Stories for February 2018


Wednesday, February 28


Walters takes 2A championship

Grangeville’s Parker Walters’ athleticism made him visibly different than the rest of the 2A heavyweights, and after last weekend’s performance in Pocatello, it isn’t the only one.

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As NFL draft hype builds, Riggins man keeps focus

During the months since Leighton Vander Esch declared for the NFL entry draft, his chance to ascend from Salmon River High School and Boise State University to football’s top professional level has become a conversation starter in Idaho County — and not just among local football fans.

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Pirates on to state with wins over Potlatch, Wallace

A 58-44 Prairie win over Potlatch last Thursday night, Feb. 22, all but paved the Pirates’ road to state; on their way to this week’s 1AD1 title tournament at Vallivue High School, the Prairie boys ran over Wallace 65-48 last Saturday at Post Falls.

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Hunter ed course coming up March 5-17; NWTF annual banquet calendared April 7; RMEF annual banquet scheduled April 21.

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Potlatch bounces KHS from district playoffs

The Kamiah boys trailed early, and though they battled to the end, Potlatch prevailed 67-54 in a District II tournament elimination game Feb. 20. Kaleb Oatman scored 22, Luke Snyder scored 17.

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Kamiah ends CV’s season

A run during the second quarter Wednesday night, Feb. 14, put the Kamiah boys in charge, and they went on to close out Clearwater Valley 51-42.

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St. Maries takes district’s state berth

Holding all but Jacob Vanderwall to single digits, the St. Maries boys beat Grangeville 67-40 in the first of a best-of-three for the district’s only state berth. The next night, Feb. 22, St. Maries won again, 64-56, on a night Blake Darr and Colby Kennedy led Grangeville in scoring.

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Feds announce $74 million outdoor rec spend

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke last week announced a $60 million cooperative agreement with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) to help retain and recruit recreational anglers and boaters of all ages. He also announced $14 million in Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG), which support water-related outdoor recreation and tourism by improving facilities for large transient recreational boats across the country.

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Levy: Ask elected officials for answers

Let’s stop the misinformation and discuss the gives and takes We, the school board, do not get to decide how much funding we receive from the state. We can only take what the government gives us and do the best we can with that money. To keep things “status quo” we are short $3.6 million.

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Riggins News: SRHS BPA kids on way to state competition

My quote for the week is “A Special Friend is hard to find, hard to lose, and impossible to forget. True friends are never apart…maybe in distance, but not in the heart.” Hmmm…will March come in like a lion or a lamb? We will sure know tomorrow March 1st. Salmon River High School BPA, Business Professionals of America, members Lotus Harper, Jordyn Pottenger, Emily Diaz, Payton Branstetter, and Miranda Hofflander will be going to state competition March 8-10. Congratulations and best wishes!

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It's Your Business: Chili cookoff, sushi dinner this Saturday in Grangeville

The Grangeville Merchants will host the chili cook-off this weekend, Saturday, March 3. Be sure to stop by the various businesses and taste and vote! Businesses participating include Asker’s Harvest Foods, Home Grown Quilts, P1FCU, Hill Top, Early Bird, Irwin Drug, Larson’s, Evergreen Suites, Once Around Again, Les Schwab, Cash and Carry, Quilt Treasures and Sissy’s Thrift.

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Meth, heroin trafficking charges against couple following traffic stop

Idaho County law enforcement is continuing its investigation into a Washington State couple arrested last week for felony drug trafficking, with more charges anticipated to be filed. Melanie A. Huntley and Sean D. Huntley, both 50, of Lake Stevens, are currently incarcerated in the Idaho County jail with bond set, respectively, at $25,000 and $10,000, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

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Vandals torch rest rooms at Lolo Pass Visitor Center

Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in its investigation of last week’s vandalism at Lolo Pass Visitor Center. The incident was reported last Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 21, according to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Staff were informed several items within the center’s rest rooms had been burned, including toilet seats and soap dispensers.

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Are you eligible for property tax relief in 2018?

Did you know that Idaho has a Property Tax Reduction program? The program reduces property taxes on an eligible homeowner’s primary Idaho residence and up to one acre of land by as much as $1,320. Reductions are grants from the state, and there’s no repayment. “Many homeowners think you have to be 65 before you can apply,” said Pam Waters, coordinator of the Property Tax Reduction program for the Idaho State Tax Commission. “But that’s not the case. You may be eligible at any age if you meet certain criteria.” To qualify, you must be in one of the following categories by Jan. 1, 2018:

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County officials say they ‘have not seen’ coordination in Forest Plan Revision

Idaho County Commission chairman Skip Brandt has been the board’s ambassador to the Forest Service, having attended more than 20 meetings during the past year on topics related to the ongoing Forest Plan Revision – a process that also involves evaluation of potential for new wilderness and Wild & Scenic River designations. Lately – participating in this month’s open comment period before Forest Plan Revision alternatives are announced – the board has sent Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert several letters

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CV organization gains momentum to support schools

“That first year we drew about 65 people and raised $3,500,” Drake said. “By the second year, we had 135 people attend and made about $9,500.” Drake said, “the momentum is strong, and we definitely feel like we are headed in the right direction.” VEST Fest 3 is set for Saturday, March 10, at the Kooskia Community Hall.

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Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala draws 180

Approximately 180 attendees packed the Grangeville Event Center last Saturday night, Feb. 24, for the Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala, featuring dinner, auctions and live entertainment by The Hitmen. This is the 25th annual fund-raiser for the foundation, with money raised this year to go toward a new cardiac monitoring system.

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Kamiah levy: less than cup of coffee per day

42 cents per day for one year is what the Kamiah School Levy will cost me for my home with improvements in the City of Kamiah, if the levy is approved by the voters in the Kamiah School District on March 13.

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What we need today is crime control, not gun control

What we need today is crime control, not gun control. A crime going unpunished is outrageous, yet it’s been happening for decades in America. This latest school shooting could be a turning point. Seventeen students. Now, what will happen to the shooter? Will he be executed for this crime? Or not?

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Yes on levy: logical, supportable plan

In my view, the administration and the school board have a logical and supportable three-year plan for a soft landing while other income streams are pursued. In each of the next three years the levy will remain the same as the 2018-2019 request. See and vote yes March 13!

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Yes on levy: for full, robust education

The most influential vote I take each year is to support the school levy, to make sure all the kids in our area get a full and robust education. I ask all to consider how important a vibrant school is to our town.

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Abridging rights not solution to challenge

I am sorry, but I see it differently than Dennis Wolfe. The NRA and Republicans did not murder anyone; a mentally disturbed individual did. One who was recognized by the community as such. Law enforcement had been warned about this person; thirty-nine times to the sheriff’s department and at least twice his behavior on social media was referred to the FBI.

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Yes on levy: bite the bullet and support it

I hate property tax. Not everyone pays it, and owners must pay even if they have no income. It is the most unfair tax we have. For years I opposed school levies. I felt cuts could be made. Now, however, with loss of federal funds (we burn our forests instead of logging them, and no SRS money) property tax is the only method we are given to support our schools.

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VEST proactive effort supporting CV education

Kooskia gets it done when it comes to taking care of its precious resource: its children. The Clearwater Valley is taking a proactive direction in funding its local schools through the Valley Educators Support Team (VEST).

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Bingo set for this Friday

The American Legion Post No. 75 will be host to Bingo this Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 618 Main Street in Kamiah. Bingo will be held downstairs; use the Main Street entry. Concessions will be available.

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Encouragers will meet March 1

Missionary Amalia Smith will share at The Encouragers meeting Thursday, March 1, at the 11:30 a.m. luncheon in the Pizza Factory meeting room. Participants order lunch as they arrive, then proceed to the meeting room.

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‘Miniature Madness’ sale is March 10

The March Miniature Madness Show and Sale will be held Saturday, March 10, at Hoot’s Cafe in White Bird, Idaho from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity to pick up a special painting at bargain price.

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Community Briefs - Feb. 28, 2018

Save the date from Saturday, March 10, when nearly a dozen dodgeball teams will meet for a Round Robin tournament at Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s big gym, starting at 9 a.m.

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Prayer Walk

Seventeen people braved 7-degree biting cold and 16 mph gusting winds Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26, to pray for student safety in Grangeville. A nondenominational group, organized by a ladies’ study group from Real Life Grangeville, walked to Grangeville Elementary Middle School, Sts. Peter and Paul School and then to Grangeville High School praying at each stop for students and teachers, and, according to Pastor Mark Perry, that “God’s light and love to displace any and all darkness and hate.”

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Senior Center Lunch Line

The Grangeville Senior Citizens Center was the place to be on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, as friends lined up for the meal and a surprise table of Valentine treats. The center is now offering meal service Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon.

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Pair escape Feb. 19 crash

Icy road conditions were a factor in last week’s two-vehicle noninjury crash on U.S. Highway 95 four miles north of Cottonwood.

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Births: Feb. 28, 2018

<strong>Koby Reed Roy Keltner</strong> Dustin Keltner and Emily Reckard of Winchester, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Koby Reed Roy Keltner was born Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. He weighed seven pounds, four ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. He joins brothers Andrew, 13, Dusty, 5, and Bucky, 1-1/2, and sisters Shelly, 15, and Charly, 2. Grandparents are Cher Moore and Randy Moore of Winchester, and Joe Reckard of Anatone, Wash. Great-grandparents are Reed and Linda Adams of Lewiston, Idaho. <strong>Kolton Christopher Smart</strong><strong></strong> Michelle Winkler and Eric Smart of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Kolton Christopher was born Tuesday, Feb. 20. 2018, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville. He weighed six pounds, 10 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. He joins sisters McKenzie Winkler, 12; Abbie Winkler, 7; and Maggie Winkler, 5. Grandparents are Chris and Vicki Kreuger of Grangeville, and David and Barb Smart, also of Grangeville.

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Clearwater Valley News: March in support of schools draws about 30 advocates

The 1st amendment is alive and well in Kamiah with the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly on display. Friday afternoon a diverse group of Kamiah area residents marched in support of education in Idaho in advance of the upcoming area school levies. The larger-than-expected group of about 30 ranged from young children to retirees who value education included a large showing from the Nez Perce tribal community.

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Elk City News: Boil order still in effect in Elk City

Several people are wondering if the boil order for those on the Elk City Water system is still in effect. I contacted Loren and was able to talk to Cocoa. She said that it is still in effect by order of the powers that be. We will be notified when the order is lifted but for now, be safe, boil your water.

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Cottonwood News: Prairie music night set for March 6 at PHS

What a snowy, wintery weekend we had! It snowed and blew all weekend. I guess spring is a ways off yet. It should make the skiers happy. Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was open last weekend and with the new snow, they will probably be open this weekend also. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Check the Facebook page today at CBSA or the website

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Monday, February 26

After a narrow committee vote, Otter’s 2018 tax-cut plan goes to Senate

Much of the debate focused on how the bill makes sweeping changes to tax code. Lawmakers agreed that the conformity portion, which result in a tax increase, is complicated. What they didn’t agree on is what conformity and cuts to income tax rates combined would do, and if they it should be adopted together. Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee Chair, said he is driven by efforts to make “good tax policy.”

February 26, 2018 11:14 a.m. read more..

Senate panel passes adult completer scholarship bill

The Idaho Senate Education Committee passed a bill to put up to a fifth of the opportunity scholarship towards adults returning to college. SB 1279, the adult completer scholarship, came as a recommendation from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, who is also pushing to add five million dollars to the nearly $10.2 million fund.

February 26, 2018 11:13 a.m. read more..

March to capitol calls for removal of faith-based healing exemptions

Despite below freezing temperatures and winds of over 20 miles per hour, marchers took to the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Building Monday and called upon legislators to remove existing faith-based healing exemptions. The speech at the Capitol concluded a four-block march by community members who carried 183 child-sized coffins as part of the March to Protect Idaho Kids.

February 26, 2018 11:11 a.m. read more..

House Panel Passes “Public Integrity in Elections Act”

An Idaho House panel passed a bill to ban public-funded entities from advocating for public funding requests up for vote during elections. The bill, called the “Public Integrity in Elections Act,” is the second year of legislation on the issue by Rep. Jason Monks, R-Nampa.

February 26, 2018 11:09 a.m. read more..

‘Abortion-reversal’ bill passes Senate on party-line vote

The Idaho Senate passed a bill to inform patients considering abortion about a medical abortion reversal procedure that is scientifically unproven on a straight 29-6 party-line vote. The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information.

February 26, 2018 11:07 a.m. read more..

Breastfeeding exemption passes House

Bill sponsor Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene, who is the father of an infant, said he believes Idaho should have passed this legislation long ago. “Personally, I find it disappointing,” Amador said.

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Friday, February 23

Bill would decrease marijuana penalty to infraction

A bill that would make possession of marijuana an infraction rather than a misdemeanor in certain cases was held in an Idaho House committee Feb. 21. Bill sponsor Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, told the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee that the bill provides a way for young people who make a mistake to get a second chance.

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House passes sexual assault kit bill

A bill that would prevent rape victims’ insurance from being charged for the cost of sexual assault evidence kits passed the Idaho House Feb. 21 with a 67-1 vote. Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, who sponsored House Bill 429, said sexual assault is the only crime that has the victim bear “the burden of criminal justice investigation and costs.”

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Men’s retreat set for March 2, 3

A Regional Men’s Retreat is set for March 2 and 3, at the Grangeville Christian Church, 402 W.S. 1st Street in Grangeville. There will be a meeting Friday evening March 2, and meetings morning and afternoon Saturday March 3, with lunch served.

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Wednesday, February 21


Sponsored content: A wonderful place: to work Miller stays connected with residents

RN Micki Miller walked into Grangeville Health and Rehab a year ago and it was a homecoming of sorts. “When I walked down the halls I could picture the past residents whom I used to take care of,” she smiled. Miller was a CNA working at GHR in the ‘80s. Now, she’s the clinical nurse manager and works in wound care.

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Sponsored content: February is heart month: Listen to your heart

Cardiac rehabilitation — which includes a personalized exercise program along with education, advice on diet, and emotional support — can serve as a powerful prescription for improved heart health. It helps patients with heart disease, or those who have recently had surgery, to get stronger and be healthier.

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Sponsored content: We can get high-speed Internet where you live

“Is satellite Internet or TV only available in certain areas? I have tried to subscribe but was told it was not available where I live.” No. As long as you have a clear view of the southern sky, you should be able to receive a signal from the satellite.

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Sponsored content: Tooth be told: Fluoride is safe, effective at preventing tooth decay

We’ve gone through our lives hearing much advice on what to do and not to do, and what is good and bad for our teeth. Validating or debunking some of the common myths is Two Rivers Family Dental and Cosmetics, of Grangeville. Myth: Toothpaste that contains fluoride is harmful and should be avoided

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Sponsored content: Scenic tours: It’s time for steelhead fishing

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. One of Idaho County’s best-known outdoor activities is steelhead fishing.

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Sponsored content: Energy costs: Electricity remains a good value

In today’s world, you won’t find many items that cost less than $5. You can purchase a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas or a value meal somewhere. But did you know that an average day’s worth of electricity costs less than $5?

February 21, 2018 11:41 a.m. read more..

Stump, Bulldogs taking “every match one at a time”

What was a season-ending event for some put relatively little pressure on Grangeville’s Brandon Stump, who has a 29-5 record to his credit so far — predominantly in competition against the same wrestlers he beat last Saturday, Feb. 17.

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Oakley wins; buzzer-beater bounces; Pirates place second

Each year there had been a 1AD1 girls basketball trophy, the blue plaque adorned with a bronze figure had ended up northbound on U.S. 95 — until last Saturday, Feb. 17, when Prairie’s title bid came down to a last-second three-point try.

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Grangeville boys eliminate Orofino

A 63-39 regular season win over Orofino Feb. 13 — Grangeville’s second in Central Idaho League play this season — saw Hunter Schoo tally a team-high 12 points, pacing a well-rounded effort that also got Braison Norman (11 points) and Blake Darr (10) involved in the scoring.

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Bells of St. Gertrude’s continue to ring

With the exception of Good Friday and Holy Saturday (the two days before Easter Sunday), the bells of St. Gertrude’s ring out over the Camas Prairie every day of the year, as they have since the early 20th Century. While the chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places, the sound of the bells proves that this sacred building is still in use for the purpose it was intended when it was dedicated in 1924.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Varsity Blue Valentine And Birthday Wishes

Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue Choir, under the direction of Ms. Merrill-Lee Rasmussen, performed about 40 singing Valentines on Feb. 14. Here, the group sings to Mr. Andrew Riener at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. Riener recently celebrated his 101st birthday and was treated to the song, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Riener is seen here thanking the group as (L-R) Jillian Hausladen, Anastasia Bearden and Colby Canaday look on.

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House kills Shepherd bill on nullification of federal laws

After about an hour of debate Monday, Feb. 19, the Idaho House voted to kill House Bill 461, on nullification of federal laws, with a 40-29 vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, declared Idaho lawmakers have the power to nullify federal laws and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. “It should be obvious to us over the years there’s been quite a few cases that many of our constituents and us probably don’t think were fully constitutional,” Shepherd said.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Free detectors in Kooskia, Stites for fire safety effort

The American Red Cross, Kooskia and Stites fire departments are holding a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.

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Drug, alcohol trends program Friday in Kooskia

The Cottonwood Police Department’s Drug and Alcohol Trends Education (DATE) Program will be presenting at Kooskia City Hall this Friday, Feb. 23, hosted by Kooskia EMS. The public is invited to attend this free event starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Comment sought on End of the World Project; public meeting on March 7

Public comment is sought on the End of the World Project, proposed by the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests The End of the World Project is located approximately six miles south of Grangeville, and the boundary encompasses about 49,565 acres within the Salmon River Ranger District.

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City fees focus of public meeting set Tuesday, Feb. 27

What are equity buy-in fees? Last fall, the Grangeville voters considered this issue in evaluating prospective candidates for council elections, and it’s been on the city government’s radar for nearly a year. But exactly what these are, their purpose and how they fit into other charges for city services still remains confusing for many. Addressing this, the City of Grangeville is holding a public information meeting next Tuesday evening, Feb. 27, at the Soltman Center.

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Legislator addresses education, domestic violence, wage theft

“My mother was a Sunday school teacher, and she said the best gift God gave us is choice,” Wintrow said. “You don’t drag anybody kicking and screaming toward you, right? You create a presence around you that people want to approach. That day she taught me, you choose how you show up every day.” Wintrow, D-Boise, representing Dist. 19, was the evening speaker for last Friday’s Feb. 16 Pizza and Politics event, held at The Gallery in Grangeville, which drew nearly 50 participants.

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Grangeville Music Department ‘Music Time’ dinner, auction is March 10

Get ready to support the arts in Grangeville – it’s “Music Time.” The Grangeville bands in choirs, grades six through 12, will present the musical dinner and auction event Saturday, March 10, at Grangeville High School. Tickets are on sale through March 1 and are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Cost at the door is $25 per person. Students from Grangeville Elementary Middle School and the entire GHS music department will be performing for the evening fund-raiser.

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Efforts treat symptoms and not the cause

Compared to simply having fewer children, all your well-intentioned efforts like “recycling” or buying expensive little “hybrid” cars, etc., are pretty much flatulating in the wind … treating the symptoms and not the cause.

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GOP, their president do not care about safety of children

After this latest mass shooting in Florida, it should come as no surprise to you that the Republican Party and their president do not care in the least about the safety of our children. Don’t be misled by what they say, just look at what they do.

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No on levy: inability to function within means

District 244 Supt. Schiebe talks about levy costs rising only slightly, citing the 2018 levy will be $3.67 per thousand of net taxable property value or only about $31 per month. Problem is the county tax assessor does not bill monthly.

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Lincoln Days: GOP proud to honor

On March 9th, Lewis and Idaho County Republicans will host statewide, congressional and local candidates as part of the Lewis & Idaho County Republican Party “Lincoln Day Dinner.” From now through the end of April, nearly every county Republican Party across Idaho will hold a celebratory event honoring Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president and the first Republican to hold that office.

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Wrestling Crab Feed Fund-Raiser

The first Bulldog Wrestling Crab Feed, catered by Superior Events and Shiznits, drew a large crowd to the Grangeville Elks Feb. 17. It included live music by Vintage Youth and a talent show where (middle, photo courtesy Amy Farris) Grangeville Border Days Royalty Queen Micaela Farris and Princess Bella Klapprich received second place for their dance.

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CVHS alum basketball set for March 24

The Clearwater Valley High School Alumni Basketball games are set for Saturday, March 24, at CVHS in Kooskia. All former students interested are invited to attend and play.

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White Bird News: Taylor is new Idaho Outfitters and Guides vice-president

A couple of interesting facts that were sent to me last week. First, congratulations to “White Bird Kid” Fredrick Gerald Taylor who is the new 2018 VP of guides for the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association. Fred graduates this spring from University of Idaho, where he wrote in the current IOGA bulletin, “I hope to serve you well and bring new members to our organization.” Hooray, Fred!

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Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah looking to raise another $60k for track resurfacing

This past week I stayed up way too late watching the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Our American athletes, brown, black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, immigrants or native born have skated, skied, jumped, flown, flipped and spun their hearts out on the world stage. Great to see the grace and style of our athletes and their respect for their teammates and competitors. It’s about so much more than sports and watching them makes me proud to be an American.

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Cottonwood News: Stories sought for book’s third edition

Sunday, Feb 25. will be the Holy Cross/St. Mary’s Dinner and raffle to be held at Keuterville Hall. Join us for Bingo all day and a great meal served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See you there! American Freedom Defense will be offering one-day courses for firearm training soon. Classes will be held in Riggins and Greencreek on March 3 and 10, and April 15. To register for these classes or for more information go to Jim Gorges is the person in charge and you can contact him at or 208-935-5734.

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Elk City News: Trent Woods dies

For those of you out-of-towners, Elk City got more than a foot of snow this past weekend! For those history buffs, the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission will be presenting a talk by Cort Conley on either Friday, May 11 or May 18, about the people and places along the Lower Salmon River. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up so you can tentatively put it on your calendar.

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Chili cook-off, Sushi Night are both March 3

Lewis-Clark State College has two upcoming enrichment classes set. A Small Business Development Center Business Roundtable is scheduled for Friday, March 14, with Barbara Leachman. This will be held 1:30 to 4 p.m. for a cost of $35. A Monastery of St. Gertrude Tour in Cottonwood is set for Saturday, March 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Sister Carol Ann Wassmuth and includes lunch for $38.

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Umpqua Donates to Kids Klub

Umpqua Bank recently donated $5,000 to Kids Klub, Inc., through its community reinvestment grant. The money will pay for an entire year of snacks for the program. Pictured here are (left) Umpqua representative Tammy Nail, handing the check to Kids Klub Executive Director Cindy Godfrey.

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Riggins News: Market grand opening a success; fishing continues

My quote for the week is about an American icon during World War II. “Naomi Parker aka Rosie the Riveter passed away Jan. 20, 2018, at the age of 96. Rosie the Riveter inspired so many young women with her iconic poster,“We can do it”, and her positive attitude. She is a cultural icon of World War II representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during WWII while the men were fighting for America; many of these women produced munitions and war supplies.” Go to google to learn more about Rosie the Riveter/Naomi Parker.

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Reeling Them In On The Southfork

The Southfork River in Stites saw a variety of fishermen along its banks and in the river itself Friday, Feb. 16, including these two have a good time despite the rainy, cold conditions.

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If you see something, say something, says GPD Drew

“If you see something, say something in a timely manner,” advised Chief Morgan Drew, Grangeville Police Department. “People are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Drew reminded residents that officers are on duty every day throughout the year to respond to reports of suspicious and criminal activity, and other citizen concerns. This includes holidays, he added, as the office did have a recent comment from a resident that he didn’t contact the office on a matter as he thought GPD would be closed.

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Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship is Feb. 24

Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be meeting Saturday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m., in the Porter’s fellowship barn at 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville. There will be a soup social for the potluck. Bring a favorite soup or side dish and bring a friend. Call 208-983-0112.

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Community breakfast set for St. Catherine’s

The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfasts are held every month on the last Wednesday of each month.

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Fifteen participating in ICSO Cadet Program

Fifteen area high school students are participating in the 2017-18 Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program. Each year students from Grangeville, Cottonwood, Riggins, Kooskia and Kamiah high schools are invited to participate in the program.

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Community Briefs - Feb. 21, 2018

The Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Dollar-A-Month- Club will meet the second Friday in March (March 9) to conduct business and elect new officers. This will take place during the noon lunch time at the center.

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Monday, February 19

Medical amnesty bill receives do-pass recommendation

A bill repealing the sunset clause on Medical Amnesty and making the law permanent was given a do-pass recommendation by an Idaho House panel Monday. “It’s a good piece of legislation,” said Rep. Caroline Troy, R-Genesee. “It’s helping our schools and our universities.”

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Breastfeeding bill receives do-pass recommendation

The bill that would allow mothers in Idaho to breastfeed in public received a do-pass recommendation Monday, Feb. 19. Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia have laws protecting mothers breastfeeding in public and private, with Idaho being the only exception. Mothers breastfeeding in Idaho are only legally protected by their exemption from jury duty.

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Saturday, February 17

Resolution passed recognizing Wild and Scenic Rivers 50th anniversary

A concurrent resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was given a do-pass recommendation by the Senate Resources and Environment Committee Feb. 12. "It is just in recognition of their good work and the benefits that have come to Idaho because of it,” Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said.

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Senate panel rejects bill to raise tobacco use age

Much of the opposition focused on not allowing 18-year-olds, who are adults under the law, to have full autonomy. “Maybe we have the age of changing from being a minor being wrong. But, as long as we have it as this age, I believe that we have to leave this decision, along with those other life-altering choices that we can make… at this age as well,” said Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens.

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Bill to remove grocery tax introduced

Among removing the grocery tax, the bill would cut individual income taxes by half a percent for all brackets, slash business income taxes for large corporations from 7.4 to 5 percent and eliminate the grocery tax credit. “This particular option really reflects the best policy of Idaho,” said Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton, who sponsored the bill. “It helps families and it helps bring in business by reducing the tax rate.”

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Family minimum wage exemption passes Idaho House

The Idaho House passed a bill to exempt minors working for immediate family members from minimum wage laws in a 60-9 vote Tuesday. Current state law offers minimum wage exemptions for minors working on family farms and for 16-year olds working part-time less than four hours a day. HB 466, sponsored by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, would expand that to family businesses.

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No action from Senate panel on science education standards

he Senate Education committee took no action on the temporary science education standards in a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 14. Before it received pubic testimony on the standards, the committee heard from a rules administrator on what would happen if it took action.

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Drug overdose immunity, revised CBD bills introduced

Rep. Sue Chew, D-Boise, the bill’s co-sponsor, said the ‘Good Samaritan’ law has gained wide support in Ada County town hall meetings on the crisis. “The heroin that we’re getting, often times, is laced with fentanyl and other very powerful substances that are instantly lethal,” she said. “So, we hope that a bill like this, a Good Samaritan piece of legislation might be helpful.”

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House panel advances bill to fully fund sexual assault exams

The bill, HB 429, would remove the clause in Idaho’s victim compensation laws that makes test providers first seek payment from private insurance before being paid by a state pool. The state pool, called the Crime Victim Compensation Fund, would be allocated an additional $300,000 from tax funds. The fund currently consists of a federal grant and fines and fees from criminal justice proceedings.

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College transfer bill moves to Senate floor

An Idaho Senate panel passed a bill that would allow college students to more easily transfer credits. SB 1221 would allow students who complete an associate’s degree, in state or out of state, to transfer their general education courses to Idaho public colleges.

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House Panel Advances ‘anti-Sharia law’ Legislation

HB 419 would make Idaho and U.S. law the only law that state courts can rule on, providing exceptions for tribal laws. It’s the third time Rep. Eric Redman, R- Athol, has proposed foreign-law legislation. HB 419 does not specifically mention Sharia law, but much of Redman’s presentation of the bill focused on it.

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‘Abortion reversal’ bill moves to Senate floor

The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information. If passed, Idaho would join Utah, Arkansas and South Dakota, who have similar laws.

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Friday, February 16


Thursday, February 15

Kamiah ends CV’s season

A run during the second quarter Wednesday night, Feb. 14, put the Kamiah boys in charge, and they went on to close out Clearwater Valley 51-42. Kamiah will play Potlatch in an elimination game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at LCSC.

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Wednesday, February 14


Family minimum wage exemption passes Idaho House

The Idaho House passed a bill to exempt minors working for immediate family members from minimum wage laws in a 60-9 vote Tuesday. Current state law offers minimum wage exemptions for minors working on family farms and for 16-year olds working part-time less than four hours a day. HB 466, sponsored by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, would expand that to family businesses.

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Drug overdose immunity, revised CBD bills introduced

The legal immunity bill is in response to the opioid epidemic that has engulfed rural states, like Idaho, with high numbers of deaths from overdoses. “This is very important and states that have introduced this bill have seen a decrease in opioid overdose deaths by 30 percent,” said Rep. Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston, who co-sponsored the legislation. “It’s a lot of lives that we can save with this bill and I would appreciate your support.”

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Adkison aims at state tourney

Grangeville’s Chase Adkison — already small-town famous for his baseball exploits with a Lewiston American Legion team last summer — has been making an impact for the GHS football and wrestling teams.

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Salmon River bounced by Deary

Salmon River misfired on two point-blank jump shots – either of which would have given them a one-point lead with less than a minute left in their play-in game Saturday, Feb. 10, at GHS – and the Deary girls moved on to state by a 41-38 final score.

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Sexual assault kits: 2017 ISP report: No backlog for county law enforcement agencies

No backlog is reported for Idaho County law enforcement agencies in submitting sexual assault kits, according to a state report released last month. However, agencies statewide are missing the mandated month time to submit kits, showing some legislative change may be needed to the law that better fits with the process and complexity involved in these cases.

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Mulching business going full-force

Do you have overgrowth in your fields or on your property that needs cleaned? Some underbrush you may like to reduce before fire season? Eli Rad is your man. Eli Rad, Rad Mulching and Fire Reduction, LLC, has been a co-owner in the business for the past decade and recently became the sole owner.

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Vote for ‘Best of Idaho County’

Nominations began Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, for The Best of Idaho County. Visit to nominate your favorites for places and events, food & drink, businesses, people, government, medical, entertainment and overall. If you bought an ad in the 2018 Get Acquainted, then congratulations, you’ve been nominated! Voting begins Feb. 26. May the best win!

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Missoula Children’s Theater: ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

More than 60 local kids performed in the Friday, Feb. 9, Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) production of Gulliver’s Travels. The event was sponsored by Kids Klub, Inc., with support from Dr. Matthew and Katie Told, Up Front Construction and Grangeville Community Foundation. Super 8 Motel was host to the actors and accompanist was Carla Astle. (Top) Aliens of Lilliput and Aliens of Bleffusca (L-R) Autumn Long, Noah Rodriguez and Samantha Spencer get along; (Left) Jefferson Good is the Maniacal Scientist of Lapunta; and (right) Yahoos Payje Sickels and Abigayle Phillips listen for instruction.

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Lowell / Syringa News: All is quiet on the Lowell-Syringa front

No writing about weather, just look out the window. No writing about hunting, nothing getting hunted. No writing about parties or meetings, that was zero at last count. Highway 12 is quiet, no Lifeflight this week in Lowell, not even a request for help with a flat tire out in front of my office, which usually happens once a week.

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Cottonwood News: Keuterville parish dinner is Feb. 25

American Freedom Defense will be offering one-day courses for firearms training soon. Classes will be held in Riggins and Greencreek. March 3 will be the training for Enhanced CWP 1 for $100. March 10 is the Handgun 2 training at a cost of $125. April 15 is a training for women’s beginner which costs $25. To register for these classes or information go to Jim Gorges is the person in charge and you can contact him at or 208-935-5734. Gorges has built a new firing range at his home in Greencreek. He is very knowledgeable in handling guns and has been an instructor for 12 years. He is the undersheriff for Idaho County.

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White Bird News: New officers elected to WB chamber board

Here it is the middle of the month already, and as this writing is coming out. I hope everyone did something a little extra special for their Valentine this year. Even if you didn’t have someone special, I hope you wished everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. I didn’t receive the results of the Fireman’s Ball, but will have that for you next week. The only meetings for this next week is the WBARD on the 12th at 7 p.m. This is opened to the public so go check them out and see what they have to offer. The other meeting is the city council on the 14th at 6 p.m. They have a lot of information to be discussed, so plan to attend.

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Riggins News: Catherman honored as volunteer fireman; fishing continues

My quote for the week is “Look for Love. Love is all around you. Love. Pass love around.” uknown. Happy, happy Valentine’s Day to you! What a beautiful day to tell someone or many loved ones that you love them…and not just today, but every day day of the year. I am happy to report that school children still love to give and receive Valentines in their Valentine boxes. Dr. Seuss, a favorite author of many kids of all ages, author of more than 60 children’s books, and ninth-best selling fiction author of all time, approximately 500 million copies sold, will once again be honored and celebrated this Friday March 2. Whether it is “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” or “The Cat in the Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham” or “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”, or “On Beyond Zebra”, get out your favorite Dr. Seuss book and read it to a child, a friend, a relative, a neighbor, or to yourself.

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Clearwater Valley: Art show, BrewFest liven up week in Kamiah

Last Tuesday night the Muse Media February art opening was the place to be in Kamiah! Lauren Paterson, artist and Muse Media owner, welcomed a diverse group of artists with the theme What Does Equality Mean to You? An interesting mix of people came by to enjoy the varied art pieces and to mingle, snack and meet the artists. Ashlei Ryan was on hand with a display about YWCA’s local programs to support women and to answer questions. Cameron and Amelia provided some fun live music with guitar, drumming and vocals. Maylei Ryan, at age 5 the youngest artist featured in the show, painted a colorful piece almost as tall as she is. The show will be up for the month of February at Muse Media (410 Main Street, Kamiah). Artwork is for sale and 25 percent of the sales price will go to support the YWCA. We had fun at the Febrewary Brewfest in Kamiah on Saturday seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones. This chamber of commerce event featured local and regional craft beers and hard ciders. Lots of good brews, got to sample five, five-ounce drinks. It’s great to see the Chamber recognizing the craft brewing culture that is developing in our area with beer:30 taproom owner Brian Brokop leading the event. Local band the Syndicats entertained in the afternoon until the auction started.

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Milestone - Births - Feb. 14, 2018

Brian and Stefanie Hays of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Dylan Lane Hays was born Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. He weighed seven pounds, three ounces and was 20.5 inches long. He joins a brother, Ayden Gunner, age 5.

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Community Briefs - Feb. 14, 2018

The upcoming Inland Northwest Blood Drive sponsored by Syringa Hospital and Clinics will be Thursday, Feb. 22, from noon – 5:30 p.m. at the Grangeville Armory. All donations are distributed locally in the Inland Northwest by INBC. To schedule an appointment visit or call Dana Greig at 208- 983-8571.

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VFW sponsors breakfast at Vets Center

Veterans of Foreign Wars Crea-DeHaven Post 3520 sponsors the bi-monthly free breakfast for veterans and their families held on the second and fourth Saturdays at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main in Grangeville. The next breakfast will be Feb. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. All veterans are invited to drop in for a breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy.

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Clearwater Meal Center luncheon is Feb. 21

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. All are welcome. Call 926-7776.

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Cottonwood’s Johnson chosen to receive AQHA colt

Hard work and the desire to enhance her horsemanship skills led Cottonwood’s Molly Johnson to a dream-come-true. “I first heard about the Young Horse Development Program in an AQHYA magazine,” said Molly Johnson. “My Grandma Eva bought me a lifetime membership to AQHYA which includes a subscription to the magazine. I thought it would be awesome to win a weanling, but thought it would be impossible for someone like me in this rural area to be chosen.”

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MVSD to hold public meetings regarding March 13 $3 million levy

Mountain View School District 244 will be host to public meetings regarding the upcoming levy. The maintenance and operation levy for $3,090,48 will be held Tuesday, March 13. Public meetings will be held Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m., Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia, and Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Grangeville High School.

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Community prayer walk on tap for Feb. 25

A School and Community Prayer Walk is set for Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. Meet at the Grangeville Elementary Middle School Main entrance. Everyone is invited. The group will walk from GEMS to Sts. Peter and Paul School to Grangeville High School and back to GEMS. All walks of faith are invited. Prayer will be lifted up for schools, teachers, administration, students and community. For information e-mail

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Bradbury to talk on early logging; Kamiah program is Feb. 19

John Bradbury will speak to the Lewis County Historical Society Monday, Feb. 19, at 2:15 p.m. in Kamiah at the Welcome Center, 518 Main Street next to the Kamiah Valley Museum. Bradbury will tell about the beginning of logging in the Clearwater Drainage, starting with the Weyerhaeuser purchase of the timber, the sawmill at Elk River, the horse logging at Headquarters and the log drives on the Clearwater River. He will also discuss Headquarters in the early days and what it was like to grow up in a company owned town.

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Community efforts address health of forests, rural communities

When it comes to forest management, controversies about forest fires, litigation, clearcuts, and agency gridlock often dominate the headlines. But behind the scenes, Idahoans are writing several success stories that don’t often make the news. That’s a shame, because when the timber industry, conservationists and others work together, the results are good for Idaho.

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Another way to look at NICI carolers

In the Free Press, for three weeks, I have read emotional letters over the Christmas caroling done by “residents” at NICI to “residents” at the assisted living homes in Grangeville.

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Carbon monoxide: avoid injury, death; take precautions

Kooskia Fire and Ambulance have responded to at least five incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning in the last two years. These resulted in two fatalities and twelve patients transported to a hospital. Some of the exposures were quite serious with effects lasting for a significant period of time. These could have resulted in additional fatalities in a relatively short period of time.

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Why perpetuate the criminal stigma?

I have been disappointed and disheartened by the recent letters to the editor with the unkind and, in my opinion, unwarranted comments about NICI’s community service program.

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How soon we forget Waco, Ruby Ridge

When I was young, I liked to watch the TV show, “The Untouchables.” I understood that these FBI agents were “incorruptible.” Maybe back then, but not today! How soon we forget Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas.

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Rally cry of equality steals your triumphs...

Prevailing attitudes promulgate practices upon the public. For example: Offshoring /outsourcing in an attempt to internationalize economies at our expense, where vocational schools were retired. We heard in an address by Trump that spoke of bringing back vocational studies. Politics dictates policy. Open borders is a policy of integrating globalist interests.

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Trio Keeps Grangeville Veterans' Center Lively

Taco Thursday at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center brings in not only a crowd for tacos, but also a group of musicians to keep the atmosphere lively. Pictured here on Feb. 8 are (L-R) John Purdy, Ginny Cash and Marian Wikoff. Not pictured is Bob Wikoff.

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Mood inviting to sell on public property

Selling knives, fresh produce, a hot sandwich? City code hasn’t changed but rather a clarification in procedure that may ease the way for vendors to set up temporary trailers within city limits to sell their wares.

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Absentee voting under way

Voting is under way for both the Mountain View and Kamiah school district’s levy elections. Last Friday, Feb. 9, the Idaho County Elections Office began sending mail-out absentee ballots to voters. On Monday, Feb. 12, absentee voting opened at the Idaho County Courthouse, which continues through March 9.

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NRA Fund-raiser For Education Programs

The Grangeville Elks Lodge saw a full house last Friday night, Feb. 9, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.

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$17M in improvements coming to US12 starting this spring

Construction may begin as early as April on U.S. Highway 12 that will undergo a $17 million transformation to revitalize aging infrastructure and improve safety throughout the corridor. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, more than 50 miles of the highway between Lowell and the Idaho-Montana border will be repaved, and two bridges—over Maggie and Fish creeks—will be replaced. “We are excited to have this opportunity to improve the corridor,” said Joe Schacher, ITD manager for the improvements.

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McGeachin talks politics on campaign stop - ‘We can do a much better job; the people of Idaho know better...’

Filings open in two weeks for elections that begin with the May 15 primary. Many candidates for state office have been campaigning for months, including Idaho Falls resident Janice McGeachin, who is looking toward the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. “I’m a true conservative, and I have a voting record that proves it,” McGeachin said during a campaign stop in Grangeville last Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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Traffic stop ends in felony firearm, DUI charges

A Feb. 23 preliminary hearing is set for a Kamiah woman, arraigned Monday on felony charges resulting from a Friday night traffic stop in Kooskia. Tonna Funderburg, 45, is charged with felony DUI and unlawful possession of a firearm, along with additional misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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Idaho ranked 8th best state in which to retire

Luckily for our readers, Idaho is ranked 8th in “best states to retire.” This is based on a list compiled by the on-line site WalletHub (2018), which compared the 50 states across 41 key indicators of retirement-friendliness. Their analysis examines affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life.

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‘Downward spiral’ if levy does not pass says Supt. Scheibe

“I know it’s not the best system to have property taxes bear the brunt of education costs – but what other options do we have?” questioned Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe. MVSD will go to the polls March 13 to request a $3,090,048 levy.

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Elk City News: Snowmobile Club sets weekend events

The Nitz family would like to thank the community, both far and near, for the honor paid to Betty Nitz through your physical presence, letters, and poems in support of the family. The Baptist church was overflowing with friends and family numbering more than 100-120 people. They would also like to thank everyone for the delicious food served after the memorial service. The community will certainly miss her.

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Monday, February 12

Friday, February 9

Inmates in ag bill passes House committee

While the committee ultimately voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, S1208 did generate concern about the wages paid to inmate workers and their insurance coverage. “These (people) are working a long, hard, eight-hour day… so are you going to pay them more?” asked Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth.

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Idaho literacy test reform bill introduced

An Idaho House panel introduced a bill Feb. 6 to remove a mandatory literacy screening test for Idaho students because it could be used inappropriately. In 2014, a subcommittee analyzed current state policies around increasing literacy rates. House Education Committee Chair Julie VanOrden said the group received a report that found that the Idaho Reading Indicator was being used incorrectly.

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Concealed carry expansion bill introduced

An Idaho Senate panel introduced a bill Friday that would expand permit-less concealed carry of guns to non-Idaho residents. The bill would expand 2016 legislation that allowed Idaho residents 21 and older to concealed carry without a permit in city limits. Schools, jails and courthouses are exempt from the law.

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Bill to remove senior math requirement passes Senate panel

A Senate panel passed a bill Feb. 6 that would remove the requirement that Idaho seniors take a math class. Students would still be required to take six semesters of math even if SB 1266 became law. The State Board of Education has to write a rule change on the senior math requirement. Senate Education Committee Vice Chair Steven Thayn’s bill would only change Idaho code.

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House panel partially adopts science education standards

The Idaho House Education Committee voted 12-4 Feb. 7 to partially adopt new science standards, removing one section on climate change and earth science and removing all supporting content in the science standards. The other science standards were approved.

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Otter’s higher ed budget could lead to tuition increase

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter rejected a line item in his budget proposal that college administrators predict would help slow tuition increases at Idaho four-year public universities. Otter left this and most higher education line items out of his budget to focus on funding “student-centric and system-wide needs,” as recommended by the higher education taskforce.

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Idaho House passes $200 million tax-cut bill

Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, moved to send the bill to general orders to modify it by adding an elimination to the grocery tax. That motion failed in a 24-46 vote. Moyle called Scott’s motion a “hostile move against the bill,” to which she responded, “This is not a hostile debate. The citizens of Idaho want a grocery tax repeal.”

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Senate panel passes STEM diploma bill

The bill, SB 1267, would recognize public school and public charter school students who complete more science and math classes than the three years required by the state.

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House panel introduces pet-friendly license plate bill

“Larger urban areas like ours, Ada County, are doing well because we have larger orgs and non-profits who do fundraising and help out,” she told the House Transportation & Defense Committee. “But, some rural communities might need a little more assistance.”

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Idaho Health Care Plan goes to the House floor

“I can only vote on the bill that’s in front of me, and the bill that’s in front of me is a very substantial improvement on the status quo and it will get people really needed care,” said House Assistant Minority Leader Ilana Rubel.

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Bill would make using cell phones while driving in Idaho illegal

Drivers in Idaho under 21 would be most affected if the bill were to become law. While the bill provides exceptions for most drivers, under-21-year-olds would only be able to legally use mobile devices in cases of emergency, such as reporting an accident or reckless driving.

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Thursday, February 8

Salmon River survives on Pottenger's last-second three-pointer

Payton Branstetter (18 points), Lotus Harper (12), Miranda Hofflander (11) and Emily Diaz (10) all scored double-digits for Salmon River Thursday night, but their 55-54 win over Council came down to a triple at the buzzer by Jordyn Pottenger -- her only hoop of the night.

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Grangeville girls push St. Maries to the brink

“Despite big games from Kaci Haeg, Kaylee Auer and Devyn Wilson, the St. Maries girls were upset this evening,” the St. Maries Gazette-Record reported Wednesday night, Feb. 7, noting they did not win the second game of the Central Idaho League’s district tournament 64-56. The Grangeville girls won, but as upsets go, their win might not rank among the unexpected, at least within the team.

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Wednesday, February 7


Long Pin district tournament to run Feb. 13-21 at McCall

The Salmon River boys are in line for a mid-tier seed in the District III tournament, based on their record against the rest of the Long Pin Conference through Feb. 6. The Savages are scheduled to play at league-leading Council tonight at 6 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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Darr leads Grangeville over CV

Grangeville’s 78-61 win over the Clearwater Valley boys Tuesday night, Feb. 6, saw the Rams once again start slow and the Bulldogs shoot well from the arc.

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Canaday, posts key two wins

One of Grangeville’s main district tournament advantages over Orofino was no secret before the post-season began Monday night, Feb. 5, at Genesee.

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Riggins News: EMTS desperately needed in Riggins

My quote for the week is “When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may take seconds to say, but for that person, it could last a lifetime.” Bingo night and chili feed combo is tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Riggins Community Center. The chili feed begins at 5 p.m., for everyone; Bingo at 6:30 for those 18 and older.The package deal is $10 per person which includes chili and two Bingo cards … or for those who would just like to have chili it is $5…for those who choose to just play Bingo it is $5. You win money prizes at Riggins Bingo! Get over and support our Senior Citizen Program and have a fun evening.

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Vander Esch highly touted ahead of NFL combine

Salmon River alum and Boise State junior Leighton Vander Esch, whose invitation to the March 4 National Football League combine has been reported across Idaho, continues to be highly ranked by some NFL analysts.

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Everson to present on tunnel system ‘hoop houses’

Local gardeners, are you tired of long winters and short summers? Those tomatoes and watermelons aren’t ripening quickly enough? Would you like to extend your growing season? Set aside some time for this Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Grangeville Farmers’ Market (GFM) will sponsor a presentation by Jared Everson on “High Tunnels, more commonly referred to locally as “hoop houses.”

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Mining district meeting set for Harpster Saturday

The Tenmile Mining District is holding a meeting at the General Store at the Harpster RV Park at 2 p.m., this Saturday, Feb. 10. This meeting’s agenda topics will include the Forest Service Road Closures, New State Legislation proposals to protect historic roads and trails, the USFS New Wild & Scenic proposals, Districts Land Use Plans and the economic benefits created by mineral developments in our region. The public is welcome to attend.

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Town Hall Meeting in Kamiah Feb. 10

Legislative District 6 and 7 representatives will host a town hall meeting this Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Hearthstone Bakery and Tea House in Kamiah beginning at 10 a.m.

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American Legion regular meeting is Feb. 7

Grangeville American Legion Post No. 37 will have its meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at the Idaho Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 E. Main Street. All Community veterans are welcome. Plans for the upcoming Legion birthday and community awards party will be discussed. For information contact Post Adjutant Don Owen at 208-983-1191.

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UYLC, KAP set family Valentine activity for Friday, Feb. 9

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is partnering with the Kamiah Afterschool Program (KAP) to provide an evening of Valentine’s Day card making, a “heart hunt,” and playing “musical hearts” (similar to musical chairs) for youth in grades K-four, Friday, Feb. 9.

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American Legion Auxiliary No. 37 to meet Feb. 10

Grangeville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 will meet Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 E. Main Street. The meeting will start with a potluck lunch at noon, followed by discussion of the March birthday party, Girls State and other business. All members are encouraged to attend. Contact secretary-treasurer Pearl Bentley at 208-983-4417.

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Spencer to present at historical society

The Idaho County Historical Society will be host to Craig Spencer Tuesday, Feb. 13, noon, to speak about the history of the Spencer Ranch. The theme is “100 Years of History of Farming and Ranching.” Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. All are invited.

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Prairie High School reunion set for July 14

July 14 is the date set to meet at the Cottonwood City Park at 11 a.m. All Prairie High School classes are welcome as well as friends from the former St. Gertrude’s Academy. Bring a snack of choice, beverage and lawn chair. Tableware will be provided. Also bring memories, pictures and yearbooks.

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County Democrats to meet Feb. 12

Idaho County Democrats will gather at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center on Monday, Feb. 12, for a continuation of the reorganization discussion. Facilitator will be Leta Strauss. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for social time before the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments with a “Have a Heart” theme will be served. Call 208-983-2821.

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Milestone - Anniversary - Haning - 50 years

Bob and Carolyn Haning of Grangeville will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 24, 2018. Bob and Carolyn (Sarbacher) Haning were married Feb. 24, 1968, at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Grangeville. They were blessed with three children: Bryan, Tami (Charles) and Jennifer. They are the grandparents of two children, Beth Ann (Mike) and Anthony and great-grandparents of four girls: Shalynn, Kaylee, Aubree and Kinzlee.

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Riener to celebrate 101st birthday this Saturday

Andrew Riener will celebrates his 101st birthday Saturday, Feb. 10. Andrew Joseph Riener was born Feb. 9, 1917, to Frank and Mary Anne “Jenny” Stubbers Riener on a farm near Greencreek, Idaho, and grew up on a farm near Ferdinand, Idaho. Both farms were on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. He attended a one-room schoolhouse a mile and a half from his home.

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Wisdom through the awful grace of god

As my siblings and I gathered for our father’s Friday funeral, I reflected on how people sometimes speak of “death by natural causes,” such as death related to old age. But death always seems, to me, so unnatural, as though we mortals were meant to live forever.

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‘Gulliver’s Travels’ performance by MCT set for this Friday

It’s an out-of-this-world original sci-fi musical adventure in the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels. With his spaceship wrecked and his trusty computer on the fritz, brave explorer Gulliver finds himself lost in space. While transporting from world to world, Gulliver discovers fighting aliens, foolish Yahoos, robots and more – all who need just as much help from Gulliver as Gulliver needs from them!

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Courtesy tips for those who litter on roadside

While picking up roadside litter, I had the idea to pass along a few courtesy tips for you folks. These will be relayed to you in no particular order of importance. It all has to be picked up. - In steep terrain, throw to the upside of the road. - Empty all twist top containers and screw lid back on....

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Students show knowledge of countries at ‘Worlds Fair’ event

It was a trip around the world in a day at Centennial Evangelical Free Church Jan. 25. A group of homes-schooled students gathered to show their “Around the World” projects to friends, family and community members. Dressed in Swedish clothing, Maggie Foster offered insights into Sweden as well as a taste of homemade Swedish meatballs.

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Hoped Idaho would lead way to reject Con-Con con

Two things are going on right now, namely a push for a convention of states to bypass Congress to create a Constitutional Convention. That is not possible. The states have no such power. Only Congress can call a Constitutional Convention, hence the name Con-Con con.

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Elk City News: Dixie X Games set for 17-18

Treat your sweetheart to the Valentine’s Day Dinner at the VFW, Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5-7 p.m. There will be door prizes of photographs, carnations, and karaoke after dinner. The meal consists of steak, baked potatoes, dinner rolls and red velvet cake. Cost is $15 per person and you can sign up at the VFW, the Elk Summit Café, the Store, the Station or call 208-842-2393. Dr. Peg Gehring from St. Mary’s Clinic will be up Tuesday, Feb. 20. Call 208-962-3267 for an appointment.

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All in all, we just want residents’ safety first

Last week, a rebuttal letter was published about concerns of NICI “convicts” (because they are all convicted of crimes) or offenders or inmates or clients or students or whatever the department is calling them now, caroling at a nursing home where my mother-in-law resides. There is some misinformation in this rebuttal.

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Lowelll / Syringa News: Rivers are a-rising; snow is falling at Lolo Pass

It rained for Groundhog Day, it rained for the Super Bowl (best one ever), it rained so hard the Mighty Lochsa River came up to 10,000 CFS and the remote Selway River is at 15,000 CFS. It rained on the steelhead fishermen, it rained on the cougar hunters, it rained on the college students going to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. Lolo pass got 15 inches of new snow.

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Talking about March 13 school levy: What is maintenance of effort?

You may have heard the term, maintenance of effort, in talking to people about the upcoming school levy election. It is a term that the State of Idaho uses to describe the portion of money that is required to be spent on specific programs or projects before money can flow back to the schools from the government.

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Grant provides welding equipment for CVHS

Thanks to some federal funding, Clearwater Valley High School’s agricultural program is now a little bit richer. In machinery, anyway. The CVHS agricultural ed program recently received the Carl Perkins Federal Grant for the 2017-18 year and with that money was able to purchase six new DialArc 250 ac/dc welders, eight regulators, 11 hoses, nine torches, 18 tips, and 12 electrode holders. “The equipment will allow the students to learn and develop skills necessary to meet industry standards,” explained agricultural science teacher Kirk Summers. “The equipment is the current use of the industry at this time. All of the new welding equipment meets the highest safety standards and thus will allow students to learn and work according to the safety standards of the industries.”

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Clearwater Valley News: Brewfest on tap for this weekend

Last Tuesday, the women of Rose Wellness Center gathered at the Center for the full moon to honor the life of Julie Rose Wells. The group, led by Stacy McCusker, shared an evening of yoga, meditation and prayer. We also shared stories and poems about our unique friend Julie and the joy she brought to our lives and the Kooskia community. Her openness to people and acceptance of different ideas continues to inspire us. We enjoyed a potluck and fellowship afterwards.

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Cottonwood News: Blood drive nears goal; preschool seeks help

The blood drive last week came close to their goal. They collected 66 of the 73 pints hoped for. The next drive will be April 10. Mega kudos to all the generous people who gave blood. How about you? There is always a need so consider giving next time. Call Brenda at St. Mary’s Hospital to make an appointment — 208-962-3251.

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White Bird News: Valentine prime rib available at Red’s

Here we are a week away from Valentine’s Day…have you been thinking of something for that special one or are you stumped? Check out Canyon House as they have some really nice items or unique ones for your special person. Then on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hoot’s Café, starts the dinner (charge is separate) and the fireman’s ball, with all proceeds going to the volunteer fire departments around the area. All the fun begins at 5 p.m., with a $5 raffle at the door with Dave, Joaquin and Verna playing all your favorites to dance to. Auctions and the Rebekah Sweetheart basket will be held throughout the evening. White Bird now has a fresh crew for the volunteer fire department. Congratulations!

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Organizational News

- GHS cheer squad brings home the hardware - Grangeville Senior Citizens - Pioneer Senior Citizens

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GHS band partners with Shiznits

The Grangeville High School Band will be doing breakfast at the Shiznits trailer on Sunday, Feb. 11, as a fund-raiser for the upcoming Disneyland trip. For $10, customers will get hashbrowns/gravy, eggs, pancakes, sausage links and orange juice or coffee, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. delivered or pick up at the trailer. Call 208 983 8045.

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BrewFest set for Kamiah this Saturday

The Kamiah Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd annual FeBREWary Brewfest and Auction this Saturday, Feb. 10 at the American Legion Hall located at 618 Main Street in Kamiah. This fund-raiser will help maintain operations at the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce and help fund special projects. The event is co-sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union.

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It's Your Business: Share a Valentine with GHR residents

Would you like to share a Valentine with someone who would really appreciate it? Stop by Grangeville Health and Rehab anytime between now and next Wednesday, Feb. 14, say hello and share a Valentine. Residents will have homemade “mail box” folders outside of their rooms. Stop by to do this between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. anytime through the 14th. There are approximately 50 residents. The Kidders will play music for the residents at 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, and then they will open their Valentines.

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Syringa gets new ultrasound equipment

Syringa Hospital and Clinics recently installed the XarioTM 200 ultrasound system from Canon Medical Systems. Engineered as a mobile and versatile platform, the Xario 200 is a high-tech ultrasound system designed for a wide range of clinical situations.

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Suzanne Joy Kludt, 74

Suzanne Joy Kludt, 74, of Kamiah, Idaho, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Kootenia Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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Lloyd A Johnson, 87

Lloyd A. Johnson, 87, of Nezperce, Idaho, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho.

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Budget hearing tackles suicide prevention funding

“What we’re seeing more and more with research coming out nationally about suicide prevention is the importance of what we call getting further upstream,” she said. “So, in my mind, I almost think of it as pre-prevention work — how do we prevent children from becoming suicidal in the first place.”

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Clearwater Basin Advisory Group seeks members

The Clearwater Basin Advisory Group (BAG) is seeking a forestry representative and point source discharge permittee to be part of a group of 10 citizens who advise the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on water quality objectives in Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho counties. Those interested have until March 2 to apply.

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Calf Staredown At White Bird

This calf was fixed in a staredown with the photographer during a surprise photo shoot on Bufford Flats at White Bird this past week.

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Walker reflects on 32 years in government, ‘behind the scenes’ work to serve public

“It’s been long enough,” said Bruce Walker, in an interview last month. “I’m comfortable with the council we have, comfortable with who is leading it, and it’s time – I’m 66 years old.” At the Tuesday’s Jan. 2 Grangeville City Council meeting, Walker conducted his last meeting as mayor, presiding over the swearing-in of three councilors, and his replacement at the gavel, Wes Lester. All total, Walker—who opted not to run for re-election last November — served 22 years on the city council, followed by the last 10 as mayor.

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Hope Center Donation

The Summit Academy kindergarten class out of Cottonwood made a special trip to visit Hope Center in Grangeville Jan. 30. The students presented a more than $1,000 donation to director Kelly Turney for the center. Summit students had a contest to raise funds in the “baby bottle” for the center. They have continued to up their total donation amount during the past decade.

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Hospital ends year in the red; Syringa facility still ‘financially viable,’ accountant says

“It just wasn’t a stellar year financially for the hospital,” said Carl Swenson, with Crandall-Swenson, PLLC (certified public accountants) out of Boise. Swenson spoke to the Syringa board of trustees at the Jan. 23 meeting. “All businesses have good years and bad years,” he continued. “This year is not a result of things the hospital specifically did, but just by the fact it exists at this time.”

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St. Mary’s/Holy Cross annual dinner, raffle set for Feb. 25

There is good news for all the loyal attendees of the annual Keuterville Holy Cross dinner. The 41st event and prize drawing will take place Sunday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Keuterville Hall. Cost is $9 for adults; $4 for grades one through six; kindergarten and preschool get in for free.

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Prayer time set for Feb. 10

Prayer time is set for the Soltman Center (across Main Street from the hospital) in Grangeville at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. Also, those who would like to share and discuss ideas for the observance of the National Day of Prayer in May can come in at 8 a.m.

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Men’s retreat set for March 2, 3

A Regional Men’s Retreat is set for March 2 and 3, at the Grangeville Christian Church, 402 W.S. 1st Street in Grangeville. There will be a meeting Friday evening March 2, and meetings morning and afternoon Saturday March 3, with lunch served.

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GHS girls participate in UM Honor Choir

Three Grangeville High School seniors participated in the University of Montana School of Music 2018 UM All-Star Honor Choir Feb. 2-4 in Missoula. Hailey Russell, Cat Musick and Anastasia Bearden were nominated by GHS music teacher and UM alumna Ms. Merrill-Lee Rasmussen. Of the more than 400 people nominated, just more than 225 were chosen. Russell and Musick were part of the 85-member women’s honor choir, conducted by UM’s Dr. David Edmonds, while Bearden was in the 140-member mixed honor choir, conducted by Missouri State University’s Dr. Cameron LaBarr. The girls received their music in December then rehearsed for two days before presenting a concert Sunday, Feb. 4. Also performing was the UM Chamber Chorale.

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Tuesday, February 6


Lapwai locks up league title

The Clearwater Valley boys couldn’t spoil Lapwai’s run to the Whitepine League title, which Lapwai secured with a 68-27 win over the Rams Monday night, Feb. 5.

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NWTF banquet slated April 7

The 2018 National Wild Turkey Federation “Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers” have scheduled their annual banquet for 5:30 p.m. April 7 at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville.

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New upland game rulebook available online now

The new rule booklets include several changes for hunting turkeys, rabbits and trapping. Printed copies of the rules booklets will be available mid-February at all regional offices and most license vendors.

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Monday, February 5


Hunter ed courses coming up

Hunter education courses are scheduled this February and March at the Grangeville Elks Lodge basement, with class size limited to 30 each session.

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Friday, February 2

Bill increasing tobacco age introduced

If the bill becomes law, Idaho would be the sixth state to raise the smoking age to 21. California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon have made the age 21. Utah has made the age 19 and has tried several times to raise the age to 21.

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‘Stand your ground’ bill introduced

Alexandria Kincaid, legal counsel for the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, told the committee the legislation was prompted by Idaho being ranked in the bottom 10 states for gun rights by the Guns and Ammo magazine. “The ranking in a magazine is not a good reason to change our laws as opposed to problems with the law in the state of Idaho,” Monks said.

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$200 Million tax cut bill approved for consideration

The bill, H 463, would conform to federal tax code for fiscal 2018, implementing a .475 percent income tax cut for individuals and corporations. Individuals are holistically expected to pay roughly $100 million more when changes to all exemptions and deductions are factored in.

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Left lane law introduced

Traveling slow in the left lane on interstates in Idaho may soon result in a fine. A bill to make impeding traffic for “an unreasonable amount of time” on controlled access highways, like interstates and freeways, an infraction was approved for consideration by a House panel Jan. 30.

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Prescription CBD bill introduced

A bill to legalize prescription use of CBD oil was approved for consideration by the Idaho House Health & Welfare committee Thursday. The legislation, RS25862, was proposed by Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley, and would legalize use and possession of CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, if prescribed by a licensed practitioner or physician.

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Otter sign’s first bill this session

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an unemployment tax relief bill Jan. 31, the first legislation signed this session. Employers are expected to save $115 over the next three years. The bill would reduce the unemployment fund size multiplier and reduce employer’s taxable wage rate for unemployment insurance taxes

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Medicaid work-requirements added to healthcare reform bill

The plan, which calls for a dual-waiver approach to reduce soaring healthcare premiums, was approved for consideration in a 10-1 vote by a House panel Jan. 30. The proposal’s addition comes amid federal lawsuits challenging the legality of work requirements. The suits argue congressional action is necessary to enact the requirements.

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House panel hears debate on K-12 science standards

“You’re legislators, not scientists…. What I’m asking of the committee is to trust decisions about science standards to those who do. To the scientists, teachers and experts who stay current on the literature, who study how people learn...".

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Family minimum wage bill introduced

Idaho businesses who employ immediate family members who are minors may soon be able to pay them less than minimum wage. A bill that would add immediate family members under 18-years-old to the minimum wage exemption law was introduced by the Idaho House Business committee Jan. 30 with two dissenters.

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‘Abortion reversal’ bill to be heard

“Maybe there’s some new research that has taken place,” Assistant Majority Leader Cherie Buckner-Webb said referencing last year’s bill, “but there’s no scientific data, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, to say that this was effective.”

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Human trafficking bill held

The punishment for purchasing sex in Idaho currently is a misdemeanor on the first and second offense. The third offense is a felony. In no other U.S. state is purchasing sex a felony on the first offense. “This would be landmark,” Crane said. “You guys would be on the forefront combatting human trafficking.”

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Grangeville boys rout Orofino

Blake Darr (15 points) and Noah Kaschmitter (11) led the Grangeville boys to a 47-27 win over Central Idaho League rival Orofino Thursday night, Feb. 1.

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Salmon River KO’s Meadows Valley

The Salmon River girls made quick work of Meadows Valley, 64-19, on Thursday night, Feb. 1 – an elimination game on the first night of the Long Pin Conference’s district tournament.

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Thursday, February 1


Winter Recreation Demo Days at Lolo Pass Visitor Center, Feb. 3–4

Recreation professionals and outdoor experts from local communities will be at Lolo Pass answering questions and offering visitors the chance to test the latest outdoor gear. - Snowmobiling - Winter Trail Grooming - Avalanche Beacon Use - Winter Camping - Snowshoeing - Cross Country Skiing

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