Stories for May 2017


Wednesday, May 31


Free Fishing Day is June 10

Idaho's Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 10, with events scheduled 9 a.m. to noon at three Idaho County locations: Fenn Pond along the Selway, Wilkins Pond near Grangeville, Karolyn's Pond near Elk City.

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Traffic moving south of Pollock after accident downs power lines

Idaho State Police investigated a crash involving a commercial vehicle that rolled, downed power lines, and was blocking US Highway 95 at milepost 173, approximately 10 miles north of New Meadows. Idaho Transportation Department closed US Highway 95 from New Meadows to Pollock shortly before noon PT, then shortly before 2 p.m. PT restored alternating traffic through one lane.

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Obituary: Wayne C. MacGregor, 91, Grangeville, Idaho

Wayne C. MacGregor Jr., 91, a longtime resident of Grangeville, Idaho, died May 21, 2017, surrounded by his children. Wayne was born May 27, 1925, in Spokane, Wash., to Wayne C. and Estella Smith MacGregor. He was raised in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School in May of 1943, where he excelled academically and as an athlete, especially football.

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Fischer named SSCI ‘officer of the year’

This spring, district conservation officer George Fischer received an award he called “the pinnacle of recognition for wildlife officers” — the 2016 Shikar-Safari Club International “officer of the year” award.

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GHS cheer clinic scheduled June 8; Lindsley throws all-America discus; ‘Hill of It’ ride slated Saturday, June 2; Bulldog Tennis Camp set June 13-15; 5K fund-raiser planned for June 17; Basketball camp scheduled June 5-7; Basketball camp set June 5-8 in Nezperce.

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Obituary: Chase McNeil, 18, Kamiah, Idaho

Celebration of Life for Chase McNeil, 18 of Kamiah will be at 1 p.m., Saturday June 3, 2017, at the Nazarene Church, Highway 12, Kamiah, Idaho. A potluck dinner will follow. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho assisted the family.

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Obituary: Walter Shjelfo, 92, Columbia Falls, Mont

A memorial service for Walter Shjelfo, 92, will be held at 10 a.m. on July 29, 2017, in Dickinson, N. D., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 146 6th Avenue West, with military honors being presented by the American Legion Post #3 Honor Guard after the service. Burial will follow at the Dickinson Cemetery, and there will be a reception at the Dickinson Elks Lodge.

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WWI Tribute: Reproduction of the Idaho County draft list

On June 14th 1917, a published list of all male persons of the age of 21 and 31 inclusive had to be registered for the draft. Any males who did not register were liable to summary arrest by any officer of the law. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the total of 1,710 males between the ages of 21 to 31 resided in Idaho County. Over half of those registered claimed exemptions. 466 claimed dependent relatives, 40 were aliens, 11 were alien enemies, one was black, one Malaysian and 82 others were candidates for exemption not otherwise classified.

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Riggins News: 19th annual ‘Big Water Blowout’ set for this weekend

My quote for the week is “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so don’t stay mad for too long. Learn to forgive and love with all your heart. Don’t worry about the people who don’t like you. Enjoy the ones who love you.” Spend time with them and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Perfect water level

Regular news is a busy, sunny, perfect Memorial Day weekend. Rafters had perfect level water (5-1/2 feet) and sunshine all three days. There were campfires going on in front of every cabin in the Lochsa Riverbank, marshmallows for the kids, cold beer for the adults, and barbecues everywhere.

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Six GHS girls to vie for DYW

Six Grangeville girls will be competing this Saturday, June 3, for the title of the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie. The event is set for 7 p.m. at Grangeville High School and this year’s theme is “Salute the Troops!”

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Vacation Bible school activities set at local churches

Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. N. 2nd Street, will host its vacation Bible school Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon each day. All children age 4 through those in fifth grade are welcome. For details call 983-0552 or 983-2426.

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Community Briefs - May 31, 2017

Idaho State Representative Priscilla Giddings will speak Thursday, June 1, at Encouragers, at the 11:30 a.m., no-host luncheon at Oscar’s Restaurant. Raised on a White Bird ranch, Giddings graduated as valedictorian from Salmon River High School in Riggins. She obtained a B.S. In biology from United States Air Force Academy and was a NCAA Div. I athlete. She served nine years as an A-10 fighter pilot with three combat deployments, and was awarded Top Gun. She currently serves in the Idaho legislature and is a major in the Air Force Reserve. Giddings will share about living the Christian life in challenging environments.

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Grangeville Ballet Barre’ Recital Set For Friday

Pictured are members of Ballet Barre’ of Idaho County that will be performing a recital this Friday, June 2, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. The group will also open new student registrations in July, and plans are to expand dance styles to lyrical, tap and Broadway next fall. For information, contact Jennifer at .

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Grab a huckleberry shake at the Log Yard

The Kamiah cemetery always looks so patriotic for Memorial Day, with many large flags flapping in the breeze. People were streaming in on Friday placing flowers. (see photo) I stopped at the Log Yard restaurant in Kamiah for a huckleberry milkshake. (It’s just the thing on an 80-degree day!) I learned from Crystal the exciting news that Dawn Marie just got a full liquor license and will start serving drinks in addition to food. It’s a cozy little place, with a simple menu and some interesting specials.

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Cottonwood News: Bible school set for Baptist church

Who’s ready for VBS? Dust off your telescope and discover the incredible mysteries of the final frontier - right from your backyard! Join us for a week of searching the visible to discover the invisible at Galactic Starveyors. Kids will begin each day at Worship Rally. From Worship Rally, kids will gather at the Starveyors Clubhouse where they will explore God’s Word.

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White Bird News: Five new members join QRU team

The sun is shining and with that came the long weekend. I do hope all had a nice Memorial Day. Now with that being said, I get to bore you for the next three weeks with upcoming events and the “big one,” White Bird Days.

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Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2017

[Regarding May 17 issue guest opinion: Reducing mental health stigma key to supporting healthy communities] “Advocacy For” is the positive use of language to achieve positive goals. It is measured by the frequency of positive affirmations, the infrequency of negatives. As simple as that seems, recognizing the positives and the negatives in a society which confuses the two is often difficult.

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Foster parents serve kids from heart

Why do foster parents do what they do? A common misunderstanding is that foster parents are paid to do this difficult work. While it’s true that they receive a “reimbursement rate,” it is just that: a reimbursement. It’s not income.

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Man arrested after shots fired

Multiple Idaho County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of shots being fired at the Lucile Boat Ramp located off Highway 95 near milepost 203 at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 25, ICSO announced this afternoon.

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Organizations - May 31, 2017

May 22, 2017 – The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Stanley Modrell and Pastor Tom Helmick gave the prayer. The free dinner drawing was won by Carol Kinzer. There were 66 meals served and 27 home deliveries. There were no guests this week. Donna Barnett won the nickel Bingo pot and the blackout winner was Dolores Kindall.

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Harvest closes portion of Slate Creek Road

A portion of Slate Creek Road, Forest Service Road (FSR) 354, located on the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, has been temporarily closed due to timber harvest.

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Many opportunities to serve exist

In the May 16 elections, several races for hospital and highway districts were contested, but this is not always the case where oftentimes seats go unopposed.

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Accident briefly slows weekend travelers

An accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Main Street/State Highway 13 briefly impaired the flow of traffic shortly after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, May 26, when Jacob Candeub of Missoula, Mont., failed to stop his 1993 Toyota pickup at the stop sign.

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Unclaimed properties named 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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In the News Briefs: May 31, 2017

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS) has launched an effort to identify all Idaho monuments and memorials honoring the military and veterans. IDVS is utilizing and seeking assistance from the public and veterans’ service organizations to collect photos, history and stories regarding the many memorials throughout Idaho. is a free online site for people to share historical and contemporary photographs.

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Shores settle into Inland Title & Escrow; Couple also own Clearwater Title

Troy and Mary Shores have a year at Inland Title & Escrow under their belts, but the business owner couple is not new to the business world. Last year, the husband and wife team purchased Inland Title and Escrow from Del and Lexi Lunders. However, it wasn’t a new endeavor, as Mary has owned and operated Clearwater County Land Title Company in Orofino for nearly 30 years.

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Hospice works with families on personal level

“Hospice is not something I have to do – it’s something I get to do,” expressed DeEtte Westover, RN. Westover is employed by Syringa Hospital and Syringa Hospital Hospice (SHH). She, along with about eight other SHH employees and 30 volunteers, operate the area’s only hospice program.

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Big Water Blowout set for weekend in Riggins

The 19th annual Big Water Blowout River Festival in Riggins is set for Saturday, June 3. Participants on the water or from the banks can view the rafting action in the Class III and IV rapids in the second deepest gorge in North America.

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May 16 election sees just 14 percent voter turnout

Could voter turnout go any lower? Apparently so. Last month’s May 16 elections reported a 14 percent voter turnout, with 954 ballots cast out of a total 6,688 registered voters. That is a 4 percent drop from a comparable election, May 2015, that reported an 18.1 turnout (1,620 votes cast out of 8,950 registered), and which – as of that time – was the lowest reported turnout in recent memory.

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Cottonwood Memorial Day Tribute

Members of the Cottonwood area VFW and American Legion were host to Memorial Day tributes in Cottonwood and Greencreek Monday, May 29. Here, the color guard, rifle squad and many veterans participate in the ceremony at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. At each cemetery, the names of veterans who are buried there were read aloud. Taps was played, “In Flanders Field” read and a rifle-salute offered. More than 100 participants from throughout the community attended the Cottonwood ceremony.

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Commission redirects $80k to new projects

Last August, county commissioners set aside $150,000 for overhauling the Idaho County Courthouse parking lot, but the board has decided two five-figure expenses will come first. Having received only one bid for the parking lot overhaul earlier this month – and that for more than $200,000 – the board last week approved redirecting more than $84,000 to two other courthouse projects.

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Branson to play basketball at Blue Mountain

Gavin Branson will pursue an education degree on scholarship at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., with an eye on becoming a history teacher — and towards becoming a basketball coach.

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Uptmor to run at College of Idaho

Having run distance for the 2017 state champion Prairie Pirates Chaye Uptmor is headed to Caldwell on scholarship this fall, where she plans to study health and human sciences and psychology and, eventually, to pursue a degree in occupational therapy.

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Veterans Center Flagpole dedication June 14

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 June 14.

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Edwards, Olsen qualify for Silver State Rodeo

After three days of rodeo competition in the Idaho State Junior High School Finals in Pocatello, May 26-28, two Clearwater Valley junior high students qualified for the Silver State Invitational Rodeo to be held at the Winnemucca Events Center in Winnemucca, Nev., July 3-8.

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White Bird Rodeo entries open June 5

The key date for Idaho Cowboys Association cardholders who want to enter the White Bird Rodeo is June 5, and callbacks will be June 6. Rodeo fans and spectators can circle June 16-17, when the full slate of rodeo action will go at the arena near Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird.

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Tuesday, May 30

Monday, May 29

Saturday, May 27

Lindsley throws All-America discus at NAIA championships

Juston Lindsley made College of Idaho history at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 26, becoming the first thrower to earn All-America honors. He finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 169-01.75, a school record.

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Friday, May 26

Grangeville accident briefly slows weekend travelers

An accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Main Street/State Highway 13 briefly impaired the flow of traffic shortly after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, May 26, when Jacob Candeube of Missoula, Mont., failed to stop his Toyota pickup at the stop sign.

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Thursday, May 25


Tennis camp to be held June 13-15

The annual Bulldogs Tennis Camp will be 1-3 p.m. each afternoon June 13-15 at the GHS courts. Contact tennis coach Kerry McCulley,, for more information.

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Wednesday, May 24

Rhoades Emmanuel Memorial Museum

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, located on the campus of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, holds collections of artifacts that tell the story of the Camas Prairie and surrounding areas including the history of the monastery, gold mining, the Nez Perce, and early settlement, as well as local characters such as Polly Bemis and Buckskin Bill.

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Hells Canyon with the Killgores

Hells Canyon might be God’s best kept hideaway if you’re a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

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Locals mostly two-and-out vs. 3A competition

Clearwater Valley’s Kamm and Trayse Mangun played exceptionally, and came closer to a state medal than any other local individual or doubles team at the 3A state tennis meet held May 19-20 at Vallivue and Caldwell high schools.

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Prairie takes girls team title

Prairie’s last race of the day once again proved decisive, with the 4x400 girls outpacing Oakley by more than four seconds to move the team total two points ahead of Valley, into clear first.

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1A Record Falls

Salmon River’s Chevelle Shepherd cleared 10-3½ in the 1A girls pole vault — and topped the state record 10-3 set in 2015 by Kaylee Olsen of Challis.

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Low chinook returns prompt May 24 closures

Idaho Fish and Game will close fishing for spring chinook salmon on the Mainstem Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers at the end of fishing hours on May 24.

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Enter Super Hunt drawing by May 31; June 5 is last day to apply for big game controlled hunts; Free throw-a-thon set; Basketball camp scheduled June 5-7; 5K fund-raiser planned for June 17.

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Norman looking toward camps

Grangeville’s JaKaili Norman placed fourth in the 2A 100 meter dash last weekend — but she said Tuesday, May 23, before the race she had her eye on taking first or second.

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Rams beat Wilder, finish fourth in first tournament appearance since 2000

It’s fitting that at the conclusion of a rain-soaked season, Clearwater Valley coach Josh Bradley’s Rams snapped one of the area’s longer-standing spring sports droughts. Having reached the state tournament for the first time since 2000, the CV baseball squad won a first-round game, securing a top-four finish in the process.

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Fed declaration opens funds for county flooding damage

Damages incurred to county and municipal infrastructure due to spring flooding events may be eligible for federal funds that were released last week due to a presidential disaster declaration for eight northern Idaho counties. A timetable for repair and/or mitigation work to begin is pending a review process by state and federal agencies.

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NTSB releases final reports on 2014 fatal plane accidents

Accidental causes have been determined in final reports on two fatal aircraft crashes that occurred within Idaho County in 2014. The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) recently published its findings online that were completed and approved last September.

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Region water levels up above average

It’s “water, water everywhere,’ according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that reports precipitation levels are above or well above average across Idaho, since the water year started last October.

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Boise motorist treated after car crash into river

An unexpected encounter with wildlife early Sunday morning resulted in a vehicle crashing into the Salmon River. Sariah M. Lara, 32, of Boise, was transported for evaluation and treatment at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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City pool opens June 3

The summer swimming season begins next week with the annual opening of the Grangeville city pool. Swimmers are treated with the traditional free swim day: Saturday, June 3, 1-5 p.m.

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Group forms to build arena, event center

“This is going to happen, but we’re going to do it right, no matter how long it takes,” said Christi Brown. Brown spoke to a group of about 10 people last Tuesday night, May 16, at the second public meeting of the Camas Prairie Arena and Event Center, Inc.

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Loss of opera house will change many lives

Unless something happens very soon, a disaster is close to happening that will change not only our lives, but the lives of our children, grandchildren and many others who have come to cherish a unique piece of history. I speak of The Old Opera House in Kooskia.

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Appreciate Idaho County Free Press help

On behalf of the board of directors of the Grangeville Country Club, I wish to express sincere thanks for the wonderful cooperation and ad donation by the ICFP to help advertise our June 10 club benefit. Specific mention goes to Sarah, Lisa and Judy.

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Fortunate so many EMTs serve in Idaho County communities

Idaho County is fortunate to have EMTs serving throughout the county, with ambulances in Grangeville, Cottonwood, Riggins, Elk City and Kooskia. Quick Response Units (QRU) are available in White Bird, Lowell, Powell, Clearwater, Tahoe and Glenwood/Caribel.

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Sts. Peter And Paul Open House

Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted an open house event Thursday, May 11, to showcase student work as well as offer tours for prospective students and their families. (Left) preschooler Harper Blewett sings about the sun.

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Elk City Auxiliary Officers Swear-In

Officers for the 2017 - 2018 year of Elk City VFW Wilderness Post No. 8311 Auxiliary were installed during the May 11 meeting. An enthusiastic group of members welcomed the incoming officers and said they are looking forward to a great year.

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Birth: Jean Louise Christensen

Mark and Sarah Christensen of Riggins are the parents of a baby daughter. Jean Louise Christensen was born Thursday, May 18, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Rau earns BS degree

Stuart Rau of Grangeville, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in virtual technology and design at the University of Idaho’s 122nd commencement ceremony held on May 13.

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Community Briefs: May 24, 2017

Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be meeting Saturday, May 27, 6 p.m., in the Porter’s fellowship barn at 43 Whitetail Drive south of Grangeville. The theme will be Mexican. Bring a favorite Mexican dish and bring a friend. Call 983-0112.

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Miskin to lead GHS in coming year

“I am a firm believer in life is what you make of it,” said Clearwater Valley High School Principal Randall Miskin. “Each experience, each situation – you have to be positive, make the most of it and learn along the way.”

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Elk City News: Memorial set for Farris Cheney

This Sunday, the 28th, there will be the traditional Memorial Day bridge ceremony with flags, gun salute and wreath placed in the American River at noon. Come on out and honor our veterans. Flag bearers should gather at the VFW at 11 a.m. There will be Auxiliary members handing out poppies and flags at the ceremony. Following the ceremony, stew and hot rolls will be served at the Post by the VFW Auxiliary.

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Camas Rovers Share Irish Dances

Members of the Camas Rovers, a local Irish dance troupe, performed songs and dances on Monday, May 15, at both the Grangeville Senior Center and Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Pictured here at the senior center performance dancing and stepping are (L-R) Kelly Turney, Hannah Rauzi, Katherine Uhlenkott and Theresa Uhlenkott.

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Times Past: May 17, 2017

“Grangeville General Hospital is owned and operated by the city. The 32-bed, accredited hospital is one of the few in Idaho that operates in the black. During 1962 its ward rates were $14 and $16 per patient a day, and private rooms were $20.

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White Bird News: Memorial Day activities scheduled

Don’t blink – the sun will go away! It was really nice to see it for more than a day or two. With that, be on the watch for the snakes as they are out and the rattlers are on the strike. Remember that the young ones are more poisonous than the older ones. Be careful with the animals as ticks are being found also.

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Clearwater Valley News: Couple marries at Harpster area ranch

Spring is for weddings, track meets and graduations. Last Saturday, Calla Hagle and Jake McGarry married at her parents’ (Sue Hagle and John Hetzner’s) 2 Lazy H ranch near Harpster. Countless friends and family members from all over the country gathered for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The couple travelled in traditional style in a horse-drawn cart driven by Larry Nims. (see photo). The celebration continued for several days, with many guests camping on site. Best wishes to this wonderful couple!

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Cottonwood News: Blood drive set for May 31

Congratulations to Deacon Joseph Lustig, who was ordained a deacon last week. Also, congratulations to all graduating seniors of Prairie High School and Summit Academy. We wish everyone much success in the future with God’s blessing. The forecast for this week looks great! Lots of sunshine. My rhubarb plant is really growing. Time to make some desserts.

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In the News briefs May 24, 2017

The Grangeville site for Idaho County Recycling will be closed on Saturday, May 27, for the Memorial Day weekend. Normal operating hours will resume in June.

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Food service director wins national award

The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has awarded Carmen Griffith, food service director for Orofino Joint School District 171, the Northwest Regional Director of the Year Award. This recognizes extraordinary contributions of school nutrition directors who manage effective school meal programs providing healthy, appetizing meals to students.

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Tuesday, May 23


Arts & Culture

Arts and culture events showcase the vibrant colors and sounds of our communities.

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Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

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Lay of the Land: What to do outdoors in North Central Idaho

North Central Idaho is a paradise of campgrounds, trailheads, rivers and unique destinations visitors and year-round residents use for a wide range of outdoor activities: mountain biking, camping, fishing, hiking, horse riding, hunting, nature viewing, rafting, four-wheeling, picnicking, scenic driving, boating, and snowmobiling.

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Hells Gate State Park

The historic site of a Nez Perce Tribe village, Hells Gate State Park at Lewiston (elevation 733 feet) offers a variety of outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities for visitors to the region.

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Winchester State Park

Winchester State Park offers year-round recreation for fishing, as well as seasonal offerings for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.

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Windy Saddle, Heavens Gate Lookout

The Windy Saddle campground, trailhead and scenic viewpoint for the Seven Devils mountains is just 20 miles from Riggins, and accessible by a well-maintained gravel road.

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Lolo Pass Vistors Center

For motorists traveling U.S. Highway 12, the Lolo Pass Visitors Center and Rest Area on the Idaho/Montana border provides a pleasant stop to view the region’s natural and historic treasures.

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Clearwater County

Established in 1911, Clearwater County encompasses 2,488 square miles and has its county seat at Orofino.

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Monday, May 22

Idaho County

Idaho County spans the Idaho panhandle and borders three states, but imposing geography sets this area apart from the rest of the United States.

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Museums of Clearwater County

“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton

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Friday, May 19


Pirates reach softball semifinal

With an 11-10 win over Notus, the Prairie girls are in position to play Horseshoe Bend for a shot at the 1A championship. The semifinal is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday at Airport Park in Lewiston.

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Rams in the running for third place

The Clearwater Valley boys beat Wilder 7-1 in the first game of the 1A state baseball tournament, and after falling to Genesee, the Rams are set to play Glenns Ferry for third place.

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Nez Perce National Historical Parks

For thousands of years, the mountains and rivers of this region were home to the Nez Perce people. With the creation of the Nez Perce National Historic Park, sites across the Idaho countryside now celebrate the legends, history, and ways of the Nez Perce.

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Wednesday, May 17

Sponsored content: Memorial Day : It's time to hit the trails

Memorial Day marks the start of the summer recreation season, and that makes this month a fine time to think about how to enjoy this ATV/UTV riding season to the fullest.

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Sponsored content: Tile: think differently

Spring home projects for your bathroom can take their cue from new styles out for the 2017 season, as well as complementary ways materials are being used together to create a fresh, exciting look.

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Sponsored content: Hydro power: Being good stewards

Did you know that 85 percent of the power we buy comes from a source that is carbon free and renewable? What’s this source of power? Hydro power. We are very fortunate to live in the Northwest where dams and rainfall allow us to utilize this form of energy production.

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Sponsored content: Lab work: Never boring

“Lab work is integral in diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring,” said Colleen Bennett, lab manager at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Yates wins second saddle

Clearwater Valley’s Dylan Yates won the boys high school rodeo all-around saddle for the school year, marking his second in a row.

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Tennis team takes district title; 14 Bulldogs headed to state

A rain delay sidelined the small classifications District I-II tennis tournament last Friday morning, May 12, but when the weather finally broke at about 3:30 p.m., the floodgates opened for Grangeville’s athletes. Playing shortened matches on account of limited remaining daylight and in anticipation of more rain the next morning, the Bulldogs won three categories outright and qualified 14 in all for state.

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Basketball camp scheduled June 5-7; Softball clinics set; 5K fund-raiser planned for June 17.

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Elk City VFW Taco Feed

The annual VFW Wilderness Post No. 8311 Auxiliary Taco Feed was held Saturday, May 6, at the post. This fund-raiser for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department brought in $637 through donations. Shown in the picture preparing the meal are (L-R) auxiliary members Carolyn Lovell, Debbie Mosher, Bruce Gabari, and Nancy Smart; and Debbie Taylor, Alliance and ECVFD member.

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County service officer available to assist veterans

Nestled away in a basement corner of the Idaho County Courthouse is a treasure to area veterans: Camden Schacher, Idaho County Veterans Service Officer. “I’m here to help, and I just want veterans and their families to know I’m here,” smiled Schacher from behind a desk in room 29.

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In the News: May 17, 2017

The Grangeville site for Idaho County Recycling will be closed on Saturday, May 27, for the Memorial Day weekend. Normal operating hours will resume in June.

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Riggins News: ‘Hike for hooters’ this Saturday in Pollock

My quote for this week is “Hug O’ War…I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war, where everyone hugs instead of tugs. Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rugs. Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” (One of those quotes where “Everyone could use a little good news today….”)

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Lowell / Syringa News: Guests make 3 Rivers life interesting

Kyle Petty had a spectacular event along Highway 12 last Sunday, Mother’s Day. It was a glorious run of motorcycles and support vehicles heading east in the sunshine! The communities of Lowell and Syringa came out along the highway to watch. Some hooting and hollering ensued!

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Tahoe QRU Bake Sale

Running a volunteer emergency medical service organization takes bodies and, as well, funds to keep it going. EMTs with Tahoe QRU (Quick Response Unit) ran a fund-raising bake sale in Kooskia on Saturday, May 13.

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Girl Scouts clean up historic Mt. Idaho Fort

Despite chilly temperatures and intermittent rain, local Girl Scouts braved the weather Saturday, May 6, and spent a couple hours doing manual labor. Grangeville-based Troop 3702 put on their outdoor muscles and cleaned up the Mt. Idaho Fort site located on Poor Farm Road.

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St. Mary’s Clinics to offer sports physicals in area

St. Mary’s Clinics will be host to its 22nd annual sports physical clinics for all area schools. This program provides the necessary sports physical screening required by the Idaho High School Activities Association. The cost of the exams is $25 (payable at the time of the exam) with $15 being donated back to the schools’ athletic department.

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Eckel graduates from University of Central Oklahoma

EDMOND, Okla. — Grangeville resident Hannah Eckel graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology - exercise/fitness management as a part of the spring 2017 class, which included 1,643 students.

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Community Briefs: May 17, 2017

Clean up your junk in two city-sponsored events in Cottonwood and Grangeville. Citywide cleanup in Cottonwood is ongoing through June 1; residents, businesses, organizations and schools are encouraged to participate. Roll-off bins are available at the corner of Idaho and Second South Street to use for yard waste, branches and inert items; no household trash, animal wastes, hazardous materials (paints or chemicals, for example) or tires. Call city hall, 962-3231. The City of Grangeville’s annual cleanup event is May 22-26, held to help residents start yard cleaning for the summer and overall improve community presentation. Items must be placed at the curb for pickup. To get on the pickup list, call city hall, 983-2851, with your name, address, and general list of items to be collected.

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Honey Bee Heaven

A honey bee flies toward a flowering plum tree in Grangeville. The bees extract nectar and pollen from the flowers for nourishment. Pollen is collected by the bee in its pollen basket, identified in this photo as the bulging section of the legs. Their distribution of pollen also is key to successful growth of plants and crops.

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Grangeville Farmers’ Market plans for season

The Grangeville Farmers’ Market held their third annual Meet, Greet and Eat event, Sunday, April 30, at the Soltman Center. Nearly 40 people attended the informational meeting. Those interested in selling and others offering volunteer support stepped forward with questions and comments.

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Host position available at Wilderness Gateway

An opportunity is still available to serve as a campground host at Wilderness Gateway Campground, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along Highway 12 and the beautiful Lochsa River, 50 miles east of Kooskia, Idaho near milepost 123.

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American Legion No. 37 hosts end of year meeting

Members of the Grangeville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 had the last meeting for the 2016-2017 year on Saturday, May 13, at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Center. Nine members were initiated including a new junior member, Sophia Wright.

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GEMS gets new Chessboards

When eighth grader Alli Kohrman told her mom, Breezi, that the Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s chessboards were not all complete and were a little worn, Breezi put a call on Facebook that received donations from across the United States. May 5, she was able to donated11 nice, wooden chessboards and pieces to the GEMS chess club that meets during lunch in Mr. Peeple’s classroom. Peeples stepped in after science teacher Mr. Mark Willig died in 2016. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade meet twice a week to play or watch during lunch. Peeples said if students don’t know how to play they are invited to learn or can simply watch if they wish. Here, students play on some of the existing chessmats.

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Timber harvest causes road closures

Motorists can expect nearly two months of weekday closures on area forest roads due to timber harvesting operations. This will impact travel along Slate Creek road, Forest Service road (FSR) 354, and Grangeville-Salmon road, FSR 221, located on the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

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Pioneer Senior Citizens gather

Agnes Forsman opened the May 9 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dolores VonBargen gave the dinner prayer. Guests were Nan and Dan Olk of Nezperce. There were 58 meals served and 25 takeouts. Buddy Hood won the free dinner. Agnes Forsman won the nickel Bingo pot and Marianne Wren won the blackout. Door prize winners were Bob Talbott, Lorene Nightingale, Eleanor Hinkelman, Mary Ann Kuther, Nan Olk and Dolores Kindall.

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Grangeville Senior Citizens pinochle winners named

Stanley Modrell opened the May 8 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Shirley Crane gave the prayer. The free dinner went to Charlene Schumacher. There were 38 meals at the site and 27 home-delivered. Sue Crea shared a joke. There were no Bingo winners.

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Community Garden Work

A misty rain throughout Saturday morning, May 6, didn’t dampen efforts by volunteers preparing the Camas Prairie Food Bank community gardens. More than two dozen people from several areas churches weeded garden beds, transported in soil and tilled it into prepared boxes for summer planting. The grounds were also cleaned and new composting boxes built. The event was co-organized by Grangeville Real Life, and also the newly formed men’s ministry meeting at Centennial Evangelical Free Church.

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Idaho needs veto override amendment

As the state Supreme Court gets ready to consider the fate of the sloppily vetoed grocery-tax repeal legislation, it’s increasingly apparent that Idaho’s constitution contains a major defect. That defect allows too much power to be concentrated in the hands of the governor and silences the voices of the people’s representatives in the Legislature.

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Reducing mental health stigma key to supporting healthy communities

Mental health and substance use disorders impact an estimated 18,000 children and 54,000 adults in Idaho, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. You likely know someone struggling with mental illness or addiction and are aware of the toll these issues can take on individuals, families and communities.

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Not too early to consider city council races

Coming off Tuesday’s elections, we’re striking while the political iron is hot: You should start thinking about city council and mayoral elections this fall. While this may seem early, really, it’s not.

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Board approves GEMS handbook changes

Grangeville Elementary Middle School Principal Dr. Susan Anderson said she wanted to add a few rules to its student handbook concerning its dress code. She addressed the Mountain View School District 244 board at the April 17 meeting. The board took the month to read over the handbook changes, and at its May 15 meeting in Kooskia voted to accept the changes

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Walk For Life

Just more than 150 people came out Saturday, May 13, for Hope Center’s 10th Annual Walk for Life.

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Saturday fire destroys US12 residence

Cause is believed accidental for a Saturday evening fire that destroyed a home west of Syringa on U.S. Highway 12. An unidentified member of the household was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville for smoke inhalation.

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Star Wars Family Night at Library

On Thursday, May 4, the Grangeville Centennial Library hosted a Star Wars Family Night event with snacks, and contests with trivia and costume judging. Among the participants was this girl dressed as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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It's Your Business: Home business fair is June 3; Dance recitals scheduled

Have you wondered what type of home business you may like to have? A home business fair is set for Saturday, June 3, noon to 4 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Community Outreach Center in Grangeville. Stop by and visit with representatives from more than a dozen different companies and learn what business opportunities may benefit you or just make contact with a rep about the great products they are offering.

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Tuesday, May 16

Five elected to Syringa board; local levies pass

Five locals were elected as Syringa Hospital board trustees in the Tuesday, May 16, election. In addition, levies passed in both Riggins’ Salmon River Joint School District 243 and Cottonwood Joint School District 242.

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Sunday, May 14

Grangeville wins 16 events at district meet

Grangeville won 16 events at the 2A District I-II track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Kootenai High School -- enough for first place in girls team scoring and second among the three Central Idaho League boys teams.

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Bulldogs win district title

Grangeville and Clearwater Valley tennis players are on to state, as the Bulldogs won the district team title yesterday and eight Rams posted top-four finishes.

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Friday, May 12

Thursday, May 11


Community Invited to Showing of Bud Moore Documentary

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, in partnership with the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission, will celebrate Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month with a public showing of the documentary Bud’s Place on Wednesday, May 17

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Grangeville draws Melba for first round

The Grangeville High boys will be heading to Idaho Falls for the 2A baseball tournament May 18-20, and as District I-II champions, they'll play the runner-up out of District III at 12:45 p.m. MT that Thursday.

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Wednesday, May 10

Pursuit ends in arrest on drug-related charges

Two individuals were arrested today (Wednesday, May 10) on multiple drug-related charges following a high-speed pursuit. Court hearings are pending for Kyle W. Mercer, 28 of Orofino, and Susan E. Roberts, 28 of Lewiston.

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A qualified ride was an uncommon observation at the 69th Riggins Rodeo last weekend, May 6-7, as man after man who set out to test a bull or bucking horse instead became subject of experiments in flight.

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Equipment stolen from IDFG still missing

A Fish and Game trailer stolen from Boise in April was recovered on May 2 and about half its contents found, but many items remain missing and officials are asking the public's help locating them. The trailer contained GPS and radio collars for tracking big-game animals and other equipment used to capture, handle, process and release animals.

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CV vaulters place 1-2 at area best

Clearwater Valley’s pole vaulters posted three of the top four highest marks last Thursday, May 4, at the annual area best track and field meet, held each year just before districts so as to reflect the gains athletes throughout the region have made throughout the season.

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Seventh-inning heroics take Grangeville to state

Though talking up their teammates from the visiting dugout, the Bulldogs were, officially, the home team Monday night, May 8 — so when it came down to the last at bat, it was the Grangeville boys’ turn to win a place at state with one stunning swing.

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GHS Music Seniors Honored

Grangeville High School’s seniors in the music program were honored at the last concert of the year May 8. Pictured (L-R) are Marissa Kennedy, Lauren Goldman, Alexandra Ahren, Hunter Connolley, Nichole Blackmer, Tristan Bledsoe and Matt Payne. Students have been under the direction of GHS music teacher Philip Golde this school year.

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MVSD 244 board votes to change grad requirements

Mountain View School District 244’s board voted unanimously April 17 to change its graduation requirements. Students will no longer be required to take computers or physical education classes in order to graduate. MVSD had these requirements to obtain a diploma while the state did not have these conditions. In addition....

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Uhlenkott graduates Franciscan University

Rachel Jeanne Uhlenkott, daughter of Chuck and Kerry Uhlenkott of Cottonwood, graduated magnum cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio on May 14, 2016. She graduated last year with a BA in humanities and Catholic culture with prerequisites in nursing.

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Winners named in PBS KIDS Writers Contest

For the 23rd year, Idaho Public Television participated in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. IdahoPTV’s three regional stations — KUID/Moscow, KISU/Pocatello and KAID/Boise — encouraged children in kindergarten through third grade to write and illustrate their own imaginative stories.

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‘Tough Enough’ ~ Meyer’s book on Hells Canyon family released

MERIDIAN, Idaho — “When I first read Doris Wilson’s memoir, I was intrigued by the picture she portrayed of a time and location, which had been a part of both her life and mine,” said Virginia Woods Meyer. “She and I lived in the same community; our sons were school classmates and friends. In writing her life story, Doris skimmed lightly over the surface of a fascinating series of events and anecdotes.” Meyer said those tales stirred her imagination.

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Celebrate mothers in heaven, earth

This will be the first Mother’s Day without my mama. Although I miss her, I don’t plan for it to be a sad day. She would not have wanted that. And though I am not sure yet what I will do, I have some ideas for those who are motherless this holiday.

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Surcharge suspension surprising, a start

We’re all leery of the government when it starts charging taxes and fees, as more often than not they’ll remain in effect well after we and our children are long gone. So, it was a surprising bit of news that came across the desk last week....

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Five-Headed Weed

This five-headed, one-stemmed dandelion was found by Beth Keeler of Devin’s Home Care recently when she was walking her dog around the business’s yard. One huge, flat dandelion stem houses a five-headed dandelion.

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Torrey Bakes A Cake

Pictured is a cake made by U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Karlie Torrey of Kooskia. She is a 2015 graduate of Clearwater Valley High School. Torrey is assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Ford is currently under way conducting builder’s sea trials.

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Community briefs - May 10, 2017

A prayer gathering for pastors and people interested in praying for the nation and community is set for noon Saturday, May 13, at the Soltman Center in Grangeville.

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Cottonwood FFA earns honors at state

With only a few years under its belt, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization at Prairie High School (PHS) earned some recognition recently. PHS walked away with respectable honors after the 86th Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference April 5-8 in Twin Falls.

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CIAA celebrates 50th with spring show

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) celebrated its 50th year with the annual spring show May 4-6. Carrie Jo Rehfeld won best of show award for her stilllife of “Fruit of Labor.” Nationally known artist Judy Fairley, judged the show. Results are as follows:

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Congressional effort to extend SRS funding

Idaho senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are part of a bipartisan effort to extend payments through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The proposed legislation, S. 1027 — introduced last week by Crapo and Risch, along with 13 co-sponsors – extends authorization for SRS payments for two years and offers retroactive payments for 2016.

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Levies up for approval in Cottonwood, Riggins

Voters in two area districts will weigh in on levy requests. Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (CJSD) maintained its amount from the previous year at $350,000. Salmon River Joint School District 243 (SRJSD) lowered its levy to $525,00. The question will be put to voters Tuesday, May 16.

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Summit Academy Seniors

The Board of Directors of Summit Academy will host its graduation Friday, May 19. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Peter Christensen at Holy Cross Chapel, Keuterville, at 5 p.m. Commencement exercises will follow at Summit Academy, Cottonwood, 6:30 p.m., with a dessert reception afterwards.

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Walk for Life set for this Saturday, May 13

Hope Center will host its 10th annual Walk for Life Saturday, May 13. Those interested in the event should meet at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall on South B Street in Grangeville. A free breakfast will be served by the Knights of Columbus from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

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Elk City News: Eagle brings a friend

Looks like the fund-raiser for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department was a huge success judging by the number of cars parked all around the VFW – up and down the street, filling both parking lots. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Is the water level too high in Paradise?

The Mighty Lochsa is raging, right at six feet this morning and all last weekend on the gauge crossing the base of the Lochsa River at the Selway River Road. It’s perfect for whitewater boaters, very fun rapids, everyone has a good time between four and six feet. Be ready, wear the proper gear, have some partners with you, try to stay in your boat!

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Watch Your Step at Post Office

The Grangeville Post Office is open, but the front steps are temporarily closed due to crumbling concrete. Repairs aren’t likely to be done this week, as the work is on hold during the facility’s transition to a new postmaster, whose first day is anticipated next Monday, May 15.

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Clearwater Valley News: Help clean up Stites this Saturday

Great to see all of the Nez Perce Tribal members in Kamiah for spring general counsel meetings last week. The three-day event at the Wa-A-Yas Center included meetings, presentations and booths from tribal leadership, tribal staff and affiliated groups. The week ended with elections for the Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee. Bill Picard, McCoy Oatman and Casey Mitchell won council seats 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

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Businesses & People in Action

Ace Home Center gave away a free Craftsman lawnmower via a drawing, in which customers signed up during the month of April. Winner was Louie Delatorre (right) of Grangeville, pictured here being congratulated by ACE owner Bill Vetter.

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It's Your Business: Bigfoot captured? Or not? Hmmm...

The Grangeville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is now open. With a shortage of volunteers, the facility is open limited hours Monday through Thursday. Those who are interested in greeting visitors can call Annelle Urbahn at 983-2333 or the chamber of commerce at 983-0460.

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Tuesday, May 9

Monday, May 8

Colon cancer can affect anyone; don’t ignore your body

COTTONWOOD — “Colon Cancer Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to talk about something that isn’t necessarily the most pleasant thing to think about or discuss,” said Dr. Jared Pikus of St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics in Cottonwood. “But the importance of screenings cannot be ignored. The ‘gold standard’ for early detection is the colonoscopy, but there are other less invasive methods available as well.”

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Organize your life

Everyone from Millennials to Gen X’ers live their lives largely through technology. We operate computers at work, carry a smart phone, and utilize apps and social media to communicate and gather information.

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Iconic Idaho: Lemon Berry Bread using huckleberries

This is perfectly moist, flavorful and delicious. It better be, because it’s a little more work than I usually like to put in for one loaf of bread. But it really is that good! There are just enough huckleberries to add an extra tang and just enough blueberries to provide the sweet.

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Friday, May 5


Thursday, May 4


Wednesday, May 3


Syringa candidates’ forum on tap for Tuesday, May 9

A “Meet the Candidates” forum is set for Tuesday, May 9, 7 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center on the Truck Route. The event is sponsored by the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce and the community is encouraged to attend.

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Riggins News: Rodeo, parade set for this weekend

The 69th annual Riggins Rodeo, Cowboy Boots and Country Roots,” is this weekend Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7 with Queen Phoebe Rupp of Riggins and her Princess Jillian Lee Hausladen of Grangeville leading the way for lots of western action! Dave Wilson is this year’s Honorary Grand Marshall. Dave was a huge part of the Salmon River Cowboys Association for many years and helped make the Riggins Rodeo what it is today. Dave died in December, but will continue to be a part of the Riggins Rodeo forever. Hats off to the Salmon River Cowboy Association for its thoughtful recognition of a man who gave so much of himself and his time fueled by his love for people to The Riggins Rodeo and to the Salmon River Cowboy Association.

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Riggins looking for resolution in wake of ICSO not renewing policing contract

At the April city council meeting in Riggins, Sheriff Doug Giddings informed its members Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) would not renew its contract for law enforcement. Negotiations over the contract have been an issue for at least the past couple years. However, the recent announcement gives the city three months to find a resolution.

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It's Your Business: Benefit set for White, Underwood; Killgores add on to river business

You may have heard about the auto accident that Asker’s Harvest Foods employees Sheri White and Jenny Underwood were involved in at Spokane last month. Jenny is home and Sheri is still up north, and both are slowly recovering. A spaghetti benefit dinner is set for the duo to help cover some of their medical and travel expenses. Everyone is invited to the Grangeville Elks Lodge this Friday, May 5, 6 p.m. Donations of $10 per plate will be appreciated and a no-host bar will be available. A silent auction is also set from 6 to 9 p.m., with karaoke after dinner.

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Spring Cleaning City Storm Drains

Working through an April 20 snowstorm, Grangeville public works crews were out cleaning rock and debris from storm drains, using a Vactor vehicle acquired by the city last fall. More than two feet of muck was pulled from this drain on West Main Street by Zip Trip by city employees (L-R) Jason Wisdom and Mike Tackett.

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Prairie HOSA

Students at Prairie High School competed at the state HOSA competition recently.

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Rockwell announces 2018 Congressional run

We’ve yet to complete close to half of this year, but a Grangeville businessman is already looking to 2018 and the Republican primary for U.S. Congress. Last week, James M. Rockwell, 56, announced his intention to run for Congressional District 1 in next year’s May primary. The seat is currently held by Raul Labrador, who was first elected in 2010 and is currently serving his fourth term.

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Purse Auction bags successful third year

The old cliché – third time’s a charm – truly describes the success of this year’s purse auction. The third annual Purse Auction, held at Cottonwood’s Community Hall, raised $12,574.40 for the local YWCA branch. Debbie Schnider said this was $1,500 more than the previous year and exceeded this year’s goal.

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Rupp, Hausladen to represent Riggins Rodeo

Two local young ladies will take the helm and represent the Riggins Rodeo this weekend. Queen Phoebe Rupp and princess Jillian Hausladen will lead the parade and rodeo events at the 69th annual rodeo set for Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7.

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KOOSKIA — The Clearwater Valley High School auditorium was packed Friday night, April 28, at the benefit concert for the Old Opera House, and $1,400 was raised to help save the Old Opera House Theatre.

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Portion of Warren road out of commission

Access from the Warren Summit to the South Fork of the Salmon River has been marred for the foreseeable future by slope failures on parts of the Warren Wagon Road (#340), the Payette National Forest announced Tuesday morning, April 25.

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Comment sought on strategic plan for Syringa Hospital

Syringa Hospital and Clinics recently released its “Strategic plan 2017-2021” for public review and comment following a planning process led by the hospital board and leadership team of hospital department managers and medical staff. Public comments will be taken through May 31.

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Clearing mess of overregulation

Pushing back against excessive federal control is an unending responsibility. We must continue to work to clean up outdated, overregulation and stop federal control from creeping into more aspects of our lives.

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2018 governor campaign starts now

In little more than a year, Idahoans will begin making their selections as to who will become the next governor. The exceptionally good news is, at least on the Republican ticket, candidates are already staking out their space (and there’s plenty of it) to the right of the incumbent governor.

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Idaho County seeks grant money as new public defense standards go into effect

The latest changes that have followed an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit are tightening regulation of the defense attorneys taxpayers provide for those who can’t afford private representation. Starting this month, new state standards require local courts to provide public defenders from the first day in court – whereas the poor and accused had often faced their initial appearances without an attorney there to argue for their bail.

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4-H party draws more than 200

The Annual Idaho County 4-H party was held Saturday, April 22, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. More than 200 4-H members and their friends gathered at this event which is a “Penny Arcade” intended to raise the awareness of the Idaho County 4-H Program and encourage youth and adults to participate in this youth development program. This event is also the kick-off for Idaho County 4-H Week.

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Blooming Beauties

Evergreen Suites on the south end of Main Street across from The Depot Express is currently framed by a sea of bright yellow daffodils. The garden areas at the apartments change in color and landscape each season.

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Faith briefs: May 3, 2017

Encouragers Thursday, May 4, meeting will be cancelled and those who wish are invited to participate in a local National Day of Prayer meeting scheduled at the Veterans Center on Main Street in Grangeville. Encouragers will meet on Thursday, June 1, at Oscar’s at 11:30 a.m. for a no-host luncheon. State representative Priscilla Giddings will speak.

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Walk for Life set for Saturday, May 13

Hope Center will host its 10th annual Walk for Life Saturday, May 13. Those interested in the event should meet at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall on South B Street in Grangeville. A free breakfast will be served by the Knights of Columbus from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

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Social justice scholarship supports social work students at LCSC

Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) held a luncheon on Tuesday, April 11, to honor scholarship recipients and the donors who fund the scholarships. As donors of the St. Gertrude Social Justice Scholarship for social work students, members of the Monastery’s Peace and Justice Committee were invited to participate.

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Concert to feature sonatas

Performers Giselle Hillyer (violin) and Roger McVey (piano) will present “A Spring Fiesta,” an afternoon of sonatas, Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m., in the Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel. The concert is free.

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Call for submissions: third volume of local stories

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude recently announced an upcoming third volume to “Our Story,” the collection of first-person histories that celebrates local families and their ancestors’ lives in the Cottonwood, Keuterville, Greencreek, Ferdinand, and Salmon River areas. The first two volumes are now in their third printing and the books’ success has inspired a third volume.

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Regular season set to end Friday at Moscow

League play last Saturday, April 29, proved productive for the Grangeville squad — especially the girls, who carved up much of the opposition they’ll see at the district tournament May 12-13 at Lewiston High.

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Brooks takes on new library job

Things just sort of fell into place for Dani Brooks when she moved to Grangeville. “I moved here to be with my boyfriend, Jared, who works at the mill,” she said. She wasn’t sure what job she would find but the puzzle pieces started to fit together nicely when last August she was hired as a library aide.

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Camas Prairie Preschool

Camas Prairie Preschool held its Spring Fling raffle event drawing Wednesday, April 26. More than 40 prizes were available. All proceeds will be used for the co-op for regular maintenance and operations during the coming school year.

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St. Maries trip bites Bulldogs

In three Central Idaho League meetings with St. Maries, the Bulldogs posted a 6-4 win May 1 at Orofino but were swept 7-6 and 3-1 at St. Maries. Senior Tristan Roberts keyed the victory with three hits.

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Community briefs: May 3, 2017

The community is invited to Grangeville High School’s Pops Night Monday, May 8, 7 p.m. The fund-raiser evening will be by donation and will feature GHS’s Varsity Blue Select Choir, Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Band. All groups are under the direction of Mr. Phillip Golde. The evening will also consist of a variety of silent auction baskets available to bid on.

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Controlled hunt application period open through June 5; Youth conservation camp offered; Spring bowhunting course cancelled; New hunting, fishing license fees in effect.

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Riggins Rodeo this weekend

Rodeo season is set to open at 1:30 p.m. both days this Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, with events to include ranch bronc, saddle bronc, calf roping, team roping, bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, junior boys steer riding, local girls barrel racing and, of course, wild cow milking.

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Comm - Milestone - Births - May 3, 2017

Ronnie and Kendra Chandler of Keuterville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby boy. Trey Joseph Chandler was born Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. He weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and was 20 inches long. He joins a big brother, Gunner, 20 months old.

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Cottonwood News: Register now for family camp

Finally, we get some sunshine! We went for a drive yesterday in the Kooskia area and saw more than 200 deer, turkeys and pheasants. So, they must have survived the winter okay. I’ll bet they are as happy as we are to be rid of the snow.

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Clearwater Valley News: Educators invited to partake in some free pampering

On my drive home today, within a few miles of my house, I saw grass so green it hurt to look at it, fruit trees in blossom, turkeys strutting their stuff, intermingled with a herd of whitetails, elk galloping about, what a beautiful site. And the rain continues. I feel badly for farmers, ranchers, loggers, etc., who have a hard time working because of the endless rain and mud, but soon we may be complaining about the hot and dry weather.

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Spring prescribed burning planned on NP-Clear NF

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns throughout the forest this spring as weather allows. Roads and trail heads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed fire locations.

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Elk City News: VFW taco feed set for this Saturday

VFW Wilderness Post 8311 Auxiliary would like to remind everyone to come out and enjoy the evening with delicious all-you-can-eat tacos at the annual fund-raiser for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department May 6 in the VFW kitchen from 5 - 7 p.m. Note: the date in last week’s column was a mistake… it should have been the 6th. Sorry.

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Hendren displays hitching during equine demo

A sunny Saturday greeted 105 attendees at the Equine Education Experience, held April 29 at the Kooskia Saddliers Arena on U.S. Highway 12 at Kooskia. The event was sponsored by The Back Country Horsemen of North Central Idaho and included presentations on horse health, horseshoeing and cargo/pannier packing, as well as vendor displays, skill demonstrations and children’s horse rides.

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USFS sets spring prescribed burning projects

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns throughout the forest this spring as weather allows. The following burn projects are associated with past timber harvests. The general objective for these units would be to reduce residual fuel loadings created as a result of the commercial harvest operations.

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Health: Everybody falls - What to do to protect yourself

Everybody falls. Sooner or later, you will fall! It doesn’t matter if you’re a 25-year-old professional ballet dancer, a 40-year-old father of a toddler, or an 80-year-old grandma in a nursing home. Sooner or later, you will fall. Falls can kill you, as in terminating your life!

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Health: Task force revises prostate cancer screening recommendations

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has upgraded its recommendations about when men should consider a prostate cancer screening. Men under the age of 70 - who have not been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer and are not exhibiting symptoms - are advised to weigh the risks versus benefits when making their decision.

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Health: Rauzi advises what to avoid on the colon cancer journey

“Well, it doesn’t look good,” said Doc Ty. The impact from this revelation should have been greater, if it weren’t for the fact I was coming out of anesthesia and so mentally I was more than a few clowns short of a circus. (OK, no comments from the peanut gallery on how that differs from my daily functioning state.)

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