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Fire at Blue North mill in Kamiah

Fire crews are still on scene of a structure fire at Blue North Mill in Kamiah.

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Kooskia Bridge repairs set for late February

Local concerns listened to by ITD engineer

An engineer out of the Lewiston office of Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) says work has been tentatively slated on the East Kooskia Bridge. The Kooskia resident behind a petition to preserve the bridge was pleased with the quick response from ITD. “We’re going to try and repair the bridge about the end of February, first of March, weather permitting,” said Doral Hoff, engineering manager for ITD District 2. “This will alleviate some of their concerns.”

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‘Oomph to knock a manhole cover off’

Vactor vehicle offers public works proactive, in-house maintenance

This truck sucks, and Grangeville public works director Jeff McFrederick couldn’t be happier. Councilors gathered prior to a city meeting last month to look over a Vactor combination sewer cleaner recently acquired by public works. Purchased for $130,000 through the formal bid process, the truck combines high-pressure water jetting and a high-flow vacuum source to scour pipes clean, and then vacuum the material causing blockages to restore and maintain normal flow.

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Over the river and through the woods: St. Mary’s brings care to Elk City

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” may be the postman’s creed, but it certainly applies to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics as well. Each month, St. Mary’s providers head upriver to Elk City, braving cold and snow and ice in the winter months, to offer medical services to a community that might otherwise have a difficult time obtaining them. Last month, those care providers consisted of Peg Gehring, NP, Shelli Lothspeich, Michelle Hain-Flores, nursing staff, and Kelly Williams, admissions manager.

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Communities recognized for CEDA training completion

Representatives from the cities of Culdesac, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia and Riggins were recently honored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) for the completion of the 2015 training course entitled “Community Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together for Success.”

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Fifteen take top honors in local PTA Reflections arts contest

With a theme of “What is Your Story?” Grangeville saw a large percentage of its students enter the 2016-17 PTA Reflections contest. “There were 123 entries this year,” said Genny Lutz, Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA volunteer, who has organized the program for many years.

News

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    Fire at Blue North mill in Kamiah

    Fire crews are still on scene of a structure fire at Blue North Mill in Kamiah.

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    Over the river and through the woods: St. Mary’s brings care to Elk City

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” may be the postman’s creed, but it certainly applies to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics as well. Each month, St. Mary’s providers head upriver to Elk City, braving cold and snow and ice in the winter months, to offer medical services to a community that might otherwise have a difficult time obtaining them. Last month, those care providers consisted of Peg Gehring, NP, Shelli Lothspeich, Michelle Hain-Flores, nursing staff, and Kelly Williams, admissions manager.

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    It's Your Business: Robinson offering tires; credit unions host annual meetings

    Dave Robinson at Robinson’s Garage on Grangeville’s Main Street is in the tire business. Stop in and check out the tires he has for sale. Call 983-1151.

    In the News Briefs: Jan. 18, 2017

    District 7B Representative Paul Shepherd of Riggins was one of 90 legislators honored recently by Food Producers of Idaho, Inc., (FPI) as an Ag All Star Legislator. FPI annually honors legislators for their voting record on issues supported or opposed by the organization.

Sports

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    Zumwalt tops Orofino tourney

    Bulldog of the Week

    Grangeville senior Frankie Zumwalt has dominated most of the competition he has seen so far this season. With one month left to prepare for the district tournament, he made short work of the competitors he saw last weekend at Orofino — and most of the wrestlers in the district were on the mats last weekend.

    Boat registrations in the mail

    The U.S. Coast Guard has made changes to the vessel registration process that will impact the registration and renewal process for all vessels and owners in the United States, including Idaho.

    Lindsley throws C of I record

    Juston Lindsley, who joined the College of Idaho football team last fall, has been named the “Indoor Field Athlete of the Week” — a Cascade Collegiate Conference award sponsored by Red Lion Hotels.

    Scorecard

    Trapshooting, bowling results.

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    Prairie girls throttle short-handed Genesee

    Basketball

    Prairie junior Josie Peery sank six foul shots last Saturday night, Jan. 14, and as it worked out, her free throws marked how the Pirates’ lead grew by the minute on the way to a 59-20 final.

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    Dreadfulwater’s late three downs Genesee

    Trey, trey

    Freshman guard Trey Dreadfulwater snapped a 50-50 tie with a three-pointer as time expired last Saturday night, Jan. 14. The game-winner came out of an inbounds play GHS coach Kelcey Edwards designed around senior guard Luke Stokes’ flair for dribble-drives.

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    Morrow lifts CV

    Wrestling

    With Carson Morrow claiming first place in the 152-pound weight class, the Clearwater Valley wrestlers nicked Pullman in the team scoring last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, at the Maniac Invitational.

    Sports...in brief

    F&G board to meet Jan. 25 in Boise; Apply for spring bear controlled hunts soon; Trapper ed courses offered Jan. 29; Friends of NRA banquet coming up.

Community

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    It's Your Business: Robinson offering tires; credit unions host annual meetings

    Dave Robinson at Robinson’s Garage on Grangeville’s Main Street is in the tire business. Stop in and check out the tires he has for sale. Call 983-1151.

    In the News Briefs: Jan. 18, 2017

    District 7B Representative Paul Shepherd of Riggins was one of 90 legislators honored recently by Food Producers of Idaho, Inc., (FPI) as an Ag All Star Legislator. FPI annually honors legislators for their voting record on issues supported or opposed by the organization.

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    Cottonwood News: Crab feed set for this weekend

    Congratulations to Ryan Uhlenkott who was named Father of the Year at Daddy Date Night at Prairie High School. His daughter, Faith, wrote a beautiful letter about him.

    Clearwater Valley News: Event includes ‘tastes of heaven’

    I had fun tasting a variety of food with some friends at the Taste of the Clearwater event in Kooskia on Saturday night. Five Kooskia-Kamiah restaurants provided small plates of some of their favorite foods while Cloninger’s provided beer and wine. Kooskia Café, The Hub Bar & Grill, Backroads Diner, The Log Yard and the Kamiah Hotel Bar & Grill hosted the food booths. After tasting all of the food, people voted for their favorite restaurant, with Kamiah Hotel winning the people’s choice award for the second year.

    White Bird News: Ball set for Feb. 11

    It’s the middle of January and the snow is still hanging on, so is it winter, or with warmer temperatures coming, is it a January thaw? Only time will tell, so in the meantime, I hope everyone is not too homebound.

    Riggins News: Larry and Sue Ellen Smith inducted into Idaho Cowboy Hall of Fame

    My third quote of 2017 is “One of the most valuable gifts in life is a loyal friend.” Riggins Mayor McClure and city clerk Brenda Tilley recently completed a 30-hour training course entitled, “Community Economic Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together,” sponsored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) of which the city of Riggins is a member. Eleven other city representatives from Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, and Culdesac also completed the course which took place during a nine-month period in 2016.

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    TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News

    • After several appeals, Mark H. Lankford may be headed back to Idaho County to retry his murder case.

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    Mr. GHS

    Marissa Kennedy’s senior project went off without a hitch even though it was held last Friday the 13th. Senior Morgan Pilant was named Mr. GHS 2017 at the first Mr. Grangeville High School Scholarship Pageant.

Latest blogs

    Political Broad

    Inspecting the Bill of Rights

    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. I was intrigued and thought maybe there was an opportunity for me to write publicly. Following the holidays I returned ...

    Prairie Pulse

    Horse rescue reveals love story on multiple levels

    It’s not February yet, but I am about to tell a tale of love. It’s a story of a man’s love for his horse. It’s a tale of the love between two horses. And if selfless risk for another can be described as love, it is that heroic tale of ...

    Prairie Pulse

    Rowland tireless in community efforts

    COTTONWOOD – Some individuals seek the limelight. They are driven by drama, and seek to acquire accolades. My daughter calls them divas. Then there are others who fly under the radar. They work tirelessly behind the scenes, making sure activities run smoothly and events pull together unhitched. They devote their ...

    Prairie Pulse

    Finding the spirit of the Prairie Pulse

    You may, or may not have noticed a prolonged absence of the Prairie Pulse. I’d like to chalk it all up to illness, but the fact is that most of the absence is completely unrelated to my health. I have in fact taken time to reevaluate how I proceed with ...

    Prairie Pulse

    A History of Service

    When I was six years old, my father was sent to Fort Carson, Colo., to serve as the base dentist. We lived there until I was nine and he was discharged from the military. I still remember his dark green camouflage uniform and his glossy black combat boots. We lost ...

    Prairie Pulse

    Following the trail to Florence

    I hadn't planned to write about Florence again so soon. But an impromptu trip yesterday with Dan Doherty of Slate Creek led through the wilds of Idaho County to what remains of the gold rush town. He called early in the week and said the weather would be perfect this ...

Neighborhood Experts

Opinion

    Choice matters for Idaho families: National School Choice Week, Jan. 22-28

    Guest Opinion

    In our country, we love to customize, whether it’s a new addition to the house or the colors and fonts surrounding our text messages. We choose everything, from our line of work to our preferred place to grab lunch (where we probably customize our lunch order). So, it’s easy to understand why parents want more choices in their children’s educatio

    City survey’s value is in accountability to citizens

    Editorial

    Is the recently completed Grangeville Community Survey – citizen opinions on city and community services — just all “touchy-feely” busy work with no substantial result other than yet another report to file? We’d argue that city residents’ opinions are part of the public record, they have been reviewed in official session by city officials, and the results and candid comments are on display for anyone who requests them.

    Generosity to pantry much appreciated

    Our board members are delighted with the generosity of all. We couldn’t have done this without your efforts to help with hunger in our county.

    College created to avoid election misrepresentation

    Letter to the Editor

    When you have a country that encompasses almost four million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the votes of those that encompass a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.



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