Stories for August 2018


Friday, August 31

Bulldogs rip Nampa Christian 54-7

Nampa Christian played Grangeville tough for one quarter, but gave up three scores in rapid succession late in the first half as the Bulldogs surged to a 54-7 win and a 2-0 start to their 2018 football season.

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GHS boys overcome three-goal deficit to beat Priest River

Mistakes and miscommunication in the Bulldogs’ back put the GHS boys soccer team in a 3-0 hole early in their game Thursday afternoon, Aug. 30, against Priest River. But on the strength of two goals by Jesus Perez, Grangeville wound up with its first win of the season.

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Thursday, August 30

Grangeville girls soccer team wins its first

The first high school girls soccer program in Idaho County checked off two more firsts Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 29. With a 4-1 win over Kellogg, Grangeville booked its first win, and with all four of those four goals, Naomi Connolley set a new individual single-game scoring record.

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Rams’ veteran core returns

The first test for Clearwater Valley coach Roger Whalen came last year — his first of eight-man football in a long coaching career.

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PHS gunning for repeat

Last season, the Pirates lost one game and avenged their only loss when it counted for the most: During the state title game, when they reversed Genesee’s 36-6 September win with a 38-26 triumph in November.

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21 turn out for girls soccer

Five days before their first scheduled game — which ended up having to be rescheduled — girls soccer coach John Cuffe said he had as many as 16 to roster for the season.

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Turnout lifts GHS soccer

Grangeville soccer turnout — girls and boys — topped 40 in the program’s second year at the high school level. That’s up from the 31 who turned out for the inaugurual season last fall.

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GHS starting anew with Sullivan

Grangeville is starting anew with longtime assistant Pat Sullivan stepping in as varsity volleyball coach. In the change, Sullivan sees symmetry.

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SRHS sees 11

The Salmon River girls have few fixtures but with 11 rostered, they are once again out in similar numbers.

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Savages turn to three seniors

Salmon River’s football program took a turn in the national spotlight this past offseason when the most famous Savage became the first choice of the Dallas Cowboys — the NFL team with America’s biggest fanbase.

August 30, 2018 7:48 a.m. read more..

Hudson steps in at KHS

Kamiah’s Leah York stepped aside after 25 seasons at the head of the KHS volleyball program, and after a season away from the Whitepine League, it’s 2014 and 2015 state champion bench boss Cheyenne Hudson’s clipboard this fall.

August 30, 2018 7:46 a.m. read more..

Kubs on the climb

The Kamiah boys once again have their work cut out for them this season — and having won two more games last autumn than they did the one before, the Kubs are looking to build on the foundation they set last fall.

August 30, 2018 7:43 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 29

Road Update for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Multiple construction, maintenance, and timber harvest operations are taking place across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and may affect visitor travel on Forest Service roads This update summarizes recent and upcoming travel impacts on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

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Sentencing set in alleged officer abuse incident

It started as a hit-and-run accident investigation and ended with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against a Lewiston man, most of which stemmed from his alleged physical abuse toward law enforcement during his arrest.

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Council takes up question of library taxing district

Should Grangeville Centennial Library break off from the city and form its own tax-supported district? Is there interest? Who would head the effort? Last Monday, Aug. 20, the Grangeville City Council discussed the issue that has been in the air the past several years for both this body, as well as by the Grangeville Centennial Library board itself.

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Felony eluding charge following suspect’s US12 flight into county

A Washington State man was arrested without incident following last week’s high-speed pursuit from Montana into Idaho. During the chase, eastbound traffic was stopped for more than a half-hour for public safety. Michael W. Murray, 34, of Spokane, is currently being held at the Idaho County Jail on the charge of felony eluding.

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Elk City News: Veterinarian to be in town Sept. 12, 13

Dr. Kimberly Wolfrum, the House Call Vet, will be coming to Elk City on Sept. 12 and 13. This would be a great time to get horse dentals, cat spays and neuters, and yearly exams for your pets done. Call her at 208-553-9283 or email her at for an appointment.

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Carcass grading awards given

The Idaho County Carcass Show and Judging Contest was held on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Sonnen Meats in Greencreek. 4-H and FFA members were given instruction on how to qualify and yield grade beef and sheep carcasses and how to determine USDA grades on swine carcasses.

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Community Briefs - Aug. 29, 2018

Partnership for Healthy Communities in partnership with CHAS and Community Action Partnership is offering a free program entitled “Chronic Pain Self-Management.” This workshop will be offered in White Bird for six weeks beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 1-3:30 p.m. This is a peer-led interactive workshop to help increase skills necessary to manage chronic pain. Contact Linda for information at 208-400-0116.

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Thanks to board for doing the right thing

To the MSVD board on your action [reported in Aug. 22 issue] to return to taxpayers funds that were unexpectedly duplicated when forest funds came through: Thank you for doing the right thing.

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Brown Bag Program: Cash to present program on Arnold history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum are sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions will be held each Wednesday, through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

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Not happy hospital has a drugstore

Would you rather have all the people who work in our drugstore go somewhere else to find a job? You might count how many that would be. Please, folks, think about this. Our medications are not the only things we buy in our drugstore.

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Heart Walk

Participants went round and round at the Grangeville High School track last Saturday, Aug. 25, for the Heart Walk fund-raiser. The event was organized by Jennifer Pollan (right; with Doug Hohman on left) to benefit The Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association, raise awareness, and to honor and remember those impacted by congenital heart disease. Overall, participants walked or ran a total 234 laps, and a total $1,605 was raised. Those who still want to donate to the effort can do so online at Pollan’s son, Rykken, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect – hypoplastic left heart syndrome - at three days old in 2009. Since, he has undergone three open heart surgeries, six heart procedures and one emergency stomach surgery.

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Riggins News: Free rafting event on tap for this Friday

My quote of the week is again from me with an addition: “I did ride in a convertible…a 1963 Red Corvette convertible in the Idaho County Fair Parade. (I had several people who were not at the parade ask why I didn’t get a convertible…well, I just didn’t mention that part last week.) What a grand week at the Idaho County Fair as the 2018 Grand Marshal.”

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Bulldogs break out at Moscow

During the weeks before the season opener last Friday night, Aug. 24, Grangeville head coach Jeff Adams was touting two quarterbacks and two offenses. Against Moscow, the Bulldogs showed what incumbent quarterback Tescher Harris can do, outscoring the Bears 36-12 with GHS scoring five times by way of his throws to Booker Bush, Blake Darr and Noah Kaschmitter.

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Cottonwood News: Westoff retires from NICI after 30 years

What a welcome rain we had during the weekend! I know some of the farmers are not completely finished with harvest, but I’ll bet they don’t mind too much. The rain should help the fire situation. We live in the country with lots of fresh air. We should not have to breath the smoky air like they do in the cities. Some schools have already started and the rest will be starting soon. Where did our summer go? Good luck to those going off to college for the first time.

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Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah and CV combine to form cross-country team

I spent a beautiful Saturday morning at the “dash and splash” high school invitational cross-country meet at Ponderosa State Park on the shores of Payette Lake near McCall. It was the first meet of the season for the combined Clearwater Valley- Kamiah High Schools. The team sports a different uniform with C-v-K instead of the usual CV Rams and Kamiah Kubs. Male and female runners from both schools share a single coach (Kamiah science teacher, Janna Privette) and practice and travel together.

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White Bird News: Annual gun show at Hoot’s is Sept. 8, 9

Fall is on its way, the cooling in weather hopefully will help with all the fires that are burning in all states. Our hats off to all firefighters and anyone else who are working the fires - please stay safe out there. It’s the end of the month, so not much going on in our little town, but hunting has started, many people are out getting their fire wood, holidays are creeping up on us, so we are busy!

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Harris’ passing keys first win

Grangeville quarterback Tescher Harris was an offensive specialist last fall. He’s playing defense, too, this fall, and for that reason GHS head coach Jeff Adams has talked of having two passers in the fold this fall.

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Tuesday, August 28

GHS hosts McCall, St. Maries

A couple of 5-2 losses last week marked the start of the Bulldog boys soccer season — and marked the program’s progress since last fall.

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Salmon River wins home tournament

Playing without senior standout Chevelle Shepherd, the Salmon River girls won every match against Cascade, Highland, Nezperce and Tri-Valley last Saturday, Aug. 25. Next, Salmon River is set to visit Cascade on Aug. 30 and to host Council on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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F&G commission approves state lands access agreement

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Aug. 23 approved a memorandum of agreement with the Idaho Department of Lands to continue public access for hunting, fish, trapping and other recreation on about 2.3 million acres of state endowment lands.

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Victory Karate Klub sign-ups available

Victory Karate Klub is taking sign-ups for fall classes for students 8-one-half years old through adult. Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on C Street in Grangeville. Victory Karate Klub is a Christian-values based martial arts school which teaches Goju-Shorei karate. Call Judy Porter at 208-983-0112.

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Lon & Peggy Branson

The family of Lon (Arkie) and Peggy Branson cordially invite you to celebrate their life, Sept. 1, 2018.

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Melvin Melton, 83

Melvin Melton, 83, Lewiston, Idaho, formerly of Grangeville, Idaho, died July 18, 2018.

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Friday, August 24

Pickup burns in field along 7 Mile Grade

A pickup hauling a trailer carrying hay along 7 Mile Grade caught fire and burned in a burnt-out field at about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 24, a eyewitness Liz Forsmann told the Free Press Friday night.

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Thursday, August 23


Wednesday, August 22


Incentive to build: City proposes buy-in fee deferral for developers to eliminate the up-front costs

“Some places call them capacity fees, some places call them interceptor fees. It’s all about the city trying to recoup its costs,” said Jeff McFrederick, Grangeville public works director, “what it costs to add on developments, what our demand may be 20 years from now.” McFrederick and city attorney Adam Green helped guide discussion at a recent city council meeting as members hashed out proposed options for a deferred payment schedule for contractors as concerns equity buy-in fees.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

MVSD board votes to return more than $400k to patrons

Mountain View School District 244 patrons will have a nice little surprise come property tax time this year. The school board voted, at its Aug. 20 meeting in Kooskia, to return $426,802 on the spring levy amount of $3,090,048. This brings the levy down to the previous five years’ levy amounts of $2,663,246 per year.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

244 negotiations hit stalemate; teachers work off last year’s district contracts

Following an impasse at the bargaining table, Mountain View School District 244 teachers are working off last year’s contracts as of the start of school yesterday, Tuesday, April 21. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services mediator Darrell Clark met with the district’s bargaining team, school board members, superintendent and lawyer Thursday, Aug. 16.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Former elementary set for transition into senior apartments

For nearly seven years, the former Prairie Elementary School building at Lewiston and Church streets has sat vacant, for sale. Within the next two months, the 1950s-era building will again be filled with sound, not of children but of construction crews as the facility looks to a new life — senior housing to start with, and plans for more related commercial developments on the property in the works.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Drone intrusion shuts down air support

Air support for the firefighting effort was temporarily called off Sunday due to a violation of flight restrictions by what the IMT called a UAS (unmanned aircraft system) or a drone, and on Tuesday morning, the IMT reported another drone incursion had disrupted supply lines to remote camps established earlier in the week.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

GHS grad Kelley serving aboard ballistic sub

A 2013 Grangeville High School graduate and Grangeville native is presently engaged in a critical mission for the security of the United States: deterring nuclear war. Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kelley, an electrician’s mate, is serving aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Pennsylvania. Based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington, not far from Seattle, USS Pennsylvania is one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines in the Navy’s fleet.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Near million award to fund district system repairs, upgrade

Nearly a million dollars in USDA loan and grant funds were recently awarded to the Rapid River Water and Sewer District to make needed repairs to its system. With the funding in place, construction is pending with work to hopefully start this fall. “We’re all pretty excited!” said Pam Bogan, district secretary-treasurer, following last month’s award announcement. “We’ve been working toward this for five to six years.”

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins News: School starts in Riggins Aug. 28

My quote of the week is from me: “The Idaho County Fair in Cottonwood was a grand fair. As grand marshal, I officially opened the Idaho County Fair Wednesday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, then the fair board served coffee, orange juice, and cinnamon rolls …each day I was introduced: at the stock show, the livestock judging, and the market sale, as well as the events in the evenings: the 4-H Fashion Show, the talent show, and the crowning of the 2019 queen and princesses…then to complete my week, I was right behind the American Flag leading the Idaho County Fair Parade in a beautiful red 1963 Corvette!

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Area pinochle players sought for ‘marathon’ group

The fair was a huge success with the nice weather and lots of farmers finished with the harvest. Jeannie Fitch did a great job of being grand marshal. Smoke from the forest fires wasn’t even too bad. The 19th Annual St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Golf 4 Life tournament will be Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Grangeville Golf and Country Club. Registration is at 10 a.m. with tee off at 11 a.m. It is an 18-hole scramble limited to 16 four-person teams. There is a fee of $75 per player entry. Contact Kim to sign up at or call 208-962-2100.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Elk City Library hours change

Elk City Days results from the logging events are as follows: winner of the Peewee Rolling Pin Toss, William Stibal; Kids Rolling Pin Toss, Mary Thompson; Women’s Rolling Pin Toss, Dakota Breish; Women’s Axe Throw, Tammy Wagondorf; Men’s Ax Throw, Richard Foster; Jack and Jill Crosscut, Alyssa and Sage Stibal; 3.5-4.5 Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Father and Son Crosscut, Sage and Travis Stibal; 4.5-5.5 Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Women’s Crosscut, Joan Gill and Becky Chaffee; 5.5 and up Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Men’s Crosscut, Terry and Wayne; Wood Splitting, Rieley Stibal, Jayce Huling, and Nicolas Saporito. The All Around Trophy was won by the Stibal family.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Foundation, thrift store help purchase equipment

“I want to say thank you to the [Syringa] Foundation and the Syringa Thrift Store for their generous donation to make it possible to purchases the anesthesia machine,” Syringa Chief Nursing Officer Alex Frei said in his July 24 leadership report at Syringa’s monthly board meeting. Frei said the arrival date for the machine was late July and cardiac monitors will arrive in late August.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

County to sell road, bridge equipment

With the county commission having recently approved leasing several pieces of new heavy equipment, several old Idaho County Road & Bridge Department vehicles are being put up for sale, with sealed bids due by 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird News: Swiftwater RV Park is up for sale

With summer winding down and the start of school, yes it started Tuesday, and the fires still raging in our forests, we can only hope fall will bring on new adventures. Thrilling new adventures await the kids at school, rain coming this fall, hoping to help get a handle on these fires and, of course, many happenings coming up for the fall season. Watch for the chamber newsletter coming out soon.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: Ladies Night at Primeland is this Thursday

CHS Primeland country store will host its Ladies Night this Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Door prizes and refreshments will be served. There will be 50 percent off closeout prices on clothing (excluding Wrangler) and other deals throughout the store. Free gift bags will be available for the first 50 ladies through the door! Stop by 1001 North A Street; call 208-983-1745; on-line log onto

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mile-long funeral procession for Marek

At one point, traffic was backed up for more than a mile along U.S. Highway 95 in a funeral procession for Thomas J. Marek, who died in a logging equipment accident last week. Close to 200 vehicles were involved on Monday morning, Aug. 20, following a rosary at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Grangeville, leaving south in an extended line along U.S. 95 that concluded nearly 18 miles later at White Bird Cemetery.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

CBYCC crew members put out Orofino fire

After a summer of learning about trail maintenance, handling tools, and fire safety, the Orofino Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps Crew saved their own hometown from a fire. Orofino CBYCC Crew Members Jacob Strahan, Sam Naden, Arden Rueben, Christian Norman, Malachi Kirk and their Crew Leader Brandi Bundy were on their way back from the End of Season CBYCC BBQ at the Big Eddy Marina on August 2nd when they spotted a small smoke plume on Ahsahka Beach. The crew pulled over to investigate the smoke and found a fire. The crew grabbed shovels from their truck and extinguished the flames.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Livestock sale up 16 percent from last year’s market

Kids took their animals to auction on Saturday, bringing in a total $262,217.80 on a total 195 animals at the Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale. The four-hour sale held Aug. 18, was the final event for the Idaho County Fair held in Cottonwood. In comparison to last year, 14 fewer animals were up for auction; however, sales this year were up 16 percent from 2017 by $37,011.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

U of I announces local spring graduates

The University of Idaho announces its list of spring graduates. The U of I awarded 1,527 degrees, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, law and specialist degrees, during commencement ceremonies in May at Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls and Moscow.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Sister Power

The Rowland sisters ruled at the fair with a variety of winning projects in an array of categories. (L-R) Halee, Mikayla and Chloe are all members of Cottonwood Saddliers 4-H Club. They are the daughters of Brent and Tara Rowland.

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Community Briefs - Aug. 22, 2018

The annual Heart Walk Fund-raiser is ser for Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Grangeville High School track, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No preregistration is required. Everyone is welcome to join with all donations going to The Children’s Heart Foundation and Adult Congenital Heart Association to fund research for advancement in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. To make a donation go to Jennifer Pollan’s Facebook page and click the link. For details, call Pollan at 208-507-1478.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Art show entries sought for Riggins

The Salmon River Art Guild is extending an open invitation to all regional artists, 18 and older, of fine art media to enter the 2018 Regional Art Show in Riggins in October at the Riggins Community Center. Prize money of more than $1,000 will be awarded in the following categories: oil/acrylic, watercolor/water media, other (pastels, drawing, mixed media, etc), sculpture and photography.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Brown Bag Program: O’Neill to examine art association history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions will be held each Wednesday starting today, Aug. 15, through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen. The second program is set for today and will feature Andy Reiner of Grangeville with “Honor Flight.” Next week, Aug. 29, More than Half A Century of CIAA Art will be presented by with Marlene O’Neill discussing Central Idaho Art Association’s past and present endeavors, including the people who founded

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mrs. Grangeville sponsors law enforcement forum

“I have been married for 20 years, and there is no easy, super magic fairy tale to this,” said Erin Nichols. Erin has the title of “Mrs. Grangeville,” and will compete in the 2018 Mrs. Idaho, America, contest in Boise in October. She spoke to a crowd of about 50 people who attended a law enforcement forum and dessert auction she was host to Sunday, Aug. 12.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Organization - Pioneer Senior Citizens - Aug. 22, 2018

Agnes Forsman-Hill opened the July 31 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and led the dinner prayer. There were no visitors this week. There were 41 meals served and 23 deliveries. Ralph Sprute won the free dinner. Lorraine Nuxoll won the nickel Bingo pot with Connie Forsmann winning the BING pot and Sally Duman winning the blackout. Door Prize winners were Ella Schaeffer, Theresa Sonnen, Connie Forsmann, Joe Didier, Eldon Anglen and Agnes Forsman-Hill.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa: Wilkins suffers 100 stings

Donn Gibbs and Kelly Brooks stopped by my cabin to drop off some huckleberry cheesecake. Best neighbors ever, always out and about hiking, biking, picking mushrooms or berries, just loving life! Best part is they share! Chris Wilkins and his crew have been working on the roads up on the hill in Lowell. He ran into a hornet’s nest and got stung 100 times, almost like a cartoon but not funny.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

End Of The Summer Pool Party

Friday, Aug. 17, marked the last day the Grangeville City Pool was open. Kids throughout the area took advantage of the free swim day when temperatures reached 91 degrees.

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Idaho County Fair Results 2018

Sophomore Naomi Connolley is the Idaho County Fair 2019 Queen, daughter of Mike and Tara Connolley; First Princess, sophomore Clarissa Stevens, daughter of Fred and Rene Stevens; Second Princess, is senior Madison Adams, daughter of Nick and Heather Slichter. All are students at Grangeville High School. Stevens also received the Miss Congeniality award.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 21

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Sunday, August 19

Storm brings 27 fires to North Central Idaho; drone incursion disrupts Rattlesnake Creek operation

Storms brought moderate lightning overnight igniting multiple fire starts in the area. Currently 27 fires have been reported and firefighting resources from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho Department of Lands, Nez Perce Tribe, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, and pre-staged interagency resources are coordinating initial response, the Forest Service said in a news release Aug. 18.

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Friday, August 17

Sponsored content: Amy Hall enjoys job as CNA

“I enjoy my job and having the flexibility to help my dad, too,” she said. “This is a good place to work.”

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Sponsored content: How to get a military or veteran ID card

A military ID card or dependent ID is a valuable card, which can unlock a variety of valuable benefits, such as health care through TRICARE, education benefits, and access base facilities, including the commissary, base exchange, MWR centers and other support agencies.

August 17, 2018 11:08 a.m. read more..

Sponsored content: Think smarter when watering, caring for yard during the heat

Now well into the dry heat of an Idaho County summer, your lawn may be showing the strain – and brown — of the season. But just dumping more water onto the ground may not be the solution. Think smarter on how better to maintain your yard in August.

August 17, 2018 11:07 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 16


Wednesday, August 15


Hot August Loops roping event pays out $35K

“This was the largest breakaway jackpot payout for the northwest so far in the 2018 circuit standings,” Hot August Loops organizer Renee Duman of Two Bar V Livestock Ranch told the Free Press Monday, Aug. 13, of the Aug. 4-5 pro sanctioned roping event.

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Rattlesnake fire ‘more likely’ to hold this week; at 5,336 acres

According to the Rattlesnake Creek Fire incident management team's Inciweb page Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, the fire had burned 5,336 acres so far—about 700 acres more than the IMT reported Monday morning. The page described "active fire behavior with single tree torching and short-range spotting."

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Montana teen drowns in swimming accident

A Montana teen drowned Sunday afternoon in a swimming accident in the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. Jerek Dean Thomas, 16, of Bonner, was pronounced deceased at the scene west of Syringa.

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Elk City Days 2018: Events

Residents and visitors turned out along Main Street last Saturday, Aug. 11, for the parade as part of the annual Elk City Days celebration. Events included the traditional logging show, sawdust dig, and downtown evening entertainment.

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Opioid Crisis: Community weighs in at info event at Kamiah

The statistics are staggering. “In 2014, there were 86 opiate prescriptions for every 100 persons in Idaho,” stated Dr. Peg Gehring, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. That may mean one person could have four different prescriptions, she said. But that many is too many, and Gehring wants to see that change.

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Commission takes up bridge concerned in gold haul route

Concern for a bridge – mainly, for who would be liable for injuries and repairs if it failed under freight weight – is expected to hold up new Orogrande-area gold digs for a month or more while Idaho County researches road history details and prepares to enter an agreement that may involve residents and the company now leasing the old Friday Mine.

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Idaho County Fair kicks off today in Cottonwood

This year’s grand marshal for the fair is Jeannie Fitch of Riggins. “One of my first memories were the huge vegetables my father-in-law, Woody, entered and won purple on,” she recalled. “The next is the super pigtail contest; my daughter, Julie, won longest pigtail her first year. She entered every year and won in different categories. Fun memories!”

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White Bird News: American Legion working on park

This week is the Idaho County Fair. There are all kinds of activities going on throughout the week, with the parade on the 18th. Come see what the community kids have been doing and help support them. Jeannie Fitch from Riggins has been chosen grand marshal and will help with some of the activities at the fair and will lead the parade on Saturday. Congratulations, Jeannie! You can read her whole story in the fair premium book and Free Press special fair section.

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Supporting all parts of opioid fight

Opioid abuse has crept into all parts of our country, destroying lives and requiring a range of skills and professions to fight it. There are big glimmers of progress in this effort, and we must continue to get all the needed tools in place to help those who are working hard to protect American families from this destructive problem.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Untrue statement on my seat belt use

I would like to correct the statement made in the news article concerning the fatality accident on Highway 12 Aug. 2nd; Neither occupant of the explorer were wearing seat belts. I do not know where this got started. It first appeared on KLER news on Facebook. I replied then to correct it, but it was still repeated by Lewiston TV and the newspapers.

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Don’t judge all MVSD teachers by actions of a few

The loud, demanding voices of a few vocal union members do not reflect the true nature of the majority of MVSD teachers. This angry mob mentality is held by only those who are intent on dictating their personal opinions and problems to the school district without following proper protocol and procedures.

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Riggins News: Come see us at the Idaho County Fair

My quote for the week is the 4-H pledge: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health for better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world. I believe in 4-H for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.”

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Cottonwood News: Blood drive is Aug. 28

We have started taking our young pheasants out to where they have brush for cover and water handy for drinking. They seem happy to be out and do a lot of exploring. It was fun raising them. The blood drive is coming up on Aug. 28 in Cottonwood from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Bikers wed in 100-degrees

Lots of weddings upriver this month. They had a big wedding at Syringa last weekend. ROW hosted a fabulous gala of events at River Dance Lodge, along the Clearwater River. Next weekend Three Rivers Resort is in the wedding business at the confluence of the Lochsa, Selway, and Clearwater, something about converging and joining two humans into one, I think! O’Hara Campground on the Selway had a biker wedding last Wednesday, 2 p.m. – it was 100 degrees!

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Clearwater Valley News: ‘Black Panther’ to be shown Thursday night

Do you want to see the new science fiction/fantasy movie Black Panther? You’re in luck. It will be shown at Riverfront Park in Kamiah on Thursday, Aug. 16, as part of the Free Movie Night under the stars series sponsored by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC), with support from the city of Kamiah, 3 D Video, Inland Cellular, and the chamber of commerce. Not only is the movie free, but if you want dinner beforehand, they are offering a free barbecue beginning at 6 p.m.

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Minor injuries result in two-vehicle accident Sunday at Cottonwood

Both drivers received minor injuries following a two-vehicle accident outside town Sunday evening. Jill K. Seubert, 51, of Cottonwood, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood by ambulance. Gracen Christensen, 23, of White Bird, was taken to St. Mary’s by private vehicle.

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An Evening In The Park With Johnny Rowlett

An Evening In The Park With Johnny Rowlett: The ministry and service organization Men Reaching Men sponsored Nashville recording artist Johnny Rowlett (top photo) in concert at Pioneer Park Saturday, Aug. 11. More than 300 people attended the evening event which included a free barbecue and kids’ activities.

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Elk City News: Jessica, Damien win raffle quilt

Elk City Days (Aug. 10-12) results are coming in slowly. Here are some from the So Help Me quilter’s group. The couple in the photo are the lucky winners of the raffle quilt – Damian and Jessica! Congratulations! More results next week.

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USBC senior bowling championships

Louie and Jolene Serrano of Grangeville qualified for the USBC senior bowling championships held earlier this month – and not only that. Jolene Serrano led her age division outright with a run of 165-103-177-149-145, totaling 1,464 pins in six games Aug. 2.

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Tuesday, August 14

Rattlesnake Creek Fire burns 700 acres, exceeding 5,300 so far

"Yesterday evening fire began moving uphill toward constructed lines," the IMT reported Monday night. "Firing operations commenced in an attempt to hold the lines. Burnout slowed the fire's progression, however, a 50-acre slopover occurred in the area of Lockwood Point."

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Monday, August 13

Rattlesnake Creek firefighters injured by burning snag

Two members of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew were injured Sunday, Aug. 12, by a burning snag while conducting fire suppression activities on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire. Both were treated at the hospital in McCall and released: one to home, the other to a burn facility in Salt Lake City.

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Cottonwood woman killed in Sunday night collision

Idaho State Police is investigating a Sunday evening two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 95 that resulted in the death of a Cottonwood woman. Alexus Cane, 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

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Sunday, August 12

Saturday, August 11


Idaho County Ambassadors: 21 years and going strong

The brainchild of former University of Idaho extension agent Mary Schmidt, the Idaho County Ambassadors made their debut in 1997. Twenty-one years later, Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman said she thoroughly appreciates the work Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors provide. “I count on them, especially during the fair,” she said. “They work hard.”

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Friday, August 10

Grangeville-based IMT deployed to Goose Rapids Fire

Private, state and federal land managers are battling a fire that started 21 miles south of Lewiston near Wild Goose Rapids on the Snake River approximately 1 mile north of China Garden Creek in Nez Perce County. Zaza Road is closed at Deer Creek Road and Zaza Road Intersection. Evacuations are in effect for residences along Idaho side of Snake River, from Corral Creek to Dough Creek per the Nez Perce County Sherriff.

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Hot weather may see "significant increase" in Rattlesnake Creek Fire activity

Thursday, Rattlesnake Creek firefighting crews patrolled the northern, eastern, and western containment lines, incident managers said in a Friday morning news release. Firefighters improved handlines and continued mopping an active spot in the North Fork of Lockwood Creek, with the help of helicopter bucket water drops. Construction continued on the contingency line just south of Camp Creek. Fire activity increased north of Fall Creek in the late afternoon, and heavy helicopters worked to check the fire’s progression south. Dry fuels and very low humidity kept fire behavior active late into the evening.

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Open Class Exhibits: Prepare now — enter Tuesday, Wednesday

Jams, cakes and wood projects, oh, my! It’s time to get together your entries for the 2018 Idaho County Fair Open Class Exhibits. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about this since last year or maybe this is the first time you’ve given thought to this. Whatever the case, there’s plenty of time to get your entries ready.

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Thursday, August 9

Wednesday, August 8


Rattlesnake Creek Fire IMT to rotate Thursday morning

With a changing of the guard coming up Thursday morning, crews on Wednesday continued to patrol and mop up along the northern, eastern, and northwestern containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area in southern Idaho County.

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Dworshak Reservoir release set to keep tailwater cool

Dworshak Dam discharge flows will fluctuate between 5,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) and 13,000 cfs throughout the remainder of the summer season to provide cold water, reducing downstream river water temperatures for migrating salmon and steelhead, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-management officials at the Walla Walla District.

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Commission takes up bridge concerned in gold mine haul route

Concern for a bridge – mainly, for who would be liable for injuries and repairs if it failed under freight weight – is expected to hold up new Orogrande-area gold digs for a month or more while Idaho County researches road history details and prepares to enter an agreement that may involve residents and the company now leasing the old Friday Mine.

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Grangeville swim meet slated Aug. 11; Kayak course slated; Youth soccer fall program announced; Football officials association recruiting refs for fall season; Grangeville tennis camp set for Aug. 25.

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Budget: MVSD OKs $20M for FY2019

Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 18 meeting to accept a 2018-19 proposed budget of $20,275,266, which includes all funds. The budget includes the general maintenance and operation (M&O) fund ($13,225,221) along with all other funds ($7,050,045) as was listed in a June issue of the Free Press under “notices.” The 2017-18 budget for all funds was approximately $22 million.

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November vote set for Tahoe Ridge fire protection district

The Idaho County Commission had denied a petition to turn the Ridge Runner Fire Department into a taxpayer-funded fire district in 2008, with chairman Skip Brandt – the only one of the three who was on the commission then – citing 10-to-1 opposition during that hearing. But the opposition was perhaps 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 in the courtroom Tuesday, July 31, when the county commissioners advanced a new petition to the general election this November.

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Sweet Time At 2018 Raspberry Festival

The grounds were packed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude at Cottonwood last Sunday, Aug. 5, for the annual Raspberry Festival. Along with its signature dessert treat, the event featured entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and an art and car show.

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Elk City Days set for weekend

Elk City Days 2018 gives a nod to local retired officers with its theme of “Salute to Law Enforcement.” Elk City Days are set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11, and grand marshals for the event will be current and former law enforcement officers for Elk City, as well as those who have served elsewhere but are now living in the town

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USFS manages forests strictly for its money

A local spokesman for the Forest Service did make a statement, which I totally agree with 100 percent. He stated that, “In 2015, 56 percent of the Forest Service budget was spent on wildfires. In 1995 it was only 16 percent, and in 2025 it is projected to be 67 percent.” Yes, our forests are being managed strictly for money for the U.S.F.S. agency.

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Idaho Freedom Foundation - Stop promoting ways to mess with freedoms

Phil Haunschild of the Idaho Freedom Foundation says the government shouldn’t have to pay newspapers to advertise public notices to “We the people.” Why did Haunschild send his guest opinion (July 25) to newspapers when, as he states, only thirty-three million people receive newspapers? Because more than thirty-three million people read newspapers.

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Respecting our rights; no need for reform

The Statue of Liberty is now the symbol of sanctuary and handouts. Liberty, freedom and inalienable rights do not exist as vocabulary for many of our residents, legal and illegal. When they do not understand these principles, it does not exist within their consciousness, much less their culture. Media ignores this.

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Fighting sex assault crimes in all of Idaho; St. Mary’s Hospital on board with initiative

Idaho is working on tangible changes to better protect and care for survivors of sexual violence from the moment their attack is reported, all the way through the legal process. The next phase of this fight against sexual assault in Idaho is to provide respectful and humane care to survivors – no matter where they live. The changes we’re seeing couldn’t have happened without Idahoans working together and putting victims at the center of their focus.

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Vote warranted on forming Ridge Runner fire district

When it comes to firefighting, that service is critical to protect lives and property. It needs to be done. It’s great when you can provide that service privately, but if you can’t, the option isn’t to ignore this public need. A compulsory option to support this needs to be enacted.

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Community Briefs - Aug. 8, 2018

Grangeville High School will hold its registration Aug. 13 and 14. Seniors can register Monday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to noon and juniors can register from 1 to 4 p.m. Sophomores will register Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to noon, and freshmen from 1 to 4 p.m. The freshmen barbecue is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday night. All new students (new to the district) need to call the high school to make an appointment or for questions, call the GHS office 208-983-0580.

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Comm - Milestone - Births - Aug. 8, 2018

Chance and Brooke Allbright of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Watson Allbright was born Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville. He weighed six pounds, 13 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

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Comm - Milestone - Engagement - Lacer and Murray

Travis Scott Murray and Sheena Olympia Maria Lacer, both of Grangeville, Idaho, announce their engagement and plans for a Sept. 1, 2018, wedding. He is the son of Ed and Cynthia Murray of Grangeville. He works at Grangeville Health and Rehab. She is the daughter of Chuck and Rosemarie Lacer of Grangeville and is employed by Camas Professional Counseling.

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Harvest Time

It was a busy harvest day on Grangeville Truck Route Friday, Aug. 3, in a field adjacent to the Forest Service office.

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Organizations - Aug. 8, 2018

3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club</strong> At the July meeting, Field Day results were presented. Ideas for future programs and ways to increase membership were discussed.

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Placzek receives PEO scholarship

Erin Placzek of Grangeville was presented with this year’s $1,000 Sharon Clark Nursing Scholarship by PEO Chapter BV. Placzek will be attending Lewis-Clark State College in Fall 2018 where she will be working toward her registered nurse’s degree. She is a 2007 graduate of Grangeville High School and is the daughter of Karl and Debbie Urquhart.

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White Bird News: Make plans for an ATV/ UTV Killgore Adventure

Good news. The hot weather has arrived. Bad news is the fires are still raging all over! No containment on the one up by Pollock, so that means that the fire camp is still at the rodeo arena, closing it to the public until further notice. We thank all the firefighters for all they are doing to help keep us safe! Meetings coming up will be the WBARD one on the 13th at 7 p.m. The chamber will not be having one this month, but will resume in September.

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Dodgy Mountain Men

The Dodgy Mountain Men out of Missoula, Mont., drew a crowd to Pioneer Park for the final Summer Concert Series event. The month-long concert series was sponsored by Grangeville Arts, Inc., and the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with donations from concert-goers.

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Riggins News: EMTs desperately needed in Riggins

My quote for the week: “Our County Fair is the best County, don’t miss it, don’t even be late. From cinnamon rolls to livestock to clothing to garden goodies to artwork…add in family fun and friends to the parade and livestock sale…and don’t forget the yummy food booths…our County Fair is a great place to be next week.” See you there.

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Cottonwood News: Harvest is in full swing; who’s ready for zucchini?

Harvest is in full swing on the prairie. Crops are good due to the rain this spring. I hope everyone can get through the season without accidents. School will be starting soon as the list of needed school items has come out. Wow! Where did our summer go? Fair time is coming, also. That should keep the 4-H kids busy.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Bad news, good news

Bad news: Yellowjackets, bumblebees, fire ants, star thistle, prickly berry bushes, dusty gravel roads, highway construction, no campfires or barbecues, and sunburns! Good News: Baby deer spotted every morning, evening breezes, huckleberries are ripe, rivers are perfect for floating and fishing (wear your life jackets), no forest fires close by this year yet, watermelon and corn on the cob are perfect at every dinner!

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Clearwater Valley News: Deaths of local young men sadden communities

It was a very sad week in the Clearwater Valley with the tragic deaths of two teenage boys. Spencer Flerchinger, a Kamiah High School student, from a fall at Glacier National Park and Michael Routh of Kooskia in a car accident on Highway 12 on his way back from the hospital after the birth of his daughter. My heart goes out to the families and friends of these two young men. An account has been set up at Freedom Northwest Credit Union to help their families. Donations of any amount are welcome.

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Faith - Briefs - Aug. 8, 2018

Gather for prayer at the Soltman Center (across Main Street from the hospital) in Grangeville from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. All are invited.

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Pastor's View: Are we flawed or skilled hosts?

While attending university in London many years ago, a young man became interested in the Christian faith. By the time he graduated, he was almost convinced but was still seeking evidence that this faith was practical and true. After accepting employment in East Africa, he lived in the home of a Christian family.

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Free barbecue, event to feature Nashville musician Johnny Rowlett

The local community outreach team, Reaching Men, will be host to a free barbecue in Grangeville’s Pioneer Park Saturday, Aug. 11, 5 to 8 p.m. The event will feature Nashville recording artist Johnny Rowlett. “This is meant for the whole family with free food, live music and fun activities for kids,” said organizer Michael Stevens.

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Ministry In Our Communities

(Top) Clearwater Baptist Church was represented in the Elk City Wagon Road Days parade in Clearwater on Saturday, July 21, advertising its vacation Bible school to begin at the start of August; (Left) Among the parade entries during Kooskia Days on Saturday, July 28, was the Hope Fellowship youth, which was passing out water to the crowd; (Right) The Old Time Gospel Hour was among the activities at the Elk City Wagon Road Days celebration in Clearwater on Saturday, July 21. Giving that day’s presentation to a packed room at the Clearwater Baptist Church was Dana Lohrey of Lewiston (formerly of Clearwater).

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New owners take helm at Exodus Salmon River Rafting

Bill and Kristy Bonner of Moscow, Idaho, recently purchased the rafting permit previously held by Exodus Wilderness Adventure in Riggins. The new company offers customized family-focused rafting experiences on the Salmon River, from Vinegar Creek down to Hammer Creek.

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Dr. Matthews joins Syringa family

Syringa Hospital is one doctor richer. Doctor Michael Matthews recently started at the Syringa Primary Clinic and hospital in Grangeville, but he wasn’t exactly a stranger to the area

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Tuesday, August 7


Monday, August 6

DMV office to be closed Thursday, Friday for statewide upgrade

Driver’s license services will be unavailable at the Grangeville DMV this Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9-10, as part of a statewide shutdown for a computer system upgrade. County sheriff’s DMV offices will reopen on Monday, Aug. 13; however, customers should anticipate delays while employees adjust to the new system.

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Rattlesnake Creek Fire tops 40 percent containment despite Aug. 3 spot fire

The Rattlesnake Creek Fire topped 40 percent containment last weekend despite last Friday’s discovery of a new spot fire in the Fall Creek drainage. In a mid-morning update Aug. 3, the IMT described a response that included both air and hand crews “working hard, using direct handline, in an effort to contain the spot fire.”

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Friday, August 3

U.S. 12 closure anticipated to remove oversize load from river

An oversize load left the roadway on U.S. Highway 12 Thursday night at milepost 114, just west of Fish Creek Bridge. There are no extra delays or restrictions through the corridor ITD's construction project webpage stated Friday, "but in the coming days a full closure will be announced to allow crews to remove the load. At this time the date and the duration of the full closure is unknown but is expected within the next week."

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Rattlesnake Creek Fire 32 percent contained

The Rattlesnake Creek Fire, 3,851 acres on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 near the Idaho-Adams county line and the communities of Pollock and Pinehurst, was listed at 32 percent containment in the Incident Management Team’s Aug. 3 morning update.

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Thursday, August 2

Smokejumpers strike Graves Peak Fire

The Graves Peak fire was reported on the North Fork Ranger District on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on July 30 at 1:07 p.m. A reconnaissance flight estimated the fire to be approximately 28 acres, burning in a remote location with very rugged terrain. The fire was not immediately staffed due to time of day, its remote location, and hazardous terrain and fuels.

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Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout many parts of north central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks Zone 1 and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area beginning at 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2018. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

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Wednesday, August 1


Ridge Runner Fire Department’s petition for taxpayer funding headed for Nov. 6 vote

On one point, everyone who spoke in the district courtroom Tuesday morning, July 31, apparently agreed: Fires that occasionally spring up in homes or on wildlands in the Tahoe Ridge area should be fought. But during the hearing in the largest room at the Idaho County Courthouse, it was standing-room only for the airing of disagreements about practically every aspect of who should do the firefighting, and with what resources.

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Unsold nonresident tags go on sale Aug. 1

On Aug. 1, all hunters can buy nonresident deer and elk tags as second tags for an additional hunting opportunity this fall. Tags are sold at the full nonresident price of $301.75 for deer and $416.75 for elk.

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Cottonwood motorcyclist hurt in Sunday collision

A Cottonwood motorcyclist was transported for medical attention following a two-vehicle collision on Graves Creek Road last Sunday, July 29. Michael B. Temes, 51, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, suffering from a head injury and severe road rash.

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Dodgy Mountain Men to finish concert series

Get down to Pioneer Park as the last in the Summer Concert Series will feature some serious Montana stompgrass! The Dodgy Mountain Men out of Missoula will be featured for the last in the Grangeville Summer Concert Series, Thursday, Aug. 2.

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Elk City News: Dixie Days are here

The 107th Old Time Dixie Days are coming up this weekend. Be sure to head up there for all the festivities, fun, food, and music. Things start happening at 9 a.m.

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Cottonwood News: AARP driving class will be Aug. 15

My raspberry patch is really producing this year. With all the rain this spring, it is keeping us busy picking every few days. Harvest time for the crops on the prairie is getting very close. Some farmers say they may even try cutting it this week.

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Teacher salaries decrease throughout decade

The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy recently released a research brief on how Idaho’s investment in teachers compares to the rest of the nation and the resulting implications for children across the state. Sasha Pierson, policy analyst at the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, summarized the findings: “The nation has seen an unprecedented number of teacher strikes over the last year after some states chipped away at resources available to public schools. In two of the six states that experienced the strikes, teachers were paid more than their counterparts in Idaho in the 2016-17 school year. Teachers who went on strike for increased school funding in Kentucky, for example, earned about $4,800 more than teachers in Idaho, who did not strike.”

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Commission postpones technical hearing for Avista-Hydro One merger

A technical hearing regarding the proposed merger of Avista and Hydro One has been postponed. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission postponed the hearing in order to determine the implications of the unexpected and simultaneous July 11 retirement of Hydro One’s chief executive officer and the resignation of the board of directors of the Toronto-based company.

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Difficult enough to survive, and state wants to penalize

Believe me, no one is going to Disney Land (sic) on food stamps, TANF, Social Security, and/or Social Security Disability. (The rules governing these programs are extremely prohibitive). Then, there are the consequences for violation of the rules: You must pay back funds and/or jail time is imposed – both of these have longstanding consequences when looking for a job.

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Compression of compassion

Hysterical and hypocritical invective have no place in political dialogue. ICE and Homeland Security are working within the constraints of court rulings and are the law of the land. Fact: Politically, there is a pathological hatred of Donald Trump

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Idaho needs strong borders to protect our public waterways

A story broke this month about a boat being stopped at the Washington-Idaho border. At first blush, it might seem like an odd event to draw news coverage. However, it wasn’t the boat the inspectors were interested in – it’s what was on the boat that made them nervous. What they found on that boat were zebra mussels.

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Community Briefs - Aug. 1, 2018

COTTONWOOD — Two Bar V Livestock will be host to Hot August Loops Roping at their arena on Greencreek Road Sunday, Aug. 5. Two Bar V Livestock is owned by Anthony and Renee Verdino (Dave and Sally Duman’s daughter of Cottonwood). The weekend is open to the public free of cost. Both days of roping start at 9 a.m. and will continue until late afternoon until all events are completed. Parking is limited; concessions will be available all day.

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Grief classes set to begin Sept. 12

Grief Share, a ministry that tends to the needs of community members who are in need of guidance as they deal with the death of a family member, spouse or friend, is set to meet this fall. Dates are Sept. 12, 19 and 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24; Nov. 7, 14 and 28; and Dec. 5 and 12.

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2018 Idaho County 4-H Horse Show: 24 turn out for event

Young horse enthusiasts participated in the 2018 Idaho County 4-H Horse Show Saturday, July 28, at the Grangeville Border Days Arena. 24 youth took part in the show to complete their 4-H projects. The judge for the show was Amber Hartley of Asotin, Wash., and Klae O’Brien of Moscow, was the trail class judge while Dorothy Jentges of Greencreek was the ranch trail judge.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Last Upper Selway raft trip is ‘perfect’

Marty Smith and crew, with Three Rivers Rafting, including ace guides Hunt Paddison, Gary McKinney, Sara Sweeny, Gus, and Colin Hughes, finished their last Upper Selway trip of 2018. Landing at the takeout above Selway Falls they had stories of “the Perfect Trip!” Yes, it’s hot, but the rivers all around us are perfect for rafting, fishing, and fun. No smoke in the area so far, so the month of August begins on a good note. The area upriver has been busy with locals and travelers, and last weekend with a well-attended Kooskia Days, lots of folks showed up in Lowell and Syringa to enjoy their old stomping grounds. Everyone had a good time. So now we enjoy August and all that it brings. As I always say, nobody ran off with a trucker, no cougar attacks, no dead beavers floating down the river, and the huckleberries are ripe! Life is good!

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Elk City Wagon Road Days Parade In Clearwater

The 22nd annual Elk City Wagon Road Days at Clearwater last Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, celebrated this region’s historic roadway with a parade, historical presentations and entertainment, a quilt show, and the guided tour of the 53-mile route.

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Schaeffer obtains CMPE

Michelle Schaeffer, CMPE, director of clinic operations, Syringa Hospital and Clinics, has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) by the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the certification entity of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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What’s Growing There? The Sign Says...

The crop signs have returned. Idaho County residents will notice crop signs – 25 are out this year — at fields along highways 95 and 13, identifying what is growing. The outreach started in 2016 through the Idaho County Farm Service Agency office as part of the nationwide USDA initiative, “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” Pictured are (L-R) Richard Spencer, NRCS; Kylie Gonsalves, FSA; Erica Baldus, FSA.

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14 take SMH Safe Sitter course

This year, 14 young ladies and gentlemen attended and passed the Safe Sitter Course which St. Mary’s Hospital has been sponsoring for more than 25 years.

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Riggins News: School registration on tap for next week

My quote for the week: “Why we need best friends: Because they laugh at the same stupid things we do. Because they give us honest advice. Because they will be there for us, even if they are thousands of miles away. Because they celebrate with us when we are at our best, but still love us at our worst,” by Lilac and Lavendar…thank you to my best friends.

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JAKES Day cancelled; GHS football combine scheduled Aug. 6-7; Football Camp coming up Aug. 6-7 at GHS; Kayak course slated; Raspberry Festival fun run scheduled Aug. 5; Syringa offers sports physicals Aug. 1-2; Volleyball parents to meet Aug. 7 at GHS; Youth soccer fall program announced; Football officials association recruiting refs for fall season; St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics offers sports physicals.

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Locals place third in Portland

Portland’s A-Team took out the Central Idaho boys during the elimination round of the U15 regional baseball tournament held last week in Oregon. The Idaho boys came within two games of reaching the Babe Ruth World Series Aug. 9-16 in Longview, Wash.

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