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KootenaiValleyTimes.com was established March 1, 2017, by longtime Bonners Ferry reporter Mike Weland (Bonners Ferry Herald, print Kootenai Valley Times, KBFI Radio, NewsBF, Boundary County PIO) with the idea of providing responsive local news at the speed of the internet and in time to make a difference, supporting and connecting our communities along the banks of the Kootenai River; Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Troy and Libby, Montana, and Creston, BC.

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Some 860 students from across the Washington State University system celebrated December 7 as new graduates during Fall Commencement. Among them was Crystal Lederhos Smith, Bonners Ferry, who earned her doctorate in prevention science, adding a PhD to her name.

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Judith (Judy) Bourassa, 76, passed away peacefully at home in Sandpoint on Monday, January 20, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

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Lois Marie (Hartling) Christensen Belyea, 78, formerly of Spokane and more recently of Eastport, passed away January 11, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Friends and relatives are welcome to attend her Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 29, at Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 North Wall Street, Spokane.

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Katharina Banman, 96, Creston, passed away January 13, 2020. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, January 20, and service at 1 p.m., both at G.F. Oliver Funeral Chapel, 225 15th Avenue North, Creston.

Ryan Lee Merrifield, 30, Bonners Ferry, passed away on January 3, 2020, in Kahuku, Hawaii. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, in the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School, 6485 Tamarack Lane, Bonners Ferry. A full obituary is pending.

Charlie Catron, 75, Troy, and formerly of Richmond, Indiana, and St. Charles, Virginia, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 17, at the Schnackenberg Nelson Funeral Home, 422 West Second Street, Libby, with burial in the Washington …

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