Stories for March 2016


Thursday, March 31

Commission chimes in on J-Bar Salvage lawsuit

Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United are suing the Forest Service over federal salvage logging east of Lowell, in the area scorched by the Johnson Bar Fire nearly two years ago, and the Idaho County Commission is chiming in.

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Wednesday, March 30

More than 200 finish area hunter ed courses

“It’s a huge undertaking for the kids and the instructors alike,” Idaho Department of Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer said Monday, March 28, looking back at the hunter education programs that IDFG has helped put on across the area this year. “It’s two hours after school in the evenings. Ages go from nine to 60 — I think we had a student in their 70s this year.”

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Storm stops meet at CV

Grangeville’s tennis squad followed up a strong outing March 17 at Orofino with a good showing in limited action last week at Clearwater Valley. The Bulldogs were rained out of a March 21 visit to Lewiston and were all but rained out against the Rams, when wet weather slickened the courts at CVHS and put a stop to four matches that were in progress early Thursday evening.

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Bulldogs break through before spring break

Grangeville headed to spring break on a bit of a high note, notching the first win of the spring 9-3 during the second half of the set last Friday, March 25. Layton Harris relieved Shane Wood in the fourth inning of the opener, which GHS dropped 11-9 despite a late rally. With Harris starting the late show, the Bulldogs won 9-3, as their suddenly hot hitting carrying over into leads of 2-0 and 4-2. Grangeville added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

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GHS teams take third on long trip

Grangeville’s Dillon Alder won the high jump (6-0) and long jump (38-9) and Adam Wonnacott also won two solo events — the 800 (2:10.12) and the 3200 (10:49.98). Those two also powered the winning medley relay, teaming with Booker Bush and Hunter Connolley to post a time of 3:58.97. Cole Lindsley won the discus (164-1) and Noah Kaschmitter won the pole vault (11-6).

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Moose, bighorn, mountain goat apps open April 1

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is fast approaching. It’s open April 1 to April 30. Applications can be completed at Fish and Game offices or license vendors with a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685. Internet users may apply

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Mild winter opens early opportunities

On the heels of the best big-game hunting season in decades, Idaho turkey hunters will likely benefit from similar conditions that benefited big game. Turkey populations are stable or growing in most parts of the state thanks to several consecutive mild winters, and in some places the birds are pushing the tolerance of private landowners.

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‘...someone to speak truth to power’

Last week’s Democrat caucus to choose a presidential candidate was just one of its purposes, explained event emcee Linwood Laughy to the approximately 160 people who gathered March 22 at the Grangeville High School cafetorium. “Let’s have open minds, listen and see what we can learn,” he said, and “… to participate in our democracy. And our country needs us to participate a lot.”

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Finances, levy draws crowd to 244 meeting

More than 75 people gathered at the Grangeville High School library Monday night, March 21, for the regular Mountain View School District 244 board meeting. Bringing out the crowd – up from the usual two or three spectators – were several agenda items including a possible district gun policy, splitting the district, and last minute levy opposition by trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, zone 2

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Leadership Training

The Idaho County 4-H Leadership Training Conference was held Wednesday, March 9, at the Cottonwood Community Hall.

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Carrying On The Recycling Tradition

Grangeville Elementary Middle School has been recycling since 1991 when it started with Cris Cunningham’s sixth-grade class. The tradition continues 25 years later with GEMS 4/5 grade classes. The classes take turns each month and then the teachers take the recycling bags to the recycling center Saturday morning, which is open 9-11 a.m. Pictured is Ms. Thompson’s class helping the school recycle.

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Births - March 30

Don and Morna Lustig of Cottonwood are the parents of a son, Oliver David, born Dec. 29, 2015, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. He was born preterm at 30 weeks weighing only two pounds and 15 ounces and was 16 inches long. He was welcomed home on Feb. 22 where he joined siblings, Lillianne, 7; Henry, 7; Clara, 4; and James, 2.

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Series of seven walks to be sponsored by PHC

The Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC), a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement.

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Kindergarten screening scheduled for GEMS; Set for April 20

Mountain View School District 244 will hosts its annual kindergarten screening and registration Wednesday, April 20, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS). School age children will be registering for entrance to kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.

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Crabtree, Meyers seek Dist. 7 Senate seat held by Nuxoll

Elections for the Dist. 7 Senate seat, currently held by Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood, will be contested in both May and November. •Running against Nuxoll in the May 17 primary is Carl Crabtree of Grangeville. •In the Nov. 8 general election, the winner in the May Republican primary will face Democrat challenger Ken Meyers of Sagle.

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Vets Ride Back Country Powder

Idaho County Sheriff’s Office employees and ICSO Search and Rescue members participated Sunday, March 13, in the Disabled Veterans Snowmobile Ride.

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Good vibrations: Grangeville students put on sharp performances, five move on to state level

District II musicians were in strong force at the recent solo/ensemble festival in Moscow. Several students will go on to the next level of state competition in April including Darby Finnegan on flute; Dillon Alder trumpet/bass; Marissa Kennedy, mezzo-soprano; Alexandria Perry, mezzo-soprano; and Criekor Paris, tenor (vocal). Alternates are vocalists Adam Wonnacot, Cat Musick and Lauren Goldman.

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Precious Find

More than 100 kids vied for Easter eggs at the Kooskia City Park Saturday, March 26. The weather remained sunny for the hunt, though the ground was soggy. This little chick clutches a plastic egg while under the supervision of her mom.

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Prairie High School Sews

Millie Wimer’s Prairie High School sewing students are pictured here with the baby blankets they made for St. Mary’s Hospital to be given to each newborn baby.

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Community Briefs

CLEARWATER — The Elk City Wagon Road committee is meeting Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m., at the Clearwater Grange Hall. Following the meeting will be a potluck lunch. The museum will also be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plans are being made for a May museum party and for the July celebration of the wagon road. Anyone is welcome at the meeting.

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AARP Idaho and AARP Foundation are donating $10,000 to help rebuild homes destroyed by north Idaho wildfires last summer.

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Man dies in Monday crash near Kooskia

An unidentified 81-year-old male died Monday, March 28, in a single-vehicle crash in Kooskia. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) is continuing its investigation.

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Miss Northern Idaho

Olivia Kennedy of Grangeville was chosen as the first-ever Miss Northern Idaho March 19-20 in Rathdrum. Kennedy, currently living in Moscow for school, won a $500 scholarship. Eight young women vied for the title. She is the daughter of John and Bobbie Kennedy of Grangeville.

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Tempus Fugit

•KOOSKIA – Last weekend Ron Park attended the Regional Challenge between Northwest Region and Big Sky Region of Montana in Spokane and Saturday his dog, Sparky, won second place and became second national champion.

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Irish Dance Moves

The Grangeville-based Irish dance troupe, the Camas Rovers, performed at Grangeville Health and Rehab on Friday, March 18. Both dance and music numbers were presented to residents.

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Reptile Man visits CVES

On Wednesday, March 16, Reptile Man came to Clearwater Valley Elementary School. Because he had visited a few years prior, students were excited all day long. He did not disappoint.

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Riggins News: B-ballers selected for all-conference honors

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~Carl Brand~ Anita Smith who turned 95 years young Feb. 14 will be honored at a 95th birthday celebration this Saturday, April 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Salmon Rapids Lodge in Riggins. Everyone is invited to the party. Anita’s family is hosting the occasion and requests no gifts.

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Bridge work to start Monday at John Day Creek

Weather permitting, bridge deck work begins Monday on the first of two Idaho Transportation Department projects on U.S. Highway 95 in Idaho County. Located three miles north of Lucile, the John Day Creek Bridge project begins April 4 and runs through May 16. Work involves removing the existing bridge deck and placing a silica fume overlay.

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Elk City News: Homestead Ministries sends food shipment to town

In case you haven’t heard, a ministry called Homestead Ministries from Colfax, Wash., sent a large shipment of dried soup and chili (4,000 packages) up here via Anita Perry, Chris Thompson and Jeff and Nita Maxwell. John Menough also brought some in after a trip to Moscow.

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Slippery at slide

Geological testing, under way on the landslide west of Elk City that closed State Highway 14 in February, will help the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) determine the quantity of material to be excavated from the slide site. Wet conditions from spring rains continue to make the slope unstable, although the National Weather Service indicates a brief drying period is possible late this week.

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Cottonwood News: Mother-daughter breakfast set for April

I hope everyone had a happy Easter. We did in spite of the snow, rain, cold and even had some sunshine. The kids, and even some big kids played baseball, football and had an egg hunt. The weather was good on Saturday for the Easter egg hunt in Greencreek.

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Pacific Cabinets expands

Pacific Cabinets Inc. (PCI) is beginning construction on a new 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. This new facility is in addition to the existing manufacturing building.

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Crime Briefs

Riggins woman charged with felony meth possession; Kamiah man charged with felony aggravated battery

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Lands specifically left to the states; what county is fighting for

Federal land ownership: How anyone can read Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, paragraphs 15 and 16, and not conclude that the framers were stating that the federal government should own no other land than the 10 miles square at Washington, D.C., except what might be used for national defense, simply escapes me.

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Same bunch of crooks out to steal our lands

We have a group of racially prejudiced people in our U.S. Congress who have plotted for the downfall of our president from his very first day in office. These thugs didn’t mind tromping on American values and blocking American progress as long as they could blame it on President Obama.

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Trump: Not ideology; about policies we face

There is a fight folks. How can we support candidates that through their polite political speak have “screwed” the American people through open borders, offshoring, outsourcing, and trade treaties that have resulted in huge trade imbalances and wage declines?

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Fire borrowing must be fixed now

Disaster-scale wildfires are going to continue to be a threat. We can better prepare for the increasing costs of wildland fire suppression by providing land managers and firefighters the certainty needed to plan and allocate resources properly without robbing from other priorities during each fire season.

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Lawmakers scrap gap bill, adjourn

Idaho’s debate on providing healthcare coverage to around 78,000 Idahoans who live without it drew the 2016 legislative session into its eleventh and final week. The legislature passed nothing. They adjourned last Friday, March 25, shortly after a party-line vote in which the House of Representatives killed the final healthcare proposal introduced this session, which would have appropriated $5.4 million for a grant program to support clinics, and was amended to include a request for a Medicaid waiver that the legislature could consider next year.

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Wednesday, March 23


Rural education plan returns; rushed return of rural ed plan

A plan to share resources between K-12 schools created by Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra was introduced directly to the floor without the usual hearing process, Friday, March 18, in a reappearance of the plan, which has been absent since Ybarra first presented the it earlier in the session.

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Cancer compensation: Fighting for firefighters

A bill to make it easier for firefighters to receive workers’ compensation for cancer passed the Idaho State Senate unanimously on Thursday, March 17, following a 65-3 vote in the House of Representatives the week before. Various forms of the bill have failed to pass the legislature over the last 16 years.

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Adkison, Meyers join newspaper staff

It’s a full house at the Idaho County Free Press and Shopper with the hiring of two new advertising representatives. Lisa Adkison and MaryBeth Meyers, both of Grangeville, joined the Free Press and Shopper last month. They are available for display and on-line advertising needs for all of the Free Press and Shopper publications.

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Three Pirates sign

Last Thursday, three Prairie High School Seniors signed Letters of Intent to continue their athletic playing careers.

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Big schools shine at Lewiston Invite

How strong was the competition at Grangeville’s first meet last Saturday, March 19? An early example came during the shot put, when Coeur d’Alene junior Grady Leonard launched the 12-pounder 56 feet, 2½ inches, which would have ranked in the statewide top-three in 2015. Teams from Walla Walla to Bonners Ferry made the trip.

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Commission leans toward Adams County landfill, pushes for central setup

A plan to put a regional landfill at the Kaschmitter Rock Pit east of town was buried by a backlash five years ago, and a fresh talk of a regional landfill had some locals wondering late last month whether Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt has been digging in the same old dirt. But it’s not the same. Five counties – Adams, Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis and Valley – are considering new digs for a regional landfill near Council, and Brandt has been Idaho County’s point-man for the joint powers agreement that would be needed for the counties to start formal talks with each other.

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Rebekah Lodge No. 13 scholarships available

For the seventh year the Royal Gem Rebekah Lodge No. 13 of White Bird is offering scholarships to its area seniors. The Rebekah organization takes pride in helping the community in many, many ways, one being education.

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Tempus Fugit

•Laura Bushnell, daughter of Doug Nail of Grangeville and Vera Burns of Lewiston, recently had her first book published. “Life Magic: 7 Keys to Finding Your Power and Living Your Purpose” is “filled with practical suggestions for transforming your life” according to an on-line review.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Tai Chi classes set

Looking for a pre-spring activity? Tahoe QRU, seven miles east of Kooskia, will host Tai Chi classes to help seniors with flexibility and balance problems. If you are older than 50, you are invited to free classes on Saturday mornings beginning at 9 a.m. to help you achieve flexibility, energy, strength and general good health. Low impact and a really good way to get in shape for all the gardening we all have planned when the weather permits. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an aluminum folding chair. Call Fran Barns at 926-7077 anytime or Dolores Shannon after 6 p.m.

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Elk City News: ‘Angry bear rock’ blasted to pieces

We are now on day 34 of the slide of 2016! The limited access road, 1199 road, is always a question of whether it will be passable. For those of you who read this column, I am sure you know the ways to get daily updates but just in case you missed it… e-mail me at and I will forward your contact info to my husband who has been doing a daily update with photos; you can also go to to view photos as well.

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In The News Briefs

A fire recovery workshop for landowners will be offered on Wednesday, March 30, at the American Legion Hall at 618 Main Street in Kamiah. Topics addressed will include salvage, replanting and fire mitigation for timberlands, range and pasture recovery, and weed control measures for invasive grasses, noxious weeds and invasive roses. Fire prevention and mitigation measures for homes and structures will also be covered.

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Time to abolish the wolf control board

The Idaho Department Fish & Game, in conjunction with Wildlife Services, despicably gunned down 20 wolves over the Clearwater National Forest in North Central Idaho last month. Helicopter gunning of wolves, or any other species, should not be a “tool in the toolbox” in 21st Century wildlife management. It’s barbaric, immoral, expensive and is not grounded in science.

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Showing their disdain for people of county

Once again Idaho Rivers United and Friends of the Clearwater demonstrate their disdain for the people of Idaho County. While we struggle to create jobs, fund education, and meet our basic needs, they are filing a lawsuit to stop the Johnson Bar Salvage and Restoration Project.

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‘Need to step away from the past and focus on our future’

We are messing our nest. Our trash is everywhere; strewn along roadways, heaped in containers, scattered around dumpsters. For years, county residents had access to multiple dumpster sites and, for prairie folks, an accessible transfer station. Several factors necessitated changes to that comfort zone.

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Splitting Kooskia off from district? Sheer lunacy

Splitting off Kooskia from Mountain View School District 244 is not ridiculous or crazy as its board representative, Mike Dominguez, said at Monday night’s meeting. It is sheer lunacy, and it’s implementation – were patrons to be so foolish as to be led down that primrose path – would spell disaster for that community, and more importantly, its kids.

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Tension thick as 244 district split discussed

Tension was high at the Monday, March 21, Mountain View School District 244 board meeting when splitting the district was brought up. More than 75 patrons sat in the audience of the regular monthly meeting. “I am bringing this up because Casey [Smith, of Clearwater, trustee for zone 2] asked me to,” said superintendent Kent Stokes. Stokes explained the route is quite multifaceted to deconsolidate and “would be easier to do if Kamiah were willing to incorporate Kooskia schools.”

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Voice Of Vocational Experience

Junior and senior students from area high schools attended last Wednesday’s March 16 high school tech night at Partsway in Grangeville. The approximate two-hour event was geared toward students with career interests in diesel mechanics, auto repair, agriculture technology, welding, fabrication and machining. Students heard presentations from Partsway staff, and representatives from NAPA, local auto technicians, Lewis-Clark State College. The event was sponsored by Carlyle Tools, Partsway and G&D Machine. Pictured here giving a presentation (right) is Jeremy Martin of Partsway.

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Speaketh With Voice Loudly

Idaho Theater for Youth actors, part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, performed The Shakespeare Stealer at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Monday, March 21. The play was sponsored in part by Grangeville Arts, Inc. Here, Patrick Kiernan and Chad Shohet run lines – they play within the play.

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‘We’re trying to meet all of the unmet needs...’

A week’s worth of hammer swinging put up two new homes for Kamiah families who lost everything to last summer’s disastrous wildfire season. The two wood-framed homes – one 600 square feet, the other 900 square feet — finished last week were around $30,000 each to construct, largely due to labor provided by Mennonite church groups out of Montana, donated lumber from area mills – CFI at Kooskia, Idaho Forest Group at Grangeville, and Blue North Forest Products and Empire Lumber of Kamiah – and financial generosity of North Central Idaho communities.

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Boulder blasted

With the hovering threat of a two-story boulder now gone, crews are closer to reopening State Highway 14 west of Elk City by the end of the week. On Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, WestCo personnel reduced the boulder – 30 feet tall and 80 feet wide – by explosives into smaller pieces manageable for transport.

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Agnes Forsman opened the March 15 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark led the dinner prayer. Guests were Roberta Simonsen, Bob Talbott and Donna Wadley. Bob came as St. Patrick. Also Audrie Reed, caregiver for Jane Burgess and she is also Jane’s granddaughter. There were 47 meals served with 15 takeouts. Ivan Nuxoll won the free dinner.

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Easter egg hunts and Easter services scheduled

Grangeville: The Eagles annual Easter Egg hunt is set for Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m., at Lions Park. Donations of plastic-filled eggs, candy and cash donations are currently being accepted. Call Yolanda at 983-2131 for pickup.

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244 board, patrons engage on weapon policy for district

More than 75 audience members were in attendance at the Mountain View School District 244 regular board meeting Monday, March 21, as a potential weapon policy was discussed. The meeting was held in the Grangeville High School library. “Policies take time – thinking, writing, three separate readings,” board chair Lot Smith of Grangeville, zone 1, told the room. “Is it appropriate to start having this discussion? You bet.” Discussion centered around a policy for the district as well as training specific district personnel to operate and carry firearms, or at least be able to know where a cache may be located and what to do in the case of an emergency.

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Students Of The Month

Grangeville High School students of the month for hard work and perseverance for January are (L-R) Jasper Thompson, Andrew Beene and Shiloh Rowden, and, not pictured, Tyler Ledet.

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Community briefs

American Legion Post No. 75 will host a Bingo fund-raiser at the American Legion Hall, 618 Main Street, Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. Support the veterans and community hall with a $200 blackout, 50/50 drawing and new games. Free coffee is available and concessions will be open. For details contact Ron Funnemark at 935-0294.

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GHS students’ poetry to be published

Six Grangeville High School students will join the ranks of published poets in April. “During first semester, juniors and seniors in my class entered a competition open to all Idaho high schools,” said GHS English teacher Kelli Tinnervin.

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Vikki Wayne to judge CIAA Spring Art Show April 7-9

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) announced Vikki Wayne will judge its 2016 Spring Art Show. The show is set for Thursday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the soiree from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bicentennial Historical Museum located at 305 N College, Grangeville, lower level gallery.

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Super Hunt tag drawing set May 31; Grangeville Gun Club league coming up; Turkey Federation  banquet slated April 9; rangeville Youth Baseball sign-ups set.

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Tuesday, March 22

"Feel the Bern"

A majority of Idaho County Democrats sided with Presdidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Tuesday night's March 22 caucus, held at Grangeville High School.

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Friday, March 18

Thursday, March 17

Limited access road expected by end of next week

UPDATE, March 17 -- A limited-access route, serving essential and necessary traffic through the blocked stretch of Idaho 14 west of Elk City, could open by the end of next week if weather permits. The opening of the elevated route will relieve pressure on the weather-dependent alternate route, Forest Service road/trails 1199 and 1858

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Kubs run strong

The Sweeney Invitational proved a pleasant place for Kamiah’s relay runners and pole vaulters to start their season.

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Simmons lifts CV wrestling fund-raiser to halfway mark

Shortly after his squad’s strong finish two weeks ago 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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Rams rock on, but other openers were washed out

For the first time in three years, the Clearwater Valley softball girls scored in their first game. That was true whether the count began with an exhibition tournament at Fenn Field last Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, or with a 14-7 win over Grangeville Monday night, March 14.

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Wednesday, March 16


Calling for care clears consumption charges

“The fear of repercussion actually hinders students from calling for medical assistance,” said Tanner Beymer, one of the University of Idaho students who brought the bill to the legislature.

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In the News Briefs

The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is scheduled to meet on March 30 and 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road in Grangeville. The meeting is open to the public.

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Riggins News: Blood drives set for March 29-30

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.” The annual Salmon River Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 26, beginning at noon at Riggins Elementary School.

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Elk City News: Slide meeting draws large crowd

We are now on day 27 of the slide of 2016! As you all know by now, the meeting on Thursday was well-attended with an estimate of 150 to 170 people attending. Dave, from the Lewiston office of ITD, the contractors, WesCo and Jim Chmelik, our county commissioner, all were there.

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Cottonwood News: Women’s retreat set for monastery

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Irish Prayer: May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rains fall softly upon your fields, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Author unknown.

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White Bird Party Time

Members of the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers were on hand for the annual White Bird Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s Day Sausage Feed which was held Sunday, March 13.

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Tempus Fugit

GRANGEVILLE – Katie Hauger, 9, will soon get her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation as she and her family fly to Los Angeles where she will meet John Schneider of the original Dukes of Hazard TV show. Katie, the daughter of Mike and Kristin Hauger, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis a month before she turned 6.

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Story Time

Rachel Foster, a member of Grangeville Friends of the Library, spent some time on Dr. Suess’s birthday, Wednesday, March 2, reading to kids at Grangeville Centennial Library. Kids talked about Dr. Suess, dressed as Seuss characters and participated in a craft.

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Ambassadors help 4-H program expand, run smoothly

You may have experienced assistance from one and not even known it. Your kids may have received advice from them and you weren’t even aware. They’re older, they’re green and they’re mighty. They’re the Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors.

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CIAA’s art show, sale set for April 9, 10

Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 49th Annual Spring Art Show and sale is set for Thursday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Kamiah voters say ‘no’

Patrons just said “no” in the Tuesday, March 8, levy vote. Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons voted down the one-year $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy that was meant to be used solely to replace a leaking roof at Kamiah Middle School.

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Community briefs

Idaho Commission on Aging will hold a meeting Friday, March 18, 1 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Center, truck route, Grangeville.

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Gary S. Willman

Gary S. Willman, 73, of Riggins, Idaho, died Monday, March 7, 2016, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

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KCUU Appreciation

The Kamiah Community Credit Union donated $1,500 in February to go toward the purchase of playground equipment for the Kooskia City Park. The city is also pursuing grant funds to go along with this funding. Mayor Charlotte Schilling and Revitalization Committee chair Roberta Joy Lee presented Kevin Steere (representing KCCU) a certificate thanking the KCCU for its generosity.

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Tree planting project along Three Mile Creek to address temperature issues

Volunteers begin tree planting work along Three Mile Creek this week in efforts to improve environmental quality issues in this tributary to the South Fork of the Clearwater River. Funded through an Idaho Department of Environmental Quality 319 grant, the two-year project proposes to plant approximately 7,000 1- to 2-year-old seedlings and 1,000 cuttings of red-osier dogwood and coyote willow.

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The March meeting of the Big Cedar Homemakers was called to order at the home of Rachel Andrews on Wed the 9th by President Lynne Anderberg.

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MVSD plays cleanup following levy opposition effort by trustee Smith

Zone 4 Mountain View School District 244 trustee Mike Dominguez of Kooskia found himself in a defensive mode the day before the school district levy last Monday, March 7. Dominguez put out an e-mail and messages to as many people as he could – mainly those within his zone – to not only ask for support for the levy, but also to diminish flames fanned by fellow board member Casey Smith of Clearwater, who represents zone 2.

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Who voted? A breakdown on turnout

he March 8 Mountain View School District 244 $2,663,246 supplemental levy election squeaked by for approval at 50.5 percent. Last year’s levy was approved with a 58 percent overall yes vote. With 5,643 registered voters and 2.988 votes cast in the MVSD 244 election, overall voter turnout was at 53 percent.

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GEMS to offer multi-age classroom changes for K-1 grades

arents will have more choices when it comes to their kids’ education at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) this fall. Rather than keep multi-age only classes in kindergarten-first grade at GEMS, single and combined classes will be offered for the combined class as well as kindergarten and first-grade only classes.

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Nothing beats sitting back and glassing for elk bone

I was a hardcore antler hunter in my younger days, but, through the years, have probably become more adept at finding shade as opposed to finding sheds. I do believe, however, that I still have a few tricks up my sleeve that could help you out with your wapiti quandary.

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Contractor focus to ‘punch a line’ through SH 14 slide

Since last Friday, March 11, crews with West Company Inc., have been clearing landslide debris from State Highway 14, contracted to work seven days a week, weather permitting, to reopen the road. Meanwhile, bypass traffic on the 1199 Road has been reduced to 6 a.m. departures from Elk City on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As of press time, cooler temperatures have allowed the route to remain in use for essential traffic by four-wheel drive vehicles; however, travelers should check with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, 983-1100, or on its Facebook page, for road availability status.

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Night closures start on Manning bridge project

Night closures related to the Manning Crevice Bridge work were scheduled this week, March 14-18, as announced in the weekly project newsletter released last Thursday, March 10, online at

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Evil travels US 95 — need for vigilance; supporting, monitoring police

How close is too close? When the fugitive Kyle A. Odom, 30, was arrested for his alleged role in shooting a Coeur d’Alene pastor earlier this month, a portion of that news item perked our interest: After the incident, Odom drove to Spokane and headed south, and later the following day he boarded a flight at the Boise Airport to Washington, D.C. So what? Well, it’s a good bet his southern getaway route was U.S. Highway 95, meaning he traveled through a large portion of rural Idaho before the diligence of airport security allowed Odom — an alleged attempted murderer who contended Martians controlled the Earth — to continue on his delusionally merry way. But not before he likely passed by Cottonwood and Grangeville, and then right through Riggins. That’s close enough.

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Time for transparency, accountability

Now it’s time for accountability and transparency. Superintendent Mr. Kent Stokes, it’s time to explain to taxpayers why this levy was necessary. You, yourself told me over the phone, “If the levy doesn’t pass we will be okay. We have plenty in reserve.” By reserve I assume you were referring to the $5 million that the board is sitting on.

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Trump: triumph over media, their message

Through the shadow government and its interlocking political ties to donors, corporate and special interests in the political infrastructure of our given governmental hierarchy, we observe a pyramid as a construct which adheres to paradigms that exist as givens within the subconscious mind.

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ITD handling slide shows incompetence

At last Thursday’s meeting with ITD, neither David Kuisti (ITD engineer) nor their recently hired contractor (West Co.) could tell Elk City residents when even a single lane would be open for traffic on Highway 14. Everyone who has transited Highway 14 to Elk City over the last several years has known that this slide was going to occur – falling debris has been constant.

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‘Heil, heil’ wreaks havoc on public lands

America is facing a massacre of its public lands similar to what Germany’s leaders did to the Jewish people when they were given power by the people. When the German people saw atrocious things happening in their country, most just looked the other way and did nothing.

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Trump: everything to do with furious dissent

I am amused, though hardly surprised, that mainstream media shills are now accusing Donald Trump of being a fascist. The candidate aside, it is not hard to understand why Americans, in unprecedented numbers, are supporting Mr. Trump.

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Her Day To Shine

Approximately 115 girls dressed in their finest to attend last Saturday’s March 12 Little Princess Tea Party at the Grangeville Christian Church.

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Grand Old Party

The Idaho County Republican Central Committee hosted its annual Lincoln Day Celebration last Saturday evening, March 12, at the Greencreek Community Hall.

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Mardi Gras For A Good Cause

t. Mary’s Hospital Foundation held its annual Mardi Gras fund-raising event last Saturday evening, March 12, at the Cottonwood Community Hall.

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Friday, March 11

Weather mucks spring sports openers; CV tournament to proceed

The baseball and softball seasons are scheduled to open today, but weather may yet interfere. For now, the Clearwater Valley boys are set to take on Orofino's JV at 3 p.m., with a CV-Troy game to follow at 5:30 p.m. Across town at Fenn Field, the CV girls are set to play Asotin at 3 p.m. with the Grangeville girls to play Asotin at 4:45 p.m., if the weather holds up.

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Cleanup under way on massive landslide blocking Idaho 14

Crews from West Company Inc. began clearing debris and rock from a massive landslide on Idaho 14 west of Elk City this morning, Friday, March 11. The priority is to clear a route for safe transport of emergency supplies and limited passage for residents.

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Wednesday, March 9

Bill sent that that would codify legality of Bible references in Idaho public schools

The Senate State Affairs Committee late last month sent a bill to the 14th order for amendments that would codify the legality of Bible references in Idaho public schools. Senate bill 1342, sponsored by District 7 Senator Sheryl Nuxoll (R), would spell out a right already legal in Idaho to reference the Bible in public schools. The bill would not require students to use religious texts for reference purposes if they or their parents objected.

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K-12 schools budget set but several policy items pending

The Idaho State Legislature's budget committee set the K-12 schools budget last Monday, Feb. 29, at a 6.8 percent increase over last year’s, but several policy items remain pending. More funding will likely come in the form of "trailer bills" bringing the increase up to around 7.4 percent, still short of the governor's proposed 7.9.

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Glad you asked:

Grangeville residents will get their chance to sound off on civic issues of concern in a citywide survey set to go out with this month’s utility bills that should start hitting mailboxes on March 21.

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Sullivan sets EOU school record 400m

Megan Sullivan, 2012 graduate of Grangeville High School, qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Championships and set a new Eastern Oregon University record in the open 400 with 57.58 time at the Jacksons Invitational hosted by Boise State University last month.

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Oakley stymies Pirates, Genesee whacks Prairie

Oakley and Prairie played as close to a scoreless draw as the sport of basketball allows during the first quarter of the first round of the 1AD1 tournament, and the first-round loss left PHS in a vulnerable spot against the league rival they’d face the next night.

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Patriots avenge Kendrick loss, end with a win

Setting up across from Summit on the opening night of the 1AD2 state tournament, Dietrich proved itself the division’s purest powerhouse a 78-47 win last Thursday night, March 3, followed by a 46-39 win over Clark County in the semifinals and a 68-55 win over Council in the state championship game. The Patriots handled the other two teams they saw with relative ease, avenging a 55-44 district tournament loss to Kendrick with a 62-45 consolation bracket triumph over the Tigers last Friday night, March 4. Summit laid claim to the consolation trophy with a 51-47 win over Rockland keyed by Tyler Krogh and Patrick Chmelik, who hit back-to-back after Rockland tied the contest at 46-all with about two minutes left.

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Distracted driver cause for Friday crash

- Two Grangeville men escaped injury following a two-vehicle rear-end collision accident last Friday afternoon, March 4, just east of Grangeville on State Highway 13. - Two Idaho County residents were transported for medical treatment following a rollover crash Saturday morning near Genesee in Latah County.

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Idaho earns D-plus on report card

Idaho recently earned a pretty poor record. At least according to Education Week’s annual grading of states’ K-12 education In the Quality Counts 2016 report released in January, Education Week focused on school accountability. This is the 20th annual Quality Counts report. Idaho earned a D-plus overall and finished 48th among 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Gray’s widow petitions for death declaration

More than seven years ago, Massachusetts hunter Ronald S. Gray disappeared during a fall hunting trip in the rugged Selway country northeast of Kooskia. Despite a month-long search by ground and air, the 62-year-old Essex County man was never found. Now, closure of sorts comes in a Feb. 19 filing by his widow, Nancy Gray, who is petitioning the court to declare her missing husband legally deceased. A hearing date on the petition has not yet been set.

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ITD plans slide clear, road open in April

The Idaho Transportation Department expects to reopen State Highway 14 within five weeks – by early April – and as of press time Tuesday was to select a specialized contractor to speed cleanup of the rock slide at milepost 39.

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‘Start me out at $50’

“Start me out at $50 and give me a job,” Shane Arnzen rattled off at the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, March 5. More than 125 people came out to support the Second Annual Purse Auction, an event held to support the local YWCA offices and their endeavor to assist victims of domestic violence and abuse.

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Who has poisoned animals?

Two domestic pets are dead and a third has been sickened in what police believe is a deliberate attempt to poison animals in Grangeville. “It’s not accidental from everything we’ve seen so far,” said Rick Thanstrom, ordinance/animal control officer, Grangeville Police Department.

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Doris A. Bowman, 83

Doris A. Bowman, 83, of Grangeville, Idaho, died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville. Cremation is under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

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Donating blood gave an unintended benefit

I have been giving blood to the Red Cross since 1981. In my first years of blood donations, I knew that I was giving blood to save the lives of sick and injured people. It never crossed my mind that I might be receiving a benefit in return.

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Support Frei, county on solid waste efforts

Thank you, Mark Frei, for tackling the difficult task of addressing changes mandated in solid waste collection for rural Idaho County. The facts that open dumpsters are not allowed throughout Idaho (and the nation) and the need to be proactive in addressing this issue resulted in the directive to consolidate sites included in the last two solid waste contracts.

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In your name we pledge to fight on...

With deepest appreciation to the Bundy Family et al. Like so many valiant souls before you, your personal freedoms, your self-determination and that of your loves ones, have arbitrarily been taken from you.

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Before any firearms draft, district needs discussion, involvement of patrons

School safety, and guns on high school campuses: The topic is so emotionally and politically charged that it seems unlikely that the matter can be brought down from the rhetorical heights – whether federal to local — which such adamant passions have driven it to. But it has to be if Mountain View School District 244 is to discuss its proposals for a firearm policy.

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March Rural Land Purchasing workshops set for Lewiston; Programs set for March 17-31

Three consecutive Thursday evening workshops will be held in Lewiston March 17-31 on rural land purchasing. The theme is “So You Want to Buy a Ranch? Rural Land Purchasing 101.” Workshops are designed to inform prospective buyers of the significant factors that make purchasing rural land more complex than buying the typical house in town. Issues such as water rights, wells, easements, financing, location, government assistance programs, and appraising rural land value are only some of the topics that will be covered.

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The Salmon River Jet Boat Races will take place in Riggins on April 15, 16 and 17. Operators are needed to provide safety communications. Shore positions, safety boat and relay positions are available. Information and sign-up is at <https://www.> Requirements for admission to the county EOC (Emergency Operations Center) during disasters will be discussed at the March meeting. The location for Field Day ( June 25-26) will be discussed. Will it be at the Kamiah City Park as was done the last two years or will it be at a better radio location out of town as in previous years?

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In the News: Benefit set for March 12; for GEMS teachers

A benefit spaghetti feed for Grangeville Elementary Middle School teachers Debbie Lusby and Dixie Schwartz is set for Saturday, March 12, at the GEMS cafeteria from 4:30-7 p.m. The proceeds will be split evenly to help cover medical expenses. Anyone wanting to donate or help can contact GEMS and ask for Audrey Wasem or Amanda Bush.

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Book Club Donation

The members of Treasure Life Book Club raised money through their annual yard sale, and chose to keep the money local by giving it to an organization dear to their hearts: Syringa Cancer Resource Center.

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Cottonwood News: Krogh scores 22 for Summit

The Summit Academy Patriots edged out Rockland to win their first athletic trophy in the Idaho Class 1A Division II state tournament Saturday at Caldwell High. The score was 51-47 in the consolation championship game helped along by Tyler Krogh’s 22 points.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Steelhead are jumping

Beautiful, glorious, healthy, steelhead are jumping up the river at Selway Falls. It’s such a sight to see. Drive slow, the last 10 miles of the road are a little bumpy, but what a great way to spend a day off. Sorry no cell service, no Internet, no “Big Mac,” and you can’t even plug in to charge your devices unless it adapts to a car charger, but a lesson in the beauty of the Idaho Wilderness is priceless. The Wilderness Inn is rumored to open this coming weekend, whoop whoop!

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Riggins News: Farris, Diaz named Riggins Rodeo royalty

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “No matter what’s happening, take time each day to remember all that’s good in your life.” Riggins Rodeo 2016 Queen is Macenzie Farris, daughter of Amy and Jeff Farris of Grangeville. She attends Grangeville High School and rode her horse Callie. Macenzie was also chosen Miss Congeniality by the contestants. Emily Diaz, daughter of Rachel and Javier Diaz of Riggins, is the 2016 Riggins Rodeo Princess. She attends Salmon River Junior High and rode her horse Cheyenne.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: CVES sets art show, family night

St. Patty’s Day is alive and doing fine in Kamiah on Thursday, March 10, corned beef and cabbage will be served at the Presbyterian Church located on the corner of 7th and Hill Street, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. They will also have a meatless potato soup in observance of Lent, lots of really good food, great gospel music, and a guest speaker from Community Action. No charge for the lunch but they would encourage a donation.

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Elk City News: Slide meeting set for March 10

I am sure most of you in town are aware of the meeting on Thursday, March 10, and are planning on attending. The meeting will be at noon at the school. The following agencies have been invited but I don’t know if a representative from all of them will show up: BLM, Forest Service, County Commissioners, ITD personnel, ICSO, and Bureau of Homeland Security. I sure hope they come prepared with solid information on plans, time lines, etc.!

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Tempus Fugit

•COTTONWOOD – Helen Klapprich, DVM, recently opened Cottonwood Veterinary Services, located at the Cottonwood Sales Yard on U.S. Highway 95. She and auction yard owner, Dennis Rowland, are partners in the business.

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White Bird News: Annual sausage feed is set for Sunday

Joe Wilson’s Saint Patty’s Day Sausage Feed is this Sunday, March 13. It will be from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Old-Time Fiddlers will be there to entertain you. This is a family-style breakfast, where you come in, sit down and you are waited on hand and foot, like royalty. Great food, good neighbors and a community fund-raiser.

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In The News

FERDINAND — Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet with residents Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m., at a town meeting in Ferdinand at the Ferdinand Community Center, 240 Front Street.

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Lindsley takes sixth at MW indoor finale

Grangeville High School alum Juston Lindsley wrapped up his redshirt sophomore season with a sixth place finish at the Mountain West Conference 2016 indoor track and field championships Feb. 26-27.

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Campground hosts sought: USFS

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of National Forest System Lands with visitors! Multiple openings for campground hosts across the forest are available.

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Friday, March 4

Slide bypass route trips reduced; public meeting set

UPDATE, March 4: - ITD brings in additional contractor to clear massive Idaho 14 landslide - Escort travel trips reduced to 6 a.m. only due to bypass condition - Public meeting set Thursday, March 10, to update Elk City residents

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Wednesday, March 2

Legislators give their take on issues

Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill (R), District 34, and Speaker of the House Scott Bedke (R), District 27, gave their takes on issues affecting the Idaho legislature including education, healthcare, LGBT rights, and Donald Trump at the Idaho Press Club’s annual Headliner’s Lunch Tuesday. Sen. Hill said funding education is the greatest accomplishment of the Idaho legislature this session.

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Princess tea party on tap for March 12

Mark your calendars for the “Little Princess Tea Party” presented by the Idaho County Fair Royalty. This event will be held Saturday, March 12, at the Grangeville Christian Church, 402 West South First Street.

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Slide bypass holds up; road cleanup under way

Elk City traffic has adjusted to twice-daily trips, three days a week, along a bypass route as State Highway 14 remains closed just west of the community due to last month’s rock slide. “It seems to be working well for people needing to come and go,” said Sarah Secrist, dispatcher, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), who is coordinating communications on travel conditions for the escorted trips in and out along Newsome Creek Forest Road 1199.

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Right to Try Act sent to House floor

A bill that would allow patients with a terminal diagnosis to try investigation drugs has been sent to the House floor for approval. Last Tuesday, Feb. 23, the House Health and Welfare Committee passed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to voluntarily try investigation drugs tested by the Federal Drug Administration.

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‘Everybody wants it to be clear,’ but no policy or rule can cover it all

Four months later, questions continue on the circumstances involved in the fatal officer-related shooting of a long-time rancher in neighboring Adams County. As the public awaits the completion of an Idaho State Police investigation, the Free Press discussed some of the issues involved with Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings and Undersheriff Jim Gorges, as they relate to how law enforcement is governed and applied locally.

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Community college conversion conversation continues

The Senate Education Committee introduced to the floor a bill that would establish a start-up account to convert Eastern Idaho Technical College to a community college in a 7-2 vote last Thursday, Feb 25. The same day, Gov C. L. “Butch” Otter announced the State Board of Education approved the creation of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Keuterville Gathering

Hundreds of people flowed in to the Keuterville Hall for the annual St. Mary’s/Holy Cross dinner Sunday, Feb. 28.

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Democrats to caucus on March 22

Idaho County Democrats will make their presidential candidate choice at their caucus on Tuesday, March 22. Participants will have the opportunity to speak for the candidate of their choice, and up to two voting rounds will be held. Practice caucus set on Monday, March 14

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MVSD looks at school firearm policy

“Anyone who thinks people aren’t carrying guns into our schools right now is blind,” said Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. Dominguez, Mountain View School District board trustee for Zone 4, brought a draft firearms policy to the board at its last regular meeting, held at Kooskia’s Clearwater Valley High School, Feb. 22.

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Pirates, Patriots headed to boys state basketball tournaments

As the sharpshooter has done all season, Tyler Krogh drew extra attention during Summit’s win-or-go-home victory over Logos last Friday night, Feb. 26, and while he scored 11 points, the Knights’ preoccupation with him created space for Chris Osborne (11) and Dylan Krogh (17) to wreak havoc.

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Zumwalt takes fourth place

Grangeville’s Frankie Zumwalt avenged a series of losses to Jed Lowen of McCall-Donnelly, who had beaten Zumwalt three times earlier this season.

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Leaves door open for teachers to disregard science texts

Senator Nuxoll has introduced SB 1342. The bill codifies the practice of using the Bible as reference document in public schools. This would allow Idaho teachers to use the Bible as a science reference. Nuxoll claims 10 other states have similar bills. This is true; however, she isn’t telling the whole story. Those other states use the Bible in literature and history classes … not science classes.

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Lowell / Syringa News: ‘Those are rafts, Nana!’

White Clouds, blue sky, a truck next to every cabin, steelhead fishermen, fish and game guys installing traps, two couples on a getaway, one from Moscow, one from McCall, and even some kayakers from Boise. What a great time of year upriver. The whitewater season is about to begin and the phone has been ringing a lot.

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More than spuds: Idaho has much to celebrate

You may love living in Idaho, but what do you really know about the Gem State? This Friday, March 4, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter kicks off commemoration of Idaho Day, recognizing Abraham Lincoln’s signing the congressional act to make Idaho a territory on March 4, 1863.

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In the News

The Idaho County Courthouse has a new phone system that does not accurately display the call from number on ‘Caller ID,’ according to county clerk Kathy Ackerman.

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Suction dredging bill stalls

Each of the last three sessions at the state legislature, suction dredge miners have pushed for legislation to roll back state and federal regulation of their practice. With a voice vote last Tuesday, Feb. 23, the House Natural Resources Committee opted not to advance the dredgers’ latest proposal.

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Riggins News: Queen tryouts set for this Sunday

My Sweet ’16 quote for this week is actually three quotes from Dr. Seuss, Theodor Suess Giesel, whose birthday is today, March 2. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” “The more that you read, the more things you will know.

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Jury finds Godwin guilty of second-degree murder

It took the jury nearly three hours to find Jason A. Godwin guilty of second-degree murder last Friday evening, Feb. 25, a determination following four days of testimony concerning the 2014 shooting death of Kyle A. Anderson. Following the verdict, bond was revoked for Godwin, 50, of Kooskia, who will be kept in custody in the Idaho County Jail pending his sentencing hearing set for May 9.

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Utah group tells state legislature federal land weakens Idaho

Attorney George Wentz on Monday told the Idaho legislature that federal ownership makes states weaker than states that have little federal land – and that the constitution does not allow the federal government to make any state weaker than the others. “Is Idaho weaker than New York because Idaho doesn’t have dominion over all its land? Actually, it is,” Wentz said.

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Elk City News: Free movie night set at Baptist church

The community also owes a debt of gratitude to the individuals listed below for helping get the groceries into the store last week: Dave Anderson, Justin Anderson, Mark Thornton, Kim Rendleman, Debbie Rendleman, Bob Taylor, Debbie Taylor, Todd Armstrong, Mary Armstrong, Shelby Armstrong, Maddie Armstrong, Phil Ruzicka, Sage Stibal, Darrell Vanderbur, Cobie Allen and Randy Phillips.

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CV’s Owens takes heavyweight title; five rivermen place

As a team, the Clearwater Valley wrestlers placed eighth at the 2A state wrestling tournament held last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 at Holt Arena, but as a unified squad including competitors from Kamiah, coach Carlos Martinez’ bunch claimed a five individual medals.

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Voters decide levy requests on March 8

Both Mountain View School District 244 and Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons will go the polls March 8 to decide on levies. •In MVSD 244, voters will be asked to approve a $2,663,246 supplemental levy. •KJSD 304 is asking its patrons to approve a one-year $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy. This is meant to be used solely to replace a leaking roof at Kamiah Middle School.

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Monastery oblate serves through cleanup

Take a ride along Keuterville Road between Cottonwood and the Monastery of St. Gertrude and you are likely to see Jeannette Kelley enjoying her walk between town and her volunteer work at the monastery.

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Spreading The Love Of Reading

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, March 2, Don Solberg of Solberg Agency read Seuss’ “The Thinks You Can Think” to Grangeville Elementary Middle School kindergarten and first-grade students on Tuesday, March 1. He also shared one of his personal favorites that he read to his own children, “Going on a Bear Hunt,” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

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Lindsley, Sanders to attend geography bee semifinals

Two local students have qualified for the 2016 Idaho National Geographic Bee semifinals in Boise. Sts. Peter and Paul School sixth grader Jared Lindsley and Grangeville Elementary Middle School seventh-grade student Kara Sanders each qualified for the state competition after winning their respective school bees in January.

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Living The Adventure

Five kids participated in Saturday’s snowshoeing event at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill, one in a series of “Extreme Adventure Club” health and wellness events held through Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH).

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Something To Smile About

Mountain View Dentistry participated in the Give Kids a Smile program Friday, Feb. 26, at their Grangeville office. Doctors Schaff and Harrington and their staff provided free checkups, x-rays, cleaning and sealants for 63 kids who do not have dental insurance. Pictured here with Dr. Harrington is Sydney Dewitt, 12, of Clearwater.

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Community Briefs

he art show and sale “March Miniature Madness” is set Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PST) at Hoot’s Café in White Bird. The event will help celebrate 52 years of creating art along the Salmon River (1964 – 2016). Artwork is all miniature in size and priced at $50 or less. The event is hosted by the Salmon River Art Guild. Admission is free. Contact

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Musicians head for solo ensemble festival

On Wednesday, March 9, District II Solo Ensemble festival will host 81 Grangeville musicians in Moscow. Students from both Grangeville Elementary Middle School and Grangeville High will perform solos, duets, trios and quartets for adjudication. Competing in categories determined by their instrument, local professors will work with students to give them instruction on their specialty instrument.

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KamKoo Dancers

KamKoo Dance Crew members provided halftime entertainment at a February Kamiah High School basketball game. The boys and girls are instructed by Jaleta Gourley with help from her mom, Linda.

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Clearwater Baptist sets revival services

Clearwater Baptist Church will host a revival with Mike Acker of Texas this month. Services are set for March 13-17. On Sunday, March 13, services will be at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Services are set for Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. each night.

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Faith Briefs

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

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Dolores VonBargen opened the Feb. 23 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark led the dinner prayer. Guests this week were the Fiddlers. Also Tiffany Forsmann, our cook, brought her baby son, Drew, to show us. There were 63 meals served with 20 takeouts. Ed Wassmuth won the free dinner. Sharing jokes this week were Joyce Forsmann and Katie Remacle.

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Grangeville High BPA

Grangeville High School BPA (Business Professionals of America) students who competed at regional competition at Lewis Clark State College Jan. 22 included Hailey Uhlenkott, Amrit Singh, Hailey Russell, Zachary Stoner, McKenzie Kennedy, Lily Willig, Hailey Sullivan, Hannah Williams, Courtney Cuffe and Emily Kaschmitter.

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Rather than teach morality, schools should narrow focus

Concerning Sam Grover’s letter to the editor in last week’s Free Press.... Whenever I have something in the Bible that doesn’t sound correct, it can be cleared up by looking into the original language. The men who translate the Bible into English sometimes get it wrong.

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Ask legislators to pass bill to save $173M, stabilize rural hospitals

The Idaho Legislature has a bill before it to expand health insurance to 103,000 mostly working lower income and veteran Idahoans who fall in a coverage gap. SB 1205 is the Healthy Idaho plan drafted as a uniquely Idaho solution and near unanimously recommended for adoption by three work groups under Governor Otter. Now we must speak up and ask for a legislative vote.

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Tempus Fugit

•WHITE BIRD – The community of White Bird and surrounding towns were saddened at the unexpected death of White Bird school teacher Mary Newby Saturday.

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Tuesday, March 1 brief

Hunter Ed Course set; Spring bear controlled hunt results available; Commission to meet in Boise next week; Perch record reset

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