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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal and state governments have made decisions that may impact your income and tax filings. Please pay careful attention to the different deadlines for Idaho state and federal filings below -- they are about a month apart.

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester, D-Montana, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging the Trump Administration to grant farmers more flexibility in their Farm Service Agency loans in order to ensure the continuity of the country's food supply and support rural areas during the co…

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The Bonners Ferry branch of Columbia Bank has closed its lobby except by appointment until further notice, asking all customers who are able to use their drive through or online banking services.

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Any business, school, organization or agency with news of a COVID-19 related closure or postponement in Lincoln County, Montana, Boundary County Idaho or the Kootenay Region of British Columbia is encouraged to message notices here, email them to mikew@kootenaivalleytimes.com or call (208) 2…

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This year's Hall Mountain Fire Association Auxiliary officers and committee chairpersons for 2020 are: Justine Williams, president Janis Jessup, treasurer, Jodi Stoddard, secretary.

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Due to a significant reduction in privately owned vehicle and pedestrian traffic along the northern border, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will temporarily reduce the hours of operation at the Port of Porthill, Idaho, effective Monday, April 6.

Sports & Outdoors

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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 The action is effective immediately and lasts until the rule is repealed consistent with relevant sta…

Idaho Fish and Game has not closed any fishing or hunting seasons in response to Covid-19, and the department is providing guidelines in accordance with the Governor's orders for social distancing at least six feet apart, including while fishing and at access sites and boat ramps.

The Fish and Game Commission recently approved spring Chinook fishing on the Clearwater, Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers to start April 25 and run until closed by the Fish and Game director.

Due to health concerns for students and volunteers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is postponing all hunter and bowhunter education classes that are scheduled through March 30, at which point FWP will reassess the situation.

Letters to the Editor

As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution — the American spirit at its best.

As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution — the American spirit at its best.

Most of us have had the absolutely heart-wrenching experience of hearing the news that something has gone terribly wrong in the life of someone we dearly love.

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After a night of dubious talent and hilarious fun, Badger Ben Tompkins (right) was crowned Mr. BFHS 2020 Friday night at Bonners Ferry High School.

This year the Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Raffle Grand Prize will be a $1,000 shopping spree at Far North Outfitters, and second place will be winner's choice; a Henry 22LR Rifle or an M&P .380 EZ Pistol!

Obituaries

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Alfred 'Al' Victor Pennock, Libby, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the age of 91.  Services, initially set for Saturday, April 18, have been postponed due to the current pandemic. The date will be announced once rescheduled.

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Gordon Rodney, 75, Creston, passed away on March 29, 2020, in Kelowna. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Joan Morris, 73, Creston, passed away March 29. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Cathy Lynette Shaw, 65, passed away suddenly March 29, 2020, at her home in Naples. Due to current concerns regarding travel and social gatherings, a memorial service for family and friends celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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At the age of 85, Hod joined his former baseball teammates on April 1, 2020. His final days were spent at the Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene and now the angels are rejoicing as they welcome him home. A memorial is being planned at a later date.

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