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Elections next week contested in Grangeville, White Bird

Voters will be making decisions at the ballot box next Tuesday, Nov. 5, in contested council races in Grangeville and White Bird.

Also on the ballot will be consideration of annexing roadways into the Doumecq Highway District.

In Grangeville, four people have filed for three four-year-term council seats: incumbents Beryl Grant and Wes Lester, and newcomers Tony Ellis and Scott Winkler. Mayor Bruce Walker is running unopposed for re-election.

White Bird has incumbents Paul Sand and Darlene Wadsworth, along with newcomer Barbara Lowe, seeking two four-year-term seats. Incumbent Janis Ann Owen-Comrie is unopposed for the two-year-term seat.

The following city council races are uncontested: Cottonwood - Ron Grant and Pat Holthaus (two council positions open); Ferdinand - Justyn Hanson and Ron Riener (two council positions open); Kooskia - Brenda Bashaw (two council positions open); Riggins - Roy Akins and Jonny Wilson (council; two seats open), Glenna McClure (mayor); Stites – Vicki Coons and write-in Carol Y. Howe (two council positions open).

Voters next Tuesday will also be deciding for or against authorization of annexing the Joseph Plains and Boles areas (between the Salmon and Snake rivers) into the Doumecq Highway District. This would be decided by voters within these areas to be annexed, and if approved it would transfer jurisdictional responsibility for roadways in these areas to the district for perpetual maintenance.

The Nov. 5 elections will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the city halls in Cottonwood and Kooskia, Assumption Hall in Ferdinand, National Guard Armory in Grangeville, Heritage Center in Riggins, Country Center in Stites and the IOOF Hall in White Bird.

The last day to vote absentee at the Idaho County Courthouse is this Friday, Nov. 1. Election office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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