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100 Year

Ed Bishop, the popular baggage man at the S.I. depot, had quite a serious time last week with a bothersome tooth. He finally had the unruly member pulled but ulceration set in and he was practically laid up for a day or two.

Jack Daly was brought before Probate Judge Henderson Saturday on a charge of drunkenness and given a fine of $60, failing to pay which he is serving a 30-day term in the county jail.

Last week Wednesday morning Mrs. Jesse Howe narrowly escaped injury when the range on which she was preparing breakfast exploded, the cause being frozen pipes. The range was wrecked, two windows in the kitchen broken, and one of the range lids blown into the ceiling. Mrs. Howe was not hit by any of the wreckage but was somewhat scalded. – Newport (Wash.) Miner. Mrs. Howe formerly lived at Bonners Ferry.

The Great Northern Railway company will build 5000 feet of new sidetracks in its yards at this place, work upon which will begin tomorrow. The work comprises the building of a new sidetrack 4000 feet long, and the extension of one of the present tracks 1000 feet. Station Agent Ashby stated that the local yards never have been able to take care of the traffic in a satisfactory manner and the increased business the railroad is now receiving made them all the more inadequate. The building of the additional trackage will relieve this situation and will aid somewhat in relieving the congestion of traffic.

50 Year

City police report that a burglar entered the Northside grocery and service station early last Sunday morning and stole nine cases of beer, several cartons of cigarettes and about $10.00 in change from the cash register. It was reported that entry was gained through a window on the side of the building.

City police chief E.L. Maggi reports that the Northside school was entered last Tuesday night by a burglar or burglars who gained entry through a second story window and stole about $4.00 in change from a school lunch cash box. The matter is under investigation.

Three local “runaway” juveniles, a boy aged 15 and two girls, 15 and 12, appeared before Probate Judge Ralph Mills last week following an incident in which they turned themselves over to authorities in Oregon after being missing from their homes three days. Judge Mills reports that the youngsters were reprimanded by the court for the trouble and concern caused by the incident, and advised them to return to school. He said that punishment action was suspended as no formal charges were filed but he added that the boy was cautioned that action could be taken if the boy is involved in any similar incidents.

Bonners Ferry’s outstanding young amateur boxer, Fred Hatfield, lost a close split decision at the Tacoma Golden Gloves to Jim Snell of the Gresham, Ore. Boxing club in the semi-final round of the tournament last weekend. Hatfield’s slow start because of no fights this year was the deciding factor.

Effective with the start of the second semester, school officials state that Robert Dietel has joined the Bonners Ferry high school faculty replacing Clark Schrader, who resigned.

15 Year

Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency seized 150 pounds of marijuana early last Tuesday morning and arrested a 73-year-old Canadian resident, John Palmer, at the Porthill Cemetery in Boundary County. Drug agents arrested Palmer on federal charges of importing a controlled substance and possession of same with intent to deliver. Palmer was taken by federal marshals to a detention facility in Moscow.

The Bonners Ferry Badgers made it as sweet as a bouquet of roses in February as they snapped a 20-year drought to win their first Intermountain League title since 1982, over-powering Lakeland 64-44 Feb. 9th. They shot 49 percent from the field, sank five of six 3 pointers and attacked the basket relentlessly all night for back door layups.

Authorities are investigating the mysterious death of a 33-year-old woman who died Sunday morning. Sundi L. Ridgley, a mother of three, was pronounced dead on arrival at Boundary Community Hospital. Emergency workers picked up Ridgley, who was having breathing problems at about 2:30 a.m. All attempts by emergency personnel to resuscitate Ridgley failed. With no distinct cause of death and a question of whether there was foul play, officials requested a detailed autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Jill Gould.

After nine days of roughing it in the Selkirk Mountain range, two out of three Rocky Mountain Academy (RMA) students said they’d go back if given the chance. “The students who went on this trip got an opportunity to practice the values and things they are learning at our school in a difficult real world environment,” said Allen Millar, head of the expedition department at RMA.

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