Pop quiz: Republicans account for half of Idaho County voters, but what group makes up the second largest? If you said Democrat, you’d be wrong.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Cottonwood School District teacher John Eynon announced his candidacy last week for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction. Eynon spoke as, “a concerned grandfather,” he said, for the future of state education, to members of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee last Tuesday, Jan. 21. Issues with Common Core, such as the loss of local schools oversight and declining standards, were a key campaign topic for Eynon, along with needs for improved student safety and rights to privacy.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A Horseshoe Bend man suffered injuries following a rollover accident at Pollock Monday afternoon, Jan. 28, that blocked U.S. Highway 95 for approximately two hours. Michael J. Clure, 60, was transported to St. Luke’s McCall Hospital. Patient status was unavailable.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Jade Helmich, owner-operator of Antler House Media, son of Terrie Helmich of Riggins, helped document a successful trophy elk hunt for an episode of “Outback Outdoors” which aired on the Sportsman Channel last Friday, Jan. 24.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Steady demand and a very limited supply of agricultural lands led to increasing land values for 2013. Market observers in all four Northwest states – Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington continue to report a shortage of good quality agricultural properties on the market, according to a Northwest Farm Credit Services land value survey.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Krystin Uhlenkott, a 15-year-old sophomore at Prairie Junior-Senior High School, is trying to save one million pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House by the time she is a senior. This is part of Uhlenkott’s senior project for Prairie High School.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Dolores G. Seubert opened the Jan. 21 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Jerry Wren gave the dinner prayer. Mary Ann Kuther brought Denise Schacher from Ferdinand to our meal site this week. There were 64 meals served with 15 takeouts. Eileen Hazelbaker won the free dinner.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Feb. 3-7 are the dates for a Hunter Safety Class to be held at Prairie Elementary School. Class will be every afternoon with live firing on Friday. Home School students are welcome to sign up for the class. For information call Eric Wassmuth at 962-2372. This class is an excellent way for kids to get acquainted with firearms and hunting, even if they are not planning to hunt.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The water board would like to thank everyone on the water system for their cooperation during our recent water crisis. Even the store ordered in more bottled water to make sure everyone would have enough drinking water. Thanks Jessica! According to Coco Anderson, someone commented that it was great to see how self-sufficient everyone was during this time!January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Clearwater IOOF will be sponsoring their 51st annual Groundhog Breakfast on Feb. 2 at their IOOF Hall in Clearwater. This is their major annual fund-raiser and you will miss good food and good conversation if you miss this. Sunday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., all the pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs you can enjoy for $7 adults and $4 children. Tahoe QRU on Leitch Creek Road will be starting their annual “Meet the Crew” coffee and donut session, beginning Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. until noon. It’s free and fun. You will meet many of the ambulance crew and a lot of your neighbors.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Salmon River Wine and Viticulture Conference will be held in Riggins today, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. (MST)/8 a.m. (PST) at the Riggins Community Center, 121 Lodge Street. “In the 1970s and again in 1996, three regions in Idaho were identified by the University of Idaho as suitable for growing wine grapes,” said organizer Melisa Bryant of Ida-Lew EDC. “The Snake River Valley has official American Viticulture Area status, the Lewis Clark Valley is working on AVA status and the Salmon River area is rich with possibilities. It makes sense to explore this industry for the Salmon River area: the global wine supply is barely keeping up with demand and U.S. wine is already a booming $34.6 billion industry.”January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Guests/Presenters: Deanna Hall-Part-time employee request; Kathy Ackerman-website updates, CompuNet quote on email exchange server upgrade, processing of Indigent applications under ACA; Sheila Key-geo-media maintenance agreement; James Zehner & Bettie Umbinetti-mailing fee increase; Public Hearing on amendment of Solid Waste Ordinance #58.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Federal prosecutors are formally charging a former Grangeville postal worker with misappropriation of postal funds during a three-year period and providing a false statement regarding the matter to U.S. Special Agent.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Recent addition of a new collections bin will improve operations for Idaho County Recycling (ICR). In 2013, ICR received a $3,000 Frank and Dorothy Peavey Memorial Fund grant, issued through the Idaho Community Foundation. The grant was used to purchase a 43-cubic-foot shipping container that was retrofitted with mechanisms for hauling, and a solar-powered hydraulic lift for its double-lid access opening.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Though shorthanded, Salmon River found a way to beat the only team they lost to last year. Primary scorers Leighton Vander Esch (39 points) and Jimmy Shepherd (16 points) combined for seven three-pointers as the Savages rattled off a 59-42 home win over Genesee last Saturday, Jan. 25.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
About five minutes into their league title-clinching win against Coeur d’Alene Charter last Saturday, Jan. 25, Grangeville let the visitors back into a game they had dominated from the opening tip-off.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A 60-42 road win over third place Genesee last Saturday, Jan. 25, leaves Prairie tied with Lapwai for the Whitepine League lead.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A Community Garden Dinner and Silent Auction is set for Friday, Jan. 31, 5 to 8 p.m., at The Gallery. Cost is $12.95 for a dinner of shepherd’s pie, green salad and bread. A no-host bar will be available and $1 from each dinner served as well as all tips will benefit the community garden.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A former Idaho County resident has penned a fiction e-book that is now available for e-readers. Carlin Lohrey, formerly of Stites, recently finished “The Caves of Lavar,” which is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book for $3.99. The heroine, Cara, is a girl from an advanced tribe who is brutally kidnapped by Wolf, a cave-dweller. She is wrenched from a comfortable life to one of terror and danger. Can she outwit her cruel captor and escape, or will she remain at the mercy of a cruel caveman?January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
My name is Mary Johnson and I am the president of Grangeville People First. The People First members and I would like to thank everyone who bought tickets or gave a donation for the Cathy Sokolowski memorial fund-raiser.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Congressman Labrador begins to show concern for the interests of Idahoans when an election approaches, but Idaho needs someone working for them full time. Labrador is now willing to take money from the federal government for Idaho counties to help pay for public services and schools. We get this money because counties having federal lands have less private land upon which taxes may be collected.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
So the Idaho County Commission isn’t a big enough stage for Jim Chmelik? The District III commissioner’s decision to make a run for Idaho’s lieutenant governor shouldn’t be a surprise to those who voted the Cottonwood Republican into office, but they have all the right to be dismayed. His views have had generous access to this page, even allowing for the rhetoric to continue after his submissions went well beyond the well-being of Idaho County, an obvious attempt to build name recognition to Republicans statewide.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
If Idaho lawmakers want to do something really bold and useful this legislative session, I have two suggestions. One of these is doable this legislative session, depending on how lawmakers proceed. Option one: Eliminate the tax on groceries. Eliminating the sales tax on groceries would save Idahoans somewhere around $170 million a year. This sounds like pretty tough and, perhaps, insurmountable public policy to put in place.January 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A significant change to regional winter weather for the Northern Rockies is being forecast, by the National Weather Service office in Missoula, for Tuesday evening through midday Friday (Jan. 28-31).January 27, 2014 2:03 p.m. read more..
A common sight this time of year is unattended vehicles warming up in frosty driveways. What isn’t as common in those moments is watching a thief drive off with your car. Cottonwood resident Dewayne E. Smith, 42, has been charged with grand theft, a felony, for allegedly stealing a Grangeville woman’s car as it sat idling. He is scheduled this Friday, Jan. 24, for a court hearing on this and a related misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia (syringe) with intent to use.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Two escapees from North Idaho Correctional Institution are back behind bars and facing new felony charges after a short-lived escape Saturday morning from the Idaho Department of Correction’s (IDOC) facility at Cottonwood.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole reversed an earlier decision that would have granted convicted murderer Bryan S. Lankford parole in four years. Executive Director Olivia Craven said Thursday, Jan. 16, the commission changed its earlier ruling based on “a procedural error.”January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
For me, it began with a “light bulb moment” during a September 2013 presentation by Melissa Sanborn, owner of Colter’s Creek Winery & Vineyard and a commissioner with the Idaho Wine Commission. She showed a map entitled “Idaho Growing Regions” with three circled areas in the state of Idaho. Melissa said the Snake River Valley has official American Viticulture Area status, the Lewis Clark Valley is working on AVA status, and the area around Riggins and White Bird has potential. While her presentation focused on the Snake and LC valleys, my mind kept going back to the idea that the Riggins/White Bird area has wine grape growing potential.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
In response to the letter [Jan. 15 issue] by Ginger Cornia re: bullying at GEMS: There is something you can do. Educate yourself to school policy and the law. The school rules and policies are all on line at www.sd244.org. The legal statutes regarding bullying are at http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH9SECT18-917A.htm.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Our kids are worth whatever it takes. I am a very concerned parent devastated by the current situation of the school system here in Kamiah. Many rumors exist about the upcoming levy we must pass to offset the terrible deficit our school faces due to underfunding at the state level. The future of our school depends on it.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Labrador announces academy nominations WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) announced his office’s nominations to the U.S. service academies recently. Locals nominated include Abigail Chmelik of Grangeville and Andrew Cochran of Cottonwood for both the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Military Academy.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
It’s a fine, sunshiny morning as I write this. Have you noticed the sunrise and sunset the past couple weeks? They have really been gorgeous. It’s been a long time since we had such a mild winter.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Got a correction to make.… When I said last week that the “VFW Auxiliary is in the process of raising money for the vets of our community,” I misunderstood that this dinner was being put on by Suzanne and Sonja to raise money for the VFW Post.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Guests/Presenters: Jim Church & Greg Schumacher-Idaho County Fair Board Appointment; Rick Musick-ag solid waste exemption request; Bettie Umbinetti & James Zehner-Resolution regarding DMV Records; Jill Summers-carpet bids, janitorial update; Ray Hamell-request for stay in tax deed issuance; Kim Nuxoll-ag solid waste clarification; Don Solberg-Airport insurance renewal; Niki Schacher-Riggins Salmon Road Run; Janie Fluharty-Idaho County Recycling grant request; Kathy Ackerman-baby changing station request; Rio Buck, Emma Edwards, Brandon Vetter and Kara Sanders-GEMS report on attendance at McCall Outdoor Science School.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
This bald eagle was seen, along with a couple of golden eagles, in a field next to the drive-in theatre last Wednesday, Jan. 15. Sunset Auto Vue proprietor Chris Wagner said the eagles had been in the area for about five days and spent a portion of their time scavenging on a deer carcass.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River Road’s blacktop leads to the Manning Crevice Bridge, where construction of a new span is anticipated this fall. Idaho County has reached an agreement with federal agencies on maintenance, county commissioner Jim Chmelik said, under which the county has “reluctantly agreed to take over maintenance on the old bridge.”January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
In the 1960’s the world of wildlife management gained a tool that transformed wildlife research and management – radio telemetry.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Two hunter education classes are set to be held at GEMS during the coming weeks and, as there will be no equivalents offered in Grangeville this fall, these are the best chance for those intending to be licensed to meet the course requirement.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Savages, Pirates unbeaten in Long Pin, Whitepine, respectively.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A dozen and one days after playing a double-overtime thriller at Colton, the Bulldogs made swift work of the Wildcats on Monday night, Jan. 20.January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) data in its first forecast of 2014. The NWCC also predicts normal water supply east of the Continental Divide and will continue to monitor, forecast and update water supplies for the next six months.January 20, 2014 11:22 a.m. read more..
It’s those teenagers and their gadgets, texting and talking on the phone while driving, that is the problem. Public perception on this hazard is such that there has been support to legislate prohibitions on this activity for novice drivers ages 18 and younger.January 15, 2014 8:14 a.m. read more..
“A very impressive start,” said Melisa Bryant. The economic development specialist for Ida-Lew Economic Development Council received a $3,000 donation from the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce last week that will give a strong funding boost to the Idaho-Lewis County Technical Education Foundation for local workforce training.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Cash and Carry Market on Grangeville’s Main Street held its grand opening last Friday and Saturday with hundreds of people coming through the store’s remodeled facilities for deals on a variety of grocery items as well as free cake and coffee. Pictured here are (L-R) Mary Schmidt, Eldene Wasem and Jim Schmidt serving cake Saturday, Jan. 11.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A Kamiah woman was cited for failure to yield following a two-car traffic accident last week that injured a Cottonwood man.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
We would like to wish Dr. McCall and his wife a happy retirement, and welcome Doctors Schaff and Harrington to Kamiah as our new dentists.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Riggins Mayor Glenna McClure would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous new year. Mayor-elect Glenna McClure took the oath of office Monday, Jan. 13, along with new councilors, Roy Akins and Jonny Wilson, who join Carolyn Friend and Gary Miller on the Riggins City Council.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Notes from the Idaho County Commission Jan. 7. Guests/Presenters: : Ray Hamell-request for stay in tax deed issuance; Alex Tibbetts & Dusty Arnzen-Computer cabling upgrade; Skip Brandt-request for sponsorship for Crisis Intervention Training; Deanna Hall-request for late fee cancellation; Bette Polack-Precinct designation; Gene Meinen-LHTAC Emergency Funding Grant, seasonal employee request; Debbie Evans, Julia York & Joyce Dearstyne-Framing Our Community Grant request; James Zehner-part-time employee request; Melisa Bryant-Request for fiscal agent for Ida-Lew Technical Education Foundation.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Barely a minute into the varsity opener, when Prairie girls varsity coach Lori Mader called a timeout to turn a scramble for a loose ball into an extra possession for the PHS girls, it was clear the Pirates intended to try to squeeze the maximum from every slight advantage they could find.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Commissioner Chmelik receives 2014 Idaho GOP Hall of Fame Award BOISE — Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik received the Idaho GOP Hall of Fame Award for “Outstanding Elected Official” at the Idaho Republican Party’s annual winter meeting in Boise on Jan. 4. In receiving the award, Chmelik, 53, of Cottonwood, was commended, according to a press release, for his leadership and dedication in traveling all around the state of Idaho to educate citizens of their rights to federally controlled lands.January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Do you have a memory of Syringa Hospital to share?January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
With a GHS gym packed for four games Friday night, the Grangeville girls powered past Prairie 51-44. The Pirates claimed victory in the boys game, 54-48.January 10, 2014 11 p.m. read more..
The National Weather Service office in Missoula has issued weather alerts for snow tonight (Jan. 8) and high winds by this weekend in the North Central Idaho Region.January 8, 2014 2:16 p.m. read more..
What is the face of labor in Idaho County? Education, health care, natural resource industries and retail are top occupations for residents, according to five-year estimate figures in the 2008-2012 American Community Survey recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Daniel L. Clay of Cottonwood will serve the next several years in prison for his part in last summer’s armed robbery of a Grangeville gas station. At his sentencing in District Court on Monday, Jan. 6, Clay, 33, was ordered to serve a minimum of five years and a maximum of 12 with the Idaho Department of Correction, and to pay $767 in restitution to station owner Raj Chahal.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Former Idaho County Food Bank Manager Leta J. Akins was ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution last week for thefts committed during a four-year period against the now-defunct nonprofit community service organization.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Advocates seek legislative action to improve wages and social services supports to address poverty issues in Idaho, according to the recently released national 2013 Job Gap study.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A court hearing is pending for Phillip W. Burrell, 52, of Bakersfield, Calif., charged with felony burglary and grand theft in an Aug. 30, 2013, incident at the Cattlemen’s Restaurant in Riggins.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Area basketball roundup: Grangeville and Clearwater Valley boys and girls resultsJanuary 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Response to Jake Wren’s LTE dated Dec. 12, 2013: Wouldn’t it be great if the working poor could have their minimum wage subsidized by the federal government like Jake Wren does with the farm subsidy that he receives in supplementing his income (see web site EWG Farm Subsidy Zip Code 83522)?January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The recent op/ed [Dec. 25 issue] by State Democrat party chairman Larry Kenck represents the contrast by those who think a centralized bureaucracy 3,000 miles away can best manage our state affairs, and those who believe it is time to take control of our own destiny as a state.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Spouse beaters, gas station robbers and drug dealers: All are criminals, but not all these folks should be treated the same when it comes to sentencing.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
On Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pacific Time, Salmon River Art Guild will be hosting its annual open house at the White Bird City Hall Community Center. There will be art displayed for show and sale, demonstrations throughout the day, refreshments and admission is free.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A guest column by Idaho Fish and Game director Virgil MooreJanuary 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Ashlie N. Matalamaki, 29, of Grangeville, is scheduled for a Jan. 14 pretrial hearing on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville: Rocks in rd Hwy 14 mp 14; Injury Accident WB Hill; Non-injury Accident Hwy 95 mp 267; Animal Problem Hwy 95 mp 255; Kooskia: Horses in rd Hwy 13 MP 25; Slide Off Lukes Gulch; Tribal Assist Appaloosa Dr; Arrest of 31-year-old Clearwater man for Resist/Obstruct Police; Icy Rd Hwy 12; Riggins: Rocks in rd Hwy 95 mp 194.January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Jordan Schoo, 34, of both Nampa and Grangeville, pleaded guilty today, Jan. 7, in United States District Court to identity theft by possession of five or more false identification documents and aggravated identity theft.January 7, 2014 4:06 p.m. read more..
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