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Main Street Flags Up For Border Days

Crews with Avista and the Border Days Committee were out early Tuesday morning, June 20, hanging flags along Grangeville’s Main Street, another indicator the four-day celebration — July 1-4 — is nearly upon us.

Time to commemorate Vietnam war; to give, receive peace


“I don’t care who served when, for how long, doing what. They did their job. Every piece of the puzzle was important. Every person from every branch contributed.” This quote comes from Dennis Moore, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965-66. He’s among several interviewed in the Idaho County Free Press this week concerning their experiences as part of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the war.

Little change in county cattle count

Changes due to price variations, land availability

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

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County historic newspapers digitized, searchable online

Searchability for key words and phrases is another big feature

Just how did prominent Nezperce farmer Wm. Shockley propose to “entirely eliminate” smut from the country? What act of bravery did local man Charles Sales commit to receive $1,000 from O.R.&N. Company?

Area thefts possible factor in boat ramp shooting; Manley faces felony charges

Allegations of area thefts may have been behind last month’s felony assault incident at a Lucile boat ramp.

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Kooskia Green Spring

Summer’s warmth and green seems finally to be here after months of cold and lots of precipitation. Taking advantage of a warm spring day recently (May 13) were these boys at the Kooskia City Park.

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ISP investigating semitruck crash causing nine-hour outage

1,100 customers were without power

Investigation continues into last week’s commercial vehicle crash about 15 miles south of Pollock that disrupted power service to the region for several hours.

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Road Less Traveled: Ramshorn Porsche rally makes turn through Grangeville as part of tour

30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville

That was the sound of German engineering rolling into Grangeville. Coming at the end of the week highlighted with area high school graduations, 30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville on Friday, May 26, participants in the Ramshorn Rally.

Rafting accident claims woman

Riggins man still missing from car crash

A Montana woman drowned in a rafting accident last Saturday, June 3, on the Little Salmon River. Lindsay A. Rice, 31, of Great Falls, was pronounced deceased by a Life Flight crew.

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Cattle numbers in Idaho County largely unchanged

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

Consolidate elections, but keep partisan, nonpartisan races in separate years

How do we get more voter participation in elections? More than just Idaho County has experienced low voter turnout in recent elections (notably, 14 percent in the May 16 election), and a northern Idaho legislator is planning what will be her third run to push forward an election consolidation bill.

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Grangeville Ballet Barre’ Recital Set For Friday

Pictured are members of Ballet Barre’ of Idaho County that will be performing a recital this Friday, June 2, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. The group will also open new student registrations in July, and plans are to expand dance styles to lyrical, tap and Broadway next fall. For information, contact Jennifer at .

May 16 election sees just 14 percent voter turnout

Could voter turnout go any lower? Apparently so. Last month’s May 16 elections reported a 14 percent voter turnout, with 954 ballots cast out of a total 6,688 registered voters. That is a 4 percent drop from a comparable election, May 2015, that reported an 18.1 turnout (1,620 votes cast out of 8,950 registered), and which – as of that time – was the lowest reported turnout in recent memory.

Many opportunities to serve exist

In the May 16 elections, several races for hospital and highway districts were contested, but this is not always the case where oftentimes seats go unopposed.

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Lochsa River Madness runs through Memorial Day weekend

Informal event runs Saturday to Monday, as river conditions permit

Are you ready for some madness on the Lochsa? Each Memorial Day weekend, the Lochsa River Madness event draws out boaters to enjoy the spring whitewater action and also kick off the start of the rafting season.

Fed declaration opens funds for county flooding damage

Money sought for mitigation, repair 10 county sites

Damages incurred to county and municipal infrastructure due to spring flooding events may be eligible for federal funds that were released last week due to a presidential disaster declaration for eight northern Idaho counties. A timetable for repair and/or mitigation work to begin is pending a review process by state and federal agencies.

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Camas Rovers Share Irish Dances

Members of the Camas Rovers, a local Irish dance troupe, performed songs and dances on Monday, May 15, at both the Grangeville Senior Center and Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Pictured here at the senior center performance dancing and stepping are (L-R) Kelly Turney, Hannah Rauzi, Katherine Uhlenkott and Theresa Uhlenkott.

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Boise motorist treated after car crash into river

Attempt to avoid deer cause of Sunday morning accident on U.S. 95

An unexpected encounter with wildlife early Sunday morning resulted in a vehicle crashing into the Salmon River. Sariah M. Lara, 32, of Boise, was transported for evaluation and treatment at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

Region water levels up above average

Challenge this year is limited storage space if inflows continue

It’s “water, water everywhere,’ according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that reports precipitation levels are above or well above average across Idaho, since the water year started last October.

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NTSB releases final reports on 2014 fatal plane accidents

Accidental causes have been determined in final reports on two fatal aircraft crashes that occurred within Idaho County in 2014. The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) recently published its findings online that were completed and approved last September.

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City pool opens June 3

Limited scholarships for lessons available

The summer swimming season begins next week with the annual opening of the Grangeville city pool. Swimmers are treated with the traditional free swim day: Saturday, June 3, 1-5 p.m.

On Memorial Day: Honor the dead and then serve the living


Most will be off this Monday, Memorial Day, and for the commemoration we’ll be recommending you be a little selfish with your time.

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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.

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Community Garden Work

A misty rain throughout Saturday morning, May 6, didn’t dampen efforts by volunteers preparing the Camas Prairie Food Bank community gardens. More than two dozen people from several areas churches weeded garden beds, transported in soil and tilled it into prepared boxes for summer planting. The grounds were also cleaned and new composting boxes built. The event was co-organized by Grangeville Real Life, and also the newly formed men’s ministry meeting at Centennial Evangelical Free Church.

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Kyle Petty Charity Ride rumbles into Kooskia

Bikers for a cause

The deep rumble of motorcycle engines filled the air all along Kooskia’s Main Street as riders with the Kyle Petty Charity Tour Across America filed into town last Sunday afternoon.

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Former commissioner Harry Owens dies in crash into Clearwater

Funeral service on Saturday, May 20

Funeral services are later this week for Harry E. Owens who died last week in a vehicle crash into the Clearwater River. Owens, 89, of Grangeville, was a former Idaho County Commissioner who served five terms (1987-2002) on the board.

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Star Wars Family Night at Library

On Thursday, May 4, the Grangeville Centennial Library hosted a Star Wars Family Night event with snacks, and contests with trivia and costume judging. Among the participants was this girl dressed as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Not too early to consider city council races


Coming off Tuesday’s elections, we’re striking while the political iron is hot: You should start thinking about city council and mayoral elections this fall. While this may seem early, really, it’s not.

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Tahoe QRU Bake Sale

Running a volunteer emergency medical service organization takes bodies and, as well, funds to keep it going. EMTs with Tahoe QRU (Quick Response Unit) ran a fund-raising bake sale in Kooskia on Saturday, May 13.

Saturday fire destroys US12 residence

Dog alerts occupants to blaze; minor smoke inhalation injury

Cause is believed accidental for a Saturday evening fire that destroyed a home west of Syringa on U.S. Highway 12. An unidentified member of the household was transported to Syringa Hospital in Grangeville for smoke inhalation.

Body found, ID’d as Meyer, 67; missing since last November

Perri, 57, of Kooskia, still missing

A body was discovered last week, identified as Tark H. Meyer, 67, who had been reported missing since last November. Cause of death is to be determined by the Idaho County Coroner’s Office.

Pair arrested after pursuit face drug charges

Charges follow incident Wednesday, May 10

With arraignments completed, two individuals are set for court hearings on multiple drug-related charges following a high-speed pursuit last week.

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Five elected to Syringa board; local levies pass

Unofficial Results: May 16 elections

Five locals were elected as Syringa Hospital board trustees in the Tuesday, May 16, election. In addition, levies passed in both Riggins’ Salmon River Joint School District 243 and Cottonwood Joint School District 242.

Pursuit ends in arrest on drug-related charges

Court hearing pending for Mercer, Roberts

Two individuals were arrested today (Wednesday, May 10) on multiple drug-related charges following a high-speed pursuit. Court hearings are pending for Kyle W. Mercer, 28 of Orofino, and Susan E. Roberts, 28 of Lewiston.

Surcharge suspension surprising, a start


We’re all leery of the government when it starts charging taxes and fees, as more often than not they’ll remain in effect well after we and our children are long gone. So, it was a surprising bit of news that came across the desk last week....

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Let's talk: Rauzi advises what to avoid on the colon cancer journey

“Well, it doesn’t look good,” said Doc Ty. The impact from this revelation should have been greater, if it weren’t for the fact I was coming out of anesthesia and so mentally I was more than a few clowns short of a circus.

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Hendren displays hitching during equine demo

A sunny Saturday greeted 105 attendees at the Equine Education Experience, held April 29 at the Kooskia Saddliers Arena on U.S. Highway 12 at Kooskia. The event was sponsored by The Back Country Horsemen of North Central Idaho and included presentations on horse health, horseshoeing and cargo/pannier packing, as well as vendor displays, skill demonstrations and children’s horse rides.

Rockwell announces 2018 Congressional run

'We Republicans have been given an opportunity to set a course of excellence...'

We’ve yet to complete close to half of this year, but a Grangeville businessman is already looking to 2018 and the Republican primary for U.S. Congress. Last week, James M. Rockwell, 56, announced his intention to run for Congressional District 1 in next year’s May primary. The seat is currently held by Raul Labrador, who was first elected in 2010 and is currently serving his fourth term.

SRS trust fund: long-term solution worth pursuing


Could a trust fund be the solution Idaho County has been longing for in a stable long-term funding option, in the wake of the expired Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS)?

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Spring Cleaning City Storm Drains

Working through an April 20 snowstorm, Grangeville public works crews were out cleaning rock and debris from storm drains, using a Vactor vehicle acquired by the city last fall. More than two feet of muck was pulled from this drain on West Main Street by Zip Trip by city employees (L-R) Jason Wisdom and Mike Tackett.

Coeur d’Alene woman transported for possible injury following crash near Riggins

A Coeur d’Alene woman was transported for a possible back injury following a single vehicle crash south of Riggins last month.

More charges for McReynolds; Smith also charged in burglary

New charges have been filed against a White Bird man who investigators allege is involved in two area residential burglaries.

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Health: Rauzi advises what to avoid on the colon cancer journey

"Don’t screw around with cancer. Become a better steward of your health"

“Well, it doesn’t look good,” said Doc Ty. The impact from this revelation should have been greater, if it weren’t for the fact I was coming out of anesthesia and so mentally I was more than a few clowns short of a circus. (OK, no comments from the peanut gallery on how that differs from my daily functioning state.)

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Rockwell announces 2018 congressional run

Former Idaho County commissioner to challenge Labrador in GOP primary

“We Republicans have been given an opportunity to set a course of excellence these next few years, Rockwell stated in a one-page release. “It is essential we take advantage of that opportunity.”

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Land gift enlarges city by 94 acres; no present plans for use, disposition

The city of Grangeville literally grew overnight, thanks to a land gift from a Montana businessman. At its April 17 meeting, the city council approved unanimously to accept 94 acres of undeveloped ground located between the Idaho County Airport and the truck route.

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Body found Saturday determined crash victim Derek Olson

Missing since March 20 single vehicle crash

A body found in the Salmon River last weekend has been confirmed that of accident victim Derek L. Olson, who went missing following a March 20 single vehicle crash. Determination was announced Tuesday, April 25.

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Dist. 3 High/Junior High School Rodeo at Riggins

District 3 High School/Junior High School Rodeo brought competitors into Riggins Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23

State population up, County down for ‘16

U.S. Census estimates show a 104 drop

Population overall was up for the state last year, but not for Idaho County, which out of the five-county region was the only one to see a decrease in 2016. U.S. Census estimates released last week show a 104 drop (down .6 percent) from July 2015 to July 2016, for a total 16,156 Idaho County population.

Land donation: to sell or to develop?


A generous land donation has left the City of Grangeville with a new baby on its doorstep; it’s precious, yes, but what to do with it in the long term?

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Probation, jail time ordered in 2016 manslaughter case

Judge praises mediation that led to sentence

Mohamed M. Seid will serve a year in jail, followed by eight years on probation for his conviction on a felony manslaughter charge. As much as it is punishment for the 29-year-old Minnesota man, it is also a chance for redemption, according to District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice, that was provided through the mediated efforts of the prosecution and defense attorney, as well as with the understanding of the victim’s family.


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