Stories for February 2016


Saturday, February 27

Friday, February 26

Grangeville KOs Orofino, braces for St. Maries

The Grangeville boys led by a point midway through the second quarter of their 54-45 win over Orofino last night night at the Central Idaho League's district tournament, and the score remained close through halftime. The Bulldogs took the lead for good with a layup-and-one by Luke Stokes, which Dylan Canaday cemented with a jump shot.

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Thursday, February 25


Public meeting planned to collect comments on proposed big game auction tags

Idaho Fish and Game Commission is seeking public feedback on a proposal to offer five tags for auction including one each for elk, mule deer, mountain goat, pronghorn, and moose. Public meetings will be held where people can speak directly with local Fish and Game staff about the proposal. The Clearwater Region meeting will be held Tuesday, March 1 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Clearwater Regional Fish and Game office, 3316 16th St.

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Grangeville routs Charter, forces rematch with Orofino

Luke Stokes scored 14 points, Layton Harris scored 10 and Grangeville ripped Coeur d'Alene Charter 67-40 on the second night of the Central Idaho League's district tournament Tuesday night, Feb. 23. By thrashing Charter, the Bulldogs set up a rematch with first round nemesis Orofino, which tagged GHS 58-39 on the tournament's first night. Grangeville will play Orofino at 7 p.m. tonight at Troy.

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Wednesday, February 24

‘Put the dollars in the classroom’

Idaho House and Senate Education Committees chairmen made their pitches to the Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee last week, laying a more focused foundation for the legislature’s education priorities this session. Senator Dean M. Mortimer (R), District 30, quoted one sentence from every member of the Senate Education Committee in his presentation, some general, some stating specific desired priorities for the rest of the session.

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Oh, What A Relief (Map)!

Fourth and fifth grade students in Mrs. Fales’ Idaho History class have been studying about the geography and important landforms found in Idaho.

February 24, 2016 9:37 a.m. read more..

Summit Spellers

Summit Academy held its all-school spelling bee Friday, Feb. 19. First through eighth grade sent a representative to the bee. The winner was seventh grade student Lane Wassmuth.

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Alecia Lothspeich graduates from MSU

Students from Idaho were among the 802 Montana State University undergraduates who received diplomas during MSU’s 2015 fall commencement ceremonies held Dec. 12 in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

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GEMS kids are ‘on the ball’

Goodness gracious great balls of fire! What’s going on in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School second and third grade classrooms of Mrs. Schwartz, Edwards and Schumacher? Students are literally “on the ball.”

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FCCLA competition to promote, publicize high school program

Three Grangeville High School girls recently placed first at the district Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) completion in Lewiston, Feb. 10. Members Maicee Conner, McKenzie Kennedy and Katrina Frei, with special help from Hailey Sullivan, will head to Boise for the state contest in April.

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Riggins News: Bridge meeting set for tonight

My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is from my granddaughter Kylie, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Manning Crevice Bridge public informational meeting will be held this evening, Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Salmon Rapids Lodge concerning the traffic plans and how the public will be affected with the ongoing construction which will begin soon.

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Shredding Snow

Approximately 135 kids in grades 6-8 from Grangeville Elementary Middle School participated in an all-day activity at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill last Friday, Feb. 19.

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Tempus Fugit

•COTTONWOOD – George Enneking, former Idaho County Commissioner died from cancer Feb. 17 at his home. He was a commissioner for 18 years and received many recognitions and awards.

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Cottonwood News: Prairie ‘Academic All-Stars’

The 39th annual parish dinner at Keuterville will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roast beef, ham, real mashed potatoes and gravy along with the trimmings is the menu. Bingo will be played all day on the stage, and the raffle drawing for 23 prizes will begin at 4 p.m.

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Elk City News: Thanks goes to helpers during slide

I am pretty sure that the whole community is thankful to the heroic efforts of our post office personnel, specifically Eric Nitz, in getting the mail in and out of Elk City despite the slide that has hemmed us in. Isn’t there a saying that “Neither snow, nor sleet, nor … can keep them from their trusty rounds…” or something to that effect? Guess we should include landslides in that saying! Thank you, Eric and Teresa!

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Kooskia / Kamiah: Fit and Fall Proof class set for March

If you are older than 50 this item should be of interest to you. Beginning March 2, the Kamiah Senior Center will be offering Fit and Fall Proof classes. Falls are the biggest cause of injury to older adults. Call Jackie Westbrook at 935-7671 for information.

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In The News: Briefs

The deadline is March 1 for Idaho’s students to apply for internship opportunities in U.S. Senator Mike Crapo’s Washington, D.C., office, or one of his six regional offices throughout Idaho. Students will be considered for an internship position for both the summer and fall semesters.

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Do you qualify for the grocery credit?

Idaho residents who don’t normally make enough money to file an income tax return can still get a refund of the grocery tax credit for 2015. The tax credit, which offsets the sales tax on groceries, is $100 for most Idaho residents who aren’t required to file an income tax return, plus $100 for each of their dependents. Residents age 65 and older get $20 more.

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It's Your Business: Look for survey in utility bill

Baring the unexpected, <strong>Oscar’s Restaurant</strong> is set to open back up in March. That’s next week! A lot has been going on there — new flooring in the kitchen, painting, carpets have been cleaned and the menu is being worked on.

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Commissioners forgot whom they serve

The commissioners switched county residents from Walco to Simmons to save money. It appears their goal was to save money by making us drive our large loads to Kamiah. Of course, no one does this due to inconvenience, time and gas cost. No surprise, then, that all Simmons dumpsters are constantly overloaded and have been since they took over.

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We have the right to sit back or help

One well-known fact is that change is for sure and certain. It’s happening to us all, at all times. It’s all around us, everywhere we look, consistently, no matter what our take. For our community, I am doing my best to redirect the changes taking place.

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Rock slide cuts off Elk City

Elk City area residents have a tenuous weather-dependent connection to the outside – its goods and services, and employment — through an alternate forest route limited to three days a week.

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Rally To Carry

Braving the afternoon cold and a light snow flurry, supporters for constitutional carry of firearms in Idaho rallied at the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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Mail goes on Newsome road via snowmobile

It’s said the mail must go through, and a landslide blocking the roadway is no exception. “My son has been delivering the mail via snowmobile on the old Newsome Creek Road,” said Betty Nitz of Elk City.

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A new amateur radio club at Clearwater Valley High School is being mentored by the 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club. The new club meets every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the school library. The first meeting featured an introduction to amateur radio and information on where to study for the license on the Internet. Upcoming meetings will feature reviews of students’ progress toward the exam and presentations on different aspects of amateur radio. When the students are ready, volunteer examiners from the 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club will conduct the examination at the school.

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Community Briefs

Grangeville Centennial Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a Seuss themed story time set for Wednesday, March 2, 1 p.m. Rachel Foster will be the guest reader, kids will be able to dress up as Seuss characters for story time and will create a craft project.

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Travel plan decision formalized for Nez Perce National Forest

Following more than seven years of development, the former Nez Perce National Forest is getting a new travel plan. Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert has selected a mix of motorized and non-motorized recreation that “seems to best fit the landscape and natural resources of the forest,” the combined forests announced Monday, Feb. 22.

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Birth: Bennet Leevi Riener

Clint and Vikki (Duman) Riener of Cottonwood are the parents of a son, Bennet Leevi, born at 7:10 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2016, at their home. He weighed seven pounds four ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Bennet joins two brothers, Cooper, 5, and Andrew, 2.

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Entries sought for CIAA spring show

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) will host its 49th Annual Spring Show April 7, 8, and 9. The event is hosted by the Bicentennial Historical Museum located at 305 N College, Grangeville, in the basement.

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Challenge GOP; need for political diversity

Just so you know, next Monday, Feb. 29, filings open for state and county elected offices that Republicans will be filling come the November elections. That is, of course, if no other parties choose to file candidates.

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GHS run out Friday

Grangeville had an early lead against Cole Valley Christian, but the Chargers eventually pulled away, 48-35, despite shooting just 12 percent from the field during the first half. Grangeville went 10-for-62 for the game, but put together a 14-3 run that staked out a 16-8 lead during the second quarter last Friday, Feb. 19.

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Savages take third

The Savages put together a righteous run at the end of their battle with Dietrich last Friday, Feb. 19, but the Blue Devils held on by a slim margin, 47-44.

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Quilt Treasures offering vintage sewing machines

Quilt Treasures is doing more than offering quilting supplies, it’s building a niche. The 120 West Main Street shop, in business for more than a year now, has added to its inventory Singer Featherweight sewing machines.

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Pirates top Valley, drop Genesee, take second

The Prairie girls sputtered during the first quarter, dominated during the second, persevered during the second half and ultimately, won their 1AD1 semifinal playoff against Genesee, 64-52. In effect, the Friday night, Feb. 19, battle between the Whitepine League rivals decided second place, as eventual champion Lapwai had beaten both Prairie and Genesee by double-digits in all recent meetings.

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Friday, February 19

Prairie girls advance to 1AD1 title game

The Prairie girls sputtered during the first quarter, dominated during the second, persevered during the second half and ultimately, won their 1AD1 semifinal playoff against Genesee, 64-52.

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State Highway 14 blocked by massive landslide

A major landslide late yesterday afternoon (Thursday, Feb. 18) buried a 500-foot section of Idaho 14 about 10 miles west of Elk City in rock and debris nearly 40 feet deep. A timetable for reopening the route has not yet been determined. Power disrupted to 631 Avista customers.

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Thursday, February 18

Wednesday, February 17


Council seals top seed

The Salmon River boys had designs on winning one of their last two regular season games, and had a two-point difference late in their finale against Council last Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Lumberjacks pulled away, 70-55, but with six minutes to go, Riley Travis tallied a layup and fouled out Council’s Paolo Celada, bringing the Savages within 47-45.

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On To State

High school sports fans from across the state will converge for the annual celebration of the girls basketball state championships this Saturday at the Idaho Center, but two days of preliminaries will send two teams from each classification home early. Every team that wins at least one game Thursday or Friday will play for a trophy on Saturday. Especially among the small schools, few of the teams down south have seen the contenders out of North Central Idaho.

February 17, 2016 7:18 a.m. read more..

GHS graduate is new ICLP CFO

A new face at Idaho County Light and Power is actually a familiar face in Grangeville. Grangeville High School 2005 graduate Christon Vander Esch Medley is the new chief financial officer for the company. She takes over from Patrick Bird, CPA, who is retiring this year.

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In the News

A Second Amendment rally will be held in Grangeville this Saturday, Feb. 20, noon to 2 p.m.

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In the mood for ‘A Little Magic?’ GHS drama department play set for this week

Who is Johnny Thrush? Will the Songbirds reach their perfect pitch? What’s the secret at Grimm Brothers Memorial High School? Find the answers to all these questions as Grangeville High School’s drama department puts on the play “A Little Magic,” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18, 19 and 20, 7 p.m. each night in the GHS cafeteria. Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for students.

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ELK CITY NEWS: Thanks to Joe King for community service

The community owes a big debt of thanks and appreciation to Joe King who, as a volunteer, has taken on the job of keeping the only “public” rest rooms by the Elk City Community Park clean and in working order for about two years now (he had taken over from Teresa Enos who had done it for years). Those of you in the community who use it on a consistent basis need to seek him out and shake his hand! We hope everyone who uses this facility will do their part in keeping it clean.

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Congrats to Hoop Shoot winners

I hope all of you had a happy Valentine’s Day with the people that you love. Congratulations to the first female mayor of Cottonwood, Shelli Schumacher. Denis Duman did a very good job for a lot of years. Mega kudos to you, Dennis!

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RIGGINS NEWS: Rodeo queen tryouts on tap for March 6

My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is by Steven Aitchison. “To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be wise, rich or beautiful, you just have to ‘be there’ when they need you.” Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift shop located at 103 1/2 N. Main St. in Riggins has 10-year-old Areona’s Sweetheart Magnets for sale at $3 each.

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It's Your Business: Febrewary Brewfest is this weekend in Kamiah

Students who took some college entrance exams in 2014-15 via computer tended to score lower than those who took the exams with paper and pencil—a revelation that prompts questions about the validity of the test results and poses potentially big problems for state and district leaders. I’m not sure what else to say on this right now but it’s interesting. Check out for details in a news story.

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Saturday matinee to raise funds for ARF

In an effort to help raise funds for Grangeville’s proposed Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), volunteer Deanna English is spearheading some Saturday matinees. The first of these fund-raisers is set for this Saturday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m. The movie Max will be shown at the Blue Fox Theater. Attendees can make a donation for the movie and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Step-by-step on voting in March; affiliation

With all the dates and deadlines for elections this year, Idaho voters can understandably be confused as to which way to turn or what form to sign. So, here’s a summary to help guide Idaho County voters through to what’s coming up as we head into the May primary.

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Birth: Andrew Thomas Forsmann

Tiffany and Adam Forsmann of Greencreek are the parents of a son, Andrew Thomas, born Feb. 4, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Community Briefs

The community is invited to see the movie “War Room” Friday, March 4, 6 p.m., at Stites Baptist Church. There is no cost and light refreshments will follow the movie.

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Got gas?

What you don’t know could be working to kill you. Radon gas: “You can’t smell it, feel it, taste it. It doesn’t cause headaches, cold, coughs or flu,” said Jim Faust, Radon Program manager at Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW). “But it’s the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.”

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Kamiah brings $133k facilities levy in front of district voters

Kamiah Joint School District 304 will make an attempt again this year to pass a levy. The board is asking voters March 8 to approve a one year $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy. This is meant to be used solely to replace a leaking roof at Kamiah Middle School.

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Milestone: Anniversary - Wimer 50 years

Feb. 12, 2016, marked the 50th wedding anniversary for Phil and Marilyn Wimer of Grangeville. The couple was married in Genesee in 1966. They lived briefly in Lewiston, Seattle, Tacoma, New Orleans and Troy before settling in Grangeville.

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Milestone: Engagement - Enneking and Meyers

Jessica Lee Enneking and Jeremy William Meyers of Cottonwood have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Pat Enneking and Lannette Enneking of Cottonwood and the granddaughter of Lorenzo and Annabelle Gonzales and Viv Enneking, also of Cottonwood.

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Grangeville Music Department Activities

Five Grangeville High School students recently returned from Pocatello after rehearsing and performing in the All-State choirs. Senior Josie Laufenberg was a member of the 2016 All-State Treble Choir, singing soprano I. She will compete next week at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

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Suspect arrested on warrant in gold burglary

A preliminary hearing is set this Friday, Feb. 19, for a Grangeville man charged in connection with a gold nugget collection theft from Hoot’s Café last December. Jacob W. Collier, 24, is charged with grand theft and two counts of burglary, along with misdemeanor petit theft.

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Pair seniors with teens for prime benefits

A recent Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey tells us our high school kids are involved in a few things we would rather they didn’t experience. While some seem like rites of passage or areas we may not have control over, there are other areas where we can step up and take action.

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Levy: Cannot support tax when marketplace alternative in reach

Although I have favored supplemental school funding levies in recent years, I plan to vote against the proposed levy in the upcoming election on March 8. With reductions in revenue occurring as a result of timber harvesting restrictions on adjacent public lands, levies were one of the only options available to sustain local quality education programs, and so I supported them. Recently, however ....

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We support Giddings; his philosophy suits us

This letter is in reply to that of Brett Haverstick [Feb. 10 issue] in which he attacks the Idaho County Sheriff, Doug Giddings. One can assume from Haverstick’s letter that he is in favor of making the actions of those patriots at the wildlife refuge a capital crime with a death penalty as punishment.

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I trust Sheriff Giddings; knows his community

Responding to Brett Haverstick, Moscow, on disparaging remarks [Feb. 10 issue] concerning Sheriff Giddings. Brett, you are clueless with a poison pen. As a resident of Idaho County, I do not take kindly to your remarks directed towards our good sheriff.

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Use food bank name when searching ...

Camas Prairie Food Bank has been made aware of incorrect information on several local social information websites and some phone books when a general food bank search is entered.

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Agnes Forsman opened the Feb. 9 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and also led the dinner prayer. There were no guests this week. There were 54 meals served with 18 takeouts. Ralph Sprute won the free dinner. Katie Remacle shared a joke this week.

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Grangeville Armory in state proposal for reduction

Closure of the Grangeville Armory is a considered possibility, according to a long-term proposal submitted to Congress early last fall by the Idaho Army National Guard, as part of efforts to modernize its facilities across the state. But long-term is the operative phrase here, as it could easily be 2045 before such an action – if any -- would be taken.

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Sunday fire destroys semi; trailers, load saved

U.S. Highway 95 traffic was reduced to one lane for two hours Sunday morning when a semitruck caught fire at the north entrance to Riggins. No injuries were reported in the Feb. 14 incident that destroyed the semi; however, two hopper trailers – a 36-foot and 20-foot – and a load of peas were saved.

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MVSD patrons to decide $2.6M levy

Mountain View School District 244 will bring a familiar levy amount in front of voters March 8. The district will ask its patrons to approve a $2,663,246 supplemental levy, the same amount as the past three years, for the 2016-17 school year.

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Not So Scary

Kids Klub, Inc., again sponsored the Missoula Children’s Theater Feb. 12 at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Lights Out At The Park

Linemen with Avista Utilities and Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative were at Pioneer Park in Grangeville last Friday, Feb. 12.

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Raffle Winner

Winner of the Summit Academy car raffle is Kyle Kinard of Seattle (right), being presented the Mazda Miata by student body president, Dean Stubbers, on Feb. 14.

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•John and Kelly Bambacigno of Grangeville are partners in life and business as the owners of Pro Fish Taxidermy.

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Grangeville sweeps Orofino, secures second seed

Despite some sharp shooting by Orofino's Hayden Wilson (16 points, mostly during the third quarter) and Kolby Brink (16, mostly during the first half), the Grangeville boys pulled out a 52-44 win over their Central Idaho League rivals.

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Friday, February 12

Pirates outpace Bulldogs in rivalry game

Jake Bruner (25 points), Terran Peery (17) and Calvin Hinkelman (10) lifted the visiting Pirates to a 74-59 win over Grangeville on the last night of their regular season. The Bulldogs will wrap up on Tuesday night at Orofino.

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Two men killed in rollover accident

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office reports two people died earlier this week as a result of a rollover accident on Deer Creek Road. Dustin L. Stamper, 31, of Grangeville, and Colin G. Sprute, 48, of Orofino, were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.

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Thursday, February 11

Wednesday, February 10


Wheat stocks stored up from 2014

All wheat stored in all positions on Dec. 1, 2015, totaled 55.5 million bushels in Idaho, up from 50.1 million bushels a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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‘Cabin Fever’ to feature Old-Time Fiddlers Feb. 20

The public is invited to a Cabin Fever day at Hoot’s Cafe in White Bird next Saturday, Feb. 20. The Old-Time Fiddlers will be playing starting at 10 a.m. and into the evening. A lunch buffet will be served starting at noon for $12 per person. This Cabin Fever jam session is also open to anyone wanting to bring an instrument and play.

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Hunter Safety

Hunter Safety was recently held at Prairie Elementary School. Roy Kinner, in the Fish & Game uniform, and Doug Johnson work with Chloe Rowland. Standing are longtime instructor Virgil Wassmuth and his son Eric Wassmuth, who has taken over as main instructor.

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Benefit purse auction set for March 5

The second annual Purse Auction to benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will be held Saturday, March 5, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the auction starts at 2:30 p.m. There will be a $10 per plate potato bar and drink, with all proceeds going toward the fund-raiser. You can donate a new blanket for a free meal. Donations are being accepted.

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RIGGINS NEWS: Areona’s magnets available

My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is “To love someone is to learn the song in their heart, then sing it to them when they have forgotten it.” Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you. February is the Month of Love… share it with everyone. Nothing better for our well-being than to love and be loved.

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Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor were given to approximately 12 members of the 139th Engineering Battalion from the Grangeville/Cottonwood area Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Eagles Breakfast.

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Pine tree hosts 60th annual meeting

Pine Tree Community Credit Union held its annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 30, in Grangeville. PTCCU is celebrating its 60th anniversary since its inception in 1956 by 14 Grangeville employees of P.L (Prairie Land) and H.P (Haener Planer) Company.

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Full service ortho available in Grangeville

Do you think your kids need braces but you’re dreading those monthly or bi-monthly trips to Lewiston or Moscow? Well, your orthodontics experience just got a little easier. Dr. Bret Christensen now offers full service orthodontics in Grangeville every two weeks.

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MCT’s performance of ‘Peter and Wendy’ set for Friday at GEMS

When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man, Smee, on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it’s seemingly business as usual…at first. Little does Hook realize what fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan. Kids Klub will present the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Peter and Wendy” this Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s multipurpose room. Tickets are available for $10 for immediate families, $5 for adults and $3 for children.

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Extreme Adventure Club: Kids invited to free activity programs

Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH) will offer a variety of upcoming events for local kids. “Our mission is to promote health and wellness within the community through various educational events, programs, and presentations,” said Kirstin Jensen with University of Idaho Extension. “Extreme Adventure Club” will offer lifetime activity events once or twice a month, February through June, to all youth ages 8 to 18. The program is free of charge with two weeks preregistration required. A maximum of 20 participants is available for each event.

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BIRTH: Naja Rae Nadiger

Nebiat Abebe and Lee R. Nadiger of Grangeville are the parents of a daughter, Naja Rae, born Jan. 28, 2016, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville. She weighed six pounds and seven ounces and was 19 inches long. She joins a brother, Kobe L., 4.

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Valentine’s Day serenades from Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue Choir will be offered Friday Feb. 12 (the Friday before Valentine’s Day). Contact Kathy Stefani at the school at 983-0580 or e-mail Serenades cost $10 for students of GHS and $20 for the public.

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Agnes Forsman opened the Feb. 2 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark led the dinner prayer. Guests were Stan Modrell of Grangeville and Amelia Frei and her daughter, Susan McPherson. There were 52 meals served with 17 takeouts. Ingrid Mader won the free dinner.

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Board postpones tag auction vote, opposes auction mandate bill; Softball clinic slated; Apply now for bear, turkey controlled tags; Two more hunter ed spring courses on tap; Camas Prairie FNRA banquet is Friday; Lindsley PRs, wins.

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Wolf advocates: Lolo Zone aerial gunning under way

Aerial gunning of wild wolves is under way in remote and rugged areas of the Clearwater National Forest, conducted by the federal Wildlife Services agency and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Defenders of Wildlife and Friends of the Clearwater noted Feb. 8. The agencies are using helicopters to kill wolves in the Lolo Zone, which covers portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. About 50 Lolo Zone wolves have been killed from the air since 2011.

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Orofino license plate discussion touches on ‘Maniac’ issue

BOISE — The Idaho House Transportation and Defense Committee was torn last Thursday after representatives from Orofino High School asked the committee for permission to create a new specialty state license plate that would include the school’s mascot - the Orofino Maniacs. Five people testified against the bill, claiming the mascot - a cartoon man screaming and wearing the school’s letters - is offensive to people with mental illness.

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Coffee with A Cop starts Feb. 17

Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew invites the public to attend Coffee with a Cop next Wednesday, Feb. 17, starting at 8 a.m. in the city council chambers. The informal event is for the public to ask questions, raise concerns in an informal informational session. Free coffee and donuts will be provided.

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FS plans salvage of 1,864 acres in emergency sales

Emergency logging on salvage sales east of Kooskia and north of Lowell is in the works. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on Jan. 27 announced 1,864 acres of salvage harvest and reforestation divided between two salvage projects, the Woodrat Salvage and the Upper Lolo Salvage.

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Medicaid expansion gets hearing

Approximately 78,000 employed Idahoans cannot afford health insurance and earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, leaving them without sufficient health care, according to estimates from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Expanding Medicaid to cover this population would have closed the gap, but the plan has seen political resistance due to the Affordable Care Act.

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Cameras give justice necessary speed

No one ever wants to see a law enforcement officer kill anyone, and bringing a firearm to bear is rarely necessary even in that dangerous line of work. Whenever it is necessary for an officer to draw down on a human being, there must be quick, clear accountability. Every. Single. Time.

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A benefit to own WPT land but at what cost?

Idaho elected officials have forgotten a basic principle of government - their sworn duty to represent all people in their jurisdiction by putting public interests over personal ideology and special interest. Our elected officials have failed miserably.

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Common sense our officers don’t have

Whatever happened to a government for the people by the people? Way back when I was growing up, the policemen were taught to de-escalate a situation, not to let it get out of control like they do today, just so they could shoot someone numerous times when a warning shot would have probably done the job, or at least shoot them in the arm or leg, not kill them and then shoot them numerous times.

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Ranchers don’t intend their livestock to be roadway hazard

“Open range is an interesting law from way back,” said Doug Giddings, Idaho County Sheriff. The western open-range tradition originated from the early practice of unregulated grazing in newly acquired western territories, which was codified in the laws of Western U.S. as they developed written statutes, dating back to the 1880s.

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Soltmans donate to hospital elevator project

“I am a firm believer that the only way we are going to continue to have quality health care close to home is by people taking ownership in our local hospital,” Craig Spencer said at the Jan. 25 Syringa Hospital (SH) board meeting.

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•KOOSKIA – “The reaction around town is pretty disheartened,” said Kooskia Mayor John Schurbon. Last week, employees at Clearwater Forest Industries, Inc.’s Kooskia operation were informed on plans to shut down sawmill operations resulting in a reduction of 20 jobs by this spring, according to Rodney Krogh, CFI president.

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Tuesday, February 9


TUESDAY: Kludt plays, Kubs win third straight

The KHS seniors celebrated their final home game with a win over Grangeville, 53-47, on the strength of 16 points from junior Garrison Bretz and 14 from senior Parker Whipple. But no basket drew a louder cheer than the announcement that Lars Kludt -- who has been sidelined throughout this basketball season -- would start.

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Monday, February 8

MONDAY: Grangeville standouts outstanding in defensive standoff

Even with 30 points from their two top scorers balancing away the whole of the Lumberjacks' total, the Grangeville girls needed key hoops from Paige Lindsley, Chloe Dame and Abi Stowell to pull off their most important win yet. The GHS girls beat St. Maries 36-30 on a night Hailey Sullivan (17 points) and McKenzie Kennedy (13) delivered their typically outstanding output, but with a 25-25 tie persisting deep into the fourth quarter, Grangeville needed another player to step up.

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Friday, February 5

FRIDAY: Salmon River works over Sho-Ban

After the Salmon River boys take on non-league Sho-Ban tonight, they'll have two regular season games remaining, both against teams at the top of the Long Pin Conference standings.

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Ferdinand workshop set Feb. 9 on soil health

Marlon Winger, Soil Health Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will be participating in a workshop in Ferdinand next Tuesday. On Feb. 9, he will talk at the Soil Health Workshop at the Assumption Parish Hall, 514 Maple Street in Ferdinand. Winger’s presentation will cover implementing the carbon cycle into farming operations along with the available tools to measure soil health.

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Thursday, February 4


Wednesday, February 3

Burglary suspect arrested at storage units

UPDATE - Wednesday, Feb. 3 - Grangeville resident Barry R. Kretschmer, 33, was arrested this morning, Wednesday, Feb. 3, for burglary in connection with thefts from Gortsema’s Storage.

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WEDNESDAY: Grangeville to host CIL wrestlers

At the Lewis-Clark Activity Center in Lewiston, the No. 5 seeded Kamiah girls will face No. 4 Troy in the first round of the 1AD1 District II girls basketball tournament, which will send two Whitepine League teams to state, and possibly three.

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Girls basketball tournaments set

The state basketball tournaments are just around the corner, but local contenders will first face the winnowing wind of their respective district tournaments.

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Presidents Day Weekend snow jamboree slated

This Presidents Weekend, Feb. 13-14, Meadows Valley will be hosting a two-day Snow Jamboree for snowmobilers of all ages. Based at the location of C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane and Highway 55 in New Meadows, activities and events are planned for all.

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OHV rec group’s ‘working relationships’ proving productive

A motorized recreation group — well-known in other counties — is coordinating with the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) to propose and implement the Gem Trail, a 243-mile route from Avery to Elk City with several key stops in Idaho County: in Kamiah, Kooskia and Elk City.

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Apply now for bear, turkey controlled tags; Campground hosts sought for 2016; Two more hunter ed spring courses on tap; Camas Prairie FNRA banquet set Feb. 12; Salmon River Gun Club to host first meeting Wednesday.

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Democrats to host ‘No Baloney’ lunch

The Idaho County Democrats will host their “No Baloney Legislators Lunch” at the Grangeville Senior Center, on the truck route, Saturday, Feb. 6. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the meal is free.

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Community briefs

The auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Peter and Wendy will be held Monday, Feb. 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s multi-purpose room. Roles are available for those students kindergarten through eighth grade. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT tour actor/director. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Grangeville students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

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Rally draws opinion for schoolling options

During "Education Week" at the Idaho State Capitol, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra requested a 7.5 percent increase in the public education budget over last year, for a total request of $1,577,904,100. Idaho's eight colleges and universities presented their budget proposals to the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee and updated the education committees on their activities.

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Family Snow Day

Kevin Hake with 2-year-old daughter, Rowan Hake, taking advantage of a beautiful day Monday, Jan. 18, at Snowhaven Ski Area.

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BIRTH: Riata Ann Graning

Cody and Diana Graning of Keuterville are the parents of a daughter, Riata Ann, born Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Lefse Making

Sarah Fuerstenau of Harpster helped with the World’s Fair demonstration of home school projects at the Centennial Evangelical Free Church Friday, Jan. 29.

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ELK CITY: Water, sewing meeting is Feb. 5

There will be an important meeting for all Elk City residents to attend. The annual water and sewer board meeting is Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. But the important part of the meeting that has more ramifications for all of us is the one that takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. At the early meeting, the draft Elk City wastewater facility plan and expected fee increases will be discussed.

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Driver’s ed to start

We woke up to snow on the ground again this Monday morning. It has actually been pretty mild temperatures lately. We have two calves now so this is the busy time on the farm.

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WHITE BIRD NEWS: Try to make an effort to show up

There wasn’t a very big turnout for the potluck at the school last Sunday. For those of us who did show up, we ate great food and enjoyed ourselves. I just don’t understand why all you people who voted to save the school aren’t showing up to use it.

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RIGGINS NEWS: RES fifth graders collecting pop tabs

My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is “The greatest gift is not found in a store, but in the heart of a true friend.” This is so true! Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop - Riggins, is sponsoring a fund-raiser for Areona’s Angels Fund-raising Campaign selling handmade conversation hearts made of reclaimed wood for $3 each which will be available this week during its winter hours, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. All monies raised will go to Areona’s Angels Fund-raising Campaign. Get on down to the Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop to buy your “wooden heart” and help Areona.

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Tempus Fugit

•Melanie Hawkins is the new owner of Rae Brothers Sporting Goods. She took over the store in December. Hawkins, her husband, Stan, and children, Hallie, Caleb, Emily and Elena live in Grangeville, moving from Keuterville more than two years ago.

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It's Your Business: Oscar’s to be closed month of February

Note that last week’s story on Bear Claw should have stated he worked for a total of 19 years in a muffler factory in Wisconsin. I had that interview on Monday and hurriedly wrote the story when I returned and noticed the next day I had missed that fact.

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Getting ready to dig? Call 811 first; Avista reps speak at chamber meeting

More than 25 people showed up for the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting where they welcomed representatives from Avista Utilities. Regional business manager for the Lewis Clark region, Mike Tatko, regional account executive Jayson Hunnel, new Grangeville district manager Jeff Schwendener, and local office receptionist Holly Cox all attended the meeting.

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Chmelik playing an elaborate shell game

Something is rotten in “Landmark” — i.e. The Western Landmark Foundation created and promoted by Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik— an organization with no oversight or accountability.

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Everson hired as Grangeville librarian

Books, movies, clubs and computers, oh my! The Grangeville Centennial Library has it all and now GCL also has a new face. Jamie Everson took over as librarian last week and replaces Becky Hosman who moved to Yakima.

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Better to highlight those who pay taxes, keep up communities

Bear Claw: So let me get this straight – you have a man that’s too lazy to work, too lazy to plant his own garden, is unable to put his food up in a way to keep and not spoil, depends on neighbors so he can receive mail and provide him with garden foods. He joins a church so he can receive more assistance....

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Compare their crime to that of conspiring cadre of officials

Okay, so maybe moving in and taking over the Malheur wildlife refuge in Oregon wasn’t the wisest, best approach for patriotic justice seekers to use to show support for their imprisoned brothers, nor in any other attempts to appeal to those far-more-permanent government occupiers for “redress of grievances,” a right secured and supposedly guaranteed to us all within the freedom documents founding our nation....

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Was occupation worth taking a man’s life?

Did activist Robert LaVoy Finicum have to die? Opinions are heated on last week’s shooting of the spokesman for activists who have staged a month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. Was it justified, or was it an ambush and murder? That’s a conclusion we’re not ready to jump at, because more importantly we’re asking whether this whole situation justified actions that resulted in a man losing his life. And with this also brings to mind the role of law enforcement as public servants and protectors of the peace.

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Felony cases amended, dropped in abduction

Felony charges against two Arizona woman involved in an apparent child custody dispute at Kamiah were resolved in district court last week. In a plea agreement reached with the prosecution last Tuesday, Jan. 26, Rita L. Lewis 49, pleaded guilty to the charge, amended to a misdemeanor; and the custodial interference case against Veronica M. Lewis, 26, was dismissed.

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Fear restrains Riggins couple at standoff site

“None of them want anything more to do with this. They want to go home,” said Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings of four individuals – two of whom are Riggins residents – who remain at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, site of a month-long standoff by protestors.

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Comes out in the black

“Looking back, we can see that 2014 wasn’t the best year, but 2015 was pretty good,” said CPA Carl Swenson of Crandall-Swenson, PLLC. Swenson spoke to the Syringa Hospital (SH) board Jan. 25 at the regular monthly meeting and presented the hospital’s annual audit. While 2014 ended with an overall loss of $4,611, the hospital was on the plus side at $100,453 for 2015.

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Big Check For Tech

Umpqua Bank provided a $2,800 grant to Kids Klub, Inc., last week in its most recent Community Giving grant program. KK will use the funds to provide 12 iPads with safety rubberized carry cases/stands. The afterschool enrichment program currently has 10 iPads from a previous Umpqua grant.

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Donna Graber, 62

Donna Graber, 62, of Lewiston, Idaho, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at her Lewiston home.

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