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Friday night accident claims life of Grangeville man

Wesley Shira died at the scene; three juveniles injured

Idaho State Police is currently investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash Friday night, July 15, south of Cottonwood. Wesley E. Shira, 34, of Grangeville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Friday starts ramped-up work on Main Street, SH13 project

Detours at night, two lanes during day; business access to be maintained

Construction kicks into high gear Friday night, July 15, as crews begin a 24-7 schedule to expedite repaving along Main Street/State Highway 13. Contractor, Knife River, will begin milling Grangeville’s Main Street Friday night, starting at 9 p.m. from U.S. Highway 95 to Idaho Avenue, and work until 6 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Milling will continue Saturday night, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday morning from Idaho Avenue to the junction with Mt. Idaho Road.

Council OK’s sponsoring Kids Klub grant

With city sponsorship approved, Kids Klub can move forward on its $300,000 federal grant application for construction of a new facility. Sponsorship was unanimously approved last Tuesday, July 5, by the Grangeville City Council, allowing the nonprofit to pursue the community development block grant that, matched with the nonprofit’s own funds, will go toward a building to expand its afterschool youth development programs.

Speed a factor in fatal crash at White Bird

ISP investigation will last several weeks

“Speed was a factor,” said investigator, Idaho State Police Trooper Travis Hight, in last week’s single-vehicle crash on the White Bird grade that claimed the life of Jose L. Santos, 19, of Grangeville. An initial crash report was expected to be completed this week; however, the full investigation into last Tuesday’s July 5 crash three miles north of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95 is expected to take several weeks, according to Hight.

Addressing community problems starts with us


We don’t lack problems to address or opportunities to serve in Idaho County; what we lack are the people who will commit to being part of the solution and not simply pointing at others as the problem.

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Learning To Swim

Students finish up with instruction for the morning at swim lessons at the Grangeville City Pool last Thursday, June 30.

July 28 jury trial set for Arizona man in 2014 fatality accident

Almost two years after a Grangeville man was killed in a motorcycling accident, an Arizona man will face a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge resulting from the 2014 incident.

Burglary suspect faces new charges for alleged Cottonwood firearm theft

Multiple felonies were charged against a Grangeville man July 1 for an alleged firearm theft last month.

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‘Tradition’ for Border Days participants

Four-day event a family time

With a day earlier start to the rodeo, the annual Grangeville Border Days celebration gave participants more time to celebrate the July 4 holiday. Rodeo events ran July 1-3 with main festivities going July 2-4.

Census shows county population has increased

Following a three-year population decline, Idaho County resident numbers are on the increase, according to estimates released in May by the U.S. Census Bureau.

ICSO deputy back following inquiry

Departmental policy issue solved in-house

Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy, Cpl. Carlos Martinez, returned to work last Friday, June 24, following completion of an internal investigation brought in early June.

Syringa man warns of IRS scam

Is someone from the IRS threatening you over the phone with legal action over supposed owed back taxes? That’s a scam, and a Syringa man wants the word out to protect people from getting taken.

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Logging truck accident partially blocks highway

Speed a factor in Monday morning crash

Speed was a factor in a Monday morning crash, June 27, that resulted in an overturned log truck partially blocking State Highway 13.

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Trail Ride Across Camas Prairie

Riding the abandoned rail bed from Cottonwood was a procession of mule-drawn wagons last Saturday, June 25. The Summer Bash event, sponsored by Coyote Mule Co of Cottonwood and Ridn’ for the Cross ministry in Grangeville, drew 25 participants, 15 mules and five horses for the morning ride across the Camas Prairie, followed by a meal, fellowship service and music at the Gary and Judy Porter property. Pictured leading the group is Jack Chambers, 8, riding Little Bit, and his father, Barney Chambers, riding Bluebell, both of Cottonwood; and in between is Sam Landrum of Grangeville.

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Fed taxiway grant in hand; work a go

Reconstruction work at the Idaho County Airport will be completed this year, due to timely award of a Federal Aviation Administration grant. Notice to proceed for Valley Paving of Cottonwood is for mid-July on the $1,498,485 taxiway project, according to airport manager Mike Cook. This will be conducted alongside the $4.020 million runway reconstruction project that began June 6.

Lucile woman in fair condition following Friday rollover crash

A Lucile woman received injuries in a single-vehicle rollover crash north of Riggins last Friday.

Filing claims ICSO malice

Jackson seeks $3.5M in tort

A Kamiah wrecking company owner is seeking $3.5 million in damages as part of a tort claim filed last week against the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

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Cottonwood home destroyed by fire

Electrical issue suspected cause

An electrical problem is suspected to have caused last Friday’s fire that destroyed the Peggy Sprute residence just outside Cottonwood. No injuries were reported from the June 10 incident at 120 Reservoir Road. The two-story house and its contents were reported a total loss.

Pursuit ends in multi-injury crash; felony eluding charge

A mother and four children were treated for injuries suffered in a two-car collision Sunday evening that resulted in a felony eluding charge against an Orofino man alleged to have caused the crash.

Elk City man listed as ‘satisfactory’ after fire that destroyed two homes

Richard “Rick” Joe Henry, 52, received burns and a laceration resulting from the Tuesday, June 7, fire, according to Cocoa Anderson, secretary-treasurer, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD). Henry is undergoing treatment at Harborview Medical Center where as of press time he was listed in satisfactory condition.

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Whippersnapper And Flintnapper

This young participant tries out his flintnapping skills under the guidance of a skilled craftsman at last Saturday’s Youthfest 2016 event, June 11, at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park. The event this year featured activities and games, free food, and safety demonstratons by fire department and ambulance personnel. This annual event is sponsored by a host of community organizations and individuals led by Kamiah Community Partners Coalition (KCPC).

Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve

Guest Opinion

Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve Enjoy community events and festivals? You’ve got your pick, starting this weekend with White Bird Days and Rodeo, and the CVRA rodeo. Should be lots of fun. And volunteers are running the whole show at these events, by the way.

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Structure fire reported at Cottonwood

No injuries reported; Reservoir Road home reported total loss

No injuries were reported at the scene of a two-story structure fire reported at noon on Friday, June 10, at 120 Reservoir Road in Cottonwood.

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Clearwater Classics

Warm, sunny weather graced the third annual Long Camp “Classics on the Clearwater” car show and swap meet last Saturday, June 4, at Kamiah.

ICSO deputy on leave regarding complaint

Sheriff states action not politically motivated

Results are tentative to return this week on an internal investigation concerning an Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy recently placed on administrative leave.

Elk City man charged in theft of pickup, thousands from relatives

A preliminary hearing is set next week for an Elk City man on allegations he stole a public services vehicle and fled with several thousands of dollars taken from relatives.

Old Glory isn’t clothing... and other thoughts about Flag Day June 14


As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.

Missoula man faces felony meth charge

A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Montana man for possession of methamphetamine.

Priories set on enforcing city grass ordinance

It took two meetings, but after hashing out its concerns with a nearly year-old ordinance establishing maximum grass heights the Grangeville City Council came to a consensus that leaves the rule unchanged but clarifies enforcement policy for both consistency and community standards. Essentially it’s a matter of priorities that directs the city’s ordinance enforcement officer to focus on complaints and obvious violations, allowing issues to be handled – as with other police matters – at officers’ discretion.

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Moment In Time

The Salmon River High School Class of 2016 held its graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27. Sharing a light moment prior to commencement, this trio takes a snapshot: (L-R) Diah Galland, Hannah Cornforth and Ryan Simonson.

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Idaho County reports voter turnout May 17 at 41.59 percent

2016 Primary Election: official results

Official results released by the Idaho County Elections Office last week show voter turnout was at 41.59 percent for the May 17 primary election. This is nearly five percent higher than the last primary election turnout (36.68 percent) in 2014. Ballots were canvassed by the Idaho County Commission last week.

Victim recovered from double-fatality accident

Driver possibly asleep factor in crash

The body of one of two victims from last month’s fatality crash on U.S. Highway 95 was recovered last Saturday.

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Airport closes Friday for runway reconstruction

Fixed-wing operations shut down at the Idaho County Airport this Friday, June 3, as the multi-million dollar runway reconstruction project gets under way.

River conditions stall search for missing women

Car involved in crash located

River conditions continue to hamper search efforts for two University of Idaho students who are presumed drowned following a vehicle accident into the Salmon River last week.

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World-class river draws rafters, crowds for thrills, antics

Memorial Day Weekend: Lochsa River Madness

“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”

Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living


Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

Investigation ongoing, charges pending following searches

Suspect detained; undetermined if related to regional crimes

Investigation continues with possible criminal charges pending following a series of warrant searches conducted at Cottonwood-area residences earlier this month. A suspect in the case was detained but not arrested, and the connection to this case with earlier crimes committed within the region is still to be determined.

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Frei, Duman take commission seats; levies pass

Primary Election May 17: unofficial results

Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election. Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.

Beyond revenue, marijuana legalization also brings new challenges, duties


Right now it’s all smiles and visions of economic opportunity for Idaho’s neighbors. But while the grass is truly greener over the other side of the fence, pot legalization comes with a new set of challenges that may put some perspective to those seeing it as just gold at the end of the rainbow.

One hurt in two-vehicle crash May 10 north of Cottonwood on U.S. 95

A citation for inattentive/careless driving is pending against a Grangeville man who was injured last week in a two-vehicle accident one mile north of Cottonwood on U.S. Highway 95.

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Ready to vote?

Primary election is next Tuesday

Elections are next Tuesday, May 17, for contested county and state races: Idaho County, Dist. 7 Legislature

Thieves take opportunity, keys to drive away with cars

Two local car thefts within Grangeville had one thing in common: “In both vehicles, the keys had been left in the car.”

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At The Car Wash

The Grangeville High School tennis team held its annual car wash fund-raiser at Les Schwab Tires on Main Street last Saturday, May 7.

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Osprey viewing in region; efforts to enhance habitat on man-made structures

Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho. Among the birds to be seen within the region is the osprey (“fish hawks” or “fish eagles”), and both private and public efforts have helped to encourage this population to thrive and co-exist among humanity’s structures.

IFG confirms Blue North mill purchase under way

“Closing is subject to due diligence”

Idaho Forest Group on Tuesday, May 3, confirmed it is in the process of purchasing Blue North Forest Products, LLC, in Kamiah. “Closing is subject to due diligence,” said Shannon Fuchs, manager for IFG’s Grangeville mill, “that is likely to be cleared in mid-May.”

Focus to ‘ensure justice for all’ for Gutierrez, Supreme Court candidate

Gutierrez is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court

Sergio A. Gutierrez of Nampa is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in the upcoming May 17 primary. To succeed Justice Jim Jones, the top candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the total votes; otherwise, the top two candidates will have a runoff in the Nov. 8 general election. The justice candidate visited Grangeville last Thursday, April 28, as part of his statewide campaign.

Burn permits required starting May 10

Notify sheriff’s office of activity ask fire officials

Starting next Tuesday, May 10, Idahoans must obtain a burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. Permits can be obtained online at .

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Hand In Hand

Couples danced to the sounds of Coltrain at Saturday’s April 30 ICARE Barn Dance at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. The event raised funds for ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) that serves Clearwater River communities in providing benefits to area cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. To date, ICARE has helped a total 176 people with a total $80,900.

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Salmon River Country

The Salmon River Community Church, located just off Main Street in Riggins, is nestled in the mountains alongside the Salmon River.

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BLM Office Going Up At Cottonwood

The new BLM Cottonwood Field Office is currently under construction and phase I is scheduled to be completed by early July. The new 7,000-square-foot office building and 4,800-square-foot storage building will replace the existing facilities with more modern, energy efficient buildings and consolidate space for the public to access services. Phase II consists of demolition of the remaining building and construction of the parking lot, and will be completed by mid-November.


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