Bales of hay stand in a field just off Old Highway 7 west of Grangeville. Advanced Welding and Steel, Inc., and Idaho Forest Group can be seen in the background.
All wheat stored in all positions on June 1 totaled 21.8 million bushels in Idaho, up from 18.2 million bushels a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Waning returns for grain, feed and livestock are in contrast to stable or improved returns for forest products, according to the July Northwest Farm Credit Services Snapshots report.
Idaho wheat, barley and oats production is being reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
100 years, still growing
“Without U.S. production there would be no need for Farm Credit Services, so the fact that FCS has been around for 100 years is truly a testament of how important agriculture is to our country, and the world for that matter”
The Grangeville swim team this year is bigger than it has been in a while, with 94 set to compete at 9 a.m. this Saturday morning, July 23, for the home meet. The squad also has meets scheduled July 29 at Kendrick and Aug. 3 at Nezperce.
Next level athletes
Bulldogs quarterback Layton Harris made a name for himself locally on the football field, and the outward ripples of that will take him to Jamestown, N.D. this fall, where his new coaching staff finds itself in need of a passer.
Elk hunters can double their hunting opportunity at a discount in August by buying a second tag to extend their season and have a chance to harvest two elk.
Football parents meeting set; High school soccer sign-ups slated July 25; Jakes Day set Aug. 14; Time to enter second Super Hunt drawing; CV sports physicals on offer Aug. 3; Bighorn sheep opportunities set.
Some local Snake River tourism operators aren’t too happy about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s proposal to bump the cost of river tours $5-$10 per person per trip, and some are alleging river managers have made poor use of existing funds while allowing key facilities in Hells Canyon to languish.
The Idaho County unemployment rate for May 2016 stands at 5.1 percent, higher than the state by 1.4 percentage points. But efforts to put residents back to work are ongoing. The Idaho Department of Labor will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Kamiah Middle School Gym, 906 12th Street.
This week, Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention July 18-21. Brandt said he has never gone to the convention as a delegate before, but wanted to be part of it this time, as a Trump delegate for Idaho. “I have never wanted to go,” he said, “but this is history in the making.”
A local face has been seen working away at the Idaho County Free Press and The Shopper office this summer.
Work started Monday, July 18, on application of a double seal coat to an approximate 18-mile section of State Highway 14. The work will preserve the roadway surface and provide greater traction for motorists.
My sweet 16 quote for the week is “When you cannot control what is happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what is happening.” Riggins will be sizzling this weekend! Hot Summer Nights, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce, is this Friday and Saturday July 22-23 in the Riggins City Park.
We spent the weekend in the mountains behind Elk City and had a great time. We found huckleberries and caught fish, so that was good.
Get Ready for Kooskia Days Celebration! It begins Aug. 5th and runs through Aug. 6, and it is sure to be the social event of the Kooskia season. Lots of games, food, live auction, parade and dance. Go to the Kooskia Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. The chamber of commerce events Calendar is not updated, yet, still showing last year’s events. I will have more next week about the happenings.
Jackie Mackie and all others involved would like to thank all the ladies for contributing to the bake sales that were held to raise funds for Elk City Days. And thanks to all those who bought the goodies.
10 YEARS AGO July 19, 2006 •GRANGEVILLE – A search for a new administrator begins at Syringa Hospital after Jess Hawley steps down. Board chair Pat Long will act as interim administrator until a replacement can be named.