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David Rauzi

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Leaner, uncertain budgets need benefit of your experience on city council

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.

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‘Keeping our humor up’

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.

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Buyers put $219,162 into Idaho County Fair livestock sale

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.

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Kamiah-area fires impact power, school levy, may delay CV schools start

Clearwater Complex 2015

Kamiah-area fires have impact on power services, Kamiah district levy, possible start of CV schools

Social media proved its worth, value during fire

What a difference a decade makes.

Filings open Monday, Aug. 24, for open city council positions

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.

Compassion in action demonstrated throughout fire crisis at Kamiah

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.

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Firefighters tackle hay bales stack blaze

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.

Idaho County hazard plans available for review through Sept. 14

“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.”

Montana man dies in SH 64 crash near Kamiah

Fort Benton, Mont., resident James R. Cummings died in a vehicle accident reported Monday morning, Aug. 10, on State Highway 64 near Kamiah.

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Testimony supports self-defense; felony dismissed against Ellenberg

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.”

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Lewiston men injured in Aug. 4 rollover into Lochsa River

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.

Comment process a waste on use of saws on forest

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.

Early morning fire Aug. 4 burns barn, 250 tons of hay

An accidental fire last week destroyed a barn and approximately 250 tons of hay stored inside.

Survivor files suit in 2013 fatality crash

The survivor in a 2013 fatality crash is claiming negligence in a civil suit filed in District Court.

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Larceny, simple assault remain top crimes in Idaho County

Some kids apparently didn’t learn that basic lesson way back in kindergarten: don’t touch others and don’t take their stuff.

NICI escapee gets 2-5 years; partner awaits sentencing

An escape from North Idaho Correctional Institution earned a 22-year-old Caldwell man a big time-out.

Better late than never: Cybersecurity task force looks after Idahoans

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.

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Chip seal sweeping starts Sunday night

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.

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Taxiway drilling in preparation for airport work now delayed to 2016

Work may be delayed a year on the $8 million Idaho County Airport runway reconstruction project, but the engineering preparation work continues.

Colorado motorcyclist injured in US 12 accident

A Colorado motorcyclist was injured last week in a crash along U.S. Highway 12 seven miles west of Syringa.

Thursday storm may have been factor in fire that destroyed Battle Ridge home, outbuildings

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.

Raccoon mischief results in Kooskia-area outage; zaps power to 1,018

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.

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Whitewater Action

Recreationists were enjoying a rafting trip north of Riggins near Chair Creek on the Salmon River last Wednesday, July 22.

Oregon motorcyclist injured in Monday collision

An Oregon motorcyclist was injured in a Monday collision with a vehicle south of Lucile on U.S. Highway 95.

Monday chip seal project covers quarter of town

Approximately a quarter-section of Grangeville will undergo a chip seal project starting Monday, July 27.

Community hall an essential public gathering center

Rural communities are needy: needing jobs, needing access to services (social, health), needing a healthy retail district, needing a crime-free environment.

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Preserving history focus of annual wagon road event

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.

Council to discuss proposed grass height ordinance

Next Monday, the Grangeville City Council will be considering a proposed ordinance establishing maximum grass heights allowed within the municipality.

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Elk City Community Hall to come down

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.

More than levy at issue in Kamiah School District

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.

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Border Days 2015: wrap-up

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.

You are important part of the community equation

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.

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County airport project delayed to 2016

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.

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Dumped cigarette butts apparent cause of grass fire

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.

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‘Old Glory’ all new for Main Street

Grangeville’s Main Street will have a fresh red-white-and-blue look come July 1.

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Accidental cause speculated for South Fork Café fire

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.

Border Days 2015: Tips to get you through it

Whew! Hot enough for ya? What a way to start off the week going into Border Days.

Minor injuries after two-vehicle crash on Main Street, US 95

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.

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Mechanical failure torches truck, spreads to trailer, second vehicle

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.

Fire destroys crashed semi, scorches hill

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.

Monday accidents: Four sent to hospital following two-vehicle crash

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.

Thinking on Father’s Day? Best gift is your time

Dads come into the spotlight this Sunday as we commemorate Father’s Day.

Vehicle registration, gas tax jump July 1

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.

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Flower bulb harvest coming into bloom for ‘iris lady’ Judy Bean

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.

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Fatal accidents claim two local men

Tragedy struck just days apart last week in two unrelated traffic crashes that claimed the lives of two Idaho County men.

Multi-agency response by Stites makes quick work of hayfield fire; conditions warrant care

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.

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Right Time For A Swim

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.

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Cottonwood, White Bird community projects awarded grants

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.

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