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


Grangeville nets second win

Though the Bulldogs trailed 11-0 early in the fourth game, Hayden Hill’s run of serves turned a 21-all tie into a GHS win over Clearwater Valley, Monday night, Sept. 17, 3-1 (25-11, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21). Earlier in the fourth game, Salmon River senior Mikaela Herrick rattled off the first 11 in a row before GHS rallied.

September 19, 2018 9:13 a.m. read more..

Standing room only for Lochsa public meeting

At issue is whether or not a vast tract of Lochsa River country, which officials described as about 750,000 acres in size, may be listed as a district on the National Parks Service's register of historic places.

September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lochsa River Corridor nomination decision pushed back to March 2

Though there were about 80 seats set out beforehand in the conference room, it was standing room only Wednesday night, Sept. 12, at the Grangeville Super 8. Local politicians, Lochsa River-area landowners and others who said their interests are at stake in a pending decision came to make commentary before the Historic Sites Review Board decides. That board's decision had been scheduled to take place in Sandpoint 10 days after this one, but after introducing those at the head table, Idaho State Historical Society executive director Janet Gallimore's first words were to announce the board's decision had been deferred to the board's spring meeting, tentatively scheduled for March 2. Late in the meeting, a voice from the back of the room asked her to arrange for a bigger venue.

September 12, 2018 8:47 p.m. read more..

Meeting tonight on Lochsa corridor historic nomination

The Lochsa’s recent history has been one of controversy, and the long-running clash over the future of ancient places dear to the Nez Perce Tribe was renewed last month with the start of a public process that could end with addition of a new historic district to the National Register of Historic Places. A local informational meeting is scheduled for tonight, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Super 8 in Grangeville.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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