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ICSO investigating death of Kooskia man

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is investigating circumstances that may have contributed to last month’s death of a Kooskia man. Tentative cause of death for Shane M. Mahoney, 45, is the result of a subdural hematoma. According to Detective Jerry Johnson, investigators are looking into whether the condition was the result of an accident or perhaps caused during an altercation.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City crews save home from fire Sunday

An electrical issue is the likely cause for a Sunday evening structure fire in Elk City. No injuries were reported, and though it suffered fire and water damage, the home was saved. The owner was insured. “It was a team effort,” said Fire Chief Jeff Maxwell, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD), that included five firefighters and two auxiliary personnel. “I’m glad we were able to save his house.”

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Shenandoah home damaged in Sunday fire

Cause is as yet undetermined for a Sunday evening fire that damaged a Shenandoah manufactured home. No injuries were reported, and it was unknown whether the homeowner was insured.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

City profit projected at $90K-plus from timber harvest

Forest health issues are driving two harvest projects on city-owned property south of town that were given the go-ahead by the council last week. Of these, work alone on 35 acres near Fish Creek and the Sno-Drifters warming cabin is estimated to net the city more than $90,000.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

New Trees For Pioneer Park

Grangeville public works crews were at Pioneer Park on Thursday, Nov. 2, planting five 3-to-5-inch-diameter pin oaks on the perimeter. The planting is to replace locust trees, which were dying at the park, and as well will add some red color to this public space. Last week’s work completes a planting project started last year with 27 trees – pin oaks and Swedish aspens – at Soroptimist and Lions parks.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Arsenic and Old Lace performance

Cornerstone Theater presented Arsenic and Old Lace in performances on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Performance proceeds went to hurricane relief efforts.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Shooting determined accidental; victim treated, returned home

A Glenwood man is recuperating at home following medical treatment due to an accidental shooting incident last week. Reginald “Reggie” Courtemanche III, 32, was taken to Clearwater Valley Medical Center in Orofino last Monday, Oct. 30, and transferred by Life Flight to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. As of press time, he had been released from treatment.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

ICLP hosts 79th membership meeting

“We did have a very good year, a safe year,” said Max Beach, manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, addressing the 140 registered members in attendance at the 79th annual membership meeting last Thursday, Nov. 2. Notable usage due to a cold winter and good margins were reported, assisted by cooperative efforts to improve efficiency and customer service.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Voters choose new faces for city councils

- Mayor races go to Lester in Grangeville, Mireles in Stites - White Bird Council race a tie for Lowe, Sand; Mager, Alley elected - Cottonwood council races go to Sigler, Holthaus, Guyer - Grangeville council races go to Winkler, Grant, Canaday - Stites council race goes to Shannon, Jackson

November 7, 2017 10:22 p.m. read more..

Contested seats in city council races on Nov. 7

Elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voters will be deciding contested city council and mayoral races in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots and polling stations location information is in this week’s Free Press, pages 4-6B.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Only city residents vote

Only city residents vote in those respective city council races. “Your primary residence has to be within the city limits,” clarified Bette Polack, Idaho County Election Deputy.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Student experience survey promises empowerment

How is your school year going? Students – and soon their parents – can soon weigh in on the values and opinions of their educational experience through a statewide student engagement survey to be taken next spring.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Billups sends off Yuba tractor headed to auction this month

A piece of Camas Prairie old iron is headed east to corn country. Last Friday, Oct. 27, the approximate four-ton 1917 Yuba Model 20-35 four-cylinder gas engine tractor was secured to a Bell Equipment flatbed truck pending shipment to an auction house in Davenport, Iowa. A sunny fall morning reflected across the tractor’s glossy green paint, still pristine from a restoration effort undertaken more than a decade ago by Ted Billups of Grangeville.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Hay barn destroyed in Saturday fire

Fire destroyed a hay barn and its contents in an early Saturday morning incident at the Raff residence east of Stites. No injuries were reported. Losses were estimated around $80,000, according to Fire Chief Blaine Feinman, Ridge Runner Fire Department, for the structure, its contents of between 19 to 20 tons of hay, and a 1994 Ford F150 pickup.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Bräts And Brew Fun In Cottonwood

Approximately 150 people attended the Saturday, Oct. 21, Bräts and Brew Fest, held at the Cottonwood Community Hall as a fund-raiser for the Prairie Community Library. The event included dinner, a live and silent auction, and live music by the Coffey Twins.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

About that forum, absent candidates and letters

A good turnout, Grangeville! Let’s hope for as much or better public involvement in community affairs in the future. Last week’s candidates’ forum for open city council and mayoral positions had an impressive turnout; more than 90 attended Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. And the event was a deal-maker or breaker for several voters we talked with, who said they will be making their voting decisions come Nov. 7 on what they heard that evening.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Driver transported following Oct. 12 crash

One person was transported for medical treatment following an Oct. 12 two-vehicle accident 14 miles south of Grangeville. Ismael C. Montes, 69, of Grangeville, was taken to Syringa Hospital.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Housing, development buy-in fees issues in Grangeville council races

Issues of insufficient housing and ways to encourage development were at the forefront of discussion for both candidates and the public at a forum last week. Hosted by the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, the two-hour event last Tuesday, Oct. 17, split questioning into two parts to address contested races for three open council positions, as well as the mayor seat; all are four-year terms that will be up in the Nov. 7 election. For council are incumbents Beryl Grant and Scott Winkler, and Earl Musick, Todd McGeorge, Dan Gautney and Dylan Canaday. For mayor, running are Wes Lester, Lance McColloch, Dan Tackett and John Viknius.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Human remains discovered Monday may be missing Nampa woman

Human remains discovered along the Salmon River this week may be related to one of two recent missing person cases currently open with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. Narrowing down or perhaps confirming identification is pending outsourced testing.

October 24, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..

Seats contested on White Bird city council on Nov. 7

Candidates will be running for open White Bird city council positions in the Nov. 7 election. One two-year-term council seat is open, sought by Barbara A. Lowe and Paul Sand. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Rick L. Alley, John Collins, Jeff Mager, Michelle McNamee and Darlene Wadsworth.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood council - Safety, services at issue in race

Maintaining a good quality of life, community safety and city infrastructure are issues in the Cottonwood City Council race. One two-year-term council seat is open, sought by Linda Nida and Daniel Sigler. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Stites council - Four seek two seats

Two four-year-term Stites City Council seats are open, sought by Neil Bronson, Ralph Jackson, Bonnie Shannon, and write-in Joshua Bradley. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

On My Honor? Decision effectively ends scouting

As the movie gangsters might say, “You are dead to me.” This month, the Boys Scouts of America announced girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn Boy Scouting’s highest honor of Eagle rank.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood culvert fix starts process toward system repair

City officials are in action to resolve a long-standing flooding problem for Cottonwood’s downtown business district. “We’re going to do a temporary fix to hold things together, and start the ball rolling to come up with a long-term solution,” said Cottonwood City Councilor Ron Grant.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Signage for community services result of cooperative effort

The scenery along U.S. Highway 95 goes by fast at 65 mph, and long has the Grangeville business community wrung its hands with drivers saving time bypassing the community along Johnston Road. While the bypass remains, local efforts have activated the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to install service signage at Johnston Road’s north and south intersections with U.S. 95.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Propane system problem cause of Oct. 1 house fire

A propane system problem was determined the cause of an Oct. 1 fire that damaged a Wild Plum Lane residence. No injuries were reported, and the owner, Georgia Rencher, was insured. Fire damage was contained to the roof and an upstairs bathroom, and water damage affected the first floor and basement of the two-story timber-framed house.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Managed growth, housing, services issues in Grangeville City Council race

City infrastructure, providing and managing growth, and providing for more and affordable housing are issues for candidates in the race for Grangeville City Council. A vigorous turnout this go-round has given Grangeville voters several choices to consider for three council seats, all four-year terms: Dylan Canaday, Dan Gautney, Todd McGeorge, Earl Musick, along with incumbents Beryl Grant and Scott Winkler. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday semi-truck fire obstructs grade

An engine problem is the suspected cause of last week’s fire that destroyed a semi-truck just north of White Bird. No injuries were reported from the Tuesday, Oct. 3, incident called in around 2:33 p.m. between mileposts 226 and 227, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Candidates are committed; you should be also

Area residents have a rare opportunity this election season to take a hand in the direction their cities head in the coming year. It’s a unique occasion as we have not had such contested races in city elections for several cycles.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Preparing for End of the World: USFS rolls out forest health project south of Grangeville

Prescribed burning was a concern for Grangeville couple, Dick and Lois Geary, who questioned Forest Service officials last week concerning a potential project south of Grangeville. They asked about areas designated for fuels and possible prescribed burns – including close to their property – that take up a sizeable portion of the approximate 49,500-acre End of the World project map. “We want to work with you as landowners,” said Salmon River District Ranger Jeff Shinn, discussing the burns proposed for these areas, along with repeating a theme throughout last Wednesday’s meeting this project will be shaped by public comments and concerns.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Boise developer, Ahlquist, brings record of ‘getting things done’

“I bring real-world experience with a record of getting things done,” said Tommy Ahlquist. A Republican running in the 2018 Idaho Governor race, the Boise commercial developer and former physician made a campaign stop in Grangeville last Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of his “44 Counties in 44 Days Tour.”

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

No suspect in GHS bomb hoax; intent to pursue felony charges

Grangeville Police continues its investigation into last week’s bomb threat incident at Grangeville High School. No suspect has been identified at this time. “But if we do develop one, we fully intend to charge someone, if we can,” said Police Chief Morgan Drew.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Infrastructure, public involvement issues for Stites mayor race

How to manage city infrastructure and fund projects, and encouraging more public involvement are issues within the mayor race for the City of Stites. The mayor position is currently contested between incumbent Gerald “Gerry” J. Cathey and Rey Mireles. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Housing, growth, city services issues in Grangeville mayor’s race

Affordable housing and growth management, infrastructure and municipal services are several issues being raised by four candidates seeking the Grangeville mayor seat. Seeking the four-year position are Wes Lester, Lance McColloch, Danny Tacket and John M. Viknius. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood city infrastructure, business growth issues for trio

Finding creative ways to maintain city infrastructure, and creating an atmosphere condusive to business growth are issues for candidates seeking open Cottonwood council positions. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Lynn Guyer, and incumbents Ron Grant and Pat Holthaus. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Kooskia man arrested on felony meth possession, delivery charges

A court hearing is pending for a Kooskia man arrested last week on felony drug charges. Jerry W. Wilson, 60, was taken into custody Sept. 30 on charges of possession of methamphetamaine and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) release.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Reading Buddies

Grangeville Elementary Middle School kicked off its third annual Reading Buddies program last Thursday, Sept. 21. The reading incentive program is geared toward kindergarten to first-grade GEMS students, providing various levels of fun activities with a stuffed animal for the numbers of books read. Last year, students read more than 9,000 books as part of the program. Idaho Forest Group (IFG) Grangeville has sponsored the project each year, providing Reading Buddies stuffed animals for students at GEMS and also Sts. Peter and Paul School.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Obstacle Challenge - Kooskia Saddliers

Horses were put through their paces of unusual and startling distractions at Saturday’s obstacle challenge, put on by the Kooskia Saddliers at their arena on U.S. Highway 12. Horse riders competed in four age categories for jackpot plus added money prizes. Here, a rider tosses a stuffed animal through the wind chimes in a hoop, as part of the event’s challenges to complete.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..



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