Three-hour outage due to malfunction darkens Riggins, New Meadows

Idaho Power reported 1,156 of its customers in Riggins and New Meadows were affected by an approximately three-hour outage last Thursday, March 20. A malfunction in an underground cable disrupted power at 2:50 p.m. (MT), and power was restored at 6:11 p.m.

Peck man dies in U.S. 12 crash north of Kamiah

Rory L. York, 68, of Peck, died last Wednesday, March 12, following an accident north of Kamiah on U.S. Highway 12. Reported at 9:03 a.m. at milepost 55, according to Idaho State Police, York was driving a 2012 Toyota Scion westbound when he drifted off the right hand side of the road, struck a tree and rolled into the river. York was wearing a seat belt.

Idaho County Sheriff’s Office will offer firearms class April 4

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, with funding assistance from the NRA Foundation, will be offering a one-day basic handgun firearms class on Friday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Grangeville.

Impaired driving patrols run through Saturday, March 22

Idaho State Police and local law enforcement agencies have increased high-visibility impaired driving patrols this week, to run through this Saturday, March 22.

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Veteran’s advocate will be in Grangeville March 18

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veteran’s advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, March 18, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon).

Larry Ramos, The Association concert raises $17,000 for Relay for Life

Approximately $17,000 in gross proceeds were raised from the Feb. 24 Larry Ramos Farewell Concert with The Association, according to coordinator Carolyn Haning.

Harpster sets March events

After a long winter’s nap – Harpster Community Building is again having bingo starting Wednesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. Plan to be there and you may go home with some winnings. Cost is still $10 for your bingo packet, speed bingo is an additional $1.

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Applicants sought for White Bird Queen tryouts set March 22

White Bird Queen tryouts are set for Saturday, March 22, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 95, starting at 1 p.m.

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Inland Northwest utilities advise consumers on email scam

Inland Northwest electric utility companies are being targeted with the latest national scam using e-mail to send bogus energy bills. Avista Corporation is among those receiving customer reports of phishing e-mails. Rather than referencing a specific utility, the e-mails are generic and ask customers to view their bill by clicking a link in the e-mail and set up automatic payment plans. This is a broad scam with e-mail addresses likely being pulled from external sources. If you currently receive electronic bills from your utility and are unsure if the e-mail is legitimate, some quick ways to verify the accuracy of the e-mail are to: Check the sender. Before clicking on the link to view your bill, hover over the link to be sure that it is directing you back to your utility. Lastly, do not ever enter personal payment information if you have not logged into your account securely.

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Veterans Advocate will be in Grangeville Feb. 20

The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a Veterans Advocate in Grangeville on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon). The advocate will be available to assist veterans and/or their dependents with benefit questions, ongoing claims, and filing new claims with the Veterans Administration. Veterans in need of these services should schedule an appointment by calling the Idaho Division of Veteran Services (Lewiston Region) at 799-5084. Walk-ins will only be seen as time allows.

Deadline extended on response to county’s USFS suit

Idaho County’s lawsuit challenging road closures continues to move, hokey-pokey style, through the U.S. District court. The county recently filed a Jan. 21 summons of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest supervisor Rick Brazell followed by a motion to push back a previously set deadline from Feb. 4 to April 24 in order to allow the feds 60 days to respond to the summons.

RAC proposals for 2014 due Feb. 28

The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting project proposals for review and possible funding for Fiscal Year 2014. Deadline is Feb. 28.

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News Briefs: Feb. 05

Idaho County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner is March 8 GREENCREEK – The annual Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at the Greencreek Community Hall on March 8, sponsored by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee. Public info meeting on grant proposal set ELK CITY — The public is invited to an informational meeting in Elk City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m...

RAC meeting dates set

The North Central Idaho RAC (Resource Advisory Committee) meetings are scheduled for March 12 and April 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville.

2014 election filing opens March 3

Prospective candidates can file declarations of candidacies starting March 3 and into March 14.