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GRANGEVILLE – How will the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests be managed in the coming decades? What are the plans to guide the complexity of resource management decisions to be made across four million acres of national forest?

ELK CITY -- A lone doe was seen on Elk Creek Road near town. She looked forlorn and hungry. Perhaps someone going into Grangeville could pick her up and take her to the prairie so she could join up with her family and not starve here. LOL!

ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips writes, "REACH Club apologizes for the late delivery of the Elk City Community Calendars. Between illness and some issues at the printers, the calendars will be late. They will be delivered as soon as possible. And there will be extra calendars for sale at the Elk Ci…

GRANGEVILLE – “It has been an honor to serve this district, community, staff and, most of all, its students,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Lot Smith said at the Dec. 16 meeting. “We’re human and don’t always make the right choices, but I don’t have any regrets.”

ELK CITY -- For this late in the year it was a surprise to see three whitetailed deer on Elk Creek Road close to town. And speaking of wildlife, we had a group of 12-15 turkeys near our house a couple of weeks ago, but a couple of days ago there were only three. Perhaps they ended up on Than…

ELK CITY -- Chris Thompson writes that the “Ben Thompson and family would like to thank the Elk City community and surrounding areas as well as the VFW for your generosity. Around $2,500 dollars was raised from the dessert auction and money tree. They would like to thank everyone who donated…

    Idaho County is brimming with Christmas concerts, caroling and other events this holiday season.

      Test your knowledge against these questions, provided by the Idaho County Genealogy Society.

      ELK CITY -- The annual Christmas Craft Sale at the school today, Dec. 3, and again Dec. 4, 3:15 to 5 p.m. If you didn’t make it yesterday, get there today.

        Events related to the holidays -- tree lightings, parades, concerts and more -- are happening throughout Idaho County.

        ELK CITY -- Debbie Rendleman would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support at Bingo Night. This is a twice a year fund-raiser that she puts on for every kid in town, from babies to high school seniors, to shower them with Christmas gifts.

        GRANGEVILLE – “I’m about people serving people, and making sure we are operating under a righteous leadership,” Casey Zechmann said. “I feel I have the integrity and the right intent to lead, as I would expect from a sheriff.”

        ELK CITY – Here is a belated photo of the “Maze of Doom” that was the Halloween event at the school. Looks pretty scary! A special thanks to all the volunteers who produced it.

        ELK CITY -- Be sure to thank the following businesses for their participation and effort to provide the school students with nutritious lunches. The kids have lunch at the following locations: the VFW ladies Auxiliary prepares the lunch on Mondays; Tuesdays they have lunch at the school prov…

          Avista electric customers in Grangeville, Elk City, Dixie and Red River will experience two planned power outages; one this Sunday, Nov. 10, and another the week following on Sunday, Nov. 17.

          GRANGEVILLE – “Our job is to confirm that what you’re seeing on a monthly basis is accurate – and that’s the case for 2019,” Tom Luper told the Mountain View School District board Oct. 22.

          ELK CITY -- Here are some photos of the “snake assembly” from Elk City School that I thought you might enjoy!

          GRANGEVILLE – “I’m here tonight because I have an issue with MVSD’s graduation requirements,” Grangeville High School business and technology instructor, Bruce Wassmuth, told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Oct. 22 meeting.

          GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District 244 held a brief, special board meeting Thursday, Oct. 17. Negotiations were supposed to continue that night; however, due to a death in the family of trustees Lot and Casey Smith, this did not occur.

            The Maggie Creek Supervisory Area of the Idaho Department of Lands in Kamiah will be closing roads accessing the Woodrat Mountain block of state land on Nov. 8. Entrance roads will be closed at Suttler Creek, Wilson Creek, Harris Ridge, Kidder Ridge, Glenwood Meadows, and Woodrat Mountain. C…

            ELK CITY -- Elk City Sew Help Me Quilters will have a bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Elk City General Store. All funds made will go into the club's Quilts of Valor fund, which is used to make quilts for our area veterans.

            GRANGEVILLE – County law enforcement moves a step further into the computer age later this month when e-ticketing goes online.

            The election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5 and voters across Idaho County will vote for school board trustees, city council members and a couple of revenue bonds.

              ELK CITY -- Elk City Sew Help Me Quilters will have a baked food sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Elk City General Store. All funds made will go into the club's Quilts of Valor fund, which is used to make quilts for our area veterans.

              GRANGEVILLE – “We are going forward on good faith, so I’m not really sure why this is necessary,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Lot Smith said at the Sept. 24 negotiations meeting. He referred to a “Negotiation Agreement” brought forth by the Central Idaho Education Associati…

              Snow and cold temperatures are on their way for the Camas Prairie and the region overall, as early as Tuesday evening. Lower elevation communities, such as Riggins, may see the first hard freeze of the season.

              ELK CITY -- Folks up Orogrande way have asked local businesses here to set out petitions for signatures during the next two weeks. It seems the Forest Service recently reconstructed the bridge on the NF 9836 road at the Five Mile Pond end near Orogrande. However, when it was completed, they …

              ELK CITY -- Nita Maxwell writes: “The Elk City Volunteer Fire Dept. thanks everyone who gave their support by eating at their ‘burger booth’ during Elk City Days. Burgers and scones were enjoyed by all. ECVFD also thanks all the property owners who recently gave their support to the Departme…

                KAMIAH – Conditions permitting, fire managers on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest plan to begin fall prescribed fire operations immediately and continue until project completion or conditions change and are no longer optimal for achieving objectives. Ignitions will take place on days…

                Where do local schools fall in academics, achievement and other areas compared to other Idaho public schools? Idaho Education News recently released its EdTrends (trends in Idaho public education) edition 2, which provides a look at public schools across the state of Idaho.

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