Stories for December 2015

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Wednesday, December 30

  

Sunset exemptions for time to adjust...

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.

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Pat IDL on back for getting job done

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.

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Unfair system to gather public comments

The USFS has put out its “Request for Comments” on small-scale suction dredging in Orogrande and French Creeks and the South Fork of the Clearwater River environment assessment Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

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Resolve to work on relationships in 2016

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.

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County commission weighs writing new trade legislation

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.

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Remains identified as missing 1994 rafting victim

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.

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Year In Review

Since March, Idaho County teams have celebrated championships in boys basketball (Prairie’s bench pictured above at that culmination), girls track, volleyball and football. Here’s a look back.

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USFS announces plans to regulate suction dredging

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.

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Spring steelhead season opens New Year’s Day

For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opens Jan. 1. Anglers are reminded that they will need a 2016 fishing license and steelhead permit.

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Organizations

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.

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NICI inmates, staff deliver hand-made gifts to care facility residents

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.”

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Food Donors

Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union, Grangeville, donated $1,000 to the Camas Prairie Food Bank.

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Thompson to celebrate 80th

Marty Thompson of Nezperce will celebrate his 80th birthday Sunday, Jan. 10, at The American Legion Hall in Nezperce from 1-5 p.m., with an open house hosted by his children and their families.

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Community Briefs

The next American Red Cross blood drive will be held Thursday, Jan. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Grangeville Armory. Appointments can be made by calling Dana Groom at 983-8571. Walk-ins are welcome after 2 p.m.

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It's Your Business: Groaners open for free use Jan. 4-16

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.

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‘Sweet Brew’ is open for business

“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.

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Tempus Fugit

•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.

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Cottonwood ski area is now open

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.

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KOOSKIA/KAMIAH NEWS: Blood drives set in Kamiah, Kooskia

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.

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Candy Cane Wishes

Melissa Shaw of Grangeville, Christi Sonnen of Grangeville and Shandra Chandler of Slate Creek were busy delivering gifts to local seniors and veterans last week.

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RIGGINS NEWS: Tourist Trap is light contest winner

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.

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Wednesday, December 23

  

Board to meet in Boise in January

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet by conference call Thursday, January 21 to set the 2016 and 2017 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons.

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North Central Idaho fire season intense, short-lived

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.

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Call Log: Lewis County Sheriff

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.

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Organizations

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.

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Snowy Scene

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.

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Anniversary: Roakey - 60 years

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.

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Investment will assist transportation needs

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.

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Stories behind best-loved tunes

We all sing, hum along with or listen to the Christmas carols and songs of the season, but how many know the stories behind some of the best-loved tunes? Here’s a history of a few of my favorites.

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The Force Awakens

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.

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Expect 15-minute delays north of Riggins

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.

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Angels Among Us

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.

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All I Want For Christmas ...

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa program Saturday, Dec. 19, with Fred Smith again lending his talents as Santa. T

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Community Briefs

The Let’s Talk About It book club series will start Jan. 19 at Grangeville Centennial Library. Books are currently available for pickup.

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Births

Chris and Stephanie Duclos of Cottonwood are the parents of a son, Wyatt Bradley, born Dec. 17, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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2015 North Central Idaho fire season intense, short-lived

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.

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Tempus Fugit

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.

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Christmas Cheer

White Bird’s Lighted Christmas Parade and Dance took place Saturday night, Dec. 19.

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Grandkids number 13 in Summit’s program

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.

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Ponies, bikes, Pound Puppies popular with kids in 1985

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.

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Suspect sought in gold burglary

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.

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Stocking Winners

Callie and Chloe Weisz, daughters of Chase and Hannah Weisz, were the lucky winners of a drawing for a giant stocking full of toys at Early Bird Supply in Grangeville.

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First Clear Creek project timber sale slated for summer 2016

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.

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In The News

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.

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It's Your Business: CFI is buying logs at Kooskia mill

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. •

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Grand Prize Winner Paula Kudebeh

After four weeks of entering and answering trivia questions correctly in the Idaho County Free Press/Shopper 4 Weeks of Christmas contest, the winner was Paula Kudebeh of Grangeville.

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CFI to reopen log yard as ferocious fire season prompts salvage surge

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.

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Mayor resigns; council waits on counsel

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. 11

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Cottonwood, Nezperce complete projects training

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.”

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Monday, December 21



Friday, December 18



Grangeville holds off Genesee

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.

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Wednesday, December 16

 

Elk City News: Candlelight service is Dec. 20e

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.

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Riggins News: Crump to celebrate 90th birthday

Riggins Elementary School Christmas play, “Home for the Holidays,” and the After School Kids, Inc., winter musical recital, will be presented tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in the SRHS multi-purpose room.

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Librarian Honored

Librarian Becky Hosman, Grangeville Centennial Library, received a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Bruce Walker at a gathering held at the facility Dec. 9.

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Anniversary: Lees

Lorene (Rene) Smith and Jack Lees were married Dec. 18. 1955, on the Little Salmon River south of Riggins.

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Community Briefs

Christmas Eve with family and friends is a great tradition. Come join with others for a great evening of music, inspiration and Christmas tradition at The Life Center on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 6 p.m.

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Kamiah library sets activities

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.

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Birth: Caleb Isaac James Smith

CynJyn and Kimberly Smith of Grangeville are the parents of a son, Caleb Isaac James, born Dec. 10, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Organizations

Agnes Forsman opened the Dec. 8 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and also led the dinner prayer. There were no guests this week. There were 41 meals served with 19 takeouts. Ned Forsmann won the free dinner.

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Week Three: And The Winner Is ....

Nancy Connolley of Grangeville was the winner of a $400 power tool package from Early Bird Supply, as part of the Idaho County Free Press’ Holiday Showcase 4 Weeks of Christmas contest.

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In the News ...

The Maggie Creek Supervisory Area of the Idaho Department of Lands in Craigmont will be closing the road accessing the Service Flats block of state land Thursday, Dec. 17.

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USFS post-fire project up for public comment

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.

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State board complaints against surveyors are out of order

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.

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Three issues define the upcoming election

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.

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ATV club protects lands, promotes fun

“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.”

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Winter conditions factors in minor crashes

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.

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Ready For The Parade

A holiday favorite, the annual Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade last Sunday, Dec. 13, drew a large attendance to watch floats pass down King Street and into downtown

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Organizational meeting on animal meeting draws 23

“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.

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Dinner items sought by food bank

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.

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Tempus Fugit

•COTTONWOOD – Melissa Sonnen along with partners, Ron and Debbie Schnider, will soon be opening “The Hangout,” a fast food drive-in, in the small town of Cottonwood.

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Shepp Ranch managers retire after 34 years

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.

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Parks named CIL’s best

When the Central Idaho League coaches named the best players in their league Tuesday, Dec. 15, Bulldogs standout Austin Parks got major kudos: he’s the CIL’s 2015 player of the year and its offensive MVP.

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Pfefferkorn lifts CV past Kubs’ press

Clearwater Valley's Trey Pfefferkorn handled Kamiah's heavy pressure well enough to be the difference in the boys game Friday night at the Upriver Rampage — a 59-54 Rams win over the host Kubs.

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Snowhaven to open Saturday, Dec. 19

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.”

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FS to start grooming snow trails Thursday

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.

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Rampage raises $7.8K

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.

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Scorecard

Wrestling, basketball, bowling results. GHS 2015 football season statistics.

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Cottonwood News: PES donates to newborns, families

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.

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Tuesday, December 15



Wednesday, December 9



Tempus Fugit

•GRANGEVILLE – More than 800 people visited the Elks Lodge for Syringa General Hospital’s Festival of Trees family day, and 240 people attended the gala auction which netted $20,000.

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Frosty Day

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.

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Angel Face

Little Harper Blewett sat quietly for a snowflake face-painting session from Grangeville High School student Lily Willig at Syringa’s Festival of Trees family day Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Fishing Day

These men were enjoying a recent trip on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River between Kooskia and Kamiah.

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‘Frozen’ In Time

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?”

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

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.

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Call Log: Lewis County Sheriff

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.

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Faith Briefs

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene will host its annual Christmas musical program, Sunday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m., at the church, 515 W. N. 2nd Street. All are invited to attend.

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Community Briefs

COTTONWOOD — The Lighted Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m.

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Birth: Zachary Ryan Wright

David and D. Renee Wright of Grangeville are the parents of a son, Zachary Ryan, born Nov. 22, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Exchange: start with addressing Equal Access to Justice Act

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.

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Forests managed for USFS employees, nonmotorized people

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.

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Birth: Cache James Turner

Ryan and Carly Turner of Grangeville are the parents of a son, Cache James, born Nov. 19, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed nine pounds and one ounce and was 22.5 inches long. He joins a sister, Sierra, 2-1/2.

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Exchange: purchase option is the answer

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.

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Birth: Micah Oneal Holthaus

Clinton and Jonna Holthaus of Cottonwood are the parents of a son, Micah Oneal, born Nov. 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Exchange: elected officials abandoning their constituents

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.

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Week Two: And The Winner Is ...

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.

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2015 Historic Fire Season Ends with a Look Forward

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.

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Public, private lands help support domestic livestock grazing

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.

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USDA Safety-Net programs trigger for Idaho farmers

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.

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Risch tackling Lochsa issue; comments due Dec. 11

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.

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RIGGINS: Shaw promoted to Lt. Colonel

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.

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LOWELL/SYRINGA NEWS: Christmas list: ‘Electricity and Internet’

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.

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KOOSKIA/KAMIAH NEWS: Talk to Santa on the radio

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!

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Saturday, December 5



Savages sweep Huskies in doubleheader

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.

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Prairie boys open season with 'Shootout' win; Sullivan carries GHS girls

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."

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Wednesday, December 2



Week One: And The Winner Is ...

Winner of the week one Free Press and Shopper Holiday Showcase Four Weeks of Christmas contest was Adam Parrish of Cottonwood who received $100 from Reflections Auto Detailing in Grangeville.

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One For The Books

In October 2014, the Free Press reported on a big bear a local woman tagged in that fall’s hunt. Last Wednesday, Nov. 25, Renee Duman of Cottonwood said she “finally got this bad boy officially scored and recorded.”

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Scorecard

Boys basketball, girls basketball and bowling results.

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COLUMN: The big difference one break makes

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.

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Sports...in brief

Hunters asked to report hunting results; Lolo Pass winter rec passes on sale, required this month; Loggers name Stowell “most improved.”

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Media puts culpability on candidates for recent attacks

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.

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Land swap: current plan is not the answer

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.

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Let’s welcome refugees to Palouse

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.”

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Our kids are more than a test grade

Once again results are out for the latest rounds of state testing on our Idaho kids. The results make it seem as if our local youth need to step it up in some areas – and that is probably always the truth.

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Students awarded dual credit scholarships

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.

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Food Donation

Members of P.E.O. Chapter BV in Grangeville recently donated a carload of food to the Camas Prairie Food Bank.

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Cottonwood News: Family Advent night set for Dec. 9

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.

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Lowell/Syringa News: Great-grandma here for Thanksgiving celebration

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!

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Riggins News: ‘Light up Riggins’ during contest

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.

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Tuesday, December 1



Bulldogs claim Edwards' first 'W' in season opener

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.

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