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David Rauzi

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Clearwater Meal Center a place to visit, a ‘meaningful ministry’

It’s much more than just a good lunch at the Clearwater Meal Center. “It’s a service of the church to the community,” said site coordinator Bill Grady. Next month will mark the fourth year of operation for the nonprofit meal service at the Clearwater Baptist Church that, starting at noon on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, offers meals and time to socialize to those who come through the door.

September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Need for agreement, city to be project manager in band shell project, says Grangeville council

The vision and fund-raising for a proposed band shell at Pioneer Park would remain in private hands, but overseeing the project would now fall under the management of the City of Grangeville. This is the consensus reached by the city council at its Sept. 4 meeting, which appointed two members to meet with project coordinators on formalizing civic and private responsibilities in subsequent planning and development efforts for the structure now two years in the making.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Swinging For The Outfield

The inaugural Clash of the Quacks softball tournament last Saturday, Sept. 8, pitted teams from regional hospitals and raised $1,000 to benefit Idaho and Clearwater counties search and rescue teams.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Voices Raised In Song

The chapel at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood was filled to capacity with more than 200 people attending Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, for a performance by the Gonzaga University Concert Choir. The 60-person ensemble presented a selection of pieces from historic to modern. The choir performs at the monastery every September to conclude its annual retreat at the Spirit Center.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Only 11.6 percent had less than HS diploma

According to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), 88 percent of people 25 years and older had at least graduated from high school, and 17 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. An estimated 12 percent did not complete high school.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Estimates report 26 percent vacancy for county

Where do Idaho County residents live? Nearly 77 percent were in single-unit structures. This is according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR). The ACR produces a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Congressional, secretary of state candidates campaign in region

Democratic candidates for state and federal offices, Jill Humble and Cristina McNeil, recently made the local rounds as part of their campaigns headed into the Nov. 6 general election. The Boise residents visited Grangeville late last month during their tour up north. Humble is seeking the secretary of state position (against incumbent Lawerence Denney), and McNeil is after the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Raul Labrador.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Felony eluding charge following suspect’s US12 flight into county

A Washington State man was arrested without incident following last week’s high-speed pursuit from Montana into Idaho. During the chase, eastbound traffic was stopped for more than a half-hour for public safety. Michael W. Murray, 34, of Spokane, is currently being held at the Idaho County Jail on the charge of felony eluding.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Council takes up question of library taxing district

Should Grangeville Centennial Library break off from the city and form its own tax-supported district? Is there interest? Who would head the effort? Last Monday, Aug. 20, the Grangeville City Council discussed the issue that has been in the air the past several years for both this body, as well as by the Grangeville Centennial Library board itself.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Sentencing set in alleged officer abuse incident

It started as a hit-and-run accident investigation and ended with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against a Lewiston man, most of which stemmed from his alleged physical abuse toward law enforcement during his arrest.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Heart Walk

Participants went round and round at the Grangeville High School track last Saturday, Aug. 25, for the Heart Walk fund-raiser. The event was organized by Jennifer Pollan (right; with Doug Hohman on left) to benefit The Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association, raise awareness, and to honor and remember those impacted by congenital heart disease. Overall, participants walked or ran a total 234 laps, and a total $1,605 was raised. Those who still want to donate to the effort can do so online at Pollan’s son, Rykken, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect – hypoplastic left heart syndrome - at three days old in 2009. Since, he has undergone three open heart surgeries, six heart procedures and one emergency stomach surgery.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Former elementary set for transition into senior apartments

For nearly seven years, the former Prairie Elementary School building at Lewiston and Church streets has sat vacant, for sale. Within the next two months, the 1950s-era building will again be filled with sound, not of children but of construction crews as the facility looks to a new life — senior housing to start with, and plans for more related commercial developments on the property in the works.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Near million award to fund district system repairs, upgrade

Nearly a million dollars in USDA loan and grant funds were recently awarded to the Rapid River Water and Sewer District to make needed repairs to its system. With the funding in place, construction is pending with work to hopefully start this fall. “We’re all pretty excited!” said Pam Bogan, district secretary-treasurer, following last month’s award announcement. “We’ve been working toward this for five to six years.”

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Incentive to build: City proposes buy-in fee deferral for developers to eliminate the up-front costs

“Some places call them capacity fees, some places call them interceptor fees. It’s all about the city trying to recoup its costs,” said Jeff McFrederick, Grangeville public works director, “what it costs to add on developments, what our demand may be 20 years from now.” McFrederick and city attorney Adam Green helped guide discussion at a recent city council meeting as members hashed out proposed options for a deferred payment schedule for contractors as concerns equity buy-in fees.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mile-long funeral procession for Marek

At one point, traffic was backed up for more than a mile along U.S. Highway 95 in a funeral procession for Thomas J. Marek, who died in a logging equipment accident last week. Close to 200 vehicles were involved on Monday morning, Aug. 20, following a rosary at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Grangeville, leaving south in an extended line along U.S. 95 that concluded nearly 18 miles later at White Bird Cemetery.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Livestock sale up 16 percent from last year’s market

Kids took their animals to auction on Saturday, bringing in a total $262,217.80 on a total 195 animals at the Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale. The four-hour sale held Aug. 18, was the final event for the Idaho County Fair held in Cottonwood. In comparison to last year, 14 fewer animals were up for auction; however, sales this year were up 16 percent from 2017 by $37,011.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

End Of The Summer Pool Party

Friday, Aug. 17, marked the last day the Grangeville City Pool was open. Kids throughout the area took advantage of the free swim day when temperatures reached 91 degrees.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Montana teen drowns in swimming accident

A Montana teen drowned Sunday afternoon in a swimming accident in the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. Jerek Dean Thomas, 16, of Bonner, was pronounced deceased at the scene west of Syringa.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Minor injuries result in two-vehicle accident Sunday at Cottonwood

Both drivers received minor injuries following a two-vehicle accident outside town Sunday evening. Jill K. Seubert, 51, of Cottonwood, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood by ambulance. Gracen Christensen, 23, of White Bird, was taken to St. Mary’s by private vehicle.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Ministry In Our Communities

(Top) Clearwater Baptist Church was represented in the Elk City Wagon Road Days parade in Clearwater on Saturday, July 21, advertising its vacation Bible school to begin at the start of August; (Left) Among the parade entries during Kooskia Days on Saturday, July 28, was the Hope Fellowship youth, which was passing out water to the crowd; (Right) The Old Time Gospel Hour was among the activities at the Elk City Wagon Road Days celebration in Clearwater on Saturday, July 21. Giving that day’s presentation to a packed room at the Clearwater Baptist Church was Dana Lohrey of Lewiston (formerly of Clearwater).

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Vote warranted on forming Ridge Runner fire district

When it comes to firefighting, that service is critical to protect lives and property. It needs to be done. It’s great when you can provide that service privately, but if you can’t, the option isn’t to ignore this public need. A compulsory option to support this needs to be enacted.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Sweet Time At 2018 Raspberry Festival

The grounds were packed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude at Cottonwood last Sunday, Aug. 5, for the annual Raspberry Festival. Along with its signature dessert treat, the event featured entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and an art and car show.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood motorcyclist hurt in Sunday collision

A Cottonwood motorcyclist was transported for medical attention following a two-vehicle collision on Graves Creek Road last Sunday, July 29. Michael B. Temes, 51, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, suffering from a head injury and severe road rash.

August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

City land donation for shelter still ‘possible’; ARF building set for 2022 start

Plans for constructing a regional animal shelter facility continue to move forward with a new ground-breaking date within four years. Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a nonprofit group, updated the Grangeville City Council last Monday, July 16, on its achieved benchmarks so far, and also sought clarification that public land promised for the facility is still available.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..



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