Stories for January 2014

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Wednesday, January 29

 

Elections 2014: Cottonwood teacher seeks state superintendent post

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.

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Unemployment drops in county for third year

Idaho County economic conditions have been steadily improving for the past three years, according to information from the Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL), and the 2014 forecast is bright for more of the same.

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Scholar discusses book with group

Fifteen people gathered last Tuesday night at the Grangeville Centennial Library to discuss the book “Letters of a Woman Homesteader” by Elinore Pruitt Stewart as part of the state’s Let’s Talk About It reading program.

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Helmich delivers great shot on “Outback Outdoors”

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.

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Scorecard

High school basketball, bowling and trapshooting results.

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Competition for Northwest Agricultural Properties Overshadow Bearish Factors

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.

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Idaho ranks third in volunteerism

More than one in three Idahoans volunteered their time to improve their communities and help those who need assistance, making the state third in the nation in volunteerism.

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State lowest level in five years

Statewide last month, 728,600 people were employed, pushing the unemployment rate to 5.7 percent, its lowest level in more than five years, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

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Uhlenkott saving pull tabs

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.

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Organizations : Jan. 29

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.

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Hunter Safety set for PES

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.

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Tow comes out tops in annual chili cookoff

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!

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Groundhog Feed set for Sunday, Feb. 2

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.

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Bridge crew moves on in

Stock up on hot dogs, chili and football supplies, ‘cause Super Bowl Sunday is on the way. If the power goes out I’m going to shoot myself on the foot! My money is on the Seahawks, but I don’t have much of it to bet!

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Wine conference set for today

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.”

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Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Threatening White Bird; DUI Arrest of 19-year-old Lewiston man; Kooskia: Theft Main St; Non-Injury Accident Hwy 12 mp 98.4; Agency Assist Lewis Co SO; Welfare Check Spruce St; Fire Beaverslide Rd; Riggins: VIN Main St.

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Call Log : Lewis County Sheriff

Wanted subject - arrest on FTA warrant out of Umatilla County. RP states rocks in the road southbound on Hwy. 95 between 278 and 280. Largest is on the center line of the passing lane.

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Notes from the Idaho County Commission Jan. 21.

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.

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Court Records : January 29

Dennis Joe Akin, 51, lewd conduct with child under 16, $288.50, 7 years in jail, 1 year jail time to be served in Idaho County, suspended for life.

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Stites-area death ruled apparent suicide

Stites resident Scott M. Wilson, 38, was discovered deceased at his residence by Idaho County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Cause of death was an apparent suicide as the result of hanging.

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Grant funds new collections bin at Cottonwood site for recycling

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.

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Good Block, Gutzman

Clearwater Valley sophomore Shalynn Gutzman effectively disrupted GHS senior Chantel Key’s shot attempt on this play during Grangeville’s 55-26 win Jan. 21.

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Savages avenge last year’s loss

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.

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Bulldogs run down Charter

The Bulldogs made short work of a Central Idaho League foe with a 19-0 start en route to a 53-19 win over Charter last Saturday, Jan. 25, leaving only Orofino to stand between Grangeville and the CIL title.

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Pirates rip Troy to stay perfect

No Whitepine League team has come within seven points of snapping Prairie’s perfect 7-0 WPL record, and in two regular season games, Troy didn’t come within 20.

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Foster parent meetings set in Kamiah

With more than 1,200 Idaho children in foster care because of abuse, neglect or family crisis, there is a consistent need for foster and adoptive parents in the state.

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Community Briefs: Dinner fund-raiser set for Jan. 31

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.

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Former resident pens e-book

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?

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Market Reports: Jan. 22 -24

Cattle Market Comment: Feeder cattle $5 to $10 higher; Slaughter Cows and Bulls, $3 to $6 higher; 1,145 head sold. Next Sale, Feb. 14. Steers: 200-400 lbs., 170 to 200; 400-500 lbs., 165 to 190;

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Rep. Labrador: vote yes, support Idaho

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.

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Help to bring back Oktubberfest

Do you remember way back when we had a lot of fun in downtown Grangeville with a carnival, street vendors, street dances, Lions burgers, a silly bank-to-bank-to-bank fun run that we walked backwards, and so much more?

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State run a consuming job; Comm. Chmelik should resign

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.

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Idaho Freedom Foundation to legislators:

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.

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Tuesday, January 28

  

Monday, January 27



Wednesday, January 22



Woman watches as suspicious man drives off with her car; arrest made

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.

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NICI escapees’ flight ends near Walla Walla

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.

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Lankford parole decision reversed

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.”

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Readers Theater

What do villains, magical beings, fighters, a meowing cat and ugly stepsisters all have in common? They all come together to make for an interactive drama.

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Singh, Bonn take top honors in geo bees

It’s a three-peat for Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s Amrit Singh while Sts. Peter and Paul’s Ethan Bonn is on his first round. The eighth graders were each winners in their school’s geography bees this month.

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Remember the victims: Robert and Cheryl

Procedural error or not, the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole made the correct decision last week when it overturned an earlier decision to parole murderer Bryan Lankford in 2018.

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Quit smoking with free aids in February

You might find it interesting that a few weeks ago more than 100 garbage bags of clothing were not only left at Syringa Thrift Store but also in some dumpsters across the prairie.

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U.S. Census: Idaho County

More people in Idaho County are without health insurance coverage than the total combined incorporated populations of Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Kooskia, Riggins and Stites.

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Salmon River area wine industry? Options to explore for the region

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..


To stop bullying, educate yourself

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.

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Wondering why the poor attendance?

I attended the Lapwai Community Christmas gathering. The assembly hall was filled to the maximum for the two sessions. I then attended the Kamiah Community Christmas gathering at the Pi Nee Waus.

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Kamiah levy: ensure a quality education

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.

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Community Briefs: Labrador announces academy nominations

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.

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Marmaduke?

Recent spring-like weather brought out Dozer the Great Dane to play with seventh grader Macenzie Farris.

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Piano tuner on the way

There’s not a whole lot going on around here. The old world keeps on turning, the sun continues to rise, and the seasons keep coming. This January spring has been wonderful. Dad even found his buttercup already.

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Taking ‘one step at a time’ with iPod

Written on my iPod from Lewiston because of a family emergency. I never thought in a million years I’d be typing with my thumbs and making reservations for the resort 100 miles away from Lowell. It’s like living on the moon!

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VFW dinner set for this Saturday

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.

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Organizations : Jan. 22

Dolores G. Seubert opened the Jan. 14 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Joyce Forsmann gave the dinner prayer. There were no guests this week. There were 45 meals served with 11 takeouts. Sylvia Forsmann won the free dinner.

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Hope Center gives away wood in raffle

Two area families will be warmer this winter because they each won a cord of firewood in the recent Hope Center Firewood Drawing. Hope Center offices are located in both Grangeville and Kamiah.

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Notes from the Idaho County Commission Jan. 14.

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..


Flying In For The Feast

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.

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County takes on bridge maintenance

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.”

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Misdemeanor charged in threat at GEMS

Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) went on partial lockdown last week due to an alleged threatening incident that resulted in a misdemeanor charge for a local man.

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Hunter’s ed classes set

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.

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Tom's Cat

On a recent hunt in the Riggins area, Tom Sommer, proprietor at Oscar’s Restaurant and Brodock’s Lounge, found a companion for the mounted bear that bears the restaurant’s name.

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Scorecard

Basketball, trapshooting and bowling results for the week of Jan. 22, 2014

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Elk Management Plan approved

A new statewide elk management plan was unanimously approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at their Jan.16 meeting in Boise.

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Tuesday, January 21

 

Monday, January 20



Year’s first national water forecast predicts limited supply west of Continental Divide

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.

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UPDATE: Escaped inmates snared in Walla Walla

Two North Idaho Correctional Institution inmates who escaped from the Cottonwood-area facility Saturday morning, Jan. 18, have been caught in Walla Walla, Wash., NICI officials reported Monday morning.

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Wednesday, January 15



Teens and texting while driving: not what you expect

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.

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Gift boosts tech school by $3,000

“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.

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Celebration Time

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.

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Student News:

Ashlei Marie Woslum, a former Grangeville student, graduated midterm from Boise State University with a bachelor of science degree in pre-med.

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Teens charged in 2013 burglaries

Two Idaho County teens face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with a series of break-ins and property damage allegedly committed in Grangeville last October.

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Straight Shooter

A few snowflakes fell Sunday morning, but wind made for a few more misses than usual at Grangeville Gun Club, which opened the Camas Prairie Trap Shoot in eighth place in the team standings.

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Ministry fair is Jan. 18, 19

The holidays are over and it is time to take down decorations. Everything looks bare without them. It is nice to have this time of year to celebrate God’s gift to us. He is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Mayor McClure is in the office

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.

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Veterans dinner set for Jan. 25

he VFW Auxiliary is in the process of raising money for the vets of our community. They will be having a lasagna dinner with all the fixings (green salad and garlic bread) on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 4-6 p.m.

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No one a stranger

Ever since I have lived here in Grangeville, I have talked to people from over the world, folks from places like Wales, Scotland and Germany.

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Get involved, defend America

It is very clear that we are being governed by a president who cannot be believed or trusted to adhere to our Constitution and defend our republic.

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Support candidates who support you

Idaho has independent spirits. In fact, Idaho people are so independent that more than half of the registered voters across the state are “unaffiliated” with any party.

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Idaho County Commission Notes: Jan. 7, 2014

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.

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Court Records : Jan. 15

Idaho County District Court Judge Michael J. Griffin Magistrate Jeff Payne Leta J. Akins, two counts of grand theft, $240.50, $45,000 restitution, 2 years determinate time, 3 years indeterminate time, retained jurisdiction.

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Call Log: Lewis County Sheriff

hreats - RP is owner and states a couple of days ago a male approached an employee and stated he is going “shoot up or dynamite the place.” Contact the plant manager. Unknown description on suspect.

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13 game animals poached

While most of you were enjoying the holidays and spending time with family, some poachers were still out stealing your wildlife.

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Idaho ranks 18th on taxes

The tax climate of Idaho ranked 18th this year out of all 50 states, according to a new report by the Tax Foundation.

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GHS girls win ‘Shootout’ rematch

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.

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Prairie Peewee sign-ups set

The Prairie coaches, Teel Bruner and Lori Mader, along with their staff and many high school players, are offering the Prairie Peewee basketball program again this year.

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In The News...

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.

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Toys For Tots

Fourth and fifth grade students at Grangeville Elementary Middle School helped collect toys for the annual Eagles Toys for Tots program.

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Tuesday, January 14



Donald J. Funke

Donald J. Funke, 84 Cottonwood, Idaho Donald J. Funke, 84, of Cottonwood, Idaho, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Grangeville Health and Rehab.

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Robert P. “Bob” Blair

Robert P. “Bob” Blair, D.D.S., 81 White Bird, Idaho Robert P. “Bob” Blair, D.D.S., 81, of White Bird, Idaho, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Mini-Cassia Care Center in Burley, Idaho.

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Friday, January 10



Wednesday, January 8

  

Census reports county median income: $37k

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.

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Time To Swear-in

Members of the Grangeville City Council elected in the Nov. 5 elections – L-R: Mayor Bruce Walker, councilors Scott Winkler, Wes Lester, Beryl Grant — took the oath of office at Monday’s Jan. 6 meeting, led by city clerk Tonya Kennedy (far right).

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Prison ordered in 2013 robbery

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.

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Obamacare works

My brother, who has serious preexisting conditions, successfully signed up for healthcare insurance through Healthcare.Gov.

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If poor subsidized like farmers are...

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)?

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Holly Martin is pistol winner

Congratulations to Holly Martin on winning the drawing for the Smith & Wesson pistol put on by Dave Cooper, privately, to raise money to put a sign about the tank in the park.

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Dang hard to live on minimum wage

I can see by Jake (Jerry) Wren’s recent letter to the editor [Dec. 11 issue] that he thinks baby-sitters and lawn mowers should not be paid minimum wage.

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Community Briefs : January 08

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.

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Prairie Peewee b-ball sign-ups set

The Prairie coaches, Teel Bruner and Lori Mader, along with their staff and many high school players, are offering the Prairie Peewee basketball program again this year.

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Two For Tubing

Winter sports are in full swing at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill at Grangeville. Last Saturday, Jan. 4, the hill served 337 customers for skiing and tubing fun.

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Candlelight Music

More than 30 people performed to a nearly fullhouse at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Sunday night, Dec. 22, for its night of Christmas music and candlelight service.

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Credit unions set annual meeting dates

Pine Tree Community Credit Union’s annual luncheon meeting is set for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Grangeville Eagles Hall. A 50/50 drawing and door prizes will be part of the day’s events.

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Call Log: Idaho County Sheriff

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.

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