Stories for June 2017

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Wednesday, June 28



Tourney Time

The local Babe Ruth league’s season-end tournament began with wins by Clearwater Valley and Grangeville last Monday, June 26, at CVHS. Play continued Tuesday, and the tournament will likely conclude with the final at 7 p.m. today, June 28, after an elimination game at 4:30 p.m. Pictured, CV put up big innings early during an 18-7 win over McCall.

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Salmon River fishing ‘excellent’

Idaho Fish and Game fishery staff biologist Brett Bowersox recently informed anglers “fishing in the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers around Riggins was excellent this past week.”

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Sports...in brief

Winchester rodeo runs June 30-July 2; ‘Capped’ elk resident tags on sale July 10; Youth golf clinic scheduled for July.

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Border Days Rodeo draw fills up

The Border Days Rodeo is once again set to run July 1-2-3, 6 p.m. each night, and organizers are anticipating cowboys competing throughout the region will once again make the journey to Grangeville for a chance at a chunk of $13,800 in added money.

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Border Days Committee 2017: Getting it done behind the scenes

Welcome cowboys and cowgirls! It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the 106th annual Grangeville Border Days Celebration and want to wish you a happy 4th of July. My name is Justin DeFord and this is my third year on the Grangeville Border Days Committee. The committee and I have been working very hard preparing to make this event happen.

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Splash pad dedicated at Kooskia City Park

“Have a great time. Be safe,” exclaimed Scott Garrett, CEO for Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU), as water jets shot off at the new splash pad for more than a dozen excited bathing suit-clad kids waiting to jump in.

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Border Days 2017: Other Events

- Join in the 2017 parade entries July 2, 3 and 4 - Wild Stick Horse Race added to rodeo schedule - Fiddlers to play July 4 - Fun run is July 4 - Show and Shine to be held Sunday, July 2 - City Pool open July 1-3, closed on Fourth

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Border Days 2017: Triple Bar Drill Team going strong for 60 years

A long standing tradition will continue as the Triple Bar Drill Team performs each night during the rodeo. The Border Days drill team of girls will again please the crowds with their drills during intermission of each rodeo. Rodeos are set for July 1, 2 and 3, 6 p.m. each night. The Triple Bar Drill Team also rides in each parade. Parades are set for 2 p.m. each day, July 2, 3 and 4.

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Border Days 2017: Fish pond a festival tradition for 35 years

What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.

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Border Days 2017 - Griller, poster sale on July 4

To begin commemorating the sinking of the Tuscania, which occurred in 1918, the Idaho County Historical Society will hold a griller fund-raiser in the basement of the Bicentennial Historical Museum July 4, 1-5 p.m. Hamburger dinners will be available for $8 per plate while hot dog dinners will be $6. This will include sides, chips and a beverage. The society will also have for sale a 16-by-20 inch frameable print of “The Same Spirit” poster

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Border Days 2017: Museum offers tool displays, music, fund-raiser, flint knapper July 2-4

The Bicentennial Historical Museum will again host its open house celebration during the Fourth of July. This year the museum will feature a display on antique tools. The museum, located at 305 N. College Street, will be open July 2, 3 and 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tools are on loan from several in the community, including Bruce Dreher of Slate Creek, Scott Scribner of Grangeville and Vernon Agee of Kooskia.

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Border Days Grand Marshal 2017: Melvin Gill - A lifetime of ranching is all Gill has ever dreamed of

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill. That lifetime has spanned nearly eight decades, but the Gill family has been in Idaho County for five generations. Melvin Gill is the Border Days Grand Marshal 2017.

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Riggins News: Church members spend a week in Mexico

My quote of the week is “Talking about your problems is a big addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys!” Summer Reading Program, “Read, Build,Create, Explore,” at The Salmon River Public Library led by Susan Hollenbeak begins today, Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m., with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. Reading dates will be Thursday, July 6, Wednesdays, July 19, 26, and Aug. 2, and 9 at 11 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to provide snacks, a craft or just help with the kiddos; thanks in advance for your help.

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Lowell / Syringa News: She’s 99 years old and still at work

Two black helicopters flew upriver fast and low last weekend, about 25 feet above the Middlefork of the Clearwater and kept going east up the Lochsa. Loud, fast, and very low, scared us all for a few seconds. It happened so fast the photos I took were all blurry. I read that Secretary of Interior Zinke was in Montana last week, so maybe he was checking out Idaho as well.

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Factors are many in healthcare crisis

Healthcare crisis, rising costs and gross malfeasance are the result of demand outstripping supply while regulations distorted free market forces. Adverse selection bias created by Obama’s subsidies and exchanges allow the 20 million uninsured ‘free healthcare’ where increased demand caused premiums to soar.

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Mussel fight worth the investment

We understand that Idaho is a conservative state, but preventing this species from destroying our waterways is worth the investment. It will be far cheaper to spend the money now on prevention than to deal with the consequences later.

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White Bird News: Keep self, animals hydrated in heat

The warm weather has arrived! Our little town is really heating up, so remember to stay well-hydrated and don’t forget the animals as well. Summer is upon us, but the waters are still running high and swift, so be ever watchful of the rivers and streams. Being the last week of the month, June is about gone and July is fast approaching. As we prepare to celebrate our independence, many activities are going on all around us if you are looking for something to do.

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Nuttmans celebrate 75 years of marriage

More than a hundred friends and family members gathered Sunday, June 25, at the Keuterville Pub and Grub for a grand celebration. The occasion was the 75th wedding anniversary of Clarence and Frances Nuttman. How old are they?

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Grangeville Farmers’ Market to open Saturday, July 1

Saturday, July 1, the Grangeville Farmers’ Market will kick off the 2017 season, in Pioneer Park on East Main Street in Grangeville. The SyndiCat Bros, Pete Northcutt and Johnnie Henderson, will be playing music. Coffee will be offered free of charge for customers and vendors, volunteers and visitors. The Elk City Wagon Road committee will be using the Market’s free table for non-profits, to advertise the upcoming Wagon Road event, selling raffle tickets to promote and fund their group.

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Zumalt winner at LCSC art show

Jackie Zumalt, of Grangeville, was named the winner of the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History and Palouse Watercolor Scoius 2017 Juried Watercolor Exhibition. Zumalt’s work, “Gem of Light,” was named the winner during an awards ceremony held at the Center earlier this month. Zumalt received $1,000 for first place.

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Fair royalty sign-up deadline set for July 14

The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participating in the 2017-2018 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applicants has been extended to July 14.

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Day camp offers variety of classes

Idaho County 4-H Day Camp was held Wednesday, June 21, at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. 4-H members participated in games and workshops throughout the afternoon. Workshops were led by community volunteers and 4-H leaders assisted by Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors Bailie Gehring, Rachel Kelley, Mitchell Nuxoll, Kortney Sims and Laina Sonnen. Workshops included:

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Finnegan earns WWU undergrad scholarship

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University student Darby Lynn Finnegan, child of Pat and Naomi Finnegan of Grangeville, has received the $1,000 WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Sickels to run Shiznits booth as part of culinary degree

“We are happy to have him here – he’s been great help, and we are excited to give him this experience,” said Sheila Arnzen. Arnzen spoke about Justin Sickels, 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, who will be running a Shiznits food booth downtown during Border Days.

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News Briefs

- Grangeville recycling closed July 1 - June 21 earthquake reported near White Bird - June 29 planned outage to affect Salmon River - Roads open for access to personal use firewood

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Community Briefs: June 28, 2017

Volunteers from the Clearwater area and Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road will gather on Thursday, July 6, 9 a.m., to clean Sally Ann Road and Clearwater Main Street of litter. All volunteers are welcome.

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Thank You, Veterans

The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center hosted a Vietnam veterans welcome home and recognition day on Sunday, June 25. The Grangeville facility was filled to capacity, with the crowd spilling outside for the afternoon event that included a barbecue, music and presentations, which included from Quilts of Valor.

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State weighs season changes for SF Clearwater gold miners

“I think it was a success,” he said. “This is one of the few times that the miners actually got together and worked with the agencies to make it actually more streamlined, easier for the agencies and the miners. … They’re finally listening and maybe thinking instead of overregulating, maybe they’ve got too much here.”

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Genealogy society open house set for July 3

The Idaho County Genealogy Society invites the public to an open house Monday, July 3, 1 p.m., at 111 South Idaho Street, Grangeville, right behind the Methodist Church in the blue house. The group moved from the Centennial Library to its new facilities in January of 2017.

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Cottonwood News: Keith Wassmuth to be honored at Greencreek event

With the nice sunny days the farmers are starting to cut hay. Some is already baled. Crops are reported to be short because of the cold weather this spring. Congratulations to Dick Remacle on being presented the VFW Lifetime Achievement Award. What an honor for him and his family. Thank you for your service to our country.

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Tuesday, June 27

 

Sponsored content: Why the Snake River dams matter to us

All the power we provide comes from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). BPA is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration based in the North-west. They serve 142 customers, including us and 53 other cooperatives, at cost. With 21 federal hydroelectric dams, BPA generates enough power for 13.5 mil-lion people. This is quite an amazing feat when you think about it – and it happens with the flip of a switch!

June 27, 2017 8:18 p.m. read more..


Sponsored content: Market moving in positive direction

We have all heard about the housing market boom in the big cities and urban areas across the country. Have you wondered what our market here in Idaho and Lewis county is doing?

June 27, 2017 8:15 p.m. read more..


Sponsored content: Tips to help make your ride safe and fun for everyone

“Ever been in a group of riders where once on the trail you can notice everyone’s riding skill? When on the trail, what we call pushing someone of a lower skill level is a dangerous game,” said Bud’s PowerSports service technician Michael Rice. “Riding close to someone in front of you on the trail isn’t much different than on the highway. The person in front may feel pressured to speed up, and on the trail, there are so many different variables that can cause a new rider to wreck.”

June 27, 2017 8:05 p.m. read more..


Sponsored content: How to present your auction

GoBidToday.com knows how to put your auction to buyers. Whether a live auction or an Internet auction, GoBidToday auctioneer Kyle Musick and his wife, Ashley, know how to show your items, to present your car, tractor or machinery in good light. The service they provide can help bring more potential buyers to your location and present your items to many people who are ready to buy online.

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Sponsored content: Plantings that support pollinators

Your garden plantings are pretty to the eye, and their produce benefits the dinner table, but they can also serve a greater purpose that will benefit your community and beyond.

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Monday, June 26



Sponsored content: Fix it man enjoys flexibility of job

“We came out here and I saw the elk were sweet on the hillside,” said Rodger Malueg. “I told my wife, this is our new home.’” The Maluegs have made Idaho County their home for years now.

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Sponsored content: Staying fit as you age

Exercise is often prescribed for patients of all ages to reduce complaints about pain in muscles and bones. But some feel it gets harder to exercise as they get older.

June 26, 2017 10:08 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 24



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Thursday, June 22

 

Wednesday, June 21



Riding High

The Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association’s Sunday in Kamiah last weekend, June 17-18, included a 73-point saddle bronc ride by Clancy Glenn — which was good enough to win the event.

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Sports...in brief

Hunter ed courses on offer this summer; Lochsa River chinook fishing opens June 22; Youth golf clinic scheduled for July; ‘Capped’ elk resident tags on sale July 10; Softball clinic set; Trout info offered.

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Pacific Cabinets Inc. names Casey Forsmann as GM

Steve Frei, current President and CEO, recently announced Casey Forsmann has been named general manager of Pacific Cabinets Inc. Forsmann was previously the operations manager controlling both the engineering department as well as production.

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Corral Dust: Two Shiznits food trailers; drill team celebrates 60 years

This year’s Border Days rodeos are all night rodeos, which seems to be crowd pleasers. Rodeos are going to be July 1, 2 and 3, all at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2, will be family night, there will be a “no alcohol” seating section available. On Monday, July 3, it’s a “Pink Out the Stands” night. The Border Days Committee is raising money to support local cancer charities. For everyone wearing something pink the committee will donate $1 to a local cancer charity.

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Clearwater Valley News: ‘Christmas in July’ vendors sought

Ever heard the term “ham” radio and wondered what the heck it is? The Three Rivers Amateur Radio club wants to show you at their field day on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. They will have three radio transmitters and temporary antennas at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park and encourage the people to stop by and check it out beginning at 11 a.m., on Saturday ending at 11 a.m., on Sunday. This technology has been around for 100 years but can now work in conjunction with smartphones or tablets. It can be set up almost anywhere as an independent communications network. For information call David Brainerd at 926-7886 or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

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Elk City News: Library’s summer reading program to begin today

The first day of summer ... what adventures await you? Maybe books will take you there if you can’t go yourself – like to Alaska with a young Irish girl during the gold rush called “Staking Her Claim,” or climbing Mt. McKinley with the first Alaskans to do it called “The Sourdough Expedition”, or growing up in the remote Alaskan bush called “Born on Snowshoes.”

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Lowell / Syringa News: Circus members take to the river

It’s like a circus around here, oh wait, we did have a circus around here! The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus members went rafting on the Lochsa with Marty and Dani Smith at Three Rivers Rafting. They also enjoyed the company of circus friends Mike and Lara Smith, of Lowell, and Jay and Kristin Stewart visiting the Smiths from Cape Cod.

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Cottonwood News: Haiti team seeking donations

Finally, a nice summer day! It officially begins today, Wednesday, June 21. I was about to give up on summer ever getting here. It must be camping time! Let the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer begin!

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Riggins News: Kids can learn to kayak in July, August

My quote of the week is “Everyone has a friend during each stage of life. But only a few have the same friend in all stages of life.” You know who you are. Summer Reading Program, “Read, Build, Create, Explore,” at The Salmon River Public Library led by Susan Hollenbeak will begin next Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m., with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. They will meet again Thursday, July 6, Wednesdays, July 19, 26, and Aug. 2, and 9 at 11 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to provide snacks, a craft or just help with the kiddos; thanks in advance for your help. Thank you to John and Jennifer Llewellyn and Riggins Whitewater Market for donating bookmarks and magnets to the summer reading program.

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Whizpops Whimsey Dance

A warm Sunday evening, June 18, made for a pleasant setting to the kickoff party for the Grangeville Centennial Library’s annual summer reading program. Along with games, activities and hot dogs, the event featured music by The Whizpops from Missoula. Entertaining as well as educational about animals, the music got kids up on their feet to dance and swing.

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Flag Day retirement ceremony held

A memorable Flag Retirement Ceremony was presented in Elk City by VFW Wilderness Post 8311 on Flag Day June 14. Post members participating were Dave Brooks, Charlie Yarbrough, Bruce Gabari, Earl Johnson and Dale George and Auxiliary members Jeanette Johnson and Sheri Yarbrough. Also assisting was Steven Peltier.

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County fair royalty sign-up deadline is July 14

The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participating in the 2017-2018 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applicants has been extended to July 14.

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Flying High: Circus in Kooskia

PHOTO GALLERY: Simone the Trapeze Artist wowed crowds at both Grangeville and Kooskia when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus traveled to Idaho County for four shows June 17 and 19.

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Lucile’s Yellow Roses

Wild yellow roses cascade over the roadway in Lucile this spring, offering a bright welcome to the tiny town alongside the Salmon River near Riggins.

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Community Briefs - June 21, 2017

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council Youth Advisory Board and Impact Youth will host “Movies Under the Stars” Friday, June 23, at the Life Center Church, 4432 Highway 12, Kamiah. The movie will be “The Lego Batman Movie” and will begin at dusk.

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Births - June 21, 2017

Sean and Kristi Ackerman of Grangeville are the parents of a baby boy. Sean Junior Ackerman was born Friday, June 16, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and was 20 inches long.

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Operation ‘Thank you!’: June 25 event will honor Vietnam veterans

Vietnam War veterans may have not received the grandest welcome home; however, that is hoping to be remedied as the Vietnam 50th commemoration is set nationwide. In Idaho County, all veterans of the Vietnam War era are invited to a “Welcome home” ceremony this Sunday, June 25, starting at noon, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main Street in Grangeville.

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Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.

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Main Street Flags Up For Border Days

Crews with Avista and the Border Days Committee were out early Tuesday morning, June 20, hanging flags along Grangeville’s Main Street, another indicator the four-day celebration — July 1-4 — is nearly upon us.

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Emergency communications demo June 24-25 in Kamiah

Want to know how to communicate across town or around the world when cell phones, phone lines and power lines are out? As part of the annual ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day exercise, the 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club will have three radio transceivers and temporary antennas set up at Riverside Park in Kamiah this Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to this two-day event, June 24-25.

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IDL firefighters hold skill training in Kamiah

Approximately 40 firefighters and support staff participated in extensive training in Kamiah last week. This is the third year the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has hosted the Type 3 Engine Academy. Crews will use what they learned in the three-day exercise, June 13-15, during the upcoming fire season.

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Time to commemorate Vietnam war; to give, receive peace

“I don’t care who served when, for how long, doing what. They did their job. Every piece of the puzzle was important. Every person from every branch contributed.” This quote comes from Dennis Moore, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965-66. He’s among several interviewed in the Idaho County Free Press this week concerning their experiences as part of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the war.

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Applause for Smith’s defense of constitution

Smith gave a memorable and earnest defense of the state constitution, not as an attorney doing a job for his client legislators, but as a resident of the state. It was he who realized in April that the governor’s veto was improper and that the constitution wasn’t being followed.

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Marek’s ranch bronc ride a big winner

Local ranching scion Konnyr Marek had an outstanding couple of days on home turf at the 28th annual White Bird Rodeo last weekend, June 16-17, with big wins during both the main event (ranch bronc riding) and the local team roping.

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Tuesday, June 20



Felony battery arrest follows Stites beating

Coty R. Finnan, 28, of Stites, was arrested for felony aggravated battery June 19, after the Idaho County Sheriff's Office responded to multiple 911 calls regarding a man beating a woman on Three Bear Lane.

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Wednesday, June 14



Idaho County Veterans Center marks Flag Day with pole dedication, flag retirement ceremonies

Flag Day was marked at the Idaho County Veterans Center in Grangeville with the dedication of a new flag pole and the designation of approximately 70 worn-out flags for retirement. Boy Scout Troop 555 conducted the retirements, having heard aspiring Eagle Scout Kyle Alter's presentation regarding the new flag pole. Alter shepherded the flag pole's establishment for his Eagle project, with much community involvement.

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Football schedules penciled

Football schedules for the coming fall are penciled in and of area teams, only Grangeville has scheduled a Zero Week opponent so far.

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Sports...in brief

White Bird Rodeo coming up June 16-17; CVRA Rodeo to go June 17-18 at Kamiah; Fund-raiser fun run planned for June 17; Hunter ed courses on offer this summer; Lochsa River chinook fishing opens June 22; Youth golf clinic scheduled for July; ‘Capped’ elk resident tags on sale July 10; Softball clinic set.

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CVRA Rodeo on tap in Kamiah for June 17, 18

The “Biggest Little Rodeo in Idaho” is set for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18. Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) will host its annual rodeo at the Kamiah CVRA Rodeo grounds this weekend, starting with its cowboy breakfast held both days from 7 to 10 a.m.

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White Bird grand marshals: Cashes - ‘A good place to stop’

They may never have gotten to hear Johnny Cash in person, but they are related to him. “He’s a cousin,” smiled Carol (Smith) Cash. She found that out through her genealogy research and some networking. Melvin and Carol Cash will serve as the White Bird Rodeo grand marshals for 2017.

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White Bird Rodeo, Days events set Friday, Saturday

Let ‘er Rip with White Bird’s annual rodeo and days event this weekend, June 16 and 17. The rodeo starts Friday, June 16, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena, U.S. Highway 95 at Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird.

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Bill would extend Secure Rural Schools

I joined fellow Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and a large, bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would extend payments under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, commonly called county payments, to rural counties with large tracts of tax-exempt federal lands in Idaho and other states.

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Study backs facts on truth of vaccination

This is in response to Teea Hillyard’s unresearched opinion [guest commentary, June 7 issue] that all kids should be vaccinated. It has never been done before. The first-of-its-kind study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated American homeschooled children shows who is really ailing … and parents should be worried.

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Opera house donations greatly appreciated

With the support of our community members, we can again instill the joy of good entertainment into the lives of our youth, restore that spirit of unity we once shared, and have more fun developing talents.

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Improving relations with Cuba

The administration’s plan to roll back policy initiatives between the United States and Cuba is a missed opportunity for the country and a substantive blow to potentially lucrative markets here in Idaho.

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Honor Rolls: Spring 2017

<strong>Clearwater Valley High School, Kooskia</strong> Seniors: Cole Olsen*; Taylor Pfefferkorn*; Torrie Pfefferkorn*; Mika Rives*; Taylor Roy; Joshua Kolb; Mitchel Nuxoll; Kammeron Mangun; Dawson Fisher; Nicholas Brandt; Samuel Bartlett; Averie Proctor; Te-Moak Charley; Kaitlin Nason. Juniors: Harmony Edmondson*; Dawson Gorges*; Zane Miskin Summers*; Martina Dioni; GraceAnn Denham; Kelly Haukedahl; Emily Skiles; Carson Morrow; Thomas Hughes; Parker Wilson; Riley Mouser; Garrett Schilling; April Thomas; Garrett Jackson; Samuel Ward; Sean Nelson; Dalton Robinette; Lydia Williams.

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Organizations: June 14, 2017

The June 5 meeting was opened with Stanley Modrell leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the prayer was given by Shirley Crane. The free dinner drawing was won by Willene Lance. There were 77 meals served at the site and 32 home deliveries. There were no guests today. Pinochle winners were: Eileen Hazelbaker first, and Gary Crea second.

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Summer Time For Nazarene Vacation Bible School

Grangeville Church of the Nazarene held its annual vacation Bible school program last week, June 5-8, with 56 children and a large group of volunteers participating. Here, kids and helpers have fun during recreation time on the church lawn.

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Community Briefs - June 14, 2017

The Kamiah Chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals will be holding their final fund-raiser and announcing raffle winners Friday, June 16, in the basement of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church at 407 7th in Kamiah. Haystacks with all the trimmings will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. The meal includes a haystack, beverage, and dessert for $5. Kids 12 and younger eat for $3.

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Willig makes Carroll College spring dean’s list

HELENA, Mont. – Lily Willig of Grangeville, was named to the 2017 spring semester dean’s list for Carroll College. To be included on the dean’s list, a student must receive a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale and take at least 12 graded credits in a semester. Willig is a 2016 graduate of Grangeville High School and is the daughter of Maura and the late Mark Willig of Grangeville.

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Lilacs In Bloom

Deep purple lilacs were in bloom last week on the Mount Idaho Grade Road near the Sunset Auto Vue drive-in, their aroma wafting through the air.

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Elk City News: When will summertime hit?

Although the calendar says it is almost summer, it feels like we are at the wrong end of spring what with the cold and wet and with the first day of summer only a week away! Ahhh, springtime in the Rockies!

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Lowel / Syringa News: Couple ties proverbial knot at Syringa

Big wedding at Syringa last week. Lots of Kamiah Simmons and Beckmans all got together to celebrate the joining of Megan Beckman and Lucas Wooden, there at Jackson’s beautiful setting in Syringa. Becky Allen-Brotnov and Terry have worked to make it a paradise, just right for the perfect wedding. Or you can also land there during hunting season, before and after you go out and try to shoot something; either way it’s the best.

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Cottonwood News: Speech, essay contests open

Everyone get your flags out for Flag Day today, June 14. Let’s show our patriotism for our great country. And don’t forget your father gets special treatment on Father’s Day, Sunday. The father in our house has a birthday also, so he really gets to be spoiled. Entries are now being accepted for the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions. Both are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth

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Mike Smith to join in clowning act at Kooskia circus Monday

The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is coming to Kooskia Monday, June 19, and Mike Smith of Lowell plans to spend his Monday clowning around. “Mike will be performing with some Clown College friends and helping out at the circus,” said Lara Smith, who is also a Clown College graduate.

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In The News Briefs June 14, 2017

The public is invited to attend as the Veterans Center in Grangeville dedicates its new flagpole, which was erected as the Eagle Scout project of Kyle Alter. This Flag Day celebration will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 14.

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Corral Dust: Fun run to have new route; reunions on tap

The Syringa Hospital Foundation Border Days Fun Run (“Firecracker” fun run) is set for Tuesday, July 4. According to JoAnne Smith, executive director of the Syringa Hospital Foundation, there will be a new location and route for the fun run this year.

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Communities recognized for training completion

Representatives from local cities and organizations were honored for their completion of 30 hours of training on Community Project Development at the final meeting in Pierce. The training, offered by Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) with funding from a USDA Rural Development’s Rural Community Development Initiative grant and CEDA membership, aimed to build the capacity of rural communities to successfully undertake community projects from development to implementation.

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Farm Bureau Insurance:Seventy years serving Idaho

“I’m proud to be associated with Farm Bureau Insurance, my clients are also my friends,” said Mike Asker, Grangeville Farm Bureau Insurance agent. Agricultural producers have many assets in land, cattle, crops, buildings, and machinery that need covered by some type of insurance policy. Producers also need health coverage on themselves and their families.

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Little change in county cattle count

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

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Tour June 29 on Camas Prairie grain industry

Farmers, ranchers, agri-support personnel and others interested are invited to attend a morning tour of the Camas Prairie grain industry and a hosted breakfast on Thursday, June 29. The Prairie Area Crop and Conservation Tour will start with a 7 a.m. breakfast at the Craigmont Community Center and concludes at noon. Speakers will include University of Idaho research and extension staff.

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Hornbeck thanks EMS for service

“I really want to acknowledge all the time they put in and the hard work they do to save so many lives,” said Twila Hornbeck, Syringa Hospital board trustee “This whole board appreciates them and all they do.” At the Syringa Hospital May 23 regular board meeting, Hornbeck publicly thanked the local EMTs and EMS workers.

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Contact state for unclaimed property in Idaho County

Unclaimed property lies in the possession of the State of Idaho awaiting to be claimed by residents. The following is a selected list provided by the Idaho Tax Commission on Idaho County residents owed $25 or more in unclaimed property:

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‘Normal’ August fires forecast

The June 2017 forecast issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise holds ‘below normal’ fire potential this June and July due to the wet winter, but also sees a ‘normal’ August after a “somewhat later than normal green-up...in the higher elevations of northern Idaho and western Montana.”

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Thursday, June 8



Wednesday, June 7



Organizational News

- Grangeville Senior Citizens - Pioneer Senior Citizens - Grangeville American Legion Post 37, VFW - 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club

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Kooskia Green Spring

Summer’s warmth and green seems finally to be here after months of cold and lots of precipitation. Taking advantage of a warm spring day recently (May 13) were these boys at the Kooskia City Park.

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Elk City News: Velarde wins raffle rifle

We lost another longtime Elk City resident May 27th – Rodney Thompson. Be sure to send condolences and pray for the families. The VFW had a raffle recently and the proceeds go to the VFW building fund. The winner of the Henry Golden Boy 22 lever action repeating rifle was Rodney Velarde. The rifle was donated by Dave Cooper. Congratulations, Rodney.

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Cottonwood News: Tri-Parish VBS set for June 19-22

The Idaho High School Activities Association has named Prairie High School “Schools of Excellence” winner for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a voluntary program in which schools earn points based on their student athletes’ performance in athletics, academics and sportsmanship. The school will be recognized at the IHSAA annual meeting Aug. 2. Prairie High School has been named as the 1A Division I School of Excellence. Carrie Nygard is the principal and athletic director. Congratulations to the students, teachers and families involved in this honor.

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Riggins News: Pastor Cliff Scheline, wife to retire July 2

My quote of the week is “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” “Bingo” at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station is tonight, Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes are exciting! Come one and all. Funds are for the senior citizens of our area. (An English teacher stated that “before” is a word, not a Bingo number “B4” as many are using in texts).

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Clearwater Valley News: Harpster RV has new owners

Mea Culpa, I inadvertently referred to the Backroads Diner in Kooskia as the Hometown Diner in last week’s column. I guess I conflated home cooking with hometown, or thought I was somewhere else. I did get the caption right for the photo, since the name is on the sign. I still need to try a burger to see if they are really the best around.

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Bearden named DYW 2018; Gomez is runner-up

Six Grangeville High School juniors competed for the title of 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Saturday night, June 3, at GHS, with a theme of “A Salute to Our Troops.” Winner of the title and $500 scholarship was Anastasia Bearden, daughter of Chris and Nancy Bearden. She is a dual enrolled home-school and GHS student.

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It's Your Business: Summer concert bands lined up

Be sure to stop by the United Methodist Church this Sunday, June 11, and bid a fond farewell to Pastor Barbara Essen, who is retiring as minister. She is sticking around Grangeville and I’m glad as she is an asset to the area. She was such an inspiration when my mom was in the hospital. I appreciate her prayers and visits.

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Milestone: Births: June 7, 2017

Corey and Michele Cochran of Cottonwood, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Holley Marie Cochran was born Monday, May 29, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She weighed six pounds, 12 ounces.

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Locals among Idaho Governor’s Cup scholarship winners

BOISE – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the recently the 2017 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities. The 42nd Governor’s Cup fund-raising drive brought in enough money for 38 new scholarships to be award this year. Recipients were chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants by the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Fund Inc.’s 16-member board of directors. Selections were made based on each applicant’s commitment to public service, academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

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Milestone: Anniversary: VonBargen

A 25th wedding anniversary will be held in in honor of Dan and Jeanie VonBargen Saturday, June 17, 2017, noon, at Cottonwood City Park. The event is being hosted by the couple’s children.

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Lapid graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Eden Kyle A. Lapid graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Kids Klub building to go out to bid this summer

After years of planning, the Kids Klub, Inc., building will soon be started. Kids Klub received an Idaho Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 in April, and will also utilize the Webb family donation from 2012. In addition, funds donated specifically for the building and from fund-raisers will be used. Wemhoff Architecture in Cottonwood has drawn the plans for the property – three city lots that Kids Klub purchased adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School at 506 South A Street.

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Syringa board looks into managerial services agreement with Kootenai

“I just want to commend the current board for the Kootenai affiliation agreement,” said James May of Kooskia at the May 23 Syringa Board of Trustees meeting. “I know the whole process was not easy, but I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for Syringa and absolutely critical for this hospital.”

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Rafting accident claims woman

A Montana woman drowned in a rafting accident last Saturday, June 3, on the Little Salmon River. Lindsay A. Rice, 31, of Great Falls, was pronounced deceased by a Life Flight crew.

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Judge gives USFS Orograde project a go-ahead

Back in April, when the Forest Service notified the federal court in which Friends of the Clearwater sought to halt the Orogrande Community Protection Project that work would start June 1, the environmentalist plaintiffs asked the court to stop the work from going forward. On May 31, the court – under Chief U.S. Magistrate Ronald E. Bush – allowed the work to go forward while the sides continue to argue the case.

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Idaho commerce director discusses work, life during Idaho County tour

“I feel like in order to know a place, I need to make a visit, have a presence there,” said Megan Ronk. “I cannot sit behind a desk in Boise and pretend to know what challenges people here have.” Ronk, the director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, stopped by the Free Press last week while she was visiting Idaho County and the surrounding area. Several business owners had the chance to meet with her as she and her mother and two young sons traveled throughout the area.

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12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at Kamiah

The Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association held its 12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at the Kamiah KOA Campground on U.S. Highway 12, June 1-4. A variety of bands, including Flatgrass, Hickory Bluff and Higher Ground played during the four-day event.

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Global warming in regards to forest fires

Now a wildfires smoke puts untold amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which stops when the fire goes out. But what about the carbon dioxide that was already there needed to grow the forest?

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Think about what we can accomplish if...

There can be little doubt that ISIS is enjoying every minute of what the Democratic Party is doing to thwart the present administration’s efforts to “Make America Great Again.”

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Mother’s view on vaccinating Idaho kids

As a mom who loves her two girls, I’d do just about anything to protect them. Our precious daughters, ages 16 and 11, are the center of the universe for my husband and me. To watch them laugh and play, you would never know these amazing kids have cystic fibrosis and bravely face daily breathing treatments and all the challenges that come with this harrowing disease.

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Faith Briefs: June 7, 2017

A prayer gathering for pastors and people interested in praying for the nation and community is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Soltman Center in Grangeville.

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Sports...in brief

CVRA Rodeo set June 17-18; Bulldog Tennis Camp set June 13-15; GHS cheer clinic scheduled June 8; Fund-raiser fun run planned for June 17; Camas Prairie Cup scheduled.

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Concert set for Nazarene church

The musical group The Craguns will minister in concert at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Friday, June 30, 7 p.m. The concert is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. A freewill offering will be taken.

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Pastor Essen to retire; reception set for June 11

Pastor Barbara Essen is retiring as minister of the Grangeville United Methodist Church effective July 1. She has served in her present position for seven years. Some of her prior parishes were in: Pomeroy, Montesano, Leavenworth, and Lind, all in Washington state.

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(Fly) Tying One On

Shane Paul of Grangeville was busy tying flies at Long Camp RV Park in Kamiah during Classics on the Clearwater car show and swap meet June 3. Paul said he learned mostly from hands-on practice and watching videos. He taught his girlfriend’s son, Devin Pattan of Kamiah, age 9, who is pictured here with him.

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Museum recreates ‘Sister Alfreda’s Attic’

Siamese twin piglets perfectly preserved from when they were stillborn on a local farm decades ago, a mounted golden eagle with wings outstretched, an antique trumpet. These types of artifacts comprised Sister Alfreda Elsensohn’s emerging collection that she began to display in 1931 in the old St. Gertrude’s Academy attic. So began the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. A replica of the attic has just been completed as part of a five-year exhibit remodel plan.

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Wren to celebrate 80th

The family of Patrick Jerry “Jake” Wren is hosting an open house to celebrate his 80th birthday. The party is set for this Sunday, June 11, 1-4 p.m., at the Cottonwood Community Hall, and open to all. No gifts, just come and share stories.

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Sims wins VFW scholarship

The recipient of the annual VFW Wilderness Post No. 8311 Auxiliary Scholarship this year was announced at the Grangeville High School class night May 25.

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Community Briefs: June 7, 2017

An organizational meeting for Grangeville High School Coed Cheer is set for Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m., at the GHS library. A parent/guardian must be in attendance and consent forms for the next day’s clinic/evaluation will be available. GHS Coed Cheer will be holding an instructional clinic and evaluations on Thursday, June 8, from noon to 4 p.m., at the school for the upcoming 2017 season. All incoming freshmen through senior boys and girls interested in participating this coming season need to be in attendance. Those participating must have a signed consent form to be eligible to participate in the clinic/evaluation. Forms may be obtained at the GHS office and can be turned in there or given to Coach Lee the day of the clinic. Wear appropriate gym clothes and clean gym shoes. For additional information, contact Coach Renita Lee at 983-5772.

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Monday, June 5



Free Fishing Day is June 10

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and several partner groups will be hosting the annual Kids’ Free Fishing Day events on Saturday, June 10 near Grangeville, Elk City, and Lowell. The events will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are for children up to 12 years of age.

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Chinook season opened June 3

The Idaho Fish and Game commission reopened spring chinook salmon fishing on portions of the Clearwater River and the Little and Lower Salmon Rivers starting June 3.

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Friday, June 2



Cattle numbers in Idaho County largely unchanged

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

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