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David Rauzi

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Sweepstakes scam takes local woman for $19,000-plus

It was the lure of a Publishers Clearing House (PCH) prize windfall: $2.5 million. Instead, it turned out to be a scam that cost a Grangeville-area woman more than $19,000.

Clearwater woman injured in Feb. 3 rollover

A Clearwater woman was injured following a rollover accident on Old Highway 7 last week north of Grangeville. Linda Walter was transported to Syringa Hospital and then transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. Patient status was unavailable.

Ordinance change in works to allow dog use at Lions Park

Dogs may get the run of the east side of Grangeville Lions Park, pending an ordinance change to be considered by the city.

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‘Childish’: Vandals leave spray-painted trail on cars, buildings across west side of Grangeville

Grangeville police continue to investigate last week’s vandalism spree across multiple west side blocks that left vehicles and buildings tagged with spray paint.

Make it harder for scammers the next time

“My name is Mrs. Glenda Buthelezi. I am a South African and a financial consultant working with a financial institution. I am contacting you to partner with me to secure the funds ($34M) kept in the custody of a bank in South Africa by one of former associate of the late president of Libya who is now deceased.”

Hydrant break stirs up water for residents

Water was safe but a little cloudy for city water consumers following a Saturday morning vehicle accident that took out a fire hydrant across from Prairie View Cemetery.

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‘Get used to gravel’: Highway districts discuss future without SRS funds

Sections of road would not receive snow plowing or dust abatement, preventative maintenance would decrease, employees would lose hours or even jobs.

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Ellenberg trial set in April on felony aggravated battery

With his felony case now bound over to district court, Billy J. Ellenberg remains in jail, awaiting trial this spring on the charge he shot fellow Kamiah resident, Joshua B. Anderberg, early last month concerning a matter of stolen tools.

SRS issue: Time to send the feds an invoice?

When highway district representatives, county commissioners and state elected officials came together Saturday for a meeting on a world without Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds, two things came to mind.

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Warm temps bad for tubing: Decision by Friday to close tube hill; ski slopes active

Sun worshipers may be enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures, but the rising mercury hasn’t been good for both snow levels and attendance numbers at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill.

Measure of local control for rural districts in tapping alumni

The topic of education funding in Idaho gets folks from zero to 100 mph in a hurry. When Governor Butch Otter hosted the Capital for a Day event in Kamiah Jan. 16, he and state officials got the brunt of local frustration with both barrels. Here are two quotes drawn from the Lewiston Tribune of that day’s questioning:

Looking to 2015: Cottonwood Police to strengthen agency partnerships

For Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran, the big standout for the year, which will carry into 2015 and hopefully beyond, is the partnerships and coordination with other entities to improve public safety.

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Kamiah rules: Gov. Otter, officials take public inquiry at capital for dayp

Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.

Local officials: Take up Otter’s example and invite public to comment

Public turnout at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis Capital for a Day event showed lots of folks had questions for their governor and public officials.

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Something different every day for new county coroner, Funke

This is a “new chapter” for Cody Funke of Cottonwood, who stepped up as Idaho County Coroner on Monday.

Pot legalization, lawsuits and what Idaho can learn

On July 1, Oregon’s legalized marijuana goes into effect, putting Idaho in the center of a shrinking circle of Western states – including Utah and Wyoming – where the use, possession, sale, cultivation and transportation of cannabis is illegal.

Weather events result in regional power outages

Falling snow is only pretty until the power starts going out. And wet, heavy snow was the cause of multiple outages that recently disrupted regional power service.

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Recycling In The New Year

Recycling efforts didn’t take a break during the New Year’s holiday weekend. Volunteers were out at the Grangeville site on Day Road last Saturday, Jan. 3, gathering plastic, metal and cardboard brought in by patrons that morning.

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Man shot in dispute over tools theft: Anderberg ‘serious’ condition; Ellenberg charged with felonies

A gunshot victim is in intensive care and the alleged shooter is in jail on felony charges related to the Sunday night incident. As of press time Tuesday, Joshua B. Anderberg, 31, of Kamiah, is listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Homes damaged, destroyed by fire

Electrical issue led to Jan. 5 blaze

Firefighters were unable to save an unoccupied residence that was destroyed by fire Monday morning, Jan. 5. No injuries were reported.

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Ringing In The New Year

Families enjoyed an evening potluck and interaction on New Year’s Eve at the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church on North Junction Street.

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Songs Of The Spirit

Despite snow and icy roads, more than 100 people attended Sunday’s holiday concert at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.

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Accidents roundup: EMS busy on area injury crashes

With temperatures below freezing, an injured Grangeville woman lay trapped in her overturned vehicle for nearly an hour until her crash location was discovered and she was extricated by emergency personnel.

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Sunday fire destroys residence: Riggins man suffers burns in Dec. 28 incident

A backdraft from a wood stove quickly set a Riggins home ablaze Sunday afternoon, destroying the residence and causing minor injuries to the owner

Local impact with elections in 2015

Sorry to spoil your festivities planning for the new year, but elections are coming up.

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Welfare check turns up pot grow; Kooskia couple charged in case

Led to a single-wide mobile home on a child abuse allegation, investigators allegedly found an indoor marijuana grow operation that resulted in felony and misdemeanor charges against the two occupants.

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Truck demolished in U.S. 95 summit crash

A Boise man was treated for minor injuries following last Thursday’s Dec. 18 crash at the White Bird Summit that totaled the vehicle Carl W. Goicoechea III, 23, was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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Turkeys Going To Feed Families

Frozen turkeys were ready to give away last Tuesday, Dec. 16, facilitated by local members of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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Watch for falling rock ...Driver unhurt after crash into boulder

A New Meadows woman escaped injury last week after her vehicle crashed into a boulder south of Riggins on U.S. Highway 95. Robin Harris, 55, was checked by EMTs with Meadows Valley Ambulance and was not transported for further treatment.

Woman trapped 14 hours in Graves Creek crash

Inattentive driving is a suspected factor in a single-vehicle injury crash on Graves Creek Road last week.

Search warrant for stolen property nets multiple arrests at Kamiah

A search warrant served at a Kamiah-area property Tuesday regarding a stolen vehicle netted not only a suspect in the case but also multiple unrelated misdemeanor arrests.

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Stove ashes cause minor smoke incident at trailer park

Fire Chief Tackett advises care in disposing embers

Still-smoldering stove ashes resulted in a minor ignition incident at West Side Trailer Court last week.

Renew public art efforts in county

We’ve had our heads hunkered down for so long trying to make a living that we may have forgotten those things that make life enjoyable. Public art is one.

Two Grangeville attorneys in play for district judge job

Two Grangeville attorneys are in the running for the open Second Judicial District judge position, being vacated by outgoing Judge Michael Griffin.

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Taking deal: Woman to plead guilty in Exxon robbery

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, a 20-year-old Cottonwood woman will plead guilty to involvement in the 2013 armed robbery of a Grangeville gas station.

Scams hit locals by phone, e-mail

Scammers have been busy lately, using both phone and e-mail to bilk Idaho County residents.

Ideal gift is time to community

That hard-to-find, last-minute gift item we’re going to be suggesting this Christmas won’t fit in a box or under a tree. It’s not diamonds or two tickets to that thing your wife really likes.

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Power cut for three hours in Saturday night vehicle crash

A charge for excessive DUI is pending against a Grangeville man who crashed his vehicle into a utility pole Saturday night, disrupting local power service for more than three hours.

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Pizza Factory burglar sought

The Grangeville Police Department is investigating last week’s burglary of the Pizza Factory.

Long-term fix needed for PILT, SRS funding; County should lead charge

Another bipartisan coalition. Another last-minute appeal for appropriations. More pleading, more begging.

Robber to serve time for heist: 27-month stretch for 19-year-old

The getaway driver in May’s US Bank robbery in Cottonwood will spend more than two years in federal prison.

Election 2014: official results: County shows 60.55 percent turnout

Idaho County voters made a good showing at the midterm elections: 60.55 percent (5,773) of total registered voters participated in the Nov. 4 general election, according to official results.

Wind gusts cut power, roll semi

High winds from last Friday night’s storm resulted in minor power outages and a non-injury semi-truck crash.

Weippe man in good condition following crash

A Weippe man is listed in good condition following injuries suffered in a two-vehicle collision east of Weippe last Thursday, Nov. 20.

Flue blaze spreads to burn home

Initially reported as a chimney fire at a home northeast of Kooskia, a Nov. 13 blaze soon spread to destroy the entire structure.

2013 Crime in Idaho County: Larceny again tops list

Thou shalt not steal? Disobeying the eighth commandment remains the top criminal problem in Idaho County.

Council to change bulk water fees; Walco talks on DEQ landfill plans

“Basically we’ve been giving away bulk water free for years,” said Grangeville Public Works Director Jeff McFrederick.

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Agencies begin determining disaster priorities, county mitigation projects

As participants worked through grading the magnitude and frequency of hazards and potential disasters in Idaho County, coordinator Brad Tucker, Northwest Management Inc. (NMI), joked on the emerging trend that incidents here are of high risk and occur rather frequently.

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On Target ... For Fun

Kooskia First Presbyterian Church held its annual community party Friday evening, Nov. 21, at the Kooskia Community Center on Main Street.

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Focused On The Story

Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew read to kids and parents Monday night, Nov. 17, at the Grangeville Centennial Library’s annual pajama party.