Love is a verb; it calls for action


The decision to act is simple. Just ask 11-year-old Emma Roach. “I love animals. Why wouldn’t I want to help?” the sixth grader shrugged.

Question with Wilks: Will they be good neighbors?


Will they be good neighbors? That’s the question we ask ourselves when someone pulls up with the moving van into the vacant house next to us. Can we get along? Will they maintain their property to both its benefit and that of the neighborhood? Will they not be disruptive? Overall, will they reflect our values?

Maintain trust: Keep ISP patrol vehicles marked


Unmarked police cars patrolling for driving violations has the appearance of a game of “gotcha” where officers are looking for an excuse to drop the hammer on drivers. It feels sneaky and deceptive; an enforcement tactic way we don’t feel is commensurate with the infractions – not misdemeanors or felonies, mind you – that highway enforcement officers largely deal with.

Resolve to work on relationships in 2016


Normally, at this time of year, we would be encouraging your New Year’s resolutions to become part of your community organizations, to volunteer your time to those groups and nonprofits that benefit us through celebration and tragedy. Not this time, as there’s something more important to focus on: building and fostering relationships.

Great to hear from people; reminder to give more

Trying new things can result in some pleasant outcomes.

Idaho ranks second in volunteerism; always room for more to serve


Neighbors help neighbors around here. No news there; this is one of the reasons we love living in Idaho County, and as well being part of the great Gem State that for two year’s running has been recognized for its volunteering efforts.

Lochsa exchange: no need to rush solution to compromise local interests


Checkerboard ownership within the upper Lochsa needs to be addressed to the land management benefits of both private and public ownership. Until this is resolved, this problem will remain with us despite wishes to disregard or dismiss it as a “dead issue.”

Our kids are more than a test grade


Once again results are out for the latest rounds of state testing on our Idaho kids. The results make it seem as if our local youth need to step it up in some areas – and that is probably always the truth.

Peer pressure can help steer youth from drugs


Peer pressure can be a good thing. You heard us right. Peer pressure can be a good thing. Maybe we should call it “peer encouragement.” Whatever the label, it can work in positive ways.

Shooting incident made worse due to failures in public disclosure

Neighboring Adams County has a nightmare on its hands that reverberates throughout our region, and rightly so.

Tobacco tax proposal a short-term, lazy fix


Who isn’t for making an Idaho college education more affordable? And if you do that by bumping up the price of a pack of smokes, who’s to care? After all, it’s a dirty habit, it’s bad for your health and, well, who likes those smokers anyway. Right?

Veterans need thanks through understanding

Honoring our veterans isn’t a problem around Idaho County -- recognizing their service and duty, and in living our lives to honor their daily gift of freedom. But as important, we need to find a way to show that sentiment in a practical way.

End of October scary time for politics, Halloween

What could be scarier than Halloween? How about politics!

Proposed ban on helicopter, helipad backward step for care

Helicopter activity within the Grangeville city limits: The issue returns again, and this time the move is to prohibit it. This would be a step backward for regional health care and safety awareness.

Scribner, Tucker: epitome of working board members

All too often nowadays there are those who want glory for the sake of looking good and are not willing to put in any elbow grease. That is definitely not the case for Grangeville’s Judy Scribner and Kooskia’s Dick Tucker.