Bonners Ferry Herald

VOL. 125, NO. 34

THURSDAY, August 31, 2017




Couple charged in Montana slaying

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By KEITH KINNAIRD Hagadone News Network BONNERS FERRY ? A Boundary County couple was arrested Thursday in connection with the killing of a Bonner County man in Montana?s Yaak River Valley, the Lincoln County Sheriff?s Office announced on Friday. Ezra Levi Skinner, 28, and Sarah Carpenter Skinner, 27, are charged with the deliberate homicide of Travis J. Gillett, who was reported missing from Bonner County in January. The Skinners are accused of killing Gillett sometime Ezra Skinner Sarah Carpenter Skinner between Jan. 13 and Jan. 16, Lincoln County authorities said. Gillett, a 31-year-old who has also resided in Libby and Troy, was found shot to death in the Upper Yaak on Jan 16. Detectives from Lincoln County coordinated efforts with their counterparts in Idaho to facilitate the arrests in Boundary County. ?The detectives worked tirelessly on this,? Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe said in a statement on Friday. Criminal complaints allege Ezra Skinner and Carpenter, also known as Sarah Louise Skinner, purposely and knowingly caused Gillett?s death. Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Marcia Boris added alternative charges alleging that the couple aided and abetted the killing, according to the complaints. The couple is being held without bond. Jay Sheffield, a justice of the peace chambered in Libby, issued warrants for the couple?s arrest on Tuesday, court records show. The Skinners appeared in Boundary County court on Friday. Judge Daniel McGee ordered them to remain in custody pending their return to Montana to face charges for Gillett?s killing, court records show. See SLAYING, A9

Teaming up to save lives

Sheriff?s office, Idaho Parks and Recreation to install life jacket station

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n School starts Tuesday. Please watch for children and school buses, and please respect school zones. n Inside today?s Herald are two special sections: The Best of Boundary County and the 2017 Fall Sports Preview.


Day added for bus service: Spot Bus is now going to Sandpoint on Tuesday as well as Thursday. Please call 24 hours ahead to reserve your seat. SPOT BUS Reservations and Information: 208-267- 4740. We need to make a point to use our local transportation opportunity here in Boundary County. It?s free, it?s fun and it gets the job done! Photo by Mandi Bateman Type 4 Wildland Engine #662 welcomes a new brother, which will receive a makeover this winter.

Military vehicles find homes at South Boundary Fire

By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? The snap and hiss of a fire, smoke billowing up from a place that it is not wanted. That is the time when the familiar wailing of an approaching fire truck?s siren is a welcomed sound. In Boundary County, however, there are places that even a fire truck may not be able to reach. Enter the Type 4 Wildland Engine, a Light Medium Terrain Vehicles (LMTV) that South Boundary Fire Protection District has in their lineup of fire protection vehicles. The monstrous six wheel drive was formerly a military vehicle. It is a five ton truck made by Stewart and Stevenson, originally used for military crew transport. South Boundary has recently received a second version of this vehicle. The original one has proved its usefulness time and again against fires, as well as amazing people with its sheer size, in parades and the Boundary County Fair. ?People constantly look at them and wave,? said South Boundary District Fire Chief Tony Rohrwasser. ?Many stop to look and ask questions. ?They came from the military, through a grant through Idaho Department of Lands,? explained Rohrwasser, ?and they are free to qualifying agencies.? They don?t come ready to fight fires. A lot of time and effort, with great attention to detail, goes into these truck. ?We are required to paint them and put our logo or name on it, operate them for two years and then the title is given to us,? said Rohrwasser. They also wire in the pump systems, install emergency lighting, siren, vhf radio and any striping, performing all of this work in their station. The only thing not done there is the painting, which they send the big trucks out for. ?This makes the equipment very affordable,? said Rohrwasser. The completed truck sports a Type 4 Forest Service slip in assembly on the back that contains the pump, boxes and tank. The red completed truck, designation #662, came to South Boundary with only 3,000 miles on it. The new project truck came with 12,000 miles on it. ?The highest miles I have seen in this program,? explained Rohrwasser. These trucks will be used in the summer months as a Wildland Type 4 Engine and for structure protection, sporting a huge 850 gallon water tank. In the winter they will don skidder chains and be See VEHICLES, A2 In a continuing effort to save lives and promote boating safety the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) boating program will celebrate the installation of the 101st life jacket loaner station in Idaho. The station has recently been placed by the Kootenai river boat launch next to the Waterways/ SARbuilding . A loaner station consists of a kiosk, instructions on how to properly fit a life jacket, and a variety of life jackets ranging in size from infant to adult extralarge. Life jackets at these loaner stations are provided free of charge for the public for shortterm use. Stations are installed adjacent to boat launch facilities so they are easily accessible to the boating public. ?The life jacket loaner station program started in Idaho in 2010 with a few stations at state park facilities in Northern Idaho and has expanded all over the state?, says Juelie Traska, boating education safety coordinator for Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Traska states that many stations are installed with the assistance of local partners such as a sheriff?s office, county parks department or federal agency. A few stations have also been installed at swimming areas in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare See JACKETS, A2



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