New rule in effect this season
Idaho County youth will become a little better at protecting their noggins this year. The Idaho 4-H office will enforce the statewide rule of every county’s horse 4-H club member wearing a riding helmet during any horse-riding activity.
Chimney fires can be a shocking surprise for a homeowner, and as well a potential danger in spreading throughout the structure. So far, nine have been reported in Idaho County this year, and more are likely to occur as we weather the ongoing cold and snow of winter. Dick Straw of Straw’s Power Vac., Inc., recommends an annual inspection of your chimney, and – depending on how often you use your fireplace – a cleaning every year or so to remove creosote and soot buildup.
It's Your Business
Instructor Rachel Burrell is bringing Pilates back to Groaners. The first class is free and will be held each Wednesday, beginning March 12. Classes will be held at noon and will last 45 minutes. The Pilates classes are for all levels and are included at no charge with a gym membership. Everyone is welcome to attend, just drop in at Groaners and get the class schedule and visit with manager Cindy Nelson or call 983-7070. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Street turned into a river Monday evening as rainfall coupled with snowmelt overwhelmed both Cottonwood Creek and city storm drains. As of press time Tuesday, no flood damage was so far being reported by downtown businesses from the March 3 event, according to Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran.
And the race is on. Filing opened Monday, March 3, for candidates seeking open political offices in Idaho. Prospective candidates have just more than a week to file petitions by the Friday, March 14, deadline.
Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons will head to the polls Tuesday, March 11, to decide on a $650,000 supplemental levy for the 2014-15 school year.
Sentencing is set this spring for a White Bird man who was found guilty last week on felony charges resulting from a 2012 firearm assault incident. Tommy D. Cole, 56, is out on $5,000 bond awaiting sentencing on April 14.
Peter Lujan, 29, and Anthony Ramirez, 19, both of Grangeville, were arrested Tuesday, March 4, on felony drug charges following a warrant search at two north side residences.
Getting down to business in hometown
Movies such as “Mean Girls” and “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” may portray the popular homecoming queens as the snobby, nasty students, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth for the year 1994 at Grangeville High School. According to everyone who knew Dawn Arnzen then and knows the young wife and mother now, she is “one of the nicest, most genuine people you would ever meet.”
For two former NICI inmates, felony escape charges are the least of their worries in a growing list of crimes they are likely to face as a result of their January breakout.
Elk City News
Suzanne and Sonja are at it again! They must like to work hard or is it that they are committed and believe in their mission – seeing that the VFW Post has incoming funds with which to work. They are putting on a fund-raising dinner for St. Patrick’s Day on March 15. When you attend you will not only be helping out the Post but will be treated to a dinner of traditional corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, bread and dessert. Donations accepted for the meal. RSVP at 842-2392.
Kooskia, Kamiah News
Idaho absentee voting applications are available on-line. If you are a registered voter in Idaho, your can access an absentee ballot on-line at www.idahovotes.gov/clerk.htm , click on “voter registration and information,” then on “absentee ballot.” Print your ballot, fill it out and submit to the appropriate site. Ballot application must be requested at least six days before the election and must be delivered by mail or in person to: Idaho voters, Idaho County Elections 320 West Main St, Rm 5, Grangeville, ID 83530 or Lewis County, Lewis County Courthouse, 510 Oak St., Nezperce, ID 83543. Absentee ballots must be received in the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day. Be sure and vote either in person or by absentee. You can’t be heard if you don’t vote.
The winners for Prairie Elementary/Jr. High spelling bee are Garrett Crenshaw, first place, and Brylee Wood, second place. Garrett will now compete in the regional spelling bee in Lewiston on March 8. Way to go! Congratulations to the Lady Pirates basketball team who are 1A Division I State Champions. We are so proud of you. Good luck to the Summit Academy boys’ basketball team who are off to state.
White Bird News
We got a little more snow last week and it brought a few laughs for me and my friends. There’s a group of people who live around Cottonwood, who come down here for church every Saturday. After church they always bless me with their presence at Canyon House. We were sitting around the table looking out the window and watching the wind blow the snow up! Those prairie folks thought it was pretty funny, that when you’re at the bottom, everything goes up from here!
Spring ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday, March 8, as Sunday, March 9, begins Daylight Savings Time. If you get somewhere an hour ahead of time, you will know you forgot to set your clocks!