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In the News briefs: April 5, 2017

Equipment failure results in outage for Kooskia region

KOOSKIA – Avista Utilities reported an equipment failure last Tuesday evening, March 28, resulting in 538 customers being affected in a three-hour outage. The outage started at 11:05 p.m., and power was restored at 2 a.m. Area affected included both sides of the Clearwater River in the Kooskia/Kamiah region.

April 21 application deadline for Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps

Application deadline is April 21 for those ages 16 to 18 to apply for an eight-week paid summer work program with the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC). Crews will be based out of Kamiah/Kooskia, Orofino, Pierce and Grangeville. In this program, 25 positions are open.

As a CBYCC crew member, youth work on a team to gain skills and knowledge in preparation for a career in natural resources. In this job you will spend your summer out in the woods working with partners from multiple agencies and organizations. 

For information: Clearwater RC&D Council Executive Director, Barbie Miller,, 883-4471.

Invasive plant workshop set April 11 in Grangeville

GRANGEVILLE -- Idaho County Invasive Plant Management and the combined Clearwater Weed Management Areas (CWMA) are conducting a weed management workshop and annual meeting Tuesday, April 11, at the Idaho County Veterans Center in Grangeville.

Topics include safety and pesticide handling, a rural landowner’s guide to re-seeding, overviews of “Cows Eat Weeds” trials and Idaho County CWMA successes plus an update on the aerial treatment program.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m., concluding with a working lunch and open floor discussion of the micro CWMA concept and findings on aerial treatment for invasive roses. For more information, contact Connie Blyth-Jensen at 983-2667.

Two ISDA pesticide credits will be available. The Veterans Center is located at 318 East Main in Grangeville. Additional parking is located at the Abundant Life parking lot across from the center.

Candidates withdraw from hospital, highway district races for upcoming election

Two candidates have withdrawn from area district position races that are up in the May 16 election.

Zachary A. Peterson has withdrawn from the race for two six-year-term seats on the Syringa Hospital board of trustees. This race remains contested, sought by five candidates: Twila Lee Hornbeck, Jo Hardy, Ben Paul, Leta Strauss and Jerry Zumalt.

Colin Crea has withdrawn in the race for subdistrict 1, Greencreek Highway District. The race is now uncontested with Steven A. Sonnen the lone candidate, and an election for this seat will not be held.


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