Stories for July 2016


Saturday, July 30

Clear Creek Fire 100 percent contained at 457 acres

The Clear Creek Fire, the human cause of which remains under investigation, has been contained after burning 457 acres since it sprung up Thursday afternoon, Idaho Department of Lands public information officer Sheldon Keafer told the Free Press Saturday evening.

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Friday, July 29

Thursday, July 28

Wednesday, July 27


Football opportunity takes Lindsley to C. of I.

With his older brother establishing himself at Boise State as well as a pair of 2A titles in the shot put and discus of his own, Cole Lindsley’s aptitude for throwing is no secret in southern Idaho. His prowess in the field was such that even with the 2A championship Grangeville High won on the gridiron last fall, not many colleges offered him the chance to continue with both.

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Summer Days Are Fleeting

Deer feasting in rapidly ripening wheat fields are a common sight across the Camas Prairie during late July. With summer days growing shorter, the wheat harvest will be starting soon, and area deer have a month to run before general archery seasons open Aug. 30.

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Cedar Fire at 325 acres

The July 17, lightning caused Cedar fire, continues to burn in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and as of press time was 325 acres.

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White Bird News: White Bird News resumes with Toni Baker

Let’s have some fun, but in the meantime we need to let everyone know what is happening in our little canyon. I am going to be attempting to write the White Bird news for the Free Press. Let me introduce myself…I am Toni Baker and although I do not live here in White Bird, I feel that enough of the folks know me and that we can get the word out as to the comings and goings on from down here.

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

Brandt stumps for Trump at GOP convention in Cleveland

Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt went to Cleveland and helped steer the state’s delegation clear of the insurrection that swept the Colorado delegation out the door on the first day at the Republican National Convention last week. Colorado, like Idaho, had backed Sen. Ted Cruz during the primary; Idaho, unlike Colorado, awarded the majority of its delegates in the clarifying light of a statewide primary vote.

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Birth - Rylynn Jean Davis

Shelby VonBargen and Zachariah Davis are the parents of a baby girl. Rylynn Jean Davis was born June 21, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewiston at 8:29 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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Elk City News - Dixie Days set for Aug. 6, 7

This year’s 105th Dixie Days celebration is coming up fast – Aug. 6 and 7. They are selling raffle tickets at $20 for 20 tickets with the raffle prizes to be a 180 Stihl chain saw and a handmade quilt. Get in on the drawing to be held Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.

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Riggins News - Blood drive on tap for Aug. 9, 10

y Sweet 16 quote of the week is “Be the Reason someone believes in the good of people.” The Salmon River Public Library’s Summer Library Reading Program has one more session left on Tuesday, Aug. 2, due to the two power outages in July. Children 1- 8 years old are invited to attend Tuesday, July 26, 1 p.m. Miss Susan has had a great summer reading program; Thanks so much having this valuable reading program for our little ones, Miss Susan.

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Hot Summer Nights 2016

Riggins City Park provided a shady venue for the annual Hot Summer Nights celebration. Among the weekend’s offerings included a classics car show that drew participants (left, top) to visit with each other and about the old iron. Below, a member of The Fabulous Chancellors, lays down a beat in Saturday’s July 23 performance.

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Community Briefs - July 27, 2016

CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Meal Center’s luncheon for Aug. 3 has been canceled due to vacation Bible school. The next meal is set for Aug. 17, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. All are welcome. Call 926-7776.

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Former CV student makes medical mission trip to Peru

Christine Schmidt recently spent 14 life changing days in Peru. The former Harpster resident and attendee of Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia has forged ahead in her education and career choices, which led her to the pivotal trip.

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It's Your Business: Welding jobs, horse hair mementos

Do you have a small welding job you aren’t sure where to go to get it taken care of? Try Bryan’s Welding &RV Repair. Bryan Cox is a certified welder and specializes in RV repair, small welding projects, mower repair/blade sharpening, oil changes and trailer wiring. Call 507-0929.

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Chapman joins newspaper staff

Laurie Chapman started at the Free Press on June 29. Chapman will be responsible for legal notices each week, as well as reporting news for the weekly publication.

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Austad is new Ida-Lew ED specialist

Jessaca Austad has found her niche. Austad started her new job as Idaho-Lew Economic Development Specialist June 1. “I love this job – every day I think, ‘I get paid to do this!’” she smiled from her office above the Grangeville Post Office on Main Street.

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Club hopes July 30 Kamiah Fly-In lifts off with youth

Kamiah Fly-In is slated this Saturday, July 30, at the Kamiah Airport. There is no admission charge for the event. The event is sponsored by the Clearwater Valley Aero Club, Inc. The goal is to raise funds for the group as well as spark interest in youth for aviation.

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Salmon River continues talk on concealed carry

Salmon River Joint School District 243 continued its discussion into a policy that would allow staff to carry a concealed weapon on school property. The board met Monday, July 18, during its regular meeting at the district offices.

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Parcel delivery employee charged with felony theft

Bad luck and poor decisions on an alleged thief’s part has netted him multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. However, investigators suspect these two related cases may not be the only ones the Lewiston man has committed within the region. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is inquiring for possibly more victims who may have had cash or items disappear, coinciding with a package delivery service.

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A River Runs On Main

Grangeville’s Main Street was flooded following a Tuesday evening, July 19, hailstorm that shot inch-diameter-size and above ice pellets across town and into Mt. Idaho. Substantial crop losses were reported to the southwest, but otherwise no major damage was reported. Here, an eastbound vehicle traverses the flood waters as people attempt to clear a drain in front of Larson’s Department Store.

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Kooskia near FY17 approved budget

The Kooskia City Council moved towards approving the budget for the 2017 fiscal year at its public hearing on July 13. The city proposed a 1.39 percent increase (up $11,820) from the current operating budget of $850,000. If approved, the FY17 budget will be $861,820 starting Oct. 1.

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Court orders new trial for Mark Lankford

Robert and Cheryl Bravence were murdered in the woods in 1983 and justice for them has followed a twisted path, which this week turned, again, in favor of a man juries have convicted twice already. Mark Lankford is headed for yet another trial.

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Phoenix 99 to sing the blues Thursday night

The third in the Free Summer Concert Series will take place Thursday, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. The blues band Phoenix 99 out of Moscow will offer tunes to concert-goers. Phoenix 99 consists of Carol Zinn, lead vocal and guitar, Bob Garcia, bass guitar and vocals, George Durrin, drums and Mike Rishor, lead guitar and vocals.

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Kids Klub to send income surveys

As part of applying for a Community Development Block Grant, Kids Klub is moving forward with a city income survey. “This is something that has to be done each five years for whatever group applies for the grant,” explained Kids Klub building project manager Brett Madron.

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Whitewater Rush

Summer rafting is in full swing on the Salmon River. Saturday, July 23, saw a steady string of rafts, kayaks and catarafts making the run through slow stretches and then wild rapids in the river. This section just south of Lucile off U.S. Highway 95 gave rafters in the hot canyon an exciting dunk in the cool waters of the Salmon.

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Struggle to maintain school-year gains; avoiding the summer slide for kids

I love summer, but as a parent it can be stressful to keep kids safe and busy. Fortunately, there are summer programs to help. If you have a child engaged in one, you may also have the peace of mind that they are likely offering much more than safety and fun. Summer programs can also offer extended learning opportunities and help prevent the ‘summer slide.’

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Stopping civil asset forfeiture abuses

I have been alarmed to read outrageous reports of abuse of civil asset forfeiture where Americans’ property is being seized without it first being proven that a crime was committed or without even an arrest or warrant. From reports of the use of new devices to scan a motorist’s cards and seize money during a traffic stop to a person’s life savings and family business being taken due to unproven suspicion, excessive use of civil asset forfeiture requires action.

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Disgusted ... that said, hoping for finality in a Lankford sentencing, conviction

This year marks 25 years since the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in dissent about a troubling case in which his colleagues ruled our local court had flubbed the process by which Bryan Lankford was sentenced to death. Earlier this week, the Idaho Supreme Court undid the outcome of the related case against Mark Lankford.

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Program good for youth, natural resources

Five Idaho County teens are getting paid to spend time outdoors this summer. The youth have been sprucing up popular recreation sites in the area while gaining work experience learning about natural resources. The crew is part of the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) program.

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County looks to hold levy amount same in budget for FY17

During the budget process the last nine years, the Idaho County Commission has kept the total amount to be levied from taxpayers the same: $2,867,566. Because the value of private property in the county changes year-to-year, the property tax rate homeowners see on their year-end bills could be higher or lower than it was last year, but commissioners have long argued that holding the total levy amount the same year after year amounts to holding the line on taxes.

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Thursday, July 21

Harvests In View

Bales of hay stand in a field just off Old Highway 7 west of Grangeville. Advanced Welding and Steel, Inc., and Idaho Forest Group can be seen in the background.

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Wednesday, July 20


94 Grangeville swimmers set to compete Saturday

The Grangeville swim team this year is bigger than it has been in a while, with 94 set to compete at 9 a.m. this Saturday morning, July 23, for the home meet. The squad also has meets scheduled July 29 at Kendrick and Aug. 3 at Nezperce.

July 20, 2016 8:02 a.m. read more..

Harris heading to Jamestown on QB scholarship

Bulldogs quarterback Layton Harris made a name for himself locally on the football field, and the outward ripples of that will take him to Jamestown, N.D. this fall, where his new coaching staff finds itself in need of a passer.

July 20, 2016 7:42 a.m. read more.. brief

Football parents meeting set; High school soccer sign-ups slated July 25; Jakes Day set Aug. 14; Time to enter second Super Hunt drawing; CV sports physicals on offer Aug. 3; Bighorn sheep opportunities set.

July 20, 2016 7:34 a.m. read more..

Proposed fee irks Snake River guides

Some local Snake River tourism operators aren’t too happy about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s proposal to bump the cost of river tours $5-$10 per person per trip, and some are alleging river managers have made poor use of existing funds while allowing key facilities in Hells Canyon to languish.

July 20, 2016 7:22 a.m. read more..

Vintage Youth to rock park Thursday night

The Free Summer Concert Series will continue Thursday night, July 21, with the band Vintage Youth. “This Grangeville-based band plays a little bit of everything,” said concert organizer Rachel Young.

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Job fair planned for July 21 in Kamiah

The Idaho County unemployment rate for May 2016 stands at 5.1 percent, higher than the state by 1.4 percentage points. But efforts to put residents back to work are ongoing. The Idaho Department of Labor will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Kamiah Middle School Gym, 906 12th Street.

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It's Your Business: Ace bucket sale to benefit ARF

This week, <strong>Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt</strong> is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention July 18-21. Brandt said he has never gone to the convention as a delegate before, but wanted to be part of it this time, as a Trump delegate for Idaho. “I have never wanted to go,” he said, “but this is history in the making.”

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In the News - July 20, 2016

Work started Monday, July 18, on application of a double seal coat to an approximate 18-mile section of State Highway 14. The work will preserve the roadway surface and provide greater traction for motorists.

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Riggins News: Hot Summer Nights set for this weekend

My sweet 16 quote for the week is “When you cannot control what is happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what is happening.” Riggins will be sizzling this weekend! Hot Summer Nights, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce, is this Friday and Saturday July 22-23 in the Riggins City Park.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Get kids to the library to read

Get Ready for Kooskia Days Celebration! It begins Aug. 5th and runs through Aug. 6, and it is sure to be the social event of the Kooskia season. Lots of games, food, live auction, parade and dance. Go to the Kooskia Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. The chamber of commerce events Calendar is not updated, yet, still showing last year’s events. I will have more next week about the happenings.

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Wagon Road Family

LaMoyne Hunter led a portion of his family – including two daughters and a grandson – through the Main Street of Clearwater Saturday, July 16. The occasion was the Elk City Wagon Road Days celebration. Hunter and his family live in Harpster.

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Community Briefs - July 20, 2016

The end of summer reading celebration party is set for Saturday, July 30, Lions Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lions Club is providing hot dogs and drinks for the kids. There will be giveaway items for everyone. Drawings for the grand prizes will be at 12:30 p.m. All children who participated in summer reading are invited.

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Sisters celebrate 60, 70-year jubilees

Monday, June 11 — the Feast of St. Benedict — the community of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho celebrated the jubilees of Sister Chanelle Schuler and Sister Jean Lalande (60 years) and Sister Valine Kachelmier (70 years).

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Births - July 20, 2016

Raul and Monica Cerecero of Grangeville are the parents of a baby son. Rafael Octavio Cerecero was born July 12, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long.

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New Lights For Cell Tower

A four-man crew with Towers Northwest LLC spent last Thursday and Friday, July 14-15, conducting wireless tower upgrades in Grangeville. The 200-foot tall tower, located south of Early Bird Supply off North D Street, is leased to American Tower, which bought out the lease from former owner, Verizon. Last week, the crew was replacing tower LED lighting – three in the middle and a new top beacon — to a more reliable system that allows American Tower better system monitoring abilities. Pictured here during Thursday evening’s work were Kyle Dinsdale (facing) and Levi Membrere.

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Written comments offer glimpse of public opinion on plan

The Idaho County Commission’s first meeting on the new natural resource plan back in January 2016 launched a public process during which the county received written comments from 15 locals. The Free Press reviewed all the comments as well as the Idaho County Natural Resource Plan (ICNRP) initial and final drafts and found some comments are reflected more strongly in the final draft than others. The commission is preparing to adopt the ICNRP next Tuesday, July 26.

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Cottonwood school board approves track bid, school lunch fees increase

In a unanimous decision by Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Board of Education, a bid to asphalt the gravel track was approved Monday night, July 18. The $100,635.60 bid came from Valley Paving and Asphalt of Cottonwood. District Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann said the district had received only one bid by the deadline.

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It’s time for Idaho lawmakers to address education funding formula

Twenty years ago, the World Wide Web was an infant, Operation Desert Storm had just ended and The Grateful Dead played their last concert. It was also the last time the Idaho Legislature addressed the education funding formula, which drives a $1.6 billion annual budget and determines the education of Idaho’s children.

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Presentation misrepresented by paper

I was disappointed to read the article “Conversation hits issues for county health,” and the opinion written by Mr. Rauzi “Addressing community problems starts with us “ (Wednesday, July 13). The information presented by Idaho County Free Press about the community gathering organized by Kirsten Jensen of U of I, Idaho County Extension Health, Nutrition and Fitness Educator, that discussed ways to prevent and fight childhood obesity couldn’t have been more misrepresented.

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Hot Summer Nights to sizzle this weekend

What includes classic cars, reunions and local talent galore? It’s those Hot Summer Nights. The annual Hot Summer Nights celebration is set for this weekend, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, in Riggins. The annual event is held at the Riggins City Park.

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Man charged with theft of explosives from ITD last fall

Already faced with felonies for a series of area burglaries, a Grangeville man faces unrelated new charges for allegedly stealing explosives from an Idaho Transportation Department work site last fall. As a result of this, the state agency has changed procedures to better track and secure such hazardous materials in the future.

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Heated White Bird town hall addresses water issues

Spillage from the White Bird City Council meeting Monday, July 11, leaked into the town hall meeting Thursday, July 14. At the council meeting, Mayor Rod Pilant made a three-page letter available to the public addressing his concerns regarding a handful of rumors circulating in the community. The community responded to his commentary at a town hall meeting at the IOOF Hall scheduled to discuss problems with the community’s waste water plant.

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Main paving starts Thursday; US 95 finishes Friday

As milling work on Main Street progresses today and Thursday (July 20-21), repaving along U.S. Highway 95 through Grangeville is scheduled for completion this Friday, July 22, with normal traffic to resume on the weekend. According to Idaho Transportation Department project manager Janet Zarate, shoulder grading next Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, may cause minor motorist delays.

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Vehicle recovered from May’s fatality accident

Water conditions allowed for recovery last Sunday, July 17, of the vehicle involved in May’s double fatality crash. However, the body of the second victim, Cayla Danenberg, 20, was not located in the 2004 Nissan Maxima.

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$53 million in county projects

State proposals call for more than $53 million in transportation infrastructure projects within Idaho County during the next five years. These are part of the FY2017-21 draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) currently up for public comment through July 30.

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Grangeville man detained on bad check case subsequently charged with meth possession

While questioning a Grangeville man on passing bad checks at a Riggins grocery, law enforcement made an interesting discovery. Now, along with four counts of issuing checks without sufficient funds, Steeven G. Nunez, 28, is charged with additional felonies of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver, and possession of major contraband within a correctional facility, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Sponsored content: Poxleitner: If your car has been running hot, it's time to act

“An overheating engine is more than a bummer,” said Gerad Poxleitner, automotive and diesel expert at Extreme Auto. “It can be an expensive engine killer that will leave you on the side of the road, then on to the repair shop for an expensive repair bill.”

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Sponsored content: TJ Schmidt: After fun in the mud, clean your machine

Summer trail riders usually have fun dealing with dust and mud while out and about, but all that dirt isn’t useful afterward. Dirt can contribute to problems and it can keep you from noticing parts that need attention.

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Sponsored content: Hydration is critical for heart health

Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke.

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98-year-old WW II veteran Maurice Vincent: ‘I never forget my prayers … God has never forgotten me’

Several close-calls in the life of Maurice “Vince” Vincent have solidified his belief in God and His grace. “I pray every night – I never forget my prayers because God has never forgotten me,” the 98-year-old World War II veteran said. Vincent spoke to a group of ladies from Treasure Life Book Club from his residence at Meadowlark Home in Grangeville July 13.

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Saturday, July 16

Friday, July 15

Friday starts ramped-up work on Main Street, SH13 project

Construction kicks into high gear Friday night, July 15, as crews begin a 24-7 schedule to expedite repaving along Main Street/State Highway 13. Contractor, Knife River, will begin milling Grangeville’s Main Street Friday night, starting at 9 p.m. from U.S. Highway 95 to Idaho Avenue, and work until 6 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Milling will continue Saturday night, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday morning from Idaho Avenue to the junction with Mt. Idaho Road.

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Wednesday, July 13

Summer Softball Starts

Guillermo ‘Memo’ Hernandez delivers a strike during softball league action Monday night, July 11. The league features nine teams this year, with games four nights a week, Mondays through Thursdays, through mid-August.

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Tourney Time

The Seubert Excavators team won the July 9 Knights of Columbus Golf tournament at Grangeville Country Club.

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Council OK’s sponsoring Kids Klub grant

With city sponsorship approved, Kids Klub can move forward on its $300,000 federal grant application for construction of a new facility. Sponsorship was unanimously approved last Tuesday, July 5, by the Grangeville City Council, allowing the nonprofit to pursue the community development block grant that, matched with the nonprofit’s own funds, will go toward a building to expand its afterschool youth development programs.

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Football preseason just weeks away; CV sports physicals on offer Aug. 3; Gold Trail Wranglers set o-mok-see July 16; Jakes Day set Aug. 14; Swim meets slated July 23, Aug. 3; Forest Service rolls out new web map; Time to enter second Super Hunt drawing

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Avista to do away with $3.50 convenience fee

A $3.50 convenience fee paid by residential customers of Avista Utilities will soon be going away. The fee is charged by a third-party vendor when Avista electric or natural gas customers pay their bills online or by telephone.

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ICLP hires new manager

The Board of Directors of the Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative Association, Inc., based in Grangeville, recently announced Max Beach has been selected to be the cooperative’s next general manager.

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Milestone - Anniversary - Wallace - 50 years

Jerry and Jane Wallace of Clarkston will be the guests of honor at an open house celebration from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Clarkston’s Quality Inn. Their two sons will be hosts for the celebration and wish to extend an invitation to family and friends to join them in celebrating the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.

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Milestone - Anniversary - McHugh - 50 years

JoAnn (Willenborg) and Eugene McHugh of Cottonwood celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 25, 2016. Both are lifelong residents of the Camas Prairie. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood June 25, 1966, with Monsignor Verhoven officiating.

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Community Briefs - July 13, 2016

AMIAH – American Legion Post No. 75 will host Bingo this Friday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. This is set for the American Legion Hall, 618 Main Street. Concessions will be open and $100 blackout and 50/50 drawing will be held. Call Ron Funnemark with questions: 935-0294.

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Addressing community problems starts with us

We don’t lack problems to address or opportunities to serve in Idaho County; what we lack are the people who will commit to being part of the solution and not simply pointing at others as the problem.

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On the importance of mentoring

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the importance of mentoring in encouraging achievement in our nation’s youth. Mentors across America are helping ensure young people reach their goals and goals they may never have thought they could achieve.

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Join battle to end govt. lawlessness

Suction dredge mining in Idaho is outside the scope of the Clean Water Act. Please consider the “Silberman Standard” as found in the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit case numbered, Nos. 97-5099, 97-5112.

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James gave this farm kid a chance

It was good to see the 2016 grand marshal in the parade this year. I worked for the James family when I was a kid. I didn’t get to talk to Wayne this year, but thought I would share this story about the good old days.

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Stites Day serves up big fun

Not even a brief rainstorm could break up the fun residents had at Stites Day. At about 3 p.m., just after the horseshoe competition finished up, the rain fell for about an hour. Attendants stood under the awnings of the Stites Grocery and the Silver Dollar Pizzeria and Pub, visiting and some enjoying a beer.

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Conversation hits issues for county health

Community members gathered at the Soltman Center Thursday evening to discuss barriers and support systems to healthy lifestyles. About 21 individuals showed up to participate in a conversation generated by a research project, GROW Healthy Kids and Communities. “We want to focus on what our community needs,” said Kirstin Jensen, University of Idaho extension educator.

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Kooskia to move on FY17 budget

The Kooskia City Council moves forward on approving the budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 in its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 13. The meeting will be held in the Kooskia City Hall, 26 Main Street.

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VA Clinic currently serving 400 area patients

Veterans are being served in Idaho County. That is evidenced by the sheer numbers at the Grangeville VA clinic. Nurse practitioner Beth Monsebroten, who provides medical services at the Syringa VA Clinic, spoke to the board at its regular monthly meeting June 27.

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Slide cleanup hours extended; travel unrestricted

Slide cleanup efforts accelerated on Monday, July 11, that will extend hours for motorists traffic through the work area and may shorten the overall project. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, vehicles will be piloted through the work zone on State Highway 14 all day, from 5 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Previously, weekday traffic had only been piloted through from noon to 1 p.m.

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Speed a factor in fatal crash at White Bird

“Speed was a factor,” said investigator, Idaho State Police Trooper Travis Hight, in last week’s single-vehicle crash on the White Bird grade that claimed the life of Jose L. Santos, 19, of Grangeville. An initial crash report was expected to be completed this week; however, the full investigation into last Tuesday’s July 5 crash three miles north of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95 is expected to take several weeks, according to Hight.

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Rain interrupts completion of haying

With haying currently in progress and moving towards completion, farmers are eyeing the beginning of harvest for other crops. Cutting could begin towards the end of July for fields of barley, canola and winter wheat. University of Idaho county extension educator Jim Church said he estimates haying to be 85 to 90 percent completed. “I’d say we are probably 90 percent done,” he said. “Then the rains came and we stalled out.”

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Time to pick up controlled hunt tags

Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and bear have until midnight Mountain Daylight Time, Monday, Aug. 1 to buy their tags.

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Bighorn sheep opportunities set

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission released two 2017 bighorn sheep tags, one for lottery and one for auction, at its meeting in Jerome, Thursday, July 7.

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Dredgers to fight S.F. Clearwater River mining regulations

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are going forward with a plan to regulate suction dredging on the South Fork Clearwater River, in a move that will reopen the riverbed to as many as 15 small scale mining operations per year. Prior to 2012, small-scale suction dredging in the river had faced only state-level regulation from the Idaho Department of Water Resources, which had required only a letter permit.

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Allegations stack up against two out-of-state bear hunters

Misdemeanor charges – 36 counts dating from 2012 to last month – were filed against a father and son who had allegedly hunted under bad paperwork for years – essentially, for buying and using the wrong licenses. Bruce Gabari Jr. and Bruce Gabari Sr. were named in the stack of case files – 29 in total – which stands several inches tall on a shelf at the Idaho County Courthouse.

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Mutton, Busted

White Bird Rodeo’s mutton bustin’ winners were Hatley Riggs, Payson Bayes, Tyrin Howard and Noah Cereghino.

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County resource plan hearing set July 26

Idaho County Commissioners had anticipated the final draft of the county’s natural resource plan would be available this week for public inspection online through the county website, The document is delayed until next week, so the commission has delayed its next hearing on the plan until 11 a.m. July 26.

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Raspberry Festival to feature art show

This year’s Raspberry Festival, set for Sunday, Aug. 7, will feature an art show that will be a celebration of talents in the community. The exhibit will be located in the Johanna Room of Spirit Center. There is no entry fee and artists are responsible for any sales of their works.

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Friday, July 8

Unrestricted travel starting Monday through slide area

Taking advantage of earlier sunlight hours to expedite clean-up efforts in the aftermath of a massive landslide west of Elk City on Idaho 14, the Idaho Transportation Department on Monday, July 11, will move up work hours to start at 5 a.m. on the project. The slide cleanup is on pace for completion in late August.

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Wednesday, July 6

Tuesday crash claims life of 19 year old

Idaho State Police is investigating a Tuesday afternoon, July 5, fatal crash along the White Bird Grade. Jose L. Santos, 19, of Grangeville, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

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Strong turnout follows record entries

Attendance nearly matched record entries for the 105th edition of the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo, as crowds last Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights appeared to fill the grandstands as full as they’ve been since the centennial.

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Time to enter second Super Hunt drawing; Jakes Day set Aug. 14; Swim meets slated July 23, Aug. 3; Summer softball season opens; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set.

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Cottonwood track project faces hurdles

Cottonwood School District 242 in a special meeting held June 24 decided to rebid its project to asphalt the track that encircles the football field near Prairie Elementary School. The decision came after Ryan Hasselstrom, Prairie Junior/Senior High School teacher and high school track coach, updated the board on bids received during the regular meeting June 20.

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DEQ pushes solid waste conformity

A small change in Idaho Department of Environmental Quality policy will make a big change in how solid waste service providers and local governments across the region handle certain kinds of trash. While facilities such as Walco of Grangeville, Latah Sanitation of Moscow and Simmons Sanitation of Kamiah are abiding by local policy, DEQ is telling them – and the counties that rely on their services – to send certain kinds of waste out of the area.

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‘Tradition’ for Border Days participants

With a day earlier start to the rodeo, the annual Grangeville Border Days celebration gave participants more time to celebrate the July 4 holiday. Rodeo events ran July 1-3 with main festivities going July 2-4.

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Top Down Approach Double Talk

Senator Risch: This letter involves a serious comment by you in a recent Lewiston Tribune newspaper article, “Sen. Jim Risch said he’s disgusted by the top-down approach federal agencies used….” In other words, federal agencies do not work first with the people and organizations in states to develop their programs.

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Trevor’s Law: an honor to Idaho

Trevor Schaefer of Boise not only fought hard and survived after being diagnosed with brain cancer at the young age of 13, but also he has fought for the last seven years to get legislation through Congress and to the President’s desk that will help others through the documentation and tracking of childhood and adult cancer clusters in Idaho and around the nation.

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Fire prevention is elementary

Everyone who believes in personal, individual responsibility ought to know what they can do to prevent forest fire, and everyone ought to expect their neighbors to know, too. Fire safety basics should be common sense – and, in our region, they are – but not everyone acts like it.

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Organization News

- Big Cedar Homemakers - Grangeville Senior Citizens - Idaho County Democrats - Kooskia Saddliers - Pioneer Senior Citizens

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Community briefs - July 6, 2016

Central Idaho Rodeo Association is looking for new memberships. The CIRA is a family-oriented rodeo with events for ages younger than 7 to grandparents. It’s a place for kids to learn on their horses, builds horsemanship, and is also good for training young horses. Contact: Melissa Ream, secretary, 628-3926,; Jenna Cereghino, vice president, 451-3253,; Cheyenne Gaspar, treasurer,

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Book depicts life of rugged rancher

Outskirts Press, Inc., recently published the book My Heaven in Hells Canyon: Growing Up in Snake River by Violet Wilson Shirley. The paperback is available on for $19.95.

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Family, community gather in Greencreek

Nestled in the middle of the rolling prairie lies a quaint community of between 100 and 200 people. Driving through the unincorporated city on a day when no events are planned, one might think it’s almost abandoned.

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A Rose By Any Other Name ...

These dark red climbing roses outside of Cottonwood have gone rogue, covering an old stove oil tank at the home of Betty Campbell on Grave’s Creek Road.

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Times Past - More Than A Century Of Idaho County News - July 6, 2016

A discovery coordinated by the Idaho State Historical Society confirms a settlement overlooking Cougar Bar and the Cochran Islands near the north end of Hells Canyon could be the site of the Lewis Clark “side trip.” An archeological survey identifies longhouse depressions matching the description in Sgt. Ordway’s journal.

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104 Years Strong

Those along the Border Days parade route on C Street saw Grangeville resident Helen Nuxoll and her family gathering in her front yard (next door to the Eagles Hall) and when they realized it was her 104th birthday, she received many songs and shouts of good wishes.

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Grangeville Main Street/US95 repaving projects begin this week

With Border Days out of the way, now work can begin in earnest on repaving projects along Grangeville’s Main Street and an approximate two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 95 running through town. Knife River is the contractor on this $2.3 million project, scheduled for completion in late September. Motorists can expect delays up to 15 minutes through the U.S. 95 work, and the Main Street project will be conducted at night with detour routes for traffic.

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Free concert series to begin July 14

Grangeville’s Free Summer Concert Series has been scheduled to run Thursday nights, July 14, through Aug. 4. “We tried to concentrate on local area talent this year,” said organizer Rachel Young.

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Stites Days set for July 9, 10

The city of Stites plans to “Make Stites Great Again” with its annual Stites Day events, July 9-10. - Dale and Jill Hauntz will serve as grand marshalls for the Main Street parade, which rolls out on Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Learning To Swim

Students finish up with instruction for the morning at swim lessons at the Grangeville City Pool last Thursday, June 30.

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Friday, July 1

Border Days Grand Marshal 2016: Wayne James; James’ family background steeped in Border Days history

ESERVATION LINE ROAD — A small cluster of pearls fashioned into a pin sits permanently attached to the band of Wayne James’ cowboy hat. It’s a constant reminder of his life’s true love – one that may not have been had it not been for perseverance and flexibility – splashed with a dose of understanding and even forgiveness. But this all comes a little later in James’ story. James will serve as the Border Days Grand Marshal 2016

July 1, 2016 2:58 p.m. read more..

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