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Elk City man listed as ‘satisfactory’ after fire that destroyed two homes

Richard “Rick” Joe Henry, 52, received burns and a laceration resulting from the Tuesday, June 7, fire, according to Cocoa Anderson, secretary-treasurer, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD). Henry is undergoing treatment at Harborview Medical Center where as of press time he was listed in satisfactory condition.

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Whippersnapper And Flintnapper

This young participant tries out his flintnapping skills under the guidance of a skilled craftsman at last Saturday’s Youthfest 2016 event, June 11, at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park. The event this year featured activities and games, free food, and safety demonstratons by fire department and ambulance personnel. This annual event is sponsored by a host of community organizations and individuals led by Kamiah Community Partners Coalition (KCPC).

Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve

Guest Opinion

Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve Enjoy community events and festivals? You’ve got your pick, starting this weekend with White Bird Days and Rodeo, and the CVRA rodeo. Should be lots of fun. And volunteers are running the whole show at these events, by the way.

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Structure fire reported at Cottonwood

No injuries reported; Reservoir Road home reported total loss

No injuries were reported at the scene of a two-story structure fire reported at noon on Friday, June 10, at 120 Reservoir Road in Cottonwood.

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Clearwater Classics

Warm, sunny weather graced the third annual Long Camp “Classics on the Clearwater” car show and swap meet last Saturday, June 4, at Kamiah.

ICSO deputy on leave regarding complaint

Sheriff states action not politically motivated

Results are tentative to return this week on an internal investigation concerning an Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy recently placed on administrative leave.

Old Glory isn’t clothing... and other thoughts about Flag Day June 14


As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.

Elk City man charged in theft of pickup, thousands from relatives

A preliminary hearing is set next week for an Elk City man on allegations he stole a public services vehicle and fled with several thousands of dollars taken from relatives.

Missoula man faces felony meth charge

A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Montana man for possession of methamphetamine.

Priories set on enforcing city grass ordinance

It took two meetings, but after hashing out its concerns with a nearly year-old ordinance establishing maximum grass heights the Grangeville City Council came to a consensus that leaves the rule unchanged but clarifies enforcement policy for both consistency and community standards. Essentially it’s a matter of priorities that directs the city’s ordinance enforcement officer to focus on complaints and obvious violations, allowing issues to be handled – as with other police matters – at officers’ discretion.

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Moment In Time

The Salmon River High School Class of 2016 held its graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27. Sharing a light moment prior to commencement, this trio takes a snapshot: (L-R) Diah Galland, Hannah Cornforth and Ryan Simonson.

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Idaho County reports voter turnout May 17 at 41.59 percent

2016 Primary Election: official results

Official results released by the Idaho County Elections Office last week show voter turnout was at 41.59 percent for the May 17 primary election. This is nearly five percent higher than the last primary election turnout (36.68 percent) in 2014. Ballots were canvassed by the Idaho County Commission last week.

Victim recovered from double-fatality accident

Driver possibly asleep factor in crash

The body of one of two victims from last month’s fatality crash on U.S. Highway 95 was recovered last Saturday.

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Airport closes Friday for runway reconstruction

Fixed-wing operations shut down at the Idaho County Airport this Friday, June 3, as the multi-million dollar runway reconstruction project gets under way.

River conditions stall search for missing women

Car involved in crash located

River conditions continue to hamper search efforts for two University of Idaho students who are presumed drowned following a vehicle accident into the Salmon River last week.

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World-class river draws rafters, crowds for thrills, antics

Memorial Day Weekend: Lochsa River Madness

“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”

Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living


Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

Investigation ongoing, charges pending following searches

Suspect detained; undetermined if related to regional crimes

Investigation continues with possible criminal charges pending following a series of warrant searches conducted at Cottonwood-area residences earlier this month. A suspect in the case was detained but not arrested, and the connection to this case with earlier crimes committed within the region is still to be determined.

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Frei, Duman take commission seats; levies pass

Primary Election May 17: unofficial results

Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election. Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.

Beyond revenue, marijuana legalization also brings new challenges, duties


Right now it’s all smiles and visions of economic opportunity for Idaho’s neighbors. But while the grass is truly greener over the other side of the fence, pot legalization comes with a new set of challenges that may put some perspective to those seeing it as just gold at the end of the rainbow.

One hurt in two-vehicle crash May 10 north of Cottonwood on U.S. 95

A citation for inattentive/careless driving is pending against a Grangeville man who was injured last week in a two-vehicle accident one mile north of Cottonwood on U.S. Highway 95.

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Ready to vote?

Primary election is next Tuesday

Elections are next Tuesday, May 17, for contested county and state races: Idaho County, Dist. 7 Legislature

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At The Car Wash

The Grangeville High School tennis team held its annual car wash fund-raiser at Les Schwab Tires on Main Street last Saturday, May 7.

Thieves take opportunity, keys to drive away with cars

Two local car thefts within Grangeville had one thing in common: “In both vehicles, the keys had been left in the car.”

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Osprey viewing in region; efforts to enhance habitat on man-made structures

Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho. Among the birds to be seen within the region is the osprey (“fish hawks” or “fish eagles”), and both private and public efforts have helped to encourage this population to thrive and co-exist among humanity’s structures.

IFG confirms Blue North mill purchase under way

“Closing is subject to due diligence”

Idaho Forest Group on Tuesday, May 3, confirmed it is in the process of purchasing Blue North Forest Products, LLC, in Kamiah. “Closing is subject to due diligence,” said Shannon Fuchs, manager for IFG’s Grangeville mill, “that is likely to be cleared in mid-May.”

Focus to ‘ensure justice for all’ for Gutierrez, Supreme Court candidate

Gutierrez is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court

Sergio A. Gutierrez of Nampa is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in the upcoming May 17 primary. To succeed Justice Jim Jones, the top candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the total votes; otherwise, the top two candidates will have a runoff in the Nov. 8 general election. The justice candidate visited Grangeville last Thursday, April 28, as part of his statewide campaign.

Burn permits required starting May 10

Notify sheriff’s office of activity ask fire officials

Starting next Tuesday, May 10, Idahoans must obtain a burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. Permits can be obtained online at .

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Hand In Hand

Couples danced to the sounds of Coltrain at Saturday’s April 30 ICARE Barn Dance at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. The event raised funds for ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) that serves Clearwater River communities in providing benefits to area cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. To date, ICARE has helped a total 176 people with a total $80,900.

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Salmon River Country

The Salmon River Community Church, located just off Main Street in Riggins, is nestled in the mountains alongside the Salmon River.

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BLM Office Going Up At Cottonwood

The new BLM Cottonwood Field Office is currently under construction and phase I is scheduled to be completed by early July. The new 7,000-square-foot office building and 4,800-square-foot storage building will replace the existing facilities with more modern, energy efficient buildings and consolidate space for the public to access services. Phase II consists of demolition of the remaining building and construction of the parking lot, and will be completed by mid-November.

County airport work set to start in June

“Hopefully we’ll know on the grant for the taxiway by June 1,” Cook said, “which will allow for construction of both the runway and taxiway by Valley Paving this year.” Estimated work time is 75 days for the runway and 55 days for the taxiway, with completion set by the end of October.

Felony pot charge against Washington man

May 10 preliminary hearing set for Bruce

A May 10 preliminary hearing is set for a Washington State man charged with felony possession of marijuana.

Candidate forum format needs to change


Is the candidate forum as we know it dead? Is public interest at such a low? Or is the tried and true method of finding more out about candidates in a public setting as relevant as a VHS player?

Spain lottery sets off ‘warning bells’ for Riggins woman

Apparent good fortune arrived in the mail last week for Althea Herman. But this resident at Rapid River Subdivision south of Riggins had suspicions from the start she had not just become a multimillion dollar lottery winner. Multiple misspellings, awkward sentence construction and inconsistencies with the return address: These were quick indicators that the letter she received last Thursday, April 21, was a scam attempt.

Grangeville couple, Harpster woman hurt in regional crashes

Idaho County residents were injured in unrelated accidents within the region, reported by Idaho State Police (ISP).

Reining in restrictive regulations, conservative values at issue

Election – Dist. 7B Rep. – Shepherd, Steneck

Incumbent Paul Shepherd of Riggins will face off against challenger Kris Steneck of Elk City for the District 7B Representative position in the May 17 Republican primary election.

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‘There are different ways...’

County, Dist. 7 candidates hit questions at GOP forum

GOP candidates for Idaho County Commission and District 7 legislative positions attended a political forum in Grangeville, one of three organized last week by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee.

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Prom at PHS

Prairie High School hosted its annual prom on Saturday, April 23, with the theme “Diamonds are Forever.” The 2016 royalty were king Brandon Higgins and queen Krystin Uhlenkott. Among those hitting the dance floor Saturday night included (pictured) Josie Peery with Danial Leonard In the background are Jordyn Higgins, and Chaye Uptmor with Luke Stokes.

Finding common ground, property rights at issue for pair

Election – Dist. 7 Senate – Crabtree, Nuxoll

Carl Crabtree of Grangeville will challenge incumbent Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood for the District 7 Senate position in the May 17 Republican primary election. The winner in this race will face Democrat Ken Meyers of Sagle in the Nov. 8 general election.

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NICI Warden Lynn Guyer breaks free: Guyer retires after 30 years with IDOC

It’s full circle for Lynn Guyer. The 52-year-old Cottonwood man, who started his career 30 years ago as a correctional officer for North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) at Cottonwood completes it at the same facility, retiring from the warden position at the end of the month.

Unwanted meds turn-in event this Saturday

Events in Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, Cottonwood

Area law enforcement agencies will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 30, as part of an annual nationwide effort with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prevent medication abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Arrest in FD truck, cash theft

Felony charges are pending against a 22-year-old Elk City man for allegedly stealing cash from a relative and then absconding with a recently donated pickup to the community’s fire department. Arrested this past weekend in southern Idaho, Quam M. G. Anderson is being held on $25,000 bond in Twin Falls pending transfer to Idaho County.

Base grizzly delisting on opinion of TV vampire?


Celebrity endorsements: Harmless enough when famous faces are hawking cereal, cars or phone companies; much more insidious when it’s matters of significant public policy that national politics – often driven by the fickle fingers of public opinion — will impose on the West.

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Caked In Color

The second annual Kamiah HOSA Color Blast Run drew 124 participants last Saturday, April 16, raising approximately $2,100; one-third will go toward the chapter and two-thirds to the ICARE organization that assists local cancer patients. Participants both ran and walked the 5k route that started at Kamiah High School. Kamiah HOSA chapter adviser Terry Law thanked event sponsors and volunteers, noting it was “a lot of fun” for all those involved. Among the participants was this well-coated multicolor girl.

Public land use, garbage issues for Bennett, Frei

Election – Dist. 2 Commission

Public land use and access, solid waste, fiscal responsibility and need for new ideas are issues being raised in the race between Republicans Rusty Bennett and Mark Frei for the Idaho County Commission. Bennett will be challenging first-term incumbent Frei in the race for the four-year-term District 2 position in the May 17 primary election. The commission position makes an annual $24,424 salary.

Census reports minor 2015 growth for Idaho County

Idaho County saw a minor population increase, 0.4 percent, last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Minor wildfires burn acreage near Grangeville, Kooskia

Emergency personnel responded to two minor wildland fires in the region last Wednesday, April 6.

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B-I-N-G-O! For CV Graduating Class

The Clearwater Valley High School senior class hosted a Bingo and walking tacos night last Friday, April 8, to raise funds for its Safe and Sober Graduation Party. Among the evening’s participants included (L-R) student Hailie Roy and Mika Charley.

Winds result in April 4 outage, trees in highway

High winds on a tail of a cold front last week resulted in minor highway blockage and a power outage in the Syringa area.


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