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Mountain rescuers learn through confined space training at IFG

For 360 days of the year, this approximate five-story structure reaches temperatures 1,500 to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit, using hog fuel to boil water into steam to operate lumber kilns and heat plant facilities during the winter.

Leaders with big picture view needed to overhaul public lands management

Sometimes, the problems are overwhelming. Take the national debt, for example, which reached $20 trillion for the first time in history. That is obviously insane and casts shame upon our legislators, as a whole, that the budget is funded with such reckless financial mismanagement, due to which adds more than $1.5 billion in debt every day.

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Races are on: City elections contested in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird

Election set for Nov. 7

Several city elections will be contested this November as residents vie for open council and mayor positions.

County spring road damage projects await process for reimbursement determination

“It takes time, and it’s a process”

Federal funds freed up with last month’s presidential disaster declaration to assist Idaho counties that suffered losses due to spring flooding. While Idaho County is among nine counties that are poised to receive assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, whether and to what extent – and when — its projects will be reimbursed for costs remains an unknown.

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Century Farm recognizes Arnzen place

‘We had a great childhood here ...’

“John and Mary stood here 100 years ago and looked out over the prairie, wondering what they had gotten themselves into,” Bennett said.

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Final airport work to close facility Sept. 18 to fixed-wing traffic

Final work on the Idaho County Airport’s multimillion-dollar reconstruction project next week will necessitate a several-day closure. The Grangeville facility will be closed to fixed-wing traffic starting Monday, Sept. 18, and through that Friday, Sept. 22.

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A Rodeo Thumbs Up

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club. Pictured at Saturday’s event — waiting their turn and watching — were (left) Emmy Williams of Grangeville, and (right) Emma Blanthorn of Riggins.

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High School Rodeo Competition At Grangeville

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club.

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Region goes under fire watch due to forecasted winds

Statewide air quality advisory extended into Friday

Weather conditions forecasted for North Central Idaho and western Montana have the region under a fire watch that was issued earlier today (Thursday, Sept. 7) by the National Weather Service (NWS) Missoula office. According to the alert, strong westerly winds are expected to begin early Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9, and continue to create widespread critical fire weather conditions through late that evening.

Kamiah man charged with felony DUI, assault on officer

Sept. 6 preliminary hearing set

A court hearing is set this week for Kamiah man Robert W. Warden, arrested last month for felony DUI and assault on an officer following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 12.

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Multiple challenges for firefighters on North B Street house fire

‘Never seen smoke hit the ground like that’

“Once the fire got started under that, it was impossible to stop it,” said Fire Chief Bob Mager. In a rare instance of coinciding problems, Grangeville firefighters faced a series of challenges and setbacks in battling a structure fire last Tuesday night, Aug. 29, that gutted a single-story home and outbuilding, and damaged a camp trailer.

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Storms leave outages, fires, damage in wake

Outbuilding lost in Yellow Bull Fire

Fires, property damage, power outages: Early last week, two successive storm fronts moved across the region, causing a fair share of chaos – and subsequent cleanup — for residents and emergency crews.

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Volleyball In Kooskia Park

Kooskia City Park was the setting Sunday evening, Sept. 3, for area kids to gather for a game of speed volleyball, and for parents to visit on the sidelines. The group gathers for this activity each Wednesday and Sunday, as one parent said, “to enjoy being a part of each other’s lives.” Pictured here with action balanced to go either way were (L-R) Josiah Silva and Jordan Raichart.

Andrus’ example to apply in our local communities


Not everyone can have a national legacy such as that of former four-term Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus. But everyone can have a local opportunity to impact their communities in such important ways as he typified.

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Hazy air quality forecasted into Thursday

Cottonwood in top five nationally for unhealthy conditions

Unhealthy air quality conditions are forecasted to linger into this Thursday. Meanwhile, conditions due to regional wildfires put the city of Cottonwood yesterday (Sept. 5) in the top five nationally for poor air quality.

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Cottonwood top five in nation for poor air quality

Regional wildfires continue to keep skies hazy

Cottonwood top five in nation for poor air quality; regional wildfires continue to keep skies hazy

Preliminary hearings Friday for two Kamiah men in unrelated felony lewd conduct cases

Preliminary hearings are set this Friday, Sept. 1, for two Kamiah men charged in unrelated cases with felony lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

Three hurt in Sunday crash on US95

Citation pending for inattentive driving

Three people were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for medical evaluation following a Sunday afternoon rear-end crash on U.S. Highway 95.

Stolen vehicle report ends in felony charges for pair

A stolen vehicle led to identifying a second one, and the trail led down U.S. Highway 12, ending with two felony arrests. Grant D.G. Malinak, 19, and an unidentified male juvenile, both of Missoula, were charged with two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. A hearing for the juvenile – currently in detention in Lewiston – is pending, while Malinak – also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession — is set for a Sept. 1 preliminary hearing in magistrate court.

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Two-day disruption due to truck snagging line

Avista: "We didn’t lose any power. It just broke a 45-foot pole"

Phone service was disrupted to a northeast corner of town for two days following a vehicle mishap that tore down an estimated 700 feet of line last Saturday on the Grangeville truck route.

Probation, restitution ordered in 2014 cattle theft, misbranding case

Probation and restitution were ordered for a Slate Creek man sentenced last week regarding a 2016 cattle theft and misbranding case.

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Council to decide on FY18 $5.516M budget

Adoption to be addressed Tuesday, Sept. 5

Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Grangeville City Council will be considering adoption of a $5,516,160 budget for upcoming fiscal year. As part of this public hearing, the council will be also considering related increases in fees including water and sewer (up 3 percent), and garbage (up 105 percent). Fees, in varying amounts, will also be increasing at Snowhaven Ski Area. Public comment will be accepted at the hearing, which runs concurrent to the regular city council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m., city hall.

Idahoans will not be defined by racist label


We’re number two in the nation. For what? Hate. Is this for real?

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Record Turnout St. Mary's Foundation Golf Tourney

The St. Mary’s Foundation held its 18th annual Golf 4 Life Tournament last Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Grangeville Country Club.

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Filing under way for open council, district positions

Sept. 8 filing deadline for candidates; election set Nov. 7

Filing opened Monday for positions up for election in the Nov. 7 election, which include for city council, and recreation, cemetery and fire districts. Deadline for petitions of candidacy to be turned in is next week; Friday, Sept. 8.

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Tuesday night fire guts North B Street residence in Grangeville

Cause of Aug. 29 incident under investigation

Cause is under investigation for a late-night fire, Tuesday, Aug. 29, that gutted a North B Street residence in Grangeville.

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Candidate filings open today for city, fire, cemetery, recreation districts

Election set for Nov. 7

Filings opened today (Monday, Aug. 28) for positions up for election in the Nov. 7 election, which include for city council, and recreation, cemetery and fire districts. Deadline for petitions of candidacy to be turned in is Friday, Sept. 8.

Traffic stops net felony drug arrests

Idaho County deputies kept busy during eclipse day, making two felony drug arrests during routine patrols.

Court hearings pending in Cottonwood battery case

In the case of a Cottonwood man beaten in an assault incident earlier this month, two Orofino men charged in the incident have upcoming court dates.

Human-caused fire that burns two structures, 9.9 acres under inquiry

State investigators are looking into last week’s human-caused fire that destroyed two structures and burned nearly 10 acres of grassland.

End to felony drug crimes? Oregon’s law one to watch


Our western neighbors are embarking upon another new drug journey. Effective last week, personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs is now a misdemeanor and no longer a felony.

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Multi-agency response hits truck, straw bale fire blocking U.S. 95 grade

Commercial truck traffic was blocked for several hours last Thursday evening as multiple local, state and federal firefighting agencies attacked an enflamed straw bale load atop an engulfed semitruck and trailer to prevent a wildfire start into the canyon. A vehicle mechanical problem is the suspected cause for the Aug. 18 fire reported seven miles north of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95 that destroyed a 12-ton load of straw bales, a 1992 Volvo semitruck and a 42-foot trailer. No injuries were reported.

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2017 Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Support for sale stays strong

Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong. “The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”

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Last Day Of Grangeville City Pool Fun

Another sign of summer’s ending: Swimmers enjoyed sunny skies and a temperature high of 88 degrees on their last day at the Grangeville city pool, which held its last session last Friday. Aug. 18. Pictured here doing cannonballs into the deep end that day were (L-R) Hilde and Aela McGuigan of Grangeville.

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‘Fun to be a part’ - Solar eclipse brings out locals, visitors to region

A celestial rarity turned eyes skyward Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the region took in a solar eclipse. While not in total eclipse, Idaho County experienced about a 94 percent totality, enough for darkened skies around 10:27 a.m. to create a temporary dusk, enough to activate streetlights.

Council approves band shell concept to move forward plans at city park

Grangeville city meeting Aug. 7

The project will move forward on a private effort to develop a band shell at Pioneer Park. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Grangeville City Council approved tentative conceptual plans for a trapezoid-shaped structure to provide a public entertainment venue.

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Half-million-dollar citywide chip seal project completed

Chips are down ... so drive slow

Complete and under budget, city chip sealing is complete. Grangeville Public Works asks drivers to keep it slow and steady until streets can fully set up with the first good cold weather this winter.

Eclipse event a lesson for local business opportunity


Next Monday brings the total solar eclipse. While this will be an interesting astronomical event, of more pragmatic interest is what economic impact this event will have had on local communities? And from this, what can we learn to plan for that nice piece of the money pie when our region comes into the spotlight?

Kamiah man charged in lewd conduct with minor

Aug. 25 preliminary hearing set

A Kamiah man will appear in magistrate court this month, charged with lewd conduct with a minor under 16, a felony. An Aug. 25 preliminary hearing is set.

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Crazy Days

Shoppers spent time downtown Grangeville last week, Aug. 10, 11 and 12, for the annual Crazy Days sales. Here, Irwin Drug set up its sales on its Main Street sidewalks for easy access.

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Crime in Idaho County 2016: Larceny, drug, assaults area’s top crimes

Theft, or larceny, was Idaho County’s top offense for 2016, according to an annual crime report released this month from Idaho State Police. Last year, a total 77 larceny incidents were reported to the region’s three law enforcement agencies: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, and Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments. Tying as the county’s second highest reported crime were drug/narcotics and drug equipment offenses at 61 each, followed by 59 simple assaults, 56 burglaries and 31 vandalisms.

County getting grayer; older population increasing

The face of Idaho County is looking grayer these days. According to recent U.S. Census estimates comparing changes from 2010 to 2015, the age 65 and older population has consistently increased, between 2.5 to 3.4 percent, making up 24.7 percent of Idaho County’s total population (4,025 of 16,272 as of July 2015). During this same period, the median age in the county has increased steadily from 48.0 to 49.6.

Double Trouble - Cottonwood VFD crews hit two grass fires

"We were very fortunate"

Cottonwood firefighters made short work of two minor grass fires set off in freak incidents Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6. “We ended up having two at the same time,” said Chief Roy Uhlenkott, Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department, with both controlled to small areas, having avoided any structure or property damage.

Firefighter accidents inevitable; we can make them fewer, less common


During wildfire season and its threats to homes and property is the ever-present danger to firefighters working the lines to contain blazes and stop their spread. The human cost to fighting these fires was recently brought home by two recent incidents in Montana

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Investigation into indecent exposure incident at Lions Park

Unknown suspect at this time

Grangeville Police are currently investigating a Sunday evening indecent exposure incident at Lions Park involving two children as reported victims. “We don’t have any known suspects at this point,” said Chief Morgan Drew, and police are following leads based on the physical descriptions given.

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Voice Your Opinion: Letters policy

Write a lettter to the editor

An important function of a community newspaper is to provide residents with a forum to express a variety of opinions and viewpoints. With this in mind, the Idaho County Free Press attempts to publish as many letters to the editor as possible.

Mandatory 10-digit dialing begins Saturday

'The only thing that changes is all local calls will have to dial 10 digits'

Making a call? Don’t forget the area code. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 5, Idahoans will need to dial the area code along with the seven-digit telephone number to make a local call.

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Racing The Clock: Triple Bar Drill Team O-Mok-See

The Triple Bar Drill Team held its O-Mok-See last Sunday, July 30, at the Border Days Arena in Grangeville.

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FAA temporary tower handles airport traffic

“It was ordered in anticipation of increased activity from firefighting, and to take into account the ongoing taxiway closure for construction work,” said airport manager Mike Cook.

Redistribute charitable giving locally


Politics energizes us as few things can, which explains why rivers of cash flow toward candidates and causes. Wouldn’t that same enthusiasm be nice when it comes to funding our own communities and causes.



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