For more than 30 years I have been pushing the Idaho Legislature to get rid of the freeloaders that pay no sales tax (we pay more because they don’t pay anything), and restore the original 3 percent of the sales tax to the schools, which were supposed to benefit from its original passage.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
I saw in the Dec. 23 issue of the Idaho County Free Press where the Idaho Department of Lands, at this point, have sold or are in the process of selling 83.5 million board feet of timber from burnt endowment lands from last summer’s devastating fires, and hopefully they can sell more. Pat the IDL on the back for getting the job done in a timely manner because the timber loses market value with every passing day.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The subject of the Idaho Forest Plan: The Idaho Forest Plan is a part of the Nez Perce Settlement of the Snake River Basin Adjudication.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Normally, at this time of year, we would be encouraging your New Year’s resolutions to become part of your community organizations, to volunteer your time to those groups and nonprofits that benefit us through celebration and tragedy. Not this time, as there’s something more important to focus on: building and fostering relationships.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
At the heart of the trade is divided ownership of the Upper Lochsa River drainage, with Western Pacific Timber (WPT) owning every other square mile, alternating with the Forest Service. At the fringe are two swaths of Forest Service front country land south of Grangeville and southeast of Harpster — and Idaho County will be asking WPT whether the company is open to considering other fringe land.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
For more than 20 years, two coincidental mysteries lingered with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office: the disappearance of a woman in a river accident, and the identity of human remains found two years later along a sand bar. Last week, both those questions were solved as one in the same thing.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on Dec. 18 announced a plan to regulate suction dredging operations and to approve as many as 35 suction dredging operations per year, of which 20 would be allowed in creeks east and northeast of Pierce.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Agnes Hill opened the Dec. 22 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark led the dinner prayer. There were no guests this week. There were 57 meals served with 18 takeouts. Theresa Sonnen won the free dinner.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Season’s greetings came sewn and stuffed last week, courtesy of inmates of North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) who hoped to live up to the sentiments of the holiday. “They’ve done a lot of taking,” said NICI instructor Emmett Wilson. “Now they’re trying to give back to the community.”December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Congratulations to Kamiah Community Library patron Pam Laird who won third place in the regional Everybody Writes contest.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Quilt Treasures has a variety of upcoming classes including Beginners Quilting Class (six weeks, starts Jan. 12, $75); Featherweight Maintenance Class (Jan. 16, $65); and Quilt-in-a-Day Class (Jan. 23). Featherweight Club also starts in February. Stop by 120 W. Main Street in Grangeville or call 451-4909.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“We’re offering homemade soups each day,” smiled Trish Hinkson. Trish and her husband, Matt, along with his mom, Marie Hinkson, purchased the former Dog Pound on Grangeville’s Main Street in September. The couple is running the eatery and mom is “behind the scenes mostly,” they said.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
•GEMS kindergartner Gracie Vopat recently had 13 inches cut off her hair by Missy Suhr of Images Salon of Grangeville. Vopat donated her hair to the Locks of Love program which makes wigs for children and adults who have lost their hair in traumatic ways.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Hope you had a merry Christmas with family and friends. My belated present to you for Christmas was the following:December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Happy New Year to all. I hope you enjoyed time with family and friends for the Christmas holiday. It’s snowing lightly as I write this morning. We can be thankful for our weather which is pretty much what we expect at this time of year. Other parts of the country are having subzero temperatures and tornadoes in the southern states, and warm temperatures in the New England states. It is very unusual weather all around.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
January is National Blood Donors Month and the Red Cross is making a concerted effort to kick off the new season with blood drives in our area — Jan. 6 in Orofino, Jan. 9 in Kooskia and Jan. 12 in Kamiah. Call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 for information and an appointment.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Happy New Year 2016! Time for new beginnings in the New Year. New Year’s resolutions are forthcoming. Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, may 2016 bring you time with family and friends, joy and peace, love and understanding.December 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The 2015 fire season in North Central Idaho will be remembered for its extremes —explosive fire behavior and devastating effects on communities and resources on one hand, a positive rallying point for community disaster and recovery support, and some positive impacts on the land, according to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. On federal lands, the fires produced the same battle of extremes seen on state and private ground: ranger stations, recreational infrastructure, critical habitats and timber stands were threatened by fire. Most were saved. Some were lost. The season is replete with stories of heroism, hard work, and people coming together for a common goal. Facts and figures do not tell the whole story.December 23, 2015 9:31 a.m. read more..
RP stated he and his now ex-fiance had a fight. She pulled a gun on him. He took it away and dumped it in her truck. He left in a red Mitsubishi Mirage down the grade and will meet a deputy at KMO. RP does have a 7mm handgun, but states he has no ammo for it.December 23, 2015 9:27 a.m. read more..
Skip Hall is winner in Rough Riders drawing; Weight Watchers meetings set; AA meetings scheduled; Kiwanis meet locally; Bingo set for American Legion Hall in Kamiah; Eagles Bingo set for twice monthly; Grangeville Senior Citizens; Cottonwood Senior Citizens.December 23, 2015 9:23 a.m. read more..
Grangeville area residents woke up to several inches of snow Monday morning, Dec. 14, and again Dec. 19. Temperatures hovered around 32 degrees during the day as snow continued to fall intermittently. Here, a bench was covered on Mt. Idaho Grade Road. According to Accuweather.com, temperatures for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are supposed to be 31 degrees high and 14 low, and 25 high, 11 low, respectively, with a chance of snow each day.December 23, 2015 8:41 a.m. read more..
Dean and Rita Roakey celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 15. They were married Oct. 15, 1955, in Grangeville. Their first home was on Rapid River on Dean’s parents’ property. During the eight years they lived there, their three daughters were born, Glenna and twins, Deanna and Denise. In 1963 they moved into a new house they built on four acres they bought from Dean’s parents on Rapid River.December 23, 2015 8:38 a.m. read more..
Hats off to the Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Shop and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce for financially supporting the “Connecting U Bus Service;” the investment made by these partners will assist those without transportation or unable to drive to meet basic needs through increased access to health care, shopping and social activities.December 23, 2015 8:29 a.m. read more..
Merry Christmas!December 23, 2015 8:28 a.m. read more..
Thanks to all who attended the public meeting in Grangeville on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to give me your thoughts and opinions on the proposed Lochsa Land Exchange.December 23, 2015 8:24 a.m. read more..
Moviegoers turned out starting last Thursday, Dec.17, for the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday were estimated at $238 million. Pictured here is the line last Friday at the Blue Fox Theater in Grangeville.December 23, 2015 8:18 a.m. read more..
Motorists can expect 15-minute delays at a road and bridge construction project between Salmon Drive and Lucile Road north of Riggins. There is a width restriction of 16 feet. Work will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A temporary traffic signal is on site. Completion is set for Feb. 23.December 23, 2015 8:14 a.m. read more..
These three angels were part of the Sts. Peter and Paul Christmas program held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Grangeville school. Students in preschool through eighth grade participated in the annual presentation that included skits, songs, readings and a visit from Santa. Pictured here (L-R) in the third and fourth grade play “Jesus Comes to Earth” are Hannah Frei, Abbie Frei and Siena Wagner.December 23, 2015 8:02 a.m. read more..
Busy week for “Mr. Mailman” as Mr. Max says! Thank you for the long late hours, Junior Jackson, and have a Merry Christmas to you and alternate driver, Dixie.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The 2015 fire season in north central Idaho will be remembered it for its extremes —explosive fire behavior and devastating effects on communities and resources on one hand, a positive rallying point for community disaster and recovery support, and some positive impacts on the land, according to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Syringa man charged with felony battery on ICSO deputy; Kamiah man gets 27 months for handgun assault; Homeless man charged with burglarizing Kooskia homeDecember 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
GRANGEVILLE – Ken Carey has come full circle, starting with a childhood growing upon a cattle ranch in northern California, and then returning to these rural roots with his hire as the new county executive director for the Farm Service Agency office in Grangeville.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Merry Christmas everyone. May the light of the Christ Child fill your heart and home with love. The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows: Dec. 24, 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s with Fr. Ruben Nuxoll; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s with Fr. Paul Wander; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Assumption with Msgr. Andy Schumacher; Dec. 25, Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s with Fr. Paul Wander; Dec. 25, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s with Fr. Paul/Fr. Ruben.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Each year the Free Press “Letters to Santa” section is a popular insert in the newspaper. Letters are written by mostly third graders from Idaho County while pictures are drawn by fifth-grade students. This year’s section will be in the Dec. 23 issue of the paper.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Have a merry Christmas and remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Emergency Feeding Outreach had their facility broken into last month and most of their food was stolen. Last week members of our community gave food and money to help restore them to their previous status.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Merry Christmas to one and all! May family and friends gather round you and love be the center of your time together.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Deadline is Jan. 29 to submit project proposals to the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) for review and possible funding for Fiscal Year 2016.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Clearwater Basin Collaborative’s years-in-the-making Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project hit another milestone this week. Having survived review last summer, the project has been decided and is headed for implementation – meaning up to 85.2 million board feet of timber is expected to come out of the 44,000-acre project area in coming years, starting next summer.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Nationally known speaker Jermaine Galloway will conduct a presentation on current drug trends at a Jan. 19 community event in Cottonwood. The public is invited to attend the presentation, starting at 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall, sponsored by the Cottonwood Police Department.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
New Year’s Eve at Hoot’s Café is set for dinner from 5-8 p.m. with choices of New York steak, prime rib and baby back ribs, all with salad bar included. Music will be by The Dave Dixon Band starting at 8 p.m. Soft drinks, coffee, beer and wine will be available at the back bar. •December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Though last year’s fires hit local forests hard, a quick response from land managers appears poised to spark a short-lived timber boom. Starting Jan. 4, the Clearwater Forest Industries facility in Kooskia will once again have an operational log yard, where CFI will be buying until salvage efforts slow.December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
On the heels of last week’s resignation by Cottonwood Mayor Denis Duman, the city council is in a holding pattern waiting for advisement by its legal counsel. Unless a special meeting is called, the matter may not be addressed until the council’s next scheduled meeting on Jan. 11December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Representatives from the City of Cottonwood and the City of Nezperce were among eight participants honored by Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) upon their completion of a yearlong Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) entitled Community Projects: “Putting all the Pieces Together for Success.”December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County investigators are seeking a former Hoot’s Café employee for possible involvement in the theft of an approximate $35,000 gold nugget collection from the establishment.December 21, 2015 12:04 p.m. read more..
Friday night's battle of the Bulldogs -- Grangeville vs. Genesee -- had all the makings of a blowout, until a fourth quarter dry spell loosened Grangeville's grip on the game. Despite a few nervous moments at the end, the hosts held off the visitors, 50-45, on the strength of Layton Harris' 12 points.December 18, 2015 10:05 p.m. read more..
If the giving of presents is measured in pounds, area residents have presented Idaho County Recycling (ICR) with 3,480,483 gifts since 2009.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Christ and what better way than to join in with others at the Baptist Church! They will be having their traditional candlelight service on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. They will also be having an open house at the parsonage on Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m. The community is invited to share fellowship, food and singing.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Not much happened last week, so here’s another recap of what’s going on this weekend in town. This is the big one for December!December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Summit Academy students are busy once again preparing for their annual Christmas play. The presentation is set for Friday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., for “Christ Comes to the Land of Scots.”December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Author Monty Spears is re-releasing his 2009 book “From the Hands of Vernon,” that focuses on a 1956 Lewiston murder case.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Kamiah Community Library will be visited by Mrs. Claus at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, for a Christmas story time. Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to attend. Wednesday morning pre-school story time is on hiatus until Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Syringa Hospital Board Chair, Dave Green, announced his resignation from the board last month. His last day was Nov. 23, as he will be relocating to Oregon in the next few months.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A new Forest Service project is sure to raise some eyebrows. While the types of repairs and maintenance described in project documents are usually done with little fanfare, on Dec. 2, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests announced plans for post-fire repair work through the channels the agency normally uses for projects that are large – or that could prove controversial.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Citations are pending following a Dec. 4 single-vehicle accident on the Grangeville truck route that caused minor injuries for a Harpster woman.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Neighbors help neighbors around here. No news there; this is one of the reasons we love living in Idaho County, and as well being part of the great Gem State that for two year’s running has been recognized for its volunteering efforts.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Not so fast, Mr. Editor. The trouble with the Lochsa Land Exchange started when it morphed into the Harpster-Blacktail-Fish Creek Land Exchange.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
On Dec. 9, Mr. Snook of the U.S. Observer again took an unwarranted crack at me and my firm. He also insinuated that a fine woman, Dorothy Walker, has hired and fired so many surveyors and attorneys that she is having difficulty finding replacements, which insinuation is ill-timed and heartless.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Let’s stop hiding behind the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. Semi-automatic assault rifles should have been outlawed years ago.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Politicians do not create legislation, they promote it. Politicians are the handmaidens of business, banking industry and special interests who sponsor the programs we inherit. False reasonings are used in media broadcasts to move the public and control the political process for the elite.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“As a club we appreciate our public lands, while promoting the fun and enjoyment that the OHV/ATV has to offer,” McIver said. “We encourage safe riding and riding trails responsibly, and being respectful of our public lands. We sponsor the enactment of fair use laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of ATVs.”December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
With winter having returned, along with associated vehicle slide offs and crashes, Idaho County law enforcement advise motorists to take appropriate driving measures related to current weather conditions. “Slow down on slushy roads; that’s the moral of the story,” said Lt. Doug Ulmer.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“This is something that is needed, not only for Grangeville but for the whole region,” said committee member Sara Espeland, speaking last week to approximately 23 people who attended an Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) organizational and informational meeting.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
In the midst of the buying and baking of the Christmas season, don’t forget the giving and gratitude. “We are so thankful to our communities for all they do for the food bank,” said Carlene Whitesell, manager of the Camas Prairie Food Bank.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Mike and Lynn Demerse are moving on after 34 years of managing the Shepp Ranch guest ranch in the Salmon River Country in Central Idaho. And they want to thank everyone who helped them throughout the years with everything from delivering hay to last-minute supplies to boat parts and more.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area will open this Saturday, and has scheduled to continue through Jan. 3, manager Scott Wasem told the Free Press Monday, Dec. 14. “We got 20 inches last night and we’re expecting three to four more today,” Wasem said. “I’ve been up here grooming it. We have about 18 inches at the bottom of the hill, 25 on top.”December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Time to dust off the snow gear as area receives ample amounts of snow for both horse-powered and people-powered pursuit. The recent snowfall has given the surrounding areas efficient levels to begin grooming winter snow trails. As snow conditions allow, more than 400 miles of snowmobile trails will be groomed around the Grangeville and Elk City area throughout the winter season beginning this week. Grooming of the Fish Creek Nordic Trails will begin this Thursday and continue on a weekly basis throughout the winter.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The girls led off the Upriver Rampage — an event put on annually by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office as a fund-raiser for local food banks, which raised $7,771 this year — and with a 64-38 victory over their neighbors out of Kooskia, the KHS girls snapped a long losing streak last Friday night, Dec. 11.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Many think of Christmastime as an occasion to go home. Whether it be traveling to a childhood home or having one’s own kids home for the holidays, Christmas is often associated with a homecoming.December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Greetings on this snowy morning. The snow arrived yesterday just in time for us to go get Christmas trees. We had a great time playing in the snow with friends and family. Skiers are probably happy with the new snowfall on Cottonwood Butte.December 16, 2015 midnight read more..
A thick frost covered the lamp post in front of the United Methodist Church on Grangeville’s Main Street late last month. The Methodist church offers a variety of services and programs. Stop in at 404 West Main Street or call Pastor Barbara Essen at 983-0310.December 9, 2015 8:11 a.m. read more..
Designed 2 Dance held its winter recital under the direction of teacher Brittny Mundt Saturday, Dec. 5, at Grangeville High School. More than 40 students from age 3 to 18 participated in a Frozen-themed event. Here, Macy Koole is surprised while dancing to the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”December 9, 2015 7:43 a.m. read more..
The Uhlorn family farm just outside of Cottonwood toward Fenn may have had a few sideways looks in the past few years.December 9, 2015 7:30 a.m. read more..
Grangeville - Fish & Game Mtn View; Trespassing Cove Rd; Kooskia - Medical Prindle Ln; Haz Mat Thenon; Harassment Skyline Dr/TRA Tribal; Injured Deer Hwy 12; Fire Harrisburg/ Control Burn; Welfare Check 1st Ave/NRR; Riggins - Medical Race Crk; Medical Main St; GPD - Non-injury Accident Main St; Citizen Assist North St; VIN N Idaho; Medical South E St.December 9, 2015 7:23 a.m. read more..
Monday, Nov. 23 RP advised that her daughter is being harassed online and by phone. They are telling her to kill herself. Someone even reported to the Lewiston High School principal that she had threatened to kill herself and he called the Highland High School principle who contacted the parents. RP would like officer to give her a call.December 9, 2015 7:20 a.m. read more..
Pair charged with burglarizing cabin; woman charged with check forgeryDecember 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
It was a seemingly “normal” spring day 10 years ago when Cynthia Onthank sat down for breakfast with her husband, Jim, before he left for his job with Idaho Transportation Department.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
If Senator Risch is looking for an important project to take on that would potentially benefit the citizens of Idaho County, addressing the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) and the ways it is currently being used and manipulated would be an excellent start.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A few thoughts: For many millennia the earth has passed through several ice ages. What came in between them? Global warming/climate changes. It is likely we are in the midst of such a time right now.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
In the Nov. 20 issue of the Idaho County Free Press was a front page article entitled “Lands management topic at Kamiah meeting.” Please everybody dig out this newspaper and read this article, because Doyel Shamley is 100 percent right in what he says and his facts and figures are also correct, also the facts that Jim Chmelik presented are correct.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Pacific Railway Acts of the 1800s resulted in large tracts of land given to railroad companies to promote settlement. This included the upper Lochsa. When settlement didn’t occur, instead of the lands being rightfully returned to the public, railroad barons sold it to timber companies. In the 1900s, Plum Creek clear-cut the private parcels in the upper Lochsa.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
I was one of 300 people in Grangeville Nov. 24 on the Lochsa Land Exchange hearing. I was extremely amazed at how more than 90 percent of the people in a conservative community, making presentations, spoke their minds in opposition to the proposed large land tradeaway and against what their county commissioners have been trying for years to do.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
When it seems everyone in Idaho County is putting up Christmas lights, singing carols about Jesus and buying Christmas presents, it’s sometimes easy to overlook other beliefs. For the Crowl family of Grangeville, observers of Judaism, Hanukkah began Dec. 6 and will end the evening of Dec. 14.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
I hope the taxpayers of Idaho County realize the outcome of the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange will affect Idaho County forever and work to understand the deeper impact of the outcome.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The public is invited to the Monday, Dec. 14, meeting of the Nez Perce General Council Resolutions Committee, 6-8 p.m., Wayas Community Center in Kamiah.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Would you be willing to help ring the bell for the annual Salvation Army Kettle Drive? The monies go to help local families in need.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Congratulations to Lori Courtright who was the winner of the second week of the 4 Weeks of Christmas contest sponsored by the Idaho County Free Press and Shopper and Reflections Auto Detailing, Jacobs Oil, Inc., Early Bird Supply, Bud’s PowerSports and Lindsley’s Home Furnishings.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The 2015 fire season in north central Idaho will be remembered it for its extremes —explosive fire behavior and devastating effects on communities and resources on one hand, a positive rallying point for community disaster and recovery support, and some positive impacts on the land, according to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The odds are every substantial ranch has a pasture called the School Section or Schoolhouse. Ranchers utilize grass on state ground fenced in with deeded property through a lease. The lessee is authorized to use the number of acres identified on this lease for grazing domestic livestock at the identified rate.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The value of Idaho’s 2014 agricultural production reached $8.8 billion, setting a new record high, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is an 8 percent increase from the 2013 revised figure.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The USDA Idaho Farm Service Agency announced approximately 1,600 (13 percent) of Idaho farms who enrolled in the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will soon begin receiving financial assistance for the 2014 crop year.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Checkerboard ownership within the upper Lochsa needs to be addressed to the land management benefits of both private and public ownership. Until this is resolved, this problem will remain with us despite wishes to disregard or dismiss it as a “dead issue.”December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A great big thank you to everyone who helped decorate the town. It’s always nice to drive into town and see all the festive Christmas lights and decorations. Even for a scrooge like me.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Two years ago, three members of Congress signed off on a letter asking the Forest Service to put its Upper Lochsa Land Exchange plans on hold, marking the end of the years-long administrative process by which the federal agency was working to consummate a deal to consolidate public ownership of northeastern Idaho County.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Riggins native Ryan Shaw was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Friday, Dec. 4. Currently serving as a strategic planner at NORAD & US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Ryan leaves soon for a one-year assignment in Jerusalem.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The social event of the year, our QRU Christmas party was a roaring success. Held at the Wilderness Inn in Lowell, the folks upriver came out of the woodwork, in this case woods, to help with funding the unit for another year. Thanks goes out to the participants on both giving and receiving.December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Do you need proof that Santa really exists? Well on Saturday, Dec. 12, you can talk with him from 1-4 p.m. by ham radio. Be at Cloninger’s in Kamiah and Clearwater Valley Marketplace in Kooskia and members of the 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club will be in touch with him and you can personally deliver your message. What a treat!December 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Four staff members at the Clearwater Valley Kooskia Medical Clinic were treated following exposure to noxious fumes from an apparently accidental chemical spill at the facility last weekDecember 9, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River boys overcame a rough start with a fantastic finish, beating host Highland 43-40 Saturday night. The girls trailed by as many as six points during the third quarter, but rallied to a 54-37 victory when the Huskies couldn't break the Savages' full-court press.December 5, 2015 9 p.m. read more..
Early in Friday night's Idaho County Shootout, the Grangeville boys surged as Dillon Alder turned several Bulldogs misses into second-chance points. But Prairie played "really well defensively both halves," PHS coach Teel Bruner said of his team's eventual 47-41 victory. "I was really pleased coming back from down nine at halftime."December 5, 2015 11:37 a.m. read more..
In the wake of autumn’s catastrophic wildfires, the U.S. Geological Survey is taking steps to monitor runoff out of the Clearwater Complex burn area. That means improving streamgages.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
People may see hearty anglers wading streams or staked out on banks during winter weather and wonder “what are they doing?”December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Last month, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game Salmon River jet boat patrol happened upon what one officer described as a man in bloody pants with “blood on his hands and arms.”December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
When asked what play he’ll remember most about this season, 2A football “coach of the year” Jeff Adams pointed to the fumble recovery Austin Parks made after Parker Walters whacked Aberdeen’s quarterback in the end zone for a safety.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
While girls teams across the area are now multiple games into their respective seasons, the boys are just getting under way this week.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho Standardized Achievement Tests show Idaho students may have some work to do to catch up to standards. However, looks can be deceiving, according to Grangeville High School Principal Steve Higgins.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
What nearly three hours of public testimony brought forth last week was an emphatic public “no” to long-deliberated plans for a public-private lands exchange between the Forest Service and Western Pacific Timber (WPT).December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
If you’re looking for a way to make a difference this Christmas season, Shandra Chandler of White Bird may have just the option for you.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Forest Products Commission recently announces winners of the annual Forest Products Week Essay Contest.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
On the issue of Planned Parenthood and the recent attack in Colorado State: Our prime media channels raised the issue of whether these discussions by Republican candidates for presidency gave rise to the violence towards those who were at this Planned Parenthood clinic.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
On Dec. 3, Idaho Transportation Department (“ITD”) is holding a public hearing to consider a proposal to allow 129,000 lb. trucks (“129 GVW”) on State Highway 13 and State Highway 162. To accomplish this, trucks will be 95-feet long and pulling double trailer configurations.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
We must resist the two-party system inasmuch as it seeks to divide us from one another. In rural America particularly, we know our neighbors, we share community experiences. We all want the best for our town, our families and the families of our friends.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
On Nov. 21, an estimated 700 people participated in a “Rally for Solidarity with Refugees in Idaho” at the statehouse. A friend who attended said “the crowd enthusiastically cheered the speakers and a large number of donations seem to have been collected for the refugees.”December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
According to Mountain View School District 244 and Grangeville Elementary Middle School librarian Lynn Johnson, the library is about more than just books at GEMS.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Five Grangeville High School students were recently awarded dual credit scholarships through the Lewis-Clark State College Outreach Center. Recipients Nichole Blackmer, Colton Cervantes, Katrina Frei, McKenzie Kennedy and Zach Told each received $130 that pays for two-thirds of their class; the students of the State of Idaho will each pay the $65 remainder.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
In an effort to speed rebuilding efforts in the wake of wildfires that devastated the region this past summer, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an executive order last week waiving state permit and inspection fees for victims.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Prairie Faith Formation Program will be hosting a Family Advent Night at 6 p.m. at the CEC building on Dec. 9. We will be serving chili and cinnamon rolls, making a keepsake for advent, and much more! Everyone is welcome.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
What a nice Thanksgiving weekend we all had here in Lowell. Great-gramma Martha was here for the week, the Mike Smith, Jr., family made it back from Las Vegas, Marty, Dani and Max Smith hosted the Apple Cup Buffet at their home up on the hill, even though the Cougars laid down and died about halftime, but the Seahawks were awesome on Sunday!December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) will host an informational meeting Dec. 9 for those looking to be involved in the creation of a regional animal shelterDecember 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Congratulations to the “West All-Star Football Team” made up of five Salmon River football players: Alex Diaz, Devin Buys, Cody Day, Rylie Travis, and Beau’D Hopkins as well as five players from Council, Cambridge and Tri-Valley and coached by our own Charlie Shepherd and Dan Shumway from Council for winning the 2015 All Star Football Game last weekend.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Don’t forget to have Lunch Among the Trees this Friday, Dec. 4, noon, at the Senior Center. All adults are welcome on a donation basis.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
With the theme of “Red Hot Holidays,” the annual Syringa Hospital Festival of Trees is set for this week, Thursday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 5.December 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville smoked Colton on the strength of double-digit outings by Austin Parks (19 points), Dylan Canaday (16) and Luke Stokes (10) -- and the 73-63 victory on the season's opening night doubled as coach Kelcey Edwards' first varsity win.December 1, 2015 9:44 p.m. read more..
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