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Clear Creek Fire 100 percent contained at 457 acres

The Clear Creek Fire, the human cause of which remains under investigation, has been contained after burning 457 acres since it sprung up Thursday afternoon, Idaho Department of Lands public information officer Sheldon Keafer told the Free Press Saturday evening.

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Austad is new Ida-Lew ED specialist

Jessaca Austad has found her niche. Austad started her new job as Idaho-Lew Economic Development Specialist June 1. “I love this job – every day I think, ‘I get paid to do this!’” she smiled from her office above the Grangeville Post Office on Main Street.

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Former CV student makes medical mission trip to Peru

Christine Schmidt recently spent 14 life changing days in Peru. The former Harpster resident and attendee of Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia has forged ahead in her education and career choices, which led her to the pivotal trip.

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Campbell will serve as 2016 Idaho County Fair grand marshal

Betty Campbell’s lifestyle on the prairie has definitely been a family affair. She will serve as the 2016 Idaho County Fair grand marshal – an honor her parents – Verl and Alice Chicane, had in 1988. This year, the Idaho County Fair is Aug. 15-20.

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Brandt stumps for Trump at GOP convention in Cleveland

Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt went to Cleveland and helped steer the state’s delegation clear of the insurrection that swept the Colorado delegation out the door on the first day at the Republican National Convention last week. Colorado, like Idaho, had backed Sen. Ted Cruz during the primary; Idaho, unlike Colorado, awarded the majority of its delegates in the clarifying light of a statewide primary vote.

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    Austad is new Ida-Lew ED specialist

    Jessaca Austad has found her niche. Austad started her new job as Idaho-Lew Economic Development Specialist June 1. “I love this job – every day I think, ‘I get paid to do this!’” she smiled from her office above the Grangeville Post Office on Main Street.

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    Former CV student makes medical mission trip to Peru

    Christine Schmidt recently spent 14 life changing days in Peru. The former Harpster resident and attendee of Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia has forged ahead in her education and career choices, which led her to the pivotal trip.

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    Community Briefs - July 27, 2016

    CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Meal Center’s luncheon for Aug. 3 has been canceled due to vacation Bible school. The next meal is set for Aug. 17, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. All are welcome. Call 926-7776.

    White Bird News: White Bird News resumes with Toni Baker

    Let’s have some fun, but in the meantime we need to let everyone know what is happening in our little canyon. I am going to be attempting to write the White Bird news for the Free Press. Let me introduce myself…I am Toni Baker and although I do not live here in White Bird, I feel that enough of the folks know me and that we can get the word out as to the comings and goings on from down here.

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    Hot Summer Nights 2016

    Riggins City Park provided a shady venue for the annual Hot Summer Nights celebration. Among the weekend’s offerings included a classics car show that drew participants (left, top) to visit with each other and about the old iron. Below, a member of The Fabulous Chancellors, lays down a beat in Saturday’s July 23 performance.

    Riggins News - Blood drive on tap for Aug. 9, 10

    y Sweet 16 quote of the week is “Be the Reason someone believes in the good of people.” The Salmon River Public Library’s Summer Library Reading Program has one more session left on Tuesday, Aug. 2, due to the two power outages in July. Children 1- 8 years old are invited to attend Tuesday, July 26, 1 p.m. Miss Susan has had a great summer reading program; Thanks so much having this valuable reading program for our little ones, Miss Susan.

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    Times Past: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News - July 27, 2016

    •FERDINAND – The City of Ferdinand was awarded a $150,000 economic development grant from Idaho Commerce and Labor for renovation work to the Ferdinand Community Gym. The grant will fund work to make the gym more user friendly and is expected to be complete in December

    Elk City News - Dixie Days set for Aug. 6, 7

    This year’s 105th Dixie Days celebration is coming up fast – Aug. 6 and 7. They are selling raffle tickets at $20 for 20 tickets with the raffle prizes to be a 180 Stihl chain saw and a handmade quilt. Get in on the drawing to be held Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.

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    Disgusted ... that said, hoping for finality in a Lankford sentencing, conviction

    Editorial

    This year marks 25 years since the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in dissent about a troubling case in which his colleagues ruled our local court had flubbed the process by which Bryan Lankford was sentenced to death. Earlier this week, the Idaho Supreme Court undid the outcome of the related case against Mark Lankford.

    Stopping civil asset forfeiture abuses

    Guest Opinion

    I have been alarmed to read outrageous reports of abuse of civil asset forfeiture where Americans’ property is being seized without it first being proven that a crime was committed or without even an arrest or warrant. From reports of the use of new devices to scan a motorist’s cards and seize money during a traffic stop to a person’s life savings and family business being taken due to unproven suspicion, excessive use of civil asset forfeiture requires action.

    Struggle to maintain school-year gains; avoiding the summer slide for kids

    Guest Opinion

    I love summer, but as a parent it can be stressful to keep kids safe and busy. Fortunately, there are summer programs to help. If you have a child engaged in one, you may also have the peace of mind that they are likely offering much more than safety and fun. Summer programs can also offer extended learning opportunities and help prevent the ‘summer slide.’

    Idaho a State, state or colony; which is it?

    Letter to the Editor

    Prior to the ratification of independence, the 13 original colonies were subjects of the Crown, and needed permission how to use their resources, land, education, trade….



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