With last week’s disaster declaration, the next step for Idaho County is assessment for damages and repair costs to its road infrastructure, impacted by a precipitation-heavy season resulting in extreme soil saturation.
Situation reminder to avoid downed power lines
Montana woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident north of town on Lukes Gulch Road last Wednesday, March 23, involving a power pole.
Driver Alex Olsen of Twin Falls talks on the phone at last Thursday’s March 23, non-injury accident on State Highway 13 at Grangeville north of the Fairview Road intersection.
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.
Idaho County has a strong volunteerism history when it comes to our community EMTs (emergency medical technicians) who train on their own time and dime, and are on call to leave their work or families at a moment’s notice, in all kinds of weather, day or night, and at any location from highways to rugged back country.
Idaho County reporting closure on Cedar Creek Road due to Thursday night collapse; problems on Big Cedar, Cove Road. Nez Perce-Clearwater Reporting two forest roads closed on Moose Creek Ranger District due to slides and debris.
State to "provide resources and assistance wherever we can"
Acting Governor Brad Little declares two states of emergency; Idaho, Lewis counties declared disaster areas
Vehicle located Monday upside down in the river
Search efforts continued along the Salmon River as of press time for Derek L. Olson, 35 of Riggins, presumed drowned following an early morning Monday accident.
Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted its annual Chocolate Fantasy fund-raiser last Saturday, March 18, at the SPPS gymnasium.
“We had a quick response, we put out the fire right away..."
Firefighters made short work on an Elk City house fire last week, saving the two-story structure. No injuries were reported. An electrical issue – old wiring – is the suspected cause of last Wednesday’s March 15 fire, according to Jon Menough, board chairman, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department, that originated in the attic.
Vote set May 16
Multiple races will be contested in the May 16 election on area hospital, school and highway districts.
Good work continues for sexual assault victims, as Monday saw unanimous passage of House Bill 146 that addresses untested rape kits in the state.
Three public entities are seeking funding through Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for planned wastewater and drinking water construction projects. Public comment on these proposals is due April 14.
Electrical issue determined as cause
Firefighters made short work on an Elk City house fire last week, saving the two-story structure. No injuries were reported.
Voters can’t sluff off into apathy, thinking that politics is eased off for a year, until we get into mid-term elections. Just get a load of what is coming up this year: 47 elections.
Damage was kept to a minimum following last Wednesday’s March 8 house fire in Grangeville. Cause is believed accidental. No injuries were reported.
About 60 kids participated in a six-week soccer clinic at Sts. Peter and Paul School that finished last Saturday, March 11. The approximate hourlong sessions were put on by volunteers Patrick Gallagher and Joel Gomez.
What’s the catch? Improving fish runs
“This is quite a boost to this area,” noted Stan Hawkins, fisheries technician, Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Talk continues on ordinance revisions
What’s a good compromise to give the city and prospective developers each what they need? That focus framed discussion at last week’s Grangeville City Council meeting where options were discussed in ongoing plans to rework the municipal subdivision ordinance.
Free Once More
The bald eagle wafted off the shoulder of the Old White Bird Grade and settled into the wind, and without wavering it continued along the hillside headed north, until it was lost in the distance. For Michelle Powell, this was her “best recovery ever,” for rehabilitating wild animals injured or sick, and then releasing them back into the wild.
Scammers are continually at their trade, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is warning about recent calls to area residents, reporting to be from Undersheriff Jim Gorges, threating arrest unless they send money. Calls appear to come from the ICSO number, but these are deceptive to mislead victims into defrauding them of money.
County Republicans gather for dinner, briefs on issues
Attendees talked politics, reminisced and focused on the year ahead for Idaho and the nation at last Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Greencreek. Approximately 120 people attended the Feb. 25 evening event at the Greencreek Community Hall, sponsored by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee, which raised nearly $2,500 for local party activities and to support candidates and GOP issues.
Abundance of snow zaps city
It’s been more than a notable snow year for the region. For the City of Grangeville public works department, the numbers tell the story.
Grangeville man set for March 6 preliminary hearing in felony case
Four months following a three-car fatality crash at Kooskia, a Grangeville man has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter.
From our Montana neighbors: State legislation is under consideration that would prohibit news outlets from posting photos of fatal accidents on social media until authorities can notify next of kin. For free speech advocates – which should be all of us, press and public alike – this is disturbing discussion.
Decisions on March 14
Absentee voting started Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Idaho County Courthouse for regional school district levies up for decision in the March 14 election. Those wishing to register to vote in this election can either do so at the polls election day; or they can register at the courthouse, however, they will need to also vote at that time.
The Festival of Hearts, a fund-raiser hosted by the Syringa Hospital Foundation, was held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge last Saturday night, Feb. 18. Prize winners for the evening: Alex Frei won a $500 gift certificate from B&B Bargain; Jeff Day won a gun safe from B&B Bargain; Jennifer Zimmerman from Inland Northwest Blood Center won the muzzleloader; and Jake Simler won the .22 rifle.
“It’s February and snowing, and we’re going to talk about the pool,” joked Mayor Bruce Walker.
Preliminary hearings are set in both Idaho and Valley county magistrate courts for two people charged in relation to a postal delivery of methamphetamine earlier this month.
The Festival of Hearts, a fund-raiser hosted by the Syringa Hospital Foundation, was held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge last Saturday night, Feb. 18.
Concerns for travel corridors include Lolo Pass
Problems from rain and melting snow are forecasted to resume starting Thursday, Feb. 16, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula. A warm and wet system, complete with mild temperatures and measurable rainfall, will occur Thursday through Friday. While this system will be quick to cross through the region, a total of a half- inch to an inch of rain is likely during this time.
Are congressional term limits an idea whose time has come? Whoa, not so fast. President Donald Trump rode into the White House on the wave of that public sentiment voicing “It’s time for a change.” Now, looking to strike while the iron is hot, Idaho’s Rep. Raul Labrador is introducing a term limits constitutional amendment for congressional members.
For Idaho County, 2016 saw a dramatic increase in crop production, in comparison to the prior year, per data released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Increases, per crop, varied from more than half to one-and-a-half times what producers saw in 2015.
Months of snow came off in a rush last Thursday, Feb. 9, as temperatures warmed that —- assisted by gusting winds — turned ice into rushing water. Reports started coming in to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at 7:21 a.m....
Attendees packed the Grangeville Elks Lodge Friday night, Feb. 10, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go 50/50 toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.
‘We have a long waiting list...’
Work was falling to pieces last Saturday. Busy hands operated sewing machines while others moved rotary cutters across fabric, which would head to the stitchers, later to undergo the hot pressure of irons. “We couldn’t have done anything without our pressing fairies,” one woman said. But ensuring stitched seams were steamed flat and true was among all the essential steps in turning fabric into handmade quilts that would soon be bestowed upon area military veterans.
Republican-dominated state: ‘Doesn’t mean we stop’
What issues are upcoming, and where do Democrats head from here? Officials with the Idaho Democratic Party (IDP) spoke to more than 40 people who attended a Sunday morning politics potluck, Jan. 29, at the Soltman Center in Grangeville. Key speaker was Mat Erpelding, Dist. 19 Representative and Minority Leader for the House. He acknowledged the continuing challenge of electing Democrats in a Republican-dominated state; for his own part, he didn’t get into politics, he said, because it was easy.
Turn on the tap, or drop a line in a clear river. You’re enjoying the bounty of Idaho’s fantastic waters. So, thank a logger for this when you see one.
What do you think? It’s nice to be asked, and we’re taking a break from giving our opinion on the world of Idaho County this week to ask you how readers can better interact on this page.
Storm damage, disasters or emergencies: Before problems occur, or if and when they do, Idaho County is ready with a plan. Last month noted the last of the region’s governmental entities to sign on to the Idaho County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. On Jan. 17, the City of Grangeville adopted by resolution the plan
Animal tracks were recently pictured traveling across the frozen surface of Tolo Lake outside Grangeville.
‘Looking to find opportunities to go in and make the kill’; North Mill house a total loss; ground floor property largely salvageable
Firefighters spent hours battling a two-story structure fire late into Saturday evening that looked poised to consume the entire home. But a tactic allowing the blaze to breech the roof provided the opening crews took to arrest its progress and largely save the ground floor and most of its personal property.
Road blocked as firefighters work on North Mill Street
Three engines responded when a house in the 400 block of North Mill Street in Grangeville caught fire on Saturday night, Jan. 28.
“minimal loss” due to the fire
Kamiah Fire Department wrapped up its investigation of last Thursday’s fire at the former Blue North Mill site concluding hot work from a cutting torch touched off a blaze that destroyed the old mill building.
Your voice made a difference. And as a result, the East Kooskia Bridge is headed for repairs and continued use.
U.S. Census report:
For 2015 within Idaho County, according to U.S. Census estimates, 2,559 people of all ages were listed in poverty, or 16.3 percent of the 15,744 population.
Idaho State Police Forensic Services recently released findings on evidence collected in sexual assault investigations that includes data from Idaho County law enforcement agencies. Data came from 118 Idaho law enforcement agencies and details the number and status of sexual assault kits held by each agency. The survey was mandated by the Idaho Legislature per a state law enacted last year.
Grangeville Public Works crews were out last Wednesday, Jan. 18, clearing drains and keeping them clear following a temperature rise that melted off a significant portion of the town’s snowfall. Here, crews hack through ice buildup to clear a water backup at South State and East South streets that threatened to flood Bell Equipment.
Initially a great idea, buy-in fees may have stunted development
“I want to get the discussion started,” said public works director Jeff McFrederick, who addressed the Grangeville City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting on existing codes for city development, specifically on reworking the subdivision ordinance.
More than 300 people attended the St. Anthony’s Society Annual Crab Feed at the Greencreek Community Hall Saturday night, Jan. 21. Along with heaping plates of crab, the evening also featured music by ‘80s rock band, Centerline. Pictured is one of the couples who rocked the dance floor late into the evening.