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Preparing for End of the World: USFS rolls out forest health project south of Grangeville

'This is a rollout. It’s not a plan yet. It’s very preliminary'

Prescribed burning was a concern for Grangeville couple, Dick and Lois Geary, who questioned Forest Service officials last week concerning a potential project south of Grangeville. They asked about areas designated for fuels and possible prescribed burns – including close to their property – that take up a sizeable portion of the approximate 49,500-acre End of the World project map. “We want to work with you as landowners,” said Salmon River District Ranger Jeff Shinn, discussing the burns proposed for these areas, along with repeating a theme throughout last Wednesday’s meeting this project will be shaped by public comments and concerns.

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Managed growth, housing, services issues in Grangeville City Council race

Election 2017: Grangeville

City infrastructure, providing and managing growth, and providing for more and affordable housing are issues for candidates in the race for Grangeville City Council. A vigorous turnout this go-round has given Grangeville voters several choices to consider for three council seats, all four-year terms: Dylan Canaday, Dan Gautney, Todd McGeorge, Earl Musick, along with incumbents Beryl Grant and Scott Winkler. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

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Giddings unfazed; State Rep says she did all law required in move from Ada County

Contrary to statewide media reports that she is caught a residency and tax scandal, Rep. Priscilla Giddings told the Free Press she had done everything the law required of her and that she continued to follow the law after she decided to run for office early in 2016. She said she even went to the trouble of seeking advice from the Ada County Assessor’s Office at the time she was moving from Garden City to White Bird.

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Boise developer, Ahlquist, brings record of ‘getting things done’

Election 2018: Idaho Governor

“I bring real-world experience with a record of getting things done,” said Tommy Ahlquist. A Republican running in the 2018 Idaho Governor race, the Boise commercial developer and former physician made a campaign stop in Grangeville last Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of his “44 Counties in 44 Days Tour.”

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Ruzicka makes blankets for rehab residents

A group of residents at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation (GHR) will be a little warmer this winter, thanks in part to Grangeville High School senior Mikayla Ruzicka. Ruzicka helped nine residents make fleece blankets as part of her senior project. “I had a car wash to raise money for the fleece this summer, and then the residents helped tie the blankets,” she said.


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    Sunrise Espresso offers variety of drinks, menu items

    “You have to enjoy and love coffee to have a good coffee shop and serve a good cup,” smiled Alison Stahl. “I love coffee.” Stahl opened Sunrise Espresso at 914 West Main Street (behind P1FCU and the Free Press and across from Zip Trip) Aug. 2.

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    Kennedy elected v-p of ICCTFOA

    Members of the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA) elected Grangeville City Clerk-Treasurer Tonya Kennedy as first vice president for 2017-2018 at the ICCTFOA Institute in Boise, Sept. 20-22.

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    It's Your Business: LCSC has several classes upcoming

    Do you have any upcoming Halloween or harvest party events? Let me know so we can get it in the Free Press. Call 983-1200 or call lpalmer@idahocountyfreepress.com.

    Riggins News: Pinehurst Quilters to host quilt, craft auction Oct. 21

    My quote of the week is “Life is better when you cry a little, laugh a lot, and are thankful for everything you have.” The Idaho Old Time Fiddlers State Jam Session is this weekend, Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14, at Hoot’s Cafe in White Bird. They will be jamming and dancing both days; join the free event for good music, great dancing and lots of fun.



    Riggins News: Pinehurst Quilters to host quilt, craft auction Oct. 21

    My quote of the week is “Life is better when you cry a little, laugh a lot, and are thankful for everything you have.” The Idaho Old Time Fiddlers State Jam Session is this weekend, Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14, at Hoot’s Cafe in White Bird. They will be jamming and dancing both days; join the free event for good music, great dancing and lots of fun.

    Elk City News: Gehring to be in clinic Tuesday, Oct. 17

    Well, it’s that time of year to get scared (or scare someone else) by attending the ‘Halloween Hall of Horrors” at the school on Friday night, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., or Saturday night, Oct. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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    Tom’s Tailgate Party Hits Clearwater Valley

    (L-R) Clearwater Valley High School athletic director Kolby Krieger is pictured here with Tom Sherry of KREM 2 News in Spokane and Bill Finnan. CVHS was the recipient of a Tom’s Tailgate pre-game party Friday, Oct. 6. About 100 people turned out for the tailgate party and KREM 2 donated $222 to Clearwater Valley schools.

    White Bird News: Fiddlers to play at Hoot’s this weekend

    Remember the Old Time Fiddles will be at Hoot’s Café Oct. 13 and 14, all day for the weekend. The Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6-8 p.m. Darla Brumley is heading this party up and it should be a great time again as always! This is early this year and is fast approaching so get those costumes ready and let’s have some fun!

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    Clearwater Valley News: Muse Media opens its doors in Kamiah

    Lauren Paterson has just opened a great new business in Kamiah called Muse Media at 410 Main Street (between the post office and the Hub) She combines her experience and education in art, journalism and technology to offer digital media support to small businesses, non-profits and everyday people to help them connect to the larger world. I stopped in to meet her last week and found her easy to talk to and bubbling over with creativity in sharing the types of digital solutions her business offers.

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    Lowell QRU seeks volunteers; KREM 2 visits CVHS

    There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are changing. The children in Lowell are picking out their Halloween costumes to be ready for the big day. KREM 2 and Tom’s Tailgate came to Clearwater Valley High School football game in Kooskia. Tom’s such a nice guy and it was a great experience for all the students and players. Speaking of football, Mike Smith Sr., Marty, Dani, and Max Smith all attended a Vandal game last week in Moscow. They had great seats and a great time, too!

    Cottonwood News: Brats and Brew Fest on tap for Saturday

    The drawing for the hot rod at Summit Academy took place Saturday, Oct. 7, and the winner issss, Jason Vogel of Lewiston. Congratulation, Jason! Have fun with that car. Local artist Eric Wassmuth has some of his metal artwork on display at the Center for Arts and History at 415 Main St. in Lewiston. The art show and sale is for local steampunk artists. They are calling it “The Reclaimed Revolution.” It will be on display until Oct. 26.

    Children, adult Halloween parties set for Oct. 21

    Idaho Force All Stars cheerleading will host two Halloween parties Saturday, Oct. 21, both at the Elks Lodge.

Latest blogs

    Prairie Pulse

    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 ...

    Prairie Pulse

    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 ...

    Political Broad

    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 ...

Neighborhood Experts


    Candidates are committed; you should be also


    Area residents have a rare opportunity this election season to take a hand in the direction their cities head in the coming year. It’s a unique occasion as we have not had such contested races in city elections for several cycles.

    Idaho solution only way for health care

    Guest Opinion

    Obamacare has not worked for Idahoans. Since Obamacare has become law, premiums have gone up exorbitantly, without a corresponding increase in quality of health care. Last month’s release of 2018 state insurance premium rates — with an average increase of nearly 30 percent — confirm this reality.

    Lester: knows how the city works; someone with experience

    Letters to the Editor

    We need persons who are aware of the budget process of a government agency, have been exposed to the ins and outs of running a municipality. Wes Lester has been on the council for 20-plus years and has the experience needed for the job of mayor.

    ARF gains momentum; facility plan for 2020

    Letters to the Editor

    ARF’s mission is to develop a “no kill” regional animal shelter that will: protect the welfare of abandoned and abused pets, provide care and shelter to pets, spay and neuter to prevent future unwanted pets. Secure adoptive homes for pets and support community awareness of ethical treatment of animals.


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