“Music is the universal language of mankind.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

What does Bonners Ferry have to offer to the members of our community as well as draw residents of neighboring towns? What could compel people to drive once a week from an hour away in all directions and appeal to an age range of 12 years old up to mid-80s?


It is the Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra—an organization that has been in existence for the past 45 years. And since the group is filling a demand that surrounding communities aren't, it is expanding in several way...

Established more than 80 years ago, on April 29, 1938, by 12 employees of Potlatch Forests, Inc., P1FCU (Potlatch No.1 Financial Credit Union) is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. The company currently serves members in 15 counties in Idaho, eight in Oregon and the entire state of Washington.


“We were organized by a group of individuals with the desire to make lending more readily available for employees of Potlatch Forests, Inc.,” says President and CEO Chris Loseth. “Over 80 years later, we are staying true to our organiza...

When a person goes to college and gets a degree, they typically learn a great deal about their chosen field, hoping to find a good job, make a lot of money and live the perfect dream life. For one Spokane, Washington, woman though, going from point A to point B has already happened in her 30-some years, but with a fascinating, and life-changing, twist.


Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor and the creator of The Budget Mom, was raised on a farm in Chewelah, Washington, and lived a normal farm-girl life. She grew up, went off to college...

Not many people realize that one of the founders of modern forestry in the United States was a Vanderbilt. The Biltmore Estate was cobbled together from George Vanderbilt’s land purchases in the Asheville area. Many were farms where the land was considered worn out. Fredrick Law Olmsted (design Central Park), who was hired to landscape the property, was not impressed with the 125,000 acres which were in a deplorable condition. Vanderbilt hired Gifford Pinchot to manage the forests on the estate, and he later became the first Chief of the United...

Little free gardens have made a name for themselves across the country—and right here in Bonners Ferry thanks to the wonderful community and their generosity and support.


Gardeners for Regional Organic Wellbeing, also known as GROW!, is a local nonprofit organization whose missions is to help in supporting and expanding the local food system and encourage sustainable agricultural methods here in Boundary County. Unfortunately, GROW! has found itself struggling to maintain enough volunteers to maintain its community garden, located on the ground...

Once again, the Boundary County Victim Services (BCVS) will be hosting its annual Fall Festival Fashion Show. During this evening of fundraising, event attendees can expect a night of laughter, familiar faces and exciting auction, all while creating a platform to share knowledge and resources for victims and families of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.


“For this event we concentrate on and emphasize togetherness, community and laughter amongst old friends and new faces,” says Melissa Krejci, a volunteer with BCVS. “We choose to focus on...

He’s a quiet, unassuming man, but when you visit with Paul Rawlings, you find deep knowledge on many topics and a very diverse list of accomplishments on his resume: college professor, high school teacher, bookstore and motel owner, carpenter, dream coach, writer, actor, director, playwright, and book and memorabilia collector. The last four speak of his deepest passions though.


Looking for a small-town vibe, Paul found it in Bonners Ferry, settling here in 1978 with his wife, Barb, and their two children. Paul taught high school English and wo...

“We fell in love with Idaho—the landscape and beauty. When we saw this property, we knew it was what we wanted. We saw this orchard and we loved it! We loved the whole idea of converting it to organic. The idea of offering a healthier option in produce sounded appealing to us.”


Kathleen and Wayne Tesoriero discovered Bonners Ferry several years ago, when their son and his family moved to the area. It only took a few visits for them to fall in love with Bonners Ferry, and they soon decided to take the necessary steps to relocate, not only to be...

To brew beer you need four key ingredients: water, yeast, malt and hops. Clean water makes for a crisp beverage, and yeast is used to convert sugars into alcohol. Malt is where the color and flavor profile comes from, and hops add to the aroma and bitterness. A stroll down any grocery store aisle and you’ll find such a wide range of choices that it’s hard to fathom they all come from the same four basic ingredients. If you’ve tipped back a Bud Light, Goose Island IPA, Elysian Dragon Tooth Stout or Ten Barrel Trail Beer, then you’ll want to rais...

From September until the snow accumulates is the perfect time to visit Fairbanks, Alaska. The summer crowds have returned home, but you can still enjoy some of the warmer weather activities—and may even see the Aurora Borealis. Give yourself three full days to enjoy this itinerary, which gives you a good overview of the area. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, visit the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center to find information to explore Fairbanks and Alaska’s interior. It’s more than just a visitors’ center and more like a natural history museu...

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