Conditions were overcast but comfortable for spectators at the falls for the annual wildness that is Lochsa River Madness, the local kickoff to the summer's whitewater rafting season. Rafts, catarafts, kayaks and tubers spilled down the Lochsa River this past weekend for three days of whitewater action, helped on by the cheers of spectators along the banks at milepost 114 on U.S. Highway 12.May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The National Weather Service Missoula Office is forecasting possible strong to severe storms for North Central Idaho, starting late Friday afternoon, May 25, through that evening. Storm events are forecast to continue through Sunday, May 27.May 24, 2018 6:02 p.m. read more..
“Unique as it is, it’s very informative for us,” said Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, speaking about the Capital for a Day event to more than 50 people – Riggins’ residents, and state staff and employees combined – last Friday, May 18. As much as it provides a view of the needs and concerns in communities across the state who get to directly question Idaho’s top officials, “We also learn from you,” he said, and, as staff are able, take care of those issues raised. “Frankly, this is why these are so useful,” Otter said.May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Look on the bright side? Some residents would prefer to stay out of the light. On Monday, May 7, the Grangeville City Council discussed concerns they’ve been hearing and that have also been coming into city hall on the brightness of streetlamp LED lighting.May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
According to information released in May from The Idaho Foodbank, Idaho County’s current food insecurity rate is 14.9 percent (2,420 individuals) of its total population. For the state overall, Idaho’s food insecurity rate is 13.2 percent (221,800 individuals) of the total population. Idaho County hunger rates have declined steadily since 2012, according to study information released by Feeding America, when 19.5 percent (3,110) were food insecure, dropping 1.9 percent (280) the following year.May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Charges have been forwarded to the county prosecutor for review concerning last month’s vandalism incident at Dale’s Rescue Towing that involved several juveniles and resulted in thousands of dollars in estimated vehicle damage.May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
With the swirl around him of injured accident victims and personnel from multiple response agencies treating them and processing for transport, Grangeville EMT and staging officer, Brian Adams, was adamant in one command: “Try not to get any blood on the carpet,” he said as a patient was loaded into the back of his minivan. “My wife will yell less.”May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
You should be proud of them. Last Saturday saw a good example of the best of us, in action on a simulated mass casualty incident.May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Main Street brick strip is going away. Last Monday, May 7, the Grangeville City Council tasked public works with removing the downtown Main Street brick strip as time and budget allow. Personalized bricks will be replaced – according to plans at this time – with a colored and stenciled concrete, the same as which was incorporated by the city at Heritage Square.May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
When it comes to take-home pay in Idaho County, the manufacturing industry leads the pack, and it is among the top five business sectors that, combined, comprise nearly 75 percent of total annual payroll. This information is according to new U.S. Census Bureau economic statistics released in April.May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A Ferdinand man died of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash south of Lapwai last month, and Idaho State Police is continuing its investigation.May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Incumbent Paul Shepherd faces challenger Phil Hart, a former Idaho Legislator, in the upcoming Republican primary. Primary elections are May 15. No other parties have filed candidates in this race, nor have any write-ins. District 7 includes Idaho, Clearwater, Shoshone and a portion of Bonner counties. The Idaho County Free Press solicited information from each of the candidates concerning their qualifications and issues of the district.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Primary elections are next Tuesday, May 15, for voters to be deciding on several District 7, state and federal races, as well as school district levies. And Phil Hart’s name is back on the ballot. Votes cast for him will be considered in the Dist. 7B legislative race.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Planters are showing their colorful greenery for the start of summer, thanks to volunteer Sammie Remacle, who stepped up to assist the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce for the work at the city park last month. “It feels good to make the town nice,” Remacle said. “Adding that little extra to it does make a difference — you notice that when it’s not there.”May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Multiple emergency response agencies – police, fire and medical – from Cottonwood and Grangeville, Idaho County and the state will be participating in a mass casualty incident exercise this Saturday, May 12, at Fenn. Its purpose is training — not just in the nuts and bolts of on-scene emergency extraction and medical care, but in agencies being able to coordinate and cooperate during a crisis that potentially will tax available services to and beyond limit.May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The parents of a Grangeville man, Justin R. Ross, who died while in custody in the Idaho County jail last year, have filed a tort claim against the Cottonwood Police Department (CPD), Idaho County and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) alleging actions of negligence that resulted in his death.May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5. Trinity Lutheran Church has brought more light into its worship, thanks to a building window replacement project that started last week. According to church trustee Paul Turpin, 19 specially built double-pane windows are being installed to replace existing single-pane versions, many of which were installed when the facility was built in the 1930s.May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Is it May already? Spring is nearly through, and summer – pending a few more Idaho County snow showers — is nearly here. What also can sneak up on us is wildfire season and preparing our properties to minimize risk. It’s not a question whether this would be a good idea or not; it’s critical to start the season with plans, followed by action, to fireproof your home and properties as best you can. Its importance is marked each year when the 10 western governors proclaim May as Wildfire Awareness Month.May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We still don’t know if there’s foul play involved and by whom, or if she just walked away,” said detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO). “But as more time goes by without her communicating with her family and her daughter, the odds are much higher that foul play may be involved.”April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Katelyn J. Thayer, 17, was killed in the April 21 crash reported 2.4 miles up the Salmon River Road, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. A second person reported involved in the incident, Alaska Frandsen, 17, of Malad, was transported to McCall and flown by Life Flight to Boise. She has since been released from care.April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Voters have a three-way race in the Republican primary for Dist. 7A Representative, between incumbent Priscilla Giddings, Shannon McMillan — who lost this seat to Giddings in the 2016 election — and newcomer Ryan A. Lawrence. Primary elections are May 15.April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Search efforts continued as of press time Tuesday for missing Grangeville woman, Shawnta Larae Pankey, 25, last seen on Sunday morning. Circumstances concerning her disappearance are being investigated. “We’re looking at every conceivable possibility to cover those bases,” said Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), “and we’re trying to put people on each of those issues.”April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Saturday afternoon tryouts for White Bird Rodeo Queen resulted in Kaylee Page of Kooskia chosen to represent the event for 2018. Page, 15, is the daughter of Yogi and Phyllis Page. She is a freshman at Clearwater Valley High School.April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are this weekend. Are you going? Apart from the excitement of the spectacle itself, this event kicks off our season of community celebrations we’ll all be enjoying well into fall. But two important components of these and other such events are lost during our enjoyment: the time and effort that goes into their preparation, planning and execution; and just what these mean for our communities as a whole.April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“The county road infrastructure survived fine, at least as what we know at this point,” said Jerry Zumalt, coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. “I think, for the most part, we did alright.” Wet and windy, but no major damage; that’s the overall summary from officials following last weekend’s storm event that generally brought up to an inch in precipitation across Idaho County with related water impacts to area streams and minor power outages and road blockages.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Monastery at St. Gertrude at Cottonwood was filled with song Sunday afternoon, April 8, with a presentation of songs as part of the group’s “Resurrection Day!” performance.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Bridge work starting next week kicks off $17 million in infrastructure improvements for U.S. Highway 12, a revitalization project by the Idaho Transportation Department that is expected to be completed this fall. According to ITD public information specialist Megan Sausser, work on Fish Creek Bridge near Bald Mountain (46 miles east of Kooskia) will begin on Monday, April 16, and work on Maggie Creek Bridge near Kooskia is expected to begin April 30.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Extra Fabric. A sailing ship model. Kitchen drawer odds and ends. That’s clutter. At best, it’s taking up space in an out-of-the-way area; at worst, it’s a disruption and a drain on our daily life. “Mine is scrapbooking. I have boxes of photos and I can’t get to them,” said Karen Richel.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
In the four years since ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) was formed, we’ve been pleased with the long-term strategy the group has held fast to in its plans to form a regional shelter on the Camas Prairie. That patience is a credit to volunteers and the ARF board....April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
- Elk City, region under flood watch through weekend - Moderate to heavy rainfall will bring standing water, rock and landslides, as well as sharp rises on area streamsApril 5, 2018 5:16 p.m. read more..
Remains discovered in Lewis County last fall have been positively identified as missing Kamiah-area man Jason Daniels. Family has been notified. At this time, according to a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) release, the case is still under investigation and is being turned over to the FBI and Nez Perce Tribal Police.April 4, 2018 5:01 p.m. read more..
“I’ve found that the trip to Cottonwood can be hard for the students; there’s a lot of intimidation and fear, and we want everyone to understand the risks associated with serving in a correctional facility,” Baugh said. “So as a leader, I put a lot of value on meeting beforehand to manage everyone’s expectations.”April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
It’s a rare event, and it was likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for sheep ranchers Maryann and Ed Carlin of White Bird, who recently witnessed the birth of quintuplets. “We’ve had lots of sets of trips this year,” Maryann said, “but we’ve never had four, and especially not five.”April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Solutions to school safety have been emotional and driven with the passions of recent crises. Obviously, we’d be negligent to knee jerk and adopt the solutions of the heat of the moment. The problem is multifaceted, and it needs the input of many to provide options that can be thoroughly vetted and pushed for adoption with unity. Idaho looks to have such an effort in the works.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Kids, ages zero to 12, raced and toddled across Grangeville Lions Park last Saturday, March 30, for the annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Grangeville Eagles. This year’s event had a total 6,003 eggs, filled with candy, dollar bills and quarters.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Participants turned up at the Soltman Center in Grangeville last Wednesday, March 28, for two sessions held as part of the statewide Inspire Idaho tour (www.InspireIdaho.org), conducted by the University of Idaho and Innovation Collective. The team demonstrated app development and programming, and provided participants hands-on use of an Apple iPad to program Sphero robots. The tour is to promote the growing app economy, and the creation of App Development Teams in every one of Idaho’s 44 counties.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Individuals moving into Idaho County accounted for its nearly 1 percent population increase between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, according to estimates released last Thursday, March 22, by the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates reported a total 16,369 population for Idaho County, a 0.9 percent increase of approximately 141 during this one-year period.March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We had a good season this year,” and, in fact, “…really boring,” said Scott Wasem, manager for Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill, reporting to the Grangeville City Council at its March 19 meeting. “Boring” in the fact that mechanical problems were at a minimum – “One derail the whole season,” he said – and “good” as operations went well, and the hill made $102,612. “Everything ran smoothly; it was just really good,” he said, for the city-owned and operated facility this season that went from Dec. 26 to March 10.March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We were once the envy of the world,” Perdue stated, concerning infrastructure. “We are in danger of losing that distinct advantage over other nations, and because of that, our rural communities risk slipping farther behind in economic achievement.” Which rural communities? All of those in Idaho County.March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Living the fantasy for a day, 75 girls ages 4 to 4th grade attended the annual Little Princess Tea Party last Saturday, March 17, at Prairie Elementary School. Participants came in princess and party dresses, and enjoyed refreshments, games, crafts, and learning the basics in being royalty, including the parade wave. The event was presented by the Idaho County Fair Royalty.March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The cities of Kooskia and Kamiah are seeking a total $65,000 in wastewater planning grants through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which is seeking public comment on these and other requests for possible approval in fiscal year 2019. DEQ’s draft FY19 plan has 31 requests for wastewater planning grants, available funding for which is $350,000.March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..