The ten-week telephonic Camas Prairie Trapshoot began Sunday, Jan. 14, with shooters in Grangeville seeing the morning's early fog settle into a nice backdrop for the annual competition's first day of 2018.January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Clearwater Valley girls boosted their chances of qualifying for the Whitepine League's district tournament with a 30-28 win over Troy Monday afternoon, Jan. 15. In the second half of the double-header -- the makeup games for a postponement earlier this season -- the CV boys lost to the Trojans 63-45.January 15, 2018 7:41 p.m. read more..
Having played St. Maries within a point on Colby Canaday’s hoop with 1:20 left in the first half, the Grangeville girls were outscored 16-4 during the third quarter and were beaten 56-36 in their Central Idaho League opener last Saturday, Jan. 6.January 10, 2018 8:47 a.m. read more..
About 40 attended the meeting between Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert and the Idaho County Commission Tuesday, Jan. 9, during which Probert reviewed and reiterated the Forest Service’s study process.January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
When Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter delivered his final “State of the State” address Monday, Jan. 8, he mentioned that one set of disasters – “one of the worst hurricane seasons on record,” he said – took federal disaster managers away from the mountain of road work last winter left behind across Idaho. Locally, Idaho County still has not received firm word about whether FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) will be able to send money for projects to address last winter’s damage, which the Free Press first reported Sept. 12.January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A 26-point second quarter turned the second game between the Grangeville boys and Kamiah into a blowout, with the GHS bigs overpowering the Kubs inside and the Grangeville guards eventually fouling out Ben Dunning, Luke Snyder and Kaleb Oatman during an 85-59 Bulldogs win Thursday night, Jan. 4.January 4, 2018 10 p.m. read more..
Among the Idaho County Commission’s top priorities, solid waste system reform has long loomed large, but plans for a five-county joint landfill aren’t moving forward, and Idaho County is withdrawing from the group that has spent more than 19 months planning for a regional dump southwest of Council.January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Aiming to boost economic development, the Idaho County Commission has adopted a new ordinance under which the county may provide property tax breaks to new businesses. A 2017 state law allows counties to establish criteria, and the ordinance – No. 62, published in full on the idahocounty.org website – states how the local board has drawn the lines. The law on which the ordinance is founded – state code 63-602NN – says the exemption is allowed for “plant or building facilities…for nonretail purposes that are either commercial or industrial.”December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Playing without standout point guard Angela Wemhoff for the first time since the senior playmaker's injury earlier this week against Lapwai, the Prairie girls wobbled a bit on the way to a 34-30 home court victory over Grangeville Friday night, Dec. 15. A large turnout for the annual Idaho County Shootout also propelled the PHS boys, who laid claim to a 51-46 win over the Bulldogs.December 15, 2017 11:36 p.m. read more..
Grangeville’s sharp passing keyed a blowout win, by an 85-55 score, Dec. 11.December 13, 2017 8:57 a.m. read more..
The Clearwater Valley-Kamiah wrestling cooperative team made its second strong showing of the season last Saturday, Dec. 9, at Kellogg.December 13, 2017 8:55 a.m. read more..
Having watched the Kamiah girls double up Clearwater Valley 44-21, the KHS boys played a tight game against CV last Friday night, Dec. 8. The Rams held a 13-13 halftime tie, but that was before a couple of tough plays by Kaleb Oatman — combined with a bit of sharp shooting — keyed a second-half surge and a blowout Kubs win, 51-29.December 13, 2017 8:54 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests last week announced scoping of the Center-Johnson Project, a proposed action of timber harvest, fuels treatments, grassland treatments and road work including decommissioning of 11 miles of road in watersheds three miles west of Slate Creek.December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
With notices in the mail, some who own property in Idaho County have seen a big new tax on the bill. Others have seen a tax rate lower than it was last year, but some of those who have seen their rates dip are still owing local governments more overall this year due to a rise in county solid waste fees. Still others – namely, those whose property is served by the Idaho County Road & Bridge Department – have seen both a higher solid waste fee and a significantly higher overall tax rate due to the new levy, which the county commission began considering last summer and approved in September.December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
For the first time since 2010, the Idaho County Commission approved a new subdivision, under which developer Timothy Hicks is bringing a cluster of new houses to about 31 acres in the Tahoe area east of Stites. “I worked with one other surveyor, but it was Chad Erickson who really saw this through,” Hicks told the Free Press after county officials’ signatures were added to the mylar Tuesday morning, Nov. 28. “It wouldn’t have happened without his help.” “I was just the surveyor on his project,” Erickson said, “but working through the regulations involved really does require someone who knows how to expedite the process.”November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“There have been about 20 incidents we’ve detected so far this fall, and our detection rate is certainly not 100 percent.”November 15, 2017 8:57 a.m. read more..
After Oakley’s main weapon, Chandler Jones, put the Prairie boys on notice early in the 1AD1 semifinal last Friday night, Nov. 10, PHS quarterback Spencer Schumacher and running back Jacob Stubbers notified the Hornets the Pirates also had come to the Kibbie Dome fully armed.November 15, 2017 8:56 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River girls put a scare into a formidable Butte County team during the second round of the 1AD2 state tournament last weekend.November 1, 2017 9:05 a.m. read more..
Prairie led 28-0 at halftime Friday, during what became a 52-14 road win last Friday night, Oct. 27, over the other contender for the Whitepine League's second seed.November 1, 2017 9:02 a.m. read more..
Starting with one of the first plays of the contest Friday night, Oct. 27, during which Grangeville beat Melba 46-6, the Bulldogs cleared the way for running back Noah Kaschmitter.November 1, 2017 9 a.m. read more..
Idaho County has entered into an agreement with Idaho Transportation Department for an estimated $897,000 in new work on the Salmon River Road. The agreement is for work intended to reduce ongoing maintenance costs, which were a sticking point in 2016, during negotiations over whether the county or the federal government would have to pay for the reconstructed road’s upkeep.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Seven miles south of town along the Grangeville-Salmon Road, someone tore down the sign that points out the turnoff up to the Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area last weekend. “They hooked on to the posts with a chain and pulled it down,” Snowhaven manager Scott Wasem said Sunday night, Oct. 29.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Oct. 17 fire that burned 75 acres above the White Bird Grade was caused by power lines during what IDL Fire Bureau Chief JT Wensman called the “high wind events that occurred” that night. On Oct. 26, Wensman told the Free Press the related investigation was not yet complete.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
In a front page report last week (“Giddings unfazed: State rep says she did all law required in move from Ada County,” 1A, Oct. 11) the Free Press reported an inaccurate date. As reported, Idaho County public records include two voter registration cards signed by Giddings. In fact, these are dated Jan. 17, 2015 and Nov. 3, 2015, and they reflect her changes of address that year. However, due to a Free Press error, the original article inaccurately stated the day the January 2015 card was signed. The Free Press regrets this error. — A.O.October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Before the Idaho County Commission approved a motion to pay its first quarter bills during the Oct. 10 meeting, commissioner Mark Frei remarked that the county pays an incredible amount for risk management insurance. The board then approved payment to the statewide provider of local government insurance, ICRMP (the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program).October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Orofino Maniacs had two cracks at a potential game-tying two-point conversion on Grangeville's home field, but the Bulldogs claimed the Central Idaho League title with a 28-26 win over their longest-standing rival Friday night, Oct. 13.October 13, 2017 10:55 p.m. read more..
Chloe Dame and Baeli Kinsley scored the final two goals of the first GHS girls soccer season last Saturday, Oct. 7, during their regular season finale against Timberlake, which won 10-2. Before that game, GHS honored seniors Tessa Godrey and Brenda Gomez.October 11, 2017 8:43 a.m. read more..
Contrary to statewide media reports that she is caught a residency and tax scandal, Rep. Priscilla Giddings told the Free Press she had done everything the law required of her and that she continued to follow the law after she decided to run for office early in 2016. She said she even went to the trouble of seeking advice from the Ada County Assessor’s Office at the time she was moving from Garden City to White Bird.October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
(L-R) Clearwater Valley High School athletic director Kolby Krieger is pictured here with Tom Sherry of KREM 2 News in Spokane and Bill Finnan. CVHS was the recipient of a Tom’s Tailgate pre-game party Friday, Oct. 6. About 100 people turned out for the tailgate party and KREM 2 donated $222 to Clearwater Valley schools.October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Including touchdown runs by Justin Fogleman and Jaize Norman, the Bulldogs accomplished everything they wanted during a 48-0 win over the Lewiston JV Thursday night, Sept. 28, despite a couple of scheduling oddities — one planned and one unplanned.October 4, 2017 8:18 a.m. read more..
The NFL players’ protests have been the talk of the nation for more than a week. Everyone has a take, but almost no one has a stake. While fans feel like they’re in serious relationships with their favorite teams, the league’s marriages with gigantic television companies are the real deals.October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
September is the time for football optimism. There will still be four weeks left in the 1AD1 regular season after Genesee plays Wallace tomorrow, and the Whitepine League lead will remain reachable for any team that might run the table. But as the only 1AD1 team to beat Prairie thus far, none looks more likely to run the table than Genesee.September 29, 2017 3:07 p.m. read more..