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February 1
Load restrictions going into effect on area highways: In recent days, Idaho has experienced above average temperatures and precipitation which can lead to significant damage to highways, prompting state and local transportation agencies to enforce load restrictions. In an effort to reduce damage to roadways, the Idaho Transportation Department has made the decision to restrict several routes in North Idaho.
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, February 13
Senators seek to ease National Firearms Act burden: U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) on Tuesday introduced the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act, which will remove the taxation, registration and regulation requirements in the National Firearms Act.
January 30
Nominations sought for Idaho Teacher of the Year: The State Department of Education is now accepting applications for Idaho’s most prestigious award in teaching, Teacher of the Year. Applications to nominate a teacher are now open. Nominations are due by March 20. The contest is open to public school teachers teaching any subject at any grade level in any part of the state of Idaho.
BNSF grant helps upgrade sheriff's radios: Like most things, communication is important, but in law enforcement it is critical. The Sheriff’s Office started installing trunk repeaters in their patrol vehicles to boost the radio signal from deputies' handheld radios by going through a repeater system in the vehicle, extending the range of what they can receive and transmit.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 27
Coyotes acting strange in Bonner County: Idaho Fish and Game has received multiple reports of highly unusual coyote behavior in and around the city of Sandpoint. In early January, reports were received of coyotes on Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort that were chasing skiers as they navigated down the slopes. Fish and Game staff worked closely with resort staff to develop a plan to dispatch the coyotes in the interest of public safety.
January 26
Snow expected overnight: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow over North Idaho, in effect from midnight tonight to noon Friday. Up to three inches of snow is expected, and motorists should be prepared for winter driving conditions and slush Friday morning.
January 25
Jocy Litterell to pursue lifelong dream in Paris and Africa: Jocelene was born 21 years ago in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her mother hemorrhaged and passed away eight hours later. Jocy came to be adopted by Josh and Jessie Litterell, and grew up in Moyie Springs. But her home country was never far from her heart.
Jews not the only faithful persecuted during the holocaust: On January 27, the world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a symbolic date to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Murderous Nazi terror targeted millions for reasons of biology, nationality or political ideology. But few people know that the Nazis’ victims included thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who suffered for their Christian faith.
Winter storm advisory issued for Kootenai Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for the Kootenai Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 1 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday. Flash freezing, heavy snow and windy conditions are expected.
January 23
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Local man seriously injured in logging accident: Ed Fallon, Bonners Ferry, was helping a friend fell trees last week when one fell on him, inflicting severe injuries. He was flown to Kootenai Medical, Coeur d'Alene, where he underwent surgery for a broken spine, broken leg and several broken ribs. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Flags to half staff for Monterey Park shooting victims: As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on January 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, California, President Joe Biden has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 26.
January 20
Kaylee McCabe in running to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar: The U.S. Department of Education has announced the candidates for the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, and an amazing group of high school seniors from Idaho are now in the running to receive this prestigious recognition, including Kaylee McCabe, who graduated from North Idaho College in December with her associate's degree and will graduate Bonners Ferry High School a semester early with a 4.5 grade point average.
IDL gains 3,216 acres of timberland in Boundary County: Idaho Department of Lands announced it purchased almost 18,050 acres of timberland spread across five north Idaho counties. Beyond generating ongoing revenue for endowment beneficiaries, this acquisition keeps working forests working, supports the forest products sector of Idaho’s economy and preserves recreation for the public. This purchase was authorized by the State Board of Land Commissioners in November of 2022.
Opioid settlement funds starting to come in: According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program, in 2021, Idaho experienced 241 deaths related to opioid overdose. Of those deaths, 152 were related to fentanyl overdose. The state also experienced over 5,000 drug overdose visits to emergency departments and over 1,000 of those visits involved opioids. In the Idaho panhandle, 97 overdoses occurred in 2020, increased to 122 in 2021, and rose again to 161 in 2022.
January 18
City looks to local option tax to address shortfall: After discussing a range of options to offset a 2017 Idaho Supreme Court decision that declared a funding source the City of Bonners Ferry has relied on since the 1950s unlawful, the city council on Tuesday evening opted to proceed with putting a local option tax before city voters in May. Bonners Ferry, like several other Idaho cities offering utilities for its residents, billed to realize a small profit so as to help pay for other city services.
Brailsford nominated to Idaho U.S. District Court: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) today announced that Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Amanda K. Brailsford has been nominated to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. The nomination was secured after negotiations with the White House and upon the advice given by the senators from Idaho.
Man charged with petit theft enters plea agreement: Sam Charles Testa Jr., Bonners Ferry, charged with four counts of petit theft November 21 for four alleged shoplifting incidents at Super 1 Foods in Bonners Ferry between October 24 and November 1, entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay restitution.
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of January 2
January 17
First day to file taxes is Monday: The Idaho State Tax Commission starts processing 2022 Idaho individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day.
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.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
January 15
What’s in a name? May 3, 1963. 700 Black children marched peacefully in Birmingham, Alabama to protest racial segregation and were met with police brutality that shocked the country and the world. Public outrage was a catalyst that spurred major steps for civil rights. June 11, 1963. President John F. Kennedy proposed a Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised address at the urging of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Five months later, President Kennedy was assassinated while the bill was stalled in Congress.
January 13
Slots open for National Youth Science Camp: Applications are now being accepted from high school juniors and seniors in the classes of 2023 and 2024 to represent Idaho at the 2023 National Youth Science Camp. Two students from each state, Washington D.C. and select countries will attend the all-expenses-paid program, held from June 19 – July 12. Hosted since 1963 in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, the NYS Camp is a residential science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics program.
Become a trooper with the Idaho State Police: The Idaho State Police is accepting applications from exceptional candidates to join a team of dedicated professionals serving the people of Idaho. As a statewide law enforcement agency, commissioned troopers specialize in highway safety and traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, commercial vehicle safety and alcohol beverage control.
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of January 16
January 12
Boundary County election calendar 2023
January 11
School district clarifies 2023 election calendar: The 2023 Boundary County Election Calendar was recently published. The election calendar notices for Boundary County School District #101 had to be submitted to the county by December 30, 2022. The published public notice shows Boundary County School District #101 having ballot questions on all four election dates.
Break-up restrictions on SH 3, 5 and 54: In recent days, Idaho has experienced above average temperatures and precipitation which can lead to significant damage to highways, prompting state and local transportation agencies to enforce load restrictions. In an effort to reduce damage to roadways, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), has made the decision to restrict several routes in North Idaho.
Oregon bill introduced to merge 15 counties into Idaho: A bill inviting Idaho to begin talks with Oregon on the potential to relocate the state line they share was read on the floor of the Oregon Senate on Monday. The bill, SJM 2, became public along with other pre-session filed bills. It states “we, the members of the 82nd Legislative Assembly stand ready to begin discussions regarding the potential to relocate the Oregon/Idaho border."
January 9 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Serving Boundary County ...
Amy Robertson photo
Boundary County's public servants, most elected or retained to office in November, were sworn in at 9 a.m. today in the foyer of the courthouse. They are, back row (l-r) Justin Julian, First District magistrate judge, Wally Cossairt, commissioner, District 1, Glenda Poston, clerk, David Kramer, sheriff, Tim Bertling, commissioner, District 2, and Ben Robertson, commissioner, District 3. Front row (l-r); Chad Workman, coroner, Olivia Drake, assessor, and Jennifer Economu, treasurer. Thank you for your service!
Little outlines state budget: Governor Brad Little delivered his 2023 State of the State and Budget Address today, pledging to deliver on the mandate given by the people of Idaho to continue investing in public schools, strengthen our workforce, provide more tax relief, and promote safe communities. “Our success did not happen by accident," he said. "What we’re doing is working." 
January 6 
Cabinet Mountain Water gets $2-million grant: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Thursday announced the award of $30,304,970 in construction grants to nine drinking water and wastewater systems, including Cabinet Mountain Water District. These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022. 
Man wanted on Canada wide warrant: Surrey RCMP is asking for the public assistance with locating a man wanted on a Canada wide warrant for Robbery and other offences including unlawful confinement. On September 28, 2022, Jaden Kahnapace-Newton was released while awaiting trial in relation to 14 charges stemming from three robberies that occurred in October 2021.  
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of December 26  
KVRI meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, January 23, Boundary County Annex  
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of January 9 
January 5 
Low speed chase far more dangerous than it seemed: Court records show that a low-speed chase up and down through Bonners Ferry Tuesday evening could have been far worse than it was, and demonstrates once again the blessings of having dedicated and well-trained law enforcement professionals serving in our community. 
PC affidavit reveals how Pennsylvania man implicated in U of I murders: According to affidavits of probable cause, released today, one of the surviving University of Idaho students living at 1122 King Road in Moscow where four other students were slain awoke at about 4 a.m. Sunday, November 13, heard victim Kaylee Goncalves say "there's someone here." 
January 4 
Low speed chase ends painfully for local man: A report of a reckless driver at about 7:51 p.m. Tuesday led to a low-speed chase involving a white SUV-type vehicle and as many as four Bonners Ferry Police vehicles making an extended tour of the city as the driver made about six circuits of Main Street from the area of Super 1 to the North Side as well as a few side trips through residential areas. Officers finally stopped the vehicle and then the driver on Highway 95 in the area of Alderson Lane. Updated 12:39 p.m.
January 2 
Boundary County registered sex offenders: At present, there are 27 registered sex offenders living in Boundary County. There are currently no registered juvenile sex offenders in Boundary County and none in Boundary County are identified as violent sexual predators. All are currently in compliance with registry requirements. 
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions 
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