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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..


With taxing districts under pressure, county commissioner works the cut

The “forest funds” came up far short last year In 10 or 20 years — if the Forest Service succeeds in getting out the timber cuts now being proposed all across the county — those of us too young or too new to the forest wars to remember the boom times may be able to look back on 2017 as the worst of our hard times.

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


Quality schools important to students, community

Next Tuesday, area patrons will vote on one-year M&O levies for Mountain View School District 244 and Kamiah Joint School District 304. School district administrators have been clear on the need for these levies, which will help to maintain current programs. Without those funds, the school districts will suffer.

March 7, 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..


Invest in your neighbors; shop local on Small Business Saturday

When you are planning your shopping trip, keep a few things in mind: When purchasing local, you are essentially supporting yourself and your family. Repeat studies have shown that your local businesses give back to their communities at a far greater percentage than do national chains.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Kids Klub makes a difference

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This sentiment has been used before to describe what Kids Klub, Inc., has done for Grangeville, but it’s time to revisit that thought.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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