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Andrew Ottoson

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Friday Night Results: Week 9

With the start of the playoffs, football results came early this week. With a comprehensive victory over Wallace Thursday, Prairie reached the quarterfinals, which will be played Nov. 7 at the Kibbie Dome depending on the results of the Oakley-Notus game to be played tomorrow. On the other side of the 1AD1 bracket, Kamiah defeated Horseshoe Bend 62-38. In the 2A bracket, Grangeville crushed Nampa Christian 47-13.

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Pages succeed in first hunting seasons

On the Sunday morning of Opening Weekend 2014, Jackson Page, 10, went to his dad to ask for a chance to go after a deer he had seen weeks earlier and decided would be his come hunting season.

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No holding back

With one of the school’s Class of 2015 most decorated athletes hampered by injury, Prairie seniors Hunter McWilliams, Isaiah Shears and Mason Dalgliesh provided the scoring punch the Pirates required to win during a key matchup in the Whitepine League's regular season finale last Friday night, Oct. 24.

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Sweep takes GHS to state

2A District I-II volleyball tournament

With a state tournament berth available to the district winner, Grangeville played brilliantly to win in extra sets against both Orofino (26-24, 24-26, 28-26, 25-21, 15-9) and St. Maries (25-21, 16-25, 16-25, 25-22, 16-14) last Saturday, Oct. 18.

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Kubs climb league standings

Kamiah 50, Genesee 20

Had the opening moments of Kamiah’s homecoming game served as any guide, visiting Genesee might have found a way to turn a halftime tie into a clear victory last Friday night, Oct. 17.

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Mass casualty drill trains providers for the worst

‘These trainings help keep mutual benefit and respect and allow some back-and-forth. I can only foresee this cooperation getting better and better.’

What is it like to be dead for an hour? Christopher Osborne – who played one of eight shooting victims for a mass casualty drill held last week – said, “You get a lot of attention.” A simulated emergency call went out at 5:28 p.m. on Oct. 15. By 6 p.m., responders from several area agencies had arrived equipped to play-act a deadly scene at the Idaho County Fairgrounds.

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Grangeville tops Orofino on senior night

Grangeville defeated Orofino (25-9, 25-13, 20-25, 25-14) Thursday night and will be seeded higher than the Maniacs when the 2A District I-II tournament opens on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Commission enlists Veritas Research Consulting for federal lands fight

Doyel Shamley of Nevada-based Veritas Research Consulting will accompany and advise Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik in visits with Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests officials later this month.

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Bulldogs crush St. Maries in key CIL showdown

After a week of shuffling players into new roles in the wake of a narrow loss in their Central Idaho League opener earlier this month, the Bulldogs played near-perfect defense in a lopsided win over St. Maries last Friday night, Oct. 10...

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Parents to propose 2015 GHS girls soccer squad at Oct. 20 board meeting

At the upcoming Mountain View School District 244 board meeting Grangeville Youth Soccer organizers — a group of seven families strongly committed to the local program for ages kindergarten through sixth grade — will ask the board to consider launching a fall varsity girls soccer team.

Travel plan lawsuit takes step toward settlement in fed court

The U.S. Forest Service is asking a federal judge for a mulligan on a travel planning decision at the heart of its years-long court battle with the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA) and Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC).

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Bulldogs eye revenge match vs. Orofino Oct. 16

A contest for control of the Central Idaho League’s top seed spun out of Grangeville’s grip despite the Bulldogs building early leads during three of the four games on Sept. 30.

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Top of Her Game

Clearwater Valley High School (class of ’96) alum Callie McPhee won the Idaho High School Activities Association’s state “Official of the Year” award by vote of IHSAA members for her work last season.

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Grangeville 42, Lake City JV 14: Bulldogs brace for league play

With Central Idaho League play set to open on Friday night, Oct. 3, at Orofino, Grangeville whipped the Lake City JV 42-14.

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Prairie 64, CV 8: Pirates keep pace with WPL leaders

If not for a new drainage system installed at Prairie’s field during the off-season, a midweek storm may have made a slog out of the game last Friday night, Sept. 26.

New life for land exchange: WPT delivers Lochsa plan to legislators

Western Pacific Timber (WPT) delivered an Upper Lochsa Land Exchange proposal to the offices of Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador last Monday, Sept. 22.

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Four in a row: Kubs’ scoring streak continues

A famous boxer supposedly said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” Clearwater Valley’s designs for slowing down Kamiah took a hit 15 seconds into the game last Friday night, Sept. 19.

Grangeville 41, McCall-Donnelly 6: Harris, Dewey power Bulldogs

During the third quarter of a lopsided 41-6 win over McCall -Donnelly last Friday night, Sept. 19, Grangeville’s junior quarterback, Layton Harris, marked four games in a row with at least two touchdown passes.

Wildfire at 9,800 acres

The Johnson Bar Fire on the Moose Creek Ranger District has grown along its southeastern and northwestern flanks, where a Sept. 12 heat map showed fire activity increasing in conjunction with warmer weather last week. Firefighters surged into the area late last month, and as of Sept. 15, the fire had not crossed any of the lines built in August.

$3.3M airport work dominates FY15

Commission approves $18 million budget; property tax rate unchanged

As part of a 19 percent bigger budget for fiscal 2014, which the Idaho County board proposed last month and approved last Tuesday, Sept. 2, the county commissioners tabbed $3.3 million for a major airport renovation during the upcoming fiscal year. The money will fund a new runway at the airport in Grangeville, where the county anticipates construction as early as the end of summer, 2015.

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Prairie proves power: Pirates declare Whitepine League dominance

Prairie’s season opener featured a matchup of two of the Whitepine League’s elite teams — a rematch between teams whose places in the WPL pecking order were determined by a back-and-forth 96-point shootout last September in Cottonwood.

Football Roundup: Rams rumble past Cascade

The Whitepine League standings include just two league games so far, with reigning WPL champion Troy and chief contender Prairie still undefeated after Week 1.

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Softball Showdown

Kooskia Krush won the 2014 Grangeville Co-Ed Softball League championship last Wednesday night, Aug. 27, at Lions Park, by claiming a 15-9 win over runners-up Brew Crew.

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Moscow Mauled: Bulldogs dominate second half

Less than a minute into the Bulldogs’ 2014 opener, defensive back Michael Wilson — Grangeville’s most experienced varsity player — picked off Moscow’s third down pass attempt and returned it 10 yards to the Bears 12. Two minutes later, Jack Lawrence — a junior running back and linebacker making his first varsity start — showed off his speed with a touchdown run around the left side of the formation.

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Flamingo Fun Run: Lutz’s idea raises money, awareness of SMA battle

Two years ago, Harvard researchers found a link between two motor neuron diseases: Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) — and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which threatens the life of tiny Oakley Smith.

Tribe ‘surprised’ at tone of county’s letter

The Nez Perce Tribe was “surprised at the tone and unusual nature of the letter” it received from the Idaho County Commission last month; that’s how Nez Perce Tribe chairman Silas Whitman put it in a reply the county received from the tribe on Aug. 12.

Wildfire update: 3,051 acres torched near Syringa

A fire first reported Aug. 3 on federal ground about one mile southwest of the Johnson Bar Campground took four days to grow to 400 acres, running down into both the Goddard Creek and Elk City Creek drainages; last Friday, Aug. 8, it sprinted south, jumped Goddard Creek and expanded by almost 800 acres.

While rates rose, county gave garbage service away

“It was our mistake, not the tribe’s,” Idaho County Commission chairman James Rockwell said last Monday, Aug. 11, of 28 years of garbage fees the board failed to collect...

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Highrange blaze near White Bird 1,250 acres

Ominous clouds move through the area every August, but last weekend an especially cruel twist of lightning struck fire into an area stoutly defended by a local fire crew just three weeks ago. Though the Pittsburg Fire eventually swelled to 8,000 acres, an interagency command credited a Salmon River Ranger District crew’s initial attack with stopping the fire’s advance below Highrange Ridge.

Boom harvest year for timber sales on IDL lands: County sales: 18MBF valued at $3.8 million

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) booked a boom year in fiscal 2014, which ended June 30: 347 million board feet valued at more than $72 million was harvested on endowment trust lands the agency manages.

Lochsa land swap stagnates WPT to subdivide, sell 80 acres

About a mile and a half east of the Lochsa Lodge, Western Pacific Timber has a “for sale” sign and about 80 acres up for subdivision and developed. Located near Forest Service Road 111, the land is a tiny portion of the company’s holdings in that area, but the sale would be enough, in WPT attorney Andy Hawes’ words, “to keep the lights on.”

County to tribe: pay your garbage bill

In May, the Idaho County Commission discovered a mountain of uncollected garbage bills which have been piling up since 1987 on account of a flaw in the county’s billing system. Last Thursday, July 24, board chairman James Rockwell sent the Nez Perce Tribe a letter requesting payment of more than $327,000 and asking the tribe to budget more than $19,000 per year to cover garbage collection on tribe-owned property in Idaho County.

Pittsburg Fire update: Crews holding at 8,000 acres

When lightning struck a few miles north of Pittsburg Landing 10 days ago, it hit a sore spot for locals who lost property when fire surged over Pittsburg Saddle seven years ago. That fire – the Poe Cabin Fire – claimed more than 58,000 acres and no fewer than two residences as well as much private timber and stored hay.

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Dredging in protest: Miners find ‘pay streak’ on the South Fork Clearwater; defy EPA

West of old Golden, the South Fork Clearwater River bent around the feet of mountains.

Bridge project funds locked in; work starts 2015

Funding has been locked in and a Boise-based contractor will be carrying out the nitty-gritty details of engineering a replacement for the aging Manning Crevice Bridge, with planners pushing back the anticipated start of construction to late next summer.

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Border Days 2014: Eggs, parades and rodeos – Oh, my!

Hot weather, good food, friends and family – it must have been Border Days.

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Labrador: county shooting range in the works

Congressional Rep. Raul Labrador today, July 9, is introducing legislation to set up a permanent county-operated shooting range on about 31 acres north of Time Zone Bridge.

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Timely rain keeps region’s crops on track

Boosted by this spring’s rain, area crops are on track – and many are in excellent shape, according to University of Idaho’s Lewis County ag extension agent Ken Hart. Winter wheat crops are doing “about average,” Hart said Tuesday, July 1.

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GHS football camp: Airing it out in Boise

Bulldogs make their annual passing camp another big hit

The Grangeville High School football squad took to the famous blue turf at Boise State University for the football camp the Bulldogs have attended annually under head coach Jeff Lindsley.

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Trail Retrace: Rider takes on Nez Perce historic route a second time

Twenty years ago, Hetty Dutra ventured out on the proverbial thousand-mile journey from Wallowa Lake, Ore. to the Bear Paw Mountains in Montana. This year, she is once again tracing the path taken by the non-treaty Nez Perce during the war, which broke out in White Bird during June 1877.

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25th White Bird Rodeo: Stock steals the show

Superior. That’s one word for the rough stock that ran the cowboys ragged at the 25th Annual White Bird Rodeo held last Friday and Saturday, June 13-14.

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‘Try something you never thought you would be interested in...’

Achievements boost PHS’s Cochran, co-valedictorian, to West Point post

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Helmets In The Haystack

River runners steered a wide variety of watercraft around and sometimes through the “Haystack Wave” in the Lake Creek Rapids east of Riggins during the Big Water Blowout last Saturday, June 7.

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White Bird Rodeo’s silver anniversary: Neal recounts rodeo’s 25-year history

It’s one of history’s secrets: The first time anyone ambitious enough to pursue such a bold idea thought to hold a rodeo here.

At-risk acres to receive treatment

Federal planners may soon be more able to deliver on the old vision of conservation the first national forester, Gifford Pinchot, wrote of during the Forest Service’s early days: “where conflicting interests must be reconciled the question will always be decided from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”

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Track & Field: SOLO GOLD: Five win titles

Bass, medley lift Grangeville girls; Lindsley, Blankenship carry GHS boys; Prairie relays double; Arnzen wins; Eades’ shot put title sets school record

After three years, three reasons to work for more

“...the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” — Hobbes, Leviathan

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Track & Field: One hurdle remaining

The Grangeville boys and girls teams won their respective regional team titles last Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, at the 2A District I-II track meet held at Kootenai High School. The 1A regionals, held at the same time and place but scored separately, saw the Kamiah boys place third, while the Prairie girls and boys placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Baseball: CV upends Genesee, but whiffs on a state berth

“We had a conversation about striking out,” Clearwater Valley coach Josh Bradley said after his young squad pulled off a 16-7 upset of Whitepine League top seed Genesee last Thursday, May 16.

Golden area access remains disputed

As revealed in the Forest Service’s April 30 response, the federal and local governments are in agreement on one point in a lawsuit over Golden-area road closures: the Forest Service does not recognize “Idaho County’s claim to control and ownership of the Buckhorn Creek Road System.”

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