Stories for September 2017


Friday, September 29

Prairie celebrates homecoming win over Kamiah

September is the time for football optimism. There will still be four weeks left in the 1AD1 regular season after Genesee plays Wallace tomorrow, and the Whitepine League lead will remain reachable for any team that might run the table. But as the only 1AD1 team to beat Prairie thus far, none looks more likely to run the table than Genesee.

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Thursday, September 28

Grangeville tops Lewiston JV 48-0

It'll be another football-heavy week, as the local games are once again spread over multiple days. We'll be covering Grangeville's game tonight, and we'll have more on the state of the Whitepine League tomorrow.

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Wednesday, September 27


GHS stumbles on Kellogg trip

The Grangeville boys soccer team lost to Bonners Ferry 7-1 last Saturday, Sept. 26, with Ryan Ruklic scoring the Bulldogs’ lone goal.

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On The Block

Pictured is Grangeville’s Paige Lindsley blocking a hit by St. Maries middle hitter Kaci Haeg during the visiting team’s 3-0 win over the Bulldogs in Central Idaho League volleyball action at GHS last Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Pirates climb WPL standings

Beneath the surface of a 64-28 Prairie win over the Rams last Friday night, Sept. 22, are signs the quality of football at Clearwater Valley High is on the rise.

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Steelhead fishing clinic coming up

Young anglers ages 8-14 are invited to participate in the annual Steelhead Clinic to be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 8-3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Clearwater Region office, on 16th street in Lewiston.

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Riggins News: Community church to welcome new pastor Nov. 1

My quote of the week is “Life is too short to be serious all the time. So, if you can’t laugh at yourself, call me…I’ll laugh at you.” I’m still chuckling about this quote. A point of clarification: the North Tower only of the Manning Crevice Bridge is being considered to be moved to town by Mayor McClure and the Riggins City Council after a finalized agreement with the contractor is reached. The City Council wants to move the North Tower to the upper parking lot of our Riggins City Park to keep the history of this local landmark alive for our community and visitors to Riggins. So, it is just the North Tower, not the entire bridge as last week’s headline led some to believe.

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Sportsmen’s gift to conservation

Getting a fishing or hunting license is a rite of passage for thousands of Idaho boys and girls. While it seems like a small thing (a combined hunting and fishing license in Idaho costs $33.50 according to Fish & Game), those licenses, tags and permits are more than just a piece of paper.

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Cottonwood News: Boosters support Prairie schools for 30 years

This year is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary appearing to three children at Fatima, Portugal. A group of people from the parish would like to commemorate this event by having a rosary procession in the streets in Cottonwood. It will take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 14, and will last about an hour. We will pray the rosary in St. Mary’s Church for those who do not want to walk, while the rest of the people will be praying the rosary while walking around the streets. We will proceed down Lewiston St. and cross over by the Tire Guy gas station to King St. and come back up to the church. There we will have songs and prayers. Anyone is welcome to join. Contact Donna Wassmuth at 208-962-3561 or Max Nuxoll at

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Elk City News: Bake sale set for Oct. 5

Need some type of medical equipment, i.e., wheel chair, walker, cane, etc., for a short period of time but don’t want to or can’t afford to buy it? The Elk City Area Alliance (ECAA) has some that can be loaned out to members of the Elk City/Dixie/Orogrande/Red River area communities. Have some usable medical equipment that you don’t want anymore?

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Lowell / Syringa News: Wilderness Inn, Syringa Café still open

Fenn Ranger Station is getting a new roof, the IDF&G is putting a fish trap in at Pete King Creek, the USFS finishing up Lowell protection cut, and Terry Jackson has an REO Speed Wagon to add to his collection of trucks at Syringa. There’s no moss growing under our feet upriver! Pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, scarecrows, yellow leaves, massive amounts of overgrown zucchini, and apples ready to pick. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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White Bird News: More than 50 help with wood gathering

The weather has turned and as of Sept. 22. Fall has begun. Some of you may have noticed that not only did it rain, but we also got snow in the higher mountains. It’s time to put away the shorts and dig out the warmer clothes, hunting gear, or maybe just relax by the nice wood stove.

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Avista Open House

Did you get to the Avista energy conservation open house at the Grangeville Senior Center last Wednesday? It was great. Very informative, good demonstrations and information as well as excellent food. In addition, Avista had a great bag of giveaways which included a plug-in timer, socket insulators, weather stripping and light bulbs. (Top, left) community health worker Renee Stevens takes blood from a visitor for an ACL test; (top, right) Levi Westra with Avista explains the timer for lights and other devices; (above, left) Avista gave out free items; and (above, right) Stephanie Duclos with A Taste of Art caters.

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It's Your Business: Scavenger hunt part of Oktoberfest

The Okoberfest Scavenger Hunt will take place in participating businesses throughout Grangeville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Start and end at Home Grown Quilts. Prizes will be awarded! Businesses include: U.S Bank, Pine Tree Community Credit Union, Umqua Bank, The Gallery, Cash and Carry, Asker’s, Inland Cellular, Gortsema Moters, Super 8, Grangeville Flower Shoppe, Palenque, Nelson’s Family Dentistry, Camas Lanes, Radio Shack, K & R Video, Seasons, Pizza Factory, Irwin Drug, Hopper’s Pizza, Larson’s, Lindsley’s, Ace Home Center, Liquor Store (not sure of the “real” name), Rae Bros., Vets Center, Les Schwab, Hilltop Café, Depot Express and Crema Cafe.

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Rasmussen is new face of music in Grangeville

A passion for music has led Merrill-Lee Rasmussen on a road that has brought her to Grangeville High School and Middle School. Rasmussen is the new music teacher for Grangeville schools, grades six through 12. Born and raised about an hour outside of Seattle in Roy, Wash., Rasmussen graduated from Bethel High School.

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Oktoberfest jam-packed with events

Fall has begun, and what better way to start the season than Oktoberfest? The Grangeville Merchants second annual Oktoberfest event will start this Friday, Sept. 29, with the Syringa Clinic Community Block Party, 4 to 6 p.m. “This is our opportunity to thank the community for their patience and support during our renovating process,” said clinic manager Michelle Schaeffer.

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Community meeting on Dixie-Comstock project this Thursday

Forest Service plans to protect Dixie and the surrounding region from future wildfires will be discussed at a public meeting this Thursday. Community members are invited to the Sept. 28 meeting, starting at 1 p.m. at the Dixie Community Center. Comment will be taken to help project planners in designing and implementing the work proposed for 29,850 acres near Dixie.

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Gubernatorial candidate, Ahlquist, to visit Oct. 5 on campaign stop

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist will make a campaign stop in Grangeville on Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of his “44 Counties in 44 Days Tour.” The event will be held at the Grangeville Senior Center on the truck route, starting at noon. The public is invited to attend, listen to his plans for the future of Idaho and ask questions in a public forum format.

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Anniversary - McCarty - 50 years

Floyd (Charlie) and Marilyn McCarty of Grangeville are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 30. They celebrated earlier this summer with a trip to Alaska. Charlie McCarty married Marilyn Learn Sept. 30, 1967, at Eugene, Ore. They have lived in Grangeville for 48 years.

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Reading Buddies

Grangeville Elementary Middle School kicked off its third annual Reading Buddies program last Thursday, Sept. 21. The reading incentive program is geared toward kindergarten to first-grade GEMS students, providing various levels of fun activities with a stuffed animal for the numbers of books read. Last year, students read more than 9,000 books as part of the program. Idaho Forest Group (IFG) Grangeville has sponsored the project each year, providing Reading Buddies stuffed animals for students at GEMS and also Sts. Peter and Paul School.

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Obstacle Challenge - Kooskia Saddliers

Horses were put through their paces of unusual and startling distractions at Saturday’s obstacle challenge, put on by the Kooskia Saddliers at their arena on U.S. Highway 12. Horse riders competed in four age categories for jackpot plus added money prizes. Here, a rider tosses a stuffed animal through the wind chimes in a hoop, as part of the event’s challenges to complete.

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Future CV Ram Star - Youth Football

Youth football took to the field at Grangeville High School Thursday evening, Sept. 14, with the fifth-sixth grade teams of Clearwater Valley Rams taking on and beating the Grangeville Bulldogs, 14-0.

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Regional, state homeless numbers down slightly

Homelessness continues as problem with the region and statewide overall, but numbers of that population have decreased since last year. Within Region 2, the homeless population is down 3.2 percent from 2016. Overall, the state saw a 9.3 percent decrease; however, the count hovers around 2,000 on average, consistent with numbers reported the last six years.

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Community Briefs: Sept. 27, 2017

Saint Catherine’s Altar Society is sponsoring a rummage and baked food sale Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and again on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday is $2 a bag day, fill bags and only pay $2 each. The sale is located in the Saint Catherine’s parish hall, 7th and Idaho, Kamiah.

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Crash victim remains under treatment

Missing for nearly two days, a Kamiah vehicle accident victim found injured in a ravine is undergoing additional medical treatment. Following his discovery, Jacob L. Phillips, 24, was taken by Life Flight to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston last Sunday, Sept. 17, where he was treated and then transported to an unidentified facility for additional care.

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‘Free Little Library’ up at Irwin Drug; Effort is Russell’s senior project

A walk on the Boise Greenbelt last spring changed the course of Hailey Russell’s senior project. “I was leaning toward planting trees, but when I saw this little library on a walk with my sister, I knew it was something I wanted to do,” said Russell, 18, Grangeville High School. Last weekend, Russell’s own Free Little Library was placed on the wall of Irwin Drug, facing Heritage Square.

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UYLC nabs $625,000 drug-prevention grant

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC), working in collaboration with community partners, has been awarded a Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Monastery cook, Wiley, has higher calling; Wiley helps start ‘Oxford House’ in Lewiston

Tyler Wiley works as a cook at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, creating food for the community and guests. In his spare time, he has been busy advocating for an Oxford House in Lewiston that will soon open after a long search for a suitable space. It will be a home where those in recovery live together in community and mutual accountability as they learn how to live in health.

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Tuesday, September 26


Stockwater law benefits grazing permittees

A 10-year long court battle, courtesy of Idaho ranchers, Paul Nettleton and Tim Lowry, ended as a big plus for grazing permittees on Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

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Fiscus Farms

“You just have to figure it out – I didn’t really want to be retired and sitting around eating potato chips and watching Oprah,” laughed Tresa Shearer.

September 26, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

Mule Racing

Some champs lose their edge to the pack over time, some retire and fade away. And then there was Molly Bee.

September 26, 2017 11:02 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 22

Wednesday, September 20


Sponsored content: What you can expect during your clinic visit

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Sponsored content: Take gold route in Clearwater County

With temperatures remaining warm well into October, a pleasant day trip in neighboring Clearwater County is along the Gold Rush Historic Highway...

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Fire restrictions lifted; burn bans may still apply

With much cooler temperatures and the abundance of precipitation in the past several days, land management agencies have lifted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Riverbreaks and Upland Zones of the Grangeville Fire Restriction Area effective Tuesday, Sept. 19.

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FS announces Dixie-Comstock project, Sept. 25 meeting

The interested public’s first look at a plan for work in a 29,850 acre area near Dixie was announced by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in a letter dated Sept. 14, and will be the subject of a meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Dixie Community Center.

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Fire closures rolled back as weather shifts

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.

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Hotline an ‘important link’ against poachers

Callers to CAP hotline, 1-800-632-5999, can report wildlife law violations anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife law violators.

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Bulldogs maul Vandals with balanced run, pass offense

For the second time in as many games against teams in their classification, the GHS boys had a blowout win. If they had been stung by a couple of earlier losses to larger schools farther north, the Bulldogs showed no sign of any ill effects in their second game against a squad from parts south, downing McCall 42-8 on Friday night, Sept. 15.

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Gomez tallies; Jacks win

St. Maries allowed just one goal during the two soccer games played today at GHS, with the Bulldog boys falling 4-0 and the Grangeville girls on the short side of a 7-1 final score.

September 20, 2017 8:15 a.m. read more..

Salmon River tops Grangeville Tournament as Shepherd stars up front

During the last of five matches the Salmon River girls won, in a total of 10 sets, during the Grangeville Tournament, Salmon River front-liner Chevelle Shepherd had a series of solo blocks that staked out a 6-0 lead for SRHS, prompting a Prairie timeout. The Savages led that game by as many as 10, and went on to win the finale 25-14, 25-17.

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Moms invited to join bimonthly MOPs, MomsNext groups

Are you a mom who’s looking for a way to meet friends and connect within your community? MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MomsNext may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. “Any mother in our community and surrounding towns is invited to join,” explained organizer Sarah Musick of Grangeville. “This year we expanded our group so we can welcome even more moms by adding in MomsNext. It’s like MOPS, but is designed for moms with school-age children. We wanted to include moms of older kids.”

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Plans on the table for bridge

The new Manning Crevice Bridge may be ready for travelers later this year, and two possibilities have emerged for what may happen to the old one when work is finalized next spring or summer. The questions looming over the old bridge are who, if anyone, would pay the maintenance expenses involved with keeping it in place – and if no one will pay the cost of keeping it up, where it will go when it comes down.

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Fire activity slows, but ‘definitely not out’

Fire activity showed a significant decrease last weekend, with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests citing “cooler, damper weather” in its announcement it will prepare no further fire updates “until activity or conditions change substantially.” But the 2017 fire season continues.

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GFM to host two additional markets

Due to the late produce season, vendors and customers alike asked that the Grangeville Farmers’ Market be extended beyond the last scheduled day of Sept. 16. Earlier this week, the Grangeville City Council gave their go ahead to hold two additional markets in Pioneer Park. The GFM will be open for business Saturday, Sept. 23 and 30, at the usual hours of 9 a.m to 1 p.m., at Pioneer Park on East Main Street.

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Giddings: ‘ICSO was represented’

In response to a story in last week’s Free Press that reviewed the August Syringa Hospital board meeting, Sheriff Doug Giddings commented on a portion of the story.

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USFS plan approved to treat 166 acres near Lowell

A U.S. Forest Service decision made this month clears the way for hazardous fuels reduction near Lowell. Announced last week, the Lowell WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) project will treat 166 acres on the Lochsa/Powell and Moose Creek ranger districts in the Community Protections Zone of Lowell. Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor Cheryl Probert approved a plan that is also designed to improve forest health.

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Fishing For GHS Homecoming Points

Grangeville High School juniors (front to back) Justin Fogleman and Blake Darr were fishing away as part of the GHS homecoming skit for the “Jaws Juniors” on movie theme day Thursday, Sept. 14. All students participated in daily dress-up themes, class skits, cheers, games and parade.

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Youth MOVE: Students invited to talk about mental health

A youth-driven advocacy group is taking root local. Youth MOVE (Youth Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience) started meeting in Grangeville earlier this year. The group’s purpose is to give youth the tools necessary for them to take an active role in their own recovery with mental illness.

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Organizations - Sept. 20. 2017

Pam Smith opened the September 12 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dolores VonBargen led the dinner prayer. There were 48 meals served with 21 takeouts and 20 frozen dinners. Barbara Rehder won the free dinner. Diane Schultz and Ingrid Mader each shared a joke with the group. Ella Schaeffer and Donna Barnett shared the nickel Bingo pot while Barnett won the blackout. Door prize winners were Ivan Nuxoll, Dolores VonBargen, Loycie Sonnen, Ron Sonnen and Judy Arledge.

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Obituary: Vernon Ray Vance, 87, Nampa, Idaho

Vernon Ray Vance, 87, of Nampa, Idaho, died peacefully Sept. 14, 2017, at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Garnett, Kan. Inurnment will be held Sept. 29, 2017, at the Homedale-Marsing Pioneer Cemetery and the funeral service will be held Sept. 30, 2017, at the Meridian Assembly of God Church in Meridian, Idaho. Full obituary next week.

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Obituary: Urban J. ‘Shorty’ Arnzen, 85, Greencreek, Idaho

Urban J. “Shorty” Arnzen, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in the early afternoon. God needed him in heaven to sell the cow sale. Shorty was born Aug. 7, 1932, in Greencreek, Idaho, to Frank and Mary Nuxoll Arnzen, the youngest child of ten. He attended grade school and high school in Greencreek, graduating as valedictorian of his class. Gonzaga University utilized Shorty's athletic talents in baseball and boxing. A one-year stint with the Lewiston Broncs rounded out Shorty's athletic career.

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GHS Homecoming Queen and King

Grangeville High crowned Morgan Crea and Garett Malone homecoming queen and king during a ceremony at halftime of the Bulldogs' 42-8 win over McCall Friday night, Sept. 15.

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Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship set for Sept. 23

Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship is set for this Saturday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m., in the Porter’s fellowship barn at 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville. Chicken and noodles will be served for the potluck. Bring a favorite side dish and bring a friend. For details call 208-983-0112.

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Court hearing pending in felony drug charges

A court hearing is pending for a Grangeville woman arrested Monday, Sept. 11, on multiple felony drug charges. According to ICSO, the arrest came after Corporal Craig Hoodman made contact with Lacy L. Brannan, 32, and another subject at the dumpsters at Lukes Gulch and Prairie roads. While Hoodman was conversing with the subjects, Corporal Mike Chlebowski and his narcotic detection canine

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Kooskia man charged with felony DUI

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, Sept. 21, for a Kooskia man charged with felony DUI. According to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), David L. Cobb, 24, was arrested Sept. 9 by Corporal Craig Hoodman following a traffic stop on an equipment violation on U.S. Highway 12 near milepost 72. While talking with Cobb, Hoodman suspected that Cobb had been drinking and had him perform standardized field sobriety tests.

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ISP investigating Sept. 12 fatality crash at Woodland

Investigation continues into last week’s fatality crash at Woodland that claimed the life of an Oregon woman. Tracy Schiedler, 42, of Portland, died at the scene of injuries suffered in the crash. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the Sept. 12 single-vehicle accident reported on Woodland Road – a half-mile south of Harrisburg Road — last Tuesday, Sept. 12, according to information from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) and Idaho State Police. Reported around 6:48 p.m., Cord Wilson, 26, of Paul, Idaho, was driving a Chevrolet pickup with passengers Schiedler, an unidentified juvenile, and Alicia Crume, 40, of Kamiah northbound on Woodland Road. Approximately eight miles from U.S. Highway 12, Wilson lost control of the vehicle that went off the road and traveled around 150 feet down an embankment.

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Art walk, sale set for Sept. 30

The Salmon River Art Guild and Central Idaho Art Association will have an art walk and sale in conjunction with the bi-annual Quilt Walk, put on by Home Grown Quilts, during Grangeville Oktoberfest.

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Community breakfast set for Sept. 27 at St. Catherine’s

The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfasts are held every month on the last Wednesday of each month. St. Catherine’s Catholic Church is located at 7th and Idaho streets in Kamiah. The breakfast this month will be biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice, friendly faces and conversation.

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Chronic Disease Self-Management class set to begin Sept. 26

The Partnership for Healthy Communities in conjunction with CHAS is offering the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at no charge. It is open to anyone with a chronic condition and will be on Tuesdays, Sept. 26- Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.- noon at Real Life next to The Gym. Call Renee Stevens at 208-507-1687 or Maja Legerwood at 208-315-2797 to register for the class.

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Community briefs - Sept. 20 2017

The Partnership for Healthy Communities in conjunction with CHAS is offering the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at no charge. It is open to anyone with a chronic condition and will be on Tuesdays, Sept. 26- Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.- noon at Real Life next to The Gym. Call Renee Stevens at 208-507-1687 or Maja Legerwood at 208-315-2797 to register for the class.

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Grangeville Life Chain event set for Oct. 1

Angela Riener, Abundant Life Ministries and Grangeville Life Chain coordinator, is organizing the 2017 Grangeville Life Chain, part of National Life Chain Sunday, set for Oct. 1. This is the area’s eighth annual event.

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Norco gives $500 to GCF

“We appreciate Norco’s commitment to the community and the Grangeville Community Foundation [GCF],” said GCF board member Mary Jahn. Grangeville’s Norco store manager Randy Fischer presented a $500 check to board members Wednesday morning, Sept. 6.

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GHS Spirit

Grangeville High School seniors (L-R) Kelsey Pilant, Marie Hauger and Blake Courtney get into the homecoming spirit on the parade float Friday, Sept. 15.

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Carcass show, judging contest awards three

The Idaho County Carcass Show and Judging Contest was held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Sonnen Meats in Greencreek. 4-H and FFA members were given instruction on how to quality and yield grade beef and sheep carcasses and how to determine USDA grades on swine carcasses.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Fire crews are now headed home

The threat of fire is over for hopefully this year for Lowell; it’s three miles out and burning very slowly. News from the Coolwater Complex about the Andy’s Hump fire is that cooler weather has stopped that burn from causing concern for structures here at the confluence. They continue to watch and finish the planned protection. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has approved a plan designed to improve forest health and reduce fuels. The Lowell WUI project (we pronounce woo-ee) will treat 166 acres on the district.

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White Bird News: Annual wood cutting party on tap for Sept. 23

Summer has come and gone - I do think fall is just around the corner? Snow has fallen in places around the northwest and rains, too. This has helped with the fires, but isn’t enough to put them out yet, so stay safe for a few more months. Fall actually begins on the 22nd, so this will be bringing cooler temps…time for the fires in the stove and bundling up. Also with this comes the general hunting season, so remember to ask to hunt on private ground, be sure of what you are shooting, BEFORE you pull that trigger and do abide by all the rules and then you may be able to do your hunting again the following year.

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Elk City News: Library open on Tuesdays

Fall has fallen. Looks kinda like winter may have set in at the beginning of fall what with snow in the high country. The Community Library will be open on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays for the winter. Times are 3:15 to 5 p.m., at the Elk City School.

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Cottonwood News: Roadside cleanup set for Sept. 23

I think our summer is over, it has turned to fall. We even had a little nip of frost this week. It got down to 32 degrees one night. Rain is in the forecast this week, so the smoke should be under control. Congratulations t

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Clearwater Valley News: Celebrate ‘Banned Book Week’ by reading

Next week, Sept. 24-30, is Banned Books week, an annual awareness campaign by the American Library Association and others that celebrates our freedom to read what we choose. The Clearwater Valley has a great library system- Prairie River Library District, with branches in both Kooskia and Kamiah.

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Riggins News: City hopes to take possession of Manning bridge

My quote of the week is “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” Mayor McClure and the Riggins City Council with Gary Miller heading up the project are finalizing an agreement with the contractor to take possession of the north tower of the Manning Crevice Bridge and move it to the upper parking lot at our Riggins City Park. The City Council hopes to help keep the history of this local landmark alive for our community and the many visitors to Riggins.

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Leaders with big picture view needed to overhaul public lands management

Sometimes, the problems are overwhelming. Take the national debt, for example, which reached $20 trillion for the first time in history. That is obviously insane and casts shame upon our legislators, as a whole, that the budget is funded with such reckless financial mismanagement, due to which adds more than $1.5 billion in debt every day.

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Read the verses, let Bible prove me wrong

Please read all Bible verses. Let the Bible prove me wrong. Myth: Rapture not in the Bible. Resurrection of the first fruits, the first resurrection. Rev. 20:1-6, Rev. 11:15-19. If you manage to live through all the seals, trumpets, are keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ, you will be changed at the last trumpet. 1 Cor. 15:50-58, 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

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Issues of tax reform: evasion, moving base

Our Constitution protects us from government including our financial freedom by preventing “direct taxation.” The Founding Fathers of our Constitution recognized the evil nature of taxing productivity and specifically forbade direct taxation in Article I Sections 2, 8, and 9. It all changed in February 1913 with the passage of the 16th Amendment that enables direct taxation and without limits.

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Slavery’s start in U.S.; what happened next?

What always happens to a nation that begins, grows and then declines? The people become arrogant, greedy, and a belief in their manifest destiny takes over. America began with a desire for freedom from the oppressive king and Church of England. The moral differences were secondary and each state was to be allowed to decide what went on within their borders (IE: states’ rights). Slavery in the southern colonies was looked down upon in the northern colonies even though they too had slaves. The first slaves in the colonies were white, and often called “indentured servants.” In 1519, the first black slaves landed in North America.

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Open letter to USFS Regional Forester Marten

What to tell constituents on smokey skies? An open letter to Regional Forester Leanne Marten, Northern Region United States Forest Service, Missoula, Montana 59804 Dear Supervisor, I have been inundated with calls from my constituents relative to what can be done about the smoke in the air from forest fires. They talk of their health being compromised, and their quality of life significantly diminished. They go on to contend that this is just another in a series of many smoke-and-ash-filled summers in recent years. These citizens expect those of us in public service to provide them answers. As the leader of the largest land management organization in northern Idaho, what would you suggest I tell them?

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Students invited to local career fair Oct. 12

Is your student confused about what to do with his future? Or perhaps your student has definite plans about what she wants to do following graduation. No matter the answer, part of the equation is the upcoming Career and Community Fair.

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Avista seeks rate increase for electric, gas customers

Avista has asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve a two-year plan calling for rate increases in 2018 and 2019 for its electric and natural gas customers in Idaho. The Spokane-based company said the request is driven by ongoing investments in its plants, technology and other assets, as well as increased costs associated with providing power to the approximately 128,200 Idahoans in its service territory. If approved in full, the proposal would lead to an average increase of 7.9 percent for Avista’s electric customers beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and an average 4.2-percent increase effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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Tuesday, September 19


Baerlocher family farm reaches century mark

One hundred years ago, Bernard A. Baerlocher paid $22 per acre for the first 100 acres of what is now the farm owned by Joe and Arlene Baerlocher near Greencreek. That historical fact and others were shared recently when the Baerlocher farm was recognized as an Idaho Century Farm through the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

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Friday, September 15


Savages win Grangeville Tournament

It's homecoming week in Grangeville and Riggins, and Grangeville's parade departed GHS for Heritage Square at 10:45 a.m. Activities are set to continue at the football field at 1 p.m.

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Thursday, September 14

Wednesday, September 13

Savages top Garden Valley

Salmon River's volleyball squad overcame a slow start to beat Garden Valley in straight sets Tuesday night, Sept. 12.

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Stump anchors Grangeville

Grangeville linebacker Brandon Stump has been playing football since kindergarten and has been playing in North Central Idaho since seventh grade, when he relocated to Orofino from Arizona.

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Check hunt area before heading out

IDFG will do its best to keep hunters informed about what fires are affecting early season hunts. What follows is general information on a large-scale basis; see for more detailed info.

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Kubs smoked by Rams, Summers

“If we had to play them again tomorrow, it might turn out different,” Clearwater Valley head coach Roger Whalen said after the Rams' 54-6 win — his first win as CV's leading man. “With a rivalry game, you never know how that's going to go.”

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Bantams sidestep Bulldogs’ big plays

A couple of long scoring plays by Booker Bush put Grangeville ahead 6-0 early in the first quarter and 20-16 late in the third quarter, but host Clarkston converted a tip-drill interception into the decisive points during their 22-20 win over the Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 9.

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Community Briefs - Sept 13, 2017

An all-car show and shine is set for Saturday, Sept. 30, during Grangeville’s Oktoberfest. Sign up from 9 to 10 a.m. at the lot West of Bell Equipment on South Street. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter your new, hot rod, classic or even Puddle Car. There is no charge for this event which is sponsored by the Camas Prairie Cruisers. Call Annelle at 208-983-2333 with questions.

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Elk City News: Fire started Sept. 8

Most of you in town know about the Big Elk Fire north of town that was started by lightning on Sept. 8, but for those of you who recreate here, have recreational property here, or otherwise are interested in the goings-on in Elk City, thought I would fill you in by bringing you the latest news.

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Clearwater Valley News: Beer :30 taproom opens in Kamiah

Clearwater Brewing Company just opened their taproom in Kamiah! We checked it out last weekend. It’s a small, casual place with a variety of craft beers and ciders on tap. (They also have a few wines and huckleberry Mountain Dew and huckleberry Pepsi). I’m happy to see they feature Idaho County beers with two of Wolftrack Brewery’s most popular beers from Cottonwood. Beer :30 owner, Brian Brokop worked for months on remodeling the building, installing equipment and pursuing various approvals from the city, county and State of Idaho.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Town abuzz with fire trucks, crews

Helicopters are hovering overhead helping to control the Andy’s Hump Fire about three-one-half miles from the community of Lowell. Fire are crews everywhere and even an Idaho Sheriff Deputy on guard at the base of Coolwater Road to be sure only authorized vehicles admitted. At this time, the crews are clearing fire lines, cutting firebreaks and setting up sprinkler systems around structures, it is a major job without local areas so densely forested.

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Cottonwood News: Grief class starts next week

Isn’t it nice to have our beautiful blue sky back again? And the stars are out at night, too. We spent the weekend camping with our family. Even without a campfire we still had fun. It is time to start the Pinochle club, so call Jo Ann McHugh if you would like to play. Call by Sept. 15, 208-962-3846.

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Riggins News: Fun run winners are McClanahan, Schreiner

My quote of the week is “Happy Birthday to The American Flag; Sept. 3, 1777, was the first day the American Flag was flown.” May our Flag ever fly for our freedom and for the honor of those in the service who fought or are fighting for our continued freedom. Bingo is tonight Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located just behind the Chevron Station. Everyone 18 and older is invited and encouraged to join us. Cash prizes and lots of fun await you…proceeds help fund our Senior Citizen Transportation Service. Come on out and have fun while helping our wonderful “older” citizens who have given to us for many years.

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Kamiah's AmeriGas Candy Throwers

Kamiah’s AmeriGas employees and friends were throwing large handfuls of candy at the 2017 Kamiah Barbecue Days Parade Saturday, Sept. 2, on Main Street.

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Kamiah Hall of Famers

Kamiah Joint School District 304 Hall of Fame members and former district superintendents Fred Mercer and Jerry Currin (middle, L-R) were honored at the home football game Sept. 1 at Kamiah High School. Also pictured (far left) is current Kamiah superintendent Steve Higgins.

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Avista to host energy fair in Grangeville Wednesday, Sept. 20

Area residents can learn about energy efficiency, managing their home energy bills and more at the free Avista Energy Fair. It will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3-6 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Center, 108 Truck Route Road. The event will include demonstrations and free energy-saving items to help keep homes comfortable during the winter months ahead.

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Gonsalves joins Mann Mortgage

Need mortgage help? Zach Gonsalves is at your service. In the Real Estate business for the past decade, Gonsalves is a loan officer for Mann Mortgage, working in Idaho and Lewis counties.

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Grangeville man invents Polymule cart

After a year of design and engineering and more than 980 hours of 3D printing, Dennis Draleau came up with an invention to be proud of. Draleau is the founder and inventor of Polymule, Inc. He began his start-up company in July 2017, but his love for all things mechanical started long before that.

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New Wild and Scenic plan designations possible

Through a new website, the Forest Service is receiving comments on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest’s Wild & Scenic Rivers, which are being sought from the public as part of the ongoing forest plan revision process.

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Board approves solid waste fee hike, new roads tax

In a pair of hearings Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, the Idaho County Commission approved higher solid waste fees for all as well as a new road and bridge tax for some in order to make the coming year’s budget compute. The board passed both resolutions unanimously.

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County spring road damage projects await process for reimbursement determination

Federal funds freed up with last month’s presidential disaster declaration to assist Idaho counties that suffered losses due to spring flooding. While Idaho County is among nine counties that are poised to receive assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, whether and to what extent – and when — its projects will be reimbursed for costs remains an unknown.

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High School Rodeo Competition At Grangeville

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club.

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Quick actions; great neighbors, friends, agencies who respond

We want to take this opportunity to express appreciation to all the fire agencies that responded and quickly stabilized the Dewey Two Fire. We, who live along China Garden Road, were spared the damage which, without question, would have been severe to both property and homes.

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Mental health, substance use disorders: Recovery is possible with right help

Mental Health and substance use disorders impact thousands of people in Idaho, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness or addiction, and is well aware of the cost these issues can take on individuals and families throughout the state.

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Local taxes not the biggest issue, but worthy of public's attention

People don’t show up for public meetings the way they used to. History describes huge numbers standing for hours, listening to Lincoln and Douglas, but during the Sept. 5 Idaho County budget hearing last week, elected officials shared a laugh over something they – and we – are worried about.

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American Legion holding food drive for local food bank

Grangeville American Legion Post 37 is conducting a food drive for the Camas Prairie Food Bank on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Asker’s Harvest Foods and Cash and Carry Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of food and cash will be accepted to help our local Food Bank serve neighbors in need.

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Syringa to host talk Sept. 15 on VA Choice

Syringa Hospital and Clinics will be on site at the Idaho County Veteran’s Outreach and Community Center Friday, Sept. 15, from 4-5 p.m., to present on topics to include the history of the contracted VA Clinic in Grangeville, VA Choice and an open question and answer session. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m., provided by TLC4Vets. For information, contact Michelle Schaeffer, director of clinic operations at 208-983-8504.

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A Rodeo Thumbs Up

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club. Pictured at Saturday’s event — waiting their turn and watching — were (left) Emmy Williams of Grangeville, and (right) Emma Blanthorn of Riggins.

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Altman to celebrate 95th birthday Sept. 16

The children of David H. Altman invite family and friends to a celebration of his 95th birthday. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. His children will be hosts for the event.

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Menoughs celebrate 50th

on and Patricia Menough of Elk City, Idaho, celebrated their 50th anniversary Sept. 9, 2017. Dr. Jon and Mrs. Patricia (Emery) Menough were married Sept. 9, 1967. They are the parents of five children: Andrea (Andy), Warren, David, Mike, and Jacob. They are the grandparents of seven: Allena (Johnson), Joseph, Parley, and Alexander Menough; Felix and Cordelia Menough; and Cyrus Menough.

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Brown Bag: Meyer to present Hells Canyon book

The seventh week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next two weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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Births - Sept. 13, 2017

<strong>Mary Marie Ashcraft</strong> Virginia and Kenneth Ashcraft of Grangeville are the parents of a baby daughter. Mary Marie Ashcraft was born Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. She joins brothers Boyd, 9, and Noah, 1, and a sister, Helen, 7.

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Benefit for Gentry set for Saturday

A “Tacos and Taters” benefit auction for Nathan Gentry will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Cottonwood Community Center. Earlier this year, 39-year-old Nate Gentry of Cottonwood learned that he had a brain tumor. After many tests and specialists, he underwent surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Fortunately, it proved to be benign. Gentry’s employer, Bud’s PowerSports, has allowed him to take needed time off for recovery and to work when he can. At this time, he can work only a few hours a day. He has insurance; however, it had a $10,000 deductible and doesn’t pay all the cost of medical expenses.

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Friday, September 8

Clarkston slips Grangeville's grip

All three local football games that had been scheduled for Friday night were scrubbed due to bad air quality related to forest fires, and all three have been rescheduled. Two of those will kick off on Saturday, if the air is good.

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Thursday, September 7

Region goes under fire watch due to forecasted winds

Weather conditions forecasted for North Central Idaho and western Montana have the region under a fire watch that was issued earlier today (Thursday, Sept. 7) by the National Weather Service (NWS) Missoula office. According to the alert, strong westerly winds are expected to begin early Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9, and continue to create widespread critical fire weather conditions through late that evening.

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Wednesday, September 6


Bush breaks Nampa Christian

Grangeville’s season opener against Moscow didn’t turn out the way the Bulldogs wanted, but the play of Booker Bush drew plaudits from head coach Jeff Adams, who remarked on the junior standout wide receiver’s playmaking from start to finish on both offense and defense.

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The Prairie High School cross-country team photo, which ran in the Fall Sports Preview last week, was incorrectly attributed due to a Free Press error. Coach Glenn Poxleitner contributed the photo for publication.

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Hass’s Class

Prairie coach Ryan Hasselstrom was named the 1A track and field coach of the year during a district meeting last month.

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Genesee turns the tide against Prairie

The Prairie boys scored just seconds into the game last Friday night, Sept. 1, but Genesee shut down the conversion run after Spencer Schumacher found Derik Shears for a 73-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

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Mule deer survey closes Sept. 22

Fish and Game managers want to hear people’s opinions about mule deer hunting in Idaho, so they’re asking hunters to take an online survey and share their thoughts.

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Valley’s air attack evades Kubs radar

“They’ve got speed, they’re physical, they’ve got the total package,” Kamiah head coach Nels Kludt said of his opening-night opponent after his team’s 60-20 loss to Valley Friday, Sept. 1. “They beat Challis last week about like they beat us. That’s a good team.”

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Wallace wallops Clearwater Valley

Leading by 16 early, with a long return of the opening kick having set up the first score of the game, Wallace’s passing game hit Clearwater Valley for score after score, making a 50-22 final score.

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Troy, Genesee top PHS

Troy’s hitters looked strong, but to Pirates coach Julie Schumacher, Prairie’s own miscues were an even bigger factor in the Trojans’ 3-0 win (25-12, 25-16, 25-16) Thursday night, Aug. 31. Earlier in the week, Genesee posted a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) at PHS.

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Fun run slated Sept. 9

The Riggins Chamber of Commerce’s annual Salmon Run fun run is Sept. 9. Fees are $25 for the 5K, $35 for the 10K and $45 for the half-marathon.

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Brown Bag: Inghrams to share ‘Nature’s Highlights’

The sixth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next three weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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Dr. Kim Campbell joins Syringa staff

Dr. Kim Campbell has been practicing in Orofino for the past five years and recently made the move to Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “I’ve done some moonlighting in the E.R. and got the chance to work with the staff and get a feel for the community, and I was impressed,” said the family medicine doctor. She started Aug. 28 and is accepting new patients.

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American Legion to meet tonight

Grangeville American Legion Post No. 37 will have the first fall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center. All members are encouraged to attend and bring dues for the coming year. For questions, contact Post Adjutant Don Owen at 208-983-1191.

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Weekly Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set for today, Sept. 6

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Sept. 6, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. All are welcome. Call 926-7776.

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GHS FFA has successful fair

The Grangeville FFA Chapter had an amazing year in the 2017 Idaho County Fair. The I.C.F has always been enjoyable for young and old, with everything from delicious Lions burgers and huckleberry ice cream to live music and a parade to end the events and festivities. The Grangeville Chapter of the FFA was there not just to have fun and enjoy the food, but to also show off their summer’s hard work.

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Cottonwood sister retires from Jerome ministry

Her cancer may be in remission, but she still faces a long road to recovery from radiation and chemo. Sister Barbara Jean Glodowski is taking the next leg of that journey at the motherhouse in Cottonwood. She has moved home from Jerome, Idaho, where she recently retired from St. Luke’s Health System as director of mission and spiritual care.

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Dancers Open House

Girls from 2 on up to 22 were all part of Shirley’s Dance Studio’s open house in Grangeville Aug. 28. Current and future students met, signed up for the coming year and danced a little, too. Sign-ups are still available by calling Shirley Sears at 509-758-6510. Dancers meet each Monday at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. (Top) Capri Hagen practices her moves while (left) Faye Kennedy gets into the groove.

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Bible Club set to begin Sept. 11

Bible Club at Grangeville Gospel Tabernacle will begin Monday, Sept. 11, at the church at 613 N. State Street, 3:30 p.m., and run through 5 p.m. This is for kids ages 4 years through sixth grade. There will be Bible stories, activities, songs and snacks. Kids can ride bus No. 6 from school. Call Joyce Wikoff at 208-983-1047 for details.

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Blood drive will be Sept. 7

The next Grangeville Community Blood Drive will be held at the Armory on Thursday, Sept. 7, from noon to 5:30 p.m. This drive is administered by Inland Northwest Blood Center, and sponsored by Syringa Hospital and Clinics. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call Dana Greig at 208- 983-8571.

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Sullivan among EOU spring graduates

LA GRANDE, Ore. (August 30, 2017) - Eastern Oregon University awarded 639 bachelor’s degrees, 107 master’s degrees, five associate degrees and two certificates during the 2016-17 academic year.

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Big Cedar Homemakers taco feed set for Sept. 8

Come join friends and family for an evening of food and conversation at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse on Friday, Sept. 8, 5 to 7 p.m. For $5, you get a Navajo taco, a dessert taco and a drink. There will also be a raffle for a cord of firewood and other goodies.

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Clearwater Valley News: Eat Navajo tacos in Big Cedar this Friday

If you’re looking for a great deal for dinner Friday night, (Sept. 8) head up in the hills to the Big Cedar Schoolhouse for a Navajo taco, soft drink and dessert for only $5 per person. Dinner is from 5-7 p.m. This annual event by the Big Cedar homemakers women’s group raises money to maintain the historic 1920 schoolhouse, recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you haven’t been to the schoolhouse it’s about 10 miles southeast of Kooskia at 948 Red Fir Road, at the junction with Big Cedar Road.

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White Bird News: Emma’s Mexican Food opens for business

The wind blew and left a big mess for cleanup. The crews were out picking up tree branches and leaves when I went through there. Hope everyone is ok. August went out with the wind- storm and now September brings on the fall and hunting season. Reminder that food bank pickup is on the 7th at 12:30 p.m.

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‘Save the Opera House’ effort runs out of time

As only half the money needed to purchase The Kooskia Old Opera House was raised, the building will now go to another buyer. The deadline for the Save the Old Opera House committee was Sept. 1, and $199,000 was raised by this date.

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Multiple challenges for firefighters on North B Street house fire

“Once the fire got started under that, it was impossible to stop it,” said Fire Chief Bob Mager. In a rare instance of coinciding problems, Grangeville firefighters faced a series of challenges and setbacks in battling a structure fire last Tuesday night, Aug. 29, that gutted a single-story home and outbuilding, and damaged a camp trailer.

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Riggins News: RES back to school night is Thursday, Sept. 7

My quote for the week is about school and teachers since we have just begun a new year. I know this is true because I had that teacher who inspired me to become a teacher. “It only takes a single teacher to turn a child’s life around. Some children will go to school today because of that teacher. Be that teacher every day.”

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Hazy air quality forecasted into Thursday

Unhealthy air quality conditions are forecasted to linger into this Thursday. Meanwhile, conditions due to regional wildfires put the city of Cottonwood yesterday (Sept. 5) in the top five nationally for poor air quality.

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Lowell / Syringa News: The shop pack rat has been caught

Lots of nice folks came into town to make for a busy week. There’s a fire up Coolwater Road at the lookout, caused by lightning last Tuesday, not too big, they are letting it burn, but very hot! Is there any other kind? Smoke was very thick for the Labor Day weekend and folks were feeling its effects. Can’t go East because it’s worse in Montana, can’t go north, Canada is on fire (hot kind), and can’t go West, Washington had its own problems! So, we go south?? Not sure! Big wedding at River Dance Lodge in Syringa last Saturday, Donn Gibbs and Kelly Brooks had a birthday celebration in Lowell, Marty and Dani Smith had a party for their son, Max, who turned 4, and the bikers from Montana had a hullabaloo up the Selway, add on Barbecue Days in Kamiah, and CV varsity football in the Kibbie Dome, you have yourself one busy newsworthy week.

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Disaster exercise lacked ICSO rep

Syringa Hospital representatives recently spent several hours working on disaster planning – from fires and ice-storms to attacks and school emergencies. At the August meeting, the hospital board discussed a “table top” disaster preparedness activity that took place late this summer and involved many local entities. “One thing we definitely saw was the problem with a lack of communication between agencies,” reported CNO Alex Frei.

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Cottonwood News: Pinochle club seeks members, players

Prairie Community Library has announced their upcoming fund-raiser, Brats and Brew, for Oct. 21. Mark your calendars now. Tickets available at the library, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 208-962-3714 or go to 506 King Street, basement of the Cottonwood Community Hall. Advanced ticket price is $25 per person, or $30 per person at the door the evening of Oct. 21. PCL is not supported by your tax dollars, so this fund-raiser is very important to have funds available to keep the library open. We appreciate your continued support for PCL.

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Volleyball In Kooskia Park

Kooskia City Park was the setting Sunday evening, Sept. 3, for area kids to gather for a game of speed volleyball, and for parents to visit on the sidelines. The group gathers for this activity each Wednesday and Sunday, as one parent said, “to enjoy being a part of each other’s lives.” Pictured here with action balanced to go either way were (L-R) Josiah Silva and Jordan Raichart.

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Storms leave outages, fires, damage in wake

Fires, property damage, power outages: Early last week, two successive storm fronts moved across the region, causing a fair share of chaos – and subsequent cleanup — for residents and emergency crews.

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Main Street Service opens

Auto repair in Grangeville just got a little easier with another choice for vehicle owners. Main Street Service opened Aug. 28 and is located at 325 East Main Street, on the same side as Camas Eye Clinic.

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Passion vs. emotion

“Education is the transformation of knowledge and practice that enables the individual to develop his or her specific self-interest.” Knowledge is power.

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Boeckels begin ministry at Nazarene church

After more than a year with interim pastor Bob Hislar and his wife, DeAnne, the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene has a new full-time minister. Ben and Lynsey Boeckel and their 8-month-old son, Peter, joined the congregation this summer.

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Don’t give credence to dividers, naysayers

This is the real America, folks! Don’t give credence to the dividers and naysayers who for years have tried to convince us that we are a nation in decline and that our best days are behind us.

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You say that but where are examples?

Responding to the letter of Aug. 30 from Al Knowles: Al, you write that “from the beginning of this country through the ‘50s, the majority honored God.” But then you don’t give even one example to back up your statement.

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Tuesday, September 5

Friday, September 1

Idaho tops list of those with unused vacation days

Are you taking enough vacation? According to science, probably not. A new report by Project Time Off found Americans took an average of 16.8 vacation days in 2016 (up from only 16 days in 2014). Although we’re on an upward trajectory, we have a long way to go: 54 percent of Americans failed to use their allotted vacation time last year, resulting in a whopping 662 million unused vacation days.

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Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

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Trenary Funeral Home: 100 years of community service

A large, stately, vine-covered home at 018 West 1st Avenue in Kooskia houses Trenary Funeral Home. A long-standing family in the Kooskia community provided the town with a needed service for years, and, though it is now owned outside of the Trenary family, that service still continues.

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Buying Idaho is the only option for Jacobs

Busy is just another day for Jacobs Lumber Co., and owners Keith and Kimberly Jacobs are multitasking in the midst of it: training an employee on the cash register, fielding questions, and quite often greeting people with “They getting you fixed up?” “Our customers are loyal to us, and we’re loyal to them,” Keith said. At its core, the Jacobs’ business model is that of the old mom and pop store where the community comes first. It’s more than dollars and sense, according to the Jacobs.

September 1, 2017 2:36 p.m. read more..

Kamiah honors Squires; Kubs thumped

Whatever else happens when the Kubs host Valley tonight, the Kubs have scheduled what is sure to be a big moment in school history, when they'll name the place where Hill Street meets Lawyer Creek after Bob Squires.

September 1, 2017 noon read more..

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