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Land gift enlarges city by 94 acres; no present plans for use, disposition

The city of Grangeville literally grew overnight, thanks to a land gift from a Montana businessman. At its April 17 meeting, the city council approved unanimously to accept 94 acres of undeveloped ground located between the Idaho County Airport and the truck route.

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Body found Saturday determined crash victim Derek Olson

Missing since March 20 single vehicle crash

A body found in the Salmon River last weekend has been confirmed that of accident victim Derek L. Olson, who went missing following a March 20 single vehicle crash. Determination was announced Tuesday, April 25.

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Madden retires after 40 years in banking; open house set for Friday

Peggy Madden of Cottonwood has spent the last 40 years in the banking industry, 34 of those years at Wells Fargo.

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Honey the Dog’s DNA results come in

Last week, the Free Press reported on an Animal Ark dog who had the good luck to be adopted by two families.

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New principals step up at Prairie, CV

Rehder, Uptmor return home

Rehder returns home to take leadership role at Prairie High; Uptmor returns to CV as principal; ‘very excited for this new position’



    Sports...in brief

    GHS football camp forms due by May 1; New hunting, fishing license fees hit May 1; Moose, sheep, goat hunting applications due by April 30; Bowhunter Ed course scheduled May 6-7; Kooskia softball opens May 1; Golf league organizing; Fastpitch clinic coming April 29.

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    Shepherd raises S-R pole vault record

    Track & Field

    The Kubs, Pirates and Savages flags were among the nine flown last Friday night, April 21. The Prairie girls took second place, with a total a few ticks better than Nezperce and a few short of McCall, and the 1A Kamiah boys placed third to the 2A squads in attendance, Orofino and McCall.

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    Road win lifts Pirates in Whitepine League chase


    Clearwater Valley went into a double-header on the April 19 afternoon with thoughts of climbing the Whitepine League standings, but a two-run fifth and a two-run seventh dealt the Rams a 5-2 loss in the opening half.

    Pirates top WPL standings, busy week ahead


    Prairie’s softball squad overcame an unusual bit of scheduling and jumped to 5-0 atop the Whitepine League standings with a 15-5 win over Genesee last Wednesday, April 19. All the precipitation this spring precipitated a shift: Genesee was due for a home game, but agreed to relocate it to the neutral site on account of what the Lewiston Tribune described as “soggy field conditions.”

    GHS girls place first at Kootenai Invitational

    Track & Field

    Last Saturday, April 22, the Grangeville track and field teams got a first look at the facility where state qualification will be held next month, and the GHS girls outscored competitors from nine teams, including 2A rival St. Maries.

    “Mental toughness” a point Grangeville aims to improve


    With Coeur d’Alene Charter and Clark Fork on the court last Saturday, April 22, Grangeville “won the ones we expected,” coach Kerry McCulley said. “We also lost some matches that surprised me.”

    Rainbow trout stocking continues down south

    Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 100,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout during May.

    Chinook salmon slow to show, expected soon

    Salmon fishing seasons are tricky because the run size and fishing seasons vary from year to year based on how many fish return to Idaho and how many hatchery fish are available for sport harvest.


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    Kids experience slacklining

    4th and 5th grade students at Meadows Valley School had the opportunity to experience slacklining as part of their physical education program.

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    Grangeville Farmers’ Market: ‘Meet, Greet and Eat’ on tap for this Sunday

    The Grangeville Farmers’ Market will be hosting its third annual “Meet, Greet and Eat” event Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. The gathering will be held at the Soltman Center, across Main Street from the Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

    Cottonwood News: Knights cleanup set for Saturday, April 29

    The farmers are getting anxious to get in the field. Usually by this time some of the planting is done. But the rain is not cooperating. At least the pastures are nice and green. The cows will probably be going out soon. Then I won’t have any baby calves to watch out my window. At least they will be happy to be on green grass.

    Lowell / Syringa News: Just waiting on the sunshine

    Alan and Mary Hamilton were up on the Lochsa last weekend with some friends from McCall, and the “Ladies on the Lochsa,” a group of kayakers from mostly Montana joined forces at Wilderness Gateway to get out on the river as well. Cloudy skies and rain all week. It’s just a way of life in Lowell! Too early to mow the lawn.

    Clearwater Valley News: Let’s play ball! Members sought to play, coach

    Just-for-fun coed softball begins at the Kooskia City Park on Monday, May 1. A group of “good-natured” residents get together twice a week and play softball every Monday and Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m., through Labor Day. They play because they enjoy the game and the camaraderie.

    White Bird News: Breakfast on tap for Sunday

    The sun made an appearance on Saturday, so hope everyone got out and enjoyed it. I know a lot of people headed for the river, had barbecues, and just plain relaxed for the day. I did not clarify my wording on the Buck Horn Place in last week’s news. This is on private property so you cannot hunt there, but it is available for rent during hunting season. Thanks, Pat, for letting me know.

    Riggins News: Saturday celebration to honor Olson

    My quote of the week is “True love isn’t Romeo and Juliet who died together. It’s grandma and grandpa growing old together.” And sharing that love with each other, their children, grandchildren, friends, and family alike…(I added the last part.)

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    Promenade on the Prairie

    Grangeville High School and Prairie High School (Cottonwood) recently had their high school proms.

Latest blogs

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    Season not a complete wash out

    GRANGEVILLE – On the baseball diamond I am lucky if I don’t strike out. With pen and paper, I’ll admit I haven’t been “to bat” much writing about the game. But sometimes, whether you’ve been on the field or not really has little influence on the outcome. So, I decided ...

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    Sixth Amendment outlines courtroom trial expectations

    The crux of the issue in the Sixth Amendment is ensuring a defendant receives a fair trial. The amendment touches on how quickly the case is brought before the court, the makeup of the jury, and access to counsel. The following is a transcription of the Sixth Amendment to the ...

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    Hinterlong volunteers with ‘cream of crop’

    COTTONWOOD – Wednesday mornings begin early for Jay Hinterlong. Recently I met him at 7:30 a.m. to head out to Northern Idaho Correctional Institution and pick up two prisoners. The drive consisted of instructions and a review of the day’s plan, and one thought kept playing in my head. Johnny ...

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    Fifth Amendment preserves our right to due process, and more

    http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/apr/03/73054/ Like the First Amendment, there is substantial information packed into the Fifth Amendment. In this section, our founding fathers have addressed issues such as double jeopardy, due process and eminent domain. It also provides citizens the right to remain silent, or not implicate themselves. The following is a transcription ...

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    Group works toward encore for Kooskia Opera House

    http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/mar/31/72987/ True to any theatrical performance, the fate of Kooskia’s Old Opera House reads like a script still in the writing process. Setting the scene: The Old Opera House sits on Kooskia’s Main Street, a two-story building with a century-long history. Originally built in 1912, it was purchased by George ...

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    Fourth Amendment addresses search procedures

    Following on the heels of the Third Amendment, and enforcing the notion that “each man’s home is his castle,” the Fourth Amendment has been the basis for many opinions regarding appropriate law enforcement and governmental procedures. Again, we are looking at an individual’s right to privacy and freedom from governmental ...

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