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.August 31, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..
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.August 30, 2018 10:41 a.m. read more..
Clearwater Valley has a huge turnout for volleyball this season — enough to schedule Troy, Kamiah, Prairie and Potlatch, but not quite enough for a third coach.August 30, 2018 8:17 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 p.m. read more..
Idaho County unemployment rates have seen a slight increase this summer and remain several points above the state’s overall low numbers.August 29, 2018 11:13 a.m. read more..
Work begins this week on an estimated two-month multi-agency project to improve fish passage at Moose Creek near Elk City by replacing an aging culvert under State Highway 14.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“This is good news for Grangeville High School and the community, and something we should be proud of,” said board chair Lot Smith at the Aug. 20 trustee meeting in Kooskia.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The 82nd annual Kamiah Barbecue Days are set to take place this weekend. Not sure if there’s such a thing as a free lunch anymore? Take in the free barbecue Saturday night downtown.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
You’ll make fewer dollars living in Idaho County, in comparison with the rest of the state, according to recent U.S. Census estimates.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 7 percent increase in its fiscal year 2019 budget. That $381,700 increase from the current operating year is part of the tentative $5,897,860 budget the council will consider for adoption at a public hearing next month.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We’re still continuing to investigate into any other potential crimes they may have committed,” said Sgt. Mike Quintal, Grangeville Police Department.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
District 7 Republican candidate Phil Hart will not get his second chance this year to run for the statehouse. In an Aug. 16 judgment, District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice dismissed the Kellogg resident’s suit seeking a special election for the Dist. 7B seat.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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 Housecallvetdrkim@gmail.com for an appointment.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Perhaps the time has come for the taxpayer living in the Mt. View School District to demand the closure of an inept and out-of-control district, and begin sending their children to private schools.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
When a group of Prairie school supporters heard about a certain project, they didn’t spend a lot of time talking about it. They got to work. “The idea came from a school that did something similar and was on CNN and The Today Show and then posted on Facebook,” explained Megan Blakeslee Rambo.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Stop at the stop signs and do not have your phone stuck to your ear. When you do, you are not paying attention to what is going on around you. I wonder, sir, if that phone call was worth almost changing three peoples’ lives permanently?August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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 http://events.congenitalheartwalk.org. 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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The struggle of labor for the fundamental human dignity for all is one of losses, and wins, but of no defeats.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Life goes along, each week we seek out the news, good and bad, we try to get down on paper what we feel will interest our readers, what will add to their day. This week, this day, a report of three great encounters on my monthly trip to Lewiston!August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.”August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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!August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Recycling sites at Grangeville and Cottonwood will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, of the Labor Day weekend. Both facilities will be open again on Sept. 8. The Kooskia site will maintain its usual hours on Sept. 1.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Six workshops, including three in Lewiston and one each in Grangeville, Moscow and Riggins, highlight the September offerings by the North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center at Lewis-Clark State College.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
By this date in 2017, the GHS girls had allowed a combined 19 goals in losses to McCall and Priest River, but this fall, GHS put together one of the first truly competitive games in program history in playing St. Maries within 3-1 last Saturday, Aug. 25.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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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.August 28, 2018 3:47 p.m. read more..
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.August 28, 2018 3:45 p.m. read more..
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.August 28, 2018 3:45 p.m. read more..
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Adams County Sheriff’s Office downgraded all fire evacuation notices from milemarker 181 north to the county line to Level 1 (Be Ready). Hillman Basin and Boulder Creek roads were downgraded to Level 2 (Be Set) statusAugust 22, 2018 11:42 a.m. read more..
“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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-962-2100.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
We had more sadness in the Clearwater Valley last week with the death of Thomas Medicine Elk Kenoras in a car accident. Condolences to his family and friends, he was only 20 years old. Traditional Wahlussat services were held on Sunday.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“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..
Bryan Kenoras, 20, of Kamiah, died in an early morning crash last Friday, Aug. 17, on U.S. Highway 12, according to Idaho State Police. Next of kin have been notified.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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 www.CHSPrimeland.com.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) will hold its annual Kamiah Barbecue CIAA Art Show and CIAA Art Walk Monday, Aug. 27 through Saturday, Sept. 1.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
A Kooskia bicyclist received minor injuries after being struck by a SUV on State Highway 13 last week. Debra S. Umphenour, 57, was transported to Syringa Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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 foundedAugust 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“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..
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..
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..
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..
I’ve been told that folks around these parts are laid back when it comes to politics ‘and we like it that way’. Well, I wish we lived in the good old days, when Idaho was a rock-solid bastion of conservatism. But that’s not today’s reality.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Norma and I would like to thank the federal and state agency employees, helicopter pilot and 911 operator who helped us with our spot fire after the thunderstorms on Friday night.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Nobody chooses to be a victim and go through the trauma, loss and confusion victims often experience. This is why it’s important for Idahoans to think about Marsy’s Law for Idaho and its goal of strengthening and improving the rights of crime victims.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Mountain View School District 244 did the right thing Monday night. Even if it hurt a little.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
An informational meeting on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire is planned for 6:30 p.m. MT tonight, Aug. 21, at the New Meadows High School.August 21, 2018 7:27 a.m. read more..
A Red Flag Warning for lightning in the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area is in effect Monday, Aug. 20.August 20, 2018 8:46 a.m. read more..
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.August 19, 2018 8:53 a.m. read more..
Tires get us to places we have to go, and more importantly, destinations we want to go. And North Central Idaho has lots to go see. Take in an awesome view of one of Idaho’s scenic gems, Hells Canyon, from the Pittsburg Saddle Viewpoint.August 17, 2018 11:17 a.m. read more..
“Our goal is to make it easier by stationing our workers out in the community and offering free and simple screenings to help identify where someone might need some help.”August 17, 2018 11:15 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
Containment line north of the fire on White Bird Ridge was completed yesterday, but growth of the fire along White Bird Ridge south of Lockwood Point opened up about nine miles of uncontrolled fire front, with the fire turning the western flank of contingency lines in Adams County.August 17, 2018 8:54 a.m. read more..
The Adams County Sheriff's Office issued a "Go" notice for evacuation of the area from the Idaho-Adams county line to Hillman Basin Road due to threat from the Rattlesnake Creek Fire. The notice was issued before 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2018, according to an ACSO Facebook post.August 16, 2018 1:04 p.m. read more..
The Rattlesnake Creek Fire incident management team corrected the size of the area burned so far in its morning update Wednesday, Aug. 15, and has scheduled a public meeting for 7 p.m. MT Thursday, Aug. 16, at Salmon River High School.August 15, 2018 9:07 a.m. read more..
Didn't draw a tag in the first round? It's not too late to apply for the second controlled hunt drawing for over 2,250 unclaimed, controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn and bear. The application period for the second drawing runs through Aug. 17.August 15, 2018 6:55 a.m. read more..
Students in Mountain View School District 244 will pay more to play this fall.August 15, 2018 6:54 a.m. read more..
“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.August 15, 2018 6:48 a.m. read more..
Attendees heading to the Idaho County Fairgrounds this week may not notice much of a change on the grounds, but significant repair and restoration took place in the past couple of months to recover from a freak flooding incident.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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."August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
City of Kooskia officials plan to set a meeting with Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings to address the municipal contract with the agency for law enforcement services, which is pending termination due to apparent miscommunication between both sides.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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!”August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Customers of Inland Cellular were without phone service as of press time Tuesday.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Animal Ark volunteers will hold a fund-raiser yard sale Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Eagles Hall, 218 North C Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop-off is set for Friday, Sept. 7, at the Eagles Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The recent controversy with City of Kooskia and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is a good example of the importance of maintaining open communications.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The attitude that “they are yours during school hours, you deal with them, I have to work” cannot be the status quo. We all need to work together for our children.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.”August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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!August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
It’s that one time of the year when it’s OK to buy votes in Idaho County. At least for the annual Idaho County Fair Kiss the Pig contest.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
"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."August 14, 2018 7:56 a.m. read more..
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.August 13, 2018 3:39 p.m. read more..
Inland Cellular is currently experiencing a voice network outage due to a major commercial power disruption, according to a company release. This outage caused surges and spikes, which destroyed battery backups and generators, damaging essential hardware and information.August 13, 2018 10:54 a.m. read more..
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.August 13, 2018 8:39 a.m. read more..
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and State Controller Brandon Woolf announced that continuing strong economic growth enabled the State of Idaho to end fiscal 2018 with $100.7 million more tax revenue than anticipated despite June collections that were $19.3 million less than forecast.August 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“The Idaho County Fair is an astounding program that teaches young kids diligence, hard work and responsibility,” said Grangeville High School senior Rachel Chmelik. “Having the opportunity to represent such an amazing program is an unforgettable experience that I will always hold close to my heart.”August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“Idaho County is a great place to live, love, and learn,” smiled Jeannie Fitch of Riggins, from her home located alongside the Little Salmon River. Her love of her small-town life is just one reason Fitch has been chosen as the 2018 Idaho County Fair Grand Marshal.August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Seven young ladies will vie for Idaho County Fair Queen for the coming year. Madison Adams, Ciara Chaffee, Naomi Connolley, Anna Kaschmitter, Halle Klapprich, Clarissa Stevens and Grace VanGunten are all candidates for the 2018-19 royalty court.August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The local country performer Shiloh will provide entertainment Friday evening, Aug. 17, 7 p.m., at the fair.August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.”August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“My favorite part about being a princess is the feeling I get when I see the joy and excitement in the little kids when we meet them,” Idaho County Fair Second Princess Emma Gehring said. “It’s very rewarding to be someone who others look up to.”August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“This has meant so much to me,” said Cottonwood’s Sierah Poxleitner of her year spent as the Idaho County Fair first princess. “It has truly been so much fun,” she said. “I never knew how much fun and how many little kids really look up to us. I’ve enjoyed every second representing Idaho County.”August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 10, 2018 11:55 a.m. read more..
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.August 10, 2018 11:49 a.m. read more..
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.August 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout many parts of north central Idaho, local land management agencies have teamed up to pre-position a “Task Force” in Grangeville.August 8, 2018 4:38 p.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 12:08 p.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 11:52 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 9:58 a.m. read more..
Having had to cancel last year’s camp due to poor air quality resulting from area wildfires, organizers have seen normal turnout for the two-day camp they put on for athletes entering grades 4-8.August 8, 2018 8:14 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“There’s no change. We’ll still be answering calls,” said ICSO Sheriff Doug Giddings, regarding the one-year $25,000 contract that, in part, ICSO agrees to maintain two deputies residing in or around city limits and provide law enforcement and patrols. “But come the end of the month,” he continued, “we’ll see.”August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The fire, human-caused and burning in southern Idaho County since July 23, was listed as 42 percent contained at just shy of 4,400 acres despite a spot fire reported over the weekend that presented a new threat to structures in the Hillman Basin and Boulder Creek area.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Investigation is ongoing into last week’s falling death of Spencer Flerchinger, 15, of Kamiah at Glacier National Park. According to the National Park Service (NPS), no suspicious circumstances have been noted.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Investigation continues by Idaho State Police into the death of Richard Cook, 19, of Riggins, in a motorcycle crash in Caldwell last weekAugust 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Michael R Routh, 18, died at the scene. Cause of the crash is as yet undetermined, and investigation is expected to take several weeks.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
An Aug. 14 pretrial is set for a Moscow man involved in an accidental vehicle crash into a camp trailer that injured a Cottonwood woman.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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 townAugust 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Seven local young ladies stepped up in courage and with hope Wednesday, July 25, at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene. The occasion was the 2018-19 Idaho County Fair royalty luncheon where the candidates for 2019 were judged on their personal interviews, applications and speeches.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
First program set for Aug. 15 It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum will again sponsor the Brown Bag Program.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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!August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
(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).August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Have you ever wondered what all goes on at Idaho Sewing for Sports? Now you can find out! The Mt. Idaho business will be host to an open house this Friday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cake and refreshments will be served, and tours will be given.August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Investigators continue their inquiries into the nearly four-month disappearance of Grangeville woman Shawnta LaRae Pankey. To facilitate this, her family this week announced it is offering $7,000 total in reward money for information.August 7, 2018 11:19 a.m. read more..
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.August 6, 2018 10:25 a.m. read more..
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.”August 6, 2018 9:38 a.m. read more..
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."August 3, 2018 3:45 p.m. read more..
PotlatchDeltic Corporation today announced effective Friday, Aug. 3, that no campfires or open burning will be allowed on its property in the State of Idaho due to increasing fire danger in the region. The burning ban on PotlatchDeltic’s Idaho properties will remain in effect until conditions improve.August 3, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..
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.August 3, 2018 10:23 a.m. read more..
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.August 2, 2018 9:04 a.m. read more..
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.August 2, 2018 9:01 a.m. read more..
Crane removal will require closure of State Highway 13 from 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, to 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3August 1, 2018 5:34 p.m. read more..
The Idaho County Commission on July 31 advanced a budget of $22.6 million for the coming fiscal year, in a decision that will be subject of a public hearing at 10 a.m. Sept. 4. The budget will tap nearly $6.3 million in cash forward and more than $13.3 million in other revenue – and proposes to levy nearly $2.8 million from local property taxpayers.August 1, 2018 4:31 p.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 11:36 a.m. read more..
Hunters who successfully drew controlled hunts in Idaho this year have until the last minute of Monday, Aug. 6, to pick up their tags for elk, deer, antelope, fall turkey and fall bear.August 1, 2018 6:17 a.m. read more..
Numerous bicyclists ride the Transamerica Bike Trail every year. They cross the continent from Yorktown, Va., to Astoria, Ore., for all kinds of reasons.August 1, 2018 6:16 a.m. read more..
Cause is undetermined and under investigation for last week’s structure fire that destroyed a residence and hay-filled barn outside of ClearwaterAugust 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Residents and visitors filed downtown and into city park last Saturday, July 28, at the height of activities for the annual Kooskia Days celebration.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A reorganization of the Mountain View School District 244 meeting calendar and agenda turned contentious Monday, July 23. A room full of about 30 patrons, mainly teachers, had signed up to speak during the regular public input session where patrons are allowed three minutes each.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
As of Tuesday morning, July 31, the Rattlesnake Creek Fire was listed as 3,789 acres in size and as being worked by 534 personnel, including 14 hand crews, 21 engines, 3 dozers, 9 water tenders and 4 helicopters.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Well, after two weeks in California, walking around 100 miles and keeping up with an 8-year-old granddaughter, this grandma is worn out, but I am back to writing the news!August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
KORT Radio will be doing the blue light remotes this Thursday, Aug. 2, in Grangeville to kick off Crazy Days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for the blue light and the deals that go with Crazy Days! •August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.”August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Medicaid expansion for Idaho’s uninsured, minimum wage increases, affordable housing, fair and sensible immigration policies, well-funded K-12 public education, technology schools, colleges, clean air, clean water....August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
he City of White Bird needs to act responsibly with the taxpayers’ money. Our city taxes are among the highest in the county due to the effect of increasing levy authority coupled with a declining economic base.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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 TrumpAugust 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Danielle Cochran of Cottonwood received the community leadership award at the 8th Bi-Annual Northwest Alcohol Conference, held in Boise on July 18-20. This year’s attendees represented law enforcement and substance abuse professionals from 29 states.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School seniors Jacob Vanderwall and Justin Detweiler reined in 25 kids Saturday, July 21. They did have a little help.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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!August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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).August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 5:58 a.m. read more..
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.August 1, 2018 5:51 a.m. read more..
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