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On July 12, Dr. Jay Apt, four space shuttle mission astronaut and currently professor and co-director of Carnegie-Mellon University’s Electricity Industry Center, interrupted his flying vacation to the western U.S. to come to Northern Air at Boundary County Airport for recurrent flight training.

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Beginning Tuesday, July 14, Panhandle Health District (PHD) will only be writing orders for COVID-19 testing for individuals who are uninsured and do not have a primary care provider.

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A Coeur d'Alene man is under suspicion of impaired driving after a single-vehicle collision in Rathrum Sunday morning that seriously injured his passenger.

If you are noticing smoke over the metro, a few wildfires are burning in Washington, including the Road 11 fire northeast of Wenatchee, that went from 2,000 acres, as logged on the U.S. Wildfire Activity Map at 1:08 p.m. today to around 10,000 acres, as reported by KXLY Channel 4, Spokane.

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In the face of a novel coronavirus and COVID-19, people seem awful quick to pooh-pooh the power of the virus, and the misperceptions have deep historical roots here in the Americas.

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Due to the announcement of additional cases of COVID-19 in Boundary County, those at the Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry and the Wine Walk committee feel that it would be unwise to take chances with the health of our community at this time and have made the decision to cancel the Rotary Wine Wa…

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Montana, this week sponsored the "Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act," which would restrict federal funding to cities and states that allow “anarchist jurisdictions” when local or city governments give up their duty to protect its citizens from non-government…

Sports & Outdoors

A cool breeze and cloudy skies greeted the half dozen naturalists as they met along the Kootenai River near Libby, Montana. The group discussed strategies to see more birds, the keys to identifying Rocky Mountain Region wildflowers and shrubs, how to better tune into the natural world and th…

Several historic lookout towers across the Idaho Panhandle continue to be staffed by various agencies, including the Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands.

2020’s Kootenai River Run has been canceled in the spirit of social responsibility, but that hasn’t deterred the committee’s commitment to our community’s exceptional youth. This year there were three qualified candidates for the Kootenai River Run’s $1,000 scholarship.

Boundary Community Hospital is again offering its annual free Sports Physical Clinic as a service to Boundary County student athletes. This year the event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

Three Idaho anglers won $1,000 each after catching reward-tagged fish in the Pend Oreille walleye lottery during the month of May. These are the first reward tag winners since the program launched in March 2019.

Letters to the Editor

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Frequent but seldom published contributor Kirk Dixon, Bonners Ferry, in response to the editorial, "These days, my normally thick skin has been rubbed pretty thin," July 10 by Mike Weland, this morning wrote:

Social

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After possibly the most extraordinary DYW season ever, Bonners Ferry's 2020 Distinguished Young Woman is Lily Blackmore, who received the baton from 2019 DYW Katie Summerfield June 27.

Congratulations to Emily Sanchez and Michael Youngwirth, who received this year's Bonners Ferry American Legion Post 55 scholarships.

The University of Idaho is pleased to make available the 2020 Spring Dean’s List. A total of 2,449 students qualified for the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester, which ended May 15. To qualify for the Dean’s List, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 grad…

Obituaries

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Alma A. Pitman, 89, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry, due to a fall she didn't recover from. No services are planned due to the family being scattered throughout the United States and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sally Kay Sunell Phillips, 61, loving devoted wife and mother, was called home to be with the Lord on June 28, 2020, after a short illness in Oklahoma City. She was at home and surrounded by family.

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Tracy Obert Saboe, 40, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Monday, June 29, 2020. Funeral services were held July 7 and inurnment took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls.

Troy Armstrong was born in Portland, Oregon, on July 14, 1965. On June 30, 2020, he passed away on Highway 95 in a trucking accident.

It is with great sadness that the family of Robert “Bob” Louis Fitch, announce his passing on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in Sandpoint at the age of 90 years. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16, at Grandview Cemetery.

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