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David Rauzi

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Contractor compensates city half on project due to street problems

Knife River Corporation will be paying the City of Grangeville $12,500 to resolve a long-standing issue with degradation problems on its Pine Street paving project.

Bomb hoax scare at Syringa Hospital

Investigation under way; no motive, suspect as yet

(SEPT. 25 UPDATE) - Investigation is ongoing into Thursday’s bomb threat hoax at Syringa Hospital with no leads at present regarding a suspect or a reason.

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Heavy rain, wind gusts may hit region today, Friday

NWS: potential for damage, power outages

Heavy rains and wind gusts are forecast starting today for the North Central Idaho region, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula.

General election: Nov. 4 -Absentee voting under way; commission seats contested

Elections? Already? In-person absentee voting started Monday, Sept. 22, at the Idaho County Courthouse for races to be decided in the Nov. 4 general election.

Law enforcement warns impersonation scams making regional rounds

Scammer reveals call trick to CPD police

Scammers try many techniques to trick potential victims out of their personal and financial information, such as posing as representing a governmental agency. But those tricks can come to a halt if they unknowingly try to scam a law enforcement officer … such as recently with Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran.

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Autumn Whitewater

Unseasonably warm temperatures are providing good conditions for whitewater rafting enthusiasts to continue to enjoy Idaho County rivers. Last Saturday, Sept. 20, a group of several rafts were navigating the Salmon River near Lightning Creek Rapids.

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Cause under state investigation for 100-plus-acre Almost Fire

Cause is undetermined for a wildfire that burned more than 100 acres of private stubble fields off Old Highway 7 last Friday, Sept. 19.

No easy answers to address motorcycle fatalities

Usually in this spot we’re calling your attention to an issue and yapping about what we’d do to make the world a better place if we were named kings for a day.

Cold cases: why they matter

You would hope that someone has not forgotten, that someone is searching for answers, that justice is being sought.

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Cause of death, victim identity unknown in 30-year-old case

Who was this man, and how did he die?

He was someone’s son, a friend or co-worker to others. But who he was and how he died in the forested corridor along U.S. Highway 12 remains an elusive mystery. A classic cold case that is periodically revisited as tips or new forensic technologies arise. Meanwhile, the unidentified remains await determination. And it’s been a long wait for Mr. Bones — so named by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) – who has languished in a basement box since his discovery 30 years ago this month.

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Fatal motorcycle crash under ISP investigation

Idaho State Police is currently investigating a Sunday night rear-end crash between a motorcycle and a car on Johnston Road that claimed the life of a Grangeville man.

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Rape case needs info

Last month a woman was raped in Elk City, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in its investigation.

Doggone!: Impounded dogs stolen in city pound burglary

Doggone. Who stole the pups from the pound?

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Saturday crashes injure two

Two people were transported for medical attention following a Friday night, Aug. 29, chain collision accident on Glenwood Road.

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Holli Woodings, D, secretary of state candidate: Looking to solutions ‘best for Idaho’

It was through her service in the Idaho Legislature that Holli Woodings was encouraged to run for secretary of state.

Where’d my stuff go? Check your storage locker

Is your stuff safe? Are you sure? Have you checked?

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Balfe pleads; Fisher set for trial in bank robbery

A Meridian woman is set for sentencing this fall for involvement in May’s US Bank robbery in Cottonwood.

Crash claims Keuterville man at scene: Woman dies following Aug. 19 accident

Inattentive driving is a suspected factor in last Thursday’s single-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Matthew K. Seubert, 26, of Greencreek.

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Woman injured, power down following utility pole crash

Anger is a suspected factor in a vehicle accident last week that resulted in a minor injury, a neighborhood power disruption, thousands of dollars in utility damages and the arrest of the driver on multiple misdemeanor charges.

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Idaho County Fair 2014 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Gross sales up 13 percent from 2013

Gross sales were up 13 percent from last year for the Idaho County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale, totaling $272,866, though animal numbers were down.

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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.”

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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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.

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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.