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Mitchell seeks Democrat nod in contested May 20 Senate race

“We need a candidate who will bring people together and get things done, rather than just vote no,” said Nels Mitchell, emphasizing the need for discussion that leads to progress, and criticizing Republican incumbent Senator Jim Risch for his obstructionism.

A few things to get ready before election

Before you know it, the May 20 primary elections will be here. Unless you’ve already voted absentee, you’re still kicking around the “who” and “why” of your choices, so here are a few things to help you get ready.

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Main: 15-25 year sentence set for abuse of teenager

Sexual abuse charges from two counties have netted a McCall man – at the least – nearly two decades in prison. At an April 14 sentencing hearing in Second District Court, Benjamin N. Main, 37, was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 25 with the Idaho Department of Correction, and to pay $525.50 in court costs and a $5,000 civil penalty to the victim in this Idaho County case.

Primary election May 20: McMillan to face Hillman in race for District 7A

Challenger Shauna Hillman of Wallace will face off against incumbent Shannon McMillan of Silverton in the May 20 Republican primary election for District 7A Representative.

Weather, failures factor in outages

Weather and equipment failure were factors in two unrelated outages last week that left hundreds of Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative customers without power.

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Sharp Serve

Grangeville’s Taylor Wilkins serves during a mixed doubles victory over Clearwater Valley’s Harrick/Krieger tandem last Monday night, April 28.

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Pair injured in Monday two-vehicle US 95 crash

Two Grangeville residents were injured following a Monday afternoon collision two miles south of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95.

‘Vigilant victim’ led to identity thief

Schoo, sentenced on federal charges; gets 39 months in prison

The arrest and subsequent federal conviction of an identity thief can credit its start to an alert victim and an initial Grangeville Police Department investigation. “She was a pretty vigilant victim who was paying attention to her accounts, and got things going,” said GPD Officer Mike Quintal.

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Pair faces off for treasurer in primary

Pair faces off for treasurer in primary

Threatened rivers designation a farce

As the Sesame Street song goes, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.” This is the case with a piece of hype stating the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers as among the top 10 endangered rivers.

Streets problem surfaces in city discussion on tax

Estimates put potential revenue for Grangeville around $300,000 annually from a half-percent local option tax (LOT). But funding is just part of the discussion for the Grangeville City Council on the merits of adopting a new tax to address public infrastructure needs.

Fire escapes, burns acres above US 12

Don’t take the spring weather for granted, advise state officials when it comes to fire. “Even with all the moisture out there, it’s drier than people think,” said Dave Summers, resource supervisor/fire warden for the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Maggie Creek Fire District.

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‘Accidental’ trooper: ISP officer Jim Brouwer retires after 27 years

Considering what he does for a living, Jim Brouwer had an appropriate way to describe how he got involved in law enforcement. “Actually, it was quite by accident,” he said.

$7.017 million for FY14: County sees 8.5 percent drop in SRS allocation

Idaho County will be allocated $7.017 million this year, part of $300 million-plus to be paid nationwide through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act.

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Citizens On Target

Eleven participants attended an all-day basic handgun firearms class last Friday, April 4, sponsored by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, with funding assistance from the NRA Foundation.

1.3 percent drop in 2013: Fewer folks in Idaho County says Census

Population growth in rural Idaho is up, but not in Idaho County, one of 21 counties in the state to lose population last year.

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Man cited following two-car crash

Both drivers escaped injury following a two-car collision Monday afternoon, March 31, at the U.S. Highway 95/State Highway 13 intersection.

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Temporary line in place following 21-hour outage

Distribution line repairs are in place following last week’s wind damage along State Highway 14 that disrupted power service to 657 Avista customers on the Elk City/Dixie line for approximately 21 hours.

County’s aging population requires new discussions

An AARP Armageddon? Tone down the hysteria involved in news reporting of our graying population and let’s focus on what we need to do to meet the future – and in some cases, present – challenges of our growing group of older folks.

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Power expected to be restored 2 p.m. Wednesday

Tuesday microburst knocks out Avista's Elk City line

An estimated 657 Avista customers are out of power as of Tuesday, March 25, due to a significant outage on Avista's Elk City line.

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Two for the top jobs: Balukoff, Marley visit region on governor, lt. governor races

Candidates for Idaho governor and lieutenant governor, A.J. Balukoff and Bert Marley, respectively, visited the region last week on a communities’ listening tour.

Resort Local Option Tax for Grangeville?

Council discusses funding option

Could a resort local option tax be a revenue generating option for the City of Grangeville? Councilor Shelley Dumas introduced this topic to the council at its meeting last week with the intent to start discussion on whether to pursue a potential new funding stream to address both lean and strained city budgets for public projects and infrastructure. “I think this is something that could work for us,” Dumas said.

City proposes new ADA parking; ordinance in works

Next month the Grangeville City Council will be reviewing a proposed ordinance designating an ADA downtown area that would include six new parking spaces for the disabled.

Commissioner seats to be decided in November

County treasurer position sole contested race in primary

For the upcoming May 20 primary elections, the Idaho County treasurer’s position is the sole local race being contested. Candidate filings closed last Friday, March 14, and incumbent Deanna Hall and Abbie Hudson, both of Grangeville, filed on the Republican ticket. The victor in the Republican primary will face Michelle Perdue, who filed as a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 general election. All three are from Grangeville.

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North Central Idaho RAC members recognized for service by supervisor

Members of the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee were recognized for their achievements last week by Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor Rick Brazell.

Guilty: Thousands overbilled to Medicaid for services

Sentencing is set this spring for a Cottonwood woman convicted at trial last week for theft of thousands of dollars in state Medicaid overpayments.

Easy to get a GRIP on this legislation

Yet more proposed federal legislation? Yep, and this time it’s on gun owner data collection. But there’s a couple reasons to get behind this, neither of which specifically deals with guns.

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Traffic at crash site leads to second wreck

Boise man escapes burning car; Grangeville man injured when pickup overturns

Emergency personnel were already enroute last Saturday evening to a one-car injury crash and subsequent fire on the White Bird summit when a second vehicle coming onto the scene lost control and overturned, seriously injuring the driver. As of press time, Randy A. Latimer, 61, of Grangeville, was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. The other victim, Jeremy R. Kannenberg, 28, of Boise, was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville where he was treated and released.

Ordinance pending on downtown ADA parking

GRANGEVILLE – Parking access for persons with disabilities is proposed to improve in downtown Grangeville. Next week, the Grangeville City Council is tentatively set to review a proposed ordinance defining a “downtown area,” as per ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements, as a first step for establishing additional parking locations for the disabled.

Fun with Bing maps: Find places you never knew about

... and that don’t exist in Grangeville

Have you been to Annie’s Saloon in Grangeville? Whatcha mean there’s no such place? It’s on Bing maps, and the Internet is not wrong; Wikipedia says so. If you have a little downtime for some Internet surfing, bring up the Bing map of your community. In a geeky sort of way, there’s some fun to be had, such as finding where you live. Or you can try to guess the time of year, even the month, the aerial shot was taken (hint: That looks like the fireworks stand in Asker’s Harvest Foods parking lot).

Council discusses problems with snow removal; city to rely on education before resorting to rule

The Grangeville City Council has put the chill on an ordinance penalizing improper snow removal and is instead relying – for now – on public education to address this seasonal annoyance.

Agencies coordinate on regional task force; addresses domestic violence, sexual assault

“You should be safe and secure in your home,” said Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran. “If not, that has to change.” While the problems of domestic violence and sexual assault are nothing new, what has changed regionally is how those issues are being addressed. Specifically, efforts are better coordinated through a multi-agency task force with community advocates, law enforcement, medical services and criminal prosecution working to provide support and services, and to spread public awareness on the problem of abuse.

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A river runs through it : Snowmelt, deluge floods Cottonwood’s Main Street

Main Street turned into a river Monday evening as rainfall coupled with snowmelt overwhelmed both Cottonwood Creek and city storm drains. As of press time Tuesday, no flood damage was so far being reported by downtown businesses from the March 3 event, according to Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran.

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Chimney inspection an important safety measure

Chimney fires can be a shocking surprise for a homeowner, and as well a potential danger in spreading throughout the structure. So far, nine have been reported in Idaho County this year, and more are likely to occur as we weather the ongoing cold and snow of winter. Dick Straw of Straw’s Power Vac., Inc., recommends an annual inspection of your chimney, and – depending on how often you use your fireplace – a cleaning every year or so to remove creosote and soot buildup.

Jury finds guilty on all counts: April sentencing set in aggravated assault case

Sentencing is set this spring for a White Bird man who was found guilty last week on felony charges resulting from a 2012 firearm assault incident. Tommy D. Cole, 56, is out on $5,000 bond awaiting sentencing on April 14.

Six positions open in county: Candidate filing closes March 14

And the race is on. Filing opened Monday, March 3, for candidates seeking open political offices in Idaho. Prospective candidates have just more than a week to file petitions by the Friday, March 14, deadline.

NICI escape earns men multiple felony charges

For two former NICI inmates, felony escape charges are the least of their worries in a growing list of crimes they are likely to face as a result of their January breakout.

County government deserving of your time, talents

You like Idaho County, right? For the most part, that’s why you live here, work here, play here. So, do you think all that you enjoy about North Central Idaho happens for free? Well, apart from God’s nice touches on our mountains, rivers and prairie … nope. Someone (a whole lot of someones actually) has to work to make things happen or keep them from happening.

Pair to pay fines, restitution for October damage incidents

Two Idaho County teens were convicted last month for a series of break-ins and property damage committed last fall in Grangeville. As part of a plea agreement, Kody A. Davis, 19, of Stites, and Austin J. Wolff, 18, of Grangeville, each pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of malicious injury to property. Additional felony charges of burglary (two counts) and theft by receiving/possession stolen property, all misdemeanors, were dismissed.

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Alcohol a suspected factor in injury accident

Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s one-car crash along the White Bird Grade. William E. Eacret, 74, of Kooskia, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood. SMH does not release patient update information.

Smart faces multiple felony charges in three jurisdictions

Enhancement could add prison time to suspect’s sentence

Washington State and the Idaho Department of Correction are vying for their share in the prosecution of an Orofino man currently awaiting trial in Idaho County on felony fraud charges. And depending on that outcome, Jacob D. Smart, 28, could face more prison time as well as a “three-strike” penalty enhancement extending his incarceration up to his lifetime.

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GHS lockdown: Reaction, aftermath appropriate

Two weeks ago, Grangeville High School underwent a lockdown due to a report of a person on campus with a firearm. In due course, this was determined unfounded, and life went on. In reflection: Was this an overreaction? Was it unnecessary? Even in pro-gun Idaho County, the reality today – as unfortunately demonstrated in past incidents nationwide — argues “not at all.” In fact, response by both the Mt. View School District 244 and local law enforcement showed a proper response that followed procedure and focused on quick response and safety.

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Quick response; realized wasn’t a drill

From a law enforcement perspective, Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew said he was pleased with the quick reaction to the Feb. 10 GHS lockdown by all those involved. “Three units in three minutes [two GPD, one Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy]: You can’t ask for a much faster response time than that,” said Chief Drew. And with the situation unknown and the possible suspect unable to be identified or located, it took within a minute for staff and students to enact lockdown procedures by moving to secure indoor locations. “It was very quick; people realized it wasn’t a drill,” he said.

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Thanks to many on Association concert

Thanks: David Rauzi

Just a short note to say how great an event we had on Monday with the Larry Ramos Farewell Concert with The Association. Our appreciation goes up the chain, starting with Larry himself providing this opportunity here in Grangeville at the Blue Fox Theater, and as a benefit for the Clearwater to Salmon Rivers Relay for Life. Appreciation also to band members who came in for this event, and the army of organizers who made this happen.

Scammers call on bogus computer virus: Tech help? Call a local provider

A virus has been detected on your home computer, and the tech department has called to walk you through fixing this. How do they know? And what’s up with this hard-to-understand foreign person on the phone? Feels like one, sounds like one … yep, it’s a scam.

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‘It’s probably why I became a singer... ’: Ramos talks on career beginnings, The Association

It was a mother’s influence that led Larry Ramos to a performance career. “It’s probably why I became a singer, because she was a singer,” Ramos said. Some of his earliest memories, at age 3, are sitting next to his mother, Pat, on the piano bench, “and singing along with her.”

Keep higher speeds limited to interstates

Many of us push the limit (and maybe a little past?) of regulated speeds on our roads and highways, but we may want to be questioning a little deeper a proposed Idaho Senate bill that would — in certain circumstances — allow for increased speeds.

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Crash Near Fenn

One person received minor injuries, not requiring hospitalization, following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 95 Monday, Feb. 17, north of Fenn

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Toy gun initiates GHS lockdown

‘There was no crime, no law was violated’

“There was no crime, no law was violated,” said Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew following a nearly two-hour lockdown of Grangeville High School on Monday afternoon over what turned out to be a toy gun brought for play practice. Approximately 50 students and staff were in the building at the time of the 3:36 p.m. report, Feb. 10. A student on board a school bus witnessed what appeared to be a person with a rifle or shotgun entering the main GHS entrance.

Friday fire destroys home in Kooskia

Cause is undetermined for a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed a Kooskia residence. “The house was fully involved,” when crews arrived, said Chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Fire Department. “We were able to keep it from spreading anywhere else,” protecting some nearby outbuildings; however, the structure – a trailer home with add-ons — and its contents were lost.