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Sunday, December 16
Winter storm watch Monday night for high country snow: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in effect above 4,000 feet from Monday evening through late Tuesday night, with up to two feet of fresh snow possible. Most areas above 4,000 feet will see six to 12 inches of snow, with isolated areas seeing up to 24-inches. Winds gusting to 45 miles per hour will make conditions worse.
Boundary County's 2019 elections: Notice is hereby given that the following elections will be held in Boundary County during calendar year 2019. Declarations of candidacy are available at the respective taxing district office or at the Boundary County Clerk's Office.
Fire salvage sales on KNF will continue in 2019: The wild fires in 2017 and 2018 burned over 100,000 acres of the Kootenai National Forest. In response to these fires, the Kootenai National Forest has offered in 2018 or will be offering in the spring of 2019, fire salvage timber sales in the burned areas.
Bonners Ferry seeks statements of qualifications: The City of Bonners Ferry herein solicits Statements of Qualifications for the purpose of establishing a preapproved list for professional design and engineering related services pursuant to Idaho Code § 67-2320(2)(h).
Working to bring certainty to rural school funding: U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Mike Crapo on Thursday introduced legislation to provide financial certainty for rural counties to ensure they have the long-term funding needed for schools, road maintenance and other essential services. The bipartisan Forest Management for Rural Stability Act makes the Secure Rural Schools program, which expired at the end of FY 2018, permanent.
Wet and sloppy mush, not much accumulation: Snow levels in the Idaho Panhandle are expected to rise to 5,000 feet or higher by afternoon and remain elevated through the night, with accumulations of an inch or less expected in the valleys. Expect a rain/snow mix until about 2 p.m. today, when it warms to around 37 degrees and comes down as rain.
Two ladies pining away at Second Chance: These ladies became guests of Second Chance Animal Adoption, 6651 Lincoln Street, on Saturday after they were found wandering. The beagle was found on Eileen Road in Moyie Springs, The shepherd mix was found on Oxford Road. If you belong to them or know who does, please call Second Chance at (208) 267-7504.
Commissioners' Meeting Agenda - Week of December 17
Friday, December 14
Newly credentialed CNAs!
Bonners Ferry High School CNA graduates
Congratulations Bonners Ferry High School Certified Nursing Assistant graduates (l-r) Grace Villelli, Jerzie Pluid, Gabriella Barajas, Sydney Nelson, Jericho Hermsen, Yone Naranjo, Jamie Cromwell and Hannah Beazer, and Isaac Wilson, who wasn't able to be in the picture. Registered nurse Tracy Maas, seated, taught the course.  The Certified Nursing Assistant program is offered to Bonners Ferry High School students by Boundary Community Hospital in affiliation with North Idaho College. Students receive five college credits in addition to their certification. Congratulations on a job well done and the start of a career in healthcare!
Idaho, U.S.F.S. to sign historic agreement: The State of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture will enter into a new agreement to improve forest health conditions across Idaho that sets an example of interagency collaboration for other states to follow.
Bonners Ferry Shopko gets reprieve: There aren't many details, but Bonners Ferry Shopko manager Michael Washburn has confirmed that he received a phone call from corporate headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at about 7:30 a.m. today telling him that arrangements have been made to keep the Bonners Ferry store open. Earlier this month, it was announced that 39 Shopko Stores nationwide would be closing their doors.
El Nino expected to bring drier, warmer conditions: Drought conditions are worsening throughout much of the Columbia Basin, and the trend could continue through the winter with an emerging El Nino weather pattern from the Pacific Ocean. The National Weather Service issued its latest El Nino Southern Oscillation report this week, projecting there is a 90 percent chance that El Nino will form this winter.
~ Bonners Ferry City Council meeting ~
The Bonners Ferry City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, in city hall, 7232 Main Street. For the agenda, click here.
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, November 26
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, November 19
Boundary County Commissioners minutes, October 22
County Commission/Moyie Springs City Council special meeting minutes, November 27
More of the same bleh, weatherwise: Good morning, it's Friday! A few stars visible over Bonners Ferry at 6 a.m., but patchy clouds and fog are likely across the metro this morning and another storm system is on the way later today, and a little cooler out this morning.
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Thursday, December 13
School District 101 Board Meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, December 17. For the agenda, click here.
If you feel different, you drive different: The holiday season is a time for family, friends and co-workers to celebrate. Wherever people choose to celebrate, the Idaho Office of Highway Safety and law enforcement agencies across the state are reminding people to drive sober or get pulled over.
Community Hospital receives hoax bomb threat: Boundary Community Hospital received an email at 10:28 a.m. today with a very technical and specific bomb threat, and as Bonners Ferry Police, sheriff's deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded, it was discovered that hospitals, schools and other public places nationwide were reporting the same threat.
First half 2018 taxes due December 20: Boundary County Treasurer Susan M. Larson reminds all Boundary County taxpayers that the deadline for paying the first half of the 2018 property taxes without penalty is Thursday, December 20.
Wednesday, December 12
Winter weather advisory, avalanche alert issued: The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington for snow, in effect from midnight tonight to noon Thursday. One to four inches of snow is possible in the valleys and up to a foot is possible at higher elevations.
Smelterville man dies after minor injury crash: A 26-year-old Smelterville man was found dead in his home after a minor-injury single vehicle collision on 4th of July Pass on I-90 Tuesday. According to the Idaho State Police, Skyler Sauer was driving a blue 2009 Chevy Silverado east at about 11:20 a.m. when he lost control negotiating a curve.
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Luanne MeliorLola Luanne Melior, 77, died on December 6, 2018 in Hayden. She will be buried next to her husband in Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry.
David C. Hunrichs passed away at Kootenai Medical Center shortly after being diagnosed with cancer on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the age of 62, surrounded by his mom and two sisters. A celebration of life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, December 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bonners Ferry.
Charles BergetCharles O'Neil Berget, 81, passed away on December 6, 2018, in Libby, surrounded by his loving family at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 5 at Christ Lutheran Church in Libby.
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Master gardeners class starting up: Attention avid gardeners! The Boundary County Extension Office is taking applications now for the 2019 Master Gardener Certification Course in Boundary County! This class meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from late January through April.
Join the 119th annual Audubon Christmas bird count: Boundary County is where we call home, and it's that time of year to count another group that also calls this place home, our feathered friends who live within a seven one-half mile radius of downtown Bonners Ferry. No matter the weather, volunteers will begin at the first light of the day on Thursday, December 27.
Chili and cornbread cook-off coming: Boundary County's veterans and first responders are teaming up to host the Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 5, at the Fairgrounds Memorial Hall in Bonners Ferry.
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IDFG names new director: Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Friday announced the hiring of Ed Schriever as the new Fish and Game Director. Schriever will replace Moore on January 13, who in November announced his retirement.
Badgers have a good showing at Tri-State: Bonners Ferry wrestlers came away from the 66-team Tri-State Wrestling Tournament at North Idaho College's Christiansen Gymnasium  in Coeur d'Alene Friday and Saturday with a 30th-place finish, two spots behind Timberlake, 28, but well ahead of Priest River, 35, and Kellogg, 53.
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U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: America’s children represent our nation’s prospect for a bright and strong future. The fact that many children in our communities are not safe in their homes is far beyond tragic.
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