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Frank answers by area districts

Local school reps draw crowd at Monday meeting in Grangeville; funding, levies are top issues

Funding concerns, educational needs and Common Core questions were all part of a community forum held Monday night, Feb. 13, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. A panel of three local school superintendents presented overviews of their schools as part of a forum sponsored by the Idaho County Democrats, and more than 65 people attended the event to listen and ask questions.

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Cottonwood Main Street seeing surge

One new business open, one more opening soon; work on more spaces

In the past month, Cottonwood residents and visitors have witnessed a flurry of activity in downtown Cottonwood. A new business opened, auctions were held at another site and work on two other retail spaces is under way. As well as generating interest among residents, city leaders are pleased with the recent activity as well.

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Issues ‘relatively minor’ from warm system that brings melt

Months of snow came off in a rush last Thursday, Feb. 9, as temperatures warmed that —- assisted by gusting winds — turned ice into rushing water. Reports started coming in to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at 7:21 a.m....

Monday work start on Kooskia Bridge

Bridge will be closed to traffic

Weather permitting, the East Kooskia Bridge will get a much-needed structural lift. The Idaho Transportation Department issued a press release stating work is expected to begin next Monday, Feb. 20.

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Educating public to resolve wildlife conflict

Government trapper Cody Wilson

“I enjoy working with people and helping reduce any losses and conflicts they may be having,” said Cody Wilson, wildlife specialist, U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services. Old school, this position was called government trapper, nowadays, wildlife specialist.


    Pair arrested on felony meth charges

    Tip leads to Valley County man allegedly mailing drug to Kooskia woman

    Two people have been arrested on felony drug charges following a joint operation between the sheriff’s offices in Idaho and Valley counties and the U.S. Postal Inspector Service.

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    Warm, wet weather system may bring more runoff

    Concerns for travel corridors include Lolo Pass

    Problems from rain and melting snow are forecasted to resume starting Thursday, Feb. 16, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula. A warm and wet system, complete with mild temperatures and measurable rainfall, will occur Thursday through Friday. While this system will be quick to cross through the region, a total of a half- inch to an inch of rain is likely during this time.

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    PTCCU elects two new directors at annual meeting

    Fun, visiting, food and business were all part of Pine Tree Community Credit Union’s annual meeting held Saturday, Jan. 28.

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    It's Your Business: Farris completes activity certification; ‘Sushi Night’ set

    Thanks to Cozy Care Daycare that recently provided two microwaves for use in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School so kids can microwave food in the lunchroom. Great idea!


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    Ruklic ready for the rematch

    Bulldog of the Week

    Grangeville junior Ryan Ruklic was one of a couple of Bulldogs to score 14 points at Kamiah last Thursday — and Ruklic was one of the tall players who battled Orofino’s bigs effectively during a key league game the prior Monday, Feb. 6.


    Trapshooting results.

    Demo day slated at Lolo Pass

    FEB. 15 UPDATE: EVENT CANCELED - Due to the recent warm temperatures and increasing runoff in the Lolo Pass Winter Recreation area, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has decided to cancel the Winter Demo Day that was planned for this Saturday, Feb. 18.

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    Savages smack down Council, claim District III title

    Salmon River overwhelmed Council during the second and third quarters of the Long Pin Conference’s district title game Feb. 7.

    IDFG asking sportsmen not to stress game animals out

    Winter provides great opportunities to view Idaho wildlife, but it is very important to enjoy the view from a distance. Winter can be very stressful for wildlife, especially in winters like this when snow is deep or crusted.

    Sports...in brief

    Spring youth soccer registration continues; Public meeting set; RMEF local chapter sets April 22 banquet; Football squad’s annual Boise State camp trip scheduled; New contractor means small difference for CAP hotline calls; Big game hunting proposals online.

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    Pirates soaked by Lapwai’s surge

    Girls basketball

    Lapwai came in to the Whitepine League’s district tournament like a rising tide, and swept Potlatch 83-19 and Prairie 70-36. Under their own hoop, the Pirates held their ground, but Lapwai flooded every other inch of the floor.

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    Bulldogs advance to play-in, fall as Marsing rallies late

    Girls basketball

    Freshman forward Jakaili Norman scored double-digits during Grangeville’s dominant first half last Saturday, Feb. 11, against 2A state tournament play-in foe Marsing and the GHS lead grew to eight, 35-27, on a Norman hoop during the third quarter.


    White Bird News: Firemen’s ball fund-raiser a success

    If you have been down on the river you have noticed all the ice chunks floating down and the chocolate coloring to our water. Mother Nature is still at it so please be careful when near the rivers and streams as many are running high and swift.

    Lowell / Syringa News: It’s been a rough winter upriver

    Lowell Syringa News is back. Ace reporter, me, Marie Smith, has picked up her iPod, to report the comings and goings from Idaho County’s least populated communities. The winter has been rough, with rain, wind, snow, ice and dark of night. We had ice chunks floating down the Lochsa for eight hours last Friday. The river was up at least three feet. Our Internet has been out, our TV satellite dishes covered with snow over ice, and we are restless. Highway 12 has snow floor in spots and threats of avalanches with snow melting. The traffic passes slowly this time of year, and we depend on ITD to be forever clearing the highways for us.

    Cottonwood News: Dinners are Feb. 25, 26

    Happy Valentine’s Day! May you and those who are special to you have a great day. We especially ask God’s blessing on all married couples. Maybe our days of being snowbound are over. We have certainly had our share this year.

    Riggins News: Lady Savages on their way to state

    My quote of the week is “When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them…it may take seconds to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime.” Congratulations to The Salmon River Lady Savages! They are on their way to State Basketball Tournament with a 69-47 win over Council in District play Tuesday, Feb. 7, earning them the title of District Champions of the Long Pin League 1AD2. Our girls will play their first game tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:15 p.m., at Nampa High School in Nampa. School will be dismissed early Thursday so everyone who wants may go cheer on our Lady Savages. Women with Bait Fishing Tournament is going full force…there are a lot of women fishing and competing for prizes all month long. The women are on the river with their guides and boat drivers trying to make the catch of the day and the month.

    Clearwater Valley News: ‘Surf’ at Lolo Pass this Saturday — or take in ‘Brew Fest’

    Groundhog Day seemed to be a turning point in the weather, with snow, rain, hail, mudflows since then. An exciting and beautiful drive on Friday, as the ice broke up and huge chunks floated down the Clearwater River. It’s not quite spring yet, but it sure seems possible now! The final count for the Groundhog Day Feed in Clearwater is 444 breakfast eaters and 3,540 pounds of sausage (including sausage sold to take home). Wow, that’s a lot of hogs!

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    TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News: Feb. 15, 2017

    •A wary, old cougar, emboldened by the pangs of hunger, ventured into the feed lot at the Fred Marshall ranch in the Toll-gate section, Thursday night, and killed a nice fat two hundred pound hog being fattened for butchering next month.

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    NRA Banquet Fun

    Attendees packed the Grangeville Elks Lodge Friday night, Feb. 10, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go 50/50 toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.

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    Elk City News: Baptist church to show movie Feb. 18

    Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., the Baptist church is showing the movie, The Insanity of God. The movie portrays the search by Nik Ripken of “why so many Christians of the world are willing to suffer and die for Christ” If you didn’t see the flyer, it tells that he set out on a quest to find the answer and followed the events from Somalia to Russia and China. “The events of the film are true and faithfully portrayed … This is not a movie for the faint hearted or for little children.” Everyone is invited. Popcorn will be served!

Latest blogs

    Prairie Pulse

    Lonesome was our very own Hollywood star

    You may not have known there was a movie star in your midst. But if you live in Idaho County, and more specifically the Slate Creek area just off the Salmon River, this is very true. If you are a Western movie aficionado, I would wager a bet you have ...

    Political Broad

    Second amendment arms a nation

    I will preface this week’s blog post stating my family has had a tragic connection to gun violence. But wait, don’t stop reading just yet as you may be surprised with my opinion on this amendment. The following is a transcription of the Second Amendment to the Constitution in its ...

    Prairie Pulse

    White Bird antique store a historic relic itself

    Travel south from Grangeville on the White Bird grade and at the bottom you will find a tiny, but historic community. Just off Highway 95 is the White Bird community, just a stone’s throw from the site of the White Bird battlefield. If you make a trek to White Bird, ...

    Prairie Pulse

    Riggins helicopter company to the rescue

    http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/feb/03/70864/ RIGGINS – American society has been aptly dubbed a throw-away culture. No longer need something, throw it away. No longer want something, throw it away. It extends beyond material goods. Shelters overflow with unwanted and discarded pets. Recently, Valley County residents rallied to the assistance of two such unwanted ...

    Political Broad

    Deciphering the First Amendment

    Following on the heels of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, now seems a perfect time to address the First Amendment. Let’s dissect how it was written and what it means. The following is a transcription of the First Amendment to the Constitution in its original form. Amendment I Congress shall make ...

    Prairie Pulse

    The clock that stood the test of time

    http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/jan/27/70626/ GRANGEVILLE – If a clock could talk, the grandfather standing in the Grangeville Wells Fargo branch would tick out quite a tale. Neither flood nor fire could destroy his old bones. He’s travelled from Europe and across this great country eventually stopping in Grangeville where he has resided for ...

Neighborhood Experts


    Constitutional amendment for term limits? Whoa, not so fast


    Are congressional term limits an idea whose time has come? Whoa, not so fast. President Donald Trump rode into the White House on the wave of that public sentiment voicing “It’s time for a change.” Now, looking to strike while the iron is hot, Idaho’s Rep. Raul Labrador is introducing a term limits constitutional amendment for congressional members.

    Draining swamp demands term limits

    Guest Opinion

    To restore constitutional balance, we must bring the career politicians home and replace them with patriots ready to make the hard choices necessary for prudent governance. That is why I have introduced a term limits constitutional amendment, H.J. Res. 50, restricting service in Congress to six two-year terms in the House and two six-year terms in the Senate. The resolution has 12 original co-sponsors.

    Right of demonstration not to incite violence

    Political Broad (summary)

    On Dec. 30, 2016, I traveled to the Grangeville Centennial Library for a little research. I found a large, three-dimensional display marking the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Then began Political Broad, a blog where once every two weeks I take a peek at the functions of government. To get readers up to speed, I have focused the past three blog posts on the Bill of Rights.

    Consider offering skill on hospital board

    Letter to the Editor

    Have you considered how important Syringa Hospital, the clinic, the medical staff and emergency service unit are to this town, and to you and me personally? So often we take things for granted and just assume they will manage themselves and be there for us in our time of need. This spring we have an opportunity to have input and to be involved in how this critical facility operates. In May, we will be electing our hospital board of trustees.


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