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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..

County undecided on upgrade for regional Internet

Idaho County Commissioners heard a plan out of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management last week that calls for a massive interconnection of the fiber optic network in North Central Idaho – a pricey infrastructure project that would “meet the needs of emergency communications along with the advent of Next Generation 911” service.

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

Easter Egg Hunt in Grangeville: 2018

Kids, ages zero to 12, raced and toddled across Grangeville Lions Park last Saturday, March 30, for the annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Grangeville Eagles. This year’s event had a total 6,003 eggs, filled with candy, dollar bills and quarters.

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

Student access to inappropriate computer images brought up by trustee

Mountain View School District 244 Technology Director Joe Rodriguez received the question no one wants to get at the March 19 regular school board meeting. “What are we doing about kids looking at porn at school?” trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, asked. A recent incident at Clearwater Valley Elementary School spurred Smith’s question.

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



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