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ITD closure of Highway 12 pending

The Idaho Transportation Department has announced it will close Highway 12 because of increasing danger for avalanches. The road between mileposts 126 and 139 will close at 9 p.m. tonight. ITD also reports between Pete King Creek Road and the Colgate Licks rest area will be closed this evening.

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C’est la V’s opens in Cottonwood; Veronica Johnson launches restaurant

A love of cooking handed down from a grandmother inspired a Cottonwood woman to embark on a new business venture. Veronica Johnson opened C’est la V’s to the public in the Duman Mini Mall Monday, Jan. 30.

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SM, CVH welcome new surgeon to staff

St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley hospital and clinics recently welcomes Dr. Karin Schmidova who will offer general surgical services to the facilities.

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It's Your Business: PowerPoint class set; Valentine’s Day specials highlighted in papers

Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach has a list of 12 enrichment classes for this spring. Included is the Wednesday, Feb. 15, “PowerPoint 2013” class instructed by Dale Brege and held at the Grangeville computer lab. This is set to be held 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a cost of $35. Call coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at 983-2164 or e-mail

Anderson Aeromotive noted in AOPA Pilot magazine

Anderson Aeromotive of Grangeville was noted in the February issue of AOPA Pilot magazine for its role in the restoration of a B-29 Superfortress named “Doc.”

Let’s debate sales tax on groceries

Guest Opinion

Of all the public policies that enjoy wide support at the Idaho Statehouse, one idea has received consistent bipartisan love through the years: a plan to eliminate the sales tax on groceries.

243: District reveals draft for conceal carry policy

Guns in Schools: Districts to adopt guidelines

In the event the unthinkable occurs, the Salmon River Joint School District wants to be prepared to adequately handle a crisis. In an effort to be proactive, board members have discussed various points of a conceal carry policy for the past year, and on Feb. 6 sent a letter to all district patrons.

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244: Trustees discuss gun policy with GEMS patrons

Guns in Schools: Districts to adopt guidelines

Twenty-two people sat in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School Community Room Thursday evening, Feb. 2, to discuss a policy that will affect the more than 570 students at GEMS. “This is a very delicate subject and, frankly, I have been surprised that more people in our communities have not come to meetings about this,” said Mountain View School District 244 trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville.

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‘Sew Day’ production line pieces quilts to recognize, comfort area veterans

‘We have a long waiting list...’

Work was falling to pieces last Saturday. Busy hands operated sewing machines while others moved rotary cutters across fabric, which would head to the stitchers, later to undergo the hot pressure of irons. “We couldn’t have done anything without our pressing fairies,” one woman said. But ensuring stitched seams were steamed flat and true was among all the essential steps in turning fabric into handmade quilts that would soon be bestowed upon area military veterans.

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NICI graduates aim for life change

A small graduation ceremony was held last week in Cottonwood. There were no caps with tassels and no family members to mark the milestone. About 10 prisoners received certificates Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI). Those receiving recognition fulfilled requirements for the General Education Diploma (GED), substance abuse program, vocational training, and a program called Thinking for a Change.

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Democrats focus on messaging, strategy at meeting

Republican-dominated state: ‘Doesn’t mean we stop’

What issues are upcoming, and where do Democrats head from here? Officials with the Idaho Democratic Party (IDP) spoke to more than 40 people who attended a Sunday morning politics potluck, Jan. 29, at the Soltman Center in Grangeville. Key speaker was Mat Erpelding, Dist. 19 Representative and Minority Leader for the House. He acknowledged the continuing challenge of electing Democrats in a Republican-dominated state; for his own part, he didn’t get into politics, he said, because it was easy.

Settlement requires two oversize load permits

Proceed with caution on US12

While a settlement was reached Jan. 27 restricting oversize loads traveling the Lochsa River corridor, the agreement will require shipping companies to receive two approvals. There are now two sets of guidelines for oversize loads and criteria must be met both through Idaho Transportation Department and the U.S. Forest Service.

Higgins named 304 superintendent

'It will be hard to leave behind the school and community that has been so supportive'

Grangeville High School will be seeking a new principal for the 2017-18 school year. Current GHS Principal Steve Higgins notified the school board and staff Tuesday, Feb. 7, he will step down as principal. Higgins has been hired as the superintendent for Kamiah School District 304.

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Summers At The Helm

Seaman Kirk Summers of Kooskia, stands helmsman watch on the bridge aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112).

VEST Fest fund-raiser set March 11 at Kooskia

To benefit Clearwater Valley schools

VEST (Valley Educational Support Team — InVESTing in School and Community) will host its second annual fund-raiser Saturday. March 11, at the Outpost/Opera House in Kooskia.


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