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Saturday, September 29

  

Plants that fight back: WSU researchers join forces to combat parasitic worm

PULLMAN, Wash. - So small it can't be seen with the naked eye, a parasitic worm called the root-knot nematode causes mammoth problems for Northwest farmers. Potatoes, grapes and other crops could gain a new, nature-based way to fight back, thanks to Cynthia Gleason and Jennifer Watts, scientists at Washington State University.

September 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

International markets pay off for Idaho beef producers

The Idaho Beef Council’s investment in the PNI this year funded multiple retail promotions with major regional chains as well as several business development teams that have traveled to the Pacific Northwest — the latest team visiting during May 2018.

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Nuisance Concerns: Are Farmers Protected?

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service there are 2.4 million head of cattle in Idaho as of Jan. 1, 2018. Idaho County reports 32,500 head. According to the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the state is “the 3rd largest dairy-producing state in the nation, with more than 14 billion pounds of milk produced in 2015.”

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Friday, September 28



Ranch rodeo event at Cottonwood this Saturday

Working ranch hands will compete for prizes, and bragging rights, at a ranch rodeo event this Saturday, Sept, 29, at the Two Bar V Livestock Arena west of Greencreek off U.S. Highway 95. Events start at 10 a.m., and admission is free with families encouraged to attend. Food concessions will be available.

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Wednesday, September 26

 

Darr, defense key fifth win

“We came out flat,” senior defensive back and wideout Blake Darr said of Grangeville’s performance during the first half of Saturday’s win over Priest River.

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CV, Kamiah running near the top

A 36-0 non-league win over Lewis County kept Clearwater Valley’s non-league record level with the teams now leading the Whitepine League. With a 52-12 win over Troy, Kamiah joined the league leaders at 2-0 in WPL play.

September 26, 2018 9:02 a.m. read more..


St. Maries outplays GHS volleyball squad

Having gone four sets with Lapwai in a 3-1 loss (25-21, 25-14, 18-25, 25-10) last Wednesday night, the Grangeville girls played considerably better against Central Idaho League foe St. Maries last Saturday, coach Pat Sullivan said.

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Steelhead clinic calendared

Young anglers ages 8-14 are invited to participate in the annual Steelhead Clinic held on Thursday, Oct. 25 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, 8-1 p.m. Both events will be held at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office on 16th street in Lewiston.

September 26, 2018 8:56 a.m. read more..
 

Second-half surge lifts Grangeville past Priest River

In the wake of a relatively narrow win, the Grangeville High School football team has an unblemished record but a couple new injury concerns. Without linebacker Noah Kaschmitter and despite the injury of quarterback Tescher Harris, Grangeville surged during the second half and beat Priest River 34-6 last Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22.

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Mini Bull State Finals Saturday in Grangeville

It’s almost time for the Idaho Mini Bull State Finals. Having been here for Border Days, Olson’s Miniature Rodeo Bulls will be back in Grangeville this Oktoberfest, with 40-42 rides already booked for the season buckle finals on Sept. 29.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Weed ordinance not working, council to revisit in October

“We had good intentions,” said city councilor Beryl Grant, “but it’s not enforceable. So, let’s fix it, get rid of it, and go back to where we were.” Weeds were on the Grangeville City Council agenda at its Sept. 4 meeting, specifically the continued problem with overgrown lots and difficulty in getting property owners to take care of this vegetation nuisance, both to the eye and for its potential fire danger.

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Democrat dinner raises food for strikers; a call for commitment to causes

As much as it was raising money for the party, area Democrats gathered last Saturday evening to provide a more practical means of social support. Approximately 50 bags of groceries were gathered that will go to United Steel Workers Local 5114 in Mullan, who have been on strike since March 2017 against the Hecla Mining Company.

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Oktoberfest events start this Thursday

From scarecrows and wiener dogs to quilts and cars, this is the weekend to be out and about in Grangeville. The Grangeville Merchants Annual Oktoberfest celebration is set for this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27, 28 and 29. Most events take place in Heritage Square.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Clear Creek project draft available for comment

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has completed and will soon be accepting public comment on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project, located approximately five air miles southeast of Kooskia.

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IMTUF draws 175 for 100-mile run at Burgdorf

The seventh annual IMTUF (Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival) 100-mile event was held Saturday, Sept 15, starting and finishing at Burgdorf Hot Springs just outside of McCall off of Warren Wagon Road.

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Rattlesnake Fire an unneeded excitement for Pollock couple

We’re so thankful nobody was killed on this fast-moving fire, with the hot weather and it still burning. Some minor injuries on this and some went to the burn center. Every day, our prayers went out to all the Forest Service workers and personnel, and the county sheriff’s department personnel.

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Support critical sportsmen’s access

Approximately 9.5 million acres of public lands in the West are landlocked, meaning they are not accessible to hunters, anglers, and others. In Idaho, approximately 208,000 acres are landlocked. We have an excellent opportunity to fix some of these access issues with the inclusion of Making Public Lands Public (MPLP) provisions in LWCF reauthorization legislation.

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Elk City News: PA Winder to offer flu vaccine

Nathan Winder, PA from Syringa Hospital, will be here at the clinic on Oct. 4. He will be bringing flu vaccine. Patients can call the Primary Care Clinic at 208-983-8590 to make an appointment. Anniversaries: Doug and Judy Olive Birthdays: Sonja Harrocks and Ronan McManus.

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White Bird News: Golf tourney draws 29 participants

Fall’s colors are starting to show, along with some cooler weather in the evenings. Summer hasn’t let up her grip yet...have you seen the beautiful sunsets? Upcoming meetings to think about: Food bank pickup will be the 4th at noon, WBARD will meet at 7 p.m. on the 8th, city council will be on the 10th at 6 p.m., and SRAG meets on the 11th at 10 a.m., with the chamber meeting following at 10:30 a.m.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Prairie Royalty

Seniors Emma Gehring and Carson Schmidt were elected homecoming queen and king in Cottonwood at Prairie High School’s homecoming Friday, Sept. 21. The PHS student body voted on the royalty from a court of twelfth grade students.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Kind callers at dinnertime

Football last week: Seahawks won, Kamiah won; Clearwater Valley won, that’s all good! In this little Lowell community with a permanent population of about 22 people, not counting summer second-home folks, it’s pretty quiet. I can count the incoming phone calls on one hand.

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Clearwater Valley News: CvK runners fare well at Potlatch Invitational

There have been lots of recent accolades for current and former Clearwater Valley and Kamiah student athletes and coaches. Two coaches, two teams and four student athletes from Clearwater Valley High School or Kamiah High School have been nominated for honors in the Warrior Athletic Association high school awards for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Cottonwood News: American Freedom Defense open house set for this Saturday in Greencreek

It froze last week in certain parts of the county, namely my garden. The trees are getting pretty with their mixture of yellow, red and green leaves. It is once again that time of year when the Center For Discovery and Prairie Elementary School are having their annual cookie dough sale. Cookies are $17 a box for three-dozen preformed cookies. If you don’t get asked by any Prairie students, give Erin Shears a call or text at 208-816-0202 and she will gladly take your order. The money raised will go to support Prairie Elementary School and the Center For Discovery.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Riggins News: Old-Time Fiddlers at Hoot’s this weekend

Quote of the week: “Pull people into your peace; Do not let them pull you into their storm.” The Idaho Old Time Fiddlers State Jam Session is this weekend, Sept. 28 and 29, at Hoot’s Cafe in White Bird. There will be someone playing a tune somewhere in that building both days as well as most of the night. Come on out and join in the fun. You are welcome to sit and listen, tap your toes, or join in on the dancing.

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Hunting: supporting people or predators?

After spending another summer in the Historic Florence District in Idaho County, I have again seen enough to share it with local friends and those in other areas and states. The game animals are significantly decreasing, and the amount of protected wolves is significantly increasing. Their howls and signs prove that.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Left versus right: how the platforms differ

Recently, I wrote brief definitions and political party applications for the terms describing the political philosophies of our day. Now, on to the meat Democrats and Republicans hang on their philosophical bones by looking at their “platforms.”

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Comm - Briefs - Sept. 26, 2018

The final Brown Bag session is set for next Wednesday. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum sponsor the annual historical lectures. Sessions are held each Wednesday at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen. Today, Sept. 26, Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood will make a presentation on Dram, Scotland. The final program will be Back Country Pilots with Bob Black on Oct. 3.

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Friday, September 21



Wednesday, September 19

   

Grangeville nets second win

Though the Bulldogs trailed 11-0 early in the fourth game, Hayden Hill’s run of serves turned a 21-all tie into a GHS win over Clearwater Valley, Monday night, Sept. 17, 3-1 (25-11, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21). Earlier in the fourth game, Salmon River senior Mikaela Herrick rattled off the first 11 in a row before GHS rallied.

September 19, 2018 9:13 a.m. read more..


Rioux hat trick keys girls soccer win

Grangeville's soccer boys and girls took both ends of a double-header on a long road trip Thursday, Sept. 13. The boys beat Priest River 5-2 on the strength of two goals by Aidan Acton and one apiece by Jesus Perez, Collin Husted and Dalton Dennis, while the girls prevailed 5-1 on a hat trick by Mia Rioux and two goals by Naomi Connolley.

September 19, 2018 9:12 a.m. read more..


Sports...in brief

Vander Esch sees more action; Cowboys beat New York Giants; Flerchinger memorial tourney set Oct. 20; Flamingo Fun Run scheduled Sept. 29; Grangeville Youth Wrestling meeting scheduled Sept. 26.

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GHS soccer girls get competitive

Just nine games into the season, Grangeville girls soccer freshman Mia Rioux has established herself as a threat out of the midfield on runs alongside top scorer Naomi Connolley. She and Connolley each scored one unassisted last Thursday, Sept. 13 at Priest River, and the two of them combined on three others.

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Clearwater Meal Center a place to visit, a ‘meaningful ministry’

It’s much more than just a good lunch at the Clearwater Meal Center. “It’s a service of the church to the community,” said site coordinator Bill Grady. Next month will mark the fourth year of operation for the nonprofit meal service at the Clearwater Baptist Church that, starting at noon on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, offers meals and time to socialize to those who come through the door.

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Sex assault charge pending against eluding suspect

An eluding suspect arrested south of Lapwai last week may face a sexual assault charge on an incident in Grangeville earlier that day. In connection to this incident, the Grangeville Police Department has referred for review its case against Flores for sexual battery.

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Standing room only for Lochsa public meeting

At issue is whether or not a vast tract of Lochsa River country, which officials described as about 750,000 acres in size, may be listed as a district on the National Parks Service's register of historic places.

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Brown Bag Program: Whitley to talk on Scotland

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

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Scarecrow contest is on

The Oktoberfest scarecrow contest is back! The scarecrow contest is open to all Grangeville merchants. All voting will be by the public.

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It's Your Business: Get Oktoberfest carnival tickets now

Presale carnival tickets for Oktoberfest are available now. Cost is $20 for one session. Get them now by calling Melinda Hall (or stop by KORT), 208-983-5832 or stop by Asker’s Harvest Foods Friday afternoon (4-6 p.m.) or Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to purchase. They are also available at Home Grown Quilts, Fairchild Accounting and from Peggy Wright.

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Clearwater Valley News: National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 25

There have been rumors for months that the Cottonwood credit union would expand their reach to Kooskia. They confirmed last week they will open a branch in the former Umpqua bank building on Main Street. We joined Cottonwood credit union (in addition to being Freedom Northwest Credit Union members) a few years back because they have a great construction loan program. They were nice to work with and contractor liked it because he got paid quickly. (Although Freedom Northwest Credit Union can in some cases help people to find construction financing, they do not have a formal construction loan program.) It will also be great to have one fewer vacant building in Kooskia.

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Gospel Music With The Craguns

The gospel group The Craguns, out of Cincinnati, Ohio, took to the stage at Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Sunday evening, Sept. 16. The free concert was attended by more than 100 people from the community. The Craguns are a local favorite who have been at the church three times in the past four years.

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Elk City Days: Raffle winners named

Dixie reports that Tammy Ragains passed away. Our prayers go out to her family and the town of Dixie as they are a close-knit community and feel the loss like family. Raffle winners for Dixie Days were Jorden Dailey, a chain saw; Reed Mulkey, the park bench; Rita Repp was the 50/50 winner; and Charlene Colking won the Ducky Derby.

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Riggins News: Riversong is closing its doors

Quote of the week: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Michael J. Fox. Riggins needs some additional EMTs. If you are interested in helping keep our ambulance and EMT services in Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon, please contact the Riggins City Hall to learn how to become certified. We currently have two certified EMTs and one or two drivers; our volunteer firemen help when they hear the call. Kudos to those who help and those who will come onboard to help.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Checklist for fall

Officially, fall is here on Sunday, Sept. 23. I think it’s the first vernal equinox after the full moon, after the sun sets in the east, or whatever! Anyway, here’s my to-do list for the next few months: •Pick the pumpkins, put away patio furniture.

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Organizations - Sept. 19, 2018

Saturday, Sept. 22, is the date and the Cottonwood Community Hall is the place for a “Soup Line Dinner.” The theme of this midterm election year dinner, formerly known as the Greencreek dinner, is “The Party of Roosevelt.” The location is the Cottonwood Community Hall on King Street, across from Wolftrack Brewing. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m., with a social hour at the Wolftrack Tasting Den, 505 King Street. The Guilty Bystanders will entertain.

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Grangeville PTA reorganizes as a ‘PTO’

Locals will notice the Grangeville PTA is no longer. However, it’s been replaced by the Grangeville PTO. The Parent Teacher Association, a national organization, has become the Grangeville Elementary Middle School Parent Teacher Organization or GEMS PTO.

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Tacke to celebrate 90th birthday; Party set for Sept. 29

Don Tacke will tell you “don’t get old” —- nonetheless he is celebrating 90 birthdays this month! His children invite all family and friends to join them in a celebration Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall, Cottonwood. No gifts – the presence of loved ones is the only gift desired. Don Tacke was born at home in Greencreek on Sept. 30, 1928, to Bernard “Barney” and Olivia “Olly” (Hattrup) Tacke.

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GEMS Open  House

Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) held its open house Wednesday. Sept. 12. Students and their parents visited their classrooms for a look at what they were doing so far. Here, Chloe Weisz (far left) shows her mom, Hannah Weisz, her school work in Mrs. Brege’s classroom while sister (L-R) Callie and friend Ellie also take a look.

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Lochsa effort forces govt. redundancy upon our taxpayers

The Lochsa effort forces another governmental redundancy upon our taxpayers. The summary paragraph in the proposal is revealing. Current uses are styled as “modern intrusions” that “impose visual, auditory and physical disturbances.”

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Social media tearing social structures apart

The Ministry of Truth is constructed of nothing but lies. Social media is tearing social structures apart and are part of the collusion. These gatekeepers and politically correct intolerant haters are triggering the public to delirium.

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Medicaid Expansion opens the front door to better health

There is more than enough evidence that Medicaid Expansion opens the door to better health outcomes by providing greater access to ambulatory care, increased availability and adherence to prescription medications, increases in testing for diabetes, high cholesterol, and screening for cervical, prostate, and breast cancer.

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Thank commission for resistance to corridor put under U.N./feds

I write just to thank you for the official, public show of resistance you have put forth before the people of Idaho, out to the nation, and to the conglomerate of bureaucratic agencies involved, concerning the proposal that the Lochsa River corridor area be placed under one more, nice-sounding arm of UN/federal control.

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Comm - Briefs - Sept. 19, 2018

Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be meeting Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., in the Porter’s fellowship barn at 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville. They will be serving chicken enchiladas for the potluck. Bring a favorite Mexican side dish and bring a friend. For info call 208-983-0112.

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Friday, September 14



Soccer squads sweep Priest River

Grangeville's soccer boys and girls took both ends of a double-header on a long road trip Thursday, Sept. 13. The boys beat Priest River 5-2 on the strength of two goals by Aidan Acton and one apiece by Jesus Perez, Collin Husted and Dalton Dennis, while the girls prevailed 5-1 on a hat trick by Mia Rioux and two goals by Naomi Connolley.

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Thursday, September 13



Giddings to give presentation at ICRCC meeting Sept. 18

The Idaho County Republican Central Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the meeting room at the Super 8 in Grangeville. Guest speaker will be Priscilla Giddings speaking on how state agencies get rules made into laws. The public is invited.

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Wednesday, September 12



Lochsa River Corridor nomination decision pushed back to March 2

Though there were about 80 seats set out beforehand in the conference room, it was standing room only Wednesday night, Sept. 12, at the Grangeville Super 8. Local politicians, Lochsa River-area landowners and others who said their interests are at stake in a pending decision came to make commentary before the Historic Sites Review Board decides. That board's decision had been scheduled to take place in Sandpoint 10 days after this one, but after introducing those at the head table, Idaho State Historical Society executive director Janet Gallimore's first words were to announce the board's decision had been deferred to the board's spring meeting, tentatively scheduled for March 2. Late in the meeting, a voice from the back of the room asked her to arrange for a bigger venue.

September 12, 2018 8:47 p.m. read more..


BAER team finds areas of moderate- and high-severity burning in Rattlesnake Creek Fire area

On the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, the BAER team has completed their data gathering and verification field work, and the Soil Burn Severity map has been finalized. The map shows that the 8,213 within the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area are either unburned (43%) or low (37%) soil burn severity, while 19% sustained a moderate soil burn severity, and 1% burned at high soil burn severity.

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Need for agreement, city to be project manager in band shell project, says Grangeville council

The vision and fund-raising for a proposed band shell at Pioneer Park would remain in private hands, but overseeing the project would now fall under the management of the City of Grangeville. This is the consensus reached by the city council at its Sept. 4 meeting, which appointed two members to meet with project coordinators on formalizing civic and private responsibilities in subsequent planning and development efforts for the structure now two years in the making.

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Foster parent info meeting set for Sept. 25

Those with a heart for children in need are invited to an informational meeting “Foster Care on the Prairie.” This is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Camas Counseling, 304 S. State Street. “We have a desperate need for foster parents in Idaho County. It has the fewest foster parent resources of any county in North Central Idaho,” explained Katie Stinson, LMSW.

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Swinging For The Outfield

The inaugural Clash of the Quacks softball tournament last Saturday, Sept. 8, pitted teams from regional hospitals and raised $1,000 to benefit Idaho and Clearwater counties search and rescue teams.

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Meeting tonight on Lochsa corridor historic nomination

The Lochsa’s recent history has been one of controversy, and the long-running clash over the future of ancient places dear to the Nez Perce Tribe was renewed last month with the start of a public process that could end with addition of a new historic district to the National Register of Historic Places. A local informational meeting is scheduled for tonight, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Super 8 in Grangeville.

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Forsmann moves up to GM at AWS

As many young people do, during college Adam Forsmann decided he would like to someday settle down back home. A 1996 graduate of Prairie High School in Cottonwood, he had spent two years at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene in a pre-engineering program and then went on to finish in agricultural engineering at the University of Idaho.

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Riggins News: Salmon Fun Run sees 60 runners compete

My quote for the week: “Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” Ron and Ruth Mahurin will be honored at a send-off reception Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. PST, at the IOOF Hall in White Bird, Idaho. They are moving, come wish them well. Desserts and refreshments will be served. Tell your friends and neighbors to join this celebration.

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White Bird News: Legion golf tourney set for Sept. 22

The weather sure is changing, you can feel it in the mornings. Fall is on its way as summer gives up its last few days of warm weather. The fire encampment that was at the rodeo arena has been sent home but the gates to the arena are still locked at this time, so there is still no riding as of now. The committee will let everyone know when you can resume riding down there.

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Clearwater Valley News: Flerchinger 3-on-3 memorial tourney will be Oct. 20

Fall sports are off and running, literally. The Clearwater Valley-Kamiah (CVK) cross-country team had a good showing in Deary (Moose Creek) last week, with Melanie Gianopulos winning the girls race, 41 seconds ahead of her closest rival during the 5 kilometer (roughly 3.1 miles) course. Three CVK boys placed in the top 20 led by Kevin Hill in 9th place, Preston Amerman in 16th, followed closely by Jace Sams in 17th place. The boys placed 3rd as a team; unfortunately, the girls don’t have enough runners for a team score. Great job to all the runners. I’ve heard there’s a tough hill in this race. When I saw Melanie warming up before the McCall race she was sporting a sweatshirt with “My sport is your sports punishment.” You’ve got to love running to be willing to put in the miles.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Meetings to discuss Lochsa River Corridor

A letter was sent out recently to property owners simply stating, “you are cordially invited to attend two meetings,” regarding information on a new proposal for the Lochsa River Corridor from the Idaho State Historical Society. The first meeting is a summary of proposal with questions and answers. The second meeting is in Sandpoint will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. This will be for consideration for the review board. Short notice but to the point.

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GEMS offering shop, other electives for 2018-19 school year

Grangeville Elementary Middle School has more to offer its students this year. “I listened to what you had to say in the past year about students needing more electives, more exposure to different classes in middle school,” Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal Dr. Susan Anderson told the Mountain View School District board at the Aug. 20 meeting.

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Brown Bag Program: DeArmonds to talk on farm history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen. The fifth program is set for today, Sept. 12, and will feature American Indian James Lawyer who will present “Nezperce History.”

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Comm - Milestone - Wedding - Dufur and Fisketjon

The families of Chad Lyle Dufur and Diana Jane Fisketjon congratulate them on their wedding. They were married July 14, 2018, at Mackey Bar Resort on the Salmon River. The groom is the son of Lynn Dufur and the late Craig Dufur of Grangeville, and the grandson of the late Archie and Eloise Earp and the late Raymond and Frances Dufur. The bride is the daughter of Fred Samuelson and Myrna Tiley. The couple make their home in Williston, North Dakota.

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Community Briefs - Sept. 12, 2018

Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) will host its open house tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:30-6 p.m., with hot dogs and chips served at 6 p.m. The GEMS PTA Jog-a-thon is scheduled for Sept. 28. The K-5 students run in the morning and the middle school color run will be in the afternoon. Sixth grade outdoor education classes are scheduled for Sept. 19-20, weather permitting. Rain dates are Sept. 26-27.

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What’s in a name? Clarifying meaning behind political labels

With the campaign season in full swing, terms get regularly thrown around regarding this candidate or that issue. But I’ve experienced that too many people don’t know what these terms actually mean. So, I thought I’d provide “nutshell” definitions, based on my ongoing education and my experience in politics, for a few of the most common terms in the interest of promoting clarity.

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Historic designation may have unintended consequences

Please oppose the application to make 700,000 acres of the Lochsa River corridor a Traditional Cultural Place (TCP) by the Idaho State Preservation Office’s “Historic Sites Review Board” who administer the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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Prosecution needed for trail devastation

Whoever was involved in this abomination needs to be prosecuted to the full extend of local and federal laws, period, and made to pay for the restoration out of their own resources, now!

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Medicaid Expansion: The right, responsible thing to do

When voters consider expanding Medicaid to Idaho’s Gap Population (those who make too little for federal subsidies and too much for state assistance), it’s more than being compassionate to Idaho’s working poor. A recent Milliman study confirms that Idaho’s economy will be strengthened, and taxpayers’ dollars will be used more efficiently and effectively.

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Voices Raised In Song

The chapel at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood was filled to capacity with more than 200 people attending Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, for a performance by the Gonzaga University Concert Choir. The 60-person ensemble presented a selection of pieces from historic to modern. The choir performs at the monastery every September to conclude its annual retreat at the Spirit Center.

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Only 11.6 percent had less than HS diploma

According to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), 88 percent of people 25 years and older had at least graduated from high school, and 17 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. An estimated 12 percent did not complete high school.

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Moving Tribute For 9-11

Idaho National Guard soldiers from Grangeville, Orofino and Moscow participated in the 9/11 Memorial Moving Tribute in Lewiston last Sunday, Sept. 9.

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Tuesday, September 11

        

Vander Esch notches first NFL tackle

On a first-and-15 following a false start penalty with 7:07 left in the second quarter of Sunday’s Cowboys-Panthers NFL game, Salmon River High School alum Leighton Vander Esch booked his first official tackle, bringing down Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey after a seven yard gain. The series went three-and-out, but Carolina went on to win by 16-8 final score.

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Flerchinger memorial tournament set Oct. 20

In honor of a young basketball player who unexpectedly passed away this summer, the YAB he helped to found is organizing the 1st Annual Spencer Flerchinger Memorial Co-ed 3v3 Basketball Tournament on Oct. 20. Funds raised will be used to help the family with expenses and to establish a scholarship in Spencer’s name.

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Wednesday, September 5

 

Law for accessible federal facilities celebrates 50 years

The Architectural Barriers Act, which was signed into law 50 years ago this month, influenced federal agencies across the nation to construct facilities that were universally accessible to visitors of varying physical capabilities. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has designed visitor centers, trails, and other facilities with the standards set by this law.

September 5, 2018 6:10 a.m. read more..


Elk City Library topic of discussion for board

At the Aug. 20 MVSD 244 board meeting, discussion continued about the Elk City Library. District librarian Lynn Johnson let the board know Elk City Library is part of the ValNet consortium which the district pays a $13,000 annual fee to be part of.

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Syringa passes $15.2M budget for FY 2019

Syringa Hospital board of trustees unanimously passed the fiscal year 2019 budget at the Aug. 28 meeting. Total operating revenue for the hospital for 2019 is expected to be $15,218,782.

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Congressional, secretary of state candidates campaign in region

Democratic candidates for state and federal offices, Jill Humble and Cristina McNeil, recently made the local rounds as part of their campaigns headed into the Nov. 6 general election. The Boise residents visited Grangeville late last month during their tour up north. Humble is seeking the secretary of state position (against incumbent Lawerence Denney), and McNeil is after the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Raul Labrador.

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MVSD board OKs pay increases for admin, non-certs

Only the three trustees – Smith, Lutz and Dominguez – were present at the meeting held at Clearwater Valley High School. The three voted unanimously to give a 2 percent increase to administrators and a 5 percent increase to non-certified employees.

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Estimates report 26 percent vacancy for county

Where do Idaho County residents live? Nearly 77 percent were in single-unit structures. This is according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR). The ACR produces a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

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Cottonwood News: Awana Night set for Wednesday, Sept. 12

Labor Day weekend means the end of summer. I know the kids are happy to be back in school! Well, at least some of them are. It is always fun to use all the new stuff you get for school. We can see our blue skies again! Yea! And we can see the stars at night. The fires must be getting under control.

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White Bird News: Food bank pickup is Thursday; woodcutting upcoming

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Now, we look toward to fall and the activities that come with it: woodcutting, hunting, the sights of the changing colors and, of course, the holidays. Once again, our little town will come alive with various activities. Many will need help so get in contact with someone if you are able to help in any way.

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Riggins News: Salmon Run is this weekend

My quote of the week: “Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. Just one small act of kindness could mean the world to someone.” I saw lots of this kindness last week in the 4-H/FFA barns in Montana at Beaverhead County Fair.

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Clearwater Valley News: Navajo Taco Feed set for this Friday night

I spent last Saturday afternoon amidst happy chaos at the youth zone at Kamiah Barbecue Days. I volunteered at the obstacle course, a large brightly colored inflatable feature with two lanes. Kids of all ages attempted to leap from one large ball to the next landing on their feet, their bellies, however they could manage, making their way across the course, then climbing out and shooting down the slide at the far end. My role, trying to keep some semblance of order, was an interesting challenge.

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Organizations - Sept. 1, 2018

Saturday, Sept. 22, is the date and the Cottonwood Community Hall is the place for a “Soup Line Dinner” and a chance to meet top of the ticket candidates. The theme of this midterm election year dinner, formerly known as the Greencreek dinner, is “The Party of Roosevelt.”

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Community Briefs - Sept. 5, 2018

The fifth annual Cure SMA Flamingo Fun Run is planned for 9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, fee $10 for kids to age 10, $20 for those 11 and older, at North Street and State Street, Grangeville. Registration information is online at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=130672. See facebook.com/flamingofunrun for details. Register by Sept. 18 to be guaranteed an event shirt.

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4-H’ers donate to NICI

North Idaho Correctional Institution Warden Aaron Krieger and Deputy Warden Brad Lutz had a pleasant surprise this week.

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UYLC offers free RX medication lock boxes

In an effort to reduce access to opioids and other prescription drugs which have the potential for being abused, Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is hoping to ensure unused medicines are secure. Through a grant from the Idaho Office of Drug Policy they will provide free prescription medication lock boxes to community members to keep their medications – and kids who might try them – safe.

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Comm - Milestone - Anniversary - Holes - 60 years

The first time that Ellamae Brown of Emmett, Idaho, caught the eye of Jerry Holes of Grangeville, Idaho, was when she was passing by his Boise State dorm room window. Luckily their paths met again during the first snowfall of that winter.

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Fake headlines mislead those who don’t pay attention

Fake headlines mislead those who do not pay attention or understand the issues as apparent by the recent letters to the editor. Case in point, the Aug. 22 Tribune…I mean the Free Press headline declaring “MVSD board votes to return more than $400k to patrons.”

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Brown Bag Program: Lawyer to relay Nezperce history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

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It's Your Business: Recycling centers no longer taking plastic

Get your cars polished and ready for the Camas Prairie Cruisers’ Octoberfest Car Show Saturday, Sept. 29. Check-in is 9 a.m. and the show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Umpqua Bank parking lot off Main Street in Grangeville. Come view these great local cars. All wheeled vehicles are welcome. For questions call 208-983-2333. •

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Tri-hospital softball tourney set for Saturday

GRANGEVILLE — Are you ready to participate in America’s favorite pastime? That’s right, baseball. Or softball in this case. This Saturday, Sept. 8, the first Tri-Hospital Employee Softball Tournament will be held with all proceeds going to local search and rescue organizations. The event is set for the Grangeville Lions Park ball field. The event is lightheartedly named “Clash of the Quacks” and will be a round robin softball tournament with employees from Syringa Hospital and Clinics in Grangeville, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics in Cottonwood, and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino.

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Sports...in brief

Flamingo Fun Run scheduled Sept. 29; Victory Karate Klub sign-ups available; BLM updates Salmon River boating guide.

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Perez keys comeback win

The Grangeville boys haven’t lost to Priest River on a soccer field even once since the program’s inception during Jesus Perez’s freshman year. After GHS fell behind 3-0 last Thursday afternoon, the junior helped keep the win streak going with a couple of goals.

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Saturday, September 1



It's Your Business 2018: Youth nonprofits have big impact on community

In 2017, for its debut issue, “It’s Your Business” focused on several family-owned businesses throughout Idaho County. Our communities would not be the same without them. This year, in this expanded section which gets its name from the weekly column I write for the Free Press, we wanted to focus on some of our county’s youth development programs.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

It's Your Business 2018: Invest in your state: Buy Idaho

You can invest in Idaho. How? According to Buy Idaho, there are currently 1.5 million people living in the state of Idaho. If every Idahoan spent $100 at Idaho businesses, the state would generate $9 million in tax revenues for programs such as education, health and welfare, parks and recreation, transportation, fire department and law enforcement.

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It's Your Business 2018: Advanced Welding and Steel named February Small Business of the Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Advanced Welding and Steel (AWS) of Grangeville, as the “Small Business of the Month” for February 2018. AWS was recognized in the Congressional Record of the Senate. “Growing from a 6,000 square-foot shop in 2003 to the current state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot shop, Advanced Welding and Steel is a great example of the determined entrepreneurial spirit found all across Idaho,” said Chairman Risch. “Ryan Uhlenkott's company provides an excellent product with exceptional commitment to their customers, and they make a sizable impact in the local and national fabricating industry. I would like to be the first to congratulate Ryan and his team on this well-deserved recognition.”

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It's Your Business 2018: Idaho County sixth in income growth ...

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho. Idaho County ranked number six (nationally, it’s at 892) and had an overall income growth of 2.1 percent from five years earlier.

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It's Your Business 2018: Idaho sees increase in women-owned businesses

Idaho has an estimated 50,300 women-owned businesses, employing 39,700 and attributing to roughly $5,005,200,000 according to the eighth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express, a comprehensive report released today, analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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It's Your Business 2018: Framing Our Community: Elk City

Framing Our Community (FOC) serves the Elk City Region by providing integrated programs that create jobs, improve forest and watershed conditions, and increase educational opportunities. FOC is a 501[c]3 Non-Profit organization founded in 1999 by community leaders who foresaw the economic and demographic changes that faced Elk City, the surrounding region, and rural west.

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It's Your Business 2018: Prairie Boosters: Cottonwood Boosters complement school activities

The Prairie Booster Club has long been providing for its Cottonwood students. The Prairie Boosters were founded in 1987, celebrating 30 years of supporting its schools last year. “We’re run by a team of volunteers,” explained current president Glenn Poxleitner. Additional officers are vice president Cara Uhlenkott, secretary Linda Nida and treasurer Denis Uhlenkott.

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It's Your Business 2018: Idahoans value their on-line privacy at $1,218

Is someone hacking your Facebook? Sending messages via your e-mail? Online privacy is a fairly consistent hot topic. While many may have been rushing to change privacy settings, hide information from everyone except immediate family and best friends, or simply delete social network sites, many are just taking it in stride.

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It's Your Business 2018: Idaho County number 12 on ‘financially healthy’ list

When it comes to being financially 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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It's Your Business 2018: Valley Educators Support Team: Kooskia Organization gains momentum to support Clearwater Valley schools

The need for more in their local schools brought two men together six years ago; however, the meeting relied on a relationship that was actually forged years before. Kamiah’s Greg Drake, a now retired educator and 1965 alumnus of Clearwater Valley High School, and then-CVHS principal, Dave Harrington, Lowell, a Kamiah High graduate, had known each other for years. “He had played football for me when he was in middle school,” Drake smiled.

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It's Your Business 2018: Idaho in the middle for overall child well-being

Idaho is standing mid-range in most “kid” categories, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2018 Kids County Date Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being, which was recently released. Since 1990, Kids Count has ranked states annually on overall child well-being using an index of key indicators in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

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It's Your Business 2018: ASK: Riggins More than an after-school program

“ASK is definitely a positive in our community,” said Rhonda Damon. Damon is the business manager and past program director for the Riggins After School Kids, Inc., program. However, ASK is more than “after school.” Damon, who has worked with ASK for seven years, said the program is open to all kids in the community and serves an integral role in social and academic development.

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