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After three month's work, Bonners Ferry motorists now have access to the state of the art top of the line in touchless automatic car wash systems  at Mr. Sud's Car Wash, 6777 Main Street.

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We have it on good authority that one of the scientists whose work made possible today's Space X launch of two U.S. NASA Astronauts for the first time since the end of the space shuttle program a decade ago, was 2003 Bonners Ferry High School graduate Jacob Katz, the son of Ed and Jill Katz,…

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The National Weather Service, has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the eight North Idaho counties and 13 north central Washington counties, in effect until 11 p.m. today.

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UPDATE II: Alejandro was found and he is safe. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received information at around 3 p.m. that Alejandro was located safe and with friends by Coeur d’Alene Police at the Plaza Shops on Third Street in Coeur d’Alene.

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"The best thing we can do amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, is to stay kind and connect with our family, friends and loved ones," Creston Mayor Ron Toyota conveyed in today's Creston news briefing.

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A tractor-trailer crashed on I-90 about five miles east of Wallace this morning, and one eastbound lane remains closed as of 5:30 p.m. as crews clean apples off the roadway.

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, invited world leaders and international organizations to convene today in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate global response to the significant econ…

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CORRECTED: A Spokane man facing two counts of rape in Boundary County was arrested twice last week for DUI in Spokane. This week, six Spokane Police officers involved in his arrests and his cell mate are under self quarantine after Mordecai L. Cochrane, 21, tested positive for COVID-19.

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Governor Steve Bullock today announced further efforts to protect communities heading into Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky Plan on June 1, including additional resources for community testing and contact tracing in high-visitation communities, an informational campaign to educate visi…

Sports & Outdoors

The Forest Service staff on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is preparing campgrounds for forest visitors in alignment with state orders and federal phased reopening plans.

I called Governor Little’s office and got a return call today about opening the Trap Club to shooting again. They said okay as long as we limited to 10 people and stayed six feet apart for social distancing, which is fine for shooting as shooters are nine feet apart anyway to abide by trapsh…

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing so many parts of life in Montana this year – hunter and bowhunter education is no different. In response to social distancing requirements and restrictions on group gatherings, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is turning to online courses for all students …

Applications for controlled deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear hunts run May 1 through June 5. Elk hunters are reminded that new for 2020, there is a five-day waiting period to buy capped elk zone tags for any resident who applies for a controlled elk hunt regardless of whether the person dr…

Congratulations to Sawyer Livesey of Post Falls, Idaho on setting a new catch/release record for Bull Trout. Sawyer caught the monster while fishing the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry on April 8.

At their April 4 meeting, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a rule that temporarily suspends the sale of several types of nonresident fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits. The action is effective immediately and lasts until the rule is repealed consistent with relevant sta…

Letters to the Editor

We have experienced the most egregious move to socialism and debt ever in our country’s history. Started under the direction of “conservatism” with the excuses of “protecting the people;” freedom and our constitutional republic is summarily dismissed as non-essential.

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Despite challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic including a transition to remote learning midway through the semester, a total of 913 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction this spring, LC State administrators announced. Boundary County was well represented.

I have a personal favor to ask of everyone who knows and loves my beloved brother, Rockey (see "Rockey Burkholder is Bonners Ferry at its best"). My dear husband, Marty, has been taking my soon-to-be 95-year-old mother, Valdie, and 72-year-old brother/town mascot, Rockey, on road trips throu…

Obituaries

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Margaret "Meg" Gail Graham, 86 passed away at her home in Bonners Ferry on May 30, 2020.

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Colonel Al W. Farnsworth, USAF, 95, passed away quietly at his home in Bonners Ferry on May 27, 2020. A memorial service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Bonners Ferry at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

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I am saddened to pass word that Foster Mayo, who worked and volunteered many years with the Bonners Ferry Police Department and the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, passed away this morning, May 24, 2020, of cancer.

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Thomas A. Wells, 81, Missoula, passed away on March 4, 2020, in Apache Junction, Arizona. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

John Bradley Standal, 73, passed away at his home in Bonners Ferry May 21, 2020. A full obituary is pending and arrangements to be announced.