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Lead stories

River conditions stall search for missing women

Car involved in crash located

River conditions continue to hamper search efforts for two University of Idaho students who are presumed drowned following a vehicle accident into the Salmon River last week.

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World-class river draws rafters, crowds for thrills, antics

Memorial Day Weekend: Lochsa River Madness

“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”

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Cottonwood paraprofessional named outstanding educator

A Prairie Elementary School paraprofessional was beyond surprised when she was honored Wednesday, May 18, with the spring 2016 Lewis-Clark State College Division of Education and Kinesiology’s Outstanding Educator Award.

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Panel deliberates access to mental health care

“Mental health issues are often very complicated,” stated panel member Senator Dan Schmidt, M.D., Moscow. “Building networks in this state has been a challenge. Mental health providers do not see Idaho as an attractive state for a thriving practice. Psychiatric support is very slim. Family doctors do their best. Whose obligation is it to provide these services to our residents? What serves Boise does not necessarily serve Grangeville.”

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Bluegrass Jam At Kamiah

Members of the Montana Ramblers spent some time Saturday, May 21, entertaining the crowds at the ISBA (Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association) Jam at Kamiah’s KOA Campground. Despite threatening clouds, most of the performances made it before the storm hit.

News

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    Probert: J-Bar fire salvage project decision to be withdrawn

    Earlier this month, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction in the civil case over the Forest Service’s Johnson Bar Fire Salvage project. The order stopped salvage logging near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers, which was set to begin as early as May 16. Now the salvage logging project is being withdrawn.

    River conditions stall search for missing women

    Car involved in crash located

    River conditions continue to hamper search efforts for two University of Idaho students who are presumed drowned following a vehicle accident into the Salmon River last week.

    Kids Klub drops grant application

    Multiple factors have nonprofit exploring options

    Kids Klub is withdrawing its request for Idaho County’s sponsorship of a block grant, which Clearwater Economic Development Association specialist Kelly Dahlquist and Kids Klub members presented to the board earlier this month. According to a letter from CEDA to the county, which Dahlquist presented Tuesday, May 24, the commission’s continuing support for a grant awarded May 13 to Syringa Hospital and Clinics, combined with changes in the hospital’s construction schedule, means Kids Klub’s application might not be accepted.

    Grangeville sets Memorial Day programs

    Memorial Day services and activities are scheduled for Grangeville for this Monday, May 30.

Sports

    Sports...in brief

    Chinook salmon seasons continue; Controlled hunt app deadline coming up; Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers; SRHS girls sports camps set for June; Grangeville girls b-ball camp coming up; Softball clinic slated; ‘Hill of It’ bike ride scheduled for June 4; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set.

    Region’s most-caught fish? Rainbow trout

    Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Clearwater Region may be famous for its salmon and steelhead fishing and its pristine rivers with thriving cutthroat trout populations, but in most years more hatchery rainbow trout are harvested here than any other fish.

    Not’ to be

    Softball

    Prairie’s state title hopes were diminished by a diving catch in right field and died on a run-scoring drive in the bottom of the seventh against Notus last Saturday, May 21.

    Will’d out

    Baseball

    The Pirates took Wilder to the brink during the first round of the 1A baseball tournament Friday, May 20, but fell 6-5.

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    McAlister, KHS hoist 1A title

    Track & Field

    Had it gone perfectly, the 1A pole vault final would have had the Kamiah boys in pole position from the start last Saturday, May 21. With Bailey Christopherson having previously cleared 14-1 in competition and Taylor McAlister having gone 12-6 the previous week, the KHS boys were trailing the Friday leaders but looking at booking 16 or 18 points in the team scoring right off the hop.

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    Sullivan, Lindsley dominate

    Track & Field

    During his final days in Bulldogs uniform, Cole Lindsley swept the 2A throwing titles, firing off a personal record 51-11½ bomb in the shot put and ripping a near-PR 167 in the discus.

    Forest Service facilities prepped for Memorial Day campers

    The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are ready for visitors this long Memorial Day Weekend.

    Automatic machinery now tags, clips hatchery smolts

    It’s no secret that Idaho steelhead and salmon anglers rely on hatcheries for fish that they can take home and eat, and anglers can identify “keepers” because a small fin on their back is removed when the fish are young. The clipped adipose fin does not grow back – letting anglers identify hatchery fish for harvest. What’s less known is how the fins get clipped.

Community

    Tempus Fugit - May 25, 2016

    •CANFIELD – Governor Ross and Lt. Gov. Mix visited the Canfield country. The community feels it has commissioners on the job. They were able to interest the governor in this section.

    Riggins News: Graduation set for this Friday night

    My Sweet 16 quote of the week is actually the quote of the SRHS Class of 2016, “Go forth and set the world on fire.” Salmon River Graduation for the class of 2016, Morgan Bieren, Hannah Cornforth, Alex Diaz, Beau’D Hopkins, Ethan Mead, Diah Saputia Galland, Victor Schmidt, Ryan Simonson, and Rylie Travis, will take place this Friday May 27, at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Salmon River High School gymnasium. Family, friends, and the public are invited to attend this graduation and celebration as well as the reception to follow in the multipurpose room.

    Elk City: Taco feed to help fund ECVFD

    Memorial Day services will be held at the bridge in Elk City on May 29 at 1 p.m. Let’s get out and honor our veterans. As reported last week, the Elk City VFW Auxiliary and Post is again sponsoring the giant taco feed to benefit the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department on May 28 at the VFW kitchen from 5–7 p.m. The charge is $8 for all-you-can-eat tacos.

    Kooskia / Kamiah News: Long Camp car show to be held on June 4

    Kamiah library is gearing up for summer activities. Registration is currently taking place for the summer reading program for K-8. If you would like to register your child in one of their programs call the library for information. They are also actively seeking new, local writers to participate in the Montana Book Festival’s efforts to promote new writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. If you, or someone you know, has an interest in writing, visit their website at http://www.montanabookfestival.org/contest

    Cottonwood News: Memorial Day services set for Ferdinand, Keuterville

    Save the date: Calling all Catholic Men. The 19th Inland Northwest Catholic Men’s Retreat will be held on the weekend of Oct. 21-23 at Camp n-sid-sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene. This retreat will feature Dr. Tom Curran as our retreat master.

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    Marimba Madness

    Prairie Elementary School held its preschool through fourth grade concert last Wednesday, May 18. All the groups sang and played marimba and some students were also able to play the drums and recorders.

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    Students try their hand at newspapering

    This spring, the students in Mr. Tosten‛s second and third-grade class at Clearwater Valley Elementary School decided to squeeze one more thing into a busy schedule. One student, Autum, first suggested the idea of writing a newspaper.

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    Music Makers

    Prairie Elementary School held its preschool through fourth grade concert last Wednesday, May 18. All the groups sang and played marimba and some students were also able to play the drums and recorders.

Neighborhood Experts

Opinion

    Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living

    Editorial

    Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

    Honoring Idaho law enforcement officers

    Guest Opinion

    During National Police Week this month, our nation honors its law enforcement officers and remembers those who have given their lives protecting our communities. Coeur d’Alene Police Sergeant Gregory King Moore, a husband and father who served in the Coeur d’Alene Police Department for 16 years before he was killed last year in the line of duty, is among the law enforcement officers who are being honored this National Police Week.

    People pitched in for Riverfront Park cleanup

    Letter of Thanks

    Kamiah Community Partners Coalition wishes to say a big “Thank You” to all those who helped clean up Riverfront Park on Thursday, May 12.

    Enlightened advocates foist vision on county to fund ambitions

    Letter to the Editor

    So, will Idaho and Idaho County residents actually trade their children’s “innocence” for a few “federal dollars” (these are “tax” dollars that theoretically started in your pocket) for public education funding. Obama’s counting (blackmailing) on you funding your own child’s worldview (transgender mandate) transformation/breakdown. It’s one thing for a liberal/socialist to embrace a “village raising/inculcating their offspring.” The test is if those folks who think they’re conservatives will bow before the altar of “political correctness.”