Stories for December 2014

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Wednesday, December 31

 

Songs Of The Spirit

Despite snow and icy roads, more than 100 people attended Sunday’s holiday concert at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.

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County, tribe cooperating on garbage billing

Garbage fees that for decades Idaho County failed to bill to 118 Nez Perce Tribe-owned properties will be billed soon, outgoing Idaho County Commission chairman James Rockwell said Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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Two forests, one plan

In 2014, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests took a big step in the new era of combined management...here’s how the forests are defining their future, what the public has to say about it, and what’s coming up in 2015

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A look back

A trio of deer was making its way down the creek on North Meadow Street in Grangeville Monday, Dec. 29.

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F&G board to meet Jan. 21-22

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will set seasons for moose, sheep, and goat when it meets Jan. 21-22 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game headquarters.

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Call Log: Lewis County Sheriff

RP advised subject has gotten physical and one is calling for help. They are on Montana Street heading towards Willow address where subjects were last seen...

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Perry elected BCH president

On Dec. 10, 15 members of the Big Cedar Homemakers (BCH) club met at Lorna Olsen’s house for the annual Christmas party and ornament exchange. We had one guest, Dana Keyser’s grandson, Caden. Members arrived with items for the food bank which were delivered later that day.

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Idaho Labor warns of unemployment scam

The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam in which Idaho jobless benefit claimants – and possibly others – are being asked to provide personal banking information to an out-of-state organization to initiate or complete jobless benefit claims. These e-mail contacts are not from the Department of Labor and should be ignored.

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Controlled hunt apps open Jan. 15

The application period for spring black bear controlled hunts runs Jan. 15- Feb. 15. This year, the spring turkey controlled hunt application period runs Feb. 1-March 1.

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Outdoor medicine course slated

Anyone interested in learning outdoor emergency care (OEC) may sign up for a 100-hour training course to be held on Thursday nights at the Soltman Center in Grangeville starting Jan. 7 2015.

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Anderson tops among GEMS hoop shooters

Aiden Anderson sank 21 shots to advance in the ages 12-13 boys bracket at the annual Elks Hoop Shoot. Along with other group winners, Anderson qualified to participate at the “area best” qualifier set for 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at GEMS gym. Participants need their birth certificates in order to participate.

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CVRA elections are Jan. 11

Members of the Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) will meet at 6 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Kamiah rodeo grounds clubhouse on Hill Street.

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Radio group to meet Jan. 3

The Clearwater ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) will meet Saturday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m., at the Kamiah Welcome Center/Chamber of Commerce.

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Clearwater hosts meal Jan. 7

The Clearwater meal site will serve its meals at the Clearwater Baptist Church at noon the first and third Wednesdays of each month. There are no charges for the lunch; however, a $5 donation is appreciated.

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Pray in 2015 at ALACCA

ALACCA invites the community to the annual “Praying in the New Year” event Thursday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m., at Camp ALACCA. Snacks and coffee will be provided. Prayer items will include those for a new director, volunteers and children led to attend camp, the board members and future camp decisions and all the facilities.

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YWCA offers programs

The YWCA Women’s Group will begin a new series of topics each week beginning Jan. 7, meeting from noon to 1 p.m., at 611 4th Street in Kamiah. Classes will be offered on a variety of topics.

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Elk are back at Tim’s

Happy New Year! Be safe. The elk are back on Tim’s hill. They must have come to some agreement that if he feeds them, they will show off! Wasn’t sure if there were any left in the country.

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Blood drive set for Jan. 6

Well, we finally got the snow everyone was praying for. We did not have our Christmas party until Dec. 27, so we got to have a white Christmas. It was wonderful to have all the family home. The next day, this huge six-foot snowman showed up in the neighborhood. Makes you want to sing “Frosty the Snowman.”

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Couple loses home to fire

Happy New Year’s Eve tonight and happy 2015 all year starting tomorrow morning! May your New Year be filled with blessings, joy, love, and great times together with family and friends. Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, may each day of 2015 find you blessed and well-cared for.

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Student concert was wonderful

We want to say a great big thank you to the music teachers at Grangeville. We attended the concerts at the grade school and the high school.

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Talent, hard work with Grangeville Christmas lights

We recently toured Grangeville after dark and were treated to spectacular Christmas decorations on streets, homes and the park. The drive around town after dark was very good for the heart of people who love the Christmas season.

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Officer’s lights at accident made the scene worse

On Dec. 23, I was going north on Highway 95 towards Riggins when I came upon an accident about one-half mile south of Pinehurst, at about 7:15 p.m. The ambulance was parked on the east side of the highway alongside the accident, which was clear off the roadway and in the barrow pit. It was parked facing north with all of the overhead lights on, driving lights off, which looked like a well-organized operation. I am fairly certain it was New Meadows ambulance.

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Many helped Toys for Tots

The Grangeville Eagles Auxiliary 539 would like to say thank you to the community for their support and donations to the Kids Christmas Sale and the Toys for Tots.

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Duty not to condemn or judge them

In reply to the recent letter [Dec. 16] of Al Bolden, “ACLU attempts to interrupt joy.” Yes, it is true, Mr. Bolden, the ACLU and the atheists are continually making attempts not to allow the faith of others to be exhibited, as you say. But for me, I pray for those people that at least some of them will see the hatred, and hostility and bitterness in themselves, and will repent and come to see the real meaning of Christmas.

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Not a fair way to charge for solid waste fees

The Idaho County Board of Commissioners have said “bah humbug” to small ag land owners. All three Scrooges along with the county assessor (AKA the Grinch) have decided ag land owners must pay a “Part-Time Commercial” solid waste fee of $198.72 in addition to their residential fee of $198.72. Their rationale is: “if you own ag land you are a business and should pay for the solid waste that your land produces.” The three Scrooges said this is the only “fair” way to collect needed solid waste fees.

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Zumba offered at The Gym

Let 2015 be the year you find an exercise program that is fun and effective. The Gym’s licensed Zumba instructors, Tracy Gilmore and Vicki Berg, will host a free class for people of all ages, shapes and sizes who want to be introduced to the basic Latin rhythms used in Zumba fitness.

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Agency resumes mailing SS statements

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, recently announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security statements—once every five years for most workers—while encouraging everyone to create a secure “my Social Security account” to immediately access their statement online, anytime.

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Tuesday, December 30



Nancy A. Brooks, 73

Nancy A. Brooks, 73, of Grangeville, Idaho, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

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Monday, December 29



Wednesday, December 24



‘I have been very good ...’

Do your grandkids’ Christmas lists contain things you can’t even pronounce? When you read the Letters to Santa section are you dumbfounded over what kids are asking for? What’s a Wubble? A Wii? A Furreal Friend?

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‘Good news of great joy...’

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

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Truck demolished in U.S. 95 summit crash

A Boise man was treated for minor injuries following last Thursday’s Dec. 18 crash at the White Bird Summit that totaled the vehicle Carl W. Goicoechea III, 23, was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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Holiday happenings 2014

Cottonwood •Emmanuel Baptist Church will be having a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Wednesday, Dec. 24. A cantata, “Christ Was Born for This,” performed by The Whispering Pines Southern Baptist Association Choir, will be performed. All are invited. •The Monastery of St. Gertrude, located at 465 Keuterville Road, will hold a Christmas Eve Mass at 7:30 p.m. (with caroling at 7 p.m.) and a Christmas Day Mass at 11:30 a.m...

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Christmas concert a celebration of talent by locals

The Benedictine community of the Monastery of St. Gertrude celebrates Christmas in the traditional, liturgical manner: for 12 days beginning on Christmas Eve. In the spirit of the Christmas celebration, the monastery will present an afternoon of performances of Christmas music Sunday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m., with a cookie reception to follow.

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Crack The Code

Grangeville Elementary Middle School students participated with more than 100 million kids across the nation in An Hour of Code on Friday, Dec. 12.

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State warns on unemployment benefit filing scam

The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam in which Idaho jobless benefit claimants – and possibly others – are being asked to provide personal banking information to an out-of-state organization to initiate or complete jobless benefit claims.

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Kids Count Report: Idaho County food stamp, Medicaid numbers released

In Idaho, 53 percent of families with young children are low-income. This is the fourth-highest among all states and above the national average of 45 percent. Idaho also has the second-highest rate of poverty among families in which all resident parents work. This is from the recently published Idaho Kids Count Report.

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Idaho County wages gained ground

Personal income rose in all but one Idaho county in 2013, lessening the gap between the average county wage and the national average wage in 36 of the 44 counties, according to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Keeping Watch Over Their Flocks By Night ...

Sts. Peter and Paul School students were busy practicing their annual Christmas play Wednesday, Dec. 17, for that evening’s performance. Pictured are (L-R) shepherds Tristen Beeson, Parker Garman and Dylan Miller.

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Town’s lighting winners announced

And the winners are… The following business and residents are the winners of the VFW Auxiliary’s Christmas lighting contest: Residences – first place, Jake Chaffee; second, Chris Thompson, and third, Jeff Maxwell. Runners-up were Carmen Chlebowski, Tim Chaffee and Kelly Whiteman. Business – first, Wilderness Eatery; second, Elk City Hotel; third, Elk City Saloon, with the runner-up, Elk Creek Station. Thanks to everyone in the community who worked to make our Christmas sparkle. See photos taken by Patricia Menough.

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Tourney draws 16 players

Thank you, Jessica Robinson, for all of your energy and time in creating a Christmas program for our community. There was a good turnout and one more reason for all of us to join under the same roof, which is always a good thing.

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Merry Christmas from Lowell

So Christmas is here with some wind and some wet, our shopping is done and dear Santa we met! We put up the tree, and the wishes are free, we’ll open the presents all wrapped to a tee.

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Salmon River Inn open for Fiesta Bowl

Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours. May your Christmas celebration begin tonight and may Christmas morning tomorrow be filled with joy and peace, fun and laughter with family and friends.

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Crab feed set for January

The open house at Prairie Community Library was enjoyed. While Christmas carols played in the background, there were popcorn, cookies and fudge for snacks to go with a warm drink. Buster, the library mascot, donned his Santa cap and stole the show by reading his favorite story, “How to Train Humans to do Tricks.” Afterwards, all helped to remove any movable furniture so the carpet could be cleaned during the closure of the library during the holidays.

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North Fork Clearwater flows ‘normal’

After work that required dramatic fluctuations in the North Fork Clearwater River and the Clearwater downstream from the North Fork, flows are back to normal this week. The Army Corps of Engineers was conducting tests on Dworshak Dam fluctuating releases between 1,600 and 5,500 cfs. This caused water levels in the North Fork Clearwater and main Clearwater rivers to fluctuate up to 1-foot per hour. This week flows are back to approximately 1,600 cfs.

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Basketball camp on deck

The GHS boys basketball team will be hosting a day camp for third-through-eighth graders at 10 a.m. Jan. 3. Register at the gate for $10, including a T-shirt.

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FS grooming at Fish Creek began Monday

Grooming has begun for the year at Fish Creek, Forest Service recreation supervisor Jeremy Harris announced Monday, Dec. 22. “All loops and cut-offs are groomed with quite a bit of blow down cut out,” Harris said. “Currently there are 10 inches of snow in the meadow and only a few bare spots on the trail, so get out the new Nordic skis Santa may be bringing you.”

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Basketball roundup: GHS girls win CIL opener

For their 10th win of the season, Prairie’s girls limited Grangeville’s offense and finished a season sweep of the Bulldogs with a 19-point triumph, 51-32, last Friday night, Dec. 19. For Prairie, Hailey Danly scored a game-high 10 points.

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Upriver Rampage: Night of the Rams

On a night Kamiah led by 10 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, a late surge set up a moment for Clearwater Valley sophomore Mitch Morrow to take and make a hero shot.

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SHC donates to local families

Last week, six Idaho County families were surprised with dinner and presents from the employees at Syringa Hospital & Clinics and Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Store. The idea of adopting families in need was supported by employees throughout the store and hospital through anonymous gift giving and Jeans on Friday funds.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Grangeville – VIN Railroad Ave; Welfare check, subject OK, Hwy 95 MP 233/NRR; Harassing phone calls Hoots Ln/UNF; Medical Sleepy Hollow Rd; Disorderly conduct White Bird/RT...

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Simonson obtains degree

The names of nearly 1,250 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this fall — representing 57 Kansas counties, 36 other states and 24 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar.

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Students learn math, giving skills

Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) teachers Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Woods class have spent December applying their math skills to real world service projects.

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Christmas Tidings: Christmas concert 6th-12th grade

Grangeville schools sixth-12th grade students hosted their annual Christmas concert Dec. 18 at Grangeville High School. A full house enjoyed the concert in the gym with Mrs. Kathy Stefani as director of the bands and choirs.

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Letters to Santa 2014

(Editor’s note: The following is a selection from our Letters to Santa edition, inserted in this week’s issue.) Dear Santa, I want an I pod. I want an I pad. I want a Kindl. I want to give Lance a new dog. Beverly Farmer

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Forty years of Santa letters

Letters to Santa has been an annual project for this publisher for 40 years—of course a much shorter span of time than the Free Press—but 40 years must prove that I’m a bit of an ‘ol softy (Please St. Nick, don’t let my co-workers know of this trait.)

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Wednesday, December 17

  

Football Fete

About 120 Grangeville football supporters — including parents, players and coaches — turned out for a banquet dinner Dec. 10 at Oscar’s Restaurant to honor the 2014 team’s accomplishments, which included several new school record performances by the school’s most prolific quarterback-to-receiver combination.

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Renew public art efforts in county

We’ve had our heads hunkered down for so long trying to make a living that we may have forgotten those things that make life enjoyable. Public art is one.

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ACLU attempts to interrupt joy

This is the season when the Christians of the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the message his birth brings to the world; Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Man and hope for us all.

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Program brings neighbors out

Right this minute it is 9:10. a.m. and 11 seconds a.m. on 12-13-14, a very interesting date, but not as great as 012345, which happens to be my birthday!

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RES program to be held Dec. 17

The “Gift of Music” will celebrate the holiday season with a free music event for the whole community at the Salmon Rapids Lodge’s Big Salmon River Room this Saturday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.

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Christmas drama is Dec. 19

Robert and Joy Lee are having their delightful Santa Land again this year. Seven animated exhibits, angels, Santas, two trains, trees and gazillions of lights. Always a “must see” for the holiday season. Call Joy at 926-4223 for an appointment and take the entire family and friends to see this beautiful, joyful, love-filled place.

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Church service slated

Emmanuel Baptist Church is proud to present a Christmas cantata – “Christ Was Born for This,” performed by The Whispering Pines Southern Baptist Association Choir, on Dec.

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Shy Around Santa

More than 80 people attended Breakfast with Santa at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Saturday, Dec. 13. Pastor Larry Clark helped spread the love of Jesus Christ dressed as Santa for this third annual community event...

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Santa will visit Dec. 20

“You are invited to fellowship in the name of Jesus,” so says the Baptist Church as they invite all to attend their Christmas celebrations.

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Craft Fair Fun

The 29th annual Grangeville Food and Gift Fair brought in hundreds of shoppers to Grangeville Elementary Middle School Dec. 6.

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‘Roberta’s Tea’ set for Saturday

Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of Roberta Berrey Saturday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m., at the Hearthstone Bakery in Kamiah. Bring photos, stories and memories to share.

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Bingo set for American 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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Campers face higher fees at local sites

Regional forester Faye Krueger recently approved the recommendation from the Coeur d’ Alene Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee (BLM RAC) to increase recreation fees for several sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests.

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Gift of Music set for Dec. 20 at Salmon Rapids Lodge

The annual tradition of holiday magic and music continues this December at Salmon Rapids Lodge in Riggins. The Gift of Music will celebrate the holiday season with a free community event in the setting of the lodge’s Big Salmon River Room.

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Main Street poles need lights

Congratulations to Barbara Macy who won the four wheeler from Bud’s PowerSports in Cottonwood for the Grangeville Senior Fun Night Raffle. You’ll see Barbara pictured here with her new treasure.

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Idaho County Shootout

The annual Idaho County Shootout raised more than $10,000 for local food banks — about $6,000 less than the event raised last year. Organizers decided ahead of time that the traveling trophy would not be awarded this year.

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PHS girls bounce back after loss at Lapwai

Prairie led the girls game by as many as nine points during the fourth quarter, but saw host Grangeville make a late charge after Hailey Sullivan sank a trey with about two minutes remaining. Despite playing a tough game the previous night — a physical 49-44 loss at Lapwai — the PHS girls held on to win their Idaho County Shootout game last Friday night, Dec. 12.

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Wrestlers hit the mat

Grangeville scored two individual titles at the Dick Griswold Memorial Invitational last Saturday, Dec. 13. Prairie’s Hunter McWilliams (145) won out in his bracket, as did Bulldogs Frankie Zumwalt (132) and Shaydn Wassmuth (195).

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Bruner nabs top honor

Jake Bruner keyed Prairie’s potent offense and dominant defense and for the effort was named 1A “player of the year” by the Idaho Statesman last Sunday, Dec. 13.

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Congress advances gun range

A bill backed by Rep. Raul Labrador to establish Idaho County’s first public shooting range took a step forward last week; it was tacked on to unrelated legislation President Barack Obama may sign this week.

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Basketball camp on deck

The GHS boys basketball team will be hosting a day camp for third-through-eighth graders at 10 a.m. Jan. 3. Register at the gate for $10, including a T-shirt.

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Eagles Helpers

Grangeville High School basketball cheerleaders (L-R) Jennifer Hodges, Katelynn Robinson, Marissa Kennedy, Ashley Bradley and Anastasia Bearden were on hand Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Eagles Aerie to help wrap gifts.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Grangeville – DWP cite and release of a 42-yr-old Greencreek female Hwy 7 MP 8/RT; Fire Blacktail Ln; Tree in Rd Hwy 95 MP 217-218/TRA – ITD; Kooskia – Runaway juvenile, located & returned, ...

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Sentencing set in 2015 for robbery

A Florida man is set for sentencing in federal court next spring on charges related to a series of bank robberies that culminated in the US Bank caper last May.

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Saturday, December 13



Wednesday, December 10

  

Moment To Shine

Grangeville Elementary Middle School sixth grader Kara Sanders offered a flute solo during the Syringa Hospital’s Festival of Trees community event Thursday, Dec. 4, at Real Life Church.

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Route truck weight increase up for public review

A public hearing in Riggins this Thursday will take comment on an application before the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) seeking to allow trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on a nearly 250-mile section of U.S. Highway 95 from Fruitland to Lewiston.

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Prairie Push

Prairie’s Kayla Schumacher scored 20 points and led the Pirates to a 72-30 victory over Clearwater Valley last Monday night, Dec. 8.

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WSU wolf researchers cast doubt on lethal control

Washington State University researchers have found that it is counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock. Shooting and trapping lead to more dead sheep and cattle the following year, not fewer.

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Chess tourney slated Dec. 27

Sandy “The Chess Guy” Staab is once again putting on a holiday family chess tournament Dec. 27 at the Kamiah Welcome Center.

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5K Santa Fun Run scheduled

A Santa Fun Run for all ages is set for Saturday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. The run will begin at Clearwater Valley Elementary School where participants will register.

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Lions back batting cage

The Grangeville Lions Club voted last week to fund a facility for which the Grangeville Youth Baseball program sought and received the city council’s approval earlier this year.

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Stop at South Fork Cafe

Mark your calendars: The Grangeville Country Club annual members meeting will be held on Jan. 31, 2015 at The Gallery.

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Earthquake goes unnoticed south of Grangeville

Did you feel it? Apparently last Thursday’s Dec. 5 earthquake 19 miles south of Grangeville went largely unnoticed and without incident. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake at a 2.7 magnitude at 9:11 a.m. at a depth of 1.2 miles, roughly five air miles east of Slate Creek.

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Kids can talk to Santa Saturday

Kids of all ages will be able to talk to Santa this weekend via Ham Radio. The 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club will have radios set up at Cloninger’s in Kamiah and Clearwater Valley Marketplace in Kooskia.

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Saddliers to meet Dec. 13

The Kooskia Saddliers will meet Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m., at Elaine Pearsons’, 02 Front Street, Kooskia. All interested parties are invited to attend.

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More mandates cost us all

Just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas the Obama administration dumped about 3,600 new rules and regulations on the American public that will likely cost business, industry, stats and communities hundreds of millions of dollars to be in compliance. Two that have substantial cost attached and also has the potential to affect Idaho water rights suggest closer attention.

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Ideal gift is time to community

That hard-to-find, last-minute gift item we’re going to be suggesting this Christmas won’t fit in a box or under a tree. It’s not diamonds or two tickets to that thing your wife really likes.

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Eagles Bingo to be played Dec. 14

The Eagles Lodge on C Street is the place to be this Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., for Turkey Bingo. Everyone 18 and older is invited to come and bring a friend.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Grangeville – Windshield shot out with BB gun Country Court Dr/NRR; Suspicious vehicle Stites Rd/NRR; Domestic dispute Lightning Creek Rd/RT...

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Luncheon set at Clearwater site

All ages welcome to be part of “meeting a neighbor and finding a friend” at the Clearwater Meal Center Luncheon at noon Wednesday, Dec. 17, served at the Clearwater Baptist Church.

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Veterans advocate in town Dec. 16

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services will have a veteran’s advocate in Grangeville Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon).

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Three bridge decks to be preserved in 2016 ITD projects

Three bridges in Idaho County will be resurfaced and repaired in 2016 to extend the life of the structures and preserve their driving surfaces, according to the Idaho Transportation Department announcement. Those bridges are Lawyers Canyon (north of Ferdinand), John Day Creek and the Goff (Time Zone) north of Riggins.

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Students can apply for Opportunity Scholarship online

Idaho students can apply for the state’s Opportunity Scholarship now. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years and is awarded to high school seniors or undergraduate students with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and demonstrated financial need who attend an eligible higher education institution in Idaho.

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Party is ‘event of the year’

The social event of the year was the Lowell QRU holiday party at the Wilderness Inn last Saturday evening. It was a grand party with folks coming out of the woodwork to donate at the auction and enjoying a delicious potluck, with lots of mystery meat and homemade dishes.

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Legion oranges for sale

The American Legion Post No. 130 will hold its annual orange sales this Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at10 a.m. in front of Cloninger’s grocery market. The funds from the orange sales will send SRHS boys and girls to Girls and Boys State in the spring. Cases of oranges can be purchased ahead of time from Dean at 628-3335, Gary at 628-3633 or Dale at 628-3727. White Bird oranges will be delivered in downtown White Bird Sunday, Dec. 14.

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Giving Tree funds sought

The Giving Tree is again being sponsored by the Reach Club. They would appreciate any donation amount. Their goal is to collect $35 per child to buy Christmas gifts for them.

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Clearwater meal site open Dec. 17

All ages welcome to be part of a Christmas luncheon in Clearwater at the Clearwater Meal Center luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, (being served at the Clearwater Baptist Church).

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In rebuttal: SRS, PILT are unsustainable

[In rebuttal to Dec. 3 editorial] Since 2000, the Idaho County Commission and other local governmental agencies within the county have supported and worked with the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition to the tune of over $75,000.00.

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Generous help to Senior Fun Night

The 2015 Senior Fun Night committee would like to thank the Grangeville community and Bud’s PowerSports for their generous support during our 4-wheeler raffle.

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Officer Walters truly made an impact on kids

Officer Wes Walters was able to visit my kindergarten/first grade class. He discussed how his primary job is keeping people in the community safe, and then he answered the numerous inquiries of the students’ intrigued minds.

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Community calendars available for $10

Well, there went November. There’s just never enough hours in the day, days in the month or months in the year. Time marches on uncaring, whether we like it or not.

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Dance will be Dec. 13

Don’t forget to celebrate Rolph Olson’s life at his memorial service being held at the VFW on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

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‘Marry Me’ ... And She Said?

During the Winter Magic Christmas program at Pioneer Park in Grangeville Saturday evening, Nov. 29, Mike Cox went down on bended knee to ask Joni Trivett to marry him.

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Cottonwood Senior Citizens

Agnes Hill opened the Nov. 25 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance. Larry Clark gave the dinner prayer. The only guest this week was Anthony Forsmann, son of Tiffany Forsmann, our cook.

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3Rivers Amateur Radio Club

At the November meeting, two members set up inexpensive 30-foot antenna supports in the parking lot with two types of HF wire antennas. All members present viewed the antenna setups and received an explanation of how to set up the antennas in the field.

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Keeping EPA out of your pockets

As if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overreach is not bad enough, the agency is trying to more directly reach into the pockets of Americans. Enough is enough. These oppressive tactics must be stopped.

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Waste in fighting fire from the air

I will have to compliment the U.S.F.S. on the three logging jobs behind my house, as far as tree spacing and the general look of the land look good, but several things hit a sour note. Consequently, I believe that they had two things in mind.

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The gift of good mental health

With the 2014 holiday season right around the corner, many of us are busy perfecting recipes, preparing for guests, and searching for the ideal gifts for family and friends. For many Idahoans, the holiday season is a time of renewing cherished traditions and creating special memories with loved ones. For others, keeping up with the hectic pace of social gatherings, shopping, family, and work obligations can place a serious strain on their mental health and well-being, leaving them feeling worn down and overwhelmed.

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Faith Briefs

A variety of church-related Christmas and holiday events are going on throughout the county. A partial list is as follows:

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Helping Hands

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene hosted its 30th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Sunday, Nov. 23, serving more than 200.

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‘Great Mystery’ revealed

Preparations for the Great Reveal had been in the making for a long time. The promise of the coming Savior appeared like a thread running through the Sacred Word.

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Spirit Center sets retreat

For the second year in a row, Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude will offer an arts retreat that among other goals, works to create the community that supports the artistic journey.

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Elks to host memorial service

On Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m., the Elks will have their annual Memorial Day service honoring all deceased members. The public is invited to attend.

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Meal site lunch is Dec. 3

The next luncheon of the Clearwater Meal Center will be served on Wednesday, Dec. 3, noon, at the Clearwater Baptist Church.

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Craft, food fair set for Saturday

arly 30 years in motion, the Grangeville Holiday Gift and Food Fair is an annual event for many people in the area. The 29th fair is set for this Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Taking the hard line: County sticks waste fee to owners

Late in the second year of its 10-year contract with Simmons Sanitation and Recycling Service, Idaho County’s garbage system is $78,000 in the hole. The county commission is taking steps to avoid changing the even-older fee structure – and taking a harder line to local landowners.

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Lifting Up Her Voice

Colored lights, music and a visit from Santa Claus on the GVFD Christmas Truck kicked off the holiday season Saturday night, Nov. 29, at the Winter Magic tree lighting event in Grangeville’s Pioneer Park.

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QRU party is Dec. 6

It’s cold, power was out last Sunday night for five hours, but as always they got it back on before the school bus came.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Monday, Nov. 24 Grangeville: Welfare Check Slate Crk Rd/NRR; - Medical Fish Hatchery Rd; Slide Off Hwy 95 MP 228/NRR; Slide Off Hwy 95 MP 259.5/NRR; Kooskia: Welfare Check Long Bluff Rd/NRR; Natural Death Ridgewood Dr/RT; Non-injury Accident Hwy 162/RT; - Agency Assist H&W/NRR; Trespassing Flying Elk Lane/NRR: Welfare Check Stites/NRR; Riggins: Non-injury Accident Hwy 95 MP 195/NRR; GPD - Suspicious State St; Veh ran stop sign WN 4th St.

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Bulldogs target 2A tournament rebound

Defending their 2013 title but down 10 points during the fourth quarter of the 2A semifinal game last year, Grangeville charged back. Firth held on to win that one, and the Bulldogs — with a few sharpshooters to complement one of the classification’s top all-around players — appear primed for another tournament run.

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Girls basketball notes

To improve on last season, Grangeville need only win its first two state tournament games. That would put GHS in the title game, which the Bulldogs have not reached despite three tournament wins during the last two years.

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Predator tag discounts continue

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a plan to continue offering discounts on nonresident tags for large predators in some units. The discounts will apply to black bear, mountain lion and wolf tags.

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11 Dawgs named all-CIL

Grangeville’s Michael Wilson was recognized every which way by the Central Idaho League coaches and will count the CIL “Offensive MVP” award the highest of three honors they directed to him.

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Helping Hands

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene hosted its 30th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Sunday, Nov. 23, serving more than 200. Longtime organizers Doug Long and Joe Bednorz will step down and allow others in the church to coordinate the event starting in 2015. Pastor Mike Greenwood thanked the men – and many additional volunteers – for their years of service. Pictured here, church members serve the dinner.

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Faith...in brief

A variety of church-related Christmas and holiday events are going on throughout the county. A partial list follows.

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‘Great Mystery’ revealed

Preparations for the Great Reveal had been in the making for a long time. The promise of the coming Savior appeared like a thread running through the Sacred Word.

December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Spirit Center sets retreat

For the second year in a row, Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude will offer an arts retreat that among other goals, works to create the community that supports the artistic journey.

December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Students of the month

Grangeville High School students of the month for “spirit” for October are (L-R) Julia Health, Katelyn Fogleman, Courtney Cuffe and Erica Fortin.

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In the service

Army Pvt. Kerigan L. Reames has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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Christmas tree permits on hand at local forest offices

In the Idaho County area, it is a popular tradition to begin the holiday season with an outing to the forest to cut the family Christmas tree. Permits are required for each tree you are going to cut. Permits are $5 each and are limited to three per family.

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Bazaar Findings

Hand-crafted gifts and specialty goods were on sale at the Riggins Christmas Bazaar last Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, held at the Riggins Community Center. Saturday also featured a photo session for kids with Santa Claus. Pictured here on Saturday checking out gift options were Riggins residents (L-R) Jim and Koleen Williams and their daughter, Teresa Mignerey.

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Pearl E. Carrey

Pearl E. Carrey, 96, of Fruitland, Idaho, formerly of Riggins, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

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