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January 23
Catching up on Tuesday's Trouble league bowling: Kathy Konek and the Blues Bells; Kathy, Carolyn McNeill and Tamie Patzer, took it all December 28 in week 16 of Tuesday's Trouble league action at AJ's Lanes. Kathy bowled high scratch game 202, high scratch series 529, high handicap game 2712 and high handicap series 736 to lead the team to a high scratch game 528, high scratch series 1,408, high handicap game 759 and high handicap series 2,101. By Dolores Sweet
Kootenai Valley Rifle Club hosts championship meet: On Saturday, the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club hosted the Junior Olympic Rifle State Championship for North Idaho. The scores shot at this match are combined with those from a match held at the rifle range in Twin Falls. The winner will get an invitation to shoot at the National Match held at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. By Kathy Konek
January 14
Have fun on the river, earn swag: For some, winter is a time to hibernate in the comfort of a warm home, enjoying a hot drink by the fireplace. For others, winter offers a unique opportunity to try their hand at landing the native and once rare burbot from the Kootenai River. Like to fish for burbot in the Kootenai River? Like to win free stuff? Do both by participating in the Kootenai River Angler Science Program this winter!
January 4
Denise Crichton and the Poppies sweep Tuesday's Trouble week 15: Denise Crichton go high scratch game 176, high scratch series 464, second high handicap game 243 and high handicap series 665 to lead the Poppies; Denise, Zetta Graupner and Donna Kent, to a sweep December 21 in Tuesday's Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes.
December 22
Blue Bells sweep Tuesday's Trouble week 14: Kathy Konek took it all in Tuesday's Trouble week 14 league bowling December 14 at AJ's, leading the Blue Bells to wins across the board. She took high scratch game with 179, high scratch series 477, high handicap game 250 and high handicap series 690 and the Blue Bells; Kathy, Carolyn McNeill and Dolores Sweet, took high scratch game with 467, high scratch series 1,231, high handicap game 713 and high handicap series 1,969.
December 17
Over-snow vehicles banned in Libby ski area: Over-snow vehicle use in the boundaries of the South Flower Cross Country Ski Area near Libby has been prohibited due to concentrated pedestrian traffic, prohibiting any over-snow vehicle use on any National Forest system within the ski area boundaries including roads and trails.
December 15
Lady Slippers shine in week 13: The Lady Slippers; Jeanne Osborn, Donna Nystrom and Evelyn Smith, took it all in week 13 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes, with Jeanne taking high scratch game 159, high scratch series 425, third high handicap game 229 and second high handicap series and Donna tying for second high scratch game 149, getting second high scratch series 418 and third high handicap series, helping earn the team high scratch game 425, high scratch series 1,180, high handicap game 658 and high handicap series 1,879.
December 11
Young Badgers getting ready for regional Elk's Hoop Shoot: Elementary students competed in the Elk’s Hoop Shoot at the Valley View Elementary School gym on Friday, December 11. The local free throw contest mirrors the national competition and helps to grow grit in our young athletes. Many of this year’s students have spent endless hours of practice in the gym getting ready for basketball and specifically shooting free throws.
December 8
Lupines glow in Tuesday's Trouble week 12: Alice VanGundy bowled highs scratch game 183, high scratch series 485, third high handicap game 242 and third high handicap series 662 to lead the Lupines a good showing in week 12 of ladies' Tuesday Trouble bowling at AJ's Lanes. Kim Haworth took second high scratch game 172, second high scratch series 471, high handicap game 261 and high handicap series 738.
Winter stream fishing is just heating up: Ask just about anyone if standing in two feet of 33 degree water while snow somehow finds its way down the back of their base layer sounds like their idea of a good time, and you’ll probably get a resounding no. This time of year, it’s tempting for anglers to stash the rods and hang up the waders ‘til next spring. And that turnkey fireplace beside the 55-inch flat screen doesn’t make the decision any easier.
December 4
Day of doubles for Tuesday's Troubles: Denise Crichton got a high scratch game of 172, high scratch series of 482, third high handicap game of 240 and high handicap series of 686 as Tuesday's Trouble finished their 11th week of lady's league bowling at AJ's Lanes, 6696 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. DaVonna Cada got second high scratch game of 168, high handicap game of 250 and third high handicap series of 649.
What a grumpy man and the wild mountains taught me: I’d just said something about wanting wild mountains and deserts even when I can't be there, simply because we need wild places, when a man snipped, “You sound like one of those hippies! It’s all gonna be gone someday, anyway. Why do you care?” I regretted only replying with, “I just do.” By Heather Ferrie
IDFG seeking comment on Panhandle proposals: Wildlife staff in the Panhandle Region want to hear what you think about upland game, turkey and furbearer season proposals in the region and elsewhere in the state. Sportsmen input on proposed regulation changes helps wildlife managers understand sportsmen preferences and shapes hunting and trapping seasons for the next two years.
November 27
The Bluebells look pretty in week 10: Carolyn McNeill got high scratch game 174, high scratch series 419 and high handicap game 242 as the ladies in Tuesday's Trouble league finish week 10 at AJ's Lanes. Kathy Konek got second high scratch game 160 and second high scratch series, 398.
November 20
Earn your second helping at the 13th-annual Turkey Trot: For the 13th year, Bonners Ferry is looking forward to another fun, family-friendly and free Turkey Trot 5k/10k fun run this year on Thanksgiving morning. The gun goes off promptly at 9 a.m. at the Boundary County Fairgrounds and the route leads runners down Riverside Road to the 5k turnaround past Mirror Lake Road.
November 18
The Lupines shine in Tuesday's Trouble week nine: Alice VanGundy got high scratch game 187, high scratch series 485 and second high handicap game 244 to lead her team, the Lupines, to a sweep in week nine of Tuesday's Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Zetta Graupner got second high scratch game, high handicap game 255 and high handicap series 675.
November 11
A little for everyone in Tuesdays Trouble week eight: Carolyn McNeill tied for high scratch game 170, got third high scratch series 406 and second high handicap game 239. Alice VanGundy tied for high scratch game 170, got high scratch series 464 and second high handicap series 641 in week eight of Tuesdays Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes.
November 10
Badger harriers honored for another fine season: The Bonners Ferry Badger cross country program saw 14 varsity letters distributed this year at their recent post-season awards ceremony, many of them to first timers. Badger All-League runners this year were Connor Alexander for the boys and Camille Ussher, Ceci Roemer, Sydney Beckle and Leah Moellmer for the girls. In team awards, Connor received the 110-Percent Award and Levi Bonnell and Camille Ussher were honored as Most Outstanding Cross Country Badgers.
November 4
Local ladies earn national shooting honors: In March, the Kootenai Valley Junior Rifle Club, joined by shooters from the Sandpoint team, shot a rifle match at their home range. The scores were then sent to the NRA to rank them nationally. The results are finally in.
VanGundy takes it all in week seven with Nystrom close behind: Alice VanGundyAlice VanGundy took it all but Donna Nystrom was close behind in week seven of Tuesdays Trouble League play at AJ's Lanes. Alice took high scratch game 187, high scratch series 508, high handicap game5 250 and high handicap series 697. Donna got second high scratch game 172, second high scratch series 472, second high handicap game 245 and second high handicap series 674.
November 3
Alexander, Ussher lead Badger effort at state: Per usual, the Badgers were the furthest traveling team in the state just to get to the State 3A Cross Country Championships in Eagle October 29-30. They were watching the 4A and 5A races on Friday on the way down and making notes, so they expected that times were going to be slower, but Coach Tyler Warner assured them that their races would be a matter of places and points, not necessarily times.
October 27
Idaho's Large Tracts Program brings opportunities, challenges: Citizens of Idaho enjoy something most folks from other states only dream of: an abundance of publicly accessible lands. It’s easy to take for granted because nearly two-thirds of Idaho is federally managed for public access, making the possibilities nearly endless when it comes to recreating outdoors, especially for hunters, trappers and anglers.
The Poppies have a good week bowling: In the sixth week of Tuesday's Trouble bowling at AJ's Lanes, Alice VanGundy got high scratch game 168, second high scratch series 432 and second high handicap game 233. Jeanne Osborn got second high scratch game 163, high scratch series 436, high handicap game 237 and third high handicap series 658.
October 26
Badger harriers heading for state races: The lady Badgers started off the day Thursday trying to duke it out with CdA Charter for the district championship, finishing second in the Intermountain League cross country standings, just three points behind the powerhouse Panthers. The boys finished out the day in third place, meaning both teams qualified for the state 3A championships this Saturday in Eagle, Idaho.
October 21
Badger volleyball team in fight tonight for state: The Badger girls move on in district play after ending Coeur d'Alene Charter's season, 3-0, at home Wednesday. The Badgers travel to Timberlake at 6 p.m. today to fight for the second IML state berth.
Konek has awesome Tuesday at the lanes: Kathy Konek took high scratch game for the second week in a row with a 157 as the ladies in Tuesday's Trouble wrapped up five weeks of bowling. She also took high scratch series 430, second high handicap game 227 and high handicap series 640.
Badger runners vying for state berths today: With a bye week heading into districts, Badger Cross Country Coach Tyler Warner has been gearing the team up for the post season and pondering how the roster will shape up for state. Districts are at 1 p.m. today at Priest River.
October 13
Lady Slippers take it all in fourth week of Tuesday's Trouble bowling: Kathy Konek got high scratch game 183 and third high scratch series 427 in the fourth week of Tuesday Trouble bowling at AJ's Lanes October 5. Carolyn McNeill got second high scratch game 164 and second high scratch series, 450. Alice VanGundy got third high scratch game 160 and Jeanne Osborn got high scratch series 454. By Dolores Sweet
October 11
Badgers healing up in time for districts: The Badger Cross Country teams took an early morning bus ride to Lewiston Orchards near Lewiston High School for the Inland Empire Challenge Saturday, and came hope with several new personal bests.
October 6
Tuesday's Trouble finishes three weeks of bowling: On September 28, Tuesday's Trouble high scratch game went to Alice VanGundy 166 and high scratch series 441, second high game Denise Crichton 157 and third high scratch series 418, Michelle Sweet got third high scratch game 153 and Kim Haworth got second high scratch series 432.
Deer season kicks off October 10 in most of Idaho: If you're a rifle hunter, your deer season starts October 10 in most parts of the state. The general, any-weapon deer hunts includes most, but not all, units. You can find out which units are available in the Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet. Hunters can expect a fair-to-good deer hunting season, but with some caveats.
October 4
Badgers shine at Ben Castro Invitational: Sunny skies and warm temperatures were a welcome sight to the competitors at Thursday's Ben Castro Invitational at Pinehurst Golf Course, hosted by Kellogg High School. As has been the case in recent weeks, the Badgers continued to post increasingly fast times and did not fall prey to the dullness of certain sections of the course.
October 2
Pheasant hunting opening on Boundary-Smith Creek WMA: Back by popular demand, hunters can enjoy a second year of pheasant hunting at two wildlife management areas in the Panhandle, including the Boundary-Smith Creek WMA in Boundary County. Whether you are a new hunter or a seasoned veteran, pheasant hunting opportunity in 2021 will not disappoint! By T.J. Ross
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