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October 18
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
October 16
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.
October 15
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
October 14
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 
October 13
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.
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.
October 11
Amber Alert issued for six-year-old Jerome boy: FOUND SAFE! AMBER ALERT CANCELLED! An Idaho Amber Alert has been issued for a six year old boy last seen today in Jerome and believed in imminent danger. Kingston James Solis is four feet tall with black hair and brown eyes, last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, gray shoes, and black and red Avengers backpack. He is missing his two front teeth.
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
October 10
Agendas; City of Troy public hearing and work meeting 6:30 p.m. October 13 
October 9
County commissioners' meeting agenda - week of October 11
Boundary County Commissioner's minutes, September 20-21
October 7
World closing in on five-million COVID dead: Globally, as of 11:21 a.m. today, 236,760,977 human beings have been hit with COVID-19 and 4,832,685 have died. Nationally, the United States has tallied 3,485,038 new cases in the last 28 days, and 53,713 more dead, bringing the COVID death toll to 708,434 and the total case count to 44,111,995.
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.
BNSF Sandpoint project chugging right along: The Sandpoint Junction Connector bridge project is chugging along right on or ahead of schedule. To meet the growing needs of the communities Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad serves, BNSF is building a second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille adjacent to the existing rail bridge. BNSF is also building new bridges over Sand Creek and Bridge Street in Sandpoint.
Crapo, Risch espouse Western Conservation Principles: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have joined members of the Senate Western Caucus and Congressional Western Caucus Members to reveal a holistic, outcome-based conservation proposal, “Western Conservation Principles.” The proposal, serves as an alternative to the Biden Administration’s “30 by 30 initiative” and America the Beautiful report.
October 6
In Idaho, Pillow Guy's rendition of the Big Lie a big lie: Following the manual recount of eight of 32 Bonner County precincts, the office of the Idaho Secretary of State has wrapped up its review surrounding allegations challenging the accuracy of Idaho’s November 2020 election. The findings: As expected, the election was executed with both integrity and accuracy, with the office finding only a roughly 0.1% margin of error across three counties.
Burning planned on Sandpoint Ranger district: The Sandpoint Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be burning piles this week associated with the Old House fuels reduction project. The phase of the project currently being implemented consists of pile burning on seven acres of National Forest System Lands.
Lifetime Achievement Awards go to Idaho hospitality workers: Governor Brad Little announced he awarded the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Travel and Tourism to Idaho hospitality workers collectively. He also proclaimed October 4-8 Hospitality Employee Appreciation Week and he encourages all Idahoans to visit their favorite local hospitality business or destination and say thank you to the employees who provide a wonderful experience.
Critchfield running for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction: The Idaho Constitution directs state officials to provide a free, thorough and uniform public education system. And, as you know, nothing is free. More than two billion of your dollars go to education to fulfill that constitutional charge. You send your hard-earned dollars to Boise with the belief that elected officials will make decisions that support your expectations.
Knotty Pine Project draft decision notice released: The Three Rivers Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest has prepared a draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact for the Knotty Pine Project, located north and west of Troy, and includes the Pine Creek, Curley Creek, Lime Creek, Rocky Creek and Red Top Creek watersheds. Line Point, Murphy and Red Top mountains form the northern boundary of the project, the Idaho state line forms the western edge, the Kootenai River the southern boundary, and the Yaak River the eastern boundary.
October 4
Season tickets on sale for Festival at Sandpoint: The Festival at Sandpoint is preparing for their 39th annual season to be held July 28-August 7, 2022. Season Passes are on sale now for $299, plus tax and fees, for a limited time.
Think pink - Volley for a Cure this Thursday: This year's Bonners Ferry Badgers “Volley for a Cure” games and silent auction will be Thursday, October 7, as they host the Kellogg Wildcats in Intermountain League play. All proceeds will go towards a local cancer group. The goal is to pack the stands with pink in awareness of the scourge of breast cancer -- players, coaches, parents and fans are all encouraged to get involved!
Facebook sites crash: WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have all gone down in a major outage. The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – all completely stopped working at around 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Other products that are part of the same family of apps, such as Facebook Workplace, also stopped working.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
October 3
Bandito is home safe!
Bandito is home and safe in his pasture! A huge thanks to Perry and Erin and Kim and Cassidy at the Stateline House, where he trotted off to, to Svetlana, who also has horses and watches out for him, to Margo who went out and checked around her house (he ran up there twice in the past), and to my husband Trevor, who puts up with it all and went right out to checking fence! Thanks to Troy dispatch, who put the word out ... they got the call from a lady from Washington who saw him on the highway so we could narrow back our search and save miles and miles of walking!
More than 700,000 Americans now dead from COVID-19: The United States, the world leader in all the wrong categories in the fight against COVID 19, reached another sad milestone this weekend, with 700,982 Americans now dead in the 19 months since the pandemic began. In the last 28 days, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, 3,658,765 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, and 52,269 fresh corpses laid to rest. It's not just the virus that's deadly. So, too, is the misinformation.
October 2
Search on for missing Sandpoint girl: UPDATE -- 1:12 p.m. Sunday, October 3: Elizabeth has been found and is back with her family! The Sandpoint Police Department is asking the public's help to locate a 13-year-old Sandpoint girl last seen at her home the evening of September 25.
Thor missing in Wildhorse Lane neighborhood: Thor is missing in the west Marx Subdivision neighborhood in Bonners Ferry, and the people who belong to him worry that as an indoor cat, he's not adapted to the perils of the Bonners Ferry wilds. Thor is about five years old, a bit on the skinny side, with a long, question mark shaped tail. He is chipped but he's not wearing a collar. Anyone who sees him is asked to call (208) 217-5903.
October 1
ISP releases will no longer name those involved in collisions: For those who follow ISP's news releases, you'll notice some updates to the content of those releases involving vehicle collisions. It has been a lengthy and careful process to find a practice that best serves public information needs regarding traffic incidents and traffic safety that is balanced with the need to maintain the integrity of crash investigations and protect against an unwarranted invasion of patient or personal privacy. From Idaho State Police Public Affairs
Charlie Meeker's COVID case sets statewide example of challenges: “I got big troubles.” That’s what Charlie Meeker, 79, said when he started having trouble breathing due to COVID-19. And because there were no hospital beds available, Meeker was flown to a hospital in Washington, illustrating how the ravages of COVID-19 in North Idaho spilled over into our neighboring state. By Scott McIntosh, Idaho Statesman
Serving on the school board a sound investment in community: My name is Susan Weed and I am running for reelection for Boundary County School District 101 School Board Trustee - Zone 2, Moyie Springs. I have been a school board member for the past four years. My husband Dennis and I moved to Boundary County 12 years ago. It has been a priority for us to intentionally have a positive impact wherever we live.
U.S. fighting influx of deadly fentanyl: Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced a significant law enforcement surge to protect American communities from the flood of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills across the United States. Law enforcement in North Idaho has seen a significant increase in the presence of fentanyl and are increasingly concerned over the deadly risks it poses.
Stokes to take over as head of ITD in May: The Idaho Transportation Board announced today that chief deputy Scott Stokes will serve as the new director of the Idaho Transportation Department beginning in the spring of 2022. Current director Brian Ness will continue to lead the department and Stokes will serve as chief deputy until he takes the helm on May 29, 2022.
USS Idaho plank owners to visit North Idaho: The USS Idaho, a Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine currently under construction, is on schedule to be christened in the summer of 2022 and commissioned into active US Navy service in 2023, and a committee of Idaho volunteers is working to plan for the warship’s christening and commissioning activities under guidelines set by the Secretary of the Navy.
Flags to half staff Sunday: In accordance to Public Law 107-51, the American flag should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Sunday, October 3, in observance of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The 40th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 3,to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty.
Look who's home!
 Charlie Meeker was hospitalized for much of September, first at Boundary Community Hospital, then at Sacred Heart, but he returned home on Thursday,
looking hale and happy to be back among family and friends.
September 30
CdA police seek public's help to locate missing woman: The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Sharon Archer, 62, of Coeur d’Alene. She was last seen at her residence in the area of Fifth Street and Locust Avenue at around 10 p.m. Monday, September 27.
County to honor nation's fallen firefighters: The U.S. Fire Service will pay tribute to the lives of 119 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2020 and in previous years during the 40th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 3. A local memorial ceremony will also be held on that day at 3 p.m. at the main city fire station in downtown Bonners Ferry.
IDSOS, Bonner County challenge Lindell's "Big Lie" claims: A team from the office of the Idaho Secretary of State will be in Bonner County on Saturday, October 2, extending Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney’s review begun earlier this month of a document presented to the state dubbed “The Big Lie” and originating on a website showing a 2021 copyright from Michael J. Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, that alleges statewide digital manipulation of Idaho’s vote totals in the 2020 election, in which former president Donald Trump won with 63.8-percent of the vote.
September 29
Little tours CdA COVID treatment center: Governor Brad Little toured a state-sponsored monoclonal antibody treatment facility in Coeur d’Alene today to highlight the effectiveness of the treatments in saving lives and reducing hospitalizations, but cautioned they are not meant as an alternative to receiving the safe COVID-19 vaccine.
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