Following a three-year population decline, Idaho County resident numbers are on the increase, according to estimates released in May by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Speed a factor in Monday morning crash
Speed was a factor in a Monday morning crash, June 27, that resulted in an overturned log truck partially blocking State Highway 13.
Is someone from the IRS threatening you over the phone with legal action over supposed owed back taxes? That’s a scam, and a Syringa man wants the word out to protect people from getting taken.
Riding the abandoned rail bed from Cottonwood was a procession of mule-drawn wagons last Saturday, June 25. The Summer Bash event, sponsored by Coyote Mule Co of Cottonwood and Ridn’ for the Cross ministry in Grangeville, drew 25 participants, 15 mules and five horses for the morning ride across the Camas Prairie, followed by a meal, fellowship service and music at the Gary and Judy Porter property. Pictured leading the group is Jack Chambers, 8, riding Little Bit, and his father, Barney Chambers, riding Bluebell, both of Cottonwood; and in between is Sam Landrum of Grangeville.
Departmental policy issue solved in-house
Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy, Cpl. Carlos Martinez, returned to work last Friday, June 24, following completion of an internal investigation brought in early June.
A Lucile woman received injuries in a single-vehicle rollover crash north of Riggins last Friday.
Jackson seeks $3.5M in tort
A Kamiah wrecking company owner is seeking $3.5 million in damages as part of a tort claim filed last week against the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).
Reconstruction work at the Idaho County Airport will be completed this year, due to timely award of a Federal Aviation Administration grant. Notice to proceed for Valley Paving of Cottonwood is for mid-July on the $1,498,485 taxiway project, according to airport manager Mike Cook. This will be conducted alongside the $4.020 million runway reconstruction project that began June 6.
This young participant tries out his flintnapping skills under the guidance of a skilled craftsman at last Saturday’s Youthfest 2016 event, June 11, at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park. The event this year featured activities and games, free food, and safety demonstratons by fire department and ambulance personnel. This annual event is sponsored by a host of community organizations and individuals led by Kamiah Community Partners Coalition (KCPC).
Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve Enjoy community events and festivals? You’ve got your pick, starting this weekend with White Bird Days and Rodeo, and the CVRA rodeo. Should be lots of fun. And volunteers are running the whole show at these events, by the way.
Electrical issue suspected cause
An electrical problem is suspected to have caused last Friday’s fire that destroyed the Peggy Sprute residence just outside Cottonwood. No injuries were reported from the June 10 incident at 120 Reservoir Road. The two-story house and its contents were reported a total loss.
Richard “Rick” Joe Henry, 52, received burns and a laceration resulting from the Tuesday, June 7, fire, according to Cocoa Anderson, secretary-treasurer, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD). Henry is undergoing treatment at Harborview Medical Center where as of press time he was listed in satisfactory condition.
A mother and four children were treated for injuries suffered in a two-car collision Sunday evening that resulted in a felony eluding charge against an Orofino man alleged to have caused the crash.
No injuries reported; Reservoir Road home reported total loss
No injuries were reported at the scene of a two-story structure fire reported at noon on Friday, June 10, at 120 Reservoir Road in Cottonwood.
As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.
A preliminary hearing is set next week for an Elk City man on allegations he stole a public services vehicle and fled with several thousands of dollars taken from relatives.
Sheriff states action not politically motivated
Results are tentative to return this week on an internal investigation concerning an Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy recently placed on administrative leave.
Warm, sunny weather graced the third annual Long Camp “Classics on the Clearwater” car show and swap meet last Saturday, June 4, at Kamiah.
A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Montana man for possession of methamphetamine.
Fixed-wing operations shut down at the Idaho County Airport this Friday, June 3, as the multi-million dollar runway reconstruction project gets under way.
Driver possibly asleep factor in crash
The body of one of two victims from last month’s fatality crash on U.S. Highway 95 was recovered last Saturday.
2016 Primary Election: official results
Official results released by the Idaho County Elections Office last week show voter turnout was at 41.59 percent for the May 17 primary election. This is nearly five percent higher than the last primary election turnout (36.68 percent) in 2014. Ballots were canvassed by the Idaho County Commission last week.
It took two meetings, but after hashing out its concerns with a nearly year-old ordinance establishing maximum grass heights the Grangeville City Council came to a consensus that leaves the rule unchanged but clarifies enforcement policy for both consistency and community standards. Essentially it’s a matter of priorities that directs the city’s ordinance enforcement officer to focus on complaints and obvious violations, allowing issues to be handled – as with other police matters – at officers’ discretion.
The Salmon River High School Class of 2016 held its graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27. Sharing a light moment prior to commencement, this trio takes a snapshot: (L-R) Diah Galland, Hannah Cornforth and Ryan Simonson.
Memorial Day Weekend: Lochsa River Madness
“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”
Car involved in crash located
River conditions continue to hamper search efforts for two University of Idaho students who are presumed drowned following a vehicle accident into the Salmon River last week.
Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.
Right now it’s all smiles and visions of economic opportunity for Idaho’s neighbors. But while the grass is truly greener over the other side of the fence, pot legalization comes with a new set of challenges that may put some perspective to those seeing it as just gold at the end of the rainbow.
Suspect detained; undetermined if related to regional crimes
Investigation continues with possible criminal charges pending following a series of warrant searches conducted at Cottonwood-area residences earlier this month. A suspect in the case was detained but not arrested, and the connection to this case with earlier crimes committed within the region is still to be determined.
A citation for inattentive/careless driving is pending against a Grangeville man who was injured last week in a two-vehicle accident one mile north of Cottonwood on U.S. Highway 95.
Primary Election May 17: unofficial results
Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election. Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.
Primary election is next Tuesday
Elections are next Tuesday, May 17, for contested county and state races: Idaho County, Dist. 7 Legislature
The Grangeville High School tennis team held its annual car wash fund-raiser at Les Schwab Tires on Main Street last Saturday, May 7.
Two local car thefts within Grangeville had one thing in common: “In both vehicles, the keys had been left in the car.”
Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho. Among the birds to be seen within the region is the osprey (“fish hawks” or “fish eagles”), and both private and public efforts have helped to encourage this population to thrive and co-exist among humanity’s structures.
Notify sheriff’s office of activity ask fire officials
Starting next Tuesday, May 10, Idahoans must obtain a burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. Permits can be obtained online at www.burnpermits.idaho.gov .
Gutierrez is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court
Sergio A. Gutierrez of Nampa is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in the upcoming May 17 primary. To succeed Justice Jim Jones, the top candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the total votes; otherwise, the top two candidates will have a runoff in the Nov. 8 general election. The justice candidate visited Grangeville last Thursday, April 28, as part of his statewide campaign.
“Hopefully we’ll know on the grant for the taxiway by June 1,” Cook said, “which will allow for construction of both the runway and taxiway by Valley Paving this year.” Estimated work time is 75 days for the runway and 55 days for the taxiway, with completion set by the end of October.
“Closing is subject to due diligence”
Idaho Forest Group on Tuesday, May 3, confirmed it is in the process of purchasing Blue North Forest Products, LLC, in Kamiah. “Closing is subject to due diligence,” said Shannon Fuchs, manager for IFG’s Grangeville mill, “that is likely to be cleared in mid-May.”
The Salmon River Community Church, located just off Main Street in Riggins, is nestled in the mountains alongside the Salmon River.
The new BLM Cottonwood Field Office is currently under construction and phase I is scheduled to be completed by early July. The new 7,000-square-foot office building and 4,800-square-foot storage building will replace the existing facilities with more modern, energy efficient buildings and consolidate space for the public to access services. Phase II consists of demolition of the remaining building and construction of the parking lot, and will be completed by mid-November.
May 10 preliminary hearing set for Bruce
A May 10 preliminary hearing is set for a Washington State man charged with felony possession of marijuana.
Couples danced to the sounds of Coltrain at Saturday’s April 30 ICARE Barn Dance at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. The event raised funds for ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) that serves Clearwater River communities in providing benefits to area cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. To date, ICARE has helped a total 176 people with a total $80,900.
Election – Dist. 7 Senate – Crabtree, Nuxoll
Carl Crabtree of Grangeville will challenge incumbent Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood for the District 7 Senate position in the May 17 Republican primary election. The winner in this race will face Democrat Ken Meyers of Sagle in the Nov. 8 general election.
Events in Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, Cottonwood
Area law enforcement agencies will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 30, as part of an annual nationwide effort with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prevent medication abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Apparent good fortune arrived in the mail last week for Althea Herman. But this resident at Rapid River Subdivision south of Riggins had suspicions from the start she had not just become a multimillion dollar lottery winner. Multiple misspellings, awkward sentence construction and inconsistencies with the return address: These were quick indicators that the letter she received last Thursday, April 21, was a scam attempt.
Idaho County residents were injured in unrelated accidents within the region, reported by Idaho State Police (ISP).
It’s full circle for Lynn Guyer. The 52-year-old Cottonwood man, who started his career 30 years ago as a correctional officer for North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) at Cottonwood completes it at the same facility, retiring from the warden position at the end of the month.
Election – Dist. 7B Rep. – Shepherd, Steneck
Incumbent Paul Shepherd of Riggins will face off against challenger Kris Steneck of Elk City for the District 7B Representative position in the May 17 Republican primary election.
Is the candidate forum as we know it dead? Is public interest at such a low? Or is the tried and true method of finding more out about candidates in a public setting as relevant as a VHS player?