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Wednesday, February 26



Ultimate Over-Lap : Doubling down with two powerful posts played out perfectly for PHS

Call these Prairie Pirates champions once again, and count coach Lori Mader’s pressure defenses and post offenses among the level’s most potent powerplays. Lapwai — second-best among the 1AD1 girls for the second straight season — fell into early foul trouble and soon proved prone to attack by PHS forwards Kayla Schumacher and Kyndahl Ulmer, who scored 17 points apiece to lift Prairie’s second girls basketball title in three seasons, 56-40. As the fouls piled up during the championship game last Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Idaho Center, the Wildcats’ ability to counter Prairie’s effort dwindled as each half progressed.

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Alcohol a suspected factor in injury accident

Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s one-car crash along the White Bird Grade. William E. Eacret, 74, of Kooskia, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood. SMH does not release patient update information.

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Feb. 10 GHS incident aftermath: Lockdown a ‘blessing in disguise’

The Monday, Feb. 10, lockdown at Grangeville High School may seem like a waste of time in hindsight, but that’s not how Mountain View School District 244 superintendent Kent Stokes is looking at it. “I actually believe this was a blessing in disguise,” Stokes said. The lockdown of Grangeville schools resulted from a report a person had been seen carrying a gun into the school. The firearm turned out to be a toy gun for a school play prop.

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Smart faces multiple felony charges in three jurisdictions

Washington State and the Idaho Department of Correction are vying for their share in the prosecution of an Orofino man currently awaiting trial in Idaho County on felony fraud charges. And depending on that outcome, Jacob D. Smart, 28, could face more prison time as well as a “three-strike” penalty enhancement extending his incarceration up to his lifetime.

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Youth Basketball: St.s Peter and Paul

The Sts. Peter and Paul’s grades 7-8 girls team finished fourth in their age group among about 350 total competitors. They won the sportsmanship trophy. Members of the team are (from left): front row coach Heidi Lindsley, Abby Asker, Molly Deford, Yadira Rojas and Rachel Chmelik; back row coach Russ Lindsley, Brenda Gomez, Paige Lindsley, Rebecca Kaschmitter and Victoria Rockwell.

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District II tournaments:Bulldogs bite Orofino, control their fate

With an 18-point swing in their favor during the middle quarters of a 51-43 victory over Orofino, Grangeville locked down a key district tournament win last Monday night, Feb. 24. Topping Orofino in the first post-season meeting of the Central Idaho League’s top contenders puts Grangeville on course for a state berth with one more win. Orofino would need to nip the Bulldogs twice to qualify the 2A tournament, and the Maniacs must win tonight to even have the chance. Grangeville would have the same margin for error if St. Maries wins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26; either way, the Bulldogs will play for the 2A District II title on Feb. 27.

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1AD2 boys basketball: S.R. anticipates District III title

By outflanking Council 65-42 last Saturday, Feb. 22, Salmon River looks to have opened up a beeline to the District III boys basketball title, with which the Savages would secure a state berth. Salmon River smoked Council with a 16-minute firestorm during which the Savages rained down 35 points, primarily from Leighton Vander Esch (who scored 28 points in the game), McCoy Hale (17) and Jimmy Shepherd (14). Up next, the Savages (18-2 overall) need no longer consider Wilder, which was eliminated by Meadows Valley last Thursday, Feb. 20, nor Meadows Valley, which was eliminated by Horseshoe Bend last Saturday afternoon.

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Wrestling: Five Rams bound for Nampa

With last week’s district tournament in the rear view mirror, 16 wrestlers representing Grangeville, Prairie, Clearwater Valley and Kamiah high schools have been seeded for the upcoming all-classifications state tournament to be held Feb. 28-March 1 in Nampa at the Idaho Center.

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2A girls basketball

Last Friday morning, Feb. 21, the Grangeville girls awoke from a nightmare start to their season-ending tournament and finished off their final 2014 games in a fashion befitting a proud basketball tradition. Their consolation bracket foes, perhaps energized by knowing Melba held one of the state’s higher-scoring teams to just 27 in a first-round upset last Thursday night, Feb. 20, did not fall easily.

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Water, water everywhere: March 8 fund-raiser to help Kooskia project

We have water, Houston. For the last 20 years, the manicured wayside at the junction of U.S. highways 12 and 13 has had its vegetation watered by volunteers who hauled water to the site. In September 2013, the Kooskia Revitalization Team voted to have a well drilled to ease the impact on volunteers and ensure the site stays healthy.

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Quick response; realized wasn’t a drill

From a law enforcement perspective, Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew said he was pleased with the quick reaction to the Feb. 10 GHS lockdown by all those involved. “Three units in three minutes [two GPD, one Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy]: You can’t ask for a much faster response time than that,” said Chief Drew. And with the situation unknown and the possible suspect unable to be identified or located, it took within a minute for staff and students to enact lockdown procedures by moving to secure indoor locations. “It was very quick; people realized it wasn’t a drill,” he said.

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Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Monday, Feb. 17 Grangeville: Suspicious Vrieling Rd; Vandalism Powerline Rd; Injury Accident Hwy 95 MP 247.5; Kooskia: Theft Ridgewood Dr; Tree in road Hwy 12 MP 95; Domestic Dispute Hill St; Suspicious Main St Business; Riggins: Theft Lodge St; Rocks in Rd Salmon River Rd. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Grangeville: Icy Roads White Bird Grade; Kooskia: Suspicious Red Fir Rd; VIN Battleridge Rd; Trespassing Kidder Ridge; Slide Off Hwy 12 MP 156.7; Riggins: DWP Cite of 18-year-old Nampa man. Wednesday, Feb. 19

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In response: Choice, access: private alternatives can lower health care costs

I am always struck at how people use the good health impacts of medicine to justify forcing individuals to accept a government mandate. Ms. Margaret Henbest, and other supporters of Your Health Idaho, are doing just that (“Essential Benefits will help state residents stay healthy, control costs,” Feb. 5, Idaho County Free Press).

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Fisher to play at all-star game

Clearwater Valley’s Dillon Fisher has been selected to play in the 2014 all-state all-star football game to be played at Canyon Ridge High School on June 21.

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Off the hook ... Phone ringing for whitewater

So this morning I got up to no Internet, no news because no TV, the telephone is out, and even my coffeemaker didn’t work, my truck is buried in snow (slash slush), my boots are still wet from yesterday’s digging out, and I can’t find my cat. Highway 12 is closed again due to landslides, and the guy plowed the Selway road about 7 a.m. We do have electricity, thank goodness, and the school bus showed up at exactly the right time, so life goes on in Lowell.

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Revival set for Baptist church

The Baptist Church will be having its winter revival, March 9-11. Sunday, March 9, services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11, they will be at 6 p.m. The evangelist will be Wendell Schrock, currently attending Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Dawn, will accompany him on the trip. Wendell is a pilot, an auctioneer and former police officer.

February 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Summit boys take GPA award

Mega Kudos to the Summit Academy boys’ basketball team. They have been named Academic State Champions for 1-A, Division II. They had a team grade point average of 3.550. The award will be presented at the state basketball tournament in Caldwell.

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Harpster sets March events

After a long winter’s nap – Harpster Community Building is again having bingo starting Wednesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. Plan to be there and you may go home with some winnings. Cost is still $10 for your bingo packet, speed bingo is an additional $1.

February 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Dredgers support Clean Water Act

Hello, and thank you to the Idaho County Free Press for coverage [Feb. 12 issue] of Paul Shepherd’s fight with the EPA. First, reporter Andrew Ottoson got most of it right. But, when Andrew claimed Paul Shepherd (and dredgers) want to nullify Congress’ Clean Water Act, he missed the point; he was wrong. Neither Paul nor any dredger wishes to challenge the Clean Water Act, in fact we dredgers support it full heartedly.

February 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah levy: invest in your community

Every four months or so, like most people I know, my wife and I make the trip to either Clarkston or Missoula and make the Costco/Walmart run. There are several items which either we just can’t get locally or we need to buy in bulk, so it just makes sense to go out of the area to buy these items. However, this probably only makes up about 5 percent of our total shopping.

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Fulcher: Idaho needs fresh leadership

Idaho’s farmers, rivers, and even our woodstoves are under assault by the EPA. Our education, which is supposed to be state run, is under the thumb of the U.S. Department of Education and the federal administration.

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Thanks to many on Association concert

Just a short note to say how great an event we had on Monday with the Larry Ramos Farewell Concert with The Association. Our appreciation goes up the chain, starting with Larry himself providing this opportunity here in Grangeville at the Blue Fox Theater, and as a benefit for the Clearwater to Salmon Rivers Relay for Life. Appreciation also to band members who came in for this event, and the army of organizers who made this happen.

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GHS lockdown: Reaction, aftermath appropriate

Two weeks ago, Grangeville High School underwent a lockdown due to a report of a person on campus with a firearm. In due course, this was determined unfounded, and life went on. In reflection: Was this an overreaction? Was it unnecessary? Even in pro-gun Idaho County, the reality today – as unfortunately demonstrated in past incidents nationwide — argues “not at all.” In fact, response by both the Mt. View School District 244 and local law enforcement showed a proper response that followed procedure and focused on quick response and safety.

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Will voters re-elect ignorant leaders?

Convicted drunk driver Gov. “Butch” bemoans Federal Judge Winmill’s ruling that closed U.S. Highway 12 to megaloads, saying that the judge obviously doesn’t share Idaho values. The judge didn’t “make law” suiting those who worship unregulated capitalism.

February 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Kids Keep Grades Up

Grangeville Elementary Middle School fourth and fifth graders from the IKUG (“I Keep Up Grades”) group are pictured here. These are students who have 3.75 GPA or above. Many students in grades four through eight at GEMS were recipients of IKUG and IBUG (“I Brought Up Grades”) awards.

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F&G commission to meet in Boise March 19-20

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider proposed big game seasons for 2014 during a meeting March 19-20 in Boise, which includes a public hearing at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19 at the Washington Group Plaza at 720 East Park Blvd.

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White Bird Queen tryouts slated March 22

White Bird Queen tryouts are set for Saturday, March 22, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 95, starting at 1 p.m. Women between the ages of 14-18 who reside in Idaho, Adams or Lewis counties are eligible. The White Bird Rodeo will celebrate its 25th year June 13-14. Contact Kami Fogleman, 983-1726 or 983-8779.

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Youth invited to get involved in government

This year’s Patriot Academy Northwest will be held at the Capitol Building in Boise June 10-13. Applicants need to be between the ages of 15-25. Scholarships for the event are available through the Idaho County Republican Central Committee and Patriot Academy Northwest.

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Call Log : Lewis County Sheriff

Monday, Feb. 3 Theft - RP reported theft of two five-gallon propane tanks and one five-gallon gas can. RP also reported vandalism of a tractor, swather and four wheeler and damage to one wheat crop. Incident took place two weeks ago and again on Friday. Threats - Haley in Asotin County reports they were at a gymnastic event in Clarkston about 40 minutes ago and subject had made threats against employees there because he had not seen his kids in six months and he wanted to see them. Employees stated that they could smell alcohol on his breath. He then left and wife believes he may be driving a white commercial vehicle and may have at least two guns in the vehicle.

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Notes from the Idaho County Commission Jan. 18.

Guests/Presenters: Paul Neville-request for subdivision ordinance variance; Jared Hopkins & Dale Moore, ITD-communication line request; Kirk MacGregor-Affordable Care Act; Jim Crowley & Nadine McDonald-Juvenile Probation update.

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Organizations : Feb. 25

Idaho County Genealogical Society The Idaho County Genealogical Society met at the Grangeville City Hall on Feb. 13. New officers for the coming year are president, Myrna DeHaas; vice president, Toni Baker; secretary, Jeannie Hafer, and treasurer, Jeannette Lester. Dorothy Eimers gave a hands-on program on getting acquainted with the resources and equipment that is available for research in the genealogy library room. The program committee has outlined a number of interesting programs for the coming year. If you are interested in tracing your family tree, mapping your family medical history (Epigenetics), visiting old cemeteries or touring museums, then you are urged to join us. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Grangeville City Hall. Cottonwood Senior Citizens Dolores G. Seubert opened the Feb. 18 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Joyce Forsmann gave the dinner prayer. Guests were Chuck Arnzen from Grangeville and Gail Hart and Edna Forseth. There were 50 meals served with 15 takeouts. Donna Barnett won the free dinner. Katie Remacle and Donna Barnett were this week’s joke tellers. Judy Arledge and Hilda Nuttman split the nickel bingo pot while Delores Kindall won the blackout. Door prizes were won by Mary Purdy, Hilda Nuttman, Sylvia Forsmann, Dolores VonBargen, Ron Sonnen and Gen Broker. Menu for March 4: Cook’s Choice.

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Memory Kept Alive

Rev. Chris Hagenbuch of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Grangeville hands a check for $5,000 to John Bennett who represents the Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) Endowment Fund.

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In Brief ...

Recycling options in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kooskia; weekend, weekday hours set Recycling for cardboard, plastics, tin and aluminum cans is available at Idaho County Recycling sites in Cottonwood, Grangeville and Kooskia. The Grangeville site is open Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., on Day Road north of U.S. Highway 95. The Cottonwood site is open Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., across from Columbia Grain. The Kooskia site is open Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m., and winter hours on Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, near the old pole yard. For information on recycling, call 983-2843.

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Fire command exercise draws region’s agencies to Kamiah

Working on communications and coordinating services was the focus of an urban/wildland fire command exercise held at the Kamiah Public Service Building Feb. 15. This was sponsored by the emergency management offices of Idaho and Lewis counties, with the aid of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (BHS), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), U.S. Forest Service and Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center

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Market Reports: Feb. 19 & 25

Cattle Market Comments: Very active with excellent buyer attendance with more than 70 volume buyers; 3,620 head sold. Next Feeder Sale March 5. Don’t miss it. Small Animal Horse and Stock Cow Sale, Feb. 26. Kimberly Angus Bull Sale March 12, Fancy set of bulls. Steers: 300-400 lbs., 215-231; 400-500 lbs., 228 to 243; 500-600 lbs...

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In the News...

Inland Northwest electric utility companies are being targeted with the latest national scam using e-mail to send bogus energy bills. Avista Corporation is among those receiving customer reports of phishing e-mails. Rather than referencing a specific utility, the e-mails are generic and ask customers to view their bill by clicking a link in the e-mail and set up automatic payment plans. This is a broad scam with e-mail addresses likely being pulled from external sources. If you currently receive electronic bills from your utility and are unsure if the e-mail is legitimate, some quick ways to verify the accuracy of the e-mail are to: Check the sender. Before clicking on the link to view your bill, hover over the link to be sure that it is directing you back to your utility. Lastly, do not ever enter personal payment information if you have not logged into your account securely.

February 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Hometown Heroes

Cash and Carry recently handed over funds to the Grangeville Police Department raised from its Hometown Heroes promotion. Here (left) C&C owner Jim Schmidt hands the check to Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew at Cash and Carry Market in Grangeville Thursday, Feb. 20

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Help sought for baby

Congratulations to Salmon River High School science teacher, Mrs. Sarah Walters, for being selected to the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholar’s mentorship program. This is the second selection for Mrs. Walters in three years. She will be a mentor in the Moscow area. Way to represent science and Salmon River area!

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Spears pens history of McComas Meadows

The roots run deep in McComas Meadows. And Harpster’s Monty Spears has spent a lifetime tending to those roots. Spears, a fourth generation descendent of the meadows, recently published the book “The History of McComas Meadows, 1894 to Present.”

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‘Fire Speaks the Land ’: Dance performance set for area schools

Fire science education for youth merges with the performing arts when the University of Montana, CoMotion Dance Project performs Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance. Eight school performances will be conducted for K-sixth grade students during the week of March 10-14 at Clearwater Valley, Kamiah, Timberline, Orofino, Troy, Deary, Lapwai and Grangeville elementary schools. The 50-minute performance uses original choreography, narration and music to explore fire science, forest ecology and traditional native perspectives on fire.

February 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


Community Briefs: ‘Idaho and Abraham Lincoln ’ session set for March 5

The program “Idaho and Abraham Lincoln” will be presented by historian Garry Bush Wednesday, March 5, Grangeville High School, 11 a.m., and at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia at 2 p.m. Bush is a first-person speaker and educator certified by the National Park Service. The event is sponsored by the Lewis-Clark State College Speaker’s Bureau. Follow the trail of Lincoln’s rise to national prominence and his involvement in the formation of Idaho. Learn how Lincoln and the Union’s future depended on Western mineral wealth and how Lincoln’s legacy impacts Idaho today. Experience Idaho’s beginnings with rare photographs and memorabilia. This will be an interactive PowerPoint presentation which is free and open to the public. Pleasant View Baptist Church to host men’s breakfast March 8 WHITE BIRD — Pleasant View Baptist Church will be hosting a men’s breakfast one Saturday morning per month beginning Saturday, March 8. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. free of charge and concludes by 8 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. Parenting class set for March 4 at Soltman Center GRANGEVILLE — “Let’s Talk About Raising Kids” parenting class is set for Tuesday, March 4, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Soltman Center. Nathalie Kretzmann will offer the free class on increasing compliance, enhancing family closeness and working with respectful discipline techniques, argument stopping and sibling issues. For details call 983-1620. Suprun to speak at EMS conference March 1 GRANGEVILLE — International EMS author and speaker Christopher Suprun will be the keynote presenter at the Spring Fling EMS Conference March 1 at Grangeville. Suprun is a firefighter/flight paramedic who responded to the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the Washington area sniper, and later Hurricane Katrina. He currently serves as chairman of the Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center Advisory Council and is a frequent author and presenter at conferences across the United State and internationally. He has previously served as adjunct faculty with The George Washington University, the US Secret Service Academy, and numerous other public and private entities.

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Tuesday, February 25



Rosa Rieman, 94

Rosa Rieman, 94 Grangeville, Idaho Rosa M. Rieman, 94 of Grangeville passed away Feb. 25, 2014, at the Grangeville Health and Rehab. Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

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Maxine V. Spitler, 91

Maxine V. Spitler, 91 Grangeville, Idaho Maxine V. Spitler, 91, of Grangeville, Idaho, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Syringa Hospital. Body donation to WWAMI Medical Program, Pullman, Wash., is under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

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Wednesday, February 19

 

Grangeville to meet Melba in first round: Set course for Kuna

Old Man Winter set back Grangeville’s district tournament opener by a day, but neither wind nor sleet could keep the GHS girls from completing their months-long march to the 2A girls state basketball tournament, which will open with Valley against Cole Valley at 1:15 p.m. MT Thursday, Feb. 20, at Kuna High School.

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Avalanche threat closes U.S. 12 twice

East-west traffic along U.S. Highway 12 was a traveler’s uncertainty last week due to midweek and weekend closures enacted as safety measures due to the threat of avalanche.

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Gas Danger: Carbon monoxide detector saves Grangeville couple

When that annoying little beep comes from somewhere in your house, don’t ignore it. It may just save your life. The first week of February Harold and Eldene Wasem noticed the carbon monoxide detector in their home beeping. Eldene pushed the buttons and then decided the unit needed a new battery.

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Boys Basketball: Savages carry 15-win streak into district tourney

The Savages left no doubt as to the identity of their classification’s top contender, crushing Long Pin Conference foes Garden Valley and Horseshoe Bend in games — the last of the regular season — on Feb. 12, and Friday, Feb. 14, respectively. Horseshoe Bend offered little resistance on Valentine’s Day, during which three Salmon River starters posted double-digit point totals; one of the visitors outscored the entire home team during a 62-22 rout.

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Keep higher speeds limited to interstates

Many of us push the limit (and maybe a little past?) of regulated speeds on our roads and highways, but we may want to be questioning a little deeper a proposed Idaho Senate bill that would — in certain circumstances — allow for increased speeds.

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News Brief: State Rep. Rusche to hold town hall meeting in Kamiah Saturday, Feb. 22

State Representative John Rusche will visit Kamiah to meet with constituents this Saturday, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Kamiah Chamber of Commerce Facility at 518 Main Street. The town hall meeting will provide an opportunity for citizens to share their thoughts and opinions and learn more about issues being discussed in the 2014 Legislative Session in Boise.

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Jury finds Grangeville man guilty on lewd conduct case

An Idaho County jury last week found a Grangeville man guilty of felony lewd conduct with a minor child under 16. Thomas T. Melvin, 31, is being held in the Idaho County Jail without bond, awaiting sentencing on April 28. Lewd conduct carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

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Syringa Hospital installs new CT scanner

Syringa Hospital and Clinics (SHC) recently announced the acquisition and installation of a new state-of-the-art 64 row, 128 slice Toshiba CT scanner. Using Toshiba’s newest technology (AIDR 3D and VELO CT software), the upgrade will result in the lowest radiation dose capabilities in northern Idaho and, at a minimum, matches the low dose CT systems in the Spokane area.

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SMHF plans Mardi Gras event

The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Mardi Gras committee has been hard at work planning the annual Mardi Gras event set for Saturday, March 22, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. This will begin at 5 p.m., with a social hour followed by dinner, silent and live auctions, dancing and casino games. The dress for this event is dressy casual to semi-formal.

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Slate Creek, Joseph Plains subject of travel planning

42 years ago this month, on Feb. 8, 1972, then-President Richard Nixon signed Executive Order 11644, which directed executive branch departments to start managing vehicle use on public lands – and that order has rippled through time to compel the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to start regulating routes on its lands throughout North Central Idaho, soon to include part of BLM’s acreage in Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Latah counties as well as the agency’s Slate Creek holdings in the Lower Salmon River.

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Noelle Pikus-Pace wins silver medal at Olympics

The deadline of March 31 to enroll under the Affordable Care Act is quickly approaching. Syringa Hospital and Clinics has personnel who have received the specialized training to become certified in-person assisters (IPA).

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Market Report : Feb 14, 19

Cottonwood Livestock Auction — February 14, 2014 Regular Sale, Feb. 28. Lewiston Livestock Auction — February 19, 2014 Special Cattlemen’s Week Feeder Sale, today, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. 1,500 calves and yearlings, 100 butcher cows and several small lots of bred cows. Small Animal Sale, Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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Court Records: February 17

Idaho County District Court Judge Michael J. Griffin Magistrate Jeff Payne Shawn P. Seubert, minor, alcoholic beverage - under 21 YOA unlawful to purchase, possess or consume, $200, driver’s license suspended for 90 days.

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Call Log : Lewis County Sheriff

Theft - RP reported theft of two five-gallon propane tanks and one five-gallon gas can. RP also reported vandalism of a tractor, swather and four wheeler and damage to one wheat crop. Incident took place two weeks ago and again on Friday.

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Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Grangeville: Death Graves Creek Road; Traffic Hazard Hwy 95 MP 229; Disabled Vehicle Hwy 95 MP 221; Kooskia: Fish & Game Hwy 12 MP 83.5; Fish & Game Hwy 13 MP 18; Vandalism Hwy 12 MP 71; Trespassing Hwy 12; Vin Inspection Broadway Avenue; Riggins: Disabled Vehicle Hwy 95 MP 184.

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NWTF banquet set for April 5

The annual National Wild Turkey Federation fund-raiser, the Turkey Trackers Hunting Heritage banquet, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Greencreek Hall.

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Ski Scoop

Snowhaven Ski Area new: -”, top: 38”, base: 32”

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Crash Near Fenn

One person received minor injuries, not requiring hospitalization, following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 95 Monday, Feb. 17, north of Fenn

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Kamiah levy: time to repay that debt

Regarding the upcoming vote for the Kamiah school levy, please vote yes. I regard it as a payback obligation. We have all benefitted and prospered from our own education. And we got it for free. Someone else paid for it when we were kids. If you can read this, you can read it because of that free education we all received. Now it’s our turn.

February 19, 2014 6 a.m. read more..


What we achieved together in county

Without new people and fresh ideas, our democratic system of government rots. Failure follows. The current incompetence in Congress shows this. Too many years in office, too little interest in the people, and too self-important. Politicians should be replaced often.

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Kamiah levy: ability to invest in children

It was astonishing to see how much local communities, such as Nezperce, Grangeville and Orofino, have supported their public schools. The fact that Kamiah has passed one levy for $100,000 since 1996, while our neighbors have supplemented millions to keep their schools financially above water, says a lot. Perhaps the Kamiah school district should be applauded for their budgeting tact, while receiving very little community funding.

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No difference with Democrats, GOP

How far does clone experimentation go? One wonders given Idaho’s Frankenstein results of late. Take Mr. Kerry, part time Sun Valley vacationer. The 2004 presidential pretender made one of those pithy statements he is noted for…. ”I voted for it, before I was against it.”

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Kamiah levy: yes vote is a start

We were looking through our old Facebook posts and ran across this one from May 16, 2012. On our way to school this morning, my sweet 8-year-old told me, “Don’t worry Mom, if the levy doesn’t pass, Dad will help fix the middle school’s roof.” That levy didn’t pass. He is almost 10 and we are still worrying.

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Roberts donates money to non-profit

Sixth grader Makayla Roberts was busy last fall making scarves, hair flowers and other items. She worked at the December craft fair at Grangeville Elementary Middle School to sell the items she made.

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Gripping Action

With an athletic burst, Grangeville’s Phillip Walters tries to reposition himself and capitalize on control of his opponent’s wrist.

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Locals land top team GPA honors

The Nezperce girls, the Kamiah boys and the Summit Academy boys, are Idaho High School Activities Association 2013-2014 winter academic state champions, based on team cumulative grade point average.

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F&G seeks input on big game hunting seasons

Idaho Fish and Game has several open house meetings planned around the state to discuss 2014 big game seasons and rules, including an open house from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the Grangeville Senior Center.

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Stockmen can protect property from predators

One of the five management goals listed in the 2002 Idaho Wolf and Conservation Management Plan was to “minimize wolf-human conflicts by coordinating with USDA Wildlife Services to achieve prompt response to notifications of wolf depredation and prompt resolution of conflicts.”

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Scorecard

Trapshooting 61st Camas Prairie Trap Shoot Grangeville (Week 6, Feb. 16.) Singles: AA: 24 Pepper Harman, Josh Bransford, John Vrieling, Howard Jordan, 23 Bill Stolz, Ron Brackelsberg, Mark Baune, Kirk MacGregor, Brad Baker, Brian Lorenz, Hal Smurthwaite. A: 23 Jeremy Roberts, Bob Abbott, Nick Slichter, Mike Lerandeau, 22 Monty Ewing, Lynn Smith, Jake Kaschmitter.

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Choir at monastery March 9

The Idaho County Fair Royalty would like to invite all little princesses, age 4 to fourth grade to “A Princess Tea Party” on March 15 at the Prairie Junior-Senior High cafeteria on Keuterville Road in Cottonwood.

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Kernutt, Shuck are basket raffle winners

Sorry for the communication problems last week. But it shouldn’t take long for us to get caught up. It hasn’t been too exciting around here lately. In fact, it kind of feels like winter.

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Program set on homesteaders

Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. at the Kooskia Community Center there will be a presentation by Bob Squires on “Homesteaders of the Middle Fork.” Bob’s Power Point presentation highlights years of research about the early homesteaders along the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.

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‘Nothing happening’

Nothing is happening upriver, no businesses have opened back up yet, no big parties, no rafters or kayakers yet, not even any hunters, and I refuse to stoop so low as to report about rocks on the road or dead raccoons again.

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SRHS senior b-ball players honored

Salmon River Savages had a great win Wednesday, Feb. 12, with a wonderful tribute to our senior players, Leighton Vander Esch, Terrun Zolman, Nolan Richerson, Fred Taylor, McCoy Hale, Tyrel Walker and Thomas Mead, at their last home game.… such a wonderful and talented group of kids.

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Organizations: Feb. 19

Cottonwood Senior Citizens Dolores G. Seubert opened the Feb. 11 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark gave the dinner prayer. There were no guests this week. There were 49 meals served with 17 takeouts. Dixie Sharrard won the free dinner. Grangeville Senior Citizens The Feb. 10 meeting was opened by Stan Modrell leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The prayer was given by Alice Rickman. The free dinner came to Carol Asker. There were 56 meals served with 34 takeouts...

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Tuesday, February 18



Wednesday, February 12

   

Toy gun initiates GHS lockdown

“There was no crime, no law was violated,” said Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew following a nearly two-hour lockdown of Grangeville High School on Monday afternoon over what turned out to be a toy gun brought for play practice. Approximately 50 students and staff were in the building at the time of the 3:36 p.m. report, Feb. 10. A student on board a school bus witnessed what appeared to be a person with a rifle or shotgun entering the main GHS entrance.

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Where are they now: GHS grad enjoys family life in Nampa

In 1994, Julie Schmidt was named “Junior Miss” in Grangeville. Twenty years later, some of the lessons she learned during that process are still serving her well. Julie Schmidt West, now of Nampa, graduated from Grangeville High School in 1995 and still recalls the good times she experienced while living here.

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Friday fire destroys home in Kooskia

Cause is undetermined for a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed a Kooskia residence. “The house was fully involved,” when crews arrived, said Chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Fire Department. “We were able to keep it from spreading anywhere else,” protecting some nearby outbuildings; however, the structure – a trailer home with add-ons — and its contents were lost.

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Shepherd to push EPA nullification

Eight months after the Riggins-area suction dredge mining community put its case to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, suction dredgers packed a joint hearing of the Idaho Legislature’s natural resources committees last Monday, Feb. 3. An hour of testimony – including speeches from two Idaho County elected officials – led to the Feb. 6 introduction of a bill by Rep. Paul Shepherd of Riggins to declare Environmental Protection Agency regulations “null and void.”

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Dumas pushes for state minimum wage increase

Grangeville City councilwoman Shelley Dumas knows what it’s like to survive on very little. “I moved to Grangeville in 1988 after a divorce and I had nothing,” she said. “I worked at a volunteer job that compensated me with $10 a day, seven days a week. That’s how I paid rent and all my expenses.”

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Market Report : Feb 10, 11

Cottonwood Livestock Auction — February 10, 2014 Regular Sale, Friday, Feb. 14, 300 Calves, 50 Slaughter Cows and Bulls. Next Sale,

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Raffle proceeds will go to help Riggins baby

The Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop and Sterling Bank in Riggins are selling raffle tickets for a one-of-a-kind metal art work made by Tom Travis. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and all proceeds will go toward medical expenses of the premature daughter of David and Elizabeth Galli, Lillian. The family will be returning to Riggins when Lillian makes a few more hospital milestones. The drawing is set for March 8 and the art work is on display until then at Sterling Bank in Riggins.

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Forsman voted as employee of year

After the ballots were cast and carefully counted, Carri Forsman, health information management director at St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley hospitals, was selected as the 2013 employee of the year. Each SMH employee received a ballot in December listing the Employees of the Month for 2013. Although it was close, Forsman collected the majority of the votes. The honor was announced at an employee appreciation event Jan. 20. Forsman was described by a co-worker as, “always caring and helpful; she exemplifies great core values.”

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In the News...

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a Veterans Advocate in Grangeville on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon). The advocate will be available to assist veterans and/or their dependents with benefit questions, ongoing claims, and filing new claims with the Veterans Administration. Veterans in need of these services should schedule an appointment by calling the Idaho Division of Veteran Services (Lewiston Region) at 799-5084. Walk-ins will only be seen as time allows.

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Deadline extended on response to county’s USFS suit

Idaho County’s lawsuit challenging road closures continues to move, hokey-pokey style, through the U.S. District court. The county recently filed a Jan. 21 summons of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest supervisor Rick Brazell followed by a motion to push back a previously set deadline from Feb. 4 to April 24 in order to allow the feds 60 days to respond to the summons.

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On voting preparation: Affiliation deadline is March 14

Very soon we will be in full swing as the election cycle kicks into gear once again. 2014 will prove to be a big election year with many local and state races beckoning voters to get out to the polls. Although the May primary may seem a long way off, here are a few things to keep in mind right now, as there are some early deadlines to pay close attention to.

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‘Not our fracking that’s at fault ’

I’m sorry, Mr. and Mrs. American Family, that the well which supplied your family with clean drinking water for hundreds of years can now be lit on fire by holding a lighter to what comes out of your faucet, but I swear it’s not our fracking that’s at fault.”

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Combine research, knowledge at this critical time for elk

Thank you, Eric Barker, for the Jan. 31 article [Lewiston Tribune] on elk studies planned for our area. As our elk numbers dwindle because of predation and lack of suitable range it is deplorable that we would spend six to seven million dollars on research and planning while we watch animal numbers continue to decrease.

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Fulcher: a man of principles for Idaho

Well, unfortunately the distraction of the (yea) Seahawks playing and winning the Super Bowl is over, and for most of us were jolted back into the real world of the bad economy, high prices, unemployment, and the constant struggle to make ends meet, in contrast to Washington, D.C., telling us how great everything is.

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Savage playoff week on tap

Happy Valentine’s Day, Friday! Valentines are not just for kids…. adults like to celebrate, too. Treat your sweetheart to a day of love and joy! Nothing says “love” like spending time with your loved ones. Send cards, flowers, candy, or call if you cannot be with your loved ones. Remember your moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, too!

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Indoor market open Fridays

Saturday, Feb. 22, Bob Squires presents, “Homesteaders of the Middle Fork.” This is only one of the programs to be sponsored by the Kooskia Library this winter. Bob’s powerpoint presentation highlights years of research about the early homesteaders along the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.

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Wilson is new Prairie Library volunteer

Prairie Community Library has a new volunteer at the library. Her name is Melissa Wilson. She has lived in Cottonwood for three-and-one-half years with her family. Her hobbies are cross stitch, baking and volunteering her time for companionship with the elderly. Melissa has been busy helping the librarians plan the new children’s section. Come in and meet Melissa and her beautiful smile.

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Valentine dinner scheduled for Feb. 15

Steak! Red Velvet Cake! Sounds like a Valentine dinner to me. VFW Wilderness Post 8311 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring their annual Valentine Steak Dinner, Feb. 15, at the Elk City VFW Hall. The menu is boneless New York loin steak accompanied by baked potato with all the trimmings, green salad and hot rolls. And to top it all off, Cocoa Anderson is preparing her Red Velvet Cake for all to enjoy. Serving time is from 5 – 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and reservations are needed. Call the VFW at 842-2393.

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Count blessings in the deep snow

Count your blessings, count your blessings, this keeps going over and over in my mind. The snow is deep, the icicles are five feet long, the temperature is dropping, and they didn’t call a snow day at school. Every picture I take is like a whiteout. The traffic moving along Highway 12 is going slow, but it’s going and so are the snowplows.

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Upcoming events set for Kooskia Community Library

Saturday, Feb. 22, Bob Squires will present, “Homesteaders of the Middle Fork.” Squires’ Powerpoint presentation will highlight years of research about the early homesteaders along the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.

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Group earns money for Rome Pilgrimage

When in Rome, do as … Cottonwood residents do. Actually, that would make Sue Sonnen proud. “We have had several compliments on our kids from locals who the kids have worked for – I’m very proud of them,” Sonnen said.

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Local students win art contest

Twenty students have been selected as winners of the Fifth Annual Grangeville Arts and Syringa Hospital Foundation “Get Moving” art contest for students kindergarten through fifth grade. This is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of healthy choices by encouraging children to develop exercise habits.

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‘Cinderella’ set for Feb. 14: MCT to present play featuring local kids

A pumpkin coach, prince charming, a glass slipper and a dream come true are woven together by the magic of a fairy godmother this Friday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. at Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s multipurpose room, when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and more than 60 local students present an original musical adaptation of Cinderella.

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Students to study transportation through music

Local school children will have a chance to learn more about their American heritage through song and stories next week. Buffalo Hump Syndicate, a four-person acoustic band from the Camas Prairie and Clearwater River area, will present “Americans On The Move” to fourth- and fifth-graders at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Thursday, Feb. 20. The program begins about 12:15 p.m. in the music room.

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Community Briefs: Life Center to host Christian music concert

The Life Center is hosting the “Dead Come to Life” tour Wednesday, Feb. 19, with Loftland, Shine Bright Baby, and Johnathan Thulin. Cost is $5 at the door and concert starts at 7 p.m. There will be autograph signing and a band meet and greet time after the show. The Life Center is located at 4432 Highway 12 between Kamiah and Kooskia. For information contact Johny at 816-6304.

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TRANSCRIPT: Chmelik's speech

This is the full text of Idaho County commissioner and Lt. Governor candidate Jim Chmelik’s speech as given to the Idaho legislature’s joint resource and conservation committees, on Feb. 3, 2014. This transcript occasionally omits repeated or misspoken phrases for the sake of clarity. -AO

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TRANSCRIPT: Giddings' speech

This is the full text of Idaho County sheriff Doug Giddings’ speech as given to the Idaho legislature’s joint resource and conservation committees, on Feb. 3, 2014.

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Grapple Wrapper

Grangeville’s regular season wrestling slate is set to close on Thursday night, Feb. 13, with another home meet to start at 6 p.m.

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Hot Schooter

Blake Schoo (center) shot well in the Idaho State Championship Elks “Hoop Shoot.”

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Nez One, Girls

The Nezperce girls basketball team lifted the 1AD2 District II championship trophy last Monday, Feb. 10, following a win over Kendrick.

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Advisory Council nominees sought

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that it is seeking public nominations for open positions on its Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues.

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Snowhaven schedules ‘sweetheart’ weekend

On Saturday Feb. 15, Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area will offer a sweetheart deal: a two-for-one special on skiing or boarding for $17. Or, two can tube for two hours for $12. Snowhaven will be open four days this weekend: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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Volley Serve

Grangeville Elementary Middle School eighth grader Julia Heath prepares to serve the ball to Asotin Tuesday, Feb. 4, at GEMS. The next seventh-eighth grade home match is set for Monday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m. in the new gym, against Nezperce and Summit.

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Savages even the score

Two of Idaho’s top 1A boys basketball teams needed extra time to decide how to assign bragging rights, but after key shots by Leighton VanderEsch and Jimmy Shepherd lifted Salmon River to a 69-59 victory over Prairie last Thursday night, Feb. 6, the Savages and Pirates wound up with a split.

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Tuesday, February 11



Lloyd Mooers, 93

Lloyd Mooers, 93, of Kamiah, Idaho, died Feb. 6, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho.

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Wednesday, February 5



Four area stores identified in regional URM cyber-attack

Investigation is coming to a close in last November’s cyber-attack on URM Stores payment processing system that resulted in the theft of customer data stolen from financial transaction cards used across the Inland Northwest. “We blocked the attack and implemented security measures to make our systems more secure,” stated CEO Ray Sprinkle in a prepared news release.

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RAC proposals for 2014 due Feb. 28

The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting project proposals for review and possible funding for Fiscal Year 2014. Deadline is Feb. 28.

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Claim seeks $1 million from county

A suspect charged in an Idaho County fraud case has filed a tort claim against Idaho County seeking $1 million for damages alleged to have resulted from information provided by investigators concerning the incident that was published in a 2013 news article.

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Boarding On The Butte

Skiiers and snowboarders were out to enjoy the snow on Saturday, Feb. 1, for the opening day of Cottonwood Butte Ski Area, which overall drew attendance of 63. Check for operation hours on their Facebook page,

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The Association

Fans of The Association will want to purchase tickets now. For what? The Larry Ramos Farewell Concert set for the Blue Fox Theater Feb. 24.

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Sushi Night to benefit Grangeville Arts Feb. 22

Grangeville Arts’ Sushi Night is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Gallery. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature, in addition to sushi, other Asian-inspired foods. Cost of the event is $20.

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Blown Away

Craig Spencer was clearing walkways at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville Monday morning, Feb. 3, following a four-inch accumulation of snowfall from the night prior.

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Willis joins paper staff

GRANGEVILLE — There’s a new face around Idaho County Free Press and Shopper office and it’s one customers will see around the communities, too.

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GHS to present ‘Surviving Reality’

What do you get when a Park Avenue family and a poor hillbilly family are thrown together to live in the same home? A comedy that pits the wealthy against the uneducated and brings laughs to audience and cast members alike.

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Conference to feature Millermon

Are you looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift for the women in your life? Look no further. The Centennial Evangelical Free Church will host a one-day conference Saturday, March 15, featuring speaker and musician Ginger Millermon.

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State of the Union response:

I watched President Obama’s State of the Union speech interested to see what his view is on the current condition of our nation and the challenges he plans to address in the weeks and months ahead. President Obama’s current economic approach seems to include adding to the tax and spending increases that have caused much of our nation’s serious challenges.

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Volunteers needed for brood stock collection

Starting Feb. 24, Idaho Department of Fish and Game with volunteer assistance will collect adult hatchery steelhead for brood stock to increase adult returns to the South Fork Clearwater River. The minimum target is to collect 200 hatchery steelhead by March 9.

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Tournament Time

Top-seeded Grangeville will take on Orofino in the opening round of the 2A District II tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Troy.

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Locals to participate in KYG

More than 160 Idaho 4-H members will hear from the state’s top leaders during the 27th annual Know Your Government Conference (KYG) in Boise Feb. 15-17 during the Presidents Day holiday. The Idaho County 4-H Program will be sending five delegates to the conference this year.

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Local girls win in essay contest

Morgan Howard of Nezperce High School was awarded first place and Rebekah Bruner third place in the Daughters of the American Revolution 2013-14 Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest sponsored by the Alice Whitman chapter out of Lewiston/Clarkston.

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Spears’ niece crowned festival’s ‘Lilac Queen’

The 2014 Lilac Queen for the Spokane Lilac Festival has a direct tie to Idaho County. Kaylee Pearson, a senior at Ferris High School, is the niece of Monty and Brenda Spears of Harpster. She was crowned Lilac Queen Jan. 26 at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane.

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‘Buster’ is new mascot

The new mascot at Prairie Community Library has a name! Catherine Seubert, 4, daughter of Heather and Maurice Seubert, named him Buster.

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Chocolate Fantasy is Feb. 8

A Chocolate Fantasy, in your mind what would you imagine it would be? Maybe chocolate desserts, appetizers, drinks, soups, salads, or gifts.

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VFW Valentine dinner is Feb. 14

Treat your sweetie to a Valentine dinner at the VFW on Friday, Feb. 14. More information forthcoming next week. Meetings: Elk City Area Alliance, 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at the Forest Service meeting room; Tuesday, Feb. 11, EMT meeting; American Legion on Feb. 12.

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Las Vegas: Another planet

Las Vegas was entertaining. The gift show was amazing and huge. I can’t wait for you all to see the great stuff I found for the store.

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RAC meeting dates set

The North Central Idaho RAC (Resource Advisory Committee) meetings are scheduled for March 12 and April 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville.

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In the News...

Idaho County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner is March 8 GREENCREEK – The annual Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at the Greencreek Community Hall on March 8, sponsored by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee. Public info meeting on grant proposal set ELK CITY — The public is invited to an informational meeting in Elk City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m...

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Applicator training, testing set Feb. 18-19

The Prairie Private Applicator Recertification, Training and Testing program will be held in Nezperce on Feb. 18-19, for area farmers, ranchers and fieldmen. This course is offered every other year and is sponsored by University of Idaho Extension.

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Kamiah levy: Think critical how to vote

On Mar. 11 the patrons of Kamiah School District will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed levy amount of $650,000. Kamiah is one of the few districts in the entire state that has been able to run without levied support for the past several years. Because the state is not giving adequate finances for schools to operate, this will be the last year that Kamiah can function at a desirable level without any local monetary aid.

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County to be better for Chmelik’s effort

I was quite disappointed when I read the recent editorial [Jan. 29 issue] from the Idaho County Free Press taking Commissioner Jim Chmelik to task for deciding to seek state office while serving as our county commissioner.

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We owe much to delivery drivers

I want to thank all of the truckers as well as all of those folks out there locally and those from other places around the United States and the world.

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Faith: Briefs

Keuterville Hall is again the site for the St. Mary’s/Holy Cross parish dinner set for Sunday, Feb. 9. The dinner will start serving at 11 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m. This year’s meal consists of roast beef, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, fruit, and dinner rolls with dessert. Cost for the meal is $9 for adults, $4 for grades one through six, while kindergarten and younger are free.

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Valentine date night benefits MOPS group

Grangeville MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is sponsoring a Valentine Date Night Friday, Feb. 14, 6 to 8 p.m. For $20 per couple, dinner, including three courses plus beverages, is included plus child care (with a light dinner for the kids).

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Market Report : Feb 4, 29

SALES YARDS Cottonwood Livestock Auction — February 4, 2014 No Sale, Feb. 7. Next Sale, Feb. 14. Lewiston Livestock Auction — January 29, 2014 Cattle Market Comments: Stockers steady to $10 higher, lite test on Feeders, Cows, $5 higher; 900 head sold. CPAR Thursday, Feb. 13, , Cattlemen’s Feeder Sale, Feb. 19. Steers: 300-400 lbs., 180 to 190; 400-500 lbs., 190 to 206; 500-600 lbs., 185 to 214; 600-700 lbs,

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Playground Honors Newby

The Grangeville Lions Club requested and received authorization from the Grangeville City Council to name the kids’ playground area at Lions Park in honor of the late Dick Newby.

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Crazy Critter 4-H

The first meeting of the Crazy Critters 4-H Club was held Monday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.

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Cottonwood Butte opens

Cottonwood Butte opened last Saturday and will be open this coming weekend, Feb. 8-9, 10-4 p.m. Feb. 1 totals were 28 inches (summit) and 20 inches (base).

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Lack of snow hampers aerial surveys

So far this year dry conditions and the lack of snow have led Idaho Department of Fish and Game to change its aerial survey plans because big game are spread widely rather than confined to typical winter range.

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