Stories for January 2016


Saturday, January 30

Friday, January 29

Thursday, January 28

THURSDAY: Lapwai boys fend off Kamiah, barely

Starting with a win over Prairie in December, Lapwai boys have held the Whitepine League's top seed wire-to-wire, and nobody else in the league has been close. There is only one league team the Wildcats have yet to play: Kamiah, 2-5 in the WPL, has the first of its home-and-home with the Wildcats tonight.

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Wednesday, January 27


Lindsley, Sanders win school geo bees

Where in the world did The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy live? In what country did National Geographic explorer Zeb Hogan study white fish in the Frazier River? And what’s the most populous city in Siberia? If you don’t know, you may want to check with Jared Lindsley or Kara Sanders (or check the end of this story). The students were the winners in their respective schools’ geography bees this month.

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Elks Hoop Shoot, bowling, trapshooting and basketball results.

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Four shoot their way to state in Elks’ big event

Four locals advanced out of the Elks District Hoop Shoot for North Central Idaho, held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Lincoln Middle School, and will compete in the state contest Feb. 6 at Caldwell. The 23 shooters who competed Saturday emerged from among 4,000 boys and girls ages 8-13 who competed at the school and local levels in the district.

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Two more hunter ed courses on tap; Hunter education and gun safety classes: hunter ed set Feb. 1; Camas Prairie FNRA banquet set Feb. 12; Spring soccer registration set; Free steelhead fly fishing clinic slated.

January 27, 2016 8:05 a.m. read more..

Wrestlers hit the mats at CV

Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth is about “halfway there” in his quest to get back in shape following his return from a football injury.

January 27, 2016 8:03 a.m. read more..

Council drops proposed helicopter ordinance

Months of discussion and meeting on a proposed ordinance regulating helicopter activity within the municipal limits ended last week with a unanimous vote by the Grangeville City Council to drop the matter entirely.

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Lindsley, Sanders win school geography bees

Where in the world did The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy live? In what country did National Geographic explorer Zeb Hogan study white fish in the Frazier River? And what’s the most populous city in Siberia?

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CVES students enjoy hands-on science during MOSS experience

KOOSKIA — In the fall, the fourth and fifth graders at Clearwater Elementary School in Kooskia unanimously voted that MOSS, the McCall Outdoor Science School, rocks. With two night and three days in the forest, desert and water ecosystems that surround the University of Idaho campus in McCall, Kooskia students experienced a full range of science activities that dealt with the dynamics and physical history of the earth, the rock composition and the changes that the earth is undergoing.

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Community Briefs

GRANGEVILLE — Family Math Night will be held at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Monday, Feb. 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Games will be played that will also be able to be brought home. Food and drink is almost free – just pay for food by answering a math fact. Everyone is invited.

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Let’s Talk About It: Readers discuss Jewish ‘comedy’

“Comedy and satire are vastly different things,” stated Wendy Green, scholar for the first 2016 Let’s Talk About It book discussion. A group of 14 people gathered to discuss Shalom Auslander’s “Hope: A Tragedy,” Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Grangeville Centennial Library.

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Due to mental state, 2006 murder suspect likely not to see trial

Ten years ago this month, David D. Ivie, 45, was shot to death as he lay asleep in his Harpster home. His wife, Rockie Sue Ivie, reportedly admitted to the crime and was charged with first-degree murder. But less than a month into the court process, Rockie was determined to be mentally incompetent to stand trial. Now 60, Rockie is under care at a southern Idaho assisted living facility. Her mental condition has somewhat improved since 2006, but the likelihood is she will never stand within an Idaho County courtroom to face her felony charge.

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Public presentation hits current drug trends

Understanding today’s drug culture is not forgetting about what you know; it’s about being proactive in learning what you don’t know. Marijuana, for example. For many adults at last week’s drug trends presentation in Cottonwood, their familiarity was as a green leafy substance, rolled into the classic “joint” that carries a certain odor when smoked. “But every single thing you think about it has changed,” said speaker Jermaine Galloway.

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Reform plans aim to head off tax hike

The days for anonymously dumping any amount of any kind of solid waste at any time of day or night any day of the week aren’t yet numbered, but the Idaho County Commission recently heard testimony describing one possible end of the old way.

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County to back coalition on public lands issue

he Idaho County Commission moved Tuesday, Jan. 26, to continue budgeting money – $5,000 per year – to sue the federal government for “gross mismanagement of our public lands” but not to send a check to the American Lands Council. Rather, the county will back the “Coalition of Counties” – an effort commission chairman Jim Chmelik travels the west to support.

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Bear Claw survives off land, thrives with help from Harpster neighbors

SEARS CREEK ROAD – It’s been 10 winters since 59-year-old Bear Claw moved to Idaho. “My friend said, ‘hop in the truck and you can come,’ so I did,” the soft-spoken man said, sitting at the table of his neighbors, Jim Fuller and Dixie Lynn, who live off Sears Creek Road outside of Harpster.

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convicted Idaho County double murder Mark H. Lankford who claimed illegal procedure in his sentencing for execution.

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Activism at the Capitol; speakers on the statehouse steps

The Idaho State Legislative session is a time of year when we see many rallies on the Capitol steps in support or opposition of legislation. The weather didn’t stop the protesters at the marijuana rally, nor did it stop the protesters at the next rally a couple weeks later, which had a much larger turnout despite rain.

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Haage takes on Seattle Cascades Corps

Chase Haage didn’t grow up in marching band. Although the 2013 Grangeville High School graduate has always been musical, marching band was an experience the Idaho County area did not provide for him. He’s making up for lost time.

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No more Bushes, no more Clintons ...

I will never look at a GUCCI bag again. No more Bushes, no more Clintons, no more elite baggage handlers. Those alligator handbags are out of my closet. In fact, no closet I have will sport these handbags.

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Rules for English a sick joke on mankind

Well, after reading “Parts of Speech: Seeing How Words Work,” I have come to the conclusion that learning how to build a rocket ship, with no prior knowledge, or assistance, in the middle of the night, in pitch black darkness, blindfolded and with my hands tied behind my back would be extremely more manageable to understand than the written English language!

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Super Bowl food available

The third annual Holiday Chess Tournament was held at Summit Academy Jan. 16. Taking first place overall was George Watson with Cody Wassmuth of Summit taking second overall and Preston Ammerman of Kooskia Middle School taking third. For first-third graders, Asher Smith, a home schooler from Kooskia was first with Greta Watson of Summit taking second.

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LOWELL / SYRINGA: Live from Vegas ...

No Lowell news because headed to Las Vegas for my birthday. Free room, free buffet, cheap airfare! Had a Big Mac and shake for lunch (closest McDonalds to Lowell is 100 miles). There’s one right next to Harrah’s. Movies on TV are $17.99, using the Internet is $14.99 a day. A cup of coffee is $12. Life has been good to me, and Chewbacca is taking me on the new Ferris wheel!

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ELK CITY NEWS: ‘Incorporation’ idea rears its head

A great thing about living in this area are the unexpected pleasures of driving in to town and seeing the large elk herd on the hill (see photo). In fact, while driving in to town for ladies Bible study early Monday morning, an elk was standing in the road just up from my driveway.

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RIGGINS NEWS: McCall Winter Carnival under way this weekend

My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is “It is not the harvest you reap, but the seeds you plant that make the difference in your life and the lives of others.” McCall’s always-popular annual Winter Carnival kicks off Friday, Jan. 29. A hefty helping of snow in Idaho’s mountains has made McCall a winter wonderland.

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Court Records

Idaho County District Court Judge Gregory FitzMaurice Magistrate Jeff Payne

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Flower Girls Work For Animals

Members of the Flower Girls Club (with mascot Cheweenie, Scout) are seen here at Asker’s Harvest Foods Saturday, Jan. 23. The group hosted a bake sale to benefit the proposed Grangeville ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), raising $350 for the non-profit.

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County’s expenditure is misguided, a waste

I once thought it was a passing thing. But after three years in a row, I figure it’s about that time of year for our commissioners to skim another $5,000 off our taxes and send the check down to attorney Ken Ivory, in Utah, so that he can continue to taunt the people who own public lands, you and me.

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PCAP: great start to keep more Idahoans healthy

I’ve read and watched with interest in recent days as legislators, healthcare providers, community leaders, columnists, editorial boards and citizens have reacted to the Primary Care Access Plan that I unveiled Jan. 7. Responses have run the gamut from “It’s not enough – just expand Medicaid” to “We shouldn’t do anything but focus on repealing Obamacare.”

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In the News Briefs

Idaho Transportation Department’s Public Transportation group invites citizen participation and encourages comments regarding applications submitted for the District 2 Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) member seat in North Central Idaho.

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It's Your Business: Syringa Hospital main entrance open

Syringa Hospital’s main entrance and front parking lot is open to public. The main entrance is designated for any non-emergency check-ins such as laboratory and radiology testing or patient visitors. Those checking in to the Primary Care Clinic should still use the clinic main entrance doors. Those looking to pay bills or who have questions about billing can be helped at the business office, previously the LeBlanc building.

January 27, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Dog Bark Park on Toyota billboards

An image of Idaho’s iconic big dog in Cottonwood is now appearing in parts of America on billboards promoting Toyota’s new RAV4 Hybrid car with the tag line “Go Where No Neighbor Has Gone Before”.

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Tuesday, January 26

TUESDAY: Bulldogs turn back Rams charge

The Grangeville boys, coming off a Central Idaho League loss to St. Maries, will pay a visit to the Rams, who are in a stretch of alternating CIL foes with league games of their own.

January 26, 2016 4:37 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 25

MONDAY: CIL wrestlers tune up at CV

With several of the state's top-ranked wrestlers on hand -- including Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth and CV's Keiran Owens -- the action is sure to be well-waged when the Central Idaho League convenes tonight at Clearwater Valley High School.

January 25, 2016 12:58 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 23

Friday, January 22

FRIDAY: Prairie clocks Kamiah

Prairie put three players in double-figures, mainly by way of a second-half surge, which turned a 13-12 Kubs halftime lead into a 51-38 Pirates victory.

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Thursday, January 21



•HARPSTER – Investigators allege a Harpster woman shot her husband to death as he lay asleep in bed Monday night. Rockie Sue Ivie, 50, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on first-degree murder, a felony.

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Wednesday, January 20 brief

Light turnout for Trekkers’ first of 2016; Two more hunter ed courses on tap; Hunter Ed set Feb. 1; Camas Prairie FNRA banquet set Feb. 12.

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Wassmuth returns; Rams run strong

Shaydn Wassmuth had been out with a knee injury since the late stages of the football season, but showed strength and explosiveness in two competitions last week: he went undefeated at 220 pounds on Jan. 12 against the Central Idaho League, which essentially spans the district, but also on Jan. 16 at Wendell, where essentially all of the wrestlers in the state meet for a preview of the competition they’ll face at Pocatello.

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Hearings set for women charged with abduction

Preliminary hearings are next Tuesday, Jan. 26, for two Arizona women charged with felony child custodial interference in last week’s alleged abduction of a 2-year-old relative. Veronica M. Lewis, 26, and Rita L. Lewis, 49, both of Phoenix, are currently incarcerated in the Idaho County jail; bond for both is set at $20,000.

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

E-mail scam fails with Grangeville man

A scam was quickly thwarted, and a resident is looking to warn others to be vigilant. “I just want people to be aware not to send them any money,” said Wendell Thomas, Grangeville-area resident, as no one can afford to be scammed: “It hurts too much.”

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Education funding increase could impact Dist. 7

The Idaho Legislature kicked off its session with the State of the State address and civil discourse training last week. Following Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s address last Monday, Jan. 11, Senator Sheryl Nuxoll (R, Cottonwood), District 7, said the governor’s proposed expenditures, including a 7.9 percent increase to the state’s education budget could impact her region in the coming legislative session.

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

ELK CITY NEWS: Helicopters reported; no news on who or why

January is Sanctity of Life month. “Sanctity of Life reflects the belief that, because people are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), human life should be protected and respected at all times” (Hope Letter, January 2016). The term also applies to all forms of evil and injustice that are perpetrated against human life – violence, abuse, oppression, human trafficking, among others, as well as abortion and euthanasia. Let’s celebrate life!

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KOOSKIA/KAMIAH NEWS: Hunters ed class to start in Kooskia Jan. 28

If you are planning to hunt this year and you were born before January 1975, you are required to take a hunting education class to hunt in Idaho. Jan. 28 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Kooskia is the beginning day, with the remainder of the classes held every week day from Feb. 1-11 from 3:30-6 p.m.

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WHITE BIRD NEWS: New correspondent sought for area

Well, since not one single person called me interested in taking over the White Bird News, I guess I’ll write it again. I’m not too enthusiastic about it anymore though, so please, somebody step up. It’s easy! It’s fun! It’s so rewarding! It’ll make you lose weight! It’ll cure cancer! It’ll make your wrinkles disappear! It’ll clean your house! But wait, there’s more! If you act now, I’ll double your order for free. Wait, what were we talking about?

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RIGGINS NEWS: Ace memorial bench in works

Sweet ’16 is moving quickly. I do hope you are having many memory-making events. I found a great quote by Richard Gere to add to the Sweet ’16 list: “I am old, but I am forever young at heart. Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious; you can only live it once. Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many.”

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Legislative interns to contribute to Free Press

Free Press readers may notice a couple of new names from time to time in the pages of Idaho County’s oldest newspaper. University of Idaho students Taylor Nadauld and Nishant Mohan will both contribute to the paper as legislative interns this year.

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Two transported after rollover crash

A Grangeville couple received minor injuries following an early Monday morning rollover accident on Lukes Gulch Road. Cara L. Smith and David L. Smith, both 32, were transported to Syringa Hospital for evaluation.

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Traitors for gun lobby

We have elected a bunch of fast-talking, back-stabbing congressmen who are under the complete control of the greedy gun lobby. They have no intention of doing anything about the mass killings that are now so common in America.

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Not local, but business interests drive trade

To grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I wanted to sadly inform you what may be happening to your forest areas due to the misguidance and obsession of certain public officials. These are the same forest areas that many of you remember the times you have spent hunting, fishing, picking berries, mushrooms, etc. with your parents and grandparents.

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Great recreation district board will serve well

his week our White Bird Area Recreation District and the Grangeville school district will formally begin the final procedures to transfer over the former White Bird Elementary School to the newly formed recreation district

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These are personality, not survey, problems

The U.S. Observers appearing in your mailbox are there for a reason, and though they might be free to you, they are not free. Someone is paying big bucks for them and it is not the U.S. Observer.

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Good view of narrow privatization agenda

The Wilks Brothers, billionaires from Texas, have purchased 38,000 acres of Idaho County. Traditional recreation access, by permission of the previous landowners, has gone bye-bye. Commissioner Chmelik has dismissed local concerns with the published statement: “As long as they (the Wilks Brothers) pay their taxes, I’m not worried.”

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Vocational training – is it enough?

We need a well-trained work force, on that most agree. But the current emphasis on vocational training and de-emphasis on ‘liberating’ knowledge such as humanities and the arts is a dangerous tradeoff.

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The Eagles Breakfast set for Sunday, Jan. 31, 7 a.m. to noon, will benefit the local Quilts of Valor program.

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STUDENTS NEWS: Lothspeich, Seitz on MSU honor roll

The Montana State University 2015 fall semester honor roll included students from Idaho. There are two MSU honor roll lists – the president’s and the dean’s honor roll. Students must complete 12 credit hours to qualify for either list.

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BIRTH: Gage Francis Uhlenkott

Ryan and Heather Uhlenkott are the parents of a son, Gage Francis, born Jan. 15, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was St. Mary’s New Year’s baby.

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Ceramic Creations

Like colorful holiday sugar cookies, another kiln-load of student ceramic projects await removal after their fiery transformation. “My favorite part of these projects is the first opening of the kiln after it’s cooled down,” said Grangeville art teacher Patrick Phillips.

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LCSC Honor Roll

A total of 862 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2015 semester, LCSC administrators announced. Among the honorees, 396 made the President’s List while 466 were named to the dean’s list.

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LOWELL/SYRINGA NEWS: ‘Strong as an ox’ Marie

Nothing’s going on upriver, but then that’s normal. Dogs chasing cougars, followed by hunters, geese flying south after spending the night at the confluence, rocks on the highway, wild turkeys everywhere and snow still on the rooftops.

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Tuesday, January 19

Monday, January 18

MONDAY: Pirates blast Panthers

At Asotin, the Prairie girls will seek their fifth consecutive win, having defeated the Panthers once already this season. The previous meeting was a 60-28 Pirates win in December.

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Saturday, January 16


Friday, January 15

Ski scoop

Fish Creek, Cottonwood Butte and Snowhaven snow conditions.

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Thursday, January 14


Wednesday, January 13

GHS announces "fan appreciation day"

All Grangeville fans will get in free on this Saturday, Jan. 16, when the Bulldogs play St. Maries beginning at noon. Four games will be played, with the girls first and the boys to follow. Varsity times are 1:30 p.m. for the girls and 4:30 p.m. for the boys.

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First of two bighorn sheep tags set for auction on Jan. 23

Hunters interested in bidding for the ultimate bighorn sheep hunt can attend the Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet and Auction in Reno from Jan. 21-23, or bid online beginning Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. (PST). Online bids will be taken at

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Hunter Ed set Feb. 1; White Bird club tied for trapshoot lead; Local hoop shoot winners headed to Clarkston Jan. 23; Camas Prairie FNRA banquet set Feb. 12; Big Eddy Trail hike slated Jan. 16; Ski Scoop.

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Boys Basketball; Girls Basketball; Wrestling; Bowling; Trapshooting; Elks Hoop Shoot.

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Credit union meeting is Jan. 31

Cottonwood Credit Union will host its annual meeting and dinner Sunday, Jan. 31, at Cottonwood Community Hall. Registration is at 4 p.m. with meeting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $3 per plate or donate a food item for the food bank. RSVP to the credit union by Jan. 15 by calling 962-3451, 924-0225 or 937-9877.

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Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

Kooskia - Medical Riverview Ln; Cite and release for Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana on a 28-yr-old Kamiah male Woodland Rd/RT; Recovered stolen vehicle Thenon St/RT; Cite and release for Failure to have Valid Driver’s License of a 27-yr-old Worley, ID male Main St/RT; Welfare check, subject OK Ridgewood Dr/NRR; Grangeville - Medical Old Hwy 7; Unattended fire Truck Rt & Lukes Gulch Rd; Riggins - Reckless driver Hwy 95 MP 161/UTL; GPD - Utility problem with water Lincoln St; Dog left out in cold too long West St; CPD - Ambulance transfer; Ambulance transfer.

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Cottonwood museum awarded IHC grant

The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, awarded $80,956 in grants to organizations and individuals at its fall board meeting in Boise.

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Sullivan named to EOU dean’s list

Eastern Oregon University named 541 students to the dean’s list for fall term 2015. Qualifying students achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term. Included was Grangeville High School graduate Megan Sullivan. She is the daughter of Pat Sullivan and Lisa Sullivan of Grangeville.

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Dancin’ Pretty

Shirley’s Dance Studio’s Grangeville dancers were busy practicing their moves at dress rehearsal Monday, Jan. 11. The groups will perform at the annual winter recital set for this Sunday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m., at Grangeville High School. Dancers aged 3 to adult will be highlighted. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Pictured here, Julia Klapprich poses sweetly while Corlene Gibleau is all business.

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Initiatives evidence that citizens disillusioned status quo to change

There is some irony in the precarious position the Gem State has found itself in. Despite setting a goal in 2010 for 60 percent of Idaho’s young people under age 34 to attend postsecondary education, the Idaho Legislature then decided the way to encourage young people to attend college is to significantly inflate the tuition costs for those would-be students in the subsequent years that followed.

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Question with Wilks: Will they be good neighbors?

Will they be good neighbors? That’s the question we ask ourselves when someone pulls up with the moving van into the vacant house next to us. Can we get along? Will they maintain their property to both its benefit and that of the neighborhood? Will they not be disruptive? Overall, will they reflect our values?

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Appreciate creativity with our food drives

Camas Prairie Food Bank Board and volunteer staff thank all who have helped us this past year continue to serve those needing food assistance in our area. We thank our faithful individuals, businesses, churches, schools, organizations and clubs that donate food, money and time to keep us going.

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Where All Things Merge Into One

Pictured is an ice circle that formed on the Salmon River downstream of French Creek near Riggins some time before Fred Taylor of White Bird happened upon it Jan. 8.

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Who determines what’s legally ‘scenic?’

The “scenic” picture of the Walla Walla area featured in the Dec. 20 Tribune brought to mind the subject of “scenic easements,” the instruments used by the U.S. government to control private property that they don’t own. I question the validity of these easements and believe they are devious at best and unconstitutional at worst.

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GRANGEVILLE — Animal House 4-H Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) community room. For details call leader Amy Farris at 507-0487.

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Fuel mishap cause of mobile home fire

A woodstove mishap resulted in a fire last week that destroyed a Suttler Creek Road home north of Syringa. Owner James Brawner, 84, escaped without injury. His mobile home was destroyed. It is believed he was uninsured.

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Conflict with state code puts snafu into process; fix pending legislative action

Elections are still a few months off, but voters looking to declare political affiliations should do so early. A conflict with the election calendar and Idaho State code will have legislators scrambling at the start of the legislative session to quickly plug a loophole that, as it stands, could potentially allow a person to change affiliations twice before the May primary elections.

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Public scoping meetings Jan. 13-14 on tribe PEIS

Public scoping meetings will be held this week for comment to assist the Nez Perce Tribe in managing resources into the future. Evening meetings are today, Jan 13, in Kamiah at the Wa-A’Yas Community center, 502 Main Street; and on Thursday, Jan. 14, in Craigmont at city hall, 109 East Main Street. Both meetings run 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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Greencreek hosts cereal school on Jan. 26

Grain industry issues and research will be the focus of the Tuesday, Jan. 26, Prairie Area Extension Cereal School. Preregister for this informational session, to be held at the Greencreek Community Hall, by Friday, Jan. 15. All ag producers, agri-support personnel and the public are invited to attend.

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Jan. 15 deadline for Ag Land Easement Program

Farmers and ranchers have until Jan. 15 to apply to take part in the Agricultural Land Easement program. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) was created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat, and encourage private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources.

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Productive agriculture landowners get a break at tax time

Property taxes came due Dec. 20, providing a significant source of revenue for local governments and public schools. For ranchers and farmers with several hundred to several thousand acres, the tax bill can quickly add up. Fortunately, productive landowners get a break when it comes tax time. The agricultural program, also known as the ag exemption, reduces the taxable value of agricultural land.

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Drug cases on rise, pinching justice system

“Methamphetamine addition is the number one felony drug offense in this county,” according to a report delivered to the commission by Idaho County’s public defenders. Olds Law Offices, run by Scott and Vicki Olds, provided representation in enough indigent cases to fill a calendar last year. The sheer volume of drug cases – combined with changes in state policy – is leading to delays, and the delays are contributing to the problem the commission has heard about a few times in recent weeks.

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Tuesday, January 12


RIGGINS NEWS: ASK offers classes

Remember, tis the Year of Sweet ‘16… 2016, that is… make every day of this year a day of sweet memories with yourself, your family, your friends, your work partners, your neighbors, the people in your town and across our great land of America. I challenge this quote for all of us this year. “Anyone can find the dirt in some, you be the one to find the gold.”

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Monday, January 11

Saturday, January 9

SATURDAY: Prairie boys win fourth game in five days

The Prairie boys will play the first of their Whitepine League set against Troy, which will double as their fourth game in five days. Since Tuesday, the Pirates have won three contests by an average of nearly 21 points per game.

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Friday, January 8

FRIDAY: Bruner's 18 lift Prairie over CV

The cross-county matchup of Prairie and Clearwater Valley features teams in contention near the top of the Whitepine League, but also two of the area's outstanding senior basketball players.

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Thursday, January 7

THURSDAY: Grangeville girls top Genesee

Visiting Genesee came to town with as many wins (eight) as Grangeville had games played, and left with the same number. With 21 points from Hailey Sullivan, the home team pulled out a 45-28 win despite a rough shooting night.

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Wednesday, January 6

Ready To Serve

Grangeville city councilors (L-R) Pete Lane, Michael Peterson and Amy Farris fill out paperwork following taking the oath of office at Monday night’s Jan. 4 council meeting.

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Get A Grip

Summit’s Jake Stubbers picked this one out of the grasp of CV’s Mitchell Morrow...

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Snow Business

ICP, Inc., off the truck route by the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, received some heavy, wet snows on trees outside its fence during December.

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Scam calls continue to plague people

IRS identifies ways to spot suspicious calls DENVER — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert recently providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

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WHITE BIRD NEWS: Card party set for Methodist church

A new day, a new year. Not everyone made it, so if you are lucky enough to keep writing the wrong year on your checks for the next month, you’re lucky enough. I wish you all many blessing in the coming year and may God’s love fill you all with peace and happiness.

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In The News

GRANGEVILLE — The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veteran’s advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville. The advocate will be available to veterans and their dependents between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the purpose of answering questions about veteran benefits, assist with ongoing claims, and take new claims for filing with the Veterans Administration.

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It's Your Business: Credit union meeting is Jan. 31

Cottonwood Credit Union will host its annual meeting and dinner Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Registration is at 4 p.m. with the meeting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $3 per plate or donate a food item to the food bank. RSVP to the credit union by Jan. 15 by calling 962-3451, 924-0225 or 937-9877.

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Bruner, Parks named to “All-USA Idaho” defensive teams: USA Today

Along with a host of players out of the state’s bigger schools, Prairie’s Jake Bruner and Grangeville’s Austin Parks both got a bit of national recognition for their defensive play in 2015. That’s by way of the “American Family Insurance ALL-USA state teams” announced Dec. 30. They were chosen “based on their athletic achievements from the 2015-16 season.”

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Annual 10-week shoot starts this Sunday; Prairie Pee Wee Basketball program sign-ups due Jan. 9; Input sought on the 10-year revision of the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan; Big Eddy Trail hike slated Jan. 16.

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Selling access? Well, if it walks like a duck

It appears that our good Governor Otter has taken a lesson from Hillary and Bill Clinton on how to leverage your political position to ‘encourage’ folks to give them money that they can then use for their own political purposes. And how, you ask, is he doing this?

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Maintain trust: Keep ISP patrol vehicles marked

Unmarked police cars patrolling for driving violations has the appearance of a game of “gotcha” where officers are looking for an excuse to drop the hammer on drivers. It feels sneaky and deceptive; an enforcement tactic way we don’t feel is commensurate with the infractions – not misdemeanors or felonies, mind you – that highway enforcement officers largely deal with.

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Court Records

Idaho County District Court Judge Gregory FitzMaurice Magistrate Jeff Payne

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Jail turning away convicts for lack of space; county officials talking options

The Idaho County jail is full – not every day, but so frequently that some local scofflaws aren’t serving the sentences judges are handing down. And so, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings sketched out what it would cost to contract for four beds in another county – Lewis or Clearwater – so that those convicted of lesser crimes can serve their sentences.

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Calcaterra sworn in as new trustee for hospital

Syringa Hospital Board met Dec. 28 and swore in new trustee Paula Calcaterra of Harpster. She takes the place of board chair Dave Green who is moving to Oregon; she will serve until the next election, May 2017.

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Faith Briefs

WHITE BIRD — Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird will hold its Second Saturday Men’s Breakfast this week, Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 a.m., free of charge. Just come hungry. PVBC will be starting a women’s study two times per month beginning Saturday, Jan. 16 and again Jan. 23, in the fellowship hall at 9:30 a.m. This month’s sessions will feature studies by Kay Arthur. Contact Kathy Stefani at 839-2220. All ladies are invited.

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Ducks don’t climb trees

Can you imagine the animal kingdom judging and criticizing each other for the things they can’t do? Ducks don’t climb trees very well. Squirrels can’t fly very far. Frogs can’t run very fast and rabbits can’t swim very well.

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Bryon and Amanda Eoff announce the birth of their first child, a son, Brint Steven Eoff. He was born Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at 8:39 p.m. He weighed seven pounds and 1.7 ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long.

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Community Briefs

The White Bird Recreation District, which meets at the recreation hall (former White Bird School) has set two monthly activities. Friday night games will begin Jan. 8, and run 6-9 p.m. Families are invited to take part. Bring a game or play the ones that have been donated. There is no cost. For questions call rec district president Dean or his wife Brenda Heckman at 839-2303.

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Tempus Fugit

•Isiah and Tammy Hartman were the proud winners of the 27-inch Zenith TV/DVD/VCR combo given away at Cash and Carry Foods in Grangeville Dec. 23.

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Prairie Shootout Food Loot

Grangeville High School students worked to take a load of food to the Camas Prairie Food Bank following the Prairie Shootout and food drive competition last month.

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LOWELL/SYRINGA NEWS: Smith celebrates 35 years as Free Press correspondent

Monday morning, Jan. 4, up and at ‘em 5:45 a.m., breakfast: two brown home laid eggs fried over easy in coconut oil, sprinkled with turmeric and black fresh ground pepper, 1/2 banana, 10 red seedless grapes, one tablespoon of dill yogurt sprinkled with one tablespoon of chia seeds, one wonderful cup of coffee, full glass (eight ounces) water.

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ELK CITY NEWS: Wolf, cougar reports in

Winners of the Elk City lighting contest were: first place – Wilderness Eatery; second place - Chris Thompson; third place – Al Varllarde. Congratulations to all and thanks to all who lit up the holidays with cheer!

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Grangeville sweeps CIL openers

The Bulldog boys didn't look quite right in their return to the court after the long winter break, but they nevertheless prevailed over Coeur d'Alene Charter, 45-33, for their first Central Idaho League win of the season.

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