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SUNDAY: More rain in the forecast, but fires surged before yesterday's fell

The western area of the Motorway Complex received a tenth of an inch of rain yesterday, Aug. 29. Far to the east, the Powell-area Jay Point and Boulder fire areas received hundredth of an inch of rain. Much of Idaho County received similar amounts, according to the National Weather Service, which estimates an 80 percent chance of more rain today across much of the region.

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SATURDAY: stranded rafters escorted down from French Creek

Yesterday, fire managers and the Idaho County Sheriff's Office escorted 70 rafters by pilot car from French Creek down the Salmon River Road to Riggins. The rafters had been stranded by closures due to the Tepee Springs Fire, which has grown to nearly 49,000 acres and has burned northward from its origin southeast of Pollock all the way to the Salmon River east of Riggins, primarily on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land. "Boulders and other debris falling onto the road have hampered additional efforts to transport recreationists and the roadway is currently blocked," the BLM reported Saturday morning. "Transportation efforts to move rafters to Riggins will resume once the roadway is cleared and deemed safe for travel. The Tepee Fire continues to threaten Forest road 246 at French Creek, a road that was initially utilized to escort rafters down to McCall."

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FRIDAY: Dixie-area Noble Fire forces evacuations in Cook Ranch, Mallard Creek

An area closure is related to the rapid spread of the Tepee Springs Fire will shut users of the combined Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests out of an south of Grangeville for safety reasons. From the southern border, the Salmon River, from the forest boundary east to French Creek, the closure area extends north for approximately ten miles. This closes the southern segment of the Grangeville-Salmon River Road 221.

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THURSDAY: Fires have consumed 65,000 acres on USFS land so far

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have detected 282 fires, of which roughly two-thirds have popped up since the Aug. 10 lightning storm. More than 65,000 acres have been burned so far this fire season.

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WEDNESDAY: Tepee Springs fire puts Riggins, Pollock on notice

The Tepee Springs Fire grew to the north yesterday, leading the management team there to post a notice that residents should start packing important belongings across a wide tract that includes Riggins, Pollock and surrounding areas.

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Syringa still under threat of wildfire

While the Municipal Complex fires near Orofino, Greer and Reubens are said to be 85 percent contained, and while Clearwater Complex command has made definite progress against the fires in the Kamiah area, Motorway Complex command reported 28 of the 29 blazes in its charge remain uncontained at last check and Selway Complex command was still setting up its shop in Elk City.

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Summer is over

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Tempus Fugit: August 26, 2015

A look at the history of Idaho County

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Prairie ag ed program flourishing

Don Curry looked at a mound of rocks, dirt and weeds at the far end of Prairie Junior Senior High School and had a vision. At the beginning of summer, that vision became a reality.

School, activities in session

Riggins News

School started Monday, Aug. 24, for Riggins Elementary School and Salmon River High School for students, teachers and staff.

Awana starts Sept. 9

Cottonwood News

Are we ever going to be rid of this smoke? I don’t remember any time that it was this bad. Let’s all pray for rain to put out the fires.

Fires, evacuations are top news

Elk City News

Sure want to say a big “thank you” to all the firefighters who are working so hard to put fires out and risking their lives.

Area activities on hold during fires

Kooskia, Kamiah News

To say not much is happening in Kooskia or Kamiah is a gross understatement!

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Idaho County Fair Results 2015

Katrina Frei of Grangeville was crowned the 2016 queen...

Leaner, uncertain budgets need benefit of your experience on city council

Your experience and insight is critical to the service of your community. And we’re asking you to challenge yourself, step up and serve on your city council.

Education moving in right direction

Students all over Idaho are returning to classrooms with high expectations for the new school year. Our job as educators, parents, policymakers and citizens is to ensure they have high-quality opportunities to pursue and support to succeed.

Something to gain on public lands transfer?

Letter: Dick Artley, Grangeville

On March 6, 2015, Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik created a new corporation, the Western Landmark Foundation, dedicated to transferring federal public lands to the state of Idaho.

IRU policies led to catastrophic wildfires

Letter: Jim Chmelik, Idaho County Comissioner

Thank you Idaho Rivers United and organizations like yours for protecting our environment and our way of life. Thank you all for suing the Forest Service and the BLM and creating the conditions on our national forest and rangelands that allow for catastrophic wildfires.

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Buyers put $219,162 into Idaho County Fair livestock sale

Sales, animal numbers down from 2014

Numbers were down for both total animals and gross proceeds from Saturday’s Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.

Idaho County farm producers eligible for assistance, cost-share due to drought

ECP provides cost-share for installing eligible permanent measures

A lack of moisture, over an extended period of time, has caused farm producers in Idaho County to suffer from the effects of severe drought conditions. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).


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