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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Pair arrested after pursuit face drug charges

Charges follow incident Wednesday, May 10

With arraignments completed, two individuals are set for court hearings on multiple drug-related charges following a high-speed pursuit last week.

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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.

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Community Garden Work

A misty rain throughout Saturday morning, May 6, didn’t dampen efforts by volunteers preparing the Camas Prairie Food Bank community gardens. More than two dozen people from several areas churches weeded garden beds, transported in soil and tilled it into prepared boxes for summer planting. The grounds were also cleaned and new composting boxes built. The event was co-organized by Grangeville Real Life, and also the newly formed men’s ministry meeting at Centennial Evangelical Free Church.

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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Former commissioner Harry Owens dies in crash into Clearwater

Funeral service on Saturday, May 20

Funeral services are later this week for Harry E. Owens who died last week in a vehicle crash into the Clearwater River. Owens, 89, of Grangeville, was a former Idaho County Commissioner who served five terms (1987-2002) on the board.

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Tahoe QRU Bake Sale

Running a volunteer emergency medical service organization takes bodies and, as well, funds to keep it going. EMTs with Tahoe QRU (Quick Response Unit) ran a fund-raising bake sale in Kooskia on Saturday, May 13.

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Star Wars Family Night at Library

On Thursday, May 4, the Grangeville Centennial Library hosted a Star Wars Family Night event with snacks, and contests with trivia and costume judging. Among the participants was this girl dressed as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Not too early to consider city council races

Editorial

Coming off Tuesday’s elections, we’re striking while the political iron is hot: You should start thinking about city council and mayoral elections this fall. While this may seem early, really, it’s not.

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.

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Five elected to Syringa board; local levies pass

Unofficial Results: May 16 elections

Five locals were elected as Syringa Hospital board trustees in the Tuesday, May 16, election. In addition, levies passed in both Riggins’ Salmon River Joint School District 243 and Cottonwood Joint School District 242.

Pursuit ends in arrest on drug-related charges

Court hearing pending for Mercer, Roberts

Two individuals were arrested today (Wednesday, May 10) on multiple drug-related charges following a high-speed pursuit. Court hearings are pending for Kyle W. Mercer, 28 of Orofino, and Susan E. Roberts, 28 of Lewiston.

Surcharge suspension surprising, a start

Editorial

We’re all leery of the government when it starts charging taxes and fees, as more often than not they’ll remain in effect well after we and our children are long gone. So, it was a surprising bit of news that came across the desk last week....

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Let's talk: Rauzi advises what to avoid on the colon cancer journey

“Well, it doesn’t look good,” said Doc Ty. The impact from this revelation should have been greater, if it weren’t for the fact I was coming out of anesthesia and so mentally I was more than a few clowns short of a circus.

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Hendren displays hitching during equine demo

A sunny Saturday greeted 105 attendees at the Equine Education Experience, held April 29 at the Kooskia Saddliers Arena on U.S. Highway 12 at Kooskia. The event was sponsored by The Back Country Horsemen of North Central Idaho and included presentations on horse health, horseshoeing and cargo/pannier packing, as well as vendor displays, skill demonstrations and children’s horse rides.

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Spring Cleaning City Storm Drains

Working through an April 20 snowstorm, Grangeville public works crews were out cleaning rock and debris from storm drains, using a Vactor vehicle acquired by the city last fall. More than two feet of muck was pulled from this drain on West Main Street by Zip Trip by city employees (L-R) Jason Wisdom and Mike Tackett.

Rockwell announces 2018 Congressional run

'We Republicans have been given an opportunity to set a course of excellence...'

We’ve yet to complete close to half of this year, but a Grangeville businessman is already looking to 2018 and the Republican primary for U.S. Congress. Last week, James M. Rockwell, 56, announced his intention to run for Congressional District 1 in next year’s May primary. The seat is currently held by Raul Labrador, who was first elected in 2010 and is currently serving his fourth term.

Coeur d’Alene woman transported for possible injury following crash near Riggins

A Coeur d’Alene woman was transported for a possible back injury following a single vehicle crash south of Riggins last month.

SRS trust fund: long-term solution worth pursuing

Editorial

Could a trust fund be the solution Idaho County has been longing for in a stable long-term funding option, in the wake of the expired Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS)?

More charges for McReynolds; Smith also charged in burglary

New charges have been filed against a White Bird man who investigators allege is involved in two area residential burglaries.

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Health: Rauzi advises what to avoid on the colon cancer journey

"Don’t screw around with cancer. Become a better steward of your health"

“Well, it doesn’t look good,” said Doc Ty. The impact from this revelation should have been greater, if it weren’t for the fact I was coming out of anesthesia and so mentally I was more than a few clowns short of a circus. (OK, no comments from the peanut gallery on how that differs from my daily functioning state.)

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Rockwell announces 2018 congressional run

Former Idaho County commissioner to challenge Labrador in GOP primary

“We Republicans have been given an opportunity to set a course of excellence these next few years, Rockwell stated in a one-page release. “It is essential we take advantage of that opportunity.”

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Land gift enlarges city by 94 acres; no present plans for use, disposition

The city of Grangeville literally grew overnight, thanks to a land gift from a Montana businessman. At its April 17 meeting, the city council approved unanimously to accept 94 acres of undeveloped ground located between the Idaho County Airport and the truck route.

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Body found Saturday determined crash victim Derek Olson

Missing since March 20 single vehicle crash

A body found in the Salmon River last weekend has been confirmed that of accident victim Derek L. Olson, who went missing following a March 20 single vehicle crash. Determination was announced Tuesday, April 25.

State population up, County down for ‘16

U.S. Census estimates show a 104 drop

Population overall was up for the state last year, but not for Idaho County, which out of the five-county region was the only one to see a decrease in 2016. U.S. Census estimates released last week show a 104 drop (down .6 percent) from July 2015 to July 2016, for a total 16,156 Idaho County population.

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Dist. 3 High/Junior High School Rodeo at Riggins

District 3 High School/Junior High School Rodeo brought competitors into Riggins Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23

Land donation: to sell or to develop?

Editorial

A generous land donation has left the City of Grangeville with a new baby on its doorstep; it’s precious, yes, but what to do with it in the long term?

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Probation, jail time ordered in 2016 manslaughter case

Judge praises mediation that led to sentence

Mohamed M. Seid will serve a year in jail, followed by eight years on probation for his conviction on a felony manslaughter charge. As much as it is punishment for the 29-year-old Minnesota man, it is also a chance for redemption, according to District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice, that was provided through the mediated efforts of the prosecution and defense attorney, as well as with the understanding of the victim’s family.

Voter would benefit from political truce, cooperation to inform

Editorial

Next year, we can get back to party politics … as everyone is so excited about returning to that screaming monkey circus. But this year, let’s set the party names aside and work the 2017 nonpartisan elections together.

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Grocery tax repeal veto: Sen. Crabtree: ‘Disappointed;’ have to look at other tax-cutting measures

The grocery tax is one everybody has to pay, poor and rich alike, Crabtree said, “and it probably isn’t a very fair tax, and it’s not a tax that other states have for that reason. It would have eliminated taxes on the same food products that qualify under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the dietary staples everyone needs.”

2017 Weather impacts on grain product, production

With extended durations of ground snow and above-average meltoff, Idaho grain growers have already seen a preview of what this season has in store for them.

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Rain showers on Thursday, snow Friday on Lolo, White Bird passes

NWS weather update

For Thursday into Friday, April 13-14, rain showers will turn into snow, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula. - Snow early Thursday night Lolo Pass - White Bird Grade near Grangeville could also see a couple inches of snow

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Shotgun used as walking stick ends with a bang

A loaded shotgun used as a walking stick? Not a good idea, as you can expect, the lesson from which a Montana man found out the hard way.

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Playing Bingo in Kamiah

Games of Bingo are offered at the Kamiah American Legion Hall every first and third Friday of the month, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Electrical issue cause for Sunday camp trailer fire

Interior, contents destroyed

An electrical issue is the suspected cause for Sunday night’s fire at the Sundown RV Park that gutted a camp trailer and destroyed its contents. No injuries were reported. It is unknown whether the owners were insured.

SRS a ‘sick’ option but only one for rural counties

Editorial

Year after year it is the same Congressional knife fight to reauthorize Secure Rural School (SRS) funding with 11th-hour saves to the program to get us through another year. This year, chances for reauthorization are as slim as we’ve ever seen them. But what if it is? What about next year? And after that?

Possible new burglary charges pending against White Bird man

Reports filed to prosecutor on March 2 incident

Facing charges on one burglary, a White Bird man may be looking at new felonies in relation to a second incident.

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Missing Men: Where are Meyer, Perri? County seeks information

One may have met with foul play

Last November, Tark H. Meyer, 61, was at his mining claim in the Cougar Creek area. More than a year ago, January 2016, Jody A. Perri, 57, was seen getting into a vehicle at his property near Kooskia. Since then, no trace of either man has been found.

Support re-instating fed grant for DNA testing

Editorial

You can’t tell us the government doesn’t have $1 million kicking around the treasury somewhere that they could throw a bone to rural law enforcement. Specifically, to reinstate federal grant funding to provide DNA testing for law enforcement agencies across the nation.

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Regional stats: good to excellent returns on 2016 harvests

Regional producers saw a good to excellent return on wheat and barley harvests in 2016, compared with dismal totals reported the prior year, per estimates released this winter by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Producer Profile: Clark Tacke

Clark Tacke, 28, and his wife, Sara, live in Cottonwood. Since 2012, he has owned and operated a farm between Greencreek and Grangeville with his dad, Cliff Tacke, where they raise wheat and barley, some canola, as well as grain hay.

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Kids Attend Youth Fun Day at Elks Lodge

Attendees came through the Grangeville Elks Lodge doors throughout the day last Saturday, March 25, as part of Youth Fun Day for kids ages 17 and younger.

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