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Expect traffic delays as US 95 projects begin Monday

ITD overlay repair projects begin Monday, July 28, and run through Sept. 5 at locations on the White Bird summit and north of Ferdinand on U.S. Highway 95.

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Two Bear Air helicopter demo introduces rescue option to county agencies

At 250-feet-per minute, Dawson Gorges, 14, of Kooskia, was hoisted in short-order to a Bell 429 helicopter hovering over the grassy slope at Snowhaven Ski Area. As much as it was a demonstration of the helicopter and crew’s ability to recover individuals quickly from back country areas, it also introduced to those in attendance – search and rescue personnel from across Idaho – a new option to draw upon when the race is on to reach a lost or injured person.

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Dredging in protest: Miners find ‘pay streak’ on the South Fork Clearwater; defy EPA

West of old Golden, the South Fork Clearwater River bent around the feet of mountains.

Pittsburg Fire update: Crews holding at 8,000 acres

When lightning struck a few miles north of Pittsburg Landing 10 days ago, it hit a sore spot for locals who lost property when fire surged over Pittsburg Saddle seven years ago. That fire – the Poe Cabin Fire – claimed more than 58,000 acres and no fewer than two residences as well as much private timber and stored hay.

Grangeville, Elk City areas July 28 outage to last three hours

Avista has scheduled a three-hour shutdown on the entire Grangeville Substation for next Monday morning, July 28. Crews will conduct maintenance work from 2 to 5 a.m., scheduled to impact customers the least amount as possible, according to construction manager Jeff Scott.

Bridge project funds locked in; work starts 2015

Funding has been locked in and a Boise-based contractor will be carrying out the nitty-gritty details of engineering a replacement for the aging Manning Crevice Bridge, with planners pushing back the anticipated start of construction to late next summer.

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Karate Class

Pictured is the recent class photo for most of the students and staff for the Goju Shorei Karate Klub.

Online one-stop for growers to get burn permits

Idaho growers now can go online in one easy step to obtain a crop residue burn (CRB) permit from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and a fire safety burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).

Sept. 12 deadline to renew CSP contracts

About 200 Idaho landowners signed up for CSP in 2009 The Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that participants from the first year of the Conservation Stewardship Program can renew their contracts now through Sept. 12.

Teens injured in Sunday rollover crash at Kooskia

Two teens were transported for medical evaluation following a rollover accident Sunday morning near Kooskia.

July 11 accident victims listed in good condition

Impaired driving was cited as a possible factor in a two-vehicle collision July 11 that injured two people.

Check your car: heat makes it deadly

As temperatures soar in Idaho County, it’s a good time for a reminder that hot cars can be deadly.

Federal taxes at an all time high, but ...National deficit still out of whack

Some may view the recent reports of increased tax revenue being paid into the U.S. Treasury as a sign that our economy is picking back up.

Stirring controversy; helipad is a true lifesaver

Letter: Maggie Abbott White Bird

I am upset that you gave Mr. Kutner so much exposure in your last edition of the Free Press.

Consider rural residents when deciding on helipad

Letter:

I wish to comment on the subject of the helipad for our local hospital. Many years ago my husband had a horse accident on the lower part of the ranch. It was 10 hours before we found him and had there not been a helicopter available at that time he may not have made the trip by ambulance to the hospital.

Enjoy the bees while you can...

Letter: Dick Artley Grangeville

[In response, July 16 letter from Gayle Engstli]: You posed a good question about the lack of honeybees.

Experience shows value of helicopter transport

Letter: Sheryl Clark White Bird

I am a member of the EMS system in Idaho County and I have a number of concerns with your article and the letter [July 16 Issue] from Jeff Kutner regarding the proposed Syringa Hospital Helipad.

Lambs hurt, killed; prevent this by watching your dogs

Letter: Jacquelyn Crousser

This 4-H year began well, with my two sisters and I each picking out three beautiful lambs in early June.

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State winners: Four state awards come home to Grangeville from American Legion convention at Fort Hall.

Grangeville Legionnaires Morris and Katrina Bentley recently attended the American Legion State Convention held recently at the Fort Hall Convention Center. They were surprised with four state level awards to bring back to Grangeville.

Local favorite to perform at park: Josh Crosby Band to take stage Thursday

The first two weeks Grangeville Summer Concert Series have come and gone with large crowds gathering in Pioneer Park each week.

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