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Riggins Rodeo starts Saturday

The kids’ stick horse race is back and there’s plenty of action for the adults this weekend, too.

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Softball: Pirates pop McCall, Troy

The Pirates had 10 wins under their collective belts before a 3-0 loss to Genesee sent them for a loop. Prairie stumbled to a 15-14 loss to Asotin on April 21, allowing the Panthers to score nine runs during the fourth inning of that contest.

County objecting to Crooked River Valley rehab project

The Forest Service’s Crooked River Valley Rehabilitation would dramatically reshape a valley marked by mining five miles west of Elk City, and the Idaho County Commission is objecting.

Frei won’t press for pro-life insurance

Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei will not press forward with a plan for the county to pay for a pro-life alternative to the county’s existing health insurance.

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1A Baseball: Rams rise as Whitepine League play picks up

For Clearwater Valley fans, a win over down-river rival Kamiah always comes as a treat — and, as a bonus, the Rams’ 4-3 victory last Thursday, April 9, maintained their lead over the Kubs in the standings.

Pair caught after chase in stolen pickup

Court hearings are pending for two individuals arrested Monday night, April 6, following an alleged flight from law enforcement in a vehicle reported stolen out of Missouri.

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Book focuses on historical airstrips

Hells Canyon, Salmon River areas among mentions

The second volume of Richard Holm Jr.’s “Bound For The Backcountry” set holds out a rare public account of the private people who pioneered air travel in the canyon country that lends the land so much of the remoteness Idaho County people enjoy.

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Top students enjoy bird clinic at Flying B Ranch

Young hunters are the future of conservation and the hunting tradition. By introducing our youth to the joys of hunting at an early age, we can ensure the future of hunting and conservation remains strong.

Frei proposes "rights of conscience" alternative to county insurance

The first policy initiative authored by Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei would offer local government employees an alternative to the Affordable Care Act insurance Idaho County presently provides. For each employee who both opted out and qualified for membership in a "health sharing ministry," the county would send money directly to a "non-insurance, non-state regulated program that does not guarantee payment of claims." But Frei's resolution to create this "rights of conscience" alternative was tabled Tuesday, April 7, in order to allow time for an employee meeting "sometime in the next two weeks," Frei said.

Basketball: Statesman names Wilson 2A “player of the year”

Having been an all-state first-teamer in football and basketball in two previous seasons, GHS senior Michael Wilson brought home one of the most prestigious awards any newspaper could possibly bestow on a high school basketball player in Idaho.

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Track & Field: Lindsley eyes Hill’s school record

If spring has sprung early across the region, it seems to have sprung best in Grangeville. While much of the squad spent last week on a band trip, several of the Bulldogs distinguished themselves at the Lewiston Invitational last Saturday, March 21. Two seniors — Drew Lindsley and Kaleala Bass — not only staked out some of the best marks seen anywhere in Idaho’s 2A classification, they also added their names to the Lewiston Invitational’s record book.

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Hall retires after 31 years: Grangeville coach helmed five state champion teams across three sports

Shortly after the 1994 girls basketball team won the state championship, coach Skip Hall told the Free Press the feeling that comes of taking a team to the absolute peak “gets a little more satisfying every day.”

Scheduling note: GHS to open against Genesee

The Grangeville baseball squad will throw out its first pitch of 2015 at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Asotin. The Bulldogs will be playing Genesee at the Asotin Tournament, which will also be the site of two Saturday games.

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Rams, Bulldogs meet for the first of four times this year

They played until the sun went down, and then they turned the lights on.

Court remands Clearwater National Forest travel plan

Forest Service to reconsider its reasons for restrictions

Environmentalists have long pressed the Forest Service for tougher motorized recreation rules, but their partial victory in federal court last Thursday, March 11, will now force the combined Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to reconsider a plan to force drivers to stick to designated routes.

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Baseball season begins: New digs a hit as Rams look to climb league standings

Stirrings of life came to the Clearwater Valley early this year, and not just because spring weather arrived sooner than expected.

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Manning bridge construction near Riggins planned for fall

Construction may start in August

This fall, a crawler crane will roll through Burgdorf, north-bound, then on to French Creek Road, then down the dozen or so switchbacks that descend toward the Salmon River, then west to the Manning Crevice Bridge, where it will stand opposite an outrigger crane. Together, these cranes will help raise a replacement for the span originally constructed in 1934. By next fall, they’ll be ready to remove the old bridge.

Pirates smoke Ambrose, reach state semifinal

Prairie's Lucas Arnzen powered up a double-double as the Pirates surged to a first-round victory over one of the classification's most highly-touted teams.

Firth advances despite Bulldogs' fast start

Grangeville's Michael Wilson totaled 31 points after scoring 18 early in the first round of the 2A state boys basketball tournament Thursday night at Capital High School.

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Bulldogs break Orofino, blast New Plymouth to qualify

Orofino nicked Grangeville twice in the final three meetings between the Central Idaho League rivals, but the last one — the decisive one on Feb. 25 — turned in the Bulldogs’ favor 47-40.

State wrestling tournament results: Saturday evening results

Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) and Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) both reached their respective finals with wins on Saturday morning at the 2A state wrestling tournament.

Grangeville clobbers New Plymouth, books return to 2A tourney

Michael Wilson put up 20 points in a crucial stop on Grangeville's road back to the 2A boys basketball state tournament. St. Maries claimed the north's top seed by winning the district championship earlier in the week, but GHS extended its season with a 60-35 victory over New Plymouth Saturday afternoon.

Lapwai tops Prairie in district title game

Seven lead changes during the first half signaled a close game, but for much of the contest, Lapwai stood firmly in control of the 1AD1 District II boys district title game Friday night at the LCSC Activity Center. During the short stretches when the Pirates' shots were falling, Prairie evened up the game -- but a bit of treachery in the Pirates' shooting touch combined with timely shooting by the Wildcats allowed Lapwai to sustain scoring runs up to double-digit leads early and late in the game.

UPDATE: Eight locals still in the hunt at state wrestling tournament

Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) and Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) both aced their state wrestling competition, and will wrestle as two of the area's eight remaining medal hopefuls tomorrow.

Pirates' pressure squashes Liberty Charter

Before the Pirates found the range, the sheer volume of their shooting overwhelmed Liberty Charter. Once Prairie found the range, the defending state champions shelled the Patriots into submission, 60-25, during the first round of 1AD1 state tournament play.

Brown, Bass key Bulldogs win in OT

Grangeville trailed by as many as 11 points during the first half of its first round 2A state tournament matchup against Wendell, but charged back to win 46-44 in overtime Thursday afternoon at Bishop Kelly High School.

Pirates advance to district tourney final, lock up state tournament berth

The Pirates are safely through to the state tournament.

State-bound Bulldogs headed to Boise; GHS draws Wendell

The runner-up in last year’s 2A tournament, Ririe, may be the favorite to win the title this year. While Ririe is seeded on the other side of the bracket, the Grangeville girls likely will face a tough matchup during the second round whether or not they find a way past first-round foe Wendell.

State-bound Pirates headed to Nampa; tourney opens Thursday

Prairie ran into a buzz saw in its district title matchup against the team most observers favor at the outset of the 1AD1 state tournament. But as the only team in the tournament to have played a close game against Lapwai this season, the Pirates may be primed to force a rematch in the classification’s biggest game.

Wolf advocates sue to halt animal control

Pro-wolf environmentalists are taking to court the federal agency tasked with killing problematic wild animals, alleging the Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services arm has “never examined or disclosed the effect of its activities in combination with recreational wolf hunting and trapping conducted by the public.”

Suction dredgers get a boost from proposed bill

The local gold-picking community got a boost last Wednesday, Feb. 11, when a house committee deadlocked on whether to stop Rep. Paul Shepherd’s latest bill, which aims to exempt suction dredging from federal laws under which the Environmental Protection Agency forbids suction dredging in the Clearwater and Salmon river drainages.

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Clear Creek restoration moving forward

In Clear Creek, Alternative C it is.

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‘It was grandpa’s idea to bring a rifle’ : IDFG bags Earthquake Basin poachers, license cheaters

State hammers ‘past employee’ who shot research elk illegally last year

GHS girls bust Orofino

Led by Central Idaho League "player of the year" Hailey Sullivan, the Grangeville girls took one step closer to a district tournament title.

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Bulldogs get even in CIL showdown

Grangeville found itself in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, but St. Maries had no answer for the 16-6 run GHS used to lock up a share of the Central Idaho League lead.

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GHS locks up district's #1 seed

Less than five minutes into Friday's game, Grangeville had a point total it would take Coeur d'Alene Charter most of three quarters to match.

No SRS in sight; county plans gun show fund-raiser

Search and rescue dollars aren’t famous among the monies local jurisdictions receive from the federal government in the form of Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payouts. PILT was renewed late last year, but while Idaho County and local school districts anxiously await Congressional action on SRS, Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges is trying to schedule a gun show to help fund one of the county’s basic services.

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Stevens’ big night nets 10th win for GHS

Grangeville 58, Genesee 33

In the battle of the Bulldogs — Grangeville versus Genesee — Michael and Michael (Stevens and Wilson) had big nights for the victorious hosts.

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Kamiah rules: Gov. Otter, officials take public inquiry at capital for dayp

Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.

Wolf management group organizing locally

While the public-sector lethal control board’s efforts may have stalled, a private group trying to organize locals wants to accelerate the trapping of wolves in the Clearwater Region.

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Savages snap Huskies win streak

Jimmy Shepherd's 25 points lifted the Savages to a 57-50 win over Highland Saturday night at Salmon River High School — but without effective defense from Rylie Travis and Alex Diaz, Highland's Tanner Dempsey (26 points) might have given the visiting Huskies a winning burst.

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Highlight of the night: Savages best Huskies

Jimmy Shepherd's 25 points lifted Salmon River to a 57-50 win over Highland Saturday night.

County, tribe cooperating on garbage billing

Garbage fees that for decades Idaho County failed to bill to 118 Nez Perce Tribe-owned properties will be billed soon, outgoing Idaho County Commission chairman James Rockwell said Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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LHS passes Dawgs’ test: Lewiston 62, Grangeville 58

For all of the first half and parts of the third and fourth quarters of a 62-58 loss Dec. 29 at the LCSC Activity Center, Grangeville matched Lewiston shot for shot.

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Highlight of the night: Bulldogs test Lewiston

For all of the first half and parts of the third and fourth quarters, Grangeville matched Lewiston shot for shot.

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Upriver Rampage: Night of the Rams

Morrow’s trey lifts CV to overtime win; food banks net $8,000

On a night Kamiah led by 10 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, a late surge set up a moment for Clearwater Valley sophomore Mitch Morrow to take and make a hero shot.

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Idaho County Shootout

The annual Idaho County Shootout raised more than $10,000 for local food banks — about $6,000 less than the event raised last year. Organizers decided ahead of time that the traveling trophy would not be awarded this year.

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Grangeville 64, McCall 24: Harris keeps GHS perfect

The Grangeville boys basketball squad held visiting McCall-Donnelly to just five points during each of the first two quarters even as guard Layton Harris rained down three-point shots last Saturday night, Dec. 6.

Girls basketball: Schumacher paces Prairie to season’s sixth victory

For the third time in a week, Prairie doubled its opponent’s point total.

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Retired firefighter runs for fitness, fun in cities all over the world

Steve Munson, 61, retired from a life dedicated to fire management with the Forest Service. Now he runs — eight to 15 miles every other day, and 26.2 at least once a month.

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