Nearly a half million dollars in Idaho Community Development Block Grant funds were awarded in May to community projects in Cottonwood and White Bird. In Cottonwood, $150,000 will go toward a community center improvements project, and in White Bird, $300,000 will benefit a wastewater system project.
“The issue isn’t public safety, it’s about ownership and unloading federal management onto the counties,” said Gene Meinen, supervisor, Idaho County Road Department.
Inquiry continues into last week’s fire at a Grangeville storage lot that destroyed a 24-foot camper trailer and led police onto possibly related burglaries at the location.
Do town hall meetings matter? Is there value in exercising your free speech to your elected officials among your fellow citizens? Can you truly say it’s made a difference?
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 27: Investigators are actively working an early morning trailer fire incident that may be related to additional crimes at this location and in the area.
Due to scheduling conflicts for pilots and available aircraft, organizers for Warbird Weekend have reluctantly decided to postpone this year’s event, resuming the normal schedule for 2016.
Several million dollars of state highway projects are planned for Grangeville tentatively next summer.
Everyone seems to be interested in living well,” said Jim Heckathorn, 81, of Elk City, speaking last Friday, May 22, at the Grangeville Senior Center, about his new book, “How to Live Long and Like It.”
Students were out in sudsy force last Saturday, May 23, putting soap and water to work for a GHS Tennis fund-raiser, held at Les Schwab Tires.
Good effort by Congressman Raul Labrador who remains persistent on his proposal to allow state and local management of federally managed forests.
In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Grangeville City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a Syringa Hospital helipad on Main Street.
Following inquiry on last week’s fatal house fire in Cottonwood, investigators say the owner, Robert George Jull, 72, intentionally set his trailer home on fire just prior to shooting himself.
Grangeville police officers will be keeping an eye on you … for safety.
Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.
Idaho County to receive $6M
Coming in at a five-year funding low for Idaho County, Secure Rural Schools (SRS) appropriations were reauthorized by Congress late last month.
You’ve heard the quote before. In fact, we’ve printed Margaret Mead’s words of wisdom here on this very page in the past:
More than 160 people took part on Saturday, May 9, in Hope Center’s 8th annual Walk for Life in Grangeville, a fund-raiser for their facilities here and Kamiah.
Syringa Hospital’s plans for a Main Street helipad took a hit last week with a recommendation by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to deny its request for a conditional use permit.
Just more than one-third of felony collections ordered by the District Court in Idaho County were not collected last year.
Since Steve Fox’s album, “Moses Foster: Still America,” was released last July, it has sold more than 600 copies, raising more than $1,000 so far that has gone to benefit veterans’ causes.
As firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) rushed about at Saturday’s mass casualty drill in Kamiah last Saturday, one observer made the comment that the EMTs are looking pretty gray.
As part of the Idaho County population, the number of young adults has dropped by 10 percent in the past few decades.
Takeoff was denied for a helicopter demonstration at Syringa Hospital’s proposed Main Street helipad location. From here, the matter continues for deliberation at next Tuesday’s April 28 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting, which will make its recommendations on the proposal for final determination by the Grangeville City Council.
Community gets behind fund-raiser for Clearwater Valley
Puffs of multicolored clouds of dyed cornstarch kicked off Saturday’s fun run to raise funds for area cancer patients.
Sunny, warm weather and trees in blooming pink set the backdrop for wedding photos taken at the Kooskia Kiosk on U.S. Highway 12 last Saturday afternoon, April 18.
Arbitrator to decide suit between Kooskia, Stites: Disagreement for wastewater services at issue for municipalities
Disagreement concerning contractual obligations for intermunicipal wastewater disposal is at the heart of a civil suit filed earlier this year by the City of Kooskia against the City of Stites.
Its discovery was bittersweet.
Grangeville’s Main Street may feel the blast of rotor wash within the month as part of a demonstration being planned by Syringa Hospital in its efforts to develop a helipad adjacent to the facility for air transport of critical patients.
Next Monday, the Grangeville City Council will be hearing a proposal for a helicopter demonstration at the proposed Syringa Hospital helipad site on Main Street.
Let’s set the scene for you on public participation with your local government: Imagine multimillion dollar budgets being discussed, tens of thousands of dollars being authorized for expenditure on infrastructure projects, and changes proposed in zoning ordinances.
Attendees to the Riggins Rodeo next month will have a new place to sit.
The uncertainty of funding and even reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) has become an annual drama put on by federal legislators, one that is watched anxiously by officials in rural counties – including here in Idaho County — whose budgets either balance or break upon this Congressional appropriation.
After defending Idaho County from invaders for 31 years, Carl Crabtree is stepping down.
Members of the Mountain Dewers Square and Round Dance Club moved to the call at their regular dance, held last Saturday, March 28, at Clearwater Valley Middle School in Kooskia.
Don’t let people mislead you with their defeatist talk; you can make a difference. And it all starts in your city government. It’s not quite that time, yet, for filing candidacy petitions for open city council positions.
Craigmont resident Kayleen Lowe was chosen as the 2015 White Bird Rodeo Queen following competition held Saturday, March 28.
No injuries were reported in a Monday afternoon fire that destroyed a UTV on Mager Lane just south of Grangeville. Cause is undetermined but it may be possibly electrical related, according to Assistant Chief John Sangster, Grangeville Rural Fire Department (GRFD). The fire reported originated under the vehicle seat.
The suspect in last year’s murder of a Kooskia man has been declared mentally incompetent, delaying trial in the case into mid-year.
Final design plans on the proposed $8 million Idaho County Airport runway reconstruction project await Federal Aviation Administration approval, likely within the week. And then there’s just securing the funding.
A Cottonwood woman was placed on probation for up to three years for her role as getaway driver in 2013’s Exxon gas station robbery.
Board positions will be contested in the upcoming May 19 elections for the Syringa Hospital and Mt. View School District 244 (MVSD). Syringa Hospital Board
Across our desk came notice of $30.5 million being made available from the U.S. Department of Labor in “Face Forward” grants. The program helps youth between the ages of 14 to 24 in communities with high poverty and high crime rates with occupational training and credentials that, according to the program, “help them open the door to career success.”
Forget what you know about shady characters in back alleys dealing dope. Idaho’s pressing drug issue – misuse and abuse of prescription medications — comes with the face of a friend or family member, is more accessible than alcohol or other mind-altering substances, and the perception by many is “What’s the problem?”
Cottonwood Community Hall was packed last Sunday, March 15, for the annual Little Princess Tea Party, presented by the Idaho County Fair Royalty.
All Easter information, including egg hunts, services and breakfast, needs to be to the Free Press by Friday, March 27. This will ensure April 1 publication.
Prescription medication misuse and abuse is not exclusively a big-city problem; it’s here – right here in rural Idaho — and we have work to do to raise public awareness about the problem.
Let’s just say we’re more than just disappointed in our Dist. 7 State Senator Sheryl Nuxoll’s performance last week.
Thirteen children and six adults attended last Wednesday’s March 4 Dr. Seuss story hour at the Grangeville Centennial Library.
Returning with the warmer weather and clear skies is the familiar buzzing sound of cropdusters, such as this one seen making runs over fields just west of Grangeville last Thursday, March 5.
Fisher gets 99 months for US Bank robbery; agency coordination, public awareness quickly resolved case
Public awareness and involvement, along with law enforcement contingency plans already in place, helped in the successful resolution of last year’s bank robbery in Cottonwood.