Stories for March 2017

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Friday, March 31

   

Kooskia group hosts Opera House meeting

A group dedicated to preserving a historic performing arts center in Kooskia finds themselves under the gun to raise necessary funding. A community meeting will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Kooskia 100F.

March 31, 2017 11 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 29



Bell Equipment, INC

Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce.

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Little Goose Lock and Dam

The flow topped 125,000 cubic feet per second in on March 11, 2014, here, at the second of the Snake River dams grain barges encounter below Clarkston. Rain and thawing at lower elevations brought the water down uncommonly early that spring, but apart from its timing, the flow was nothing out of the ordinary.

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards: destined for growth

In 2007, Art and Doug McIntosh of Lewiston launched an effort to add vintners to their resume. Theirs was already impressive, including fourth-generation grain farmers, work for the Associated Press as a photographer, and as jazz musicians who toured Europe.

March 29, 2017 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

Tim McNamee: Riding home on a loose rein

You’ve been out with your horse and you’re heading home. Your horse knows where you’re heading and he can’t wait to get there. You must hold him back to keep him from grabbing another gear. As you do, he’s learning to push on the bit and drop his belly- the opposite posture you want to practice.

March 29, 2017 2:54 p.m. read more..


Producer Profile: Clark Tacke

Clark Tacke, 28, and his wife, Sara, live in Cottonwood. Since 2012, he has owned and operated a farm between Greencreek and Grangeville with his dad, Cliff Tacke, where they raise wheat and barley, some canola, as well as grain hay.

March 29, 2017 2:44 p.m. read more..
 

Scours: A Calf’s Worst Nightmare

Calving in the winter and early spring can be a challenge due to bad weather conditions and mud. Scouring calves at this time of year can also be a big concern for some operations.

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Cottonwood business listening session draws small group to monastery

The seventh of 10 regional “listening sessions” gathered seven people to the Monastery of St. Gertrude Spirit Center in Cottonwood March 23. Christine Frei and Deb Smith with Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA), in partnership with North Central Idaho Travel Association (NCITA), led the discussion. Frei, executive director at CEDA, said the goal was to look at the types of services necessary to help regional businesses grow.

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District 242 approves funds to complete track

A lengthy discussion regarding work on the Prairie Elementary School track took place at the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (CJSD) school board meeting Monday, March 20. Teacher Ryan Hasselstrom presented a request for funding to complete the project, along with an update on issue at the site. Hasselstrom asked CJSD school board members for $50,000 to surface and line the track.

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CIAA celebrates founding member Amsel Beardemphl

In anticipation of Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 50th Spring Show, May 4, 5, and 6, CIAA celebrates Founding Member, Amsel Beardemphl. The 50th Show remains at the Bicentennial Historical Museum and will feature the art of founding members.

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GHS Spring Music Concert

Grangeville High School held its spring concert Tuesday, March 21, under the direction of Grangeville music teacher Phillip Golde.

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Higgins returns to his roots; GHS principal takes job as Kamiah superintendent

Steve Higgins is coming full circle. Higgins’ service as Grangeville High School’s principal for the past nine years will come to end this spring as he becomes the superintendent of Kamiah Joint School District 304. It’s a familiar location for the educator, as he went through his early years in the school district. Higgins’s family farmed in the Winona area, centrally located between Kamiah and Grangeville. He attended elementary, middle and high school in district 304, graduating from Kamiah High School in 1982.

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Couple to offer tutoring, test prep, music lessons

Does your child need help with math or science? Are English and history homework getting you down? Does your teen need a boost to assist him with college prep tests? Warren and Nia Stevens may be just the answer you are looking for. The couple will bring their business, Prodigy Private Instruction, LLC, to Idaho County later this spring.

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EMTs: support them, their efforts, join them

Idaho County has a strong volunteerism history when it comes to our community EMTs (emergency medical technicians) who train on their own time and dime, and are on call to leave their work or families at a moment’s notice, in all kinds of weather, day or night, and at any location from highways to rugged back country.

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Miskin to helm GHS pending board OK

Pending Mountain View School District 244 board approval, Randall Miskin of Kooskia will be the new Grangeville High School principal starting this summer for the 2017-18 school year. Miskin is currently the Clearwater Valley High School principal where he has been since 2013.

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Secure Rural School payments: Federal obligation must be met

The federal government’s irresponsible overspending that has resulted in a nearly $20 trillion national debt makes it increasingly difficult to ensure that the federal government meets its responsibilities. Comprehensive reforms that control federal spending and provide better certainty of the ability to meet these federal obligations are greatly needed.

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Bulldogs hold serve

Grangeville’s tennis squad won every girls singles match and every mixed doubles match last Thursday, March 23, at Clearwater Valley. GHS also tallied wins in most of the girls doubles matches. Coach Kerry McCulley highlight the girls double combination of Maicee Conner and Kenzie Kennedy who “remain undefeated on the season and played a very good match.” He also flagged Kate Lutz and Jolie Tosten, who “overcame a rough start and came back to win their match.” Up next, Grangeville is off until April 6, when the Bulldogs return from spring break to action at Clearwater Valley. On April 8, GHS will compete in the league opener at Lewiston.

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Minor injury crash shears pole

Montana woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident north of town on Lukes Gulch Road last Wednesday, March 23, involving a power pole.

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Organizations

Grangeville Senior Center March 20 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Tom Helmick;

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It's Your Business: Syringa Kooskia Clinic dedication is April 5

There will be a dedication ceremony by the board of the Syringa Hospital to rename the Kooskia Medical Clinic to “The Dick Tucker Syringa Clinic” on Wednesday, April 5, at 1 p.m. This is a celebration of former board member Dick Tucker who was passionate about bringing Syringa’s medical care to the Kooskia area.

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Sports...in brief

Gun Club fetes top 10-week shooters; Youth turkey season to run April 8-14; Football squad’s annual Boise State camp trip scheduled; RMEF local chapter sets April 22 banquet; Babe Ruth baseball meeting set April 12; Trapshoot coming up.

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Community walks to start April 1

The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash).

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Ridge Runner VFD to host class, meeting April 1

Ridge Runner will hold its annual fire district meeting at the Kooskia Community Center on Saturday, April 1, 6 p.m. Those who live within the Ridge Runner fire district are invited to attend. Board members will be elected, the annual report will be presented and service level expectations and corresponding funding needs will be discussed. A vote on funding options will also take place.

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Lutz, Russell, Hays make it to nationals with arts projects

It’s on to national competition for three local students. Grangeville High School juniors Kate Lutz and Hailey Russell and Grangeville Elementary Middle School sixth grader Hollen Hays each received first place in the State of Idaho PTA Reflections art contest.

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Community Briefs: March 29, 2017

All Idaho County Easter information is requested for printing in upcoming editions of the Idaho County Free Press and The Shopper. Breakfasts, services, egg hunts and other activities are sought. E-mail Lpalmer@idahocountyfreepress.com or call 983-1200.

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Elk City News: Library fund-raiser on tap for April 14

As mentioned briefly last week, the Friends of the Elk City Library are again sponsoring a beer and wine tasting event Friday, April 14, at the Elk City Laundromat, doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be appetizers served, their famous silent auction and lots of tasting to do. There may even be some new surprises this year, so plan on attending.

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Celebrating Mardi Gras St. Mary’s Style

St. Mary’s Hospital hosted its annual fund-raiser Saturday, March 25, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Participants bid on both silent and live auction items following a meal. Money raised was earmarked for the installation of a sprinkler system for the hospital. Currently the hospital does not have a sprinkler system and adding one would bring the facility up to building code. The total raised at the Mardi Gras event, toward the $200,000 needed to complete upgrades, could not be confirmed by press time.

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Riggins News: Six in Shepherd family to receive awards

My quote for the week is so sweet: “No matter how old you both get, never stop holding hands, never stop dancing, and never stop saying, ‘I love you’ to each other.” Lee Simonson is turning 100 years young and will be honored with a birthday celebration this Sunday April 2, at the Salmon River Community Church following the morning service about 12:30 p.m. Shhhhh, mum’s the word, but we want to shower him with 100 birthday cards for this very special event! If you cannot be at the party, drop your card off or send it to the Salmon River Community Church.

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White Bird News: Swiftwater R.V. Park turns 13

We’re into April and it’s starting to look and feel a little like spring is on its way. The rivers and streams are still running very high so please be careful around water. Trees and flowers are starting to bud out or bloom, so you know it’s around the corner somewhere. I know many are venturing out to Pittsburg and some to Kirkwood, so watch also for the snakes…they are emerging from the dens. Bees are out and they may be a little docile yet, but as it warms up, so do their tempers.

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Clearwater Valley News: Witches Brew offers organic coffee

I stopped at the new Witches Brew Coffee and Tea Shop in Kooskia last week and had a great cup of organic coffee with Julie Wells, the owner. (see photo). It is a small, simple, brightly colored space intended to complement the massage, yoga, meditation, book groups and other activities that she offers at Rose Wellness Center.

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April 7 comment deadline on intercity bus route proposal through region

Public comment is due April 7 to the Idaho Transportation Department on applications competing for $1.1 million in funding for operation of intercity bus routes within the Gem State. Of these, Elevated Transit plans a route from Coeur d’Alene to Boise, which in Idaho County would include stops in Grangeville and Riggins.

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Friday, March 24

 

Higgins to return to Kamiah as superintendent

Steve Higgins is coming full circle. Higgins’ service as Grangeville High School’s principal for the past nine years will come to end this spring as he becomes the superintendent of Kamiah Joint School District 304. It’s a familiar location for the educator, as he went through his early years in the school district.

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Thursday, March 23



Community walks start April 1

The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash).

March 23, 2017 midnight read more..

Wednesday, March 22

   

Electrical issue cause for Elk City fire

Firefighters made short work on an Elk City house fire last week, saving the two-story structure. No injuries were reported. An electrical issue – old wiring – is the suspected cause of last Wednesday’s March 15 fire, according to Jon Menough, board chairman, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department, that originated in the attic.

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Scorecard

Sweeney Invitational, Central Idaho Invitational, bowling results.

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Organizations

Grangeville Senior Center March 13 – pledge, Stanley Modrell, prayer, Shirley Crane; free dinner, Helen McLean, meals at site: 71 with 31 home-deliveries;

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Treasure Island - Prairie performs Missoula Childrens Theater

Prairie students perform Treasure Island with the Missoula Children’s Theatre Friday, March 17, at the Prairie Junior-Senior High School gymnasium. Above, George Villamore portrays a parrot and Laney Forsmann plays Rosie Red on the right. Students practiced for one week before offering a public performance.

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White Bird News: Heckman working on welding

I have received word that Rod has gone through his stem cell transplant and is doing real well. He will be home by the weekend, but keep the prayers going for this to work. Speedy recovery to you, Rod.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Riggins News: Carlson’s honored with wedding reception

My quote of the week was actually for last week…still appropriate…“For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way, good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day. and, I just could not resist this one:“Do not iron your shamrock, you really don’t want to press your luck.” Each are from Author Unknown. Hope your St. Patrick’s Day last Friday was green with health, happiness, and joy.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Cottonwood News: Community yard sale on tap for May 20

The date for the Cottonwood Community Yard Sale will be May 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $7 to be on the map. The proceeds are going to the Prairie Cross-Country Team this year. To sign up call Shari at 962-3559 or Jenny 451-4244. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you. Deadline to sign up is May 10.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Elk City News: Slide is on the move again

Sue Bodden and the VFW Auxiliary want to let everyone know that the Community Easter Dinner will be Sunday, April 16, at the VFW from 1-3 p.m. There will be ham, rolls, green beans, and dessert provided. This dinner is provided free of charge — just bring a dish to share. Well, the “slide” is sliding some more (see photo). I took this photo on Friday, the 17th. Notice the upriver side.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Lowell / Syringa News: Wilderness Inn is now open for the season

Spring has sprung, the kayakers, catarafters, and rafters are all over it. They picked this last weekend to converge on the Mighty Lochsa. The level has gone up and down between seven feet at the highest so far, back down to five and one-half feet on Monday morning. With the Internet, it’s possible to get up-to-the-minute river flow at any given minute! I usually just ask Marty Smith, my go to for River info, it’s easier.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Clearwater Valley News: Join committee to save Opera House

I talked to Gloria Taylor of Harpster about the newly formed Old Opera House (Kooskia) Cultural Committee. She is excited that 25 people came to the initial meeting in early March, with lots of great ideas. They plan to buy this lovely historic building and use it as a community center, artist studios, art gallery and performance space for children through adults.

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Community Briefs: March 22, 2017

Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be meeting Saturday, March 25, 6 p.m., in the fellowship barn of Gary and Judy Porter at 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville. Judy will be serving baked spaghetti. Bring a side dish to share and bring a friend. The Porters look forward to seeing everyone.

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Wimer Field upgrades pitched to Cottonwood council

“It’s not a full donation. I know it’s not going to be something that will happen right away,” he said. “What I’m trying to see is what would be allowable from the city, what the city would like to see, how we proceed forward from this point.”

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Fire Academy

The 11th annual Clearwater Fire Academy was held in Orofino last week, March 17-19, drawing firefighters from dozens of fire departments throughout the region for skill-building and new information training.

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Cassie Chandler chosen as White Bird Rodeo queen

Although the sky was grey and overcast, the rain held off Saturday, March 18, as White Bird Rodeo crowned its new queen for the coming year. Cassie SueAnne Chandler, 15, was named queen for the upcoming rodeo year. She is a freshman at Grangeville High School and the daughter of Travis and Shandra Chandler of Slate Creek.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Use of Force policy passes for MVSD 244

After almost two years of discourse, rewrites and discussion, Mountain View School District 244’s board passed its Use of Force policy at the Feb. 27 regular meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

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Cottonwood residents meet, discuss school building’s potential

Fourteen residents attended a meeting hosted by the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Tuesday, March 14, to hear suggestions about potential uses for the former elementary school building. “Our role is to identify what our options are,” said Michael Taylor, president of consulting firm Vita Nuova. “Tonight, our goal is to hear from you.”

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Help sought to take lights down at Pioneer Park

The crews of Avista and Idaho County Light and Power will be taking down lights at Grangeville’s Pioneer Park Tuesday March 28, starting at 8 a.m. People are needed to test, wrap and stow lights. All volunteers are welcome to help the Grangeville Horizons Recreational Group. •

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Night Of Fantasy

Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted its annual Chocolate Fantasy fund-raiser last Saturday, March 18, at the SPPS gymnasium.

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U of I students spending spring break in prison

The Alternative Service Break program is administered through the Department of Student Involvement at the university. Students participated in the Making Corrections: Enhancing Education in Incarceration event March 11-18, one of five programs available in the spring 2017 semester.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Grangeville dominates at Lewiston

Grangeville’s tennis squad won most of its matches Monday night, March 20, largely on the strength of the team’s returning state qualifiers, but also by way of a good start from a slew of first-year competitors.

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Cottonwood’s Bent Hinge offers DIY fun

Cottonwood’s latest brick and mortar business combines custom-designed products with fun. The Bent Hinge recently opened at the corner of Main and King streets. Serena Lockett offers personalized products, such as T-shirts and mugs. And on Friday evenings, Lockett opens her doors for a do-it-yourself workshop.

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Sports...in brief

Chinook fishing set; Football squad’s annual Boise State camp trip scheduled; RMEF local chapter sets April 22 banquet; Youth baseball sign-ups slated; Turkey Federation banquet coming up; Softball clinic slated; Grangeville places third in shoot-off.

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Bulldogs win opener at CV

Clearwater Valley handed opening day starter Keiran Owens a 7-0 lead two innings into the Rams’ first game of the season. But in the course of hosting Grangeville, CV’s bats went quiet last Tuesday afternoon, March 14.

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Salvage Idaho’s forest family

An unreliable and constricted supply of logs has been the largest factor forcing mill closures in Idaho towns like Kamiah, Orofino, Coeur d’Alene and Elk City. Over that quarter of a century, some 7,500 Idaho forest dependent families have lost the employment, homes and lifestyle they once lived and loved.

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CIAA celebrates founding member Eddie Olson

In anticipation of Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 50th Spring Show, May 4, 5, and 6, CIAA celebrates founding member, Eddie Olson. The 50th Show remains at the Bicentennial Historical Museum and will feature the art of founding members.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 21



Monday, March 20



Cottonwood residents discuss building’s potential

Fourteen residents attended a meeting hosted by the Cottonwood Joint School District Tuesday, March 14, to hear suggestions about potential uses for the former elementary school building. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Clearwater Economic Development Association and the district was on hand to answer questions.

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Saturday, March 18



Friday, March 17

  

Thursday, March 16

      

Slope Movement At Elk City Slide Location

Sections of hillside have been seen sliding off along State Highway 14, about 10 miles west of Elk City, in the location of the Feb. 18, 2016, slide event that blocked the roadway for months.

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Sponsored content: Will this year’s snow-rain-melt snow cycle ever end?

Eventually, we’ll get out of what has been a significant precipitation cycle for the region, but in the meantime, March is when we can start working on gardening preparation activities so we’re ready to hit the ground running come the green-up.

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Invasive plant management workshop set March 20

Monday, March 20, invasive plant management workshop open to area landowners. Information provided on building a weed control plan, help on calibrating spray equipment, and free software for phone or tablet to map invasive plants

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Wednesday, March 15

     

Organizations

Grangeville Senior Center March 6 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Shirley Crane

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Syringa Hospital board adopts inclusive meeting model

“There is no ‘us versus them,’” Syringa Hospital board vice-president Steve Didier, Kooskia, said at the Feb. 28 board meeting. With that in mind, Didier asked everyone at the board table – trustees, hospital employees, department heads and medical personnel – to disperse. “We want to shake it up,” he smiled. “No groups, just everyone interspersed.”

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Last chance to get tickets to SMH’s Mardi Gras event

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation’s Annual Mardi Gras event will feature live and silent auction items for guests to bid on and the proceeds will go directly to hospital needs. The annual event allows St. Mary’s to address critical facility needs to help serve patients. Last year the event helped the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation fund a new heating system to replace an outdated and inefficient one.

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Singh takes first at state BPA

Grangeville High School recently had four students travel to Boise to represent the school at this year’s State Business Professionals of America (BPA) conference. Junior Amrit Singh was awarded first place in his event of Economic Research. He now has the opportunity to attend the National BPA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., May 10-14. His event consisted of gathering information on contractionary and expansionary fiscal policy and then writing a seven-page research paper promoting which policy would be most effective for the current economic status.

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Lindsley’s St. Paddy’s Day sale set

Lindsley’s Home Furnishings annual St. Patrick’s Day sale is set for tomorrow, Thursday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by the store at 113 East Main Street for a chance at door prizes and giveaways – including a chance to win a $500 store gift certificate – as well as refreshments and visiting!

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Cottonwood News: Mardi Gras fund-raiser is next week

The St. Mary’s Mardi Gras Fund-raiser is just around the corner on March 25. We will have a prime rib dinner, catered by Rodonna’s, as well as live and silent auctions. This year we have guns, fishing trips, Stihl chain saws and a cord of wood, one ton of pellets, and many more items up for bid. We have a great DJ to provide music and the Black Jack tables will be running. Tickets are $35 each and are available at the front desk at the hospital, or you can purchase them at the door. We hope you all can make it!

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Riggins News: Rupp is new queen, princess is Hausladen

My quote for this week is “Speak to children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” …and speaking of children, I found a wonderful children’s bookmark at our Riggins City Library that helps parents know how to help their children learn to read. It is written as if the child were talking: “If you want me to be ready to learn to read when I start school, here’s what you can do with me every day: 1) Read aloud with me for 15-20 minutes each day. You can get books at the library. 2) Talk with me throughout the day. Use lots of interesting words, and ask me lots of questions. 3) Sing songs and say rhymes with me. This helps me break down words into parts. 4) Do fingerplays with me, like Itsy Bitsy Spider. This will help my fingers be ready to hold a pencil. 5) Play with me! Games and pretend play help me grow and learn, and I love it when you laugh with me!”

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Six-week soccer clinic teaches kids skills

About 60 kids participated in a six-week soccer clinic at Sts. Peter and Paul School that finished last Saturday, March 11. The approximate hourlong sessions were put on by volunteers Patrick Gallagher and Joel Gomez.

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White Bird News: Pilant on his way to Texas for transplant

Daylight Savings Time returned on March 12 . I hope you made it to the Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s sausage and hotcake breakfast. It was well attended, with great food and the Old Time Fiddlers were playing from the stage, sounding good as usual. White Bird Rodeo Queen, Bella was even lending her hand at serving. Everyone was very much appreciated. After the breakfast, the Pathfinders ATV Club had their fun ride into Pittsburg. From the photos, it looked like they had a great many riders and beautiful weather for the wonderful ride.

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Clearwater Valley News: ICARE barn dance set for March 25

Water, water everywhere! Whew, what a storm last week with heavy snow, then rain and wind that wreaked havoc with power lines out throughout our area. Thanks to the Idaho Power and Light crews who worked hard to get everyone’s electricity restored. Though outage times varied, in Harpster Heights we were dark for 38 hours, the longest outage I’ve experienced in five years here. The tiny intermittent creek in front of our house roared so loudly after the storm that it sounded like a waterfall. Water is cascading off the cliffs along the South Fork Clearwater and shooting out in surprising places. Ducks were swimming in flooded pastures to get out of the river current. It’s been nice to see the calm weather and sunshine over the weekend.

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Elk City News: Good to hear the geese

Spring is here! The geese are flying in and making their customary racket, err, I mean, honking. It’s good to hear that sound as well as the other birds that are showing up. Ground under the trees is starting to peek through.

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Bridge Work Across Little Salmon River

For those travelling between Grangeville and New Meadows, you will encounter new construction occurring on the bridge across the Little Salmon River at Hazard Creek Road, approximately 20 miles north of New Meadows.

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Council hears opposition to new business

Riggins City Council members received an earful from the community about a potential new business March 8. Neil Marzolf of Moscow has applied for an alcohol beverage license with the State of Idaho and plans to open a tap room in Riggins.

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Birth: Vivienne Genevieve Murdock

Vivienne Genevieve Murdock was born to parents Matthew and Jenna Murdock at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville on March 7, 2017 at 6:36 in the morning. She weighed nine pounds, seven ounces and was 21 inches long. She joins her four older siblings, Zachary Stephen (age 7), Emma Kathleen (age 5), Brendan Matthew (age 3) and Gwendolyn Elise (age 1). Her grandparents are Stephen and Kathleen Murdock of Veradale, Wash., and Joyce Goeckner and the late Wayne Goeckner of Ferdinand. Her great grandmother is Joan Cools of Colbert, Wash.

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Giddings: Sheriff’s office is adequately staffed

In the largest county in the state, Idaho County sheriff’s officers cover a swath of land 8,503 square miles across. With a population of 16,267, as of the last census in 2010, and only two local police departments in the county, many communities rely on the sheriff’s department for law enforcement.

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Locals attend Know Your Government 4-H conference

More than 160 Idaho 4-H members heard from the state’s top leaders during the annual Know Your Government Conference (KYG) in Boise February 18-20 during the Presidents Day holiday. The Idaho County 4-H Program sent three delegates this year. Idaho County 4-H Delegates included Elise Andrews, daughter of Sean and Rachel Andrews, Kooskia; Sam Smith, son of April Smith, Kooskia; and Clarissa Stevens, daughter of Fred and Renee Stevens, Grangeville.

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Community Briefs: March 15, 2017

Sts. Peter and Paul School’s annual Chocolate Fantasy auction is set for Saturday, March 18, at the school gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. Also included will be desserts and champagne with a live auction at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be catered by Stephanie Duclos with “A Taste of Art.”

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City equity buy-in fees at issue

What’s a good compromise to give the city and prospective developers each what they need? That focus framed discussion at last week’s Grangeville City Council meeting where options were discussed in ongoing plans to rework the municipal subdivision ordinance.

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Study shows progress for Idaho healthcare

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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Kamiah meeting March 23 on 129,000-pound trucks issue

The Idaho Transportation Department will hold a public meeting in Kamiah next Thursday, March 23, to take comment on applications allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on sections of U.S. highways 95 and 12, and state highways 3 and 8.

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Crew leaders needed for youth corps

The Clearwater Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. is seeking two crew leaders for the Orofino and Grangeville Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) crews. Application deadline is March 24.

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Educating the Idaho talent we need

Idaho’s economy is on an incredible path in the right direction. Idaho leads the nation in job creation. Idaho is one of the top three states for income growth. Idaho remains the best place to start a small business. With all of that…there is still work to be done.

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Land grabs come in many forms

Americans are incredibly fortunate to have national forests, national parks, wildlife refuges and other lands that provide us with so much inspiration and fulfillment. I view public lands as a foundation of our democracy, and a place where all people are created equal.

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Redcoats are coming to take public lands

Republican legislators, with their political red party colors, are writing legislative bills implying, “we Redcoats are coming, we Redcoats are here to take away your lands!”

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A better community due to your efforts

We wanted to send out a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers in the community who helped make Grangeville so bright and welcoming during these long, hard, winter months.

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USFS letting burnt forest go to waste

Nobody is working any harder to destroy our forest and deny access to said forest by the general public than the U.S.F.S. They are supposed to be managing the forests for the financial good and enjoyment of the general public, not the USFS and employees.

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Sports...in brief

Turkey Federation banquet coming up; Youth baseball sign-ups slated; RMEF local chapter sets April 22 banquet; Football squad’s annual Boise State camp trip scheduled; Fish Creek grooming wraps, Snowhaven shuts down for season; Turkey tag drawing results online

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MVSD 244 $2.6M levy squeaks by

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 came out with a yes vote — just barely — in Tuesday’s March 14, $2,663,246 supplemental levy election.

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State’s 10-year wildlife action plan renewed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved Idaho’s State Wildlife Action Plan, which renews the plan for about a decade and means the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will continue to get $550,000 in federal money.

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F&G board to meet this week

Setting of big game and salmon seasons will be major items on the agenda when the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meets this week in Boise.

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Weather mucks spring season openers

While the Grangeville softball girls participated in a hitting clinic on their practice field Monday, March 13, the tennis squad held court at the school and the baseball team practiced in the outfield beyond their dirt infield, which remains muddy on account of snow that melted only recently.

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Wiltse, tennis set eyeing state

Grangeville’s tennis team has seven state qualifiers returning to the re-fenced court this spring — including Bulldogs senior TJ Wiltse, who is determined to compete despite an injury.

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Wednesday, March 8



It's Your Business: Seasons celebrates with deals

Seasons Restaurant in Grangeville is celebrating its 6th anniversary and customer appreciation day Tuesday, March 14. Breakfast special is biscuit and gravy/ham and eggs for $5; lunch is a cheeseburger and fries or Santa Fe salad for $5; and dinner is bite-sized steak for $10. Great prices! Stop by 124 West Main Street or call 983-4203.

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Farris returns to softball circle

Grangeville High sophomore Micaela Farris missed most of the action during the fall and winter sports seasons due to a wrist injury, but is healthy and ready to compete once again as a pitcher for coach Calen Long’s softball squad.

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Prairie event helps girls recognize how Be-You-tiful they are

Seven in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way. That information is presented by DoSomething.org, a global network aimed at helping youth make positive changes. Prairie Junior-Senior High School (PJSHS) senior Selena Davila also is devoted to do something.

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East Kooskia Bridge open to traffic

An engineer with Idaho Transportation Department’s Lewiston office visited the East Kooskia Bridge worksite Tuesday, Feb. 28, and said the bridge is now open. Doral Hoff, ITD District 2 engineering manager said analysis of the work would conclude March 1. The review includes an assessment of how much load the bridge will accept.

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Forest campground host jobs on offer

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of National Forest System lands with visitors. The forests have multiple job openings available across the forest for volunteer campground hosts.

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Elk City water system revamp hits a hitch

To govern or not to govern: that is the question about a current plan to modernize the sewer system. It’s not yet clear when Elk City Water and Sewer Association (ECWSA) members will make their choice.

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Sick bald eagle treated, released off Old White Bird Grade

The bald eagle wafted off the shoulder of the Old White Bird Grade and settled into the wind, and without wavering it continued along the hillside headed north, until it was lost in the distance. For Michelle Powell, this was her “best recovery ever,” for rehabilitating wild animals injured or sick, and then releasing them back into the wild.

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School levy vote set Tuesday for districts 244, 305

School levy elections are set for the area next week,Tuesday, March 14. •Mountain View School District 244 will ask its patrons for a $2,663,246 levy. •In Craigmont, Highland Joint School District 305 will ask for a $499,000 levy as well as a Highland Plant Facilities Fund Levy for $50,000.

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Idaho bill ends gold, silver taxation

The Idaho legislation seeks to correct the misclassification of precious metals by the IRS as “property” rather than money. It is only because of this misclassification in the first place that precious metals income and losses are included in the federal-adjusted gross-income number that flows through to the taxpayer’s Idaho tax return.

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Just one area district could make some cuts

Should they be reimbursed? Absolutely. But what about all those district vehicles? What are they used for? There was a pause from the board and a “deer caught in your headlights” moment. Just one area district could make some cuts.

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Pirates top Valley, Wilder; place second to Lapwai

The Prairie boys once again took Lapwai down to the final minute, but having shocked the state’s top-ranked 1AD1 team during the district tournament, the Pirates fell to Lapwai 57-49 during the championship game last Saturday, March 4.

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We need to reassess our priorities

It bothers me to spend countless hours, time, and money donated doing fund-raisers making $500-$1,000 at a time to keep a basic necessity such as a fire department in our community, while last year my household alone paid over $1,200 towards the school district on our tax bill.

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Sports...in brief

Jet Boat Race fund-raiser slated; Northrup, Skiles top “all events” at local bowling tournaments; GHS boys basketball banquet set March 15; Youth baseball sign-ups slated; RMEF local chapter sets April 22 banquet; Football squad’s annual Boise State camp trip scheduled; Spring bear controlled hunt drawing results available online.

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Births: March 8, 2017

Logan Michael Barger was born on March 2, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho, to parents Rodney and Lauren Barger of Grangeville, Idaho. He was 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

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Man pens second book on his father, a former area doctor

KEARNS, Utah — “After my father died in 1976, I realized I had an intense interest in my father’s life, much of which took place in Idaho County,” Tom Weber explained. “I also found out that all of the old copies of the Idaho County Free Press were on microfilm at the library of the University of Utah, which is just up the street from where I live.”

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Democrats to meet March 13

The Idaho County Democrats will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 13, at the Grangeville Senior Center, 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

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Friends of Library sponsor logo design

Get your creative juices flowing and get ready to design a logo! Friends of Centennial Library (FoCL) in Grangeville is sponsoring a logo contest to create a logo for our non-profit.

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Local 4-H members take in D.C., trip; Inauguration is highlight

Several local 4-H kids recently toured Washington, D.C., and were able to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The trip was Jan. 16-21. The Idaho County 4-H members who attended included Gabe Forsmann, Brandan Costa, Kaycee Costa, Doug Wilson and Lynnsey Wilson, with local 4-H leader and chaperon Leigh Davis.

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Community Briefs: March 8, 2017

The March free Community Free Soup canteen will be served Thursday, March 9, at the Presbyterian Church in Kamiah at 7th and Hill Streets. Corned beef and cabbage soup will be featured, as well as rolls and dessert Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The meal is free to everyone and is handicap accessible.

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Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s Day Sausage Feed set for Sunday

The 10th Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s Day Sausage and Hotcake Breakfast is set for this Sunday, March 12, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., downtown White Bird at the IOOF Hall. Price is $10 per person with toddlers through age 7 costing $4 apiece. The meal is a family style sausage, hotcakes and egg breakfast with beverages. Sausage is prepared by Mt. View Meats in Riggins. Pre-orders are welcome; stop by Canyon House. Four pound cubs are $12 each. Entertainment will be provided by the Old-Time Fiddlers.The sausage feed is held yearly on memory of Joe and Ada Wilson. Visit www.visitwhitebird.com for details.

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Elk City News: Town quiet

More snow … Springtime in the Rockies! It’s sure quiet in Elk City. Kim Wolfrum, veterinarian, will be here March 14-15. Call 553-9283 for an appointment. Meetings: Elk City Area Alliance on the 13th at 7 p.m.; EMT meeting on the 14th. Birthdays: Lacey Chaffee and Jessica Boyd.

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Organizations

Grangeville Senior Center Feb. 27 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Tom Helmick, free dinner, Alta Clark; meals at site: 62 with 32 home-deliveries.

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Idaho Theater for Youth

Idaho Theater for Youth’s acting troupe, part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, presented “Stuart Little” to the students of Grangeville Elementary Middle and Sts. Peter and Paul schools Thursday, March 2, at GEMS. This is sponsored locally by Grangeville Arts, Inc. Here, “Mr. and Mrs. Little” make a worried call about their mouse son, Stuart.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Slow week ...

The only live thing that came down my driveway this week besides wild turkeys was the mailman, Ralph Jackson “Junior”, and his co-pilot, Steve Pankey. They delivered this week amid snow, ice, mud, and even with fallen tree branches along the drive. Rocks in the road, small slides of mud, and even a pair of geese or two, they complete their appointed rounds right on time. With newspapers, bills, ads, personal letters, and even Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstake winners!

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Cottonwood News: Pirates take second

Once again we woke up to snow this Sunday morning. Somewhere I read that we usually get 30 inches of snow in a year. Before this last snowstorm, we were at 87 inches. With another five to six inches we are triple the average for a year. The Says Phoebe birds showed up this week. I’ll bet they are wondering what all this white stuff is!

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White Bird News: Daylight Savings is this week

March has arrived like the lion it has become. Spring is trying really hard to make that appearance but just hasn’t got it done yet. With the help of Daylight Savings Time returning on March 12th (set your clocks ahead one hour) you won’t want to be late for the 10th Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s sausage & hotcake (even the green ones) breakfast. This all begins at 7:30 a.m. at the IOOF Hall. Adults cost $10 and youngsters will be charged $4. There will be extra sausage available for sale and this is very good … so get some extra while you can. The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing from the stage, so enjoy your breakfast while listening to the music.

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Clearwater Valley News: VEST dinner is Saturday

March 14th is National “Pi” day. It’s a day to honor “Pi”, the number that represents the ratio of circle to its diameter, roughly 3.14. (You may remember this from high school math class.) A great way to celebrate this day to eat a slice of pie, since a pie is a circle. The Hearthstone Bakery (in Kamiah) serves some great pie, my favorite is the coconut cream. They display their pies in a revolving glass case by the front counter. I sometimes watch the pies spin while I wait for my coffee. They will even sell you a whole pie if you order ahead.

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Riggins News: Jet boat fund-raiser set for this Saturday

This week’s quote is my own. “Every day is a gift in which to share love and joy, laughter and life with family, friends, and others that you meet along the way…a birthday is a special day to gather family and friends together to celebrate the joys and love of life and make more precious memories.” I will celebrate my 70th birthday this Friday, March 10. Wow!

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Children on food stamps in county drops

Teen births and food stamp usage in Idaho County have both decreased, according to a state study. In addition, the recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the national child poverty rates declined in 2015, after peaking at 23 percent in 2011.

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Musick 10th in nation for United Country agents

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Rick Musick of Grangeville was recently honored as the number 10 real estate agent in the nation for United Country Real Estate. Nationwide, the company has 4,000 agents spread across 500 offices.

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Chili Winner

Winner of the Grangeville Merchants Chili Cookoff last weekend was Cindy Hake of Central Idaho Properties. Her chili was “Cindy’s Chili Chili Bang Bang.” She is pictured here with her granddaughter, Rowan Hake.

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Invasive plan workshop set for Kamiah

Idaho County Invasive Plant Management and the Upper Clearwater Weed Management Area are conducting a weed management workshop to promote weed management education to local landowners and applicators on Monday, March 20.

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In Like A Lamb

Spring has to be on its way, as shown with Camille Hollibaugh, 11, pictured here enjoying a little lamb at her home in Grangeville.

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Patriotism In Song

Grangeville Elementary Middle School fourth and fifth graders, along with Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue choir, presented the patriotic “Take Your Hats Off When the Flag Goes By,” at the Thursday, March 2, concert. This was directed by GEMS music teacher Carla Astle.

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Grangeville sports schedules get new home: ghsathletics.org

A new “official website of Grangeville High School Bulldogs athletics” is now the place where the school’s sports calendars are being maintained online. The clearinghouse for online schedule information previously accessed through schedulestar.com now redirects to ghsathletics.org.

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Fish are moving upstream to the upper tributaries

Big fish, lots of bank access, beautiful weather. Well, two of three ain’t bad, and you might get all three during spring steelhead season. Steelhead make their final push to the headwaters of Idaho’s famous steelhead streams during spring, which concentrates them in the upper tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon rivers.

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Study shows progress for Idaho health care

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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Wednesday, March 1

 

March 9 public meeting on USFS Center Johnson Project

A public meeting is set for Thursday, March 9, for information on the proposed Center Johnson Project. The meeting runs 6-8 p.m. at the Slate Creek Ranger Station, 304 Slate Creek Road, and is sponsored by the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

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It's Your Business: Chili cookoff set for this Saturday in Grangeville

Did you say chili? Get on down to the streets of Grangeville this Saturday, March 4, for the annual Grangeville Merchants’ chili cookoff. Taste local chili concoctions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of businesses are participating including Asker’s Harvest Foods, Home Grown Quilts, Grangeville Builders, Early Bird Supply, P1FCU, Irwin Drug, Larson’s, Evergreen Suites, Lindsley’s Home Furnishings, Les Schwab, Nu4u, United Country Musick, Central Idaho Properties (at Ray Holes Saddle Shop) and Cash and Carry.

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Cladouhos retires as Syringa CEO; Plans to stay in area

CEO Joe Cladouhos ended his nearly 10-year career yesterday with Syringa Hospital and Clinics, but that doesn’t mean he is ready to leave Grangeville. “We love it here,” he said of him and his wife, Tova. Cladouhos may be retired now, but he plans to stay involved in the community he has been a part of for the past decade.

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Snow Bound

Continued snowfall locally has made for picturesque settings around Grangeville. Here, spun frost clings to teasel in town.

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Zumwalt wins his last match

A half an hour before what was likely the last match of his wrestling career, Grangeville High senior Frankie Zumwalt was doing more-or-less what everyone else in the Idaho Center was doing last Saturday evening: enjoying the matches that came before his.

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Brazie named NWTF ‘officer of the year’

Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Rob Brazie recently earned national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his dedication in creating the next generation of hunters and sportsmen, as well as his accomplishments in upholding the state’s game laws.

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Poachers adding to harsh winter losses

On Friday, or the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 25, a poacher or poachers killed a whitetail doe just for the thrill of it. Senior Conservation Officer Ethan Bishop found two unborn twin fawns in the doe as he searched for ballistic forensic evidence at the crime scene.

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District II Stunner

The Prairie boys pulled off a major upset of previously unbeaten Lapwai, 50-49, at the last second last Friday night, Feb. 24.

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Sports...in brief

Final G’ville area hunter ed course set; Salmon River Gun Club sets Saturday .22 shoots this spring; RMEF local chapter sets April 22 banquet; Football squad’s annual Boise State camp trip scheduled; Lindsley, Kennedy named “all-CIL”.

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Organizations

Feb. 20 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Barbara Essen; free dinner, Frank Hausladen; meals at site: 66 with 32 home-delivered; guests: Michael Carin, Kent Mitchell, Airy George.

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Nygaard retires from Prairie Junior-Senior High

Transition and funding were the highlights of the Cottonwood Joint School District meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22. The board met at Prairie Junior/Senior High School (PJSH) and received two retirement letters, hired two coaches and approved a motion to seek a $350,000 levy. Carrie Nygaard, principal at PJSH, submitted her letter of retirement, stating she is looking forward to more time with family.

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Scammers fake ICSO call to threaten, arrest

Scammers are continually at their trade, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is warning about recent calls to area residents, reporting to be from Undersheriff Jim Gorges, threating arrest unless they send money. Calls appear to come from the ICSO number, but these are deceptive to mislead victims into defrauding them of money.

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Kooskia WWII internment camp history available on new online database

A new online database will allow visitors to explore history of a long-gone WWII Japanese internment camp east of Kooskia. Through a collaboration between the Northwest Knowledge Network and the University of Idaho Library, U of I professor Stacey Camp has created a digital repository of archaeological items discovered from the camp located off U.S. Highway 12 at the confluence of Canyon Creek and the Lochsa River.

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Benefit dinner, auction set for Pilant

A benefit dinner for White Bird Mayor Rod Pilant has been set for Saturday, March 4, 6 p.m., at the Elks Lodge. A potluck dinner will be held with barbecue pulled pork and rolls provided. Bring a favorite dish to share. A live auction will also be held with a variety of items up for bid including a Killgore Adventures jetboat trip for two, .50 caliber muzzleloader, custom crafts and an Alpine custom bow.

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Search for new GHS principal

Grangeville High School is on the lookout for a new principal. Current principal Steve Higgins announced two weeks ago he has taken the Kamiah superintendent job for the 2017-18 school year.

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GOP politics on the menu

Attendees talked politics, reminisced and focused on the year ahead for Idaho and the nation at last Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Greencreek. Approximately 120 people attended the Feb. 25 evening event at the Greencreek Community Hall, sponsored by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee, which raised nearly $2,500 for local party activities and to support candidates and GOP issues.

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MVSD 244 levy vote set for March 14

Mountain View School District 244 will again ask patrons for a $2,663,246 supplemental levy on March 14. “The school board has done its best to be good stewards of the district’s money,” superintendent Kent Stokes said. “The board has been diligent in keeping the levy amount the same for the past five years.”

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Gov. Otter intervenes in FOC’s Orogrande lawsuit

A Forest Service project that could help harden the Orogrande community against wildfire is tied up in court and Idaho’s executive branch is stepping in. Gov. Butch Otter has moved to intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit Friends of the Clearwater filed late last year.

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School district fast-tracks plans for elementary building

After Cottonwood City Council approved coordinating with Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (CJSD) for a feasibility study on the vacant elementary school building, CJSD pressed forward with plans. The application for the study must be submitted by March 17.

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Cutting to the chase on Democrats

In response to your Feb. 22 “Open Letter to Jim Chmelik,” let’s cut to the chase, Michelle Perdue. You’re in favor of killing unborn babies, and having taxpayers pay for it. You’re in favor of keeping poor kids in failing public schools by not giving them the option of educational choice through vouchers....

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Can conservatives, GOP say same thing?

Idaho Democrats are in the legislature advocating that we do our job, and fully fund education while simultaneously lowering property taxes. The politicians in charge are content with stifling opportunity for our kids. A fair tax policy in Idaho would lower property taxes for all and create a graduated income tax that would increase as income rises.

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A clear statement how policies have failed

My words were not divisive nor were they meant to unify; they were a clear statement of fact that pointed out how Democrat socialist policies have failed and will continue to fail; and yet they are still put forward by party leadership as solutions.

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Sanctuary policies are anti-immigrant

There is no denying the importance of immigration to our American heritage. Immigrants tend to be some of the most hardworking, family-oriented, God-fearing people among us. The system by which they are admitted, however, is broken: the product of decades of gross mismanagement by the federal government.

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Proposed Montana legislation restricting photos unconstitutional

From our Montana neighbors: State legislation is under consideration that would prohibit news outlets from posting photos of fatal accidents on social media until authorities can notify next of kin. For free speech advocates – which should be all of us, press and public alike – this is disturbing discussion.

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Faith Briefs: March 1, 2017

A weekend revival is set for Mountain Shadows Baptist Church, 215 North C Street, March 3, 4 and 5. Guest speakers and musicians include Gary and Judy Porter from Cowboy Church, contemporary Christian artist Jason Schuster, Pastor Mike Andrews and director of missions Lee Mowery.

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Honor Rolls: March 1, 2017

The University of Idaho has released the 2016 fall Dean’s List and graduate lists. To be included in the Dean’s List, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester. Fall 2016 semester ended Dec. 16. Fall commencement was held on Dec. 10, 2016.

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Community Briefs: March 1, 2017

White Bird Rodeo will host its queen tryouts Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. (PST). Young women between the ages of 14 and 18 residing in Adams, Idaho, Lewis, Nezperce and Valley counties are invited to try out. For questions call Kami Fogleman at 983-1726 or 983-8779.

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Donations sought for CV ‘Safe and Sober’ night

The Clearwater Valley High School class of 2017 is seeking donations for its ‘Safe and Sober’ graduation celebration. Students and parents have been running concessions, selling food and hosting raffle drawings to raise money so far.

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Miestones - Births: Feb. 28, 2017

Daniel East and Bethanie Cooper of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Dale Alvis East was born at Syringa Hospital Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Grangeville. He weighed nine pounds and was 21-1/2 inches long.

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Give blood at local sites in March

Several upcoming blood-giving opportunities are available through the Red Cross. Make an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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White Bird News: Sickels hits 25 at shoot; local scams are rampant

Well, it was looking like spring was going to make her appearance, with buttercups being found, the robins are back, and we even had some sunshine. No, it was not to be…we got snow this last week and it looks like it will stick around again for a few more days ... ugh! The good news…Daylight Savings Time will start on Sunday, March 12, so remember to set your clocks ahead one hour or you will be late for all the fun activities going on.

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Future Buyers

Students in the Kinder-Ready Klub watch as cattle are auctioned. The group took a trip Friday, Feb. 24, to the Cottonwood Livestock Auction. The experience helped teach the difference between dairy and beef cattle.

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Clearwater Valley News: Construction renovation work continues on East Kooskia Bridge

It’s construction season in the Clearwater Valley. Work will continue on the east Kooskia bridge (see photo) for a few weeks. In Kamiah, two buildings disappeared without a trace last week- the house on Hill St. that, sadly, burned in a house fire last month, and the building just above the Freedom Northwest Credit Union on Main Street. Separate work crews made quick work of dismantling the buildings and leveling the sites for future work.

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Elk City News: Welcome to spring time in Elk City

Thought spring was here last week! Beautiful sunny days with snow melting fast. Then woke up last Wednesday morning to more snow and it has been snowing on and off ever since! Oh, well. Welcome to springtime (winter?) in the Rockies.

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Riggins News: Stage project is ‘full steam ahead’

So, did March come in like a lamb or a lion? Was is nice or was is fierce? I know it depends where you live…like, we are in Arizona; I’m not sure they even think about the lion or the lamb in relation to March and weather…now Idaho on the other hand, does have that dependence. What was it this year? Will March go out like a lion or a lamb?

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Lowell / Syringa News: Town shoveling out for … spring?

Not one word about weather. If you don’t hear from me next week, I’m buried in the snow under my satellite dish with a scraper in my cold frozen hands trying to get my Internet to come back on! “The Revenant” doesn’t have anything on me.

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Cottonwood News: Hospitality shelter plan under way

So, we get to wake up to snow again. Yea! Isn’t it wonderful? The city of Cottonwood is working on establishing a hospitality shelter for stranded travelers. During the recent road closures, they had the opportunity to open the Cottonwood Community Hall to provide a safe, warm place for people to go.

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