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Boulder shuts one lane of U.S. 12

A boulder fell on the highway, delaying traffic and reducing traffic on U.S. Highway 12 to one lane on Monday afternoon east of Lowell. The Idaho Department of Transportation reported the delay is near milepost 134 approximately 58 miles east of Kooskia, between Bald Mountain and the Colgate Licks Rest Area.

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Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs: Grangeville wins

In the battle of the Bulldogs -- Grangeville versus Genesee -- Michael and Michael (Stevens and Wilson) had big nights for the victorious hosts.

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Rock slide blocks road to Hells Canyon Dam

It could be up to a week before vehicles can be allowed north of Hells Canyon Park. Idaho Power crews are removing a 60-yard-long section of boulders and rock, and clearing additional unstable material from the cliff above the road.

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Double Decker Books promotes authors: Mother, daughter duo work to help support writers

Jeniann Bowers and her daughter, KayCee K., are trying hard to turn a love of reading and writing into a full-time business.

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Kamiah rules: Gov. Otter, officials take public inquiry at capital for dayp

Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.

Looking to 2015: Cottonwood Police to strengthen agency partnerships

For Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran, the big standout for the year, which will carry into 2015 and hopefully beyond, is the partnerships and coordination with other entities to improve public safety.

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Spencer appointed to Syringa Hospital board

A familiar face will take a place on the Syringa Board of Trustees.

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FitzMaurice choice for district judge

Governor “Butch” Otter appointed Grangeville attorney Gregory FitzMaurice last week to the position of second district judge, effective immediately.

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Basketball roundup: GHS girls cruise, boys hit speed bump in league title race

After the host Lumberjacks stumbled to score just three points during the second quarter last Saturday, Jan. 17, Grangeville’s boys had a bead on the Central Idaho League’s top spot. But St. Maries dialed in on the bottom of the net during the second half and shot its way to the league lead, 55-50, with a win in the Lumberjacks’ CIL opener.

In praise of Idaho’s youngest hobbyist lobbyist

Student embodies political passion

Symbols mean something different to everyone who looks at them. They are matters of opinion, but when widely-shared, symbols can unite communities as large as nations around a shared sense of values. When enshrined in law, mere symbols can shape what about our society will stand the test of time.

Local officials: Take up Otter’s example and invite public to comment

Public turnout at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis Capital for a Day event showed lots of folks had questions for their governor and public officials.

Changing forced annexations

Letter: Ken Harvey Orofino

Idaho, Tennessee and Indiana are the last three states that allow forced annexations.

Isn’t it time to raise state minimum wage?

Letter: Darcy James Boise

We have just been through a season of generosity. Many of us stretched our Christmas budgets to buy toys for needy children, festive foods for struggling families, coats for the homeless, and so on. And we were happy to do so.

Hospital: good care, but still are issues

Letter: Glen Scott Swearingen Kooskia

Syringa Hospital delivers professional care. Caring, “everybody knows your name” care. Unfortunately, my family uses their services regularly. We appreciate them. Still, there are issues.

Kinds of things that belong on front page

Letter: Carol Yalbuw Grangeville

Thank you so much for the wonderful and professional front page of your Jan. 14 issue of the Free Press. There is not one picture or story of a criminal (They’re our heroes?) or of a suspected (but thus immortalized as guilty) criminal.

Donors, volunteers helped blood drive

Letter of thanks: Kim Peterson Blood drive chairperson

I would like to thank everyone who donated blood or volunteered at the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Jan. 8. Special thanks go out to Anne and Dave Fraser and Ace Home Center for donating the use of portable heaters and the Trinity Lutheran Church and Gamma Beta Sorority for providing the delicious cookies.

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Baby New Year 2015: Azalea Shanae Rhoades

Baby takes flight for life on birth day

Ashlynn Shanae Moore and T.J. Rhoades were surprised to learn their daughter was Idaho County’s first baby of 2015. They were even more surprised at the events that followed their daughter’s birth.

‘Journey to College’ to air : Monday, Jan. 26, on Idaho PTV

Idahoans who end their education in high school can, on average, expect to earn only half as much as those with a four-year degree, yet fewer than 47 percent of the state’s 2013 high school graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year program. Why are Idaho’s high school students not going on to college or other postsecondary education programs?

Idaho’s individual income tax filing season opened Jan. 20, along with IRS

The Idaho State Tax Commission started processing 2014 Idaho individual income tax returns yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 20, the same date the Internal Revenue Service began processing federal returns.

Clearwater Ground Hog Feed set for Feb. 1

The 52nd annual Ground Hog Feed is set for the Clearwater IOOF Hall Sunday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This all-you-can-eat home-ground and seasoned sausage, eggs, pancakes and beverages, is available for a nominal fee. In addition, bulk sausage will be sold at the door.

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