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Sexual assault kits: 2017 ISP report: No backlog for county law enforcement agencies

No backlog is reported for Idaho County law enforcement agencies in submitting sexual assault kits, according to a state report released last month. However, agencies statewide are missing the mandated month time to submit kits, showing some legislative change may be needed to the law that better fits with the process and complexity involved in these cases.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


McGeachin talks politics on campaign stop - ‘We can do a much better job; the people of Idaho know better...’

Filings open in two weeks for elections that begin with the May 15 primary. Many candidates for state office have been campaigning for months, including Idaho Falls resident Janice McGeachin, who is looking toward the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. “I’m a true conservative, and I have a voting record that proves it,” McGeachin said during a campaign stop in Grangeville last Wednesday, Feb. 7.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Absentee voting under way

Voting is under way for both the Mountain View and Kamiah school district’s levy elections. Last Friday, Feb. 9, the Idaho County Elections Office began sending mail-out absentee ballots to voters. On Monday, Feb. 12, absentee voting opened at the Idaho County Courthouse, which continues through March 9.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


NRA Fund-raiser For Education Programs

The Grangeville Elks Lodge saw a full house last Friday night, Feb. 9, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Mood inviting to sell on public property

Selling knives, fresh produce, a hot sandwich? City code hasn’t changed but rather a clarification in procedure that may ease the way for vendors to set up temporary trailers within city limits to sell their wares.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Walker reflects on 32 years in government, ‘behind the scenes’ work to serve public

“It’s been long enough,” said Bruce Walker, in an interview last month. “I’m comfortable with the council we have, comfortable with who is leading it, and it’s time – I’m 66 years old.” At the Tuesday’s Jan. 2 Grangeville City Council meeting, Walker conducted his last meeting as mayor, presiding over the swearing-in of three councilors, and his replacement at the gavel, Wes Lester. All total, Walker—who opted not to run for re-election last November — served 22 years on the city council, followed by the last 10 as mayor.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
   

Burglary strikes trailers at storage lot; info sought

Police were dispatched to the lot, located off the truck route, on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3:05 p.m., according to Chief Morgan Drew. The initial investigation found 13 travel trailers and one boat were either broken into or a break-in was attempted.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Friendly Farewell At Hope Center

The Hope Center in Grangeville held an open house on Saturday, Jan. 27, to welcome its new director, Kelly Turney, and to say farewell to outgoing director Nancy Connolley.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Friday Night Burgers At The Elks

Sizzling patties hot off the grill, served up with homemade fries: The Elks Lodge held its monthly burger feed last Friday, Jan. 26, to a full house, proceeds from which go toward a local charity, such as youth baseball, Scouting or Hoop Shoot. The burger feed fund-raiser is held the last Friday of every month, with the next set for Feb. 23; this event will benefit Quilts of Valor. Pictured that night in the Elks kitchen, serving up plates of food, were (L-R) Terri Tackett and Archi Tirado.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Kamiah pair hurt in Jan. 23 crash at Craigmont

Idaho State Police (ISP) is investigating a single-vehicle rollover accident last week on U.S. Highway 95. Hallea J. Koun-Mcalister, 18, and passenger, Bobbie M. Sanford, 36, both of Kamiah, were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Census reports... Nearly half in county are Gem State natives

How many Idaho County residents are Gem State natives? Nearly 50 percent. This, according to estimates released in December by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Prepare now for May 15 primary

Yes, elections are coming up, with the May 15 primary to be here before we know it. We like to get the word out early on elections to allow not only time to make candidate filing deadlines but to also allow people time to find out a little more about the open positions ahead of time.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Man treated following US12 crash into boulder

A rock on the roadway led to an unavoidable crash and subsequent vehicle fire, and minor injuries for a Lewiston man. John W. Ellison, 68, was treated and released at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Transient camping ended near Pollock

State agencies have taken measures to end a transient camping site south of Pollock, but as a result, public use of the site is now daytime only. And the action looks to have shifted the group to another public property just south of the Idaho-Adams county line.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Partnership provides warming place for snowmobilers

It can be a great day, tooling along to the whine of a snow machine in the back country, but even bundled up for a long trip, it can still be a long, cold ride. Meeting the snowmobiler’s needs for a warm place to rest, the Sno-Drifters of Grangeville, in partnership with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, is providing Adams Camp warming cabin.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


State off to slow start - Region 2018 water season above normal

Regionally, the water season is above average for the region, while for Idaho overall it is off to a slow start, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) first outlook report for the 2018 year. Precipitation since the water year started on Oct. 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 70 to 130 percent of normal.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


EMS issue needs core group demonstrating leadership, direction

“It’s a flawed model to base emergency resources on volunteerism only. Funding is definitely an issue.” This is the view of Jerry Zumalt, who’s not only a trustee for the Syringa Hospital Board, but he’s also the coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. Maybe we should be paying attention.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Permittees encouraged to file claims to protect water, property rights

“What if someone comes in and successfully argues that your permit shouldn’t be renewed or this land shouldn’t be subject to grazing at all because there’s no water right here? Oh, let’s go to court and talk about that. Whoops, looks like it’s forfeited. And then where are you at? You didn’t file your claim.”

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
    

Nearly 24-hour outage impacts ICLP members

“Snow load and weather conditions in general,” according to Max Beach, general manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, were factors in last week’s outage affecting between 200 to 300 members.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
   

Keep pavilion in park: City council hears from Grangeville Horizons

The Soroptimists Pavilion should stay in Pioneer Park. That’s the opinion of the Grangeville Horizons Committee, representatives of which were at Monday’s Dec. 18 Grangeville City Council meeting to advocate keeping the 31-year-old park shelter in conjunction with private plans to construct a band shell.

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

Expect snow Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day

Winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25. This is planned to impact the northern and southern Clearwater Mountains, Orofino/Grangeville region and lower Hells Canyon/Salmon River region.

December 24, 2017 3:24 p.m. read more..


Charity – Sharing of our bounty to many needs

Just a small reminder for us all in the coming year to think on at least one area we can give or lend our hand to: a food bank, a service organization, volunteer tutor, dedicating more shopping dollars to Main Street businesses, inviting the neighbor over for dinner or at least to coffee downtown.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Forest health issues driving harvest project

“People here think of that as ‘their mountain,’ and they’re [Prairie Tree Farms] very attentive to that, and to the public as this view being very important to them,” said Glenn Poxleitner, forester/log buyer for Idaho Forest Group (IFG) in Grangeville, which is providing timber management services for the company.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Carbon monoxide poisoning factor in minor crash

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a suspected factor in a minor one-car crash at the east end of Grangeville’s Main Street last Saturday, Dec. 9. Anthony Nadiger, 18, of Grangeville, and an unidentified 17-year-old female passenger were taken to Syringa Hospital for evaluation and released.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


HEALTH: What is good and bad for our teeth

“Brush your teeth after every meal.” We’ve heard that all our lives, but is that best for dental health? We’ve gone through our lives hearing much advice on what to do and not to do, and what is good and bad for our teeth. Validating or debunking some of the common myths is Dr. Christopher Knight, DDS, Two Rivers Family Dental and Cosmetics, of Grangeville.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


KMO investigating inmate’s death in Idaho County Jail

Cause of death is pending an autopsy for a 21-year-old Grangeville man who suffered medical issues while in Idaho County custody. Justin R. Ross was pronounced deceased at Syringa Hospital last Thursday night, Dec. 14. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) has requested the Kamiah Marshall’s Office to conduct an incident investigation.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Man facing statutory rape charge incurs witness intimidation felony

While in the Idaho County jail on a pending statutory rape charge, a Kooskia man is alleged to have asked go-betweens to convince the victim in the case to state nothing happened between them. Now, Glenn A. Mason, 58, has a new felony charge, attempted intimidation of a witness, a felony, along with misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


High-Five From Santa Following Cottonwood Christmas Parade

Santa Claus gives children a high-five following Sunday night’s annual Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade. Brightly lit entries from community organizations and the city paraded down King and Main streets, followed up by refreshments at the Cottonwood Fire Department Hall, and visits with Santa Claus.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Boil order lifted for White Bird; water back on

Water is again flowing for White Bird residents who had been without since disruption late last month due to infrastructure issues. From here, the city is looking toward system improvements, as well as to funding sources to help with the thousands of dollars in related emergency costs. A boil order for system users was lifted Tuesday morning, Dec. 12, according to Idaho DEQ, as water tests have shown no coliform contamination for two consecutive days.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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