Stories for May 2018


Thursday, May 31


Wednesday, May 30


Clearwater Valley News: Plethora of summer activities available for all

School’s out for summer! Congratulations to all of the Kamiah High School and Clearwater Valley graduates! It turns out caps and gowns aren’t just for high school. I caught a video clip on Facebook of Maylei Ryan and her class graduating from pre-school last week wearing bright blue caps and gowns while reciting their A-B-Cs. Too cute for words! Off to kindergarten in the fall.

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ITD survey to help prioritize projects

Idaho is the fastest growing state in the nation. To many, this is already old news, simply an announcement made by the U.S. Census Bureau in late 2017 that has come and gone in the headlines. But what this means for Idaho, and our infrastructure, doesn’t fade away like news headlines. The fact remains, and long-term impacts are imminent. So, what does this mean for our transportation infrastructure and what role does the Idaho Transportation Department play in navigating through the growth?

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Opinion - Letters - May 30, 2018

I read with interest your story [May 23 issue] about blinding LED streetlights. We have the same problem in Houston, Texas, and I would urge you to change course before too many are installed.

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Public meeting June 11 to focus on EMS challenges

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are vital to the healthcare of every community. Providing urgent medical care at the scene and then timely transport to the nearest medical facility not only dramatically improves the health outcome of the patient, it is often the difference between life and death.

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Protests dinged NFL’s business barely, if at all

National Football League player protests are back in the national news, thanks to the league’s new policy requiring players to stand and “show respect for the flag” if they are on the field during pregame flag ceremonies – and thanks to the President’s prompt criticism of that policy.

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Prairie High School Graduation

Cottonwood’s Prairie High Schoool graduated 28 students for the class of 2018 Friday night, May 25. Here, students ready for their commencement in the PHS gym.

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Four men remain missing since May 21 Selway crash

Four men remain missing since last week’s vehicle accident into the Selway River. As of press time Tuesday, May 29, missing were Koby J. Clark, 21, of Bozeman, Mont.; Reece L. Rollins, 22, of Terrebonne, Ore.; and brothers Raymond P. Ferrieri, 24, and Jesse A. Ferrieri, 21, both of Mahopac Falls, N.Y.

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Travis Murray cooks with heart for GHR residents

Travis Murray’s philosophy is simple: “The residents are people, just like you and me – and that’s how I treat them!” Murray is an evening cook and dessert preparer five days a week at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. “I love to cook,” he smiled. A graduate of culinary school in California, Murray has been on the job at GHR since December. “My family has had property here about 15 years and I moved here about two years ago, following my parents here,” he explained.

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Idaho County No. 12 on ‘financially healthy’ list

When it comes to being financial healthy, Idaho County isn’t a bad place to live. Idaho County ranks number 12 in the state for its financial health. To find the most financially healthy places, SmartAsset took a holistic approach, considering debt as a percent of income, bankruptcies per 1,000 people, poverty rates and unemployment rates. Nationally, Idaho County ranks at number 1,145. The percentage of the count’s debt versus income is at 1.28 percent, while bankruptcies per 1,000 are at 1.73.

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Elk City News: Friends raise $1,000-plus for town library

Hope your Memorial Day was one shared with friends and family and you all remembered and paid tribute and honor to those who serve us and our country in uniform. Several former Elk City students graduated from high school this year – yikes! Where did the time go? I had a granddaughter and grandson graduate this year!

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Cottonwood News: Raise pheasants to re-establish population

As I write this on Memorial Day, I hope everyone is remembering their loved ones who have passed away as well as all the military men and women who have given their lives so that we may live in a free country. The combined American Legion and VFW honor guard conducted services at Ferdinand and Keuterville this year. Those men should be commended for the great job they do.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Area booming as summer gets started

The Mighty Lochsa is over 9 feet this morning, cold and fast and raging, the spring thaw is coming off the mountains. Biggest water in several years, and sure isn’t over yet. I can sit on my front porch, and with my trusty telescope I can see the gauge on the bridge that spans the river and goes up the Selway. The age-old gauge doesn’t lie, and those rivers are high.

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Grangeville, county property values on the rise

Earlier this month, Idaho County assessor James Zehner told the county commission the property values on which local taxes are assessed will be “slightly up” across the area his department reappraised for 2018. And the real estate market points to a surge in home sale prices. In 2017, 44 Grangeville residences sold at an average reported price of $124,027, and so far in 2018, 10 sales have been reported at an average price of $140,645.

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Splash Down On The Lochsa

Conditions were overcast but comfortable for spectators at the falls for the annual wildness that is Lochsa River Madness, the local kickoff to the summer's whitewater rafting season. Rafts, catarafts, kayaks and tubers spilled down the Lochsa River this past weekend for three days of whitewater action, helped on by the cheers of spectators along the banks at milepost 114 on U.S. Highway 12.

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GHS graduation: ‘Don’t be afraid to embrace plan B’

A beloved former Grangeville High School teacher had the crowd lit at graduation Friday night, May 25. Kathy Stefani, music teacher, was the guest speaker for the class of 2018’s ceremony. Stefani received whistles and whoops as well as thunderous applause as she greeted the standing-room only crowd. “I have missed you, and am so honored to be here,” she said, sharing memories of her decade in Grangeville that ended just two years ago when she moved to Moscow.

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Inconsistent veteran appreciation by Home Depot

As of today, the number of days this discount will be offered has been reduced to four holiday weekends, amounting to an approximate 90 percent reduction of Home Depot’s previous very public generous statement! Sounds like a classic ‘bait and switch’ publicity stunt. American servicemen and women don’t switch on their promises. We have been always faithful.

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Forests overgrown thanks to the USFS

I am absolutely amazed at how our local economy changed over the last 50 years. Fifty years ago, there were 14 sawmills within 100 miles of New Meadows. Our economy was great, jobs were plentiful, welfare was almost nonexistent, we had a U.S.F.S. to be proud of, if a forest fire started it was put out immediately wherever it occurred.

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Roberta F Gibbs, 95

Roberta F. Gibbs, 95, of Grangeville, Idaho, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.

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Transportation department encourages public participation in online survey

The Idaho Transportation Department is currently in the process of updating the long-range transportation plan for the state highway system. The department is seeking public input through an online interactive survey. Prioritizing strategies, allocation of new revenue and decision-making trade-offs are the three areas of focus for our interactive survey. The transportation department asks for your participation in this process. he survey closes on June 6.

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County chooses unique baby names in 2017; Idaho dances to its own drummer when it comes to baby names

When it comes to Idaho County, children have more unique names than the most popular names from across the state. The Social Security Administration recently announced the most popular baby names in Idaho for 2017. The top 10 boy names were Oliver, Liam, William, James, Mason, Samuel, Lincoln, Logan, Henry and Jackson. Girl’s names are Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Evelyn, Harper, Amelia, Abigail, Ava, Sophia and Elizabeth.

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‘Super Jam’ ISBA Bluegrass this weekend

The ISBA (Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association) is hosting its 13th Annual Spring Super Jam at the Kamiah KOA this weekend, June 1-3. Area acoustic and bluegrass musicians are invited to come play music with those who have come to pick and are camping at the resort.

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LCSC announces spring honor roll

Area residents were among the total 890 students at Lewis-Clark State College who earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2018 semester. Among the honorees, 455 made the President’s List while 435 were named to the Dean’s List.

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Grangeville High School Concert Choir

Grangeville High School held its end of year concert May 15 featuring GHS Wind Ensemble Band, Concert Choir (pictured) and Varsity Blue Choir. The music program is under the direction of Merrill-Lee Rasmussen.

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Fair royalty sign-up deadline is July 2

The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participation in the 2018-2019 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applicants is July 2.

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Democrats to meet for June Picnic next Sunday

The Idaho County Democratic Party will host their annual June Picnic and Pie Auction on Sunday, June 10, at the Cottonwood City Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Grilled ribs and chicken, iced tea, wine, punch, and lemonade will be provided. Bring your favorite beverage, a chair, a side dish, and possibly a pie for auction. Other auction items include a load of tamarack firewood.

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Classics on the Clearwater set for June 2

Long Camp “Classics on the Clearwater” 5th Annual Car Show and Swap Meet is set for Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Show car registration is $10; vendor space (10x10) is $10. Admission is a cash donation or six canned goods. Proceeds go to the Local Emergency Feeding Outreach. Long Camp RV Park is located one mile east of Kamiah River Bridge, Highway 12 MP 68. Call Connie at 208-935-7922.

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SPPS Donation

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School was given $5,000 Tuesday, May 22. Dolores Kaschmitter (right) stopped by to give the school a check from the Camas Prairie Charitable Foundation for Catholic Education. The foundation is comprised of parents, grandparents, family members and friends who have benefited from their previous education in Catholic schools. “We are very grateful for their continued support of prayers and treasure as we continue provide an excellent Catholic education to children of Camas Prairie and Grangeville,” said principal Leslie McDaniel.

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Section washes out on Sally Ann Road

Sally Ann Road remains impassible following last week’s cloudburst event that washed out a section about two miles up from State Highway 13. Repair work is pending required permitting and finding the right sized section of replacement culvert.

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A Memorial Day Salute From White Bird

Local men and women gathered at the White Bird Park to celebrate Memorial Day Monday, May 28, an effort of American Legion Post 152. Pictured above are (L-R) Delbert Wadsworth, Al Bolden, Fred Nichols and James Lee Weeks who all received Quilts of Valor from Pinehurst Quilters to commemorate their service in the United States military. Also receiving quilts were veterans Gerald Lindsey (accepted by his son, Walt Lindsey, pictured at left) and Johnny Glover. The Rebekahs served pie at the event.

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Big Water Blowout on tap for this weekend

The 2018 Big Water Blowout River Festival is this Saturday June 2 on the Salmon River. The Blowout is an action-packed family fun event with Riggins outfitters offering discounted raft trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get your thrill-seeking in and come paddle huge rapids with experienced guides and enjoy the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the second deepest river gorge in North America. The Dutch Oven Cookoff and dinner in the park will begin about 4:00 followed by dancing for everyone. Everyone is invited to get out and have fun.

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Thursday, May 24

Wednesday, May 23


Pirates place third

Beating Garden Valley, Glenns Ferry and Potlatch, the Prairie softball girls placed third at the 1A state tournament last weekend. Having rallied through the consolation bracket after a second-round loss to eventual champion Notus, Prairie squared off against Whitepine League rival Genesee with a chance to reach the title game on the line last Saturday morning. Genesee prevailed 16-2 in that one, but Notus took the title with a 3-0 win in the final.

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Riggins hosts top state officials for Capital for a Day event

“Unique as it is, it’s very informative for us,” said Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, speaking about the Capital for a Day event to more than 50 people – Riggins’ residents, and state staff and employees combined – last Friday, May 18. As much as it provides a view of the needs and concerns in communities across the state who get to directly question Idaho’s top officials, “We also learn from you,” he said, and, as staff are able, take care of those issues raised. “Frankly, this is why these are so useful,” Otter said.

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No charges planned following fatal crash

No charges will be filed following Sunday’s fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian accident at Winchester that resulted in the death of a Lewis County man. Shawn J. Cody, 47, of Winchester, died at the scene.

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Family Dollar to open July 12

Trucks buzzing in and out, lights on at all hours. What’s going on at the former King’s Discount Store Building off US Highway 95 in Grangeville? “We’re moving in,” laughed David Marsey, Boise, district manager for Family Dollar.

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Idaho Foodbank sees Idaho County numbers decreasing for the hungry

According to information released in May from The Idaho Foodbank, Idaho County’s current food insecurity rate is 14.9 percent (2,420 individuals) of its total population. For the state overall, Idaho’s food insecurity rate is 13.2 percent (221,800 individuals) of the total population. Idaho County hunger rates have declined steadily since 2012, according to study information released by Feeding America, when 19.5 percent (3,110) were food insecure, dropping 1.9 percent (280) the following year.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Living on the easy street of retirement

From the hill above Lowell, I write this as a recently retired resort owner. I slept with a smile on my face last night and uninterrupted with no middle of the night cabins to rent. This morning I drank my coffee without one phone call coming in. I did a load of wash with only some socks and jeans of my own: not one single sheet, not one single towel, not even a stack of cleaning rags! I am on easy street right here in Lowell.

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Grangeville takes second place in Nampa

Grangeville’s Hunter Schoo was the goat for much of last Friday afternoon, May 18 at Nampa Christian High School. But at the end of the Bulldogs’ semifinal comeback win over Malad, Schoo was Grangeville’s hero.

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White Bird News: Flags to go up Friday in cemetery

Rain again, rivers and creeks running high and a little sunshine, wow is the warmer weather ever going to make an appearance? Farmers’ Almanac says not until mid-June. Just some reminders for this week as there wasn’t a lot happening in our little town.

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Riggins News: Muzzie Braun to play on Memorial Day

My quote for this week is the 2018 Salmon River High School Graduates’ Class Motto: “It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are.” Salmon River High School graduation will be held in the main gym this Friday, May 25, 7 p.m., followed by an all-class party in the multi-purpose room. Help honor the 2018 SRHS graduates, Miranda Hofflander, Payton Branstetter, Devan Branstetter, Taylor Ledgerwood, Joe Fredrickson, and Deseri Jaramillo-Swan as they celebrate their big day and look forward to the next part of their life’s journey as indicative of their Class Song, “Send Me on My Way.”

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Tapping In Tutus With Shirley’s Dance Studio

Shirley’s Dance Studio – Grangeville Dancers held their spring recital Sunday, May 20, at Grangeville High School. Seniors Nicole Parks and Hailey Russell danced their senior spotlight along with 25 other dancers ages 3 and older.

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Organizations - May 23, 2018

Stan Modrell opened the May 7th meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Shirley Crane offered the prayer. James Lawyer was the winner of the free dinner drawing. 84 meals were served at the site and 24 hot and 48 frozen meals were home delivered. Guests: Larry Butler, Wally Acton and Lavern Acton. Pinochle Winners: Beth Parish, first with 6,220 and John Purdy, second with 4,300.

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Schoo lifts Bulldogs to 2A final

Grangeville’s baseball tournament ended in the final — a game the Bulldogs might not have reached if not for Hunter Schoo’s game-winning hit in extra innings against Malad.

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Congratulations 2A Baseball Runners-Up

The Grangeville baseball team placed second at the 2A state tournament last week. Pictured are from left: (back row) assistant coach Rick Stephens, Tyler Stephens, Ethan Bonn, Chase Adkison, Easton McEwen, Hunter Schoo, Trent Hunter, Kolten Key, Jack Kennedy, Braxton Miskin, Blake Schoo and Reece Wimer; (front row) Dawson McEwen, Quinn Hall, assistant coach Bob Barreiros, Gannon Garmin, head coach Lee Nadiger, Tescher Harris, Ethan Croston, Tori Ebert and Michael Woods.

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Tennis teams hold court

Grangeville and Clearwater Valley tennis players ran into tough competition — including Community, Ambrose and Parma players — at the 3A state tennis tournament last weekend in Caldwell.

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Community Briefs - May 23, 2018

Are area schools have set their graduation dates and times. They are as follows: •Clearwater Valley High School (Kooskia), Friday, May 25, 5 p.m. •Grangeville High School, Friday, May 25, 7 p.m. •Highland High School (Craigmont), Saturday, May 26, 1 p.m. •Kamiah High School, Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. •Nezperce High School, Friday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. •Prairie High School (Cottonwood), Friday, May 25, 7 p.m. •Salmon River High School (Riggins), Saturday, May 26, 7 p.m.

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Oatman leads Kubs charge

Kamiah’s Kaleb Oatman had thrown the discus farther and farther each week since April 28, but even a new personal record might not have outdistanced the bombs barrel-chested Valley sophomore Collin Tvrdy hurled last Saturday morning, May 19.

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Kamiah HOSA continues fund-raising efforts

The Kamiah Chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals is kicking off a series of fund-raising activities to fund travel to the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, June 27-30. At the conference students will compete in a variety of health-related competitions and workshops.

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Dumas uses Print Shop to publish mother’s poetry

Shelly Dumas recently finished a project that had been on her “to-do” list for a long time. Dumas gathered the writings of her mother, Taimie Erickson Preston, and had the originals scanned and published in a book called “Fragments of Me.” “My mom was a prolific writer and had several things published throughout her life,” Dumas said. Her mother was from the Coeur d’Alene area.

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Cottonwood News: Debbie Chicane honored with ‘Guardian’ award

Torrential rains caused a lot of flooding in the Greencreek area last week. The picture is further east on Red Rock Road in the Winona area where the water was up to the edge of the road. There is a culvert underneath the road, but it could not handle all the water. It formed a whirlpool above the mouth of the culvert.

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Speculation is a species predicament

Goose-stepping is the perfunctory mechanism of loyal adherents to any nation, party or organization. We visually, audibly, that is, sensorially process signals that are then interpreted by our computer, our brain. The brain compartmentalizes the data based on paradigms we have embedded in our understandings

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Orofino school kitchen manager receives award

The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has named Jerrilyn Hernandez from Orofino Junior-Senior High School in Joint School District 171, ID, the 2018 Manager of the Year. Considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn, the award recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.

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This local school board must resign

Did all you taxpayers know that our local school board passed a motion at the April school board meeting to not hire a lawyer to negotiate with the teachers’ union this year?

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Social services designee is an advocate for residents

Although Samantha Lovetere said she now loves her Idaho job, it wasn’t the reason she and her family moved to Idaho County. “We discovered Summit Academy, and that’s why we decided to move here, on faith,” she smiled. Lovetere and her husband, Josh, have three children, ages 10, 8 and 6. They moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Cottonwood in December 2017.

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Milly 'Sue' Smith, 84

Milly "Sue" Smith, 84, of Kooskia, Idaho, died May 21, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.

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Robert 'Bob' Wisdom, 94

A graveside service for Robert “Bob” Wisdom, 94, of Grangeville, Idaho, will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. (mountain time) at the Riggins Cemetery, Riggins, Idaho, followed by a memorial service at 12 p.m. at the Riggins Community Hall

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Tuesday, May 22

Search continues for four men missing after Monday crash into Selway River

UPDATE - The search continues for four men missing in the Selway River after a motor vehicle crash on Monday, May 21. According to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, May 23, Painted Rock Fire Suppression, Back Country Helicopter and Salmon Rafting were able to secure a line on the Suburban. Thursday, heavy equipment was brought in and the vehicle was removed from the river. None of the victims was located inside the vehicle.

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Monday, May 21

Even with Lower HRW Outlook, U.S. Wheat Production Called Up for 2018/19

With the small, stressed hard red winter (HRW) wheat crop getting the lion’s share of attention, it was an initial surprise to read in USDA’s May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) that U.S. wheat production is expected to increase to 49.6 million metric tons (MMT) in 2018/19. That would be up 5 percent year over year, if realized.

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Friday, May 18

Thursday, May 17

First-ever collaborative field day between U of I, CHS Primeland and LCS debuts June 19

The University of Idaho (UI), CHS Primeland and Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) invite grain growers and their guests to the first annual Northern Idaho Collaborative Field Day. Ag experts from across the region will gather at Lindsay Creek Vineyards on Tuesday, June 19, to share the latest in grain research, genetics, varieties and commodities. RSVP to attend is by Friday, June 8.

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Wednesday, May 16

Medicare workshop offered May 23 in Grangeville

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance, is offering a Medicare Workshop, on Wednesday May 23rd at the Soltman Center, 600 W Main Street, Grangeville from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Kooskia softball season picks up

Recreational coed softball season is on this summer in Kooskia. Practice and play Mondays and Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. at Kooskia City Park. All skill levels are welcome and play continues through Labor Day.

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Norman, Bulldogs ready to run

The District I-II track meet couldn’t have gone much better for Grangeville’s Braison Nor- man, who qualified individ- ually in three events as well as the Bulldogs’ medley relay.

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GHS sending 10 to state tennis

Grangeville’s Colby Kennedy won the district boys singles title and is one of 10 Bulldogs on to state. The state meet runs May 18-19 at Vallivue and Caldwell high schools.

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Grangeville Cheer Squad meeting set; Grangeville football spring combine scheduled May 22; Sprague wrestling camp tour coming to Kamiah this summer; Annual White Bird Hill bike ride is June 2; Rifle raffle to support Veterans Association; B-ball camp slated; Soccer meeting set.

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Sponsored content: Support group available for all caregivers

The disease of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are prevalent in this day and age. Unfortunately, there is no cure—-yet. It is very baffling, not only for the person with the disease, but also for his/her family and friends.

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Sponsored content: Make sure mowers are up to task

It’s sunny, it’s raining – sometimes in the same day. Yet, we’re already out there, working in the yard to keep up with the spring growth busting out all over.

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Sponsored content: The meaning of Memorial Day

All too often around Memorial Day we tend to forget exactly why the holiday was created - to honor those American men and women who died during combat. The holiday, instituted in 1866 after the Civil War, was first known as Decoration Day. It was set aside to remember both Union and Confederate soldiers alike.

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EMS exercise draws area agencies to train on mass casualty scenario

With the swirl around him of injured accident victims and personnel from multiple response agencies treating them and processing for transport, Grangeville EMT and staging officer, Brian Adams, was adamant in one command: “Try not to get any blood on the carpet,” he said as a patient was loaded into the back of his minivan. “My wife will yell less.”

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Gov. Otter to bring capital to Riggins this Friday, May 18

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter brings his cabinet and other senior state officials to Riggins this Friday, May 18, for his administration’s 102nd Capital for a Day. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the upper level of the Riggins Community Center, 121 Lodge Street.

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Manufacturing top payroll 2016 for Idaho County according to Census

When it comes to take-home pay in Idaho County, the manufacturing industry leads the pack, and it is among the top five business sectors that, combined, comprise nearly 75 percent of total annual payroll. This information is according to new U.S. Census Bureau economic statistics released in April.

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Budget line overrun as men MacGregor once defended face prosecution in county

As part of a review of county spending midway through the current budget cycle, the Idaho County Commission recently had the prosecuting attorney account for a spending line that had over-topped the full-year amount the commission budgeted last summer. Commissioner Mark Frei asked prosecuting attorney Kirk MacGregor to account for the amount the county has spent on for “conflict” prosecution since the current budget year began last October.

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I plan on doing the ‘right’ thing

I have to say, I am very disappointed in the Idaho County Farm Bureau. Usually, the group is really good about asking knowledgeable folks to come address the membership about issues before taking such a public position. But in this case, they did not want to invite the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, commission chair or anyone with an understand of the issue to a meeting to offer an explanation of what processing a tax refund might entail.

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State grant, federal SRS funds bankroll county’s fire mitigation

The Secure Rural Schools (SRS, a.k.a. federal forest funds) reauthorized by Congress earlier this year flows not only to highway districts and local schools. Some of it funds small forestry projects through Idaho County’s fire mitigation department. But the county’s fire mitigation arm also has put some state money to work: About $111,000 so far this year, fire mitigation manager Randy Doman told county commissioners Tuesday, May 1.

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City OKs to budget brick strip removal

The Main Street brick strip is going away. Last Monday, May 7, the Grangeville City Council tasked public works with removing the downtown Main Street brick strip as time and budget allow. Personalized bricks will be replaced – according to plans at this time – with a colored and stenciled concrete, the same as which was incorporated by the city at Heritage Square.

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Fishing Fun At Winchester

Winchester Lake was busy on a recent Saturday. Jannette Mendenhall of Nezperce helps 5-year-old Robby Maynard ready his pole and her granddaughter, Hailey, settles in to fish.

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White Bird News: Memorial Day poker run set for May 26

As we approach the middle of the month, I for one was really glad to see the nice weather stick around for last weekend. I hope everyone had a great time and especially the mothers on their day, Sunday. The upcoming events are fast approaching as again we start to look forward to annual celebration of White Bird Days and Rodeo. More on the events as they begin to get closer.

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Clearwater Valley News: Bar to host patio dance, live band this Friday night

The Silver Dollar Pizzeria and Pub in Stites is celebrating the completion of their outdoor covered patio with a grand opening on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The Grant Webb Band will begin at 8 p.m., for dancing. They are a three-piece band described as southern rock and blues with country twang. You are welcome to come early for dinner. A mini-bar is available outside for beer and a few select drinks, so you don’t have to go inside at all if you don’t want to. I’ve enjoyed watching the transformation of the old outdoor space, a muddy patch with a chain link fence around it, to a nice paved patio with a high open-air roof. These last couple of weeks people have been out enjoying the space. They will have ice buckets with six beers for $13.

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Riggins News: Hike for hooters this Saturday in Pollock

My quote for this week is “Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.” Congratulations to Dr. Dave Hall, who received the 2018 Idaho Family Physician of the Year at their 70th Annual Conference in Sun Valley by the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians. A tribute was made to Dr. Hall for his generous contributions to his profession, to medical education and his service and dedication to his community and the state. For the past 24 years, he has practiced rural family medicine at Salmon River Family Medicine as well as St. Luke’s Clinic Payette Lakes and St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center. Brad Neuendoerf, former SRHS teacher and coach, was recognized as the Wyoming Secondary Principal of the year for 2018.

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Cottonwood News: Masses, graduations set for Summit, Prairie

May 19 is the date for the Cottonwood Community Yard Sales. Contact Emily McHugh at 208-507-5638 to put your sale on the map. On May 20, the seniors from Prairie High School and Summit Academy will be honored at the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Cottonwood. All seniors are invited to this special Mass. There will be a reception following the liturgy.

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ARF Fund-raiser

Grangeville’s Animal Rescue Foundation was host to a fund-raising dinner and auction Friday, May 11, at The Gallery. All funds raised will go toward the building of a regional animal shelter.

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BSU names spring 2018 graduates

Boise State University honored spring graduates during two commencement ceremonies May 5 in Taco Bell Arena. Together they drew a record 1,800-plus students.

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Mt. Idaho Gymnastics

Mt. Idaho Gymnastics held its end-of-year meet and skills testing recently. On Thursday, May 10, 30 intermediate gymnasts met. Owner and coach Lynn Welborn, along with coaches Christy Sonnen and Emily Schacher, led the girls through their moves and scored them on beam and floor exercises. They also competed on floor vault exercises and worked on bars.

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Told uses reading to help attain Eagle Scout status

Eagle Scout projects generally require about 15 hours of community service time. However, that amount for Michael Told could be quadrupled and not even touch the time he has devoted to his project. “I’ve spent a lot of time here at GEMS [Grangeville Elementary Middle School],” the Grangeville High School junior smiled.

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Library makes updates to young adult reading area; June 11 is sign up for summer reading program

Thanks to several grants and local volunteer help, Grangeville Centennial Library is making some changes. Most notable is the brightly painted and redecorated young adult area. “One of our library aides, Nicole Hill, did the painting and the refurbishing of tables,” said librarian Angie Norman. The bright greens, purples and geometric shapes add vitality to the area that is meant to entice teenagers.

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Fox opens art show in Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. – Grangeville High School graduate Katy Ann Fox is showing her stuff. Art, that is. Fox will open an individual show at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming, on May 25, 5 to 7 p.m. The show will hang at the location, 265 South Cache Street, from May 23-June 26. The artist talk on May 23 is at noon.

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Valley-area residents win art contest

Friday, April 20th, the Upriver Youth Leadership Council’s (UYLC) Youth Advisory Board (YAB), hosted a drawing contest. Each contestant had about a month to prepare art pieces for the big day.

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Take care of, license those dogs

Warm weather is upon us…hopefully! With that, folks are starting to open windows, take evening walks and enjoy the outdoors. One thing that causes problems when folks are enjoying our wonderful area is dogs.

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CIAA announces art show awardees

Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 51st show the first weekend in May included 65 artistic creations by 21 artists. The categories included oil/acrylic/watercolor, photography, sculpture, pencil-pastel-scratch board and mixed media. Jackie Zumalt earned the best of show award for her watercolor “Daylight Reveler.” This painting also earned the kid’s choice award. Zumalt noted that the painting was created by applying approximately twenty layers of color.

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Community Briefs - May 16, 2018

GRANGEVILLE  — There will be a community prayer walk for schools, teachers, students and administration Sunday, May 20, 3 p.m. This will start at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, continue to Sts. Peter and Paul School and move on to Grangeville High School.

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GEMS students participate in GREAT Day

On April 12, three Grangeville Elementary Middle School students accompanied college and career adviser Bobbie Kennedy, to “GREAT Day” (Getting Ready for Engineering and Technology) at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). Cheyanne Brown, Tate Johnson and Isaac Hill learned about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.

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On Lochsa exchange, no means no!

The Upper Lochsa Land Exchange is back from the dead. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is interested in purchasing the 39,000 acres of private land owned by Western Pacific Timber. These lands are the infamous cutover “checkerboard” near Lolo Pass and the Idaho/Montana border.

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Shocked on deaths from guns vs. abortion

In the high school atmosphere recently, it has appeared the biggest controversy has been the issue of gun control. This is because of mass school shootings that have occurred, and the fear and grief brought on the world by the losses that we have experienced.

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Plant sale set for Saturday, May 19

Spring is in the air and Grangeville Farmers’ Market has been busy. “We are happy to announce a partnership with the Grangeville High School Chapter of FFA and Ms. Mosman’s botany class,” said market volunteer Lynette Mullis.

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Local Super 8 achieves ‘No. 1 Best Quality’

The Wyndham Hotel Group announced May 8 that the Super 8 Hotel by Wyndham in Grangeville has been awarded the No. 1 Best Quality Award out of more than 2,400 properties in North America. The award goes to the highest guest satisfaction scoring hotel on TripAdvisor and WynReview combined with cleanliness inspections. Super 8 Grangeville has been a “Pride of Super 8 Property” and in the top 3 percent of all Super 8 properties since its opening in October 1999.

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Alcohol a suspected factor in fatal crash

Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s fatal vehicle crash outside Kamiah. Roy J. Gehrke, 62, of Nezperce, succumbed to his injuries at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, according to Idaho State Police.

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Wednesday, May 9

Students learn history of Nimipuu people

At the heart of every culture are the stories and places that sustain them as a people. Nez Perce Tribe member Marcie Bailey stops often for an up-close look at local history and Nez Perce legend at the Heart of the Monster site on U.S. Highway 12.

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$152K bid at sheriff’s auction; Commissioners question SAR budget overage at meeting

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office auction held April 28 drew bids totaling more than $152,000, according to public records – and not every big-ticket item was sold. “There were things we couldn’t sell because of the time requirements of the federal government,” Giddings told the Free Press May 7. Because state law requires money from the sale of county property to flow through the county’s general fund and be allocated by the county commissioners through the normal budget process, elected officials are moving to put their “horsetrading” over what to do with the auction proceeds in writing.

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Vacancies cloud role to allocate SRS funds

When the county receives federal Secure Rural Schools (SRS) forest funds anticipated next month, it will deal with two longstanding types of money not addressed in previous Free Press reporting on the sudden reauthorization earlier this year. These funds are known as Title II and Title III funds, and are administered differently than the bulk of the money, which flows to local schools and highway districts.

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Voters go to polls for May 15 primary; Hart back on ballot

Primary elections are next Tuesday, May 15, for voters to be deciding on several District 7, state and federal races, as well as school district levies. And Phil Hart’s name is back on the ballot. Votes cast for him will be considered in the Dist. 7B legislative race.

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Incumbent Shepherd to face Hart for Dist. 7B Rep. post

Incumbent Paul Shepherd faces challenger Phil Hart, a former Idaho Legislator, in the upcoming Republican primary. Primary elections are May 15. No other parties have filed candidates in this race, nor have any write-ins. District 7 includes Idaho, Clearwater, Shoshone and a portion of Bonner counties. The Idaho County Free Press solicited information from each of the candidates concerning their qualifications and issues of the district.

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Mass casualty incident exercise set this Saturday, May 12, at Fenn

Multiple emergency response agencies – police, fire and medical – from Cottonwood and Grangeville, Idaho County and the state will be participating in a mass casualty incident exercise this Saturday, May 12, at Fenn. Its purpose is training — not just in the nuts and bolts of on-scene emergency extraction and medical care, but in agencies being able to coordinate and cooperate during a crisis that potentially will tax available services to and beyond limit.

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USFS, Tribe committed to responsible resource management; land use at issue at Pittsburg Landing

The leaders of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the Nez Perce Tribe wish to respond to questions regarding cattle grazing in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) near Pittsburg Landing. We want the community to understand why cattle grazing is occurring on this portion of the Hells Canyon NRA. Portions of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest overlap with the traditional homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe.

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Planting with a Purpose: Remacle steps forward to green-up Riggins City Park

Planters are showing their colorful greenery for the start of summer, thanks to volunteer Sammie Remacle, who stepped up to assist the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce for the work at the city park last month. “It feels good to make the town nice,” Remacle said. “Adding that little extra to it does make a difference — you notice that when it’s not there.”

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MVSD 242 patron questions employee involvement in March 14 GHS walkout

“OK – I have some concerns about the walkout that happened at Grangeville High School [March 14],” he said. “As a taxpayer, I have concerns about paid employees of the school district being involved in this. I know it was just a walk around the school, but as their employer, I want to know what the ramifications are of this?”

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Riggins Rodeo 2018: Roping Takes A Team Effort

Team roper Steve King bursts from the chute in Sunday’s Riggins Rodeo action. The 70th annual event ran May 5-6, featuring saddle bronc, buill riding and barrel racing. Event results were unavailable as of press time.

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Shepherd: Can trust him on tough issues

Please support Paul Shepherd’s re-election bid to Idaho House of Representatives seat District 7B. Paul has authored and introduced one of the most important pieces of legislation into the House of Representatives.

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Encourage people be involved in meetings

I read the article from the new CEO of Syringa Hospital [May 2 issue]. There was a profound difference in the way things are explained between a man who was born and raised in Idaho County, and one who was not.

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Labrador: lives up to his principles

Raul Labrador would be a great governor for Idaho. He supports farming, ranching, mining and the timber industry. He wants all small business to be able to grow without taxes and regulations over burdening their business.

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Elk City News: Cranes cause racket ‘yelling’ at geese

We heard a racket down in our meadow and when we went to investigate, there were three sandhill cranes “yelling” at four Canada geese, apparently invading their territory. The photo only shows one goose but there were more. Hope you enjoy! Mother’s Day is just around the corner on the 13th. Take time to appreciate your mother in thought and deed. If she is not living, tell your grandkids about her.

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Do right thing: Return money to taxpayers

We appreciate your service as our elected officials and the tough decisions that are made from the chairs you sit in. Now is the time to exercise the trust granted to you. Do the right thing and return to the taxpayers what they so willingly agreed to support when you did not have the SRS funds.

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White Bird News: Pathfinders ride set for May 9

“And the thunder rolls.” Yes, it did Sunday evening, along with mud slides, rock and flooding during the weekend. I hope everyone is OK, and was out of harm’s way. Even a semitruck was no match for an elk on the US 95 hill. I heard that the High School Rodeo and Riggins Rodeo did well and had great turnouts for both events.

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Author, Conley, presentation May 11 as part of state archaeology month

Idaho author Cort Conley will present a historic overview of boating on the Salmon River this Friday, May 11, as part of events scheduled for Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Conley’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Grangeville, 104 Airport Road.

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Riggins News: RES ‘Spring Fling’ set for Thursday

Happy Mother’s Day! My quote for this week is “No one and nothing can ever take the place of your mother. She knows and loves you more than anyone.” Salmon River Community Church will honor mothers and daughters on Saturday, May 12, noon, with a Mother’s Day Tea. All ladies are invited to come and enjoy a special day with a great program designed especially for mothers. Tea sandwiches, petite cookies, tea, coffee, and punch will be served by the deaconesses.

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Giddings gives talk to CV club on experience as A-10 pilot

Dist. 7A Rep. and USAF pilot Priscilla Giddings of White Bird spoke at an April 27 presentation to the Clearwater Valley Aero Club at the Kamiah Airport. Giddings spoke on her military experiences piloting an A-10 air support and ground attack jet. Approximately 70 people attended.

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Equipment for Cottonwood Riding Club due to amazing people

Cottonwood Riding Club royalty wanted to step up and do something extra or different this year for our club, so when we heard we were in need of a cultivator, we brainstormed to come up with ideas. We heard about grant opportunities available through Northwest Farm Credit Services and thought we should apply.

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Special Advisor on Agriculture to President Trump meets with local FFA member

In April, at the the FFA State Leadership Conference I got the opportunity of a lifetime. I was able to meet with Ray Starling, part of the National Economic Council and the special advisor to President Trump for agriculture. Along with being a keynote speaker at the convention, he met with a small group of FFA members to tell us a little bit about himself and answer our questions about current agricultural standings.

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Organizational News, May 9

- White Cane Days supports Lions Club’s sight and hearing work - 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club - Grangeville Senior Citizens - Pioneer Senior Citizens - Grangeville FFA at State Leadership Convention

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Clearwater Valley News: Take mom to museum for dessert

I spent a fun Friday evening enjoying the last Kamiah Characters theater performance of the year as part of a great crowd of all ages. The play “How the West was Won or Black Hat Optional,” was a spoof on Western melodrama. It seemed a perfect play for the “Characters” since the parts encouraged them to have some fun and be over-the-top in their acting.

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Adkison hits triples record

Grangeville junior Chase Adkison — who his coach regards as “the toughest out in the State of Idaho” — faced two-strike counts on several occasions during the 2A District I-II baseball tournament Monday, May 7.

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It's Your Business: Camas Prairie Insurance working on new office building

You may have noticed that Dave Seyer’s former insurance office building on Grangeville’s Main Street was demolished May 3. Camas Prairie Insurance (owned by Dominic Lustig) is rebuilding its new office on the same site at 526 W. Main Street. They are temporarily located at 621 West South 1st Street (one block west of the old building, across from Grangeville Builders). The new office is planned to be finished by this fall.

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Idaho County Democrat Caucus set May 14

Registered Democrats are invited to caucus on May 14 to help select Idaho County delegates to the Idaho Democratic Party State Convention to be held in Caldwell, Idaho June 29-30.

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Community Briefs - May 9, 2018

The Tahoe Mountain Rest Cemetery will have a cleanup day Thursday, May 10, 8 a.m. If it rains, it will be held May 21. Bring weed eaters; the cemetery will furnish gasoline. Call Lewis Ulmer at 208-926-4732.

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Comm - Milestone - Births - May 9, 2018

Rory Jax Zeya Pollan <strong>Ben and Lyndsay Pollan of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son.</strong> Rory Jax Zeya Pollan was born Friday, April 27, 2018, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville. He weighed eight pounds, six ounces and was 19 inches long. He joins siblings Reese, Peyton, Kaden and Charlie. <strong>Oakley Rain Tow</strong> Hank and Caitland Tow of Elk City, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Oakley Rain Tow was born Friday, May 4, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She weighed nine pounds, six ounces and was 19.25 inches long. She joins big sister, Elizabeth Tow. Grandparents are Ron and Lennis Tow of Elk City and Nick and Shawna Hilbert of Grangeville, Idaho.

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County seeks bids for Woodland gravel stockpile

Idaho County’s informal solicitation to supply rock for the county’s Woodland-area stockpile resulted in one bid for $138,000 last month, so the county commissioners decided Tuesday, May 1, to advertise it formally in the newspaper. The “call for bid” legal notice is in the Idaho County Free Press this week.

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Local students fare well at state HOSA competition

Local students competed at the state HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) event April 11-13 at the Boise Riverside Hotel. In all, about 850 students from across the state competed. Among those were students from Kamiah, Grangeville and Prairie high schools.

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Tuesday, May 8 brief

Rifle raffle to support Veterans Association; Annual White Bird Hill bike ride is June 2; Sprague wrestling camp tour coming to Kamiah this summer; Grangeville football spring combine scheduled May 22

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Grangeville wins district

Grangeville’s second consecutive district title came on the heels of coach Lee Nadiger’s first regular season title, as the Bulldogs ran over Orofino 12-2 and blunted a last-inning rally by St. Maries to win the district title game 3-2.

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Wednesday, May 2

Zumwalt wins another

Grangeville High alum Frankie Zumwalt’s second career MMA fight ended with a decision in his favor against John Naccorotto last Saturday night, April 28.

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‘America’s Team’ makes Vander Esch its No. 1 choice

Before he went to Boise State, before he went on to be picked No. 19 overall in the NFL draft, Leighton Vander Esch was better-known for basketball than football, judging by the number of people who recalled his slam dunks for Salmon River High School among their favorite memories Thursday night, April 26.

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Rodeo rides into Riggins this weekend

With the theme of “Riggins Rodeo … 70 Years of Thrills, Frills and Spills … and They Keep Coming Back,” the Riggins Rodeo is set for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. (All times MT.)

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Forest Service monitoring finds South Fork miners sticking to the rules

In recent years, gold miners have gone to the state capitol in large numbers to demand a sweeping rollback of state and federal Clean Water Act regulations they say impinge on small scale suction dredging operations, but a subtle change in the state’s rules for this upcoming dredging season may put to the test how many miners are willing to work the South Fork Clearwater River this summer.

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Medicaid Expansion expects 60k signatures for initiative

Voters across Idaho were filing the final signatures on Tuesday, May 1, for a November ​ballot initiative​ to expand Medicaid in the state. According to a release, supporters were anticipating turning in more than 60,000 valid signatures, collected from all 44 counties and all 35 legislative districts across Idaho, to qualify the initiative for the ballot. Of this, Idaho County volunteers collected nearly 800 signatures.

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Jungert questions ethics of pharmacy competing with private sector

“Syringa Hospital has got into the for-profit business,” said Chad Jungert, owner of Irwin Drug. “The problem is that they are a tax-based business getting into the private enterprise of Idaho County.” Jungert addressed the Idaho County Commission Tuesday, April 17, with a request to consider removing Syringa Hospital as a public taxing district.

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Syringa board stands by decision to open pharmacy

“There are efforts out there to close down our [Syringa] pharmacy,” said Syringa board of trustees chair Al Bolden, White Bird, at the April 24 meeting. At the beginning of its meeting, board members and administrator Abner King discussed the recent visit to the Idaho County Commissioners by Irwin Drug owner Chad Jungert.

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Tort filed against county, sheriff's office in 2017 jail death

The parents of a Grangeville man, Justin R. Ross, who died while in custody in the Idaho County jail last year, have filed a tort claim against the Cottonwood Police Department (CPD), Idaho County and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) alleging actions of negligence that resulted in his death.

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GOP convention delegates chosen May 23

The Republican Party will be selecting delegates and alternates to the Idaho Republican Party State Convention in Pocatello, June 28-30. The delegate selection meeting will be at the Super 8 Motel in Grangeville on Wednesday, May 23, starting at 6 p.m.

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Mother’s Day ice cream social benefits local causes

Everyone is welcome to an ice cream social with a ticket auction and concert that celebrates Mother’s Day and benefits two local organizations. The event will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main in Grangeville.

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Flamingos spotted in Kamiah

Flamingos will be flying into Kamiah for the annual “Flocked” HOSA fund-raiser. Send a flock to your neighbors, friends or family for $10, and the flock will land in their yard. It’s $5 to make the flock fly away, or $10 dollars to send the flock along to the person of choice. HOSA students are at work raising money in order to be able to fly to Texas and compete in the International HOSA competition.

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Family board game night is May 4 in Kamiah

Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is hosting a free board and card game night for families, on Friday, May 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Wa-A’Yas Community Center, Kamiah. Contact Jasmine Huerta at 208-743-0392 or via e-mail at

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Family Fun Day is May 12 at Eagles Hall

All are invited to a Spring Family Fun Afternoon on Saturday, May 12, 2-4 p.m., at the Eagles Hall, 218 North C Street. This event is sponsored by Veterans Service Organization 40 & 8 and Auxiliary La Femmes. Proceeds go to nursing training scholarships and children and youth fund.

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Poetic witness for precious lives

I sometimes cringe at the unpoetic vitriolic leveled at our fellow flawed humans. Yet I thank God that Americans have the right to peacefully—even charitably—disagree. If my policy is not adopted, or if my candidate doesn’t win, I still have tremendous freedom to speak, to write, to publish, to vote, to creatively advocate—until a majority of citizens agree, or at least respect the reasonable basis for my position.

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UYLC to hold yard sale

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is hosting a benefit yard sale on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, in Kamiah at the UYLC office, 413 Main Street. Proceeds from the yard sale will be used to help send members of the UYLC Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to the National Youth Leadership Institute being held in Orlando, Fla., in July 2018. Call 208-743-0392.

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Giddings: well-qualified to represent Dist. 7

“Fake News” has become a pejorative and media hates it. Media’s lack of respect, is not merely international, national, it is here in Idaho state, as well. The public assumed media presented facts without being taken out of context or creating narratives for outcomes.

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Mining district meeting set

Tenmile Mining District will be holding its monthly meeting on Saturday, May 12, at Harpster RV Park at 2 p.m. Items to be discussed: upcoming dredging permits from IDWR, Forest Service and EPA, Lode and Placer Mining Issues and upcoming legislative events. All miners and citizens invited. Additional information can be found at or contact Ron Miller at 208-983-6546.

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Governor candidate Ahlquist at Cottonwood May 4

Republican candidate for governor, Tommy Ahlquist, will be visiting Cottonwood this Friday, May 4, as part of his statewide campaign tour. The public is invited to attend this event, set at Dog Bark Park at 10 a.m., to visit with him and ask questions. The primary election will be held Tuesday, May 15.

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Dist. 7B: no voice as Shepherd was absent

If you found yourself not being able to locate Representative Shepherd in his office at the capital, get return letters, e-mails and phone calls, or locate him during the disasters the district has endured, you are not alone. He has silenced and ignored the voice of District 7.

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Kamiah Color Run is May 5

The 4th Annual Kamiah HOSA 5K Color Run will take place Saturday, May 5. The registration fee is $20 for adults, $10 for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade, and the price of registration includes a T-shirt. Children younger than 5 years old run free. The run supports both ICARE and the Kamiah HOSA students. There will be a photo booth, Kiwanis Ice Cream Trailer, and lots of fun colors that you’ll be blasted with while running around Kamiah. To register, go to the Kamiah High School Office. For details, call HOSA Advisor Terry Law at 208-935-4067.

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Did I miss something? Just asking

Right? Did I miss something? When we overpay a utility bill, a mortgage, or an income tax, we are credited, or sent a check for the overpayment. Apparently, though, the process to refund the overpayment is more complicated at the county and school level. OK, I get that. But is it more complicated to give it back than it was to raise?

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Author to talk on Forest Service book May 5

Tom Keller, author of “31 Years on the Upper North Fork of the Clearwater River” will offer his version of life spent on the trails in the mountains working for the USFS through stories and photos. Please come join us to learn more local Idaho history on May 5, at 1 p.m., in the Kooskia Community Center. Friends of the Kooskia Community Library will sponsor his presentation and provide refreshments. His recently released book will be available for purchase.

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Hoecherls let their lights shine at ALACCA Bible Camp

Timing is everything. Just ask Mike Hoecherl. Mike and his wife, Timmie, are the new executive and operations director, respectively, at ALACCA Bible Camp in Harpster. The couple was living their lives to the fullest in Racine, Wisc. He was a youth pastor, she had a thriving photography business, and they both worked/volunteered in side ministries with Youth for Christ. Mike coached year-round as well. “One day at our house during a cookout, one of our graduated youth group members was asking what my ideal ministry job would look like,” Mike recalled.

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The fight to save the Union - attend May 14 caucus

On Monday, May 14, at the Grangeville Senior Center the Idaho County Democratic Party (ICDP) will hold a caucus to elect delegates for the Idaho Democratic Party Convention, June 29th-30, Caldwell. Attendees will draft the state party platform. All registered Democrats, willing to sign a pledge form are both eligible to nominate, to nominate themselves, to be nominated, and to vote for the candidates. I call on all of our Idaho County Democrat electorate to attend!

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Awareness event reminds us to prepare for wildfire

Is it May already? Spring is nearly through, and summer – pending a few more Idaho County snow showers — is nearly here. What also can sneak up on us is wildfire season and preparing our properties to minimize risk. It’s not a question whether this would be a good idea or not; it’s critical to start the season with plans, followed by action, to fireproof your home and properties as best you can. Its importance is marked each year when the 10 western governors proclaim May as Wildfire Awareness Month.

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Jim Church receives honorary State FFA Degree

On April 7, community fixture Jim Church, who is an alumnus of the Fruitland FFA Chapter, past state vice president, former agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, was awarded an honorary state degree; the highest honor the Idaho FFA Association can bestow.

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Comm - Milestone - Birth -Irie Mae Medley

Ty and Makaila Medley of Riggins, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Irie Mae Medley was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho, Friday, April 20, 2018. She weighed six pounds, two ounces and was 17.5 inches long.

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Peterson to receive ‘Esto Perpetua’ award

The “Esto Perpetua” award will be presented to nine individuals, one family, one museum and one organization for outstanding accomplishments in preserving and promoting Idaho’s heritage this year. “Each recipient has demonstrated a truly exceptional level of achievement in their efforts to preserve a part of Idaho’s heritage,” said Janet Gallimore, ISHS Executive Director.

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Community Briefs - May 2, 2018

Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is hosting a free board and card game night for families, on Friday, May 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Wa-A’Yas Community Center, Kamiah. Contact Jasmine Huerta at 208-743-0392 or via e-mail at

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Trinity Lutheran gets new windows

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5. Trinity Lutheran Church has brought more light into its worship, thanks to a building window replacement project that started last week. According to church trustee Paul Turpin, 19 specially built double-pane windows are being installed to replace existing single-pane versions, many of which were installed when the facility was built in the 1930s.

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Comm - Milestone - Engagement - Kennedy-Baldwin

John and Bobbie Kennedy of Grangeville announce the engagement of their daughter Olivia Kennedy to Zachary Baldwin, son of Paul and Mindy Baldwin of Harpster. She is a student at Lewis-Clark State College. He is a student at the University of Idaho. The wedding is set for July 4 with a reception to follow in Genesee.

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Lowell / Syringa News: ‘Short and sweet’

Sun and rain, short and sweet. And the news is the same. May 5, Cinco de Mayo, there’s a big raft trip next Saturday to celebrate Ray Kimble’s birthday on the river. The mighty Lochsa came up to six feet last Saturday; 18 brave guides got out there for a 22-mile run. They loved it!

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White Bird News: High school rodeo, yard sales set for weekend

A taste of summer and we’re back to spring rain...but the sunshine is returning again this week. Most of you on the river have probably by now been experiencing cell service. That’s right, as they have the tower up and running at Slate Creek and are working on the one up above the cemetery. It is up and you can see it from the road. The Fiesta Dinner went really well, music, great food and prizes. Raffle winners were: Darla Brumley won a quilt, Cheryl Cullin won a framed picture, Vicky H. won the crocheted rug and Darlene Wadsworth won the pillow cases. The gun show at Hoot’s showed some really nice articles for sale or trade. The parking lot seemed full for the most part.

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Cottonwood News: Help sought with ‘Wizard of Oz’ play

We have had some swans at our place for about a week. They come and go but mostly they are feeding here on the pasture. Wild ducks and the Canadian geese are not unusual, but the swans are. We very seldom see them. We also had a mud duck that we have never seen before. It’s a different year, I guess.

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Elk City News: Cort Conley to speak May 11

Got an email from a reader of the column and he said that the woodpecker looked like a Red-naped Sapsucker. He suggested I look it up and sure enough it is! Thanks for the information. Speaking of sightings, the deer are back in Elk City and more have been seen along the Southfork.

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Riggins News: Riggins Rodeo on tap for this weekend

My quote for this week is another one from Barbara Bush: “You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”

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Beck joins Images Salon as hair stylist

Images Salon has a new face and she’s ready for your hair needs. Stylist Aly Beck graduated from beautician school in Twin Falls and moved to Grangeville recently. “My parents, grandparents and aunt all moved here,” she smiled. “It’s good to be close to family.”

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Lustig takes over management of The Tire Guy

Sometimes the perfect job comes along at just the right time. “I get to work outside,” smiled Dan Lustig. “That’s a huge plus.” Lustig recently became the store manager for The Tire Guy. He is in charge of keeping the store running smoothly, which includes keeping an inventory of tires needed for customers.

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