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New postmaster has Southern roots

Area residents may notice the sound of a slight southern drawl when they walk into the United States Post Office in Grangeville. “Come on, I don’t have an accent – I think you all do,” laughed Jim Ward. Ward is the new postmaster, having been in Grangeville just less than two months now.

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Mark Lankford headed for new murder trial

Court upholds decision

Mark H. Lankford was convicted in 1984 for two murders in Idaho County, and due to a procedural error that conviction was vacated, and in 2008 he was retried, convicted, and sentenced to two consecutive fixed life sentences.

Montana earthquake shakes area residents

County rocks with 5.8 tremor

It’s thunder. No, it’s fireworks! Wait, is that an earthquake?

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It's Your Business: Melting Pot Café opens; Harpster RV has new owners

Congratulations to new 2018 Border Days Queen Micaela Farris and Princess Bella Klapprich. Does Micaela sound familiar? Maybe that’s because she’s been the Border Days Princess for 2017. I believe, as far as I can tell, Micaela is the first young lady to serve as both princess and queen. Historians? Correct me if I am wrong. Anyway, I know both these girls and they will do an outstanding job representing the rodeo and Idaho County in general. Both of their moms (Amy and Melissa) have also served in various royalty positions in their high school days. Princess Bella’s aunt, Kami Miller Fogleman, was not only Border Days Queen but was also Lewiston Round-up royalty.

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Crabtree is Elk City Wagon Road Days grand marshal

Event set for weekend

Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road recently announced the selection of Kooskia resident Laurette Crabtree as the 2017 grand marshal of the Wagon Road celebration. This annual event is set for this weekend, July 15 and 16, in Clearwater.

Presentation in Cottonwood on drug, alcohol trends

Information on the extreme changes in the current drug and alcohol culture, specifically on its effects on today’s youth, will be the focus of next Monday’s public presentation in Cottonwood.

Drug use investigation at hot springs nets arrests

Five individuals were recently cited at two U.S. Highway 12 hot springs following investigation emphasis by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) on suspected drug use.


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Farm to school: Riggins Elementary makes use of program

“There is something about growing your own food that makes kids willing to try things they normally wouldn’t touch,” said Tracy Travis, fifth grade, Riggins Elementary School (RES) teacher.

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First ‘Young Cattle Producers Conference’ slated to be annual event

In the third week of June, young cattle producers from across the state came to Twin Falls to attend the first-ever Idaho Young Cattle Producer Conference (IYCPC), presented by the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Beef Program of Distinction, U of I Extension, and the Idaho Cattle Association.

Study says Idaho spends less than any other state

According to LiveStorie’s new Five Facts series on-line, per capita Idaho spends less than any other state. Using data from the 2014 U.S. Census, LiveStories explored taxes, spending and debt throughout the United States.

Funderburg civil case averts a jury trial; Stems from 2013 sexual battery

A court case filed against the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office by the victim of a former deputy’s 2012 sex crime had been scheduled for jury trial last month, but was resolved beforehand, documents held at the Lewis County Courthouse show.

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Fourth Fun At Kooskia

Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Among the activities (pictured) included full-sized squirrel balls, allowing kids to propel them down the field and crash into each other.

James Rockwell ends Congressional campaign Endorses Fulcher

It was a short-lived Congressional campaign for Grangeville businessman James Rockwell, who announced his backing out of the race to favor candidate Russ Fulcher.

Grazing lease rate formula up to be reviewed at upcoming public meetings

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) will hold three open house public meetings to share information and accept comments on changes to the formula used to determine the grazing lease rate on Idaho endowment lands. Regional meetings will be held in Idaho Falls, Nampa and Lewiston.


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