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Saturday, February 28

 

Grangeville clobbers New Plymouth, books return to 2A tourney

Michael Wilson put up 20 points in a crucial stop on Grangeville's road back to the 2A boys basketball state tournament. St. Maries claimed the north's top seed by winning the district championship earlier in the week, but GHS extended its season with a 60-35 victory over New Plymouth Saturday afternoon.

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Friday, February 27



Win over Orofino propels GHS to play-in game

Orofino nicked Grangeville twice in the final three meetings between the Central Idaho League rivals, but only the last one counted -- and after falling to the Maniacs earlier in the tournament, GHS took the 2A District I-II consolation playoff 47-40 to set up a meeting with District III's third best team, New Plymouth, at 1 p.m. MT in McCall, Saturday, Feb. 28.

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Lapwai tops Prairie in district title game

Seven lead changes during the first half signaled a close game, but for much of the contest, Lapwai stood firmly in control of the 1AD1 District II boys district title game Friday night at the LCSC Activity Center. During the short stretches when the Pirates' shots were falling, Prairie evened up the game -- but a bit of treachery in the Pirates' shooting touch combined with timely shooting by the Wildcats allowed Lapwai to sustain scoring runs up to double-digit leads early and late in the game.

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Wednesday, February 25

   

Making It Straight: Forest Service to rearrange Crooked River

The H&H Mining Company’s dredging during the late 1930s and early 1940s rearranged Crooked River, leaving a two-mile legacy of “meanders” that the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests now intend to undo. Public access to the area will be limited for up to six years after the work begins, during which the mine tailings will be moved to make way for 64 acres of wetlands in the floodplains astride more than 10,000 feet of channels slated for reconstruction.

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1AD1 girls basketball: Pirates power through to second place

Prairie’s 1AD1 state tournament featured one hotly-contested game — the Pirates’ title game against Lapwai last Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Ford Idaho Center. But even that one cooled a bit after the Wildcats began to pull away behind four double-digit scorers.

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On The Bench

Grangeville attorney Gregory Fitzmaurice took the oath of office on Monday, Feb. 23.

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Helipad plan moves to next phase

Following months of discussion amongst themselves and with community members and other organizations, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees made its first official action concerning a helipad on Grangeville’s Main Street.

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Senate approves Idaho Education Network funds allocation

On Monday Idaho’s Senate voted to approve the allocation of more than $3.5 million from general funds to reimburse Idaho schools for the cost of new broadband Internet contracts extending through the current fiscal year. The measure also returns more than $5 million to the general funds that had been set aside for now defunct Idaho Education Network contracts.

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Readers discuss Idaho author’s book

“The story was disagreeable to me,” said Thelma Landes. “Just a totally different lifestyle than mine.” “Really? I connected with the main character and really got a kick out of him,” said Sally Nolan.

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Grief Seminar scheduled for March 1

This Sunday, March 1, a seminar on grief will tackle the question of “Why.” This is set for 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 N. Mill Street in Grangeville. The session includes a 40-minute video featuring experts on grief, plus a brief discussion of the topics covered in the video.

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Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship Feb. 28

Gary and Judy Porter with Rid’n For the Cross Ministries invite everyone to Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship which will be held this Saturday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., in their fellowship barn.

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Encouragers will meet Feb. 26

Love is the theme of Encouragers, Thursday, Feb. 26, monthly luncheon at Oscar’s Restaurant. Speakers are Kathryn Smith and Mellisa Gates, sharing about God working in their lives and marriages. Gates will also provide music.

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Clearwater luncheon to be held March 4

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, March 4, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. All are welcome.

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Little Princess Tea Party set for March 15

Mark your calendars for the “Little Princess Tea Party” presented by the Idaho County Fair Royalty. This event will be held Sunday, March 15, at the Cottonwood Community Center which is located at 506 King St. in Cottonwood.

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Bake sale, fund-raiser for Lively Livestock

A fund-raiser bake sale for Lively Livestock 4-H Club horse project is set for Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to noon at Asker’s Harvest Foods entrance. A large selection of cookies, breads, brownies and other sweets as well as gluten free products will be available.

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Miniature artwork for sale set for March 21

2014 saw the Salmon River Art Guild introduce a show and sale of miniature artwork for less than $50. This March Miniature Madness Show was a success, the Guild announced its second annual show set for Saturday, March 21, at Hoot’s Café just South of White Bird. This is a members only show offering art in sizes 11 x 14 or smaller.

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Spaghetti feed benefit Feb. 28 for Ellie Turney

The 4-H Club Crazy Critters will be sponsoring a spaghetti feed for Ellie Turney of White Bird. This is set for Saturday, Feb. 28, 5-8 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. Dinner will be by donation and those who know the Turneys are asked to bring a card of encouragement.

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Student News...

Beka Bruner of Cottonwood, a freshman at Centre College, has pledged Alpha Delta Pi sorority...

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Twist And Shout

Shirley’s Dance Studio held its winter recital Feb. 22 at Nezperce School. More than 30 dancers from Nezperce, Cottonwood and Grangeville danced.

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Ground Hog Cooks

Servers fed 430 people at the 52nd annual Ground Hog Feed in Clearwater on Feb. 1, at the IOOF Hall.

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PVBC sets activities

Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird will present a series of revival meetings March 8-11. Services will be held Sunday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. There will be guests each evening presenting special music.

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Rodeo queen clinic is March 8

The Pinehurst Quilters have a $250 scholarship available for any Salmon River graduate already attending an institution of higher learning or vocational school.

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Mader is Coach of the Year

It has certainly been cold the last few days. Last week it was nice enough to work out in the yard. I even saw some tractors out in the field. The fertilizer companies were busy also.

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Horn hunters have good luck

It’s 21 degrees this morning as I write this, not a cloud in the sky, and the geese are either coming or going all day and all night along the Lochsa and at the confluence. They fly in flocks of 30 or 40 at a time (excuse me, it’s called a gaggle if they are on the water).

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‘Brink and a Half’ books donated

Had a gentleman come by the hotel and donate a copy of both the third (1973?) and fourth edition of the Golden Road to Adventure produced by the Brink and a Half Club, Inc., after reading about it in this column.

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Grangeville boys headed to Orofino tonight

St. Maries defeated Orofino by a point, locking up a state tournament berth for the Lumberjacks and forcing an Orofino-Grangeville rematch Wednesday night, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Orofino.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Grangeville – Disturbing texts Country Court Dr/NRR; DWP arrest of a 39-yr-old Grangeville male Hwy 95 MP 240/ARR; One vehicle non-injury rollover accident Hwy 95 & Whitetail Dr/RT; ...

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Otter season closes

The river otter harvest quota of 20 otters for the Clearwater Region was reached at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 23. The otter season for the entire region closes 72 hours after the harvest quota is met. As a result, the otter season for the entire region will close at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26.

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Can ITD Dist. 2 get some respect? How about a crosswalk?

The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, U.S. Highway 12, in Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Idaho Transportation Department’s 2nd District. It gets no respect. The last time it got respect, Captain Meriwether Lewis had something to do with it.

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Still needed: responsible budgeting

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) annual Budget and Economic Outlook report shows that, absent action, the United States continues to remain on an unsustainable fiscal path with the national debt expected to grow by $9 trillion during the course of the next 10 years. According to CBO, the cost of the interest payments alone on the debt are expected to rise by 5.6 trillion, which would account for roughly 13.5 percent of total annual federal spending.

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IDFG promotes fisheries manager

Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore has named Ed Schriever as the department’s new Deputy Director of Operations. Schriever has been an Idaho Fish and Game employee for 31 years. He started in 1984 as a fish culturist at the Grace Hatchery and moved up through the ranks serving seven years as the Clearwater Region’s Fisheries Manager before becoming Fisheries Bureau Chief in 2008.

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Grangeville is Idaho’s fourth safest city says new SafeWise report

Grangeville is the fourth safest city in Idaho, according to a report by SafeWise.com, a community-focused security organization. According to statistics compiled from the FBI’s recently released Crime Report, Grangeville reported the fewest violent crimes: .31 per 1,000; and property crimes 10.94 per 1,000.

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Pine Tree hosts 59th annual meeting

Pine Tree Community Credit Union held its annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 31, celebrating its 59th anniversary since its inception in 1956 by 14 Grangeville employees of P.L (Prairie Land) & H.P (Haener Planer) Company.

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Mailbox vandalism spree hits

Information is sought on a series of mailbox vandalism incidents in the Beaverslide, Caribel, Kidder Ridge and Woodland areas that occurred Sunday night and Monday morning, Feb. 22-23.

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Get Acquainted 2015 hits the newsstands

Have you seen the 2015 Get Acquainted special section published by the Idaho County Free Press and Shopper? You should have received your copy inserted in today’s Shopper.

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Tuesday, February 24



Marguerite Holder, 95

Marguerite Holder, 95, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at her home in Grangeville. Services are pending with Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

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David E. Cereghino, 79

David E. Cereghino, 79, of Lucile, Idaho, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

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Thursday, February 19



Pirates' pressure squashes Liberty Charter

Before the Pirates found the range, the sheer volume of their shooting overwhelmed Liberty Charter. Once Prairie found the range, the defending state champions shelled the Patriots into submission, 60-25, during the first round of 1AD1 state tournament play.

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Brown, Bass key Bulldogs win in OT

Grangeville trailed by as many as 11 points during the first half of its first round 2A state tournament matchup against Wendell, but charged back to win 46-44 in overtime Thursday afternoon at Bishop Kelly High School.

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Wednesday, February 18

 

Sports...in brief

Bald eagle rescued; Local tennis players advance with Palouse Tennis Club team; Soccer signups reset for 6 p.m. Thursday; PHS girls, KHS boys win on academics

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Wolf advocates sue to halt animal control

Pro-wolf environmentalists are taking to court the federal agency tasked with killing problematic wild animals, alleging the Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services arm has “never examined or disclosed the effect of its activities in combination with recreational wolf hunting and trapping conducted by the public.”

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A Night For Dancing

The Valentine’s Day Hometown Barn Dance at the Kamiah American Legion Hall drew 81 people Saturday night, Feb. 14, and raised just more than $2,500 for ICARE (Cancer Assistance & Recovery Effort). Started in 2008, ICARE serves the Clearwater River communities, providing benefits to area cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. Since its formation, ICARE has helped a total 142 people with a total $64,300. Information about ICARE is available by calling either 476-5971 or 476-7148.

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Regional news

Maniac logo reaction reaches far and wide; Uhlenkott named as new fire chief; Snowpack is far below normal; Marijuana site gets license approval.

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Market Report

Cottonwood Livestock Auction — February 13, 2015; Lewiston Livestock Auction — February 16, 2015; Grangeville (CHS Primeland) Grain Market — February 17, 2015.

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Oscar’s, Brodock’s under new ownership: Duo steps in to save failing restaurant

“I’ve always felt like Oscar’s was in my family – even after my family didn’t own it anymore,” said Mike Asker. Asker’s parents, Bill and Bonnie Asker, owned and managed Oscar’s for years and then sold it to the Pearsons who were friends of the family. Two years ago it sold to friend Tom Sommers. “It became evident that Tom wasn’t really a restaurateur,” Asker said. “It all came about kind of suddenly but I made the decision Oscar’s needed rescuing.”

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Grangeville Arts’ annual ‘Sushi Night’ is Feb. 28

Grangeville Arts’ Annual Sushi Night is set for Saturday, Feb. 28, at The Gallery. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22 per person and will include a sushi bar, Asian inspired soups and salads and edamame. Reservations are recommended with limited seating available. Call 983-2595.

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Looking For Answers

Kids Klub, Inc., again sponsored Missoula Children’s Theater in Grangeville Feb. 9-13 with a performance of Aladdin Friday, Feb. 13. Nearly 60 kids from public, private and home schools participated in the play. Here, during dress rehearsal Friday afternoon, Victoria Williams and Mindy Fredrickson, Keepers of the Book of Answers, look to satisfy a question.

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Crash victim to be released from care

A Grangeville woman may be released from care late this week after undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in a Feb. 2 accident north of Greencreek along Old Highway 7.

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Credit for Rep. Shepherd on representing district

Our Dist. 7B Representative Paul Shepherd recently came under fire for proposing the state make a custom license plate featuring the Orofino Maniacs logo, a portion of sales ($12) from which would benefit their schools.

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Babies dying, mother’s lives at risk

Planned Parenthood has initiated plans nationwide to install what are called “web cam” facilities in all of the states. In Idaho, we have convincing evidence that they want to implement web cam facilities in our state, as they have already done in Iowa. If this becomes a reality, web cam abortions could be done here.

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Generous gift of music by Varsity Blue Choir

I received an e-mail from my sister-in-law, Dawn Kennedy-Haeder, outlining the visit from the Varsity Blue Choir, to my brother, Dewey Haeder. Again, this group has shown compassion and grace to visit my brother and to serenade him for Valentine’s Day, as he and my sister-in-law struggle with his medical and physical decline. Thank you, Varsity Blue and Mrs. Stefani, for your touching and generous gift of time and music, and a quote from Dawn’s e-mail: “When he was awake later, I asked him if he had been awake enough to hear the choir. He whispered ‘Oh yes,’ and smiled again. Then he began to hum.”

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Not the waste implied with highway districts

Regarding Ms. Perdue’s letter [Feb. 11 issue] of living within budgets, I think she needs to look a little deeper into what takes place with road maintenance. She may be an authority on equipment maintenance and snowplowing but that is not all the districts are responsible for.

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Calving season under way in county

The weather has been excellent for baby calves. We had our first one Saturday. I see a few around on other farms also. The trees are starting to bud out, and flowers are poking through the ground. The pussy willow is blooming, too. I think they call this “spring fever.”

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District to elect new trustees May 19

Salmon River School District will have elections for three of its five board of trustee zones — zone one, two and three — May 19. Zone one is the zone north of town, zone two is the zone west of town and zone three is the zone in town. See the district website for a detailed map of the board of trustee zones.

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Heckathorn pens new book on longevity

Went down to Boise to attend a House committee hearing on HB51 designed to restore Idaho’s small dredging industry. Last year, at a similar meeting, a retired scientist from EPA testified. He was all for dredging as the process helps clean up our rivers and streams and does not discharge toxins nor harm fish. Dredgers testified that when they stir up the bottom of the streams with their process, the fish swim around eating what is brought up. The turnout was smaller this year but some of the same/similar evidences were presented. It was voted out of committee to the House floor where its future is uncertain. Sure hope it passes.

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‘Mecca of activity’

It’s been a good week. Kayakers and catarafters are on the Lochsa. It’s up to five feet plus with the warm weather, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing with questions about the level. The snow is all gone from Lowell and Syringa, and the sun is high in the sky today. It’s for sure we still have some cold days ahead before summer; I’m not planting my tomatoes just yet.

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Chocolate Fantasy set for Saturday

The Chocolate Fantasy in Kamiah on Saturday is one of the premiere events in the area. All things chocolate will be present from chocolate lasagna to double chocolate brownie torte and everything in between. This is always a beautiful program and you will have missed a wonderful time if you miss it. Kamiah Community Partners Coalition is presenting this at the American Legion Hall, 618 Main Street in Kamiah. There is an auction, prizes, entertainment, and a beautiful array of chocolaty foods. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Do support this group who does so much to help youth in our community.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Grangeville – Citizen dispute over property Rice Creek/CIV; Abandoned vehicle Pittsburg Landing/UTL; Possibly house burglary Rice Creek/NRR; Citizen dispute/threatening over property Deasy Dr/NRR; Dead deer in rd Hwy 7 MP 7/NRR; Kooskia – Goats destroying property Hwy 13/NRR; Subject driving on suspended license Woodland Rd/NRR; Suspicious activity with mail Tinker Creek Ln/NRR; Dispute between roommates Hwy 12 MP 69/NRR; Harassment Dyche Rd/NRR; Abandoned vehicle Big Cedar Rd; Fire Rupp Rd; Possible prowler North St/UTL; Riggins – VIN Hwy 95 MP 215; Burglary arrest of a 57-yr-old Kamiah male Main St/ARR; Elk City– Burglary Main St/RT; Vandalism of house locks Sweeney Hill Rd/RT; GPD – Dog not being taken care of N Hall St; Citizen dispute over contact Main St; Medical West North 2nd St; Agency assist on interview for stolen vehicle N Junction; CPD – Ambulance transfer; Agency assist on locating subject Main St; Reckless driver Hwy 95 & Main St.

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Organizations: Feb. 18, 2015

The Feb. 9 meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Alta Clark and the prayer was given by Jim Myers. The free dinner came to Cory Stowers. There were 70 meals and 30 takeout meals served. Nickel bingo winner was Roberta Gibbs and blackout winners were Alta Clark and Mary Purdy.

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Community...in brief

Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set for today; GHS class of ’75 reunion meeting is Feb. 19; Lincoln Day Dinner set Feb. 28 in Greencreek; Aladdin performance set for Saturday at CVES.

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Graham William McNab

Scott and Anna McNab of Denver, Colo., are the parents of a son, Graham William, born Feb. 13, 2015, at 5:12 p.m. at a hospital in Denver. He weighed eight pounds and one ounce and was 20-1/2 inches long. He joins a sister, Madeleine, 3-1/2. Grandparents are Andy and Lynda McNab of Grangeville and Walter and Diane Holbrook of Phoenix, Ariz.

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State-bound Bulldogs headed to Boise; GHS draws Wendell

The runner-up in last year’s 2A tournament, Ririe, may be the favorite to win the title this year. While Ririe is seeded on the other side of the bracket, the Grangeville girls likely will face a tough matchup during the second round whether or not they find a way past first-round foe Wendell.

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Potlatch Ends Rams Run

Clearwater Valley’s Trey Pfefferkorn found a lane to drive and scored two points on this play during the 1AD1 District II tournament play-in game held on Presidents’ Day afternoon last Monday, Feb. 16 in Kooskia. Potlatch grabbed an early lead, blunted the Rams’ charge during the second quarter, and held on to win 56-45. Bracket play began after the Tuesday, Feb. 17, print deadline with top-seeded Prairie preparing to play the Kamiah-Troy winner this afternoon, Feb. 18, at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston. Prairie, the 2014 1AD1 state champion and the WPL’s 2015 regular season champion, will open at 7 p.m.

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Scorecard

Bowling, trapshooting, and high school basketball box scores.

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Boys basketball: Pirates’ title defense ramps up as districts open Wednesday

Potlatch ended Clearwater Valley’s boys basketball season with a 56-45 win over the Rams in the 1AD1 District II boys basketball play-in game last Monday, Feb. 16 in Kooskia. But if the district tournament goes the way the Loggers went during their regular season finale against Prairie last Saturday, Feb. 14, the rest of the league’s teams may find contentment in playing for second or third place.

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Hallissey Champs!

The Sts. Peter & Paul Parish girls 7-8th grade basketball team won the 52nd Hallissey Championship Basketball Tournament this past weekend in the Boise area — the first time a Sts. Peter and Paul girls team has ever won the championship.

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Elk City cleanup a success

With a recent project successfully completed, volunteers are open to others in need for a cleanup project for this year.

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Suction dredgers get a boost from proposed bill

The local gold-picking community got a boost last Wednesday, Feb. 11, when a house committee deadlocked on whether to stop Rep. Paul Shepherd’s latest bill, which aims to exempt suction dredging from federal laws under which the Environmental Protection Agency forbids suction dredging in the Clearwater and Salmon river drainages.

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State-bound Pirates headed to Nampa; tourney opens Thursday

Prairie ran into a buzz saw in its district title matchup against the team most observers favor at the outset of the 1AD1 state tournament. But as the only team in the tournament to have played a close game against Lapwai this season, the Pirates may be primed to force a rematch in the classification’s biggest game.

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Wednesday, February 11

    

Casting call for all high school junior girls

It’s time to register for the Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Scholarship Program. Girls who are juniors in the Grangeville, Cottonwood, Nezperce and surrounding areas are invited to participate.

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Cristo Vive dinner to be held Feb. 14

A Cristo Vive summer camp fund-raiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 14, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Center. A complete chicken cordon bleu dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

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Volunteer Fireman’s ball, auction is Feb. 14

The annual Volunteer Fireman’s Ball and Auction is set for Saturday, Feb. 14, at Hoot’s Café in White Bird. This includes the Salmon River Rural, Riggins City, Grangeville and White Bird City fire departments.

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GHS play set for Feb. 19-21

With first year teacher Ms. Collins out sick, a quirky cadre of students take it upon themselves to pull together the school’s annual “Classics on Parade,” acting out famous stories that they studied in their literature class.

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GHS class of ’75 reunion meeting is Feb. 19

Grangeville High School class of 1975 will hold an organizational meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., at Brodock’s. Anyone from the class who is interested in helping with the 40th reunion is invited to attend.

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Aladdin performance set for this Friday

Join Aladdin Saturday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Elementary School as he ventures into a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales ranging from Ali Baba to Scheherazade to Sinbad the Sailor.

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Barn dance to be held Saturday

The proceeds of a “Hometown” barn dance set for Valentine’s Day night will go toward helping local people battling cancer. The dance is set for this Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Kamiah American Legion Hall. Cost is $15 per person and doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and music at 7 p.m.

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Risch backs public shooting ranges

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch trumpeted the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 with a press release last Thursday, Feb. 5, coinciding with the legislation’s introduction to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bill reprises some provisions of a 2014 bill which the Senate voted to kill at the amendments step of the legislative process.

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Quite A Catch

Rachel Diaz of Riggins caught a 31-inch fish last week, Feb. 4, during the 2015 River Adventures Women With Bait tournament.

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Clearwater woman injured in Feb. 3 rollover

A Clearwater woman was injured following a rollover accident on Old Highway 7 last week north of Grangeville. Linda Walter was transported to Syringa Hospital and then transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. Patient status was unavailable.

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Hypothermia takes Kamiah men who fell through ice

Two Kamiah fishermen died from hypothermia last week after falling through the ice at Winchester Lake. David Kries, 79, and Roger Ward, 73, were flown to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston last Friday, Feb. 6, where they were pronounced deceased.

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Grocery credit available even for those who don’t earn enough to file taxes

Idaho residents who don’t normally make enough money to file an income tax return can still get a refund of the grocery tax credit for 2014. The tax credit, which offsets the sales tax on groceries, is $100 for most Idaho residents who aren’t required to file an income tax return, plus $100 for each of their dependents. Residents age 65 and older get $20 more.

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Gardening skills class offered through LCSC outreach

Taxpayers who want to file both their federal and state income tax returns online for free should visit the Idaho State Tax Commission website at tax.idaho.gov and click on the “Free individual income tax e-file” link (under the “Quick Picks” section).

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Locals may qualify for property tax reductions

Could you qualify for a reduction in Idaho property taxes? According to AARP research, just less than half of the more than 55,000 Idahoans eligible for a reduction in their property taxes actually apply for this discount.

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Organizations : Feb. 11, 2015

3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club: Elections for president and treasurer were conducted at the January meeting. Ken Tuning - KT7KEN was elected president and Brian Davis - AB7ID was re-elected treasurer...

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Summit bids farewell to Chilean students

Summit Academy students and staff gathered on Jan. 28 after lunch to wish foreign exchange students “Cocoa” Maria Jose Garcia and “Nachi” Maria Ignacia Garcia “Adios” for their return to Chile, South America. The two arrived in September 2014.

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Food pantry to be in town Thursday

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Love for family and friends and kids. Most kids look forward to Valentine’s Day all year long!

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U.S. not alone in wolf dilemma

Suzanne and Sonja would like to thank Karen Crosby, Chris Thompson, and Shanna Sherrer as well as everyone who attended the VFW Post fund-raising dinner. The community support is very much appreciated.

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Mighty Lochsa is on the rise

New week, new day, new news. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Don’t pass an opportunity to look someone in the eye and ask them how they are doing, and listen to their answer.

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Ball, raffle drawing on tap for Saturday

2014 saw the Salmon River Art Guild introduce a very special show and sale of miniature artwork for less than $50. This March Miniature Madness Show was such a success, the Guild announces its second annual show March 21 at Hoots Café just South of White Bird.

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Otter: Join Democrats to help workers

Eight years have taught Idahoans that we need to pay more attention to what Governor Otter does than what he says he does. Yes, Governor Otter, Idaho learns. But we have yet to see whether you and your administration does.

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Idaho needs great teachers

Effective teachers are essential to student achievement and success. Providing competitive, professional-level salaries is critical to recruiting, developing and keeping great teachers in the classroom.

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Make it harder for scammers the next time

“My name is Mrs. Glenda Buthelezi. I am a South African and a financial consultant working with a financial institution. I am contacting you to partner with me to secure the funds ($34M) kept in the custody of a bank in South Africa by one of former associate of the late president of Libya who is now deceased.”

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Sign up now for soccer

Grangeville Spring Soccer through Lewiston Valley Boys and Girls Club deadline is Feb. 12. Instead of signing up at the school parents need to sign up directly though Valley Boys and Girls Club website. Boys and girls grades K-9th grades are eligible to play, no tryouts. Players must turn 5 years of age by May 11.

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Saturday, February 7



GHS girls bust Orofino

Led by Central Idaho League "player of the year" Hailey Sullivan, the Grangeville girls took one step closer to a district tournament title.

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Bulldogs get even in CIL showdown

Grangeville found itself in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, but St. Maries had no answer for the 16-6 run GHS used to lock up a share of the Central Idaho League lead.

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Thursday, February 5



Clear Creek restoration moves forward

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) that proposes a comprehensive program of restoration activities within the Clear Creek drainage, located in the Moose Creek Ranger District.

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Wednesday, February 4

  

Looking to 2015: Housing, workforce pressing issues for Idaho County

While Idaho County made great strides in the economic and business sectors in 2014, many challenges lie ahead for the coming year. “The most pressing economic issues for Idaho County in 2015 include housing, workforce and commercial real estate,” said Melissa Bryant, economic development specialist with Ida-Lew Economic Development Council, Inc.

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Boys basketball roundup: Prairie extends win streak

An auspicious week for the Pirates completed a perfect run of eight games in January. For the Prairie High School boys, who hadn’t allowed 40 points since Dec. 31, Grangeville proved the strongest competition they’ve seen in weeks. Still, the Pirates prevailed over the Bulldogs by 17 points, 57-40, on Jan. 27 — matching the smallest margin of victory PHS has faced since meeting out-of-state competitors in Coeur d’Alene in late December.

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Students get hands-on computer design, 3D printing experience

Twenty or even 10 years back, three-dimensional printing may have seemed like the subject of science fiction novels. Grey’s Anatomy fans may have seen medical implements made on a 3D printer on the show at the Seattle Grace Hospital in recent years. That type of printing is no longer simply a fantasy.

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Brilliant Sunset

A brilliant sunset outlined the horizon Thursday, Jan. 29, on the outskirts of Grangeville as the teasel stood tall, silhouetted in the foreground.

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SRS issue: Time to send the feds an invoice?

When highway district representatives, county commissioners and state elected officials came together Saturday for a meeting on a world without Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds, two things came to mind.

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Pet responsibility: Don’t ship them off to irresponsible home

I would like to bring awareness to a problem that I am seeing quite a bit in our local area. This issue is regarding pets that people are trying to re-home. My family believes in pets as family members. We don’t take them in on a whim. Our family is blessed in the fact that we are rural and have the luxury of room to let our pets run. A lot of homes are in town and need to be aware of, not only the room they have, but their neighbors also.

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St. Mary’s / Holy Cross dinner is Feb. 8

The annual St. Mary’s/Holy Cross parish dinner is set for this Sunday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Keuterville Hall. The community of Keuterville, rich with history, is tucked away in the foothills of the Cottonwood Butte.

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Hindsight is 20/20

They say hindsight is 20/20. Once we experience the results of something it is easy to evaluate the wisdom or foolishness of that decision or action.

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Seminar on ‘The Journey of Grief’ is Sunday, Feb. 8

A seminar on “The Journey of Grief” will be held this Sunday, Feb. 8, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Seminar participants will learn helpful goals to set on your journey of grief, how to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief, and how long the journey of grief typically lasts.

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Wagon Road potluck Feb. 7

The Elk City Wagon Road committee is kicking off the 2015 activities by having its first meeting, Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Grange Hall in Clearwater.

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Saddliers will meet Feb. 7

The Kooskia Saddliers will meet Saturday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m., at the home of Elaine Pearsons, 02 Front Street, Kooskia. For questions contact president LeAnn Nelson at 926-7391; vice president Louise Haukedahl at 926-7778; secretary Debbie Needham at 926-7022; or treasurer Candy Throop at 935-0676.

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Let’s Talk About It set for Feb. 10 at GCL

The next session of “Let’s Talk About It” at the Grangeville Centennial Library is set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. This will be held at the library, 215 West North Street, Grangeville. The current book is Far Away Places by Tom Spanbauer with scholar Wendy Green.

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Varsity Blue serenades for sale for Valentine’s Day

Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue select choir is now taking orders for Valentine serenades to be delivered Friday, Feb. 13. In person serenades are $20, phone and student serenades are $10. Check with Taylor Wilkins, Kaleala Bass or Lexy Walters for song choices.

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MCT’s Aladdin to be held in Kooskia Feb. 21

Join Aladdin Saturday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Elementary School. Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 Clearwater Valley students will perform an original musical adaptation of Aladdin.

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Eagles Bingo set for Feb. 8

GRANGEVILLE – Eagles Bingo is set for Sunday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m., at the hall on C Street. Anyone 18 and older is invited to join.

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Ag industry keeps Idaho economy strong

The Joint Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee recently met to discuss Idaho’s economy. Idaho’s cattle industry continues to increase the economy, bringing in an estimated $2.47 billion in cash receipts in 2014. That is a 29 percent increase throughout the previous year.

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Cottonwood Senior Citizens

Dolores VonBargen opened the Jan. 27 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and also led the dinner prayer.

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Grangeville Senior Citizens

The Jan. 26 meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Roy Powell and the prayer was given by Shirley Crane. Guests were Maurice Vincent and Ken and Kathy Carpenter. The free dinner came to Thomas Satre. There were 72 meals and 37 takeout meals served.

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Donation For GHS Band Trip

The Grangeville Lions Club donated $1,000 to the Grangeville High School band to use for its upcoming trip to Disneyland.

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Farmers’ market meet and greet, meeting Feb. 7

Those who are interested in selling their wares at the Grangeville Farmers’ Market this year, or would like to meet some of the vendors who already sell, are invited to stop by the Soltman Center in Grangeville, across Main Street from the Syringa Hospital, this Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.

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Myers to pen legislative news for Free Press

Free Press readers may notice a new name from time to time in the pages of Idaho County’s oldest newspaper. Jeff Myers is a senior studying journalism at the University of Idaho who will be graduating in the spring. He is currently working as an intern sponsored by the McClure Center and will be covering the 2015 Idaho Legislative session. A selection of stories that pertain to Idaho County will appear in the Free Press.

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Syringa Thrift Shop provides clinics with equipment

The Syringa Thrift Shop Auxiliary Committee met Jan. 19 and voted to grant $13,600 to Syringa Hospital and Clinics. The Kooskia clinic will receive $4,100 for a high/low exam table along with an additional $1,000 for privacy curtains for the recently expanded Kooskia PT area.

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Fishing rules may change in 2016

During the next few months, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be collecting public input and ideas for fishing rules that will be in effect from 2016 – 2018 and also asking where anglers need new or better access facilities.

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Zumalt’s art on display at PTCCU

The Grangeville Pine Tree Community Credit Union’s quarterly art display currently features the watercolor works of Jackie Zumalt. Her art will be displayed during business hours through March.

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­­­­Practice random acts of kindness

Well, the first month of 2015 is already history. Crazy! A year that seems to me should be in a futuristic sci-fi movie is right here, right now. I guess I’m getting old. That stinks, because I heard old age doesn’t last long, and guess what, neither will 2015. Each day is a gift. Practice some random acts of kindness, give someone a compliment and make somebody smile. Today is the day you could make a positive difference on this planet. You’re running out of time.

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Wagon Road meeting set for this Saturday

Tahoe QRU’s weekly community chat room is back beginning on Friday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon at their facility on Leitch Creek. “Donut Fried-days” is open to the public to come and join the talk, games, coffee and donuts — great people and excellent donuts and goodies to go with a hot cup of coffee.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Grangeville – VIN Old White Bird Hill Rd; VIN Lone Pine Rd; Misconduct Whitetail Dr/NRR; DUI arrest of a 78-yr-old Lewiston male Whitetail Dr/ARR; Lewis County Warrant arrest of a 38-yr-old Cottonwood male East St/ARR; Kooskia – Abandoned vehicle Woodland...

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Four locals shoot their way to state

At the North Central Idaho Elks District Hoop Shoot held at Lincoln Middle School on Jan. 31, contestants representing the top free throw shooters ages 8-13 among more than 3,000 who competed at the school level had their day at the regional level. Six students represented the Grangeville Lodge competition and five of them placed. Four placed first in their division, and each of them qualify for state-level competition.

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Gutzman plots Valentine’s Day 5K

Clearwater Valley Elementary School will be the location and Feb. 14 will be the day of a 5K fun run Clearwater Valley High School junior Shalynn Gutzman is helping organize.

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Hunter Ed classes set

Hunter education started this week in the Clearwater Valley, and a course will be held in Kamiah in March.

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Elks’ Shooters

The Grangeville Lodge’s area placed five shooters among the region’s top 12 during the state qualifier stage of the annual Elks Hoop Shoot.

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