Bonners Ferry Herald

VOL. 125, NO. 32

THURSDAY, August 17, 2017



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SUN - THURS 11-9 FRI - SAT 11-10 Friday, August 18th Mark Kitchen 6-9pm 208 267 HOPS

Seen ?n Heard

n Mandy?s Gift Gallery getting power washed and painted. n Boundary County getting a brief but welcome glimpse of blue sky before the smoke came back.


Mountain lion spotted: According to Public Information Officer Michael Meier, a mountain lion has been sighted several times in the area of Parker Canyon Road. Recently the cat has been at a road kill deer on the upper end of the canyon close to Kootenai Trail Road. This is a full size mountain lion and could pose a threat to small livestock and those who may be careless. If you walk this area, take your dog with you and keep a close eye behind yourself, or walk with others. If the cat becomes a problem please call Idaho Fish and Game for relocation at 208-769-1414 Photos by Mandi Bateman A ?dating site? at the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge, as large bucks gather in bachelor herds, near a doe.

Wildlife spends their summer at Kootenai Wildlife Refuge

By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? The hazy, hot days of summer have slowed the animal activity sightings at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, but that has not stopped the tourists, who have been coming from every corner of the country, as evidenced by the overflowing guest book at the Refuge center. The wildlife sightings may have slowed, but they are still here, just a little harder to find. Early mornings and evenings, when the air is cooler, is the best time to venture out on the Refuge with camera, binoculars, or just a sense of adventure. The key, this time of year, is patience. While many people drive quickly through the Refuge, looking for the large mammals ? moose, elk, bear ? they miss the hidden gems. Stop. Pull over in a safe area and listen, watch, let the Refuge reveal its hidden

West Fork Cabin gets TLC

By TANNA YEOUMANS Staff Writer BONNERS FERRY ? The West Fork Cabin received some tender loving care Aug. 6 through Aug. 11 by a group of volunteers from the National Smokejumper Association. The crew came from all around the United States to help restore and update the historical cabin. The cabin was built in 1931 and originally used as housing for smokechasers by the U.S. Forest Service. The smokechaser crews packed into cabins and lookout towers located all over the mountains, and using a telephone system linking the rural structures, they were able to strategically dispatch fire crews and smokejumpers at the first signs of smoke. The West Fork Cabin is located about 1.5 miles off the West Fork of Smith Creek Road in the Selkirk Mountain Range. It is now used for housing trail maintenance crews, snow and game surveyors, and recreational visitors. There are logbooks kept in the cabin with logs dating back to the early 1930s, and they provide people with the history of the location, the names of visiting parties and their stories, and restoration crews, their names, companies, and what they did. People travel to the cabin at all times of the year. One of the many stories in the logbook told of a grueling hike A beaver, North America?s largest rodent, swims by a hunting Great Blue Heron. secrets, from Great Blue Herons to beavers, songbirds to fawns. See WILDLIFE, A2 in the depth of winter. The grateful adventurers wrote an account of their visit: ?Bruce

A strong showing

Iron Mike?s owner wins at national event

By TANNA YEOUMANS Staff Writer BONNERS FERRY ? Mike Davis, owner and founder of Iron Mike?s Family Fitness Gym, attended the 2017 Teen, Collegiate, & Masters National Championship the weekend of July 19-22 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He placed first in the class of Masters Over 40 Welterweight and 14th in the Masters Over 40 Class A. Davis grew up in Bonners Ferry, and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1988. He participated in school sports in track, wrestling, football, and he lifted weights. He was also busy with 4-H, and other programs the high school offered that taught him business skills and record keeping. After graduating, Davis began working in the logging industry to supplement his college education in Sports Medicine and Pre Physical Therapy, and worked in the field for 18 years. In 1993, Davis acquired a bench press and invited some friends over to work out. That first step led him to gain more equipment and move into the old Grange Hall building. With no other gym in the area, Davis found he needed more space and equipment to meet the needs of the public. In 2001, he built and opened the current Iron Mike?s building. See DAVIS, A10 Photo By Tanna Yeoumans A few members of the crew finishing cleaning up around the cabin. Pictured are the new benches around the fire pit and new staircase, among more subtle changes. Paul, Rob Bradshaw, and Peter See CABIN, A2



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