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December 1
Birders gearing up for annual Christmas bird count: The date for the 2021 Bonners Ferry Christmas Bird Count is Thursday, December 23 this year and all local ornithologists, bird watchers skilled or amateur and folk with feeders or who just plain like to see birds skitter across the sky are invited to take part. Those interested will meet at 6:30 a.m. that day in the back room at the Chic-N-Chop Restaurant.
GoFundMe account set up for Wiley family: In the wake of her brother's death after he was hit by a train in Bonners Ferry November 26, Emy Vigil has established a GoFundMe account to help his widow, Cheyenne, their son, Elijah, 2, and the baby that's on the way. It is her hope that the community's support will help alleviate the sudden financial burden faced by the family, as well as bring a measure of comfort. A fund for the Wiley family has also been established at Columbia Bank, and donations can be made at any branch.
McGeachin holds 1776 Pledge event: Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin gathered together over 125 statewide candidates, lawmakers, city officials, school board members and patriot citizens to the Powderhause Brewery in Garden City, Idaho. The event was held to sign the 1776 Pledge, which supports the Trump Presidential 1776 Advisory Report in education.
November 30
Community orchestra to present 'Christmas at the Movies:' The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra, conducted by Glenda Novinger and featuring inspiring young pianist Daniel Beal, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5, in the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School.
Injunction stops CMS vaccine mandate: Governor Brad Little commented today on the action by a Louisiana court granting a nationwide injunction today in the “CMS case,” which temporarily stops implementation of a vaccine mandate on healthcare workers in Idaho. The ruling prevents the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from enforcing its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers until the court can hear legal challenges brought by 10 states.
Labrador pleased with headway in his bid for Idaho Attorney General: Conservative leader and former Congressman Raúl Labrador, Eagle, Idaho, said he is making serious headway in his campaign to become Idaho’s next attorney general as reflected in his fundraising numbers. Today he announced he has raised $100,000 in his first two weeks.
Friends rally for Fuller family: A Boundary County family suffered a serious medical emergency recently and the terrible costs that attend such crisis, and as is the way of our community of neighbors, they aren't facing the crisis alone. Bruce and Lisa Fuller and their family live in the Herman Lake area. An excellent carpenter, Bruce teaches wood shop at Libby High School, and he practices what he teaches, having built by hand the cabin the family calls home.
Naples Elementary improvements roaring right along: Boundary County School District continues to make improvements following their 10-year Facilities Plan. Last week, South Boundary Fire Protection completed training to remove the oldest module on the Naples campus.
November 29
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
November 28
33-year-old man killed by train: The Bonners Ferry Police Department and Idaho State Police are investigating a Union Pacific train versus pedestrian collision that proved fatal and occurred in the early evening hours of November 26 near the fairgrounds.
November 27
Boundary County Commissioner's agenda, week of November 29
Boundary County Commission minutes, November 8-9
November 26
Local farmer, former coach charged with sexual battery: A 45-year-old Bonners Ferry rancher and former Badger JV and Boundary County Middle School boys basketball coach was charged November 23 with three counts of sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age.
Marti gets two to ten years on rape charges: With his victim present in the courtroom to hear him apologize, Judge Barbara Buchanan last Friday sentenced Eric Steven Marti, 27, Bonners Ferry, to up to ten years in prison on two counts of rape of a minor, age 16, he being more than three years older at age 26, saying his action's destroyed the girl's family as well as his own.
November 25
Happy Thanksgiving and a record Turkey Trot!
Despite a chilly, gray and wet Thanksgiving morning, 267 people finished the 13th annual Bonners Ferry Turkey Trot, setting another record! Thanks go out to run founder and organizer Carolyn Testa, to the many volunteers who make it work, to the many sponsors who make it possible and to each man, woman, child and pet who make the Turkey Trot the wonderful tradition that it is.
November 22
Denton named Idaho Communication Center Director of the Year: Crystal Denton, who began her law enforcement career after graduating high school in 1990 as a dispatcher with the Troy Police Department and who now serves as 911 Administrator in the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, has been named the Idaho Chapter of APCO/NENAS 2021 Communication Center Director of the Year.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
BCHP alerts motorists to travel issues: British Columbia Highway Patrol is urging caution to all motorists planning travel to or from the Lower Mainland area as some provincial highways are only open on a limited basis. This comes after the major weather system that saw several major highways closed due to washouts and mudslides and the flooding of the Sumas Prairie that resulted in the closure of Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
Snow advisory issued for North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho for one to three inches of snow between 1 and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Road conditions are likely to be hazardous for the Tuesday morning commute, and motorists are advised to slow down and allow extra time to reach your destinations.
Mt. Hall Boosters putting on online auction: The Mt. Hall Booster Club will run an on-line auction the week of December 13-17, and they're asking businesses, crafters, artists, anybody to donate items to help them pay for a covered playground slab and to help Mt. Hall Elementary teachers with classroom expenses.
Snow advisory for Kootenai/Cabinet region: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 2 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. One to two inches of snowfall is expected, with up to three inches in isolated areas.
Idaho Labor offers out of school youth opportunity: Out-of-school youth between ages 16 and 24 now have numerous opportunities to learn new skills and increase their earnings through apprenticeships, on-the-job and vocational training and much more thanks to a federal program managed by the Idaho Department of Labor.
November 20
Three Mile Cafe crew gearing up for Thanksgiving tradition: Not rain, not snow, not even a global pandemic can stop Chuck Quillin and the staff at Three Mile Cafe from giving back to the community with thanks by serving a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner to any and all who walk through their doors between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Nobody's keeping count, but they've been doing it for going on 40 years now.
Brittany Jean returning to The Pearl for free concert: In 2020, after learning of and then dealing with the loss of her performance schedule for the rest of that year, including a show at The Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry, Brittany Jean turned her focus to creating her first-ever Christmas album. She is thrilled to announce that "Wintertide" is now available and she's equally pleased to announce that she'll be back on stage at The Pearl Theater to put on a free show December 10.
November 19
Idaho 55 closed by slide near Smiths Ferry: Idaho State Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road will remain closed through the Thanksgiving weekend following a large rockslide that occurred Thursday afternoon. Geotechnical experts are on site evaluating the safety and stability of the slope, along with determining how much material needs to be removed.
BCH staff given notice of CMS vaccine deadline: Boundary Community Hospital CEO Preston Becker today notified all hospital employees that, with few exceptions, they must receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by December 6 so that the hospital can continue serving as a Medicare provider. "It is with great distress to inform you of our current situation as it relates to the CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate that was released November 5th," Becker wrote.
BC flooding and highway closures impact RDCK recycling: Due to the unprecedented flooding and resulting highway closures across British Columbia, effective Monday, November 22, Recycle BC is suspending the collection of all glass and foam packaging, white and coloured, from Recycle BC depots. There is also the potential of recycling depot closures within the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) due to the inability of Recycle BC to deliver new containers to facilities.
County commission agenda, week of November 22
Fulcher votes 'no' on Build Back Better bill: Congressman Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, today voted "no" on the progressive Democrat-led reconciliation “Build Back Better” bill, saying the size and scope of the 2,460-plus page bill would be the largest expansion of government in our nation's history. "Being pushed through the House without any Republican support, this legislation reflects the most extreme priorities of the House Democratic caucus, and would put our country one step closer to socialism," Fulcher said.
November 18
BCSD 101 emergency closure notifications: With the winter months at hand, Boundary County School District #101 wants to inform patrons that emergency school will be announced on the following radio stations: AM 1450 KBFI, FM 95.3 KPND, FM 92.1 KPBX and K102. TV stations that will announce school closures are KREM 2, KXLY 4, and KHQ 6. Closures will also be posted on our district’s website at www.bcsd101.com and on 9b.news.
Lincoln County kids get to 'Shop with a Cop:' Lincoln County's seventh annual "Shop with a Cop" event will take place on December 15, as deputies in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office pick up selected elementary school students, take them to lunch at McDonalds, followed by Christmas shopping for their families at local businesses.
Cost of this year's Thanksgiving dinner up, but still a good value: Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends is a priority for many Americans, but paying attention to how the meal will impact the budget is also important. Farm Bureau’s 36th annual survey indicates the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $53.31, or less than $6 per person. This is a $6.41 or 14-percent increase from last year’s average of $46.90.
Moyie Springs grows by 26+ acres: WHEREAS, the City of Moyie Springs, Idaho ("the City"), is a municipal corporation organized and operating under the laws of the State of Idaho and is authorized to annex and to incorporate within the boundaries of the City contiguous real property in the manner provided by Section 50-222, Idaho Code, and WHEREAS, Russell and Cindy Maas, Marvin (Spike) and Peggy Maas and Garrett and Jamie Hull have a written request and application for annexation of said real property to the City of Moyie Springs ...
Moderate to heavy snow expected overnight: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for moderate to heavy snow in effect from 4 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Friday in North Idaho and northeast Washington, saying it will bring the first snow of the season to many towns across the area.
November 17
Idaho delegation joins challenge of vaccine mandate: Today, Idaho’s U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher joined the other 48 Republican Senators and 155 Republican members of the House of Representatives in challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act by introducing a joint resolution of disapproval of the mandate.
Two Idaho deer test positive for CWD: Two mule deer bucks harvested during October in the Slate Creek drainage near Lucile in Idaho County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, according to Idaho Fish and Game. Under Fish and Game’s CWD strategic plan, both hunters have been notified that their bucks tested positive.
Bonner County Sheriff looking for teen runaway: The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate a listed runaway, 16 year old Tosha Raelynn Meddock. Tosha was last seen wearing a gray and black striped sweater, black coat and blue jeans.
Longest partial lunar eclipse in 1,000 years coming Thursday night: A deep partial lunar eclipse will darken the moon for much of the globe overnight on November 18 for North America. Most locations will see up to 97-percent of the moon slip into Earth’s shadow. North America has the best location to see the entirety of the eclipse.
November 16
UPDATE: AMBER ALERT CANCELLED: The child was found safe by police in Elko, Nevada -- Amber Alert issued after child abduction in Burley: An Idaho Amber Alert has been issued follow the abduction of four year old Alaina Duey, who was last seen in a 2004 silver Pontiac four door with 41-year-old Elizabeth Rose Crofts in the 1500 block of Malta Avenue in Burley. The child is believed to be in imminent danger.
VFW, Legion raffling rifles at Celebration of Crafts: Boundary County American Legion Post 55 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3622 will be making two people's Christmas season just a little brighter as they each raffle a rifle, with the winners names to be drawn during the Celebration of Crafts at the Boundary County Fairgrounds December 3 and 4.
Family needs community help after death of Badger Shipping owner: Neil Andrew Mulford, owner of Badger Shipping, died unexpectedly November 10. A small business owner working mostly on his own, he had no insurance, and his family is asking the community to help ease the burden of this terrible time. Neil fell suddenly ill November 9 and was taken to Boundary Community Hospital.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Power outages could be lengthy: Northern Lights is responding to multiple power outages caused by last night's wind storm and it could be hours before it's restored. the North Side in Bonners Ferry and the City of Moyie Springs are out due to a BPA issue, the City of Troy is without power and schools are closed.
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