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Lead stories

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What A Rush: Kinder-Ready visit Grangeville firefighters

Kids with Kids Klub Kinder-Ready had a close-up look at firefighters and equipment with a visit by the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department last Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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Cottonwood culvert fix starts process toward system repair

City buckles down to fund multi-million public project

City officials are in action to resolve a long-standing flooding problem for Cottonwood’s downtown business district. “We’re going to do a temporary fix to hold things together, and start the ball rolling to come up with a long-term solution,” said Cottonwood City Councilor Ron Grant.

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Cottonwood council - Safety, services at issue in race

Election 2017: Cottonwood

Maintaining a good quality of life, community safety and city infrastructure are issues in the Cottonwood City Council race. One two-year-term council seat is open, sought by Linda Nida and Daniel Sigler. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

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Bolan is new Ferdinand veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Bolan’s parents may have never expected their daughter to end up in Idaho, but that dream was in her head long ago. “I always wanted to live in the mountains,” she smiled. Bolan is the newest member of the Ferdinand Veterinary Clinic.

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High School Career Fair

Students from schools all across the Camas Prairie took part in the Oct. 12 career fair held at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. The event was sponsored by Ida-Lew in cooperation with business, organizations, colleges and individuals throughout the region. (Top, above) Walla Walla Community College and Wells Fargo were among two participating entities. Students not only received information and personal face-time with participants, but were also given a variety of prizes and received a free lunch.

News

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    Bolan is new Ferdinand veterinarian

    Dr. Elizabeth Bolan’s parents may have never expected their daughter to end up in Idaho, but that dream was in her head long ago. “I always wanted to live in the mountains,” she smiled. Bolan is the newest member of the Ferdinand Veterinary Clinic.

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    Beckman joins GHR as administrator

    A familiar face has taken over at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Ryan Beckman is the facility’s new administrator. “I grew up in these halls, running around here when my parents worked here,” he smiled. He is the son of Bob and Betty Beckman of Grangeville.

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    It's Your Business: The Habit offers ‘Coffee & Canvas’ class

    Sign up now for Learn to Dance: The Nightclub Twostep with Jeff and Carla Wilkins, presented by Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach. This is set for Tuesdays Nov. 7 and 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per couple. Call coordinator Carla at 208-983-2164 or e-mail cnwilkins@lcsc.edu.

    Correction: Oct 18, 2017

    In a front page report last week (“Giddings unfazed: State rep says she did all law required in move from Ada County,” 1A, Oct. 11) the Free Press reported an inaccurate date. As reported, Idaho County public records include two voter registration cards signed by Giddings. In fact, these are dated Jan. 17, 2015 and Nov. 3, 2015, and they reflect her changes of address that year. However, due to a Free Press error, the original article inaccurately stated the day the January 2015 card was signed. The Free Press regrets this error. — A.O.

Sports

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    Genesee secures top seed

    Preps Beat Journal

    Kamiah fell out of the playoff picture with a narrow loss to Lapwai a couple of weeks ago, but Genesee ought not overlook the Kubs tonight.

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    Lutz, GHS girls finished ‘proud’

    Bulldog of the Week

    Outside hitter Kate Lutz — one of the team’s senior leaders — described Grangeville’s volleyball season as “lots of fun” as well as a growing experience.

    Scorecard

    Football standings, bowling, trapshooting results.

    Prairie ascends to second in WPL

    Football roundup

    Prairie faced a long drive and must-win situation last Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14 — and they faced a 14-12 deficit early on. But after Wallace returned a fumble for a touchdown against the PHS offense, the Pirates defense held the fort, allowing no more points in the course of a 66-14 Prairie win.

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    Playoff-bound Bulldogs on bye week

    Orofino supporters were left righteously salty over a holding penalty call which undid a two-point conversion run, which would have tied the game with 13 seconds left last Friday night, Oct. 13, at GHS.

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    IDFG seeks public help with poaching case

    Nearly all of a large bull elk shot and tagged on opening day in Unit 14 was left to rot off Slate Creek in what Idaho Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer called an unusual case.

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    Idaho looks to book coho records

    If you’re fishing in the Clearwater River for coho salmon, or catch one while you’re steelhead or chinook fishing, the IDFG offers this hint: The state catch-and-release record is wide open because this is the first coho fishing season since the catch-and-release records started in 2016.

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    Steelhead harvest season opened Sunday, Oct. 15

    Harvest season for adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead opened Sunday, Oct. 15 on the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers.

Community

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    It's Your Business: The Habit offers ‘Coffee & Canvas’ class

    Sign up now for Learn to Dance: The Nightclub Twostep with Jeff and Carla Wilkins, presented by Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach. This is set for Tuesdays Nov. 7 and 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per couple. Call coordinator Carla at 208-983-2164 or e-mail cnwilkins@lcsc.edu.

    Correction: Oct 18, 2017

    In a front page report last week (“Giddings unfazed: State rep says she did all law required in move from Ada County,” 1A, Oct. 11) the Free Press reported an inaccurate date. As reported, Idaho County public records include two voter registration cards signed by Giddings. In fact, these are dated Jan. 17, 2015 and Nov. 3, 2015, and they reflect her changes of address that year. However, due to a Free Press error, the original article inaccurately stated the day the January 2015 card was signed. The Free Press regrets this error. — A.O.

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    Cottonwood News: Fall lecture, Brats and Brew on tap

    Tickets for the Prairie Community Library Brats and Brew this weekend are available at the Library, phone number 208-962-3714, and at the Cottonwood Community Credit Union. Advance ticket price is $25 per person, or $30 per person the evening of the event. Tables of eight may be reserved with purchase.

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    High School Career Fair

    Students from schools all across the Camas Prairie took part in the Oct. 12 career fair held at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. The event was sponsored by Ida-Lew in cooperation with business, organizations, colleges and individuals throughout the region. (Top, above) Walla Walla Community College and Wells Fargo were among two participating entities. Students not only received information and personal face-time with participants, but were also given a variety of prizes and received a free lunch.

    Clearwater Valley News: Ringers and Singers start holiday practices

    I woke up early to the sound of silence on Sunday, yes the dreadful silence of another power outage when the refrigerator and freezer stopped. We fired up the camp stove and made coffee and eggs on the porch. Thankfully this was a “short” outage of only six hours. Nothing like the weeks long power outages in Puerto Rico, I hope things will improve there soon. Good news for the Elk City Wagon Road and the town of Clearwater. The Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest awarded a contract to improve the driveability of the route, while maintaining its historic character. The successful bidder is Flash Excavation of Harpster. Great to see a local contractor get this job. The improvements will make it easier for people to travel and enjoy this historical route.

    Riggins News: PTO carnival set for this Saturday

    My quote of the week is “Good things in your life give you happiness. Bad things give you experience. The worst things give you a lesson. The best things and people give you great memories.”

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    Lowell / Syringa News: Gardiner recovering from foot surgery; big birthdays

    We have some nice big bucks hanging from the cabin decks, so the hunters are having good luck early in the season. Our electricity was out for 12 hours during this last weekend. I hate it when that happens; telephones out, too!

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    White Bird News: Halloween party set for this weekend

    While the weather has finally gotten cooler at night and then still nice during the days, I think we can safely say fall has begun. Attention all you ghosts and goblins — don’t forget the annual White Bird Halloween Party, Oct. 21, at the IOOF Hall from 6-8 p.m. This is earlier than usual so keep the date open! We will be having our costume contest (7 p.m.), pumpkin carving contest (bring pumpkin carved or stenciled) and this year a scarecrow contest for adults and children.

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 ...

    Political Broad

    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 ...

    Prairie Pulse

    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 ...

    Political Broad

    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

Opinion

    On My Honor? Decision effectively ends scouting

    Editorial

    As the movie gangsters might say, “You are dead to me.” This month, the Boys Scouts of America announced girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn Boy Scouting’s highest honor of Eagle rank.

    While politicians exploit problems, Idahoans solve them

    Guest Opinion

    Our national forests are at risk from beetles, wildfire…and the U.S. Congress. While forests have evolved with fire and insects, it’s not clear they’ll survive attacks from misguided politicians. One thing about busy fire seasons is we all breathe the smoke. It’s unhealthy and miserable. But we shouldn’t let it blind us. And politicians shouldn’t use it as an excuse to sell snake oil.

    When did right of way law change?

    Letters to the Editor

    When did the law change?

    Lester: true steward of taxpayer money

    Letters to the Editor

    Wes Lester has the experience to be the next mayor of Grangeville. With his knowledge of how city government works and the things that don’t work, he is the most qualified to make the best decisions.



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