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Pollock couple held in Oregon on warrants for Hoot’s burglary

Incarcerated in Oregon, a Pollock couple await extradition on pending felony charges related to a burglary in February. Bond is set at $25,000 for Shamra C. Dewitt, 31, and $50,000 for Steeven G. Nunez, 29, both of whom are being held in Baker County, Ore. The pair was arrested March 4 on Idaho County warrants by Baker City Police (BCP).

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


State GOP candidates stump at Lincoln Day event

“2018 will be the biggest election for Idaho in a generation,” stated Jonathan Parker, new chair for the Idaho Republican Party. He – along with candidates for state and federal offices — addressed around 250 attendees last Friday night, March 9, at the Lincoln Day Dinner. This year’s event, held at the Greencreek Community Hall, was jointly sponsored by the Idaho and Lewis county Republican central committees.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Bathrooms at square? Save your money

Last week the city council got to the bottom of what it would take to put in bathrooms at Heritage Square. For now, it’s not their number one priority. Continuing a discussion topic from last year, the Grangeville City Council last Monday, March 5, heard from public works on cost estimates, placement and continued maintenance for a public restroom.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Council reviews options to fix sinking Main Street brick strip

In the nearly two decades since the decorative brick strip was installed along Grangeville’s Main Street, its care and maintenance has been – at best — very little, but more often on the slim to none side. As a result, bricks are obscured with dirt, overgrown with weeds in places, and sunken below grade for long stretches. Twice in past years, the issue has come before the city council’s attention, with no action. Could the third time be a charm?

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Ballet Barre

Members of Ballet Barre of Idaho County pictured March 7 at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Ballet Barre provides lessons in tap, ballet and lyrical dance to those age 4 and through to seniors in high school. Classes are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For inquiries, contact Jennifer Glassman, balletbarregv@gmail.com .

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


‘Buying your portion...’ - Hard facts of city fees aired at Grangeville public meeting

Figuring out what the city will charge users for its fees can be a confusing, complex formula with an alphabet soup of acronyms. As well, it involves the entirety of public utility issues imaginable from existing water capacity, needed repairs, wastewater plant chemistry, federally mandated upgrades and essential public safety concerns. “And then you try to explain it to the people paying the bills,” said Grangeville public works director Jeff McFrederick, “and they look at you like you’re full of it.”

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Scam call claims Microsoft refund due

Software company giant Microsoft is going out of business, and you are due for a refund. Umm, no, it’s not, and no, you’re not. “It’s so strange. It’s so obviously a scam,” said Bonnie Asker of Grangeville.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

VEST proactive effort supporting CV education

Kooskia gets it done when it comes to taking care of its precious resource: its children. The Clearwater Valley is taking a proactive direction in funding its local schools through the Valley Educators Support Team (VEST).

February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala draws 180

Approximately 180 attendees packed the Grangeville Event Center last Saturday night, Feb. 24, for the Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala, featuring dinner, auctions and live entertainment by The Hitmen. This is the 25th annual fund-raiser for the foundation, with money raised this year to go toward a new cardiac monitoring system.

February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


If you see something, say something, says GPD Drew

“If you see something, say something in a timely manner,” advised Chief Morgan Drew, Grangeville Police Department. “People are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Drew reminded residents that officers are on duty every day throughout the year to respond to reports of suspicious and criminal activity, and other citizen concerns. This includes holidays, he added, as the office did have a recent comment from a resident that he didn’t contact the office on a matter as he thought GPD would be closed.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


City fees focus of public meeting set Tuesday, Feb. 27

What are equity buy-in fees? Last fall, the Grangeville voters considered this issue in evaluating prospective candidates for council elections, and it’s been on the city government’s radar for nearly a year. But exactly what these are, their purpose and how they fit into other charges for city services still remains confusing for many. Addressing this, the City of Grangeville is holding a public information meeting next Tuesday evening, Feb. 27, at the Soltman Center.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Legislator addresses education, domestic violence, wage theft

“My mother was a Sunday school teacher, and she said the best gift God gave us is choice,” Wintrow said. “You don’t drag anybody kicking and screaming toward you, right? You create a presence around you that people want to approach. That day she taught me, you choose how you show up every day.” Wintrow, D-Boise, representing Dist. 19, was the evening speaker for last Friday’s Feb. 16 Pizza and Politics event, held at The Gallery in Grangeville, which drew nearly 50 participants.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

McGeachin talks politics on campaign stop - ‘We can do a much better job; the people of Idaho know better...’

Filings open in two weeks for elections that begin with the May 15 primary. Many candidates for state office have been campaigning for months, including Idaho Falls resident Janice McGeachin, who is looking toward the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. “I’m a true conservative, and I have a voting record that proves it,” McGeachin said during a campaign stop in Grangeville last Wednesday, Feb. 7.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Sexual assault kits: 2017 ISP report: No backlog for county law enforcement agencies

No backlog is reported for Idaho County law enforcement agencies in submitting sexual assault kits, according to a state report released last month. However, agencies statewide are missing the mandated month time to submit kits, showing some legislative change may be needed to the law that better fits with the process and complexity involved in these cases.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


NRA Fund-raiser For Education Programs

The Grangeville Elks Lodge saw a full house last Friday night, Feb. 9, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Mood inviting to sell on public property

Selling knives, fresh produce, a hot sandwich? City code hasn’t changed but rather a clarification in procedure that may ease the way for vendors to set up temporary trailers within city limits to sell their wares.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Absentee voting under way

Voting is under way for both the Mountain View and Kamiah school district’s levy elections. Last Friday, Feb. 9, the Idaho County Elections Office began sending mail-out absentee ballots to voters. On Monday, Feb. 12, absentee voting opened at the Idaho County Courthouse, which continues through March 9.

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Walker reflects on 32 years in government, ‘behind the scenes’ work to serve public

“It’s been long enough,” said Bruce Walker, in an interview last month. “I’m comfortable with the council we have, comfortable with who is leading it, and it’s time – I’m 66 years old.” At the Tuesday’s Jan. 2 Grangeville City Council meeting, Walker conducted his last meeting as mayor, presiding over the swearing-in of three councilors, and his replacement at the gavel, Wes Lester. All total, Walker—who opted not to run for re-election last November — served 22 years on the city council, followed by the last 10 as mayor.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Friday Night Burgers At The Elks

Sizzling patties hot off the grill, served up with homemade fries: The Elks Lodge held its monthly burger feed last Friday, Jan. 26, to a full house, proceeds from which go toward a local charity, such as youth baseball, Scouting or Hoop Shoot. The burger feed fund-raiser is held the last Friday of every month, with the next set for Feb. 23; this event will benefit Quilts of Valor. Pictured that night in the Elks kitchen, serving up plates of food, were (L-R) Terri Tackett and Archi Tirado.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Friendly Farewell At Hope Center

The Hope Center in Grangeville held an open house on Saturday, Jan. 27, to welcome its new director, Kelly Turney, and to say farewell to outgoing director Nancy Connolley.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah pair hurt in Jan. 23 crash at Craigmont

Idaho State Police (ISP) is investigating a single-vehicle rollover accident last week on U.S. Highway 95. Hallea J. Koun-Mcalister, 18, and passenger, Bobbie M. Sanford, 36, both of Kamiah, were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Burglary strikes trailers at storage lot; info sought

Police were dispatched to the lot, located off the truck route, on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3:05 p.m., according to Chief Morgan Drew. The initial investigation found 13 travel trailers and one boat were either broken into or a break-in was attempted.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Man treated following US12 crash into boulder

A rock on the roadway led to an unavoidable crash and subsequent vehicle fire, and minor injuries for a Lewiston man. John W. Ellison, 68, was treated and released at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Prepare now for May 15 primary

Yes, elections are coming up, with the May 15 primary to be here before we know it. We like to get the word out early on elections to allow not only time to make candidate filing deadlines but to also allow people time to find out a little more about the open positions ahead of time.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Census reports... Nearly half in county are Gem State natives

How many Idaho County residents are Gem State natives? Nearly 50 percent. This, according to estimates released in December by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Transient camping ended near Pollock

State agencies have taken measures to end a transient camping site south of Pollock, but as a result, public use of the site is now daytime only. And the action looks to have shifted the group to another public property just south of the Idaho-Adams county line.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Partnership provides warming place for snowmobilers

It can be a great day, tooling along to the whine of a snow machine in the back country, but even bundled up for a long trip, it can still be a long, cold ride. Meeting the snowmobiler’s needs for a warm place to rest, the Sno-Drifters of Grangeville, in partnership with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, is providing Adams Camp warming cabin.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


EMS issue needs core group demonstrating leadership, direction

“It’s a flawed model to base emergency resources on volunteerism only. Funding is definitely an issue.” This is the view of Jerry Zumalt, who’s not only a trustee for the Syringa Hospital Board, but he’s also the coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. Maybe we should be paying attention.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

State off to slow start - Region 2018 water season above normal

Regionally, the water season is above average for the region, while for Idaho overall it is off to a slow start, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) first outlook report for the 2018 year. Precipitation since the water year started on Oct. 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 70 to 130 percent of normal.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Permittees encouraged to file claims to protect water, property rights

“What if someone comes in and successfully argues that your permit shouldn’t be renewed or this land shouldn’t be subject to grazing at all because there’s no water right here? Oh, let’s go to court and talk about that. Whoops, looks like it’s forfeited. And then where are you at? You didn’t file your claim.”

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Nearly 24-hour outage impacts ICLP members

“Snow load and weather conditions in general,” according to Max Beach, general manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, were factors in last week’s outage affecting between 200 to 300 members.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

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