The Grangeville baseball team placed second at the 2A state tournament last week. Pictured are from left: (back row) assistant coach Rick Stephens, Tyler Stephens, Ethan Bonn, Chase Adkison, Easton McEwen, Hunter Schoo, Trent Hunter, Kolten Key, Jack Kennedy, Braxton Miskin, Blake Schoo and Reece Wimer; (front row) Dawson McEwen, Quinn Hall, assistant coach Bob Barreiros, Gannon Garmin, head coach Lee Nadiger, Tescher Harris, Ethan Croston, Tori Ebert and Michael Woods.May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
One event remains for area athletes who topped the District I-II meet last weekend at Lapwai: the state meet this Friday and Saturday, May 18-19 at Middleton.May 16, 2018 10:16 a.m. read more..
As part of a review of county spending midway through the current budget cycle, the Idaho County Commission recently had the prosecuting attorney account for a spending line that had over-topped the full-year amount the commission budgeted last summer. Commissioner Mark Frei asked prosecuting attorney Kirk MacGregor to account for the amount the county has spent on for “conflict” prosecution since the current budget year began last October.May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A budget hearing for Idaho Public Health’s North Central District is coming up May 19, and according to the fiscal 2019 budget North Central District director Carol Moehrle presented to county commissioners Tuesday, May 1, Idaho County’s share of the district’s revenue would be about $129,000.May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Secure Rural Schools (SRS, a.k.a. federal forest funds) reauthorized by Congress earlier this year flows not only to highway districts and local schools. Some of it funds small forestry projects through Idaho County’s fire mitigation department. But the county’s fire mitigation arm also has put some state money to work: About $111,000 so far this year, fire mitigation manager Randy Doman told county commissioners Tuesday, May 1.May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
When the county receives federal Secure Rural Schools (SRS) forest funds anticipated next month, it will deal with two longstanding types of money not addressed in previous Free Press reporting on the sudden reauthorization earlier this year. These funds are known as Title II and Title III funds, and are administered differently than the bulk of the money, which flows to local schools and highway districts.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office auction held April 28 drew bids totaling more than $152,000, according to public records – and not every big-ticket item was sold. “There were things we couldn’t sell because of the time requirements of the federal government,” Giddings told the Free Press May 7. Because state law requires money from the sale of county property to flow through the county’s general fund and be allocated by the county commissioners through the normal budget process, elected officials are moving to put their “horsetrading” over what to do with the auction proceeds in writing.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County’s informal solicitation to supply rock for the county’s Woodland-area stockpile resulted in one bid for $138,000 last month, so the county commissioners decided Tuesday, May 1, to advertise it formally in the newspaper. The “call for bid” legal notice is in the Idaho County Free Press this week.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
With a 135-2 throw in the discus last Thursday, May 3, Kamiah’s Kaleb Oatman was the only area athlete to place individually first overall at the annual Meet of Champions.May 8, 2018 3:51 p.m. read more..
In recent years, gold miners have gone to the state capitol in large numbers to demand a sweeping rollback of state and federal Clean Water Act regulations they say impinge on small scale suction dredging operations, but a subtle change in the state’s rules for this upcoming dredging season may put to the test how many miners are willing to work the South Fork Clearwater River this summer.May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
On his broad shoulders, he carried his home town's highest hopes to Texas, and when he became the 19th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Leighton Vander Esch's home town was there to lift him up.April 26, 2018 9:55 p.m. read more..
A first-inning double by Ethan Bonn drove in the only run Grangeville starting pitcher Chase Adkison would need to make the Bulldogs winners April 18 at St. Maries.April 25, 2018 8:11 a.m. read more..
The annual audit of Idaho County’s budget, the year-end 2017 edition of which was presented to the commission on April 17, documented the county’s position: a net value of almost $21 million, including more than $12 million invested in capital assets.April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A local elected official insists she has followed the law, but an April 20 report in the Lewiston Tribune exposed a dispute between Rep. Priscilla Giddings and the Ada County Assessor’s office, in which that county may yet seek tax payment related to Giddings’ move from Garden City to White Bird ahead of her run for the District 7 House seat she won in 2016.April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Commission’s latest letter to Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert put the board’s weight behind Alternative 3, which Hungry Ridge Restoration Project documents indicate would “maximize potential 25 percent return to Idaho County.” The Forest Service is working toward making a final decision on the project by January 2019.April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Commissioners on April 17 approved a bid by D-3 Native Woodworks of Grangeville for fire mitigation work at a cost of $834 per acre, totaling $5,504. Work on the Tahoe Fire Mitigation Project, which consists of fuels reduction on 6.6 acres east of Kooskia, is to be complete by July 30.April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The fields up top were swamped last week, so Prairie and Grangeville made arrangements to meet in the river valley, where the Kubs showed off a field in spectacular condition and the Bulldogs overpowered PHS 10-0 last Friday afternoon, April 13.April 18, 2018 8:14 a.m. read more..
Idaho County’s public defender last November reported a caseload of 75 felonies and 228 misdemeanors during the fiscal year that ended last Oct. 1. The caseload also included six juvenile felonies and seven juvenile misdemeanors and 10 other types of cases. In all, the county paid out about $127,000 in the first year of its two-year contract with McFarland Law Offices.April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
As the Idaho County Commission grappled with the question whether or not to commit public money to studying a plan for upgrading Internet infrastructure for the county’s own emergency services, the board kept returning to a more basic question last Tuesday, April 3. Where is the fiber that is already in the county?April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The county commission’s April 3 discussion involved the board weighing whether committing now to a 25 cents per line per month grant fee would be a permanent commitment. “If we do the 25-cent fee, can we get back out of it?” commissioner Mark Frei asked Zumalt. Idaho County emergency manager Jerry Zumalt said the county commissioners would still be the county’s 911 board, and thus such a decision would still be within their power.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A ribbon cutting for the relocated original Manning Crevice Bridge tower now positioned astride the concrete stairs is scheduled for 10 a.m. (MT) this Friday, April 13, at Riggins City Park.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville's Hunter Schoo kept Clearwater Valley off-balance for all but one mighty swing by Davis McElroy and the Bulldogs prevailed 4-1 in a late-scheduled makeup of an early-season rain-out Monday night, April 9.April 9, 2018 7:49 p.m. read more..
Idaho County Commissioners heard a plan out of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management last week that calls for a massive interconnection of the fiber optic network in North Central Idaho – a pricey infrastructure project that would “meet the needs of emergency communications along with the advent of Next Generation 911” service.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“Idaho County commends the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for continuing efforts to address forest health issues,” the Idaho County Commission wrote in a comment letter approved last week regarding the Lolo Insect & Disease project. The project proposal, which was subject of a March 7 public meeting in Kooskia, calls for timber harvest, soil rehabilitation, road improvements and other work in a 78,000-acre project area located approximately 16 miles northeast of Kamiah.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A large rock that became known as Humpty Dumpty – and became subject of a dispute that briefly threatened to hold up the Manning Crevice Bridge Replacement last year – has been removed.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
he Idaho County Commissioners on March 27 approved an “additional meetings” policy under which they are paid $100 per additional meeting they attend.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The track meet Tuesday night, April 3, was poised for a long evening as 11 teams converged at Kamiah for many area athletes' return from holiday.April 3, 2018 9:33 p.m. read more..
Idaho County Commissioners heard a plan Tuesday that calls for a massive interconnection of the fiber optic network in North Central Idaho – a pricy infrastructure project that would “meet the needs of emergency communications along with the advent of Next Generation 911” service.March 28, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..
The Bulldogs were shorthanded and up against very strong competition during their first meet of the track and field season last Saturday, March 24.March 28, 2018 6:19 a.m. read more..
With President Trump having signed off on renewing Secure Rural Schools funding Friday, March 23, local school and highway tax districts stand to receive the first of two big payments – totaling about $5.8 million – within the next 45 days. The renewal is part of a massive federal spending bill – a $1.3 trillion roll-up of numerous topics – which passed Congress Thursday despite opposition by conservatives including Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador.March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
With President Trump having signed off on renewing Secure Rural Schools funding Friday, March 23, local school and highway tax districts stand to receive the first of two big payments – totaling about $5.5 million – within the next 45 days. The renewal is part of a massive federal spending bill – a $1.3 trillion roll-up of numerous topics – which passed Congress Thursday despite objections by conservatives including Sen. Jim Risch and Rep. Raul Labrador.March 23, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
The Prairie boys led 1-0 after a high-contact play went their way in the first inning March 13 at Clearwater Valley, and on the strength of sharp pitching, the first run of their season proved enough to land the Pirates their first win.March 21, 2018 9:13 a.m. read more..
Two more major road repair projects out of those that date back to Spring 2017 went to bid earlier this month, with work at Ft. Misery won by Cook & Sons and work at Cottonwood Creek won by Crea Construction during the Idaho County Commission’s March 13 meeting. Both projects are eligible for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funding but the feds had not yet obligated the money for these projects, Idaho County disaster management manager Jerry Zumalt told the Free Press last week.March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The “forest funds” came up far short last year In 10 or 20 years — if the Forest Service succeeds in getting out the timber cuts now being proposed all across the county — those of us too young or too new to the forest wars to remember the boom times may be able to look back on 2017 as the worst of our hard times.March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A public meeting has been scheduled April 11 regarding a draft environmental impact statement proposing timber harvest 17 miles southeast of Grangeville. According to the document released March 9, known as the Hungry Ridge Restoration Project DEIS, the work would “restore a more diverse and resilient forest structure, with a range of age clases, size classes, habitat complexity and disturbance patterns that more closely emulate the results of natural disturbance.”March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
For Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert, the ongoing Forest Plan Revision has involved more than 70 meetings, including meetings with a Clearwater Basin Collaborative subcommittee, visits to county commissions and stakeholder meetings – including eight with Friends of the Clearwater, she said Monday, March 12.March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Clearwater Valley-Kamiah wrestling co-op expects to return all but one of its members next year, coach Carlos Martinez told the Free Press March 5. Set to graduate is 152-pound state champion Carson Morrow.March 7, 2018 9:20 a.m. read more..
The funding for a years-in-the-planning water system upgrade is in place and the project may soon go out to bid, Stites officials told the Free Press Feb. 28 – so there’s a chance for work on long-sought improvements to get done this summer.March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
During the months since Leighton Vander Esch declared for the NFL entry draft, his chance to ascend from Salmon River High School and Boise State University to football’s top professional level has become a conversation starter in Idaho County — and not just among local football fans.February 28, 2018 7:44 a.m. read more..
Idaho County Commission chairman Skip Brandt has been the board’s ambassador to the Forest Service, having attended more than 20 meetings during the past year on topics related to the ongoing Forest Plan Revision – a process that also involves evaluation of potential for new wilderness and Wild & Scenic River designations. Lately – participating in this month’s open comment period before Forest Plan Revision alternatives are announced – the board has sent Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert several lettersFebruary 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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