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September 25
A primer on Idaho trespassing laws for hunters: Hunters, anglers and other sportsmen and women should be aware of Idaho trespass laws before they head into the field. Trespass laws changed in 2018, and even though that feels like forever ago, it's still worthy of a reminder. Here are some basic things to remember ...
September 22
Kootenai Valley Junior Rifle Club places fifth in the nation: In the spring of 2023, members of the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club (KVRC) shot in the NRA Sectional rifle match at their home range. They were joined by teams from Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. A Sectional match is one in which a shooter obtains their national ranking. Matches are held across the United States, the scores are sent into the NRA, then combined with others to see how everyone did. After months of waiting the results are in.
September 20
Badger harriers do well at home: Sophomore Micah Thomson ran his best time so far this season to lead the way for the boys cross country team as the Badgers hosted Priest River, Kellogg and Coeur d'Alene Charter in the Bonners Ferry Invitational with a time of 19:53 for an eighth place finish. Nathan Russell, a CdA Charter senior, won the event with a time of 17:18. Cole Phillips posted a new personal record overall, which was made even sweeter by a great kick at the finish
September 19
Fry Foundation's 15th golf tourney a resounding success: The Fry Healthcare Foundation (FHF) is delighted to announce the tremendous success of its 15th annual Golf Tournament, made possible by the generous support of local sponsors and participants. This year's event, held on August 18 at Mirror Lake Golf Course, proved to be a remarkable demonstration of community spirit and dedication. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our valued sponsors who played a pivotal role in making this event a resounding success.
September 13
Strikers gold finalists for Pend Oreille Cup: The Sandpoint Strikers 2009/2010 girls soccer team were U15/U14 gold finalists in the Pend Oreille Cup in Sandpoint on Sunday. Girls from Bonners Ferry, Naples, Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene compete on the team. Coach Jon VanGesen and players Abigail VanGesen, Avah Archibald and Marley Pauls all hail from Boundary County.
September 11
Badger runners rebuilding, showing poise: With very few returning veteran's on this year's Badger cross country teams, the young runners are with few mentors, leaving the sophomores and freshmen who make up most of the team to learn the nuances of the game on their own, but after a hard week of practice and a tough meet Saturday at Farragut State Park, where districts will be held, coach Tyler Warner sees promise.
September 8
Two in a row!!
Thank you, Tyler Russel!
Sixth grade against Libby today, another shutout! Badgers 48- Loggers 0! Holy macaroni!
September 7
What to know about CWD before your hunt: As hunting season gets underway, Idaho Fish and Game is raising awareness about chronic wasting disease (CWD); an infectious, incurable, and fatal disease that affects deer, elk, and moose that was first detected in Idaho in 2021. Governor Brad Little has proclaimed September 11-18, 2023, as Chronic Wasting Disease Awareness Week to encourage hunters to provide samples for testing and know the specific rules that are in place to minimize the spread of CWD in Idaho.
September 1
First sandhill crane colts take flight from KNWR: While birding at Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, you can see so. Many. Birds. Number four on the Idaho Birding Trail list for North Idaho, at peak times during the fall migration you can see 40,000 waterfowl at once on the refuge. In the summer, black tern and red-necked grebe come to the refuge to breed and raise the next generation. Resident breeding land birds such as least flycatcher, red-eyed vireo, American redstart, Bullock’s oriole and bank swallow are often visible along Deep Creek Trail.  
Shut out ...
The sixth-grade Badgers travelled to Priest River Thursday and won 21-0 to start their season out on a high note! Thanks to Bob Hendrich for sharing the photo and news!
August 26
Two Claybusters hit 25 straight: Congratulations Noah Nichols and Linus Holman, who both shot their first 25 straight this month! All the Dukes Claybusters and their coaches are celebrating their accomplishment ... Great shooting!!
August 17
Caelem Stewart takes his first main event win: After taking his first racing win in May, 10 year-old Caelem Stewart, Bonners Ferry, raced his way to his first main event victory at Stateline Speedway Wednesday night, racing in the Bandoleros Division. Caelem will be back on the track at Stateline Saturday night, with gates opening at 4 p.m.
July 30
BCMS football practice starts August 14
Seventh and Eighth grade football starts at 4 p.m. Monday, August 14, with a parent meet and greet at Boundary County Middle School. Practice to follow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring physical forms if you have them.
July 27
First cross country practice August 7: The first practice for the Bonners Ferry High School cross country team will take place at 5 p.m. Monday, August 7, in Coach Warner’s Room, BFHS room 2. Enter via the southernmost doors of BFHS south hall. This will also be the mandatory parent meeting. Participants will be going over team rules/expectations/paperwork before doing a short practice and be done by 7 p.m. Athletes must have a physical on file in order to practice.
July 26
2023 Kootenai River Run results: A total of 169 participants crossed the finish line at the Kootenai River Run/Walk on Saturday, July 22. The event, part of the Kootenai River Days, raises funds for scholarships for Bonners Ferry High School scholar-athletes who have been active in cross country or track. This year’s scholarship recipients are Ceci Roemer and Jaden Byars. Their awards are $1,000 apiece.
July 11
Gearing up for another Kootenai River Run: Kootenai River Run 2023 is extra excited to continue its participation in Kootenai River Days while supporting our Badger graduates with scholarships for their excellence in school and participation in cross country and track. The 2023 Kootenai River Run kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.
June 22
Big Red named to All-Idaho softball second team: Bonners Ferry High School junior Ava Frederickson, the daughter of Shawn and Casey Frederickson, was named to the Idaho Statesman's 3A All-Idaho softball second team, selected by 3A coaches statewide. She's believed to be the first Badger softball player to earn the accolade.
June 21
Chinook salmon season kicks off tomorrow: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission met via conference call and approved summer Chinook salmon seasons for the South Fork Salmon, Upper Salmon and Lochsa rivers. The seasons will open Thursday, June 22 and remain open seven days a week until harvest goals are achieved. By June 13, about 85-percent of the returning summer Chinook, had already been counted at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, which is the first dam the fish cross after leaving the Pacific Ocean.
June 20
Josh and Julie set to paddle way into exclusive world club: Most Boundary County couples would be anticipating going to the parade on the Fourth of July, maybe a family barbecue or picnic, attending the festivities at the fairgrounds followed by spectacular fireworks at dusk. But Josh Friedman, who will celebrate his 61st birthday next week, and Julie Kirk, 62, aren't most couples. At 9 a.m. July 4, they won't be in Bonners Ferry, but setting out on the Yukon River in their kayak, "Spirit of America," on their seventh Yukon River Quest. And if they finish, as they plan to do, they will become members of the most exclusive and elite endurance paddling clubs in the world.
June 14
Trenton Meyers has an amazing day on the range: Bonners Ferry High School Claybuster shooting team member Trenton Meyers hit all but three targets out of a hundred today, the first 79 without a miss. In one go, Trenton set an awesome score of 97/100, and earned both his 50 and 75 straight patches.
June 12
Campbells honored for service to Dukes Claybusters: Bonners Ferry Gun Club Vice President Wally Dinning and treasurer Ken Brink presented gifts of appreciation to club secretary Kristie Campbell and president Ron Campbell for their hard work and dedication to keeping both the club running smoothly and the Claybusters program such a success.
May 30
BCSD annual sports physicals coming July 25: Boundary Community Hospital is thrilled to announce the continuation of our Free Annual Sports Physicals program in collaboration with Boundary County School District 101, to provide free health screenings to children. These physicals are an essential requirement before students can embark on their exciting journey in BCSD sports, be it robotics, flag football or any other sport.
May 25
Fires chiefs hosting a second round of Smoking Balls: The Boundary County Fire Chiefs Association is hosting their Second Annual Smoking Balls Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 17, at Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry. All proceeds from the fundraising event will go to the Boundary County Fire Prevention Cooperative, which helps prevent unwanted human-caused fires through public outreach and education.
May 24
Biggest youth OHV course so far in county held Friday: Last Friday, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office provided the Idaho State Parks and Recreation Off-Highway-Vehicle (OHV) course to youth in the county. The training is not so much about the legal requirements of riding motorcycles and ATVs, but more about investing in the youth and teaching them skills to help with their riding ability and safety.
May 17
Badger girls 2023 Idaho State golf champs! Braylyn Bayer led the Bonners Ferry Badger girls golf team to a state 3A championship Monday and Tuesday at the Blackfoot Golf Course, Blackfoot, Idaho, with a total gross over the two rounds of 153 for a +9 total to par gross. Her sister, Avery Bayer, finished third with a 162 total gross. As a team, the Badger ladies shot a 739 total gross, Kimberly came in second with 743 and Teton finished third with 811 strokes.
May 8
Local shooters shine at George Conner Rifle Match: On Saturday, May 6, four members of the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club traveled to Spokane to participate in the 52nd annual George Conner Rifle Match. This match is held on the outdoor range at the Spokane Rifle Club. Using .22 smallbore single shot rifles, the course of fire is a Dewar Course, consisting of 20 shots prone at 100 yards and 20 shots prone at 50 yards. Then the shooters continue to shoot a position match at 50 meters, shooting 20 shots in the prone, standing and kneeling positions.
May 2
Trey Bateman 'Heavy Hitter of the Week:' Every Monday, Idaho Sports managing editor Brandon Baney recaps the nine most scintillating hitting performances from the past week of competition. Why nine? Because there's nine batters in the lineup, he writes. There was a Badger in his report the last week of April.
May 1
Caelem chalks up first speedway win: Valley View Elementary fourth grader Caelem Stewart, 10, the son of Alison Stewart, Bonners Ferry, and Jeremy Stewart, Spokane, signed his first autographs for race fans in Findlay Stadium at Stateline Speedway, Post Falls, Saturday after his first winning heat during Open Wheel Night. In his second year of racing in the Bandoleros Division, he finished first in the B Heat race and fourth in the main event.
April 26
Boater safety classes offered: The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone preparing to hit the waterways of Boundary County that the winter run-off is slow and the water is running slower than usual, but there is still debris moving down the tributaries. The weather is improving rapidly and the sun is out, but the water is COLD, COLD, COLD! As always, they want to relay the 1:10:1 rule.
What mushroom pickers should know: The Idaho Panhandle National Forests wants everyone to have fun collecting mushrooms this spring, but wishes to provide a few safety reminders, rules, and best practices when collecting on national forests. Stop into a Forest Service office to get a free, personal use mushroom permit if you plan on collecting more than one gallon of mushrooms per day.
April 25
Sheriff's office holding OHV safety course: The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office will once again offer an off-highway Vehicle training course for youth. Idaho State law requires any unlicensed rider to complete an Idaho Parks and Recreation OHV safety course to legally ride on Forest Service roads. The sheriff’s office has several Deputies who are trained instructors to be able to offer this course locally. The course, which covers riders on ATVs, UTVs or motorbikes, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, May 19, and lasts approximately four hours.
April 7
Info sought on St. Maries swan poaching: Idaho Fish and Game has received information about six tundra swans that were shot and left to waste near Saint Maries in North Idaho. Fish and Game is requesting the public to report any information about the incident. A reward is offered for information.
The Sapphires lead the way in week 28: Alice VanGundy got high scratch game, 171, high scratch series, 459, and third high handicap series, 636, in week 28 of Tuesday's Trouble ladies league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Michelle Sweet got second high scratch game, 165, and high handicap game 241. Carolyn McNeill got third high scratch game, 162, second high scratch series, 448, and second high handicap series, 652.
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