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

Bonners Ferry Herald

VOL. 125, NO. 36

THURSDAY, September 14, 2017

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Correction for Sugarplum Floral article

In the Best of Boundary section of the Aug. 31 Bonners Ferry Herald, in the article ?Sugarplum Floral,? the name of the manager was incorrectly listed. The correct name is Shelly Kramer. We apologize for the mistake.

Boundary County pulls together for Montana

By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? Living day to day in smoke-filled Boundary County is difficult at the moment. People cannot go about life in their usual way. In the last days of summer, when everyone is normally clamoring outside to soak in the sun?s warmth, people now By MANDI BATEMAN Editor spend their days inside their houses, places of work, or their vehicles. Those that are forced outside for their jobs or daily lives, are experiencing side effects, such as headaches, coughing, and sore throats. Despite the miserable conditions, the people of this community realized that others have it far worse. Montana is burning, Washington is BONNERS FERRY ? Many people drive down the road, happily chatting with passengers or listening to their favorite song on the radio. A glance in the rear view mirror reveals the ominous light bar perched on top of a patrol car. Their first instinct is often to tap the brakes, glance down at the speedometer, grip the steering wheel a little tighter, and wonder if all the lights are functioning correctly on their vehicle. The perception of many people is that law enforcement are out looking for reasons to write a ticket, that the main activity is pulling people over for speeding. That perception has led many people to feel uncomfortable around law enforcement, resulting in far less crimes being reported. A shift spent with Bonners Ferry Police Sergeant Willie Cowell revealed a very different scenario than many would expect. The main focus of the Bonners Ferry Police Department is to keep the people of Bonners Ferry safe. The first check on this particular day was a trip to the Boundary County Fairgrounds, making sure that the children playing there were safe, and no known sex offenders were in the location, sitting in cars or lurking about. ?It does happen,? said Cowell. The shift progressed, as Cowell drove around burning, Oregon is burning; and where there is out of control fires, there are people losing their homes, and there are firefighters risking their lives. A chain of events often starts with one person. Jaime Navarro wanted to help. ?He posted a picture on Facebook of his pickup and trailer See HELPING, A2 Photo by Mandi Bateman On a recent shift, Bonners Ferry Police Sergeant Willie Cowell alerts a driver, whose husband is fighting fires in Montana, that the registration is expired on her vehicle.

A Day in the Life: BFPD

different neighborhoods and businesses, watching for anything unusual. The recurring theme was the children. All around, they smiled and waved, one young girl even racing down the sidewalk of her apartment, jumping up and down to get Cowell?s attention. ?Once you take the time to talk with them, they want to come out and see you,? remarked Cowell, smiling and waving back. A truck and trailer was at a thrift store as Cowell drove by. He turned around to check, as the thrift store was closed at the time, with an overflow of items on the outside. Noticing that the trailer was empty as it left, it was determined that they Photo by Mandi Bateman Claire Presta, 5, helps her mother bring donations to the Naples General Store, that will go on to Montana. were just most likely dropping off items. ?There has been a rash of burglaries,? Cowell explained, so they have been watching even closer. Many cars have been broken into recently. This is the time when the Police Department can use the help of the community. When people come forward and report crimes, it becomes more difficult for thieves to accomplish their goals. There was one vehicle pulled over for speeding through town, a lady from Canada. She and her vehicle were up to date and Cowell released her with a verbal warning. ?What I look for is compliance,? he explained. ?When compliance is not given, See BFPD, A3

Quilts Beyond Borders stitch together

By TANNA YEOUMANS Staff Writer BONNERS FERRY ? Tables lined the room with colorful bits of cloth adorning their tops as the sewing machines of the ladies in Quilts Beyond Borders whirred, bringing their patterns together. Quilts Beyond Borders is a charity organization which was founded in 2007, that provides quilts to those in need all around the world. From orphans in Ethiopia and Syrian refugees, to new mothers and their babies in Guatemala, the quilts are intended to spread love, hope, and comfort. Northwest Regional coordinator, Susan Schmidt, brought together ladies from Boundary County at the Kootenai River Inn on Saturday, Sept. 9, in a gathering intended not only to make quilts, but to also say ?thank you? for their dedication. The group was able to complete 88 quilts and 149 quilt tops since the beginning of 2017 through Saturdays event. In lieu of the hurricane disaster in Texas, the group has responded with preparations, but are waiting to send quilts until the relief efforts and the weather have reached the point where the quilts will be best placed in order for them to be the most effective. See QUILTS, A3

WEATHER High:

77

Sept. 13 Low:

42

Sept. 13 KOOTENAI RIVER ELEVATION

45.83

Sept. 13 INSIDE:

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Outdoors

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