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City’s largest chip seal project starts next week; clear streets

It’s the biggest chip seal project ever to be conducted in Grangeville, and it starts next week. An estimated 238,000 square yards of city streets will be completed in about a two-week period by contractor Herco of Lewiston. Just less than $500,000, the project will stretch north to south from the truck route to Harrison Street at the city limits, the bulk of work to be conducted on multiple blocks north and south of Main Street between Idaho and Meadow streets.

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Taxiway closures scheduled to maintain aircraft activity

'This will be an inconvenience to pilots, but the runway remains open'

Construction work currently under way at the Idaho County Airport will put completion to last year’s multi-million-dollar runway and taxiway reconstruction project. Fixed-wing pilots will still be able to use the facility, though a west end portion of the taxiway will be closed for this phase of work, set to last 10 days; and the east end will be closed for improvements tentatively starting Wednesday, Aug. 2, and last about a week. Taxiway work was broken into two phases so aircraft could still use the facility.

Economic development starts, driven by local chamber of commerce

Editorial

Today’s view is more often looking outward to solve our problems. Economic development is one such area that we look to others – politicians, non-profit cooperatives, paid consultants — to address and solve. But the first and best tool lies at home: your local chamber of commerce.

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Albatross Stops Over For Engine Repair

This Grumman HU-16 “Albatross” was parked at the Idaho County Airport last Friday, July 21.

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Taxiway closure starts Tuesday, July 25, at the Idaho County Airport

Fixed-wing aircraft will still be able to use facility

Construction work starts at the Idaho County Airport on Tuesday, July 25. A portion of the taxiway will be closed during this approximate 10-day period, as will a second portion during another closure tentatively set to start Aug. 8 and last around five days.

Cottonwood problem intersection proposed for signing improvements

“Definitely that will be a plus,” said Chief Terry Cochran, Cottonwood Police Department, on a state proposal for intersection safety improvements at Graves Creek and Twin house roads.

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ITD plans estimated $86M in county infrastructure work

Comment sought by July 30 on proposals

An estimated $86 million-plus in Idaho County infrastructure work is being proposed – starting next year and through 2024 — as part of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP).

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Fourth Fun At Kooskia

Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Among the activities (pictured) included full-sized squirrel balls, allowing kids to propel them down the field and crash into each other.

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Cause identified in Whitebird Fire

Private grassland southeast of White Bird burned overnight July 7, with locals who stayed up late taking photos of the burning at Baker Creek waking up to find the swath showing little activity Saturday morning.

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Gathering Poppies Before Breakfast

Border Days festivities start off each morning with the Cowboy Breakfast at the Masonic Temple. Pictured here on the first day, Sunday, July 2, were Jeannie Fitch of Riggins with her son, Jed, and his family, receiving from VFW members “poppies of rememberance.”

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Census shows Idaho County, towns down, unchanged 2015 to 2016

Recent regional population information released

Population numbers are up for the state. Not so much for Idaho County. According to population estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Idaho County had a total 16,156 in 2016, down by 104 from the year prior.

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Vintage aircraft fly in for July 12 Airport grand re-opening

"Pilots have been very happy with it" -- on the reconstructed facility

Vintage aircraft will be on display as part of next week’s grand re-opening of the Idaho County Airport. The public is invited to attend next Wednesday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the facility on Airport Road, across from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office in Grangeville.

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Border Days 2017: Celebration kicks off with egg toss for locals, visitors

"...we come back for Border Days to see everyone..."

Sounds of joy, a few tears and lots of cheering filled the streets Sunday, July 2, as Border Days street sports kicked off on Main Street. Names called for foot races included winners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and even as far away as Pennsylvania.

Body of accident victim, Swan, found near Hammer Creek

Swan, 60, went missing following May 28 crash into Salmon River

A body found in the Salmon River on Saturday has been identified as Kenny Swan, 60, who went missing following a May vehicle accident.

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Border Days 2017: July 1-4 Schedule of Events

The 106th Grangeville Border Days is July 1-4 (Saturday through Tuesday), with each day loaded with events.

Residents and visitors: Border Days awaits you

Editorial

Are you ready? This Saturday, July 1, kicks off Grangeville Border Days. Whether a local or a visitor, this event is for you.

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Border Days 2017: Fish pond a festival tradition for 35 years

What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.

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Splash pad dedicated at Kooskia City Park

Frazier: "He really has served this community well"

“Have a great time. Be safe,” exclaimed Scott Garrett, CEO for Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU), as water jets shot off at the new splash pad for more than a dozen excited bathing suit-clad kids waiting to jump in.

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Mistakes help officers learn new tactics at enforcement training

Need for ‘clear minds’

“We want to have law enforcement focus on safety and safe tactics,” said Ehrhardt, “for them, as well as for bystanders and innocent people who happen to be in the area.”

Council impasse reached on concession stand lease renewal

For now, a Lions Park concession stand lease renewal for Grangeville Youth Baseball stands in limbo as the city council last week reached an impasse regarding policy consistency and the issue of conducting commerce on municipal property.

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Thank You, Veterans

The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center hosted a Vietnam veterans welcome home and recognition day on Sunday, June 25. The Grangeville facility was filled to capacity, with the crowd spilling outside for the afternoon event that included a barbecue, music and presentations, which included from Quilts of Valor.

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O-Mok-See held at Kooskia Saddiers Arena

The Kooskia Saddliers held an O-Mok-See last Saturday, June 24, at their arena just north of town on U.S. Highway 12.

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County payroll, employees up 2005-2015; more emphasis on health, manufacturing

U.S. Census report: Business Patterns

Though there may be fewer business establishments in Idaho County than there were a decade ago, U.S. Census estimates released recently show an increase during this same period in both employees and annual payroll.

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Main Street Flags Up For Border Days

Crews with Avista and the Border Days Committee were out early Tuesday morning, June 20, hanging flags along Grangeville’s Main Street, another indicator the four-day celebration — July 1-4 — is nearly upon us.

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Delays lessened; state licensing fix still months away

'It’s getting better; it’s not as long as it was'

Delays have lessened but still remain an issue for driver’s license issuing in Idaho County, as well as across the state, due to continued system compatibility issues that likely may not be resolved until next year.

Time to commemorate Vietnam war; to give, receive peace

Editorial

“I don’t care who served when, for how long, doing what. They did their job. Every piece of the puzzle was important. Every person from every branch contributed.” This quote comes from Dennis Moore, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965-66. He’s among several interviewed in the Idaho County Free Press this week concerning their experiences as part of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the war.

Area thefts possible factor in boat ramp shooting; Manley faces felony charges

Allegations of area thefts may have been behind last month’s felony assault incident at a Lucile boat ramp.

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County historic newspapers digitized, searchable online

Searchability for key words and phrases is another big feature

Just how did prominent Nezperce farmer Wm. Shockley propose to “entirely eliminate” smut from the country? What act of bravery did local man Charles Sales commit to receive $1,000 from O.R.&N. Company?

Little change in county cattle count

Changes due to price variations, land availability

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

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Road Less Traveled: Ramshorn Porsche rally makes turn through Grangeville as part of tour

30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville

That was the sound of German engineering rolling into Grangeville. Coming at the end of the week highlighted with area high school graduations, 30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville on Friday, May 26, participants in the Ramshorn Rally.

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Kooskia Green Spring

Summer’s warmth and green seems finally to be here after months of cold and lots of precipitation. Taking advantage of a warm spring day recently (May 13) were these boys at the Kooskia City Park.

Rafting accident claims woman

Riggins man still missing from car crash

A Montana woman drowned in a rafting accident last Saturday, June 3, on the Little Salmon River. Lindsay A. Rice, 31, of Great Falls, was pronounced deceased by a Life Flight crew.

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ISP investigating semitruck crash causing nine-hour outage

1,100 customers were without power

Investigation continues into last week’s commercial vehicle crash about 15 miles south of Pollock that disrupted power service to the region for several hours.

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Cattle numbers in Idaho County largely unchanged

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

May 16 election sees just 14 percent voter turnout

Could voter turnout go any lower? Apparently so. Last month’s May 16 elections reported a 14 percent voter turnout, with 954 ballots cast out of a total 6,688 registered voters. That is a 4 percent drop from a comparable election, May 2015, that reported an 18.1 turnout (1,620 votes cast out of 8,950 registered), and which – as of that time – was the lowest reported turnout in recent memory.

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Grangeville Ballet Barre’ Recital Set For Friday

Pictured are members of Ballet Barre’ of Idaho County that will be performing a recital this Friday, June 2, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. The group will also open new student registrations in July, and plans are to expand dance styles to lyrical, tap and Broadway next fall. For information, contact Jennifer at Balletbarregv@gmail.com .

Many opportunities to serve exist

In the May 16 elections, several races for hospital and highway districts were contested, but this is not always the case where oftentimes seats go unopposed.

Consolidate elections, but keep partisan, nonpartisan races in separate years

How do we get more voter participation in elections? More than just Idaho County has experienced low voter turnout in recent elections (notably, 14 percent in the May 16 election), and a northern Idaho legislator is planning what will be her third run to push forward an election consolidation bill.

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Camas Rovers Share Irish Dances

Members of the Camas Rovers, a local Irish dance troupe, performed songs and dances on Monday, May 15, at both the Grangeville Senior Center and Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Pictured here at the senior center performance dancing and stepping are (L-R) Kelly Turney, Hannah Rauzi, Katherine Uhlenkott and Theresa Uhlenkott.

Region water levels up above average

Challenge this year is limited storage space if inflows continue

It’s “water, water everywhere,’ according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that reports precipitation levels are above or well above average across Idaho, since the water year started last October.

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City pool opens June 3

Limited scholarships for lessons available

The summer swimming season begins next week with the annual opening of the Grangeville city pool. Swimmers are treated with the traditional free swim day: Saturday, June 3, 1-5 p.m.

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NTSB releases final reports on 2014 fatal plane accidents

Accidental causes have been determined in final reports on two fatal aircraft crashes that occurred within Idaho County in 2014. The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) recently published its findings online that were completed and approved last September.

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Lochsa River Madness runs through Memorial Day weekend

Informal event runs Saturday to Monday, as river conditions permit

Are you ready for some madness on the Lochsa? Each Memorial Day weekend, the Lochsa River Madness event draws out boaters to enjoy the spring whitewater action and also kick off the start of the rafting season.

On Memorial Day: Honor the dead and then serve the living

Editorial

Most will be off this Monday, Memorial Day, and for the commemoration we’ll be recommending you be a little selfish with your time.

Fed declaration opens funds for county flooding damage

Money sought for mitigation, repair 10 county sites

Damages incurred to county and municipal infrastructure due to spring flooding events may be eligible for federal funds that were released last week due to a presidential disaster declaration for eight northern Idaho counties. A timetable for repair and/or mitigation work to begin is pending a review process by state and federal agencies.

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Boise motorist treated after car crash into river

Attempt to avoid deer cause of Sunday morning accident on U.S. 95

An unexpected encounter with wildlife early Sunday morning resulted in a vehicle crashing into the Salmon River. Sariah M. Lara, 32, of Boise, was transported for evaluation and treatment at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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Osprey viewing in region; efforts to enhance habitat on man-made structures

Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho.

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Kyle Petty Charity Ride rumbles into Kooskia

Bikers for a cause

The deep rumble of motorcycle engines filled the air all along Kooskia’s Main Street as riders with the Kyle Petty Charity Tour Across America filed into town last Sunday afternoon.

Saturday fire destroys US12 residence

Dog alerts occupants to blaze; minor smoke inhalation injury

Cause is believed accidental for a Saturday evening fire that destroyed a home west of Syringa on U.S. Highway 12. An unidentified member of the household was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville for smoke inhalation.

Body found, ID’d as Meyer, 67; missing since last November

Perri, 57, of Kooskia, still missing

A body was discovered last week, identified as Tark H. Meyer, 67, who had been reported missing since last November. Cause of death is to be determined by the Idaho County Coroner’s Office.

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