weeks, the foundation, external doors, walls and roof of the CESB, located at 1505 Cook Street next to Pealow's Your Independent Grocer have been completed, and it's anticipated that the facility will be fully functional by spring 2022. By Mayor Ron Toyota 
Teenage motorcyclist killed in Bonner County collision: Idaho State Police are investigating a vehicle collision that occurred at 1:30 p.m. today on Highway 95 at Selle Road in Bonner County. The driver of a motorcycle was northbound on US 95 and the driver of a pickup truck towing a horse trailer was southbound. 
Poston running to serve city he knows and believes in: Lifelong Boundary County resident Brion Poston is one of three candidates running for two seats on the Bonners Ferry City Council in the November 2 election. His choice to run, he said, is not politically motivated, but because he believes in our community. 
McGeachin exposes 'truth' about legal issues with the media: In the wake of an Idaho Press Club lawsuit for public records, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeahchin McGeachin took the stage at Ammon High School Thursday and declared she was protecting whistleblowers who participated in her Education Task Force investigation and her attorney called on the Idaho AG's office to pay $30,000 costs for bad lawyering.
Idaho Forest Products week just ahead: Governor Brad Little has formally proclaimed the week of October 18-22 as Idaho Forest Products Week and a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the industry in Idaho. Idaho has 21.5 million acres of forest land spanning from the Canadian border to the southern edge of the state. Over 40% of Idaho is covered in trees. 
State Superintendent candidate to hold local meet and greet: Former Idaho Senator Branden Durst, now running for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction on the November 8, 2022, ballot, will hold a meet and greet in Bonners Ferry at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, at Mugsy's Tavern & Grill, 7161 Main Street. 
Fire safety and the changing seasons: The summer past was a record setter in many respects. We saw fire indices numbers that we have not seen before. Our fire season started early with early spring fires that exhibited fire behavior similar to August or September fires. The drought conditions combined with the heavy fire loads that we have in our forests had us set up for a catastrophic fire season. Once again, however, we slipped through this season without any major fires. With cold weather approaching we will be entering the time when we see most structure fires. By HMVFD Chief Brad Lowther 
Repair work starts Monday on Pack River Road: Road repair work on Pack River Road will begin Monday, October 18. The road is in the Upper Pack River area near Sandpoint, Idaho. While most delays are expected to be short, some delays could last four hours. The repairs will take place approximately two miles above the Pack River Snowmobile Parking Area. 
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of October 18 
Bonner County Sheriff seeking suspect in Oldtown homicide: UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. Thursday, October 14 -- Eric Benzo has been located and is in custody however anybody with information about the shooting is encouraged to call dispatch (208) 265-5525.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 500 block of Silver Birch Lane in Oldtown, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate the report of a shooting. Deputies and Bonner County EMS arrived on scene and found an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. They began life-saving efforts. The victim, Donald Bush, succumbed to his injuries.
U.S. to reopen border in November for vaccinated: Since being halted by pandemic in March, 2020, travel restrictions are set to be lifted at land ports of entry in November for those fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The actual date is to be announced soon.
October is Idaho Health Care Worker Appreciation Month: Governor Brad Little on Monday proclaimed the month of October “Idaho Health Care Worker Appreciation Month,” and encouraged all Idahoans to seek out the health care workers in their lives and communities and show their respect, appreciation, and support for the sacrifices health care workers are making to get us through an unprecedented public health crisis.
SSI, Medicare recipients to see increase with new year: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9 percent in 2022, the Social Security Administration announced today.
Be on the lookout for ATV stolen in Bonners Ferry: The Bonners Ferry Police Department is asking the public's help to locate an ATV stolen in the Wells Street area between 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday. It's a 2014 Arctic Cat 1000x Wildcat with Montana license plate BTF999. 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
Agendas; City of Troy public hearing and work meeting 6:30 p.m. October 13 
County commissioners' meeting agenda - week of October 11
Boundary County Commissioner's minutes, September 20-21
Early voting starts next week for November 2 election: The four sample ballots are out, the deadline for early registration to vote in the November 2 election is 5 p.m. tomorrow, absentee ballots will go in the mail next week and in-person early voting at the Boundary County Courthouse begins Tuesday, October 12.
Business
Sweet Heat Co. takes gold in Utah Cheese Awards: A small Bonners Ferry business with a penchant for spicing sweet things up was recognized with two medals in the "Best of the West" Utah Cheese Awards, to be presented at the 2021 Tasting Reception and Medal Ceremony November 11 at Bewilder Brewing in Salt Lake City. 
Farmers Insurance office moves: Sally Hendricks-Bauer's Farmers Insurance office has moved to 5932 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, across from Dodge Peak Lodge. Her telephone remains the same; (208) 267-2644. 
Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub in Creston opening tomorrow: Fields Forward Society is excited to announce the opening of the Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub and Innovation Centre, 401 Payne Street, Creston, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, October 15. The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Lana Popham, will be on hand for the grand opening. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the event is by invitation only.
Idaho worker's comp insurance cost to drop for 2022: The National Council on Compensation Insurance recently submitted their annual rate recommendation and the Idaho Department of Insurance accepted a seven-percent reduction in rates, effective January 1. Workers’ compensation insurers can now either adopt the NCCI rates without modification or propose to the Idaho Department of Insurance's review an adjustment from NCCI’s rates.
Alta recognized as Idaho Pollution Prevention Champion: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is recognizing four Idaho businesses as 2021 Pollution Prevention Champions for their efforts to reduce the generation of pollution in Idaho, including Alta Forest Products, Naples.
 
Social
Riddle, Mellett winners in HMVFD: Bobby Riddle, Bonners Ferry, was the grand prize winner in the September 25 Hall Mountain Fire Ladies' Auxiliary annual raffle. He won a $1,000 shopping spree at Far North Outfitters. 
BCH pediatric patients warm to caring community: Danielle Larsson began working as Boundary Community Hospital's Community Relations and Marketing Director last spring after Lauren Kuczka's retirement, and she's working now to revive interest in an old community project that's fallen by the wayside as well as revitalize another, in hopes of once again bringing comfort to young children and bringing joy to the hearts of those who take part. 
Charlie Meeker needs cheered up: Charlie Meeker, in a hospital for COVID and a long way from home, needs some of that BF hometown love. He’ll be getting out of Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, soon, but he's very sad that he’s alone. If you have a moment, his family asks friends and neighbors to please call him and say hi!
Frasier celebrates a year of brightening Restorium: Fraiser, the Community Restorium companion puppy, celebrates his first birthday this weekend! What a year of watching him grow and connect with Restorium residents, making a bond and friendship none will ever forget.
 
Sports/Outdoors
Lady Slippers take it all in fourth week of Tuesday's Trouble bowling: Kathy Konek got high scratch game 183 and third high scratch series 427 in the fourth week of Tuesday Trouble bowling at AJ's Lanes October 5. Carolyn McNeill got second high scratch game 164 and second high scratch series, 450. Alice VanGundy got third high scratch game 160 and Jeanne Osborn got high scratch series 454. By Dolores Sweet
Badgers healing up in time for districts: The Badger Cross Country teams took an early morning bus ride to Lewiston Orchards near Lewiston High School for the Inland Empire Challenge Saturday, and came hope with several new personal bests. 
Tuesday's Trouble finishes three weeks of bowling: On September 28, Tuesday's Trouble high scratch game went to Alice VanGundy 166 and high scratch series 441, second high game Denise Crichton 157 and third high scratch series 418, Michelle Sweet got third high scratch game 153 and Kim Haworth got second high scratch series 432.
Deer season kicks off October 10 in most of Idaho: If you're a rifle hunter, your deer season starts October 10 in most parts of the state. The general, any-weapon deer hunts includes most, but not all, units. You can find out which units are available in the Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet. Hunters can expect a fair-to-good deer hunting season, but with some caveats.
Badgers shine at Ben Castro Invitational: Sunny skies and warm temperatures were a welcome sight to the competitors at Thursday's Ben Castro Invitational at Pinehurst Golf Course, hosted by Kellogg High School. As has been the case in recent weeks, the Badgers continued to post increasingly fast times and did not fall prey to the dullness of certain sections of the course.
Letters
Though it's an off-year election, every vote November 2 is critical: Many voters don't see the election just ahead as important; they instead look to the midterms of 2022 or the presidential election of 2024. Those thinking that way are making a big ... possibly huge ... mistake. In nearly every race on ballots across the nation, candidates are running not so much to serve in positions of public trust but rather to ensure that the groundwork is laid for the "critical" elections ahead. By publisher Mike Weland 
Getting dessert twice: Boise legislators are sitting on a mountain of CARES – ARPA – Trumpy Dollars - Biden Bucks, etc. Yet many municipalities and entities within are asking homeowners, taxpayers, to pay more via levy increases. By Rosanne Smith
Double death tax the wrong way to go: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and often when a business owner dies, the family business is tied up in their estate. Recognizing this, Congress created exemptions from estate and capital gains taxes, including allowing a step-up in the value (“tax basis”) of a business to its then fair market value. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
Debt limit must be raised: Congress has raised or suspended the country’s debt ceiling about 80 times since 1960. Now it must do so again. If not, sometime in October—it is impossible to predict precisely when—the Treasury Department’s cash balance will fall to an insufficient level, and the federal government will be unable to pay its bills. By Janet L. Yellen
What's next? Hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors across America will be forced to choose between getting the jab (or being tested weekly), or losing their job. Some legal experts are saying the President’s requirement is legal, while others believe it is patently unconstitutional. By Idaho First District Representative Heather Scott
Obituaries
Donald Farrell, 89, Bonners Ferry, passed away on October 13, 2021, at home with his family by his side. No services are planned. 
Cecil Lyle Holmes was born to James Otto Holmes and Eva Mae Walt Holmes on September 30, 1925, in Gove County, Kansas, the third of four children. He died October 3, 2021, in Spokane. Cecil will be laid to rest at Grandview Cemetery. The family plans a private service at a later date.
Clee Hollice Cossairt passed away Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at home in Bonners Ferry. There will be no service. He was born in Naples November 19, 1933, to Cecil and Carol (Aldridge) Cossairt. He attended several schools including Highland Flats, Movaria, Spokane, Naples and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School, Class of 1951. 
Dwain McGinnis, 76, died October 1, 2021, at Boundary Community Hospital, Bonners Ferry, from complications of lung cancer. His wife and best friend, Kathy, was at his side. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 16, at United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. 
Phyllis Ann Wester, 91, born in Bonners Ferry in 1921, died September 20, 2021. At her request, Phyllis will be cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled sometime in the spring of 2022 when larger indoor gatherings become safer.
 
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