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Idaho County Commission backs Alt3 in USFS Hungry Ridge restoration

The Idaho County Commission’s latest letter to Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert put the board’s weight behind Alternative 3, which Hungry Ridge Restoration Project documents indicate would “maximize potential 25 percent return to Idaho County.” The Forest Service is working toward making a final decision on the project by January 2019.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

MVSD board prepares to begin negotiations with teachers’ union

“I would suggest hiring a third party for negotiations. Last year, it was hard on me – it beat me up,” chair Mike Dominguez, Kooskia, told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the April 16 meeting. The teachers’ union had formally requested negotiations begin for the 2018-19 school year.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

D-3 wins Kooskia-area fire mitigation bid

The Idaho County Commissioners on April 17 approved a bid by D-3 Native Woodworks of Grangeville for fire mitigation work at a cost of $834 per acre, totaling $5,504. Work on the Tahoe Fire Mitigation Project, which consists of fuels reduction on 6.6 acres east of Kooskia, is to be complete by July 30.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Patron throws out idea on playground fence slats for 244

There are just too many soft targets, and we need to eliminate as many of those as possible,” said Daniel Trankle of Kamiah. Trankle addressed the Mountain View School District 244 board at its March 19 meeting. He spoke about the danger of open, see-through chain link fences in plain view on playgrounds. He said he and his wife have spent time going around to various schools in Idaho County and Kamiah and investigating current fences.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Grant money sought for public defender; request lists $170K for Lankford case

Idaho County’s public defender last November reported a caseload of 75 felonies and 228 misdemeanors during the fiscal year that ended last Oct. 1. The caseload also included six juvenile felonies and seven juvenile misdemeanors and 10 other types of cases. In all, the county paid out about $127,000 in the first year of its two-year contract with McFarland Law Offices.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Animal Rescue Foundation reports: Regional shelter one step closer with draft design

A regional animal shelter is one step closer to reality – yet only a small step on its complete journey. The ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) held a public meeting at Grangeville High School April 3. More than 40 people attended the informational session where architect Larry Kom, Castella Kom Architects out of Lewiston, presented draft building plans to the attendees.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Wet weekend blows through county causing minor problems

“The county road infrastructure survived fine, at least as what we know at this point,” said Jerry Zumalt, coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. “I think, for the most part, we did alright.” Wet and windy, but no major damage; that’s the overall summary from officials following last weekend’s storm event that generally brought up to an inch in precipitation across Idaho County with related water impacts to area streams and minor power outages and road blockages.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Board weighs permanent commitment of adding 25 cents a month to phones to fund 911 infrastructure grants

The county commission’s April 3 discussion involved the board weighing whether committing now to a 25 cents per line per month grant fee would be a permanent commitment. “If we do the 25-cent fee, can we get back out of it?” commissioner Mark Frei asked Zumalt. Idaho County emergency manager Jerry Zumalt said the county commissioners would still be the county’s 911 board, and thus such a decision would still be within their power.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Fiber upgrade may prove decisive for private industry

As the Idaho County Commission grappled with the question whether or not to commit public money to studying a plan for upgrading Internet infrastructure for the county’s own emergency services, the board kept returning to a more basic question last Tuesday, April 3. Where is the fiber that is already in the county?

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Funds will help MVSD 244 with maintenance of schools

Recent reauthorization of SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds do not have Mountain View School District 244 rolling in the dough. “This will help do the things we need to for the maintenance of our schools,” said superintendent Marc Scheibe.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

County comment on Lolo Insect & Disease Project highlights 41 miles of road decommissioning

“Idaho County commends the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for continuing efforts to address forest health issues,” the Idaho County Commission wrote in a comment letter approved last week regarding the Lolo Insect & Disease project. The project proposal, which was subject of a March 7 public meeting in Kooskia, calls for timber harvest, soil rehabilitation, road improvements and other work in a 78,000-acre project area located approximately 16 miles northeast of Kamiah.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..



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