THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR BOUNDARY COUNTY, BONNERS FERRY, MOYIE SPRINGS, NAPLES AND PORTHILL SINCE 1891

Bonners Ferry Herald

VOL. 125, NO. 31

THURSDAY, August 10, 2017

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Seen ?n Heard

n Linda J. has not seen or heard anything interesting all week.

Briefly

ICF offers behavioral health grant in Bonner, Boundary counties The North Idaho Action Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for projects working to improve the accessibility and quality of behavioral health programs in Bonner and Boundary counties. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 are available. These programs include, but are not limited to: ? Psychiatric or psychotherapy treatment ? Substance abuse treatment ? Suicide prevention and education ? Group or individual therapy or counseling ? Inpatient or outpatient treatment Ancillary programs designed to support those in behavioral health treatment such as transportation, housing assistance, food security, child care, etc. ICF is accepting applications until September 30. For guidelines or to apply, please visit www.idcomfdn. org/DA_Grants or contact ICF Development/Donor Relations Officer Charlie Miller at cmiller@ idcomfdn.org or 208-699-4249.

Smoke on the horizon

Photo by MANDI BATEMAN Two photos of the same view of the Kootenai River, both taken on clear days. The bottom photo shows the lack of visibility of Aug. 4, when the AQI reached level ?Unhealthy.?

Pay it forward: Hay Drive

By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? Shawn Watt, who resides in Kalispell, but grew up and spent most of her life in Bonners Ferry, calling it her ?Idahome,? suffered a barn fire about ten years ago. ?The barn and contents were a complete loss,? said Watt. The cause of the fire remains uncertain. ?What we do know,? said Watt, ?is that the worst circumstances brings out the best in your community. Our lifelong friends, the Kellogg?s, put the word out of what had happened and the next day Frank Hanks was in our yard with a trailer load of hay. That overwhelming feeling of the love that came with that load of hay has been with us every day since.? When the Lodgepole Complex Fire devastated the land, consuming and destroying over 270,000 acres near Jordan, Montana, Watt had to act. ?It was a no-brainer when we saw the folks in Garfield and the surrounding counties needed hay- it was our time to pay it forward.? What began as four fires, ignited by lightning strikes in the already scorchingly dry landscape on July 19, eventually joined forces and See HAY, A3 By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? The little pink house on Bonner Street gave its life to save lives. It was donated by Bill Hyatt to the Bonners Ferry Fire Department and has been used for extensive training, including live fire. Four months of hard work and planning went into the project, adhering to By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? Smoke has been filling the air of Boundary County, obscuring the beautiful vistas that the residents have become accustomed to, and washing all color from the sky. Mountains disappeared into the haze, the sun cast a strange glow, and the moon resembled a farm fresh egg yolk at night. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) on August 4, the values registered 165 by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and 171 by Mt. Hall, the highest that it has been this year, putting the area in the ?Unhealthy? category for that day. The AQI is a scale of 0-500, with the higher value meaning greater level of air pollution, and a greater health concern. The Environmental Protection Agency set an AQI rating of 100 as the national air quality standard for the pollutant, to protect public health. Anything higher that 100 is considered unhealthy. From 101-150, the The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards, whose mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. ?Live fire training is intended to provide the safest and best experience possible under both realistic and controlled circumstances,? according to NFPA 1403, Chapter 1. There are experiences that can only truly be learned under a live fire situation, and the Bonners Ferry Fire Department made as much use as they could out of the donated building, playing out many scenarios, including rescuing a person who may have fallen through a burned out floor requiring them to breach walls in order to rescue the victim. the rating is ?Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups?. The next level is ?unhealthy?, where everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups, including people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children, may experience more serious effects. To be on the safe side, those in the sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and spend time indoors, with windows shut and air conditioners on, if possible. When driving a vehicle, it is best to keep windows shut and set the air to recycle. Prolonged exertion is defined as any outdoor activity, performed intermittently for several hours requiring breathing slightly harder than normal. An example of this is working in the yard for part of a day. Heavy exertion refers to intense outdoor activities that causes hard breathing. When the air quality is unhealthy, reducing heavy exertion, such See SMOKE, A3 Photo by MANDI BATEMAN Bonners Ferry Firefighters surround the live burn to keep the fire under control.

Live burn to save lives

?They go in and started fires in different parts of the house and the guys went in and put the fires out,? explained Bonners Ferry Chief David Winey, in layman?s terms. The full story behind the simplified statement is months of preparation, ensuring the safest possible training for the firefighters. See BURN, A2

WEATHER High:

93

Aug. 9 Low:

61

Aug. 9 KOOTENAI RIVER ELEVATION

47.27

Aug. 9 INSIDE:

Calendar

A8

Outdoors

B5

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