With the onslaught of Hurricane Florence upon the southeastern U.S. still under way, an Idaho County woman was in the midst of it, ready as part of an American Red Cross (ARC) deployment to offer shelter, aid and, as well, hope.September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Go have some fun at Oktoberfest. We insist. That’s an easy order, but we have an ulterior motive for saying so. Participation helps this, and other such community events, thrive and continue.September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
An emphasis patrol conducted Aug. 24-26 on U.S. Highway 12 by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office resulted in 11 people cited on 23 total misdemeanors, most of which were possession of drugs and paraphernalia, and alcohol-related charges.September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Pending city approval, policing services for Kooskia will continue by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), and at a cost that fits within the municipality’s budget.September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
Arraignment is set next Monday, Sept. 17, for a Grangeville man, arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine, following an undercover investigation by Idaho State Police.September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
For those with disabilities, a rural area can be a difficult place to navigate as the resources and infrastructure is not present, consistent from place to place, or even readily available.September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
District 7 Republican candidate Phil Hart will not get his second chance this year to run for the statehouse. In an Aug. 16 judgment, District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice dismissed the Kellogg resident’s suit seeking a special election for the Dist. 7B seat.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 7 percent increase in its fiscal year 2019 budget. That $381,700 increase from the current operating year is part of the tentative $5,897,860 budget the council will consider for adoption at a public hearing next month.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
You’ll make fewer dollars living in Idaho County, in comparison with the rest of the state, according to recent U.S. Census estimates.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
“We’re still continuing to investigate into any other potential crimes they may have committed,” said Sgt. Mike Quintal, Grangeville Police Department.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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 http://events.congenitalheartwalk.org. 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..
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..
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..
“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..
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..
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..
Bryan Kenoras, 20, of Kamiah, died in an early morning crash last Friday, Aug. 17, on U.S. Highway 12, according to Idaho State Police. Next of kin have been notified.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A Kooskia bicyclist received minor injuries after being struck by a SUV on State Highway 13 last week. Debra S. Umphenour, 57, was transported to Syringa Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho State Police is investigating a Sunday evening two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 95 that resulted in the death of a Cottonwood woman. Alexus Cane, 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
City of Kooskia officials plan to set a meeting with Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings to address the municipal contract with the agency for law enforcement services, which is pending termination due to apparent miscommunication between both sides.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Attendees heading to the Idaho County Fairgrounds this week may not notice much of a change on the grounds, but significant repair and restoration took place in the past couple of months to recover from a freak flooding incident.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The recent controversy with City of Kooskia and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is a good example of the importance of maintaining open communications.August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
“There’s no change. We’ll still be answering calls,” said ICSO Sheriff Doug Giddings, regarding the one-year $25,000 contract that, in part, ICSO agrees to maintain two deputies residing in or around city limits and provide law enforcement and patrols. “But come the end of the month,” he continued, “we’ll see.”August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
(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..
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..
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..
Investigators continue their inquiries into the nearly four-month disappearance of Grangeville woman Shawnta LaRae Pankey. To facilitate this, her family this week announced it is offering $7,000 total in reward money for information.August 7, 2018 11:19 a.m. read more..
Crane removal will require closure of State Highway 13 from 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, to 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3August 1, 2018 5:34 p.m. read more..
Cause is undetermined and under investigation for last week’s structure fire that destroyed a residence and hay-filled barn outside of ClearwaterAugust 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Residents and visitors filed downtown and into city park last Saturday, July 28, at the height of activities for the annual Kooskia Days celebration.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Heat advisory starts Monday morning; temperatures expected to reach 100-plus by TuesdayJuly 29, 2018 3:19 p.m. read more..
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..
“I am running now to stand up for other people,” she said, “and also because I’m kind of frustrated with the lack of communication, the lack of cooperation across teams, and the lack of representation in the legislature in not listening to Idahoans.”July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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