Andrew Ottoson

Sports/Outdoors Editor


I grew up in the Denver suburbs and went to college in Hillsboro, Kansas, where I studied chemistry and bible and got my first newspaper job doing sports and features for a little weekly. I moved to Grangeville in April 2011, when I started covering sports and other topics for the Idaho County Free Press.

Recent Stories

Rodeo awards $33K, Alires wins big

The mid-week date of this year’s Independence Day put Border Days organizers to a tough choice, but in the end, the rodeo — both fans and contestants — made a strong showing.

July 11, 2018 6:39 a.m. read more..

Grangeville wins Babe Ruth finale

The local youth baseball season is not quite over, as area Babe Ruth all-stars prepare for a tournament this week in Meridian. Grangeville’s 13-15 year-olds — several of whom played varsity baseball at GHS this spring — won the last local game of the summer June 29 at Clearwater Valley High School. Three rounds of tournament play concluded with a 13-3 Grangeville win over Kamiah — a final score coaches agreed did not reflect how closely the game was contested.

July 11, 2018 6:07 a.m. read more..

County receives $1.7M in PILT, puts $100K treating noxious weeds

Last week, the federal Department of the Interior (DOI) announced local governments across Idaho will receive more than $36 million out of the $553 million President Trump approved for the PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) program this spring. Idaho County is set to receive $1,719,685.

June 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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