Wildfire at 9,800 acres

The Johnson Bar Fire on the Moose Creek Ranger District has grown along its southeastern and northwestern flanks, where a Sept. 12 heat map showed fire activity increasing in conjunction with warmer weather last week. Firefighters surged into the area late last month, and as of Sept. 15, the fire had not crossed any of the lines built in August.

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Fatal motorcycle crash under ISP investigation

Idaho State Police is currently investigating a Sunday night rear-end crash between a motorcycle and a car on Johnston Road that claimed the life of a Grangeville man.

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Sheep Fire still smoldering for local ranchers two years later

“It’s quite the risk,” said Jim Rupp, about ranching. Rupp and his family were sharply reminded just how risky two years ago when a fire roared over their private and leased ground.

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Prairie’s Wilson named Lewiston Roundup queen

She’s Wild!

A lifelong dream was recently fulfilled for Prairie Junior-Senior High School’s Jayde Wilson.

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Graceful Harmony

The 75 members of the Gonzaga University Concert Choir performed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday, Sept. 15, as part of the Spirituality and the Arts at St. Gertrude program. The hourlong performance featured traditional pieces by Bach and Handel, as well as international music from Kenya, Haiti and Cuba.

$3.3M airport work dominates FY15

Commission approves $18 million budget; property tax rate unchanged

As part of a 19 percent bigger budget for fiscal 2014, which the Idaho County board proposed last month and approved last Tuesday, Sept. 2, the county commissioners tabbed $3.3 million for a major airport renovation during the upcoming fiscal year. The money will fund a new runway at the airport in Grangeville, where the county anticipates construction as early as the end of summer, 2015.

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Committee, public discuss historic preservation plans for Idaho County

A variety of historic preservation ideas were brought to the attention of a specialist and people interested in the area’s past, Aug. 28. Nine local residents attended a meeting held Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum.

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Rape case needs info

Last month a woman was raped in Elk City, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in its investigation.

Area fires make run

The 8,500-acre Johnson Bar Fire, the Rain Fire and the Myers Fire all flared up during a run of hot weather last week, but Forest Service scouting aircraft confirmed fire lines remained strong as of Sunday morning, Sept. 7.

Doggone!: Impounded dogs stolen in city pound burglary

Doggone. Who stole the pups from the pound?

Olds law firm takes over county public defense through Sept. 30

Prior counsel suspended by state court

Due to Idaho Supreme Court disciplinary action against the recent Idaho County public defender, Grangeville attorneys Scott and Vicki Olds were contracted to serve the month’s remainder on the contract.

Lowell WUI meeting set for Sept. 17

Fire defense proposals will be discussed by Forest Service officials in a public meeting next week.

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Gonzaga choir to perform

At the end of last year’s Gonzaga University Choir concert, Prioress Sister Clarissa mused, “How do we ever live without this beauty?”

Higgins tops in carcass judging

Winners were announced in the Idaho County 4-H and FFA Carcass Judging contest, which was held Aug. 27th at Sonnen Meats in Greencreek.

Government: Notes from the Idaho County Commission Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

Guests/Presenters: Kathy Ackerman-Floodplain Permit Applications, White Bird Area Recreation District; Mike Cook & Gene Meinen-Salmon River Road Update, ...