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Monday, July 31



New fires minimal across forests despite storm activity

Even with last week’s lightning activity across much of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, new fires were minimal, with several being attacked and suppressed without significant growth. However, some fires remain from earlier storms.

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Friday, July 28



Thursday, July 27



Wednesday, July 26



Grangeville football squad’s trip to Boise a big hit

Grangeville’s annual football camp trip to Boise last month was “really, really good,” coach Jeff Adams said July 24. “Especially defensively.” “It’s always awesome,” Adams said. “This time we got some really good information. We had most of the squad go down.”

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Two-day Clearwater Region hunting, fishing expo scheduled this August

Idaho Fish and Game is hosting the third annual two-day “Fish & Hunt Idaho Expo.” This event will be held Aug. 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club Shooting Range at 27007 Tom Beale Road near Lapwai, and Aug. 26, 8-4 p.m. at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office at 3316 16th Street in Lewiston.

July 26, 2017 6:21 a.m. read more..


Forming Up

The wrestling gym at GHS was packed last week, when competitors from across the region came to Grangeville for a camp taught by instructors from the NCAA Division I level.

July 26, 2017 6:15 a.m. read more..


What to know about bull trout fishing

They’re big, they’re hard fighting, and they’re one of Idaho’s most overlooked trophy fishing opportunities, but many anglers are still confused whether they can target bull trout for catch-and-release fishing. The short answer is yes.

July 26, 2017 6:09 a.m. read more..


Women’s flycasting course set

Kelly Creek Flycasters and Idaho Fish and Game wil co-sponsor a women's fly fishing clinic that includes classroom sessions at the Fish and Game office on 16th Street, Lewiston, casting lessons at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds on Burrell Ave, Lewiston, and a weekend fishing trip on the North Fork Clearwater River.

July 26, 2017 6:08 a.m. read more..


Volleyball officiating job opportunity offered

Anyone 18 years of age who is interested in becoming a volleyball official through the Idaho High School Activities Association in District II may plan on attending a rules clinic at 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Lewiston High School.

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Wolf trapping courses offered

Trappers are reminded that Idaho rules require trappers to successfully complete a Wolf Trapper Certification course before they can purchase wolf trapping tags.

July 26, 2017 6:04 a.m. read more..


Sports...in brief

Mandatory GHS volleyball meeting set for Aug. 9; Bulldog football camp set to run Aug. 8-9; GHS football parents, coaches to convene; Soccer sign-ups set; Football refs sought; G’ville swim meet set; Kooskia Days softball game scheduled; JAKES Day scheduled; Little Salmon fishing to close Sunday.

July 26, 2017 6:03 a.m. read more..


Clovis’ open Pine Street thrift store in Grangeville

Area thrifters have a new place to seek treasures. “Sissy’s Thrift” recently opened at 212 Pine Street (formerly Backstreet Treasures). “This has been a dream of mine for at least 10 years,” said Rhonda Clovis, who, along with her husband, Craig, owns the store.

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Ground breaks for new Riggins grocery store

Excitement abounds in the town of Riggins as ground has been broken and heavy work continues. “It is definitely exciting – it’s also a huge undertaking,” laughed John Llewelyn, owner of the Whitewater Market. Llewelyn is building a new grocery store.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah board vote to try four-day week with 2018-19 year

Still one year away, Kamiah Joint School District 304 will soon join the ranks of Orofino, Salmon River (Riggins) and Craigmont schools. At the July board meeting, trustees voted 3-2 in favor of going to a four-day week in the 2018-19 school year.

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Births - July 26, 2017

Don and Melisa Curry of Keuterville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Reagan Rebecca Curry was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho, Thursday, July 20, 2017.

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Community Briefs - July 26, 2017

The Triple Bar Drill Team O-Mok-See will be held Sunday, July 30, at the Border Days arena. Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m. and events start at 9 a.m. Events include musical hats, barrels, poles, figure 8, key hole race, flag race, scurry race. A pair sack race and the arena race will also be included this year (these events are not included in the day fee).

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Moscow Mules set to perform Thursday

“This is great – thanks to our community and every business that has supported this series,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. Pioneer Park was filled with onlookers, listeners, dancers and picnics Thursday, July 20, for the second of the 2017 Summer Concert Series which featured the mostly ’70s and ’80s covers of Moscow duo Jon and Rand.

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Idaho County Fair: Get ready now to enter those exhibits

The Idaho County Fair premium book 2017 is out and that means it’s time to do some planning. Have you been thinking about making jam? Trying out that prize-winning cookie recipe? Maybe you want to highlight that portrait grandma painted or the quilt you made. What about the vegetables or flowers you’re growing?

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Cottonwood News - It’s zucchini season, so pass around the love

Did you know that Aug. 8 is called “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night?” Maybe instead you could make your neighbor a casserole. Here is a good recipe for this holiday. Cube six cups of zucchini, boil with one cup shredded carrots and one-half cup chopped onion for five minutes, then drain. Melt one-half cup butter and mix in one package Stove Top Chicken stuffing mix. Place half of the stuffing mix in the bottom of a 9 by 13 casserole dish.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Not a drop of rain

Three guys, sitting around the campfire, one named Cash, one named Buck, and the third named Rich, does this reek of money: Cash, Buck, and Rich! Lowell is such a great little town! We are off the Lochsa and heading for the Upper Selway — five days going through the wilderness and coming out at Selway Falls, 20 miles above Lowell.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Clearwater Valley News - Modern day adventure had on Magruder Road

Instead of going to the Elk City Wagon Road days two weekends back, I had a modern day adventure on another historic trail, the Magruder Road. The route follows roughly the Sout#hern Nez Perce Trail that cut through the Bitterroot Mountains by climbing to seven ascents to summits followed by descents to water sources.

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It's Your Business: Vote for ‘ARF’ in contest

Idaho Sewing for Sports will be host to an open house Friday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The business is located in Mount Idaho (address 7 Poplar Drive, Grangeville). Live music will be accompanied by cookies, iced tea and lemonade.

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City’s largest chip seal project starts next week; clear streets

It’s the biggest chip seal project ever to be conducted in Grangeville, and it starts next week. An estimated 238,000 square yards of city streets will be completed in about a two-week period by contractor Herco of Lewiston. Just less than $500,000, the project will stretch north to south from the truck route to Harrison Street at the city limits, the bulk of work to be conducted on multiple blocks north and south of Main Street between Idaho and Meadow streets.

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Crop Signs Up Throughout County

The crop signs have returned. Idaho County residents will notice crop signs – 22 are out this year — at fields along highways 95 and 13, identifying what is growing.

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Forest projects to cause travel issues; drivers exercise caution

Multiple projects, including logging operations, culvert replacements, and other construction and maintenance activities across the forest may affect visitor travel on forest system roads. Public health and safety due to construction activities and road conditions has prompted closures on roads or sections of roads on the forest.

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Neglected car safety tragic for kids, pets

“Drivers may think they can leave children and pets unattended in a vehicle while they complete a quick errand,” says Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA Idaho. “The decision to choose perceived convenience over safety can have tragic consequences.”

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Taxiway closures scheduled to maintain aircraft activity

Construction work currently under way at the Idaho County Airport will put completion to last year’s multi-million-dollar runway and taxiway reconstruction project. Fixed-wing pilots will still be able to use the facility, though a west end portion of the taxiway will be closed for this phase of work, set to last 10 days; and the east end will be closed for improvements tentatively starting Wednesday, Aug. 2, and last about a week. Taxiway work was broken into two phases so aircraft could still use the facility.

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Don’t understand Idaho’s one-party system politics

What is happening to this country that was developed of, by and for the people? Elected officials no longer want to learn what the people wish on important bills involving huge numbers of the public. Let’s take eliminating Obamacare for example.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Modern media believes government is the solution for everything

After reading Andrew Ottoson’s article last week [July 19 issue] I am reminded of a quote from Ronald Reagan’s Inaugural Address: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” But that was in 1981, the year Andrew Ottoson was born. This brings to mind another Reagan quote: “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

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Economic development starts, driven by local chamber of commerce

Today’s view is more often looking outward to solve our problems. Economic development is one such area that we look to others – politicians, non-profit cooperatives, paid consultants — to address and solve. But the first and best tool lies at home: your local chamber of commerce.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Friday, July 21



Thursday, July 20

    

Sponsored content: Three ways you can turn product into profit

Do you own a business and want to turn a profit? If you answered yes, (be honest, you totally did) your first step to achieving monetary success is to examine your marketing budget.

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Sponsored content: Get better deals than retail in an auction

Auction opportunities are out there every month. Whether you are buying or selling, GOBIDTODAY.COM is your local source for competitively priced goods ranging from motor vehicles to agricultural machinery and implements, to appliances such as refrigerators and washers/dryers.

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Sponsored content: Visit Fenn Ranger Station

Tires get us to places we have to go, and more importantly, destinations we want to go. And North Central Idaho has lots to go see. Make a stop at the Fenn Ranger Station.

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Wednesday, July 19



Soccer Squads Square Off

The Camas Prairie Cup — a four-on-four soccer tournament held last Saturday morning, July 15, drew teams from as far away as Moscow to the GHS soccer field, including the Lewiston-Clarkston VYSA player pictured at left.

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One last shot at leftover turkey tags

Idaho turkey hunters have one last shot at 124 leftover fall turkey controlled hunt permits that will be available first-come, first-served starting at 10 a.m. MDT, July 17 at all Fish and Game license vendors, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov, or by calling 800-554-8685.

July 19, 2017 6:19 a.m. read more..
 

Dworshak, Elk City, Lolo zone elk tags available

Sawtooth tags sold at Fish and Game offices and vendor locations sold out in approximately 10 minutes for A tags and 13 minutes for B tags when they went on sale July 10. Tags sold via the Internet sold out in approximately 15 minutes for A tags and B tags.

July 19, 2017 6:16 a.m. read more..
 

Sports...in brief

Bulldog football camp set to run Aug. 8-9; GHS football parents, coaches to convene; Soccer sign-ups set; Football refs sought; Grangeville swim meet set; Kooskia Days softball game scheduled; JAKES Day scheduled.

July 19, 2017 6:14 a.m. read more..


White Bird News: Library putting finishing touches on town’s community calendar

Good news is that everyone waiting for summer to get here and high temperatures, it’s here…the bad news is that the high temperatures bring on fire season. Fireworks, lightning strikes and campfires are the three main causes, along with human errors, so please think before you do something that could ruin the summer days ahead. I have heard the many planes and helicopters flying, as there are many fires right now in Idaho and Washington that are close to home.

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Summer Concert Series

The first Summer Concert Series performance for 2017 took place at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 13. Pictured here are two of the members from Gipsy Moon (L-R) Mackenzie Page and Matt Cantor.

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Community Briefs - July 19, 2017

The Triple Bar Drill Team O-Mok-See will be held Sunday, July 30, at the Border Days arena. Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m. and events start at 9 a.m. Events include musical hats, barrels, poles, figure 8, key hole race, flag race, scurry race. A pair sack race and the arena race will also be included this year (these events are not included in the day fee).

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Concert series continues Thursday with ‘Jon and Rand’ duo

“Thank you to everyone for helping make this series happen,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. Young spoke to an audience of more than 150 at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 13, for the first of the 2017 Summer Concert Series which featured Gipsy Moon out of Colorado. For the eighth year, Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, are offering the music series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) Park.

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Take collective breath and get it solved, MVSD

Mountain View School District 244 teacher negotiations started in May. As of today, July 19, contracts for 2017-18 are not yet ironclad. Why? Because MVSD school board and the teacher’s union have not come to an agreement on salaries and benefits. Although negotiations have been an open process to this point, the impasse has now turned the tide in a different direction.

July 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Brandt about to make the county’s budget problem your budget problem

Idaho County Commission chairman Skip Brandt has a problem. And he’s about to turn his problem into your problem. The problem is one taxpayers pay commissioners to solve. There is a hole in the revenue side of the county road and bridge department’s fiscal 2018 budget – a hole where federal forest funds used to fill in for lost federal timber revenues.

July 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Unleashing potential of American entrepreneur

Small business owners need real regulatory relief. They need an advocate to force government agencies to consider the impact of regulations on their businesses. They need a chance to look up from the massive piles of paperwork required by each of the thousands of new regulations passed over the last eight years. And, most importantly, they need Washington out of their way.

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Birth: Reece Harper Urbahn

Kurt and Sarrah Urbahn of Spring Creek, Nev., are the parents of a baby girl. Reece Harper Urbahn was born at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital in Elko, Nev., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

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Cottonwood Council reviews culvert problem

Cottonwood’s city streets director reported on a looming crisis during the City Council meeting Monday, July 10. According to Jack Duman the culvert carrying Cottonwood Creek below a portion of downtown is rotted.

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Shepherd gathering draws people, dogs to Harris Ridge

HARRIS RIDGE – “There’s a lot of English Shepherd people out there,” laughed Kris Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker and about 30 others from throughout the region and beyond gathered Saturday, July 13, at the home of Ginger Busta on Harris Ridge. Their commonality? Dogs. English Shepherds to be precise.

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Lightning fire starts staffed, managed

Several lightning-caused starts, detected July 14-16, on the Lochsa/Powell, Moose Creek, and Red River Ranger Districts, are currently staffed, in mop-up status, or are being managed for resource benefits.

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Weeds beware: Kaschmitter is on patrol

Nineteen-year-old Emily Kaschmitter knew she needed a summer job that paid well. What she didn’t know is that this thought would lead her on the path to entrepreneurship. The soon-to-be college sophomore, who graduated in 2016 from Grangeville High School, is used to working.

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Schwab joins United Country

United Country Musick & Sons Auction & Real Estate Services has a new face, but it’s a familiar one for the area. Brandy Schwab has joined the business as a real estate agent.

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Businesses in Action

Free Press / David Rauzi Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School Tuesday, July 4. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Here, FNCU mascot, Scorchy the Torch, holds a hand out to make a new friend with one of the kids who attended the July 4 event. See www.idahocountyfreepress.com for video. Free Press / Andrew Ottoson Rocky Taylor was the winner of the recent Lucky Star Satellite promotion. He is pictured here (left) with Troy Benefield, Jr., and Troy Sr., at Lucky Star. Rocky Taylor was the winner of the recent Lucky Star Satellite promotion. He is pictured here (left) with Troy Benefield, Jr., and Troy Sr., at Lucky Star.

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Riggins News: Bible school set to begin this Monday

My quote of the week is “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” — Tom Bodett VBS begins this coming Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Salmon River Community Church led by the Texas Team. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. All kiddos, friends, cousins, and neighbors 4 years old through 5th graders are invited to join the Texas Team for a super week of Bible stories, games, songs, and crafts. Come a bit early to miss the rush.

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Lowell / Syringa News: ‘Dog days’ bring families in

Family reunions upriver, cousins, brothers, sisters, mom, dad, gramma, and gramps, too. They bring their dogs, they float the river, they roast marshmallows and barbecue steaks and hot dogs. They fish, they hike, they go out on their ATVs and horses; they are having a good time in Idaho.

July 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Elk City News: Elk City Days set for Aug. 11-12

More Elk City Days (Aug. 11-12) events coming up next: Friday afternoon and evening will be pretty busy. There will be a presentation honoring veterans by Linda Lanier at the school, Friday at 7 p.m. Be sure to attend after the baseball game. Live music will be featured on Saturday evening at the VFW. And don’t forget the Forest Service v. Town baseball game, Friday at 6 p.m.

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Cottonwood News: Tri-Parish picnic, Mass on tap for July 30

Our family went camping last week. We had a great time, caught some fish and the mountain lakes were beautiful. A nice getaway from the hubbub of summer work. Tri-Parish Picnic and Mass in the Park will be held Sunday, July 30, Cottonwood City Park. Mass will begin at 11 a.m., and barbecue follows immediately after Mass. Bring a salad or dessert. If you want a beverage other than punch please bring your own beverage and a lawn chair. A retreat at Monastery of St. Gertrude will be held Aug 11-13, Friday, 7:30 p.m., to Sunday, 1:30 p.m. A Sip of Silence with Sister Lillian and team leading the retreat. Contact Spirit-center@stgertrudes.org 962-2000.

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Wednesday, July 12



Air tour stops in Grangeville

Organizers estimated several hundred people had attended the Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club's 2017 Northwest Air Tour during the morning July 12 at the Idaho County Airport.

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Crowl wins Firecracker Fun Run

Brian Crowl won the Firecracker Fun Run July 4, finishing the new route in 18:10.09. The first female finisher was Lindsay McTague, who crossed the start-finish line, near the corner of Hall and West North Street, about six minutes later.

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JAKES Day scheduled

The Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has scheduled JAKES Day this Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Camas Prairie Bowmen’s Range south of Grangeville.

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Swim meets coming up

The Grangeville Swim Team has meets scheduled at 2 p.m. July 15 at Kendrick, July 22 at Nezperce and at home Aug. 5, with times “to be announced” for the two later dates.

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Cottonwood News: Seubert brings home gold, silver medals

Congratulations to Larry Seubert who earned some more medals at the Lewis and Clark Games this year to add to the handful he won last year. He brought home three golds and some silver medals this year in bowling, swimming and the softball throw.

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New postmaster has Southern roots

Area residents may notice the sound of a slight southern drawl when they walk into the United States Post Office in Grangeville. “Come on, I don’t have an accent – I think you all do,” laughed Jim Ward. Ward is the new postmaster, having been in Grangeville just less than two months now.

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Mark Lankford headed for new murder trial

Mark H. Lankford was convicted in 1984 for two murders in Idaho County, and due to a procedural error that conviction was vacated, and in 2008 he was retried, convicted, and sentenced to two consecutive fixed life sentences.

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It's Your Business: Melting Pot Café opens; Harpster RV has new owners

Congratulations to new 2018 Border Days Queen Micaela Farris and Princess Bella Klapprich. Does Micaela sound familiar? Maybe that’s because she’s been the Border Days Princess for 2017. I believe, as far as I can tell, Micaela is the first young lady to serve as both princess and queen. Historians? Correct me if I am wrong. Anyway, I know both these girls and they will do an outstanding job representing the rodeo and Idaho County in general. Both of their moms (Amy and Melissa) have also served in various royalty positions in their high school days. Princess Bella’s aunt, Kami Miller Fogleman, was not only Border Days Queen but was also Lewiston Round-up royalty.

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Elk City News: Dust Devils set event for July 22

Mike Evett reports on the Shoot and Scoot fun run as follows: Mike Heaton, from Lewiston, won the closet group in the BB gun category and Staci Stevens won the shot contest with the widest group. Staci also won the fifty/fifty raffle. They had pulled pork sandwiches after the event and it is reported that everyone had a good time!

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Crabtree is Elk City Wagon Road Days grand marshal

Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road recently announced the selection of Kooskia resident Laurette Crabtree as the 2017 grand marshal of the Wagon Road celebration. This annual event is set for this weekend, July 15 and 16, in Clearwater.

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Clearwater Valley News: Wagon Road Days set for this weekend

On Friday night, July 14, the Kamiah High School gym will be open for families to play games and compete in activities. From 6- 8 p.m., kindergarten through seventh grade youth and their families are welcome to participate in this free, healthy, family-friendly event. A similar session for teens from 8th grade to 12th grade, and their families, will run from 8:30 -11 p.m.

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White Bird News: Thanks to all for fire help

The heat is on and I have been told that it got over the triple digits a few times. Then Friday evening, it got a little hotter than we were wanting…a fire took out about 400 acres of grassland along the hills above the creek on Heckman’s property. The papers have acknowledged all the government and state officials that helped, but I want to shout out a big thank you to the Heckman boys, Dick Brust and Carl DeFord for bringing in the Cats to run fire lines around the hills, Randy Nunnally for the use of his water truck and anyone from the town of White Bird and surrounding areas who helped in any way – our town responds when the call goes out. Fire is out and we’re just glad is wasn’t any worse than it was.

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Organizations

Grangeville Senior Citizens; Pioneer Senior Citizens (Cottonwood); Rough Riders 4-H Club.

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OPINION: New fed commission invades voting privacy, wastes money

The secret ballot and voting privacy is one of the most precious constitutional rights we have as Americans, but this right is being threatened by a federal government demand for all of Idaho’s voting records since 2006. You would think Washington, D.C. has enough of our information.

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OPINION: Roll back the federal intrusion

On March 7, the Senate passed H.J.Res. 44, a resolution of disapproval to overturn the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Management Planning Rule, also known as “Planning 2.0.”

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ICR Honors Payne

Janie Fluharty, steering committee president of Idaho County Recycling (left) presented Matt Payne with a high school senior appreciation scholarship for outstanding volunteerism. For many years Matt has been a volunteer at the Grangeville recycling site.

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Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday, July 13, with ‘Gipsy Moon’

Grab a chair, a snack and your family and head to Pioneer Park this Thursday, July 13, as the Grangeville Summer Concert Series kicks off with the band “Gipsy Moon.” For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) Park.

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First ‘Young Cattle Producers Conference’ slated to be annual event

In the third week of June, young cattle producers from across the state came to Twin Falls to attend the first-ever Idaho Young Cattle Producer Conference (IYCPC), presented by the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Beef Program of Distinction, U of I Extension, and the Idaho Cattle Association.

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1978 GHS grad has never missed an egg toss

For Kim Cash Hulla of Missoula, Mont., there is no question as to where she will be July 4 each year. “I don’t miss Border Days,” she smiled. And, no wonder. The Super Egg Toss was the brain-child of her father, Gary Cash and longtime friend Jack Marek.

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Border Days results 2017

Super Egg Toss: Winners – Day 1, July 2, Tom Arnzen and Grady Arnzen of Spokane; Day 2, July 3, Josh Bransford and Jeremy Harris of Grangeville; Day 3, July 4, Lee Nadiger and Nolan Schoo of Grangeville. Nadiger and Schoo were also the winners of the competitors’ toss-off July 4. On July 2, 1,076 people participated in the egg toss. On July 3, 1,270 people participated, and on July 4, that number was 1,440 people, for a grand total of 3,786 people during the three-day period.

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Community Briefs: July 12, 2017

The Grangeville Centennial Evangelical Church (E-Free) will host a vacation Bible school (VBS) this week. Children ages 4 through 12 are invited to show up at the church – no preregistration necessary – Wednesday and Thursday, July 19 and 20, 4 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 408 North College Street.

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Kamiah Fly-In

The Clearwater Valley Aero Club sponsored the Kamiah Fly-in last Saturday, July 8, at the Kamiah Airport. The all-day event included Young Eagles flights for kids. Here, a pilot explains aircraft basics to two participants.

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Study says Idaho spends less than any other state

According to LiveStorie’s new Five Facts series on-line, per capita Idaho spends less than any other state. Using data from the 2014 U.S. Census, LiveStories explored taxes, spending and debt throughout the United States.

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Fourth Fun At Kooskia

Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Among the activities (pictured) included full-sized squirrel balls, allowing kids to propel them down the field and crash into each other.

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Football officials sought

Recruitment is under way for new football officials for high school and junior high school football in Idaho’s District II.

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Tuesday, July 11

  

Monday, July 10



Missing man, vehicle believed located in Salmon River

The Idaho County Sheriff's Office announced July 10 a citizen on July 9 found the license plate to missing man John French's vehicle. The citizen also found evidence that the vehicle had gone into the Salmon River at approximately milepost 201.5 on US Highway 95.

July 10, 2017 2:35 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 8

 

Cause identified in Whitebird Fire

Private grassland southeast of White Bird burned overnight July 7, with locals who stayed up late taking photos of the burning at Baker Creek waking up to find the swath showing little activity Saturday morning.

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Wednesday, July 5



Smith calling it quits after 37 harvests

After 37 Idaho County harvests and 38 years on the job, Martha Smith is excited to find out what the month of August looks like outside of the office. Smith is retiring from Columbia Grain International (CGI) as its head bookkeeper. Her last day will be July 7, when an open house will be held in her honor at the Hill Street office from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Gathering Poppies Before Breakfast

Border Days festivities start off each morning with the Cowboy Breakfast at the Masonic Temple. Pictured here on the first day, Sunday, July 2, were Jeannie Fitch of Riggins with her son, Jed, and his family, receiving from VFW members “poppies of rememberance.”

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White Bird News: Precinct person sought for White Bird; meeting is July 20

With an early deadline this will a short column this week. I mostly have reminders for all. July dates: 6th is the food bank, 10th is WBARD Mtg. at 7 p.m., city council meeting is on the 12th at 6 p.m., with the chamber at 10:30 a.m., and the SRAG is at 10 a.m. on the 13th. Another reminder is the library community calendar. They are busy getting this ready for 2018 with the theme of western cowboys. They are asking for any updates on the calendar or if you have dropped someone off of it – they need to know! This is a major fund-raiser for them, so let’s help keep it updated.

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Riggins News: Bingo set for tonight at center

My quote of the week is “Take all the time you can to spend time with your family…work or play…it’s time well spent.” Bingo is tonight, July 5, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. All-American Cash prizes are exciting! Games are varied! Fun is everywhere! Come one and all. Ages 18 and older. Funds are for a van for our local Senior Citizens that takes them to Grangeville and McCall for medical or dental and/or shopping needs.

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Lowell /Syringa News: Summertime in Lowell

Hot, dusty, the rivers are starting to come down, only a few more weeks of whitewater, ATVs everywhere, motorcycles on their runs along Highway 12, campfires every evening; it’s summertime fun in Lowell!

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Cottonwood News: Tri-Parish picnic set for July 30

Happy 4th of July! This week we celebrate the legacy that our forefathers left us over 200 hundred years ago. It worked for them and still works for us. With the good weather, haying is progressing nicely. Some farmers will be done soon. I hope everyone is having a great summer without accidents.

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Clearwater Valley News: Stites Days events set for this weekend

The summer season is here and seems like an event or two every weekend. If you want to get out of the heat on Friday, July 7, head up to Lolo Pass Visitor Center, elevation 5,233 feet. Chuck Raddon, an Orofino resident and member of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Association will share his knowledge of Lolo trail history with a free, family-friendly interpretive program. His talk is entitled “Where history bumps into itself on the Lolo Trail”. Meet at the Visitor Center 10 a.m., Pacific Time. His talk will end with a short walk at nearby Packer Meadow.

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Rumor has it ... Cloninger’s has cute flip-flops

Well, I don’t usually deal in rumors … but sometimes I do. I haven’t had time to check all of this out, so take it with a grain of salt … six different people have told me so far that Hong Fa is closing. Sad news for the community; however, I also heard that the restaurant is being purchased by the Gomez family.

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Freedom of the Press for all who would hold government accountable

Each time our country marks its beginning, we’re reminded not only of what was written in the document which Thomas Jefferson penned and which the nation’s early leaders adopted July 4, 1776. We’re reminded of the colonies’ early attempts at designing a limited central government, and we’re reminded of the Constitution, replete with the Bill of Rights.

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Property seizure abuses must end

In past columns, I have written about legislative efforts to stop the abuse of asset seizure laws to take Americans’ property without proof of a crime, or even an arrest or warrant. A recent report from the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration (TIGTA) sheds further light on the alarming property seizure practices of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Men’s mental health: Let dads know they are not alone

Most dads understand the importance of staying healthy so they’re ready to handle the demands of fatherhood, whether it’s giving a piggyback ride or a first driving lesson. But total wellness is about more than just eating right, exercising, and getting regular checkups....

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July 7, 26 events set at Lolo Pass

A variety of Nez Perce National Historic Trail Interpretive Programs will be hosted this summer at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along the Idaho–Montana state line on U.S. Highway 12.

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Idaho rivers projected to remain above average this summer

Data released this month through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) water supply outlook report shows a solid snowpack still exists above 8,000 feet in the central mountains, and in most basins, the remaining high elevation snowpack is more than twice normal.

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Faith Briefs: July 5, 2017

Bonita Perreault of Cross-Over Ministry for Everyone will speak at the Encouragers meeting Thursday, July 6, during the no-host luncheon at Oscar’s Restaurant in Grangeville. Perreault describes herself as a follower of Christ, mother of six children, grandmother, friend, counselor, speaker, teacher and ordained minister, in desperate pursuit of God. She and husband, Matthew, have been married for 30 years. In 2011, with a computer, a garage, and a dream from God, they began a non-profit ministry to help those who cannot help themselves. In San Diego, they ran a food distribution center which supplied food to 60 needy families. In Grangeville, they opened a fund-raising store to help area residents needing help. They recently gave to a needy orphanage in Uganda.

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Cables En Route To Manning Bridge Site

Upcoming work at the Manning Crevice Bridge construction site will focus on installing support equipment for main cables and forming and reinforcement of the south abutment. Pictured are the new main cables en route to the job site.

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Remote mine site to be part of Frank Church wilderness

The Idaho County Commission received three letters from the Payette National Forest last week, including one dated June 19 that disclosed the Payette’s talks of acquiring about 40 acres across the Salmon River from Tepee Creek and Jersey Creek in the southern part of the county.

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Cooper’s Ferry archaeological site open to public

Excavation work at Oregon State University’s (OSU) archaeology field school is once again under way for the season at Cooper’s Ferry in the Lower Salmon River Canyon. During July, the public is invited to tour the site and learn more about the effort.

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Summer Concert series starts July 13 with ‘Gipsy Moon’

“We are excited for a great lineup of bands and for the Summer Concert Series,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual Summer Concert Series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) park.

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ARF Presentation

The kids participating in Grangeville Centennial Library’s summer reading program learned about the importance of proper pet care from Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) member Megan Lucas on June 29. The kids also got to make dog chew toys out of repurposed T-shirts, and also planted cat grass.

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Vintage aircraft fly in for July 12 Airport grand re-opening

Vintage aircraft will be on display as part of next week’s grand re-opening of the Idaho County Airport. The public is invited to attend next Wednesday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the facility on Airport Road, across from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office in Grangeville.

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MVSD 244 searches for a superintendent

Mountain View School District 244 is on the search for a new superintendent. “I’ve been having some serious health issues,” said Kent Stokes, who has served as the school district’s superintendent since 2013.

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Amateur radio club has successful field day

Field Day has come and gone. While not as many contacts were made as in previous years, we still contacted 30 states and three Canadian provinces. Vermont and southern Florida were the farthest east and Hawaii was the farthest west we made contact with. Several Australian stations were heard but not contacted. Thirty-one members and visitors took part. We would like to thank the Pizza Factory for the discount on the wonderful pizza delivered to the park on Saturday evening.

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Idaho ranks 20th overall in new ‘Kids Count’ profile

While Idaho’s children are seeing gains in access to health care, education continues to lag, according to data in the 2017 “Kids Count” Data Book released recently the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book focuses on key trends in child well-being in and measures child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Overall, Idaho ranks 20th.

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Stites Days on tap for weekend

Get ready to honor the Stites High School graduating class of 1957 at the annual Stites Days this weekend, July 7-9. The entire class of 1957 will serve as the celebration’s grand marshals.

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Birth: Randal Everett Becker

Mindy Leach and Kenneth Becker of Ferdinand are the parents of a baby son. Randal Everett Becker was born Friday, June 23, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19-3/4 inches long.

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U of I announces dean’s list

Area students have been named to the University of Idaho 2017 spring dean’s list. To be included, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester. Spring 2017 semester ended May 12

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Community Briefs - July 5, 2017

Bingo will be held at the Harpster Community Hall the third Thursday of each month, starting July 20, 6:30 p.m. Cards are $5 each and $1 more for a second card.

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Action in book ‘Madisonville’ takes place in Idaho County

Intrigue, crime, disappearances and more make for the thriller that is “Madisonville.” Lewiston author J.A. Huff, aka Josh Huffaker, recently published the novel, “a fiction book that takes place in this area, ultimately ending near Lowell, Idaho,” he said. Huff grew up in Lewiston where he graduated from Lewiston high School in 2004. He is currently employed by Clearwater Paper there as a transportation coordinator.

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Sports...in brief

Youth golf clinic scheduled for July; ‘Capped’ elk resident tags on sale July 10.

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Border Days bull rider delivers

With one show still pending on the eve of the July 4 holiday, the Border Days Rodeo was still “to be decided” when this week’s print deadline arrived.

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