Ferdinand budget down from FY16

Cities adopt budgets, set public hearings

Budget proposals for fiscal year 2017 led discussions in area council meetings this week. Aside from the Ferdinand City Council, Cottonwood, Kooskia and Riggins city councils also talked about finances for the coming year.

County fair starts today

There’s No Place Like Home at the Idaho County Fair, and residents are invited to attend the annual event starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Lookingglass Days on tap for weekend

Delayed last year due to excessive fires and smoke throughout the area, Kamiah’s Chief Lookingglass Powwow is back with a force. This year, the event marks its 40th anniversary and it set to take place this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21.

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‘Life safety is the first thing of everything’

Mager new chief in charge of Grangeville fire departments

Saving structures and personal property are important to firefighters, but Bob Mager spells out their top overriding duty: “Life safety is the first thing of everything,” he said. “If mamma can’t find little Billy then the whole thing stops. You may lose the building trying to save a life, but that’s the first thing: life safety.”

Tribal lawsuit casts doubt on restoration

Clear Creek at issue:

An October 2015 difference over $1.2 million foretold part of a full-blown federal case that may undercut the Clearwater Basin Collaborative’s long-sought restoration of the Clear Creek drainage southeast of the Middle Fork Clearwater River’s confluence with the South Fork.

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A Life on the Lochsa

'It was a cool way to live' -- Sherry Nygaard

There comes a moment in every day when the dust settles. Chores are through, mouths are fed and the day’s aches and pains are soothed in preparation for tomorrow’s toil. In this brief window of time a person is alone with their thoughts and that’s when we ask ourselves, “Am I living life on my own terms?”

Volleyball resolution reached in Kooskia

After months of tension and accusations the city was denying park users the freedom to play volleyball, a resolution has been reached between the two groups. Kooskia City Council, at its Aug. 10 meeting, agreed to allow area residents to play anywhere in the park as long as spikes are not being used to tie down a volleyball net.

Cottonwood seeks foregone taxes in FY17 budget proposal

If everything moves forward as projected, the Cottonwood City Council will use its foregone property tax to fund its fiscal year 2017 budget. Taxing entities are allowed a 3 percent property tax increase each year. However, Idaho tax code allows taxing districts to levy for and budget foregone property taxes, increases not taken in previous years.

Interactive health fair set to coincide with county fair in Cottonwood

The Partnership for Healthy Communities (a coalition of six health systems and two county service agencies) will be hosting an Interactive Health Fair Thursday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Cottonwood Community Hall. The event is specifically set during the Idaho County Fair week with the hope of engaging as many fair attendees in the event as possible.

District-wide bulb replacement to save on utility costs

“The light bulbs throughout the district are being replaced to more efficient fluorescent bulbs,” reported Mountain View School District 244 director of technology Joe Rodriguez. Rodriguez filled in for superintendent Kent Stokes at the July 18 board meeting. Rodriguez said the current bulbs are 32 watts and will change to 18 watts, which “should be a significant savings cost.”

High speed chase tests system

Pursuit vehicles had to switch to local frequencies as they passed from county to county

A scofflaw tested the emergency communication system last week, coincidentally, on the day after the Idaho County Commission appointed two men to a regional board that helps keep radio connections working smoothly during incidents that involve multiple jurisdictions.

Joint landfill discussion continues

Idaho County citizens may be on the hook for half of the $1.3 million estimated cost of starting up

During the next year, depending on how negotiations proceed, Idaho County citizens may be on the hook for half of the $1.3 million estimated cost of starting up a five-county joint landfill to be located near Council. That’s because Idaho County would be delivering half the tonnage to the new landfill – about 40 tons of solid waste per day.

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Making The Cut

Competitors get the crosscut saw in line, ready for the Jack and Jill event at Saturday’s Aug. 13 logging show, part of the annual Elk City Days celebration. For event results, see page 8A.

Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD


Dispatch Log, Aug. 8-14

Court Records: District, Magistrate


Idaho County District Court


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