POLLOCK—The recently reopened detour around the U.S. Highway 95 closure, south of Riggins, due to a July 3 rockslide, will not open Thursday, July 9, following discovery of significant movement on the slope.
Border Days annual celebration took place in Grangeville July 2, 3 and 4, with a variety of events. Take a look back at the 2020 celebration.
·Camas Prairie Cruisers Show and Shine: The car show had more than 40 participants July 4. Winners included Al and Alice Humphrey with the People’s Choice Award for their 1914 Model-T Ford Roadster; and Max and Teresa Childs won second place with their 1954 Chevy Bel-Air.
GRANGEVILLE – Despite COVID-19 remaining a concern nationwide and several events being canceled, the 109th annual Border Days celebration welcomed crowds for July 2, 3 and 4.
More than $70 million in state transportation infrastructure projects are proposed within Idaho County, which are currently up for public review and comment.
GRANGEVILLE – “I have been concerned about buying into brick and mortar, what with telemedicine and COVID concerns and all,” said Syringa Hospital Board Chair Leta Strauss at the June 23 meeting. “Would we be locking ourselves into a situation with no alternatives?”
Cause is as yet undetermined for last week’s truck accident that resulted in the death of a Grangeville man.
POLLOCK – Closed for nearly six days due to last week’s rockslide, U.S. Highway 95 at Pollock is set to open to traffic today, Wednesday, July 8.
“We regret to inform of the cancellation of Kooskia Days 2020. With a heavy heart and much discussion, it has been decided that due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and the desire to maintain low numbers in Idaho County,” said one of the community volunteer organizers, Lara Smith. “We love our …
The Idaho Department of Labor has cleared about 85 percent of 42,000 pending claims, as of June 6, and expects to work through the remaining 5,500 pending claims by mid-July.
HARPSTER – The body of the victim in a Saturday morning vehicle accident was recovered from the South Fork of the Clearwater River late Sunday evening, according to the Idaho county Sheriff’s office.
A 2019 study found Idaho County at average with the state in a variety of social and economic factor areas, and lower than the state in the areas of children eligible for free and reduced lunch and median family income.
DONNELLY -- Shiloh Bible Camps in Donnelly, Idaho continues Monday July 6-10, for ages 8-10; July 13-18, for ages 12-14; July 20-25. for age 14-18; July 27-31 second camp for ages 10-12 to accommodate all who wish to attend. For information go on-line to shilohbibleconference.com.
Grangeville Border Days
Last month, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests announced prescribed burning in the Orogrande area, and a helitack crew based in Grangeville helped carry some of it out. “This 80 acre burn was one of the final in a multi-year hazardous fuels reduction project aimed at reducing fuel loa…
North Central District public health officials last week announced that the COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading across the region, in Idaho County and in much of the state.
GRANGEVILLE – “We are currently in the process of purchasing a machine that will perform COVID-19 testing on site,” said Syringa Chief Nursing Officer Alex Frei at the June 23 board meeting.
The Idaho County Free Press is seeking a White Bird-area person to cover the news as a correspondent. This includes getting news and photos in of what is happening in your area and being published weekly in the print edition as well as on-line. If you are interested in this job, contact news…
ELK CITY – Most of the plans for Elk City Wagon Road Days have been canceled. See the community page in this week’s Free Press for details.
RIGGINS -- My weekly quote: “Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dreams. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem …
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I am learning more about food raised and sold in the Clearwater Valley. Red Heifer Ranch piqued my interest because their cows are red, not black like most people have around here. I headed up Kidder Ridge last week to meet with Jason Hicks, to learn more about their gr…
COTTONWOOD -- Haying is in full swing now with the good weather. Time for lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. I’ll be busy with the grandkids. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! Ha ha! Granddaughter wrote that!
Idaho County received more this fiscal year in federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds.
POLLOCK — Results from geotechnical surveys on the slide south of Riggins showed significantly less movement on the slope yesterday, July 5, but the highway will remain closed today, Monday, July 6, to allow for more monitoring, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.
POLLOCK – Hopes for travel to resume travel – at least temporarily – through the Pollock slide area on U.S. Highway 95 this Sunday afternoon, July 5, were thwarted due to safety concerns the location remains active.
POLLOCK -- Depending on geotechnical survey results, U.S. Highway 95 between Pollock and Riggins may temporarily open tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, July 5) to allow traffic to drive around the rock slide that has closed the highway since Friday morning.
GRANGEVILLE – A solitary competitor turned out for the 2021 Border Days Royalty contest last week.
GRANGEVILLE – In the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the rodeo will go on.
GRANGEVILLE – Drop a dime, win a fish? Not this year.
Well, the state approved the Main Street activities, so it looks like everything is on for Border Days’ Main Street events. Just remember to listen to Border Days committee members, announcers and law enforcement when asked to social distance and be safe. We want to keep our community healthy!
GRANGEVILLE – In a special board meeting held mostly in executive session last Wednesday, June 24, Mountain View School District 244 outlined some of the ways that budget shortfalls will be handled for 2020-21.
GRANGEVILLE – The annual Border Days celebration may be here, however, the desire to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county is still at the forefront of many minds.
Gem State city populations are thriving, though small towns in rural areas – including in Idaho County – are not sharing in the growth.
Bilejo Klapprich, Grangeville Highway District foreman, spent Friday morning, May 22, filling asphalt cracks near the fueling station at the Idaho County Airport. More than just maintenance, the repairs are to benefit Syringa Ambulance, which uses that section to load and unload patients fro…
RIGGINS -- My weekly quote: “In my life I have lived, I have loved, I have lost, I have missed, I have hurt, I have trusted, I have made mistakes, but most of all I have learned.” from The Meaning of Life.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Kind of crazy weather lately with cold, rainy, fifty degrees days followed by ninety degrees days. My garden is going crazy and everything around is still so green for the end of June. One morning, last week, I got up early to beat the heat and saw several elk cows and c…
GRANGEVILLE – A new member has recently joined the staff of the advertising department for the Idaho County Free Press.
Mark your calendars: Grangeville Merchants have set aside Aug. 6, 7 and 8 for Crazy Days. Be looking for special sales those days.
COTONWOOD – WolfTrack Brewery recently announced it has reopened at its 505 King Street, Cottonwood, location.
GRANGEVILLE – A small 4-H Club is accomplishing mighty things.
All Idaho County recycling sites will be closed on Saturday, July 4. Additionally, Cottonwood will closed on Saturday, July 25, during the Cottonwood Summer Fest.
On June 23, about 20 people gathered around the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville to gather signatures for the Recall Governor Little campaign. The event was a sister rally of one taking place at the same time in Boise at the state capital. Elizabeth Manly and Jenny Keyser, leaders of t…
UPDATE: (Wednesday, July 1, 5:45 p.m.) – Attendance is growing for the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering outside of Lucile, with Forest Service officials estimating attendance at now more than 500 visitors. A closure order put into effect this morning is not shutting down the event, b…
COTTONWOOD -- Sunday morning, a young moose came through our driveway and was nibbling on our apple tree. It was pretty cool to see it running around in the field in front of our house before it ran away. Every once in a while, we get wild animals moving through this area, apparently looking…
ELK CITY -- The annual yard sale, up at the airport, is scheduled for July 3 and 4. It will start at 8 a.m. and go until 6 p.m.
RIGGINS – Participants have already been arriving for a planned gathering by the Rainbow Family of Living Light, set to go during the Fourth of July holiday at a public land location outside of Riggins. County, tribal and federal agencies are monitoring the event with preparations on managin…
KOOSKIA -- Idaho State Police has confirmed a body recovered from the Clearwater River today is that of Connie Williams, 41, missing since a June 6 traffic accident on U.S. Highway 12.
LUCILE -- Idaho County officials are reporting the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering, a counterculture community event, has settled in for its annual event, not up outside Powell as originally believed early this week but outside Lucile on Cow Creek Road.
GRANGEVILLE – “I believe we should run the levy again for a smaller amount; be very specific on what the levy would support,” Char McKinney spoke via Zoom at the June 15 Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244 board meeting.
GRANGEVILLE – Council stood firm last week, staying with existing code that limits where residents may have chickens within town.
After the past few months of homeschooling and social isolation, a welcome change has come to many local communities with the start of summer reading programs. Libraries across the region are set to begin activities with some new safety guidelines in place, and some events are under way. Dai…
- U.S. Highway 95 blocked by rock fall into at least the middle of next week
- Gage Frizzell, 21, Kooskia
- Significant slide movement results in closure of US95 Pollock detour
- US95 remains closed at Pollock, uncertain when to reopen; advisory to not use French Creek Road as detour
- Rockslide shuts down U.S. 95 at Pollock; closure expected for days
- Pollock slide remains closed today; locals-only detour being looked into
- Despite pandemic concerns, Border Days crowds show up for fun
- ITD removing loose rock above closed area today to open U.S. Highway 95 to traffic tomorrow
- Idaho County population growth exceeded housing units increase, according to Census
- Thomas (Mike) Michael Wren, 75, Grangeville
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