Idaho remained unchanged in 2013-14 in its child poverty rate which remained at 19 percent, the same for Idaho County, while several states including Mississippi, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas and Montana all saw declines in children who fell at or below the federal poverty rate. By comparison, Alaska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Hawaii, Vermont and Minnesota all saw increases in their child poverty rates.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville hosted members of Chapter 14 Inland Northwest Crawlers of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC) for a two-day weekend event, Oct. 24-25. More than 23 people attended, including participants from Montana and British Columbia, and visited area collections of Don and Charlotte DeArmond, and Ted Billups (pictured talking in center). ACMOC members gather to talk shop, as well as to encourage interest in old Caterpillar machinery. Chapter 14 president is John Hahn of Craigmont.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see little of it.” — Alexander Sattler LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Standout Grangeville athlete and scholar Kylie Brown Chenn has quite literally been around the world since her 2011 Grangeville High School graduation.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Monday, Oct. 12 Kooskia - Agency assist with interviews Harpster area/NRR; Neighbor dispute Woodland Rd/NRR; Hunters trespassing Larradon Dr/TRA – FISH & GAME; Dead deer needing picked up Hwy 12 MP 71/NRR; Medical Crane Hill Rd; Grangeville - Reckless driver Hwy 95 MP 247/UTL; Riggins - Welfare check North Salmon River Dr/UTL; Welfare check on overdue hunters, subjects located & OK Allison Creek/NRR; Elk City - Medical Bullock Ln; GPD - Property damage South D St; Medical West Main St; Medical North Idaho Ave; CPD - Medical Foster St; Loose dog Bash St; Vicious dog Hogan St.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Violating no contact order. RP advised of a hunter on family’s land and there are no hunting and no trespassing signs on the property. RP would like an officer to head out there and take a look. RP is heading out that direction to check things out as well.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A tough-as-nails Sandpoint squad took a steady-as-she-goes approach to the season finale last Saturday, Oct. 24, at GHS, and took down the Bulldogs 47-12. Beyond the roster — Sandpoint’s side of which was printed in fine point, like the disclaimer on an insurance contract, so as to include all 56 upperclassmen on the squad — the mismatch wasn’t evident at the outset.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Prairie’s bid to defend its state title cleared a key roadblock with a win over Lapwai last week, but the Pirates had one other bit of business to attend to before turning their attention to the likes of Butte County and Oakley. PHS took its second consecutive district title with a five-set win over Troy (22-25, 25-23, 25-12, 23-25, 15-9) on Oct. 21 at the LCSC Activity Center.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Concealed by a 42-26 final score, the twists and turns involved with the much-anticipated Whitepine League championship game saw Prairie overcome the toughest team the Pirates have seen so far.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Standout Grangeville athlete and scholar Kylie Brown Chenn has quite literally been around the world since her 2011 Grangeville High School graduation.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Advocacy, awareness and desire to make positive change area all attributes for which Grangeville’s Jennifer Griffis will be honored next week.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A variety of Halloween events and harvest parties are planned throughout Idaho County.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC), a collaborative effort that resulted in employment and natural resource training for 20 North Central Idaho youth this past summer, has been recognized as the State of Idaho’s “2015 Outstanding Project” by the Idaho Resource Conservation and Development Association.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
GCF to award grants Nov. 5; Assumption Parish dinner set for Sunday, Nov. 1; St. Catherine’s dinner, bazaar on tap for Sunday, Nov. 8; Walking Club to meet Tuesdays, Thursdays, possibly Fridays; Handmade wreaths will be ready for Christmas; Christmas in the Pines is in Winchester Nov. 7; Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set for Nov. 4; KFD/EMS ‘Big Buck’ breakfast set for Nov. 7; Kooskia Saddliers annual dinner set for Nov. 7.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Twelve members with Victory Karate Klub of Grangeville competed, and several placed — four medals and 15 katanas (swords) — in the Oct. 10 Quest of Champions tournament in Lewiston.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
It is easy to forget that previous generations did not have the level of healthcare that exists now. Not even 150 years ago, a simple infection from a cut could mean death and the lack of understanding about nutrition and hygiene resulted in many illnesses that have now been eradicated. Even relatively recent developments in dentistry and surgery would have many of us envying our ancestors and their simpler lifestyles much less.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Harpster’s 27th annual Christmas fair will be on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the community building, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All kinds of different products from many vendors, free coffee, and hot lunch available with pies and desserts, and two drawing will be held that day. One is the famous 50-50 drawing with half the cash going to the building upkeep, and half going to one winner. Tickets for the pick-a-prize are $1 each or six for $5. A huge table full of prizes, you select the prize you want when your ticket is drawn.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Halloween party last Saturday was a lot of fun. There was a big turnout of ghosts and goblins, as always. This year there were quite a few jack-o-lanterns too. Darla would like to say thank you to everyone who helped out and thank you for all the donations that made it possible. It takes a bunch of people to make it work. I overheard an out-of-town kid saying how cool the Halloween party was and that there was nothing like that in their town.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Congratulations to the Salmon River High School volleyball girls for their district championship title for the first time in SRHS volleyball history! Miranda Hofflander, Sarah Laritz, Maddy Tucker, Payton Branstetter, Ryan Simonson, Hannah Cornforth, Chevelle Shepherd, Diah Galland and Taylor Ledgerwood, with coaches, Paula Tucker and Layne Paradis, are now on their way to the state volleyball tournament at Lewiston High School in Lewiston this Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 a.m.! Go, Lady Savages!October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The youth group from the Tri-Parish would like to help the needy in our area through collecting canned food. They will be going house-to-house from 6-7:30 p.m. asking for donations for our local food bank on Oct. 28 throughout the Cottonwood and Ferdinand areas. They will appreciate any help in supporting the needy! Anyone who does not live in these two communities but still wishes to donate, may call the office at 962-3214 and make arrangements to leave off their donations.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The morning breeze has turned crisp around Grangeville. The birch leaves, now donning their fall colors are torn from the limbs by a wind that whispers with every gust of a coming winter. There is an unmistakable bustle about town. Local businesses are preparing for travelers from near and far as we sit at the cusp of an event that is a yearly ritual for our community:October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
As someone who grew up in Grangeville and is also very politically active, I always try and think of candidates in terms of who I feel will best lift up places like my hometown. Which candidate will best move America in a direction that will benefit the people I grew up with and the people who helped mold me. In 2016 that candidate has to be Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who Americans can trust to get big campaign money out of politics.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Seventy years ago, on Nov. 9, 1945, an unknown person rested a .22-caliber rifle atop a gatepost outside the newly built home of my father, Harold (Neil) Bonner, and my family on Upper Ford’s Creek north of Orofino, and shot through the glass window. To this day, this nightmare murder of my dad has not been resolved.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Gym will host a wellness fair Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Syringa Hospital, Irwin Drug, the University of Idaho Extension office and several other local services as well as vendors offering health and wellness related items, such as herbal tinctures and salves, natural perfumes and body care, will be there.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
All manner of characters — from spooks to Disney heroines and a couple of Caitlyn Jenners — were in attendance at the Kids Klub Halloween Costume Ball last Saturday, Oct 24, held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. Rubbing shoulders at the well-attended event included this scary couple, Kelly and John Bambacigno. Halloween events continue this week and into Saturday, Oct. 31.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Members of Cornerstone Theater performed the comedy/drama, A Manor of Life and Death, last Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. The story involved the murder of a universally disliked family patriarch, and the twist ending of an audience member being singled out as the culprit involved in the crime. All proceeds from the performances will go to benefit the Kamiah Fire Victims Fund. Pictured here are (L-R) Inspector Green (Felicia Seigler), Marcus (Rachel Gulotta) and Angela (Rose Sherrer).October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A Texas man was injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash into the Lochsa River.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Throw out what you may have heard about regulations or prohibitions on helicopters and helipads within the city of Grangeville. The issue remains an open book continuing to be shaped by council comment and expected further public discussions.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Contested council and board races, and a water bond issue are up for decision in next Tuesday’s Nov. 3 electionsOctober 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A former Syringa Hospital employee will serve a year in the county jail following sentencing this month on reporting a false bomb threat at the medical facility last year.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
At its regular monthly board meeting Oct. 26, Syringa Hospital Board trustees directed CEO Joe Cladouhos to get estimates for a site selection coordinator for the purpose of finding a feasible place for a helipad.October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Salmon River beat Council at McCall to qualify for state; Deary KO'd Summit at LCSC.October 21, 2015 8:18 a.m. read more..
District II volleyball tournamentsOctober 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Big fish, and lots of them. What’s not to like? When it comes to Idaho’s fall chinook, the answer is not as simple as you might think, but the fall chinook are in Idaho in near-record numbers and anglers are catching them.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Yes, Donald Trump arrogantly proclaimed before a national TV audience that Hillary Clinton “had no choice” but to attend his wedding because of his previous contributions to the Democrat’s foundation.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Orofino reversed a two-score lead to beat Grangeville at OHS last year, but homecoming 2015 was one-sided: all Bulldogs.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“The only thing that could have made that better was if that dog was a bulldog!” a fan laughed at Grangeville High School’s homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 16. “That” was Joe and Kitty Rodriguez’s dog, Lewis, retrieving the kicking tee after each kick-off and field goal.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
As observers across North Central Idaho anticipated, the Kubs and the Pirates both kept up perfect Whitepine League records — but one win streak will end in what fans of all stripes figure will be an epic confrontation at 7 p.m. this Friday night, Oct. 23, at Kamiah.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
As helpful as shoe and fingerprint evidence were in leading to a suspect in an early Saturday morning vehicle vandalism at the Idaho County Free Press, another piece found at the scene pointed the finger even more clearly: his driver’s license.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Supreme Court recently affirmed a district court judgment dismissing a civil suit by Grangeville-based Walco, Inc., against Idaho County for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets during contract negotiation for solid waste disposal services.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Landowners affected by the 2015 fires will receive hands-on information to help with the aftermath of salvage logging and erosion control at free workshops this month in Kamiah and OrofinoOctober 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“Volunteers are sometimes the unsung heroes of our local education system,” said Chris FitzMaurice, kindergarten/first-grade teacher at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. That certainly seems to be the case for GEMS young students.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Pinehurst Quilters annual craft and quilt auction is this Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Riggins Community Center located just behind the Chevron Station.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Do you enjoy writing? Well, here is a chance to show others what you can do. Kamiah Community Library will be participating in National Novel Writing Month which is in November and you are invited to join the fun. Drop by the library and pick up an orientation packet and get all the information you will need to participate.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
For the past years, P1FCU (Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union) has donated more than $65,000 to area high school athletic programs through a program called “Points for Dollars.” For each point scored at home games in football, basketball, volleyball and baseball, Potlatch donated $1 per point scored.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Area school districts are seeing several ups and a few downs with enrollment for the 2015-16 school year. Mountain View School District 244, which encompasses schools in Grangeville, Kooskia and Elk City, saw a 59 student rise during the 2014-15 school year. Cottonwood's Joint School District 242 also saw a rise from the previous year, up 19 from last year. Riggins’ Salmon River Joint School District 243 also saw an increase of 10 students more this school year.October 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Continued dry conditions and unseasonably high fire danger statewide have prompted State of Idaho fire managers to extend the period required under law to obtain a fire safety burn permit for certain controlled burn activities. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) will extend “closed fire season” until further notice.October 14, 2015 2:30 p.m. read more..
In light of their scores through six games — all blowouts by 30 to 60 points — it’s easy to call this Prairie team a juggernaut. Maybe too easy.October 14, 2015 8:13 a.m. read more..
The big game last week was at St. Maries, and Grangeville’s Oct. 9 victory there only adds weight to this week’s homecoming game at GHS. Having struck down the Lumberjacks, the Bulldogs will host rival Orofino at 7 p.m. this Friday night, Oct. 16.October 14, 2015 7:58 a.m. read more..
Salmon River coach Charlie Shepherd praised his offensive and defensive lines for their play against Horseshoe Bend on a night the host Savages were clearly amped up for homecoming, a night the visiting Mustangs were clearly overmatched in a 60-6 SRHS win last Friday night, Oct. 9.October 14, 2015 7:55 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veteran’s advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Avista is planning a power outage for the entire Kamiah area on Thursday, Oct. 22, midnight to 4 a.m., to conduct maintenance at the substation.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Isaac Moffat of Lewiston will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 20, meeting of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee at the Super 8 Motel in Grangeville.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Grangeville truck route will be closed on Oct. 26-29, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, due to a sewer line replacement project, conducted by the City of Grangeville.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Drive-in closed this weekend for homecoming...October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Harvest is behind us and farmers are busy seeding winter wheat for the 2016 crop. You may have heard some rumblings that crops were not very good this year on the prairie.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Dry conditions, high winds, and lightning were ingredients for a disaster recipe; one that many Idaho County residents were forced to swallow.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Deadline is Oct. 16 to apply with for the general Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to be considered for fiscal year 2016.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Pinehurst Quilters will be holding its annual craft and quilt auction Oct. 24, with doors open at noon at the Riggins Community Center, for preview and auction to begin at 1 p.m.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
KRCL Radio personality Bodie Dominguez, accompanied by Pat Threewit, will provide an afternoon of western entertainment at the memorial park bandshell in Nezperce Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 to 4 p.m.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Annually, across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, many volunteer and partnership efforts are in place to help keep trails open for everyone. On the Salmon River Ranger District, there are approximately 230 miles of open motorized trails offering awesome recreational opportunities. Ever wonder who helps the Forest Service maintain those trails?October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Everyone 18 and older, who does not have health insurance, is eligible to receive a free flu vaccination from St. Luke’s at the following locations and dates:October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A Montana couple was treated for injuries suffered in a rear-end collision crash Oct. 4 on U.S. Highway 12.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Cooler temperatures and the lack of gusting winds helped firefighters contain two blazes that ignited south of Riggins on the weekend.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Fines and jail time were ordered for a Lewiston man sentenced last week on a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge related to a 2014 accident.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Salmon River High School had a big win over Horseshoe Bend High School at its 2015 homecoming football game last Friday night.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Everyone 18 and older, who does not have health insurance, is eligible to receive a free flu vaccination.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
U.S. Congress promoting and condoning the mass shooting and killing of U.S. citizensOctober 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“We’re so excited to have such great music,” smiled Kids Klub, Inc., board member Teri Wassmuth. The Fabulous Kingpins will play at the Halloween Costume Ball fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Elks Lodge, 6 p.m. to midnight.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Helicopter activity within the Grangeville city limits: The issue returns again, and this time the move is to prohibit it. This would be a step backward for regional health care and safety awareness.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
If you have not read Martin Luther King’s, “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” you should. Though I do not write from a jail I feel the cold hard floor of the concrete and the imposing presence of the dark steel bars that are encaging the West. We struggle for equal access to opportunity and a better way to live.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by this summer’s wildfires that their agency has programs to assist with their recovery efforts.October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
For the City of White Bird, the mayor and two council positions – all four-year terms – are up for decision in the Nov. 3 election. Running for mayor is incumbent Rick Alley and challenger Rod Pilant. Council seats are sought by Homer, Brown, and incumbents Janis Ann Owen-Comrie and Darlene Wadsworth.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A 2010 helicopter crash killed two state employees and a private helicopter pilot, and a jury eventually “could conclude that the accident would not have happened” if not for negligence on the part of one of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists who died in the Kamiah-area wreck five years ago.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
More than 100 people attended the afternoon Oct. 5 recognition ceremony at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park, honoring volunteer firefighters, EMTs and city and county law enforcement with multiple praises for individual dedication, selflessness, bravery and also determination to push through the exhaustion for days of effort to protect and serve the community threatened by wildfire in August as part of the Clearwater Complex.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Historical Lecture Series has begun at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. These events, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provide insights into the history of our region and presentations on topics of interest to the local public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The second half in a 2014 joint escape from NICI has earned more time behind bars.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
- Pre-registration deadline is this Friday, Oct. 9. - Vote on Rapid River Water and Sewer District’ $500,000 bond election will be conducted by mail-out ballot.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Animal Ark wants the Idaho County community to know the Petco Foundation provided financial aid as well as pet food and pet supplies to aid us in helping the pet owners whose pets were impacted and displaced by the fires in Kamiah and surrounding area.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
I’m sure that the residents of Kooskia and the outlying areas expect either the fire engine or the ambulance to show up at their front door when they call 911. Because some dedicated individuals volunteered their time and energy, this has not been a problem.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Makeala Zabel-Gravvatt, a Boise resident, was recently shot in the backyard of her home by Christopher Wirfs, who had been stalking her over the last few months. This particular incident calls attention to the overlooked and underreported crime of stalking and highlights the critical program and policy changes needed to enhance the safety of individuals who experience stalking.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
All too often nowadays there are those who want glory for the sake of looking good and are not willing to put in any elbow grease. That is definitely not the case for Grangeville’s Judy Scribner and Kooskia’s Dick Tucker.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
An August trip to her Uncle Brian and Aunt Eva Hoops’ home in Hidden Springs started out like many other for 23-year-old Shawna Gortsema. “I thought it was just going to be a regular trip,” she shrugged. Little did Gortsema know a dream of hers was about to come true.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Deer hunters are gearing up for opening day of rifle season across much of Idaho, as deer numbers are up and opportunity is high. Idaho Fish and Game has a lot of reasons to be optimistic for a very good season.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Tom McAdow is now double trouble. “Or hell on wheels,” he laughed.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“When someone is on hospice care, hospice is available to them 24-7,” said Cindy Higgins, LSW, director of Syringa Hospice. Higgins gave an overview of Syringa’s hospice program to the Syringa Hospital board at its regular meeting Sept. 28.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville gave the Pea and Lentil Tournament’s eventual champion, Pomeroy, a bit of a scare, but the Pirates won the match in two (26-24, 25-12) last Saturday, Oct. 3.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Two weeks before the Whitepine League’s undefeated teams collide at Kamiah, the Pirates and Kubs made quick work of their Week 5 opposition.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Council was the team to beat in the Long Pin Conference, the five teams in which the Lumberjacks beat by a combined 214 points last year.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Clearwater Valley’s strong start included an early touchdown run by Trey Pfefferkorn, which put the Rams ahead of visiting Genesee early in the first quarter last Friday night, Oct. 2.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Matt Ruhnke calls himself a full-time sports player. He’s in his fourth year as a tri-sport athlete at Grangeville High School. Asked which sport is his favorite, he says “It depends on the season.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Approximately 75 residents from the Clearwater Valley region gathered along Third Street and to the Kamiah Bridge in Kamiah on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, as part of a Life Chain, a pro-life event where participants pray and stand with signs as witness for “preborns imperiled by surgical mutilation and abortive birth controls.”October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
As darkness began to set, it was both horrifying and oddly beautiful to watch the firestorm race across the hillsides of our community. From the deck in my backyard, I had a front row view as the fire seemed to devour everything in its path.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Previously postponed from August due to the forest fires, the 39th Annual Chief Lookingglass Celebration is now set for Oct.9-11.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County is one of eight counties in the state authorized by the Idaho Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee for emergency haying and grazing use through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres due to drought.October 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Two small prescribed broadcast burns are helping Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) get rid of the fire hazards from logging slash and preparing the ground for new seedlings.October 1, 2015 3:23 p.m. read more..
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