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Friday, April 20
Another beautiful spring day dawning: Good morning, it's 30-degrees in Bonners Ferry with a beautiful sunrise underway, 32-degrees in Troy and the nearest blue spot on the radar is nearly to the Washington coast. Another cool spring day ahead with highs in the low to mid 60s in Troy and the Yaak, clouding up tonight with a chance of rain after midnight and into tomorrow, with highs in the low to mid-50s and a 50% chance of showers to get your gardens ready for May.
Thursday, April 19
~ Planned power outage in Priest River area ~
There will be a Bonneville Power Administration planned outage from 10 p.m. Friday, May 11, to 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the Priest River/Priest Lake area. During this planned outage, Northern Lights crews will also be doing maintenance on their system to help prevent future outages.
Libby family trying to see family in Missouri: A young couple from Libby with ties to Missouri have had a tough time of it of late, and they're trying to get train tickets to go see family there before it's too late. Skylar Taylor and her fiancé, Jake Clayton, have a three month old daughter who's never met her grandmother, who is waiting on results of a suspicious lump in her breast, nor her great-grandmother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
Start the conversation about advance directives: Healthcare decisions can often be complicated and confusing even under the best of circumstances. Unexpected medical issues and emergencies may place you in a situation where you are unable to speak for yourself, leaving your family to make healthcare decisions for you. By Janet Lukehart, FNP-C 
Repairs to begin on Lightning Creek Road: The Western Federal Lands Highway Division is prepared to award the contract to repair the Lightning Creek flood damages in May 2018. The repair work is expected to begin at the end of May, depending on weather and site conditions. The repairs are projected to be completed before the 2018 winter season.
Drunk driving fatalities down, Idaho and Montana lag: In the broad history of our nation’s battle with intoxicated driving, there has been much cause for encouragement. Drunk driving fatalities have declined by a third over the last 30 years, and awareness campaigns have permeated the public consciousness. But both Idaho and Montana have considerable catching up to do as too many lives are still being wasted.
Spring is here; time to think about firewood: Now is the time to collect and properly store firewood so it is dry enough to burn efficiently during the colder months. Burning clean, dry, seasoned firewood to heat your home saves money, ignites easily, and lessens the impact on local air quality. When people have trouble with wood-burning systems, the problem is most often that the wood is not dry enough.
Wednesday, April 18
Hearing set on conditional use: The Boundary County Planning & Zoning Commission will hold public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the main courtroom at the Boundary County Courthouse to accept public comment on Conditional Use Application 18-084 by David Wood. This application deals with establishing a second residence on parcel RP63N01E234811A.
Public hearing set on variance: The Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the main courtroom of the Boundary County Courthouse to accept public comment on a Variance Application 18-070 by Tom and Lisa Davies. This application deals with allowing a setback of less than 20 feet on parcel RP01000001007AA.
Ali and MikeAnnouncement to readers: On Friday, I'll be heading to Spokane to take off on a flight that will end with me in High Wycombe, England, for a long-awaited reunion with my fiancé, Ali Taylor, for a stay of a little over two weeks to allow us to plan and prepare for my second trip in July, the first anniversary of our first meeting, when we plan to marry.
Tuesday, April 17
Barbara BushFlags to half-staff in memory of Barbara Bush: President Donald Trump has directed that American flags be lowered to half staff until sunset Friday, April 20, in honor of Barbara Bush, the second woman in U.S. history to be a first lady and mother of a president, who died today at 92.
Bonners Ferry man injured in Moscow rollover: A Bonners Ferry man was injured this morning in a single-vehicle rollover near Moscow. According to the Idaho State Police, Christian Aguirre-Dowell, 19, Bonners Ferry, and his passenger were taken to Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. Updated
Police Chief Brian ZimmermanBrian Zimmerman returns to city duty: In 1981, Mayor Harold Sims, in this very same room, swore in a young Brian Zimmerman as a reserve Bonners Ferry Police Officer. Officer Dave Kramer was on hand to see his friend enter law enforcement. On April 17, 2018, 37 years later, the circle was made complete.
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DEQ announces wastewater study grant: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant in the amount of $60,000 to Boundary County Commissioners. The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study to explore options for providing wastewater services to the Three Mile area and the city of Moyie Springs.
2018 Farm Bureau farm tour coming right up: The Boundary Soil Conservation District and Farm Bureau are once again offering their free community farm tour on Friday, May 25. This year’s event will feature a look at the southern end of Boundary County. The tour will start at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, with the bus leaving by 8 a.m. and returning by about 4 p.m.
Monday, April 16
Brian ZimmermanBrian Zimmerman returning to where he began: A late agenda item added today bodes well for the City of Bonners Ferry and the return of a long-lost friend; Late agenda items: 1. Police – Approve appointment of Brian Zimmerman as Police Chief for the City of Bonners Ferry. The same Brian Zimmerman who worked as a logger and a reserve officer in Bonners Ferry, went on to join the Idaho State Police, patrolling Boundary County as call sign 518.
Dolly BolingHuckleberry Variety's final stock being liquidated: After it ignobly closed in 2015, Dolly Boling, who managed and then owned Huckleberry Variety on Main Street for years before the building was bought out from under her only to sit empty, will be parting with the very last of the store's merchandise in a special two-week liquidation/indoor yard sale in the former Yoder's Grocery in Bonners Ferry beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow, April 17.
FWP to discuss keeping brown trout out of Kootenai River: The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet this week in Helena and review several proposals, including an effort to prevent brown trout in the Kootenai River downstream of Libby Dam. The five-member Commission will convene Thursday, April 19, at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters.
Sunday, April 15
Training offered for back country ORV riders: The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office will host a class on Saturday, May 5, to train off-road motorized travelers in the finer points of riding off-road. Designed for those who enjoy getting off the beaten path on all-terrain, off-road, dirt bikes and/or utility vehicles, the class will teach the skills and laws you need to know, specific to going off-road in Boundary County.
Congress reauthorizes Craig-Wyden ... Yay! ... Huh? The good news, everyone seems to agree, is that rural counties have been assured that they'll receive funds via the federal Secure Rural Schools and Payment in Lieu of Taxes funding, and that SRS payments, reauthorized March 28, will even be retroactive to 2017! The bad news is that, as is fairly usual with federal funding formulae, no one has the faintest clue how much funding to expect.
Kootenai National Forest seeking advisory board nominees: The Kootenai National Forest is seeking members for the Lincoln Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Congress passed the 2018 spending bill P.L 115-141, which reauthorizes Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments to the states, including retroactive payments to the states for FY17. Also, forests are to obligate any SRS funding before September 30, 2018.
Dung beetleDung beetles are us? Ahhh, dung beetles, one of the few totally positive creatures on the planet. They keep the place clean and ask nothing in return. Except, of course, a good supply of droppings. There are merely 7,000 species worldwide, compared to 44,000 weevils, most of whom are destructive.
Saturday, April 14
A lot of choices to be made May 15: When you go to vote in the 2018 primary election, whether you vote early at the clerk's office in the courthouse or at the polls between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, be prepared for a bit of a paper shuffle; there are 18 ballots to choose from and each voter must get the right one. And they aren't small ballots, either; these are paper ballots, legal sized, with two being front and back.
Friday, April 13
Boundless to perform at Carnegie Hall: Boundless, a vocal ensemble which features 10 singers from Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Creston, will perform in the King’s Singer’s 50th Anniversary Concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City, on Sunday, April 22.  Last spring, Boundless conductor Vicki Blake Thompson sent an audition CD from the group’s “Stardust” performance to Distinguished Concerts International, New York, which is hosting the performance.
ITD hosting long-range planning meeting: The Idaho Transportation Department is hosting public meetings on Wednesday, April 25, to share information on a plan that identifies how future funding, technology, demographics and economics will shape transportation in Idaho to the year 2040. The meetings will be at 3 and 6 p.m. at the transportation department’s District 1 office, W600 Prairie Avenue, Coeur d’Alene.
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Obituaries
Alma M. Hall, 98, of Libby, passed away in early April at her home along Flower Creek. A family memorial will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Bonners Ferry during the summer of 2018. She was born to Olav and Clara Gjesdal in Divide County, North Dakota in 1919. As a prairie girl, Alma often rode her horse to school.
Patrick F. “Pat” McManus, 84, beloved husband, father and New York Times bestselling author, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Spokane. Private funeral service will be held at the family's request. In lieu of gift fish, donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane.
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Events
Social
UMC ladies luncheon May 8: The annual United Methodist Women’s community ladies luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, in Fellowship Hall, United Methodist Church, corner of Lincoln and Denver Streets. There will be a special presentation by Artisans For Hope, “Quilt Stories,” sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. All ladies are welcome!
BFFD firefighters lauded for hard work, dedication: Bonners Ferry Fire Chief David Winey gave a bare-bones activity report, instead using his time before the mayor and city council to read a laudatory email he received from the division chief of training at Northern Lakes Fire District, Hayden. "I just wanted to pass along a quick mention about the three firefighters from your department who attended North Idaho Emergency Services Academy Engine Company Operations Class April 6-8.
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Business
UP investing in county rails: Idaho’s transportation infrastructure will receive a $22.3 million boost from Union Pacific Railroad in 2018, including a $2.9-million project to improve rails between Naples and Bonners Ferry. The company’s planned private investment, it says, will enhance safety, operating efficiency and support customer service.
Columbia Bank yard sale to benefit Emma: Last year, Columbia Bank lost their CEO, Melanie Dressel, and in honor and recognition of her legacy of philanthropy and dedication to community, all branches participate in volunteer activities each year, making a hands-on impact in the lives of their neighbors and community members. This month, the staff at the Bonners Ferry branch, S6750 Main Street, is excited to carry on this tradition.
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Fun & Entertainment
Still lots of fun to be had at Friday Friends: Happy Spring everyone! Though the ground is thawing and that unreachable last day of school is moving closer, 4-H Friday Friends is still in full swing. As always, everyone is welcome -- our program is not just for kids enrolled in 4-H.
The morel of the story; it's almost time to pick: The Kootenai National Forest is expecting an excellent crop of morel mushrooms this year due to the extensive area effected by wildfires in 2017.
Boundary County 4-H needs woodworking leader: If you like working with wood and would enjoy passing on your knowledge and passion with a group who'll appreciate all you give, Boundary County 4-H is looking for you!
Sports & Outdoors
Elk calves dying after long winter: In the last few weeks, Idaho Fish and Game personnel have started to see elk calves dying of starvation. This winter has been pretty long and things are slow to green up. Consider waiting until green-up is on and elk can start building back fat reserves before you head out to recreate.
Kadi BatemanThree Badgers honored at NI Sports Banquet: Three athletes with Badger backgrounds were honored at the 56th North Idaho Sports Banquet at the Coeur d’Alene Inn Saturday, where University of Idaho football greats Sam Merriman and Sherriden May and 1960s Silver Valley high school stars Denny Almquist and John Shelt were inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame.
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Letters
Idaho Congressional Delegation: This is the last week where taxes will be paid under the more complicated old federal tax system that takes more of your hard-earned income. When you file next year, rate reductions will be among the more clearly felt benefits of tax reform. The positive outcomes of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are continuing to take shape, but the advantages are making a difference in our economy.
Gene Andrews: I worked with Glenda for over nine years on the Boundary County Fair Board. Her continued support for the fair and the kids that participate in the fair are well known. I know she is dedicated to this community and also serves on other advisory boards.
Daniel and Michele Chadwick: Michele and I are incredibly pleased to support the re-election of Glenda Poston for Boundary County Clerk. We are proud to have worked with Glenda for the past 14 years and know her to be one of the most knowledgeable county clerks in any county in Idaho. Her integrity is beyond reproach and she values the meaning of the term “public service.”
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