State men’s minimum security facility opened in 1974
It’s been the second chance for Idaho’s convicted felons for four decades.
Cause is undetermined at this point for a Monday evening fire that destroyed a pellet production building at Rocky Mountain Pellet Company just outside Grangeville.
Charged in last fall’s murder of a fellow Elk City resident, Tara R. Mendenhall on Monday pleaded guilty to an amended felony of voluntary manslaughter.
“It’s a very rewarding business,” said Mel Wilks, owner of Wilks Pest Control. Along with taking care of bothering animal or insect problems, “you meet an awful lot of nice people.”
In an amended judgment of conviction, District Court Judge Michael Griffin has upheld his original 2012 sentence for a Grangeville man convicted in a felony sex abuse charge.
It’s back to prison for two NICI escapees who last week earned themselves a minimum incarceration of two years for their flight last month from the Cottonwood facility.
At 250-feet-per minute, Dawson Gorges, 14, of Kooskia, was hoisted in short-order to a Bell 429 helicopter hovering over the grassy slope at Snowhaven Ski Area. As much as it was a demonstration of the helicopter and crew’s ability to recover individuals quickly from back country areas, it also introduced to those in attendance – search and rescue personnel from across Idaho – a new option to draw upon when the race is on to reach a lost or injured person.
Looking for some salad toppers, something to finish off that pasta sauce, or maybe veggies to can in preparation for winter? If you’re without a garden of your own or looking for other types of produce, check out Camas Garden west of Fenn.
Idaho’s road and bridge infrastructure is not headed toward a bright future, and the solution is to increase public spending to address this critical public interest.
Plans for Syringa Hospital’s Main Street helipad may be delayed into early fall following last week’s action by the Grangeville City Council to send the proposal through the conditional use process.
The Grangeville Summer Concert Series kicked off at Pioneer Park last Thursday, July 10, with Wanigan, a progressive bluegrass band from the Lewiston-Clarkston area.
Service has been restored to an estimated 200 CenturyLink customers in Ferdinand and Greencreek following an early morning accident Monday, July 14, that took out overhanging phone lines on U.S. Highway 95.
Skies above Grangeville were abuzz with air traffic Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, for the third annual Warbird Weekend, held at the Idaho County Airport.
Hot weather, good food, friends and family – it must have been Border Days.
July 4 was a double celebration for the McDonald family, who gathered Independence Day to also receive the Idaho Century Farm recognition from the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS).
Legislative compromise, education funding are issues for Chilcott (D)
Jessica Chilcott sees the need for balance in the state legislature in rising above partisan stagnation and reaching compromises to find solutions.
2:35 p.m., July 2 - Idaho State Police is currently investigating this morning's accident on U.S. Highway 12 near Lowell in which two people died.
KAMIAH – Antenna sprouted among camp tents at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park last weekend, harvesting voices across the airwaves for the annual American Radio Relay League (AARRL) Amateur Radio Field Day exercise.
Investigation has determined an injured juvenile bicyclist was at fault for last week’s collision with a pickup.
The City of Stites heads toward a second month into its water system boil order as it works toward solving a bacterial contamination issue.
Who gets the nod to serve as 2015 Border Days queen and princess awaits announcement at this Friday’s July 4 rodeo.
A citation is pending following a single vehicle rollover crash last Thursday on U.S. Highway 12 in which a Grangeville man was injured.
Testimony presented during Monday’s preliminary hearing for accused second-degree murderer Jason A. Godwin suggested stolen firearms may have been a possible motive for the June 9 shooting death of Kyle A. Anderson.
When it comes to community empowerment, we’re right in line with the old adage of “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” Unless he doesn’t like sushi — then you also have to teach him to cook.
Public comment due by June 24
Groundwater nitrate concentrations within the northern part of Idaho County rank 14th in priority in the state, according to a draft ranking document recently released for public comment.
Motive as yet undetermined
Last Friday’s arrest of an Oregon man pulls more pieces together for Idaho County investigators as they continue witness interviews and inquire further into the as-yet undetermined motive behind a Kooskia man’s murder earlier this month.
When checking through your May 20th ballots you may have noticed on your way an unheralded – and uncontested – race: precinct committeeman. The lack of interest in this race is a shame, as this is a good spot to start for those political enthusiasts to become more involved in the process and in starting a political career.
Runway repair runs Monday through Wednesday, June 16-18, on the east end of the Idaho County Airport runway. A partial shutdown will be in place, however, normal operations do not expect to be affected.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Idaho County voter turnout in last month’s elections was 12 percent less than in the 2012 primary.
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.
The city listened – pool hours are extended. “Now the public needs to respond in kind,” said Mayor Bruce Walker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cause is undetermined for last Thursday morning’s structure fire that destroyed a single-wide trailer home.
Two suspects were taken into custody Sunday morning, May 18, in connection with last Friday’s US Bank robbery in Cottonwood.
Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in Friday afternoon’s US Bank robbery at Cottonwood.
Voters head to the polls to decide contested races, as well as school district levies, in the upcoming May 20 primary elections.
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.
Victim identification is pending following Thursday night’s fatal semi-truck accident near the White Bird summit on U.S. Highway 95.