“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...

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...

The streets of Libby, Montana, will be louder than usual during the second weekend of September as chainsaws fire up and beautiful works of art will be revealed right before your eyes. The third annual Kootenai Country Montana International Chainsaw Carving Championship kicks off on Thursday, September 13, with all kinds of demonstrations and competitions throughout the weekend.


“What could possibly be more distinctly Montana than chainsaw art,” said Paul Bunn, the local resident who came up with the idea. “And what could be better than bringin...

What began five years ago by Darleen Jackson and Bud Ewing handing out bags of food to those in need in North Idaho has blossomed into a small independent nonprofit, non-governmental, non 501C3 group of Christian men and women called the Living Sanctuary Ministry.

Located right here in Boundary County, the work they carry out helps the homeless and disadvantaged not only in North Idaho but has spread to Spokane and is as far reaching as South Dakota.

“As the need continued to grow and the blessings of helping others impressed the hearts of those...

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Joe Johnson got his heart and his back broken in the same car accident when he was just 17 years old. The boy, whose family were all proud veterans, was unable to pass the military enlistment requirements when his time came because of his injury. Giving back was the core of his DNA, and he could not. But good men rise up and move on, and born soldiers don’t quit. Joe Johnson is bo...

It was a joyous day in 2017 when the city of Bonners Ferry found out it would be a recipient of a $250,000 grant to help improve the health of youth in and around the community. According to the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, one in three Idaho children are categorized as overweight or obese. This can lead to many health problems down the road like increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Every few years the organization awards a Community Transformation Grant that helps communities create projects and oppo...

When Aleah Jones entered her freshman year at Bonners Ferry High School, she was especially looking forward to her art class, a topic she has explored since the sixth grade. But after one week in basic art, she said it quickly became apparent that she was far more advanced than what the class was geared toward.

Art teacher Josh Knaggs said the basic art class teaches things such as the color wheel and other introductory concepts. He was reluctant to allow Aleah to test out of his class until he could see some of her work, so he first asked her t...

When Rob and Kathy Wenzel first came through North Idaho about four years ago, it seemed like they had entered a time warp.

“Meeting the people, we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is like going back 50 years into a beauty where people are respectful and loving and neighborly,’” Kathy said.

They moved to Bonners Ferry from Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2015 and set up a counseling practice, Art of Redirection. They found ways to invest in their community, volunteering with the fire department and doing some counseling at the Boundary County jail as we...

Gardens can serve many purposes. They can be a place where people seek solitude and peace among nature. They provide beautiful colors, sights and smells in the spring, summer and fall. They also help nourish our bodies through fresh produce. Thanks to a group of area residents, you will soon be able to enjoy a garden that offers all of this and more at Boundary Community Hospital.

Casimir Holeski was the creator of the project and serves as the garden manager. He is excited about seeing his vision become a reality.

“The idea for the garden was bo...

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Kootenai Medical Center can see anywhere from a couple to up to 16 babies a day, depending on what is happening in the maternity ward. Babies are brought to NICU for many reasons, most often when they are born premature, underweight or are in need of a medical procedure right after birth. Others are dealing with symptoms related to a mother’s drug or alcohol addiction. They are the most fragile infants in the hospital and are watched over by skilled nurses and also a group of highly motivated volunteer...

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