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NICI escapees caught in Clarkston

June 4 escape earns pair felony charges

Two escapees from North Idaho Correctional Institution are back in custody, awaiting arraignment in Idaho County for their alleged flight from the facility last Wednesday morning.

Judge dismisses Walco suit against county, Simmons on waste contract award

Civil complaint filed last year; decision delay due to appeal

A district judge has dismissed a lawsuit initiated last year by Walco, Inc., against Idaho County and Simmons Sanitation of Kamiah, that was seeking at least $1.2 million in alleged damages for not being awarded a contract for public solid waste collection.

Cottonwood man in fair condition after wreck

A Cottonwood man is listed in fair condition following a Sunday evening runaway vehicle accident west of Elk City. As of press time Tuesday, Elvin J. Swisher was admitted to care at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Riggins woman sentenced for arson

A Riggins woman was sentenced on an amended felony arson charge last month stemming from a November 2013 incident at a North Salmon Drive residence

Expand, improve escape notifications

We’re pretty helpful around here to give a hitchhiker a lift from point A to point B; maybe they’re broken down, or just between jobs and a means of transportation. At least, that’s their story.

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NICI inmates escape; on the loose at Cottonwood

Wednesday, June 4 - Two NICI inmates escaped this morning from the Cottonwood area facility. Law enforcement agencies are engaged in a search for the pair.

Man charged felony battery in separate incidents

With a felony aggravated battery charge already pending, a Grangeville man has incurred two more in an unrelated incident last month at a campground along State Highway 14.

May 20 election: official results: Primary turnout down 12 percent from 2012

Idaho County voter turnout in last month’s elections was 12 percent less than in the 2012 primary.

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Pool program extended due to comments: Patrons hoped to respond with more usage

The city listened – pool hours are extended. “Now the public needs to respond in kind,” said Mayor Bruce Walker.

Incorporated areas declined in Idaho County 2012-2013: Census: city populations dropped

In contrast to state growth overall, incorporated cities in Idaho County showed population declines from 2012 to 2013, according to U.S. Census estimates released last Thursday.

Abuse conviction to be reviewed due to procedure error: Grangeville man serving 3-9 for 2012 conviction

Due to an error in legal procedure, a Grangeville man currently serving a 3-to-9-year prison sentence on a felony sex abuse charge will be returning to court for a review of his conviction.

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Ready For Service

Grangeville Police Officer Wes Walters (right) and his dog, Taser, are presented a certificate by GPD Chief Morgan Drew for completing 80 hours of controlled substance canine training through the Idaho POST Academy.

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Challenge to ‘pay it forward’

The crack of rifle shots completed honors given from a grateful community in Grangeville on Memorial Day, echoing tributes held in communities and at cemeteries across the county.

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Election: Hudson gets GOP nod; levies, revenue bonds pass with voters

Unofficial Tuesday night election results have Abbie Hudson as the Republican pick for Idaho County Treasurer over incumbent Deanna Hall. In regional school levy votes, patrons in districts 242, 243 and 244 were across the board in approving these requests. Bond measures in both Stites and White Bird passed voter approval.

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US Bank robbers caught; charged

Less than two days after allegedly robbing the US Bank in Cottonwood, two suspects were arrested Sunday morning at a Lewiston motel. With the pair — Ricky A. Fisher, 35, of Nampa, and Jennifer L. Balfe, 19, of Meridian — currently incarcerated in Grangeville, Idaho County is working with federal investigators on how charging will proceed.

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ISP continuing investigation into fatal semi-truck crash

Driver killed May 15 in accident near White Bird

The victim in last week’s fatal semi-truck crash near the White Bird summit remains unidentified, pending a forensic dental examination to be directed by the Idaho County Coroner’s Office.

Fire destroys Kidder Ridge trailer home

Cause is undetermined for last Thursday morning’s structure fire that destroyed a single-wide trailer home.

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Bank robbery suspects arrested in Lewiston

Two suspects were taken into custody Sunday morning, May 18, in connection with last Friday’s US Bank robbery in Cottonwood.

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Suspect sought in Cottonwood US Bank robbery

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in Friday afternoon’s US Bank robbery at Cottonwood.

Primary election next Tuesday, May 20

Voters head to the polls to decide contested races, as well as school district levies, in the upcoming May 20 primary elections.

White Bird: $2.5 million for wastewater issues: New urgency with ICL lawsuit filed May 6

Voters in White Bird will be determining approval of issuing $2.5 million in sewer revenue bonds in next Tuesday’s May 20 primary election.

Thursday crash, cab fire claim life of truck driver

Victim identification is pending following Thursday night’s fatal semi-truck accident near the White Bird summit on U.S. Highway 95.

Stites: $750,000 for new sewer lines, fix infiltration Effort to decrease flow transferred for treatment

Voters in Stites will be determining approval of issuing $750,000 in sewer revenue bonds in next Tuesday’s May 20 primary election.

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Ready to land Hospital discusses helipad plan with council

Main Street traffic in Grangeville plans to move into the third dimension. Officials with Syringa Hospital met with the Grangeville City Council last week on their proposal to develop a helipad at the former Ernie’s Steakhouse corner site on Main and South C streets.

City swimming in jeopardy? Lifeguard staffing determines pool offerings, even opening for season

Just what patrons would want to see in city pool offerings may be moot if there are insufficient lifeguards to run the facility.

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Jail time ordered, prison suspended in court theft case

Jail time and a suspended prison sentence were ordered for former Idaho County Deputy Clerk Lindsay N. Greig, sentenced last week for misuse of public funds. At the May 2 hearing, District Judge John Stegner ordered Greig serve a minimum of one year and a maximum of three with the Idaho Department of Correction on this felony charge.

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Forum draws candidates for state, Dist. 7 offices

Local solutions, fed lands return issues for hopefuls seeking vote

Solutions that returned the focus to citizens and local control, whether on federal lands, education, and needs to improve state management and agency transparency were among the themes addressed at last Saturday’s candidates’ forum at the Grangeville Senior Center.

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Primeland under UFO attack?!

New grain distributor nears completion for Grangeville facility

It started with the appearance of a cone-shaped object perched atop the CHS Primeland grain elevator that has since snaked down multiple metal tubes to adjacent bins. But the threat this will end badly like some action movie – an alien machine striding through downtown firing its death ray – is premature.

Mitchell seeks Democrat nod in contested May 20 Senate race

“We need a candidate who will bring people together and get things done, rather than just vote no,” said Nels Mitchell, emphasizing the need for discussion that leads to progress, and criticizing Republican incumbent Senator Jim Risch for his obstructionism.

A few things to get ready before election

Before you know it, the May 20 primary elections will be here. Unless you’ve already voted absentee, you’re still kicking around the “who” and “why” of your choices, so here are a few things to help you get ready.

Primary election May 20: McMillan to face Hillman in race for District 7A

Challenger Shauna Hillman of Wallace will face off against incumbent Shannon McMillan of Silverton in the May 20 Republican primary election for District 7A Representative.

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Main: 15-25 year sentence set for abuse of teenager

Sexual abuse charges from two counties have netted a McCall man – at the least – nearly two decades in prison. At an April 14 sentencing hearing in Second District Court, Benjamin N. Main, 37, was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 25 with the Idaho Department of Correction, and to pay $525.50 in court costs and a $5,000 civil penalty to the victim in this Idaho County case.

Weather, failures factor in outages

Weather and equipment failure were factors in two unrelated outages last week that left hundreds of Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative customers without power.

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Sharp Serve

Grangeville’s Taylor Wilkins serves during a mixed doubles victory over Clearwater Valley’s Harrick/Krieger tandem last Monday night, April 28.

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Pair injured in Monday two-vehicle US 95 crash

Two Grangeville residents were injured following a Monday afternoon collision two miles south of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95.

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Pair faces off for treasurer in primary

Pair faces off for treasurer in primary

‘Vigilant victim’ led to identity thief

Schoo, sentenced on federal charges; gets 39 months in prison

The arrest and subsequent federal conviction of an identity thief can credit its start to an alert victim and an initial Grangeville Police Department investigation. “She was a pretty vigilant victim who was paying attention to her accounts, and got things going,” said GPD Officer Mike Quintal.

Threatened rivers designation a farce

As the Sesame Street song goes, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.” This is the case with a piece of hype stating the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers as among the top 10 endangered rivers.

Streets problem surfaces in city discussion on tax

Estimates put potential revenue for Grangeville around $300,000 annually from a half-percent local option tax (LOT). But funding is just part of the discussion for the Grangeville City Council on the merits of adopting a new tax to address public infrastructure needs.

Fire escapes, burns acres above US 12

Don’t take the spring weather for granted, advise state officials when it comes to fire. “Even with all the moisture out there, it’s drier than people think,” said Dave Summers, resource supervisor/fire warden for the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Maggie Creek Fire District.

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‘Accidental’ trooper: ISP officer Jim Brouwer retires after 27 years

Considering what he does for a living, Jim Brouwer had an appropriate way to describe how he got involved in law enforcement. “Actually, it was quite by accident,” he said.

$7.017 million for FY14: County sees 8.5 percent drop in SRS allocation

Idaho County will be allocated $7.017 million this year, part of $300 million-plus to be paid nationwide through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act.

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Citizens On Target

Eleven participants attended an all-day basic handgun firearms class last Friday, April 4, sponsored by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, with funding assistance from the NRA Foundation.

1.3 percent drop in 2013: Fewer folks in Idaho County says Census

Population growth in rural Idaho is up, but not in Idaho County, one of 21 counties in the state to lose population last year.

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Man cited following two-car crash

Both drivers escaped injury following a two-car collision Monday afternoon, March 31, at the U.S. Highway 95/State Highway 13 intersection.

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Temporary line in place following 21-hour outage

Distribution line repairs are in place following last week’s wind damage along State Highway 14 that disrupted power service to 657 Avista customers on the Elk City/Dixie line for approximately 21 hours.

County’s aging population requires new discussions

An AARP Armageddon? Tone down the hysteria involved in news reporting of our graying population and let’s focus on what we need to do to meet the future – and in some cases, present – challenges of our growing group of older folks.

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Power expected to be restored 2 p.m. Wednesday

Tuesday microburst knocks out Avista's Elk City line

An estimated 657 Avista customers are out of power as of Tuesday, March 25, due to a significant outage on Avista's Elk City line.

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Two for the top jobs: Balukoff, Marley visit region on governor, lt. governor races

Candidates for Idaho governor and lieutenant governor, A.J. Balukoff and Bert Marley, respectively, visited the region last week on a communities’ listening tour.

Resort Local Option Tax for Grangeville?

Council discusses funding option

Could a resort local option tax be a revenue generating option for the City of Grangeville? Councilor Shelley Dumas introduced this topic to the council at its meeting last week with the intent to start discussion on whether to pursue a potential new funding stream to address both lean and strained city budgets for public projects and infrastructure. “I think this is something that could work for us,” Dumas said.