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Seats contested on White Bird city council on Nov. 7

Election 2017: White Bird

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.

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Progress ‘promising’ on park band shell project; fund-raising efforts under way

'It all looks very promising at this point'

Grant applications have begun as part of fund-raising efforts toward an estimated $65,000 band shell structure proposed for Grangeville’s Pioneer Park.

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Cottonwood culvert fix starts process toward system repair

City buckles down to fund multi-million public project

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.

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Stites council - Four seek two seats

Election 2017: Stites

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.

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Signage for community services result of cooperative effort

Signs at Johnston Road intersections help Grangeville businesses

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.

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What A Rush: Kinder-Ready visit Grangeville firefighters

Kids with Kids Klub Kinder-Ready had a close-up look at firefighters and equipment with a visit by the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department last Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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Cottonwood council - Safety, services at issue in race

Election 2017: Cottonwood

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.

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.

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

Election 2017: Grangeville

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.

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.

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Tuesday semi-truck fire obstructs grade

No injuries reported from Oct. 3, incident

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).

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

'This is a rollout. It’s not a plan yet. It’s very preliminary'

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.

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.

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

Election 2018: Idaho Governor

“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.”

Traffic stop results in multiple felony arrests for Cascade men

Crime Brief

Two Cascade men are in custody on multiple felony charges following an early morning traffic stop Saturday. Keith Buffington, 40, and Frank Leming Jr., 51, are being held in the Idaho County Jail.

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Infrastructure, public involvement issues for Stites mayor race

Election 2017: Stites

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.

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

'It’s a day we have to make up; a complete waste'

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.

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

Election 2017: Grangeville

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.

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Cottonwood city infrastructure, business growth issues for trio

Election 2017: Cottonwood

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.

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Feds seek $17M plus in damages from ICLP, Lucile business for 2012 Sheep Fire

Federal prosecutors are seeking more than $17 million in damages and related costs from two Idaho County businesses for alleged negligence resulting in the 2012 Sheep Fire at Lucile.

Kooskia man arrested on felony meth possession, delivery charges

Crime Brief

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.

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Feds seek $17 million in damages from Idaho County businesses; claim negligence resulting in 2012 Sheep Fire

Civil suit filed in U.S. District Court; hearings pending

Federal prosecutors are seeking more than $17 million in damages and related costs from two Idaho County businesses for alleged negligence resulting in the 2012 Sheep Fire at Lucile.

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Greencreek woman hurt in Friday crash on US 95 at Culdesac

A Greencreek woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash south of Culdesac on U.S. Highway 95 last Friday, Sept. 22.

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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.

Ambassadors a proactive idea for communities


The Lewiston Airport idea encourages us to step it up, to get some of our volunteers out from behind the desk and be proactive in promoting our businesses and recreation opportunities.

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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.

Regional, state homeless numbers down slightly

Homelessness continues as problem with the region and statewide overall, but numbers of that population have decreased since last year. Within Region 2, the homeless population is down 3.2 percent from 2016. Overall, the state saw a 9.3 percent decrease; however, the count hovers around 2,000 on average, consistent with numbers reported the last six years.

Crash victim remains under treatment

Missing Kamiah man found nearly two days after accident

Missing for nearly two days, a Kamiah vehicle accident victim found injured in a ravine is undergoing additional medical treatment. Following his discovery, Jacob L. Phillips, 24, was taken by Life Flight to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston last Sunday, Sept. 17, where he was treated and then transported to an unidentified facility for additional care.

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Future CV Ram Star - Youth Football

Youth football took to the field at Grangeville High School Thursday evening, Sept. 14, with the fifth-sixth grade teams of Clearwater Valley Rams taking on and beating the Grangeville Bulldogs, 14-0.

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Mule Racing

Some champs lose their edge to the pack over time, some retire and fade away. And then there was Molly Bee.

Leaders with big picture view needed to overhaul public lands management

Sometimes, the problems are overwhelming. Take the national debt, for example, which reached $20 trillion for the first time in history. That is obviously insane and casts shame upon our legislators, as a whole, that the budget is funded with such reckless financial mismanagement, due to which adds more than $1.5 billion in debt every day.

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Mountain rescuers learn through confined space training at IFG

For 360 days of the year, this approximate five-story structure reaches temperatures 1,500 to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit, using hog fuel to boil water into steam to operate lumber kilns and heat plant facilities during the winter.

County spring road damage projects await process for reimbursement determination

“It takes time, and it’s a process”

Federal funds freed up with last month’s presidential disaster declaration to assist Idaho counties that suffered losses due to spring flooding. While Idaho County is among nine counties that are poised to receive assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, whether and to what extent – and when — its projects will be reimbursed for costs remains an unknown.

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Century Farm recognizes Arnzen place

‘We had a great childhood here ...’

“John and Mary stood here 100 years ago and looked out over the prairie, wondering what they had gotten themselves into,” Bennett said.

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A Rodeo Thumbs Up

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club. Pictured at Saturday’s event — waiting their turn and watching — were (left) Emmy Williams of Grangeville, and (right) Emma Blanthorn of Riggins.

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Races are on: City elections contested in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird

Election set for Nov. 7

Several city elections will be contested this November as residents vie for open council and mayor positions.

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High School Rodeo Competition At Grangeville

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club.

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Final airport work to close facility Sept. 18 to fixed-wing traffic

Final work on the Idaho County Airport’s multimillion-dollar reconstruction project next week will necessitate a several-day closure. The Grangeville facility will be closed to fixed-wing traffic starting Monday, Sept. 18, and through that Friday, Sept. 22.

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Region goes under fire watch due to forecasted winds

Statewide air quality advisory extended into Friday

Weather conditions forecasted for North Central Idaho and western Montana have the region under a fire watch that was issued earlier today (Thursday, Sept. 7) by the National Weather Service (NWS) Missoula office. According to the alert, strong westerly winds are expected to begin early Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9, and continue to create widespread critical fire weather conditions through late that evening.

Kamiah man charged with felony DUI, assault on officer

Sept. 6 preliminary hearing set

A court hearing is set this week for Kamiah man Robert W. Warden, arrested last month for felony DUI and assault on an officer following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 12.

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Hazy air quality forecasted into Thursday

Cottonwood in top five nationally for unhealthy conditions

Unhealthy air quality conditions are forecasted to linger into this Thursday. Meanwhile, conditions due to regional wildfires put the city of Cottonwood yesterday (Sept. 5) in the top five nationally for poor air quality.

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Multiple challenges for firefighters on North B Street house fire

‘Never seen smoke hit the ground like that’

“Once the fire got started under that, it was impossible to stop it,” said Fire Chief Bob Mager. In a rare instance of coinciding problems, Grangeville firefighters faced a series of challenges and setbacks in battling a structure fire last Tuesday night, Aug. 29, that gutted a single-story home and outbuilding, and damaged a camp trailer.

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Volleyball In Kooskia Park

Kooskia City Park was the setting Sunday evening, Sept. 3, for area kids to gather for a game of speed volleyball, and for parents to visit on the sidelines. The group gathers for this activity each Wednesday and Sunday, as one parent said, “to enjoy being a part of each other’s lives.” Pictured here with action balanced to go either way were (L-R) Josiah Silva and Jordan Raichart.

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Storms leave outages, fires, damage in wake

Outbuilding lost in Yellow Bull Fire

Fires, property damage, power outages: Early last week, two successive storm fronts moved across the region, causing a fair share of chaos – and subsequent cleanup — for residents and emergency crews.

Andrus’ example to apply in our local communities


Not everyone can have a national legacy such as that of former four-term Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus. But everyone can have a local opportunity to impact their communities in such important ways as he typified.

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Cottonwood top five in nation for poor air quality

Regional wildfires continue to keep skies hazy

Cottonwood top five in nation for poor air quality; regional wildfires continue to keep skies hazy

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Two-day disruption due to truck snagging line

Avista: "We didn’t lose any power. It just broke a 45-foot pole"

Phone service was disrupted to a northeast corner of town for two days following a vehicle mishap that tore down an estimated 700 feet of line last Saturday on the Grangeville truck route.

Preliminary hearings Friday for two Kamiah men in unrelated felony lewd conduct cases

Preliminary hearings are set this Friday, Sept. 1, for two Kamiah men charged in unrelated cases with felony lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

Three hurt in Sunday crash on US95

Citation pending for inattentive driving

Three people were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for medical evaluation following a Sunday afternoon rear-end crash on U.S. Highway 95.

Stolen vehicle report ends in felony charges for pair

A stolen vehicle led to identifying a second one, and the trail led down U.S. Highway 12, ending with two felony arrests. Grant D.G. Malinak, 19, and an unidentified male juvenile, both of Missoula, were charged with two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. A hearing for the juvenile – currently in detention in Lewiston – is pending, while Malinak – also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession — is set for a Sept. 1 preliminary hearing in magistrate court.



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