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EMTs hash out on recruiting, keeping its rural volunteers

“We’re all in our 70s,” said one representative for Lowell Quick Response Unit, repeating a common concern among EMTs of the “graying” of its volunteers. “When we’re gone, Lowell QRU is gone,” which leaves the 77-mile stretch from Lowell to the Idaho/Montana border without emergency medical services (EMS) coverage. “This is a continual issue in Idaho County,” said Syringa Ambulance EMT Bill Spencer, as well as for the state overall.

June 20, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Flag Day Honors

The Grangeville Elks Lodge commemorated the history, significance and symbolism of the United States flag during a Flay Day ceremony held last Thursday, June 14, at Heritage Square. At the close of the event, scouts with troop and pack 555 conducted a retirement by fire of damaged flags. Pictured, Archi Tirado, Grangeville Elks Esteemed Loyal Knight, displays the U.S. “Betsy Ross” flag, introduced in 1776, with 13 stars.

June 20, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Regional water supply expected to be adequate

Regional water supply is expected to be adequate, according to data released from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). As of June 1, the Clearwater Basin had above normal snowpack, recorded at 115 percent. June-July cumulative streamflow forecasts for Clearwater are near or above average.

June 20, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Second body found in Selway River

Two of four men missing in the Selway River since a May 21 vehicle accident have been recovered: Reece Rollins, 22, of Terrebone, Ore., and Koby J. Clark, 21 of Bozeman, Mont., and Kuna, Idaho.

June 13, 2018 7:42 p.m. read more..

Oregon voting reform proposal something Idaho should watch, consider

You rate hotels, restaurants, how your product or service was provided. So why not do the same in choosing those for elected office? Reform in some U.S. states is providing for improved candidate selection, such as rank choice voting where the top contestants in a multiple candidate race are determined by eliminating those with the fewest first-choice votes.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Baseball Blast

Sunny and warm, last Friday evening, June 8, was a great day for Central Idaho League machine pitch baseball at Cottonwood.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Prairie High School Graduation

Cottonwood’s Prairie High Schoool graduated 28 students for the class of 2018 Friday night, May 25. Here, students ready for their commencement in the PHS gym.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Section washes out on Sally Ann Road

Sally Ann Road remains impassible following last week’s cloudburst event that washed out a section about two miles up from State Highway 13. Repair work is pending required permitting and finding the right sized section of replacement culvert.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Splash Down On The Lochsa

Conditions were overcast but comfortable for spectators at the falls for the annual wildness that is Lochsa River Madness, the local kickoff to the summer's whitewater rafting season. Rafts, catarafts, kayaks and tubers spilled down the Lochsa River this past weekend for three days of whitewater action, helped on by the cheers of spectators along the banks at milepost 114 on U.S. Highway 12.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

No charges planned following fatal crash

No charges will be filed following Sunday’s fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian accident at Winchester that resulted in the death of a Lewis County man. Shawn J. Cody, 47, of Winchester, died at the scene.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins hosts top state officials for Capital for a Day event

“Unique as it is, it’s very informative for us,” said Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, speaking about the Capital for a Day event to more than 50 people – Riggins’ residents, and state staff and employees combined – last Friday, May 18. As much as it provides a view of the needs and concerns in communities across the state who get to directly question Idaho’s top officials, “We also learn from you,” he said, and, as staff are able, take care of those issues raised. “Frankly, this is why these are so useful,” Otter said.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho Foodbank sees Idaho County numbers decreasing for the hungry

According to information released in May from The Idaho Foodbank, Idaho County’s current food insecurity rate is 14.9 percent (2,420 individuals) of its total population. For the state overall, Idaho’s food insecurity rate is 13.2 percent (221,800 individuals) of the total population. Idaho County hunger rates have declined steadily since 2012, according to study information released by Feeding America, when 19.5 percent (3,110) were food insecure, dropping 1.9 percent (280) the following year.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

EMS exercise draws area agencies to train on mass casualty scenario

With the swirl around him of injured accident victims and personnel from multiple response agencies treating them and processing for transport, Grangeville EMT and staging officer, Brian Adams, was adamant in one command: “Try not to get any blood on the carpet,” he said as a patient was loaded into the back of his minivan. “My wife will yell less.”

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

City OKs to budget brick strip removal

The Main Street brick strip is going away. Last Monday, May 7, the Grangeville City Council tasked public works with removing the downtown Main Street brick strip as time and budget allow. Personalized bricks will be replaced – according to plans at this time – with a colored and stenciled concrete, the same as which was incorporated by the city at Heritage Square.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Manufacturing top payroll 2016 for Idaho County according to Census

When it comes to take-home pay in Idaho County, the manufacturing industry leads the pack, and it is among the top five business sectors that, combined, comprise nearly 75 percent of total annual payroll. This information is according to new U.S. Census Bureau economic statistics released in April.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Planting with a Purpose: Remacle steps forward to green-up Riggins City Park

Planters are showing their colorful greenery for the start of summer, thanks to volunteer Sammie Remacle, who stepped up to assist the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce for the work at the city park last month. “It feels good to make the town nice,” Remacle said. “Adding that little extra to it does make a difference — you notice that when it’s not there.”

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Voters go to polls for May 15 primary; Hart back on ballot

Primary elections are next Tuesday, May 15, for voters to be deciding on several District 7, state and federal races, as well as school district levies. And Phil Hart’s name is back on the ballot. Votes cast for him will be considered in the Dist. 7B legislative race.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Incumbent Shepherd to face Hart for Dist. 7B Rep. post

Incumbent Paul Shepherd faces challenger Phil Hart, a former Idaho Legislator, in the upcoming Republican primary. Primary elections are May 15. No other parties have filed candidates in this race, nor have any write-ins. District 7 includes Idaho, Clearwater, Shoshone and a portion of Bonner counties. The Idaho County Free Press solicited information from each of the candidates concerning their qualifications and issues of the district.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mass casualty incident exercise set this Saturday, May 12, at Fenn

Multiple emergency response agencies – police, fire and medical – from Cottonwood and Grangeville, Idaho County and the state will be participating in a mass casualty incident exercise this Saturday, May 12, at Fenn. Its purpose is training — not just in the nuts and bolts of on-scene emergency extraction and medical care, but in agencies being able to coordinate and cooperate during a crisis that potentially will tax available services to and beyond limit.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins Rodeo 2018: Roping Takes A Team Effort

Team roper Steve King bursts from the chute in Sunday’s Riggins Rodeo action. The 70th annual event ran May 5-6, featuring saddle bronc, buill riding and barrel racing. Event results were unavailable as of press time.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Tort filed against county, sheriff's office in 2017 jail death

The parents of a Grangeville man, Justin R. Ross, who died while in custody in the Idaho County jail last year, have filed a tort claim against the Cottonwood Police Department (CPD), Idaho County and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) alleging actions of negligence that resulted in his death.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Awareness event reminds us to prepare for wildfire

Is it May already? Spring is nearly through, and summer – pending a few more Idaho County snow showers — is nearly here. What also can sneak up on us is wildfire season and preparing our properties to minimize risk. It’s not a question whether this would be a good idea or not; it’s critical to start the season with plans, followed by action, to fireproof your home and properties as best you can. Its importance is marked each year when the 10 western governors proclaim May as Wildfire Awareness Month.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Trinity Lutheran gets new windows

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5. Trinity Lutheran Church has brought more light into its worship, thanks to a building window replacement project that started last week. According to church trustee Paul Turpin, 19 specially built double-pane windows are being installed to replace existing single-pane versions, many of which were installed when the facility was built in the 1930s.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Social Media Accounts: After Death

Social media is a cultural phenomenon of the modern age, and it adds a new factor into our lives … more specifically, what should happen to our Facebook and Twitter accounts when we die?

April 25, 2018 9:35 a.m. read more..

McMillan returns, Lawrence to challenge incumbent Giddings

Voters have a three-way race in the Republican primary for Dist. 7A Representative, between incumbent Priscilla Giddings, Shannon McMillan — who lost this seat to Giddings in the 2016 election — and newcomer Ryan A. Lawrence. Primary elections are May 15.

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

Cause as yet undetermined for Saturday’s fatal crash at Riggins

Katelyn J. Thayer, 17, was killed in the April 21 crash reported 2.4 miles up the Salmon River Road, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. A second person reported involved in the incident, Alaska Frandsen, 17, of Malad, was transported to McCall and flown by Life Flight to Boise. She has since been released from care.

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

Foul play or walked away? Investigation continues with Pankey search

“We still don’t know if there’s foul play involved and by whom, or if she just walked away,” said detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO). “But as more time goes by without her communicating with her family and her daughter, the odds are much higher that foul play may be involved.”

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

Search under way for missing woman Shawnta Pankey, 25

Search efforts continued as of press time Tuesday for missing Grangeville woman, Shawnta Larae Pankey, 25, last seen on Sunday morning. Circumstances concerning her disappearance are being investigated. “We’re looking at every conceivable possibility to cover those bases,” said Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), “and we’re trying to put people on each of those issues.”

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Page, 15, chosen 2018 White Bird Rodeo Queen

Saturday afternoon tryouts for White Bird Rodeo Queen resulted in Kaylee Page of Kooskia chosen to represent the event for 2018. Page, 15, is the daughter of Yogi and Phyllis Page. She is a freshman at Clearwater Valley High School.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Behind celebrations are hard work, needing support that benefits us all

The annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are this weekend. Are you going? Apart from the excitement of the spectacle itself, this event kicks off our season of community celebrations we’ll all be enjoying well into fall. But two important components of these and other such events are lost during our enjoyment: the time and effort that goes into their preparation, planning and execution; and just what these mean for our communities as a whole.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Bridge work starts next week; kicks off US12 multimillion revitalization work

Bridge work starting next week kicks off $17 million in infrastructure improvements for U.S. Highway 12, a revitalization project by the Idaho Transportation Department that is expected to be completed this fall. According to ITD public information specialist Megan Sausser, work on Fish Creek Bridge near Bald Mountain (46 miles east of Kooskia) will begin on Monday, April 16, and work on Maggie Creek Bridge near Kooskia is expected to begin April 30.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..



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