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State grant, federal SRS funds bankroll county’s fire mitigation

The Secure Rural Schools (SRS, a.k.a. federal forest funds) reauthorized by Congress earlier this year flows not only to highway districts and local schools. Some of it funds small forestry projects through Idaho County’s fire mitigation department. But the county’s fire mitigation arm also has put some state money to work: About $111,000 so far this year, fire mitigation manager Randy Doman told county commissioners Tuesday, May 1.

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EMS exercise draws area agencies to train on mass casualty scenario

With the swirl around him of injured accident victims and personnel from multiple response agencies treating them and processing for transport, Grangeville EMT and staging officer, Brian Adams, was adamant in one command: “Try not to get any blood on the carpet,” he said as a patient was loaded into the back of his minivan. “My wife will yell less.”

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City OKs to budget brick strip removal

The Main Street brick strip is going away. Last Monday, May 7, the Grangeville City Council tasked public works with removing the downtown Main Street brick strip as time and budget allow. Personalized bricks will be replaced – according to plans at this time – with a colored and stenciled concrete, the same as which was incorporated by the city at Heritage Square.

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Budget line overrun as men MacGregor once defended face prosecution in county

As part of a review of county spending midway through the current budget cycle, the Idaho County Commission recently had the prosecuting attorney account for a spending line that had over-topped the full-year amount the commission budgeted last summer. Commissioner Mark Frei asked prosecuting attorney Kirk MacGregor to account for the amount the county has spent on for “conflict” prosecution since the current budget year began last October.

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$152K bid at sheriff’s auction; Commissioners question SAR budget overage at meeting

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office auction held April 28 drew bids totaling more than $152,000, according to public records – and not every big-ticket item was sold. “There were things we couldn’t sell because of the time requirements of the federal government,” Giddings told the Free Press May 7. Because state law requires money from the sale of county property to flow through the county’s general fund and be allocated by the county commissioners through the normal budget process, elected officials are moving to put their “horsetrading” over what to do with the auction proceeds in writing.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Vacancies cloud role to allocate SRS funds

When the county receives federal Secure Rural Schools (SRS) forest funds anticipated next month, it will deal with two longstanding types of money not addressed in previous Free Press reporting on the sudden reauthorization earlier this year. These funds are known as Title II and Title III funds, and are administered differently than the bulk of the money, which flows to local schools and highway districts.

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Mass casualty incident exercise set this Saturday, May 12, at Fenn

Multiple emergency response agencies – police, fire and medical – from Cottonwood and Grangeville, Idaho County and the state will be participating in a mass casualty incident exercise this Saturday, May 12, at Fenn. Its purpose is training — not just in the nuts and bolts of on-scene emergency extraction and medical care, but in agencies being able to coordinate and cooperate during a crisis that potentially will tax available services to and beyond limit.

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MVSD 242 patron questions employee involvement in March 14 GHS walkout

“OK – I have some concerns about the walkout that happened at Grangeville High School [March 14],” he said. “As a taxpayer, I have concerns about paid employees of the school district being involved in this. I know it was just a walk around the school, but as their employer, I want to know what the ramifications are of this?”

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Author, Conley, presentation May 11 as part of state archaeology month

Idaho author Cort Conley will present a historic overview of boating on the Salmon River this Friday, May 11, as part of events scheduled for Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Conley’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Grangeville, 104 Airport Road.

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County seeks bids for Woodland gravel stockpile

Idaho County’s informal solicitation to supply rock for the county’s Woodland-area stockpile resulted in one bid for $138,000 last month, so the county commissioners decided Tuesday, May 1, to advertise it formally in the newspaper. The “call for bid” legal notice is in the Idaho County Free Press this week.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Tort filed against county, sheriff's office in 2017 jail death

The parents of a Grangeville man, Justin R. Ross, who died while in custody in the Idaho County jail last year, have filed a tort claim against the Cottonwood Police Department (CPD), Idaho County and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) alleging actions of negligence that resulted in his death.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Syringa board stands by decision to open pharmacy

“There are efforts out there to close down our [Syringa] pharmacy,” said Syringa board of trustees chair Al Bolden, White Bird, at the April 24 meeting. At the beginning of its meeting, board members and administrator Abner King discussed the recent visit to the Idaho County Commissioners by Irwin Drug owner Chad Jungert.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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