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Sprutes pick up the pieces after fire destroys their home

‘It’s been a rough year – and it’s not even over’

June 10 will be forever etched in the minds of Peggy Blankenship Sprute and her two youngest children, Della and Remington. The three were in their old Reservoir Road farmhouse in Cottonwood when, just before noon, the lights began to flicker. “I thought it was just because of a storm,” shrugged 17-year-old Della. “I had been downstairs and went back up toward my room and then yelled, ‘Mom! There’s smoke!’” recalled 13-year-old Remington.

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Fed taxiway grant in hand; work a go

Reconstruction work at the Idaho County Airport will be completed this year, due to timely award of a Federal Aviation Administration grant. Notice to proceed for Valley Paving of Cottonwood is for mid-July on the $1,498,485 taxiway project, according to airport manager Mike Cook. This will be conducted alongside the $4.020 million runway reconstruction project that began June 6.

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Grangeville Farmers’ Market to open July 2; Food stamps will be accepted at this year’s market

The Grangeville Farmers’ Market (GFM) will be starting its 10th market season Saturday, July 2. In celebration, the steering committee has plans to enter a float in the Border Days parade Sunday, July 3, along with more celebration events to follow throughout the market season. Gordon Talley will be performing music at the first market.

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‘Huge black cloud’ -- Holliman works on moving, saving bees

“It was a huge black cloud over my husband’s pickup parked on the street. I’d never seen anything like it, and my first thought was that it was killer bees.”



    Stanley Cup winner Cole coming to Border Days

    Stanley Cup winner and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole will be in Grangeville this Border Days and will be in the parade Saturday, July 2 and at Pioneer Park, Elizabeth Rockwell Brown told the Free Press.

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    Seubert's Haul

    Larry Seubert gathered quite a haul of medals at this year’s Lewis & Clark Summer Games. He is shown with the five golds and one silver medal he earned competing in the 60-64 year old age group. He received four gold medals in swimming events for the 200 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter freestyle and 50 meter backstroke. He also received a gold medal in bowling doubles and a silver for bowling singles. With all the swimming gold medals he could be called the “Michael Phelps of Cottonwood.”

    CV wrestling fund-raiser exceeds goal on $10K gift

    Shortly after his squad’s strong finish at state, Clearwater Valley wrestling coach Carlos Martinez launched a project to raise $20,000 to bring key equipment up-to-date, including new mats ($9,500) wall padding ($7,250) and a heating system upgrade.

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    Rough, No Tumble

    On Tuesday afternoon, June 21, no results were available for the Clearwater Valley Roundup Association rodeo held last weekend in Kamiah. Pictured, a bronc rider stuck right with a tough horse last Sunday, June 19.

    Clearwater River fishery to stay open this week

    Chinook fisheries are still open upstream of Orofino Bridge (seven days a week) and in River Section 1 (four days a week).

    Sports...in brief

    F&G board to meet in Jerome July 6-7; Mountain to Meadow runs slated June 25; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; Karate kids compete; New fee proposed for Snake River boaters.

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    Marek nabs bronc prize

    Konnyr Marek was the only rider to stick with one of the Superior Rodeos ranch broncs last Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, at the 27th annual White Bird Rodeo. Including the $1,600 in added money as a Western States Ranch Rodeo Association event, the qualified ride ended up being worth more than $2,200 to Marek — the weekend’s single biggest payout.


    Golf results.


    Corral Dust: ‘Pink Out the Stands’ on July 3

    Don’t forget: Pink Out the Stands is set for the rodeo Sunday, July 3, 6 p.m. For everyone who wears pink, $1 will be donated by the Border Days Committee to a local cancer charity. Support the rodeo and support your local friends and family members who may be experiencing complication from a cancer diagnosis.

    In the News June 22 2016

    Insurance help for wildlife survivors is the topic of a Roadmap to Recovery workshop set Tuesday, June 28, Kamiah Fire Station on Main Street, starting at 6 p.m. Those property owners whose homes were damaged or destroyed are encouraged to attend. Topics covered will be navigating your insurance claim, extending deadlines, recovering “held back” depreciation and full value on your property, and overcoming challenges around the one-year anniversary. Free copies of the Disaster Recovery Handbook and Household Inventory Guide will be available.

    Kooskia / Kamiah News: Insurance workshop set for June 28

    If you suffered a loss from the fires last year there is a meeting that might be of interest to you. The meeting will be June 28, at the Kamiah Emergency Services building beginning at 6 p.m. It is a workshop which will include information you will need to talk with your insurance company.

    Cottonwood News: Tri-parish Bible school on tap

    I hope all the fathers had a great day Sunday. We spent the day with family and friends in the mountains; our favorite thing to do. Haying is getting started on the prairie. Some farmers were able to get some hay in before the rain. Our family is cutting hay today, so that means I get grandkids all week!

    Riggins News: ‘Thanks’ to John, David for American flags on Main Street

    My sweet ’16 quote of the week is by Josh Shipp: “You either get bitter or better. It is that simple. You either take what has been dealt and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to you!” Salmon River School District 243 was Idaho’s top-performing district on the SAT and one of the state’s smallest districts. Salmon River is a four-day week district-based school in Riggins, Idaho with an enrollment of barely 100 students K-12 in the district; there were 37 enrolled high school students 2015-16. The school’s average SAT score was 1,123. Way to go Salmon River; we are all proud of you!

    Elk City News: VBS set for June 27 at Baptist church

    Elk City Baptist Church will hold their annual summer Vacation Bible School for children the week of June 27 through July 1. All children are invited from preschool through 7th grade. The program is titled: Submerged – Finding truth below the surface. The children will learn some very important life skills and truths while they have fun with music and other creative activities. Snacks will be provided each day. The activities kick off Monday, June 27, 9 a.m.

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    White Bird Days parade results announced

    The annual White Bird Days Parade was held Saturday, June 18, led my grand marshals Dick and Susie Brust and White Bird Rodeo Queen Bella Klapprich. This year’s theme was “There’s No Place Like Home.”

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    CVRA Flag Carriers

    Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) flag carriers (L-R) Amy Farris and Mika Charley stand at ease during the Sunday, June 19, parade in Kamiah. The flag carriers participated in drills while carrying the sponsor flags in the CVRA rodeos both Saturday and Sunday.

Neighborhood Experts


    Ideas I battle for are based in truth

    In Rebuttal

    Well, it’s been five weeks since the election and based on the amount of press, and e-mail comments from the left, I must be winning. The ideas I battle for are based in the truth and they ring faithful to the blessing of our liberties and freedoms. That we are endowed with certain inalienable rights and governments are instituted among men to secure the blessings of these liberties, not abridge them.

    Idaho knows how to manage lands for outdoor recreational activities

    Guest Opinion

    Outdoor recreational activities — hiking, mountain biking, hunting, skiing, fishing — are a way of life for many Idahoans. However, as the state population has increased, a decline in access to federally managed public lands has occurred, especially for recreational purposes. This is true throughout the West.

    Crop signs are very much appreciated

    Letter to the Editor

    Seeing the crop identification signs along Highway 95 from Winchester to Grangeville is such a pleasure.

    USFS letting road deteriorate to Whitewater Ranch

    Letter to the Editor

    Apparently the good-old USFS is letting the road to Whitewater Ranch on the Salmon River knowingly deteriorate to the point that it is almost, or it is by now, impossible to use even in a four-wheel pickup.


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