Election 2015: White Bird council
For the City of White Bird, the mayor and two council positions – all four-year terms – are up for decision in the Nov. 3 election. Running for mayor is incumbent Rick Alley and challenger Rod Pilant. Council seats are sought by Homer, Brown, and incumbents Janis Ann Owen-Comrie and Darlene Wadsworth.
Election 2015: getting voters ready
- Pre-registration deadline is this Friday, Oct. 9. - Vote on Rapid River Water and Sewer District’ $500,000 bond election will be conducted by mail-out ballot.
Election 2015: Grangeville Cemetery Board
Two candidates are vying for a four-year-term position on the Grangeville Cemetery District board in the Nov. 3 elections: Bruce Battles and incumbent John J. Lamb.
The second half in a 2014 joint escape from NICI has earned more time behind bars.
‘We are forever grateful and in your debt’
More than 100 people attended the afternoon Oct. 5 recognition ceremony at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park, honoring volunteer firefighters, EMTs and city and county law enforcement with multiple praises for individual dedication, selflessness, bravery and also determination to push through the exhaustion for days of effort to protect and serve the community threatened by wildfire in August as part of the Clearwater Complex.
Election 2015: Grangeville City Council
Four candidates are vying for three four-year-term positions on the Grangeville City Council in the Nov. 3 elections: newcomers Amy Farris and Daniel Gautney, and incumbents Peter Lane and Michael Peterson.
Skywatchers took in the celestial show Sunday evening, Sept. 27, with the first “supermoon” total lunar eclipse in more than three decades.
Is Idaho County getting grayer? Yes, but it is also showing an increase in younger-age populations as well, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Building, vehicles tools lost in Sept. 27 Grangeville blaze
Cause and point of origin are currently unknown for a Sunday afternoon fire that blazed through a Grangeville shop destroying vehicles, tools and personal property.
Event on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m., Kooskia Fire Station
The meeting will begin with an approximate 15-minute presentation and question and answer session, followed by informal time for participants to meet with officials.
Runners were up bright and early Saturday morning, Sept. 26, for the second annual Flamingo Fun Run 5K, starting at Grangeville Lions Park. The fund-raising event benefits finding a cure for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), the number one genetic killer of children younger than age 2. Saturday’s event drew 81 runners/walkers and raised more than $5,000. Pictured here is participant Ellie Harrison of Rigby. Flamingo Fun Run results are on page 10B.
Join up or form up.
Election 2015: Rapid River Water & Sewer District
If approved, district patrons could see at minimum a $10 water rate increase, and construction on the approximately million-dollar project would tentatively start in fall 2016.
Just a quick reminder: After this issue you have just four weeks to write letters prior to the Nov. 3 elections.
Alcohol is a suspected factor in a Sunday motorcycle crash east of Grangeville that injured a Kooskia man.
The City of Grangeville has a new way to pay utility bills online that looks to make payments more convenient for customers, and on the receiving end reduce both hands-on processing and mailing expenses.
'This is one that stretched us all'
“Where do we go from here?” questioned Eric Yarbrough, succinctly summing up the sentiment for those speaking their piece at a public listening session attended by more than 113 people in Kamiah last week about recent devastating wildfires.
City council races in Grangeville and White Bird will be contested in the Nov. 3 elections. In Grangeville, three four-year-term council positions are open, sought by Amy Farris, Peter Lane, Daniel Gautney and Michael Peterson. In White Bird, the four-year-term mayor position is sought by Rick Alley and Rod Pilant. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Homer Brown, Janis Ann Owen-Comrie and Darlene Wadsworth.
Regional animal facility seeks land donation from city for site
A land donation by the city would help spur on efforts for a proposed regional animal shelter located at Grangeville.
Tribe members seek monetary damages
Tort claims have been filed against seven North Central Idaho cities by two Nez Perce Tribe members stating they thousands of dollars in lost fireworks sales revenue due to the municipalities allegedly infringing on tribal sovereignty.
Incarcerated on pending drug charges, an Idaho County Jail inmate faces a new charge for allegedly attempting to incite inmates on an escape attempt.
Minor injuries resulted from a two-vehicle, rear-end crash on Lukes Gulch Road last Thursday, Sept. 3.
Beware of strangers: That’s good advice for any age, especially for adults who are into social media. And if you’ve been on sites such as Facebook long enough, chances are you’ve run into your share of strangers, some of who may have been scammers looking to friend you and steal your identity.
“I hadn’t ever ridden a bicycle that far before,” he said as being the hardest part of the journey
You may remember this guy from last year, passing north along U.S. Highway 95 with just his bicycle and cat, Marilyn, for company. Now you can read about his multi-state journey from southern California and through the Pacific Northwest into Oregon in his recently self-published book, Fog on Fire: 4,000 miles on the road.
An Oregon man is being charged with vehicular manslaughter more than a year following a two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of a Montana teen.
Candidates to vie in Grangeville, White Bird
Looking to the Nov. 3 elections, city council races are contested in Grangeville and White Bird, following close of filings last Friday, Sept. 4.
The crash was reported at 2:45 p.m. six miles east of Kooskia.
The driver, Jeremiah A. Greywolf, 30, and a passenger, Brandi McCall, 37, both of Kooskia, were transported to Syringa Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Patient status was unavailable.
What if we told you we’re planning to study the concept of a simple machine that has the potential to revolutionize how we travel and transport items?
Fixed-wing, helicopters provide range of duties from center centrally located to tackle region’s many wildfire incidents
‘one of the busiest places in the region’
Operating out of the Idaho County Airport, GAC provides rapid response to wildfires with more than 30 smokejumpers along with approximately 10 fixed-wing aircraft and five helicopters that can provide reconnaissance, supply drops, personnel transport and medivac, and water and retardant dumps.
‘The biggest challenge is the human component; that needs to be on top’
“We want to gather as much information as we possibly can and start formulating a strategic plan,” said commission chair Jim Chmelik.
Your experience and insight is critical to the service of your community. And we’re asking you to challenge yourself, step up and serve on your city council.
Firefighting at Syringa; ‘outpouring of donations’ at Kooskia ARC shelter
Last Friday afternoon, as the hills just west of Syringa on U.S. Highway 12 were smoking and periodically bursting with flare-ups as part of the Motorway Complex, the Schwartz family was out protecting access to their ranch just across the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.
Sales, animal numbers down from 2014
Numbers were down for both total animals and gross proceeds from Saturday’s Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.
Clearwater Complex 2015
Kamiah-area fires have impact on power services, Kamiah district levy, possible start of CV schools
By the time I arrived at a viewing area on No Kid Lane in Kamiah, around 7:15 p.m. last Friday, Aug. 14, the fires were sporadically bursting up trees and could be seen moving across patches of dry grass along the hillside headed toward Woodland Road.
What a difference a decade makes.
Filing deadline is Friday, Sept. 4, to be on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election
Candidacy filings open Monday, Aug. 24, for open city council positions. Forms are available at prospective candidates’ respective city halls or through the Idaho County Elections Office at the courthouse.
Crews with Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department were able to contain a hay bales stack fire at the Crea residence off U.S. Highway 95 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 13.
An accidental fire last week destroyed a barn and approximately 250 tons of hay stored inside.
“Things change over time,” said Jerry Zumalt, Idaho County Emergency Management coordinator. “There are new ways of identifying threats, and prioritizing them in different ways. And as the science evolves, we can apply these to the threats and hazards that exist.”
Two Lewiston men were injured last week when their pickup rolled off U.S. Highway 12 and into the Lochsa River. Among the bystanders who helped at the scene was was Kelly Brooks of Atlanta, Ga., who was bicycling in the area and witnessed the crash and, with a companion, Donn Gibbs, also of Atlanta, and recovered a dog also believed to have been involved in this accident.
Fort Benton, Mont., resident James R. Cummings died in a vehicle accident reported Monday morning, Aug. 10, on State Highway 64 near Kamiah.
With the evidence supporting a self-defense claim, an aggravated battery charge has been dismissed against Billy J. Ellenberg, 52, of Kamiah. “Based upon the evidence and witness testimony,” said Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor, “I did not feel I could prove the case without a reasonable doubt.”
We’re sliding this deadline in at you close to the wire, but hopefully you’ll still have some time to comment by Aug. 17 on a critical issue raised nationally by the Forest Service.
Now that the state is assured the Internet isn’t some passing fad, the order has come down from on high from Governor Otter to establish an Idaho Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force to address the growing threat of cyber attacks.
Some kids apparently didn’t learn that basic lesson way back in kindergarten: don’t touch others and don’t take their stuff.
The survivor in a 2013 fatality crash is claiming negligence in a civil suit filed in District Court.
An escape from North Idaho Correctional Institution earned a 22-year-old Caldwell man a big time-out.
Residents in the Grangeville chip sealing project area may hear industrial traffic starting Sunday night, as the city sweeps up excess rock from the week-long project.