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David Rauzi

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Weather events result in regional power outages

Falling snow is only pretty until the power starts going out. And wet, heavy snow was the cause of multiple outages that recently disrupted regional power service.

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Man shot in dispute over tools theft: Anderberg ‘serious’ condition; Ellenberg charged with felonies

A gunshot victim is in intensive care and the alleged shooter is in jail on felony charges related to the Sunday night incident. As of press time Tuesday, Joshua B. Anderberg, 31, of Kamiah, is listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

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Recycling In The New Year

Recycling efforts didn’t take a break during the New Year’s holiday weekend. Volunteers were out at the Grangeville site on Day Road last Saturday, Jan. 3, gathering plastic, metal and cardboard brought in by patrons that morning.

Homes damaged, destroyed by fire

Electrical issue led to Jan. 5 blaze

Firefighters were unable to save an unoccupied residence that was destroyed by fire Monday morning, Jan. 5. No injuries were reported.

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Ringing In The New Year

Families enjoyed an evening potluck and interaction on New Year’s Eve at the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church on North Junction Street.

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Songs Of The Spirit

Despite snow and icy roads, more than 100 people attended Sunday’s holiday concert at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.

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Accidents roundup: EMS busy on area injury crashes

With temperatures below freezing, an injured Grangeville woman lay trapped in her overturned vehicle for nearly an hour until her crash location was discovered and she was extricated by emergency personnel.

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Sunday fire destroys residence: Riggins man suffers burns in Dec. 28 incident

A backdraft from a wood stove quickly set a Riggins home ablaze Sunday afternoon, destroying the residence and causing minor injuries to the owner

Local impact with elections in 2015

Sorry to spoil your festivities planning for the new year, but elections are coming up.

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Welfare check turns up pot grow; Kooskia couple charged in case

Led to a single-wide mobile home on a child abuse allegation, investigators allegedly found an indoor marijuana grow operation that resulted in felony and misdemeanor charges against the two occupants.

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Truck demolished in U.S. 95 summit crash

A Boise man was treated for minor injuries following last Thursday’s Dec. 18 crash at the White Bird Summit that totaled the vehicle Carl W. Goicoechea III, 23, was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

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Turkeys Going To Feed Families

Frozen turkeys were ready to give away last Tuesday, Dec. 16, facilitated by local members of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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Watch for falling rock ...Driver unhurt after crash into boulder

A New Meadows woman escaped injury last week after her vehicle crashed into a boulder south of Riggins on U.S. Highway 95. Robin Harris, 55, was checked by EMTs with Meadows Valley Ambulance and was not transported for further treatment.

Woman trapped 14 hours in Graves Creek crash

Inattentive driving is a suspected factor in a single-vehicle injury crash on Graves Creek Road last week.

Search warrant for stolen property nets multiple arrests at Kamiah

A search warrant served at a Kamiah-area property Tuesday regarding a stolen vehicle netted not only a suspect in the case but also multiple unrelated misdemeanor arrests.

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Stove ashes cause minor smoke incident at trailer park

Fire Chief Tackett advises care in disposing embers

Still-smoldering stove ashes resulted in a minor ignition incident at West Side Trailer Court last week.

Renew public art efforts in county

We’ve had our heads hunkered down for so long trying to make a living that we may have forgotten those things that make life enjoyable. Public art is one.

Two Grangeville attorneys in play for district judge job

Two Grangeville attorneys are in the running for the open Second Judicial District judge position, being vacated by outgoing Judge Michael Griffin.

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Taking deal: Woman to plead guilty in Exxon robbery

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, a 20-year-old Cottonwood woman will plead guilty to involvement in the 2013 armed robbery of a Grangeville gas station.

Scams hit locals by phone, e-mail

Scammers have been busy lately, using both phone and e-mail to bilk Idaho County residents.

Ideal gift is time to community

That hard-to-find, last-minute gift item we’re going to be suggesting this Christmas won’t fit in a box or under a tree. It’s not diamonds or two tickets to that thing your wife really likes.

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Power cut for three hours in Saturday night vehicle crash

A charge for excessive DUI is pending against a Grangeville man who crashed his vehicle into a utility pole Saturday night, disrupting local power service for more than three hours.

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Pizza Factory burglar sought

The Grangeville Police Department is investigating last week’s burglary of the Pizza Factory.

Long-term fix needed for PILT, SRS funding; County should lead charge

Another bipartisan coalition. Another last-minute appeal for appropriations. More pleading, more begging.

Robber to serve time for heist: 27-month stretch for 19-year-old

The getaway driver in May’s US Bank robbery in Cottonwood will spend more than two years in federal prison.

Election 2014: official results: County shows 60.55 percent turnout

Idaho County voters made a good showing at the midterm elections: 60.55 percent (5,773) of total registered voters participated in the Nov. 4 general election, according to official results.

Wind gusts cut power, roll semi

High winds from last Friday night’s storm resulted in minor power outages and a non-injury semi-truck crash.

Weippe man in good condition following crash

A Weippe man is listed in good condition following injuries suffered in a two-vehicle collision east of Weippe last Thursday, Nov. 20.

Flue blaze spreads to burn home

Initially reported as a chimney fire at a home northeast of Kooskia, a Nov. 13 blaze soon spread to destroy the entire structure.

2013 Crime in Idaho County: Larceny again tops list

Thou shalt not steal? Disobeying the eighth commandment remains the top criminal problem in Idaho County.

Council to change bulk water fees; Walco talks on DEQ landfill plans

“Basically we’ve been giving away bulk water free for years,” said Grangeville Public Works Director Jeff McFrederick.

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Agencies begin determining disaster priorities, county mitigation projects

As participants worked through grading the magnitude and frequency of hazards and potential disasters in Idaho County, coordinator Brad Tucker, Northwest Management Inc. (NMI), joked on the emerging trend that incidents here are of high risk and occur rather frequently.

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On Target ... For Fun

Kooskia First Presbyterian Church held its annual community party Friday evening, Nov. 21, at the Kooskia Community Center on Main Street.

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Focused On The Story

Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew read to kids and parents Monday night, Nov. 17, at the Grangeville Centennial Library’s annual pajama party.

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2012 Census of Agriculture: Idaho County Stats show profits up, farm acres increased

Idaho County’s agriculture industry is showing profit, and the small family farms continue to become fewer, according to statistics released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Accidents mark start of winter weather

Winter’s first snowfall took motorists for a ride last week, resulting in numerous crashes, including one incident involving four vehicles that escalated when an Idaho Transportation Department snowplow slid into an Idaho County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle.

Cat licensing ordinance change dead

“From day one I have not been in favor of changing the ordinance,” said Grangeville City Councilor Wes Lester. “I say to leave it alone.”

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Speed a factor in single-vehicle rollover crash on Lukes Gulch Road

Speed was a factor in last week’s single-vehicle rollover crash in which a Grangeville woman was injured.

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ICLP hosts 76th annual meeting

Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative members received a report on their utility’s business at last week’s 76th annual membership meeting, held in Greencreek.

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Brandt, Frei win county commission; ‘yes’ to rec district

Nov. 4 unofficial election results; county voter turnout high at 60 percent

Tuesday night unofficial election results show a GOP sweep in the Idaho County Commission race, with Dist. 1 incumbent Skip Brandt and Dist. 2 newcomer Mark Frei receiving the voter majority.

Election 2014: Idaho County, Dist. 7 Legislative: Voters decide contested commission races Nov. 4

Idaho County voters head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 4, to decide contested commission races and the formation of a White Bird recreation district.

Council tables cat licensing issue to Nov. 3 meeting

Ending a city regulation for cat licensing is looking to be no simple matter for the Grangeville City Council. And comment at last week’s regular meeting shows the issue lies deeper than whether there’s a tag dangling or not from a collar.

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Minor injury in two-car crash near Cottonwood

An inattentive driving citation is pending for a Moscow man who received minor injuries in a two-car crash last Friday, Oct. 24, north of Cottonwood on U.S. Highway 95.

Incumbent focus on ‘less government involvement’

Election 2014: District 7 Senate race: Drews, Nuxoll

Cottonwood Republican Sheryl Nuxoll will face off for re-election on Nov. 4 against Democrat challenger Casey Drews (D) of Osburn for the District 7 Senate seat.

Support of timber industry is your story to tell

What is vitally important to the economy and well-being of Idaho County? Say the “forest products industry” and you’ll get a lot of “tell us something we don’t know” responses around here. And rightly so, as this industry forms the historic bedrock of this region’s – and, in fact, the Northwest’s – formation and development.

ISP investigates collision

Idaho State Police is investigating a multiple injury crash that occurred earlier this month at the Johnston and Tolo Lake roads intersection west of Grangeville.

Three-way race for commission in District 2

Election 2014: Idaho County

Voters have a three-way race of newcomers to decide from in the choice for Idaho County Commission District 2. Up for vote in the Nov. 4 general election, the two-year term is sought by Independent Matthew D. Bybee, Republican Mark A. Frei and Democrat Jerry Zumalt, all of Grangeville. The position’s annual salary is $23,945.

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1870 Medal of Honor recipient receives belated grave marker: Smith recognized for gallantry

Actions of gallantry during an engagement with American Indians in the Arizona Territory more than a century ago warranted William H. Smith to receive the Medal of Honor. Less than 10 years later he died of natural causes and was buried in a cemetery near Mt. Idaho.

Election 2014: Dist. 7A house: Chilcott, McMillan Employment, education, ending obstruction issues for candidates

The need for legislators to end obstructionism and work for citizens’ best interests, such as in education, supporting living wages and job creation are issues in the race for State District 7A Representative, sought by Jessica Chilcott (D) of Sagle and incumbent Shannon McMillan (R) of Silverton.

Gunfire, fight ends in felony charges

A gunfire incident in Grangeville earlier this month has resulted in felony charges for two 35-year-old men. Preliminary hearings are set this Friday, Oct. 17, in magistrate court for Mike A. Heisey of Moriarty, N.M., and Abraham A. Oman of Grangeville.