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Dissolving Syringa Hospital district would be perilous

A letter in the April 11 Free Press suggests dissolving the taxing district for Syringa Hospital. The statement, “The hospital will survive,” merits consideration. Since 2010, 83 rural hospitals in America have closed and 700 more are “at risk” of closing during the next 10 years. Syringa Hospital (and others in Idaho) are in the larger group because they fit the profile of rural hospitals with identifiable trends and patterns of increasing distress.

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Give $1.6 million back to the population

In language saved for emergencies, the county told us they were not getting SRS funding this year, so needed to raise taxes by $600,000 to cover the deficiency. Likewise, the school district told us that they too weren’t getting SRS funding, and so need to raise the school levy by almost $1 million to cover the loss.

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Fallen into political trap of ignoring individual

If you’ve lived in Idaho long, you’ve probably heard someone say that the surest way to lose an election is to have a D following your name. The joke goes something like this: “R means ‘re-elect’ and D means ‘doomed.’” It’s fairly dark humor because it implied a stagnant state of mind, which will eventually lead to a stagnant state.

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Idaho deserves better than Labrador for governor

Raul Labrador is a man who publicly lies, promotes taxpayer subsidies for special interests, and favors big government programs over private enterprise—all while claiming to be a fiscal conservative and supporter of small government.

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Where is outrage over plan to steal from us?

When we pay our federal taxes, we are used to them disappearing into the unknown. We keep faith that somehow, through all the bureaucracy from here to Washington and back, our money is for the good of We the People (us).

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Water picture ‘looking interesting’ ; Clearwater Basin precip highest in state

The stage is set: Early April is when Idaho’s mountain snowpack generally reaches its peak snow water content, “… and things are looking interesting for the water supply picture,” said Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist for the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). According to the April water supply outlook report, precipitation since the water year started on Oct. 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 85 to 120 percent of normal.

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It's Your Business: Crabtree to speak at chamber meeting

Grangeville Chamber of Commerce will host its quarterly meeting this Thursday, April 19, at the Super 8 meeting room. Senator Carl Crabtree of Grangeville will be the special speaker. Social time is 5:30 p.m. with a potluck format; bring finger foods to share. Utensils and plates and napkins will be provided. Bring your own beverage. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting commencing at 6 p.m. A Q&A session will follow.

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Locals new members in Angus association

The American Angus Association has named a Grangeville business and two individuals as new members. New member is Boot Livestock of Grangeville. New junior members are Dani Jaye Aiken and Reed William Aiken, both of Grangeville.

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Murphy recognized by IRWA

Idaho Rural Water Association recently presented Sandy Murphy with the administrator of the year award at the annual spring conference March 22. The Administrator of the Year Award recognizes an administrative employee for outstanding performance in office management and procedures. To be eligible for this award, nominees must be affiliated with an IRWA system member in good standing with full voting rights.

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Paulette Jordan, Idaho Gov candidate, visits Grangeville

Paulette Jordan, Democratic candidate for Idaho governor and two term Idaho State legislator, stopped in Grangeville, Tuesday, April 11. On a tour to visit all 44 counties in Idaho prior to the May primary with her policy and research writer, Nichole Solberg, a 2011 Grangeville High School graduate, an impromptu meet and greet was held at Crema Café.

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Elk City News: Elk herd faces wolf predators

I took these two photos within a few days of each other. The Elk City elk herd looks great. But the reality is that the introduced predator, the Canada gray wolf (which were never here in the first place), is back as well. There was a large (approximately 50 lbs.) black and gray wolf spotted a half mile from downtown Elk City near (not on) this dead elk on Elk Creek Road. (See photos)

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GHS Prom Royalty

Seniors Trent Hunter and Tessa Godfrey were crowned king and queen of the Grangeville High School prom Saturday, April 14. With the theme of “A Night Under the Stars,” 75 couples attended.

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Riggins News: Donkey basketball to trot in Thursday night

My quote for the week is “Being told you are appreciated is one of the most uplifting things you can hear.” Riggins 4-H’ers are having a unique fund-raiser…Donkey Basketball will be in Riggins at the Salmon River High School gym Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. To ride a donkey, it will cost $15 for two 10-minute games; sign up with Sarah Walters. Advance tickets are $9-adult, $7 student 7th-12th, and $6 children K-6 and can be purchased from Riggins Canyon 4-H members, Tracie Pottenger at Pine Tree, or message Sarah Walters. Gate tickets be $1 more each. Family fun, thrills and spills, and lots of laughs await you at this unique type of basketball.

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Cottonwood News: Breakfast set for April 22

Well, so much for my prediction about an early spring. Winter does not seem to want to let go. But we do have something to celebrate. Elred Nuxoll’s birthday is April 18, so let’s all wish him a “Happy Birthday.” Do you like sourdough pancakes, homemade syrup, eggs, sausage and great company? The Haiti team is hosting its final fund-raiser for the 2018 mission trip. The breakfast is after the 8 a.m. Mass in the Sacred Heart room at St. Mary’s on April 22. We will serve until 12:30 p.m. So, mark your calendars and bring your families for this yummy breakfast and thank you for your support!

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Clearwater Valley News: Presbyterian spaghetti feed set for Friday

On Friday, I’ll be in downtown Kamiah for a spring festival for Earth Day, April 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It’s a good variety of free activities geared for youth, but open to all ranging from recycling to forestry to yoga, water use, wildlife, culture and art. Hoping for nice weather, but will be mostly under tents if not. It’s a great opportunity to bring a mix of people and activities downtown, for the first outdoor event of the season.

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