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Prairie sweeps 'Shootout'

Event nets $16K in money and food donations

The Idaho County Shootout raised $16,648 in donations, and Prairie won both of the basketball games Saturday night at GHS.

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Bulldogs smoke McCall

Everything was in its right place Friday night at GHS, where the hosts won the varsity, JV and C games in lopsided fashion.

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Savages split Orofino double-header

Orofino scored or drew a whistle just about every time they posted up 6-4 post Bayley Noah, including two touches for the big guy in the final three minutes of a 52-48 win over Salmon River Thursday night. Earlier in the night, the SRHS girls beat Orofino 60-46.

Taxpayers on notice: Rates slightly rise in most taxing districts

Software blip strips about 40 residents of homeowner’s exemption

After tax notices went out, last week, an unidentified area man noticed his homeowners exemption had gone missing. He reported the problem to the county assessor’s office on Nov. 22, and his diligence revealed a bigger problem. On Nov. 29, Idaho County deputy assessor Kim Nuxoll told the county commission and the Free Press about a computer error that inadvertently stripped as many as 40 local homeowners – mainly owners of mobile homes – of their exemptions.

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Rams edge Kamiah in Rampage overtime

The annual Upriver Rampage showdown between Clearwater Valley and Kamiah is tonight, with both boys teams player their first games of the season and the girls teams squaring off for the first time this season.

Maggie Butte purchase sets ‘land bank’ milestone

Idaho Land Board drops $2.5 million on buy; move to cut about $4,400 annually from Idaho County tax revenue

Having heard from their appraisers that some timberland could generate a 5.5 percent rate of return, the Idaho Land Board on Nov. 15 voted to tap $2.5 million and pay $1,053 per acre for the block, which is bordered partly by private property, partly by Forest Service land and mostly by state school endowment lands 10 miles east of Kamiah.

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State champs once again: Salmon River tops Kendrick for second consecutive 1AD2 title

Salmon River head coach Charlie Shepherd wasn't happy with his team's performance before halftime, but he was elated in the end. The Savages beat Kendrick 30-20 in the 1AD2 title game on the strength of three Canyon Harper touchdown runs, the second of which -- combined with his conversion run -- gave SRHS a 22-14 lead with just 20 seconds left in what had been a rough first half.

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Grangeville girls open Thursday vs. Lapwai

The Bulldogs home opener had been planned for Tuesday night, Nov. 15, but that contest has been rescheduled to Thursday night, Nov. 17, with the varsity to take the floor against 1AD1 defending champion Lapwai at 7:30 p.m.

2017 trial set in suit against Idaho County

Matter concerns 2012 sex crime involving ICSO deputy, minor

A civil case filed in Lewis County District Court against Idaho County by the young Kamiah woman who was victimized by an Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy four years ago has been scheduled for a jury trial next June.

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All the way back

Salmon River thumps Carey 36-20, returns to 1AD2 championship game

Salmon River’s march to the 1AD2 title game began with the defending state champions ranked atop the classification according to the idahosports.com coaches poll — a status the Savages never relinquished. A loss to Lapwai Week Five broke a 13-game winning streak, and while media pollsters dropped SRHS behind Dietrich, the Savages have won six in a row since then.

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