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Bonners Ferry Herald

VOL. 125, NO. 38

THURSDAY, September 28, 2017

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Seen ?n Heard

n Brrrrr ... there?s snow on them thar hills. The snow level is way down the westside this morning.

Briefly

Pizza Factory to aid No Hungry Kid effort

One in six kids in the United States struggle with hunger, meaning that instead of worrying about being a kid they are worried about their next meal. The good news: this problem has a solution. We can make No Kid Hungry a reality in the U.S. Pizza Factory in Bonners Ferry is partnering with No Kid Hungry, an organization that focuses on making sure kids are able to eat healthy food through programs such as school breakfast and summer meals. Bonners Ferry?s Pizza Factory is donating $1 of every special XL pizza sold to help fight against child hunger.

Our library: Simply the best

Boundary County facility named Best Small Library in America

By TANNA YEOUMANS Staff Writer BONNERS FERRY ? Our local Boundary County Library was nominated and has now officially received the award for being the Best Small Library in America for the year of 2017. With their hometown hospitality and the caring attitude of all the staff members added to the plethora of learning materials, they have not only earned this award, but have captured the hearts of Boundary County. By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? Pam Royer remembers Dominos Raggedy Andy well. The horse, affectionately known as ?Andy,? was an 18-year-old purebred stallion, a Quarter Horse that used to belong to Royer. ?In the 12 years of having Andy, not a day went by that he was not fed, watered and attended to for all his needs,? said Royer, a Washington resident. ?This horse came from six generations of champions, very mellow, easy going horse.? ?It?s an amazing honor,? said Craig Anderson. ? I was at the directors summit in March in Boise, and I was asked to be on the panel. I had only been on the job for six months, and they wanted me to tell the story of this library. I guess that the fashion in which I told our story got to some people and Gretchen Caserotti from the Meridian Library heard it and decided she wanted to nominate us.? See LIBRARY, A9 Photo by Wes Chapman Dominos Raggedy Andy at Ruby Creek Stables, who did not survive long enough for rescue. Although Andy could have a bit of an attitude, he loved children, and was known to get down on his knees for them to pet him. For Royer, his attitude was some of his charm, but the time came when Royer decided she wanted to find him a good home with someone else. ?Please someone fall in love with this guy and give him a wonderful home,? she wrote in an ad on the Washington Equine Sales Facebook page. Royer explained in the ad that Andy had been in a trailer accident and had suffered a stroke. ?So he looks Photo By Tanna Yeoumans The staff at the Boundary County Library congregate for a picture after receiving the award for Best Small Library in the United States. Photo by Pam Royer Dominos Raggedy Andy, three weeks prior to going to his new home at Ruby Creek Stables in April 2017.

Neglected horses rescued

a little goofy in the face,? she wrote, adding, ?Still sound to ride and breed.? In April 2017, Andy went to his new home, with Wendy Bristol at Mountain Ranch Stables, an equine rehabilitation facility in Naples. ?Wendy was given Andy because she assured me with numerous pictures that she had a good home for him and would be cared for,? Royer said. ?After several conversations, I felt she would take good care of Andy.? Andy was a healthy 17-year-old horse, she said. ?He left my care in perfect health.? That would be the last time that Royer ever saw Andy. A series of events unfolded, involving Mountain Ranch Stables, now called Ruby Creek Stables, resulting in a search warrant being issued Sept. 20 by the Boundary County Sheriff?s Office. According to Boundary County Sheriff Chief Deputy Richard Stephens and Public Information Officer Michael Meier, ?The search warrant was obtained in conjunction with an investigation into reports See HORSES, A2

Couple arraigned on charges of homicide

By THE WESTERN NEWS STAFF Hagadone News Network LIBBY, MONT. ? An Idaho couple was arraigned on Monday, Sept. 18 in Lincoln County 19th Judicial District Court on charges of deliberate homicide, a felony, or in the alternative deliberate homicide by accountability. Sarah Louise Carpenter Skinner, 27, and Ezra Levi Skinner, 28, pleaded not guilty to the charge of deliberate homicide in the January death of Travis Gillett. Both remain held without bail in the Lincoln County Detention Center. The Skinners were arrested in Idaho with the assistance of Boundary County law enforcement on Thursday, Aug. 24. S. Skinner E. Skinner Court documents and previous news reports outline how law enforcement was notified of the discovery of Gillett?s body and how authorities were led to the Skinners as suspects. A former resident of Libby and Troy, Gillett was reported missing See HOMICIDE, A9

WEATHER High:

72

Sept. 27 Low:

44

Sept. 27 KOOTENAI RIVER ELEVATION

45.73

Sept. 27 INSIDE:

Calendar

A6

Outdoors

B3

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