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Cottonwood culvert fix starts process toward system repair

City officials are in action to resolve a long-standing flooding problem for Cottonwood’s downtown business district. “We’re going to do a temporary fix to hold things together, and start the ball rolling to come up with a long-term solution,” said Cottonwood City Councilor Ron Grant.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


On My Honor? Decision effectively ends scouting

As the movie gangsters might say, “You are dead to me.” This month, the Boys Scouts of America announced girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn Boy Scouting’s highest honor of Eagle rank.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Candidates are committed; you should be also

Area residents have a rare opportunity this election season to take a hand in the direction their cities head in the coming year. It’s a unique occasion as we have not had such contested races in city elections for several cycles.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Preparing for End of the World: USFS rolls out forest health project south of Grangeville

Prescribed burning was a concern for Grangeville couple, Dick and Lois Geary, who questioned Forest Service officials last week concerning a potential project south of Grangeville. They asked about areas designated for fuels and possible prescribed burns – including close to their property – that take up a sizeable portion of the approximate 49,500-acre End of the World project map. “We want to work with you as landowners,” said Salmon River District Ranger Jeff Shinn, discussing the burns proposed for these areas, along with repeating a theme throughout last Wednesday’s meeting this project will be shaped by public comments and concerns.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Boise developer, Ahlquist, brings record of ‘getting things done’

“I bring real-world experience with a record of getting things done,” said Tommy Ahlquist. A Republican running in the 2018 Idaho Governor race, the Boise commercial developer and former physician made a campaign stop in Grangeville last Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of his “44 Counties in 44 Days Tour.”

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Managed growth, housing, services issues in Grangeville City Council race

City infrastructure, providing and managing growth, and providing for more and affordable housing are issues for candidates in the race for Grangeville City Council. A vigorous turnout this go-round has given Grangeville voters several choices to consider for three council seats, all four-year terms: Dylan Canaday, Dan Gautney, Todd McGeorge, Earl Musick, along with incumbents Beryl Grant and Scott Winkler. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Tuesday semi-truck fire obstructs grade

An engine problem is the suspected cause of last week’s fire that destroyed a semi-truck just north of White Bird. No injuries were reported from the Tuesday, Oct. 3, incident called in around 2:33 p.m. between mileposts 226 and 227, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Propane system problem cause of Oct. 1 house fire

A propane system problem was determined the cause of an Oct. 1 fire that damaged a Wild Plum Lane residence. No injuries were reported, and the owner, Georgia Rencher, was insured. Fire damage was contained to the roof and an upstairs bathroom, and water damage affected the first floor and basement of the two-story timber-framed house.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


No suspect in GHS bomb hoax; intent to pursue felony charges

Grangeville Police continues its investigation into last week’s bomb threat incident at Grangeville High School. No suspect has been identified at this time. “But if we do develop one, we fully intend to charge someone, if we can,” said Police Chief Morgan Drew.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Kooskia man arrested on felony meth possession, delivery charges

A court hearing is pending for a Kooskia man arrested last week on felony drug charges. Jerry W. Wilson, 60, was taken into custody Sept. 30 on charges of possession of methamphetamaine and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) release.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Infrastructure, public involvement issues for Stites mayor race

How to manage city infrastructure and fund projects, and encouraging more public involvement are issues within the mayor race for the City of Stites. The mayor position is currently contested between incumbent Gerald “Gerry” J. Cathey and Rey Mireles. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Housing, growth, city services issues in Grangeville mayor’s race

Affordable housing and growth management, infrastructure and municipal services are several issues being raised by four candidates seeking the Grangeville mayor seat. Seeking the four-year position are Wes Lester, Lance McColloch, Danny Tacket and John M. Viknius. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Cottonwood city infrastructure, business growth issues for trio

Finding creative ways to maintain city infrastructure, and creating an atmosphere condusive to business growth are issues for candidates seeking open Cottonwood council positions. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Lynn Guyer, and incumbents Ron Grant and Pat Holthaus. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Future CV Ram Star - Youth Football

Youth football took to the field at Grangeville High School Thursday evening, Sept. 14, with the fifth-sixth grade teams of Clearwater Valley Rams taking on and beating the Grangeville Bulldogs, 14-0.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Obstacle Challenge - Kooskia Saddliers

Horses were put through their paces of unusual and startling distractions at Saturday’s obstacle challenge, put on by the Kooskia Saddliers at their arena on U.S. Highway 12. Horse riders competed in four age categories for jackpot plus added money prizes. Here, a rider tosses a stuffed animal through the wind chimes in a hoop, as part of the event’s challenges to complete.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Crash victim remains under treatment

Missing for nearly two days, a Kamiah vehicle accident victim found injured in a ravine is undergoing additional medical treatment. Following his discovery, Jacob L. Phillips, 24, was taken by Life Flight to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston last Sunday, Sept. 17, where he was treated and then transported to an unidentified facility for additional care.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Regional, state homeless numbers down slightly

Homelessness continues as problem with the region and statewide overall, but numbers of that population have decreased since last year. Within Region 2, the homeless population is down 3.2 percent from 2016. Overall, the state saw a 9.3 percent decrease; however, the count hovers around 2,000 on average, consistent with numbers reported the last six years.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Reading Buddies

Grangeville Elementary Middle School kicked off its third annual Reading Buddies program last Thursday, Sept. 21. The reading incentive program is geared toward kindergarten to first-grade GEMS students, providing various levels of fun activities with a stuffed animal for the numbers of books read. Last year, students read more than 9,000 books as part of the program. Idaho Forest Group (IFG) Grangeville has sponsored the project each year, providing Reading Buddies stuffed animals for students at GEMS and also Sts. Peter and Paul School.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Mule Racing

Some champs lose their edge to the pack over time, some retire and fade away. And then there was Molly Bee.

September 26, 2017 11:02 a.m. read more..


Leaders with big picture view needed to overhaul public lands management

Sometimes, the problems are overwhelming. Take the national debt, for example, which reached $20 trillion for the first time in history. That is obviously insane and casts shame upon our legislators, as a whole, that the budget is funded with such reckless financial mismanagement, due to which adds more than $1.5 billion in debt every day.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

High School Rodeo Competition At Grangeville

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


County spring road damage projects await process for reimbursement determination

Federal funds freed up with last month’s presidential disaster declaration to assist Idaho counties that suffered losses due to spring flooding. While Idaho County is among nine counties that are poised to receive assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, whether and to what extent – and when — its projects will be reimbursed for costs remains an unknown.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

A Rodeo Thumbs Up

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club. Pictured at Saturday’s event — waiting their turn and watching — were (left) Emmy Williams of Grangeville, and (right) Emma Blanthorn of Riggins.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Region goes under fire watch due to forecasted winds

Weather conditions forecasted for North Central Idaho and western Montana have the region under a fire watch that was issued earlier today (Thursday, Sept. 7) by the National Weather Service (NWS) Missoula office. According to the alert, strong westerly winds are expected to begin early Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9, and continue to create widespread critical fire weather conditions through late that evening.

September 7, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..
 

Storms leave outages, fires, damage in wake

Fires, property damage, power outages: Early last week, two successive storm fronts moved across the region, causing a fair share of chaos – and subsequent cleanup — for residents and emergency crews.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Multiple challenges for firefighters on North B Street house fire

“Once the fire got started under that, it was impossible to stop it,” said Fire Chief Bob Mager. In a rare instance of coinciding problems, Grangeville firefighters faced a series of challenges and setbacks in battling a structure fire last Tuesday night, Aug. 29, that gutted a single-story home and outbuilding, and damaged a camp trailer.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Hazy air quality forecasted into Thursday

Unhealthy air quality conditions are forecasted to linger into this Thursday. Meanwhile, conditions due to regional wildfires put the city of Cottonwood yesterday (Sept. 5) in the top five nationally for poor air quality.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Volleyball In Kooskia Park

Kooskia City Park was the setting Sunday evening, Sept. 3, for area kids to gather for a game of speed volleyball, and for parents to visit on the sidelines. The group gathers for this activity each Wednesday and Sunday, as one parent said, “to enjoy being a part of each other’s lives.” Pictured here with action balanced to go either way were (L-R) Josiah Silva and Jordan Raichart.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
   

Council to decide on FY18 $5.516M budget

Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Grangeville City Council will be considering adoption of a $5,516,160 budget for upcoming fiscal year. As part of this public hearing, the council will be also considering related increases in fees including water and sewer (up 3 percent), and garbage (up 105 percent). Fees, in varying amounts, will also be increasing at Snowhaven Ski Area. Public comment will be accepted at the hearing, which runs concurrent to the regular city council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m., city hall.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Stolen vehicle report ends in felony charges for pair

A stolen vehicle led to identifying a second one, and the trail led down U.S. Highway 12, ending with two felony arrests. Grant D.G. Malinak, 19, and an unidentified male juvenile, both of Missoula, were charged with two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. A hearing for the juvenile – currently in detention in Lewiston – is pending, while Malinak – also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession — is set for a Sept. 1 preliminary hearing in magistrate court.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Filing under way for open council, district positions

Filing opened Monday for positions up for election in the Nov. 7 election, which include for city council, and recreation, cemetery and fire districts. Deadline for petitions of candidacy to be turned in is next week; Friday, Sept. 8.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

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