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Proposed fee irks Snake River guides

Some local Snake River tourism operators aren’t too happy about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s proposal to bump the cost of river tours $5-$10 per person per trip, and some are alleging river managers have made poor use of existing funds while allowing key facilities in Hells Canyon to languish.

Job fair planned for July 21 in Kamiah

The Idaho County unemployment rate for May 2016 stands at 5.1 percent, higher than the state by 1.4 percentage points. But efforts to put residents back to work are ongoing. The Idaho Department of Labor will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Kamiah Middle School Gym, 906 12th Street.

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It's Your Business: Ace bucket sale to benefit ARF

This week, Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention July 18-21. Brandt said he has never gone to the convention as a delegate before, but wanted to be part of it this time, as a Trump delegate for Idaho. “I have never wanted to go,” he said, “but this is history in the making.”

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Arnzen interns at Free Press, Shopper

A local face has been seen working away at the Idaho County Free Press and The Shopper office this summer.

In the News - July 20, 2016

Work started Monday, July 18, on application of a double seal coat to an approximate 18-mile section of State Highway 14. The work will preserve the roadway surface and provide greater traction for motorists.

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New Lights For Cell Tower

A four-man crew with Towers Northwest LLC spent last Thursday and Friday, July 14-15, conducting wireless tower upgrades in Grangeville. The 200-foot tall tower, located south of Early Bird Supply off North D Street, is leased to American Tower, which bought out the lease from former owner, Verizon. Last week, the crew was replacing tower LED lighting – three in the middle and a new top beacon — to a more reliable system that allows American Tower better system monitoring abilities. Pictured here during Thursday evening’s work were Kyle Dinsdale (facing) and Levi Membrere.

Court Records: District, Magistrate

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Idaho County District Court

Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD

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DISPATCH LOG: July 11 - July 17

Idaho County Commission notes

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Notes from the Idaho County Commission July 12, 2016

County in final stages of adopting resource plan

The idea that climate changes can be predicted well enough to inform government action is part of the new policy the Idaho County Commission is set to adopt at next Tuesday, July 26.

Written comments offer glimpse of public opinion on plan

The Idaho County Commission’s first meeting on the new natural resource plan back in January 2016 launched a public process during which the county received written comments from 15 locals. The Free Press reviewed all the comments as well as the Idaho County Natural Resource Plan (ICNRP) initial and final drafts and found some comments are reflected more strongly in the final draft than others. The commission is preparing to adopt the ICNRP next Tuesday, July 26.

Motorcyclist injured in Sunday crash

A Montana woman was transported for treatment following a Sunday afternoon, July 17, motorcycle crash on U.S. 12.

Cottonwood school board approves track bid, school lunch fees increase

In a unanimous decision by Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Board of Education, a bid to asphalt the gravel track was approved Monday night, July 18. The $100,635.60 bid came from Valley Paving and Asphalt of Cottonwood. District Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann said the district had received only one bid by the deadline.

Hot Summer Nights to sizzle this weekend

Event in Riggins: Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23

What includes classic cars, reunions and local talent galore? It’s those Hot Summer Nights. The annual Hot Summer Nights celebration is set for this weekend, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, in Riggins. The annual event is held at the Riggins City Park.

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Vintage Youth to rock park Thursday night

Free Summer Concert Series

The Free Summer Concert Series will continue Thursday night, July 21, with the band Vintage Youth. “This Grangeville-based band plays a little bit of everything,” said concert organizer Rachel Young.

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