Stories for September 2016


Friday, September 30

Wednesday, September 28

Water Works Under Way

Grangeville Country Club moved forward with the second step of a major water project that is being funded through Orrin Webb estate money.

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GHS edges Kamiah

Grangeville won a match reminiscent of the Central Idaho League rivalry games on Monday night, Sept. 26, defeating the host Kubs in five sets (22-25, 25-6, 25-23, 25-27, 15-10).

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Stokes, GHS sweep past Parma

Grangeville senior Luke Stokes likes running the sweep, where he can get out behind blockers including Justin Fogleman, who buried a defensive back to spring Stokes for a big run last Friday night.

September 28, 2016 7:40 a.m. read more..

Pirates Place

Ciara Chaffee, Kendra Duclos, Kylie Tidwell and Jacey Rambo all placed for Prairie during last week’s cross-country run at Moscow, as Chaffee, Duclos and Rambo all cracked the top-10 in the underclassmen section of the 5,000 meter Bob Weisel course at at the Moscow Elks Golf Course. Tidwell placed seventh among juniors and seniors (25:29), while Chaffee (23:53), Rambo (24:02) and Duclos (24:49) posted competitive times in the younger division.

September 28, 2016 7:33 a.m. read more..

Valle fuels GHS offense, Bonn saves tie

Grangeville’s Saturday, Sept. 24 visit to St. Maries may turn into a preview of the Bulldogs’ first district tournament game in a couple weeks. GHS played the Lumberjacks to a 2-2 tie.

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Pirates upend CV; Salmon River slips

Prairie tallied almost instantly last Friday night, Sept. 23, with quarterback Spencer Schumacher stepping into the end zone with the first of his three rushing touchdowns less than one minute into the game, according to PHS stats.

September 28, 2016 7:22 a.m. read more.. brief

Fall softball clinic set; Cottonwood night shoot starts Oct. 12; Steelhead count runs at seven-year low.

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ID protection offered after data breach hits license sales system

Earlier this month, Active Network, the Texas-based company that owns and operates Idaho Fish and Game’s hunting and fishing license system, announced it will offer identity theft services to license buyers whose personal information may have been compromised last month.

September 28, 2016 7:15 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Taco feed on tap for this Thursday

There will be a taco feed and dessert auction to raise money for the Sew Help Me Quilters Quilts of Valor projects. It will be at the Elk City School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Elk City School will also have a taco seasoning which will be for sale at the taco feed. The money raised will be used for field trips and eighth-grade graduation. This will be a good opportunity to connect with people you haven’t seen all summer, meet new people, and help two great groups.

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Birth: Roberta Jean Agee

Robert and Jodi A. Agee of Lewiston are the parents of a baby daughter, Roberta Jean. She was born Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She weighed eight pounds, one ounce and was 21 inches long.

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Birth: Elise Adeline Hasenoehrl

Zach and Shauna Hasenoehrl of Cottonwood are the parents of a baby daughter. Elise Adeline Hasenoehrl was born Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Community Briefs - Sept. 28, 2016

Kooskia Saddliers will host 2017 queen tryouts to coincide with its last play-day of the year, Oct 8. Tryouts begin at 10 a.m. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled to Oct. 15.

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Organizations: Sept. 28, 2016

Sept. 19: pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Barbara Essen; free dinner, Dennis Long; meals at site, 47, with 37 home-deliveries; Bingo winner, Donna Barnett; blackout winners, Mel Wills and Donna Barnett; birthdays, Jim Myers, Carolyn Melton and Frankie Sibley; 62nd anniversary, Jim and Patsy Myers.

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‘Very difficult to prepare for crazy’

“I think we have a good [draft] weapons policy,” said Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez, zone 4, Kooskia. “This is something we’ve been working on for two years and that has actually been discussed at meeting for five or six months. A lot of time and effort have gone into it.” Dominguez spoke to fellow board members and an audience of about 20 at the regular board meeting held Monday, Sept. 19, at Clearwater Valley High School’s library.

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Make a difference: High-energy speaker encourages teens

“Your legacy is not something you leave when you die. It should be something you leave every time you walk out of a room,” said A’ric Jackson. “What’s your legacy?” Chicago-based motivational speaker and author, Jackson spoke to a gym full of students at Grangeville High School Friday, Sept. 23.

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Family still waits for answers

While one family has found answers to the disappearance of their loved one, another continues to wait. The family of Cayla Danenberg, 20, still seeks a resolution after she went missing following a May 2016 car accident.

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Getting Closer To Takeoff

The first of two asphalt lifts are currently being applied to form the new Idaho County Airport runway. The completed surface will be a total 4-inch compacted asphalt. Valley Paving of Cottonwood is conducting the $4.020 million runway reconstruction project set for completion in mid to late October.

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Time To Party

U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Jerry Sturgill speaks during the Idaho County Democrats Greencreek Dinner Saturday night, Sept. 24. The event is held every election year to honor tradition and as a fund-raiser for Idaho County Democrats. More than 100 guests attended the dinner where the theme was "Celebrating Idaho Women Breaking Barriers." Other speakers for the evening included Robin Lee Beusan, Idaho campaign manager for Hillary Clinton; Kenneth Meyers, Democratic candidate for State Senate, District 7; State Rep. John Rusche (District 6) of Lewiston and Deborah Silver, democratic candidate for State Senate.

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Supplement company offers pure minerals

Eight former WaterOz employees have come together as partner-owners of a new business in the Clearwater area—Clearwater River Supplements—also known as CR Supplements, LLC outside of Grangeville, near Stites.

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Cottonwood Senior Center opens its doors

Up until about a month ago, seniors in Cottonwood would gather weekly at the Cottonwood Community Church. The Prairie Senior Citizens officially made their transition to the basement of Cottonwood Community Hall after the city recently finished major renovations. About 35 area residents gathered Sept. 20 for a hot meal and conversation. Friends updated each other on family news and reminisced.

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Riggins News: Art guild show set for this weekend

My sweet ’16 quote of the week is “The most attractive thing about you should have less to do with your face and body…and more to do with your heart and how you treat people.” Happy autumn! Wow! The colors are changing from green to red, orange, gold, and brown. Take some time to take a drive up the river or into the canyon or up into the mountains; beauty is everywhere.

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White Bird News: Heckman wins wood; ladies take food prizes

Seasons are changing and the fall colors are beautiful. The cooler weather is calling the hunters and people are doing the final cleanup around their houses before winter sets in. Along with that, as a senior project, Frankie Zumwalt raffled off two cords of red fir fire wood, split and delivered to the winner, Dion Heckman. Frankie raised around $700 for the youth wrestling program. This money will be used to pay for the youths that can’t afford to wrestle. Thanks for supporting this project.

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Trailhead dedication planned for Saturday

A dedication will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 of the newly completed Elk City Trailhead and information kiosk in Elk City. Events will include a trail ride, live music and light refreshments.

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If approved, taxpayers save $186k on bond

Riggins voters continue to mull a resort tax renewal for another 10 years. The city finalized the ballot question wording on Aug. 23, and voters decide on Nov. 8. But what is the financial impact on city residents? Ten years ago, the city of Riggins received a U.S. Department of Agriculture bond – which is similar to a loan – in the amount of $1.3 million. The money was utilized for much needed sewer system upgrades.

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Texas man dies in Sunday crash

A Texas man was killed Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 14. Frank H. Sayle, 67, of Sealy, died at the scene.

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Martinez: sheriff isn’t good for the county

When the whole city police department is in support of a new sheriff I think that has to start ringing some bells. There would be a few from the county, as well, but they are too scared of being demoted or fired for not supporting Giddings.

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Ask Sup. Probert why on Lochsa exchange

It has been three weeks since my letter to the editor was published in this newspaper asking Nez Perce National Forest supervisor Probert to give the public an update on the status of her proposed Upper Lochsa land exchange. It has been eight years since the USFS started spending our tax dollars trying to privatize 60 square miles of the Nez Perce National Forest.

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Meyers: Has vision for better Dist. 7, Idaho

When your eye is kept on the goal and you move forward by reaching out, listening with respect, and collaborating to build support and consensus. If you share Ken’s vision of a better Idaho, then vote for him on Nov 8th.

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Megaloads were a positive for Wallace

Read your editorial “Local voice needed ...” [Sept. 14 issue]. When the local noise stopped the megaloads from using US 12, the reroute took the loads through Wallace, Idaho.

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Monday, September 26

Texas man killed in auto accident

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) reports a Texas resident died Sunday morning, Sept. 25, in a single vehicle crash. Frank H. Sayle, 67 of Sealy, died at the scene.

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Wednesday, September 21

Wonnacott setting his pace

Grangeville sophomore Adam Wonnacott ran among the top-six small school runners in Clarkston last weekend, and that got him some plaudits from coach Jim Suhr.

September 21, 2016 7:18 a.m. read more..

Is Idaho County squatchy?

Dear Bwana, I live just outside of town in the foothills and several times recently have seen flashes of movement outside the bathroom window while getting ready for bed. I’ve seen the guys on TV looking for Big Foot and was wondering if there have been any reported sightings in the area?

September 21, 2016 6:54 a.m. read more..

Bulldogs, Pirates go five sets

It had been years since Grangeville last beat Prairie in volleyball, and the Bulldogs pulled a narrow win from a close contest Thursday night at GHS, with five sets tipping in the Bulldogs' favor (25-27, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20, 15-12) on the strength of several well-timed spikes by Maicee Conner.

September 21, 2016 6:42 a.m. read more..

Rams crush Timberline

Trey Pfefferkorn ran for a couple of touchdowns, Mitch Morrow ran for one and threw for three, and the CV Rams led by 40 at halftime of a 60-12 blowout win over Timberline Friday night.

September 21, 2016 6:35 a.m. read more..

Sponsored content: Take a break, get your brakes checked at Extreme Auto

“As daily drivers in town know all too well, driving in Grangeville requires excellent brakes. Brakes are only as reliable as the people driving, but if your brakes aren’t in good shape, a problem that you might otherwise avoid can turn into a disaster.

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Sponsored content: Mountain View Dentistry and the dental misconception

“Is it true that if a parent had a high decay rate that their child will automatically have a high decay rate too? Fortunately, no, and let’s talk more about this dental misconception,” says Heidi York, Mt. View Dentistry.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Miller set to take on electrical jobs

Have you been worrying about that electric socket that keeps sparking? What about the outside light that just doesn’t seem to be getting power anymore? You’re in luck with Rick Miller.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: Pacific Cabinets to host grand opening Thursday

Pacific Cabinets, Inc., will host its grand opening open house at its new 20,000 square foot facility this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2:30 to 5 p.m. PCI is located at 2010 Front Street, Ferdinand. Numerous local businesses, suppliers, customers, contractors and past, present and future employees will be attending this event.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Democrats to meet at Greencreek

Idaho County Democrats will be holding their election year dinner at Greencreek Community Hall this Saturday, Sept. 24. The theme this year is “Celebrating Idaho Women Who Broke Barriers.” Grangeville native, Mundek Clement-Stein, will again be the master of ceremonies and music will be provided by more local talent, the Syndicat Bros., Pete Northcutt and Johnny Henderson.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins News: Rain drives some away from event

Senior citizen lunch is served every Tuesday at noon at the Riggins Community Center just behind the Chevron Station. Lunch is open to everyone; and to keep this program going, they need more attendees. You are all encouraged to attend. Thanks for helping keep this program in Riggins. Bingo night, sponsored by the Senior Citizen group, will be Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center for all those 18 and older. Cash prizes for winners as well as snacks and water for everyone.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Kooskia / Kamiah News: Apple pressing TBA; Cougar spotted in Big Cedar

Pretty slow in our area, for a while. Next month, the date is still to be determined, Tahoe QRU will have their annual apple cider pressing. It will be open to the public, but this year there will be a limit on the amount of apples you can bring, since last year someone showed up with a pickup load of apples. I will let you know next week the date. Nothing, I mean nothing taste like fresh pressed apple juice.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho’s healthcare system for poor is unconscionable, does crummy job

Republican Rep. Fred Wood, chairman of the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee, recently said something that deserves further exploration. He told a legislative committee, “It is difficult for me to see how we can go forward having two healthcare systems in the state — one for poor people and one for everyone else, with different benefits. We can’t do that. That’s simply unconscionable.”

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird News: Cookoff is this weekend; American Legion restarts

Looks like Fall is starting to show her colors. The temps are getting lower in the evenings, along with the sounds of firewood being cut. On Sept. 10th approximately 24 people gathered to tackle the load of logs that Pineda Post and Poles donated to the White Bird Medical and Relief. In just more than four hours, nine to 10 cords of wood were cut, split, loaded and delivered to area residents.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Martinez: integrity, honesty, fortitude

I can tell you from my experience that Carlos has a high level of integrity, honesty, and intestinal fortitude. These are the qualities that are needed in law enforcement, especially as a leader. Due to my personal experience with Carlos’s personal attributes, I will be voting for him for the position of Idaho County Sheriff as the Independent candidate.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Megaloads corrupted notion of an open, two-way course

Mr. Rauzi crossed the centerline with his characterization [Sept. 14 editorial] of megaload opponents as having a “narrow political agenda” and lacking respect for the “historic use” of Highway 12 as a “private and commercial transport route.”

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Let The Games Begin

An unidentified rider competes in the two-stake event as part of the Cottonwood Saddliers and Livestock 4-H O-mok-see Sunday, Sept. 18, in Cottonwood.

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Future Gridiron Stars

Clearwater Valley played against Grangeville last Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the area’s youth football program. The 5th/6th grade boys played the evening game at Grangeville High School with CV winning 14-12. Here, CV ball carrier Anthony Fabbi runs up the field with other players in pursuit.

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Community invited to ‘Living Ready’ preparedness fair

Some challenges in life impact the whole community, such as the wildfires last summer that threatened and sometimes destroyed homes and businesses, while others are individual such as unemployment or health problems. “Living Ready” is meant to help local residents in facing and overcoming these parts of the human experience.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Solid waste fees stable as landfill talks continue

The solid waste system is more solid financially this year than it was last year, and the Idaho County Commission is working to control a key cost – the tipping fee landfill operators assess in exchange for accepting trash. If a new landfill is established near Council – as Idaho, Adams, Valley, Clearwater and Lewis counties are working to do – the difference for the county could be as much as $6.30 per ton to dispose of Idaho County’s 40 tons per day, or about a $90,000 per year difference.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Resort tax necessary to pay back sewer bond

Riggins voters must choose whether or not to renew the resort tax for another 10 years on Nov. 8. The city finalized the ballot question wording on Aug. 23. But what is the resort tax history? Ten years ago, according to city council member Jonny Wilson, the city’s sewer system required major upgrades. The system was in violation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules and regulations.

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Community Briefs - Sept. 21, 2016

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings will host a 2nd Amendment firearms shooting event Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AFD training facility, 1410 Kidder Ridge Road in Kamiah. Demonstrations and competitions are part of the activities planned. There will be multiple shooting stations from basic to advanced, and some competition shoots with prizes. A “demo” station to try different weapons from compact pistols to assault rifles also will be available. Gun and ammo vendors will demonstrate some weapons and accessories which will be available to try at one of the shooting stations. Giddings also will give a speech on 2nd Amendment rights in Idaho County.

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Birth: George Zackary Schaff

Bradley and Stephanie Schaff of Kamiah are the parents of a baby boy. George Zackary Schaff was born Sept. 15 at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics in Cottonwood. He has four siblings: Kaden, 8; Aubrey, 6; Lincoln, 5; and Gwen, 3.

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Clearwater man dies in Friday crash at Harpster

A suspected medical event may have resulted in last week’s fatal crash at Harpster in which a Clearwater man was killed. Kallen W. Palmer, 61, died of injuries related to the Sept. 16 crash, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

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Drowning victim, Kelley, recovered from river

After 11 days of waiting, the family of Austin Kelley, 26, of Tumwater, Wash., has answers to his disappearance. A call came into the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department at 9:23 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 to report Kelley’s body had been spotted.

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Elk City slide cleanup set for end-of-month

“It’s getting close.” Under the best-case scenario, by the end of the month, State Highway 14 will return to normal through the Elk City slide site, with cleanup, repair and stabilization work essentially completed by that time, according to Reed Hollinshead, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

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Identity theft protection offered after hack in place; IDFG restricts unattended vehicles; Cottonwood night shoot starts Oct. 12; Wrestling sign-ups to go Monday, Sept. 26.

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Stites water rate not increasing

The City of Stites approved its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal into ordinance at an Aug. 8 public hearing. The city appropriated $781,457 to defray expenses and liabilities and approved a funds transfer to the sewer account.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Statewide testing results released; local districts within state average

Statewide ISAT results in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and mathematics assessment percentages were made available last week. With the release of ISAT (Idaho Standardized Achievement Tests) results for the 2015-2016 school year, statewide increases were seen in all grades for both ELA and math.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Homecoming week at SRHS

It’s homecoming week for the Salmon River Savages and today’s dress-up theme is blast from the past and tomorrow is Savage pride day. Today the football team will play the volleyball team in a volleyball match at lunchtime, and this evening a volleyball tournament is set versus the staff. A pizza party tournament will be held afterwards.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Brody seeks Idaho Supreme Court justice seat

In discussing her race, candidate for Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody said Idahoans she’s talked with across the state share a common view. “More than anything,” Brody said, “they want to be able to trust their justices will uphold the law and that they will apply the law equally, no matter who walks in the courtroom, and that their voice will be heard and considered.”

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Activity director position more than a job

The words to “Blue Suede Shoes” can be heard echoing down the hallway and out the front door of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Although it isn’t the voice of Elvis, the tone is sweet and husky. “He loves to sing. This is something he does for me every day,” said GHR Activities Director Amy Farris, speaking about resident Jerry Rothchild.

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Friday, September 16


Wednesday, September 14


You’ll See ‘Em In The Woods

Pictured are the instructors and the 20 participants in the fall section of local hunter education, which graduated last Saturday, Sept. 10. “This was the last fall class for this year,” hunter ed instructor and retired Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer Roy Kinner said. “Next classes will begin in February and March. “ Instructors were Kinner, Kevin Asker, Alicia Asker and Brad Flynn.

September 14, 2016 6:19 a.m. read more..

Proposed burning aims to bolster elk habitat

Idaho Fish and Game is fired up about increasing elk populations in its Lolo Elk Zone in the headwaters of the Clearwater River. Through a cooperative effort with Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the two agencies and RMEF are proposing controlled forest fires known as “prescribed-fire treatments” to improve habitat for elk and other wildlife.

September 14, 2016 6:17 a.m. read more..

Kopczynski gives GHS a lift

Grangeville senior Alejandro Kopczynski scored twice against Orofino last week — his first goals in a Bulldogs uniform — and in the process lifted GHS to a 7-2 win over the longer-established Orofino program.

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Olsen wins season opener at Chief Timothy Island

Clearwater Valley's Cole Olsen won the 2.6 mile cross-country race at Asotin this morning, with a time of 13 minutes, 51.19 seconds. Out of 80 varsity boys, Grangeville's Adam Wonnacott finished eighth (15:15.21). Grant Gehring paced the Prairie boys (39, 17:06.39).

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Wrestling sign-ups Sept. 26

Grangeville Youth Wrestling sign-ups will be held Sept. 26, 5-8 p.m. in the community room of the gym at GEMS. The program is open to boys and girls ages 4-15. Contact Amanda Eich 451-4271 for information. “We are also asking for shoe donations, if anyone has some wrestling shoes that are no longer being used,” Eich said.

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Pfefferkorn powers Rams past Kamiah

Clearwater Valley broke a drought against river rival Kamiah that had dated back to 2013, when the Rams last beat the Kubs. CV beat Kamiah 42-20 on Sept. 9.

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Rewards offered in anti-poaching effort

With many hunting seasons about to begin, the Idaho Fish and Game reminds people who spend time outdoors that they should reach for a phone whenever they witness a violation of fish and game laws.

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Community Briefs: Sept. 14, 2016

The Third Annual Flamingo Fun Run is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. The 5k run will start at Umpqua Bank. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for those 10 and younger and includes a T-shirt. To register and receive a T-shirt, deadline is Sept. 28. Go to Forms are also available at Grangeville area merchants. Those who wish to run the day of the event without a T-shirt can register that morning.

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In The Service: Alex Ackerman

Ensign Alex Ackerman recently graduated from Naval School Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Ackerman, who is a 2010 graduate of Grangeville High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Idaho, college of engineering, has been assigned to Mobile Unit 8, Rota, Spain. He is the son of Bob and Kathy Ackerman of Grangeville.

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Hayes shares grandmother’s story

Kamiah author Michelle Hayes recently announced the nationwide release of her book “Glimpses of an El Dorado Rose,” where she shares recollections of a a woman’s kindness toward her community.

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Local voice needed in oversize shipments issue

The issue has laid dormant for a few years, but the matter of oversized shipments being transported along U.S. Highway 12 has returned to the public sphere. Your comments are sought for a proposed rule to regulate these along a nearly 100-mile stretch of the road.

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Guns in school not the answer to problem

What’s the difference between “good guys” with guns and “bad guys” with guns? If the “bad guy” follows the pattern as the perpetrator of evil and preconceived violence, then “he” also has the advantageous element of surprise.

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Grateful for concert, cultural offerings

My wife and I attended a performance of the Gonzaga University Concert Choir on Sunday at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. This was an amazing experience provided by the two organizations, Gonzaga and St. Gertrude.

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Many responded to Monday fire; thanks!

Mary and I want to extend a very heartfelt “thank you” to all the fire and law enforcement agencies, all of the businesses, and friends and neighbors who responded to the fire that spread onto our place on Monday, Sept. 12.

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‘He was such a good guy’

“If there had been a sign, it wouldn’t save a lot of lives, but it would have saved Austin’s.” Jared Ross, father-in-law of presumed drowning victim Austin Kelley, talked Saturday, Sept. 10, about his disappointment there is not some marker at the site outlining the dangers inherent in the river. He spoke quietly, not with anger but a sorrow running deeper than the 48-foot current of water flowing in the Salmon River.

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‘Hard to see it go’

“It was definitely hard to see it go,” said Tracy Tackett Sharp as she watched heavy equipment take down the gold stamp mill next to Grangeville Veterinary Clinic, at the edge of Lions Park, on U.S. Highway 12. Operators and volunteers removed the mill Aug. 24. According to the Idaho County Historical Society (ICHS), the mill is on loan to The Wallace Mining Museum.

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Investigation into 80-acre blaze at Kooskia

Area fire crews have put their skills to good use this week after a couple of blazes erupted in both Kamiah and Grangeville. One was quickly contained while the other stands at 80 percent containment.

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Florence History

Myrna Crane of Grangeville points to a map of Florence at the Aug. 24 Brown Bag historical presentation at the Bicentennial Historical Museum. Crane told the story of a journal kept by Barbara Parks Spears who lived in Grangeville and Florence. The diary spans her lifetime, more than 90 years. Crane’s family has a cabin in Florence and she and her husband and six children spent time there with her father in days gone by.

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Democrats to host dinner Sept. 24

With the theme of “Celebrating Idaho Women Who Broke Barriers,” the Idaho County Democrats will host their election year dinner Saturday, Sept. 24, at Greencreek Hall. Greencreek is where Frank Church announced his run for U.S. Congress in the 1950s.

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James Piotrowski (D) to face Rep. Labrador in November

James Piotrowski grew up in a family that emphasized public service; his parents were involved in service and youth organizations. And in his legal career, Piotrowski took that service to heart in representing the real needs of working people, the disabled community and helping to enhance and protect civil rights, he said. “This race is an extension of that,” he said, “to make Idaho the best it can be while respecting what it already is.”

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Education Talent Search granted extension

The Clearwater Valley Educational Talent Search (ETS) will continue to benefit from a program hosted at Lewis-Clark State College after grant funding was renewed in July. The program serves more than 600 junior high and high school students in Weippe, Lapwai, Orofino, Kooskia, and Kamiah, according to Traci Birdsell, director of TRiO Programs at LCSC.

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Kaschmitter breaks out, but Bantams fly the coop

The Bulldogs gained a late chance to tie when Frankie Zumwalt recovered a fumble, with Clarkston turning it over in the course of trying to run out the fourth quarter clock. But the Bantams defense rose to the occasion and kept GHS from advancing near their goal during the final three minutes of their 33-26 win last Thursday night, Sept. 8.

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Zehner elected IACA president

Each year, the Idaho Association of County Assessors elects one person to serve as president of the Idaho Assessors. This year, Idaho County Assessor James Zehner was elected to serve for the 2017 year.

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Riggins News: ‘Rattle the Canyon’ music fest on tap

“Rattle the Canyon” with music, friends, and fun is this Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Riggins City Park sponsored by the City of Riggins and the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce who are excited to bring three live bands to the canyon this year! Gates open at noon; music begins at 2 p.m., with Ruff Kutt rattling out some great tunes followed at 5 p.m., with Lucky Tongue rattling on with more great hits, and ending the night with Jeff Crosby and the Refugees rattling the Canyon with more wonderful music 8 to 11 p.m. The Food Shack and the Beer Garden will be serving your favorite food and beverages from noon until 11 p.m.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: Indian Taco Feed in Big Cedar this Saturday

Have a craving for Indian Tacos? Well you are in luck! Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Big Cedar School House, about 10 miles east of Kooskia, the Big Cedar Homemakers will hold their annual Navajo Taco Feed. Bring the family and enjoy the area, this beautiful historical building that these ladies have spent a lot time, money and energy restoring and a really great meal. Live auction afterwords. Starts serving at 5:30 p.m. and you will certainly be glad you came.

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Elk City News: Gearing up for hunting season

Fall is in the air what with the temperatures dipping into the low 30s although we’ve had some beautiful warm days. As the saying goes, the “frost is on the pumpkins”. Does anyone grow pumpkins up in Elk City?

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Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to maintain a diverse supply

During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help reduce wait times.

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Salmon River Run

A runner celebrates making the halfway point in the 5K marathon of the Second Annual Riggins Salmon Run Sept. 10. For results see Jeannie Fitch’s Riggins news this week.

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Engledow, Riener honored by Nez Perce, STEP program

Kamiah Joint School District 304 staff joined with Lapwai staff and representatives from several American Indian tribes across the country to attend the summer Native Education Research Summit at Joseph, Ore., Aug. 15 and 16. The two schools educate the majority of Nez Perce children in the world, and both schools have staff that, with the Nez Perce Education department and the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), from the Nez Perce State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP).

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Sweethearts Of The Rodeo

Nicole Poxleitner (left), daughter of Glenn and Loretta Poxleitner of Keuterville, was crowned queen of the 2017 Lewiston Roundup Royalty on Saturday, Sept. 10. She is a senior at Prairie High School in Cottonwood. Maggie Chmelik (right), daughter of Joe and the late Julie Chmelik of Grangeville, was crowned princess. She is a senior at Grangeville High School. Each served as Border Days Queen: Poxleitner in 2015 and Chmelik this past year.

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CIAA Kamiah Art Show and Walk ‘great success’

Kamiah Barbecue Days 2016 presented venue for more than 125 art pieces of Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) members. This was the 6th show hosted by the Central Idaho Agency. Art at the Agency received 190 votes for People’s Choice Award.

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Big Cedar Homemakers Taco Feed set for Sept. 17

Come join friends and family for an evening of great food and conversation at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse on Saturday, Sept. 17, 5 to 7 p.m. For $5, attendees will receive a Navajo taco, a dessert taco and a drink. There will also be a raffle of a cord of firewood, jewelry, and baskets of goodies. The proceeds from this event are used for the maintenance and improvements of the building, combination storage shed and the pavilion.

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Quartet Crooners

The Gonzaga University Concert Choir performed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11. The performance, “Unclouded Day: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals” was part of the monastery’s Spirituality and the Arts at St. Gertrude program. The numbers on the program included a traditional barbershop quartet song, Coney Island Baby, seen performed here.

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White Bird News: Andrews takes post as new PVBC pastor

Clean-up, paint-up, fix-up! As of last week you will begin seeing small changes around town. The first is the city hall has been painted with more to come. Sprucing up the town will hopefully bring about the “Proud to Live in White Bird,” theme to our town, with the start of some strong excitement and enthusiasm towards how our little town looks forward to its future. More information on this as it gets started.

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Beach takes GM position at ICLP

If Grangeville had a sister town, Weaverville, Calif., would be it, said Max Beach. Idaho County Light and Power’s new general manager grew up in the Northern California town of 3,500 people.

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Fall burning projects planned on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be conducting fall prescribed burns through September and into October until weather or air quality conditions are no longer favorable. Roads and trail heads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed fire locations.

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Coaches vote GHS into district tournament eligibility

The Grangeville soccer squad has been voted eligible for the district tournament, GHS soccer organizers said Monday night, Sept. 12. Before this week, the Bulldogs had been operating on the idea that they’d be eligible for their first post-season next fall.

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Monday, September 12

Wildfire springs up overnight northeast of Kooskia

Fire crews are fighting a 60 acre wildland fire seven miles northeast of Kooskia in the Suttler Creek Drainage. No structures are threatened. No roads are closed. It is currently about 20 percent contained. Reports of the fire came in about 4:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12. The cause is currently unknown.

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Friday, September 9

Serrano bowls first 300 game in Camas Lanes history

It was a perfect first night of the new bowling season. Doug McRoberts knew it would happen this year, because he knew Louie Serrano had bowled 15 previous perfect games. McRoberts, who owns and operates Camas Lanes in Grangeville with his wife, Brenda, had come close as others had in recent years. The facility record stood at 297 until the breakthrough came last night, Sept. 8, when Serrano made a bit of local history when he rattled off 12 strikes in a row for Camas Lanes' first-ever 300 game.

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Wednesday, September 7

Soccer squad wins another

The Bulldogs struck first, and struck repeatedly to beat Orofino 7-2 Tuesday night, Sept. 6, in front of their first home crowd. Roughly 50 Grangeville supporters turned out despite wet weather that slowed the action on the GHS pitch, located on the freshly-lined patch just west of the football field.

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County RMEF chapter forming

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is forming an Idaho County chapter, with a formative meeting to take place Sept. 14 at Oscar’s Restaurant.

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Bird hunting forecast online

A normal winter and a wet spring in many areas provided a mixed bag of broods with some areas reporting large populations compared to last year and others spotty.

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Trapper certification course set

Trappers interested in learning more about the specifics of trapping wolves are reminded that Idaho rules require trappers to successfully complete a Wolf Trapper Certification course before they can purchase wolf trapping tags. Preregistration is required.

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Cross country goes for two

Grangeville’s cross-country program consists of two boys with big aspirations this fall, under the tutelage of coach Jim Suhr.

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Turnovers cost CV

Clearwater Valley had Wallace right where the Rams wanted them during the first two minutes of the Whitepine League contest held last Friday night, Sept. 2, at the Kibbie Dome.

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Fish Creek fee changes in the works

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are interested in receiving public comments on a proposal to increase the fee at one campground, and implement a new fee at two campgrounds, three group sites and four cabin/lookout rentals.

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GHS completes home-and-home sweep

McCall-Donnelly had trouble countering hard hitting from Rachel Kelley and Maicee Conner, as well as the serving of Kenzie Kennedy, Paige Lindsley and Kate Lutz last Thursday night, Sept. 1. Conner, Katrina Frei and Lindsley also hit well against the Vandals during Grangeville's return trip to McCall Sept. 6.

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Elk City Scholarship Winners

The Elk City VFW Auxiliary Post No. 8311 gave $25 scholarships to several members of the Elk City 4-H Club. Pictured are (L-R) treasurer Nancy Smart, 4-H members Kathryn Merten, Sarah Merten and Jessica Boyd, and president Cocoa Anderson.

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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 7, 2016

I was heading back to Coeur d’ Alene late Sunday, Aug. 28, via U.S. Highway 95. I got a flat tire somewhere north of Cottonwood, and lug nuts were frozen. A gentleman with the last name of McWilliams stopped to check for needed help. Once he learned of the situation, without hesitation, he called his uncle, Carmen Duke, I believe.

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Become engaged in hospital plans

Syringa Hospital’s board has a huge job: to ensure quality medical care is provided to its patrons. With 10 healthcare providers on staff, it’s well on its way to fulfilling that mission. However, there’s all those federal regulations and economic trends to consider, and neither have been in favor of the small, rural, independently owned hospital.

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Kooskia / Kamiah News: YWCA women’s group meeting weekly

he Addict’s Mom Club will be participating in the nationwide campaign called Lights of Hope, 2016. On Sept. 10, 5 p.m. at Wa-A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah, candles will be lit and burn as a beacon of hope for those who have had drugs touch their lives.

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White Bird News: Bremmer memorial set for Saturday

The first of September has come and gone, rain on its way and lower temps – does that mean that fall is on its way? Hunting has started in some areas so please be respectful of other people’s property and especially the livestock that is out there. Be sure of what you are aiming at before you shoot!

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Riggins News: More than 100 signed up for Saturday run

My Sweet ’16 quote for this week is “In this life, we are all just walking up the mountain. We can sing as we climb or we can complain about our sore feet. Whatever we choose, we still gotta do the hike. I decided a long time ago that singing made a lot more sense.” Author unknown. I sure agree with this statement!

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Who’s This Dummy?

Watching traffic at the bend on State Highway 13 just west of the Harpster RV Park is this dummy, spotted Saturday afternoon, Aug. 8. Naturally, this stuffed head was mum on its purpose there, who he would vote on for sheriff, or even if he were a Vandals or Broncos fan.

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Turner faces grand theft charge for stealing rifles, handgun from roommate

Already incarcerated, awaiting a court hearing on burglary and theft allegations, a Stites woman faces a new charge regarding stolen firearms. Jamie I. Turner, 36, waived her preliminary hearing for felony grand theft at a hearing Friday, Sept. 2. Turner was bound over for arraignment at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26. Turner also will have a hearing on two felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor counts of petit theft related to July incidents at The Establishment in Grangeville.

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Elk City News: Time for an Elk City Days history lesson

Now that things have calmed down after Elk City Days, thought I’d share with you one of my favorite historic photos of an “Elk City” 4th of July Celebration - the forerunner of Elk City Days. In fact, for those of you who don’t remember or never knew, Elk City Days used to be on July 4th.

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Community briefs: Sept. 7, 2016

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a Veterans Advocate in Grangeville Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville. The advocate will be available to veterans and their dependents between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the purpose of answering questions about veteran benefits, assist with ongoing claims, and take new claims for filing with the Veterans Administration. Veterans in need of these services should schedule an appointment by calling the Idaho Division of Veteran Services (Lewiston Region) at 750-3690. Walk-ins will only be seen as time allows.

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End-Of-Summer Sunset

August ended Wednesday, the 31st, with a brilliant sunset. This view is looking toward Cottonwood Butte on the Mt. Idaho Grade Road.

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Audience presses Labrador on issues

Rep. Raul Labrador’s visit last Friday, Sept. 2, marked the end of his first tour of the district he represents in Congress, where has shown a willingness to clash with Republican leaders such as former Speaker John Boehner.

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Riggins resort tax written, ready for ballot

The City of Riggins received authorization from its lawyer that verbiage on the resort tax ballot is good to go. City Clerk Brenda Tilley said the city finalized the wording at its Aug. 23 public meeting.

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GHS grad helps turn plastic waste into uniforms

SEATTLE, Wash. — 1997 Grangeville High School graduate Jonna Bell is helping change the world, one plastic water bottle at a time. Bell is one of the founding partners of Nube9, a company that recycles plastic into athletic uniforms.

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Smith retires from USFS after 30-plus years

“It’s been a really good career. I’ve been very lucky,” said Laura Smith, being around many good people in and out of the federal agency, having received excellent training through the years, “and working with the finest folks around.”

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It's Your Business: Car show set set for Auto Vue; Bulldog cards available now

Join the Palouse Area and Camas Prairie cruisers at the Sunset Auto Vue Drive-In this Saturday, Sept. 10, for a show and shine. First, cruise on Main Street at 5:30 p.m., then head out to the drive-in for a barbecue. The feature show is Jason Bourne and a second movie will also be shown. Movie cost is $7.50. Drive anything out – everyone is welcome.

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