Private land struck by wildfire; IDL battling season's first significant fire

The Idaho Department of Lands in cooperation with the Forest Service, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association and Idaho Department of Corrections battled the first major local wildfire of the season Thursday, July 28.

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Chapman joins newspaper staff

Laurie Chapman started at the Free Press on June 29. Chapman will be responsible for legal notices each week, as well as reporting news for the weekly publication.

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It's Your Business: Welding jobs, horse hair mementos

Do you have a small welding job you aren’t sure where to go to get it taken care of? Try Bryan’s Welding &RV Repair. Bryan Cox is a certified welder and specializes in RV repair, small welding projects, mower repair/blade sharpening, oil changes and trailer wiring. Call 507-0929.

Court Records: District, Magistrate


Idaho County District Court

Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD


DISPATCH LOG: July 18 - July 24, 2016

County looks to hold levy amount same in budget for FY17

Budget hearing set for Tuesday, Sept. 6

During the budget process the last nine years, the Idaho County Commission has kept the total amount to be levied from taxpayers the same: $2,867,566. Because the value of private property in the county changes year-to-year, the property tax rate homeowners see on their year-end bills could be higher or lower than it was last year, but commissioners have long argued that holding the total levy amount the same year after year amounts to holding the line on taxes.

Idaho County Hispanic population up in 2015

Idaho County saw a 9.4 percent Hispanic population increase in mid-2015 from mid-2014, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Whitewater Rush

Summer rafting is in full swing on the Salmon River. Saturday, July 23, saw a steady string of rafts, kayaks and catarafts making the run through slow stretches and then wild rapids in the river. This section just south of Lucile off U.S. Highway 95 gave rafters in the hot canyon an exciting dunk in the cool waters of the Salmon.

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Harris sworn in as new MVSD board member

Mountain View School District 244 gained a new board member when Jeremy Harris of Grangeville was sworn in at the July 18 board meeting.

Kids Klub to send income surveys

Process moves toward new facility

As part of applying for a Community Development Block Grant, Kids Klub is moving forward with a city income survey. “This is something that has to be done each five years for whatever group applies for the grant,” explained Kids Klub building project manager Brett Madron.

Court orders new trial for Mark Lankford

Prosecution error violated ‘fair trial’ for twice-convicted double-murderer

Robert and Cheryl Bravence were murdered in the woods in 1983 and justice for them has followed a twisted path, which this week turned, again, in favor of a man juries have convicted twice already. Mark Lankford is headed for yet another trial.

Kooskia near FY17 approved budget

Other area cities just beginning budget talks

The Kooskia City Council moved towards approving the budget for the 2017 fiscal year at its public hearing on July 13. The city proposed a 1.39 percent increase (up $11,820) from the current operating budget of $850,000. If approved, the FY17 budget will be $861,820 starting Oct. 1.

Senator Crapo sets Ferdinand town hall meeting on Aug. 3

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R) will hold a town hall meeting in Ferdinand next Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Ferdinand Community Hall starting at 4 p.m.



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