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Idaho auctions second Good Neighbor Authority timber sale on federal lands

Syringa-area cut to net $2.2 million

The State of Idaho auctioned another U.S. Forest Service timber sale today as part of a state-federal partnership to increase management activities on federal lands in Idaho.

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Planned Avista power outage June 27 to impact 650 customers

Affected: customers in Elk City, Red River, Dixie and Orogrande

Planned outage needed as Avista performs upgrades on June 27; Avista to perform maintenance and infrastructure upgrades in and near Grangeville

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Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

‘No regrets’ for Cow Creek rancher

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.

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Operation ‘Thank you!’: June 25 event will honor Vietnam veterans

Vietnam War veterans may have not received the grandest welcome home; however, that is hoping to be remedied as the Vietnam 50th commemoration is set nationwide. In Idaho County, all veterans of the Vietnam War era are invited to a “Welcome home” ceremony this Sunday, June 25, starting at noon, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main Street in Grangeville.

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County payroll, employees up 2005-2015; more emphasis on health, manufacturing

U.S. Census report: Business Patterns

Though there may be fewer business establishments in Idaho County than there were a decade ago, U.S. Census estimates released recently show an increase during this same period in both employees and annual payroll.




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    New Views For July 4 Border Days Firecracker Fun Run

    Route change this year to protect runners’ safety

    The Firecracker Fun Run will go off this July 4 as it has for years, but will pop a bit differently this year.

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    Middler day camp on tap for July

    Grangeville Church of the Nazarene will sponsor a Middlers Day Camp for kids ages 10 through 13.

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    Corral Dust: Two Shiznits food trailers; drill team celebrates 60 years

    This year’s Border Days rodeos are all night rodeos, which seems to be crowd pleasers. Rodeos are going to be July 1, 2 and 3, all at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2, will be family night, there will be a “no alcohol” seating section available. On Monday, July 3, it’s a “Pink Out the Stands” night. The Border Days Committee is raising money to support local cancer charities. For everyone wearing something pink the committee will donate $1 to a local cancer charity.

    Clearwater Valley News: ‘Christmas in July’ vendors sought

    Ever heard the term “ham” radio and wondered what the heck it is? The Three Rivers Amateur Radio club wants to show you at their field day on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. They will have three radio transmitters and temporary antennas at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park and encourage the people to stop by and check it out beginning at 11 a.m., on Saturday ending at 11 a.m., on Sunday. This technology has been around for 100 years but can now work in conjunction with smartphones or tablets. It can be set up almost anywhere as an independent communications network. For information call David Brainerd at 926-7886 or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

    Elk City News: Library’s summer reading program to begin today

    The first day of summer ... what adventures await you? Maybe books will take you there if you can’t go yourself – like to Alaska with a young Irish girl during the gold rush called “Staking Her Claim,” or climbing Mt. McKinley with the first Alaskans to do it called “The Sourdough Expedition”, or growing up in the remote Alaskan bush called “Born on Snowshoes.”

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    Lowell / Syringa News: Circus members take to the river

    It’s like a circus around here, oh wait, we did have a circus around here! The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus members went rafting on the Lochsa with Marty and Dani Smith at Three Rivers Rafting. They also enjoyed the company of circus friends Mike and Lara Smith, of Lowell, and Jay and Kristin Stewart visiting the Smiths from Cape Cod.

    White Bird News: White Bird American Legion to host Cajun crawdad feed Saturday, July 1

    Well, is everyone as tired as I am? The weather held and we had a great weekend of fun, games, dancing, parade, rodeos and a lot of visiting. Now that our big weekend is over, there isn’t much going on as it’s the end of the month already.

    Cottonwood News: Haiti team seeking donations

    Finally, a nice summer day! It officially begins today, Wednesday, June 21. I was about to give up on summer ever getting here. It must be camping time! Let the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer begin!

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Time to commemorate Vietnam war; to give, receive peace


    “I don’t care who served when, for how long, doing what. They did their job. Every piece of the puzzle was important. Every person from every branch contributed.” This quote comes from Dennis Moore, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965-66. He’s among several interviewed in the Idaho County Free Press this week concerning their experiences as part of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the war.

    Helping to raise PTSD awareness

    Guest Opinion

    Greater awareness of PTSD can help ensure that more who suffer from PTSD get the help they need

    Applause for Smith’s defense of constitution

    Guest Opinion

    Smith gave a memorable and earnest defense of the state constitution, not as an attorney doing a job for his client legislators, but as a resident of the state. It was he who realized in April that the governor’s veto was improper and that the constitution wasn’t being followed.

    Heartfelt thanks for support for ICARE

    Letter to the Editor

    A huge heartfelt thank you to all the people who live in our great Clearwater River communities and may/may not have contributed to the success of the ICARE project!


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