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...

Sean Bonner is quick to call himself a nerd, and during his 15 years living in North Idaho, he has come to realize that he is not alone.


Through the Coeur d’Alene branch of the Innovation Collective, he and other self-avowed nerds have a place to come together and work toward the organization’s mission, which is to create “a global entrepreneurship movement in smaller towns,” nodding to the uniqueness of each town and the skills of each member.


Charles Buck is the associate vice president and executive officer for University of Idaho Coeur d'Al...

When the town of Libby, Montana, is brought up, words like cancer, asbestos and vermiculite are often associated. In 2000, the entire town was declared an EPA Superfund site as a result of environmental illnesses and fatalities born of the W. R. Grace vermiculite mine, the ore laced with amphibole asbestos. While the cleanup continues, longtime residents want people to know their town is much more than “the town that was poisoned” and is becoming a hub for year-round outdoor activities and tourism.

Surrounded by the Cabinet Mountains and meander...

As she pointed out inventions, airplanes and photos spanning more than a century of United States history, Rachel Riddle Schwam found herself apologizing for mixing up the dates on a few displays at the new location of the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center.

The double-checking was understandable. There are a lot of dates for her to keep track of. Some items go back at least 150 years.

“You’ve got old airplanes, new airplanes, antique inventions to modern day inventions,” Schwam said the morning before the museum’s June 1 opening at the Co...

The egomaniacal ambition of one man, Adolph Hitler, summoned the Allied forces to war in World War II. If they did not stop him, he would not be stopped. Every soldier was an Atlas, bearing the fate of the world on his shoulders.

Before the Battle of Normandy began on D-Day, June 6, 1944, soldiers of America, Britain and Canada said goodbyes that no amount of reassurances could keep from being final. Wives wept in the final embrace of parting. Mothers looked into the eyes of their sons, releasing them to battle as a sacrifice of their own. Child...

Mac Miltz really just needed to borrow a trailer, and he knew Ben Spinney had one. Simple enough.

But once the two got to talking on their drive from Sandpoint to Spokane, ideas began to churn.

“We started talking about this concept and idea, and between other jobs we kept working on it,” Miltz said. “Then Grey (Whittier) came on board, and within a year, a year and a half, we ended up finding the right piece of property, and that’s how it all jumped off.”

And so born was Mountain Mafia Entertainment, a company “deeply rooted in outdoor adrenaline...

Living in North Idaho, we are witness to not only many nonprofit organizations that are serving the needs of those in our communities but also to the countless number of people and businesses who step forward to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether it’s a food bank, homeless shelter, an organization that helps cancer patients or those who provide support for neglected or abandoned children, the need is great.

These organizations rely heavily upon year-round donations, but there is one day set aside each year to make...

It is a program that reaches nearly 6 million youth and is present in all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide. And with the assistance of 3,500 professionals and approximately 500,000 volunteers, 4-H has changed the lives of many since it was first formed in 1902.

4-H is often thought of as an agricultural program, but the truth is it is much more. It is the largest youth organization in the world, and with a wide variety of programs from which to choose, 4-H provides countless opportunities for youth to have hands-on learning opportunities and...

Looking forward, successful convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) will be a driving force behind business-growth initiatives. Through the integration of these two disciplines, companies can utilize real data to drive efficiencies and productivity that will accelerate product-to-market times and boost demand while reducing costs and risks. It also creates opportunities for economic growth that strengthen communities.

While operational technology brings value to the manufacturing industry through sensors and de...

While residents observe the general economy of Boundary County, Dennis Weed, executive director of the Boundary County Economic Development Council, has his pulse on the state of our local economy each and every day. And from what he reports, there are reasons to be optimistic. Here is some of what he has to say:

Q. How does the state of the economy in Boundary County differ from one year ago?

A. Boundary County has about the same number of people employed as it did one year ago. Approximately 70 to 80 jobs have been unfilled in the county for th...

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