Stories for April 2018

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Wednesday, April 25

 

Social Media Accounts: After Death

Social media is a cultural phenomenon of the modern age, and it adds a new factor into our lives … more specifically, what should happen to our Facebook and Twitter accounts when we die?

April 25, 2018 9:35 a.m. read more..


Preplanning is smart. Not Sad.

My mother died last year at the age of 81 after a relatively short illness. Reflecting on that time, there are things I wish I knew or had planned, and there are also things we had done that served us well at the time.

April 25, 2018 9:29 a.m. read more..
 

Kinsley tops Behrman hurdles

Grangeville freshman hurdler Baeli Kinsley staked out a spot on the Lewiston Tribune’s area best list early this season, and while hurdlers from Lewiston, Moscow, Pullman and Colfax have all posted quicker times this season, Kinsley peeled about three-tenths from her 300 meter PR with a converted 51.14 time last week in Parma.

April 25, 2018 8:23 a.m. read more..
 

Asotin nugs Grangeville, 8-4

Grangeville outhit their hosts 9-6 during a road game last Friday, April 20, at Asotin, but all the Bulldogs’ traffic on the basepaths added up to half Asotin’s runs in an 8-4 loss.

April 25, 2018 8:16 a.m. read more..
 

MacMenamin takes first in 800, 1600, anchors 4x400 relay

Kamiah’s Michael MacMenamin placed first individually in two events during the Nez Perce Games last Friday, April 20. He won the 800 in 2:06.30 and won the 1600 in 4:45.80. And at the end of the day, he anchored Kamiah’s 4x400 relay to second place in 3:54.90, about four seconds behind Deary.

April 25, 2018 8:14 a.m. read more..
 

Prairie trounces Culdesac

The Prairie girls continued their march toward the top of the Whitepine League standings with a 22-7 mercy-rule win over Culdesac Monday night, April 23. The blowout marked the Pirates’ second drubbing of Culdesac this season, having posted a 32-2 win in the season opener.

April 25, 2018 8:13 a.m. read more..


Chinook fishing begins April 28

Chinook fishing on the Clearwater, Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers opens April 28 and will run until closed by the Fish and Game director.

April 25, 2018 8:12 a.m. read more..
 

Rogers team Pure Insanity wins 2018 Salmon River race

Ryan Rogers and Larry Keats, team Pure Insanity, of Lewiston, won the 2018 Salmon River Jet Boat Race held last weekend in Riggins. Team Pure Insanity won the overall race with a time of 46 minutes, 28 seconds. They were also the winners of the Unlimited Class and set a new leg record of 4 minutes and 24 seconds on the 8-mile long Leg 5.

April 25, 2018 8:10 a.m. read more..


Sports...in brief

Men’s League golf sign-ups are open; Riggins Rodeo coming; Bowhunter Ed set; Rifle raffle to support Veterans Association; Annual White Bird Hill bike ride is June 2; Deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts is April 30.

April 25, 2018 8 a.m. read more..


Idaho County Commission backs Alt3 in USFS Hungry Ridge restoration

The Idaho County Commission’s latest letter to Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert put the board’s weight behind Alternative 3, which Hungry Ridge Restoration Project documents indicate would “maximize potential 25 percent return to Idaho County.” The Forest Service is working toward making a final decision on the project by January 2019.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD board prepares to begin negotiations with teachers’ union

“I would suggest hiring a third party for negotiations. Last year, it was hard on me – it beat me up,” chair Mike Dominguez, Kooskia, told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the April 16 meeting. The teachers’ union had formally requested negotiations begin for the 2018-19 school year.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Cause as yet undetermined for Saturday’s fatal crash at Riggins

Katelyn J. Thayer, 17, was killed in the April 21 crash reported 2.4 miles up the Salmon River Road, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. A second person reported involved in the incident, Alaska Frandsen, 17, of Malad, was transported to McCall and flown by Life Flight to Boise. She has since been released from care.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Giddings, Ada County poised to grapple over homeowners exemption

A local elected official insists she has followed the law, but an April 20 report in the Lewiston Tribune exposed a dispute between Rep. Priscilla Giddings and the Ada County Assessor’s office, in which that county may yet seek tax payment related to Giddings’ move from Garden City to White Bird ahead of her run for the District 7 House seat she won in 2016.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


McMillan returns, Lawrence to challenge incumbent Giddings

Voters have a three-way race in the Republican primary for Dist. 7A Representative, between incumbent Priscilla Giddings, Shannon McMillan — who lost this seat to Giddings in the 2016 election — and newcomer Ryan A. Lawrence. Primary elections are May 15.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Foul play or walked away? Investigation continues with Pankey search

“We still don’t know if there’s foul play involved and by whom, or if she just walked away,” said detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO). “But as more time goes by without her communicating with her family and her daughter, the odds are much higher that foul play may be involved.”

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Joyce Elaine Crawford, 86

There will be a Mass and celebration service at St. Catherine’s Church in Kamiah, Idaho, May 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. for Joyce Elaine Crawford, 86, of Kooskia, Idaho.

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Clearwater Valley News: Earth Day event draws about 100

The weather couldn’t have been better for Kamiah’s first Earth Day Festival on Friday. A week ago, it was raining and snowing, in the end we needed the tents for shade. We had a great crowd of 80-100 people show up to enjoy a diverse set of activities including yoga, gardening, making elk tracks, recycled art projects, trying percussion instruments and several natural resource booths on water use and forestry. It was fun to see the families enjoying pushing baby strollers and riding bikes to the event. People are already talking about what activities to do next year!

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Cottonwood News: YWCA purse auction set for Sunday

The blood drive was very successful in the Cottonwood community April 10. Brenda Kaschmitter said, “We are very excited that we not only met our goal, but we exceeded it by eight pints.” There are lots of volunteers who help with the blood drive also. Congratulations to this community of people who are willing to give blood so that others might live! As an added bonus, they send you a text when they use your blood. Wow! Is that ever a great feeling, that you get to know when they are using your blood. The next drive will be June 26. Contact Brenda Kaschmitter or Donna Quick at St. Mary’s Hospital, 208-962-3251, to make an appointment. Let’s see if we can do even better this time. Don’t forget to make plans for the 4th Annual Purse Auction on April 29th. It starts with lunch at noon and the auction starts at 2 p.m. 100 percent of the proceeds stays in Idaho County. See you there!

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April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


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April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

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April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Organizational News

Rep. Giddings’ presentation April 27 on experiences as USAF A-10 pilot Pioneer Senior Citizens Bentley celebrates 50 years of service to American Legion Idaho County 4-H Party

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Maurice Vincent, 100

Maurice Vincent, 100, of Grangeville, Idaho, died April 21, 2018, at Grangeville Health & Rehabilitation.

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D-3 wins Kooskia-area fire mitigation bid

The Idaho County Commissioners on April 17 approved a bid by D-3 Native Woodworks of Grangeville for fire mitigation work at a cost of $834 per acre, totaling $5,504. Work on the Tahoe Fire Mitigation Project, which consists of fuels reduction on 6.6 acres east of Kooskia, is to be complete by July 30.

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Distinguished Young Women participants sought by April 30; Practices begin Tuesday, May 1

Calling all girls who are high school juniors. It's time for the 2019 DYW of the Camas Prairie program! DYW of the Camas Prairie, formerly known as “Junior Miss,” is a scholarship program for girls in their junior year of high school. It is open to young women from Cottonwood, Craigmont, Grangeville, Nezperce, White Bird, and the surrounding communities. Girls compete in scholastics, talent, interview, physical fitness and self-expression and scholarships are given for each category, finalists, and the overall winner. This will be our 5th year for our program and you can find out more about us on Facebook at @camasprairiedyw.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Art show to feature Lauretta Crabtree

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) 51st Annual Spring Show is May 3 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), May 4 (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and May 5 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Friday features the music of Rick Weholt and complimentary wine and cheese. A silent auction closes Saturday at noon. This year a new venue for the show is the Super 8, 801 SW 1st Street/ Highway 95, Grangeville; the show will be held in the Super 8 Motel entry conference room.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Tom Keller’s book details his U.S. Forest Service career

“I wanted people to see my perspective as a forest technician, a man on the ground,” Tom Keller said. Keller recently had published his book, “31 Years on the Upper North Fork of the Clearwater River,” which tells the story of his career with the U.S. Forest Service. “There was a time when the Forest Service was held in high esteem and could be counted on for help with anything,” he said.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Summit spring play: Fairytale variety show takes the stage this week

What has the romance of royalty? The excitement of entertaining little people? The danger of woods and hunting? Mix in a few fairy tale commercials and you have The Snow White Variety Show written by Brian D. Taylor. Summit Academy will perform the play Thursday and Friday. April 26 and 27, 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., at the school on Substation Road. Cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Support group meets Fridays

Free to Live, a support group addressing a variety of issues, meets each Friday night, 7 p.m., at Church on the Rock, 115 NW 7th Street.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Facing empty shelves; need helpers, mixes

We want to thank our community for their generous help and we are asking again for assistance. We are experiencing empty shelves. Currently we’re serving 400-500 people each month. We’re in need....

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lowell / Syringa News: Denham, Grimm tie the knot along the river

The sun is out, and I will soon be out in it. But first some news flashes. A local wedding at Three Devils Campground last Saturday. Stan Denham and Neile Grimm tied the knot along the river, then had a reception dinner at Wilderness Inn. Friends and family stayed in the cabins here in Lowell and the big, log handmade kingsize beds were made by none other than Stan himself.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Russ Fulcher can be trusted in Congress

Is there an Idaho citizen statesman that we can truly trust in Congress? Yes, one! Russ Fulcher! He has invaluable experience in international affairs working for Micron Tech in 26 countries, including Arab countries.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Medicaid expansion within reach — more signatures needed

After months of hard work by dedicated volunteers across the state of Idaho, getting Medicaid expansion on the November ballot is within reach. Amazing progress has been made, but we’re in the final stretch to meet the April 30 deadline and we need one last push for signatures to qualify.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


About those additional levied funds

It is with frustration that I find a need to clear up wild, confusing statements and irrational questions made by a former Idaho County Commissioner in a recent letter.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


White Bird News: Rebekah ‘Spring Fiesta’ is Saturday

I think old man winter has finally given up and the warmer weather is on its way. Along with this will bring the snowmelt, rising waters and it will be cold, so be careful around the rivers and streams. The greenery and flowers sure do look great! I found out that the cell phone tower at Slate Creek is now up and running. So far it is only cell service, but data will be operating soon. They are still working on the other one above the cemetery.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Elk City News: The woodpecker returns

That woodpecker I mentioned last week that was back … well, he insists on pecking on the metal siding on our house! He is really confused! Sandhill cranes are also making their appearance the last couple of weeks as well. We are starting to see more people come upriver this weekend. We sure have had some beautiful sunny weather to encourage them to get out.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Riggins News: Color the Canyon Run is Saturday

My quote for this week is fittingly from former First Lady Barbara Bush: “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people-your family, friends, and coworkers and even strangers you meet along the way.” Barbara Bush 1925-2018 — a great lady. The fourth annual Color the Canyon 5K Run 2018 sponsored by the Riggins PTO is this Saturday, April 28, with your favorite emcee, me! You may still sign up at 8:30 Saturday morning, but no promise of a T-shirt. Pick up numbers and color dust at Riggins Elementary School between 8:30-9:45 a.m. Saturday morning. The run will begin at 10 a.m. with great signs to lead your footsteps 5K and back to Riggins Elementary. Plan now to be a part of this fund-raiser for our Riggins schools. For information contact Hannah McClure at 208-469-6499.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Jason L Mills, 46

Jason L. Mills, 46, of Stites, Idaho, died Friday, April 20, 2018, near Pittsburgh Saddle.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Organizational News, April 25

- Rep. Giddings’ to present April 27 on experiences as USAF A-10 pilot - Pioneer Senior Citizens - Bentley celebrates 50 years of service to American Legion - Idaho County 4-H Party

April 25, 2018 midnight read more..

Tuesday, April 24



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Monday, April 23



Wednesday, April 18



CEDA celebrates 50th

During the Clearwater Economic Development Association’s (CEDA) 50th anniversary celebration Friday, April 13, in Lewiston, at the Nez Perce County Fair Building, area individuals were recognized for their community service. Some of the honorees are no longer alive; however, their service to the community lives on. One of those honored was former County Commissioner Joseph “Joe” Leitch, who died Aug. 31, 2017.

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Bulldogs pound Orofino, Prairie

The fields up top were swamped last week, so Prairie and Grangeville made arrangements to meet in the river valley, where the Kubs showed off a field in spectacular condition and the Bulldogs overpowered PHS 10-0 last Friday afternoon, April 13.

April 18, 2018 8:14 a.m. read more..


Lindsley jumps into Top 10

Junior Paige Lindsley jumped a personal best by about two feet — and jumped onto the athletic.net Idaho 2A performance list Top 10 — with a 33-0 mark in the triple jump last Friday, April 13 at Lapwai. That was good for second place in the event.

April 18, 2018 8:09 a.m. read more..


Sports...in brief

Danly named NWAC “player of the week”; Annual jet boat races on tap April 21-22; RMEF annual banquet scheduled April 21; Men’s League golf sign-ups are open; Riggins Rodeo coming; Bowhunter Ed set; Rifle raffle to support Veterans Association; Annual White Bird Hill bike ride is June 2.

April 18, 2018 7:48 a.m. read more..


MVSD won’t see an election until 2019

November elections just got a little meatier. Following passage of S1280 earlier this year, school board trustee elections will change to take place each November. Previously, board members took office in July, which coincided with the end of districts’ financial year, June 30. Now, trustees will be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November in odd years.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Manning Arch Dedication

Riggins City Councilman Gary Miller and Mayor Glenna McClure presented Brady Clay (center) with “the golden bolt” – an award recognizing his work relocating one of the old Manning Bridge towers to Riggins City Park.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Patron throws out idea on playground fence slats for 244

There are just too many soft targets, and we need to eliminate as many of those as possible,” said Daniel Trankle of Kamiah. Trankle addressed the Mountain View School District 244 board at its March 19 meeting. He spoke about the danger of open, see-through chain link fences in plain view on playgrounds. He said he and his wife have spent time going around to various schools in Idaho County and Kamiah and investigating current fences.

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Page, 15, chosen 2018 White Bird Rodeo Queen

Saturday afternoon tryouts for White Bird Rodeo Queen resulted in Kaylee Page of Kooskia chosen to represent the event for 2018. Page, 15, is the daughter of Yogi and Phyllis Page. She is a freshman at Clearwater Valley High School.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Search under way for missing woman Shawnta Pankey, 25

Search efforts continued as of press time Tuesday for missing Grangeville woman, Shawnta Larae Pankey, 25, last seen on Sunday morning. Circumstances concerning her disappearance are being investigated. “We’re looking at every conceivable possibility to cover those bases,” said Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), “and we’re trying to put people on each of those issues.”

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Grant money sought for public defender; request lists $170K for Lankford case

Idaho County’s public defender last November reported a caseload of 75 felonies and 228 misdemeanors during the fiscal year that ended last Oct. 1. The caseload also included six juvenile felonies and seven juvenile misdemeanors and 10 other types of cases. In all, the county paid out about $127,000 in the first year of its two-year contract with McFarland Law Offices.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Riggins News: Donkey basketball to trot in Thursday night

My quote for the week is “Being told you are appreciated is one of the most uplifting things you can hear.” Riggins 4-H’ers are having a unique fund-raiser…Donkey Basketball will be in Riggins at the Salmon River High School gym Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. To ride a donkey, it will cost $15 for two 10-minute games; sign up with Sarah Walters. Advance tickets are $9-adult, $7 student 7th-12th, and $6 children K-6 and can be purchased from Riggins Canyon 4-H members, Tracie Pottenger at Pine Tree, or message Sarah Walters. Gate tickets be $1 more each. Family fun, thrills and spills, and lots of laughs await you at this unique type of basketball.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Cottonwood News: Breakfast set for April 22

Well, so much for my prediction about an early spring. Winter does not seem to want to let go. But we do have something to celebrate. Elred Nuxoll’s birthday is April 18, so let’s all wish him a “Happy Birthday.” Do you like sourdough pancakes, homemade syrup, eggs, sausage and great company? The Haiti team is hosting its final fund-raiser for the 2018 mission trip. The breakfast is after the 8 a.m. Mass in the Sacred Heart room at St. Mary’s on April 22. We will serve until 12:30 p.m. So, mark your calendars and bring your families for this yummy breakfast and thank you for your support!

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Clearwater Valley News: Presbyterian spaghetti feed set for Friday

On Friday, I’ll be in downtown Kamiah for a spring festival for Earth Day, April 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It’s a good variety of free activities geared for youth, but open to all ranging from recycling to forestry to yoga, water use, wildlife, culture and art. Hoping for nice weather, but will be mostly under tents if not. It’s a great opportunity to bring a mix of people and activities downtown, for the first outdoor event of the season.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Riggins LCSC student wins state tech award

Riggins resident Javier (Alex) Diaz was one of two Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) students in the Technical & Industrial Division who recently won Idaho State SkillsUSA competitions and will advance to nationals this summer. On their wins, Diaz, and Anthony (Tony) Smith of Priest River, will represent LCSC at SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Competition during June 25-29 in Louisville, Ky.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Teats to judge CIAA 51st Spring Art Show

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) 51st Annual Spring Show is set for May 3, 4 and 5. This year a new venue for the show is the Super 8, 801 SW 1st Street/Highway 95, Grangeville. The show will be held in the motel entry conference room.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Officer Brown new officer with CPD; donates time

Residents will see a new police officer on patrol in Cottonwood, Kevin Brown, who has agreed to volunteer his time to assist the department “Folks have asked why volunteer. Two reasons,” said Chief Terry Cochran, Cottonwood Police Department. “One, he and his family love this area and want to do what they can to help out, and two, this will help him maintain his Idaho Peace Officer Certifications. So, everyone wins.”

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Comm - Briefs - April 18, 2018

Summit Academy, 122 Substation Road, Cottonwood, will hold its kindergarten screening Tuesday, April 24, Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 24. Call for an appointment today as space is limited: 208-962-5650; e-mail office@summitacademyid.com. Summit offers private preK-12 Catholic education, is accredited by AdvancED, uses Spalding language arts, which is phonics based, and Saxon Math. There is a small student to teacher ratio, weekly visits to the atrium with the Catechesis of Good Shepherd program and on-site daycare for before and after school.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Earth Day activities set for April 20 in Kamiah

Come celebrate spring with a free outdoor Earth Day festival on Friday, April 20th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in downtown Kamiah. The city approved closing a ½ block of 5th Street from Main toward Idaho Street to create a walkable space downtown for the event. Most activities will be hosted under tents, since rain is always possible this time of year. While the festival is focused on youth, people of all ages are welcome and all activities are free.

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Locals new members in Angus association

The American Angus Association has named a Grangeville business and two individuals as new members. New member is Boot Livestock of Grangeville. New junior members are Dani Jaye Aiken and Reed William Aiken, both of Grangeville.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


It's Your Business: Crabtree to speak at chamber meeting

Grangeville Chamber of Commerce will host its quarterly meeting this Thursday, April 19, at the Super 8 meeting room. Senator Carl Crabtree of Grangeville will be the special speaker. Social time is 5:30 p.m. with a potluck format; bring finger foods to share. Utensils and plates and napkins will be provided. Bring your own beverage. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting commencing at 6 p.m. A Q&A session will follow.

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Water picture ‘looking interesting’ ; Clearwater Basin precip highest in state

The stage is set: Early April is when Idaho’s mountain snowpack generally reaches its peak snow water content, “… and things are looking interesting for the water supply picture,” said Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist for the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). According to the April water supply outlook report, precipitation since the water year started on Oct. 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 85 to 120 percent of normal.

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Where is outrage over plan to steal from us?

When we pay our federal taxes, we are used to them disappearing into the unknown. We keep faith that somehow, through all the bureaucracy from here to Washington and back, our money is for the good of We the People (us).

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Marge Lyda, 96

Friends and family of Marge Lyda are invited to her “Celebration of Life” memorial service.

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Idaho deserves better than Labrador for governor

Raul Labrador is a man who publicly lies, promotes taxpayer subsidies for special interests, and favors big government programs over private enterprise—all while claiming to be a fiscal conservative and supporter of small government.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Fallen into political trap of ignoring individual

If you’ve lived in Idaho long, you’ve probably heard someone say that the surest way to lose an election is to have a D following your name. The joke goes something like this: “R means ‘re-elect’ and D means ‘doomed.’” It’s fairly dark humor because it implied a stagnant state of mind, which will eventually lead to a stagnant state.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Dolores H 'Dodie' Passey, 75

Dolores H. “Dodie” Passey, 75, of Grangeville, Idaho, memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home.

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Paulette Jordan, Idaho Gov candidate, visits Grangeville

Paulette Jordan, Democratic candidate for Idaho governor and two term Idaho State legislator, stopped in Grangeville, Tuesday, April 11. On a tour to visit all 44 counties in Idaho prior to the May primary with her policy and research writer, Nichole Solberg, a 2011 Grangeville High School graduate, an impromptu meet and greet was held at Crema Café.

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White Bird News: White Bird gets new fire truck from McCall

What’s new in town — do you know? We had an exciting Friday evening when the new fire truck rolled through town. This fire engine was graciously donated from the McCall Fire Dept. and is now ours, as Sandy was handed the title to it. Many of the volunteer crew members were present and a lot of questions were asked.

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Elk City News: Elk herd faces wolf predators

I took these two photos within a few days of each other. The Elk City elk herd looks great. But the reality is that the introduced predator, the Canada gray wolf (which were never here in the first place), is back as well. There was a large (approximately 50 lbs.) black and gray wolf spotted a half mile from downtown Elk City near (not on) this dead elk on Elk Creek Road. (See photos)

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GHS Prom Royalty

Seniors Trent Hunter and Tessa Godfrey were crowned king and queen of the Grangeville High School prom Saturday, April 14. With the theme of “A Night Under the Stars,” 75 couples attended.

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Give $1.6 million back to the population

In language saved for emergencies, the county told us they were not getting SRS funding this year, so needed to raise taxes by $600,000 to cover the deficiency. Likewise, the school district told us that they too weren’t getting SRS funding, and so need to raise the school levy by almost $1 million to cover the loss.

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Dissolving Syringa Hospital district would be perilous

A letter in the April 11 Free Press suggests dissolving the taxing district for Syringa Hospital. The statement, “The hospital will survive,” merits consideration. Since 2010, 83 rural hospitals in America have closed and 700 more are “at risk” of closing during the next 10 years. Syringa Hospital (and others in Idaho) are in the larger group because they fit the profile of rural hospitals with identifiable trends and patterns of increasing distress.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lochsa Land Exchange revival; don’t be fooled

A front page article in Saturday’s April 14 Lewiston Tribune discussed the “revival of the Lochsa land exchange.” The Idaho Dept. of lands (IDL) would purchase the 39,000 acres of private land owned by Western Pacific Timber Inc. (WPT) and trade the land for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests land at an undisclosed location.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Behind celebrations are hard work, needing support that benefits us all

The annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are this weekend. Are you going? Apart from the excitement of the spectacle itself, this event kicks off our season of community celebrations we’ll all be enjoying well into fall. But two important components of these and other such events are lost during our enjoyment: the time and effort that goes into their preparation, planning and execution; and just what these mean for our communities as a whole.

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Murphy recognized by IRWA

Idaho Rural Water Association recently presented Sandy Murphy with the administrator of the year award at the annual spring conference March 22. The Administrator of the Year Award recognizes an administrative employee for outstanding performance in office management and procedures. To be eligible for this award, nominees must be affiliated with an IRWA system member in good standing with full voting rights.

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Tuesday, April 17



Wednesday, April 11

 

Grangeville home track meet slated April 17

Grangeville's track and field organizers are in need of volunteers for everything from timing to raking the pits and running events for the April 17 home track meet. Help is needed starting at 2:30 p.m. that day. Call Naomi Finnegan, 208-983-4162, or email her at finnegann@sd244.org.

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Bonn, Bulldogs building up

Filling in for injured first baseman Kolton Key, Grangeville senior Ethan Bonn showed he has come a long way in recovering from a separated shoulder injury he suffered diving back to the bag on a pickoff move a year ago.

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Sports...in brief

KYRO signups slated April 10; Grangeville Babe Ruth Baseball forms available; parents meeting set April 11; Grangeville home track meet slated April 17; RMEF annual banquet scheduled April 21; Men’s League golf sign-ups are open; Riggins Rodeo coming; Bowhunter Ed set; Rifle raffle to support Veterans Association; Annual White Bird Hill bike ride is June 2.

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Clutter workshop helps identify, how to let go, organize

Extra Fabric. A sailing ship model. Kitchen drawer odds and ends. That’s clutter. At best, it’s taking up space in an out-of-the-way area; at worst, it’s a disruption and a drain on our daily life. “Mine is scrapbooking. I have boxes of photos and I can’t get to them,” said Karen Richel.

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Bridge work starts next week; kicks off US12 multimillion revitalization work

Bridge work starting next week kicks off $17 million in infrastructure improvements for U.S. Highway 12, a revitalization project by the Idaho Transportation Department that is expected to be completed this fall. According to ITD public information specialist Megan Sausser, work on Fish Creek Bridge near Bald Mountain (46 miles east of Kooskia) will begin on Monday, April 16, and work on Maggie Creek Bridge near Kooskia is expected to begin April 30.

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Wet weekend blows through county causing minor problems

“The county road infrastructure survived fine, at least as what we know at this point,” said Jerry Zumalt, coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. “I think, for the most part, we did alright.” Wet and windy, but no major damage; that’s the overall summary from officials following last weekend’s storm event that generally brought up to an inch in precipitation across Idaho County with related water impacts to area streams and minor power outages and road blockages.

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KJSD 304 levy money will be used for ‘very specific needs’ ; SRS funds will help with end-of-year deficit

Kamiah Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins knows the old parable is true: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. “I am not counting on any extra money until I see it,” he said. Though SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds were reauthorized by President Trump March 23 – which will mean about $200,000-plus to KSD 304 this school year – Higgins said this will not affect the Kamiah levy passed March 13.

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Animal Rescue Foundation reports: Regional shelter one step closer with draft design

A regional animal shelter is one step closer to reality – yet only a small step on its complete journey. The ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) held a public meeting at Grangeville High School April 3. More than 40 people attended the informational session where architect Larry Kom, Castella Kom Architects out of Lewiston, presented draft building plans to the attendees.

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Fiber upgrade may prove decisive for private industry

As the Idaho County Commission grappled with the question whether or not to commit public money to studying a plan for upgrading Internet infrastructure for the county’s own emergency services, the board kept returning to a more basic question last Tuesday, April 3. Where is the fiber that is already in the county?

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Board weighs permanent commitment of adding 25 cents a month to phones to fund 911 infrastructure grants

The county commission’s April 3 discussion involved the board weighing whether committing now to a 25 cents per line per month grant fee would be a permanent commitment. “If we do the 25-cent fee, can we get back out of it?” commissioner Mark Frei asked Zumalt. Idaho County emergency manager Jerry Zumalt said the county commissioners would still be the county’s 911 board, and thus such a decision would still be within their power.

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Grangeville American Legion Auxiliary to meet April 14

Grangeville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 will hold its meeting Saturday, April 14, starting at noon with a potluck lunch followed by a business meeting to include installation of new officers. The meeting will be held at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 E. Main. Contact secretary Pearl Bentley at 208-983-4417.

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Joyce Crawford, 86

Joyce Crawford, 86, of Kooskia, Idaho, died Friday, April 6, 2018, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston, Idaho.

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ARF has long-term view to achieve shelter success

In the four years since ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) was formed, we’ve been pleased with the long-term strategy the group has held fast to in its plans to form a regional shelter on the Camas Prairie. That patience is a credit to volunteers and the ARF board....

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Results speak volumes on local opinions for Wild and Scenic plan

Three weeks ago, I asked the people of Idaho County to vote yes or no on the proposal to make the South Fork of the Clearwater Wild and Scenic or not. I would like to thank the Free Press for printing my 3 letters and thank all the people who voted. Here is how the numbers broke out: 104 total votes, 101 no and 3 yes. 97 percent no to Wild and Scenic.

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Arguments don’t hold truth to reality of world around us

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner. A Constitutional Republic is a lamb armed with his 2nd Amendment rights contesting the vote.” Does anyone find it interesting that Joe Tosten [April 4 issue] does not address any of the points raised in my letter to the editor [March 28 issue]. He knowingly ignores the truth and spreads propaganda. (Fake news anyone?)

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ARF working diligently toward animal shelter

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is sponsoring a fund-raiser on the evening of May 11 at The Gallery. There will be great food and drawings for several amazing prizes. The ARF board members are dedicating their time and effort to build a no-kill animal shelter that will serve all of Idaho County.

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Dissolve taxing district for Syringa Hospital

Idaho County Commissioners are struggling with the budget and tax increases. We should offset the tax increase by dissolving the Syringa Hospital (taxing) District. The hospital will survive. People in the district get no real benefit for the half million dollars, which is a mere 2.5 percent of gross revenues.

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Why didn’t commission ask for input on extra pay for meetings?

Our taxes provide the money to pay the Idaho County Commissioners $24,000 per year to take care of County business. That’s fair. Unfortunately, the commissioners just voted to pay themselves an additional $25/hour for meetings that last four hours. Obviously, they forgot to check their job descriptions. It includes attending meetings.

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Prairie success story for home-schooling

Life on a windswept prairie can surprise you. The weather is a capricious laughing lady insisting on her right to suddenly change her mind. Thomas bore with the weather, farmed, and sought more land. He felt he could not spare his son from chores to let him go to school. The boy’s mother did what she could to educate him at home his first nine years.

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Present-day carbon

I am confused. Back in the ‘60s, if a forest fire started, it was immediately extinguished. Then along came the ‘70s and the DEQ and the EPA, and they stated that vehicles and factories were putting too much carbon in the atmosphere, so they imposed harsh restrictions on exhaust gases and smoke from them, which is still being done.

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It's Your Business: ‘Relax After Taxes’ April 17; Celebrate Friday the 13th at Oscar’s

Calling all local businesses: Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9, for the first “Business Showcase.” This is set for The Gym Event Center and is meant to help the community shop local and utilize local services. Cost to be a vendor is $20. Bring a table and marketing materials to display and share with everyone who attends. There will be a free barbecue and bounce house for the kids. RSVP by May 21 to reserve a spot. Contact Zack Gonsalves at 208-751-1005 ext.2960 or zachary.gonsalves@mannmortgage.com.

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Youth program seeks applicants

Young people between the ages of 16-18 with a love of the outdoors and an interest in learning about natural resource careers are encouraged to apply for one of the 32 Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) positions that are now being filled through the Clearwater Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council.

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Clearwater Valley News: Create ‘junk journal’ April 20 at library

It’s National Library week so stop by your favorite library to see what’s new. I know that April at the Kamiah library has been spending time learning to use their new 3- D printer and making some fun and creative items. The Kooskia Library will hold its annual book sale on Saturday, April 21. They are happy to take donations of books, CDs and DVDs in advance of the sale. No magazines, you are encouraged to recycle those.

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Elk City News: Forest issues face Elk City

In last week’s Free Press, a meeting was announced concerning the Red Moose Divide project meeting. Thought I’d give you a synopsis of the proposed project, and a warning of the possible issues facing Elk City.

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Funds will help MVSD 244 with maintenance of schools

Recent reauthorization of SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds do not have Mountain View School District 244 rolling in the dough. “This will help do the things we need to for the maintenance of our schools,” said superintendent Marc Scheibe.

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Riggins News: Hausladen to serve as Riggins Rodeo Queen

My quote for the week is “What if…everything you are going through right now is preparing you for a dream bigger than you can imagine.” “Come one, come all”… to the Riggins City Park this Friday morning, April 13, 10 a.m. for the ribbon cutting of the North Tower of the Manning Crevice Bridge that is now the entrance to the north stairs going down to the park. Kudos to all who had a part in getting this historical piece of the Salmon River Canyon to a place for many to see and learn a bit more about our area.

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GHR Spring Break Volunteers

These kids spent spring break reading, calling Bingo and helping with the Easter egg hunt at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Pictured are Addison Kaschmitter, Audrianna Fischer, Charlie Owens, Paisley Kaschmitter, Kennedy Kaschmitter and Jaeleigh Fischer. Not pictured is helper Harley Owens.

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Cottonwood News: Summit to celebrate 20 years April 20

Mark your calendar! Prairie Mountain Nutrition, the Service Provider for the Cottonwood and Craigmountain senior citizen groups will hold a breakfast on Sunday, April 15. Breakfast will be served in the basement of the Cottonwood Community Hall from 7 a.m. to noon. A fee of $8 for adults or $30 a family will be charged. Preschoolers will eat free. Come and share your Sunday morning with us and get to know more about our Senior Citizen Group.

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White Bird News: Mardi Gras is theme for White Bird Days

They say if you build it…we will use it! Well, I guess progress has finally come to our little town. I have been told that above the cemetery, on the DeWitt’s old place, a cell tower is being put up. Watch for the new shiny metal in the glowing sun.

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The importance of perspective

Every day headlines are filled with awful news about bloody wars, mass shootings, tension over nuclear arms, refugee crisis, ethnic cleansing, and natural disasters. Recently, an issue of Time Magazine put a spotlight on the fact that headlines don't tell the whole story. Despite all the terrible news, by many important measures, the world is actually getting better! This is not trying to see things optimistically, it's backed up by data. For instance, the number of children who die before their fifth birthday has been cut in half since 1990.

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Nazarene church sets month’s activities

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene has a variety of activities including the following: •Family self-defense classes are held each Friday through May 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the fellowship hall. Free of charge, donations to the church accepted. For details contact Todd McGeorge at 208-702-2307.

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Faith Briefs - April 11, 2018

Hope Center Walk For Life will be Saturday, May 12, in Grangeville. A fund-raiser for the Hope Centers in Grangeville and Kamiah, it starts at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall at 8:30 a.m. with a free breakfast, then registration begins at 9 a.m. Go to www.HopeCenterGrangeville.org

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Good Friday: Nail It To The Cross

As part of its Good Friday service, March 30, Real Life Grangeville invited congregation members to write down what they were giving up to Jesus and “nail” those to the cross.

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Grangeville American Legion Post 37 celebrates 99th birthday

On Saturday, March 24, Grangeville American Legion Post 37 celebrated the 99th birthday of the American Legion with the annual birthday and community awards party. The event was held at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center and attended by approximately 60 veterans, their families and community awardees and their families.

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CIAA announces call for entries, new venue for show

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) will be host to its 51st Annual Spring Show May 3-5. This year a new venue for the show is at the Super 8, 801 SW 1st Street/Highway 95, Grangeville. The show will be held in the motel entry conference room.

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Comm - Milestone - Birth - Josie Rae Vrieling

Cody Vrieling and Sara Corder of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Josie Rae Vrieling was born Saturday, March 31, 2018, 6:07 a.m., at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho. She weighed seven pounds, 13-3/4 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She joins a sister, Paislee Jo, 2-1/2 years old.

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Community briefs - April 11, 2018

Those interested in taking Ham Radio classes are invited to sign up Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center. Once people sign up, days and times for classes will be decided. This is an entry level Ham Radio class and will be taught by local enthusiasts. It is sponsored by the Camas Prairie Amateur Radio Club. The club meets at the veterans center the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

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Club to offer Ham Radio classes

Those interested in taking Ham Radio classes are invited to sign up Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center. Once people sign up, days and times for classes will be decided.

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Clearwater yard sale on tap for June 9; sign up to be on map

The Clearwater Grange will hold a community yard sale Saturday, June 9. All Clearwater area residents are encouraged to participate. Set up a sale at your property or rent a table at the Grange Hall for $10. A map will be distributed for all locations if you sign up by May 15.

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Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set for April 18

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, April 18, noon. Spinach lasagna, green salad, French bread and dessert will be served. 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 208-926-7776.

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Baseball slate accelerates

Senior Trent Hunter and the Bulldogs were 4-1 heading into spring break, but following an April 3 visit to Clearwater Valley, the Bulldogs are set for a busy week — and a busy month.

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2018 Hunter Education All Stars

From the roughly 150 who graduate hunters ed each year, instructors choose about 20 to participate in the annual bird hunt put on by volunteers and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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Steel Sunday

Fishermen who have been returning to the same location every spring for a decade or more told the Free Press the steelhead run this year has been the worst they can remember.

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Sports...in brief

Youth softball, baseball registration meeting slated April 4; NWTF annual banquet calendared April 7; RMEF annual banquet scheduled April 21; Men’s League golf sign-ups are open; Rifle raffle to support Veterans Association; Annual White Bird Hill bike ride is June 2; Riggins Rodeo coming; Annual jet boat races on tap April 21-22.

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Key takeaways from this year's legislative session

The Idaho legislature wound down to a close last week. Here are some key takeaways: · Several proposals to deal with the state Medicaid gap surfaced. None passed. · Lawmakers passed one of the biggest tax cuts in state history. · A national debate on school safety made its way into the legislature. · K-12 science education standards referencing climate change survived a rocky journey.

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County undecided on upgrade for regional Internet

Idaho County Commissioners heard a plan out of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management last week that calls for a massive interconnection of the fiber optic network in North Central Idaho – a pricey infrastructure project that would “meet the needs of emergency communications along with the advent of Next Generation 911” service.

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County comment on Lolo Insect & Disease Project highlights 41 miles of road decommissioning

“Idaho County commends the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for continuing efforts to address forest health issues,” the Idaho County Commission wrote in a comment letter approved last week regarding the Lolo Insect & Disease project. The project proposal, which was subject of a March 7 public meeting in Kooskia, calls for timber harvest, soil rehabilitation, road improvements and other work in a 78,000-acre project area located approximately 16 miles northeast of Kamiah.

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U of I students serve at NICI for spring break program

“I’ve found that the trip to Cottonwood can be hard for the students; there’s a lot of intimidation and fear, and we want everyone to understand the risks associated with serving in a correctional facility,” Baugh said. “So as a leader, I put a lot of value on meeting beforehand to manage everyone’s expectations.”

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Idaho school safety: Let’s contribute to a thoughtful process

Solutions to school safety have been emotional and driven with the passions of recent crises. Obviously, we’d be negligent to knee jerk and adopt the solutions of the heat of the moment. The problem is multifaceted, and it needs the input of many to provide options that can be thoroughly vetted and pushed for adoption with unity. Idaho looks to have such an effort in the works.

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Going Round And Round At App Demo

Participants turned up at the Soltman Center in Grangeville last Wednesday, March 28, for two sessions held as part of the statewide Inspire Idaho tour (www.InspireIdaho.org), conducted by the University of Idaho and Innovation Collective. The team demonstrated app development and programming, and provided participants hands-on use of an Apple iPad to program Sphero robots. The tour is to promote the growing app economy, and the creation of App Development Teams in every one of Idaho’s 44 counties.

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Dance set for Orofino this Sunday, April 8

A country dance is set for the Orofino VFW Hall Sunday, April 8, 1-4 p.m. Potluck at 4 p.m.; main dish provided, bring a side to share. Cost is $5 and will feature the Mike Jenkins and Friends Band. Subsequent dances will continue the first Sunday of the month.

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CVES kindergarten registration set

Registration for children entering kindergarten at Clearwater Valley Elementary School in Kooskia this fall will be held Wednesday, April 25. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018. A 20-minute informal evaluation is part of the registration process. Call CVES at 208-926-4311 to reserve an appointment for your child. Bring child, certified birth certificate and record of immunizations to the scheduled appointment time.

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Earth Day participants sought for Kamiah

A plan to celebrate Earth Day in Kamiah is in the works for Friday, April 20, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Activities for children, such as creating art from recycled materials, games or displays about forests, soils, the hidden costs of water, gardening and composting and face-painting will be offered. The city council supports the event and approved closing a block of 5th Street between Main and Idaho streets.

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Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set for today

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for today, Wednesday, April 4, noon. Turkey dinner will be served. 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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Veterans’ service officer to visit April 4

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veterans’ advocate in Grangeville on Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor office, 158 East Main Street, Suite 1A (across from Ace Home Center).

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ICHS to present Century Farm talk

Idaho County Historical Society will be host to Don and Charlotte DeArmond who were awarded Century Farm status, to speak on “100 Years of Farming and Ranching.”

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Student access to inappropriate computer images brought up by trustee

Mountain View School District 244 Technology Director Joe Rodriguez received the question no one wants to get at the March 19 regular school board meeting. “What are we doing about kids looking at porn at school?” trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, asked. A recent incident at Clearwater Valley Elementary School spurred Smith’s question.

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CIAA entries sought

Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) will be host to its 51st Annual Spring Show May 3-5. This year a new venue for the show, Super Motel Grangeville. The show will be held in the motel entry conference room.

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Easter Egg Hunt in Grangeville: 2018

Kids, ages zero to 12, raced and toddled across Grangeville Lions Park last Saturday, March 30, for the annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Grangeville Eagles. This year’s event had a total 6,003 eggs, filled with candy, dollar bills and quarters.

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Elk City News: Slover, Youngblood win Easter cakes

As always, it’s fun watching the little ones hunt for Easter eggs – both real ones and those plastic ones filled with goodies. This year’s hunt was sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. As you can see by the photos, the kids were ready with their baskets to collect all they found

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Anita E Smith, 97

Anita E. Smith, 97, of Riggins, Idaho, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho.

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Let facts lead you to your own conclusions

Jim may fancy himself the possessor of “objective truth,” but he really only speaks of his beliefs and opinions. They are actually very different things. Do better than that, young people. Look into how other strong democracies regulate firearms. Let the facts lead you to your own conclusions, and share them in the marketplace of ideas.

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Waiting for answers to Ross death in county jail last December

Just over 100 days ago, Justin Ross died in the county jail. In a Dec. 19 article, Idaho County Coroner Cody Funke suggested it could take two months to receive the autopsy from Ada County. The same article stated the Kamiah Marshal’s Office was conducting an investigation. The following week, I made a written request for a transcript of any related 911 call taken by the County. At this point, there has been no response from Prosecutor MacGregor’s office regarding that request. There has been no news of the investigation.

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Will miss Monsebroten for professional care to county’s veterans

Through this community-based column, I learned of the disappointing departure of family nurse practitioner, Beth Monsebroten, from the Grangeville Veterans Administration Clinic. As an aptly titled ‘practitioner,’ Ms. Monsebroten has been actively engaged in the art, the medical profession of nursing.

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Eye On The Egg At Cottonwood

Cottonwood’s Easter egg hunt drew about 100 participants ages birth to 12 on a sunny, yet chilly, Saturday, March 31. The annual hunt took place at the Cottonwood Lions Club (city) Park.

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Clearwater Valley News: Vendors sought for Earth Day activities

After last weekend’s Easter Services, egg hunts, family dinners, etc. the Easter season isn’t quite over. There’s one more chance to hear some inspirational Easter music. The Valley Singers will have our final performance of our Easter Cantata at St. Gertrude’s Monastery chapel at 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 7. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to go, and if the weather’s nice a chance to go for a stroll behind the monastery. St. Gertrude’s will provide cookies and coffee afterwards. The concert is free to the public.

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Carving out influence in redistricting; Eroding democracy in Idaho

Every 10 years voting districts must be redrawn to account for population shifts. The critical question: Who draws these new voting districts? In most states, the legislature draws the new districts, a fact that has proved harmful to democratic governance, because legislators draw voting districts to ensure their reelection and a manufactured party majority.

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Cottonwood News: Senior nutrition breakfast set for April 15

Mother Nature sure played an April Fool trick on us with the snow this Monday morning! We played outside yesterday and now this! Mark your calendar! Prairie Mountain Nutrition, the Service Provider for the Cottonwood and Craigmountain senior citizen groups, will hold a breakfast on Sunday, April 15. Breakfast will be served in the basement of the Cottonwood Community Hall from 7 a.m. to noon. The menu will include: sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and a fruit dish. A fee of $8 for adults or $30 a family will be charged. Preschoolers will eat free. Come and share your Sunday morning with us and get to know more about our senior citizen group.

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Community briefs - April 4, 2018

Idaho County Historical Society will be host to Don and Charlotte DeArmond who were awarded Century Farm status, to speak on “100 Years of Farming and Ranching.” This is set for the second Tuesday of the month, April 10, noon, in the basement of the Bicentennial Historical Museum. All are invited; to become a member, dues are $5 a year.

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Wooden dog art reception on tap

The Habit will host a children’s art reception from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7. The public is invited to view wooden sculptures painted by local students. The children are invited to attend and receive recognition for their work. There is no fee to attend.

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IRWA recognizes Martinez as 2018 Rookie of the Year

Idaho Rural Water Association recently recognized Carlos Martinez as 2018’s Rookie of the Year. This award recognizes a person who has recently acquired their license in the State of Idaho (drinking water or wastewater) and does an outstanding job. To be eligible for this award, nominees must be affiliated with an IRWA system member in good standing with full voting rights.

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Real estate agents receive awards: Cassill, Musick honored

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two sales associates with United Country Real Estate, Musick & Sons Auction & Real Estate Services, were recognized at the United Country Real Estate Training and Awards Convention held March 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn. Tom Cassill, agent, received the Pinnacle Club Award and Rick Musick, agent, received the Pinnacle Club Bronze.

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Kooskia clinic offers medical staff five days a week

After opening in 2002 as a part-time clinic, Syringa’s Kooskia Clinic is now operating with medical providers five days a week. “It’s exciting to see how the clinic has grown and expanded,” said Nathan Winder, PA-C, who has been at the clinic for the past eight and one-half years. He sees patients there three days a week.

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Tuesday, April 3

 

Grangeville thunders CV

In a game that had been planned as Grangeville's home opener, the Bulldogs batted last -- and by way of a string of walks in the fourth inning, mercy-ruled Clearwater Valley 14-1 Tuesday afternoon, April 3.

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Monday, April 2



USFS firewood, mushroom permits available

Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permits and Personal Use Mushroom Permits are now available from Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices. Permits are valid for the year April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.

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Could Healthy Food Movement Restore Family Agriculture?

"The individual's point of view - that I want something better than what I've been feeding my family, or I've been eating for my own health benefits - I think we see a change," she says. "In all of these little small towns around here, we have every summer, small farmers markets that run for six weeks, two months, which is a step in the right direction."

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