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David Rauzi

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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.

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.