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January 22 
Public hearings on commissioners' agenda: Boundary County Commissioners will hold two public hearings on Tuesday to take public comment on land use applications by Glenn and Jennifer Leavitt involving property on Songbird Lane and Warren and Tamara Patzer on property on Blume Hill Road. 
Ahead of 2022 mid-terms, Idaho voters encouraged to become educated: As we approach an election cycle that's quite possibly the most mistrusted in the history of the United States, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in the #TrustedInfo2022 education effort to encourage citizens to look to their state and local election officials as the trusted sources of election information. This year's mid-term general election takes place May 17, the primary November 8. 
Idaho AG warns of scam: Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho State Tax Commission are warning Idahoans about a scam targeting taxpayers. Individuals have reported receiving threatening letters from the so-called “Tax Processing Center” or “Tax Processing Unit,” claiming the State of Idaho will seize individuals’ property and garnish their wages for unpaid taxes. 
January 21 
County commission agenda, week of January 24 
City Council to use ARPA funds to replace ancient snowblower: In a short special meeting during which no new public input was accepted, the Bonners Ferry City Council, with the mayor absent and by unanimous voice vote of the four city council members, approved the purchase of a 2014 snowblower using American Rescue Plan Act funds. 
Remains of man missing since 1995 found in Bonner County: The Bonner County Sheriff's office today confirmed that human remains found by loggers in a remote area of the county in October are those of a man who has been missing for more than 25-years. On October 27, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in regard to finding possible human remains. The remains were located by a logging crew in a wooded, undeveloped area off Wrenco Loop Road. Bonner County deputies, detectives and coroner all responded to the area and confirmed the remains were human. 
January 20 
Mt. Hall Elementary welcomes January: Mt. Hall has been a great place to be since getting back from Christmas break. We're enjoying the snow on our playground and being back together. Students have been working really hard on their benchmark assessments so that teachers can see the academic growth that has happened so far this year. It's amazing to see what our students are doing! By Principal Kylee Guthrie 
Bridgeway to hold all-night prayer vigil: An all-night prayer vigil will be held at Bridgeway Assembly of God Church, 66027 Highway 2, Bonners Ferry, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, January 28, and continuing until 6 a.m. Saturday, January 29. All are welcome to come and join, with participants marching to the beat of 2 Chronicles 7:14. 
No Surprises Act now in effect: The federal No Surprises Act provides new protections for unexpected or excessive medical bills consumers may receive from health care providers, including hospitals, physicians, ambulances and other medical professionals. The Department of Insurance can help Idahoans understand and utilize these new consumer protections, regardless of whether they have health insurance. 
Idaho Future Ready Academy for Virtual Learning offers choice: This week saw the launch of a new option for Idaho parents and students interested in mastery-based education. Idaho Future Ready Academy for Virtual Learning began on January 17, based on a successful approach to personalized learning pioneered in the Wilder School District. 
January 19
Update: Identity mistaken, Tel still missing: 10:18 a.m. Thursday, January 20: Shawn and Meg Smith have been searching frantically for their dog, Tel, missing from the McCall Street area since around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a man mistakenly believed to have taken Tel has been interviewed and found to own a dog that looks very similar to Tel.
Bonners Ferry special city council meeting, 3 p.m. Friday, January 21, city hall. Continuation of ARPA use consideration.
Translator district to hold surplus equipment auction: The Boundary County Translator District will accept sealed bids on several pieces of surplus equipment through 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 15,to be opened shortly thereafter at the district's regular monthly meeting at Youngwirth, Davis & Associates, 7193 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
City council gets earful on proposed ARPA expenditure: The Bonners Ferry City Council heard from 17 people at Tuesday evening's meeting, all adamant that a funding opportunity to replace a 60-year-old snow blower that's held together with spit and prayers be turned down in the interest of preserving the community's sovereignty and liberty. Because Mayor Dick Staples was not able to attend, the council tabled consideration, and will meet in special session at 3 p.m. Friday, January 21, to continue consideration of both the purchase of a compatible used snowblower now available as well as funding the purchase with federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars.
Free COVID test kits available: There’s a new federal resource to get free FDA-authorized coronavirus test kits. Once ordered, your kits will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service within seven to 12 days. The tests are completely free. There are no shipping costs, and you don’t have to give a credit card or bank account number. You only need to give a name and address.
Snow expected tonight over North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington calling for a mixed bag of precipitation from 1 a.m. to noon Thursday.
County updating All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Boundary County has begun the process of updating its Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The county hosted a “kickoff” meeting on December 13th in Bonners Ferry to assemble the planning team assigned to work on this project. The All-Hazard Mitigation Plan examines risks posed by several natural hazards, including flood, earthquake, landslide, wildfire, severe weather and others. Community input will play a key role.
Tax season begins next week: The Idaho State Tax Commission starts processing 2021 Idaho individual income tax returns on Monday, January 24. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day. E-filing your return is the safest and easiest way to file. It’s also the quickest way to receive a refund.
January 17
Fry Healthcare Foundation gearing up for Dessert Dash, Festival of Hearts: The Fry Healthcare Foundation is working hard to support Boundary Community Hospital despite the obstacles thrown its way, and while its members are all very eager to see the community in person at the annual gala, that's not possible quite yet, and the Festival of Hearts 2022 will once again an online event via Facebook and the Dessert Dash a raffle, both to raise funds to meet the ongoing needs of Boundary Community Hospital and the Extended Care Facility.
Idaho's bright future: In the legislature, as in life, we play the hand dealt. Fortunately, the deck is currently stacked in Idaho’s favor and I believe, in part, because of decisions made by Idahoans over many years and decades. We have the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country. Our population growth is the highest in the country. In a state with just over 1.8 million people, more than 50,000 people decided to join us last year. By Idaho Senator Jim Woodward
BFHS FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ entering 16th season: Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ entered its 16th season at the start of the school year. With the past two years being impacted by the pandemic and all in-person competition being moved to remote or virtual options, the team is extremely excited to be back in person and heading to competitions in Nampa this year. FIRST Robotics is a worldwide robotics competition that brings high school level teams together to compete in a different competition every year.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 15
GROW! membership meeting coming Wednesday: The GROW! annual membership meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, in the Ktunaxa Room at the Kootenai River Inn. The agenda includes a slide show highlighting what the group has done over the past year at the GROW! garden and elsewhere and an outline on what leadership has planned for the coming year.
January 14
Truckers both okay after horrific collision: At about 12:18 p.m. today, emergency crews were dispatched to a two vehicle semi collision on Highway 95 near mile 502.5 south of Mirror Lake Golf Course. The roadway was finally cleared at about 6 p.m. Norman Apfel posted the following to Facebook.
Boundary County Commission Agenda, week of January 17
January 12
Boundary County Commission minutes, December 20
Boundary County Commission minutes, January 3
Gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy in town tomorrow: Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy (R-Emmett) will make a campaign stop in Bonners Ferry from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 13, in the old American Legion Hall above Jack's Club, 6416 Kootenai Street.
State tax commission slates free filing webinars: Filing income taxes doesn’t have to be confusing. Get tips for completing your federal and Idaho tax returns at a free webinar presented by the Idaho State Tax Commission and the federal Taxpayer Advocate Service. The “Tips for Filing Income Taxes” webinar runs in January and February.
Snow loads moderate on most county roofs, even with rain: Retired architect and residential designer Don Jordan measured the weight of snow in a couple places about miles south of Bonners Ferry and one place about five miles north of town on January 8, and determined that snow loads are not posing significant danger to most county residences. He determined that the average snow depth was 26 inches and weight was 22 to 25 pounds per square foot.
PHD sees sharp increase in COVID-19: Over the past three weeks, Panhandle Health District has seen a sharp increase in the daily COVID-19 case count with 283 cases being reported Monday and 213 reported last Friday. Case numbers are probably much higher than officially reported due to cases not reported and the lack of availability of testing resources. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Boundary County case count was 1,768, with 51 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began in March, 2020.
High school bond being paid off, new facilities bond needed: As the bond that built the new Bonners Ferry High School is paid off, on March 8, Boundary County School District 101 will ask voters for a new $16.4-million facilities bond to fund a new Valley View Elementary as well as make improvements at all other district schools. Here are details of the proposal. By Chris Pease, Facilities Committee Spokesman, and Jan Bayer, Superintendent
January 10
DYW 2022-23 getting underway: The Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program will soon be underway for 2022-2023. This scholarship and honors program recognizes, rewards, and encourages excellence while promoting self-esteem among young women. To participate in the Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program, all junior girls must meet the following criteria: be a US citizen, never have been married or pregnant, live with a parent or designated guardian, hold at least a 2.0 accumulative grade point average and meet attendance requirements.
2022 Rotary calendar offers a year of winning: The 2022 Bonners Ferry Rotary Calendar, which not only offers those who purchase one the chance to win $500 and 84 chances to win $50, but more importantly helps fund scholarships to assist local students in reaching their dreams and potential, are now available for just $20 each.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 7
Idaho GOP rejects endorsement requirement proposal: The Rules Committee of the Idaho Republican Party voted unanimously to defeat a proposed rule change that would have modified the primary process by requiring Republican candidates for Federal, State, Legislative, or County offices to first receive an endorsement from their State, Legislative or County Committee, respectively.
Grader operator in Brush Lake Road rollover identified: Idaho State Police continue to investigate a fatal grader rollover that was reported at about 8:44 a.m. Thursday on Brush Lake Road. The Boundary County Coroner has confirmed that the operator who died was Bob Avery, 69, Sandpoint.
ITD offering National Flight Academy scholarships: Idaho students with an interest in aviation and space are invited to apply for a scholarship to the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida this summer. Students currently in grades 7 to 9 living in Idaho with dream of trips to space, learning to fly jets, meeting new people and going to new places are eligible.
High avalanche danger region-wide: The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center has issued an Avalanche Warning indicating high avalanche hazard for the entire forecast region, which includes Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone counties. This warning does not apply to local ski areas within the forecast region. This warning is valid for today and will remain in effect through 7 a.m. Saturday.
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