Stories for December 2016


Wednesday, December 28

Dam comments now due Feb. 7

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration are extending the public scoping comment period for the Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by three weeks. The previous comment period deadline, Jan. 17, 2017, is extended to Feb. 7.

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Bulldogs thunder S-R girls; Savages take two at Highland

Each team put two perimeter players in double-digits on Dec. 20, and while Grangeville’s duo of Paige Lindsley (17 points) and McKenzie Kennedy (16) outscored Salmon River’s Maddy Tucker (14) and Chevelle Shepherd (13), GHS dominated inside and won by 20, 53-33.

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Hausladen, squad amping up

The Grangeville High cheer squad is amping up, and sophomore Jillian Hausladen, daughter of first-year coach Renita Lee, is in the thick of it.

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USFS’s Couch honored with award

Courtney Couch, Fire Prevention Specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, is the recipient of the 2016 Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Award. Couch was recommended by her peers and formally nominated by Northern Regional Forester Leanne Marten to receive the prestigious national award.

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Led by Maker’s Hand

For those who have a faith strongly rooted in religious studies, there are times when the hand of providence can be felt or seen. Jim Chmelik believes this couldn’t be more physically evident than in a wood table sitting in his Cottonwood shop.

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Idaho ranks fifth in volunteerism

Idaho ranks fifth in the nation in volunteering, according to the latest report on volunteerism by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Idahoans leading in volunteer service

The quiet service and giving spirit of Idahoans are among the many blessings I am counting this holiday season. A recently released study from the Corporation for Community and National Service (CNCS) further confirmed the prevalent service in Idaho communities concluding that Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for volunteer service.

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Fix health insurance marketplace

Word on the street: Some Idaho lawmakers want more health insurance regulations after consumer complaints about new, exorbitant out-of-network costs and the failure of some companies to pay claims. A real solution: Legislators in Idaho and elsewhere should remove insurance regulatory hurdles, including coverage mandates and market barriers.

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Observations on district’s use of force policy

The framework of a “use of force” policy continues to be shaped by trustees for Mountain View School District 244. The outcome is inevitable: A policy will be formed, no question about it. But the form it will take is still shadowy at best at this point. Two things we’ve observed through this process, now more than a year in the works.

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Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set Jan. 4

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Jan. 4, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. All are welcome. Call 926-7776.

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Cottonwood approves ordinance for airport

After months of discussion on plans to prevent and cope with chemical spills at the Cottonwood Municipal Airport, the city council finally passed an ordinance at its Monday, Dec. 12, meeting. The ordinance outlines fueling procedures, liability and permit requirements.

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Taking care on ‘big step’

“If the [firearms[ policy were to come to a vote tonight, I could not support it,” said Mountain View School District 244 trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville. Harris spoke about the MVSD 244 Use of Force Policy that had its third reading at the Dec. 19 school board meeting.

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TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News: Dec. 28, 2016

•The Grangeville Bull Dogs won the championship of the invitational tournament held here last week end by defeating Kamiah, Cottonwood and Kooskia, while Kamiah went into a second half scoring spree Saturday night to win over Stites and clinching the consolation honors of the tourney in the preliminary.

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Books, crafts with Santa

Santa was a special guest visitor at Grangeville Centennial Library’s story hour Wednesday, Dec. 21. He read stories to about 20 children and also made a surprise visit to a crowded Crema Café next door.

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Riggins News: Town lighting winners named

My last Sweet 16 quote of the year is actually a fun project for 2017 as well: “Why not start the New Year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen throughout the year. Then, New Year’s Eve, empty the jar and see what awesome stuff happened throughout the year.”

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Cottonwood News: Alumni basketball games set for Thursday

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you are having a great week with family and friends. I can’t believe how the snow just keeps piling up. The trees are beautiful with snow on the branches. The road crews have been busy working to keep the roads clear. Don’t forget to thank them for their tireless effort. Many of them are out there during the night so we can get where we want to go in the morning. Good job, guys!

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Clearwater Valley News: Talent great at Christmas show

As I write this, I’m still high from watching the Kooskia Opera House’s Christmas variety show. The joyful buzz as we entered the Kooskia Opera House, the women dressed in sparkling holiday dresses, the festive decorations, and the audience sing-alongs of familiar tunes all got me in the Christmas spirit.

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In the News Briefs: Dec. 28, 2016

The American Red Cross has upcoming blood donation opportunities in the following area communities: •Grangeville: Thursday, Jan. 5, Idaho National Guard Armory, 105 NE 4th Street, noon-5:45 p.m.

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A Royal Affair

Pictured (L-R) are Grangeville Border Days princess Micaela Farris, Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation resident Doris Drake and administrator JR Burt Nov. 17 at GHR. More than 150 residents and guests were served for the facility’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.

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Thursday, December 22


Sponsored content: Integrity comes first

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What is Chiropractic?

“Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the cause of the physical problem, rather than just treating the symptoms,” said Dr. James Haug of Haug Chiropractic.

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Sponsored content: Why is your battery always dead?

“There are many reasons why your car battery could be dead,” Extreme Auto automotive and diesel expert Gerad Poxleitner said. “The first and most obvious reason is your battery could be old.”

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Sponsored content: Winter landscape care

Don’t let winter keep you from caring for your landscape, as snow and other factors can play havoc otherwise.

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Wednesday, December 21

Wild Ride

After riding 17 miles on the sixth day of his ride from Pittsburg Landing to Nez Perce Pass late last summer, Brad Arnzen of Grangeville and some of his close friends made camp at the high place that divides Salmon River country from the Selway.

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Christmas past: A glimpse at former letters to Santa

Soon the Free Press will present its annual “Letters to Santa” section. Readers look forward to the fun-filled and sometimes lengthy lists as well as the other details second and third graders from throughout the county offer up to Santa Claus.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

S-R tops Nezperce

The Salmon River girls came into the week unranked in the poll, fourth in the statewide media poll and fifth in the coaches poll — and Nezperce traveled to Riggins last Saturday as the media’s No. 1, the Idaho Sports No. 2 and the coaches’ No. 2.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Prairie rips Clearwater Valley

After taking their first loss of the season Saturday, Dec. 17, 59-38 at Lapwai, the Pirates hammered Clearwater Valley 74-29 on Monday night, Dec. 19.

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Our life doesn’t belong to ourselves, to do with what we want

In regard to the full-page ad on the last page, in section A, of the Dec. 14 Free Press entitled, “No matter what, Never Give Up, keep going.” Though we may tell ourselves differently, our life does not belong to ourselves to do with it whatever we want to do—up to, and including, the extreme step of ending our life.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

No veteran should face homelessness

No veteran who has served our nation should return home to face homelessness, but yet it is happening. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports there were 49,933 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2014.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Why I want a ‘perfect’ Christmas

I pretty much lived an idyllic childhood. Every holiday, every milestone, every event was special. I have to be careful, as an adult, that I don’t let my childhood ruin Christmas for me.

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Song Of Good News

Sts. Peter and Paul School students put on their annual program Thursday, Dec. 15. The first through fourth grade put on the play “A Baby is Born,” directed by teachers Amber VanGunten and Jenna Murdock. Here, the Angel Gabriel (Ruby Willis) announces the Good News during performance practice Thursday morning.

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White Bird City continues talks on water issues

The bulk of the two-hour White Bird City Council meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14 centered on moving forward with upgrades to the city’s wastewater system. Kelly Dahlquist, community development specialist with Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA), met with council members to discuss planning for the future.

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Keeping the water flowing

“When it gets below 20 or 15 degrees,” he said, it’s important to ensure water remains circulating. Otherwise, pipes will freeze; the last time this happened, the fountain was off for three months until it was warm enough to thaw and resume operations.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

‘Drive sober’

Idaho County law enforcement will be conducting impaired driving emphasis patrols through the holidays as part of a nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Deputies with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office have been allotted extra hours to go out and look for impaired drivers, who will include those who have put themselves and others on the roads at risk through both alcohol and narcotics use.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

More dams a need says commission

In light of a federal agency’s move to reevaluate the Columbia River System dams, the Idaho County Commission sent the agency – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – a letter suggesting the addition of more dams like those along the Snake River.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Best of Both Worlds

Though Christmas Eve isn’t until this coming Saturday, Dec. 24, the Kazella family has already had a visit from St. Nicholas, or “Szent Mikulas.” “In Hungary, children leave their shoes in the windowsill on Dec. 5, and when they wake up on 6th, their shoes are filled with treats – candy and small toys,” explained Ildi Kazella.

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Dec. 12 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Shirley Crane; free dinner, Kathy Straw

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Holiday Happenings: Dec. 21, 2016

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cottonwood will be having a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m., featuring a Christmas cantata performed by the Whispering Pines Choir. Light refreshments to follow and all are welcome.

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Community Briefs: Dec. 21, 2016

Friends of the Grangeville Centennial Library will host their next public meeting at the library Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m. Interested community members are invited to attend and participate in this organization.

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Conversations With Santa

The annual Breakfast with Santa at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene brought in more than 30 kids to eat, do crafts and have their picture taken with Santa Claus (Fred Smith of Mt. Idaho). Here, Sierra and Cash Turner take a turn on Santa’s lap Saturday, Dec. 17, at the church.

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Cards? Letters? Photos? County residents weigh in on what they like for Christmas mail

“Hello. My name is Lorie Palmer and I like to write Christmas letters.” That’s right, form Christmas letters that I copy and send to 50 people. These letters give all the highlights of our family’s year, as well as the struggles we have gone through. They are filled with photos of us as well as our pets. These letters may very well be the only correspondence I send to friends and family members-afar each year.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Clearwater Valley News: Stores open for last-minute needs

Do you believe it’s only the first day of winter? Happy winter solstice! From Latin “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (stop), it is the day that the sun appears to stop moving across the sky. People around the world have celebrated it for thousands of years on this shortest day of the year, traditionally with singing, dancing, feasting and bonfires. So light a fire in your fire pit, or a candle or just sit by your woodstove with food and drink and welcome the return of the light and longer days.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins News: School out today for holidays

My Sweet 16 quote for this week is “I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” May you all have a wonderful, glorious Christmas with family and friends.

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In the News Briefs - Dec. 21, 2016

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is seeking volunteer interpreters-translators. Those speaking Spanish are preferred, and other language offerings, as well as sign language, interpreters are welcome. ICSO will be developing a list to draw from when translator needs arise.

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4 Weeks of Christmas: Grand Prize Winner

Rebecca Warden of Grangeville is the grand-prize winner for the “4 Weeks of Christmas” holiday showcase. She is pictured here (right) with Lindsley’s Home Furnishings employee Darlene Key. Warden won $1,500 in furniture, flooring or television from Lindsley’s.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

4 Weeks of Christmas:  Week Four Winner

Derek Wynn of Grangeville is the week-four winner of the “4 Weeks of Christmas” holiday showcase. He is pictured here (right) with Bud’s PowerSports of Cottonwood owner John Law. Wynn won a $500 gift card from Bud’s.

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Monday, December 19


Storm systems bring gusty winds, snow

The National Weather Service Missoula office forecasts by Tuesday, Dec. 20, a moist system from the Pacific will bring abundant mountain snow, intense at times with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Heavy snow and windy conditions are forecast to continue into Tuesday, with strong south winds in Grangeville into the Camas Prairie resulting in reduced visibility – less than a quarter-mile – and treacherous travel conditions.

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Friday, December 16

Lapwai routs Prairie

It wasn't Lapwai's A-game, Wildcats coach Eric Spencer told the Free Press after his squad's 84-69 win at Prairie Friday night, because for a stretch of the fourth quarter, his girls simply did not play as well as they had earlier in the contest.

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Wednesday, December 14

Morning collision at Irwin Drug sends one to hospital

An elderly woman was transported to Syringa Hospital after a vehicle crash at Irwin Drug on South State Street this morning, Dec. 14, in Grangeville. Grangeville Police Department is investigating. The cause was unknown as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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Kennedy keeps up win streak

“We were ready for them,” GHS senior McKenzie Kennedy said of Grangeville’s lopsided win over Orofino on the first night of Central Idaho League play. “They started shooting better, so we manned up and did a great job of stopping them.”

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Defense, two double-doubles lift GHS in league opener

Having trailed the visiting Maniacs 17-14 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs made an adjustment against Orofino’s hot shooting and went on to win the Central Idaho League girls basketball opener 73-25 Thursday night, Dec. 8.

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Grangeville boys overpower Vandals, Rams

The visiting Vandals trailed 14-0 and the Bulldogs went on to win 67-42 Tuesday night at GHS. After the game, Grangeville coach Kelcey Edwards said his players all hit goals they set before the Dec. 6 contest: rebounding for the forwards, assists for the guards.

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IDFG funding haystack enclosures

Fish and Game has long had a special fund to pay farmers and ranchers for crop loss, and it also provides temporary or permanent fencing materials to protect haystacks, but this year it went one step further and helped build permanent enclosures to protect haystacks.

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Poaching charges filed

While following up on a barking dog complaint on Spotted Eagle Lane Dec. 7 in Kooskia, Idaho County deputies Sam AuGello and Craig Hoodman observed several untagged deer and a partial elk hanging in the barn.

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Snow grooming begins

The Salmon River and Red River Ranger Districts are grooming snow trails for both horse-powered and people-powered winter recreation.

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Tire Guy rolls into Cottonwood

Recent changes in a Cottonwood business mainstay are obvious as you drive west along Main Street. Nuxoll Shell Service, owned by Don Nuxoll, was sold to Ryan Uhlenkott, and The Tire Guy opened Nov. 1.

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People In Action

Mary Beth Meyers and Julie Bentley and (not pictured) Kathy Parsells were on hand Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Idaho County Veterans Community Outreach Center in Grangeville to deliver the annual Marine Reserve Toys for Tots.

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USDA microloans for small needs

These “farm operating microloans” can be used for tools, equipment, livestock, seed, fertilizer, utilities, even marketing, distribution and certification expenditures. But unlike conventional FSA farm operating loans, the microloan offers a simplified application process, and eligibility requirements have been modified to recognize new and smaller operations.

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It's Your Business: Pet pics a success; Kid’s Quilt Camp set for Dec. 19

Dori Dixon, Melinda Hall, Mary Ann Davidson and Karen Cox of Animal Ark Lost and Found would like to thank all those who showed Saturday, Dec. 3, for Pets and Kids Pictures with Santa. They would also like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Santa, Primeland Country Store for letting them have the pictures taken there, One Hour Photo (Toni Baker for taking photos and Robert Nida for developing them), and Sue Kutner from The Gallery for matting the pictures.

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On grazing cover crops

Planting cover crops as a rotational crop to improve soil health has gained a great deal of momentum across the country. The farmers in the upper mid-West have been the leaders in adopting this practice. In addition to improving soil health, cover crops are providing an excellent forage source for cattle producers.

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Third volume of ‘Our Story’ announced; submissions invited

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude has announced an upcoming third volume to “Our Story,” the collection of first-person histories that celebrates local families and their ancestors’ lives in the Cottonwood, Keuterville, Greencreek, Ferdinand, and Salmon River areas.

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November marks 10-year anniversary of Riggins deconsolidation

It was a divisive decision at the time, with some voters worried about the stability of an independent Riggins school district. Ten years ago, voters went to the polls and chose to deconsolidate Joint School District 241, which had been in place for 58 years.

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Community Briefs - Dec. 14, 2016

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Dec. 21, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church.

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Convoluted county ordinance getting rewrite

During the decade before the Idaho County Commission made some changes in how the county handles subdivisions, the county had been processing new subdivisions almost every year. Since adding a “procedure for property division approval” in 2010, only one new subdivision has come before the board.

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Sounds Of The Season

Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Activities Director Amy Farris planned a tree lighting event at the facility for Friday evening, Dec. 9. Residents and visitors enjoyed the lighting of the patio as well as music by Kelly, Susan and Jerry Johnson, hot cocoa and visiting. Assistant activities director Marilyn Deardorff spent time singing and dancing with delighted residents, as well.

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Mammoth Bucks

Are you having a difficult time thinking of a Christmas gift for your employees? Grandpa? Your favorite neighbor? Look no further. Mammoth Bucks are here.

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Cottonwood chief committed to community

There’s an old adage: looks can be deceiving. Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran has the stocky build which elicits a sense of power, authority and even an audacious manner. Cochran is completely OK with that. One might even say he welcomes that belief.

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Break-ins tied to Clarkston women

Two women connected to a string of burglaries in Benewah County have confessed to committing four similar break-ins in Idaho County. Charges are pending completion of all reports.

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Survey says ...

Results from a city-wide survey conducted this spring will be presented at Monday’s Grangeville City Council meeting. Pending its approval of results, the council is being recommended to subsequent actions to disseminate and discuss survey results with the public, and follow up on comments and areas of recommended improvement, strategic planning and follow-up.

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Landfill talks continue

To advance a new five-county landfill, Idaho County may sink $500,000 from general fund reserves and be repaid one ton at a time, out of the tipping fees that will fund operation of a facility to be constructed near Council, Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt told the Free Press Monday, Dec. 12.

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Bazaar Shopping

It was again a full house at the Grangeville Elementary Middle School craft fair and luncheon as more than 70 vendors and a plethora of attendees. Those who came to the event were able to purchase a variety of handmade crafts and gifts as well as food, baked items, coffee, candles, decorations and more.

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White Bird News: Christmas parade set for this Saturday

We have snow in our little town and as one resident was heard saying, “we have to all learn how to use a snow shovel again.” It is becoming wintery out there, so take the time to watch out for others, slow down a bit, and give yourselves extra time if you have to travel somewhere.

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Give all Idahoans a raise in 2017

During the last five years, Gov. Butch Otter and the legislature have raised taxes and increased the size of the state budget by a third. And it sounds like Otter is gearing up for a repeat in the 2017 session. He recently told a crowd that he has no plans to propose tax relief. Willing to listen to ideas, yes. But that’s about it. That’s not the conservative leadership Otter promised when he was first elected governor in 2006.

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Dolores VonBargen opened the Dec. 6 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance

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Elk City News: Christmas program is tonight

Don’t forget the Elk City School and Reach Club Christmas program is tonight at 6 p.m. There will be a dinner of meat, potatoes, gravy and rolls provided by the Reach Club. The community is encouraged to bring side dishes or desserts. A Christmas program of puppets, singing and possibly even a visit by Santa will follow the dinner! Hope you all can be there.

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Cottonwood Christmas Magic

(Top) Area children had the opportunity to tell Santa their Christmas wishes following the Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 11. Residents were treated to hot cocoa, hot dogs and visits with Santa at the Cottonwood Volunteer & Rural Fire Department station on Main Street while (above) members of the Cottonwood Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4902 participate in the parade.

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In The News Briefs - Dec. 14, 2016

An equipment failure resulted in a seven-hour outage for Avista customers in the Kooskia area last Saturday, Dec. 10. An Avista spokesman said 466 customers were affected, starting at 9:43 a.m., due to a breaker problem at the substation in the Kooskia area.

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Thursday, December 8

Wrestlers compete in Cottonwood

Prairie will host that school's only home wrestling event of the season starting at 5 p.m., and tonight's dual will mark the first Central Idaho League event of the season. Clearwater Valley/Kamiah co-op and Grangeville wrestlers will be competing, as will Orofino and Potlatch. Elsewhere, in girls basketball action, tonight holds the Grangeville league opener, a cross-county contest with Prairie at Kamiah and, perhaps, CV's first win of the season. In boys basketball action, Grangeville visits Clearwater Valley and Prairie travels to Troy.

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Wednesday, December 7

Series of snow events begins Thursday night

More snow is on its way for Idaho County in a series of forecasted systems set to start Thursday evening, Dec. 8. Multiple rounds are expected, according to a Dec. 7 video briefing by the National Weather Service Missoula office, with Thursday beginning a four- or five-day period where many valleys will see accumulating snow each day.

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December high school sports schedules, basketball, wrestling and bowling results.

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Sticking Around School

Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA treated kids to a “duct taping celebration” Wednesday, Nov. 30. Students had a goal of raising $10,000 in the all-school fund-raiser; they actually sold more than $15,000 worth of merchandise. Students who sold items had the fun of duct taping GEMS Principal Dr. Susan Anderson and teacher/assistant Brittany Stewart to the gym wall.

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$1M work proposed for bridge

Butcher Creek Bridge on State Highway 13 is being proposed for $1 million in replacement work by the Idaho Transportation Department. This is one of 26 such projects ITD proposes for implementation throughout the state, pending available funding.

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Understanding promise of America

So, the Democrats want to hold the incoming party accountable. They might start by understanding what America is. That America is the opportunity for the individual to achieve their dreams.

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Human experience conveys more meaning than a date

Three-quarters of a century ago, on this date, Dec. 7, Imperial Japanese forces launched a surprise aerial attack on the U.S. Naval facilities at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the event enraged the nation and launched U.S. involvement in World War II. We all know the story. Or do we?

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Community Briefs: Dec. 7, 2016

Grangeville Health and Rehab will hold a tree lighting at its facility (410 East North Second Street) this Friday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Sue Johnson will sing at the event, and hot chocolate will be served. This is the first year for GHS to conduct its own tree lighting event, to allow residents an opportunity to enjoy this who otherwise could not get out to see lights in the community.

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Holiday Happenings - Dec. 7, 2016

Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade is set for Sunday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. Lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot. After the parade, head down to the fire station for the Santa Cabana and enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and hot dogs. Santa will be available for pictures.

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Memorial program honors loved ones; Proceeds go to Syringa Hospice

“I thank you for being here today for a chance to remember those who have made indelible marks on our lives,” said Dr. Danny Griffis. Griffis spoke to the attendees of the 2016 Syringa Hospice Tree of Lights Memorial service at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Sunday, Dec. 4. More than 75 people attended the event which is held each year to honor loved ones who have died.

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Riggins News: Walkers invited to set pace indoor at SRHS

My Sweet 16 quote for this week is about Pearl Harbor which happened 75 years ago today. “Just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just over two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded.

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Aerial game surveys slated

Beginning in early December, Fish and Game staff will be flying to get a closer look at deer numbers, including through low-level helicopter surveys planned throughout the state.

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Crooked River valley reconstruction proceeding to plan

In late October, when heavy machines arrived in Crooked River to start reconstructing the river valley, the Idaho County Commission demanded the Forest Service delay the start of work, which had been in planning since 2012. Among other changes, the project called for removal of most of the so-called “meanders” – the piles that have channeled the river since miners put them in place in olden days. Favorable weather allowed workers to complete a bypass channel before snow set in this week.

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Christmas Luncheon

Seniors and others from throughout the region were treated to a special Christmas luncheon at Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Friday, Dec. 2.

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Faith Briefs - Dec. 7, 2016

Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. N. 2nd Street, will be host to its annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at the church. Children and their families are invited to come for breakfast, a story and photos with Santa Claus.

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Small business consulting available at no cost from Ida-Lew specialist

Ida-Lew Economic Development Specialist Jessaca Austad is adding to her workload. The Grangeville-based businesswoman is becoming certified to serve as the Idaho Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) agent for Idaho and Lewis counties. “It is a job that really complements what Ida-Lew has to offer,” Austad explained. “It’s a very good partnership.”

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Milestone - Birth - Heston James Haight

Chase and Olivia Haight of Kamiah, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Heston James Haight was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. He weighed in at eight pounds, 13 ounces, and was 22 inches in length.

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Sister Mary’s Children fund-raiser a success

Organizers for the first Sister Mary’s Children, Inc, 501(c)3 Non-Profit’s Fund-raiser, held Nov. 5, state it was “an astounding success!” “You contributed $20,000 to benefit the lives of some extra special children!” stated a news release. “It far exceeded our wildest dreams.

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Syringa board approves phase 2 construction bid

Syringa Hospital board of trustees has met, made decisions, gone over reports and worked on the hospital’s strategic plan several times in the past few months. Some news from those meetings includes the following:

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Martin to make first profession Dec. 8

On Thursday, Dec. 8 — Feast of the Immaculate Conception — Karen Martin will make her first monastic profession at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, leaving the novice phase of formation to become a sister of the Benedictine community in Cottonwood. She will make her profession at 1:30 p.m.

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Syringa works on strategic plan

As Syringa Hospital works on its strategic planning process for a CEO transition and possible affiliation with Kootenai Health in 2017, the board met again Nov. 29 with consultant Lorraine Roach of Montana. Roach spent the day going over information with the trustees, administration, department heads and medical staff, brainstorming as well as discussing health care trends and area statistics.

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Andrews take helm of Pleasant View Baptist

Though Mike and Debbie Andrews were literally headed to the other side of the United States in August, God had other plans for the couple. Mike is the new pastor at Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird, replacing Charlie Stefani who recently retired.

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Chair For Rugged Idaho

More than a year ago, Irwin Drug owner Chad Jungert started a fund-raiser to purchase an all-terrain wheelchair for Grangeville High School graduate and avid sportsman Tom McAdow. More than $6,000 was raised and McAdow was able to obtain a new all-around wheelchair as well as a chair rugged enough for hunting and fishing in the backcountry. (L-R) Jungert and McAdow are pictured here in Heritage Square parking lot in front of McAdow’s truck.

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GHS school-wide survey helps with accreditation process

Have you ever felt your opinion didn’t matter? As part of its ongoing accreditation process, Grangeville High School is out to remedy that. Principal Steve Higgins has been going over the results of a recent all-school survey that has included parents, staff and students.

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Winter rec season opens Dec. 10 at Lolo Pass Visitor Center; Hunters reminded to report their results.

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White Bird News: Christmas parade on tap for Dec. 17; no more cribbage tourney results

The snow has fallen and decorations are being put up, so it is beginning to look like Christmas is upon us. Old man winter is here with the temperatures dipping into the single digits. Keep not only yourselves warm, but remember the fur babies; they need help in staying warm too. Hope all the children are figuring out what they want Santa to bring them and are composing their letters. They can be dropped off at city hall and will be read at the Christmas parade Dec. 17.

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Food Bank Donation

The Grangeville High School HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) donated $450 to the Camas Prairie Food Bank Thursday, Dec. 1. Money was raised from the sales of Camas Prairie Shoot-out T-shirts. The group donated half the proceeds to the food bank and will use half the funds for their year’s activities. Pictured (L-R) are HOSA advisor Tracy Baune, Mountain View School District 244 nurse, HOSA vice-president Chloe Dame, HOSA secretary Kaitlynn Spets, HOSA treasurer Sarah Fischer, HOSA president Jillian Stinnett, and Camas Prairie Food Bank volunteers Carlene Whitesell (manager), Bonnie Austin, Pat Matthews and Carol Schmidt.

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Bowing Out

Grangeville’s football squad honored players and coaches during the football banquet last Thursday night, Dec. 1, at GHS.

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Elks Donate To VFW

Grangeville Elks Lodge 1825 donated $2,000 to VFW Post 3520. Funds came through the Elks National Association’s gratitude grant provided to support local, charitable activities. Presenting the check on Dec. 2 were (L-R) Dan Tackett, vice president of the Idaho Elks Association; Eric Jones, Grangeville Elks Lodge trustee; and Chad Miller, commander, VFW Post 3520.

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Tuesday, December 6

Grangeville thumps McCall

The visiting Vandals trailed 14-0 and the Bulldogs went on to win 67-42 Tuesday night at GHS. After the game, Grangeville coach Kelcey Edwards said his players all hit goals they set before the contest: rebounding for the forwards, assists for the guards.

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Saturday, December 3

Friday, December 2

Bulldogs smoke McCall

Everything was in its right place Friday night at GHS, where the hosts won the varsity, JV and C games in lopsided fashion.

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Thursday, December 1

Significant weather event may start Saturday night

North Central Idaho could begin seeing the impacts of a big winter storm as early as Saturday night, Dec. 8, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula, with significant snow amounts and frigid temperatures causing problems for travel.

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Savages split Orofino double-header

Orofino scored or drew a whistle just about every time they posted up 6-4 post Bayley Noah, including two touches for the big guy in the final three minutes of a 52-48 win over Salmon River Thursday night. Earlier in the night, the SRHS girls beat Orofino 60-46.

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