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David Rauzi

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Skydiving draws Avista crew, public to event at Cottonwood Airport

Falling out of the sky isn’t a circumstance for enthusiasm. Unless you’re held in check by 350-plus-square feet of nylon parachute. Then that’s a time to be cheering.

Grangeville City Council to determine FY15 budget at Sept. 2 hearing

Next Tuesday, the Grangeville City Council will be considering approval of the proposed $5,426,922 fiscal year 2015 budget.

Rest areas a good opportunity for cooperation

Chances for success improve when you are engaged with partners sharing mutual goals. And we have a lightly tapped resource that could be the catalyst for such a cooperative effort.

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IDFG volunteer, teens injured in SH 14 crash

Inattentive driving was cited as a factor in last week’s rollover pickup accident on State Highway 14 that injured a man and two teens en route to an Idaho Department of Fish and Game youth salmon camp at Elk City.

Prison time pending for meth dealer

Prison time is pending for a Grangeville methamphetamine dealer, who as a result of his conviction was placed on a 365-day retained jurisdiction rider with the Idaho Department of Correction.

Appointee pending following Lorentz resignation

Appointment of a new Grangeville city councilor is pending, following last week’s resignation announcement by Brian Lorentz.

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Driver injured in rollover crash at Cottonwood

Also: U.S. 12 scene of several crashes

Inattentive driving was cited as a factor in last Thursday’s semi-truck rollover accident that resulted in minor injuries for the driver.

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"It Went Quick": Fire destroys pellet production facility at Grangeville

Sawdust continues to smolder at Rocky Canyon Pellet Company following a Monday evening fire that destroyed its main production facility and damaged adjacently stored product. Owner Lot Smith initially estimates a half-million dollars in damages as a result, hitting the wood pellet fuel manufacturing facility at the worst possible moment, he said: the start of their season.

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Songs Of Faith

Eagle Song, a group of Northwest Nazarene University alumni, performed songs as part of the entertainment at Sunday’s Raspberry Festival, an annual fund-raiser for the Historical Museum at the Monastery of St. Gertrude near Cottonwood.

Riggins, White Bird, Stites: Aug. 11 public hearings on FY15 city budgets

Summer remains in full swing, but area city governments have fall on their minds as they craft operating budgets for fiscal year 2015.

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Thursday NICI open house to mark 40th anniversary

State men’s minimum security facility opened in 1974

It’s been the second chance for Idaho’s convicted felons for four decades.

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Monday evening fire destroys pellet production facility

Cause is undetermined at this point for a Monday evening fire that destroyed a pellet production building at Rocky Mountain Pellet Company just outside Grangeville.

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Mendenhall takes deal, pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter charge

Charged in last fall’s murder of a fellow Elk City resident, Tara R. Mendenhall on Monday pleaded guilty to an amended felony of voluntary manslaughter.

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Wilks Pest Control on the job in region

“It’s a very rewarding business,” said Mel Wilks, owner of Wilks Pest Control. Along with taking care of bothering animal or insect problems, “you meet an awful lot of nice people.”

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NICI escapees get 2-5 years added on

It’s back to prison for two NICI escapees who last week earned themselves a minimum incarceration of two years for their flight last month from the Cottonwood facility.

Stadtmiller’s abuse sentence upheld

In an amended judgment of conviction, District Court Judge Michael Griffin has upheld his original 2012 sentence for a Grangeville man convicted in a felony sex abuse charge.

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Two Bear Air helicopter demo introduces rescue option to county agencies

At 250-feet-per minute, Dawson Gorges, 14, of Kooskia, was hoisted in short-order to a Bell 429 helicopter hovering over the grassy slope at Snowhaven Ski Area. As much as it was a demonstration of the helicopter and crew’s ability to recover individuals quickly from back country areas, it also introduced to those in attendance – search and rescue personnel from across Idaho – a new option to draw upon when the race is on to reach a lost or injured person.

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Garden sells summer produce

Looking for some salad toppers, something to finish off that pasta sauce, or maybe veggies to can in preparation for winter? If you’re without a garden of your own or looking for other types of produce, check out Camas Garden west of Fenn.

Critical interest in road, bridge funding

Idaho’s road and bridge infrastructure is not headed toward a bright future, and the solution is to increase public spending to address this critical public interest.

Council sends helipad proposal into conditional use process

Plans for Syringa Hospital’s Main Street helipad may be delayed into early fall following last week’s action by the Grangeville City Council to send the proposal through the conditional use process.

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Music Fun In The Park

The Grangeville Summer Concert Series kicked off at Pioneer Park last Thursday, July 10, with Wanigan, a progressive bluegrass band from the Lewiston-Clarkston area.

CenturyLink phone service restored after semi-truck takes out lines

Service has been restored to an estimated 200 CenturyLink customers in Ferdinand and Greencreek following an early morning accident Monday, July 14, that took out overhanging phone lines on U.S. Highway 95.

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Wild Blue Yonder

Skies above Grangeville were abuzz with air traffic Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, for the third annual Warbird Weekend, held at the Idaho County Airport.

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Border Days 2014: Eggs, parades and rodeos – Oh, my!

Hot weather, good food, friends and family – it must have been Border Days.

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100 years of agriculture: McDonald, Hazelbaker operations receive Idaho Century Farm honor

July 4 was a double celebration for the McDonald family, who gathered Independence Day to also receive the Idaho Century Farm recognition from the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS).

Dist. 7A House race:

Legislative compromise, education funding are issues for Chilcott (D)

Jessica Chilcott sees the need for balance in the state legislature in rising above partisan stagnation and reaching compromises to find solutions.

July 2 Update: Two die in accident on U.S. 12

2:35 p.m., July 2 - Idaho State Police is currently investigating this morning's accident on U.S. Highway 12 near Lowell in which two people died.

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Getting out the word: Field Day shows the abilities of amateur radio

KAMIAH – Antenna sprouted among camp tents at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park last weekend, harvesting voices across the airwaves for the annual American Radio Relay League (AARRL) Amateur Radio Field Day exercise.

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Hurt bicyclist faulted for crash with pickup

Investigation has determined an injured juvenile bicyclist was at fault for last week’s collision with a pickup.

Stites remains on boil order; temporary fix pending

The City of Stites heads toward a second month into its water system boil order as it works toward solving a bacterial contamination issue.

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Border Days: Three vie for royalty

Who gets the nod to serve as 2015 Border Days queen and princess awaits announcement at this Friday’s July 4 rodeo.

Grangeville man injured in crash Trio escape car prior to fire

A citation is pending following a single vehicle rollover crash last Thursday on U.S. Highway 12 in which a Grangeville man was injured.

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Witness relates night Anderson shot in Kooskia: Godwin set for arraignment next Monday

Testimony presented during Monday’s preliminary hearing for accused second-degree murderer Jason A. Godwin suggested stolen firearms may have been a possible motive for the June 9 shooting death of Kyle A. Anderson.

Community program needs long-term focus

When it comes to community empowerment, we’re right in line with the old adage of “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” Unless he doesn’t like sushi — then you also have to teach him to cook.

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DEQ draft ranking lists nitrate levels for Camas Prairie

Public comment due by June 24

Groundwater nitrate concentrations within the northern part of Idaho County rank 14th in priority in the state, according to a draft ranking document recently released for public comment.

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Second arrest in June 9 murder; inquiry ongoing

Motive as yet undetermined

Last Friday’s arrest of an Oregon man pulls more pieces together for Idaho County investigators as they continue witness interviews and inquire further into the as-yet undetermined motive behind a Kooskia man’s murder earlier this month.

One last election thing...Importance of your precinct committee

When checking through your May 20th ballots you may have noticed on your way an unheralded – and uncontested – race: precinct committeeman. The lack of interest in this race is a shame, as this is a good spot to start for those political enthusiasts to become more involved in the process and in starting a political career.

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Partial runway shutdown starts Monday at Idaho County Airport

Runway repair runs Monday through Wednesday, June 16-18, on the east end of the Idaho County Airport runway. A partial shutdown will be in place, however, normal operations do not expect to be affected.

NICI escapees caught in Clarkston

June 4 escape earns pair felony charges

Two escapees from North Idaho Correctional Institution are back in custody, awaiting arraignment in Idaho County for their alleged flight from the facility last Wednesday morning.

Cottonwood man in fair condition after wreck

A Cottonwood man is listed in fair condition following a Sunday evening runaway vehicle accident west of Elk City. As of press time Tuesday, Elvin J. Swisher was admitted to care at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Judge dismisses Walco suit against county, Simmons on waste contract award

Civil complaint filed last year; decision delay due to appeal

A district judge has dismissed a lawsuit initiated last year by Walco, Inc., against Idaho County and Simmons Sanitation of Kamiah, that was seeking at least $1.2 million in alleged damages for not being awarded a contract for public solid waste collection.

Riggins woman sentenced for arson

A Riggins woman was sentenced on an amended felony arson charge last month stemming from a November 2013 incident at a North Salmon Drive residence

Expand, improve escape notifications

We’re pretty helpful around here to give a hitchhiker a lift from point A to point B; maybe they’re broken down, or just between jobs and a means of transportation. At least, that’s their story.

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NICI inmates escape; on the loose at Cottonwood

Wednesday, June 4 - Two NICI inmates escaped this morning from the Cottonwood area facility. Law enforcement agencies are engaged in a search for the pair.

May 20 election: official results: Primary turnout down 12 percent from 2012

Idaho County voter turnout in last month’s elections was 12 percent less than in the 2012 primary.

Man charged felony battery in separate incidents

With a felony aggravated battery charge already pending, a Grangeville man has incurred two more in an unrelated incident last month at a campground along State Highway 14.

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Pool program extended due to comments: Patrons hoped to respond with more usage

The city listened – pool hours are extended. “Now the public needs to respond in kind,” said Mayor Bruce Walker.

Incorporated areas declined in Idaho County 2012-2013: Census: city populations dropped

In contrast to state growth overall, incorporated cities in Idaho County showed population declines from 2012 to 2013, according to U.S. Census estimates released last Thursday.

Abuse conviction to be reviewed due to procedure error: Grangeville man serving 3-9 for 2012 conviction

Due to an error in legal procedure, a Grangeville man currently serving a 3-to-9-year prison sentence on a felony sex abuse charge will be returning to court for a review of his conviction.

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Ready For Service

Grangeville Police Officer Wes Walters (right) and his dog, Taser, are presented a certificate by GPD Chief Morgan Drew for completing 80 hours of controlled substance canine training through the Idaho POST Academy.