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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.
March 28
Weeks 25 and 26 of Tuesday's Trouble ladies bowling: Sheila Benson led the way in week 25 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes, taking high scratch game with 176, high scratch series, 460, third high handicap game, 237, and second high handicap series, 663. Alice VanGundy took second high scratch game, 162, and third high scratch series with 431.
March 26
Badgers help Idaho team place second at Heartland Nationals: The Idaho girl's middle school team did an amazing job and placed second in the platinum bracket in the Heartland Duals Wrestling Nationals, which wrapped up today in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Eva Willis, 165, and her Bonners Ferry teammate Aubree Graves, 126, both ended the tournament with six wins and five losses, contributing significantly to their team's placement.
KV shooters shine in sectional matches: On March 18 and 19, the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club in Bonners Ferry hosted two rifle matches. Both were what is known as a sectional match. Your score is sent to the NRA and sectional scores, from across the U.S., are accumulated and your national ranking determined. Those results being posted by the NRA later in the year.
March 25
State record pike caught in North Idaho waters: On March 21 Hayden Lake in North Idaho produced a new certified state record northern pike. The record fish weighed a whopping 40.76 pounds, was 49 inches in length and 26.5 inches in girth – a true monster of a fish! The record was previously held by a fish that was also caught in North Idaho, in Lower Twin Lake. The fish, caught in 2010, weighed 40.13 pounds, was 50.75 inches long and 22.75 inches in girth.
Eva Willis delivers pin in opening round of nationals: After watching nearly everyone else on Team Idaho fall pretty hard in the opening round of the Heartland Duals Wrestling Nationals against Oklahoma today in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a Bonners Ferry wrestler came away with a pin.
March 19
Tuesday's Trouble weeks 23-24: Kathy Konek took high scratch game, 163, high scratch series, 422, tied for second high handicap game, 231, and took second high handicap series, 626, to lead week 23 in Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling in week 23 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Regina Colby was a pin behind, scoring 162 for second.
March 12
NRA Foundation grants Claybusters $10,400: The NRA Foundation has awarded the Bonners Ferry Claybusters Trap Team a grant totaling $10,400 to fund ammunition for the shooting program. "We are very excited about our Claybusters team," said Head Coach Ron Campbell, "and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community and our youth. The coaching staff and team members thank the NRA Foundation and the Friends of the NRA for selecting our program and providing ammunition for this amazing team.”
March 7
KV shooters shine in sectional match: On the weekend of February 24 - 26, the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club in Bonners Ferry hosted two rifle matches. Both were what is known as a sectional match. Your score is sent to the NRA and all sectional scores are accumulated and your national ranking determined. Those results being posted by the NRA later in the year.
March 2
Adam Hiatt Frontier Conference Coach of the Year 
Montana Tech head basketball coach Adam Hiatt, a 1997 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School and the son of Russ and Sulet Hiatt, was named Frontier Conference Coach of the Year after his Orediggers defeated the Providence Argos Tuesday night, 103-95, winning Montana Tech's second consecutive conference tournament championship. It was the highest scoring tourney championship in conference history. Read more here.
March 1
Sapphires sparkle in week 22: Alice VanGundy took high game, 163, and high scratch series, 438, and Donna Kent got second high scratch game, 161, in week 22 of Tuesday's Trouble ladies league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Carolyn McNeill rolled third high scratch game with 161.
IDFG 'Learn to Hunt & Fish' day camps slated: If hands-on learning is your thing, look no further than our Learn-to-Hunt-and-Fish day camps in the Panhandle Region! Not only do participants leave hunter education certified, but they also leave with more specialized hunting and fishing know-how compared to a standard hunter education class. During summer 2022, staff from the Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Regional office hosted these camps at the Farragut Shooting Range Center. Participants raved about their experience.
February 27
Ranked Number 1 in State!
The Bonners Ferry Badgers basketball team finished their season top seeded in state 3A with a 21-1 record, and they'll be heading to Meridian High School Thursday, March 2, to take on number eight seed Buhl at 7 p.m. to open their bid for the 2023 Idaho state championship! GO, BADGERS!!
February 23
Duke's Claybusters shotgun raffle underway: The Bonners Ferry High School trapshooting team Duke's Claybusters is once again selling raffle tickets to purchase safety equipment, targets and ammunition. Prizes are a $100 gift certificate at Super 1 Foods, dinner, spa and a night's stay at the Kootenai River Inn and a Mossberg shotgun.
February 16
Nik Bertling sets LC indoor pole vault record: Lewis-Clark State College's Nik Bertling, Bonners Ferry, was named the Rize Laboratory Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on Monday. Bertling, a senior pole vaulter, broke his own school record in the indoor pole vault when he cleared a height of 4.67 meters (15.3 feet) at the Whitworth Invite February 10-11 in Spokane.
Sheila Benson rocks week 21 of Tuesday's Trouble: Sheila Benson ran the lanes in week 21 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes February 7, taking high scratch game 173, high scratch series 470, second high handicap game 235 and high handicap series 656. Elaine Wheeler got second high scratch game 166 and third high scratch series 424.
February 13
Tuesday's Trouble, weeks 18 and 19: In week 18 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's, Alice VanGundy took high scratch game with 178, third high scratch series, 444, and tied for second high handicap game, 238. Regina Colby took second high scratch game, 177, high handicap game 246, and second high handicap series, 645. Elaine Wheeler took third high handicap scratch game, 161, second high scratch series, 448, and third high handicap series, 634.
February 9
Apply now for spring turkey controlled hunts: Turkey hunters looking to apply for 2023 spring controlled turkey hunts have until March 1 to apply. Information on the spring 2023 controlled turkey hunts can be found in the 2022-23 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules book.
February 5
Local shooters do well in Junior Olympic state championship: The North Idaho Junior Olympic Rifle Championship took place on the weekend of January 17 at the Kootenai Valley Rifle Range. Shooters from the Bonners Ferry (KV), Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene clubs represented. Their scores of shooters were combined with competitors from southern Idaho and the 2023 Idaho Junior Olympic Champions declared.
January 27
Two weeks of Tuesday's Trouble: Elaine Wheeler took it all in week 16 of Tuesday’s Trouble ladies league bowling; high scratch game 201, high scratch series 463, high handicap game 264 and high handicap series 652. Regina Colby got second high scratch game 170, second high scratch series 426, second high handicap game 237 and third high handicap series 633.
January 20
KV Rifle & Pistol Club indoor season underway: The Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club and Junior Rifle Club’s indoor competitive shooting seasons are underway! The clubs compete in area matches and with more distant clubs through a tournament where scores shot on our home range are compiled via email. The Junior Rifle Club is active in promoting marksmanship, competitive target shooting and safe gun handling.
January 9
Smallmouth bass state record falls once more: It was a typical cold, December day in central Idaho with rain down low and snow in the mountains. While many anglers might have been thinking about ice-fishing, winter steelhead or even putting a fresh coat of wax on their skis and hitting the slopes, Joey Walton had other plans: big smallmouth bass. Knowing he had to make the long run across the reservoir, he set out early in search of a trophy.
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