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244 ‘Use of Force’ policy garners close interest from patron

‘Are we becoming a militant state here?’

Mountain View School District 244’s first reading on its draft weapons policy garnered a few more public comments Monday, Oct. 17. “After visiting with the Grangeville Police Department, we are now calling it the ‘Use of Force’ policy,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. This change allows additional weapons, aside from guns, to be included and discussed in the document.

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Idaho County Elections: Making it more convenient

Personal touch to assist local voters with disabilities

Voters have challenging decisions ahead of them in the upcoming Nov. 8 general election, but for some the difficulties will not be at the ballot box but in just getting there. However, for persons with disabilities in Idaho County, many options are readily available – whether at home, at the courthouse or the polling place — to assist voters in getting their ballots cast. “We want people to vote, and we want to make it convenient for people to vote,” said Jessie Adams, Idaho County elections clerk.

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Courthouse left high and dry following plumbing leak

Restrooms at the Idaho County Courthouse were out of service Thursday, Oct. 20, while a City of Grangeville work crew dug a hole in the west edge of the courthouse lawn in search of a leaky bit of plumbing. The problem first emerged with water flowing into Main Street at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and was temporarily fixed Wednesday only to reemerge Thursday morning.

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Send in the clowns: Ms. Smith goes to China

“I would definitely say there’s quite a little difference between Lowell, Idaho, population 28, and Shanghai, China, population 24 million,” grinned 12-year-old Luella Smith.


    Lessons to be learned from Presnell breach

    It’s harder to gauge the impact of security breaches for rural residents when the company hit is Target, Home Depot or Anthem. However, when local companies like Presnell Gage face unauthorized data accesses, the serious plight within our IT industry hits home.

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    It's Your Business: Trick-or-treat at Grangeville Health and Rehab. Oct. 31

    Stites Hardware, 208 Main Street, has Crosley appliances in stock. Look for freezers, washers, dryers, ranges and chest freezers. Stop by or call 926-7241.

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    Happy Trails

    Motorcycles were put through their paces at last Saturday’s Oct. 22 Fall Enduro Halloween Classic at the Grangeville Off-Road Park east of Idaho Forest Group off Old Highway 7. The motorcycle-only multi-class event is a family-oriented race day that is mostly non-competitive. The course length is about 0.5 miles for kids and two miles for adults. The general format is as many laps as possible in the time allotted.

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    244 ‘Use of Force’ policy garners close interest from patron

    ‘Are we becoming a militant state here?’

    Mountain View School District 244’s first reading on its draft weapons policy garnered a few more public comments Monday, Oct. 17. “After visiting with the Grangeville Police Department, we are now calling it the ‘Use of Force’ policy,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. This change allows additional weapons, aside from guns, to be included and discussed in the document.



    Kooskia / Kamiah News: Scare yourself at the haunted house Oct. 29-31

    Next Monday we will have a lot of children out and about for the Halloween festivities. Kamiah schools close to let the children have a costume contest and trick or treat downtown.

    Riggins News: Lady Savages are district champs

    My Sweet ’16 quote for this week is “The most valuable asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love with an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help.” Congratulations Lady Savages as 1A Division II District 3 Volleyball Champions! What a way to end a wonderful winning season with a championship win! Now on to the state tournament in Idaho Falls Friday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m., at Bonneville High School. Go Lady Savages, Go!

    Elk City News: Oct. 31 activities set

    Starting Monday, Oct. 24, West Co. will be performing rock scaling and rock bolting activities on the slide area. The roadway will be reduced to one-lane with flaggers. Expect up to 15-minute delays. The Elk City School’s First Annual Trunk-Or-Treat is almost here. On Oct. 31, starting at 5:15 p.m., you are invited to come and decorate your car, truck, four-wheeler or table for Elk City kids to come around and trick-or-treat safely. Do you have your plans made yet? Decorating can start at 3 p.m.

    White Bird News: City water meters being mapped; Halloween events set

    With all that’s been going on, I have now been able to goof up the reporting of the news. It’s the chamber that you are to get your winter news from, not the Rebekahs. Sorry! With that said, I can now hopefully get back on track. First, with the EMR classes coming up. If anyone is interested in being a volunteer on the White Bird QRU team, you can contact them at whitebirdqru@gmail.com.

    TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News

    •KOOSKIA - Investigation of a pipe bomb found 10 miles east of Kooskia this week ended with a bang with disposal of the home-made ordinance by the U.S. Army demolition team.

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    Fall Festivities

    Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue select choir (top; pictured L-R are Mickey Nelson, Adam Wonnacott and Tristan Bledsoe), Concert Choir and Concert Band held a fall concert Monday, Oct. 24. The concert was the first under the direction of new GHS music teacher Mr. Philip Golde and featured several vocal and instrumental numbers.

    Pumpkin carving contest, White Bird Recreation open house, Halloween party all set for Oct. 29

    A pumpkin carving contest and decorating party are set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at the White Bird Recreation District. An open house for the district is also set for the same day. Bring a pumpkin and join the fun of carving and decorating. Prizes will be awarded. Feel free to bring the pumpkin you grew, but tell organizers ahead of time so a picture can be taken. Prizes will be awarded for the home grown pumpkins as well. Contact Brenda at 839-2303 or Charlotte at 839-2653.

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    Project Coat Giveaway

    Grangeville High School senior Payton Moore collected coats and winter accessories as his senior project. Saturday, Oct. 22, Moore distributed those items at the Eagles Hall to anyone in need. He gave away 81 coats and all of the hats, gloves and scarfs. Moore said he “really enjoyed this project and loved watching the kids pick out coats was worth all the work. The community was awesome — they donated a lot of coats and Tracy Bush donated a bunch of new ones. I think the coat drive was a success and hope that another senior will choose to do this project next year.”

Latest blogs

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    Florence history scripted like a western movie

    During last week's blog about the Gold Point Mill and the birth of Elk City, I discovered its link with the long gone city of Florence. I should reiterate the fact that I moved to Idaho two years ago in September; so the history of Idaho County is new to ...

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    Gold Point Mill discovery, or so it seems

    ELK CITY – The trouble with researching history online – and fast to boot – is that invariably you get information incorrect. On Oct. 12, I published a photo from our files that was not identified in our records. I scoured the internet hoping to connect the photo to a ...

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    Riding the rails in Idaho County

    Last week I wrote briefly about the emergence of stagecoach lines in Idaho County, primarily between Lewiston and Stites or Lewiston to Grangeville. There are numerous tales to revisit, far more than I care to deliberate over without fear of boring the reader. However, I do promise to return to ...

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    The lure of a stagecoach route

    Prior to moving to Idaho, I lived in southwest Kansas, Garden City to be exact. If you care to take a gander at a map, you will find the location of Garden City to be about 58 miles northwest of Dodge City, Kansas. Anyone who watched television between 1955 and ...

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    Golden not altogether lost, as thought

    COTTONWOOD – Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” I have often felt there were times in my life where I sensed the man upstairs had a sense of humor. That events evolved in a manner just right so as to bring a spark ...

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    On the trail for Golden, Idaho

    GOLDEN – I began my search for information on Golden, Idaho, online as I typically do with most of my research. I thought surely I would find at least the basic information – when the town was founded, population, etc. Zero. Nothing located on the Idaho State Historical Museum site, ...

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    Endorsements cause issues with agency relations, community


    Contentious and gutter-scraping: the political race for Idaho County sheriff. Beyond watching the mud fly to see what sticks, of more pressing and difficult concern is the issue of recent endorsement ads for both candidates that involve law enforcement members of county and city policing agencies.

    Giddings: guarantee local control of county

    Letter to the Editor

    Sheriff Giddings has faithfully executed his duties and a vote for Giddings is a guarantee to maintain local control of Idaho County.

    Giddings: our support earned through action

    Letter to the Editor

    Idaho County would be hard-pressed to find a better sheriff than the one we now have. Doug Giddings has earned (and proven through action) our support over the past eight years to continue to protect our constitutional rights against the unceasing encroachment of federal and tribal over-reach, prioritizing peace-keeping in the county rather than heavy-handed enforcement, and to carry on his belief in empowering we the residents of Idaho County.

    Yes HJR5: the AG needs a nap

    Letter to the Editor

    Idaho agencies regularly promulgate and adopt rules in contravention of existing statutes. National lobbyists know that “you can pass any rule in Idaho” and they send their most repressive, liberal, socialist rules to Idaho for trial runs. Like unruly children, the A.G. and his agencies need a dose of Dimetapp, they need HJR5.


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