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David Rauzi

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Attendees voice emphatic ‘no’ to Lochsa land exchange

‘Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever’

What nearly three hours of public testimony brought forth last week was an emphatic public “no” to long-deliberated plans for a public-private lands exchange between the Forest Service and Western Pacific Timber (WPT).

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Lands management topic at Kamiah meeting

Shamley spoke to ICFB members at Nov. 14 annual assembly

“Is the question whether we can afford to manage the lands, or can we afford not to manage the lands at a state level?” questioned Doyel Shamley. CEO for Nevada-based Veritas Research Consulting, Shamley spoke to more than 50 people in attendance at last Saturday’s Nov. 14, Idaho County Farm Bureau annual meeting in Kamiah.

Council to review helicopter ordinance for change, passage at Dec. 7 meeting

An ordinance prohibiting helicopter landings and takeoffs within the municipal limits is before the Grangeville City Council. Last week, the council held a first reading on the proposed regulation, and at its Dec. 7 meeting the six-person board will consider the matter for adoption.

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Alcohol a suspected factor in Nov. 18 crash

Citations are pending in a suspected alcohol-related injury crash on White Bird hill last week.

Minor injuries result from Nov. 20 three-vehicle crash at US 95 intersection

Minor injuries resulted from a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Grangeville’s Main Street and U.S. Highway 95 last Friday, Nov. 20.

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Main Street Lights

That sign the holidays are getting closer: the annual decorating of Grangeville’s Main Street lampposts. Volunteers were out last Friday morning, Nov. 13, putting up 50 new lighted Christmas garlands, assisted by an Avista crew. Among those helping last week included (pictured) Jane and Craig Spencer.

Shooting incident made worse due to failures in public disclosure

Neighboring Adams County has a nightmare on its hands that reverberates throughout our region, and rightly so.

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Kooskia man, Paul, dies in SH13 crash

Kooskia resident Tommy D. Paul, 72, died last week in a vehicle accident on State Highway 13. The crash was reported at 1:59 p.m. last Wednesday, Nov. 11, at milepost 17.2, approximately five miles south of Stites, according to Idaho State Police.

Investigation continues on WaterOz fire

Cause remained undetermined as investigation continues into last month’s fire that destroyed WaterOz.

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Man dies in single-vehicle crash south of Stites

ISP investigating Nov. 11 fatal accident

Idaho State Police is investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash that occurred on State Highway 13 approximately five miles south of Stites Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 11.

Council approves intent for ARF land donation

Proposal for pet shelter near county airport

With the promise of nearly an acre of land to develop upon, an up and coming nonprofit animal shelter group can pursue funding its next steps leading to a permanent facility.

ICLP has ‘interesting, resilient’ year

“As President [Ernie] Robinson said, it has been an interesting year, but it has proven that your cooperative is resilient,” said Jake Eimers, general manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative.

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Adding To The Beauty

This young girl gets the special face painting treatment at Saturday’s Riggins school carnival. The Salmon River PTO sponsored the Nov. 7 carnival, held at the Salmon River High School gym.

Tobacco tax proposal a short-term, lazy fix


Who isn’t for making an Idaho college education more affordable? And if you do that by bumping up the price of a pack of smokes, who’s to care? After all, it’s a dirty habit, it’s bad for your health and, well, who likes those smokers anyway. Right?

Veterans need thanks through understanding

Honoring our veterans isn’t a problem around Idaho County -- recognizing their service and duty, and in living our lives to honor their daily gift of freedom. But as important, we need to find a way to show that sentiment in a practical way.

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Junes attends Philadelphia event during Pope

Event an interrelationship with family, church family and faith

“For me, I thought this would be my only opportunity to be in the same hemisphere as the pope,” said Linda Junes of Grangeville. “When else was I going to have this chance?”

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Water Oz fire cause undetermined, under investigation

Specialty water company hopes to resume production soon

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is investigating last Friday’s fire that destroyed the WaterOz facility near Stites, the cause of which at this point is unknown.

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Election 2015: new faces on councils, bond passes

Some new faces in city government, and passage of a half-million-dollar bond were approved by voters in Tuesday’s elections.

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Fire destroys Wateroz facility near Stites

Cause undetermined, investigation pending

Fire continues to burn through the WaterOz facility on Stites Road as of Friday afternoon, Oct. 30, following an undetermined start during working hours earlier that morning.

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Death In The Family

Members of Cornerstone Theater performed the comedy/drama, A Manor of Life and Death, last Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. The story involved the murder of a universally disliked family patriarch, and the twist ending of an audience member being singled out as the culprit involved in the crime. All proceeds from the performances will go to benefit the Kamiah Fire Victims Fund. Pictured here are (L-R) Inspector Green (Felicia Seigler), Marcus (Rachel Gulotta) and Angela (Rose Sherrer).

Skateboarder injured Oct. 19 crash into pickup

A 17-year-old Kamiah youth was injured last week following a skateboarding accident involving a vehicle.

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Victory Karate students place well in Oct. 10 tourney

Twelve members with Victory Karate Klub of Grangeville competed, and several placed — four medals and 15 katanas (swords) — in the Oct. 10 Quest of Champions tournament in Lewiston.

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Spook Show

All manner of characters — from spooks to Disney heroines and a couple of Caitlyn Jenners — were in attendance at the Kids Klub Halloween Costume Ball last Saturday, Oct 24, held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. Rubbing shoulders at the well-attended event included this scary couple, Kelly and John Bambacigno. Halloween events continue this week and into Saturday, Oct. 31.

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Youth Soccer

Idaho County Youth soccer players had their end of fall games Saturday, Oct. 17, at Lions Park.

Texas man injured; load, diesel spilled in Sunday crash

A Texas man was injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash into the Lochsa River.

End of October scary time for politics, Halloween

What could be scarier than Halloween? How about politics!

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Talkin’ About Old Iron, Golden Times

Grangeville hosted members of Chapter 14 Inland Northwest Crawlers of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC) for a two-day weekend event, Oct. 24-25. More than 23 people attended, including participants from Montana and British Columbia, and visited area collections of Don and Charlotte DeArmond, and Ted Billups (pictured talking in center). ACMOC members gather to talk shop, as well as to encourage interest in old Caterpillar machinery. Chapter 14 president is John Hahn of Craigmont.

Ordinance may focus solely on helicopters

Throw out what you may have heard about regulations or prohibitions on helicopters and helipads within the city of Grangeville. The issue remains an open book continuing to be shaped by council comment and expected further public discussions.

Former hospital employee gets jail time for false bomb threat

Charge resulted from an early morning incident Sept. 25, 2014

A former Syringa Hospital employee will serve a year in the county jail following sentencing this month on reporting a false bomb threat at the medical facility last year.

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Fire Destroys Motor Home

Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department personnel were dispatched Monday afternoon, Oct. 19, at 2:43 p.m....

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ID found at scene leads police to felony damage suspect

As helpful as shoe and fingerprint evidence were in leading to a suspect in an early Saturday morning vehicle vandalism at the Idaho County Free Press, another piece found at the scene pointed the finger even more clearly: his driver’s license.

White Bird polling place moved

Voting now at White Bird Community Center for the upcoming Nov. 3 election

The White Bird precinct polling place has been moved to the White Bird Community Center for the upcoming Nov. 3 election.

Supreme Court affirms dismissal of solid waste suit

The Idaho Supreme Court recently affirmed a district court judgment dismissing a civil suit by Grangeville-based Walco, Inc., against Idaho County for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets during contract negotiation for solid waste disposal services.

Proposed ban on helicopter, helipad backward step for care

Helicopter activity within the Grangeville city limits: The issue returns again, and this time the move is to prohibit it. This would be a step backward for regional health care and safety awareness.

Montana couple treated following Oct. 4 rear-end crash US 12

A Montana couple was treated for injuries suffered in a rear-end collision crash Oct. 4 on U.S. Highway 12.

Lewiston man sentenced for manslaughter in 2014 crash

Fines and jail time were ordered for a Lewiston man sentenced last week on a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge related to a 2014 accident.

Couple hopes scam experience will help others

'Son in trouble with law' hoax bilks $2,700

It’s a parent’s nightmare: a child hurt in an accident and in trouble with the law. But in this case, the story was a lie and it ended with a Grangeville couple being scammed out of $2,700.

City eyes ban on helipads, helicopters

Draft ordinance up for council discussion

Revisiting an issue that drew strong community interest this past spring, the Grangeville City Council is considering an ordinance to prohibit operating a helipad or helicopters within the municipal limits.

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Four candidates vie for three city positions

Election 2015: Grangeville City Council

Four candidates are vying for three four-year-term positions on the Grangeville City Council in the Nov. 3 elections: newcomers Amy Farris and Daniel Gautney, and incumbents Peter Lane and Michael Peterson.

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Incumbent, challenger seek four-year term

Election 2015: Grangeville Cemetery Board

Two candidates are vying for a four-year-term position on the Grangeville Cemetery District board in the Nov. 3 elections: Bruce Battles and incumbent John J. Lamb.

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Mayor, council positions contested in city races

Election 2015: White Bird council

For the City of White Bird, the mayor and two council positions – all four-year terms – are up for decision in the Nov. 3 election. Running for mayor is incumbent Rick Alley and challenger Rod Pilant. Council seats are sought by Homer, Brown, and incumbents Janis Ann Owen-Comrie and Darlene Wadsworth.

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Kamiah EMS providers honored for efforts during August fires

‘We are forever grateful and in your debt’

More than 100 people attended the afternoon Oct. 5 recognition ceremony at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park, honoring volunteer firefighters, EMTs and city and county law enforcement with multiple praises for individual dedication, selflessness, bravery and also determination to push through the exhaustion for days of effort to protect and serve the community threatened by wildfire in August as part of the Clearwater Complex.

Second NICI escapee gets 2-5 years in 2014 incident

The second half in a 2014 joint escape from NICI has earned more time behind bars.

Mail-out ballot for bond election; Oct. 9 registration deadline

Election 2015: getting voters ready

- Pre-registration deadline is this Friday, Oct. 9. - Vote on Rapid River Water and Sewer District’ $500,000 bond election will be conducted by mail-out ballot.

Census shows Idaho County gain in 65 and older, 20-to-39 age groups

Is Idaho County getting grayer? Yes, but it is also showing an increase in younger-age populations as well, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Pretty In Pink

Runners were up bright and early Saturday morning, Sept. 26, for the second annual Flamingo Fun Run 5K, starting at Grangeville Lions Park. The fund-raising event benefits finding a cure for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), the number one genetic killer of children younger than age 2. Saturday’s event drew 81 runners/walkers and raised more than $5,000. Pictured here is participant Ellie Harrison of Rigby. Flamingo Fun Run results are on page 10B.

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Cause undetermined in Sunday shop fire

Building, vehicles tools lost in Sept. 27 Grangeville blaze

Cause and point of origin are currently unknown for a Sunday afternoon fire that blazed through a Grangeville shop destroying vehicles, tools and personal property.

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‘Join up or form up’ focus of Oct. 7 public meeting for volunteers, forming fire districts

Event on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m., Kooskia Fire Station

The meeting will begin with an approximate 15-minute presentation and question and answer session, followed by informal time for participants to meet with officials.

Reminder on election letters to editor

Just a quick reminder: After this issue you have just four weeks to write letters prior to the Nov. 3 elections.

Join up or form up; who else will otherwise?

Join up or form up.