Boundary County Watchman

Institute for Legislative Analysis 2022 Scorecard For U.S. Rep. Michael Crapo 83.33% More details: https://scorecard.limitedgov.org/lawmakers?state=US

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Institute for Legislative Analysis 2022 Scorecard For U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher 92.21% More details: https://scorecard.limitedgov.org/lawmakers?state=US

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Institute for Legislative Analysis 2023 Scorecard For Sage Dixon 87.74% More details: https://scorecard.limitedgov.org/lawmakers?state=ID&year=

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Institute for Legislative Analysis 2023 Scorecard For Mark Sauter47.71% More details: https://scorecard.limitedgov.org/lawmakers?state=ID&year=

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Institute for Legislative Analysis 2023 Scorecard For Scott Herndon for Idaho 97.94% More details: https://scorecard.limitedgov.org/lawmakers?state=ID&year=

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Studies show that when officers wear body cams…

Accountability Matters: Studies show that when officers wear body cams, complaints against them drop by as much as 93% (Source: “Evaluating the Impact of Police Body-Worn Cameras,” Cambridge University Press, 2017). That’s not just a number; it’s a significant shift in how we build trust. The Power of Video Evidence: In cases where use of force is involved, body cam

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I am watching local legal cases being declined not because there was no crime… but because the laws have loopholes and those who have the authority to enforce the law or prosecute choose not to do the right thing. Also, victims are in fear to testify due to being shamed & shunned by community members. This is not a joke.

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Boundary County Library VIOLATING THEIR OWN POLICY

I will be asking the Boundary County District Library for the 5th month if they have started moving the porn out of the minor’s section. Seems they are not in a hurry to make a kid’s area age appropriate after I read one of their books talking about eating girl’s p#ssy out… They voted YES to move the books, but

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ALL LIES AND UNNECESSARY STRESS AND DIVISION

Ridiculous that it has taken 2 years for these libraries to finally pull the porn from the minor’s section. This issue divided communities and the libraries lied on TV by saying these books don’t exist and parents were trying to burn books. We were called Nazis by our own ex Mayor (Darrell Kerby who in January 2023 got into my

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74-102. PUBLIC RECORDS — RIGHT TO EXAMINE

TITLE 74 TRANSPARENT AND ETHICAL GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 1 PUBLIC RECORDS ACT 74-102. PUBLIC RECORDS — RIGHT TO EXAMINE. (1) Every person has a right to examine and take a copy of any public record of this state and there is a presumption that all public records in Idaho are open at all reasonable times for inspection except as otherwise expressly

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Boundary County Government does not offer sufficient wages to maintain a decent standard of living.

I am noticing many Boundary County “civilian” employers are raising their minimum wage to approximately $15/hr. I do notice that some of our local government jobs pay less than $15 still. I have been voicing to these departments hopefully things will change soon. Also, those getting paid higher wages should also get a raise to accommodate there position too. No

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$61,532,200 distribution to Idaho public schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 2023 (BOISE) – The Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) will celebrate the holidays with a performance from a local high school choir and check presentation to students. The celebration will take place 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 19 at the Idaho Capitol 2nd Floor Rotunda at 700 West Jefferson Street in Boise. Celebration

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Boundary County Sex Offenders On Rise… or just caught!

July 2022 = 21 registered sex offenders Sept. 2023 = 31 registered sex offenders Dec. 2023 = 35 registered sex offenders *************************************************************************************************************** Verify your county https://isp.idaho.gov/sor_id/search_regnam.html

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I spoke at the Human Rights Task Force they didn’t like it!

My speech @ the Human Rights Task Force event w/DOJ, FBI & Idaho US Attorney on November 14, 2023 Last year I and many Boundary County residents worked towards moving sexually explicit books from the children’s section to the adult section of our library. I will save the timeline of events for later, should you request it. Last year the

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On October 24, 2023 Bonners Ferry staff presented a PowerPoint presentation to Mayor, City Council and the attending community members. In this presentation the staff also outlined what their recommendations were to the Mayor and Council. The City Attorney was also present to answer any legal questions. After the presentation and public comments, the staff began to discuss their options

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City of Bonners Ferry Council voted YES to use $30,000 of ARPA funds and $27,331 of police funds to purchase upgraded body cameras, vehicle dash cameras and 100TB video storage

On August 22, 2023 I submitted an investigation report to the Boundary County Sheriff and Bonners Ferry Chief of Police that involved law enforcement’s body cameras. Through my investigation I did not believe that the current cameras in use were adequate to ensure accountability and protection to both the officer and citizen. I was also concerned with the officer having

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CITY OF BONNERS FERRY RESOLUTION NO. 2022-005 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BONNERS FERRY ADOPTING AND INCORPORATING THE ATTACHED SUMMARY OF THE COST-OF-SERVICE ANALYSIS (COSA) FOR THE CITY’S ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT AND SETTING FORTH A FIVE-YEAR SUGGESTED RATE STRUCTURE FOR DISTRIBUTING THE COST OF SERVICE AMONG ALL RATE CLASSES WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that a COSA is a

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The Golf Contractor Search Committee’s Request for Proposal (RFP) contract and the consideration to authorize the staff to begin the negotiations to hire Ben Staples (ex. mayor’s son) and Jennifer Baule was TABLED by Bonners Ferry City Council.

Update: The agenda item was TABLED due to the proposal being too specific to be able to evaluate anyone that didn’t have the exact criteria that was in the proposal. Also, according to the city attorney there was some deficiency with the RFP that didn’t meet the statutory requirements. It didn’t have a scoring method that is capable of objective

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It has been confirmed that the Boundary County Library DID NOT renew their membership this year with the American Library Association (ALA).

Also, we were able to confirm that the BCL IS NOT a member of the Idaho Library Association (ILA). The ILA states in their bylaws they work with the ALA. The BCL also clarified they have NO intentions of joining either one at this time. Our 2022 original goals have been accomplished: 1) Null & Void the updated policy that

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Welcome home Boundary County Planning & Zoning

P&Z is officially back, but this wouldn’t be possible without the help of Ruen-Yeager & Assoc Inc. They will continue helping until the county can become re-established. Should anyone be interested in applying for the position: Position: PZ01 Planning & Zoning Administrator Department: Planning & Zoning Starting Wage: $28.13 per hour Typical work hours: Full time with benefits-may work some

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Mayor Dick Staples admits in the Bonners Ferry Herald that he only stepped down temporarily while his son is being considered to be hired so he can avoid Idaho nepotism laws. He continues explaining he plans on resuming his elected seat in January.

Update 9/28/23 Legal advice was given from the city & state level. It is not in Mayor Dick Staples favor. Watchman’s thoughts: Mayor Dick Staples just admitted his plot to play the gray areas of the law to benefit himself and his son. Seems like an attempt to fool the voters and taxpayers of Boundary County. His actions are unethical

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This is a sheriff saying it…!!!

Boundary County Middle School is reviewing 10 books, the High School removed 11 books (there are more) and our public library finally is moving the books up to the adult section (6 found so far, but there are more).

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Mayor Dick Staples Resigns Due To Alleged Nepotism Claims

Last Friday, Mayor Dick Staples resigned from his elected position. His letter stated, “potential conflict of interest”. His son Ben Staples was in the process of being hired as the manager of the City of Bonners Ferry’s golf course (Mirror Lake). Allegedly there are four applicants. The steering committee has recommended to the City Council their approval of Ben Staples

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The only candidate race for this November election was canceled due to changes over the last few days. Here is what happen:

Moyie Springs Mayor Steve Economu resigned on Tuesday stating health issues. This allowed Councilman Geoff Hollenbeck through a quorum vote to take the Mayor’s seat. Since there were only three candidates for the two Council seats (Hollenbeck was one) this gave Patrick Stevens an automatic entrance to sit on the Council. Since the Moyie Springs Council was the only ballot

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9/16/23 As of today, Boundary County has 31 sex offenders registered!!!

I just finished a 6 month investigation of a government accountability case that involved an allegation of rape. All parties of the rape allegations were minor(s). This case is now being investigated by Idaho State Police. To be clear I wasn’t investigating the rape(s). I was investigating the government accountability, but unfortunately, I had to hear about the rape allegations.

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Candidates for the November 7, 2023 elections.

The only challenged seat is for Moyie Springs City Council. Bonners Ferry Mayor: James R “Dick” Staples Bonners Ferry City Council (2 seats open): Val Thompson Rick Alonzo Moyie Springs City Council (2 seats open- Candidates with the two highest votes will take the two seats): Patrick Stevens Terry A Johnson Deborah Rauth Boundary County School Trustee (Zone 3): Mike

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