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Idaho County honors its veterans every day

Idaho County is second to none in how it honors and recognizes its veterans; not just on holidays, but every day. It’s easy to be reminded of this during commemorative events, such as Veterans’ Day.

November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Undecided on Prop. 2? Read what others saying

Idaho voters on Nov. 6 will be deciding on Proposition 2, Medicaid eligibility expansion. As part of the voters’ decision-making process, the Idaho County Free Press has compiled guest opinions and press releases from the past few months concerning the proposition.

October 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Ballot questions for us to dialog, engage issues

Silly to ask? A waste of time, tax dollars? We’ve heard this referenced to advisory votes and the fire district formation being posed on the Nov. 6 ballot, and we’ll have to say we strongly disagree. Yes, the results are significant, but more importantly, raising such questions forces the community to engage in and dialog on issues it may otherwise ignore or sidestep.

October 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Let white kids dress as Black Panther, for crying out loud

Oh, the days. Halloween night is the only time it’s universally accepted to beg strangers for handouts. And it’s a fun time for kids to play dress-up and be someone or something else for this exciting evening. Yes, and then adults put their social politics baggage into the mix and screw up yet another fun time.

October 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
     

Vote warranted on forming Ridge Runner fire district

When it comes to firefighting, that service is critical to protect lives and property. It needs to be done. It’s great when you can provide that service privately, but if you can’t, the option isn’t to ignore this public need. A compulsory option to support this needs to be enacted.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


District 244’s approach eases concerns with firearms policy

If there’s anything that’s impressed us on how serious Mountain View School District 244 is taking its firearm’s policy, it’s superintendent Mark Scheibe’s perspective following a recent safety and training course. “You really have to practice what you’ve trained for and be prepared. It’s not easy – and it shouldn’t be,” he emphasized, in a story in this week’s Idaho County Free Press. “People’s lives are on the line.”

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Oregon voting reform proposal something Idaho should watch, consider

You rate hotels, restaurants, how your product or service was provided. So why not do the same in choosing those for elected office? Reform in some U.S. states is providing for improved candidate selection, such as rank choice voting where the top contestants in a multiple candidate race are determined by eliminating those with the fewest first-choice votes.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Awareness event reminds us to prepare for wildfire

Is it May already? Spring is nearly through, and summer – pending a few more Idaho County snow showers — is nearly here. What also can sneak up on us is wildfire season and preparing our properties to minimize risk. It’s not a question whether this would be a good idea or not; it’s critical to start the season with plans, followed by action, to fireproof your home and properties as best you can. Its importance is marked each year when the 10 western governors proclaim May as Wildfire Awareness Month.

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


Behind celebrations are hard work, needing support that benefits us all

The annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are this weekend. Are you going? Apart from the excitement of the spectacle itself, this event kicks off our season of community celebrations we’ll all be enjoying well into fall. But two important components of these and other such events are lost during our enjoyment: the time and effort that goes into their preparation, planning and execution; and just what these mean for our communities as a whole.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


ARF has long-term view to achieve shelter success

In the four years since ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) was formed, we’ve been pleased with the long-term strategy the group has held fast to in its plans to form a regional shelter on the Camas Prairie. That patience is a credit to volunteers and the ARF board....

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho school safety: Let’s contribute to a thoughtful process

Solutions to school safety have been emotional and driven with the passions of recent crises. Obviously, we’d be negligent to knee jerk and adopt the solutions of the heat of the moment. The problem is multifaceted, and it needs the input of many to provide options that can be thoroughly vetted and pushed for adoption with unity. Idaho looks to have such an effort in the works.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Infrastructure isn’t sexy but critical for rural Idaho

“We were once the envy of the world,” Perdue stated, concerning infrastructure. “We are in danger of losing that distinct advantage over other nations, and because of that, our rural communities risk slipping farther behind in economic achievement.” Which rural communities? All of those in Idaho County.

March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


VEST proactive effort supporting CV education

Kooskia gets it done when it comes to taking care of its precious resource: its children. The Clearwater Valley is taking a proactive direction in funding its local schools through the Valley Educators Support Team (VEST).

February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Prepare now for May 15 primary

Yes, elections are coming up, with the May 15 primary to be here before we know it. We like to get the word out early on elections to allow not only time to make candidate filing deadlines but to also allow people time to find out a little more about the open positions ahead of time.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


EMS issue needs core group demonstrating leadership, direction

“It’s a flawed model to base emergency resources on volunteerism only. Funding is definitely an issue.” This is the view of Jerry Zumalt, who’s not only a trustee for the Syringa Hospital Board, but he’s also the coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. Maybe we should be paying attention.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Charity – Sharing of our bounty to many needs

Just a small reminder for us all in the coming year to think on at least one area we can give or lend our hand to: a food bank, a service organization, volunteer tutor, dedicating more shopping dollars to Main Street businesses, inviting the neighbor over for dinner or at least to coffee downtown.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Firefighter shortage a life or death matter

Home heating fires are popping up on regional and national newspaper pages, but the “story behind the story” is not what could have been done to prevent these, but whether someone will show up to put out the fire in time. Or at all. Check out Lucky Brandt’s plea in this week’s letters page. He’s a longtime Kooskia firefighter raising such a warning, and also a call: Idaho County needs more volunteer firefighters.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Student experience survey promises empowerment

How is your school year going? Students – and soon their parents – can soon weigh in on the values and opinions of their educational experience through a statewide student engagement survey to be taken next spring.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


About that forum, absent candidates and letters

A good turnout, Grangeville! Let’s hope for as much or better public involvement in community affairs in the future. Last week’s candidates’ forum for open city council and mayoral positions had an impressive turnout; more than 90 attended Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. And the event was a deal-maker or breaker for several voters we talked with, who said they will be making their voting decisions come Nov. 7 on what they heard that evening.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


On My Honor? Decision effectively ends scouting

As the movie gangsters might say, “You are dead to me.” This month, the Boys Scouts of America announced girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn Boy Scouting’s highest honor of Eagle rank.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Candidates are committed; you should be also

Area residents have a rare opportunity this election season to take a hand in the direction their cities head in the coming year. It’s a unique occasion as we have not had such contested races in city elections for several cycles.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
    

Eclipse event a lesson for local business opportunity

Next Monday brings the total solar eclipse. While this will be an interesting astronomical event, of more pragmatic interest is what economic impact this event will have had on local communities? And from this, what can we learn to plan for that nice piece of the money pie when our region comes into the spotlight?

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Redistribute charitable giving locally

Politics energizes us as few things can, which explains why rivers of cash flow toward candidates and causes. Wouldn’t that same enthusiasm be nice when it comes to funding our own communities and causes.

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Economic development starts, driven by local chamber of commerce

Today’s view is more often looking outward to solve our problems. Economic development is one such area that we look to others – politicians, non-profit cooperatives, paid consultants — to address and solve. But the first and best tool lies at home: your local chamber of commerce.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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