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PILT, SRS again at issue; funds no less warranted


At issue – yet again — are millions in federal appropriations to rural communities, including Idaho County: PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding.

Texas man dies in Sunday crash

Health condition a possible factor

A Texas man was killed Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 14. Frank H. Sayle, 67, of Sealy, died at the scene.

Somber anniversaries mark need to avoid complacency in region’s back country


This month marks a series of sad anniversaries.

Brody seeks Idaho Supreme Court justice seat

'They want to be able to trust their justices will uphold the law...'

In discussing her race, candidate for Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody said Idahoans she’s talked with across the state share a common view. “More than anything,” Brody said, “they want to be able to trust their justices will uphold the law and that they will apply the law equally, no matter who walks in the courtroom, and that their voice will be heard and considered.”

Elk City slide cleanup set for end-of-month

“It’s getting close.” Under the best-case scenario, by the end of the month, State Highway 14 will return to normal through the Elk City slide site, with cleanup, repair and stabilization work essentially completed by that time, according to Reed Hollinshead, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

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Future Gridiron Stars

Clearwater Valley played against Grangeville last Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the area’s youth football program. The 5th/6th grade boys played the evening game at Grangeville High School with CV winning 14-12. Here, CV ball carrier Anthony Fabbi runs up the field with other players in pursuit.

James Piotrowski (D) to face Rep. Labrador in November

Election 2016: race for Congress

James Piotrowski grew up in a family that emphasized public service; his parents were involved in service and youth organizations. And in his legal career, Piotrowski took that service to heart in representing the real needs of working people, the disabled community and helping to enhance and protect civil rights, he said. “This race is an extension of that,” he said, “to make Idaho the best it can be while respecting what it already is.”

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Quartet Crooners

The Gonzaga University Concert Choir performed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11. The performance, “Unclouded Day: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals” was part of the monastery’s Spirituality and the Arts at St. Gertrude program. The numbers on the program included a traditional barbershop quartet song, Coney Island Baby, seen performed here.

Local voice needed in oversize shipments issue


The issue has laid dormant for a few years, but the matter of oversized shipments being transported along U.S. Highway 12 has returned to the public sphere. Your comments are sought for a proposed rule to regulate these along a nearly 100-mile stretch of the road.

Montana motorcyclist dies in US 12 accident

Montana resident Gerald Mick died last week following a motorcycle versus vehicle accident along U.S. Highway 12.

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Smith retires from USFS after 30-plus years

“It’s been a really good career. I’ve been very lucky,” said Laura Smith, being around many good people in and out of the federal agency, having received excellent training through the years, “and working with the finest folks around.”

Turner faces grand theft charge for stealing rifles, handgun from roommate

Already incarcerated, awaiting a court hearing on burglary and theft allegations, a Stites woman faces a new charge regarding stolen firearms. Jamie I. Turner, 36, waived her preliminary hearing for felony grand theft at a hearing Friday, Sept. 2. Turner was bound over for arraignment at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26. Turner also will have a hearing on two felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor counts of petit theft related to July incidents at The Establishment in Grangeville.

Prison time suspended, probation ordered for gold nugget thief

Jacob W. Collier of White Bird was sentenced Aug. 15 on felony charges for burglary and grand theft for a December 2015 incident at Hoot’s Café.

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Yard watering guidelines recommended to curb excessive usage, strain on Grangeville system

Water, water everywhere … and that’s a problem for Grangeville Public Works. Excessive water use is a strain on the municipal water system during this time of year, and the city is encouraging residents to adopt more efficient use for lawn irrigation. “If they can follow yard watering guidelines, they can still have green lawns and also save money on their water bills,” said Eric Jones, public works maintenance lead.

Brothers charged in 2013 firearms theft

Three years after a Clearwater-area residence was burglarized and firearms were stolen, two Grangeville brothers have been arrested in connection with the crime.

Stop being passive; you need to be engaged


Often times the cry is heard that public officials are “doing things behind closed doors” or pushing agendas without the knowledge or consent of the public. Could it be that we simply didn’t take the time to pay attention to what these officials were doing until we stumbled across it late in the game? It’s much easier to push the blame on public officials than take responsibility in admitting we weren’t paying attention.

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Power Swing

Randall Miskin of the Kooskia Krush team powers through a swing during last Friday’s Aug. 26 double elimination championship tournament, held at Lions Park in Grangeville. The Krush team lost both games that evening to the Brew Crew team, which won the championship.

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Honored Service To City

At the Aug. 15 council meeting, retiring Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department chief Dan Tackett (left) received a plaque of appreciation for his service to the city from Mayor Bruce Walker (right). Tackett has served nearly 30 years on GVFD and as chief since 1994. “He’s been an excellent chief,” Walker said at the meeting, complimenting on his professional management of the department. “He’s done an outstanding job for the City of Grangeville.”

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2016 4-H, FFA Livestock Sale; up from 2015

2016 4-H, FFA Livestock Sale; up from 2015

Construction flagger struck, injured on Tuesday

Brenda Ehrard, 55, of Pocatello, was airlifted

A construction flagger was transported by Life Flight Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, after being struck by a vehicle.

Council hears plans for Capitol Tree visit in November

Christmas plans were announced early at the Aug. 15 Grangeville City Council meeting, as the Forest Service announced plans for a November presentation of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Hey, watch your political mouth


Readers on this letters page will be informed that the Idaho County Democrats’ booth was vandalized during the Idaho County Fair. Of course, it wasn’t you who did this. This was the work of dumb, or perhaps both dumb and dumber, acting out the only kind of political discourse he or they were able to do: graffiti and demolition. Perhaps they celebrated their triumph later by shooting out power pole insulators.

Meth, explosive found at arrest of eluding suspect

Godwin, 34, faces multiple felony, misdemeanor charges

An anonymous tip last Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Culdesac man, sought on outstanding warrants, who allegedly fled from a traffic stop last month. Now, Timothy Joshua Godwin, 34, faces multiple charges resulting from the July pursuit as well as from the weekend’s arrest that include felonies for eluding a police officer, and possession of both methamphetamine and an explosive device.

Rate increases, road projects set in FY17 budget

Sept. 6 public hearing: Grangeville City Council

The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 15 percent increase in its fiscal year 2017 budget. Set at $5,496,785, the proposed budget – effective Oct. 1 at the start of the fiscal year – would include additional funds for planned city street work, as well as rate increases for services. A public hearing on the proposal is set for Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., during the regular Grangeville City Council meeting. Comment on the proposal will be taken, after which the budget will be considered for adoption.

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GVFD firefighters receive honors

Six Grangeville firefighters were recently recognized at a department function.

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Smile for the camera?

Video sensors run Grangeville signals; state project at end

What’s up with those cameras at Grangeville’s stoplights? Equipment upgrades at the Main and Idaho streets intersection propose to make for more responsive signal changes and better assist road-crossing pedestrians.

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‘Life safety is the first thing of everything’

Mager new chief in charge of Grangeville fire departments

Saving structures and personal property are important to firefighters, but Bob Mager spells out their top overriding duty: “Life safety is the first thing of everything,” he said. “If mamma can’t find little Billy then the whole thing stops. You may lose the building trying to save a life, but that’s the first thing: life safety.”

Life is more fun in person; get to the county fair


Presidential politics. Regional economics. Immigration. Health care costs. The impending family arguments at Thanksgiving dinner. OK, we’ve got enough seriousness on our plates to literally last us through the end of the year. So let’s set that stuff aside and focus on something more locally pressing: You’re going to the Idaho County Fair this year, right?

Magistrate post draws applicants

Two Grangeville attorneys apply for Lewis County position

Two Grangeville attorneys are in the running for a vacant magistrate judge position in Lewis County. Daren Fales and Victoria Olds are both private practice attorneys.

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Grangeville Pool closes Aug. 19

Get your swimming fun in soon as the Grangeville city pool will close for the season next Friday, Aug. 19.

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Snowhaven ended season in black

Donations made, new manager in transition

Winter sports may not be on your agenda, but the upcoming season is already on the minds for planners with Snowhaven Ski Area. The city-owned facility heads into the 2016-17 season after a good snow year that left the hill in the black for the first time in a few years.

‘Think icy roads’ when driving during harvest

Summer harvest season is upon us, and driving safe with all those grain trucks on the roads and highways – many of which have undergone repaving -- is the focus for county law enforcement.

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National debt a significant threat says Crapo at town meeting

'...the chance of reform being the right kind is 50/50'

“The threat our national debt poses to what we call the American dream is powerful,” Senator Crapo said to 12 people attending a town meeting at the Ferdinand Community Hall last Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3.

Choosing magistrate judge a big deal ... and you have a voice in that decision


The nation nears its decision for the next President, but this region’s residents have the opportunity for their voices to be heard in a choice that will impact them far more intimately in their everyday lives: the position of magistrate judge.

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That Kooskia Smile

A string of rodeo flag bearers provided welcome smiles during Saturday’s Aug. 6 Kooskia Days parade. Here, carrying the flag for the Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association is Roberta Dutcher Paul of Kooskia.

Larceny, simple assault the top offenses

Crime in Idaho County 2015:

Did someone walk off with some of your personal property last year? Larceny was the top reported offense in Idaho County for 2015, according to Idaho State Police statistics released in July in its annual Crime in Idaho report.

Stites woman charged in bar burglaries

A Stites woman has been charged with burglaries at a Grangeville Main Street bar that occurred last month.

Godwin gets 15-25 for 2014 murder of Kyle Anderson

Jason Andrew Godwin, Sr., will serve the next decade and a half in prison for the 2014 murder of Kyle A. Anderson. Godwin, 51, was sentenced Monday, Aug. 1, by District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice to serve a 15-to 25-year sentence with the Idaho Department of Correction: a fixed 15-year incarceration, during which he would not be eligible for parole or sentence reduction for good behavior, followed by an indeterminate 10 years. Godwin was also assessed a $5,000 civil judgment in favor of Anderson’s children, and credited for time he has served since his 2014 arrest.

Unrelated accidents claim lives of two Kamiah men

Unrelated accidents claimed the lives of two Kamiah residents last week. Edward D. Schippmann, 57, died of injuries suffered as the result of a motorcycle accident last Friday afternoon, July 29, along State Highway 13. Jonathan M. Leach, 30, died of injuries suffered in an equipment accident at Kooskia last Thursday afternoon, July 28.

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Hospital seeks one-way street for safety concern

Concerns for staff and patient safety have Syringa Hospital lobbying for a one-way-street redesignation for one block of West North Street, a proposal currently under consideration by the Grangeville City Council.

Idaho County Hispanic population up in 2015

Idaho County saw a 9.4 percent Hispanic population increase in mid-2015 from mid-2014, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Whitewater Rush

Summer rafting is in full swing on the Salmon River. Saturday, July 23, saw a steady string of rafts, kayaks and catarafts making the run through slow stretches and then wild rapids in the river. This section just south of Lucile off U.S. Highway 95 gave rafters in the hot canyon an exciting dunk in the cool waters of the Salmon.

Parcel delivery employee charged with felony theft

More victims suspected

Bad luck and poor decisions on an alleged thief’s part has netted him multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. However, investigators suspect these two related cases may not be the only ones the Lewiston man has committed within the region. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is inquiring for possibly more victims who may have had cash or items disappear, coinciding with a package delivery service.

A River Runs On Main

Grangeville’s Main Street was flooded following a Tuesday evening, July 19, hailstorm that shot inch-diameter-size and above ice pellets across town and into Mt. Idaho. Substantial crop losses were reported to the southwest, but otherwise no major damage was reported. Here, an eastbound vehicle traverses the flood waters as people attempt to clear a drain in front of Larson’s Department Store.

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New Lights For Cell Tower

A four-man crew with Towers Northwest LLC spent last Thursday and Friday, July 14-15, conducting wireless tower upgrades in Grangeville. The 200-foot tall tower, located south of Early Bird Supply off North D Street, is leased to American Tower, which bought out the lease from former owner, Verizon. Last week, the crew was replacing tower LED lighting – three in the middle and a new top beacon — to a more reliable system that allows American Tower better system monitoring abilities. Pictured here during Thursday evening’s work were Kyle Dinsdale (facing) and Levi Membrere.

Man charged with theft of explosives from ITD last fall

Suspect, Kretschmer, faces unrelated burglary charges in 2016 thefts

Already faced with felonies for a series of area burglaries, a Grangeville man faces unrelated new charges for allegedly stealing explosives from an Idaho Transportation Department work site last fall. As a result of this, the state agency has changed procedures to better track and secure such hazardous materials in the future.

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Main paving starts Thursday; US 95 finishes Friday

Construction update:

As milling work on Main Street progresses today and Thursday (July 20-21), repaving along U.S. Highway 95 through Grangeville is scheduled for completion this Friday, July 22, with normal traffic to resume on the weekend. According to Idaho Transportation Department project manager Janet Zarate, shoulder grading next Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, may cause minor motorist delays.

$53 million in county projects

Comment by July 30 on ITD work for FY17-21

State proposals call for more than $53 million in transportation infrastructure projects within Idaho County during the next five years. These are part of the FY2017-21 draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) currently up for public comment through July 30.

Grangeville man detained on bad check case subsequently charged with meth possession

While questioning a Grangeville man on passing bad checks at a Riggins grocery, law enforcement made an interesting discovery. Now, along with four counts of issuing checks without sufficient funds, Steeven G. Nunez, 28, is charged with additional felonies of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver, and possession of major contraband within a correctional facility, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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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