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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 grads
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.
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.
Kimberly-Clark recalls U by Kotex Sleek tampons: Kimberly-Clark announced a voluntary product recall of its U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons, Regular Absorbency, sold throughout the United States and Canada for a quality-related defect that could impact the performance of this product. The recall is limited to specific lots of U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons, Regular Absorbency.
Frederickson's sets holiday pickup schedules: Frederickson's B.F. Garbage LLC will not be operating on Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day, or Tuesday, January 1, New Year's Day, as employees will be taking those days off to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.
IDFG hosting Coeur d'Alene breakfast: Idaho Fish & Game is holding a Sportsman's Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, at Lake City Center, N1916 Lakewood Drive,. Coeur d'Alene. Senior fishery biologist T.J. Ross will discuss burbot in the Kootenai River and the new burbot harvest fishery opening in January.
Sloppy warmish weather to continue: Instead of the scads of snow expected, Bonners Ferry and much of the metro received a fine boat load of slop overnight. It's a fairly warm Wednesday morning and some sun possible over Boundary County today, but the weather is hanging around for awhile.
Tuesday, December 11
~ Highway conditions getting bad ~
Highway conditions throughout Boundary County are listed as "difficult" on Idaho 511 due to snow and slick conditions as of 8:59 p.m. and getting, and multiple slide offs are reported on Peterson Hill south of Bonners Ferry. Truckers are advised to chain up before taking the hill in either direction. Slide offs are being reported on Alderson Lane and other hills as well.
Farm Bill provides market access for Idaho farms: Idaho’s agricultural producers will have streamlined access to growing foreign markets thanks to the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, known simply as the Farm Bill. Supported by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, the Farm Bill also includes provisions that provide resources to collaborative forest management and support for Idaho’s timber industry.
Bonners Ferry City Council minutes, November 20
BFHS resolution to limit distractions: Bonners Ferry High School has a New Year’s Resolution needing your support. BFHS’s goal for 2019 will be to increase academic focus by limiting the use of cell phones and personal electronics during school hours. By Principal Kevin Dinning
Field burning committee members sought: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality) is seeking candidates to fill three environmental representative positions on a committee that advises the agency on crop residue burning issues.
Idaho 511 going offline for maintenance: The Idaho 511 Traveler Information web page, phone line and app will not be displaying current driving conditions for approximately five hours Wednesday evening, December 12, for technology maintenance.
Two feet of snow possible in the high country: It's Tuesday morning and we're under a winter storm warning on the west side of the metro and a winter weather advisory in the east; the radar as of 6:15 a.m. looks like a kaleidoscope as a band of snow pushes east over the Selkirks and into Boundary County. If you're driving this morning, roads have a bit of everything to offer.
Monday, December 10
Colorado woman still missing: The Woodland Park Police Department, Woodland Park, Colorado, needs the public's help finding a missing 29-year-old woman. Kelsey Berreth was last seen at the Safeway in Woodland Park on November 22. Her cell phone last pinged in Gooding, Idaho, around noon Monday, December 3, and Idaho State Police are now assisting in the search. New photo and poster added December 10.
Boundary County court dispositions and sheriff's log
~ Troy City Council Meeting ~
Troy City Council Work Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, council chambers. For the agenda, click here.
Winter storm warning issued for West Metro: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter storm warning for North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect from 4 a.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. Heavy snow is expected, with five to ten inches expected in the valleys and up to two feet of new snow in the mountains.
Winter weather advisory issued for Kootenai/Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet region of northwest Montana, in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday through 9 a.m. Wednesday. Snow accumulations of three to seven inches can be expected.
Success, challenges and the cost of attendance: This edition of the “Superintendent's Scoop” will be divided into three parts: current success, future challenges and the cost of attendance (an article printed January 17, 2017)! I need to begin as I have before, the number one reason for our success this year lies in the strength of our administrative team! Superintendent's Scoop by Gary Pfleuger
Winter weather message for Lincoln County: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather message in effect until 10 a.m. today; Light to moderate snow will continue this morning, creating slick roads throughout Lincoln County. Additional snow accumulations of up to one to two inches through 10 a.m. this morning is possible.
County Commission agenda, week of December 10
Snowy morning, worse tomorrow: A snowy Monday morning to you here in the metro, and our first winter storm watch of the season is in effect across the metro Tuesday through Wednesday morning. It looks like about half to three quarters of an inch on the ground at the top of the South Hill in Bonners Ferry, the state plows are out and traffic appears to be moving right along, though roads are slick.
Sunday, December 9
Christmas Craft Fair money missing: Carla was a vendor Saturday at the Christmas Craft Fair at Naples Elementary, and when she got home and did the tally, she discovered they were missing $122 out of the money earned, well over half of what they made. If someone found it please message Carla on Facebook or turn the money in to Chief Tony Rohrwasser at South Boundary Fire.
Saturday, December 8
District 1 legislators fare well with assignments: The Idaho State Legislature convened briefly this week for the organizational session of the 65th Legislature. The organizational session is a one to two day session for swearing in the new members, determining leadership in the House and Senate, selecting committee chairs, and making committee assignments for legislators.
Another day of Christmas joy in far North Idaho: It was another Saturday filled with Christmas spirit and the joy of the holidays as Naples pulled out all the stops to once again demonstrate, as if there were any doubt, just was a great little town it is and as the Bonners Ferry Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints opened its doors for the Fifth annual Multi-Denominational Night of Nativities.
Friday, December 7
Salmon predation prevention act passes Senate: Bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to protect Endangered Species Act listed salmon and steelhead from extinction has passed the Senate without objection. The entire Northwest Senate delegation cosponsored S.3119.
Dante going to prison for 10 to 20: The long saga that was the second degree murder case of Eric Dante came to a close on Thursday afternoon with First District Judge Barbara Buchanan handing down his sentence May 1, 2017 murder of Jesseka Musson.
It pays to shop local with Bonners Ferry Bucks! We're counting down to the first Bonners Ferry Bucks drawing of 2018! You have until 1 p.m. today to be entered and we'll be announcing the first $50 winner right here on the front page and on the KootenaiValleyTimes.com Facebook page at 4 p.m. today. To get in on it, just make a purchase at any participating merchant -- the more you shop local, the better your chances!
That good old Badger Pride!
BFHS Badgerettes
The beautiful Bonners Ferry High School Badgerettes have been working hard of late and thrilling Badger fans as the dance to instill pride in the hometown Badgers! Look for them Saturday as the Badgers take on Sandpoint!
A change in the weather on the way: If you forgot to let your brass monkeys in last evening, they're liable to be singing in a new and higher register as the only weather going on is cold! Good Friday morning, if you've missed having weather, you're in luck, as it's coming in. At 6:12 a.m., it was a frosty 17 degrees in Bonners Ferry under overcast skies.
Thursday, December 6
~ Flags at half-staff Friday for president, Pearl Harbor ~
United States flags should remain at half-staff until sunset December 30, 2018 in Honor of George H.W. Bush. In addition, United States flags will fly at half-staff Friday, December 7, in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Wednesday, December 5
Bonners Ferry Shopko to close: Shopko has announced plans to close 39 stores across the country, including the Bonners Ferry store. The Green Bay, Wisconsin, based retailer is closing the locations, most of them Shopko Hometown stores, after a liquidation sale. The sale starts on December 7. The stores are expected to close at the end of the February.
Wonderful turnout by 9B ladies! Thank you to everyone who participated and enjoyed the 9B Ladies on the Loose event on Saturday! Over 140 people took part, and 44 hit all 13 shops! Here are the lucky winners ...
Enjoy the dry spell; snow lies ahead: A brisk Wednesday morning, skies are overcast but nothing falling, if you're out driving, keep an eye out for patchy freezing fog. Other than that and giving yourself a few extra minutes to scrape your windshield, roads are good.
Tuesday, December 4
Scam targets registered sex offenders: The Idaho Central Sex Offender Registry, part of the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification, has been made aware of several attempted scams targeting sexual offenders in several Idaho counties as well as in other states. One scam involves a caller posing as a law enforcement officer who tells the sexual offender that they have missing or out-of-date registration information.
I-90 road rage incident lands man in jail: A report of road rage by an armed driver on I-90 in Coeur d'Alene and a report of an armed man near the Kootenai County Courthouse this morning, which prompted a lockdown of  the facility, were the same man, now cooling his heels in the Kootenai County Jail.
Trees of Care helping BoCo Backpacks!
Tree of Care
With some excellent help, the Tree of Care in the lobby at Boundary Community Hospital was decorated with ornaments, which will benefit BoCo Backpacks! This year's ornaments were hand-crafted by fifth graders at Naples, Mt. Hall and Valley View Schools, and they are for sale by donation, $5 is suggested, and may be seen on the trees in the hospital lobby and at the Community Clinic. BoCo Backpacks is an all-volunteer organization utilizing 100% of all donations to purchase food that is distributed each Thursday of the school year. They serve 150 Boundary County children each week.
Family imposter scam losses skyrocket in 2018: Older consumers who report losing money to fraud are reporting a disturbing trend: Scammers claiming to be a loved one in trouble are getting people 70 and over to send thousands of dollars in cash. These scammers often call seniors claiming to be a grandchild.
Winter feeding not the act of kindness some may think: Winter feeding of deer and elk near homes cannot only be harmful to them, but can ultimately be dangerous, according to Idaho Fish and Game district wildlife biologist Jason Husseman, based in Salmon. While feeding that cute little fawn in your yard may seem helpful, Fish and Game says the unintentional consequences can actually be detrimental to their health.
E-file for premium tax filings to begin January 1: The goal of saving tax dollars while providing a convenience to those who submit premium tax filings and continuation fee statements has led the Idaho Department of Insurance to adopt an E-file program, effective January 1, 2019.
Idaho settles with debt buyer for $6-million: Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced that Idaho is entering a $6 million settlement with one of the nation’s largest debt buyers. The settlement with Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Midland Credit Management, Inc., and Midland Funding, LLC involves 41 other states and the District of Columbia.
Marriott data breach affects millions: Marriott International says that a breach of its Starwood guest reservation database exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people. If your information was exposed, there are steps you can take to help guard against its misuse.
Monday, December 3
Court dispositions and sheriff's log
Lots of great citizens cruising at Valley View:  It seems as though winter is here now that Thanksgiving has come and gone. The snow boots, winter coats, hats, and gloves are beginning to arrive in our hallways. The fall season has been tremendous in Boundary County this year and we are lucky to call this place home. By Principal Nathan Williams
Draft decision issued for Camp Robin project: Jeanne Higgins, Forest Supervisor for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests has issued a Draft Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Camp Robin project located on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District. The 45-day public objection period started on December 1.
~ Special School District 101 Board Meeting ~
The School District 101 Board of Trustees will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, in the district office, 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry, to interview Zone 4 candidate Candice Kelly to fill a vacancy and to discuss the superintendent recruitment and selection process. For the full agenda, click here.
~ National Day of Mourning on Wednesday ~
In observation of the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, Forest Service offices will be closed for a National Day of Mourning on Wednesday, December 5. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will resume regular office hours on Thursday, December 6.
~ 4-H Holiday Food Drive underway ~
The 4-H Holiday Food Drive is underway, and you can drop off non-perishable food items in the boxes in the lobby at the Boundary County Courthouse during regular business hours until Friday, December 14! All food will be donated to Bonners Ferry Community Action Agency!
Sunday, December 2
Hope House needs help with stocking stuffers: Hope House of Boundary County is making stocking stuffer gift bags for all ages and they need a few more items. Ideally each bag will have a small game or activity, a small toy, candy and either a hat, a pair of new socks or gloves.
Naples man facing multiple felonies: An 18-year-old Naples man is biding time in the Kootenai County Jail on multiple felony charges after being arrested in an allegedly stolen vehicle at about 6:01 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, on Highway 95 at Honeysuckle Avenue in Hayden. Hunter Wallace Jenkins is being held on $120,000 bond.
Rathdrum man dies of rollover injuries: A Rathdrum man died December 1 at Kootenai Health of injuries sustained in a rollover on Highway 95 south of Coeur d'Alene that occurred November 30. According to the Idaho State Police, Michael J. Adams, 50, Rathdrum, was driving south on Highway 95 in a 2006 Mercury Milan at about 4:20 p.m. Friday, approaching Rockford Bay Road.
December guide to the bright planets: In December, 2018, the dazzlingly bright object up before the sun is Venus. Mercury and Jupiter join Venus in the east before sunup, around mid-December. Saturn sets soon after sunset. Mars stays out until around midnight. Venus is the brightest planet, beaming mightily in the east before sunrise. As December 2018 begins, Venus is shining at greatest brilliancy.
Saturday, December 1
Mr. & Mrs. Claus light up Bonners Ferry!
Hometown Bonners Ferry Holiday
The lines were long but the cider and cocoa were hot and the company good as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at a beautifully festive Georgia Mae Plaza this afternoon to switch on the town's holiday lights and to greet all the many wonderful children lined up to whisper their Christmas wish lists in his ear, and a grand time was had by all! To see more, click here!
Toby the terrier out wandering again: Toby the Boston terrier went exploring again, wandering away from his home in the Moyie Springs area. He doesn't have his collar on either! He is a lover of all people and has the cutest crooked tail. His whole butt wiggles when he is excited! If you see him or know where he is, please message Lisa on Facebook.
Warm years expected to be the new Northwest reality: In 2015, low river flow conditions, coupled with high air temperatures and warm water in the Snake and Columbia rivers and their tributaries from mid-June to mid-July, resulted in the highest mainstem water temperatures recorded in the Columbia River Basin. That scenario could become the new normal or worse.
Flags to half staff for 30 days: It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America's greatest points of light, the death of President George H.W. Bush. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America ... as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff ... for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. A Presidential Proclamation
~ Bonners Ferry City Council Meeting ~
The Bonners Ferry City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, at City Hall, 7232 Main Street. For the agenda, click here.
County Commission agenda, week of December 3
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