Stories for November 2013

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Wednesday, November 27



Those Idahoans far from home

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays we will join together with family and friends to celebrate our many blessings—time with loved ones, health, contentment, a home, food on our tables. Whatever our blessings may be, let us keep those Idahoans who are far from home in our thoughts and prayers.

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Holiday Happenings

The Hangout, 603 Front Street, Cottonwood, will host its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.

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Santa Bunny

Paige Layman brought her bunny, Cookies and Cream, to have its picture taken with Santa (Bob Haning) Saturday, Nov. 23, at Green Acres Nursery.

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CRP rental, direct payments, ACRE payments issued

USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments, 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments. Payments originally were scheduled to be issued earlier in the month, but were delayed by several weeks due to the lapse in federal funding.

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Grangeville Senior Citizens

Monday, Nov. 11, president Stan Modrell opened with the leading of the Pledge of Allegiance followed with the dinner prayer by Orville Biggers.

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Big Cedar Homemakers

en members of the Big Cedar Homemakers met at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse for their Nov. 13 meeting and annual Christmas Swag making project.

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Clearwater ARES

The meeting of the Clearwater ARES took place on Nov. 9. The Nov. 2 Oregon SET (Simulated Emergency Test) was critiqued. The good points and the bad points were discussed as well as ideas to make next time better.

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Cottonwood Senior Citizens

Dolores G. Seubert opened the Nov. 19 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and also gave the dinner prayer. There were 48 meals served with 13 takeouts.

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Call Log: Idaho County Sheriff

Grangeville: Traffic Offense Highway 95 MP 261; Kooskia: Weapon Offense Rock View Rd; Civil Standby Esther Spur; Traffic Hazard Highway 12 MP 100; Riggins Property Damage Main Str; Fraud Lucile Rd; Agency Assist Smokey Boulder Rd.

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Court Records: Nov. 27

George W. Garrett, 47, driver’s license - fail to purchase or invalid, $400, $200 suspended, $60 restitution, 6 months probation, 10 days in jail, 10 days suspended.

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Colwell is Opera House winner

The final round at the Old Opera House Theater in Kooskia was held on Saturday and the winners were: first place, Kelsey Colwell; Patrechia Williams, second; and third was Rebecca Lewis. Congratulations to these girls and to all who participated. You are all winners!

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Tempus Fugit: Nov. 27

NOVEMBER 29, 2003 •COTTONWOOD – Within days, Cottonwood’s top cop, Police Chief Terry Cochran, will be on his way to points unknown as part of a military deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Savages win second state title

Congratulations, Salmon River Savages, 2013 State Football Champions! Salmon River rolls to its second straight Idaho 1ADiv2 State Title in eight-man football, beating Council 66-26, and finishing 12-0 on the season. In between these same boys won a state title in basketball too. So proud of those Riggins kids!

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Lions to sell Christmas trees in Grangeville

Grangeville Lions Club Christmas trees will be available at Green Acres and Cash and Carry Nov. 26. Support your local businesses and organizations by purchasing a beautiful, fresh Christmas tree.

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Homeowner’s exemption set for 2014

The maximum homeowner’s exemption for 2014 will increase to $83,920, according to calculations by the Idaho State Tax Commission. The maximum exemption for 2013 was $81,000.

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Jury phone scam targets Idahoans

Idaho citizens continue to be targeted by phone scammers threatening individuals with federal prosecution for failing to comply with jury service. The U.S. Marshals Service is investigating.

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Credit, debit card fraud felt locally

The Inland Northwest region’s largest instance of credit card fraud in years has impacted Idaho County financial institutions, which are advising patrons to check their transaction statements for unusual purchases and to report them immediately.

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Shopping local hits economy in big way

Idaho County merchants are preparing for the holiday season and many have Black Friday specials running. These merchants rely on local support to keep their businesses up and running.

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All the way, untouched

On a night he threw six touchdown passes, Salmon River quarterback Leighton Vander Esch lit up the Bronco Stadium scoreboard by putting the ball in teammates’ hands.

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Saturday, November 23



Thursday, November 21



Impact seen locally from URM credit, debit card fraud

The region’s largest instance of credit card fraud in years has impacted Idaho County financial institutions, which are advising patrons to check their transaction statements for unusual purchases and to report them immediately.

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Wednesday, November 20

   

Tempus Fugit

NOVEMBER 17, 2003 •GRANGEVILLE – Snow in the hills is a good beginning for the winter recreation season, and Snowhaven Ski Area plans to get its facility up and running for a tentative Dec. 6 opening.

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Why release a dangerous man?

Bryan Lankford, along with his brother Mark Lankford, brutally murdered Cheryl and Robert Bravence on June 21, 1983, at a campsite near Grangeville.

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Old argument revisits lie about logging

Washington State Rep. Doc Hastings (R) is taking editorial flak lately for his proposed legislation to make logging a requirement on public forestlands affected in this year’s Rim Fire in California to speed timber sales and deter legal challenges.

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Get Monsanto out of the United States

We understand that the food industry just spent $20 million in the State of Washington to defeat a bill that would have allowed proper labeling of the ingredients in foods.

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Letters of thanks

‘Recycled ‘ thanks to GCF visionaries The Grangeville Community Foundation: What a wonderful, beneficent concept – to raise and keep grant money in the Grangeville community.

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It's Your Business

The Hangout in Cottonwood will be providing its annual free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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Name dog at Dog Bark Park

No column last week as I wanted to attend the Veterans Day program at Prairie High School. They did a very good job of honoring all the vets who were present. John Eynon gave an informational speech on what we can do for our country.

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Cut your own tree for $5

Would you like to have a Christmas tree that you cut yourself? You can do this if you purchase a $5 permit to cut a tree on public lands.

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Honor Roll

Aiden Anderson, Caleb Barger, Kevin Finnegan, Kyle Frei, Marrissa Fronk, Kirsten Olson, Sydney Schoo, Madison Suhr, Danielle Uhlenkott, Ryan Wildman, Victoria Williams, Paige Layman, Kenna Stokes, Gracie Logan...

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Election 2013:

Results remain unchanged following canvassing last Tuesday, Nov. 12, of the Nov. 5 election results.

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Sokolowski Memorial dinner is Nov. 23

The Cathy Sokolowski Memorial Fund-raiser Spaghetti Dinner is set for Saturday, Nov. 23, 5-8 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 218 North C Street in Grangeville. All event proceeds will benefit the Camas Prairie Food Bank.

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Court Records

Robert Bryce Chapman, 52, unlawful entry, $250, $4,566.50 restitution, 1 year probation, 1 year in jail; petit theft, $250; Malicious injury to property, $250.

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Scorecard 11-20

Football, girls basketball, bowling and trapshooting results from the third week of November.

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Crime in 2012 report:

Crimes continue to drop in Idaho County; however, one thing remains the same year after year: people won’t stop touching other people’s stuff.

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Disaster ruling to expedite bridge repair

Urgently needed repairs are in progress on a bridge near milepost 33 off State Highway 14 west of Elk City, according to Idaho County officials who sought and received a disaster declaration from the county commission this month in order to streamline what is normally a complicated permit process.

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Market Reports: Nov. 15

Cattle Market Comment: Active market on light test; 191 head sold. Next sale, Nov. 22; Feeder Sale, Dec. 13. Steers: 200-400 lbs.

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Tuesday, November 19



Saturday, November 16

 

Friday, November 15



Ellis Elmer Soden

Ellis Elmer Soden, 77, of Kooskia, Idaho, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Kindred Care in Caldwell, Idaho.

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Thursday, November 14



Wednesday, November 13



Outreach dinner set for Thursday

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosted their annual chili feed on Nov. 11, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the VFW Post on Tamarack Road in Kamiah, next door to Loving Hands. Proceeds support many activities of the post.

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No news is good news?

The biggest news in Lowell and Syringa is that the river is still running, the birds are still singing, the highway still runs east and west, and we are all still breathing in and out.

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Riggs to speak about local schools

Dick Riggs of Lewiston will be the guest speaker on Monday, Nov. 18, at the meeting of the Lewis County Historical Society in Craigmont. Riggs is the past president of the Nez Perce County Historical Society and a longtime public school teacher, coach and district administrator. He has written extensively on many subjects of local history.

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Cut govt. BS, get back exported jobs

The Lewiston Tribune of Nov. 9: “U.S. firms boost hiring despite the federal shutdown.” Reading the article got me thinking: 16 days of shutdown = 204,000 jobs.

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GC Foundation a welcomed gift

Thank you, Grangeville Community Foundation for awarding grant money to Animal Ark. It is very encouraging to our organization that you have chosen to support our efforts.

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Insurance extortion? Theft by deception

I understand that there are a lot of people being dropped from their current insurance policies, for reasons of qualification, etc., only to find that their new policy is going to cost much more.

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Slowly losing lands, access to the forest

In the Oct. 10 issue of the Idaho County Free Press was an article entitled “Suit claims unlawful USFS road restriction.” Please people wake up and smell the terrible odor in the air.

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EOF harvest dinner set for 14th in Kamiah

Emergency Feeding Outreach (EFO) will host its free harvest dinner at the Kamiah Community Presbyterian Church, 7th and Hill streets, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14. Community Party set for Nov. 16 in Kooskia

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Kooskia First Presbyterian Church will host its annual Community Party

Kooskia First Presbyterian Church will host its annual Community Party Saturday, Nov. 16, 5-7:30 p.m., at the Kooskia Community Center on Main St. Carnival games, cake walk, gift drawings for children of all ages, silent auction, and drawings for gift certificates for gas and groceries will take place throughout the evening.

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Scorecard 11-13

Box scores from the football playoffs, plus bowling and trapshooting results.

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It's Your Business

A Holiday Open House is set for Pure Elegance Salon (formerly the Hair Hut) in Cottonwood Saturday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be Thirty-one gifts, Scentsy, Paparazzi Jewelry, Mary Kay and some crafts will be available.

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Kamiah man sentenced for assaulting woman

Andrew Tony Blackeagle, 30, of Kamiah, was sentenced Nov. 5 in United States District Court to 67 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for assault with a dangerous weapon. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 20.

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Fire was just slash

Someone put the torch to an Idaho Forest Group slash pile on a hill south of town Monday night, Nov. 11.

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Court Records

Morgan P. Brashears, 22, driver’s license - fail to purchase or invalid, $200. Marjorie A. Mendenhall, 31, inattentive or careless driving, $300.

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Call Log

Elk City: Cow Problem Highway 14 MP 33; Grangeville: Traffic Hazard Highway 95 MP 231; Property Damage Mt View Rd; Cow Problem East Rd; Assault Radar Rd; Theft Grangeville Salmon Rd; VIN Inspection Fenn;

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Lewiston Livestock Auction

Cattle Market Comments: Active on all classes with great buyer attendance; 2,560 head sold. Stock Cow Sale, Nov. 13. Steers: 300-400 lbs.

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Cottonwood Livestock Auction

Cattle Market Comment: Active market. Slaughter Cows and Bulls, steady to strong; 580 head sold. Next sale, Nov. 15. Steer: 200-400 lbs.,

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Saturday, November 9



Thursday, November 7



Wednesday, November 6



Who won the votes Tuesday?

Who’s new on your city council? Following Tuesday’s Nov. 5 elections, Grangeville voters chose incumbents Beryl Grant and Wes Lester, and newcomer Scott Winkler for three four-year-term seats on the city council.

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It's Your Business

Do you wonder what’s going on with Idaho County businesses? Are you curious about area trivia? Looking for upcoming activities? Lorie Palmer’s weekly “It’s Your Business” column is a mix of all those and more. Read it each week for news on local establishments as well as personal reflections on what makes Idaho County such a great place to live and work.

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Commission to meet in Jerome

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Nov. 13-14 in Jerome. A public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Fish and Game regional office at 324 S 417 East, Suite 1, Jerome.

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Sports Briefs: Kunkel catches 100th pass

Taylor Kunkel, Grangeville class of 2009, caught his 100th career pass for Mayville State University en route to a big day through the air last Saturday, Nov. 2. He was also deep downfield on a fourth down conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter when he drew a pass interference penalty on a Dakota State defender, giving the Comets a fresh set of downs and allowing them to run out the clock to seal a 20-14 victory on Senior Day.

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Cheering for the Home Team

Although it was a chilly night for football Nov. 1, fans and cheerleaders helped warm things up at the Grangeville High School versus Nampa Christian playoff game.

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Got swag? Order yours now

The Kooskia Arts and Crafts Fair at the Old Opera House will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Get the jump on your holiday shopping.

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Governor: You gave us Otter Care

“Politicians, bureaucrats and judges in all branches of government are using law to accomplish incrementally the very ends our form of government was created to prevent” — Governor Butch Otter.

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With gratitude we thank you, veterans

The Grenada Invasion, 30 years ago Oct. 25, flexed national security muscles that had been little exercised since Vietnam and proved our nation’s martial expertise. Though marked by poor high-level planning and various mishaps, the invasion delivered the island out of Marxist control. In then Maj. Gen.

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Not too late to thank veterans

I didn’t meet my father for the first time until I was 8 months old. It was 1968 and my mom, brothers, Dave Jr., 10, and Steve, 7, lived in Custer, Wash., while my dad completed his tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force.

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Rough Riders 4-H Club

Rough Riders 4-H Club met Oct. 23 at GEMS. Those present were Kortney Sims, Rachel Kelley, Bella Klapprich, Micaela Farris, Macenzie Farris, Kayla Creutzberg, Iseyda LaCombe, Emmy Williams, Colby Canaday, Hailey Russell, leaders Debbie Kelley and Lisa Canaday, and five parents.

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Call Log: Idaho County Sheriff

Grangeville: Disabled Vehicle White Bird Grade; Burglary Junction St Ctwd; Kooskia: Loose Goats Glenwood; Vandalism View Rd; Agency Assist OPD; Burglary Harrisburg Rd; VIN Family Lane; Theft Clearwater St; Assault; Tree in road Hwy 12 MP 111; Riggins: Weapons Offense Elk Have Circle.

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Court Records

Val Gauther, 57, motor carrier - vehicle - over length violations, $271. Samantha D. Gortsema, 21, alcoholic beverage - consume or possess an open container by passenger, $72.

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Grangeville Senior Citizens

Monday, Oct. 28, opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by president Stan Modrell and the prayer by Orville Biggers. There were 34 dinners and home-delivered meals served.

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3Rivers Amateur Radio Club

At the October meeting, options for a backpack containing an emergency radio, power pack and antenna were discussed. Club T-shirts were also discussed. The Slim-Jim antennas are now in.

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Score Card

Football Grangeville 38, Nampa Christian 18 2A Playoffs (First Round) Friday, Nov. 1 at Grangeville

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Reminder: report hunting results within 10 days

Deer, elk and pronghorn hunters are asked to file their harvest report, regardless of whether they actually hunted with their tags or whether they took an animal, within 10 days of the harvest or within 10 days of the end of their hunts.

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Bench Press: Week nine: Connolley, Harris Nab Prizes

Ties have been the norm of late, but this week Mike Connolley claimed the $20 gift certificate with one miss, while Tanya Harris lucked out in a three-way draw-off for second place. (Your prizes are ready to be picked up at the Free Press office.)

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Grenada: The Sunday to Sunday War

Thirty years ago last Thursday, having descended onto the Caribbean island of Grenada five days prior, Michael Peterson of Grangeville and his company of elite U.S. Army Rangers returned to the homeland, having completed a lightning-quick campaign in what became informally known as the Sunday to Sunday War.

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