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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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