Stories for May 2015

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Thursday, May 28



Both missing canoeists have been found deceased

Wednesday evening, May 27, the body of missing person Jason Gritten, 35, of Coeur d' Alene, was located by family and friends in the Salmon River approximately one mile up river from Spring Bar. The body of missing person Patrick Lusk, 27, of Coeur d' Alene was found in the Salmon River approximately one mile down river from French Creek Sunday afternoon, May 31.

May 28, 2015 9:35 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 27

    

‘Win-win’ on project to create firebreaks at Harpster

Idaho County has long sought federal dollars to fund work to create firebreaks in between Harpster and the Golden Hills, Idaho County Fire Mitigation Department head Randy Doman said last Thursday, May 21. With a grant now in place, work began Monday, May 25.

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Veterans In Passing

Monday, May 25, marked Memorial Day commemorations locally and across the nation with ceremonies recognizing the sacrifices made by U.S. armed forces personnel and their efforts that continue today.

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Bruzas Bags One

Nelson Bruzas of Grangeville got his tom at 5:50 a.m. on the last day of turkey season, after three early mornings waiting in the blind. He is the son of Peter and Aminta Bruzas.

May 27, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Clearwater Chinook Running Hot

The most recent South Fork Clearwater River harvest report estimated the chinook salmon catch rate at less than eight hours per keeper while anglers on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers totaled more than 800 keepers May 11-17.

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Sports...in brief

Blackmer Memorial tourney set May 29-30; Youth golf camp set to run June 15-19; White Bird Rodeo books open June 8; Swimming pool to open June 6; new swim classes offered; Basketball car wash scheduled for May 30.

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Senator Crapo to visit area

Senator Mike Crapo will be in Stites at the Country Center at 4313 Highway 13 on Friday, May 29, at 2:30 p.m., and at the Kooskia City Hall at 3:30 p.m.

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Reeling Them In

Students were out in sudsy force last Saturday, May 23, putting soap and water to work for a GHS Tennis fund-raiser, held at Les Schwab Tires.

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Reasons for failure of Kamiah schools levy

A response to Superintendent Fred Mercer (and the Kamiah School Board): Although I voted no on last week’s school levy measure, I do feel (believe it or not) some genuine empathy for its proponents — considering their expressed needs, and how hard they had worked, hoping it would pass.

May 27, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
 

Helipad decision: Where we go from here

The Syringa Hospital Board is disappointed that our request for a conditional use permit for a helipad across Main Street from the hospital has been rejected by the City of Grangeville.

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Wednesday, May 20



No sign of missing canoeists

While friends and family continue to search for missing men Patrick Lusk and Jason Gritten this morning with help of Corporal Justin Scuka, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings said no signs of life were found Tuesday, May 19.

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Helipad denied permit by city

In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Grangeville City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a Syringa Hospital helipad on Main Street.

May 20, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


All About That Bass

Grangeville senior Kaleala Bass capped a brilliant season with individual victories in the girls 800 (pictured, 2:17.04), 400 (58.34 seconds) and 200 (26.67), in addition to anchoring a victorious medley relay (1:52.04) earlier in the track and field meet held May 15-16 in Middleton.

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GHS’s Stefani nominated for music educator award

Kathy Stefani of Grangeville High School is one of a total of 213 music teachers from 194 cities across 42 states who have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

May 20, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Tennis: Rain slows local netters

Smothering rain sent the 3-2-1A tennis tournament indoors last Friday, May 15, but when the sun came out last Saturday morning, the Grangeville and Clearwater Valley qualifiers who avoided elimination got a chance to play in fair weather.

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Bluegrass Jam Session

The Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association held its annual Spring Jam in Kamiah at the Lewis Clark RV Resort/KOA Campground.

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School levies pass in districts 242, 243

Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.

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Grangeville sets Memorial Day events

Grangeville American Legion Post 37 is coordinating Memorial Day Events on Monday, May 25. At 9 a.m., all community members are invited to a memorial ceremony with presentation of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial at Prairie View Cemetery.

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Top of the Class 2015

Each year the Free Press honors those students who have earned the designation as valedictorians and salutatorians of their high school classes.

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Graduation to be held Friday

The annual awards banquet sponsored by the Riggins PTO will be held tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, in the Salmon River High School multi-purpose room.

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Horse clinic set for May 23-25 in Orofino

Mark your calendar for this. There will be a CVRA 4D barrel race (weather permitting) on Friday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the rodeo grounds located 2122 Hill Street in Kamiah, lots of categories in which to participate. Come watch the local children have a really good time.

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DYW program set for June 6

Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie’s program is set for June 6, 7 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. Four young women from Cottonwood, Grangeville and Nezperce are set to try out for the event. The community is encouraged to attend.

May 20, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Tuesday, May 19



Wednesday, May 13



State tennis brackets set

A last-minute injury withdrawal will have Grangeville's Sarah Wilson competing this weekend at Vallivue High School in place of teammate Savannah Thanstrom, who placed second in the district's girls singles bracket. The state bracket was announced Wednesday morning.

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Play ball or cheer on a team

Ever play softball? Well, here is a chance to rekindle all those sports talents and meet great people and get a really good workout.

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Sports...in brief

Blackmer Memorial tournament organized; "Spring Fling" coming up this weekend; Chinook salmon stream into Idaho; CAP calls led to 111 poaching cases, 188 citations in 2014; Softball group picks up Monday, Thursday evening games; St. Mary’s slates sports physicals; F&G board to meet in Lewiston May 19-20.

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Clearing the bar: 41 area track and field athletes headed to state

For many of the dozens of area athletes who qualified to compete at the state track and field meet at Middle- ton this weekend, earning a trip to state counts as a major triumph. For the best of the best in Idaho County, qualifying is a mile-marker on the way to the apex goal: a state title.

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18 Bulldogs, Rams advance at regional tennis meet

Clearwater Valley’s Shalynn Gutzman won the girls singles district title last Saturday, May 9, topping Grangeville’s Savannah Thanstrom in the championship match; both will represent their schools at the 3A state tournament to be held this weekend, May 15-16 at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.

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Bulldogs knock out Kendrick, fall to Orofino

The Maniacs occasionally got the better of Grangeville in boys team sports earlier this year and had the GHS baseball team’s number all spring. With a walk-off mercy rule victory over Kendrick on the second day of District II tournament play, the Bulldogs gave themselves a shot at reaching the state tournament. But the second post-season Bulldogs-Maniacs encounter in as many days ended with Grangeville’s hitters again stumped by Orofino’s pitching.

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Walk for Life

More than 160 people took part on Saturday, May 9, in Hope Center’s 8th annual Walk for Life in Grangeville, a fund-raiser for their facilities here and Kamiah.

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Smith: strong family values, sound business sense

As a home schooling family, but having nephews and friends attending public schools here, we try to stay involved in our area schools by participating in their fund-raising events, attending sports-related activities in which my children also enjoy participating, and by actively trying to help where I can in decorating for Kooskia and Kamiah proms, etc.

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‘Hooter Hike’ on tap

The annual Hiking for Healthy Hooters will take place Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at the Forest Service for the one-mile hike.

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DYW program set for June 6

Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie’s program is set for June 6, 7 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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July 8 proposal deadline for conservation program

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.

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Essen: interested in success of hospital

Barbara Essen is running for a two-year position on the Syringa Hospital Board. She is vitally interested in the health and continued success of the hospital as a critically important asset of Grangeville and the surrounding area.

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No-brainer: Helipad a totally bad idea

I can’t believe that the helipad issue is anything but a “no brainer.” While virtually everybody would like to accommodate Syringa Hospital, there are limits that reasonable people must respect.

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Panel examines telepsychiatry for Idaho healthcare

Telepsychiatry is an important tool in expanding access to mental health and substance use care in remote areas of Idaho and plays a key role in enhancing the state’s behavioral health system, according to health and technology experts who spoke at a panel discussion April 29.

May 13, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Wednesday, May 6

    

Kretzmann returns to Nepal to help relief

For most Idaho County residents, the connection to Nepal and its devastating earthquake of April 25, is remote. However, for 2003 Grangeville High School graduate Eli Kretzmann, the tragedy hits close to home – literally.

May 6, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
 

Merchants raising money for downtown decor

Classic car lovers, put on your white T-shirt guys, and gals put on those peddle pushers and grab a scarf. Cruise on over to the Grangeville Country Club Tuesday, May 12, around 6 p,m., ...

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July sentencing set in FBI agent assault

Sentencing is set this summer for Pennie Sue Moffett, 41, of Kamiah, who pleaded guilty last month to assaulting, resisting, and impeding an officer of the United States. Moffett was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene on May 20, 2014.

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CV Prom Royalty

The Clearwater Valley High School prom was held Saturday, April 25, at the Kooskia Opera House.

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CIAA announces 48th annual spring show results

Norma Pfaff received the Best of Show Award, People’s Choice Award, and Kids’ Choice Award (tied with another of her entries) for her oil painting of a cougar, “Wanna Play.” She received first-place award and the kids’ choice tie for her second cougar pose, “Through a Cat’s Eyes.”

May 6, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Trees planted as memorial to Asker

Pioneer Park will have a little more shade in the summers to come. Two trees were planted Friday, May 1, as a memorial to longtime community supporter and business woman Mildred Asker, who died March 31.

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Encouraged by local care, concern

Kay and I would like to send a huge thank you to our friends and neighbors around Idaho County who have blessed us with cards, letters and support during our stay in Houston, Texas, while Kay gets treatment for her myeloma cancer.

May 6, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Who more should be entitled to the money?

In the April 29 issue of the Free Press was a letter from a Harvey Neese of Clarkston, Wash. And there is an item I am confused about and I would like very much for him to clear it up for me...

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Peace state or police state?

On communist day this year, May 1, the national media announced an initial 20-million dollar federally funded program to provide body cameras for (get this:) “small and medium-sized police departments” around the nation.

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Plant, baked food sales set May 8, 9

Valley Garden Club annual plant/baked food sale, CV Market Place sidewalk, Main Street, Kooskia, Friday, May 8, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lots of vegetable and annual plants as well as perennials. Some of the best cooks in the area are members of this club; always good food. This is always a “must do” each year.

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Blackwood Legacy to be at Methodist church

The Blackwood Legacy Quartet, from Nashville, will be presenting a free concert event to the community on Sunday, May 31, 11 a.m., at the Grangeville United Methodist Church, 404 W. Main Street. Admission is free; an offering will be taken.

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WB Days are on the way

White Bird Days is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about those parade floats and everything else that we need to get organized.

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Held On To Win

Daigon Anderson of Jiggs, Nev., held on to win the ranch bronc riding event with 80 points at the Sunday show of the 67th Annual Riggins Rodeo.

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Sports...in brief

Tunnel Pond fishing day events called off; Softball group picks up Monday, Thursday evening games; St. Mary’s slates sports physicals.

May 6, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Bulldogs notch five solo wins at ‘area best’

On a day that athletes from across the region marked outstanding performances, several of Grangeville’s set new personal records and others from across Idaho County proved their places among North Central Idaho’s elite.

May 6, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

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