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.
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.
'...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.
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.
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.
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.
A Stites woman has been charged with burglaries at a Grangeville Main Street bar that occurred last month.
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 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.
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 saw a 9.4 percent Hispanic population increase in mid-2015 from mid-2014, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students finish up with instruction for the morning at swim lessons at the Grangeville City Pool last Thursday, June 30.
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.
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.
Multiple felonies were charged against a Grangeville man July 1 for an alleged firearm theft last month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Lucile woman received injuries in a single-vehicle rollover crash north of Riggins last Friday.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Warm, sunny weather graced the third annual Long Camp “Classics on the Clearwater” car show and swap meet last Saturday, June 4, at Kamiah.
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.
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.
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.
A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Montana man for possession of methamphetamine.
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.
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.
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.