A Grangeville man faces a felony charge for making a false bomb threat last week that resulted in a lockdown of Syringa Hospital and disrupted services for more than three hours.September 29, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..
The Grangeville High School junior varsity will host Orofino Monday night, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., at GHS.September 29, 2014 10:54 a.m. read more..
H.R. 5040, the Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act, which would establish a county-operated range on 31 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management land near Riggins, passed committee last week, according to a release from the office of Rep. Raul Labrador.September 26, 2014 2:32 p.m. read more..
GRANGEVILLE -- Organizers will meet with those interested in establishing a 2015-2016 Grangeville High School girls soccer team at the Oscar's Conference Room at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. Sign-up sheets are located at GEMS, GHS, and SPPS. No soccer experience is necessary.September 26, 2014 10:29 a.m. read more..
Johnson Bar Fire personnel on Thursday completed part of the last of the burn outs command has planned in order to consolidate control of the fire's western edge.September 25, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..
Heavy rains and wind gusts are forecast starting today for the North Central Idaho region, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula.September 25, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..
Elections? Already? In-person absentee voting started Monday, Sept. 22, at the Idaho County Courthouse for races to be decided in the Nov. 4 general election.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Western Pacific Timber (WPT) delivered an Upper Lochsa Land Exchange proposal to the offices of Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador last Monday, Sept. 22.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Scammers try many techniques to trick potential victims out of their personal and financial information, such as posing as representing a governmental agency. But those tricks can come to a halt if they unknowingly try to scam a law enforcement officer … such as recently with Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Unseasonably warm temperatures are providing good conditions for whitewater rafting enthusiasts to continue to enjoy Idaho County rivers. Last Saturday, Sept. 20, a group of several rafts were navigating the Salmon River near Lightning Creek Rapids.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Syringa Hospice will provide a six-week session on reconciling grief. Classes are facilitated by Cindy Higgins, LSW, and Janet Anderson, bereavement counselor, and are held each Wednesday beginning Oct. 8 and continuing through Nov. 12.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
An art and essay contest focusing on the First Amendment is open to local students. Christopher Hempstead is a former Camas Prairie teacher who is now living in Saudi Arabia where he said there is no freedom of religion. He wants the students to learn to appreciate the freedom in the U.S. and is sponsoring a contest and putting up the prize money.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Powell Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has begun logging and timber hauling operations on the Fern Salvage Timber Sale, which is located southeast of Powell Ranger Station on the Colt Creek Road 59.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Starting Sept. 28, work will begin on Rapid River Trail bridges. Two bridges will receive new decking material, running planks, and handrails due to weathering and old age.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has begun logging and timber hauling operations on the Iron Mountain Stewardship Project, which is located north of Elk City near Iron Mountain.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will hold a meeting for collaborators on Oct. 18 on the proposed action for Forest Plan Revision.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Department of Lands sold a timber sale on Friday, Sept. 19, at Kamiah. North Suttler, located 14 miles northeast of Kooskia, was sold to IFG Timber LLC. The estimated 1,865 MBF was sold for an average price of $273 per M. Proceeds will benefit the State Hospital South endowment.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Syringa Hospital & Clinics is hosting a free car seat fitting in the Soltman Center parking lot Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Certified volunteers will be available to make sure kids fit and sit in their car seats properly, to ensure the seats work to their full potential.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Community Library at the school will be open to the public every Thursday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Be sure to go check out the selection of reading materials available. They can also order any books they may not have through ValNet, the interlibrary loan service. I’ve done this in the past and it is quite convenient.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River Art Guild’s 50th Regional Art Show and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center located behind Crump’s Chevron. Artists are invited to participate in this show. Work accepted Friday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Hot Rod Fever is the theme for Summit Academy’s Mystery night this year. The date is Oct. 4. The place is Greencreek Hall and the $125 donation includes admission for two, no host bar and a one in 400 chance of winning the grand prize of $10,000.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
On Nov. 4, Idaho voters will have an extraordinary opportunity. You will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment proposed by the 2014 Idaho Legislature and approved by both the House and the Senate without a single dissenting vote.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
For the eighth year, area high schools nominated male and female athletes, coaches, teams and boosters for the Warrior Athletic Association High School Awards banquet, to be hosted at Lewis-Clark State College next month.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
During the third quarter of a lopsided 41-6 win over McCall -Donnelly last Friday night, Sept. 19, Grangeville’s junior quarterback, Layton Harris, marked four games in a row with at least two touchdown passes.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Children ages 5-9 are invited to join activities at Hope Center, 111 N. College Street, the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
With a high school rodeo in town last Saturday and Sunday and a couple of fun runs in the area during the last couple of weeks, we have a bit more sports news to report than usual.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Jake Bruner threw four touchdown passes and ran for three more as Prairie hammered Council 60-8, marking the third straight week the Pirates scored exactly 60 points.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Fish and Game’s effort to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is proving to be a success, as the number of sockeye returning to Idaho has set a new modern day record.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Cause is undetermined for a wildfire that burned more than 100 acres of private stubble fields off Old Highway 7 last Friday, Sept. 19.September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
An accidental field fire on Friday morning sent smoke across Highway 7 near Grangeville.September 19, 2014 11:16 a.m. read more..
About 150 firefighters with a local Type 3 organization are in place for burnout operations on the Johnson Bar Fire, which has consumed more than 11,000 acres so far. The burnouts will continue Friday and Saturday until the fire is tied into the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.September 18, 2014 5:01 p.m. read more..
Potential delays or closures are possible on a section of U.S. 12 Friday (Sept. 19) through Sunday (Sept. 21) due to Johnson Bar Fire containment efforts east of KooskiaSeptember 18, 2014 10:21 a.m. read more..
The Freezeout Ridge Fire west of Pollock, 11 miles southeast of Riggins, was very active yesterday.September 17, 2014 4:29 p.m. read more..
Women — mark your calendars for Wednesday, Oct 15, noon at the Soltman Center. St. Joseph radiologist Dr. Luke Grauke will speak on breast health. This is for all ages and the event will include refreshments and silicone breasts to see and feel.September 17, 2014 6:01 a.m. read more..
He was someone’s son, a friend or co-worker to others. But who he was and how he died in the forested corridor along U.S. Highway 12 remains an elusive mystery. A classic cold case that is periodically revisited as tips or new forensic technologies arise. Meanwhile, the unidentified remains await determination. And it’s been a long wait for Mr. Bones — so named by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) – who has languished in a basement box since his discovery 30 years ago this month.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
“It’s quite the risk,” said Jim Rupp, about ranching. Rupp and his family were sharply reminded just how risky two years ago when a fire roared over their private and leased ground.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Johnson Bar Fire on the Moose Creek Ranger District has grown along its southeastern and northwestern flanks, where a Sept. 12 heat map showed fire activity increasing in conjunction with warmer weather last week. Firefighters surged into the area late last month, and as of Sept. 15, the fire had not crossed any of the lines built in August.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Donations are presently needed to help students with rental fees for musical instruments in the Clearwater Valley Music Department. Rental fees are $25 per semester or $50 per year. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, contact the school office at 926-4511 or by email at: email@example.com.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River Art Guild’s 50th Regional Art Show and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center located behind Crump’s Chevron. Call 839-2493 or 839-2414.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Bräts & Brew Fest plans are taking shape. The sauerkraut is in the crock and board members are gathering items for the auctions. As a side event this year, we are looking for anyone who would like to donate a bottle of wine. We will accept any kind. We will sell corks that are numbered and you will get the corresponding bottle.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River Art Guild is looking forward to seeing you at our 50th Fall Regional Show. They are starting to receive reservations for the banquet which will be held on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in Riggins. There will be a choice of barbecued chicken or baked chicken with the dinner. Price is $18 for adults, $9 for children (6-12) and free for 5 years and under. (This covers meal, gratuity and tax.) RSVPs need to be received by Sept. 26 in order to notify the caterer. Contact Nancy Gresham at 839-2493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you everyone for helping the art guild celebrate their 50th anniversary!September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County and five incorporated communities qualify for energy-saving assistance in existing public buildings through the Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources (OER).September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Carl Vinson is under way in an undisclosed location in the Pacific Ocean in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. Hawks is a 2010 graduate of Salmon River High School and entered the military last year. She is the daughter of Kim and Monte Hawks of Pollock.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Fish and Game is taking aggressive action to catch and prosecute people who spotlight game animals. In areas where conservation officers suspect spotlighting or other suspicious activity near roads, they are using "artificial simulated animals" to bust unlawful hunters. Artificial simulated animals, commonly called ASAs, are life-like figures of deer, elk and other game species, complete with moving parts.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
We don’t do prizes in the office, but I found out this week just how valuable bragging rights can be. While Lorie and Nona each picked nine games correctly, the lowly sports guy muffed eight.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
During its annual summer meeting held in Coeur d’Alene Aug. 12, the Idaho Travel Council (ITC) granted nearly $3.67 million in tourism marketing funding to non-profit organizations through the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Monday, Sept. 8 Grangeville – One vehicle non injury accident Hwy 95 MP 235/RT; Kooskia – Injury one vehicle accident Hwy 12 MP 70.5/RT; Trespassing Battleridge Rd/NRR; Domestic verbal dispute over mail Main St/NRR; One vehicle non injury accident Ridgewood Dr/RT; Assault Main St/RT; Automobile theft Rock Rd/NRR; Dispute between roommates Clear Creek Rd/NRR; Riggins – Medical Hwy 95 S; GPD – Parking problem Court St; Subjects in vacant house S Boulevard; Fire N State St; Reckless driving Main St; Disorderly female South C St; Recovered stolen guns E South St.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
At the conclusion of a long day of volleyball, the Clearwater Valley Rams rallied from a game down to beat host Grangeville in three (12-25, 25-21, 19-17), as senior middle Raelynn Schlieper shook off an apparent upper body injury to ice the finale for CV.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Paul Lee Oatman, 33, of Kamiah, was sentenced Monday, Sept. 15, to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for assault resulting in serious bodily injury. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Oatman to pay $25,719 in restitution and serve 100 hours of community service. He was found guilty by a jury on June 26, 2014.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Peasley Creek Road No. 469, a popular access road for hunters and other forest visitors, was reopened Aug. 26 after being closed for 10 years for safety reasons. The Peasley Creek Road Project is located approximately 15 air miles southeast of Grangeville.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Compared to recent history, Salmon River does not run deep — so when feature back Jimmy Shepherd sustained a hand injury at Colton, the Savages prospects took a big hit. But even if the Savages had been at full strength, their Sept. 12 matchup against Prairie would probably have gone about the same.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The 75 members of the Gonzaga University Concert Choir performed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday, Sept. 15, as part of the Spirituality and the Arts at St. Gertrude program. The hourlong performance featured traditional pieces by Bach and Handel, as well as international music from Kenya, Haiti and Cuba.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
An art and essay contest focusing on the First Amendment is open to local students.September 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A variety of historic preservation ideas were brought to the attention of a specialist and people interested in the area’s past, Aug. 28. Nine local residents attended a meeting held Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
As part of a 19 percent bigger budget for fiscal 2014, which the Idaho County board proposed last month and approved last Tuesday, Sept. 2, the county commissioners tabbed $3.3 million for a major airport renovation during the upcoming fiscal year. The money will fund a new runway at the airport in Grangeville, where the county anticipates construction as early as the end of summer, 2015.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Due to Idaho Supreme Court disciplinary action against the recent Idaho County public defender, Grangeville attorneys Scott and Vicki Olds were contracted to serve the month’s remainder on the contract.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Doggone. Who stole the pups from the pound?September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Prairie’s season opener featured a matchup of two of the Whitepine League’s elite teams — a rematch between teams whose places in the WPL pecking order were determined by a back-and-forth 96-point shootout last September in Cottonwood.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The radio broadcasters made mention of various southern Idaho teams who had scouts on hand for Grangeville’s visit last Friday night, Sept. 5, and noted that GHS would be trying to win without giving away their big secrets. If the likes of Declo had imagined Grangeville may not be as strong in 2014 as in recent years, a 41-6 win at the tail end of a 220-mile drive may have let the cats — er, Bulldogs — out of the bag.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Activist and political researcher, author Kevin Louden, will be speaking at Kooskia City Park on Sunday, Sept. 14, starting at 2 p.m. The public is invited to this free event, sponsored by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Big Cedar Schoolhouse is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and the Navajo Taco Feed fund-raiser will be held there Saturday, Sept. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m. The schoolhouse is located on Red Fir and Big Cedar roads.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
American Legion Post 37 is sponsoring an organizational meeting for the Camas Prairie American Legion Baseball Team, the Camas Prairie Zephyrs, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. The meeting will be located at the Idaho National Guard Armory in Grangeville.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Thanks to all who participated in the football picks contest last week. As those who are familiar with how it works will recall, we’ll publish each week’s games along with an entry form on a full page — like the one on 5A this week — for a total of 11 weeks.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
See the schedule here.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Mark A. Carlin, 22, DUI, disposition withheld. Candelario Roman-Herrera, 35, driver’s license - fail to purchase or invalid, $221. Mark S. Semons, 52, Idaho Fish and Game - Fish - Commission rule or proclamation violation, $200, $250 restitution...September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Guests/Presenters: Kathy Ackerman-Floodplain Permit Applications, White Bird Area Recreation District; Mike Cook & Gene Meinen-Salmon River Road Update, ...September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veteran’s advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon).September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
In September and October, the U.S. Forest Service Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) staff will host a number of public meetings across the length of the NPNHT. Locally, the upcoming meeting will be Monday, Sept. 22, in Kamiah, 7-9 p.m., at the Kamiah Emergency Services Building (Fire Hall), at 515 Main Street.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Weather-dependent, prescribed burning set to begin this month on the Salmon River Ranger District to meet ecosystem management objectives on approximately 2,000 acres total in several areas: ...September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Americans, and especially Idahoans, love and cherish public lands. We take it for granted that they will always be there for us to enjoy. Unfortunately, we all are incrementally being shut out of “our” public lands by the federal “managers.”September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
This is Navajo Taco Saturday at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse! In honor of its 100th birthday, the Big Cedar Homemakers will be serving their delicious tacos, desserts and drinks at the schoolhouse located at the junction of Red Fir and Big Cedar Roads — south intersection.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Riggins Salmon Run — “A foot race along the beautiful Salmon River,” is this Saturday, Sept. 13, in Riggins. Half marathon, $40, start time, 9 a.m. (MT); 10K, $30, start time, 9:30 a.m. (MT); 5K, $20, start time, 10 a.m. (MT). For details see Riggins news on-line (www.idahocountyfreepress.com).September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Syringa Hospital & Clinics is hosting a stroke awareness presentation Wednesday, Sept. 17, 12:15 – 1 p.m., in the Syringa Hospital Northwest Annex conference room.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Due to designation in a neighboring jurisdiction, Idaho County farmers and ranchers qualify for USDA natural disaster assistance.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The 90th annual convention of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Idaho, Inc., was recently held at the Sun Valley Resort where officers and directors were elected by the membership for the year 2014-2015. Among those was president Marilyn M. Rylaarsdam-Schoo, Likkel Insurance, Grangeville.September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Collaboration between St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics and Syringa Hospital and Clinics may be in the works, albeit tentatively.September 3, 2014 8:53 a.m. read more..
How is Idaho faring in some key areas when it comes to the health and development of its children? Better than last year in some ways, a new report suggests.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Due to public request, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is extending the scoping comment period on the proposed action for Forest Plan Revision for an additional 60 days. Deadline for public comment is now Nov. 14.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
It was through her service in the Idaho Legislature that Holli Woodings was encouraged to run for secretary of state.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School has another star. An interscholastic star, that is. Senior honor student Kaleala Bass is the recipient of the Idaho High School Association (IHSAA) and United Dairymen of Idaho Interscholastic Star Award. Soon her banner will hang at the school along with those earned by Landon Loeber in 2003 and Megan DeFord in 2010.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
“New Rule: Don’t name your kid after a ballpark. Cubs fans Paul and Teri Fields have named their newborn son, Wrigley. Wrigley Fields,” said television commentator Bill Maher.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Less than a minute into the Bulldogs’ 2014 opener, defensive back Michael Wilson — Grangeville’s most experienced varsity player — picked off Moscow’s third down pass attempt and returned it 10 yards to the Bears 12. Two minutes later, Jack Lawrence — a junior running back and linebacker making his first varsity start — showed off his speed with a touchdown run around the left side of the formation.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Big Cedar Schoolhouse is 100 years old this year! It’s all spiffed up for its centennial and the Navajo Taco Feed fund-raiser which will be held there (Red Fir and Big Cedar Roads — south intersection) on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5:30-8 p.m.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
It’s football season! Don’t forget to fill out the football picks section starting this week in the Free Press (page 2B). It’s a lot of fun and you can win some great prizes all the while supporting your local businesses.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Summit Academy edged the Kubs at the net and got the better of a contest that featured many long rallies last Thursday night, Aug. 28. Kamiah faced Orofino immediately afterward and stumbled again (25-9, 25-11, 25-17).September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
With many thanks to all the sponsors, the annual Idaho County Free Press football picks contest is about to get rolling.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Young anglers ages 8-14 are invited to participate in the annual Steelhead Clinic held 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Both events will be held at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional office.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor, Brazell, would have cut his losses had he not responded to my letter of July 30 pointing out the problems with his proposed, revised forest plan. Trying to justify an unpopular proposal using untrue statements and lies by omission is ineffective and unprofessional.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Cuts to education, other areas coincided with economic drop OpinionSeptember 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
All ladies are invited to attend the Beth Moore Simulcast at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
“God is Not Dead” will be shown at 6 p.m. this Friday night, Sept. 5, to all White Bird youth, grades 6-12, in the fellowship hall of the Baptist church.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Mt. Idaho Baptist Church will host the annual harvest festival for all neighbors and friends, Saturday, Sept. 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the church on Mt. Idaho Road loop.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Nearly 50 nuns from across the nation and Canada convened June 22-27, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, for the Federation of St. Gertrude General Chapter Meeting.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Miracle Mountain Camp, sponsored by Grangeville Gospel Tabernacle at Tollgate Meadows Ranch, was held in July.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, completed more than 50 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from April 1 through June 30.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho winter and spring wheat production is down from this time last year, according to a release from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, while hay production is up.September 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
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