Stories for March 2018


Friday, March 30

Spring turkey controlled hunting drawing results available now

The spring turkey drawing is complete and the results are now at, and customers can now purchase their spring turkey permits. If they do not have a general turkey tag, they will need to purchase that product as well. The Web app for draw results has also been updated.

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Thursday, March 29


Wednesday, March 28


Jet boat races calendared April 20-22

Two days of jet boat racing begins at 10 a.m. MT April 21, and ending at noon April 22. Fireworks are scheduled that Saturday evening at dusk in Riggins City Park. Awards ceremony is set for that Sunday, one hour following the last of racing action. Race day viewing is free.

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Bush, Bulldogs off and running

“It’s spring break, and not very many people showed up,” GHS junior Booker Bush said Monday, March 26, of Grangeville’s first track meet of the season. “A lot of people are on vacations.”

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Mardi Gras at St. Mary's

Friends from throughout the area filled up the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, March 24, for the annual St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Mardi Gras fund-raiser.

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MVSD sees 35 percent turnout for levy

With about 35 percent voter turnout, Mountain View School District passed its $3,090,048 levy, the largest ever, by simple majority Tuesday, March 13. MVSD saw 1,081 yes votes to 954 no votes for a total of 2,035 votes, or 53 percent in favor of the levy. In 2017, the levy passed by 52 percent.

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‘Good season this year’ for Snowhaven Ski Area

“We had a good season this year,” and, in fact, “…really boring,” said Scott Wasem, manager for Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill, reporting to the Grangeville City Council at its March 19 meeting. “Boring” in the fact that mechanical problems were at a minimum – “One derail the whole season,” he said – and “good” as operations went well, and the hill made $102,612. “Everything ran smoothly; it was just really good,” he said, for the city-owned and operated facility this season that went from Dec. 26 to March 10.

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CV ball field improvements come to a halt while projects are researched

The old adage, “no good deed goes unpunished,” seemed to come alive at the March 19 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting. Clearwater Valley High School baseball coach, Josh Bradley of Stites, relayed to the board what he and his teams have done during the past several years to improve the baseball field at CVHS. “I have volunteered my labor and the kids have been involved in all the projects – I always tell them if they’ll work, I’ll work,” he said.

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Migration accounts for county’s population growth in 2017

Individuals moving into Idaho County accounted for its nearly 1 percent population increase between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, according to estimates released last Thursday, March 22, by the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates reported a total 16,369 population for Idaho County, a 0.9 percent increase of approximately 141 during this one-year period.

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Trillion-dollar bill renews SRS funds for local budgets

With President Trump having signed off on renewing Secure Rural Schools funding Friday, March 23, local school and highway tax districts stand to receive the first of two big payments – totaling about $5.8 million – within the next 45 days. The renewal is part of a massive federal spending bill – a $1.3 trillion roll-up of numerous topics – which passed Congress Thursday despite opposition by conservatives including Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador.

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Felonies charged in check forgery case

Starting with reports made early last year, Grangeville police initiated a months-long investigation that resulted in multiple felony charges against a local woman, with possibly more pending.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Boulders, shots fired, snow and an interview

Last week I had a brain freeze, the Ides of March set in and I didn’t beware, a big boulder on Highway 12 at milepost 116, a cougar sighting at Two Shadows, and early morning rapid fire coming from across the river – bapbapbapbap — a series of three times, very loud! Turkey hunters, I don’t know. Sounded really close.

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Prescribed burn in mid-April for Highway 14 area

The Salmon River Ranger District on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be initiating the Wickiup prescribed fire in early to mid-April, as weather allows. The prescribed burn area is located along State Highway 14 between mileposts 18 and 21.

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Bugged! April 4 meeting for comment on infestation in drainages

Community input is sought at a public meeting next Wednesday, April 4, regarding Red Moose Divide, a proposed project to address insect infestation in the South Fork Clearwater and Selway river drainages. Organized by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kooskia Ranger Station, 502 Lowry Street.

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GHS Bulldog Track - Off And Running

Grangeville’s Booker Bush takes the baton from Jacob Vanderwall during the third leg of the 4x200 relay held March 24 in Lewiston — Grangeville’s first track and field competition of the season.

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Rigged educational system has to be disbanded

Education, at its root, creates illiteracy and thus becomes a form of reductionism. What can be comprehended, discussed, debated, or reasoned shrinks. That is why we see our young speak in simple slogans, simple strung on words or symbols and they think they are communicating.

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Buckley: man of reason and faith

Bill Buckley was a conservative with a keen respect for individual liberty—and mistrust for collective utopias. Speaking in 1965 on Meet the Press, he repeated his faith in ordinary citizens over self-appointed experts: “I have often said that I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston telephone directory than by the 2,000 faculty members of Harvard University.”

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Wonderful community support for 244 levy

Once again, thank you for believing in what Grangeville High School and Mountain View School District collectively stand for, and for ensuring that the youth of this community have the tools they need to achieve success in their future endeavors.

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Elks burger night is this Friday, March 30

The Grangeville Elks is having its monthly last Friday Burger Night this Friday, March 30. Due to Lent, both salmon burgers and beef burgers will be available this month. Proceeds of the burger night will benefit the Prairie Quilters who provide quilts for veterans similar to the Grangeville Quilts of Valor.

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Auditions for GEMS talent show: April 16, 17

Auditions for the Grangeville Elementary Middle School Talent Show (GEMS’ Got Talent) are set for Monday and Tuesday, April 16 and 17, from 5 - 7 p.m. The sign-up sheet will be in the office starting Monday, April 2.

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Hospice volunteer training sessions set

Syringa Hospital and Clinics (SHC) Hospice is conducting a two-day training program for mature and caring individuals who desire to volunteer with the only hospice in this area. Hospice serves 12 communities in Idaho and Lewis counties; volunteers from all local communities are welcome.

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‘Quiplash Night’ set for March 31 in Kamiah

Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is hosting a free Quiplash Night on Saturday, March 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Grades 5th-7th are welcome to come participate from 6 to 7 p.m., and grades 8th-12th are welcomed to come from 7 to 8 p.m. This event will be held at the UYLC Office, 413 Main Street, Kamiah. This event requires cell phones or tablets which have access to the Internet.

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Community Briefs - March 28, 2018

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veterans’ advocate in Grangeville on Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor office, 158 East Main Street, Suite 1A (across from Ace Home Center). The advocate will be available to veterans and their dependents for answering questions about benefits, assist with ongoing claims, and take new claims for filing with the Veterans Administration.

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Casey journeys home to take Avista management job

Matthew Casey has come full circle. The new Avista electric district manager in Grangeville took his post in November 2017; however, his roots are much deeper than a few months. Casey was born in California and raised in Yuba City until the fifth grade when his family moved to Kamiah.

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Stock Creek School

Stock Creek School is seen here in the snow in early March. The school is located between Cottonwood and Ferdinand on Substation Road near Reservation Line Road.

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GEMS ‘Walks Up’

Grangeville Elementary Middle School students participated in a “Walk Up” March 14 to get to know some of the kids they might not normally meet or talk to. Grangeville Police Department’s Officer Williams participated with the middle school students. National Walk Up Day included encouraging kids to walk up to students they may not know, to teachers and visit and say thanks and to simply be kind.

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Cottonwood News: Dr. Jones open house is April 8

Happy Easter to all of you! Easter is early this year so that means an early spring also. Even though we didn’t have the bad winter that was predicted, I’m ready for spring. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 404 Foster in Cottonwood will be having a Sonrise Easter service beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. There will be a potluck breakfast to follow. Sunday School for all ages is 8:45 a.m. and morning worship service at 10 a.m. The church choir will perform an Easter Cantata “He’s Alive” at both services. Come join us, we’d love to worship our Risen Savior with you.

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Elk City News: Easter sunrise service is at 7 a.m.; egg hunt at 11 a.m.

This next Easter Sunday, Elk City residents have several activities being offered that I encourage each of you to take advantage of. First of all is the Easter Sunrise service at the Elk City Baptist Church starting at 7 a.m. Then partake of a free Easter breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, and coffee starting at 8:30 a.m.., followed by an Easter worship service at 10 a.m.

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White Bird News: Queen tryouts on tap for April 14

March came in like a lion and it looks like it is still a lion…although we are to have some dry weather this next week…we can only hope! Congratulations go out to Sandy Murphy, our White Bird City Clerk on receiving the Administer of the Year award. This was awarded from the Idaho Rural Water Association.

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Clearwater Valley News: Sunny track meet sees Smith take first in pole vault event

I spent a glorious sunny afternoon last Tuesday at the Kamiah invitational track meet with nine teams participating. I arrived in time to watch Kamiah runner Derek Loewen, in his bright red glasses, run a gutsy race to take third in the 3,200 meters (eight laps of the track takes strength and determination to run.) Then Luke Snyder placed 1st and Caden Massey, placed third, in the 100-meter hurdles. (I recognized Massey as the swaggering sheriff in Kamiah’s high school play this winter.) Kaleb Oatman had a great day winning shotput and discus as well as 1st place as part of the winning medley relay team along with Jace Sams, Michael MacMenamin and Thomas Reynolds. MacMenamin placed 2nd in the 800 meters and third in the pole vault.

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Riggins News: Sports Illustrated in town to interview VanderEsch

My quote for the week is “Happy first signs of Spring! Let go of what’s gone, be grateful for what remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.” How can it be the end of March when we just ushered in March? Easter is early…it is this Sunday April 1, with lots of Easter traditions being planned for homes, churches and communities.

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Riggins Rodeo coming

The Riggins Rodeo is coming up soon, as books open April 23-27 for the 70th annual rodeo, to be held May 5-6.

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Men’s League golf sign-ups are open

Any man interested in being a part of the Grangeville Golf/ Men’s League is asked to call Terri at Grangeville Country Club, 208-983-1299, to leave name and contact information.

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Monday, March 26

Mountain lion sighted in Elk City

Jeff Fromel, who has lived 12 years on upper Main Street in Elk City, told the Free Press Monday, March 26, he had never seen a mountain lion there before. Until the night before, when one was out behind his place.

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Anti-trespass bill increases penalties, overhauls civil laws

In a matter of three days, a controversial anti-trespassing bill was amended and, with amendments, passed by the Idaho Senate and the House. To become law, HB 658 just needs to be signed by the governor. The bill, which has received hours of testimony and debate in public hearings, increases penalties for trespass and ultimately overhauls current civil trespassing laws.

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Friday, March 23

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Sponsored content: No pain doesn’t mean no problems

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.

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Sponsored content: Don’t let garden go to waste; feed the hungry

For many people, a bountiful garden can be a burden to ensure we’re utilizing the literal fruits and vegetables of our harvest, and not letting them go to waste. But even with sneaking bags of zucchini into someone’s front seat or on a neighbor’s front porch, we still see some of this produce languish and go to waste. So, what’s the alternative? Grow your garden this year with an eye to help feed the hungry in your community.

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Sponsored content: Spinal manipulation treatment is safe and effective

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results.

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Sponsored content: It’s snow check season!

Snowmobile season is still going on strong and it’s time to think about what you’ll be riding next season. It’s snow check sea-son! This is the short window where snowmobilers have the opportunity to order the snowmobile they have always wanted.

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Sponsored content: Growing up co-op

I love the feeling of being able to walk into my favorite locally-owned shop, restaurant or store knowing that the profit, product and labor can make positive impacts on my community.

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Child Protective Act passed through House; waits on governor's signature

The “Child Protective Act,” also known as the “Foster Care Improvement Act” passed the Idaho House March 20 at a vote of 67-0. A trailer bill allocating $88,000 — with $32,000 ongoing — to fund the act passed both the House and Senate with little opposition. Both bills have now been delivered to the governor for final consideration.

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Trump signs off on trillion-dollar federal funding bill, with SRS among the monies renewed

With President Trump having signed off on renewing Secure Rural Schools funding Friday, March 23, local school and highway tax districts stand to receive the first of two big payments – totaling about $5.5 million – within the next 45 days. The renewal is part of a massive federal spending bill – a $1.3 trillion roll-up of numerous topics – which passed Congress Thursday despite objections by conservatives including Sen. Jim Risch and Rep. Raul Labrador.

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Thursday, March 22

Idaho House rejects move to consider family planning access bill

The Idaho House voted against a motion Thursday, March 22, to consider a bill funding family planning services for low-income women, marking another stalemate in legislative action to help the state’s health insurance gap population. HB 563 has been on the House Reading Calendar for weeks and its consideration was delayed until April 1 — after the legislature hopes to adjourn. A motion to move the bill to the top of the Third Reading Calendar failed on a 14-55 vote.

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Idaho Health Care Plan Returned to Committee — Again

The Idaho Health Care Plan, HB 464, which directed the state to apply for two waivers from the Affordable Care Act through the federal government, was sent back to committee on a 42-27 vote in the Idaho House Wednesday, March 21. House Health & Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood, who made the motion Wednesday to send it back to committee, said in floor debate that delaying a full vote would allow for the bill to be improved before the next legislative session. He further argued passing the bill would “not go anywhere this year,” and that voting on it this session would hurt its chance to pass.

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Wednesday, March 21

Bill raising child tax credit goes to Otter

A bill increasing the child tax credit created under this year’s sweeping $100 million state tax cut, cutting an additional $25 million in revenues, is headed to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. The Senate passed HB 675, increasing the child tax credit from $130 to $205, on a 33-1 vote Wednesday, March 21.

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Child tax credit bill heads to Senate

Idaho lawmakers passed one of the biggest tax cuts in years, but a last-minute proposal to tweak it is moving quickly through the legislative process. HB 675 cleared the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee on a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, March 20. The bill would modify the previously approved tax cut, HB 463, to include more tax relief for families.

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Kaschmitter leads tennis girls

GHS senior Rebecca Kaschmitter won the girls singles during Grangeville’s first event of the year Monday night, March 19, against the Lewiston JV.

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Prairie tops Clearwater Valley in first of season

The Prairie boys led 1-0 after a high-contact play went their way in the first inning March 13 at Clearwater Valley, and on the strength of sharp pitching, the first run of their season proved enough to land the Pirates their first win.

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$22M outdoor industry funds come to Idaho

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced $22 million to support critical Idaho conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The announcement is part of $1.1 billion in annual national funding going to state wildlife agencies through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.

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Wild and Scenic: vote if you’re pro or con

At several public meetings, the Forest Service pointed out they have thousands of comments on this issue, the vast majority being “Pro” Wild and Scenic. Most are likely not from the people of Idaho County. My question is, how do the people of Idaho County feel?

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Robert "Bob" Wisdom, 94

Robert “Bob” Wisdom, 94, of Grangeville, Idaho, died Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, Idaho

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Berg is new owner of Farmers’ Insurance Agency

Farmers’ Insurance in Grangeville is under new ownership. It even has a new mascot. Five-pound Gypsy, a purebred chihuahua, happily greets customers at the 112 Main Street office door with a sniff and some tail wags.

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‘Meet, Greet and Eat’ is March 25

The Grangeville Farmers’ Market is inviting all interested parties to the annual “Meet, Greet and Eat” Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., at the Soltman Center, on West Main Street in Grangeville.

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Cottage on the Prairie accepting visitors

Are you in need of a weekend getaway? How about a place to house family members during the next reunion? Look no further than The Cottage on the Prairie (formerly Chateau by the Halfway Club). The Cottage is located behind Trestle Brewery in Ferdinand and offers two separate rooms and spacious living area. “I’m managing the pla

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

It's Your Business: Social set for Monsebroten

If you don’t have Easter dinner plans for Sunday, April 1 (no foolin’!) stop by The Hangout in Cottonwood for a free Easter dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Schniders will serve ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, green beans and strawberry shortcake.

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Cottonwood News: MCT play at PHS a success

God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage will be presented Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the CEC building by Deacon Vern and Linda Geidl from Moscow, Idaho, for anyone interested, singles or couples. This program has been very successful in marriage preparation and in marriage enhancement for those already married

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Clearwater Valley News: Busy week in valley schools

It was a week of back-to-school for me, spending time at three area schools. Tuesday afternoon, I stopped at Clearwater Valley elementary school for the spring art show/art-in-action. I walked into a gym filled with happy children, with glitter, glue and paint in abundance and music setting the pace. Displays of artwork created by each student in the school adorned the old room dividers (donated to the school from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest). Parents checked out the art displays, visited with each other and watched the art-in-action happening before their eyes.

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Riggins News: EMTs needed; course cost covered

My quote for the week is “Love isn’t what you say. Love is what you do.” Right from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. EMT volunteers are needed in the Riggins area. This need is real…and is important. We need both EMTs and drivers. The rewards outweigh the commitment. EMT training is provided right here in Riggins: two three-hour classes per week for a total of 140-160 hours

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White Bird News: Breakfast, bake sale, turkey shoot all set for weekend

Well here I thought we could get away with that “S” word for Spring, but, I think it’s still for Snow!! Does this remind anyone of last year? Spring actually started on the 20th, so let’s hope some sunny weather will come along with it. The chamber had a great turnout for the St. Patrick Day’s sausage feed. Lots of pancakes and sausage. Although a little cool, we appreciate everyone coming out to support this annual event.

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Idaho Kids to ‘kick butts’ on March 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kids in Idaho will unite against tobacco use on March 21 as they join thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day. More than 1,000 events are planned across the United States for this annual day of youth activism, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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Summit Science Fair Set

Can you stand on eggs without breaking them? Have you ever wondered if you can magnify a low-powered laser to be able to cut paper? How about whether the stroop effect is negated when you ‘warp’ a word? Or if you can create ‘quicksand’ using sand and air? Find answers to all this and more at the Summit Academy Science Fair being held Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.

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ARF meeting set for April 3; public invited

The Animal Rescue Foundation will have a public meeting for comments in Grangeville on Tuesday, April 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School’s cafeteria, 910 South D St., Grangeville.

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Milestone - Birth - Deller

Michael and Jamie Deller of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Hayden Hope Deller was born at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville Friday, March 9, 2018.

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Milestone - Birth - Zayne Thomas Latimer

Jacklyn Mager and Tom Latimer of White Bird, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Zayne Thomas Latimer was born Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho.

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Organizations: Grangeville Senior Citizens</strong>

Stanley Modrell opened the March 12 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Shirley Crane offered the prayer. Mary Ann Schrom won the free dinner. There were 68 meals served at the site with 37 hot meals home delivered. Shirley Crane shared a story with the group. Pinochle Winners: John Purdy first with 4,480 and Nancy Winkler second with 4,350. Gary Crea was the winner of 1000 A’s dime pot.

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Infrastructure isn’t sexy but critical for rural Idaho

“We were once the envy of the world,” Perdue stated, concerning infrastructure. “We are in danger of losing that distinct advantage over other nations, and because of that, our rural communities risk slipping farther behind in economic achievement.” Which rural communities? All of those in Idaho County.

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State could, would do better job with forests

The Forest Service recently has asked for public input to help them with forest management methods to better take care of our forests. To me, this seems like an attempt to justify their ongoing program of talking a lot, but not saying much, while grabbing more forest land to control, while spending virtually nothing to reduce the wildfire fuels they have allowed to accumulate in all the forests.

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Ignore Syringa Hospital pharmacy, support Irwin Drug

The primary role of Syringa Hospital and Clinics is to provide a good medical staff. I pay my taxes to the hospital in support of medical security with good physician care. So, why has Syringa Hospital and Clinics opened a pharmacy?

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Labrador: outstanding record promoting family, religious values

Our government has become such a mess, even here in Idaho. Liberal Boise and other counties have striven to guide us away from the values that have made our country strong. We need strong, conservative candidates who support the Founding Fathers who made our country great. There is no freedom without the liberty provided us by our Constitution.

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

Wonderful support for passing schools levy

On behalf of the student body and staff of Clearwater Valley High School, I would like to thank our wonderful community for their continued support of our public schools through the successful passing of our levy.

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Retreat well-attended; lives were changed!

The Men’s Retreat was well-attended with over 100 Friday night and 86 on Saturday. Reaching Men would like to thank Johnny Rowlett for fitting us into his schedule. God has given him not only the ability to write, compose and sing, but also the anointing to preach the Word in power. Lives were changed!

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

Jones, Hughes issues point to practices of pharmacological establishment

The implications I make here (as possibly applying to these two regrettable incidences) are intentional, yet meaning to point us toward conditions that stretch, in gravity, even far beyond them. I refer to the deep, personal concern I have over a whole range of unspeakable practices that have been allowed to go on from the very highest levels of the (mega-corp) pharmacological establishment now long ruling this country, medically.

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Girls Have Royal Time at Little Princess Tea

Living the fantasy for a day, 75 girls ages 4 to 4th grade attended the annual Little Princess Tea Party last Saturday, March 17, at Prairie Elementary School. Participants came in princess and party dresses, and enjoyed refreshments, games, crafts, and learning the basics in being royalty, including the parade wave. The event was presented by the Idaho County Fair Royalty.

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County commits to road repairs dating back to last year; still chasing fed funds

Two more major road repair projects out of those that date back to Spring 2017 went to bid earlier this month, with work at Ft. Misery won by Cook & Sons and work at Cottonwood Creek won by Crea Construction during the Idaho County Commission’s March 13 meeting. Both projects are eligible for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funding but the feds had not yet obligated the money for these projects, Idaho County disaster management manager Jerry Zumalt told the Free Press last week.

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‘Adult completer scholarship’ bill clears Idaho House

Idaho lawmakers have approved the adult completer scholarship bill. SB 1279 cleared the Idaho House on a narrow 37-32 vote Monday, March 19, with much debate over the merits of its allocation of up to 20 percent of the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship’s funds — which lawmakers increased from $10 million to $13.5 million — for adults going back to finish their degrees. It previously cleared the Senate on a 25-10 vote.

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Students rally at Idaho State Capitol against gun violence

More than a thousand Idaho students took to the Idaho State Capitol Wednesday, March 14, with a message for lawmakers. “We want change.” “Enough is enough.” “NRA, go away.” “Hey-hey, ho-ho, gun violence has got to go.” Those were just a few of the chants that Idaho students recited as they participated in one of the hundreds of walkouts with students across the nation in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14.

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Walkout becomes awareness walk, ‘challenge’ to kids

The message at Grangeville High School Wednesday, March 14, was one of hope: Hope for change, an open dialogue and the skills to agree to disagree – but always listen. “When students came to me asking about becoming involved in the National School Walkout, I offered a challenge to them,” said GHS Principal Randall Miskin. “We got people together and decided what we wanted our participation to represent.”

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Tuesday, March 20

Hands-on event next Wednesday to promote app development

The public is invited next week for hands-on drone and robot programming, while learning about the Inspire Idaho program and how to receive high tech work-skill training at little to no cost. Open to all ages, this free event will be Wednesday, March 28, at the Soltman Center (across from Syringa Hospital) in Grangeville at two times: 3 and 5 p.m.

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National Agriculture Day Celebrates American Food and Fiber Production

March 20 is National Agriculture Day – a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) joins the council in thanking American agricultural producers, especially in Idaho, for their contributions to the nation’s outstanding quality of life.

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Wednesday, March 14


Stephens, Bulldogs win first

Grangeville pitcher and catcher Tyler Stephens also bats second in the order, and with leadoff hitter Chase Adkison posting a four-hit game in the opener, Stephens delivered five RBI and came within about a foot of his first ever over-the-fence home run.

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Oh, Crap!

Pittsburg Landing campground visitors found unmistakable signs cattle had been there first this spring.

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F&G board to meet March 21-22 in Boise

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet to discuss modifications to big game rules, set spring chinook seasons, set Landowner Appreciation Program hunts, get legislative updates, and more at 7 p.m., March 21 in Boise. The hearing is an opportunity for the public to address the commission on any matters pertaining to Idaho’s fish and wildlife.

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Bulldogs win their season opener, 14-2

When Cole Valley Christian’s leadoff batter singled and stole second right off the bat last Saturday, March 10, it looked like the Chargers would be off to a fast start in their second game.

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State GOP candidates stump at Lincoln Day event

“2018 will be the biggest election for Idaho in a generation,” stated Jonathan Parker, new chair for the Idaho Republican Party. He – along with candidates for state and federal offices — addressed around 250 attendees last Friday night, March 9, at the Lincoln Day Dinner. This year’s event, held at the Greencreek Community Hall, was jointly sponsored by the Idaho and Lewis county Republican central committees.

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Pollock couple held in Oregon on warrants for Hoot’s burglary

Incarcerated in Oregon, a Pollock couple await extradition on pending felony charges related to a burglary in February. Bond is set at $25,000 for Shamra C. Dewitt, 31, and $50,000 for Steeven G. Nunez, 29, both of whom are being held in Baker County, Ore. The pair was arrested March 4 on Idaho County warrants by Baker City Police (BCP).

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Probert’s effort on public’s part in forest plan revision

For Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert, the ongoing Forest Plan Revision has involved more than 70 meetings, including meetings with a Clearwater Basin Collaborative subcommittee, visits to county commissions and stakeholder meetings – including eight with Friends of the Clearwater, she said Monday, March 12.

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‘Where are we?’ on school safety; administrators talk to status, needs for MVSD

While funding and levies are at the forefront of local educators’ minds, thoughts also often cross over to school safety. This was no different at the Feb. 26 Mountain View School District 244 regular board meeting in Kooskia. “In light of the recent Florida shooting, what’s your status – where are we and what do you need?” board vice-chair Lot Smith of Grangeville asked administrators.

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Pharm covers up drug connection to violence

Reactions drive consequences. Their implications create more violence. The unwitting public along with the APA, AMA, NEA, MSM, and our esteemed political class never mention drugs and would prefer to stick it to the NRA. Pharmaceutical companies cover up the drug connection to violence.

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We should return the favor to Alquist, Yates

It is interesting that Tommy Alquist, who is running for governor, and Steve Yates, running for lt. gov, ignored the Idaho/Lewis Co. Lincoln Day dinner last Friday, yet both showed up at the Nezperce dinner on Saturday....

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Sergei’s surprise; if you listen closely...

On March 5, 1953, Stalin died. Soviet power shifted. Nikita Khrushchev assumed a new leadership role, as described by his son Sergei N. Khrushchev in Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower.

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Hall receives ‘Woman of Distinction’ award

A local woman with a longtime presence was recently selected to be included in the forthcoming Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition. Hall was selected for “demonstrating dedication, leadership and professional excellence,” the press release read.

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With taxing districts under pressure, county commissioner works the cut

The “forest funds” came up far short last year In 10 or 20 years — if the Forest Service succeeds in getting out the timber cuts now being proposed all across the county — those of us too young or too new to the forest wars to remember the boom times may be able to look back on 2017 as the worst of our hard times.

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GHS Music Nite Auction

The Grangeville Music Nite Auction and Dinner was held Saturday, March 10, at Grangeville High School. Choirs and bands sixth through 12th grade performed at the event.

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Bathrooms at square? Save your money

Last week the city council got to the bottom of what it would take to put in bathrooms at Heritage Square. For now, it’s not their number one priority. Continuing a discussion topic from last year, the Grangeville City Council last Monday, March 5, heard from public works on cost estimates, placement and continued maintenance for a public restroom.

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Hungry Ridge Restoration Project advances to alternatives

A public meeting has been scheduled April 11 regarding a draft environmental impact statement proposing timber harvest 17 miles southeast of Grangeville. According to the document released March 9, known as the Hungry Ridge Restoration Project DEIS, the work would “restore a more diverse and resilient forest structure, with a range of age clases, size classes, habitat complexity and disturbance patterns that more closely emulate the results of natural disturbance.”

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Trustees attend ‘Day on the Hill’ to discuss education issues

School board members from across the state recently participated in the Idaho School Boards Association’s Day on the Hill in Boise. ISBA’s Day on the Hill provides an opportunity for attendees to meet with their local legislators to discuss legislative issues impacting public education. It also provides attendees time with colleagues from around the state to visit and share information and network.

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Council reviews options to fix sinking Main Street brick strip

In the nearly two decades since the decorative brick strip was installed along Grangeville’s Main Street, its care and maintenance has been – at best — very little, but more often on the slim to none side. As a result, bricks are obscured with dirt, overgrown with weeds in places, and sunken below grade for long stretches. Twice in past years, the issue has come before the city council’s attention, with no action. Could the third time be a charm?

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Women’s retreat set for March 17

Centennial Evangelical Free Church, at 408 N. College, will be hosting a mini seminar for women on Saturday, March 17. This will be held in two sessions: 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to noon. A light brunch will be served between the two sessions.

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Evelyn Ogden to celebrate 102nd birthday with open house

RESERVATION LINE ROAD — “I don’t have any secrets,” Evelyn Ogden shook her head. “I never in my life dreamed I would live this long.” Ogden will turn 102 years old Saturday, March 17. She was born in 1916 in Harrison, Idaho. “My grandparents ran a lodge there in Harrison,” she said March 8 from her home halfway between Cottonwood and Ferdinand. She lives next door to her nephew, Kimron Torgerson, and his wife, Daryl.

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CVHS to present classic musical March 15-17

What do you get when you cross a scullery maid with two horrible stepsisters and a charming prince and his comical sidekick? Why, it’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Enchanted Edition, of course.

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Clearwater Valley News: Valley Singers set Easter cantata dates

Spring is the time for singing, dancing and theater! This week the Clearwater Valley High School is presenting a musical version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella the Enchanted Edition. The CV theater program has performed spring musicals for the past three years since Mrs. Elizabeth Nuxoll began teaching music at the school. Nuxoll enjoys directing musicals since they are fun and lively. The larger cast sizes in musical theater allow more students to be involved. Twenty-six high school students form the cast and crew. In addition, shop and art teachers and their students constructed and painted the sets. Several parents are helping behind the scenes with costumes and props making this show a community affair.

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Special Education: Time for Idaho to act on its problem

As a parting gift before the new year, the Idaho Board of Education released a painfully grim picture for teacher recruitment and retention in its ironically named “Teacher Pipeline Report.” That report details a current, a woefully inadequate, current mechanism to attract and retain qualified teachers in the Gem State that is anything but a pipeline delivering the necessary flow of new talent.

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Ballet Barre

Members of Ballet Barre of Idaho County pictured March 7 at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Ballet Barre provides lessons in tap, ballet and lyrical dance to those age 4 and through to seniors in high school. Classes are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For inquiries, contact Jennifer Glassman, .

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Lowell / Syringa News: Fish traps are set

We have sprung ahead and have an hour more sunshine for the Clearwater Valley High School track season. Mike Smith, Jr., of Lowell, is the head coach for the 2018 season with Lara Smith as assistant coach. They have a good turnout of students, as well as some much needed sunshine. First meet coming soon.

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Riggins News: Jet boat fund-raiser is this Saturday

My quote for the week is “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” Miranda Hofflander placed 4th in Business Law and Ethics at BPS, Business Professional Association, at the State competition in Boise last week. She will now go on to BPA National competition in Dallas, Texas. Lotus Harper placed in the top 10 in Fundamental Word Processing at the State competition. Congratulations, young ladies! And thanks to Ms. Andre Hale and Mr. Brandon Ratcliff for co-advisors of this group of young business-minded students.

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Cottonwood News: ‘Snowballs from heaven’

On March 8, a very unusual occurrence happened in the Westlake area. If the conditions are just right, the wind will blow snow and roll it into snowballs like it shows in the picture. Some of these snowballs were about 12 inches in diameter. This is not something you get to see every day! The Lincoln Day Celebration was well-attended at Greencreek on Friday evening. Elected officials as well as those running for office were in attendance. People interested in electing good people to office who will care about the people they represent were also there. Everyone had an opportunity to talk to them and tell them their thoughts.

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Elk City News: Boil order now lifted

After all that snow we have had beautiful sunny days – snow melting fast! Bare patches showing up on our driveway… Seems everyone in town is just anxious for spring. The boil order has been lifted so it is okay to drink the water.

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White Bird News: Killgore Motors opens

Spring isn’t officially here until the 20th, but this last weekend was great! Daffodils are blooming, rock chucks are out sunning themselves, and the birds have returned. Oh, what a pleasant sound! Update on the Fire Department, they have been looking at a new and bigger fire truck and are wanting to build a new building for city hall and to house this truck, but they need your help. This project will cost in the area of $30,000, so they are asking if anyone would like to help in any way, contact Brian Lowe or Rob Beeson.

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Tuesday, March 13

Kamiah gains levy support; MVSD squeaks by

After years of failed levy attempts, Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons said “yes.” Voters in Kamiah decided on a $500,000 request Tuesday, March 13, with 57 percent of voters giving the nod to schools. In addition, Mountain View School District 244 also approved its levy, the largest ever. The $3,090,048 request passed with 53 percent saying yes. The levies are passed on simple majority.

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Friday, March 9

Wednesday, March 7


Elk and whitetail harvest topped the 10-year average

Hunters took more elk and white-tailed deer in 2017 than in 2016, but mule deer harvest was down. With a much milder winter so far, Fish and Game biologists expect the drop in mule deer harvest to be short lived as herds recover from last year’s difficult winter across Central and Southern Idaho.

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Zumwalt wins first MMA fight; slated to fight again April 28

Last month, Grangeville alum Frankie Zumwalt won his first mixed martial arts fight at the Spokane-area Northern Quest Resort & Casino, and next month, he’ll be back in the cage a little closer to home. He’ll be looking for his second win at the “Thunder & Lightning MMA” night at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Clearwater River Casino.

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Hohman, GHS to cheer at state

“It’s pretty exciting,” Grangeville senior cheerleader Meagan Hohman said. “It’s the first time we’re going to state — the first time we’ve made it this far, period. And it’s only our second year competing.”

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Pirates capture consolation trophy with two wins at state

Despite a sustained surge during the second half — during which the Prairie boys outscored Ambrose more than two-to-one – the Pirates’ slow start to the 1AD1 state tournament stranded them in the consolation bracket. Prairie went on to beat Riverstone by 12 and Liberty Charter by 39, securing a trophy despite a 57-55 loss in the opening round.

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GHS cheerleaders qualify to compete at state

The Grangeville High School cheerleaders qualified for state competition — a first for GHS since IHSAA sanction began in 2013. Competing in four events at the district qualifier last month, the GHS cheerleaders took first in all-girl show routine, second in pom and second in sideline – and came within a few points of qualifying in the fourth.

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Spring sports fire up this week — if weather allows

The Clearwater Valley baseball boys are penciled in to lead off the local spring sports seasons at 4 p.m. March 9 against Cole Valley Christian at CVHS. The Grangeville boys are slated to play Cole Valley at 11 a.m. March 10, and after the Grangeville game, the Rams have scheduled a 2 p.m. date with that other “CV.”

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Vander Esch cements his status

Salmon River High alum and former Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch measured up to the enormous interest in his NFL combine performance last weekend.

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GHS boys basketball banquet set March 8; Grangeville Co-ed Volleyball registration meeting set March 9; NWTF annual banquet calendared April 7; RMEF annual banquet scheduled April 21; Rifle raffle to support Veterans Association.

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Friday deadline to submit petition of candidacy, change affiliation

Deadline is this Friday, March 9, to submit petitions of candidacy for positions to be decided in the May 15 primary. Open at the local level are the following Idaho County positions: commission districts 1 and 3 (currently held by Skip Brandt and Denis Duman, respectively), clerk (Kathy Ackerman) assessor (James Zehner), treasurer (Abbie Hudson) and coroner (Cody Funke).

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Vote on Tuesday - State funding comes with caveats

Additional funding from the state of Idaho for education is good news, right? Yes, but don’t put away your checkbooks just yet. “The increase in state funding for next year is a little more than $300,000 for Mountain View School District 244,” said school district business manager Becky Hogg. This means the share of MVSD’s daily operating costs paid by the state has increased from the current level of 65 percent to 66 percent.

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Vote on Tuesday - Kamiah asks patrons for $500k levy

It’s a simple decision. ‘Yes,’ will allow us to maintain a no-frills system … a ‘no’ vote will further impact reductions,” said Kamiah Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins. Kamiah will ask its patrons to pass a $500,000 levy next Tuesday, March 13.

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Vote on Tuesday - MVSD hopes to pass $3 million levy

“We know our community cares about our kids, and I hope they will come out and vote ‘yes’ for the levy,” said Mountain View School District 244 chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. MVSD will ask patrons to support a $3,090,048 levy next Tuesday, March 13.

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Three EMTs honored for service at GEMTA Spring Fling

Three Grangeville EMTs were honored for 115 years of combined service at the annual GEMTA Spring Fling conference, held March 3-4. Recognized were Bill Spencer, Jerry Haaland and Bob Helena. The trio was recognized at the Saturday evening, March 3, banquet.

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‘Buying your portion...’ - Hard facts of city fees aired at Grangeville public meeting

Figuring out what the city will charge users for its fees can be a confusing, complex formula with an alphabet soup of acronyms. As well, it involves the entirety of public utility issues imaginable from existing water capacity, needed repairs, wastewater plant chemistry, federally mandated upgrades and essential public safety concerns. “And then you try to explain it to the people paying the bills,” said Grangeville public works director Jeff McFrederick, “and they look at you like you’re full of it.”

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Grangeville grows from events like this

Thank you Syringa and our town for rolling out a “red carpet” in support for these kinds of events and its infusion of dollars that pay wages and increase our viability. Grangeville is a strong community with some very fine businesses that are only poised to grow and prosper from events like this and our hospitality.

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Love forests? Express ideas at local meeting

If you share a love of North Central Idaho forests and want to express your ideas about their management, make plans to show up at the public meetings being sponsored by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest this week

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Regional snowpack levels above average

Regional snowpack levels are above average, according to the latest water supply outlook report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Currently, the highest snowpacks are in the Clearwater Basin where, collectively, they are 110 percent of normal.

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$200 million tax relief approved by Idaho Senate

Passed 26-9 last Thursday, March 1, House Bill 463 – believed to be the largest tax cut in state history – will cut $160 million in lowering the personal and business income tax rates, and an additional $40 million by creating a new non-refundable state $130-per-qualifying-child tax credit. Additionally, it reduces both the personal income tax rate (in all brackets) and the corporate income tax rate by 0.475 percent.

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Scam call claims Microsoft refund due

Software company giant Microsoft is going out of business, and you are due for a refund. Umm, no, it’s not, and no, you’re not. “It’s so strange. It’s so obviously a scam,” said Bonnie Asker of Grangeville.

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Fulcher: held beliefs without wavering

To this day he fights for the things that those with conservative ideals hold dear. He has held these beliefs without wavering. This is why I do and will continue to support Russ Fulcher.

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USFS failed in genuine citizens engagement

Despite efforts of some, Forest Service Supervisor Cheryl Probert failed to engage citizens through genuine public involvement. Weekday afternoon collaborative sessions should not replace weeknight meetings more convenient for the overall public.

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Peter K Northcutt, 64

Peter “Pete” K. Northcutt, 64, of Grangeville, Idaho, died Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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Risch recognizes AWS as Small Business of the Month

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has named Advanced Welding and Steel (AWS) of Grangeville, as the “Small Business of the Month” for February 2018. AWS will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the Senate.

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It's Your Business: Benefit dinner set for Meissner; Asker’s wins chili contest

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to help offset medical expenses for Cash and Carry employee Elaine Swanstrom Meissner has been set for Friday, March 16. The dinner will be held at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, 108 Truck Route. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the dinner served from 6-8 p.m. Admission is by donation. Elaine has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and will need to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and a hysterectomy. An account has been set up at Umpqua Bank in Elaine’s name.

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Lawrence D Regello, 91

Lawrence “Larry” D. Regello, 91, of Grangeville, Idaho, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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CVHS Students Head To BPA State

Clearwater Valley High School students recently attended the BPA (Business Professioanls of America) district conference in Lewiston. The following students qualified for the state conference in Boise this week (March 8-10):

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Cottonwood News: Lincoln Day dinner is this Friday

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has named Advanced Welding and Steel of Grangeville, Idaho as the “Small Business of the Month” for February 2018. Advanced Welding and Steel will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the Senate.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Snowplows stay busy

Eighteen inches of new snow on the ground, steelhead fishermen looking for a campground decided to step up and rent a cabin and state highway snowplows working all night on Sunday. That’s life upriver this last week.

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White Bird News: Set clocks ahead Sunday

Well March came in like a lion and I think we have experienced every season we possibly could this last week. Hold on, spring is coming! Correction from last week, the exercise classes are on Monday and Wednesdays, not Friday as reported before. Sorry for this.

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Elk City News: Two feet of snow in two weeks

Looks like we are getting the winter we didn’t get earlier! We have received about two feet of snow in the past two weeks, plus we had -5 degrees on Saturday, March 3. But spring is coming …the eagle is back flying around our house. He/she didn’t land in the “eagle tree”, but I have hopes of seeing it again soon.

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Cookbook available from Nazarene ladies

From Watergate Salad and Shipwreck Stew to Boiled Cake and Eggnog Ice Cream, “Recipes and Remembrances,” has it all. The 96-page Nazarene Ladies Cookbook was recently published and is on sale for $15. Included in the book are recipes from current Grangeville Church of the Nazarene members as well as those who have died.

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Sister is keeper of archives, history

Benedictines are known for having hospitality toward the past and the stories that tell us who we are. Some historians have attributed the survival of Western culture through the Middle Ages to the Benedictine monasteries of Europe. Sister Miriam Mendez oversees the Monastery of St. Gertrude archives for similar reasons. “It’s our community’s history. If we don’t understand our history, how do we know where we are going?” she asked.

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Pastor's View: The greatest relationship need

Kari and I have been to many marriage conferences and studied many things about relationships. Sometimes it seems like relationships are so complicated! What did she mean? What does he want? Why did they do that? What did I do wrong? What should I do now? We can end up walking on egg shells for awhile. Sometimes we end up crying a lot of tears and slamming a lot of doors. It can be frustrating. Can I get an amen!

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Emily Skiles’ Senior Project: CVHS student turns passion for art into action

“Drawing and painting is an everyday hobby of mine,” said Clearwater Valley High School senior Emily Skiles. Skiles, who lives in Kamiah, was host to an art show called Colors From Within Art Show on Feb. 27 at CVHS. This event is part of her senior project. Skiles was born in Lewiston and raised in Kamiah until the age of 3 when her family moved to Virginia for her father’s work until she was 7. She then moved back to Kamiah and attended school there until she started at CVHS her freshman year. She is the daughter of Kenneth Skiles and Gena Skiles.

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GEMS kindergarten registration is March 23

Friday, March 23, Mountain View School District 244 will be holding kindergarten registration at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. This is for school age children for entrance into kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for enrollment for kindergarten.

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Community Briefs - March 7, 2018

Idaho County Democrats will gather Monday, March 12, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center (on the truck route). Doors will open at 6 p.m. with an opportunity for socializing before the business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. This will be the third phase of the reorganization process including the selection of new officers and discussion of 2018 events and goals. Refreshments will be served. Call 208-983 2821.

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Riggins News: Fund-raiser on tap for March 17

My quotes for the week are from one of my favorite children’s authors, Dr. Seuss…difficult to choose just one…so, I chose two: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” from Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” from Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! Hope you all celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Saturday, March 2, in great Dr. Seuss style with a Dr. Seuss book in your hand…perhaps reading to a child…I sure did!

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Turner graduates basic

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — U.S. Air Force Airman Joe Trey R. Turner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Turner is a 2015 graduate of Caribel High School, Kamiah.

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Democrats to meet March 12

Idaho County Democrats will gather Monday, March 12, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center (on the truck route). Doors will open at 6 p.m. with an opportunity for socializing before the business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. This will be the third phase of the reorganization process including the selection of new officers and discussion of 2018 events and goals. Refreshments will be served. Call 208-983 2821.

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Quality schools important to students, community

Next Tuesday, area patrons will vote on one-year M&O levies for Mountain View School District 244 and Kamiah Joint School District 304. School district administrators have been clear on the need for these levies, which will help to maintain current programs. Without those funds, the school districts will suffer.

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Encourage vote on levy March 13

I would like to thank all of the people from the community who have worked to educate the public through social media and face-to-face conversation and to those who contacted me directly to discuss the upcoming supplemental election. The pointed questions and open discussion have shown me that the community is interested in the future of the school and also recognize the good things that the school is doing, to not only teach our children, but adapt to the societal changes that increase the burden on a difficult job.

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Yes on levy: Let’s not rely on govt. handouts

Fellow community members, please take the time to vote yes for the Mountain View School District’s levy on March 13th. The expression, “it takes a village to raise a child” rings so very true. Regardless of whether or not you have kids in the school system, it takes our entire community to raise our children and continue providing the opportunities we have.

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Yes on levy: can, must close funding gap

Communities that value education will thrive and survive. Whether in Elk City, Grangeville, Kamiah or Kooskia, a levy “yes!” vote will secure a brighter future for every student in our area by keeping the doors open, maintaining vital programs and supporting dedicated teachers.

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Yes on levy; add name to Medicaid petition

Go to the polls on March 13 and vote yes on MVSD 244 and Kamiah SD 304 levies. More than $1.5 million dollars a year in Secure Rural School District Funding is gone from our area schools’ annual budgets. There is no other way to fund this shortfall.

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Monday, March 5

Breastfeeding Bill Passes Senate Committee

The Idaho bill stating breastfeeding is neither indecent exposure nor obscene passed a senate panel Monday, March 5. If made into law, House Bill 448, drafted by Rep. Paul Amador, R-Couer d’Alene, would be the first legal protection for breastfeeding mothers in the state, with the exception of a law that allows breastfeeding moms to be exempted from jury duty. Idaho is the only state currently without protections for mothers who breastfeed.

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Third try on Rural Support Network bill

The Idaho House Education Committee passed a bill last Friday, March 2, that would create a Rural Support Network for Idaho schools. This is the third year in a row Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra has pushed for the network, which has never been approved.

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Thursday, March 1


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