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Unconscious teen found at drug bust in Bonners Ferry

A drug bust turned up an unconscious teenager in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, on Monday along with items believed to be stolen from the Kootenai River Inn and other locations.
An ambulance was called for the 17-year-old, who eventually revived enough to be released to a parent, according to a Boundary County spokesman Michael Meier.
The Bonners Ferry Police Department served a search warrant on the home and found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine packaged for sale in addition to the stolen items. Police arrested two men, both from Spokane, but their names have not been released.

Fallen Bonner Ferry Hero Returning

The body of Army Specialist Ethan Martin, 22, killed in Afghanistan August 7, will be flown to the Sandpoint Airport from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, on Friday, and escorted to Bonners Ferry with his family in a military cortege. Also accompanying the cortege will be the Patriot Riders, a motorcycle group comprised primarily of military veterans and their families whose mission is to honor all the fallen heroes in this nation's war on terror. A grass-roots effort is now underway by many in Bonners Ferry to show the family just how much this community respects and honors the terrible sacrifice they've laid on the alter of freedom/Mike Weland, News Bonners Ferry. More here.


Bonners Ferry Residents Paddle Home

To get from her front door to the end of the driveway, Alicia Tatum needs a boat. Two weeks ago, she could park her car in the meadow surrounding the mobile home where she lives with her cousin. But steady rains and high flows in the Kootenai River have created a deep pool in the front yard. Helpful friends brought over their aluminum fishing boat. On Tuesday, Tatum, 21, used it to take her laundry into town. “I boated my laundry across because we don’t want to use the washer,” she explained, holding her shivering dog while yet another storm pelted Bonners Ferry with heavy rains. “We’re concerned about the septic system failing.” It’s been an exceptionally soggy month in this North Idaho town, with 4.39 inches of rainfall recorded during June. The relentless dousing set a precipitation record, surpassing the previous record of 3.96 inches in June 1981/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Aaron Cada looks on as he helps a friend get to her flooded mobile home in Bonners Ferry on Tuesday)

Question: Which do you prefer - a lotta rain or a lotta snow?

Celebration honors Snyder Guard station 104 years

NATIONAL FORESTS — The Bonners Ferry Ranger District is planning an event to celebrate of the history and recent renovation of the historic Snyder Guard Station.

At more than 104 years old, the guard station has been a symbol of north Idaho’s history as it transitioned from housing early Forest Service firefighters to becoming one of the finest recreational sites in the region.

On Saturday (May 19), an open house will offer tours of the facilities, presentations of historic interest and free chili and cornbread while it lasts.

“Snyder Guard Station truly is one of those special places that everyone in the area should visit,” said Bonners Ferry District Ranger Linda McFaddan. “This facility has been a part of north Idaho since the early days when it housed firefighters and trail crews. Today it’s a favorite location for family reunions, weddings and quiet retreats.”

Read on for details.

NIBlogs: Caught In The Hay

IFG officer Greg Johnson looks at an elk which had to be freed from a pile of hay after getting its antlers entangled in it. IFG freed the animal and it ran off into the woods. Bonners Ferry Fire Chief Pat Warkentin submitted this photo to the Bonners Ferry Herald as a best shot last week. Julie Golder of Bonners Ferry Herald sent it to Mike Weland of News Bonners Ferry.com. Who sent it to HucksOnline.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Feb. 8): 7881/4715

CdA Hopeful Has Deep BF Roots

Amber Copeland grew up here and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1999. Growing up here, she says, her world consisted of people she knew and would come to know. She grew up with two parents in her home, who had a handful with she and her brothers and sisters, Casey, Sean, Jody, Sarah and Billie Jo.  Her house, overseen by her parents, Pam and Larry  Copeland, wasn’t her only place of haven; she could always visit her grandparent’s homes, either Tom Copeland’s or Ron and Evelyn Smith’s. “Oh, don't call him grandpa … he hates that,” Amber said, referring to former sheriff and long-time county commissioner Ron Smith. “He prefers grandaddy, guess it's his southern roots!”/Mike Weland, News Bonners Ferry. More here. (News Bonners Ferry photo/Mike Weland: Amber Copeland & her 4 daughters Abigail, Gracie, Lillian and Baylee.

Question: Seems to me that newcomer Copeland has political pedigree. What do you think?

Charges Dropped In Grizzly Shooting

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dropped misdemeanor charges against a Porthill, Idaho, man who shot and killed a grizzly bear in his yard. Instead, Jeremy M. Hill was issued a citation for the May 8 shooting of the male grizzly, and paid a $1,000 fine. A press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that state and federal wildlife officials were unable to establish the location of Hill’s children when three grizzly bears were first sighted in the yard, about forty yards from the Hill home. Hill told law enforcement officers that he last saw his children outside playing basketball in front of their home, but that he didn’t know where his children were when he saw the three grizzly bears near his pig pen. The two other bears ran off after Hill shot the 2-year-old male/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (News Bonners Ferry photo/Mike Weland: Rachel Hill and she and Jeremy's six children attend husband/father Jeremy Hill's arraignment earlier this summer.)

Question: Good call by U.S. Attorney's Office?

News BF: Jeremy Hill Did Right Thing

On Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011, 33 year old Jeremy Hill was enjoying this special occasion with his family. He had no idea that his life was about to change; and all because he did the right thing. After his guests had left, four of his six children were outside playing and shooting baskets in front of the house. His 5 year old daughter Aspen, the 8 year old twin girls Mercedes and Sierra, and his 11 year old son Cameron were engrossed in their play not realizing that three grizzly bears had come onto their property from the trees through the yard at the back of their home, not 40 yards away from where they were playing. Luckily for the children, the bears went after their four pigs in a pen on the side of their log home. Two of the pigs were for the kid’s 4H project and the other two were being raised for food. Jeremy was just getting out of the shower when his wife Rachel saw the bears out of their bedroom window/Mike Weland, News Bonners Ferry. More here. (News Bonners Ferry photo/Mike Weland, of Jasmine Hill's pig, Regena, which sold 15 times for $19,558 at county fair to raise money for father's defense fund.)


Crapo Remarks On Grizzly Shooting

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo's statement about the grizzly shooting case involving Jeremy Hill of Bonners Ferry: “I have deep concerns about this incident and the decision of the government to prosecute Mr. Hill, who did what any parent would do in this situation.  Clearly, Mr. Hill thought that his family was in danger and was protecting them from harm.  I understand that the Endangered Species Act is intended to protect threatened and endangered species, but Congress never intended to do so at the expense of basic public safety and the ability to protect oneself or their loved ones in the face of danger.  The American people need to know that they can protect themselves, their families and property when threatened by federally protected wildlife, and that the government will support their right to do so.” More below.

Question: Are you glad/mad that Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho delegation have gotten involved in this case?

Hill Family Spends Birthday In Court

Rachel Hill and she and Jeremy's six children, including Jasmine, holding the baby at left, who celebrated her 14th birthday by attending her dad's arraignment on a federal felony charge for killing a grizzly bear. Story by Mike Weland/News Bonners Ferry here. (H/T: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: Have you ever lived in bear country?

Author Sees Magic In ‘Bonners Fairy’

Although she's never lived in Bonners Ferry, Nevada author Elizabeth A. Patterson considers the North Idaho town to be magical — so much so that she's based a book involving a princess on the North Idaho town. The book's name? “Bonners Fairy.” It was published June 6. Reports Julie Golder for the Bonners Ferry Herald: “Patterson traveled through north Idaho and could not imagine a more mystical, magical, beautiful setting other than north Idaho for her book. It just happened to be a strange coincidence that the town she chose for the setting of her story  was named Bonners Ferry,  which inspired the name of her book.” More here. (Book jacket photo: Borders.com)

Question: Is Bonners Ferry the best North Idaho town for a fairy tale book?

More On Possible BF Taser Death

News Bonners Ferry provides this information re: a man who might have died after being Tased by an officer from Boundary County: A suspicious activity call on U.S. 95 north of Bonners Ferry near milepost 526 early Monday morning resulted in the death of an as-yet unnamed California man. According to the Boundary County Sheriff's Office, a local resident came across a vehicle blocking a road leading off the highway at about 12:51 a.m.  When she got out of her vehicle to offer help, a nude man stepped from the vehicle. Thinking the behavior a bit odd, the woman re-entered her vehicle and drove to her home by an alternate route, from where she immediately called sheriffs dispatch to report the encounter/Mike Weland, News Bonners Ferry. More here.

15 Inches Of Snow For Bonners Ferry

Heavy snow has been falling in portions of North Idaho today with up to 15 inches measured in the Bonners Ferry area through about 1 p.m. At the same time, winter storm warnings were issued for Wednesday and Thursday for Northeast Washington and North Idaho as a new storm system and arctic front arrive. The 15 inches were measured by a trained spotter just south of Bonners Ferry today, while another spotter six miles to the northeast had 12.5 inches as of early this afternoon. Heavy snow was also falling in Latah County and portions of the Washington Palouse. The Idaho State Police were asking drivers in Latah County to stay off the roads for the time being. Moscow had 6 inches of snow as of about 1:20 p.m., according to a trained spotter/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

Question: Anyone pulling his/her hair out today because we're not suppose to get this much snow in late February and minus-3 degrees awaits at week's end?

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announces layoffs, office closures

In a move that’s expected to save $7 million, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will lay-off 126 employees and close nine of its 29 offices.

“Hopefully things will recover,” said Tom Shanahan, a spokesman. “We’re worried about future cuts more than anything. We just don’t know what 2011 brings if state revenues don’t start picking up.”

Bonners Ferry is among the offices slated for closure, and although the St. Maries office will remain open, it won’t offer walk-in public assistance. The offices in Coeur d’Alene, Ponderay and Kellogg will remain open.

H&W To Lay Off 126, Shut BF Office

About a third of the state’s field offices for the Department of Health and Welfare are being closed and 126 workers are being laid off within the next two months as the department struggles to cope with a shrinking budget. Department officials announced Tuesday that offices in American Falls, Bellevue, Bonners Ferry, Emmett, Jerome, McCall, Orofino, Rupert and Soda Springs would close within the next two months, and some services in the St. Maries office would be shifted to Coeur d’Alene. Department officials say the closures are expected to save about $7 million/Associated Press.