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February 1
12 local students on U of I Dean's List: A total of 2,787 students qualified for the Dean’s List for the University of Idaho's Fall 2022 semester, including 12 from Boundary County. The semester ended December 16. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester.
January 31
Celebrating a Bonners Ferry gem ...
GROW! community gardeners feted Marciavee Cossette at the annual GROW membership meeting and potluck Thursday. As a long-time GROW! board member and all-around volunteer at the community garden as well as so many other organizations in town, Marciavee was presented with a dozen red roses! She thanked GROW! and praised the town of Bonners Ferry for being such a friendly, welcoming town in which to volunteer.
January 23
Weerts earns scholastic honors at WSU: Allie Nicole Weerts, a 2020 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, was named to the fall 2022 President's List at Washington State University for maintaining a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
January 9
NIC literary magazine seeks submissions: The Trestle Creek Review is looking for submissions for its upcoming issue. Submissions are open to the public and may include essays, short stories, poetry, black-and-white visual art and other literary works. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 31.
January 6
Two county students earn University of Montana honors: Edie Callison, Bonners Ferry, earned President's list honors at the University of Montana with a 4.0 grade point average, and Mary Pluid, Moyie Springs, earned Dean's list honors.
Nine county students earn honors at LCSC: A total of 887 students made Lewis-Clark State College’s honor roll for the fall 2022 semester, eight of them from Boundary County. LC State had 484 students make the President’s List, which is slightly higher than a year ago when 470 were honored. The college also reported 403 students made the Dean’s List.
December 12
Meet Legion Post 55's new commander: My name is Scott Cameron. On November 1, I became the new commander of Post 55 of the American Legion here in Bonners Ferry. Like Manny Figueroa, I am a former Marine. I served from 1977 to 1987 as an infantryman. After my active-duty time, I began dual careers in law enforcement and healthcare. I joined the American Legion in 2005 and I am very proud and honored to represent Post 55 as its new commander.
December 6
Wolverines of the Month ...
After two snow days, we were finally able to celebrate our November Students of the Month! These kiddos have reflected our Naples traits of safe, civil, productive and kind!
Students are front row (l-r); Kaine Brewer, Finn Hinrichs, Maibel Espino and Gabriella Feri. Back row; Nathan Issacharoff, Lakota Wortley, Stryder Olson, Dakota Rinehart, Mia Jeppesen, Sophia Parker, Ruhl Upton, Freya Adams, Zoey Wolf (not pictured), and Ronny Calderone.
December 2
Deputy Pew reaches 15 years of service: Detention deputy Robert Pew celebrated his 15th year of service with the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office this month. Sheriff David Kramer presented him with his 15 years of service badge today.
November 30
Jonathan Snyder wins Mystery Mason Award: Each year a Master Mason is chosen to be the Mystery Mason for the year. It is his responsibility to seek out an individual that stands out within the Bonners Ferry Community. He will spend his time throughout the year looking for individuals to be awarded the yearly Mystery Mason Award. This year's recipient of the Mystery Mason Award was Jonathan Snyder.
November 17
Legion Post 55 has new commander: A change of command occurred in Bonners Ferry American Legion, Post #55. Manny Figueroa, Marine, retired U.S. Border Patrol, Badger football coach and Kootenai Tribal Police Officer, was post #55 commander for many years. He has moved to Texas.
November 15
Pyette quilt lifts veteran's spirit: Few would question the notion that few things in the world are as comforting as a hand-made quilt, and Margaret Pyette has long been bringing such comfort to a very deserving group of people. Each year, she chooses two Boundary County veterans, then crafts her amazingly beautiful hand-made quilts, lovingly personalized, to be ready to give during the Veterans Day service. This year, her kind gift did more than bring comfort.
October 30
Elks bring third graders their own dictionary: Excitement and curiosity were just two of the emotions experienced last week in the third-grade classes at Valley View Elementary as two of the many benevolent members of the Sandpoint Elks delivered student dictionaries to all the third grades students. Students were elated to receive their individual books and learn more about the Elks organization.
October 17
Michelle Walker earns national accolade: Michelle Walker is an instructor of many talents and hats when it comes to fitness formats, and her skill and dedication has earned her the title of October Water Exercise Instructor of the Month by www.swimandsweat.com. Her classes range from Aqua Zumba to land Zumba, from Aqua Boot Camp to Balance & Mobility. During the school calendar year, she teaches at the Kootenai River Inn while in the summer you can find her at Northside School B & B along with the Bonners Ferry City Pool.
October 15
Boundary County Victims Services needs you: Many of you have been loyal attendees and contributors to the Boundary County Victim Services (BCVS) Fall Festival & Fashion Show. We are excited to be back together this year for an evening of fashion, food, fun, and fantastic auction items! This year, the fundraiser will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the Great Northwest Territories Event Center.
October 14
Dr. McIntosh retiring after 44-plus years: After more than 44 years practicing dentistry in Boundary County, Dr. David McIntosh, DDS, is retiring. He has loved this community and his patients. He believes he is leaving them in the capable hands of our local dentists who have chosen to make Bonners Ferry their home.
October 13
Chaney to play in National FFA Band: Evelynn Chaney, a member of the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter in Bonners Ferry, will be on stage and in the spotlight October 26-29 during the 2022 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Chaney, a senior at Bonners Ferry High School and the daughter of Thomas and Michele Chaney, has been selected to play trombone in the National FFA Band. Chaney submitted an audition tape and was selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants nationwide.
October 6
4-H Friday Friends is in full swing! You can find us at Boundary County Middle School every Friday during the school calendar year. At $12 per child and a sliding fee scale available, 4-H Friday Friends are a great option for childcare or just to give your kiddos an extra day of exciting hands-on educational activities. They also have open enrollment, so join in for every Friday or any Friday during the school year!
September 22
Leah Moellmer heading to Idaho DYW: High school senior girls from across Idaho will gather in Idaho Falls for the Distinguished Young Women of Idaho program to be held Friday and Saturday, October 7-8 at the Civic Auditorium, including Bonners Ferry's Leah Moellmer. Participants will compete for $35,000 in college scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho for 2023. The program is open to the public and preliminaries will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, October 7 and 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8. Finals begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.
August 1
Family of Mary Dirks expresses thanks: Mary Dirks’s family would like to send a special thank you out to all of the people who attended her memorial, to all of the people who helped organize it, to all of the people who sent beautiful flowers, cards and gifts, and to all of the people who called with words of support.
July 27
Nine local students are U of I graduates: A total of 1,603 degrees were awarded to 1,467 students in the 2022 spring semester commencement at the University of Idaho, including nine from Boundary County. In-person ceremonies were held in May in Moscow, Boise and Idaho Falls.
July 5
Linda Lederhos now Rotary president: Linda Lederhos took over the role of president for the Rotary club of Bonners Ferry last week, and this week she was guest speaker, talking about her plans for the future of the club. The Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry works to bring together business and professional community leaders to provide humanitarian service to others within our community and our world.
June 29
Boundary County students earn NIC dean's list honors: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
June 13
BCMS announces second semester honor roll: Boundary County Middle School has identified its top scholars for the second semester. They are ...
Halls welcome Charley Jade: Christine and Adam Hall welcomed daughter Charley Jade June 1, and big brother Theo couldn't be more proud. Born at Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, she weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 19 inches long.
June 8
County has 16 students on U of I Dean's List: A total of 2,479 students qualified for the University of Idaho's Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester, which ended May 13, 16 of them from Boundary County. To qualify for the Dean’s List, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester.
Years of dedicated service ...
Boundary County 911 Operations Administrator Crystal Denton (left), dispatcher Geneva Trumble and dispatcher Scott Peterson received their years of service badges June 7 from Sheriff David Kramer. Crystal has 20 years and Geneva and Scott both have 10 years of dedicated service to Boundary County with the Sheriff's Office.
June 4
Stone earns masters degrees, set to launch career: Colin Patrick Stone, who graduated Bonners Ferry High School in 2015 and earned his Bachelor's from the University of Idaho in 2019, recently earned his Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Science and Information Systems at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
June 3
Bonners Ferry has its own platinum jubilee: Not to be outdone by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s National Celebration this week, Bonners Ferry has it own Badger Royalty 75th Year High School Graduation Jubilee! Pictured here recently at the Bonners Ferry Chic-n-Chop reunion site are Marcella “Madson” Nelson, Edmund “Gene” Lozier and Elaine “Lesmeister” Guthrie, each of them graduates of the Bonners Ferry High School Class of 1947. Courtesy Darrell Kerby
May 29
Liermann, Callison earn academic honors: Two Boundary County students earned academic honors for the 2022 spring semester at the University of Montana, Missoula. Tanner Liermann, Naples, earned president's list honors with a 4.0 GPA and Edie Callison, Bonners Ferry, was awarded dean's list honors with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9.
May 23
Nine local students earn honors a LCSC: A total of 870 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2022 semester, LC State administrators have announced. Among the honorees, 471 made the President’s List while 399 were named to the Dean’s List. Nine students so honored are from Boundary County.
May 19
Morris celebrates 96th on horseback: To celebrate her 96th birthday, staff helped Community Restorium resident Fay Morris fulfill her wish of horseback riding one more time. Fay has a long history of riding horses and this experience was a dream come true as you can see from the smile on her face.
May 18
Mechelle and Rocky say thank you: Mechelle Lech and her service dog, Rocky, received their mobility support harness today, helping to increase Mechelle's mobility and safety. She extends her thanks to everyone in the community who helped make it possible for her to get this piece of equipment.
May 12
Cole Fitch Boundary County's Ag Baby for 2022: In observance of agriculture, spring and new beginnings, Farm Bureau is pleased to announce this year’s first Boundary County baby of spring! Cole Louis Fitch was born at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, to Natasha and Cameron Fitch. This little guy came into the world weighing 6.8 pounds and he was 21 3/4 inches long, and he is well loved by a long list of agricultural families in Boundary County.
April 30
Teresa Rae Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year: Teresa Rae has been recognized with the “Woman of the Year” award at the Beta Sigma Phi Founders Day Program today. Member Janis Tucker asked Teresa to join them under false pretenses. On Thursday, she told her that one of their presenters had dropped out and could she come speak on behalf of Boundary Fuller Center for Housing, more commonly known as Habitat for Humanity. In exchange for a three to four minute presentation, Teresa was promised her delicious breakfast and the chance to sit next to her favorite middle school volleyball coach!
April 29
Utah State University's Alva Swanson on his thoughtful path to graduation: When he thinks back, Alva Swanson recalls three events that became pivotal in bringing him to where he is now, at the threshold of graduation from the Utah State University Quinney College of Natural Resources. The first is a big fish story. Swanson’s home is in the far north of Idaho, a community called Bonners Ferry. Carving down the center of town is the Kootenai River, where you can sometimes glimpse a native monster. By Lael Gilbert
April 27
Dr. Ulappa earns Golden Apple Award at BSU: The Associated Students of Boise State University have announced the winners of this year’s Golden Apple Awards, and among them is Dr. Amy Ulappa, a professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences and a 2000 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School. Amy is the daughter of Tom Ulappa and Janis Kerby, both of Bonners Ferry.
April 26
No Ag Baby 2022 ... yet: For the first time in memory, no one has stepped forward to proclaim their child Boundary County's first baby of spring, and at present there is no Boundary Soil Conservation District/Farm Bureau Ag Baby 2022. It's not too late!
April 14
Local family needs community help: 9B Family Foundation, a Bonners Ferry preschool, childcare and family resource center, has a family facing challenging times and needing the community's help. The mother gave birth to twins around 18 weeks early, with one in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kootenai Health, the other in a Spokane NICU. Mom is staying in Coeur d'Alene and commuting between hospitals to be with her babies, who are trying to grow big enough to come home, hopefully in 18 weeks around the date they were expected in June.
April 7
Naples celebrates Students of the Month, Principals for a Day: Naples Elementary recently celebrated its Students of the Month for March. They are Stryder Olson 1st, Keah McKellips 2nd, Mackenzie Issacharoff 2nd, Dakota Rinehart - Kindergarten, Josh Pruitt - Kindergarten, Hank Robertson - Kindergarten, Emily Riek - Kindergarten and Mason Mistelski 1st, Blake Nichols 4th, Dalton Regher 4th, Kathryn Wietzke 5th, Treva Wietzke 5th, Lilliya Giles 3rd, Onyx Gahr 3rd, Maddux Bolton 3rd, Mark Elliston 5th, Levi Jones 3rd. In addtion, two students, below; Ronald Calderone and Aurora Havens-Boone, did admirably in March as Principal for a Day!
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