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David Rauzi

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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.

Smarter Sentencing Act: how legislating should be

Good solutions that cut out wasted spending and arbitrary decision-making. Empowering individuals to serve justice.

Preparing for runway reconstruction: Cottonwood Airport ready to handle diverted flight traffic

Contingency plans are in place at the Cottonwood Airport, ready to handle increases in diverted traffic and usage if and when the runway at Grangeville undergoes an $8 million federal reconstruction project.

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Fire base operations ‘will be the same’

Air center resources would be dispersed during airport work

“The base will be fully staffed, and operations will be the same,” said Willy Acton, forest aviation officer for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

Rule change before council allowing dogs some park space

New $300 infraction included for failure to scoop the poop

ICSO investigating ownership claim of cash found last month

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) is investigating an individual’s claim to tens of thousands of dollars found at a Keuterville-area property last month.

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Crash, collision reported on highways 95, 12

Inattentive driving cited in Feb. 17 two-vehicle crash at Cottonwood

Inattentive driving was cited as a factor in last week’s two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 95 at Cottonwood. No injuries requiring medical transport were reported.

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Rundown runway set for $8 million reconstruction

Feds to fund 90 percent; project tentative to begin in July; closed to fixed-wing aircraft into fall.

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Motorists escape serious injury in Monday crash

Motorists escaped serious injury in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon, Feb. 16, at the intersection of Main Street/State Highway 13 and Mt. Idaho Grade Road.

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A Night For Dancing

The Valentine’s Day Hometown Barn Dance at the Kamiah American Legion Hall drew 81 people Saturday night, Feb. 14, and raised just more than $2,500 for ICARE (Cancer Assistance & Recovery Effort). Started in 2008, ICARE serves the Clearwater River communities, providing benefits to area cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. Since its formation, ICARE has helped a total 142 people with a total $64,300. Information about ICARE is available by calling either 476-5971 or 476-7148.

Credit for Rep. Shepherd on representing district

Our Dist. 7B Representative Paul Shepherd recently came under fire for proposing the state make a custom license plate featuring the Orofino Maniacs logo, a portion of sales ($12) from which would benefit their schools.

Sweepstakes scam takes local woman for $19,000-plus

It was the lure of a Publishers Clearing House (PCH) prize windfall: $2.5 million. Instead, it turned out to be a scam that cost a Grangeville-area woman more than $19,000.

Clearwater woman injured in Feb. 3 rollover

A Clearwater woman was injured following a rollover accident on Old Highway 7 last week north of Grangeville. Linda Walter was transported to Syringa Hospital and then transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. Patient status was unavailable.

Ordinance change in works to allow dog use at Lions Park

Dogs may get the run of the east side of Grangeville Lions Park, pending an ordinance change to be considered by the city.

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‘Childish’: Vandals leave spray-painted trail on cars, buildings across west side of Grangeville

Grangeville police continue to investigate last week’s vandalism spree across multiple west side blocks that left vehicles and buildings tagged with spray paint.

Make it harder for scammers the next time

“My name is Mrs. Glenda Buthelezi. I am a South African and a financial consultant working with a financial institution. I am contacting you to partner with me to secure the funds ($34M) kept in the custody of a bank in South Africa by one of former associate of the late president of Libya who is now deceased.”

Hydrant break stirs up water for residents

Water was safe but a little cloudy for city water consumers following a Saturday morning vehicle accident that took out a fire hydrant across from Prairie View Cemetery.

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‘Get used to gravel’: Highway districts discuss future without SRS funds

Sections of road would not receive snow plowing or dust abatement, preventative maintenance would decrease, employees would lose hours or even jobs.

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Ellenberg trial set in April on felony aggravated battery

With his felony case now bound over to district court, Billy J. Ellenberg remains in jail, awaiting trial this spring on the charge he shot fellow Kamiah resident, Joshua B. Anderberg, early last month concerning a matter of stolen tools.

SRS issue: Time to send the feds an invoice?

When highway district representatives, county commissioners and state elected officials came together Saturday for a meeting on a world without Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds, two things came to mind.

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Warm temps bad for tubing: Decision by Friday to close tube hill; ski slopes active

Sun worshipers may be enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures, but the rising mercury hasn’t been good for both snow levels and attendance numbers at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill.

Measure of local control for rural districts in tapping alumni

The topic of education funding in Idaho gets folks from zero to 100 mph in a hurry. When Governor Butch Otter hosted the Capital for a Day event in Kamiah Jan. 16, he and state officials got the brunt of local frustration with both barrels. Here are two quotes drawn from the Lewiston Tribune of that day’s questioning:

Looking to 2015: Cottonwood Police to strengthen agency partnerships

For Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran, the big standout for the year, which will carry into 2015 and hopefully beyond, is the partnerships and coordination with other entities to improve public safety.

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Kamiah rules: Gov. Otter, officials take public inquiry at capital for dayp

Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.

Local officials: Take up Otter’s example and invite public to comment

Public turnout at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis Capital for a Day event showed lots of folks had questions for their governor and public officials.

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Something different every day for new county coroner, Funke

This is a “new chapter” for Cody Funke of Cottonwood, who stepped up as Idaho County Coroner on Monday.

Pot legalization, lawsuits and what Idaho can learn

On July 1, Oregon’s legalized marijuana goes into effect, putting Idaho in the center of a shrinking circle of Western states – including Utah and Wyoming – where the use, possession, sale, cultivation and transportation of cannabis is illegal.

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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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.

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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.

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.