Stories for April 2014

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Wednesday, April 30

 

Riggins Rodeo

Ropers, racers, riders and a roaring rodeo crowd are all set to roll into town, as traditional as springtime’s bloom in this mountain river hideaway.

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Main: 15-25 year sentence set for abuse of teenager

Sexual abuse charges from two counties have netted a McCall man – at the least – nearly two decades in prison. At an April 14 sentencing hearing in Second District Court, Benjamin N. Main, 37, was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 25 with the Idaho Department of Correction, and to pay $525.50 in court costs and a $5,000 civil penalty to the victim in this Idaho County case.

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1994 Riggins Rodeo queen, Farris, still in the saddle

“I think being rodeo queen really boosted my self-confidence,” said 1996 Grangeville High School graduate, Amy Aiken Farris. “I was never afraid to try and once I got past the fear of public speaking ... well, let’s just say I am not afraid to talk anymore,” laughed the now-wife of Jeff Farris and mother of two.

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SPPS receives $141k technology grant

Sts. Peter and Paul School will be tops in technology now thanks to a recent grant. School officials applied to the E. L. Wiegand Foundation for funds to help update computers and additional technology at the Sts. Peter and Paul School.

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Done shootin’ ? Lack of members may spell end for Riggins Gun Club land plan

If the Riggins Gun Club — once a 32-member outfit — can’t find more members, the area may misfire on a golden opportunity to establish a permanent hub for shooting sports: shotgunning trap or skeet, sighting in hunting rifles, or passing all the how-tos to the next generation. At stake, according to Rodger Laughlin, one of the club’s last two members, is a long-sought chance to acquire the shooting grounds north of Time Zone Bridge, two miles north of Riggins, which is presently owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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City to take comment on pool operations

How would you like the Grangeville City Pool to handle hours, days of operation or offerings? The Grangeville City Council will be taking public comment at its regular meeting, May 5, on patrons’ opinions for facility operations this season.

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Troupis: not afraid to stand up to feds

Our attorney general comes up short on facts-on the federal lands, the Land Board and “Ottercare” Obamacare. His short-sightedness demonstrates his lack of understanding of constitutional issues and how out of touch he is with the need for jobs in our rural counties.

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‘Yes ’ vote May 20 part of supporting public education

Supplemental schools levies will be held in Cottonwood, Grangeville and Riggins May 20. The state of Idaho has failed in funding its public schools. Yes, public schools cost Idaho about $1.3 billion in 2013-14, the largest part of the state’s $2.8 billion budget – but Idaho simply needs to do a better job.

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Brudie: Your vote matters for him

Judge Jeff Brudie is running for re-election (Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis counties). The judicial election is May 20 (primary election).

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Hudson: organized, great worth ethics

It has been our pleasure to have met Abbie Hudson some 20-plus years ago. We have always been impressed with Abbie’s organization skills, her honesty, and her thoughtfulness to others. Abbie has great work ethics and especially loves to work with numbers.

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Hudson: will wisely invest for county

Please join me to put a responsible, knowledgeable and efficient person in the Idaho County Treasurer’s office. Abbie Hudson has worked in county government for more than 18 years.

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Shepherd slotted

The College of Idaho Coyotes have named Salmon River alum Charlie Shepherd a special teams starter for the school’s newly formed football program.

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Chmelik: not for clean water or fish

I see Chmelik is at opportunism again. Is he an Idaho County Commissioner or a candidate for lieutenant governor? One thing for sure, he isn’t for clean water or fish.

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Patriots’ Day time to remember bravery

Did you miss news about Patriots’ Day? Monday, April 21, is the day set aside in some states to remember what happened but it was on April 19 in 1775, when about 70 men stood armed on Lexington Green as more than 800 British troops descended on the town en route to Concord for the purpose of seizing a cache of arms known to be stored there and arresting two outspoken proponents of American independence: John Hancock and Sam Adams.

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Fulcher: will lead Idaho away from entanglement

Governor Otter does not seem to understand that Idaho should avoid all government intrusion in our schools, medical decisions and our lives. He has let federal “money” influence him to cooperate with the federal government. These bribes look like money, spend like money, but it’s borrowed and has to be paid back by our grandchildren.

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1.8 percent in county don’t have complete plumbing

Meet The Tribune night will be held Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at Oscar’s Restaurant. This is a chance for people to come out and speak their minds and meet the gang. On hand will be Butch Alford, Nathan Alford, Marty Trillhaase, Craig Clohessy (city editor) and Grangeville’s own Kathy Hedberg. Stop in, visit with the Trib people and have them buy you a cup of coffee.

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Weather, failures factor in outages

Weather and equipment failure were factors in two unrelated outages last week that left hundreds of Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative customers without power.

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Orofino Reclaims Traveling Trophy

Eighteen players with the Orofino Men's Association took back the traveling trophy with their three top low gross and net scores totalling 444 points at the men’s exchange golf series against Grangeville and New Meadows last Sunday, April 27. Grangeville (447 points) and New Meadows (490) fielded 18 and 11 golfers, respectively. Pictured are the Grangeville men.

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Sharp Serve

Grangeville’s Taylor Wilkins serves during a mixed doubles victory over Clearwater Valley’s Harrick/Krieger tandem last Monday night, April 28.

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Scorecard

Trapshooting Grangeville Gun Club Spring Registered Shoot (April 26-27) Saturday 100 Singles: AA: James Larson 99. A: Pepper Harman 99; B: Jake Rowland 97; C: Ron Faltus 95. D: Darrel Uhlorn 97. Lady: Margie Kinzel 88...

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Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Grangeville: Traffic Offense Hwy 95 MP 185 NB; Injury Accident Hwy 95 MP 222 N; Animal Problem Fairview Road & Hwy 13; Utility Problem Hwy 95 MP 240; Kooskia: Vin Inspection Hwy 12 MP 68.5; Agency Assist Hill Street; Alarm Selway Road; Extra Patrol Hill Street Extension; Welfare Check Kooskia Area; Juvenile Problem Bridge Street; Riggins: Abandoned Vehicle Georgina Drive; Lost Property Riggins Area; Traffic Offense Hwy 95 MP 195 NB.

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Locals honored with Esto Perpetua award

The “Esto Perpetua” award will be presented to seven individuals and one organization for outstanding accomplishments in preserving and promoting Idaho’s heritage at the Idaho State Historical Society’s (ISHS) annual awards celebration on Thursday, June 12, 5:30 p.m., at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise.

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Legion sponsors five for Girls State event

With the help of the parents and local individuals and businesses, American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 37 will sponsor five girls this summer to Syringa Girls State which will be held at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa from June 15-20. The delegates from Grangeville are: Kaleala Bass, Abigail Cartwright, Kennadee Connor, Addie Lutz and Taylor Wilkins.

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Blair chosen as GTW queen

The Gold Trail Wranglers Riding Club held royalty try-outs Sunday, April 27, at the rodeo grounds in Kamiah. Due to the rainy conditions, the try-outs were conducted in the grassy area in front of the clubhouse.

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Riggins Rodeo, parade are set for this weekend

Jack and Arlene Hubbard, long time Salmon River residents, have been chosen as the 2014 Riggins Rodeo Grand Marshalls and will be leading the Parade on Sunday, May 4, followed by the 2014 Riggins Royalty Queen Cassie Chandler and Princess Phoebe Rupp. Jack and Arlene will be honored Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, at the Riggins Rodeo; Cassie and Phoebe will be helping in the rodeo arena as needed at the “66 years of Heroes and Legends,” the theme for the 2014 Riggins Rodeo.

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Area gets three inches of snow

Those guys who left last week with their snowmobiles in tow should have stayed around! We had about three inches of snow covering the ground on Monday!

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High Hoops

High Hoops Free Press / Andrew Ottoson Grangeville City League adult recreational basketball league organizer Micah Buck battled Brandon Stark for a rebound during the April 17 finale at GEMS.

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Yard sales set

Can you believe that today is the last day of April already? I sure wish we could slow this big world down a bit. Joe Wilson will be celebrating his 96th birthday on Saturday. There will be an open house at his place on Slippy Creek. Stop in and say hi and wish Joe a happy birthday.

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Summit play set for May 8-10

Happy May Day to everyone! Even if it keeps snowing once in a while, we know that summer is coming. The cows will be going to pasture soon if they haven’t already.

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Market Report: April 25 & 29

Cottonwood Livestock Auction — April 25, 2014 Cattle Market Comment: Slaughter Cows and Bulls, $3 to $6 higher; 273 head sold. Active market on grass cattle. Next sale, May 9. Steers: 200-400 lbs., 210 ...

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Swim team sets fund-raiser

Grangeville Swim Team will be holding a potato bar 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at the Eagles Hall to raise money to cover the costs of the upcoming season and to pay for new lane ropes.

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HS rodeo on tap

WHITE BIRD — District III High School Rodeo will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at the White Bird Rodeo grounds.

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Fenn Pond facelift: Fishing hole work ‘on radar’

This fall, the Forest Service will be working on the Fenn Pond site along Selway Road No. 223 to improve the fishing there. Funding and assistance is being provided by Idaho Parks and Recreation (IDPR), Idaho Fish and Game and the Valley Cats Snowmobile and ATV Club.

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Hand-off

Prairie’s Krystin Uhlenkott received the hand-off from Shayla Vonbargen a few strides earlier than Troy’s 4x100 anchor and added a couple of strides to the Pirates’ lead at the finish at the Whitepine League championships last Monday night, April 28, at Lapwai.

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Clearwater Cemetery workday set for May 16

A workday for the Clearwater Cemetery is set for Friday, May 16. A budget meeting will follow at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Hall. This is a change from Saturday because of conflicting schedules. For details call 926-7355.

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Tuesday, April 29



Wednesday, April 23

 

Pole fire knocks Cottonwood off grid

Hundreds of grid users were left without electricity last Thursday night, April 17, when a power pole fire at the south entrance from U.S. Highway 95 caused an outage.

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Harpster historical home renovated:

An 1890s home with a lot of history recently got a facelift – but it has retained its original style. “I wanted to maintain the historical look of the home while updating and repairing everything,” said Jim Moody of All-Around Realty in Grangeville. He and wife, Susan, own the home and have worked with a friend to prepare it to sell.

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‘Vigilant victim’ led to identity thief

The arrest and subsequent federal conviction of an identity thief can credit its start to an alert victim and an initial Grangeville Police Department investigation. “She was a pretty vigilant victim who was paying attention to her accounts, and got things going,” said GPD Officer Mike Quintal.

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Studded tire use in Idaho ends April 30

Idaho drivers’ use of studded tires ends next Wednesday, April 30. Driving with studded tires outside of that time frame is a non-moving equipment violation with a fine of $67, according to the Idaho State Police.

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Mail-out ballots go out this Friday

Idaho County voters in five mail-out precincts can expect to see their ballots in their mailboxes shortly. The Idaho County Elections Office will be sending ballots this Friday, April 25, to the Big Butte, Joseph, Lowell and Slate Creek 1 and 2 precincts. These five areas total 360 voters, which is 3.9 percent of Idaho County’s 9,307 total registered voters. To be counted, ballots need to be mailed in or hand-delivered to the elections office in Grangeville before or on the day of the primary election, May 20, by close of polls at 8 p.m.

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Threatened rivers designation a farce

As the Sesame Street song goes, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.” This is the case with a piece of hype stating the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers as among the top 10 endangered rivers.

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Eyes On Their Fear

Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Idaho Theater for Youth performed “The Jabberwocky” (based on a Lewis Carroll poem) at both Grangeville Elementary Middle and Clearwater Valley Elementary (Kooskia) schools last week.

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Kamiah man treated following accident

Inattentive driving was a factor in an April 13 rollover crash in which a Kamiah man was injured. William J. Hartman, 23, was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville where he was held overnight for treatment and released the following day.

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Patsy, Fritz turn in $490 from recycling proceeds

Mayor McClure has proclaimed Monday, May 5, as Arbor Day in Riggins. City officials invite everyone to gather at the city park at 10 a.m. for the planting of a nice, new tree in the park for all to enjoy. Mayor McClure and the City Council have designated Monday, May 5, as “City Pride Day” encouraging everyone to pitch in and help spruce up our town for the summer season. The city will provide garbage bags for trash collection.

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Idaho leaders of out touch with Idaho; time to clean house

It’s spring. Housecleaning time – particularly in Boise. Current leaders in Boise seem to have forgotten that they work for us – we are their employer. They seem to think that they work to make Washington, D.C., bureaucrats and other out-of-state interests happy.

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Scorecard

Bowling, trapshooting, jet boat racing and track and field results

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Hall: Her personnel leaves me happy

I don’t know who in government conceived of the idea to make the first payment on our Idaho County taxes due on or before Dec. 20, but with Christmas just around the corner it is really kind of poor timing.

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Senators Crapo, Risch support conservation efforts

I recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., to talk with our congressional delegation about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to sportsmen in Idaho. I am writing because U.S. senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch deserve a thank you for stepping up on behalf of this important source of funding for conservation.

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Outdoors...in brief

Youngsters make the grade; Fish and Game news; FNRA fundraiser tickets available; bowhunter education, Riggins Rodeo coming up.

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Rockin’ Robin

It was looking like spring in mid-April for this fat robin resting in tree in Grangeville.

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CVRA parade, rodeo set

The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) will be hosting the 51st annual Kamiah rodeo on June 21 and 22.

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Distinguished Young Women program is June 7

Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie (formerly Junior Miss) will holds its program Saturday, June 7, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. This date is changed from an earlier announced date.

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Bereavement counseling May 7 through June 11

The Syringa Hospice will provide a six-week session on Reconciling Grief. Classes are facilitated by Cindy Higgins, LSW, and Janet Anderson, bereavement counselor, and are held each Wednesday beginning May 7 and continuing through June 11.

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E-Free hosts women’s event April 26

Centennial Evangelical Free Church Women’s Ministries will be hosting another “Going Deeper ~ Woman to Woman” event set for Saturday, April 26, 9 to 11 a.m., in the Centennial auditorium at 408 N. College, Grangeville.

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Grangeville Senior Citizens

The April 21 meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Stanley Modrell and the prayer was given by Shirley Crane. A guest was Judge John Bradbury. Doreen Endsley got the free dinner. There were 67 meals and 42 takeout meals served.

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Hold Your Horses 4-H

On April 18, 12 members of Hold Your Horses went to Grangeville Health & Rehab for community service. These talented youth sang, danced, played the piano, flute, fiddle and bass clarinet and also recited poetry.

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Rough Riders 4-H Club

Rough Riders 4-H Club met Wednesday, April 16 at GEMS. Those present were Rachel, Kortney, Kayla, Bella, Hailey, Emmy, Iseyda, Madison and Colby as well as leaders Debbie and Lisa and parents Lorie, Melissa and Amanda.

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Cottonwood Senior Citizens

Dolores G. Seubert opened the April 15 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance. She also gave the dinner prayer. Guest this week was Alta Clark of Grangeville. There were 45 meals served with 19 takeouts. Dina Nuxoll won the free dinner.

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Government: Idaho County Commission

Notes from the Idaho County Commission April 15. Guests/Presenters: Commission-Stites Road Project Bid Opening; Bette Polack-Designation of Polling Places; James Zehner-Ag Solid Waste; Janie Fluharty-Idaho County Recycling Update; Gene Meinen & Mike Cook-Salmon River Road; Skip Brandt-SRS Funding.

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Court Records: April 23

Idaho County District Court Judge Michael J. Griffin Magistrate Jeff Payne Kimberly Sue Keller, 49, inattentive or careless driving, $200, $120 restitution, 12 months probation, 20 days in jail, 20 days suspended; drug paraphernalia - use or possess with intent to use, $250. Kody A. Davis, minor, controlled substance - possession of marijuana, $200.

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Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Grangeville: Littering Yellow Bull Rd; Sex Offense Butte Dr; Kooskia: Theft Loloyn Lane; Animal Neglect Weeddmark Way; Parking Problem Pine St; Traffic Offense Stites; Traffic Offense Hwy 12; Citizen Assist Fall Ave; Traffic Offense Hwy 95; Suspicious Hwy 12; Harassment Stites; Traffic Offense Lukes Gulch Rd; Riggins: Civil Standby; VIN Hwy 95; Elk City: Suspicious Orogrande.

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Couch shares Ukranian eggs

Dr. Sam Couch is sharing his Ukrainian egg collection with the library for the Easter season. In the Ukrainian Catholic heritage, pysanky are decorated eggs with symbols representing new life associated with spring, resurrection and Easter. He also included a few of his sugar egg collection. Some of the eggs are grouped together with a particular theme. Even the colors have a certain meaning.

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Farm, Forestry, Fun

Fifth graders from throughout the area met at Greencreek Community Hall for the annual Farm and Forest Fair Wednesday, April 16. Nine stations were available with presenters as children rotated through.

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Silver Dollar jam fun

We had the most beautiful Easter weekend. It’s always nice to see those people who only come around once a year for the egg hunt. Connie and Bill Shuck, after 30 years, are retiring from organizing the Easter egg hunt. We all just want to say thank you very much for giving so much of yourselves to our little town. I noticed that someone lost a kite and it’s hanging in a tree by the churches.

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Town is quiet

Things are very quiet here in Elk City. One visitor last week commented that it was like a ghost town! Welcome to spring in Elk City. Saw a truck with two snowmobiles leave town Sunday. Don’t know how the snow is up higher for snowmobiling, but the fishing along the river seems to be going good.

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Bingo is May 7

May is almost upon us and that means all that rain we had will bring beautiful May flowers. Already the hillsides are green with splashes of color from the daffodils and other early risers. Tuesday, April 22, was Earth Day.

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Guides are back on the river

Massive amounts of chocolate cream filled Easter eggs have been eaten upriver this past weekend; we had sunshine and green grass on the big day, as well as colored eggs hidden between the stacked rafts and catarafts. It was a mighty fine day along the banks of the Lochsa.

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The Colors of Easter

Communities across Idaho County held annual Easter egg hunts for local children. This girl checks out her haul following last Saturday’s egg hunt at the Lions Park in Grangeville, which had a total 7,038 eggs.

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Market Report: April 16-22

Lewiston Livestock Auction — April 16, 2014 Cattle Market Comments: Steady to strong on all classes; 1,232 head sold. Next sale April 30 at 10 a.m. Steers: 300-400 lbs., 223 to 259; 400-500 lbs., 200 to 225; 500-600 lbs., 200 to 221; 600-700 lbs., 187 to 208; 700-8090 lbs

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Lifeguard course set for Grangeville

Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach will offer the class Introduction to Herbal Salves and Tonics. Sisters Agnes Reichlin and Carlotta Fontes will offer the course at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $35.

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Mother, daughter win KORT contest

Mother-daughter team, Daltina Ackerman and Tianna Williams of Grangeville, were the winners in this year’s 18th annual KORT AM/FM Tax Clueless Refund Hunt.

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Keeping the greens: Andrews hired by GCC

Ron Andrews has his work cut out for him. The man with 22 years experience tending golf course grounds in several states signed on as Grangeville Country Club’s greens superintendent earlier this year.

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Queen tryouts set for GTW

Gold Trail Wranglers will host queen tryouts Sunday, April 27, noon, at the CVRA grounds. Contestants must be 13 to 18 years old and are required to join the GTW.

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Register now for family camp

Registration for the eighth annual Idaho Family Camp is now open. They will be holding family camp at Camp Cascade again this year located just south of Cascade, in the mountains, with camping and cabins available. Register early to be sure you can attend; space is limited. The entire family is welcome and there are activities for all ages. Contact them at www.idahocampcascade.org/ for information.

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Fulcher: integrity, man of character

As Idahoans, we have an opportunity to change leadership in our state this year to have a significant and positive impact on our lives, families, and businesses. Russ Fulcher, candidate for governor, has the vision and leadership to elevate Idaho to new heights in economics, land management, education, and health care.

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How can we all be so brain dead?

It is baffling! How can our leaders and in fact, we the voters and followers, be so brain dead? At one time we would have been accused of “losing all our marbles!” Why?

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Hudson: knowledge, skills to do the job

I’ve known Abbie Hudson for more than 10 years. I believe that with her 18 years experience, she possesses the knowledge and skills to do the job of Idaho County Treasurer effectively and efficiently.

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Wednesday, April 16

 

High water likely into the summer

Thanks to one of the wettest two-month stretches ever seen by Clearwater River basin water scientists, the drainage’s snowpack grew to about 35 percent above normal as of April 1. That’s despite starting the water year with four consecutive below-average months of precipitation, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s monthly water supply outlook.

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Surprise! You owe tax money. What?!

Haven’t received your tax refund yet? There’s a chance it might not be coming. The Washington Post recently reported on several taxpayers who are being held responsible for some very old debts. Mary Grice of Maryland had her refund of nearly $3,000 taken – without notice — to pay for a supposed overpayment.

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Barn Quilts Up

Barn quilt hangings recently went up on the Camas Prairie: “Labyrinth” at the Chad Jungert barn at the Johnston and Tolo Lake roads intersection; “54-40 or Fight” at Bear Den RV Park on U.S.

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Lunar Eclipse

Despite spotty overcast night skies, clouds cleared intermittently for good views of Tuesday morning’s April 15 total lunar eclipse. This is the first of four back-to-back total lunar eclipses – an eclipse tetrad – that will happen during the next 18 months. The eclipse started around 11 p.m.

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County 4-H party draws crowd

The Annual Idaho County 4-H Party was held on Saturday, April 12, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. More than 200 4-H members and their friends gathered at this event which is a “Penny Arcade” intended to raise the awareness of the Idaho County 4-H Program and encourage youth and adults to participate in this youth development program. This event is also the kick-off for Idaho County 4-H Week.

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Brandt, Chmelik maintain alliance role to abolish tribe treaty rights: Oh goody: election season again!

Thinking globally and speaking up locally, kinda like those crazy olde-tyme hippies used to suggest. I wonder if Idaho County’s taxpaying voters realize how many hundreds, or even thousands, of Idaho County dollars commissioners Skip Brandt and Jim Chmelik spent so they could keep playing an active “Indian-hating” role in the North Central Idaho Jurisdictional Alliance?

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Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Grangeville: Vin Inspection Fourmile Lane; Suicide Attempt Grangeville Area; Non Injury Accident Lukes Gulch Road; Kooskia: Citizen Dispute West Street; Welfare Check Airport Road; Traffic Offense Red Fir Road; Cow Problem 2nd & East Street; Theft Hill Street Alley; Traffic Offense Crane Hill Road; Riggins: Vin Inspection South Main Street; Animal Problem Hwy 95 MP 198.5.

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Court Records: April 16

Idaho County District Court Judge Michael J. Griffin Magistrate Jeff Payne William E. Carlson, 78, DUI, $850, $440, driver’s license suspended for 90 days, 24 months probation, 45 days in jail, 45 days suspended. Dean D. Scott, 42, driving without privileges, $400, $200 suspended, 12 months probation, 2 days in jail.

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Call Log: Lewis County Sheriff

Monday, March 31 RP would like officer to pick up bad check. RP claims he received call from Rapid Recovery a collection agency in Illinois stating that they would be issuing a warrant for his arrest for passing bad checks in 2010. He does not know how they got all his information and wants to make an official report.

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Sigler obtains CCA accreditation

Some extra class time and studying has led Daniel Sigler to a lateral move in his career. Sigler, a Primeland serviceman, completed his Certified Crop Advisor accreditation and during the next year will train as a field agronomist for Primeland.

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Johnson honored with BLM award

On March 12, the Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze presented an award to a local biologist for his outstanding service to fish and wildlife conservation on public lands. The award was presented during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Free Easter dinner set for The Hangout

Do you have plans for Easter dinner? The Hangout in Cottonwood will host its annual free Easter dinner from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 20. The menu will consist of ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, bread and a dessert.

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Heart Walk: Community invited to step out with Syringa

Have you noticed the hearts down Main Street sidewalks? Syringa Hospital and Clinics’ Wellness Committee commissioned the Grangeville Senior Fun Night Committee to paint the hearts in preparation for the Heart Walk. Seniors and helpers did this Sunday, April 13.

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Walk for Life set for May 10

Mark the calendar to celebrate moms on Mother’s Day weekend at the 2014 Walk for Life event in Grangeville. The walk will be held Saturday, May 10, beginning and ending at the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Center on South “B” Street.

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Cottonwood Community Yard Sale set for May 17

Warm weather is right around the corner and it’s time for spring cleaning. Gather unwanted items and join the Cottonwood community yard sale which is set for Saturday, May 17, and is being organized by “The Clowns” Relay for Life team.

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CIAA spring show set for April 30; May 1-3

Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 47th Annual Spring Show is set for April 30 and May 1- 3. The show is hosted by the Bicentennial Historical Museum located at 305 N. College, Grangeville. The show will be held in their basement level gallery.

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Bingo set at Legion Hall

The American Legion Hall in Kamiah will sponsor bingo which is being moved from Sunday afternoon to the first and third Fridays of the month at 7:30 p.m.

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CV kindergarten registration set for May 1, 2

Registration for children entering kindergarten at Clearwater Valley Elementary School in Kooskia for the upcoming school year will be May 1 and 2. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. A 20-minute informal evaluation is part of the registration process.

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Bring immunization records, legal birth certificate and Social Security card.

The Center For Discovery after-school program is hosting a family luau dance and fund-raiser.This is set for Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be roasted pork, twice baked potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower salad, ceasar salad, applesauce, and dessert. Tickets are $45 per couple and sixth grade and younger eat free, 7th to 12th graders are $10 per ticket. Tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance because of a limited number.

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E-Free hosts women’s event

Centennial Evangelical Free Church Women’s Ministries will be hosting another “Going Deeper ~ Woman to Woman” event set for Saturday, April 26, 9 to 11 a.m., in the Centennial auditorium at 408 N. College, Grangeville.

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Kids chess club to start April 21 in Grangeville

Monday, April 21, 3:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church, Sandy Staab the “Chess Guy,” will be starting a semester of chess instruction for students ages 6-18. Homeschoolers or public/private school students are welcome.

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Alley gets Esto Perpetua honor

The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society in Craigmont recently announced they have a sixth Esto Perpetua award winner in their group. Janene Benjamin Alley was awarded the 2014 honor by the Idaho State Historical Society for her contributions to and preservation of the history of this area.

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Kamiah kickoff luau set for Relay for Life

Last year inmates from the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino ran an American Cancer Society Relay for Life within the prison walls; raising $300 mostly from inmates for the American Cancer Society. This year they are planning another event, bringing inmates and prison staff together again with the theme of “The Aloha” Relay for Life.

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Student Winners

Cottonwood, receiving $25. Schwartz, daughter of Mark and Theresa Schwartz, Ferdinand, was the third-place winner, receiving $25. All are fifth grade students at Summit Academy, Cottonwood, and their teacher is Mrs. Karla Krogh.

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Dinner to benefit mission trip

The community is invited to a fund-raising dinner Saturday, May 3, 6 p.m., at the Eagles Hall on North C Street. “I’m cooking, and it will be an authentic Mexican meal,” smiled Yolanda Stout.

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Easter activities abound

Happy Easter to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day. Schedule is as follows for Holy Week Services at the Tri-Parish churches:

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Veterans sign complete

Hope everyone will have a happy Easter and remember the reason for the holiday. We had a short meeting and discussed it would be fun to do some Harpster trivia to see if you would know the answers to some historical questions regarding Harpster.

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Baptist church sets events

As the Easter season approaches, many people around the world understand, at least a little bit, that it is the time of year of the Jewish Passover as well. It was this time of year when Jesus gave His life for us on a cross so we could be reconciled to God.

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Jet boat races set for this weekend

Happy Easter to everyone Sunday! May you celebrate with family and friends and feel the joy of life. Time to get to the riverbanks for the 30th annual Jet Boat Race this weekend, April 18, 19, 20, right here on the Salmon River in Riggins with 16 teams signed up already…. nine U.S. boats and seven Canadian boats. Racing teams gather every spring for the annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races in Riggins for its three-day event.

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WBVFD sharpens skills with burn

The White Bird volunteer fire department spent last Sunday afternoon sharpening their skills. They lit a huge bonfire next to the creek at Dianne Crea’s house.

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CVHS softball team to play at Fenn Field

Clearwater Valley High School girls softball team will be playing at Fenn Field near the Kooskia Elementary School on Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. against Orofino; Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. against Kendrick; Friday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m.

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Gobble, Gobble

The regular season opened April 15. “Turkey numbers are still down a bit from a series of wet, cold springs; however an OK hatch from last year has a few more birds available,” conservation officer George Fischer said.

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Whole Lotta Horns

Bill Lancaster of Payette brought a truckload of about 5,000 pounds of elk and deer antlers through Grangeville last Thursday, April 10.

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CVRA rodeo books to open June 9

The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) will be hosting the 51st annual Kamiah rodeo on June 21-22. This year’s rodeo will feature a new main event, ranch bronc riding, sanctioned by the Western States Ranch Riding Association. Other main events are sanctioned by the Idaho Cowboys Association (ICA). ICA books will open June 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Track & Field: Border War -- Arnzen triples in short runs

During basketball season, one of Prairie’s powerful rebounders presented a matchup problem between the lane lines, and last Saturday, April 12, proved superior height is no disadvantage in the lanes marked out for sprinters at the annual “Border War” featuring the small schools of Idaho and Washington.

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Chinook moving toward Idaho

As of April 13, more than 4,600 spring chinook salmon had been moving upstream at Bonneville Dam. Early season forecasts suggest a return strong enough to allow for harvest of around 4,800 hatchery fish in the Clearwater Basin, 5,900 on the lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers, and 700 in Hells Canyon.

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Cottonwood Senior Citizens

Dolores G. Seubert opened the April 8 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mariel Arnzen gave the dinner prayer. There were no guests this week. There were 40 meals served with 14 takeouts. Norma Schumacher won the free dinner.

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This and That 4-H

This and That 4-H Club held their monthly meeting Monday, April 7, at the Super 8 Motel. Many exciting events are in the works!

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Streets problem surfaces in city discussion on tax

Estimates put potential revenue for Grangeville around $300,000 annually from a half-percent local option tax (LOT). But funding is just part of the discussion for the Grangeville City Council on the merits of adopting a new tax to address public infrastructure needs.

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Fire escapes, burns acres above US 12

Don’t take the spring weather for granted, advise state officials when it comes to fire. “Even with all the moisture out there, it’s drier than people think,” said Dave Summers, resource supervisor/fire warden for the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Maggie Creek Fire District.

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Softball: PHS goes 3-for-4 at tourney

Reigning 2A state champion Malad out-played the Pirates at the four-game Glenns Ferry Tournament last weekend, April 11-12, but the Pirates — 1A runners-up last year — handled the rest of the competition well enough to win. North Fremont imploded during the bottom of the third inning last Friday, as PHS ran off 15 runs to stake out a 23-0 victory.

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Baseball: Bulldogs lead league

Having combined to throw more than 200 pitches in a sweep of their April 8 league games against St. Maries, Grangeville aces Jasper Sabatino and Alex Koberstein were in the field for home games against Kendrick and Asotin while resting their arms for a trip to Orofino (which was played after the print deadline on Tuesday).

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Thursday, April 10



Grangeville tops Kendrick

Starting pitcher Shane Wood helped his own cause with a strong effort at the plate as the Bulldogs mauled the visiting Tigers.

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Wednesday, April 9



Police pursuing leads in case resulting from April 2 incident

It’s like Groundhog Day: The same thing keeps happening over and over. Patrons in Mountain View School District 244 were greeted with an automated call Wednesday morning voiced by Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal Alica Holthaus, April 2, 7 a.m., stating Grangeville schools would be starting two hours late. “As people probably suspected, it was another bomb threat at Grangeville High School,” said superintendent Kent Stokes.

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State office candidates take to the stump at Grangeville event

With candidates for several state offices making a campaign stop together, Idaho County officials, local Republican leadership and GOP rank-and-filers from surrounding counties nearly filled the Super 8 conference room last Wednesday night, April 2. Meanwhile, stopping in Lewiston, incumbent state attorney general Lawrence Wasden reportedly, per the Lewiston Tribune, described them as “fringe members of his party running primary campaigns.”

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Wolf report: 659 live in Idaho: Fewer packs counted in 2013 surveys

Last year, for the first time since their establishment in Idaho during the mid-1990s, the number of wolf packs documented in the state declined from the prior year count. Despite documenting nine new packs, per official numbers released last Friday, April 4, the pack count dipped 16.4 percent from the 2012 year-end count of 128.

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$174k congressional salary: not enough?

At $174,000 annually, our federal legislators – essentially functioning as the board of directors for the “largest economic entity in the world” — are woefully underpaid.

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Spring show and sale set

Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 47th Annual Spring Art Show and sale is set for Thursday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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CVES kindergarten registration is May 1, 2

Registration for children entering kindergarten at Clearwater Valley Elementary School in Kooskia for the upcoming school year will be May 1 and 2. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. A 20-minute informal evaluation is part of the registration process.

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MOPS to meet Wednesday and Thursday

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet Wednesday morning and Thursday evening this week. The Wednesday morning group of MOPS meets today, April 9, from 9 to 11 a.m.

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Royal Gem Rebekah Lodge scholarship available

For the fifth year the Royal Gem Rebekah Lodge No. 13 of White Bird is offering scholarships to its area seniors. This is open for high school and home-school seniors who have a future plan in attending a technical school or university in the fall. The main stipulation is the recipient live in the 83554 zip code area. Application deadline is Wednesday, April 23.

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Basic First Aid and CPR Class to be held April 12

Anyone interested in receiving a certification for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED course is invited for this informative class to be held April 12 at Soltman Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $50 and includes all materials. Preregistration is required and can be done by calling Syringa Hospital & Clinics at 983-1700.

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Market Report: April 2-9

Cottonwood Livestock Auction — April 9, 2014 Back to Grass Feeder Sale, Friday, April 11. Lewiston Livestock Auction — April 2, 2014 Cattle Market Comments: Steady; 410 head sold. No sale April 9. Special Feeder Sale, April 16. Small Animal Sale, April 30. Steers: 300-400 lbs., 200 to 221; 400-500 lbs., 200-224; 500-600 lbs., 190 to 203.50; 600-700 lbs., 185 to 203.50; 700-800 lbs., 150 to 170; 900-1,000 lbs., 137 to 150. Heifers: 400-500 lbs., 176 to 191; 600-700 lbs., 150 to 190; 700-800 lbs., 148 to 160;

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Fulcher: confidence to be proactive

Governor Otter recently signed an executive order calling for Idaho state agencies to identify and account for the federal funds they receive. A good idea, but why now?

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Election letters, yes; letter campaigns, no

While North Idaho residents fully utilize the Free Press’ editorial pages as a forum to discuss local—and national—issues and elections it is important for the editor of this page to maintain a sense of fairness and openness and to allow for as many different voices to be heard.

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Impressed with work by ICLP crew

Yet again I have to compliment our Idaho County Light and Power Company. This year they wanted to hold their “local small community” meeting at our Big Cedar Schoolhouse.

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Softball photos: fresh start, nice grab

Grangeville’s softball squad braved a muddy field last Saturday, April 5, and a tough matchup against 2013 state runner-up McCall to play its first game following a hiatus dating back to 2012.

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Sports...in brief

Jet boat races coming up; golf men's league signups April 23; rodeo dates and information; Camas Prairie Friends of NRA to dine May 2

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Citizens On Target

Eleven participants attended an all-day basic handgun firearms class last Friday, April 4, sponsored by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, with funding assistance from the NRA Foundation.

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Pottenger, Campbells are ‘rookies of the year’

Congratulations to Riggins own John Pottenger and Ross Campbell for receiving the “Rookies of the Year” award from the Idaho Rural Water Association with 300 in attendance. John and Ross were really surprised. It is quite an honor to be recognized for dedication and hard work in their field. Each of the men received a beautiful engraved trophy along with a custom embroidered jacket. Nice job guys!

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Early egg hunt is on

Even though Easter Sunday isn’t until the 20th of this month, there will be an Easter egg haunt on April 12 at noon at the Elk City School. Special Easter baskets and lots of decorated eggs have been donated by individuals and businesses in town, but it is being sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. For questions or information, call Missy at 842-2394.

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Free breakfast set for April 19

Mark this on your calendar, the Kamiah Masonic Lodge, located at 709 Main Street, Kamiah, is once again hosting a free Easter breakfast on Saturday, April 19, from 7-10 a.m. Join your friends at the lodge to enjoy a delicious free breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Donations are gratefully accepted which will help them to continue their good work. Contact Greg Johnson, 935-0840, for information.

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Get on the river

Get your taxes finished, put your sandals on, unroll your rafts. The river is rising, the sun is out, and there will be dancing in the streets!

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Wednesday, April 2

        

Central Idaho Art Association

Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 47th Annual Spring Show is set for April 30 and May 1- 3. The show is hosted by the Bicentennial Historical Museum located at 305 N College, Grangeville, the show will be held in their basement level gallery.

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Rough Riders 4-H Club

President Rachel Kelley called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. at the GEMS Community Room. Those present were Rachel, Kortney Sims, Kayla Creutzberg, Micaela Farris, Emmy Williams, Macenzie Farris, Colby Canaday, Iseyda LaCombe, Bella Klapprich and Hailey Russell. Emmy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Kortney led the 4-H Pledge.

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Crazy Critters 4-H

The third meeting of the Crazy Critters 4-H Club was held Monday, March 17, at the Thanstrom residence. There were 11 members and six visitors present. At the meeting the club game for the Idaho County 4-H Party which will be held at the Cottonwood Community Hall on April 12, and plans for 4-H week, were finalized.

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Cottonwood Senior Citizens

Dolores G. Seubert opened the March 25 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark gave the dinner prayer. Guests were birthday guests as well as the Old-Time Fiddlers who played for all of us. There were 65 meals served with 14 takeouts. Edna Forseth won the free dinner.

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3Rivers Amateur Radio Club

At the April meeting we will be making final plans for the Riggins Jet Boat Races coming up on April 18-20. Everyone should bring their radios and program the frequencies we will be using for the safety communications for the race. One ham for each safety boat as well as several on shore duty are needed.

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Grangeville Senior Citizens

The March 24 meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Stan Modrell and the prayer by Shirley Crane. Guest was Charlie Gibbs and the free dinner came to Charlie Gibbs. There were 51 meals and 32 takeout meals served. Jokes were told by Larry Clark and Dennis Long.

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Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Grangeville: Non Injury Accident Denver Road; Traffic Hazard Hwy 95 MP 267; Vin Inspection Golden Acres Drive; Kooskia: Suspicious Hwy 12 MP 60; Vin Inspection Lightning Creek Road; Non Injury Accident Hwy 12 & Mattoon Road.

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Diesel fuel spilled in Thursday semi-truck rollover on US 12

A diesel fuel spill has been cleaned up following last week’s semi-truck accident on U.S. Highway 12. The driver, Johnny M. Campbell, 55, of Missoula, was uninjured in the Thursday, March 27, crash reported 52 miles east of Kooskia, according to Idaho State Police, that blocked the eastbound lane for 5.5 hours.

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Objection process open on Newsome Creek Watershed Road Restoration

The objection process is now open on the proposed Newsome Creek Watershed Road Restoration Project. Objections will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment.

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Payette’s sheep grazing closures upheld in court

Wool growers’ recent shot at reversing a Payette National Forest decision to close domestic sheep grazing allotments missed the mark, a federal judge ruled last month. That shot may also have been the wool growers’ last shot at a reversal, as Idaho Wool Growers Association President Harry Soulen told the Associated Press that in weighing an appeal “we’ve got to study this before we make that decision one way or another.”

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Destination orphanage

India is in the hearts and minds of more than one Grangeville church body. Bob Helena will lead a team to Hope House Orphanage in Lonavale, India, April 5-18. Helena will be accompanied by his wife, Terri, as well as fellow Grangeville Church of the Nazarene member Cynthia Onthank and two others from Spokane and Meridian.

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Scorecard

Softball Prairie 11, Troy 6 Tuesday, March 25 at Cottonwood Trojans 010 401 0 – 6 9 2 Pirates 810 200 x – 11 6 6 Mckenzie Chenye, Brittany Hosley (1), and Hosley, Chenye (1). Leah Holthaus and Sky Wilson.

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Commercial mushroom permits available

The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests are issuing commercial mushroom permits again this year at all forest offices starting April 1. There won’t be a commercial mushroom picking season on the Salmon River Ranger District (Sheep Fire) this year for safety, with roadside hazard tree salvage logging ongoing.

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Jet boats to show April 18

RIGGINS — Before the 30th Annual Salmon River jet boat races run April 19-20, see the entries at 5 p.m. April 18 at Salmon Rapids Lodge.

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Vander Esch, Ulmer catch top honors

A year-end poll of high school basketball coaches, published in the Idaho Statesman last Sunday, put 13 area athletes among Idaho’s best, naming all-1A senior hoopers Leighton Vander Esch of Salmon River and Kyndahl Ulmer of Prairie ‘player of the year’ in their respective divisions. Vander Esch is headed to Boise State to be a preferred walkon with the football squad.

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Weather scrubs some ballgames

Winter weather washed out several baseball games last week, including Clearwater Valley’s planned March 27 visit from Genesee, and Prairie’s doubleheaders against Troy (March 28) and Potlatch (March 29).

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Campground hosts sought

The Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests are looking for campground hosts for the 2014 season. Hosts are needed generally Memorial Day through Labor Day with a weekly schedule of Thursday through Monday, including holidays. The season length and work week may vary by site.

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Local golf season to open Masters Sunday

The Grangeville Golf and Country Club will hold its opening tournament 9 a.m. Sunday, April 13. The tournament is open to golfers with a paid handicap and non dues paying members will pay green fees plus the entry fee.

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Snowhaven books strong season

With a typical number of tickets sold — about 6,000 tickets of all types — Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area manager Scott Wasem reported strong numbers for last season, which ran Dec. 22-March 8.

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Snaggin Some Stealies

Steelhead and fishermen alike were still piled up at the South Fork Clearwater River “Snag Hole” last Saturday, March 29. For Idaho Fish and Game’s most recent steelhead harvest report, 143 South Fork Clearwater River anglers were checked, reporting 634 hours spent fishing to catch 129 steelhead (of which 122 were released), for a rate of five hours per catch.

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Stites country dance is April 6

A family country dance at the Country Center one-quarter mile outside of Stites (former auction center) is set for Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m. A potluck with ham furnished is set for 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person and proceeds will continue to help sponsor another upcoming dance. All are invited. Call 926-0914 for details.

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Elk City Wagon Road committee will meet April 5

The Elk City Wagon Road committee will meet Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at the Clearwater Grange Hall with a potluck lunch following. The Wagon Road Committee works to preserve and promote the historic wagon road from Clearwater to Elk City.

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Gardening seminar set for April 26 at Kamiah

Speakers will be presenting on a variety of topics at a gardening seminar set for Saturday, April 26, at the LDS Church on U.S. Highway 12 between Kamiah and Kooskia. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is free.

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ALACCA sets workdays

ALACCA Bible Camp at Harpster will host a work weekend, organized by Orofino Community Church, Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19. There will be tasks of all sorts that will help to prepare the property for the summer camps. Those who plan to work should let camp staff know by calling Kim Wolfe at 983-1188 or e-mail camp@alacca.org.

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Elk City scholarship offered

Elk City VFW Wilderness Post 8311 Ladies Auxiliary is accepting applications for its annual scholarship. Applicants must meet the following criteria: •Be a current or former Elk City student, either by attendance at the Elk City Elementary School, enrolled in online courses, or home-schooled as a resident of Elk City, for a minimum of one full school year.

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Wegars presentation set for April 12

Friends of the Kooskia Community Library is presenting, “Rugged As The Terrain” by Priscilla Wegars on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at the Kooskia Community Library.

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Boat races on the horizon

Angela (Merritt) Martinez, daughter of Barry and Shirley Merritt, has received an award for “Staff of the Year” at Polk Community Living. Angela works for Polk Community Living with physically and mentally challenged adults in Independence, Ore., which has more than 800 employees. Congratulations, Angela!

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Wine tasting event to benefit school, library

Along with spring, comes the annual Beer and Wine Tasting Benefit for the Elk City School and Community Library. The event will be Friday, April 11, at the Elk City Laundromat starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per couple or $7 if you don’t have a date. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a silent auction will be held. All proceeds go to assist in the operation of the library as well as to supply it with books. Donations for the silent auction are an important part of this effort. If you have anything you could donate, contact Savannah Tow at the Elk City School at 842-2218.

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Losses abound

Happy April! What a beautiful spring we are having! It’s absolutely wonderful. I love it when everything is so green and new life is blooming all around us. The trees are blossoming and creating us some nummi goodness. It won’t be long until we are pulling apricots from their branches and good ole Salmon River tomatoes from the vines.

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Brotnov has the chicks

So now we have April upriver, and the real cure for cabin fever is sunshine. Get out, get moving, get your boots and garden gloves on, get on your game, (whatever that means) we are free. The Wilderness Inn is open for breakfast and lunch, Cougar Canyon is open during the day as well, we have construction going on and gravel being delivered. The bulbs are sprouting (not sure if that’s the right garden term, but sounds good). It’s finally spring in Lowell.

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Summit’s coupe wins top award

Summit Academy’s ‘33 Ford Coupe replica won first place in the Pharaoh’s Car Club Street Rodder Choice High School Challenge and students were awarded $500 and a commemorative plaque.

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Local Option Tax? Consider grocery exclusion with that

In the interest of full disclosure, I live outside Grangeville and will ultimately have no tangible impact on a LOT [Local Option Tax] if it goes to a vote. (David Rauzi editorial March 26). That said, we are frequently informed inflation is negligible, “excluding the volatile food and energy sectors.”

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US 95 cutoff idea to link into county land swap boondoggle

On the day after March 31, a Power-Point presentation was given to a group of concerned citizens on the proposed Tolo Lake Cutoff of U.S. 95. Citing safety and cost benefits, the Idaho Transportation Advocates Association have, for years, urged the construction of a bypass that would directly link the White Bird summit to Fenn, saving four miles and developing a safer route of travel. Their cost-benefit studies illustrate that the new bypass would pay for itself in less than 15 years. Eagerly endorsed by the trucking and recreation vehicle industry, the proponents quoted the report illustrating a savings of more than a million a year in fuel conservation alone.

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Hudson: has skills, knowledge for job

I have known Abbie Hudson since 1982. I know with all her different positions in the courthouse that she has the knowledge and skills to do the job. I feel the people of Idaho County deserve the person who will best serve them. In these hard economic times, gaining interest on money is very important and Abbie is up to that task plus more.

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Volunteerism worthy of praise

With the generosity of Idahoans in our communities, it comes as no surprise that Idaho ranks among the top states in its rate of volunteerism. The boundless charitable spirit of Idahoans is worthy of recognition and praise.

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County’s aging population requires new discussions

An AARP Armageddon? Tone down the hysteria involved in news reporting of our graying population and let’s focus on what we need to do to meet the future – and in some cases, present – challenges of our growing group of older folks.

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Market Report : March 26-28

Market Report SALES YARDS Cattle Market Comment: Light test on feeder cattle; Slaughter Cows and Bulls, steady to strong; 186 head sold. Next Sale, Back to Grass Feeder Special, April 11. Cows: Boning, 93 to 101; Feeder, 90 to 110; Breaker, 85 to 92; Canner/Cutter, 78 to 90. Bulls: 110 to 126; Baby Calves, 240 to 375 per head. Stock Cows: 1,200 to 1,560 per head. Pairs: 1,520 to 1,760 per pair.

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Forest Plan Revision Collaborative Session set April 5 in Orofino

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests continue to work on developing its Forest Plan that will set the course of management for the next 10-15 years. The next public collaborative meeting is Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m. in Orofino at the Forest Service office (12730 U.S. Highway 12). The topics covered at this meeting will be wildlife resources and review of fire and fuels, air quality, recreation, and scenery resource topics presented at the February and March meetings.

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Grangeville City Council to meet Tuesday, April 8

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Grangeville City Council will meet on Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Grangeville City Hall. Set for discussion during the meeting are public hearings on an alley vacation and two right-of-way issues, and a first reading of the downtown ADA parking ordinance.

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PTCCU open house is April 15

Mark your calendars for April 30, 5-8 p.m., at The Gallery. A “shop until you drop” event will be held with a variety of local vendors and treats to boot. Stay tuned for more details later this month and remember this will be a great event from which to order Mother’s Day gifts.

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Due April 11: Specialty crop applications

Applications are currently being accepted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Funds are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and are allocated to the state to be awarded through a competitive grant process. Applications are due to ISDA by Friday, April 11.

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