Stories for October 2016


Friday, October 28

Grangeville triumphs in OT

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 at McCall.

October 28, 2016 11:58 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 26


CV's District Titleist

Clearwater Valley’s Cole Olsen ran a 17:35 good for first place last Thursday, Oct. 20, at the district championships cross-country meet held at Grangeville Country Club.

October 26, 2016 8:07 a.m. read more..

Frei reflects on senior season

Grangeville’s volleyball season ended last Saturday, Oct. 22, in a narrow loss to Melba, but for the senior class that will graduate this spring, volleyball has been at the heart of memories dating back to their time together in middle school

October 26, 2016 7:50 a.m. read more..

District champion Savages headed to Bonneville; Pirates run through play-ins, en route to Rigby

Salmon River's volleyball team added two district tournament wins to the streak the Savages have run off against Long Pin Conference foes, defeating Garden Valley 3-0 on Oct. 15 and defeating Council 3-0 in the District III title game Oct. 18. The district title comes with a berth in the 1AD2 state tournament, Oct. 28-29 in Idaho Falls, where the Savages will play District IV champion Lighthouse Christian.

October 26, 2016 7:24 a.m. read more..

Vengeance a factor as GHS returns to McCall

The Bulldogs have had this Friday night’s game circled for five weeks, dating back to a 16-9 Vandals win that took Grangeville by surprise and generated talk among players that GHS had, perhaps, taken McCall too lightly during that first meeting in September.

October 26, 2016 7:23 a.m. read more.. brief

Youth Wrestling seeks financial support; Two Savages named Long Pin co-MVPs; Winchester leads.

October 26, 2016 7:11 a.m. read more..

Births: Oct. 26, 2016

Tiffany Shear and Tyler Nelson of Grangeville are the parents of a baby son. Tyson James Nelson was born Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed six pounds, two ounces and was 19 and one-half inches long. He joins a brother, Lucian, 3. Grandparents are Susan Nelson of Coeur d’Alene and Dennis Shear and James Pass of Post Falls.

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Community Briefs: Oct. 26, 2016

Grangeville High School will present its annual Veterans Day assembly at the school Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. Local veterans are invited to be honored at the ceremony. To participate call GHS history teacher Pat Sullivan at 983-0580 or e-mail Those interested may also contact student Morgan Pilant at 983-9527. The assembly is part of Pilant’s senior project.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Hypocrites who feel ends justify the means

Yes, I know, Mr. Trump apologized for his lewd and lascivious remarks. But he did so only because he was under pressure to do so, fearing he would lose votes otherwise. In good conscience, Senator Crapo could not continue to support candidate Trump and still claim that he respected and honored the very women who live among us.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Trump: ready for him to try to help the country

What bigger reality show could there possibly be than being president? I’m ready for that “Arrogant-Confident” to try to help our country. I don’t want any part of continuing the past few years and I am looking forward to Donald’s new reality show.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Martinez: understands, capable of doing job

Most importantly, Carlos understands leadership. He recognizes that respect is worth much more than fear. I know that he’s been in some tough places and had to make some hard decisions. It is for these reasons that I will be choosing to vote for Carlos for the safety and security of my family and I would ask that you do the same.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

McKenzie: Serves the people of Idaho well

Like former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, McKenzie believes in the original intent of the constitution in relation to our form of government. Please vote Curt McKenzie for Idaho Supreme Court.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Uncle Lucky, get Nephew Martinez to man up

Uncle Lucky, encourage your nephew to “man up” and show some integrity. Put an end to this nastiness. Idaho County shouldn’t be polluted with this Hilary Clinton style character assassination campaigning.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings: friendly, a Republican

I know of one elected official in Idaho County with a wonderfully friendly attitude, and he always wears a smile. I bet you already know who it is! You guessed right, it is Sheriff Doug Giddings!

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Martinez: integrity, common sense

Republicans for Martinez! I am a Republican. I always vote Republican—-until now. Independent Carlos Martinez is the best choice for Idaho County sheriff. He was born and raised in Idaho County and knows the people and our needs. He treats every person with the respect they deserve regardless of the situation. He will improve cooperation with other law enforcement agencies to work with them to better serve all of us. He knows the constitution and will defend your rights and help minimize federal expansion.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Crapo, Labrador wish to trade Lochsa lands away

Senator Crapo and Labrador wish to trade these lands away without listening to the people. If you vote for Senator Crapo or Labrador, you are voting for legislators who will initially trade away up to 39,000 acres of cherished public federal lands used by tens of thousands of people annually

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Project Coat Giveaway

Grangeville High School senior Payton Moore collected coats and winter accessories as his senior project. Saturday, Oct. 22, Moore distributed those items at the Eagles Hall to anyone in need. He gave away 81 coats and all of the hats, gloves and scarfs. Moore said he “really enjoyed this project and loved watching the kids pick out coats was worth all the work. The community was awesome — they donated a lot of coats and Tracy Bush donated a bunch of new ones. I think the coat drive was a success and hope that another senior will choose to do this project next year.”

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Pumpkin carving contest, White Bird Recreation open house, Halloween party all set for Oct. 29

A pumpkin carving contest and decorating party are set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at the White Bird Recreation District. An open house for the district is also set for the same day. Bring a pumpkin and join the fun of carving and decorating. Prizes will be awarded. Feel free to bring the pumpkin you grew, but tell organizers ahead of time so a picture can be taken. Prizes will be awarded for the home grown pumpkins as well. Contact Brenda at 839-2303 or Charlotte at 839-2653.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Fall Festivities

Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue select choir (top; pictured L-R are Mickey Nelson, Adam Wonnacott and Tristan Bledsoe), Concert Choir and Concert Band held a fall concert Monday, Oct. 24. The concert was the first under the direction of new GHS music teacher Mr. Philip Golde and featured several vocal and instrumental numbers.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho County Elections: Making it more convenient

Voters have challenging decisions ahead of them in the upcoming Nov. 8 general election, but for some the difficulties will not be at the ballot box but in just getting there. However, for persons with disabilities in Idaho County, many options are readily available – whether at home, at the courthouse or the polling place — to assist voters in getting their ballots cast. “We want people to vote, and we want to make it convenient for people to vote,” said Jessie Adams, Idaho County elections clerk.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird News: City water meters being mapped; Halloween events set

With all that’s been going on, I have now been able to goof up the reporting of the news. It’s the chamber that you are to get your winter news from, not the Rebekahs. Sorry! With that said, I can now hopefully get back on track. First, with the EMR classes coming up. If anyone is interested in being a volunteer on the White Bird QRU team, you can contact them at

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Oct. 31 activities set

Starting Monday, Oct. 24, West Co. will be performing rock scaling and rock bolting activities on the slide area. The roadway will be reduced to one-lane with flaggers. Expect up to 15-minute delays. The Elk City School’s First Annual Trunk-Or-Treat is almost here. On Oct. 31, starting at 5:15 p.m., you are invited to come and decorate your car, truck, four-wheeler or table for Elk City kids to come around and trick-or-treat safely. Do you have your plans made yet? Decorating can start at 3 p.m.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Our problems are in the mirror

In reality, our real problems in this life, our bondages, are in the mirror. If we will look at the mirror again, closely, we will see the solution to our problems

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Upcoming lecture explores homesteading on the Salmon River

This Thursday, Oct. 27, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude presents the final lecture in the 17th Annual Fall Lecture Series at the Historical Museum of St. Gertrude. Doug and Phyllis Tims will present “Merciless Eden — A History of Campbell’s Ferry Ranch.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins News: Lady Savages are district champs

My Sweet ’16 quote for this week is “The most valuable asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love with an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help.” Congratulations Lady Savages as 1A Division II District 3 Volleyball Champions! What a way to end a wonderful winning season with a championship win! Now on to the state tournament in Idaho Falls Friday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m., at Bonneville High School. Go Lady Savages, Go!

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Things they’re not telling you …

I continue to hear “Global Warning” is causing some of Florida’s seaside towns to deal with high ocean water problems – even sea water in their streets! I again heard it last week, Oct 11, on National Public Radio (NPR).

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Wapiti Timber Sale touted as driving public lands activities

Three air miles northeast of the Musselshell Work Center, there is a patch of 216 acres of federal land where the State of Idaho just sold a timber sale. Gov. Butch Otter touted the Wapiti Timber Sale earlier this month, noting it sold for $1.4 million – more than $600,000 more than had been anticipated before the Sept. 27 auction – and that it sold under the Good Neighbor Authority written into the 2014 Farm Bill.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

244 ‘Use of Force’ policy garners close interest from patron

Mountain View School District 244’s first reading on its draft weapons policy garnered a few more public comments Monday, Oct. 17. “After visiting with the Grangeville Police Department, we are now calling it the ‘Use of Force’ policy,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. This change allows additional weapons, aside from guns, to be included and discussed in the document.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Courthouse left high and dry following plumbing leak

Restrooms at the Idaho County Courthouse were out of service Thursday, Oct. 20, while a City of Grangeville work crew dug a hole in the west edge of the courthouse lawn in search of a leaky bit of plumbing. The problem first emerged with water flowing into Main Street at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and was temporarily fixed Wednesday only to reemerge Thursday morning.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Voter registration surges as presidential election looms

Roughly 1,400 Idaho County citizens have voted so far, of about 9,600 registered for this election. That’s according to the arm of local government that’s tasked with overseeing elections – the Idaho County clerk’s office, which is now seeing about 40 voters per day casting early ballots.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

District social media warns against teacher-student relationships

“For everyone’s protection, teachers should not call or text students,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes said at the September school board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School. “As far as Facebook goes, I’ve recommended students and teachers not be friends.” The “Social Media 424” policy was reviewed by the board of trustees at that meeting.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Comments sought on Columbia River System operations EIS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration have announced their intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Columbia River System operations and configurations for 14 federal projects in the interior Columbia Basin.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Endorsements cause issues with agency relations, community

Contentious and gutter-scraping: the political race for Idaho County sheriff. Beyond watching the mud fly to see what sticks, of more pressing and difficult concern is the issue of recent endorsement ads for both candidates that involve law enforcement members of county and city policing agencies.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings: our support earned through action

Idaho County would be hard-pressed to find a better sheriff than the one we now have. Doug Giddings has earned (and proven through action) our support over the past eight years to continue to protect our constitutional rights against the unceasing encroachment of federal and tribal over-reach, prioritizing peace-keeping in the county rather than heavy-handed enforcement, and to carry on his belief in empowering we the residents of Idaho County.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Yes HJR5: the AG needs a nap

Idaho agencies regularly promulgate and adopt rules in contravention of existing statutes. National lobbyists know that “you can pass any rule in Idaho” and they send their most repressive, liberal, socialist rules to Idaho for trial runs. Like unruly children, the A.G. and his agencies need a dose of Dimetapp, they need HJR5.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Software install to close DMV

The Idaho County Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office will close from 8 a.m. to noon next Wednesday, Nov. 2 to install software as it prepares to issue new driver’s licenses and identification cards. Offices across the state are closing as implementation progresses. Customers can expect longer than normal wait times at the local DMV office during the first few days after the transition.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Lessons to be learned from Presnell breach

It’s harder to gauge the impact of security breaches for rural residents when the company hit is Target, Home Depot or Anthem. However, when local companies like Presnell Gage face unauthorized data accesses, the serious plight within our IT industry hits home.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Commission states support for Elk City utility work

Idaho County Commissioners Mark Frei and Jim Chmelik both stated support for an upcoming effort to modernize Elk City’s 50-year-old water and sewer system, which is expected to cost $4 million with funding to involve a $500,000 Idaho Department of Commerce block grant, state and federal loans and a $2.5 million USDA Rural Development grant. The block grant application is to be postmarked by Nov. 18, grant writer Walter Steed told the board during a public hearing Oct. 18, and a decision will follow next spring.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Happy Trails

Motorcycles were put through their paces at last Saturday’s Oct. 22 Fall Enduro Halloween Classic at the Grangeville Off-Road Park east of Idaho Forest Group off Old Highway 7. The motorcycle-only multi-class event is a family-oriented race day that is mostly non-competitive. The course length is about 0.5 miles for kids and two miles for adults. The general format is as many laps as possible in the time allotted.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 19

Salmon River on to state; Prairie, Grangeville face play-ins

Salmon River's volleyball team added two district tournament wins to the streak the Savages have run off against Long Pin Conference foes, defeating Garden Valley 3-0 on Oct. 15 and defeating Council 3-0 in the District III title game last night. The district title comes with a berth in the 1AD2 state tournament, Oct. 28-29 at Bonneville, where the Savages will play the District IV champion -- either Lighthouse Christian or Carey -- in the first round.

October 19, 2016 10:24 a.m. read more..


Football, cross-country, karate and bowling results.

October 19, 2016 8:12 a.m. read more..

Savages lock up Long Pin Conference title

With a two-game lead in the standings after their 42-14 win over Council last Friday night, Oct. 14, and with one game left on their schedule, Salmon River has secured the Long Pin Conference title.

October 19, 2016 8:10 a.m. read more.. brief

Serrano sets Camas Lanes series record; Winchester leads annual night shoot; Nov. 16-17 meeting slated in Lewiston.

October 19, 2016 8:08 a.m. read more..

Ceremony opens new vet center

One person stood clear of the scissors at Saturday’s dedication ceremony for the new veterans’ center in Grangeville. “I’m commissioned now and they won’t let me touch anything sharp!” joked Robert Skinner, commander for the State of Idaho American Legion. Around 160 people attended the Oct. 15 event, celebrating the grand opening of the Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 East Main Street.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

‘The state needs to measure progress’ - Crabtree

Years spent in various leadership positions have led the way to where Carl Crabtree (R) is headed: the Idaho State Senate. “I’ve spent my life working with people as well as bringing groups together that traditionally may not have gotten along or had very little in common,” Crabtree said. That knack for working with people has guided Crabtree’s life and career.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Platform to address issues, more responsive - Meyers

From education to economics, District 7 is faced with a complex set of issues, according to Ken Meyers. “There are a lot of things we need to be focused on,” he said, “and we have a platform here to focus on them,” within the Idaho Legislature.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

HJR 5 allows Legislature to keep killing bad regulations

Other states envy Idaho’s unique regulatory review process. Idaho’s regulatory review process has spared businesses unnecessary expense and requirements. It has stopped agencies from creating new hassles and hardships for taxpayers. It will continue to do so if HJR 5 wins approval of voters Nov. 8.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho’s Constitution Doesn’t Need HJR 5

HJR 5 ignores the will of the people as expressed just two years ago. More importantly, HJR 5 threatens to permanently invade the Executive and Judicial Branches of Idaho’s government, disrupting the balance and separation of powers contemplated by Idaho’s founders.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: Get costumes ready for annual Kids Klub ball

Mark your calendars and start planning your outfit for the Kids Klub Halloween Costume Ball Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m., at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville. A costume contest will be held as well as an opportunity to duct tape a local celeb to the “Spider Wall.” Tickets (which includes dinner) are available at: The Gallery, Lindsley’s Furniture and online at for $50 per person or reserve seating “Munsters Table” for eight for $600.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Student input large part of MVSD dress code policy update

“I am asking for a change to the Grangeville High School dress code,” GHS Principal Steve Higgins told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Monday, Oct. 17, meeting. Higgins said questions and concerns from students and parents caused him to delve into the policy.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird News: Cribbage tourney to begin Oct. 29

With all this rain, does your lawn look like a lake or is it greening up like spring again? I have seen some horns but not many stories to report, although we did get to help some friends of ours on the eighth pack his out. Got a nice 7 x 8 but was rather small in the body. At least there’s meat in the freezer!

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho County Republicans pull Crapo support following Trump decision

Senator Mike Crapo crossed a line in the sand for Idaho County Republicans who last week pulled their support for the three-term incumbent just days following his decision to pull his endorsement for GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. As a result, the Idaho County Republican Central Committee (ICRCC) stated, in an Oct. 11 letter to the senator, its members would not be providing physical nor financial support toward his re-election campaign, which would include sign and literature distribution, as well as removal of signs currently placed.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins News: Pinehurst Quilters to hold quilt, craft auction Saturday

My sweet ’16 quote of the week is “Love isn’t what you say. Love is what you do.” Quilt and Craft Auction by the Pinehurst Quilters is this Saturday, Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Gem Stop Chevron Station. Doors open at noon for browsing time. Refreshments will be available; there is a chance you could win a door prize.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Blessings For The Beasts

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father John Gathungu offered animal blessings for the pets of Sts. Peter and Paul School students Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Trunk-or-Treat set for Halloween

The Dixie Diggins Newsletter is out and is full of the news of happenings in Dixie this past summer. The newsletter expressed their (Dixie’s residents) appreciation for the support of the surrounding communities. Dixie Days is the only fund-raiser for their Community Center. The letter also details information on other happenings around town and with town folks. Email me if you want to find out how to receive this newsletter.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Kooskia / Kamiah News: Carve pumpkins at Riverfront Oct. 23

Here is the second best thing that could happen to a pumpkin, and it is happening in Kamiah on Oct. 23, noon to 3 p.m. Guessed what it is? Pumpkin carving. Yep, the 11th annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and you won’t want to miss it. Kids of all ages are invited, but must bring an adult, and they can make their own Jack-O- Lantern. Write this one down and bring the children to the Riverfront Park in Kamiah and enjoy some quality time with your kids.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Birth: Cieran Bernard Tacke

Clark and Sara Tacke of Cottonwood welcomed a son, Cieran Bernard, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at 11:44 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Outdoor Classroom Fun Run

Grangeville Elementary Middle School sixth graders recently participated in two outdoor classroom field days. One took place at the Girl Scout campground past Fish Creek and one at the property of Craig and Jane Spencer. Students worked on a variety of science, math and additional hands-on outdoor skills as well as some recreation and team-building exercises. Here, kids run with a parachute.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

‘Hey, Know The Way?’

At the close of summer, these two young elk were spotted wandering around off Old Highway 7 near Grangeville. Photographer Joseph Zahnle said, “They sure acted as if they weren’t sure which way to go. They looked over every direction, then headed toward Grangeville.”

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho County CASA volunteers sought

Who speaks on behalf of abused and neglected children? That person could be you. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abandoned, abused, or neglected children.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Lecture explores Benedictine Sisters in Idaho

This Thursday, Oct. 20, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude will present an event that focuses on the history of the Benedictine Sisters of Cottonwood. The lecture and tour will be offered at both 3 and 7 p.m. The event is free and admission to the Historical Museum will be free all day.

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Community Briefs: Oct. 19, 2016

KOOSKIA – Calling all 4-H supporters in the upper-river communities: A free community barbecue is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., at Clearwater Valley High School. This is a dinner to not only thank the 4-H boosters in the area but to also bring about awareness of the local 4-H clubs.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Plan ahead to register, vote in upcoming Nov. 8 election

The Nov. 8 general election is less than three weeks away, and Idaho County voters are being asked to choose elected officials and answer ballot questions. Those wanting to weigh in their decisions must be registered to vote. What requirements are necessary to become a voter and what is the process?

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Deer Sightings

Fall evenings bring out the deer and it was no exception for this pair on Lukes Gulch Road near Stites recently.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Martinez: clear choice for county sheriff

The citizens of Idaho County have an important choice, to elect the sheriff of Idaho County. Carlos Martinez has become the clear choice for sheriff. He already has shown his desire to communicate with Idaho residents through his several town hall meetings....

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Yes on HJR5: ensures authority to review

I’m writing this in support of HJR5, a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November that will protect Idaho families, farms and other businesses from excessive government regulations.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Spin artist short on evidence, work history

During the past few months I have watched as my husband, Sheriff Giddings, has been attacked, accused, insulted, demeaned, and slandered based on rumors, gossip, and innuendos. Enough is enough!

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Supports hospital’s needs to affiliate

First of all, Craig Spencer is a friend of mine and despite the current political climate I believe you can disagree with someone but remain friends. Therefore, I respectfully disagree with Craig regarding his opposition to Syringa Hospital’s merger with Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d’Alene.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings: sincere, honest and upright

I have known Sheriff Giddings for going on six years and have had a number of opportunities to speak with Mr. Giddings on a personal level. I find him to be sincere, honest and upright. I believe that Sheriff Giddings holds the welfare of the people of Idaho County at a very high level.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Martinez issues on party, deputization need clarification

I have noticed a few things that I would like to see clarified about the challenger in the sheriff’s race against Doug Giddings. For a start, I would like to hear what the defining moment was that caused him to walk away from running as a Democrat eight years ago to now run as an independent.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Don’t like Trump? Then vote platform

To “Never Trump” Republicans, and holier-than-thou Christians and non-Christians alike, who can’t bring themselves to vote for Donald Trump because they’re so busy digging the speck out of his eye while ignoring the log in their own, stop acting like Pharisees!

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings smeared by liberal Democrats

ou decide who you would want to help you defend your rights when Hillary institutes her “sensible” gun control. Doug Giddings, a proven conservative Republican or Carlos Martinez, a Democrat, or Independent at this moment, who has gained

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings: respects rights, freedoms

Sheriff Doug Giddings respects and supports individual rights and freedoms afforded us by the U.S. Constitution. He has served the people of Idaho County with this in the forefront. He has gone to the federal court in Coeur d’Alene seven times to support individual citizens with their cases involving the overreach of the federal government. He has helped public land users to keep vehicle access to an otherwise closed forest road.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings: helpful, transparent

Few counties of the American west have a sheriff that can match our own Doug Giddings here in Idaho County. Doug is solidly pro-Constitution, pro-liberty, pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-property rights, standing squarely and solidly in the conservative/libertarian originalist tradition

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

A lot of nerve to chastise Hillary

It really takes a lot of nerve to chastise Hillary over the Benghazi affair after the thousands of killings that young Bush caused in his attack on Iraq.

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Hurt? Don’t miss work! Call Dr. Haug.

Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. It is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 12

DNP Hammatt seeing patients at Syringa

Although she is a new health care provider at Syringa Hospital and Clinics, DNP Julie Hammatt knows her way around the hospital. “I have spent a couple years as an emergency department RN here at Syringa while I obtained my Doctor of Nursing Practice,” she said.

October 12, 2016 2:40 p.m. read more..

Fogleman, GHS focus on Friday

When a well-timed blitz forced the St. Maries center to make a no-win decision, the only blocker with a chance to make the play had to ignore Grangeville sophomore inside linebacker Justin Fogleman, who shot into the backfield, tackled the opposing quarterback and shut down a threatening Lumberjacks drive early on last Friday night, Oct. 7.

October 12, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..


Bowling, running, football, cross country, rodeo and soccer results.

October 12, 2016 9:50 a.m. read more..

Jacks blank Bulldogs

An 8-0 final score last Friday night, Oct. 7, began with ominous turnovers by both teams: back-to-back fumbles foretold a defensive struggle during the first cold rain of the season at the Bulldogs home field.

October 12, 2016 8:54 a.m. read more.. brief

5K fun run raises $6K; Fall softball clinic set; New RMEF chapter slates next meeting; Cottonwood night shoot starts Oct. 12; Queen tryouts reset for Saturday, Oct. 15; F&G uses decoy to nab poachers.

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Eller offering reliable home caregiving, more

Are you seeking care for your loved one but want to ensure they are well taken care of with dignity? That’s exactly what Erica Eller, fifth generation White Birdian, is offering. Eller is a 25-year veteran of a caregiving.

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Fund-raiser set in name of sister, charities; Event is Nov. 5

Sister Mary’s Children (SMC) will be hosts to a concert dinner fund-raiser Saturday, Nov. 5, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Greencreek Community Hall. Tickets are $10 each and all ages are welcome. Music will be by the Swing Notes. Contact Joan Riggers - 208-924-7224 or for tickets. Last day to purchase tickets is Oct. 21.

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Births: Oct. 12, 2016

Dustin and Ashlee Behler of Cottonwood are the parents of a baby son. Maddox Rodney Behler was born Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, at St, Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed eight pounds, seven ounces and was 21 inches long.

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It's Your Business: Chamber meeting on tap for Oct. 20

Bulldog cards, to benefit the Grangeville schools music department, are on sale now at the school. Cards are $10 apiece and are also available at Grangeville Flower Shop, Seasons, Pizza Factory, Grangeville Country Club, Shear Magic and Crema Café.

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Star Spangled Fun

Grangeville High School celebrated its homecoming week Oct. 3-7 with a variety of activities and dress-up days. Here, senior Rachel Kelley was full of spirit on Thursday, Oct. 6, skit day, with the “Star Spangled Seniors” theme.

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Kooskia Cowboy Breaks Loose

District 3 High School Rodeo held its last event for the fall season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at the Riggins Rodeo grounds. The season starts up again with events beginning late-April 2017. Pictured here on Sunday was Luke Olsen of Kooskia in the junior high breakaway event.

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Prairie Powderpuff Players

Josie Peery, junior at Prairie High School, makes a play for the goal line during the Powderpuff game Sept. 5 in Cottonwood. The junior/senior girls toppled the senior/freshmen girls 12-2.

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Veteran Outreach, Community Center grand opening is Saturday

Thanks to the vision of many local volunteers, veterans now have a place to congregate in Grangeville. The Veterans Outreach and Community Center, located at 318 East Main Street (former NAPA Auto Parts, across from Pine Tree Community Credit Union) is operated by the non-profit group Idaho County Veterans Association Inc.

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Olds pick for judge position

Grangeville attorney Victoria Olds will serve as magistrate judge for Lewis County. Olds was selected by the Second District Magistrate Commission last Thursday, Oct. 6, to replace retiring Magistrate Judge Stephen Calhoun. It is expected she will be sworn in January 2017.

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Voters to decide highway districts plan to combine

Included on the November ballot for Idaho County is a question regarding the consolidation of Good Roads Highway District No. 2 and Union Independent Highway District. Idaho County Commissioners are proposing a single consolidated highway district to be known as Union Independent Highway District.

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Denial of speech is tyrannical

A constitutional sheriff does not infringe on constitutional rights. He does not pick and choose what rights to defend. Attempting to punish or dismiss sheriff’s office employees or employees of other law enforcement agencies for political activity in their off duty time is infringement of their right to free speech.

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Community Briefs: Oct. 12, 2016

A Free Kids Clothing Swap will be held at the Grangeville Seventh Day Adventist Church on U.S. Highway 95 Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 to 5 p.m. Call 983-0184. Anyone who has clothing their children have outgrown is invited to bring it and see what items they can swap.

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Up Close With Firefighters

Kinder Ready Klub students at Grangeville Elementary Middle School learned about fire safety Friday, Oct. 7, with the help of Grangeville volunteer firefighters Andrew Lane and Tom Jacobs.

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Golden Harvest

Even the yellow jackets were friendly. Such was the golden fall Clearwater Valley morning on Saturday, Oct. 1, as several dozen people gathered at the Tahoe QRU building on Leitch Creek Road to combine apples and elbow grease into smooth, sweet cider.

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Martinez: exact person to lead

Carlos is the exact kind of person I would hope would enter law enforcement, and the kind I would wish to have leading an agency that was protecting my interests.

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Martinez: honorable, active in community

I would like to voice my support for Carlos Martinez for Idaho County Sheriff. Carlos is an honorable officer and man who is an active member of the community and the area athletics department.

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In the news: Oct. 12, 2016

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have an advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor office, 305 N. State Street.

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Giddings: ensure a steady hand at wheel

To me, this is a no brainer. Be sure to take the time to re-elect Sheriff Giddings to ensure a steady hand at the wheel, and a secure future for yourself and those you love.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Radio club meets monthly

Looking for a new thing to do for the winter. Think radio. We have an amateur radio club in Kamiah and they meet monthly in the meeting room at the Lewis and Clark Resort on Highway 12. Call Ken Tunning 935-8888 for meeting info.

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GHS Royalty

Grangeville High School seniors Katrina Frei and Luke Stokes were crowned homecoming queen and king at halftime of the football game Friday night, Oct. 7.

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Elk City News: Wild game feed set for this Saturday

Hunting season opened wet and soggy and promises to continue as such for a few days. But that won’t put a damper on the Hunter’s Feast Potluck (AKA Wild Game Feed) to be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the VFW kitchen.

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Riggins News: ‘Santa’ applications due by Oct. 31

My sweet ’16 quote of the week is “Helping just one person may not change the whole world, but it can change the world for that one person.” Vance Hawk, son of Carl and Dana Hawk of Colorado and grandson of Amy (Clemens) Cooper and the late Duane Clemens, formerly of Riggins, now of Colorado, has completed his CRO training and has received his beret for Special Forces! Vance went through two years of hard training of survival and rescue. CRO is the Air Force equivalent of Navy Seals. Congratulations, Vance and family!

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Questions on Giddings’ actions

As to evidence of wrongdoing by the sheriff and his deputies, there is ample evidence available to show that deputies within the department use county equipment “owned” by the sheriff’s department to level ground on their personal property.

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Meyers: vision that improves peoples lives

Ken’s vision for Idaho is for a state that balances economic growth with quality of life, and that the wild places that enhance our lives here in Idaho should be preserved and protected. Those same lands should be a source of economic opportunity through sustainable management.

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White Bird News: City council meets tonight

Hunting is among us so remember to please ask landowners before you hunt, not afterwards. It only takes one person to ruin it for everyone else. That said, if you have any pictures to share of your hunt, get it to me or even the story of your trophy, no matter the size, be it the first one or many, I still want to hear it.

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Giddings: man with a fine moral character

heriff Giddings has done a lot to clean up our county from corruption from the “good old boys club” of those kinds of ethics. I for one have not forgotten what it was like with the last administration and am not willing to risk going back to that mess with Martinez and his supporters, ex-deputies from the last administration.

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Oktoberfest Fun

Grangeville’s Oktoberfest was celebrated for the first time in many years this past weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8, sponsored by the Grangeville Merchants as well as many local businesses, vendors and organizations.

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County OK ends SR road dispute

After years of arguing with the Federal Highway Administration over the Salmon River Road, Idaho County has accepted the Salmon River Road was “completed…per the project agreement” in September 2013. The county had been seeking changes that could make the road cheaper to maintain.

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McDaniel takes job as SPPS principal

There’s a new face at Sts. Peter and Paul School (SPPS), but she’s definitely not a new face in Catholic education. SPPS welcomed Leslie McDaniel, 72, as its new principal this year. She is also teaching seventh and eighth grade social studies and science.

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Saturday, October 8

St. Maries slips past Grangeville

An interception return during the final minute of the second quarter set up the first and only score of the 8-0 win St. Maries claimed Friday night at GHS.

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Thursday, October 6

Wednesday, October 5

Connolley has GHS contending

Grangeville senior Hunter Connolley scored one goal this week against Priest River and assisted on another as the Bulldogs soccer squad moved toward the district tournament in program history.

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Bulldogs brace for unbeaten St. Maries

"St. Maries is without question one of the top three teams in the state,” GHS coach Jeff Lindsley said. “They have the seniors — 10 of their 11 starters on defense, which is uncommon at the 2A level — so it’s their turn, so to speak.”

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GHS takes consolation at Pea & Lentil Tourney

Grangeville dropped the first match of the day last Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Pea and Lentil Tournament in Genesee. Clark Fork beat GHS (25-14, 22-25, 15-12) in pool play as did Pomeroy (25-15, 25-18), and Pomeroy went on to win the first-place match.

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HS Rodeo slated this weekend in Riggins; Fall softball clinic set; Cottonwood night shoot starts Oct. 12; Flamingo Fun Run set for Saturday, Oct. 8; Brown in the books as IDFG adds sturgeon fishing records

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Elk City News: Quilters’ baked food, quilt sale set for Saturday, Oct. 8

Elk City is saddened by the passing of two of our own in the past two weeks. Leo Hansen, a longtime resident and logger and Joe Krzeminski also passed after a short battle with some major health issues. Joe’s memorial will be Friday, Oct. 21, in Grangeville at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Lynn would like those who knew Joe to “come and bring your Joe stories!” Pray for the family members to experience the comfort of God’s spirit at this time. Sew Help Me Quilters are having a baked food and quilted items sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. It will be held at the Elk City General Store. Get out and get some goodies and support this great group.

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Legion Donation

On Sunday, Sept. 25, volunteers from the Grangeville American Legion Post 37 and Auxiliary Unit 37 obtained donations at Asker’s Foods and Cash n’ Carry Grocery for the local Camas Prairie Food Bank. Approximately 300 pounds of food and $400 in cash were donated. The Legion thanks all who gave to help those in need.

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Tackett turns lathe work into pen hobby

A life skill learned in high school shop class has turned into a hobby for a local man. Mike Tackett, who graduated from Grangeville High School in 2004, learned to use a lathe during high school. In later years, when he decided to purchase his own machine, he began teaching himself to use it in various ways.

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Jogging For Dollars

Grangeville Elementary School PTA was host to its annul Jogathon fund-raiser event for grades kindergarten through eighth Friday, Sept. 30.

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Fall Fun Run car show is Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 9, an old classic and new sports car and truck Fall Fun Run is set. The group plans to leave Cottonwood’s Main Street at noon, drive to Craigmont, then Nezperce, on to Kamiah, and Kooskia, through Stites and into Grangeville, where there will be an impromptu car show around Grangeville’s Pioneer Park.

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17th Annual Fall Historical Lecture Series begins Thursday

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude’s Annual Lecture Series begins this Thursday, Oct. 6. These events provide insights into the history of the region and are held on Thursdays during the month of October with the support of the Idaho Humanities Council. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. A Q&A session with the presenters follows the lectures. Light refreshments are provided. These events are free and all are welcome. Programs are as follows:

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In the News: Oct. 5, 2016

GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is seeking volunteer interpreters-translators. Those speaking Spanish are preferred, and other language offerings, as well as sign language, interpreters are welcome. ICSO will be developing a list to draw from when translator needs arise.

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Community News Oct. 5 2016

Kooskia Saddliers will host 2017 queen tryouts to coincide with its last playday of the year Oct 8. Tryouts begin at 10 a.m. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled to Oct. 15. Queens must have a horse available for 2017 and be between 12 and 18 years of age. Call LeAnn Nelson, 935-5805, or Louise Haukedahl, 935-5680.

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IRS scam makes rounds of Kooskia says Johnson

A phone call that you owe back taxes to the federal government? That you had better respond or the sheriff’s office will be serving you a warrant? “Hopefully, everybody knows the IRS doesn’t work that way,” said Robert Johnson.

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Comment period extended to Oct. 14 on U.S. 12 oversized shipments

The period for public comment has been extended into mid-October on a proposed Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) rule regulating oversized shipments along U.S. Highway 12. But for one of the key players in this issue, the Nez Perce Tribe, its stance remains in opposition. “The Nez Perce Tribe opposes the Clearwater and Lochsa River corridor becoming an industrial corridor. The tribe has repeatedly made this known,” stated in a Sept. 28 tribe press release.

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White Bird News: Fiddlers will rock Hoot’s this weekend

October is here and with it brings the colors of fall. The leaves are turning and make for some really wonderful picture taking. You can hear some of the animals calling in the wilds…oh wait, that’s just the bugle from a hunter, hoping with all hope of bagging that big one!

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Milestone - Engagement - Poxleitner and Holthaus

Kristi Poxleitner, daughter of Ed and Jackie Poxleitner of Keuterville, and Kyle Holthaus, son of Roger and Alica Holthaus of Moscow Mills, Mo., will be united in marriage Oct. 8, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Keuterville.

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Homecoming events set at Grangeville, Cottonwood

- GRANGEVILLE – Are you seeing pink? Don’t worry, it’s just homecoming week at Grangeville High School and today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, is “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” day. - COTTONWOOD – Prairie Junior Senior High School will celebrate its homecoming festivities this week. Today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, is spirit day. Everyone is encouraged to dress in school colors. The powder puff football game is set for 6 p.m. on the football field.

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Spencer ousted as hospital board chair

Following a general discussion at the Aug. 22 Syringa Hospital board meeting, board chairman Craig Spencer was asked to step down as chair. “Craig was opposed to the direction the board was and continues to move on a strategy to enhance our ability to protect the viability of Syringa Hospital and Clinics in the current health care environment,” explained trustee Al Bolden of White Bird. “Specifically, he objected to any consideration of any affiliation.”

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Amendment to Idaho Constitution is unnecessary

The legislature’s role in approving administrative rules is already protected in Statute (67-52). An amendment to the Constitution is unnecessary when the Idaho Legislature is already able to review and approve proposed changes to Rule.

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Benedictine oblate directors gather at The Spirit Center

Sixteen Benedictine oblates and directors from four communities gathered at Spirit Center Aug. 26-28 for the fifth biannual gathering of the Northwest Region of the North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors (NAABOD). This was the first time the event took place at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.

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Knowing facts would interfere with attacks

Apparently, Mr. Sokolowski does not understand that all county elected officials have specific powers and duties designated in the Idaho Constitution and the statutes of the State of Idaho. The county commissioners are not the ‘bosses’ of any other elected official.

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MVSD 244 seeks resolution for unsatisfactory gym floor finishes

Patrons may have noticed a difference in Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors, and it’s not a good one. The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. The MVSD 244 staff did not have good results, said superintendent Kent Stokes. “The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19 regular board meeting held in Kooskia.

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Gospel Lighthouse Concert

The Gospel Lighthouse on Stite’s Main Street was host to the Parks Family Singers from Branson, Mo. The six-member family band presented a free concert at the church Sunday, Sept. 25, with more than 60 attendees.

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Faith Briefs: Oct. 5, 2016

The Encouragers will be hosts to Dick and Dee Lasse at the regular meeting this Thursday, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m., at Oscar’s Restaurant. The Lasses have spent 40-plus years in ministry with the African Inland Mission in Africa and France.

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Giddings ready to take on third term

Giddings said those who know him understand he is a “straight shooter.” “I tell the truth, straight up,” he said. He understands his approach may ruffle a few feathers along the way, he said, but feels his method has made for a stronger Idaho County law enforcement. “We have been able to accomplish some really positive things in the department,” he said.

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Fire Prepares Fields

Landowners were burning fields just south of the Idaho County Airport last Friday, Sept. 30, the backdrop for asphalt work under way on the newly reconstructed runway.

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Pastor's View: Try winning for eternity by Kelly Lineberry

There are individuals, high schools, colleges and professional sports teams who habitually win. They have learned how to win in various situations and conditions. They have learned how to take their talent and knowledge and make it produce winning results. Others seem to win occasionally but haven’t been able to reproduce the winning mojo habitually. Those are the kinds of sports teams I have been on.

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Riggins News: High School Rodeo set for Riggins Saturday, Sunday

My sweet ’16 quote of the week, “People need to learn that their actions really do affect other people. So be careful what you say and do…it’s not always just about you!” Riggins and The Salmon River Realty welcome sales associate Abbey Tucker. Abbey and her husband Levi Tucker moved to Riggins more than a year ago to start Salmon River Electric and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

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Martinez endorsement ad draws Giddings’ comment at Grangeville city council

Contention within the Idaho County Sheriff’s race spilled into city government business Monday night. Sheriff Doug Giddings addressed the Grangeville City Council at its Oct. 3 meeting concerning an endorsement ad that ran last week for his opponent, Carlos Martinez, featuring five city police officers – including Chief Morgan Drew.

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Cottonwood News: Mystery Night is this weekend

Mystery Night is coming up this weekend with an exciting night planned. Some live auction items are the ever-popular dinners including a Murder-Mystery Dinner. Cajun Seafood Boil and a Big Fat Greek Dinner.

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Sweet Pressure

About 50 people participated in the third annual Tahoe QRU Apple Cider Pressing fund-raiser, held Saturday morning, Oct. 1, on Leitch Creek Road outside Kooskia. Participants combined a range of apples — including red and golden delicious to McIntosh and gala — and elbow grease to press out smooth, sweet cider. The event raised $156 for the volunteer emergency medical response organization. Pictured here helping participants is (right) Tahoe QRU EMT Irene Finehout.

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