Andrew Ottoson

Sports/Outdoors Editor

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IDL opts for helicopter logging

Despite an injunction that has prevented the use of Forest Road 652 by log trucks, logging of a state land timber sale near Lowell now appears ready to start in time for the Idaho Department of Lands to net $500,000 to $750,000 for the state schools endowment. The Idaho Land Board last week gave approval for logs from the $2.5 million Selway Salvage timber sale to be transported off-site by helicopter, reducing the public’s profit by as much as $1.5 million compared with hauling the logs by road.

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Nail-Bitten

The Grangeville city softball league season is rapidly coming to completion, with nine game nights left on the schedule before the tournament.

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Lindsley joins Boise State’s throwers

Next level athlete: Drew Lindsley

In several ways, the journey from youth to adulthood resembles the arc of the school record discus throw Drew Lindsley unleashed during the lead up to state last May.

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Next Level Athlete: Michael Stevens

Stevens joins Corban’s track program

On the track, Michael Stevens’ first breakthrough came when Grangeville High School coach Larson Anderson pushed him out of his comfort zone.

Storms douse Blue Fire but new blazes may follow lightning storm

Between Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest recorded 2,527 lightning flashes, at least 84 of which reached the ground. Amounts of recorded rainfall with these storms varied tremendously across the reporting area, from trace amounts to almost two inches over the last 48 hours.

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Recent storm sets back Camas Prairie harvest

After an early start and a quick dryout due to several 100-plus degree days earlier this month, harvest was all set to begin three weeks to a month ahead of schedule. But recent storms have set back many area winter wheat producers.

Selway Salvage work delayed as suit under way

A federal judge has ordered work on the Selway Salvage timber sale delayed while a lawsuit goes forward. At issue is whether Forest Road 652 is open for hauling timber; from the Swiftwater Bridge, Forest Road 652 crosses private land to reach state endowment land which is near the Selway River. Last Friday, July 10, U.S. District of Idaho Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered the work not to go forward. The lawsuit was filed by Idaho Rivers United (IRU) on May 19 and a footnote in one of the filings referred to its rapid progress as “a fire drill” but as of Monday, July 13, it remains unclear how long it may take to resolve.

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Border Days 2015: wrap-up

Three-day event draws family, friends for fun

Despite some high temperatures during the annual Border Days celebration, friends and family gathered at events each day, making the best of the heat.

Agencies, Idaho Rivers United file arguments in Selway suit

At stake: ‘wild and scenic’ values, $850k of salvage timber sale

A lawsuit over the use of a road near Swiftwater Bridge continued at warp speed last week, with the Forest Service, the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), and Idaho Rivers United (IRU) all filing arguments as to whether or not the court should put a state-land timber sale on hold.

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Border Days bull rider scores 2015’s top prize

Marek’s the man

As the only Border Days bull rider with a qualified ride to his name, Grangeville's own Bo Marek cashed one heck of a check this year. His score of 77 points on the back of bilious bovine River Rock wound up being good for more than $2,200, and Marek earned every penny.

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