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May 23
Bonners Ferry comp plan activities set for June 4: The City of Bonners Ferry is updating the Comprehensive Plan and wants to ensure that the community has an active part in deciding how the city looks, functions, and serves the needs of its residents as the future brings change. On Saturday, June 4, city consultants and community volunteers will have a booth at the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide information and activities for the community to help shape the plan’s overall direction.
City surplus auction underway: The City of Bonners Ferry is disposing of several items by sealed bid due by May 25, 2022, by 3 p.m. The vehicles and items will be displayed at the city utility yard at 6362 Washington Street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23-25. A copy of the list of items can be obtained at City Hall during regular business hours. All bids must be submitted to the city in a sealed envelope by 3 p.m., May 25, 2022.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
May 22
Lincoln County shooting suspect captured: After an all-night manhunt, a Flathead County, Montana, man suspected in a homicide near the mouth of Lake Koocanusa was arrested near his home at about 10 a.m. MDT today. Garry Douglas Seaman, 63, is in custody on a warrant for murder. At about 2:47 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln County Sheriff's dispatch received report of a shooting in the Alexander Creek campground north of Libby.
May 21
Montana woman missing from Spokane: Ellen "Ellie" Rosemary Caye, 22, is missing after being left at the Hope House for Women in Spokane. She was last seen April 22. She is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe who lived on the Flathead Reservation in Lake County, Montana. UPDATE: Ellie has made contact with her family.
May 19
Library's woes not over yet: A tort claim on behalf of four whistleblowers was delivered to the Boundary County Free Library District Board at its May meeting this morning seeking the immediate resignation of the entire board and the immediate discharge of two library employees as a show of good faith so as to enter federal mediation requested about six months ago to resolve an array of issues and alleged crimes.
IDL burn permit site to be down for maintenance: Idaho Department of Land’s burn permit website, burnpermits.idaho.gov, will be down for maintenance from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and burn permits will not be available during this time. Since the permits are valid 10 days from the date of issue, those who have plans to burn this weekend should apply for a permit now. Permits are free, applying only takes a few minutes, and the permit is issued immediately.
May 18
Commissioners to meet in special session: The Boundary County Board of Commissioners will meet in special session at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2021, in commission chambers, room 28 of the courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, for the purpose of going into executive session pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1)a, to consider hiring a public officer, staff member or individual agent. Possible action item. This is not a meeting that is open to the public.
Boundary County Commission minutes May 9
Herndon issues release on Senate win: Scott Herndon shocked the Idaho political establishment last night by defeating two-term incumbent Senator Jim Woodward in Idaho’s First senate district. Herndon won decisively by double digits: 56-percent to 44-percent. Herndon’s campaign ran a data-driven operation, drawing a stark contrast between his conservative political views and Woodward’s voting record. Herndon’s political strategist Woodrow Johnston said.
Wind advisory in effect until 9 p.m.: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a wind advisory for North Idaho calling for southwest winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusts to 45 miles per hour, in effect from noon until 9 p.m. today. The Missoula office of the National Weather Service has also issued the same advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect until midnight.
May 17
Robertson, Fioravanti to be new county commissioners: With a turnout of 47.9 percent, Ben Robertson and Steve Fioravanti will be Boundary County's new county commissioners in 2023, Robertson having defeated incumbent Dan Dinning, 2,076 to 1,059 and Steve Fioravanti defeated incumbent Tim Bertling, 1,603 to 1,524. Chad Workman will take over as county coroner, winning that race 2,214 to 476. Caleb Davis retains his seat as Republican precinct committeeman for Moyie Springs, defeating Elena Quinn 405 to 283, and Lester Pinkerton will be the GOP precinct committeeman for North Bonners Ferry, garnering 302 votes to Amy Roemelen's 151 and Jeffrey Bogard's 48. Updated 7:50 a.m. May 18.
At 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, Johns Hopkins COVID website reported that one million and four U.S. citizens
have died from novel coronavirus since the pandemic began in 2020.
May 16
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
School District 101 special trustee negotiations meeting, 4:15 p.m. Monday, May 23, district office, 7188Oak Street, Bonners Ferry. Regular meeting, 6 p.m.
Troy City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Troy City Council room.
Governor assures Idaho's election will be safe and secure: As voters head to the polls Tuesday in counties big and small across Idaho, Governor Brad Little is assuring Idahoans of our state's history of safe and secure elections and highlighted new investments to continue our track record of election integrity.
Fisherman drowns in Lake Koocanusa: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a report of a vehicle driving into the water at the Koocanusa Marina, north of Libby and about 4:52 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies located a Ford F-250 pickup in the water near the end of the boat ramp.
Bonners Ferry FFA shines at competitions: On May 12-13, the Bonners Ferry FFA chapter went to four different contests. The first was State Forestry Contest put on by the Idaho Department of Lands at Farragut State Park. This is a series of eight different contests in a single location to help prepare students on the knowledge of work done for the forestry industry.
May 13
Helping families find infant formula: To address infant formula shortages in the wake of Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas, the Biden-Harris Administration is working to ensure that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country. Yesterday, President Biden spoke with retailers and manufacturers, including Walmart, Target, Reckitt, and Gerber, to discuss ways to get more formula quickly and safely onto store shelves.
May 12
Randy Weaver, 74, has died: Sara Weaver posted today on the "Ruby Ridge to Freedom" Facebook page that her father, Randy Weaver, 74, has died. She gave no details. Randy, who had served with the U.S. Army Special Forces, was a suspected militant white supremacist, wanted on a warrant for allegedly selling an illegal sawed-off shotgun to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms informant, but exonerated.
Federal flags to half-staff as tragic COVID milestone looms: If statistics hold as expected, the United States will reach a terrible milestone in the novel coronavirus pandemic. In anticipation of the U.S. reaching one million COVID-19 deaths, President Joe Biden today ordered flags at all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff through Monday, May 16.
If clouds clear, total lunar eclipse will shine Sunday night: On the off chance of a break in the clouds Sunday evening (there's a 50-percent chance of showers), here are some additional details on the next total lunar eclipse, which will begin at 7:27 p.m. Pacific May 15, go into totality at 8:29 p.m. and end at 10:55 p.m. The moon is in a near part of its orbit – close to Earth – during the eclipse. It’s a supermoon. That means, during this eclipse, the moon will appear relatively large in our sky.
May 10
Translator District auctioning Can Am UTV: The Boundary County Translator District is selling surplus equipment by sealed bid auction. The item will be shown by appointment only from Monday, May 16, through Thursday, June 16. The sealed bids will be opened at the Boundary County Translator District’s monthly meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Bids must be submitted to the office of Youngwirth, Davis & Associates located at 7193 Main Street, Bonners Ferry ID 83805 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Sold “as is” with no warranty.
County Commission notes ...Restorium tree comes down, community shred day to return: The big tree in the courtyard at the Restorium was safely taken down Monday due to safety concerns, work is underway to widen the availability of high-speed broadband access in the county and to bring back the once popular "Shred Day." Commissioners are listening to the public as to planning and zoning concerns and working to streamline the permit process as much as possible.
Troy City Council work meeting, 6:30 p.m. May 11, council chambers.
May 9
Man who died on Yaak an experienced kayaker: The man who died Sunday while kayaking on the Yaak had years of experience on the water. Steven Koning, 50, Victor, Idaho, was the founder 25 years ago of Geyser Kayak Tours, Jackson, Wyoming, which operates in Yellowstone National Park, and had before that owned Snake River Kayak in Jackson, Idaho.
Mai enters plea agreement on sex charge: Ryan Victor Mai, 46, Bonners Ferry, entered into a plea agreement Friday morning, pleading guilty to one count of sexual battery of a minor child, a 16-year-old girl, with two additional counts dropped, with a prosecution sentencing of one year in prison, determinate, and an open period indeterminate.
McGeachin calls on governor to strengthen abortion ban: In response to news that the U.S. Supreme Court may restore to states their constitutional authority to ban abortion, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin is formally calling on Governor Brad Little to convene an extraordinary legislative session for the purpose of passing a more comprehensive abortion ban in Idaho.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Night time lane closures planned for I-90 study: Nighttime lane closures on I-90 over the next two months will collect data for a study to widen Interstate 90 between the Washington state line and Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Crews will focus on the section between Spokane Street and Northwest Boulevard, closing either a shoulder or lane in one direction at a time. Work will be done at night between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the first closure scheduled for tomorrow night.
Idaho man dies kayaking on the Yaak River: At approximately 12:19 p.m. Sunday, May 8, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received an SOS message from a GPS device in the Yaak River area west of Troy. Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office began responding to the area. Updated information indicated that the 38-year-old man who sent the message was healthy and on a kayaking trip with three other men.
May 7
Falky swept away in Mission Creek: Falky got swept down stream yesterday in Mission Creek in the Mt. Hall area. Anyone who knows the area or lives up that way are asked to keep an eye out for him. He's got on a blue collar with his owner's number on it. He's friendly. "Trying not to think the worst because the creek was pretty rapid where he got swept in."
May 5
Pearl Theater bell tower needs work: The Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry is fundraising to make repairs to the bell tower so that we can get the balcony reopened. The balcony has been closed since February of this year due to a major roof leak at the base of the bell tower, which caused major damage to the balcony.
May 4
Total lunar eclipse a certainty, meteor shower possible: May offers an unusual sky watching bounty: the possibility of two major celestial highlights occurring within the span of a single month. The first, a total lunar eclipse, is a certainty, but the second, a potentially strong meteor shower at month's end, is a wild card. Here's what you need to know to prepare for both sky watching opportunities.
May 3
Boulder Creek Academy to close: After 29 years in operation, Boulder Creek Academy, nestled in the shadow of Clifty and having helped students ages 13 to 18 from around the United States and around the world, will be shutting its doors in early summer.
Toned down "Beartaria" proposed in conditional use application: After raising the concerns of neighbors last year with wide ranging plans for a "Beartaria Sanctuary" on a 10-acre parcel along the Moyie River on Earl Lane Road, Struggle Bear LLC and Owen and Amy Smith, Sandpoint, have engaged a Sagle landscape architect and filed application with county planning and zoning for a conditional use permit to define the uses proposed and, if approved, become the controlling document for uses on the property.
McGeachin claims her office budget is balanced: Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin issued a press release Monday in response to what she calls misinformation regarding her budget. "The media continues to manufacture controversy where none exists," she wrote. "The Lt. Governor's office budget is balanced. Our office had some unanticipated legal expenses due to the Idaho Press Club suing us because of our efforts to prevent conservative Idahoans and their children from being doxed by the media."
May 2
Hospital CEO to bid Bonners Ferry farewell: With his family having left the community a few months ago to be closer to home and family to help one of their children facing medical issues, Boundary Community Hospital CEO Preston Becker on April 25 submitted his resignation, saying he cannot be apart from them but promising to stay on to help through the process of bringing a new CEO on board.
Cascade of crises leave family in need: With three happy children at home, ages eight, six and two, Catherine Abrego should be looking forward to Mothers Day. Instead, the Bonners Ferry woman is facing the most harsh challenges of her life, having given birth to premature twins, become a single-mom and lost her ability to work all within a couple of days. She is needing the support and prayers of her community.
Leah Moellmer is Bonners Ferry's 2022 Distinguished Young Woman: Weeks of hard but fun work culminated Saturday evening for 11 talented and intelligent Boundary County High School junior women, with Majasa Allred, Maile Murdock, Nevaeh Elliston, Mia Blackmore, Emma Lucas, Grace Worley, Hailey Kelsey, Maggie Weaver, Jaden Byars, Evelynn Chaney and Leah Moellmer giving their all, but the panel of judges had the unenviable task of choosing just one as Bonners Ferry's 2022 Distinguished Young Woman, and she is Leah Moellmer.
Gear Up Idaho Youth Summit coming up soon: Gear Up Idaho and the Idaho Department of Education are hosting this year's Youth Summit on the Moscow campus of the University of Idaho from June 13-17; five all-expenses paid days packed with lots of learning, lots of fun and lots of great memories, and Bonners Ferry freshmen and sophomores are invited to apply!
Education board names NIC trustee finalists: The office of the Idaho State Board of Education today released the names of eight finalists who will be interviewed to fill three board of trustee positions at North Idaho College (NIC). The finalists were picked by the State Board’s executive officers, after reviewing 37 applications submitted to fill three vacancies. The finalists will be interviewed on the NIC campus on Thursday.
April 30
Recognizing our detention deputies: "We give thanks this week to those who serve in detention facilities around the Country," said Boundary County Sheriff Dave Kramer, "and especially to the detention deputies who serve with the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office." Sunday, May 1, through Saturday, May 7, is National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, a recognition for the hard work and contributions of law enforcement professionals who are largely under-appreciated and unsung.
April 28
ITD offering five-week training program: Idaho Transportation Department is offering an intensive five-week training program June 13 through July 15 in Rathdrum. Applicants selected for the program will receive free hands-on training in heavy equipment operation, cement masonry, welding and ironwork, and more. Applicants can also earn a free Commercial Driver’s License. Now in its fourth year, 75-percent of the program’s graduates have obtained employment with companies in the industry.
Dental help offered to Idahoans over 60: Delta Dental of Idaho, the leading dental benefits carrier in the state, is increasing dental coverage amounts from $1,250 to $1,850 in their "GrinWell for You" program. The program provides uninsured limited-income Idahoans aged 60 and older with free dental coverage to be used over 12 months. The coverage can be used for exams and cleanings, fillings, X-rays, extractions, and dentures and partials. Delta Dental of Idaho increased the amount awarded to qualifying individuals to keep pace with rising costs.
Creston will break ground on Market Park Project this spring: To look at it now, you may not think much about the approximately one hectare parcel of land that is adjacent to the railway tracks, located between the Chamber of Commerce and Pealow’s Independent Grocery store. Locals know this land as the space where the outdoor Farmers’ Market takes place starting in April through September.
April 27
Meet your Boundary Soil Conservation District’s board members: A conservation district is a non-regulatory entity that protects and cares for Idaho’s natural resources by assisting landowners to implement voluntary conservation measures on privately held lands. Meet the team that quietly works to do so much and learn what all Boundary Soil Conservation District has to offer.
April 26
Campaign finances show divide in North Idaho GOP: The Idaho Republican primary races of 2022 are shaping up to be one of the most divisive in history as the self-proclaimed "conservative" wing of the party has launched a full-out assault, not on other political parties, but on those of their own party upon whom they pin former president Donald Trump's disparaging acronym for party members who don't buy the lies or march in rigid lockstep, the RINO, Republican in Name Only.
April 25
All dogs go to heaven ... And I got a glimpse: This is a long read, dating back from a speaking engagement to veterinarians in Baltimore, Maryland, in the summer of 1992, to 30-years-later, when I visited an animal shelter in Romania on April 6, 2022. If you love animals and think of your own pets as family, the 15-minutes it will take to read this tome will be worth it. By Dr. Marty Becker
To protect and serve ...
Parker Davis serves on active duty in the United States Air Force in a position of highest trust to the security of our nation. Shown here on the tarmac in Seattle with the most recognizable aircraft in the world, Air Force One, the 2014 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School is an explosives ordinance technician, called upon to protect both troops in the field and at the highest levels of the U.S. government, up to and including the President of the United States. Badger strong, Badger smart, Badger proud.
Area waters dangerously cold: The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office has continued to patrol the waterways of Boundary County. The water is cold, sitting at 42 degrees on the Kootenai River. The water level on the Kootenai River is low, but we anticipate a late run-off from the winter thaw. The weather might be warm, but the water could still be cold and unpredictable.
Boundary County School Board workshop, 5:30 p.m. and special meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, district office. 
Farm tour coming soon: The Boundary Soil Conservation District and Farm Bureau are happy to announce the upcoming annual community agricultural tour on Friday, May 20. This year, only 50 seats are available. The tour is free, but you must call to reserve your seat. The tour will start at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. and return by about 4 p.m.
PHD to hold Drug Take Back event in Hayden: Empty out your medicine cabinet this Saturday, April 30, during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! Panhandle Health District is hosting a free and easy drive-thru drop off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Hayden location, 8500 N. Atlas Road. Outdated ot unneeded medications can also be dropped off anytime at the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, 6438 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
April 24
Working hard on Earth Day!
Mrs. Lavala's Valley View fifth grade class donated their time and talents to clean up the grounds and beautify the school in honor of Earth Day. Left to right, Zoey Ferrell, Myles McCulla, Jayden Carey, Dalen Baisden and Madalynn Beggerly.
April 22
Three budding journalists at Mt. Hall Elementary: Greetings from Mt. Hall! April has been a busy month for us, and we’re about to head into an even busier season in our building! There are so many fun events coming up, so keep an eye out for reminders on our social media. You can find us at Mt. Hall on Facebook. My portion of this month’s article is short as three awesome fourth graders debut their new newspaper! By Principal Kylee Guthrie
IDL seeking wildland fire bosses: The Idaho Department of Lands area office in Boise needs experienced wildland firefighters who can lead wildland fire engine crews. The nationwide shortage of qualified wildland fire engine bosses poses significant impacts for Idaho. Each engine boss leads a single fire engine and attached personnel and is responsible for the crew's safety on wildland and prescribed fire incidents. Without sufficient engine bosses, IDL cannot hire and deploy entry level firefighters.
April 21
North Idaho Republicans formed to stand against extremists: In light of the obvious dysfunction in GOP politics of late, a group of 100 North Idahoans, all long-time Republicans proclaiming "we made Idaho the conservative place where newcomers now want to live," have banded together to form the North Idaho Republicans to stand against the right-wing extremism that now permeates the party.
April 20
Raise your voices for embattled planet: Friday, April 22, is Earth Day ... I am more than 4.5 billion years old. My history is one of immense change. My surface has swung from mild climates to periods with glaciers miles thick. I have seen multiple mass extinctions during which more than 90-percent of my life forms ceased to exist ... Until about 10,000 years ago, your species lived lightly upon me, as nomadic hunters and gatherers and in small communities.
Arbor Day is 150 this year: This year marks the 150th anniversary of the tree planter’s holiday, Arbor Day, which falls on April 29. Did you know that 40-percent of Idaho is covered in trees? Forests cover more than 21 million acres, that’s larger than the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. One million acres of trees are on Idaho Endowment Forestlands which is managed by Idaho Department of Lands for the benefit of endowment beneficiaries, primarily public schools. By Idaho State Forester Craig Foss
April 19
SRS funds coming to Idaho counties: Members of Idaho’s congressional delegation and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth announced Idaho counties will receive a total of $23.4 million in payments for fiscal year 2021 under the Secure Rural Schools program. Under Idaho law, 30 percent of the SRS funding goes to counties to help with schools and the remaining 70 percent is earmarked for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That means Idaho schools will receive roughly $7 million, and Idaho roads and other county projects will receive roughly $16.4 million for FY 2021.
April 18
Troy City Council public hearing/meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 
Tribe seeking proposals for housing construction: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is requesting proposals for Design/Build construction of one 2‐ bedroom/2 bath Duplex on Lot 6, of the Frontier Village Phase II, Kootenai Indian Reservation, Naples, Idaho. This project shall be a modified turnkey type, whereby the proposal will include water/power/sewer (drain field) construction; and the contractor will follow the attached design and construction of the duplex, including connection to all utilities and construction of driveways.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
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