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Bench Press: Week 10: Lorentz, Schlieper pick the wins

Brian Lorentz won again — this week with just two misses. I had no idea he was this good at picking football games, but he’s not going to sneak under the radar next time. This is the final week for picks, so if a free chance to win a $20 gift certificate interests you, fill out the form on 5A and get it to us by 3 p.m. on Friday. Many of those who have entered have been turning in picks religiously since the early days of the contest, including Mr. Lorentz and Mr. Terry Schlieper, whose entry pulled second place from the jaws of a three-way tiebreaker. (Your prizes are ready to be picked up at the Free Press office, guys.)


Around the office, Jolene’s the top dog this week, with nine out of 12 correct during what was the toughest selection of games to date.


Last week’s results: Declo edged Grangeville, Prairie stomped Wallace, Salmon River sank Kootenai, Fruitland beat Timberlake and Skyview beat Lakeland in the high school games.

In the college games, San Diego State upended San Jose State, East Mississippi topped Jones County, Ottawa dumped Friends and Washington smoked Colorado.

In the NFL games, the Giants held off the Raiders, Detroit nipped Chicago and Seattle smashed Atlanta.

In this week’s high school games, give me Salmon River, Prairie, Hagerman, CDA and Skyview. I’ll go with Auburn, UTEP, Minot St. and Platteville in the college games. In the NFL games, put me down for Philadelphia, San Diego and Denver. (The entry form is on 5A.)


Like about everyone else who lives on the prairie, I went outside on Monday evening, Nov. 11, to have a look at the fire near the cross up on the hill outside Grangeville.

If my buddy’s Ranger had been ready to roll, we’d have gone up to have a look — purely in the name of responsible community journalism, of course. But the Ranger was out of commission, so like just about everyone else, I was in the dark about the light on the mountain last night.

The word from a Sheriff’s office spokesperson is that an Idaho Forest Group burn pile was set alight by some unknown people who took it upon themselves to ignite. IFG did not light it, but because it was a “no harm, no foul” situation, there’s no rush to fire up an investigation.

IFG will be burning multiple piles on the hill, so there will be flames and smoke for the next few days.


Thanks to the Klapprich, Huntley and Crenshaw families for contributing the hunter success photos below.

It seems quite a few kids around Idaho County will have to hunt for the rest of their lives if they want to bag bigger ones than their first ones.

If you have a big game or big fish photo you’d like to share, e-mail us, give us a call or come by the office. We’re also looking to write up all the hunting stories readers care to share.

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