Stories for August 2016


Wednesday, August 31

Bush quarterbacks Grangeville

Grangeville High School sophomore Booker Bush was doing something he had never done before when he got the start under center last Friday night, Aug. 26.

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Grangeville starts 3-0

Bulldogs volleyball coach Kelcey Edwards “thought we played well for the first week of games,” he said after the Grangeville volleyball squad won three straight matches to start the regular season. “We showed improvement from the Jamboree to Thursday, and then more improvement from Thursday to Saturday.”

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License sales system hacked, personal info potentially stolen

Idaho Fish and Game today learned that personal information for license buyers who began purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and tags prior to 2008 was potentially accessed by a breach of the online computer license sales system owned and operated by Active Network, a Texas-based company.

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League Champs

Grangeville’s annual summer softball league has a new tournament champion: Brew Crew.

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Savages top Kubs 40-14

The Kubs led by two touchdowns in a flash last Friday night, Aug. 26, but as quickly as Salmon River fell behind, the Savages surged ahead on the way to a 40-14 win on opening night.

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Pirates open with a ‘W’

The first Whitepine League match of the season went to Prairie (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) against Kamiah last Thursday evening, Aug. 25. Chaye Uptmor booked eight kills and Angela Wemhoff booked five as the Pirates overpowered Kamiah.

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Bears outbattle Bulldogs, barely

After preserving an 18-15 victory over Grangeville when TJ Wiltse’s 40-yard crack at a last-second kick to tie deflected off a teammate, the host Bears threw a very public party for themselves last Friday night, Aug. 26.

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Fail to speak up? Worse than vandals

If you responsible, law-abiding Republicans who read this, do not speak out against this cowardly act of vandalism and desecration against your political opponent, then your cowardly silence makes you worse than the vandals themselves.

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Rapid River Fish Hatchery under construction

A $3 million water-intake mechanism replacement project was cited as the reason Rapid River Hatchery will be closed to the public for nearly one year. Brad Bowlin, communication spokesman for Idaho Power Company, said the decision was made in the best interest of public safety. The Rapid River Hatchery in Riggins closed to the public Aug. 1, and will remain closed until July 2017. The adjacent day-use park also will be closed while renovation of the hatchery’s water supply structures is completed.

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Honored Service To City

At the Aug. 15 council meeting, retiring Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department chief Dan Tackett (left) received a plaque of appreciation for his service to the city from Mayor Bruce Walker (right). Tackett has served nearly 30 years on GVFD and as chief since 1994. “He’s been an excellent chief,” Walker said at the meeting, complimenting on his professional management of the department. “He’s done an outstanding job for the City of Grangeville.”

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Power Swing

Randall Miskin of the Kooskia Krush team powers through a swing during last Friday’s Aug. 26 double elimination championship tournament, held at Lions Park in Grangeville. The Krush team lost both games that evening to the Brew Crew team, which won the championship.

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Yard watering guidelines recommended to curb excessive usage, strain on Grangeville system

Water, water everywhere … and that’s a problem for Grangeville Public Works. Excessive water use is a strain on the municipal water system during this time of year, and the city is encouraging residents to adopt more efficient use for lawn irrigation. “If they can follow yard watering guidelines, they can still have green lawns and also save money on their water bills,” said Eric Jones, public works maintenance lead.

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Weapons in hospital issue before trustees

As with many school districts and other public entities, Syringa Hospital is no exception when it comes to how to move forward with gun and other deadly weapon issues within the confines of its facilities. The board discussed a written policy at its Aug. 22 meeting and, as has been the case in other local arenas, the conversation brought out varied opinions.

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Packed schedule for 80th Kamiah Barbecue Days

The 80th annual Kamiah Barbecue Days are set for this coming weekend and the events will pack a full schedule for young, old, and everyone in-between. The events start Friday, Sept. 2, with the spaghetti feed at the Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. The Kamiah High School versus Pomeroy football game is set for 7 p.m. at KHS with a teen street dance at 9 p.m.

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Fight for beauty

James Holt, Sr., has many reasons to stand in protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline with his brothers and sisters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. But Holt left Idaho for a three-day stay in North Dakota on Aug. 19 not because he was representing the Marines or his tribe. He embarked on the trek with his son, James Holt Jr., because of his personal beliefs in the importance of protecting one’s homeland and standing up for the preservation of the Earth.

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Martinez takes pride in his team, as coach

There are alternative ways to raise funds for school activities and if you know Kooskia Days, the sale of alcoholic beverages skyrockets during this local event. Comparing students advertising alcohol sales to benefit their underfunded activities as being wrong is similar to gun raffles by ambulance crews as being wrong for supporting gun violence.

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Patrons should oppose proposed gun policy

Patrons of Mountain View School District should oppose the proposed gun policy that already seems as good as in-place. There are no law enforcement agencies recommending firearms in schools. Not the FBI, the Idaho State Police, the county sheriff’s office, nor police departments. In fact, at a recent board meeting while many officers present voiced pro-gun sentiments, the department quickly backed off endorsing the idea of having guns in our schools, distancing itself from any liability.

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Parking lot paving has been sorely needed

Big thanks to the Mountain View School Board for the great paving job at Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School and Grangeville High School. I have not seen the GHS job yet but CVs appears to be very well done.

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Boojie? Fleek? Rickroll?

As we start the school year, I thought it would be a good time to give a little overview on some recent additions to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (as well as other on-line dictionaries). Recent as in the past three years. The evolution of words and phrases is quite interesting. Don’t ask for fry sauce in some Eastern states – they don’t know what you mean and they might hand you a container of gravy or cheese. Soda is said instead of pop and it’s pocketbook instead of purse.

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Stop being passive; you need to be engaged

Often times the cry is heard that public officials are “doing things behind closed doors” or pushing agendas without the knowledge or consent of the public. Could it be that we simply didn’t take the time to pay attention to what these officials were doing until we stumbled across it late in the game? It’s much easier to push the blame on public officials than take responsibility in admitting we weren’t paying attention.

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Brown Bag 2016: ICSO detective to talk about interesting cases

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, Clyde Hanson will present “H. Talbotte of Florence.” Research was by Pam Northcutt. Next week, Idaho County Sheriff Detective Lt. Jerry Johnson will present the program “Interesting Past Cases.”

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Faith study classes offered this month

“We talk about things most people think about but don’t usually talk about—things that you think about at the birth of a baby, when you stop to look at the stars, when a friend betrays you, in the face of mass murder or corrupt leadership. One man spent a year with the class simply because, he said, it gave him peace.”

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Community Briefs: Aug. 31, 2016

GRANGEVILLE — Foster homes are needed in Grangeville, Kamiah and Orofino. There are currently no foster homes in Grangeville, one in Orofino and two in Kamiah. With more than 20 children out of these areas leaving their community to be fostered, classes are being offered in hopes of gaining local homes. Classes will start Sept. 9. To become involved call or e-mail Heather Johnson, LSW, at or call 676-1186.

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Gildner pens new book of short stories

From the American Midwest to Mexico and Paris, Grangeville-area author Gary Gildner’s stories in his newly published collection, “The Capital of Kansas City,” discover their emotions and feelings with humor.

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Preparing For The Taco Feed

Fifteen members of the Big Cedar Homemakers met Aug. 10 at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse to finalize plans for their annual Navajo Taco Feed. The proceeds from this event are used for the maintenance and improvements of the Big Cedar School building, combination storage shed and the pavilion. Last year these funds helped with rewiring costs.

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Kooskia Krush

The Kooskia Krush softball team placed first in regular season play (10-0) of the Grangeville co-ed softball league. Since 2013, the four-year overall record for the Kooskia Krush team is 47 wins and five losses while playing in the Grangeville league.

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Cottonwood News: Preschool Catechesis classes offered

Fall semester for That Man Is You (TMIY), titled “A Light to the Nations,” begins at 6: a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Cottonwood KC Hall. There will be 13 sessions in the fall and 13 in the spring. This is the third year of a three-year program. Light to the Nations takes men on a journey into an important reality:

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First-Day Help

Gabe Severns gets assistance from his mom, Dione Severns, in signing his name on the first day of school at Prairie Elementary School Monday, Aug. 22. Gabe is a kindergarten student in the Cottonwood School District. Monday was the first day of school for Cottonwood schools.

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Elk City News: ECVFD to host meeting Sept. 1

The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Forest Service meeting room at 7 p.m. The community is invited. The fire department has created two levels of membership. One is for those who would like to train and actively participate in fighting house fires.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Museum open at BBQ Days

This is one of the best weekends in Kamiah — that is if you like parades, art, quilts, booths, and a myriad of interesting things to see and do. Kamiah Barbecue Days. Two parades, art walk featuring many of the area’s best artist, a kiddie parade and the regular one, many booths selling all kinds of stuff, activities, many exhibits, games, raffles, and food, food, food. Come to see and stay to enjoy.

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Riggins News: ‘Rattle the Canyon’ with music Sept. 17

My Sweet ’16 quote for this week is “The most valuable asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love with an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help.” Salmon River High School begins at 7:56 and Riggins Elementary School begins at 8:08 a.m. this year. The new school year 2016-17 started yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Salmon River High School Football home games will be Prairie Sept. 9, Lapwai Sept. 23, Council Oct. 14, and Cascade Oct. 28 at New Meadows for a homecoming game for New Meadows. Volleyball home games will be Sept. 9, Cascade, Sept. 27 Council, and Oct. 4 Meadows Valley.

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In the News: Aug. 31, 2016

For the upcoming Nov. 8 general election, Idaho County voters are reminded that requests for absentee ballots must be made each calendar year. The request must be made in writing and contain a signature; an e-mail request cannot be accepted. The absentee ballot request form is available at, or voters can make a written, signed statement requesting an absentee ballot.

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People In Action

People throughout Idaho County are hard at work on a daily basis, trying to make the community a better place. Here are a few such people from the past couple of weeks. (Far left) Dave Hake volunteered to refurbish the bridge near the Grangeville Chamber Visitors Center. Here Dave and community volunteer Taylor Bostick are replacing the bridge deck boards. Hake also removed and rebuilt the hand railings (not shown in this photo). (Middle) Dr. Brett Christensen with Christensen Orthodontics passes out toothbrushes at the Idaho County Fair Parade Aug. 20. (right) Alex Broncheau leads an honor dance at the Chief Lookingglass Powwow in Kamiah Aug. 20.

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It's Your Business: Camas Lanes welcomes student bowlers

Have you wanted to use your pressure canner but are worried about whether the gauge is working correctly? Pressure canner lid gauges can be dropped off at the University of Idaho Extension Office (Grangeville Courthouse) to be tested Thursday, Sept. 1. Drop lids off today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, and pick up Friday, Sept. 2. Joyce Forsmann will test the gauges and leave notes with any instructions needed.

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Joseph Cemetery Receives Scouts Attention

Joseph Plains Cemetery (established in 1919) recently received a long-overdue cleaning and landscaping by Boy Scouts Blaze, 17, and Tate, 15, Berdoy, Troop 1638 in Cottonwood, as part of their Eagle Scout projects.

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Thursday, August 25

Fish and Game temporarily halts online license and tag sales

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday announced it has temporarily suspended the sale of licenses and tags online after being notified that its online license vendor’s computer system was breached. The State of Idaho online licensing system will be down indefinitely until state officials can ensure the public’s information will be secure.

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Wednesday, August 24

Danly to join Walla Walla softball program

Prairie Pirates softball standout Hailey Danly — a talented setter with the PHS volleyball program — is headed to Walla Walla Community College for college softball and pre-engineering.

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Football season opens Friday at Moscow; Volleyball opens at Kendrick Thursday, home opener Sept. 1; Soccer squad to meet Intermountain foes halfway, at Orofino; 2016 KYRO youth football, cheer sign-ups set; GEMS football, Lions Youth Football start this week; Fall hunter ed class starts soon.

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Bowling leagues starting up

The 2016-2017 bowling season is just around the corner. Most leagues in the Central Idaho USBC Bowling Association will begin the week of or following Labor Day.

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2,084-acre Gun Club Fire linked to tracers shot Aug. 17

During the Idaho County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, commission chairman Jim Chmelik said the Gun Club Fire started when tracer rounds were fired by “a couple of people who were members of the gun club” who, he said, “did step up and say ‘we did it.’” “They didn’t try to hide it or anything,” Chmelik said, “but they might as well have just gone down there with bottle rockets.”

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It's Your Business: Stop by Hoene’s, win prizes

The Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach program will offer some upcoming programs. The Logs to Lumber Tour at Idaho Forest Group in Grangeville will be held Sept. 20. (Notice date change from a previously advertised date). Cost is $10.

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Trump well within his rights in his response

In my opinion, the Democratic Party stooped to a new low when they used the Muslim Gold Star Khan family to attack Donald Trump on worldwide TV with slanderous, or near slanderous, accusations and misquotes of our Constitution.

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Guardian group seeks volunteer members Organization helps legally incapacitated adults A group of volunteers have come together to help those in need. The Idaho County Board of Community Guardians (BO

A group of volunteers have come together to help those in need. The Idaho County Board of Community Guardians (BOCG) are people who are working together to provide legal guardianship for adult residents of Idaho County who have been deemed legally incapacitated by the court, have limited funds and no family members or friends who can assist them.

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Foundation decides to nix traditional event after 22 years

The first week in December will look a lot different in Grangeville this year. “The [Syringa] Foundation met and agreed the live auction for Festival of Trees is no longer receiving strong community support,” reported Syringa trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Aug. 22 board meeting.

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Brown Bag 2016: Florence’s Talbotte will be the center of history discussion

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, Myrna Crane of Grangeville will share a diary-journal story with a few twists.

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Meth, explosive found at arrest of eluding suspect

An anonymous tip last Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Culdesac man, sought on outstanding warrants, who allegedly fled from a traffic stop last month. Now, Timothy Joshua Godwin, 34, faces multiple charges resulting from the July pursuit as well as from the weekend’s arrest that include felonies for eluding a police officer, and possession of both methamphetamine and an explosive device.

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Milestone: Engagement: Woslum-DeBolt

Mr. and Mrs. Edd Woslum of White Bird, are pleased to announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Ashlei Marie Woslum, to Nicolas Dale DeBolt, son of Roger and Sally DeBolt of Boise.

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Milestone: Engagement: Jungert-Cornett

Dustin Cornett and Shailynn Jungert of Grangeville announce their engagement and plans for an Aug. 27 wedding. They will host an outside wedding under the trees at Keuterville, with Bob Blankenship officiating. Turquoise and brown are the wedding colors.

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Colorful Entry

The 40th annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at the Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah Aug. 19-21. Hundreds of American Indians gathered to participate in traditional dances, drumming, name-givings, memorial celebrations, giveaways, meals and basketball tournaments. This young dancer was participating in an inter-tribal dance Saturday night, Aug. 20.

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In the News - Aug. 24, 2016

Independent candidate for Sheriff, Carlos Martinez, will hold a town hall event in Kooskia on Monday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at The Outpost. Martinez will discuss his plans for the sheriff’s office and take questions from the public. For information: 935-8260 or

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White Bird News: Local antique store adds museum

Hope everyone made it to the fair, there were a lot of things to eat, view and, of course, all the blood, sweat and tears that our youth put into their projects. Congratulations to all of you, including the leaders.

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Elk City Summer Readers

Summer reading was a popular activity for the children of Elk City. Twenty kids participated in the “BINGO!! Readers are winners!” summer reading program. Three blackouts and five near blackouts brought $15 Amazon Bucks to these winners.

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Elk City News: Slide excavation complete; more Elk City Days results

More Elk City Days event reports…this time from the horseshoe competition. Dan Farber and Gary Carpentier took 1st place; Adam Perry and Jasper Thompson, in 2nd place; Kim Holmes and Kevin Schmidt came in 3rd place. Anita and crew would like to thank everyone who participated and cheered them on. She said that “it was great fun.”

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Kamiah Barbecue is town’s next big event

It is crazy quiet here. One of the biggest events of the summer will happen the first week in September. Kamiah’s Barbecue Days. If you wish to have a booth or participate in any of the events, contact the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce to sign up in advance. Don’t miss out on being able to take part in one or more of this event’s many activities.

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Cottonwood News: Purchase ‘Mystery Night’ tickets now

Please join Summit Academy for a night that’s “Out of This World” at this year’s Mystery Night Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Greencreek Hall. The stars will align for one lucky ticket holder to be the grand prize winner of $10,000, redeemable at any of our stellar sponsors:

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PHS sports set to go

Prairie Pirates volleyball season begins at PHS Thursday, Aug. 25, against Kamiah. The C Team will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by JV and varsity.

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New reader board a possibility in Riggins, among updates for school district

Despite currently having a reader board, Salmon River Joint School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Aug. 15, in a regular meeting and discussed the purchase of a new LED reader board, among other updates. Junior/Senior High Principal Dennis Fredrickson advised the board regarding specifics on a potential new reader board. The board is considering the purchase of a two-sided, 4-foot by 8-foot color LED reader board with video display.

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Cottonwood plans for big municipal projects this year

Cottonwood plans to enhance travel on both its roads and skies this year, if everything falls into place as planned. The fiscal year 2017 budget proposal has earmarked a combined $929,903 for its street and airport fund, $852,862 and $77,041 respectively.

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Commodity loans now available to Idaho County producers

Idaho County farmers feeling the pinch this harvest now have an option to receive assistance. Producers can take advantage of low interest rates by obtaining 9-month commodity loans through the FSA for 2016 crops. “Idaho County looks beautiful right now and while yields are high, unfortunately, prices are not,” says Julie Fowler, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director. “There are FSA commodity loans available which farmers could benefit from.”

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Help sought in skeletonweed fight

Idaho noxious weed experts have placed Rush skeletonweed near the top of their list of priority weeds to eradicate and are asking Idahoans for their help in attacking this highly invasive weed that has infested more than a million acres of Idaho’s land.

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Necessary tool in toolbox, ‘but we don’t want to abuse it’

“Our line of work is a lifestyle,” said Clark Tacke, president of Idaho County Grain Growers. Farmers have been tilling soil, planting seeds, harvesting crops, and burning stubble for generations. Stubble burning is crop beneficial to many; to others it is environmentally unsafe. Idaho’s Crop Residue Burning (CRB) program has a long and rather troubled history.

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Democrats booth vandalized; doesn’t help the community

Our booth was vandalized; obscene drawings on candidate posters, information sheets torn to shreds and everything messed up. We don’t know who did this, but now I look at people on the street and wonder if it was them. Was it you? Why? What was your intent?

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Help support budding musicians at CV

As the school year begins, the Clearwater Valley Music Department is accepting donations to assist band students with rental costs for their instrument. Rental fees are $25/semester, $50/year. Your donation is tax deductible and remains confidential to the student, but allows them to participate when they might not otherwise.

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GIddings: sheriff first, firefighter second

After reading last week’s article about the ICSO obtaining equipment to help volunteer fire departments, I wanted to remind everyone about the other incredible things our sheriff has done to help Idaho County citizens fight fires.

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Hey, watch your political mouth

Readers on this letters page will be informed that the Idaho County Democrats’ booth was vandalized during the Idaho County Fair. Of course, it wasn’t you who did this. This was the work of dumb, or perhaps both dumb and dumber, acting out the only kind of political discourse he or they were able to do: graffiti and demolition. Perhaps they celebrated their triumph later by shooting out power pole insulators.

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Rate increases, road projects set in FY17 budget

The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 15 percent increase in its fiscal year 2017 budget. Set at $5,496,785, the proposed budget – effective Oct. 1 at the start of the fiscal year – would include additional funds for planned city street work, as well as rate increases for services. A public hearing on the proposal is set for Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., during the regular Grangeville City Council meeting. Comment on the proposal will be taken, after which the budget will be considered for adoption.

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Synchronized End-Of-Summer Swim

Summer fun ends too soon at the Grangeville City Pool that held its last swim day last Friday, Aug. 19. Here, kids vie for ball possession on a warm day to end the season.

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Clear Creek project withdrawn by USFS

After years of looking at it, the Forest Service will take another look at the Clear Creek restoration. In December 2015, Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert opted for restoration in the Clear Creek watershed. Her decision on the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project came after years of analysis, which had found that by exercising care during harvest and decommissioning disused roads it would be possible to reduce sedimentation east of Kooskia in the long term while also bringing 85 million board feet of timber to market.

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School Starts At GEMS

It was a bright, sunny, happily-chaotic morning on the Grangeville Elementary Middle School playground the first day of school, yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Parents were taking photos as students hefted new backpacks full of supplies. GEMS PTA was ready with a photo board for parents this morning and fifth grader Emmie Told had her picture taken by mom, Katie, before class.

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Community Briefs: Aug. 24, 2016

Stacy Van Steenwyk of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club will showcase her wild horse training skills at the Western Idaho Fair in Boise beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Her horse also will be available for adoption from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The showcase is a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the University of Idaho 4-H Extension program. Since 2009, more than 250 horses have been adopted and $15,000 has been raised for 4-H clubs in southwestern and eastern Idaho. The horses were gathered following last year’s Soda Fire in the Owyhee Front.

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Monday, August 22

Saturday, August 20

Bulldogs take the field for first-ever soccer match

The Grangeville High School soccer team took the field for the first time Saturday, Aug. 20 at Moscow, where the Bears' big advantages -- size, experience, numbers and the home field -- proved too much for the upstarts to overcome.

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Friday, August 19

Thursday, August 18

CORRECTION: GEMS football, Grangeville Lions Youth Football start next week

GEMS Football Parent Meeting and Sign-Ups will take place 5:30-6 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Community Room at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. The GEMS team is open to seventh and eighth graders attending GEMS. Grangeville Lions Youth Football League gear will be handed out on Aug. 25. This team is open to all fifth and sixth graders. Contact Todd Marek at 983-2100 or Jonico Charley at 507-0591 for information.

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Wednesday, August 17

Jakes Day Fun: 2016

About 33 children participated in the annual Jakes Day event, Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Camas Prairie Bowmen's range, which emphasizes outdoor activities safety and education. Children age six to 14 also learned skills in archery, trapshooting, turkey calling, survival skills and spin casting.

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Fall hunter ed class starts soon

The first — and possibly only — official hunter education and gun safety course of the fall is set to run Aug. 29-Sept. 10, with class size limited to 25.

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Uhlenkott to join Blue Mountain volleyball squad

Among the many aspects of her athletic ability, Krystin Uhlenkott’s ability to jump high and spike hard stands out in hindsight — not only for how that skill made her one of setter Hailey Danly’s go-to girls, but also for propelling her all the way to Pendleton, Ore.

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Flamingo Fun Run fund-raiser set Oct. 8; St. Mary’s Hospital plans 17th Annual golf scramble; Soccer sign-ups set; GEMS football sign-ups open; Football season opens Aug. 26 at Moscow; Volleyball opener at Kendrick Aug. 25, home opener Sept. 1; Soccer teams to play first games Aug. 20.

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Life is more fun in person; get to the county fair

Presidential politics. Regional economics. Immigration. Health care costs. The impending family arguments at Thanksgiving dinner. OK, we’ve got enough seriousness on our plates to literally last us through the end of the year. So let’s set that stuff aside and focus on something more locally pressing: You’re going to the Idaho County Fair this year, right?

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Smile for the camera?

What’s up with those cameras at Grangeville’s stoplights? Equipment upgrades at the Main and Idaho streets intersection propose to make for more responsive signal changes and better assist road-crossing pedestrians.

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GEMS to see schedule changes for coming year

Grangeville Elementary Middle School patrons will notice some difference in GEMS schedules this school year. “We have had some challenges not unique to GEMS, but affecting many elementary schools,” said principal Dr. Susan Anderson.

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Ferdinand budget down from FY16

Budget proposals for fiscal year 2017 led discussions in area council meetings this week. Aside from the Ferdinand City Council, Cottonwood, Kooskia and Riggins city councils also talked about finances for the coming year.

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County fair starts today

There’s No Place Like Home at the Idaho County Fair, and residents are invited to attend the annual event starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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Lookingglass Days on tap for weekend

Delayed last year due to excessive fires and smoke throughout the area, Kamiah’s Chief Lookingglass Powwow is back with a force. This year, the event marks its 40th anniversary and it set to take place this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21.

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‘Life safety is the first thing of everything’

Saving structures and personal property are important to firefighters, but Bob Mager spells out their top overriding duty: “Life safety is the first thing of everything,” he said. “If mamma can’t find little Billy then the whole thing stops. You may lose the building trying to save a life, but that’s the first thing: life safety.”

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A Life on the Lochsa

There comes a moment in every day when the dust settles. Chores are through, mouths are fed and the day’s aches and pains are soothed in preparation for tomorrow’s toil. In this brief window of time a person is alone with their thoughts and that’s when we ask ourselves, “Am I living life on my own terms?”

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Volleyball resolution reached in Kooskia

After months of tension and accusations the city was denying park users the freedom to play volleyball, a resolution has been reached between the two groups. Kooskia City Council, at its Aug. 10 meeting, agreed to allow area residents to play anywhere in the park as long as spikes are not being used to tie down a volleyball net.

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Cottonwood seeks foregone taxes in FY17 budget proposal

If everything moves forward as projected, the Cottonwood City Council will use its foregone property tax to fund its fiscal year 2017 budget. Taxing entities are allowed a 3 percent property tax increase each year. However, Idaho tax code allows taxing districts to levy for and budget foregone property taxes, increases not taken in previous years.

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Interactive health fair set to coincide with county fair in Cottonwood

The Partnership for Healthy Communities (a coalition of six health systems and two county service agencies) will be hosting an Interactive Health Fair Thursday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Cottonwood Community Hall. The event is specifically set during the Idaho County Fair week with the hope of engaging as many fair attendees in the event as possible.

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District-wide bulb replacement to save on utility costs

“The light bulbs throughout the district are being replaced to more efficient fluorescent bulbs,” reported Mountain View School District 244 director of technology Joe Rodriguez. Rodriguez filled in for superintendent Kent Stokes at the July 18 board meeting. Rodriguez said the current bulbs are 32 watts and will change to 18 watts, which “should be a significant savings cost.”

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Crane will talk about journal of Barbara Spears (Parks)

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. The second presentation that was set for today, Aug. 17, has been canceled.

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High speed chase tests system

A scofflaw tested the emergency communication system last week, coincidentally, on the day after the Idaho County Commission appointed two men to a regional board that helps keep radio connections working smoothly during incidents that involve multiple jurisdictions.

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Joint landfill discussion continues

During the next year, depending on how negotiations proceed, Idaho County citizens may be on the hook for half of the $1.3 million estimated cost of starting up a five-county joint landfill to be located near Council. That’s because Idaho County would be delivering half the tonnage to the new landfill – about 40 tons of solid waste per day.

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Making The Cut

Competitors get the crosscut saw in line, ready for the Jack and Jill event at Saturday’s Aug. 13 logging show, part of the annual Elk City Days celebration. For event results, see page 8A.

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Alexandria “Al” Davis, 83 Kamiah

Alexandria “Al” Davis 83, of Kamiah, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at Grangeville Health and Rehab Center. Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia, Idaho.

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Tribal lawsuit casts doubt on restoration

An October 2015 difference over $1.2 million foretold part of a full-blown federal case that may undercut the Clearwater Basin Collaborative’s long-sought restoration of the Clear Creek drainage southeast of the Middle Fork Clearwater River’s confluence with the South Fork.

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Free meal Aug. 19 for veterans, families

GRANGEVILLE — A free meal for veterans and their families is set for Friday, Aug. 19, 5 to 7 p.m., at the fellowship hall at Trinity Lutheran Church at 210 North Mill Street in Grangeville.

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White Bird: Brusts surprised by garden rattlesnake

WHITE BIRD — The dog days of summer are upon us, fair is this week, Aug. 17 – 20, so if you are looking for a place to go for a short drive, Cottonwood, go support the kids. They work hard all year, and could use some support, even a friendly word or face in the crowd is all they need.

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Sponsored content: Watering guidelines

We’re in the swing of the summer lawn and garden season, but some homeowners may not be happy with their results: It could be how you’re watering. “Plants need plenty of water in the summer, but how much and how often, and where to water – above or below – are choices to consider,” said Russ Lindsley, Green Acres Nursery.

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It’s time to start preparing your vehicles for hunting season. It’s a good idea to clean the undercarriage before heading to the woods because, other-wise, you might be giving noxious weeds a free ride to your hunting ground. Once they take hold, weeds can overrun the grass at your favorite No Tellum Ridge.

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Sponsored content: Ready to sell? Consider this

Your property is a big asset, probably the largest, according to Earl Musick, owner broker, United Country Real Estate in Grangeville, so when you are ready to sell it, here are a few things to consider.

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Sponsored content: All Auctions should be online

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Tuesday, August 16

Sponsored content: Occupational therapy helps to optimize independence

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Wednesday, August 10


First GHS soccer squad takes the field

It’s soccer season. Soccer practice started statewide on Monday, Aug. 8, and a 6 a.m. session at Grangeville High School marked the first time the Bulldogs have taken the field for this sport.

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St. Mary’s Hospital plans 17th Annual golf scramble; Soccer sign-ups set; GEMS football sign-ups open; Jakes Day set Aug. 14; GHS v-ball practice set to begin Aug. 12; Soccer teams to play first games Aug. 20; Football season opens Aug. 26 at Moscow.

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County proposed budget up

The amount of property tax Idaho County requires to pay public expenses is going up, but the commission’s decision isn’t expected to make a big change to the rate most homeowners pay. “A good portion of the increase is due to bad people,” commissioner Skip Brandt said, noting that a new murder trial for Mark Lankford has been budgeted in, as have changes in the county’s adult probation, public defense and jail systems.

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White Bird News: Council to gather Aug. 10

It’s kinda quiet down in our little canyon this week. We are in our last days of summer and it’s still pretty warm. Many have probably smelled the smoke in the air, either from the forest fires or it’s your neighbor’s BBQ! Did you get an invite? School will be starting on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Grangeville and in Riggins it will be on Aug. 30. Hard to believe – where did our summer go!!

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Wildfires kept in check

Initial attack quelled several new fires in the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch fire zone last weekend, and the 2,400-acre Cedar Fire forced new closures in the deep woods 11 miles south of the Powell Ranger Station.

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Second large crane arrives for work on Manning bridge

As work on the Manning Crevice Bridge continues, a second large crane arrived last week by way of Burgdorf and micropiles that form a key part of the base were finished. On top of the micropiles, a 20-foot tall concrete abutment will eventually be constructed, and on top of the abutment, a 75-foot tall steel tower will eventually be placed.

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Flight’s Next Generation

Johnny Stewart gives basic aviation instruction to Drake Turner, Asotin, Leighton Skinner, Clarkston, and Joseph Raff, Kooskia. Stewart advised what parts of his 1955 Cessna 170 operated specific functions when flying an aircraft. The lesson was given prior to a 20-minute flight during the Kamiah Fly-in Saturday, July 30.

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Magistrate post draws applicants

Two Grangeville attorneys are in the running for a vacant magistrate judge position in Lewis County. Daren Fales and Victoria Olds are both private practice attorneys.

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Elk City celebrates endurance at event; vets to be honored

Healing and hope, two themes fitting for the year Elk City has had following the landslide, will be presented in a program honoring veterans by Linda Lanier. Lanier of Darby, Mont., will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Elk City School gymnasium. Elk City Days “Surviving the Slide” will be hosted Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13.

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That Kooskia Smile

A string of rodeo flag bearers provided welcome smiles during Saturday’s Aug. 6 Kooskia Days parade. Here, carrying the flag for the Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association is Roberta Dutcher Paul of Kooskia.

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Commission OKs natural resource plan at meeting

Nearly three months after its first public comment period ended, and after several rounds of editing, the Idaho County Commission adopted a new natural resource plan at the board’s regular meeting Aug. 9. The plan stakes out the county’s position on numerous land management issues, and is intended for use by project planners at other levels of government.

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City denying public input on public park

Kooskia city council meetings, where city business is conducted every second Wednesday of the month starting at 6 p.m., are open to the public – but not the part of the meetings where the mayor and council are discussing a new ordinance for Kooskia City Park designed to prohibit volleyball play on the grass.

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Snowhaven ended season in black

Winter sports may not be on your agenda, but the upcoming season is already on the minds for planners with Snowhaven Ski Area. The city-owned facility heads into the 2016-17 season after a good snow year that left the hill in the black for the first time in a few years.

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Community Briefs - Aug. 10, 2016

Central Idaho Quilt Guild will once again present their annual quilt show during the Kamiah BBQ Days on Sept. 3 and 4. The quilts will be set up at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church located on the corner of Idaho and 7th streets in Kamiah. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Sunday.

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Idaho County school registrations scheduled

Clearwater Valley Junior/Senior High and Clearwater Valley Elementary schools KOOSKIA – Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School will register seniors Monday, Aug. 15, 8 to 10 a.m., and juniors 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sophomores will register from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and freshmen from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will register from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Four vie for Idaho County Fair queen honors

Four young ladies will vie for the position of 2017 Idaho County Fair Queen at the crowning event set to take place Friday night, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., at the Arena Building. This year’s candidates are Kally Arnzen of Grangeville, Selena Davila of Cottonwood, Chaye Uptmor of Keuterville and Tiffany Sonnen of Greencreek.

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Raspberry Festival Fun

Slinky the Clown interacts with visitors as he produces a balloon animal. Slinky entertained guests at the carnival section of the Raspberry Festival at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Aug. 8.

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Cottonwood News: Holy Cross Church burglarized

It rained on the Raspberry Festival on Sunday, but a lot of people stayed around anyway. Some came after the rain. The art show was a popular event for the first time this year. Local artists were invited to show off their work. The sisters work very hard to make everyone feel welcome.

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TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News: Aug. 10 2016

•COTTONWOOD – Months after the last inmate escaped from Cottonwood North Idaho Correctional Institute, a deterrent fence is being built. According to NICI Warden Jim Rehder, the materials were delivered to the minimum security facility July 31 and work is currently under way to place fence posts and mesh wire.

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Elk City News: Town celebration starts Friday

Well, Elk City Days is finally almost here! The grand marshals are none other than Bob and Jackie Mackie. For those of you who are new to the community, Bob and Jackie have been here for many years.

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Riggins News: Spickelmires recognized as volunteers

Kudos to “Miss Susan” Hollenbeak, Riggins City Librarian and Summer Reading Program Lady, for another successful Summer Reading program. Randy and Ronda Spickelmire were acknowledged by the Riggins City Council as July’s Community Volunteers for their community volunteer spirit. They offer a huge amount of help with the annual Hot Summer Nights event by organizing and working in the Beer Garden as well as other things in our community, including their many years of service on the Salmon River Cowboys Association. Mary Lou Hirst, Hot Summer Night organizer is especially thankful, saying, “Their love of family, community, and fun shines through in all they do while still working hard. They do everything from ordering to setup in the Park, organizing volunteers to man the Beer Garden the two days and hauling ice.

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New provider joins Syringa team

“I grew up in a small town, much the size of Grangeville, and this is the type of area I wanted to practice in. My family loves it here,” said Brett Johnson, DO (doctor of osteopathy). Dr. Johnson started at Syringa Hospital and Clinics just more than a week ago. He has been busy since in the clinic and emergency room.

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Thursday, August 4

Falling numbers diminish wheat crop

Idaho County farmers who were frustrated at the already poor wheat markets are now shaking their heads in dismay over further losses. “Now we’re seeing widespread poor falling numbers,” Brian Lorentz said. “The majority of what we’ve seen now has poor falling numbers.”

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Wednesday, August 3

O-Mok-See Winners

The Triple Bar Drill Team’s July 31 O-Mok-See awarded 13 results across several age groups: nine and younger, Kira Bentley (first) and Lara Barnard; 10-12, Tyler Leaton (first) and Elli Klapprich; 13-15, Kaylee Page (first) and Larry Leaton; 16-19, Rachel Kelley (first); 20 and older women, Taylor McColloch (first) and Stephanie Bentley; 20 and older men, Dennis Robinson. The group also named Queen Kaylee Page, First Princess Kayliana Shaw and Second Princess Brittany Benavidez.

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Big game hunting prospects look strong

Idaho’s fall hunting season is likely to be outstanding. Coming on the heels of an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk, hunting this fall should be similar to last year.

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Brown off to Weber State on track scholarship

Alongside other 2016ers, Madison Brown had boosted the girls volleyball and basketball programs’ high expectations from the time she was a freshman, but her capstone season came to an abrupt end when her knee gave way after she went to block an opponent’s shot last winter.

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Krush wins seventh, lead league

The Kooskia Krush crushed their way to a 7-0 record in the adult co-ed city softball league with a key win over previously undefeated Brew Crew on Monday night, Aug. 1.

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Football parents meeting set; Sports physicals on offer Aug. 3, Aug. 4; GHS v-ball practice set to begin Aug. 12; Jakes Day set Aug. 14; Luman Memorial golf tourney starts Friday; Swimmers hold mile swim fund-raiser; Bull Bash scheduled Sept. 4 at Kamiah; Rapid River Hatchery closed until July 2017.

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Crosby to perform Thursday concert

The final performance in the Free Summer Concert Series will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. Country musician Josh Crosby of Kooskia will perform with some members of his band.

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‘Grandma Norma’ to lead Kooskia Days parade

Known by “Grandma Norma” by many, Norma Brandt hasn’t moved more than 10 miles from her birthplace. And she’s quite content with that. The 86-year-old will serve as Kooskia Days grand marshal, leading the parade Aug. 6.

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Unrelated accidents claim lives of two Kamiah men

Unrelated accidents claimed the lives of two Kamiah residents last week. Edward D. Schippmann, 57, died of injuries suffered as the result of a motorcycle accident last Friday afternoon, July 29, along State Highway 13. Jonathan M. Leach, 30, died of injuries suffered in an equipment accident at Kooskia last Thursday afternoon, July 28.

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Keepin’ It Together

Rough Riders 4-H Club (an all girls club this year) spent some time playing the “Dolly Parton Game” at their 4-H meeting in July. Members wore various sized bras outside of their clothing and placed water balloons in the cups. They then either ran on foot or trotted on their horses, seeing who could keep their balloons intact. The result was a giggling mess. Micaela Farris tries to adjust her strapless bra while Bella Klapprich gets some strap help from Kortney Sims.

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Godwin gets 15-25 for 2014 murder of Kyle Anderson

Jason Andrew Godwin, Sr., will serve the next decade and a half in prison for the 2014 murder of Kyle A. Anderson. Godwin, 51, was sentenced Monday, Aug. 1, by District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice to serve a 15-to 25-year sentence with the Idaho Department of Correction: a fixed 15-year incarceration, during which he would not be eligible for parole or sentence reduction for good behavior, followed by an indeterminate 10 years. Godwin was also assessed a $5,000 civil judgment in favor of Anderson’s children, and credited for time he has served since his 2014 arrest.

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Harvest begins, outlook bountiful for producers

Between smoke from fires in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana, and the clouds of dust and debris kicked up by Idaho County farmers, the skies had a yellow haze this weekend. This is a clear indication that harvest has begun for Idaho County farmers.

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Distinguished Presentation

As the 2017 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie, Marissa Kennedy gave her presentation about the five elements of the “Be Your Best Self” platform, “Be Healthy, Be Ambitious, Be Involved, Be Responsible and Be Studious," using the acronym “HAIRS” as an easy way to remember all five. She presented “Be Your Best Self” to a group of students who were gathered for the end of summer school celebration. She handed out goody bags with a reminder card about the “Be Your Best Self” platform.

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Forest Service gates are unconstitutional

Forest Service gates placed in the forest are unconstitutional, according to the words of Sandra Day O’Connor in New York v. United States. “…how can a federal statute be found an unconstitutional infringement of state sovereignty when state officials consented to the statute’s enactment?”

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70 Years Strong

Members of Grangeville American Legion Post 37 recently visited Wayne MacGregor at his home in Grangeville to present him with a certificate honoring his 70 continuous years of membership in the American Legion. Making the presentation were Don Owen, Post Commander, Dick Seay, John Nida, Adjutant and Morris Bentley, Service Officer.

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Brown Bag 2016: Author to present thoughts of 1860s miner from recent book

After taking 2015 to deal with a leaky pipe repair, the Bicentennial Historical Museum is back on track to offer Brown Bag Sessions. Sessions will be held Wednesdays at the museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these no-cost historical presentations and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch.

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Selway Road work is in beginning stages

Road construction on Selway Road 223 on the Moose Creek Ranger District started Monday, Aug. 1. Debco Construction of Orofino will recondition the roadbed, apply new gravel, construct retaining walls and perform bridge work at Nineteen Mile Creek and Gedney Creek from milepost 6.78 to 19.45.

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Interactive health fair on tap for Aug. 18

The Partnership for Healthy Communities (a coalition of six health systems and two county service agencies) will be hosting an Interactive Health Fair Thursday, Aug. 18, from 1-5 p.m., at the Cottonwood Community Hall. The event is specifically set during the Idaho County Fair week with the hope of engaging as many fair attendees in the event as possible.

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Mind ‘no parking’ at fair this year

In order to save the work already accomplished, provide for the safety of our motoring public, and to prepare for the next phase of projects, there will be no parking on East Street in Cottonwood during the Idaho County Fair (Aug. 15-20). The area will be from the intersection of Foster and East north to the intersection of Butler and East.

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Boise man charged with manslaughter for 2014 vehicle accident

Misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Boise man in connection with a 2014 vehicle accident that claimed the life of his girlfriend and her 2-year-old son. Boone Hallmark, 31, was to be arraigned yesterday, Aug. 2, in magistrate court on two counts of vehicular manslaughter.

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Riggins resort tax benefits FY17 budget

Riggins City Council will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 to review proposed fiscal year 2017 budgets and hear public comments prior to the deliberation and adoption. The city will also consider new and increased fees at the hearing in the council chambers, 126 North Main Street in Riggins.

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Investigation into Kooskia fire cause

The Clear Creek Fire, which sprung up last Thursday afternoon, remains under investigation as to its cause and under patrol and mop-up on account of there still being a few hot spots in the 457-acre burned area between Leitch Creek and Clear Creek.

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Larceny, simple assault the top offenses

Did someone walk off with some of your personal property last year? Larceny was the top reported offense in Idaho County for 2015, according to Idaho State Police statistics released in July in its annual Crime in Idaho report.

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Mid-afternoon fire in Cottonwood snuffed

A midafternoon structure fire Tuesday, Aug. 2, resulted in minimal damage on Cottonwood’s Main Street. A wooden stage in the former Royal Room courtyard is believed to have been set ablaze by human hand, though arson is not suspected.

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Tolo Lake Panorama

Sam Sturmer and Alissa Sprute of Grangeville sit on the dock at Tolo Lake watching the sun set on a recent evening in this panorama photo.

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Organization News

- Pioneer Senior Citizens - 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club - Crazy Critters 4-H Club - Grangeville Senior Citizens

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Horse show draws 34 participants

The 2016 Idaho County 4-H Horse Show was held Saturday, July 30, at the Grangeville Border Days Arena. Thirty-four 4-H members participated in the show to complete their 4-H project. Judges for the show were Shyla Lisenbee of Farmington, Wash., and Megan Hoffman of Lewiston. Lennie Bentz of Craigmont was the Trail Class judge.

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TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News

•Approximately 1,700 lightning strikes pounded north-central Idaho last Thursday and Friday resulting in numerous fires on state and Forest Service lands. Fire danger currently is very high in the river canyons and high over the remainder of the forests.

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Elk City News: Celebration is next week

Don’t forget the Volunteer Fire Department meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Forest Service meeting room. They are looking for volunteers to help out and become a part of this very important and needful organization.

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Riggins News: Bingo! Play this Friday night, Aug. 5

The Salmon River Senior Citizens Bingo Night is this Friday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. Bingo is open to the general public; you do not have to be a senior citizen to play…just 18 or older. Cash prizes will be awarded. Refreshments are free.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Kooskia Days: the weekend’s big news

This is the weekend you have been waiting for since this weekend last year. Kooskia Days! The fun begins on Friday and ends on Sunday just chocked full of fun and activities for the entire family. A parade, fun run, ball game, race car construction, a breakfast on Saturday, Show and Shine car show, chicken poop Bingo, duck race, variety show, beer garden, Grand Prix Derby auto race, carnival and at noon on Saturday a live auction sponsored by Tahoe QRU, a group real close to my heart, and food of every kind, and the piece de resistance...a hot dog eating contest.

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Lorentz opens new Massage Boutique

Had a hard day’s work? Stressed to the hilt? A massage and some beauty treatments are in order, and it just got easier to fit into your busy schedule. Megan Lorentz has opened The Massage Boutique at 402 King Street, Suite B, in Cottonwood (the old Simmons building-next to Riener’s Groceries and Purses Galore).

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Faith Briefs - Aug. 3, 2016

Cornerstone Christian Learning Center, an outreach of the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, is now accepting registration for preschool and kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year. School starts Tuesday, Sept. 6. For information call Mary Bales at 899-2962 or 983-0029. Registration packets can also be picked up at the church, 515 W. N. 2nd Street.

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Local MOPS fair set for Aug. 17

Local moms are invited to a Mom Fair Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Real Life Grangeville, 1005 Highway 13. “This is a chance to connect with other moms and community resources,” explained Sarah Musick, organizer.

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Kooskia Days activity: AWANA Grand Prix is Aug. 6

Kooskia Days means it’s time again for the AWANA Grand Prix. For the sixth year, Valley Bible Church of Kooskia is sponsoring the event Aug. 5-6. Children ages 4 to 14 can build their cars from pre-cut pine blocks into the racer of their dreams with the help volunteers.

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Community briefs - Aug. 3, 2016

Operation Homefront will offer the Back-to-School Brigade to military families. This will offer school supplies at no cost to families of those parents serving in the military as well as U.S. service veterans. Priority will be given to recipients of deployed, active/Guard/Reserve, ranks E1-E6, or all ranks of Post 9/11 veterans wounded, ill or injured. Supplies will be available at the Grangeville National Guard Armory, 105 E. North 4th Street, Aug. 9 through 11, 3 to 6 p.m. each of those days. For questions call Lacy Alm at 507-1740 or e-mail Additional distribution times may be available by calling Alm.

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SH14 landslide won’t stop annual event

Elk City plans to celebrate “Surviving the Slide” at its 2016 Elk City Days Aug. 12 and 13. Access to Elk City was cut off Feb. 18 after a landslide closed a section of State Highway 14 near Moose Creek. A week later, on Feb. 24, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter declared a state disaster emergency for Idaho County.

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County to take full 3 percent tax levy for FY2017 budget

The Idaho County Commissioners aimed to extend the run of eight years without an increase in the overall levy amount – but even after cutting $140,000 from the amount requested by department heads and even after balancing another $277,000 in “cash forward,” they approved $89,000 in additional taxes during their regular public meeting Aug. 2. That bumps the total amount to be levied during the coming fiscal year by 3 percent – the maximum increase allowed under state law – to $2,956,000.

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Daisy Dreams

Saturday, July 16, brought bright blue skies mid-day which was the perfect backdrop against the daisies and weeds at the edge of a wheat field outside Grangeville at Lukes Gulch and Fairview roads.

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