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David Rauzi

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2017 Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Support for sale stays strong

Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong. “The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Multi-agency response hits truck, straw bale fire blocking U.S. 95 grade

Commercial truck traffic was blocked for several hours last Thursday evening as multiple local, state and federal firefighting agencies attacked an enflamed straw bale load atop an engulfed semitruck and trailer to prevent a wildfire start into the canyon. A vehicle mechanical problem is the suspected cause for the Aug. 18 fire reported seven miles north of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95 that destroyed a 12-ton load of straw bales, a 1992 Volvo semitruck and a 42-foot trailer. No injuries were reported.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Last Day Of Grangeville City Pool Fun

Another sign of summer’s ending: Swimmers enjoyed sunny skies and a temperature high of 88 degrees on their last day at the Grangeville city pool, which held its last session last Friday. Aug. 18. Pictured here doing cannonballs into the deep end that day were (L-R) Hilde and Aela McGuigan of Grangeville.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Crazy Days

Shoppers spent time downtown Grangeville last week, Aug. 10, 11 and 12, for the annual Crazy Days sales. Here, Irwin Drug set up its sales on its Main Street sidewalks for easy access.

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Eclipse event a lesson for local business opportunity

Next Monday brings the total solar eclipse. While this will be an interesting astronomical event, of more pragmatic interest is what economic impact this event will have had on local communities? And from this, what can we learn to plan for that nice piece of the money pie when our region comes into the spotlight?

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

County getting grayer; older population increasing

The face of Idaho County is looking grayer these days. According to recent U.S. Census estimates comparing changes from 2010 to 2015, the age 65 and older population has consistently increased, between 2.5 to 3.4 percent, making up 24.7 percent of Idaho County’s total population (4,025 of 16,272 as of July 2015). During this same period, the median age in the county has increased steadily from 48.0 to 49.6.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Crime in Idaho County 2016: Larceny, drug, assaults area’s top crimes

Theft, or larceny, was Idaho County’s top offense for 2016, according to an annual crime report released this month from Idaho State Police. Last year, a total 77 larceny incidents were reported to the region’s three law enforcement agencies: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, and Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments. Tying as the county’s second highest reported crime were drug/narcotics and drug equipment offenses at 61 each, followed by 59 simple assaults, 56 burglaries and 31 vandalisms.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Double Trouble - Cottonwood VFD crews hit two grass fires

Cottonwood firefighters made short work of two minor grass fires set off in freak incidents Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6. “We ended up having two at the same time,” said Chief Roy Uhlenkott, Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department, with both controlled to small areas, having avoided any structure or property damage.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Investigation into indecent exposure incident at Lions Park

Grangeville Police are currently investigating a Sunday evening indecent exposure incident at Lions Park involving two children as reported victims. “We don’t have any known suspects at this point,” said Chief Morgan Drew, and police are following leads based on the physical descriptions given.

August 2, 2017 4:38 p.m. read more..

Voice Your Opinion: Letters policy

An important function of a community newspaper is to provide residents with a forum to express a variety of opinions and viewpoints. With this in mind, the Idaho County Free Press attempts to publish as many letters to the editor as possible.

August 2, 2017 9:18 a.m. read more..

Redistribute charitable giving locally

Politics energizes us as few things can, which explains why rivers of cash flow toward candidates and causes. Wouldn’t that same enthusiasm be nice when it comes to funding our own communities and causes.

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

City’s largest chip seal project starts next week; clear streets

It’s the biggest chip seal project ever to be conducted in Grangeville, and it starts next week. An estimated 238,000 square yards of city streets will be completed in about a two-week period by contractor Herco of Lewiston. Just less than $500,000, the project will stretch north to south from the truck route to Harrison Street at the city limits, the bulk of work to be conducted on multiple blocks north and south of Main Street between Idaho and Meadow streets.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Taxiway closures scheduled to maintain aircraft activity

Construction work currently under way at the Idaho County Airport will put completion to last year’s multi-million-dollar runway and taxiway reconstruction project. Fixed-wing pilots will still be able to use the facility, though a west end portion of the taxiway will be closed for this phase of work, set to last 10 days; and the east end will be closed for improvements tentatively starting Wednesday, Aug. 2, and last about a week. Taxiway work was broken into two phases so aircraft could still use the facility.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Economic development starts, driven by local chamber of commerce

Today’s view is more often looking outward to solve our problems. Economic development is one such area that we look to others – politicians, non-profit cooperatives, paid consultants — to address and solve. But the first and best tool lies at home: your local chamber of commerce.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Fourth Fun At Kooskia

Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Among the activities (pictured) included full-sized squirrel balls, allowing kids to propel them down the field and crash into each other.

July 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cause identified in Whitebird Fire

Private grassland southeast of White Bird burned overnight July 7, with locals who stayed up late taking photos of the burning at Baker Creek waking up to find the swath showing little activity Saturday morning.

July 8, 2017 6:41 a.m. read more..

Gathering Poppies Before Breakfast

Border Days festivities start off each morning with the Cowboy Breakfast at the Masonic Temple. Pictured here on the first day, Sunday, July 2, were Jeannie Fitch of Riggins with her son, Jed, and his family, receiving from VFW members “poppies of rememberance.”

July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Vintage aircraft fly in for July 12 Airport grand re-opening

Vintage aircraft will be on display as part of next week’s grand re-opening of the Idaho County Airport. The public is invited to attend next Wednesday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the facility on Airport Road, across from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office in Grangeville.

July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Thank You, Veterans

The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center hosted a Vietnam veterans welcome home and recognition day on Sunday, June 25. The Grangeville facility was filled to capacity, with the crowd spilling outside for the afternoon event that included a barbecue, music and presentations, which included from Quilts of Valor.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days 2017: Fish pond a festival tradition for 35 years

What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Splash pad dedicated at Kooskia City Park

“Have a great time. Be safe,” exclaimed Scott Garrett, CEO for Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU), as water jets shot off at the new splash pad for more than a dozen excited bathing suit-clad kids waiting to jump in.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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