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Keep pavilion in park: City council hears from Grangeville Horizons

The Soroptimists Pavilion should stay in Pioneer Park. That’s the opinion of the Grangeville Horizons Committee, representatives of which were at Monday’s Dec. 18 Grangeville City Council meeting to advocate keeping the 31-year-old park shelter in conjunction with private plans to construct a band shell.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Expect snow Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day

Winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25. This is planned to impact the northern and southern Clearwater Mountains, Orofino/Grangeville region and lower Hells Canyon/Salmon River region.

December 24, 2017 3:24 p.m. read more..

Charity – Sharing of our bounty to many needs

Just a small reminder for us all in the coming year to think on at least one area we can give or lend our hand to: a food bank, a service organization, volunteer tutor, dedicating more shopping dollars to Main Street businesses, inviting the neighbor over for dinner or at least to coffee downtown.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

KMO investigating inmate’s death in Idaho County Jail

Cause of death is pending an autopsy for a 21-year-old Grangeville man who suffered medical issues while in Idaho County custody. Justin R. Ross was pronounced deceased at Syringa Hospital last Thursday night, Dec. 14. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) has requested the Kamiah Marshall’s Office to conduct an incident investigation.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

HEALTH: What is good and bad for our teeth

“Brush your teeth after every meal.” We’ve heard that all our lives, but is that best for dental health? We’ve gone through our lives hearing much advice on what to do and not to do, and what is good and bad for our teeth. Validating or debunking some of the common myths is Dr. Christopher Knight, DDS, Two Rivers Family Dental and Cosmetics, of Grangeville.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Carbon monoxide poisoning factor in minor crash

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a suspected factor in a minor one-car crash at the east end of Grangeville’s Main Street last Saturday, Dec. 9. Anthony Nadiger, 18, of Grangeville, and an unidentified 17-year-old female passenger were taken to Syringa Hospital for evaluation and released.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Forest health issues driving harvest project

“People here think of that as ‘their mountain,’ and they’re [Prairie Tree Farms] very attentive to that, and to the public as this view being very important to them,” said Glenn Poxleitner, forester/log buyer for Idaho Forest Group (IFG) in Grangeville, which is providing timber management services for the company.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Murder trial move granted; prosecutor off Lankford case

Mark H. Lankford is tentatively set for trial next month for the 1983 double murder of an Arizona couple. But it won’t be in Idaho County, nor will Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor be leading the case. In a Nov. 21 order, District Judge Jay P. Gaskill granted a request by the defendant’s counsel to a change of venue in the case, and to recuse MacGregor as prosecutor.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Man facing statutory rape charge incurs witness intimidation felony

While in the Idaho County jail on a pending statutory rape charge, a Kooskia man is alleged to have asked go-betweens to convince the victim in the case to state nothing happened between them. Now, Glenn A. Mason, 58, has a new felony charge, attempted intimidation of a witness, a felony, along with misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

High-Five From Santa Following Cottonwood Christmas Parade

Santa Claus gives children a high-five following Sunday night’s annual Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade. Brightly lit entries from community organizations and the city paraded down King and Main streets, followed up by refreshments at the Cottonwood Fire Department Hall, and visits with Santa Claus.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Boil order lifted for White Bird; water back on

Water is again flowing for White Bird residents who had been without since disruption late last month due to infrastructure issues. From here, the city is looking toward system improvements, as well as to funding sources to help with the thousands of dollars in related emergency costs. A boil order for system users was lifted Tuesday morning, Dec. 12, according to Idaho DEQ, as water tests have shown no coliform contamination for two consecutive days.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Firefighter shortage a life or death matter

Home heating fires are popping up on regional and national newspaper pages, but the “story behind the story” is not what could have been done to prevent these, but whether someone will show up to put out the fire in time. Or at all. Check out Lucky Brandt’s plea in this week’s letters page. He’s a longtime Kooskia firefighter raising such a warning, and also a call: Idaho County needs more volunteer firefighters.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Davis, Manley credit Lord in miraculous CPR resuscitation

“He should have been dead,” Elizabeth Manley said. Jeff’s face was blue, and his body would periodically convulse as if trying to breathe. Just a few minutes prior, the 69-year-old volunteer relief worker had slumped into unconsciousness, suffering a massive heart attack. This was the Widow Maker – when the main artery down the front of the heart is totally blocked or has a critical blockage.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Hopeful Thursday White Bird water service to resume

Drinking water is hoped to return to White Bird residents later this week, who have been without since system problems developed during the Thanksgiving weekend. “Hopefully by Thursday it will be up and running,” said White Bird Mayor Homer Brown, and the city can next address issues leading to the shutdown that affected 76 system users.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Rider ordered, prison pending, in manslaughter case

A 365-day retained jurisdiction was ordered Monday, Dec. 4, for a Grangeville man, convicted on felony vehicular manslaughter in the 2016 death of a Kooskia woman. That gives David R. McIntyre, 26, a chance to comply with court-ordered programs and treatment during his year’s incarceration. Failure to do so, and he’s looking at serving five to 10 years in prison.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Buy-in fees recommended for new scrutiny

A campaign issue raised during council elections this fall, equity buy-in fees are planned for new scrutiny, possible changes, and a public informational hearing. Public works director Jeff McFrederick discussed with the Grangeville City Council at its Nov. 20 meeting his discussion with J-U-B Engineers on setting up a workshop and follow-up public meeting on the buy-in fees to explain their purpose and the water study scope data used to calculate these.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Snowhaven Ski Swap

Winter recreation enthusiasts packed the Idaho National Guard Armory last Friday evening, Nov. 17, as part of the annual Snowhaven Ski Swap. The Nov. 17-18 event provided ski and related equipment and consignments for sale, along with season passes for Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Mobile home, vehicles lost in Nov. 22 blaze

An overloaded extension cord power strip caused a fire last week that destroyed a mobile home east of Stites. No injuries were reported in last Wednesday’s Nov. 22 incident at 132 Skyline Loop.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Emergency funds help food, shelter needs for county

A few thousand dollars doesn’t go far these days, but for those individuals and families in need in Idaho County, it can bridge the financial gap to keep the lights on, fill the pantry shelves, and especially keep a roof over their heads. It’s around this time every year Idaho County puts out word on assistance funds available through the emergency food and shelter program, funded solely through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

GVFD Christmas Truck a Grangeville holiday tradition for nearly three decades

“It’s definitely a group effort on keeping the old girl going,” said Andrew Lane, a GVFD firefighter since 2002, on volunteers decorating and maintaining the truck, and getting it ready for its annual Christmas runs – one of two events, including the July 4 parade, it participates in annually. “All the fire department members are pretty proud to be a part of it.”

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

ICSO investigating death of Kooskia man

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is investigating circumstances that may have contributed to last month’s death of a Kooskia man. Tentative cause of death for Shane M. Mahoney, 45, is the result of a subdural hematoma. According to Detective Jerry Johnson, investigators are looking into whether the condition was the result of an accident or perhaps caused during an altercation.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

City profit projected at $90K-plus from timber harvest

Forest health issues are driving two harvest projects on city-owned property south of town that were given the go-ahead by the council last week. Of these, work alone on 35 acres near Fish Creek and the Sno-Drifters warming cabin is estimated to net the city more than $90,000.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Shenandoah home damaged in Sunday fire

Cause is as yet undetermined for a Sunday evening fire that damaged a Shenandoah manufactured home. No injuries were reported, and it was unknown whether the homeowner was insured.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City crews save home from fire Sunday

An electrical issue is the likely cause for a Sunday evening structure fire in Elk City. No injuries were reported, and though it suffered fire and water damage, the home was saved. The owner was insured. “It was a team effort,” said Fire Chief Jeff Maxwell, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD), that included five firefighters and two auxiliary personnel. “I’m glad we were able to save his house.”

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Arsenic and Old Lace performance

Cornerstone Theater presented Arsenic and Old Lace in performances on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Performance proceeds went to hurricane relief efforts.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

ICLP hosts 79th membership meeting

“We did have a very good year, a safe year,” said Max Beach, manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, addressing the 140 registered members in attendance at the 79th annual membership meeting last Thursday, Nov. 2. Notable usage due to a cold winter and good margins were reported, assisted by cooperative efforts to improve efficiency and customer service.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

New Trees For Pioneer Park

Grangeville public works crews were at Pioneer Park on Thursday, Nov. 2, planting five 3-to-5-inch-diameter pin oaks on the perimeter. The planting is to replace locust trees, which were dying at the park, and as well will add some red color to this public space. Last week’s work completes a planting project started last year with 27 trees – pin oaks and Swedish aspens – at Soroptimist and Lions parks.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Shooting determined accidental; victim treated, returned home

A Glenwood man is recuperating at home following medical treatment due to an accidental shooting incident last week. Reginald “Reggie” Courtemanche III, 32, was taken to Clearwater Valley Medical Center in Orofino last Monday, Oct. 30, and transferred by Life Flight to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. As of press time, he had been released from treatment.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Voters choose new faces for city councils

- Mayor races go to Lester in Grangeville, Mireles in Stites - White Bird Council race a tie for Lowe, Sand; Mager, Alley elected - Cottonwood council races go to Sigler, Holthaus, Guyer - Grangeville council races go to Winkler, Grant, Canaday - Stites council race goes to Shannon, Jackson

November 7, 2017 10:22 p.m. read more..

Billups sends off Yuba tractor headed to auction this month

A piece of Camas Prairie old iron is headed east to corn country. Last Friday, Oct. 27, the approximate four-ton 1917 Yuba Model 20-35 four-cylinder gas engine tractor was secured to a Bell Equipment flatbed truck pending shipment to an auction house in Davenport, Iowa. A sunny fall morning reflected across the tractor’s glossy green paint, still pristine from a restoration effort undertaken more than a decade ago by Ted Billups of Grangeville.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Hay barn destroyed in Saturday fire

Fire destroyed a hay barn and its contents in an early Saturday morning incident at the Raff residence east of Stites. No injuries were reported. Losses were estimated around $80,000, according to Fire Chief Blaine Feinman, Ridge Runner Fire Department, for the structure, its contents of between 19 to 20 tons of hay, and a 1994 Ford F150 pickup.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Student experience survey promises empowerment

How is your school year going? Students – and soon their parents – can soon weigh in on the values and opinions of their educational experience through a statewide student engagement survey to be taken next spring.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Contested seats in city council races on Nov. 7

Elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voters will be deciding contested city council and mayoral races in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots and polling stations location information is in this week’s Free Press, pages 4-6B.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Only city residents vote

Only city residents vote in those respective city council races. “Your primary residence has to be within the city limits,” clarified Bette Polack, Idaho County Election Deputy.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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