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Wednesday, May 25



Probert: J-Bar fire salvage project decision to be withdrawn

Earlier this month, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction in the civil case over the Forest Service’s Johnson Bar Fire Salvage project. The order stopped salvage logging near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers, which was set to begin as early as May 16. Now the salvage logging project is being withdrawn.

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Jim Tuning, 74

Jim Tuning, 74, of Soldotna, Alaska, formerly of Woodland, Idaho, died peacefully...

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Tempus Fugit - May 25, 2016

•CANFIELD – Governor Ross and Lt. Gov. Mix visited the Canfield country. The community feels it has commissioners on the job. They were able to interest the governor in this section.

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Riggins News: Graduation set for this Friday night

My Sweet 16 quote of the week is actually the quote of the SRHS Class of 2016, “Go forth and set the world on fire.” Salmon River Graduation for the class of 2016, Morgan Bieren, Hannah Cornforth, Alex Diaz, Beau’D Hopkins, Ethan Mead, Diah Saputia Galland, Victor Schmidt, Ryan Simonson, and Rylie Travis, will take place this Friday May 27, at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Salmon River High School gymnasium. Family, friends, and the public are invited to attend this graduation and celebration as well as the reception to follow in the multipurpose room.

May 25, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Kids Klub drops grant application

Kids Klub is withdrawing its request for Idaho County’s sponsorship of a block grant, which Clearwater Economic Development Association specialist Kelly Dahlquist and Kids Klub members presented to the board earlier this month. According to a letter from CEDA to the county, which Dahlquist presented Tuesday, May 24, the commission’s continuing support for a grant awarded May 13 to Syringa Hospital and Clinics, combined with changes in the hospital’s construction schedule, means Kids Klub’s application might not be accepted.

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Sullivan, Lindsley dominate

During his final days in Bulldogs uniform, Cole Lindsley swept the 2A throwing titles, firing off a personal record 51-11½ bomb in the shot put and ripping a near-PR 167 in the discus.

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McAlister, KHS hoist 1A title

Had it gone perfectly, the 1A pole vault final would have had the Kamiah boys in pole position from the start last Saturday, May 21. With Bailey Christopherson having previously cleared 14-1 in competition and Taylor McAlister having gone 12-6 the previous week, the KHS boys were trailing the Friday leaders but looking at booking 16 or 18 points in the team scoring right off the hop.

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Automatic machinery now tags, clips hatchery smolts

It’s no secret that Idaho steelhead and salmon anglers rely on hatcheries for fish that they can take home and eat, and anglers can identify “keepers” because a small fin on their back is removed when the fish are young. The clipped adipose fin does not grow back – letting anglers identify hatchery fish for harvest. What’s less known is how the fins get clipped.

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World-class river draws rafters, crowds for thrills, antics

“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”

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Elk City: Taco feed to help fund ECVFD

Memorial Day services will be held at the bridge in Elk City on May 29 at 1 p.m. Let’s get out and honor our veterans. As reported last week, the Elk City VFW Auxiliary and Post is again sponsoring the giant taco feed to benefit the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department on May 28 at the VFW kitchen from 5–7 p.m. The charge is $8 for all-you-can-eat tacos.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Long Camp car show to be held on June 4

Kamiah library is gearing up for summer activities. Registration is currently taking place for the summer reading program for K-8. If you would like to register your child in one of their programs call the library for information. They are also actively seeking new, local writers to participate in the Montana Book Festival’s efforts to promote new writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. If you, or someone you know, has an interest in writing, visit their website at http://www.montanabookfestival.org/contest

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Marimba Madness

Prairie Elementary School held its preschool through fourth grade concert last Wednesday, May 18. All the groups sang and played marimba and some students were also able to play the drums and recorders.

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Students try their hand at newspapering

This spring, the students in Mr. Tosten‛s second and third-grade class at Clearwater Valley Elementary School decided to squeeze one more thing into a busy schedule. One student, Autum, first suggested the idea of writing a newspaper.

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Music Makers

Prairie Elementary School held its preschool through fourth grade concert last Wednesday, May 18. All the groups sang and played marimba and some students were also able to play the drums and recorders.

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Battle of the Books: Students take reading to a whole new level

Fourth and fifth graders battled it out at Grangeville Elementary Middle School in May. It wasn’t a typical battle but a battle of wits and skill … it was the “Battle of the Books.” “We have been very excited to be able to offer this program this year, thanks to a grant from Grangeville Community Foundation,” said GEMS Principal Dr. Susan Anderson.

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Kooskia Library sets variety of events

The Kooskia Library has a variety of events and programs scheduled. A book sale is set for June 11, starting 8 a.m., 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. At 11a.m., the $1 bag sale starts. To donate books, drop them off at the library. No magazines. All proceeds benefit Kooskia Community Library.

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Fragrant Blooms

Lilacs along the Clearwater River off US Highway 12 in Kamiah were dripping wet from a spring rain last month.

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Bluegrass Jam At Kamiah

Members of the Montana Ramblers spent some time Saturday, May 21, entertaining the crowds at the ISBA (Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association) Jam at Kamiah’s KOA Campground. Despite threatening clouds, most of the performances made it before the storm hit.

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Panel deliberates access to mental health care

“Mental health issues are often very complicated,” stated panel member Senator Dan Schmidt, M.D., Moscow. “Building networks in this state has been a challenge. Mental health providers do not see Idaho as an attractive state for a thriving practice. Psychiatric support is very slim. Family doctors do their best. Whose obligation is it to provide these services to our residents? What serves Boise does not necessarily serve Grangeville.”

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Corral Dust: Wayne James selected as grand marshal

It’s hard to believe another year has rolled by, but Border Days is again upon us. This year’s events are set for July 1 through 4 with the rodeo on July 1, 2 and 3, and parades on July 2, 3 and 4. For details stay tuned or go on-line to www.grangevilleborderdays.org or check out the Border Days Facebook page. Do note the parades are July 2 and 3 at 2 p.m., and July 4 at 11 a.m. This is a time change on the Fourth from an earlier announced time.

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Rehder drops from county race

With last Friday’s departure of Democrat Jim Rehder from the Idaho County Commission race, Republican Denis Duman appears to have an unopposed ballot come the Nov. 8 general election. However, prospective candidates still have until Oct. 11 to file as a write-in for the District 3 commission two-year term position.

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It's Your Business: KCCU undergoes name change

Don’t forget that Red River Hot Springs is under new management. As of May 1, Todd Clift took over the springs and said he is looking forward to the summer season. Call the office at 842-2587 or cell -553-3514. The kitchen is open serving breakfast and lunch in addition to Friday’s taco night and Saturday’s pasta night, 5-7 p.m.

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In The News: May 25, 2015

CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Water District will hold an information meeting Saturday, June 4, in Clearwater. The meeting is to inform the customers of Clearwater Water about connecting to the new water service system. The contractor in charge of the water service line placement will be on hand to discuss the procedure and to answer questions. Those who are customers or interested in receiving water service need to attend this meeting. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Clearwater Grange Hall. Contact Lyle Smith at 926-4278.

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Camp offered for local kids

DEER CREEK, WA – Who doesn’t love camping by the lake? Idaho County boys and girls ages 8 through 12 from income-qualifying families are invited to spend a week at Camp Gifford, July 18th-July 22nd. A $25 non-refundable fee is required of all eligible families; however, scholarships may be available. Transportation is provided to this camp which is 40 minutes north of Spokane.

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LCSC announces spring honor roll

A total of 839 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2016 semester, LCSC administrators announced on Tuesday. Among the honorees, 420 made the president’s list while 419 were named to the dean’s list.

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Organizations: May 25, 2016

Agnes Forsman opened the May 17 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark led the dinner prayer. Guests were Charlotte and Hank Dasenbrock. There were 56 meals served with 33 home-delivered meals. Katie Remacle won the free dinner. Mel Willis was the nickel bingo winner and Marianne Wren won the blackout. Door prize winners were Dina Nuxoll, Mariel Arnzen, Mel Willis, Ivan Nuxoll, Marianne Wren and Ned Forsmann..

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Senior Showcase

Grangeville High School senior Hailey Uhlenkott performs her final dance for Shirley’s Dance Studio May 14 at GHS. Uhlenkott has danced for teacher Shirley Sears since preschool. She has served as Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie for the past year. She will graduate this Friday.

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Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living

Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

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Honoring Idaho law enforcement officers

During National Police Week this month, our nation honors its law enforcement officers and remembers those who have given their lives protecting our communities. Coeur d’Alene Police Sergeant Gregory King Moore, a husband and father who served in the Coeur d’Alene Police Department for 16 years before he was killed last year in the line of duty, is among the law enforcement officers who are being honored this National Police Week.

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Enlightened advocates foist vision on county to fund ambitions

So, will Idaho and Idaho County residents actually trade their children’s “innocence” for a few “federal dollars” (these are “tax” dollars that theoretically started in your pocket) for public education funding. Obama’s counting (blackmailing) on you funding your own child’s worldview (transgender mandate) transformation/breakdown. It’s one thing for a liberal/socialist to embrace a “village raising/inculcating their offspring.” The test is if those folks who think they’re conservatives will bow before the altar of “political correctness.”

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Eddie The Eagle Visits GEMS

Eddie the Eagle visited GEMS last Monday afternoon to make the students aware of gun safety. Chris Williams from the police department presented with Eddie. The Grangeville police department and GEMS sponsored this event.

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Some politicians never understand constituents

I offer some comments and advice to misguided politicians seeking public office by obtaining votes from constituents in a country founded on the principle of, by and for the people. The recent primary election in the Grangeville area shows that one candidate didn’t seem to understand elections are based on the will of the people

May 25, 2016 6 a.m. read more..
 

USFS: next to God, above law or what?

I see where the U.S.F.S. is doing prescribed burns again, which accomplishes several things: destroys the duff under the trees which holds the moisture, so the ground will dry out, kills underbrush and trees which makes a place for beetles to start and then migrate to standing trees; however ...

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Sports...in brief

Chinook salmon seasons continue; Controlled hunt app deadline coming up; Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers; SRHS girls sports camps set for June; Grangeville girls b-ball camp coming up; Softball clinic slated; ‘Hill of It’ bike ride scheduled for June 4; Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set.

May 25, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Region’s most-caught fish? Rainbow trout

Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Clearwater Region may be famous for its salmon and steelhead fishing and its pristine rivers with thriving cutthroat trout populations, but in most years more hatchery rainbow trout are harvested here than any other fish.

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Not’ to be

Prairie’s state title hopes were diminished by a diving catch in right field and died on a run-scoring drive in the bottom of the seventh against Notus last Saturday, May 21.

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Will’d out

The Pirates took Wilder to the brink during the first round of the 1A baseball tournament Friday, May 20, but fell 6-5.

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Monday, May 23



Ag Briefs

- Hay stocks in Idaho up 6 percent from year ago - Idaho wheat production up 2 percent from 2015 - Effort to reach 200,000 transitioning military

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Ventenata control field tour May 26 in Kamiah

University of Idaho Extension is offering: After the Fire: Ventenata Control Field Tour in Kamiah on Thursday evening, May 26. This May 26 program will provide a summary of herbicides and their effects on ventenata as well as a discussion of the specific effects observed in the demonstration plots.

May 23, 2016 9:28 a.m. read more..


Health issue challenge for owners, authorities, conservationists

“Certain livestock/wildlife interaction can be a problem, most wildlife interactions are not,” said Roy Kinner, senior conservation officer for Idaho Fish and Game. Unfortunately, disease transmission from wildlife to livestock and vice versa does occur. This creates a challenging animal health issue for livestock owners, animal health authorities, and wildlife conservationists.

May 23, 2016 9:27 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 18

    

Judge puts J-Bar salvage on hold

Late Thursday, May 12, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction in the civil case over the Forest Service’s Johnson Bar Fire Salvage project. The order stops salvage logging near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers, which was set to begin as early as Monday, May 16.

May 18, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Swap stopped

In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell dated May 12, U.S. Senator Jim Risch formally ended his pursuit of a legislated end to one long, controversial saga: the Lochsa Land Exchange.

May 18, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Pirates end Genesee’s reign

Spencer Schumacher had Genesee off-balance from the very start last Saturday, May 14, yielding only a bunt single through the first three innings even as the PHS lineup pounded out a 5-0 lead on the way to an 8-2 win over the defending 1A champions.

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Sports...in brief

Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; ‘Hill of It’ bike ride scheduled for June 4; Softball clinic slated; Grangeville girls b-ball camp coming up; SRHS girls sports camps set for June; Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers; Still time to enter Super Hunt drawing.

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Primed for Middleton

No one in the region could match the Kubs’ strength in numbers on the boys side of the 1A/2A District I-II championships held last Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, and they had one additional edge going for them: their track was looking freshly sharp on account of new paint the KHS coaches and boosters had recently laid down.

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Community Briefs - May 18, 2016

Congratulations are in order for the Grangeville Elementary Middle School 7/8 middle school band who recently won first place at the Music in the Parks Silverwood Festival. Seventy-two students traveled to Coeur d’Alene High School to compete against schools from Canada, Washington, Oregon and Montana. The school competed in the small middle school division, earning first place. The band is under the direction of Kathy Stefani.

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Organizations - May 16, 2016

Agnes Forsman opened the May 10 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark led the dinner prayer. Guests were Alta Clark, Ron Broker and Alice Nau. We also had two women from the Area Agency on Aging, Marissa Rudley and Julie Christianson. Marissa is a dietitian and Julie is a contract and budget specialist. There were 64 meals served with 22 home-delivered meals. Diane Schultz won the free dinner.

May 18, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Crazy Critters 4-H

The Crazy Critters 4-H Club held their last meeting on April 18. The secretary/treasurer report was given and minutes read. Reports were also given for old business. We finalized plans for our first Community Service project with a May Day event for the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation residents.

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Birth: Lincoln Cole Sigler

Daniel and Shelbie Sigler of Cottonwood are the parents of a son, Lincoln Cole, born May 10, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed eight pounds and two ounces and was 20-1.2 inches long.

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Greenhouse Goodies For Sale

The Grangeville High School Bulldog Greenhouse is now open. The GHS botany class has a variety of plants for sale including eight varieties of tomatoes and 10 varieties of flowers, peppers, cucumbers, beans, squash, cantaloupe and watermelon.

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Elk City News: ‘Walk for the Cure’ draws host of hikers

Susan G. Koman Walk for the Cure took place last Thursday, May 12. Sue Phillips shared the following about the program: “Team leader, Becky Hays, traveled north from Boise to lead hikers on one-mile walks at Elk City and Grangeville, ‘ghost walks’ as part of the 2016 Boise Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

May 18, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Riggins News: ‘Savage Pride Day’ is Thursday, May 19

My Sweet Sixteen quote of the week is “Life is what you do, not what you feel.” Riggins mayor, Glenna McClure, has declared Savage Pride Day 2016 is tomorrow, Thursday, May 19. The parade, featuring the kids on their school bus, will head through town to the Riggins City Park about 1:15 p.m. Let’s get out on Main Street and cheer our Salmon River kids on in a way to thank and honor them for a year well done! Wear your school colors, wave flags, make signs letting our kids know we love them and support them. Go Salmon River School kids, pre-school -12th graders!

May 18, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Cottonwood News: Uptmor wins ‘Star’ award

Wasn’t that a nice rain we received all day on Sunday? Maybe it changed your plans for the day, but everything looks so nice and green so it was worth it. It is past May 10 and my king birds are not back!

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Homeschool Graduates

The Prairie Home Educators together with the Valley Home Educators present the class of 2016. Graduation will take place Saturday, May 21.

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Tempus Fugit - May 18, 2016

Two carloads of Gypsies, pulling two trailer houses arrived in Grangeville but had their stay cut short by the untimely arrival of officers, Buck Paul, Walter Lemons and Charles Pittman, who ordered them to get out of town. The officers escorted them as far as Ferdinand.

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In the News briefs - May 18, 2016

The Richard Jacobs VFW Post 4902 in Cottonwood, Idaho is sponsoring a Veterans Town Hall Meeting Thursday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall located at 506 King St., Cottonwood. Veterans will be able to visit with representatives from the Idaho Dept. of Veterans Services, Senator Crapo’s office and Senator Labrador’s office.

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Nafziger retires from teaching after 32 years

The end of the 2015-16 school year will be the beginning of a new chapter for social studies teacher Betty Nafziger. After 32 years working with students and staff in our school district, Nafziger is retiring.

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Investigation ongoing, charges pending following searches

Investigation continues with possible criminal charges pending following a series of warrant searches conducted at Cottonwood-area residences earlier this month. A suspect in the case was detained but not arrested, and the connection to this case with earlier crimes committed within the region is still to be determined.

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Patience, help during search efforts

We wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the Riggins community, and especially the sheriff’s department’s search and rescue for all you did for our family.

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Smart thing to back wonderful program

I was saddened and disheartened to hear that the commissioners have only given a tentative “yes” to be decided at a future date on the grant money that could be given to Kids Klub. They are a wonderful organization that not only helps out families but improves the whole community. They offer so many things to children that they would not normally obtain in a rural community.

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‘Beautification’ work not more important than our kids

First, it’s clear you have very little understanding of the families you were elected to serve. It’s not “some families” that have two parents who work... it’s most families that do. Kids Klub isn’t a “niche market,” and it’s an absolute necessity to the “vested interest” you say you have in developing healthy, functioning families in our community.

May 18, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Grocery tax a key issue in 2016 elections

Idaho’s policy is made more problematic by the fact that our grocery tax doesn’t actually result in support for state services and programs. Idaho merely collects the sales tax revenue and then refunds the money to Idahoans in the form of an income tax credit.

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Girls Keeping In Step

About 35 students participated in the spring Shirley’s Dance Studio recital held Saturday, May 14, at Grangeville High School. Classes will start again in August and are held each Monday at the Grangeville United Methodist Church basement. Call 509-758-6510.

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Kamiah mill sale: Blue North officials asked IFG to step in

Faced with having to close the Kamiah mill, in October 2015, Blue North Forest Products approached Idaho Forest Group about buying out its assets and timber position, Blue North operating manager Bill Mulligan confirmed to the Free Press Monday morning, May 16. IFG is in the process of completing the buyout, subject to “various closing conditions” IFG now anticipates will be met later this month.

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It’s All Right

Rian Wilson sings a solo in the song “It’s All Right” in Grangeville High School’s Concert Choir spring concert Thursday, May 4.

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GHS to honor top four academic students

Grangeville High School will honor its top four students as it celebrates graduation Friday, May 27, 7 p.m. Co-valedictorians are Darby Finnegan, Emily Kaschmitter and Lily Willig, and salutatorian is Colton Cervantes.

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Sponsored content: Prepare for wildfire: Green Acres talks Firewise

Idaho is among eight western states to have proclaimed May “Wildfire Awareness Month. Throughout the month, residents are encouraged to learn how to better protect their homes and communities from wildfire, and how they can help firefighters reduce the number of human-caused fires.

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CVES kids learn hands-on fire safety at camp

Clearwater Valley Elementary 4th and 5th grade students spent last Wednesday, May 11, at the O’Hara campground on the Selway River. This educational event was organized by Courtney Couch of the USFS in cooperation with the Department of Lands.

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Tuesday, May 17



Friday, May 13



Forest Service salvage logging blocked

Late yesterday, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction in the civil case over the Forest Service's Johnson Bar Fire Salvage project. The order stops salvage logging near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers.

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Thursday, May 12



Wednesday, May 11

 

Commission so out of touch with community

In regards to the recent county commissioner meeting involving Kids Klub.... I find it unimaginable that the commissioners can be so out of touch with the community they are elected to serve.

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Kamiah HOSA sets fund-raisers

Six Kamiah High School students who earned the right to compete at the International HOSA-Future Health Care Providers conference in Nashville, Tenn., this June are continuing local fund-raising efforts with the goal of raising more than $6,000 to cover conference expenses.

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CV area writing scholarships available

Two full scholarships are available to Clearwater Valley High School students as well as students who are in an alternative educational program within the Clearwater Valley school district to attend Writers @ Harriman.

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Birth: Mason Emmett Holman

Matthew and Melissa Holman of Grangeville are the parents of a son, Mason Emmett, born April 7, 2016, at Syringa Hospital, delivered by Dr. Jessup. He weighed eight pounds and three ounces and was 20 inches long. He joins a sister, Mackenzie Rae, 3.

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Community briefs

Lifeguard staff are needed for the Grangeville City Pool this season: tap full-time, two part-time and also substitute positions. Lifeguards must be age 15 or older. Lifeguard training classes will be held locally starting May 31. For information: city hall, 983-2851.

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Tempus Fugit: May 11, 2016

•Grangeville Flower and Gift Shoppe has purchased Finer Flowers. Sandy Kantner and Pat Meinen will join Grangeville Flowers’ staff. God’s Corner, which was housed in Finer Flowers, will move to Our Daily Bread on Main Street next to the Pizza Factory.

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Cottonwood News: Prairie concerts are this week

Did you have a good Mother’s Day? The Knights of Columbus were very generous to give roses to all the mothers at the weekend Masses in the Tri-Parish. I got to spend time in the woods with my children, and the sun was shining so it was a good day.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: ‘Dessert at the museum’ is this weekend in Clearwater

This is the “Kick Off Saturday” for the Tahoe QRU yard sale at their facility at 786 Leitch Creek east of Kooskia that begins at 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring down your tables, chairs and goodies for sale and join the fun. Space is free and lots of people attend. This event will take place the second Saturday of each month through October. See you there!

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At The Car Wash

The Grangeville High School tennis team held its annual car wash fund-raiser at Les Schwab Tires on Main Street last Saturday, May 7.

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$800,000 in grants awarded to hospital, RR district

Nearly a million dollars in block grant funding was awarded last week to benefit health and public utility projects within Idaho County. According to the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA), Syringa Hospital and Clinics will receive $500,000 for upgrades and renovations to its facilities. As well, a $300,000 grant will go to the Rapid River Water and Sewer District to assist in system renovations.

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Elk City News: Wolf spotted at Newsome Creek area

Wolf sighting … a large black Canadian wolf was seen on Thursday by townsfolk just below Newsome Creek dragging a large part of an animal behind it. Flaggers need to be on alert. I was able to talk to one of them on Monday, so hopefully the word will get around.

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Coolwater Road closed to June 1

Coolwater Road 317 on the Moose Creek Ranger District will be closed through June 1. Road 317 is being used for log processing and hauling of timber resulting from fuels breaks constructed for the Slide Fire.

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Organizations: May 11, 2016

Agnes Forsman opened the May 3 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dolores VonBargen led the dinner prayer. Guest was Kathy Gaither of Grangeville. There were 50 meals served with 22 home-delivered meals. Barbara Rehder won the free dinner. Diane Schultz shared a joke this week.

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Alaggio Laurino is BSU commencement speaker

Boise State University celebrated its 98th Commencement ceremony May 7 in Taco Bell Arena. In total this spring, 2,334 students were eligible to receive 2,561 degrees and certificates. Alaggio Laurino of Keuterville delivered the student address and graduated with degrees in history of art and visual culture, and visual art.

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Riggins News: Healthy Hooter hike set for Pollock Saturday

My Sweet Sixteen quote of the week is “Mother’s Day is really every day of the year; however, it is really nice to set aside one day of the year to especially honor our mothers.” All ladies are invited to the annual Mother’s Day Tea, “Beauty Within,” at the Salmon River Community Church this Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship room. Jeannie Fitch will be the speaker, and ladies of the church will prepare the tea goodies. See you there.

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School Briefs: May 11, 2016

Mrs. Hauger’s second and third grade classroom at Grangeville Elementary Middle School had their annual Cystic Fibrosis penny drive during the past month. The class distributed containers for pennies, or other coin donations, to fill throughout the month. The class collects, weighs, sorts and counts the coins, using this as a math activity. “The students are excited to see how many pounds of coins they collect,” Hauger said. This is the eighth year her class has raised money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic Fibrosis is a disease which affects the lungs and digestive system.

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MVSD seeks Zone 5 trustee

Mountain View School District 244’s Zone 5 is in search of a new trustee. The board accepted Sally Nolan’s resignation in April as she will soon move out of state.

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All Keyed Up

Grangeville High School held its end-of-year concert May 4. Here, Slovakian exchange student Jakub Basala plays the accordion for an enthusiastic audience. Basala lives with the Blackmer family and has spent the year playing with the GHS band under the direction of Kathy Stefani.

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Blue North ‘couldn’t sustain’ losses

With very little advance notice, more than five-dozen mill workers got the word from Blue North Forest Products ownership May 3: that the mill is closing, that market forces have swallowed up the business, and that unlike the other times the plant has shut down, this time, “this is the end.” Last week, the Free Press reported buyer Idaho Forest Group anticipates the sale will be complete by mid-month.

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Salmon River Greeting

The 68th annual Riggins Rodeo and Parade were ushered in by sunny, warm weather Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.

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Walk For Life

Hope Center held its ninth annual Walk for Life Saturday, May 7, with 150 people supporting the ministry with a two-mile walk through downtown Grangeville.

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GHS’s Stefani honored with Webb community giving award

“I am so honored to be the recipient of this award,” smiled Kathy Stefani at the Grangeville High School concert May 4. Stefani was recognized with the 2016 Orrin and Eleanora Webb Community Giving Award from the Grangeville Community Foundation.

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Ready to vote?

Elections are next Tuesday, May 17, for contested county and state races: Idaho County, Dist. 7 Legislature

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Syringa shows renovation progress

Syringa Hospital began in 1939 with the vision of many volunteers and $22,000. Last week, the now-multi-million dollar facility welcomed the public to an open house for its newly remodeled reception and clinic area, among other rooms and renovations.

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Nuxoll: consistent friend of freedom

I am supporting Sheryl Nuxoll in her bid for re-election to the Idaho senate. She is a true conservative, who is working hard for the people of Idaho - to preserve our citizen rights and to help pass sensible legislation.

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Giddings: has energy, brains and willpower

Priscilla Giddings is running for the state legislature in District 7. Thank Goodness! The time is right for a highly educated, highly qualified, well-spoken leader to represent rural Idaho.

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Crabtree: experience to work with others

We believe Carl Crabtree has the experience and knowledge to work with other state senators to analyze issues and be a consensus builder moving Idaho forward and getting work done that has been put off way too long.

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New Briefs: May 11, 2016

Grangeville Police will be increasing patrols, as duties permit, to address citizen traffic complaints, including double parking on Main Street, motorists failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and inattentive driving by texting drivers.

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Commission’s belief is archaic

The Idaho County Commissioners based their decision to withhold support for the Kids Klub community block grant application for two absurd reasons: 1) parents should be home with their children after-school and 2) we don’t want to apply for federal funds.

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Utter disconnect with families

I can only shake my head in dismay at the utter disconnect these men have with the average working family of Idaho County. Any help we can give our children would be a benefit to our community.

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Committed to long-term viability of Kids Klub

We appreciate their service to our county and look forward to moving forward with this process. We are committed to the long-term viability of the Kids Klub and continuing a tradition of providing a safe, nurturing option to help our kids grow.

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Crabtree: to bring focus to issues that really matter

Carl Crabtree is the best candidate to bring back common sense, conservative leadership to our District 7 state senate position. Carl will help bring state government’s focus back to the issues that really matter to District 7 residents....

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Absentee legislator, Shepherd, still gets paid

Why does absentee legislator Paul Shepherd still get paid for not showing up to vote? Idaho House District 7B legislator and six-term incumbent Paul Shepherd was absent without excuse for nearly 80 key votes during the 2016 session alone.

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Not much of a ‘Republican’ if you ask me

It seems that Jim Chmelik’s opponent for the county commission is telling people he is a ‘lifelong’ Republican that believes in Idaho County’s conservative principles. Then I wonder why ....

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Challenges of Prosperity

I recently attended the local three Republican debates in Idaho County. Incumbents and challengers attending were county commissioners, state representatives, and state senator for our district. As I listened, my main internal question was this: As an elected official, are they willing to put their personal money on a program or policy before they make you and I, by the force of law, spend our money on it?

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Uptmor, Kennedy named IHSAA ‘Stars’

Five Idaho high school juniors earned Interscholastic Star Awards, which were announced last Thursday, May 5, by the Idaho High School Activities Association. Chaye Uptmor of Prairie High School and McKenzie Kennedy of Grangeville High School were selected from the field of students nominated by their schools.

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Winding Up

The Monday night, May 9 game between Grangeville and Clearwater Valley was called after a half-inning.

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GHS sets for districts at Lewiston

Timberline-Orofino visited Grangeville last Thursday, May 5, as GHS celebrated senior night with Lily Willig, Grangeville's only senior, and her partner Jon Asker taking down a mixed doubles win 8-1.

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Friday, May 6



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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Osprey viewing in region; efforts to enhance habitat on man-made structures

Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho. Among the birds to be seen within the region is the osprey (“fish hawks” or “fish eagles”), and both private and public efforts have helped to encourage this population to thrive and co-exist among humanity’s structures.

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Museums of Clearwater County

Clearwater County offers a rich story of history in the building and expanding of the Gem State. Those stories are told in the region’s museums.

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Day hikes within the region

When visiting North Central Idaho, not every recreation trip need be a major expedition. The region offers multiple trails for a day excursion to enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty.

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County guide - Idaho

Idaho County spans the Idaho panhandle and borders three states, but imposing geography sets this area apart from the rest of the United States. The famous Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805 found a struggle in the Bitterroot Mountains, near the present-day Montana state line.

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County guide - Lewis

Lewis County, established in 1911, was named for explorer Meriwether Lewis and includes 480 square miles with Nez Perce as its county seat and Kamiah as its largest city. Its population is 3,821 (2010 Census).

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County guide – Nez Perce

Initially organized by the Territorial Legislature of Washington in 1861, Nez Perce County was established February 4, 1864 by the Idaho Territorial Legislature with its county seat at Lewiston.

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Wednesday, May 4

 

Heart of the Monster

“I walked here at Heart of the Monster with my grandkids last year and they had so many questions for me – creative, amazing curiosity,” said Marcie Bailey of Kamiah. “I knew then I wanted to do something to help all kids better understand the history, the Nez Perce culture.”

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Burn permits required starting May 10

Starting next Tuesday, May 10, Idahoans must obtain a burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. Permits can be obtained online at www.burnpermits.idaho.gov .

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Focus to ‘ensure justice for all’ for Gutierrez, Supreme Court candidate

Sergio A. Gutierrez of Nampa is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in the upcoming May 17 primary. To succeed Justice Jim Jones, the top candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the total votes; otherwise, the top two candidates will have a runoff in the Nov. 8 general election. The justice candidate visited Grangeville last Thursday, April 28, as part of his statewide campaign.

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Seedlings Giveaway

On April 23, Idaho County Recycling volunteers at Grangeville spent a rainy morning collecting recyclables and celebrating Earth Day by giving away plant seedlings donated by horticulture students at North Idaho Correctional Institution.

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Hand In Hand

Couples danced to the sounds of Coltrain at Saturday’s April 30 ICARE Barn Dance at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. The event raised funds for ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) that serves Clearwater River communities in providing benefits to area cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. To date, ICARE has helped a total 176 people with a total $80,900.

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Noah’s Ark Preschool adds afternoon classes

After 20 years of serving the community through early childhood education, Noah’s Ark Preschool will add an afternoon class this fall. With this, the church-based preschool will make available all-day pre-kindergarten education.

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God loves ‘turnarounds’

Driving, traveling and going places is in our blood. We love to get in a vehicle, get on a motorcycle or ATV, get on a horse or ... and going. Sometimes the trip is amazing and everything works out as planned. We love it when a plan comes together! We are people who are going somewhere, and we are going to do some things when we get there.

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Women of Faith conference draws crowd

The Grangeville Christian Church sponsored a video conference on April 23-24 with Marilyn McCarty as hostess. The original “Farewell Tour” was held in October 2015 in Dallas, Texas, and was telecast throughout the world at that time.

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Salmon River Country

The Salmon River Community Church, located just off Main Street in Riggins, is nestled in the mountains alongside the Salmon River.

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Church collecting for yard sale

Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day yard sale Friday. Those who have something to donate can drop it off at the church under the covered ramp area in the back. No clothing.

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Summit Academy to put on play May 12-14

Summit Academy will present the play “Murder by Indecision” Thursday, May 12, Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. each night. A matinee will also be held Saturday at 2 p.m.

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National Day of Prayer is May 5

National Day of Prayer with the theme of “Wake Up America” will be observed Thursday, May 5, noon, at the Idaho County Courthouse. All are encouraged to attend.

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ALACCA announces summer camps

Camp ALACCA recently announced its summer 2016 camp schedule. Programs at camp include chapel, campfires, swimming, archery, crafts, music, hikes, outdoor games and Bible-based fellowship and teaching.

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County objects to SF river mining regs

Idaho County joined Mike Edmondson of Elk City in objecting to a Forest Service proposal that would streamline suction dredging regulations, and the county filed an objection of its own in mid-April.

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County airport work set to start in June

“Hopefully we’ll know on the grant for the taxiway by June 1,” Cook said, “which will allow for construction of both the runway and taxiway by Valley Paving this year.” Estimated work time is 75 days for the runway and 55 days for the taxiway, with completion set by the end of October.

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IFG confirms Blue North mill purchase under way

Idaho Forest Group on Tuesday, May 3, confirmed it is in the process of purchasing Blue North Forest Products, LLC, in Kamiah. “Closing is subject to due diligence,” said Shannon Fuchs, manager for IFG’s Grangeville mill, “that is likely to be cleared in mid-May.”

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Strong: unbiased voice to join supreme court

Each of us was elected as Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. One of us is a Republican the other is a Democrat. And in the May election, both of us support Clive Strong as Idaho’s new Supreme Court Justice.

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Nuxoll: willingness to do what is right

Idaho County is incredibly fortunate to have Sheryl Nuxoll as our state senator in Boise. She has continually proven herself by actively promoting the principles of Idaho County residents with her actions in Boise.

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CVES kids learn water safety

On Wednesday, April 27, the Clearwater Valley Elementary second and third graders were given the opportunity to travel to the Asotin County Aquatic Center for water safety training and swimming lessons.

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Riggins News: 68th rodeo set for this weekend

My two Sweet 16 quotes for this week in honor of mothers for Mother’s Day, May 8, are “Mothers are beautiful simply by being what they are.” And “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, and your forever friend.”

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Cottonwood News: Next health walk is May 7 in Cottonwood

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day so you can take your wife or mother out to breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Breakfast at the KC Hall. They will be serving from 7-10 a.m. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Only a short time left to get on the map for the community yard sale. All map proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Contact Tami Quick at 983-6505 to sign up on the map. Deadline is May 16.

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Tempus Fugit

GEMS student Hailey Russell, 6, won first place for the kindergarten level in the Idaho Public Television/KUID regional Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Awards contest. 20 YEARS AGO MAY 1, 1996

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Sports...in brief

Grangeville basketball interest meeting set; Car wash fund-raiser slated this Saturday; Clearwater Valley nets private grant; Board to meet in CDA.

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Scorecard

Trapshooting; Rodeo; Wallace Signs; Hakes Take On Bloomsday; You’ll See ’em In The Woods.

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G’ville, CV hold serve at league

Clearwater Valley won three boys doubles matches, three mixed doubles matches, and three boys singles matches last weekend at the second league tennis meet of the season, held April 30 at LHS and LCSC. Most of the Rams’ wins came over Clark Fork and Coeur d’Alene Charter foes they’ve barely seen so far this season.

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Pirates punt one, plaster Potlatch

Prairie appeared well on the way to a higher seed in the upcoming Whitepine League district tournament, but Potlatch held on to a slim lead in the league standings with a seven-run rally during the sixth inning Monday night, May 2, at Airport Park.

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KHS, PHS top league

The Kubs topped boys team scoring at the Whitepine League meet last Saturday, April 30, on the strength of three relay wins and solo victories by Carson Beckman (17.60 in the 110 hurdles, 41.92 in the 300 hurdles), Bailey Christopherson (13-9 in the pole vault) and Parker Whipple (40-0 in the triple jump).

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Riggins Rodeo books 200

With 33 bull riders, 32 open team roping teams and 42 open barrel racing racers booked to compete this weekend, the 68th annual Riggins Rodeo is “gonna be awesome,” secretary Joni Shepherd said.

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Organizations

3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club; Crazy Critters 4-H Club; Big Cedar Homemakers; FOE Grangeville No. 539 Aerie and Auxiliary; Grangeville Senior Citizens; Pioneer Senior Citizens; Grangeville American Legion Post 37; BCH of North Central Idaho — Kirkwood Corral Project.

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Certified Sitters

Nine Grangeville youth received their certificates of completion in a “Babysitting 101” class that ended Wednesday, April 27.

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Birth - Brooke Noelle Crabb

Tyler and Beth Crabb of Rathdrum are the parents of a daughter, Brook Noelle, born March 24, 2016, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene.

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Community...in brief

Plant sale set for Kooskia this Friday; Kamiah kindergarten screening on tap for May 11, 12; Fifth grade band demonstration set for Friday; American Legion to meet tonight, auxiliary set to meet Saturday; ECWR to meet May 7; dessert event is May 14; Cottonwood Community Yard Sale on tap for May 21; CIAA featured at Lewiston Fourth Wall Gallery.

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BLM Office Going Up At Cottonwood

The new BLM Cottonwood Field Office is currently under construction and phase I is scheduled to be completed by early July. The new 7,000-square-foot office building and 4,800-square-foot storage building will replace the existing facilities with more modern, energy efficient buildings and consolidate space for the public to access services. Phase II consists of demolition of the remaining building and construction of the parking lot, and will be completed by mid-November.

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