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Wednesday, November 30



Holiday Happenings: Nov. 30, 2016

The Monastery of St. Gertrude has some holiday events set: Silence the Christmas Noise: Advent Retreat will take place Dec. 1-18. Set aside a few days for calm, quiet Advent preparation this year. Register online at www.Spirit-Center.org or call 208-962-2000. Christmas Masses include: Christmas Eve caroling at 7 p.m., Eucharist at 7:30 p.m.; and Christmas Morning Eucharist at 11:30 a.m.

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Crooked River project waste of tax dollars

I see in a recent issue of the Idaho County Free Press where the USFS is up to the same tricks and creating their own jobs and wasting taxpayers’ money with their Crooked River project.

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Researchers turning to airwaves, skies to uncover elk habits

For the past several years, Idaho Fish and Game has been working on a project to get to know our elk a bit better. Efforts and methods to monitor elk populations have always been a high priority for Fish and Game, but recently, new technology has given us an opportunity to walk a mile in our elk’s “shoes” like we never have before.

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FNWCU funds splash parks

Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNWCU) in cooperation with the City of Kamiah and the City of Kooskia is constructing Kids’ Splash Fountain sites at each city park.

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Riggins News: Shepherd is big winner at bazaar

My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is “Remember, laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. Let go of what you cannot change. Life is too short to be anything but happy.” Congratulations to Ethan Shepherd of Riggins who was the big winner of the “more than $1,000” in gifts and gift certificates sponsored by the Christmas bazaar with 18 local businesses and 27 Christmas bazaar vendors filling the prize basket. What a great way to encourage others involved on our local event! Kudos to the event planners, vendors, and shoppers. It was another successful event.

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Cottonwood News: Craft fair set for Dec. 4

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over. I hope everyone survived! Now we can start thinking about Christmas. The cows are all home so we have something to watch in the pasture up on the hill. They always seem happy to be home.

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Like a rolling stone...

“Rocks were here long before us, and they’ll be here long after us,” said Rita Mundt of Grangeville. “They represent strength and permanence.” What began as simply a hobby for Mundt has turned into more of an art form – though she is the first to admit she is “not an artist.” “I’m a doodler,” she laughed.

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TIMES PAST : More Than A Century Of Idaho County News : Nov. 30, 2016

ELK CITY - This week, look for boxes seeking items from a list of needs for our soldiers in Iraq. Donations can be dropped off at The Store or at the VFW Post. Monetary donations to help with postage will also be accepted. These supplies will be sent off to reach our troops through the month of December to show our support and boost morale of those who cannot be home for the holidays. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary heads up this program and be overseeing the mailing of packages.

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Fed grant discussed to address building asbestos removal

Steve Gill, a Brownfields and Voluntary Cleanup Project (VCP) specialist With the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, met with the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Monday, Nov. 21, to discuss a federally funded grant to remove asbestos from the former elementary school building.

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Wrestling season opens Saturday

Area wrestlers will hit the mats Saturday, Dec. 3, at the annual Dick Griswold tournament in Potlatch, and will compete at Prairie High on Dec. 8.

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White Bird News: Deck the Halls this Saturday, Dec. 3

Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday. Now it seems another one is on the way! Oh where did the last part of the year go? December will be upon us on Thursday, so on Saturday, Dec. 3, we are inviting everyone to come down to the park and get into the holiday spirit and “Deck the Town for Christmas.” This starts at 11 a.m.

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Disappointed in dam public meetings

I am greatly disappointed in the court-ordered information meetings currently being held by federal agencies regarding the future of the four lower Snake River dams.

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Schumacher anchors GHS post

Senior Patrick Schumacher will be right in the middle of the GHS boys basketball offense and defense this winter, flanked by a couple of others who played soccer this fall.

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Taxpayers on notice: Rates slightly rise in most taxing districts

After tax notices went out, last week, an unidentified area man noticed his homeowners exemption had gone missing. He reported the problem to the county assessor’s office on Nov. 22, and his diligence revealed a bigger problem. On Nov. 29, Idaho County deputy assessor Kim Nuxoll told the county commission and the Free Press about a computer error that inadvertently stripped as many as 40 local homeowners – mainly owners of mobile homes – of their exemptions.

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Generosity keeps park lit for holidays

“The generosity of our community,” said Terra Hill, has provided for Pioneer Park Christmas lighting, allowing the public to “enjoy it in winter as well as summer.”

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Out For A Jog

Jaclyn Stebar of Grangeville and her two children took a jog down South State Street last Friday afternoon, Nov. 25, bundled up against the fall weather. Stebar gets out for a jog every day.

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Birth: Nov. 30, 2016: Robinett

Hames Robinett and Caitlyn Eckert of Grangeville are the parents of a baby daughter. Braelyn Rose Robinett was born Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho.

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Kamiah lighted parade is Friday' Event includes kiddie parade

The Kamiah Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the annual Christmas Light Parade Friday, Dec. 2. Anyone may enter a lighted float big or small. Information and entry forms are available at the Kamiah Chamber Welcome Center or at www.kamiahchamber.com on the event calendar page.

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Community Briefs - Nov. 30, 2016

Encouragers will host their annual Christmas party Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11:30 a.m., at Oscar’s Restaurant in Grangeville. The monthly no-host luncheon will feature Christmas music by Myra Pierce, Pat Hunter, Carol Schmidt and others. Carol singing and a white elephant (good garage sale item) gift exchange are planned. All are welcome to this regular first Thursday of the month informal gathering for Christian fellowship, and presentations by various speakers, panels and musicians. Meetings are at 101 E. Main.

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New home dedicated to fire victims

Continuing its relief efforts following last year’s devastating wildfire season, WUNCCIL (Wildfire Unmet Needs Committee for Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis Counties) recently dedicated a new home completed in the Upper Fords Creek area above Orofino.

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Organization news

A group of individuals met in Grangeville on Oct. 13 to discuss opportunities related to developing business around brewing beer and/or distilling spirits.

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Elk City News: Items sought for sale

Fire Department monthly meeting is set for Dec. 1, 7 p.m., at the Forest Service Conference Room. Time to look for things/items to donate to the Elk City School Christmas bazaar. Leave them at the school or call Sue at 842-2359.

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4 Weeks of Christmas: Week One Winner

Week one winner for the “4 Weeks of Christmas” holiday showcase giveaway is Brianna Kaschmitter of Grangeville. She is pictured here with GreenAcres owner Russ Lindsley, who provided a $100 gift card to GreenAcres for the first week’s prize. Kaschmitter plans to use the winnings on some landscaping at the new home she and her husband are currently building outside of town.

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Tuesday, November 29



Rams edge Kamiah in Rampage overtime

The annual Upriver Rampage showdown between Clearwater Valley and Kamiah is tonight, with both boys teams player their first games of the season and the girls teams squaring off for the first time this season.

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Wednesday, November 23

 

Cottonwood ponders employee health benefits, well containment

The Cottonwood City Council continues to discuss issues of containment regarding well number five at the airport. It also reviewed a quote from Blue Cross for employee health insurance at its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 14. The airport well topic has been ongoing for several months following a concern raised by a community member about potential for contamination. Pat Holthaus has been looking into any potential regulations related to airports and well containment.

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Holiday Happenings: Nov. 23, 2016

The Hangout, 603 Front Street, Cottonwood, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage will all be available at no cost. Call 962-7383.

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Board votes against delay, for land deals

At their Nov. 17 meeting, Idaho Fish and Game commissioners voted against a two-year delay successful applicants for antlered controlled hunts would have otherwise had to contend with.

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Ten named as county’s top 4-H’ers for 2016

What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2016 Idaho County Achievement Award winners who were recently announced. Junior winners are Ryan Alter, Aliyah Pineda and Chloe Rowland. In the intermediate category are Aidan Acton, Oliva Klapprich and Paige Lindsley. Senior honorees include Nicole Blackmer, Te-Moak Charley, Rachel Kelley and Hope Mcintire.

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Idaho must rethink cannabis laws

Idaho lawmakers should revisit the state’s marijuana laws. Idaho is already surrounded by states that allow cannabis use in one form or other

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Sports...in brief

Wolf control group F4WM slates Senior Center meeting; Football banquet set; Whitepine announces all-league teams.

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Organization News

Lyins-Dahl VFW Post No. 5407 and Auxiliary once again had a fine turnout of veterans, families and friends for the annual “Veterans Day Chili Feed.”

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Community Briefs: Nov. 23, 2016

KAMIAH — The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church is being held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 8:30 -10 a.m. Breakfasts are held every month on the last Wednesday of each month. St. Catherine’s Catholic Church is located at 7th and Idaho streets in Kamiah. The breakfast this month will be French toast, scrambled eggs with sausage, coffee, orange juice, friendly faces and friendly conversation. St. Catherine’s invites all in the community.

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Airport job well-done; facility a huge asset

I’d just like to thank Mike Cook and Norm Lowe and the Idaho County Commissioners for a job well-done that has been in the works for a few years now. It takes time and can be frustrating at times dealing with the government, contractors and jumping through all the hoops to get a $7 million project done.

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Library Pajama Party

Grangeville Centennial Library held its annual pajama party for Family Read Week Nov. 15 at the library.

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Residents, businesses thanked for support

The Eagles will be at full “wing” for December. I would like to thank our community and our local businesses for their support, for it is the community we serve, and I think we make a great team.

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Pink Donation

On behalf of Border Days Royalty and Committee, 2017 Border Days Queen Rachael Stevens and Princess Micaela Farris of Grangeville donated $462 to the Eagles Aerie 539 cancer fund. The money will be used to help local people who have expenses related to cancer.

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Cottonwood: Veterans program set for Dec. 1

We had a little dusting of snow last week. That was our warning to get those snow tires on and wrap up those fall chores. Time is running out! A presentation of the veterans program by the 1st -7th grade will be held at Summit on Dec. 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome and a free lunch will be provided to all our guests that day. Postcards were sent home with the students, invite friends/neighbors/family.

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Kooskia works to save bridge from closure

The Kooskia City Council offered an update on efforts to prevent closure of the East Kooskia Bridge at its Nov. 9 meeting. The city had approved a measure at its Oct. 12 meeting to write the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) asking them to make necessary upgrades or plan for eventual replacement.

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Riggins News: Savage footballers are state champs — again!

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifting snow….” Yes, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow; lots of fun times will be had at many a Grandmother’s house…especially mine! Be thankful for your family and times together with them; they are the most precious treasures we have.

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Little Red Hen Tales

Cornerstone Christina Learning Center’s 10 students in preschool and kindergarten presented the play “Little Red Hen” at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Friday, Nov. 18.

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Maggie Butte purchase sets ‘land bank’ milestone

Having heard from their appraisers that some timberland could generate a 5.5 percent rate of return, the Idaho Land Board on Nov. 15 voted to tap $2.5 million and pay $1,053 per acre for the block, which is bordered partly by private property, partly by Forest Service land and mostly by state school endowment lands 10 miles east of Kamiah.

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Elk City News: Food bank arrives third Tuesdays

Praying that everyone who reads this column has a blessed Thanksgiving holiday! The recipients of the Quilts of Valor made by the Sew Help Me Quilters at the Veterans Day dinner, as you read in this column, were Nancy Lewis Velarde and Richard Harrison. Richard Harrison served in the Marines from 1962 to 1966. He obtained the rank of Sargent and served in Okinawa, Vietnam, and the United States.

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In the News: Nov. 23, 2016

The Foundation for Wildlife Management (F4WM) is holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30, starting at 6 p.m. at the Grangeville Senior Center. Open to the public, the meeting is to learn more about F4WM; its plans for saving Idaho’s moose, elk, deer and livestock; and to discuss its accomplishments and goals and fund-raising ideas. Call Charlotte Sickels, 816-1148.

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State lists properties waiting claim

Unclaimed property lies in the possession of the State of Idaho awaiting to be claimed by residents. The following is a selected list provided by the Idaho Tax Commission on Idaho County residents owed $25 or more in unclaimed property:

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Wrapping For The Holiday

Christmas gets a little closer when the Main Street garlands go up. Members of the Grangeville Merchants and an Avista lineman crew with bucket truck were out Tuesday morning, Nov. 22, wrapping the 53 Main Street lampposts with LED-strung garlands. Pictured here, Melinda Hall was all smiles on the project, which she conducted with Nancy Asker and Jody Hoogland.

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Sharing Coffee With A Cop

Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew met with residents at Grangeville Health and Rehab on Wednesday, Nov. 16, for a “Coffee with a Cop” discussion on community policing and related matters.

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Saturday, November 19



State champs once again: Salmon River tops Kendrick for second consecutive 1AD2 title

Salmon River head coach Charlie Shepherd wasn't happy with his team's performance before halftime, but he was elated in the end. The Savages beat Kendrick 30-20 in the 1AD2 title game on the strength of three Canyon Harper touchdown runs, the second of which -- combined with his conversion run -- gave SRHS a 22-14 lead with just 20 seconds left in what had been a rough first half.

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Wednesday, November 16

   

Resolve early to improve health

If you are like me and looking for another way to better your health—New Year’s resolution or otherwise—here are a few places to start:

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Crabtree, Giddings take majority vote in home counties

For the District 7 legislative races, unofficial results are Carl Crabtree (R) of Grangeville won the senate over Ken Meyers (D) of Sagle, 14,318 to 5,071; and Priscilla Giddings (R) of White Bird overcame Jessica Chilcott (D) of Sandpoint, 13,647 to 5,633, for Dist. 7A Representative.

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Idaho fighting wildfires through partnerships

Diverse interests are working together in unprecedented ways in Idaho to improve the health and resiliency of our lands. Our goal, in part, is to reduce large wildfires that cost taxpayers millions of dollars to suppress, damage wildlife habitat, pump millions of tons of carbon into the air, pile sediment into our waterways, hurt our economy, and harm the health of our citizens.

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Cottonwood News: Summit chess tourney set for Dec. 10

We had an enjoyable time at the Jukebox Saturday Night Swing Dance at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center. Adults and kids danced and visited, even if you did not know them when you came in. Some wore vintage clothing and had a good time playing pool. It was a very friendly atmosphere. Next week there will be a country dance at the Vets Center at 318 East Main in Grangeville.

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Elk City News: Veterans meal standing room only

Cocoa writes: “Wow! The meal was a great success. It was standing room only. We were thrilled at the turnout, it was great. It makes us want to do it again and again.” “We had the Patriot Pen contestants speak, and then had the Voice of Democracy contestants speak. Their speeches were very inspiring.

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Riggins News: Savages to play for state championship Nov. 19

My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart, so be careful with your words.” November is the month to think about being thankful…let’s think on those positive things. Congratulations to Salmon River High School senior volleyball players, Maddy Tucker and Sarah Laritz, who were chosen to play on the Senior All Star Volleyball Team. They played in the District 3 Senior All Star game Monday, Nov. 7, in Parma.

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Dancing Days Gone By

Dorothia VanHouten of Cottonwood was one of 22 dancers to perform for the residents of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Monday, Nov. 14.

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Lining Up The Shot

The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center in Grangeville hosted the Jukebox Saturday Night Swing Dance on Nov. 12. The evening event for veterans and families included music, dancing and time to catch up with friends. Pictured here: Amy Rose (right) of Greencreek, helps her daughter, Makayla, line up a pool shot.

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White Bird News: Dinner draws more than 200

The election is finally over and Veterans Day has passed, so let’s move on to some new happenings in White Bird! Our little town had two veterans, Toni Robinson and Ed Carlin, who received their Quilts of Valor. The Salmon River School District and Pinehurst Quilters, along with the help of Tammy Stone, helped get this done.

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Sponsored content: Grangeville Health and Rehab: Serving People

“My favorite part of my job? Blessing people. Serving people. Spending one-on-one time with the residents, particularly when I am completing a social history interview, is really cool, smiled Klarey Ewing, director of social services at GHR.

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Got Swag? 

Excitement reigned on Nov. 9 at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse when members and guests gathered to construct the Christmas swags for their annual community fund-raiser.

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PHS senior makes hats for St. Jude’s patients

Between working several jobs, 4-H, homework and preparing scholarship applications, Prairie High School senior Lindsay Goeckner also manages to find time to make hats. Not for herself, nor her friends, but rather she has a mission to cover young cancer patients with a little love.

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Community Briefs: Nov. 15, 2016

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend with the meal provided by the church.

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Organization News

Nov. 7 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Jim Myers; free dinner, Gary Crea; meals at site – 82 with 34 home-delivered; guests: Andrew Riener, Kathy Dice, Michael Riener, Suzanne Acton, Willie Acton; Bingo and blackout winner, Jim Barnett.

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Milestone: Anniversary - Schmidt

Ken and Pat Schmidt of Greencreek will be honored by their family on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary while spending time together in Reno, Nev., during Thanksgiving. They also celebrated with their family in July in Pendleton, Ore., where they attended a Zac Brown Band concert and enjoyed spending time together.

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Area students recognized for essays

The Richard Jacobs VFW Post 4902, based in Cottonwood, recently announced the 2016 student education award winners. The Voice of Democracy competition is open to students in grades nine through 12 and participants give a three- to five-minute. The theme this year was “My Responsibility to America.” Awards were presented Saturday, Nov. 12, during a VFW banquet.

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Births: Nov. 16, 2016

Diane and Curt Roberts are the parents of a baby daughter. Abigail Cora Roberts was born Nov. 7, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

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All the way back

Salmon River’s march to the 1AD2 title game began with the defending state champions ranked atop the classification according to the idahosports.com coaches poll — a status the Savages never relinquished. A loss to Lapwai Week Five broke a 13-game winning streak, and while media pollsters dropped SRHS behind Dietrich, the Savages have won six in a row since then.

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Cottonwood works to VEBA compliance

The Cottonwood City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 1 with Rich Dickman, senior client consultant for Gallagher VEBA, and Dominic Lustig, Camas Prairie Insurance, to discuss options for meeting medical insurance requirements for city employees.

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Record turnout across county

2016 was a record turnout within the last three presidential elections for Idaho County voters at 83.10 percent, up more than 4 percent from the last highest year, 2008, when Barack Obama first took office. Results were canvassed Monday, Nov. 14, by the Idaho County Commission, confirming 8,517 ballots were cast Nov. 8 out of a total 10,249 registered voters. 2016 also saw the highest number of election day registrants – 783 – within the past three presidential elections.

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Grangeville girls open Thursday vs. Lapwai

The Bulldogs home opener had been planned for Tuesday night, Nov. 15, but that contest has been rescheduled to Thursday night, Nov. 17, with the varsity to take the floor against 1AD1 defending champion Lapwai at 7:30 p.m.

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Winchester edges ahead

Winchester Gun Club edges ahead by four birds with a score of 1,045, breaking out of last week’s tie with Riener’s Grocery (1,041). Rowand Machinery sits in third (1,014).

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Awarded grants to fund Salmon River, Kamiah food banks’ efforts

Two Idaho County organizations received grants for efforts to provide hunger relief. The Kamiah Senior Meal Site and Salmon River Senior Citizens, Inc. were among 34 organizations awarded funding through the Idaho Food Bank Fund. Salmon River Senior Citizens was awarded $1,518.86 to assist with the Riggins Food Pantry. The Kamiah Senior Meal Site was offered a $5,000 grant to continue providing meals onsite and through home delivered meals.

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Scorecard

Football and bowling results; basketball schedules.

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2017 trial set in suit against Idaho County

A civil case filed in Lewis County District Court against Idaho County by the young Kamiah woman who was victimized by an Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy four years ago has been scheduled for a jury trial next June.

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Veterans have ‘a story to tell’

“Today we pause to remember not only those who died, but those who came home,” said retired Marine Larry Adams. “Those who more than once have had cause to ask themselves, ‘What’s worth fighting for?’”

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Lutz steps up from the JV

Grangeville’s volleyball team found room on the floor for Kate Lutz earlier this fall, and the girls basketball varsity is following suit this winter.

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Tuesday, November 15



Nezperce nets a win on opening night

Clearwater Valley struck first with senior Torrie Pfefferkorn notching the first points of the season Tuesday night and Alicia Reuben leveled the score at 4-4 about three minutes into the contest against Nezperce, but the Indians scored the next three baskets won going away, 57-28.

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Wednesday, November 9

 

Eimers surprised with afterschool program award

Chandra Eimers has spent 16 years immersed in the afterschool consortium of Idaho County. On Friday, Oct. 28, she was rewarded for that unwavering commitment. “Chandra has been an amazing asset to local after-school programs,” said Michelle Cushing, North Idaho Regional Coordinator, Idaho Afterschool Network, who attended the event to honor Eimers.

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Full slate of events on tap at Veterans Outreach Center

The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center is hosting a free lunch on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. Beef stew with rolls and dessert will be provided by the City Gates Church. Veterans from all eras of service are invited to bring their family to enjoy lunch and camaraderie .

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Looking Back: 1946

Predictions of fiscal disaster due to runaway government spending are nothing new. This cartoon ran in the Sept. 12, 1946, issue of the Idaho County Free Press.

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Giddings narrowly wins county sheriff race

By a slim margin, Idaho County voters chose to retain incumbent Idaho County Sheriff over challenger Carlos Martinez in Tuesday night’s Nov. 8 general election. - Other results: Dist. 7, local decisions

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Cottonwood News: Reward offered for information on bull killer

A Veterans Day program is planned for Friday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Prairie Junior Senior High School Gym. All veterans and their families are invited. The FFA will provide a free breakfast for the veterans starting at 7 a.m., on the stage in the gym. A slide show to honor veterans is being prepared. Photos from previous years are available but additional photos are sought. Email photos to Laurie Karel at KAREL@SD242.ORG by November 19th. Some veterans will be recognized with a patriotic quilt made for them by The Prairie Quilters. Those ladies are doing a great job.

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Hay Fire

Crews with Grangeville Rural Fire Department responded to a hay fire at Fenn Saturday night, Nov. 5, threatening nearby houses and a fence. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, which affected three tons of hay at the Wesley and Amy Palmer residence.

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Pirates KO’d at Notus

Prairie had the 1AD1 quarterfinal firmly in hand for seven of the last eight minutes last Saturday, Nov. 5, only for Notus to mount a stunning comeback to win 38-36.

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West North remains open to two-way traffic for now

Regarding the Syringa Hospital request to the Grangeville City Council in July to make West North Street a one-way street to allow for diagonal parking, the hospital decided to rescind its request for the time being.

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Zumwalt, wrestlers firing up

Grangeville’s Frankie Zumwalt was the man in the right place at the right time when the Bulldogs lined up to contest Declo’s second point-after kick last Friday night, Nov. 4.

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Commission to meet Monday, canvass ballots

Next week’s Idaho County Commission meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, rather than the normally scheduled Tuesday, due to a schedule conflict with commission chair Jim Chmelik. The first agenda item is currently scheduled for 9 a.m.

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Martinez, district patrons owed apology

I understand it is your 1st amendment right to support the candidate of your choice for sheriff just as the law officers did for Carlos. They didn’t advertise where they worked. You promoted yourselves as school board members. I personally think that was in very poor taste and judgment.

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Cutting red tape to improve vet care

Idaho veterans and their family members have made it clear that the Veterans Choice Program (Choice program), created to make it easier for veterans to get health care, does not work for Idahoans.

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Salmon River district receives positive audit

The Salmon River Joint School District received its annual audit report at it Sept. 19 meeting and Superintendent Jim Doramus said it looked good. Bailey & Co., Nampa, completed the annual compliance review and provided feedback to the board.

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Births: Nov. 9, 2016

David and Alaina Brock of Grangeville announce the birth of their son, Corben Michael, at 8:37 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2016, in Grangeville, Idaho.

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Chess tournament set for Dec. 10

The Summit Academy annual chess tournament is set for Saturday, Dec. 10, this year. Sponsors are sought for the event so prizes can be awarded, lunches can be provided and $5 entry fees can be paid for those in need. Donation jars have been set up throughout the county and beyond.

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Community Briefs: Nov. 9, 2016

Clearwater Valley PTSA will host a question and answer session with Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez about the proposed “Use of Force” policy. This will take place Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., at the CVES library. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Call 926-0901.

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Elk City News: VFW to host community dinner, presentations Nov. 11

Be sure to plan to go to the Community Veteran’s dinner to be held Friday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m., at the VFW kitchen. The VFW Aux/Post will furnish the meat, potatoes, gravy, vegetable, and rolls. If you plan to attend, bring salads, desserts, and other side dishes. They will have Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen presentations, and Quilts of Valor presented. Cocoa says, “Please join us and meet our local veterans and visit with them.

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Community shares of its abundance

We’re really excited to see the results of this grant funding in our community,” said John Bennett, president of the Grangeville Community Foundation. Bennett spoke to nearly 100 people who attended the foundation’s 2016 Appreciation and Grant Award event last Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Grangeville Senior Center.

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Sigma Chi campaigns against harrassment

Clearwater Valley welcomed Sigma Chi from the University of Idaho as they presented the “It’s On Us” campaign to all male students grades seven through 12 Oct. 26, in conjunction with Red Ribbon week.

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Loss Lindsley’s last as head coach

The Bulldogs have done a lot of winning during the seven years Jeff Lindsley has been head coach, and the GHS alum on Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, told the Free Press he took on the job with the intention of holding it for just one year.

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Remacle: no regrets of service in Korea

Dick Remacle was running night maneuvers in 1959 at the Demilitarized Zone 10 miles south of the 38th parallel between North and South Korea. He recalls one night when he and other soldiers had to pull a buddy out of a 6-foot trench.

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SMH Foundation purchases new boiler system

“St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics would like to thank the SMH Foundation as well as patients and community members who have supported the foundation events in the past for an extremely generous contribution allowing SMH to purchase a new boiler system,” said Matthew Forge, CAO, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. “Without this contribution the boiler replacement project wouldn’t have been possible.”

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Riggins News: Savages to play Carey Friday in football

My Sweet ’16 Quote of the week is dedicated to our Veterans: “Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets red glare! The bombs bursting in air! Gave proof through night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

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Tacke reports ICLP value, equity up

Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative finishes up a good year for revenue and operations, according to reports presented at its annual membership meeting last Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Adult guardians needed in county; Board members also sought

The Idaho County Board of Community Guardians (BOCG) is currently seeking applicants for volunteer guardians. The Purpose of the BOCG is to provide legal guardianship for adult residents of Idaho County who have been deemed legally incapacitated by the court, have limited funds and no family members or friends who are able/willing to help. The BOCG are volunteer positions and no compensation will be offered for those selected for appointment.

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Wassmuth home holds decades of history

In the basement of his house, the overhead water pipe holds the history of decades of hunts through paper and wire Fish and Game tags. The wires of the yellowing paper tags are twisted around the pipes and include the names of Larry and his three sons.

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Tuesday, November 8



Thursday, November 3



Ode to Billary

There was a young fella named Bill Who strove for the top of the hill. He tried first by stealth, and then married wealth And then built a hill for himself.

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Wednesday, November 2

 

Organization News

Oct. 24 – pledge, Stan Modrell; prayer, Shirley Crane; free dinner, Wanda Pilant; meals at site: 56 with 35 home-delivered; nickel Bingo winner, Donna Barnett; blackout winners, Dolores Kindall, Jim Barnett.

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Olsen wins

Clearwater Valley’s Cole Olsen rocketed from the 17th seed to first place at the 1A state cross-country meet held last Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pocatello. Olsen, who placed sixth at state a year ago and 68th as a sophomore, had entered with a 17:35.7 districts time. He closed out his senior season with a time of 16 minutes, 44.5 seconds.

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Simmons scrambles for the win

One of the decisive plays during Grangeville’s overtime win over McCall was the product of one strong individual effort made possible by a broader team effort.

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Ski Swap slated Nov. 18-19

The Snowhaven Ski Swap will be held at the Grangeville Armory this year due to a conflict at the high school, on Nov. 18-19.

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Grangeville strikes back

All eyes were on Noah Kaschmitter after reserve quarterback Chad Simmons scrambled into the end zone with a vengeance on the second-to-last play of Grangeville's 29-28 overtime triumph Friday night, Oct. 28.

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Riggins News: Laritz, Shepherd are volleyball MVPs

My Sweet ’16 Quote of the week is “Treat people the way you want to be treated…including teens and kids. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to…teens and kids included. Respect is earned, not given.” Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, Nov. 6; Time to fall back an hour Saturday, Nov. 5, before you go to bed.

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No on HJR5: promotes power grab, scrutiny

It’s quite curious that Idaho’s R party touts limiting government in our lives and yet promotes a power grab and increased legislative scrutiny of key regulatory agencies through HJR5.

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In the News Briefs: Nov. 2, 2016

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services will have a veterans’ advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Idaho Department of Labor office, 305 N. State Street, Grangeville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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MVSD 244 gets clean audit; Hogg praised for business manager skills

“I am telling you again – you have the best business manager in a five-county area at least,” said CPA Phil Nuxoll of Presnell Gage, PLCC, Accounting and Consulting. Nuxoll heaped praise on Mountain View School District 244’s business manager Becky Hogg when presenting the annual audit report to the board Oct. 17. “We’re presenting a clean audit with no adjustments for the school year ended June 30, 2016,” he said.

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Martinez: professional and compassionat

The truth eludes Giddings. He never asked permission to keep his job while campaigning in 2008. The difference is, no retribution happened against Giddings, unlike what he is doing to Martinez.

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White Bird News: Annual Turkey Shoot starts Nov. 19

Sounds as though all the ghosts and goblins had a wonderful time over the weekend, children and adults alike. The many parties that took place were all well-attended and a whole lotta fun was had! Darla was thrilled to see so many at the hall and wanted to give her appreciation to all who helped.

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Giddings: stands for you when feds push

Appears like outside big money is making a big push to tarnish and ruin one of the best sheriffs Idaho County has had. For the last eight years, Doug Giddings’ experience and dedication to “The Folks” is what we need in a sheriff.

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Health insurance open enrollment began Nov. 1

In 2010, the health reform was signed into law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called ObamaCare. This law makes it possible for more families to have access to preventive, affordable health care. At St. Mary’s (Cottonwood) and Clearwater Valley (Orofino) Hospital and Clinics (SMH/CVHC) an onsite benefits counselor, Becky Colwell, is ready to assist you through the process of eligibility, enrollment, policy information and more. “We know that signing up for health insurance benefits can be an intimidating task, especially if you have never done it before,” said Colwell. “I am here to help you with that process.”

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Eyes On The Prize

Kids in costume packed the IOOF Hall in White Bird Saturday night, Oct. 29, for the annual community Halloween party.

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Community Briefs: Nov. 2, 2016

Grangeville American Legion Post 37 will meet tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Center located at 318 E. Main Street. All community veterans are welcome. Plans for Veterans Day and the upcoming Christmas party will be discussed. Contact Adjutant John Nida at 983-8295.

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It's Your Business: ‘Holiday Showcase’ set at The Gym

Idaho County: Do you have an upcoming event for the holiday season? This could be a business open house, community tree lighting, church Christmas choir service or school Thanksgiving dinner. Just about anything happening from mid-November through the New Year. Send items to me at lpalmer@idahocountyfreepress.com, call 983-1200 or message me on Facebook. Do it now since you will be sure to want your event publicized in the Idaho County Free Press, Shopper and special Holiday Showcase: Four Weeks of Christmas sections.

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Cottonwood News: Program records stories for offenders’ children

I hope you had a Happy Halloween on Monday. It is definitely fall now. Thanksgiving is not far off. The time change is coming next Sunday morning at 2 a.m. So we “fall back” to regular time. (Yawn) Now I can get that extra hour of sleep that I have been missing all summer. Next Sunday, Nov. 6, is the Assumption Parish dinner, bazaar and raffle. Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Bingo all day. Judy Forsman is the chairperson for the dinner, so contact her with questions at 962-5906.

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Republicans’ fiascos cleaned up by Obama

President Obama cleaned up the mortgage mess, got our economy back in shape and proceeded to capture our worst enemy, Bin Laden. Now, President Obama is faced with correcting the worst military blunder in history – all caused by Bush.

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In candidate Martinez, I see inconsistencies

In candidate Martinez, I see inconsistencies in all three. From changing political affiliations, to expressing his displeasure publicly regarding his job evaluation, and to his willingness to bring outside enforcement entities into County law-enforcement issues.

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Autumn Berries

The Clearwater River can be seen beyond a patch of elder berries recently along Highway 14. Elder berries are a common site along the waterways in Idaho County. A drive along any of the highways offers a burst of fall colors this time of year.

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Giddings is our man

A local born does not a sheriff make. Giddings is our man. Too bad he can't bad-mouth you like you have been bad-mouthing him! But then, he is a gentleman.

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Milestone - Wedding - Harden-FitzMaurice

Tully FitzMaurice of Grangeville, Idaho, and Kelsey Harden of Kingston, Idaho, were married Oct. 1, 2016, outside of Coeur D’Alene in an outdoor ceremony. He is the son of Chris and Greg FitzMaurice. He graduated from Grangeville High School and the University of Idaho. He is presently a second-year law student at the University of Idaho Law School in Boise.

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Clarifying allegations in Jackson’s paid ad

I would like to respond to Terry Jackson’s paid ad in the local newspapers [Free Press, Oct. 26]. Jackson posted an affidavit by Jakob Brooks in an effort to compromise my reputation and integrity with the citizens of Idaho County.

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Giddings: competent, man of integrity

We’ve known Sheriff Doug Giddings for a number of years and have always found him to be a man of integrity, competence and dedication. We highly recommend that he be retained as Idaho County sheriff.

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Milestone - Engagement - Lustig-Teats

Monica Grace Lustig, daughter of Vic and Teresa Lustig of Cottonwood, Idaho, and Kevin Jonathan Teats, son of Melvin and Joanne Teats of Kooskia, Idaho, will be married Nov. 19, 2016.

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Do away with parties; work together as team

I keep reading do or don’t vote for whomever because of their party affiliation. How about we do our job as voters and vote for the person who will do the best job, regardless of their party?

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Birth: Moses Dustin Uhlenkott

Adam and Ashley Uhlenkott of Cottonwood are the parents of a baby boy, Moses Dustin Uhlenkott. He was born Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. Moses weighed eight pounds, eight ounces and was 21 inches long. He joins siblings Olivia, 7, Tate, 5, and Tillman, 2.

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Computer business opens storefront

Micah and Sarah Musick left the hustle and bustle of the Pacific Northwest two years ago for greener pastures. “We’d been visiting my parents and family [Fred and Renee Stevens] for about 10 years and we fell in love with Grangeville,” Sarah said. Now, the two have opened Virtual Fox Technology at 111 S. Mill Street, next to Presnell Gage and across from Pine Tree Community Credit Union.

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Machinery arrives; lawsuit may follow

Heavy equipment has been seen in the Crooked River drainage, and a lawsuit – Idaho County against the U.S. Forest Service – may be soon to follow. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have, since December 2012, been planning to remove old mining dredge piles and reorder Crooked River’s flow, to benefit fish such as salmon and steelhead.

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International humanitarian to speak at E-Free Church Nov. 6; Life Raft helps refugees in Bangkok

President of the humanitarian organization Life Raft International, Chris Woodruff, will speak at Grangeville’s E-Free Church this Sunday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. Life Raft partners with churches in Bangkok, Thailand, enabling individuals within the congregations to minister to a specific refugee family or individual. For every refugee the group helps, there is someone who knows them, and is walking alongside them in Bangkok. “We currently have around 60 volunteers, and are ministering to almost 400 refugees,” Woodruff said.

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CEDA receives rural development grant

Six Idaho County communities have opted to receive training thanks to a federal grant awarded to Clearwater Economic Development Association. Grangeville, Cottonwood, Kooskia, Riggins, Stites and White Bird are among nine rural communities selected for the economic development project.

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Griffis to speak at Encouragers Nov. 3

Jennifer Griffis, parent advocate with the children’s mental health program of Idaho, will share at Encouragers Thursday, Nov. 3, at 11:30 a.m., at Oscar’s restaurant.

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Giddings: will keep reins on feds

Unless you want a sheriff like David Ward of Harney County, Ore., who conspired with the FBI and facilitated the murder of LaVoy Finnicum, vote for Doug Giddings.

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Halloween Ball of Fun

Idaho County residents donned their costumes for a cause Saturday, Oct. 29. Teri Wassmuth, right, played the part of the Queen of Hearts at the Kids Klub Halloween Costume Ball.

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Faith Briefs - Nov. 2, 2016

Faith Lutheran church at 605 Idaho St. in Kamiah has worship service every Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments. All Saints Day will be honored Sunday, Nov. 6, and will be beginning Advent on Sunday, Nov. 27. Bible studies continue on Thursdays with men meeting at 7 a.m., at the bakery and women at the church at 10 a.m. Contact Pastor Gail Hart at 790-4515.

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Pastor's View: ‘Hi, my name is Volkhard, and I’m a thief’

I have a confession to make. I used to be a crook! No, I didn’t rob banks or steal from the poor, but I still was a thief. It happened in my childhood. Two of my neighborhood friends and I figured out that a vending machine that required 50 cents to dispense candy bars also worked with 2 cent coins. We nearly emptied the machine in a few minutes. By doing so I did not only become guilty of theft, a crime, I also brought a lot of shame on my family and myself. My family was known in the community; my grandfather was a pastor. Although I was still young, I clearly felt the burden of what I had done to my family and how I had dishonored God.

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Cottonwood district audit ‘looks good’

The Cottonwood Joint School District received its annual auditor’s report at its Oct. 17 regular monthly meeting. The report was prepared by Presnell Gage and presented to the board by Nick Nicholson.

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If Martinez is so conservative then why ...

If he's so "conservative" then why did he not switch to the Republican ticket and face our current sheriff head-on in the primaries, instead of choosing a long drug-out smear campaign of mudslinging.

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Board names clinic in honor of Tucker

“I move we have a moment of silence to honor Dick Tucker and that we name the Kooskia Clinic the Dick Tucker Syringa Clinic,” said trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Oct. 25 Syringa board meeting.

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