Stories for January 2017


Saturday, January 28

Thursday, January 26

Wednesday, January 25


Kennedy focusing on districts

The Grangeville girls, as a squad, have made strides during coach Michelle Barger’s first season running the program, and some of that stems to improvement among the team’s underclassmen.

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Community Briefs: Jan. 25, 2017

Wasem to sign book Feb. 9 at Vets Center GRANGEVILLE – Local author Eldene Wasem will sign her book “Taming the Meadows,” a historical and pictorial book about McComas Meadows, Thursday, Feb. 9. 1 to 4 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Center on Grangeville’s East Main Street. All are invited to stop in and visit as well as have a cup of coffee and some cookies.

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Births: Jan. 25, 2017

Alistar and Kreg Plum are the loving parents of a baby girl. Kali McKinley Plum was born December 26, 2016, at St. Luke’s Children’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, at 4:06 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

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Topsy-Turvey Skier

This skier on Grangeville’s North Idaho Street really did discover the snow was too deep for skiing last week. The “sculpture” is at 805 North Idaho Street.

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Big Dan’s Little Helper

Two and one-half-year-old Alexander Gautney was busy shoveling snow with his dad, Dan Gautney, on the sidewalks in front of Big Dan’s Barber Shop in Grangeville Tuesday, Jan. 24. Snow fell softly as Alexander determinedly shoveled before customers came his way. Dad Dan said his little guy enjoys traveling to work with him and helping out whenever he is able to.

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Clearwater Valley News: Groundhog Feed set for Feb. 5

I’ve been hearing some buzz about the Rose Wellness Center in Kooskia so I tried a yoga class. I enjoyed the energy of Stacy McCusker’s yoga somaflow. One movement flowed into the next, calm, never rushed. At the end of an hour, every muscle in my body felt relaxed. Wonderful! Check out Stacy’s Facebook page- Vital Movement Therapy — for class times and descriptions. If you want to know more about the other two women- Julie Rose and Sharon Sedgwick and everything else that happens at Rose Wellness Center, check out the Rose Wellness Facebook page. Great to see this new women-owned small business added to downtown Kooskia at 33 and 101 Esther Street.

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Riggins News: Summervilles to support boosters on Super Bowl Sunday

My fourth quote of 2017 is “When you are young, your grandparents try to tell you their history and you don’t care because it does not interest you at the time. Later on, you wish you had written down what they said.” *This might be the year to ask your grandparents’ to tell their stories while you write down or record and have for later. Their stories really are a treasure to behold.

January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: Steak dinner on tap for Feb. 11

Well, time to plan that special time with your sweetie! The VFW Auxiliary is putting on its annual Valentine Day steak dinner, Feb. 11, from 5 - 7 p.m. The following will be on the menu: a 10 to 12 ounce (3/4”) New York steak and baked potato served on a hot platter, generous size with all the trimmings, green salad, rolls, punch and coffee, and red velvet cake. Cocoa says, “Please join us for a fun-filled evening.” The price is $14 per meal. Be sure to make your reservations ASAP. Call Cocoa at 842-2466.

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It's Your Business: Snowshoeing, dance recital on tap for Saturday

Have plans for Saturday evening? Shirley’s Dance Studio, Grangeville area dancers, will present their winter recital this Saturday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., at Grangeville High School. It’s always a fun time to see dancers ages 3 on up to adults in beautiful costumes who have been working hard since August. It’s also free admission, so come on out and support these local kiddos.

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Cash plugs new veterans outreach, community center

“We could not have done this without the wonderful support from the community and so many others,” said Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center director Jinny Cash. Cash spoke to attendees at the quarterly Grangeville Chamber of Commerce meeting Jan. 18.

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LCSC announces locals on fall 2016 honor roll

A total of 849 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2016 semester. Among the honorees, 397 made the President’s List while 452 were named to the Dean’s List.

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Keeping Ahead Of Runoff

Grangeville Public Works crews were out last Wednesday, Jan. 18, clearing drains and keeping them clear following a temperature rise that melted off a significant portion of the town’s snowfall. Here, crews hack through ice buildup to clear a water backup at South State and East South streets that threatened to flood Bell Equipment.

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Game Watcher

Almost 2-year-old Jordan Schumacher was all eyes at the Grangeville versus St. Maries basketball games at Grangeville High School Saturday, Jan. 21. She was there to watch big brother, senior Patrick Schumacher, play for the GHS varsity boys team.

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County law enforcement agencies’ stats released in ISP rape kit report

Idaho State Police Forensic Services recently released findings on evidence collected in sexual assault investigations that includes data from Idaho County law enforcement agencies. Data came from 118 Idaho law enforcement agencies and details the number and status of sexual assault kits held by each agency. The survey was mandated by the Idaho Legislature per a state law enacted last year.

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Something To Cheer About

The Grangeville High School cheerleaders were given $100 donation from the Grangeville Eagles Aerie No. 539 to help with cheer camp costs. Pictured are (front, L-R) Jillian Hausladen, Eagles member Shirley Crane, Victoria Williams and (back, -R) Hunter Robinson and TJ Wiltse.

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Session so far doesn’t touch actual problems

So far, the majority party has kicked one of their own off of her committees, dealt with two weeks of internal squabbling, and proposed bills that don’t even touch on the actual problems that Idahoans face.

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Opportunity for every Idaho child

We are pleased that Governor Otter’s number one recommendation in the Jan.9 State of the State address was to honor the commitment that has been made to fully fund year three of the Career Ladder salary allocation model.

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Maggie Butte land buy tweaks local tax base

When the Idaho Department of Lands acquired about 2,400 acres of former Potlatch Corporation timberland at Maggie Butte last year, the transaction cut about $4,100 a year from the flow of property tax and fee dollars the landowners were paying to the local and state government.

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MVSD 244 sets $2.6M levy vote for March 14

Mountain View School District 244 will stick to status quo and plan for a 2017-18 levy in the same amount as the previous four years: $2,663,246. The supplemental levy vote is set for March 14. Last year’s levy barely passed with 50.5 percent of voters in favor while the previous year’s election passed with 58.4 percent of voters in favor.

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Swinging Time In Greencreek

More than 300 people attended the St. Anthony’s Society Annual Crab Feed at the Greencreek Community Hall Saturday night, Jan. 21. Along with heaping plates of crab, the evening also featured music by ‘80s rock band, Centerline. Pictured is one of the couples who rocked the dance floor late into the evening.

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Country club members to meet Jan. 28; Hunter ed course slated Feb. 6-18; Apply for spring bear controlled hunts now; Trapper ed courses offered Jan. 29; Friends of NRA banquet coming up.

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Madden gets a taste for future at pastry school

Not everyone from Grangeville can say they’ve had a chance to study the art of pastry in France, but that’s a dollop of whipped cream Shandra Madden can add to her culinary resume. The 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, 19, spent 10 weeks in late 2016 at the Gastronomicom International Culinary Academy in Agde, on the south coast of France. “I first started baking when I was 16,” she said.

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Tuesday, January 24

Sponsored content: Gum Disease- what is it?

If you had an open sore the size of the palm of your hand, you wouldn't leave it untreated. This can be equivalent to untreated periodontal disease, because your oral cavity is equal to the surface area of the palm of your hand.

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Sponsored content: Thelma Turns 100

“The people are nice here, always smiling,” grinned Thelma McCain Weeks. Thelma will turn 100 years old on Monday, Jan. 30, and will be honored with a cake, surrounded by family and friends, that day at 3 p.m., at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. She has lived at GHR for the past two years.

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Sponsored content: Record year for big options

Auctions have long been used to sell desirable items, such as priceless paintings, celebrities’ belongings, and rare cars. 2016 was anoth-er record-setting year for the auction industry.

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Sponsored content: Temps are cold but the market is HOT

Shrewd homebuyers are learning when temper-atures are frigid, numerous benefits emerge that simply aren't available other times of the year.

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Sponsored content: Why a heater runs cold

“There are many reasons why your heater in your car may fail or lack to heat sufficiently,” Extreme Auto automotive and diesel expert Gerad Poxleitner said.

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Sponsored content: Mid-season maintenance must dos

By all appearances, there’s plenty of time for snowmobiling left this season – and to get the most out of your next ride, make sure your machine is ready to go when you are.

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Sponsored content: It’s competition time: Challenge Accepted?

It’s time to challenge yourself. Beginning Feb. 6, we will be having a 6-week Lifestyle, Nutrition and Fitness competition. This competition is designed to help get you started and keep you on track with your fitness goals.

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What is Sciatica?

“Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttocks and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve, down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg and foot,” said Dr. James Haug of Haug Chiropractic. “It is usually only in one leg, but it can be in both legs.”

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Thursday, January 19

Wednesday, January 18

Zumwalt tops Orofino tourney

Grangeville senior Frankie Zumwalt has dominated most of the competition he has seen so far this season. With one month left to prepare for the district tournament, he made short work of the competitors he saw last weekend at Orofino — and most of the wrestlers in the district were on the mats last weekend.

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Boat registrations in the mail

The U.S. Coast Guard has made changes to the vessel registration process that will impact the registration and renewal process for all vessels and owners in the United States, including Idaho.

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Lindsley throws C of I record

Juston Lindsley, who joined the College of Idaho football team last fall, has been named the “Indoor Field Athlete of the Week” — a Cascade Collegiate Conference award sponsored by Red Lion Hotels.

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Prairie girls throttle short-handed Genesee

Prairie junior Josie Peery sank six foul shots last Saturday night, Jan. 14, and as it worked out, her free throws marked how the Pirates’ lead grew by the minute on the way to a 59-20 final.

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Dreadfulwater’s late three downs Genesee

Freshman guard Trey Dreadfulwater snapped a 50-50 tie with a three-pointer as time expired last Saturday night, Jan. 14. The game-winner came out of an inbounds play GHS coach Kelcey Edwards designed around senior guard Luke Stokes’ flair for dribble-drives.

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Morrow lifts CV

With Carson Morrow claiming first place in the 152-pound weight class, the Clearwater Valley wrestlers nicked Pullman in the team scoring last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, at the Maniac Invitational.

January 18, 2017 6:33 a.m. read more.. brief

F&G board to meet Jan. 25 in Boise; Apply for spring bear controlled hunts soon; Trapper ed courses offered Jan. 29; Friends of NRA banquet coming up.

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Over the river and through the woods: St. Mary’s brings care to Elk City

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” may be the postman’s creed, but it certainly applies to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics as well. Each month, St. Mary’s providers head upriver to Elk City, braving cold and snow and ice in the winter months, to offer medical services to a community that might otherwise have a difficult time obtaining them. Last month, those care providers consisted of Peg Gehring, NP, Shelli Lothspeich, Michelle Hain-Flores, nursing staff, and Kelly Williams, admissions manager.

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In the News Briefs: Jan. 18, 2017

District 7B Representative Paul Shepherd of Riggins was one of 90 legislators honored recently by Food Producers of Idaho, Inc., (FPI) as an Ag All Star Legislator. FPI annually honors legislators for their voting record on issues supported or opposed by the organization.

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Clearwater Valley News: Event includes ‘tastes of heaven’

I had fun tasting a variety of food with some friends at the Taste of the Clearwater event in Kooskia on Saturday night. Five Kooskia-Kamiah restaurants provided small plates of some of their favorite foods while Cloninger’s provided beer and wine. Kooskia Café, The Hub Bar & Grill, Backroads Diner, The Log Yard and the Kamiah Hotel Bar & Grill hosted the food booths. After tasting all of the food, people voted for their favorite restaurant, with Kamiah Hotel winning the people’s choice award for the second year.

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White Bird News: Ball set for Feb. 11

It’s the middle of January and the snow is still hanging on, so is it winter, or with warmer temperatures coming, is it a January thaw? Only time will tell, so in the meantime, I hope everyone is not too homebound.

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Riggins News: Larry and Sue Ellen Smith inducted into Idaho Cowboy Hall of Fame

My third quote of 2017 is “One of the most valuable gifts in life is a loyal friend.” Riggins Mayor McClure and city clerk Brenda Tilley recently completed a 30-hour training course entitled, “Community Economic Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together,” sponsored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) of which the city of Riggins is a member. Eleven other city representatives from Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, and Culdesac also completed the course which took place during a nine-month period in 2016.

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Marissa Kennedy’s senior project went off without a hitch even though it was held last Friday the 13th. Senior Morgan Pilant was named Mr. GHS 2017 at the first Mr. Grangeville High School Scholarship Pageant.

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Fifteen take top honors in local PTA Reflections arts contest

With a theme of “What is Your Story?” Grangeville saw a large percentage of its students enter the 2016-17 PTA Reflections contest. “There were 123 entries this year,” said Genny Lutz, Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA volunteer, who has organized the program for many years.

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Elk City News: Water sewer meeting held

At the Water & Sewer board meeting on November 1st, under New Business, reference was made to an email from Stuart Hurley concerning looking into becoming a Water & Sewer District instead of an Association in order to obtain additional funding for the system. Then, in the December 6th meeting, further reference was made to the fact the Stuart Hurley called in to discuss the above issue. The board wants the membership to make the decision and it will be brought up at the annual membership meeting in February.

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Whitcomb to celebrate 90th

Edna Whitcomb will celebrate her 90th birthday Tuesday, Jan. 31. Her family will be host to a celebration in her honor Sunday, Jan. 29, 2-5 p.m., at the Abundant Life Ministries Church, 319 East Main Street in Grangeville.

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Quilters to meet Feb. 4 to sew Quilts of Valor; All sewers invited to attend

From sea to shining sea, quilters across America will be threading their needles and putting the pedal to the metal while creating Quilts of Valor. Camas Prairie Quilts of Valor will meet Saturday, Feb. 4, to help fulfill the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation to cover service members and veterans with Quilts of Valor.

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Art Demonstration

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) member, Pearl Maxner, demonstrated and gave art lessons to both Junior High and High Schoolers at Kamiah Jan. 5 and 6. Kamiah BBQ Days ultimately provided this venue. A private CIAA donor gave $100 worth of supplies to Kamiah art teacher, Ben Henderson, for promoting arts in the schools. Ms. Maxner teaches watercolor annually in March at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Spirit Center. She currently teaches art at the Kamiah Bible School Academy. Other CIAA members will be demonstrating at the Kamiah school this next semester. She is seen here with Kamiah High students.

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Community briefs: Jan. 18, 2017

The Eagles breakfasts set for this Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 a.m. to noon, will use its proceeds to benefit local Quilts of Valor. The breakfast takes place at 218 North C Street at the Eagles Aerie Hall.

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Choice matters for Idaho families: National School Choice Week, Jan. 22-28

In our country, we love to customize, whether it’s a new addition to the house or the colors and fonts surrounding our text messages. We choose everything, from our line of work to our preferred place to grab lunch (where we probably customize our lunch order). So, it’s easy to understand why parents want more choices in their children’s educatio

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City survey’s value is in accountability to citizens

Is the recently completed Grangeville Community Survey – citizen opinions on city and community services — just all “touchy-feely” busy work with no substantial result other than yet another report to file? We’d argue that city residents’ opinions are part of the public record, they have been reviewed in official session by city officials, and the results and candid comments are on display for anyone who requests them.

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College created to avoid election misrepresentation

When you have a country that encompasses almost four million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the votes of those that encompass a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.

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Responding to views on forest fires

In the Jan. 11 issue of the Free Press [page 1A] was an article entitled, “Orogrande project put on hold pending lawsuit.” Mr. Gary Macfarlane made a couple of statements I would like to comment on.

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Red Sky At Night

Frozen teasel is silhouetted against a brilliant sunset recently on U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville.

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Kooskia Bridge repairs set for late February

An engineer out of the Lewiston office of Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) says work has been tentatively slated on the East Kooskia Bridge. The Kooskia resident behind a petition to preserve the bridge was pleased with the quick response from ITD. “We’re going to try and repair the bridge about the end of February, first of March, weather permitting,” said Doral Hoff, engineering manager for ITD District 2. “This will alleviate some of their concerns.”

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New transfer station poised for prairie

As Idaho County closes in on having a new place to send solid waste, the county’s solid waste contractor is close to signing off on a new transfer station location on the Camas Prairie.

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Infrastructure, budgets at issue

The year 2017 arrived with a blanket of snow and while some cities talked snow removal and kudos to plowing efforts, there was a plethora of other topics discussed throughout the county. The following is a compilation of meeting notes for Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Kooskia, Riggins, Stites and White Bird.

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‘Oomph to knock a manhole cover off’

This truck sucks, and Grangeville public works director Jeff McFrederick couldn’t be happier. Councilors gathered prior to a city meeting last month to look over a Vactor combination sewer cleaner recently acquired by public works. Purchased for $130,000 through the formal bid process, the truck combines high-pressure water jetting and a high-flow vacuum source to scour pipes clean, and then vacuum the material causing blockages to restore and maintain normal flow.

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Don’t touch it

- Power was disrupted to 75 customers of Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative last Thursday evening, Jan. 12, when a power line broke along Highway 7. - “The most important thing here is that everyone stays away from any downed line, and don’t ever think that it is dead. Consider every line energized until it is repaired.”

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Communities recognized for CEDA training completion

Representatives from the cities of Culdesac, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia and Riggins were recently honored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) for the completion of the 2015 training course entitled “Community Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together for Success.”

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Outgoing Commissioner Chmelik Recognized

Outgoing Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik (center) was presented a certificate of appreciation by commissioners (L-R) Skip Brandt and Mark Frei on the occasion of his last meeting with the board on Jan. 3. Chmelik began his county service in 2011 and has served two terms.

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Riggins reviews the past year, looks forward

Remaining fiscally responsible is a huge responsibility for a city. Reviewing 2016, the City of Riggins worked diligently to pass the resort tax in effort to continue making payments on a sewer upgrade bond. Each of the six smaller, rural cities in the county was contacted and asked how each has grown in 2016 and what are the accomplishments or challenges each overcame. Last week, the Free Press published a summary of the answers received from representatives of Cottonwood, Kooskia, Stites and White Bird. The following is a response from Riggins mayor Glenna McClure.

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County sued for $476K on access, tax disputes

What happens near Pollock usually stays near Pollock, but sometimes it ends up in federal court. According to plaintiffs Raymond Hamell and Rachell Hamell, Idaho County valued three separate properties near Pollock at more than $500,000, including one parcel assessed at $406,000, which the Hamells disputed in 2010 “due to a lack of access to the property.”

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Tuesday, January 17

Snow, rain system Wednesday may cause problems

The National Weather Service office in Missoula is forecasting a weather system will bring wet and warmer weather to central Idaho and western Montana starting this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 17) and likely peaking in intensity Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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Friday, January 13

Lewis County welcomes, says thanks

On Monday, Jan. 9, Commissioner Greg Johnson welcomed everyone in attendance at the Lewis County Courthouse, to witness the swearing in of the Lewis County elected officials and new Magistrate Judge Victoria Olds.

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Wednesday, January 11

Gill Ranch featured in ICA book on ‘100 Years of Idaho Cattle’

“100 Years of Idaho Cattle” was recently unveiled at the Idaho Cattle Association convention. This two-year project covers 100 years of cattle history along with featuring several ranching families throughout our great state. My family was honored to be a part of this historical book. Following is what was published with a few minor edits.

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Commodity loans available to benefit from low prices

“With low commodity prices there are FSA commodity loans available that farmers could benefit from,” said Julie Fowler, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director. Producers can take advantage of low interest rates by obtaining nine-month commodity loans through the FSA for 2016 crops.

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Feb. 9 deadline apply SBA federal disaster loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Boise District Office reminds Idaho small businesses of the Feb. 9 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the landslide and State Highway 14 closure in Idaho County that began on Feb. 18, 2016.

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Calling The Dance

A snowy night didn’t discourage attendance at last Saturday’s Jan. 7 gathering of the Mountain Dewers Square Dance Club.

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Distinguished effort noted for CV school

Clearwater Valley Elementary School is working hard to offer quality education to all of its students. This was made evident through the recent announcement of a national award. CVES (Mountain View School District) and Rulon M. Ellis Elementary of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District are the recipients of The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award.

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Cities review accomplishments, plan for 2017

Now that Idaho County residents have changed the calendar from 2016 to 2017, city councils begin preparations for growth in the new year. Each of the six smaller, rural cities in the county were contacted and asked how each has grown in 2016 and what are the accomplishments or challenges each overcame. The following is a summary of the answers received from representatives of Cottonwood, Kooskia, Stites and White Bird.

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‘Late’ baby is still county’s first for 2017

Although baby Trevor Ray made quite a late entrance for his parents, he ended up being right on time to be the first baby born in Idaho County for 2017. Tim Dreadfulwater and Rae Daun Storey welcomed their baby son, Trevor Ray Dreadfulwater, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, 2:22 a.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Arrest warrant issued for Boise man

Law enforcement is seeking a Boise man following recovery last week of thousands of dollars in stolen items recovered during a warrant search at a Riggins property. An arrest warrant has been issued for Joshua Blair Manley, 27. The warrant has a $30,000 bond and nationwide extradition. Those with information on Manley’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) at 983-1100, or their local law enforcement agency.

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Friends of NRA banquet coming up, Fishback to hold softball clinic this Saturday in Lewiston, Trapper ed courses offered Jan. 29, Apply for spring bear controlled hunts soon, Hunting reports due.

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IDFG employee saves life at hatchery accident

In the midst of a disaster it takes a lot of ingenuity and teamwork to keep the water flowing at a fish hatchery. Earlier this month, staff at Niagara Springs Fish Hatchery did some quick thinking when a car crashed into Niagara's intake pool.

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Bulldogs preparing for rematch

Grangeville senior Patrick Schumacher scored 15 points, mostly on post-ups, during the Bulldogs’ first league basketball game of the season.

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Grangeville whacks Genesee, 53-16

The game last Friday night, Jan. 6, figured to be a close contest, but Genesee’s overmatched guards struggled against Grangeville’s defensive pressure.

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Gathering info on those ‘plowed in’

I would like to gather photos and testimonials from Idaho County residents who are also experiencing this issue of being “plowed in” by the Grangeville Highway District.

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Mystery of America’s Political System

I am completely mystified at how Americans vote and how legislators completely ignore the people’s wishes on important issues. Polls on public lands show that people by a wide margin support all Americans retaining ownership and not individual states or private sources.

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On Dec. 14, 10 members of the Big Cedar Homemakers met for their annual Christmas meeting at Lorna Olsen’s home with Denise Troumbley as co-hostess. Club president, Lynne Anderberg, presided over the last meeting of the year. Members each shared a fond memory from years past.

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Webber to celebrate 80th birthday

Edna Mae Webber will celebrate her 80th birthday. A celebration is planned for Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Lewiston Community Center, 1 to 4 p.m. Her family members, Audrey Wasem, Joyce Forsmann and Cheryll Webber and their families will be hosts for the event.

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Community Briefs: Jan. 11, 2017

The Community Soup Canteen will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will be served at the Presbyterian Church at 7th and Hill Streets in Kamiah. Faith Lutheran Church will provide the meal and the lunch is free and open to all.

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Mr. GHS Scholarship Pageant set for Friday

Grangeville High School senior Marissa Kennedy is out to prove pageants aren’t just for girls. As part of her senior project, Kennedy is organizing the “Mr. GHS Scholarship Pageant.” This event is set for Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., in the multipurpose room.

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Royal Donors

Border Days Royalty earned $136 through hot cocoa donations at the Winter Magic Tree lighting event for 2016 at Pioneer Park. Money was donated to the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Pictured (L-R) are food bank volunteer Carol Schmidt, Border Days Princess Micaela Farris, food bank volunteer Bonnie Austin and Border Days Queen Rachael Stevens.

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ARC Blood Drive

The American Red Cross reported a great turnout for its blood drive in Grangeville last Thursday, Jan. 6, held at the Idaho National Guard Armory, with 68 donors generating 60 units.

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White Bird News: Start year off with volunteer efforts

New year – new beginnings! Oh, what to do, you ask yourself. Our little town is looking for volunteers for various activities throughout the year. You ask yourself if you would be able to do this or do they really need you – the answer is yes!

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Elk City News: Elk herd feeds alongside horses

As you can see by the photo, the Elk City elk herd looks pretty good! I get to see them a lot since I drive by them on my way to work at the hotel. The only time, obviously, that they aren’t there is in the heat of hunting season. The elk and the horses get along fine. In fact, when Tim feeds his horses, the elk just stand a little apart from the activity! Remember, these are not domesticated elk.

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NICI inmates hand out presents

Inmates from North Idaho Correctional Institution at Cottonwood handed out presents of their own making on Friday, Dec. 23, to residents at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood Shelter Home, and in Grangeville at Meadowlark Homes and Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation.

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Food Bank Donation

Representatives of Pine Tree Credit Union in Grangeville presented a $4,832 check to volunteers with the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Funds were raised through the second annual food drive – sponsored by the credit union and Bud’s Powersports that matched $3 with every dollar donated.

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Gratitude to those who gave to food bank

Camas Prairie Food Bank board and volunteers want to express our gratitude to our community, individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and churches for your overwhelming generosity.

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Monday, January 9

Undetermined on when U.S. 12 to be reopened

UPDATE, Jan. 9 - When travel will resume is undetermined at this point, following a Sunday night closure of U.S. Highway 12, east of Kooskia, due to avalanche danger. Threats to safety were too high to allow motorists to traverse the route, according to Jake Melder, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

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Wednesday, January 4


Riggins News: Secret Santa helps 25 families

I do hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and are enjoying time with family and friends. Many Riggins kids, young and old, are sledding and skiing. Take care while driving in the snowy icy streets and roads, and be safe playing in the snow whether in your own yard or in the mountains or just plain ol’ having winter fun wherever. Severe weather warnings are in order for Riggins. This week, the weather forecast calls for extremely cold temperatures, expected to be in the high teens with lows hovering between -5 and 0. Make preparations and be safe. Stay inside and keep warm if you do now have to go out and about.

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Jan. 10 public meeting set in Riggins

Comment will be sought on a proposed Forest Service vegetation management project at a Tuesday, Jan. 10, public meeting in Riggins. The meeting will be 6-8 p.m. (MT) at Salmon River High School, 711 Ace’s Place.

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Looking For Breakfast

A hawk peruses a snowy field southwest of U.S. Highway 95 between Grangeville and Fenn early in the morning recently hoping to find its prey.

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Ski patrol volunteers sought to serve at Cottonwood Butte

With 36 to 48 inches of seasonal snow accumulating in the area, there are plenty of opportunities for Cottonwood youth to get outdoors and expend pent up energy. The Cottonwood Butte Ski Slope opened Dec. 26 and the city opened Madison Street to sledding.

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SHIBA volunteers available to assist with Medicare, insurance questions

Have you been struggling to figure out what Medicare supplement to add or what insurance benefits are available? Syringa Hospital has two ladies ready and willing to help locals. Financial counselors Sue Little and Alissa Bunch are SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) trained volunteers who offer a variety of information and advisement.

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System maintenance advised in wake of fires

Following several recent fires in the community, Kooskia Fire Chief Mark Anderson advises residents on preventative measures to avoid problems. “This is the time of year when most of our fires are heating system related fires,” Anderson said.

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Pushing Winter Around

A series of recent winter storms have kept regional maintenance crews busy – including pictured here Dec. 30 in Grangeville — in keeping roads clear of snow.

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Fire, police good; streets? not great

People’s opinions on city services? Fire, police, clerk’s office and the library get top marks. Not so much for basic city infrastructure: Sidewalks, curbs, streets, as well as ordinances, received the lowest ratings.

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Forests welcomes new tech. services staff officer

Quentin Smith has joined the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests team as the new technical services staff officer. Smith accepted the position in early November while serving as the facilities program manager on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Smith has worked in a variety of areas in the engineering world and has a wide variety of experience.

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BudCo expands services, adds to fleet

One Kooskia business aims to increase services while adding jobs in the community. Bud Whitcomb, owner of BudCo Custom Body and Paint of Kooskia, expanded his fleet in an effort to better serve Idaho County and boost the local economy.

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IDFG flights eyeing Lolo Zone big game animals

Flights are estimated to take about four weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions. The goal of these surveys is to assess population trends, and age and sex ratios. Survey results will provide information that will help managers decide future hunting seasons.

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Kaschmitter pins in 7 seconds

As a sophomore, Noah Kaschmitter stood out on the Grangeville football field for his imposing physique and effectiveness along the defensive line.

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O, Holy Night!

Grangeville Church of the Nazarene held its annual Christmas Family Night Sunday, Dec. 18, with a variety of solos, duets, children’s choir, reading and hymns.

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Dec. 19 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Tom Helmick; free dinner, Claire Satre; meals at site: 50 with 33 home-deliveries; guests: Ashley Reuter and Nathan Reuter.

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Faith Briefs: Jan. 4, 2017

GRANGEVILLE — Leslie Voegele speaks to Encouragers Thursday, Jan. 5, 11:30 a.m., at the monthly no-host luncheon at Oscar’s Restaurant in Grangeville. A John Maxwell coach/trainer, and founder of the Hip-Peace Movement, Voegele resides in both Grangeville and in Williston, N. D.

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Century Farm Family: Stubbers

The Stubbers family at the family farm in Greencreek not only had the kids home for Christmas, they also received a Century Farm certificate and plaque from the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS), the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the governor’s office.

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Comm Briefs: Jan. 4, 2017

KOOSKIA – Square dance lessons are set to start Saturday, Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m., at Clearwater Valley middle School. Call 983-1125 or 935-8459.

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In the News Briefs - Jan. 4, 2017

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veterans’ advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor office on 305 North State Street.

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Three Bulldogs win at Pomeroy

Three Grangeville wrestlers won their weight classes last Thursday, Dec. 29, with freshman Brittney Benavidez (138) sweeping four matches in an all-girls group.

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Births: Jan. 4, 2017

Dustin and Carly Decker of Harpster, Idaho, are the parents of a baby girl. Leila Irene Decker was born Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. She weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 and one-half inches long. Baby Leila Irene was named after her great-grandmother.

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Eighth grader makes quilt for science teacher

A recent bit of difficult news made Grangeville Elementary Middle School eighth grader Kaylee Doughty spring into action. When she found out her beloved science teacher, Mr. Mark Willig, had been diagnosed with cancer and would not be returning to the classroom, she made a decision.

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Learning Techniques

Grangeville Ski Patrol outdoor emergency care instructor Brian Adams (right) and student Paul Sonnen went through the sign-ups for the course the Ski Patrol is offering this winter.

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Fishback softball clinic Jan. 14 in Lewiston

Haylee Fishback will run the next of her fastpitch softball clinics around the LC Valley this Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Skinner Sports Academy located at 2015 8th Avenue in Lewiston.

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White Bird News: Gun club shoot starts Sunday at White Bird

Food pickup will be on the 5th at noon. The White Bird Gun Club will be starting their annual winter shoot on Jan. 8. Call 839-2653 for information and to get signed up for this fun event. Practice shoots will be on Saturdays and junior shooters are especially welcomed.

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Tuesday, January 3


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