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Preparing for End of the World: USFS rolls out forest health project south of Grangeville

'This is a rollout. It’s not a plan yet. It’s very preliminary'

Prescribed burning was a concern for Grangeville couple, Dick and Lois Geary, who questioned Forest Service officials last week concerning a potential project south of Grangeville. They asked about areas designated for fuels and possible prescribed burns – including close to their property – that take up a sizeable portion of the approximate 49,500-acre End of the World project map. “We want to work with you as landowners,” said Salmon River District Ranger Jeff Shinn, discussing the burns proposed for these areas, along with repeating a theme throughout last Wednesday’s meeting this project will be shaped by public comments and concerns.

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Group forming on emergency services issue

A discussion group regarding local emergency response services is in the works thanks to Syringa Hospital board member Jim May of Kooskia. “I believe our local emergency service groups, QRUs and EMTs, are suffering due to a lack of volunteers,” May said at the regular Sept. 26 board meeting.

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SPPS Animal Blessings

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father John Gathungu offered animal blessings for the pets of Sts. Peter and Paul School families Wednesday, Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.

Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD


Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD - Sept. 25-Oct. 1

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Fun Run For A Cure: Flamingo Fun Run 2017

Despite some drizzle and cool temperatures, more than 100 people gathered for the annual Flamingo Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 30, during Grangeville’s second annual Oktoberfest event. This year’s run was organized by Grangeville High School senior Kate Lutz and proceeds will go toward helping find a cure for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy).

Senior center still up and running; meals, home deliveries have not changed

Despite some rumors and a misleading letter in last week’s paper, Delores Kindall said, the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center meal program is up and running. “We served 90 meals Monday, Sept. 25, and also completed the home deliveries,” she said.

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No suspect in GHS bomb hoax; intent to pursue felony charges

'It’s a day we have to make up; a complete waste'

Grangeville Police continues its investigation into last week’s bomb threat incident at Grangeville High School. No suspect has been identified at this time. “But if we do develop one, we fully intend to charge someone, if we can,” said Police Chief Morgan Drew.

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Flu vaccination a must for Syringa health care workers says board member Strauss

‘This is a big deal’

“This year, our decision was to strongly encourage the vaccine [to our employees]. Those who do not choose to have the vaccine will be required to wear a mask in patient areas”

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Cottonwood city infrastructure, business growth issues for trio

Election 2017: Cottonwood

Finding creative ways to maintain city infrastructure, and creating an atmosphere condusive to business growth are issues for candidates seeking open Cottonwood council positions. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Lynn Guyer, and incumbents Ron Grant and Pat Holthaus. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

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Infrastructure, public involvement issues for Stites mayor race

Election 2017: Stites

How to manage city infrastructure and fund projects, and encouraging more public involvement are issues within the mayor race for the City of Stites. The mayor position is currently contested between incumbent Gerald “Gerry” J. Cathey and Rey Mireles. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

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Feds seek $17M plus in damages from ICLP, Lucile business for 2012 Sheep Fire

Federal prosecutors are seeking more than $17 million in damages and related costs from two Idaho County businesses for alleged negligence resulting in the 2012 Sheep Fire at Lucile.

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Syringa, Kootenai hospital management services agreement set

Hospitals to jointly recruit for Syringa CEO

Syringa Hospital and Clinics (SHC) and Kootenai Health (KH) recently announced a new management services agreement for SHC. With this finalized agreement, KH and the Syringa board of trustees will jointly recruit a new CEO to Syringa.

Traffic stop results in multiple felony arrests for Cascade men

Crime Brief

Two Cascade men are in custody on multiple felony charges following an early morning traffic stop Saturday. Keith Buffington, 40, and Frank Leming Jr., 51, are being held in the Idaho County Jail.

Kooskia man arrested on felony meth possession, delivery charges

Crime Brief

A court hearing is pending for a Kooskia man arrested last week on felony drug charges. Jerry W. Wilson, 60, was taken into custody Sept. 30 on charges of possession of methamphetamaine and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) release.

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Statewide school report cards released; region’s district scores available

Local schools fell within average ranges in standardized testing for the 2016-17 school year. The State Department of Education, through its “report card,” released the results of the 2017 Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) 2017 for districts and schools K-12


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