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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.

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News Briefs

Commissioner Chmelik receives 2014 Idaho GOP Hall of Fame Award BOISE — Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik received the Idaho GOP Hall of Fame Award for “Outstanding Elected Official” at the Idaho Republican Party’s annual winter meeting in Boise on Jan. 4. In receiving the award, Chmelik, 53, of Cottonwood, was commended, according to a press release, for his leadership and dedication in traveling all around the state of Idaho to educate citizens of their rights to federally controlled lands.

Reckless driving charged in Dec. 26 crash damaging two homes

Ashlie N. Matalamaki, 29, of Grangeville, is scheduled for a Jan. 14 pretrial hearing on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.

Back Country Horsemen meet Jan. 6 in Kooskia

The next North Central Idaho Back Country Horsemen (BCH) monthly meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 6, at the Clearwater Valley High School library in Kooskia at 7 p.m.

New ISP e-mail subscription service informs public on Idaho sex offender registry changes

New ISP e-mail subscription service informs public on Idaho sex offender registry changes

Online classes help small forest owners manage their land

Many forestland owners, particularly those with small acreage, are seeking information on how to keep their trees healthy and on track to provide enjoyment for years to come.

Grangeville, Clearwater Valley high schools open for morning exercise

Effective immediately, high schools at Grangeville and Clearwater Valley are opened to the public Monday through Friday mornings, 6-7:30 a.m., for walking exercise.