Sept. 8 filing deadline for candidates; election set Nov. 7
Filing opened Monday for positions up for election in the Nov. 7 election, which include for city council, and recreation, cemetery and fire districts. Deadline for petitions of candidacy to be turned in is next week; Friday, Sept. 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cause of Aug. 29 incident under investigation
Cause is under investigation for a late-night fire, Tuesday, Aug. 29, that gutted a North B Street residence in Grangeville.
Election set for Nov. 7
Filings opened today (Monday, Aug. 28) for positions up for election in the Nov. 7 election, which include for city council, and recreation, cemetery and fire districts. Deadline for petitions of candidacy to be turned in is Friday, Sept. 8.
Another sign of summer’s ending: Swimmers enjoyed sunny skies and a temperature high of 88 degrees on their last day at the Grangeville city pool, which held its last session last Friday. Aug. 18. Pictured here doing cannonballs into the deep end that day were (L-R) Hilde and Aela McGuigan of Grangeville.
In the case of a Cottonwood man beaten in an assault incident earlier this month, two Orofino men charged in the incident have upcoming court dates.
Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong. “The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”
State investigators are looking into last week’s human-caused fire that destroyed two structures and burned nearly 10 acres of grassland.
Idaho County deputies kept busy during eclipse day, making two felony drug arrests during routine patrols.
Commercial truck traffic was blocked for several hours last Thursday evening as multiple local, state and federal firefighting agencies attacked an enflamed straw bale load atop an engulfed semitruck and trailer to prevent a wildfire start into the canyon. A vehicle mechanical problem is the suspected cause for the Aug. 18 fire reported seven miles north of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95 that destroyed a 12-ton load of straw bales, a 1992 Volvo semitruck and a 42-foot trailer. No injuries were reported.
Our western neighbors are embarking upon another new drug journey. Effective last week, personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs is now a misdemeanor and no longer a felony.
A celestial rarity turned eyes skyward Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the region took in a solar eclipse. While not in total eclipse, Idaho County experienced about a 94 percent totality, enough for darkened skies around 10:27 a.m. to create a temporary dusk, enough to activate streetlights.
Shoppers spent time downtown Grangeville last week, Aug. 10, 11 and 12, for the annual Crazy Days sales. Here, Irwin Drug set up its sales on its Main Street sidewalks for easy access.
Grangeville city meeting Aug. 7
The project will move forward on a private effort to develop a band shell at Pioneer Park. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Grangeville City Council approved tentative conceptual plans for a trapezoid-shaped structure to provide a public entertainment venue.
Chips are down ... so drive slow
Complete and under budget, city chip sealing is complete. Grangeville Public Works asks drivers to keep it slow and steady until streets can fully set up with the first good cold weather this winter.
Next Monday brings the total solar eclipse. While this will be an interesting astronomical event, of more pragmatic interest is what economic impact this event will have had on local communities? And from this, what can we learn to plan for that nice piece of the money pie when our region comes into the spotlight?
Aug. 25 preliminary hearing set
A Kamiah man will appear in magistrate court this month, charged with lewd conduct with a minor under 16, a felony. An Aug. 25 preliminary hearing is set.
During wildfire season and its threats to homes and property is the ever-present danger to firefighters working the lines to contain blazes and stop their spread. The human cost to fighting these fires was recently brought home by two recent incidents in Montana
Theft, or larceny, was Idaho County’s top offense for 2016, according to an annual crime report released this month from Idaho State Police. Last year, a total 77 larceny incidents were reported to the region’s three law enforcement agencies: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, and Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments. Tying as the county’s second highest reported crime were drug/narcotics and drug equipment offenses at 61 each, followed by 59 simple assaults, 56 burglaries and 31 vandalisms.
"We were very fortunate"
Cottonwood firefighters made short work of two minor grass fires set off in freak incidents Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6. “We ended up having two at the same time,” said Chief Roy Uhlenkott, Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department, with both controlled to small areas, having avoided any structure or property damage.
The face of Idaho County is looking grayer these days. According to recent U.S. Census estimates comparing changes from 2010 to 2015, the age 65 and older population has consistently increased, between 2.5 to 3.4 percent, making up 24.7 percent of Idaho County’s total population (4,025 of 16,272 as of July 2015). During this same period, the median age in the county has increased steadily from 48.0 to 49.6.
Unknown suspect at this time
Grangeville Police are currently investigating a Sunday evening indecent exposure incident at Lions Park involving two children as reported victims. “We don’t have any known suspects at this point,” said Chief Morgan Drew, and police are following leads based on the physical descriptions given.
Write a lettter to the editor
An important function of a community newspaper is to provide residents with a forum to express a variety of opinions and viewpoints. With this in mind, the Idaho County Free Press attempts to publish as many letters to the editor as possible.
An Arizona man was sentenced early last month in connection to a 2014 accident resulting in the death of a Grangeville motorcyclist.
Mother, 2-year-old escape injury in Sunday rollover
Two unrelated motor vehicle injury accidents were reported on U.S. Highway 12 last Saturday, July 29, requiring medical transport.
A court date is pending for a Kooskia man charged with felony drug and firearm charges following a traffic stop last month.
'The only thing that changes is all local calls will have to dial 10 digits'
Making a call? Don’t forget the area code. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 5, Idahoans will need to dial the area code along with the seven-digit telephone number to make a local call.
The Triple Bar Drill Team held its O-Mok-See last Sunday, July 30, at the Border Days Arena in Grangeville.
“It was ordered in anticipation of increased activity from firefighting, and to take into account the ongoing taxiway closure for construction work,” said airport manager Mike Cook.
Politics energizes us as few things can, which explains why rivers of cash flow toward candidates and causes. Wouldn’t that same enthusiasm be nice when it comes to funding our own communities and causes.
Grangeville August 2017 Chip Seal Project
Work begins Thursday, Aug. 3, on Grangeville’s half-million-dollar city-wide chip seal project. What you need to know this week:
Today’s view is more often looking outward to solve our problems. Economic development is one such area that we look to others – politicians, non-profit cooperatives, paid consultants — to address and solve. But the first and best tool lies at home: your local chamber of commerce.
It’s the biggest chip seal project ever to be conducted in Grangeville, and it starts next week. An estimated 238,000 square yards of city streets will be completed in about a two-week period by contractor Herco of Lewiston. Just less than $500,000, the project will stretch north to south from the truck route to Harrison Street at the city limits, the bulk of work to be conducted on multiple blocks north and south of Main Street between Idaho and Meadow streets.
This Grumman HU-16 “Albatross” was parked at the Idaho County Airport last Friday, July 21.
'This will be an inconvenience to pilots, but the runway remains open'
Construction work currently under way at the Idaho County Airport will put completion to last year’s multi-million-dollar runway and taxiway reconstruction project. Fixed-wing pilots will still be able to use the facility, though a west end portion of the taxiway will be closed for this phase of work, set to last 10 days; and the east end will be closed for improvements tentatively starting Wednesday, Aug. 2, and last about a week. Taxiway work was broken into two phases so aircraft could still use the facility.
Fixed-wing aircraft will still be able to use facility
Construction work starts at the Idaho County Airport on Tuesday, July 25. A portion of the taxiway will be closed during this approximate 10-day period, as will a second portion during another closure tentatively set to start Aug. 8 and last around five days.
Comment sought by July 30 on proposals
An estimated $86 million-plus in Idaho County infrastructure work is being proposed – starting next year and through 2024 — as part of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP).
“Definitely that will be a plus,” said Chief Terry Cochran, Cottonwood Police Department, on a state proposal for intersection safety improvements at Graves Creek and Twin house roads.
Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Among the activities (pictured) included full-sized squirrel balls, allowing kids to propel them down the field and crash into each other.
Private grassland southeast of White Bird burned overnight July 7, with locals who stayed up late taking photos of the burning at Baker Creek waking up to find the swath showing little activity Saturday morning.
"Pilots have been very happy with it" -- on the reconstructed facility
Vintage aircraft will be on display as part of next week’s grand re-opening of the Idaho County Airport. The public is invited to attend next Wednesday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the facility on Airport Road, across from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office in Grangeville.
"...we come back for Border Days to see everyone..."
Sounds of joy, a few tears and lots of cheering filled the streets Sunday, July 2, as Border Days street sports kicked off on Main Street. Names called for foot races included winners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and even as far away as Pennsylvania.
Border Days festivities start off each morning with the Cowboy Breakfast at the Masonic Temple. Pictured here on the first day, Sunday, July 2, were Jeannie Fitch of Riggins with her son, Jed, and his family, receiving from VFW members “poppies of rememberance.”
Recent regional population information released
Population numbers are up for the state. Not so much for Idaho County. According to population estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Idaho County had a total 16,156 in 2016, down by 104 from the year prior.
Swan, 60, went missing following May 28 crash into Salmon River
A body found in the Salmon River on Saturday has been identified as Kenny Swan, 60, who went missing following a May vehicle accident.
Are you ready? This Saturday, July 1, kicks off Grangeville Border Days. Whether a local or a visitor, this event is for you.
What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.