Stories for April 2016


Wednesday, April 27

Clearwater basin level overall above average

In its fourth water supply outlook for the year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reports Idaho’s mountain snowpack ranges from 95 to 125 percent of normal for most of the state. Within the Clearwater River Basin, precipitation throughout the month of March was generous, with the Clearwater basin as a whole receiving 136 percent of average monthly precipitation.

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Grangeville holds home meet

If you look at the season Trey Pfefferkorn has had in the 100-meter dash, his run at the GHS track last Tuesday, April 19, stands out. He was clocked at 11.37, which converts to 11.64 — which ranks among the Top 10 1A performances on the list kept by

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‘There are different ways...’

GOP candidates for Idaho County Commission and District 7 legislative positions attended a political forum in Grangeville, one of three organized last week by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee.

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Candidate forum format needs to change

Is the candidate forum as we know it dead? Is public interest at such a low? Or is the tried and true method of finding more out about candidates in a public setting as relevant as a VHS player?

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Scenic View Toward Riggins

Mossy, worn cow chutes located five miles north of New Meadows, approximately milepost 168, made for a great frame for the snow-covered mountains looking back toward Riggins Thursday, April 7.

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Prom at PHS

Prairie High School hosted its annual prom on Saturday, April 23, with the theme “Diamonds are Forever.” The 2016 royalty were king Brandon Higgins and queen Krystin Uhlenkott. Among those hitting the dance floor Saturday night included (pictured) Josie Peery with Danial Leonard In the background are Jordyn Higgins, and Chaye Uptmor with Luke Stokes.

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Finding common ground, property rights at issue for pair

Carl Crabtree of Grangeville will challenge incumbent Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood for the District 7 Senate position in the May 17 Republican primary election. The winner in this race will face Democrat Ken Meyers of Sagle in the Nov. 8 general election.

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Salmon River Bridge repairs start May 25

Idaho Transportation Department will be conducting repair on the Salmon River (Goff) Bridge on U.S. Highway 95. The bridge at milepost 197.3 will receive an epoxy overlay between May 25 to June 10. Expect 15-minute delays.

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Unwanted meds turn-in event this Saturday

Area law enforcement agencies will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 30, as part of an annual nationwide effort with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prevent medication abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Moisture loosens boulders at slide

About an inch and a quarter of rain last Friday made for one of the most active days the slide area has seen since 100,000 cubic yards came down in February. The South Fork Clearwater River – into which more than 260 square miles of countryside drains – nearly doubled its flow as all the runoff came down. In the area destabilized by February’s massive landslide, the sudden rush of moisture loosened boulders as large as 10 feet in diameter, which fell and blocked the narrow path through the slide area.

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Judge Gutierrez to meet with residents Thursday

The Honorable Judge Sergio Gutierrez of Idaho Court of Appeals, candidate for Idaho Supreme Court Judge, invites the public to join him for coffee at The Gallery in Grangeville at a no-host gathering Thursday, April 28, 3-4 p.m. Call Mary Ann High at 451-6027.

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On top of the world: Hinrichs’ flagpole painting career spans nearly six decades

Warren Hinrichs, 75, is carrying on a family tradition. He spent two days last week in Grangeville and Kooskia where he did what he does every few years in Idaho County — and everywhere else he goes: paint flagpoles. “I’ve been doing it for 58 years,” the Spokane man smiled. “My father taught me and my siblings.” Hinrichs in turn taught his own two sons.

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Cottonwood News: Yard sale is May 21

It’s time to get the cows out to pasture. With the recent rains, the pastures are looking pretty good this year. We have seen lots of cattle being trucked to pasture recently. It is about time to plant gardens also. The Says Phoebe birds are back and already nesting.

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Elk City News: Slide saga continues

As most of the readers of this column already know, the road slid shut Friday night late but Westco had a lane open by 8:30 a.m. So we are back to our normal schedule.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Guides are trained

Short and sweet upriver news. People are moving in and out around here. Campers going up Selway, lots and lots of them. D of L doing slash burns up the Selway River in the rain, smoke starting all over again.

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Riggins News: Eggebrecht is EMS director

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “Always remember your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.” Kudos to Janeen Eggebrecht, longtime Riggins EMT, who is now the new head of Riggins EMS as well as the safety coordinator. Riggins has only two EMTs right now who are covering all the shifts. Janeen and Bill Lenhart, who has recently received his EMT certification, are busy with their runs and volunteer work as well.

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Dinner honors Syringa volunteers

“You are the roots of our community. This room embodies philanthropy in the most amazing way,” Syringa Thrift Store Manager Kristi Brooks told a roomful of about 70 people last Thursday, April 21.

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Temous Fugit

<strong>90 YEARS AGO APRIL 29, 1926</strong> •H. Rothwell, present sheriff of Idaho County made the announcement he will be candidate for re-election on the Republican ticket in the August primary.

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Somewhere In Space

Eighth graders in Mrs. Barger’s Science at GEMS class have been working on their presentations on space.

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Clearwater Valley students tour university

The fourth and fifth graders at Kooskia’s Clearwater Valley Elementary School were funded through a private donation from Jeff and Debbie Markin, and the Brandt and Coulter families, for a day trip to Washington State University March 9. The tour was organized through Cindy Held at the WSU Visitor Center.

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Salmon River schools seek new community reader board

To better communicate to the community of Riggins and its patrons, the board of trustees at Salmon River Joint School District 243 has given the district permission to pursue the possible replacement of the current reader board on U.S. Highway 95 with a new electronic reader board at the same location.

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Tar Wars Winner

Wyatt Strauser, fifth grade, of Grangeville Elementary Middle School, is shown with his poster he drew for Tar Wars, a tobacco–free education program from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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KHS kids all qualify for nationals

Seven Kamiah High School students gave up their spring vacation to attend this year’s HOSA State Leadership Conference April 6-8 in Boise. There were more than 800 students and approximately 30 schools throughout the state that attended the conference and competed in scholastic events.

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Spain lottery sets off ‘warning bells’ for Riggins woman

Apparent good fortune arrived in the mail last week for Althea Herman. But this resident at Rapid River Subdivision south of Riggins had suspicions from the start she had not just become a multimillion dollar lottery winner. Multiple misspellings, awkward sentence construction and inconsistencies with the return address: These were quick indicators that the letter she received last Thursday, April 21, was a scam attempt.

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Uncertainty still surrounds Seven Devils liquor license

Mike Blimka has enlisted a different lawyer to help him resolve the fate of the Seven Devils Bar liquor license. Alcohol Beverage Control authorities revoked the license under a March 30 cease-and-desist order, which followed from an ABC investigation into Blimka’s ties to the company behind the bar.

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‘Life After Fires’ conference May 21;

The “Life After the Fires: Living for Today & Planning for Tomorrow” conference will be open to the public on Saturday, May 21, at The Life Center in Kamiah. The conference is directed at landowners that were affected by the 2015 wildfires in north-central Idaho as well as others interested in wildfire in this region.

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CV, GHS face off

The Grangeville and Clearwater Valley tennis teams faced off last Thursday, April 21, and both teams are set to enter the home stretch of the regular season this week with a rematch April 28.

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Woodrat roads open, IDL advising caution

On April 20, the Maggie Creek Supervisory Area of the Idaho Department of Lands, in Kamiah, opened the gates accessing the Woodrat Mountain block of state land to public use, ahead of the scheduled Memorial Day weekend opening.

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Riggins levy: maintain our current operations

Facts for the upcoming school levy in Riggins on May 17, Tuesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.! The state of Idaho continues to under fund education, leaving schools without the needed funds to meet educational requirements, kind of a catch-22!

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Bulldogs thump PHS, PHS blasts CV

On a day Prairie had to save some pitching for a double-header later in the week, the Bulldogs worked a slew of walks and lowered the boom on the Pirates on the basepaths, winning 15-5 on April 19.

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Consider context on McMillan comments

I was recently in Idaho County, and I happened to see the letter [April 20 issue] from Robert Vian regarding Representative McMillan. While I do not pretend that I would be able to change his mind by responding, I feel that it is important to provide some additional clarification, data, and context to put his remarks into perspective.

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Crabtree: will address key issues of Dist. 7

In less than three weeks, those that live in Idaho County have a chance to make a real difference by electing a state senator for District 7 who has integrity, foresight, experience and common sense – Carl Crabtree.

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Defeat Bernie, Hillary: avowed socialists

I, like R.G. Schultze, remember the Clintons [April 20 issue]. But, unlike Mr. Schultze, I remember those years as a bad time for America. Budget surplus? No, a major deficit. Bankruptcy was at an all-time high.

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Annual 4-H party draws crowd

The Annual Idaho County 4-H Party was held on Saturday, April 16, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Nearly 200 4-H members and their friends gathered at this event which is a “Penny Arcade” intended to raise the awareness of the Idaho County 4-H Program and encourage youth and adults to participate in this youth development program. This event is also the kick-off for Idaho County 4-H Week.

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The April 18 meeting was opened by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Stanley Modrell and the prayer was given by Orville Biggers. Bev Paradis won the free dinner. Margaret Knapp donated five pounds of coffee. There were 74 meals served and 43 meals delivered.

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It's Your Business: Syringa remodel open house is May 3

Syringa Hospital will host an open house and grand reveal of the new construction at the hospital and clinics, 607 W. Main Street, Tuesday, May 3. Open house and tours will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served; the public is encouraged to attend.

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GHS Prom

Grangeville High School’s prom was held Saturday, April 16, with 64 couples attending. Crowned king and queen are seniors Austin Parks and Hailey Uhlenkott.

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Birth: Ryan James Coyne

Ryan James Coyne was born on Tuesday, March 22 at Tacoma, Wash., at 2:22 p.m. to parents Molly (Egland) and Mark Coyne.

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Wedding: Fe-Bond

After a 10-1/2 year online relationship, longtime Grangeville resident, Jeffrie Bond and Maria Fe (pronounced Faye), a longtime school teacher from the Philippines, were married in the City Gates Church in Grangeville, Sunday, March 20, 2016.

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Holland to present concerts May 1and 7

Dena Holland, formerly of Riggins, will present a recital Sunday, May 1, 6 p.m., at McCall Community Congregational Church UCC, 901 1st St. Holland, a soprano will perform accompanied by Robert Hatvani, piano; and Nettie Kaye Williams, visual artist.

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Community Briefs

<strong>Sale set to benefit ARF</strong> GRANGEVILLE — Kaitlyn Forsyth is having a garage sale as part of her high school senior project in support of the Animal Rescue Foundation. It is set for this Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to noon at the storage unit behind White Horse Business Center.

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Tuesday, April 26 brief

Moose, sheep and goat applications due; Rodeo season starts next month in Riggins; Softball camps slated; Bowhunter ed course to run April 30-May 1; Babe Ruth baseball sign-ups set April 27.

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Saturday, April 23

ITD: West Co has cut a path through last night's slide

State Highway 14 was once again closed to all traffic as the landslide that blocked the highway in February reactivated last night, the Idaho Transportation Department noted on its 511 website late last night. Shortly after 10 a.m. this morning, ITD said contractor West Co has cut a path through the material that came down last night.

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Wednesday, April 20


Bowhunter education course set April 30-May 1

A course for bowhunters is planned April 30-May 1 at the Idaho County Search and Rescue building. Register at Class starts at 7:30 a.m. both days, and is to run through 5 p.m. that Saturday and through noon that Sunday. Fee is $8. Parental signature is required for anyone younger than 18. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register. Contact Roy Kinner at 983-8443.

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Brown Signs

Grangeville track and field standout Madison Brown signed last Thursday, April 14, to join the Weber State track and field to compete in her favorite event: the triple jump.

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Speed Racers

Another way of looking at the time trial format used in the Salmon River Jet Boat Races is this: It’s all about holding the highest average speed through all sections of the course.

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PHS girls win ‘Pfeff’ honorary track meet

The Prairie girls placed first among teams at the meet local schools organized this year in honor of Elvin Pfefferkorn. Clearwater Valley, where Pfefferkorn has coached pole vault, put its boys team second and girls fifth, in part on the strength of medal-worthy performances in that event.

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GHS holds serve

Grangeville won both boys singles matches, both girls singles matches and six doubles matches last Monday, April 18, against the Lewiston JV.

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The Clearwater Valley baseball team battled the tough team that visited from Genesee Monday night, April 18, and fell 9-1.

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Maniacs defend home field, 6-3

Grangeville has ambitions of winning the Central Idaho League — or at least qualifying for the state tournament out of second place — but will have to crack Orofino when the Maniacs visit May 3.

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Rams bop Troy 13-12

Last Saturday, April 16, the Clearwater Valley softball team hit an important milestone with a come-from-behind win against Troy, during which CV overcame a five-run deficit to top the Trojans 13-12, coach Hailey Fishback told the Free Press.

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High water lifts 32nd jet boat race

Every April 14 for 102 years, the White Bird streamgage topped out well below 30,000 cfs (cubic feet per second), but last Thursday morning, April 14, the reading topped a 74-year old daily record — and the river continued to rise.

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Chinook seasons open Saturday

The spring chinook salmon fishing season will open Saturday, April 23, on parts of the mainstem Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Snake, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.

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Kooskia softball team to reconvene April 25; Tennis team slates car wash fund-raiser; Babe Ruth baseball sign-ups set April 27.

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Crowding The Shore

The 32nd Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races once again thrilled a large crowd that packed the shores in and around Riggins last weekend. With the Salmon River running high, some rapids appeared less imposing than usual – but the white water immediately upstream of the Time Zone Bridge sent boats frequently on end or aloft. Pictured are some of the approximately 1,500 who lined the area immediately south of Time Zone on Saturday afternoon, April 16.

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Experts offer advice, tips on animal nutrition

More than 70 local kids gathered with another 30 parents and 4-H leaders in the wings April 6 as CHS Primeland offered a nutrition class for local 4-H’ers and FFA members. “Do you know you can start earning a credit history even at your age?” stated Grangeville’s Country Store manager John Lamb. “That might not seem important to you now, but one day it will.”

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It's Your Business: Warden Guyer to retire

Save the date! On May 12, there will be a Growing Our Understanding panel discussion and public forum dealing with the important issues of community mental health, This program will be held at Grangeville’s Senior Citizen’s Center from 6-8 p.m. More information at 983-3763 or 983-2821.

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In the News

The long term fire recovery group, WUNCCIL (Wildfire Unmet Needs Committee of Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis counties) is wrapping up its list of unmet needs resulting from the 2015 fires. For those residents of Idaho, Lewis and Clearwater counties, who live in a burn area and have an unmet need brought on directly from the wildfires that swept through last summer, they are encouraged to call Kamiah City Hall, 935-2672, by May 6.

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Kooskia Tulip Greeting

Motorists on Kooskia’s Main Street are greeted by a colorful floral display at the corner of 4th Avenue, next to Miles Body Shop.

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Elk City News: Kids work on enrichment programs

The Reach Club is sponsoring Enrichment Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Since Friday, March 25, after-school and preschool teacher Nichele Slover opens the doors of the school to local children for this newest REACH program.

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Cottonwood News: Bruner, Uhlenkott honored

Due to scheduling conflicts, Le’ Beef for the Cure on April 30 in Cottonwood has been canceled. Anyone who has purchased tickets can get a refund from the person of purchase. Tami Quick said, “Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Kamiah community yard sale is May 7

A Weekend with Local Idaho Wines on April 29 and 30 will take place at Colter’s Creek and Clearwater Canyon Cellars wineries. Bring your friends, or make new ones, or fly in and enjoy the wines of Colter’s Creek and Clearwater Canyon Cellars wineries. Gourmet dinners served Friday and Saturday nights, lodging for two nights ( lodging will be shared accommodations in cabins, or private accommodations in glamping tents).

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Base grizzly delisting on opinion of TV vampire?

Celebrity endorsements: Harmless enough when famous faces are hawking cereal, cars or phone companies; much more insidious when it’s matters of significant public policy that national politics – often driven by the fickle fingers of public opinion — will impose on the West.

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One-size-fits-all approach to public lands management the wrong direction

As active participants in the decisions made in Congress, Idahoans contact me with valuable input about the issues our country faces. Realizing that many may not have the chance to contact me, I post the top five issues of concern from Idahoans and my responses on my website. Idahoans have contacted me regarding potential monument designations and land acquisitions in western states.

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Riggins News: ‘Color the Canyon’ run set for this Saturday

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week “Life is like a cup of tea…it’s all in how you make it.” “Color the Canyon 5K Run,” sponsored by the Riggins Elementary School, is this Saturday, April 23. It is a fun family day. More participants are wanted; it is a colorful fun run with family and friends. Contact Julie Hofflander, 628-9226, Tracy Travis, 628 -3476; Hannah McClure, or Karen Atkins, or you can see Tracy Travis at Riggins Elementary or call her there at 630 -6055 or ASK, 628-2770. Be out on Main Street with your “color” to throw on the runners as they run by you.

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A slap in the face for Bill and Hillary

Some people don’t seem to realize that Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House with the largest and only U.S. budget surplus in recent history. We all know what war-mongers Bush and Cheney did with that surplus.

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Lowell/Syringa News: Kayakers crowd falls

Alan and Mary Hamilton of AIRE Boats down in Boise spent the weekend on the Lochsa boating, the river was right at four feet and such a perfect level for the start of the rafting whitewater season. Alan was saying the new boat or equipment of choice down in Boise is the Stand Up Paddleboard! Three Rivers Rafting took off on Saturday and Sunday morning with some new guides to get wet! Ten plus boaters had the most perfect weather, the most perfect water level, and almost perfect new guides!!!

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Degrading office to delight of our enemies

With the political election battles and dirt flying for the office of U.S. President and others, it has occurred to me that it is not beyond comprehension that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and others of their ilk are being controlled...

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Tempus Fugit

APRIL 19, 2006</strong> •Misty Dawn Taylor, former resident of Harpster, has spent the past year employed by Walt Disney, performing and greeting passengers on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic Cruise Lines. •GRANGEVILLE – Cash and Carry/Idaho County Free Press Easter coloring contest first-place winners were 6 to 12 category, Chantel Key of Grangeville, and 5 and younger, Sophie Brouse of

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Stefani to be honored at May 4 concert; elected IMEA president

The community is invited to attend the Grangeville High School spring concert Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., at GHS. This spring awards concert will feature Varsity Blue, Concert Choir, GHS Band, guitar class and Jazz Band. In addition, the Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) will award director Kathy Stefani as the 2016 recipient of the Orrin and Eleanora Webb Community Giving Award.

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Community Briefs

GRANGEVILLE — Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be holding a dessert social this Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m., in the fellowship barn. Bring a favorite dessert to share; bring a friend and join in at 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville.

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Grangeville man dies in crash on Old Highway 7

A rollover accident on Old Highway 7 last week claimed the life of a Grangeville man. Howard E. Donaldson, 73, died at the scene last Thursday, April 14, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

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Engagement: Scott-Brouwer

Sarah Scott of Crescent City, Calif., and Paul Brouwer of Grangeville announce their engagement and plans for a Jan. 7, 2017, wedding.

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Caked In Color

The second annual Kamiah HOSA Color Blast Run drew 124 participants last Saturday, April 16, raising approximately $2,100; one-third will go toward the chapter and two-thirds to the ICARE organization that assists local cancer patients. Participants both ran and walked the 5k route that started at Kamiah High School. Kamiah HOSA chapter adviser Terry Law thanked event sponsors and volunteers, noting it was “a lot of fun” for all those involved. Among the participants was this well-coated multicolor girl.

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Arrest in FD truck, cash theft

Felony charges are pending against a 22-year-old Elk City man for allegedly stealing cash from a relative and then absconding with a recently donated pickup to the community’s fire department. Arrested this past weekend in southern Idaho, Quam M. G. Anderson is being held on $25,000 bond in Twin Falls pending transfer to Idaho County.

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Divide on land management issues for pair

A divide over whether and how the Idaho County Commission ought to confront and cooperate with outside agencies on public land management issues is at the center of the race between Republicans Denis Duman and Jim Chmelik.

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Thursday, April 14

Wednesday, April 13


Ownership scandal threatens to make Riggins a two-bar town; hearing today

Depending how things go at a hearing today in Meridian, last month may prove the last of the good ol’ days, back when this town of 400 boasted three different places to buy liquor by the drink. Late last month, Idaho State Police rocked the Riggins bar scene, shutting down liquor sales out of the Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon and stopping the Salmon River Inn from moving its liquor sales to a back room at Summerville’s. Seven Devils operator John Belton has kept the restaurant open but stopped selling alcohol after the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) authorities delivered an order to cease and desist amid an ownership scandal.

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CIAA lists show results

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) received 55 entries at their Spring Art Show; in addition they had 11 auction items. Jackie Zumalt was awarded Best of Show for her oil, “Gems of Light."

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Drug trends presentations available

Groups and organizations interested in having a local presentation on current drug trends can contact the Cottonwood Police Department (CPD), 962-3231, for presenter Danielle Cochran.

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Matthews passes on; Anderson is better

A sad note: Don Matthews, one of our grandkids’ favorite teachers while they were here, passed away Saturday morning. Pray for his two children and other family members.

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Jet Boat races on tap for this weekend

Jet Boat Race Weekend 2016 is here on the Salmon River this weekend, Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17. Prelim races will be ongoing Friday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for viewers’ entertainment.

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Employees sought with skills in advanced manufacturing

With more than half of all Idaho employers planning to hire in 2016, the Idaho Department of Labor is trying to help the state’s advanced manufacturing firms find qualified job candidates with skills in diesel mechanics, welding, machining, quality assurance, electronics and engineering.

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Help needed for GHS track meet; beware of scams

Grangeville High School is hosting a track meet Tuesday, April 19. Volunteers are sought to help with a variety of projects. It’s a big job! Contact Naomi Finnegan at the high school ( or on her cell phone at 983-4162.

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Avista donates truck to Elk City

The 1997 Chevy pickup Avista recently donated to the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department may be 19 years old, but it’s still much newer than what chief Loren Anderson has been driving.

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White Bird Library schedules April, May fund-raisers

Saturday, April 23, White Bird Library volunteers will be at Hoot’s Café with a fund-raiser/bake sale 8 a.m. to noon (The gun show is there April 23 and 24). A drawing for the winner of the custom-made knife with scabbard will take place following the bake sale.

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April 19 workshop focus on common broadleaf weeds of Clearwater Valley, how to control

University of Idaho Extension is offering a workshop: Common Broadleaf Weeds of the Clearwater Valley and How to Control Them. Set for Tuesday, April 19, in Orofino, this program is designed for the small-acreage landowner residing in the Clearwater Valley who has problems with some of the region’s most common broadleaf weeds found in pastures, rangeland, timber, by corrals and outbuildings, and around the rural home.

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Mixed outlook forecasted for Pacific Northwest

Most Northwest reservoirs and stores of select commodities share a common trait entering spring – they’re full or nearly full. Ample water supplies suggest a positive production season in all but Montana. However, oversupply of commodities in the dairy, hay and wheat markets weighs heavily on higher prices, and returns are near breakeven. A strong dollar and beleaguered exports further challenge most markets.

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Region’s producers eligible for funding to restore fence

Landowners in Idaho, Lewis, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties impacted by wildfires in 2015 may be eligible for assistance to restore damaged fence under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency. Producers who have suffered a loss from the 2015 wildfires may contact the local FSA County Office and request assistance through April 16

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‘Farmers need to spend more time telling their story’

“You meet good people from all across the nation who are fighting the same fight as you,” said Jonathan Rosenau, Idaho County state director for Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA). IGPA’s mission is to serve the grain producers of Idaho by representing their production interests at the county, state and federal levels in order to enhance their profitability and long-term viability. Rosenau, a fourth generation dryland Camas Prairie crop producer, is passionate about this mission and jumped at the chance to speak for Idaho agriculture.

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Spring Brilliance

Daffodils are in bloom and bright yellow at Evergreen Suites on Grangeville’s Main Street.

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B-I-N-G-O! For CV Graduating Class

The Clearwater Valley High School senior class hosted a Bingo and walking tacos night last Friday, April 8, to raise funds for its Safe and Sober Graduation Party. Among the evening’s participants included (L-R) student Hailie Roy and Mika Charley.

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Public land use, garbage issues for Bennett, Frei

Public land use and access, solid waste, fiscal responsibility and need for new ideas are issues being raised in the race between Republicans Rusty Bennett and Mark Frei for the Idaho County Commission. Bennett will be challenging first-term incumbent Frei in the race for the four-year-term District 2 position in the May 17 primary election. The commission position makes an annual $24,424 salary.

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‘Bible Bill is constitutionally sound’

Last Tuesday, April 5, Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a Bible-in-schools bill, saying it violates the Idaho Constitution and could result in “costly litigation for Idaho public schools.” According to a Spokesman-Review story, “I have deep respect and appreciation for the Bible as religious doctrine as well as a piece of historic literature,” Otter wrote in his veto message. “However, allowing S1342 to become law is in direct contravention to the Idaho Constitution.” Responses from Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, ACLU of Idaho

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Big impression with Little interview

During his Thursday stop in Grangeville, Lt. Governor Brad Little sat for an hour-and-a-half interview with the Idaho County Free Press. I asked the best questions I could think of, and I listened as intently as I could. These are my impressions....

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IDFG urges safety this turkey hunting season; Women On Target clinic slated May 14; GHS gridders named “team of the year,” Bruner top athlete.

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Grangeville netters show strength in league

The tennis league is a bit bigger than the Grangeville’s league in other sports, as Coeur d’ Alene Charter, Clark Fork, Culdesac, Orofino, Timberline, Clearwater Valley, and GHS all competed together last Saturday at Lewiston High School. It’s a rare chance for the northern schools — Coeur d’Alene Charter and Clark Fork — to meet the southern teams for seeding before districts May 12.

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Spring is prime time for lakes, reservoirs

Sunny, warm spring weather arrives and your favorite river starts flowing high and the color of chocolate milk. Sound familiar? It often happens when the mountain snowpack melts, but don’t fear. While some rivers may be difficult to fish during spring runoff, many lakes and reservoirs are coming into their prime.

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Bulldogs bop Rams 7-0, split set with St. Maries

The Bulldogs caught Clearwater Valley on a day the Rams would rather forget, as Grangeville’s starting pitcher Layton Harris worked seven solid innings without allowing much contact to the Rams, who booted away five errors behind Keiran Owens.

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In The Pipeline

Lochsa River surfers hit the Pipeline Rapids wave last Sunday, April 10, and with the river running at around 8,000 cubic feet per second, the annual Lochsa River Madness is just around the corner.

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Time Zone, Confluence rapids look stout

The Little Salmon River has been ticking up toward 3,000 cubic feet per second, and if it’s surging when the weather cracks 70 degrees as expected on Saturday, the Confluence Rapid could give Time Zone a run for the best place to watch this year’s Salmon River Jet Boat Races.

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Wednesday, April 6

Managing chinook seasons is a constant work in progress

Spring Chinook fishing opens April 23, and anglers often wonder how many salmon there will be and how long the season will last. It’s a challenging question to answer because unlike most Idaho fisheries, salmon seasons are dependent on how many fish return from the ocean each year.

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Column: A tale of two squirrels

Dear Bwana, It would seem some type of tree squirrels have taken over my bird feeders! At first they were a nuisance, but now I’ve actually kind of grown to like them. I was wondering if you could give me any helpful hints to find out exactly what kind they are? Thanks in advance, Loretta I think I can help you out, Loretta.

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Football Squad Advances Three

Grangeville football coaches Jeff Lindsley and Jeff Adams stand behind three Bulldogs who are headed to college to play football at the next level this fall. Quarterback Layton Harris (left) is headed to North Dakota to join the University of Jamestown Jimmies, while Cole Lindsley (center) and Austin Parks (right) are headed to Caldwell to join the College of Idaho Coyotes.

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Spring puts a damper on more games

hile most area teams were already off for spring break, Kamiah had a mid-week meeting at Troy bagged in favor of a double-header last Thursday, March 31. The Kubs won both games handily, punching out victories of 14-1 and 14-2 over Troy behind solid pitching from Branson Ballantyne and Chris Olive, both of whom worked complete games. Ballantyne was nearly unhittable, striking out 10 with a mix of straight and off-speed pitches. Elsewhere, Grangeville and Clearwater Valley were rained out of an April 4 meeting at GHS, which they reset for April 5 only to postpone it again, to April 6, for lack of umpires.

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Wolves roamed half of Idaho in 2014

Wolves used about half of Idaho’s total land area in 2014, according to Idaho’s year-end wolf monitoring report, which pegged the 2015 official total at 786 in 108 documented packs inside the state. Biologists also documented border packs – 20 of them – that overlapped the state boundary.

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Mushroom permits available; Slide Fire commercial permits limited to 125

In 2014, 27,554 acres burned on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests attracting commercial harvesters. In 2015, the forests sold 123 permits and collected $12,300 in permit fees. During the 2015 fire season, 190,000 acres burned on the forests. The combined forests anticipate many more commercial harvesters this year.

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Dams spilling for fish ; Forests seek campground hosts ; Softball clinics set; Rodeo season starts next month in Riggins ; Jet boats revving up for Salmon River race

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Milestone: Wedding: Trivett-Cox

Joni Mae Trivett and Kenneth Michael Cox, both of Grangeville, were married at the Eagles Lodge in Grangeville Friday, March 25, 2016. Pastor Charlie Stefani of the Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird officiated.

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Electrical issue causes Thursday structure fire at Twin Bridges home

An electrical problem was cited as a factor in last week’s structure fire at the Twin Bridges Subdivision. An estimated $5,000 to $10,000 in damage, primarily to the modular home’s electrical system, resulted from last Thursday’s March 31, fire, according to Chief Allan Yearsley, Salmon River Rural Fire Department (SRRFD).

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Kindergarten screening set for April 20 at GEMS

Mountain View School District 244 will hosts its annual kindergarten screening and registration Wednesday, April 20, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS). School age children will be registering for entrance to kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.

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Safety Precautions

Nearly two dozen kids participated in a March 26 bike safety event at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, one in a series of Extreme Adventure Club offerings for kids ages 8 to 18 through PICH (Partners Inspiring Community Health). Events are free and run through June. Next is an April 16 geocaching activity, contact Kirsten Jensen, 983-2667; on April 30, “A Taste of Italy,” JoAnn Smith, 507-0720; June 11, disc golf and pizza party, Kevin Asker, 983-6098.

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Community walks planned through May

Spring is definitely here! We worked in the yard, planted trees, trimmed the raspberries, and the frogs are croaking out in the pond. We missed them last year since the pond dried up and there were no frogs.

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Riggins News: Spaghetti feed on tap for April 9

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is from George Strait: “If you don’t leave the past in the past, it will destroy your future. Look what’s in front of you, not what yesterday took away. The best is yet to come.” The Salmon River Community Church Youth Group is having a spaghetti feed this Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the church; there will be a money donation at the door. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Get on out for a fun evening and help out our Riggins youth.

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Delay would push J-Bar salvage to brink, county says

Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United are suing the Forest Service over federal salvage logging near Lowell, in the area scorched by the Johnson Bar Fire nearly two years ago, and the Idaho County Commission is chiming in.

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Passing lane projects on White Bird Hill, Culdesac Canyon this summer

Passing lanes will be added to U.S. Highway 95 on White Bird Hill this summer as part of planned regional safety and mobility improvements to the roadway. This and a second project, Culdesac Canyon near the Lapwai Creek Bridge (Nez Perce County), are expected to begin in June or July, and finish by early fall.

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Community Briefs

HARPSTER — Harpster litter pickup is set for Friday, April 8, with those interested meeting at the Harpster Store at 9 a.m. Those who help must be 18 or older. Bring work gloves and water; bags and vest will be provided. Rain cancels.

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Elk City News: Slide meeting set for this Thursday

Important: There will be a meeting concerning the slide at 1 p.m. at the Elk City School on Thursday, April 7. ITD, the contractor, and the county will be represented there. Be sure to bring your questions and concerns.

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ISAT testing starts April 6; students need rest, breakfast for best efforts

School wide testing is going to be taking place at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) now that students have returned from spring break. The dates for the GEMS testing window are April 6 to May 13. During this time period, all 3-8 grade students will be on a rotating schedule for taking their ISAT tests. The staff at GEMS would like to pass on some helpful ideas for students to reach their optimum level on the testing.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Fenn Pond to get a facelift

Fenn Pond, across from the Fenn Ranger Station is getting a new lease on life, with big equipment rolling in right now and working until May. They are digging, building, planting and then stocking fish – whoop, whoop, how great is that.

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Tempus Fugit

strong>10 YEARS AGO APRIL 5, 2006</strong> •Idaho County’s number-cruncher assessor Jim Beckman will retire after 34 years. •The Free Press/Shopper has a new employee, Krista Green of Grangeville. She replaces Judy Vrieling who moved on to work fulltime at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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In The News

Firewood permits are available at U.S. Forest Service offices and at the following area businesses: Cloninger’s Harvest Foods in Kamiah, Tom Cat Sporting Goods in Kooskia, Harpster Store, Lolo Visitors’ Center; and in Grangeville at Rae Bros Sporting Goods and Tackett’s Saw Service. Permits are $5 per cord with a minimum of four cords ($20) and a maximum of 12 cords.

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U of I students spend spring break working with NICI inmates

Working with convicted felons on improving basic living and vocational skills and preparing them for employment may not be how many young people would want to spend their spring break. But nine University of Idaho students chose to do so earlier last month at North Idaho Correctional Institution at Cottonwood.

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Private ground timber harvest came in nine percent lower than 2014

About five percent less timber was harvested in Idaho last year than in 2014 – an amount still about 40 percent more than was harvested during the recession-driven low of 2009. That’s according to the 2016 Idaho Forest Products Industry current conditions and forecast report, which noted the harvest from private ground came in nine percent lower than 2014.

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IRU wins road permit, salvage logging case

When it comes to roads in the Wild and Scenic Selway River drainage, the Forest Service can’t just give the State of Idaho permission to run a thousand log trucks to and from state ground. The Forest Service has to consider environmental laws before issuing a permit, including the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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The Salmon River Jet Boat Races will take place in Riggins on April 15, 16, and 17. Operators are needed to provide safety communications. Shore positions, safety boat and relay positions are available.

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Eye For Steelhead

Fishing has remained busy along the South Fork of the Clearwater River, including last Friday, April 1, where activity was seen along State Highway 14 from near the base of the Mt. Idaho Grade and right up toward Golden. Here, two men keep their focus at a popular hole near milepost 7 where steelhead were to be had. Check the latest fishing reports with Idaho Fish and Game online:

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Women’s Ministry Fun

(L-R) Amber Chicane, Carol McLean, Carol Schmidt and Roz Banta perform a skit at a recent Grangeville Church of the Nazarene women’s ministry “God’s Girls” brunch.

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Faith Briefs

Offense and Forgiveness is the topic of Rita Wagenmann’s message set for Thursday, April 7, at the Encouragers 11:30 a.m. luncheon at Oscar’s Restaurant in Grangeville. A salad bar, soup and baked potato will be offered for the no-host lunch.

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Monastery concert set for Sunday, April 17

Jo Baim and Marilyn McAdoo will present “Sing to the Lord a New Song: Psalms and Other Sacred Tests to Inspire Hope and Joy” on Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m., at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road.

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Pastor's View: What makes a nation great?

Loren Cunningham is the Founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a worldwide movement of followers of Christ. Recently, he celebrated his 80th birthday. For a gift, he did not wish to receive any items that are usually valued for reaching such a milestone. No golden watch or trip around the world for him. Traveling around the world is what he has and continues to do anyway. He is one of about a dozen people who have visited every nation on earth.

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Milestone: Engagement: Anderson-Ackerman

Bob and Kathy Ackerman of Grangeville announce the upcoming marriage of their son, Alex Ackerman, to Erica Anderson. He is a 2010 graduate of Grangeville High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Idaho. He is currently serving in the United States Navy.

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Friday, April 1

Pilot car time reduced; geological testing continues

Crews are shortening the boundary of the limited-access road at the base of the State Highway 14 landslide, reducing the time it takes pilot cars to traverse from one end of the slide to the other during the twice-daily openings to general traffic.

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