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David Rauzi

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Human experience conveys more meaning than a date


Three-quarters of a century ago, on this date, Dec. 7, Imperial Japanese forces launched a surprise aerial attack on the U.S. Naval facilities at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the event enraged the nation and launched U.S. involvement in World War II. We all know the story. Or do we?

Homeless man charged with church burglary

A homeless man found in a church restroom last month faces a felony burglary charge.

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Significant weather event may start Saturday night

Snow in mountain passes could hamper travel; frigid temperatures by Tuesday

North Central Idaho could begin seeing the impacts of a big winter storm as early as Saturday night, Dec. 8, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula, with significant snow amounts and frigid temperatures causing problems for travel.

Investigation continuing into Friday two-vehicle collision on Highway 95

Idaho State Police is continuing its investigation into a two-vehicle collision last Friday, Nov. 25, five miles north of Ferdinand.

Idaho Democrats’ plan inspires change for all


Proactive forward-thinking plans by Idaho Democrats in the wake of the 2016 General Election are an inspiration for a change in state party politics overall.

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Generosity keeps park lit for holidays

Event now nine years running; volunteers do the job, ‘because we love it’

“The generosity of our community,” said Terra Hill, has provided for Pioneer Park Christmas lighting, allowing the public to “enjoy it in winter as well as summer.”

Unemployment: Idaho County slightly lower from year ago

Unemployment for Idaho County is above the average for the state, in preliminary figures reported this month by the Idaho Department of Labor; however, it has dropped by half a percentage point from a year ago.

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Wrapping For The Holiday

Christmas gets a little closer when the Main Street garlands go up. Members of the Grangeville Merchants and an Avista lineman crew with bucket truck were out Tuesday morning, Nov. 22, wrapping the 53 Main Street lampposts with LED-strung garlands. Pictured here, Melinda Hall was all smiles on the project, which she conducted with Nancy Asker and Jody Hoogland.

With runway reconstruction completed, county airport reopened for fixed-wing aircraft traffic

Back in business:

The Idaho County Airport is back in business. The county-owned facility opened to fixed-wing aircraft traffic on Monday, Nov. 14, after being shut down for more than five months to undergo nearly $7 million in reconstruction of both the runway and taxiway.

Eleven precincts within 70, 80 percent turnouts

2016 Election: final results

With Idaho County showing a presidential election record turnout of 83.1 percent, how did individual precincts fare, percentage-wise?

Crabtree, Giddings take majority vote in home counties

Republicans also won more votes in opponents home counties to take District 7 seats.

For the District 7 legislative races, unofficial results are Carl Crabtree (R) of Grangeville won the senate over Ken Meyers (D) of Sagle, 14,318 to 5,071; and Priscilla Giddings (R) of White Bird overcame Jessica Chilcott (D) of Sandpoint, 13,647 to 5,633, for Dist. 7A Representative.

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Lining Up The Shot

The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center in Grangeville hosted the Jukebox Saturday Night Swing Dance on Nov. 12. The evening event for veterans and families included music, dancing and time to catch up with friends. Pictured here: Amy Rose (right) of Greencreek, helps her daughter, Makayla, line up a pool shot.

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Record turnout across county

2016 Election: final results

2016 was a record turnout within the last three presidential elections for Idaho County voters at 83.10 percent, up more than 4 percent from the last highest year, 2008, when Barack Obama first took office. Results were canvassed Monday, Nov. 14, by the Idaho County Commission, confirming 8,517 ballots were cast Nov. 8 out of a total 10,249 registered voters. 2016 also saw the highest number of election day registrants – 783 – within the past three presidential elections.

Sheriff’s race aftermath: Where from here? Ideas


What does last week’s Idaho County Sheriff’s election have to say? Here are some thoughts:

More ways to challenge ourselves to support veterans


We can always find more ways to thank and support veterans. Here are a few suggestions that are easy to implement and would mean a lot to a military service person.

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Tacke reports ICLP value, equity up

Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative finishes up a good year for revenue and operations, according to reports presented at its annual membership meeting last Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Giddings narrowly wins county sheriff race

28 of 28 precincts reporting

By a slim margin, Idaho County voters chose to retain incumbent Idaho County Sheriff over challenger Carlos Martinez in Tuesday night’s Nov. 8 general election. - Other results: Dist. 7, local decisions

October record precipitation levels recorded through region

October saw impressive precipitation levels through the region, according to preliminary data released by the National Weather Service Missoula office.

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Hay Fire

Crews with Grangeville Rural Fire Department responded to a hay fire at Fenn Saturday night, Nov. 5, threatening nearby houses and a fence. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, which affected three tons of hay at the Wesley and Amy Palmer residence.

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Community shares of its abundance

Foundation awards $6,037 in grants to Grangeville projects

We’re really excited to see the results of this grant funding in our community,” said John Bennett, president of the Grangeville Community Foundation. Bennett spoke to nearly 100 people who attended the foundation’s 2016 Appreciation and Grant Award event last Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Grangeville Senior Center.

Bull shot in Winona area; producers organizing reward for information

A breeding bull was found shot dead last weekend, and two Camas Prairie producers are organizing a reward for information.

Man charged in cattle theft, altering brands

Dec. 13 preliminary hearing set

A Slate Creek man faces felony charges related to allegations of cattle theft and misbranding.

Idaho County Airport opening reset Nov. 14

Reconstruction work has been extended, moving the reopening of the Idaho County Airport to Nov. 14.

ISP investigating US 12 crash that injured man

Idaho State Police is investigating last Friday evening’s injury crash along U.S. Highway 12 outside Kamiah.

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Eyes On The Prize

Kids in costume packed the IOOF Hall in White Bird Saturday night, Oct. 29, for the annual community Halloween party.

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WUNCCIL honored for fire relief work with Crapo Spirit of Idaho award

Out of disaster, residents served their neighbors’ needs in the best tradition of the state, according to Senator Mike Crapo, who recognized the regional non-profit WUNCCIL last week with his Spirit of Idaho award.

Driver may face felony due to fatality accident

Victim, Chandler, was Free Press correspondent for years

The driver who allegedly caused last week’s three-vehicle fatality crash east of Kooskia may be facing a criminal charge.

Endorsements cause issues with agency relations, community


Contentious and gutter-scraping: the political race for Idaho County sheriff. Beyond watching the mud fly to see what sticks, of more pressing and difficult concern is the issue of recent endorsement ads for both candidates that involve law enforcement members of county and city policing agencies.

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Idaho County Elections: Making it more convenient

Personal touch to assist local voters with disabilities

Voters have challenging decisions ahead of them in the upcoming Nov. 8 general election, but for some the difficulties will not be at the ballot box but in just getting there. However, for persons with disabilities in Idaho County, many options are readily available – whether at home, at the courthouse or the polling place — to assist voters in getting their ballots cast. “We want people to vote, and we want to make it convenient for people to vote,” said Jessie Adams, Idaho County elections clerk.

Pair face felony charges for generator thefts

Crime News:

- Pair face felony charges for generator thefts - Hudson sentenced on high school, purse thefts

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Happy Trails

Motorcycles were put through their paces at last Saturday’s Oct. 22 Fall Enduro Halloween Classic at the Grangeville Off-Road Park east of Idaho Forest Group off Old Highway 7. The motorcycle-only multi-class event is a family-oriented race day that is mostly non-competitive. The course length is about 0.5 miles for kids and two miles for adults. The general format is as many laps as possible in the time allotted.

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Elk City woman killed in Tuesday evening crash

Three injured in Oct. 25 accident east of Kooskia

One person has died and three were injured in a Tuesday evening three-vehicle crash east of Kooskia. Idaho State Police is investigating the Oct. 25 incident.

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Ceremony opens new vet center

A place to meet

One person stood clear of the scissors at Saturday’s dedication ceremony for the new veterans’ center in Grangeville. “I’m commissioned now and they won’t let me touch anything sharp!” joked Robert Skinner, commander for the State of Idaho American Legion. Around 160 people attended the Oct. 15 event, celebrating the grand opening of the Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 East Main Street.

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Platform to address issues, more responsive - Meyers

Election 2016: Dist. 7 Senate - Crabtree, Meyers race for state seat

From education to economics, District 7 is faced with a complex set of issues, according to Ken Meyers. “There are a lot of things we need to be focused on,” he said, “and we have a platform here to focus on them,” within the Idaho Legislature.

Idaho County Republicans pull Crapo support following Trump decision

Senator Mike Crapo crossed a line in the sand for Idaho County Republicans who last week pulled their support for the three-term incumbent just days following his decision to pull his endorsement for GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. As a result, the Idaho County Republican Central Committee (ICRCC) stated, in an Oct. 11 letter to the senator, its members would not be providing physical nor financial support toward his re-election campaign, which would include sign and literature distribution, as well as removal of signs currently placed.

GOP needs to own dissent regarding Trump candidacy


We must disagree, in part, with our county Republican friends in their disassociation last week with Senator Crapo for his decision to rescind his endorsement of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Cause under investigation in Oct. 5 Stites mobile home fire

Cause is undetermined for last week’s fire that destroyed a Stites double-wide mobile home. The rental residence at 420 Old School Avenue was determined a total loss, according to Fire Chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Volunteer Fire Department.

Alcohol suspected factor in U.S. 12 fatality accident

Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s three-vehicle fatality accident at Kamiah. Rex D. Pevehouse, 83, of Orofino, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

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Newcomers vie for house seat: Chilcott

Election 2016: Dist. 7A (Chilcott)

‘Important to do a good job for everyone in the district’ — Chilcott

A welcome return for Oktoberfest celebration


Oktoberfest: Did you have a good time? Great. Now let’s keep that ball rolling.

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Golden Harvest

Assembly draws neighbors, apples to start a tasty fall

Even the yellow jackets were friendly. Such was the golden fall Clearwater Valley morning on Saturday, Oct. 1, as several dozen people gathered at the Tahoe QRU building on Leitch Creek Road to combine apples and elbow grease into smooth, sweet cider.

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Kooskia Cowboy Breaks Loose

District 3 High School Rodeo held its last event for the fall season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at the Riggins Rodeo grounds. The season starts up again with events beginning late-April 2017. Pictured here on Sunday was Luke Olsen of Kooskia in the junior high breakaway event.

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Olds pick for judge position

New public defender sought

Grangeville attorney Victoria Olds will serve as magistrate judge for Lewis County. Olds was selected by the Second District Magistrate Commission last Thursday, Oct. 6, to replace retiring Magistrate Judge Stephen Calhoun. It is expected she will be sworn in January 2017.

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Felony manslaughter charged in Friday’s fatal US 95 collision

Marea L. Burkenbine, 57, of Grangeville died in Sept. 30 accident

Excessive speed and loss of control are alleged factors in last Friday’s fatal collision accident at Grangeville, which resulted in a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter against the driver involved.

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Martinez endorsement ad draws Giddings’ comment at Grangeville city council

'My main concern is politics has moved into the city police ...'

Contention within the Idaho County Sheriff’s race spilled into city government business Monday night. Sheriff Doug Giddings addressed the Grangeville City Council at its Oct. 3 meeting concerning an endorsement ad that ran last week for his opponent, Carlos Martinez, featuring five city police officers – including Chief Morgan Drew.

IRS scam makes rounds of Kooskia says Johnson

A phone call that you owe back taxes to the federal government? That you had better respond or the sheriff’s office will be serving you a warrant? “Hopefully, everybody knows the IRS doesn’t work that way,” said Robert Johnson.

Idaho Falls motorcyclist hurt in Sept. 23 crash

Inattention was cited as a factor in last week’s motorcycle crash that injured an Idaho Falls man.

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Sweet Pressure

About 50 people participated in the third annual Tahoe QRU Apple Cider Pressing fund-raiser, held Saturday morning, Oct. 1, on Leitch Creek Road outside Kooskia. Participants combined a range of apples — including red and golden delicious to McIntosh and gala — and elbow grease to press out smooth, sweet cider. The event raised $156 for the volunteer emergency medical response organization. Pictured here helping participants is (right) Tahoe QRU EMT Irene Finehout.

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Fire Prepares Fields

Landowners were burning fields just south of the Idaho County Airport last Friday, Sept. 30, the backdrop for asphalt work under way on the newly reconstructed runway.

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Martinez: Improvements to department, public service

Election 2016: Sheriff - Contentious race on achievements, needs for change

“I want to work for the people and take this department in a direction that everyone can be proud of and rally behind,” he said.


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