Stories for June 2016


Wednesday, June 29


24th annual Winchester Open Rodeo set July 2-3

The 24th annual Winchester Rodeo is set for July 2-3, Saturday and Sunday, in conjunction with the annual Winchester Days celebration. Events include barrel racing, bull riding, breakaway roping, mutton bustin’, steer riding, calf riding, team roping, calf roping, saddle bronc and bareback riding, chute doggin’, ranch bronc riding, and, new this year, women’s steer stopping.

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Lost in the wilds, or finding your way home when the smoke clears

Dear Bwana, I recently got a little turned around while mushroom hunting up by Florence. I was finally able to get out to a road, but the experience has made the fear of being lost prominent in my mind. Do you have any suggestions on how I can be a little more safe in country I’m not familiar with? Thanks, Travis

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Most, but not all camping, travel options open

In advance of the July 4 holiday, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have listed campsite, roads and trails highlights, and information on camping, hiking, picnicking and other recreational opportunities is available online at

June 29, 2016 8:18 a.m. read more.. brief

‘Capped’ general-season, resident elk tags on sale July 10; Controlled hunt drawing results online; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; Stanley Cup winner Cole to visit July 2.

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Friday night rodeo draw looks loaded

The Border Days Rodeo is a little different this year — as it falls July 1-2-3 and not on the Fourth for the first time anyone can remember — but as a whole it’s as big as ever and Family Night this Friday night, July 1, figures to be huge.

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Syringa man warns of IRS scam

Is someone from the IRS threatening you over the phone with legal action over supposed owed back taxes? That’s a scam, and a Syringa man wants the word out to protect people from getting taken.

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ICSO deputy back following inquiry

Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy, Cpl. Carlos Martinez, returned to work last Friday, June 24, following completion of an internal investigation brought in early June.

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Urbahn marks 40 years with July 4th fireworks display

When John Urbahn started pitching in to help with the Border Days fireworks show, he helped his dad, Bob Urbahn, set up and launch a much smaller booming, glittering display than will be seen at the GHS football field this Independence Day. It has been four decades of joy for John Urbahn, who is about to mark his 40th year launching the July 4 fireworks with the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department.

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Syringa eyes affiliation with Kootenai Health

In an effort to continue to support its mission to provide high quality health care to its patients, Syringa Hospital’s board is exploring a new avenue. A special board meeting was held June 21 with John Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health (KH) in Coeur d’Alene, speaking about benefits of affiliation with KH. KH already has this relationship with four other hospitals in Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Kellogg and St. Maries.

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MVSD 244 board passes $19M budget

Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 20 meeting to accept a 2016-17 proposed budget of $19,068,410.

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Trail Ride Across Camas Prairie

Riding the abandoned rail bed from Cottonwood was a procession of mule-drawn wagons last Saturday, June 25. The Summer Bash event, sponsored by Coyote Mule Co of Cottonwood and Ridn’ for the Cross ministry in Grangeville, drew 25 participants, 15 mules and five horses for the morning ride across the Camas Prairie, followed by a meal, fellowship service and music at the Gary and Judy Porter property. Pictured leading the group is Jack Chambers, 8, riding Little Bit, and his father, Barney Chambers, riding Bluebell, both of Cottonwood; and in between is Sam Landrum of Grangeville.

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Thanks for rally help

Animal Ark would like to publicly express our thanks and appreciation to Southfork River Ranch and to all the folks from around the Northwest who participated in their annual motorcycle Poker Run Rally.

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Company in town why Border Days a success

Without the many volunteers and the countless hours Border Days won’t exist. The excuse that one has company in town is folly, because most all of us have company in town, and that is another reason Border Days is successful. Some of the volunteers during Border Days are visitors to town, so step up to the plate and volunteer to join a group or organization.

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Graffiti on grade needs to be removed

These graffiti need to be removed. It is proven that once it starts it will continue to spread because the “doers” of this graffiti think they can get away with more and more. It is time to put a stop to this and clean up what has already been done.

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The Gym buys Groaners

After a 16-year, post-retirement venture, Groaners Fitness will change hands. Paul and Julie Hauger are turning the Groaners keys over to Lance and Eve McColloch, current owners of The Gym.

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USDA crop signs identify varieties throughout Idaho County

People driving through Idaho County this summer will notice some signs educating them on what is being grown in the farm fields next to the highways. “The signs are an outreach project for our office,” said Julie Fowler, county executive director of Idaho County’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), as part of the nationwide USDA initiative, “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.”

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Rau named regional USFS director

Ralph Rau has been selected as the Director of Fire, Aviation and Air for the Forest Service’s Northern Region, announced Regional Forester Leanne Marten. Rau began his duties this week. He is based in Missoula, Mont.

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FSA county committee nominations due Aug. 1

Nominations are currently being accepted for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. The nomination period opened June 15, and nominations are due to the USDA Service Center in Grangeville by Aug. 1

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July 15 FSA deadline report on county spring planted crops

Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits, according to Idaho County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Julie Fowler.

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Kooskia Park is everyone’s property

To whom do the city parks belong? The community? They are maintained using state, federal and local taxes. “Land set aside for the use of the public” (Merriam-Webster). For 10 years I, along with family and friends, use the Kooskia Park for just that reason twice a week in the summer. We play volleyball along with some other activities and enjoy the safe swimming there. We frequent the business for snacks, lunch/dinner, gas and coffee. Last fall we were informed volleyball nets were no longer welcome at Kooskia Park....

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Restrictions at park against intended use

For several years a group of Kooskia, Kamiah and surrounding area residents have been playing volleyball at the Kooskia City Park. We gather twice a week for family style grass volleyball and community fellowship. In 2015 when we arrived at the park we found signs posted saying “no playing volleyball on the grass.” We moved to the Kamiah Park until we could talk to the city council.

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Organization News

- Grangeville Senior Citizens Center - 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club - Pioneer Senior Citizens

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Salvage work started to recover logs from 2015 fire season

After the huge fire season last year, the federal forests started planning salvage work that may yet recover lots of logs from burned areas. Plans for three of the projects the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests started in 2015 are now in writing. The three drafts went up for public review and comment on May 7, and the combined forests have made some changes.

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Cow Town

Cows run the long driveway at the Wayne James ranch on Reservation Line Road outside of Grangeville.

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Veterans can get free Walking Taco July 4

LC4Vets and military families will be greeting veterans, active service members and their families at the park next to the “Walking Tacos” food stand Monday, July 4. Trinity Lutheran Church’s “Walking Taco’s” stand will continue their tradition of providing a free Walking Taco to all those who have served or are serving in military services.

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Community meeting to focus on health

The public is invited to a community conversation at the Soltman Center Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m. Area residents will have the opportunity to connect with neighbors and friends, share a meal, and learn about community members’ thoughts about features in the Grangeville community environment that make it easy or difficult for adults and children to eat healthfully and be physically active.

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Milestone: Anniversary: Hafer -- 50 years

Robert and Jeannie Hafer were married July 9, 1966, in Weippe, and lived in Pocatello, where he worked for Hill Bros. Buick. Two weeks later, he was inducted into the United States Air Force. She moved to Texas to join him during his technical training, and upon completion, they moved to Spokane, Wash., where he was stationed at Fairchild AFB.

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Community Briefs: June 29, 2016

KAMIAH — American Legion post No. 75 will host Bingo this Friday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 618 Main Street, Kamiah. Call Ron Funnemark at 935-0294.

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Museum undergoes remodel

Like many Benedictine monasteries throughout history, the Monastery of St. Gertrude is striving to preserve cultural heritage as well as serve a spiritual purpose.

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Quilts Of Valor

Several veterans received a Quilt of Valor at the Veteran’s Service held at Grangeville High School on Memorial Day. May 30.

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Times Past: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News

90 YEARS AGO April 1, 1926 •Medicinal beer may be sold says govt. Just what this new medicinal beer or malt tonic is, no one seems to know, but the fact that it is said to contain 3.75 percent of alcohol is making many an old toper lick his lips in anticipation. Officials in charge of prohibition enforcement declined, in the absence from the city of Assistant Secretary Andrews of the treasury, to say much about the new regulation, except to give assurance that the new “health booster” would be available without prescriptions at drug stores even in bone dry states.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: VBS to be held at Stites Baptist July 11-14

Batten down the hatches and prepare to be Submerged! Join Stites Baptist Church for a few days of exploring below the surface. Kids will begin their exploration each day on what lies below the surface in the deep sea by creating crafts, playing fun games, enjoying tasty snacks, singing cool songs, and learning about missions. Kids will discover that Jesus saw people for who they were deep down, not who they appeared to be on the surface.

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Riggins News: Chiropractor in town on Tuesdays

My sweet 16 quote for the week is “A toddler can do more in one unsupervised minute than most people can do all day.” (I get to be with my 2-year-old-toddler and 6 ½ year old this week. I will be alert at all times.)

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It's Your Business: Town dressed up for Fourth

When you have a chance, stop and look in the windows (and go in the store, too!) at Walker’s Jewelry on Grangeville’s Main Street. They have a beautiful red, white and blue display window that is very festive for this Fourth of July. They also have some unique western jewelry displayed.

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Thursday, June 23

July 3 rodeo ‘Pink Out’ to raise cancer awareness, local funds

The clothes you wear don’t always make a difference in the world, but the color you wear July 3 can make a big difference locally. The Border Days Committee and 2016 Royalty have declared Sunday night at the rodeo “Pink Out the Stands” night. For everyone who wears pink to the rodeo, Grangeville Border Days will donate $1 to a local cancer fund.

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Wednesday, June 22

Stanley Cup winner Cole coming to Border Days

Stanley Cup winner and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole will be in Grangeville this Border Days and will be in the parade Saturday, July 2 and at Pioneer Park, Elizabeth Rockwell Brown told the Free Press.

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Seubert's Haul

Larry Seubert gathered quite a haul of medals at this year’s Lewis & Clark Summer Games. He is shown with the five golds and one silver medal he earned competing in the 60-64 year old age group. He received four gold medals in swimming events for the 200 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter freestyle and 50 meter backstroke. He also received a gold medal in bowling doubles and a silver for bowling singles. With all the swimming gold medals he could be called the “Michael Phelps of Cottonwood.”

June 22, 2016 8:24 a.m. read more..

CV wrestling fund-raiser exceeds goal on $10K gift

Shortly after his squad’s strong finish at state, Clearwater Valley wrestling coach Carlos Martinez launched a project to raise $20,000 to bring key equipment up-to-date, including new mats ($9,500) wall padding ($7,250) and a heating system upgrade.

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Rough, No Tumble

On Tuesday afternoon, June 21, no results were available for the Clearwater Valley Roundup Association rodeo held last weekend in Kamiah. Pictured, a bronc rider stuck right with a tough horse last Sunday, June 19.

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F&G board to meet in Jerome July 6-7; Mountain to Meadow runs slated June 25; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; Karate kids compete; New fee proposed for Snake River boaters.

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Marek nabs bronc prize

Konnyr Marek was the only rider to stick with one of the Superior Rodeos ranch broncs last Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, at the 27th annual White Bird Rodeo. Including the $1,600 in added money as a Western States Ranch Rodeo Association event, the qualified ride ended up being worth more than $2,200 to Marek — the weekend’s single biggest payout.

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Idaho knows how to manage lands for outdoor recreational activities

Outdoor recreational activities — hiking, mountain biking, hunting, skiing, fishing — are a way of life for many Idahoans. However, as the state population has increased, a decline in access to federally managed public lands has occurred, especially for recreational purposes. This is true throughout the West.

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Ideas I battle for are based in truth

Well, it’s been five weeks since the election and based on the amount of press, and e-mail comments from the left, I must be winning. The ideas I battle for are based in the truth and they ring faithful to the blessing of our liberties and freedoms. That we are endowed with certain inalienable rights and governments are instituted among men to secure the blessings of these liberties, not abridge them.

June 22, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Funderburg case dismissed against ICSO

Three years after a sex scandal struck the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, United States District Judge Edward Lodge on June 10 dismissed a federal civil case against Sheriff Doug Giddings, Undersheriff Jim Gorges and Idaho County.

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Organization News

- Grangeville Senior Citizens - Pioneer Senior Citizens - ACS Camas Prairie Relay For Life: Hanings are this year’s chairpersons - Local hams participate in Field Day June 25-26

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Fed taxiway grant in hand; work a go

Reconstruction work at the Idaho County Airport will be completed this year, due to timely award of a Federal Aviation Administration grant. Notice to proceed for Valley Paving of Cottonwood is for mid-July on the $1,498,485 taxiway project, according to airport manager Mike Cook. This will be conducted alongside the $4.020 million runway reconstruction project that began June 6.

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Sprutes pick up the pieces after fire destroys their home

June 10 will be forever etched in the minds of Peggy Blankenship Sprute and her two youngest children, Della and Remington. The three were in their old Reservoir Road farmhouse in Cottonwood when, just before noon, the lights began to flicker. “I thought it was just because of a storm,” shrugged 17-year-old Della. “I had been downstairs and went back up toward my room and then yelled, ‘Mom! There’s smoke!’” recalled 13-year-old Remington.

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Salmon River H.S. tops state SAT performance

One of Idaho’s smallest school districts was the top performing district in SAT scores for its students. Salmon River Joint School District 243 in Riggins, with about 100 students enrolled, had an average SAT score of 1,123.

June 22, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Tri-parish Bible school on tap

I hope all the fathers had a great day Sunday. We spent the day with family and friends in the mountains; our favorite thing to do. Haying is getting started on the prairie. Some farmers were able to get some hay in before the rain. Our family is cutting hay today, so that means I get grandkids all week!

June 22, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

NEPA projects taking place on districts

Among the “small NEPA” projects the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests announced in a May 27 letter are several taking place on local ranger districts. On the Red River Ranger District are projects calling for electrical lines are to be buried along Road 222D near Dixie and test drilling for gold in the Siegel Creek drainage. On the Salmon River Ranger District are projects calling for culvert replacement in Peasley Creek and placer mining exploration in the French Creek drainage. On the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District is a project calling for tree planting in the area burned by last summer’s Woodrat Fire.

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Elk City News: VBS set for June 27 at Baptist church

Elk City Baptist Church will hold their annual summer Vacation Bible School for children the week of June 27 through July 1. All children are invited from preschool through 7th grade. The program is titled: Submerged – Finding truth below the surface. The children will learn some very important life skills and truths while they have fun with music and other creative activities. Snacks will be provided each day. The activities kick off Monday, June 27, 9 a.m.

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Riggins News: ‘Thanks’ to John, David for American flags on Main Street

My sweet ’16 quote of the week is by Josh Shipp: “You either get bitter or better. It is that simple. You either take what has been dealt and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to you!” Salmon River School District 243 was Idaho’s top-performing district on the SAT and one of the state’s smallest districts. Salmon River is a four-day week district-based school in Riggins, Idaho with an enrollment of barely 100 students K-12 in the district; there were 37 enrolled high school students 2015-16. The school’s average SAT score was 1,123. Way to go Salmon River; we are all proud of you!

June 22, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Kooskia / Kamiah News: Insurance workshop set for June 28

If you suffered a loss from the fires last year there is a meeting that might be of interest to you. The meeting will be June 28, at the Kamiah Emergency Services building beginning at 6 p.m. It is a workshop which will include information you will need to talk with your insurance company.

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In the News June 22 2016

Insurance help for wildlife survivors is the topic of a Roadmap to Recovery workshop set Tuesday, June 28, Kamiah Fire Station on Main Street, starting at 6 p.m. Those property owners whose homes were damaged or destroyed are encouraged to attend. Topics covered will be navigating your insurance claim, extending deadlines, recovering “held back” depreciation and full value on your property, and overcoming challenges around the one-year anniversary. Free copies of the Disaster Recovery Handbook and Household Inventory Guide will be available.

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Corral Dust: ‘Pink Out the Stands’ on July 3

Don’t forget: Pink Out the Stands is set for the rodeo Sunday, July 3, 6 p.m. For everyone who wears pink, $1 will be donated by the Border Days Committee to a local cancer charity. Support the rodeo and support your local friends and family members who may be experiencing complication from a cancer diagnosis.

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Thanks to Larson’s

Thanks to Larson’s clothing store for the donation of their nice, handled paper bags for Quilts of Valor recipients to place their quilts in. This group of veterans received their quilts at the Keuterville Pub and Grub on Memorial Day.

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Filing claims ICSO malice

A Kamiah wrecking company owner is seeking $3.5 million in damages as part of a tort claim filed last week against the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

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Adventures Wrapped Up

PICH (Partners Inspiring Community Health) held the last of its Extreme Adventure Club offerings Saturday, June 11: disc golf at Lions Park, instructed by Kevin Asker. Eleven kids participated, and pictured is Laura Nelson (center, between, L-R, Asker and volunteer Gary McEwen) who won the closest to the basket disc throw at the end of our event. Overall, 17 participants went to Pizza Factory for lunch to wrap up this season’s extreme adventures for kids.

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White Bird Color Guard

Thomas Schwartz of White Bird donned his uniform and marched with the Salmon River color guard at the White Bird Days parade Saturday, June 18. See parade results, 5A; rodeo results, page 8B.

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Queens Run In The Family

2016 White Bird Rodeo Queen Bella Klapprich of Grangeville (middle) is pictured here at the White Bird Days and Rodeo Royalty Luncheon held Saturday, June 18. Klapprich’s mom, Melissa Miller Klapprich (left) was White Bird Rodeo Queen in 1996 and her aunt, Kami Miller Fogleman (right) was White Bird Rodeo Queen in 1999.

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Community Briefs - June 22 2016

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, July 6, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. All are welcome. Call 926-7776.

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Births - June 22 2016

Stacey and Mike Barnes of Kamiah are the parents of a baby daughter. Paislee Maye Barnes was born May 30, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She weighed six pounds, six ounces and was 20 inches long. She joins Sisters Cadee, 10, Carleigh 6, and Jordyn, 4, and brothers Kaleb, 9, Braiden, 8, and Parker, 18 months old.

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A Lunch Fit For Royalty

Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) hosted a royalty luncheon following the CVRA parade, prior to the rodeo, Sunday, June 19. Queen Jade Paul and Princess Shelbie Miller welcomed visiting royalty members. The group is pictured here outside the CVRA/Gold Trail Wranglers concession and meeting room at the rodeo grounds in Kamiah.

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Sisters celebrate jubilees with family, friends

In a triple Jubilee celebration, three sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude renewed their monastic vows on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Sister Rose Marie Nutsch and sister Esther Velasquez celebrated their Golden Jubilees (50 years) and sister Sue Ellen Drexler celebrated her silver jubilee (25 years).

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CVRA Flag Carriers

Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) flag carriers (L-R) Amy Farris and Mika Charley stand at ease during the Sunday, June 19, parade in Kamiah. The flag carriers participated in drills while carrying the sponsor flags in the CVRA rodeos both Saturday and Sunday.

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White Bird Days parade results announced

The annual White Bird Days Parade was held Saturday, June 18, led my grand marshals Dick and Susie Brust and White Bird Rodeo Queen Bella Klapprich. This year’s theme was “There’s No Place Like Home.”

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Friday, June 17

Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

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Wednesday, June 15


Road users advised of logging action

Timber staff on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests reported there are currently many active timber sales and to expect heavy haul traffic while traveling on the Salmon River Ranger District.

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Dworshak kokanee and bass providing steady action

Summer is almost here and a lot of folks have been taking advantage of the warm, sunny days by spending a day fishing out on the lake. Dworshak Reservoir is one of the most popular fisheries in the Clearwater Region and anglers have been busy chasing “bluebacks,” “smallies,” or whatever else may bite. Here’s the lowdown on the kokanee this year and how the fishery is shaping up.

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Free Fishing Day

It was a beautiful morning for the youths who showed up at Wilkins Pond last Saturday, June 11, as the rainbow trout stocked by Idaho Fish and Game proved hungry and strong.

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Dueling rodeos to feature many of the same entrants

The upcoming Clearwater Valley Roundup Association and White Bird rodeos are going head-to-head this weekend, with White Bird to go on its traditional Friday-Saturday of Father’s Day weekend dates, June 17-18, and the CVRA moving up on the calendar to go on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19.

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F&G weighing youth hunts, mandatory trapper education; Clearwater River chinook still running; Mountain to Meadow runs slated June 25; Entries open June 15 for Border Days Rodeo; Bud Crocker Memorial shoot set June 18-19; Softball clinic slated; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set.

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Sponsored content: Don't stop training! Groaner's Julie Hauger explains...

Most gym-goers work hard throughout the year, keeping fit with scheduled workout days in order to stay youthful, manage weight and look great. Yet, far too many folks throw it all away when those lazy days of summer roll around, avoiding the gym in favor of outdoor activities.

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Corral Dust: Volunteers sought for Bingo

The Merchants of Grangeville want to help with the Elks Bingo stand this year but need volunteers to do so. If you would like to play Bingo at this year’s Border Days event, volunteers are needed.

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Orchid Awards

Preservation Idaho honored distinguished preservationist, Mary H. Williams, with an Orchid Award at its 39th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards ceremony held Saturday, May 21.

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It's Your Business: Father’s Day specials set

During White Bird Days this weekend, don’t forget about the Duck Derby raffle. There are some nice prices and all proceeds support the local library. Winners drawn do not need to be present to win. The tickets are available at the library now (839-2261) or during the parade on White Bird Days, Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $2 each, three for $5, or a book of 12 for $20. Ducks are not placed in White Bird Creek anymore, but are drawn from a duck pond.

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Tempus Fugit - June 15, 2016

•WHITE BIRD – LaVern and Edith Keeler have not missed a date with the White Bird Rodeo for the past 12 years. They will preside as the festival’s grand marshals.

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Riggins News: K9 Resort opens in town

My sweet ’16 quote of the week is “A word of encouragement during a tough time is worth far more than an hour of praise after a success.” Happy Father’s Day to all you dads and granddads! This Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. Remember fathers and grandfathers, regardless how tall your children and grandchildren grow, they still look up to you!

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Community Briefs - June 15, 2016

COTTONWOOD — Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 21, 6 to 10 p.m., and join in helping to raise money for the Sprute Family. Peggy, Della and Remington Sprute lost their home and all their belongings in an electrical fire on June 10, in Cottonwood. In an effort to relieve their financial burden, join in for a taco feed at the Cottonwood Community Hall. There will be food, company and live music; as well as a dessert auction. Bring any material donations and leave them at the hall. All proceeds go directly to the family. Any and all donations are welcome and appreciated. For information, or to help, call or text either Maria Munger at 816-0902 or Faith Uhlenkott at 507-2004.

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Senior News - June 15, 2016

June 6: Pledge led by Stanley Modrell and prayer by Jim Myers. Free dinner drawing went to Dick Seay. Bingo winner was Roberta Gibbs, and blackout winner was Donna Barnett.

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Cottonwood home destroyed by fire

An electrical problem is suspected to have caused last Friday’s fire that destroyed the Peggy Sprute residence just outside Cottonwood. No injuries were reported from the June 10 incident at 120 Reservoir Road. The two-story house and its contents were reported a total loss.

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Harvests a fiscal windfall for county

The disastrous fires last year made a fiscal windfall for Idaho County, as the yield tax private owners paid from July 15-Dec. 31 last year showed a jump to three or four times the usual level. During the commission’s regular meeting June 7, assessor James Zehner reported $94,000 came in, and a similar amount is anticipated for the coming year.

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White Bird Rodeo, Days on tap for this weekend

The annual White Bird Rodeo and Days are set for Father’s Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. The rodeo takes place on Rodeo Drive, U.S. Highway 95 and Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird.

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County to review RMP comments June 28

During the Tuesday, June 14, hearing over Idaho County’s draft resource management plan (RMP), Commissioner Mark Frei staked out a bit of middle ground on which the board will be proceeding toward adopting an official position on numerous public land questions. Chairman Jim Chmelik said he hopes the RMP will “give the county some standing with the agencies and give our input from the county…[on matters ranging] from better management of the resources to better access for recreation to the historical significance” of places such as the meanders miners created long ago at Crooked River.

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Idaho County Democrats

Sunday, June 12, was a gorgeous day for the Idaho County Democrats’ annual Picnic and Pie Auction. This year the event was held, for the first time, at the beautiful Cottonwood City Park. More than 50 people attended with more than $2,600 raised for the group.

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Betty Joy Clark-Paul, 73 Grangeville, Idaho

Betty Joy Clark-Paul longtime Grangeville resident, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, in her home at the age of 73. Beloved mother, grandmother, friend and teacher. Betty was born Oct. 31, 1942, in Oklahoma to the late Anne Stokes.

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Diane C. Graham, 71 Kooskia, Idaho

Diane C. Graham passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at her Kooskia home. She was 71. Diane was born Oct. 27, 1944, to Wallace Ford and Marie (Curtis) Ford. She married Mike Graham on June 5, 1959. She was a homemaker. Diane was a lifetime resident of Kooskia.

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Verna Lydia Morrison, 91

On June 7, 2016, our mom, Verna Lydia Morrison, 91, (born Aug. 15, 1924 – died June 7, 2016) joined the love of her life, our dad, Byron George Morrison (born June 24, 1915 – died April 1, 1999) in Heaven with the Lord.

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Sister Lucy Keaney, 91 Cottonwood, Idaho

“I entered to do great things for the Lord and I learned that just living a religious life is a great thing.” Sister Lucy Keaney, OSB, of the Monastery of St. Gertrude was born into eternal life on June 6, 2016. She died peacefully surrounded by sisters and caregivers. She will be remembered for her excellence in nursing and faithfulness to religious life.

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LaVerne A. Girard, 80 Grangeville, Idaho

LaVerne A. Girard, 80 of Grangeville, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville. At her request, her wishes were to be cremated with no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville.

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Frances T. Wagenmann, 97 Hamilton, Mont.

Frances T. Wagenmann, Darby resident since 1995, passed to her Eternal Reward on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Frances was born Aug. 12, 1918, to Nicholas and Eva Scharosch on a small farmstead just north of Richardton, North Dakota.

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James Bruder, 65 Kamiah, Idaho

James Bruder 65, of Kamiah, passed away Monday June 13, 2016, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.

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Maryln Lane, 76 Lewiston, Idaho

Maryln Lane, 76 of Lewiston, and formerly of Kamiah, passed away June 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.

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Whippersnapper And Flintnapper

This young participant tries out his flintnapping skills under the guidance of a skilled craftsman at last Saturday’s Youthfest 2016 event, June 11, at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park. The event this year featured activities and games, free food, and safety demonstratons by fire department and ambulance personnel. This annual event is sponsored by a host of community organizations and individuals led by Kamiah Community Partners Coalition (KCPC).

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Voters rejected Chmelik for his style

If you’ve asked the people you know who voted why they think Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik lost, they’ve probably already told you what they’ve been telling us: Mainly, they just don’t like his style.

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Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve

Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve Enjoy community events and festivals? You’ve got your pick, starting this weekend with White Bird Days and Rodeo, and the CVRA rodeo. Should be lots of fun. And volunteers are running the whole show at these events, by the way.

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Senators work to improve forest management, wildfire budgeting

Late last month, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash,, released draft legislation aimed at improving forest management and wildfire budgeting. The bipartisan discussion draft reflects the work of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine and find solutions for these issues over the past two congresses. The bill uses a cap adjustment to end the practice of fire borrowing similar to the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which Wyden and Crapo first introduced in 2013.

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Commendations issued for efforts on Elk City landslide

Last month, the Idaho County Commission received two letters of commendation praising three county employees for the work they did during the days following the Elk City landslide Feb. 18. Another went to the Post Office. Others went to the Forest Service. It turns out one man wrote them all: Robert McGuire of Orogrande.

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Darlene C. Kemmis, 79, Grangeville, Idaho

Darlene C. Kemmis, 79, entered into rest on June 1, 2016, at Grangeville, Idaho, after a brief illness. She was born on May 14, 1937, at Bemidji, Minn. Darlene married Oscar W. Kemmis on Jan. 3, 1959, at Clarkston, Wash. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on April 24, 1949.

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Sponsored content: T.J. Schmidt of Bud's Power Sports talks gear

“People aren’t necessarily thinking about the importance of seat belts and helmets and proper safety gear, but it’s a good way to start the summer off,” Bud’s PowerSports shop foreman T.J. Schmidt said.

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Friday, June 10

Thursday, June 9

Discover Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon might be God’s best kept hideaway if you’re a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

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Wednesday, June 8


Camping Season

Summer sports camps keep area kids busy, and the Grangeville girls led off with a good showing under direction from new GHS varsity head coach Michelle Barger (above, right) and prominent area coach Dave Snodgrass, who was decked out in his Nezperce High blues last Thursday, June 2.

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Federal forests to help host Free Fishing Day events

The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests and various partners are hosting three free kids’ fishing day events this year, at Wilkins’ Pond, Karolyn’s Pond and Fenn Pond this Saturday, June 11. The events are free to all kids up to age 12 and an adult must accompany participants. There will be lots of fun and even a few prizes so grab your pole and please bring your own tackle. The ponds will be stocked by Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Bud Crocker Memorial shoot set June 18-19; Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers; SRHS girls sports camps set for June; Softball clinic slated; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; White Bird, CVRA rodeos go this month.

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Giddings: Trust him a little less than Hillary

Two deputies in Asotin County knew about the abuse of a minor and did not take proper action. Neither of them are public officers any longer. Good. Luckily the sheriff there did not follow our Sheriff Doug Giddings example.

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Either smear them or find way to fire them

Wow, “The action was not taken for political reasons.” “It’s not political.” “It’s definitely not political.” Sheriff Giddings, is that how it is all handled in California?

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Legislators: Reconsider your political pension payoff perk

When a government board member compares a special perk for state lawmakers to an “insider trading” scheme, something sketchy is going on. The pejorative assessment came during the biennial meeting of the citizens committee charged with determining legislators’ salaries and benefits.

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Old Glory isn’t clothing... and other thoughts about Flag Day June 14

As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.

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Good Neighbor agreement to boost forest work

The Idaho Department of Lands and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are drafting the state’s first Good Neighbor Authority Agreement for a specific project. Under the agreement, which is anticipated this summer, IDL will run a timber salvage sale project in North Central Idaho to assist the Forest Service.

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Organization News

- 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club - Boys Scout Troop 555 - Grangeville Senior Citizens - Idaho County Democrats - PEO sisters attend conference - Pioneer Senior Citizens

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Region’s veterans invited to forum June 13 in Moscow

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services and Idaho Veterans, Service-Members, & Families Coordination Council invite all veterans, service-members and their families to attend the June 13 MyVA Rural Veterans Community Forum. This is set for 6:30 p.m. at the University of Idaho Pitman Center.

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GHS, Stefani are in running for music educator award

A total of 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. Quarterfinalists include Kathy Stefani, Grangeville High School.

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Volunteers Big Help In Cleaning Park

Volunteers pitched in to clean up Riverfront Park and the nature trail in Kamiah on May 12. The effort was organized by Kamiah Community Partners Coalition. The group collected more than three bags of trash in the effort.

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Taxes due: Deadline is June 20

Summer’s here, but so also is the extended hand of the tax man. The Idaho County Treasurer’s Office reminds residents the second half of 2015 property taxes are due on Monday, June 20, at 6 p.m.

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Housing forums set in Riggins, Kooskia

North Central Idaho Housing Information Forums will take place locally on June 20 and 21. The first forum is set for Riggins Monday, June 20, 2 to 4 p.m., at Riggins Community Hall, 121 South Lodge Street. The second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Kooskia City Hall, 26 South Main Street.

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Riggins meeting tonight to discuss resort tax

The City of Riggins will sponsor a resort tax meeting tonight, Wednesday, June 8, 6 p.m., Riggins City Hall. Riggins residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the resort tax issue that will be on the ballot for the November election.

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Corps finds Salmon River as ‘navigable’

Although the Corps’ decision is consistent with other long-established navigability determinations made by the State of Idaho (1980) and the U.S. Coast Guard (1974), the board – especially chairman Jim Chmelik – met it with displeasure.

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Wildflower View

A barbed wire fence and blue sky make a perfect frame to wildflowers near Keuterville Road between Cottonwood and Keuterville.

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Schools serve free summer lunch; CVES, GEMS are both participants

Mountain View School District 244 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children, ages 1-18, free of charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

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‘Putting On A Show’

A motorized version of a CreatureCraft Waterwog was seen tumbling through the rapids near Lake Creek Bridge on the Salmon River east of Riggins last Saturday, June 4. Piloting the rig was George Nuckols, who later told the Free Press he was “putting on a show.” Last Saturday marked the opening of river rafting season, as the annual Big Water Blowout celebration brought droves of whitewater enthusiasts to Riggins.

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Vacation Bible schools set locally

Vacation Bible school will be held at Grangeville Gospel Tabernacle, 613 N. State Street, Sunday through Thursday, June 19-23, 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening with a closing program set for Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Kids receive hands-on ag instruction

Clearwater Valley Elementary School’s fourth and fifth grade students spent an afternoon in Greencreek this spring to expand their knowledge about the agriculture, timber, and cattle industries.

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Birth - Weston Erving-Max Merrill

Melissa Ream and Jack Merrill of Riggins are the parents of a baby son. Weston Erving-Max Merrill was born June 5, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed seven pounds, eight ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. He joins a sister, Kaylynn Merrill, 4, and a brother, Cactus Merrill, 2.

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CVRA queen tryouts set for June 15

The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) will be having the 2017 rodeo queen tryouts during rodeo week Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. Tryouts will be held at the CVRA rodeo grounds on Hill Street in Kamiah.

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Community Briefs - June 8, 2016

GRANGEVILLE — A free Workforce and College Math Readiness Course is set to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Grangeville Adult Learning Center. This is located in the same building as Camas Prairie Preschool at 105 N. Myrtle, Grangeville, and is sponsored through Lewis-Clark State College.

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HOSA bake sale this weekend; Taco bar is June 16

Six Kamiah High School students who earned the right to compete at the International HOSA-Future Health Care Providers conference in Nashville, Tenn., June 22-25 continue fund-raising efforts with the goal of raising enough money to cover expenses associated with the conference.

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Four juniors vie for ‘Distinguished Young Woman’ honor

Four local juniors in high school will vie for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie this Saturday. The program is set to take place June 11, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. GHS students Marissa Kennedy and McKenzie Kennedy and Prairie Junior Senior High School students Faith Uhlenott and Madison Ulmer will all compete for a variety of scholarships including scholastic, talent, self-expression and physical fitness.

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Clearwater Classics

Warm, sunny weather graced the third annual Long Camp “Classics on the Clearwater” car show and swap meet last Saturday, June 4, at Kamiah.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: CVRA Rodeo on tap for June 18, 19

Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, CVRA Rodeo invites you to attend a rodeo in our area at the rodeo grounds in Kamiah. Mark your calendar so as not to miss this. Lots more to do, visit their Facebook page for all the info. See next week’s paper for a full schedule. Kamiah Community Partners Coalition, Kamiah Fire Department and Kamiah Ambulance Services invite you to join in on Youthfest 2016, beginning 10 a.m. June 11.

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Cottonwood News: VBS to take place at Emmanuel Baptist

Batten down the hatches and prepare to be Submerged! Join us for a week of exploring below the surface. Kids will begin their exploration each day on what lies below the surface in the deep sea by creating crafts, playing fun games, enjoying tasty snacks, singing cool songs, and learning about missions. Kids will discover that Jesus saw people for who they were deep down, not who they appeared to be on the surface.

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Riggins News: Shaul is winner of Pinehurst quilt

My Sweet 16 quote for this week is “Do what is right even when no one is looking; that’s called integrity.” A public information meeting about a resort tax will be held tonight, Wednesday, June 8, 6- 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins City Hall.

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Tempus Fugit - June 8, 2016

•GRANGEVILLE – His loss was heartbreaking: two dogs dead and one nearly. Scott Richards of Grangeville last month witnessed the attack and aftermath of wolves attacking his hounds outside of Fish Creek Campground.

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Corral Dust: Royalty tryouts set for June 28

All you Grangeville cowgirls, listen up: 2017 Border Days Royalty tryouts are set for Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Border Days Arena. Call Scott Eldridge at 983-1004. See more at:

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It's Your Business: Beware of ‘Avista’ scam calls

Are you interested in learning about The Knack of Kayaking? Levi Ewing will offer two separate classes. The first class is set for Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (includes a one-hour lunch) and Sunday, July 17, 1 to 3 p.m. The second class is set for Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, July 31, 1 to 3 p.m.

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Fourth graders tell their stories

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests were one of 186 federal recipients selected to receive an Every Kid in the Park (EKIP) grant. These grants provided funding for transportation to get children outside, exploring their public lands. Students used poetry to express what they learned and their wildfire experiences last summer.

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Monday, June 6

Friday, June 3

Army Corps of Engineers finds Salmon River navigable

Following extensive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review, the Northwestern Division Commander, Brigadier General Scott A. Spellmon, determined the Salmon River is navigable for 259 miles, from the Snake River confluence west of White Bird upstream to Salmon.

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Thursday, June 2

Anglers will get bonus chinook fishing season on Clearwater River

Thanks to a good return of hatchery summer chinook to the Clearwater River, anglers will get a bonus fishing season starting June 10 with a special rule that allows the harvest of chinook with an intact adipose fin. This rule change only applies to the Clearwater summer chinook season.

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Region April precip below average

What a difference a month makes, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Near normal snowpack covered the majority of Idaho, and the NRCS monitoring region, at the beginning of April. The beginning of May, however, tells a much different story. Snow across much of the state has melted at a record high rate during April.

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Wednesday, June 1


County resource plan to receive hearing

Overview In its statement of purpose, the draft asserts that federal agencies must involve county-level governments in the decision-making process at the earliest stages – prior to the broader public input process.

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Prairie track upgrade project enters next phase

As many of you are aware, the Cottonwood School District has been in the process of raising money to build an all-weather track and field complex around the football field in Cottonwood. The project has been in the works for the past couple of years with a field drainage project being completed by Keely Schmidt’s senior project a few summers ago. Our next phase is to raise enough money to add an asphalt base and then ultimately to add an all-weather rubberized surface.

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Bulldogs tennis camp coming up mid-month, June 14-16; Application period for big game controlled hunts ends June 5; KHS boys basketball camp is this month; Wrestling fund-raiser closing in on goal; GHS spring ball set to run June 6-18; Big Water Blowout hits Riggins Saturday; Bulldogs football fund-raiser coming up; Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers; SRHS girls sports camps set for June; Softball clinic slated; ‘Hill of It’ bike ride scheduled for June 4; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; White Bird, CVRA rodeo entries open Monday, June 6.

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Fenceline Bouquet

Purple flowers bloom along the fence line on the outskirts of Grangeville on U.S. Highway 95 across from Bear Den RV Park.

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Community Briefs - June 1, 2016

The Third Annual Long Camp “Classics on the Clearwater” swap meet and car show is set for Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is located one mile east of the Kamiah river bridge, Hwy 12, m.p. 68.

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Call for county payments extension

The federal government is responsible for the impact of federal land ownership on local communities, and it must meet this responsibility within its budget. A bipartisan group of 33 fellow senators, including Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), recently joined me in calling for the reauthorization of critical payments to rural counties that help ensure this responsibility is met.

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Births - June 1, 2016

Kasha Cameil Farris is the mother of a son, Adrian Carter, born May 25, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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State Office of Drug Policy recognizes Cottonwood programs

Efforts by the staff and volunteers with the Cottonwood Police Department have been recognized, earning it the May program spotlight for the Idaho Office of Drug Policy (IODP). According to a statement by IODP, “Cottonwood Police Department is a shining example of an agency that knows how to take a few resources and turn them into large impact.”

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Idaho County Royalty sign-up deadline is July 12

The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participating in the 2016-2017 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applicants has been extended to July 12.

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Beauty And The Scouts

On Friday, May 27, members of Boy Scout Troop 555, and Cub Scout Pack 555, were joined by Miss Northern Idaho Olivia Kennedy, for a service project. They did their annual Memorial Day service project, by placing flags to honor the fallen, at Prairie View Cemetery, in Grangeville.

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Organization News

- Barnyard Beasties - Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) - Big Cedar Homemakers - Cottonwood Senior Citizens - Grangeville Senior Citizens

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Sister Maria Elena nominated for Lumen Christi Award

Every year, Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award honors an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. This year Sister Maria Elena Schaefers of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, who is currently engaged in prison ministry at North Idaho Correctional Institution, was among those nominated. The winner will receive $50,000 for her/his ministries and will be announced this fall.

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Getting The Steps Right

Faith Uhlenkott of Cottonwood and Marissa Kennedy of Grangeville were busy practicing a dance number last week for the upcoming Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie event. DYW will be held at Grangeville High School Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m.

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Holiday Fishing At Tolo Lake

Five-year-old Cooper Moriarty of Boise gets a little help from his dad, Blaine, at Tolo Lake Sunday, May 29. The duo, along with 8-year-old Parker and mom, Dusty, were spending some time fishing after having been in the area for niece/cousin Haley Danly’s graduation from Prairie High School May 27.

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Idaho County reports voter turnout May 17 at 41.59 percent

Official results released by the Idaho County Elections Office last week show voter turnout was at 41.59 percent for the May 17 primary election. This is nearly five percent higher than the last primary election turnout (36.68 percent) in 2014. Ballots were canvassed by the Idaho County Commission last week.

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Faith Briefs - June 1, 2016

Vacation Bible school will be held at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 9 a.m. to noon each day with a closing celebration family barbecue at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 17.

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Gospel Group To Perform

The gospel music group “The Craguns” will visit Grangeville Saturday, June 11, 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. North 2nd St,. in Grangeville

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Moment In Time

The Salmon River High School Class of 2016 held its graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27. Sharing a light moment prior to commencement, this trio takes a snapshot: (L-R) Diah Galland, Hannah Cornforth and Ryan Simonson.

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Priories set on enforcing city grass ordinance

It took two meetings, but after hashing out its concerns with a nearly year-old ordinance establishing maximum grass heights the Grangeville City Council came to a consensus that leaves the rule unchanged but clarifies enforcement policy for both consistency and community standards. Essentially it’s a matter of priorities that directs the city’s ordinance enforcement officer to focus on complaints and obvious violations, allowing issues to be handled – as with other police matters – at officers’ discretion.

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Anchors Away!

David Shears of Cottonwood was one of 13 awarded a Quilt of Valor by The Prairie Quilters.

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Group discussions begin on multi-county regional landfill

In mid-May, Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt was named vice chairman of the group of seven counties that met in Council to start hammering out plans for a regional landfill to be located near Adams County’s existing dump site, the Goodrich Landfill. The Adams County Record reported the group’s first meeting in that paper’s May 18 edition, noting the “joint powers” group by then included Idaho, Adams, Clearwater and Valley counties, with Lewis, Boise and Washington counties not yet fully on board.

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Elk City News - Veterans Forsman, Layman receive Quilts of Valor

Those of you who attended the Memorial Day services at the bridge in Elk City were blessed with, not only the traditional activities, but to witness two more veterans being honored with Quilts of Valor (made by the Sew Help Me Quilters Club). The two recipients this year were Marvin Forsman and Malcolm Layman (see photos).

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Tempus Fugit - June 1, 2016

90 YEARS AGO MAY 28, 1926 •Morris Segal of the Paramount Film Co. and O.W. McConnell, owner of the Lyric Theatre here happened to be in Sheriff Rothyell’s office yesterday, when one of the federal prisoners here invited the two to come into the cage. They did so, and the door was slammed. Almost immediately the pair was charged with trespassing and a “Kangaroo Court” was quickly formed, with judge and prosecutor.

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Riggins News - Big Water Blowout set for this weekend

The 18th annual Big Water Blowout Festival is this Saturday, June 4! Celebrate summer and experience Idaho’s biggest water! Outfitters will be offering discounted raft trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact your favorite participating outfitter.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Library book sale set for June 11

Book sale! On June 11 at 8 a.m., doors will open for the sale at the Kooskia Community Center. Used books of all kinds, as well as CDs and DVDs will be available at bargain prices. Hardbacks are 50 cents, paperbacks, 25 cents, and at 11 a.m. will start the $1 bag sale. If you have any books that you want to donate, we will gladly take them off your hands - just take them to the Kooskia Community Library. No magazines. All proceeds benefit Kooskia Community Library.

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Sullivan addresses GHS class of 2016

“I am honored to have been chosen as your guest speaker,” Grangeville High School teacher and coach Pat Sullivan addressed an overfilled gymnasium at graduation Friday, May 27.

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County resource plan to receive hearing June 14

If approved at a hearing later this month, Idaho County’s draft resource management plan (RMP) will formalize the county’s position on approximately 120 points related to federal land management. While it’s not clear what, if anything, federal agencies might do to accommodate the county’s perspective, the Idaho County Commission is advancing it in hopes the RMP will secure a seat for local government at the federal decision-makers’ table. It’s a step many other western counties are trying to take.

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Local chinook salmon fishing continues, for now

Last week, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game closed chinook salmon fishing on the lower Clearwater River from the Cherrylane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge as well as the North Fork Clearwater River. Due to this year’s low jack return, there is no “Jack Only” harvest season this spring.

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