Andrew Ottoson

Sports/Outdoors Editor

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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.

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Skillz uncrushed in softball finale

The summer softball season came to an end last Wednesday, Aug. 9, with Skillz holding off Kooskia Krush 19-17 in the trophy game.

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Ready To Let Loose: Elk City Days 2017

Elk City Days was in full swing on Saturday, Aug. 12, with a parade, sawdust dig, and the logging show. Here, a participant gets ready to let loose of the double-bladed ax toward the target.

County budget tops $21M; Sept. 5 public hearing set

The proposed budget for Idaho County’s next fiscal year, published in the legal notices on 4B today, marks just the second time since 2000 the bottom line number has topped $20 million. The Idaho County Airport renovation booked in 2016, which was carried out largely with federal money, pushed the grand total that year to more than $22 million.

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Manning Crevice Bridge replacement work runs into rock removal issue

First, the rock held up the work. Then the work held up the rock. Now what’s the holdup? Last Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Manning Crevice Bridge replacement project contractor, RSCI, told the Idaho County commission they may be asking the Federal Highway Administration for a change order to allow the rock to stay.

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Hanover Fire defies initial attack; now tops 5,000 acres

Public meeting in Riggins Aug. 9

"There are concerns for public safety. We backed it out to areas we knew we could control the access. As soon as we can, we’ll try to shrink that back.”

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Tucker to play basketball at Treasure Valley C.C.

Next Level Athlete

Salmon River basketball standout Maddy Tucker is headed to Treasure Valley Community College this fall. It’s a big step her family has helped her take.

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Area 'river segments' evaluated for Wild and Scenic possibilities

In the midst of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ forest plan revision process, the Idaho County Commission is asking the Forest Service to go all the way through a process that would narrow down the list of rivers that could eventually get Wild and Scenic protection. It’s known as a “suitability evaluation,” and it’s a step the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requires the Forest Service to complete – whether during the forest plan revision or not.

Fire near Pollock quickly controlled last Thursday

Quick action by firefighters saved home, trailer

Firefighters brought a wildfire west of Pollock under quick control last Thursday, July 27. U.S. Forest Service single engine air tankers (SEATs) were seen delivering loads of fire retardant during the firefighting effort, in a video that can be viewed on the Free Press website.

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Cold, wet spring cost farmers 70-80 percent of their yields

Last year’s was a brutal winter for producers in many parts of the state

The Idaho County Commission declared an agricultural disaster during the July 25 meeting “due to unusual and excessive spring moisture conditions, which have prevented the planting of approximately 31,432 acres of spring crops, specifically 28,064 acres of spring wheat, spring canola, large garbanzo beans and green peas.”

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Solid waste reform still in the works; garbage fees, costs, still on rise

Board approves road and bridge tax hike, other expenses

Idaho County’s solid waste contractor, Robert Simmons of Simmons Sanitation, is working with county commissioners to develop a true solid waste system, as compared to the status quo operation in which local dumpsters are open 24/7/365 for all users – and continually brimming with all types of trash, refuse and items that have outlived their usefulness.

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