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Cottonwood, White Bird community projects awarded grants

Nearly a half million dollars in Idaho Community Development Block Grant funds were awarded in May to community projects in Cottonwood and White Bird. In Cottonwood, $150,000 will go toward a community center improvements project, and in White Bird, $300,000 will benefit a wastewater system project.

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Crapo visits county officials

“The issue isn’t public safety, it’s about ownership and unloading federal management onto the counties,” said Gene Meinen, supervisor, Idaho County Road Department.

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Suspicious trailer fire, multiple break-ins under investigation

Inquiry continues into last week’s fire at a Grangeville storage lot that destroyed a 24-foot camper trailer and led police onto possibly related burglaries at the location.

Senator Crapo’s visits make a difference

Do town hall meetings matter? Is there value in exercising your free speech to your elected officials among your fellow citizens? Can you truly say it’s made a difference?

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GPD investigating trailer fire connection to burglaries

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 27: Investigators are actively working an early morning trailer fire incident that may be related to additional crimes at this location and in the area.

Scheduling conflicts result in year postponement for airport’s annual Warbird Weekend event

Due to scheduling conflicts for pilots and available aircraft, organizers for Warbird Weekend have reluctantly decided to postpone this year’s event, resuming the normal schedule for 2016.

ITD plans $2.5-million-plus projects at Grangeville, U.S. 95 starting in 2016

Several million dollars of state highway projects are planned for Grangeville tentatively next summer.

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Elk City author highlights stories on long-lived for health book

Everyone seems to be interested in living well,” said Jim Heckathorn, 81, of Elk City, speaking last Friday, May 22, at the Grangeville Senior Center, about his new book, “How to Live Long and Like It.”

Reeling Them In

Students were out in sudsy force last Saturday, May 23, putting soap and water to work for a GHS Tennis fund-raiser, held at Les Schwab Tires.

Rep. Labrador’s renewed efforts good; need to be more inclusive

Good effort by Congressman Raul Labrador who remains persistent on his proposal to allow state and local management of federally managed forests.

Helipad denied permit by city

In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Grangeville City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a Syringa Hospital helipad on Main Street.

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Investigators determine Cottonwood man took own life after setting trailer home fire

Following inquiry on last week’s fatal house fire in Cottonwood, investigators say the owner, Robert George Jull, 72, intentionally set his trailer home on fire just prior to shooting himself.

GPD seat belt emphasis runs through June 2

Grangeville police officers will be keeping an eye on you … for safety.

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School levies pass in districts 242, 243

Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.

SRS level low but to increase next fiscal year

Idaho County to receive $6M

Coming in at a five-year funding low for Idaho County, Secure Rural Schools (SRS) appropriations were reauthorized by Congress late last month.

Making a difference: Committed citizens can change a county

You’ve heard the quote before. In fact, we’ve printed Margaret Mead’s words of wisdom here on this very page in the past:

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Walk for Life

More than 160 people took part on Saturday, May 9, in Hope Center’s 8th annual Walk for Life in Grangeville, a fund-raiser for their facilities here and Kamiah.

P&Z vote against helipad permit: City council to hear matter on May 18

Syringa Hospital’s plans for a Main Street helipad took a hit last week with a recommendation by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to deny its request for a conditional use permit.

2014 Idaho Supreme Court report: One-third of felony collections not made last year

Just more than one-third of felony collections ordered by the District Court in Idaho County were not collected last year.

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Steve Fox CD has raised $1,000 for veterans

Since Steve Fox’s album, “Moses Foster: Still America,” was released last July, it has sold more than 600 copies, raising more than $1,000 so far that has gone to benefit veterans’ causes.

EMTs are looking a little grayer these days

As firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) rushed about at Saturday’s mass casualty drill in Kamiah last Saturday, one observer made the comment that the EMTs are looking pretty gray.

Young adult numbers dropping in Idaho County reports U.S. Census

As part of the Idaho County population, the number of young adults has dropped by 10 percent in the past few decades.

Council denies Syringa helipad demo request

Takeoff was denied for a helicopter demonstration at Syringa Hospital’s proposed Main Street helipad location. From here, the matter continues for deliberation at next Tuesday’s April 28 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting, which will make its recommendations on the proposal for final determination by the Grangeville City Council.

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Color Blast run in Kamiah draws 162

Community gets behind fund-raiser for Clearwater Valley

Puffs of multicolored clouds of dyed cornstarch kicked off Saturday’s fun run to raise funds for area cancer patients.

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Wedding Day Shoot

Sunny, warm weather and trees in blooming pink set the backdrop for wedding photos taken at the Kooskia Kiosk on U.S. Highway 12 last Saturday afternoon, April 18.

Arbitrator to decide suit between Kooskia, Stites: Disagreement for wastewater services at issue for municipalities

Disagreement concerning contractual obligations for intermunicipal wastewater disposal is at the heart of a civil suit filed earlier this year by the City of Kooskia against the City of Stites.

Helipad demo waits on council approval

Grangeville’s Main Street may feel the blast of rotor wash within the month as part of a demonstration being planned by Syringa Hospital in its efforts to develop a helipad adjacent to the facility for air transport of critical patients.

Helicopter demo will help answer lingering questions on SH helipad proposal


Next Monday, the Grangeville City Council will be hearing a proposal for a helicopter demonstration at the proposed Syringa Hospital helipad site on Main Street.

Education alone won’t drive civic participation

Let’s set the scene for you on public participation with your local government: Imagine multimillion dollar budgets being discussed, tens of thousands of dollars being authorized for expenditure on infrastructure projects, and changes proposed in zoning ordinances.

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Take a seat: New bleachers section ready for Open Riggins Rodeo in May

Attendees to the Riggins Rodeo next month will have a new place to sit.

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Goal: Permanent SRS solution for rural counties: Sen. Crapo visits Kamiah for town hall meeting

The uncertainty of funding and even reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) has become an annual drama put on by federal legislators, one that is watched anxiously by officials in rural counties – including here in Idaho County — whose budgets either balance or break upon this Congressional appropriation.

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Crabtree retires after 31 years on the job

After defending Idaho County from invaders for 31 years, Carl Crabtree is stepping down.

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Hand In Hand At Kooskia

Members of the Mountain Dewers Square and Round Dance Club moved to the call at their regular dance, held last Saturday, March 28, at Clearwater Valley Middle School in Kooskia.

Preparing for fall city elections starts now

Don’t let people mislead you with their defeatist talk; you can make a difference. And it all starts in your city government. It’s not quite that time, yet, for filing candidacy petitions for open city council positions.

Lowe chosen rodeo queen: Representing White Bird for 2015 season

Craigmont resident Kayleen Lowe was chosen as the 2015 White Bird Rodeo Queen following competition held Saturday, March 28.

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Blaze destroys UTV

No injuries were reported in a Monday afternoon fire that destroyed a UTV on Mager Lane just south of Grangeville. Cause is undetermined but it may be possibly electrical related, according to Assistant Chief John Sangster, Grangeville Rural Fire Department (GRFD). The fire reported originated under the vehicle seat.

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Suspect found ‘dangerously mentally ill’: Godwin murder trial put on hold

The suspect in last year’s murder of a Kooskia man has been declared mentally incompetent, delaying trial in the case into mid-year.

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Runway project: FAA priority but ‘not a sure thing’

Final design plans on the proposed $8 million Idaho County Airport runway reconstruction project await Federal Aviation Administration approval, likely within the week. And then there’s just securing the funding.

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Three years probation ordered for Exxon robbery getaway driver

A Cottonwood woman was placed on probation for up to three years for her role as getaway driver in 2013’s Exxon gas station robbery.

Positions contested for hospital, school boards in May 19 elections

Board positions will be contested in the upcoming May 19 elections for the Syringa Hospital and Mt. View School District 244 (MVSD). Syringa Hospital Board

Let offenders learn, grow from mistakes

Across our desk came notice of $30.5 million being made available from the U.S. Department of Labor in “Face Forward” grants. The program helps youth between the ages of 14 to 24 in communities with high poverty and high crime rates with occupational training and credentials that, according to the program, “help them open the door to career success.”

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Prescription med abuse growing, not quite perceived as a problem

Forget what you know about shady characters in back alleys dealing dope. Idaho’s pressing drug issue – misuse and abuse of prescription medications — comes with the face of a friend or family member, is more accessible than alcohol or other mind-altering substances, and the perception by many is “What’s the problem?”

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Glamour Girls

Cottonwood Community Hall was packed last Sunday, March 15, for the annual Little Princess Tea Party, presented by the Idaho County Fair Royalty.

Easter information sought

All Easter information, including egg hunts, services and breakfast, needs to be to the Free Press by Friday, March 27. This will ensure April 1 publication.

Prescription medication abuse thrives partially on lack of understanding

Prescription medication misuse and abuse is not exclusively a big-city problem; it’s here – right here in rural Idaho — and we have work to do to raise public awareness about the problem.

Tactless statement disrespects our heritage

Let’s just say we’re more than just disappointed in our Dist. 7 State Senator Sheryl Nuxoll’s performance last week.

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Cat In The Hat Story Time

Thirteen children and six adults attended last Wednesday’s March 4 Dr. Seuss story hour at the Grangeville Centennial Library.

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What’s The Buzz?

Returning with the warmer weather and clear skies is the familiar buzzing sound of cropdusters, such as this one seen making runs over fields just west of Grangeville last Thursday, March 5.

Fisher gets 99 months for US Bank robbery; agency coordination, public awareness quickly resolved case

Public awareness and involvement, along with law enforcement contingency plans already in place, helped in the successful resolution of last year’s bank robbery in Cottonwood.