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Land gift enlarges city by 94 acres; no present plans for use, disposition

The city of Grangeville literally grew overnight, thanks to a land gift from a Montana businessman. At its April 17 meeting, the city council approved unanimously to accept 94 acres of undeveloped ground located between the Idaho County Airport and the truck route.

Voter would benefit from political truce, cooperation to inform


Next year, we can get back to party politics … as everyone is so excited about returning to that screaming monkey circus. But this year, let’s set the party names aside and work the 2017 nonpartisan elections together.

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Grocery tax repeal veto: Sen. Crabtree: ‘Disappointed;’ have to look at other tax-cutting measures

The grocery tax is one everybody has to pay, poor and rich alike, Crabtree said, “and it probably isn’t a very fair tax, and it’s not a tax that other states have for that reason. It would have eliminated taxes on the same food products that qualify under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the dietary staples everyone needs.”

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Probation, jail time ordered in 2016 manslaughter case

Judge praises mediation that led to sentence

Mohamed M. Seid will serve a year in jail, followed by eight years on probation for his conviction on a felony manslaughter charge. As much as it is punishment for the 29-year-old Minnesota man, it is also a chance for redemption, according to District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice, that was provided through the mediated efforts of the prosecution and defense attorney, as well as with the understanding of the victim’s family.

2017 Weather impacts on grain product, production

With extended durations of ground snow and above-average meltoff, Idaho grain growers have already seen a preview of what this season has in store for them.

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Rain showers on Thursday, snow Friday on Lolo, White Bird passes

NWS weather update

For Thursday into Friday, April 13-14, rain showers will turn into snow, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula. - Snow early Thursday night Lolo Pass - White Bird Grade near Grangeville could also see a couple inches of snow

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Playing Bingo in Kamiah

Games of Bingo are offered at the Kamiah American Legion Hall every first and third Friday of the month, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Shotgun used as walking stick ends with a bang

A loaded shotgun used as a walking stick? Not a good idea, as you can expect, the lesson from which a Montana man found out the hard way.

SRS a ‘sick’ option but only one for rural counties


Year after year it is the same Congressional knife fight to reauthorize Secure Rural School (SRS) funding with 11th-hour saves to the program to get us through another year. This year, chances for reauthorization are as slim as we’ve ever seen them. But what if it is? What about next year? And after that?

Electrical issue cause for Sunday camp trailer fire

Interior, contents destroyed

An electrical issue is the suspected cause for Sunday night’s fire at the Sundown RV Park that gutted a camp trailer and destroyed its contents. No injuries were reported. It is unknown whether the owners were insured.

Support re-instating fed grant for DNA testing


You can’t tell us the government doesn’t have $1 million kicking around the treasury somewhere that they could throw a bone to rural law enforcement. Specifically, to reinstate federal grant funding to provide DNA testing for law enforcement agencies across the nation.

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Missing Men: Where are Meyer, Perri? County seeks information

One may have met with foul play

Last November, Tark H. Meyer, 61, was at his mining claim in the Cougar Creek area. More than a year ago, January 2016, Jody A. Perri, 57, was seen getting into a vehicle at his property near Kooskia. Since then, no trace of either man has been found.

Possible new burglary charges pending against White Bird man

Reports filed to prosecutor on March 2 incident

Facing charges on one burglary, a White Bird man may be looking at new felonies in relation to a second incident.

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Regional stats: good to excellent returns on 2016 harvests

Regional producers saw a good to excellent return on wheat and barley harvests in 2016, compared with dismal totals reported the prior year, per estimates released this winter by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Producer Profile: Clark Tacke

Clark Tacke, 28, and his wife, Sara, live in Cottonwood. Since 2012, he has owned and operated a farm between Greencreek and Grangeville with his dad, Cliff Tacke, where they raise wheat and barley, some canola, as well as grain hay.

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Minor injury crash shears pole

Situation reminder to avoid downed power lines

Montana woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident north of town on Lukes Gulch Road last Wednesday, March 23, involving a power pole.

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Trucker Avoids Vehicle, Shoulder Collapses Under Wheels

Driver Alex Olsen of Twin Falls talks on the phone at last Thursday’s March 23, non-injury accident on State Highway 13 at Grangeville north of the Fairview Road intersection.

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Kids Attend Youth Fun Day at Elks Lodge

Attendees came through the Grangeville Elks Lodge doors throughout the day last Saturday, March 25, as part of Youth Fun Day for kids ages 17 and younger.

EMTs: support them, their efforts, join them


Idaho County has a strong volunteerism history when it comes to our community EMTs (emergency medical technicians) who train on their own time and dime, and are on call to leave their work or families at a moment’s notice, in all kinds of weather, day or night, and at any location from highways to rugged back country.

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County, USFS close area roads; damages, costs pending review

With last week’s disaster declaration, the next step for Idaho County is assessment for damages and repair costs to its road infrastructure, impacted by a precipitation-heavy season resulting in extreme soil saturation.

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Slides, debris result in closures on county, USFS roads

Idaho County reporting closure on Cedar Creek Road due to Thursday night collapse; problems on Big Cedar, Cove Road. Nez Perce-Clearwater Reporting two forest roads closed on Moose Creek Ranger District due to slides and debris.

Lt. Governor declares Idaho, Lewis counties in state of emergency

State to "provide resources and assistance wherever we can"

Acting Governor Brad Little declares two states of emergency; Idaho, Lewis counties declared disaster areas

Good legislative effort continues for sexual assault victims


Good work continues for sexual assault victims, as Monday saw unanimous passage of House Bill 146 that addresses untested rape kits in the state.

Contested elections for hospital, school, highway districts

Vote set May 16

Multiple races will be contested in the May 16 election on area hospital, school and highway districts.

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Night Of Fantasy

Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted its annual Chocolate Fantasy fund-raiser last Saturday, March 18, at the SPPS gymnasium.

Riggins man presumed drowned in accident

Vehicle located Monday upside down in the river

Search efforts continued along the Salmon River as of press time for Derek L. Olson, 35 of Riggins, presumed drowned following an early morning Monday accident.

April 14 comment deadline on DEQ funding three area utility projects

Three public entities are seeking funding through Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for planned wastewater and drinking water construction projects. Public comment on these proposals is due April 14.

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Electrical issue cause for Elk City fire

“We had a quick response, we put out the fire right away..."

Firefighters made short work on an Elk City house fire last week, saving the two-story structure. No injuries were reported. An electrical issue – old wiring – is the suspected cause of last Wednesday’s March 15 fire, according to Jon Menough, board chairman, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department, that originated in the attic.

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No injuries reported in Wednesday Elk City house fire

Electrical issue determined as cause

Firefighters made short work on an Elk City house fire last week, saving the two-story structure. No injuries were reported.

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‘Fast jump’ keeps fire damage at minimum in Grangeville

Damage was kept to a minimum following last Wednesday’s March 8 house fire in Grangeville. Cause is believed accidental. No injuries were reported.

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South Fork Clearwater steelhead collection for brood stock

What’s the catch? Improving fish runs

“This is quite a boost to this area,” noted Stan Hawkins, fisheries technician, Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Time to pay more attention to all these districts


Voters can’t sluff off into apathy, thinking that politics is eased off for a year, until we get into mid-term elections. Just get a load of what is coming up this year: 47 elections.

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Six-week soccer clinic teaches kids skills

About 60 kids participated in a six-week soccer clinic at Sts. Peter and Paul School that finished last Saturday, March 11. The approximate hourlong sessions were put on by volunteers Patrick Gallagher and Joel Gomez.

City equity buy-in fees at issue

Talk continues on ordinance revisions

What’s a good compromise to give the city and prospective developers each what they need? That focus framed discussion at last week’s Grangeville City Council meeting where options were discussed in ongoing plans to rework the municipal subdivision ordinance.

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Sick bald eagle treated, released off Old White Bird Grade

Free Once More

The bald eagle wafted off the shoulder of the Old White Bird Grade and settled into the wind, and without wavering it continued along the hillside headed north, until it was lost in the distance. For Michelle Powell, this was her “best recovery ever,” for rehabilitating wild animals injured or sick, and then releasing them back into the wild.

Vehicular manslaughter charged in 2016 crash

Grangeville man set for March 6 preliminary hearing in felony case

Four months following a three-car fatality crash at Kooskia, a Grangeville man has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter.

Proposed Montana legislation restricting photos unconstitutional


From our Montana neighbors: State legislation is under consideration that would prohibit news outlets from posting photos of fatal accidents on social media until authorities can notify next of kin. For free speech advocates – which should be all of us, press and public alike – this is disturbing discussion.

Scammers fake ICSO call to threaten, arrest

Scammers are continually at their trade, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is warning about recent calls to area residents, reporting to be from Undersheriff Jim Gorges, threating arrest unless they send money. Calls appear to come from the ICSO number, but these are deceptive to mislead victims into defrauding them of money.

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GOP politics on the menu

County Republicans gather for dinner, briefs on issues

Attendees talked politics, reminisced and focused on the year ahead for Idaho and the nation at last Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Greencreek. Approximately 120 people attended the Feb. 25 evening event at the Greencreek Community Hall, sponsored by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee, which raised nearly $2,500 for local party activities and to support candidates and GOP issues.

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Grangeville’s removal budget blown; at 126 percent

Abundance of snow zaps city

It’s been more than a notable snow year for the region. For the City of Grangeville public works department, the numbers tell the story.

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Hitmen Lay Down The Beat

The Festival of Hearts, a fund-raiser hosted by the Syringa Hospital Foundation, was held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge last Saturday night, Feb. 18.

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Dancing The Night Away

The Festival of Hearts, a fund-raiser hosted by the Syringa Hospital Foundation, was held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge last Saturday night, Feb. 18. Prize winners for the evening: Alex Frei won a $500 gift certificate from B&B Bargain; Jeff Day won a gun safe from B&B Bargain; Jennifer Zimmerman from Inland Northwest Blood Center won the muzzleloader; and Jake Simler won the .22 rifle.

Absentee voting under way for school district levy elections

Decisions on March 14

Absentee voting started Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Idaho County Courthouse for regional school district levies up for decision in the March 14 election. Those wishing to register to vote in this election can either do so at the polls election day; or they can register at the courthouse, however, they will need to also vote at that time.

Meth by mail: Felonies charged in drug postal delivery

Preliminary hearings are set in both Idaho and Valley county magistrate courts for two people charged in relation to a postal delivery of methamphetamine earlier this month.

New boiler purchased for city pool; other council news

“It’s February and snowing, and we’re going to talk about the pool,” joked Mayor Bruce Walker.

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Warm, wet weather system may bring more runoff

Concerns for travel corridors include Lolo Pass

Problems from rain and melting snow are forecasted to resume starting Thursday, Feb. 16, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula. A warm and wet system, complete with mild temperatures and measurable rainfall, will occur Thursday through Friday. While this system will be quick to cross through the region, a total of a half- inch to an inch of rain is likely during this time.

Idaho County production up from 2015

For Idaho County, 2016 saw a dramatic increase in crop production, in comparison to the prior year, per data released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Increases, per crop, varied from more than half to one-and-a-half times what producers saw in 2015.

Constitutional amendment for term limits? Whoa, not so fast


Are congressional term limits an idea whose time has come? Whoa, not so fast. President Donald Trump rode into the White House on the wave of that public sentiment voicing “It’s time for a change.” Now, looking to strike while the iron is hot, Idaho’s Rep. Raul Labrador is introducing a term limits constitutional amendment for congressional members.

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Issues ‘relatively minor’ from warm system that brings melt

Months of snow came off in a rush last Thursday, Feb. 9, as temperatures warmed that —- assisted by gusting winds — turned ice into rushing water. Reports started coming in to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at 7:21 a.m....

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NRA Banquet Fun

Attendees packed the Grangeville Elks Lodge Friday night, Feb. 10, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go 50/50 toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.


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