Stories for January 2018


Wednesday, January 31

BLM, Forest Service announce 2018 grazing fees

The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.

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Grangeville overcomes Orofino

Despite scoring just one point during the first quarter, the Grangeville girls picked up their 10th win of the season, 36-25, Tuesday night, Jan. 30, at Orofino.

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Summit holds off Kendrick, advances

Lauren Stubbers led the Summit girls to the second round of the lower division district tournament with 14 points during a 43-39 Patriots win Tuesday night, Jan. 30.

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Lapwai overpowers Kamiah

Kamiah's Luke Snyder and Kaleb Oatman scored 13 points apiece, but the Kubs had no answers for Lapwai’s offense during a 76-47 Wildcats win Tuesday night, Jan. 31.

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CV-Kamiah co-op goes 4-1 at home meet

Home gym advantage and all-around depth carried the Clearwater Valley-Kamiah wrestling cooperative to four dual match wins last Saturday, Jan. 27, against squads from Orofino, St. Maries, Moscow, Potlatch and Grangeville.

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Kamiah 304 to ask patrons for $500k in March levy vote

Kamiah Joint School District 304 will try again for a levy come March 13. “I think we’re ready; I think we’re in a good place,” said superintendent Steve Higgins. JSD 304 will ask patrons to pass a $500,000 maintenance and operations levy March 13.

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GHS grad appointed to Maricopa County Superior Court as judge

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently announced the appointments of Sara J. Agne, Suzanne Scheiner Marwil, Justin Beresky, Lisa VandenBerg and Kevin Wein to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies resulting from the retirement of five judges.

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Organizational News

Grangeville Senior Citizens Pioneer Senior Citizens Idaho County Republican Central Committee

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Kennedy, GHS tame Kendrick

The Grangeville boys did a better job defending St. Maries’ pick-and-roll attack last Saturday, Jan. 27, but St. Maries eventually ground the Bulldogs down.

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BLM to upgrade Salmon River boat ramps

Having estimated they serve more than 86,000 vehicles and more than 321,000 visitors every year, the Bureau of Land Management is moving to repair seven boat ramps in Salmon River country, from Shorts Bar down to Pine Bar, the local BLM office announced last Friday, Jan. 26.

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County approves new split within Lewis & Clark Resort

The Idaho County Commission approved Kamiah Valley Company agent Craig Sloat’s request to draw new property lines by which the Lewis & Clark Resort will separate its water system from the rest of its operation for insurance purposes.

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Kamiah pair hurt in Jan. 23 crash at Craigmont

Idaho State Police (ISP) is investigating a single-vehicle rollover accident last week on U.S. Highway 95. Hallea J. Koun-Mcalister, 18, and passenger, Bobbie M. Sanford, 36, both of Kamiah, were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

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Burglary strikes trailers at storage lot; info sought

Police were dispatched to the lot, located off the truck route, on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3:05 p.m., according to Chief Morgan Drew. The initial investigation found 13 travel trailers and one boat were either broken into or a break-in was attempted.

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Friendly Farewell At Hope Center

The Hope Center in Grangeville held an open house on Saturday, Jan. 27, to welcome its new director, Kelly Turney, and to say farewell to outgoing director Nancy Connolley.

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Male depression: a hidden reason good men behave badly

What did these great men have in common: Luther, Calvin, Charles Wesley, Spurgeon, Goethe, Tolstoy, Robert E. Lee, Lincoln, Churchill, Martin Luther King, Mike Wallace, and Nelson Mandela? According to Archibald D. Hart, each man suffered from depression.

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Offenders’ activity appropriate; benefit to them, center residents

Last week I read a letter to editor concerning having offenders from North Idaho Correctional Institution providing caroling to a Grangeville rehabilitation center. The author indicated his mother really enjoyed the carolers; however, he was concerned about the criminal records and law enforcement agencies not being notified. There are numerous misrepresentations in this letter that I would like to clear.

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Tax base erosion faces taxpayers who make up difference

This year brings another round of elections asking voters to approve financing the maintenance and operations of area schools. Regardless of your position on whether or not levies should be supported, I want to make everyone aware of the reality that faces local taxpayers—the continuing erosion of our tax base.

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Friday Night Burgers At The Elks

Sizzling patties hot off the grill, served up with homemade fries: The Elks Lodge held its monthly burger feed last Friday, Jan. 26, to a full house, proceeds from which go toward a local charity, such as youth baseball, Scouting or Hoop Shoot. The burger feed fund-raiser is held the last Friday of every month, with the next set for Feb. 23; this event will benefit Quilts of Valor. Pictured that night in the Elks kitchen, serving up plates of food, were (L-R) Terri Tackett and Archi Tirado.

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Clearwater Valley News: Groundhog Feed is Sunday

Lolo Pass is a bit of a drive, at the outer limits of Idaho County, but it is lovely up there, especially in wintertime. If you miss the snow and want to enjoy a full moon, the Lolo Pass Visitor Center will have their warming hut open from 4:30-8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, Feb. 2. They’ll have a fire going and hot chocolate and coffee. People are encouraged to cross-country ski or snowshoe on the trails there. You can rent snowshoes for $4 in both kids and adult sizes. Full moon skiing can be a thrill if you haven’t done it! Bring a headlamp to guide you when you’re in the trees. You will also need a winter recreation pass to park in the lot.

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Elk City News: Memorials set

Well, it’s been a rough week for Elk City families and the community in general. We lost three longtime residents in a matter of a week. We lost Shirley Biggers on the 19th, then Shannon Seeley on the 24th at age 87, and lastly, Betty Nitz on the 25th at age 82. There was a remembrance service for Shannon Seeley at the Baptist Church on Sunday, but a memorial service will be held sometime next summer at the Elk City Park to which the community is invited.

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White Bird News: Annual Firemen’s Ball set for Feb. 10

As we approach the end of January, Mother Nature is doing it again: rain, snow, hail, sunshine or wind, you name it and we’ve had it. The upcoming meetings are food bank pickup is on the 1st, then on the 8th is the SRAG meeting at 10 a.m., with the chamber meeting at 10:30 a.m.

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Riggins News: Bingo, chili feed at community center Feb. 7

My quote for the week is “Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life.” unknown. Sunday night, Jan. 28, about 10 p.m., in Arizona, Buck and I saw what appeared to be a beautiful meteorite falling from the sky right over John Wayne Street where we were walking! It lasted for five or six seconds! It looked like a Roman Candle that my dad used to light off on 4th of July at our little home fireworks show. It was bright green, yellow, and pink. Another couple was sitting in the outside hot tub and also witnessed it falling. What a great way to end the day.

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Cottonwood News: Dog Bark Park B&B wins award

Dog Bark Park was recently ranked as the most unique bed and breakfast in Idaho by Hospitality Management Degrees. Owners, Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, said they were honored and humbled by the honor. They are happy to bring widespread media exposure to Idaho as a travel destination to far-flung travelers, even international travelers. The Dog Bark Park Inn is a delightfully wacky way to spend the night “in the doghouse.” The dog-shaped structure was built 20 years ago.

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Community Briefs - Jan. 31, 2018

A tri-tip dinner for four people is available as a fund-raiser for the Grangeville High School Band. Pre-order for $45 for 40 ounces of tri-tip, French bread and salad, a meal for four. Pickup is Friday, Feb. 9, at the GHS cafeteria with choices of pickup times between 5 and 7 p.m. Call 208-507-1806, 208-983-2021, 208-507-1889, 208-695-6409 or 208-983-4566 for tickets.

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Diagnosis changes life of area nail technician

What started as a nuisance a few months ago became a life-changing diagnosis for Jen Huntley. Huntley has owned the business Get Nailed! since 2006, and prior to that cleaned rooms at Elk Horn Lodge, so her lifestyle has been that of physical work.

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It's Your Business: ‘Best of Idaho County’ contest on its way

Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach has several enrichment classes upcoming. A Tales and Jail Tour is set for Wednesday, March 14, 6-7:30 p.m., with Lt. Jerry Johnson. Cost is $15. Learn to Clean Your Computer with Elijah Zeida for $45 Thursday, March 15. A SBDC Business Roundtable for $35 will be held Friday, March 16, 1:30 to 4 p.m., with Barbara Leachman. To register for a class or for details, call coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at 208-983-2164 or e-mail

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Grangeville chamber meeting draws crowd to Elks Jan. 25

A potluck of snacks, visiting and local information were all part of the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce meeting Jan. 25. Nearly 30 people showed up for the quarterly meeting and get-together, held at the Elks Lodge. Jeff Kutner, chamber liaison, reported that $17,000 in Mammoth Bucks are still out. “Just imagine if everyone dug out those bucks and spent them in one weekend,” Kutner said. “Find them! Spend them!”

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Corder offers full dog, cat grooming at vet hospital

Full service dog grooming is now conveniently located at Camas Veterinary Hospital. Sara Corder started off last year as a veterinarian’s assistant for Dr. Phil Volkman. “I’ve always loved animals, so it was a good fit,” she said. Corder previously lived in Orofino and worked as a dog groomer for six years. She learned from a groomer in Lewiston.

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IDFG accepting Access YES! applications

Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Access YES! program to promote public access for sportsmen to hunt, fish, and trap on private lands is open to landowners’ applications now through May 15. Successful bids will be selected and landowners notified by July 31.

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‘Demo Days’ to be held Feb. 3-4

Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests off U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho–Montana state line, will host a family–friendly winter recreation weekend, Winter Recreation Demo Days, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-4.

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Kamiah thunders Highland

The Kamiah boys got a boost from Luke Snyder, who scored 13 in his return from injury during a 65-49 win over Highland Monday night, Jan. 29.

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Summit gets fifth seed

A fast start last fall helped propel the Patriots to the fifth seed in the Whitepine League’s lower division.

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Prairie girls stow league title

Defending their home floor, the Prairie girls held Lapwai to 36 points on Friday, Jan. 25, and completed their regular season sweep of the Whitepine League.

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Bulldogs rip Tigers

Grangeville forward Jacob Vanderwall notched 16 points in a 51-40 win over Kendrick Thursday night, Jan. 25.

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Rams escape the cellar

The Clearwater Valley boys aren’t in the Whitepine League’s basement any more; they escaped the cellar with a 59-48 win over Kamiah Tuesday night, Jan. 23.

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Prairie raids Lapwai

Senior post Spencer Schumacher powered Prairie’s winning effort Tuesday night, Jan. 23, with 20 points, primarily in the paint, as PHS sacked league-leading Lapwai 51-35.

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Monday, January 29

Bill would encourage gun safety course in schools

The Idaho House Education Committee voted Monday, Jan. 29, to introduce a bill that would encourage schools to establish and maintain a firearms safety education course. Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, who brought forth RS25793, said Idaho law is not clear on whether schools are permitted to teach gun safety, causing confusion for educators who may want to provide such training.

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Breast feeding exemption from public nudity

On Monday, Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene, said it is time for Idaho to support breastfeeding moms. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted unanimously to introduce Amador’s bill, which would exempt breastfeeding mothers from the section of law outlining public indecency and nudity.

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Friday, January 26


Tax conformity passes house, on to Senate

House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, argued if Nate really held that view point, he should support a constitutional amendment to change that statute. “If you want to argue it’s about the constitution, then do it. But, don’t hide behind the constitution to be discriminatory,” Erpelding said.

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State of Judiciary, courthouses in disrepair

"We welcome our new citizens, but we must realize there will be impacts on our cities, counties, state agencies and the judiciary which must be faced...." -- Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Burdick

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Inmates in ag bill advances

The bill that would allow inmates to work in all areas of agriculture passed the Idaho Senate Wednesday, Jan. 24. S1208, introduced by Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, passed almost unanimously, with only one dissenter.

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Bill to ban public-funded lobbyists passes committee

"Fish and game is a pretty important agency that oversees the national wildlife in your district. If legislation were to come forward that would be harmful to the management of those species inside your district, I think you would want at least someone from that agency to be able to come forward to tell you why that is not a good idea” -- Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane

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Wednesday, January 24

Feb. 13 fish management meeting slated in Riggins

IDFG will hold four public meetings to provide comments and opinions on how best to manage fisheries in the Clearwater Region (Clearwater, lower Snake, lower Salmon, and lower Little Salmon river drainages) next month, including one Feb. 13 in Riggins.

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Lutz, GHS defending well

Grangeville’s Kate Lutz helped key a defensive effort that limited Lapwai’s halfcourt offense Monday night, Jan. 22 — a night Grangeville found a bit of success advancing the ball against the Wildcats press.

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SRHS boys avenge Garden Valley loss

Randy McClure’s 29-point effort last Friday night, Jan. 19, led Salmon River past league rival Garden Valley 63-58 and avenged a 77-40 loss the Savages sustained at Garden Valley earlier this month.

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Grangeville girls hang in against Lapwai

Though the Grangeville girls lost to 1A powerhouse Lapwai 57-45, they trailed the Wildcats by just four with four minutes remaining, coach Michelle Barger told the Free Press Tuesday.

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Bill passed through committee on inmate work in agriculture

A bill that would allow inmates to work in all areas of agriculture passed the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee Friday, Jan. 19. The bill, brought forward by Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, eliminates the words “perishable” and “food” in the section of Idaho law pertaining to inmate labor in agriculture. The eliminations would significantly expand the agricultural industries inmates would be able to work in.

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Sweeping health care reform proposals get hearing

Agency heads presented the Idaho Health Care Plan at a special hearing of the legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee last Monday, Jan. 15, and the Idaho Health & Welfare Committee voted to introduce a bill to allow the state to seek waivers needed under the plan. The health care proposal calls for Idaho to ask the federal government for two waivers.

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Stites man arrested after late night pursuit

According to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) release, Sergeant Craig Hoodman attempted to stop a 2003 Subaru Impreza on B Avenue in Kooskia for failing to stop at a stop sign. The Subaru, driven by a male later identified as Nielsen, allegedly fled and accelerated to a high rate of speed crossing blind intersections without slowing and reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour. Nielsen left town and traveled east on Highway 12, turning onto Harris Ridge Road.

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Rock And Roll: humongous rock fell on the Mt. Idaho Grade road

When a humongous rock fell on the Mt. Idaho Grade road last Monday was first reported shortly after 6 a.m., Grangeville Highway District foreman Bilejo Klapprich got the wheels turning for getting it out of the way. Paul Turner “came out and scooped it up,” Klapprich told the Free Press, with a colossal Caterpillar before 8 a.m. that morning.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Celebrating 73 years of life, 40 years of newspaper writing

Life Flight landed twice at the confluence this past week, coming in from Missoula low and fast. Once for a truck driver and once for a slip and fall, but that’s all the details I heard. Rented three cabins on the river last Saturday and Sunday. All of the guests were heading up the Lochsa to enjoy Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, so it must be accessible.

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Clearwater Valley News: Crab Feed on tap for Jan. 25-27

The biggest event of Kamiah’s winter social scene is fast approaching. The 41st annual Crab Feed offers three nights of all-you-can-eat crab dinner and entertainment on Jan. 25, 26 and 27th at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. This year’s theme is Land of the Lost. A rock and roll band called the Kingpins will play Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets cost $30 for Thursday night and $35 for Friday and Saturday. Call 208-935-0200 or stop by the flower shop to buy tickets.

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Riggins News: Bingo, chili feed event set for Feb. 7

My quote for the week is from Nicholas Evans’ book, The Horse Whisperer, “I wish we could make now last forever…I guess that’s all forever is…just a long trail of nows. And I guess all you can do is try and live one now at a time without getting too worked up about the last now or the next now.”

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Unclaimed properties named in Idaho County

Unclaimed property lies in the possession of the State of Idaho awaiting to be claimed by residents. The following is a selected list provided by the Idaho Tax Commission on Idaho County residents owed $25 or more in unclaimed property:

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Dist. 7 legislators named ag all-stars

All three District 7 legislators were among 81 who were named this month as Ag All Stars by Food Producers of Idaho. Senator Carl Crabtree (R, Grangeville), and reps. Priscilla Giddings (R, White Bird) and Paul Shepherd (R, Riggins) were recognized, based upon their voting records on selected pieces of legislation in the 2017 Idaho Legislative Session. The legislators were honored at a recognition banquet at the beginning of the 2018 session.

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It's Your Business: Grangeville chamber to elect officers Thursday

Thursday, Jan. 25, the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce will host its annual membership meeting. At this time, board members will be elected. Current board members up for election and willing to run again are Nancy Asker, Terrie Schmitz and Lori Courtright. There will be a presentation on the Idaho Medicaid Expansion initiative that hopes to be put on Novembers ballot.

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Childbirth classes available for all expectant parents

Tracy Williams, BSN, of St. Mary’s Hospital, who is an 18-year nursing veteran with an additional four years labor and delivery experience, is now a certified childbirth educator and is offering her services to the public free of charge. “No matter where you are planning to receive care and deliver your baby, these childbirth classes are open to everyone,” Williams said. “Typically, expectant parents take the classes sometime during the third trimester.”

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Bransford, Ruklic are geo bee champs

A week apart, school geography bee champions were named at Sts. Peter and Paul and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools. On Jan. 11, the winner at SPPS was sixth grader Jack Bransford. On Jan. 17 at GEMS, seventh grader Cole Ruklic took the honors. All finalists were named winners in their classrooms and a school-wide contest to make it into the bee.

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Man treated following US12 crash into boulder

A rock on the roadway led to an unavoidable crash and subsequent vehicle fire, and minor injuries for a Lewiston man. John W. Ellison, 68, was treated and released at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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Transient camping ended near Pollock

State agencies have taken measures to end a transient camping site south of Pollock, but as a result, public use of the site is now daytime only. And the action looks to have shifted the group to another public property just south of the Idaho-Adams county line.

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Census reports... Nearly half in county are Gem State natives

How many Idaho County residents are Gem State natives? Nearly 50 percent. This, according to estimates released in December by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

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MVSD will tip $3 million mark for spring levy

After reviewing several options and discussing various alternatives, Mountain View School District 244 trustees made the decision Jan. 16 to ask for a $3,090,048 million levy in March. The board voted 4-1 in favor of going to the $3 million mark as well as transferring $600,000 from reserves to balance the budget and make up for the loss of Secure Rural Schools funding. Trustee Casey Smith of Clearwater voted no, though chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia said he had hoped the board could stand united in its efforts to present a levy.

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Greencreek Crab Feed: Time To Eat, Dance, Visit

St. Anthony’s Altar Society held its annual crab feed at the Greencreek Community Hall to a sell-out crowd Saturday, Jan. 20. Guests were treated to crab, tri-tip, side dishes and beverages as well as music by The Senders and plenty of time to dance and visit.

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Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set for Feb. 7

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Feb. 7, 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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March 9 set for GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

The annual Lincoln Day Dinner will be held Friday, March 9, at the Greencreek Community Hall. The event starts with a 5 p.m. social hour and silent auction, dinner at 6 and a forum for the five candidates for lieutenant governor at 7 p.m. Candidates for state through local offices will also be introduced.

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‘Have a Heart for Health Care’ event is Feb. 12 at Soltman Center

Idaho voters are invited to the “Have a Heart for Health Care” event at the Soltman Center Monday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Petitions to put expanded Medicaid on the ballot in November will be available to sign by registered voters. Voter registration will also be available for those who aren’t yet registered. Contact Mary Ann High at 208-451-6027 or Joe Cladhouhos at 208-507-0239.

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Lay the foundation: Time for Idaho affordable housing

Access to affordable and adequate housing affects everyone — from young families to senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Affordable housing and a livable minimum wage are the foundations of economic stability, upward mobility and long-term economic growth.

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Veterans’ service officer in Grangeville Feb. 7

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veterans’ advocate in Grangeville on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor office, 158 East Main Street, Suite 1A (across from Ace Home Center).

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Cowboy fellowship set for this Saturday

Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be meeting Saturday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m., in the Porter’s fellowship barn at 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville. Chicken and noodles will be served for the potluck. Bring a favorite side dish and bring a friend. Call 208-983-0112.

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Prepare now for May 15 primary

Yes, elections are coming up, with the May 15 primary to be here before we know it. We like to get the word out early on elections to allow not only time to make candidate filing deadlines but to also allow people time to find out a little more about the open positions ahead of time.

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Community breakfast set

The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfasts are held every month on the last Wednesday of each month.

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Yard sale, breakfast set; donations sought

GHS Class of 2018 Senior Fun Night will hold a yard sale Saturday, March 17, and will continue through the Senior Breakfast at the Eagles Sunday, March 18. A baked food sale will also be held the 18th. Donations for the yard sale can be dropped off at 427 East North 3rd Street (front of the shop anytime). Call if donations need picked up — 208-507-0954.

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Tuscania casualty is great-grandfather of local woman

For Leta Pollan Strauss, it was local historian Floyd Whitley’s historical digging that sparked her interest in the sinking of the Tuscania. “My great-grandfather on my dad’s side was William Droogs of Mt. Idaho,” she explained. Droogs was killed in the torpedo attack that sunk the SS Tuscania during WWI on Feb. 5, 1918. Strauss said she heard several stories growing up, but it wasn’t until Whitley began researching the event and the Fellowes Medals more than five years ago, and she subsequently joined the Idaho County Historical Society, that she began to learn more about Droogs.

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SS Tuscania carries Idaho County men; Commemoration of 100 years since sinking set for Feb. 5 at GHS

Thousands of miles from Idaho County, an historic tragedy tied Idaho to Ireland. On Feb. 5, 1918, the SS Tuscania was torpedoed and sank at nightfall in the Irish channel. On board was a large contingent of Idahoans, including men from Idaho County and Kamiah. Of these men, William I. Droogs of Mt. Idaho was killed in the incident, as was another Idaho man, John C. Robinson of Potlatch. They were Idaho’s first combat fatalities in World War I. “This is a very significant event to Idaho and our county,” said Idaho County Historical Society member Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood, who has researched the event and created a PowerPoint presentation. A program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking will feature this Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., at Grangeville High School. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend the event, which will also include live period music performed by locals.

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Milestone - Birth - Trentyn James Losberger

Tyler and McKenzie Losberger of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Trentyn James Losberger was born Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. He weighed seven pounds and was 20 inches long.

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Elk City News: ‘Pop a wolf, throw out a bale of hay’

I looked closer at the photo of the elk herd that I submitted for the article and saw two more bulls, albeit smaller than the other one. For those of you who know me well, I like house plants but don’t have a green thumb. All my many house plants are “survivors.” My husband gave me a couple of those small Phalaenopsis Orchid several years ago

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Eagles Donate to GHS Bulldog Cheerleaders

Eagles Aerie 539 in Grangeville recently donated $100 to the Grangeville High School cheerleading squad. The cheerleaders help with the Eagles Kids Christmas Sale each year, donating a day of their time to help kids shop and wrap gifts.

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Cottonwood News: Greencreek yard sale donations sought; give blood Jan. 30

Coming up next month, Tuesday, Feb. 13, is Family Lenten Night at St. Mary’s sponsored by Prairie Faith Formation Program. Sunday, Feb. 25, will be the Holy Cross/St. Mary’s Dinner to be held at Keuterville Hall. Chairpersons this year are Heath and Tara Klapprich and Shirley Gehring. Glenn Poxleitner will chair the raffle. More on this later.

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Monday, January 22

Friday, January 19


Kubs crack Prairie's armor

Though they played without one of their top players Thursday night, Jan. 18, the Kamiah boys broke Prairie's grip on second place in the Whitepine League by beating the Pirates for the first time since 2013.

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Thursday, January 18


Kamiah High raising money for new track surface

The Kamiah School District, led by Kamiah High School Athletic Director Leah York, and Kamiah High School and Junior High Track Coach(s) Jana Privette and Jimmy Engledow, have begun a fundraising effort to resurface the track at the Bob Squires Athletic Complex.

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Spring soccer registration now open

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley spring soccer registration is open through Feb. 8 for grades K-9. Youth are guaranteed six Saturday games beginning March 17. K-2 play at Lewiston Club, and 3-9 play at Clarkston Club.

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Wednesday, January 17


IWUA executive testifies before Congress on title transfer issues

Title transfer allows for local control of Idaho’s water resources. It reduces federal costs and liability associated with owning aging infrastructure. It allows operational decisions to be made in a timelier and more cost-effective manner. Financing for maintenance and rehabilitation is more accessible.

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Sponsored content: Spinal health: Good nutrition and hydration

The discs in your cervical spine, between the vertebrae, and in your lower back serve as a cushion or shock absorber and add about 25 percent of the length of the spine. Degeneration of these discs result in a decrease in the height of spine and a person’s overall height.

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Sponsored content: Idaho County Light and Power talks about future.

One of my favorite quotes has always been, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yet sometimes remembering our history with the goal of repeating it can actually be a good thing.

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Sponsored content: Winter maintenance: Schedule routine service now

All too often, we put them away without realizing that the fuel is going to age, the winch cable is tangled up, and there are remnants of food and supplies from the last ride. These are all recipes for disaster.

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Norman, Bulldogs eye Orofino

This week’s game against Orofino is critical for the Central Idaho League standings — even if a potential mismatch for the Grangeville girls. And it’s a game the Bulldogs have been looking forward to playing, GHS forward Jakaili Norman said.

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Grangeville splits non-league set

The GHS girls had no trouble with Kamiah during a 52-32 win on Jan. 9, but under pressure against the shot clock in Colton, Grangeville came out on the low end of a 62-33 final score on Jan. 13.

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Wolf trapping course calendared Feb. 17

On Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will be a wolf trapping class put on by IDFG at the White Bird Recreation District building. Contact Charlotte Sickels at 208-839-2653.

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MVSD board ponders levy

“If it comes down to it, we will have to look at [cutting] extracurriculars,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez stated.” As much as it hurts me to say that – I have kids who are very involved in athletics. But we’re here to educate children, not make athletes out of them.” Dominguez, of Kooskia, spoke to the board at its regular meeting Dec. 18.

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Community buy-in needed to face EMS volunteer crisis

“We need to go to the towns and say, ‘we need your help,’” said Dr. Matthew Told, Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “This affects them, and we have to have their buy-in.” Told responded to a written report from board member Jim May, Kooskia, that was discussed at the Dec. 28 trustee meeting. The “EMS Study – Summary Report” describes the difficulty in recruiting sufficient volunteers and raising funds to maintain ambulance and quick response units, among other EMS-related issues, throughout the area. Told said he feels the communities have to be at the forefront of finding solutions.

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Partnership provides warming place for snowmobilers

It can be a great day, tooling along to the whine of a snow machine in the back country, but even bundled up for a long trip, it can still be a long, cold ride. Meeting the snowmobiler’s needs for a warm place to rest, the Sno-Drifters of Grangeville, in partnership with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, is providing Adams Camp warming cabin.

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Cottonwood News: Crab feed, tri-tip dinner is this Saturday

Attention Idaho County farmers and ranchers who are interested in property rights and water issues: Idaho County Farm Bureau is sponsoring Tim Lowry from Owyhee County, Idaho, to lead a talk and discussion on how he and Paul Nettleton defeated the BLM at the Idaho Supreme Court to keep their stockwater rights on federal ground. Despite resistance from the State of Idaho, two brave ranchers spent millions to save their stock water rights. Look up Joyce Livestock vs US on the web. It would benefit all ranchers and farmers to hear their story, at the Senior Citizens Center in Grangeville at 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 22. Free admission.

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White Bird News: Firemen’s ball set for Feb. 10

With the temperatures in the mid-50s down here on the river, I have seen around four to six boats out on the river steelhead fishing. Haven’t heard if anyone has caught one yet! Update on Tony Anderson’s memorial service: It will be held this summer, 11 a.m., at the Christian Church in Grangeville on Monday, July 20. This is next to the GEMS school. No scheduled burial date is at this time. Our prayers are with the family and friends. WBARD will be once again hold its monthly breakfasts, starting on Sunday, Jan. 28, 8-9 a.m. There is no charge for this, but donations are always welcomed. Next planned ones will be held on Feb. 25 and March 25. The public is always welcomed.

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Riggins News: Following accident, Shepherd still plans to coach spring track

Bingo for those 18 years and older will be held at the Riggins Community Center Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. You win money prizes. Get over and support our senior citizen program and have a fun evening. Partnership for Healthy Communities will be offering a free health screening Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Riggins Community Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For information call Linda at 208-400-0116.

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Elk City News: USFS revision workshop touches on several subjects

We attended the Forest Service two-day Forest Plan Revision Public Workshop in Orofino last Wednesday and Thursday and I promised to report on the outcome. Representatives for U.S. Senators Risch and Crapo and U.S. Representative Labrador were in attendance. It was similar to the original Forest Plan Revision process where the USFS presented topics, provided some background, defined a direction for group breakouts/input and then summarized afterwards.

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Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah whodunit play draws a crowd

A man has died under suspicious circumstances, alone in a locked garage. Household staff, Martha Lysol and Percy Wateryard, hoping for a windfall from his will make promises they may not keep. Then two women breeze into town claiming to be the victim’s long-lost daughters. Crazy Aunt Jemmy Jean, the victim’s sister, seems stuck in the past. A swaggering small-town sheriff, searches for clues and struggles to get to the bottom of it, with help from an intrepid news reporter, Freida Post, as bodies pile up.

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Clearwater Grange to host yard sale, bazaar, Ground Hog Feed

The Clearwater Grange is hosting a bazaar/yard sale on Sunday, Feb. 4 in Clearwater. This coincides with the annual Ground Hog Day Breakfast at the IOOF Hall in Clearwater. The bazaar will be in the grange hall, also in Clearwater, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables for the bazaar are still available at $10. Call Carol Bonanno to reserve one 208-926-7465. This event is a fund-raiser for the grange to help maintain its historic building.

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World’s Fair exhibition set for E-Free Church

The 4th Home School World’s Fair is set for Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Centennial Evangelical Free Church in Grangeville. It will be an open house, held between noon and 2 p.m. The countries being presented are Scotland, Sweden, France, Australia, New Zealand, Chad, Jordan, Vietnam, Ireland, Switzerland, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, India, Egypt, Romania, Haiti, Canada, and Austria.

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The Hitmen to perform at SHF Gala

Syringa Hospital Foundation invites the public to its 25th Annual Gala Fund-raiser (formerly called Festival of Trees) to be held at the Grangeville Event Center (at The Gym), 1005 Highway 13, Grangeville, on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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Feb. 5 is Tuscania commemoration

The sinking of the Tuscania will be commemorated Monday, Feb. 5, at Grangeville High School, 6 p.m., with a Power Point presentation. All are invited to attend. More details will follow.

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Community Briefs - Jan. 17, 2018

The sinking of the Tuscania will be commemorated Monday, Feb. 5, at Grangeville High School, 6 p.m., with a Power Point presentation. All are invited to attend. More details will follow.

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It's Your Business: Cribbage class set; light bulbs missing from decorations

Pine Tree Community Credit Union will host its annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Grangeville Event Center (back side of The Gym; Real Life entrance). Lunch will be served at noon with meeting beginning at 1 p.m. No charge for lunch, but members need to call for reservations: 208-983-1558. (Last week I put in Pine Tree’s fax number! Sorry about that!)

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Gates gains experience as KK, AmeriCorps employee

For Abby Gates, working at Kids Klub is like a homecoming of sorts. “I attended here as a child,” smiled Gates, 18. A Grangeville High School graduate of 2017, Gates saw the chance to work at Kids Klub as “a great opportunity,” she said.

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Kids Klub building is ‘right on schedule’

“We’re right on schedule,” smiled Kids Klub Program Director Kristi Keeler. The Kids Klub building project broke ground Nov. 7 with contractor Morris Arnzen, Arnzen Building Construction, Cottonwood, who was awarded the contract to start work on the 4,016 square-foot building at the 506 South A Street site (adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School).

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Bulldog Wrestling Crab Feed set Feb. 17

The Bulldog Wrestling Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. The event is organized by Grangeville Youth Wrestling, and sponsored by Shiznits and Superior Events.

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Teams sought for co-ed volleyball

Team sign-ups are open for the Grangeville Co-Ed Volleyball season that starts in mid-March. Teams can be up to 11 people per roster, and it is open to men and women ages 18 (and graduated) and up to 101. Playing fees to be determined.

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State off to slow start - Region 2018 water season above normal

Regionally, the water season is above average for the region, while for Idaho overall it is off to a slow start, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) first outlook report for the 2018 year. Precipitation since the water year started on Oct. 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 70 to 130 percent of normal.

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McGeachin Campaign Stop

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, visited with the Idaho County Republican Central Committee (ICRCC) at its December meeting. Pictured here with McGeachin (left) is ICRCC member and Region II chairman Marge Arnzen of Cottonwood.

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High-tech culverts on Deer Creek open up seven miles of steelhead spawning habitat

Three years ago, Katherine Thompson was out chukar hunting with neighbor and friend, Tom Fliss, who’s a commissioner on the Deer Creek Road District. They were hunting on steep, grassy slopes on the Zumwalt property, upslope from the Salmon River near White Bird. They paused to look at a road culvert on Deer Creek, next to the Salmon River. “It was undersized and too high for fish to pass,” said Thompson, a fish biologist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

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Myopic view on pot has wasted billions

It’s uplifting and refreshing to see the Free Press editorial [Jan. 10 issue] on pot legalization. The myopic view exhibited by both federal and local government has wasted billions of dollars enforcing uneducated, myopic and head-stuck-in-the-sand legal decisions.

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Medicaid expansion: to benefit 78,000 in Idaho fallen into ‘gap’

I would like to respond to Jim Chmelik’s LTE of Jan. 10, in which he questions whether Medicaid expansion would be “the fiscally responsible thing to do” in Idaho. The Medicaid expansion program is intended to benefit the 78,000 people in Idaho who lack access to affordable health care and have fallen into the ‘Medicaid Gap’. These people, the working poor, earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance on the state health care exchange.

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Christmas lights theft costs community

The Grangeville Merchants Committee is so happy to put up and take down the downtown light pole Christmas decor with Avista, but when we took them down on Thursday, Jan. 11, there are a lot of light bulbs missing, taken out of the sockets. That means we now have to buy a lot more to put them back up next year.

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EMS issue needs core group demonstrating leadership, direction

“It’s a flawed model to base emergency resources on volunteerism only. Funding is definitely an issue.” This is the view of Jerry Zumalt, who’s not only a trustee for the Syringa Hospital Board, but he’s also the coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. Maybe we should be paying attention.

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KHS Kids Get Into Character

Kamiah High School students put on the play “Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will” Friday night, Jan. 12. The play will also be performed this Friday, Jan. 19. Here (top) Sheriff Harold Tyred (Caden Massey), Cleo Patrelle 2 (Sarah Bytheway) and crazy Aunt Jemmy Jean (Hailey Robinson) react to a gun pointed at them; (left) Kara Dow as Martha Lysol (the cleaning woman); and (above, right) are Laura Dow, Ryle Hutchins and Sarah Bytheway.

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Monday, January 15

PHOTOS: Clearwater Valley splits with Troy

The Clearwater Valley girls boosted their chances of qualifying for the Whitepine League's district tournament with a 30-28 win over Troy Monday afternoon, Jan. 15. In the second half of the double-header -- the makeup games for a postponement earlier this season -- the CV boys lost to the Trojans 63-45.

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Sunday, January 14

Annual trap shoot fires off

The ten-week telephonic Camas Prairie Trapshoot began Sunday, Jan. 14, with shooters in Grangeville seeing early fog settle into a nice backdrop for the annual competition's first day of 2018.

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Thursday, January 11

Wednesday, January 10


Hunter Education courses scheduled Feb. 12-24, March 5-17

Hunter education courses are scheduled this February and March at the Grangeville Elks Lodge basement, with class size limited to 30 each session. The first course runs 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12-24 and the second runs 6-8 p.m. March 5-17. Parents/guardians should attend the first class night. Register at, or contact Roy Kinner, 208-983-8443 for further information.

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Vanderwall, bigs get revenge

On the first night of the basketball season, the Kamiah boys got the better of Grangeville — through a mix of blown layups by GHS early-on and sharp play by the Kubs throughout.

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St. Maries sweeps Bulldogs at GHS

Having played St. Maries within a point on Colby Canaday’s hoop with 1:20 left in the first half, the Grangeville girls were outscored 16-4 during the third quarter and were beaten 56-36 in their Central Idaho League opener last Saturday, Jan. 6.

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Permittees encouraged to file claims to protect water, property rights

“What if someone comes in and successfully argues that your permit shouldn’t be renewed or this land shouldn’t be subject to grazing at all because there’s no water right here? Oh, let’s go to court and talk about that. Whoops, looks like it’s forfeited. And then where are you at? You didn’t file your claim.”

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It's Your Business: LCSC classes offered; Cottonwood Credit Union buys Wells Fargo building

Advanced Welding and Steel, Inc., is offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program Thursday evenings, 6 p.m., Feb. 1-March 29. The program teaches how to beat debt and build wealth. This will be held in the AWS break room, 257 Highway 95, North, Grangeville. Cost is $99 per person or couple. Contact Lisa Forsmann at 208-983-7608 or sign up at or learn more at an open house set for Thursday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m.

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NAFTA under negotiations

The Trump administration has not backed down from their controversial stances at the NAFTA negotiations, which have some working in Idaho agriculture worried about the possibility of increased costs to export agricultural goods and the possibility of job losses in farming and food manufacturing.

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Online voter registration on updated webpage

During the month-or-so since the Idaho Secretary of State’s office unveiled a new Online Voter Registration System, accessible at, the local elections office has registered one voter that way.

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Grain industry presentation set Jan. 23 in Greencreek

Current looks into and information on the grain industry will be presented at the Prairie Area Cereal School, set for Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Greencreek. Administrators from the Idaho wheat and barley commissions will give market overviews, production, research and commission activities, including Kelly Olson, IBC administrator, who will be retiring in 2018.

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Idaho County still pursuing funding for last winter’s emergency repairs

When Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter delivered his final “State of the State” address Monday, Jan. 8, he mentioned that one set of disasters – “one of the worst hurricane seasons on record,” he said – took federal disaster managers away from the mountain of road work last winter left behind across Idaho. Locally, Idaho County still has not received firm word about whether FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) will be able to send money for projects to address last winter’s damage, which the Free Press first reported Sept. 12.

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Using resources as Smokey Bear wanted

The economy was going great. The timber industry was going great, and we were using all of our natural resources. Just as Smokey the Bear wanted. Along came the U.S.F.S. of the ‘90s.

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Collective and Individual: thoughts

Beyond all political objectives, adherents to group-mind think who have given up their souls will rage against the faintest appearance of one who tries to retain individuality against the corporate state and statism. And in this rage, the soulless ones will try to pull others down to where they live.

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Legislature is wise in not seeking expansion

Is Medicaid expansion really “the fiscally responsible thing to do?” When Medicaid was sold to the states by the federal government, they were told that their responsibility would be 10 percent of the cost. It became 30 percent. Currently, we are being told that the cost to the state will again be 10 percent. Ok great, what if it goes to 30 percent again?

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‘Reptile Man’ set to be at GEMS Jan. 30

The public is invited to come to Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s gymnasium and see “Reptile Man” Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m. Students will be treated to an assembly earlier that day. “Reptile Man” Scott Petersen owns The Reptile Zoo in Monroe, Wash. He provides a show with 10 to 12 reptiles and afterwards allows time for hands-on education and questions. The pubic performance costs $2 per person. The event is sponsored by the GEMS PTA.

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Blood drives set locally

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. Upcoming blood donation times are set for the following towns: •Kooskia: Jan. 22, noon to 6 p.m., Clearwater Valley High School, 26 S Main Street •Craigmont: Jan. 24, noon to 6 p.m., city hall, 109 E Main St. •Kamiah: Jan. 16, noon to 6 p.m., St. Catherine’s Church, 407 7th Street. •Nezperce: Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Nezperce Christian Church, 307 4th Street.

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Addiction support group set to begin Jan. 19

Addiction is often a symptom of deeper problems that can stem from childhood sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, abandonment, and other issues. Addiction ruins lives and destroys families, but there is a chance to be free from these grips. Join a support group beginning Friday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., at Church on the Rock, 115 N.W. 7th Street, Grangeville. This will be facilitated by Marie McGaha, 208-494-4234.

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Clearwater Meal Center luncheon set for Jan. 17

The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Jan. 17, noon. This week’s menu is split pea soup, sandwiches and dessert. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. All are welcome. Call 208-926-7776.

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GEMS PTA to show ‘Screenagers’ Jan. 17

Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) GEMS PTA is sponsoring the film “Screenagers” at Grangeville High School Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and provides information on how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

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Notes and Floats fund-raiser on tap for Feb. 3

Mark your calendars for the Cornerstone Christian Learning Center annual Notes and Floats Fund-raiser. Note and Floats is set for Saturday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Nazarene Church, 515 W. N. 2nd Street.

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Community Briefs - Jan. 10, 2018

Mark your calendars for the Cornerstone Christian Learning Center annual Notes and Floats Fund-raiser. Note and Floats is set for Saturday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Nazarene Church, 515 W. N. 2nd Street.

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LCSC announces fall 2017 honor roll

Regional students were among the total 896 at Lewis-Clark State College who earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2017 semester. Among the honorees, 426 made the president’s list while 470 were named to the dean’s list.

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Births - Jan. 10, 2018

Amanda Hunter of Harpster, Idaho, is the mother of a baby son. Cash Cecil Hunter was born Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. He weighed six pounds, 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Grandparents are Sandy and Tom Carrier of Kamiah, Idaho; LaMoyne Hunter of Harpster; and Susan Walchi-Hunter of Hermiston, Ore.

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Milestone - Anniversary - Taylor - 65 years

Lucille and Bill Taylor of Grangeville celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at the home of one of their daughters and her husband, Nancy and Steve Clark, in Grangeville, with many of their family and others present, including their daughters, Nancy Clark, Pamela Mower, Sheila Montoya, and Heidi Higginson. Their two sons, Kevin Taylor and Vern Taylor, were unable to attend.

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GHS HOSA Food Bank Donation

Grangeville High School’s chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), in partnership with the Prairie Shootout held in December, raised money by selling T-shirts and donated the proceeds to the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Pictured here (L-R) are GHS HOSA mentor Tracy Baune, HOSA members Brenda Gomez, Kaitlynn Spets, Megan DeFord, Colby Canaday and Jill Smith with food bank volunteers Pat Matthews, manager Carlene Whitesell, Carol Schmidt and Patty Rogeness.

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Elk City News: USFS meetings set for Orofino

Wish I would have been informed before last week’s article was published, but there are meetings going on that will impact us up here. The Forest Service is having a two-day workshop in Orofino on Wednesday and Thursday, the Forest Plan Revision Public Workshop, at the Best Western. The topics include recommended Wilderness, forest vegetation, geographic and special area planning, wild and scenic river suitability for the Southfork and many other rivers on the forest for a total of almost 900 miles, recreation and access, and elk habitat and security. If you are in the area, please try to attend, even on such short notice. I plan on attending them and will report back in this article next week. Birthdays: Beverly Farmer, Samuel Hickman, Jasper Thompson, Eva Stibal, and Natalee Lamar.

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Cottonwood News: Crab feed set for Jan. 20

I hope you are enjoying the new year. The weather has been pretty mild. The temperature is staying pretty well in the 30s so the snow is melting, but no mud so far. The Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was closed this weekend, but keep checking with them so you can find out when they will be open again.

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White Bird News: Chamber newsletter deadline is Jan. 26

Our January thaw is among us…temps in the 40s. People are taking advantage of this going on short road trips, taking dogs on walks and even getting a jump-start on their lawns. Just remember ‘ole man winter is still here. The QRU sent an e-mail, wishing to express their heartfelt gratitude to the community for their donations and support to them. This is what keeps us on the road. We really appreciate this little town.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Idaho state snowplows are on duty

There’s not a lot of news to report up on the Lochsa in January. The beaver family at the confluence had two babies. What are baby beavers called? Pups maybe? The nights have been freezing and we have about two feet of hard-packed snow. The river didn’t freeze over yet this year. The state highway snowplows are on duty and get ahead of the ice on the roads each morning before the school bus.

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Kamiah News: Live theater returns to Kamiah

The “Kamiah Characters,” comprised of Kamiah High School students, returns to the stage this week performing a comedic play called Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will by Pat Cook. The play, directed by teachers Jody Dow and Taylie Hopkins, includes a large group of 20 students who have practiced intently since October. Dow describes the play as “soap opera, parody, dark comedy, murder mystery.” It sounds like fun to me! Hopkins and Dow teamed up to revive the high school drama program with their first murder mystery last spring. It’s wonderful to see these two fun, enthusiastic teachers offering students a creative outlet and some midwinter entertainment for the rest of us.

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Riggins News: ‘Wellness Summit’ on tap for Jan. 16

My quote for the week was sent to me from my niece Erin: “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough friends to get you through the final good-bye. I wish you all enough in the New Year!”

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Avista rates increased Jan. 1 due to settlement

A rate increase took effect Jan. 1 for Avista Utilities electric and natural gas service as a result of a settlement adopted by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Electric rates rose by an average of 5.6 percent Jan. 1, and natural gas rates increased by 2.3 percent – significantly less than the company had proposed in a two-year rate plan submitted to the commission in April.

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Tuesday, January 9

Kamiah News: Live theater returns to Kamiah

The “Kamiah Characters,” comprised of Kamiah High School students, returns to the stage this week performing a comedic play called Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will by Pat Cook. The play, directed by teachers Jody Dow and Taylie Hopkins, includes a large group of 20 students who have practiced intently since October. Dow describes the play as “soap opera, parody, dark comedy, murder mystery.” It sounds like fun to me! Hopkins and Dow teamed up to revive the high school drama program with their first murder mystery last spring. It’s wonderful to see these two fun, enthusiastic teachers offering students a creative outlet and some midwinter entertainment for the rest of us.

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Thursday, January 4

Grangeville boys rock Kamiah

A 26-point second quarter turned the second game between the Grangeville boys and Kamiah into a blowout, with the GHS bigs overpowering the Kubs inside and the Grangeville guards eventually fouling out Ben Dunning, Luke Snyder and Kaleb Oatman during an 85-59 Bulldogs win Thursday night, Jan. 4.

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Wednesday, January 3

New CEO, King, named to lead Syringa

Syringa Hospital and Clinics recently announced Abner King, FACHE, as its new chief executive officer. King will begin Jan. 9. He most recently worked as the chief operating officer at Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon.

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County to exit landfill group as plan found not ‘cost-effective’

Among the Idaho County Commission’s top priorities, solid waste system reform has long loomed large, but plans for a five-county joint landfill aren’t moving forward, and Idaho County is withdrawing from the group that has spent more than 19 months planning for a regional dump southwest of Council.

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St. Maries to visit Grangeville Saturday

A Central Idaho League boys and girls basketball double-header is scheduled this Saturday, Jan. 6, with the girls varsity set to take the floor at 3 p.m. and the boys varsity to follow at 4:30 p.m.

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Community Briefs: Jan. 3, 2018

Grangeville American Legion Post No. 37 will have its monthly meeting tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 7 p.m. All community veterans are welcome. Contact Post Adjutant Don Owen at 208-983-1191.

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Riggins News: Taphouse, brewery opens on Riggins’ Main Street

Happy New Year! 2018 came in with family and friends, bells and whistles, food and drink. My quote of the week is “In with the new, out with the old.” Time for all of us to take a look at our clean slate of 2018 and fill it with family and friend times, new adventures and activities, wise decisions, good times, and more great memories. Salmon River Schools resume classes Monday, Jan. 8. Basketball will be in full swing with both boys and girls games. Check with the SRHS office for a full schedule of games where you can cheer and support our SRHS kids. There will be no school Monday, Jan. 15, as it is Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

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White Bird News: 10-week club trapshoot set to start Jan. 14

At this writing I hope everyone had a great Christmas and are now having high hopes and adventures planned for the New Year. Upcoming meetings for the next week are the Food Bank pickup on the 4th at noon, WBARD meeting. on the 8th at 7 p.m., city council will be on the 10th at 6 p.m., SRAG is at 10 a.m., and the chamber at 10:30 a.m. on the 11th. This will be the elections for the chamber, so if you are interested in helping or wanting to hold an office, they sure could use your help. They are taking the chamber in a new direction so attend if possible.

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Milestones: Births: Jan. 3, 2018

Sara and Richard Baskett are the parents of a baby son. Gunner Earl Baskett was born at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

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Let’s Talk About it book series to focus on global perspectives; First meeting set for Jan. 16; books available now

Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers. Grangeville Centennial Library was again chosen to be a partner in the Let’s Talk About It program. The public discussion group will meet through April. All meetings are set for Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., at the library, 215 West North Street, Grangeville. Books are currently available for pickup and the first session is set for Jan. 16. Call 983-0951.

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Prayer time set for Jan. 13

The community is invited to gather in prayer at the Soltman Center (across Main Street from the hospital) in Grangeville at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13. Also, those who would like to share and discuss ideas for the observance of the National Day of Prayer in May, the group will meet for that purpose preceding the prayer time, at 8 a.m. Contact Dick or Dee Lasse at 253-651-7759.

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Kids in faith action: Jan. 3, 2018

Sts. Peter and Paul School in Grangeville held its Christmas program Dec. 14. Here, the day prior during dress rehearsal. Mary and Joseph (Maggie Black and Joseph Jessup) look for a place to stay; Children at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene perform Sunday, Dec. 24, for the Christmas Eve morning service.

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Hang That Frosty Star

The angel at the United Methodist Church on Grangeville’s Main Street was covered in thick frost Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, as she seemed to reach to hang the Christmas star.

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Comment due Jan. 5 on proposed settlement approving Hells Canyon relicensing expenses

Comment deadline is Jan. 5 on a tentative settlement involving the relicensing of Idaho Power’s largest hydropower complex. The proposed settlement agreement calls for approximately $216.5 million in expenditures related to the relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex to be designated as prudently incurred and eligible to be a factor in determining customer rates at a later date.

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Workshop series to help aspiring small farmers

Helping a new generation of farmers take root is the goal of a University of Idaho Extension workshop series, “Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm in Idaho.” The workshop series will begin with an introductory webinar Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m., followed by three all-day in-class sessions, a wrap-up event and two farm tours.

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Faith Lutheran in Kamiah sets activities

Faith Lutheran Church in Kamiah welcomes everyone to attend services each Sunday at 11 a.m. The church is located at Sixth and Idaho streets. The annual meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 28. The meeting takes place after a covered dish dinner. Everyone is invited to come take part in this meeting that will effect guidelines of Faith Lutheran Church.

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It's Your Business: Redbox opens in Riggins

The Riggins Taphouse, R&R/Rant and Rave Brewery, opened last week right on Main Street of Riggins. In other Riggins news, Summervilles is open and serving meals, so stop in and check these businesses out. Also, need a movie in Riggins? A Redbox is now available at the new Whitewater Market. There’s a lot happening in that small town! •

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MVSD gets positive audit report at meeting

“Overall, it’s a very positive report,” said CPA Tom Luper of Presnell and Gage Accounting, PLLC, Lewiston, at the Nov. 20 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

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Kids Klub Inc., awarded Rural Community Grant from NWFCS

Northwest Farm Credit Services recently awarded Kids Klub Inc., in Grangeville a $1,500 Northwest FCS Rural Community Grant. “Kids Klub is honored and excited to receive a Northwest Farm Credit Services grant,” said Shannon Fuchs, Kids Klub board member. “The funds will be used to help us complete our building project for the Kids Klub, which will allow us to serve more children. Thank you to Northwest Farm Credit Services for your generous support of Kids Klub and the kids in our community.”

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Nearly 24-hour outage impacts ICLP members

“Snow load and weather conditions in general,” according to Max Beach, general manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, were factors in last week’s outage affecting between 200 to 300 members.

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Once Around Again opens in Grangeville

Gifts, plaques, books, signs, glassware, knickknacks and many more home décor items are all part of Grangeville’s newest gift and consignment shop. Once Around Again is open for business at 325 East Main Street, next door (same building) to Main Street Service and across the parking lot from Camas Prairie Eye Clinic. Sisters Lynn Chernugel and Lori Beck, as well as Lynn’s daughter, Sarah Chernugel, and her son, Aaron’s girlfriend, Madison Chounard, all have gift items in the shop.

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Coop claims another ‘W’

With a strong start to the season before the winter break, the Clearwater Valley-Kamiah wrestling partnership had already staked its claim to being one of the region’s strongest wrestling teams.

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Snowhaven open normal hours this weekend

Snowhaven will resume normal hours and will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, starting this weekend. Snowhaven also announced several upcoming weekends when the facility will be open for extra days: Jan. 13-15, Feb. 2-4, Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 17-19.

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Jerry White, 69

Jerry White, 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at his home near Kooskia, Idaho.

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GHS Blood Drive

Grangeville High School senior Ethan Ormsby was host to an American Red Cross blood drive at the school in December 2017. The project is part of Ormsby’s senior project.

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Darr handles backcourt duties

Grangeville guard Blake Darr has been a key player during the season so far, commanding major minutes in the backcourt for a varsity boys squad that posted a 5-3 record before the winter break.

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