Recreationists were enjoying a rafting trip north of Riggins near Chair Creek on the Salmon River last Wednesday, July 22.
Work may be delayed a year on the $8 million Idaho County Airport runway reconstruction project, but the engineering preparation work continues.
Last Thursday’s storm that pounded the region with rain and lightning likely contributed to igniting a structure fire that destroyed a Battle Ridge Road home, garage and adjacent outbuilding.
An Oregon motorcyclist was injured in a Monday collision with a vehicle south of Lucile on U.S. Highway 95.
A curious raccoon survived to tell a shocking tale … at the expense of more than 1,000 Avista customers left without power for nearly nine hours last week.
A Colorado motorcyclist was injured last week in a crash along U.S. Highway 12 seven miles west of Syringa.
Approximately a quarter-section of Grangeville will undergo a chip seal project starting Monday, July 27.
Celebration marks historic era for mining boom
Overlooking July’s golden hills in the Clearwater Valley, a community festival drew residents, participants and history enthusiasts for an annual commemoration now two decades old.
Rural communities are needy: needing jobs, needing access to services (social, health), needing a healthy retail district, needing a crime-free environment.
Time is running out for the Elk City Community Hall. But even though it’s slated for dismantling, hopes are portions of it will continue on in a new facility as yet-to-be conceived.
Next Monday, the Grangeville City Council will be considering a proposed ordinance establishing maximum grass heights allowed within the municipality.
It’s an interesting case of déjà vu as we look across the fence to our neighbors in Kamiah as they struggle across the issue of school funding; specifically, the merits of passing a $325,000 supplemental maintenance and operations levy.
Three-day event draws family, friends for fun
Despite some high temperatures during the annual Border Days celebration, friends and family gathered at events each day, making the best of the heat.
Money in hand, not assurances, talk. So with federal grant funding not a sure thing for the approximate $8 million Idaho County Airport runway reconstruction project, all those involved have agreed to postpone the work until 2016.
The week following Border Days is a good time to think about what community organizations we support and thank those who are members of those groups.
A small amount of acreage was burned in an apparent negligence-related grass fire at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Johnston Road (south) Wednesday morning, July 1.
Grangeville’s Main Street will have a fresh red-white-and-blue look come July 1.
Stites restaurant destroyed; draws multi-agency firefighter response throughout region
Initial speculation is an accidental cause for last Friday night’s structure fire that destroyed the South Fork Café on Stites’ Main Street.
Whew! Hot enough for ya? What a way to start off the week going into Border Days.
A Riggins-area couple escaped without injury last week from a fire that consumed their pickup, along with a trailer loaded with a second truck they were hauling.
Two minor injuries were reported, neither requiring medical response, following a two-vehicle crash last Thursday, June 25, at the Main Street / U.S. Highway 95 intersection in Grangeville.
No injuries were reported in a chip truck accident south of Lucile last week that caused a minor 2.2-acre wildfire along a U.S. Highway 95 hillside. The semi-truck was destroyed and a portion of the trailer was damaged.
Idaho rural populations up 1 percent; Idaho County growth minimal according to U.S. Census estimates
Idaho County communities were a part — though incrementally — of a 1 percent population increase seen in the state’s rural areas last year, according to estimates released May 21 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Four people were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 95 just north of the Idaho County line.
Dads come into the spotlight this Sunday as we commemorate Father’s Day.
Increase funds state road, bridge projects
Idaho vehicle registration fees are set to take a big jump come the start of July, but an early trip to the DMV office could head off some of those extra costs, at least for a year.
Brilliant colors of sunburst yellow, velvet purple, sky blue and burgundy wine stand along and through Judy Bean’s expansive garden plot above Harpster. Many of these irises are in full bloom and some just past. Bean is about ready for a harvest.
Tragedy struck just days apart last week in two unrelated traffic crashes that claimed the lives of two Idaho County men.
A multi-agency response made quick work of a hayfield fire near Stites last week, an incident highlighting the start of fire season and, according to officials, a reminder to be prepared.
Summer fun is in full swing along the Salmon River. Friends gathered for an afternoon swim in the heat of the day last Friday, June 12, at Skookumchuck south of White Bird off U.S. Highway 95. Pictured here are Adalei Lefebvre, Abbie Frei (in tube) and Jenna Denuit with Cameran Green in the back.
Nearly a half million dollars in Idaho Community Development Block Grant funds were awarded in May to community projects in Cottonwood and White Bird. In Cottonwood, $150,000 will go toward a community center improvements project, and in White Bird, $300,000 will benefit a wastewater system project.
Community newspapers serve a variety of purposes, and one of the most important is to provide a voice for the opinions of its readers.
“The issue isn’t public safety, it’s about ownership and unloading federal management onto the counties,” said Gene Meinen, supervisor, Idaho County Road Department.
Inquiry continues into last week’s fire at a Grangeville storage lot that destroyed a 24-foot camper trailer and led police onto possibly related burglaries at the location.
Do town hall meetings matter? Is there value in exercising your free speech to your elected officials among your fellow citizens? Can you truly say it’s made a difference?
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 27: Investigators are actively working an early morning trailer fire incident that may be related to additional crimes at this location and in the area.
Due to scheduling conflicts for pilots and available aircraft, organizers for Warbird Weekend have reluctantly decided to postpone this year’s event, resuming the normal schedule for 2016.
Several million dollars of state highway projects are planned for Grangeville tentatively next summer.
Everyone seems to be interested in living well,” said Jim Heckathorn, 81, of Elk City, speaking last Friday, May 22, at the Grangeville Senior Center, about his new book, “How to Live Long and Like It.”
Good effort by Congressman Raul Labrador who remains persistent on his proposal to allow state and local management of federally managed forests.
Students were out in sudsy force last Saturday, May 23, putting soap and water to work for a GHS Tennis fund-raiser, held at Les Schwab Tires.
In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Grangeville City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a Syringa Hospital helipad on Main Street.
Following inquiry on last week’s fatal house fire in Cottonwood, investigators say the owner, Robert George Jull, 72, intentionally set his trailer home on fire just prior to shooting himself.
Grangeville police officers will be keeping an eye on you … for safety.
Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.
Idaho County to receive $6M
Coming in at a five-year funding low for Idaho County, Secure Rural Schools (SRS) appropriations were reauthorized by Congress late last month.
More than 160 people took part on Saturday, May 9, in Hope Center’s 8th annual Walk for Life in Grangeville, a fund-raiser for their facilities here and Kamiah.
You’ve heard the quote before. In fact, we’ve printed Margaret Mead’s words of wisdom here on this very page in the past:
Syringa Hospital’s plans for a Main Street helipad took a hit last week with a recommendation by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to deny its request for a conditional use permit.
Just more than one-third of felony collections ordered by the District Court in Idaho County were not collected last year.