Andrew Ottoson

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Brink blasts Bulldogs out of league title contention

Kolby Brink crushed Grangeville's Central Idaho League baseball title hopes into the bleachers in left center field, breaking both a 4-4 tie and a bit of the Bulldogs' fighting spirit in one fell swing.

Moisture loosens boulders at slide

SH 14 closed overnight

About an inch and a quarter of rain last Friday made for one of the most active days the slide area has seen since 100,000 cubic yards came down in February. The South Fork Clearwater River – into which more than 260 square miles of countryside drains – nearly doubled its flow as all the runoff came down. In the area destabilized by February’s massive landslide, the sudden rush of moisture loosened boulders as large as 10 feet in diameter, which fell and blocked the narrow path through the slide area.

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‘One more layer of federal bureaucracy is not what we need’

260 miles of Salmon River face new regulations under old law

Under an old law, Salmon River users – including mining and agricultural interests – will soon have to contend with a permitting process they haven’t faced before.

Uncertainty still surrounds Seven Devils liquor license

Mike Blimka has enlisted a different lawyer to help him resolve the fate of the Seven Devils Bar liquor license. Alcohol Beverage Control authorities revoked the license under a March 30 cease-and-desist order, which followed from an ABC investigation into Blimka’s ties to the company behind the bar.

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Grangeville holds home meet

Restored track proved fast for some runners

If you look at the season Trey Pfefferkorn has had in the 100-meter dash, his run at the GHS track last Tuesday, April 19, stands out. He was clocked at 11.37, which converts to 11.64 — which ranks among the Top 10 1A performances on the list kept by athletic.net.

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Brown Signs

Grangeville track and field standout Madison Brown signed last Thursday, April 14, to join the Weber State track and field to compete in her favorite event: the triple jump.

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Speed Racers

Another way of looking at the time trial format used in the Salmon River Jet Boat Races is this: It’s all about holding the highest average speed through all sections of the course.

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Maniacs defend home field, 6-3

Baseball

Grangeville has ambitions of winning the Central Idaho League — or at least qualifying for the state tournament out of second place — but will have to crack Orofino when the Maniacs visit May 3.

Divide on land management issues for pair

Election: Dist. 3 Commissioner

A divide over whether and how the Idaho County Commission ought to confront and cooperate with outside agencies on public land management issues is at the center of the race between Republicans Denis Duman and Jim Chmelik.

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Crowding The Shore

The 32nd Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races once again thrilled a large crowd that packed the shores in and around Riggins last weekend. With the Salmon River running high, some rapids appeared less imposing than usual – but the white water immediately upstream of the Time Zone Bridge sent boats frequently on end or aloft. Pictured are some of the approximately 1,500 who lined the area immediately south of Time Zone on Saturday afternoon, April 16.

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